UK TV programmes to watch this week : 10/07/2021

A Lake District Farm Shop (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 10th July 2021)

Documentary following a family-run shop in the Lake District and the local people who produce its goods. The first episode features a ramen chef who hopes the shop’s managers will stock his new recipe. A baker looks to the landscape for inspiration in making bread, and a butcher heads to the fells to hand-pick the Herdwick Lambs to be sold on his counter.

MOTD: Euro 2020 Live (BBC 1/HD/UHD | 7:00pm to 10:35pm | Sunday 11th July 2021) ** COME ON ENGLAND **

Italy v England (Kick-off 8.00pm). Gary Lineker presents coverage of the final, as the champions are crowned at Wembley Stadium. After a nervy semi-final appearance that saw them overcome a deficit for the first time during the tournament, Gareth Southgate’s England players secured their place in the final of a major competition for just the second time in history. Their opponents have a rich pedigree, having won the World Cup four times and the European Championships once, and come into this match on the back of a 32-game unbeaten run. With analysis from Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Jurgen Klinsmann.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 14th July 2021)

Kevin McCloud revisits professional deep-sea diver Adrian Corrigall and his wife Megan, who planned to build their new family home in rural East Sussex almost entirely out of concrete, with construction involving cutting-edge technologies conceived in Switzerland and never used to build a house before. With both the schedule and the budget under strain, Adrian was forced to resume work as a North Sea diver, leaving Megan juggling this messy and challenging build, all the while looking after three young children. By 2018, water leaks were still to be addressed, the majority of the spaces were raw and unfinished, and the family were still a long way away from moving into their concrete dream. Two and a half years later, with the house now fully complete, Kevin returns to see what living in a cutting-edge concrete bunker is really like.

Our NHS: A Hidden History (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 15th July 2021)

David Olusoga explores the hidden history of the nurses, doctors and health workers who, for more than 70 years, have been arriving from overseas to serve in the NHS. Without them the NHS would have been in danger of collapse – not least during the current Covid-19 crisis. From its origins, the story of this beloved institution has been intertwined with one of the most divisive social and political issue of the age – immigration – and those who came to work in the NHS have found themselves fighting battles of hostility they neither sought nor expected. However, as Olusoga reveals, their stories say as much about perseverance, dedication and the overcoming of obstacles as they do about discrimination and prejudice.

Wonderful Wales with Michael Ball (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 16th July 2021)

The singer and broadcaster heads to mid Wales, making his way to the north of the country. His first stop is a familiar seaside town he is extremely fond of – Aberystwyth. This is where he did his first paid acting job, and Michael meets a friendly face from his summer performing in Godspell. Next, he drops in for lunch with the spectacular red kites of Mid Wales. Michael then checks in to restaurant Ynyshir on the Dyfi estuary for a Michelin-starred experience hosted by multi-award-winning chef Gareth Ward.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 03/07/2021

Euro 2020 Live: Ukraine v England (BBC 1/HD/UHD | 7:00pm to 10:30pm | Saturday 3rd July 2021) ** COME ON ENGLAND **

Ukraine v England (Kick-off 8.00pm). Coverage of the concluding quarter-final, held at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, as the winners of the seventh and eighth last-16 matches battle it out. Gareth Southgate’s men finally ended their tournament hoodoo against Germany on Tuesday, scoring twice in the last 15 minutes at Wembley to defeat their old enemy in a knockout game for the first time since the 1966 World Cup Final. Raheem Sterling notched his third goal of the tournament to send the crowd into raptures, and captain Harry Kane finished the job with a neat header from Jack Grealish’s cross. Ukraine progressed thanks to a 2-1 victory over Sweden at Hampden Park, with Artem Dovbyk striking in added time in extra time.

Wetherspoons: How Do They Do It?! (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 5th July 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

A behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of one of the UK’s most popular pub chains, shining a light on the secrets of the brand’s success. The programme explores how Wetherspoons has gained ground on its rivals by being cheaper, quicker or more responsive to customer demands, and reveals some of the tactics used to keep their customers coming back, from cheap deals on food and drink to opening their doors morning, noon and night.

UEFA Euro 2020 Live (ITV/HD | 6:30pm to 10:35pm | Wednesday 7th July 2021) ** SORRY it’s on ITV **

England v Denmark (Kick-off 8.00pm). Mark Pougatch presents coverage of the second semi-final, as the winners of the fourth and third quarter-finals meet at Wembley Stadium. The Three Lions have grown into this tournament, topping Group D thanks to efficient if not spectacular 1-0 wins over Croatia and Czech Republic, and a 0-0 draw with Scotland. They then laid to rest some of their past demons with a 2-0 victory over Germany in the last-16, and thrashed Ukraine 4-0 in Rome in the quarter-finals, becoming the first team in the history of the competition to keep five consecutive clean sheets in their first five games. Denmark have bounced back from the brink of elimination to reach the last four, riding a wave of emotion along the way. Influential midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch and suffered a cardiac arrest during their opening match with Finland, which they would go on to lose 1-0. They were then beaten 2-1 by Belgium in their second group match, but came storming back with a 4-1 victory over Russia to qualify as Group B runners-up. The Danes then hammered Wales 4-0 in the last-16, and overcame Czech Republic 2-1 in the quarter-finals to set up this huge match.

Wonderful Wales with Michael Ball (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 9th July 2021)

The singer and broadcaster explores his own heritage while discovering more about Wales’s rich history. He begins in south Wales. His mother grew up in the Cynon Valley, and his grandfather and great-grandfather were both coal-miners. Michael visits the area that supplied coal to power the Titanic, and on the Gower Peninsula, he learns about cockle harvesting with three generations from Selwyn’s Seafoods.

Drain the Oceans (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 9th July 2021)

By making comparisons with the deepest lake on Earth _ Lake Baikal in the mountainous Russian region of Siberia _ combined with military-grade scanning technology and a sonar curtain drawn across its entire surface, the plug is pulled on the mystery of Scotland’s famous loch. As the waters drain away, more than a monster is revealed.

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

Vlog: Back again, after being away for 2 months

Sorry I’ve been away for like 2 whole months! Just been super busy! Lost a job, got a new one! Seen my family for the first time in 18 months! Been to London and much more.

Filmed at Nottinghamshire’s least used railway station, Elton and Orston.

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