Tag: Grand Designs

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 21/10/2023

Celebrity Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 25th October 2023) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The teams face set out on the final leg to reach the finish line in Tromso and have to make the decision to take the more direct route with expensive public transport or venture east via the Baltic States passing through five countries. Race leaders Billy and Bonny Monger have a huge decision to make and Alex Beresford fulfills a childhood dream in Lapland. Mel and Helene Blatt have squeezed their budget to within an inch of its life and Harry and Emma Judd share a special moment while fishing in the fjords of Norway.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 25th October 2023)

Hackney, 2023. Kevin McCloud meet Graeme and Melanie who have huge ambitions for a home in Hackney. They plan to build on a tiny twin garage plot with no surrounding land that cost them £275,000 on a traditional Victorian terraced road. Architect Graeme has come up with an unapologetically modernist, bright red-clad design laid out to maximise space over three floors and has set out just 12 months to build it.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 26th October 2023)

Adrenaline. Series 8, episode 5. In Plymouth, the crew race to the rescue of a fisherman who’s fallen off his boat, and is now adrift in the water, with a sea temperature of just eight degrees. In Llandudno – Wales’ largest seaside resort – a father and son have capsized from their kayak, on its first outing.

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 26th October 2023)

By the Book. Series 4, episode 4. James and Helen are keeping a secret, and following a visit to the Crabtree’s Farm, Carmody is challenged with learning how to be a vet outside of his books. The new farmers have a worrying illness amongst their herd and James wants to help them in any way he can.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 27th October 2023)

Scottish Borders. Series 6, episode 4. The presenter is on home soil exploring the beautiful Scottish Borders and the neighbouring Dumfries and Galloway. Just outside the town of Duns, Susan hears about Jim Clark, a local hero who became one of the greatest racing drivers of all time and Scotland’s first Formula One Champion. She also heads to the base of the Leaderfoot Viaduct, where the northernmost amphitheatre of the Roman Empire once sat.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 07/10/2023

Endurance: Race to the Pole (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 9th October 2023)

The Nimrod Expedition 1907 – 1909. Series 1, episode 2. Ben and Dwayne Fields tackle the trials and tribulations faced by Ernest Shackleton on his Nimrod expedition, the explorer’s second foray into the great white wilderness. Shackleton and his three-man team faced the formidable and unexplored Trans Antarctic Mountain Range, and Ben and Dwayne take on their own ice mountain challenge, facing steep slippery waves of blue ice, deadly crevasses and steep slopes to try to reach the barren and seemingly endless polar plateau.

Norfolk and Suffolk (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 8:58pm | Wednesday 11th October 2023)

At Shottisham campsite high above the River Deben in Suffolk, campsite owner Claire Norton is busy gathering eggs and milking goats for what will soon be breakfast for the snoozing campers. Up the coast, Bill Pinney is rowing out onto Orford Ness to dredge up oysters to serve up for lunch at his restaurant on the bank. At Norwich Cathedral, Andrew Fiddes and Daniel Rose-Jones near the end of a mammoth project to restore the organ, tuning the last of the 6,000 pipes that give the instrument its voice.

Celebrity Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 11th October 2023) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Budgets dwindle and intensity rises as the teams leave western Europe and set off to the next checkpoint in Sarajevo, travelling over 1,200km and passing through five countries on the way. Race leaders Harry Judd and his mother Emma opt to go through Austria but their budget is rapidly shrinking and the pace is taking its toll on Emma. Alex and Noel Beresford take advantage of their newly achieved second place and take some time to appreciate their surroundings on the journey while Billy Monger and sister Bonny adopt a ‘cheap and smart’ mantra for this leg. Mel and Helene Blatt hit a low point when things don’t go to plan.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 11th October 2023)

Gloucestershire Treehouse Revisit. Series 23, episode 3. Kevin McCloud returns to Gloucestershire to visit Jon and Noreen who, in 2013, planned to build a three-bed treehouse on a half-acre patch of woodland. Their stacked three box design was to be almost gravity-defying to avoid harming any tree roots and a mirror glass ground floor to reflect the surrounding trees but their £250,000 budget didn’t seem to match the project’s high ambition. Despite having worked hands-on for long hours with help from friends and family, by 2016 the house was barely ready enough for them to move in and the money had run out with the project not finished. Seven years later, Kevin returns to see their progress.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 12th October 2023)

Heart of the Community. Series 8, episode 3. Reports come in of a kayaker who has failed to make it back to shore in Larne, Northern Ireland, so father-son duo Frank and Jack race to the rescue, while the missing man’s wife watches on helplessly. On the south Devon coast, the Torbay volunteers race to the rescue of a dinghy crew who have found themselves in a perilous position after running aground on rocks, and in Cardigan, two capsized kayakers provide the RNLI with a stern test.

