Feb 102018
 

Village of the Year Final with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 10th February 2018)

It’s the grand final of Village of the Year. Across 19 heats and four semi-finals, 76 villages have been whittled down – and now only four remain. There’s one last chance to impress, as each of the villages put on a special event for the judges to showcase everything they think makes their village great. Then, residents from each of the final villages gather together at a Village of the Year fete. The judges consider everything they’ve seen before Penelope Keith announces which village will be crowned Village of the Year and win £10,000.

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

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. Sister Julienne is drawn into the heart of a different culture when she is called upon to help a Pakistani family. Having come to terms with her own childlessness, Mumtaz Gani is heartbroken when her husband Saddiq brings home a second wife who is eight months pregnant. Sister Julienne must help Mumtaz come to terms with this new addition to her family. Elsewhere, Trixie struggles to cope after her break-up with Christopher and looks for comfort at the bottom of a bottle. But it is not long before she can no longer conceal her struggle with sobriety. Sister Julienne and Dr Turner are convinced Sister Monica Joan needs cataract surgery, but before having the first consultation she must acknowledge that her vision is impaired. At clinic, Lucille meets a woman with pica – but this is no ordinary craving, as Mrs Campbell cannot stop eating coal.

The Forest (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 12th February 2018)

Mark Bonnar narrates a series revealing the hidden world of Galloway Forest, the country’s largest afforested area. John ‘Cool’ Coughtrie and his Recreation Team boss Archie McNeillie spend the days leading up to the Galloway Hills Rally preparing safe places for attending crowds along the route to stand. Reigning champion and local legend Jock Armstrong hopes to defend his title and is thinking of nothing but the finish line. On the day of the rally, a troop of the event’s safety marshalls are on duty helping Archie to keep a watchful eye over proceedings. At Penninghame, tree planter Alastair Livingstone restocks a recently felled site with sycamore and oak. The Forestry Commission plant 4.5 million trees a year and Alastair has single-handedly planted over a million. Wildlife ranger Grant Carson works to manage the thousands of deer that roam the Forest Park to prevent them from damaging valuable recently planted trees.

The X Files (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 12th February 2018)

Revival of the classic sci-fi drama. After a violent home invasion, Mulder and Scully go on the run from Russian gunmen while following a trail of clues left by their long-dead friend Langly.

Rocky Mountain Railroad (Quest | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 12th February 2018)

Train crews in the Rockies must haul their 15,000 ton grain train through ice-encrusted tunnels to make their delivery on time.

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

Crime drama set on the remote Scottish islands. Thomas Malone returns to Shetland after serving 23 years in jail for the murder of teenager Lizzie Kilmuir, a crime he swears he didn’t commit. Whilst most of the islanders are convinced of Malone’s guilt, the appeal and his subsequent release have thrown up the possibility that someone else could be responsible for Lizzie’s murder, but as Malone arrives back on Shetland, local journalist Sally McColl is found murdered. Perez and the team must investigate both cases.

Flatpack Empire (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 13th February 2018)

With unprecedented access to IKEA’s design studios, factories, test labs and stores over the course of a year, this series gets to know the people who work for the famous company. In episode two, we see what it takes to get new products from initial design to stores around the world. One of IKEA’s newest designers, Hanna-Kaarina Heikkila, wants to challenge mass production by creating an ‘imperfect vase’ that has the finger-marks of the creator – she travels to China to see if her idea is possible.

Impossible Railways (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 13th February 2018)

From tunnelling through the mighty Swiss Alps to overcoming a cliff face in Southern Australia, see how railway engineers have skilfully conquered mountains.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 15th February 2018)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. Long-buried memories are raked up for JP when someone from his past is caught red-handed at a murder scene and Jack must unravel a complex mystery to find the truth.

Walks with My Dog (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 15th February 2018)

TV presenter Anna Richardson takes her Staffie to the Peak District, including a walk through Dovedale and a spot of trout fishing. Jimmy Doherty is by the Suffolk seaside with his Irish terrier, visiting Aldeburgh and Thorpeness. And comedian Bill Bailey takes a pleasant stroll through Richmond Park with his dingoes Boolay and Banjar and tries a session of yoga for dogs.

