Category: TV this week

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/01/2021

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 26th January 2021)

Tim Dunn visits the Royal Albert Bridge and finds out how it was constructed. He also visits Wolverhampton to learn about the history of its train stations, old and new.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 27th January 2021)

Kevin McCloud meets energy conservationist Andrew, who has decided to build a radical, self-heating home for his family – the first of its kind in the UK. He aims to heat the house all year round by storing the warmth of the summer sun into insulated earth banks over and around the house, and then drawing the warmth back into the living spaces in winter. However, this pioneering construction seems an exercise in trial and error from the start, and what began as a seemingly simple, pure concept becomes a complicated feat of engineering.

The Thames: Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 27th January 2021)

The presenter watches a tunnelling machine being transported up the river into central London, and discovers plans to build a new tunnel under the Thames to take pressure off the crossing at Dartford. He also makes a late-night visit to New Covent Garden Market, and meets a Paralympian in training at Marlow Rowing Club.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 28th January 2021)

Neville tries to embrace island life with a game of beach volleyball, only for a rogue sandfly bite to land him in hospital. His time on the ward takes a shocking turn when a nurse takes her own life – although the DI suspects foul play and starts to build a case against his key suspects. Meanwhile, JP and Marlon are struggling to achieve a good working relationship.

Hadrian’s Wall with Robson Green (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 28th January 2021)

The actor makes an early start for the remaining 46 miles of his trek along Hadrian’s Wall, crossing the border from Northumbria to Cumbria at Gilslan, where he finds playful graffiti from the Romans. Moving on, he learns how to link a Cumbrian sausage, takes to the skies for a bird’s-eye view of Carlisle and finally reaches the end of his journey at Bowness-on-Solway.

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

The comedian takes a tour of the Cotswolds, beginning in Tetbury, where she gets some tips for a practice run for the market town’s famous woolsack races, before moving on to Westonbirt, home to forest bathing and a club devoted to puddings. Susan moves on to Bourton-on-the-Water miniature village, makes a spoon under the guidance of a special silversmith, and explores the gardens of an Indian palace in the midst of the Cotswolds.

It’s a Sin (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th January 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

As Ritchie and Jill embark on a scheme to become professional actors, Colin is excited to be offered a trip to New York. Roscoe hides his fury when he finds himself excluded from his sister’s wedding, while Jill finds herself entering a world of mystery and fear. The stories in the headlines are becoming true, and the shadow of Aids looms, but Ritchie’s denial is ferocious and Jill finds herself unable to tell the truth as the situation gets worse. Drama, starring Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas and Callum Scott Howells.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th January 2021)

A journey through the mountains of the Italian Riviera in a restored vintage 1920s train, beginning at Cinque Terre national park, and concluding in the historic port city of Genoa. Along the way, the train stops at the elegant resort of Santa Margherita and the remote 10th-century abbey of San Fruttuoso.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 16/01/2021

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 19th January 2021)

Tim Dunn visits Weymss Bay Station in Inverclyde and also explores the engineering marvel that is Blackfriars station in central London.

The Truth About Improving Your Mental Health (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th January 2021)

Over the past 12 months, a team from Imperial College London, in collaboration with the BBC, have surveyed the mental health of over 350,000 people across the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, clinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron joins former England footballer Alex Scott to discover how the latest science can help us gain greater control over our state of mind and improve mental health and wellbeing.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th January 2021)

Kevin McCloud follows the progress of Nathan and Amye as they build a giant cathedral-like property modelled on Dutch barn style houses, but with a contemporary twist. It is a hugely ambitious plan, and with Nathan project managing and setting themselves just a year to finish the build, the pressure to pull it off is huge.

The Thames: Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th January 2021)

Tony goes behind the scenes at the iconic Cutty Sark in Greenwich, meeting with the passionate team who care for this historical tourist attraction. Later, Tony visits a metal recycling yard on the banks of the river, before heading out of London to the Hoo peninsula in Kent, where he discovers a rich history of military defence in one small fort.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 21st January 2021)

It seems money doesn’t buy happiness when lottery winner Cherry is found dead at her luxurious villa, much to the horror of her husband and their visiting friends. As usual, Neville and the team are presented with a real head-scratcher when it turns out no one was in the house at the time – and the mystery deepens when the victim’s body apparently vanishes into thin air. Meanwhile, JP is training unruly new officer Marlon, aware that his wife Rosey is due to give birth at any time. Kelvin Fletcher, Jason Manford and Faye McKeever guest star.

