Category: TV this week

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 04/12/2021

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:20pm to 7:20pm | Sunday 5th December 2021)

Time-travelling adventures, following the exploits of the Doctor.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 5th December 2021)

Paddy McGuinness reviews the very rare, very expensive Aston Martin Victor, while Freddie Flintoff sets out to become a qualified racing driver. Chris Harris investigates the stranger-than-fiction story of the time-travelling DMC DeLorean.

Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 5th December 2021)

A breakdown on the West Coast Mainline means the team must deal with serious disruption, there’s big news for Central’s tour guides Paul and Jackie, and one Central staff member goes above and beyond in his mission to help with mental health challenges.

Great British Landmark Fixers (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 6th December 2021)

The historic Royal Albert Hall is in need of urgent repairs. A specialist team is required to restore the building to the highest order before its grand reopening.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 6th December 2021)

The model-making company, home to four iconic brands, Hornby, Airfix, Scalextric and Corgi, opens its doors to reveal how their dedicated team of designers strive to shrink a new generation of mighty machines. A perfect diecast replica of a 1940’s Merchant Navy steam locomotive is the task for Hornby’s design team.

The New Stonehenge with Rob Bell (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:30pm | Thursday 9th December 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Stonehenge is one of the world’s greatest mysteries. Now, a new discovery found deep in the soil of the surrounding area is threatening to upturn everything we think we know about this 4,500 year-old landmark. Rob Bell joins archaeologists, scientists and engineers who have uncovered a vast, previously undetected monument that is many times the size of the original henge.

The Thames By Night (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 10th December 2021)

Tony reveals how the Thames plays a vital role in keeping London – and beyond – on the move, and how it is a 24/7 operation – when the transport network is so busy during the day, it’s only at night that crucial maintenance and repairs can be done. His first night shift is with the engineers and cleaners at Thames Clippers – responsible for turning around a whole fleet of commuter boats overnight, ready for the next morning.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 27/11/2021

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:25pm to 7:20pm | Sunday 28th November 2021)

Time-travelling adventures, following the exploits of the Doctor.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 28th November 2021)

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness set out on an expedition across Iceland, with the help of some temperamental old British cars. Back in the UK, Freddie gets his hands on America’s latest sports car, the new Chevrolet Corvette.

The Lakes with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 28th November 2021)

The adventurer explores the wild and rugged coast of Cumbria and learns how central the county is to many of the challenges facing Britain. He visits Sellafield, which is home to hundreds of ageing and disused nuclear facilities and meets people tasked with clearing and securing more than half a century of Britain’s nuclear waste.

Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Sunday 28th November 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The engineering team races to erect a huge new structure, while ecologist Helen monitors how the work is affecting local wildlife such as bats and beavers. Tour guide Paul takes his father-in-law Joe on a trip down memory lane to explore the history of Glasgow’s tram network.

Villages by the Sea (BBC 2/HD | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Monday 29th November 2021)

Archaeologist Ben Robinson explores the history of Charlestown in Cornwall, revealing how the villages’s namesake Charles Rashleigh transformed the local trade and commerce from fishing and distribution of pilchards, to minerals exported by a hand-built port with pioneering technology. Ben looks at how Charles commissioned renowned engineer John Smeaton to create man-made lakes and hand-dug ponds, and explores their impact on the village’s prosperity.

Winter Walks (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 29th November 2021)

Amanda Owen crosses hills and fields through Wensleydale and Raydale, taking ancient routes first made by the Romans and exchanging notes with fellow sheep farmers. Crossing over the dale, she drops down to Semer Water, ending her walk on the pebble banks.

Great British Landmark Fixers (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 29th November 2021)

The team build a Protection Deck and more then 300km of scaffolding cover the Edinburgh North Bridge, encasing it in an exoskeleton of constantly changing steel.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 29th November 2021)

Young designer Tom has his work cut out creating a new model of the record-breaking British jet the Vampire with its unusal space age look.

