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UK TV programmes to watch this week : 11/04/2015

The Secret Life of the Pub - 16-04-2015  (YouView app)Britain’s Winter: Storm Heroes (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 12th April 2015)

With first-person footage from those facing the brunt of the weather, including rescuers on the frontline, this documentary tells the story of Britain’s ferocious winter weather. The programme witnesses the work of the rescue services, often manned by volunteers, battling wind, rain, snow and hail to reach those in danger. This winter saw Scotland battered by 113mph storm winds while the north of England faced freak snow drifts. Some of Britain’s biggest winter storms however were in the North Sea. For the 12-man crew of one emergency response and rescue vessel on call for oil platforms, hurricane force winds make for fearful conditions as they encountrer waves as high as 20 metres.

Secret Britain (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 15th April 2015)

Series exploring the hidden corners of the UK and revealing landscape secrets. In North Yorkshire, Adam Henson meets the farmer whose dad discovered a secret Roman villa while ploughing. Ellie Harrison tries to solve the puzzle behind Britain’s highest pub – why was the Tan Hill Inn built atop the moor, miles from the nearest customers? Adam discovers the remains of a forgotten glass-making industry, Ellie visits the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, a teenage boy whose ambition is to be become a gamekeeper shares his favourite secret places in the Yorkshire countryside, and Adam and Ellie’s journey reaches a climax with a hunt for Yorkshire’s finest view.

The Secret Life of the Pub (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:00pm | Thursday 16th April 2015)

The average British man spends a year and a half of his life in a pub. For many, it’s a place of sanctuary, somewhere to unwind and just be themselves, or, to quote one boisterous patron: ‘Women go to pubs to talk about their problems. Men go to pubs to get away from them.’ The Lord Nelson, a traditional boozer in London’s East End, has been rigged with cameras to see what men really say when women are not around and they’re not on their best behaviour. Expect plenty of witty banter, a little argy-bargy and an end-of-night drunken sing-along. This fresh, funny and engaging documentary meets a diverse mixture of men.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 17th April 2015)

Regular team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop are joined by guest host Victoria Coren Mitchell and guest panellists Alun Cochrane and Lord Prescott.

Slow Train Through Africa with Griff Rhys-Jones (itv/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 17th April 2015)

Griff Rhys Jones attempts five remarkable train journeys across the world’s most spectacular continent, Africa. In episode two, Griff attempts to zigzag his way across 1,200 miles through Kenya and Tanzania. The journey proves a challenge, with large sections of the railways relics from colonial days. Boarding a vintage steam locomotive built in Glasgow, Griff begins his journey on the high plateau of south west Kenya. Built by the British, this railway became the backbone of a colony and Griff visits a cattle ranch established by an English aristocrat a century ago. The climate of the Kenyan highlands is pleasant enough for Griff to go for a run, and he meets two young athletes who are aiming to compete in major international competitions. In Nairobi, he finds the very railway carriage which was the scene of one of the country’s most gruesome tales – the man-eating lions of Tsavo.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 04/04/2015

Great Canal Journeys - 05-04-2015  (YouView app)Caribbean with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 5th April 2015)

Simon begins his journey on the remote Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, a country on the brink of monumental change. It will soon be split in two by the world’s biggest construction project: a new transoceanic waterway set to rival the Panama Canal. Simon visits the Rama-Kriol people who face losing their ancestral homes and meets the city-dwellers who believe the canal will bring prosperity and wealth to the country. In Honduras, Simon dives the crystal waters of the world’s second-largest barrier reef and conducts an unusual underwater experiment. Back on shore, Simon discovers Hondurans living in the grip of some of the most violent criminal gangs in the world. San Pedro Sula, the country’s second city, has the world’s highest murder rate. Simon’s journey ends in the stunning Jamaica, where he discovers a country confronting its violent reputation head-on. Here, he spends time with young people who have rejected gang life, offering a model of hope for future generations.

Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 5th April 2015)

The concluding episode of series two is set against the stunning backdrop of some of central Scotland’s most glorious countryside, as Timothy West and Prunella Scales travel along the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal. The coast to coast adventure starts in Edinburgh and concludes in Glasgow, taking in Scotland’s highest aqueduct and longest canal tunnel, some monumental sculpture, history stretching all the way back to the Romans, and a Scottish love affair from long ago. The two canals feature some striking examples of 21st century engineering and illustrate the potential for the restoration of the nation’s waterways, ensuring their long-term future.

