Tag: Ian Hislop: The Trains That Changed The World

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 28/08/2021

Parkinson at 50 (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:30pm | Saturday 28th August 2021)

The host looks back on his career with his son and producer Mike, and examines how his talk show went from being a temporary 10-week filler programme to an iconic Saturday night staple. He discusses his first celebrity interview, with Mick Jagger, how the management of movie stars’ public images shifted over the years, and reflects on the loss of the show’s entire first series – including an appearance by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The programme also looks back on some of the most memorable moments from the show, including his multiple encounters with Billy Connolly and Muhammad Ali.

Vigil (BBC 1/HD & UHD BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 29th August 2021) ** NEW SERIES & PICK OF THE WEEK **

A crew member is found dead under suspicious circumstances aboard a nuclear submarine. However, the vessel is unable to return to port due to its status as part of the UK’s nuclear deterrent, so a police inspector is sent on board to investigate. Despite an initial diagnosis of accidental overdose, she suspects foul play, but finds the crew closing ranks against her. Starring Suranne Jones and Rose Leslie.

Vigil (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 30th August 2021)

The submarine is left exposed by a reactor shutdown, and the crew races to repair the fault. Kirsten uncovers a feud on board the Vigil, leading Amy to question whether her investigation has been deliberately obstructed. A hard-won breakthrough leads Amy to believe she finally has the killer in her sights, only for surprising new evidence to cast doubt on her theory. On land, Kirsten’s investigation leads to tragedy.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 31st August 2021)

On Cornwall’s Perranporth beach, a team of RNLI lifeguards battle to save a mother and her son who are caught in a rip current. Meanwhile in Swanage, the crew respond to multiple 999 calls from a man who has fallen over 100 feet from the top of a local landmark, and the Chiswick and Teddington crews face an unusual challenge on the Thames.

9/11: Inside the President’s War Room (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 31st August 2021)

Almost 20 years since September 11, this feature-length documentary follows President George W Bush and his staff as they dealt with the large-scale terrorist attack, in which four commercial aircraft were used as missiles on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. The events of that day led to two decades of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq. As America and its allies now withdraw from Afghanistan and the Taliban resume control, this is the story of how it all began. The film features testimony from George W Bush himself, as well as staff members Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell.

Changing Rooms (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 1st September 2021)

Anna Richardson and the team are in Leeds, West Yorkshire, to help another pair of neighbours make over each other’s rooms. Former teacher Pauline, assisted by daughter Lilly, wants her purple floor-to-ceiling front room to be even more vibrant. Next door, self-proclaimed cat lady Amanda – with the help of daughter Rachel – is hoping her uninspiring grey living room will be transformed into a Scandinavian-style haven for her and her feline friends. All they need is a little trust in each other and the individual visions of Changing Rooms legend Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, and design duo Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 1st September 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

Kevin McCloud visits a couple planning to build a home that looks like a work of art overlooking a valley in south Devon. Joe and Claire’s new home will be a giant sculpture inspired by the local landscape, 70 metres long and featuring 34 enormous angled zinc shards jutting out in all directions. It will also be complicated to build and equally as expensive. And although Joe is wealthy, ambitious and fearless, his team quickly come up against problems and the budget virtually doubles the first walls go up. Is his dream home in danger of become a nightmare?

Coastal Devon & Cornwall with Michael Portillo (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 1st September 2021)

The presenter explores the rugged North Cornish coast, beginning in Widemouth Bay, a gigantic stretch of coastline with ancient links to the Celtic nations of Wales and Brittany. Battling a storm blowing in from the Atlantic, Michael heads south and takes shelter in a magical and ancient woodland, before spending the night at the vicarage where novelist Thomas Hardy stayed in 1870, and penned a poem named after a local landmark, Beeny Cliff.

Ambulance (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 2nd September 2021)

Paramedic Linda and mental health nurse Emma respond to patients in mental health crisis across Liverpool. Their work in the community aims to reduce the number of mental health hospital admissions, and the first call of the morning is a patient struggling with depression and bipolar. As the shift winds into the afternoon, a call from the police requesting a welfare check takes priority for Linda and Emma. There are concerns for the patient, who is an asylum seeker who appears to be struggling with his mental health, caused by isolation.

Motorhoming with Merton & Webster (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 3rd September 2021)

Paul and Suki are in the Peak District on their UK staycation adventure in their trusty motorhome. The first morning finds them in a campsite north of Bakewell, and they debate who should empty the on-board loo. Later, Suki reveals they are swapping four wheels for two after hiring bikes on the nearby Monsal Trail, a disused former railway line.

Abandoned Engineering (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 3rd September 2021)

An ominous tower in the forests of Croatia, a New York City complex that broke the mould, and a grand facility guarding the London riverbanks.

