Feb 172018
 

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 18th February 2018)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. Lucille must win the trust of a mother who is terrified of giving birth. Nurse Crane and Dr Turner are anxious to find a possible smallpox sufferer.

The X Files (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 19th February 2018)

Revival of the classic sci-fi drama. A spate of deaths in which the victims were plagued by their own doppelgangers lead Mulder and Scully to a pair of twins playing a dangerous game.

Rocky Mountain Railroad (Quest  | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 19th February 2018)

A spike in the temperature threatens Rocky Mountain’s shipments. The team struggle to shore up the track after mudslides and washouts devastate the rail-line.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 20th February 2018)

Crime drama set on the remote Scottish islands. The hunt is on for Malone’s attacker, Malone seems to know who is responsible, but isn’t keen to share the information. Perez and Rhona believe Andreas Hagan, the health and safety officer at Forst Energy is responsible for covering up corporate manslaughter and is their strongest lead in Sally McColl’s murder. Meanwhile, DNA testing in the Kilmuir case yields a surprising result.

Flatpack Empire (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 20th February 2018)

With unprecedented access to IKEA’s design studios, factories, test labs and stores over the course of a year, this series gets to know the people who work for the famous company. In episode three, we follow Mia Lundstrom as she takes on the company’s biggest challenge in a generation – pushing into India with an aggressive expansion plan.

Elizabeth: Our Queen (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 20th February 2018)

Documentary series using interviews with those close to her to paint a personal picture of HM the Queen. The 50s and 60s brought plenty of challenges, as Elizabeth tried to bring the royal family’s image into the modern age. She made use of technology to get closer to her people via her first televised Christmas message, befriended Labour PM Harold Wilson, and invited the BBC into Buckingham Palace.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 22nd February 2018)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. When the lead guitarist of a popular reggae band is murdered, Jack and his team must crack a cold case that has haunted the commissioner for years, before they can arrest the killer.

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

Feb 102018
 

Village of the Year Final with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 10th February 2018)

It’s the grand final of Village of the Year. Across 19 heats and four semi-finals, 76 villages have been whittled down – and now only four remain. There’s one last chance to impress, as each of the villages put on a special event for the judges to showcase everything they think makes their village great. Then, residents from each of the final villages gather together at a Village of the Year fete. The judges consider everything they’ve seen before Penelope Keith announces which village will be crowned Village of the Year and win £10,000.

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 11th February 2018)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. Sister Julienne is drawn into the heart of a different culture when she is called upon to help a Pakistani family. Having come to terms with her own childlessness, Mumtaz Gani is heartbroken when her husband Saddiq brings home a second wife who is eight months pregnant. Sister Julienne must help Mumtaz come to terms with this new addition to her family. Elsewhere, Trixie struggles to cope after her break-up with Christopher and looks for comfort at the bottom of a bottle. But it is not long before she can no longer conceal her struggle with sobriety. Sister Julienne and Dr Turner are convinced Sister Monica Joan needs cataract surgery, but before having the first consultation she must acknowledge that her vision is impaired. At clinic, Lucille meets a woman with pica – but this is no ordinary craving, as Mrs Campbell cannot stop eating coal.

The Forest (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 12th February 2018)

Mark Bonnar narrates a series revealing the hidden world of Galloway Forest, the country’s largest afforested area. John ‘Cool’ Coughtrie and his Recreation Team boss Archie McNeillie spend the days leading up to the Galloway Hills Rally preparing safe places for attending crowds along the route to stand. Reigning champion and local legend Jock Armstrong hopes to defend his title and is thinking of nothing but the finish line. On the day of the rally, a troop of the event’s safety marshalls are on duty helping Archie to keep a watchful eye over proceedings. At Penninghame, tree planter Alastair Livingstone restocks a recently felled site with sycamore and oak. The Forestry Commission plant 4.5 million trees a year and Alastair has single-handedly planted over a million. Wildlife ranger Grant Carson works to manage the thousands of deer that roam the Forest Park to prevent them from damaging valuable recently planted trees.

The X Files (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 12th February 2018)

Revival of the classic sci-fi drama. After a violent home invasion, Mulder and Scully go on the run from Russian gunmen while following a trail of clues left by their long-dead friend Langly.

Rocky Mountain Railroad (Quest | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 12th February 2018)

Train crews in the Rockies must haul their 15,000 ton grain train through ice-encrusted tunnels to make their delivery on time.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 13th February 2018)

Crime drama set on the remote Scottish islands. Thomas Malone returns to Shetland after serving 23 years in jail for the murder of teenager Lizzie Kilmuir, a crime he swears he didn’t commit. Whilst most of the islanders are convinced of Malone’s guilt, the appeal and his subsequent release have thrown up the possibility that someone else could be responsible for Lizzie’s murder, but as Malone arrives back on Shetland, local journalist Sally McColl is found murdered. Perez and the team must investigate both cases.

Flatpack Empire (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 13th February 2018)

With unprecedented access to IKEA’s design studios, factories, test labs and stores over the course of a year, this series gets to know the people who work for the famous company. In episode two, we see what it takes to get new products from initial design to stores around the world. One of IKEA’s newest designers, Hanna-Kaarina Heikkila, wants to challenge mass production by creating an ‘imperfect vase’ that has the finger-marks of the creator – she travels to China to see if her idea is possible.

Impossible Railways (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 13th February 2018)

From tunnelling through the mighty Swiss Alps to overcoming a cliff face in Southern Australia, see how railway engineers have skilfully conquered mountains.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 15th February 2018)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. Long-buried memories are raked up for JP when someone from his past is caught red-handed at a murder scene and Jack must unravel a complex mystery to find the truth.

Walks with My Dog (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 15th February 2018)

TV presenter Anna Richardson takes her Staffie to the Peak District, including a walk through Dovedale and a spot of trout fishing. Jimmy Doherty is by the Suffolk seaside with his Irish terrier, visiting Aldeburgh and Thorpeness. And comedian Bill Bailey takes a pleasant stroll through Richmond Park with his dingoes Boolay and Banjar and tries a session of yoga for dogs.

