Oct 132018
 

Mediterranean with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 14th October 2018)

Simon Reeve embarks on the second leg of his epic four-part journey around the Mediterranean. Setting off from a snowy mountain ski resort in Cyprus, Simon finds an island and a capital city still deeply divided between Turkish Cypriots in the north and Greek Cypriots in the south.

Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 14th October 2018)

Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on more spectacular canal journeys. This time, Tim and Pru voyage across Italy’s largest lake and along Europe’s oldest working canal, to the historic heart of Milan. Travelling from Lake Maggiore to the Naviglio Grande canal, they navigate a route taken by marble-carrying barges for over five centuries. Their journey includes a visit to the Swiss lakeside town of Locarno; a speed boat; the spectacular gardens of Isola Bella; a traditional Italian barging song; wine; and a visit to Milan’s famous cathedral, the Duomo.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th October 2018)

Documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. Weekend works at Acton have overrun, a lorry rips the safety barriers off a level crossing as it runs the lights, and ‘the flying banana’ trails the rails for defects.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th October 2018)

Identical twins Nik and Jon Daughtry run a graphic design company together. They drive the same car and even own identical dogs. Now these two brothers are building two near identical houses next door to each other in Sheffield. Raised up on steel stilts on the site of an old corn mill, the houses pay tribute to Sheffield’s industrial past. Huge steel frames with exposed blockwork and black steel cladding should create two sleek and modern family homes. But Nik and Jon’s plan is incredibly ambitious. Not only do they want to build the two houses for the price of one, but the materials and finish have to be absolutely perfect. With a tight budget, it’s an almighty stretch from the start. As delays, overages and imperfections hit, it’s clear the twins’ intuitive and incredibly close relationship will be tested like never before.

Ambulance (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pn to 10:00pm | Thursday 18th October 2018)

Documentary series focusing on the work of the North West Ambulance Service. Over a busy weekend in Manchester, paramedics Andrea and Glynn attend an RTC, while Debbie and Shaun try to persuade a homeless man to go to hospital.

The Great Model Railway Challenge (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 19th October 2018)

Reality contest as railway modellers compete to create miniature masterpieces against the clock. Heat three’s theme sees the judges taking in the sights of miniature recreations inspired by locations all around the world.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 19th October 2018)

Rob Bell explores the lost landscapes and infrastructure of some of Britain’s former railway lines. This lost line once transformed the fortunes of seaside towns, but it was expensive and difficult to maintain, and the boggy Somerset Levels presented a challenge to laying tracks.

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.

Apr 212018
 

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 23rd April 2018)

Behind-the-scenes documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. At Paddington, the early morning service from Swansea breaks down and causes major disruption during the morning rush hour. Meanwhile, the staff face further challenges with a string of medical emergencies at the station and sabotage on the tracks.

Ben Nevis: The Venomous Mountain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 24th April 2018)

Created 350 million years ago by the implosion of a giant volcano, Ben Nevis is a mountain of two faces. The gentle, winding paths of the south contrast with the deadly cliff faces of the north, which draw in adventurers from around the world. Animals who live on Ben Nevis include the majestic golden eagle and three species of deer.

Ambulance (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pn to 10:00pm | Thursday 26th April 2018)

A day shift takes an unexpected turn for West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics when a 999 call about an unconscious patient suddenly becomes very personal.

Michael Portillo: Our Housing Crisis – Who’s to Blame? (Channel 5/HD | 10:00pm to 11:30pm | Thursday 26th April 2018)

Feature length documentary about the rise and fall of the British council estate. Michael Portillo investigates the extraordinary story of the social housing revolution that has transformed the country. Featuring contributions from council tenants, private renters, housing campaigners and historians.

Britain’s Great Cathedrals, with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 27th April 2018)

Tony Robinson tells the turbulent history of six of Britain’s cathedrals. Durham cathedral is one of Britain’s first UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a leading tourist attraction. The cathedral is over 900 years old and stands 218 feet high. When it was first constructed, it was the country’s tallest building.

Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 27th April 2018)

Documentary series. Michael Portillo unlocks the doors to four extraordinary abandoned locations. For almost a century, Orford Ness was owned by the MOD, a lens into a bygone era of secrets, spies and superpowers. When it closed in 1993, its buildings were still shrouded in secrecy.

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

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