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UK TV programmes to watch this week : 05/12/2020

Britain’s Most Historic Towns (Channel 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:30pm | Saturday 5th December 2020)

Professor Alice Roberts is in Glasgow to investigate the impact of steam power on Britain’s major towns in the 18th and 19th centuries. She also learns about the arrival of migrant workers in the city and how the insanitary conditions in which they lived, which made Glasgow both a hotbed of disease and a place of great medical advancement. Aerial archaeologist Ben Robinson flies his drone over Loch Katrine as he tells the story of how Victorian engineers overcame geographical barriers to bring fresh drinking water to the workers of Glasgow.

Britain’s Wildest Weather (Channel 4/HD | 8:30pm to 9:30pm | Saturday 5th December 2020)

Footage of the most extreme weather conditions in the UK over the past year, from the worst floods in a decade and a freak landslide in Fife, to an account of being in a house when it is struck by lightning. The programme also explains the scientific reasons behind the wildfire that destroyed one of the UK’s most precious nature reserves, as well as a look back at record-breaking days of both heat and rain.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 7th December 2020)

Staff prepare for a VIP visitor, who turns out to be Prince Harry, while a buckled rail is threatening to disrupt the timetable at Route Control in Swindon, while a failed freight train requires a rescue locomotive as delays and cancellations stack up at Paddington.

Canal Boat Diaries (BBC 1/HD 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Wednesday 9th December 2020)

On the last leg of his journey across England, Robbie Cumming crosses an epic aqueduct near Stratford-upon-Avon, and gets stuck in a lock in central Birmingham.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 11th December 2020)

Starting out from the Regency splendour of Cheltenham, Rob Bell crosses the Cotswolds, following the 46-mile route of the Banbury and Cheltenham Direct Railway. The line passes many quarries, all producing the famous Cotswold stone – some now abandoned and some still supplying stone to sites like Hampton Court. With numerous hills to negotiate, this railway was never an express route, but it did open up this landscape to visitors for the first time. From the late 1800s, tourists piled in by rail to explore picture postcard villages like Bourton-on-the-Water, establishing a new local `industry”.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 11th December 2020)

A trip through Devon to the tip of Cornwall, going back in time to recapture the golden age of luxury train travel. Travelling in the elegantly restored Statesman, passengers relax in its vintage carriages and enjoy the exquisite service. The first stop is on the stunning Devon coast, which suffered devastating destruction during the heavy winter storms of 2014. From Dawlish, it heads to Cornwall and across the Royal Albert Bridge, a masterpiece of railway engineering.

The Sound of TV with Neil Brand (BBC 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 11th December 2020)

With the advent of commercial television in the UK, ITV rivalled the BBC for airtime and lured viewers in with the new language of advertisements. However, these had not yet reached the impact they had seen in the USA, the home of the TV jingle, where a 30-second tune could make or break a brand, as seen in the competing fortunes of Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Neil reveals the lasting musical power of jingles,

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 16/11/2019

Great Australian Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 16th November 2019)

Michael Portillo crosses the south east of Australia from Canberra, the seat of government, to the multi-ethnic heart of its second largest city, Melbourne. Along the way he discovers the history of the Ashes at Melbourne cricket ground, learns about the exploits of outlaw Ned Kelly and visits the home of superstar soprano Dame Nellie Melba. He also rides on the Puffing Billy narrow gauge steam railway, built in 1900, and has a go at shearing a sheep.

Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 17th November 2019)

A look back at Timothy West and Prunella Scales’ waterway travels in Scotland – a coast-to-coast adventure that started in Edinburgh and ended on the edge of the North Sea, where monumental equine sculptures now line the route and state-of-the-art boat lifts have replaced the humble lock. The couple also travelled along the Caledonian Canal, which links Scotland’s east and west coasts, was built for ocean-going ships and comes with scenery that is rugged and stunning.

Roaming in the Wild (BBC Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Monday 18th November 2019)

Andrew O’Donnell and Mark Taylor travel from corner to corner of the north coast of the Scottish mainland, going from John O’Groats and Cape Wrath on a tandem.

Canal Boat Diaries (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Tuesday 19th November 2019)

Robbie Cumming explores the English canal network, beginning with a journey from Shardlow to Etruria Junction, Stoke on Trent, exploring the Trent and Mersey Canal. However, not everything goes to plan, and he will have to deal with a tricky issue with his propeller as well as navigating the complicated locks on the Trent and Mersey Canal.

Canal Boat Diaries (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm Wednesday 20th November 2019)

Robbie Cumming explores the English canal network. A low canal tunnel in Staffordshire proves to be problematic, and Robbie helps out a stranded boater.

Canal Boat Diaries (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Thursday 21st November 2019)

Robbie Cumming’s exploration of the English canal network continues across the Pennines from Marple to Huddersfield, where his journey is hampered by a fallen tree and a leaking lock pound.

Steam Train Britain (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 21st November 2019)

Meeting the Welsh Highland Railway’s oldest volunteer fireman, 80-year-old Cedric Lodge, who has worked on the railways for 60 years. In Devon, there is a look at the Autotrain.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 22nd November 2019)

In Norway, camera follow a train journey that begins in the capital Oslo and heads all the way to Bodo inside the Arctic Circle. The first leg is the Dovre line, running from to the remote northern wonderland of Trondheim. Along the way it passes through the vast Gudbrandsdal valley and across the awe-inspiring Dovrefjell mountain plateau. The route stops at the picturesque mountain village of Dombas, before changing to the Rauma railway, which features dramatic fjords opening out along the Rauma river, dotted with some of the country’s most famous landmarks. Narrated by Bill Nighy.

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

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