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UK TV programmes to watch this week : 09/11/2013

Africa 2013: Countdown to the Rains (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 10th November 2013)

Kate Humble and Simon King report from Zambia, following the lives of the animals living along the Luangwa River at a critical time in the seasons. There has been no rain for seven months but the clouds are building and the drought could break any day. The river is the only water around, and predator and prey are squashed uncomfortably close. Lions and wild dogs, one of the most endangered animals on Earth, compete for territory as elephants try to keep cool in the fierce heat and leopards enjoy days of plenty. 75 cameras capture every moment as it happens through the last days of the longest dry season in memory to the arrival of the rains that will change everything.

Great Continental Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 10th November 2013)

Steered by his 1913 railway guide, Michael Portillo explores Germany, powerhouse of today’s European Union, and learns how tourists in the early 20th century would have been visiting quite a new country, which they admired and envied but also feared. Beginning in Dresden, Michael explores the city of one of his favourite opera composers, Richard Wagner. He learns about the health craze of the time and attempts the equivalent of a 1913 Jane Fonda workout. He travels to Leipzig on an historic railway line, built by British engineers in 1839. In Brunswick he learns how the arrival of the railway added its own flavour to the local beer before moving on to Hamburg, where he discovers model railway making on the grandest of scales. In Kiel, Michael learns about the intense rivalry between Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany and his uncle, British King Edward VII, at the Kiel Week yacht races. Michael boards an early 20th Century yacht to experience the thrill for himself.

Tales From Northumberland with Robson Green (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Monday 11th November 2013)

Eight-part series in which Robson Green travels across his home county and discovers how this mystical place has played a unique role in shaping contemporary Britain. In this episode, Robson travels along one of the country’s most stunning stretches of coastline, where he learns how Northumberland’s past has shaped the Britain we know today. He meets the family who live in Bamburgh Castle and finds out how it once dominated the region as seat of the kings of ancient Northumbria. Robson then follows the Pilgrim’s Way to Lindisfarne, known as the cradle of English Christianity, and goes swimming with grey seals off the Farne Islands

The Choir: Sing While You Work (BBC2 /HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 11th November 2013)

Choirmaster Gareth Malone returns to create harmony in five of Britain’s biggest workplaces. As the contest to be crowned ‘best workplace choir’ continues, Gareth travels to Birmingham to the biggest council in Europe. He discovers a singing traffic warden, a social worker soloist and a high-pitched gardener. With the next round of government cuts announced mid-rehearsals, some choir members may not have jobs at the end of the year.

999: What’s Your Emergency? (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 11th November 2013)

The documentary series that reveals modern Britain through the eyes of our ambulance staff concludes with an episode focusing on babies – from births to over-protective parents and from very poorly children to those facing neglect and abuse. Across the UK 2200 women go into labour every day. Most make it to hospital, but for those who can’t the ambulance service is there to help. The programme features call handlers talking worried partners through what to do while ambulance crews race to help deliver the baby. When the medics leave it’s up to the parents to look after their bundles of joy. However, some parents over-react and call 999 at the first sign of a cough or a bump to the head – there’s been a 42% increase in parents seeking emergency medical help for routine childhood complaints in the last ten years. But at the opposite end of the spectrum, reports of child neglect have risen 30% in the last year and it’s often paramedics who are first to step in.

The Escape Artist (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 12th November 2013)

Legal drama series. The case against Foyle is crumbling. The profession that has sustained Will Burton all his life is no longer supporting him. Can Will find another way for justice to be served?

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 13th November 2013)

Six years ago Lucie Fairweather and Nat McBride began to build an affordable eco home in Woodbridge for themselves and their two young children. They were determined to create an exciting, modern landmark home. However, their journey was to be about more than bricks and mortar. Just before they got started, Nat discovered he had cancer, and after just a few months he passed away. Lucie decided to carry on with the project Nat had devised. Kevin McCloud returns to find out just how life has moved on for Lucie and to discover whether her wonderful and striking house has become part of the landscape.