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

Feb 032018
 

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 3rd February 2018)

Five villages from the Village of the Year Central Zone compete for a place in the final – and the chance to be crowned Village of the Year. With £10,000 up for grabs, Penelope Keith and her team of expert judges are searching for the very best of what British village life has to offer. From the west of Ireland to the heart of the Midlands, five villages show they have even more strings to their bow as they continue to try to woo the Judges. Which village will be selected to represent the Central Zone in the Village of the Year Grand Finale?

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 4th February 2018)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. A pregnant mother hears a devastating diagnosis. Fred and Violet organise a beauty contest. Trixie and Christopher’s relationship feels the strain.

The Biggest Little Railway in the World (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 4th February 2018)

The tiny train’s in bad shape, it’s only halfway to Inverness, and the volunteers are due to head home in two and a half days. The train battles bad weather, steep hills, rocky terrain and poor track-laying while, nearer Inverness, the track teams try to insert a rack and pinion solution to steep sections of track. As the weather closes in the security team call off track-laying for safety reasons. But the train battles on, and Dick decide.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Monday 5th February 2018)

Penelope Keith and her team of judges weigh up four contenders in this first heat from the Northern Zone, stretching from Scotland to Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Northumberland. In Inverness-shire Penelope discovers Boat of Garten, the village that brought ospreys back to the British Isles. Alex plays king of the castle in Bamburgh, Northumberland. Juliet takes in the beauty of the Lake District in Grasmere and Patrick explores the once independent state of Embo in the Scottish Highlands. Which will be the first village from the Northern Zone to secure a spot in the semi-finals?

The Forest (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 5th February 2018)

Mark Bonnar narrates a new series revealing the hidden world of Galloway Forest, the country’s largest afforested area. When two fishing huts are discovered on remote Forestry Commission harvesting sites, Community Liaison Forester Lyndy Renwick must investigate and decide if the huts should be demolished. Specialist chainsaw contractor Dewi Williams prepares to take part in the UK Logging Competition, but the former champion will be up against his employee Gethin. With Galloway Forest becoming the continent’s first gold tier Dark Sky Park, the observatory near Dalmellington gives the public an open-air, hands-on observing experience, and at a Wednesday evening stargazing event, all they need is clear skies for a perfect view of Saturn.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 5th February 2018)

Forensic crime drama series. Nikki, Jack, Thomas and Clarissa are just settling down for their respective festive celebrations when they are interrupted by a call-out to a tragedy at a family home.

The X Files (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 5th February 2018)

Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Lauren Ambrose, Robbie Amell, Naiah Cummins, Annabeth Gish. Revival of the classic sci-fi drama. Scully wakes from a vision that warns her of the end of the world, and that only one who can stop it is her and Mulder’s long-lost son William.

Rocky Mountain Railroad (Quest | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 5th February 2018)

Canadian Pacific Railway crews transport a huge payload of coal across the Rockies. Plus, a hockey team is stranded in the frozen wilderness.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Tuesday 6th February 2018)

Searching for the very best of British village life, Penelope and her team explore four more worthy contenders from the Northern Zone. In Aberdeenshire, Penelope discovers the inspiration for great art in Catterline. Alex checks out the North Yorkshire village of Goathland that’s no stranger to the cameras. Juliet Sargeant pops into the Lancashire local that’s reviving the heart of Bolton-by-Bowland. On the Isle of Skye, Patrick Grant explores Tarskavaig, a unique community who are thriving on the edge of the Atlantic.

Impossible Railways (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 6th February 2018)

From the iconic Forth Bridge to a vertigo-inducing viaduct in rural New Zealand, discover how railway engineers have conquered valleys, canyons and waterways.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (CHannel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Wednesday 7th February 2018)

Penelope Keith, Patrick Grant, Alex Langlands and Juliet Sargeant are in the Northern Zone looking to crown one village Village of the Year. Penelope visits a Moray village that was planned to perfection: Fochabers. Alex explores the smuggling stronghold of Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire. Patrick dances to a Scottish tune in Acharacle and Juliet is in hot pot heaven in Croston, Lancashire.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 7th February 2018)

With the conclusion of a challenging Christmas, the team are reunited with their families. Nikki learns that her colleagues have bought her an open return to see Matt.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Thursday 8th February 2018)

In the last of the Northern Zone heats, Penelope enjoys going back to the land in Kinloch Rannoch in Scotland. Alex Langlands draws his sword in Great Ayton in Yorkshire. Patrick Grant tries his hand at the local lingo in Avoch in Ross-shire. In Cumbria, Juliet Sargeant immerses herself in the hustle and bustle of Staveley. With stunning landscapes and exceptional traditions.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 8th February 2018)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. The leader of a spiritual retreat is strangled and Jack and his team are baffled by the fact that all their suspects were in a meditation circle at the time of the murder.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Friday 9th February 2018)

It’s the Northern Zone semi- final. Four villages compete for a slot in the final and the chance to be crowned Village of the Year. From the north of Scotland to the heart of Lancashire, four villages have made it on to the judge’s shortlist, but only one will be in with a chance to win £10,000. We’ll see a bit more from each of the semi-finalists, including hearing what they would spend the prize money on.

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

Jan 272018
 

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 27th January 2018)

Five villages from this week’s heats go head-to-head for a spot in the grand final and the chance to win Village of the Year and the £10,000 prize money. Penelope Keith and her three judges have been searching for the very best of British village life, and tonight they will find out even more from the five contenders in the South East Zone. Will it be the buildings, the scenery or good old British eccentricity that wins the day?

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 28th January 2018)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. Lucille faces racism and prejudice when a new mother falls ill. Sister Winifred is keen to have fathers be more involved in the care of their babies.

