Category: TV this week

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 18/05/2024

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:50pm to 7:35pm | Saturday 18th May 2024)

Boom. Series 14, episode 3. The Doctor and Ruby arrive on an alien battlefield, where the Time Lord is trapped in place by a landmine that will go off if he moves. Can he still save the planet while rooted to the spot? Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson star in an episode written by former showrunner Steven Moffat.

Doctor Who: Unleashed (BBC 3/HD | 7:35pm to 8:05pm | Saturday 18th May 2024)

Boom. Series 1, episode 3. An interview with Russell T Davies and former showrunner Steven Moffatt, who is back as the writer of this week’s episode Boom. Presenter Steffan Powell spends some time in the practical effects department.

Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 22nd May 2024) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The teams navigate their way through the Indonesian island of Sumatra, tackling ad-hoc transport, limited accommodation options and almost no English spoken. Before they begin the next leg of their journey, the teams celebrate Owen’s upcoming 21st birthday in the traditional Indonesian way, with a splattering of egg and flour.

Grand Tours of Scotland’s Rivers (BBC 2/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Friday 24th May 2024)

A Highland River. Series 3, episode 6. Paul Murton explores the River Oykel in Sutherland from its source in Assynt, to the Dornoch Firth and the sea. He learns about the loneliest and highest war grave in Scotland, tries for trout in a lochan over 1,000ft above sea level, and then hears tell of the riotous events of the Year of the Sheep.

Britain by Steam (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 24th May 2024)

Highlands. Series 2, episode 4. John Sergeant, Peter Davison and Paul ‘Piglet’ Middleton explore the Scottish Highlands. The trio start their journey on a ‘white’ steam car across the Cairngorms Mountain range. The vehicle is so exclusive that it used to carry American presidents. When they arrive in Aviemore, they board the Black 5, a spectacular train whose route takes them through a stunning valley and along the River Spey. The next day starts with a steam boat trip down Loch Ness and the last leg of their journey is aboard Heilan Laddy, a stream truck that looks incredible with a full and colourful history to match.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 11/05/2024

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:20pm to 7:05pm | Saturday 11th May 2024) ** NEW SERIES + PICK OF THE WEEK **

Space Babies. Series 14, episode 1. Ncuti Gatwa stars in his first full series as the Time Lord alongside Millie Gibson as his companion Ruby, following their debut in 2023’s Christmas special. In the far future, Ruby learns the Doctor’s amazing secrets when they encounter a baby farm being run by babies and being haunted by a mysterious Bogeyman.

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 7:05pm to 8:00pm | Saturday 11th May 2024)

The Devil’s Chord. Series 14, episode 2. The Doctor and Ruby meet the Beatles during a trip back to the 1960s, but discover that the all-powerful Maestro is hatching a plot to change history, with the Fab Four in the thick of it. Abbey Road becomes a battleground with the future of humanity at stake. Guest starring Drag Race’s Jinkx Monsoon.

The Eurovision Song Contest (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 11:55pm | Saturday 11th May 2024)

Live coverage of the 68th annual song competition from the Malmö Arena, Sweden – 50 years since Abba, the nation’s most famous musical exports, lifted the trophy with Waterloo, turning them into the most successful Eurovision act of all time. The show is hosted by Hollywood actress Malin Åkerman and Eurovision veteran Petra Mede, with BBC commentary as always from Graham Norton. He’ll no doubt be flying the flag for UK entry Olly Alexander, with his song Dizzy, and Bambie Thug, the first Irish act to have qualified in eight years with Doomsday Blue.

Doctor Who: Unleashed (BBC 3/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Saturday 11th May 2024) ** NEW SERIES **

Space Babies. Series 1, episode 1. Steffan Powell goes behind the scenes on the opening episode of the new series, discovering the special effects used to create its strange creatures.

Doctor Who: Unleashed (BBC 3/HD | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 11th May 2024)

The Devil’s Chord. Series 1, episode 2. Steffan Powell goes behind the scenes on the Doctor’s encounter with the Beatles in 1960s-set adventure The Devil’s Chord, chatting to guest star Jinkx Monsoon.

Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 15th May 2024)

After enjoying the tranquillity of the islands of Koh Phi Phi, the teams leave Thailand and travel across Malaysia to the Indonesian island of Sumatra where the sixth checkpoint lies in the mountain-fringed city of Bukittinggi. Every decision counts as budgets dwindle and pressure increases.

Grand Tours of Scotland’s Rivers (BBC 2/HD | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Friday 17th May 2024)

From the Trossachs to the Kelpies. Series 3, episode 5. Seasoned traveller Paul Murton continues his journey down the River Forth, travelling from the picturesque Trossachs to the Kelpies statues in Falkirk. On this leg of the journey he learns about Big Noise in the city of Stirling, a movement that champions musical skills for young people from less privileged backgrounds, and discovers the story of a teenage backing group in the riverside town of Alloa who played a gig with Johnny Gentle in 1960.

Britain by Steam (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 17th May 2024)

Dorset. Series 2, episode 3. The travellers take a T3 train, restored to her former glory, for a journey through the Dorset countryside. John Sergeant and Peter Davison reminisce about their childhood and the holidays they spent here in the county. John, Peter and Paul ‘Piglet’ Middleton also enjoy sights including Corfe Castle, Chesil Beach, Portland Bill lighthouse and Abbotsbury Swannery.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 27/04/2024

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 29th April 2024)

Canvey Island to Wrabness. Series 3, episode 16. Michael Portillo embarks on a trip along the coast of the east of England, beginning in the Thames estuary, where creeks separate Canvey Island from the mainland and generations of peopel have struggled to stay on dry land. Michael meets an islander to hear how Dutch engineers were drafted in to reclaim and defend the island from the sea.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 30th April 2024)

Woodbridge to Southwold. Series 3. Series 3. Michael Portillo reaches the Deben estuary on his railway journey around eastern England. At Woodbridge, he is plunged into a rafting challenge with the sea scouts, who are a part of a movement that is nearly as old as them. In Southwold, Michael visits the Adnams brewery and learns about the town’s history of ale production.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 1st May 2024)

Lowestoft to Great Yarmouth. Series 3, episode 18. Michael Portillo’s journey takes him to the waters off the Norfolk coast, where he meets a diving duo who are searching for the wreckage of a sunken ship, which carried a future king. In Lowestoft, Michael discovers how aspiring wooden boat builders are drawn here from across the world to learn traditional skills, and in Great Yarmouth he visits the Burgh Castle Roman Fort.

Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 1st May 2024) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The teams leave Cambodia at the end of the national holiday Pchum Ben and travel 1,400km through Thailand to the mountain town of Mae Sariang in the Shan Highlands on the Thai-Myanmar border.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 2nd May 2024)

West Runton to Burnham Market. Series 3, episode 19. Michael Portillo explores West Runton in Norfolk, samples the local crab at Sheringham, and from Weybourne, he heads to Cley next the Sea, where he visits one of the country’s oldest nature reserves. Later, in the village of Burnham Market, Michael joins a Norfolk-born chef at his fish and seafood restaurant.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 3rd May 2024)

Wells-next-the-Sea to The Wash. Series 3, episode 20. As Michael Portillo’s exploration of the eastern reaches of England draws to a close, he samples the smallest public railway in the world, the Wells and Walsingham line. His journey ends at the bay between Norfolk and Lincolnshire, known as The Wash.

Britain by Steam (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 3rd May 2024) ** NEW SERIES **

Lake District. Series 2, episode 1. Journalist and presenter John Sergeant, actor Peter Davison and steam aficionado Paul Piglet Middleton are back, and this time they’re exploring some of the most beautiful parts of Britain by steam. in this episode they explore the beautiful Lake District via a narrow-gauge steam train, a gigantic traction engine, a 1906 steam launch, and a bone-shatteringly uncomfortable miniature Foden steam van.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 20/04/2024

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 22nd April 2024)

Eastbourne to Rye. Series 3, episode 11. Michael Portillo embarks on a trip to explore the twin shores of the English Channel and the estuaries of the Thames and Medway. Along the way he stops off to visit the Seven Sisters, the site of the Battle of Hastings and the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, before taking take a flying lesson in a Piper Archer.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 23rd April 2024)

