Dec 092017
 

Blue Planet II (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 10th December 2017)

David Attenborough explores the issues behind the series’ most spectacular stories, meets pioneers striving to protect the ocean and examines the future of the planet.

Coastal Railways with Julie Walters (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 10th December 2017)

Julie boards the famous Great Western Railway, as she heads down to Cornwall. She stops first at Torquay, on the English Riviera, where she fondly recalls childhood holidays. At Paignton, Julie boards the heritage steam line to Kingswear and its allegedly haunted castle. In the fishing village of Polperro, Julie investigates smugglers’ tales and joins the RNLI on a practice run off St Ives. And in Penzance, she meets the extraordinary cake-makers at Peboryon Cakes, whose amazing creations can cost thousands. At the end of a packed trip, Julie catches the sleeper night train back to London.

Concorde (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 11th December 2017)

Second of a two-part documentary. By the early 1980s, Concorde was admired the world over. It seemed that it was loved by all, but not by the management of British Airways. They were horrified that it was losing tens of millions a year and knew that something must be done.

The Secret Life of the Zoo (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 13th December 2017)

There are only around 50 Javan green magpies left in the world, and two of them live at Chester Zoo. Keepers are desperate to breed youngster Permata with older female Metina, but the problem is that he still has his juvenile blue feathers. Will he mature and can he help breed the next generation? Chester’s bachelor pad of lemurs is in for a shock with a female on her way to their island. In the lemur world females rule the roost, so the boys’ peaceful existence may be coming to an end. The zebras also have a newcomer to their herd: female Okoth, who starts to make a play for power, which doesn’t go down well with top zebra Florence. And the zoo’s three Komodo dragon sisters need some space from each other. Keeper Isolde has an unusual plan to take them for outside walks.

The Channel (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 13th December 2017)

For thousands of people the Channel is a workplace, with money to be made from its riches. Dredgers mine the sea floor for valuable gravel and sand, which is used for concrete and building works. Off-shore fishing has taken place along the south coast for centuries. But who gets to use the Channel is changing. New industries and technologies are fighting for space with the old, transforming what the Channel is for. Wind farms are rising like skyscrapers and now a new multi-million-pound electricity cable called Project Nemo is being laid between Britain and Belgium. But while it’s being laid all other users of the Channel can’t go near it. This episode follows Nemo project manager Dave as he attempts to stick to the schedule, as a day’s delay could cost a six-figure sum. Meanwhile, the project has pushed fisherman Steve out of his fishing grounds.

Penelope Keith’s Coastal Villages (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 13th December 2017)

Penelope Keith sets forth on a special seaside journey to discover the coastal villages of the UK: villages that cling to the side of cliffs, snuggle around harbours, proudly guard estuaries, or lounge along beaches. In the first episode, Penelope discovers the seaside villages of West Sussex and the Isle of Wight. She quickly finds herself immersed in stories of seafarers, smugglers and shipwrecks. In the village of Bosham, she uncovers the real reason behind King Canute’s battle with the tide. In Birdham, Penelope visits the country’s first purpose-built marina and climbs on board with Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton for a sail up the estuary. There’s also a flight in the cockpit of a hovercraft; the astonishing story of a local woman and an old £10 note; and an epic battle of the waves.

Blitz (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 14th December 2017)

During the Blitz over 450,000 bombs dropped on Britain, and every bomb has its own story. This episode looks at the deadly impact of the incendiary bomb that set fire to St Peter’s Church in the historic heart of Bristol. Before November 1940, the Castle Street area was full of shops, businesses and homes all served by St Peter’s. But on the night of Sunday 24 November 1940, the German bomber aircraft came.

Brunel (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 15th December 2017)

Rob Bell concludes his two-part documentary series on Britain’s great engineer with the story of his two masterpieces of ship design – the SS Great Britain, the great-great-grandmother of all modern ships, and the SS Great Eastern, the world’s largest ship that dominated the final years of his life and generated such great controversy that it has been blamed for causing his death.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 15th December 2017)

The live, joyous, topical comedy extravaganza hosted by Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe examines the biggest and most entertaining news stories and rounds up the main talking points of the week, with special guests including Rag’n’Bone Man who performs Human.

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

Dec 022017
 

Blue Planet II (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 3rd December 2017)

Documentary series narrated by David Attenborough which explores the planet’s oceans. Coasts are the most changeable of the ocean worlds, but they offer great riches. Here sea lions beach large tuna, and moray eels crawl over land to catch their prey.

