UK TV programmes to watch this week : 11/06/2022

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 12th June 2022)

Freddie Flintoff transforms a Sinclair C5 into a bobsleigh and tackles a terrifying Norwegian luge track. Elsewhere, the team sample some classic TV cop cars, before going head-to-head in an all-action police chase.

The 15 Billion Pound Railway (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 12th June 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK + NEW SERIES **

The return of the documentary following the building of Crossrail, with the first of two part charting the race to fix the railway’s hi-tech software and systems so that the new line would be open in time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. For more than 10 years, cameras have followed the engineers, technicians and transport staff under pressure to deliver their section of the project, including construction fixes in the tunnels, safety checks of the stations and the testing of the complex, bug-ridden train software, all in a bid to make it safe for passengers.

Our Falklands War (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:30pm | Sunday 12th June 2022) ** NEW **

The experiences of 10 men who fought in the conflict, as they revisit some of the most dramatic, impactful, bloody and life-changing moments of the war and how they have come to terms with them since. The landing of British troops on the Falklands Islands on May 21, 1982, marked the beginning of a cold and bloody 25-day land war, and the stories of these men takes taking in the Battle of Goose Green, the catastrophic attack on British ship the Sir Galahad and the final night of fighting that led to the Argentine surrender.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 14th June 2022)

Nick Knowles and the team are in the Gloucestershire village of Chorlton Kings, where former car mechanic Peter needs help building an extension to the family house for his wife Sarah and daughter Suzanne, who both have a long-term genetic disorder that affects muscle function. Peter also looks after his elder brother Steve. Peter started the work to adapt to everyone’s growing needs but the pressure of looking after the family and completing the work has proved too much, and now his own health has taken a turn for the worse.

Secrets of the London Underground (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 16th June 2022)

Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway explore the brand new Elizabeth Line and have access to two of its stations weeks before the line opens.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 04/06/2022

Platinum Party at the Palace (BBC 1/HD | 7:30pm to 10:30pm | Saturday 4th June 2022)

The third day of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations continue with a spectacular evening of entertainment. The Buckingham Palace concert features a glittering array of global stars and performers, including Queen + Adam Lambert, George Ezra, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Nile Rodgers, and Diana Ross, who celebrate 70 years of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign. As darkness falls, the Palace will be illuminated by stunning projections to accompany the show-stopping and emotional songs and performances. Kirsty Young is in St James’s Park in London with special guests, and Roman Kemp is backstage catching up with some of the performers taking part.

Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In (Channel 4/HD | 7:30pm to 9:45pm | Saturday 4th June 2022)

Documentary following the life and career of the legendary football manager, who won an unprecedented 38 trophies during his 26-year tenure in charge of Manchester United. From his working-class roots in Govan, Glasgow to his career as one of the most acclaimed managers of all time, the film takes a look at what makes Sir Alex tick. While recovering from a traumatic brain haemorrhage, Ferguson recounts details of his life and career to his son Jason. Aside from interviews with Alex, his wife Cathy and his three sons, there are contributions from former colleagues and players including Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs and Gordon Strachan.

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 5th June 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness kick off a new series by saddling up the team bus for an RV road trip across Florida’s swampy Everglades to hunt down some weird and wonderful local motorsports.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 6th June 2022)

Part five of six. The death of an investigative journalist throws the spotlight onto Sam Ryan. Nikki begins to realise the implications of her discoveries will challenge the principles of forensic science. Penultimate episode of the 25th anniversary story, starring Emilia Fix and Amanda Burton.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 7th June 2022)

Nick Knowles and the team travel to Fegg Hayes in Stoke, where Sue’s family have lived for six generations. To tackle poverty, isolation and mental health problems, they have taken over a patch of wasteland in the heart of the community, with the aim of creating a community garden and centre with room to grow vegetables and space where young and old can share knowledge and experiences. The DIY SOS team are determined to help get the job done, accompanied by hundreds of local tradespeople – only to run into the worst storms to hit Britain in recent years.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 7th June 2022)

Nikki is unsure to trust, leading her to conclude that getting the truth will put her colleagues and everything they love in danger. As they get to the heart of their investigation, and with the world they hold dear teetering on a knife edge, the Lyell team confront their threats to preserve the credibility of DNA. Conclusion of the 25th anniversary story, starring Emilia Fox, Amanda Burton and David Caves.