The Biggest Little Railway in the World (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 28th January 2018)

Dick Strawbridge and a team of model railway enthusiasts attempt to build the longest model railway in the world, 71 miles across Scotland, from Fort William to Inverness. The teams face a series of tricky challenges on one key day as they race to get to Inverness. First the tiny train must cross the 60-metre Aberchalder Viaduct. Dick decides to run an electric loco rather than a steam one, but the train team refuse. They’re purists and insist on returning to the steam engine, which they claim they can run faster with a new enhanced fuelling system. After negotiating its way through a packed Fort Augustus, the loco must cross a curving trestle bridge that spans a rocky stream. Meanwhile, the build team struggle to find a way to climb a flight of 12 steps on the approach to Inverness. They settle on a helix – a technically demanding but beautiful solution.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (BBC 1/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Monday 29th January 2018)

Penelope Keith and the team of judges are in the Central Zone heat of the Village of the Year. In Rutland, Penelope meets Lyddington’s own Sherlock Holmes. In Edale in the Derbyshire Dales, Patrick explores a unique method of beer delivery. In Northamptonshire Alex gets a chance to sample Aynho’s apricots. And in Eglinton in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland, Juliet enjoys a good old fashioned ceilidh. Which of the villages will secure a place in the semi-finals?

The Forest (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Monday 29th January 2018)

Mark Bonnar narrates a new series revealing the hidden world of Galloway Forest, the country’s largest afforested area. The programme follows truckers Jimmy, Norman and Eric as they track down the timber stacks, load them using cranes and ferry the cargo to mills north and south of the border. The Forestry Commission plan an explosion at a forest quarry to produce rock for a new road masterminded by Forestry engineer Elaine McClymont, but not before Environment Officer Gareth Ventress has checked for any pine marten activity in the area. Gareth also heads to a secret location deep within the forest to check a golden eagle feeding station.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 29th January 2018)

While two care home staff are chasing Kevin McDowd, a young man with learning disabilities and sociopathic tendencies, Nikki and Jack examine a fatal road accident where the deceased is Kevin McDowd’s mother. The investigation led by police sergeant Button should be straightforward, but the forensic evidence suggests foul play.

Rocky Mountain Railroad (Quest | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 29th January 2018)

When a massive snowstorm hits the mountain railroad, an avalanche warning threatens to derail one of Canadian Pacific’s most important $50 million loads

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Tuesday 30th January 2018)

Penelope Keith and her panel of expert judges investigate four more villages from the Central Zone. In Lincolnshire, Penelope looks in on Irish dancing in Nettleham. Alex Langlands goes cuckoo for a water garden in Pembridge, Herefordshire. In Ulster Juliet attends the first wife-carrying championships in Glenarm. And Patrick takes a cruise down the Union canal in Gnosall in Staffordshire. Which village will impress the judges the most?

Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100 (itv/HD | 7:30pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 30th January 2018)

Julia Bradbury and Ore Oduba present a guide to the British public’s favourite 100 walks.

Impossible Railways (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 30th January 2018)

From a canyon-spanning bridge in San Diego to a track ascending an imposing Swiss peak, hear how railway engineers have conquered jungles, deserts and mountain.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 30th January 2018)

The team are determined to uncover the truth about unexplained deaths of patients at a care home. They are desperate to rescue Serena and return her to safety. Unbeknownst to her colleagues in the Lyell Centre, Clarissa allows herself to be admitted to the care home in order to investigate. Her determination to find out what happened leads her to uncover a shocking truth, but puts her life in danger.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Wednesday 31st January 2018)

Penelope Keith and her panel of judges consider four more villages from this Central Zone heat. Penelope bonds with alpacas in Houghton and Wyton in Cambridgeshire. Alex Langlands bangs his drum with the last village band in Bretforton in Worcestershire. Patrick Grant learns what it is to be to the manor born in Tissington in Derbyshire. And Juliet takes a hair-raising back seat ride in Armoy, County Antrim. Which village wins over the judges for a spot in the semi-finals?

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Thursday 1st February 2018)

Penelope Keith and her team uncover the very best of British village life. In this heat Penelope unleashes her inner graffiti artist in Histon and Impington in Cambridgeshire. Patrick Grant pilots a rocket in Audlem, Cheshire. Juliet Sargeant is out to sea in Strangford in Northern Ireland. And in Frampton-on-Severn in Gloucestershire, Alex Langlands explores the largest village green in England. The competition is tough as four villages go head to head for a spot in the semi-finals.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 1st February 2018)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. The island’s Day of the Dead celebrations are cut short by a woman’s death. DI Mooney and the team must navigate the waters of the elitist Yacht Club to catch the killer.

Walks with My Dog (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 1st February 2018)

Actor Emilia Fox takes her dachshunds through a wooded valley in Cornwall, where she uncovers a secret industrial past. Comedian Bill Bailey wanders under big skies on the Norfolk coast and in the shadow of Hunstanton’s spectacular striped cliffs. And stand-up Katherine Ryan visits Kent’s picturesque Hever Castle with her Tibetan spaniel.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Friday 2nd February 2018)

Four more villages compete for a chance to win £10,000 and to be crowned Village of the Year. In Lincolnshire Penelope tracks down a seriously good sausage in Woodhall Spa. Alex Langlands get jiggy with the Morris men of Illmington in Warwickshire. Juliet Sargeant explores the blooming beautiful Broughshane in County Antrim. In Cheshire, Patrick Grant takes tea by the lake in Pickmere. With one more slot to fill for tomorrow’s semi, which village will be joining the line-up and in with the chance to win £10,000?

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

Jan 202018
 

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 20th January 2018)

Five villages from this week’s heats go head-to-head for a spot in the grand final and the chance to win Village of the Year and the £10,000 prize money. Penelope Keith and her three judges have been searching for the very best of British village life, and in this episode they find out even more from the five contenders in the Western Zone. Will the buildings, the scenery or good old British eccentricity win the day?

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 21st January 2018)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. The winter continues, and the team at Nonnatus House welcome their newest midwife, Lucille Anderson. Nurse Crane and Dr Turner care for an elderly cancer patient facing eviction.

