Tag: Walking Through History

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 15/02/2014

The Last Leg | 21-02-2014 (YouView app screenshot)Walking Through History (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 15th February 2014)

Tony Robinson sets off on his most curious walk yet, across the ancient and turbulent kingdom of Northumbria. In the seventh century, at the height of the Dark Ages, the rule of Northumbria stretched from Edinburgh to York: a mighty power in post-Roman Britain. But this was a land where a battle was raging for the souls of the people. Over five days, from Melrose in the Scottish Borders to Holy Island off the coast of Northumberland, Tony is on the trail of one of Northumbria’s greatest sons: Saint Cuthbert. Through the Tweed Valley and across the Cheviot Hills, it’s a journey through a murky history laden with myth. But by investigating the communities, power bases and landscape of seventh-century Northumbria, Tony aims to understand the pagan land in which Cuthbert spread his simple brand of Celtic Christianity.

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 16th February 2014)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1950s London, based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. When a young woman with Down’s syndrome is discovered pregnant, sinister circumstances are assumed. Meanwhile, as the nuns organise celebrations for Sister Evangelina’s jubilee, Nonnatus House greets new midwife Patsy. Elsewhere, Timothy Turner takes his first steps without his callipers.

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 16th February 2014)

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May demonstrate their love for compact, small-engined cars with a trip to the Ukraine. With Clarkson in a Volkswagen Up, Hammond in a Ford Fiesta and May in a Dacia Sandero the trio zoom around the Crimean Peninsula absorbing some local history, visiting an old Soviet submarine pen and enjoying their manoeuvrable, economical cars to the full. Unfortunately, their carefree time is curtailed when they are challenged to a vast drive, heading north across one of the largest countries in Europe, and they must take any steps necessary to fight the immense boredom of a long car journey. Eventually, the three arrive in Kiev only to receive one final and truly fearsome challenge.

A Great Welsh Adventure with Griff Rhys Jones (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Monday 17th February 2014)

Series in which Griff Rhys Jones explores some of the most beautiful and enchanting parts of his native land. Inspecting the remains of the now forgotten Aust Ferry, once the gateway into Wales, Griff stumbles upon his challenge – to learn and perform the Welsh National Anthem. After a terrifying attempt to walk the suspension cable of the Severn Bridge and a less stressful saunter along the remains of Offa’s Dyke, Griff heads deep into the principality, determined to pick up some of the Welsh language. After perfecting his pronunciation of Llanelli, he paddles up the River Wye to Tintern, a prime destination for tourists 200 years ago. Having by now practised the tune and words of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, Griff just needs somewhere to perform. Then an encounter with the leader of a local handbell ringing group leads to a surprising solution.

The Street (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 10:35pm to 11:35pm | Monday 17th February 2014)

Documentary charting a year in the lives of the people who work, live and play on Sauchiehall Street, one of Scotland’s most famous and iconic shopping and party destinations. In this first programme, Savoy Centre manager Jim faces a mutiny after he decides to implement a new plan, chef Nick puts a trainee through the mill, and the steet pastors mop up the aftermath of a busy weekend’s partying.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 18th February 201)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. When a birdwatcher is discovered murdered in the Saint-Marie jungle, the team have a particularly puzzling conundrum to solve. Is the traditionally quiet and calm world of birdwatching more cut-throat than it appears?

Waterloo Road (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 19th February 2014)

School-based drama. George is left in charge of the school while Christine is away – but can he handle the pressure when Maggie, Audrey and the pupils stage a spectacular protest in a bid to stop Lula being deported?

The Restoration Man (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 19th February 2014)

George Clarke revisits Keith and Sheena McIntyre to see if their struggles have paid off. They fought through terrible weather conditions, and a challenge to integrate with the local community, in order to restore a stunning but isolated Telford church. Using an inheritance from his late father, artist Keith McIntyre and his wife Sheena bought this listed, Thomas Telford designed church in the remote island of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides. Keith and Sheena’s dream of converting the church into a holiday home and artist’s studio faced extreme weather conditions and the challenge of keeping the neighbors onside, while trying to project manage the build from 400 miles way. A year later, George Clarke returns to find out if they’ve managed to transform the church into a working artist’s studio, what life is like in the new community, and to see if they’ve been successful in winning a prestigious Royal Institute of Architects award.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD 10:00pm to 10:50pm | Friday 21st February 2014)

The award-winning gang show continues live on Friday nights with a joyful, offbeat take on the week. Returning as host is 2013 British Comedy Award winner Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker. The trio are joined by Claudia Winkleman in this show to take a look at the weird and wonderful talking points of the week including the stories and highlights from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.The show also includes the regular feature: 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.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 08/02/2014

The Culture Show | 10-02-2014 (YouView app screenshot)Walking Through History (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 8th February 2014)

