Tag: Great Coastal Railway Journeys

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 13/04/2024

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 15th April 2024)

Cardigan Bay to Abergynolwyn. Series 3, episode 6. Michael Portillo embarks on a trip along the western coast of Wales, beginning on the Victorian Cliff Railway at Aberystwyth, rising above the historic town to take in views over Cardigan Bay, home to the largest population of bottlenose dolphins in Europe. Michael joins scientists and the founder of the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre out on the water to see how they get to know individual dolphins from the nicks and notches on their dorsal fins and their signature whistles.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 16th April 2024)

Harlech to Abedaron. Series 3, episode 7. Michael Portillo continues his railway journey through north Wales on the sands of Morfa Harlech, where he finds a team of conservationists felling and grubbing out trees. In Porthmadog, he discovers how an early 19th-century sea wall was key to the town’s success in the slate trading industry. Upon reaching Aberdaron, Michael discovers poet RS Thomas’s history as a vicar at St Hywyn’s Church.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 16th April 2024)

Trust. Series 9, episode 6. The Humber crew works closely together to pull off the risky evacuation of a fisherman with a spinal injury. On the southwest coast of Ireland, the Castletownbere team race to rescue a fishing trawler that’s run aground near Dursey Island, and is in danger of breaking up on the rocks. The village of Clovelly’s crew assist a yacht that has lost all power – a rescue made all the more difficult by severe weather.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 17th April 2024)

Porthmadog to Anglesey. Series 3, episode 8. Michael Portillo continues his journey on the Welsh Highland Railway. He stops off at Beddgelert, taking in the geology that inspired Victorian scientist Charles Darwin. On the coast of Caernarfon, Michael joins a fisherman to understand how mussel farmers are exploring new methods of cultivating shellfish. He also visits Anglesey’s Sea Zoo, where he helps release a conger eel back into the wild.

Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th April 2024) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

With less than five hours separating the teams, they leave Nara City and head to the second checkpoint in the seaside town of Sokcho, South Korea. The pairs must navigate another stretch of budget-busting Japan to reach the ferry port before they race across the length of South Korea.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 18th April 2024)

The Isle of Anglesey. Series 3, episode 9. Michael Portillo resumes his exploration of North Wales on the Isle of Anglesey, where the briny waters of the Menai Strait are being used to create a Welsh gastronomic delight. Michael meets the team producing salt favoured by royalty and a former US President.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 19th April 2024)

Conwy to Colwyn Bay. Series 3, episode 10. Michael Portillo takes the train to the medieval walled town of Conwy on the last leg of his exploration of the shores of North Wales. He later presses east on the final stretch of his journey to reach Colwyn Bay.

Wetherspoons vs Toby Carvery: Which Is Better (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 7:55pm | Friday 19th April 202)

Over four rounds – breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks – chef and taste-tester Phillippa Davis reviews some of Wetherspoons’ and Toby’s most popular meals. From a full English breakfast to mac ‘n’ cheese wrapped in a Yorkshire pudding, fish and chips to a roast dinner, Phillippa tastes her way through dishes on both menus giving her expert verdict.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 19th April 2024)

On a moor outside of Shipton Abbott, a woman is found face down on the ground, with an arrow through her shoulder. The victim, Niamh Kirby, didn’t see her attacker, and there’s no trace of their presence or weapon at the scene. As the team digs deeper, a feud between Niamh and her brother-in-law is uncovered, which may or may not be relevant. Meanwhile, Anne dives into the planning of the wedding, but Humphrey and Martha worry that she might be a little too invested in their fairy-tale ceremony after her recent romantic entanglements. Drama, starring Kris Marshall, Sally Bretton and Barbara Flynn.

