Sep 292018
 

Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 1st October 2018)

Series in which Paul Murton takes a tour of Scotland’s lochs. In this edition, Paul heads to one of Britain’s remotest railway stations, which was built to service several grand sporting lodges in the days when the rich and fashionable came to shoot game and fish the lochs of the Flow Country. Heading into the wilderness, he discovers a legacy of habitation before the Highland clearances and learns how early industrial plans to exploit the vast reserves of peat would have destroyed an ecosystem which is now valued throughout the world for its wild beauty. Paul then pans for gold in an icy river before heading for a miracle cure at the Lourdes of the north – the tiny, deserted Loch ma Naire. Journey’s end is at Kyle of Tongue, where Paul learns about a consignment of Jacobite gold that could have changed history.

Drowning in Plastic (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 10:00pm | Monday 1st October 2018)

In this 90-minute special, wildlife biologist Liz Bonnin works with some of the world’s leading marine biologists and campaigners to discover the true dangers of plastic in our oceans and what it means for the future of all life on our planet, including us. Trillions of pieces of plastic are choking the very lifeblood of our earth, and every marine animal, from the smallest plankton to the largest mammals, is being affected. Can we turn back this growing plastic tide before it is too late?

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 1st October 2018)

Documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. The British Transport Police mount a special operation to stop criminals who are running drugs out of the capital. A crack has been discovered on a rail joint at Acton East – if it snaps, it could be fatal. At Paddington, a passenger has fallen between the train and the platform, while at Bristol, a BTP officer must talk down a potentially suicidal woman.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 2nd October 2018)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). In north Wales, when police officer Vinny isn’t patrolling the streets of Rhyl, he volunteers for the lifeboat crew. When the pagers go off one summer evening, Vinny finds himself heading out into the darkness to try and rescue two teenage boys who have chased a wayward football into the sea and get caught in a treacherous current.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 3rd October 2018)

In the first ‘healthy’ home project ever seen on Grand Designs, gallery owner Elinor and fitness entrepreneur Born set themselves the near impossible task of creating Britain’s first hypoallergenic house in a leafy back garden plot in south west London. Driven by the need to alleviate their two young sons’ life-threatening allergies, their new part-submerged, shed-inspired home, will be constructed using low toxin materials and deploy cutting-edge filtration systems to clean the air they breathe. Right from the start, Born and Elinor are up against it, with access issues to their plot and the need to be super strict concerning suitable materials. It’s an immense burden and with the children still suffering weekly allergy attacks, a race against time to get moved in. But will their innovative new house deliver the benefits Elinor and Born are hoping for?

The Great Model Railway Challenge (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 5th October 2018)

Reality contest as railway modellers compete to create miniature masterpieces against the clock. In heat one, three teams offer their interpretations of James Bond, Jurassic Park, WWII flick The Longest Day, and a tour through Ealing Studios. But one team wilfully breaks the rules of the competition on day one.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 5th October 2018)

Rob Bell explores the lost landscapes and infrastructure of some of Britain’s former railway lines. Dense overgrowth has now covered the Plymouth-to-Exeter line, originally built to transport rice pudding around the country. Rob follows the Granite Way, discovering the rock that is used as foundation for railway tracks up and down the country.

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

Sep 222018
 

How the Victorians Built Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Saturday 22nd September 2018)

Michael Buerk travels Britain to explore the innovations of the Victorian age. Cotton’s place at the heart of mass production is examined, via the creation of the first inter-city railway, a game-changing industrial loom and the birth of the Manchester Ship Canal.

Bodyguard (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:15pm | Sunday 23rd September 2018)

Principal Protection Officer David Budd has made a major breakthrough in the investigation into the attack on the home secretary, but his enquiries have put him in mortal danger. With the clock ticking and no-one left who believes him, David attempts to prove his innocence. But the evidence against him begins to stack up.

Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 24th September 2018)

Series in which Paul Murton takes a tour of Scotland’s lochs. In this edition, Paul travels from Britain’s most westerly mainland point to a place once guarded by an ancient Celtic goddess. On the way he discovers how the ancient oak woods of Loch Sunart were once a hive of industry, then goes deep underground to discover how 18th-century miners named a new element. On the shores of Loch Linnhe, he meets the owner of a castle and recreates a scene from Monty Python’s Holy Grail, before ending his grand tour from the heights of the pap of Glencoe.

