UK TV programmes to watch this week : 29/01/2022

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 30th January 2022)

Trixie is assigned to help a crane driver who has been rendered paraplegic following a workplace accident, but whose determined wife refuses all offers of assistance. Nancy and Sister Frances are asked to give a talk to a class of primary school girls after several of them start their periods early. An encounter with an expectant mother leaves Lucille considering a career change, and Shelagh’s efforts to raise money for the playground cause chaos at Nonnatus House.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 31st January 2022)

Michael Portillo crosses the Culloden Viaduct aboard the Caledonian Sleeper to arrive bright and early in Inverness, from where he heads north on a magnificent scenic adventure to the Orkney archipelago. On boggy moorland overlooking the Moray Firth near Inverness, Michael explores the battlefield at Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army fought British Government troops in 1746.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 1st February 2022)

Michael Portillo travels by train north from Inverness to the Orkney Islands. Beginning on the Moray Firth, Michael admires the Cullen Viaduct then enjoys a bowl of Cullen skink at a family-run fishmonger of 150 years’ standing. In the factory smokery, he learns from the owner how the famous soup acquires its distinctive taste.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 2nd February 2022)

Michael Portillo’s Scottish coastal railway journey reaches Invergordon on the Cromarty Firth, the third great inlet on the northeast coast of the Highlands. He arrives on Britain’s northernmost railway, the Far North Line, and heads straight onto the water to explore a former oil drilling rig now moored in the firth.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 3rd February 2022)

The latest stage of Michael Portillo’s trek takes him past lochs and castles on the Far North Line to Britain’s northernmost railway station at Thurso. From Lairg on the banks of Loch Shin, Michael heads for a secret conservation area in the 18-mile-long loch to track down one of Scotland’s most elusive and endangered species, the freshwater pearl mussel.

Iain Robertson Rambles (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 3rd February 2022)

Having covered almost 50 miles of the Speyside Way source to sea walk, Iain Robertson is joined out of Dalraddy by his River City co-star Sally Howitt and surprises her with a trip on a steam train in Aviemore.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 4th February 2022)

From Britain’s northernmost station at Thurso in Caithness, Michael Portillo heads for the ferry port of Scrabster to cross the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Islands. Passing the Old Man of Hoy, Michael takes in stunning views of the Orkney archipelago and the rugged coastlines of its 70 islands.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 4th February 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

The travel show returns with a trip to Devon, where Susan investigates a part of the coastline known as the English Riviera. She will discover intriguing places and inspiring sights on her 85-mile adventure, exploring shimmering seas, pristine beaches, and pretty harbours.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 4th February 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

When a young pop star is found dead at a rehab clinic, it initially looks like a tragic accident. However, Neville is convinced there’s more to her death than meets the eye. Caribbean detective drama, starring Ralf Little, Josephine Jobert and Don Warrington.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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