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UK TV programmes to watch this week : 06/04/2024

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 8th April 2024) ** NEW SERIES **

Axminster to Budleigh Salterton. Series 3, episode 1. Michael Portillo explores the shores of Britain, with his first week’s journey taking him from the Jurassic Coast to the tip of the Lizard Peninsula and beyond to the Isles of Scilly. In Lyme Regis, Michael traces the discoveries of palaeontologist Mary Anning as he walks along a limestone ledge known as the Ammonite Pavement. He then visits the HQ of the Meteorological Office in Exeter to present the weather forecast, before watching flour being ground at a 1,000-year-old water mill on the banks of the River Otter.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 9th April 2024)

Exeter to Plymouth. Series 3, episode 2. Michael Portillo arrives in Exeter, where he joins the stonemasons charged with conserving the cathedral’s medieval stonework from Beery Quarry. On the rooftop he watches the team restore the 14th-century South Quire Clerestory. His final stop is the city of Plymouth, which has a rich maritime and military history.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 9th April 2024)

Caught Out. Series 7, episode 3. In Queensferry, near Glasgow, an American visitor is caught out by the tide – and is barely conscious when the RNLI crew drag him out of the water. In Portishead, on the Severn estuary, a man’s leap from a party boat lands him in serious trouble. On the south coast of Cornwall, the Lizard crew race to the rescue of four people who are stranded on rapidly submerging rocks.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 10th April 2024)

Tintagel to St Austell. Series 3, episode 3. Michael Portillo discovers the archaeological history of an important trading site at Tintagel Castle, and then visits the landscaped park of Boconnoc, where he meets an artist who paints Cornwall’s natural wonders, striving to protect them from environmental damage. Michael also hears about the discovery of a thunderbox at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, which led the gardens to be uncovered and restored.

Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 10th April 2024) ** NEW SERIES + PICK OF THE WEEK **

Five teams race from Hokkaido, the most northerly island of Japan, to the Indonesian island of Lombok, crossing six seas and eight borders and skirting the path of the volcanic ring of fire without being able to use phones or credit cards. The teams face a 1,600km journey to the first checkpoint in Nara City where only a small percentage of the population speak English.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 11th April 2024)

St Mawes to Porthcurno. Series 3, episode 4. Michael Portillo stops off in the Cornish fishing village of St Mawes, from where he takes to the waves in a 1938 racing yacht. He also joins a seaweed company on a harvesting mission and enjoys a ride on the footplate of a steam engine on the Helston Railway. From Penzance, he heads for the rugged coastline at Porthcurno, where he visits the Minack Theatre – a spectacular amphitheatre that has been built into the cliffs.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 12th April 2024)

Isles of Scilly. Series 3, episode 5. Michael Portillo ends his railway adventure around south-west England in the Isles of Scilly. From Penzance railway station he boards a helicopter to the island of Tresco, two and a half miles long and with a population of 150 – a tiny slice of paradise with sandy beaches and a magnificent abbey – and where he enjoys watching the traditional gig racing. He also visits St Mary’s, where an archaeologist teaches him about the rich prehistory of the islands.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 12th April 2024)

When a priest from a Catholic boarding school suddenly disappears, Humphrey and Esther find that the case bears uncanny similarities to local myth The Devil on the Rocks. With a large sum of money missing from the school safe, the headmistress reluctant to aid the investigation and the priest nowhere to be found, the team members have their work cut out trying to pin down the truth. Meanwhile, Zoe helps Martha clean up Ten Mile Kitchen after a break-in, Anne’s new flame helps her move onto the Lily Bond, as Humphrey and Martha take over her house. Drama, starring Kris Marshall, Sally Bretton and Zahra Ahmadi.

The Coastal Map of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 12th April 2024)

Documentary examining the rise and fall of the UK’s greatest ports. The programme spans the first international traders arriving on the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, through the arrival of the Romans, Elizabeth I’s extension of British territory, and the huge impact of the tea trade and the Industrial Revolution.

Great British Cities with Susan Calman (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 12th April 2024)

Bath. Series 1, episode 6. The presenter is in Bath, starting her journey at the famous Roman Baths, where she peels back 2,000 years of history. Susan then meets author Jem Roberts, who reveals the origin story of the city, set centuries before the Romans arrived. She also visits the Royal Crescent, Herschel Museum of Astronomy, and learns about a 1950s racing scandal, and the impact of Nazi air raids.