Hadrian’s Wall with Robson Green (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 21st January 2021)

The actor travels from Chollerford to Walltown Crags, and learns more about how the Romans took care of themselves so far from home. He samples natural cuisine and checks out the spa at Chesters Fort, before paying a visit to the latrines of Housesteads Fort, which were once the envy of an empire. He goes on to pit his fishing abilities against an angling rival, gladiator-style, before climbing Steel Rigg to reach the route’s highest summit.

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

The comedian ventures east of the Pennines on a 126-mile journey that begins at the North Yorkshire village of Runswick Bay, where she goes hunting for a rare gemstone called Whitby Jet. Susan samples the local cod and chips before exploring the gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey – famed for inspiring some of the most dramatic scenes in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. After a spell at Mother Shipton’s Cave – the oldest tourist attraction in England – she meets up with a group whose members reconstruct Roman gladiatorial battles in York. Finally, Susan ventures to Malham Cove, a huge curving amphitheatre-shaped cliff.

It’s a Sin (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 22nd January 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Russell T Davies’ drama, set in the 1980s during the Aids crisis, following the lives of a group of young gay men. September 1981 finds 18-year-old Ritchie leaving the Isle of Wight to go to university. In London, Roscoe walks out of parents’ home, while Colin arrives from Wales to start a new career on Savile Row. The three men meet, and along with fellow student Ash and best friend Jill form a gang and move into a flat, christened the Pink Palace. However, a distant threat on the horizon means that life in the 1980s might be all too precious. Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas and Callum Scott Howells star.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 22nd January 2021)

Luxury heritage train The Northern Belle, aka steam locomotive 6201 Princess Elizabeth, travels through England’s rural north west. Beginning in Preston, the passengers of its stylish 1930s Pullman carriages are soon whisked up through Cumbria and the spectacular landscapes of the Lake District. The train continues on to historic Carlisle, the site of a world-class medieval cathedral and home to supposedly England’s most haunted station. It then joins the Settle to Carlisle line, considered one of the most scenic railway routes in the world.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 09/01/2021

London’s Greatest Bridges With Rob Bell (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 13th January 2021)

Rob Bell explores the extraordinary stories of four of London’s most iconic bridges, uncovering the history behind how – and why – they were built. In the second episode, Rob focuses on the story of London’s Tower Bridge, looking closely at he bridge’s ingenious engineering, and how this bridge has become entwined with the people of the east-end, the Blitz, and the end of Empire.

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

Kevin McCloud meets Greg and Georgie who are taking on the highly ambitious task of converting a dilapidated, 35-year-old barn in Kent. The build will be a huge challenge involving the painstaking conservation of the existing rotten structure, building a new two-storey internal steel frame and recycling everything they can to stretch their £250,000 budget.

The Thames: Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 13th January 2021)

In the second episode, Tony explores the river’s role as a vital trade artery connecting the country to the outside world, going behind the scenes at London Gateway, the newest and largest container port on the Thames. Later, he visits Whitstable, famous for its oysters that come from the Thames estuary.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 14th January 2021)

A teenage paddleboarder is being swept out to sea off the coast of north Wales, so the crew of the Abersoch lifeboat race to reach him before he is lost for ever. The crew of the Lizard lifeboat station face two missions, as they are called out to a cargo ship taking on water and in danger of sinking with its crew still on board, followed by a small yacht being battered by a storm in the Atlantic.

