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 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.

Sep 022017
 

Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 4th September 2017)

Series in which Paul Murton takes a tour of Scotland’s lochs. In this edition, he explores the wilds of Loch Etive, from the spectacular tidal race of the Falls of Lora, where kayakers revel in the overfalls and ride a three-metre standing wave, to high-altitude camping on a hill opposite Buchaille Etive More, watching the sunset.

Diana and I (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:30pm | Monday 4th September 2017)

Drama showing the impact Princess Diana’s tragic death has on four ordinary people. Jack is the only child of an adored mother who dies the same night as Princess Diana. He struggles to come to terms with her death while computing the loss of an icon who meant so much to both of them. Yasmin is unhappily married to Hassan, an unsuccessful businessman who can’t admit his failure. Inspired by the public outpouring of emotion at Diana’s death, Yasmin goes on a journey of self-discovery. Michael is a junior reporter on his honeymoon in Paris with his new wife Sophie when news of Diana’s death breaks. Spending more and more time on the story at the expense of his honeymoon, Michael struggles to balance his career with his fledgling marriage. Mary is a Glaswegian florist, struggling for money. Mary hatches a plan to drive to London and sell flowers before Saturday’s funeral.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 5th September 2017)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). In Bangor, Northern Ireland, crew are tasked to find two teenage paddleboarders blown offshore towards nearby shipping lanes. When the Tenby crew learn a dog has fallen over steep cliffs, there is a race to reach him before concerned members of the public attempt to rescue him themselves. And on the north Norfolk coast, the harrowing hovercraft rescue of three young sisters still brings back painful memories for the Hunstanton crew.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 6th September 2017)

Few people would be brave or foolish enough to buy a building plot without visiting it first. But that’s exactly what ex-RAF pilot Jon and GP Gill Flewers did. Returning to the UK after a four year stint in New Zealand, this intrepid pair want to build a Kiwi-style hill house on the slopes of the Malvern hills in Worcestershire. Their ambitious three storey upside-down home will be clad in wood and stone, clinging to the hill and designed to take advantage of and enhance the surrounding scenery. But there are problems. The site is so steep that builders don’t want the job. So, despite a complete lack of experience, Jon quits his job to run the project himself. It proves an emotional rollercoaster ride.

Lego Masters (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 7th September 2017)

The search for the UK and Ireland’s most talented Lego builders continues. Nature is the theme this time as the remaining five teams take their construction skills into the great outdoors. The challenge is to create and install a spectacular brick display for a nature walk that will be transported to a woodland in Essex. From plants, animals and insects to mythical creatures, the teams can create whatever they want, but it must be full of character, wow the judges, and fit seamlessly into the environment. So how do you integrate a Madagascan crocodile into the Essex countryside? And there’s a frantic hunt on for a missing chrysalis. There’s also a quick-fire round to make as many miniature insects, birds and wild animals in 45 minutes, using no more than 15 bricks. Joining The Lego Group’s Matthew Ashton as guest judges is one of the world’s leading brick animal artists Sean Kenney, and comedian Bill Bailey.

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

Aug 262017
 

Casualty (BBC 1/HD | 8:45pm to 9:35pm | Saturday 26th August 2017)

Conditions at the refugee camp cause a member of the ED team to take drastic action. In Holby, recent events are taking their toll on Jez.

Diana, 7 Days (BBC 1/HD | 7:30pm to 9:05pm | Sunday 27th August 2017)

In August 1997, the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, stunned her family and catapulted the British public into one of the most extraordinary weeks in modern history. This programme hears from some of those most affected and those in the public eye at the time, such as Diana’s sons Prince William and Prince Harry, her siblings Earl Spencer and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, former prime minister Tony Blair and members of the royal household. What was it about Diana that resulted in such an outpouring of grief? And what does that week reveal about Britain’s relationship with the monarchy, then and now?

