This week's best TV & radio: 17 October - 23 October

Fri, 16/10/2009 - 14:36
Submitted by Dave Perrett
Country Tracks
Sunday – 11am – BBC One
Joe Crowley travels the length of Caledonian Canal, starting from high above Fort William on Aonach Mor Mountain. He sails through Neptune's Staircase, a ladder of eight locks, goes waterskiing on Loch Ness and finally arrives at the Moray Firth, where the canal runs into the North Sea – the perfect place for dolphin spotting.
Sunday – 7pm – BBC One
Matt Baker and Jules Hudson are on Dartmoor, where Matt is training with Devon's Cave Rescue team, and Jules is getting up-close to rutting stags. On Adam's farm, it is time to introduce a neighbour's Belted Galloway bull to his cows in order to ensure a new blood line for the future, and, in the aftermath of the e-coli outbreaks in petting zoos and farms, John Craven investigates whether it is getting harder to teach children about where their food comes from. 
Masterchef: the Professionals
Monday – 8.30pm – BBC Two
Michel Roux Jnr and Gregg Wallace hunt for a young chef who can make it to the top of the culinary world. Continues at around 8pm throughout the week.
Friday – 9pm – BBC Two
Chris Packham and Kate Humble head to north Norfolk to witness the knot spectacle, when 40,000 wading birds fly in formation. Meanwhile, Simon King reports live from the Forest of Dean, Gordon Buchanan concludes his North Sea quest for killer whales and Martin Hughes-Games shows you how to get more involved with wildlife.
Autumnwatch Unsprung
Friday – 10pm – BBC Two
Martin Hughes-Games chairs this post-show, audience-led informal live discussion and debate with the presenters. 

Tales from the Green Valley
Tuesday – 7.30pm – BBC Four
Five experts - archaeologists and historians - have taken on the challenge of running a Welsh hill farm for a year. It's March, and the farmers are busy turning their wheat into bread flour.
Thursday – 7.30pm – ITV1
Paul Heiney tastes ancient fruits such as medlar and quince on a visit to a centuries-old Essex farm and jam factory. Plus a look at the West Somerset Steam Railway, and an organic farming pioneer from Wiltshire.
The Farmer Wants a Wife
Wednesday – 9pm – Channel 5
Louise Redknapp meets meets Desmond, who lives alone on his family estate in Norfolk. The 54-year-old gentleman selects writer Kim and cafe owner Tarka to take back to his farm, but a lost dog, a temper tantrum and Desmond's chaotic lifestyle threaten to derail any chance of romance.

Saturday – 6.07am – Radio 4
Continuing her walk along the length of St Oswald's Way in Northumberland, Clare Balding walks from Rothbury to Simonside.
Costing the Earth
Monday - 9pm - Radio 4
Can technology remove the guilt from flight? Tom Heap and Bruce Dickinson investigate.


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