Living Channel

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!

Tuesday from December 9
9.30pm

Why do a growing number of people today believe the century they’re living in is making them sick? Sarah is from London. She claims she suffers such strong allergic responses to electrical appliances and mobile phones that she’s moving out of the city. Will a house in the country stop her getting zapped?   Andy says he’s allergic to everyday household chemicals including hairspray and fabric conditioners. His illness has made his family life so difficult that his relationship is now in the balance. Gillian claims to have such extreme sensitivities that in the last 11 years she has not been further than the end of her garden lane. 
Although conventional medicine may be against them, these people insist they are ‘human canaries’ alerting us to the hidden dangers of how we all live today. We once thought cigarettes and asbestos weren’t doing us any harm – could we be wrong again?

Tuesdays from December 23
10:30pm

They are utterly inactive, socially awkward, suffering anxiety, depression or worse, and are quite literally eating themselves to death. They represent the quarter of British kids – 22% of boys and 28% of girls – who are overweight or obese. What they need is a stint at the most advanced weight loss camp in the world – Wellspring Western Adventures. Eight obese British teens are given the knowledge, skills, and the kick-start they need to change their lives forever. They will binge eat, hide food in their rooms, lie about their intake and never exercise voluntarily. But after 8 weeks at Wellspring they will be transformed, physically -and emotionally.

Fridays from December 12
9pm

Landscape architect Brendan Moar reinvents seven gardens as fabulous, sustainable and contemporary outdoor spaces in this unique six-part series. Brendan unlocks the potential of water-starved gardens by combining drought tolerant planting with stunning modern design. Each garden is followed through the entire development process, sharing the harsh realities of the projects before revealing the final gorgeous gardens perfect for the eco-friendly age.

Monday Nights from December 8
9pm

Property expert Andrew Winter goes on a mission across Europe to help out British homeowners who are having major problems with their foreign properties. “Every year thousands of Brits sell up and move abroad with the hope of an easier life, but in reality too many of them end up with property nightmares they can see no way out of.” says Andrew. In this series, he steps in to help foreign homeowners desperate to sell up in France, Portugal and Spain. While the properties undergo transformations to improve their chances of a sale, Andrew tackles the marketing. In addition to the featured property, Andrew also meets up with two other Brits abroad who are facing major issues with their properties and gives them innovative solutions to their situation. Andrew draws on his extensive knowledge of the international property market to give the owners a frank appraisal as to the true extent of their problems – and a plan to sort them out.

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!!

Saturday December 27
8:30pm

Follow the fortunes of crews who fish for everything from cod and haddock to prawns and monkfish, in some of the most dangerous waters around Britain. Setting sail from the historic harbour of Peterhead in Northeast Scotland, the crews battle the arctic waters of the North Sea and the North Atlantic, where 30 foot waves are commonplace and Force 10 storms are an unremarkable event.  It offers high action, emotional drama as men pit their wits against sea and nature to bring home food for our tables and wages for their families, in a profession which every year sees 20 men die in Britain alone.

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.

Sundays from December 7
4:30pm

Presented by garden experts Carol Klein and Joe Swift the series documents the trials, the tribulations and the triumphs of some of the hundreds of British gardeners who try desperately every year to win a place in the National Gardens Schemes legendary Yellow Book. Whilst the series uses the quest of being accepted by the NGS as its basis, it is the very human stories of some of the gardeners involved that lifts it from being just another gardening programme. Whether these people’s experiences are tragic, heart warming or inspirational – it is their garden that has helped them get through it all.

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.