UK TV programmes to watch this week : 01/03/2014

The Floods That Foiled New Year (YouView app screenshot)Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 2nd March 2014)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1950s London, based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. As Jenny returns to Nonnatus House, her encounter with nervous first-time mum, Faye, forces her to break the rules. Chummy throws herself into preparations for her mother’s visit, whilst Sister Julienne and Cynthia deal with acute mental illness in a newly-delivered mother.

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 2nd March 2014)

Motoring magazine. Richard Hammond is in Abu Dhabi to drive a new hybrid sports car from Porsche. It is called the 918 and it combines a 4.6-litre V8 petrol engine with a pair of electric motors to create an 886 horsepower, four-wheel drive supercar sensation. Plus, Clarkson and James May are tasked with shooting a public information film to promote safer cycling. And Clarkson is also the judge for a hot hatchback showdown between the latest iteration of the legendary Volkswagen Golf GTI and a powerful, rear-wheel-drive pretender from BMW called the M135i. Finally, there is an American in the Reasonably Priced Car as Aaron Paul, star of Breaking Bad and Need For Speed, tries his hand in the Astra out on the test track.

Mind the Gap: London v The Rest (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 3rd March 2014)

While much of the UK still struggles after the financial crash, London is thriving like never before. In the first of two programmes, Evan Davis explores the economic forces that are polarising Britain and asks what the rest of the country can learn from London’s success.

The Street (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 10:35pm to 11:35pm | Monday 3rd March 2014)

Documentary charting a year in the lives of the people who work, live and play on Sauchiehall Street, one of Scotland’s most famous and iconic shopping and party destinations. In this edition, a street artist takes his chances in broad daylight. Chef Nick attempts to turn his dream into a reality but risks his whole business, and the Street Pastors deal with a running battle between two groups.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 4th March 2014)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. When an elderly resident at a retirement home appears to have committed suicide, the team are on a mission to prove it was murder. Humphrey is surprised when his wife pays an unexpected visit to the island and suggests they give their marriage a second chance.

An Hour to Save Your Life (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 4th March 2014)

Medical science series exploring the life or death decisions facing doctors in the first critical hour of emergency care. Including 360 degree access to specialist clinicians both at the scene and in the hospital, plus candid testimony from the medics themselves. In this episode, medics fight to save the lives of a young woman, Zoe, who collapses on Oxford Street, Rumen, who has been hit by a car and elderly farmer Bill who has been crushed by a cow.

Waterloo Road (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 5th March 2014)

School-based drama. Christine falls spectacularly off the wagon, sending shockwaves through the school. Kacey returns to a hero’s welcome, full of tales from the US, prompting a jealous Gabriella to get even with her.

Life and Death on the A9 (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 6th March 2014)

Documentary about the notorious A9, following the people who keep the road moving and looking at what happens when accidents close off the route. Plus, what does the future have in store for this iconic road?

The Floods That Foiled New Year (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 6th March 2014)

It’s likely to be the wettest winter since records began, and Britain is in chaos. In the second of two documentaries re-living the devastation, The Floods That Foiled New Year: Caught on Camera explains why it happened with the aid of striking observer footage, eyewitness testimony and expert commentary. Since January, the relentless stream of heavy storms has continued unabated and England appears to be slowly drowning. While the blame game carries on, this programme examines the hard science: what caused the floods, what we can do to help ourselves, and is this the ‘new normal’?

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 10:45pm | Friday 7th March 2014)

The award-winning gang show continues live on Friday nights with a joyful, offbeat take on the week. Returning as host is 2013 British Comedy Award winner Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker. The trio are joined by a celebrity guest in each show to take a look at the weird and wonderful talking points of the week including the stories and highlights from the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The show also includes the regular feature: 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.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

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