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UK TV programmes to watch this week : 20/02/2021

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 22nd February 2021)

Nick Knowles and the team head to Bangor in Co Down to help Mandy McCreight, who is isolated in her bedroom due to a variety of medical issues and is missing out on family life. Her children Ben and Kara also have mobility problems, while husband Davey looks after everyone, but now he is suffering from a back injury. The entire family are under real stress and the house is not wheelchair friendly, making the situation unbearable.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 23rd February 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Tim explores the last working roundhouse in the UK – Barrow Hill in Derbyshire. Tim also visits Bath, a city renowned for its Georgian architecture.

Trump Takes on the World (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 24th February 2021)

After one of the most shocking presidencies in history, Donald Trump’s top advisers and the leaders who clashed with him lift the lid on the critical moments of his foreign policy. In the third and final programme, Trump sets his sights on Asia, and determined to go ahead with his new tough approach, he launches the biggest trade war in economic history. Trump’s unorthodox style is on full display as he switches between maximum pressure and maximum flattery, as he forms the most unlikely of friendships with one of the world’s most brutal dictators, Kim Jong-un.

Kate Humble’s Coastal Walks (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 26th February 2021)

On a 15-mile walk in North Yorkshire, Kate sets off from the picturesque settlement of Robin Hood’s Bay, where archaeologist Maria explains how, in the 18th century, the fishing village’s position made it an idea drop-off point for contraband shipped from Holland and France. From here, Kate heads south along the coast, meeting up with geologist Will, who reveals what dinosaur footprints can reveal about the creatures that once roamed the area. After arriving at her destination in Scarborough, Kate dons her wetsuit to join a group of swimmers braving the North Sea.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 13/02/2021

Love, Simon (Film4 | 9:00pm to 11:15pm | Sunday 14th February 2021) ** FILM OF THE WEEK **

Coming-of-age comedy drama about a secretly gay high-school student who begins to fall for an anonymous classmate after exchanging emails with the boy, known as `Blue”. While trying to discover Blue’s identity, Simon must also find himself. Starring Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel.

Edie (BBC 2/HD | 10:45pm to 12:20am | Sunday 14th February 2021)

Seeking to fulfil a decades-old dream to climb a mountain in the Scottish Highlands, Edith Moore, an 83-year-old widow, escapes to Scotland, where she grudgingly accepts the help of Jonny, the manager of a struggling shop that sells outdoor gear. Drama, starring Sheila Hancock and Kevin Guthrie.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th February 2021)

Nick Knowles and the team head to Barnstaple in Devon to help Jan and Lucy, whose daily four-hour round trips to hospital for life-saving dialysis treatment for two of their daughters is taking a heavy toll on family life. Along with designer Laurence Llewelyn Bowen and hundreds of local volunteers, Nick and the crew extend their house to create a home dialysis centre, enabling the girls to be treated where they live and letting the whole family settle into a healthier and happier routine.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 16th February 2021)

Tim Dunn rides on a funicular railway powered entirely by water. Also, how an abandoned Victorian railway tunnel in Northamptonshire is being transformed into a racetrack.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 18th February 2021)

A man confesses to murdering his boss, despite being unable to remember what happened. Convinced that things are not as simple as they seem, Neville determines to uncover the truth and unmask the real killer. Detective drama, starring Ralf Little.

Kate Humble’s Coastal Walks (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 19th February 2021)

The naturalist enjoys an 11-mile walk in Exmoor along the South West Coast Path, regarded as one of the most beautiful such paths in the world. Starting at Porlock Weir, Kate heads to St Bueno’s, a tiny parish church that seats just 33 worshippers – and which holds a dark past. She then heads inland to see the valley that inspired RD Blackmore’s 1869 novel of outlaws and revenge, Lorna Doone. At Lynmouth, Kate rides the world’s highest and steepest water-powered railway, before finishing her walk seemingly on top of the world in the Valley of Rocks.