More Tales From Northumberland with Robson Green (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Monday 6th April 2015)

Robson Green returns to his home county of Northumberland, uncovering more hidden gems of one of the most beautiful parts of England. In this episode, he joins shepherdess Emma Gray and goes in search of the Cheviot wild goat, then visits Wallington Hall where he learns the stories behind its incredible Pre-Raphaelite artwork. He pays a call on the Charlton Family whose ancestors were the most feared clan of the border country in medieval times, and learns how they have turned their grand country hall into a family home. Robson ends the programme fishing for salmon with George Purvis, the last fisherman on the Tweed to still use the ancient method of net and coble boat.

Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Friday 10th April 2015)

Series in which John Sergeant sets off on a rich and colourful voyage along the eight best canal journeys Britain has to offer, exploring their extraordinary stories as he goes. In the last of the series, John travels along the Grand Union – Britain’s longest canal – discovering fun characters and places en route and enjoying a delightful, if leisurely, trip from Brum to the very centre of London.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 10th April 2015)

The satirical news quiz returns. Regular team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop are joined by guest host Daniel Radcliffe.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 01/11/2014

Gareth's All Star Choi - 03-11-2014 (YouView app)Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 8:15pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 1st November 2014)

In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn. Missy is about to come face to face with the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming. ‘Death is not an end’, promises the sinister organisation known only as 3W – but, as the Doctor and Clara discover, they might wish it was.

Speed with Guy Martin (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 2nd November 2014)

Speed junkie, motorcycle racer and lorry mechanic Guy Martin loves pushing the boundaries of speed in search of a buzz. He takes on four new speed-based challenges in the second series of Speed with Guy Martin. Guy wants to find out what makes things go fast by getting his hands dirty in a range of unique engineering projects. To do this, he has to harness cutting-edge science, learn new skills and call on the support of the best of Britain’s design and engineering talent. Guy visits the USA, where he hopes to win at one of America’s oldest races: the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb. In this annual contest, known as The Race to the Clouds, riders compete against the clock on a gruelling mountainside track that finishes over 4000 metres above sea level.

Gareth’s All Star Choir (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 3rd November 2014)

Choirmaster Gareth Malone brings together an array of untrained voices from the world of television, sport and theatre to release the official 2014 BBC Children in Need single. Actresses Alison Steadman and Linda Robson sing alongside EastEnders actor Nitin Ganatra and Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood. Also searching for their inner songbird are Countryfile’s John Craven, Blue Peter’s Radzi Chinyanganya, Bake Off co-host Mel Giedroyc and comedian Jo Brand. Fabrice Muamba and Maggie ‘The Machine’ Alphonsi join the choir from the world of football and rugby respectively, and the line-up is completed by Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine and actor Larry Lamb. In the first of this two-part documentary, Gareth assembles his motley choir, and the challenge he faces becomes abundantly clear.

Waterloo Road (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 5th November 2014)

School-based drama. Gabriella Wark returns to school to find some students determined to make her life difficult. Hector finds an ally in Sue, while Allie feels unnerved as Vaughan and the boys get ready to visit Olga on her birthday.

Great Continental Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 5th November 2014)

Michael Portillo sets off with his 1913 guide to journey through Russia. Among the onion domes and icons of Tula, Michael is moved by the sound of a Russian Orthodox choir. He visits the country estate of Yasnaya Polyana, where Tolstoy wrote his masterpieces. Striking north, Michael boards the train which runs from the Caspian Sea to Moscow. In Moscow, Michael hears how thousands of Russians journeyed to the capital in 1913 to mark the Romanov royal family’s tercentenary year. At the Bolshoi Theatre, he performs an important role in one of Russia’s most dramatic operas. Aboard the high speed Sapsan to St Petersburg, Michael discovers the history behind the line, once the longest double-tracked railway in the world, he then explores the beauty and history of St Petersburg and rides the first railway ever built in Russia. Michael meets Martin Sixsmith to discover how the strikes, mutinies and massacres of the Russian Revolution unfolded and the part the railways played in those events.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 5th November 2014)

Kevin McCloud returns to Devon for an update on one of the most inspirational builds Grand Designs has ever witnessed. Marine Captain Jon White and wife Becky were living happily in a small cottage in Devon when in June 2010, while serving in Afghanistan, Jon stepped on an improvised explosive device. He lost both legs and his right arm. Every part of his and Becky’s lives had to change – starting with where they could live. Their architect came up with a cutting edge, semi open plan building with a dramatic wing-like-roof – but crucially it was to be without noticeable adaptations for Jon’s disabilities. It was an ambitious design, and despite the help of a number of military charities and a capable team of builders, Jon was already under severe pressure to finish the house, when news came that Becky was pregnant. Has the new home proved as enabling for Jon, Becky and their expanding family as they’d hoped?