Iain Robertson Rambles (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Thursday 14th January 2021)

In the second of two programmes, actor Iain Robertson treks the last 52 miles of the West Highland Way, joined by some familiar faces along the way. He and his River City co-star Lesley Hart begin with a six-mile walk from Crianlarich to Tyndrum, before he ventures into the mist-swirling valley of Glencoe, and a rained-off climb sees him reunited with Small Faces actor Steven Duffy for an unscheduled day trip. He then makes it across the Devil’s Staircase and visits the town of Kinlochleven, where his father grew up, before finally descending into Fort William and facing Ben Nevis.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 14th January 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

An archaeologist is poisoned during a dig, and with only two suspects and a quick confession, it looks like this is going to be an open-and-shut case. However, it turns out the archaeologists were not alone – and the team realise they have little to no evidence. Meanwhile, Neville and Florence realise they might get along better than they originally thought, although the DI’s attempts to embrace island life do not find favour with the Commissioner.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 15th January 2021)

The comedian aboard her vintage camper van, explores the mountainous region of north-west England and the Lake District. She begins her 142-mile journey just south of Penrith, travelling down through the lakes, before heading west to finish near Keswick. Along the way she meets the people and visits the places that make this most scenic part of Britain unique. On Ullswater, Susan gets a chance to take charge of the oldest working passenger vessel in the world, the Lady of the Lake. Then she hears of Beatrix Potter’s love of the region before heading the spooky Muncaster Castle.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 15th January 2021)

A journey through Sicily that takes in seven Unesco World Heritage sites, with the first stop being a visit to a castle whose baron was inspired by Hampton Court. There’s a meeting in Modica with Sicily’s most famous chocolatier, a trip on the unique railway that travels around Etna, and a visit to Ragusa, a baroque-inspired city famous for its beauty and for its spiral railway that travels within a mountain.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 02/01/2021

Winter Walks (BBC Four/HD | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Monday 4th January 2021)

Celebrities explore landscapes in Yorkshire and Cumbria. Selina Scott enjoys a gentle walk around Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales. Along the way, she learns stories of extraordinary philanthropy, meets walkers and a fisherman, and ends her journey drinking local ale in a pub famed for ferret racing.

Winter Walks (BBC Four/HD | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Tuesday 5th January 2021)

Regional series in which celebrities explore landscapes in Yorkshire and Cumbria. Lemn Sissay walks along ancient drovers’ roads in Cumbria’s Dentdale, meeting locals, including a farmer who collects vintage tractors and a lone bagpiper, and making a challenging climb to England’s highest mainline train station.

The Cheetah Family and Me (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 5th January 2021)

Wildlife film-maker Gordon Buchanan gets close to wild cheetah in the Kalahari, experiencing first-hand the very real dangers these beautiful big cats face. The programme follows two females, each with a litter of cubs, as they navigate a harsh environment, dangerous wildlife and dwindling prey. Part one of two. 

Winter Walks (BBC Four/HD | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Wednesday 6th January 2021)

Celebrities explore landscapes in Yorkshire and Cumbria. Simon Armitage takes a coastal walk along Yorkshire’s enchanting and historic frontier with the North Sea. Starting in Ravenscar, Simon follows a disused railway line, passing former quarries and brickworks, before taking a beach walk from Boggle Hole to the picture-perfect Robin Hood’s Bay.

London’s Greatest Bridges With Rob Bell (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 6th January 2021)

Rob Bell explores the extraordinary stories of four of London’s most iconic bridges, uncovering the history behind how – and why – they were built. In the first episode, Rob focuses on the original, and for 17 centuries the only bridge across the Thames, London Bridge. Rob explores the multiple versions of this bridge over the centuries and charts how each has shaped Britain’s capital city, from the Romans who used it to control southern England, to the astonishing and raucous medieval bridge, designed by priests, inhabited by hundreds, and financed and managed by City merchants.

The Cheetah Family and Me (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 6th January 2021)

Wildlife film-maker Gordon Buchanan gets close to wild cheetah in the Kalahari, experiencing first-hand the very real dangers these beautiful big cats face. With the help of guides Richard Satekge and Julius Mkhize, this programme follows two female cheetah, each with a litter of cubs, as they navigate harsh environments, dangerous wildlife and dwindling prey. Part two of two.

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

Kevin McCloud follows more of Britain’s most ambitious self-building projects, as intrepid individuals attempt to design and construct the home of their dreams. In this first edition, Kevin meets former army captain Justin, who has spent £1.8million on an abandoned neo-Gothic cemetery keeper’s lodge and adjoining ex-council toilet block in south-west London. Justin’s vision is to restore the lodge but demolish the ugly toilet blocks and replace them with an enormous luxury ground-floor extension, with an added moat and a giant basement with a swimming pool – all just metres from the nearest grave.

