Tag: Call the Midwife

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 29/05/2021

Call the Midwife (BBC1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 30th May 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The Nonnatus House staff struggles to come to terms with Nancy’s revelation. Sister Frances and Trixie rally the others to take a stand and do something about Poplar’s growing housing crisis. Sister Hilda relishes taking charge when Sister Julienne takes her annual leave, Timothy Turner prepares to leave for medical school, and Cyril is forced to reconsider his future after he receives news from home. A very special baby is born, causing a rift in a close-knit family and leading many people to count their blessings.

Call the Midwife (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 30th May 2021)

Past and present members of the cast and crew of the period drama celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary. Featuring behind the scenes footage giving viewers an insight into how the costume, design, music, and make-up teams work to finesse every detail seen on screen, and a compilation of some of the most memorable moments from past episodes.

Building Britain’s Biggest Nuclear Power Station (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 2nd June 2021)

Following the challenges involved with building the Hinkley Point C in the remote Somerset countryside, the first new nuclear power station in Britain for a generation. This series follows the engineers, technicians, and the behind-the-scenes staff who are under pressure to keep the project on track, including building the mammoth foundations for the two nuclear reactors, and excavating cooling water tunnels out under the Bristol Channel.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 22/05/2021

Call the Midwife (BBC1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 23rd May 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Trixie stirs up controversy in the community when she speaks out on behalf of a patient who is pregnant with her fifth child, but whose personal life is far from stable. Dr Turner and Sister Frances try to help a woman who is refusing medical treatment through the last weeks of her pregnancy, and Nancy reveals a secret about her background that could threaten her relationship with Nonnatus House.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC2 /HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 24th May 2021)

Chislehurst to Kennington. Series 13, episode 6.
Michael Portillo continues his travels in Greater London, beginning on its south-eastern fringe in the village of Chislehurst and ending up in Kennington to learn about the childhood of Charlie Chaplin.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC2 /HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 25th May 2021)

Michael Portillo continues his travels through the capital in the heart of London’s East End. First, Michael explores Hackney Wick, where he hears about The Daily Worker newspaper’s origins, before heading to London’s West End to hunt down London’s oldest surviving Indian restaurant, Veeraswamy. Here, he tries his hand at making chapatis, under the watchful eye of the restaurant’s master chef.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC2 /HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 26th May 2021)

Michael Portillo continues his travels through London in Hampstead, where he learns more about the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, who fled the Austrian capital of Vienna during the Second World War and made his way London. Then, Michael pays a visit to the famous Abbey Road Studios, before making his way to Finsbury and touring the innovative and sculptural housing development, Bevin Court.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC2 /HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 27th May 2021)

Michael tracks the River Thames from east to west. Starting in Dagenham, he finishes this leg of his tour at one of London’s most iconic buildings, Battersea Power Station, built during the 1930s by Giles Gilbert Scott.

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UK TV programmes to watch this week : 15/05/2021

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 16th May 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Sister Julienne is concerned when a toddler displays troubling symptoms, while an overly protective mother struggles to cope with her daughter’s teenage pregnancy and is insistent on keeping it low key, much to the frustration of new Pupil Midwife Nancy.

Titanic: Into the Heart of the Wreck (Channel 4/HD | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 16th May 2021)

Capturing the underwater odyssey of the greatest Titanic expeditions and the evolution of the most scrutinised shipwreck in the world. From the epic discovery of the wreck by a French-American team in 1985 to the exploratory missions led by James Cameron, who managed to light the wreck scene like a Hollywood film set and venture inside the ship thanks to remote-controlled robots, this documentary captures the unequalled thrill of those extreme dives.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC2 /HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 17th May 2021)

Michael Portillo takes a trip in a Second World War Spitfire above Biggin Hill aerodrome, and takes the train to East Grinstead on the trail of Winnie the Pooh. He also visits Plaw Hatch Farm, 200 acres of community-owned farmland that operates biodynamically according to principles first laid out in the 1920s.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC2 /HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 18th May 2021)

Michael Portillo arrives in Hassocks and makes his way to the beautiful Sussex village of Ditchling, where a Roman Catholic community of artists once made their home. Next, he visits the seaside town of Bexhill-on-Sea, before the Kent and East Sussex heritage railway conveys Michael from Bodiam Castle through the scenic Rother Valley to Tenterden, and finally arrives in the village of Benenden.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC2 /HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 19th May 2021)

Michael Portillo follows his 1930s Bradshaw’s guide to the unspoilt East Sussex port of Rye, where he learns about the loss of a generation of lifeboatmen in 1928. On the beaches at Rye, Michael explores one of 28,000 pillboxes constructed around the British coastline during the Second World War, before boarding the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway to Dungeness.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC2 /HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 20th May 2021)

From the Kent Cinque Port of Deal, Michael Portillo heads to Walmer Castle, home during the 1920s to Lord Beauchamp, whose openly homosexual lifestyle led to his exile from the country. And in Margate, Michael discovers the connection to TS Eliot.

