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.

Jul 072018
 

The Rise and Fall of Nokia (BBC 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 10th July 2018)

Once upon a time there was a large Finnish company that manufactured the world’s best and most innovative mobile phones. Nokia’s annual budget was larger than that of the government of Finland and everyone who worked there shared in the windfall. But global domination cost the company its pioneering spirit and quantity gradually took over from quality, with new phone models being churned out by the dozen. Market share eroded, until in 2016, mobile phone production in Finland ceased. The Rise and Fall of Nokia is a wry morality tale for our times, told by those that lived and worked through the rollercoaster years in a company that dominated a nation.

Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 11th July 2018)

Alan Titchmarsh reveals the history, human stories and the hidden treasures of Britain’s historical estates. Set on the shores of the beautiful Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland is one of the most glorious houses in the National Trust Collection, Mount Stewart.

David Baddiel on the Silk Road (Quest | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 11th July 2018)

David explores the wilds of Central Asia to find what the Chinese wanted for their precious silk. In a remote gorge in Kazakhstan he finds clues carved in the rock.

Celebrity Five Go Caravanning (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 13th 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 head to the Lake District, England’s largest national park. Making the most of the lakes, the gang take to the water in Coniston and step back in time on the world’s oldest passenger steamer, on Ullswater.

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

Jun 302018
 

Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow (Channel 4 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 4th July 2018)

In the series finale to this unique restoration project, all four carriages are brought together to create a bespoke ‘Time Train’, representing 100 years of railway history. The Time Train will run on the beautiful Llangollen Railway. This means that first off three of the carriages have to make their own epic journeys to get there. Once in the Llangollen, the carriages are coupled up, and Peter – decked out in boiler suit and cap – drives the steam locomotive. Henry Cole joins chef Ben Mason in the kitchen, preparing a celebratory lunch for everyone to enjoy, seated in the luxurious surroundings of the Pullman dining car. At the end of a unique experience, Peter states: ‘Not only is my tummy a bit full after that excellent lunch but I must admit my old heart’s a bit stirred too. What our restorers have achieved is something truly extraordinary.’.

Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 4th July 2018)

Alan Titchmarsh reveals the history, human stories and the hidden treasures of Britain’s historical estates. This spectacular mansion spread out over a stunning 900 acres of Staffordshire was built by a mixture of courage, creativity and brotherly love.

David Baddiel on the Silk Road (Quest | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 4th July 2018)

Comedian David Baddiel embarks on his adventure in China. He learns the secret of silk that could get a man killed and visits caves full of hidden treasures.

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

Jun 232018
 

Beyond the Clouds (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 26th June 2018)

Documentary series as Rob Bell explores the global phenomenon that is the skyscraper. What does it take to keep these vertical cities functioning around the clock? How will new technology – including the brave new world of wooden ‘plyscrapers’ – affect the towers of the future?

Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow (Channel 4 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 27th June 2018)

In this episode, a family restores one of only two surviving coaches used by Queen Victoria. The carriage has been rotting in a car park for decades. But now owner Stephen Middleton is putting his heart and soul into a restoration fit for a queen. Helped by his wife Ying, and teenage daughter Honey, Stephen uncovers a hidden gold step and an early gas light in the roof. Peter keeps a particular beady eye on the work, telling Stephen, ‘Queen Victoria will be turning in her grave if you don’t get this right.’ And Henry Cole investigates how engineers met Queen Victoria’s demands for a smooth ride.

Building Britain’s Canals (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 29th June 2018)

Documentary series in which historian Dan Jones uncovers the stories behind three of Britain’s canals. Dan examines the creation of arguably the prettiest of the country’s waterways, the Kennet and Avon Canal. It came into being thanks to the genius of a young engineer named John Rennie, whose inspiration and innovations created a canal that linked Bristol and London.

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

Jun 162018
 

Beyond the Clouds (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 19th June 2018)

Documentary series as Rob Bell explores the global phenomenon that is the skyscraper. Rob starts with a visit to the Burj Khalifa, the current world record holder in Dubai. What challenges must be overcome to anchor such giants to the ground? What effect do the elements have on design and construction? What is behind the race to build faster, higher and greater?

The Yorkshire Dales and the Lakes (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 19th June 2018)

The show that looks at life in the national parks of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales returns for a new series. In the Lakes, champion sheep breeder Arnold Lancaster prepares his flock for the famous Westmorland County Show. In the Dales, the church bells at St Bartholomew’s remain silent after their belfry has fallen into disrepair. Locals arrange a fund raiser to get the bells ringing again. And dog trainer John Halstad prepares his dog Wren for a Dales trial.

Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow (Channel 4 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 20th June 2018)

Luxury and glamour are at the heart of this episode, as the series jumps forward 100 years to 1960. The restoration project this time is a rusting and tired Pullman dining car, one of the very last batch to be made in Britain. The dedicated restoration team at Tyseley Engineering Works in Birmingham must transform both the dining car while getting the wreck of a kitchen back to working order. There’s heavy engineering to do, as well as meticulous attention to detail needed. Peter’s third driving lesson sees him grappling with reading signals, while still keeping the fire burning and the steam at the correct pressure. Henry Cole delves into the history of catering on the railways.

Building Britain’s Canals (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 22nd June 2018)

Writer and historian Dan Jones uncovers the unique stories behind three of Britain’s most iconic canals. Experimental for the time, this canal rises 500ft above sea level, scales the steep Pennines and turned Liverpool into the busiest port in the world.

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

Jun 092018
 

The Space Shuttle: Triumph and Tragedy (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 11th June 2018)

Following the Challenger disaster, the Shuttle was saved by the fall of the Soviet Union, as America worried that Russian scientists would defect to rogue states and advance their own space projects. President Clinton was then persuaded to use the Shuttles to supply Russia’s Mir space station. This cooperation eventually led to the creation of the International Space Station.

Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow (Channel 4 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 13th June 2018)

This holiday-themed episode visits the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, as an enchanting wooden carriage from the very dawn of the railway age – 1864 – is restored. In its heyday, the carriage transported Victorian holidaymakers to the posh seaside resorts on the Isle of Wight, but it was scrapped in 1920 and converted into a holiday chalet. The team prepare to convert it back into a carriage featuring two second class compartments and a first class salon, with rich blue velvet handmade upholstery and carefully crafted period features. Peter Snow goes for his second driving lesson. And Henry Cole explores how the railways were responsible for bringing seaside holidays to the masses.

Before Grenfell: A Hidden History (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 13th June 2018)

Residents of the community around Grenfell Tower tell an extraordinary story, 150 years in the making, of how their borough became the most unequal place in Britain.

Building Britain’s Canals (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 15th June 2018)

Writer and historian Dan Jones uncovers the unique stories behind three of Britain’s most iconic canals. The Grand Union Canal from Birmingham to London began its history more than 200 years ago, and challenged the greatest industrial engineering minds of the time. Now it has found new life as a leisure destination for thousands of holidaymakers.

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

Jun 022018
 

Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 10:00pm | Monday 4th June 2018)

Documentary, presented by Lucy Worsley, which uses dramatised testimony to tell the story of a group of working-class women conducting a dangerous campaign for the vote and the attempts by the state to stop them. Lucy explores the actions of these women as their campaign becomes more and more dangerous, and she has access to an amazing range of artefacts, from hunger-striking medals to defused bombs and private letters between the government and the press. The decisive and largely negative role that members of Parliament played is explored, as is that of the police, both in the ways in which the suffragettes’ demonstrations were handled and the covert and sometimes violent tactics that were used against them. As the actions of the suffragettes became increasingly extreme, it would take a world-changing event to stop their campaign in its tracks and allow some form of equality at the ballot box.

The Space Shuttle: Triumph and Tragedy (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 4th June 2018)

Documentary about the iconic spacecraft. NASA engineers reveal how they pushed technology to new limits when they created the Shuttle. Historian Roland White suggests the original intention for the Shuttle was to use it to carry out spying missions. And NASA’s Wayne Hale remembers the Challenger disaster.

Mackintosh: Glasgow’s Neglected Genius (BBC 2 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 5th June 2018)

Documentary in which Glasgow artist Lachlan Goudie examines the life, work and legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland’s most celebrated architect and designer. The film examines Mackintosh’s iconic buildings, notably the Glasgow School of Art, as well as his own personal story. Little known at home, his work found favour on the continent and he continued to create remarkable pieces of art into his later years despite struggling for work and having to endure real poverty.

Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow (Channel 4/Not HD on Freesat, so like watching in B&W | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 6th June 2018)

In a first for railway restoration, teams of restoration experts from across Britain take four of the most iconic carriages ever to run on the railways and restore them to their former glory. The carriages come from different eras, spanning 100 years of railway travel – ranging from a wooden coach from 1864, on the Isle of Wight, to a royal coach used by Queen Victoria, and a glamorous Pullman dining car from 1960. The show is presented by Peter Snow and Henry Cole. While Peter keeps across the ups and downs of each restoration, Henry explores what it was like to be a passenger during different eras of rail travel. The first episode comes from the stunning Vale of Llangollen in North Wales, where a passionate team of restorers try to bring a dilapidated carriage from 1912 back to life. The carriage was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley – who went on to build The Flying Scotsman.

