Simon begins his journey on the island of Hispaniola and its two very different countries – the Dominican Republic, a tourist hotspot, and Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere. He ends this first leg on Puerto Rico, a Caribbean island that is practically America’s 51st state. From flying boats to drug busts, Simon explores both the light and dark sides of the Dominican Republic. He joins the police anti-narcotics division in the war against international drug cartels before crossing the border to Haiti, where he visits the notorious tented camps of Cite Soleil. From voodoo ceremonies to dolphin watching, Simon also discovers a vibrant, colourful and thriving side to life in Haiti born. Finally, Simon reaches Puerto Rico. He visits the tiny, paradisiacal island of Vieques, billed as the Caribbean’s next major tourist destination. However, not everything here is as it seems, and Simon examines the impact of six decades of bombing and weapons testing.
(Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 22nd March 2015)
Timothy West and Prunella Scales have lived all their married life in London, but have never explored the canals on their doorstep. In this episode, they journey along the London Ring, as it’s known to narrow-boaters, in a voyage of discovery through their home city. Starting in Brentford, they follow the Union Canal, and then the Regent’s Canal, through the heart of the capital, until it meets the Thames at Limehouse. They meet up with Andrew Sachs and Sir Ian McKellen, and visit the cemetery at Kensal Green, and the grave of friend Harold Pinter. It’s a tale of two cities: from the urban edge of Kentish Town, to the glorious grandeur of Regent’s Park; from idyllic daylight moments, when they encounter nature and wildlife, to the darker night times when they become strangers in their own city.
More Tales From Northumberland with Robson Green (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Monday 23rd March 2015)
Robson explores some of Northumberland’s greatest natural wonders. At Chillingham, he comes face-to-face with one of the world’s oldest breeds of cattle – who also prove to be among the most dangerous. Setting up camp in the countryside, he joins a couple who call themselves wild gourmets, as they prepare dinner with ingredients hand-picked from Kielder Forest. Finally, Robson learns about Northumberland’s unique rock formations as he joins geologist Dr Ian Kille and abseils down a sheer cliff face at Cullernose Point.
Tom Felton Meets the Superfans (BBC 3/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 23rd March 2015)
Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, meets the world’s most committed fans in a bid to understand what drives them. For Tom, being involved in such a global phenomenon has meant being followed by many millions of dedicated fans all over the world. And over the past seven years he has become increasingly aware of one fan in particular – she follows him to almost every event he attends – and it has got him thinking about exactly what it takes to become this devoted. From Wizard World to the streets of New York and Comic Con, Tom takes viewers into the reality of his world. He spends an evening with Brian from New York, who dedicates most nights to tracking down his favourite stage and screen stars for a selfie. He meets Steve from Pittsburgh, the self-proclaimed world’s biggest Harry Potter fan, who has turned a basement into his very own Hogwarts. Tom also talks candidly with celebrity friends including Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and JK Rowling.
World’s Toughest Jobs (BBC 3/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 24th March 2015)
Three young Brits desperate to sort out their lives and their bank balances sign up for a month working in the wool sheds of New Zealand. Shearing sheep that weigh in at up to 80kg is relentless, backbreaking work, but can Tomi, Jack and Gemma make it through to pay day? Or will the long hours and sweltering conditions send them bleating back to the UK?
All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.