Sep 152018
 

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.

May 052018
 

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

Behind-the-scenes documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. As Storm Eleanor strikes a fly-away plastic bag causes a power outage trapping three trains, in Hungerford a falling tree hits a Penzance-bound service, and engineers work through the night to fix a crack that has been discovered in a set of points near Oxford.

British Airways (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 8th May 2018)

Two-part documentary charting the highs and lows of British Airways as it approaches its centenary. Former pilots, crew and customers reveal their tales, combined with incredible archive footage. Stories includes the advent of luxury flight, the world’s most expensive advertising campaign, getting caught up in the Gulf War, and the aborted take-off of Heathrow T5.

Ambulance (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 10th May 2018)

In an average week, crews across the West Midlands respond to 30 stabbings. Pete and Matt, a specialist trauma team, are called to treat the victim of a brutal knife attack. They carry out urgent medical intervention at the scene in a bid to save the man’s life. Paramedics Christine and Chris start their day shift with a man who has collapsed in Worcester town centre after a suspected drug overdose. They give him an opiate antidote to stop him slipping into a coma, but the effect is only temporary. With A&E departments across the region busy, ambulance crews face waiting times of up to two hours before they can hand over their patients. When Jo and Tracey are called to 90-year-old Dennis, who has been vomiting, they want to save him from the inevitable delay at hospital. But GP surgeries are under pressure too. and they can’t get through to his doctor. They have no option but to take Dennis to hospital and join the queue.

Britain’s Great Cathedrals, with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 11th May 2018)

Tony Robinson tells the turbulent history of six of Britain’s cathedrals. Winchester is the longest medieval cathedral in northern Europe. It is also one of Britain’s oldest cathedrals and a monument to the wealth and power of the Normans. Kings and queens have been christened, married and laid to rest here.

Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 11th May 2018)

Michael Portillo unlocks the doors to four extraordinary abandoned locations. Imber Village was evacuated in 1943 to be used as a WWII training ground. Despite promises that the residents could return after the war, the village remains in the hands of the military today, and has been used for training against the IRA and the Taliban.

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

Apr 282018
 

A Force in Crisis (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Monday 30th April 2018)

Sam Poling investigates the series of crises to have hit Police Scotland, five years after the creation of the national force. She hears damning testimony from serving officers and discovers evidence of misconduct and the manipulation of crime figures. The programme reveals leaked documents which show corruption at the very heart of the force and a culture of fear within its ranks, documents those at the top tried to suppress. She asks the current chief constable whether, with his own controversial background, he is fit to lead.

Coast Lives (BBC 2/HD | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Monday 30th April 2018)

Series in which weatherman Barra Best voyages around the Northern Irish coastline, meeting those for whom the sea is a huge part of their lives. His journey begins at Lough Foyle, after which he makes his way to the picturesque harbour of Portbradden.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 30th April 2018)

Behind-the-scenes documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. A track circuit failure closes Platform 5 which is used by numerous high-speed trains, British Transport Police are out in force as rival Oxford and Millwall fans use the network, and a young man is seen on CCTV walking dangerously close to the edge of the platform.

Ambulance (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 3rd May 2018)

West Midlands Ambulance Service sees a spike in trauma cases and must manage problems of the winter NHS crisis that has left patients lying in the corridors of Royal Stoke Hospital.

Britain’s Great Cathedrals, with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 4th May 2018)

History series. Tony Robinson tells the turbulent history of six of Britain’s cathedrals. Liverpool cathedral is the Church of England’s newest cathedral, and it’s the largest in Britain. The cathedral was designed in the Gothic style by Giles Gilbert Scott, who also designed the red telephone box. It took 74 years to build and was paid for by money donated from the people of Liverpool.

Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 4th May 2018)

Documentary series. Michael Portillo unlocks the doors to four extraordinary abandoned locations. Since it opened 400 years ago, Shepton Mallet prison has seen thousands of prisoners, numerous executions and countless escape attempts. It has been home to gangsters, and during the Second World War a safe house for Britain’s most precious historic documents such as the Magna Carta.

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

Apr 212018
 

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 23rd April 2018)

Behind-the-scenes documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. At Paddington, the early morning service from Swansea breaks down and causes major disruption during the morning rush hour. Meanwhile, the staff face further challenges with a string of medical emergencies at the station and sabotage on the tracks.

