Tuesday telly highlights for September 12th with ATV Today Editor Doug Lambert.

BBC Highlights


Horizon: Mars, A Traveller’s Guide, BBC Two, 9pm

The dream of sending humans to Mars is closer than ever before. In fact, many scientists think that the first person to set foot on the Red Planet is alive today. But where should the first explorers visit when they get there?

Horizon has gathered the world’s leading experts on Mars and asked them: where would they go, if they got the chance – and what would they need to survive? 

Using incredible real images and data, Horizon brings these Martian landmarks to life, from vast plains to towering volcanoes and from deep valleys to hidden underground caverns. The programme will also show viewers where to land, where to live… and even where to hunt for traces of extra-terrestrial life.

This is the ultimate traveller’s guide to Mars.

Saving Lives At Sea, BBC Two, 8pm

The fifth episode in the twelve part series sees cameras head to south west Wales where the Tenby crew race to a kayaker injured after being caught out by a freak wave.

Neighbouring Cornish crews must join forces in an epic 11 hour battle to stop a 3600 tonne trading vessel breaking up on the rocks.

Doctor Foster, BBC One, 9pm

Gemma attempts to fight back after the fallout from Simon’s return.

Reeling from the repercussions of Simon’s return, Gemma scrambles to uncover his secrets and find out what is going on with Tom.


100 Year old Driving school, ITV, STV and UTV, 9pm

The popular documentary strand returns for a brand new three-part series. This time the drivers are going back to school, where they will take a test to see if they should still be on the road.

102-year-old Royal Navy veteran John Manners admits he prefers to drive on the wrong side of the road as it helps him see the oncoming traffic better while Jock Stares celebrates his 101st birthday by taking a speedboat out with his son.

Save Money: Good Health, ITV, STV and UTV, 7.30pm

Sian Williams and Dr Ranj Singh get to the bottom of the true cost of some of the country’s biggest health spends, from sleep to pain allergies and diets.

Tonight the programme continues its ‘lb for £’ leader board – which diet will be crowned the best value for money?

The programme road tests what works and what is just a waste of money – from everyday medicine cabinet staples to some more embarrassing health buys.


ITV Highlights

Robson Green’s Coastal Lives, ITV, STV and UTV, 8pm

Robson Green explores the extraordinary lives and homes of the people who live off Britain’s coastline – from families swapping their city homes for a new life by the sea, to those who have lived on the coast for generations.

In the first episode, Robson heads to the Isle ofSkye in Scotland. On Skye, he meets a family who are making plans to build their own timber house in just one day. Croft farming is a huge part of life on Skye, and Robson meets a family of crofters who have been farming the land for four generations.

He assists them in moving their sheep on a small boat to nearby Staffin Island. Heading back out to sea once more, Robson gets to try his hand at scallop diving. He joins a father and son team who search the seabed for the tasty local delicacy.

Finally, he heads off to the isolated island of Soay. He visits the tiny community of just three residents, and finds out what it is like to live somewhere that is so cut off from the mainland.

The Best Of The Rest

Inside Balmoral, Channel 5, 9pm

In 2017 at Balmoral, the monarchy prepares for a new chapter and a potential future King Charles. With this in mind plans are being made to alter the estate to fit in with the King’s vision for the monarchy in the 21st century.

Love and passion have always played a role at Balmoral going back to its first Royal owner, Queen Victoria. After the death of her beloved Prince Albert and her other male companion, John Brown, Queen Victoria grew close to another male figure.

 Abdul Karim was an Indian servant who had been presented to the Queen during her jubilee celebrations. Soon the Queen and her servant were pending many hours together, and during that time Victoria learned to write Urdu and ordered that curries be added to the Royal menu.

Other key moments in its history include Queen Elizabeth II retreating to the estate following a disastrous 1992, and it was where the royal family were gathered when dealing with the aftermath of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Tony Visconti’s Unsigned Heroes, Sky Arts, 9pm

Police drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stewart Copeland continues the quest to find the nation’s best undiscovered talent to play a show celebrating the life and music of producer Tony Visconti.

Stewart travels across London, where The Police first made their name, watching buskers on street corners, musicians in grungy bars and even performers in a church, to find as yet unheralded artists. And Stewart can’t help picking up the drumsticks himself as he becomes inspired by all that the nation’s capital has to offer in terms of incredible music.

Married To A Celebrity: The Survival Guide, Channel 4, 10.20pm

Gogglebox’s Steph and Dom, Ore Oduba, Christopher Biggins, Chris Ramsey and their other halves write a list of things their partners do that drive them up the wall before coming together to air their grievances for the very first time.

There are also more revelations from Joan Collins, Freddie Flintoff and Jon Richardson, and we also learn that the great British public are just as fed up with their partners’ annoying traits and embarrassing habits, as the programme shares more results of their nationwide survey.

Christopher Biggins is one of the stars on Married to a Celebrity, tonight at 10.20pm on Channel 4.
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