I have to admit that the grim news of the collapse of Primera Air last week made me a little nervous about sourcing and booking flights. I had never heard of the company but it had been operating flights for 14 years. The UK Civil Aviation Authority's ATOL Protection scheme only covers passengers booked on a package holiday, yet airlines are not ATOL protected. I will certainly consider this in future. Slightly ironic that this same time last year saw Monarch, Britain's longest-surviving airline brand, go into administration, leaving all flights grounded with 110,000 passengers abroad. Deja-vu?
Blue Peter, the longest-running children’s television show in the world marks 60 incredible years on the CBBC channel on Tuesday with a one-hour live ‘Big Birthday’ extravaganza from its studios at Media City in Salford and you can read more in our special magazine feature this week.
New on TV this week we have:
Butterfly, a heartfelt and sensitive drama about a complex family situation on itv on Sunday.
Informer on BBC one on Tuesday is a drama which stars Paddy Considine, Bel Powley and Nabhaan Rizwan.
Child of Mine on Thursday on Channel4 is a moving and emotional feature-length documentary that will draw attention to the one in two hundred babies that are stillborn in the UK.
For those of you who are able to watch a wide range of digital TV channels, you may be keen to know that there are returning series of The Gifted (season 2) on FOX (UK) on Sunday; The Resident (season 2) on Universal TV on Tuesday; Zapped! (season 3) on Dave on Wednesday and The Flash (season 5) on Sky One on Thursday.
Our regular TV features highlight a wide range of documentaries for you to read more about on a variety of subjects this week. Please note that The Lakes with Paul Rose on BBC TWO on Friday was postponed from last week.
Ed´s Pick - For Facts Sake on BBC one on MONDAY at 10.30pm
Brendan O’Carroll hosts the hilarious new panel show all about ordinary people and their extraordinary facts, where members of the audience are invited down to play the game; featuring team captains from Mrs Brown’s Boys and celebrity experts.
Tonight team captains Danny O’Carroll and Paddy Houlihan compete alongside members of the audience who are invited down to play the game.
We learn some incredible facts on subjects from bananas to hyenas. Expert guest Kirsty Gallacher teaches us all about sport and Pat ‘Pepsi’ Shields plays The Bard himself, bringing to life some amazing truths about William Shakespeare.