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UK TV programmes to watch this week : 03/10/2015

Licence to Thrill Paul Hollywood Meets Aston Martin - 04-10-2015 - YouView appDoctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 8:25pm to 9:10pm | Saturday 3rd October 2015)

When an underwater base comes under attack, the Doctor and Clara must save the frightened crew and defeat an impossible threat. But what is behind these terrifying events? And can they really be haunted by ghosts?

Licence to Thrill: Paul Hollywood Meets Aston Martin (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 4th October 2015)

Baker Paul Hollywood explores the world of Aston Martin cars. Paul drives some priceless and exclusive Aston cars – the DB10, the new James Bond car from Spectre, the DBR1, the 1959 World Championship-winning racing car, and the DB5, the stunt car used in Goldfinger. Ever since he was given a toy model of the Goldfinger car at the age of five, Paul Hollywood has been a passionate fan of Aston Martin. Now, four decades on, Paul gets to fulfill his dream and find out first-hand about the company. Despite huge success, Aston Martin has never made much money. So Paul meets new boss Andy Palmer to hear about his plan to turn the company around. To find out just what these cars can do, Paul also trains up to race and joins one of the Aston teams. If he can get his licence upgrade, he will even be able compete at the world famous Le Mans race festival in France.

Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 5th October 2015)

Paul Murton visits the islands lying off the Scottish coast. In this edition, Paul begins his journey at Loch Hourn on the mainland, travels over the sea to Skye and then heads to the tiny island of Soay before finishing on Canna. Along the way, he visits the house which was the inspiration for Skyfall, home of spy James Bond, embarks on a nerve-wracking caving expedition under the summit of Blaven and discovers the remarkable story of shark fishing off Soay.

Canals: The Making of a Nation (BBC 4/HD | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 6th October 2015)

Liz McIvor explores how the nation’s canals were saved following years of post-war neglect, becoming places of tranquillity and popular for boating holidays. She visits the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Wales, travels to Birmingham where canals have become catalysts for property development and urban regeneration, and asks whether more canals should now be constructed.

The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 6th October 2015)

Gareth Malone presents the search for the nation’s best amateur a cappella group. Gareth brings the six surviving groups together for the first time, to contend with intensive mentoring at the state-of-the-art Performance Hub. The focus is on vocals. With the help of the best in the business, Gareth will tutor each group to improve their sound before they go head to head once more. They will compete in front of a live audience and a jury of a cappella experts – their votes decide who stays in the contest and which group will be heading home. Amid the gruelling training, two groups grapple with bringing emotion to their performances, while disaster strikes for another when an ill-judged high five takes an unexpected toll.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 7th October 2015)

Michele Long and Michael Howe want to restore and transform a derelict 100-year-old blacksmiths in County Antrim, adding a giant horseshoe-shaped modern straw bale extension on the side. Keen to get his hands dirty, Michael launches into the project, armed only with a pickaxe. With virtually no practical experience, he wants to learn how to build a house by doing as much as he can himself. But the odds are stacked against architect Michael and teacher Michele. On this rugged stretch of coastline in Northern Ireland the weather is fierce. The budget is rock bottom at only £150k and the deadline to complete just one year. Almost immediately the freezing weather, the scale of the task, and a workshop fire slow the project down. While Michele juggles work and kids, Michael struggles to keep up, and the schedule stretches from one to three years. Will they ever get it finished?

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 8th October 2015)

George meets a man planning to build Margate’s first Victorian bathing machine in over 100 years, using £30,000 entrusted to him by the local community. There’s also a man with a truly death-defying sense of humour: who having survived a coma, sticks two fingers up to the reaper by transforming a hearse into a family camper van, including a pop-out kitchen in a coffin. George also visits the former East German beach resort of Binz, to see a communist-era lifeguard tower out of a 1950s sci-fi comic. Will and George go shopping for flotation devices at a fuel depot for their beach hut. And George visits a woman who’s turned her narrow boat home into a floating bookshop.

