UK TV programmes to watch this week : 22/04/2017

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 7:20pm to 8:10pm | Saturday 22nd April 2017)

The Doctor takes Bill to a spectacular city on a distant planet – but where are the colonists? A band of ‘cute’ droids hold the deadly answer.

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 23rd April 2017)

Matt LeBlanc drives an eight-wheeled rescue vehicle from Russia, Rory Reid turns the world’s ugliest car into a luxury yacht and Chris Harris reviews the new Porsche Cayman. Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay is the studio guest.

Scotland’s Superhospital (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 24th April 2017)

Series following the staff and patients at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. In this edition, a 12-strong trauma team assemble as man who was in a head-on collision with a lorry near Loch Fyne is helicoptered to the rooftop helipad. In the children’s hospital, 18-year-old Connor, who has leukaemia, faces an agonising decision over his treatment and his studies. The programme meets one of the 200 porters who are the worker bees of the hospital, walking miles on every shift, and the baby who can now have his cleft lip and palate repaired under anaesthetic by the top plastic surgeons in the country.

Inside the Tube: Going Underground (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 24th April 2017)

The Piccadilly Line is famed for its glamorous stops, which include Knightsbridge and the West End, but Rob Bell discovers how it also played an important part in saving the tube from bankruptcy, and changing public transport as we know it.

Me and My Dog (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 26th April 2017)

Chris Packham hosts a physical and mental competition in the Lake District, where eight owners and their dogs compete together in a series of challenges. It is the final stage of the contest and the Reds have one last challenge to determine which pairs go through to the final. It all comes down to a fiendishly difficult canine intelligence test which involves Lake Windermere and some dog toys. One pair prove just how far they have come and Toni is finally convinced that Flapjack is actually quite clever. Then it is the final – a human-dog triathlon involving a two-kilometre bike race over rugged terrain, a 100-metre open-water swim and a one-and-a-half-kilometre cross-country run. It is a race to the finish and the Me and My Dog Champions are unveiled. It is a chance for everyone to reflect on what they have learned and it is a celebration of a very special species many of us choose to share our lives with.

Mind Over Marathon (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 27th April 2017)

Two-part documentary in which a group of ten unlikely runners living with different mental health issues are brought together by Nick Knowles to train for the ultimate test – the 2017 London Marathon. This episode sees the remaining nine runners juggling physical injuries along with their mental health challenges and trying to fit training into their lives. They attempt longer and longer distances and even travel to the Brecon Beacons for a mountain run. The episode catches up with Rhian, Shereece, Jake and Poppy, who struggles with anxiety and the symptoms of PTSD. The runners are joined at a training day by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The royal trio have launched Heads Together, a campaign to remove the stigma around mental health issues and are keen to meet the runners and learn more about their experiences.

Barging Brits in the Sun (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pn to 9:00pm | Friday 28th April 2017)

An affectionate look at how Britain’s canals are becoming great again, with more and more people choosing to escape the rat race and climb aboard a canal boat for a slower pace of life, from a former Bond girl with a £100,000 boat to the UK’s top Elvis tribute act and a family taking their first ever boating holiday.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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