Oct 212017
 

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 23rd October 2017)

Documentary series going behind the scenes at Paddington, and the Western Network. Sunday’s service grinds to a halt when a train de-rails in the station, a knife-carrying passenger causes concern in Bristol, and cleaners have to respond as passengers ignore the ‘Do not flush while in a station’ signs.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 25th October 2017)

Design engineer Joe Stuart and service designer Lina Nilsson are taking on the London property market. Both in their twenties, they are fed up with renting but can’t afford to buy. So now they’re going to build their own house, for just £160k. Having already spent £73k on a miniscule 38 square metre plot in a run-down part of east London, Joe has designed a split level, six half-floor house that will cleverly maximise space. At 83 square metres it may be the smallest two double-bedroom house that you’re allowed to build in the capital, but it’ll be theirs, not a landlord’s. Despite their energy and enthusiasm, Joe and Lina have never done anything like this before. Excavating their entire plot for a basement proves incredibly testing, running months behind and thousands over budget. But Joe, who’s project managing and building most of the house, galvanises himself. Adding more and more design flourishes as he goes along, his ambition for this tiny gem of a building becomes an obsession.

The Country Council (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 26th October 2017)

Documentary series following the work of Argyll and Bute council, charting the unique challenges faced by staff working hundreds of miles from the nearest city to provide services in difficult times. This second episode follows council staff the length and breadth of the region, from Oban to Rothesay, Dunoon to Jura. It captures the demanding work of the health visitors on the front line who are dealing with a rise in autism diagnosis, the tough decisions being made in the face of an ever-increasing ageing population, and there is a look at what it is like to be a parking warden.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 27th October 2017)

The award-winning series continues live on Friday nights for a 12th series with its unique brand of irreverent satire and sharp topical comedy. The live, joyous, topical comedy extravaganza hosted by Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe examines the biggest and most entertaining news stories and rounds up the main talking points of the week. In this show guest Russell Brand helps to dissect the week’s events.

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

Oct 142017
 

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 16th October 2017)

Documentary series going behind the scenes at Paddington, and the Western Network. A driver raises the alarm when he suspects that his train has hit something, or someone, on the line. Heavy rain brings down a tree which closes the tracks between Banbury and Oxford, and engineers begin the process of dismantling a Victorian viaduct.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 17th October 2017)

Documentary series following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). As the summer sun comes out, so do the fun seekers, and crews around the country get ready for action. In Southend, a family of five out sightseeing are a mile off shore and waist-deep in water after being caught out by the tide. The Shoreham crew are paged in the early hours after a drunken festival-goer jumps in the river. And the Brighton crew fear the worst when a man tombstones off the pier at low tide.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 18th October 2017)

Documentary series following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). When an early morning dog walker spots a flare off shore, the Rhyl crew race to one of the most mysterious shouts they have seen. The Lowestoft crew find themselves paged to help to a sailor who doesn’t want to be rescued. And at Tower, a good samaritan is clinging on for his life after trying to rescue a dog which has jumped into the Thames.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 18th October 2017)

Ecologist Fred and communications manager Saffron Baker live in a beautiful village in the highly protected Peak District. After 15 years of saving and planning, they’re finally able to start building their large, new family home on a steep slope on the edge of the village. Desperate not to annoy the neighbours, their innovative design features just one storey visible from the main road, but two more storeys buried out of sight lower down the slope. The start of construction proves more a feat of civil engineering than a house build, with the difficulty of excavating into solid limestone, compounded by an incredibly steep and muddy access road for the heavy machinery. Then when their self-build mortgage falls through, work stops for months. It’s a major test of Saffron and Fred’s commitment and resolve, when all they have to show for years of effort is a huge hole in the ground.

The Country Council (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPl;ayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 19th October 2017)

Documentary series following the work of Argyll and Bute council, charting the unique challenges faced by staff working hundreds of miles from the nearest city to provide services in difficult times. In this first episode, cameras follow Desmond Middleton, one of only two council debt counsellors covering the entire region of Argyll and Bute at a time when one in six people are struggling with debt. Plus the how housing officers in Rothesay tackle issues of isolation across Bute, and a rare insight into the council-run airport in Oban, which provides a lifeline to the islands and communities it serves.

Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 20th October 2017)

Travelogue series with father-and-son duo Larry and George Lamb, exploring Britain’s national parks from the saddle. They cycle through the New Forest National Park where they encounter the famous ponies, set up a bushcraft camp, attend a chair building class, and canoe down the Beaulieu River.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 20th October 2017)

The award-winning series is back live on Friday nights for a 12th series with its unique brand of irreverent satire and sharp topical comedy. The live, joyous, topical comedy extravaganza hosted by Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe examines the biggest and most entertaining news stories and rounds up the main talking points of the week. In this show the team are joined by rock group Kasabian to help dissect the week’s events.