The Thames: Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 6th January 2021)

The actor and presenter discovers what makes the Thames one of the greatest rivers in the world. This time, Tony gains access to one of the most iconic landmarks to sit on – or over – the River Thames, the Battersea Power Station. He goes inside the famous Control Room A to see how it is being restored and even has a go at replacing one of the laylights in the ceiling. Upstream in Berkshire, he visits the Cliveden House, before learning more about a unique art installation project on the river.

Winter Walks (BBC Four/HD | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Thursday 7th January 2021)

Yorkshire peer Baroness Sayeeda Warsi takes time out from her political life to seek peace and calm in the Dales. On her ramble through Wharfedale, the former government minister meets villagers in Kettlewell, a farmer preparing for lambing and a long-distance fell runner.

Iain Robertson Rambles (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 7th January 2021)

In the first of two programmes, Iain Robertson treks the 47 miles from Glasgow to Crianlarich, taking in Milngavie, Loch Lomond, a dog rescue and a spot of kayaking. Along the way he is joined by fellow actors Lesley Hart, Steven Duffy, restaurateur Guy Cowan and writer Donna Franceschild.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 7th January 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The Caribbean-set whodunit returns for its 10th anniversary series, which promises more murders and the return of one or two familiar faces. A TV news presenter is found dead in her pool at home. DI Neville Parker is convinced her co-host is responsible. But given he was live on air at the time, how could he have done it? The return of an experienced sergeant to the island could be just what Neville needs to crack the case.

Winter Walks (BBC Four/HD | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Friday 8th January 2021)

Celebrities explore landscapes in Yorkshire and Cumbria. The Rev Richard Coles walks through the North York Moors and along the Sutton Bank. His journey takes him to the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, once one of England’s most powerful Cistercian monasteries. where he reflects on the need for silent contemplation.

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

The comedian explores Devon and Cornwall in her vintage camper van, taking in some dramatic scenery, unspoilt countryside and incredible historic sights along the way. She stumbles across one of the area’s more unique attractions, including The Gnome Reserve, where she meets a local who has a collection of more than 1,000 gnomes, and finds out where the term ‘stickler’ comes from by taking part in the ancient sport of Cornish Wrestling, before ending her journey at the stunning coastal viewpoint of St Bedruthan Steps.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 8th January 2021)

The West Highland Line is one of the world’s truly legendary train routes, crossing spectacular Scottish moors and mountains as it heads towards Skye. Starting in Glasgow, it glides towards Loch Lomond, the world’s largest inland stretch of water. It then sweeps north to enter the wild and windswept landscape of Rannoch Moor. After ascending to Corrour, Britain’s highest station, the journey passes Ben Nevis, the UK’s tallest mountain and then across the famous Glenfinnan viaduct. The coastal town of Mallaig is gateway to the Isle of Skye with its world-famous Highland cuisine and many breathtaking views.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 19/12/2020

Britain’s Most Historic Towns (Channel 4/HD | 8:20pm to 9:20pm | Saturday 19th December 2020)

Alice Roberts visits Manchester to explore the spirit of protest and revolution that grew out of the experience of Britain’s working class during the Industrial Revolution. At the John Ryland Library, Alice is granted access to rarely-seen period documents that highlight the true human cost of the Peterloo massacre. At the Free Trade Hall, she explores how Manchester found itself at the heart of the battle against the hated Corn Laws, and at Chetham’s Library, Roberts sits at the very desk where Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx, inspired by the living conditions of Manchester’s working poor, began the discussions and research that would lead to the publication of the Communist Manifesto.

The Home Alone Story (Channel 5/HD | 8:20pm to 9:50pm | Saturday 19th December 2020)

Documentary celebrating the 1990 festive classic written by John Hughes. It’s a movie that turned its then-nine-year-old star, Macaulay Culkin, into the biggest child actor since Shirley Temple. Featuring interviews with film critics, fans, stuntmen and even a reformed burglar, who assesses the home security at the Home Alone house.

