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UK TV programmes to watch this week : 19/12/2020

Britain’s Most Historic Towns (Channel 4/HD | 8:20pm to 9:20pm | Saturday 19th December 2020)

Alice Roberts visits Manchester to explore the spirit of protest and revolution that grew out of the experience of Britain’s working class during the Industrial Revolution. At the John Ryland Library, Alice is granted access to rarely-seen period documents that highlight the true human cost of the Peterloo massacre. At the Free Trade Hall, she explores how Manchester found itself at the heart of the battle against the hated Corn Laws, and at Chetham’s Library, Roberts sits at the very desk where Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx, inspired by the living conditions of Manchester’s working poor, began the discussions and research that would lead to the publication of the Communist Manifesto.

The Home Alone Story (Channel 5/HD | 8:20pm to 9:50pm | Saturday 19th December 2020)

Documentary celebrating the 1990 festive classic written by John Hughes. It’s a movie that turned its then-nine-year-old star, Macaulay Culkin, into the biggest child actor since Shirley Temple. Featuring interviews with film critics, fans, stuntmen and even a reformed burglar, who assesses the home security at the Home Alone house.

Off the Tracks: Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 20th December 2020)

A special festive peek behind the scenes at Glasgow Central. The tree is up, the Christmas shoppers are out and there is a very special visitor to the station concourse.

The Vicar of Dibley (BBC 1/HD | 8:50pm to 9:00pm | Monday 21st December 2020)

Geraldine anounces the winner of the Dibley mask competition, Hugo sets a new record as he delivers a sermon and the vicar reflects on a challenging year as Christmas draws near. The last of three mini-episodes of Richard Curtis’s comedy, starring Dawn French and James Fleet.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (BBC 1/HD | 7:55pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 22nd December 2020)

Peter Parker balances life as an ordinary high-school student with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, while waiting in vain to join his mentor Iron Man on a world-saving mission. Determined to prove he is ready for bigger challenges, he investigates a spree of crimes committed with advanced weapons – leading him into a battle with a ruthless winged enemy on the hunt for priceless technology. Superhero

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD| 9:00pm to 10:25pm | Tuesday 22nd December 2020) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

It’s Christmas Eve and the day before Helen’s much-anticipated wedding to Hugh, and everyone is gathering to celebrate at the Skeldale Christmas party. However, James is called away to help with a dog in labour, so Helen asks to go with him to get away from all the wedding talk, only for a descending fog to trap the pair in the Dales overnight. The vet promises he will get her back in time for her wedding in the morning, all the while wondering if he will be able to suppress his true feelings for her. Festive special of the drama, starring Nicholas Ralph and Rachel Shenton.

The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 23rd December 2020)

It’s Christmas at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and cameras follow staff as they prepare for the festive season. In an effort to generate more winter revenue, a brand-new train, the Northern Lights Express, has been brought in, which features 25,000 lights fixed to a moving steam train. However, the staff are faced with a multitude of problems as generators break down, computers fail, and the engine that is pulling the new service develops a last-minute fault that threatens to stop the whole show in its tracks.

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 7:40pm to 9:10pm | Friday 25th December 2020)

It’s December 1965, and everyone at Nonnatus House is looking forward to the festive celebrations, but nothing seems to go quite to plan. Sister Monica Joan is rushed to hospital, and Trixie is incensed that her dress allowance has been replaced with a marriage bureau consultation. Elsewhere, the circus arrives in Poplar, leading to an exciting adventure for Nurse Phyllis Crane. Seasonal instalment of the hit drama, starring Jenny Agutter, Linda Bassett, Judy Parfitt, Helen George, Peter Davison and featuring the voice of Vanessa Redgrave.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 06/06/2020

The Railway 24/7 - 09/06/2020 BT TV appOff the Tracks: Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 7th June 2020)

A train disruption causes travel chaos for football fans, and the concourse becomes a stage for fans of the Proclaimers to pay tribute to their heroes.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 9th June 2020)

Tim Dunn rides up Mount Snowdon’s railway to visit the summit station, and discovers how a glass structure envelopes Strasbourg’s 19th-century station.

Scotland’s Home of the Year (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Wednesday 10th June 2020)

In the Lothians and the East of Scotland, the judges visit a glass-fronted home, a country cottage, and a stunning Georgian townhouse.

The Railway 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 10th June 2020)

Documentary series offering a behind the scenes look at life working at TransPennine Express, from control room to maintenance depot, and drivers to cleaners. In the first episode, a derailed train threatens to bring the network to a halt during the busiest time of the year. Meanwhile at HQ, the bosses decide to bring in a new timetable which sees hundreds of services scrapped.

