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UK TV programmes to watch this week : 28/11/2020

Britain’s Most Historic Towns (Channel 4/HD | 8:30pm to 9:30pm | Saturday 28th November 2020)

Alice Roberts explores Plymouth’s history during the Elizabethan era, visiting the home of the city’s most famous son, Sir Francis Drake, and uncovering his history of piracy and slave trading – all carried out with approval from the Queen. She also discovers the revolutionary shipbuilding techniques that helped defeat the Spanish Armada, while aerial archaeologist Ben Robinson highlights the physical characteristics that made Plymouth Harbour such an attractive base for pirates.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 30th November 2020)

The Wales football team receive the VIP treatment as they travel to Paddington for a friendly with England. Storm Alex hits the network hard with the wettest day on record, and the just-completed sea wall at Dawlish faces its toughest test yet.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 3rd December 2020)

Nick Knowles meets the Sweet family in Weston-super-Mare, whose three children have all been diagnosed with multiple rare illnesses and will soon be full-time wheelchair-users. It may also affect their speech, fine motor skills and vision. All three children already struggle with basic normal life at home, despite the love and care of their parents Cat and Chris. So the DIY SOS team – plus hundreds of local workers – are here to give them the four walls they need.

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 3rd December 2020)

Chris arrives in Mombasa to follow what was surely the greatest railway endeavour of the entire colonial era – the so-called Lunatic Line. His plan is to follow the now-crumbling line right across Kenya to the shores of Lake Victoria, discovering how the constructors overcame obstacles in their bid to make East Africa part of the British Empire.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 4th December 2020)

Rob Bell follows the Callander and Oban Railway, an epic 70-mile route from Scotland’s Lowlands to its glorious west coast. Setting off from Callander, he recalls the 14 years of determination it took to build this railway and how, with the help of local hero Rob Roy, it changed Victorian perceptions of the Highlands. No longer a distant land of fearsome Clans, the mountains, lochs and valleys were now a romantic and accessible destination of choice. Spectacles on the line include Glen Ogle, Loch Tay and an impressive terminus still evident at Oban.

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

The composer addresses the history and use of music in television, beginning by examining the enduring power of the theme tune. On the streets of Coronation Street, he encounters a brass band playing the music that has announced the start of each episode since it began. Following the trail of the soap opera world, Neil meets composer Simon May, creator of the EastEnders theme tune, and travels to the US to talk with Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, to uncover how its orchestrated theme music is a homage to classic TV of the past. Themes to Z Cars, Bagpuss, Game of Thrones, Mastermind and Grandstand are also celebrated.

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

? UK TV programmes to watch this week : 26/01/2019

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 27th January 2019)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. Valerie helps a struggling mother accept her son’s birth defect. The Turners oversee a measles vaccination trial at the clinic as the team prepare for the Whitsun bank holiday.

Fish Town (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Monday 28th January 2019)

James Cosmo narrates a six-part series about the UK’s biggest fishing port, Peterhead in north east Scotland. The fishing boat Zenith sets out from Fraserburgh – 20 miles away from Peterhead – in search of whitefish and prawns. At the helm is 26-year-old skipper Adam Robertson. He starts fishing 40 miles out to sea, but his net fills up with mud from the seabed which means he has to haul in early. The Peterhead boat Amity is on its way to a fishing ground near the Shetland Isles when it runs into trouble. Something is tangled in the propeller. As night falls, skipper Phil Reid puts a waterproof camera over the side to try to work out what is causing the problem, but it is too dark to see. Back on land, a 300-tonne trawler comes into Peterhead port for a paint job. It goes onto the harbour’s ship lift and is hoisted out of the water – one of the port’s most impressive sights. Local boat painters then have just six days to get it cleaned, painted, and back into the water.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 28th January 2019)

A shocking incident on a suburban street brings back painful memories for Jack, forcing him to revisit his past. As a member of the victim’s family seeks justice of their own, forensic evidence discovered by the Lyell team suggests the involvement of a Northern Irish terror group, long thought inactive.

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 28th January 2019)

Chris Tarrant travels the entire one thousand miles of the Reunification Line – from Ho Chi Minh City in the south to Hanoi in the north. He visits key locations from the Vietnam War including the famous Viet Cong tunnels.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 29th January 2019)

During the team’s search for the killer, Jack works alongside an old friend from Northern Ireland, a fearless journalist who has dedicated her life to exposing the suspected organisation. As the team investigate further, they realise they have uncovered a complex conflict sustained by ties of loyalty, family and retribution.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 31st January 2019)

Jack and the team must navigate the tempestuous waters of a family divided when a wealthy coffee magnate is shot, but can they find the truth beneath the lies?

