This week’s best TV SATURDAY
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE 2017 (BBC One, 9pm)
FRIDAY EXTREME WIVES WITH KATE HUMBLE (BBC Two, 9pm)
IN HER new three-part series, Kate Humble takes a look at extraordinary communities in Kenya, Israel and India, where the roles of women are particularly unusual and complex.
Her journey begins in south-west Kenya and the district of Kuria, where polygamy is common and a form of woman-towoman marriage is also practised – as is female genital mutilation. IT’S the time of the year when we pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom – and for more than 90 years, the Royal British Legion has been ensuring that we never forget with its annual Festival of Remembrance.
This year, the music will come from artists including Emeli Sande, Tom Odell, Melanie C, Alfie Boe and Lesley Garrett, who perform alongside The Queen’s Colour Squadron and The Band of HM Royal Marines.
SUNDAY HOWARDS END (BBC One, 9pm)
EM Forster’s acclaimed novel, originally published in 1910, is taken down from the shelf and brushed off for the 21st century.
Margaret Schlegel (Hayley Atwell) is a member of a bohemian family who becomes caught up in the lives of the more austere, money-obsessed Wilcox clan after a chance meeting on holiday.
An unlikely relationship blossoms between free-spirited Margaret and widowed Henry Wilcox (Matthew Macfadyen), a hard-headed businessman – but fate has more in store for the two families.
MONDAY THE BOY WITH THE TOPKNOT (BBC Two, 9pm)
SACHA Dhawan stars in this adaptation of Sathnam Sanghera’s critically acclaimed memoir of his childhood in 1980s Wolverhampton and his efforts to lead his own life as an adult.
Born in 1976 to Punjabi parents who had emigrated to the UK in 1968, Sanghera is a secondgeneration Indian who studied English language and literature at Cambridge University.
Much of the book takes place when the adult Sanghera moves to London and makes his mind up to tell his family that he has no intention of taking part in an arranged marriage. At the same time, he’s forced to confront painful family secrets involving his father and sister.
TUESDAY JO BRAND’S CATS & KITTENS (C5, 8pm)
SELF-CONFESSED feline fanatic Jo Brand presents a six-part series following the vets, RSPCA inspectors and volunteers who work tirelessly to save the nation’s moggies from harm.
Jo begins on the front line, reporting for surgery duties at one of the UK’s busiest animal hospitals – where the 60-year-old former psychiatric nurse rolls up her sleeves to help the team save the life of a young kitten whose curiosity nearly ended in tragedy.
WEDNESDAY PEAKY BLINDERS (BBC Two, 9pm)
BIRMINGHAM crime boss Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) might have bitten off more than he can chew as Steven Knight’s acclaimed saga returns for a fourth series.
The year is 1925. Thomas Shelby OBE has acquired unprecedented legitimacy – but the gangster is a lonely man, estranged from his family and focused on business. However, when he receives a mysterious letter, he realises his loved ones and his empire are in danger of annihilation.
Facing a more determined and sophisticated threat than ever before, the Shelbys must put their differences aside, take up arms and fight for survival.
THURSDAY LOVE, LIES & RECORDS (BBC One, 9pm)
KAY Mellor’s new drama set in a register office. The series focuses on Kate Dickenson (Ashley Jenson), who is anxious about her colleagues’ reaction to the news that she’s about to be promoted to superintendent – although she doesn’t anticipate her fellow registrar James (Mark Stanley) making a big announcement of his own or a disgruntled co-worker threatening to expose a dark secret from her past.
Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) is back for a new series of Peaky Blinders