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

Oct 072017
 

Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 9th October 2017)

Series in which Paul Murton takes a tour of Scotland’s lochs. In the final programme in the series, Paul explores some lochs close to Scotland’s densely populated central belt. Starting on the banks of the most famous lake in Scotland – the Lake of Menteith – Paul wanders through an enchanting landscape, visiting Loch Ard, Loch Arklet, Loch Katrine and Loch Achray, before climbing a mountain in miniature, Ben Venue.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 9th October 2017)

Documentary series going behind the scenes at Paddington. The Queen arrives at Paddington on board one of GWR’s new Intercity Express Trains, commemorating a trip made by her forebear Queen Victoria. At Reading station, Revenue Protection Officer Lyn has to call for back up when a fare dodger makes a run for it.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 10th October 2017)

Documentary series following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The Aberystwyth crew must improvise when a local paraglider crash-lands at the bottom of steep cliffs. When an adventurous seal is discovered on the steps of a block of flats, Redcar’s newest recruit is first on the scene. And in Minehead, a challenging rescue forces an inexperienced crew member to consider her future.

Robson Green’s Coastal Lives (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Tuesday 10th October 2017)

Robson Green explores the extraordinary lives and homes of the people who live on Britain’s coastline – from families who are swapping their city homes for a new life by the sea to those who have lived on the coast for generations. His coastal journey reaches the east coast as Robson finds out more about the community spirit that makes life by the sea so fulfilling. He meets a couple living on a seal sanctuary, a volunteer lighthouse keeper who lives four days a month at the remote coastal location of Spurn Point, and meets the people who live on a former World War I campsite that now houses chalets with listed status.

Grand Designs (Channel 4 /HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 11th October 2017)

This is one of the most ambitious homes ever seen on Grand Designs – a scaly, curving house that’s reminiscent of a giant coiled snake. Stephen Tetlow is head of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Stephen’s wife Elizabeth is a committed horticulturalist. Together they want to build a home that reflects their passions – one that pushes Stephen’s engineering skills to the limit and embraces Elizabeth’s deep affinity with nature. Taking inspiration from an ammonite shell found on their land in the beautiful Blackdown Hills in Devon, the house spirals onto the landscape over two levels and mixes natural materials with cutting edge technology. Construction of such a complex curving structure proves a huge challenge and progress is tortuously slow.

Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 13th October 2017)

Travelogue series with father-and-son duo Larry and George Lamb, exploring Britain’s national parks from the saddle. They head for the beach on the spectacular Pembrokeshire coast. Larry takes a tour of an Iron Age fort and George attempts part of the Tour of Pembrokeshire.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 13th October 2017)

The award-winning 12th series continues with its unique brand of irreverent satire and sharp topical comedy. In this edition, Armando Iannucci and Sue Perkins join hosts Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe to examine the biggest and most entertaining news stories and round up the main talking points of the week.

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

Sep 302017
 

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 2nd October 2017)

Documentary series going behind the scenes at one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs. Signal problems lead to a restricted service during rush hour, which causes severe congestion at the station.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 3rd October 2017)

Documentary series following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). In Ilfracombe, a father and son find themselves in danger after jumping in to rescue a drowning dog. The Minehead crew must scour the cliffs and shoreline after a young woman goes missing in a distressed state. And when they’re paged to a man seen entering the Thames, the Tower crew face the possibility they may not find him in time.

Robson Green’s Coastal Lives (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Tuesday 3rd October 2017)

Robson Green explores the extraordinary lives and homes of the people who live on Britain’s coastline – from families who are swapping their city homes for a new life by the sea to those who have lived on the coast for generations. This time he is in Pembrokeshire, meeting a family who have bought their very own island – complete with Napoleonic fort. Robson also goes fishing with a lobsterman who could not bear to be away from the coast where he grew up, and makes a splash with the ‘Bluetits’, Pembrokeshire’s wetsuit-free swimming club who love a swim in the chilly Celtic sea.

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

For most of us, rust and ruin are not interior design choices. But Beth Dadswell and Andrew Wilbourne can’t resist a bit of decay. As designers, they are passionate about preserving the marks of time. They’ve rescued a crumbling Victorian dairy in south east London, and plan to convert it into a family home while retaining as much of the ramshackle roof and crumbling brickwork as possible. All this in just six months and on a tight budget of £260k. As they begin stripping back the old dairy, the poor condition of the building becomes plain. It’s full of rusting metal and rotting wood. Beth and Andrew have to make some painful decisions about just how much decay they can live with. As time goes on, their vision of a ‘shabby chic’ finish, including a Parisian courtyard, is under threat from the pressure to make their new home fit for modern life.

Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 6th October 2017)

Travelogue series with father-and-son duo Larry and George Lamb, exploring Britain’s national parks from the saddle. They start their visit to the Scottish Highlands with a speedboat tour of Loch Lomond, and cycle through the Trossachs National Park.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 6th October 2017)

The award-winning series is back live to Friday nights for a 12th series with its unique brand of irreverent satire and sharp topical comedy. The live, joyous, topical comedy extravaganza hosted by Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe examines the biggest and most entertaining news stories and rounds up the main talking points of the week. In each show, they are joined by a live audience and guests from the worlds of comedy, entertainment and politics to help dissect the week’s events. In the second show Victoria Coren Mitchell and Robert Webb join the team.