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

Behind-the-scenes documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. A heatwave hits the network hard, with signalling equipment out at Didcot, rails in need of stretching in London, and a surfeit of insects overworking trains’ windscreen wipers.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 25th September 2018)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). On the north coast of Kent, new crew member Ruth is on board for one of her first ever shouts – a member of the public has spotted what looks like an upturned boat out at sea.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 26th September 2018)

Harry and Briony Anscombe have made a radical change to their lives, moving with their three young children from London to Cornwall – and setting up an outpost of their media business at the same time. It’s a bold attempt to emulate the positive work-life balance and lifestyle they experienced in California. But even bolder is the giant five-bedroom house they want to build, heavily inspired by an American modernist house Harry saw in the 80s teen comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. All floating steel and glass, Harry by his own admission has become ‘obsessed’ with living somewhere just like it. But creating such an architecturally ambitious home would typically cost over a million pounds, and Harry and Briony have just £400,000 to play with.

Michael Palin in North Korea (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 27th September 2018)

Travelogue series into the notably private nation. Under the protection of armed guards, Michael discusses the country’s nuclear weapons programme with an army lieutenant, visits a massive tourist resort being constructed on the beach, and embarks on a hike through the stunning landscape.

Fifth Gear (Quest/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 27th September 2018)

The team try out a range of new tests, new races and new motors from around the world. As well as meeting motoring legends, they put top supercars through their paces!

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 28th September 2018)

Rob Bell explores the lost landscapes and infrastructure of some of Britain’s former railway lines. Beginning in the famous steel town of Sheffield, Rob follows the line over the bleak Pennines, discovering a miniature railway in Wortley and the record-breaking Woodhead Tunnel, before landing in the industrial powerhouse of Manchester.

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

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.

Sep 082018
 

How the Victorians Built Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Saturday 8th September 2018)

Michael Buerk travels Britain to explore the innovations of the Victorian age. Michael reveals how Victorians created the sewer system, providing fresh, clean water for all. The revolution began in Liverpool, which suffered the highest mortality rates in the country. But it took the Great Stink of 1858 to convince Parliament to create a sewer system for the capital.

Bodyguard (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 9th September 2018)

The home secretary’s principal protection officer David Budd struggles to come to terms with the fallout from the devastating events of the last 24 hours. The police retake control of the investigation into the attacks from the suddenly weakened security service, and David is questioned by counterterrorism detectives DCI Deepak Sharma and DS Louise Rayburn. Pushed to breaking point, David is helped back on his feet by his estranged wife, Vicky, and is determined to play an active role in the investigation, starting with those closest to Julia in government. At first Rayburn wants to keep David out of the enquiry, until he delivers a breakthrough.

Hidden Britain by Drone (Channel 4/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 9th September 2018)

One of the hottest summers on record is creating an adrenalin rush among Britain’s aerial archaeologists. As their drones take to the skies, they are uncovering significant new finds emerging from the parched landscape. All over the country, hundreds of unknown historic sites have been revealed from the air. And it’s not just the professionals that are striking gold – an army of drone-flying amateurs have made some incredible discoveries. In this Heatwave special edition of Hidden Britain by Drone, history and archaeology enthusiast Sir Tony Robinson investigates how this summer’s long dry spell created the perfect conditions for the mysterious ‘parch marks’ that led to these remarkable discoveries. He meets the archaeologists and drone pilots that have been flying all over the country to record this transient phenomenon. Once it rains, the marks disappear, but the hidden secrets have been revealed – now it’s a question of what happens next to these hidden historic gems.

Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 10th September 2018)

Series in which Paul Murton takes a tour of Scotland’s lochs. In this edition, he explores the Argyll coast, travelling from the sacred sands of Kilmory Bay on Loch Sween. On the Lilly Loch in Knapdale forest he gets a glimpse of beaver, before joining a group of steam enthusiasts restoring an old puffer on the Crinan Canal. Stone Age rock art leads him north to Loch Awe, where he drives a herd of Highland cows towards his final destination – the mountainous heights of Ben Cruachan.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 11th September 2018)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The Porthcawl crew have just seconds to spare when two teenagers on holiday get caught on a rocky outcrop by a large swell and a rising spring tide.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 12th September 2018)

In this two-part series, Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team attempt their biggest and longest build yet – constructing two brand new buildings for the Grenfell community. The team attempt to build a two-storey flexible-use centre that can be used by the community however it decides. Research indicated that there wasn’t enough low-cost space that different community groups could use in the area, so with the help of generous construction companies, suppliers and volunteers, the DIY SOS team attempt to do what they can to help. The team are joined by the Duke of Cambridge, who meets local residents and talks to firefighters who were among the first responders on the night of the fire. Along the way, Nick meets different groups who could benefit from the building of a new community space.