Winter Walks (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Tuesday 30th November 2021)

Alastair Campbell treks across the snow-covered hillsides of Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales. Starting at a waterfall above the market town of Settle, the political veteran descends into town, meeting local residents who are also out braving the weather. Along the way, Alastair talks about his mental health and how time in this space can help him focus

Winter Walks (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Wednesday 1st December 2021)

The Rev Kate Bottley treks across the snow-dusted landscape of Wensleydale and Coverdale, setting off as the sun rises over the ruins of Jervaulx Abbey. She walks along the banks of the river Cover and into the dale of the same name, along the way reflecting on her faith and relationships, before ending her journey at Middleham Castle, the ruined fortress that was a childhood home of Richard III.

Winter Walks (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Thursday 2nd December 2021)

Broadcaster Nihal Arthanayake explores coast and countryside around the Cumbria and Lancashire border, and finds local characters, breathtaking views and moments of serenity along the way. Starting in the town of Arnside and looking out over the mudflats of Morecambe Bay, Nihal heads south with just his 360-degree camera for company. Along the way, he passes Arnside Tower and crosses the border into Lancashire. Views from the top of Arnside Knott and from hidden coves on the Silverdale coast showcase the beauty of this corner of the country, as he `declutters” his mind and reflects on the importance of solitude.

Scotland’s Best Dog (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Thursday 2nd December 2021)

Along with their proud humans, Darcey, Nodens and Ro are tested on three key challenges – Recall, Agility and Bond – before the Scotland’s Best Dog judges, Kaye Adams, animal behaviourist River McDonald and Scottish SPCA veteran and dog trainer, Alan Grant.

The Thames By Night (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 3rd December 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The latest leg of the presenter’s journey begins in Greenwich, with behind-the-scenes access to the Royal Observatory on the banks of the Thames. Tony discovers the vital role the observatory played in helping sailors navigate the globe. And he has a unique opportunity to view the planet Mars as the Victorians would have seen it – through Britain’s largest refracting telescope.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 20/11/2021

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:20pm to 7:15pm | Sunday 21st November 2021)

Time-travelling adventures, following the exploits of the Doctor.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 21st November 2021)

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness try to spruce up caravanning’s image by undertaking a sports caravan road trip. Plus, Chris heads to Silverstone to test-drive Lamborghini’s £250,000 Huracan STO.

The Lakes with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 21st November 2021)

The adventurer explores the impact of humans on the Lake District, discovering that the high number of visitors to Scafell Pike is damaging England’s highest peak and stretching the resources of mountain rescue volunteers. He goes wild swimming in the crystal clear lake of Buttermere, before taking a look at the less-fortunate Derwent Water, one of the many lakes now clogged with invasive New Zealand pygmyweed.

Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Sunday 21st November 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Trainees Kia and Daniel get used to the realities of customer service, while staff cope with an influx of passengers heading to the seaside to take advantage of the hot weather. Over in Paisley, a busy shift for Scotrail’s hardworking CCTV staff throws up some dangerous-looking activity on platforms across Scotland.

Great British Landmark Fixers (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 29th November 2021)

The team build a Protection Deck and more then 300km of scaffolding cover the Edinburgh North Bridge, encasing it in an exoskeleton of constantly changing steel.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 22nd November 2021)

The Intercity 125 gets an overhaul and the pressure is on to design two quick build models of the Ford Mustang in time for the summer holiday.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 24th November 2021)

Niven and Darren are arrested and brought to the station for interview, and while the businessman maintains a cool exterior, Perez senses the guilt in the doctor. The inspector finally brings the investigation to a climax – but has no time to rest when it turns out Donna has one last surprise in store.

Britain’s Scenic Railways (More4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 24th November 2021)

The documentary celebrates the 50th anniversary of classic movie The Railway Children with a steam train ride through the Yorkshire moors and recalls the winter storms that washed away the south Devon.

Scotland’s Best Dog (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Thursday 25th November 2021)

Three more promising pups compete for the Scotland’s Best Dog title, with Bernese Mountain Dog Brannigan, Luna the miniature Jack Russell and Staffordshire Terrier Tonka showcasing their canine credentials.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 13/11/2021

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:20pm | Sunday 14th November 2021)

On a planet that should not exist, in the aftermath of apocalypse, the Doctor, Dan, Yaz and Vinder face a battle to survive. Starring Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and John Bishop.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 14th November 2021)

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The Lakes with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 14th November 2021) ** NEW SERIES & PICK OF THE WEEK **

The adventurer explores the beautiful and unique landscapes of the Lake District, beginning by meeting Cumbrians with different visions for the future of England’s biggest national park. He talks to members of a campaign group trying to protect the remaining red squirrels, a traditional farmer who feels that his ancient way of life is on the point of extinction, and an 18-year-old student who runs a 1,500-acre farm.

Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Sunday 14th November 2021)

Staff help to arrange a marriage proposal under the station’s famous clock, while the Caledonian Sleeper is taking one brave young passenger to London. At the rail depot, the engineering team is hard at work making sure passengers enjoy the smoothest possible ride.

Scotland from the Sky (BBC 1 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th November 2021)

James Crawford begins his journey with Scotland’s lost canal just outside Glasgow, and then travels back to the heyday of airship travel, the abandoned island of Mingulay. He also discovers the dark history of Inchkeith Island in the Firth of Forth, and ends on the Isle of Lewis, where archaeologists have recently discovered what might be a lost stone circle.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 15th November 2021)

Tim Dunn visits the historic Grade 1 Curzon Street Station, to be reborn as part of the terminus for HS2, the rail link between London and Birmingham.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th November 2021)

After visiting an original Mosquito at the de Havilland aircraft museum, Airfix designer Paramjit attempts to shrink the wooden wonder to 1:72 scale.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 16th November 2021)

Comedian Rhod Gilbert dons his hard hat as guest presenter for this ambitious build in Brandesburton near Hull, East Yorkshire. The team are joined by local volunteers to transform an overgrown 2.5 acres into a purpose-built adventure campsite for the St Michael’s Youth Project (St Mike’s), which receives funding from Children in Need.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th November 2021)

Having reached a dead end, Perez returns to the incident board in a fresh search for clues and soon finds that Carrie McAndrew, the chef on Eamon’s boat, was in debt to Niven Guthrie. Fiona Bedford also reveals that her husband is tracking her whereabouts, so must have known about her affair with Galbraith. Armed with this information, Perez delves deeper into Bedford’s movements on the day of Galbraith’s death. Meanwhile, as Donna grows weaker she asks Duncan for one last favour, a request that leaves him horrified.

Britain’s Scenic Railways (More4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th November 2021)

The documentary follows the route of the Hogwarts Express to Glenfinnan station, where a piece of railway history is up for sale. A Highlands helicopter ride reveals how climate change is threatening the line, and cameras follow efforts to restore a cherished steam locomotive to the Strathspey Railway.

Scotland’s Best Dog (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only Thursday 18th November 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

Proud pet owners and their hopeful hounds compete for the coveted Golden Bone trophy. Along with their proud humans, each week three pooches will be tested on a number of challenges before a panel of judges – dog-lover Kaye Adams, animal behaviourist River McDonald and SSPCA veteran, and dog trainer, Alan Grant.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Friday 19th November 2021)

Rob Bell explores the lost railways of Northern Ireland, starting in Belfast, where they helped to create a city and a world-renowned shipbuilding centre. Rob’s railway route takes him from the Irish Sea to the Atlantic coast, and, on a visit to Armagh, he learns of a campaign to restore the Belfast to Armagh route and visits the site of the Armagh railway disaster, which proved a watershed moment for railway safety.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 19th November 2021)

The presenter explores Kent, and investigates the curiously named Leeds Castle. She also takes a look round Chatham and its historic dockyard, which, as it turns out, is home to not only the world’s only working Victorian Ropery, but also Britain’s only female master rope maker. Susan concludes her trip at one of the most iconic and recognisable views of Britain – the White Cliffs of Dover.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 06/11/2021

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:15pm to 7:15pm | Sunday 7th November 2021)

The Doctor has an unexpected encounter with one of her deadliest enemies when the Sontarans become a new faction in the Crimean War. As the British army goes into pitched battle with the warlike aliens, the Doctor and her companions seek the help of renowned nurse Mary Seacole (Sara Powell), while an ancient temple hides mysterious secrets.

