UK TV programmes to watch this week : 08/03/2014

Raven Black (Part 1 of 2). Series 2, episode 1 (YouView app screenshot)Milk (BBC 2/HD | 11:30pm to 1:30am | Saturday 8th March 2014)

Dramatic biopic about the rise and tragic fall of Harvey Milk, who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official. In a turbulent, 1970s San Francisco, Harvey struggles as an American gay activist against fellow San Francisco supervisor Dan White and the rest of conservative America.

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 9th March 2014)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1950s London, based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. As preparations are made for Chummy to nurse her dying mother at home, Jenny finds herself drawn to help. Whilst Shelagh and Dr Turner await news from the Adoption Society, Shelagh pulls out all the stops when she enters her choir into a competition.

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

Special edition of the motoring magazine show. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are told to build a bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. However, in order to do that they must first drive across Burma, a country that has been largely closed to westerners for over 40 years. Futhermore, they must make this trip in three lorries, each bought ‘sight unseen’ from the internet. What follows is an epic journey of beautiful scenery, regular adversity, ongoing malfunction and the constant bickering of three badly dressed buffoons.

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

Britain is becoming one country with two economies – London and the rest. In the second of two programmes, Evan Davis asks what the rest of Britain can learn from London’s success and whether we can create a city with the pull of the capital, outside the capital – a megacity of the north.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 11th March 2014)

Crime drama set on the remote Scottish islands. Old wounds are painfully reopened for the residents of Ravenswick, as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez and his team look to a past crime to solve the present day murder of a young teenage girl.

An Hour to Save Your Life (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 11th 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 Mick who collapses after a cardiac arrest, motorcyclist Michael, critically injured in a high speed road accident, and a young man who who has been stabbed.

Waterloo Road (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 12th March 2014)

School-based drama. Kacey’s boxing career is jeopardised when a challenge by Gabriella goes horribly wrong. Simon turns to Christine when he finds himself unable to cope with the challenges of Acting Head.

Who Needs Ibiza? The Great British Holiday (BBC 3/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 12th March 2014)

Series following the efforts of the owners, the Toms family, and their dedicated team of young staff as they try to overcome a string of wet, recession-hit summers and make 2013 a roaring success at their 18-30s campsite in Woolacombe, Devon. It’s the start of high season at Europa and the team are coming up with some novel ideas to make some much needed cash and entertain the campers. A Disney tribute band has been booked and a Hawaiian theme night planned, but big storms are brewing on the horizon – both amongst the staff and in the skies above the campsite.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 10:50pm | Friday 14th 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. In the penultimate episode of this series Jennifer Sauders joins the trio to 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 —

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