Great British Railway Journeys (BBC2 /HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 21st May 2021)

Michael Portillo reaches the Kent seaside resort of Herne Bay, where he learns about a pioneering aviatrix who began her working life as a typist in Hull. In the seaside town of Whitstable, he tucks into its famous staple, oysters. Michael later crosses the North Downs to Lenham, and visits Leeds Castle.

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

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.

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.

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 24/04/2021

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 25th April 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Trixie befriends a patient during a delivery, but is troubled by the news that she has subsequently been readmitted to the Lady Emily after collapsing unexpectedly at home. Sister Frances decides she needs to know more of the outside world if she is truly to understand her patients’ needs, and Cyril and Fred come to the aid of a family who have been evicted from their home – although Violet is less than happy about their acts of charity.

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 26th April 2021)

The Covid-19 pandemic reveals the enormity of the challenge that climate change poses, as the drop in emissions during lockdown proves far from enough to get the world back on track. She explores new measures to reduce the level of emissions further, visiting a tree plantation and learning about a machine that sucks carbon dioxide out of the air. She also explains the everyday choices that members of the public can make to reduce their environmental impact.

Secrets of the Transport Museum (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 27th April 2021)

The Napier Railton – the legendary racing car and jewel in the museum’s motoring crown – is put through its paces when it meets an old rival.

Scotland’s Home of the Year (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Wednesday 28th April 2021)

A renovated coach house in Uddingston, a 1970’s inspired home in Mauchline, and a Victorian conversion in Ayr come under scrutiny this week as judges Anna Campbell-Jones, Michael Angus and Kate Spiers take a look round the regional finalists in the West of Scotland.

This Is My House (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 29th April 2021)

Four people claim to be an artist called Erica, living with partner Sam in a stylish property in south-east London. Panellists Bill Bailey, Emily Atack, Judi Love, Jamali Maddix and guest Katie Piper are tasked with determining which is the true Erica, as each of the quartet airs their opinion on the real Erica’s taste in fashion, her passion for Sam, the story of their wedding day and the name of their plumber. Presented by Stacey Dooley.

World’s Most Scenic River Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 30th April 2021)

A journey down the mighty Hudson river, weaving 315 miles through some of New York state’s most stunning natural landscapes, and ending at the Statue of Liberty. The trek begins at the Adirondack Mountains, where the forested slopes are covered with trees turned a thousand brilliant colours in the autumn sunshine. Bill Nighy narrates.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 17/04/2021

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 18th April 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Controversial plans are afoot to introduce a private clinic to Nonnatus House. The proposition leads to the first disagreement in 20 years between Sister Julienne, who sees the potential to generate income, and Dr Turner, who opposes private healthcare on principle. Shelagh feels caught in the middle of their conflict, while Trixie is delighted by the opportunity of working at the new clinic. Sister Monica Joan’s crisis of faith continues to trouble her, a baby is born with no legs below the knees, and Lucille helps Cyril find the perfect accommodation that will benefit him and the Church.

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 19th April 2021)

Greta sets off to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to call for an immediate reduction in fossil fuel use, but is frustrated by what she sees as a media obsession constantly pitting her against Donald Trump. As she travels across Europe, Greta meets Polish miners who fear that climate change policies will further decimate their industry and culture, and discovers the prototype of a technology that aims to capture carbon dioxide from factory emissions before it enters the atmosphere. She also meets one of her inspirations – Sir David Attenborough.

Scotland’s Home of the Year (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Wednesday 21st April 2021)

Judges Anna Campbell-Jones, Michael Angus and Kate Spiers check head to the East of Scotland to check out properties in Aberdeenshire and St Andrews, including a rural farm steading conversion, a silvery city apartment, and a home with a garden at its heart.

This Is My House (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 22nd April 2021)

Joe Sugg and Richard Madeley join regular panellists Bill Bailey, Emily Atack and Judi Love in trying to guess which of the four Clares is the real owner of a property in Guildford, Surrey. Those trying to pass themselves off as the lady of the manor include a former air hostess and a `Klara” from Slovakia, who says most people think she is the cleaner not the homeowner. Presented by Stacey Dooley.