Folkestone to Le Touquet. Series 3, episode 12. Michael Portillo travels on the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais, where a historian explains to him how Calais became the centre of the French lace industry in the 19th-century. In Boulogne-sur-Mer, he explores France’s biggest fishing port. Upon reaching Etaples-Le Touquet, Michael tours a resort’s beach, hotels and casino in a vintage Jaguar.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 24th April 2024)

Dover to Margate. Series 3, episode 13. Michael Portillo’s journey continues into Dover, where he hears how, in 1940, over 300,000 soldiers were rescued from Germany’s attack on the beaches of Dunkirk. On a pilgrim route into Canterbury, he learns how the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170 prompted a surge of pilgrimage to the cathedral. In Margate, Michael admires the Turner Contemporary art gallery.

Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 24th April 2024) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The teams race over 2,000km from Hanoi, Vietnam into the Kingdom of Cambodia to reach the next checkpoint in Phnom Penh. The competition intensifies as the team in last place face elimination.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 25th April 2024)

Birchington-on-Sea to Whitstable. Series 3, episode 14. Michael Portillo’s railway exploration of the Channel coastline and Thames estuary via Calais has reached the Isle of Thanet. Michael visits the largest greenhouse complex in Britain, Thanet Earth, and later moves onto the fishing port of Whitstable. Famed for its oysters, the town has become a foodie destination.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 26th April 2024)

Faversham to Chatham. Series 3, episode 15. Michael Portillo’s railway adventure zig-zagging the coasts of the English Channel and the Thames estuary nears its end on the north Kent coast. The pretty town of Faversham is his first stop and an opportunity to get out on to the water in the last sailing barge to work on the Thames. Later he visits the historic town of Chatham on the Medway River.

Grand Tours of Scotland’s Rivers (BBC 2/HD | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Friday 26th April 2024)

Tales from the Riverbank. Series 3, episode 3. Paul Murton explores the lower River Tay, following it from the Grandtully Rapids to Dunkeld and its musical oak tree, past the home of Mrs Tiggy-winkle, and on to the sea. He hears a tale of a monster salmon and gets excitingly close to a nest of Osprey chicks. In the city of Perth, Paul listens to the authentic poetic voice of William Soutar, before meeting some rare moustachioed avians.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 26th April 2024)

Humphrey and Martha’s wedding day finally arrives, with the lavish affair organised by Anne – whose plans feel far grander than anything either of them actually wanted. Meanwhile, there’s no rest for the Shipton Abbott team members who have to deal with the theft of a valuable museum piece and a nefarious pair of cyber criminals before they can join in the celebrations. With bride and groom running around and thieves running amok in Shipton Abbott, can the team wrap everything up in time to mark Humphrey and Martha’s long-awaited union – or does fate have other plans? Death in Paradise spin-off, starring Kris Marshall, Sally Bretton and Barbara Flynn.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 13/04/2024

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 15th April 2024)

Cardigan Bay to Abergynolwyn. Series 3, episode 6. Michael Portillo embarks on a trip along the western coast of Wales, beginning on the Victorian Cliff Railway at Aberystwyth, rising above the historic town to take in views over Cardigan Bay, home to the largest population of bottlenose dolphins in Europe. Michael joins scientists and the founder of the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre out on the water to see how they get to know individual dolphins from the nicks and notches on their dorsal fins and their signature whistles.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 16th April 2024)

Harlech to Abedaron. Series 3, episode 7. Michael Portillo continues his railway journey through north Wales on the sands of Morfa Harlech, where he finds a team of conservationists felling and grubbing out trees. In Porthmadog, he discovers how an early 19th-century sea wall was key to the town’s success in the slate trading industry. Upon reaching Aberdaron, Michael discovers poet RS Thomas’s history as a vicar at St Hywyn’s Church.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 16th April 2024)