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UK TV programmes to watch this week : 10/06/2023

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 12th June 2023)

Weymouth to Lulworth. Series 2, episode 16. Michael Portillo travels across Dorset, beginning in Portland Harbour, home to some of the finest sailing waters in the UK and the location for the 2012 Olympic sailing events. In the county town of Dorchester, Michael hears the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, who paved the way for today’s trade unions.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 13th June 2023)

Kimmeridge to Brownsea Island. Series 2, episode 17. Michael Portillo alights at Wareham to visit Dorset’s internationally renowned Jurassic Coast. He heads through Swanage, Poole and Sandbanks, before ending his journey on Brownsea Island.

Waterloo Road (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 13th June 2023) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Kim rallies the troops for a surprise Ofsted inspection and Joe’s day goes from bad to worse while the whole school is watching. Danny helps with the school knife crime initiative and Kai comes to Nicky’s aid when she finds herself caught up with the wrong people.

Grand Designs: The Street (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 13th June 2023)

Jonathan uses a new experimental system that uses wooden boxes held together with only bolts to build his home in York. With a plan to build three storeys, it will be the largest structure ever made using this method.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 14th June 2023)

Southampton to Isle of Wight. Series 2, episode 18. Michael Portillo heads from a bustling Southampton to the Isle of Wight, where he rides the island’s railway, made up of recycled London Underground trains.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 15th June 2023)

Lee on Solent to Bosham. Series 2, episode 19. Michael Portillo’s journey has brought him to Lee on the Solent in Hampshire and the training centre for the coastguard. He also visits the great maritime city of Portsmouth, and then travels eastwards to Chichester’s vast, natural harbour.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 16th June 2023)

Fishbourne to Seaford. Series 2, episode 20. The final leg of this South Coast adventure begins in Fishbourne, the location of one of the most significant Roman sites in Britain. Heading into East Sussex, Michael Portillo visits Brighton, and for the final stop he celebrates the burgeoning winemaking industry of the South Downs.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 16th June 2023)

South Queensferry Coast. Series 5, episode 6. A special episode featuring the comedian’s countryside adventures, from Hopetoun House, billed as Scotland’s finest stately home, to the Eden Project. There’s also a look back at the time she enjoyed a trip to sunny Dartmoor.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 03/06/2023

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 5th June 2023)

Bellarena to Giant’s Causeway. Series 2, episode 11. Michael Portillo heads to Northern Ireland’s spectacular Causeway coast to begin a new journey, which takes him along the north and east coasts through Ulster and Leinster. He begins in Co Derry on the windswept shores of Loch Foyle, where the largest accumulation of coastal sands in Ireland has formed a system of dunes visible from space. He also learns how scientists are monitoring the site and hears how their work has been picked up by fellow scientists in the United States to help research the surface of Mars.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 6th June 2023)

Ballymena to Carrikfergus. Series 2, episode 12. Michael Portillo is in the glens of Antrim, where he is transfixed by tales of fairies and legends of the sea. At the entrance to Belfast Lough in Whitehead he discovers a museum which tells the story of Ireland’s railway heritage. He also sees if he has what it takes to join the local rowing club. At the medieval Carrickfergus Castle, Michael learns of the town’s important role in the history of Ireland, when William of Orange landed at its harbour and went on to fight the Battle of the Boyne, which is commemorated by Unionists to this day.

Waterloo Road (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 6th June 2023) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Shola’s behaviour causes concern with the staff leading Val to investigate. Kelly Jo’s first day out of the BU goes from bad to worse when a kind-hearted gesture from Dean backfires. Myles causes problems for Joe who is already reeling from an unexpected visitor, leaving him and Mike feeling uncertain about the future.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 7th June 2023)

Bangor to Belfast. Series 2, episode 13. Michael Portillo is in Bangor, County Down, en route to the Northern Irish capital of Belfast. Along the way he enjoys live music on a boat, stops off at the imposing parliament building at Stormont and explores the regenerated Titanic Quarter on the Maritime Mile.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 8th June 2023)

Carlingford to Dublin. Series 2, episode 14. Michael Portillo continues his railway journey along the Atlantic and Irish Sea coasts of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. This time, he makes his way from the vast beaches of the Carlingford Peninsula towards Drogheda and Newgrange, before arriving in capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin, where he visits Dublin Castle and Dublin docks.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 9th June 2023)

Dun Laoghaire to Rosslare. Series 2, episode 15. Michael Portillo travels from the capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin, on the DART suburban railway to the harbour town of Dun Laoghaire. He joins the crew of the RV Malice to survey what lies beneath the waves in Dublin Bay. Back on dry land, the DART takes Michael to his next stop, Sandycove, where James Joyce, one of Ireland’s greatest writers, found inspiration.