Coastal Railways with Julie Walters (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 3rd December 2017)

Julie Walters, one of the country’s best-loved actors, continues her tour of the most beautiful and interesting stretches of coastal railway routes in the UK. In this episode, Julie leaves Newcastle and the city’s famous brown ale, for a high-speed train to Edinburgh. She stops at the beautiful coastal town of Alnmouth and visits the disused station at Alnwick, where the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ craze started. Julie heads for Berwick and goes out to sea with a lobster breeder, visiting the biggest gannet colony on Earth. In Edinburgh, Julie explores the intriguing connections between the railway and the famous Balmoral Hotel’s palm court and clock tower.

Expedition Volcano (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 3rd December 2017)

Two-part documentary following a team of scientists who are in the Congo to investigate rarely visited volcanoes and try to predict when they will erupt. For the past week, the expedition has focused on Nyiragongo. Now Chris Jackson and his fellow geologists are heading to the nearby volcano Nyamulagira, one of the most active yet least explored volcanoes on the planet. Few have visited this volcano, for a good reason – the forests that blanket its slopes hide a number of armed groups. The team travel on a UN helicopter flight at treetop level to avoid being hit by groundfire, before landing as close to the active crater as they can. They then have only a few hours to gain as much data as possible to help predict future eruptions.

The Secret Life of the Zoo (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 6th December 2017)

It’s mating season for Chester Zoo’s onagers and after two years living alone, male Holmes is released into the female paddock. It’s a bruising encounter as he goes straight for his old flame Zarrin, before chasing every other female in sight, including the camel next door. Galapagos tortoise Charlie is losing weight and keepers believe that it’s down to bullying from her older sister. They step in with an innovative system to try and alleviate the problem. Keeper Niall barters with eldest chimp Boris for the return of a large stick that the chimps have been brandishing, but Boris is wary of dominant male Dylan stealing his reward, and plays hardball with Niall. And Plo, a village weaver, is tirelessly building a nest to impress a female. If the foundations aren’t strong enough to support a whole family it will be dismissed on first inspection, and he could be destined to remain a bachelor.

The Channel (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 6th December 2017)

The English Channel is the world’s busiest waterway. This ambitious access-all-areas series meets the people who keep the system working, moving 17 million of us across the sea each year. The Channel Tunnel carries 50,000 passengers and 7000 trucks every day. It’s a pinch point in a vital trade network that fills our shops and keeps our economy moving. And it’s also a testbed for Anglo-French relations, as maintenance crews from both sides cooperate under the sea, on a project that connects two countries who are now pulling apart. This episode explores areas that have never been filmed before, following British head of maintenance Vince – the man charged with keeping the tunnel moving – and one of its longest-serving engineers, Richard, who helped to build the Tunnel back in 1988.

Blitz (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 7th December 2017)

During the Blitz over 450,000 bombs dropped on Britain, and every bomb has its own story. Episode three follows a bomb that fell on Jellicoe Street in the Scottish town of Clydebank. It was a tightly knit community of ship builders and factory workers who worked hard in difficult conditions. For the children though, life in the tenements was like being part of one big family as Patrick Docherty and Jack Tasker remember. But on the 13th March 1941 that would change forever.

Brunel (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 8th December 2017)

Two-part documentary series. Rob Bell tells the story of the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, exploring his complex personality as well as his prolific achievements. Brunel was just 19 when his father appointed him his assistant and chief engineer on the Thames Tunnel. After a potentially fatal accident during the construction, he was recuperating in Bristol when he came up with a design for the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Later, he became the official engineer to the proposed Great Western Railway, and more was to follow.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 8th December 2017)

The live, joyous, topical comedy extravaganza hosted by Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe examines the biggest and most entertaining news stories and rounds up the main talking points of the week. In each show, they are joined by a live audience and guests from the worlds of comedy, entertainment and politics to help dissect the week’s events.

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

Nov 252017
 

Blue Planet II (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 26th November 2017)

Documentary series narrated by David Attenborough which explores the planet’s oceans. From enchanted forests to undersea prairies, green seas teem with life. Giant cuttlefish do battle for a mate, and an ingenious octopus outwits deadly sharks.

Coastal Railways with Julie Walters (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 26th November 2017)

Julie Walters, one of the country’s best-loved actors, travels the most beautiful and interesting stretches of coastal railway routes in the UK. In this new series, Julie takes a magical mystery tour through dramatic landscapes while uncovering surprising historical secrets. From pristine Scottish shores to Cornish fishing villages, this is a journey of discovery – of how our coastal railway routes helped shape us as a nation and the stories of the people who brought them to life. In the first episode, Julie rides the West Highland Railway in Scotland, on board the famous Jacobite steam train, memorable for its starring role in the Harry Potter films. She gets some practical training in blowing up railway lines at Arisaig House, home to the Special Operations Executive from the Second World War. There’s also herring gutting in Mallaig; a traditional Scottish storyteller on Skye; and cattle wrangling at Duirinish.

