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River City | BBC Scotland 27 April 2022

River City | BBC Scotland 27 April 2022

This week in Shieldinch… Stevie’s DNA plans are thrown into turmoil as Sam struggles to deal with his emotions; fearing her surrogacy plans have reached a dead end, Ellie makes a shocking decision; and Bob and Roisin’s secret relationship grows more complicated.

After discovering Sam’s done a runner, Stevie goes looking for his would-be dad. Sam slowly opens up about his anxieties surrounding the DNA test: to him, he already feels like he’s Stevie’s dad and would be devastated to discover he’s not. Stevie reassures him that no matter what the results are, they are in each other’s lives now.

As they come together again to do the test, Andrew can’t help but notice how similar Sam and Stevie are, and wonders whether the odds are stacked against him.

Ruby tells Maggie she worries Caitlin and Ash are a bad mix, and is far from happy that her parents are close again. Maggie urges her to talk to Caitlin, who reassures her it’s nothing serious – and reveals she’s more concerned about being perimenopausal.

Later, Caitlin opens up to Ellie about her diagnosis. She tries to make Ellie see that not going through with the surrogacy was for the best, but is stung by her sister’s furious reaction. The divide between the siblings grows deeper.

Increasingly desperate, Ellie sets her sights on a new surrogate – her niece, Ruby. However, Maggie is shocked by the idea and urges her daughter to stay silent.

Angus does his best to make Bob and Roisin go public with their secret relationship. Despite Bob’s assurances he’s happy with the arrangement, Angus senses he wants more.

Stevie is played by Iain Robertson, Sam by Grant Stott, Ellie by Leah MacRae, Bob by Stephen Purdon, Roisin by Joyce Falconer, Andrew by Greg Powrie, Ruby by Zindzi Hudson, Maggie by Kathryn Howden, Caitlin by Gayle Telfer Stevens, Ash by Brian James Leys and Angus by Scott Fletcher.

River City is a BBC Studios, Scotland production for BBC Scotland and BBC One Scotland.

April 27 @ 22:00
22:00 — 22:30 (30′)

BBC Scotland

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The Black Death: Lucy Worsley Investigates | BBC Two 31 May 2022

The Black Death: Lucy Worsley Investigates | BBC Two 31
Series 1 Episode 2

For centuries it was uncertain what caused the pestilence of 1348, until a vast plague pit was uncovered in Smithfield, London in the 1980s. The find revealed the bones of hundreds of victims of the 14th century pandemic.

Now stored in the basement of the Museum of London, Lucy learns how DNA extracted from the skeletons enabled scientists to finally identify a bacteria called Yersinia Pestis – a pathogen to which the mediaeval population had no immunity.

In little more than a year, almost half the population had been wiped out by the Black Death. Lucy investigates what this sudden loss of life meant for the church, landowners and for the those who survived.

Exploring the social structure of mediaeval England, made up largely of rural peasants indentured to landowners, Lucy discovers a rare and remarkable set of documents: the Court Rolls of the Suffolk village of Walsham the Willows, providing a perfect microcosm of life across the country before, during and after the pandemic.

Lucy discovers how, despite the unfolding apocalypse, rather than shaking people’s belief in God, it entrenched their faith. Many went on devotional pilgrimages to sacred sites like Canterbury Cathedral.

Despite the devastation, the plague propagated a shake-up of the status quo. Workers were in short supply and could demand higher wages, shifting the balance of power. Women occupied professions and roles that were previously closed to them and acquired an independence and status that would previously have been impossible.

May 31 @ 21:00
21:00 — 22:00 (1h)

BBC Two

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Guy Garvey: From the Vaults 1981 | Sky Arts 3 June 2022

Guy Garvey: From the Vaults 1981 | Sky Arts 3
Series 3 Episode 4

Clips in this episode all come from 1981 – a year of significant breakthroughs and TV debuts as New Order, Depeche Mode and Soft Cell appear on screen for the first time in some rare and unseen footage. It was also the year in which the charts were ruled by Planet Pop, as children’s TV brings us classic hits from Adam and the Ants, Kirsty MacColl, Kim Wilde and Toyah. There’s a Stiff Records connection between featured artists Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Madness, The Belle Stars and Dave Edmunds with The Stray Cats, while mod revivalists Secret Affair perform their final charting single on Get It Together. Guy also takes a look at interviews from The Human League’s Philip Oakey, as well as Simon Le Bon and John Taylor from Duran Duran.

June 3 @ 20:00
20:00 — 21:00 (1h)

Sky Arts

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Live Heineken Champions Cup Rugby – Final : La Rochelle v Leinster | Channel 4 28 May 4:15pm

Junior Bake Off | Channel 4 28 January 5:00pm
The Heineken Champions Cup reaches its climax with live coverage of the Final at the iconic Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. Lee McKenzie presents as French side La Rochelle take on Irish giants Leinster. La Rochelle are playing in their second final in a row, having finished as runners-up last season to Toulouse. Coach and Munster legend Ronan O’Gara will have an extra impetus to get one over on his old enemy from his playing days. But four-time winners Leinster will be keen to go level with Toulouse and claim a joint-record fifth Champions Cup title. Lee is joined by Springboks legend Bryan Habana and former England captain Dylan Hartley. Ed Jackson is on reporting duties, with Miles Harrison, Nolli Waterman and Jamie Heaslip in the commentary box. Exec Prod: Cerith Williams; Prod: Gethin Hughes; Prod Co: Sunset+Vine Cymru

May 28 @ 16:15
16:15 — 19:15 (3h)

Channel 4

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