Celebrity 5 Go Camping (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 1st February 2019)

The gang create a meal using local ingredients, including beer, beef and fresh lobster. Cheryl walks to the highest point on the island and Tim takes to the skies on a paraglider.

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

? UK TV programmes to watch this week : 19/01/2019

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 20th January 2019)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. Lucille helps elderly hoarder Clarice Millgrove who is struggling to keep her independence. Sister Hilda and the team work hard to help a Ghanaian family with an undiagnosed illness.

Fish Town (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Monday 21st January 2019)

Series about the UK’s biggest fishing port, Peterhead in north east Scotland. The programme follows an arduous fishing trip off the Shetland Isles, an inspection aboard a pair trawler in the North Sea by the Norwegian coastguard, and the processing and packaging of fish that will be shipped to customers across the UK and Europe.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 21st January 2019)

During a heatwave in Brighton, the Lyell team are summoned to a waste dump where a body part has been found. The search is on to recover the other dismembered remains and piece together the victim’s body, which is covered in unusual tattoos. Meanwhile, Nikki is desperate to contact Matt but must wait until he visits from Washington.

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 21st January 2019)

Chris Tarrant embarks on a journey across Ukraine, where he travels on the most bizarre rail vehicle he has ever encountered. In Kiev, he learns about the forced famine of the 1930s, meets a soldier from the ongoing civil war and visits the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history at Chernobyl.
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Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 22nd January 2019)

With the remains of a second victim appearing in a Brighton recycling plant, it seems the Lyell team are on the trail of a serial killer. Working closely with local detectives DI Taramelli and DS Quicke, they must painstakingly piece together the evidence and unearth the connections between a diverse range of suspects.

Wild Shetland – Scotland’s Viking Frontier (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Wednesday 23rd January 2019)

Ewan McGregor narrates a captivating portrait of wild Shetland – the remote islands at the northerly limits of Britain – and traces the course of a breeding season from the depths of winter to high summer as the animals on the islands battle for survival.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 24th January 2019)

Jack and the team are mystified when the TV presenter of a holiday programme is found drowned. The spotlight falls on the crew.

Celebrity 5 Go Camping (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 25th January 2019)

Heading to the Isle of Wight for ghost stories and glamping, the five first get stuck into prepping dinner. After a night of terrifying tales, the gang take in the unsettling Carisbrooke Castle, as well as a supposedly haunted pub and the seriously spooky Botanic Gardens.

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

? UK TV programmes to watch this week : 12/01/2019

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 13th January 2019)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. Nonnatus House welcomes two new nuns. Valerie deals with a shocking case that arrives unexpectedly, and the other midwives must handle a complicated multiple birth.

Fish Town (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Monday 14th January 2019)

James Cosmo narrates a six-part series about the UK’s biggest fishing port, Peterhead in north east Scotland. In this edition, the fishing boat Reliance, skippered by John Clarke, heads to a fishing ground off the Shetland Isles in search of whitefish and prawns. Joining John on board is his 21-year-old son David, who hopes one day to take over as skipper. The Ocean Endeavour heads out to one of the UK’s most remote fishing grounds, Rockall, in search of haddock. Skipper John Buchan tries out a rookie fisherman, 18-year-old Nathan Foreman, whom John hopes to to train up as a fully fledged deckhand. But Nathan’s first trip is going to be uncomfortable – Storm Hector is blowing in, bringing with it gale-force winds. Back on shore, 24-year-old fish buyer Jason Jack is at Peterhead fish market competing with ten other buyers for the morning’s finest fish.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 14th January 2019)

After a teenage boy is senselessly killed in a meth lab explosion, his head teacher resolves to confront the drug dealers preying on his community. Dangerous batches of new drugs are hitting the streets, and the effects are evident to Nikki, Jack, Clarissa and Thomas as they deal with the rise in both violent and accidental deaths.

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 14th January 2019)

Chris Tarrant embarks on a thousand-mile journey across Spain’s complex rail system, discovering how the railways were involved in tension over Gibraltar, the Spanish Civil War and WWII. But Spain has quietly become a world leader in train technology.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 15th January 2019)

When tragedy strikes close to home, it puts head teacher Noah Taylor on a collision course with the criminals responsible. Can the Lyell team help him stop the cycle of violence?

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 17th January 2019)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. Jack and the team uncover a nest of vipers when a zoo owner is killed with a tranquilliser dart and everyone has an alibi.

Celebrity 5 Go Camping (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 18th January 2019)

As Joe Swash leaves the group, Bobby Davro falls ill, and Stephen Bailey gets a coveted soap role, Michelle Collins and Cheryl Baker are left to fend for themselves on a cliff side – until former Blue Peter presenter Tim Vincent turns up to help out.

