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TV programmes to give you wanderlust this week

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Alex Polizzi is in Salamanca this week Credit: AP

Saturday April 22

Man Made Planet: Earth from Space (Channel 4, 8.00pm)

Documentary, making use of Nasa's archive of images of Earth to detail the remarkable impact humanity has had on the planet's geography over the past 45 years. Astronauts including Tim Peake trawl through a treasure trove of whole-planet shots, beginning with the iconic 1972 image `Blue Marble', which marked the first-ever time a photograph was taken of the entire Earth. What they construct is a time-lapse snapshot of the planet, detailing everything from the evolution of China's megacities to the construction of giant solar arrays of Nevada, and their work reveals the extent to which human civilisation has transformed the planet - for better or worse.

Sunrise over earth from space

Sunday April 23

Countryfile (BBC One, 7.00pm)

The team explores County Durham, where Matt Baker demonstrates how to make a traditional regional dish and Ellie Harrison takes a trip up the River Tees.

Monday April 24

Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby (BBC Two, 8.00pm)

Giles Coren and Monica Galetti work at Fogo Island Inn, which is sited on a rocky outpost off the northeast coast of the island of Newfoundland in Canada and pays homage to the settlers who arrived from Ireland and Devon to fish for cod - with most islanders still having Irish or West Country accents.

Tuesday April 25

Wild Ireland: The Edge of the World (BBC Four, 8.00pm)

Natural history cinematographer Colin Stafford-Johnson begins a journey along Ireland's Atlantic coast by exploring the ancient ruins and wildlife of the Skellig Rocks in the south west, where early Christian monks built a monastery 1,500 years ago. He then ventures to the deserted Blasket Islands to witness vast numbers of seals coming ashore to fight, mate and moult during winter. Repeat

Wednesday April 26

Second Chance Summer: Tuscany (BBC Two, 9.00pm)

The group prepare for the annual autumnal olive harvest at La Banditaccia farm, but interest soon wanes after the scale and arduous reality of the task hits home and the challenge of the harvest begins to split the camp. Two members of the group make it a personal mission to ensure that owner Maurizio's precious olives are picked, pressed and turned into extra virgin olive oil before they reach their peak, while others decide that they want to focus on hosting more b&b guests at the farm instead.

There's more to Tuscany than olive oil, sure, but the olive oil is excellent Credit: This content is subject to copyright./Guido Cozzi/Atlantide Phototravel

Thursday April 27

Secrets of Great British Castles (Five, 7.00pm)

Dan Jones explores the turbulent history of six of Britain's most famous castles, his journey commencing with a visit to Edinburgh Castle. He explores the history of this famous stronghold that began as an Iron Age battle base and remains a military facility to this day, and was the target of the world's first aerial bombing.

Joanna Lumley's Postcards (ITV, 8.30pm)

The actress recalls her journey around mainland Greece. She begins in Athens with a trip to the Parthenon, a temple to the goddess Athena built nearly 2,500 years ago. Lumley also visits a festival where fortunes are read out to large crowds, although the revelations are often quite shocking and rude, watches the singer Nana Mouskouri perform at the ancient Epidaurus theatre and ends her trip with a visit to the mountain monasteries of Meteora.

Friday April 28

Barging Brits in the Sun (Five, 8.00pm)

An affectionate look at how Great Britain's canals are becoming “great” again, with more people choosing to escape the rat race and climb aboard a canal boat for a slower pace of life. This documentary reveals the weird and wonderful world of canal boat life, following some of the more colourful characters who take to the nation's waterways, from a former Bond girl with a luxurious £100,000 boat to the UK's top Elvis tribute act and a family taking its first ever boating holiday.

Spectacular Spain with Alex Polizzi (Five, 9.00pm)

Alex Polizzi discovers the history, art and culture of Madrid, and takes a tour of the famous Royal Palace before discovering the equally amazing former home of a Spanish aristocrat. She also heads south to the small but picturesque town of Consuegra, whose windmills inspired some of the anecdotes in Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Finally, she heads to Salamanca, a Unesco World Heritage site 110 miles north of Madrid, and admires its golden sandstone buildings, stunning architecture and busy colonnaded square.

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