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 6th November 2014)

The series that celebrates ingenious and eccentric small builds continues as George and Will Hardy struggle to bring ancient Roman technology back to life and the build on their log cabin in the wilderness begins in earnest. The road trip around Italy takes in possibly the coolest fire station in the world. George meets David Moreton, a former Paralympic swimmer hoping to transform an old air ambulance into an amazing amphibious crashpad for when he’s on the road for his charity fund raising tours. And DIY enthusiasts Ben and Michelle want to build a summerhouse for free using hundreds of disused shipping pallets.

Underground Britain (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 6th November 2014)

Documentary series in which engineer Rob Bell explores the subterranean world beneath our feet. In this episode, Rob explores two natural wonders in the Yorkshire Dales – a mile of caves and one of Britain’s deepest potholes. In Stockport, Rob learns how its unique geology made it the perfect spot to build the country’s largest air-raid shelter and he discovers the incredible depths that are being plumbed to retrieve agricultural fertiliser.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 7th November 2014)

The popular satirical news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Jo Brand and guest panellists including Richard Osman.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 25/10/2014

Speed with Guy Martin - 26-10-2014 (YouView app)Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 8:20pm to 9:05pm | Saturday 25th October 2014)

One morning in every city and town in the world, the human race wakes up to face the most surprising invasion yet. Everywhere, in every land, a forest has grown overnight and taken back the Earth. It doesn’t take the Doctor long to discover that the final days of humanity have arrived.

Speed with Guy Martin (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 26th October 2014)

Speed junkie, motorcycle racer and lorry mechanic Guy Martin loves pushing the boundaries of speed in search of a buzz. He returns with a second series of Speed with Guy Martin, taking on four new speed-based challenges. From racing a motorbike at altitude to trying to break the speed record for a hovercraft, Guy wants to find out what makes things go fast by getting his hands dirty in a range of unique engineering projects.

Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands (BBC 1 Scotland/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 27th October 2014)

Paul Murton sets out to experience island life on the myriad of islands that lie off the Scottish coast. In this final episode, he visits the ‘Atlantic Twin’ islands of Coll and Tiree. Paul begins his journey on Coll, where he meets the charismatic owner of Breachacha Castle, who runs a charity on the island encouraging young volunteers to work there. Paul then heads for Tiree, which boasts one of the best sunshine records in the UK but is also one of the stormiest places in Europe. Paul discovers some of the interesting ways in which resourceful locals harness the island’s assets, before taking a boat trip out to the lighthouse on the rocky outcrop of Skerryvore.

Waterloo Road (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 29th October 2014)

Rhiannon takes pride in the virtual-baby project, but Darren can’t understand why she is taking it so seriously. Carol spots an opportunity to exploit the school when she fakes an injury, but will Vaughan see through her scheming ways?

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 29th October 2014)

Kevin McCloud returns to a unique Japanese-Welsh fusion home in the Wye Valley, completely transformed from a damp old forester’s house in 2013. Tamayo Hussey has missed Japan ever since she moved to the UK 15 years ago with her husband Nigel. To stave off the homesickness they decided to transform a tired old 60s forester’s lodge into a one-of-a-kind Japanese house – complete with Japanese roof bath, tatami room and paper sliding walls. Kevin finds out how this somewhat improvised building weathered one of the wettest winters on record and if it has brought the calm and tranquillity Tamayo remembers from her childhood in Japan to Wales.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 30th October 2014)

George meets the man trying to build the first UFO-styled pre-fabricated Futuro house seen in this country for half a century, but with the kit in 16 pieces, he struggles to bring this retro vision of the future back to life. George meets a woman trying to build a magical garden room using techniques hundreds of years old, including earth, sand, straw and even human hair. George’s Italian road trip takes him to a traditional old village, where he discovers the most modern of houses with an extraordinary design featuring a floating swimming pool. And, as George and Will get down to work on their wilderness retreat, there’s a close shave for George as a 50-year-old oak is felled a little bit too close for comfort.

Underground Britain (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 30th October 2014)

Documentary series in which engineer Rob Bell explores the subterranean world beneath our feet. In this episode, Rob explores beneath the green and pleasant land of central England from Mansfield to Buckinghamshire, with a diversion over to East Anglia. Under the city of Nottingham Rob explores the largest system of man-made caves in the country, before uncovering a bloody secret below a humble back garden. In Norfolk he learns about Britain’s first industry that was established 5,000 years ago and he also explores an 18th Century den of debauchery below ground level in Buckhamshire.

