Category: TV this week

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 17/04/2021

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 18th April 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Controversial plans are afoot to introduce a private clinic to Nonnatus House. The proposition leads to the first disagreement in 20 years between Sister Julienne, who sees the potential to generate income, and Dr Turner, who opposes private healthcare on principle. Shelagh feels caught in the middle of their conflict, while Trixie is delighted by the opportunity of working at the new clinic. Sister Monica Joan’s crisis of faith continues to trouble her, a baby is born with no legs below the knees, and Lucille helps Cyril find the perfect accommodation that will benefit him and the Church.

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 19th April 2021)

Greta sets off to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to call for an immediate reduction in fossil fuel use, but is frustrated by what she sees as a media obsession constantly pitting her against Donald Trump. As she travels across Europe, Greta meets Polish miners who fear that climate change policies will further decimate their industry and culture, and discovers the prototype of a technology that aims to capture carbon dioxide from factory emissions before it enters the atmosphere. She also meets one of her inspirations – Sir David Attenborough.

Scotland’s Home of the Year (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Wednesday 21st April 2021)

Judges Anna Campbell-Jones, Michael Angus and Kate Spiers check head to the East of Scotland to check out properties in Aberdeenshire and St Andrews, including a rural farm steading conversion, a silvery city apartment, and a home with a garden at its heart.

This Is My House (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 22nd April 2021)

Joe Sugg and Richard Madeley join regular panellists Bill Bailey, Emily Atack and Judi Love in trying to guess which of the four Clares is the real owner of a property in Guildford, Surrey. Those trying to pass themselves off as the lady of the manor include a former air hostess and a `Klara” from Slovakia, who says most people think she is the cleaner not the homeowner. Presented by Stacey Dooley.

World’s Most Scenic River Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 23rd April 2021)

Bill Nighy narrates this journey along the River Spey, travelling from its source in the Cairngorms to where it enters the North Sea. Cameras also follow two river biologists counting the baby salmon population in the highest reaches of the river.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 10/04/2021

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 12th April 2021)

Documentary following the climate activist over the course of 2019 and 2020, as she travels the world exploring the science of global warming and challenging world leaders to take action on the growing crisis. The programme follows the impact of Covid-19 on her campaign, and the challenges of persuading a world living through one crisis to face up to the possibility of another on the horizon. In the first programme, Greta travels through North America on her way to a UN climate conference in Chile.

Secrets of the Transport Museum (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 13th April 2021)

A rare Triumph motorcycle is rescued from a barn and resurrected. There’s a battle against the elements for vintage aircraft to grace Brooklands’ skies once again.

Scotland’s Home of the Year (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Wednesday 14th April 2021)

Judges Anna Campbell-Jones, Michael Angus and Kate Spiers continue their search in the Hebrides, with two conversions in Skye and a home built with sustainability in mind in Harris.

This Is My House (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 15th April 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Regular panellists Bill Bailey, Emily Atack, Judi Love and Jamali Maddix are joined by reality star Spencer Matthews and model Vogue Williams, aiming to identify the real Mitch from a line-up of four. Mitch is a interiors enthusiast, who has lovingly created a green-heavy home in Hinckley near Leicester. Hosted by Stacey Dooley.

World’s Most Scenic River Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 16th April 2021)

A journey down the River Po, travelling across northern Italy from the snow-capped Alps to the spell-binding delta, where the river meets the Adriatic Sea. The trek concludes in Chioggia, an island town in the Venetian lagoon, home to one of the biggest fish markets on the Adriatic. Bill Nighy narrates.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 03/04/2021

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 4th April 2021)

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness confront the male mid-life crisis by buying the perfect sports cars for a middle-aged gentleman. Back at the track, Chris tests out the raucous new Toyota GR Yaris hot hatch.

Secrets of the Transport Museum (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 6th April 2021)

A Delage V12 famous for early women’s records on the track returns to be driven by a modern-day legend. Plus, Concord’s wings need some urgent TLC.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Wednesday 7th April 2021)

Special episode celebrating the life of the motor racing driver and Top Gear presenter. Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness are joiined by former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, Matt LeBlanc and Rory Reid and well-known figures from the world of motoring to share their fondest memories of the Queen of the Nurburgring.

The Dog House (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 8th April 2021)

Members of the Fullagar family get more than they bargained for when they are introduced to father and daughter, Pepe and Tink – who can’t be separated. Meanwhile, Louise and Angela are conflicted when Trinity a five-month-old lurcher puppy shows off both her adorable side and an impressive ability to chew everything from furniture to shoes.

