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UK TV programmes to watch this week : 03/05/2014

Britain's Most Extreme Weather (YouView app screenshot)The Crimson Field (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 4th May 2014)

Drama series presenting one of the untold stories of World War I. Colonel Ballard, an aggressively rude and war-scarred commander of a Sikh regiment, threatens trouble for Grace. It seems he would rather be with his men than at rest within the calm sanctuary of the wards, yet when Grace reveals knowledge of Punjabi and an upbringing in India the colonel is temporarily calmed. As Grace tries to discover what has made him so heated, another soldier, Private Gorman, seems focused on riling him further. Will Grace be able to unlock Ballard’s secret before Gorman provokes him into a very dangerous game? Flora has decided the volunteers should put on some entertainment, but as the pressure mounts, so do Flora’s nerves. Meanwhile, Joan is still waiting for news from her fiance and Jaco calls her to an illicit meeting, sparking a series of events which will draw Joan into danger. How far will love push her to go, and at what risk to her profession and even her life?

Britain’s Most Extreme Weather (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 5th May 2014)

Alex Beresford trawls through centuries of British history and analyses the latest scientific research to find out if our winters are going to get colder. A combination of first-hand testimonies and astonishing homemade footage reveal the dangers of our recent cold snaps. Alex discovers how freezing weather can shut down the transport network, kill livestock and present hazards to anyone caught out in the cold. He experiences the dangers of freezing winds when he endures a wind chill that takes temperatures down to minus 50. Alex examines the severe winter of 1962/63: the coldest in over 200 years, when Britain was hit by temperatures below minus 20, and 80mph winds. The snow lay on the ground for a record-breaking 62 consecutive days and January 1963 was the single coldest month of the 20th century.

Watermen: A Dirty Business (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 6th May 2014)

Series focusing on the men and women who take our calls, come to unblock the drains and keep the sewage flowing. This episode showcases the battle against time, as United Utilities deal with the ageing water grid. In Blackpool, Andy and Terry deal with an ancient collapsed sewer which has caused a pavement to subside before tackling a rather pungent blocked sewer. A 40-year-old water main in Cheshire bursts, leaving two thousand irate villagers without water. Meanwhile in Rochdale, waste water team Adrian and Wes investigate a blocked Victorian sewer which is overflowing onto a main road. However, it is a learning curve for some as the aqueduct which supplies Manchester’s water supply is turned off for the first time in 60 years to check for repairs. It is a jaw-dropping thought that the 4,000 men who originally built the tunnel had none of the technology team have nowadays, a testament to the skill and engineering we still rely upon today.

Creating the Kelpies (BBC 2 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 6th May 2014)

Documentary following Glaswegian sculptor Andy Scott as he works on The Kelpies, two 30m-high horse heads made of steel, which now stand alongside the Forth and Clyde Canal. This film, narrated by Andy himself, follows the long and tortuous process of creating these 300-tonne sculptures, from design to installation. The enormous technical challenge involved engineers in Leeds, steel mills in Hartlepool and Corby and metal benders in Tipton, and was nearly derailed by the financial crisis of 2008. Originally planned to form part of the canal lock mechanism, the sculptures are now a free-standing attraction within Falkirk’s Helix Park.

Parking Mad (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 8th May 2014)

Documentary series about the world of parking, following the work of those in the public and private parking sectors and telling the stories of motorists involved in parking disputes. Bailiffs Alan and Paul find a car in Worthing that has 22 outstanding parking tickets on it – will the driver be able to pay the fines, worth over £3,000, and keep his car? In Horsham, parking campaigners Mike and Matt use their own money to buy tickets for motorists when theirs run out of time. In Islington, London, the Black Beret, a masked parking campaigner, is taking the council to court over the wording on its tickets – if he wins, it could mean that the council will have to pay £90 million back to motorists.

