UK TV programmes to watch this week : 11/02/2017

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 12th February 2017)

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. An expectant mother with financial struggles enters into a painful arrangement with her cousin. As Tom provides pastoral care, he reveals why this case touched him more than most.

Winter Road Rescue (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 13th February 2017)

Series following patrols who make sure the UK does not grind to a halt when winter weather hits. In Glasgow, breakdown patrolman Mark rushes to help three young lads who have come off a dangerous slip road, and on the M6 Highways England traffic officer Jason arrives at the scene of a rush hour accident involving a mother and her baby daughter.

The Railways That Built Britain, with Chris Tarrant (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 13th February 2017)

Documentary series. Chris Tarrant explores how the advent of the railways transformed the nation. Starting in the cab of Puffing Billy, the world’s oldest surviving steam locomotive, he looks at the lives of two leading railway pioneers and the navvies who dug the tunnels and laid the tracks. He also reveals how rail changed the food we eat, and learns how a disaster in Armagh led the government to impose national safety standards.

Tales From the Coast with Robson Green (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 14th February 2017)

Robson Green travels along some of the nation’s fascinating stretches of coastline. In this episode, Robson visits the wild and remote coastline of the Outer Hebrides. He discovers first-hand how an unpredictable climate and the often volatile weather have given this group of islands an identity and way of life all of their own. At the ancient village of Gearrannan, Robson tries his hand at weaving Harris tweed in a traditional crofter’s blackhouse. On the Isle of Lewis, he goes snorkelling for sugar kelp – which is used to flavour the local gin. He also encounters Britain’s largest bird of prey, the white-tailed sea eagle. Robson camps out on one of Britain’s most beautiful beaches at Luskentyre, and on the Isle of Barra, he helps out at the airport where the beach doubles as the runway.

Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 14th February 2017)

Documentary series revealing the hidden history, human stories and natural history behind National Trust properties. Alan Titchmarsh reveals some surprising facts about Beatrix Potter, Joan Bakewell the role of a small island in Lake Grasmere in the creation of the National Trust, Oz Clarke visits a nursery housing some of our rarest plants, Jon Culshaw visits a time capsule in Gloucestershire and Suzannah Lipscomb travels to Blakeney Point, home of the UK’s largest seal colony.

June Brown at 90 (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 16th February 2017)

Celebrate a milestone birthday and all things Dot Cotton as EastEnders actress June Brown chats about her life and career. Featuring famous Walford faces and one or two surprises.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 16th February 2017)

Detective drama series set on a Caribbean island. When a tourist provides an alibi for a woman convicted for murder seven years ago, the team are forced to reopen the case.

Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Friday 17th February 2017)

Julia Bradbury chooses some of her favourite and most accessible family treks from across the UK. In the final episode, Julia’s favourite island walk has it all – an ancient Manx river glen, the world’s biggest mining waterwheel and a climb which culminates with spectacular views of England, Scotland and Ireland. With steam trains and electric trams on the TT island famous for Thomas the Tank Engine, this is an action-packed finale.

Alan Cumming’s Edge of Scotland (stv/HD & stv player only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 17th February 2017)

Alan Cumming fulfills a lifelong dream to explore the rugged beauty of the Outer Hebrides and meet the people who live there. Alan travels from Barra to Stornoway on a stunning island odyssey where he sees white sandy beaches, ancient wonders and a world-famous football pitch.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 17th February 2017)

The award-winning satirical comedy continues 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 —

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