This Is My House (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 7th April 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Bill Bailey, Emily Atack, Judi Love and Jamali Maddix are joined by guest panellist Jimmy Carr to identify the real Gemma from a line-up of four, all claiming to own the same house in Farnham, Surrey. The house may be easy to spot with its colourful cladding and bright interior, but the real Gemma is not. One says she has gone to town with the decor after becoming newly single, another claims she decorates her house to be `liked” on social media, the third is a die-hard rainbow fan and the fourth is out to impress to her neighbours. Hosted by Stacey Dooley.

World’s Most Scenic River Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 9th April 2021)

Bill Nighy narrates this journey along the River Spey, travelling from its source in the Cairngorms to where it enters the North Sea. Cameras also follow two river biologists counting the baby salmon population in the highest reaches of the river.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 27/03/2021

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

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness head on an icy expedition across the wild Scottish Highlands in the new Land Rover Defender, Mercedes G-Wagen and Ariel Nomad to see which vehicle will prove itself the ultimate off-roader.

Secrets of the Transport Museum (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 30th March 2021)

A historic Frazer Nash car must be fixed before a big race. Plus, the first car to go round the track is resurrected but will the museum director be able to drive it?

This Is My House (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 31st March 2021)

Stacey Dooley hosts the property-based guessing game in which four people claim to own the same house, while a celebrity panel try work out which one is telling the truth. This week, regulars Bill Bailey, Emily Atack, Judi Love, Jamali Maddix are joined by Rob Rinder to find the real Michael. From the first sight of the four players the panel are instantly thrown by a familiar face, while the path to the truth is obscured by another Michael’s inability to remember anything about his own life.

The Dog House (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 1st April 2021)

An 11-year-old is thrilled to meet his dream dog – Gizmo the pug. However, Wood Green staff are worried his excitement might send breathless Gizmo into a panic. After the loss of her previous dog, Charley is wondering if she can love again and considers whether young lurcher Sonia can fill the void. Plus, ever-optimistic Jack Russell Rocco is matched with the adventurous Job family, who are looking a dog who can keep up with them.

World’s Most Scenic River Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 2nd April 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Documentary series telling the stories of six epic river journeys via the characters who live and work on and around the water. It begins with a trip down the Niagara River, before arriving at the world-famous Niagara Falls. Bill Nighy narrates.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 20/03/2021

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

The team takes some of greatest-ever cars featured in James Bond movies for a spin, including the iconic Aston Martin DB5. Freddie Flintoff gets behind the wheel of an Extreme E race car and puts it to the test against a man in a jet-pack, while Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness test a new Ferrari against a very old Alfa.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 23rd March 2021)

Tim Dunn explores Wingfield, one of the oldest surviving railways and uncovers the longest brick viaduct in the UK, the Welland Viaduct in Northamptonshire.

This Is My House (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 24th March 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Stacey Dooley hosts this property-based guessing game in which four people claim to own the same house. It’s then up to celebrity judges Bill Bailey, Emily Atack, Judi Love, Jamali Maddix – joined each week by a special guest – to watch the four `owners” interact and figure out which one is telling the truth and who are the impostors. Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen joins in the fun for the first edition, set in a converted barn in Ashford, Kent.

The Dog House (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 25th March 2021)

Documentary set inside Wood Green animal charity, following efforts to match dogs with new owners. Nine-year-old Rohan meets Patterdale terrier puppy Friday, but there are concerns that the hound may be just a bit too enthusiastic for the youngster. Rocco the Jack Russell has been struggling to find a home, though his bouncy exuberance and love of a good face lick means he could be the perfect match for Zach, who is looking for a dog not fazed by his Tourette’s. Grant the stray westie has seen some tough times, but his luck might be about to change with the arrival of Casper and Sid.

Kate Humble’s Coastal Walks (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 26th March 2021)

The naturalist walks 12 miles of Suffolk’s shingle coast, starting at Minsmere Nature Reserve, and later heads through the protected wetlands at Snape Maltings in a kayak. Her final destination is the 10-mile-long shingle spit at Orford Ness, a former military test site which is now a National Trust nature reserve.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 13/03/2021

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

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness head to the Lake District for an emotional reunion with their own dads’ old cars. Elsewhere, Chris heads out on track to test Lamborghini’s most powerful car ever, the hybrid Sian.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 16th March 2021)

Tim Dunn explores Huddersfield’s Grade I listed station and examines the station’s clock, and visits Cologne’s magnificent Hohenzollern Bridge in Germany.

Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 16th March 2021)

Last August, Roman Kemp’s life changed dramatically with the sudden and unexpected death of his best friend, radio producer Joe Lyons. It led him to question why increasing numbers of young men are taking their own lives and why so many of them never ask for help. Here, Roman sets out to explore what can be done to encourage people to seek help, what preventative action others need to be taking, and the lasting impact of mental health and suicide on friends and family.

Billy Monger’s Big Red Nose Day Challenge (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 18th March 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

In April 2017 the professional racing driver was seriously injured in a collision that resulted in both of his legs being amputated. Already used to pushing the limits of what can be achieved, Billy now pushes himself to the limit as he takes on a truly unforgettable challenge – walking, kayaking and cycling 140 miles in the name of charity. His trek begins at the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, ultimately heading to Brands Hatch in Kent. Before he starts, the 21-year-old receives words of encouragement from Jose Mourinho, manager of his beloved Tottenham Hotspur, and along the route is joined by a host of celebrity supporters including Cheryl, Zoe Ball, Chris Ramsey, Dan Walker and Vick Hope.

The Secret Life of Sewage (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 18th March 2021)

Dr George McGavin, Dr Zoe Laughlin and a team of world-leading scientists explore the biology, chemistry, natural history and social history of faeces from a TV-base camp like no other – within the pools, tanks and bowels of one of the UK’s largest and most technologically advanced sewage works.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 06/03/2021

Life in Colour (BBC 1/HD in 4K on BBC iPlayer | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 7th March 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

David Attenborough reveals the extraordinary ways that some animals use colour to hide and disappear into the background. The Bengal tigers of central India use their striped patterns to dazzle colour blind prey, while zebras on the Masai Mara use motion dazzle to confuse predators. Other animals use colour to trick and to deceive. On Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a blue-striped blenny uses colours to mimic other fish and launch a sudden attack.

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

Tim Dunn goes behind the scenes at Bristol Temple Meads, a Grade I listed station, and is given special access to Brunel’s old Tudor station and boardroom.

The Dog House (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 11th March 2021)

Documentary following the staff of Wood Green animal charity, who are committed to matching their homeless dogs with prospective owners. An eight-stone Newfoundland makes a favourable first impression on the Coxon family, but staff are worried that his habit of showering everyone with a spray of slobber may take some of the gloss off. Nine-week-old French bulldog Kevin competes with a nervous terrier to win the hearts of loved-up couple Ryan and Katie, while a recently widowed grandmother seeks another `beating heart” to help fill a home that is feeling very empty.

Return to Dunblane with Lorraine Kelly (itv/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 11th March 2021)

Twenty five years ago, the small Scottish town of Dunblane was struck by tragedy when 16 primary school children and their teacher were murdered by a lone gunman. Lorraine Kelly was a reporter on the ground that day, and in this documentary she returns to speak again to those affected by the events. Her film also looks at the spirit of the town, which showed remarkable resilience and mutual support in the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in British history.

Kate Humble’s Coastal Walks (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 12th March 2021)

Starting at Dunwich Heath, Kate walks an 11-mile stretch of the Suffolk coastline – one of the fastest eroding in Europe. The naturalist also finds one of the country’s biggest freshwater reed beds, and learns about the ancient art of thatching.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 27/02/2021

Life in Colour (BBC1/HD in 4K on BBC iPlayer | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 28th February 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

David Attenborough explores the many ways animals use colour, with cameras built specifically for this series revealing a world normally invisible to human eyes. The peacock’s tail has evolved entirely to impress females and is one of the most extreme colour ornaments in the natural world, while mandrill baboons signal their strength and status with striking red and blue face masks, the brighter the colours, the higher ranking the male.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 2nd March 2021)

Tim visits Sheffield station, which been reinvented for the 21st century. He also helps to restore the Bennerley Viaduct in the Erewash valley.

Everest: The Deadliest Mountain (Channel 5/HD | 10:00pm to 11:00pm | Tuesday 2nd March 2021)

The stories of mountaineers who have reached the summit of the world’s tallest mountain, including a look at the dangers of the low oxygen levels at high altitudes. The programme examines the factors that allowed Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s 1953 expedition to succeed where so many had failed, and reveals how the Sherpas, who work as porters and guides for expeditions, have a physiology uniquely adapted to surviving at high altitudes.