It’s a Sin (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 19th February 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

November 1991 finds the situation darkening. Jill and Roscoe work extra hours, while Ritchie clings to past success and even Carol finds a kinder side. As the final days of the old gang unravel, everyone must face up to the spectre of Aids and the prejudice and fear that walk alongside it. When Valerie goes on the warpath, terrible confrontations are made and it falls to Jill to find hope and reconciliation for Ritchie in the darkest days of their lives. The final instalment of Russell T Davies’ drama, starring Olly Alexander, Keeley Hawes and Lydia West.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 06/02/2021

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 9th February 2021)

Tim Dunn is in London exploring the striking stations of the Piccadilly Line’s northern extension. He also takes a look at Causey Arch in Co Durham.

Adrian Dunbar’s Coastal Ireland (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 11th February 2021)

The actor continues his journey around the rugged Irish coast. Adrian learns about the history of Malin Head, the northernmost tip of mainland Ireland, from where Marconi sent the first ever commercial message to a ship by wireless in 1902. He also meets motorcycle champion Michael Dunlop, who has won the Isle of Man TT 19 times, before visits to the remote fishing village Carrick-a-rede and the Giant’s Causeway. He ends his journey in the Mourne Mountains in Rostrevor, which are said to have inspired Belfast-born CS Lewis to create the magical land of Narnia.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 12th February 2021)

A stag do ends in tragedy when the host of a celebratory fishing trip is found harpooned on a beach the following morning. As the boat never moved, DI Neville Parker and his team struggle to determine how anyone in attendance could have been responsible. Caribbean-set detective drama, starring Ralf Little and Josephine Jobert.

Stonehenge: The Lost Circle Revealed (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 12th February 2021)

Using cutting-edge research, a dedicated team of archaeologists has compiled the evidence to fill in a 400-year gap in man’s knowledge of the bluestones of Stonehenge. By combining innovative 3D scanning techniques, traditional field archaeology and novel laboratory analysis, the team has discovered where the stones were quarried and where they first stood. Professor Alice Roberts shows how the team made its discoveries and joins Professor Mike Parker Pearson to piece together the final parts of the puzzle, solving one of the toughest challenges ever faced by archaeologists.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 12th February 2021)

Susan and her campervan Helen arrive on home turf, touring the breath-taking southern Highlands of Scotland on a 140-mile trek from Glasgow to Aberfoyle. At Loch Lomond, the comedian takes to a kayak and hits the water to get a unique view of the amazing local scenery. She visits the spectacular Falls of Dochart, where she gets special access to the stunningly beautiful island of Inchbuie. She also views a bizarre Iron Age-style dwelling, known as a crannog, erected on stilts in Loch Tay.

It’s a Sin (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 12th February 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Ritchie and Jill hatch a scheme to buy the Pink Palace, Ash finds himself battling Clause 28, while Roscoe hopes that his secret lover can take him far away from his `ordinary” life. A lonely journey home to the Isle of Wight turns into a dark night of the soul when Ritchie has to confront certain truths. Back in London, the protests against the government’s handling of the Aids crisis begin. Russell T Davies drama, starring Olly Alexander, Nathaniel Curtis, Lydia West and Omari Douglas.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 30/01/2021

Runrig: The Last Dance ($ky Arts | 9:00pm to 11:00pm | Saturday 30th January 2021)

The Celtic rock band’s final performance, in front of 52,000 fans at Stirling City Park, featuring Pride of the Summer, Book of Golden Stories, Loch Lomond and Heart of Olden Glory.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 2nd February 2021) ** PICK OF THE DAY **

Tim Dunn is in Windsor to find out how two rail companies fought to be first to get to Queen Victoria. He also explores the stunning Connel Bridge in the Scottish Highlands.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 3rd February 2021)

Kevin McCloud follows an ambitious build in Cornwall, as Leigh and Richard transform a derelict 17th century flour mill into a contemporary, three-bedroom home. They employ traditional craftsmen to start work on restoring the exterior, but it’s not long before the true scale of the damage to the structure is revealed, and as the costs rise, they are forced to take more of the work themselves.

