Tag: The Railway: First Great Western

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 20/12/2014

Doctor Who - 25-12-2014 (YouView app)The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 22nd December 2014)

Documentary series following the staff of First Great Western. In this episode, as the deadline to re-open the mainline at Dawlish nears, engineers work around the clock to annul the threat of a landslide. At Paddington, onboard a special service with a Pullman silver-service dining car, chef Paul pulls out all the stops to impress a food critic and in the Cotswolds, station manager Theresa illustrates why her ‘firm-with-care’ policy has earned her the nickname ‘the smiling tiger’.

John Bishop’s Christmas (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 22nd December 2014)

John Bishop’s Christmas Show is an all-singing, all-dancing festive comedy spectacular. To help him bring the Christmas cheer, John is joined on stage at the Dominion Theatre in London’s West End by big names in music and comedy. George Ezra and Olly Murs both perform their hits from the year and Jack Whitehall, Jason Byrne, Katherine Ryan and the Horne Section are some of the comedy acts supplying the laughs. There are plenty of other Christmas treats and surprises along the way, including Mr Bishop performing a dance routine with 16 Tiller Girls.

Holby City (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 23rd December 2014)

Hospital drama. Elliot’s plans for a quiet family Christmas are derailed by the arrival of a friend in need. Arthur must step up when those around him are falling apart. Ric returns to AAU and manages to tread on quite a few toes.

The Choir: New Military Wives (BBC 2/HD | 8:30pm to 9:30pm | Wednesday 24th December 2014)

Two-part documentary following choirmaster Gareth Malone, as he forms a special Military Wives choir to perform at a World War I centenary prom at London’s Royal Albert Hall, alongside the cast of War Horse. It’s three years since Gareth formed the first Military Wives choir and since then the organisation has mushroomed with over 2,000 members around the globe. In this episode, Gareth works the wives harder than ever as they prepare to share the stage of the Royal Albert Hall with some of the world’s top professional musicians on the 3rd August – the eve of the day Britain entered World War I. The wives meet the National Theatre’s War Horse team who they will perform alongside, and the planned repertoire forces the wives to confront their own vulnerability. One of the serving wives makes the momentous decision to leave the armed forces. This episode culminates in Gareth and his 100-strong amateur choir giving a professional and emotionally engaged performance at the BBC Proms.

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:15pm to 7:15pm | Thursday 25th December 2014)

The Doctor and Clara face their last Christmas. Trapped on an Arctic base, under attack from terrifying creatures, who are you going to call? Santa Claus!

Miranda (BBC 1/HD | 7:15pm to 7:50pm | Thursday 25th December 2014)

Miranda has received two proposals – one from Gary and one from Mike. Will she choose one of them or will she run away from the pressures of relationships and the fear of not coping with being a wife?

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 7:50pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 25th December 2014)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1950s London, based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. The episode opens in 2005 with Jennifer Worth at home preparing for Christmas with husband Philip. She reminisces about the friends and colleagues of her youth at Nonnatus House, and as she talks there is a cut back to 1959. Rehearsals are under way for the Sunday School Christmas concert and while Chummy tries to choreograph dancing snowflakes, Trixie sets to work designing a Father Christmas outfit for Fred to wear. Chummy is enlisted to help run a poorly managed mother and baby home and with Patsy’s help succeeds in bringing some Christmas joy into the residents’ lives. Cynthia is drawn deeply into a case concerning two former residents of a Victorian mental hospital who have been left to fend for themselves and are barely coping. This causes Cynthia to make a life-changing decision.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 13/12/2014

The Choir: New Military Wives - 16-12-2014 (YouView app)Sports Personality of the Year 2014 (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 10:20pm | Sunday 14th December 2014)

After another fantastic year in British sport, Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan present the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, live from Glasgow’s Hydro Arena. This star-studded event features some of the greatest names in world sport and ends with the presentation of the famous trophy, with the winner chosen by viewers on the night. There are ten contenders for the main award and picking a winner will be tricky. Glasgow hosted a memorable Commonwealth Games with golden glory for many home nations’ competitors. In other sports, Rory McIlroy won two of golf’s majors, Lewis Hamilton became Britain’s record Grand Prix winner and Lizzy Yarnold struck Winter Olympics gold. Seven other awards will be presented, made up of Team and Coach of the Year, Young and Overseas Sports Personality, Unsung Hero, Lifetime Achievement and the Helen Rollason award, given for inspirational achievement in the face of adversity.