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 12th October 2023)

Carpe Diem. Series 4, episode 2. Siegfried has the bright idea of bringing in an experienced bookkeeper, Miss Harbottle, to bring method to the madness of the practice. She’s certainly efficient, but the cracks soon start to show – and a sick ferret only makes matters worse. Farmer Dakin is very attached to his injured, elderly cow, but Siegfried advises letting the animal go, while James and Helen arrive at a long-awaited decision.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 13th October 2023)

Hampshire. Series 6, episode 2. Susan’s adventures bring her to the county of Hampshire. In Portsmouth she explores HMS Victory, learning how Nelson’s cunning tricks won out in the Battle of Trafalgar. She also visits the former home of Jane Austen in Chawton, which inspires her to have a go at Regency dancing, and finds out about a curious eating competition in the town of New Alresford.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 30/09/2023

Endurance: Race to the Pole (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 2nd October 2023) ** NEW SERIES **

The Discovery Expedition, 1901-1904. Series 1, episode 1. Ben and Dwayne Fields tackle the trials and tribulations faced by the expeditions racing to become the first to reach the South Pole at the beginning of the 20th century, experience decisive moments that saw Roald Amundsen reach the pole first, Ernest Shackleton become a seasoned explorer and Robert Falcon Scott reach the pole only to die on the return journey. In the opeining episode, Ben and Dwayne land on Antarctica and transition from modern polar explorers into their historical clothes and follow in the footsteps of Britain’s three-year-long Discovery expedition, which began in 1901.

Norfolk and Suffolk (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 8:58pm | Wednesday 4th October 2023)

At a Second World War airbase in Norfolk, 30 members of the Women’s Institute take to the air with the Norfolk Gliding Club. Elsewhere at Thetford Forest, Geoff Scrivens and his team erect two giant tipis in time for a wedding, which takes place as the sun begins to set, and in Lowestoft in Suffolk, the 77ft fishing smack Excelsior is readying for sea.

Celebrity Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 4th October 2023) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

As they approach the halfway point, the teams must travel from the Mediterranean island of Corsica to the third checkpoint in Zermatt, a mountain resort in the Swiss Alps. Harry Judd and his mother Emma hold a slim one-hour lead having jumped from last place to first place in the previous leg. The pair plan their route to Zermatt via Italy where they take a horseback tour of Lake Como which reawakens Emma’s childhood passion while Mel Blatt and her mum Helene opt for a route through France. Billy Monger and his sister Bonny decide to have some fun after a challenging last leg but Bonny will need some convincing to go with Billy’s caving idea. Alex Beresford and his dad Noel arrive at the checkpoint over 24 hours after the race leaders but are determined to catch up.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 4th October 2023)

North Lincolnshire 2023. Series 23, episode 2. Kevin McCloud meets college deputy principal Danny who plans on building a four-bedroom house in his garden in North Lincolnshire. He plans to build a stylish, sustainable but affordable home among the trees with dramatic bedroom pods raised on steel stilts on the edge of a fishing pond to help his three children connect to nature. With plenty of ambition but no experience as a self-builder, his £300,000 budget doesn’t seem to match the scale of his project.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 5th October 2023)

In a Split Second. Series 8, episode 2. In Whitby, north Yorkshire, the crew race to the rescue of two fossil hunters who are cut off by the tide – and soon find that they too are in grave danger. On Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, in Swanage, a trainee yachtsman has suffered a mysterious head injury and is in need of urgent treatment.

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 5th October 2023) ** NEW SERIES **

Broodiness. Series 4, episode 1. Return of the drama, starring Nicholas Ralph and Samuel West. It is Spring 1940, and without Tristan, Skeldale House is busier than ever. James and Helen dream about the future, hoping that he won’t be called up. And a chance encounter with young lad, Wesley Binks, leaves James worrying if his dog, Duke, is being mistreated.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 6th October 2023) ** NEW SERIES **

Pennines and Northumberland. Series 6, episode 1. The comedian returns for a fresh batch of adventures, beginning with a trip to the northeast corner of England, taking in the Pennines and Northumberland coast. Susan enjoys a stretch of Heritage Coast and the rolling countryside of the North Pennines. She also explores the Northumberland National Park.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 05/11/2022

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 6th November 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Chris Harris, Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness hit the German autobahn in a trio of shiny new supercars from Ferrari, Pagani and Porsche. At the other end of the speed scale, they try out the latest electric micro-cars with a treasure hunt around Paris.

