UK TV programmes to watch this week : 07/05/2022

The Airport: Back in the Skies (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Monday 9th May 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Jeremy Spake presents a look at daily life at Heathrow during four months of the pandemic, as the airport prepares to resume full operations after 18 months of travel restrictions. Jeremy helps to deep-clean a Boeing 787 900 bound for Delhi, before joining the flight team at the gate to hand out PPE and help calm the nerves of passengers struggling with locator forms.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 10th May 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Nick Knowles meets Kettering mum of four Lindsey, who married her ex-Royal Engineer husband Shaun in December 2019, after which they began to extend their Kettering home. But a few months later Shaun was struck down with cancer, and died in November 2021, leaving Lindsey and her children with an unfinished home. But help is on hand as the DIY SOS team, along with hundreds of local trades and several of Shaun’s old army buddies, step in to finish the job.

Will Young: Alcohol and My Brother Rupert (Channel 4/HD | 10:05pm to 11:10pm | Tuesday 10th May 2022)

Will Young lost his brother in July 2020 after a 20-year struggle with alcoholism. In this candid documentary, the singer talks about the pain of coping with a loved one’s addiction and sets out to understand the impact alcoholism can have on families. Among those he meets are a podcaster and campaigner who has battled her own issues with alcohol and an expert who works on the front line of addiction treatment.

Grand Designs: The Street (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:05pm | Wednesday 11th May 2022)

Kevin McCloud follows the progress of Army couple Leah and Craig, whose lives have been dictated by the military. They have designed a contemporary, timber-clad kit house where they can escape from the beige of the barracks. Kevin also meets Jitinder, who works as a consultant helping businesses operate more efficiently – skills he is using in the process of building his own Hollywood Hills-style bachelor pad.

Secrets of the London Underground (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 12th May 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK  **

Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway discover the hidden world of the Waterloo and City, the only line entirely underground.

Lighthouses: Building the Impossible (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 13th May 2022)

Rob Bell explores the spiritual home of lifesaving – the Longstone lighthouse off the coast of Northumberland, scene of a much discussed rescue attempt by the Victorian lighthouse keeper’s daughter, Grace Darling. Rob sees why the lonely beauty of the Farne Islands is not only a refuge for wildlife, but also a deadly trap for mariners seeking refuge from the tempestuous North Sea.

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

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