Tag: How the Victorians Built Britain

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 25/01/2020

Top Gear - 26-01-2020 - YouView appHow the Victorians Built Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Saturday 25th January 2020)

Michael Buerk discovers how the Victorians spent their leisure time, heading to Blackpool to learn how the seaside mini-break was transformed from a perk of the wealthy to a British institution. He steps onto one of the town’s famous piers to learn how, thanks to architect and civil engineer Eugenius Birch, these humble loading aids became entertainment hubs. Michael also hears how a rivalry between two showbusiness giants resulted in some of the area’s most glorious architecture and how the advent of electricity fuelled the town’s tourist industry, via its world famous illuminations.

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 26th January 2020)

Sister Julienne volunteers to put up four trainee doctors at Nonnatus House while they undertake the practical aspect of their obstetrics diploma, hoping the exercise will remind the council how vital the home is to the community and help remove the threat of demolition. There is a lot of excitement about the new arrivals and the doctors don’t disappoint. On his CDC rounds, Fred comes across a street marked for demolition, with one house clearly showing signs of life. Period drama, starring Jenny Agutter.

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 26th January 2020)

Paddy McGuiness, Chris Harris and Freddie Flintoff go on a road trip in a trio of affordable second-hand convertibles. On the test track, Chris puts the new Ariel Atom through its paces, while Freddie goes bungee jumping off a dam in an old Rover.

Fish Town (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 27th January 2020)

Westro skipper James West and his have been in the North Sea for three days hunting prawns, but so far have struggled to find a catch so he decides to travel 120 miles in the hope of more luck. New recruit Gavin Burnett heads out on Peterhead trawler Ocean Endeavour, with the 17-year-old being given the responsibilty of bringing the fish on board and cooking for the crew. On the night of the Fishing News Awards, James is nominated for Fisherman of the Year, while rookie Gavin is hoping to land the Trainee of the Year award.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 27th January 2020)

Teenagers messing around in a stolen car collide with a pillar in a multistorey car park. The joyriders escape, but within the smashed concrete, the unmistakable form of a skull is revealed. After painstakingly extracting the skeleton encased inside, Nikki and the Lyell team must investigate a suspicious death from 20 years previously. Meanwhile, Clarissa faces a difficult decision regarding her mother’s care. First of a two-part episode of the crime drama, starring Emilia Fox, David Caves, Richard Lintern and Liz Carr.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 28th January 2020)

The concrete-encased remains have been identified and the victim’s family tracked down – but the team soon has another suspicious death on their hands when Clarissa’s investigation leads her to a cryogenics facility, where a body has been frozen. A post-mortem is required to discover how the victim died and who is responsible for having the remains put on ice.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 30th January 2020)

Christopher Williams’ body is found on a boat out at sea. All evidence points towards a deadly fall, but Jack is bothered by the victim’s strange appearance and the fact that his car was abandoned miles out into the woods. Suspicion fall on his wife and friends – but with everyone having an alibi, the police drift further away from the truth. Meanwhile, Jack’s daughter Siobhan visits and encourages him to accept Anna’s offer of joining her on her travels, leaving the DI with a big decision to make.

Secret Scotland (Channel 5/HD 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 31st January 2020)

Perthshire is known as Scotland’s `big tree country” and with its lush forest it’s easy to see why. Susan goes behind the scenes with Lady Mansfield at the magnificent Scone Palace, the historical crowning site of Scotland’s kings. She also explores the secrets of the Hermitage in Dunkeld, a purpose-built forest playground for the aristocracy. Then it’s on to the Birnam Oak, said to have inspired the writing of Macbeth. There’s a chance to learn the art of glassmaking as well as meet a colony of bees who create special honey from Scotland’s heather. Susan ends her journey in the city of Dundee.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 11/01/2020

Silent Witness - 13-01-2020 - YouView appHow the Victorians Built Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Saturday 11th January 2020)

Michael Buerk learns how the Victorians built the biggest, fastest, most technologically advanced ships in the world, which helped the nation to dominate the high seas. In Portsmouth, he boards Queen Victoria’s flagship HMS Warrior to reveal surprising construction secrets and the ways the ship kept the peace in international waters, before following in Brunel’s footsteps aboard his luxury steamer SS Great Britain.