Trust. Series 9, episode 6. The Humber crew works closely together to pull off the risky evacuation of a fisherman with a spinal injury. On the southwest coast of Ireland, the Castletownbere team race to rescue a fishing trawler that’s run aground near Dursey Island, and is in danger of breaking up on the rocks. The village of Clovelly’s crew assist a yacht that has lost all power – a rescue made all the more difficult by severe weather.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 17th April 2024)

Porthmadog to Anglesey. Series 3, episode 8. Michael Portillo continues his journey on the Welsh Highland Railway. He stops off at Beddgelert, taking in the geology that inspired Victorian scientist Charles Darwin. On the coast of Caernarfon, Michael joins a fisherman to understand how mussel farmers are exploring new methods of cultivating shellfish. He also visits Anglesey’s Sea Zoo, where he helps release a conger eel back into the wild.

Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th April 2024) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

With less than five hours separating the teams, they leave Nara City and head to the second checkpoint in the seaside town of Sokcho, South Korea. The pairs must navigate another stretch of budget-busting Japan to reach the ferry port before they race across the length of South Korea.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 18th April 2024)

The Isle of Anglesey. Series 3, episode 9. Michael Portillo resumes his exploration of North Wales on the Isle of Anglesey, where the briny waters of the Menai Strait are being used to create a Welsh gastronomic delight. Michael meets the team producing salt favoured by royalty and a former US President.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 19th April 2024)

Conwy to Colwyn Bay. Series 3, episode 10. Michael Portillo takes the train to the medieval walled town of Conwy on the last leg of his exploration of the shores of North Wales. He later presses east on the final stretch of his journey to reach Colwyn Bay.

Wetherspoons vs Toby Carvery: Which Is Better (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 7:55pm | Friday 19th April 202)

Over four rounds – breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks – chef and taste-tester Phillippa Davis reviews some of Wetherspoons’ and Toby’s most popular meals. From a full English breakfast to mac ‘n’ cheese wrapped in a Yorkshire pudding, fish and chips to a roast dinner, Phillippa tastes her way through dishes on both menus giving her expert verdict.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 19th April 2024)

On a moor outside of Shipton Abbott, a woman is found face down on the ground, with an arrow through her shoulder. The victim, Niamh Kirby, didn’t see her attacker, and there’s no trace of their presence or weapon at the scene. As the team digs deeper, a feud between Niamh and her brother-in-law is uncovered, which may or may not be relevant. Meanwhile, Anne dives into the planning of the wedding, but Humphrey and Martha worry that she might be a little too invested in their fairy-tale ceremony after her recent romantic entanglements. Drama, starring Kris Marshall, Sally Bretton and Barbara Flynn.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 06/04/2024

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 8th April 2024) ** NEW SERIES **

Axminster to Budleigh Salterton. Series 3, episode 1. Michael Portillo explores the shores of Britain, with his first week’s journey taking him from the Jurassic Coast to the tip of the Lizard Peninsula and beyond to the Isles of Scilly. In Lyme Regis, Michael traces the discoveries of palaeontologist Mary Anning as he walks along a limestone ledge known as the Ammonite Pavement. He then visits the HQ of the Meteorological Office in Exeter to present the weather forecast, before watching flour being ground at a 1,000-year-old water mill on the banks of the River Otter.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 9th April 2024)

Exeter to Plymouth. Series 3, episode 2. Michael Portillo arrives in Exeter, where he joins the stonemasons charged with conserving the cathedral’s medieval stonework from Beery Quarry. On the rooftop he watches the team restore the 14th-century South Quire Clerestory. His final stop is the city of Plymouth, which has a rich maritime and military history.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 9th April 2024)

Caught Out. Series 7, episode 3. In Queensferry, near Glasgow, an American visitor is caught out by the tide – and is barely conscious when the RNLI crew drag him out of the water. In Portishead, on the Severn estuary, a man’s leap from a party boat lands him in serious trouble. On the south coast of Cornwall, the Lizard crew race to the rescue of four people who are stranded on rapidly submerging rocks.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 10th April 2024)

Tintagel to St Austell. Series 3, episode 3. Michael Portillo discovers the archaeological history of an important trading site at Tintagel Castle, and then visits the landscaped park of Boconnoc, where he meets an artist who paints Cornwall’s natural wonders, striving to protect them from environmental damage. Michael also hears about the discovery of a thunderbox at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, which led the gardens to be uncovered and restored.

Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 10th April 2024) ** NEW SERIES + PICK OF THE WEEK **

Five teams race from Hokkaido, the most northerly island of Japan, to the Indonesian island of Lombok, crossing six seas and eight borders and skirting the path of the volcanic ring of fire without being able to use phones or credit cards. The teams face a 1,600km journey to the first checkpoint in Nara City where only a small percentage of the population speak English.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 11th April 2024)

St Mawes to Porthcurno. Series 3, episode 4. Michael Portillo stops off in the Cornish fishing village of St Mawes, from where he takes to the waves in a 1938 racing yacht. He also joins a seaweed company on a harvesting mission and enjoys a ride on the footplate of a steam engine on the Helston Railway. From Penzance, he heads for the rugged coastline at Porthcurno, where he visits the Minack Theatre – a spectacular amphitheatre that has been built into the cliffs.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 12th April 2024)

Isles of Scilly. Series 3, episode 5. Michael Portillo ends his railway adventure around south-west England in the Isles of Scilly. From Penzance railway station he boards a helicopter to the island of Tresco, two and a half miles long and with a population of 150 – a tiny slice of paradise with sandy beaches and a magnificent abbey – and where he enjoys watching the traditional gig racing. He also visits St Mary’s, where an archaeologist teaches him about the rich prehistory of the islands.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 12th April 2024)

When a priest from a Catholic boarding school suddenly disappears, Humphrey and Esther find that the case bears uncanny similarities to local myth The Devil on the Rocks. With a large sum of money missing from the school safe, the headmistress reluctant to aid the investigation and the priest nowhere to be found, the team members have their work cut out trying to pin down the truth. Meanwhile, Zoe helps Martha clean up Ten Mile Kitchen after a break-in, Anne’s new flame helps her move onto the Lily Bond, as Humphrey and Martha take over her house. Drama, starring Kris Marshall, Sally Bretton and Zahra Ahmadi.

The Coastal Map of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 12th April 2024)

Documentary examining the rise and fall of the UK’s greatest ports. The programme spans the first international traders arriving on the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, through the arrival of the Romans, Elizabeth I’s extension of British territory, and the huge impact of the tea trade and the Industrial Revolution.

Great British Cities with Susan Calman (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 12th April 2024)

Bath. Series 1, episode 6. The presenter is in Bath, starting her journey at the famous Roman Baths, where she peels back 2,000 years of history. Susan then meets author Jem Roberts, who reveals the origin story of the city, set centuries before the Romans arrived. She also visits the Royal Crescent, Herschel Museum of Astronomy, and learns about a 1950s racing scandal, and the impact of Nazi air raids.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 30/03/2024

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 2nd April 2024)

First Time for Everything. Series 9, episode 4. In Castletownbere, Donagh faces a baptism of fire on his first ever shout, as the crew rescue a fisherman who’s suffered a suspected stroke. On the Somerset coast, the crew are called out to a Mayday from a houseboat that is sinking fast. In Newquay, a surfer has been caught out by the stormy seas, and is struggling to back it back to shore.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 5th April 2024) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

A fishing trawler heads out to sea with three brothers and their ailing stepmother aboard. When it returns to Shipton Abbott harbour several hours later, only the three fishermen remain. A note found on deck suggests the woman took her own life. As her estranged daughter comes to town to help make funeral arrangements, the simple case grows more complex. Elsewhere, the day of the house visit arrives, though it’s no plain sailing for Humphrey and Martha. Detective drama, starring Kris Marshall, Sally Bretton, Zahra Ahmadi and Peter Davison.

The Underground Map of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 5th April 2024)

A fact-fuelled ride through London’s tube network, mapping out the history of the world’s first – and most iconic – underground railway system. Viewers discover how this 160-year-old marvel of engineering manages to carry 1.3 billion passengers a year.

