TV viewers will be invited aboard The Flying Scotsman in BBC Four's latest slow TV event, to be screened this Christmas.
Slow TV events have gained in popularity in the UK since BBC Four invited viewers on a two hour canal journey last year, following by a sleigh ride and a trip on a rural bus crossing the Yorkshire Dales in August.
In this latest special, viewers can sit back and enjoy an hour long trip from the driving seat of The Flying Scotsman, with a signal-by-signal guide on the footplate of the nation's favourite steam engine down the Severn Valley Railway from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster.
Other highlights on BBC Four this winter include:Pop Quiz
A revival of classic 80s music programme, Pop Quiz, for two seasonal specials. Hosted by original presenter Mike Read, these new programmes will once again pit two teams of pop stars from the 80s against each other over several rounds of musical mirth for a festive retro treat.
Can science find the perfect pop song? Using big data analysis of British pop music over the last 50 years, this special programme will uncover the major evolutions in chart music, and find out whether hit songs can be reduced to numbers and formulae – then put the results to the ultimate test.
Take a typical English garden, complete with a lawn, flowerbeds, trees, pond and compost heap. It’s a familiar setting . . . or so you might think. Look a little closer and you’ll discover a microcosm of Planet Earth – where life and death struggles between predator and prey rival the dramas that play out on the African Savannah. It’s an extraordinary world where every form of life - from the plants in the ground to the birds in the trees - is delicately balanced.
Presented by Chris Packham, the programme will follow the action as it unfolds over an entire year in four neighbouring English back gardens in Welwyn Garden City. The multiple cameras will reveal compelling natural history and hands-on science.
Broadcast times for all programmes mentioned will be confirmed closer to the time.