Tony Robinson visits Liverpool and Lancashire for a towpath exploration of grand industrial engineering along the majestic Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Setting off from Liverpool, Tony takes a three-day walk inland to Wigan, tracing the story of the canal’s chaotic construction and its dramatic impact on the development of Lancashire. Today the canal cuts a peaceful, winding route, linking rural farmlands with lost epicentres of the industrial northwest. From the mid-1750s, the population of Liverpool multiplied 20 times in barely a century, helped in no small part by its new canal: a vital link to the coal, factories and labour supply of Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 9th February 2014)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1950s London, based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. Jenny’s life is turned upside down when Alec has a terrible accident. Sister Winifred helps a holocaust survivor bury the past and Shelagh decides to join the local choir.

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 9th February 2014)

Motoring magazine. The series continues with a jam-packed show featuring Italian sports cars, military manoeuvres and a trip to Belgium. Richard Hammond is on the shores of Lake Como testing the exciting new Alfa Romeo 4C, a mid-engined machine from one of the world’s most beloved sports car makers. Hammond’s enjoyment of the super-lightweight, 237 horsepower beauty is brought to a halt by the arrival of Jeremy Clarkson on a quad bike, demanding a race to the far end of the vast lake. Elsewhere in the programme, Clarkson is in the genteel surroundings of Bruge and at the rather less sedate Spa Grand Prix track in order to test a thrilling new breed of hybrid hypercar: the stunning, 904 horsepower McLaren P1. Meanwhile, James May is at the vast Camp Bastion in Afghanistan looking at the incredible efforts behind the army’s largest vehicle redeployment since the Second World War. Finally, actor Tom Hiddleston, tries his hand out on the track as the Star in the Reasonably Priced Car.

A Great Welsh Adventure with Griff Rhys Jones (ITV /HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Monday 10th February 2014)

Series in which Griff Rhys Jones explores some of the most beautiful and enchanting parts of his native land. In a lighthouse on the northernmost tip of the Welsh mainland, Griff discovers that his Conwy challenge is to find a Welsh dresser. Catching the bus into the nearby seaside resort of Llandudno, he realises that it is probably the last place on earth to find antique Welsh furniture. Hitching a lift into farming country, he finds a village antique shop – but it hasn’t seen a dresser in years. Griff then turns his attention to the plight of thirsty oak trees, the extraordinary age of a dangerous yew tree and the abundance hereabouts of one of the tallest trees in the world – the Douglas fir. Back on the coast, while traipsing around the battlements of Conwy Castle, Griff spots something familiar in a shop window – is he in luck?

The Culture Show (BBC 2/HD | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Monday 10th February 2014)

An evaulation of the contribution on Lego to archicture, and its continuing influence. The Lego Movie (released 14 February) is the latest big-budget incarnation of one of the world’s most popular toys. Yet Lego is more than a global brand. Tom Dyckhoff explores its relationship with architecture, and argues that it has changed the way we think about buildings. Lego’s plastic yellow bricks were launched in the 50s, and resonated with new visions of rebuilding society – with ethical, imaginative children’s play at its heart.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 11th February 2014)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. DI Goodman and his team are drawn into the world of politics when Saint-Marie’s commerce minister is discovered dead. Out of the blue, Camille’s father turns out to have a link to the victim and she is forced to confront the fact that her dad could be the murderer.

Waterloo Road (BBC 1/HD | 8:00p0m to 9:00pm | Wednesday 12th February 2014)

School-based drama. Gabriella wreaks havoc when she suspects Nikki and Hector of having an affair. Kevin is preparing for his university bursary interview, but when he collapses it sends shockwaves through the school.

The Restoration Man (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 12th February 2014)

Furniture maker Jamie Brown has big ideas about turning a colossal and historic 15,000 square foot RAF bunker from World War II into his new home. However, with the Nottinghamshire bunker totally encased in earth, with no natural light, and the back section submerged in water, Jamie’s wife, who is about to have their first baby, isn’t so sure. With its fascinating history and jaw-dropping engineering, George helps Jamie tackle this huge undertaking and discovers the important role it played in the blitz.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 10:50pm | Friday 14th February 2014)

The award-winning gang show returns live to Friday nights with a joyful, offbeat take on the week. Returning as host is 2013 British Comedy Award winner Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker. The trio take a look at the weird and wonderful talking points of the week including the stories and highlights from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Each week, Adam, Josh and Alex are joined by a live studio audience and a weekly special celebrity guest. The show also sees the return of 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.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/11/2013

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 7:50pm to 9:05pm | Saturday 23rd November 2013)

Sci-fi drama. The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him

Walking Through History (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 23rd November 2013)

Tony Robinson returns for a new three-part series of Walking Through History, embarking on more spectacular walks through some of Britain’s most historic landscapes in search of the richest stories from our past. In this first episode, Tony heads off for a 45-mile walk across Wiltshire to tell the story of life and death in the last centuries of the Stone Age. His route over chalk downlands and Salisbury plain takes him through the greatest concentration of prehistoric sites in Europe.

Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty (BBC 3 | 9:05pm to 10:05pm | Saturday 23rd November 2013)

Zoe Ball and Rick Edwards are live, getting the party started for the ultimate celebration of 50 years of Doctor Who. With an impressive guest list of Doctors and companions both past and present, celebrity fans and some very special surprises, this is the afterparty not to be missed. As well as all the gossip on the new episode The Day of the Doctor, there are exclusive interviews, showstopping monster moments and plenty of fun.

Great Continental Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 24th November 2013)

With his 1913 guidebook in hand and clad in a luminous pink jacket, improbable Bohemian Michael Portillo explores the stunning art nouveau architecture of the Czech capital. In a cafe popular with artists of the time he discovers the dance craze of the day – the tango – and gamely gives it a go. In the spa of kings, Marienbad, now known as Marianske Lazne, Michael samples the sulphurous waters and wallows in peat and mud. At the Skoda factory in Pilsen he investigates how the machine products of peacetime gave way to the manufacture of armaments for war and test drives a state of the art passenger train locomotive made there today. Crossing the border from Bohemia to Bavaria, Michael encounters a fire breathing dragon in Furth-im-Wald and in Nuremberg he rides German railway history – made in Britain. Arriving in Munich, he discovers an early 20th century pioneer who laid the foundations for the city’s pre-eminence in science and technology today.

Britain and the Sea (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 24th November 2013)

David Dimbleby continues his voyage round Britain, sailing his boat Rocket along the south east coast from Hampshire to Kent. This was the front line coast, the edge of Britain essential to its defence and the first point of attack for invasion forces. From the great battleships of Nelson to the sea forts of Henry VIII, this is a story that embraces Britain’s darkest and most heroic moments.

Tales From Northumberland with Robson Green (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Monday 25th November 2013)

Eight-part series in which Robson Green travels across his native county and discovers how it has played a role in shaping contemporary Britain. In this edition, Robson meets some of the proud Northumbrians who are keeping some of the region’s oldest traditions alive in the 21st century. He goes fishing for sea salmon with one of the last remaining fishermen to use a traditional Northumbrian coble boat, a vessel that dates back centuries, before heading to the Rothbury Traditional Music Festival to meet the young poets who are helping to preserve the region’s dialect. He also meets musician Kathryn Tickell, who has taken the traditional sounds of the Northumbrian pipe and fiddle to a global audience.

The Choir: Sing While You Work (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 25th November 2013)

Choirmaster Gareth Malone returns to create harmony in five of Britain’s biggest workplaces. He feels the heat at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, as he continues his bid to find the year’s best workplace choir. Bells and blue lights disrupt auditions but when rehearsals finally get underway Gareth tries to give the backroom staff the confidence to stand tall and be heard amidst the firefighters who attack choral singing with all sirens blaring.

24 Hours in A and E (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 27th November 2013)

The award-winning series, filmed round the clock at King’s College Hospital in South London, continues with an episode that focuses on the strong bonds within families and the challenge of breaking bad news. Bill, who’s 92, arrives at King’s with breathing difficulties and a swollen leg. He’s accompanied by his stepdaughter Jo. As he’s treated, doctors suspect the shortness of breath and swelling could be due to a clot and send him for X-rays. But the test results suggest there may be something more seriously wrong. Meanwhile, Bill talks about reaching his nineties and his strong bond with his stepdaughter. Andy comes into King’s with stomach cramps. The 45-year-old had a liver transplant ten years ago and, as doctors investigate the cause of his discomfort, Andy reflects on living with someone else’s liver, growing up in the East End, his time as a punk living in a squat in Waterloo and his career with the Royal Navy

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 28th November 2013)

George is invited onboard a blinged-up double decker bus, which has been converted into a posh restaurant and bar. He meets a couple living in an old railway station and sees their amazing plans for the waiting room, and gets to see the next generation of high spec beach huts. George also meets the French couple who have converted an old 1974 Citroen van to bring a bit of haute cuisine to West Yorkshire. And on his own build, George has a radical idea that he hopes will open his tree house to the elements.

Stobart: Trucks, Trains and Planes (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 29th November 2013)

Observational documentary series following one of the world’s biggest haulage firms. On a mammoth 500-mile multi-drop trip across Scotland carrying a load of luxury 4x4s, Gareth is hit by delays on the notorious A9. Adam, the CEO’s son, has completed his training and joins the trucking team, taking the wheel of a fully-loaded 44-tonne log wagon.

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

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