Britain by Bike: The Welsh Borders. Series 1, episode 2 (BBC 4 | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Wednesday 13th November 2013)

Clare Balding attempts to re-discover Britain from the saddle of a touring cycle, following in the wheeltracks of compulsive cyclist and author Harold Briercliffe, whose evocative guide books of the late 1940s lovingly describe by-passed Britain. Clare’s journey into Wales is rich in literary connections to both Bruce Chatwin and AE Housman. She reveals how a cycle factory went to war and finds out about the Bride’s Tree – a bizarre village ceremony with a dark secret.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 14th November 2013)

George meets a woman who wants to build a shop and a mobile home out of an old horsebox, but only has £500 to spend. He meets a couple who are creating a holiday let out of a 1960s milk float. He visits an extraordinary 100-foot-long balancing barn, half of which is hanging over the edge of the Sussex countryside. And George and William make plans for a rectangular pod for their tree house.

The Science of Doctor Who (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 14th November 2013)

For one night only, Professor Brian Cox takes an audience of celebrity guests, including Charles Dance and Rufus Hound, and members of the public on a journey into the wonderful universe of the Doctor, from the lecture hall of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Drawing on the latest theories as well as 200 years of scientific discoveries and the genius of Einstein, Brian tries to answer the classic questions raised by the Doctor – can you really travel in time? Does extra-terrestrial life exist in our galaxy? And how do you build something as fantastical as the TARDIS?

24 Hours in A and E (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 13th November 2013)

The RTS award-winning series returns for a new series, capturing dramatic and emotional stories of love, life and loss on the frontline of the NHS. The series is filmed around the clock at one of Britain’s busiest A&E departments at King’s College Hospital in South London. This episode focuses on patients rushed into King’s after being involved in serious traffic accidents, and shows that not all problems are immediately obvious.

Stobart: Trucks, Trains and Planes (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 15th November 2013)

Observational documentary series following one of the world’s biggest haulage firms. Ian ‘Spit’ Wilson has to deliver a 15-tonne rail repair machine, known as the Gopher, to Sunderland. He battles through traffic and heavy rain, but then has to get the monster machine onto the rails. Matt Ekins makes a return to his spiritual home – tramping. He goes on a tour of the East Midlands on a multi-drop mission, but it seems that around every corner is another massive queue.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 02/11/2013

Africa 2013: Countdown to the Rains (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 3rd November 2013)

Kate Humble and Simon King report from Zambia, following the lives of the animals living along the Luangwa River at a critical time in the seasons. There has been no rain for seven months and every animal, large and small, is locked in a struggle to survive – the elephant and her new born baby, the tiny lion cubs threatened by a power struggle in the pride and the hundreds of hippos and crocodiles squashed uncomfortably close as the river bed dries up. 75 cameras capture every moment as it happens through the last days of the longest dry season in memory to the arrival of the rains that will change everything.

Great Continental Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 3rd November 2013)

Steered by his 1913 railway guide, Michael Portillo takes the train from the former political capital of Italy, Turin, to Casanova’s capital of romance, Venice. Along the way, he recreates the famous Italian Job on an historic Fiat test track and follows fashion in Milan before investigating the early 20th century British love affair with Lake Como in a seaplane. In Verona, Michael discovers the ‘House of the Capulets’, bought to attract Edwardian tourists to the scene of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. He then heads over the rail bridge across the lagoon to Venice, where he finds a microcosm of pre-First World War Europe in the Venice Biennale art exhibition.

Tales From Northumberland with Robson Green (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Monday 4th November 2013)

Eight-part series in which Robson Green travels across his home county and discovers how this mystical place has played a unique role in shaping contemporary Britain. Robson explores the rich history of a region that has been occupied by Romans, invaded by Vikings, played a key role in the founding of English Christianity and has been the setting for many bloody battles between the English and the Scots. In this episode, Robson ventures off the beaten path to explore the rugged wilderness of the Northumberland National Park, where he passes a night in a ramshackle shepherd’s hut – known locally as a bothy. Meeting a young shepherdess, he learns about the origins of the border collie sheepdog, and goes stargazing into a night sky that is totally unpolluted by artificial light.

The Choir: Sing While You Work (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 4th November 2013)

Choirmaster Gareth Malone returns to create harmony in five of Britain’s biggest workplaces. As the contest to be crowned ‘best workplace choir’ begins, he sets sail with P&O, the UK’s longest-running cross-Channel ferry service. With choir members based at sea and on both sides of the English Channel, can Gareth create a musical entente cordiale?