Secrets of the London Underground (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 9th June 2022)

Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway explore King’s Cross St Pancras, including a secret siding and the disused Thameslink station.

This Is My House (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Friday 10th June 2022) ** NEW SERIES AND PICK OF THE WEEK **

Four people called Joey claim to own a newly renovated three-bedroom semi-detached house in the historic Welsh market town of Conwy and it falls to celebrity panellists Judi Love, Richard Madeley, Harry Hill and Harriet Kemsley to figure out which one is the honest homeowner and who are the impostors. Whoever persuades the panellists that they are the real homeowner walks away with a cash prize.

British Planes That Won the War with Rob Bell (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 10th June 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

The engineer explores how four iconic British-built aircraft became masters of the sky and pioneered a new era of flight, beginning with the Sopwith Camel. Two years into the First World War, the British fleet was being outgunned and outmanoeuvred by the newer German fighter planes, and the answer came from the Sopwith Aviation Company and a designer called Herbert Smith. This game-changing aircraft shot down more enemy aircraft during the conflict than any other Allied fighter, and became crucial in reclaiming the skies over the Western Front.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 28/05/2022

Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen (BBC 1/HD | 7:45pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 29th May 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The story of Queen Elizabeth II in her own words, featuring never-before-seen home movie footage from her childhood up to her 1953 Coronation at the age of 27. It features a clip marking the first extended visit of Prince Philip to Balmoral in 1946, while the couple’s engagement was still not public and depicts Princess Elizabeth as a young mother with Prince Charles and Princess Anne spending time with their grandparents, the King and Queen.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 30th May 2022)

Part three of six. When a woman confesses to murdering her husband, the team must determine if all is as it seems. Meanwhile, Simone is shocked to be reunited with a detective from her childhood and struggles to untangle her past.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 31st May 2022)

Nick Knowles and the team venture to Northumberland to finish a build they started just before the pandemic, helping a couple whose 18-year-old daughter has complex medical and mental health issues. Nick and designer Gabrielle Blackman put out the call to local trades and volunteers, who turn up en masse and completely redesign the house, add an extension and create a home that works for everyone.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 31st May 2022)

Part four of six. A secret from his father propels Jack to Belfast on an urgent mission, while Simone and Nikki investigate a burned body, which seems to hold puzzles of its own. As familial secrets come to the surface, Jack faces tragedy head-on.

Platinum Beacons: Lighting up the Jubilee (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 2nd June 2022)

Around the country communities come together to light more than 1,500 beacons to celebrate the Queen’s 70-year reign, with a principal beacon lit at Buckingham Palace. Kirsty Young introduces coverage, with Jermaine Jenas at Buckingham Palace, Gethin Jones in Wales, Carol Kirkwood in Scotland, and Holly Hamilton in Northern Ireland helping cover this historic celebration. Plus, a reflection on the celebrations that took place earlier in the day, including an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at EastEnders and the pomp and ceremony of Trooping the Colour with its extended flypast.

Secrets of the London Underground (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 2nd June 2022)

Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway explore the disused parts of London Bridge, while Siddy visits Ongar in Essex and nearby Blake Hall.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 3rd June 2022)

A trip through the Peak District at full steam, pulled by the Royal Scot, one of the finest locomotives ever built. On the way from Crewe to York, the train travels over Chat Moss on a line built by Robert Stephenson, which once served the famous Rocket. Bill Nighy narrates.