Fifth Gear (Quest/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 13th September 2018)

The team try out a range of new tests, new races and new motors from around the world. As well as meeting motoring legends, they put top supercars through their paces!

Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb (CHannel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 14th September 2018)

Travelogue series with the father-and-son duo, exploring Britain’s most spectacular cycle routes from the saddle. The Lambs spot seals around Stangford Lough, enjoy Guinness and oysters, investigate their family history and play the bodhran at Northern Ireland’s oldest thatched pub, the Cross Keys.

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

Sep 012018
 

How the Victorians Built Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Saturday 1st September 2018)

Michael Buerk travels Britain to explore the innovations of the Victorian age. Michael reveals how Victorian engineers revolutionised public transport, with the inventions of the omnibus, the modern-day bicycle and the London Underground.

Bodyguard (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 2nd September 2018)

As the capital shudders in the wake of two terrorist attacks, specialist protection officer PS David Budd is more under pressure than ever to keep the home secretary Julia Montague safe. The threat to her life does nothing to curb Julia’s political ambitions, as her counterterrorism bill takes another step towards being made law, provoking political rivalries. With the police marginalised from the investigation into the attacks in favour of the security service, David is caught between his new-found loyalty to Julia and his superiors’ demands for intelligence on her activities.

Neighbours (Channel 5/HD | 1:45pm to 2:15pm | Monday 3rd September 2018)

Aaron and David tie the knot, despite Susan having pulled out as their celebrant. An eccentric woman turns up in the Waterhole and offers to stand in. To everyone’s amazement, she turns out to be Jemima, Karl’s half-sister. Elsewhere, Leo and Terese finally succumb to temptation.

Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 3rd September 2018)

Phil explores the magnificent Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire and gets to know its formidable builders, John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, and his wife Sarah. Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, Phil’s host, explains that the palace was a gift to the Marlborough family from their friend Queen Anne, a monument to the Duke’s victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. However, in the archive Phil discovers the build was plagued with problems: fall-outs with the architect, unpaid builders and costs beyond even the wildest estimates. Phil tots up a total in today’s money that makes Blenheim the most expensive house he’s ever visited.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 4th September 2018)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). In Brighton the crew are called out to what they think is just a routine job – towing a yacht that has lost power back to harbour – but a sudden spring squall and mountainous waves leave the crew fighting to save the yacht and themselves from being dashed on the shore.

Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 7th September 2018)

Travelogue series with the father-and-son duo, exploring Britain’s most spectacular cycle routes from the saddle. The Lambs set off to conquer Snowdon but are blown off course, George puts a Llama display team through their paces, and they have to hang on tight when they try one of the longest zip wires in the world.

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

Aug 252018
 

The Adventure Show (BBC 2 & BBC iPlayer only | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 26th August 2018)

The Adventure Show is at Fort William as the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup returns to Scotland. Events include the fast, gladiatorial 4X and the brutal downhill, which launches off from the top of the Nevis range, with the best riders in the world plummeting 555 metres down one of the longest and toughest courses on the circuit. Presented by Duncan McCallum and Dougie Vipond.

Flying Across Britain with Arthur Williams (Channel 4/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 26th August 2018)

Arthur’s final airborne journey covers the epicentre of Britain’s wartime aviation effort – the east coast. He visits four airfields that played a role in World War Two, but have completely changed since. First up is Lincolnshire, which once boasted 46 military airfields. Only five remain today. At East Kirkby, a local family have bought and preserved part of the former airbase as a memorial. Flying over East Anglia, Arthur has an overview of the staggering scale of the wartime ‘friendly invasion’ by tens of thousands of American servicemen. At RAF Lakenheath, he sees the US Air Force’s awesome F15 fighter. At Cranwell, he visits the world’s oldest and grandest air academy and home to the only aerobatic team in the world licensed to take passengers – and there’s no way Arthur’s leaving without hitching a ride.

