UK TV programmes to watch this week : 29/10/2022

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 30th October 2022) ** NEW SERIES + PICK OF THE WEEK **

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness head to Thailand on a road-trip in old pick-ups. Back in Britain, Chris tests out the astonishing Rimac Nevera, an electric two-seater that might just be the fastest car on the planet.

Made in the 80s: The Decade that Shaped Our World (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Monday 31st October 2022)

The story of creative forces challenging the status quo of the 1980s, examining the work of Hanif Kureishi and Holly Johnson, as well as the birth of Channel 4. As Britain fell into social division, defiant new voices brought about a cultural explosion that changed not just the attitudes of the country, but the world.

Who Lives in Scotland? (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 1st November 2022)

Martin Geissler investigates the impact the declining birth rate and extended life expectancy will have on the population and health services in the near future.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 2nd November 2022)

In 2015 Paul and Carol set out to build an eco-friendly and energy-saving timber fortress in Bolton. With extreme weather challenges, a tight schedule and a £350k budget they did not make their goal of finishing the project in 15 months. Six years later Kevin McCloud revisits to find out if their home is finally finished.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 4th November 2022)

The presenter heads to the dramatic, yet charming coast of Northern Ireland. It’s full of warm characters, ancient traditions and a truly striking landscape. The starting point of her trip is the gorgeous Glenariff – one of the nine Glens of Antrim, stretching over 270 square miles.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

Getting them miles in, before the clocks go back…

I’ve been trying to get them miles in, before the clocks go back… Also doubt, I will be getting my legs out, for much longer this year! Soon the double Lycra will be on!

You can check out the route at

P.S. No idea why, when I post photos this like, they get way more views and likes, than ones with my face showing…

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Love East Midlands Parkway railway station

Love East Midlands Parkway railway station. Can’t think of other railway station in the UK, with a power power station, right behind it!

At the time of writing this (25 October 2022), it’s one of only three coal-fired power stations left in the UK, and is scheduled to close in September 2024.

East Midlands Parkway railway station

East Midlands Parkway railway station

East Midlands Parkway railway station

More photos can be found at

Bugsy has now used 7 railway stations

So far Bugsy has started and/or ended a journey at the following railway stations…

  1. Barrow-upon-Soar
  2. Leicester
  3. Loughborough
  4. Melton Mowbray
  5. Sileby
  6. South Wigston
  7. Syston

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 22/10/2022

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 23rd October 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Feature-length special, starring Jodie Whittaker in her last appearance. A bullet train comes under attack on a distant world, seismologists disappear without trace on present day Earth, and the court of the Russian Tsar in 1916 falls under a malign influence. These strange incidents draw the Doctor into her last stand, against the combined forces of the Daleks, the Cybermen and the Master. Guest starring Sophie Aldred and Janet Fielding, reprising their roles as 1980s companions Ace and Tegan.

Inside Central Station (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 24th October 2022)

The Argyll Line closure comes to an end as the engineering works are completed, and Anderston station and Glasgow Central Low level reopen – but not without some final hurdles. Outside the station, apprentices are put to the test on a nightshift at Polmadie, while back on the concourse, a special tea party is organised to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.

Made in the 80s: The Decade that Shaped Our World (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 24th October 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

The impact of influential British figures of the 1980s on politics and culture across the world, from advertisers who shaped the tastes of the nation before triumphing in Hollywood, to the women who face down the American military and a spy who prevented oblivion. The first episode pieces together the story of how Britain’s internal divisions influenced the course of world history.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 26th October 2022)

Kevin McCloud revisits Vicky and Ed, who in 2015 broke free from the shackles of their hectic London lives to try to build a new life in the Somerset countryside. With a budget of just over £200,000, they set out to transform an old derelict cowshed into a 21st-century off-grid smallholding. With no building experience or project manager, they took on this dramatic transformation themselves, learning building techniques from the internet.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Thursday 27th October 2022)

In Kinghorn, on Scotland’s east coast, a simple call out for the RNLI crew to a paddleboarder in difficulty isn’t all that it seems. And at St Davids, on the south coast of Wales, the crew deal with one of their biggest summer shouts – a group of 16 paddleboarders and kayakers who are blissfully unaware that they are in danger.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 28th October 2022)

The comedian takes her vintage camper van to the Wye Valley, which attracts tourists from far and wide for its ancient woodlands, quirky traditions and beauty spots galore. Susan starts on the River Wye itself and does it in style on the charming old boat Wye Pride. Waiting for her onboard is local legend Gerald, whose family have worked these waters since 1750. He has a few stories of times gone by to share with Susan, while a few more recent family snaps reveal just how important this spot is today. Susan also meets 22-time champion cheese roller Chris Anderson, who gives her a few top tips and shows her how it’s done.

Lighthouses: Building the Impossible (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 28th October 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Rob Bell uncovers extraordinary feats of lighthouse engineering on both sides of the Atlantic, tackling the world’s busiest shipping lane, discovering oil rigs and setting sail in search of America’s first lighthouse. Rob meets local seafarers and lighthouse keepers to hear stories of shipwrecks – discovering extraordinary feats of bravery, ingenuity and design as he continues to crack the code of these enigmatic structures.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

Bugsy is already a well travelled boy…

Bugsy is already a well travelled boy! I know in the coming, days, weeks, months and years this map will really fill up!

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Now done 110% of #walk1000miles – 2022

That’s me now done 110% of #walk1000miles. So done 107.52 miles, over my goal of 1000 miles!

walk1000miles - 2022

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