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 8th October 2015)

Chris continues his exploration of the world’s most extreme railway lines. From the tiny coastal town of Tocopilla, Chris rides one of the steepest railways in the world as he scales the first 1,000 metres of the Andes.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 26/09/2015

Doctor Who - 26/09/2015 (YouView app)Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 7:45pm to 8:35pm | Saturday 26th September 2015)

Sci-fi drama. Trapped and alone on the planet Skaro, the Doctor is at the heart of the Dalek Empire – no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help. With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist? And will there be mercy?

Danger Mouse (CBBC/HD | 6:00pm to 6:25pm | Monday 28th September 201)

Animated series. Danger Mouse explodes back into action and is instantly dismissed for destroying half of London. Can the world survive without Danger Mouse?

Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 28th September 2015)

Paul Murton visits the islands lying off the Scottish coast. In this edition, Paul travels from Finlaggan, where the famous ruler Somerled once held court, along Islay’s windswept coast, through its historic ports and villages to end on its highest mountain. Along the way he joins a dedicated bunch of Ileach who are keeping the seafaring traditions of the island alive, discovers the secrets of Islay’s illicit whisky distilling past and travels to the Mull of Oa on the island’s south coast, before climbing Ben Vicar for a breathtaking view across the Hebrides.

Canals: The Making of a Nation (BBC 4/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Tuesday 29th September 2015)

Liz McIvor tells the story of the people who operated the canal boats, carrying fuel and goods around the country. Liz discovers grisly canal crimes, investigates health and welfare on working boats and learns why canal children were last on the list to be offered safeguards and formal education. While the Victorians eventually championed the needs of children who were forced to labour in factories and mines, the boat children were often ignored. Liz discovers the campaigners who set out to tackle this injustice, including George Smith of Coalville, Leicestershire, and Sister Mary Ward of Stoke Bruerne.

The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 29th September 2015)

Gareth Malone presents the search for the nation’s best amateur a cappella group. Gareth mentors four new groups as they begin their battle to stay in his contest. Receiving Gareth’s help and competing are a fledgling group of Salford students, a traditional male barbershop outfit from the Midlands, a gifted Glasgow University choir and an ambitious Birmingham six-piece, striving to bring a cappella to the masses. They will sing off in front of a live audience and a jury of world class a cappella experts. The jury’s votes will decide which groups go through to the next stage and who will leave the contest for good.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 30th September 2015)

The new series of Grand Designs continues. The days when humans lived in caves in Britain are long gone – aren’t they? Not according to 37-year-old Angelo Mastropietro. Having found a damp, dark abandoned cave in Worcestershire, that was last lived in nearly 70 years ago, Angelo plans to to spend £100,000 to almost single-handedly turn it into a retreat to help him cope with a recent diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, and become a 21st-century caveman. It’s a heroic task. Solitary months of carving, cutting and drilling into the hillside are needed to create the rooms and prepare the space for electricity and running water for the first time. That’s just the start; building a cave home doesn’t come with a manual. How do you make a cave comfortable for contemporary living, and at the same time preserve its unique cave-like spirit? For Angelo it’s a unique challenge that turns into an obsession.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 1st October 2015)

George meets a young man who bought a knackered 70-year-old boat for £5000 that he intends to turn into a home. To find a shipmate to help with the restoration, he turns to an internet dating site. There’s also a cricket mad granddad building a mini pavilion in his garden. The 1950s-inspired build incorporates bats, bails and even a boundary rope alongside an ingenious bunkbed that with the pull of a chord transforms into a sofa. George’s German road trip reaches Berlin, and an ingenious house situated where the Wall once stood. George and Will’s floating beach hut flounders a bit. And Will visits a three bedroom house in London built on the site of an alleyway, that is just seven feet wide.

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 1st October 2015)

Chris continues his exploration of the world’s most extreme railway lines. From Bangkok to Mandalay, Chris’s journey takes him nearly 2,000 miles through some extraordinary places, rich in history and culture as well as stunning scenery, on a series of trains that push his love of travelling by rail to the limits.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 19/09/2015

Doctor Who - 19/09/2015 (YouView app)Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 7:40pm to 8:30pm | Saturday 19th September 2015)

Sci-fi drama. When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. But where is the Doctor, and what is he hiding from? As past deeds come back to haunt him, old enemies will come face to face, and for the Doctor and Clara, survival seems impossible.

Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 21st September 2015)

Paul Murton visits the islands lying off the Scottish coast. In this edition, Paul crosses the Sea of the Hebrides to explore the remote Shiant Islands, heads east to the Isle of Ewe and on to the Summer Isles and the cliffs of Handa. He enjoys a dive at a scallop farm and vists the eerie island of Gruinard which, thanks to its remoteness, was Britain’s testing ground for biological warfare experiments during WWII.

Walk the Line (BBC 1 Northern Ireland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 21st September 2015)

Series in which Barra Best sets out to uncover and explore some of Northern Ireland’s lost railways. In this final episode, Barra explores County Tyrone’s lost railway routes.

Canals: The Making of a Nation (BBC 4/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Tuesday 22nd September 2015)

Liz McIvor recounts the tales of the men who built the canals – the navigators, or navvies – who were capable of enduring tough labour for long periods. These men roved the countryside looking for work, and many gained a reputation for being hard-drinking, debauched troublemakers. Liz focuses on the Manchester Ship Canal, the swansong of the navvies, hailed as the greatest engineering feat of the Victorian Age.

The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 22nd September 2015)

Gareth Malone presents the search for the nation’s best amateur a cappella group. In this episode, Gareth mentors the first four groups singing to stay in his contest. He strives to bring out the best performances from a London community choir, an Essex gospel group, six Southampton students and a group of female barbershoppers from Portsmouth, before they face a live audience and a jury of world-class a cappella experts. The jury’s votes will decide which groups go through to the next stage and who will leave the contest for good.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 23rd September 2015)

What do you do after recovering from a traumatic, life-threatening brain haemorrhage? Spend everything you possibly can on a beautiful cutting-edge house, of course, with everything your loved ones could ever wish for. That’s the life-affirming adventure Bram Vis, wife Lisa and their two children launch into on an idyllic seaside plot on the Isle of Wight. They want to build a house for sharing, with generous entertaining spaces and a swimming pool where they can surround themselves with family. But soon the reality of their wild ambition starts to catch up with them. Unwilling to compromise on the scale or design of their super home, their original £850k budget begins to spiral out of control. As they borrow what they can to desperately try and finish, the somewhat dubious honour of creating one of the most expensive Grand Designs ever looks inevitable.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 24th September 2015)

George meets a father of three trying to build a homemade campervan for less than £700. It’s made from 3000 CDs, with the floor built out of old vinyl records. There’s also a single dad making a home for him and his sons on the water – by renovating an oil rig escape pod. On his German road trip, George travels to the Tyrolean mountains, where he sees a house that looks like a cross between a large bird and a UFO, and is packed with clever design tricks that make the most of the stunning mountain location. And as their floating beach hut idea begins to take shape, George and master craftsman Will Hardie travel to Southend, where a knackered, former wartime lookout shed is ready to be the backbone for this unique build.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 12/09/2015

Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 14th September 2015)

Paul Murton visits the islands lying off the Scottish coast. Thirty miles from mainland Scotland, there is a chain of low-lying islands that face the full might of the Atlantic Ocean: the Uists and Benbecula. On these islands there seems to be more water than land, as a spectacular patchwork of freshwater lochs and pools pockmark the landscape. But it is the unique ecology of these unspoilt islands that makes them so special. Paul’s journey sees him trying his hand at fishing for wild sea trout, uncovering the fascinating story of how South Uist became a missile testing base, and discovering the secrets of the beautiful but deserted tidal island of Vallay.

