Sci-fi drama. What will the Doctor find at the end of the universe? Listen! What scares the Doctor? Ghosts of the past and future crowd into the lives of the Doctor and Clara: a terrified caretaker in a children’s home, the last man standing in the universe and a little boy who doesn’t want to join the army. Listen!
The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 16th September 2014)
Documentary series following the workers who keep the traffic flowing on one of the busiest stretches of road in Britain, where the country’s longest motorway, the M6, meets four other major routes. In January 2003, on a day known as ‘White Friday’, an enormous snowstorm brought the M11 motorway to a standstill and left drivers stranded in their cars for 18 hours. In the media storm that followed, the Highways Agency was heavily criticised for failing to prepare for snow and ice.
Bad Education (BBC 3/HD | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 16th September 2014)
School-based sitcom. It’s the summer term and Alfie Wickers is back as the self-styled maverick of Abbey Grove. He is in high spirits trying to get his class through their exams. But there is a shock for Alfie with the revelation that his dad Martin has been appointed as the new deputy head. Martin’s first jobs are to increase class sizes and fire a member of staff, after Fraser badly invests the school’s money in his own clothing range, Dolce and GaBanter. For Alfie this means a new class member, Cleopatra, and a tough decision to make – stand by his girlfriend Miss Gulliver when she leads the teachers on strike or sacrifice himself to save his class from failing their
Our Zoo (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th September 2014)
Drama series based on the true story of the Mottershead family who, in the face of staunch opposition and huge personal sacrifice, founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s. As the family nurse Eve the bear back to health, local residents’ opposition to the zoo grows hostile. The zoo continues to expand beyond their means, forcing George to use all his charm to persuade a local journalist of its unique worth. But while George’s proclamations fall on deaf ears, Billy brings home a surprise that could turn things around.
Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th September 2014)
GP Peter Berkin and his wife Chard, an alternative medicine practitioner, have decided to build a new home at the bottom of their garden. The problem is, right from the start they can’t agree on any part of the design – even the basic shape. Peter is a serial hobbyist who, according to his wife, never finishes anything. He wants the new house to feature a workshop where he can build a plane. He wants the house to be round. Chard however wants it to be square and practical. Peter aims to spend £400K, Chard wants to keep the budget around £200K. With Peter building as much of the house as he can himself, helped by his mates, and Chard taking control of the money and schedule, it looks like a recipe for disaster. As the house slowly goes up, round and complete with plane workshop, it’s crunch time. Even if it ever gets finished, will Chard be willing to live in it?
Scotland in a Day (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 10:35pm | Thursday 18th September 2014)
As Scotland votes to decide its future, this one-off comedy mockumentary turns the spotlight on a nation poised on the brink between triumph and disaster. Created, written by and starring Jack Docherty, Scotland in a Day focuses on all kinds of life north of the border. Featuring a range of comic characters captured ‘self-shot’ style as they document ‘Scotland’s Day of Destiny’, there are passionate Yes voters, out and out Unionists, and those who can’t help flip-flopping on which way to cast their vote. All Scottish life is here: pensioners, toddlers, deep-thinkers, nutters, landowners, entrepreneurs and party animals – everyone from the passionately political to characters doing their best to avoid the big issues.
Big School (BBC 1/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Friday 19th September 2014)
Comedy series set in a secondary school. When Ofsted arrive to conduct an impromptu inspection, Greybridge is thrown into even more chaos than usual. Not only does the inspectors’ presence seriously mess with Ms Baron’s enjoyment of her confiscated bag of marijuana, it also spreads panic throughout the teaching staff as they worry about their futures. When it comes to hanging onto their jobs, there’s nothing the Greybridge staff won’t resort to.
All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.