Tag: The Pennines: Backbone of Britain

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 26/02/2022

The Pennines: Backbone of Britain (more4 | 7:55pm to 9:00pm | Monday 28th February 2022)

Cameras follow shepherds Natalie and Greg Dalton, who look after two farms in some of Britain’s wildest countryside – high in the Tees and Wear Valleys. They also have a family of three children, and Natalie is weeks away from giving birth to baby number four just as work ramps up for the auction series.

This is Going to Hurt (BBC 1/HD | 9:15pm to 10:00pm | Monday 28th February 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

With the stress of his mistake and his guilt lying heavy on him, the last thing Adam needs is for Mr Lockhart to withdraw his support. So when he does, the junior doctor takes the only route he can think of – a spot of emotional blackmail in attempt to get Erika to drop her complaint. Meanwhile, no-nonsense consultant Ms Houghton takes Shruti under her wing, although her advice is not what she was hoping for.

Hidden Wales with Will Millard (BBC Four/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 1st March 2022)

The writer and adventurer Will Millard travels the length and breadth of Wales to find some of the country’s most vulnerable old buildings, from extravagant mansions to a 500-year-old farmhouse, crumbling chapels to a massive military fort. He also meets the passionate individuals who are trying to save these structures before it is too late.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 8:58pm | Friday 4th March 2022)

The presenter and her campervan head to the New Forest. From ancient woodland to unspoiled coastline, Susan is hoping to revel in the beautiful scenery – but also discovers there’s much more to this wonderful part of Britain than meets the eye. The starting point of her trip is perhaps the country’s most famous ancient site – Stonehenge.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 19/02/2022

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 20th February 2022)

The team rushes to the aid of the injured in the wake of a terrible tragedy that has devastated the Poplar community – but there is no news of whether Sister Julienne or Dr Turner have survived. A guilt-stricken Timothy goes in search of his father, while an oblivious Sister Higgins learns what of the catastrophic events occurring nearby while she is in the middle of a delivery.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 21st February 2022)

Michael Portillo crosses the Severn to begin a trip along the south coast of Wales, joining maintenance workers on a hair-raising secret railway high above the estuary. From Newport, Michael makes for Caerleon, where he discovers how its Roman history was eclipsed by the legend of King Arthur and his Round Table.

The Pennines: Backbone of Britain (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 21st February 2022)

A livestock auctioneer prepares for the biggest sale of his career so far, while a farmer in Ravenstonedale, Cumbria, uses goats’ milk to make products from cheese to soap. A mountain guide ensures that walkers attempting the gruelling 24-mile challenge of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks in under 12 hours make it to the end of their journey safely.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 22nd February 2022)

Michael Portillo continues his South Wales coastal railway journey in Barry Island, where he joins a Bristol pilot on his way to help guide a feeder container ship into port. Skirting the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, Michael alights at Llantwit Major to visit St Donat’s Castle, before reaching the pretty seaside resort of Porthcawl.

This is Going to Hurt (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:50pm | Tuesday 22nd February 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

A politician’s visit puts pressure on the already beleaguered workforce, especially head midwife Tracy, who has to organise the event while also doing her own job. Adam is preoccupied by a beloved older patient with cancer and Shruti suspects a pregnant woman is being abused by her partner, but struggles to get her alone. Away from work, Adam finally opens up to Harry. Comedy drama, starring Ben Whishaw.

Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 22nd February 2022)

Ben spends time with a multi-generational family in Oxfordshire who have left their conventional life behind and relocated to an empty plot of land which they have transformed. Ben learns about the obstacles the family have overcome and how they have spent two decades honing their skills and living off the land.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 23rd February 2022)

Michael Portillo’s coastal rail journey along the south coast of Wales reaches the town of Port Talbot, where he investigates how the steel industry is planning to decarbonise. Across the Bay, Michael arrives in The Mumbles, site of the world’s first passenger railway in 1807, before making his way from Gowerton to Burry Port and heading for the wild and blustery Pembrey Sands.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 24th February 2022)

Michael Portillo travels the rural coastline of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire in south Wales. From Carmarthen Bay, he tracks up the estuary and River Towy to the historic town of Carmarthen and Middleton Hall, home of Wales’s National Botanic Garden. There, Michael is on the trail of the quarter of a million honeybees that live in the garden.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 25th February 2022)

Michael Portillo reaches the most westerly station in Wales, on the final leg of his rail journey along its southern coastline. At Milford Haven, Michael learns from the Harbour Master about the biggest energy port in the United Kingdom, which has an oil refinery and storage terminals as well as natural gas terminals. Further along the estuary at Pembroke Dock, Michael visits a pioneering project to harness the power of the sea.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 25th February 2022)

