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UK TV programmes to watch this week : 04/10/2014

Bad Education - 07-10-2014 (YouView app)Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:15pm | Saturday 4th October 2014)

In the near future, the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the moon. Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack and a terrible dilemma. When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life.

Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 6th October 2014)

Paul Murton sets out to experience island life on the myriad of islands that lie off the Scottish coast. In this edition, he visits two islands of the Inner Hebrides, Gigha and Jura. He begins his journey at the Achamore Gardens on Gigha, which were created by millionaire Colonel Sir James Horlick in the 1930s. Sir James loved Gigha’s mild climate so much that he bought the island and made it his home. Today Gigha is owned by the community and many of its residents are incomers attracted by the opportunity to begin a new island life on this small and fertile place. His next destination is the rugged Jura, which, despite being one of Scotland’s largest islands, houses just 200 people alongside thousands of deer. He takes a boat trip to the north of the island to experience the infamous Corryvreckan whirlpool, which nearly claimed the life of George Orwell, before visiting the remote Glen Garrisdale Bay and getting a lesson in how to cut peat.

Bad Education (BBC 3/HD | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 7th October 2014)

It is the summer term and Alfie Wickers is back as the self-styled maverick of Abbey Grove. Martin Wickers’s attempts to teach Alfie to drive end in disaster when they run over the school caretaker. Alfie and his class start fundraising for the caretaker’s urgent surgery. However, when the school bully Grayson is transferred to Alfie’s class, it soon becomes clear that their noble intentions might be difficult with him around. Soon Alfie and his class find themselves no longer leading a charitable enterprise, but being taken on a joyride in a stolen ambulance. Fraser has taken up pole dancing and sees the fundraiser as the perfect opportunity to demonstrate his skills.

Our Zoo (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 8th October 2014)

Drama series based on the true story of the Mottershead family who, in the face of staunch opposition and huge personal sacrifice, founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s. The family’s last chance is to convince a visiting inspector from the Ministry of Health to overturn the council ban on a zoo at Oakfield. But when the nets of the aviary are slashed, George begins to lose his grip on the case – and his self-control. Concerned he might throw their last chance away, Lizzie reaches out for legal help, which comes at a cost. The high emotion of the hearing sees a hidden truth tumbling out for Reverend Webb, which helps tip the balance. An inspection of the zoo is held but the final decision could take weeks.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 8th October 2014)

Natasha Cargill wants to build a home shaped like two enormous periscopes in rural Norfolk. To get planning permission, she has to ensure not only that the materials used are sustainable, but also agree to measure the transportation used to deliver them. The planning controls are so rigid in fact that even details like the type of portaloos the builders use and the size of her bath have to be monitored. If the strict criteria are not met, Natasha won’t be allowed to live there. Natasha has just £330k to spend on construction and just six months to complete. It’s not long before the pressure to not just complete the house, but meet the numerous planning constraints, starts to take its toll.

Danny MacAskill – Riding the Ridge (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only |7:30pm to 8:00pm | Friday 10th October 2014)

Documentary following Scottish cyclist Danny MacAskill as he attempts to capture his performance on and around the dramatic Black Cuillin mountain range on Skye, where he and his crew endured long treks and tricky terrain over the 10-day shoot.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 10th October 2014)

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Sue Perkins and guest panellists.

Big School (BBC 1/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Friday 10th October 2014)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. Unnatural disaster strikes Miss Postern’s classroom when Mr Barber spends the night there. Fortunately Mr Church is more than happy to come to her aid. With Barber now homeless, it falls on the reluctant Mr Gunn to put a roof over his head, but how will his mum react to her new house guest? Mr Church and Miss Postern discover that sharing does not come naturally to either of them, while Mr Gunn learns that sometimes people can share too much.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 27/09/2014

Our Zoo - 01-10-2014 (YouView app)Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:15pm | Saturday 27th September 2014)

Science fiction series about the adventures of an alien time-traveller, known as The Doctor. He explores space and time, solving problems and righting wrongs.

Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 29th September 2014)

Far from the Madding Crowd. Paul Murton sets out to experience island life on the myriad of islands that lie off the Scottish coast. In this edition, he explores the Isle of Mull and its satellites to discover why they have boltholes from the freneticism of modern life. He begins his journey on the tidal island of Erraid which inspired writer Robert Louis Stevenson before heading to the Ulva, the final resting place of Lachlan McQuarrie, one of the first governors of New South Wales and the man credited as the father of Australia. Paul then explores Mull in the company of rally driver Louise Thomas, who frequently competes in the renowned Mull Rally. On the mysterious island of Inch Kenneth, he discovers how Nazi sympathiser Unity Mitford, from the Mitford family that once owned the island, was sent there to recuperate from a self-inflicted shooting during the War. His final destination is the remote Treshnish Islands where he enjoys a spot of puffin therapy.

The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 30th September 2014)

Documentary series following the workers who keep the traffic flowing on one of the busiest stretches of road in Britain, where the country’s longest motorway, the M6, meets four other major routes. This episode looks at the work of the highways agency, motorway police and other agencies making the nation’s motorways safer and explores the environmental, economic and emotional costs of accidents that occur on Britain’s motorways.

Bad Education (BBC 3/HD | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 30th September 2014)

It is the summer term and Alfie Wickers is back as the self-styled maverick of Abbey Grove. It is Abbey Grove’s sports day and Fraser has hired the most inappropriate new sports teacher to oversee events – Preet. Alfie sees this as the perfect opportunity to challenge Miss Gulliver’s ex-boyfriend to an endurance event, which Preet offers to design.

Our Zoo (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 1st October 2014)

Drama series based on the true story of the Mottershead family who, in the face of staunch opposition and huge personal sacrifice, founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s. The devastating news that planning permission for the zoo has been denied threatens to tear the family apart and destroy George’s dream. However, Lady Katherine’s connections in Whitehall give the family a lifeline. She and George embark on a trip to London to convince the deputy minister of health to grant an appeal, while the family deal with a shocking new arrival at Oakfield.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 1st October 2014)

Tracy Fox and her husband Steve want to build an ‘urban shed’, featuring two studios, three bedrooms and a double-height space with a walkway, made out of industrial-style materials, including corrugated cement fibre board and 20-foot panels of polycarbonate sheeting. All the basic building materials are to be left deliberately rough and exposed, with inside walls sporting naked breeze block. Having discovered an old milk yard tucked away behind some flats and shops in south east London, their long-held desire to build a highly unconventional family home and workspace begins. But the choice of unorthodox materials proves challenging and costly. The yard remains untouched for over a year until they meet Romas and Remi, a young firm of builders, who boldly decide to take on the challenge of building it for just £300k. As the shed-like house takes shape, Tracy and Steve are determined to keep faith with the minimalist industrial design they’ve set their hearts on.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30p0m | Friday 3rd October 2014)

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Jennifer Saunders and guest panellists Armando Iannucci and Peter Bone MP.

Big School (BBC 1/HD |9:30pm to 10:00pm | Friday 3rd October 2014)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. When a popular member of staff passes away at Greybridge School, it takes all of the ingenuity of Mr Gunn, Mr Church and Mr Barber, as well as a wheelie bin and a ride-on lawnmower to get the deceased to their maker. Meanwhile Miss Postern thinks she has found the perfect poster boy for her Stand Up to Bullies campaign when disabled pupil Dean starts at the school. However things are not as simple as they seem.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 13/09/2014

Bad Education - 16-09-2014 (YouView app)Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 7:30pm to 8:20pm | Saturday 13th September 2014)

Sci-fi drama. What will the Doctor find at the end of the universe? Listen! What scares the Doctor? Ghosts of the past and future crowd into the lives of the Doctor and Clara: a terrified caretaker in a children’s home, the last man standing in the universe and a little boy who doesn’t want to join the army. Listen!

The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 16th September 2014)

Documentary series following the workers who keep the traffic flowing on one of the busiest stretches of road in Britain, where the country’s longest motorway, the M6, meets four other major routes. In January 2003, on a day known as ‘White Friday’, an enormous snowstorm brought the M11 motorway to a standstill and left drivers stranded in their cars for 18 hours. In the media storm that followed, the Highways Agency was heavily criticised for failing to prepare for snow and ice.