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 29th August 2017)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). In Ireland, the Castletownbere crew race to rescue a lone yachtsman who has lost his mast and is drifting powerless in ten-metre waves, 45 miles out to sea. In Minehead, a woman on a clifftop walk has gone missing, and after 17 hours, the crew are called to search the shoreline. And for an injured horse rider on a remote beach, the Porthcawl crew are the only way to emergency medical help.

Manchester: 100 Days After the Attack (itv/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 29th August 2017)

In May 2017, a suicide bomber attacked a pop concert by Ariana Grande in Manchester, killing 22 people and seriously injuring 59. Many of the victims were children and their parents. This is the story of the events of that night and a city’s response over the past 100 days, featuring powerful and emotional testimony from those who were there and those who are rebuilding their lives. Narrated by Christopher Eccleston.

World’s Busiest Cities (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 30th August 2017)

Hong Kong. Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Ade Adepitan reveal the hidden systems and armies of people running some of the greatest cities on earth. This time, they are in Hong Kong, where space is at a premium and real estate is the most expensive in the world. Ade heads into the high rises to find people living in tiny spaces no larger than a cupboard. This former British colony, handed back to the Chinese in 1997, is a city driven by trade and commerce. Dan discovers how it is adapting to life in China’s embrace, while Anita learns about the city’s many traditions – from bamboo scaffolding to banishing bad spirits on the daily commute. Ade heads to the races at Happy Valley, and Dan discovers the history of the origins of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation – HSBC. Hong Kong is crowded, chaotic and facing an uncertain future. How does this city of contrasts manage the delicate daily balancing act that keeps it on track?

Lego Masters (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 31st August 2017)

The search for UK and Ireland’s most talented Lego builders continues. This week the teams must step up a gear and make their models move. They have to build a funfair with at least one spectacular supersized mechanical ride, complete with moving parts and characterful stories in miniature form. While an inventive spinning laser ride draws the crowds to one fairground, a sandwich-stealing shark is a pest at another. The judges also throw them a curve ball with their unplanned challenge, where the teams find themselves having to quickly build a vehicle with no time to prepare. But that’s not the only surprise in store, as halfway through the challenge the judges give each team a new mode of transport and announce that they must create a hybrid of the two. One team must go home, so who will rise to the challenge and who has laid their very last brick in the Build Room?

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

Aug 192017
 

Casualty (BBC 1/HD | 8:45pm to 9:35pm | Saturday 19th August 2017)

As some of the team head to France to help aid efforts at a refugee camp, their experiences leave lasting impressions. At the ED, Connie’s world is rocked by sudden news.

Easyjet: Inside the Cockpit (itv/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 21st August 2017)

Documentary series following new recruits as they train to become pilots for easyJet. In this episode, newly qualified 20-year-old Ryan Clyde has his first landing in Paris, in the dark and with passengers on board. One passenger has never flown before and is extremely nervous. Cadet Sophie is now back in the UK, learning how to deal with G-force, and the trainee captains take a jaunt to France to show off their experience to seven more trainees.

The Yorkshire Dales and the Lakes (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 22nd August 2017)

In this final episode of the series, as the busiest event of the year fast approaches, there’s a staffing crisis at Tan Hill Inn, Britain’s highest pub. At Muncaster Castle in the Lakes, the library ceiling needs urgent repair work, including intricate gold-leaf design. Lake Warden Martin Dodgson patrols Windermere, England’s largest natural lake. And as the start of the climbing season approaches, Zac Poulton and fellow adventurer Mick Allen complete safety checks on the Shepherd’s Crag rock face in Barrowdale.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 23rd August 2017)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Off the coast of Bridlington, a kayaker has been missing for an hour and only the crews’ tidal knowledge can track him down. A crew member on his first shout races to a dinghy capsize to find a man losing consciousness in the water. And when a fishing trawler sinks off the coast of the Shetland Islands, the fishermen and RNLI crew aboard must swim for their lives.

