UK TV programmes to watch this week : 11/05/2013

Doctor Who: The Crimson Horror. Nightmare in Silver. Series 33, episode 12 (BBC1/HD | 7pm to 7:45pm | Saturday 11th May 2013)

Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Jason Watkins, Warwick Davis, Eve de Leon Allen, Kassius Carey Johnson. Sci-fi drama. Hedgewick’s World of Wonders is the perfect theme park day out. And ground zero for a deadly silver resurrection.

Hebrides: Islands on the Edge (BBC1 Scotland/HD) | 9pm to 10pm | Monday 13th May 2013)

Ewan McGregor narrates a landmark nature series focusing on the wildlife struggling to survive on the Hebridean Islands. Cameras follow white-tailed eagles, harbour seals, hares, pine martens and short-eared owls as they struggle to raise their families whilst dealing with the biggest storm ever to hit the islands in living memory. And as the wild weather passes, the seas warm to welcome the arrival of Scotland’s ocean juggernauts, basking sharks.

Caroline Quentin’s National Parks (ITV/STV) | 8pm to 9pm | Tuesday 14th May 2013)

Actress and presenter Caroline Quentin visits three of Britain’s most popular national parks. This episode finds her in Wales at the Snowdonia National Park. Famous for its spectacular scenery, it covers over 800 square miles. Snowdon is the tallest mountain in the principality and climbing and hiking are popular activities here – but this beautiful landscape can also be treacherous. Caroline volunteers to take part in a training exercise for the Mountain Rescue Dogs Association which is run entirely by volunteers, local people who will drop everything to help anyone who gets into trouble. The mountain is famous for its 50-mile narrow-gauge railway and every August the annual Race the Train contest attracts over 2,000 runners. Caroline is in her element as she starts the race and cheers on the competitors.

Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day (BBC2/HD | 9pm to 10pm | Tuesday 14th 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 country’s single biggest killer, heart disease. Every day 282 people will have a heart attack and 200 will die. In Manchester, a specialist team race to treat a steady stream of heart attack victims, some of whom have a 20 year history of heart disease. In Liverpool six-month-old Kyran undergoes open heart surgery to correct a defect first detected in the womb and in Yorkshire, air ambulance paramedics attempt to resuscitate an 80-year-old mechanic who has collapsed while working on a neighbour’s car.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8pm to 9pm | Thursday 16th May 2013)

School-based drama. Dynasty’s world is rocked when her ex-boyfriend is released from prison. He wants to make a fresh start with her, but she has eyes for someone else. Maggie is forced to return to work, whilst Audrey battles to keep her job and Tom makes a heartfelt decision.

The Tube: An Underground History (BBC2/HD | 9pm to 10pm | Thursday 16th May 2013)

In 2013 London Underground is 150 years old. Following on from BBC2’s The Tube series, this programme tells the story of the underground through the eyes of the people who work for it. Farringdon station supervisor Iain MacPherson reveals why his station – the original terminus – was constructed in the 1860s, and recalls the dark days of Kings Cross in the 1980s. Piccadilly line driver Dylan Glenister explains why every Edwardian station on his line has its own unique tiling pattern and how, in the 1930s, the construction of new stations expanded the borders of London. With privileged access to disused stations and rare archive footage, this is the tube’s hidden history, revealing why it was first built and how it has shaped London ever since.

Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers (Channel 5 | 8pm to 9pm | Friday 17th May 2013)

Observational documentary series following one of the world’s biggest haulage firms. In Scotland, new driver Paul ferries tender plants through the ice and snow, Mark takes a tanker full of fuel on a freezing night drive to the company’s Carlisle depot, at Southampton docks Gareth must load and deliver £1m worth of high-end cars without a scratch, and Brummie Ian gets hopelessly lost while delivering water to the Royal Opera House in London.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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