Apr 202019
 

Undiscovered Worlds with Steve Backshall (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 21st April 2019)

The naturalist explores some of the world’s most dangerous environments, beginning with a journey to the Arctic, kayaking across the world’s largest fjord.

World’s Busiest Train Stations (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 22nd April 2019)

Documentary series exploring some of the busiest transport hubs in the world. Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street station is not just the busiest and oldest in Australia, but the whole of the southern hemisphere.

Devon and Cornwall (more 4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 22nd April 2019)

New and first on More4: In Brixham, South Devon, trawlerman Dave Driver sets out to sea on his boat in search of cuttlefish. Sea fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in Britain. Dave and his crew travel out 25 miles from the shore for an 18-hour shift. On the southern edge of Bodmin Moor, Mark and Isobelle Delbridge, one of Cornwall’s youngest tenant farming couples, are determined to make a success of their new dairy farm. They are keeping things traditional and their hand-delivered bottle milk is growing in popularity. On the northern reaches of Dartmoor National Park, horseback farmers Crispin Alford, his wife Diana and son Steve are preparing to sell their hill ponies. And back in Brixham, there’s a visit to a guillemot colony.

Scotland from the Sky (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 24th April 2019)

Jamie Crawford takes to the skies using aerial images to discover how people in Scotland have lived off the land over the centuries.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 25th April 2019)

In an epic self-build project five years in the making, Kevin McCloud follows ten pioneers as they construct neighbouring homes to create an entire street. Twenty-five-year-olds Chris and Roxie take a risk building their first home together using an untested flatpack construction system which sees 380 plywood boxes bolted together. It proves repetitive work, especially painting the hundreds of wooden cladding units, and the stress and strain of the project threatens the young couple’s relationship. Peter and Anita and their two teenagers live locally, but have outgrown their current house. Father and son hope to bond while building a dream family home with space for all. But the process isn’t all plain sailing.

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

Apr 132019
 

World’s Busiest Train Stations (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th April 2019)

Documentary series exploring some of the busiest transport hubs in the world. A million daily passengers and no ticket barriers makes spotting far evaders difficult in Calcutta. Meanwhile a hundred street kids live right on the platforms.

Devon and Cornwall (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th April 2019)

and first on More4: On the serene waterways of Mylor Creek, south Cornwall, lifelong friends and mariners Jess Harris and Charlotte Whyte welcome diners aboard their custom-built floating restaurant. It’s opening week following months of planning and hard graft. Diver and conservationist Rob Thompson leads a team of volunteers to sweep up the man-made rubbish in the coves around Lansallos. On the southern edge of Dartmoor, sheep farmers Jess and Russell Steer prepare for their first trip to Devon’s historic Widecombe fair. Near Exmoor, farmer Cyril Cole is determined to give back to the land he once farmed.

Scotland from the Sky (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th April 2019)

Jamie Crawford takes to the skies to explore Scotland’s cities, coasts and countryside, using aerial images to uncover fascinating stories from Scotland’s past.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 18th April 2019)

Kevin McCloud follows 10 pioneering households hoping to build new homes, and a brand-new street, as part of Britain’s most extensive self-build project. In this episode, Paul and Blanka and their two children attempt to construct an eco-home. Paul puts his career as a human rights lawyer on hold to build an ambitious three bed sustainable home, using natural, chemical-free materials, and for no more than a £160,000 – including the price of the plot. However, the project ends up costing the family more than they bargained for, and not just financially.

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

Apr 062019
 

Race Across the World (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:30pm | Saturday 6th April 2019)

The four remaining teams travel through Cambodia and Vietnam. Darron and Alex are 24 hours ahead of the others, and take a detour into the jungle to work with elephants.

Race Across the World (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 7th April 2019)

The teams face the final leg of their journey, travelling 1500 miles down the Malaysian Peninsula. However, seven weeks on the road is starting to take its toll.

Off the Tracks: Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 7th April 2019)

Music festival goers descend on Glasgow, a street art mystery is revealed, and the oldest and youngest train cleaners on the station set to work.

World’s Busiest Train Stations (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 8th April 2019)

Documentary series exploring some of the busiest transport hubs in the world. In New York, Grand Central Terminal sees more than one million people per week use its platforms and cross its art deco terminus. Penn Station, on the west side of Manhattan, is the busiest terminal in the western hemisphere.