The Biggest Little Railway in the World (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 21st January 2018)

Dick Strawbridge and a team of model railway enthusiasts attempt to build the longest model railway in the world, 71 miles across Scotland, from Fort William to Inverness. On its first gentle hill, the tiny train grinds to a halt. Bearing in mind the monster hills that it must still face, this is alarming. But one of the train team has a brainwave… Further ahead near Fort Augustus, Claire has come across an impassable rocky stream. After a conference with her team, they decide to build an ambitious curving trestle bridge. But the train doesn’t look like it will make it that far. It keeps falling off the track, so Dick drives into the nearest town to see if he can manufacture a bespoke tool that will stabilise the track. After six days of non-stop building everyone’s getting tired so they reward themselves with an exuberant birthday party for one of the team members, led by Lawrence the DJ.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Monday 22nd January 2018)

Penelope Keith and her fellow Village of the Year judges are searching the British Isles to find the very best in village life. From the South East, four more shortlisted villages have their chance to impress the judges. Penelope discovers eccentric events in Elstead, Surrey. Alex retraces ancient footsteps on the Norfolk coast in Happisburgh. In the heart of Berkshire in Hampstead Norreys Patrick explores a tropical rainforest. And Juliet rounds up a flock of rare sheep in Ashwell in Hertfordshire.

The Forest (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 22nd January 2018)

Mark Bonnar narrates a series revealing the hidden world of Galloway Forest, the country’s largest afforested area. In this episode, Planning and Environment forester Bill Fisher surveys the vast forest and checks the health of the cash crop in a helicopter, where the bird’s-eye view allows him to better spot any pockets of larch disease. Forestry Commission recreation boss Archie McNeillie attempts to balance the needs of the public with the needs of the timber industry by spray-painting some trees as a marker to the harvesters to save them so the public can still enjoy the scenic views. And Environment forester Gareth Ventress hires some traditional horse loggers to carry out a method called horse rolling in an area of dense bracken. Crushing the bracken using a horse is less damaging to the soil and allows light and space for oak saplings and native herbs and flowers to flourish.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 22nd January 2018)

A US diplomat is shot dead in a central London square, forcing the team to work closely with the embassy and the FBI and to overcome jurisdictional hurdles.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Tuesday 23rd January 2018)

From the north of Scotland to the west of Cornwall, Penelope Keith and her team of judges are on the hunt for the Village of the Year. Craft expert Patrick Grant helps to update the 3000-year-old white chalk horse of Uffington. In Kent, Penelope takes in the magnificent views of peg-tiled roof tops in Goudhurst. Archaeologist Alex Langlands travels to Suffolk and finds the Bardwell bells appealing. And in Blunham in Bedfordshire, garden designer Juliet Sargeant comes up smelling of roses at their yearly floral festival. Which village will have a chance of being a Village of the Year finalist?

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 23rd January 2018)

Nikki is still in shock as the team arrive at Matt’s residence but insists on working at the Lyell, determined to help. When analysing crime scene photos and the positions of the victims’ bodies, Nikki realises there is a pattern. Together, the team uncover a secret that has been held by those at the very top of the US government.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Wednesday 24th January 2018)

Penelope Keith explores a medieval masterpiece in the Kent village of Penshurst. On the Norfolk coast, Alex Langlands meets the volunteers keeping Mundesley’s beaches ship-shape. Juliet Sargeant has a go at building a traditional wall in Haddenham. And in the New Forest, Patrick Grant falls under the spell of the ancient village of Burley. 

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Thursday 25th January 2018)

Archaeologist Alex Langlands meets the residents of Rowhedge, Essex, who are making a splash in the river Colne. Craft expert Patrick Grant visits Findon; a village that’s breeding winning riders and horses. In Redbourn in Hertfordshire, Juliet breaks bread with the local miller. Penelope Keith attends the world custard pie championships in Coxheath in Kent.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 25th January 2018)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. Jack and the team find themselves embroiled in the mysterious world of faith healing when a woman is poisoned during a ceremony and all evidence points to the arrogant healer himself.

Walks with My Dog (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 25th January 2018)

The Reverend Richard Coles is with his dachshund Audrey exploring the rugged Galloway coast of southern Scotland – walking in the footsteps of a 5th-century missionary who brought Christianity to the Scots and visiting the place where one of the best British horror movies was filmed: The Wicker Man. TV presenter Selina Scott takes a walk through history in the North York Moors National Park. With her dogs Dougie and Kendie, she strolls from the majestic medieval splendour of Helmsley Castle to the breathtaking ruins of Rievaulx Abbey – taking in an amazing bird of prey display along the way. Olympic champion cyclist Victoria Pendleton and her dobermans Stella and Mr Jonty climb into the green serenity of the Chiltern Hills – a place she now calls home. They visit one of England’s oldest windmills and see an unusual artist at work before finishing high on Ivinghoe Beacon, where model aircraft soar through the sky and the views are spectacular.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Friday 26th January 2018)

In West Sussex Penelope Keith meets the harbour master of Lindfield’s village pond. Alex travels to the heart of Constable country in East Bergholt in Suffolk. Juliet gets green-fingered in Woburn in Bedfordshire. And Patrick is swanning around in Cookham in Berkshire. Which village will make it through to tomorrow’s semi-final?

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

Jan 132018
 

The Coronation (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 14th January 2018)

Marking the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s coronation, the Queen shares her memories of the ceremony, as well as that of her father, King George VI, in 1937. Viewing rarely seen film footage and looking at some of the priceless Crown Jewels themselves, Her Majesty the Queen recalls the day when the weight of both the St Edward’s Crown, and the hopes of a nation recovering from war, were placed on her shoulders, as the nation looked to their 27-year-old Queen to lead them into a new era. Exploring the role and symbolic meaning of the Crown Jewels in the centuries-old coronation ceremony, this programme shows these objects of astonishing beauty as they’ve never been seen before. Using the Crown Jewels and the Queen’s recollections as its touchstones, The Coronation tells the inside story of this glittering ceremony.

