UK TV programmes to watch this week : 21/01/2017

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 22nd January 2017)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London.The midwives receive a rapturous and warm welcome home from their South African adventure but all is not well at Nonnatus House. In their absence, Sister Ursula has been running a very tight ship and it is quickly announced that she will remain in charge at Nonnatus House, above Sisiter Julienne. The midwives are drawn into helping Trudy, a heavily pregnant mother whose husband has just been released from prison for extortion. Gradually, the problems below the surface of their marriage become clear. Trapped and with no clear way out, Trudy’s suffering sends shock waves through Nonnatus House, most noticeably affecting Sister Mary Cynthia who is experiencing increased anxiety following her recent attack. Elsewhere, Shelagh harbours a secret and struggles to tell Dr Turner, and Patsy receives some distressing news about her father in Hong Kong.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 23rd January 2017)

When an East End father and son are killed in a shocking road accident, Nikki and Jack find themselves working alongside a police officer with a vendetta. Clarissa summons her husband Max, a digital forensics expert, to help crack the case – and uncovers disturbing video evidence.

Martin Clunes: Islands of Australia (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 24th January 2017)

Three-part documentary series in which Martin Clunes explores Australia’s many islands. Martin begins the final part of his journey on Mundoo Island. Located in the mouth of Australia’s longest river, the Murray, it is an island farm. Its unique combination of succulent saltmarsh plants and life-giving fresh water make it ideal for beef cattle. Mundoo Island has provided shelter and a way of life for five generations of one farming family. From the coastline of the state of Victoria, Martin crosses a 2,000 foot-long bridge to Phillip Island, one of Australia’s favourite playgrounds. Then he heads south to King Island, situated in the blustery Bass Strait between Tasmania and the mainland. It bears the brunt of the fearsome trade winds from South America, and its shores are littered with one of the highest concentrations of shipwrecks in the continent. Martin completes his odyssey with a visit to see one of Australia’s most iconic creatures – the Tasmanian devil.

Italy’s Invisible Cities (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 25th January 2017)

Documentary series. Using the latest 3D scanning technology, Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott explore the romantic city of Florence. They reveal how its wonderful facades and artworks mask a hidden story of intrigue and secrecy, and one powerful dynasty was behind it all – the Medicis, godfathers of the Renaissance. Finally, the scanning team build a virtual reality 3D model to reveal how the city’s secret corridors of power were the foundation of the city’s Renaissance glory.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 26th January 2017)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. The president of the Saint Marie cricket club is found shot dead in the middle of the team’s ground. As the sun rises over the island, suspicion falls on his teammates.

Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Friday 27th January 2017)

Julia Bradbury chooses some of her favourite and most accessible family treks from across the UK. This edition sees Julia travel through the rolling plains of Cheshire on one of her favourite countryside walks. With eight counties on show, two castles to explore and spectacular views across to Wales and Liverpool, this is a popular route for dog-walkers and sports folk. Julia’s trek is full of surprises and she certainly packs plenty in.

The Last Leg (CHannel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 27th January 2017)

The award-winning live, satirical comedy show returns for its 10th series. Hosted by Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe they examine the biggest most entertaining news stories via the #isitok twitter handle, where viewers tweet in edgy current affairs questions that other shows might duck. A special celebrity guest join the trio in front of a live audience each week. In the first show much-loved actor David Tennant helps dissect the week’s events.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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