UK TV programmes to watch this week : 05/10/2019

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 8th October 2019)

A volunteer in Scotland has to rescue his own father, whose fishing boat is drifting powerless towards a rocky shoreline. In Bristol, a father and son are among the crew that comes to the aid of two five-year-old girls who have drifted into the Bristol channel on an inflatable, while in Ilfracombe, lifeboat volunteers race against time to save a mother and her daughter stranded at the base of huge sea cliffs.

The River Thames: Then & Now (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 8th October 2019)

Documentary exploring the history of the river, and how it has played a pivotal role in London’s development as a major centre for international trade. The first episode focuses on the capital’s docklands, which at their peak, employed more than 30,000 workers. A boat captain whose family have hauled cargo along the river for six generations recalls his grandfather’s unique talents. Plus, a look at the construction of bridges, sewers, and the flood barrier.

Inside the Channel Tunnel (BBC 2/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Wednesday 9th October 2019)

As the Channel Tunnel’s 25th anniversary collides with Brexit, meet the teams behind the scenes and beneath the seabed who keep everything on track through the longest undersea tunnel in the world.

Inside the Channel Tunnel (BBC 2/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Thursday 10th October 2019)

With up to 400 trains a day running on its 62 miles of track, the Channel Tunnel is the busiest railway system in the world. And doing things at the double is key to its success. Two countries built it. There are two terminals. And there is duplication at both ends. This episode reveals how teams of two work on both sides of the Channel to keep tourists and truckers moving. But how will preparations for Brexit affect such a well-oiled system of twinning and duplication, finely tuned over 25 years?

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

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