UK TV programmes to watch this week : 05/02/2022

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 6th February 2022)

A black raven is found in the parlour. Sister Monica Joan fears it is a bad omen, and consults a clairvoyant for advice on what its appearance means for Nonnatus House. Lucille prepares for her first day back at work, but is clearly not coping well, despite the support of the team. Matthew discovers one of his warehouses is being used illegally by squatters, including a heavily pregnant women who refuses all prenatal care. Dr Turner attends a district health committee meeting on measles vaccination and hopes to increase uptake by running a pilot scheme in Poplar.

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

Michael Portillo sets off from Tynemouth on the first leg of a trip to Berwick-upon-Tweed, hearing about of a 19th-century tragedy at sea that inspired 140 local men to set up a coastal rescue service. At Long Sands beach, Michael rolls up his sleeves to help volunteers caring for sick and injured seals at the Tynemouth Aquarium Seal Hospital.

The Pennines: Backbone of Britain (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 7th February 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Series exploring the mountain range and meeting people who live there. The first episode comes from the Peak District National Park, a popular destination for climbers.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 8th February 2022)

Michael Portillo heads from Newcastle to Lynemouth, and is intrigued to hear of its part in Newcastle’s early industrial development. En route, Michael travels through the huge Northumberland coalfield and, at Cramlington, he alights to visit an extraordinary work of landform art made from the spoil of a coalmine, the vast Northumberlandia, known as the Lady of the North.

This is Going to Hurt (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:50pm | Tuesday 8th February 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Comedy drama based on the bestselling book by Adam Kay, documenting his time as a junior doctor in obstetrics and gynaecology. In the first episode, Adam treats a racist pregnant woman, but head midwife Tracy is unimpressed with how he handles it. He manages to get out of work on time to attend his best friend’s stag do, but is immediately called back to the hospital to cover a staff shortage, abandoning his boyfriend Harry at the party.

AstraZeneca: A Vaccine for the World (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 8th February 2022)

BBC medical editor Fergus Walsh examines the inside story and extraordinary ambition behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Having reported on the vaccine since its early development, Fergus examines the challenges this jab faced in Europe and beyond, and asks if it fulfilled the original hopes of the scientists in Oxford.

Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 8th February 2022)

Ben journeys to one of Britain’s furthest outposts, the Shetland Islands, to meet Helen and Jason, a couple just a few years into their new life on the edge of the weather-beaten island of Yell. He discovers why they needed to escape the demands of urban life, and witnesses the obstacles they now face as they pursue their wildest dreams on this beautiful, historical and remote island.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 9th February 2022)

Michael Portillo explores the wild and rugged coastline of Northumberland by rail, beginning in Morpeth, where he finds an historic collection of Northumbrian bagpipes and discovers how difficult they are to play. The East Coast mainline delivers Michael to Widdrington and its long sandy bay, where a beachcombing blacksmith finds treasures to inspire artwork in steel.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 10th February 2022)

Michael Portillo travels the length of the Northumbrian coastline, with its glorious beaches and grandiose castles. In the village of Alnmouth he takes to the waves in a traditional skiff built by members of the Alnmouth Coastal Rowing Club. His last stop of the day is the mighty Bamburgh Castle.

Iain Robertson Rambles (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 10th February 2022)

For the final third of his 131-mile Speyside Way trek, Iain Robertson is joined by musician Paul Anderson and actor Joanne Gallagher as they celebrate everything from the river’s whisky tradition, fairy walks, and even one of his favourite Scottish landmarks.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 11th February 2022)

Michael Portillo’s rail trek along the coast of Northumberland continues towards the Farne Islands, takes in the holy island of Lindisfarne, and finishes in Britain’s northernmost town, Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 11th February 2022)

Susan takes her campervan to the rolling countryside of the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, a part of the world known as Herriot Country, named after fictional vet James Herriot. He was a creation of a real Yorkshire vet – and Susan’s first stop is at his former home in Thirsk. Susan later heads to Linton in Craven, where she has her first Women’s Institute meeting.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 11th February 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

When a woman reports a murder and is then found strangled, the team is left wondering whether she was reporting her own murder. Brilliant-though-slightly neurotic detective Neville Parker attempts to lead this perplexing case. Caribbean-set detective drama, starring Ralf Little, Josephine Jobert and Don Warrington.

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

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