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UK TV programmes to watch this week : 13/04/2024

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 15th April 2024)

Cardigan Bay to Abergynolwyn. Series 3, episode 6. Michael Portillo embarks on a trip along the western coast of Wales, beginning on the Victorian Cliff Railway at Aberystwyth, rising above the historic town to take in views over Cardigan Bay, home to the largest population of bottlenose dolphins in Europe. Michael joins scientists and the founder of the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre out on the water to see how they get to know individual dolphins from the nicks and notches on their dorsal fins and their signature whistles.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 16th April 2024)

Harlech to Abedaron. Series 3, episode 7. Michael Portillo continues his railway journey through north Wales on the sands of Morfa Harlech, where he finds a team of conservationists felling and grubbing out trees. In Porthmadog, he discovers how an early 19th-century sea wall was key to the town’s success in the slate trading industry. Upon reaching Aberdaron, Michael discovers poet RS Thomas’s history as a vicar at St Hywyn’s Church.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 16th April 2024)

Trust. Series 9, episode 6. The Humber crew works closely together to pull off the risky evacuation of a fisherman with a spinal injury. On the southwest coast of Ireland, the Castletownbere team race to rescue a fishing trawler that’s run aground near Dursey Island, and is in danger of breaking up on the rocks. The village of Clovelly’s crew assist a yacht that has lost all power – a rescue made all the more difficult by severe weather.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 17th April 2024)

Porthmadog to Anglesey. Series 3, episode 8. Michael Portillo continues his journey on the Welsh Highland Railway. He stops off at Beddgelert, taking in the geology that inspired Victorian scientist Charles Darwin. On the coast of Caernarfon, Michael joins a fisherman to understand how mussel farmers are exploring new methods of cultivating shellfish. He also visits Anglesey’s Sea Zoo, where he helps release a conger eel back into the wild.

Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th April 2024) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

With less than five hours separating the teams, they leave Nara City and head to the second checkpoint in the seaside town of Sokcho, South Korea. The pairs must navigate another stretch of budget-busting Japan to reach the ferry port before they race across the length of South Korea.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 18th April 2024)

The Isle of Anglesey. Series 3, episode 9. Michael Portillo resumes his exploration of North Wales on the Isle of Anglesey, where the briny waters of the Menai Strait are being used to create a Welsh gastronomic delight. Michael meets the team producing salt favoured by royalty and a former US President.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 19th April 2024)

Conwy to Colwyn Bay. Series 3, episode 10. Michael Portillo takes the train to the medieval walled town of Conwy on the last leg of his exploration of the shores of North Wales. He later presses east on the final stretch of his journey to reach Colwyn Bay.

Wetherspoons vs Toby Carvery: Which Is Better (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 7:55pm | Friday 19th April 202)

Over four rounds – breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks – chef and taste-tester Phillippa Davis reviews some of Wetherspoons’ and Toby’s most popular meals. From a full English breakfast to mac ‘n’ cheese wrapped in a Yorkshire pudding, fish and chips to a roast dinner, Phillippa tastes her way through dishes on both menus giving her expert verdict.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 19th April 2024)

On a moor outside of Shipton Abbott, a woman is found face down on the ground, with an arrow through her shoulder. The victim, Niamh Kirby, didn’t see her attacker, and there’s no trace of their presence or weapon at the scene. As the team digs deeper, a feud between Niamh and her brother-in-law is uncovered, which may or may not be relevant. Meanwhile, Anne dives into the planning of the wedding, but Humphrey and Martha worry that she might be a little too invested in their fairy-tale ceremony after her recent romantic entanglements. Drama, starring Kris Marshall, Sally Bretton and Barbara Flynn.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 06/04/2024

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 8th April 2024) ** NEW SERIES **

Axminster to Budleigh Salterton. Series 3, episode 1. Michael Portillo explores the shores of Britain, with his first week’s journey taking him from the Jurassic Coast to the tip of the Lizard Peninsula and beyond to the Isles of Scilly. In Lyme Regis, Michael traces the discoveries of palaeontologist Mary Anning as he walks along a limestone ledge known as the Ammonite Pavement. He then visits the HQ of the Meteorological Office in Exeter to present the weather forecast, before watching flour being ground at a 1,000-year-old water mill on the banks of the River Otter.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 9th April 2024)