Life Story (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 30th October 2014)

David Attenborough explores how animals attempt to overcome the challenges that face them at each of the six crucial stages of life as they strive towards ultimate success – passing on their genes. This episode follows animals as they grow up in the adult world, developing new skills and learning how to survive on their own. A tiger cub grows up in a dangerous society. She needs the support of both parents if she is to become an independent adult, but the appearance of a rival to her father may change everything. The veined octopus spends almost all of its time feeding as it races towards adulthood, but this leaves it exposed to predators. In order to protect itself it searches for bits of discarded coconut shell that fit neatly together. Then it uses them as protective armor. A pair of young cheetah siblings are in a race against starvation. They can only survive by working together to bring down big prey for the first time – an impala weighing more than both cheetahs put together.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 31st October 2014)

The popular satirical news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Damian Lewis and guest panellists Andy Hamilton and Roisin Conaty.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 18/10/2014

Gunpowder 5/11: The Greatest Terror Plot (YouView app)Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 8:25pm to 9:10pm | Saturday 18th October 2014)

Separated from the Doctor, Clara discovers a new menace from another dimension. But how do you hide when even the walls are no protection? With people to save and the Doctor trapped, Clara goes against an enemy that exists beyond human perception.

Casualty (BBC 1/HD | 9:10pm to 10:00pm | Saturday 18th October 2014)

A man dies from a mysterious injury, leaving Connie wondering whether she missed something, and Cal and Ethan discover a rare virus that connects two patients.

Bad Education (BBC 3/HD | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 21st October 2014)

It is the summer term and Alfie Wickers is back as the self-styled maverick of Abbey Grove. With exams over it’s careers advice day for Form K, but it is Alfie who makes the biggest decision of all when he realises he can’t go on teaching without his beloved class and quits Abbey Grove. Fraser is devastated to lose his best friend and takes the news badly. Alfie reveals he has landed himself a job at the Playstation factory and cannot be tempted back despite Gulliver and his class begging him to return. But will the truth about Alfie’s new job be exposed and will they manage to convince him to return to Abbey Grove? And who will be crowned prom king and queen?

Waterloo Road (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 22nd October 2014)

Nicola Stephenson, Neil Pearson, Max Bowden, Zebb Dempster, Leo Flanagan, Sammy Oliver. School-based drama. It’s the launch of Waterloo Road’s big community initiative and Vaughan is desperate for the day to go without a hitch. But with Lisa and Shaznay causing mischief and tensions with George at boiling point, can the new head pull it off?

Gunpowder 5/11: The Greatest Terror Plot (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 22nd October 2014)

For the first time, the inner secrets of the gunpowder plotters are dramatised using the actual words of their most senior captured leader Thomas Wintour, Guy Fawkes and state interrogators investigating the 18-month conspiracy in which a family circle of militant Catholic gentlemen tried to blow up King and Parliament. Wintour’s insider account of this epic tale of faith, fanaticism, persecution and betrayal is told in detail, from his recruitment of both Fawkes and his own brother, to his capture in a dramatic siege and bloody shoot out on November 8th. The hopes, fears and plans for a Midlands rebellion, royal kidnap, the plotters’ penetration of the King’s bodyguard and Fawkes’ attendance, sword in hand, at a wedding attended by the King in December 1604 are shown, as well as a dramatisation of the thrilling, forgotten story of the final days after 5/11 as the conspirators are hunted down and then face the terrible punishments reserved for traitors.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 22nd October 2014)

Kevin McCloud returns to an astonishing restoration project in the heart of France. Back in 2003, when Denise Daniel and Doug Ibbs gave up everything in the UK to start a new life in a remote part of central France, they couldn’t have known what was ahead of them. Most people would have regretted falling in love with a massive, dilapidated manor house with just four crumbling walls and half a roof, but not Doug and Deni. This impressive, extraordinary and utterly determined couple rolled up their sleeves and slogged away day and night, doing everything themselves, year after year, until slowly but surely they created a magnificent edifice out of the ruins they bought off the internet. It’s now the 70th anniversary of the destruction of the original 19th century manor house by the German army and the house is finally finished. Kevin returns to find out how Denise and Doug have got on, and how they’ve written the next chapter for a house with a remarkable history.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 23rd October 2014)

The series celebrating ingenious and eccentric small builds returns. In this opening episode, George meets a man who bought the wreck of a £20 million private jet for just £4,000 and plans to transform it into the ultimate crash pad for him and his wife. There’s also a gypsy tattoo artist who swapped his truck for an old railway carriage, which he hopes to turn into a home for him and his two children for only £7000. George teams up once again with master craftsman Will Hardie to hand build a woodland retreat for less than the price of a family holiday. And he heads to Italy to see some incredible spaces, starting with one so high up in the mountains that it’s only accessible by helicopter and features one of the best views in the world.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 24th October 2014)

The popular satirical news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Victoria Coren Mitchell and panellists including Katherine Ryan.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 11/10/2014

Waterloo Road - 15-10-2014 (YouView app)Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 8:35pm to 9:20pm | Saturday 11th October 2014)

The Doctor is on the most beautiful train in history, speeding among the stars of the future. But a deadly creature is stalking the passengers. Once you see the horrifying mummy, you only have 66 seconds to live. No exceptions, no reprieve. As the Doctor races against the clock, he is seen at his deadliest and most ruthless.

