Sep 152018
 

How the Victorians Built Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Saturday 15th September 2018)

Michael Buerk travels Britain to explore the innovations of the Victorian age. Michael reveals how Victorians introduced gas power to the home, transforming the kitchen, lighting, heating and even home entertainment.

Bodyguard (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 16th September 2018)

Determined to push the investigation forward, principal protection officer David Budd targets enemies of home secretary Julia Montague. As he delves into Julia’s political manoeuvring before the attack, David’s theories about a conspiracy at the heart of government look increasingly plausible. But when concerns are raised about David’s psychological health, and allegations about his professional conduct come to light, the finger suddenly points at him. Friendless in a high-stakes game, David realises too late that he himself could be a target.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 17th September 2018)

Behind-the-scenes documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. An intruder puts his life at risk by running along the tracks. Engineers work around the clock to install new cables at Newbury. Ticket machine refurbishments do not go to plan.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 18th September 2018)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). At Anstruther station in Scotland, one of their newest helms, George, takes charge for his first shout to a serious medical evacuation.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 19th September 2018)

Kevin McCloud returns for a new series of the show that follows intrepid individuals trying to design and build their dream home. In Buckinghamshire he meets young Spanish architect Jaime and his wife Mimi as they embark on an epic mission to convert a Grade II* listed folly into a family home. Originally designed to exhibit a fossil collection, but gutted by fire and left in ruins for the last 200 years, the crumbling mini castle beguiles Jaime and Mimi. Giving themselves a wildly optimistic six month deadline to finish before the birth of their second child, it’s not long before the couple hit trouble. The Saxon burial ground the folly is built on throws up some macabre surprises. Their stonemasons from Madrid let them down and local builders with no restoration experience have to take on the crumbling stonework. Jaime puts all his energies and creativity into the project, using innovative 3D mapping to squeeze living spaces into the tower, but it’s an exhausting struggle.

Michael Palin in North Korea (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 20th September 2018)

Travelogue series into the notably private nation. Michael arrives in the capital Pyongyang, where he meets the guides who will follow his every move, visits the statues of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, watches propaganda art being created, and asks a local student what they know about the outside world.

Fifth Gear (Quest/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 20th September 2018)

Jason Plato is joined by former F1 driver Karun Chandhok to see who will be crowned king of the hot-hatches. The team test the first Mercedes pick-up truck, the X-Class.

Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 21st September 2018)

Travelogue series with the father-and-son duo, exploring Britain’s most spectacular cycle routes. Larry and George tackle the Hebridean Cycle Way, en route meeting a weaver of Harris Tweed, having a kick about on one of the world’s most spectacular football pitches, before enjoying a bagpipe lesson from the Lewis Pipe Band.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 21st September 2018)

Rob Bell explores the lost landscapes and infrastructure of some of Britain’s former railway lines. In Scotland, Rob follows the Elgin to Portsoy line, a line that once served the fishing and whisky industries. Local ramblers help him unearth a stunning view of the Spey Bridge, then, after trying a warming tipple of the hard stuff, he watches a boat race in Portsoy.

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

Sep 082018
 

How the Victorians Built Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Saturday 8th September 2018)

Michael Buerk travels Britain to explore the innovations of the Victorian age. Michael reveals how Victorians created the sewer system, providing fresh, clean water for all. The revolution began in Liverpool, which suffered the highest mortality rates in the country. But it took the Great Stink of 1858 to convince Parliament to create a sewer system for the capital.

Bodyguard (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 9th September 2018)

The home secretary’s principal protection officer David Budd struggles to come to terms with the fallout from the devastating events of the last 24 hours. The police retake control of the investigation into the attacks from the suddenly weakened security service, and David is questioned by counterterrorism detectives DCI Deepak Sharma and DS Louise Rayburn. Pushed to breaking point, David is helped back on his feet by his estranged wife, Vicky, and is determined to play an active role in the investigation, starting with those closest to Julia in government. At first Rayburn wants to keep David out of the enquiry, until he delivers a breakthrough.

