UK TV programmes to watch this week : 18/06/2022

The Heatwave: Summer of 1976 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:30pm | Saturday 18th June 2022) ** NEW **

The story of the 1976 summer drought, when gardens burned, communities depended upon communal standpipes for their water, and Brits were urged to `bath with a friend”. For government, industry and the elderly, the drought had deadly ramifications, but for those who were young, the memories remain halcyon and hedonistic.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 19th June 2022)

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness set out to qualify as lorry drivers, before embarking on a stormy HGV road trip across Britain, and a spot of truck racing. Out on the track, Chris runs the rule over the beautiful new Lotus Emira.

The 15 Billion Pound Railway (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 19th June 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Lewis George and Rebecca Edwards must co-ordinate the railway’s largest evacuation trial, with 900 volunteers having to be rescued from a train in the tunnels, before the Queen officially opens the line. London mayor Sadiq Khan, TFL commissione Andy Byford, Crossrail CEO Mark Wild and more than 130,000 passengers and train enthusiasts jostle to board the first train services to depart.

Secrets of the London Underground (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 23rd June 2022)

Tim and Siddy visit Quainton Road in Buckinghamshire, 50 miles from London – and once on the underground. Siddy also explores Kingsway tramway tunnel.

This Is My House (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Friday 24th June 2022)

The property-based guessing game sees four people all claiming to be Stephen Babatunde. The real homeowner and three imposter Stephens show cameras around his three-bedroom terraced house and reveal Stephen has a famous neighbour – none other than Susan Boyle (or Su-Bo to her friends). The real Stephen owns a lime green chaise lounge, occasionally indulges in a spot of tennis and likes barbecues. It falls to panellists Judi Love, Richard Madeley, Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Scarlett Moffatt to sort out the facts from the fiction.

British Planes That Won the War with Rob Bell (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 24th June 2022)

The engineer reveals why the Spitfire became the most famous fighter aircraft that Britain has ever produced. Its unique design and powerful Merlin engine gave it superior handling in the close-quarter dogfights that took place across the skies in the crucial period of 1940 that became known as the Battle of Britain.

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

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