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.

Nov 112017
 

Blue Planet II (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 12th November 2017)

Documentary series narrated by David Attenborough which explores the planet’s oceans. This episode reveals the ingenious ways life exists in the undersea cities of tropical reefs, from mesmerising cuttlefish to a giant carnivorous worm.

Children in Need Rocks the 80s (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 10:00pm | Monday 13th November 2017)

A star-studded line-up celebrates the decade which saw BBC Children in Need’s first major appeal. Hosted by Fearne Cotton and Sara Cox, with Roman Kemp capturing all the excitement backstage, this spectacular fundraiser includes performances from a-ha, Bananarama, Boy George, Erasure, Europe, Imagination, Jason Donovan, Katrina, Louisa Johnson, Mica Paris, Nick Heyward, OMD and UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey. So dust off your shoulder pads, pull on your legwarmers and join in with the audience, who will be dancing the night away to a whole host of 80s classics.

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 13th November 2017)

Travel documentary series. Chris Tarrant experiences some of the world’s wildest train rides. In an attempt to cross three former Soviet republics entirely by rail in one week, Chris navigates his way on trains across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, en route discovering amazing stories and dark secrets from the region’s war-ravaged past.

The World’s Greatest Bridges (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 17th November 2017)

Documentary series. Rob Bell explores the history and construction of the world’s most iconic bridges. Spanning the East River and connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge was the world’s longest suspension bridge when opened in 1883. Rob Bell tells the story of its construction – a classic New York tale featuring big money, corruption, ambition, death and tragedy. It is also the saga of two men and one woman – father, son and the son’s wife – who realised a dream against all the odds.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 17th 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 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 042017
 

Blue Planet II (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 5th November 2017)

Documentary series narrated by David Attenborough which explores the planet’s oceans. This episode goes on a groundbreaking journey to the deep, home to real-life aliens, from monstrous sharks to shrimps in glass cages and perhaps the origin of all life on earth.

Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 5th November 2017)

Timothy West and Prunella Scales set off on their third adventure along the French canal system, as they travel down the Marne-Rhine Canal in Alsace and Lorraine, close to the German border. Their journey takes in enchanted forests and fairy-tale castles; mountains and valleys; the baffling French lock system; local wines; and a visit to Strasbourg and the European Parliament.

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 6th November 2017)

Travelogue in which Chris Tarrant rides some of the world’s wildest trains. Chris traverses Morocco from west to east before heading off into the sands of the Sahara to discover whether a legendary line that stretches all the way to Timbuktu really exists.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 8th November 2017)

DIY SOS is back on veteran street in Manchester to build the final home on the road for a decorated former soldier and his young family. Two years ago, with the help of Prince William and Prince Harry, DIY SOS launched their most ambitious project yet – transforming a derelict street into a vibrant community for veterans and local people, creating new homes and a veterans’ support centre. Now, with the project almost complete, Nick Knowles and the team return to build the last remaining home for amputee and single dad Simon Flores, whose foot was blown off by a roadside bomb during a patrol in Iraq.

Donald Trump (BBC 1 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 9th November 2017)

A year ago, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States; and in that time barely a day has passed without him hitting the headlines. Scotland had an early glimpse of the man and his methods. For more than a decade, he’s attracted both praise and criticism over his development of a golf course in Aberdeenshire. A development he said was inspired by his mother coming from Stornoway. This programme examines his relationship with Scotland, and looks at the current condition and future plans for the Trump businesses here.

The World’s Greatest Bridges (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 10th November 2017)

Documentary series. Rob Bell explores the history and construction of iconic bridges. A symbol of the Industrial Revolution, the elegant Iron Bridge over the river Severn in rural Shropshire was the world’s first bridge to be constructed entirely from iron. Rob reveals the difficulties encountered in building it, the scepticism of contemporary engineers, how it inspired Thomas Telford to design the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the bridge’s role as a catalyst for the birth of a civil engineering.

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

The live, joyous, topical comedy extravaganza hosted by Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe that examines the biggest and most entertaining news stories and rounds up the main talking points of the week. This week, comedian and presenter Harry Hill will be live in the studio.

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

Oct 282017
 

Blue Planet II (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 29th October 2017)

Documentary series presented by David Attenborough which explores the planet’s oceans. From the equator to the poles, new worlds and animal behaviours are revealed, from tool-using fish to mother walruses fighting for space on the ice for their tiring pups.

Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 29th October 2017)

Timothy West and Prunella Scales explore one of Britain’s most ancient waterways, the Norfolk Broads. It’s their first time visiting this picturesque network of slow-moving rivers, fens, marshes and waterlogged woodlands. They discover the unique way of life that developed in the Broads over the centuries. They remember the book Swallows and Amazons; visit a marshman’s cottage and the ruins of St Benet’s Abbey; and sail on a local Norfolk wherry.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 30th October 2017)

Documentary series going behind the scenes at Paddington, and the Western Network. Transport Police are called after a passenger urinates in a carriage on a train pulling into the station, a low bridge has to be assessed after it is hit by van, and a train’s brakes fail in Reading causing widespread delays.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 31st October 2017)

Documentary series following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). In Tenby, police searching for a boat thief call for lifeboat assistance. The Mumbles lifeguards and lifeboat crew race to help two kayakers adrift in a boat laden with beer. And when two yachts capsize off Portsmouth, the crew must make fast decisions about who to rescue first.

The Country Council (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Thursday 2nd November 2017)

Documentary series following the work of Argyll and Bute council, charting the unique challenges faced by staff working hundreds of miles from the nearest city to provide services in difficult times. The programme meets the council workers going above and beyond to improve local lives. The Learning Disability team in Lochgilphead help a client with Down’s Syndrome towards his dream of becoming a club DJ. In Oban, a homelessness worker comes to the aid of a young mother who needs a permanent home. And in Dunoon, a coastal regeneration project leads to a surprise discovery – and a fascinating link to the area’s past.

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

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