This week's best TV & radio: 3 - 9 April

Fri, 02/04/2010 - 08:48
Submitted by Dave Perrett
Sunday – 5.20pm – BBC One
Matt Baker and Julia Bradbury head for the Brighton Downs in Sussex to find out about the rise of urban shepherds and why water voles are making a comeback. Meanwhile, John Craven meets rural campaigners fighting against the invasion of supermarkets.
MasterChef: The Final Three
Monday - 9pm - BBC One
John Torode and Gregg Wallace continue their search for the country's best amateur cook. There are three cooks remaining in the competition and they will have to battle extreme temperatures as they travel to the Northern Indian city of Jodhpur to cook a traditional Indian breakfast for 40 guests.
The final continues throughout the week at 9pm on BBC One.
Grow Your Own Drugs
Tuesday – 8pm – BBC Two
Countryfile's James Wong investigates plant-based medicine and shows that many of the exotic plants he uses will grow really well in our own back gardens. He uses lemongrass in an insect repellent, transforms olive leaves into a face mask, makes a soothing burns treatment from aloe vera and chamomile.
The Edible Garden
Wednesday – 8pm – BBC Two
Alys Fowler attempts to avoid shop-bought fruit and vegetables and live off her own, home-grown produce. Peas and beans are prolific vegetables but they also look beautiful in the borders. Alys makes broad bean falafels, pea-shoot cocktails and forages for willow to make plant supports.
Monday – 8pm – ITV1
Paul Heiney and Rachel de Thame visit the Eden Project in Cornwall 10 years after the building work began. Founder Tim Smit tells Paul how this particular corner of paradise came out of an old clay pit, while Rachel takes a look behind the scenes of the nurseries.
The Restoration Man
Sunday – 9pm – Channel 4
George Clarke travels the British Isles meeting people hoping to restore architectural treasures. Clive Bolton and wife Jane want to set up home in a derelict, Grade II listed windmill in Anglesey.
Country House Rescue
Thursday – 8pm – Channel 4
Businesswoman Ruth Watson tries to help the residents of Whitbourne Hall in Worcester raise money for restorations. Her ideas are well received but then the honeymoon period ends, and Ruth realises that a quick money-making solution is needed for restoration work to continue.


Open Country
Saturday – 6.07am – Radio 4
Helen Mark visits the transformed valleys of the former South Wales coalfields.
Farming Today
Saturday – 6.30am – Radio 4
Charlotte Smith follows the progress of seven people trying to get a job in farming.
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