Wild Weather with Richard Hammond (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th December 2014)

Richard Hammond travels the globe in an attempt to reveal the hidden world of weather. Richard Hammond investigates the crucial role temperature plays. Without heat, there would be no weather – no clouds, no rain, no snow, no dust storms, no thunder and lightning. Richard sets off to find out about hot air with the help of a quarry and a massive hot plate discovers just why it is so hard to pull a sword out of snow. He discovers, by building his own massive dust storm with the help of a few friends and dust specialist Dr Nigel Tapper, just how sand from the Sahara bounces its way to the UK. In Canada he creates his own ice storm. He also drops in on Dan Morgan who creates lightning bolts in his lab, where Richard is able to see thunder and hear lightning with the aid of some special cameras, light bulbs and a few candles.

The Choir: New Military Wives (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 16th December 2014)

Two-part documentary following choirmaster Gareth Malone as he forms a special Military Wives choir to perform at a WW1 centenary prom at London’s Royal Albert Hall, alongside the cast of War Horse. It’s three years since Gareth formed the first Military Wives choir and since then the organisation has mushroomed with over 2,000 members around the globe. In this episode, Gareth sets out to audition as many of them as possible for his 100-strong choir. The wives usually sing pop songs, but Gareth has a repertoire of taxing classical pieces that were popular at the time of the First World War in mind. As rehearsals get under way, Gareth discovers that the wives’ dignity in the face of the constant threat of the death of their loved ones is as strong as ever, and the wives discover powerful parallels with their counterparts 100 years before them. The episode culminates in a performance at RAF Brize Norton for some of Britain’s last deployment of troops to return from Afghanistan.

Waterloo Road (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 17th December 2014)

Vaughan goes to the police after Justin punches Allie, making a decision that could affect Justin’s entire future. Darren arranges a surprise for Grace but she’s not too happy about it.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 18th December 2014)

George attends a carol service in a 130-year-old flat-pack tin church – one of the earliest examples of flat-pack construction. Will visits a very different chapel that’s been meticulously transformed into a luxury home. George and Will help the country’s only female ice carver create a winter wonderland themed ice bar in Liverpool. The show catches up with some of George’s favourite builds of the year and there’s Christmas drinks in the garden of Joel Bird, winner of the Shed of the Year prize.

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 18th December 2014)

Documentary series following the staff of First Great Western. In this episode, Cheltenham Spa station manager Richard finds it heavy going when he is swamped by 60,000 horse racing fans, just as the mainline at Dawlish is about to be reopened a crack is discovered in the sandstone cliffs above the line and driver Gary has to be quick on the draw when a pedestrian takes a perilous short cut.

Ice Road Truckers (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 19th December 2014)

Reality series following big rig drivers who tackle the frozen winter roads of the northern most parts of America. After declaring war on Polar Industries, Hugh heads north without waiting to give new recruit Todd a helping hand. Alex and Darrell navigate an unmaintained road to deliver a million-dollar load to a dam project, and Lisa gets the school bus moving.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 06/12/2014

BBC Music Awards (YouView app)Wild Weather with Richard Hammond (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 8th December 2014)

Richard Hammond travels the globe in an attempt to reveal the hidden world of weather. Richard investigates the crucial role water plays. Without water there would be almost no weather: no rain, no snow, no hail, no clouds. So Richard goes in pursuit of water in all its forms. He tries to weigh a cloud, finds out how rain could crush a car and gets involved in starting an avalanche. Along the way, he tries to find out why clouds float by building his own cloud with the aid of a cattle trough, some humidifiers and atmospheric scientist Dr Jim McQuaid. But will their cloud float in the air like a real cloud? He also drops in on renowned hail scientist Charles Knight in his lab in Boulder, Colorado, to discover that there is far more to hail than meets the eye. Richard sets about firing ice and hail at a board to find out which does the most damage. Finally, in conjunction with the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Richard joins Walter Steinkogler to start an avalanche.

Waterloo Road (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 10th December 2014)

A neglected Leo finds solace in new girl Mandy but soon finds there is more to her than meets the eye. Sue finds herself in hot water when Hector threatens to tell Simon about their affair.

Great Continental Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 10th December 2014)

Michael Portillo follows in the footsteps of Edwardian travellers to trace a route recommended in Bradshaw’s guide, journeying from the heart of France to the Mediterranean coast. He begins in the capital of cuisine, Lyon, where he finds out about the early 20th-century Meres Lyonnaises, to whom the city owes its gastronomic reputation. Ever keen to try his hand, Michael takes instruction from a top chef on how to make an omelette, but his efforts fail to impress.