Adrian Dunbar’s Coastal Ireland (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 4th February 2021)

Actor Adrian Dunbar reconnects with his roots as he travels around the wild and rugged Irish coast. In the first of two programmes he visits the astonishing Mizen bridge, suspended 45 metres above sea level, and heads to Co Cork, where old friend Darina Allen makes him lunch at Ballymaloe House. He also fulfils a lifelong ambition to make the treacherous sea crossing to Skellig Islands, where the ruins of an ancient monastic settlement are perched 600 feet above sea.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 4th February 2021)

When renowned concert pianist Pasha Verdinikov is shot dead during an apparent burglary, Neville is quick to conclude that the scene was staged and Pasha was murdered. But the four people under suspicion – the victim’s family and domestic workers – all have seemingly solid alibis. However, matters are complicated when the discovery of new evidence links the crime to a case from 20 years ago. First of a two-part story, starring Ralf Little and Josephine Jobert.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 5th February 2021)

The comedian aboard her vintage camper van, explores the Pembroke coast in Wales. She begins her 130-mile road trip just north of Pembrokeshire near the town of Cardigan, then follows the coastline south to Carmarthenshire, ending her trip at Pendine Sands. Her first visit is to the Teifi River where she’s invited to paddle an unusually small boat called a coracle, then it’s on to the Blue Lagoon for a spot of cliff jumping. Next, Susan samples Welsh seaweed delicacy laverbread at Broadhaven Beach, before visiting the home of the celebrated Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 5th February 2021)

The conclusion of a two-part story. Neville must solve a mystery from the past that unlocks the truth of who murdered renowned concert pianist Pasha Verdinikov and why. Help is at hand though, thanks to a former sergeant. Ralf Little stars, with Don Warrington, Josephine Jobert and Sara Martins.

It’s a Sin (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 5th February 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

While making their way in the world, the terror the friends been avoiding suddenly strikes at their heart in the most unexpected manner. Reeling from the news, everyone has to rally round. And when a hospital takes shocking action, the flatmates must fight like never before. Russell T Davies drama, set in the 1980s during the Aids crisis, starring Olly Alexander, Neil Patrick Harris and Stephen Fry.
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The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 5th February 2021)

A look at Bavaria’s rich history of steam travel, seeing world-beating miniature railways and visiting a whole host of interesting places on a journey to the heart of the Bavarian Alps, where a beer-brewing monk and a town made famous by the Winter Olympics await. Later, a trip to Germany’s highest mountain Zugspitze – which offers amazing panoramic views right across Germany and Austria.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/01/2021

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 26th January 2021)

Tim Dunn visits the Royal Albert Bridge and finds out how it was constructed. He also visits Wolverhampton to learn about the history of its train stations, old and new.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 27th January 2021)

Kevin McCloud meets energy conservationist Andrew, who has decided to build a radical, self-heating home for his family – the first of its kind in the UK. He aims to heat the house all year round by storing the warmth of the summer sun into insulated earth banks over and around the house, and then drawing the warmth back into the living spaces in winter. However, this pioneering construction seems an exercise in trial and error from the start, and what began as a seemingly simple, pure concept becomes a complicated feat of engineering.

The Thames: Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 27th January 2021)

The presenter watches a tunnelling machine being transported up the river into central London, and discovers plans to build a new tunnel under the Thames to take pressure off the crossing at Dartford. He also makes a late-night visit to New Covent Garden Market, and meets a Paralympian in training at Marlow Rowing Club.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 28th January 2021)

Neville tries to embrace island life with a game of beach volleyball, only for a rogue sandfly bite to land him in hospital. His time on the ward takes a shocking turn when a nurse takes her own life – although the DI suspects foul play and starts to build a case against his key suspects. Meanwhile, JP and Marlon are struggling to achieve a good working relationship.