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 12th January 2020)

A woman is caught stealing milk from Nonnatus House, but she pleads for mercy from sisters Julienne and Monica Joan, explaining that she has been stealing milk as she is pregnant. As Sister Julienne learns more about her, she is convinced that this woman needs help becoming the mother she wants to be. Meanwhile, Dr Turner puzzles over a mysterious string of symptoms, and the blossoming romance between Miss Higgins and Sgt Woolf is thrown into jeopardy. Starring Jenny Agutter and Stephen McGann.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 13th January 2020)

Michael Portillo explores the West Country between the wars, setting off from the Cornish seaside resort of St Ives and ending his first in the former mining village of St Day.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 13th January 2020)

Part one of two. When a body is found in a field near the village of Hartford, Nikki and the Lyell team confirm it is that of missing teenager Jason Forbes. Working to the theory that most killers strike close to home, ambitious DCI Claire Ashby is committed to proving the guilt of her main suspect and sets her sights firmly on local locksmith Malcolm Wilde. Forensic crime drama, starring Emilia Fox, Richard Lintern, David Caves and Liz Carr, with Sophia Di Martino, Robert Pugh and Phil Davis.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 14th January 2020)

Michael Portillo visits Cornwall’s county town, Truro, heading to the historic estate of Trewithen, whose gardens were stocked from China by professional plant hunters commissioned by its owner. The Atlantic Coast branch line carries Michael north to Newquay, where he discovers a pioneering surfer and braves the waves on a belly board. In the nearby village of St Mawgan, Michael is introduced to the ancient Cornish sport of `wrassling”, which surged in popularity between the wars as part of a Cornish Celtic revival.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 15th January 2020)

Michael Portillo reaches Bodmin en route to Totnes, as he explores the West Country from St Ives to Salisbury Plain. Out on the rugged moor, Michael hears how the celebrated author Daphne du Maurier captivated readers between the wars with her tales of smuggling at the Jamaica Inn. In Devon, Michael takes the plunge at Plymouth’s beautiful art deco Tinside Lido, while at Ivybridge, he boards a vehicle like no other to cross the causeway to Burgh Island, where a 1930s playboy built a splendid art deco party palace.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 15th January 2020)

Part two of two. Investigating the murder of missing teenager Jason Forbes, Nikki and the Lyell team are forced to question police methods, as DCI Claire Ashby seems more concerned with building the case against her main suspect. With pressure building on the police to secure a conviction, the team must fight to ensure that inconvenient truths are not overlooked.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 16th January 2020)

Michael Portillo arrives in Paignton, south Devon, where the Dartmouth Steam Railway takes him to the home of Agatha Christie, in the company of her great-grandson James Prichard.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 16th January 2020)

DI Jack Mooney and the team are called to a workshop where acclaimed artist Donna Harman has been found dead. Suspicion immediately falls on the three people closest to the crime scene, but with no one entering the workshop between the time the victim returned to start on her next painting and being found dead, the scene paints a tricky picture. Only a solitary drink can seems to hold the answer, but matters are complicated when Donna’s art dealer and an art collector enter the fray. Meanwhile, Jack is confused by his blossoming feelings for Anna. Whodunit, starring Ardal O’Hanlon, with Nina Wadia, Barbara Flynn, Louise Brealey and Vivienne Acheampong.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 17th January 2020)

Michael Portillo crosses the county line from Devon into Somerset, seeing first-hand how willow farmers sought to overcome the challenge from the production of synthetic plastics during the 1930s and hearing how tourism has spread across the region, especially amongst the young. In Bath, Michael visits the former home of a refugee emperor, whose country was invaded by the Italian dictator Mussolini, and in whose name a religious movement began that now flourishes worldwide. Travelling east into Wiltshire, he reaches the largest training area of the British Army, Salisbury Plain.

