Best on the Box: Saturday May 18th sees us head to the Yorkshire Dales and take in some of Britain’s most historic towns.

One to Watch: The Yorkshire Dales, BBC Two, 7pm

In this three-part documentary series adventurer and explorer Paul Rose will visit some of the most popular spots in the Yorkshire Dales, as well as discovering some hidden gems.

The Yorkshire Dales is Britain’s third biggest National Park and one of the most popular. More than 23,000 people live there and nearly five million come to visit every year.

In episode one Paul is in Wensleydale where his journey starts in Garsdale. He visits the picturesque village of Hawes, the magnificent Aysgarth Falls and the medieval Bolton Castle, before finishing up in the market town of Leyburn.

Paul will check out the hills that test the world’s best cyclists. He is joined by British racing cyclist Annie Simpson, who challenges him to cycle up one of the highest points in the Dales, the renowned Buttertubs Pass. He also meets a team of visually impaired tandem cyclists from Huddersfield and brings his own tandem to join them for a ride.

At Bolton Castle, Paul meets Tom Orde-Powlett, a man whose home is his actual castle! And in Aysgarth he has a close-up encounter with a family of beautiful Dales dormice.

Episodes two and three of The Yorkshire Dales will see Paul visit Swaledale and Wharfedale.

Think Yorkshire Dales, think Emmerdale Farm. BBC Two however will look at the reality of Yorkshire. Classic Emmerdale can be seen weekdays on ITV3.

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In the future, technology controls nearly every aspect of life – much to the discomfort of Grey, a self-identified technophobe.

But events are about to unfurl that lead Grey to transgress and advance beyond the boundaries between man and machine. When a brutal mugging leaves him paralysed and his wife murdered, Grey is given the opportunity to receive an experimental implant called STEM that might sure, and upgrade, his body.

The procedure gives Grey enhances physical abilities, and an unrelenting thirst for revenge.

Britain’s Most Historic Towns, Channel 4, 8pm

Professor Alice Roberts is back on the road for a second series exploring key periods in British history through the stories of individual towns. The first episode takes in wartime Britain by studying the history of Dover, the town that found itself on the frontline in the struggle against Nazi Germany.

To fully appreciate the role played by the people of Dover, Alice ventures beneath the famous white cliffs to visit the subterranean nerve centre where the Dunkirk evacuation was planned. She also meets a 90-year-old local who experienced the horror of the German onslaught, and experiences what life would have been like in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during the Battle of Britain.

From the sky, archaeologist Ben Robinson takes an aerial vantage point across the Channel to survey the incredible challenges faced by the Navy7.

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