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

? UK TV programmes to watch this week : 05/01/2019

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 7th January 2019)

Chris Tarrant boards some of the highest and steepest trains that cross the Alps, including one that tackles the 965m high Semmering Pass, the Arlberg Line that traverses an avalanche zone, and two incredibly steep cog railways.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 8th January 2019)

Fresh from her trip to the States, Nikki and the Lyell unit are called in to investigate an attack against a transgender man. A transgender helpline had received a chilling phone call stating an intent to kill, and the call handler, a young, dynamic spokeswoman for the transgender community, helps with the investigation. When two further attacks are reported, one leaving a potential witness, it looks like the team are facing an outbreak of violence against the transgender community.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 9th January 2019)

Forensic crime drama series. A mistake has been made during the course of the investigation, and Thomas is targeted as a scapegoat. As frustration grows between the Lyell and the acting DCI, can Thomas rally the team to gather crucial evidence to find the killer before they strike again?

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 10th January 2019)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. When a passenger is stabbed on the express bus to Honore, Jack and his team are baffled. No-one left their seat, so how did they commit murder?

Celebrity 5 Go Camping (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 11th January 2019)

Michelle Collins, Joe Swash, Bobby Davro, Stephen Bailey and Cheryl Baker continue their escapade in Dorset, a landscape which inspired Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen. But the first of many hurdles is the British weather.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 25/11/2017

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.

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 18/11/2017

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.

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 11/11/2017

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.

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 04/11/2017

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.

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 05/11/2016

The Last Leg - 09-11-2016 - YouView appGreat Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 6th November 2016)

Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on an ambitious two-stage voyage across Scotland. In stage one, they cross the Highlands on the spectacular Caledonian Canal, which was built by Thomas Telford, who ingeniously joined the lochs of the Great Glen together and created a waterway that links the North Sea with the Atlantic. Tim and Pru embark on a sun-kissed voyage through the heart of the Highlands – a world of Loch Ness monster hunters, tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie, and 60 miles and 29 canal locks to navigate on their way to the ocean.

The River (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 7th November 2016)

Documentary series charting life along the river Tweed. In this episode, it is mid-spring and the Floors stud team wait for their final expectant mare Dusty Answer to foal. In Melrose, Rugby Sevens coach John Dalziel prepares his team for their home Sevens championships, with player Nyle Godsmark hoping to make an impression and stake a claim for a place in the team. On the river, ghillie Mick Charlton uses all his knowledge to help land fishing client Jeremy his first Tweed salmon. In the heart of Kelso, as businesses spring clean ahead of peak season, with The Ednam House hotel renovating rooms and the local tackle shop, Tweedside Tackle, fitting out customers in fishing waders.

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 7th November 2016)

Documentary series in which Chris Tarrant explores the world’s most extreme railway lines. From Buenos Aires, Chris heads to the Pampas lowlands, where he talks to local gauchos. In Bahia Blanca, four Falklands veterans share their opinion of Britain, before Chris takes in South America’s beautiful Patagonia region.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 9th November 2016)

How do you turn your small bungalow from a 1960s dormer into a generous 21st-century piece of slick architecture, all for £175k? Stuart and Rosie Treasurer from the Wirral plan to decapitate their bungalow – cutting the roof off to leave just the walls – then balance a big new floating timber box on top, containing five bedrooms. To keep costs down, they take on the plumbing and electrics themselves, spend as little as they can on insulation, and leave elements of the building unfinished. The hope is to get a stylish industrial look in the process. But the stress levels spiral when their neighbours grumble about the ultra-modern wooden box going up in the middle of their traditional suburb.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Wednesday 9th November 2016)

This edition is a special US election extravaganza, broadcast live on the day when the brand new leader of the free world is announced. While the confetti settles in town halls across America, Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker apply their non-jaundiced, award-winning brand of satire to the most bonkers election in US history. The boys are joined by some huge names as well as live reports from across the pond as they try and figure out whether the world has changed for the better or the worse. As ever the taboo busting ‘Is It Ok?’ questions will inform the show.

Still Game (BBC 1/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Friday 11th November 2016)

Comedy series in which lifelong friends cope with everything modern life has to throw at them. Emotions run high as Jack, Victor and the residents gather to watch the demolition of a Craiglang tower block. Tam drags Winston into a new moneymaking scheme, and Jack and Victor are enticed by Mrs Fletcher, the beguiling manager of the local care home.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 11th November 2016)

The award-winning show continues live on Fridays with its unique brand of irreverent satire. Hosts Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe examine the biggest and most entertaining news stories via the #isitok Twitter hashtag, where viewers tweet in edgy current affairs questions that other shows might duck. A celebrity guest joins the trio in the studio to help dissect the week’s events.

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

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