This week's best TV & radio: 27 November - 3 December

Fri, 19/11/2010 - 12:38
Submitted by Abigail Whyte



Country Tracks – Sunday – 11am
Liz Bonnin travels to the Isle of Wight. Beginning her tour in the treetops of East Cowes, she heads to the coloured cliffs of Alum Bay. Radio One DJ, Rob da Bank tells Liz about the island’s popular festivals and she ends her journey, by paragliding at Compton Bay.


Countryfile – Sunday – 6:30pm
Matt Baker takes to the grit stone Roaches of the Peak District and Julia Bradbury takes a trip to Britain’s highest village. John Craven reports on fish farming in the Atlantic, whilst James Wong explores the world of fruit. Trying out a fruit that becomes tastier after being left to rot.




Coast – Saturday – 7:15pm
This week Coast scours the shoreline between Ravenscar and Hull. Archaeologist, Mark Horton travels to Ravenscar to investigate the resort that never was and Neil Oliver retraces the footsteps of Hull’s immigrants from the 1800’s, on their way to their new lives in America.


Johnny Kingdom’s Year with the Birds –Saturday – 7:30pm
This new series see’s the wildlife bird watching near his home in Exmoor. Beginning in autumn and continuing through the winter, he locates the roost of a Great Spotted Woodpecker and studies the shy natured Mistle Thrush. The series continues on Monday at 7pm as spring arrives and he sets up for the filming of Blue tits, Blackbirds and Swallows.


Making Scotland’s Landscape – Sunday – 8pm
The episode discusses the influences the sea has on Scotland’s scenic countryside. Dr Iain Stewart reveals our hearts, and not our heads, rule over our thoughts of the ocean. Emotions have played a crucial role in the fate of Scotland’s sea creatures. While some animals have been protected well, others have suffered, practically wiping them from existence.


Alan Titchmarsh’s Garden Secrets – Tuesday – 8pm
The final episode explores gardens of the 20th century and the gardening expert heads for Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, with one of the most inspirational contemporary gardens in the UK. The room-like sections of the garden each hold a different purpose and Alan examines each compartment, including the nuttery which was created as one of the first semi-wide gardens.


Edwardian Farm – Wednesday – 8pm
As the male historians decide to plough the fields, they struggle to control their shire horses. Though it would have cost an Edwardian Farmer six years of wages, a tractor arrives at Morwellham Quay to help with the ploughing and planting of the crops. Meanwhile, Ruth has drawn the short straw and has to restore the ‘pigsty privy’ which holds more than just animal waste for her to clear up.


Britain by Bike: The Welsh Borders – Friday - 8:30pm
Clare Balding continues west into the Welsh Borders. Starting at Aston-on-Clun, where author Harold Brierliffe noted the local tradition of the Bride’s Tree, she then visits Cwm House from which came the inspiration for Bruce Chatwin’s Black Hill. Ending up in Newtown, she meets former professional cyclist Barry Hoban.




Countrywise Kitchen – Friday – 8pm
The series begins as the Countrywise team search out the best of seasonal British recipes. Paul Heiney visits the Lake District to discover the farm once owned by Beatrix Potter, and Chef Mike Robinson fishes for brown trout and prepares a mutton dinner.


Gardener’s Question Time – Sunday – 2pm
Pippa Greenwood, Matthew Briggs and Bob Flowerdew broadcast from Manchester. Pippa revists the birth place of the RSPB and local gardener and broadcaster Paul Peacock discusses the programmes on offer to a gardening volunteer.





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