UK TV programmes to watch this week : 01/05/2021

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 2nd May 2021)

Dr Turner and Sister Hilda are both bewildered and concerned by a patient’s unexplained symptoms, and try to get to the bottom of her ill health before it impacts her pregnancy. A woman expecting her third child is worried about her recent weight gain and turns to Lucille for support, leading to an unexpected discovery.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 3rd May 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

Michael Portillo explores East Anglia between the wars, beginning at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, where archaeologists discovered a 27-metre-long Anglo-Saxon ship in 1939. In the Essex village of Dedham, he unearths a nasty brush between painters, with art experts explaining the antipathy between traditional artist Alfred Munnings and the modern art school established in the village by Cedric Morris.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 4th May 2021)

Michael Portillo continues his journey through East Anglia, where he discovers the Essex origins of the BBC and joins the Women’s Land Army to pick damsons at Tiptree.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 5th May 2021)

Michael Portillo’s travels resume in leafy Hertfordshire, where he attempts a canoe slalom course, and visits the estate of Dame Barbara Cartland.

Scotland’s Home of the Year (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Wednesday 5th May 2021)

Anna Campbell-Jones, Michael Angus and Kate Spiers continue their search for properties with unique style, design and architecture in Central Scotland. They explore an industrial new build in Fife, a Victorian cottage in Grangemouth and a house filled with fun in Dunblane.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 6th May 2021)

Michael Portillo heads for the Hertfordshire village of Perry Green to learn about Henry Moore became one of the defining artists of British modernism. In Cambridge, he revisits his former university to hear about a treacherous time in its past.

Ian Wright: Home Truths (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 6th May 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The footballer-turned-broadcaster investigates what effect growing up in a psychologically abusive and violent home has on children in the UK. He meets with social workers to find out how they are supporting and protecting youngsters living in at-risk households during Covid-19 as well as adults and young people who have been affected by growing up with domestic abuse. Ian also shares the story of his own formative years, shaped by a difficult relationship with his stepfather, and on the final leg of his journey visits a charity who work with people at risk of committing, or who have already committed, domestic abuse.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 7th May 2021)

Michael Portillo is in Suffolk on the last leg of his 1930s Bradshaw’s inspired tour of East Anglia, visiting the racecourse at Newmarket and the Roman Catholic shrine at Walsingham.

World’s Most Scenic River Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 7th May 2021)

A journey along Ireland’s longest river, the Shannon, through an emerald green landscape of rolling hills and sparkling waters. Carving a route from north to south of the country, we discover how Vikings, monks and kings have all made their mark along this important waterway. Bill Nighy narrates.

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

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