Inside the Steam Train Museum (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Thursday 11th June 2020)

Phil and Stuart go to huge efforts decorating the site with home-made pumpkin-scarecrows, graveyards and mummies in preparation for Halloween. Brian cooks breakfast on a shovel for the engine drivers and John tells ghost stories from the fairground. As the event gets under way, the museum’s enthusiastic volunteers dress up in costume to scare the public on the ghost train, while retired minister David entertains the passengers on the journey.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 12th June 2020)

A 600-mile journey through one of the most world’s most northern countries – Finland – from Helsinki in the south to Kemijärvi in Finnish Lapland. The line whisks passengers through the thickest of forests, past vast frozen lakes 63 times the size of Lake Windermere and to station stops where time has stood still. As the train enters the Arctic Circle, it calls at Rovaniemi, a place destroyed by German soldiers at the end of the Second World War. Now the town has been re-built, famously in the shape of a reindeer, serving as the official home of Santa Claus. Narrated by Bill Nighy.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 30/05/2020

Inside the Steam Train Museum - 04/06/2020 BT TV appOff the Tracks: Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 31st May 2020)

Shift station supervisor Alison deals with a railway accident and 16 year old visually impaired Summer must learn how to navigate the station.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 2nd June 2020)

Tim Dunn explores St Pancras station in London and its sister hotel – built to show off the might of the Midlands, and learns about Castle Howard station in North Yorkshire.

Scotland’s Home of the Year (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Wednesday 3rd June 2020)

In the Northern Highlands, the judges visit an extended villa, a timber frame home, and a glass fronted house with more than one surprise.

Inside the Steam Train Museum (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Thursday 4th June 2020)

A look behind the scenes at Bressingham Steam Museum, revealing what it takes to keep the museum running, from restoring full-size steam engines and rebuilding railway tracks to rehabilitating a wooden cockerel from a set of Victorian gallopers. John and his team of volunteers drive a steam roller to a local country show, Dave has trouble starting a vintage bus, while younger volunteers, Alex and Taz enter into the spirit of the day by cooking lunch in a steam engine the traditional 1940s way. Narrated by Ellie Blake.

Billy and Us (BBC Scotland/HD | BBC iPlayer only | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Thursday 4th June 2020)

A look at Billy Connolly’s relationship with organised religion, featuring classic routines which established him as a taboo-busting comedian.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 4th June 2020)

New Zealand’s Northern Explorer, the longest-running passenger service in the country. The train travels 423 miles along the historic North Island Main Trunk Line on a 12-hour voyage and the journey takes travellers through some of the most astonishing landscapes of the southern hemisphere from volcanoes to coast and from lava fields to unspoilt islands. Historians explain the history of the railway and tell the tale of the terrible tragedy at Tangiwai, when over 150 people were killed by a volcanic mudflow that hit the train. Narrated by Bill Nighy.

Portillo’s Empire Journey (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 4th June 2020)

Michael Portillo explores how British rule led to armed rebellion in the USA, and a loyalty in Canada that lasted until the very end of the Empire. On Long Island, Michael visits The Brewster House, a former tavern where British soldiers met and talked freely during the Revolutionary War, unaware that it was run by George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring. He also calls in at Fort Niagara, where he learns how the native peoples of North America saw their tribes and families torn apart as they picked sides, shedding blood on behalf of either the crown or the patriots.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/05/2020

Tackling Mental Health - 28/05/2020 BT TV appBritannia’s Burning: Fire on the Bridge (BBC 1 Wales/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 10:30pm to 11:30pm | Sunday 24th May 2020)

Archive footage and eyewitness accounts are combined to tell the story of the blaze 50 years ago that ravaged the railway bridge over the Menai Straits connecting Anglesey and the mainland. The film also charts the construction of the original bridge and the deaths involved in its rebuilding as a modern road bridge.

Off the Tracks: Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 24th May 2020)

Exam time arrives for dispatcher Lauren and trainee train driver Kevin in Central Station, while tour guide Jackie uncovers some vintage station clocks.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 26th May 2020)

Tim Dunn follows his family’s roots by exploring Metroland, the area around the Metropolitan Railway, and in Great Malvern learns about the woman behind a decorative 1860s station.

Scotland’s Home of the Year (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Wednesday 27th May 2020)

In Perthshire and Central Scotland, the judges visit a home inspired by Vikings, a converted ruined steading, and a maritime-themed fisherman’s cottage.

