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TV Tourism Travelogue Terminated – January 18
In recent months we've indicated we intended to discontinue this TV travelogue blog, and our last post of December 2017 was the final one. Started in August 2007, our feed's been running for just over 10 years and was undoubtedly a handy facility in the early years to check for travelogue related TV programmes. But visitor numbers have dwindled as the playing field's changed considerably since then – more TV channels, online streaming services, media consumption by digital device – plus the ability to quickly check for themed content with the likes of EPGs and smartphone apps. Couple this with the advance of social media such as Twitter and the hashtag... and the old RSS technology our feed is based on seems, well, dated (erm, not to mention the dated, non-responsive construction of our website!). We've linked to some TV listings apps for Android - click this (final!) item to access... Thanks for watching, and bye for now.
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Posted: Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:33:37 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


UK Tourism on TV – December 17
Our pick for December's TV travelogues has to include this promising new series: 'Coastal Railways with Julie Walters', on Ch4 Suns and repeated on More4 Thurs. Plenty of places visited, scenic scenes from both modern and preserved railways, and meeting local people and their trades. Also... 'Brunel: The Man Who Built Britain' looks like being a sound bet for some classic British scenes, showing Fris Ch4. Elsewhere, 'Coast' pops up on weekdays on Yesterday and, apart from the ever regular 'Countryfile' on BBC1 Suns, that looks like it. With December being Christmas month, we don't expect any more travelogues to start.
As we've posted here in recent months, we're discontinuing this TV travelogue blog at the end of 2017. We'll make one final post in early 2018 as to our reasons and to highlight alternative methods to check TV schedules.
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Posted: Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:56:34 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


UK Tourism on TV – November 17
A new travelogue series just commenced is 'The Harbour' on ITV1 Mons. Although based in Tenby, it is in gorgeous Pembrokeshire so has got to be worth a watch for that alone. There seems nothing else new, at least in the early part of November, so repeat wise we note ' Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands' on BBC2 Sats and 'Grand Tours of Scotland' on BBC2 Weds, and Coast pops up weekdays on Yesterday. And of course there's 'Countryfile' on BBC1 Suns. More travel related TV by clicking this item...
NOTE: as briefly mentioned last month we're discontinuing this TV travelogue blog at the end of 2017, partly due to falling visit numbers but mainly as it's easy to find what's showing on the various TV type media through better methods now. So December's blog will be the last, but we'll post a separate 'terminating' message too.
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Posted: Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:28:18 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


UK Tourism on TV – October 17
We spot a fair few TV travelogues during October, starting with a new series: 'Britain Afloat' looks interesting, if perhaps more historic than travel, on BBC2 Sats. Over on Ch4 (also Sats) 'Britain's Ancient Tracks with Tony Robinson' is concluding soon, as is 'Robson Green's Coastal Lives' (ITV1 Tues); this has proved an excellent short series - look out for repeats when shown. Staying with Tues, on Ch5 'Tony Robinson: Coast to Coast' repeats continue; both the aforementioned presenters have reinvented themselves well from their previous TV rolls. Moving to Fris on CH5 check-out 'Britain by Bike...' and the reboot of Coast called 'Coast: The Great Guide' is on every weekday on BBC4 – erm, we're not moaning, but those TV people sure are wringing every last drop out of this very successful series! For something new there's 'Countrywise: Guide to Britain' on ITV1 Mons (not to be confused with BBC1's 'Countryfile' on Suns) and finally on Yesterday 'Secrets of Britain' resurfaces on some weekdays. For more TV travelogue listings please click this item...
Please note that we shall be discontinuing this TV travelogue blog at the end of the year, more to follow next month.
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Posted: Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:41:11 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


UK Tourism on TV – September 17
A new series kicking off September's travelogue TV is 'Robson Green's Coastal Lives', see ITV1 on Tues for this very worthwhile production in which Robson Green comes across as one of the better TV personalities who has made the transition to travel presenter from actor/comedian/whatever. Some of the excellent 'Great British Railway Journeys' are being repeated again (prior to a new series next year), see BBC2 weekdays. Moving on, and although a repeat, 'Countrywise: Guide to Britain' continues into September on ITV1 on Mons; worth a look if you missed it the first time around. And this one pops-up on BBC4 sometimes and worth a shot, that's 'Brushing Up On – British Bridges' on BBC4 Mons. Also on BBC4 is another showing of 'Britain in Focus: A Photographic History' on Weds. A bumper crop then for Sept, plus of course the usual 'Countryfile' on Suns BBC1. Click this item for more TV...
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Posted: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:12:17 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


UK Tourism on TV – August 17
TV travelogues during August look to be a bit more forthcoming than they were in July. So let's start with 'A Very British Road Trip' on Quest on Suns, a promising new series which tours around the various counties. Next we have 'Countrywise: Guide to Britain' showing ITV1 on Mons; yes, it is a repeat but is always worth another look. Now for the rest, all titles also featuring the word 'Britain'. Check BBC2 most weekdays for 'A Taste of Britain', More4 for 'Britain's Ancient Tracks...' (Tues) and Channel4 Sats for 'Britain at Low Tide'. And finally there's  the usual 'Countryfile' on Suns BBC1. Click this item for more TV...
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Posted: Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:56:30 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


