Mar 312018
 

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 1st April 2018)

Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid test the latest SUVs through the medium of horse trialling. Chris also gets an explosive drive in the new Alpine A110, while Jason Manford is the studio guest.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 2nd April 2018)

Behind-the-scenes documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves. Lost power between Didcot and Paddington causes problems. A truck strikes a railway bridge. A woman has a cardiac arrest at a ticket barrier. In the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent scare, containers of an unknown chemical found on board a train.

Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 3rd April 2018)

Alan Titchmarsh reveals the history, human stories and the hidden treasures of Britain’s historical estates. Alan visits Castle Ward in Northern Ireland, the setting of Winterfell in Game of Thrones. He learns why the 18th-century mansion was designed in two completely different styles – Palladian on one side and gothic on the other, learns the history of its warring owners and uncovers stories of lunacy, attempted murder, groundbreaking science and tragedy.

Everest: World’s Greatest Mountain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 3rd April 2018)

Documentary series about the world’s most iconic mountains. Everest, the highest mountain on Earth, was not conquered until 1953, an expedition that paved the way for the countless climbers that have subsequently reached its summit. This programme looks at the incredible forces that led to Everest’s creation, and meets some of the humans and animals who live in its shadow.

Still Game (BBC 1/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 5th April 2018)

Comedy series in which lifelong friends cope with everything modern life has to throw at them. The future has arrived in Craiglang as Navid proudly shows off his new scanner. Much to his dismay, however, his shoppers are left struggling and frustrations quickly mount. Tam steps in to help an older woman scan her items and befriends her when it turns out he knows her daughter. But when Tam’s friends discover this older woman has no shortage of money, they become highly suspicious of his motives. Meanwhile, over at the butcher’s Jack and Victor are determined to get their hands on the last steak pie in the shop – but so is the rest of Craiglang.

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

Mar 172018
 

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 18th March 2018)

Matt LeBlanc tests the world’s fastest accelerating car, with a little help from NASA. Chris Harris pens a heartfelt love letter to the Citroen 2CV, while Rory Reid samples some exciting cars from South Korea. Dara O Briain and Ed Byrne are the studio guests.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 20th March 2018)

Crime drama set on the remote Scottish islands. The personal and the professional collide for Perez, as he finally closes in on the truth.

Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 20th March 2018)

Documentary series. Alan Titchmarsh reveals the history, human stories and the hidden treasures of Britain’s historical estates. Alan visits Southwell Workhouse in Nottinghamshire and experiences some of the Dickensian conditions that the inmates endured. Jenni Bond learns how a workhouse runaway was punished in Lavenham, Nigel Havers visits back-to-back houses for the poor in Birmingham, and at Sutton House in Hackney Angelica Bell discovers the legacy of squatters in the 1980s.

Wild Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 20th March 2018)

Wildlife series revealing the hidden lives of both the familiar and more unusual animals with which we share our island home. From sandy beaches to soaring cliffs, Britain’s coastlines are one of nature’s wildest habitats, where hardy creatures are battling to survive.

Sport Relief: The Big TRY-Athalon (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 21st March 2018)

Documentary following comedian Des Clarke, who cannot swim, drive or ride a bicycle, as he attempts to do all three for Sport Relief by competing in three very special events. Joined by a team of celebrity supporters – including Sir Chris Hoy, Susan Calman and Joe McFadden – Des travels to Scotland, and amongst his many challenges, attempts to swim Loch Ness, cycle the Forth Bridge and drive to the top of a mountain with Top Gear’s Rory Reid.

Zoe Ball’s Hardest Road Home (BBC 1/HD not BBC 1 Scotland | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 21st March 2018)

Documenting an inspiring charity challenge, TV presenter Zoe Ball attempts to cycle over 300 miles, all to raise awareness about mental health and raise money for Sport Relief.

Still Game (BBC 1/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 22nd March 2018)

Comedy series in which lifelong friends cope with everything modern life has to throw at them. With Boabby out of the game, Jack and Victor gather a team for the walking football tournament. They absolutely must win, but will they be match-fit or have to employ other tactics?