Tackling Mental Health (BBC 1/HD | 8:05pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 28th May 2020)

Documentary following the Duke of Cambridge’s work to break the taboo surrounding mental health, using football as a way to encourage men to open up and talk about their emotions. The documentary follows the Duke as he meets players and fans from grassroots to the elite of the game, and openly discusses their mental health challenges. Former England goalkeeper Joe Hart talks about how he has learnt to cope with difficulties at the very top of the game, and William hears from a group of bereaved fathers who use their local football team as a support network and safe space to talk. Former Premier League footballer Marvin Sordell opens up about his struggles with depression, while Chelsea manager Frank Lampard compares life now with his early experiences of professional football.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 29th May 2020)

The 200-mile Ligne de Cévennes, which travels northwards through the Massif Central to France’s volcanic heart – Clermont Ferrand and the spectacular Puy De Dome. The route takes travellers across three incredible historic viaducts, plunges deep underground to explore the area’s hidden wildlife and traverses through several impressive valleys. The route winds through one of the world’s most spectacular national parks, before reaching its final destination, a collection of 80 dormant volcanoes. Narrated by Bill Nighy.

Portillo’s Empire Journey (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th May 2020)

Michael Portillo travels to South Africa to explore how the lure of riches led Britain into barbaric wars, dividing the country along racial lines. He visits the crumbling Fort Napier, the British garrison in Natal, where battles were planned and executed against the Zulu people. The white minority devised rules to subdue the native black population, corralling people into squalid townships and offering them menial jobs. Eventual conflict with the descendants of Dutch settlers – Boers – was inevitable. Michael learns how Mohandas Gandhi fought the racial segregation that would later calcify into Apartheid.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 16/05/2020

The Architecture The Railways Built - 19/05/2020 BT TV appOff the Tracks: Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 17th May 2020)

Storm Hector causes havoc on the tracks, Sajid completes his last shift before he retires after 45 years in the station, and Beyonce and Jay Z are in town.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 19th May 2020)

Tim Dunn visits Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales, talks to the man who saved it from closure and tours the breathtaking stations of the Hungerbergbahn in Innsbruck.

Scotland’s Home of the Year (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Wednesday 20th May 2020)

On the islands of Orkney and Shetland, the judges visit a home inspired by Vikings, a converted ruined steading, and a maritime-themed fisherman’s cottage.

Billy and Us (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Thursday 21st May 2020)

Billy Connolly shares his ideas on masculinity and talks frankly about how his time in the shipyards shaped him both as a man and as a comedian.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 22nd May 2020)

Beginning in the mountaintop town of Creel, the Chihuahua Pacifico Express – or El Chepe for short – winds its way through the Tarahumara Mountains, home to the reclusive Raramuri people. Divisadero, Mexico’s most panoramic station, offers the first glimpse of Copper Canyon. Created by six separate yet conjoined gorges, it is four times the size of the Grand Canyon. The train continues on to the Urique Canyon, which at 6,200ft deep it is the deepest in North America. The final leg crosses the state of Sinaloa, Mexico’s breadbasket, before reaching Los Mochis and the gateway to the Pacific Ocean. Narrated by Bill Nighy.

Portillo’s Empire Journey (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 22nd May 2020)

Michael Portillo visits Jamaica, the Caribbean capital of the Empire, heading to Fort Charles where the Empire enlisted the help of pirates to defend the new territory from the Spanish. At the old naval headquarters, Michael learns how the Royal Navy moved in to replace the pirates as Britain struck a deal with Spain to keep her territories. The island needed a new source of wealth, and found it in the triangular trade as slaves were shipped from Africa to work sugar plantations. In Pinnacle, birthplace of the Rastafari movement, Michael learns how Jamaicans were later inspired to create a new religion.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 09/05/2020

Paddington Station 24/7 - 14/05/2020 BT TV appOff the Tracks: Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Sunday 10th May 2020)

Staff and passengers of Glasgow Central Station celebrate its 140th birthday with a special party on the concourse, while supervisor Allison helps rescue a young owl.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 12th May 2020)

Tim Dunn goes behind the scenes at London’s King’s Cross station and finds out about the disused funicular railway hidden in the Avon Gorge in Bristol, blasted out of the cliff.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 14th May 2020)

Documentary following 12 months of Paddington train station and the Western network, following the staff, engineers, drivers and signalers who keep the railway running. Cheltenham races sees thousands of extra passengers arrive – many of whom fancy an early morning tipple – while chaos ensues when a passenger chases a fraudster round the station, accusing him of selling her out-of-date football tickets. In Swindon, the control room staff hear that heavy rainfall might cause flooding and block the mainline to Cornwall – leaving them facing a big decision.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm| Friday 15th May 2020)

A 500-mile journey across South Africa in a luxury hotel train, which travels between Pretoria and Durban on the coast over the course of three days. The first stop along the way is Nambiti Private Game Reserve, home to rhinos and elephants, before moving on to the country’s most famous battlefields and the Drakensberg Mountains. Passengers have a chance to explore the ancient art of the San people and visit a vineyard that produces some of South Africa’s finest wines. Narrated by Bill Nighy.

