Tag: Top Gear

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 18/12/2021

Sports Personality of the Year (BBC 1/HD | 6:45pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 19th December 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Clare Balding and Alex Scott present coverage of the ceremony live from MediaCityUK in Salford, as the year’s key sporting moments are reviewed and the successor to Lewis Hamilton is crowned following a public vote. The contenders are Olympic gold medallists in diving and swimming respectively Tom Daley and Adam Peaty, heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, US Open tennis title-winner Emma Raducanu, one of the stars of England’s run to the Euro 2020 final Raheem Sterling, and Great Britain’s most successful Paralympian Sarah Storey.

Guy Martin’s Lancaster Bomber (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 19th December 2021) ** NEW **

Guy honours Lancaster bomber crews of World War II, as he tries out several on-board roles from pilot to gunner and ‘bomb aimer’. Has he got what it takes to join Bomber Command?

Great British Landmark Fixers (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 20th December 2021)

After 14 decades centre stage the Manchester Town Hall is in urgent need of repair. Now a dedicated team are working hard to do this architectural giant justice.

The Great British Truck Up (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:00pm | Tuesday 21st December 2021)

In the run-up to Christmas 2021, with the UK in the grip of a crippling shortage of lorry drivers, a training school in Croydon is putting new recruits behind the wheel. This documentary follows them through five days of intensive coaching from veteran instructors at the National Driving Centre, before they take their test on Croydon’s roads – featuring notorious roundabouts and the dreaded reversing manoeuvre.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:30pm | Friday 24th December 2021)

Chris Harris, Paddy McGuiness and Freddie Flintoff aren’t choosing their own cars, but instead choosing for one another. After unwrapping their presents in the Welsh village of Bethlehem, the trio set off on a yuletide trek across Britain, stopping off to play the game of `High-Speed Visual Charades” and deliver an enormous tree to the Unesco World Heritage city of Bath. Then it’s time for the presenters to visit the Top Gear test track, transformed into a winter wonderland of speed.

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 24th December 2021)

Adaptation of James Herriot’s books about life as a vet in the Yorkshire Dales, starring Nicholas Ralph and Samuel West.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 11/12/2021

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 12th December 2021)

Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris set out to find interesting old cars for new drivers, then put them to the test on a road trip through Devon and Cornwall. Chris also drives the original supercar, Lamborghini’s legendary Miura.

Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Sunday 12th December 2021)

Crowds heading to the TRNSMT music festival hit the concourse and one young staff member with a new customer service supervisory role is thrown in at the deep end. Meanwhile, tour guide Jackie and the maintenance team investigate a watery mystery in the station’s basements, and author Judith Vallely tells the story of how Suffragettes descended on Central Station in 1914 to trying to stop their leader Emmeline Pankhurst being sent back to London – and jail.

Villages by the Sea (BBC 2/HD | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Monday 13th December 2021)

Archaeologist Ben Robinson visits Alnmouth, Northumberland, which was founded in the mid-12th century after the barons of nearby Alnwick obtained a charter from King John to build a new village. It had a market and a small port and the village flourished – so much so that by the mid-1700s, Alnmouth’s grain export started to play an integral role in feeding the growing English population.

Great British Landmark Fixers (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 13th December 2021)

Salt water and iron don’t mix and Southend Pier, built back in 1888, has seen better days. Now a team of specialists are working hard to prevent it falling into the sea.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 13th December 2021)

The Scalextric team attempt to tap into the brand’s glory years, the 1980s, and devise a plan to create a model of a classic supercar, the Lamborghini Countach.

The Thames By Night (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 17th December 2021)

The presenter is on the West London stretch of the Thames, and here he discovers how night-shift workers contend with the river’s tides. Tony joins the fire service based at Lambeth, who deal with emergencies on the river, as they practice rescuing a body from the freezing waters in the pitch black.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 04/12/2021

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:20pm to 7:20pm | Sunday 5th December 2021)

Time-travelling adventures, following the exploits of the Doctor.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 5th December 2021)

Paddy McGuinness reviews the very rare, very expensive Aston Martin Victor, while Freddie Flintoff sets out to become a qualified racing driver. Chris Harris investigates the stranger-than-fiction story of the time-travelling DMC DeLorean.

Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 5th December 2021)

A breakdown on the West Coast Mainline means the team must deal with serious disruption, there’s big news for Central’s tour guides Paul and Jackie, and one Central staff member goes above and beyond in his mission to help with mental health challenges.

