Tag: Canal Boat Diaries

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 29/04/2023

Charles R: The Making of a Monarch (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 30th April 2023)

The story of King Charles III’s more than seven decades as heir to the throne, using archive material drawn from newsreels, home movies, interviews and documentaries. He reflects on his formative years from life at home with his family, his singular education, early experiences as a fledgling working royal, his time in the military and the roots of the many passions and causes that have been a feature of his time as Prince of Wales.

Canal Boat Diaries (BBC Four/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 1st May 2023) ** NEW SERIES **

Sheffield to Keadby. Series 4, episode 1. Narrowboater Robbie Cumming begins a fresh set of adventures along the waterways of the north of England and the Midlands. He is forced to make a running repair to his narrowboat the Naughty Lass while on the Tinsley lock flight in South Yorkshire. He then cruises beneath Conisbrough’s magnificent viaduct and must wait for an unusual sliding railway bridge to open on the Stainforth and Keadby Canal.

Canal Boat Diaries (BBC Four/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Tuesday 2nd May 2023)

Keadby to Kiveton Park. Series 4, episode 2. Robbie Cumming tackles the fast-flowing River Trent and is invited to join a night-time illuminated boat parade. However, his journey is hampered by a damaged wall in Worksop and a water shortage on the Chesterfield Canal which threatens his voyage.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 2nd May 2023)

Hull. Series 4, episode 10. Tim Dunn explores beautiful Hull Paragon station and finds out how Royal Leamington Spa got a wonderful art deco station.

Britain by Steam (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 2nd May 2023)

The trio start the next leg of their journey at Peterborough station, which is home to the Nene Valley Railway, and Paul is thrilled to board a steam train designed by famous designer Oliver Bullet called 92 Squadron. Next, they head to the Grand Union Canal where they board a steam barge called The Adamant, before travelling north to York on the impressive steam loco the Duchess of Sutherland.

Canal Boat Diaries (BBC Four/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Wednesday 3rd May 2023)

Lincoln to Nottingham. Series 4, episode 3. Autumnal fog and an overheating engine prove to be problems for narrowboater Robbie Cumming. As he navigates a Roman waterway, it proves to be a journey of many challenges as he runs aground and breaks down in Nottingham.

Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 3rd May 2023) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The teams venture through Canada’s friendliest provinces – New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, as they head to the seventh checkpoint in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Zainib and Mobeen plan to test the friendly reputation of the area and rely on local hospitality to get them to their destination. Claudia and Kevin are running on fumes and are in desperate need of some good luck as they end up spending money to go backwards. Tricia and Cathie start to feel the stress of the race getting to them and put their efforts into rallying together for the final push and Monique and Ladi feel the pressure as the only team remaining to have not won a leg yet.

Canal Boat Diaries (BBC Four/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Thursday 4th May 2023)

Series 4, episode 4. On the last leg of his journey across the North and the Midlands, Robbie faces issues with ice on the Grand Union Canal. He takes on Foxton’s famous lock flight in Leicestershire and completes his journey in the picturesque village Braunston, Northamptonshire, regarded as the spiritual home for narrowboaters.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 12/03/2022

Canal Boat Diaries (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 14th March 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Narrowboater Robbie Cumming begins a 170-mile journey across the north of England. However, he soon runs into difficulty when he encounters a propeller problem in Wigan and runs aground in Blackburn. Nevertheless, he pushes on to navigate a true wonder of the waterways, the Burnley Embankment.

Tom Daley’s Hell of a Homecoming (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 14th March 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The Olympic diver takes on an epic endurance challenge as he rows, cycles, swims and runs his way from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford to his home town of Plymouth. The first day begins with a 5am start at the Aquatics Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where Tom won his first Olympic medal in 2012. Just nine weeks earlier Tom had never been in a rowing boat before, but his challenge begins with a demanding five mile row all the way to Tower Bridge in central London.

Canal Boat Diaries (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Tuesday 15th March 2022)

Narrowboater and film-maker Robbie Cumming crosses the Pennines on the picturesque Leeds and Liverpool Canal, and lends a hand to hire boaters in Gargrave, North Yorkshire. He also encounters

Holby City (BBC 1/HD | 7:50pm to 8:30pm | Tuesday 15th March 2022)

An old face returns to the hospital on the invitation of Fletch, who hopes this left-field choice of surgeon will agree to perform Jac’s risky surgery. However, Jac’s focus on her health is diverted when Kylie tells her the truth about Madge’s injuries. Jeong’s chances of competing in the junior doctor competition are scuppered by a sprained wrist. So when a patient collapses and needs urgent help, will he be able to rise to the occasion?

This is Going to Hurt (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:50pm | Tuesday 15th March 2022)

Heartbroken Adam is living at Greg’s and trying to find a new flat, and to cover the cost of his expensive break-up he does a locum shift at a private hospital, where he gets an eye-opening idea of how the other half lives. However, he soon realises how ill-equipped the hospital is in the case of an emergency. Meanwhile, Shruti shows how much she has improved when she takes charge of a challenging night shift.

Canal Boat Diaries (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Wednesday 16th March 2022)

Narrowboater Robbie Cumming explores the Victorian village of Saltaire on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. He also moors up in Leeds and goes in search of an abandoned waterway on the Aire and Calder Navigation.

Canal Boat Diaries (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Thursday 17th March 2022)

On the last leg of his epic journey across the north of England, narrowboater Robbie Cumming tackles the fast-flowing River Ouse and is forced to make an emergency stop. His destination is Ripon Basin at the outer reaches of Britain’s inland waterways.

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

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.