Made in the 80s: The Decade that Shaped Our World (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Monday 7th November 2022)

Britain’s influence on technology in the 1980s. In Cambridge, a chance discovery leads to the creation of a chip so powerful it found its way into billions of mobile phones. A new generation of computer-literate kids built the foundations for an industry now worth billions, while Tim Berners-Lee staked a claim for the biggest discovery of all.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 9th November 2022)

Kevin McCloud visits Sue and Martin who set out to renovate two 16th and 18th-century barns in 1999. Without conventional plans, surveys and specifications the project was delayed a number of times. The original deadline of Christmas 2000 came and went and by September 2002 the build was still not finished. Kevin returns two decades later to see if the house is finally complete.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Thursday 10th November 2022)

In Baltimore, south west Ireland, the crew are called out to reports of an upturned catamaran over 70 miles out to sea. In Newhaven, on the Sussex coast, a grounded yacht in rolling seas presents a serious challenge. On the island of Anglesey, off north Wales, the crew at Moelfre respond to a 999 call about an injured fisherman.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 11th November 2022)

Susan and her campervan head for the Shropshire Hills, and the stunning Ironbridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has an astonishing past as the location of the first iron bridge built anywhere in the world, and it’s indicative of the county’s claim to be the very birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Then, it’s a stop at Blists Hill Victorian Town, which turns out to be a faithful re-creation of a typical east Shropshire coalfield town from around 1900. Later Susan visits Ludlow, and also explores the British Ironwork Centre and Sculpture Park.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 29/10/2022

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 30th October 2022) ** NEW SERIES + PICK OF THE WEEK **

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness head to Thailand on a road-trip in old pick-ups. Back in Britain, Chris tests out the astonishing Rimac Nevera, an electric two-seater that might just be the fastest car on the planet.

Made in the 80s: The Decade that Shaped Our World (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Monday 31st October 2022)

The story of creative forces challenging the status quo of the 1980s, examining the work of Hanif Kureishi and Holly Johnson, as well as the birth of Channel 4. As Britain fell into social division, defiant new voices brought about a cultural explosion that changed not just the attitudes of the country, but the world.

Who Lives in Scotland? (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 1st November 2022)

Martin Geissler investigates the impact the declining birth rate and extended life expectancy will have on the population and health services in the near future.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 2nd November 2022)

In 2015 Paul and Carol set out to build an eco-friendly and energy-saving timber fortress in Bolton. With extreme weather challenges, a tight schedule and a £350k budget they did not make their goal of finishing the project in 15 months. Six years later Kevin McCloud revisits to find out if their home is finally finished.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 4th November 2022)

The presenter heads to the dramatic, yet charming coast of Northern Ireland. It’s full of warm characters, ancient traditions and a truly striking landscape. The starting point of her trip is the gorgeous Glenariff – one of the nine Glens of Antrim, stretching over 270 square miles.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 22/10/2022

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 23rd October 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Feature-length special, starring Jodie Whittaker in her last appearance. A bullet train comes under attack on a distant world, seismologists disappear without trace on present day Earth, and the court of the Russian Tsar in 1916 falls under a malign influence. These strange incidents draw the Doctor into her last stand, against the combined forces of the Daleks, the Cybermen and the Master. Guest starring Sophie Aldred and Janet Fielding, reprising their roles as 1980s companions Ace and Tegan.

Inside Central Station (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 24th October 2022)

The Argyll Line closure comes to an end as the engineering works are completed, and Anderston station and Glasgow Central Low level reopen – but not without some final hurdles. Outside the station, apprentices are put to the test on a nightshift at Polmadie, while back on the concourse, a special tea party is organised to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.