The Biggest Little Railway in the World (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 14th January 2018)

Dick Strawbridge and a team of model railway enthusiasts attempt to build the longest model railway in the world, 71 miles across Scotland, from Fort William to Inverness. As the little train starts the first part of its epic journey, it becomes clear exactly how difficult the challenge will be. The team’s attempt to use the miniature train ferry that they’ve built doesn’t go well, with the train drifting towards a wall of water… Meanwhile, the track teams are battling in rainy and midge-infested conditions to lay more track. And the build team have to work out how to span a 60-metre viaduct by Aberchalder Bridge. It could flood at any point, so they decide to build another viaduct, but the sheer length of it makes it very challenging. And the train is making slow progress, with much more rugged terrain still to come.

Village of the Year (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Monday 15th January 2018)

In the first of a brand new series, Penelope Keith along with village judges – archaeologist Alex Langlands, garden designer Juliet Sargeant and craft expert Patrick Grant – weighs up four contenders vying for the title of ‘Village of the Year’. This week we are in the western zone made up of some stunning seaside and rural idylls. Penelope is by the seaside in Charmouth, Dorset. In Redbrook, in the Wye Valley Patrick bridges the divide between Wales and England. Juliet uncovers her inner Viking in Lydford, Devon, and Alex learns to thatch on the coast in Aberdaron, Wales.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 15th January 2018)

Michael Portillo embarks on a journey through Britain steered by his Edwardian railway handbook. He begins in the East Yorkshire port of Hull, where he heads for the docks through which millions of migrants passed at the turn of the 20th century and which are today getting a second wind.

The Forest (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 15th January 2018)

Mark Bonnar narrates a series revealing the hidden world of Galloway Forest, the country’s largest afforested area. In this episode, James Jones sawmill in Lockerbie powers through 20,000 logs a day. But when a six-tonne machine called a crosscut stacker breaks down, a dedicated engineering team must save the day. A decline in salmon numbers in the River Cree near Newton Stewart has led to a tireless effort to restock the river by the Cree Hatchery and Habitat Trust. Archie McNeillie and John Coughtrie from the Forestry Commission’s Recreation Department deal with a rat infestation in a public area caused by an overzealous bird feeder. And at Balloch O’Dee campsite, owner James gets ready to stage a comedy night.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th January 2018)

Forensic crime drama series. Nikki and Jack continue to deal with their feelings post-Mexico in their own very different ways. Jack is boxing with his sparring partner Naomi Silva when he is called to a crime scene. Nikki examines the body of a young woman, while Jack is surprised to find the SIO on the case turns out to be DCI Naomi Silva. The forensic evidence takes them to a cosmetic clinic where a pregnant Karen had been receiving various treatments seemingly for free. Nikki and Silva are frustrated by the CEO of Hamilton Ashe hospital when he blocks access to Karen’s medical records. However, when a second body is found, he is forced to help the team.

Village of the Year (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Tuesday 16th January 2018)

Penelope Keith and the Village of the Year team of judges travel the British Isles to report on four villages hoping to be crowned Village of the Year. In Devon, the Lympstone Brass Band puts on a performance for Penelope; Alex Langlands investigates an alien invasion in Llwyngwril, North Wales; Patrick Grant learns about the peculiar art of swede racing in Colwinston, South Wales; and Juliet Sargeant helps spruce up the idyllic village of Porlock.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 16th January 2018)

Armed with his Edwardian Bradshaw’s guide, Michael Portillo conducts important research in an historic tea room, built by an Edwardian immigrant to the city of York.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 16th January 2018)

Forensic crime drama series. The team wonder if the hack is the only danger as they come under threat. Jack has to decide how to get closure from his experience in Mexico.

Village of the Year (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Wednesday 17th January 2018)

Penelope Keith and the Village of the Year panel of judges visit four villages going head-to-head in their bid to be crowned Village of the Year. Penelope meets an army of volunteers on the Dorset coast in Burton Bradstock; surf’s up for historian Alex Langlands at the world’s first surfing lake in Dolgarrog; anything goes for Patrick Grant in Llangwm’s museum of everything; and Juliet Sargeant has a real taste of the sea in Mousehole, Cornwall.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 17th January 2018)

With his Edwardian railway guidebook tucked under his arm, Michael Portillo is in the steel city of Sheffield, where he discovers an enormous and beautifully preserved early 20th-century steam engine. At 400 tonnes and packing 12,000 horsepower, it produced armour plate for the most feared warship of the Royal Navy.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Thursday 18th January 2018)

Travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles, Penelope Keith and her team of judges are looking for the UK’s Village of the Year. In Betws-y-Coed in the heart of Snowdonia, Alex Langlands gets adventurous; Penelope is horsing around in Charlton Horethorne; Juliet Sargeant reels in the catch of the day in Polperro, Cornwall; and on the Gower Peninsula, Patrick Grant is digging for cockles in Penclawdd. Which village woos the judges to become a semi-finalist?

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 18th January 2018)

Michael Portillo’s Edwardian railway guide takes him to the city of Liverpool, where King Edward VII had recently laid the foundation stone for a grand Anglican cathedral at the top of St James’s Mount. The young winner of a competition to design the building was a Roman Catholic from a family of architects. His name was Giles Gilbert Scott. Michael takes a trip down his own memory lane in Maghull on the outskirts of Liverpool, where he discovers a childhood favourite – a miniature tank engine with three carriages in dark red – made by Frank Hornby.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 18th January 2018)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. When famous thriller author Frank O’Toole is found stabbed through the heart in the middle of the ocean, Jack and his team are baffled. But as the spotlight turns on Frank’s closest friends and family and secrets are exposed, Jack uncovers a murder plot worthy of one of his novels…

Walks with My Dog (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 18th January 2018)