Lego Masters (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 24th August 2017)

The hunt is on for the UK and Ireland’s best Lego builders, as some of the country’s most skilled brick fanatics do battle to be crowned Lego Masters. In the first episode, 48 pairs are whittled down to just eight final teams through a series of challenges. Next, the eight teams must create a spectacular brick banquet, including an impressive chair that not only looks the part, but also strong enough for presenter Melvin Odoom. The teams must also make at least one supersized masterpiece for the banquet table. The results include a crispy aromatic duck and prawn toast, a hog roast, and a gravity-defying cuppa. Judging the models is a man who knows a thing or two about bricks, The LEGO Group’s Matthew Ashton, Vice President of Design. Joining Matthew this time is structural engineer Roma Agrawal, who will be looking at how the seats sit up under scrutiny. Two teams must be eliminated. Who will tower above their opponents, and who will come tumbling down under the pressure?

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

Aug 122017
 

Easyjet: Inside the Cockpit (itv | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 14th August 2017)

Documentary series following new recruits as they train to become pilots for easyJet. The airline has launched a large drive to recruit more pilots from all walks of life, including a particular focus on hiring more female pilots. The programme follows the rookies as they take their first steps from the flight-school classroom, into the flight simulator, and finally flying with hundreds of paying passengers on board. Becoming a pilot involves dedication and determination – but does the reality live up to the recruits’ dreams of flying high?

The Yorkshire Dales and the Lakes (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 15th August 2017)

There’s a palpable sense of urgency in the air in the Dales as lambing season starts for the hill farming Dawson family, with the arrival of forty lambs per day. In Swaledale, at Britain’s highest pub, the Tan Hill Inn, Vanessa and Nigel have survived the winter months but must now decide if running one of the remotest hostelries in Britain is really for them. Also, Ribblesdale primary, a 300-year-old village school in Horton, faces closure. And gamekeeper David Hutchinson and his team begin preparing the fells and woods for the shooting season.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 16th August 2017)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). In the first episode, a father and daughter find themselves treading water for almost an hour, hundreds of metres out at sea, after being swept out by a rip current. In Kinsale, Ireland, three fishermen swim for their lives as their trawler is smashed on to rocks. And in London, an unlucky tourist is minutes from hypothermia after his attempt to take a selfie lands him in the Thames.

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

Jul 302016
 

Cycling - RideLondon Classique - 31-07-2016 - YouView appCycling – RideLondon Classique (BBC 2/HD | 6:00pm to 7:00pm | Saturday 30th July 2016)

Jill Douglas introduces live coverage of the RideLondon Classique, a newly credited UCI women’s WorldTour race. The event boasts the strongest ever field assembled for a one-day race in Great Britain as the world’s top 20 teams battle it out through the streets of central London. The new 5.5km circuit takes in many of the capital’s most iconic landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Strand and Trafalgar Square before it concludes on the Mall. In a watershed moment for women’s cycling, the prize money on offer is the highest ever for a women’s one-day race, matching that of Sunday’s men’s race. Simon Brotherton provides commentary with expert analysis from Chris Boardman and Rochelle Gilmore.

Cycling – Ridelondon-Surrey Classic (BBC 1/HD | 3:30pm to 6:35pm | Sunday 31st July 2016)

Jill Douglas presents live coverage of the RideLondon-Surrey Classic, the world’s richest one-day men’s race. Seven UCI WorldTour teams race over the closed roads of London and Surrey, with 2015 champion Jean-Pierre Drucker returning with his BMC Racing team. A strong field has been assembled, including German sprint star Andre Greipel, former world champion Tom Boonen and Britain’s rising sprinting star Dan McLay, which should ensure the eventual run into the line is once again fast and furious. Live rider data and onboard cameras add to the coverage as the peloton heads out from Horse Guards Parade into the stunning Surrey countryside, before heading back to the iconic finish at The Mall. Simon Brotherton provides commentary, with expert analysis from Chris Boardman and David Millar.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 3rd August 2016)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). In the summer months, millions of Britains flock to the UK’s 11,000 miles of coastline, making it the busiest time of year by far for the RNLI. The army of unpaid volunteers has to contend with everything from overly ambitious novice sailors caught in a storm, to a little girl who has become trapped in the rocks below the high-water mark. The dangers of the water are further put into perspective when a father gets himself into serious difficulties after swimming out to try and rescue his young son, whilst a YouTube prankster deliberately flings himself from Tower Bridge for ‘a dare’.

