Jun 092018
 

The Space Shuttle: Triumph and Tragedy (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 11th June 2018)

Following the Challenger disaster, the Shuttle was saved by the fall of the Soviet Union, as America worried that Russian scientists would defect to rogue states and advance their own space projects. President Clinton was then persuaded to use the Shuttles to supply Russia’s Mir space station. This cooperation eventually led to the creation of the International Space Station.

Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow (Channel 4 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 13th June 2018)

This holiday-themed episode visits the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, as an enchanting wooden carriage from the very dawn of the railway age – 1864 – is restored. In its heyday, the carriage transported Victorian holidaymakers to the posh seaside resorts on the Isle of Wight, but it was scrapped in 1920 and converted into a holiday chalet. The team prepare to convert it back into a carriage featuring two second class compartments and a first class salon, with rich blue velvet handmade upholstery and carefully crafted period features. Peter Snow goes for his second driving lesson. And Henry Cole explores how the railways were responsible for bringing seaside holidays to the masses.

Before Grenfell: A Hidden History (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 13th June 2018)

Residents of the community around Grenfell Tower tell an extraordinary story, 150 years in the making, of how their borough became the most unequal place in Britain.

Building Britain’s Canals (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 15th June 2018)

Writer and historian Dan Jones uncovers the unique stories behind three of Britain’s most iconic canals. The Grand Union Canal from Birmingham to London began its history more than 200 years ago, and challenged the greatest industrial engineering minds of the time. Now it has found new life as a leisure destination for thousands of holidaymakers.

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

Jun 022018
 

Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 10:00pm | Monday 4th June 2018)

Documentary, presented by Lucy Worsley, which uses dramatised testimony to tell the story of a group of working-class women conducting a dangerous campaign for the vote and the attempts by the state to stop them. Lucy explores the actions of these women as their campaign becomes more and more dangerous, and she has access to an amazing range of artefacts, from hunger-striking medals to defused bombs and private letters between the government and the press. The decisive and largely negative role that members of Parliament played is explored, as is that of the police, both in the ways in which the suffragettes’ demonstrations were handled and the covert and sometimes violent tactics that were used against them. As the actions of the suffragettes became increasingly extreme, it would take a world-changing event to stop their campaign in its tracks and allow some form of equality at the ballot box.

The Space Shuttle: Triumph and Tragedy (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 4th June 2018)

Documentary about the iconic spacecraft. NASA engineers reveal how they pushed technology to new limits when they created the Shuttle. Historian Roland White suggests the original intention for the Shuttle was to use it to carry out spying missions. And NASA’s Wayne Hale remembers the Challenger disaster.

Mackintosh: Glasgow’s Neglected Genius (BBC 2 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 5th June 2018)

Documentary in which Glasgow artist Lachlan Goudie examines the life, work and legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland’s most celebrated architect and designer. The film examines Mackintosh’s iconic buildings, notably the Glasgow School of Art, as well as his own personal story. Little known at home, his work found favour on the continent and he continued to create remarkable pieces of art into his later years despite struggling for work and having to endure real poverty.

Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow (Channel 4/Not HD on Freesat, so like watching in B&W | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 6th June 2018)

In a first for railway restoration, teams of restoration experts from across Britain take four of the most iconic carriages ever to run on the railways and restore them to their former glory. The carriages come from different eras, spanning 100 years of railway travel – ranging from a wooden coach from 1864, on the Isle of Wight, to a royal coach used by Queen Victoria, and a glamorous Pullman dining car from 1960. The show is presented by Peter Snow and Henry Cole. While Peter keeps across the ups and downs of each restoration, Henry explores what it was like to be a passenger during different eras of rail travel. The first episode comes from the stunning Vale of Llangollen in North Wales, where a passionate team of restorers try to bring a dilapidated carriage from 1912 back to life. The carriage was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley – who went on to build The Flying Scotsman.

Secrets of the Chocolate Factory: Inside Cadbury (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 7th June 2018)

Documentary celebrating the history of one of Britain’s iconic institutions. For almost 200 years, Cadbury has been the home of chocolate, making a staggering 350 tonnes of milk chocolate a day. It’s far more than just a factory as from the beginning it set out to build a magical place for its employees. However, it’s not always been a sweet story.

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

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