Ian Hislop: The Trains That Changed The World (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 3rd September 2021)

Cameras explore the Great Western Railway to experience a journey of a bygone age. The magnificent Pullman service continues to offer passengers a Silver service restaurant menu as it whisks passengers to coastal resorts that were established in the Victorian era. Queen Victoria was a driving force behind the mass appeal of rail travel that developed in the 19th century. There’s a look around Victoria’s royal train, which has been preserved in all its finery.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 21/08/2021

Billy Monger: Changing Gear (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 21st August 2021) ** TOP PICK **

The racing driver and double amputee trains alongside Paralympic athletes in a variety of disciplines. He swims in open water with Alice Tai and canoes with Charlotte Henshaw, before being fitted with running blades, under the guidance of Paralympic legend Jonnie Peacock. After learning to run again, he revisits Donington, the site of the accident where he lost his legs, for a sprint along the track.

Secrets of the London Underground (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 23rd August 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway explore Clapham South deep level shelter, where thousands of Londoners slept during the Second World War.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 24th August 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

In Porthcawl, the volunteers of the RNLI race to save a surfer at the mercy of Storm Brendan. Meanwhile, in Selsey, a family’s day out for a spot of paddleboarding goes badly awry when the father becomes separated from his young children, leaving them stranded on a rapidly dwindling sandbank.

Changing Rooms (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 25th August 2021)

Cardiff couple Teresa and Andrew are desperate to turn their uninspiring front room into a cosy family space, while three doors down, their friends Maria and Nick hope their stark white living room can become a multifunctional family space. All they need is a little trust in each other and the assistance of designers Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead – not to mention carpenter Tibby Singh. Presented by Anna Richardson.

Coastal Devon & Cornwall with Michael Portillo (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 25th August 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

The presenter travels across the two counties in south-west England. His journey begins in North Devon under the shadow of England’s highest sea cliff, the 1,000ft-tall Great Hangman, and finishes up on the stunning three-mile golden sands of Woolacombe. Along the way, Michael is joined by Raynor Winn, whose bestselling book The Salt Path is based on her experiences of walking the South West Coast Path with her terminally-ill husband, Moth. She tells of how it changed their lives, and offers tips and advice for Michael’s journey ahead, and how he should prepare for the challenges, both physical and emotional.

George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 25th August 2021)

The architect meets Bernie, who has bought a ramshackle stable on the banks of the Humber and plans to turn it into a luxury home for his retirement. Originally a large stable block serving a grand Victorian estate nearby, it comprises a saddle room, stalls and a tack room, but having only served as a home for horses, turning it into a luxury house is a brave move.

Ambulance (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 26th August 2021)

Advanced Paramedic Naomi rushes to a patient in cardiac arrest as the rest of the North West Ambulance Service battles the second wave of coronavirus. Crewmates Emily and Jo are dispatched to a patient 20 weeks pregnant with the virus, who has been waiting over two hours for an ambulance. On arrival, concern is heightened when it is revealed that the woman hasn’t felt her baby move since she first began to feel ill. Narrated by Christopher Eccleston.

Epic Wales: Valleys, Mountains & Coasts (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 27th August 2021)

Cameras catch up with Garry and his family on the Black Mountain in the Brecon Beacons. Lambing is in full swing, so it’s all hands on deck to keep a watch on this ever-expanding flock. Over on the Pembrokeshire coast, artist Charlotte Cortazzi heads for Broad Haven South Beach, where the sand provides a perfect canvas to create a spectacular work of art. Over on Anglesey, mother-and-daughter climbing team Libby Peter and Zoe Wood take on the intimidating `Mask of the Red Death” and there’s a buzz about the Brecon Beacons as bee farmers Gruffydd and Angharad move their hives up the mountain.

Motorhoming with Merton & Webster (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 27th August 2021)

Paul and Suki venture into Wales and the Brecon Beacons National Park. After a breathtaking drive along Sarn Helen, a network of ancient Roman roads, they arrive at their first port of call, where they go `sheep trekking” with local farmer Paul and his daughter, Nicola. They also have a go at sheep shearing, and Suki especially enjoys bottle-feeding the lambs.

Abandoned Engineering (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 27th August 2021)

Exploring a bizarre block in Taiwan resembling a giant speaker, a pioneering venture in Alaska, and an alpine village that masks a military beast.

Ian Hislop: The Trains That Changed The World (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 27th August 2021)

The Industrial Revolution was the single most important event in the development of the modern railway and one train from that era came to symbolise the new age of steam, Stephenson’s Rocket. Cameras reveal the revolutionary design of the Rocket, and how it transformed Britain’s economy, from localised rural industries to the global networks we recognise today.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 14/08/2021

Secrets of the London Underground (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 16th August 2021)

Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway have a night-time track walk exploring long forgotten stations on the District Line in Whitechapel.

Children of 9/11: Our Story (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 11:00pm | Monday 16th August 2021)

Documentary telling the stories of six young people whose fathers were killed in the 9/11 attacks, either before they were born, or before they had a chance to meet, and whose lives have been shaped by an event they didn’t witness. The programme features home movie footage shot over the course of their lives and candid accounts of their mothers of the attacks.

George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 18th August 2021)

Architect George Clarke visits Three Ways Farm near Stockport, which has been in Gordon’s family since the 1950s. His late mother’s dream was for Gordon to turn the 120-year-old cattle shed and milking parlour into a home for himself, so he and partner Lisa have set out to make that a reality, creating their first home together. Will it end up being something his mother would have been proud of?

