5SELECT Today Saturday 18 March 2023

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What’s On 5Select Today Saturday 18 March 2023

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GPs: Behind Closed Doors


A cancer patient is determined to remain positive

Despite receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis, Dr Eleanor Beecraft’s cancer patient Kevin is determined to remain positive. He has bought a narrowboat and set up a fundraising scheme to help other sufferers. Meanwhile, Dr Chris Pearce treats a bereaved woman, Touria, who recently lost her husband to pancreatic cancer. She is presenting the classic symptoms of bereavement, and is unable to sleep, eat properly or feel motivated

GPs: Behind Closed Doors


Dr Sian Morris suspects crack cocaine is the cause of a patient’s weight loss

Cameras return to Balham Park Surgery, with the GPs trying to help patients who pose a danger to themselves. Long-term patient Allan, who has a number of long-standing health conditions, arrives in Dr Sian Morris’s consultation room, claiming that his weight loss is due to the stress of recently moving house. However, the doctor suspects a more sinister cause – crack cocaine – and leaves Allan in no doubt as to the risks of continuing with such a dangerous habit

London’s Greatest Bridges with Rob Bell


Rob Bell tells the story of London Bridge

Rob Bell explores the extraordinary stories of four of London’s most iconic bridges, uncovering the history behind how – and why – they were built. Here, Rob focuses on the original, and for 17 centuries the only bridge across the Thames, London Bridge. Rob explores the multiple versions of this bridge over the centuries and charts how each has shaped Britain’s capital city, from the Romans who used it to control southern England, to the astonishing and raucous medieval bridge, designed by priests, inhabited by hundreds, and financed and managed by City merchants

Tower Bridge: Gateway to London


Rob Bell explores the extraordinary story of London’s Tower Bridge

Rob Bell explores the extraordinary stories of four of London’s most iconic bridges, uncovering the history behind how – and why – they were built. In the second episode, Rob focuses on the story of London’s Tower Bridge, looking closely at he bridge’s ingenious engineering, and how this bridge has become entwined with the people of the east-end, the Blitz, and the end of Empire

London’s Greatest Bridges with Rob Bell


The planning and construction of Westminster Bridge

As London and Britain grew wealthier, the pressure for a second bridge in the capital became irresistible. Financed by private capital, lotteries and grants, Westminster Bridge was built between 1739 and 1750 under the supervision of Swiss engineer Charles Labelye. By the mid-19th century the bridge was subsiding badly and proving expensive to maintain. The current bridge was designed by Thomas Page and opened in 1862. Rob unearths the human stories and discovers how each bridge changed the face of London and helped shape the story of Britain

London’s Greatest Bridges with Rob Bell


Rob uncovers the story of the two Waterloo Bridges

Rob uncovers the story of the two Waterloo Bridges, both once hailed as bridges of the future. He discovers the original Waterloo Bridge was an icon of the Industrial Revolution, built using the latest technology to cater for the incredible growth of London. But this bridge – dubbed the finest in the world – was too expensive a crossing for the impoverished inhabitants of London, and fell into disrepair. Its replacement, the current bridge, symbolised the modern world. Rob discovers the astonishing story behind this bridge – including its war-time forgotten female labour force

Henry VIII’s Lost Palace: Digging Up Britain


Helen Skelton and Alex Langlands join a dig at Elsyng Palace

Helen Skelton and Alex Langlands join a dig at Elsyng Palace, one of nearly 60 royal residences owned by Henry Vlll and one of his favourite homes during his last decade. The dig unearths more clues to the palace’s architecture and splendour, and of Henry’s life and times, with finds including the remnants of a working oven and a 16th-century groat – worth about four pence in Tudor times – featuring a portrait of Henry’s face

Digging Up Britain’s Past


Helen Skelton and Alex Langlands learn about Robin Hood

Helen Skelton and Alex Langlands visit Sherwood Forest to learn more about the legend of Robin Hood – who may or may not have been real – and King John, who definitely was. An archaeological team digs the land surrounding the ruins of King John’s palace at Clipstone in the heart of the forest, hoping to reveal how far the royal buildings stretched. Helen and Alex also visit several of Robin Hood’s supposed hideouts, as well as Nottingham Castle, where he is reputed to have been imprisoned before escaping via a secret tunnel