World’s Most Amazing Tractors (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 3rd June 2022)

A look at the tractors designed for snow, and for steam and those designed to save lives. In Burnham-on-Sea, cameras focus on the RNLI’s Talus M8, which has been designed so it can head into the sea – even when the waves are lashing hard – and launch its lifeboats. Meanwhile, in Minnesota, viewers meet Kory, who has brought back to life a legend from the steam age, the Case 150.

Pride (BBC 2/HD | 10:25pm to 12:20am | Friday 3rd June 2022) ** FILM OF THE WEEK **

Gay rights activists gather in London for a pride march in 1984, and decide they have a common cause with the miners’ strike. When their fundraising activities are rejected by the miners’ union, they travel to a Welsh pit village to show their support in person. Fact-based drama, starring Ben Schnetzer, Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott and Imelda Staunton.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 14/05/2022

The Eurovision Song Contest (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 12:00am | Saturday 14th May 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Coverage of the 66th staging of the annual song competition, hosted by Italian TV and radio presenter Alessandro Cattelan and singers Laura Pausini and Mika from PalaOlimpico in Turin, following Italy’s victory in last year’s event with Zitti e buoni by Måneskin. The United Kingdom is represented this year by singer and social media personality Sam Ryder, who will be performing Space Man, which he co-wrote with Grammy-winner Amy Wadge and Max Wolfgang during the pandemic. The current favourite to win are Ukraine’s entry Kalush Orchestra with their song Stefania, who have been granted special permission to leave the country to perform gigs in Tel Aviv and Amsterdam ahead of the main event. Graham Norton will once again commentate and bring his distinctive charm to the spectacular event.

The Airport: Back in the Skies (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Monday 16th May 2022)

In early November, Heathrow’s most lucrative US routes are opening up to double-vaxxed passengers. Two aircraft prepare for a historic dual take-off. Hayley, a senior airfield officer, is back from furlough and resolving gridlock on the taxiway as two planes come face to face. Footfall is growing but lost revenue from the closure of shops and restaurants poses a serious risk to Heathrow’s survival. Jeremy Spake meets an entrepreneur who is setting up a new restaurant in Terminal 2.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 17th May 2022)

The team are in Corby, Northamptonshire, to complete a build for Jackie and Colin Hutchison and their three children. The eldest, Jordan, has cerebral palsy and epilepsy – but this has not stopped him raising huge sums of money for charity. However, he and his family are currently living with his grandmother after a after a series of building issues left them without the money to complete their own home renovation. As ever, Nick Knowles and the team, plus hundreds of local workers, arrive to change this family’s life in just a few short days.

Secrets of the London Underground (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 19th May 2022)

Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway explore King William Street, the original terminus of the first electric Tube in the world.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 20th May 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Return of the travel series narrated by Bill Nighy, beginning with a trip from the Kyle of Lochalsh, a tiny fishing village on the far west coast of Scotland. The jounrney heads east across the Highlands, then turns south through the whisky country of Speyside to Aberdeen, Scotland’s oil capital.

World’s Most Amazing Tractors (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 20th May 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Getting to grips with the biggest, fastest and most powerful tractors on the planet, including those in Alaska, Florida and the UK. There’s a look in Montana at the biggest tractor ever built, a self-driving tractor with pinpoint precision in Cambridgeshire and a report on the sport of tractor pulling from Florida.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 07/05/2022

The Airport: Back in the Skies (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Monday 9th May 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Jeremy Spake presents a look at daily life at Heathrow during four months of the pandemic, as the airport prepares to resume full operations after 18 months of travel restrictions. Jeremy helps to deep-clean a Boeing 787 900 bound for Delhi, before joining the flight team at the gate to hand out PPE and help calm the nerves of passengers struggling with locator forms.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 10th May 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Nick Knowles meets Kettering mum of four Lindsey, who married her ex-Royal Engineer husband Shaun in December 2019, after which they began to extend their Kettering home. But a few months later Shaun was struck down with cancer, and died in November 2021, leaving Lindsey and her children with an unfinished home. But help is on hand as the DIY SOS team, along with hundreds of local trades and several of Shaun’s old army buddies, step in to finish the job.