Hadrian’s Wall with Robson Green (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 28th January 2021)

The actor makes an early start for the remaining 46 miles of his trek along Hadrian’s Wall, crossing the border from Northumbria to Cumbria at Gilslan, where he finds playful graffiti from the Romans. Moving on, he learns how to link a Cumbrian sausage, takes to the skies for a bird’s-eye view of Carlisle and finally reaches the end of his journey at Bowness-on-Solway.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 29th January 2021)

The comedian takes a tour of the Cotswolds, beginning in Tetbury, where she gets some tips for a practice run for the market town’s famous woolsack races, before moving on to Westonbirt, home to forest bathing and a club devoted to puddings. Susan moves on to Bourton-on-the-Water miniature village, makes a spoon under the guidance of a special silversmith, and explores the gardens of an Indian palace in the midst of the Cotswolds.

It’s a Sin (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th January 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

As Ritchie and Jill embark on a scheme to become professional actors, Colin is excited to be offered a trip to New York. Roscoe hides his fury when he finds himself excluded from his sister’s wedding, while Jill finds herself entering a world of mystery and fear. The stories in the headlines are becoming true, and the shadow of Aids looms, but Ritchie’s denial is ferocious and Jill finds herself unable to tell the truth as the situation gets worse. Drama, starring Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas and Callum Scott Howells.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th January 2021)

A journey through the mountains of the Italian Riviera in a restored vintage 1920s train, beginning at Cinque Terre national park, and concluding in the historic port city of Genoa. Along the way, the train stops at the elegant resort of Santa Margherita and the remote 10th-century abbey of San Fruttuoso.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 16/01/2021

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 19th January 2021)

Tim Dunn visits Weymss Bay Station in Inverclyde and also explores the engineering marvel that is Blackfriars station in central London.

The Truth About Improving Your Mental Health (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th January 2021)

Over the past 12 months, a team from Imperial College London, in collaboration with the BBC, have surveyed the mental health of over 350,000 people across the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, clinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron joins former England footballer Alex Scott to discover how the latest science can help us gain greater control over our state of mind and improve mental health and wellbeing.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th January 2021)

Kevin McCloud follows the progress of Nathan and Amye as they build a giant cathedral-like property modelled on Dutch barn style houses, but with a contemporary twist. It is a hugely ambitious plan, and with Nathan project managing and setting themselves just a year to finish the build, the pressure to pull it off is huge.

The Thames: Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th January 2021)

Tony goes behind the scenes at the iconic Cutty Sark in Greenwich, meeting with the passionate team who care for this historical tourist attraction. Later, Tony visits a metal recycling yard on the banks of the river, before heading out of London to the Hoo peninsula in Kent, where he discovers a rich history of military defence in one small fort.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 21st January 2021)

It seems money doesn’t buy happiness when lottery winner Cherry is found dead at her luxurious villa, much to the horror of her husband and their visiting friends. As usual, Neville and the team are presented with a real head-scratcher when it turns out no one was in the house at the time – and the mystery deepens when the victim’s body apparently vanishes into thin air. Meanwhile, JP is training unruly new officer Marlon, aware that his wife Rosey is due to give birth at any time. Kelvin Fletcher, Jason Manford and Faye McKeever guest star.

Hadrian’s Wall with Robson Green (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 21st January 2021)

The actor travels from Chollerford to Walltown Crags, and learns more about how the Romans took care of themselves so far from home. He samples natural cuisine and checks out the spa at Chesters Fort, before paying a visit to the latrines of Housesteads Fort, which were once the envy of an empire. He goes on to pit his fishing abilities against an angling rival, gladiator-style, before climbing Steel Rigg to reach the route’s highest summit.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 22nd January 2021)

The comedian ventures east of the Pennines on a 126-mile journey that begins at the North Yorkshire village of Runswick Bay, where she goes hunting for a rare gemstone called Whitby Jet. Susan samples the local cod and chips before exploring the gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey – famed for inspiring some of the most dramatic scenes in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. After a spell at Mother Shipton’s Cave – the oldest tourist attraction in England – she meets up with a group whose members reconstruct Roman gladiatorial battles in York. Finally, Susan ventures to Malham Cove, a huge curving amphitheatre-shaped cliff.