Bad Education (BBC 3/HD | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 16th September 2014)

School-based sitcom. It’s the summer term and Alfie Wickers is back as the self-styled maverick of Abbey Grove. He is in high spirits trying to get his class through their exams. But there is a shock for Alfie with the revelation that his dad Martin has been appointed as the new deputy head. Martin’s first jobs are to increase class sizes and fire a member of staff, after Fraser badly invests the school’s money in his own clothing range, Dolce and GaBanter. For Alfie this means a new class member, Cleopatra, and a tough decision to make – stand by his girlfriend Miss Gulliver when she leads the teachers on strike or sacrifice himself to save his class from failing their

Our Zoo (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th September 2014)

Drama series based on the true story of the Mottershead family who, in the face of staunch opposition and huge personal sacrifice, founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s. As the family nurse Eve the bear back to health, local residents’ opposition to the zoo grows hostile. The zoo continues to expand beyond their means, forcing George to use all his charm to persuade a local journalist of its unique worth. But while George’s proclamations fall on deaf ears, Billy brings home a surprise that could turn things around.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th September 2014)

GP Peter Berkin and his wife Chard, an alternative medicine practitioner, have decided to build a new home at the bottom of their garden. The problem is, right from the start they can’t agree on any part of the design – even the basic shape. Peter is a serial hobbyist who, according to his wife, never finishes anything. He wants the new house to feature a workshop where he can build a plane. He wants the house to be round. Chard however wants it to be square and practical. Peter aims to spend £400K, Chard wants to keep the budget around £200K. With Peter building as much of the house as he can himself, helped by his mates, and Chard taking control of the money and schedule, it looks like a recipe for disaster. As the house slowly goes up, round and complete with plane workshop, it’s crunch time. Even if it ever gets finished, will Chard be willing to live in it?

Scotland in a Day (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 10:35pm | Thursday 18th September 2014)

As Scotland votes to decide its future, this one-off comedy mockumentary turns the spotlight on a nation poised on the brink between triumph and disaster. Created, written by and starring Jack Docherty, Scotland in a Day focuses on all kinds of life north of the border. Featuring a range of comic characters captured ‘self-shot’ style as they document ‘Scotland’s Day of Destiny’, there are passionate Yes voters, out and out Unionists, and those who can’t help flip-flopping on which way to cast their vote. All Scottish life is here: pensioners, toddlers, deep-thinkers, nutters, landowners, entrepreneurs and party animals – everyone from the passionately political to characters doing their best to avoid the big issues.

Big School (BBC 1/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Friday 19th September 2014)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. When Ofsted arrive to conduct an impromptu inspection, Greybridge is thrown into even more chaos than usual. Not only does the inspectors’ presence seriously mess with Ms Baron’s enjoyment of her confiscated bag of marijuana, it also spreads panic throughout the teaching staff as they worry about their futures. When it comes to hanging onto their jobs, there’s nothing the Greybridge staff won’t resort to.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 06/09/2014

Our Zoo | 10-09-2014 (YouView app)Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 7:30pm to 8:20pm | Saturday 6th September 2014)

Sci-fi drama. In a sun-dappled Sherwood Forest, the Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars and strikes up an unlikely alliance with Robin Hood. With all of Nottingham at stake, the Doctor must decide who is real and who is fake. Can impossible heroes actually exist?

Alex Polizzi: The Fixer (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 8th September 2014)

Alex Polizzi, champion of small businesses, finds fixes for the critical issues that kill so many companies. In this episode, Alex looks at trading with the big boys as she meets the Keebles, a family of farmers turned sausage producers whose survival relies heavily on the supermarkets that sell their goods. Like many small producers, however, they often feel powerless in that relationship. Privileged access to Morrisons’ food-development kitchens reveals some interesting results, and Alex uncovers some secrets behind the layout of Tesco shelves. Can Alex get a small company like Heck to survive on the shelves of the supermarket and realise their dream of being the UK’s number one premium brand?

The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 9th September 2014)

Documentary series following the workers who keep the traffic flowing on one of the busiest stretches of road in Britain, where the country’s longest motorway, the M6, meets four other major routes. An army of workers oversee and make repairs to the M6, the UK’s major arterial motorway. With the need to keep the heavy traffic flowing at all times competing with the constant need for maintenance, it is a battle to stop it all grinding to a halt. Roadworks are often scheduled during the night when the motorway is at its quietest, to the ire of local residents Jim and Alan who live just 20 metres from a stretch of road where repairs are taking place. Meanwhile, safety inspectors working the graveyard shift go on the lookout for heavy-freight truckers breaking the rules.