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

Lancashire and Morecambe Bay. Series 5, episode 5. The comedian heads into the heart of the country – Lancashire and Morecambe Bay, with its contrasting landscapes, quirky traditions, historic landmarks and community spirit. In picturesque Wray, Susan learns about the nine-day scarecrow festival that raises money for local charities. Over at the coast in Morecambe Bay, she discovers a bird sanctuary named in Eric Morecambe’s honour.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 27/05/2023

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 29th May 2023)

Middlesbrough to Boulby. Series 2, episode 6. Michael Portillo joins the hunt for dark matter in the deepest mine in Britain in Boulby, North Yorkshire, then visits Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge, which offers high views over the Tees estuary and the Cleveland Hills. At Saltholme, Michael joins the RSPB in a hide to observe a visiting bird of prey.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 30th May 2023)

Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay. Series 2, episode 7. Michael Portillo travels from Whitby, where he explores the port’s shipbuilding and seafaring heritage, to Robin Hood’s Bay, a former smuggling haven.

Waterloo Road (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 30th May 2023) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Preston and Kai give the school something to talk about and the school poetry slam gets off to a rocky start. Amy comes face to face with her crush after an awkward encounter and a technical faux pas exposes everything.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 31st May 2023)

Scarborough to Bridlington. Series 2, episode 8. Michael Portillo is in the North Yorkshire seaside resort of Scarborough to explore one of the greatest royal fortresses in England.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 1st June 2023)

Hornsea to Spurn Point. Series 2, episode 9. Michael Portillo continues his journey in the East Yorkshire resort of Hornsea, famous for its distinctive pottery. In Hull, he discovers how one of Hull FC’s star players made history as Britain’s first black rugby captain. From Hull, Michael hitches a ride on a fine-looking barge heading to Goole on a network of canals. At Spurn Point, Michael hears how along this coast an ingenious 19th-century RNLI invention saved many lives.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 2nd June 2023)

Grimsby to Humberston Fitties. Series 2, episode 10. Michael Portillo has reached Lincolnshire, where his coastal railway journey from Middlesbrough ends. In Grimsby Town, he investigates a new stage in the town’s history – as a maintenance base for some of the largest wind farms in the world. In neighbouring Cleethorpes, Michael rides on the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, pulled by a miniature steam locomotive. Later, Michael makes for a curious and wild stretch of coastline at Humberston.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 2nd June 2023)

Isle of Man. Series 5, episode 4. The comedian explores the Isle of Man, and discovers an island of beautiful landscapes, friendly people and exciting discoveries. Susan kicks off her latest adventure exploring the historic port of Peel. In this former Viking stronghold, she meets a prolific treasure hunter before joining the crew of a Viking longboat for a trip around the harbour.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 20/05/2023

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 22nd May 2023) ** NEW SERIES **

Douglas to Port Erin. Series 2, episode 1. Michael Portillo returns to travel by train to more places around the British Isles, beginning by heading to the self-governing Isle of Man – a paradise for rail lovers. His first stop on the Manx Electric Railway is the capital of Douglas, where he reveals the island’s parliament the Tynwald is older than Westminster, before the Isle of Man Steam Railway takes him down the east coast to Castletown, from where he heads to the Norse Castle Rusheword.