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

Jan 272018
 

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 27th January 2018)

Five villages from this week’s heats go head-to-head for a spot in the grand final and the chance to win Village of the Year and the £10,000 prize money. Penelope Keith and her three judges have been searching for the very best of British village life, and tonight they will find out even more from the five contenders in the South East Zone. Will it be the buildings, the scenery or good old British eccentricity that wins the day?

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 28th January 2018)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. Lucille faces racism and prejudice when a new mother falls ill. Sister Winifred is keen to have fathers be more involved in the care of their babies.

The Biggest Little Railway in the World (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 28th January 2018)

Dick Strawbridge and a team of model railway enthusiasts attempt to build the longest model railway in the world, 71 miles across Scotland, from Fort William to Inverness. The teams face a series of tricky challenges on one key day as they race to get to Inverness. First the tiny train must cross the 60-metre Aberchalder Viaduct. Dick decides to run an electric loco rather than a steam one, but the train team refuse. They’re purists and insist on returning to the steam engine, which they claim they can run faster with a new enhanced fuelling system. After negotiating its way through a packed Fort Augustus, the loco must cross a curving trestle bridge that spans a rocky stream. Meanwhile, the build team struggle to find a way to climb a flight of 12 steps on the approach to Inverness. They settle on a helix – a technically demanding but beautiful solution.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (BBC 1/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Monday 29th January 2018)

Penelope Keith and the team of judges are in the Central Zone heat of the Village of the Year. In Rutland, Penelope meets Lyddington’s own Sherlock Holmes. In Edale in the Derbyshire Dales, Patrick explores a unique method of beer delivery. In Northamptonshire Alex gets a chance to sample Aynho’s apricots. And in Eglinton in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland, Juliet enjoys a good old fashioned ceilidh. Which of the villages will secure a place in the semi-finals?

The Forest (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Monday 29th January 2018)

Mark Bonnar narrates a new series revealing the hidden world of Galloway Forest, the country’s largest afforested area. The programme follows truckers Jimmy, Norman and Eric as they track down the timber stacks, load them using cranes and ferry the cargo to mills north and south of the border. The Forestry Commission plan an explosion at a forest quarry to produce rock for a new road masterminded by Forestry engineer Elaine McClymont, but not before Environment Officer Gareth Ventress has checked for any pine marten activity in the area. Gareth also heads to a secret location deep within the forest to check a golden eagle feeding station.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 29th January 2018)

While two care home staff are chasing Kevin McDowd, a young man with learning disabilities and sociopathic tendencies, Nikki and Jack examine a fatal road accident where the deceased is Kevin McDowd’s mother. The investigation led by police sergeant Button should be straightforward, but the forensic evidence suggests foul play.

Rocky Mountain Railroad (Quest | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 29th January 2018)

When a massive snowstorm hits the mountain railroad, an avalanche warning threatens to derail one of Canadian Pacific’s most important $50 million loads

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Tuesday 30th January 2018)

Penelope Keith and her panel of expert judges investigate four more villages from the Central Zone. In Lincolnshire, Penelope looks in on Irish dancing in Nettleham. Alex Langlands goes cuckoo for a water garden in Pembridge, Herefordshire. In Ulster Juliet attends the first wife-carrying championships in Glenarm. And Patrick takes a cruise down the Union canal in Gnosall in Staffordshire. Which village will impress the judges the most?

Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100 (itv/HD | 7:30pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 30th January 2018)

Julia Bradbury and Ore Oduba present a guide to the British public’s favourite 100 walks.

Impossible Railways (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 30th January 2018)

From a canyon-spanning bridge in San Diego to a track ascending an imposing Swiss peak, hear how railway engineers have conquered jungles, deserts and mountain.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 30th January 2018)

The team are determined to uncover the truth about unexplained deaths of patients at a care home. They are desperate to rescue Serena and return her to safety. Unbeknownst to her colleagues in the Lyell Centre, Clarissa allows herself to be admitted to the care home in order to investigate. Her determination to find out what happened leads her to uncover a shocking truth, but puts her life in danger.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Wednesday 31st January 2018)

Penelope Keith and her panel of judges consider four more villages from this Central Zone heat. Penelope bonds with alpacas in Houghton and Wyton in Cambridgeshire. Alex Langlands bangs his drum with the last village band in Bretforton in Worcestershire. Patrick Grant learns what it is to be to the manor born in Tissington in Derbyshire. And Juliet takes a hair-raising back seat ride in Armoy, County Antrim. Which village wins over the judges for a spot in the semi-finals?

