Thurs­day

The Sunday Telegraph - - Television & Radio -

The Su­per­vet CHAN­NEL 4, 8.00PM

“The tech­ni­cal term for this is a tricky mess,” says Prof Noel Fitz­patrick as he em­barks upon tonight’s open­ing ex­er­cise in vet­eri­nary mir­a­cle­work­ing. Even by Fitz­patrick’s high stan­dards, the task of putting back to­gether the 26 shat­tered pieces of two-year-old Stafford­shire bull ter­rier Lulu’s pelvis fol­low­ing a road ac­ci­dent is a ma­jor chal­lenge. But with the su­per­vet wield­ing the scalpel (and the drill and bolt-cut­ters) there’s al­ways hope, which is why we love this feel­good se­ries which has become such a sta­ple in the Chan­nel 4 sched­ules that the pi­o­neer­ing pet physi­cian seems to have become a per­ma­nent fix­ture – even pad­ding out the sum­mer dol­drums last month with the new An­i­mal Res­cue Live. Here, though, we re­turn for a new run of heart-warm­ing hi-tech surgery at his swish re­fer­rals prac­tice in Sur­rey for for­tu­nate pets like Lulu and 7-year-old gi­ant schnau­zer Florence, who needs a new knee. Other mem­bers of staff get to share the lime­light, too, such as like­able neu­ro­sur­geon Dr Clare Rus­bridge, who per­forms spinal surgery on an adorable Jack Rus­sell called Muf­fin, whose back legs have mys­te­ri­ously stopped work­ing. GO

With­out Lim­its: Vietnam BBC ONE, 8.00PM

The fi­nal leg of the Ho Chi Minh trail through Vietnam’s moun­tain­ous in­te­rior tests the six dis­abled trav­ellers to their lim­its as they work through an area filled with un­ex­ploded bombs left over from the Vietnam War. GO

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