Grand Tours of Scotland’s Rivers (BBC 2/HD | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Monday 22nd May 2023)

A River of Invention. Series 1, episode 4. Paul Murton explores the history of the River Nith in the south-west, from its source in a remote forest to the shining sands of the Solway Firth. Heading downstream, he hears the story of the Knockshinnoch mining disaster – how 116 men were saved from entombment after a massive earth collapse. He also learns about the first man to make a bicycle with pedals, heads to the riverside home of Robbie Burns and finds out how a Dumfries man helped Neil Armstrong walk on the moon.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 22rd May 2023)

Liverpool to Blackpool. Series 2, episode 2. Michael Portillo begins this leg of his journey at Liverpool’s historic waterfront, where he visits the International Slavery Museum at Royal Albert Dock, before heading underground to discover one of the most important and secret rooms of the Second World War, the Royal Navy’s Western Approaches Headquarters. His next stop is Crosby on the Merseyside coastline in Sefton, before making his way north to Blackpool, the last stop on this leg of his journey.

Waterloo Road (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 23rd May 2023) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Kelly Jo’s makes a shocking revelation, causing problems for Nicky and her family and Amy finds herself infatuated with a colleague. Kim’s day goes from bad to worse after a conversation between her and Lindon is overheard before a meeting with the governors.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 24th May 2023)

Morecambe to Grange-Over-Sands. Series 2, episode 3. Michael Portillo continues his journey across the vast and beautiful Morecambe Bay, where he joins one of the town’s last shrimpers to find out how potter shrimp is made, From there, Michael makes his way to Arnside on the Furness Line, where he discovers a magnificently quirky 17th century garden, and across the Arnside viaduct, he reaches Cartmel and its 12th century priory and a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 25th May 2023)

Ulverston to Ravenglass. Series 2, episode 4. Michael Portillo travels though Cumbria, setting sail in a small craft on Lake Windermer with a lifelong devotee of Arthur Ransome’s children’s books Swallows and Amazons. At Barrow-in-Furness, Michael investigates the mountains of scrap left behind as iron ore was turned into ships, trains and railway tracks, and discovers researchers are exploring how slagbanks could contribute to reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 26th May 2023)

St Bees to Maryport. Series 2, episode 5. Michael Portillo embarks on the last leg of his railway journey around the north-west coast of England, visiting the childhood home of William Wordsworth in Cockermouth, Cumbria, and ending in Maryport, where the Solway Firth marks the border between England and Scotland.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 19/02/2022

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 20th February 2022)

The team rushes to the aid of the injured in the wake of a terrible tragedy that has devastated the Poplar community – but there is no news of whether Sister Julienne or Dr Turner have survived. A guilt-stricken Timothy goes in search of his father, while an oblivious Sister Higgins learns what of the catastrophic events occurring nearby while she is in the middle of a delivery.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 21st February 2022)

Michael Portillo crosses the Severn to begin a trip along the south coast of Wales, joining maintenance workers on a hair-raising secret railway high above the estuary. From Newport, Michael makes for Caerleon, where he discovers how its Roman history was eclipsed by the legend of King Arthur and his Round Table.

The Pennines: Backbone of Britain (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 21st February 2022)

A livestock auctioneer prepares for the biggest sale of his career so far, while a farmer in Ravenstonedale, Cumbria, uses goats’ milk to make products from cheese to soap. A mountain guide ensures that walkers attempting the gruelling 24-mile challenge of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks in under 12 hours make it to the end of their journey safely.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 22nd February 2022)

Michael Portillo continues his South Wales coastal railway journey in Barry Island, where he joins a Bristol pilot on his way to help guide a feeder container ship into port. Skirting the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, Michael alights at Llantwit Major to visit St Donat’s Castle, before reaching the pretty seaside resort of Porthcawl.

This is Going to Hurt (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:50pm | Tuesday 22nd February 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

A politician’s visit puts pressure on the already beleaguered workforce, especially head midwife Tracy, who has to organise the event while also doing her own job. Adam is preoccupied by a beloved older patient with cancer and Shruti suspects a pregnant woman is being abused by her partner, but struggles to get her alone. Away from work, Adam finally opens up to Harry. Comedy drama, starring Ben Whishaw.

Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 22nd February 2022)

Ben spends time with a multi-generational family in Oxfordshire who have left their conventional life behind and relocated to an empty plot of land which they have transformed. Ben learns about the obstacles the family have overcome and how they have spent two decades honing their skills and living off the land.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 23rd February 2022)

Michael Portillo’s coastal rail journey along the south coast of Wales reaches the town of Port Talbot, where he investigates how the steel industry is planning to decarbonise. Across the Bay, Michael arrives in The Mumbles, site of the world’s first passenger railway in 1807, before making his way from Gowerton to Burry Port and heading for the wild and blustery Pembrey Sands.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 24th February 2022)

Michael Portillo travels the rural coastline of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire in south Wales. From Carmarthen Bay, he tracks up the estuary and River Towy to the historic town of Carmarthen and Middleton Hall, home of Wales’s National Botanic Garden. There, Michael is on the trail of the quarter of a million honeybees that live in the garden.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 25th February 2022)

Michael Portillo reaches the most westerly station in Wales, on the final leg of his rail journey along its southern coastline. At Milford Haven, Michael learns from the Harbour Master about the biggest energy port in the United Kingdom, which has an oil refinery and storage terminals as well as natural gas terminals. Further along the estuary at Pembroke Dock, Michael visits a pioneering project to harness the power of the sea.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 25th February 2022)

The presenter visits the Peak District in the heart of England, famed for its striking landscapes and rolling hills. There Susan negotiates Segway tracks, rides a tram, braves the River Derwent, and scales the Heights of Abraham in a cable car.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 25th February 2022)

When a prestigious chess match ends in murder, the team members have to work out how and why the killing was carried out. Meanwhile, the Commissioner is confronted with his past by the very last person he was expecting to see.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 12/02/2022

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 13th February 2022)

An unforeseen event leaves Nonnatus House facing its biggest threat yet. Timothy returns home from university suffering from glandular fever, but is determined to resume his studies and resents his father’s interference. Sister Hilda comes to the aid of an expectant mother suffering from a painful condition, and Sister Frances supports a teenage mother who is facing moving out of foster care and living alone for the first time in her life.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 14th February 2022)

Michael Portillo sets off on the first leg of a trip from the Firth of Clyde to Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides, beginning with a visit to a nuclear power station on the Hunterston Peninsula. He then learns about Largs’ Viking past and admires one of the most beautiful railway stations in Britain at Wemyss Bay. The importance of ferries to connect western Scotland with its many islands becomes plain to Michael at Port Glasgow in the deep waters of the Clyde, where he visits Ferguson Marine, builders of Calmac ferries.
(Subtitles, Widescreen, Audio Described, New Episode, Series 1, Episode 16)

The Pennines: Backbone of Britain (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 14th February 2022)

Exploring the moors of Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. A group of friends take a boating holiday along one of the region’s great canals, including the longest tunnel in Europe.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 15th February 2022)

Michael Portillo continues his exploration of Scotland’s spectacular west coast from the Firth of Clyde to the Outer Hebrides. From the 250-year old ‘new town” of Helensburgh on the north bank of the Clyde, Michael takes his favourite West Highland Line across epic landscapes to Garelochhead and Ben Cruachan, and makes his way to Connel Bridge and the waters of Loch Etive.

This is Going to Hurt (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:50pm | Tuesday 15th February 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Adam struggles to recover from his mistake with Erika, making him extra vigilant at work. When he meets a patient who is playing down her abdominal pain, he is convinced she has a serious condition – but colleague Julian insists she is well and should be sent home, embarrassing Adam in front of Mr Lockhart.

Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 8th February 2022)

Ben journeys to one of Britain’s furthest outposts, the Shetland Islands, to meet Helen and Jason, a couple just a few years into their new life on the edge of the weather-beaten island of Yell. He discovers why they needed to escape the demands of urban life, and witnesses the obstacles they now face as they pursue their wildest dreams on this beautiful, historical and remote island.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 16th February 2022)

Onboard the West Highland Line, Michael Portillo explores the stunning scenery of Scotland’s west coast and islands as he heads to the Hebridean archipelago from the ferry terminal of Oban. On his way to the Isle of Mull, Michael watches eagerly for sea mammals in a stretch of water where many species of whales, dolphins and porpoises have been recorded, before checking out the daily catch in the fishing port of Tobermory. Later, Michael heads to the tiny Isle of Staffa, where he follows in the wake of a young Felix Mendelssohn, who was only 20-year-old when he set eyes on the volcanic sea cavern, Fingal’s Cave.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 17th February 2022)