Made in the 80s: The Decade that Shaped Our World (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 24th October 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

The impact of influential British figures of the 1980s on politics and culture across the world, from advertisers who shaped the tastes of the nation before triumphing in Hollywood, to the women who face down the American military and a spy who prevented oblivion. The first episode pieces together the story of how Britain’s internal divisions influenced the course of world history.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 26th October 2022)

Kevin McCloud revisits Vicky and Ed, who in 2015 broke free from the shackles of their hectic London lives to try to build a new life in the Somerset countryside. With a budget of just over £200,000, they set out to transform an old derelict cowshed into a 21st-century off-grid smallholding. With no building experience or project manager, they took on this dramatic transformation themselves, learning building techniques from the internet.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Thursday 27th October 2022)

In Kinghorn, on Scotland’s east coast, a simple call out for the RNLI crew to a paddleboarder in difficulty isn’t all that it seems. And at St Davids, on the south coast of Wales, the crew deal with one of their biggest summer shouts – a group of 16 paddleboarders and kayakers who are blissfully unaware that they are in danger.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 28th October 2022)

The comedian takes her vintage camper van to the Wye Valley, which attracts tourists from far and wide for its ancient woodlands, quirky traditions and beauty spots galore. Susan starts on the River Wye itself and does it in style on the charming old boat Wye Pride. Waiting for her onboard is local legend Gerald, whose family have worked these waters since 1750. He has a few stories of times gone by to share with Susan, while a few more recent family snaps reveal just how important this spot is today. Susan also meets 22-time champion cheese roller Chris Anderson, who gives her a few top tips and shows her how it’s done.

Lighthouses: Building the Impossible (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 28th October 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Rob Bell uncovers extraordinary feats of lighthouse engineering on both sides of the Atlantic, tackling the world’s busiest shipping lane, discovering oil rigs and setting sail in search of America’s first lighthouse. Rob meets local seafarers and lighthouse keepers to hear stories of shipwrecks – discovering extraordinary feats of bravery, ingenuity and design as he continues to crack the code of these enigmatic structures.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 15/10/2022

Inside Central Station (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 17th October 2022)

The team start work on cleaning up the station’s disused Victorian Platform, ready for renovation. Up on the concourse, Transport Police tackle drug issues around the station and station staff receive life-saving training. A special unveiling takes place to honour war veterans and out on the tracks, and the engineering team tackle one of the biggest sections of work in the Argyll line closure.

Our Dementia Choir with Vicky Mcclure (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 17th October 2022)

Part two of two. Vicky and the choir are joined by Pop Star Tom Grennan as they sing at Splendour Festival, taking their fight for change to their biggest audience ever. Vicky also meets new choir member Steve, who has just been diagnosed with dementia, and catches up with the choir’s youngest singer Julie who was diagnosed at 51

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 19th October 2022)

Back in 2011, Edward and Hazel Short set out to build an art deco, shining white lighthouse tower with additional bedrooms, guest rooms and infinity pool, all on a rugged but beautiful clifftop in north Devon. It was an ambitious project and quickly ran into trouble, not least the apparent breakdown of the couple’s marriage and a spiral of borrowing and debt which, by the end of 2019, left Edward facing bankruptcy. Kevin McCloud now returns to see if anything has been salvaged from this disastrous project.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 20th October 2022)

In Thurso, Scotland’s most northerly mainland station, the crew race to the rescue of an ocean-going rower who’s run into trouble 40 miles out to sea. In Dungeness, on the Kent coast, there are two different shouts for the crew to deal with – an 11-year-old boy who has drifted out to sea on an inflatable dinghy, and three migrants attempting to cross the English Channel at night.

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 20th October 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The Skeldale House regulars think about what matters to them most when the radio reports that Britain is standing on the brink of war. As everyone processes the news, James discovers a case of TB at Heston Grange. Richard begs him not to report it or the farm will be shut down and he could lose his livelihood.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 21st October 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

The comedian heads to the south Cornish Coast in her campervan, Helen. Susan’s adventure starts at the most southerly point of Britain on the Lizard peninsula, where she explores the coast by kayak to see the dramatic scenery up close.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 08/10/2022

Inside Central Station (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 10th October 2022)

Station staff work to raise awareness of homelessness by hosting a sleep out on the concourse, while staff benefit from a visit from a therapet to boost mental health. The maintenance team deal with a blocked toilet and the engineering teams below ground, work to carry out vital repairs to waterproof the tunnels. Paul explores the fascinating history of Glasgow’s shipyards and their link to the railway and Jackie and Drew receive exciting news that will have a big impact on the station tours.