It’s a Sin (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 22nd January 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Russell T Davies’ drama, set in the 1980s during the Aids crisis, following the lives of a group of young gay men. September 1981 finds 18-year-old Ritchie leaving the Isle of Wight to go to university. In London, Roscoe walks out of parents’ home, while Colin arrives from Wales to start a new career on Savile Row. The three men meet, and along with fellow student Ash and best friend Jill form a gang and move into a flat, christened the Pink Palace. However, a distant threat on the horizon means that life in the 1980s might be all too precious. Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas and Callum Scott Howells star.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 22nd January 2021)

Luxury heritage train The Northern Belle, aka steam locomotive 6201 Princess Elizabeth, travels through England’s rural north west. Beginning in Preston, the passengers of its stylish 1930s Pullman carriages are soon whisked up through Cumbria and the spectacular landscapes of the Lake District. The train continues on to historic Carlisle, the site of a world-class medieval cathedral and home to supposedly England’s most haunted station. It then joins the Settle to Carlisle line, considered one of the most scenic railway routes in the world.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 27/06/2020

Scotland’s Home of the Year (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 1st July 2020)

The judges have scoured the country, visiting 27 incredible homes and now, the finalists gather as the judges choose the overall winner.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 30th June 2020)

Tim Dunn visits Swindon’s railway village, which became home to Great Western’s enormous works and he also explores the dark and secret past of Milan’s station.

The Hidden Wilds of the Motorway (BBC 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 30th June 2020)

Author and naturalist Helen Macdonald embarks on a clockwise loop around London’s orbital motorway – searching for wildness and natural beauty within sight and sound of the M25. Helen encounters the remarkable people, plants and animals living above, beside and beneath the motorway, and delves into the controversial history of the UK’s longest bypass.

The Railway 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 1st July 2020)

Officers confront a group of young people who are dangerously close to a high-speed railway line, yet despite their warnings, British Transport Police officers Be and Kayleigh worry that they are not getting the message. Meanwhile in Ardwick train depot, a Class 185 has a cracked manifold, and engineer Steve has to drain off hundreds of litres of toxic coolant from the train before he can get at the damaged component.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 20/06/2020

Building Britain's Canals - 25/06/2020 BT TV appThe Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 23rd June 2020)

Tim Dunn visits the architecture of the Stockton & Darlington railway, the first passenger steam line in the world and learns how Essex’s enormous Chappel Viaduct was built.

Scotland’s Home of the Year (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Wednesday 24th June 2020)

In the Hebrides and Arran, the judges visit an art filled family home, a contemporary hillside build, and a New York loft style abode.

The Railway 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 24th June 2020)

Commercial director Darren launches a new scheme to tackle passengers not paying for tickets with on-the-spot fines and penalties. Meanwhile, passengers raise the alarm about an abandoned black rucksack on the Huddersfield to Manchester route, and in the maintenance depot, Carl and Steve are replacing a five-tonne bogie, the structure that connects the wheels to the carriages.

Building Britain’s Canals (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:30pm | Thursday 25th June 2020)

Writer and historian Dan Jones navigates Britain’s longest canal to be built by just one company, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Built to link the economically booming counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire, this 19th-century superhighway was experimental for the time, and made Liverpool the busiest port in the world. In Burnley, the cotton capital of the 19th century, Dan visits the world’s only steam-powered cotton mill, where enough cloth was woven each year to reach to the moon and back two-and-a-half times.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 06/06/2020

The Railway 24/7 - 09/06/2020 BT TV appOff the Tracks: Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 7th June 2020)

A train disruption causes travel chaos for football fans, and the concourse becomes a stage for fans of the Proclaimers to pay tribute to their heroes.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 9th June 2020)

Tim Dunn rides up Mount Snowdon’s railway to visit the summit station, and discovers how a glass structure envelopes Strasbourg’s 19th-century station.