In the second programme of the new series, actor Angela Griffin is in the Cotswolds, TV presenter and explorer Ben Fogle wanders across Morecambe Bay and chef James Martin explores The New Forest. Angela and her Cavapoo Smith walk from the village of Broadway in the Cotswolds – taking in the romantic folly of Broadway Tower and playing cricket in the village where JM Barrie and a team of legendary literary luminaries once came to face the locals. Ben Fogle and his black Labrador Storm visit a very different landscape – the wide open expanse of Morecambe Bay. Here they dabble in art and meet a man who guides people to safety across the treacherous sands, by Royal Appointment. James Martin is with Cooper, his working cocker spaniel, on a jaunt through the New Forest. They discover the area’s shipbuilding history, learn about its status as an ancient woodland and go for a spin in a vintage car.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Friday 19th January 2018)

Penelope Keith and her panel of expert judges investigate four more villages competing to win the title of ‘Village of the Year’. On the Jurassic coast Penelope’s all at sea with Beer’s historic fishing fleet, and Patrick Grant is ‘boule-d’ over in Sherston, Wiltshire. In Devon, Juliet Sargeant meets the Clovelly donkeys, and Alex Langlands goes native in the Welsh village of Llanllyfni.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 19th January 2018)

With his Edwardian Bradshaw’s railway guide tucked under his arm, Michael Portillo begins the last leg of his journey from Hull to Caernarfon. In picturesque Snowdonia, he braves the fastest zip line in the world – stretching 1,500 feet across a vast slate quarry. He uncovers a bitter industrial dispute between quarrymen and the owner of the pit, Lord Penrhyn, which divided the community at the beginning of the 20th century.

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

Jan 062018
 

Attenborough and the Sea Dragon (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 7th January 2018)

Documentary following David Attenborough as he attempts to animate the life of the ichthyosaur whose 200-million-year-old fossil remains were found on Britain’s Jurassic coast. Using state-of-the-art imaging technology and CGI, the team reconstruct the skeleton and create the most detailed animation of an ichthyosaur ever made. Along the way, they stumble into a 200-million-year-old murder mystery – and only painstaking forensic investigation can unravel the story of this extraordinary creature’s fate.

The Biggest Little Railway in the World (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 7th January 2018)

Engineer Dick Strawbridge leads a team of model railway enthusiasts as they attempt to build the longest model railway in the world, 71 miles across Scotland, from Fort William on the west coast to Inverness on the east coast. It’s a route the Victorians never managed, so building this miniature railway will be an epic challenge. Dick briefs the nervous but excited volunteers and selects four team leaders – debt collector Lawrence Robbins, science fiction writer Jenny Kirk, school caretaker Charlie Fox-Wilson and apprentice project manager Paul Burkitt-Gray. He also selects two teams who will build especially challenging constructions such as bridges and viaducts. The volunteers get stuck in straight away.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 8th January 2018)

Michael Portillo embarks on an adventure from the coalfields of south Wales to the southernmost tip of Cornwall. His first stop is Whitland in Carmarthenshire, where in the early 20th century, thrill-seekers gathered on Pendine Sands to indulge their need for speed. In Llanelli, Michael retraces the fateful events of a national rail strike in 1911 and is stirred by the sound of a male voice choir as they sing the town’s unofficial anthem. At Loughor, he discovers a passionate preacher, who led a religious revival which gripped Edwardian Wales and had profound implications for the nation’s established church. In a suburban semi-detached house in the ‘sprawling, crawling town of Swansea’, Michael discovers the restored home of the poet Dylan Thomas, and the tiny bedroom in which he wrote two thirds of his published work.

The Forest (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Monday 8th January 2018)

Mark Bonnar narrates a new series revealing the hidden world of Galloway Forest, the country’s largest afforested area. In this episode, the Forestry Commission’s recreation team is tasked with rebuilding steps on a well-worn pathway at Fairy Knowe, but the steps are up a 330-foot hill. Getting hunks of granite rock to the remote hill is one problem and digging them in by hand is another. A team of specialist contractors from Wales arrive in Galloway Forest to harvest timber from the most inaccessible areas using a massive system of cables and winches called the skyline. Deep in the forest, conservationists Bill and Christine breed and hand rear hyacinth macaws, the world’s largest flying parrot. And on a remote peatbog the size of 32 football pitches, Graeme Little operates his own customised mulching machine.

Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Monday 8th January 2018)

Julia Bradbury chooses some of her favourite and most accessible family treks from across the UK. In this episode, she sets off on her favourite coastal walk to one of the most famous landmarks on the Jurassic Coast: Old Harry Rocks. Taking in miles of golden sandy beaches and the dramatic history of the bay, Julia’s walk offers a fantastic example of the British coastline at its best.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 8th January 2018)

Forensic crime drama series. As the team investigate the death of a man found in a remote reservoir, Nikki and Jack must deal with the aftermath of their Mexico ordeal.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 9th January 2018)

Armed with his Edwardian Bradshaw’s guide, Michael strikes gold at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, where after much frisking, he gains access to the inner vaults. At Cardiff Arms Park, Michael revisits the scene of a triumphant Welsh victory over the fearsome All Blacks and hears from Welsh international Gerald Davies. In Cardiff Bay, Michael discovers the departure point for one of the Edwardian era’s most famous expeditions – Scott’s ill-fated voyage to the Antarctic. Aboard the racing yacht Challenge Wales, Michael meets young sailors training for a Tall Ships Race.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 9th January 2018)

Forensic crime drama series. Nikki’s suspicions about David Cannon are aroused further when she discovers blood in the boot of his car. With Thomas’s support, she takes samples to process – does it belong to Sally Vaughn? The uncovering of a family murder from the past shines the spotlight on three people who went to the same school.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 10th January 2018)

Michael Portillo discovers the birthplace of British aviation in Bristol and prepares an Airbus 380 for a smooth landing at Filton. In Newport, he uncovers the heroism of a young boy who rescued a workman from a dock disaster, in which many died. Michael discovers the home of a forward-thinking Edwardian family at Eagle House in Batheaston. Frieda Roberts remembers the suffragettes who campaigned for votes for women in the early 20th century and found refuge at the house after their release from prison. And in Clevedon, Michael goes to the movies in a perfectly preserved cinema dating from 1912 and hears about the first film to be shown there.