Hidden Britain by Drone (Channel 4/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 9th September 2018)

One of the hottest summers on record is creating an adrenalin rush among Britain’s aerial archaeologists. As their drones take to the skies, they are uncovering significant new finds emerging from the parched landscape. All over the country, hundreds of unknown historic sites have been revealed from the air. And it’s not just the professionals that are striking gold – an army of drone-flying amateurs have made some incredible discoveries. In this Heatwave special edition of Hidden Britain by Drone, history and archaeology enthusiast Sir Tony Robinson investigates how this summer’s long dry spell created the perfect conditions for the mysterious ‘parch marks’ that led to these remarkable discoveries. He meets the archaeologists and drone pilots that have been flying all over the country to record this transient phenomenon. Once it rains, the marks disappear, but the hidden secrets have been revealed – now it’s a question of what happens next to these hidden historic gems.

Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 10th September 2018)

Series in which Paul Murton takes a tour of Scotland’s lochs. In this edition, he explores the Argyll coast, travelling from the sacred sands of Kilmory Bay on Loch Sween. On the Lilly Loch in Knapdale forest he gets a glimpse of beaver, before joining a group of steam enthusiasts restoring an old puffer on the Crinan Canal. Stone Age rock art leads him north to Loch Awe, where he drives a herd of Highland cows towards his final destination – the mountainous heights of Ben Cruachan.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 11th September 2018)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The Porthcawl crew have just seconds to spare when two teenagers on holiday get caught on a rocky outcrop by a large swell and a rising spring tide.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 12th September 2018)

In this two-part series, Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team attempt their biggest and longest build yet – constructing two brand new buildings for the Grenfell community. The team attempt to build a two-storey flexible-use centre that can be used by the community however it decides. Research indicated that there wasn’t enough low-cost space that different community groups could use in the area, so with the help of generous construction companies, suppliers and volunteers, the DIY SOS team attempt to do what they can to help. The team are joined by the Duke of Cambridge, who meets local residents and talks to firefighters who were among the first responders on the night of the fire. Along the way, Nick meets different groups who could benefit from the building of a new community space.

Fifth Gear (Quest/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 13th September 2018)

The team try out a range of new tests, new races and new motors from around the world. As well as meeting motoring legends, they put top supercars through their paces!

Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb (CHannel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 14th September 2018)

Travelogue series with the father-and-son duo, exploring Britain’s most spectacular cycle routes from the saddle. The Lambs spot seals around Stangford Lough, enjoy Guinness and oysters, investigate their family history and play the bodhran at Northern Ireland’s oldest thatched pub, the Cross Keys.

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

Sep 012018
 

How the Victorians Built Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Saturday 1st September 2018)

Michael Buerk travels Britain to explore the innovations of the Victorian age. Michael reveals how Victorian engineers revolutionised public transport, with the inventions of the omnibus, the modern-day bicycle and the London Underground.

Bodyguard (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 2nd September 2018)

As the capital shudders in the wake of two terrorist attacks, specialist protection officer PS David Budd is more under pressure than ever to keep the home secretary Julia Montague safe. The threat to her life does nothing to curb Julia’s political ambitions, as her counterterrorism bill takes another step towards being made law, provoking political rivalries. With the police marginalised from the investigation into the attacks in favour of the security service, David is caught between his new-found loyalty to Julia and his superiors’ demands for intelligence on her activities.

Neighbours (Channel 5/HD | 1:45pm to 2:15pm | Monday 3rd September 2018)

Aaron and David tie the knot, despite Susan having pulled out as their celebrant. An eccentric woman turns up in the Waterhole and offers to stand in. To everyone’s amazement, she turns out to be Jemima, Karl’s half-sister. Elsewhere, Leo and Terese finally succumb to temptation.

Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 3rd September 2018)

Phil explores the magnificent Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire and gets to know its formidable builders, John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, and his wife Sarah. Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, Phil’s host, explains that the palace was a gift to the Marlborough family from their friend Queen Anne, a monument to the Duke’s victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. However, in the archive Phil discovers the build was plagued with problems: fall-outs with the architect, unpaid builders and costs beyond even the wildest estimates. Phil tots up a total in today’s money that makes Blenheim the most expensive house he’s ever visited.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 4th September 2018)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). In Brighton the crew are called out to what they think is just a routine job – towing a yacht that has lost power back to harbour – but a sudden spring squall and mountainous waves leave the crew fighting to save the yacht and themselves from being dashed on the shore.

Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 7th September 2018)

Travelogue series with the father-and-son duo, exploring Britain’s most spectacular cycle routes from the saddle. The Lambs set off to conquer Snowdon but are blown off course, George puts a Llama display team through their paces, and they have to hang on tight when they try one of the longest zip wires in the world.

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

Aug 252018
 

The Adventure Show (BBC 2 & BBC iPlayer only | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 26th August 2018)

The Adventure Show is at Fort William as the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup returns to Scotland. Events include the fast, gladiatorial 4X and the brutal downhill, which launches off from the top of the Nevis range, with the best riders in the world plummeting 555 metres down one of the longest and toughest courses on the circuit. Presented by Duncan McCallum and Dougie Vipond.

Flying Across Britain with Arthur Williams (Channel 4/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 26th August 2018)

Arthur’s final airborne journey covers the epicentre of Britain’s wartime aviation effort – the east coast. He visits four airfields that played a role in World War Two, but have completely changed since. First up is Lincolnshire, which once boasted 46 military airfields. Only five remain today. At East Kirkby, a local family have bought and preserved part of the former airbase as a memorial. Flying over East Anglia, Arthur has an overview of the staggering scale of the wartime ‘friendly invasion’ by tens of thousands of American servicemen. At RAF Lakenheath, he sees the US Air Force’s awesome F15 fighter. At Cranwell, he visits the world’s oldest and grandest air academy and home to the only aerobatic team in the world licensed to take passengers – and there’s no way Arthur’s leaving without hitching a ride.

Hidden Britain by Drone (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 26th August 2018)

Britain is full of places that are hidden from public view, with their secrets locked away behind high walls and heavy gates… until now. History and travel enthusiast Sir Tony Robinson uses the latest aerial filming technology to reveal new aspects of our country in a completely different way. Dispatching flying cameras of many shapes and sizes, Tony opens up the far reaches of Britain. In this episode, Tony sends his drones to a top-security active nuclear decommissioning site. They also reveal the truth behind crop circles and explore the hidden world of bats.

Bodyguard (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 26th August 2018)

After distinguishing himself by courageously neutralising a terrorist threat, troubled war veteran Police Sergeant David Budd of the Metropolitan Police’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch (RaSP) is assigned as a principal protection officer to the home secretary, the Rt Hon Julia Montague MP. Julia is a controversial politician intent on pushing a new counterterrorism bill through Parliament which would give the security service enhanced surveillance powers. Her political ambitions make Julia a high-profile target. Dedicated to his job but concealing deep resentment of politicians following his traumas in Helmand, David’s divided loyalties might make him Julia’s greatest threat.

Bodyguard (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 27th August 2018)

Another terrorist attack raises the UK threat level to severe. Home secretary Julia Montague holds secret meetings with the director general of the security service, freezing out the police and her own minister of state for counter terrorism. As Julia’s stance on national security propels her into the public eye, specialist protection officer David Budd is on high alert while being put under pressure by senior police officers to spy on Julia. However, David’s natural animosity towards Julia fades as his home life becomes more difficult. When Julia becomes a target, David’s loyalty to her is challenged.

Drinkers Like Me – Adrian Chiles (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pn to 10:00pm | Monday 27th August 2018)

In this revealingly intimate documentary, Adrian Chiles takes a long hard look at his own love of boozing. He wants to find out why he and many others don’t think they are addicted to alcohol, despite finding it almost impossible to enjoy life without it. Adrian, who drinks almost every day, decides to start a drinking diary and soon finds out his intake is way over the recommended limit. He decides to visit his parents to find out what it was that motivated him to start drinking as a teenager and reveals that sneaking into pubs underage was all about friendship and being part of something, and that the allure of the social side of drinking has never really left him since his teens.

Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 27th August 2018)

Phil visits the beautiful Houghton Hall in Norfolk, built by Britain’s first Prime Minister, the wily Sir Robert Walpole. Phil is keener than ever to uncover the building costs, because they were Sir Robert’s best kept secret. As guest of its current owner, Lord David Cholmondeley, Phil uncovers a house clearly built without any limit on costs: It features some of the finest carved stone interiors ever created, jaw-dropping bedrooms, ‘beer taps’ in a marble dining room, and the most extravagant thing Phil has ever seen: a 17ft silver embroidered bed. It’s no wonder Sir Robert wanted to keep the costs – and how he raised the money – a secret; the truth could have rocked Parliament.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 28th August 2018)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Keeping watch over the River Thames, the crew at Tower in central London, the busiest of the RNLI’s 238 stations, are called to a man reported in the water eight miles downstream. On arrival, they discover a river bus already on the scene and their crew desperately trying to hang on to the unmoving man before he disappears under the water.

Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 31st August 2018)

Travelogue series with the father-and-son duo, exploring Britain’s most spectacular cycle routes from the saddle. The Lambs challenge each other to a race through Britain’s first ever National Park, join the World Hen Racing Championships, and indulge in the local tradition of springtime sheep-washing.

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

Aug 182018
 

The Adventure Show (BBC 2 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 19th August 2018)

In the first of a new series, the Adventure Show travels to Balmoral on Royal Deeside for the British Orienteering Championships as members of the orienteering community battle it out in a supreme test of physical fitness and mental dexterity. Also on the programme, how one man is determined not to let his life-changing illness stop him doing what he loves most – mountain biking. 

Flying Across Britain with Arthur Williams (Channel 4/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 19th August 2018)

Arthur leaves his home airfield in Warwickshire and heads north of the border to Scotland. The complex coastline of Argyll and Bute is his ultimate destination, but there’s time on the way for a visit to Glasgow and a day-trip to Loch Lomond in a seaplane, for a quick lesson in highland flying. The sun shines for Arthur’s flight up the west coast with Jura and Kintyre as a majestic backdrop. At Oban, Arthur goes in search of wrecked seaplanes from World War Two, before flying to the Inner Hebrides and one of the most celebrated and beautiful tiny airfields.

Hidden Britain by Drone (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 19th August 2018)

Britain is full of places that are hidden from public view, with their secrets locked away behind high walls and heavy gates… until now. History and travel enthusiast Sir Tony Robinson uses the latest aerial filming technology to reveal new aspects of our country in a completely different way. Dispatching flying cameras of many shapes and sizes, Tony opens up the far reaches of Britain. In this episode, Tony’s drones reveal the largest cave complex in Britain, hidden beehives on top of Fortnum and Mason, and a ginormous recycling plant for aeroplanes.

Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes (more4 | 9:00pm to | 10:00pm | Monday 20th August 2018)

When is a stately home not a stately home? When it’s a stately castle. At beautiful Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, Phil is invited by the Duke and Duchess of Rutland to learn how the castle was built – and discovers a Regency love story to rival Jane Austen. The present-day Duchess Emma introduces Phil to her Regency predecessor Duchess Elizabeth, and allows Phil exclusive access to the Belvoir’s usually off-limits archive. Phil learns that the castle’s creators had to sell whole villages to fund the building work, and reveals the mind-boggling total cost in today’s money. Phil encounters evidence of an aristocratic sex scandal painted on the ceiling, which was later disguised by royal decree. He searches for a lost railway under the castle, and tries his hand at modern-day pest control with a medieval twist.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 21st August 2018)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The crew of Salcombe lifeboat station attend a mayday call to a fisherman pulled to the bottom of the sea ensnared in his own fishing gear, and a devastating fire on a boat 15 miles out in the channel. As they go to the rescue of a father and his 13-year-old son missing at sea, the crew of Moelfre station uncover a story of survival and heroism.