Guy Martin’s Spitfire (Channel 4/HD | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 12th October 2014)

The Supermarine Spitfire was Britain’s most successful fighter plane and remains an iconic symbol of Britain’s resistance during the Second World War. In May 1940, while covering the retreat from Dunkirk, a Mark 1 Spitfire flown by RAF ace Squadron Leader Geoffrey Stephenson was shot down and crash-landed on a beach in northern France, where it slowly sank into the sand. The wreckage was finally recovered in the 1980s and stored anonymously in France for more than 20 years. In this special documentary, Guy Martin – speed junkie, motorcycle racer, lorry mechanic and Spitfire fanatic – joins a restoration team as it embarks on a two-year rebuild of this Spitfire. This extraordinary project provides a look at the amazing engineering and skills involved in building the aircraft, and is also a fitting homage to the bravery of everyone involved in its service: the male and female factory workers, the ground crews and the pilots.

Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 13th October 2014)

Paul Murton sets out to experience island life on the myriad of islands that lie off the Scottish coast. In this edition, he visits a little-known string of islands off the west coast of Oban, starting with island of Kerrera. Paul learns of Kerrera’s vital part as a base for the RAF’s Seaplane Squadron during WWII, where the Sunderland seaplanes took off from to provide air cover to convoys during the Battle of the Atlantic. He then crosses the renowed ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’ on the mainland to get to Easdale. Here he discovers the role that this island’s quarries, and those of its neighbours Luing and Belnahua, played in building Britain’s empire and reviews how little life has changed on the island. His final destination is Eileach an Naoimh, one of the Garvallach islands, home to the oldest Christian burial site in Scotland, and believed to be the final resting place of Saint Columba’s mother.

Bad Education (BBC 3/HD | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 14th October 2014)

It is the summer term and Alfie Wickers is back as the self-styled maverick of Abbey Grove. Fraser discovers that Alfie never passed his biology GCSE, so Alfie must go back to school himself to be taught by Gulliver and sit the exam with his own class. It should be the perfect opportunity to prove to Gulliver that he can motivate his class and lead by example, but Alfie decides there is only one real option: cheating. But, with the revelation that the notorious invigilator Mr Hewston will be overseeing the exam, it becomes clear that this is going to be a battle of wits. Meanwhile Martin Wickers is babysitting his girlfriend’s dog and Fraser is organising the end-of-exam skip party.

Waterloo Road (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 15th October 2014)

A new family arrive at Waterloo Road and immediately shake things up both in and out of the classroom. Dominant and forward-thinking, Vaughan Fitzgerald has all the makings of the dynamic headteacher the school needs, while his confident partner Allie takes the reins of the art department. But their professional veneer just might be tested as their warring children’s behaviour threatens to spill out into the classroom. Christine vows to help Darren with his desperate situation at home but neither are prepared for the shocking scene that awaits when they try to confront his mother. George has been bled dry by Carol over the summer and pledges to make a change. He soon finds out why no one messes with a Barry and gets away with it.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 15th October 2014)

Andy and Nicki Bruce are desperate to live on the River Thames, but worried about the ever-present dangers of flooding. They want to build an amphibious or ‘floating’ house, the first of its kind in the UK. Their architect has come up with an ambitious, experimental design that will see the whole house magically rise up with the flood waters. This clever engineering solution has never been tried on a river bank in Britain and no one knows whether it will work. The Bruces decide to build on a site on a small island in the river. Budgeted at £1.2m, the bold, if slightly bonkers, plan is to dig down deep below the water line to create a concrete dock in which a three-storey concrete-hulled home can rest. But it’s not long before the project becomes bogged down in the logistical challenges of building such a complex design on a small island that is only accessible via a narrow footbridge.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 17th October 2014)

The popular satirical news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Frank Skinner and panellists Sara Pascoe and Nick Robinson.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 04/10/2014

Bad Education - 07-10-2014 (YouView app)Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:15pm | Saturday 4th October 2014)

In the near future, the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the moon. Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack and a terrible dilemma. When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life.

Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 6th October 2014)

Paul Murton sets out to experience island life on the myriad of islands that lie off the Scottish coast. In this edition, he visits two islands of the Inner Hebrides, Gigha and Jura. He begins his journey at the Achamore Gardens on Gigha, which were created by millionaire Colonel Sir James Horlick in the 1930s. Sir James loved Gigha’s mild climate so much that he bought the island and made it his home. Today Gigha is owned by the community and many of its residents are incomers attracted by the opportunity to begin a new island life on this small and fertile place. His next destination is the rugged Jura, which, despite being one of Scotland’s largest islands, houses just 200 people alongside thousands of deer. He takes a boat trip to the north of the island to experience the infamous Corryvreckan whirlpool, which nearly claimed the life of George Orwell, before visiting the remote Glen Garrisdale Bay and getting a lesson in how to cut peat.

Bad Education (BBC 3/HD | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 7th October 2014)

It is the summer term and Alfie Wickers is back as the self-styled maverick of Abbey Grove. Martin Wickers’s attempts to teach Alfie to drive end in disaster when they run over the school caretaker. Alfie and his class start fundraising for the caretaker’s urgent surgery. However, when the school bully Grayson is transferred to Alfie’s class, it soon becomes clear that their noble intentions might be difficult with him around. Soon Alfie and his class find themselves no longer leading a charitable enterprise, but being taken on a joyride in a stolen ambulance. Fraser has taken up pole dancing and sees the fundraiser as the perfect opportunity to demonstrate his skills.

Our Zoo (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 8th October 2014)

Drama series based on the true story of the Mottershead family who, in the face of staunch opposition and huge personal sacrifice, founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s. The family’s last chance is to convince a visiting inspector from the Ministry of Health to overturn the council ban on a zoo at Oakfield. But when the nets of the aviary are slashed, George begins to lose his grip on the case – and his self-control. Concerned he might throw their last chance away, Lizzie reaches out for legal help, which comes at a cost. The high emotion of the hearing sees a hidden truth tumbling out for Reverend Webb, which helps tip the balance. An inspection of the zoo is held but the final decision could take weeks.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 8th October 2014)

Natasha Cargill wants to build a home shaped like two enormous periscopes in rural Norfolk. To get planning permission, she has to ensure not only that the materials used are sustainable, but also agree to measure the transportation used to deliver them. The planning controls are so rigid in fact that even details like the type of portaloos the builders use and the size of her bath have to be monitored. If the strict criteria are not met, Natasha won’t be allowed to live there. Natasha has just £330k to spend on construction and just six months to complete. It’s not long before the pressure to not just complete the house, but meet the numerous planning constraints, starts to take its toll.

Danny MacAskill – Riding the Ridge (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only |7:30pm to 8:00pm | Friday 10th October 2014)

Documentary following Scottish cyclist Danny MacAskill as he attempts to capture his performance on and around the dramatic Black Cuillin mountain range on Skye, where he and his crew endured long treks and tricky terrain over the 10-day shoot.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 10th October 2014)

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Sue Perkins and guest panellists.

Big School (BBC 1/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Friday 10th October 2014)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. Unnatural disaster strikes Miss Postern’s classroom when Mr Barber spends the night there. Fortunately Mr Church is more than happy to come to her aid. With Barber now homeless, it falls on the reluctant Mr Gunn to put a roof over his head, but how will his mum react to her new house guest? Mr Church and Miss Postern discover that sharing does not come naturally to either of them, while Mr Gunn learns that sometimes people can share too much.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 27/09/2014

Our Zoo - 01-10-2014 (YouView app)Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:15pm | Saturday 27th September 2014)

Science fiction series about the adventures of an alien time-traveller, known as The Doctor. He explores space and time, solving problems and righting wrongs.

Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 29th September 2014)

Far from the Madding Crowd. Paul Murton sets out to experience island life on the myriad of islands that lie off the Scottish coast. In this edition, he explores the Isle of Mull and its satellites to discover why they have boltholes from the freneticism of modern life. He begins his journey on the tidal island of Erraid which inspired writer Robert Louis Stevenson before heading to the Ulva, the final resting place of Lachlan McQuarrie, one of the first governors of New South Wales and the man credited as the father of Australia. Paul then explores Mull in the company of rally driver Louise Thomas, who frequently competes in the renowned Mull Rally. On the mysterious island of Inch Kenneth, he discovers how Nazi sympathiser Unity Mitford, from the Mitford family that once owned the island, was sent there to recuperate from a self-inflicted shooting during the War. His final destination is the remote Treshnish Islands where he enjoys a spot of puffin therapy.

