Tag: The Great British Year

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 19/10/2013

999: What’s Your Emergency? (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 21st October 2013)

The series that reveals modern Britain through the eyes of our ambulance staff continues. Paramedics and call handlers speak powerfully and frankly about the challenges they face, and the Britain they see, while patients and their loved ones reveal the stories behind their calls for help. This episode follows paramedics as they do their best to help patients with mental health problems. With one in four of us facing such issues at some point in our lives, it’s become the job of the emergency services to pick up the pieces, often facing complex and difficult situations for which they have little training. Paramedic Maria Stanley is called to a multi-storey car park where she is first on the scene and has to talk a suicidal man away from the edge, while Kirsten Harper and Amy Siddall race to help a man who’s having suicidal thoughts and whose daughter can’t cope.

The Great British Year (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 23rd October 2013)

Documentary series showing Britain’s changing look over the course of a year. The fading sun brings an energy change to Britain: a time of storms and unpredictable weather. The trees go dormant, but not before a final fling of colour. For animals, the shortening days are a cue to prepare, hibernating and hoarding for the dark times ahead. For some, its still a time to breed; deer rut, seals give birth and the Atlantic salmon leaps waterfalls in order to lay its eggs. Beneath the fallen leaves, slime moulds, earthworms and fungi take advantage of autumn’s spoils.

Grand Designs (Channel 4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 23rd October 2013)

Kevin meets a master craftsman whose dream is to build a castle made entirely of mud. Kevin McCabe is the leading living exponent of the ancient art of cob building – wrestling houses out of mud using his bare hands. Kevin has almost single-handedly kept alive this traditional way of building in rural Devon. But now he doesn’t just want to build another cob house, he wants to build a cob castle. Not only that, Kevin also wants their gigantic new cob house to meet the highest environmental performance targets ever set. It is truly an almighty challenge. The house will be formed of two vast curved cob roundhouses – the largest of which is inspired by the natural geometry of a snail shell – connected by glazing and topped with undulating wild-flower meadow roofs to mirror the surrounding Devon countryside.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 24th October 2013)

School-based drama. The staff and pupils of Waterloo Road get all dressed up for living history week. Christine is looking to impress a visiting Robert Bain, but Simon is on a mission to prove what a bad headteacher she is – and with all the problems that occur, his task is not a difficult one.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 24th October 2013)

Across Britain people are finding inventive ways of creating beautiful small spaces that don’t blow the budget and can transform lives. Architect George Clarke celebrates the extraordinary world of small design spaces as he gets back on the road for the second series of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces to marvel at breathtaking designs and fantastical architecture. George looks at secret hideaways, space-saving retreats, eco-friendly bolt holes and re-conditioned vehicles. He shows that with careful planning, cunning design and a masses of imagination, the unachievable is conceivable. George also develops his own small space build – together with master craftsman William Hardie, he plans to build a fantasy tree house set in the grounds of the Kielder National Park. In the first episode of the new series, George meets a couple who bought a tiny 60s ambulance, planning to transform it into a campervan where the family of six can cook, eat and sleep.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 12/10/2013

Dogs: Their Secret Lives (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 14th October 2013)

Our lives have radically changed in the last 50 years and so have those of our dogs. Man’s best friend is spending more and more time home alone. Using hidden cameras and a ground-breaking new study from the world’s leading dog scientists, this documentary reveals what our dogs get up to while we’re out. Footage from dozens of homes shows sleepy, active, howling and fretful dogs. Infrared cameras reveal what’s happening inside Bruno the boxer/Rottweiler cross’s head, while a dog vocalisation expert analyses Max the Alsatian’s howling to understand what he’s trying to communicate. Mark Evans, former chief vet at the RSPCA, investigates what it all means for the 21st-century dog owner. He discovers whether new technology allowing dogs to make phone calls and watch TV is the key to keeping our canine companions happy in the modern British home.

999: What’s Your Emergency? (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 14th October 2013)

This series reveals modern Britain through the eyes of the emergency service that gets to know us most intimately, following ambulance staff across the country who know that every 999 call they race to could be a matter of life or death. Paramedics and call handlers speak powerfully and frankly about the challenges they face, and the Britain they see, while patients and their loved ones reveal the stories behind their calls for help. This episode demonstrates the shocking effects of alcohol. In the UK, 1.6 million people are dependent on alcohol, and alcohol misuse directly costs the NHS £3.5bn a year, with admissions to hospital due to drinking doubling in the last ten years. Up to a fifth of ambulance call-outs are alcohol-related, but one paramedic reports that some weekends three-quarters of his patients are affected by booze. Sometimes ambulances are called simply because the patient is too drunk to remember where they live or want a taxi ride home.