Canals: The Making of a Nation (BBC 4/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Tuesday 15th September 2015)

Liz McIvor recounts the story of ‘canal mania’, the period of activity that helped develop Britain’s modern financial economy, now centred in London. The canal capitalists, many of whom were part of the emerging middle class, made money by investing in and speculating on the new inland waterways used to carry fuel and goods around the country. The Grand Junction Canal – built to improve the connection between London and the Midlands – was one of the new routes, and eventually proved to be a good investment for shareholders. However, not all canals were profitable.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 16th September 2015)

Boat-loving James Strangeways has spent the last 35 years travelling the canals and waterways of Britain. He’s never stayed in one place for more than a few days and he’s never liked houses. Realising it’s time to put down some roots on dry land, he commissions his nephew, architect Ben Hebblethwaite, to build him a home that’s as unhouse-like as possible for a tight budget of £300k. To lure his boat-mad client into a more settled life, Ben designs a house with ship-like qualities. It floats above the marsh on stilts, clad in acres of timber and topped with a roof that looks like the giant keel of a sailing vessel. But it’s the first time Ben has ever built a house from scratch and things take a dramatic turn for the worse when just a few months into the project, the contractor goes into liquidation with £87k of their money! And as the house starts to take shape, James decides to tweak the design in ways that set alarm bells ringing for his young architect.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 17th September 2015)

George Clarke returns for a brand new series as he follows more people across Britain, finding inventive ways to create beautiful spaces that don’t blow the budget, and can completely transform lives. With unquenchable enthusiasm, architect George Clarke invites viewers to let their imaginations run wild, as he celebrates the extraordinary world of small design spaces and unique builds: secret hideaways, space-saving retreats, eco-friendly bolt holes and reconditioned vehicles. He shows that with careful planning, cunning design and masses of imagination, the apparently unachievable is doable. In this new series George also travels to Germany to discover some of their incredible, ingenious and inspiring designs.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 05/09/2015

Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 7th September 2015)

Paul Murton visits the islands lying off the Scottish coast. In this episode, he travels to the largest island in Britain – the long island of Harris and Lewis. He tries his hand at weaving Harris Tweed, meets the family behind the world-famous Stornoway black pudding and uncovers the story of how a medieval chess set was discovered on the remote beach of Uig on Lewis.

Canals: The Making of a Nation (BBC 4/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Tuesday 8th September 2015)

Liz McIvor examines how the process of building the canals resulted in furthering geological knowledge. Without maps or geological surveys, construction often relied on guesswork. William Smith, a surveyor then working on the connecting Somerset Coal Canal, discovered a way of ordering layers of rocks and eventually created the first geological map of England and Wales – the so-called ‘map that changed the world’.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 9th September 2015)

How grand is too grand? How big is too big? In this first episode of the new series Kevin meets Clinton Dall from Sussex, who’s attempting to build one of the largest homes ever featured on Grand Designs. Not only that, he wants it to be perfect – from the finish of his mirrored cruciform steel columns, to how the floor tiles line up with the dining room table. Clinton, a self-made cleaning businessman and father of four, is willing to spend whatever it takes to achieve his vision. It’s a huge risk – down one road lies abject failure and financial ruin, down the other the creation of something sublime and almost heroic. So which will it be?

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 29/08/2015

Canals: The Making of a Nation - 01/09/2015 (YouView app)Canals: The Making of a Nation (BBC 4/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Tuesday 1st September 2015)

Liz McIvor charts the struggles of the builders and engineers tasked with creating a landscape of canals over the rugged terrain surrounding the Pennine hills, at a time when connecting the powerhouses of Yorkshire and Lancashire was a great prize.

The Trains That Time Forgot: Britain’s Lost Railway Journeys (BBC 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 2nd September 2015)

Timeshift journeys back to a lost era of rail travel, when trains had names, character and style. Once the pride of the railway companies that ran them, the named train is now largely consigned to railway history. Writer and presenter Andrew Martin asks trains why were once named and why it is no longer the case. He embarks on three railway journeys around Britain, following the routes of three of the most famous named trains – the Flying Scotsman, the Cornish Riviera Express and the Brighton Belle. We reflect on travel during the golden age of railways – when the journey itself was as important as reaching your destination – and compare those same journeys with the passenger experience today.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 4th September 2015)

Lee Mack joins Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker for the final episode in the current series of unique irreverent satire.

Milk (BBC 2/HD | 11:05pm to 1:05am | Friday 4th September 2015)

Dramatic biopic about the rise and tragic fall of Harvey Milk, who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official. In a turbulent, 1970s San Francisco, Harvey struggles as an American gay activist against fellow San Francisco supervisor Dan White and the rest of conservative America.

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

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