May 062017
 

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 7:20pm to 8:05pm | Saturday 6th May 2017)

Why do floorboards creak? When a sinister landlord shows Bill and her friends the perfect houseshare, they have no idea what lies ahead… knock knock, who’s there?

Babs (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 7th May 2017)

Written by Tony Jordan, this is the heartwarming story of Dame Barbara Windsor, the Cockney kid with a dazzling smile and talent to match. Preparing to perform in the theatre one cold evening in 1993, the cheeky, chirpy blonde Babs recounts the people and events that have shaped her life and career over fifty years from 1943 to 1993. She contemplates her lonely childhood and WWII evacuation, her decision to go from Barbara Ann Deeks to Barbara Windsor – inspired by the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, her complicated relationship with her father, her doomed marriage to Ronnie Knight, capturing the attention of Joan Littlewood and becoming the blonde bombshell in the Carry On films. Babs, ever the consummate professional, never lets her fans down whatever her personal anguish and steps on the stage to rapturous applause.

Scotland’s Superhospital (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 8th May 2017)

Series following the staff and patients at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. In this edition, Rose is rushed to the hospital and waits to find out if a kidney from a deceased donor is a match for her, we meet Maureen and her best friend Del, who is about to donate one of her kidneys to her life-long pal, and the staff in the Emergency Department are surprised to see how a man in his 50s reacts to a painkiller after he breaks his ankle skateboarding.

Britain’s Busiest Airport – Heathrow (itv/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 10th May 2017)

Documentary series which follows Heathrow Airport’s army of 76,000 staff – from plumbers to pilots to police – as they deal with 200,000 passengers a day in a never-ending race to get thousands of planes away on time. In this episode, a passenger arrives from Doha on the way to Dublin, but his final flight of the journey has been booked from Gatwick, almost 40 miles away. Can passenger experience manager Sue battle a cultural barrier in order to help him? Meanwhile, engineering apprentice Matt heads out onto the runway to calibrate the arrival lights and gets closer to a 747 than he ever thought possible. There is a massive new arrival in the shape of a brand new 787 Dreamliner plane, with senior first officer Dave flying to Seattle to collect the new aircraft. Finally, the airport’s dedicated fire brigade extinguishes a fire on a 747, but fortunately it is just a drill.

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

Apr 292017
 

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 7:20pm to 8:10pm | Saturday 29th April 2017)

London, 1814. The entire city has turned out for the biggest Frost Fair in decades. But beneath the frozen Thames, revellers are disappearing, snatched through the ice and pulled into the depths where a terrifying monster lurks. Will the Doctor and Bill stop the slaughter before they too are dragged into the icy waters?

Scotland’s Superhospital (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 1st May 2017)

Series following the staff and patients at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. In this edition, hospital staff are excited to be part of a new clinical trial which could revolutionise kidney dialysis for thousands of patients around the world. Eight-year-old Charlotte has an operation to enlarge her windpipe and help her avoid terrifying bouts of croup, and 50-year-old Peter has an operation to remove his brain tumour – all while awake.

Classic Albums (BBC 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:00pm | Friday 5th May 2017)

Documentary series focusing in a unique way on the great albums that have influenced the course of music and touched generations. This edition looks at Carly Simon’s 1972 album No Secrets. In a new interview Carly ties together her life and work on No Secrets – she is at her most honest, sometimes defiant, but with a wit and wisdom that comes from her rich and turbulent life. Carly had a number of highly public affairs in the early 70s and her experience fed into the album’s most famous song, the global hit You’re So Vain. She performs the missing fourth verse on the piano – the first time she has ever sung it along with the melody. Carly tells of how her producer made her do the vocal track on You’re So Vain over and over, and how Mick Jagger ended up on backing vocals. Finally, the film includes footage of Taylor Swift and Carly Simon performing You’re So Vain together.

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

Apr 222017
 

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 7:20pm to 8:10pm | Saturday 22nd April 2017)

The Doctor takes Bill to a spectacular city on a distant planet – but where are the colonists? A band of ‘cute’ droids hold the deadly answer.

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 23rd April 2017)

Matt LeBlanc drives an eight-wheeled rescue vehicle from Russia, Rory Reid turns the world’s ugliest car into a luxury yacht and Chris Harris reviews the new Porsche Cayman. Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay is the studio guest.

Scotland’s Superhospital (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 24th April 2017)

Series following the staff and patients at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. In this edition, a 12-strong trauma team assemble as man who was in a head-on collision with a lorry near Loch Fyne is helicoptered to the rooftop helipad. In the children’s hospital, 18-year-old Connor, who has leukaemia, faces an agonising decision over his treatment and his studies. The programme meets one of the 200 porters who are the worker bees of the hospital, walking miles on every shift, and the baby who can now have his cleft lip and palate repaired under anaesthetic by the top plastic surgeons in the country.