Our Zoo (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 10th September 2014)

Drama series based on the true story of the Mottershead family who, in the face of staunch opposition and huge personal sacrifice, founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s. Against the family’s wishes George and Billy attempt to coax two malnourished bears out of a cave in Matlock, abandoning Lizzie to organise the building of the zoo. But with the zoo expanding beyond their control and Lucy proving obstinate, Lizzie takes matters into her own hands. In Upton, Reverend Webb conspires to find out what George is up to.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 10th September 2014)

Product designer Rebecca Sturrock has returned to her family home in Cornwall, with her partner Gregory Kewish and a highly ambitious plan. Together they will transform a small, damp, single-storey bungalow into a cutting edge home to share with their twin three-year-old daughters – all for just £80,000. The design is radical, to reinforce the walls of the old bungalow and put an entirely new living space on top to take advantage of the views. The extra floor will be built entirely of super thick wooden panels engineered in Germany. The two-ton panels are normally assembled by a crew of specialist installers, but remarkably, due to their miniscule budget, Rebecca and Gregory are determined to do it all themselves. With rain and wind hammering the site however, it soon becomes dangerously clear that Gregory and Rebecca have bitten off more than they can chew.

Big School (BBC 1/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Friday 12th September 2014)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. Mr Gunn views the impending parents’ evening at Greybridge in a whole new light when he discovers that one of his pupils may well be his son. Desperate to be the father the boy never had (apart from his current father), Gunn sets about trying to make his boy’s school days as joyous as possible, while Mr Church and Mr Martin battle to make sure Gunn’s hot gossip is spread far and wide. A meeting with their pupils’ parents also presents challenges for the rest of the Greybridge staff: Miss Postern is struggling to stop everyone eyeing her cleavage, Ms Baron is attempting to dodge the event altogether, Mr Barber is desperate to master his errant leaf blower and everyone is trying to avoid missing the final of The Great British Bake Off.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/08/2014

Doctor Who 23-08-2014 (YouView app screenshot)Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 7:50pm to 9:10pm | Saturday 23rd August 2014)

Sci-fi drama. When the Doctor arrives in Victorian London he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions. Who is the new Doctor and will Clara’s friendship with him survive as they embark on a terrifying mission into the heart of an alien conspiracy?

Scotland Decides (BBC 1 in Scotland & BBC 2 in England | 8:30pm to 10:00pm | Monday 25th August 2014)

Glenn Campbell chairs, as Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling lay out their competing visions for the future of the country in front of a specially invited audience live at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

Dogs: Their Secret Lives (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 26th August 2014)

Some dogs are hard to handle and when they show aggression it can be a serious issue for owners. Using surveillance filming, working closely with the UK’s leading behaviourists and exploring the latest science, Dogs: Their Secret Lives reveals what can make our dogs aggressive and how to treat them. The programme follows Layla the springer spaniel, Nash the cairn terrier and larger-than-life Great Dane Thor as they bark and growl their way through their daily lives, and finds out how our preconceptions about breed might be wrong and how understanding dog body language could prevent attacks. Mark Evans, the former chief vet at the RSCPA, investigates this growing canine crisis. He meets wolves, finds out whether dogs can pick up on our emotions and takes a dog communication test to find out what can be done to help our more menacing pets. Prod/.

Scrappers (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Friday 29th August 2014)

Documentary following straight-talking Terry and glamorous Lyndsay, who run a multimillion-pound scrap empire from Bolton’s Metro Salvage, the biggest scrap metal yard in the north west. Terry faces some big decisions about Boyle and Chris, the two lads sacked while he was in Tenerife. Lyndsay thinks he has given enough second chances and Little Dave agrees. When Boyle snubs Terry by telling him he does not want his support in court for his driving offences trial, even Terry thinks it could be time to say goodbye to his young protege.

