Category: TV this week

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 14/05/2022

The Eurovision Song Contest (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 12:00am | Saturday 14th May 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Coverage of the 66th staging of the annual song competition, hosted by Italian TV and radio presenter Alessandro Cattelan and singers Laura Pausini and Mika from PalaOlimpico in Turin, following Italy’s victory in last year’s event with Zitti e buoni by Måneskin. The United Kingdom is represented this year by singer and social media personality Sam Ryder, who will be performing Space Man, which he co-wrote with Grammy-winner Amy Wadge and Max Wolfgang during the pandemic. The current favourite to win are Ukraine’s entry Kalush Orchestra with their song Stefania, who have been granted special permission to leave the country to perform gigs in Tel Aviv and Amsterdam ahead of the main event. Graham Norton will once again commentate and bring his distinctive charm to the spectacular event.

The Airport: Back in the Skies (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Monday 16th May 2022)

In early November, Heathrow’s most lucrative US routes are opening up to double-vaxxed passengers. Two aircraft prepare for a historic dual take-off. Hayley, a senior airfield officer, is back from furlough and resolving gridlock on the taxiway as two planes come face to face. Footfall is growing but lost revenue from the closure of shops and restaurants poses a serious risk to Heathrow’s survival. Jeremy Spake meets an entrepreneur who is setting up a new restaurant in Terminal 2.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 17th May 2022)

The team are in Corby, Northamptonshire, to complete a build for Jackie and Colin Hutchison and their three children. The eldest, Jordan, has cerebral palsy and epilepsy – but this has not stopped him raising huge sums of money for charity. However, he and his family are currently living with his grandmother after a after a series of building issues left them without the money to complete their own home renovation. As ever, Nick Knowles and the team, plus hundreds of local workers, arrive to change this family’s life in just a few short days.

Secrets of the London Underground (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 19th May 2022)

Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway explore King William Street, the original terminus of the first electric Tube in the world.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 20th May 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Return of the travel series narrated by Bill Nighy, beginning with a trip from the Kyle of Lochalsh, a tiny fishing village on the far west coast of Scotland. The jounrney heads east across the Highlands, then turns south through the whisky country of Speyside to Aberdeen, Scotland’s oil capital.

World’s Most Amazing Tractors (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 20th May 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Getting to grips with the biggest, fastest and most powerful tractors on the planet, including those in Alaska, Florida and the UK. There’s a look in Montana at the biggest tractor ever built, a self-driving tractor with pinpoint precision in Cambridgeshire and a report on the sport of tractor pulling from Florida.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 07/05/2022

The Airport: Back in the Skies (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Monday 9th May 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Jeremy Spake presents a look at daily life at Heathrow during four months of the pandemic, as the airport prepares to resume full operations after 18 months of travel restrictions. Jeremy helps to deep-clean a Boeing 787 900 bound for Delhi, before joining the flight team at the gate to hand out PPE and help calm the nerves of passengers struggling with locator forms.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 10th May 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Nick Knowles meets Kettering mum of four Lindsey, who married her ex-Royal Engineer husband Shaun in December 2019, after which they began to extend their Kettering home. But a few months later Shaun was struck down with cancer, and died in November 2021, leaving Lindsey and her children with an unfinished home. But help is on hand as the DIY SOS team, along with hundreds of local trades and several of Shaun’s old army buddies, step in to finish the job.

Will Young: Alcohol and My Brother Rupert (Channel 4/HD | 10:05pm to 11:10pm | Tuesday 10th May 2022)

Will Young lost his brother in July 2020 after a 20-year struggle with alcoholism. In this candid documentary, the singer talks about the pain of coping with a loved one’s addiction and sets out to understand the impact alcoholism can have on families. Among those he meets are a podcaster and campaigner who has battled her own issues with alcohol and an expert who works on the front line of addiction treatment.

Grand Designs: The Street (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:05pm | Wednesday 11th May 2022)

Kevin McCloud follows the progress of Army couple Leah and Craig, whose lives have been dictated by the military. They have designed a contemporary, timber-clad kit house where they can escape from the beige of the barracks. Kevin also meets Jitinder, who works as a consultant helping businesses operate more efficiently – skills he is using in the process of building his own Hollywood Hills-style bachelor pad.

