If you haven’t already booked your summer holiday and if you are looking for some inspiration take a look at our pick of the 10 best destination shows on this week.
The Travel Show
BBC News (Freeview Channel 231)
Saturday 2 June at 10:30am; Sunday 3 June at 1:30pm, and 8:30pm.
Travel journalists bring you a wealth of amazing destinations and stories. Recent editions (available on BBC iPlayer) have reported from Thailand, Manila and Abu Dhabi, while this week there’s a look at how the popular city break destination of Amsterdam is gearing up for even more visitors.
Great Canal Journeys
More4 (Freeview Channel 28)
Monday-Friday at 5:55pm; Saturday at 6:55pm
This is slow television at its very best. Actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales make steady progress navigating the canals of Britain and beyond. On the way, they explore the history of their locations, discover the fascinating and eccentric aspects of local life and meet up with family, friends and local residents. This week, they take to the waterways of London, Ireland and the south of France, and travel along Scotland’s highest aqueduct on the Forth and Clyde Canal. Previous episodes are also available on All 4.
Available on All 4
Richard Ayoade travels the globe looking for the perfect city break, from Hong Kong with Mad Men star Jon Hamm to Brussels with funny man Lee Mack. Richard’s cynical take on travel is unlikely to please tourist boards but it’s hilarious for viewers. Plus, there’s also nuggets of gold in every episode, like the fact that Burger King in Helsinki has a sauna.
Cruising with Jane McDonald
Friday 8 June at 9pm
Ex-cruise singer Jane McDonald takes you aboard the world’s largest and most luxurious cruise ships. A surprise winner at last month’s BAFTAs, the show has become hugely popular – most likely because of Jane’s warmth and sense of humour. As she says: “It’s just me on me holidays!” And in her latest far-flung voyages, Jane explores Australia and New Zealand.
Paul Hollywood: City Bakes
Food Network (Freeview Channel 41)
Friday 1 June at 6pm and 6:30pm
Britain’s favourite baker travels to Madrid, where he finds traditional choux pastry treats filled with a sweet cream at a bakery set up to supply the Spanish royal family. Later, in Warsaw, Paul creates a new take on the Polish babka.
TravelXP launched on Freeview Channel 98 in April (if it’s not on your programme list, you might need to retune).
Travel XP is offering a wealth of experiences, covering art, history, culture, food, heritage and nature. From a city break in Budapest to a backpack journey through Indonesia, Travel XP’s destinations are truly global.
Available on All 4
Lucy Hedges and Morland Sanders visit up-and-coming holiday destinations for everyday budgets. Travelling across the world, they take in beautiful Cambodia, the Israeli desert, and Iceland’s natural wonders.
Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways
Sunday 3 June 5
5Select (Freeview Channel 54) 2pm-7pm
From Alaska to Patagonia, the Baltics to the Balkans, happy wanderer Chris Tarrant boards a variety of trains and uncovers stories past and present about the places beyond the tracks.
Great American Railroad Journeys
Monday 4 – Wednesday 6 and Friday 8 June
BBC Two at 7pm
And we’re back on track, this time for an American odyssey with Michael Portillo and his coats of many colours. Taking in the cable cars of San Francisco, the giant sequoia trees of Yosemite, Hearst Castle and Warner Brothers Studios, Michael discovers the many and varied delights of California.
The Peter Schmeichel Show
Often a channel that does things a bit differently, Russia Today have teamed up with former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel to create a show which explores the host cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. If you’re thinking about heading over to the World Cup – or if you just fancy seeing ‘The Great Dane’ play the accordion – then this is a travel show you shouldn’t miss. The full series is available on the Russia Today website.