Off the Tracks: Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 7th November 2021) ** NEW SERIES & PICK OF THE WEEK **

Return of the documentary following life at Glasgow Central Station, with staff dealing with crowds of fans heading for Hampden as the Euro 2020 football tournament starts. At the rail depot, a whole fleet of electric trains is getting a major overhaul, while two signalling colleagues take a step into the past.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 8th November 2021)

Tim Dunn heads to the seaside to find out how the railways changed the fortunes of Margate and Ramsgate, and finds out more about 19th-century Dom Luiz Bridge in Porto.

Scotland from the Sky (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 7th November 2021)

James Crawford discovers how the Scottish landscape has influenced sport, visiting a golf course in South Uist designed by one of the sport’s founding fathers that was almost lost to history. He also takes a trip to the volcanic landmark Ailsa Craig, on the trail of the best curling stones in the world, discovers the story behind Livingston’s famous skate park, and climbs on Rannoch Wall with one of Scotland’s leading young climbers, Natalie Berry.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 8th November 2021)

Hornby’s young designer Paramjit Sembhi takes on the challenge of building a new version of the iconic RAF fighter of the Second World War – the Spitfire.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 10th November 2021)

After the shocking events of the previous night, Perez must piece together what happened before a rampaging and vengeful Creggan finds his target. Eve denies any involvement and has an alibi, while Tosh visits Maurice Ross to find out why Galbraith was paying for his care. At the religious retreat on Whalsay, Sister Carolyn receives a threatening postcard and quickly packs her bags.

Britain’s Scenic Railways (More4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 10th November 2021)

A steam train ride through the Yorkshire Moors reveals how the Bronte sisters became railway revolutionaries, and artist Leo du Feu takes a Highland journey to Thurso in the footsteps of the Jellicoe Express. Plus, the hero who rescued the crumbling Ribblehead Viaduct. Narrated by Bill Paterson.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 12th November 2021)

Susan heads for the West Country, and travels from Bath to the village of Cheddar, before meandering through the medieval city of Wells and ending her road trip in Weston-super-Mare. Along the way she meets a Jane Austen aficionado who is happy to provide some fitting period costume and all the gossip behind that era, takes in the astonishing 400-foot-high cliffs of the Cheddar Gorge and is challenged to a game of skittles.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 30/10/2021

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:25pm to 7:15pm | Sunday 31st October 2021) ** NEW SERIES & PICK OF THE WEEK **

On Halloween, terrifying forces are stirring from the Arctic Circle to the depths of space, as an ancient evil breaks free. Meanwhile, in Liverpool, Dan Lewis’ life is about to change forever as he becomes the Doctor’s latest travelling companion. Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill return for a six-part series, alongside new co-star John Bishop.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 1st November 2021)

Tim Dunn takes a trip through the history of the North Staffordshire Railway Company, admiring the beautiful Stoke Station.

Scotland from the Sky (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 1st November 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

James Crawford explores the ways that the Scottish people have managed to surmount the challenges of tough terrain to connect communities and places across the centuries. Taking to the air in a seaplane, he visits Loch Ness to reveal its geological secrets, uncovers traces of the Viking era, explores how we have crossed the treacherous Pentland Firth and flies above the stunning West Highland line. Finally, he visits the Highland crofters and Scotland’s first spaceport.

Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 1st November 2021)

After being pushed into announcing a departure date, Tony Blair stepped down as prime minister on June 27, 2007 and Gordon Brown was finally able to take the reins. This episode tells the story of how Brown reacted to the global financial crash, bringing together leaders to try to save the world’s economy. Despite this, the public turned against his government and in 2010, after 13 years in power, New Labour was finally forced out of office.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 1st November 2021)

Record producer Pete Waterman is commissioned by Chester Cathedral to construct a monster layout in tribute to the unsung 19th-century railway builder Thomas Brassey.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 2nd November 2021)

In Portrush, Co Antrim, the crew race to rescue a boy who has got into difficulties after jumping off rocks, and one of the crew volunteers enters the water to save him. On the Pembrokeshire coast, the lifeguard team at Whitesands Beach join forces with the St David lifeboat crew to rescue someone who has been found unconscious in the water.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 3rd November 2021)

The race is on to catch Sandy’s attacker before he can escape Shetland, while Lynda Morton finds herself in trouble, so she desperately calls Perez for help – offering a key name for his investigation in return. Blood from the recent break-in throws up a DNA match that leads to another murder suspect, and a shocking confession causes tensions to boil over, sowing the seeds of further violence.