Big School (BBC 1/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th August 2014)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. It may be start of a new year at Greybridge School, but the teaching staff is as dysfunctional as ever. Miss Postern and Mr Church’s relationship has taken a downward turn after a misunderstanding over a local Bella Italia, the woefully underqualified Mr Gunn is now teaching Geography and Mr Barber has a new job as the school caretaker. When Miss Postern sets up a careers workshop, it seems her slogan ‘Which Way Now?’ applies as much to her as it does her pupils, not least because the guest speaker is her old teacher training colleague (and now bestselling children’s author) Fenella Forbes. But at least things are looking up for one member of staff, as it seems Mr Martin is about to launch a successful pop career.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 10:50pm | Friday 29th August 2014)

The award-winning gang show that takes a joyful, offbeat look at the world. Adam Hills and regular co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker consider the weird and wonderful talking points of the week in the company of a studio audience and comedian and TV star John Bishop. The show also features the all-encompassing question: Is It OK? Viewers at home and the studio audience are encouraged to ask this question about anything from the week, without fear of judgement, and the three hosts attempt to step into the minefield of sometimes difficult and delicate areas and answer the questions with their own unique insight.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 14/09/2013

Tour of Britain (itv4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 15th September 2013)

Ned Boulting and Matt Stephens present the highlights from stage one from Peebles to Drumlanrig Castle. Commentary by Hugh Porter and Brian Smith.

Tour of Britain (itv4 | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 15th September 2013)

Ned Boulting is joined by Matt Stephens for the highlights of stage two from Carlisle to Kendal. Commentary by Hugh Porter and Brian Smith.

Tour of Britain (itv4 | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Tuesday 17th September 2013)

Ned Boulting and Matt Stephens present highlights of stage three – a time trial at Knowsley. Commentary by Hugh Porter and Brian Smith.

Bad Education (BBC3 | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 17th September 2013)

School-based sitcom. Abbey Grove is rocked by the news that deputy headmistress Miss Pickwell is dead and Alfie is left particularly on edge when her suicide note clearly lays the finger of blame on him after one of his class’s pranks pushes her over the edge. Haunted by guilt, will Alfie be able to put her unquiet spirit at rest with the perfect memorial service? With Pickwell gone, headmaster Mr Fraser decides to advertise for her position with less-than-successful results, which may mean Miss Gulliver is offered the role full-time. But will the power change her?

Tour of Britain (itv4 | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Wednesday 18th September 2013)

Ned Boulting and Matt Stephens present highlights of stage four from Stoke-on-Trent to Llanberis. Commentary by Hugh Porter and Brian Smith.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 18th September 2013)

You couldn’t meet two more different people than Martin and Kae Walker. Martin’s a commercial architect who specialises in industrial buildings. He’s clinical and technical, obsessed with how things fit together. Kae is an art director, a creative powerhouse who is passionate about giving buildings heart and soul. They’ve worked together ever since they got married, but now they’re taking on their toughest project yet, building the ultimate family home near York, inspired by a giant farm shed. Kae’s vision is for a ‘mothership’, a home that makes the business of being a mum easier, with a central command centre from which she’ll be able to keep track of the kids wherever they play in the house.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 19th September 2013)

School-based drama. Princess’s relationship with George continues to sour – leading her to temptation with one of his pupils. Elsewhere, there is conflict when Simon introduces his Apprentice competition to Waterloo Road, creating a ‘boys against girls’ rivalry.

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 19th September 2013)

Documentary series following the staff of First Great Western, one of Britain’s largest train operating companies. This episode explores what happens on the network after dark. We spend a night in Reene Ehrman’s shoes on the Night Riviera service, which connects the capital to the far south west. Before the train sets off, it is touch-and-go for a broken down carriage. Gary Brownlie, Reading’s duty station manager, finds hordes of student merrymakers passing through the station.

Perfect Storms: Disasters That Changed the World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 19th September 2013)

History-defining disasters. A huge earthquake devastated Japan in 1923, killing up to 160,000 people and setting the country on a path to war as the military took power.

Tour of Britain (itv4 | 10:30pm to 11:30pm | Thursday 19th September 2013)

Ned Boulting and Matt Stephens present highlights of stage five from Machynlleth to Caerphilly. Commentary by Hugh Porter and Brian Smith.

Tour of Britain (itv4 | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Friday 20th September 2013)

Ned Boulting and Matt Stephens present highlights of stage six from Sidmouth to Haytor. Commentary by Hugh Porter and Brian Smith.