Heston’s Great British Food (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 8th May 2014)

Great British Curries. Britain is home to some of the most iconic dishes in the world. In this new series, Heston Blumenthal delves into the history of some favourites, from curry to pies to afternoon tea and chocolate, in order to find inspiration for an amazing culinary salute. In this episode, Heston discovers that British curry house classics such as bhuna, vindaloo, phal, onion bhaji and the most famous of them all, chicken tikka masala, were all invented in Britain. Heston does his own take on the chicken tikka masala, with whole poussins injected with tikka marinade and stuffed with tikka masala, accompanied by his own lager – ‘beeryani’ – infused with rice and pandan leaves. He also makes his version of lamb biryani with a Bombay mix crust. Every British curry starts with the poppadum and Heston’s is no different, except his are giant – measuring nearly a metre in diameter.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 9th May 2014)

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host David Mitchell and guest panellists including Andy Hamilton.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 26/04/2014

Bang Goes the Theory : Trains  (YouView app screenshot)The Crimson Field (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 27th April 2014)

Drama series presenting one of the untold stories of World War I. The staff gather at a funeral for some of the patients, and Joan is in agony not knowing whether her fiance is alive or dead. It would be so dangerous if anyone knew her connection to the enemy, but Rosalie has previously seen the ring and now she watches Joan intently. Will the truth come to light? Joan’s spirits are lifted by the arrival of thirteen Tommies from her home town of Liverpool – known as the Lucky 13. Joan has a fondness for these men, whose united spirit has given them a belief that if they all stick together, none of them will die. But when she discovers that one is much sicker than thought, she finds herself the victim of blackmail. Elsewhere, Thomas seizes his opportunity to pursue Kitty, but when she is summoned to meet with a mysterious figure from home it is Miles who comes to her aid. Will Kitty face up to her past? And the return of an old patient causes ripples between Roland, Grace and Margaret.

Bang Goes the Theory (BBC 1/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 28th April 2014)

Series presenting the science behind the headlines. The team look at the many measures engineers are taking to ensure Britain’s ageing rail system stays on track. Liz Bonnin looks at how signals may disappear from the trackside and how hearing impairment could be one of the biggest killers on the railway lines. Meanwhile, Maggie Philbin looks at how a train travelling at 125 mph is set to revolutionise trackside maintenance.

Britain’s Most Extreme Weather (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 28th April 2014)

Weatherman Alex Beresford investigates why Britain’s recent weather has been so severe and asks if the country is facing the worst weather in recorded history. Alex trawls through centuries of British history to compare weather from the past with that of today, and examines the latest scientific discoveries to find out if things are getting worse. The first programme looks at Britain’s most fearsome floods. This winter has been the stormiest for decades, with 13 major rainstorms that caused extensive flooding. Moving personal accounts and astonishing footage from smartphones and cameras combine to tell the story of Britain’s stormy past, including the tidal surges that flooded North Sea coasts and the hurricane-force winds that battered western shores.

Watermen: A Dirty Business (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 29th April 2014)

Series focusing on the men and women who take our calls, come to unblock the drains and keep the sewage flowing. This episode is all about potential disasters, from broken sewers affecting hundreds of homes and polluted rivers. In Liverpool, the company’s only all-female team unblock customer’s drain and see off sewage in Liverpool. In Oldham, apprentice manager Faz deals with a stomach-churning blockage in Oldham. A new six-mile water pipeline near Blackburn upsets customers. The disconnection team also deals with problems as they try to recover an eye-watering £64,000 in unpaid bills.

Parking Mad (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 1st May 2014)

Documentary series about the world of parking, following the work of those in the public and private parking sectors and telling the stories of motorists involved in parking disputes. At a roadside operation, bailiffs use automatic number plate recognition to identify and stop cars with outstanding fines. Bailiff Debbie tries to get payment of over £500 from a man who insists he has already paid the original fine, but has he? Later on, the driver of another car, who is stopped for unpaid fines, soon finds himself in deeper water. In south London, blue badge fraud investigator Steve arranges for a car to be towed away, but the driver arrives just as the car is lifted onto the lorry, and she is not happy. And in Lyme Regis, the car parks are full to bursting as visitors pour into the town to see the Red Arrows.

Heston’s Great British Food (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 1st May 2014)

Britain is home to some of the most iconic dishes in the world. In this new series, Heston Blumenthal delves into the history of some of our favourites – from curry to pies to afternoon tea and chocolate – in order to find inspiration for an amazing culinary salute. The first episode is all about the great British pie, with Heston on a mission to find inspiration for a three-course pie banquet. For his starter, he delves into the history of the ‘surprise’ pies of the 17th century, where some ingredients were sometimes – bizarrely – alive. He learns about Jeffrey Hudson, a dwarf boy who would jump out of a pie at banquets.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 2nd May 2014)

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Jack Dee and guest panellists Charlie Brooker and Bridget Christie.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 19/04/2014