Sport Relief 2018 (BBC 1/HD | 7:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 23rd March 2018)

Some of the biggest stars come together to raise money for good causes in the UK and overseas. Gary Lineker, Davina McCall and Ore Oduba start the evening with a live performance from Kylie Minogue and a special footballers’ edition of Strictly Come Dancing. Magician Ben Hanlin goes behind the scenes at Sports Personality of the Year, and Salford Quays plays host to a clash of the channels. Claudia Winkleman and Paddy McGuinness then take over hosting duties as John Bishop tries to help the England football team prepare for the World Cup finals. Sir Andy Murray gets the shock of his life when Michael McIntyre and celebrity friends wake him up to play a very special edition of his Midnight Gameshow. Rob Brydon and the cast of Swimming with Men feature in a comedy sketch, celebrities go head to head in the ring for the evening’s Celebrity Boxing battles, and Big Shaq makes a special appearance.

Sport Relief 2018 (BBC 1/HD | 10:35pm to 1:00am | Friday 23rd March 2018)

Davina McCall joins Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff as Sport Relief 2018 reaches its conclusion. There are two more big Celebrity Boxing bouts and the climax of the non-stop football marathon, with Robbie Savage’s All Stars completing 12 hours of play against teams from the FA People’s Cup. There is also the climax to A Question of Sport Relief and live music from Rae Morris. Plus a special edition of Pop Star Penalties from A League of Their Own, and more from John Bishop and the England team. s

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

Mar 102018
 

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 11th March 2018)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. The team must rally to prepare for Sister Monica Joan’s birthday. Meanwhile, the closing of a nearby maternity home brings an influx of expectant mothers to the Nonnatus midwives.

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 11th March 2018)

There is a Japanese flavour to this week’s show, as Matt LeBlanc and Chris Harris buy second-hand sports cars at auction for a big road trip across Honshu, while Rory has one night to discover the weirdest car culture Tokyo has to offer. Out on track, Chris compares the Honda Civic Type R and Lexus LC500.

Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 13th March 2018)

Documentary series. Alan Titchmarsh reveals the history, human stories and the hidden treasures of Britain’s historical estates. Alan explores a French Renaissance-style chateau in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside which was a magnet for the great and the good of the 19th century. Clive Aslet visits Flint House, a striking example of modern architecture, on the same estate. Oz Clarke watches the restoration of a precious Dubois lacquer desk, and Alison Hammond visits Polesden Lacey.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 13th March 2018)

Crime drama set on the remote Scottish islands. Perez must reassess the investigation in the aftermath of the attack. The MIT arrives on Shetland and sets its sights on Malone. Meanwhile, Tosh begins to have doubts about Lars.

Wild Britain (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 13th March 2018)

Wildlife series revealing the hidden lives of both the familiar and more unusual animals with which we share our island home. Britain’s forests contain majestic trees, some of them thousands of years old. Behind the leafy veil, there are booming populations of previously rare wild boar and goshawks.

The Battle for Scotland’s Countryside (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 14th March 2018)

Documentary in which actor David Hayman presents a personal view of the battle for access to Scotland’s countryside, revealing how this conflict has shaped the physical and cultural landscape of the country. He meets landowners, gamekeepers and hill walkers to discover how ordinary Scots have come to claim their right to roam over their country’s mountains and glens, starting with Victorian rebels who dared to march across private grouse moors and progressing on to the 1930s, when thousands of urban Scots streamed out of the cities and into the hills. Finally, he discovers the present-day controversies that may threaten Scotland’s internationally renowned and hard-fought right to roam laws.

Still Game (BBC 1/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 15th March 2018)

Comedy series in which lifelong friends cope with everything modern life has to throw at them. Boabby is persuaded to have a lock-in at The Clansman to mark the passing of Craiglang’s much-respected undertaker, so the regulars enjoy outdoing each other with stories of the most famous person they have ever met, dead or alive. After news spreads that a creepy new undertaker, Sheathing, has moved into Craiglang, nobody quite knows what to make of him. Isa, who has heard the stories, spreads the fear amongst the residents that he’s the grim reaper. Jack decides to figure out who this mysterious new undertaker really is. But when Isa turns up at Victor’s door in a complete panic and Sheathing appears unannounced, Jack and Victor have no option but to take matters into their own hands.