999: What’s Your Emergency? (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 4th November 2013)

The series that reveals modern Britain through the eyes of our ambulance staff continues. This episode focuses on the older generation, who now account for two thirds of ambulance calls. With 11 million people in Britain over the age of 65, the NHS is feeling a greater strain than ever before. In the wake of significant cuts to the social care budget, if they’re to live independently for as long as possible the ambulance service have to step in. The personal stories in this film offer an insightful, touching and sometimes humorous take on life for older people today. In Nottingham, paramedic Dave Seaton is dispatched on blue lights to the home of an 86-year-old woman who has collapsed.

The Escape Artist (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 5th November 2013)

Legal drama series. Liam Foyle is back in the dock, and Will’s courtroom nemesis, Maggie Gardner, is defending him. Will’s central moral tenet that ‘everyone deserves a defence’ has come back to haunt him.

Britain by Bike: North Devon. Series 1, episode 1 (BBC 4 | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Wednesday 6th November 2013)

Clare Balding attempts to rediscover Britain from the saddle of a touring cycle, following in the wheeltracks of compulsive cyclist and author Harold Briercliffe, whose evocative guide books of the late 1940s lovingly describe by-passed Britain. She begins on the Atlantic coast of north Devon – from Lynmouth, scene of Britain’s worst flood disaster in the early 1950s, to Ilfracombe via Little Switzerland, and a hidden silver mine whose riches probably helped England win the Battle of Agincourt.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 6th November 2013)

Ten years ago Gil and Hillary Briffa decided to retire to southern Spain. Rejecting the coastal sprawl around Malaga they found a virgin plot of land up in the Andalucian hills for just £35,000. But instead of building a home like the traditional old fincas nearby, their architect son’s design was a confrontational, modernist glass box, surrounded by boldly colourful connected rooms, hidden behind a giant citadel wall. Construction proved stressful. The couple put all their trust in a local Spanish builder who had never built a house like this before. The local residents didn’t like it and the mayor tried to get it re-painted white.

Waterloo Road (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 7th November 2013)

As Christine and Simon go up for the headship they clash over how to deal with a bullied pupil. Meanwhile, Kacey’s boxing fund is stolen, jeopardising her training trip to America.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 7th November 2013)

George Clarke continues his adventures in the world of micro builds. This time he meets carpenter Adam, who wants to turn a 30-year-old double decker bus into a luxury holiday retreat. George visits a couple who have given up their jobs and thrown their life savings into designing a boat hotel. There’s also a house in Oxford made of mud and straw. And George and William’s tree house dream now includes an alfresco camping deck made out of a giant motorway drainage pipe.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 26/10/2013

Great Continental Railway Journeys (BBC2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 27th October 2013)

Armed with his 1913 railway guide, Michael Portillo returns to his native Spain to discover what the intrepid tourists of the Belle Epoque experienced on their travels through the fading Spanish empire. In Madrid, he visits the scene of an assaination attempt at the royal wedding of a British princess and a Spanish king. In Cordoba, Michael dances with an unusual partner and enjoys all the fun of the feria. Heading further into Andalusia, Michael arrives in Seville, the city he has made his Spanish home. In the city’s tobacco factory, he learns about a gypsy girl named Carmen. After sipping sherry in Jerez, he traces Winston Churchill’s tense diplomatic mission to Algeciras on Spain’s Costa del Sol and finishes with tales of British espionage on the Rock of Gibraltar.

999: What’s Your Emergency? (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 28th October 2013)

The series that reveals modern Britain through the eyes of our ambulance staff continues. This episode focuses on call outs to patients fighting for life and the medical, ethical and emotional challenges their care creates, not just for the paramedics, but also for the friends and family who may be left behind. Sixty thousand people go into cardiac arrest every year in the UK. The ambulance service treat 30,000, but only 10% of those survive. The ambulance service is working to increase the survival rate through prompt action and education about CPR. In Nottingham, Selina Conway is dispatched to a 76-year-old man who’s been found collapsed in his front garden by a stranger. CPR is the only solution.

Quitting the English Defence League: When Tommy Met Mo (BBC1/HD | 10:35pm to 11:25pm | Monday 28th October 2013)

When Tommy Robinson, then leader of the EDL, met Mo Ansar, the Muslim who campaigned to ban the EDL, on BBC One’s The Big Questions, it turned out to be the encounter that changed everything. Ansar challenged Robinson’s knowledge of Islam and offered to show him how real British Muslims live and what they actually believe in. Following the pair as each shows the other his view of British Islam, the film reveals that Ansar was present at an EDL street protest in May and was also the first Muslim to address the EDL. It shows Robinson as he visits Walsall Mosque and meets with one of Britain’s leading Muslim scholars, Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra.

