UK TV programmes to watch this week : 02/01/2021

Winter Walks (BBC Four/HD | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Monday 4th January 2021)

Celebrities explore landscapes in Yorkshire and Cumbria. Selina Scott enjoys a gentle walk around Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales. Along the way, she learns stories of extraordinary philanthropy, meets walkers and a fisherman, and ends her journey drinking local ale in a pub famed for ferret racing.

Winter Walks (BBC Four/HD | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Tuesday 5th January 2021)

Regional series in which celebrities explore landscapes in Yorkshire and Cumbria. Lemn Sissay walks along ancient drovers’ roads in Cumbria’s Dentdale, meeting locals, including a farmer who collects vintage tractors and a lone bagpiper, and making a challenging climb to England’s highest mainline train station.

The Cheetah Family and Me (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 5th January 2021)

Wildlife film-maker Gordon Buchanan gets close to wild cheetah in the Kalahari, experiencing first-hand the very real dangers these beautiful big cats face. The programme follows two females, each with a litter of cubs, as they navigate a harsh environment, dangerous wildlife and dwindling prey. Part one of two. 

Winter Walks (BBC Four/HD | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Wednesday 6th January 2021)

Celebrities explore landscapes in Yorkshire and Cumbria. Simon Armitage takes a coastal walk along Yorkshire’s enchanting and historic frontier with the North Sea. Starting in Ravenscar, Simon follows a disused railway line, passing former quarries and brickworks, before taking a beach walk from Boggle Hole to the picture-perfect Robin Hood’s Bay.

London’s Greatest Bridges With Rob Bell (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 6th January 2021)

Rob Bell explores the extraordinary stories of four of London’s most iconic bridges, uncovering the history behind how – and why – they were built. In the first episode, Rob focuses on the original, and for 17 centuries the only bridge across the Thames, London Bridge. Rob explores the multiple versions of this bridge over the centuries and charts how each has shaped Britain’s capital city, from the Romans who used it to control southern England, to the astonishing and raucous medieval bridge, designed by priests, inhabited by hundreds, and financed and managed by City merchants.

The Cheetah Family and Me (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 6th January 2021)

Wildlife film-maker Gordon Buchanan gets close to wild cheetah in the Kalahari, experiencing first-hand the very real dangers these beautiful big cats face. With the help of guides Richard Satekge and Julius Mkhize, this programme follows two female cheetah, each with a litter of cubs, as they navigate harsh environments, dangerous wildlife and dwindling prey. Part two of two.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 6th January 2021)

Kevin McCloud follows more of Britain’s most ambitious self-building projects, as intrepid individuals attempt to design and construct the home of their dreams. In this first edition, Kevin meets former army captain Justin, who has spent £1.8million on an abandoned neo-Gothic cemetery keeper’s lodge and adjoining ex-council toilet block in south-west London. Justin’s vision is to restore the lodge but demolish the ugly toilet blocks and replace them with an enormous luxury ground-floor extension, with an added moat and a giant basement with a swimming pool – all just metres from the nearest grave.

The Thames: Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 6th January 2021)

The actor and presenter discovers what makes the Thames one of the greatest rivers in the world. This time, Tony gains access to one of the most iconic landmarks to sit on – or over – the River Thames, the Battersea Power Station. He goes inside the famous Control Room A to see how it is being restored and even has a go at replacing one of the laylights in the ceiling. Upstream in Berkshire, he visits the Cliveden House, before learning more about a unique art installation project on the river.

Winter Walks (BBC Four/HD | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Thursday 7th January 2021)

Yorkshire peer Baroness Sayeeda Warsi takes time out from her political life to seek peace and calm in the Dales. On her ramble through Wharfedale, the former government minister meets villagers in Kettlewell, a farmer preparing for lambing and a long-distance fell runner.

Iain Robertson Rambles (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 7th January 2021)

In the first of two programmes, Iain Robertson treks the 47 miles from Glasgow to Crianlarich, taking in Milngavie, Loch Lomond, a dog rescue and a spot of kayaking. Along the way he is joined by fellow actors Lesley Hart, Steven Duffy, restaurateur Guy Cowan and writer Donna Franceschild.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 7th January 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The Caribbean-set whodunit returns for its 10th anniversary series, which promises more murders and the return of one or two familiar faces. A TV news presenter is found dead in her pool at home. DI Neville Parker is convinced her co-host is responsible. But given he was live on air at the time, how could he have done it? The return of an experienced sergeant to the island could be just what Neville needs to crack the case.

Winter Walks (BBC Four/HD | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Friday 8th January 2021)

Celebrities explore landscapes in Yorkshire and Cumbria. The Rev Richard Coles walks through the North York Moors and along the Sutton Bank. His journey takes him to the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, once one of England’s most powerful Cistercian monasteries. where he reflects on the need for silent contemplation.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 8th January 2021)

The comedian explores Devon and Cornwall in her vintage camper van, taking in some dramatic scenery, unspoilt countryside and incredible historic sights along the way. She stumbles across one of the area’s more unique attractions, including The Gnome Reserve, where she meets a local who has a collection of more than 1,000 gnomes, and finds out where the term ‘stickler’ comes from by taking part in the ancient sport of Cornish Wrestling, before ending her journey at the stunning coastal viewpoint of St Bedruthan Steps.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 8th January 2021)

The West Highland Line is one of the world’s truly legendary train routes, crossing spectacular Scottish moors and mountains as it heads towards Skye. Starting in Glasgow, it glides towards Loch Lomond, the world’s largest inland stretch of water. It then sweeps north to enter the wild and windswept landscape of Rannoch Moor. After ascending to Corrour, Britain’s highest station, the journey passes Ben Nevis, the UK’s tallest mountain and then across the famous Glenfinnan viaduct. The coastal town of Mallaig is gateway to the Isle of Skye with its world-famous Highland cuisine and many breathtaking views.

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

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