Ambulance (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 19th August 2021)

The unit struggles to cope, with 20 per cent of staff off due to Covid-19 and four major hospitals operating at 95 per cent capacity. Advanced paramedic Joe races to a category one call for a patient in cardiac arrest and as he works to manage the team on scene, it becomes clear a difficult decision on whether further treatment to keep the patient alive is appropriate. In control, an emergency call from a child whose mother is not responding leaves the call handler feeling overwhelmed. Later, Alex and Abby offer support to a Covid-positive patient in a care home – the service’s 931st call-out of the shift.

Fishing Scotland’s Lochs and Rivers (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Friday 20th August 2021)

After two weeks fishing their way across the lochs and rivers of Scotland, the five anglers arrive at Oban on the west coast of Scotland. However, Les Dennis bows out for the day, leaving Rosemary Shrager and Shane Lynch harbour-bound to sample the freshly landed delights alone.

Epic Wales: Valleys, Mountains & Coasts (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 20th August 2021)

A freediver and wildlife photographer studies puffins on the Pembrokeshire coast, using specially designed headgear to get as close as possible to the birds, as well as exploring the kelp forests that lie beneath the surface in St Brides bay. In Snowdonia, an upland sheep and cattle farmer prepares his prize bull for the auction ring, and In the Brecon Beacons, father and son paragliders attempt a launch off Hay Bluff.

Motorhoming with Merton & Webster (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 20th August 2021)

Paul Merton and wife Suki Webster head for Somerset on the next leg of their grand UK tour in their motorhome – now christened Captain Narrow Squeak. Their first destination is Minehead, where they charter a fishing boat and, much to their surprise, land a small haul of fish for their supper – except they don’t have the heart to keep them, so throw them all back.

Ian Hislop: The Trains That Changed The World (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 20th August 2021)

The London Underground – first operating in 1863 – changed the way people get around cities forever, driving travellers deep underground to clear congested streets. Ingenious technology, from electrified tracks to tunnels under the River Thames, has gone on to influence railways worldwide. This edition reveals how the filthy and crowded streets of London were transformed by the rapid expansion of the Underground.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 07/08/2021

Hot Tub Brits: More Bubbles Please! (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 8th August 2021)

Financial professional Brendan takes delivery of his £30,000 hot tub with a nailbiting crane lift over his house, while Rachel brings in the experts to move her hot tub to her new house, complete with unforeseen obstacles (2/2).

Secrets of the London Underground (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 9th August 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway explore the hidden parts of Euston, including unique features not found elsewhere and the bits set for demolition for HS2.

Guy Martin: The World’s Fastest Electric Car? (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:30pm | Monday 9th August 2021)

Guy Martin explores the world of electric vehicles and attempts to set a new world record for the fastest road-legal battery vehicle, driving on a quarter-mile drag strip. The vehicle he chooses is a classic Volkswagen Beetle fitted with state-of-the-art Tesla technology, that allows the lightweight 50-year-old classic to accelerate faster than most supercars. He also sets off on a 1100-mile road trip to determine how reliable the country’s vehicle charging infrastructure is.

My Cornwall with Fern Britton (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 12th August 2021)

Fern explores the north of Cornwall, and delves into the pagan roots that may explain why the area is awash with tales of the supernatural, from witchcraft to pixies and giants. She also finds out why there are so many saints associated with the region, and uncovers the story behind St Piran (2/2).

Epic Wales: Valleys, Mountains & Coasts (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 13th August 2021)

A look at the people who live and work in and around the remarkable landscapes of Wales’s three national parks. This episode features a visit to the slopes of the Brecon Beacons, where hill farmer Garry Williams and his family’s flock needs to be brought down from the mountains for lambing. Meanwhile, in Snowdonia, climbers John Crook and Dafydd Williams, who climb all over the world, but are always drawn back to the Carneddau mountain range on their doorstep, attempt a first climb of the Kirkus route on Pen yr Ole Wen – following in the footsteps of pioneering mountaineer Colin Kirkus.

Motorhoming with Merton & Webster (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 13th August 2021)

Paul Merton and his wife Suki Webster are in the Lake District, the first time they’ve had a holiday there. Their first destination is Kendal, but first they have to negotiate their motorhome under a low bridge. Later they go to the Kendal mint cake factory, and after crossing Lake Windermere by ferry from Bowness, they head to a beautiful campsite on Coniston Water.

Ian Hislop: The Trains That Changed The World (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 13th August 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

How four iconic British-built trains revolutionised rail travel and inspired incredible railway projects the world over. The Flying Scotsman was the first train to break the 100mph barrier. Travelling aboard this iconic steam locomotive, cameras reveal the engineering brilliance behind its design, and there’s also a look into the new era of high-speed rail, including the opening of the Eurostar.

Abandoned Engineering (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 13th August 2021)

Exploring a jungle refuge concealing a story of royal deceit, nuclear bunkers infiltrated by outsiders, and a haunted hospital marked by scandal.

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

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