Secrets of the Chocolate Factory: Inside Cadbury (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 7th June 2018)

Documentary celebrating the history of one of Britain’s iconic institutions. For almost 200 years, Cadbury has been the home of chocolate, making a staggering 350 tonnes of milk chocolate a day. It’s far more than just a factory as from the beginning it set out to build a magical place for its employees. However, it’s not always been a sweet story.

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

May 052018
 

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

Behind-the-scenes documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. As Storm Eleanor strikes a fly-away plastic bag causes a power outage trapping three trains, in Hungerford a falling tree hits a Penzance-bound service, and engineers work through the night to fix a crack that has been discovered in a set of points near Oxford.

British Airways (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 8th May 2018)

Two-part documentary charting the highs and lows of British Airways as it approaches its centenary. Former pilots, crew and customers reveal their tales, combined with incredible archive footage. Stories includes the advent of luxury flight, the world’s most expensive advertising campaign, getting caught up in the Gulf War, and the aborted take-off of Heathrow T5.

Ambulance (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 10th May 2018)

In an average week, crews across the West Midlands respond to 30 stabbings. Pete and Matt, a specialist trauma team, are called to treat the victim of a brutal knife attack. They carry out urgent medical intervention at the scene in a bid to save the man’s life. Paramedics Christine and Chris start their day shift with a man who has collapsed in Worcester town centre after a suspected drug overdose. They give him an opiate antidote to stop him slipping into a coma, but the effect is only temporary. With A&E departments across the region busy, ambulance crews face waiting times of up to two hours before they can hand over their patients. When Jo and Tracey are called to 90-year-old Dennis, who has been vomiting, they want to save him from the inevitable delay at hospital. But GP surgeries are under pressure too. and they can’t get through to his doctor. They have no option but to take Dennis to hospital and join the queue.

Britain’s Great Cathedrals, with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 11th May 2018)

Tony Robinson tells the turbulent history of six of Britain’s cathedrals. Winchester is the longest medieval cathedral in northern Europe. It is also one of Britain’s oldest cathedrals and a monument to the wealth and power of the Normans. Kings and queens have been christened, married and laid to rest here.

Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 11th May 2018)

Michael Portillo unlocks the doors to four extraordinary abandoned locations. Imber Village was evacuated in 1943 to be used as a WWII training ground. Despite promises that the residents could return after the war, the village remains in the hands of the military today, and has been used for training against the IRA and the Taliban.

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

Apr 282018
 

A Force in Crisis (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Monday 30th April 2018)

Sam Poling investigates the series of crises to have hit Police Scotland, five years after the creation of the national force. She hears damning testimony from serving officers and discovers evidence of misconduct and the manipulation of crime figures. The programme reveals leaked documents which show corruption at the very heart of the force and a culture of fear within its ranks, documents those at the top tried to suppress. She asks the current chief constable whether, with his own controversial background, he is fit to lead.

Coast Lives (BBC 2/HD | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Monday 30th April 2018)

Series in which weatherman Barra Best voyages around the Northern Irish coastline, meeting those for whom the sea is a huge part of their lives. His journey begins at Lough Foyle, after which he makes his way to the picturesque harbour of Portbradden.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 30th April 2018)

Behind-the-scenes documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. A track circuit failure closes Platform 5 which is used by numerous high-speed trains, British Transport Police are out in force as rival Oxford and Millwall fans use the network, and a young man is seen on CCTV walking dangerously close to the edge of the platform.

Ambulance (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 3rd May 2018)

West Midlands Ambulance Service sees a spike in trauma cases and must manage problems of the winter NHS crisis that has left patients lying in the corridors of Royal Stoke Hospital.

Britain’s Great Cathedrals, with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 4th May 2018)

History series. Tony Robinson tells the turbulent history of six of Britain’s cathedrals. Liverpool cathedral is the Church of England’s newest cathedral, and it’s the largest in Britain. The cathedral was designed in the Gothic style by Giles Gilbert Scott, who also designed the red telephone box. It took 74 years to build and was paid for by money donated from the people of Liverpool.

Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 4th May 2018)

Documentary series. Michael Portillo unlocks the doors to four extraordinary abandoned locations. Since it opened 400 years ago, Shepton Mallet prison has seen thousands of prisoners, numerous executions and countless escape attempts. It has been home to gangsters, and during the Second World War a safe house for Britain’s most precious historic documents such as the Magna Carta.

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

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