Tag: BBC2

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 16/03/2013

Toughest Place to be a… (BBC 2/BBC HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 17th March 2013)

Series in which British workers are challenged to do their job under some of the toughest conditions in the world. Dairy farmer Richard Gibson is swapping the damp surroundings of Devon to live and work with Samburu tribesmen, who herd their cattle in the parched and desolate mountains of northern Kenya.

The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track (BBC 2/BBC HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 19th March 2013)

Documentary series which goes behind the scenes of the rail network, revealing the inner workings of one of Britain’s biggest and oldest institutions. Keeping trains running on Scotland’s rail network is a huge challenge as it passes through some of the UK’s busiest urban commuter routes and stretches on through frozen highland mountains. With winter looming large, the country’s train, station and engineering staff are entering their toughest season. When overhead power lines are ripped down by a freight train, it spells chaos. Yet even without engineering problems, this is a network under constant strain, particularly at Edinburgh’s Waverly station. Yet what really makes Scotland stand-out from the rest of the UK are its vast and remote wilderness railways, such as the West Highland Line. Here, rail engineer Iain MacKinnon spends his days inspecting miles of mountain track on foot, clearing dead stags from the line and tightening every loose bolt that he finds.

Madness Live: Goodbye Television Centre (BBC 4 | 7:30pm to 08:30pm | Friday 22nd March 2013)

As the BBC makes its exit from the iconic west London site of Television Centre, BBC Four presents a special night of celebration of the building and its 53-year history. To kick start proceedings, the nation’s favourite nutty boys and national treasures Madness take to the stage at the front of BBC Television Centre to perform an hour long concert in front of an assembled audience nine days before TV Centre closes its doors. To help launch this celebration of over 50 years of programme making at TVC Madness treat us to new material and classics alike, such as One Step Beyond, I Never Knew Your Name, Baggy Trousers and Our House.

Goodbye Television Centre (BBC 4 | 8:30pm to 10:35pm | Friday 22nd March 2013)

After 53 years Television Centre, the BBC’s TV headquarters, is closing its doors and host Michael Grade gathers together many of its best-loved faces as they stroll down memory lane for the very last time. It was the dream factory, the symbolic home of British television – iconic, eccentric, more than just a building.

Richard Thompson: BBC Four Session – Goodbye Television Centre (BBC 4 | 10:35pm to 11:40pm | Friday 22nd March 2013)

As part of the Goodbye TV Centre celebrations, guitarist, singer and songwriter Richard Thompson plays a one-off concert filmed in TC8. Thompson has been performing in BBC TV studios since 1969, starting on Top of the Pops with Fairport Convention and then making frequent appearances on the Old Grey Whistle Test, The Late Show and Later with Jools Holland as a solo artist and bandleader. Filmed before the opening night of the tour celebrating the Top 20 placing of his album Electric, Thompson leads his current power trio through songs from that album, including Salford Sunday and Stony Ground, alongside classics from his songbook like I Want to See the Bright Lights and Tear Stained Letter. Thompson is joined on a couple of acoustic songs by former Fairport bandmate and master fiddler Dave Swarbrick, frequent collaborator Pete Zorn adds sax to Al Bowlly’s In Heaven and his daughter Kami Thompson harmonises on Waltzing for Dreamers.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/Channel 4 HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Friday 22nd March 2013)

The award-winning live gang show takes a joyful, offbeat take on the week; aiming to celebrate all that is best about Britain. Host Adam Hills, alongside co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker, provide an intelligent, alternative commentary on the significant moments of the past seven days, as well as pulling out hidden gems, and weird and wonderful talking point stories. In front of a live studio audience, celebrity guest Jo Brand joins Adam, Alex and Josh on The Last Leg sofa, as the gang tackle the issues of the week.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 02/03/2013

Never done this before. But here is this weeks UK TV programmes, that I think everyone should watch!! 🙂

The Flying Scotsman: A Rail Romance (BBC 2 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 4th March 2013)

As it celebrates its 90th birthday, Barbara Flynn narrates the story of the nation’s love affair with the steam locomotive that symbolises all that was great about British engineering, the Flying Scotsman.

