UK TV programmes to watch this week : 30/05/2020

Inside the Steam Train Museum - 04/06/2020 BT TV appOff the Tracks: Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 31st May 2020)

Shift station supervisor Alison deals with a railway accident and 16 year old visually impaired Summer must learn how to navigate the station.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 2nd June 2020)

Tim Dunn explores St Pancras station in London and its sister hotel – built to show off the might of the Midlands, and learns about Castle Howard station in North Yorkshire.

Scotland’s Home of the Year (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Wednesday 3rd June 2020)

In the Northern Highlands, the judges visit an extended villa, a timber frame home, and a glass fronted house with more than one surprise.

Inside the Steam Train Museum (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Thursday 4th June 2020)

A look behind the scenes at Bressingham Steam Museum, revealing what it takes to keep the museum running, from restoring full-size steam engines and rebuilding railway tracks to rehabilitating a wooden cockerel from a set of Victorian gallopers. John and his team of volunteers drive a steam roller to a local country show, Dave has trouble starting a vintage bus, while younger volunteers, Alex and Taz enter into the spirit of the day by cooking lunch in a steam engine the traditional 1940s way. Narrated by Ellie Blake.

Billy and Us (BBC Scotland/HD | BBC iPlayer only | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Thursday 4th June 2020)

A look at Billy Connolly’s relationship with organised religion, featuring classic routines which established him as a taboo-busting comedian.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 4th June 2020)

New Zealand’s Northern Explorer, the longest-running passenger service in the country. The train travels 423 miles along the historic North Island Main Trunk Line on a 12-hour voyage and the journey takes travellers through some of the most astonishing landscapes of the southern hemisphere from volcanoes to coast and from lava fields to unspoilt islands. Historians explain the history of the railway and tell the tale of the terrible tragedy at Tangiwai, when over 150 people were killed by a volcanic mudflow that hit the train. Narrated by Bill Nighy.

Portillo’s Empire Journey (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 4th June 2020)

Michael Portillo explores how British rule led to armed rebellion in the USA, and a loyalty in Canada that lasted until the very end of the Empire. On Long Island, Michael visits The Brewster House, a former tavern where British soldiers met and talked freely during the Revolutionary War, unaware that it was run by George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring. He also calls in at Fort Niagara, where he learns how the native peoples of North America saw their tribes and families torn apart as they picked sides, shedding blood on behalf of either the crown or the patriots.

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

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