Big School (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 20th September 2013)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. Mr Church is keen to be involved with Miss Postern’s school trip to France, but with no places left he needs to find a way to get on the coach. Anything is possible with a hefty bribe, but things do not go according to plan in Dieppe. Love is in the air, but Mr Church had moules mariniere for supper.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 07/09/2013

Bad Education (BBC3 | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 10th September 2013)

School-based sitcom. Alfie is shocked by the arrival of new teacher Mr Schwimer at Abbey Grove and even more shocked to learn that he will be taking over Alfie’s own class. Desperately upset that his class seem to be having a great time and actually learning proper, real-life GCSE history with their new teacher, Alfie is even more unhappy when he finds out which class Miss Pickwell has given him instead. With headmaster Fraser and Miss Gulliver both increasingly charmed by Mr Schwimer it is left to Alfie and Jing to uncover the truth behind this American imposter.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 11th September 2013)

For ten years Jonathan Broom has been obsessed with building his own home. He and his wife Deborah have put everything on hold while he pursues his dream of a miniature, lavish Hollywood Hills-style mansion. They finally stumble across a scrap of land right in the gritty heart of north London, but it’s fraught with problems, and the only way they can build their wildly ambitious £1million pound family home, complete with nanny flat and swimming pool, is by sinking half of it six metres below ground.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 10:50pm | Wednesday 11th September 2013)

Guest Jack Whitehall joins host Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker to take a look at the weird and wonderful stories of the week, live in front of a studio audience. The show also features the all-encompassing question: Is It OK? Viewers at home and the studio audience are encouraged to ask this question about anything from the week, without fear of judgement, and the three hosts attempt to step into the minefield of sometimes difficult and delicate areas and answer the questions with their own unique insight.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 12th September 2013)

School-based drama. A day from hell for new science teacher Sue leads to a shady alliance with a pupil. Elsewhere, Connor leads a protest against Christine’s cuts, and George introduces the school to his new Chinese teaching assistant – and wife – Princess Windsor.

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 12th September 2013)

Documentary series following the working lives of the staff of First Great Western, one of Britain’s largest train operating companies. This time, the workers of First Great Western must cope with rush hour during the summer, as commuters battle the hot weather and a group of school kids seem determined to wreak havoc. Rush hour means a state of red alert for the newly formed “Ribena girls”, the purple-clad teams deployed to take the heat out of the commute.

Big School (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 13th September 2013)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. Miss Postern has put herself down for an Ironman competition, but realises too late what is involved. Mr Gunn offers to help with her training, so Mr Church takes an unexpected interest in PE to keep an eye on things. Drama teacher Mrs Klebb sets up a new action group to stop violence at school – if only the teachers would listen.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 31/08/2013

The Lost Hero of 9/11 (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 2nd September 2013)

When the Twin Towers collapsed on September 11, 2001, almost everyone underneath them was killed. But two men were trapped, buried alive, 30 feet deep, under the rubble. As fires raged around them, the official rescue effort had been suspended, and they thought they were going to die, until they heard a voice shouting ‘US Marine Corps; can anybody hear me?’ This man then climbed down and saved them, before disappearing without a trace. His identity remained a mystery.

Silent Witness: Buried Lies. Series 1, episode 1 (Drama | 9:00pm to 11:00pm | Tuesday 3rd September 2013)

Edgy crime drama with the great Amanda Burton as the female forensic pathologist who has a habit of cracking the cases that the police can’t. A feature-length episode, originally shown in two parts. Suspecting that a drowned child had been a victim of physical abuse, Dr Ryan reopens another case involving a child’s death. The common factor, Gary Philips, was the mother’s partner at the time of the death three years earlier.