Great British Cities with Susan Calman (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 5th April 2024)

Glasgow. Series 1, episode 5.  The presenter is in Glasgow, uncovering the hidden history of her home city. Susan meets Professor Maria Fletcher to uncover the inspiring life of Madge Easton Anderson, a trailblazer who became the first female lawyer and forged the path of Susan’s own life. The comedian also delves into the Victorian entertainment scene with a look at the world’s oldest surviving music hall.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/03/2024

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 24th March 2024) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

A passenger disappears from a flight to Dominica, only to be found dead in Saint Marie, while the pilot and flight attendant deny even seeing the victim on the plane. Neville starts to question whether he’s losing his mind, and the return of a familiar face presents him with a big decision to make.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 26th March 2024)

Every Second Counts. Series 9, episode 3. In Porthcawl, a fisherman is dragged lifeless out of the sea by bystanders and the lifeboat crew race to the beach to join the desperate attempts to resuscitate him. A yacht loses control in Lytham St Annes and is in danger of breaking up on nearby Blackpool beach. The Poole crew are called out at 2am to look for a man who has fallen into the harbour.

The Sewer Map of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 29th March 2024)

Documentary investigating the hidden secrets of one of our oldest, and most crucial, networks – the sewers. A tour of the latest solution – London’s Tideway Tunnel – reveals its staggering scale – a 16-mile-long storage tank to hide sewage beneath the river Thames. There is also a trip to Hadrian’s Wall to marvel at how the Romans handled the sewage issue almost 2,000 years ago. Mark Benton narrates.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th March 2024)

A clairvoyant predicts unusual events that begin occurring in the life of a recently bereaved woman. The team starts to suspect that the psychic’s powers might be too good to be true, as the woman starts ending up in more and more dangerous situations. When the officers discover a connection to her deceased grandfather, everything begins to fall into place. On the home front, it’s a big day for Humphrey and Martha as they attend their fostering interviews. The pair are intent on demonstrating how earnest they are to proceed. Detective drama, starring Kris Marshall, Sally Bretton, Zahra Ahmadi and Peter Davison.

Great British Cities with Susan Calman (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th March 2024)

Leeds. Series 1, episode 4. The comedian travels to Leeds, and starts by delving into the city’s industrial past, visiting the iconic Armley Mill. Now a museum, Susan gets up close and personal with the working conditions of the industrial revolution. She then visits Hyde Park Picture House, a surviving First World War cinema. As her journey comes to an end, Susan meets Arthur France, the man responsible for the Leeds West Indian Carnival.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 16/03/2024

Casualty (BBC 1/HD | 9:25pm to 10:25pm | Saturday 16th March 2024) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Charlie. Series 38, episode 18. As Charlie fights for his life he recalls a momentous day at the start of his career, while Stevie struggles to regain her confidence in time to save him. Despite Faith’s insistence that none of this is her fault, she is scared she’ll be responsible for more deaths. Featuring guest appearances from former cast members, including Amanda Ryan and Sunetra Sarker.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 17th March 2024)

The team find themselves split between Saint Marie and the island of Saint Auguste, attempting to investigate the mysterious death of a British tourist. When the team uncover a series of startling connections between the victim and other guests at the hotel they were staying at, they realise nothing is quite what it seems in this case. Neville prepares to make a huge next step in his life, and a familiar face returns.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 19th March 2024)

999. Series 9, episode 2. In Dungeness, the crew respond to reports of a small boat in the middle of the shipping lanes, and on the way back to the station they discover the casualty is the subject of a major manhunt. Along Kent’s coast, the Walmer crew race to rescue two divers who have become separated from their support vessel, and in Kinghorn the crew receive a call about an injured sailor near the deserted Inchkeith Island.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 22nd March 2024) ** NEW SERIES **

Humphrey and Esther join the Shipton Abbott Players for a murder mystery rehearsal. Though Humphrey is only playing a detective, things turn from amateur to professional when the actor playing the victim is found dead with a real knife in his back. As the duo tackle the perplexing crime, they soon unravel a dark past that reveals hidden connections between the actors. Away from the case, Humphrey and Martha embark on the process of becoming foster parents, while Anne catapults herself into the world of online dating. Detective drama, starring Kris Marshall, Sally Bretton and Zahra Ahmadi.