Secrets of the London Underground (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 12th May 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK  **

Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway discover the hidden world of the Waterloo and City, the only line entirely underground.

Lighthouses: Building the Impossible (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 13th May 2022)

Rob Bell explores the spiritual home of lifesaving – the Longstone lighthouse off the coast of Northumberland, scene of a much discussed rescue attempt by the Victorian lighthouse keeper’s daughter, Grace Darling. Rob sees why the lonely beauty of the Farne Islands is not only a refuge for wildlife, but also a deadly trap for mariners seeking refuge from the tempestuous North Sea.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 30/04/2022

Our Changing Planet (BBC 1/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 1st May 2022)

Part two of two. Three more presenters visit threatened ecoystems around the world. Liz Bonnin is in California, discovering how climate change has led to wildfires. Gordon Buchanan reports from Brazil, joining a project to save the jaguar. Ade Adepitan visits Kenya, and discovers how rising temperatures have led to droughts and limited rainfall, with severe implications for wildlife.

Grand Designs: The Street (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 4th May 2022)

The property show follows animator Joanna and carpenter Ben, who are building a magnificent American ranch-style house in a gritty part of Glasgow. Like the buildings of the Wild West which inspires them, the couple’s house will be made from simple materials with a structural Douglas fir frame and clad entirely in larch with a rustic tin roof. But with a tight budget of £170,000, Joanna and Ben can only afford it if they construct it themselves. The trouble is, they have never built a house before.

Secrets of the London Underground (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 5th May 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK & NEW SERIES **

Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway explore the disused Jubilee line areas of Charing Cross station, now more famous as a film location.

Lighthouses: Building the Impossible (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 6th May 2022)

Rob Bell explores the bizarre history of The Smalls, one of Britain’s most remote offshore lighthouses. Situated 20 miles off the Pembrokeshire coast, its isolated location on a reef in the Irish Sea has challenged builders, architects and keepers for over 200 years, leaving it wreathed in dark tales and mystery.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/04/2022

Grand Designs: The Street (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 27th April 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Kevin McCloud follows John and Julia, who are realising their 30-year dream of building an amazing house designed by architect John after years of bad luck. They have secured a plot at Graven Hill in Oxfordshire and John has designed a modernist wedge of a home for them to retire to. But as soon as they start, their run of bad luck continues – the lockdown brings construction to a halt and every month in their expensive rented house eats away at their budget – in turn threatening their vision for a comfortable retirement.

Lighthouses: Building the Impossible (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th April 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Rob Bell uncovers the secrets of one of Britain’s most heroic feats of engineering – the rock lighthouse. In this first edition, he heads to Wolf Rock, eight miles off the Cornish coast, and sees for himself why it was such a Herculean struggle to build a stone tower here 160 years ago, with the rock fully exposed to the awesome power of the North Atlantic.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 16/04/2022

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 7:10pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 17th April 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

In this swashbuckling Easter special, the Doctor, Yaz and Dan travel back to the 19th-century and a run-in with notorious pirate queen Madame Ching, who is on the hunt for a legendary lost treasure. An old enemy is rising from the depths, and the Doctor is soon drawn into a confrontation with the ocean-dwelling Sea Devils.

Grand Designs: The Street (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th April 2022)

Kevin McCloud follows more couples building their own homes in Graven Hill, Oxfordshire. Vineet and Simmi have engaged a friend from the community to construct their new home, blurring the line between friendship and business – and things become even trickier when Vineet changes his mind about the layout mid-project. Prabhjot and Shalini’s new-build is a super-quick kit house which should go up in a matter of weeks. But with such a close community, their home will need to take their friends’ tastes into account as well as their own.