Bad Education (BBC3 | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 3rd September 2013)

School-based sitcom. Abbey Grove’s new term kicks off with the annual swimming gala and headmaster Mr Fraser decides to pay homage to the fact the UK recently hosted the greatest show on earth, Splash, by ending it with their very own synchronised diving competition. Alfie and his class don’t usually take part in the gala, but lured by a cash bet with deputy headmistress Miss Pickwell he decides to bribe them with a group trip to a restaurant and enter the event. The first day back is also a chance for Alfie to catch up with his girlfriend Miss Gulliver, but he’s shocked to find out that he isn’t in a relationship with her at all, and even more shocked to find out who she is actually dating.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 4th September 2013)

Kevin McCloud returns with a new series of the popular property show. Gwyn and Kate were desperate for more space for their growing family and had set on building a traditional new house for themselves. But their plans changed when they fell for a decaying classic 1920s cinema in the heart of their home town of Thorne in South Yorkshire. With little knowledge of either restoration or building, they boldly set about renovating and extending this wreck to make a family home. Their ideas about having a conventional place to live are thrust aside by their old school friend, an architect who convinces them to use concrete – and masses of it – to turn their dilapidated building into an unlikely homage to modernism. Behind the beautifully restored 1920s facade, brutal concrete walls emerge, as well as massive expanses of glass.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 10:50pm | Wednesday 4th September 2013)

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is the celebrity guest as he joins host Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker to take a look at the weird and wonderful stories of the week, live in front of a studio audience. The show also features the all-encompassing question: Is It OK? Viewers at home and the studio audience are encouraged to ask this question about anything from the week, without fear of judgement, and the three hosts attempt to step into the minefield of sometimes difficult and delicate areas and answer the questions with their own unique insight.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 5th September 2013)

School-based drama. As the school mourns the loss of Tom, Audrey gets out of her depth when she suspects new pupils, Lenny and Lisa, are being neglected. Elsewhere, newly qualified science teacher Sue feels the pressure while deputy head Simon harbours a secret.

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 5th September 2013)

Documentary series following the working lives of the staff of First Great Western, one of Britain’s largest train operating companies. Problems arise when 15,000 extra passengers descend on one tiny station, tempers boil over when the Glastonbury music festival disrupts the regular commute, a station goes on lockdown when a man falls onto the tracks and a picturesque branch line receives a royal visit.

Mum and Dad are Splitting Up (BBC2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 5th September 2013)

With a third of British children living with only one biological parent, this simple but revealing film ventures into the heart of British family life to ask young people about their experience of their parents’ breakup. Based entirely on honest, intimate interviews with both young people and their parents, drawing out the complex feelings and secrets that took root in the family when mum and dad split up. In the process, both parents and their offspring find themselves asking questions of each other that have remained unsaid for years, and being frequently surprised by the answers.

Big School (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 6th September 2013)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. Miss Postern warns the other teachers to be sensitive with troubled pupil Josh when his mother runs off with a Maasai tribesman. Perhaps giving him a part in the bold reimagining of Romeo and Juliet put on by the drama department will take his mind off things. Mr Church has lost his job as theatre critic for the school magazine, so Miss Postern steps in to watch the show with Josh’s dad for company. Could Mr Church be just a little bit jealous?

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 17/08/2013

The Cycle Show (itv4 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 19th August 2013)

The cycling magazine show with regular presenter Graham Little including special guests and items and features on all aspects of bike riding.

The Midwives: Delivering Under Pressure (BBC2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 20th August 2013)

Series following the work of midwives in hospitals. This episode focuses on the busy delivery suite at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester. Lesley used to be a dental nurse but when she had a difficult delivery herself she was so inspired by the care she received that she retrained to become a midwife. She knows just how unpredictable and difficult the job can be. Lesley is looking after Neelam who has type 1 diabetes. Pregnancy is putting increased strain on Neelam’s already fragile kidneys which needs to be constantly monitored. Midwife Gemma is looking after Helen who is having her fourth baby with husband Ben. Helen is anxious about the birth having previously lost a baby 21 weeks into pregnancy. In tragic cases like this, bereavement midwives like Vicky and Emma can try and help couples to come to terms with their loss. Meanwhile, Liza is expecting twins but Lesley must keep a close eye on the situation as her pregnancy becomes increasingly complicated.