Mega Shippers (Quest/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 21st August 2018)

The pressure is on to export three offshore wind towers to safeguard a Scottish town’s economic future. And, a 130-tonne locomotive is winched onto a narrow trailer.

The Secret Life of Landfill: A Rubbish History (BBC 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:30pm | Thursday 23rd August 2018)

In a unique science experiment, Dr George McGavin and material scientist Zoe Laughlin chronicle the history of rubbish and explore how what we throw away tells us about the way we live our lives. With unprecedented access to one of the UK’s largest landfill sites, the team of experts spend three days carrying out tests all over the site, revealing the secret world of rubbish. They also carry out three other ‘archaeological’ digs into historic landfills to chart the evolution of our throwaway society. Ultimately, their quest is to discover whether the items we throw away today have any value for tomorrow’s world.

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

Aug 112018
 

Flying Across Britain with Arthur Williams (Channel 4/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 12th August 2018)

Arthur Williams used to be a Royal Marine, but eight years ago he realised his life-long ambition of learning to fly, and is now the proud owner of a tiny – and very yellow – aeroplane. Together, they’re off on an amazing aerial adventure – a grand exploration of Britain from the air. In the second episode, Arthur is in the South East, plotting a path around London airspace, where, ‘One wrong move here, and you can land yourself in a lot of trouble’. Over the Isle of Sheppey, on the North Kent coast, he locates clearer skies and visits the spot where British aviation first got off the ground in 1909. Later, Arthur follows the M25 from 1000 feet, before dropping in on the vast Cardington Sheds, home to the biggest aircraft in the world. He also visits Biggin Hill and takes a Spitfire out for a spin, high above the Kent countryside.

Hidden Britain by Drone (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 12th August 2018)

Britain is full of places that are hidden from public view, with their secrets locked away behind high walls and heavy gates… until now. History and travel enthusiast Sir Tony Robinson uses the latest aerial filming technology to reveal new aspects of our country in a completely different way. Dispatching flying cameras of many shapes and sizes, Tony opens up the far reaches of Britain. In this episode Tony’s drones reveal the mysterious workings of a sewage plant, a top-secret underground Cold War bunker, a super-sized luxury car emporium, and a collection of rusting sea-forts that were once a hideaway for pirates.

Saving Poundstretcher (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 13th August 2018)

As the crisis on Britain’s high streets grows, big brands are going bust or axing stores and thousands of jobs. Poundstretcher, one of Britain’s oldest discount stores, is caught up in the maelstrom. The stakes couldn’t be higher for the family-owned chain, with 6000 jobs, the family’s fortune tied up in the business and the public relying on it; for many, on a budget, it’s a lifeline. In need of expert help, Aziz Tayub and his three sons bring in retail guru Chris Edwards as a new CEO. His brief: to save the company. Poundstretcher loses millions of pounds every year to theft, as there seems to be a growing army of shoplifters, who store managers like Tracey, in Bolton, heroically confront. However, in this episode, shocking revelations suggest that the real issue lies closer to home. Chris has brought in a new head of loss prevention, ex-army tough guy Mark Boyd, who discovers that some staff members are partly to blame for Poundstretcher’s losses.

Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 13th August 2018)

Phil Spencer returns for another grand tour of Britain’s magnificent stately homes. This series includes trips to Blenheim Palace, Belvoir Castle, Houghton Hall, and Longleat House. With special access to amazing archives, Phil uncovers the dramatic stories of how these exceptional homes came to be, and calculates the staggering amounts of materials, manpower and money it took to turn aristocratic ambition into bricks and mortar. Phil’s first visit of this series is to Longleat House in Wiltshire, home to the Viscount of Weymouth and his wife Lady Emma.

Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 17th August 2018)

Travelogue series with father-and-son duo Larry and George Lamb, exploring Britain’s most spectacular cycle routes from the saddle. The pair load their bikes on to the Paddington-Penzance sleeper train and after taking a ferry across the Celtic sea, they head to the island paradise of the Isles of Scilly.