Secret Scotland (Channel 5/HD 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 17th January 2020)

Susan explores the city of Glasgow, and in its oldest building, Glasgow Cathedral, she discovers a seat fit for only a Queen. The comedian learns how centuries of craftsmen left their mark on the building. Donning her hard hat and climbing to the top, she is also given the opportunity to leave her own. Then it’s onto the home of Scottish football to meet the only Scot ever to have won a football world cup, before taking on the pros to score a goal herself at Hampden Park.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 04/01/2020

How the Victorians Built Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Saturday 4th January 2020)

Michael Buerk returns with more stories of how Britain was transformed during the Victorian era, beginning by looking at the development of the railway network during the era. Michael hops on board an original Victorian locomotive at Tanfield Railway and discovers the role this former coal track played in the development of the national railway. He also learns about Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s bid to secure Bristol’s future, and his creation of the fastest engine in the world.

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 5th January 2020)

The return of the period drama about midwives and nurses in London’s East End, picking up the story in January 1965. After dealing with a power cut at the maternity home, Fred follows an unusual sound and finds a newborn baby abandoned in a dustbin. Meanwhile, Dr Turner and Nurse Crane must deal with an alarming outbreak of diphtheria, and Sister Julienne receives news of an ambitious redevelopment programme that potentially threatens Nonnatus House. Starring Jenny Agutter and Stephen McGann.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 6th January 2020)

Armed with an interwar Bradshaw’s guide, Michael Portillo explores the Britain of the 1930s as he sets out on another adventure. Beginning just outside Newcastle in Jarrow, Michael uncovers the desperation that led 200 men to march 300 miles to Westminster in order to petition the government for work. The first leg of his journey ends Spennymoor, Co Durham, where he meets the son of a miner who became one of the most famous 20th-century artists of the region.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 7th January 2020)

Michael Portillo is in Northumbria en route to the Highlands, heading to Kielder Forest to discover what lay behind a national initiative to plant one of the largest manmade woodlands in Europe. Crossing the border to Scotland, Michael arrives in the weaving town of Hawick to visit Lovat Mill, where, in the 1930s, tweed was big business, and also goes to the movies, sitting in the front stalls at the Dominion cinema in Morningside.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 7th January 2020)

Part one of two. Nikki is called in when a private jet crashes in a forest outside London, and finds herself forced to be the bearer of bad news when she learns that the casualties include a former US ambassador who is also an old friend of Matt’s. Meanwhile, Thomas investigates the suspicious suicide of a successful businessman, and uncovers an unexpected connection to the plane crash – which suggests the two cases are linked, and that the plane may have been deliberately sabotaged as part of a coordinated attack.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 8th January 2020)

Michael Portillo reaches the Westerglen Transmitting Station in Falkirk, before visiting Gleneagles and Berry Town on route to his final stop on this leg, the city of Dundee.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 8th January 2020)

Part two of two. Nikki and the Lyell team continue to investigate the plane crash, ruling out an explosion and engine failure. The investigation takes a turn when they discover a connection to a sinister online forum. Meanwhile, Nikki’s partner Matt is grieving following the death of his close friend, putting their relationship under strain. Starring Emilia Fox, David Caves and Richard Lintern.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 9th January 2020)

Michael Portillo travels from Dundee to Aberdeen, stopping off at Glamis Castle, where the Queen Mother grew up, and making an excursion into the Eastern Highlands.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 9th January 2020)

The return of the whodunit set on the Caribbean island of Saint Marie, where the sun shines all day and it seems half the residents are killers-in-waiting. And so it appears this week as the locals set out to celebrate the New Year – only for the festivities to be cut short when a masked man stabs a woman in her own home, providing Detective Inspector Jack Mooney and his team with yet another murder to solve. Ardal O’Hanlon stars as the Irish detective – although as has been widely reported, he will soon be leaving the lead role – with guest appearances by Adrian Edmondson, Nina Wadia and Samuel West.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 10th January 2020)

Michael Portillo is at Elgin’s port, the coastal town of Lossiemouth, where the Labour Party’s first prime minister James Ramsay MacDonald was born. Nearby, Michael finds a remote boarding school established in the 1930s and famous today both for its unusual ideas and its royal former pupils. His penultimate stop is Inverness, where he uncovers the work of female photographer MEM Donaldson, who documented a Highland way of life that was rapidly disappearing. Michael’s journey ends at Loch Ness, where he joins a Deep Scan research team scouring the deep for signs of the elusive monster.