Britain’s Scenic Railways (More4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 3rd November 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

Following the teams protecting the tracks and the volunteers preserving the steam heritage along some of Britain’s most scenic railways. Narrated by Bill Paterson.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 5th November 2021)

Susan discovers some of the most beautiful parts of Northern Ireland’s coastline, beginning in Belfast and heading to the Antrim coast, before moving inland to Lough Neagh. Along the way she meets a number of local characters, including some passionate spade makers who have turned the humble spade into an art form, and visits a place that is responsible for attracting 350,000 Game of Thrones enthusiasts to the region’s shores every year.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/10/2021

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 25th October 2021)

Tim Dunn explores London’s first passenger railway – the London and Greenwich Railway, on the longest railway viaduct in Britain today.

Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 25th October 2021)

A look at how Tony Blair stood beside America in the war against terror after the attacks of September 11, 2001, provoking huge criticism from the British public and parliament. The programme charts the fallout of British Intelligence reports suggesting the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and New Labour’s decision to publicise those findings – leading to a media frenzy and, some months later, to the death of weapons expert Dr David Kelly.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 25th October 2021)

Designer Sam creates a model of Winston Churchill’s funeral wagon and first-time modeller Simon builds Britain’s biggest model railway layout from his memory.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 27th October 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Perez and Tosh board the dive boat to investigate this latest death. Was this a tragic accident, or was the only witness to Galbraith’s murder silenced before they could speak? Suspicion falls on Mick Muir, the Life Support Supervisor responsible for diver safety – and when he is attacked by angry crew members, he has to be rushed to hospital. Perez senses the hand of organised crime, but getting answers proves difficult. Crime drama, starring Douglas Henshall.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 28th October 2021)

Bill Nighy narrates a trip along the Far North Line between Inverness and Wick, a four-hour ride that travels 167 miles along the coast. There is a stop at Beauly for a visit to a renowned tartan tailors and a spot of fly fishing, as well as a look at Dunrobin Castle, the abode of the Duke of Sutherland, who built part of the railway and then fancied himself a castle styled like a French chateau.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 29th October 2021)

The comedian visits Shakespeare Country, and stops off at the impressive Warwick Castle. There she is invited to try the ancient art of archery and, to her surprise, discovers she’s a natural. Susan also enjoys a pedalo trip on the River Avon before she and campervan Helen travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, the spot synonymous with playwright and poet William Shakespeare.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th October 2021)

Rob Bell is in Kent following a quiet, rural line that exploded into prominence during two world wars. The Elham Valley railway once linked Canterbury to Folkestone via the chalk downs of the ‘Garden of England’. As Rob discovers, the line was built as part of a tug of war between competing Victorian rail companies.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 16/10/2021

The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 17th October 2021)

Dermot O’Leary and Clara Amfo present the awards ceremony celebrating environmental projects working to combat climate change, and providing funding to help them achieve their goals in the next 10 years. David Attenborough speaks on the challenges these issues are designed to mitigate, and there are performances from Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Yemi Alade, KSI and Shawn Mendes.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 18th October 2021)

Tim Dunn heads to Bishopstone in Sussex, a seaside station with a difference – it’s also a fortress designed to defend the nation from German attack during the Second World War.

Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 18th October 2021)

A look at how millennium celebrations were tempered by a feeling across the country that New Labour hadn’t yet delivered what they promised when they first came to power in 1997. Prime minister Tony Blair decided to regroup and refocus by turning his attention to public services and aiming to put choice at the heart of reform, stepping firmly outside of the Old Labour tradition.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 18th October 2021)

Experienced designer Carl has a challenge on his hands attempting to recreate a First World War biplane as a 1/48th scale Corgi model.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 19th October 2021)

Just off the west coast of Scotland, on the rugged Isle of Mull, the Tobermory lifeboat crew have to battle huge waves to save a 40-foot fishing boat that’s lost all power. On the Pembrokeshire coast, the crew are called out to reports of an injured fisherman onboard a Belgian trawler.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th October 2021) ** NEW SERIES & PICK OF THE WEEK **

Douglas Henshall returns in the detective drama. Perez attends his mother’s funeral on Fair Isle, where he begins to worry that his father is having trouble with his memory. However, when Tosh calls to inform him of a murder – the shooting of a prominent and controversial Shetlander on their doorstep in broad daylight – he rushes back to lead the investigation. Co-starring Alison O’Donnell, Mark Bonnar and Steven Robertson.

