Rhodes Across India, 8.30pm, LifeStyle Food
Welcome to India. English celebrity cook Gary Rhodes, pictured, has come here for the first time in his life ( and we should care because?) to discover the secrets of the country’s famous cuisine. Rhodes and his three hand- picked apprentices Bushra, Kalwant and Scott ( you get those, obviously, from an apprentice tree) are going to explore Indian cuisine from pavements to palaces before heading back to Britain to cook an Indian banquet in London’s West End for some very discerning critics. What could be more challenging than that? Fortunately for all concerned, India, and its food, look absolutely sensational.
Life Begins, 9.30pm, Seven
There’s something sad about Life Begins , even as it ends tonight, and it’s not just that it has all been shown before on the ABC, I mean ABC1. It’s also not central character Maggie’s ( Caroline Quentin) poor old demented dad ( Frank Finlay), who as a character brings something quite fresh to this type of English sitcom. But while it would like to be a black comedy, like The Office , it doesn’t quite have the nerve, and so mostly comes across as merely snide and depressingly lifelike. Tonight’s finale features an impresario who bears a striking resemblance to Kyle Sandilands. He wants to make a boy band star of Phil ( Alexander Armstrong) and Maggie’s son James ( Elliot Henderson- Boyle), even though he hasn’t heard the lad sing a note. Lots happens but nowt really changes, as Maggie and Phil still can’t work out whether they want to be together after three full series of ambivalence.