Devon and Cornwall (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 8th April 2019)

In Devon, the Alfords are one of the last farming families to tend Dartmoor’s wild ponies. Demand for the ponies is on the wane, and they must rely on other livestock for their living and nervously await the TB testing of their cattle. On the north Jurassic coast, local adventurers Mark Bullock and George Malkin take on the famous spectacular climb of Black Church Rock. In Cornwall, surfing pioneer Gwyn Haslock gives a tour while preparing for the World Belly Board Championships. Further west, in Poldark country, former miner Les Rowe makes a poignant return to the colliery where he laboured years ago, bringing the Cape Cornwall singers to Geevor to celebrate their shared Cornish heritage in song.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 11th April 2019)

In Bicester, Oxfordshire, Kevin McCloud follows 10 households as they embark on an epic five-year mission to construct their own homes and create a brand-new street as part of Britain’s biggest self-build project. In this episode, two young couples – Jack and Hannah, and James and Shannon – who are priced out of the local housing market, hope to get on the property ladder by building their own homes. Jack goes scavenging for raw materials and builds much of his house with his own labour. James and Shannon are making a barn-house home in a project that pushes their relationship to breaking point.

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

Mar 302019
 

Race Across the World (BBC 2/HD | 7:30pm to 8:30pm | Saturday 30th March 2019)

The four remaining teams reach the People’s Republic of China. Alex has a romantic encounter while working at a flower stall, and Natalie fulfills a childhood dream.

Race Across the World (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 31st March 2019)

The four remaining teams travel through Cambodia and Vietnam. Darron and Alex are 24 hours ahead of the others, and take a detour into the jungle to work with elephants.

Off the Tracks: Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 31st March 2019)

Staff and passengers celebrate Glasgow Pride, students use the concourse as a location for a film, and signaller Brian explains how Victorian engineering keeps the network running.

Around the World by Train, with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 1st April 2019)

Travelogue series with Tony Robinson. The final stage of his journey takes Tony to the US. Beginning in San Francisco, he rides the rails across the country, stopping at Denver, New Orleans and New York City. At a legendary local sandwich shop, he finds himself sitting next to the mayor of New Orleans who explains how the city has been rebuilding since hurricane Katrina.

Devon and Cornwall (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 1st April 2019)

In this first episode, Devonian fisherman Stephen Perham shows what life is like in the tiny, perfectly preserved fishing village of Clovelly. Stephen’s family have lived and fished in the village for generations. Stephen is the harbour master, tour guide and bin man, and has a novel way of getting things up and down the main street. The village rowing team take part in the annual regatta. Fifth-generation master-thatcher Richard Dray needs to replace a roof in Cockington. In Cornwall, local handywoman Lynn Batten completes last-minute preparations at the famous Minack Theatre, as tourists from around the world are about to arrive for the triumphant season finale. And champion beef breeders Bridgette and Steve Clamp prepare their local pedigree cows for the Camborne agricultural show.

The Murder of Jill Dando (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 2nd April 2019)

Ahead of the 20th anniversary of presenter Jill Dando’s murder, the story behind one of Britain’s most high-profile unsolved killings.

Crossing England in a Punt: River of Dreams (BBC 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 2nd April 2019)

Tom Fort embarks on a 170-mile journey down the River Trent in his own custom-built punt, learning about the waterway’s 3,000-year history along the way.

Jack the Ripper – The Case Reopened (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 4th April 2019)

Silent Witness star Emilia Fox and Professor David Wilson re-examine the infamous murders, which took place in the Whitechapel district of London in the late 19th century.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 4th April 2019)

In Bicester, Oxfordshire, in this new six-part series, Kevin McCloud follows 10 households as they embark on an epic five-year mission to construct their own homes and create a brand-new street as part of Britain’s biggest self-build project. In the first episode, Terry and Olwen, and their neighbour Lynn – all three of retirement age and the most senior builders on the street – set out to create two unique, bespoke new homes. Terry and Olwen’s home is planned to be a giant blue steel wedge forming a bold bookend at the beginning of the street. While the design of Lynn’s home proves to be as quirky as she is. But during the construction process, these old friends face serious structural challenges and physical hardship, as well as seeing their relationship severely tested.

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

Nov 242018
 

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:20pm | Sunday 25th November 2018)

The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz arrive in 17th-century Lancashire and become embroiled in a witch trial run by the local landowner. As fear stalks the land, the arrival of King James I only serves to intensify the witch hunt. But is there something even more dangerous at work? Can the Doctor and friends keep the people of Bilehurst Cragg safe from all the forces that are massing in the land?