The Escape Artist (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 29th October 2013)

Legal drama series. Talented junior barrister Will Burton specialises in spiriting people out of tight legal corners, hence his nickname – the Escape Artist. But when Will’s talents acquit his latest client of a brutal and high-profile murder, the consequences are chilling.

Autumn’s Supermarket Secrets (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 30th October 2013)

Gregg Wallace goes behind the scenes with Britain’s biggest food retailers over the course of a year to discover how they source, make and move the food we find on the supermarket shelves. In this programme, Gregg reveals how the supermarkets get us in the mood for autumn. He finds out what it takes to bring us millions of Halloween pumpkins, learns how own-label pies are made and is let into the hidden world of online supermarkets.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 30th October 2013)

Michael Butcher and Phil Palmer were confirmed Londoners, loft-livers in the heart of Soho, until they fell in love with Christmas Farm, near Newbury, and took the life-changing decision to quit their urban media jobs and move to the country. They faced two big problems however: first there was an agricultural tie on the land, so Phil and Michael would have to become farmers; the second problem was the uninspiring faux-alpine timber chalet serving as a farmhouse. It had to go.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 31st October 2013)

School-based drama. Kacey begins to feel the pressure of people’s expectations when it’s revealed the school will be having a fundraising visit from an Olympic boxing champion. The arrival of enigmatic new supply teacher Frankie McGregor divides the already fractured staff room, as well as providing an unlikely companion for an increasingly isolated Lenny.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 31st October 2013)

George meets a couple who have remortgaged their house to build a sensational prototype apartment inspired by a beehive. There’s also a barman who has bought a dilapidated Land Rover he plans to convert into a cocktail bar. George finds himself in a real life UFO, suspended in the trees at a tree hotel in a Swedish forest. And in Bordeaux, he meets an architect who has created a unique 41-metre-square one bed apartment behind the facade of a garage.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 19/10/2013

999: What’s Your Emergency? (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 21st October 2013)

The series that reveals modern Britain through the eyes of our ambulance staff continues. Paramedics and call handlers speak powerfully and frankly about the challenges they face, and the Britain they see, while patients and their loved ones reveal the stories behind their calls for help. This episode follows paramedics as they do their best to help patients with mental health problems. With one in four of us facing such issues at some point in our lives, it’s become the job of the emergency services to pick up the pieces, often facing complex and difficult situations for which they have little training. Paramedic Maria Stanley is called to a multi-storey car park where she is first on the scene and has to talk a suicidal man away from the edge, while Kirsten Harper and Amy Siddall race to help a man who’s having suicidal thoughts and whose daughter can’t cope.

The Great British Year (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 23rd October 2013)

Documentary series showing Britain’s changing look over the course of a year. The fading sun brings an energy change to Britain: a time of storms and unpredictable weather. The trees go dormant, but not before a final fling of colour. For animals, the shortening days are a cue to prepare, hibernating and hoarding for the dark times ahead. For some, its still a time to breed; deer rut, seals give birth and the Atlantic salmon leaps waterfalls in order to lay its eggs. Beneath the fallen leaves, slime moulds, earthworms and fungi take advantage of autumn’s spoils.

Grand Designs (Channel 4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 23rd October 2013)

Kevin meets a master craftsman whose dream is to build a castle made entirely of mud. Kevin McCabe is the leading living exponent of the ancient art of cob building – wrestling houses out of mud using his bare hands. Kevin has almost single-handedly kept alive this traditional way of building in rural Devon. But now he doesn’t just want to build another cob house, he wants to build a cob castle. Not only that, Kevin also wants their gigantic new cob house to meet the highest environmental performance targets ever set. It is truly an almighty challenge. The house will be formed of two vast curved cob roundhouses – the largest of which is inspired by the natural geometry of a snail shell – connected by glazing and topped with undulating wild-flower meadow roofs to mirror the surrounding Devon countryside.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 24th October 2013)

School-based drama. The staff and pupils of Waterloo Road get all dressed up for living history week. Christine is looking to impress a visiting Robert Bain, but Simon is on a mission to prove what a bad headteacher she is – and with all the problems that occur, his task is not a difficult one.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 24th October 2013)