Ben Nevis: The Venomous Mountain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 24th April 2018)

Created 350 million years ago by the implosion of a giant volcano, Ben Nevis is a mountain of two faces. The gentle, winding paths of the south contrast with the deadly cliff faces of the north, which draw in adventurers from around the world. Animals who live on Ben Nevis include the majestic golden eagle and three species of deer.

Ambulance (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pn to 10:00pm | Thursday 26th April 2018)

A day shift takes an unexpected turn for West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics when a 999 call about an unconscious patient suddenly becomes very personal.

Michael Portillo: Our Housing Crisis – Who’s to Blame? (Channel 5/HD | 10:00pm to 11:30pm | Thursday 26th April 2018)

Feature length documentary about the rise and fall of the British council estate. Michael Portillo investigates the extraordinary story of the social housing revolution that has transformed the country. Featuring contributions from council tenants, private renters, housing campaigners and historians.

Britain’s Great Cathedrals, with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 27th April 2018)

Tony Robinson tells the turbulent history of six of Britain’s cathedrals. Durham cathedral is one of Britain’s first UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a leading tourist attraction. The cathedral is over 900 years old and stands 218 feet high. When it was first constructed, it was the country’s tallest building.

Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 27th April 2018)

Documentary series. Michael Portillo unlocks the doors to four extraordinary abandoned locations. For almost a century, Orford Ness was owned by the MOD, a lens into a bygone era of secrets, spies and superpowers. When it closed in 1993, its buildings were still shrouded in secrecy.

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

Apr 142018
 

Britain’s Biggest Warship: Crewing Up (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 15th April 2018)

Crewing Up. The behind-the-scenes story of what makes HMS Queen Elizabeth so unique and how her crew work together to breathe life into Britain’s biggest warship.

The Queen’s Green Planet (itv/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 16th April 2018)

The Queen is dreaming of a lasting legacy, something that will carry her name and inspire her grandchildren. Her dream is to create a network of national forest parks from each of the 53 Commonwealth nations called the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. Follow her, the members of her family and her staff as this amazing project comes to life over the next few months. The documentary offers a rare glimpse of three generations of the Royal Family co-ordinating the legacy of the Queen’s reign.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 16th April 2018)

Behind-the-scenes documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. A fatality on the line at Slough station means closing the station and the line, leading to a standstill at Paddington. A Thai pricess and her entourage are eager for a tour of the station. Thieves have robbed a scrapyard and used the railway track to get away.

Made in Yorkshire (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 17th April 2018)

Documentary series. John Prescott explores the factories making some of the region’s best-loved foods. Wensleydale Creamery makes more than 4,000 tons of cheese a year, while Yorkshire’s largest pork pie factory provides 1.5m pies to the nation’s plates every week. Prescott tries to keep up with the staff at both.

Britain’s Great Cathedrals, with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 20th April 2018)

History series. Tony Robinson tells the turbulent history of six of Britain’s cathedrals. Salisbury, complete with its famous spire, was Britain’s tallest medieval building. Over its 800-year life the cathedral has witnessed natural disasters, royal feuds, secret wartime operations and innovations that have altered the course of the nation.

Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 20th April 2018)

Documentary series. Michael Portillo unlocks the doors to four extraordinary abandoned locations. Built in the East End of London 250 years ago and closed in 2013, the Royal London Hospital pioneered medical breakthroughs and healthcare for generations of people.

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

Apr 072018
 

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

Behind-the-scenes documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. British Transport Police chase down a mysterious trespasser known as ‘spiderman’. The Great Western Railway’s top brass holds a naming ceremony for a new electric train, but the new route requires demolishing a 120-year-old footbridge in only 72 hours.

Made in Yorkshire (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 10th April 2018)

John Prescott explores the factories making some of the region’s best-loved foods. Whitakers Chocolates produces 2m confections a day, while the machines at Heck! Sausages can create 1,200 bangers a minute. Prescott works alongside the staff at both factories to learn how it’s done.

Still Game (BBC 1/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 12th April 2018)

Comedy series in which lifelong friends cope with everything modern life has to throw at them. Isa’s pulse is set racing as a long-lost companion returns to Craiglang from Hollywood. As Isa and Callum get reacquainted, she has to fend off stiff competition, especially from one particularly persistent gooseberry. Meanwhile, Boabby decides it’s time to get a car and learn to drive – but it doesn’t come easily, and he soon terrifies the life out of anyone who takes him for a lesson. As he quickly runs out of willing instructors, Callum steps in. He is a qualified driving instructor and comes to the rescue with the promise of a lesson in a local car park. Also trying to better their lot is Methadone Mick, who has enrolled in an online course that he doesn’t want to reveal to anyone, for fear that they will laugh at him. The thing is, Mick doesn’t have a computer, so he relies on Isa, Jack and Victor’s good will. Pushed to their limits, Jack and Victor demand to know what the course is.