Our Dementia Choir with Vicky Mcclure (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 10th October 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Part one of two. Vicky reunites with members of the choir of people living with dementia she helped to form four years ago, as well as some new recruits. Vicky and the choir decide to record a charity single to raise awareness for the lack of support for people living with the condition, performing a song gifted to them by a local band. They become the first dementia choir to record at the legendary Abbey Road studios.

The Ice Cream Wars (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 10th October 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Part one of two. In the early 1980s, Glasgow’s gangsters found themselves fighting over an unlikely commodity – ice cream vans and the lucrative routes to be found in each of the city’s sprawling new schemes, such as Easterhouse and Ruchazie, which housed thousands but gave them little access to shops, pubs or other facilities. With little alternative, ice cream vans thrived and evolved to sell a range of goods, making so much money that they attracted the attention of the city’s gangsters.

The Ice Cream Wars (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 11th October 2022)

The conclusion of the two-part documentary picks up in the summer of 1984, with the criminal investigation into the fire that killed six members of the Doyle family. The police’s efforts to find those responsible would lead to one of the biggest trials in Scottish history, with seven men in the dock. In the end, just two, Thomas Campbell and Joe Steele, would be convicted of murder, despite doubts over the strength of the evidence against them. There followed one of the most dramatic campaigns for justice as both men fought to keep their case in the public eye.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 12th October 2022)

Kevin meets south London chef Corinne, who loves to entertain and is rustling up plans for a beautifully crafted, double-kitchen home designed around her love of cooking. The end-of-terrace plot is on a hill and surrounded by woodland within a strict conservation area, so it won’t be an easy build. But having come through a divorce and cancer treatment, Corinne sees the house as vital on so many levels, not least as an opportunity to create a space that represents her new lease of life.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 13th October 2022)

In Swanage, in Dorset, the crew race to the rescue of a diver whose life hangs in the balance. In Kinghorn, on the east coast of Scotland, a swimmer is swept out to sea and is at severe risk of hypothermia. And on Holywell beach, in Newquay, a multi-agency operation kicks into gear when a walker suffers a serious injury.

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 13th October 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Siegfried and Tristan are left in charge of Skeldale House, when Mrs Hall takes time off to meet up with an important person from her past. Siegfried immediately puts Tristan in charge of housekeeping duties and focuses on running the practice and educating a visiting work experience boy named Andrew Simmonds.

Martin Compston’s Scottish Fling (BBC 2/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Friday 14th October 2022)

Martin and Phil MacHugh end their tour of Scotland in the lowlands. Phil is unexpectedly delayed due to bad weather on the island of Barra, so Martin flyes solo at the Edinburgh Fire Festival of Beltane. Eventually they head to the Line of Duty star’s hometown of Greenock for a heartfelt sign-off.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 01/10/2022

Inside Central Station (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 3rd October 2022)

A staff absence means the pressure is on for Jackie as she tackles her biggest-ever tour, while a gaming competition on the concourse causes staff to get competitive. In the tunnels beneath Central, the engineers tackle complex steel repairs and the closed lines allows Paul to explore the history of some of Glasgow’s forgotten stations. Outside the station, the team at Polmadie depot works against the clock to get the Caledonian Sleeper back on for its nightly service.

Michael Palin: Into Iraq (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 4th October 2022)

As he begins the final part of his journey into Iraq, Michael finds a local school in Baghdad and talks to the children about their lives and future hopes. He also heads to Kerbala and the shrine of Imam Husayn, one of the most sacred religious sites in Iraq, visited by millions of Shia pilgrims each year. A truly humbling and extraordinary sight that is very rarely seen, it makes Michael weigh up this country’s recent troubled past and its incredible history.

The Repair Shop (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 5th October 2022)

Jay Blades and the team lovingly resuscitate four treasured family heirlooms and the memories they hold. First into the barn are siblings Marc Maderson and Melanie Henry with a 50-year-old childhood toy. They’re hoping bookbinder Chris Shaw will be able to make their tattered and torn paper kite flight-worthy once again. The kite was made by Marc’s stepfather and Melanie’s father Roddy, who died six years ago. It’s a reminder of fun days out, seeing the once-vibrant and colourful kite soaring in the sky. However, having been grounded for the past 20 years, Chris has his work cut out on this delicate paper repair.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 5th October 2022)

