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
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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
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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
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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
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UK Tourism on TV – December 16
Fridays looks the best bet in December, with 'Coastal Path' (BBC2 )
continuing around the West Country's endearing South West Coast Path
(parts of which featured we've walked) while 'Countrywise: Guide to
Britain' continues on ITV1. Coming to an end now is 'Secrets of Great
British Castles' on Ch5, but watch out for future repeats. Back to BBC2
and at odd times 'Coast' and 'Secret Britain' show up. Elsewhere, on
BBC4 - often a good source for re-runs of travel programmes - we note
'The Flying Archaeologist' on Mons which should be fruitful for some
great aerial views of Britain, and 'Railway Walks' on Tues appears to
have made a welcome return visit. There's 'Countryfile' on Suns BBC1 as
always, but unusually nothing showing on Yesterday; that'll probably
change later in the month. For more travel related TV programming click
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UK Tourism on TV – November 16
Woo-o-o, there's a couple of new travelogues showing in November. The
first is of three episodes on three consecutive nights starting Mon 7th
on BBC2; that's 'Extreme Walks with Richard Parks', and it all happens
in wonderful Wales. The other is a new series of 'Great Canal Journeys'
and screened on Sats on Ch4 (repeated on More4 Thurs) for some serene
waterway scenes across Britain. Now looking further afield, on BBC4 we
see 'Grand Tours of Scotland' (Mons) and 'Canals – The Making of a
Nation' (Suns) while on Yesterday there's 'Coast' on weekdays and
'Great British Railway Journeys' at weekends. 'Countrywise: Guide to
Britain' continues on ITV1 Fris as does 'Countryfile' on Suns BBC1.
That looks to be about it, but check for more travel related TV
programming later in the month by clicking this item...
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UK Tourism on TV – October 16
There were several short Travelogue series' that popped into the
schedules towards the end of last month; one continues into October:
'Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages' on Weds Ch4. These delightful
programmes have been regularly repeated on More4 and definitely worth
catching if you've missed this latest series. Another series continuing
into Oct is 'Coast: The Great Guide' (BBC2, Weds), re-mashed and
condensed from the original excellent Coast and highlighting different
areas of the country each week. Moving to BBC4 we see 'British Gardens
in Time' and 'Castles – Britain's Fortified History' popping up
weekdays while Yesterday has, yes, it's those Coast repeats again (but
that's no bad thing) and on weekends 'Great British Railway Journeys'.
Finally, the new series of 'Countrywise: Guide to Britain' continues on
ITV1 Fris and, as usual, 'Countryfile' on Suns BBC1. Check more TV
programming by clicking this item...
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UK Tourism on TV – September 16
Now the summer sporting events are over, let's see if the freed-up
schedules contain any new tourism related programming for September!
And indeed it does, a new series of 'Countrywise: Guide to Britain'
(well, that's what it's called now) is showing on Fris ITV1. Not much
else new just yet though, at least at the beginning of the month, but
there's the usual re-runs on Yesterday such as 'Coast', 'Great British
Railway Journeys' and 'The Golden Age of Canals'. Also keep an eye on
BBC4 now the Olympics domination has passed as the channel often shows
popular past travelogues, mainly on weekdays. Oh, and don't forget
'Countryfile' on Suns BBC1. More TV programming by clicking this item...
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UK Tourism on TV – August 16
With the Olympics in full swing there's not a lot doing tourism
programming wise in August. There's one jewel in the crown though, on
BBC2 Thurs the new series: 'Full Steam Ahead' visits many preserved
railways and showcases the glorious British countryside in the process.
BBC4, usually a good source for suitable stuff to highlight, is all but
taken over by Olympics and while both BBC1 & 2 also has a high
density BBC2 has managed to slot in 'The Great Antiques Map of Britain'
repeats on weekdays. So what else is doing? Well, 'Countryfile' (BBC1
Suns) survives but watch out for timing shifts, and Yesterday has its
usual dose of past series such as 'Great British Railway Journeys' at
the time of writing. On Ch5 'Secrets of Great British Castles'
continues on Weds. With all the sporting stuff over by September we
should have more to report on then. For more TV programming click this
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UK Tourism on TV – July 16
Now you may be wondering what happened to our June TV travelogue post,
well, we were ourselves touring during the beginning part of the month
and with the TV schedules being dominated by the summer sporting
season, tourism programming didn't get much of a look-in. And so it
continues in July; we spot repeats of 'Hairy Bikers' Pubs That Built
Britain' (BBC2, Mons), 'Secrets of Great British Castles' (CH5, Wed),
'Britain's Lost Waterlands...' (BBC4 Wed) and 'The Bridges That Built
London...' (BBC4, Thurs). Checking Yesterday we see reruns of 'Coast'
and possibly other popular past travelogues later in the month. Even
'Countryfile' got shifted in June, looks like it's back in its usual
slot now though on BBC1 Suns. Perhaps August will have some new travel
related series'. Click this item to find more TV programming...
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UK Tourism on TV – May 16
During May there's a couple of new travelogues already underway:
Channel4 on Suns has 'Paul Merton's Secret Stations' where said
presenter visits some remote railway stations and explores nearby
places, while a new series of 'Barging Round Britain with John
Sergeant' cruises along some British waterways visiting places; it's on
Fris ITV1. But oh my, in recent years there's been a spate of such
travel-along-by-some-means and-visit-interesting-places-and-people type
travelogues; good as they are surely it's now time for the TV pundits
to invent a fresh format? The best of this type though has to be 'Great
British Railway Journeys' and we see reruns on weekdays on BBC2 and
Yesterday. Also on BBC2 weekdays are repeats of the somewhat sloppily
produced 'Holiday of my Lifetime...' - worth watching for the holiday
locations though. And as usual let's finish with 'Countryfile', BBC1
Suns. Find more TV programming by clicking this item...
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UK Tourism on TV – April 16
Already underway in April is new series of 'Secret Britain' (BBC1
Weds), should be worth watching if it's as good as the previous series
looking at relatively unknown areas around the country. And although
billed in some places as a new series, 'Great British Railway Journeys'
repeats weekdays on mainstream BBC2, it's traditional home. Continuing
on Fris ITV1 (but shortly coming to series end), is 'Best Walks with a
View with Julia Bradbury'. Now this has proved a little gem, definitely
worth checking out so if you've missed it then look out for the
inevitable series repeat. Also concluding soon is 'Further Tales from
Northumberland...', Mons ITV1. The usual 'Countryfile' continues on
BBC1 Suns, and 'Coast' reruns pop-up again on Yesterday. Finally, we
spot some programming on BBC4 that just may have a tourism angle,
'Brushing Up On – British Tunnels' and 'Locomotion: Dan Snow's History
of Railways', both Mons – Weds. Click this item for more travel related
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