UK TV programmes to watch this week : 06/04/2013

Doctor Who: The Rings of Akhaten. Series 33, episode 7 (BBC 1/HD | 6:15pm to 7:00pm | Saturday 6th April 2013)

Sci-fi drama. Clara wants to see something awesome, so the Doctor whisks her off to the inhabited rings of the planet Akhaten, where the Festival of Offerings is in full swing. Clara meets the young Queen of Years as the pilgrims and natives ready for the ceremony. But something is stirring in the pyramid, and a sacrifice will be demanded.

Toughest Place to be a Fisherman: The Return (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 7th April 2013)

Cornish fisherman Andy Giles gave up his state of the art trawler for two weeks to travel to the coast of Sierra Leone, where the fishing is done from a dugout canoe. Now he is returning to see what has happened to a fishing community whose survival was under threat from the illegal trawlers which took their fish, damaged their nets and even sunk their canoes. The transformation Andy finds is extraordinary: since the original programme was broadcast Sierra Leone was given a new fisheries patrol vessel, donated by the Isle of Man. The government and a British NGO have combined to almost eradicate the scourge of illegal fishing, transforming the lives of local fishermen. For Andy it is an emotional return to the village of mud huts and the two cousins with whom he formed such a bond.

Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 9th April 2013)

Documentary series capturing one day in the NHS, filmed by 100 camera crews across the UK, revealing the extraordinary range of demands placed on the country’s biggest institution. In the third episode a GP struggling with an unusual medical emergency on a Scottish Island and a top surgeon performing a high risk brain operation while the patient Daryl is still awake. In London, Pat waits anxiously for his wife Laura to come round from an induced coma. This film shows the vastly different contexts in which the NHS operates; urban and rural; both the cutting edge treatment for those who are critically ill with the more everyday procedures that make up the ailments and dilemmas of modern Britain.

24 Hours in A and E (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 10th April 2013)

RTS award-winning 24 Hours in A&E returns for a new series, capturing dramatic and emotional stories of love, life and loss on the frontline of the NHS. Filmed around the clock at one of Britain’s busiest A&E departments at King’s College Hospital in south London, which this year celebrates its centenary, the series begins with a powerful episode about how our lives can change forever in the blink of an eye.

QUIZ SHOW: Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 12th April 2013)

The popular news quiz returns, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Brian Blessed and guest panellists Bridget Christie and Nick Robinson.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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