Inside the Tube: Going Underground (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 24th April 2017)

The Piccadilly Line is famed for its glamorous stops, which include Knightsbridge and the West End, but Rob Bell discovers how it also played an important part in saving the tube from bankruptcy, and changing public transport as we know it.

Me and My Dog (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 26th April 2017)

Chris Packham hosts a physical and mental competition in the Lake District, where eight owners and their dogs compete together in a series of challenges. It is the final stage of the contest and the Reds have one last challenge to determine which pairs go through to the final. It all comes down to a fiendishly difficult canine intelligence test which involves Lake Windermere and some dog toys. One pair prove just how far they have come and Toni is finally convinced that Flapjack is actually quite clever. Then it is the final – a human-dog triathlon involving a two-kilometre bike race over rugged terrain, a 100-metre open-water swim and a one-and-a-half-kilometre cross-country run. It is a race to the finish and the Me and My Dog Champions are unveiled. It is a chance for everyone to reflect on what they have learned and it is a celebration of a very special species many of us choose to share our lives with.

Mind Over Marathon (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 27th April 2017)

Two-part documentary in which a group of ten unlikely runners living with different mental health issues are brought together by Nick Knowles to train for the ultimate test – the 2017 London Marathon. This episode sees the remaining nine runners juggling physical injuries along with their mental health challenges and trying to fit training into their lives. They attempt longer and longer distances and even travel to the Brecon Beacons for a mountain run. The episode catches up with Rhian, Shereece, Jake and Poppy, who struggles with anxiety and the symptoms of PTSD. The runners are joined at a training day by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The royal trio have launched Heads Together, a campaign to remove the stigma around mental health issues and are keen to meet the runners and learn more about their experiences.

Barging Brits in the Sun (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pn to 9:00pm | Friday 28th April 2017)

An affectionate look at how Britain’s canals are becoming great again, with more and more people choosing to escape the rat race and climb aboard a canal boat for a slower pace of life, from a former Bond girl with a £100,000 boat to the UK’s top Elvis tribute act and a family taking their first ever boating holiday.

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

Nov 072015
 

Tyger Takes On - 12-11-2015 - YouView appDoctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 8:50pm | Saturday 7th November 2015)

Shapeshifting Zygons are everywhere in the UK, and there is no way of knowing who to trust. With UNIT neutralised, only the Doctor stands in their way. But how do you stop a war? And what can the Doctor do to save his friends?

Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm 9:00pm | Sunday 8th November 2015)

Timothy West and Prunella Scales head to Ireland. In perhaps their most dramatically beautiful voyage, they trace the story of the canal that links the south to the north: the Shannon Erne Waterway, also known as the Peace Canal. Their voyage begins on the shores of Lough Allen in County Leitrim. They try some folk singing and Irish dancing; travel across border country; visit the ruins of Crom Castle and Bloody Pass, and also meet a genealogist with an interesting story to tell.

The Hunt (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 8th November 2015)

Nature documentary series narrated by Sir David Attenborough, taking an intimate and detailed look at the strategies employed by hunters to catch their prey, and the hunted to escape. This episode looks at the challenges of hunting in the Arctic, the most seasonal place on Earth. To a predator, seasonal change is a problem. It means that all the parameters of the hunt – the conditions, the strategies, the prey – change too. The only option for the Arctic’s top predators, the wolf, the Arctic fox and the polar bear, is to continually adapt to their changing world, exploiting the good times and enduring the bad.

The Mountain (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 9th November 2015)

Series charting life around Cairngorm. The summer months bring new opportunities for the folk who live in the shadow of Cairngorm, and the warmer weather brings no rest for the mountain team. The funicular train comes off its tracks, Ruari the ski patroller turns gamekeeper for the summer, the new boss at the sailing school has big boots to fill, and a young couple try to get their music festival off the ground.

Scotland’s Superhospital (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 9th November 2015)

Series following the staff and patients of four of Glasgow’s oldest hospitals as they move into one brand new state-of-the-art superhospital, the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. This edition follows the closure of the Western Infirmary and Scotland’s largest children’s hospital, known locally as Yorkhill. The transfer of patients to the new Royal Hospital for Children involves moving some of the hospital’s sickest children, while on the Schiehallion cancer ward, staff prepare to close the doors for good, and look forward to the better facilities in the new hospital.

Loch Lomond: A Year in the Wild (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 10th November 2015)

Documentary series featuring the wildlife of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in Scotland, filmed across one year. It is spring, and migrating ospreys return to the park. Pregnant red deer come down from the mountain tops to the lowlands to calve. On a mountainside, two big cocks fight for the right to mate in a spectacle called a lek.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 11th November 2015)

Every year the Royal Institute of British Architects holds a competition to find the best new home in Britain and this time Grand Designs is along for the ride. In this episode, Kevin McCloud explores another set of inspiring homes in the running for the prestigious Riba House of the Year Award – including a bright orange metal clad home in the quiet suburbs of Kew; a sleek modernist house built over a river in Belfast; a low budget home constructed around a series of courtyard gardens; and a spectacular hidden house that draws light down into its depths through a series of dramatic vaulted roof lights. At the end of the show, Kevin exclusively reveals which home has made it onto the Riba shortlist and is in with a chance to scoop the overall prize.