Kate Humble’s Coastal Walks (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 22nd April 2022)

On the Scottish Borders, Kate walks almost 15 miles from the historic fishing village of St Abbs to England’s most northerly town, Berwick Upon Tweed. Her trek starts on St Abbs Head, from where she descends to St Abbs harbour, named after a Northumbrian Princess and Saint, Ebba, who was shipwrecked and founded a nearby monastery in the 7th century.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 09/04/2022

Rock Family Trees: The Birth of Cool Britannia (BBC 2/HD | 10:15pm to 11:15pm | Saturday 9th April 2022)
** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Sara Cox reveals the story behind the birth of Britpop and how a handful of like-minded musicians paved the way for a revolution in British music. The programme explores the intricately connected lineage of Suede, Elastica and Blur, featuring interviews with Brett Anderson, Justine Frischmann, Mat Osman, Justin Welch and numerous other key players to chart the friendships, fall-outs and changing line-ups.

Thatcher & Reagan: A Very Special Relationship (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 10th April 2022)

Charles Moore concludes his examination of the alliance between UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher and US president Ronald Reagan in the 1980s by looking at how their mutual trust was tested to the limit as they sought a way to end the Cold War. With contributions by Bernard Ingham, Malcolm Rifkind, Peter Robinson, Dov Zakheim, Charles Powell and Ken Adelman.

Should I Buy An Electric Car? (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 7:55pm | Wednesday 13th April 2022)

Alexis Conran takes an in-depth look at electric cars as he asks all the questions that motorists looking to make the switch from petrol to electric are asking.

Grand Designs: The Street (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 13th April 2022)

Kevin McCloud returns to Graven Hill in Oxfordshire, the UK’s largest mass self-build site, to witness the trials, setbacks and successes of those who are designing and building their own, highly individual homes. First up are Carlos and Maite, who have ambitious plans to build a bold, Spanish-inspired home. But Maite does not just want to live in it, she is also designing it – without any professional qualifications. Meanwhile, co-presenter Natalie Huq follows the birth of a new street in Glasgow, where the local council have given six families an opportunity to construct their own homes on a small plot – beginning with an American-style ranch.

Meet Joe Black (BBC 1/HD | 10:40pm to 1:30am | Wednesday 13th April 2022)
** FILM OF THE WEEK **

Death takes over the body of a recently deceased young man, and embarks on a mission to claim the life of a powerful media tycoon, but ends up falling in love with his daughter instead – leaving him on the horns of a dilemma. Remake of 1934 romantic fantasy Death Takes a Holiday, starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Claire Forlani.

Cornwall: A Year by the Sea (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 14th April 2022)

In a bid to extend the season and entice guests to Cornwall in winter, Veryan and Richard make sure the Headland is as festive as possible, deploying an army of volunteers to decorate the hotel. Winter is about sardines for Tom, as he crews on another boat for his friend Will.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 02/04/2022

Thatcher & Reagan: A Very Special Relationship (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 3rd April 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Part one of two. Margaret Thatcher’s authorised biographer Charles Moore explores the formr prime minister’s extremely close relationship with US president Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. The two leaders came together in the shadow of the Cold War and nuclear Armageddon, and Charles meets the people who were in the room with them as they faced the great challenge of their age.

Falklands War: The Forgotten Battle (itv/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 7th April 2022)

Ben Fogle uncovers the untold story of a small garrison of British Marines and the battle they fought against near-impossible odds during the Falklands War. Throughout the programme, Ben hears from veterans of Naval Party 8901 who, with fewer than 70 lightly armed men, were left to face an Argentine invading force some ten times that number.

Cornwall: A Year by the Sea (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 7th April 2022)

Autumn presents an opportunity to take stock on the farm. Matt is training Moose, his young sheepdog, and the pregnant ewes are being scanned to see how many lambs they can expect next year. Meanwhile, Charlie is trying hard to encourage and protect grey partridges on the farm.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 26/03/2022

Holby City (BBC 1/HD | 7:50pm to 8:35pm | Tuesday 22nd March 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

In the last ever episode of the medical drama, reverberations of Jac’s surgery are felt around Darwin and beyond. Will life on Wyvern Wing ever be the same again? A wounded Dom feels more left out than ever after learning Josh and Ange have closed him out of their family crises, while Donna and Hanssen rally around Lexy after bad news, but she is determined to seize the day.

