Living Channel

Saturdays at 8.30pm from March 7 on The Living Channel

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Join comedian Sue Perkins and restaurant critic Giles Coren as they explore the eating habits of the last 500 years in The Supersizers go… adopting not only the diet, but embracing the full experience of each period, from costume to living arrangements and daily routine, our epoch tour guides bring history alive with wit and humour. Eating their way through several different eras from Elizabethan, to Restoration to Wartime, Perkins and Coren document the medical impact each diet has on their health and try to gauge the change in our attitudes to food and how it has shaped a nation. From coping with the latest fad; the fork, and the vast consumption of ale as a substitute for water in the restoration era, to feasts of meat, sugar and spice as wealthy merchants in the Elizabethan period, Perkins and Coren delve into and taste every aspect of life in these eras, bringing history to life in its funniest, most enlightened form.

Saturdays at 7pm from March 7 on The Living CHannel

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Jamie Durie takes a peek over Australia’s back fences to find the best garden in the country. Full of handy DIY tips, Jamie offers fresh and inspirational ideas for your very own piece of paradise. Unique designs include a huge rainforest, a fairytale topiary garden, a bachelor pad no-fuss garden, an an adventure playground complete with a flying fox and climbing ropes. From the weird and wonderful to the best in design, from rooftop terraces to suburban semis and country acreage, this series considers all kinds of backyards that meet every budget, need and taste.

Tuesdays at 8pm from March 3 on The Living Channel

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This series is for anyone who’s been duped during a home renovation. Construction and renovation expert Mike Holmes comes to the rescue. Each week, Mike visits unlucky families who have been swindled or abandoned during their home improvement projects. Mike uncovers shoddy construction methods, improper techniques, and down right rip-offs. While we watch Mike uncover and fix the problems, he explains how homeowners can safeguard themselves from these unscrupulous builders and dishonest contractors. Throughout the series, viewers learn valuable lessons for their own home renovation projects such as the importance of a good contract, proper payment terms and what good craftsmanship should really look like.

Sundays at 10.30pm from March 1 on The Living Channel

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Best-selling author Peter Ackroyd tells the story of the world’s most famous river, the Thames. In this fascinating series, he travels from the river’s source, in Gloucestershire, to the point where it meets the sea at Southend. Along the way, he meets those who live on the river, those for whom the Thames is a lifeline, and those who have recorded it on canvas – among them rock star Paul Simonon. Peter Ackroyd records how this great waterway was a favourite of artists such as Turner and Whistler and poets like Shelley. He explores the rural riverscape which inspired novels like The Wind in the Willows, tells the poignant story of London’s docks from boom to bust…and travels across the mysterious estuary aboard one of Britain’s sole surviving paddle steamers.

LIVING CHANNEL – Mondays from 29 December, 10.30pm   

Archaeologist Julian Richards brings the past to life as he explores how six of Great Britain’s most treasured structures were built.  From Stonehenge to Concorde, the people of past Britain have left their mark on its landscape and its heritage. Richards explores the detail of these great iconic endeavours by taking us inside the minds of the original architects, designers and builders.  He visits six key British structures and – using a mixture of impressive CGI techniques, the real locations and the builders’ plans – he brings the past to life, explaining how they were made and helping us to understand the motives and inspiration that went into their building.

LIVING CHANNEL – Mondays from 29 December, 10pm

We all think we know the city we live in: familiar streets and formidable landmarks help us navigate and get our bearings, but how does the same city look from 2000 feet above ground level? In each episode, presenters Charlie Luxton and Matt Berman introduce someone who has an intimate relationship with an impressive feat of architecture.  Landmarks can be seen from a fresh perspective and engineering and design flair that was overlooked from ground level can be appreciated. From the Taipei 101 in Taiwan to the John Hancock Tower in Boston, rediscover the incredible works of architectural art at close range.  Don’t look down!!

Mondays from December 29
10.30pm

Archaeologist Julian Richards brings the past to life as he explores how six of Great Britain’s most treasured structures were built. From Stonehenge to Concorde, the people of past Britain have left their mark on its landscape and its heritage. Richards explores the detail of these great iconic endeavours by taking us inside the minds of the original architects, designers and builders. He visits six key British structures and – using a mixture of impressive CGI techniques, the real locations and the builders’ plans – he brings the past to life, explaining how they were made and helping us to understand the motives and inspiration that went into their building.

Mondays from December 29
10pm

We all think we know the city we live in: familiar streets and formidable landmarks help us navigate and get our bearings, but how does the same city look from 2000 feet above ground level? In each episode, presenters Charlie Luxton and Matt Berman introduce someone who has an intimate relationship with an impressive feat of architecture. Landmarks can be seen from a fresh perspective and engineering and design flair that was overlooked from ground level can be appreciated. From the Taipei 101 in Taiwan to the John Hancock Tower in Boston, rediscover the incredible works of architectural art at close range. Don’t look down!!

Mondays from December 29
10pm

We all think we know the city we live in: familiar streets and formidable landmarks help us navigate and get our bearings, but how does the same city look from 2000 feet above ground level? In each episode, presenters Charlie Luxton and Matt Berman introduce someone who has an intimate relationship with an impressive feat of architecture. Landmarks can be seen from a fresh perspective and engineering and design flair that was overlooked from ground level can be appreciated. From the Taipei 101 in Taiwan to the John Hancock Tower in Boston, rediscover the incredible works of architectural art at close range. Don’t look down!!

Tuesdays from December 16
9pm

Have you ever wondered why an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Will eating carrots really help you see better in the dark? And what is the best cure for a hangover? What’s Good For You returns with a brand new series to answer all your questions about life’s little health mysteries. Clearing away the common misconceptions behind everyday curiosities, a team of doctors and reporters act as detectives-turned-human guinea pigs to investigate some of the common experiences that impact everyone’s lives… and the results will surprise you!