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

Mar 312018
 

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 1st April 2018)

Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid test the latest SUVs through the medium of horse trialling. Chris also gets an explosive drive in the new Alpine A110, while Jason Manford is the studio guest.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 2nd April 2018)

Behind-the-scenes documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. Lost power between Didcot and Paddington causes problems. A truck strikes a railway bridge. A woman has a cardiac arrest at a ticket barrier. In the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent scare, containers of an unknown chemical found on board a train.

Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 3rd April 2018)

Alan Titchmarsh reveals the history, human stories and the hidden treasures of Britain’s historical estates. Alan visits Castle Ward in Northern Ireland, the setting of Winterfell in Game of Thrones. He learns why the 18th-century mansion was designed in two completely different styles – Palladian on one side and gothic on the other, learns the history of its warring owners and uncovers stories of lunacy, attempted murder, groundbreaking science and tragedy.

Everest: World’s Greatest Mountain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 3rd April 2018)

Documentary series about the world’s most iconic mountains. Everest, the highest mountain on Earth, was not conquered until 1953, an expedition that paved the way for the countless climbers that have subsequently reached its summit. This programme looks at the incredible forces that led to Everest’s creation, and meets some of the humans and animals who live in its shadow.

Still Game (BBC 1/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 5th April 2018)

Comedy series in which lifelong friends cope with everything modern life has to throw at them. The future has arrived in Craiglang as Navid proudly shows off his new scanner. Much to his dismay, however, his shoppers are left struggling and frustrations quickly mount. Tam steps in to help an older woman scan her items and befriends her when it turns out he knows her daughter. But when Tam’s friends discover this older woman has no shortage of money, they become highly suspicious of his motives. Meanwhile, over at the butcher’s Jack and Victor are determined to get their hands on the last steak pie in the shop – but so is the rest of Craiglang.

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

Mar 242018
 

RAF at 100 with Ewan and Colin Mcgregor (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 25th March 2018)

To celebrate the centenary of the Royal Air Force, Ewan and Colin McGregor take to the skies in some of the world’s most iconic planes. These are the planes that were involved in aerial combat at every stage of the RAF’s story, from the biplanes used in the early days of dogfighting in World War One to the beautiful Spitfire of the Battle of Britain, the plucky Lysander and on to the mighty Vulcan nuclear bomber, as well as the Chinook helicopter and supersonic Typhoon that are still in service today. It is a story of amazing machines and epic battles, but above all it is the story of the men and women whose courage and ingenuity have been at the heart of the RAF for 100 years. On their journey Ewan and Colin meet people from throughout the RAF’s history.

Extreme Winter Road Rescue (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 26th March 2018)

Documentary series following the emergency services who come to our aid when winter weather causes chaos. In the week that Storm Emma hits, the UK’s road network is brought to its knees. The heavy road team get to work to help a food delivery truck which is stuck in the snow to a local shop which has run out of food.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 26th March 2018)

Behind-the-scenes documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. When the Beast from the East and storm Emma collide, Paddington’s managers debate whether to close the station completely, something that has happened on very few occassions since World War II. There is excitement among the staff as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle board a train to Cardiff, but a rail defect at Didcot threatens to upset their journey.

Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 27th March 2018)

Alan Titchmarsh reveals the history, human stories and the hidden treasures of Britain’s historical estates. Alan explores Cragside, a unique estate in Northumberland masterminded and landscaped by the Victorian inventor and pioneering industrialist Lord William Armstrong and filled with the most advanced technical advances of his day. Peter Purves visits Castle Drogo on Dartmoor, Miriam O’Reilly walks through the vast Cragside woodland and Angela Rippon visits the Red House in Bexleyheath, home of William Morris.

Wild Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 27th March 2018)

Wildlife series. A look at some of Britain’s wildest and wettest corners, and their inhabitants. Beavers display their skills as landscapers, a water spider constructs its own air tank, and starlings put on a head-turning display to keep a peregrine falcon at bay.

Still Game (BBC 1/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 29th March 2018)

Comedy series in which lifelong friends cope with everything modern life has to throw at them. Jack and Victor persuade Navid to lend them his caravan for one night only, but end up spending most of their precious time tracking down an unwanted guest.

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

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.

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