UK TV programmes to watch this week : 04/05/2013

Doctor Who: The Crimson Horror. Series 33, episode 11 (BBC1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:15pm | Saturday 4th May 2013)

Something ghastly is afoot in Victorian Yorkshire, as bodies are found with their skin a waxy, glowing red.

Alex Polizzi – The Fixer Returns (BBC2/HD | 8pm to 9pm | Tuesday 7th May 2013)

Alex Polizzi returns to some of the businesses she has helped, catching up on their struggles since she left and revisiting her time at their business. This episode she returns to Denver Mill – a mill, bakery and cafe business in Norfolk – and Courtyard Bridal Wear in Kettering. At both places their dreams had turned into nightmares, perhaps not surprisingly given the poor handle on finances these two families showed.

Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day (BBC2/HD | 9pm to 10pm | Tuesday 7th May 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. This episode takes a look at the NHS outside of the hospital environment, and through a vast patchwork of experiences reveals the health system’s role in British lives from cradle to grave. Featuring a Yorkshire District Nurse who spends her day changing dressings and tubes for elderly patients, a maverick GP in Everton who takes in addicts and abusive patients who have been rejected by other surgeries, and a pair of West Midlands paramedics who compare their nightshift to that of a mini-cab service. In London, the air ambulance crew rush to the scene of two serious accidents, whilst in Birmingham, a medical student makes his 16th sperm donation.

Coast: All at Sea (BBC2/HD | 8pm to 9pm | Wednesday 8th May 2013)

The Coast team are all at sea, as they head offshore to explore surprising stories of love and death, cannibalism and communist submarines, seasickness and a seafaring prince. Nick Crane attempts one of the world’s most fearsome yachting challenges, the Isle of Wight ‘Round the Island Race’. Mark Horton relives a gruesome tale of cannibalism and murder that scandalised Victorian Britain and still affects the law today. In Milford Haven, Ruth Goodman celebrates the Dutch fishermen who, when Hitler invaded the Netherlands in 1940, escaped in their boats, crossing the North Sea to help defend Britain. Naval historian Nick Hewitt searches out the remarkable remains of the submarines that threatened to sink Britain by strangling its sea trade. And one hardy bunch of sea-anglers, who all hail from Zimbabwe, find that a life on the ocean wave isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when they chance their hand with rod and line in the rolling seas off the coast of Yorkshire.

The Politician’s Husband (BBC2/HD | 9pm to 10pm | Thursday 9th May 2013)

Political drama. Aiden has to defend himself in an embarrassing sex scandal that threatens to derail any chance of a political comeback and also further threatens his marriage. As he wrestles both back from the brink he discovers Freya has been less than honest about her whereabouts and the time she is spending with Bruce. In a gripping finale that sees him plot a brilliant comeback as well as Bruce’s downfall, Aiden gambles everything.

Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers (Channel 5 | 8pm to 9pm | Friday 10th May 2013)

Observational documentary series following one of the world’s biggest haulage firms. In this episode there is a classic battle of youth versus experience as Tim takes on Craig to see who can deliver their Biomass load on time, Mark tackles Mother Nature and Matt becomes the centre of attention in London when he delivers a truck to a gallery exhibiting some Stobart truck spotters’ photographs.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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