The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 16th March 2018)

Documentary series going behind the scenes of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on its 50th anniversary. The busy summer season is looming and the steam engines are old, so there’s always something to fix. The only chance of getting through the summer is if they complete the overhaul of Repton, a 1934 Schools class engine.

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

Mar 032018
 

Still not listing anything to do with Channel 4, till they put Channel 4 HD back on Freesat.

Cycling: World Track Championships (BBC 1/HD | 2:45pm to 4:30pm | Saturday 3rd March 2018)

Jill Douglas presents highlights from the UCI World Track Championships in the Netherlands, with Sir Chris Hoy providing expert analysis. These championships see British stars Jason and Laura Kenny return to elite competition. Four-time Olympic champion Laura is back in action just six months after giving birth to the couple’s first child, while Jason – a six-time Olympic gold medallist – has reversed a private decision to retire after the Rio Games in 2016. Commentary is by Simon Brotherton and Chris Boardman.

Call the Midwife (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 4th March 2018)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. Dr Turner gets involved with a troubled young man, and Lucille makes new friends. Meanwhile, Barbara lies ill in hospital.

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 4th March 2018)

Matt LeBlanc and Chris Harris head into the Californian woods to test off-road toys and hunt for Big Foot. Rory Reid invents the sport of reverse camera racing, while Chris tests the new McLaren 720S. Lee Mack is this week’s studio guest.

The Flying Scotsman (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 5th March 2018)

Documentary presented by Rob Bell, charting the story of the world’s most famous steam locomotive. With steam on its way out, it fell to enthusiast Alan Pegler to save the mighty Scotsman, but his ambitions saw her stranded stateside. Three owners later, it was revamped by the National Railway Museum in the 00s.

Rocky Mountain Railroad (Quest | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 5th March 2018)

Canadian Pacific freight crews tackle one of their most challenging loads. The team attempt to haul a 210-tonne reactor on an epic cross country journey.

Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 6th March 2018)

Documentary series. Alan Titchmarsh reveals the history, human stories and the hidden treasures of Britain’s historical estates. Alan visits Stowe in Buckinghamshire, the most magnificent landscape garden of late 18th-century Britain and the site of a well-known public school. Pete Waterman discovers the link between Stowe and the Beatles, Dan Jones abseils down Lord Cobham’s Pillar at Stowe and Suzannah Lipscomb visits a Norfolk stone masonry to help re-create some of Stowe’s iconic statues.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 6th March 2018)

Crime drama set on the remote Scottish islands. Ignoring Secret Service warnings, Perez and Tosh track down Mathias Soderland. Back on Shetland, a beach memorial service is held for Sally McColl.

Wild Britain with Ray Mears (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 6th March 2018)

Wildlife series revealing the hidden lives of both the familiar and more unusual animals with which we share our island home. Only the hardiest of beasts survive in Britain’s mountains and uplands, including the golden eagle and its prey the mountain hare, plus 400,000 red deer, the flamboyant black grouse, and sheep who have grazed for centuries.

Still Game (BBC 1/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 8th March 2018)

Comedy series in which lifelong friends cope with everything modern life has to throw at them. In this first episode of a new series, Winston appeals to his friends for help, as asbestos is forcing him out of his flat for a while but, with nobody keen to take him in, he has to find an alternative arrangement. Meanwhile, Isa’s birthday is coming up and she is on a mission to find out who is throwing her a surprise party.

The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 9th March 2018)

Documentary series going behind the scenes of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on its 50th anniversary. Marketing Manager Laura targets teachers in the hope they’ll return with their classes, Chris reveals how some of the bridges are in desperate need of repair, and Piglet has a race against time to fix an engine which Laura wants to be on display when the Tour de Yorkshire whizzes by.

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

Feb 242018
 

First of all, sorry, I am no longer listings things on Channel 4, till they put Channel 4 HD back on Freesat.

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 25th February 2018)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. Barbara gets involved with a recently widowed pregnant woman. Sister Monica Joan has her cataract surgery.

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 25th February 2018)

The series kicks off with Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid taking a motorsports road trip across America’s Wild West, in the latest V8 sports cars from McLaren, Jaguar and Ford. Rob Brydon tackles the Top Gear track in the Reasonably Fast Car.

