This week's best TV & radio: 23-29 January

Thu, 21/01/2010 - 11:06
Submitted by Dave Perrett
Country Tracks
Sunday - 11am - BBC One
Ben Fogle heads on a journey through south Devon. En route he fly fishes from a kayak off the coast of Sidmouth, takes a train ride on the spectacular London-Penzance line, and visits the recently renovated Greenway House on the banks of the River Dart, home for many years to Agatha Christie. Journey's end is Newton Abbot, where Ben encounters world class BMX riders and dirt jumpers going about their stunts.
Sunday – 6pm – BBC One
Matt Baker and Julia Bradbury head for Jersey to lend a hand with potato planting, while Jules Hudson takes to the skies with the scientists conducting an aerial survey of Scotland's grey seal population, and there are new arrivals on the farm as Adam Henson's sows give birth. Tom Heap finds out about controversial plans to dispose of the waste from ten new nuclear power stations underground.
Great British Railway Journeys
Monday – 6.30pm – BBC Two
Michael Portillo takes to the tracks and visits an architectural wonder, the Duke of Devonshire's stables in Buxton, helps to repair the ancient peat landscape of the Peak District and travels on the historic steam railway to Rowsley.
Continues throughout the week
The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best
Tuesday – 8pm – BBC Two
There is nothing nicer than mum's Sunday dinner and the Hairy Bikers are on a mission to champion this national triumph. Si King and Dave Myers visit two mums and a son and sample a selection of delights from a second generation Italian from East London. They also visit a mother and daughter who take on a regal classic, and a mum whose American father and husband rely on her culinary skills for a heart-warming taste of home.


Three Hungry Boys
Saturday – 4pm – Channel 4
Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall challenges three marine biologists to live off the land for a month. Trevor, Thom and Tim set off for the west coast of Scotland, with nothing more than a campervan filled with fuel and basic rations. In the first programme, the boys discover that their limited fishing and foraging skills are not providing the sustenance needed to fill their bellies.
My Dream Farm
Thursday – 8pm – Channel 4
Monty Don assists six familes as they try to realise their dream of quitting the rat race. Disillusioned couple Rob and Sue Wood have swapped the London suburbs for a windswept corner of Cornwall, but in their pursuit of a self-sufficient lifestyle they soon begin to haemorrhage money.
Build a New Life in the Country
Thursday – 8pm – five
Charlie Luxton meets a couple who have moved their four young children from Oxfordshire to France to begin a new life. Keith and Antoinette dream of converting a chateau-style mansion into a family home and B&B. However, financial demands threaten to derail the project.


Open Country
Saturday – 6.07am – Radio 4
Helen Mark finds a rural lifestyle on Eel Pie Island, within striking distance of the centre of London.
On your Farm
Sunday – 6.35am – Radio 4
Tom Heap visits the Co-operative Group's flagship farm at Stoughton, near Leicester.


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