Tag: Caroline Quentin’s National Park

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 18/05/2013

Doctor Who: The Name of the Doctor. Series 33, episode 13 (BBC1/HD | 7pm to 7:45pm | Saturday 18th May 2013)

Sci-fi drama. The Doctor has a secret he will take to his grave. And it is discovered.

Australia with Simon Reeve (BBC2/HD | 9pm to 10pm | Sunday 19th May 2013)

Simon Reeve explores Australia. His adventure starts in the ‘red centre’ of the continent and onwards through South Australia via the extraordinary Indian Pacific Railway, until he reaches the west coast city of Perth. On the way, he joins an Aussie rancher in the parched outback and takes part in a spectacular camel round-up – part of an ongoing effort to stop the damaging spread of feral camels across the country. Simon also passes through Australia’s wine country and to the lucrative tuna fishing city of Port Lincoln, and he investigates the impact these trades are having on the environment. In Western Australia, he joins a 21st century gold rush – part of the resource boom that has made Australia one of the richest countries in the world. Finally in Perth, Simon discovers a full scale British invasion. Working in a mine or driving a lorry can bring a salary of a hundred thousand pounds a year, as evidenced when Simon meets a former binman from hull who is now living the dream.

Hebrides: Islands on the Edge (BBC1 Scotland/HD) | 9pm to 10pm | Monday 20th May 2013)

Ewan McGregor narrates a landmark nature series focusing on the wildlife struggling to survive on the Hebridean Islands. This edition focuses on the spectacular wildlife of the exposed Outer Hebrides. On the outlying islands, seabirds rush to feed their chicks while avoiding the murderous intentions of predatory skuas with a taste for young puffins. And on the low-lying Uists, acres of meadows burst into flower as summer finally arrives. But the year’s drought conditions find Atlantic salmon trapped in the sea pools and unable to move into the river systems.

Caroline Quentin’s National Parks (ITV/STV | 8pm to 9pm | Tuesday 21st May 2013)

In the final programme of the series, Caroline visits the New Forest, situated in the counties of Hampshire and Wiltshire. It is known for its ancient woods, open heaths, beautiful coastline and abundance of wild animals, although at just 218 square miles, it is one of the smallest of the 15 National Parks. In the heart of the National Park is the Pig Hotel, once a Royal hunting lodge. Gary Evely is a forager and it is his job to gather the food that grows wild in the forest so that it can be served in the restaurant just a few hours later. Caroline joins him to search and they stumble across an unusual beefsteak mushroom.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8pm to 9pm | Thursday 23rd May 2013)

School-based drama. Sonya’s day from hell finds her being dumped, falling out with her sister and landing Rhiannon in hospital. Meanwhile, Lorraine and Nikki reach an impasse in their relationship. Steve-O tightens his evil grip on Connor and Kevin, and an ex-pupil makes a surprise return.

Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers (Channel 5 | 8pm to 9pm | Friday 24th May 2013)

Observational documentary series following one of the world’s biggest haulage firms. In this episode, Craig has a foggy trip over the Pennines, Dave has a race against the clock in London, Andy has to take an epic detour and the car transporters prove their worth.

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 11/05/2013

Doctor Who: The Crimson Horror. Nightmare in Silver. Series 33, episode 12 (BBC1/HD | 7pm to 7:45pm | Saturday 11th May 2013)

Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Jason Watkins, Warwick Davis, Eve de Leon Allen, Kassius Carey Johnson. Sci-fi drama. Hedgewick’s World of Wonders is the perfect theme park day out. And ground zero for a deadly silver resurrection.

Hebrides: Islands on the Edge (BBC1 Scotland/HD) | 9pm to 10pm | Monday 13th May 2013)

Ewan McGregor narrates a landmark nature series focusing on the wildlife struggling to survive on the Hebridean Islands. Cameras follow white-tailed eagles, harbour seals, hares, pine martens and short-eared owls as they struggle to raise their families whilst dealing with the biggest storm ever to hit the islands in living memory. And as the wild weather passes, the seas warm to welcome the arrival of Scotland’s ocean juggernauts, basking sharks.

Caroline Quentin’s National Parks (ITV/STV) | 8pm to 9pm | Tuesday 14th May 2013)

Actress and presenter Caroline Quentin visits three of Britain’s most popular national parks. This episode finds her in Wales at the Snowdonia National Park. Famous for its spectacular scenery, it covers over 800 square miles. Snowdon is the tallest mountain in the principality and climbing and hiking are popular activities here – but this beautiful landscape can also be treacherous. Caroline volunteers to take part in a training exercise for the Mountain Rescue Dogs Association which is run entirely by volunteers, local people who will drop everything to help anyone who gets into trouble. The mountain is famous for its 50-mile narrow-gauge railway and every August the annual Race the Train contest attracts over 2,000 runners. Caroline is in her element as she starts the race and cheers on the competitors.

Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day (BBC2/HD | 9pm to 10pm | Tuesday 14th May 2013)

Documentary series capturing one day in the NHS, filmed by 100 camera crews across the UK, revealing the extraordinary range of demands placed on the country’s biggest institution. This episode takes a look at the country’s single biggest killer, heart disease. Every day 282 people will have a heart attack and 200 will die. In Manchester, a specialist team race to treat a steady stream of heart attack victims, some of whom have a 20 year history of heart disease. In Liverpool six-month-old Kyran undergoes open heart surgery to correct a defect first detected in the womb and in Yorkshire, air ambulance paramedics attempt to resuscitate an 80-year-old mechanic who has collapsed while working on a neighbour’s car.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8pm to 9pm | Thursday 16th May 2013)

School-based drama. Dynasty’s world is rocked when her ex-boyfriend is released from prison. He wants to make a fresh start with her, but she has eyes for someone else. Maggie is forced to return to work, whilst Audrey battles to keep her job and Tom makes a heartfelt decision.

The Tube: An Underground History (BBC2/HD | 9pm to 10pm | Thursday 16th May 2013)

In 2013 London Underground is 150 years old. Following on from BBC2’s The Tube series, this programme tells the story of the underground through the eyes of the people who work for it. Farringdon station supervisor Iain MacPherson reveals why his station – the original terminus – was constructed in the 1860s, and recalls the dark days of Kings Cross in the 1980s. Piccadilly line driver Dylan Glenister explains why every Edwardian station on his line has its own unique tiling pattern and how, in the 1930s, the construction of new stations expanded the borders of London. With privileged access to disused stations and rare archive footage, this is the tube’s hidden history, revealing why it was first built and how it has shaped London ever since.

Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers (Channel 5 | 8pm to 9pm | Friday 17th May 2013)

Observational documentary series following one of the world’s biggest haulage firms. In Scotland, new driver Paul ferries tender plants through the ice and snow, Mark takes a tanker full of fuel on a freezing night drive to the company’s Carlisle depot, at Southampton docks Gareth must load and deliver £1m worth of high-end cars without a scratch, and Brummie Ian gets hopelessly lost while delivering water to the Royal Opera House in London.

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

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