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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]


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 this item...
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Posted: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:25:12 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


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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Posted: Fri, 04 Nov 2016 15:36:00 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


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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Posted: Fri, 07 Oct 2016 15:56:24 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


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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Posted: Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:07:34 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


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 item...
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Posted: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 18:19:07 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


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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Posted: Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:34:42 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


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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Posted: Mon, 09 May 2016 18:52:57 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]


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 TV...
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Posted: Tue, 05 Apr 2016 13:18:17 GMT | Permalink Comments [disabled]