Are Scotland’s Trains Fit for the 21st Century (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Monday 26th February 2018)

Documentary in which Ian Hamilton journeys along some of Scotland’s urban and rural rail services to find out if they are on the right track to meet growing customer demand. Along the way he hears from commuters on a range of issues that affect their travel experience on a daily basis, including ease of access, overcrowding and punctuality. He also examines the track record of initiatives such as the opening of the rail link between the Borders and Edinburgh and hears how infrastructure improvements are in the pipeline for parts of the north east network. In Newcastle, he checks on the progress of the manufacture of new rolling stock and catches up with transport minister Humza Yousaf.

The Unstoppable Flying Scotsman (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 26th February 2018)

Documentary presented by Rob Bell, charting the story of the world’s most famous steam locomotive. During her life, the Flying Scotsman has broken records, travelled the world, starred in a movie, and even bankrupted her owners. But why has she inspired such affection among steam fans? And why, almost a century coming into service, does she still attract huge crowds wherever she goes?

Rocky Mountain Railroad (Quest | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 26th February 2018)

Winter may be over but spring presents a whole new set of dangers on the Rocky Mountain railroad. Lethal rockslides threaten Canadian Pacific’s longest and heaviest train.

The X Files (Channel 5/HD | 10:00pm to 11:00pm | Monday 26th February 2018)

Revival of the classic sci-fi drama. Exploring the idea of the Mandela Effect, in which large groups of people remember an alternate history, Mulder and Scully learn how the X-Files themselves may have originated.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 28th February 2018)

Crime drama set on the remote Scottish islands. With Andreas Hagan their strongest lead on Sally’s killer, Tosh arrives in Norway, leaving Perez following up the leads on the Kilmuir case. Tosh accesses the CCTV from the airport and sees footage of Sally leaving the terminal, discovering she had met with a man who has far-right associations.

The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 2nd March 2018)

Documentary series going behind the scenes of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on its 50th anniversary. To celebrate, the railway has hired headlining steam engine Royal Scot, but she has a problem with her boiler, carriages that haven’t been serviced in five years, and no-one even knows if she will fit the line.

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

Apr 222017
 

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 7:20pm to 8:10pm | Saturday 22nd April 2017)

The Doctor takes Bill to a spectacular city on a distant planet – but where are the colonists? A band of ‘cute’ droids hold the deadly answer.

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 23rd April 2017)

Matt LeBlanc drives an eight-wheeled rescue vehicle from Russia, Rory Reid turns the world’s ugliest car into a luxury yacht and Chris Harris reviews the new Porsche Cayman. Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay is the studio guest.

Scotland’s Superhospital (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 24th April 2017)

Series following the staff and patients at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. In this edition, a 12-strong trauma team assemble as man who was in a head-on collision with a lorry near Loch Fyne is helicoptered to the rooftop helipad. In the children’s hospital, 18-year-old Connor, who has leukaemia, faces an agonising decision over his treatment and his studies. The programme meets one of the 200 porters who are the worker bees of the hospital, walking miles on every shift, and the baby who can now have his cleft lip and palate repaired under anaesthetic by the top plastic surgeons in the country.

Inside the Tube: Going Underground (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 24th April 2017)

The Piccadilly Line is famed for its glamorous stops, which include Knightsbridge and the West End, but Rob Bell discovers how it also played an important part in saving the tube from bankruptcy, and changing public transport as we know it.

Me and My Dog (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 26th April 2017)

Chris Packham hosts a physical and mental competition in the Lake District, where eight owners and their dogs compete together in a series of challenges. It is the final stage of the contest and the Reds have one last challenge to determine which pairs go through to the final. It all comes down to a fiendishly difficult canine intelligence test which involves Lake Windermere and some dog toys. One pair prove just how far they have come and Toni is finally convinced that Flapjack is actually quite clever. Then it is the final – a human-dog triathlon involving a two-kilometre bike race over rugged terrain, a 100-metre open-water swim and a one-and-a-half-kilometre cross-country run. It is a race to the finish and the Me and My Dog Champions are unveiled. It is a chance for everyone to reflect on what they have learned and it is a celebration of a very special species many of us choose to share our lives with.

