Rylan on Saturday (BBC Radio 2 | 2:00pm to 4:00pm | Saturday 15th July 2023) ** LISTEN OF THE WEEK **
Music and guests. Features include Dance Floor Diaries, White Lies, Winning at Life, Celebrate Good Times and the Couch Potatoes quiz. Plus, a catch-up with Mummy Linda to see what she’s stolen from his house over the past month. And Rylan gives out boarding passes to Rybiza.
Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 17th July 2023)
Derby to Hinckley. Series 14, episode 11. Michael Portillo begins a journey from the Midlands to the West Country, beginning in Derby, where he visits the city’s famous 19th-century railway works. In Leicester he looks back to the early 1970s, when around 10,000 Asians arrived in the city after being expelled from Uganda by the dictator Idi Amin. He also hears how meat rationing during the Second World War led to the birth of Walkers crisps, still produced in the city.
Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 18th July 2023)
Coventry to Leamington Spa. Series 14, episode 12. Michael Portillo’s railway journey through the Midlands and West Country takes him to Coventry, where he recalls the destruction by the German Luftwaffe of the city’s gothic cathedral in November 1940. He visits the factory of the London Electric Vehicle Company, manufacturers of the iconic London taxi, and then heads south to Royal Leamington Spa and the national centre for the Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Secrets of the London Underground (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 18th July 2023) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **
Green Park. Series 3, episode 3. Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway are heading to a stunning station you won’t find on modern-day tube maps – Dover Street, now known as Green Park.
Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 19th July 2023)
Long Itchington to Moseley. Series 14, episode 13. Michael Portillo reaches Warwickshire, where he gets a glimpse of the work being done for the new HS2 railway infrastructure. In Stratford-upon-Avon he learns about the founding of the Royal Shakespeare Company, before a visit to Birmingham, where he recalls the redevelopment of the city centre during the 1960s and the arrival of black and Asian communities.
Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 20th July 2023)
Wolverhampton to Cheltenham. Series 14, episode 14. Michael Portillo stops in Wolverhampton, where he finds out about the impact of Enoch Powell’s 1968 speech. He also visits Kingsford Country Park on the outskirts of Kidderminster, investigates pigeon-racing in Worcester, and eventually looks into Cheltenham’s jazz festival.
Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 21st July 2023)
Tewkesbury to Filton. Series 14, episode 15. From Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, Michael Portillo heads to the castle of Eastnor at the foot of the Malvern Hills. He also visits Coleford in the Forest of Dean, Slimbridge in Gloucestershire, and Bristol Temple Meads. From there he heads to Filton to investigate the centre of Britain’s post-war aviation industry.
Inside Greggs: 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 21st July 2023)
Part two of two. Grace Dent is given access to Greggs’ secret innovation centre at their HQ in Newcastle, getting a sneak preview of their new product ranges. She is also let loose on some muffin making which has the potential to go horribly wrong when Grace takes charge of piping the jam.
The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 21st July 2023)
Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker are joined by guests Tim Minchin and Judi Love for a comic review of the significant moments of the past seven days. As usual, the hashtag #isitok paves the way for the gang to round up, examine and explain the leading and most entertaining news stories of the week.
All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.