This week’s television picks:
Devon and Cornwall, Monday 18th January, 8.00pm-9.00pm, Channel 4
Millions of visitors make their way to both Devon and Cornwall each year, in search of adventure, culture and stunning scenery but these proud regions are more than just playgrounds for tourists.
From the beautiful lofty heights of the moors to the spectacular coastlines, this programme celebrates the people who live and work in the most south westerly corner of England.
In the first episode of this new series we’re all at sea, meeting the people who live and work along the beautiful and rugged coastline.
In Looe on the south coast of Cornwall, the whole community gears up for one of the biggest events of the year – the one-mile wild swim from St George’s Island back to the town beach. Hopes are riding high for a calm sea and a big turnout…
On the heel of Cornwall in Gweek, clean ocean campaigner Steve Green prepares for another adventure, along with his band of volunteers, paddling to hard-to-reach beaches along the peninsula to rid the shoreline of plastic flotsam.
Scallop diver Frazer Pugh sets sail from the port of Brixham in Devon, in search of precious bivalves.
In the busy fishing town of Newquay in north Cornwall, gig racer Natalie Trebilcock prepares to return to the sport after four years spent raising a family, in the hope of winning the coveted Silver Salver.
And on the north Devon coast, coasteering guide Sue Allen heads off in search of a new route on the rocky shores, perfect for tourists to experience.
Royal Antiques Revived, Tuesday 19th January, 10.00pm-11.05pm, More4
In this one-off programme, Victoria Coren Mitchell meets three royal repairers as they embark on a journey of incredible restoration.
From King George IV’s piano to a car that’s believed to have belonged to the Queen Mother, and a very rare copy of King Louis XV’s roll-top desk, every item provides a unique glimpse into the lives of the people who owned them and the restorers working on them.
A rare and beautiful Broadwood piano, previously owned by two famous British monarchs, is brought back to life, and a Humber Super Snipe Mark III that claims to have the Queen Mother’s fingernail marks on its interior, has an interesting and curious past.
The team also go behind the scenes at the Wallace Collection to see two highly valuable desks dismantled, moved and restored, and have the opportunity to get up close to these remarkable items and be mesmerised by their restoration processes.
Combining history with craftsmanship, this special programme celebrates British skill at its very best, as techniques as old as the items themselves are used to save these rare royal historical pieces.
Cornwall and Devon Walks with Julia Bradbury, Wednesday 20th January, 8.00pm-8.30pm, ITV
Julia Bradbury takes us to parts of the West Country that can only be explored on foot in this new ITV series.
From beautiful beaches to ancient woodlands and winding estuaries, this uplifting series harnesses the country’s love of the outdoors and the best walks the south west has to offer.
In this episode, Julia is walking in Dartmoor National Park, one of the last great wildernesses in the UK. On a seven-mile circular walk from the iconic Hay Tor, Julia has a go at climbing its towering granite rocks, learns about the Dartmoor Pony with naturalist Nick Baker and discovers the myths and legends of the moor with musician Seth Lakeman.
It’s a breath-taking walk in one of our most inspirational landscapes.
Emergency Helicopter Medics: Home Emergencies, Wednesday 20th January, 9.00pm-10.00pm, More4
This new compilation episode revisits some of the most dramatic incidents as the Air Ambulance teams battle to save lives, bringing the Emergency Department to the hillside, roadside, coastline and city.
This time, the medics race to help out at some serious home emergencies.
In Sunderland, medics work quickly to try and save Susan’s life following a major gas explosion. The crew face danger as they treat Adrian after he’s crushed by a collapsed wall.
And in Teesside, four-year-old Abithan needs strong pain relief when he breaks his thigh bone.
The Chasers’ Road Trip: Trains, Brains and Automobiles, Thursday 21st January, 9.00pm-10.00pm, ITV
Anne Hegerty, Mark Labbett and Shaun Wallace – three of the biggest brains of the quizzing universe escape the confines of the studio to embark on an adventure like no other.
In this brand-new three part series The Chasers’ Road Trip: Trains, Brains and Automobiles, we follow the show’s three fearless brainboxes as they pit their wits against extraordinary competition as they try to answer the age old question ‘Are we really as smart as we think we are?’
To find the answers, this brand new primetime series follows the three titans of trivia as they travel the globe to take on child geniuses, great apes, and the latest AI and robot technology.
We get to see three of Britain’s best-known brainboxes as we’ve never seen them before. On this intellectual journey like no other, the cerebral celebrities question if we underestimate animal intelligence by exploring the brightest sparks in the animal kingdom.
This week, the Chasers journey to America to pit their wits against Kanzi, a Bonobo ape who is able to communicate with humans by using a series of pictures and symbols on a Lexigram and, in addition to this, is also thought to be one of the first Apes to show an understanding of spoken English.
They also meet a chimpanzee memory wizard, a 25-year-old gamer orang-utan called Katie and that well-known genius of the ocean, the dolphin.
And, using their hearts as well as their heads, they will confront the moral challenge: that if humanity fully understood animal intelligence, would we treat them differently?