Secret Scotland (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 10th January 2020)

The comedian traverses the North Coast 500, a 500-mile trip around the northernmost parts of mainland Britain. Beginning in the village of Golspie, Susan travels round the coast to Dunrobin Castle. There, she sees the 189-room property’s clock tower inspired by Big Ben, as well as its very own private train station. Further up the coast, Susan visits the Whaligoe steps, stunningly carved into the dramatic landscape, before getting a taste of the work of a real-life `herring girl”. After stopping off at John O’ Groats, the presenter heads to Dunnet Head for a spot of puffin-watching.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 22/09/2018

How the Victorians Built Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Saturday 22nd September 2018)

Michael Buerk travels Britain to explore the innovations of the Victorian age. Cotton’s place at the heart of mass production is examined, via the creation of the first inter-city railway, a game-changing industrial loom and the birth of the Manchester Ship Canal.

Bodyguard (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:15pm | Sunday 23rd September 2018)

Principal Protection Officer David Budd has made a major breakthrough in the investigation into the attack on the home secretary, but his enquiries have put him in mortal danger. With the clock ticking and no-one left who believes him, David attempts to prove his innocence. But the evidence against him begins to stack up.

Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 24th September 2018)

Series in which Paul Murton takes a tour of Scotland’s lochs. In this edition, Paul travels from Britain’s most westerly mainland point to a place once guarded by an ancient Celtic goddess. On the way he discovers how the ancient oak woods of Loch Sunart were once a hive of industry, then goes deep underground to discover how 18th-century miners named a new element. On the shores of Loch Linnhe, he meets the owner of a castle and recreates a scene from Monty Python’s Holy Grail, before ending his grand tour from the heights of the pap of Glencoe.

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

Behind-the-scenes documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. A heatwave hits the network hard, with signalling equipment out at Didcot, rails in need of stretching in London, and a surfeit of insects overworking trains’ windscreen wipers.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 25th September 2018)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). On the north coast of Kent, new crew member Ruth is on board for one of her first ever shouts – a member of the public has spotted what looks like an upturned boat out at sea.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 26th September 2018)

Harry and Briony Anscombe have made a radical change to their lives, moving with their three young children from London to Cornwall – and setting up an outpost of their media business at the same time. It’s a bold attempt to emulate the positive work-life balance and lifestyle they experienced in California. But even bolder is the giant five-bedroom house they want to build, heavily inspired by an American modernist house Harry saw in the 80s teen comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. All floating steel and glass, Harry by his own admission has become ‘obsessed’ with living somewhere just like it. But creating such an architecturally ambitious home would typically cost over a million pounds, and Harry and Briony have just £400,000 to play with.

Michael Palin in North Korea (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 27th September 2018)

Travelogue series into the notably private nation. Under the protection of armed guards, Michael discusses the country’s nuclear weapons programme with an army lieutenant, visits a massive tourist resort being constructed on the beach, and embarks on a hike through the stunning landscape.

Fifth Gear (Quest/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 27th September 2018)

The team try out a range of new tests, new races and new motors from around the world. As well as meeting motoring legends, they put top supercars through their paces!

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 28th September 2018)

Rob Bell explores the lost landscapes and infrastructure of some of Britain’s former railway lines. Beginning in the famous steel town of Sheffield, Rob follows the line over the bleak Pennines, discovering a miniature railway in Wortley and the record-breaking Woodhead Tunnel, before landing in the industrial powerhouse of Manchester.

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

? UK TV programmes to watch this week : 15/09/2018

How the Victorians Built Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Saturday 15th September 2018)

Michael Buerk travels Britain to explore the innovations of the Victorian age. Michael reveals how Victorians introduced gas power to the home, transforming the kitchen, lighting, heating and even home entertainment.