UK Tourism on TV – July 17
It's the summer sporting season dominating TV during July, but do any TV travelogues make it through? Well yes, nothing new, but More4 is showing reruns of 'The Yorkshire Dales and the Lakes' on Tues; BBC4 some weekdays is 'Great British Railway Journeys' and 'Railways: The Making of a Nation' while on Yesterday 'Coast'. Sure, they're all repeats but they're goodies so are always welcome. And 'Countryfile' (Suns BBC1) survives the sporting schedules. For more TV click this item...
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Posted: Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:09:43 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


UK Tourism on TV – June 17
Looks like another lean month for TV travelogues in June. On Ch4 we note 'Britain's Ancient Tracks...' is being repeated on Sats. Yesterday is showing reruns of 'Coast' on weekdays and there's always 'Countryfile' on Suns BBC1. If you really need your UK travel / tourist fix, you could search out YouTube of course. Maybe things will look up later in the month, click this item to check more TV schedules...
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Posted: Sat, 10 Jun 2017 13:35:30 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


UK Tourism on TV – May 17
So what's doing with TV travelogues during in May? Very little it seems, at least for the early part of the month. Both BBC4 and Yesterday, usually a good source of popular re-runs, seem to have nothing doing, and there's little elsewhere too. There's 'Secrets of Great British Castles' repeats on Ch5 on Thurs, the odd showing of 'Coast' on BBC2 on sporadic weekdays, and of course 'Countryfile' on Suns BBC1. But that's about it! Things often pick-up later in the month, so click this item to check for more...
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Posted: Mon, 08 May 2017 16:39:44 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


UK Tourism on TV – April 17
April sees a promising new series called 'The Wild Weekenders' which explores popular British holiday areas; Fris Ch4 is the place to be as this could be a worthy travelogue. It started last month and continues to mid-April, that's 'Tony Robinson: Coast to Coast' (Fri, Ch5), a series travelling from the Lake District to Yorkshire with plenty of scenic country in-between. But strangely there's no reference to an earlier series presented by Julia Bradbury, or even to Alfred Wainwright who devised the original Coast to Coast walk. 'Grand Tours of Scotland' on BBC2 Mons is another series already half-way through, while we see 'Tales from the Coast...' repeats on ITV1, also Mons. Repeats of 'Holiday of My Lifetime...' are currently popping up on some weekdays but both BBC4 and Yesterday, usually a good source of welcome re-runs, have nothing doing, at least during early April. 'Countryfile' is on Suns BBC1 of course and you can check out more TV travelogues by clicking this item...
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Posted: Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:06:59 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


UK Tourism on TV – March 17
A new series starting in March is 'Kate Humble – Back to the Land' on BBC2 Tues; now while not strictly travelogue, it does feature some popular areas such as Pembrokeshire, the Lakes and Tamar valley. Another not-quite-travelogue new series is 'Britain in Focus: A Photographic History', that's on BBC4 Mons and may be worth a punt. Back to BBC2 and some reruns of 'Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones' are showing on some weekdays, and we note 'Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands' on Sats, also BBC2. Yesterday can usually be relied upon for travel related repeats, and this time it's running 'Coast' on some weekdays. Finally, the ever-present 'Countryfile' is on Suns BBC1. Well, that's what's happening with TV travelogues early March but it's worth checking later in the month for more by clicking this item...
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Posted: Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:55:24 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


UK Tourism on TV – February 17
Let's start our look at February's TV travelogues with an excellent series already underway - 'Tales from the Coast with Robson Green' showing Tues ITV1. Said presenter is still to visit some wonderful places, including Pembrokeshire, where we holidayed in 2014. Also on Tues (Ch5), a promising new series starts called 'Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh', visiting some scenic area of Britain in the process. But what's with the trend to feature the presenter's name in the titles? Looking at Yesterday, some notable re-runs include 'Great British Railway Journeys' and 'Coast' on some weekdays, while BBC4 has 'Reel History of Britain' touring the country. Yes, there's still 'Countryfile' on Suns BBC1, and for more travel related TV programming please click this item...
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Posted: Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:13:47 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


UK Tourism on TV – January 17
Well, we're off to a good start in the new year with new travelogues. Presenter Michael Portillo is off yet again with another new series of the excellent 'Great British Railway Journeys', showing on BBC2 weekdays for most of January. And that keen walker Julia Bradbury is off walking in 'Britain's Best Walks...' on ITV1 Fris, starting with the stunning Jurassic Coast in Dorset, the area for our visits last summer (see our new Dorset pages). The ever reliable 'Countryfile' is on Suns BBC1 as usual, but there's nothing much else doing with travel related programming, at least during the early part of January. However, keep an eye on BBC4 and Yesterday later in the month for re-runs of popular past travel series', these channels often deliver. So our good wishes for 2017, for more travel related TV programming please click this item...
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Posted: Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:30:28 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]