Great British Landmark Fixers (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 6th December 2021)

The historic Royal Albert Hall is in need of urgent repairs. A specialist team is required to restore the building to the highest order before its grand reopening.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 6th December 2021)

The model-making company, home to four iconic brands, Hornby, Airfix, Scalextric and Corgi, opens its doors to reveal how their dedicated team of designers strive to shrink a new generation of mighty machines. A perfect diecast replica of a 1940’s Merchant Navy steam locomotive is the task for Hornby’s design team.

The New Stonehenge with Rob Bell (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:30pm | Thursday 9th December 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Stonehenge is one of the world’s greatest mysteries. Now, a new discovery found deep in the soil of the surrounding area is threatening to upturn everything we think we know about this 4,500 year-old landmark. Rob Bell joins archaeologists, scientists and engineers who have uncovered a vast, previously undetected monument that is many times the size of the original henge.

The Thames By Night (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 10th December 2021)

Tony reveals how the Thames plays a vital role in keeping London – and beyond – on the move, and how it is a 24/7 operation – when the transport network is so busy during the day, it’s only at night that crucial maintenance and repairs can be done. His first night shift is with the engineers and cleaners at Thames Clippers – responsible for turning around a whole fleet of commuter boats overnight, ready for the next morning.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 27/11/2021

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:25pm to 7:20pm | Sunday 28th November 2021)

Time-travelling adventures, following the exploits of the Doctor.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 28th November 2021)

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness set out on an expedition across Iceland, with the help of some temperamental old British cars. Back in the UK, Freddie gets his hands on America’s latest sports car, the new Chevrolet Corvette.

The Lakes with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 28th November 2021)

The adventurer explores the wild and rugged coast of Cumbria and learns how central the county is to many of the challenges facing Britain. He visits Sellafield, which is home to hundreds of ageing and disused nuclear facilities and meets people tasked with clearing and securing more than half a century of Britain’s nuclear waste.

Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Sunday 28th November 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The engineering team races to erect a huge new structure, while ecologist Helen monitors how the work is affecting local wildlife such as bats and beavers. Tour guide Paul takes his father-in-law Joe on a trip down memory lane to explore the history of Glasgow’s tram network.

Villages by the Sea (BBC 2/HD | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Monday 29th November 2021)

Archaeologist Ben Robinson explores the history of Charlestown in Cornwall, revealing how the villages’s namesake Charles Rashleigh transformed the local trade and commerce from fishing and distribution of pilchards, to minerals exported by a hand-built port with pioneering technology. Ben looks at how Charles commissioned renowned engineer John Smeaton to create man-made lakes and hand-dug ponds, and explores their impact on the village’s prosperity.

Winter Walks (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 29th November 2021)

Amanda Owen crosses hills and fields through Wensleydale and Raydale, taking ancient routes first made by the Romans and exchanging notes with fellow sheep farmers. Crossing over the dale, she drops down to Semer Water, ending her walk on the pebble banks.

Great British Landmark Fixers (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 29th November 2021)

The team build a Protection Deck and more then 300km of scaffolding cover the Edinburgh North Bridge, encasing it in an exoskeleton of constantly changing steel.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 29th November 2021)

Young designer Tom has his work cut out creating a new model of the record-breaking British jet the Vampire with its unusal space age look.

Winter Walks (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Tuesday 30th November 2021)

Alastair Campbell treks across the snow-covered hillsides of Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales. Starting at a waterfall above the market town of Settle, the political veteran descends into town, meeting local residents who are also out braving the weather. Along the way, Alastair talks about his mental health and how time in this space can help him focus

Winter Walks (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Wednesday 1st December 2021)

The Rev Kate Bottley treks across the snow-dusted landscape of Wensleydale and Coverdale, setting off as the sun rises over the ruins of Jervaulx Abbey. She walks along the banks of the river Cover and into the dale of the same name, along the way reflecting on her faith and relationships, before ending her journey at Middleham Castle, the ruined fortress that was a childhood home of Richard III.

Winter Walks (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Thursday 2nd December 2021)

Broadcaster Nihal Arthanayake explores coast and countryside around the Cumbria and Lancashire border, and finds local characters, breathtaking views and moments of serenity along the way. Starting in the town of Arnside and looking out over the mudflats of Morecambe Bay, Nihal heads south with just his 360-degree camera for company. Along the way, he passes Arnside Tower and crosses the border into Lancashire. Views from the top of Arnside Knott and from hidden coves on the Silverdale coast showcase the beauty of this corner of the country, as he `declutters” his mind and reflects on the importance of solitude.