Kate Humble’s Coastal Walks (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 5th March 2021)

Starting in Dorset on Stonebarrow Hill, the naturalist walks a 13-mile stretch of the South West Coast Path. Her first stop is at Charmouth, a place well-known for fossil hunting, where local girl Mary Anning found an ichthyosaur in the early 19th century. At Lyme Regis, Kate discovers the lengths and costs engineers have gone to in order to protect the town, before visiting a local mill listed in the Doomsday Book. After a spell bird spotting in the Seaton Wetlands, Kate enjoys a tour of the area’s limestone mines before making her way to Beer Point, which boasts wonderful views of the sea.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 20/02/2021

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 22nd February 2021)

Nick Knowles and the team head to Bangor in Co Down to help Mandy McCreight, who is isolated in her bedroom due to a variety of medical issues and is missing out on family life. Her children Ben and Kara also have mobility problems, while husband Davey looks after everyone, but now he is suffering from a back injury. The entire family are under real stress and the house is not wheelchair friendly, making the situation unbearable.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 23rd February 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Tim explores the last working roundhouse in the UK – Barrow Hill in Derbyshire. Tim also visits Bath, a city renowned for its Georgian architecture.

Trump Takes on the World (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 24th February 2021)

After one of the most shocking presidencies in history, Donald Trump’s top advisers and the leaders who clashed with him lift the lid on the critical moments of his foreign policy. In the third and final programme, Trump sets his sights on Asia, and determined to go ahead with his new tough approach, he launches the biggest trade war in economic history. Trump’s unorthodox style is on full display as he switches between maximum pressure and maximum flattery, as he forms the most unlikely of friendships with one of the world’s most brutal dictators, Kim Jong-un.

Kate Humble’s Coastal Walks (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 26th February 2021)

On a 15-mile walk in North Yorkshire, Kate sets off from the picturesque settlement of Robin Hood’s Bay, where archaeologist Maria explains how, in the 18th century, the fishing village’s position made it an idea drop-off point for contraband shipped from Holland and France. From here, Kate heads south along the coast, meeting up with geologist Will, who reveals what dinosaur footprints can reveal about the creatures that once roamed the area. After arriving at her destination in Scarborough, Kate dons her wetsuit to join a group of swimmers braving the North Sea.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 13/02/2021

Love, Simon (Film4 | 9:00pm to 11:15pm | Sunday 14th February 2021) ** FILM OF THE WEEK **

Coming-of-age comedy drama about a secretly gay high-school student who begins to fall for an anonymous classmate after exchanging emails with the boy, known as `Blue”. While trying to discover Blue’s identity, Simon must also find himself. Starring Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel.

Edie (BBC 2/HD | 10:45pm to 12:20am | Sunday 14th February 2021)

Seeking to fulfil a decades-old dream to climb a mountain in the Scottish Highlands, Edith Moore, an 83-year-old widow, escapes to Scotland, where she grudgingly accepts the help of Jonny, the manager of a struggling shop that sells outdoor gear. Drama, starring Sheila Hancock and Kevin Guthrie.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th February 2021)

Nick Knowles and the team head to Barnstaple in Devon to help Jan and Lucy, whose daily four-hour round trips to hospital for life-saving dialysis treatment for two of their daughters is taking a heavy toll on family life. Along with designer Laurence Llewelyn Bowen and hundreds of local volunteers, Nick and the crew extend their house to create a home dialysis centre, enabling the girls to be treated where they live and letting the whole family settle into a healthier and happier routine.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 16th February 2021)

Tim Dunn rides on a funicular railway powered entirely by water. Also, how an abandoned Victorian railway tunnel in Northamptonshire is being transformed into a racetrack.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 18th February 2021)

A man confesses to murdering his boss, despite being unable to remember what happened. Convinced that things are not as simple as they seem, Neville determines to uncover the truth and unmask the real killer. Detective drama, starring Ralf Little.

Kate Humble’s Coastal Walks (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 19th February 2021)

The naturalist enjoys an 11-mile walk in Exmoor along the South West Coast Path, regarded as one of the most beautiful such paths in the world. Starting at Porlock Weir, Kate heads to St Bueno’s, a tiny parish church that seats just 33 worshippers – and which holds a dark past. She then heads inland to see the valley that inspired RD Blackmore’s 1869 novel of outlaws and revenge, Lorna Doone. At Lynmouth, Kate rides the world’s highest and steepest water-powered railway, before finishing her walk seemingly on top of the world in the Valley of Rocks.

It’s a Sin (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 19th February 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

November 1991 finds the situation darkening. Jill and Roscoe work extra hours, while Ritchie clings to past success and even Carol finds a kinder side. As the final days of the old gang unravel, everyone must face up to the spectre of Aids and the prejudice and fear that walk alongside it. When Valerie goes on the warpath, terrible confrontations are made and it falls to Jill to find hope and reconciliation for Ritchie in the darkest days of their lives. The final instalment of Russell T Davies’ drama, starring Olly Alexander, Keeley Hawes and Lydia West.

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

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