Exeter to Plymouth. Series 3, episode 2. Michael Portillo arrives in Exeter, where he joins the stonemasons charged with conserving the cathedral’s medieval stonework from Beery Quarry. On the rooftop he watches the team restore the 14th-century South Quire Clerestory. His final stop is the city of Plymouth, which has a rich maritime and military history.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 9th April 2024)

Caught Out. Series 7, episode 3. In Queensferry, near Glasgow, an American visitor is caught out by the tide – and is barely conscious when the RNLI crew drag him out of the water. In Portishead, on the Severn estuary, a man’s leap from a party boat lands him in serious trouble. On the south coast of Cornwall, the Lizard crew race to the rescue of four people who are stranded on rapidly submerging rocks.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 10th April 2024)

Tintagel to St Austell. Series 3, episode 3. Michael Portillo discovers the archaeological history of an important trading site at Tintagel Castle, and then visits the landscaped park of Boconnoc, where he meets an artist who paints Cornwall’s natural wonders, striving to protect them from environmental damage. Michael also hears about the discovery of a thunderbox at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, which led the gardens to be uncovered and restored.

Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 10th April 2024) ** NEW SERIES + PICK OF THE WEEK **

Five teams race from Hokkaido, the most northerly island of Japan, to the Indonesian island of Lombok, crossing six seas and eight borders and skirting the path of the volcanic ring of fire without being able to use phones or credit cards. The teams face a 1,600km journey to the first checkpoint in Nara City where only a small percentage of the population speak English.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 11th April 2024)

St Mawes to Porthcurno. Series 3, episode 4. Michael Portillo stops off in the Cornish fishing village of St Mawes, from where he takes to the waves in a 1938 racing yacht. He also joins a seaweed company on a harvesting mission and enjoys a ride on the footplate of a steam engine on the Helston Railway. From Penzance, he heads for the rugged coastline at Porthcurno, where he visits the Minack Theatre – a spectacular amphitheatre that has been built into the cliffs.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 12th April 2024)

Isles of Scilly. Series 3, episode 5. Michael Portillo ends his railway adventure around south-west England in the Isles of Scilly. From Penzance railway station he boards a helicopter to the island of Tresco, two and a half miles long and with a population of 150 – a tiny slice of paradise with sandy beaches and a magnificent abbey – and where he enjoys watching the traditional gig racing. He also visits St Mary’s, where an archaeologist teaches him about the rich prehistory of the islands.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 12th April 2024)

When a priest from a Catholic boarding school suddenly disappears, Humphrey and Esther find that the case bears uncanny similarities to local myth The Devil on the Rocks. With a large sum of money missing from the school safe, the headmistress reluctant to aid the investigation and the priest nowhere to be found, the team members have their work cut out trying to pin down the truth. Meanwhile, Zoe helps Martha clean up Ten Mile Kitchen after a break-in, Anne’s new flame helps her move onto the Lily Bond, as Humphrey and Martha take over her house. Drama, starring Kris Marshall, Sally Bretton and Zahra Ahmadi.

The Coastal Map of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 12th April 2024)

Documentary examining the rise and fall of the UK’s greatest ports. The programme spans the first international traders arriving on the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, through the arrival of the Romans, Elizabeth I’s extension of British territory, and the huge impact of the tea trade and the Industrial Revolution.

Great British Cities with Susan Calman (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 12th April 2024)

Bath. Series 1, episode 6. The presenter is in Bath, starting her journey at the famous Roman Baths, where she peels back 2,000 years of history. Susan then meets author Jem Roberts, who reveals the origin story of the city, set centuries before the Romans arrived. She also visits the Royal Crescent, Herschel Museum of Astronomy, and learns about a 1950s racing scandal, and the impact of Nazi air raids.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 30/03/2024

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 2nd April 2024)

First Time for Everything. Series 9, episode 4. In Castletownbere, Donagh faces a baptism of fire on his first ever shout, as the crew rescue a fisherman who’s suffered a suspected stroke. On the Somerset coast, the crew are called out to a Mayday from a houseboat that is sinking fast. In Newquay, a surfer has been caught out by the stormy seas, and is struggling to back it back to shore.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 5th April 2024) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

A fishing trawler heads out to sea with three brothers and their ailing stepmother aboard. When it returns to Shipton Abbott harbour several hours later, only the three fishermen remain. A note found on deck suggests the woman took her own life. As her estranged daughter comes to town to help make funeral arrangements, the simple case grows more complex. Elsewhere, the day of the house visit arrives, though it’s no plain sailing for Humphrey and Martha. Detective drama, starring Kris Marshall, Sally Bretton, Zahra Ahmadi and Peter Davison.