Expedition Volcano (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 26th November 2017)

Two-part documentary. The first programme follows an extraordinary expedition to one of the world’s most dangerous, spectacular and lesser-known volcanoes – Nyiragongo. The volcano contains a massive boiling cauldron of molten rock – the world’s largest continually active lava lake. But it is also one of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet. It has erupted twice in the last 50 years, most recently in 2002, wreaking havoc and destruction on the people who live in the nearby city of Goma. This region is also dangerous for another reason – it has been racked by war and humanitarian crises for most of the last 30 years, so Nyiragongo is one of the least studied active volcanoes on Earth. But now, an international and local team of scientists are mounting a major expedition to study the volcano. They are attempting to discover the warning signs that it is building towards a new eruption, so they can alert the people of Goma before it erupts again.

Guy Martin v the Robot Car (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 26th November 2017)

Motorcycle racer and lorry mechanic Guy Martin investigates the most disruptive new technology to be introduced to the automotive world: autonomous vehicles. He becomes the first person to ever take on an artificially intelligent race car to discover what’s fastest: man or machine? In just over ten years, half of all new cars sold will be electric, and 15% will be autonomous. So what does the future of transport hold for petrolheads like Guy, who loves traditional engines so much he has a lawnmower piston tattooed on his leg? He thinks the best way of learning is by doing, and while Silicon Valley spends millions designing next-generation vehicles, Guy attempts to make his own robotic Ford Transit, at home, in his shed. He discovers that the hard part is replicating human thought, and travels to Budapest to experience a fully so-called ‘Level 5’ autonomous vehicle: a car that can truly think for itself.

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 27th November 2017)

Travelogue in which Chris Tarrant rides some of the world’s wildest trains. From the deserts of Lawrence of Arabia, Chris follows the route of the Hejaz Railway up through Jordan, before crossing the border into Israel. He’s headed for the holiest city of all-Jerusalem.

The Secret Life of the Zoo (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 29th November 2017)

Andean bear Lima has a three-month-old cub, but keepers are concerned that her overprotective behaviour may curb its development. And when Lima’s back is turned, cub Madidi embarks on an adventure into the paddock next door. The rock hyrax family enjoy the quiet life, spending eight hours a day sitting on their rocks. But they’re in for a rude awakening when three new pups are born. For mum Daissie there’s no escaping their demands. The pygmy marmosets also have new babies. Mum Audrey has to carry her twins everywhere she goes to ensure their safety. But the whole family is soon on hand to give her a rest. Young elephant Nandita is desperate to make friends with babies Aayu and Indali, but her boisterous behaviour is proving too much for them. Can she learn the maternal skills she needs to win them round and persuade them to go swimming with her?

The Channel (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 29th November 2017)

The English Channel is the world’s busiest waterway: 400 ships pass through the 21-mile-wide Dover Strait every day. It defines our border with Europe, but has brought us closer to it: the free flow of goods and people has transformed our economy and our lives. But as our relationship with the continent changes, these are uncertain times for the people who live and work these waters. This ambitious access-all-areas series goes inside the Channel Tunnel, on board ferries and freighters, through our highly-fortified border, and into the hidden nerve-centres that keep the whole system moving. And the maintenance workers, engineers, sea pilots and ship’s captains – who move 17 million of us across the sea every year – reveal how the Channel works. The first episode captures the Channel’s rush hour: two weeks in summer when freight lorries share the ferries with 250,000 holidaymakers.

Blitz (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 30th November 2017)

During the Blitz over 450,000 bombs dropped on Britain, and every bomb has its own story. This second episode explores the ramifications of a bomb that fell on 6th Avenue in the port city of Hull, flattening two houses and changing the lives of two families. The Taylors lost baby Peter and 14 year-old Vera was very badly burned. Her sisters Doreen and Tina remember that terrible night and it is the first time they have talked about the trauma they endured. Next door, Mrs Owens had put three of her children under the stairs for safety but they sadly didn’t survive. Their sister Janet who was born after the war didn’t know about their existence until she was in her twenties. Her father was so traumatised that he refused to discuss anything to do with the Blitz. It means she has a lot of unanswered questions, which are finally answered when Janet meets Doreen and Tina, and she learns that her siblings were buried with baby Peter.