Digging Up Britain’s Past


Life during the Black Death

Helen Skelton and Alex Langlands head to the village of Poulton in Cheshire to see a location where archaeologists have dug up nearly 1,000 human skeletons. The remains have revealed secrets about life during the Black Death, including signs of backbreaking agricultural work, poor nutrition and battles

Digging Up Britain’s Past


Helen Skelton and Alex Langlands explore the history of Stonehenge

Helen Skelton and Alex Langlands explore the history of Stonehenge, examining the stones that make up the structure, their acoustic properties, and how they were transported 120 miles from their origins in Salisbury Plain to form the circle. Helen also visits a village where builders were believed to have lived during the site’s construction and meets scientists who have analysed the bodies buried beneath the monument, including the remains of a man who is believed to have come to Stonehenge all the way from Switzerland

Digging Up Britain’s Past


Exploring British history through a current archaeological dig

Helen Skelton and Alex Langlands, along with a team of archeologists, explore fascinating periods in British history through a current archaeological dig. In the first episode, Helen and Alex head for the island of Lindisfarne, where archaeologists are trying to locate the site of an eighth-century monastery. Among their finds is a graveyard and a number of skeletons, which may be those of both monks and pilgrims

Digging Up Britain’s Past


Helen Skelton and Alex Langlands investigate the Pendle Witch trials of 1612

Helen Skelton and Alex Langlands investigate the Pendle Witch trials of 1612. The presenters visit Lancaster Castle, where the suspects were held, read James I’s infamous book on demons, and talk to archaeologists who claim to have found the site of the supposed coven’s meeting place. Plus, a look at the role a nine-year-old girl played in sealing the fates of the accused women and how the trial influenced British legal history

Why Ships Sink: The Zeebrugge Disaster

The errors that led to the capsizing of the Herald of Free Enterprise

On March 6, 1987, the Herald of Free Enterprise ferry set off from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge with 539 passengers and crew on board, but 20 minutes into its journey it started to list uncontrollably and 90 seconds later it had capsized. The coastguard and local ships mounted a desperate rescue mission, but 193 people died despite their efforts. This documentary reveals the series of catastrophic errors that led to the disaster, with testimony from crew and passengers who were aboard

Air Crash: Disaster Revealed


A terrorist attack on a Philippine Airlines flight in 1994

Reconstruction of a terrorist attack on Philippine Airlines Flight 434 on December 11, 1994. Although the small bomb exploded in mid-air and punched a hole in the fuselage, only one person was killed. The programme explores how so many managed to survive

Air Crash: Disaster Revealed


A passenger aircraft mistaken for a fighter plane in 1988

How a hi-tech American gunship destroyed a civilian passenger aircraft in 1988. The USS Vincennes was defending oil tankers in the Persian Gulf when the plane appeared on their radar. Convinced it was an Iranian fighter preparing to fire a missile, the captain had it shot down – only to learn his target was an airliner carrying 290 people

Drain the Oceans


Experts explore evidence of the fabled city of Atlantis

Exciting evidence emerges of civilizations lost under the waves. However, it is unclear whether these ancient cities are the long sought-after Atlantis or accidents of geology. Cutting-edge graphics are employed to reveal the sea floor. Narrated by Craig Sechler

Dinosaurs from the Deep: Drain the Oceans


The secrets on the sea bed in the Gulf of Mexico

Into Dinosaur Valley with Dan Snow

The presenter travels across America retracing the very first discoveries made by fossil hunters

The presenter travels across America retracing the very first discoveries made by fossil hunters nearly 200 years ago, from Wyoming to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. He reveals how the very first discoveries of the most amazing dinosaurs of all time were made, including the T-Rex and Diplodocus, and learns why America’s stunning wild West is such a hotspot for dinosaur remains

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