UK TV programmes to watch this week : 09/10/2021

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 11th October 2021)

Tim Dunn visits the popular Victorian holiday resort Saltburn-by-the-Sea, exploring the North Yorkshire town that owes its very existence to the railways.

Paul Merson: Football, Gambling & Me (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 11th October 2021)

The former footballer looks back on the ways that gambling has affected his life, and questions if enough is being done to prevent young people from becoming addicted. He begins by talking to his former Arsenal teammate Wes Reid about the first step on the road to addiction, as well as meeting other footballers whose habits have cost them millions. The programme also examines how new technology is making the gambling industry more insidious with the ability to gather information about customers.

Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 11th October 2021)

A landslide victory puts the Labour party back into power after nearly two decades. Tony Blair, who had never previously held a cabinet position, is now prime minister. A steep and daunting learning curve lays ahead of him. As he grapples with the vast government machine, Gordon Brown hits the ground running. His first move as chancellor is to make the Bank of England independent – a seismic change that Brown announces in his first days in office. As their popularity ratings soar, cracks start to appear from within the New Labour operation.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 11th October 2021) ** NEW SERIES & PICK OF THE WEEK **

The model-making company, home to four iconic brands, Hornby, Airfix, Scalextric and Corgi, opens its doors to reveal how their dedicated team of designers strive to shrink a new generation of mighty machines. A perfect diecast replica of a 1940’s Merchant Navy steam locomotive is the task for Hornby’s design team.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 12th October 2021)

On Ireland’s south-east coast, the three RNLI crews at Dunmore East, Kilmore Quay and Rosslare battle to save a cargo ship that has lost all power and is drifting towards rocks. In Hoylake, on the Wirral, a vast multi-agency effort is required to rescue a mother and daughter who have got stuck in the mud and, 65 miles to the west, in the coastal village of Porthdinllaen, the crew respond to a mayday call from a yacht five miles out in the Irish Sea that is requesting an immediate medical evacuation.

Dementia & Us (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 12th October 2021)

The effects on those with dementia as the pandemic hits and Britain goes into lockdown. As social interaction helps keep the brain active, it proves to be a very difficult time.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 13th October 2021)

Kevin McCloud follows the progress of ex-advertising man Geoff, who is selling his luxury villa in Spain and moving into a caravan while he project manages the construction of a dramatically cantilevered steel-framed house on the Essex coast, costing a total of £700,000. But after the anchoring steel has been drilled into the ground, he runs into the double trouble – Covid-19 and a collapse in the Spanish property market. Will he ever finish this complicated – and expensive – construction?

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 14th October 2021)

When a familiar face from Helen’s past returns to Darrowby, James worries that he has to vie for her attention and steps up to compete against them at Mrs Pumphrey’s annual cricket match. The rest of Skeldale House are apprehensive as the game can be brutal. Siegfried tries his best to train James and get a reluctant Tristan to step in, but it’s not looking good for their Darrowby Eleven team.
(New Episode, Subtitles, Series 2, Episode 5)

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 15th October 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

Rob Bell is in Yorkshire on the trail of a man once known as the ‘Railway King’. George Hudson rose from farming origins to become Lord Mayor of York, and the greatest railway builder of all. Rob starts in York, which Hudson almost single-handedly turned into a railway city – home now to the National Railway Museum.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 15th October 2021)

The comedian and presenter explores Cornwall’s coast, taking in the delights from Charlestown to Land’s End, and beyond. She is invited to scale the masts of a schooner at the UK’s last working Georgian port and is asked to help tend the country’s only outdoor jungle. On the other side of a ferry trip, Susan discovers the surprising sight of Europe’s largest tea plantation, right here in Britain.

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

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