The Underground Map of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 5th April 2024)

A fact-fuelled ride through London’s tube network, mapping out the history of the world’s first – and most iconic – underground railway system. Viewers discover how this 160-year-old marvel of engineering manages to carry 1.3 billion passengers a year.

Great British Cities with Susan Calman (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 5th April 2024)

Glasgow. Series 1, episode 5.  The presenter is in Glasgow, uncovering the hidden history of her home city. Susan meets Professor Maria Fletcher to uncover the inspiring life of Madge Easton Anderson, a trailblazer who became the first female lawyer and forged the path of Susan’s own life. The comedian also delves into the Victorian entertainment scene with a look at the world’s oldest surviving music hall.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/03/2024

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 24th March 2024) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

A passenger disappears from a flight to Dominica, only to be found dead in Saint Marie, while the pilot and flight attendant deny even seeing the victim on the plane. Neville starts to question whether he’s losing his mind, and the return of a familiar face presents him with a big decision to make.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 26th March 2024)

Every Second Counts. Series 9, episode 3. In Porthcawl, a fisherman is dragged lifeless out of the sea by bystanders and the lifeboat crew race to the beach to join the desperate attempts to resuscitate him. A yacht loses control in Lytham St Annes and is in danger of breaking up on nearby Blackpool beach. The Poole crew are called out at 2am to look for a man who has fallen into the harbour.

The Sewer Map of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 29th March 2024)

Documentary investigating the hidden secrets of one of our oldest, and most crucial, networks – the sewers. A tour of the latest solution – London’s Tideway Tunnel – reveals its staggering scale – a 16-mile-long storage tank to hide sewage beneath the river Thames. There is also a trip to Hadrian’s Wall to marvel at how the Romans handled the sewage issue almost 2,000 years ago. Mark Benton narrates.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th March 2024)

A clairvoyant predicts unusual events that begin occurring in the life of a recently bereaved woman. The team starts to suspect that the psychic’s powers might be too good to be true, as the woman starts ending up in more and more dangerous situations. When the officers discover a connection to her deceased grandfather, everything begins to fall into place. On the home front, it’s a big day for Humphrey and Martha as they attend their fostering interviews. The pair are intent on demonstrating how earnest they are to proceed. Detective drama, starring Kris Marshall, Sally Bretton, Zahra Ahmadi and Peter Davison.

Great British Cities with Susan Calman (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th March 2024)

Leeds. Series 1, episode 4. The comedian travels to Leeds, and starts by delving into the city’s industrial past, visiting the iconic Armley Mill. Now a museum, Susan gets up close and personal with the working conditions of the industrial revolution. She then visits Hyde Park Picture House, a surviving First World War cinema. As her journey comes to an end, Susan meets Arthur France, the man responsible for the Leeds West Indian Carnival.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 16/03/2024

Casualty (BBC 1/HD | 9:25pm to 10:25pm | Saturday 16th March 2024) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Charlie. Series 38, episode 18. As Charlie fights for his life he recalls a momentous day at the start of his career, while Stevie struggles to regain her confidence in time to save him. Despite Faith’s insistence that none of this is her fault, she is scared she’ll be responsible for more deaths. Featuring guest appearances from former cast members, including Amanda Ryan and Sunetra Sarker.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 17th March 2024)

The team find themselves split between Saint Marie and the island of Saint Auguste, attempting to investigate the mysterious death of a British tourist. When the team uncover a series of startling connections between the victim and other guests at the hotel they were staying at, they realise nothing is quite what it seems in this case. Neville prepares to make a huge next step in his life, and a familiar face returns.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 19th March 2024)

999. Series 9, episode 2. In Dungeness, the crew respond to reports of a small boat in the middle of the shipping lanes, and on the way back to the station they discover the casualty is the subject of a major manhunt. Along Kent’s coast, the Walmer crew race to rescue two divers who have become separated from their support vessel, and in Kinghorn the crew receive a call about an injured sailor near the deserted Inchkeith Island.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 22nd March 2024) ** NEW SERIES **