Full Steam Ahead (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 4th August 2016)

Series exploring how the expansion of railways in the Victorian era transformed Britain. Historians Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn find out how the railways transformed the British diet, rescuing a nation that was struggling to feed itself. Alex and Peter load a flock of sheep onto a train, discovering how the mass transportation of livestock by rail transformed the quality and quantity of meat available to Victorian consumers. Ruth follows in the footsteps of Britain’s herring girls, revealing how the North Yorkshire Moors Railway revived the fortunes of Whitby, turning it into a thriving fishing town. Alex looks at how pioneering farmers attempted to use steam power to increase production. Peter discovers how steam-powered engines revolutionised production at Britain’s oldest brewery. In Yorkshire, Ruth sees how farmers created a monopoly on rhubarb. Meanwhile, Alex boards a locomotive on the watercress line in Hampshire.

Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 5th August 2016)

George Clarke’s mission to find Britain’s shed of the year continues. George and his fellow judges look at the Eco and Unexpected categories. Eco includes a mud hut in Norfolk and a shed on wheels. Featuring in the new Unexpected category is a shed located in a flood plain designed to rise up with the water. There is also an allegedly haunted shed.

Olympics 2016: Opening Ceremony (BBC 1/HD | 11:40pm to 4:00am | Friday 5th August 2016)

Clare Balding introduces live coverage of the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as the games head to South America for the first time. The ceremony is a chance for participants from all 207 competing nations to parade with their flag in the iconic Maracana Stadium.

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

Jul 232016
 

Saving Lives at Sea - 27-07-2016 - YouView appSaving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 27th July 2016)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). In Cornwall, newest recruit 18-year-old Shaunna is following in the family tradition and her grandfather’s footsteps. After a successful first rescue of a teenage holiday maker, she has hopes to one day become Newquay’s first helmswoman. And in the remote fishing village of Oban on the west coast of Scotland, the RNLI have another new 18-year-old recruit. Young Andrew and the rest of the crew are given a painful reminder of the dangers all lifeboat volunteers face when they are woken by their pagers in the middle of the night to try and rescue the captain and crew of a fishing boat that is sinking having run aground in the middle of a storm.

Full Steam Ahead (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 28th July 2016)

Series exploring how the expansion of railways in the Victorian era transformed Britain. Historians Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn visit Beamish in County Durham to examine how railway companies began to develop ways of moving people, rather than just stone, coal and iron, around the country. The comfort of the early passenger wagons are put to the test. The team then visit a refreshment room, discover the downside of compartment-only carriages and investigate how travellers made do without modern conveniences. There is also a look at the impact of railway construction on cottage industries, the important role of the train guard, and the harsh life of navvies who grafted tirelessly to lay the miles of track.

Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 29th July 2016)

George Clarke and the Amazing Spaces team return for the highlight in every shed owner’s calendar: The Shed of the Year competition. From hundreds of entries, just 32 have made it on to the judges’ shortlist for 2016, and only one will take the ultimate shed accolade. The first episode features the ‘Unique’ and ‘Historic’ categories, including a shed that rotates 360 degrees to follow the sun, to a shed that can hit the road clocking in at 90mph. There is also a faithful replica of an Anglo Saxon longhouse and a Vietnam War bunker in Staffordshire.

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

Jul 162016
 

Full Steam Ahead - 21-07-2016 - YouView app Brexageddon? (BBC 2/HD | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 19th July 2016)

One-off, 30-minute comedy special satirising the EU referendum and its seismic effect. Capturing the heated debate within a nation, the show is centre court to the most dynamic drama to unfold in recent Whitehall history. The show’s comedy characters tackle the EU referendum saga from all angles, including the implementation of Scottish border control, attending the EU, sending a confused Dale Mailey to understand Remain supporters, UKIP supporter Dennis attempting PR relations at an anti-fascist rally, bearing witness to Farage’s exit (just after they poignantly gift him), hipster campaigning for an independent State of Islington, negotiating new terms of living with Costa del Sol’s expats, and getting stuck in a revolving door with Boris Johnson. Are you in… or out?

