UK TV programmes to watch this week : 05/04/2014

Coffee Shop Hot Shots: Business Boomers (YouView app screenshot)Border Country: The Story of Britain’s Lost Middleland (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 6th April 2014)

Hadrian’s Wall cut a deep scar across Britain that would never be forgotten. A thousand years after the Romans left, the island split once again, near the line of the wall, into the Kingdoms of England and Scotland. Historian and MP Rory Stewart tells the story of how Britain was torn in two. The border country dividing Britain’s lost Middleland became a zone of anarchy, as violent as border areas in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Crimson Field (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 6th April 2014)

Drama series presenting one of the untold stories of World War I. Kitty Trevelyan tries to put past troubles behind her as she joins two other girls to volunteer at one of the busy war hospitals in northern France. For the hospital workers it is a daily battle to patch the men up and keep the war machine churning. Staff numbers are low and the volunteers are desperately needed, yet there are some who see these women as more of a threat than a lifeline. It is not just the girls who are causing a stir; one particular patient, a powerfully built and battle-scarred soldier called Molloy is facing certain death but resisting it with all the strength he can muster. The girls settle into their first day and it’s soon clear that no training could ever have prepared them for the reality of working near the front line. As the day draws to an end secrets are hinted at, rivalries loom large and for the rebellious Kitty this new adventure could turn out to be very dangerous indeed.

Coffee Shop Hot Shots: Business Boomers (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 7th April 2014)

Four-part series on businesses that have boomed despite tough economic times. Since the coffee shop brands took off in the 1990s people have embraced their caffeinated delights. Once a nation of tea drinkers, people have fallen for the super-sized cups, adopted the language of lattes and are even prepared to pay upwards of £2.20 for a caffeine hit. Not even the recession quenched our desire for coffee and now millions are hooked, spending up to £2,000 a year and pouring cash into the coffers of the coffee shop brands. This sets out to discover how the nation became so obsessed, and how the brands do battle for our custom. With behind-the-scenes access to staff on the frontline and the bosses of the big brands, this is the inside story of the coffee shop world.

Clydebuilt: The Ships That Made the Commonwealth (BBC 2 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 7th April 2014)

Documentary series exploring the stories of four ships built on the river Clyde. This programme tells the story of CS Mackay-Bennett, a cable repair ship which launched on the Clyde in 1884. It kept information flowing along a network of underwater cables that connected Britain to both its empire and the world. The ship and its crew also recovered the bodies of those who died when the Titanic sank. David Hayman travels to Halifax in Canada to investigate the story of CS Mackay-Bennett and to unravel a DNA mystery that’s taken over a century to solve.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 8th April 2014)

Crime drama set on the remote Scottish islands. Perez returns to his childhood home after the murder of a scientist on the beautiful island of Fair Isle. Tensions run high as a storm on the mainland forces Perez to work in isolation – and compels all of the suspects to remain together under one roof.

W1A (BBC 2/HD | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Wednesday 9th April 2014)

Comedy sequel to Twenty Twelve. A national paper has not only published details of Ian Fletcher’s salary but followed up with a story of how he took Sally Owen, his PA at the Olympic Deliverance Commission, on holiday to Italy. So the BBC can either stand by their man or get him to pre-empt potential criticism by persuading him to cut his own salary. Meanwhile, a female Newsnight presenter has been accused of wearing clothes that are inappropriately watchable. When her legs get their own Twitter account there is a feeling something should be done about it. Flagship series Britain’s Tastiest Village has lost all three of the big name presenters who were attached to do the show – so the search continues. And brand consultant Siobhan Sharpe and her team unveil their barnstorming idea for a new BBC logo.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 11th April 2014)

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop and guest panellists.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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