BBC Music Awards (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 11th December 2014)

Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton present the first ever BBC Music Awards live from Earl’s Court Arena, featuring some of the biggest songs of the year performed on a spectacular stage by an incredible line-up including Coldplay, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith, Calvin Harris, Take That, George Ezra, Ella Henderson, Labrinth, Clean Bandit and surprise guests. Celebrating an amazing year in music across the BBC, awards to be presented on the night include British Artist of the Year, International Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. The evening includes some unique collaborations and the BBC Concert Orchestra, who will be accompanying some of the performers. The event is also broadcast live on Radio 1 and Radio 2.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 11th December 2014)

George meets Adam, a Cumbrian farmer turning a 70s Bedford fire truck into a mobile shop. Will travels to Wales to meet Joelle, a teacher who’s transforming a dilapidated pony trailer into a holiday retreat on a budget of just £1000. On his Italian road trip, George visits a tiny house perched on top of a cliff. And George and Will reveal their wilderness cabin in all its glory.

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 11th December 2014)

Documentary series following the staff of First Great Western. In this episode, as the Six Nations Rugby Championship kicks off, in Cardiff, Dave and the team try to get thousands of rowdy fans home after a night on the town. The depot teams have to transport their rolling stock around the broken Dawlish mainline and rookie Station Manager Joe has his hands full on his first Saturday night shift at London Paddington when the last train to Wales breaks down.

Ice Road Truckers (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 12th December 2014)

Reality series following a group of brave men and women as they undertake one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Hugh Rowland’s grand plan to rival Polar Industries begins to fall apart. On the deathly highways, Lisa’s heavy haul throws her into grave danger.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 29/11/2014

The Railway: First Great Western - 04-12-2014 (YouView app)Wild Weather with Richard Hammond (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 1st December 2014)

Richard Hammond travels the globe in an attempt to reveal the hidden world of weather. Richard investigates how wind actually starts. He joins up with an American meteorologist called Reed Timmer and a bizarre vehicle known as The Dominator III. Their aim is to fire a probe into a tornado to measure its speed where it is at its fastest – right next to the ground. Richard also visits one of the few places on the planet capable of duplicating a real-life tornado. The 23 million dollar WindEEE Research Institute in Ontario hadn’t even opened its doors when Richard asked them to take part in an experiment. He also braves the winds and temperatures of -50 degrees fahrenheit to take a trip outside on top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. On April 12th 1934, that station measured one of the highest wind speeds ever measured on land – 231 mph.

Waterloo Road (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 3rd December 2014)

Allie convinces Vaughan to send Justin to a boarding school in an attempt to keep him away from Tiffany but the young lovers have plans of their own. Darren isn’t happy when Rhiannon considers a career as a plus size model.

Great Continental Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 3rd December 2014)

Following his 1913 Bradshaw’s guide, Michael Portillo ventures beyond Europe to the Holy Land. His journey begins in Haifa in modern-day Israel, where he is shown how to cook a takeaway – middle-eastern style, before heading to Haifa’s original station to find out about its branch line to the famous Hejaz Railway. In Tel Aviv, Michael marvels at the city’s futuristic skyscrapers and railway lines, threaded along the centre of modern highways. On his way to Jerusalem, Michael hears how the Jaffa to Jerusalem railway was the first line to be built in the Holy Land. In Jerusalem, Michael visits the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and finds out about a surprising Holy Land tradition. Michael then heads for Bethlehem where he meets the embroiderers of the Arab Women’s Union. Heading south, Michael arrives at the lowest point on earth – the Dead Sea, and then, in the Negev Desert, he learns about a celebrated British military hero with railways in his sights.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 4th December 2014)

George travels to Macclesfield to visit a first time builder who hopes to transform an allotment shed into a Doctor Who-style, multi-functional play den for less than £300. George visits a spectacular live-in treehouse in Scotland. Will and George dig for iron to create a medieval style lock for their wood cabin. And George’s Italian road trip takes in a holiday lodge made almost entirely from glass in the Dolomite mountains.

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 4th December 2014)

Documentary series following the working lives of the staff of First Great Western, one of Britain’s largest train operating companies. The railway is in crisis as the worst weather for a century batters the country, pushing workers and passengers to the limit. Steve Hawkins and his team of engineers have time and tide against them as they get to work repairing one of the most beautiful stretches of track in the country after the mainline at Dawlish gets washed away, and Dave Slater and his team at Network Control have to battle the elements to keep trains running as storm after storm floods the network. A tube strike creates a headache for Ealing Broadway manager, Dean Haynes, as the extra pressure placed on overground trains into the city looks set to bring the morning commute to a standstill.