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 21st October 2021)

As Chamberlain heads to meet with Hitler in Munich, James prepares to face his parents and give them some difficult news. Meanwhile, the prospect of a return to war acts as a timely reminder to make the most of life while you can. But James’s agenda is derailed by an emergency with the Alderson’s pregnant mare, Candy.

Secrets of the River Clyde (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Friday 22nd October 2021)

The River Clyde is one of Britain’s most important rivers. Running from the Lowther Hills in Lanarkshire to the Irish Sea, it has been a source of wealth and a symbol of pride for Glasgow and for Scotland. Using archive footage, contemporary film and interviews, cameras reveal how the Clyde has been at the heart of British shipbuilding for more than 300 years.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 22nd October 2021)

The comedian climbs the dramatic and spectacular peaks of north Wales. She she stops off at the must-see tourist spot of the Tu Hwnt Ir Bont Tearoom, said to be the most photographed in Wales and famed for its Welsh rarebit. Moving on to Mount Snowdon, Susan climbs the magnificent peak in style, using the mountain railway.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 22nd October 2021)

Rob Bell visits Cornwall, once one of the world’s great industrial landscapes, and explores the copper mining that once dominated this peninsula. From north coast to south coast, Rob follows Cornwall’s first two railways, and discovers how the deep mines they served prompted the invention of the all-important steam engine.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 09/10/2021

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 11th October 2021)

Tim Dunn visits the popular Victorian holiday resort Saltburn-by-the-Sea, exploring the North Yorkshire town that owes its very existence to the railways.

Paul Merson: Football, Gambling & Me (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 11th October 2021)

The former footballer looks back on the ways that gambling has affected his life, and questions if enough is being done to prevent young people from becoming addicted. He begins by talking to his former Arsenal teammate Wes Reid about the first step on the road to addiction, as well as meeting other footballers whose habits have cost them millions. The programme also examines how new technology is making the gambling industry more insidious with the ability to gather information about customers.

Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 11th October 2021)

A landslide victory puts the Labour party back into power after nearly two decades. Tony Blair, who had never previously held a cabinet position, is now prime minister. A steep and daunting learning curve lays ahead of him. As he grapples with the vast government machine, Gordon Brown hits the ground running. His first move as chancellor is to make the Bank of England independent – a seismic change that Brown announces in his first days in office. As their popularity ratings soar, cracks start to appear from within the New Labour operation.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 11th October 2021) ** NEW SERIES & PICK OF THE WEEK **

The model-making company, home to four iconic brands, Hornby, Airfix, Scalextric and Corgi, opens its doors to reveal how their dedicated team of designers strive to shrink a new generation of mighty machines. A perfect diecast replica of a 1940’s Merchant Navy steam locomotive is the task for Hornby’s design team.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 12th October 2021)

On Ireland’s south-east coast, the three RNLI crews at Dunmore East, Kilmore Quay and Rosslare battle to save a cargo ship that has lost all power and is drifting towards rocks. In Hoylake, on the Wirral, a vast multi-agency effort is required to rescue a mother and daughter who have got stuck in the mud and, 65 miles to the west, in the coastal village of Porthdinllaen, the crew respond to a mayday call from a yacht five miles out in the Irish Sea that is requesting an immediate medical evacuation.

Dementia & Us (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 12th October 2021)

The effects on those with dementia as the pandemic hits and Britain goes into lockdown. As social interaction helps keep the brain active, it proves to be a very difficult time.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 13th October 2021)

Kevin McCloud follows the progress of ex-advertising man Geoff, who is selling his luxury villa in Spain and moving into a caravan while he project manages the construction of a dramatically cantilevered steel-framed house on the Essex coast, costing a total of £700,000. But after the anchoring steel has been drilled into the ground, he runs into the double trouble – Covid-19 and a collapse in the Spanish property market. Will he ever finish this complicated – and expensive – construction?