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Thursday 1st February 2018)

Penelope Keith and her team uncover the very best of British village life. In this heat Penelope unleashes her inner graffiti artist in Histon and Impington in Cambridgeshire. Patrick Grant pilots a rocket in Audlem, Cheshire. Juliet Sargeant is out to sea in Strangford in Northern Ireland. And in Frampton-on-Severn in Gloucestershire, Alex Langlands explores the largest village green in England. The competition is tough as four villages go head to head for a spot in the semi-finals.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 1st February 2018)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. The island’s Day of the Dead celebrations are cut short by a woman’s death. DI Mooney and the team must navigate the waters of the elitist Yacht Club to catch the killer.

Walks with My Dog (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 1st February 2018)

Actor Emilia Fox takes her dachshunds through a wooded valley in Cornwall, where she uncovers a secret industrial past. Comedian Bill Bailey wanders under big skies on the Norfolk coast and in the shadow of Hunstanton’s spectacular striped cliffs. And stand-up Katherine Ryan visits Kent’s picturesque Hever Castle with her Tibetan spaniel.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Friday 2nd February 2018)

Four more villages compete for a chance to win £10,000 and to be crowned Village of the Year. In Lincolnshire Penelope tracks down a seriously good sausage in Woodhall Spa. Alex Langlands get jiggy with the Morris men of Illmington in Warwickshire. Juliet Sargeant explores the blooming beautiful Broughshane in County Antrim. In Cheshire, Patrick Grant takes tea by the lake in Pickmere. With one more slot to fill for tomorrow’s semi, which village will be joining the line-up and in with the chance to win £10,000?

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

Jan 202018
 

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 20th January 2018)

Five villages from this week’s heats go head-to-head for a spot in the grand final and the chance to win Village of the Year and the £10,000 prize money. Penelope Keith and her three judges have been searching for the very best of British village life, and in this episode they find out even more from the five contenders in the Western Zone. Will the buildings, the scenery or good old British eccentricity win the day?

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 21st January 2018)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. The winter continues, and the team at Nonnatus House welcome their newest midwife, Lucille Anderson. Nurse Crane and Dr Turner care for an elderly cancer patient facing eviction.

The Biggest Little Railway in the World (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 21st January 2018)

Dick Strawbridge and a team of model railway enthusiasts attempt to build the longest model railway in the world, 71 miles across Scotland, from Fort William to Inverness. On its first gentle hill, the tiny train grinds to a halt. Bearing in mind the monster hills that it must still face, this is alarming. But one of the train team has a brainwave… Further ahead near Fort Augustus, Claire has come across an impassable rocky stream. After a conference with her team, they decide to build an ambitious curving trestle bridge. But the train doesn’t look like it will make it that far. It keeps falling off the track, so Dick drives into the nearest town to see if he can manufacture a bespoke tool that will stabilise the track. After six days of non-stop building everyone’s getting tired so they reward themselves with an exuberant birthday party for one of the team members, led by Lawrence the DJ.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Monday 22nd January 2018)

Penelope Keith and her fellow Village of the Year judges are searching the British Isles to find the very best in village life. From the South East, four more shortlisted villages have their chance to impress the judges. Penelope discovers eccentric events in Elstead, Surrey. Alex retraces ancient footsteps on the Norfolk coast in Happisburgh. In the heart of Berkshire in Hampstead Norreys Patrick explores a tropical rainforest. And Juliet rounds up a flock of rare sheep in Ashwell in Hertfordshire.

The Forest (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 22nd January 2018)

Mark Bonnar narrates a series revealing the hidden world of Galloway Forest, the country’s largest afforested area. In this episode, Planning and Environment forester Bill Fisher surveys the vast forest and checks the health of the cash crop in a helicopter, where the bird’s-eye view allows him to better spot any pockets of larch disease. Forestry Commission recreation boss Archie McNeillie attempts to balance the needs of the public with the needs of the timber industry by spray-painting some trees as a marker to the harvesters to save them so the public can still enjoy the scenic views. And Environment forester Gareth Ventress hires some traditional horse loggers to carry out a method called horse rolling in an area of dense bracken. Crushing the bracken using a horse is less damaging to the soil and allows light and space for oak saplings and native herbs and flowers to flourish.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 22nd January 2018)

A US diplomat is shot dead in a central London square, forcing the team to work closely with the embassy and the FBI and to overcome jurisdictional hurdles.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Tuesday 23rd January 2018)

From the north of Scotland to the west of Cornwall, Penelope Keith and her team of judges are on the hunt for the Village of the Year. Craft expert Patrick Grant helps to update the 3000-year-old white chalk horse of Uffington. In Kent, Penelope takes in the magnificent views of peg-tiled roof tops in Goudhurst. Archaeologist Alex Langlands travels to Suffolk and finds the Bardwell bells appealing. And in Blunham in Bedfordshire, garden designer Juliet Sargeant comes up smelling of roses at their yearly floral festival. Which village will have a chance of being a Village of the Year finalist?

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 23rd January 2018)

Nikki is still in shock as the team arrive at Matt’s residence but insists on working at the Lyell, determined to help. When analysing crime scene photos and the positions of the victims’ bodies, Nikki realises there is a pattern. Together, the team uncover a secret that has been held by those at the very top of the US government.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Wednesday 24th January 2018)

Penelope Keith explores a medieval masterpiece in the Kent village of Penshurst. On the Norfolk coast, Alex Langlands meets the volunteers keeping Mundesley’s beaches ship-shape. Juliet Sargeant has a go at building a traditional wall in Haddenham. And in the New Forest, Patrick Grant falls under the spell of the ancient village of Burley. 

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Thursday 25th January 2018)

Archaeologist Alex Langlands meets the residents of Rowhedge, Essex, who are making a splash in the river Colne. Craft expert Patrick Grant visits Findon; a village that’s breeding winning riders and horses. In Redbourn in Hertfordshire, Juliet breaks bread with the local miller. Penelope Keith attends the world custard pie championships in Coxheath in Kent.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 25th January 2018)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. Jack and the team find themselves embroiled in the mysterious world of faith healing when a woman is poisoned during a ceremony and all evidence points to the arrogant healer himself.

Walks with My Dog (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 25th January 2018)

The Reverend Richard Coles is with his dachshund Audrey exploring the rugged Galloway coast of southern Scotland – walking in the footsteps of a 5th-century missionary who brought Christianity to the Scots and visiting the place where one of the best British horror movies was filmed: The Wicker Man. TV presenter Selina Scott takes a walk through history in the North York Moors National Park. With her dogs Dougie and Kendie, she strolls from the majestic medieval splendour of Helmsley Castle to the breathtaking ruins of Rievaulx Abbey – taking in an amazing bird of prey display along the way. Olympic champion cyclist Victoria Pendleton and her dobermans Stella and Mr Jonty climb into the green serenity of the Chiltern Hills – a place she now calls home. They visit one of England’s oldest windmills and see an unusual artist at work before finishing high on Ivinghoe Beacon, where model aircraft soar through the sky and the views are spectacular.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Friday 26th January 2018)

In West Sussex Penelope Keith meets the harbour master of Lindfield’s village pond. Alex travels to the heart of Constable country in East Bergholt in Suffolk. Juliet gets green-fingered in Woburn in Bedfordshire. And Patrick is swanning around in Cookham in Berkshire. Which village will make it through to tomorrow’s semi-final?

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

Jan 132018
 

The Coronation (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 14th January 2018)

Marking the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s coronation, the Queen shares her memories of the ceremony, as well as that of her father, King George VI, in 1937. Viewing rarely seen film footage and looking at some of the priceless Crown Jewels themselves, Her Majesty the Queen recalls the day when the weight of both the St Edward’s Crown, and the hopes of a nation recovering from war, were placed on her shoulders, as the nation looked to their 27-year-old Queen to lead them into a new era. Exploring the role and symbolic meaning of the Crown Jewels in the centuries-old coronation ceremony, this programme shows these objects of astonishing beauty as they’ve never been seen before. Using the Crown Jewels and the Queen’s recollections as its touchstones, The Coronation tells the inside story of this glittering ceremony.

The Biggest Little Railway in the World (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 14th January 2018)

Dick Strawbridge and a team of model railway enthusiasts attempt to build the longest model railway in the world, 71 miles across Scotland, from Fort William to Inverness. As the little train starts the first part of its epic journey, it becomes clear exactly how difficult the challenge will be. The team’s attempt to use the miniature train ferry that they’ve built doesn’t go well, with the train drifting towards a wall of water… Meanwhile, the track teams are battling in rainy and midge-infested conditions to lay more track. And the build team have to work out how to span a 60-metre viaduct by Aberchalder Bridge. It could flood at any point, so they decide to build another viaduct, but the sheer length of it makes it very challenging. And the train is making slow progress, with much more rugged terrain still to come.

Village of the Year (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Monday 15th January 2018)

In the first of a brand new series, Penelope Keith along with village judges – archaeologist Alex Langlands, garden designer Juliet Sargeant and craft expert Patrick Grant – weighs up four contenders vying for the title of ‘Village of the Year’. This week we are in the western zone made up of some stunning seaside and rural idylls. Penelope is by the seaside in Charmouth, Dorset. In Redbrook, in the Wye Valley Patrick bridges the divide between Wales and England. Juliet uncovers her inner Viking in Lydford, Devon, and Alex learns to thatch on the coast in Aberdaron, Wales.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 15th January 2018)

Michael Portillo embarks on a journey through Britain steered by his Edwardian railway handbook. He begins in the East Yorkshire port of Hull, where he heads for the docks through which millions of migrants passed at the turn of the 20th century and which are today getting a second wind.

The Forest (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 15th January 2018)

Mark Bonnar narrates a series revealing the hidden world of Galloway Forest, the country’s largest afforested area. In this episode, James Jones sawmill in Lockerbie powers through 20,000 logs a day. But when a six-tonne machine called a crosscut stacker breaks down, a dedicated engineering team must save the day. A decline in salmon numbers in the River Cree near Newton Stewart has led to a tireless effort to restock the river by the Cree Hatchery and Habitat Trust. Archie McNeillie and John Coughtrie from the Forestry Commission’s Recreation Department deal with a rat infestation in a public area caused by an overzealous bird feeder. And at Balloch O’Dee campsite, owner James gets ready to stage a comedy night.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th January 2018)

Forensic crime drama series. Nikki and Jack continue to deal with their feelings post-Mexico in their own very different ways. Jack is boxing with his sparring partner Naomi Silva when he is called to a crime scene. Nikki examines the body of a young woman, while Jack is surprised to find the SIO on the case turns out to be DCI Naomi Silva. The forensic evidence takes them to a cosmetic clinic where a pregnant Karen had been receiving various treatments seemingly for free. Nikki and Silva are frustrated by the CEO of Hamilton Ashe hospital when he blocks access to Karen’s medical records. However, when a second body is found, he is forced to help the team.

Village of the Year (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Tuesday 16th January 2018)

Penelope Keith and the Village of the Year team of judges travel the British Isles to report on four villages hoping to be crowned Village of the Year. In Devon, the Lympstone Brass Band puts on a performance for Penelope; Alex Langlands investigates an alien invasion in Llwyngwril, North Wales; Patrick Grant learns about the peculiar art of swede racing in Colwinston, South Wales; and Juliet Sargeant helps spruce up the idyllic village of Porlock.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 16th January 2018)

Armed with his Edwardian Bradshaw’s guide, Michael Portillo conducts important research in an historic tea room, built by an Edwardian immigrant to the city of York.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 16th January 2018)

Forensic crime drama series. The team wonder if the hack is the only danger as they come under threat. Jack has to decide how to get closure from his experience in Mexico.

Village of the Year (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Wednesday 17th January 2018)

Penelope Keith and the Village of the Year panel of judges visit four villages going head-to-head in their bid to be crowned Village of the Year. Penelope meets an army of volunteers on the Dorset coast in Burton Bradstock; surf’s up for historian Alex Langlands at the world’s first surfing lake in Dolgarrog; anything goes for Patrick Grant in Llangwm’s museum of everything; and Juliet Sargeant has a real taste of the sea in Mousehole, Cornwall.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 17th January 2018)

With his Edwardian railway guidebook tucked under his arm, Michael Portillo is in the steel city of Sheffield, where he discovers an enormous and beautifully preserved early 20th-century steam engine. At 400 tonnes and packing 12,000 horsepower, it produced armour plate for the most feared warship of the Royal Navy.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Thursday 18th January 2018)

Travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles, Penelope Keith and her team of judges are looking for the UK’s Village of the Year. In Betws-y-Coed in the heart of Snowdonia, Alex Langlands gets adventurous; Penelope is horsing around in Charlton Horethorne; Juliet Sargeant reels in the catch of the day in Polperro, Cornwall; and on the Gower Peninsula, Patrick Grant is digging for cockles in Penclawdd. Which village woos the judges to become a semi-finalist?

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 18th January 2018)

Michael Portillo’s Edwardian railway guide takes him to the city of Liverpool, where King Edward VII had recently laid the foundation stone for a grand Anglican cathedral at the top of St James’s Mount. The young winner of a competition to design the building was a Roman Catholic from a family of architects. His name was Giles Gilbert Scott. Michael takes a trip down his own memory lane in Maghull on the outskirts of Liverpool, where he discovers a childhood favourite – a miniature tank engine with three carriages in dark red – made by Frank Hornby.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 18th January 2018)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. When famous thriller author Frank O’Toole is found stabbed through the heart in the middle of the ocean, Jack and his team are baffled. But as the spotlight turns on Frank’s closest friends and family and secrets are exposed, Jack uncovers a murder plot worthy of one of his novels…

Walks with My Dog (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 18th January 2018)

In the second programme of the new series, actor Angela Griffin is in the Cotswolds, TV presenter and explorer Ben Fogle wanders across Morecambe Bay and chef James Martin explores The New Forest. Angela and her Cavapoo Smith walk from the village of Broadway in the Cotswolds – taking in the romantic folly of Broadway Tower and playing cricket in the village where JM Barrie and a team of legendary literary luminaries once came to face the locals. Ben Fogle and his black Labrador Storm visit a very different landscape – the wide open expanse of Morecambe Bay. Here they dabble in art and meet a man who guides people to safety across the treacherous sands, by Royal Appointment. James Martin is with Cooper, his working cocker spaniel, on a jaunt through the New Forest. They discover the area’s shipbuilding history, learn about its status as an ancient woodland and go for a spin in a vintage car.

Village of the Year with Penelope Keith (Channel 4/HD | 3:00pm to 4:00pm | Friday 19th January 2018)

Penelope Keith and her panel of expert judges investigate four more villages competing to win the title of ‘Village of the Year’. On the Jurassic coast Penelope’s all at sea with Beer’s historic fishing fleet, and Patrick Grant is ‘boule-d’ over in Sherston, Wiltshire. In Devon, Juliet Sargeant meets the Clovelly donkeys, and Alex Langlands goes native in the Welsh village of Llanllyfni.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 19th January 2018)

With his Edwardian Bradshaw’s railway guide tucked under his arm, Michael Portillo begins the last leg of his journey from Hull to Caernarfon. In picturesque Snowdonia, he braves the fastest zip line in the world – stretching 1,500 feet across a vast slate quarry. He uncovers a bitter industrial dispute between quarrymen and the owner of the pit, Lord Penrhyn, which divided the community at the beginning of the 20th century.

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

Mar 182017
 

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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Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 12th March 2017)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. A wedding is hastily arranged following an unexpected turn of events. Shelagh finally goes into labour. The arrival of the pill leads to unforeseen consequences.

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pn to 9:00pm | Sunday 12th March 2017)

Matt LeBlanc and Chris Harris embark on an all-season US road trip in the latest convertible supercars from Lamborghini and Porsche, journeying from broiling desert to snowy mountain. Back at the test track, Rory Reid sets the toughest of driving challenges for Chris and the Alfa Romeo Giulia, while actor David Tennant takes a spin in the new Reasonably Fast Car.

Meet the Lords (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 13th March 2017)

Series following the larger-than-life characters that populate the House of Lords, one of Britain’s oldest, most idiosyncratic and most important institutions. Brexit hits the Lords with a bang when they vote on leaving Europe and become the centre of the nation’s attention. They also have their biggest ceremonial day of the year when the Queen pays her annual visit. The House’s Victorian sewage system is on its last legs and not equipped to deal with so many Lords. To fix the many structural problems an inquiry is considering a dramatic move for the five or so years the work will take. Some Lords have radical overhaul plans of their own and want the size of the House cut. And Baroness D’Souza is worrying about peers who claim their expenses without contributing and has some new research.

Inside King’s Cross: The Railway (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 13th March 2017)

Documentary series exploring King’s Cross station. The London Fire Brigade are called when a passenger falls between the platform and a departing train, Aria the hawk is put to work frightening away scavenging pigeons and a tube strike hits the capital resulting in lots of passengers arriving late for their trains.

Walks with My Dog (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 16th March 2017)

Comedian Bill Bailey returns to his West Country roots for a walk on Exmoor with his dog Louie. Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark swaps the intrigue of Westminster for the tranquillity of the Isle of Arran and a deserted sandy beach. And Julian Clary and his Jack Russell visit the beautiful South Downs, Britain’s newest national park. They also visit an old queen’s house in Lewes.

Tony Robinson’s Coast to Coast (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 17th March 2017)

Hands-on history travelogue. Actor Tony Robinson traverses northern England from the west coast to the east. Tony begins by asking why the village of St Bees has such a big church. Then in the Lake District, Tony discovers the origins of the scotch egg, before heading to England’s most remote youth hostel.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 17th March 2017)

The award-winning satirical comedy returns for its tenth series. 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. Each week a celebrity guest joins 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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Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 5th March 2017)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. Dr Turner helps the Mullucks cope with the stresses of caring for a disabled child as the terrible legacy of thalidomide becomes apparent and Nurse Crane faces an unexpected crisis.

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 5th March 2017)

Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid return for the 24th series of Top Gear. This week features the astonishing, ultra-exclusive Ferrari FXXK, tested to the max by Chris Harris at the Daytona circuit in Florida. Matt, Chris and Rory then race across Kazakhstan in three high-mileage cars: a Mercedes saloon, a Volvo estate and a London taxi, all of which have done at least 480,000 miles, the equivalent distance of going to the moon and back. Actor James McAvoy guest stars in the studio and on the famous Top Gear test track.

Rivers with Jeremy Paxman (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 5th 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 the rivers’ history and traditions and exploring their wildlife. This time he’s on the Severn, the longest river in Britain, flowing through the heartlands of both England and Wales. He meets the last mud-horse fisherman on the Severn Sea, investigates the country’s largest ship graveyard, stops off for a glass or two of organic Worcestershire wine and, after demonstrating quite extraordinary levels of ineptitude at a coracle regatta, is greeted by a poet at the Severn’s source in the watershed of Wales.

Meet the Lords (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 6th March 2017)

Series following the larger-than-life characters that populate the House of Lords, one of Britain’s oldest, most idiosyncratic and most important institutions. Episode two of the exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary returns to the House as the government threatens to trim the Lords’ powers if they rebel again, but will they comply? Rebellious peer Lord Dubs is on a crusade to push through an amendment to the Immigration Bill to allow unaccompanied refugee children into the country, and Admiral Lord West isn’t happy about a public poll that has voted overwhelmingly to name a new polar research ship Boaty McBoatface.

Inside King’s Cross: The Railway (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm t0 10:05pm | Monday 6th March 2017)

Documentary series exploring King’s Cross station and the East Coast mainline. A train loses power, causing delays all the way from the North east to the capital. The team at the Rail Operating Centre must work the problem to get the vital network running again.

Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 7th March 2017)

Documentary series. Alan Titchmarsh pieces together the incredible rags-to-riches story of Thomas Legh, owner of Lyme in Cheshire. In Wiltshire, Oz Clarke learns the art of painted glass restoration, while Dan Jones is in Wales to discover the ingenious ways the Romans got their hands on gold.

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

Celebrities go for a stroll through the great British outdoors with their faithful hound. Along the way they explore the history, wildlife and culture of the area. To the start the series, actor Robert Lindsay walks his two labradors on the Cornish coast. As a child Robert spent many happy days on Porthcurno beach. Now he’s back, walking a stretch of the South West Coast Path with its stunning views. Phil Spencer visits the historic Kent marshes and a brewery with his cocker spaniels. And actress Angela Griffin returns to her Yorkshire roots with her cavapoo, where she tries her hand as a shepherd.

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

The award-winning satirical comedy continues. Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe examine the biggest, most entertaining news stories and make use of the #isitok twitter handle, where viewers tweet in edgy current affairs questions that other shows might duck. In this edition, the boys are joined live in the studio by comedian Harry Hill and physicist Professor Brian Cox.

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

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