Humphrey and Esther join the Shipton Abbott Players for a murder mystery rehearsal. Though Humphrey is only playing a detective, things turn from amateur to professional when the actor playing the victim is found dead with a real knife in his back. As the duo tackle the perplexing crime, they soon unravel a dark past that reveals hidden connections between the actors. Away from the case, Humphrey and Martha embark on the process of becoming foster parents, while Anne catapults herself into the world of online dating. Detective drama, starring Kris Marshall, Sally Bretton and Zahra Ahmadi.

The Railway Map of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 22nd March 2024)

How the invention of the railway at the dawn of the 19th century changed the world, and the lives of engineers such as Stephenson, Telford and Brunel. Though great wealth was made on the back of steam power, many rail lines couldn’t break even and huge swathes of them were eventually axed from existence. Cameras also reveal how Britain’s railways are on the move again as HS2 plans to connect the most influential cities with their own high-speed, high-capacity rail line.

Great British Cities with Susan Calman (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 22nd March 2024)

Cambridge. Series 1, episode 3. The comedian explores Cambridge, and enjoys a punt down the river Cam. Susan finds out why free-roaming cows live in the centre, and learns of an unusual turf war between well-heeled students and townies. Later she heads to Fitzbillies, an iconic Cambridge bakery that has fed the city’s students and town folk for over 100 years.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/12/2023

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 24th December 2023)

Christmas Special.  Festive instalment of the detective drama. DI Humphrey Goodman investigates a bizarre set of break-ins where items are left behind rather than taken – and Santa is the number one suspect. The investigation leads to a bittersweet discovery that makes Humphrey and his team reconsider the true meaning of Christmas. Kelby babysits a cheeky young shoplifter, and , Esther’s daughter Zoe gets some sage advice from Anne.

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 5:55pm to 6:50pm | Monday 25th December 2023)

The Church on Ruby Road. Sex Education and Barbie actor Ncuti Gatwa takes over the keys to the Tardis as the 15th incarnation of the Doctor, with former Coronation Street star Millie Gibson co-starring as his companion. Ruby Sunday knows little about where she comes from, as she was abandoned on Christmas Eve as a baby. Now living with her mother and grandmother, her world is about to be turned upside when she encounters the Doctor and the mythical and mysterious Goblin King. Davina McCall guest stars as herself.

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:15pm to 9:45pm | Monday 25th December)

Sister Monica Joan is convinced this could be her final yuletide, and that she won’t live to see man walk on the moon, as the Apollo 8 crew close in on their lunar orbit mission. The Nonnatus family, including Trixie’s brother Geoffrey, decide something must be done to lighten her state of mind, while Cyril intervenes when he discovers a lost soul living alone in a dilapidated basement flat, and Nurse Crane tries to make it home in time for Christmas despite a treacherously heavy snowfall.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 26th December 2023)

Feature-length episode. The team investigates when an entrepreneur is found dead in a ravine, but things take a turn when his family’s digital marketing guru suddenly disappears. Neville’s mum Melanie arrives on the island and teams up with Catherine to take the Saint Marie dating scene by storm and the Commissioner’s big Christmas lights switch-on comes to an awkward stop. Caribbean-set detective drama, starring Ralf Little, Don Warrington, Doon Mackichan and Patsy Kensit.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 01/04/2023

Wild Isles (BBC 1//HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 2nd April 2023)

Freshwater. Series 1, episode 4. The wildlife that lives in Britain’s freshwater environments. Atlantic salmon battle their way upstream in one of the greatest migrations on the planet, beavers slow the flow with their expert dam-building, and toadlets have to cross a killing zone patrolled by carnivorous leeches. Where rivers spread out to form beds of reeds, great crested grebes pair up in courtship ceremonies, and small agile birds of prey swoop low to catch dragonflies.

Cornwall with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 2nd April 2023)

Simon Reeve’s Return to Cornwall. The explorer goes back to the county as the energy and cost-of-living crisis began to take its toll to find out what life is like for the locals after the summer crowds have gone. Simon examines why Cornwall is one of the most desirable parts of the country and a favourite holiday destination while also being one of the most deprived counties in England.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 4th April 2023)

Edinburgh. Series 4, episode 6. Tim Dunn explores railway ingenuity at Goole swing bridge in Yorkshire and takes in Edinburgh Waverley from roof to underground vaults.

Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 5th April 2023) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The five pairs leave Dawson City and head south to the third checkpoint, 2,700km away in Alberta but the stakes are raised as the team who reach the destination last will be eliminated. Race leaders Trisha and Cathie enjoy a 25-hour lead over their nearest competitors but after hiring a car in the last leg they take a risk on car sharing their way to Alberta. Disaster strikes for Monique who injures herself at the checkpoint causing her and father Ladi a further three-hour delay. Zainib and Mobeen formulate a new strategy and Marc has to face his fears. Forty-five hours behind Trisha and Cathie are Claudia and Kevin, sitting in last place with their no-frills strategy.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 7th April 2023)

Reeling from Martha’s decision, Humphrey focuses his attentions on an inexplicable crime. A house has been burgled and all forensic evidence points to one suspect only. The only problem is that this suspect was locked up by Kelby in the station’s police cell. With the arrival of the suspect’s hardnosed lawyer, the team is under pressure to get results but with Humphrey distracted, it falls to Esther to take the lead on this investigation and crack the case. Meanwhile, despite her mother’s protestations, Martha remains firm, however painful it might be. Detective drama, starring Kris Marshall and Sally Bretton.

Late Night Lycett (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 7th April 2023)

Host Joe Lycett looks back at the biggest news stories, ropes his guests into games and sketches, and offers audience members the chance to win -is own possessions. Plus, he catches up with celebrities and big-name guests from the worlds of comedy, television, music and film in a lively chat show, direct from Birmingham.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 18/03/2023

Challenge Anneka (Channel 5/HD | 8:50pm to 10:20pm | Saturday 18th March 2023) ** NEW SERIES **

Foal Farm. Series 1, episode 1. Revival of the 1980s and ’90s show in which Anneka Rice takes on tasks that must be completed in a set time She begins at a dog rescue centre at Foal Farm in Kent with the building of a new block of kennels, a grooming parlour and a play area, all in time for its 60th anniversary.

Wild Isles (BBC 1/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 19th March 2023)

Woodland. Series 1, episode 2. The wildlife of Britain’s woodlands through the seasons, including a look at how the reintroduction of wild boar to the Forest of Dean has helped robins to find food in winter. Other creatures featured include the world’s largest land slug and starlings falling prey to owls on Bodmin Moor. Plus, a look at how a subterranean network of fungi connects the whole forest together.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 20th March 2023)

The FLIRT. Series 2, episode 10. Simon and Montana attempt the hard sell at The Dorset Steam Fair, whilst designer Steve takes on the challenge of replicating one of the world’s newest trains.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 21st March 2023)

London Bridge. Series 4, episode 4.  Tim Dunn gets to grips with his local station – London Bridge, meeting the architects who turned this station into a bright, airy and tranquil modern terminus.

Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 22nd March 2023) ** NEW SERIES + PICK OF THE WEEK **

Five teams race 16,000 kilometres across the breadth of Canada starting from Vancouver on the Pacific coastline and passing through seven checkpoints before reaching St Johns on the island of Newfoundland, the most easterly town in North America. Their skill, ingenuity and determination are put to the test as they embark on their journey without access to smartphones, the internet or credit cards. Armed with only the cash equivalent of the airfare to fly their route, the teams travel at ground level through some of the most remote regions in the world.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 24th March 2023)

Reports of strange lights in the sky above North Farm lead ramblers to a newly appeared crop circle where they find an unidentified man’s body. Humphrey finds himself at pains to suppress conspiracy theorists speculating alien involvement while methodically pursuing the case. Meanwhile, Martha’s restaurant is reviewed by an influential food critic as she misses an important IVF appointment and makes an important decision regarding plans to start a family. Detective drama set in rural Devon, starring Kris Marshall and Sally Bretton.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 04/03/2023

Dinosaur with Stephen Fry (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 5th March 2023)

The Struggle to Survive. Series 1, episode 4. Stephen Fry heads 66 million years into the past to the fateful last days of the dinosaurs to see how the plant-eaters fought back against deadly predators, and witnesses how a light in the sky became an extraordinary extra-terrestrial threat that signalled the end of the dinosaur’s reign on earth.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 6th February 2023)

Black 5. Series 2, episode 8. Designer Phil takes on his toughest challenge yet – an entire reinvention of the Black Fives, encompassing all 842 variations.