How Trains Changed the World (Quest/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 26th November 2018)

One of the great advances of the 19th Century, the railways were a tool of empire. How did the Victorians use them to expand their influence?

Warship: Life at Sea (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to to 10:00pm | Monday 26th November 2018)

Documentary series filmed aboard the destroyer HMS Duncan. Heading out to the Med and the Black Sea, the 280 men and women onboard face a heart attack, a man overboard, and a show of force from Russian airplanes.

Lego Masters (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 27th November 2018)

Just five teams remain in the Lego Masters semi-final, all of them facing a huge fight to get through to the final. The teams need to access their artistic side as first they’re challenged to create a bust of a live model, Johnny Vegas. Using the plastic building bricks, the teams must create a sculpture that not only looks like Johnny, but also expresses his personality. And he’ll be the one to judge who’s captured him the best. Next, the teams head for the Lego Masters House of Fun, where they must create a playable, life-size arcade game. It needs to not only look great, but must also function just like the real thing. Presenter Melvin Odoom and judges Matthew Ashton and Fran Scott will be testing each game for actual playability.

Egyptian Tomb Hunting (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 27th November 2018)

Tony Robinson takes an exciting tomb-hunting adventure across Egypt to investigate the startling series of recent tomb discoveries that are revealing new facts about life in the ancient world. He enters tombs that have been sealed shut for thousands of years, meets mummies, holds an Ancient Egyptian prime minister’s heart and discovers hieroglyphs only ever seen by the ancient Egyptians who created them.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 28th November 2018)

In this final episode, Kevin exclusively reveals the winner of the most prestigious prize for residential architecture, the Riba House of the Year 2018. But first, alongside architect Damion Burrows and design expert Michelle Ogundehin, he explores the last group of houses on the long list. Each one uses materials in interesting ways. In leafy Berkshire, there’s a perfectly crafted timber box, with sleek concrete floors and giant six-metre windows. In Belfast, there is a small but perfectly formed house with black larch cladding. In Surrey, a completely revamped 1930s house with a pale brick and glass modernist extension blends beautifully into its setting. And finally, an experimental house in London makes the materials it’s built from part of the design. Kevin then reveals which of these properties has made it onto the shortlist before exclusively announcing the overall winner of House of the Year.

Britain by Boat: 2 Grumpy Men (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 30th November 2018)

Travelogue series reuniting Michael Buerk and John Sergeant to explore Britain’s coastline by yacht. Missing the morning tide out of Portsmouth, the duo visit HMS Victory. Then they set sail to Cowes, where too much champagne inspires a race in small sailing dinghies. Finally they decipher the maps to make their way past the iconic Needles to Poole.

Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 30th November 2018)

Michael Portillo explores abandoned locations. The New Victoria in Bradford was Britain’s first cinema, with a 3,000-seat theatre, a decadent ballroom and state-of-the-art technology. It closed in 2000, but a new generation has reinvented the building.

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

Nov 172018
 

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:20pm | Sunday 18th November 2018)

A mysterious message arrives in a package addressed to the Doctor, leading her, Graham, Yaz and Ryan to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy’s largest retailer, Kerblam.

Driven: The Billy Monger Story (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 19th November 2018)

Following the remarkable story of 18-year-old Billy Monger, one of Britain’s most exciting young racing drivers, who in April 2017 was involved in a devastating crash, resulting in the amputation of his legs. Incredibly, soon after his accident, Billy resolved to get back to racing, in the hope of becoming the first ever amputee to race competitively in a single-seater racing car.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 21st November 2018)

Kevin McCloud, architect Damion Burrows, and design expert Michelle Ogundehin visit four more stunning homes looking to be crowned Riba House of the Year 2018. This time, the theme is Extreme Houses. There’s an awe-inspiring set of cantilevered black boxes which push the limits of engineering; a far-flung 21st century crofter’s cottage by a Loch in Scotland; a curvaceous minimal concrete home in London; and in Northern Ireland, a sculptural home designed around a single shape – the wedge. Which of them will make it onto the shortlist for the overall big prize?

Britain by Boat (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 23rd November 2018)

Travelogue series reuniting Michael Buerk and John Sergeant to explore Britiain’s coastline by yacht. Their first task is to cross the Thames estuary, where they discover a genuine Dunkirk rescue boat and are challenged to eat oysters gracefully.

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

Nov 032018
 

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 7:00pm to 7:50pm | Sunday 4th November 2018)

Injured and stranded in the wilds of a far-flung galaxy, the Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan must band together with a group of strangers to survive against one of the universe’s most deadly – and unusual – creatures.

Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 4th November 2018)

Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on their first Latin American adventure and head for Argentina. A few miles from Buenos Aires, lies a vast labyrinth of canals and rivers that meander ever deeper into the jungle. Hiring a traditional cargo boat, known as a chatta, Tim and Pru voyage into the remoter corners of the Paraná delta. ‘When you’re my age, a trip from Wandsworth to Putney on a 37 bus can seem quite an adventure,’ remarks Pru. ‘And here I am in South America on a tramp steamer, heading into the jungle – I mean I can’t believe it.’ Tim and Pru discover the Belle Epoque splendour of the jungle town of Tigre. They visit a remote enclave of Anglo Argentines, who still drink G and T and toast the Queen. They also learn about the ‘dirty war’ of the 1970s. They marvel at the local flora and fauna and admire the hummingbirds, and perform Argentina’s national dance.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 5th November 2018)

The bank holiday works schedule is disrupted when reports come in of a trespasser on the relief lines outside of London, forcing the cancellation of all trains leaving Paddington station. However, the total shutdown allows the engineers onto the track to renew large sections of the ageing rail infrastructure.

Lego Masters (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 6th November 2018)

Lego Masters returns – the show in which some of the most skilled brick fanatics do battle to be crowned Lego Master. This year Lego Masters is bigger than ever. From thousands of applications, eight of the best amateur brick-building duos in the British Isles prepare to plunge their skills, creativity and imaginations into a series of challenges, to claim the title of Lego Masters Champion 2018. Melvin Odoom hosts and is joined by scientist and engineer-at-heart Fran Scott to co-judge alongside Matthew Ashton, the LEGO Group’s Vice President of Design. In the first episode, the eight teams must construct a 1.3m-long bridge, with no prior planning, over which Melvin will be driving a weighted remote-controlled dumper truck. Which bridges will come crashing down to earth?

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 7th November 2018)

Kevin McCloud embarks on a nationwide journey to examine some of the most cutting-edge contemporary homes, all of them in the running for the 2018 Royal Institute of British Architects House of the Year. In each episode, he exclusively reveals which houses the Riba judges have selected for the competition’s final shortlist. The last programme of the series will announce the winner of this prestigious prize. In this first episode, Kevin and his co-presenters architect Damion Burrows, and design expert Michelle Ogundehin, visit five extraordinary homes that dare to be different: a magnificent monolithic dark-rendered block in London; a controversial cutting-edge glass modernist building in Henley; a glorious north London townhouse filled with Nicaraguan mahogany; a beautiful bright red end-of-terrace property that stands out but also blends in; and a smart semi-detached home in Newcastle built by two neighbours working together.

The Great Model Railway Challenge (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 9th November 2018)

Reality contest as railway modellers compete to create miniature masterpieces against the clock. The final five teams compete on the theme A Journey Through Time, creating models based on the Cold War, the industrial revolution, 1950s West Country railways, the 2012 Olympics, and all the way into the future.

Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 9th November 2018)

Documentary series. Michael Portillo explores abandoned locations. The officers of the London Road Fire Station stood guard over the people of Manchester for 80 years through war, civil unrest and serial killers.

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

Oct 202018
 

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:55pm to 7:45pm | Sunday 21st October 2018)

Montgomery, Alabama. 1955. The Doctor and her friends find themselves in the Deep South of America. As they encounter a seamstress by the name of Rosa Parks, they begin to wonder whether someone is attempting to change history.

Mediterranean with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 21st October 2018)

Simon Reeve embarks on the third leg of his epic four-part journey around the Mediterranean. He begins in Libya – a country torn apart by revolution, insurgents from the so-called Islamic State and western air strikes. Travelling west along North Africa’s Mediterranean coast, Simon journeys through Tunisia where he meets a man who is keeping Berber traditions alive by harnessing camel power to make olive oil and excavating rock by hand to build new Berber homes. From Tunisia, Simon boards the overnight ferry to Sicily. Here he meets three inspiring sisters who – despite constant intimidation – are making a defiant stand against the mafia.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 22nd October 2018)

Documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. Huge delays occur after a man is hit by a train at Southall, and more chaos occurs when the power out on track is accidentally switched off. Meanwhile, hundreds of train enthusiasts descend on Paddington to get a glimpse of the world-famous Flying Scotsman.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 23rd October 2018)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). As storm Ophelia hits the British Isles, on the south east coast of Ireland the Rosslare crew try to rescue a small yacht with three people on board. In Devon, the crew at Appledore race an incoming tide to try and reach a man stuck fast in quicksand, while on the north coast of Cornwall, the crew of St Agnes must battle through huge breaking waves to reach two young boys being swept out to sea in a deadly rip current.