Off the Tracks: Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 20th December 2020)

A special festive peek behind the scenes at Glasgow Central. The tree is up, the Christmas shoppers are out and there is a very special visitor to the station concourse.

The Vicar of Dibley (BBC 1/HD | 8:50pm to 9:00pm | Monday 21st December 2020)

Geraldine anounces the winner of the Dibley mask competition, Hugo sets a new record as he delivers a sermon and the vicar reflects on a challenging year as Christmas draws near. The last of three mini-episodes of Richard Curtis’s comedy, starring Dawn French and James Fleet.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (BBC 1/HD | 7:55pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 22nd December 2020)

Peter Parker balances life as an ordinary high-school student with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, while waiting in vain to join his mentor Iron Man on a world-saving mission. Determined to prove he is ready for bigger challenges, he investigates a spree of crimes committed with advanced weapons – leading him into a battle with a ruthless winged enemy on the hunt for priceless technology. Superhero

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD| 9:00pm to 10:25pm | Tuesday 22nd December 2020) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

It’s Christmas Eve and the day before Helen’s much-anticipated wedding to Hugh, and everyone is gathering to celebrate at the Skeldale Christmas party. However, James is called away to help with a dog in labour, so Helen asks to go with him to get away from all the wedding talk, only for a descending fog to trap the pair in the Dales overnight. The vet promises he will get her back in time for her wedding in the morning, all the while wondering if he will be able to suppress his true feelings for her. Festive special of the drama, starring Nicholas Ralph and Rachel Shenton.

The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 23rd December 2020)

It’s Christmas at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and cameras follow staff as they prepare for the festive season. In an effort to generate more winter revenue, a brand-new train, the Northern Lights Express, has been brought in, which features 25,000 lights fixed to a moving steam train. However, the staff are faced with a multitude of problems as generators break down, computers fail, and the engine that is pulling the new service develops a last-minute fault that threatens to stop the whole show in its tracks.

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 7:40pm to 9:10pm | Friday 25th December 2020)

It’s December 1965, and everyone at Nonnatus House is looking forward to the festive celebrations, but nothing seems to go quite to plan. Sister Monica Joan is rushed to hospital, and Trixie is incensed that her dress allowance has been replaced with a marriage bureau consultation. Elsewhere, the circus arrives in Poplar, leading to an exciting adventure for Nurse Phyllis Crane. Seasonal instalment of the hit drama, starring Jenny Agutter, Linda Bassett, Judy Parfitt, Helen George, Peter Davison and featuring the voice of Vanessa Redgrave.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 12/12/2020

Britain’s Most Historic Towns (Channel 4/HD | 8:30pm to 9:30pm | Saturday 12th December 2020)

Alice Roberts explores Edinburgh and its role in the union between England and Scotland. She discovers how the famous case of Burke and Hare’s bodysnatching influenced British medical law, and visits the Royal Bank of Scotland, where she uncovers evidence of the world’s first overdraft. Plus, the role played by Henry Dundas, whose statue stands in St Andrew’s Square, in the continuation of the slave trade.

The Vicar of Dibley (BBC 1/HD | 8:55pm to 9:05pm | Monday 14th December 2020)

As lockdown drags on, Geraldine finds that getting a much-needed haircut from a friend may not always result in complete gorgeousness, especially if the scissors are held by someone rather more used to working with animals. Then, given an opportunity to share some time with some of the children from the local primary school, she finds that their knowledge of the miracles of Christ is somewhat muddled with that of Dynamo and Penn and Teller. Dawn French stars, with James Fleet.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 14th December 2020)

A high-speed train comes to an abrupt halt in the station as there are fears it has collided with something on the track. In Swindon’s route control, staff are dealing with the knock-on effect of an incident on a level-crossing, while a major points failure jeopardises the afternoon peak-time services.

