With the help of our friends at the Radio Times, we take a look at the best rural programmes on TV and radio over the next seven days.

Friday 11 July

Frozen Planet

BBC Two 5pm

David Attenborough guides you through this frozen wonderland, from the birth of new polar bear cubs to a savage wolf hunt in the brutal and beautiful Arctic mountains.

Gardeners' World

BBC Two 9pm

Monty Don reveals the versatility and practicality of using pots and containers in your garden, whilst Carol Klein returns to Stroud in Gloucestershire to help some first time gardeners find the perfect plants for their patio.

Saturday 12 July

The Hungry Sailors

ITV 9:25am

Dick and James Strawbridge explore St Ives this week for a bit of old-fashioned Cornish baking. They try some saffron buns at Ferrell & Son then meet the last net setter on the island, before heading off to the beach to try a piece of traditional heavy cake.

Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds

BBC One 11:30am

Paul gets stuck into creating a Thai chicken pie using ingredients from Yorkshire and a pumpkin and ginger cheesecake from Kent. This week, he is joined by artisan cook Merle Moustafa from Lewes in East Sussex to prepare an unusually flavoured Turkish Delight.

Sunday 13 July

Gardeners’ Question Time

BBC Radio 4 FM 2pm

This week, Peter Gibbs is at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire. He is joined by panellists Matt Biggs, Toby Buckland, Pippa Greenwood and Matthew Wilson.


BBC One 6pm

In honour of the World Cup final, Ellie Harrison visits an old football ground in Swansea where locals have transformed it into a community haven. Ellie will also be chatting to the widow of Vernon Watkins, Dylan Thomas’ best friend and a noted poet in his own right.

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Tom Heaps explores the serious effects of selective breeding on animals and considers the welfare issues raised.

Monday 14 July

Animal SOS

BBC One 11am

We take a look at the work of RSPCA officers across the UK as they rescue pets and wildlife from harm. This week, the team helps a stag that’s caught its antlers in a life buoy, cats are found in dreadful conditions and a spider scares an inspector. Narrated by Nick Knowles.


BBC Two 4:30pm

This week, Neil Oliver explores the shoreline of East Anglia and looks at the abandoned site of an experimental radar designed by a spy in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Hermione Cockburn meets a member of a forgotten army of women who secretly intercepted German messages during the Second World War. Nicholas Crane also researches the combination of bad weather and tides that create local flooding.

Tuesday 15 July

Love your garden

ITV 8pm

This week, Alan Titchmarsh and his team are in Runcorn, Cheshire to redesign Karan Walker’s garden as a thank you to her family for supporting her while she battles a brain tumour.

It’s the smallest garden the team has ever tackled and Alan works his green-fingered magic to use every possible inch of space. David Domoney builds a slate seat that doubles as storage and Katie Rushworth creates an extra planting area on the shed roof.

Hive Alive

BBC Two 8pm

This two part documentary sees broadcaster and beekeeper Martha Kearney and Chris Packham reveal the secrets of a bee hive in Somerset. The pair explore the hidden depths of these insects, including the thousands of miles bees can fly in search of honey and look at special slow-motion footage which reveals the incredible power of bees wings.

Wednesday 16 July

A Guide to Garden Wildlife

BBC Radio 4 FM 1:45pm

Naturalist Phil Gates and Brett Westwood pull on their gardening gloves to reveal the variety of wildlife living in garden hedges with the help of sound recordists Chris Watson and Geoff Sample.

They look at the multiple nests of wrens and the attraction honeysuckle has for twenty-plume moths.

Mary Berry Cooks

BBC Two 7:30pm

The last in the series, everyone’s favourite chef Mary Berry shows viewers the best recipes for an outdoor summer lunch. She cooks salmon fillets with herb sauce, fillet of beef with garlic and mustard cream and ham and chutney.

Mary makes two easy-to-do salads with rice, broad beans and little gems, and finishes with a delicious summer pudding.

Thursday 17 July

Harbour Lives

ITV 8:30pm

In this new series, Ben Fogle visits Britain’s biggest natural harbor, Poole, to explore the area in which he grew up. A former lawyer joins him on an early morning hunt for lobsters and Ben finds out why he swapped a high-flying city job for a life at sea. Ben also discovers the secret behind the mining of one of the most important building blocks of Britain – Portland stone.


BBC Two 8pm

Physicist Dr Helen Czerski and BBC weather forecaster John Hammond explore the reasons why Britain’s weather is becoming more extreme. They look back at last year’s wet December and past snowy winters, examine the impact of the jet stream’s ever-changing behavior and wonder if the same is to come in the near future.

Friday 18 July

The Village That’s Falling into the Sea

BBC One 7:30pm

This programme looks at the perils and stresses of living on the British east coast following the nightmare of December 5th last year. A winter storm and the biggest tidal surge in 60 years combined to create a horror of water and power that destroyed businesses and homes, including those in Newcastle and Whitby.

Six months on, BBC presenter David Whiteley returns to Hemsby to talk to residents about life after the storm.

Gardeners’ Question Time

BBC Radio 4 FM 3pm

Peter Gibbs is the Gardeners’ Question Time potting shed at Sparsholt College in Hampshire, where he is joined by panellists raring to tackle listeners’ questions by post, social media and email.

Saturday 19 July

The Living Planet

BBC Two 8:15am

David Attenborough looks at the atmosphere surrounding the globe and the birds that spend most of their lives in the air. He visits St Georgia to look at albatrosses and considers how vultures wait for the land to heat up before embarking on a long flight.

Great British Railway Journeys

BBC Two 9:30am


Michael Portillo is on the last leg of his journey from Swindon to Penzance. He searches for the lost church of St Piran at Perran Sands and in Redruth he explores the remains of the Cornish tin industry. Then Michael’s off to St Ives to spend the night in Treganna Castle.