The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track (BBC 2/BBC HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 5th March 2013)

Documentary series which goes behind the scenes of the rail network, revealing the inner workings of one of Britain’s biggest and oldest institutions. The West Coast Mainline is the busiest route in Europe – linking London to Glasgow with Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool in between. It faces a jam-packed schedule and ever growing passenger numbers.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/Channel 4 HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Friday 8th March 2013)

The award-winning live gang show takes a joyful, offbeat take on the week; aiming to celebrate all that is best about Britain. Host Adam Hills, alongside co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker, provide an intelligent, alternative commentary on the significant moments of the past seven days, as well as pulling out hidden gems, and weird and wonderful talking point stories. In front of a live studio audience, celebrity guest Duncan Bannatyne joins Adam, Alex and Josh on The Last Leg sofa, as the gang tackle the issues of the week.

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

BBC Two HD launches 26th March 2013

BBC Two HDThe BBC has announced that the HD simulcast of BBC Two will launch just before Easter, on 26th March 2013.

BBC Two HD will replace the existing BBC HD Channel and will be available subscription-free on all digital television platforms offering HD channels.

The BBC Two HD channel will be a simulcast network version of the BBC Two schedule. Meaning that if you live in Scotland for example and want to watch Newsnight Scotland, you will have to tune back to BBC Two Scotland in SD.

I must say, I am not best pleased they are closed down BBC HD. Now where are they going to show content from BBC Three and BBC Four in HD?

More information about this can be found at www.a516digital.com/2013/02/bbc-two-hd-launches-26th-march.html.

Murder On The Victorian Railway : 21-Feb-2013

Murder On The Victorian Railway (© BBC)Here is yet another BBC program to watch this week. It’s called “Murder On The Victorian Railway” and airs on BBC2/BBC HD this Thursday (21st February 2013) at 9:00pm GMT.

More information about it can be found on the BBC Media Centre website at www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2013/08/murder-on-the-victorian-railway.html.

 

The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track : 19-Feb-2013

The next episode of The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track is on BBC2/BBC HD at 9:00pm GMT on Tuesday 18th February 2013. This week’s episode is called “Summer Madness”. Can’t wait for it.

Last week’s episode was a real eye opener. If you missed it. It’s still on the BBC iPlayer @ www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01qqzb6/The_Railway_Keeping_Britain_on_Track_Kings_Cross/.

The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track : 12-Feb-2013

I am really loving how many railway related TV shows the BBC has been showing over the last month or so. This week sees a new series start on BBC2/BBC HD on Tuesday 12th February 2013 at 9:0pm GMT.

The first episode, is called “King’s Cross”. Can’t wait to see it!

Here is the program information taken from DigiGuide.

“Documentary series which goes behind the scenes of the rail network, revealing the inner workings of one of Britain’s biggest and oldest institutions. The 1970s concourse at London’s King’s Cross station is cramped and dark, doing nothing to help the spirits of passengers – something that Alexis Bailey, who works on the passenger information point, knows all too well from her experience of dealing with frustrated travellers. There is hope that a brand new concourse will lift everyone’s spirits. East Coast manager Steve Newland wants the opening to coincide with customer service levels worthy of a five-star hotel, a vision that is frustrated when broken-down trains and fatalities on the line bring everything to a standstill. Laxman Keshwara has worked at the station for 35 years, during which time he has witnessed both an IRA bombing and the King’s Cross fire. He is a much-loved staff member but retirement beckons and is last day at work is a very sad one for everyone at the station.”

Everyone in the UK please watch “Milk” Saturday evening

Milk DVD coverIf you are looking for something to watch Saturday night (Saturday 9th February 2012). Then watch “Milk” on BBC2 England at 11:35pm or BBC2 Scotland at 12:30am.

It’s a dramatic biopic about the rise and tragic fall of Harvey Milk, who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official. In a turbulent, 1970s San Francisco, Harvey struggles as an American gay activist against fellow San Francisco supervisor Dan White and the rest of conservative America.

I will warm you all now, it’s a very moving film. The end will leave you very upset and warm inside all at the same time.

Watch the Official Trailer below

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