The King’s Speech (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:50pm | Wednesday 16th December 2020)

The younger son of George V struggles to cope with an uncontrollable stammer, prompting his wife to enlist the aid of an eccentric Australian speech therapist. The support and friendship of the doctor prove invaluable when a crisis places the repressed prince on the throne, just as the outbreak of the Second World War leaves the country in need of a strong king. Oscar-winning fact-based drama, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and Guy Pearce.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 18th December 2020)

Rob Bell follows traces the course of the Great Central Railway, the final great line of the Victorian era and the last main line built before the Channel Tunnel rail link more than a century later. Starting near Nottingham, Rob is taken aback by the scale of demolition and excavation needed to build this line through the city. Around Loughborough, Rob catches up with the major project that is now rebuilding bridges and 500 yards of track in order to link two heritage lines and restore a 20-mile section of the old route. He also visits Leicester Central station – once derelict but now set for a new life as a bowling alley.

The Sound of TV with Neil Brand (BBC Four/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 18th December 2020)

Neil reveals how television scores have grown in importance, from their origins in the 1960s and 1970s to reach a peak in the big-budget world of Netflix and HBO. He demonstrates how music has driven the success of BBC natural history programmes, talking to George Fenton, the film composer behind such landmarks as Blue Planet. Fenton was also pivotal in the development of music in TV drama, with his score for Jewel in the Crown. Plus, maverick creators of the TV score, including Roxy Music’s Andy MacKay, who wrote the songs that powered radical ’70s drama Rock Follies and David Chase, music buff and creator of The Sopranos.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 05/12/2020

Britain’s Most Historic Towns (Channel 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:30pm | Saturday 5th December 2020)

Professor Alice Roberts is in Glasgow to investigate the impact of steam power on Britain’s major towns in the 18th and 19th centuries. She also learns about the arrival of migrant workers in the city and how the insanitary conditions in which they lived, which made Glasgow both a hotbed of disease and a place of great medical advancement. Aerial archaeologist Ben Robinson flies his drone over Loch Katrine as he tells the story of how Victorian engineers overcame geographical barriers to bring fresh drinking water to the workers of Glasgow.

Britain’s Wildest Weather (Channel 4/HD | 8:30pm to 9:30pm | Saturday 5th December 2020)

Footage of the most extreme weather conditions in the UK over the past year, from the worst floods in a decade and a freak landslide in Fife, to an account of being in a house when it is struck by lightning. The programme also explains the scientific reasons behind the wildfire that destroyed one of the UK’s most precious nature reserves, as well as a look back at record-breaking days of both heat and rain.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 7th December 2020)

Staff prepare for a VIP visitor, who turns out to be Prince Harry, while a buckled rail is threatening to disrupt the timetable at Route Control in Swindon, while a failed freight train requires a rescue locomotive as delays and cancellations stack up at Paddington.

Canal Boat Diaries (BBC 1/HD 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Wednesday 9th December 2020)

On the last leg of his journey across England, Robbie Cumming crosses an epic aqueduct near Stratford-upon-Avon, and gets stuck in a lock in central Birmingham.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 11th December 2020)

Starting out from the Regency splendour of Cheltenham, Rob Bell crosses the Cotswolds, following the 46-mile route of the Banbury and Cheltenham Direct Railway. The line passes many quarries, all producing the famous Cotswold stone – some now abandoned and some still supplying stone to sites like Hampton Court. With numerous hills to negotiate, this railway was never an express route, but it did open up this landscape to visitors for the first time. From the late 1800s, tourists piled in by rail to explore picture postcard villages like Bourton-on-the-Water, establishing a new local `industry”.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 11th December 2020)

A trip through Devon to the tip of Cornwall, going back in time to recapture the golden age of luxury train travel. Travelling in the elegantly restored Statesman, passengers relax in its vintage carriages and enjoy the exquisite service. The first stop is on the stunning Devon coast, which suffered devastating destruction during the heavy winter storms of 2014. From Dawlish, it heads to Cornwall and across the Royal Albert Bridge, a masterpiece of railway engineering.