Mind Over Marathon (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 27th April 2017)

Two-part documentary in which a group of ten unlikely runners living with different mental health issues are brought together by Nick Knowles to train for the ultimate test – the 2017 London Marathon. This episode sees the remaining nine runners juggling physical injuries along with their mental health challenges and trying to fit training into their lives. They attempt longer and longer distances and even travel to the Brecon Beacons for a mountain run. The episode catches up with Rhian, Shereece, Jake and Poppy, who struggles with anxiety and the symptoms of PTSD. The runners are joined at a training day by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The royal trio have launched Heads Together, a campaign to remove the stigma around mental health issues and are keen to meet the runners and learn more about their experiences.

Barging Brits in the Sun (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pn to 9:00pm | Friday 28th April 2017)

An affectionate look at how Britain’s canals are becoming great again, with more and more people choosing to escape the rat race and climb aboard a canal boat for a slower pace of life, from a former Bond girl with a £100,000 boat to the UK’s top Elvis tribute act and a family taking their first ever boating holiday.

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

Apr 152017
 

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 7:20pm to 8:10pm | Saturday 15th April 2017)

Two worlds collide when the Doctor meets Bill, and a chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a terrifying chase across time and space. Bill’s mind is opened to a universe that is bigger and more exciting than she could possibly have imagined. But who is the Doctor, and what is his secret mission on Earth?

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pn to 9:00pm | Sunday 16th April 2017)

Matt LeBlanc gets to grips with the fire-breathing Mercedes-AMG GT R supercar. Elsewhere, Chris Harris and Rory Reid journey across Cuba in a pair of second-hand sports cars, while comedian Ross Noble takes to the Top Gear track in the Reasonably Fast Car.

Inside the Tube: Going Underground (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 17th April 2017)

London’s Metropolitan Line was the world’s first underground railway, and is still used by 70 million passengers each year. Rob Bell discovers how the capital’s overcrowding problem was the necessity that prompted this hitherto unthinkable transport innovation.

Me and My Dog (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 19th April 2017)

Chris Packham hosts a physical and mental competition in the Lake District, where eight owners and their dogs compete together in a series of challenges, all in a bid to make it to the grand final. This episode’s challenges are all designed to test the owners’ ability to immerse themselves in their dog’s world.

Mind Over Marathon (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 20th April 2017)

Two-part film in which a group of ten unlikely runners living with different mental health issues are brought together by Nick Knowles to train for the ultimate test – the 2017 London Marathon. The group come from all over the country to meet for the first time at a training camp. Among the runners is Rhian, a mum-of-three who lost her one-year-old son to pneumonia and five days later lost her husband as well. She struggles with PTSD and anxiety and can’t run on her own when she starts this process. Shereece had postpartum after the birth of her first child and struggles with depression and panic attacks, and persuading her family that mental health problems are a real illness. Brighton barman Jake has struggled with depression, but wants to try running as a way to help cope with his illness. The episode follows them up to the point of getting ready for the challenge of running their first 10k race – an important milestone if they are to make the marathon starting line.

Dial “B” for Britain: The Story of the Landline (BBC 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 20th April 2017)

Timeshift journeys back to the age of the landline – a distant era when phones weren’t pocket-sized wireless devices, but bulky objects wired into our homes and workplaces. Over the course of 100 years, a communications network was rolled out to join up Britain, bringing commercial and social change in its wake. Yet despite ongoing technical innovation, the phone service often struggled to meet demand. From the speaking clock to the Trimphone, the first public call boxes to the Post Office Tower, this is the story of how Britain got connected, told by the operators and engineers themselves, and featuring rarely seen archive footage.

Tony Robinson: Coast to Coast (Chnanel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 21st April 2017)

Tony Robinson explores the 200-mile coast-to-coast walking trail made famous by Alfred Wainwright. En route to Robin Hood’s Bay, his final destination on the North Yorkshire coast, Tony meets people who are determined to keep the local industries alive, including a steam railway. He also visits RAF Fylingdales, a family-run bakery and the area’s last shipyard in Whitby, and enjoys a day of whale-watching.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 21st April 2017)

The award-winning satirical comedy continues. Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe examine the biggest, most entertaining news stories via the #isitok Twitter hashtag, where viewers tweet in edgy current affairs questions that other shows might duck. In this edition, Alan Carr and Tinie Tempah help the team to dissect the week’s events.

