UK TV programmes to watch this week : 15/06/2013

Airport Live (BBC2/HD | 8pm to 9pm | Monday 17th June 2013)

In one of BBC Two’s most ambitious live broadcasts, Dan Snow, Dallas Campbell and Anita Rani go airside at Heathrow, the world’s busiest international hub airport. More than 200,000 passengers travel through Heathrow each day. Everything and everyone is on a deadline. Unprecedented behind-the-scenes access allows viewers to witness this daily relay race first-hand. The programme shows air traffic control in action and explains the extraordinary science and logistics behind every flight. Dan is based at the heart of the airport, the air traffic control tower, giving an eagle’s eye view of the complex choreography of landings, departures and ground movements. He finds out how Heathrow went from a row of tents to an international powerhouse welcoming 70 million passengers a year. Anita discovers how weather affects the airport each day, not just when it snows. And Dallas looks at first class on the A380, the world’s largest passenger jet.

Airport Live (BBC2/HD | 8pm to 9pm | Tuesday 18th June 2013)

The second episode of the series looking behind the scenes at Heathrow Airport, revealing the people, systems and science that keep us flying. Dan Snow is in the air traffic control tower, where controllers handle some 1,400 landings and departures every day. Dallas Campbell learns to hand-marshal a plane on the tarmac, and Anita Rani finds out how Heathrow trains to deal with extreme weather. Plus the programme follows, live, a shorthaul flight turnaround. The plane has just 45 minutes from landing until it takes off again.

The Route Masters: Running London’s Roads (BBC2/HD | 9pm to 10pm | Tuesday 18th June 2013)

Series revealing how TFL and the police keep London’s roads moving in the face of extreme pressure. This episode follows the TFL staff who try to keep a city constantly on the verge of gridlock moving. At the Blackwall Tunnel, the most crucial mile of road in the whole city, tow truck driver Sean has to deal with a pregnant motorist who can not face driving through the tunnel. Meanwhile in the central control room, operator Chris has to cope with multiple accidents blocking the roads on a single Friday night. On the ground, Gurkha roadmender Indra faces abuse about his pothole repairs. Finally, one typical rush hour morning, a helicopter crashes into a crane near a busy interchange. Can the roads team stop the city grinding to a halt?

Airport Live (BBC2/HD | 8pm to 9pm | Wednesday 19th June 2013)

The third episode of the series looking behind the scenes at Heathrow Airport, revealing the people, systems and science that keep us flying. Dan Snow is at the heart of the airport in air traffic control, and the programme follows all the preparations that ready a long-haul flight for take-off. Dallas Campbell is in Heathrow’s paint bay, finding out about the hundreds of markings that must be painstakingly painted on to every plane. And Anita Rani discovers that as you fly off on holiday, you could be sitting above anything from mango to mail, cars to cougars.

Horizon: Fracking – The New Energy Rush (BBC2/HD | 9pm to 10pm | Wednesday 19th June 2013)

Iain Stewart investigates a new and controversial energy rush for the natural gas found deep underground. Sometimes, this is right under the places people live in. Getting it out of the ground involves hydraulic fracturing – or fracking. Iain travels to America to find to find out what it is, why it is a potential game changer and what we can learn from the US experience. He meets some of the people who have become rich from fracking as well as the communities worried about the risks.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8pm to 9pm | Thursday 20th June 2013)

School-based drama. Michael is back with a last ditch attempt to stop Lorraine from turning Waterloo Road into a fee-paying academy. If his efforts fail it spells the end of both his headship and his relationship with Christine. Elsewhere, Lula’s campaign against Nox comes to a shocking conclusion.

Airport Live (BBC2/HD | 8pm to 9pm | Thursday 20th June 2013)

In the final episode of the live behind-the-scenes series from Heathrow, Dan Snow sees if he has got what it takes to be an air traffic controller and Anita Rani finds out how tomorrow’s planes might offer a quieter future. Dallas Campbell, whose father used to fly 747s, is at the controls of a flight simulator to see if he can land an A380, the biggest passenger jet in the sky.

Life Savers (BBC1/HD | 9pm to 10pm | Thursday 20th June 2013)

Documentary revealing the life and death dilemmas faced at the very limits of frontline medicine. This episode explores how the major trauma network rushes critical patients to the world-famous hub at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, and the difficult decisions doctors face when trying to save a life. Specially trained emergency medics Adam and Neil are sent to a car that has hit a tree at speed. The driver is trapped in the wreckage by his legs, and the risk of massive bleeding the moment he is released means Adam takes control of the scene. At Addenbrookes, the emergency department receives two patients from another car that has hit a tree.

Flights and Fights: Inside the Low Cost Airlines (BBC2/HD | 9pm to 10pm | Thursday 20th June 2013)

Documentary telling the inside story of low-cost airlines – a tale of big characters and big money. Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary and EasyJet’s Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou opened up new frontiers in the aviation industry as their airlines offered cheap flights to a vast range of popular and alternative destinations. The programme follows O’Leary to on a trip to Poland, an EasyJet flight to Moscow and a group of lads travelling to Riga to sample the low-cost airline experience. But how much further can these companies grow? With rising costs, Stelios, now EasyJet’s biggest shareholder, is trying to halt its expansion, while O’Leary has just placed a massive order for new planes.

DOCUMENTARY: Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers (Channe5 | 8pm to 9pm | Friday 21st June 2013)

Observational documentary series following one of the world’s biggest haulage firms. Tim Fox embarks on an epic biomass delivery, starting in Cumbria, going on to Northumberland and ending at a power station in Scotland. On the hunt for new trucks, Head of Fleet David Cox flies out to the Volvo factory in Sweden to size up the next generation of tractor units. Matt Ekins is handed a Friday run around London.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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