To mark the opening of the much anticipated, revamped Tate Modern, with its new Switch building more than doubling the amount of space it has on London’s Bankside, a look behind the scenes to reveal new director Frances Morris’s drive to increase the amount of international, female and performance-related work to make it a museum for the 21st century. With exclusive access to the Tate’s ‘secret stores’, where some of the new work will come from, members of its congregation explain how they feel the £260m transformation of this cathedral to contemporary art is money well spent, while others think its expansion in a time of recession is sacrilegious. Andrew Marr and Brenda Emmanus present from the opening night celebrations with contributions from Tate supremo Sir Nicholas Serota, artists Tracey Emin and Antony Gormley, critics Waldemar Januszczak and Jennifer Higgie, and comedians and painters Harry Hill and Vic Reeves.
Countryfile (BBC 1/HD | 5:45pm to 6:45pm | Sunday 19th June 2016)
Countryfile is in the East Midlands to find out about the region’s rural past. Matt Baker takes to the Trent in a kayak and finds out about the effort to clean up the river. He also visits Calverton Fish Farm in Nottinghamshire, where the team teach stocked fish how to be ‘wild’ in special tanks that force the fish to swim against an artificial current for food. Helen Skelton is in Rutland to meet master miller Nigel Moon. Nigel takes her on as apprentice for the day in his traditional windmill, one of the last in the region. Adam Henson is at the biggest agricultural show in the South West, The Royal Bath and West. John Craven launches 2016’s photographic competition, with its theme From Dawn till Dusk. Joining John on the judging team are Dragons’ Den’s Deborah Meaden, comedian Rhona Cameron and wildlife cameraman Simon King. Matt Baker also reveals the total raised by sales of 2015’s calendar. Tom Heap discovers how a global health crisis is impacting the battle against Bovine TB.
Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 19th June 2016)
The world’s most popular motoring show continues. Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc and Sabine Schmitz buy cheap second-hand cars and head for Venice. The aim? To prove road travel can be more luxurious than taking the train. Elsewhere, Rory Reid heads to New York to sample the all-electric Tesla Model X, while Chris Harris dons his race helmet to drive the most powerful Aston Martin of all time – the fearsome Vulcan. Bear Grylls and Brian Cox are the Stars in a Rallycross Car.
Penelope Keith at Her Majesty’s Service (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 19th June 2016)
This time Penelope is in Northern Ireland, visiting the Queen’s official Royal residence, Hillsborough Castle. Penelope meets the household staff responsible for raising the flag, buffing the brass and turning down the beds for Her Majesty’s visits. She also gets an exclusive look at a long-lost scrapbook of handwritten royal menus and invitations dating back to 1925, which sheds light on the tastes of the day. Penelope also meets the Queen’s bugler, uncovers an unexpected treasure from the Queen’s 1953 coronation tour and finds out how The Queen’s simple act of crossing a road in Enniskillen in 2012 helped unify two fractured communities.
Colin Prior – Mountain Man: Adventure Show Special (BBC 2 Scotland and BBC iPlayer only | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Wednesday 22nd June 2016)
This month’s programme follows landscape photgrapher Colin Prior as he begins a five-year project to capture the majesty and grandeur of the Karakoram mountains in Pakistan. For over thirty years, Prior has meticulously documented the planet’s mountains and wild places, capturing vast sweeping panoramas and memorable images.
The Last Leg in, the Last Leg Out (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 24th June 2016)
This week the live weekly satirical comedy show airs in an earlier slot as Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe are joined by a special guest to examine the EU referendum result and the biggest and most entertaining news stories of the week. Viewers can tweet the kind of edgy current affairs questions that other shows might duck on Twitter handle #isitok.
All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.