Tuesday 17 October 2017

healing hearts

bbc2, 7.30pm

New series. A behind-the-scenes look at the support offered by chaplains to patients at Birmingham Children's Hospital and their families. In the opening programme, a young baby is in desperate need of a liver transplant. When no suitable donor can be found, Lucyellen's father offers a section of his liver, leaving his wife confronted by the prospect of both their lives being in jeopardy. Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt

nick's back

eastenders

rte1, 8pm

Ronnie and Charlie share the news of their engagement with their families, starting with the Mitchells - and while Roxy's response seems lacklustre, Phil doesn't hide his ill-temper and he and Charlie come to blows. Unknown to all of them, however, Nick Cotton is back in Albert Square - and he is keeping a close eye on his family. Stacey wakes up in Dean's bed and makes a swift exit, telling him last night was a mistake. Lola is worried that Ben will try to take Lexi away from her, while Sonia is upset at the thought of losing both Rebecca and Martin.

shifting alegiances

vikings

rte2, 9pm

King Horik returns to Kattegat with a surprising proposition for Ragnar, and Lagertha comes back home to a displeased husband who sends men to beat her during the night. Meanwhile, Athelstan becomes a trusted confidante to King Ecbert, despite still struggling with his own inner demons.

angels and demons

the art of gothic: britain's midnight hour

bbc4, 9pm

Andrew Graham-Dixon continues his examination of England's Gothic Revival, focusing on the influence of the Industrial Revolution on Gothic art and literature, which became both backward and forward-looking. While Mary Shelley warned of the dangers of how science could get out of control in her novel Frankenstein, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott used Gothic architecture to memorialise Prince Albert as a medieval hero. Meanwhile, poets indulged in hallucinatory drugs to reach new Gothic heights.

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