Stephen Fry: Out There (BBC2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 14th October 2013)

The gay writer, actor and broadcaster travels discovers what it means to be gay in different corners of the globe, as well as meeting some of the most notorious homophobes on the planet to try to understand the origin of their hatred. In the first episode, Stephen reflects back on how much has changed for gay people during his lifetime. He meets Elton John and David Furnish, the couple who inspired Stephen to be open about his sexuality as well as many others. Stephen also travels to Uganda, where the government is considering a new law that would make homosexuality a capital crime – putting gay people to death for their sexuality. Stephen also travels to the USA to explore ‘reparative therapy’, which claims to offer a ‘cure’ for being gay. Whilst in the states, he looks at how Hollywood deals with the gay issue by talking to Neil Patrick Harris, an openly gay man who continues to land leading roles.

The Great British Year (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 16th October 2013)

Documentary series showing Britain’s changing look over the course of a year. Whilst the human population of Britain kicks back, summer is boom time for the animals. More sun means more food, but animals are arriving from afar to share, and competition is high. Hunters time their arrival from Africa to feast on the huge glut of flying insects, hobbies race after dragonflies, and thermal cameras reveal nightjars on a Dorset heath. Will the weather hold? One day harmful UV rays force sea urchins to cover up; the next, thunderstorms bring out hordes of hungry snails.

Stephen Fry: Out There (BBC2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 16th October 2013)

The gay writer, actor and broadcaster travels discovers what it means to be gay in different corners of the globe, as well as meeting some of the most notorious homophobes on the planet to try to understand the origin of their hatred. In the first episode, Stephen reflects back on how much has changed for gay people during his lifetime. He meets Elton John and David Furnish, the couple who inspired Stephen to be open about his sexuality as well as many others. Stephen also travels to Uganda, where the government is considering a new law that would make homosexuality a capital crime – putting gay people to death for their sexuality. Stephen also travels to the USA to explore ‘reparative therapy’, which claims to offer a ‘cure’ for being gay. Whilst in the states, he looks at how Hollywood deals with the gay issue by talking to Neil Patrick Harris, an openly gay man who continues to land leading roles.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 16th October 2013)

A young couple decide to turn an average 1950s house into an architectural masterpiece. After a year of searching London for somewhere exciting to live with their young girls Lola and Sylva, Ben and Rachel Hammond stumbled upon a house on a unique plot, buried within the leafy depths of a beautiful south London park. The only problem is the house itself: an ugly, inefficient and uninspiring red brick property.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 17th October 2013)

School-based drama. Nikki has a tough decision to make when her estranged daughter shows up at Waterloo Road. Elsewhere, the staff and pupil’s mourn Grantly, and the school’s sponsored clean goes awry, worsening Christine and Simon’s relationship.

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 17th October 2013)

Documentary series following the staff of First Great Western, one of Britain’s largest train operating companies. At Paddington a major service disruption erupts on Meet the Manager day, a fitter has to repair a faulty peak-time train full of passengers, Charlbury station springs to life for the Wilderness festival and there’s a look at Brunel’s last engineering masterpiece, the Royal Albert Bridge, which connect Devon and Cornwall.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 05/10/2013

999: What’s Your Emergency? (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 7th October 2013)

Last year, Channel 4 cameras followed the work of police, fire and ambulance staff in Blackpool to reveal modern Britain through the eyes of the emergency services. Now the series returns, but this time its focus is on the emergency service that gets to know us most intimately: the ambulance service. The new series follows ambulance staff across the country who know that every 999 call they race to could be a matter of life or death. The ambulance service is under huge pressure, with 11 million emergency calls a year and an ambulance dispatched every five seconds at an average cost of £250.

The Day I Got My Sight Back (BBC1/HD | 10:35pm to 11:35pm | Tuesday 8th October 2013)

Since 2002, Ian Tibbetts, a 42-year-old former forklift truck driver from Telford in Shropshire, has been slowly going blind. He has never seen the faces of his twin four-year-old boys. Despite numerous treatments to save his eyesight, nothing has worked – until now. Over several months, this film follows Ian as he undergoes a series of radical operations in a last attempt to restore his sight. The procedure involves inserting a tiny lens in one of the patient’s own teeth and then implanting the tooth in his eye. Christopher Liu, at the Sussex Eye Hospital in Brighton, is the only surgeon in Britain who performs this remarkable procedure. The success rate is high, but it is not guaranteed. Will Ian ever see his wife again – and will he finally see his twin sons for the first time in his life?