The Sound of TV with Neil Brand (BBC 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 11th December 2020)

With the advent of commercial television in the UK, ITV rivalled the BBC for airtime and lured viewers in with the new language of advertisements. However, these had not yet reached the impact they had seen in the USA, the home of the TV jingle, where a 30-second tune could make or break a brand, as seen in the competing fortunes of Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Neil reveals the lasting musical power of jingles,

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 28/11/2020

Britain’s Most Historic Towns (Channel 4/HD | 8:30pm to 9:30pm | Saturday 28th November 2020)

Alice Roberts explores Plymouth’s history during the Elizabethan era, visiting the home of the city’s most famous son, Sir Francis Drake, and uncovering his history of piracy and slave trading – all carried out with approval from the Queen. She also discovers the revolutionary shipbuilding techniques that helped defeat the Spanish Armada, while aerial archaeologist Ben Robinson highlights the physical characteristics that made Plymouth Harbour such an attractive base for pirates.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 30th November 2020)

The Wales football team receive the VIP treatment as they travel to Paddington for a friendly with England. Storm Alex hits the network hard with the wettest day on record, and the just-completed sea wall at Dawlish faces its toughest test yet.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 3rd December 2020)

Nick Knowles meets the Sweet family in Weston-super-Mare, whose three children have all been diagnosed with multiple rare illnesses and will soon be full-time wheelchair-users. It may also affect their speech, fine motor skills and vision. All three children already struggle with basic normal life at home, despite the love and care of their parents Cat and Chris. So the DIY SOS team – plus hundreds of local workers – are here to give them the four walls they need.

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 3rd December 2020)

Chris arrives in Mombasa to follow what was surely the greatest railway endeavour of the entire colonial era – the so-called Lunatic Line. His plan is to follow the now-crumbling line right across Kenya to the shores of Lake Victoria, discovering how the constructors overcame obstacles in their bid to make East Africa part of the British Empire.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 4th December 2020)

Rob Bell follows the Callander and Oban Railway, an epic 70-mile route from Scotland’s Lowlands to its glorious west coast. Setting off from Callander, he recalls the 14 years of determination it took to build this railway and how, with the help of local hero Rob Roy, it changed Victorian perceptions of the Highlands. No longer a distant land of fearsome Clans, the mountains, lochs and valleys were now a romantic and accessible destination of choice. Spectacles on the line include Glen Ogle, Loch Tay and an impressive terminus still evident at Oban.

The Sound of TV with Neil Brand (BBC 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 4th December 2020)

The composer addresses the history and use of music in television, beginning by examining the enduring power of the theme tune. On the streets of Coronation Street, he encounters a brass band playing the music that has announced the start of each episode since it began. Following the trail of the soap opera world, Neil meets composer Simon May, creator of the EastEnders theme tune, and travels to the US to talk with Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, to uncover how its orchestrated theme music is a homage to classic TV of the past. Themes to Z Cars, Bagpuss, Game of Thrones, Mastermind and Grandstand are also celebrated.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 21/11/2020

Britain’s Most Historic Towns (Channel 4/HD | 7:45pm to 8:45pm | Saturday 21st November 2020)

Professor Alice Roberts visits Portsmouth to investigate the history of the Royal Navy, uncovering some uncomfortable truths behind the myth surrounding Lord Horatio Nelson and getting first-hand experience of what life would have been like in the heat of battle at Trafalgar. She also visits an archaeological dig on Burrow Island and a lantern show at the New Theatre Royal, and discovers the brutal punishments doled out for even minor offences by the Victorian penal system.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 23rd November 2020)

Staff at Bristol Temple Meads have their work cut out as they prepare for the station’s 180th birthday celebration, while Slough station is evacuated when a suspicious package is found underneath a stairwell. At Paddington, there is a commotion on Platform 12 as staff attempt to find the source of a fire alarm before the station’s automatic evacuation message is activated.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 24th November 2020)

Volunteers in Hastings rush to the aid of a surfer, who had sought to take advantage of the huge waves created by a storm at sea, but has now ended up going missing. On the north coast of Cornwall, the crew of St Agnes race to reach three people caught in a treacherous rip current that is pulling them out to sea, while in Scotland, the crew of Invergordon lifeboat is called out when two men are spotted clinging to an oil rig’s anchor chain.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 26th November 2020)

After 15 years of fostering, Stephen and Lynn Smedley were looking forward to their well-earned retirement in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. However, the dream dramatically changed when their daughter died, leaving them caring for their three grandsons. The boys, still grieving for their mum’s untimely death, are forced to share a single bedroom with a triple bunkbed. There is only one bathroom and Lynn is forced to do the ironing in the shed due to lack of space. Enter Nick Knowles and the team. Their plan is to reconfigure and enlarge their home to accommodate three growing boys – with the help of hundreds of volunteers.