The Railway Map of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 22nd March 2024)

How the invention of the railway at the dawn of the 19th century changed the world, and the lives of engineers such as Stephenson, Telford and Brunel. Though great wealth was made on the back of steam power, many rail lines couldn’t break even and huge swathes of them were eventually axed from existence. Cameras also reveal how Britain’s railways are on the move again as HS2 plans to connect the most influential cities with their own high-speed, high-capacity rail line.

Great British Cities with Susan Calman (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 22nd March 2024)

Cambridge. Series 1, episode 3. The comedian explores Cambridge, and enjoys a punt down the river Cam. Susan finds out why free-roaming cows live in the centre, and learns of an unusual turf war between well-heeled students and townies. Later she heads to Fitzbillies, an iconic Cambridge bakery that has fed the city’s students and town folk for over 100 years.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 09/03/2024

Texas Live in the Piano Room (BBC 2/HD | 8:35pm to 9:05pm | Saturday 9th March 2024)

The Glasgow band join the BBC Concert Orchestra for an extended TV special of their Radio 2 Piano Room, performing new orchestral versions of their hits. There are stripped back versions of classics such as Halo, sweeping takes of songs like Black Eyed Boy, special disco string arrangements on tracks like Mr Haze, plus an cover of Charles and Eddie’s Would I Lie to You? Vernon Kay presents.

Texas at the BBC (BBC 2/HD | 9:05pm to 10:15pm | Saturday 9th March 2024)

Sharleen Spiteri takes a dive into the BBC’s music archive to select the Glasgow band’s greatest appearances on a selection of programmes and live events from across their 35-year career. It’s a collection featuring all of their biggest hits, from I Don’t Want a Lover and Black Eyed Boy to Summer Son and Say What You Want, combined with Sharleen’s memories of several of her own favourite moments, including last year’s triumphant return to the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, dressing up as Elvis and a key collaboration with hip-hop icons the Wu-Tang Clan.

Texas with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC 2/HD | 10:15pm to 11:15pm | Saturday 9th March 2024)

The band join forces with the 60-piece BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Glasgow’s Barrowland in an event recorded for BBC Music Day in 2017. Vic Galloway introduces the collaboration, which includes performances of Black Eyed Boy, Summer Son and I Don’t Want a Lover.

World’s Most Dangerous Roads (Dave | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 10th March 2024)

Namibia. Series 5, episode 4. Mike Wozniak and Ola Labib head to one of the wildest places on Earth – the Namib desert – to meet for the first time and have each other for company on their journey.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 10th March 2024) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

A tourist is stabbed whilst travelling down one floor, all alone, in a hotel lift. As the team investigates the victim’s loved ones, they discover a family with numerous skeletons in their closets – whilst an ominous woman watches everything unfold from the shadows. Meanwhile, an old face returns to St Marie, but isn’t met with open arms. Guest starring Ronni Ancona and John Gordon Sinclair.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 12th March 2024) ** NEW SERIES **

In this special episode, Dermot O’Leary will uncover the untold story of the institution’s heroic efforts in the Second World War, to commemorate the 2024 bicentenary of the RNLI. With first hand testimony from descendants of wartime crew members and stories from local historians, Dermot learns how the RNLI’s volunteer crews were launched into the conflict.

The Canal Map of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 15th March 2024)

A look at Britain’s beloved canal network via a fact-filled cruise along the first superhighways of the Industrial Revolution. In the age before mechanisation, a frenzy of canal-building saw a new army of workers carve out the British landscape, digging out hundreds of miles of waterways using picks, shovels and muscle.

Great British Cities with Susan Calman (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 15th March 2024)

Newcastle. Series 1, episode 2. The comedian explores Newcastle, where resident historian Dave Silk reveals the sinister story of William Heron – a roguish sheriff who ruled over the people with an iron fist. She marvels in the Georgian splendour of the city centre with local guide Amanda Hepburn. And Susan meets up with author Terry Deary at St Andrew’s Parish Church, where he reveals the horrible history of a mass execution.

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