UK TV programmes to watch this week : 17/08/2013

The Cycle Show (itv4 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 19th August 2013)

The cycling magazine show with regular presenter Graham Little including special guests and items and features on all aspects of bike riding.

The Midwives: Delivering Under Pressure (BBC2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 20th August 2013)

Series following the work of midwives in hospitals. This episode focuses on the busy delivery suite at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester. Lesley used to be a dental nurse but when she had a difficult delivery herself she was so inspired by the care she received that she retrained to become a midwife. She knows just how unpredictable and difficult the job can be. Lesley is looking after Neelam who has type 1 diabetes. Pregnancy is putting increased strain on Neelam’s already fragile kidneys which needs to be constantly monitored. Midwife Gemma is looking after Helen who is having her fourth baby with husband Ben. Helen is anxious about the birth having previously lost a baby 21 weeks into pregnancy. In tragic cases like this, bereavement midwives like Vicky and Emma can try and help couples to come to terms with their loss. Meanwhile, Liza is expecting twins but Lesley must keep a close eye on the situation as her pregnancy becomes increasingly complicated.

Restoration Home (BBC2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 21st August 2013)

A last remnant of a once grand and wealthy estate, St Peter’s Barn had been overlooked for generations and carved up by modern farming practices. The moment Graham and Nicola walked into it, they knew it was the family home they had been searching for. At 35 meters long and 20 meters high, the crumbing cathedral-like interior would appear an impossible dream to most, but roofer and builder Graham saw its potential and decided to pour their life savings into buying it.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 10:50pm | Wednesday 21st August 2013)

Gabby Logan is the celebrity guest as host Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker take a look at the weird and wonderful stories of the week, live in front of a studio audience. The show also features the all-encompassing question: Is It OK? Viewers at home and the studio audience are encouraged to ask this question about anything from the week, without fear of judgement, and the three hosts attempt to step into the minefield of sometimes difficult and delicate areas and answer the questions with their own unique insight.

Perfect Storms (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 22nd August 2013)

Nature at its most brutal is investigated in this series about history-defining disasters. How a huge thunderstorm in 9 AD halted the Roman advance into Germania.

Big School (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 23rd August 2013)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. It is talent show time at Greybridge School, but the teachers are the acts and the pupils are the judges. Mr Church is reluctant to enter, until Miss Postern suggests a duet with her, but will artistic differences ruin their chances? Mr Gunn’s Keith Lemon impression is set to steal the show, until there are some unexpected late entries.

The Burrowers: Animals Underground (BBC2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 23rd August 2013)

Chris Packham reveals the underground world of badgers, water voles and rabbits. In specially created full-scale replica burrows it is spring, and baby burrowers must grow up fast, ready to take their first steps above ground. The programme reveals how baby rabbits learn to bond and looks at orphan badgers as they grow up. Will the water voles manage to produce their first litter? And how does a mole survive its solitary life almost entirely underground? In another first, the team excavate a massive abandoned rabbit warren in the wild by casting it in concrete.

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