Scotland’s Best Dog (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Thursday 2nd December 2021)

Along with their proud humans, Darcey, Nodens and Ro are tested on three key challenges – Recall, Agility and Bond – before the Scotland’s Best Dog judges, Kaye Adams, animal behaviourist River McDonald and Scottish SPCA veteran and dog trainer, Alan Grant.

The Thames By Night (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 3rd December 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The latest leg of the presenter’s journey begins in Greenwich, with behind-the-scenes access to the Royal Observatory on the banks of the Thames. Tony discovers the vital role the observatory played in helping sailors navigate the globe. And he has a unique opportunity to view the planet Mars as the Victorians would have seen it – through Britain’s largest refracting telescope.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 20/11/2021

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:20pm to 7:15pm | Sunday 21st November 2021)

Time-travelling adventures, following the exploits of the Doctor.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 21st November 2021)

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness try to spruce up caravanning’s image by undertaking a sports caravan road trip. Plus, Chris heads to Silverstone to test-drive Lamborghini’s £250,000 Huracan STO.

The Lakes with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 21st November 2021)

The adventurer explores the impact of humans on the Lake District, discovering that the high number of visitors to Scafell Pike is damaging England’s highest peak and stretching the resources of mountain rescue volunteers. He goes wild swimming in the crystal clear lake of Buttermere, before taking a look at the less-fortunate Derwent Water, one of the many lakes now clogged with invasive New Zealand pygmyweed.

Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Sunday 21st November 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Trainees Kia and Daniel get used to the realities of customer service, while staff cope with an influx of passengers heading to the seaside to take advantage of the hot weather. Over in Paisley, a busy shift for Scotrail’s hardworking CCTV staff throws up some dangerous-looking activity on platforms across Scotland.

Great British Landmark Fixers (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 29th November 2021)

The team build a Protection Deck and more then 300km of scaffolding cover the Edinburgh North Bridge, encasing it in an exoskeleton of constantly changing steel.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 22nd November 2021)

The Intercity 125 gets an overhaul and the pressure is on to design two quick build models of the Ford Mustang in time for the summer holiday.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 24th November 2021)

Niven and Darren are arrested and brought to the station for interview, and while the businessman maintains a cool exterior, Perez senses the guilt in the doctor. The inspector finally brings the investigation to a climax – but has no time to rest when it turns out Donna has one last surprise in store.

Britain’s Scenic Railways (More4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 24th November 2021)

The documentary celebrates the 50th anniversary of classic movie The Railway Children with a steam train ride through the Yorkshire moors and recalls the winter storms that washed away the south Devon.

Scotland’s Best Dog (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Thursday 25th November 2021)

Three more promising pups compete for the Scotland’s Best Dog title, with Bernese Mountain Dog Brannigan, Luna the miniature Jack Russell and Staffordshire Terrier Tonka showcasing their canine credentials.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 13/11/2021

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:20pm | Sunday 14th November 2021)

On a planet that should not exist, in the aftermath of apocalypse, the Doctor, Dan, Yaz and Vinder face a battle to survive. Starring Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and John Bishop.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 14th November 2021)

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The Lakes with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 14th November 2021) ** NEW SERIES & PICK OF THE WEEK **

The adventurer explores the beautiful and unique landscapes of the Lake District, beginning by meeting Cumbrians with different visions for the future of England’s biggest national park. He talks to members of a campaign group trying to protect the remaining red squirrels, a traditional farmer who feels that his ancient way of life is on the point of extinction, and an 18-year-old student who runs a 1,500-acre farm.

Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Sunday 14th November 2021)

Staff help to arrange a marriage proposal under the station’s famous clock, while the Caledonian Sleeper is taking one brave young passenger to London. At the rail depot, the engineering team is hard at work making sure passengers enjoy the smoothest possible ride.

Scotland from the Sky (BBC 1 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th November 2021)

James Crawford begins his journey with Scotland’s lost canal just outside Glasgow, and then travels back to the heyday of airship travel, the abandoned island of Mingulay. He also discovers the dark history of Inchkeith Island in the Firth of Forth, and ends on the Isle of Lewis, where archaeologists have recently discovered what might be a lost stone circle.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 15th November 2021)

Tim Dunn visits the historic Grade 1 Curzon Street Station, to be reborn as part of the terminus for HS2, the rail link between London and Birmingham.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th November 2021)

After visiting an original Mosquito at the de Havilland aircraft museum, Airfix designer Paramjit attempts to shrink the wooden wonder to 1:72 scale.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 16th November 2021)