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

Sep 162017
 

Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 18th September 2017)

Series in which Paul Murton takes a tour of Scotland’s lochs. In this edition, he begins with a chilly swim across Loch Ba high on Rannoch Moor, struggles against the elements while trainspotting and meets some veteran Tunnel Tigers – men who tunnelled deep inside the Grampians, diverting water to hydroelectric schemes.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 18th September 2017)

Documentary series going behind the scenes at one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs. Temperatures soar in the height of summer, warping iron tracks and delaying trains. Problems are also caused by trespassers on the line, suspected drug users and an electrocuted pigeon.

Robson Green’s Coastal Lives (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Tuesday 19th September 2017)

Series in which Robson Green explores the extraordinary lives and homes of the people who live on Britain’s coastline – from families who are swapping city homes for a new life by the sea to those who have lived on the coast for generations. In this episode, Robson visits Anglesey to meet a family who live in an ancient fisherman’s cottage in the Menai Straits. On the island, he meets a woman who gave up her stressful life in the city to set up a paddle-boarding company, and a couple who have spent 12 years renovating their dream cliff-top home with its spectacular views of the Irish Sea.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 19th September 2017)

Documentary series following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). On one of the hottest days of the year, the Dover crew race to a Channel swimmer who has collapsed within eyesight of the French coast. In Mudeford, there are growing fears for a dinghy sailor four miles out in rough seas and refusing to accept help. And the Tenby crew are called to a runaway yacht metres off running aground.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th September 2017)

We are a nation that loves our sheds – but not many of us would want to actually live in one. In Northern Ireland, young architect and shed fanatic Micah Jones has the chance to re-invent a dilapidated old agricultural building in the rolling countryside of County Down. Micah plans an upside down four bedroom shed using new techniques and materials. Micah and family move into a caravan on their windswept site for the duration of the build. But their limited £200k budget runs short and Micah is forced to do more and more of the work himself. And then news of a new baby on the way adds yet more pressure.

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

Sep 112017
 

No idea how I missed this! But tonight at 9:00pm sees the first episode of the brand new TV documentary series from Channel 5.

The series follows railway workers on the Great Western Mainline against the background of the largest modernisation on the route in generations.

There are also major incidents, huge sporting events, as well as the day-to-day challenges of running one of Britain’s busiest stations.

 

Sep 092017
 

Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 11th September 2017)

Shelter from the Storm. Series in which Paul Murton takes a tour of Scotland’s lochs. In this edition, he travels from Loch Gairloch to Loch Maree and meets the king and queen of Islonia, matches a medieval feat of archery, dives on a wartime wreck in Loch Ewe, and finds himself short-changed on an island in Loch Maree.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 11th September 2017)

Documentary series going behind the scenes at one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs. 20,000 football fans take to the western network for the Champions League Final in Cardiff. Extra trains have been laid on, but getting everyone home after the match is complicated by a major terrorist incident at London Bridge.

The Adventure Show (BBC 2 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Tuesday 12th September 2017)

The Adventure Show is at the River Tay for the inaugaral Adventure Show Super Cup, with Olympic gold medallist Tim Baillie providing an expert’s view on the action. Plus Deziree Wilson discovers Scotland’s most select running club, and endurance athlete Katie Ford on whether she can set a new cycling record whilst living with epilepsy. And Cameron McNeish is back with a wild walk in Highland Perthshire.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 12th September 2017)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). In south west Wales, the Tenby crew race to a kayaker with suspected back and neck injuries after being caught out by a freak wave. Neighbouring Cornish crews must join forces in an epic 11-hour battle to stop a 3,600-tonne coaster breaking up on the rocks. And the Dart and Salcombe crews are astonished to be paged to the biggest shout of their lives.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 13th September 2017)

Penny Talelli has a passion for cutting-edge contemporary architecture, while husband Mark Edwards loves period buildings. Somehow, these two neurologists want to build a family home that satisfies both their tastes. But will it be the best of both worlds or just an appalling mishmash? Taking the plunge, they buy a derelict Victorian gatehouse on a very steep hill in north London, that currently sits abandoned and unloved. The plan is to restore it, paint it white, and then add a giant black zinc-clad box at the back, marrying their love of old and new. But they run into problems. The gatehouse needs knocking down. Excavating the sloping site takes longer than expected. Increasingly struggling to balance their busy working lives with project managing the build, the future of Penny and Mark’s unconventional home hangs in the balance.

Lego Masters (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 14th September 2017)

It’s the last stage of the contest. Which team will be crowned Lego Masters 2017? First, the remaining teams face their toughest quick-fire build of the competition and their toughest critics – children. The teams then have just three hours to bring the children’s inventive stories to life as brick displays – including a robot with an ostrich head, an alien from the planet Zorg, and a monster who devours a chocolate lake. Next, for the Grand Final, the remaining two teams have two weeks and half a million bricks to make their masterpiece. One team makes a human sculpture while the other createa a mythical world. Both builds are revealed to the public at London’s Design Museum; where they are judged by The LEGO Group’s Matthew Ashton and celebrity guest judge comedian Dara Ó Briain.

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

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