Will Young: Alcohol and My Brother Rupert (Channel 4/HD | 10:05pm to 11:10pm | Tuesday 10th May 2022)

Will Young lost his brother in July 2020 after a 20-year struggle with alcoholism. In this candid documentary, the singer talks about the pain of coping with a loved one’s addiction and sets out to understand the impact alcoholism can have on families. Among those he meets are a podcaster and campaigner who has battled her own issues with alcohol and an expert who works on the front line of addiction treatment.

Grand Designs: The Street (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:05pm | Wednesday 11th May 2022)

Kevin McCloud follows the progress of Army couple Leah and Craig, whose lives have been dictated by the military. They have designed a contemporary, timber-clad kit house where they can escape from the beige of the barracks. Kevin also meets Jitinder, who works as a consultant helping businesses operate more efficiently – skills he is using in the process of building his own Hollywood Hills-style bachelor pad.

Secrets of the London Underground (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 12th May 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK  **

Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway discover the hidden world of the Waterloo and City, the only line entirely underground.

Lighthouses: Building the Impossible (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 13th May 2022)

Rob Bell explores the spiritual home of lifesaving – the Longstone lighthouse off the coast of Northumberland, scene of a much discussed rescue attempt by the Victorian lighthouse keeper’s daughter, Grace Darling. Rob sees why the lonely beauty of the Farne Islands is not only a refuge for wildlife, but also a deadly trap for mariners seeking refuge from the tempestuous North Sea.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 13/11/2021

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:20pm | Sunday 14th November 2021)

On a planet that should not exist, in the aftermath of apocalypse, the Doctor, Dan, Yaz and Vinder face a battle to survive. Starring Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and John Bishop.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 14th November 2021)

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The Lakes with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 14th November 2021) ** NEW SERIES & PICK OF THE WEEK **

The adventurer explores the beautiful and unique landscapes of the Lake District, beginning by meeting Cumbrians with different visions for the future of England’s biggest national park. He talks to members of a campaign group trying to protect the remaining red squirrels, a traditional farmer who feels that his ancient way of life is on the point of extinction, and an 18-year-old student who runs a 1,500-acre farm.

Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Sunday 14th November 2021)

Staff help to arrange a marriage proposal under the station’s famous clock, while the Caledonian Sleeper is taking one brave young passenger to London. At the rail depot, the engineering team is hard at work making sure passengers enjoy the smoothest possible ride.

Scotland from the Sky (BBC 1 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th November 2021)

James Crawford begins his journey with Scotland’s lost canal just outside Glasgow, and then travels back to the heyday of airship travel, the abandoned island of Mingulay. He also discovers the dark history of Inchkeith Island in the Firth of Forth, and ends on the Isle of Lewis, where archaeologists have recently discovered what might be a lost stone circle.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 15th November 2021)

Tim Dunn visits the historic Grade 1 Curzon Street Station, to be reborn as part of the terminus for HS2, the rail link between London and Birmingham.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th November 2021)

After visiting an original Mosquito at the de Havilland aircraft museum, Airfix designer Paramjit attempts to shrink the wooden wonder to 1:72 scale.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 16th November 2021)

Comedian Rhod Gilbert dons his hard hat as guest presenter for this ambitious build in Brandesburton near Hull, East Yorkshire. The team are joined by local volunteers to transform an overgrown 2.5 acres into a purpose-built adventure campsite for the St Michael’s Youth Project (St Mike’s), which receives funding from Children in Need.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th November 2021)

Having reached a dead end, Perez returns to the incident board in a fresh search for clues and soon finds that Carrie McAndrew, the chef on Eamon’s boat, was in debt to Niven Guthrie. Fiona Bedford also reveals that her husband is tracking her whereabouts, so must have known about her affair with Galbraith. Armed with this information, Perez delves deeper into Bedford’s movements on the day of Galbraith’s death. Meanwhile, as Donna grows weaker she asks Duncan for one last favour, a request that leaves him horrified.