All About TWO(YouView app screenshot)The Crimson Field (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 20th April 2014)

Drama series presenting one of the untold stories of World War I. Thomas wrestles with a growing attraction to Kitty, and while he may not be making much headway with her, he is having more success on the wards with a pioneering wound irrigation system. His test subject is doing well but a fellow surgeon of the old school, Major Yelland, is dismissive of Thomas’s techniques and seems determined to bully him. Will Miles be able to placate his increasingly riled friend? Elsewhere, a terrified patient faces court martial. There is little anyone can do and yet his presence unnerves the staff and patients, a constant reminder of the perils of overstepping the rules. This warning is particularly pertinent for some, as a proud Irish NCO faces rebellion from his young protege and Joan unearths a dark secret from one of her patients.

All About TWO (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:40pm | Sunday 20th April 2014)

Quiz and celebration of 50 years of the BBC’s second channel, hosted by Dara O Briain. With Richard Osman supplying extra facts and figures, celebrity teams and guest spots from the channel’s past and present, All About TWO tells you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the channel but didn’t know you wanted to ask.

Amazon’s Retail Revolution: Business Boomers (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 21st April 2014)

Documentary series on businesses that have boomed despite tough economic times. This episode reveals how Amazon grew from a garage business to a £100 billion global giant over the course of two decades, and examines how the online retailer has inspired, shaped and squeezed the rest of the retail sector. As of 2014, British people do more of their shopping online than any other nation and as this film reveals, this is largely due to the influence and success of Amazon. Whilst founder Jeff Bezos has been criticised by publishers, retailers and even the French minister of culture over the sheer size of Amazon and its practices, Amazon defends its record for providing customers with competitive prices and choice. Plus, a look at the future of Amazon as it enters new sectors such as groceries, ebooks, film production and cloud computing services.

The Ships That Made the Commonwealth (BBC 2 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 21st April 2014)

Documentary series exploring the stories of four ships built on the river Clyde. In this episode, David Hayman meets some of the men who sailed on HMS Hood and travels to Scapa Flow to experience what life was like for those people working to protect the vital North Atlantic convoys. He tries his hand at riveting, in order to understand what it took to make this battlecrusier strong and watertight and investigates the flaws that were present from the very beginning.

Watermen: A Dirty Business (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 22nd April 2014)

Series focusing on the men and women who take our calls, come to unblock the drains and keep the sewage flowing. This episode is all about fat. From a clogged lift shaft in a nursing home to the sewers under Manchester’s city centre – hundreds of litres of this greasy and gross substance is poured down the drains each week in the north west and we see just how messy things can get. Manchester’s waste water treatment centre treats 714 million litres of sewage a day, from false teeth to lumps of fat the size of a small car. It can take up to a week removing the leftover grease and fat from the gigantic tanks.

Parking Mad (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 24th April 2014)

Documentary series about the world of parking, following the work of those in the public and private parking sectors and telling the stories of motorists involved in parking disputes. In this episode, West Bromwich residents are up in arms over losing the parking spaces outside their own homes – to the police. The council’s representative braves the wrath of the residents at a public meeting and has a helpful suggestion to make, but will the residents accept? In Devon, one resident drives all over the county trying to ensure that the council sticks to the letter of the parking laws. On a roadside operation in Croydon, the bailiffs try to get £516 off a man who says he only has a pound. Meanwhile, in Selby, local businesses and residents are outraged at the new stricter enforcement of parking controls that sees the number of parking tickets (PCNs) issued increase fivefold.

Inside Edinburgh Airport (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 24th April 2014)

The second of a two-part documentary charting how Edinburgh Airport is adapting to change under a new management team. In this edition, a flock of birds threatens to cause chaos, a full-scale emergency operation is branded chaotic by a police officer, and retailers hope for a boost in sales as Japanese tourists descend on the airport. Plus, BA unveil their new million-pound Edinburgh lounge, the biggest investment the airline has made in Scotland.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 25th April 2014)

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Martin Clunes and guest panellists Camilla Long and Johnny Vegas.