The Storm That Saved a City (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 10th January 2018)

Documentary about the consequences of the devastating 1968 storm that tore through the central belt, which caused a rethink in the redesigning of Glasgow. In the wake of the storm on January 15, which killed 20 people, a group of young architects and some strong-willed residents came together to save their city, bringing forward the transformation of Glasgow – from Britain’s biggest slum to the cultural capital of Europe.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 11th January 2018)

With purple, green and yellow ribbons flying, and sporting ankle bells, Michael Portillo is led a merry dance in Stogumber – all in the name of fertility. He visits a celebrated Edwardian garden at Hestercombe to discover the fruits of an unusual partnership and learns how to deadhead the roses. There is a trip aboard the longest heritage line in England and the chance to ring in the new era at Exeter Cathedral before dining out in style on King Edward VII’s coronation gala dinner at Bovey Castle.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 11th January 2018)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. DI Mooney and the team enter the high-stakes world of poker when a finalist is poisoned during the Caribbean Poker Masters tournament. The only suspects are sat round the table. When even a twitch of an eye can reveal a player’s hand, just how did the killer commit murder?

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 12th January 2018)

Steered by his early 20th-century Bradshaw’s railway guide, Michael Portillo boldly goes to the moon by way of the Cornish Riviera Express. On the trail of an historic achievement made at the dawn of the Edwardian era, he investigates the first radio signal to be sent across the Atlantic. In Plymouth, Michael uncovers what happened to surviving crew members of the most famous ocean liner in history, the Titanic. And at Fowey, he rediscovers a lost literary figure known as Q, who immortalised the town in his novels.

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

Dec 302017
 

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 1st January 2018)

Michael Portillo fast tracks to the early 20th century to embark on a new series of railway journeys through Edwardian Britain. His “new” guide book, published over a hundred years ago, unlocks Britain’s railways at their zenith, when some 20,000 miles of track reached into every corner of the country. His first journey follows in the footsteps of the new monarch for the new century, King Edward VII, from the grand estates of Norfolk to a bivouac on Brownsea Island. Michael takes a pot shot at the sport of kings at a country estate, where the king dallied with his mistress. He learns the ropes aboard an Edwardian wherry on the Norfolk Broads and joins variety performers to tap dance on Cromer Pier. In Cambridge, he investigates the student days of the young Prince of Wales and the novelist EM Forster.

Grandpa’s Great Escape (BBC 1/HD | 6:55pm 8:00pm | Monday 1st January 2018)

Heartwarming comedy drama about a former WWII flying ace with Alzheimer’s who is admitted to an old people’s home when his family are

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 2nd January 2018)

Armed with his early 20th-century Bradshaw’s guide, Michael Portillo explores an Edwardian utopia with a radical plan at its heart. Michael joins a garden party where a fourth-generation citizen of Letchworth introduces him to the city’s community spirit. Heading into the capital, Michael discovers a favoured haunt of King Edward VII and samples the monarch’s favourite tipple, the King’s Ginger, invented to keep him warm in his horseless carriage.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 3rd January 2018)

Steered by his Edwardian Bradshaw’s guide, Michael Portillo arrives in west Croydon, where he uncovers a once-celebrated, now forgotten, mixed-race composer with an uncannily familiar name. With the modern British rail network now half the size of the Edwardian one, Michael is delighted to discover a railway renaissance in Three Bridges. After inspecting a new depot and its fleet of new Class 700 trains, Michael is accorded the great honour of washing one down. Next stop Lewes, where Michael makes a beeline for Charleston, the beautiful home of the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, where he finds every surface exquisitely decorated by the inhabitants. At Shoreham-by-Sea, Michael discovers that magnificent Edwardians in flying machines took off from the oldest licensed airport in the country. Michael takes to the skies.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 4th January 2018)

His early 20th-century Bradshaw’s guide in hand, Michael Portillo is in Chichester, West Sussex, where he encounters an Edwardian motoring duo patronised by King Edward VII. After a grand tour of their factory, he is treated to some R&R in one of their finest vehicles. Arriving in the seaside resort of Southsea, Hampshire, Michael heads for the majestic King’s Theatre, built by a renowned theatre designer of the day. He treads the boards with a group of true thespians, in a community production of Lads in the Village. Crossing the Solent with a ticket to Ryde, Michael boards the Island Line to travel along the pier in a 1930s London Underground carriage, then hops on to the Isle of Wight heritage line bound for Wootton.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 4th January 2018)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. DI Mooney and his team are tested when a hotel billionaire’s fiancee falls from a balcony the day before her lavish wedding and everything points to suicide… except for the fact that the victim only painted one fingernail.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 5th January 2018)

Steered by his Edwardian Bradshaw’s guide, Michael Portillo promises to do his best on the island where Robert Baden Powell began the Scout movement in the early 20th century. Joining a group of modern Scouts he learns to build a bivouac and finds out what it is about Scouting that still appeals to boys – and girls – today. In the New Forest, Michael searches out some unsung heroes of the First World War, the ponies who became war horses, and hears their story from a commoner who runs a stable and riding school. Plus, in Bournemouth, he investigates a very British institution: the beach hut.

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

Feb 182017
 

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 19th February 2017)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. Nonnatus House welcomes a new recruit, Nurse Valerie Dyer. A vulnerable young man captures Fred and Violet’s hearts, whilst the whereabouts of Sister Mary Cynthia is a concern.

Winter Road Rescue (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 20th February 2017)

Documentary series. In Essex, RAC patrolman Simon fights through a blizzard to get to a lone woman who has broken down on a busy A-road at night, while in Lowestoft coastguards have their work cut out to keep the public safe as a red alert is issued for a huge tidal surge.

The Railways That Built Britain, with Chris Tarrant (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 20th February 2017)

Documentary series. Chris Tarrant explores how the advent of the railways transformed the nation. The railways played a crucial role during the two world wars. The factories were converted to produce munitions, the lines kept vital supply lines open, carried troops to and from the front line, and its underground stations became bomb shelters. There were heroes, but also victims as the railways became an enemy target.