Michael Portillo’s railway adventure reaches the west coast of Scotland where, aboard the Jacobite Express, he crosses the awe-inspiring Glenfinnan Viaduct. With his view of the curve of 21 arches built entirely of concrete, Michael and his fellow passengers are the envy of the crowds waving below. Spectacular engineering is in store for Michael in the Grampian mountains at Fort William, where he investigates the Lochaber Aluminium Works.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 18th February 2022)

Michael reaches the terminus of the West Highland Line at Mallaig, from where he follows in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie, over the sea to Skye. The island is renowned for wildlife and Michael seeks out one of its most spectacular residents, the sea eagle. He is lucky enough also to spot a school of dolphins.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 18th February 2022)

The presenter enjoys scenic views from the stunning shores of Loch Lochy. Susan spies some activity ahead – which turns out to be a spot of axe throwing, and local chap Woodman Tom is happy to give her a go. Susan’s last stop is in Glen Coe, where she takes learns to paddle-board.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 18th February 2022)

A reggae rap artist is shot dead at a soundcheck for a concert. Things prove uncomfortable for Marlon when he discovers a personal connection to the crime. Caribbean-set detective drama, starring Ralf Little, Don Warrington and Tahj Miles.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 05/02/2022

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 6th February 2022)

A black raven is found in the parlour. Sister Monica Joan fears it is a bad omen, and consults a clairvoyant for advice on what its appearance means for Nonnatus House. Lucille prepares for her first day back at work, but is clearly not coping well, despite the support of the team. Matthew discovers one of his warehouses is being used illegally by squatters, including a heavily pregnant women who refuses all prenatal care. Dr Turner attends a district health committee meeting on measles vaccination and hopes to increase uptake by running a pilot scheme in Poplar.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 7th February 2022)

Michael Portillo sets off from Tynemouth on the first leg of a trip to Berwick-upon-Tweed, hearing about of a 19th-century tragedy at sea that inspired 140 local men to set up a coastal rescue service. At Long Sands beach, Michael rolls up his sleeves to help volunteers caring for sick and injured seals at the Tynemouth Aquarium Seal Hospital.

The Pennines: Backbone of Britain (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 7th February 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Series exploring the mountain range and meeting people who live there. The first episode comes from the Peak District National Park, a popular destination for climbers.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 8th February 2022)

Michael Portillo heads from Newcastle to Lynemouth, and is intrigued to hear of its part in Newcastle’s early industrial development. En route, Michael travels through the huge Northumberland coalfield and, at Cramlington, he alights to visit an extraordinary work of landform art made from the spoil of a coalmine, the vast Northumberlandia, known as the Lady of the North.

This is Going to Hurt (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:50pm | Tuesday 8th February 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Comedy drama based on the bestselling book by Adam Kay, documenting his time as a junior doctor in obstetrics and gynaecology. In the first episode, Adam treats a racist pregnant woman, but head midwife Tracy is unimpressed with how he handles it. He manages to get out of work on time to attend his best friend’s stag do, but is immediately called back to the hospital to cover a staff shortage, abandoning his boyfriend Harry at the party.

AstraZeneca: A Vaccine for the World (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 8th February 2022)

BBC medical editor Fergus Walsh examines the inside story and extraordinary ambition behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Having reported on the vaccine since its early development, Fergus examines the challenges this jab faced in Europe and beyond, and asks if it fulfilled the original hopes of the scientists in Oxford.

Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 8th February 2022)

Ben journeys to one of Britain’s furthest outposts, the Shetland Islands, to meet Helen and Jason, a couple just a few years into their new life on the edge of the weather-beaten island of Yell. He discovers why they needed to escape the demands of urban life, and witnesses the obstacles they now face as they pursue their wildest dreams on this beautiful, historical and remote island.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 9th February 2022)

Michael Portillo explores the wild and rugged coastline of Northumberland by rail, beginning in Morpeth, where he finds an historic collection of Northumbrian bagpipes and discovers how difficult they are to play. The East Coast mainline delivers Michael to Widdrington and its long sandy bay, where a beachcombing blacksmith finds treasures to inspire artwork in steel.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 10th February 2022)

Michael Portillo travels the length of the Northumbrian coastline, with its glorious beaches and grandiose castles. In the village of Alnmouth he takes to the waves in a traditional skiff built by members of the Alnmouth Coastal Rowing Club. His last stop of the day is the mighty Bamburgh Castle.