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th July 2016)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The busiest RNLI station is on the River Thames in central London, established after the Marchioness pleasure cruiser sank in 1989. While it might look benign, the Thames is actually one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the UK, and the volunteers are called from their beds in the middle of the night to try to rescue two students who have jumped naked into the river while high on LSD. At the coast in Newquay, the volunteers and coastguard helicopter are scrambled to try to help a 12-year-old boy on a Cub Scout trip who has fallen badly and has suspected spinal damage. Eastbourne lifeboat station covers a stretch of coastline which includes Beachy Head, so they have had to become more familiar with death than most. Recovering the body of someone who has taken their own life is a duty which the volunteers see as an important service to the family who have lost a loved one.

Full Steam Ahead (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 21st July 2016)

Series exploring the golden age of steam. Historians Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn explore how the introduction of steam railways in the early 19th century changed Britain. In the middle of winter, the team arrive at the Ffestiniog Railway in Snowdonia to find out how millions of tons of slate were moved down the mountain. Underground, Alex experiences the brutal conditions faced by miners in Llechwedd quarry who would have endured 12-hour shifts suspended from iron chains. At Foxfields Railway in Staffordshire, built to transport coal to the nearby mainline, Ruth gets on the loco’s footplate as it is driven up the steepest railway in Britain. Coal was to change everything in our day-to-day lives, right down to the way we cooked, the shape of our pots and the role of women who had to deal with the tyranny of keeping clothes clean in this dirty industrial world.

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

Jul 092016
 

Trainspotting Live - 11-07-2016 - YouView appTrainspotting Live (BBC 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 11th July 2016)

Broadcast live from Didcot Rail Centre, in the middle of the Great Western Railway, Peter Snow is joined by some of the most enthusiastic and passionate train lovers, collectors and enthusiasts from across the country. Peter meets poet and rail fan Ian McMillan, challenging him to write a new poem about the iconic Flying Scotsman to images filmed by members of the public as the train went on a recent journey. Dr Hannah Fry explores how these massive engines stay on the rails and the effect that the rail network had on timekeeping. Engineer Dick Strawbridge is in Doncaster on the trail of a workhorse of the network, the Class 66, and he also visits the National Railway Museum in York. With spotters based across the length and breadth of the country, including resident spotter Tim Dunn in the Scottish Highlands, Trainspotting Live provides a snapshot of the whole network during the hour, providing analysis and context, and revelling in this unique and wonderful world.

Exodus: Our Journey to Europe (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 11th July 2016)

Documentary following some of the million people who smuggled themselves into Europe in 2015, filmed using camera phones provided to them by the production team. Fleeing war, poverty or persecution, they are prepared to film where regular films cannot go – from the inflatable dinghies crossing from Turkey to Greece to the back of lorries entering the Eurotunnel. The series begins with hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria arriving in the Turkish port of Izmir. Eleven-year-old Isra’a sells black-market cigarettes so that her extended family can pay smugglers to take them across the Mediterranean on a dinghy – but her father Tarek is unsure whether he can risk his children’s lives. Meanwhile, 27-year-old Hassan, who is fleeing imprisonment and torture in his native Damascus, is desperate to make the crossing at all costs. He puts his life, and those of his travelling companions, in the hands of smugglers and boards a dinghy. But the passengers soon face a life-or-death decision.

