UK TV programmes to watch this week : 18/12/2021

Sports Personality of the Year (BBC 1/HD | 6:45pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 19th December 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Clare Balding and Alex Scott present coverage of the ceremony live from MediaCityUK in Salford, as the year’s key sporting moments are reviewed and the successor to Lewis Hamilton is crowned following a public vote. The contenders are Olympic gold medallists in diving and swimming respectively Tom Daley and Adam Peaty, heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, US Open tennis title-winner Emma Raducanu, one of the stars of England’s run to the Euro 2020 final Raheem Sterling, and Great Britain’s most successful Paralympian Sarah Storey.

Guy Martin’s Lancaster Bomber (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 19th December 2021) ** NEW **

Guy honours Lancaster bomber crews of World War II, as he tries out several on-board roles from pilot to gunner and ‘bomb aimer’. Has he got what it takes to join Bomber Command?

Great British Landmark Fixers (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 20th December 2021)

After 14 decades centre stage the Manchester Town Hall is in urgent need of repair. Now a dedicated team are working hard to do this architectural giant justice.

The Great British Truck Up (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:00pm | Tuesday 21st December 2021)

In the run-up to Christmas 2021, with the UK in the grip of a crippling shortage of lorry drivers, a training school in Croydon is putting new recruits behind the wheel. This documentary follows them through five days of intensive coaching from veteran instructors at the National Driving Centre, before they take their test on Croydon’s roads – featuring notorious roundabouts and the dreaded reversing manoeuvre.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:30pm | Friday 24th December 2021)

Chris Harris, Paddy McGuiness and Freddie Flintoff aren’t choosing their own cars, but instead choosing for one another. After unwrapping their presents in the Welsh village of Bethlehem, the trio set off on a yuletide trek across Britain, stopping off to play the game of `High-Speed Visual Charades” and deliver an enormous tree to the Unesco World Heritage city of Bath. Then it’s time for the presenters to visit the Top Gear test track, transformed into a winter wonderland of speed.

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 24th December 2021)

Adaptation of James Herriot’s books about life as a vet in the Yorkshire Dales, starring Nicholas Ralph and Samuel West.

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

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