Kevin McCloud meets retired racehorse breeder John and his wife Helen in Dunstable. The couple met at Newbury races in 2005 and wed two years later, living together in a 17th-century farmhouse until illness struck in 2018. Helen had a catastrophic stroke, severely affecting her mobility and leaving her with aphasia, which affects her ability to communicate. Constrained by the steep stairs, narrow doorways and changes in level of their current home, John resolved to make a big change in their lives with the purchase of a nearby two-acre plot. Following the demolition of an old, dilapidated house on site, a new high-tech accessible pavilion, complete with wildlife garden, will be built in its place for £1.3million.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 6th October 2022)

In Eastbourne, a routine day at the station changes in an instant when a boat catches fire just outside the harbour. In Trevone, north Cornwall, 18-year-old lifeguard Alfie races to the rescue of a surfer caught in a notorious rip current. On the Northumberland coast, the Blyth crew face a frantic search for a dog that’s been swept out by the tide.

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 6th October 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

James is finally succeeding with the farmers’ uptake of the Ministry of Agriculture’s TB testing scheme, but is struggling with the complicated paperwork – a fact that he is keen to keep from Siegfried. Tristan decides that he is outgrowing running the small animal surgery and buys a car to help with errands at the practice, which also provides him with transport for taking Florence, the daughter of Siegfried’s rival, George Pandhi, out on a date.

Martin Compston’s Scottish Fling (BBC 2/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Friday 7th October 2022)

Martin and Phil MacHugh travel through the Central Belt to explore why performance is such a big part of Scottish culture. They visit Scotland’s National Sporting Performance Centre just outside Edinburgh to meet the men’s football team, whose performances pretty much define the mood of the nation, and chat to actor and comedian Greg McHugh about Gary: Tank Commander and the Edinburgh Festival.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 24/09/2022

Inside Central Station (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 26th September 2022)

It’s Easter Weekend and an influx of rival football fans at Glasgow Central puts extra pressure on the staff and transport police, as they segregate the fans heading to Hampden. There is a new team member on the concourse as police dog recruit, Marvin, is put through his paces during training. Outside Central, the Network Rail ecologists work to help a peregrine falcon nesting on one of their bridges. And the engineering team get to work on the Argyll line track repairs.

Michael Palin: Into Iraq (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 27th September 2022)

Michael continues his journey into the heart of Iraq, arriving in Kirkuk and the exact spot where the British discovered oil in 1927, when the country was under British rule. The next day, he heads towards Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s home town and, having been stopped at several military checkpoints along the way, and met with severe military authority, is surprised when he receives a warm welcome from the local commander.

The Repair Shop (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 28th September 2022)

A brother and sister who hail from a family of variety performers hope that bike expert Tim Gunn can get their mother’s unicycle back in gear for future generations, while bookbinder Chris Shaw restores a large bible that he believes could date back to the 1880s. Will Kirk sets to work on a wooden table damaged after an unfortunate accident with a fish tank and goldsmith Richard Talman faces a tough challenge with a ring that is badly scorched after spending weeks lost in a fireplace.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 28th September 2022)

Kevin meets Mike and Sarah, who bought a remote smallholding in the Derbyshire Dales, somewhere to rear animals and provide a home for themselves and their elderly parents. Kevin follows the couple as they set out to build a 21st-century version of a historic Derbyshire longhouse. Enormous, corrugated and with a highly complex roof shape, it was never going to be an easy build. But soon they face delays and their schedule begins to slide. However, that is nothing compared with the problems of a more personal nature that hit the project.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 29th September 2022)

In Eastbourne, new recruit Chris is put through his paces when two casualties are cut off by the tide near Beachy Head. On the coast of south Wales, Penarth crew member Tom is called up for his first shout when a female paddleboarder is caught out by the tide.

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 29th September 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Siegfried receives some difficult news and becomes even more irascible than usual. The perfect distraction comes along in the form of Major Sebright Saunders, who asks Siegfried to look at a difficult young racehorse called River. Drama, starring Nicholas Ralph and Samuel West.

Martin Compston’s Scottish Fling (BBC 2/HD | 9:30pm 10:00pm | Friday 30th September 2022)

Actor Martin Compston and his friend Phil MacHugh set off on a sporty exploration of the North of Scotland by taking part in their own Highland Games. They begin their journey at Britain’s most northerly racetrack, the Little Ferry Circuit in Golspie, home to the North of Scotland Kart Club. Here, they meet ex racer Abi Munro and discover how the track plays a major part in the local community’s lives.

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