Comedian Rhod Gilbert dons his hard hat as guest presenter for this ambitious build in Brandesburton near Hull, East Yorkshire. The team are joined by local volunteers to transform an overgrown 2.5 acres into a purpose-built adventure campsite for the St Michael’s Youth Project (St Mike’s), which receives funding from Children in Need.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th November 2021)

Having reached a dead end, Perez returns to the incident board in a fresh search for clues and soon finds that Carrie McAndrew, the chef on Eamon’s boat, was in debt to Niven Guthrie. Fiona Bedford also reveals that her husband is tracking her whereabouts, so must have known about her affair with Galbraith. Armed with this information, Perez delves deeper into Bedford’s movements on the day of Galbraith’s death. Meanwhile, as Donna grows weaker she asks Duncan for one last favour, a request that leaves him horrified.

Britain’s Scenic Railways (More4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th November 2021)

The documentary follows the route of the Hogwarts Express to Glenfinnan station, where a piece of railway history is up for sale. A Highlands helicopter ride reveals how climate change is threatening the line, and cameras follow efforts to restore a cherished steam locomotive to the Strathspey Railway.

Scotland’s Best Dog (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only Thursday 18th November 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

Proud pet owners and their hopeful hounds compete for the coveted Golden Bone trophy. Along with their proud humans, each week three pooches will be tested on a number of challenges before a panel of judges – dog-lover Kaye Adams, animal behaviourist River McDonald and SSPCA veteran, and dog trainer, Alan Grant.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Friday 19th November 2021)

Rob Bell explores the lost railways of Northern Ireland, starting in Belfast, where they helped to create a city and a world-renowned shipbuilding centre. Rob’s railway route takes him from the Irish Sea to the Atlantic coast, and, on a visit to Armagh, he learns of a campaign to restore the Belfast to Armagh route and visits the site of the Armagh railway disaster, which proved a watershed moment for railway safety.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 19th November 2021)

The presenter explores Kent, and investigates the curiously named Leeds Castle. She also takes a look round Chatham and its historic dockyard, which, as it turns out, is home to not only the world’s only working Victorian Ropery, but also Britain’s only female master rope maker. Susan concludes her trip at one of the most iconic and recognisable views of Britain – the White Cliffs of Dover.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 03/04/2021

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 4th April 2021)

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness confront the male mid-life crisis by buying the perfect sports cars for a middle-aged gentleman. Back at the track, Chris tests out the raucous new Toyota GR Yaris hot hatch.

Secrets of the Transport Museum (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 6th April 2021)

A Delage V12 famous for early women’s records on the track returns to be driven by a modern-day legend. Plus, Concord’s wings need some urgent TLC.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Wednesday 7th April 2021)

Special episode celebrating the life of the motor racing driver and Top Gear presenter. Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness are joiined by former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, Matt LeBlanc and Rory Reid and well-known figures from the world of motoring to share their fondest memories of the Queen of the Nurburgring.

The Dog House (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 8th April 2021)

Members of the Fullagar family get more than they bargained for when they are introduced to father and daughter, Pepe and Tink – who can’t be separated. Meanwhile, Louise and Angela are conflicted when Trinity a five-month-old lurcher puppy shows off both her adorable side and an impressive ability to chew everything from furniture to shoes.

This Is My House (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 7th April 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Bill Bailey, Emily Atack, Judi Love and Jamali Maddix are joined by guest panellist Jimmy Carr to identify the real Gemma from a line-up of four, all claiming to own the same house in Farnham, Surrey. The house may be easy to spot with its colourful cladding and bright interior, but the real Gemma is not. One says she has gone to town with the decor after becoming newly single, another claims she decorates her house to be `liked” on social media, the third is a die-hard rainbow fan and the fourth is out to impress to her neighbours. Hosted by Stacey Dooley.

World’s Most Scenic River Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 9th April 2021)

Bill Nighy narrates this journey along the River Spey, travelling from its source in the Cairngorms to where it enters the North Sea. Cameras also follow two river biologists counting the baby salmon population in the highest reaches of the river.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 27/03/2021

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 28th March 2021)

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness head on an icy expedition across the wild Scottish Highlands in the new Land Rover Defender, Mercedes G-Wagen and Ariel Nomad to see which vehicle will prove itself the ultimate off-roader.

Secrets of the Transport Museum (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 30th March 2021)

A historic Frazer Nash car must be fixed before a big race. Plus, the first car to go round the track is resurrected but will the museum director be able to drive it?