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

Aug 042018
 

Flying Across Britain with Arthur Williams (Channel 4/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 5th August 2018)

Arthur Williams used to be a Royal Marine, but eight years ago he realised his life-long ambition to learn to fly, and is now the proud owner of a tiny – and very yellow – aeroplane. Together, they’re off on an amazing aerial adventure – a grand exploration of Britain from the air. As Arthur admits, ‘when you’re a thousand feet up and the sun is shining’ there are worse places to be. It’s Arthur’s biggest challenge as a solo pilot. From the west coast of Scotland to the big skies of East Anglia, he’s tackling wind, mountains and the world’s busiest city airspace. A bespoke camera rig on his 1943 Piper Cub captures his unique journey across the country. Over four programmes, Arthur stops off at wartime airbases, stately homes and grass strips on remote islands. In the first episode, Arthur covers the rolling hills, lush fields and open plains of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset.

Hidden Britain by Drone (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 5th August 2018)

Britain is full of places that are hidden from public view, with their secrets locked away behind high walls and heavy gates… until now. History and travel enthusiast Sir Tony Robinson uses the latest aerial filming technology to reveal new aspects of our country in a completely different way. Dispatching flying cameras of many shapes and sizes, Tony opens up the far reaches of Britain. In this episode Tony sends his drones around an immense stately home, into billionaires’ underground wine vaults and around an abandoned theme park. The drones discover the backroom secrets of Argos and a stunning flower farm in full bloom, which is hidden away for 50 weeks of the year.

Saving Poundstretcher (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 6th August 2018)

As the crisis on Britain’s high streets grows, big brands are going bust or axing stores and thousands of jobs. Poundstretcher, one of Britain’s oldest discount stores, is caught up in the maelstrom. The stakes couldn’t be higher for the family-owned chain, with 6000 jobs, the family’s fortune tied up in the business and the public relying on it; for many, on a budget, it’s a lifeline. In need of expert help, Aziz Tayub and his three sons bring in retail guru Chris Edwards as a new CEO. His brief: to save the company. Chris built his own chain of discount stores, Poundworld, from nothing, eventually selling two years ago for more than £150 million, so he’s familiar with the problems the company faces. But he’s surprised by how bad things are: ‘If all the stores are like this then I would have said to Aziz you’re wasting your time!’.

Mackintosh’s Tea Room (BBC 2 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm 10:00pm | Tuesday 7th August 2018)

Documentary following Glasgow businesswoman Celia Sinclair on her mission to rescue the old Willow Tea Rooms on Sauchiehall Street – one of the earlier works of artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh – and restore them to their former glory. Celia was inspired by pioneering Glasgow businesswoman Miss Cranston, who in 1903 commissioned the young and still largely unknown Mackintosh to design the luxurious, cutting-edge tea rooms with iconic chairs, tables, wall decorations and chandeliers. Celia bought the remains of the old Willow Tea Rooms building on Sauchiehall Street to save it for Glasgow and had a grand vision to reopen in time for Mackintosh’s 150th birthday in 2018.

M1: The Motorway That Made Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 8th August 2018)

The M1 is about to turn 60. This film celebrates how Britain’s first major motorway transformed the lives of millions of people and became the backbone of a nation. Told through the eyes of the people who use the motorway every day, and the people who work round the clock to keep it moving, this is the story of how the M1 helped to build modern Britain.

Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 10th August 2018)

Travelogue series with father-and-son duo Larry and George Lamb, exploring Britain’s most spectacular cycle routes from the saddle. Larry is able to indulge his passion for Roman history as he and George cycle along a section of Hadrians Wall and visit the Vindolanda archaeological site. They also spend a night in a haunted castle.

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

Jul 282018
 

The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 31st July 2018)

Following workers across London over three years as they race to build an enormous supersewer on time and on budget. In this third and final episode of the series, tunnelling in central London finally begins.

Celebrity Five Go Caravanning (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 3rd August 2018)

Travelogue series following a group of celebs as they bundle into a caravan and explore the open road. Colin Baker, Sherrie Hewson, Tony Blackburn, Todd Carty, Sonia and Brian Capron embark on the second leg of their Cornwall odyssey. The boys make a detour to the picturesque fishing village of Polperro, whilst the girls decide to cycle the Camel trail. Then the gang reunite and head to Helston to mark the end of their journey.

