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Fridays from 20 March, 10pm on LIVING CHANNEL

Italy is a place of refuge and inspiration for ex-chart topping front man Suggs, just as it has been for many other artists and performers over the centuries. But usually his visits are high-speed affairs before he jets back to his work commitments in the UK. In this series he’ll have the opportunity to make a more leisurely journey from north to south, absorbing the rich variety of Italy’s cultural life along the way.

Travelling in a classic Mini Cooper, Suggs’ grand tour will take him to the iconic cities (Milan, Venice, Rome, Florence and Naples) and through the spectacular landscapes which have inspired so many artists. But he’ll also make regular detours along the way, straying off the beaten track to discover many unfamiliar places with surprising stories to reveal.

As he zig-zags his way south, he’ll investigate the stories behind some of the masterpieces of the Renaissance, go behind the scenes at some of Italy’s most celebrated cultural venues and events, meet modern day artists and craftsmen keeping Italy’s arts heritage alive, and track down experts with a passion for performance, art and design who are keen to share their enthusiasm and knowledge.

Mondays from 16 March, 10.30pm on LIVING CHANNEL

Once a year, something very special happens, as 5,000 landmark buildings in the UK declare ‘Open House’! Each September, the most amazing pieces of British architecture, engineering and heritage are opened up to the public. The main event and the focus of the series is the London Open House architecture event, which offers the chance to visit some very special buildings, many of which are usually closed to the public.

Presenter Charlie Luxton (Vertical City) travels the length and breadth of the UK to discover hidden gems- from the Bank of England to a top secret Second World War bunker used by Churchill; Gladstone’s St Deiniols library in Wales to the cutting edge life-saving research laboratories at Queen Mary’s university and the Victorian Crossness Pumping Station with original James Watt engines. It’s a once in a year opportunity to go Behind Closed Doors…

 

Mondays from 16 March, 9pm on LIVING CHANNEL

British designers Justin Ryan and Colin McAllister are given £100,000 and in just seven property purchasing moves, they have to make it to a property worth £1million. All proceeds go to Children in Need, but it’s a venture destined to be fraught with difficulties…

It all begins in Harborne, Birmingham as Justin and Colin buy a two-bedroom terraced house, planning to modernise it whilst retaining its Victorian charm. They make a profit of £15,000 and are on the first rung of the property ladder.

Following purchases in Stratford, Bristol, Harrogate and Edinburgh, the dynamic duos’ last challenge falls on Belgravia, London. Here they buy a dated three-bedroom terraced cottage and turn it into a bright, spacious, two-bedder with extended living space.

Can the boys pull off the challenge and top the million-pound mark? While the dynamic duo’s unique design skills are inspiring and innovative, watching Justin and Colin’s behaviour is just as compelling.

Over-dramatic, loud, highly-opinionated and prone to hissy fits, this is the programme that helped establish them as one of TV’s most watchable couples.

LIVING CHANNEL – Saturdays from 2 May, 4.30pm

Jamie Durie presents a brand new series to equip viewers with the confidence and inspiration to roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty and live outdoors. With a unique fusion of garden design, earth-to-table cooking, and eco-conscious how-to tips, The Victory Garden is essential viewing for all gardeners.