Tales From the Coast with Robson Green (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 21st February 2017)

Robson Green travels along some of the nation’s fascinating stretches of coastline. In the last episode, Robson visits Essex and Suffolk for a journey along one of the most varied coastal landscapes in Britain. His journey begins in the famous salt marshes of the Blackwater estuary, where he finds himself knee deep in sludge as he attempts to run the route of the Maldon mud race. At Clacton-on-Sea, Robson recalls the teenage hysteria of the early sixties, as he reunites a group of Mods and Rockers who hit the headlines when they clashed on the beach there in 1964. In Suffolk, Robson visits a giant shingle spit called Orford Ness, once a top secret military base that played a vital role in defending Britain from attack in both World Wars and was a testing site for atomic bombs. His final destination is the resort of Southwold, where he meets the owners of some of Britain’s most sought-after beach huts and hears the stories behind the highly-personal plaques which adorn its pier.

Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 21st February 2017)

Documentary series. Alan Titchmarsh and a celebrity experts and enthusiasts reveal the hidden treasures to be found at Britain’s historic houses and estates. Alan visits Attingham Hall in Shropshire, one of the Trust’s grandest properties. Jon Culshaw uncovers a lost WWII secret at the former home of Benjamin Disraeli. Anneka Rice goes fly-fishing on the River Test. Lisa Holloway watches the restoration of a 430-year-old tapestry in Norfolk. Dan Jones visits a remote farm in north Wales, which was rescued by a group of Hollywood A-listers.

South Downs: England’s Mountains Green (BBC 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 21st February 2017)

Peter Owen-Jones takes us into heart of the UK’s newest national park – the South Downs. Following the South Downs Way along the spine of the park, from the famous Seven Sisters Cliffs to Winchester – the ancient capital of England – Peter experiences an extraordinary year exploring the park’s stunning landscapes, rich history, wildlife and people. What emerges is a portrait of one of Britain’s most iconic landscapes, described by William Blake as ‘England’s mountains green’.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 23rd February 2017)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. Saint Marie’s mayoral elections are thrown into disarray when one of the candidates is stabbed in his polling booth whilst casting his vote.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm 11:05pm | Friday 24th February 2017)

The award-winning satirical comedy returns for its tenth series. Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe examine the biggest, most entertaining news stories via the #isitok twitter handle, where viewers tweet in edgy current affairs questions that other shows might duck. Each week a celebrity guest joins the team to dissect the week’s events.

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

Feb 112017
 

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 12th February 2017)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. An expectant mother with financial struggles enters into a painful arrangement with her cousin. As Tom provides pastoral care, he reveals why this case touched him more than most.

Winter Road Rescue (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 13th February 2017)

Series following patrols who make sure the UK does not grind to a halt when winter weather hits. In Glasgow, breakdown patrolman Mark rushes to help three young lads who have come off a dangerous slip road, and on the M6 Highways England traffic officer Jason arrives at the scene of a rush hour accident involving a mother and her baby daughter.

The Railways That Built Britain, with Chris Tarrant (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 13th February 2017)

Documentary series. Chris Tarrant explores how the advent of the railways transformed the nation. Starting in the cab of Puffing Billy, the world’s oldest surviving steam locomotive, he looks at the lives of two leading railway pioneers and the navvies who dug the tunnels and laid the tracks. He also reveals how rail changed the food we eat, and learns how a disaster in Armagh led the government to impose national safety standards.

Tales From the Coast with Robson Green (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 14th February 2017)

Robson Green travels along some of the nation’s fascinating stretches of coastline. In this episode, Robson visits the wild and remote coastline of the Outer Hebrides. He discovers first-hand how an unpredictable climate and the often volatile weather have given this group of islands an identity and way of life all of their own. At the ancient village of Gearrannan, Robson tries his hand at weaving Harris tweed in a traditional crofter’s blackhouse. On the Isle of Lewis, he goes snorkelling for sugar kelp – which is used to flavour the local gin. He also encounters Britain’s largest bird of prey, the white-tailed sea eagle. Robson camps out on one of Britain’s most beautiful beaches at Luskentyre, and on the Isle of Barra, he helps out at the airport where the beach doubles as the runway.

Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 14th February 2017)

Documentary series revealing the hidden history, human stories and natural history behind National Trust properties. Alan Titchmarsh reveals some surprising facts about Beatrix Potter, Joan Bakewell the role of a small island in Lake Grasmere in the creation of the National Trust, Oz Clarke visits a nursery housing some of our rarest plants, Jon Culshaw visits a time capsule in Gloucestershire and Suzannah Lipscomb travels to Blakeney Point, home of the UK’s largest seal colony.

June Brown at 90 (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 16th February 2017)

Celebrate a milestone birthday and all things Dot Cotton as EastEnders actress June Brown chats about her life and career. Featuring famous Walford faces and one or two surprises.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 16th February 2017)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. When a tourist provides an alibi for a woman convicted for murder seven years ago, the team are forced to reopen the case.

Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Friday 17th February 2017)

Julia Bradbury chooses some of her favourite and most accessible family treks from across the UK. In the final episode, Julia’s favourite island walk has it all – an ancient Manx river glen, the world’s biggest mining waterwheel and a climb which culminates with spectacular views of England, Scotland and Ireland. With steam trains and electric trams on the TT island famous for Thomas the Tank Engine, this is an action-packed finale.

Alan Cumming’s Edge of Scotland (stv/HD & stv player only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 17th February 2017)

Alan Cumming fulfills a lifelong dream to explore the rugged beauty of the Outer Hebrides and meet the people who live there. Alan travels from Barra to Stornoway on a stunning island odyssey where he sees white sandy beaches, ancient wonders and a world-famous football pitch.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 17th February 2017)

The award-winning satirical comedy continues its tenth series. Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe examine the biggest, most entertaining news stories via the #isitok twitter handle, where viewers tweet in edgy current affairs questions that other shows might duck. Each week a celebrity guest joins the team to dissect the week’s events.

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

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