Restoration Home (BBC2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 21st August 2013)

A last remnant of a once grand and wealthy estate, St Peter’s Barn had been overlooked for generations and carved up by modern farming practices. The moment Graham and Nicola walked into it, they knew it was the family home they had been searching for. At 35 meters long and 20 meters high, the crumbing cathedral-like interior would appear an impossible dream to most, but roofer and builder Graham saw its potential and decided to pour their life savings into buying it.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 10:50pm | Wednesday 21st August 2013)

Gabby Logan is the celebrity guest as host Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker take a look at the weird and wonderful stories of the week, live in front of a studio audience. The show also features the all-encompassing question: Is It OK? Viewers at home and the studio audience are encouraged to ask this question about anything from the week, without fear of judgement, and the three hosts attempt to step into the minefield of sometimes difficult and delicate areas and answer the questions with their own unique insight.

Perfect Storms (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 22nd August 2013)

Nature at its most brutal is investigated in this series about history-defining disasters. How a huge thunderstorm in 9 AD halted the Roman advance into Germania.

Big School (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 23rd August 2013)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. It is talent show time at Greybridge School, but the teachers are the acts and the pupils are the judges. Mr Church is reluctant to enter, until Miss Postern suggests a duet with her, but will artistic differences ruin their chances? Mr Gunn’s Keith Lemon impression is set to steal the show, until there are some unexpected late entries.

The Burrowers: Animals Underground (BBC2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 23rd August 2013)

Chris Packham reveals the underground world of badgers, water voles and rabbits. In specially created full-scale replica burrows it is spring, and baby burrowers must grow up fast, ready to take their first steps above ground. The programme reveals how baby rabbits learn to bond and looks at orphan badgers as they grow up. Will the water voles manage to produce their first litter? And how does a mole survive its solitary life almost entirely underground? In another first, the team excavate a massive abandoned rabbit warren in the wild by casting it in concrete.

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 10/08/2013

The Cycle Show (itv4 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 12th August 2013)

The cycling magazine show with regular presenter Graham Little including special guests and items and features on all aspects of bike riding. Today’s guests are Mick Bennett, a Race Director of the Tour of Britain, Iain Edmondson, Tanni Grey-Thompson and the transplant girls.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm 10:50pm | Wednesday 14th August 2013)

The latest series of the award-winning live gang show continues. Host Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker take a look at the weird and wonderful talking point stories of the week to enjoy and celebrate what makes this country so unique. Each week the guys are joined by a celebrity guest with a live studio audience, and in this edition it’s comedian and chat show host Alan Carr. The show also features the all-encompassing question: Is It OK? Viewers at home and the studio audience are encouraged to ask this question about anything from the week, without fear of judgement, and the three hosts attempt to step into the minefield of sometimes difficult and delicate areas and answer the questions with their own unique insight.

Perfect Storms: Disasters That Changed the World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 15th August 2013)

Fascinating series revealing how devastating disasters shaped history. How the Nazi army were halted – and decimated – by freezing weather in Russia in 1941.

Crazy About One Direction (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Thursday 15th August 2013)

Directioners are a rare breed of fan. Connected to their idols through social media, they have a love and dedication like no other. These are the girls that heart One Direction. This documentary reveals what it truly means to be a Directioner, the lengths they will go to meet 1D, and how these teenage girls are united in their love of the most popular boy band in the world. From Milton Keynes to Glasgow, Directioners dedicate their lives and their money to following Harry, Zayn, Niall, Liam and Louis.

Big School (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 16th August 2013)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. Deputy head of chemistry Mr Church is about to resign from Greybridge School but the arrival of Miss Postern, the new French teacher, changes everything. PE teacher Mr Gunn also has designs on the new member of staff so Mr Church takes advice from a pupil on how to succeed with women. Mr Church’s phone doesn’t send picture messages, so he can’t follow Manyou’s first suggestion. That just leaves offering her a lift home. The course of true love never did run smooth, particularly in an Austin Maxi.

The Burrowers: Animals Underground (BBC2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 16th August 2013)

Chris Packham sheds light on the magical underground world of three iconic British animals – badgers, water voles and rabbits. In one of the biggest natural history experiments ever undertaken, he investigates wild burrows to recreate full-scale replicas for the animals to live in and be observed, including the largest man-made rabbit warren of its kind ever built. This creates a window on their lives never witnessed before, from birth in winter to their emergence from the burrow in summer. How do they create their burrows? How do they breed and give birth? Observe fascinating new science and new behaviour as the team design and build a rabbit warren, a badger sett and a water vole burrow with its own riverbank.

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

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