This week's best TV & radio: 6 February - 12 February

Fri, 05/02/2010 - 09:12
Submitted by Dave Perrett
Country Tracks
Sunday - 11am - BBC One
Liz Bonnin goes on a journey through the Ribble Valley, starting on the shifting sands of Formby Point and ending at the Yorkshire town of Todmorden.
Sunday – 6pm – BBC One
Matt Baker and Julia Bradbury are in the Yorkshire Dales, to see how conservationists are restoring peat bogs. On his Cotswold farm, Adam Henson calls in a horse whisperer to help him move some stubborn Exmoor ponies, while John Craven investigates the demise of our dairy farms.
The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best
Tuesday – 8pm – BBC Two
In the last in the series, Dave Myers and Si King visit three mums and discover what they hold dearest for celebrating birthdays. The lads rustle up a summer berry trifle, while our mums treat the boys to such varied dishes as a Manchester tart, greek stuffed vine leaves and a Caribbean Saturday soup.
Natural World
Wednesday – 8pm – BBC Two
Robert Macfarlane sets out on a journey to explore the unexpected landscapes and natural history of Essex, revealing that there is far more to the county than the stereotypes of white stilettos and boy racers.
Simon King’s Shetland Diaries
Thursday – 8pm – BBC Two
Simon King, wildlife cameraman and Springwatch presenter, sets off on an adventure to the Shetland Isles to live there with his family through the changing seasons. Spring arrives in Shetland, bringing with it an influx of wildlife from all over the world. Simon dives in the sea and discovers starfish, dead man's fingers and moon jellyfish.
The Lakes
Monday – 8pm – ITV1
In this episode, there is an invitation to Muncaster Castle from the wonderfully eccentric Patrick Gordon Duff Pennington, who is hosting a lunch for some Japanese tourists.
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 resort to manual labour in exchange for a boat trip to Fingal's Cave, before heading to the Isle of Mull.
My Dream Farm
Thursday – 8pm – Channel 4
Monty Don assists six families as they try to realise their dream of quitting the rat race. Kierti Vaidya gave up her city lifestyle to farm alpacas in Warwickshire. However, she failed to get planning permission before building her farm house and is being forced by the council to leave. Can Monty help solve her problems and revive her love for the land?
Build a New Life in the Country
Thursday – 8pm – five
Charlie Luxton meets a couple who have uprooted their three young daughters to start a new life in beautiful Barbados. Dawn and Marcus plan to build a large, open-plan home with guest apartments for rent. But they face an array of challenges, from hurricanes and labour difficulties to the demands of a foreign environment.


Saturday – 6.07am – Radio 4
Clare Balding explores the joys of group walking in this new series. In this first programme, she meets a group of Yorkshire friends who have been meeting every few months for 25 years a hike through the countryside of northern England.
Living World
Sunday – 6.35am – Radio 4
The cellars of Witley Court in Worcestershire are home to some of our largest British spiders, as Lionel Kelleway discovers when he goes in search of damp-loving cave spiders.


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