This Is My House (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 31st March 2021)

Stacey Dooley hosts the property-based guessing game in which four people claim to own the same house, while a celebrity panel try work out which one is telling the truth. This week, regulars Bill Bailey, Emily Atack, Judi Love, Jamali Maddix are joined by Rob Rinder to find the real Michael. From the first sight of the four players the panel are instantly thrown by a familiar face, while the path to the truth is obscured by another Michael’s inability to remember anything about his own life.

The Dog House (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 1st April 2021)

An 11-year-old is thrilled to meet his dream dog – Gizmo the pug. However, Wood Green staff are worried his excitement might send breathless Gizmo into a panic. After the loss of her previous dog, Charley is wondering if she can love again and considers whether young lurcher Sonia can fill the void. Plus, ever-optimistic Jack Russell Rocco is matched with the adventurous Job family, who are looking a dog who can keep up with them.

World’s Most Scenic River Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 2nd April 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Documentary series telling the stories of six epic river journeys via the characters who live and work on and around the water. It begins with a trip down the Niagara River, before arriving at the world-famous Niagara Falls. Bill Nighy narrates.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 20/03/2021

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 21st March 2021)

The team takes some of greatest-ever cars featured in James Bond movies for a spin, including the iconic Aston Martin DB5. Freddie Flintoff gets behind the wheel of an Extreme E race car and puts it to the test against a man in a jet-pack, while Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness test a new Ferrari against a very old Alfa.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 23rd March 2021)

Tim Dunn explores Wingfield, one of the oldest surviving railways and uncovers the longest brick viaduct in the UK, the Welland Viaduct in Northamptonshire.

This Is My House (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 24th March 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Stacey Dooley hosts this property-based guessing game in which four people claim to own the same house. It’s then up to celebrity judges Bill Bailey, Emily Atack, Judi Love, Jamali Maddix – joined each week by a special guest – to watch the four `owners” interact and figure out which one is telling the truth and who are the impostors. Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen joins in the fun for the first edition, set in a converted barn in Ashford, Kent.

The Dog House (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 25th March 2021)

Documentary set inside Wood Green animal charity, following efforts to match dogs with new owners. Nine-year-old Rohan meets Patterdale terrier puppy Friday, but there are concerns that the hound may be just a bit too enthusiastic for the youngster. Rocco the Jack Russell has been struggling to find a home, though his bouncy exuberance and love of a good face lick means he could be the perfect match for Zach, who is looking for a dog not fazed by his Tourette’s. Grant the stray westie has seen some tough times, but his luck might be about to change with the arrival of Casper and Sid.

Kate Humble’s Coastal Walks (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 26th March 2021)

The naturalist walks 12 miles of Suffolk’s shingle coast, starting at Minsmere Nature Reserve, and later heads through the protected wetlands at Snape Maltings in a kayak. Her final destination is the 10-mile-long shingle spit at Orford Ness, a former military test site which is now a National Trust nature reserve.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 13/03/2021

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 14th March 2021)

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness head to the Lake District for an emotional reunion with their own dads’ old cars. Elsewhere, Chris heads out on track to test Lamborghini’s most powerful car ever, the hybrid Sian.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 16th March 2021)

Tim Dunn explores Huddersfield’s Grade I listed station and examines the station’s clock, and visits Cologne’s magnificent Hohenzollern Bridge in Germany.

Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 16th March 2021)

Last August, Roman Kemp’s life changed dramatically with the sudden and unexpected death of his best friend, radio producer Joe Lyons. It led him to question why increasing numbers of young men are taking their own lives and why so many of them never ask for help. Here, Roman sets out to explore what can be done to encourage people to seek help, what preventative action others need to be taking, and the lasting impact of mental health and suicide on friends and family.

Billy Monger’s Big Red Nose Day Challenge (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 18th March 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

In April 2017 the professional racing driver was seriously injured in a collision that resulted in both of his legs being amputated. Already used to pushing the limits of what can be achieved, Billy now pushes himself to the limit as he takes on a truly unforgettable challenge – walking, kayaking and cycling 140 miles in the name of charity. His trek begins at the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, ultimately heading to Brands Hatch in Kent. Before he starts, the 21-year-old receives words of encouragement from Jose Mourinho, manager of his beloved Tottenham Hotspur, and along the route is joined by a host of celebrity supporters including Cheryl, Zoe Ball, Chris Ramsey, Dan Walker and Vick Hope.

The Secret Life of Sewage (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 18th March 2021)

Dr George McGavin, Dr Zoe Laughlin and a team of world-leading scientists explore the biology, chemistry, natural history and social history of faeces from a TV-base camp like no other – within the pools, tanks and bowels of one of the UK’s largest and most technologically advanced sewage works.

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

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