The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 30th September 2014)

Documentary series following the workers who keep the traffic flowing on one of the busiest stretches of road in Britain, where the country’s longest motorway, the M6, meets four other major routes. This episode looks at the work of the highways agency, motorway police and other agencies making the nation’s motorways safer and explores the environmental, economic and emotional costs of accidents that occur on Britain’s motorways.

Bad Education (BBC 3/HD | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 30th September 2014)

It is the summer term and Alfie Wickers is back as the self-styled maverick of Abbey Grove. It is Abbey Grove’s sports day and Fraser has hired the most inappropriate new sports teacher to oversee events – Preet. Alfie sees this as the perfect opportunity to challenge Miss Gulliver’s ex-boyfriend to an endurance event, which Preet offers to design.

Our Zoo (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 1st October 2014)

Drama series based on the true story of the Mottershead family who, in the face of staunch opposition and huge personal sacrifice, founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s. The devastating news that planning permission for the zoo has been denied threatens to tear the family apart and destroy George’s dream. However, Lady Katherine’s connections in Whitehall give the family a lifeline. She and George embark on a trip to London to convince the deputy minister of health to grant an appeal, while the family deal with a shocking new arrival at Oakfield.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 1st October 2014)

Tracy Fox and her husband Steve want to build an ‘urban shed’, featuring two studios, three bedrooms and a double-height space with a walkway, made out of industrial-style materials, including corrugated cement fibre board and 20-foot panels of polycarbonate sheeting. All the basic building materials are to be left deliberately rough and exposed, with inside walls sporting naked breeze block. Having discovered an old milk yard tucked away behind some flats and shops in south east London, their long-held desire to build a highly unconventional family home and workspace begins. But the choice of unorthodox materials proves challenging and costly. The yard remains untouched for over a year until they meet Romas and Remi, a young firm of builders, who boldly decide to take on the challenge of building it for just £300k. As the shed-like house takes shape, Tracy and Steve are determined to keep faith with the minimalist industrial design they’ve set their hearts on.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30p0m | Friday 3rd October 2014)

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Jennifer Saunders and guest panellists Armando Iannucci and Peter Bone MP.

Big School (BBC 1/HD |9:30pm to 10:00pm | Friday 3rd October 2014)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. When a popular member of staff passes away at Greybridge School, it takes all of the ingenuity of Mr Gunn, Mr Church and Mr Barber, as well as a wheelie bin and a ride-on lawnmower to get the deceased to their maker. Meanwhile Miss Postern thinks she has found the perfect poster boy for her Stand Up to Bullies campaign when disabled pupil Dean starts at the school. However things are not as simple as they seem.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 24/05/2014

50 Years of BBC Two Comedy (YouView app screenshot)50 Years of BBC Two Comedy (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 11:00pm | Saturday 24th May 2014)

As part of BBC Two’s 50th birthday celebrations, the channel has a two-hour comedy extravaganza lined up. Featuring some of the greatest names in comedy, this packed programme showcases the channel’s remarkable output over the last 50 years. From The Likely Lads and Not Only… But Also in its first year in 1964, up to W1A and Rev. today, this is a romp through the funniest bits of BBC Two.

All Aboard: East Coast Trains (Pick TV | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 25th May 2014)

Stress levels rise as staff members face the last day of the Premier League football season. Plus, a radio problem causes chaos for hundreds of passengers.

Commonwealth City (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 10:40pm to 11:40pm | Monday 26th May 2014)

Documentary following the fortunes of some of the residents in the deprived Dalmarnock area of Glasgow in the aftermath of the successful bid to host the Commonwealth Games. The manager of the Dalmarnock community centre begins a campaign to secure a stake of Games legacy for her local community after she learns that the council will not be rebuilding a replacement centre following the Games. Steven’s future looks uncertain when his job working on the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome comes to an end. And Darren receives some devastating news.

Coast Australia (BBC 2/HD | 9:10pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 28th May 2014)

Series exploring Australia’s coastline. Neil Oliver begins a stunning journey through the world’s largest coral reef in the hands of the Australian Navy, sailing in the wake of James Cook. Brendan Moar uncovers the living history of Australia’s hidden slave trade. Xanthe Mallett dives a spectacular wreck in search of answers about its calamitous sinking. And Tim Flannery is granted rare access to a scientific research zone to examine coral history.

