TV picks: Airport Live shows life at Heathrow

Airport Live presenters Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Dallas Campbell. Picture: BBC
Airport Live presenters Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Dallas Campbell. Picture: BBC
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DREAM-TEAM presenters Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Dallas Campbell have been sent on some assignments in their time in telly, but surely this one must by outweigh the rest.

The title of this four-part series is pretty self-explanatory; the trio will be reporting airside at Heathrow, going behind the scenes at the world’s busiest international hub airport.

It’s going to be tough work; more than 200,000 passengers travel through the airport each day and everyone is on a deadline.

Dan is based in the air traffic control tower, getting to grips with the complex choreography of landings, departures and ground movements.

Meanwhile, Anita learns how the weather affects the airport, while Dallas creeps into first class on the A380, the world’s largest passenger jet.

My face is eating me alive: Extraordinary people

Five, 9pm

NEXT time you catch yourself worrying about the more trivial things in life, spare a thought for this inspirational young lady who’s been through a world of trauma. When Tare was 13 years old, she complained of toothache, but she and her mother Thandiwe assumed it would just fade away - living in Zimbabwe, they couldn’t afford medical treatment. However, rather than fade away, that ‘toothache’ turned into Tare’s worst nightmare, developing in to an aggressive swelling on her upper left jaw.

Tare and Thandiwe have spent years travelling her country in search of a doctor able to stop the growth that was slowly taking over the young woman’s face, but to no avail. Help eventually arrived from two organisations - Saving Faces and Girl Child Network Worldwide - and a UK surgeon willing to operate for free. This insightful documentary follows Tare’s journey as she undergoes treatment.

Rick Stein’s India

BBC Two, 9pm

AS a nation we love a good curry. After all, the good old chicken tikka masala has been as much a part of Saturday night takeaways as Ant and Dec. In this new series the well-travelled chef prepares to spice up our lives with this new series, his first devoted to the world of Indian cookery. In the first episode he’s exploring West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, where the influence of the British Empire on eating habits still remains. Vindaloo or korma? You decide.

The greatest show on Earth

Channel 4, 10pm

DAISY Donovan is back on our screens to find out what makes various cultures tick, by analysing some of the most popular television shows on the planet - and it’s a bit of an eye-opener.

In this first instalment, the presenter is in Brazil. She goes behind the scenes of Miss Bum Bum, Brazil’s most revealing talent show, and also meets a former member of the Panicats, a group of bikini-clad women subjected to degrading challenges all for the sake of entertainment.