Bodyguard (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 16th September 2018)

Determined to push the investigation forward, principal protection officer David Budd targets enemies of home secretary Julia Montague. As he delves into Julia’s political manoeuvring before the attack, David’s theories about a conspiracy at the heart of government look increasingly plausible. But when concerns are raised about David’s psychological health, and allegations about his professional conduct come to light, the finger suddenly points at him. Friendless in a high-stakes game, David realises too late that he himself could be a target.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 17th September 2018)

Behind-the-scenes documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. An intruder puts his life at risk by running along the tracks. Engineers work around the clock to install new cables at Newbury. Ticket machine refurbishments do not go to plan.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 18th September 2018)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). At Anstruther station in Scotland, one of their newest helms, George, takes charge for his first shout to a serious medical evacuation.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 19th September 2018)

Kevin McCloud returns for a new series of the show that follows intrepid individuals trying to design and build their dream home. In Buckinghamshire he meets young Spanish architect Jaime and his wife Mimi as they embark on an epic mission to convert a Grade II* listed folly into a family home. Originally designed to exhibit a fossil collection, but gutted by fire and left in ruins for the last 200 years, the crumbling mini castle beguiles Jaime and Mimi. Giving themselves a wildly optimistic six month deadline to finish before the birth of their second child, it’s not long before the couple hit trouble. The Saxon burial ground the folly is built on throws up some macabre surprises. Their stonemasons from Madrid let them down and local builders with no restoration experience have to take on the crumbling stonework. Jaime puts all his energies and creativity into the project, using innovative 3D mapping to squeeze living spaces into the tower, but it’s an exhausting struggle.

Michael Palin in North Korea (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 20th September 2018)

Travelogue series into the notably private nation. Michael arrives in the capital Pyongyang, where he meets the guides who will follow his every move, visits the statues of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, watches propaganda art being created, and asks a local student what they know about the outside world.

Fifth Gear (Quest/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 20th September 2018)

Jason Plato is joined by former F1 driver Karun Chandhok to see who will be crowned king of the hot-hatches. The team test the first Mercedes pick-up truck, the X-Class.

Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 21st September 2018)

Travelogue series with the father-and-son duo, exploring Britain’s most spectacular cycle routes. Larry and George tackle the Hebridean Cycle Way, en route meeting a weaver of Harris Tweed, having a kick about on one of the world’s most spectacular football pitches, before enjoying a bagpipe lesson from the Lewis Pipe Band.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 21st September 2018)

Rob Bell explores the lost landscapes and infrastructure of some of Britain’s former railway lines. In Scotland, Rob follows the Elgin to Portsoy line, a line that once served the fishing and whisky industries. Local ramblers help him unearth a stunning view of the Spey Bridge, then, after trying a warming tipple of the hard stuff, he watches a boat race in Portsoy.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 08/09/2018

How the Victorians Built Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Saturday 8th September 2018)

Michael Buerk travels Britain to explore the innovations of the Victorian age. Michael reveals how Victorians created the sewer system, providing fresh, clean water for all. The revolution began in Liverpool, which suffered the highest mortality rates in the country. But it took the Great Stink of 1858 to convince Parliament to create a sewer system for the capital.

Bodyguard (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 9th September 2018)

The home secretary’s principal protection officer David Budd struggles to come to terms with the fallout from the devastating events of the last 24 hours. The police retake control of the investigation into the attacks from the suddenly weakened security service, and David is questioned by counterterrorism detectives DCI Deepak Sharma and DS Louise Rayburn. Pushed to breaking point, David is helped back on his feet by his estranged wife, Vicky, and is determined to play an active role in the investigation, starting with those closest to Julia in government. At first Rayburn wants to keep David out of the enquiry, until he delivers a breakthrough.

Hidden Britain by Drone (Channel 4/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 9th September 2018)

One of the hottest summers on record is creating an adrenalin rush among Britain’s aerial archaeologists. As their drones take to the skies, they are uncovering significant new finds emerging from the parched landscape. All over the country, hundreds of unknown historic sites have been revealed from the air. And it’s not just the professionals that are striking gold – an army of drone-flying amateurs have made some incredible discoveries. In this Heatwave special edition of Hidden Britain by Drone, history and archaeology enthusiast Sir Tony Robinson investigates how this summer’s long dry spell created the perfect conditions for the mysterious ‘parch marks’ that led to these remarkable discoveries. He meets the archaeologists and drone pilots that have been flying all over the country to record this transient phenomenon. Once it rains, the marks disappear, but the hidden secrets have been revealed – now it’s a question of what happens next to these hidden historic gems.

Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 10th September 2018)

Series in which Paul Murton takes a tour of Scotland’s lochs. In this edition, he explores the Argyll coast, travelling from the sacred sands of Kilmory Bay on Loch Sween. On the Lilly Loch in Knapdale forest he gets a glimpse of beaver, before joining a group of steam enthusiasts restoring an old puffer on the Crinan Canal. Stone Age rock art leads him north to Loch Awe, where he drives a herd of Highland cows towards his final destination – the mountainous heights of Ben Cruachan.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 11th September 2018)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The Porthcawl crew have just seconds to spare when two teenagers on holiday get caught on a rocky outcrop by a large swell and a rising spring tide.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 12th September 2018)

In this two-part series, Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team attempt their biggest and longest build yet – constructing two brand new buildings for the Grenfell community. The team attempt to build a two-storey flexible-use centre that can be used by the community however it decides. Research indicated that there wasn’t enough low-cost space that different community groups could use in the area, so with the help of generous construction companies, suppliers and volunteers, the DIY SOS team attempt to do what they can to help. The team are joined by the Duke of Cambridge, who meets local residents and talks to firefighters who were among the first responders on the night of the fire. Along the way, Nick meets different groups who could benefit from the building of a new community space.

Fifth Gear (Quest/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 13th September 2018)

The team try out a range of new tests, new races and new motors from around the world. As well as meeting motoring legends, they put top supercars through their paces!

Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb (CHannel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 14th September 2018)

Travelogue series with the father-and-son duo, exploring Britain’s most spectacular cycle routes from the saddle. The Lambs spot seals around Stangford Lough, enjoy Guinness and oysters, investigate their family history and play the bodhran at Northern Ireland’s oldest thatched pub, the Cross Keys.

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

? UK TV programmes to watch this week : 01/09/2018

How the Victorians Built Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Saturday 1st September 2018)

Michael Buerk travels Britain to explore the innovations of the Victorian age. Michael reveals how Victorian engineers revolutionised public transport, with the inventions of the omnibus, the modern-day bicycle and the London Underground.

Bodyguard (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 2nd September 2018)

As the capital shudders in the wake of two terrorist attacks, specialist protection officer PS David Budd is more under pressure than ever to keep the home secretary Julia Montague safe. The threat to her life does nothing to curb Julia’s political ambitions, as her counterterrorism bill takes another step towards being made law, provoking political rivalries. With the police marginalised from the investigation into the attacks in favour of the security service, David is caught between his new-found loyalty to Julia and his superiors’ demands for intelligence on her activities.

Neighbours (Channel 5/HD | 1:45pm to 2:15pm | Monday 3rd September 2018)

Aaron and David tie the knot, despite Susan having pulled out as their celebrant. An eccentric woman turns up in the Waterhole and offers to stand in. To everyone’s amazement, she turns out to be Jemima, Karl’s half-sister. Elsewhere, Leo and Terese finally succumb to temptation.

Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 3rd September 2018)

Phil explores the magnificent Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire and gets to know its formidable builders, John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, and his wife Sarah. Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, Phil’s host, explains that the palace was a gift to the Marlborough family from their friend Queen Anne, a monument to the Duke’s victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. However, in the archive Phil discovers the build was plagued with problems: fall-outs with the architect, unpaid builders and costs beyond even the wildest estimates. Phil tots up a total in today’s money that makes Blenheim the most expensive house he’s ever visited.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 4th September 2018)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). In Brighton the crew are called out to what they think is just a routine job – towing a yacht that has lost power back to harbour – but a sudden spring squall and mountainous waves leave the crew fighting to save the yacht and themselves from being dashed on the shore.

Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 7th September 2018)

Travelogue series with the father-and-son duo, exploring Britain’s most spectacular cycle routes from the saddle. The Lambs set off to conquer Snowdon but are blown off course, George puts a Llama display team through their paces, and they have to hang on tight when they try one of the longest zip wires in the world.

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

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