UK TV programmes to watch this week : 04/02/2017

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 5th February 2017)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. The winds of change are blowing through Poplar, as a new government paper calls for the eradication of small hospitals in favour of large general hospitals. Dr Turner and Shelagh are informed that an inspection of the maternity home will decide its fate. Sister Ursula has her own anxieties about the efficiency of Nonnatus House, so she introduces a new 20-minute rule for all antenatal and postnatal house visits. Barbara struggles the most with this, as she is drawn into helping a first-time mother from the Chinese community. It soon becomes apparent that the shortened visit might have allowed a serious oversight. With the future of the maternity home hanging by a thread, serious questions are raised over Sister Ursula’s suitability for her role. Meanwhile, Sister Monica Joan has started disappearing for long periods of time and there are growing concerns for Sister Mary Cynthia’s whereabouts.

Tales From the Coast with Robson Green (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 7th February 2017)

Robson Green travels along some of the nation’s fascinating stretches of coastline. In this episode, Robson visits one of the most exciting and dramatic stretches of coastline in Britain as he explores the hidden coves and remote islands of Pembrokeshire. There is a reunion in store for Robson, as he meets up with his former Soldier Soldier co-star and singing partner Jerome Flynn – who now lives on the Pembrokeshire coast. They go sea kayaking around Ramsey Island and Robson attempts to navigate some of the most dangerous tidal rapids off British shores. On Skokholm Island, Robson spends 24 hours living and working with its only human inhabitants – wildlife wardens Giselle Eagle and Richard Brown, a couple who look after an incredible array of seabirds including the largest concentration of Manx shearwaters in the world. Robson also goes cliff jumping in a disused quarry known as The Blue Lagoon, and meets a man who creates giant sand art at Mwnt Beach.

Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree’s Story (BBC 2 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 7th February 2017)

Documentary following Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree’s 2013 attempt to challenge the world land speed record at Nevada’s Battle Mountain. Using a bike built in his kitchen, he took on teams employing the latest computer simulation technology and leading aerodynamics experts. The film captures Obree as he prepares himself, from building his latest hand-built machine, The Beastie, in his small one bedroom flat using mostly recycled materials, to his rudimentary analysis of physics, biomechanics and aerodynamics using nothing more than his mind and imagination. Using no wind tunnels or computer simulations to determine the optimum performance parameters, The Beastie is designed with one purpose in mind – to go fast.

Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 7th February 2017)

Documentary series visiting National Trust properties and revealing the hidden history, human stories and natural history behind them. At Knole House in Kent, Alan Titchmarsh joins a team of archaeologists as they uncover new information about its 600-year history, and Joan Bakewell follows the restoration work on some of its priceless paintings. Plus, Anneka Rice discovers Capability Brown’s connection to Croome Court in Worcestershire and Miriam O’Reilly walks in the footsteps of giants on the Jurassic Coast.

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

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. The team race against the clock in London to solve two murders, after their prime suspect is found dead. Meanwhile, Dwayne has an emotional encounter and Humphrey finds that some advice from an unexpected source helps him come to a big decision.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 10th February 2017)

The award-winning satirical comedy returns for its tenth series. Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe 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. Each week a celebrity guest joins the team to dissect the week’s events.

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

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