UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/10/2021

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 25th October 2021)

Tim Dunn explores London’s first passenger railway – the London and Greenwich Railway, on the longest railway viaduct in Britain today.

Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 25th October 2021)

A look at how Tony Blair stood beside America in the war against terror after the attacks of September 11, 2001, provoking huge criticism from the British public and parliament. The programme charts the fallout of British Intelligence reports suggesting the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and New Labour’s decision to publicise those findings – leading to a media frenzy and, some months later, to the death of weapons expert Dr David Kelly.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 25th October 2021)

Designer Sam creates a model of Winston Churchill’s funeral wagon and first-time modeller Simon builds Britain’s biggest model railway layout from his memory.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 27th October 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Perez and Tosh board the dive boat to investigate this latest death. Was this a tragic accident, or was the only witness to Galbraith’s murder silenced before they could speak? Suspicion falls on Mick Muir, the Life Support Supervisor responsible for diver safety – and when he is attacked by angry crew members, he has to be rushed to hospital. Perez senses the hand of organised crime, but getting answers proves difficult. Crime drama, starring Douglas Henshall.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 28th October 2021)

Bill Nighy narrates a trip along the Far North Line between Inverness and Wick, a four-hour ride that travels 167 miles along the coast. There is a stop at Beauly for a visit to a renowned tartan tailors and a spot of fly fishing, as well as a look at Dunrobin Castle, the abode of the Duke of Sutherland, who built part of the railway and then fancied himself a castle styled like a French chateau.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 29th October 2021)

The comedian visits Shakespeare Country, and stops off at the impressive Warwick Castle. There she is invited to try the ancient art of archery and, to her surprise, discovers she’s a natural. Susan also enjoys a pedalo trip on the River Avon before she and campervan Helen travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, the spot synonymous with playwright and poet William Shakespeare.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th October 2021)

Rob Bell is in Kent following a quiet, rural line that exploded into prominence during two world wars. The Elham Valley railway once linked Canterbury to Folkestone via the chalk downs of the ‘Garden of England’. As Rob discovers, the line was built as part of a tug of war between competing Victorian rail companies.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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