Hidden Britain by Drone (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 26th August 2018)

Britain is full of places that are hidden from public view, with their secrets locked away behind high walls and heavy gates… until now. History and travel enthusiast Sir Tony Robinson uses the latest aerial filming technology to reveal new aspects of our country in a completely different way. Dispatching flying cameras of many shapes and sizes, Tony opens up the far reaches of Britain. In this episode, Tony sends his drones to a top-security active nuclear decommissioning site. They also reveal the truth behind crop circles and explore the hidden world of bats.

Bodyguard (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 26th August 2018)

After distinguishing himself by courageously neutralising a terrorist threat, troubled war veteran Police Sergeant David Budd of the Metropolitan Police’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch (RaSP) is assigned as a principal protection officer to the home secretary, the Rt Hon Julia Montague MP. Julia is a controversial politician intent on pushing a new counterterrorism bill through Parliament which would give the security service enhanced surveillance powers. Her political ambitions make Julia a high-profile target. Dedicated to his job but concealing deep resentment of politicians following his traumas in Helmand, David’s divided loyalties might make him Julia’s greatest threat.

Bodyguard (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 27th August 2018)

Another terrorist attack raises the UK threat level to severe. Home secretary Julia Montague holds secret meetings with the director general of the security service, freezing out the police and her own minister of state for counter terrorism. As Julia’s stance on national security propels her into the public eye, specialist protection officer David Budd is on high alert while being put under pressure by senior police officers to spy on Julia. However, David’s natural animosity towards Julia fades as his home life becomes more difficult. When Julia becomes a target, David’s loyalty to her is challenged.

Drinkers Like Me – Adrian Chiles (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pn to 10:00pm | Monday 27th August 2018)

In this revealingly intimate documentary, Adrian Chiles takes a long hard look at his own love of boozing. He wants to find out why he and many others don’t think they are addicted to alcohol, despite finding it almost impossible to enjoy life without it. Adrian, who drinks almost every day, decides to start a drinking diary and soon finds out his intake is way over the recommended limit. He decides to visit his parents to find out what it was that motivated him to start drinking as a teenager and reveals that sneaking into pubs underage was all about friendship and being part of something, and that the allure of the social side of drinking has never really left him since his teens.

Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 27th August 2018)

Phil visits the beautiful Houghton Hall in Norfolk, built by Britain’s first Prime Minister, the wily Sir Robert Walpole. Phil is keener than ever to uncover the building costs, because they were Sir Robert’s best kept secret. As guest of its current owner, Lord David Cholmondeley, Phil uncovers a house clearly built without any limit on costs: It features some of the finest carved stone interiors ever created, jaw-dropping bedrooms, ‘beer taps’ in a marble dining room, and the most extravagant thing Phil has ever seen: a 17ft silver embroidered bed. It’s no wonder Sir Robert wanted to keep the costs – and how he raised the money – a secret; the truth could have rocked Parliament.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 28th August 2018)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Keeping watch over the River Thames, the crew at Tower in central London, the busiest of the RNLI’s 238 stations, are called to a man reported in the water eight miles downstream. On arrival, they discover a river bus already on the scene and their crew desperately trying to hang on to the unmoving man before he disappears under the water.

Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 31st August 2018)

Travelogue series with the father-and-son duo, exploring Britain’s most spectacular cycle routes from the saddle. The Lambs challenge each other to a race through Britain’s first ever National Park, join the World Hen Racing Championships, and indulge in the local tradition of springtime sheep-washing.

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

Aug 182018
 

The Adventure Show (BBC 2 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 19th August 2018)

In the first of a new series, the Adventure Show travels to Balmoral on Royal Deeside for the British Orienteering Championships as members of the orienteering community battle it out in a supreme test of physical fitness and mental dexterity. Also on the programme, how one man is determined not to let his life-changing illness stop him doing what he loves most – mountain biking. 

Flying Across Britain with Arthur Williams (Channel 4/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 19th August 2018)

Arthur leaves his home airfield in Warwickshire and heads north of the border to Scotland. The complex coastline of Argyll and Bute is his ultimate destination, but there’s time on the way for a visit to Glasgow and a day-trip to Loch Lomond in a seaplane, for a quick lesson in highland flying. The sun shines for Arthur’s flight up the west coast with Jura and Kintyre as a majestic backdrop. At Oban, Arthur goes in search of wrecked seaplanes from World War Two, before flying to the Inner Hebrides and one of the most celebrated and beautiful tiny airfields.