George Michael: Outed (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 6th March 2023) ** NEW SERIES **

Part one of two. How the singer’s outing was a landmark moment in gay politics, with a potential career-ending scandal being averted by seizing control of the media narrative. The first episode looks back at the singer’s early career, and unearths the reasons he felt compelled to remain in the closet in the first place. Featuring contributions from former manager Simon Napier-Bell and Rev Richard Coles, who recalls his own experiences of being a gay man and a pop star in the 1980s.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 7th March 2023)

Manchester. Series 4, episode 2. Tim Dunn discovers how railway architecture has been repurposed. He starts with Manchester’s Castlefield area, where viaducts still dominate the cityscape.

George Michael: Outed (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 7th March 2023)

Part two of two. How George Michael announced his sexuality to the world in 1998 and the events that led to it including losing his partner to an Aids-related illness, being arrested for committing a lewd act in a public toilet and threats from the News of the World to publish pictures of him cruising in a park. Will Young shares how the events gave hope to young gay men at the time.

The Piano (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 8th March 2023) ** WOW **

The final stop on the search for Britain’s best amateur pianists is Birmingham New Street Station. Featuring a toe-tapping Jerry Lee Lewis hit and a unique Harry Styles cover. There is not a dry eye in the station when a Welsh retiree goes on a trip down memory lane. As per usual, the unsuspecting performers are being watched by Lang Lang and Mika who are looking for a pianist to play at the Royal Festival Hall.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 10th March 2023) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The peaceful community of Shipton Abbott is rocked when beloved painting the Solo Mare disappears in a seemingly impossible heist while plans are in motion for its appearance at an exhibition. The theft is even more perplexing given the artwork was under the guard of PC Kelby Hartford at the time. Kelby feels responsible and Humphrey pulls out all the stops to recover the priceless piece. Drama, starring Kris Marshall and Sally Bretton.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 25/02/2023

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 26th February 2023)

The countdown to Trixie and Matthew’s wedding officially begins, with Sister Veronica taking charge of organising the wedding gifts, while the bride’s brother Geoffrey arriving and setting out to arrange the perfect hen party. However, the nuptials cause stress levels to escalate as a catalogue of disasters threaten to spoil the day. Meanwhile, a car crash leaves Dr Turner facing the biggest test of his career when he left to save a precious life, Nancy considers her and Colette’s future and Sister Julienne hatches a plan to save Nonnatus House once and for all.

Dinosaur with Stephen Fry (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 26th February 2023)

Killer Dinosaurs. Series 1, episode 3. The actor finds himself transported back to a huge forest 68 million years ago in the late Cretaceous period, home to deadly predator Tyrannosaurus rex. With the help of expert Dr David Hone, Stephen observes a T-rex on the rampage, crunching up huge corpses and stalking a herd of triceratops, and they also encounter a giant flying reptile known as quetzalcoatlus. which stood taller than a giraffe and had the wingspan of a light aircraft.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 27th February 2023)

A4 Mallard. Series 2, episode 7. There’s a huge challenge for designer Phil to get the iconic curvature correct on Hornby’s latest range of A4 locos.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 28th February 2023) ** NEW SERIES **

Forth Bridge. Series 4, episode 1. Tim heads north of the border to scale a Scottish railway icon – the Forth Bridge, without doubt one of the engineering wonders of the world.

The Piano (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 1st March 2023) ** WOW **

The hunt for outstanding amateur pianists continues in Glasgow Central Station with impromptu performances from a local jazz legend, an 86 year-old father of 11, a YouTube star and a boogie woogie biker who believes music is in her DNA. Watching them all in secret are Lang Lang and Mika, who are looking for a performer to play at The Royal Festival Hall.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 3rd March 2023) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Humphrey and Martha throw themselves into work in an attempt to distract themselves from recent events. For Humphrey, this means investigating one of the strangest cases he’s ever encountered – an entire family has vanished, leaving their TV and lights on and dinner half-eaten. Martha prepares for the launch of her café, but is thrown when a face from the past shows up. 

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