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Freeview’s Guide to Staycations: TV Shows to Brighten Up Your Bank Holiday Weekend

Posted August 24, 2018 - Blog Posts,News and Blog

It’s been a summer to remember, and as these TV shows remind us, come rain or shine, there’s no place quite like the UK.

Edinburgh Nights with Nish Kumar
Friday 24 August at 11:05pm

There’s still a few days of Edinburgh’s fantastic Fringe Festival to go, but if you can’t make it to Scotland’s capital, join Nish for a behind-the-scenes look at emerging comedians hoping for their big break.


The Yorkshire Dales and the Lakes
Saturday 25 August at 8pm

There’s nothing like a trip to the English countryside to revive the spirit. And in this episode the wonderful scenery is complemented by the appearance of cute little lambs. Altogether now… Ahhhh! (Or possibly, Baaaa!)
This is the last in the series, but you can catch up with previous episodes in series 1 and 2 on All4.

Sunday 26 August 2018 at 7pm

It’s been around for 30 years, and Countryfile remains a firm favourite with TV viewers across the UK. As well as reporting on farming and rural issues, the programme also celebrates the beauty and diversity of the British countryside.


Flying Across Britain with Arthur Williams
Channel 4
Sunday 26 August 2018 at 7pm Channel 4

Ex-marine Arthur Williams has taken to the skies to show us the wonders of Britain. In tonight’s episode, he visits airfields that played a vital role in the Second World War, and gets the chance to take a flight with an aerobatic team. Hold on tight, Arthur!

Catch up with previous episodes on All4.

Loch Lomond: A Year in the Wild
5Select (Freeview Channel 54)
Tuesday 28 August at 10pm

According to Billy Connolly, there are two seasons in Scotland: June and winter. That’s a bit harsh, but it’s fair to say that winter in Scotland can be brutal. So when spring has finally sprung in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, the animals spring into action – mating, giving birth, raising their young. Tonight, we see the park’s ospreys return from Africa and a hungry eagle chick waits for feeding time.


Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb
Channel 5
Friday 31 August at 8pm

Father and son are on the road again, and the latest episode finds them in the Peak District, Britain’s first ever national park. While George abseils off a Victorian viaduct, Larry prefers terra firma, but they both agree that there’s nothing to beat the Great British staycation!

Catch up with episodes from the first series on Demand5

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip
Really (Freeview Channel 17)
Friday 24 August at 7pm

Let’s round off our tour of the UK in the company of Tony Blackburn and Toyah Wilcox. They’re travelling from York to Stansted in search of antiques. Luckily, they have experts Charlie Ross and Charles Hanson on hand to advise them against that genuine Queen Anne microwave in favour of something that might pick up a bit of dosh at auction.


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