Britain’s Scenic Railways (More4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th November 2021)

The documentary follows the route of the Hogwarts Express to Glenfinnan station, where a piece of railway history is up for sale. A Highlands helicopter ride reveals how climate change is threatening the line, and cameras follow efforts to restore a cherished steam locomotive to the Strathspey Railway.

Scotland’s Best Dog (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only Thursday 18th November 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

Proud pet owners and their hopeful hounds compete for the coveted Golden Bone trophy. Along with their proud humans, each week three pooches will be tested on a number of challenges before a panel of judges – dog-lover Kaye Adams, animal behaviourist River McDonald and SSPCA veteran, and dog trainer, Alan Grant.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Friday 19th November 2021)

Rob Bell explores the lost railways of Northern Ireland, starting in Belfast, where they helped to create a city and a world-renowned shipbuilding centre. Rob’s railway route takes him from the Irish Sea to the Atlantic coast, and, on a visit to Armagh, he learns of a campaign to restore the Belfast to Armagh route and visits the site of the Armagh railway disaster, which proved a watershed moment for railway safety.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 19th November 2021)

The presenter explores Kent, and investigates the curiously named Leeds Castle. She also takes a look round Chatham and its historic dockyard, which, as it turns out, is home to not only the world’s only working Victorian Ropery, but also Britain’s only female master rope maker. Susan concludes her trip at one of the most iconic and recognisable views of Britain – the White Cliffs of Dover.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 20/02/2021

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 22nd February 2021)

Nick Knowles and the team head to Bangor in Co Down to help Mandy McCreight, who is isolated in her bedroom due to a variety of medical issues and is missing out on family life. Her children Ben and Kara also have mobility problems, while husband Davey looks after everyone, but now he is suffering from a back injury. The entire family are under real stress and the house is not wheelchair friendly, making the situation unbearable.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 23rd February 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Tim explores the last working roundhouse in the UK – Barrow Hill in Derbyshire. Tim also visits Bath, a city renowned for its Georgian architecture.

Trump Takes on the World (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 24th February 2021)

After one of the most shocking presidencies in history, Donald Trump’s top advisers and the leaders who clashed with him lift the lid on the critical moments of his foreign policy. In the third and final programme, Trump sets his sights on Asia, and determined to go ahead with his new tough approach, he launches the biggest trade war in economic history. Trump’s unorthodox style is on full display as he switches between maximum pressure and maximum flattery, as he forms the most unlikely of friendships with one of the world’s most brutal dictators, Kim Jong-un.

Kate Humble’s Coastal Walks (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 26th February 2021)

On a 15-mile walk in North Yorkshire, Kate sets off from the picturesque settlement of Robin Hood’s Bay, where archaeologist Maria explains how, in the 18th century, the fishing village’s position made it an idea drop-off point for contraband shipped from Holland and France. From here, Kate heads south along the coast, meeting up with geologist Will, who reveals what dinosaur footprints can reveal about the creatures that once roamed the area. After arriving at her destination in Scarborough, Kate dons her wetsuit to join a group of swimmers braving the North Sea.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 13/02/2021

Love, Simon (Film4 | 9:00pm to 11:15pm | Sunday 14th February 2021) ** FILM OF THE WEEK **

Coming-of-age comedy drama about a secretly gay high-school student who begins to fall for an anonymous classmate after exchanging emails with the boy, known as `Blue”. While trying to discover Blue’s identity, Simon must also find himself. Starring Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel.