The presenter visits the Peak District in the heart of England, famed for its striking landscapes and rolling hills. There Susan negotiates Segway tracks, rides a tram, braves the River Derwent, and scales the Heights of Abraham in a cable car.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 25th February 2022)

When a prestigious chess match ends in murder, the team members have to work out how and why the killing was carried out. Meanwhile, the Commissioner is confronted with his past by the very last person he was expecting to see.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 05/02/2022

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 6th February 2022)

A black raven is found in the parlour. Sister Monica Joan fears it is a bad omen, and consults a clairvoyant for advice on what its appearance means for Nonnatus House. Lucille prepares for her first day back at work, but is clearly not coping well, despite the support of the team. Matthew discovers one of his warehouses is being used illegally by squatters, including a heavily pregnant women who refuses all prenatal care. Dr Turner attends a district health committee meeting on measles vaccination and hopes to increase uptake by running a pilot scheme in Poplar.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 7th February 2022)

Michael Portillo sets off from Tynemouth on the first leg of a trip to Berwick-upon-Tweed, hearing about of a 19th-century tragedy at sea that inspired 140 local men to set up a coastal rescue service. At Long Sands beach, Michael rolls up his sleeves to help volunteers caring for sick and injured seals at the Tynemouth Aquarium Seal Hospital.

The Pennines: Backbone of Britain (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 7th February 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Series exploring the mountain range and meeting people who live there. The first episode comes from the Peak District National Park, a popular destination for climbers.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 8th February 2022)

Michael Portillo heads from Newcastle to Lynemouth, and is intrigued to hear of its part in Newcastle’s early industrial development. En route, Michael travels through the huge Northumberland coalfield and, at Cramlington, he alights to visit an extraordinary work of landform art made from the spoil of a coalmine, the vast Northumberlandia, known as the Lady of the North.

This is Going to Hurt (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:50pm | Tuesday 8th February 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Comedy drama based on the bestselling book by Adam Kay, documenting his time as a junior doctor in obstetrics and gynaecology. In the first episode, Adam treats a racist pregnant woman, but head midwife Tracy is unimpressed with how he handles it. He manages to get out of work on time to attend his best friend’s stag do, but is immediately called back to the hospital to cover a staff shortage, abandoning his boyfriend Harry at the party.

AstraZeneca: A Vaccine for the World (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 8th February 2022)

BBC medical editor Fergus Walsh examines the inside story and extraordinary ambition behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Having reported on the vaccine since its early development, Fergus examines the challenges this jab faced in Europe and beyond, and asks if it fulfilled the original hopes of the scientists in Oxford.

Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 8th February 2022)

Ben journeys to one of Britain’s furthest outposts, the Shetland Islands, to meet Helen and Jason, a couple just a few years into their new life on the edge of the weather-beaten island of Yell. He discovers why they needed to escape the demands of urban life, and witnesses the obstacles they now face as they pursue their wildest dreams on this beautiful, historical and remote island.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 9th February 2022)

Michael Portillo explores the wild and rugged coastline of Northumberland by rail, beginning in Morpeth, where he finds an historic collection of Northumbrian bagpipes and discovers how difficult they are to play. The East Coast mainline delivers Michael to Widdrington and its long sandy bay, where a beachcombing blacksmith finds treasures to inspire artwork in steel.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 10th February 2022)

Michael Portillo travels the length of the Northumbrian coastline, with its glorious beaches and grandiose castles. In the village of Alnmouth he takes to the waves in a traditional skiff built by members of the Alnmouth Coastal Rowing Club. His last stop of the day is the mighty Bamburgh Castle.

Iain Robertson Rambles (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 10th February 2022)

For the final third of his 131-mile Speyside Way trek, Iain Robertson is joined by musician Paul Anderson and actor Joanne Gallagher as they celebrate everything from the river’s whisky tradition, fairy walks, and even one of his favourite Scottish landmarks.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 11th February 2022)

Michael Portillo’s rail trek along the coast of Northumberland continues towards the Farne Islands, takes in the holy island of Lindisfarne, and finishes in Britain’s northernmost town, Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 11th February 2022)

Susan takes her campervan to the rolling countryside of the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, a part of the world known as Herriot Country, named after fictional vet James Herriot. He was a creation of a real Yorkshire vet – and Susan’s first stop is at his former home in Thirsk. Susan later heads to Linton in Craven, where she has her first Women’s Institute meeting.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 11th February 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

When a woman reports a murder and is then found strangled, the team is left wondering whether she was reporting her own murder. Brilliant-though-slightly neurotic detective Neville Parker attempts to lead this perplexing case. Caribbean-set detective drama, starring Ralf Little, Josephine Jobert and Don Warrington.

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

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