Clydebuilt: The Ships That Made the Commonwealth (BBC 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 29th May 2014)

Documentary series in which David Hayman explores the stories of four ships built on the river Clyde, that helped forge links with countries throughout the Commonwealth of Nations. He travels to Australia to uncover the links the Cutty Sark forged with this Commonwealth country and to reflect on her legacy. It’s a story of adventure, money, mutiny and murder. Ravaged by fire in 2007, the Cutty Sark has been restored and today stands as a testament to the craftsmanship and ingenuity of Scottish ship designers.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 30th May 2014)

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Alexander Armstrong and guest panellists Victoria Coren Mitchell and Joe Wilkinson.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 17/05/2014

Coast Australia (YouView app screenshot)Museums at Night (BBC 2/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Saturday 17th May 2014)

Will Gompertz celebrates Museums at Night, a three-day festival of museums and galleries from St Ives to Orkney that throw open their doors till late, showcase their collections and party! At the National Museum of Scotland Will hears a pop-up opera, visits a silent disco and enjoys a gramophone DJ set. Discussing the exciting renaissance of our museums and galleries, historian and presenter Bettany Hughes, head of London’s South Bank Centre Jude Kelly, Google’s Amit Sood and actor Mat Fraser also enjoy live music, aerial performances and the museum’s amazing collection, all under the watchful gaze of Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal! There are also short films showcasing Museums at Night events across the country.

All Aboard: East Coast Trains (Pick TV | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 18th May 2014)

Our journey continues with a look at how well staff members get along. Plus, a troupe of dancers surprise commuters with an impromptu platform performance.

Britain’s Most Extreme Weather (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 19th May 2014)

Is Britain now hotter than ever? Alex Beresford examines the science and the history of our weather to find out. Alex learns about the dangers of heatwaves, when extreme hot weather can shut down transport, damage crops and give people heat exhaustion. Alex experiences the dangers of rising temperatures when he endures a simulated heatwave. The programme examines the severe heatwave of 2003, which killed around 2000 people in Britain, when temperatures hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the South East.

Watermen: A Dirty Business (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 20th May 2014)

Series focusing on the men and women who take our calls, come to unblock the drains and keep the sewage flowing. The final episode in the series begs the question, who would flush a pair of designer underpants and how big can a fatberg be? For Chris and Mark a pair of pants is just one of many treats they get on a weekly basis as they maintain Lennox Gate Pumping Station in Blackpool. Whilst, over in Davyhulme, Scott and Wayne face an estimated 100-tonne fatberg, an eye watering sight and smell but all in a day’s work for the lads who handle these gut-wrenching jobs.

King’s Cross: Inferno on the Tube (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 21st May 2014)

Documentary series detailing minute by minute the events leading up to a disasters and atrocities. This episode looks at the evening in November 1987 when a giant fireball engulfed the ticket hall at King’s Cross, one of London’s busiest underground stations. The fire was caused by a discarded match or cigarette setting alight a wooden escalator, but the inadequate infrastructure of the station meant that it quickly escalated into an inferno which killed 31 people. The programme features interviews with, among others, Daemonn Brody, who was there at the moment of the disaster, Sharon O’Neill, a London Transport officer who helped to rescue a number of people and journalist Lindsay Taylor who was close to the scene of the accident.

Coast Australia (BBC 2/HD | 9:10pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 21st May 2014)

Series exploring Australia’s coastline. Across the glittering waters of Sydney, Neil Oliver explores the network of fortification to protect ‘Fortress Sydney’, and discovers how close the city came to being taken in the Second World War. Xanthe Mallett discovers some ingenious DIY, as she learns how to make building mortar out of oyster shells. Tim Flannery reveals the geological secrets of the city’s vast and sprawling harbour, and unlocks the riddle of the rivers that had Captain Phillip baffled in 1788. Brendan Moar examines the Sydney Harbour Bridge, an international icon in engineering and design, while Emma Johnston hunts for tropical fish in Sydney’s temperate and diverse harbour.

Heston’s Great British Food (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 22nd May 2014)

In the final episode of the series, Heston gives the classic British afternoon tea a very special twist, conjuring something the Mad Hatter himself would be proud of. Heston does his own take on the Victoria sandwich cake. Inspired by a visit to Wedgwood fine china manufacturers, Heston makes an edible cake stand out of sponge. He adds some ‘sandwich’ cakes that look like smoked salmon and cream cheese, but are in fact sweet cakes made from Earl Grey sponge and blood orange pâté de fruit. For tea, Heston brews a Darjeeling and hedgerow infusion and cucumber sandwich tea leaves. There’s also a sandwich casino inside a beautiful country house in Staffordshire, where the guests are able to eat the playing cards, casino chips and even the gambling table. And there’s one last surprise, with a chocolate teapot that pours Earl Grey chocolate tea.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 23rd May 2014)

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Kirsty Young and guest panellists including Ross Noble.

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

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