Edie (BBC 2/HD | 10:45pm to 12:20am | Sunday 14th February 2021)

Seeking to fulfil a decades-old dream to climb a mountain in the Scottish Highlands, Edith Moore, an 83-year-old widow, escapes to Scotland, where she grudgingly accepts the help of Jonny, the manager of a struggling shop that sells outdoor gear. Drama, starring Sheila Hancock and Kevin Guthrie.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th February 2021)

Nick Knowles and the team head to Barnstaple in Devon to help Jan and Lucy, whose daily four-hour round trips to hospital for life-saving dialysis treatment for two of their daughters is taking a heavy toll on family life. Along with designer Laurence Llewelyn Bowen and hundreds of local volunteers, Nick and the crew extend their house to create a home dialysis centre, enabling the girls to be treated where they live and letting the whole family settle into a healthier and happier routine.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 16th February 2021)

Tim Dunn rides on a funicular railway powered entirely by water. Also, how an abandoned Victorian railway tunnel in Northamptonshire is being transformed into a racetrack.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 18th February 2021)

A man confesses to murdering his boss, despite being unable to remember what happened. Convinced that things are not as simple as they seem, Neville determines to uncover the truth and unmask the real killer. Detective drama, starring Ralf Little.

Kate Humble’s Coastal Walks (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 19th February 2021)

The naturalist enjoys an 11-mile walk in Exmoor along the South West Coast Path, regarded as one of the most beautiful such paths in the world. Starting at Porlock Weir, Kate heads to St Bueno’s, a tiny parish church that seats just 33 worshippers – and which holds a dark past. She then heads inland to see the valley that inspired RD Blackmore’s 1869 novel of outlaws and revenge, Lorna Doone. At Lynmouth, Kate rides the world’s highest and steepest water-powered railway, before finishing her walk seemingly on top of the world in the Valley of Rocks.

It’s a Sin (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 19th February 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

November 1991 finds the situation darkening. Jill and Roscoe work extra hours, while Ritchie clings to past success and even Carol finds a kinder side. As the final days of the old gang unravel, everyone must face up to the spectre of Aids and the prejudice and fear that walk alongside it. When Valerie goes on the warpath, terrible confrontations are made and it falls to Jill to find hope and reconciliation for Ritchie in the darkest days of their lives. The final instalment of Russell T Davies’ drama, starring Olly Alexander, Keeley Hawes and Lydia West.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 21/11/2020

Britain’s Most Historic Towns (Channel 4/HD | 7:45pm to 8:45pm | Saturday 21st November 2020)

Professor Alice Roberts visits Portsmouth to investigate the history of the Royal Navy, uncovering some uncomfortable truths behind the myth surrounding Lord Horatio Nelson and getting first-hand experience of what life would have been like in the heat of battle at Trafalgar. She also visits an archaeological dig on Burrow Island and a lantern show at the New Theatre Royal, and discovers the brutal punishments doled out for even minor offences by the Victorian penal system.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 23rd November 2020)

Staff at Bristol Temple Meads have their work cut out as they prepare for the station’s 180th birthday celebration, while Slough station is evacuated when a suspicious package is found underneath a stairwell. At Paddington, there is a commotion on Platform 12 as staff attempt to find the source of a fire alarm before the station’s automatic evacuation message is activated.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 24th November 2020)

Volunteers in Hastings rush to the aid of a surfer, who had sought to take advantage of the huge waves created by a storm at sea, but has now ended up going missing. On the north coast of Cornwall, the crew of St Agnes race to reach three people caught in a treacherous rip current that is pulling them out to sea, while in Scotland, the crew of Invergordon lifeboat is called out when two men are spotted clinging to an oil rig’s anchor chain.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 26th November 2020)

After 15 years of fostering, Stephen and Lynn Smedley were looking forward to their well-earned retirement in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. However, the dream dramatically changed when their daughter died, leaving them caring for their three grandsons. The boys, still grieving for their mum’s untimely death, are forced to share a single bedroom with a triple bunkbed. There is only one bathroom and Lynn is forced to do the ironing in the shed due to lack of space. Enter Nick Knowles and the team. Their plan is to reconfigure and enlarge their home to accommodate three growing boys – with the help of hundreds of volunteers.