Portillo’s Empire Journey (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 15th May 2020)

Michael Portillo tells the story of how a small island on the edge of Europe built the biggest empire the world has ever seen. In the first episode, Michael travels to India to uncover how the British East India Company – the world’s first multinational corporation – raised a private army to create an empire. Beginning his journey in the slums of Kolkata, he explores the ruins of the grand residence of Clive of India, who became the undisputed ruler of Bengal – amassing a vast personal fortune and making millions for shareholders in Britain.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 02/05/2020

The Architecture The Railways Built - 05/05/2020 BT TV appRace Across the World (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 3rd May 2020)

The five teams are reunited and look back on their journey, recalling the highs and lows, and sharing memories of the people who helped them along the way. They also reveal what their first impressions of each other were, and how those views were changed by the challenges they all had to face.

Off the Tracks: Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Sunday 3rd May 2020)

Return of the documentary following people who work all hours to keep Glasgow Central Station on track. The team deals with chaos on the concourse caused by heavy rain.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 5th May 2020)

Tim Dunn visits the Ffestiniog in North Wales originally built to transport slate from mountain to coast and learns about Amsterdam Centraal.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel  5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 8th May 2020)

Cameras capture a route through Spain, beginning near Leon, part of the famous north Spanish Pilgrimage, in the Picos de Europa mountains. The railway then runs through the Basque country before the famous Guggenheim Museum greets travellers in Bilbao. In Galicia, the gorges, coastline and sea bridges are a sight for sore eyes, and a speciality cider tour refreshes the train’s guests. The journey ends in Ferrol, a spectacular harbour that has been a major shipbuilding centre for most of its history and has been a key city in many wars. Narrated by Bill Nighy.

Around the World by Train with Tony Robinson (Channel  5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 8th May 2020)

The last leg of Tony’s round the world adventure begins deep in the Arctic Circle. His first stop is at a Polar Park working with wolves on a fascinating but brave project. Tony then rides the Arctic Circle Train south to the town of Kiruna, on the edge of Swedish Lapland, which is undergoing a very unique transformation as it’s being moved building by building to a whole new area. Tony also gets to see behind the scenes at the famous Ice Hotel, a structure which is rebuilt every year from ice taken from the nearby Torne river and ends his journey at Miniature Wonderland – the world’s largest model railway.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 06/04/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 30/03/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

? UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/03/2019

Race Across the World (BBC 2/HD | 7:30pm to 8:30pm | Saturday 23rd March 2019)

The teams head across the deserts, mountains and Silk Road cities of Central Asia, watching a grisly 13th-century Kazakh sport and braving a storm on the Caspian sea.

Race Across the World (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 24th March 2019)

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

Off the Tracks: Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 24th March 2019)

Temperatures rise as Glasgow Fair passengers are affected by disruptions. Tom and Marie reminisce about their holidays to the coast, while Paul reveals the station’s wartime past.

Around the World by Train, with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 25th March 2019)

Riding both a local railway and the legendary bullet train (but not the £10k-a-ticket 7 Stars line), Tony explores the samurai of Kyushu, the neon and noise of Tokyo, and the fresh sushi of Hakodate.

London: 2,000 Years of History (Channel 5/HD | 9:15pm to 10:15pm | Tuesday 26th March 2019)

History series telling the glorious and gory story of the city’s rise to power. As the team reaches the 20th century, Dan Jones heads in search of the origins of London’s vast suburbia, then goes underground to explore how Crossrail will propel the capital into the future.

Still Game (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Thursday 28th March 2019)

Jack and Victor decide to accomplish their long-standing ambition to climb the world-famous munro Ben Lomond – and invite the gang to join them.

Still Game (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 10:30pm to 11:00pm | Thursday 28th March 2019)

Tribute to the comedy following on from the final episode, with contributions from stars and creators Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill, as well as cast members and celebrity fans.

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

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