Documentary about Scotland’s railway network, meeting people who work on it as well as the steam enthusiasts who safeguard these famous routes. In the first edition, 200 lucky passengers board A4 steam locomotive Union of South Africa as it makes a farewell tour after 50 years of service.
Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 27th August 2019)
RNLI volunteers in Pembrokeshire, including brothers Hal, Will and Ben, race to the scene when a plane makes an emergency crash landing on one of Wales’ busiest beaches. In Jersey, the St Catherine crew are pushed to the brink when they search for a man who has gone missing at sea in the middle of a fierce winter storm. On the Wirral, the crew of Hoylake launch their specialist rescue hovercraft and race the incoming tide to try and save a horse, which has become stuck fast in the mud and at risk from drowning.
Sink or Swim (Channel 4/HD | 9:30pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 27th August 2019)
A team of celebrities train for a cross-channel relay swim in support of Stand Up to Cancer, under the coaching of Olympic swimmer Keri-Anne Payne and adventurer Ross Edgley. The team consists of athletes Linford Christie, Tessa Sanderson and Greg Rutherford, Coronation Street’s Sair Khan, The Last Leg’s Alex Brooker, TOWIE’s James Argent and Georgia Kousoulou, Blue singer Simon Webbe, Love Island’s Wes Nelson, Hollyoaks actress Rachel Adedeji, and presenter Diane Louise Jordan.
Train Truckers (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 29th August 2019)
Documentary following the exploits of a family-run crew of heavy-haulage specialists as they transport the heaviest, longest and most precious locomotives around the world. Terry and Jason have been called in to move legendary steam locomotive Britannia. The 68-year-old vehicle has undergone a major restoration in Crewe and is scheduled to start running at the Severn Valley Railway.
The World’s Most Luxurious Train (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 30th August 2019)
A look at top-end trains, such as South Africa’s famous Blue Train. A five-star hotel on wheels, guests pay upwards of £2,600 per ticket for the 40-hour journey from Pretoria to Cape Town, enjoying 24-hour butler service, bespoke linen and a soak in their own private bath. Another South African luxury train, Rovos Rail, offers a game drive. In Russia, the Golden Eagle offer a Trans-Siberian train journey, which crosses nine time zones on its two-week journey. The Presidential Train offers a luxury daytrip through the Portuguese countryside, where guests are served a meal created by a Michelin-starred chef.
Celebrity 5 Go Motorhoming Unpacked (Channel 5/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 30th August 2019)
Companion series revisiting the 2017 motorhome adventure of celebrities Lesley Joseph, Don Warrington, Melvyn Hayes, Nick Heyward and Cleo Rocos as they made their way across the stunning Welsh landscape. Lesley visits her old friend Cleo to reminisce about their time together on the trip, during which the freedom of the open road and the cosy living conditions brought these celebrity strangers closer together, as they visited off-the-beaten-track waterfalls and priories in the depths of south Wales. With the benefit of hindsight, Cleo and Lesley spill the beans amid some previously unseen footage.
All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.