World’s Most Scenic River Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 23rd April 2021)

Bill Nighy narrates this journey along the River Spey, travelling from its source in the Cairngorms to where it enters the North Sea. Cameras also follow two river biologists counting the baby salmon population in the highest reaches of the river.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 19/12/2020

Britain’s Most Historic Towns (Channel 4/HD | 8:20pm to 9:20pm | Saturday 19th December 2020)

Alice Roberts visits Manchester to explore the spirit of protest and revolution that grew out of the experience of Britain’s working class during the Industrial Revolution. At the John Ryland Library, Alice is granted access to rarely-seen period documents that highlight the true human cost of the Peterloo massacre. At the Free Trade Hall, she explores how Manchester found itself at the heart of the battle against the hated Corn Laws, and at Chetham’s Library, Roberts sits at the very desk where Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx, inspired by the living conditions of Manchester’s working poor, began the discussions and research that would lead to the publication of the Communist Manifesto.

The Home Alone Story (Channel 5/HD | 8:20pm to 9:50pm | Saturday 19th December 2020)

Documentary celebrating the 1990 festive classic written by John Hughes. It’s a movie that turned its then-nine-year-old star, Macaulay Culkin, into the biggest child actor since Shirley Temple. Featuring interviews with film critics, fans, stuntmen and even a reformed burglar, who assesses the home security at the Home Alone house.

Off the Tracks: Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 20th December 2020)

A special festive peek behind the scenes at Glasgow Central. The tree is up, the Christmas shoppers are out and there is a very special visitor to the station concourse.

The Vicar of Dibley (BBC 1/HD | 8:50pm to 9:00pm | Monday 21st December 2020)

Geraldine anounces the winner of the Dibley mask competition, Hugo sets a new record as he delivers a sermon and the vicar reflects on a challenging year as Christmas draws near. The last of three mini-episodes of Richard Curtis’s comedy, starring Dawn French and James Fleet.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (BBC 1/HD | 7:55pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 22nd December 2020)

Peter Parker balances life as an ordinary high-school student with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, while waiting in vain to join his mentor Iron Man on a world-saving mission. Determined to prove he is ready for bigger challenges, he investigates a spree of crimes committed with advanced weapons – leading him into a battle with a ruthless winged enemy on the hunt for priceless technology. Superhero

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD| 9:00pm to 10:25pm | Tuesday 22nd December 2020) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

It’s Christmas Eve and the day before Helen’s much-anticipated wedding to Hugh, and everyone is gathering to celebrate at the Skeldale Christmas party. However, James is called away to help with a dog in labour, so Helen asks to go with him to get away from all the wedding talk, only for a descending fog to trap the pair in the Dales overnight. The vet promises he will get her back in time for her wedding in the morning, all the while wondering if he will be able to suppress his true feelings for her. Festive special of the drama, starring Nicholas Ralph and Rachel Shenton.

The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 23rd December 2020)

It’s Christmas at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and cameras follow staff as they prepare for the festive season. In an effort to generate more winter revenue, a brand-new train, the Northern Lights Express, has been brought in, which features 25,000 lights fixed to a moving steam train. However, the staff are faced with a multitude of problems as generators break down, computers fail, and the engine that is pulling the new service develops a last-minute fault that threatens to stop the whole show in its tracks.

Call the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 7:40pm to 9:10pm | Friday 25th December 2020)

It’s December 1965, and everyone at Nonnatus House is looking forward to the festive celebrations, but nothing seems to go quite to plan. Sister Monica Joan is rushed to hospital, and Trixie is incensed that her dress allowance has been replaced with a marriage bureau consultation. Elsewhere, the circus arrives in Poplar, leading to an exciting adventure for Nurse Phyllis Crane. Seasonal instalment of the hit drama, starring Jenny Agutter, Linda Bassett, Judy Parfitt, Helen George, Peter Davison and featuring the voice of Vanessa Redgrave.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 22/02/2020

Saving Lives at Sea - 26-02-2020 - YouView appCall the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 23rd February 2020)

Sister Julienne decides it is time to take matters in hand when a letter arrives from the council saying that it will cut funding to Nonnatus House and no longer pay for the accommodation, and goes to see Violet at one of her open sessions as a local councillor. At clinic, Nurse Crane meets and cares for heavily pregnant Bonnie, who is not married but committed to the baby’s father Eddie, while Kevin’s dependency on pain relief is discovered by the team and Dr Turner and Miss Higgins must find a way to help him.

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 23rd February 2020)

Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris take the latest sports cars from Ferrari, Aston Martin and Porsche on a Yorkshire road trip. Back on the track, Chris tests out Volkswagen’s ID-R electric racer. YouTube star KSI is the studio guest.

Fish Town (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 24th February 2020)

During a trip, there is a celebration on board Westro as apprentice Stephen West turns 20 and officially receives his skipper’s licence, while fishing boat Sardonyx is on the hunt for squid in the Moray Firth. In Peterhead, part-timer Arthur James McKenzie is following in his grandfather’s footsteps fishing for lobsters just 50 metres from shore.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 26th February 2020)

Documentary telling the story of the unpaid volunteers who sacrifice their free time to staff more than two hundred RNLI lifeboat stations across the UK. The volunteers race to the rescue of a shark attack victim, and two fishermen caught by the tide find themselves stranded in a rising sea. Elsewhere, two young boys are swept out to sea in a rip current.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 27th February 2020)

A blind actress is the only witness to her husband’s murder, but it remains to be seen whether she can really be trusted. Drama, starring Ralf Little, Aude Legastelois and Frances Tomelty.

The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 28th February 2020)

Paul Middleton, aka Piglet, and the team attempt to finish the restoration of a 9F locomotive that has taken more than 50 years, and also bring the monster King Edward IV engine to the branch line for its gala. It cost a small fortune to transport there, and Piglet doesn’t know if the huge engine will fit on the small branch line. Plus, the programme meets Beth, the railway’s first female loco driver, and follows Gill and Sammie on the Pullman dining train for their last afternoon tea service of the season.

Britain by Barge (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:20pm | Friday 28th February 2020)

Bill Oddie, Jennie Bond, Anne Diamond and Pete Waterman cross Scotland from the west coast to the east on its oldest canal, the Forth and Clyde. On their way, they learn about the role Clydesdale horses played on the waterway and find out how pleasure boats began to use the canal in the late-1800s, transporting people out of the city to the countryside on day trips.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 15/02/2020

Britain by Barge - 21-02-2020 - YouView appCall the Midwife (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 16th February 2020)

After performing an excellent forceps delivery in final supervision, Dr McNulty’s next patient is a woman whose husband is a drunk and abusive towards her. At the clinic, the team finally receives the long-awaited incubator for the maternity home, while Trixie is keen to support new patient Marion, who has a rare form of retinitis pigmentosa that has left her blind.

Top Gear (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 16th February 2020)

Chris Harris and Freddie Flintoff tackle the Baja 1000t off-road race. On the test track, a showdown is held between a Renault hot hatch, a Porsche sports car and an old Lamborghini. Guests Laurence and Emilia Fox drop in to the studio.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 16th February 2020)

Rob Bell heads to the industrial heartlands of north-east England, beginning on Wearside, where he learns about the world’s first railway designed for steam locomotives. Rob also visits the ‘living’ museum at Beamish and rides a railway from George Stephenson’s day, following an old line into Hartlepool, where a medieval port was turned into a mega-centre of coal, rail and shipping in just one generation.

Fish Town (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 17th February 2020)

Davie Milne skippers trawler Faithlie to Norwegian waters to trial a new style of fishing net, and it doesn’t take long for first mate Jakey and the rest of the crew to get to grips with the new technology. In the waters off Orkney, Iain Harcus is aiming for high-value white fish on his boat Aalskere, while back in Peterhead a new scheme is under way to provide the vital skills needed to work in the fishing industry.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 20th February 2020)

The owner of a hair salon is killed in front of her family, leaving DI Neville Parker and his team stumped when it turns out no one actually saw what happened. Ralf Little stars as the British detective, with Aude Legastelois-Bidé, Tobi Bakare and Shyko Amos.

The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 21st February 2020)

The return of the behind-the-scenes look at the North York Moors Railway. Piglet’s been promoted, but seems to spend more time in his overalls than behind his desk as he grapples with an old American war-horse, the S160 Omaha. Elsewhere on the railway, lovable ticket inspector Bert Blower has a new trainee, and `king of the carriages” Kieran awaits a Flying Scotsman carriage returning to the railway after being vandalised two years earlier. Plus, there are antics from trainee driver Phil and budget-conscious big boss Chris.

Britain by Barge (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 21st February 2020)

Travelling along the Leeds and Liverpool canal, Bill Oddie, Jennie Bond, Anne Diamond and Pete Waterman eventually leave Yorkshire behind them and head into Lancashire. Pete and Anne discover a Polish war memorial and learn about the role canals played in the Second World War. Bill goes in search of an elusive kingfisher, while Jennie walks in Charlotte Brontë’s footsteps. Later, Anne samples a Fat Rascal, Pete tries to turn Bill into a steam engine nut and the entire quartet disappear into the dripping darkness of Foulridge Tunnel, where they find out about a famous cow who once swam it.

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

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