FIVE OF THE BEST
Great Canadian Railway Journeys
Michael Portillo begins a new journey along the tracks of the Ocean line as he explores Canada’s maritime provinces en route to Quebec City using an 1899 Appleton’s guide. He begins in the Atlantic port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he visits an 18th–century British hilltop citadel, and finds out what it takes to build a state-of-the-art Arctic patrol vessel. He also learns of a catastrophic explosion in the harbour in 1917, which wiped out the north of the city, killing 2,000 people and leaving 25,000 homeless.
How to Lose Weight Well
Channel 4, 8pm
Xand van Tulleken and Helen Lawal oversee proceedings as three more pairs road test some of the most popular and talked about diets. Sade and Becky have two weeks to slim down for a day at the races, Derek and Bruce go on four-week dieting plans ahead of a summer barbecue, and Sam and Fay want to slim down for their annual bus drivers’ picnic in four months. Xand also investigates the latest liposuction techniques and finds out if unconscious persuasion can melt away people’s fat.
Channel 4, 9pm
The first series of this documentary offered an eye–opening look at life behind bars. Some viewers were shocked by the extent of gang activity and drug use, but Prison also highlighted other issues, including the difficulties faced by staff as they deal with inmates who suffer from mental health problems. The second run is set to be just as fascinating, as cameras return to HMP Durham for a seven–month stretch, examining life for both the prisoners and the officers. The relationship between them takes centre stage in the opening episode, as the documentary explores the violence amongst prisoners – and against staff. Is this just the grim reality of life inside, or can more be done to break the cycle?
Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys
Channel 5, 9pm
Chris embarks on a thousand-mile trip along Spain’s complex rail system, beginning in Gibraltar by exploring the vast network of military tunnels that have helped keep it under British control for more than 200 years. In Catalunya, he learns the role played by the railways in some of the bloodiest battles of the Spanish Civil War, then visits the spot where Hitler and Franco met during the Second World War.
After a teenage boy is killed in a meth lab explosion, his inspirational head teacher Noah Taylor resolves to confront the drug dealers preying on his community. Dangerous batches of new drugs are hitting the streets, and the effects are evident to Nikki, Jack, Clarissa and Thomas as they deal with the rise in both violent and accidental deaths linked to the narcotics, while tragedy strikes at the heart of the Taylor family.