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

Apr 012017
 

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 2nd April 2017)

Motoring magazine, including road tests, news and features. Matt LeBlanc is the first to test America’s explosive new supercar, the Ford GT. Presenters Chris Harris and Sabine Schmitz go head to head in one of motorsport’s toughest events – a buggy race across the wild Californian desert.

Inside the Tube: Going Underground (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 3rd April 2017)

Rob Bell explores the hidden history of how the London metro was built. The Northern Line was the world’s first deep Tube line, running 36 miles and connecting the north and south of the Thames. Rob reveals the obstacles encountered and the innovations pioneered by the Victorian engineers who built it.

Yorkshire: A Year in the Wild (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 4th April 2017)

Autumn is on hold as summer continues, with unexpectedly balmy conditions throwing a life line to the roe deer as they prepare for the winter ahead. For other animals, mating season has arrived, making for a dangerous and testosterone-fuelled time at Ravenscar Beach.

Me and My Dog (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 5th April 2017)

Chris Packham hosts a physical and mental competition in the Lake District, where eight owners and their dogs compete together in a series of challenges, all in a bid to make it to the grand final. Only one pair can win but experts are on hand to help them all unlock the full potential of their partnerships. Chris unveils the science behind the incredible bond between human and dog. Challenges in this episode are designed to test communication skills between human and canine. The eight pairs are split into two groups, the reds and the yellows. The reds must encourage dogs through a series of gates using three key modes of communication. For the yellows, it’s an uphill scramble through fast-flowing water. The ultimate test of communication is a tethered biking challenge. Some realise they’ve got a lot to learn, but for others it’s a joy to be racing side by side with their canine companions.

Tony Robinson: Coast to Coast (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 7th April 2017)

Hands-on history travelogue about the 200-mile coast-to-coast walking trail made famous by Alfred Wainwright. Tony reaches the Yorkshire Dales, where he visits Wensleydale cheese manufacturers, a calf auction, Asgarth Falls, joins in the rehearsals of a traditional brass band, samples an award-winning honey, meets a retired major who has turned a disused army training ground into a wildlife haven and takes a tour around the Jacobean stately home of Kiplin Hall.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 7th April 2017)

The award-winning satirical comedy continues. Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe examine the biggest, most entertaining news stories via the #isitok twitter handle, where viewers tweet in edgy current affairs questions that other shows might duck. In this edition, Ed Miliband joins the team to dissect the week’s events.

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

Mar 252017
 

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 26th March 2017)

Chris Harris and the £2m Bugatti Chiron attempt to cross the Arabian peninsula faster than Matt LeBlanc and a roster of money-no-object transport solutions. Back in Britain, Rory Reid constructs a life-size arcade game to test the Renault Twingo GT and its city car rivals, while rap star Tinie Tempah tackles the Top Gear track in the Reasonably Fast Toyota GT86.

Rivers with Jeremy Paxman (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 26th March 2017)

Devoted fisherman Jeremy Paxman travels along four of the great rivers of Britain, meeting the people who make them what they are, unearthing their history and traditions, and exploring their wildlife. Jeremy travels from the Thames’s elusive source in Gloucestershire to its bleak but epic end in the Kent and Essex marshes. In spite of its fame, there’s a lot to the Thames that people don’t know. It’s always been a working river, where people from Domesday millers to Victorian cockneys and modern engineers have made their living. So Jeremy meets the people who manage the floods, maintain the bridges, control the locks and deal with the sewage, with the odd stop along the way for entertainment.

Inside King’s Cross: The Railway (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 27th March 2017)

Christmas holiday plans are knocked off course when a person is hit by a train near Doncaster, Christmas Eve heralds the start of an ambitious programme of engineering works and train guard Matt shares some stories about his family’s long association with the railways.

Britain’s Busiest Motorway (itv/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Tuesday 28th March 2017)

Documentary series which goes behind the scenes and on the roads with the characters who work on one of the most famous and busiest motorways in Britain – the M25. After dark, the M25 takes on a very different atmosphere. As the speed of traffic goes up the visibility goes down, making the motorway a more dangerous place. As traffic officers Andy and Keith clock on for the late shift, reports come in of a cupboard on the carriageway. Last year, there were more than 2,000 call outs regarding items in the road, which can pose an obvious risk to drivers. Back in the control room, Emily spots some unusual visitors at Junction 23 – loose horses on the motorway, which are causing chaos. Loose horses are often a problem on the network and Emily is concerned for the safety of one of her night-time maintenance teams. Meanwhile, at junction 10, a bridge joint is being replaced and the engineers are in a race against time to get the job done before the sun rises.