Kinky Britain (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Monday 11th July 2016)

From eye-crossing fetishists to balloon and bubblegum poppers, roll neck-shamers and ear-diddling enthusiasts, Britain is in the grip of a secret fetish obsession, with an army of amateur filmmakers ready to cater to our every quirky need. Welcome to the world of porn to order. Exploring the bizarre and highly lucrative business of bespoke online fetish video production, this entertaining documentary follows a growing number of British producers as they make their fortune delivering other people’s fantasies on tape.
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Trainspotting Live (BBC 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 12th July 2016)

Peter Snow and Dr Hannah Fry present live from Didcot Railway Centre. Peter is joined by Bob Gwynne, curator at the National Railway Museum, to apply his incredible knowledge of the British rail system to the live images coming in. Hannah is out and about at Didcot, working out the equations that meant that the move from steam to diesel power was inevitable. She also meets Sir Kenneth Grange, the man responsible for many design classics including the famous Intercity 125 which is this episode’s focus for the spotters up and down the country. Dick Strawbridge is on the hunt for a very special example of that train in Swindon, and also meets the group trying to buy and preserve the original prototype. Tim Dunn has moved south to Carlisle to spot one of the trainspotters’ favourite locomotives, the Class 37. All of this, plus a man that has collected thousands of locomotive number plates and a short film about the ‘flying banana’.

Exodus: Our Journey to Europe (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 12th July 2016)

Documentary following some of the million people who smuggled themselves into Europe in 2015, filmed using camera phones provided to them by the production team. Syrian Kurd Ahmad’s journey continues as he reaches Athens. Rather than take the long and uncertain over-land route through Europe, he negotiates with a smuggler for a fake passport that he can use to fly to France. With his wife and young daughters trapped in Syria, time is of the essence. Also leaving Athens is 24-year-old Sadiq from Afghanistan, fleeing Taliban repression and violence and heading to Finland, a country of which he has never even seen a picture. Meanwhile, 11-year-old Isra’a and her family group of 16 people, including babies and her severely disabled sister, are approaching the Serbian border. They are shocked by the total chaos that greets them.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 13th July 2016)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). A retired nursery teacher gets herself into danger when attempting to rescue her two dogs after they became cut off by the rising tide, a volunteer crew member in Wales is washed off a cliff into the sea while trying to rescue a concussed spearfisherman, a rescue in a force seven gale in Blackpool goes badly wrong, putting all three crew members’ lives in jeopardy, and volunteers try to rescue families trapped by the rising waters in Cumbria shortly before Christmas when torrential floods hit.

Trainspotting Live (BBC 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 13th July 2016)

In this final episode of the series from Didcot, Dr Hannah Fry and Peter Snow look towards the future of rail travel. Hannah explores how the timetables work and whether they can squeeze in extra capacity in the future. She also looks back to what the future could have looked like had Brunel’s broad gauge track system become the standard over a hundred years ago. Engineer Dick Strawbridge meets some young volunteers who are preserving locomotives and learning the engineering techniques to keep the network running. Tim Dunn is after another live rare spot, a mail train which runs cards and letters around Britain and is powered by a unique class of locomotive. He also gets to ride on a train so futuristic it isn’t even on the network yet. Back at Didcot, Peter is joined by Gerry Barney, who designed the British Rail logo, something that has stayed constant through years of rail upheaval and is still a design classic today.

Exodus: Our Journey to Europe (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 13th July 2016)

Documentary following some of the million people who smuggled themselves into Europe in 2015, filmed using camera phones provided to them by the production team. 21-year-old Alaigie is preparing to leave Gambia to travel ‘the back way’ 6,000 kilometres to Italy to find work. He films the dangerous journey through Africa via a network of smugglers, at the mercy of thieves and violent border guards. Meanwhile, Syrian Kurd Ahmad’s attempt to be smuggled into Britain in the back of a lorry finally pays off, and he is sent to Wakefield while his asylum claim is processed. He’s desperate to get leave to remain so that he can bring his wife and young daughters out of Syria. With their home town under attack, the clock is ticking for him to get them to safety. And 27-year-old Hassan, who survived the sinking of his dinghy in the Mediterranean, has reached Calais and the infamous Jungle. But the final few miles prove the hardest to travel.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:05pm to 11:10pm | Friday 15th July 2016)

The final episode of the current series of the award-winning live weekly satirical comedy show, hosted by Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe. The team are joined by a special guest to examine 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.

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