Ice Road Truckers (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 5th December 2014)

Reality series. For two months every year, a group of exceptional men and women find their way to the Canadian tundra to undertake one of the most dangerous jobs on earth. Alex retraces his route and Lisa wants to get back into the running for the most loads. Hugh and Vlad decide to keep Art Burke.

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.

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 21/09/2013

Tour of Britain Highlights (itv4 | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Saturday 21st September 2013)

Ned Boulting and Matt Stephens present highlights of stage seven from Epsom to Guildford. Commentary by Hugh Porter and Brian Smith.

Tour of Britain Highlights (itv4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 22nd September 2013)

Ned Boulting and Matt Stephens present highlights of the climax of the Tour – stage eight around the streets of the capital London. Commentary by Hugh Porter and Brian Smith.

Bad Education (BBC3 | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 24th September 2013)

School-based sitcom. It is Valentine’s Day and headmaster Mr Fraser has planned a special Abbey Grove ‘Take Me Out’ to help the shy kids find love. New deputy headmistress Professor Green is rubbing everyone up the wrong way, apart from Alfie’s father, who happened to go to teacher training college with her. Alfie is desperately trying to persuade Miss Gulliver to come to dinner with him, but is distracted by some shock news from Chantelle. Will Gulliver turn up to dinner and who is Martin Wickers’s surprise dinner date?

Dave Gorman: Modern Life is Goodish (Dave | 10:00pm to 11:00pm | Tuesday 24th September 2013)

Award-winning comedian Dave Gorman’s latest uproarious stage show, exclusive to Dave. The laptop-loving comic examines celebrity culture and star lookalikes.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 25th September 2013)

Marine Captain Jon’s life changed forever when he stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan and lost three limbs. Before his injuries, home for Jon had meant a crooked chocolate box Devon cottage. After countless viewings of uninspiring specialist dwellings and awkward conversions, they realised that the only way to get a house that would enable Jon to live independently was to build it themselves.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 26th September 2013)

School-based drama. Rhiannon sends saucy pictures of herself to Darren and they end up being sent to mobile phones around the school. George finds out Princess is leaving him. And Audrey discovers Lisa and Lenny are trying to scam money out of her.

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 26th September 2013)

Documentary series following the staff of First Great Western, one of Britain’s largest train operating companies. Sleepy Newbury Racecourse station springs to life as the public heads to two major events at the nearby racecourse. A team is drafted into the usually unmanned station to help keep things running smoothly – but will it remain a cheerful day for all? Train manager Jody expects the unexpected as she embarks on another day on the Paddington – Swansea line.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 14/09/2013

Tour of Britain (itv4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 15th September 2013)

Ned Boulting and Matt Stephens present the highlights from stage one from Peebles to Drumlanrig Castle. Commentary by Hugh Porter and Brian Smith.

Tour of Britain (itv4 | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 15th September 2013)

Ned Boulting is joined by Matt Stephens for the highlights of stage two from Carlisle to Kendal. Commentary by Hugh Porter and Brian Smith.

Tour of Britain (itv4 | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Tuesday 17th September 2013)

Ned Boulting and Matt Stephens present highlights of stage three – a time trial at Knowsley. Commentary by Hugh Porter and Brian Smith.

Bad Education (BBC3 | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 17th September 2013)

School-based sitcom. Abbey Grove is rocked by the news that deputy headmistress Miss Pickwell is dead and Alfie is left particularly on edge when her suicide note clearly lays the finger of blame on him after one of his class’s pranks pushes her over the edge. Haunted by guilt, will Alfie be able to put her unquiet spirit at rest with the perfect memorial service? With Pickwell gone, headmaster Mr Fraser decides to advertise for her position with less-than-successful results, which may mean Miss Gulliver is offered the role full-time. But will the power change her?