Saving Britain’s Pubs with Tom Kerridge (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 26th November 2020)

Coronavirus is spreading and the British public are told to stay away from pubs. Tom and the landlords he has been supporting face a moral dilemma. Do they keep trying to trade or do they close their doors to fight the virus? However, on March 20 the decision is taken out of their hands when the Prime Minister tells all pubs to close until further notice. Tom started this journey to save four pubs from going under, now every pub in Britain, his own included, find themselves in a fight for survival.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 27th November 2020)

Rob Bell discovers the now-abandoned lines that unlocked the wild coastline of north Devon. He begins by following the dramatic Barnstaple and Ilfracombe Railway, which once built, proved an instant success, eventually carrying the glamorous Atlantic Coast Express service, direct from London Waterloo. He crosses to the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, which traverses the wild terrain of Exmoor up to the cliff-top village of Lynton. Rob follows the adventurous, narrow-gauge route, discovering the extraordinary tale of the line’s construction and the very short section that has been fully restored.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 14/11/2020

Britain’s Most Historic Towns (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 14th November 2020)

Alice Roberts explores London’s Restoration history, including the founding of the Royal Society and the violent dark side behind Charles II’s carefully crafted public image. She visits St Paul’s Cathedral, reveals how women performed on stage for the first time during this period, and uncovers shocking details of the slave trade at the National Maritime Museum. Plus, a look at parallels between the plague that struck London during the 1660s and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 15th November 2020)

Sheila Hancock and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth tackle their first manual lock and some terrifyingly tight turns, but find themselves relaxing into life at 4mph, and marvel at how secret histories reveal themselves. They visit the Royal Gunpowder Mills, which built its own canal system to transport volatile ammunition – vital to Britain’s success in both world wars.

Cornwall with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 8:10pm to 9:10pm | Sunday 15th November 2020)

In the conclusion of his two-part journey, Simon Reeve investigates the environmental challenges facing Cornwall and the rest of the country. He discovers how the region’s farmers are adopting new, less intensive approaches that are both more profitable and environmentally friendly, and reveals how reintroducing beavers to the uplands could tackle the problem of widespread flooding. He also encounters some of the county’s iconic wildlife, including grey seals that live in constant risk of getting caught up in discarded fishing nets.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 16th November 2020)

A major track circuit failure results in the closure of one of the busiest platforms and the technicians trying to fix the problem race against time to complete the job before rush hour begins. Staff and passengers are excited about the arrival of a West Country heritage steam train, while reports come into Route Control at Swindon of a very serious incident of suspected track sabotage.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 19th November 2020)

Nick Knowles meets Scunthorpe woman Caroline Blanchard, a single mum who has twice had to make the decision to turn off the life support for people she loves. She and her children live in the shadow of the garage, where seven-year-old Natasha banged her head in 2007, and the conservatory, where husband and father Paul had a heart attack four years later. The volunteers plan is to give them a new home for a new start, including demolishing the conservatory and garage where these two tragedies occurred.

Saving Britain’s Pubs with Tom Kerridge (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 19th November 2020)

Tom visits the Black Bull in the village of Gartmore in Stirling. Struggling to survive, it was put on the market and 250 locals clubbed together to buy it. Now the pub is staffed entirely by volunteers and the management are planning to renovate the bedrooms to attract tourists. But Tom has his concerns. He also catches up with the staff of the pubs he is helping in Cornwall, south London and Stroud – but just when all the hard work seems to be paying off, the pandemic strikes. Now every pub in Britain faces a fight for survival.

Secret Scotland (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 20th November 2020)

The isles of Lewis and Harris form Britain’s largest offshore island, with a rich history dating back thousands of years. Susan seeks out the home of the world-famous Harris Tweed, visiting a local weaver where she tries her hand at making some of the fabric. Then in Habost, she learns how to Step Dance – a centuries old practice that was almost lost from Scotland for ever. At Callanish, Susan visits some awe-inspiring Neolithic giants – 49 standing stones, predating Stonehenge and steeped in mystery. Nearby, she learns the secret to jewellery making that captures the texture of these ancient standing stones.

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

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