Friday Night is Music Night: Doctor Who 60th Birthday Celebration (BBC Radio 2 | 8:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 15th October 2023) ** RADIO SHOW OF THE WEEK **
Jo Whiley presents this performance celebrating the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who from Cardiff’s Hoddinott Hall, featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC Singers conducted by Alastair King. The music includes composer Murray Gold’s best-known Doctor Who themes, including I Am the Doctor, The Long Song, Doomsday and Abigail’s Song (Silence Is All You Know). The classic years of Doctor Who are also featured by the Radiophonic Workshop’s Mark Ayres and Peter Howell as they hark back to the days of the Sea Devils, City of Death and The Five Doctors. Plus, new works including The Woman Who Fell to Earth, a full-length suite composed by Segun Akinola, and three Murray Gold works.
Endurance: Race to the Pole (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 16th October 2023)
Terra Nova Expedition 1910-1913. Series 1, episode 3. Ben and Dwayne Fields tackle the trials and tribulations faced by Robert Falcon Scott and his team on the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole from 1910 to 13. Ben and Dwayne drag their kit across the polar plateau in fierce storms as they did, but for Scott and his crew arriving at the Pole was a desperate and wretched moment as they discovered that they had been beaten by Norwegian Roald Amundsen – and by a full month.
Norfolk and Suffolk (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 8:58pm | Wednesday 18th October 2023)
On Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile, Doug and Mark as they do their morning inspections of a 91-year-old wooden rollercoaster, while on the banks of the River Waveney, Jonny Crickmore starts the process of turning that morning’s milk into an English version of Brie. As a Mid-Norfolk Railway train steams through the stunning countryside, passengers are served high tea and we ride on the foot plate where Stuart and Matt use the fireman’s shovel to cook up their own tea.
Celebrity Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 18th October 2023) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **
In the penultimate leg of the race, the teams make their way 1,500km north from Sarajevo to Berlin, Germany. Race leaders Harry and Emma Judd use their eight hour lead to visit one of the traditional baths in Budapest and spend some quality time together. Alex and Noel Beresford venture to the Great Hungarian plains to make some money for the rest of their journey while Billy and Bonnie Monger race economically to try get the edge over the other team in joint second place. Mel and Helene Blatt reflect on their family’s Jewish heritage when they visit the shoes on the Danube bank in Budapest.
Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 19th October 2023)
Facing the Fear. Series 8, episode 4. In Conwy, north Wales, the RNLI crew respond to reports of two people – including a young boy – who have been caught out by the tide, and are now struggling to stay afloat.
All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 19th October 2023)
Right Hand Man. Series 4, episode 3. When new vet Richard Carmody joins the practice, James feels his place by Siegfried’s side is threatened. Conflicts come to the surface at Mrs Pumphrey’s community tea party. Drama, starring Nicholas Ralph.
Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 20th October 2023)
Lincolnshire. Series 6, episode 3. The presenter explores the second largest county in England as she takes in the rural sights in and around the Lincolnshire Fens. Susan stops by Isaac Newton’s family home, Woolsthorpe Manor House, explores Lincoln Cathedral, and tries soapbox racing.
All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.