Greatest British Bridges: The Severn (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 1st December 2017)

Documentary series. Rob Bell explores the history and construction of the world’s iconic bridges. Opened in 1966, the Severn Bridge was the first road bridge to connect England and South Wales by spanning the vast Severn estuary. Rob reveals why its design by Dr Bill Brown revolutionised the way that modern suspension bridges are built. He also surfs the Severn Bore and meets the construction workers who braved the wave and tidal ranges of up to 50 feet in order to build it.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 1st December 2017)

The live, joyous, topical comedy extravaganza hosted by Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe examines the biggest and most entertaining news stories and rounds up the main talking points of the week. In this show, they are joined by Matt Lucas and Rebecca Front who help dissect the week’s events.

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

Nov 182017
 

Blue Planet II (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 19th November 2017)

Documentary series narrated by David Attenborough which explores the planet’s oceans. This episode explores the big blue, a vast ocean desert where dolphins race to beat the competition and sperm whales must dive 1,000 metres just to feed.

Guy Martin’s WWI Tank (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 19th November 2017)

Guy Martin wants to build a full working replica of a World War One tank. It could well prove Guy’s most ambitious engineering challenge. He wants to celebrate this groundbreaking British invention – created in Lincoln, just a few miles from his home – and remember those who built and fought in the machine which helped end the war. It’s the centenary of the Battle of Cambrai, where tanks first proved their effectiveness. With help from British engineering giant JCB and the Norfolk Tank Museum, Guy attempts to build his own 30-tonne tank in just five months. He visits battfields in France, delves into recordings from the archive of men who served in the original tanks, and the women who built them. Guy also takes his tank driving test in the British Army’s current lead battle tank, the Challenger 2. Will Guy’s tank be ready and able to join Lincoln’s Remembrance Day parade?

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 20th November 2017)

Travel series. Chris Tarrant embarks on some of the world’s most difficult train journeys. Chris attempts to cross the five countries of the Balkan region in six days. Travelling from Slovenia to Montenegro, via Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia, he discovers how the former state-run Yugoslav railways in Tito’s days are faring since their break-up in the 1990s, goes in search of Tito’s famous blue train and talks to some fascinating local people en route.

The Secret Life of the Zoo (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 22nd November 2017)

West African mandrill JC is being challenged for his dominant position by his sons Ludo and Jareth. While JC is taken to the vet’s for some health checks, Ludo gets ‘over-friendly’ with his dad’s girlfriend. The keepers are concerned that the situation might turn nasty when JC returns. Male red panda Jung is losing weight and the keepers can’t work out why. After relationship problems with his partner Nima are ruled out, Jung is put on a special diet, but with no success. So Jung undergoes a full medical examination and keepers have to make a difficult decision. Sumatran tiger Kirana and her daughter Kasarna have started to clash at mealtimes. The keepers have a plan to sort out the tension between them. Tempers start to fray among Chester Zoo’s Humboldt penguin colony during the annual moult. Can young penguins Frazzle and Munch avoid being picked on by the grown-ups?

Blitz (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 23rd November 2017)

During the Blitz over 450,000 bombs dropped on Britain, and every bomb has its own story. This series examines the specific effect of four bombs, from their initial impact on individual lives right through to their wider consequences for the Second World War, and all the way to the present day. The first episode follows a bomb that fell on Martindale Road in the East End of London on the first night of the Blitz. Initially there was relief as this bomb remained unexploded and Martindale Road residents were evacuated. However, while some residents decided to leave London others were not so lucky, as those who put their faith in the authorities suffered a tragedy when the bombers returned. Thousands lost everything in the first weeks of the Blitz; this film explores the work of one MP who put into place city-wide welfare systems that worked for everyone and joined the call for a National Health Service.

The World’s Greatest Bridges (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 24th November 2017)

Documentary series. Rob Bell explores the story and construction of the world’s most iconic bridges. The Millau Viaduct over the Tarn gorge in southern France is the world’s tallest bridge and considered by many to be the world’s most beautiful. Rob meets the design team, including architect Lord Norman Foster and structural engineer Dr Michel Virlogeux, and learns about the innovative and ancient techniques used to build it. London’s Millennium Bridge, Lord Foster’s other project at the time, is also featured, including what caused the wobble and how it was rectified.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 24th November 2017)

The live, joyous, topical comedy extravaganza hosted by Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe examines the biggest and most entertaining news stories and rounds up the main talking points of the week. In this show, they are joined by American comedian Margaret Cho who helps dissect the week’s events.

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

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