Iain Robertson Rambles (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 10th February 2022)

For the final third of his 131-mile Speyside Way trek, Iain Robertson is joined by musician Paul Anderson and actor Joanne Gallagher as they celebrate everything from the river’s whisky tradition, fairy walks, and even one of his favourite Scottish landmarks.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 11th February 2022)

Michael Portillo’s rail trek along the coast of Northumberland continues towards the Farne Islands, takes in the holy island of Lindisfarne, and finishes in Britain’s northernmost town, Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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

Susan takes her campervan to the rolling countryside of the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, a part of the world known as Herriot Country, named after fictional vet James Herriot. He was a creation of a real Yorkshire vet – and Susan’s first stop is at his former home in Thirsk. Susan later heads to Linton in Craven, where she has her first Women’s Institute meeting.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 11th February 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

When a woman reports a murder and is then found strangled, the team is left wondering whether she was reporting her own murder. Brilliant-though-slightly neurotic detective Neville Parker attempts to lead this perplexing case. Caribbean-set detective drama, starring Ralf Little, Josephine Jobert and Don Warrington.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 29/01/2022

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 30th January 2022)

Trixie is assigned to help a crane driver who has been rendered paraplegic following a workplace accident, but whose determined wife refuses all offers of assistance. Nancy and Sister Frances are asked to give a talk to a class of primary school girls after several of them start their periods early. An encounter with an expectant mother leaves Lucille considering a career change, and Shelagh’s efforts to raise money for the playground cause chaos at Nonnatus House.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 31st January 2022)

Michael Portillo crosses the Culloden Viaduct aboard the Caledonian Sleeper to arrive bright and early in Inverness, from where he heads north on a magnificent scenic adventure to the Orkney archipelago. On boggy moorland overlooking the Moray Firth near Inverness, Michael explores the battlefield at Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army fought British Government troops in 1746.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 1st February 2022)

Michael Portillo travels by train north from Inverness to the Orkney Islands. Beginning on the Moray Firth, Michael admires the Cullen Viaduct then enjoys a bowl of Cullen skink at a family-run fishmonger of 150 years’ standing. In the factory smokery, he learns from the owner how the famous soup acquires its distinctive taste.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 2nd February 2022)

Michael Portillo’s Scottish coastal railway journey reaches Invergordon on the Cromarty Firth, the third great inlet on the northeast coast of the Highlands. He arrives on Britain’s northernmost railway, the Far North Line, and heads straight onto the water to explore a former oil drilling rig now moored in the firth.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 3rd February 2022)

The latest stage of Michael Portillo’s trek takes him past lochs and castles on the Far North Line to Britain’s northernmost railway station at Thurso. From Lairg on the banks of Loch Shin, Michael heads for a secret conservation area in the 18-mile-long loch to track down one of Scotland’s most elusive and endangered species, the freshwater pearl mussel.

Iain Robertson Rambles (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 3rd February 2022)

Having covered almost 50 miles of the Speyside Way source to sea walk, Iain Robertson is joined out of Dalraddy by his River City co-star Sally Howitt and surprises her with a trip on a steam train in Aviemore.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 4th February 2022)

From Britain’s northernmost station at Thurso in Caithness, Michael Portillo heads for the ferry port of Scrabster to cross the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Islands. Passing the Old Man of Hoy, Michael takes in stunning views of the Orkney archipelago and the rugged coastlines of its 70 islands.

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

The travel show returns with a trip to Devon, where Susan investigates a part of the coastline known as the English Riviera. She will discover intriguing places and inspiring sights on her 85-mile adventure, exploring shimmering seas, pristine beaches, and pretty harbours.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 4th February 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

When a young pop star is found dead at a rehab clinic, it initially looks like a tragic accident. However, Neville is convinced there’s more to her death than meets the eye. Caribbean detective drama, starring Ralf Little, Josephine Jobert and Don Warrington.

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