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 14th October 2021)

When a familiar face from Helen’s past returns to Darrowby, James worries that he has to vie for her attention and steps up to compete against them at Mrs Pumphrey’s annual cricket match. The rest of Skeldale House are apprehensive as the game can be brutal. Siegfried tries his best to train James and get a reluctant Tristan to step in, but it’s not looking good for their Darrowby Eleven team.
(New Episode, Subtitles, Series 2, Episode 5)

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 15th October 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

Rob Bell is in Yorkshire on the trail of a man once known as the ‘Railway King’. George Hudson rose from farming origins to become Lord Mayor of York, and the greatest railway builder of all. Rob starts in York, which Hudson almost single-handedly turned into a railway city – home now to the National Railway Museum.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 15th October 2021)

The comedian and presenter explores Cornwall’s coast, taking in the delights from Charlestown to Land’s End, and beyond. She is invited to scale the masts of a schooner at the UK’s last working Georgian port and is asked to help tend the country’s only outdoor jungle. On the other side of a ferry trip, Susan discovers the surprising sight of Europe’s largest tea plantation, right here in Britain.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 02/10/2021

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 4th October 2021)

Part one of two. Nikki’s students make an alarming discovery while dissecting a body donated for their training. The case that follows brings Nikki close to a student, stirring dangerous feelings. Meanwhile, Jack and Simone investigate the care home where the victim died, but find themselves fighting to keep the residents alive when a diverted river floods the area. Guest starring Sian Phillips and Pauline McLynn.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 4th October 2021)

Tim Dunn heads underground at the magnificent Victorian Bramhope Tunnel in West Yorkshire, one of the longest tunnels in Britain when it was built.

Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 4th October 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

Examining the careers of those at the heart of New Labour, featuring interviews with the key players involved in a movement that still divides opinion to this day. The series begins in 1983, when Labour suffered a savage election defeat and two young Labour MPs entered Parliament for the first time. Tony Blair and Gordon Brown came from very different backgrounds, but they shared the same burning ambition – to make Labour electable again.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 5th October 2021)

At Beachy Head, the Eastbourne crew have to deal with a base jumper’s disastrous takeoff. Just along the Sussex coast in Newhaven, a man faces a race against time as he suffers a seizure on board a tall ship. At Loch Ness, a Second World War sea plane runs into mechanical trouble, and in Rhyl, a dog chasing seagulls into the sea bites off more than she can chew.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 5th October 2021)

Part two of two. Stranded in the flooded care home, Jack and Simone fight to keep the residents alive. Nikki and detective Galloway join the emergency relief effort, and discover that their colleagues may be trapped inside with the killer. Shaken by events, and by Nikki’s relationship with her student, Jack takes matters into his own hands.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 6th October 2021)

Kevin McCloud meets Cumbrian couple Rob and Ruth, who have bought a 200-year-old former blacking mill and plan to slot in an entirely new, timber-clad structure within its walls, giving the impression that it is peeping out from the original ruins. But the original building is a scheduled monument and Historic England inform them it is too dangerous to repair, giving them no choice but to painstakingly rebuild the ancient mill around their new structure.

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 7th October 2021)

It’s an important day for Tristan in more ways than one, as he celebrates his birthday and Siegfried gives him new responsibilities as a vet. Tristan has to withstand the pressure and succeed in the challenge set by his older brother before returning to Skeldale for his birthday festivities. Meanwhile, Mrs Hall reminds James that he needs to tell Helen some home truths.

The Cotswolds with Pam Ayres (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 8th October 2021)

The poet visits the Oxfordshire town of Burford for a look round Cotswold Wildlife Park, a place she’s been visiting for decades. Pam feeds some of the endangered lemurs, before locking horns with one of its mightiest residents – a rhino named Mods. The series ends with a trip to Cirencester Polo Park, home to England’s oldest polo club.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 8th October 2021) ** NEW SERIES & PICK OF THE WEEK **

The comedian’s second run of excursions begins on the Norfolk Broads, where she is invited aboard a beautifully restored boat known as a wherry. Moving onto Cromer, Susan has come for the famous crab, but also discovers the local jig dolls. Part puppet, part percussion instrument, it leads to a very happy time in a pub.

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

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