Saving Britain’s Pubs with Tom Kerridge (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 26th November 2020)

Coronavirus is spreading and the British public are told to stay away from pubs. Tom and the landlords he has been supporting face a moral dilemma. Do they keep trying to trade or do they close their doors to fight the virus? However, on March 20 the decision is taken out of their hands when the Prime Minister tells all pubs to close until further notice. Tom started this journey to save four pubs from going under, now every pub in Britain, his own included, find themselves in a fight for survival.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 27th November 2020)

Rob Bell discovers the now-abandoned lines that unlocked the wild coastline of north Devon. He begins by following the dramatic Barnstaple and Ilfracombe Railway, which once built, proved an instant success, eventually carrying the glamorous Atlantic Coast Express service, direct from London Waterloo. He crosses to the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, which traverses the wild terrain of Exmoor up to the cliff-top village of Lynton. Rob follows the adventurous, narrow-gauge route, discovering the extraordinary tale of the line’s construction and the very short section that has been fully restored.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 14/11/2020

Britain’s Most Historic Towns (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 14th November 2020)

Alice Roberts explores London’s Restoration history, including the founding of the Royal Society and the violent dark side behind Charles II’s carefully crafted public image. She visits St Paul’s Cathedral, reveals how women performed on stage for the first time during this period, and uncovers shocking details of the slave trade at the National Maritime Museum. Plus, a look at parallels between the plague that struck London during the 1660s and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 15th November 2020)

Sheila Hancock and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth tackle their first manual lock and some terrifyingly tight turns, but find themselves relaxing into life at 4mph, and marvel at how secret histories reveal themselves. They visit the Royal Gunpowder Mills, which built its own canal system to transport volatile ammunition – vital to Britain’s success in both world wars.

Cornwall with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 8:10pm to 9:10pm | Sunday 15th November 2020)

In the conclusion of his two-part journey, Simon Reeve investigates the environmental challenges facing Cornwall and the rest of the country. He discovers how the region’s farmers are adopting new, less intensive approaches that are both more profitable and environmentally friendly, and reveals how reintroducing beavers to the uplands could tackle the problem of widespread flooding. He also encounters some of the county’s iconic wildlife, including grey seals that live in constant risk of getting caught up in discarded fishing nets.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 16th November 2020)

A major track circuit failure results in the closure of one of the busiest platforms and the technicians trying to fix the problem race against time to complete the job before rush hour begins. Staff and passengers are excited about the arrival of a West Country heritage steam train, while reports come into Route Control at Swindon of a very serious incident of suspected track sabotage.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 19th November 2020)

Nick Knowles meets Scunthorpe woman Caroline Blanchard, a single mum who has twice had to make the decision to turn off the life support for people she loves. She and her children live in the shadow of the garage, where seven-year-old Natasha banged her head in 2007, and the conservatory, where husband and father Paul had a heart attack four years later. The volunteers plan is to give them a new home for a new start, including demolishing the conservatory and garage where these two tragedies occurred.

Saving Britain’s Pubs with Tom Kerridge (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 19th November 2020)

Tom visits the Black Bull in the village of Gartmore in Stirling. Struggling to survive, it was put on the market and 250 locals clubbed together to buy it. Now the pub is staffed entirely by volunteers and the management are planning to renovate the bedrooms to attract tourists. But Tom has his concerns. He also catches up with the staff of the pubs he is helping in Cornwall, south London and Stroud – but just when all the hard work seems to be paying off, the pandemic strikes. Now every pub in Britain faces a fight for survival.

Secret Scotland (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 20th November 2020)

The isles of Lewis and Harris form Britain’s largest offshore island, with a rich history dating back thousands of years. Susan seeks out the home of the world-famous Harris Tweed, visiting a local weaver where she tries her hand at making some of the fabric. Then in Habost, she learns how to Step Dance – a centuries old practice that was almost lost from Scotland for ever. At Callanish, Susan visits some awe-inspiring Neolithic giants – 49 standing stones, predating Stonehenge and steeped in mystery. Nearby, she learns the secret to jewellery making that captures the texture of these ancient standing stones.

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

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