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

Jul 212018
 

The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 24th July 2018)

Following workers across London over three years as they race to build an enormous supersewer on time and on budget. In this second episode, construction begins in the heart of London.

Celebrity Five Go Caravanning (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 27th July 2018)

Travelogue series following a group of celebs as they bundle into a caravan and explore the open road. Colin Baker, Sherrie Hewson, Tony Blackburn, Todd Carty and Sonia head to Cornwall, with actor Brian Capron joining the throng. After pitching up on the edge of Bodmin Moor, Tony takes a death-defying leap, before locally-sourced cream tea is sampled.

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

Jul 142018
 

Beach Live: Jurassic Coast Revealed (BBC 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 17th July 2018)

Dan Snow and wildlife experts Lucy Cooke and Niall Strawson uncover historical, geological and wildlife treasures live from the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. From crabs and bats to owls and cormorants, this episode investigates how much wildlife is living on the beach. The strandline’s hidden world of sandhoppers and seaweed is magnified, while specialist underwater cameras give a view of sharks and crabs lying deep in the ocean. Dan Snow examines the royal origin of beach huts and sees how varied their use is in modern-day Britain. Lucy Cooke demonstrates how a humble mollusc helps to train racehorses in Devon. Niall Strawson is in charge of the Discovery Centre, where a panel of experts examine and assess the significance of beach finds from all over the country. And the creation of the unique geological make-up of the Jurassic Coast is seen through the medium of cake! Earth scientist Dr Anjana Khatwa talks Niall through the layers as seen from the sea.

Beach Live: Jurassic Coast Revealed (BBC 4/HD | 9:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 18th July 2018)

Dan Snow and wildlife experts Lucy Cooke and Niall Strawson investigate the rich history of Britain’s beaches and what people visiting should look out for. There are over 300 shipwrecks in Lyme Bay alone, from old galleons to submarines. Dan dives to discover the story behind some of the more unusual vessels, a number of top secret WWII tanks that sank in a D-Day landings rehearsal known as Exercise Smash. Beach Live also has privileged access to a huge coastal quarry to find out why Portland stone has been used for historic buildings all over the world. Beyond the importance of the stone, the programme follows families of peregrines and little owls that live in these rock faces. How have they fared in this scorching summer?

Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 18th July 2018)

Alan Titchmarsh reveals the history, human stories and the hidden treasures of Britain’s historical estates. Encircled by a protective wall and with an ancient herd of fallow deer roaming the grounds, sits the glorious Georgian mansion Dunham Massey.

Beach Live: Jurassic Coast Revealed (BBC 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 19th July 2018)

In the final show live from Charmouth in Dorset, Dan Snow and the team go deep into the subject that has made this stretch of coastline world famous: its fossils. Lucy Cooke travels to London to understand how one plucky entrepreneurial woman, Mary Anning, rocked 19th-century Britain with her fossil finds. And the work of Mary continues to inspire scientists today as Lucy finds out when she travels to Oxford to help reconstruct a plesiosaur. Found only in Charmouth, the best-preserved dinosaur in the UK still has many mysteries. Niall Strawson joins Bristol scientists to help piece the jigsaw of an ichthyosaur together. Dan and Lucy Cooke carry out a live demonstration of burning rock and unpack the history of oil production at nearby Kimmeridge. The team are also on the trail of some living fossils. Dragonflies are prominent at this time of year on the coast in Dorset, but how have these majestic insects survived two mass extinctions?

Celebrity Five Go Caravanning (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 20th July 2018)

Travelogue series following five UK celebs as they bundle into a caravan and explore the open road. Colin Baker, Sherrie Hewson, Tony Blackburn, Todd Carty and Sonia pack their bags for the Yorkshire Dales. They explore the landscape with a local shepherdess and sample traditional curd tarts, before going off grid at the quirky La Rosa campsite.

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

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