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

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 12/04/2014

Parking Mad: episode 1 (YouView app screenshot)The Crimson Field (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 13th April 2014)

Drama series presenting one of the untold stories of World War I. The volunteers settle into life at the hospital but Kitty keeps herself at a distance and its clear to Grace that something is deeply troubling her. Despite this, Kitty throws herself into her work, helping new patients Major Crecy and Private Byeford. Crecy awakens from the brink of death but still badly wounded to find his troops have been decimated. As the world closes in around him he clings to his friendship with Byeford, but when his wife Adelinde visits he finds himself torn between the old life back home and a new one with his men. Meanwhile, the hospital readies for a convoy of new patients. With resources stretched, Joan views it as a chance for the volunteers’ skills to be put to good use but Margaret does not think they are ready. Will the girls live up to Joan’s expectations?

Bang Goes the Theory (BBC 1/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 14th April 2014)

Series presenting the science behind the headlines, and looking at the issues that have a real impact on all our lives. With the waters receding, Bang Goes the Theory takes a more considered look at the recent floods. Did global warming play a part, or is this simply the extreme end of the natural cycle? Maggie investigates the real threat of storm surge as water levels rise, Liz Bonnin looks at how to use nature to ‘slow the flow’ and the team are joined by Charlie Dimmock who wants to know if her love for patios and decking might have played a part in creating urban flash floods.

Real Storage Wars: Business Boomers (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 14th April 2014)

Four-part series on businesses that have boomed despite tough economic times. This episode discovers why Britain came to have the biggest self-storage industry in Europe, when just three decades ago the industry didn’t even exist in this country. It is the entertaining tale of canny entrepreneurs who grew rich selling empty space, of the garish multicoloured monster sheds that have sprung up around towns and cities and – above all – of Britain’s national predilection for buying stuff and hoarding it.

Clydebuilt: The Ships That Made the Commonwealth (BBC 2 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 14th April 2014)

Documentary series exploring the stories of four ships built on the river Clyde. This programme tells the story of the Robert E. Lee, one of the most famous Clydebuilt blockade running paddle steamers. During the American Civil War, Glasgow shipbuilders and captains made a fortune transporting war supplies to the Confederate South and returning with valuable cotton. To run the blockade of Union warships these paddle steamers had to be fast and their crews fearless.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 15th April 2014)

Crime drama set on the remote Scottish islands. Time is running out for Detective Inspector Perez as prime suspect Peter Latimer lies critically ill in hospital. Was the fire a drunken accident, or was Peter Latimer the second victim of a murderer still free on Fair Isle?

Watermen: A Dirty Business (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 15th April 2014)

Getting clean water can be a dirty business; whether it is a blocked drain or faulty faucet, people only notice when something goes wrong. For the men and women who run and work for one of Britain’s biggest water companies no job is too big or too small, too messy or too revolting. Episode one sees the workers of United Utilities face the effects of Britain’s hottest summer in seven years. As temperatures rise so do the often smelly and revolting jobs that customer service technicians Adrian and Wes have to handle. It takes a strong stomach to do what these boys do and as long people continue to flush wet wipes and nappies there will always be a drain to unblock. However, it’s the out of town reservoirs, where sun seekers put their lives at risk by not paying attention to warning signs, that are one of the biggest worry during the heat wave; and we see the devastating impact that death can have on the team charged with patrolling the area.

Parking Mad (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 17th April 2014)

Documentary series about the world of parking, following the work of those in the public and private parking sectors and telling the stories of motorists involved in parking disputes. The series also follows the tribunals that adjudicate parking disputes between motorists and councils, and the bailiffs who pursue unpaid fines. In this episode, parking campaigner Mr Mustard helps a 93-year-old man appeal against a fine he has been given by Barnet Council. At a roadside operation run jointly with the police, bailiff Debbie is confronted by a very angry man – will she be able to confiscate his van? In Lincoln, we meet the team dealing with parking in an increasingly busy city centre. Residents in a quiet Sussex village take direct action to stop commuters to London from parking on their road, which happens to be right next to the station. And in Devon, a businessman has developed a talking parking ticket.

Inside Edinburgh Airport (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 17th April 2014)

The first of a two-part documentary charting how Edinburgh Airport is adapting to change under a new management team. In this edition, new boarding pass security scanners cause confusion when passengers misinterpret the meaning of ‘face down’. Management are called in to help on the busiest day of the year, as 40,000 passengers pass through the airport, but things start to go wrong when the main baggage belt fails. Plus, the launch Virgin’s Little Red and the arrival of BA’s Dreamliner.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 18th April 2014)

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Jeremy Clarkson and guest panellists Henning Wehn and Baroness Shirley Williams.

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

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