Tyger Takes On (BBC 3/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 12th November 2015)

Two-part series in which Tyger Drew-Honey explores the blurring boundaries of 21st-century sexuality and sexism, delving head first into the thought-provoking lives of young adults today. In the first film, Tyger meets some of the trailblazers who are forging a brave new world of sexual expression amidst a backdrop of elite sex parties and the nu-drag scene, as he tries to be open-minded about his own sexuality.

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

Oct 312015
 

Great Canal Journeys - 31-11-2015 - YouView appDoctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 8:15pm to 9:05pm | Saturday 31st October 2015)

The Zygons, a race of shapeshifting aliens, have been living in secret on Earth, unknown and unseen – until now. When Osgood is kidnapped by a rogue gang of Zygons, the Doctor, Clara and Unit must scatter across the world in a bid to set her free. But will they reach her in time, and can they stop an uprising before it is too late?

Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 1st November 2015)

This time Timothy West and Prunella Scales travel from Birmingham to Braunston in Northamptonshire, for a festival of vintage canal boats. The challenging journey involves dozens of locks and a ghostly tunnel. But there’s help from the family, both from actor son Sam and by Juliet, Tim’s daughter from his first marriage. At Knowle Locks they meet a qualified boatman who was born on a canal boat 78 years ago. At Braunston, Tim and Pru unveil a plaque for the late Sonya Rolt, who dedicated much of her life to saving Britain’s canals, and who died in 2014.

The Hunt (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 1st November 2015)

Nature documentary series narrated by Sir David Attenborough, taking an intimate and detailed look at the strategies employed by hunters to catch their prey, and the hunted to escape. Contests between predators and prey are among the most dramatic events in nature. This episode reveals the extraordinary range of techniques predators use to catch their prey – from a leopard using all its powers of stealth to stalk impala in broad daylight to wild dogs, whose tactic is to wear down their prey over long distances; from Nile crocodiles, perhaps the planet’s most patient predators, to killer whales who use teamwork and intelligence to take on humpback whales. But even with these finely tuned strategies, the outcome is far from certain. Most predators fail most of the time.

Scotland’s Superhospital (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 2nd November 2015)

Series following the staff and patients at four of Glasgow’s oldest hospitals as they move into one new state-of-the-art superhospital, the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. This edition joins the staff of the first two hospitals to close – the Southern General and Victoria Infirmary – six weeks before the big move. In the Southern, sister Susan Montgomery prepares her nursing staff for a huge change – the move from open-plan wards to single-room accommodation in the new hospital. In A&E at the Victoria, senior staff nurse Mel White reflects on leaving the place she has worked in for 43 years to make the move to the huge new emergency department. Moving hundreds of patients across the city will be the largest operation of its kind ever undertaken in Britain. Their arrival in the new building will be the beginning of a new chapter in healthcare in the city.

Lies, Laws and the Bin Lorry Tragedy (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Tuesday 3rd November 2015)

Jackie Bird speaks to some of the families of the victims of the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy about the devastating impact of the crash which killed six people and left more than a dozen injured. The families explain how they feel the investigation into the crash has failed them, and lay damning accusations at those in charge of the Scottish justice system. They also ask how a driver who lied about his past was able to slip unnoticed through multiple layers of bureaucracy, allowing him to be in the driving seat of a 26-tonne bin lorry.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 4th November 2015)

Every year the Royal Institute of British Architects holds a competition to find the best new home in Britain and this time, Grand Designs is along for the ride. Presented by Kevin McCloud, this four-part series explores some of Britain’s most contemporary and cutting edge homes, all of them in the running for the prestigious Riba House of the Year Award 2015. In this first episode, Kevin McCloud visits five homes built for country living. Enormously varied in size and style, they are: a house disguised as a giant shard of flint; a beautifully crafted timber farmhouse in Somerset; a low budget home made of shipping containers in Northern Ireland; an elegant eco house in Cambridgeshire, designed for a passionate birdwatcher; and a stunning modern glass villa with a spectacular jagged roof designed to look like mountain peaks. Find out which of the five make it through to the final shortlist – and discover what it takes to be crowned Riba: House of the Year 2015.

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys (Channel 5 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 5th November 2015)

Documentary series in which Chris Tarrant explores the world’s most extreme railway lines. Chris discovers how a 2,500-mile transcontinental railway was built against huge odds in just a few decades, and turned a vast wilderness of isolated communities into the country we now know as Canada.

TFI Friday (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 6th November 2015)

Chris Evans’ seminal cult entertainment show is back with a new series. Broadcasting from a new home in central London there’s brand new features, raucous stunts, and this week’s guests include Sir Elton John, Julianne Moore, Stanley Tucci, The Maccabees and The Vamps.

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

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