The Great British Year (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 9th October 2013)

Documentary series showing Britain’s changing look over the course of a year. Spring marks the start of an epic race for life where timing is everything; trees explode with blossom and mornings fill with the magical chorus of bird song. Long-tailed tits frantically build nests, whilst in our oceans, seahorses sway to a graceful courtship dance. As we celebrate Easter, a stoat mother hunts the young rabbits to feed her own playful young. As spring becomes summer, Guillemot chicks leap from their cliffs to begin life at sea, and this year’s young prepare for life alone.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 9th October 2013)

This episode sees Grand Designs bring Japanese design to the Welsh valleys. Tamayo Hussey’s missed Japan ever since she moved to the UK 14 years ago with her husband, quantum physics professor Nigel. To stave off the homesickness they’ve decided to transform a tired old 60s forester’s lodge into a one-of-a-kind Japanese house complete with roof bath, tatami room and sliding paper walls. Keen to keep costs under control, Nigel and Tamayo decide to engage only the design skills – rather than the full services – of an architect. So with no previous building experience, they bravely go it alone, working without any detailed drawings, and fire-fighting problems every step of the way.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 10th October 2013)

School-based drama. Grantly returns to teaching at Waterloo Road to discover the school is chaotic as ever. Kacey faces her big boxing fight, but Barry takes bets against her winning. And Sue resorts to tranquilisers to get through her school day from hell.

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 10th October 2013)

Documentary series following the staff of First Great Western, one of Britain’s largest train operating companies. In this episode, the longest-serving driver in Europe reaches the end of the line, there is a look at the biggest redevelopment project since Brunel’s time and we experience a step back in time in Cornwall.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 28/09/2013

Bad Education (BBC3 | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 1st October 2013)

School-based sitcom. Headmaster Mr Fraser has organised a special guest speaker for Drugs Awareness Day, much to Miss Gulliver’s annoyance. Alfie’s class is alarmed by the news that Stephen’s parents want him to leave Abbey Grove. Can Alfie persuade Stephen’s parents to let him stay or will his attraction to drugs councillor India threaten to jeopardise everything?

Dave Gorman: Modern Life is Goodish (Dave | 10:00pm to 11:00pm | Tuesday 1st October 2013)

Dave Gorman’s hilarious series of mischievous live performances, exclusive to Dave. Money is the root of all comedy as Dave considers our love of cash.

STV Appeal 2013 – The Highland Line (STV/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 2nd October 2013)

Adventurer and world record breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont has set himself a new challenge, to raise money for the STV Appeal 2013. He has ditched the bike and must cover 230 miles of Scotland under his own steam in ten days. Following the Highland Fault Line from the west to the east coast, Mark has to swim 11 miles of open sea and cold lochs, run 219 miles over mountains and tough terrain, and face miles of unforgiving tarmac.

The Great British Year (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 2nd October 2013)

Documentary series showing Britain’s changing look over the course of a year. Starting on New Years Day, Britain is in the grip of winter. Time-lapses show a magical country shrouded in frost and mist swirling in hollows. Water becomes the enemy as it freezes, and the wildlife must cope. Red squirrels resort to subterfuge, and kites track a farmer ploughing to get at the worms beneath the frost. As winter fades, adders bask in the sun and the woodland floor erupts with snowdrops. On a lake in Wiltshire, new hope is captured in the evocative dance of the great crested grebe.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 2nd October 2013)

There aren’t many people in Britain who can say they own their own airfield. But flying instructor Colin Mackinnon and his partner, hovercraft instructor and trapeze artist Marta Briongos, are part of the very select few. In fact, so important is the airfield to them, they’ve decided to live there too. Their ambitious plan is to build an incredible metal sculptural home next to the runway, designed by one of Scotland’s most eminent architects and inspired by aircraft hangars. But the difficulties of building their beautiful design soon become apparent: bespoke metal homes are hardly the norm in Scotland and finding people just to do the work proves tricky.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 3rd October 2013)

School-based drama. Lisa and Lenny Brown’s grandfather turns up out of the blue and risks splitting them up. Elsewhere, Christine is furious when she finds out George’s secret about his Mandarin abilities.

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 3rd October 2013)

Documentary series following the staff of First Great Western, one of Britain’s largest train operating companies. On the day of Dawlish Air Show, a small, picturesque seaside station is brought to life by an influx of merry passengers. First Great Western lays on extra staff, more trains and different queuing systems to cope with the change. It is all hands on deck to ensure that passengers move away from the trains and platforms and safely onto the beach.

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

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