BBC Two Today Friday 26 May 2023

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What’s On BBC Two Today Friday 26 May 2023

A full run down of everything airing on BBC Two today.

Iolo’s Borderlands


Iolo Williams explores Montgomeryshire

Iolo Williams explores North Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire. He begins his journey on a beautiful pasture at Tylcau Hill near Llanbister bursting with colour from wildflowers and rare butterflies. Next stop is Dolfor near Newtown, one of the last remaining strongholds for the curlew in Wales



The hopefuls serve up two courses to three previous contenders

The last quarter-final sees the week’s most talented four cooks return to fight for a place in Knockout Week. They must prepare two courses that will impress not just regular judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace, but also from the 2014 series Ping Coombes, the 2015 series Simon Wood and 2020 series finalist Claire Fyfe

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Homes Under the Hammer


Featuring properties in Merseyside, Kent and Hull

A terraced house in the Merseyside town of Birkenhead, a large period property in Ramsgate, Kent, and a one-bedroom flat in a smart block in Kingston-upon-Hull are all sold at online auctions. One is destined for the rental market, one as a holiday home and the other as their home. Jacqui Joseph and Dion Dublin assess their potential in realising their owners’ ambitions

Money for Nothing


Upcycler Sarah Peterson revives a trio of utility chairs

Sarah Moore visits Beaconsfield recycling centre in Buckinghamshire, searching for three items with the potential to be revived. She saves a pine chest of drawers for carpenter Martin Hough and a trio of utility chairs for upcycler Sarah Peterson. Sarah takes on a set of trestle table bases for her own project

Gardeners’ World


Carol Klein reveals plans for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Monty Don is busy planting umbellifers and making some changes to the Dry Garden. He also sows peas and pots on his dahlias. Carol Klein reveals exciting plans for an ambitious show garden she’s designing for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. With a ban on peat in compost on the way, Arit Anderson investigates what that means for the industry and gardeners alike

Nicky Campbell

Calls on the day’s talking points

BBC News

Politics UK

The week’s political proceedings around the UK



Quiz, hosted by Rick Edwards



Quiz show, hosted by Jeremy Vine

James Martin’s Food Map of Britain


The chef hopes to gain an understanding of the flavours of Northern Ireland

Chef James Martin visits Northern Ireland in the hope of gaining an understanding of the rich flavours of the beef from native cattle the Dexter. He also visits the east coast, where he discovers why local lobsters are so prized by chefs, and cooks up a Goan lobster curry, and a fillet of Dexter beef served with a garlic and parsley risotto with caramelised onions

A Countryside Summer


Marcus Wareing visits an expert herb grower in Bristol

Marcus Wareing seeks inspiration for his kitchen garden when he visits an expert herb grower in Bristol. Wildlife artist Robert Fuller reveals the species that thrive near his home in North Yorkshire during the summer months, and Nadiya Hussain learns how to smoke fish and shows how to make a delicious smoked haddock rarebit

Big Cats About the House


Following the work of big cat expert Giles Clark

Following the work of big cat expert Giles Clark, as he embarks on a mission to transform the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent into a centre of global excellence for conservation. In the opening episode, Giles provides around the clock care to Maya, a five-day-old black jaguar cub neglected by her mother. Then, he travels to Cambodia to witness the dilemma clouded leopards are facing in the wild

Ancient Invisible Cities


Michael Scott reveals the historical secrets of ancient Athens

Michael Scott uses 3D scanning technology to reveal the historical secrets of ancient Athens and tell the story of how this remarkable city created the world’s first democracy. He begins his journey on the Acropolis, where, in the late sixth century BC the people of Athens overthrew a tyrant and set up a democracy, and investigates a mysterious, asymmetrical temple called the Erechtheion that sits in the shadow of the world-famous Parthenon. To the south of the city, he clambers through a silver mine where an army of slaves once toiled inside the labyrinth of narrow tunnels

Flog It!


From the RAF Museum at Hendon in London

Paul Martin presents from the RAF Museum at Hendon in London, where items up for auction include a nautilus shell and some Superman film memorabilia. With antiques experts Michael Baggott and Mark Stacey

Richard Osman’s House of Games


Mehreen Baig, Clare Balding, Jamie Laing and Mike Wozniak take part

Great Coastal Railway Journeys


Michael Portillo visits the childhood home of William Wordsworth

Michael Portillo embarks on the last leg of his railway journey around the north-west coast of England, visiting the childhood home of William Wordsworth in Cockermouth, Cumbria, and ending in Maryport, where the Solway Firth marks the border between England and Scotland

Beechgrove Garden


How to produce home-made fertiliser using comfrey

Carole Baxter and Diana Yates demonstrate how to produce home-made fertiliser using comfrey, while George Anderson has an update from his own garden in Joppa and Beechgrove’s head gardener Scott Smith reveals how to spot when seedlings are ready for potting on

Villages by the Sea

Ben Robinson discovers more about the quiet village of Ravenglass

Ben Robinson discovers more about the quiet village of Ravenglass in the Lake District’s National Park, which played a strategic role in the Roman empire. With the help of the Pennington family, whose ancestral home is Muncaster Castle, Ben is shown their latest Roman find, a unique stone slab with a Latin inscription that’s been attributed to a Roman naval unit, Aelia Classica

RHS Chelsea Flower Show


The sights and sounds of the famous horticultural event

Hidden Treasures of the National Trust


The restoration of Paul McCartney’s childhood home in Liverpool

The curators continue their restoration of Paul McCartney’s childhood home in Liverpool, trying to track down a key section of wallpaper for the living room, and opening up a room the public has not yet seen – the bedroom where the former Beatle’s parents slept. Across town, a project is under way to catalogue and clean a vast collection of photographs discovered in a four-storey Georgian house that was once the home and studio of Edward Chambré Hardman, one of Britain’s most significant photographers



Andy and Lance have one last day on the farm to find the gold


With Victoria Derbyshire



Football discussion presented by Jermaine Jenas

Strike: Inside the Unions


Documentary about the wave of industrial action in 2022

Documentary about the wave of industrial action that engulfed the UK at the end of 2022, with access to union leaders including Mick Lynch of the RMT and Pat Cullen from the Royal College of Nursing. The opening edition charts the start of the strikes, with Lynch and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers at the forefront of the movement, with nurses withdrawing their labour for the first time in the Royal College of Nursing.union’s 106-year history

Landfill: Britain’s Toxic Secrets – Panorama

Current affairs report

In-depth current affairs report covering a story behind the headlines

The Mysterious Mr Lagerfeld

A profile of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld

Award-winning director Michael Waldman goes in search of the real Karl Lagerfeld, who was one of the most flamboyant and recognisable figures in fashion, but also one of the most mysterious. Waldman tracks down those closest to the designer, including his friends, neighbour, lawyer, doctor, bodyguard and Chanel colleagues. He also meets the agent and nanny left in charge of Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette, who he called the love of his life and who earned an estimated three million euros from modelling assignments

Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr


The two finalists are challenged to make over two pubs in Brighton

The two finalists are challenged to make over two pubs in a busy tourist hotspot in Brighton. One designer will be transforming an award-winning gastro pub with a field to fork ethos, while the other competitor is tasked with turning a traditional pub into a fun day-to-night venue aimed at a younger clientele. Once the challenge is compete, the pair head back to the design studio where they are cross examined by Alan and the judges. Who will be crowned this year’s winner?

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