TV Times top picks for today

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Thursday 26th April

Paul O’Grady For the Love of Dogs: India, 8.30pm, ITV

Celebrity animal lover and tireless champion for dog welfare, Paul O’Grady goes above and beyond the call of duty in this very special four-part show. This new series sees Paul mucking in at Friendicoes, Delhi’s answer to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. The conditions are very different to those in the UK, but many of the problems affecting stray city dogs remain the same – from neglect and starvation to abuse and disease. Tonight, Paul fearlessly helps rescue a litter of six newborn puppies from hungry rats. Whether you think he’s barking mad or not, Paul’s open-hearted actions certainly give us pause for thought… Rating: ****

Ambulance, 9pm, BBC1

The first episode of the third series of Ambulance shows why this programme was nominated for a BAFTA. It follows paramedics Nat and Nat as they deal with an elderly woman who’s broken her ankle, and flirt with her sprightly husband. Back on the road, a 999 call comes through – Nat Greaves’s daughter Jessica, who has cerebral palsy, is unconscious. With another crew closer to the unresponsive schoolgirl, the Nats rush to A&E. After a night in hospital, on what is her 16th birthday, Jessica improves and the two paras return to work. Meanwhile, Dawn and Justin rush to the home of 101-year-old Mary, who’s had a fall – the former nurse entertains them with her wicked sense of humour. Rating: ****

Michael Portillo: Our Housing Crisis – Who’s to Blame?, 10pm, C5

In the hope of finding answers to solve today’s housing crisis, Michael Portillo looks at the history of social housing, taking a trip to the very first council housing project, where 1,000 flats were built in 1900 to house ordinary workers in London. Portillo also visits Manchester, which has one of the UK’s largest estates, where 10,000 homes were built in 1927. The once idyllic streets, however, are now struggling with huge social problems. Rating: ***

More previews tomorrow.