Hidden Britain by Drone (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 19th August 2018)

Britain is full of places that are hidden from public view, with their secrets locked away behind high walls and heavy gates… until now. History and travel enthusiast Sir Tony Robinson uses the latest aerial filming technology to reveal new aspects of our country in a completely different way. Dispatching flying cameras of many shapes and sizes, Tony opens up the far reaches of Britain. In this episode, Tony’s drones reveal the largest cave complex in Britain, hidden beehives on top of Fortnum and Mason, and a ginormous recycling plant for aeroplanes.

Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes (more4 | 9:00pm to | 10:00pm | Monday 20th August 2018)

When is a stately home not a stately home? When it’s a stately castle. At beautiful Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, Phil is invited by the Duke and Duchess of Rutland to learn how the castle was built – and discovers a Regency love story to rival Jane Austen. The present-day Duchess Emma introduces Phil to her Regency predecessor Duchess Elizabeth, and allows Phil exclusive access to the Belvoir’s usually off-limits archive. Phil learns that the castle’s creators had to sell whole villages to fund the building work, and reveals the mind-boggling total cost in today’s money. Phil encounters evidence of an aristocratic sex scandal painted on the ceiling, which was later disguised by royal decree. He searches for a lost railway under the castle, and tries his hand at modern-day pest control with a medieval twist.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 21st August 2018)

Documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The crew of Salcombe lifeboat station attend a mayday call to a fisherman pulled to the bottom of the sea ensnared in his own fishing gear, and a devastating fire on a boat 15 miles out in the channel. As they go to the rescue of a father and his 13-year-old son missing at sea, the crew of Moelfre station uncover a story of survival and heroism.

Mega Shippers (Quest/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 21st August 2018)

The pressure is on to export three offshore wind towers to safeguard a Scottish town’s economic future. And, a 130-tonne locomotive is winched onto a narrow trailer.

The Secret Life of Landfill: A Rubbish History (BBC 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:30pm | Thursday 23rd August 2018)

In a unique science experiment, Dr George McGavin and material scientist Zoe Laughlin chronicle the history of rubbish and explore how what we throw away tells us about the way we live our lives. With unprecedented access to one of the UK’s largest landfill sites, the team of experts spend three days carrying out tests all over the site, revealing the secret world of rubbish. They also carry out three other ‘archaeological’ digs into historic landfills to chart the evolution of our throwaway society. Ultimately, their quest is to discover whether the items we throw away today have any value for tomorrow’s world.

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

Oct 282017
 

Blue Planet II (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 29th October 2017)

Documentary series presented by David Attenborough which explores the planet’s oceans. From the equator to the poles, new worlds and animal behaviours are revealed, from tool-using fish to mother walruses fighting for space on the ice for their tiring pups.

Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 29th October 2017)

Timothy West and Prunella Scales explore one of Britain’s most ancient waterways, the Norfolk Broads. It’s their first time visiting this picturesque network of slow-moving rivers, fens, marshes and waterlogged woodlands. They discover the unique way of life that developed in the Broads over the centuries. They remember the book Swallows and Amazons; visit a marshman’s cottage and the ruins of St Benet’s Abbey; and sail on a local Norfolk wherry.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 30th October 2017)

Documentary series going behind the scenes at Paddington, and the Western Network. Transport Police are called after a passenger urinates in a carriage on a train pulling into the station, a low bridge has to be assessed after it is hit by van, and a train’s brakes fail in Reading causing widespread delays.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 31st October 2017)

Documentary series following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). In Tenby, police searching for a boat thief call for lifeboat assistance. The Mumbles lifeguards and lifeboat crew race to help two kayakers adrift in a boat laden with beer. And when two yachts capsize off Portsmouth, the crew must make fast decisions about who to rescue first.

The Country Council (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Thursday 2nd November 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. The programme meets the council workers going above and beyond to improve local lives. The Learning Disability team in Lochgilphead help a client with Down’s Syndrome towards his dream of becoming a club DJ. In Oban, a homelessness worker comes to the aid of a young mother who needs a permanent home. And in Dunoon, a coastal regeneration project leads to a surprise discovery – and a fascinating link to the area’s past.

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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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.

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