UK TV programmes to watch this week : 07/01/2020

The Station: Trouble On The Tracks - 12-03-2020 - YouView appRace Across the World (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 8th March 2020)

Five pairs of competitors journey around the globe, carrying only limited cash and unable to get on a plane or use mobile phones and credit cards. In the first edition, the teams set off from Mexico City, hoping to reach the first of seven checkpoints – Copan Ruinas in Honduras. Each team adopts a different strategy, with married couple Jen and Rob quickly deciding on a route via Belize, but confusion on the Metro leads to a delay.

The Station: Trouble On The Tracks (itv/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 12th March 2020)

Documentary following the staff of Network Rail, which operates the country’s railway tracks, focusing on Birmingham New Street station. Engineers battle the elements after extensive flooding, while beleaguered staff deal with stranded passengers demanding answers. Graffiti artist Banksy leaves Birmingham rail engineers a gift spray-painted on to one of the walls – all done under his usual veil of secrecy – and train manager Adam is faced with a passenger without a ticket.

The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 13th March 2020)

The August bank holiday coincides with a heatwave and in the old carriage kitchen, Sammie swelters with 100 meals to prepare and serve, while on the loco footplates the boiler kicks out an extra 1,000 degrees of heat. A trackside wall collapse threatens to stop the railway in its tracks, though a curious group of volunteers called the Wombles comes to the rescue, working through the night to get it fixed. Elsewhere, Piglet comes up with a money-spinner by sending one of the locos, little Engine 29, to another railway.

Britain by Barge (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:20pm | Friday 13th March 2020)

Bill Oddie, Jennie Bond, Anne Diamond and Pete Waterman head to Northamptonshire to navigate the mighty Grand Union Canal, at one time the busiest waterway on the network and the vital transport link between Birmingham and London. Travelling from north of Milton Keynes to the old canal port of Braunston, they celebrate the `boat people”, who once lived and worked on Britain’s canals, keen to uncover the secrets of this lost community. Travelling through a notoriously dark and deadly tunnel at Weedon Bec, they also visit a once secret arms store.

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

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