Tour of Britain (itv4 | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Wednesday 18th September 2013)

Ned Boulting and Matt Stephens present highlights of stage four from Stoke-on-Trent to Llanberis. Commentary by Hugh Porter and Brian Smith.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 18th September 2013)

You couldn’t meet two more different people than Martin and Kae Walker. Martin’s a commercial architect who specialises in industrial buildings. He’s clinical and technical, obsessed with how things fit together. Kae is an art director, a creative powerhouse who is passionate about giving buildings heart and soul. They’ve worked together ever since they got married, but now they’re taking on their toughest project yet, building the ultimate family home near York, inspired by a giant farm shed. Kae’s vision is for a ‘mothership’, a home that makes the business of being a mum easier, with a central command centre from which she’ll be able to keep track of the kids wherever they play in the house.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 19th September 2013)

School-based drama. Princess’s relationship with George continues to sour – leading her to temptation with one of his pupils. Elsewhere, there is conflict when Simon introduces his Apprentice competition to Waterloo Road, creating a ‘boys against girls’ rivalry.

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 19th September 2013)

Documentary series following the staff of First Great Western, one of Britain’s largest train operating companies. This episode explores what happens on the network after dark. We spend a night in Reene Ehrman’s shoes on the Night Riviera service, which connects the capital to the far south west. Before the train sets off, it is touch-and-go for a broken down carriage. Gary Brownlie, Reading’s duty station manager, finds hordes of student merrymakers passing through the station.

Perfect Storms: Disasters That Changed the World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 19th September 2013)

History-defining disasters. A huge earthquake devastated Japan in 1923, killing up to 160,000 people and setting the country on a path to war as the military took power.

Tour of Britain (itv4 | 10:30pm to 11:30pm | Thursday 19th September 2013)

Ned Boulting and Matt Stephens present highlights of stage five from Machynlleth to Caerphilly. Commentary by Hugh Porter and Brian Smith.

Tour of Britain (itv4 | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Friday 20th September 2013)

Ned Boulting and Matt Stephens present highlights of stage six from Sidmouth to Haytor. Commentary by Hugh Porter and Brian Smith.

Big School (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 20th September 2013)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. Mr Church is keen to be involved with Miss Postern’s school trip to France, but with no places left he needs to find a way to get on the coach. Anything is possible with a hefty bribe, but things do not go according to plan in Dieppe. Love is in the air, but Mr Church had moules mariniere for supper.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 07/09/2013

Bad Education (BBC3 | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 10th September 2013)

School-based sitcom. Alfie is shocked by the arrival of new teacher Mr Schwimer at Abbey Grove and even more shocked to learn that he will be taking over Alfie’s own class. Desperately upset that his class seem to be having a great time and actually learning proper, real-life GCSE history with their new teacher, Alfie is even more unhappy when he finds out which class Miss Pickwell has given him instead. With headmaster Fraser and Miss Gulliver both increasingly charmed by Mr Schwimer it is left to Alfie and Jing to uncover the truth behind this American imposter.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 11th September 2013)

For ten years Jonathan Broom has been obsessed with building his own home. He and his wife Deborah have put everything on hold while he pursues his dream of a miniature, lavish Hollywood Hills-style mansion. They finally stumble across a scrap of land right in the gritty heart of north London, but it’s fraught with problems, and the only way they can build their wildly ambitious £1million pound family home, complete with nanny flat and swimming pool, is by sinking half of it six metres below ground.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 10:50pm | Wednesday 11th September 2013)

Guest Jack Whitehall joins host Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker to take a look at the weird and wonderful stories of the week, live in front of a studio audience. The show also features the all-encompassing question: Is It OK? Viewers at home and the studio audience are encouraged to ask this question about anything from the week, without fear of judgement, and the three hosts attempt to step into the minefield of sometimes difficult and delicate areas and answer the questions with their own unique insight.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 12th September 2013)

School-based drama. A day from hell for new science teacher Sue leads to a shady alliance with a pupil. Elsewhere, Connor leads a protest against Christine’s cuts, and George introduces the school to his new Chinese teaching assistant – and wife – Princess Windsor.

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 12th September 2013)

Documentary series following the working lives of the staff of First Great Western, one of Britain’s largest train operating companies. This time, the workers of First Great Western must cope with rush hour during the summer, as commuters battle the hot weather and a group of school kids seem determined to wreak havoc. Rush hour means a state of red alert for the newly formed “Ribena girls”, the purple-clad teams deployed to take the heat out of the commute.

Big School (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 13th September 2013)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. Miss Postern has put herself down for an Ironman competition, but realises too late what is involved. Mr Gunn offers to help with her training, so Mr Church takes an unexpected interest in PE to keep an eye on things. Drama teacher Mrs Klebb sets up a new action group to stop violence at school – if only the teachers would listen.

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

%d bloggers like this: