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Weekly TV Diary 23 – 29 June 2008 (U K Channels) (1 Viewer)


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Monday 23rd
*T BBC1 1.30am – 2.30am Sign Zone: Wild China – Land of the Panda
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*T Channel 5 5.10am – 5.35am Wildlife SOS
VP 12053946
*T Channel 5 5.35am – 6.00am Wildlife SOS
VP 22093439
T Channel 5 6.30pm – 7.00 pm Zoo Days
Documentary series from Colchester Zoo, presented by Konnie Huq. Pregnant elephant Zola is getting closer to giving birth, putting the whole team on night-watch. Zoo curator Sarah gets a crash course in midwifery when she has to deliver a surprise baby lamb; and the keepers play a game of tag with a 30-stone white tiger.
VP 2388033
T BBC1 Scotland 7.30pm – 8.00pm The Beechgrove Garden
The Beechgrove team hit the road and head to the tiny village of Silverburn in Midlothian. The Silverburn community have already created minor miracles in their village as they raised the money to design and build their own community hall. They now want to put the icing on the cake by creating the highest community garden in the country at 900ft above sea level.
VP 168
*T Channel 5 7.30pm – 8.00pm How Do They Do It?
Series examining the feats of science and engineering behind everyday life. The crew discover how Cold War military hardware is being recycled into something completely different; how to mix the perfect martini; and how plasma television screens are made.
VP 2384217
T BBC1 Northern Ireland 9.00 – 10.00 pm The Lion, the Keeper and the Dealer
Documentary telling the story of the implementation of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act and what happened when it all went disastrously wrong. In 1976, the DWA Act was introduced in the UK to legislate for dangerous wild animals being kept as domestic pets. The legislation only reached Northern Ireland in 2006, however, leading to 30 years of danger.
VP 2781

Tuesday 24th
T Channel 5 6.30 – 7.00 pm Zoo Days
VP 2355705
T Channel 5 7.30 – 8.00pm Extraordinary Animals: The Wi-Fly Pigeon
Our hero is a homing pigeon called Spitfire who works for an adventure sports company in Colorado. When tourists go white-water rafting in the Rockies, a photographer on the bank takes their picture, but getting the camera's memory card back down the mountain in time has been impossible - until Spitfire came to the rescue. Wearing a little backpack just large enough to carry the card, he flies back over the mountains, his homing skills guiding him back to the company's HQ. It's a fine example of the brilliance of homing pigeons, which the film does its best to explain scientifically. Did you know they can fly 600 miles a day? It's all for sex, apparently.
VP 2351989
T Channel 5 8.00 – 9.00 pm Legend Of The Crystal Skulls: Revealed 2/9
Historical documentary investigating the origins of the world-famous crystal skulls. Since the 19th century, a number of lifelike quartz skulls have been discovered and displayed in museums. These relics, allegedly dating from Aztec and Mayan civilisations, are believed to have psychic powers. But are they geniune artefacts or elaborate fakes? Now, for the first time ever, scientists are given access to the most famous skull of all, the so-called 'Skull of Doom'.
VP 5748647

Wednesday 25th
*T BBC1 1.50am – 2.40am Natural World: The King Cobra & I
VP 4206458
*T BBC1 2.40am– 3.40 am Sign Zone: Russia – A Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby – National Treasures
VP 425106
T Channel 5 6.30 – 7.00 pm Zoo Days
Documentary series from Colchester Zoo
VP 2322477

Thursday 26th
*T BBC1 2.05 – 2.35 am Sign Zone: Seaside Rescue
VP 8993997
T Channel 5 6.30 – 7.00 pm Zoo Days
VP 2226249
*T BBC1 9.00pm – 10.00pm Britain’s Lost World 2/3
This is so nearly an enchanting series, but you get the feeling it didn't go quite as everyone hoped. St Kilda is a remote treasure trove of wildlife and history, but whenever Kate Humble, Steve Backshall and Dan Snow try to show us something there, it keeps not quite coming off. Kate's dive to look at the underwater life is ruined by strong currents, and all she finds are some sea anemones: nice footage, but hard-won. Steve's hunt for a St Kildan fieldmouse is successful (eventually), but although we're told it's a unique creature, to 99 per cent of us it just looks like any other mouse. And when he goes beachcombing, the best he can find is the fly-blown remains of a small whale. Despite the hapless flavour, it's still, somehow, an atmospheric programme, thanks to the strangeness of the place and its unique history. And it's not every day you get to see Kate Humble wearing a tea cosy to protect herself against great skuas.
VP 3133

The following programme is on ITV1 Granada at 11.10pm – 11.40pm VP 433152
T ITV1 Border & Border Scottish 10.40pm – 11.10pm The Lake
Every year millions of people pour into the Lake District, drawn by the beauty of the landscape. Many of them come to Windermere, England's largest lake. This series looks at life and work around the ten and a half mile stretch of water. In this programme, we examine why the speed limit still provokes strong feelings, the problems faced by first time house buyers and how quality is the key to selling the Lakes.
VP 285864

Friday 27th
*T BBC1 2.35 – 3.30 am Sign Zone: Countryfile
VP 4476244
*T BBC2 3.35 – 4.00 am Meerkat Manor – Farewell My Lovely
VP 23905805
T Channel 5 6.30 – 7.00 pm Zoo Days
VP 2286621
Sorry the following programme is not on BBC2 Wales
T BBC1 7.30pm – 7.57pm Britain’s Lost World 3/3
Series exploring the remote and rocky islands of St Kilda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dan Snow dives in search of underwater caves where people might have lived thousands of years ago, Steve Backshall scales the sea-cliffs to find out how the St Kildans got food when times were tough, and Kate Humble goes to find one of the wonders of the natural world. Together the team discovers why the last St Kildans left their island home less than 80 years ago.
VP 640

*T BBC1 Wales 7.30pm – 7.57pm Not In My Nature
A group of nature rookies are challenged to step outside their comfort zones and take a walk on the wild side. Iolo Williams leads a group of city dwellers, car lovers and armchair addicts on a journey of discovery as they get up close and personal with Welsh wildlife. Can they be converted from nature novices to wildlife warriors? The explorers get a close-up view of red kites and go camping in search of nocturnal animals. Cook Kate has to face her biggest fear - snakes.
VP 640
T Channel 8.00 – 8.30 pm Wild West Jersey
Award-winning film-maker Sue Daly turns her camera on to the beautiful and fascinating west coast of Jersey which is a wealth of flowers and wildlife throughout the year
VP 8621
T ITV1 Anglia 8.00 – 8.30 pm Country Lives
Chris Beardshaw tours the east of England, meeting people from all walks of life who share a passion for their local countryside. In today's programme, a blacksmith from Essex, who combines traditional techniques with an anarchic streak of individuality. And Chris visits the Weald of Kent to meet a group of people passionate about making iron the hard way.
VP 8621
*T ITV1 Border & Border Central 8.00 – 8.30 pm Vets
New series about the work of vets in Newcastle, Cumbria and South West Scotland. In this edition the vets treat a giant dog with a shoulder problem, an owl is brought in with a broken wing, it's check up time for a monitor lizard and a horse gets some serious dental treatment.
VP 8621
T ITV1 Carlton Central 8.00 – 8.30 pm Above and Beyond
Series celebrating the courage of British armed forces since World War II. Today's programme looks at how the Glorious Glosters wrote themselves into military history in 1951 with a legendary battle during the Korean war
VP 8621
T ITV1 Carlton West Country 8.00 – 8.30 pm Secrets From The Attic
Historian Nick Barratt investigates some of the weird and wonderful artefacts that can be found in attics around the region. In a grand private house in Cornwall, Nick meets a man who has a receipt for an Egyptian mummy, and a farmer's wife in Devon shows off her collection of cine films.
VP 8621
T ITV1 Granada 8.00 – 8.30 pm Les Dennis’ Liverpool
Les Dennis takes a tour of his hometown to celebrate Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture, meeting some famous Liverpudlians to discuss the city's reputation as a centre of excellence in football, music, comedy, theatre and culture. Today, he goes behind the scenes at the Capital of Culture VIP launch party, before searching out some history and some art.
VP 8621
T ITV1 London 8.00 – 8.30 pm Tales from the Country
Series exploring royal patronage and association across London and the south. Hannah Scott-Joynt visits the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, explores the famous Eton College, and discovers more about the royal links of the River Thames.
VP 8621
T ITV1 Meridian 8.00 – 8.30 pm Country Ways
Jill Cochrane presents a portrait of the picturesque Duntisbourne villages in Gloucestershire. Filmed during an early week in January, the film features its people, wildlife, character and natural history.
VP 8621
T ITV1 Tyne Tees 8.00 – 8.30 pm Northern Eye
Examining how army veterans and their families cope with the physical and mental challenges of civilian life after active service, and investigating whether the Military Covenant is being honoured for those who've returned
VP 8621
T ITV1 Wales 8.00 – 8.30 pm The Ferret
Chris Segar and The Ferret team stand up for Welsh consumers..
VP 8621
T ITV1 West 8.00 – 8.30 pm Country Ways
A film portrait of the Brendon Hills in Somerset, shot during a late week in January, focusing on the people who live there and the wildlife in the area
VP 8621
T ITV1 Yorkshire 8.00 – 8.30 pm Northern Skies
In the first of a new series, Eric Robson takes us on another spectacular helicopter journey across the north. In this programme, he sets out on the first leg of a challenging 190-mile trek between the Lake District and Robin Hood's Bay - a glorious mix of countryside and coastline.
VP 8621
T Channel 4 8.00 – 9.00 pm Deadliest Catch 7/12 Smoke On The Water
Documentary series featuring one of the world's deadliest jobs - fishing for Alaskan king crab in Dutch Harbour. With the storm showing no sign of letting up, the Cornelia May is frustratingly stuck in port, while the Rollo and the Maverick drop their posts quickly to avoid the conditions
VP 3027

Saturday 28th
Sorry the following programme is not being shown on BBC1 Northern Ireland
*T BBC1 1.25 – 2.25 am Sign Zone: Paradise Or Bust
VP 4580515
*T Channel 5 12.10 – 12.30 pm Animal Rescue Squad
Highlights of the show in which Michaela Strachan and Matt Baker follow the urgent work going on to save and protect animals in the UK and abroad.
VP 62282698
*T Channel 5 12.30pm – 1.00pm Monkey Life
Series following the day-to-day lives of the monkeys, chimps, orangutans and apes living at Dorset's Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre. Animal manager Jeremy is in Paris, collecting a baby orangutan called Lingga who will be joining Monkey World's ever-expanding orang creche. In Paddy's chimp group, all hell breaks loose over a giant fruity freeze. And Alison says her goodbyes to Julio, the woolly monkey she hand-reared from birth.
VP 4027157

Sunday 29th
*T Channel 5 5.10 – 5.35 am Wildlife SOS
VP 12822078
“T Channel 5 5.35 – 6.00 am Wildlife SOS
VP 22855271
Sorry the following programme is not being shown on BBC1 Scotland
T BBC1 11.00 – 12.00 pm Countryfile
John Craven heads to Lyme Regis to examine the effect landslides are having on this stretch of the Jurassic Coast, while Miriam O'Reilly meets the fisherman who claim off-shore wind farms are threatening their livelihoods. Adam Henson visits a tiny bit of America in the heart of East Anglia - RAF Lakenheath, near Thetford, which is home to 48th Fighter Wing of the United States Air Force. Plus the very latest from the Calke Abbey Estate in Derbyshire.
VP 65558
T BBC1 Scotland 11.30 – 12.00 pm Landward
Scotland's farming and countryside programme, including the weather for the week ahead. Nick Nairn and the team bring you all the sights and sounds from the Royal Highland Show 2008.
VP 2639
*T BBC2 11.30 – 12.30pm Animal Park
Ben Fogle and Kate Humble present a special programme from Kenya. Park keepers are on a dangerous mission - can they pull off a successful poacher ambush and make it back safely when they cross paths with a lion? Back at Longleat, Lord Bath gives us a tour of his colourful private apartment. Kate and Ben make the lions work for their dinner, but one of the largest gets too close for comfort.
VP 75338
*T Channel 4 4.45 – 5.45 pm Time Team – No Stone Unturned
Award-winning archaeological series presented by Tony Robinson. Archaeologists in Chesham in Buckinghamshire believe they've found the remains of a medieval building under the manicured lawns of a Georgian house.
VP 751436
*T BBC2 7.10 – 7.35pm Wild: Killer Whales In The UK?
Nature documentary series. Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan travels to the Shetland Islands to try and track down Britain's most formidable predator - the killer whale. His adventures take him all over these rugged islands and on the way he has endless entertaining encounters with the local wildlife.
VP 901542
T BBC2 7.10 – 7.35pm Meerkat Manor – 3 Degrees Of Separation
Wildlife documentary series. The adventurous Whiskers pups learn about life in the Kalahari Desert when they are taken out on a foraging trip. Meanwhile, some members of the Starsky clan are facing hard times.
VP 856813
T BBC2 7.35 – 8.00pm Meerkat Manor – The Graduate
Documentary series following a group of meerkats living in the Kalahari desert. Love is in the meerkat air when new roving male Wilson, a Commando, meets a certain Whiskers lady. Meanwhile, lone female Mozart has an admirer and someone makes a surprise return.
VP 738558
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