UK TV programmes to watch this week : 29/02/2020

Britain by Barge - 06-03-2020 - YouView appTop Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 1st March 2020)

Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris put emergency vehicles to the test to see if the fire brigade, the police or the ambulance service has the fastest vehicles. Chris pays tribute to rally driver Colin McRae, Paddy puts the new BMW M8 through its paces, and comedian Tom Allen joins the team in the studio.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 4th March 2020)

Documentary telling the story of the unpaid volunteers who sacrifice their free time to staff more than two hundred RNLI lifeboat stations across the UK. In the final episode, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution volunteers race to rescue two teenagers stuck in mud in Cleethorpes on the Humber estuary before the incoming tide overwhelms them. Elsewhere, a team in Devon help a crew of a yacht shipwrecked on a notorious sand bar, and a routine call to pick up a boat that has broken its moorings becomes a race to save a family of four.

The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard (Channel 5/HD | 7:30pm to 8:30pm | Friday 6th March 2020)

The annual steam gala is held and this year, in a bid to generate as much cash as possible, the railway decides to put on a show with a record 15 locos coming from all over the country for a weekend steam spectacular. The star-studded line-up includes the iconic Union of South Africa. This engine, a sister to the Mallard, the fastest steam loco ever built, is due to be retired, so this will be one of the last opportunities to see it. However, Piglet is optimistic for a home win with the 9F, the last remaining example of one of the most powerful class of engines ever built in Britain.

Britain by Barge (Channel 5/HD | 8:30pm to 9:45pm | Friday 6th March 2020)

On the second part of the Scottish leg, Bill Oddie, Jennie Bond, Anne Diamond and Pete Waterman join the Glasgow and Edinburgh Union Canal, rising lock, stock and barge up the Falkirk wheel before heading east. Anne and Jennie encounter the ghost of William Burke – of Burke and Hare fame – as they travel through the Falkirk tunnel, which he helped build as an Irish navvy. Pete goes digging for industrial treasure at an old railway terminus and Bill gets to look down on the birds for once as the barges take to the air on the longest aqueduct in Scotland.

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

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