Yorkshire: A Year in the Wild (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 28th March 2017)

High up in Malham Cove, two 40-day-old peregrines must learn how to fly, while south of the North York Moors National Park, a pair of grebes carry their youngsters around on their backs. Facing unseasonably cold weather, times are tough for the roe deer of Malham Tarn.

Tony Robinson: Coast to Coast (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 31st March 2017)

Hands-on history travelogue. In the Eden Valley, Tony makes a dramatic ascent to limestone paved Asby Scar, the last evidence of a 300 million-year-old tropical sea. He also finds out why border collies make perfect sheepdogs, before reflecting upon the huge drystone cairns at Nine Standards Rigg.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:10pm | Friday 31st March 2017)

The award-winning satirical comedy continues. Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe examine the biggest, most entertaining news stories via the #isitok twitter handle, where viewers tweet in edgy current affairs questions that other shows might duck. In this week’s show stars of the new West End play The Philanthropist, Lily Cole, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal are live in the studio to help the team to dissect the week’s events.

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

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Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 19th March 2017)

Matt LeBlanc’s review of the Aston Martin DB11 is thwarted by Chris Harris and a very evil Mercedes. Elsewhere, Rory Reid and Sabine Schmitz go supercar-hunting on Germany’s fearsome Nurburgring race circuit with the help of the VW Golf Clubsport S, while actress Tamsin Greig takes to the Top Gear track in the new Reasonably Fast Car.

Rivers with Jeremy Paxman (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 19th March 2017)

Devoted fisherman Jeremy Paxman travels along four of the great rivers of Britain, meeting the people who make the rivers what they are, unearthing their history and traditions and exploring their wildlife. Jeremy travels along the Mersey, from the wuthering heights of the Peak District to the sands of the estuary at Liverpool. He investigates the river’s part in creating modern industry, and finds that today it has recovered from historic pollution to become a haven for wildlife of all sorts. He goes electrofishing for brown trout in the river, scales the heights of the tallest bridge on the Mersey, and tracks down the mysterious ‘Mersey mermaids’ in their watery home.

Inside King’s Cross: The Railway (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 20th March 2017)

Documentary series. Michael responds to a report of a suspicious bag, Mel’s quick thinking reunites a split-up family in Leeds, and driver Lee gets his hands on one of Virgin’s new Azuma trains that will come into service in 2018.

Yorkshire: A Year in the Wild (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm)

Documentary series. Spring comes to the Dales and North York Moors National Parks, the season when the parks’ animals must find food, a mate and raise a family. Adders battle to secure a mate, while grebes prefer a mating dance. On the coast, a quarter of a million sea birds arrive to nest, many returning to exactly the same nest site every year. And up around Malham Tarn, an injured, pregnant roe deer desperately seeks Spring’s green shoots to survive.

Walks with My Dog (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 23rd March 2017)

Adventurer Ben Fogle takes Storm, his black Labrador, for a walk along the banks of the River Thames, starting out from Marlow. Broadcaster Emma Kennedy and her maltipoo puppy visit the Lake District, including Grasmere and Loughrigg. And presenter Helen Skelton and her dog Barney are on a voyage of discovery in Dumfries and Galloway – Scotland’s so-called ‘Secret Coast’, with its mudflats and deserted beaches.

Tony Robinson’s Coast to Coast (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 24th March 2017)

Hands-on history travelogue. Tony visits the Lake District, where he meets one of the last tenant sheep farmers, gets an exclusive tour of the only inhabited island on Derwentwater, learns how to cook chutney and gets a rare sighting of a red squirrel.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 24th March 2017)

The award-winning satirical comedy continues. Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe examine the biggest, most entertaining news stories via the #isitok twitter handle, where viewers tweet in edgy current affairs questions that other shows might duck. In this edition, the lads are joined live in the studio by singer songwriter James Blunt.

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

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