Cornwall: A Year by the Sea (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 31st March 2022)

Cameras focus on professional surfer Sam, and the tourists wanting surfing lessons. With magnolias no longer in flower at the Caerhays Estate, attention turns to the coastline. And pasty makers Ann and son Fergus attempt to keep up with demand for this tasty local dish.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 19/03/2022

Holby City (BBC 1/HD | 7:55pm to 8:40pm | Tuesday 22nd March 2022)

Jac prepares for her life-or-death operation, but before she goes under the knife she has a dreadful demand for her surgeon and a task for Sacha. Are these the wishes of a woman still fighting or one who has accepted her fate? Josh over-invests in a familiar patient, while returning Rev Lexy receives good news about a new kidney.

This is Going to Hurt (BBC 1/HD | 9:10pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 22nd March 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

A grieving Adam is living miserably at his parents’ house, and when the time comes to face the tribunal over his malpractice, he finds himself torn between telling the truth or keeping his job. He says an emotional farewell as Erika’s baby is finally discharged, and tries to reconnect with Harry by inviting him to Greg’s wedding – but his ex-fiance still feels wounded by his past betrayals. Drama, starring Ben Whishaw.

Cornwall: A Year by the Sea (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 24th March 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Documentary exploring Cornwall as a thriving county all year round. Cameras focus on father Charlie and son Matt as their family farm near Padstow bursts into action. There’s also a look at magnolias at Caerhays Castle, one of Britain’s horticultural treasures.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 12/03/2022

Canal Boat Diaries (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 14th March 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Narrowboater Robbie Cumming begins a 170-mile journey across the north of England. However, he soon runs into difficulty when he encounters a propeller problem in Wigan and runs aground in Blackburn. Nevertheless, he pushes on to navigate a true wonder of the waterways, the Burnley Embankment.

Tom Daley’s Hell of a Homecoming (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 14th March 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The Olympic diver takes on an epic endurance challenge as he rows, cycles, swims and runs his way from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford to his home town of Plymouth. The first day begins with a 5am start at the Aquatics Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where Tom won his first Olympic medal in 2012. Just nine weeks earlier Tom had never been in a rowing boat before, but his challenge begins with a demanding five mile row all the way to Tower Bridge in central London.

Canal Boat Diaries (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Tuesday 15th March 2022)

Narrowboater and film-maker Robbie Cumming crosses the Pennines on the picturesque Leeds and Liverpool Canal, and lends a hand to hire boaters in Gargrave, North Yorkshire. He also encounters

Holby City (BBC 1/HD | 7:50pm to 8:30pm | Tuesday 15th March 2022)

An old face returns to the hospital on the invitation of Fletch, who hopes this left-field choice of surgeon will agree to perform Jac’s risky surgery. However, Jac’s focus on her health is diverted when Kylie tells her the truth about Madge’s injuries. Jeong’s chances of competing in the junior doctor competition are scuppered by a sprained wrist. So when a patient collapses and needs urgent help, will he be able to rise to the occasion?

This is Going to Hurt (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:50pm | Tuesday 15th March 2022)

Heartbroken Adam is living at Greg’s and trying to find a new flat, and to cover the cost of his expensive break-up he does a locum shift at a private hospital, where he gets an eye-opening idea of how the other half lives. However, he soon realises how ill-equipped the hospital is in the case of an emergency. Meanwhile, Shruti shows how much she has improved when she takes charge of a challenging night shift.

Canal Boat Diaries (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Wednesday 16th March 2022)

Narrowboater Robbie Cumming explores the Victorian village of Saltaire on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. He also moors up in Leeds and goes in search of an abandoned waterway on the Aire and Calder Navigation.

Canal Boat Diaries (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Thursday 17th March 2022)

On the last leg of his epic journey across the north of England, narrowboater Robbie Cumming tackles the fast-flowing River Ouse and is forced to make an emergency stop. His destination is Ripon Basin at the outer reaches of Britain’s inland waterways.

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

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