UK TV programmes to watch this week : 08/05/2021

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 9th May 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The nation is in the grip of World Cup fever in 1966, and Fred has placed a risky accumulator bet on the outcome of the final which he starts to regret as the big match draws near. Nonnatus House awaits the arrival of four new pupil midwives, Dr Turner and Nurse Crane discover a 17-year-old boy is harbouring a desperate secret, and Cyril and Lucille’s relationship continues to blossom.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC2 /HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 10th May 2021)

Michael Portillo visits Crewe, a town steeped in railway history, to investigate the making of cinema classic The Night Mail during the 1930s. He then heads to Chester to discover the interwar origins of Britain’s most popular zoo, then goes across the border to the Welsh village of Gresford, scene of one of Britain’s worst mining disasters.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC2 /HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 11th May 2021)

Michael Portillo’s 1930s Bradshaw’s-inspired railway tour continues in north Wales. In Colwyn Bay, Michael hears how an army of civil servants from the Ministries of Food and Agriculture in London invaded the quiet seaside town, before visiting an amusement park in the holiday resort of Rhyl. Crossing the Menai Strait by the Britannia Bridge, Michael arrives on Anglesey and the elegant seat of the Marquesses of the island.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC2 /HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 12th May 2021)

Michael Portillo continues his 1936 Bradshaw’s-inspired railway tour of north Wales. He begins in the coastal city of Bangor, where he hears how, when war broke out in September 1939, 2,000 children from the cities of northern England were evacuated by train to north Wales. Heading inland alongside the River Conwy, Michael reaches Tal y Cafn, before investigating the worst dam disaster in Welsh history in Dolgarrog. Finally in Betws y Coed, he attempts to climb one of Snowdonia’s lesser peaks.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC2 /HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 13th May 2021)

In the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia, Michael Portillo reaches an abandoned mine with an art-related history. He also explores the harbour town of Porthmadog, and the fantasy village Portmeirion, crafted by architect Bertram Clough Williams-Ellis, and made famous by The Prisoner TV series.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC2 /HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 14th May 2021)

In the elegant coastal town of Aberystwyth, Michael Portillo visits the National Library of Wales, set high on a hill with views over Cardigan Bay. His tour of North Wales draws to a close in style at the birthplace of the nation’s first classical music festival, Gregynog Hall, near Newtown.

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

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