This week's top TV: 19 - 25 October

This week's top TV: 19 - 25 October

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Monday, 19th October 2015
The Muppets
The Muppets


The Muppets

Sky 1



Sky’s new Muppet mockumentary lifts the lid of the lives of Kermit and co.

In the first episode of the series, demanding Miss Piggy is left fuming after Kermit books actress Elizabeth Banks as a guest on her late night talk show Up Late with Miss Piggy.



Building Cars Live 

BBC Two 


Ant Anstead, Kate Humble and James May go behind the scenes of Britain's car manufacturing industry (Credit: BBC/Andrew Hayes Watkins)

According to the Society of Motor Manufactures and Traders, a new car rolls of the production line somewhere in Britain every 20 seconds.

Now James May, Kate Humble and Ant Anstead are setting out to bust the myth that British manufacturing is dead, as they reveal the science, engineering and people who build Britain’s cars.



The Gift of Life 

Channel 5 


Lynne Holt, Thasee Pillay and Kirstie Wallace are part of the Institute of Transplantation's life-saving team (Credit: Channel 5)

Based at The Insititute of Transplantation in Newcastle upon Tyne, Channel 5’s major new series follows the journey of patients in need of life-saving organ transplants.

As well as meeting those on the transplant list, the series also hears from the surgeons, nurses and transplant coordinators who have a vital role to play in the process of organ donation and transplantation.



The Last Kingdom 

BBC Two 


Alexander Dreyman as Uhtred (Credit: BBC/Carnival Films/Joss Barratt)

It’s 872 and the area we now know as England has fallen to Viking invaders, with the exception of the kingdom of Wessex, ruled by Alfred the Great.

Alexander Dreymon (American Horror Story) stars as Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the son of a Saxon nobleman, who is orphaned - and subsequently raised - by Vikings.

Based on Sharpe author Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories novels, the historical series follows Uhtred as he questions his loyalties to his Saxon ancestors and his Viking upbringing.



Psychedelic Britannia 

BBC Four 


Arthur Brown (Credit: BBC/Geoffrey Sentamu)

The latest part of BBC Four’s Britannia series focuses on the impact LSD had on British music between 1965 and 1970.

Nigel Planer narrates the programme which looks at how psychedelic music spread from the bohemian underground into the pop mainstream, with contributions from Paul McCartney, Vashti Bunyan and The Zombies.



The Sex Change Spitfire Ace 

Channel 4 


Roberta Cowell's daughter Diana (Credit: Channel 4)

Sixty years after the sex change operations on Michael Dillon, the world’s first woman to become a man and Roberta Cowell, Britain’s first man to become a woman, Channel 4 explores their incredible story.

Featuring exclusive interviews with journalist and friend of Cowell, Liz Hodgkinson, the programme reveals Cowell’s deep, but unrequited, love for Dillon. It also shines light on the pioneering work of daring plastic surgeon Sir Harold Gillies, who had the challenge of helping Dillon transition from woman to man.



Great Canal Journeys 

Channel 4 


Prunella Scales and Timothy West (Credit: Channel 4)

Prunella Scales and Timothy West have delighted audiences with their pleasant canal cruises around Britain and Europe.

The couple return for a third series, investigating the lost route between London and the sea, passing through Surrey and Sussex towards the English Channel.

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