Scotland’s Home of the Year (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Wednesday 10th June 2020)

In the Lothians and the East of Scotland, the judges visit a glass-fronted home, a country cottage, and a stunning Georgian townhouse.

The Railway 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 10th June 2020)

Documentary series offering a behind the scenes look at life working at TransPennine Express, from control room to maintenance depot, and drivers to cleaners. In the first episode, a derailed train threatens to bring the network to a halt during the busiest time of the year. Meanwhile at HQ, the bosses decide to bring in a new timetable which sees hundreds of services scrapped.

Inside the Steam Train Museum (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Thursday 11th June 2020)

Phil and Stuart go to huge efforts decorating the site with home-made pumpkin-scarecrows, graveyards and mummies in preparation for Halloween. Brian cooks breakfast on a shovel for the engine drivers and John tells ghost stories from the fairground. As the event gets under way, the museum’s enthusiastic volunteers dress up in costume to scare the public on the ghost train, while retired minister David entertains the passengers on the journey.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 12th June 2020)

A 600-mile journey through one of the most world’s most northern countries – Finland – from Helsinki in the south to Kemijärvi in Finnish Lapland. The line whisks passengers through the thickest of forests, past vast frozen lakes 63 times the size of Lake Windermere and to station stops where time has stood still. As the train enters the Arctic Circle, it calls at Rovaniemi, a place destroyed by German soldiers at the end of the Second World War. Now the town has been re-built, famously in the shape of a reindeer, serving as the official home of Santa Claus. Narrated by Bill Nighy.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 30/05/2020

Inside the Steam Train Museum - 04/06/2020 BT TV appOff the Tracks: Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 31st May 2020)

Shift station supervisor Alison deals with a railway accident and 16 year old visually impaired Summer must learn how to navigate the station.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 2nd June 2020)

Tim Dunn explores St Pancras station in London and its sister hotel – built to show off the might of the Midlands, and learns about Castle Howard station in North Yorkshire.

Scotland’s Home of the Year (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Wednesday 3rd June 2020)

In the Northern Highlands, the judges visit an extended villa, a timber frame home, and a glass fronted house with more than one surprise.

Inside the Steam Train Museum (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Thursday 4th June 2020)

A look behind the scenes at Bressingham Steam Museum, revealing what it takes to keep the museum running, from restoring full-size steam engines and rebuilding railway tracks to rehabilitating a wooden cockerel from a set of Victorian gallopers. John and his team of volunteers drive a steam roller to a local country show, Dave has trouble starting a vintage bus, while younger volunteers, Alex and Taz enter into the spirit of the day by cooking lunch in a steam engine the traditional 1940s way. Narrated by Ellie Blake.

Billy and Us (BBC Scotland/HD | BBC iPlayer only | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Thursday 4th June 2020)

A look at Billy Connolly’s relationship with organised religion, featuring classic routines which established him as a taboo-busting comedian.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 4th June 2020)

New Zealand’s Northern Explorer, the longest-running passenger service in the country. The train travels 423 miles along the historic North Island Main Trunk Line on a 12-hour voyage and the journey takes travellers through some of the most astonishing landscapes of the southern hemisphere from volcanoes to coast and from lava fields to unspoilt islands. Historians explain the history of the railway and tell the tale of the terrible tragedy at Tangiwai, when over 150 people were killed by a volcanic mudflow that hit the train. Narrated by Bill Nighy.

Portillo’s Empire Journey (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 4th June 2020)

Michael Portillo explores how British rule led to armed rebellion in the USA, and a loyalty in Canada that lasted until the very end of the Empire. On Long Island, Michael visits The Brewster House, a former tavern where British soldiers met and talked freely during the Revolutionary War, unaware that it was run by George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring. He also calls in at Fort Niagara, where he learns how the native peoples of North America saw their tribes and families torn apart as they picked sides, shedding blood on behalf of either the crown or the patriots.

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

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