Without Limits: Australia (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 24th October 2018)

Two-part observational documentary following a team of injured British and Australian veterans as they embark on an extraordinary near 1000-mile expedition across Western Australia’s remote Kimberley region. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcome the veterans at the Invictus Games in Sydney after their dramatic expedition across Western Australia.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 24th October 2018)

Professional deep-sea diver Adrian Corrigall is obsessed with concrete. He fell in love with this cold uncompromising material in the skateparks of Scotland. Now he’s convinced his wife Megan to agree to build their new family home in rural East Sussex almost entirely out of the stuff – both inside and out. No cladding, no carpets, no plaster or wallpaper – this will be as pure a concrete building as possible. Construction involves cutting-edge technologies conceived in Switzerland and never used to build a house before. The hope is these new mix recipes will overcome the historic negatives of concrete and keep costs down. However, the perils of being a pioneer soon become evident. With both schedule and budget under strain, Adrian is forced to resume work as a diver, servicing North Sea oil installations and taking him away for a month at a time. With Megan now left juggling the build, all the while looking after three young children, the concrete dream seems a long way off.

Ambulance (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 25th October 2018)

Documentary series focusing on the work of the North West Ambulance Service. Call handler Elly tackles an increasing volume of calls, and there are surprises for paramedics April and Clare.

The Great Model Railway Challenge (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | The Great Model Railway Challenge)

Reality contest as railway modellers compete to create miniature masterpieces against the clock. The Fawley Fliers, The Diesel Dynamos and The Railway Children are the teams competing, and they each have to create a railway layout based on the creatively taxing theme ‘Fire and Ice’.

The Lakes with Paul Rose (BBC 2/HD | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Friday 26th October 2018)

Four-part series about the Lake District, the National Park that is now a World Heritage Site. In this episode, Paul Rose heads to Coniston, where he enters a retro-cycling event on a penny farthing before joining the mountain bikers of Grizedale Forest. He relives the final moments of Donald Campbell in his attempt to break the world water-speed record on Coniston Water, and ends his trek by climbing Dow Crag, before ascending to one of the area’s best-known hills, The Old Man of Coniston.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 26th October 2018)

Rob Bell explores the lost landscapes and infrastructure of some of Britain’s former railway lines. Rob unearths the lost line from Ruabon to Barmouth, taking a memorable trip across the ‘Stream in the Sky’ on the breath-taking Pontcysyllte Aquaduct.

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

Oct 132018
 

Mediterranean with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 14th October 2018)

Simon Reeve embarks on the second leg of his epic four-part journey around the Mediterranean. Setting off from a snowy mountain ski resort in Cyprus, Simon finds an island and a capital city still deeply divided between Turkish Cypriots in the north and Greek Cypriots in the south.

Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 14th October 2018)

Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on more spectacular canal journeys. This time, Tim and Pru voyage across Italy’s largest lake and along Europe’s oldest working canal, to the historic heart of Milan. Travelling from Lake Maggiore to the Naviglio Grande canal, they navigate a route taken by marble-carrying barges for over five centuries. Their journey includes a visit to the Swiss lakeside town of Locarno; a speed boat; the spectacular gardens of Isola Bella; a traditional Italian barging song; wine; and a visit to Milan’s famous cathedral, the Duomo.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th October 2018)

Documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. Weekend works at Acton have overrun, a lorry rips the safety barriers off a level crossing as it runs the lights, and ‘the flying banana’ trails the rails for defects.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th October 2018)

Identical twins Nik and Jon Daughtry run a graphic design company together. They drive the same car and even own identical dogs. Now these two brothers are building two near identical houses next door to each other in Sheffield. Raised up on steel stilts on the site of an old corn mill, the houses pay tribute to Sheffield’s industrial past. Huge steel frames with exposed blockwork and black steel cladding should create two sleek and modern family homes. But Nik and Jon’s plan is incredibly ambitious. Not only do they want to build the two houses for the price of one, but the materials and finish have to be absolutely perfect. With a tight budget, it’s an almighty stretch from the start. As delays, overages and imperfections hit, it’s clear the twins’ intuitive and incredibly close relationship will be tested like never before.