Across Britain people are finding inventive ways of creating beautiful small spaces that don’t blow the budget and can transform lives. Architect George Clarke celebrates the extraordinary world of small design spaces as he gets back on the road for the second series of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces to marvel at breathtaking designs and fantastical architecture. George looks at secret hideaways, space-saving retreats, eco-friendly bolt holes and re-conditioned vehicles. He shows that with careful planning, cunning design and a masses of imagination, the unachievable is conceivable. George also develops his own small space build – together with master craftsman William Hardie, he plans to build a fantasy tree house set in the grounds of the Kielder National Park. In the first episode of the new series, George meets a couple who bought a tiny 60s ambulance, planning to transform it into a campervan where the family of six can cook, eat and sleep.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 12/10/2013

Dogs: Their Secret Lives (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 14th October 2013)

Our lives have radically changed in the last 50 years and so have those of our dogs. Man’s best friend is spending more and more time home alone. Using hidden cameras and a ground-breaking new study from the world’s leading dog scientists, this documentary reveals what our dogs get up to while we’re out. Footage from dozens of homes shows sleepy, active, howling and fretful dogs. Infrared cameras reveal what’s happening inside Bruno the boxer/Rottweiler cross’s head, while a dog vocalisation expert analyses Max the Alsatian’s howling to understand what he’s trying to communicate. Mark Evans, former chief vet at the RSPCA, investigates what it all means for the 21st-century dog owner. He discovers whether new technology allowing dogs to make phone calls and watch TV is the key to keeping our canine companions happy in the modern British home.

999: What’s Your Emergency? (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 14th October 2013)

This series reveals modern Britain through the eyes of the emergency service that gets to know us most intimately, following ambulance staff across the country who know that every 999 call they race to could be a matter of life or death. Paramedics and call handlers speak powerfully and frankly about the challenges they face, and the Britain they see, while patients and their loved ones reveal the stories behind their calls for help. This episode demonstrates the shocking effects of alcohol. In the UK, 1.6 million people are dependent on alcohol, and alcohol misuse directly costs the NHS £3.5bn a year, with admissions to hospital due to drinking doubling in the last ten years. Up to a fifth of ambulance call-outs are alcohol-related, but one paramedic reports that some weekends three-quarters of his patients are affected by booze. Sometimes ambulances are called simply because the patient is too drunk to remember where they live or want a taxi ride home.

Stephen Fry: Out There (BBC2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 14th October 2013)

The gay writer, actor and broadcaster travels discovers what it means to be gay in different corners of the globe, as well as meeting some of the most notorious homophobes on the planet to try to understand the origin of their hatred. In the first episode, Stephen reflects back on how much has changed for gay people during his lifetime. He meets Elton John and David Furnish, the couple who inspired Stephen to be open about his sexuality as well as many others. Stephen also travels to Uganda, where the government is considering a new law that would make homosexuality a capital crime – putting gay people to death for their sexuality. Stephen also travels to the USA to explore ‘reparative therapy’, which claims to offer a ‘cure’ for being gay. Whilst in the states, he looks at how Hollywood deals with the gay issue by talking to Neil Patrick Harris, an openly gay man who continues to land leading roles.

The Great British Year (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 16th October 2013)

Documentary series showing Britain’s changing look over the course of a year. Whilst the human population of Britain kicks back, summer is boom time for the animals. More sun means more food, but animals are arriving from afar to share, and competition is high. Hunters time their arrival from Africa to feast on the huge glut of flying insects, hobbies race after dragonflies, and thermal cameras reveal nightjars on a Dorset heath. Will the weather hold? One day harmful UV rays force sea urchins to cover up; the next, thunderstorms bring out hordes of hungry snails.