Ambulance (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pn to 10:00pm | Thursday 18th October 2018)

Documentary series focusing on the work of the North West Ambulance Service. Over a busy weekend in Manchester, paramedics Andrea and Glynn attend an RTC, while Debbie and Shaun try to persuade a homeless man to go to hospital.

The Great Model Railway Challenge (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 19th October 2018)

Reality contest as railway modellers compete to create miniature masterpieces against the clock. Heat three’s theme sees the judges taking in the sights of miniature recreations inspired by locations all around the world.

The Lakes with Paul Rose (BBC 2/HD | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Friday 19th October 2018)

Four-part series about the Lake District, the National Park that is now a World Heritage Site. In this episode, Paul Rose heads to Windermere, joining the crowds to find out why the early tourists thought the Lakes were one of the most dangerous spots in the country. He plunges into the world of long-distance swimming and helps the staff who run the boats on the lake, before meeting a Holocaust survivor who was airlifted to Windermere in 1945, as part of a mercy mission involving 300 orphans after the Second World War.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 19th October 2018)

Rob Bell explores the lost landscapes and infrastructure of some of Britain’s former railway lines. This lost line once transformed the fortunes of seaside towns, but it was expensive and difficult to maintain, and the boggy Somerset Levels presented a challenge to laying tracks.

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

Oct 062018
 

Mediterranean with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 7th October 2018)

Simon Reeve embarks on the first leg of an extraordinary four-part journey around the Mediterranean, travelling from Malta across the sea to southern Italy and onto Albania.

Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 7th October 2018)

A new run of the show in which Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on spectacular canal journeys across Britain and abroad. Tim and Pru decide that they’ve had enough of kicking their heels at home in Wandsworth and head off to explore one of the world’s great waterways, the River Nile. At first Tim is unsure, but Pru is determined: ‘…all the journeys I’ve done with him have opened doors for me and given me new and thrilling experiences’. Travelling from Luxor to Aswan, Tim and Pru uncover the secrets of this great artery of an ancient civilisation and discover how some of the first-ever canals were used to build the temple at Karnak. They also visit a Nubian village; purchase aphrodisiacs in the souk; and dance by moonlight.

Monkman and Seagull’s Genius Guide to Britain (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Monday 8th October 2018)

University Challenge icons and real-life best friends Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull visit Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales in search of hidden gems of British scientific and technological ingenuity. Their genius road trip concludes with a whistle-stop tour of some of Scotland’s most enigmatic scientific achievements. Their journey begins in Edinburgh at the birthplace of a little-known scientist who changed the face of history.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 8th October 2018)

Documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. A nasty surprise awaits engineers as they discover rotten wooden sleepers that disintegrate under foot. Even veteran train staff are shocked by the reason the 15:00 to Bristol has come to a halt – a driver tried to start the train from the wrong end.

Glasgow, Love and Apartheid (BBC 2 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 9th October 2018)

Documentary in which director Dhivya-Kate Chetty tells her family’s story. The film follows her parents Radha and Maggie on a trip from Glasgow back to South Africa and documents the effects of apartheid on one family spread across two continents – from the pain of migration, to the daily indignities of one of the abominations of the 20th century. The stories of several family members are blended to create a personal and moving account of apartheid and the fight for its downfall.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 10th October 2018)

Chiropractor Steph Wilson has spent 20 years dreaming of living on her grandfather’s farmland in Leominster, Herefordshire, which was sold when she was 16. Steph and her husband Alex have re-mortgaged their current house to buy back 27 acres of the farm. Steph has secured planning permission for a sleek contemporary cantilevered farmhouse in the old gravel pit where she played as a child. She is determined to give her two young children a version of the blissful childhood she had. Steph and Alex are told their ambitious design will cost £500k – twice what they can borrow. Regardless, the family take a leap of faith and move into a draughty old caravan on site. It’s supposed to be a temporary solution. But after six months, caravan life is starting to look like it could become permanent. The family are in desperate need of a saviour, or their dream could turn into a nightmare. Then along comes Steph’s oldest friend.

The Great Model Railway Challenge (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 12th October 2018)

Reality contest as railway modellers compete to create miniature masterpieces against the clock. Heat two’s theme sees the judges tuning in to model railway layouts inspired by beloved shows EastEnders, Doctor Who and Blackadder.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 12th October 2018)

Rob Bell explores the lost landscapes and infrastructure of some of Britain’s former railway lines. Clues that the old track through the Lake District even existed are not clear, but Rob learns that it once served mainly miners, and sustained the entire region with hard industry before becoming more of a tourist draw.

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

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