Stephen Fry: Out There (BBC2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 16th October 2013)

The gay writer, actor and broadcaster travels discovers what it means to be gay in different corners of the globe, as well as meeting some of the most notorious homophobes on the planet to try to understand the origin of their hatred. In the first episode, Stephen reflects back on how much has changed for gay people during his lifetime. He meets Elton John and David Furnish, the couple who inspired Stephen to be open about his sexuality as well as many others. Stephen also travels to Uganda, where the government is considering a new law that would make homosexuality a capital crime – putting gay people to death for their sexuality. Stephen also travels to the USA to explore ‘reparative therapy’, which claims to offer a ‘cure’ for being gay. Whilst in the states, he looks at how Hollywood deals with the gay issue by talking to Neil Patrick Harris, an openly gay man who continues to land leading roles.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 16th October 2013)

A young couple decide to turn an average 1950s house into an architectural masterpiece. After a year of searching London for somewhere exciting to live with their young girls Lola and Sylva, Ben and Rachel Hammond stumbled upon a house on a unique plot, buried within the leafy depths of a beautiful south London park. The only problem is the house itself: an ugly, inefficient and uninspiring red brick property.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 17th October 2013)

School-based drama. Nikki has a tough decision to make when her estranged daughter shows up at Waterloo Road. Elsewhere, the staff and pupil’s mourn Grantly, and the school’s sponsored clean goes awry, worsening Christine and Simon’s relationship.

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 17th October 2013)

Documentary series following the staff of First Great Western, one of Britain’s largest train operating companies. At Paddington a major service disruption erupts on Meet the Manager day, a fitter has to repair a faulty peak-time train full of passengers, Charlbury station springs to life for the Wilderness festival and there’s a look at Brunel’s last engineering masterpiece, the Royal Albert Bridge, which connect Devon and Cornwall.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 05/10/2013

999: What’s Your Emergency? (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 7th October 2013)

Last year, Channel 4 cameras followed the work of police, fire and ambulance staff in Blackpool to reveal modern Britain through the eyes of the emergency services. Now the series returns, but this time its focus is on the emergency service that gets to know us most intimately: the ambulance service. The new series follows ambulance staff across the country who know that every 999 call they race to could be a matter of life or death. The ambulance service is under huge pressure, with 11 million emergency calls a year and an ambulance dispatched every five seconds at an average cost of £250.

The Day I Got My Sight Back (BBC1/HD | 10:35pm to 11:35pm | Tuesday 8th October 2013)

Since 2002, Ian Tibbetts, a 42-year-old former forklift truck driver from Telford in Shropshire, has been slowly going blind. He has never seen the faces of his twin four-year-old boys. Despite numerous treatments to save his eyesight, nothing has worked – until now. Over several months, this film follows Ian as he undergoes a series of radical operations in a last attempt to restore his sight. The procedure involves inserting a tiny lens in one of the patient’s own teeth and then implanting the tooth in his eye. Christopher Liu, at the Sussex Eye Hospital in Brighton, is the only surgeon in Britain who performs this remarkable procedure. The success rate is high, but it is not guaranteed. Will Ian ever see his wife again – and will he finally see his twin sons for the first time in his life?

The Great British Year (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 9th October 2013)

Documentary series showing Britain’s changing look over the course of a year. Spring marks the start of an epic race for life where timing is everything; trees explode with blossom and mornings fill with the magical chorus of bird song. Long-tailed tits frantically build nests, whilst in our oceans, seahorses sway to a graceful courtship dance. As we celebrate Easter, a stoat mother hunts the young rabbits to feed her own playful young. As spring becomes summer, Guillemot chicks leap from their cliffs to begin life at sea, and this year’s young prepare for life alone.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 9th October 2013)

This episode sees Grand Designs bring Japanese design to the Welsh valleys. Tamayo Hussey’s missed Japan ever since she moved to the UK 14 years ago with her husband, quantum physics professor Nigel. To stave off the homesickness they’ve decided to transform a tired old 60s forester’s lodge into a one-of-a-kind Japanese house complete with roof bath, tatami room and sliding paper walls. Keen to keep costs under control, Nigel and Tamayo decide to engage only the design skills – rather than the full services – of an architect. So with no previous building experience, they bravely go it alone, working without any detailed drawings, and fire-fighting problems every step of the way.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 10th October 2013)

School-based drama. Grantly returns to teaching at Waterloo Road to discover the school is chaotic as ever. Kacey faces her big boxing fight, but Barry takes bets against her winning. And Sue resorts to tranquilisers to get through her school day from hell.

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 10th October 2013)

Documentary series following the staff of First Great Western, one of Britain’s largest train operating companies. In this episode, the longest-serving driver in Europe reaches the end of the line, there is a look at the biggest redevelopment project since Brunel’s time and we experience a step back in time in Cornwall.

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

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