PICK OF THE WEEK
Britain at War: Imperial War Museums at 100 (BBC Two, 7.30pm) In March 1917, as the First World War raged, Prime Minister David Lloyd George and his cabinet accepted a proposal by MP Alfred Mond to set up a national war museum. It eventually opened in 1920 to great success, and is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its formation this month. In this programme, Falklands War veteran and charity campaigner Simon Weston offers an insight into the original Imperial War Museum’s history, from its early years at London’s Crystal Palace to its development across five sites. Weston also examines 10 key objects from the IWM’s collection, with help from special “advocates” who explore the artefacts’ history. Kelly Holmes, Al Murray, Steve McQueen and Kate Adie are among those involved. Follow the Money (Channel 4, 9pm) Another double bill of the Danish thriller begins with twitchy cop Mads and fellow detective Alf receiving a new lead which provides the duo with a chance to bring the chairman of Nova Bank in for questioning. Then an unexpected visitor causes tension between Nicky and Bimse. In the second episode, the car mechanic desperately tries to cover his tracks after his kidnapping mission proves troublesome, and Amanda has to resort to blackmail to maintain control of her bank.
The Big Painting Challenge (BBC One, 6pm) Mariella Frostrup and Rev Richard Coles present the final from Greenwich. At Queen’s House, the artists are challenged to paint a portrait, but are not told who the subject is until the sitting begins. For the last test of the series, the painters must depict the Old Royal Naval College as seen from the Thames – and mentors Diana Ali and Pascal Anson are not on hand to help this time. Vera (STV, 8pm) Broadchurch may garner more headlines, but there’s something more down to earth about the “adventures” of DCI Vera Stanhope that make it more appealing. Adapting Ann Cleeves’s books has been a massive success story for STV, so it should come as no surprise to see Brenda Blethyn back as the central character for a seventh series. Her first case involves the death of Gemma Wyatt, an experienced ranger who lived on Ternstone, an island off the coast of Northumberland and a haven for rare birds. Her devastated fiance and boss believe her demise must have been an accident – until marks on her body suggest otherwise.
Mary Berry Everyday (BBC Two, 8.30pm) The food writer and former Great British Bake Off judge continues to celebrate the everyday food and ingredients she has always loved, from hearty and wholesome ideas to easy-to-make crowd-pleasers and family classics. In this edition, Berry focuses on food that exemplifies indulgence, demonstrating mouth-watering dishes that give the mundane a lift with lashings of naughtiness. Treats are in store as she investigates the history of the British pie and reveals the secrets to making an easy sticky toffee pudding. Broadchurch (STV, 9pm) Trish returns to the scene of the crime in the hope it will prompt her to remember something more about the attack, while DC Katie Harford thinks she has a strong lead when she discovers a new suspect who doesn’t have an alibi. Cath reveals interesting new information about the night of her party, while a match is made for the male DNA found on Trish. An unknown woman walks into the police station – and delivers some devastating new information when interviewed by Ellie and Hardy.
The Secret Chef (STV, 8pm) Come Dine With Me and the early stages of MasterChef have proved that there are a lot of people out there out who think they can cook, even if the evidence suggests otherwise. But over the past few weeks, The Secret Chef has been coming to the aid of people who admit they are usually a disaster in the kitchen, and helping them surprise their loved ones by preparing a decent meal. The current run comes to an end by introducing us to market trader and single father Steve, who is a loving dad but a useless cook. He’d loved to treat his daughters and parents to a restaurant-quality meal, and chef Nigel Haworth has been recruited to show him how it’s done. Will Steve be a quick learner, or is Haworth in for a kitchen catastrophe? American Justice (BBC Two, 9pm) It’s been a turbulent year for America, as Donald
Trump was elected president against a backdrop of social unrest. Now this eye-opening new series looks at how this has affected the work of prosecutors and police officers in Jacksonville, which has been dubbed the “Murder Capital” of Florida and is renowned for a tough approach to justice. The first episode opens with a grisly case as the detectives are called to a trailer park where an uncle and niece have been found strangled in their home. As the police search for the main suspect, it’s up to prosecutor Janeen Kirch to decide if the crime is severe enough for her to push for the death penalty. It’s a timely issue as State Attorney Angela Corey, one of the harshest prosecutors in America, begins her campaign for re-election, only to be faced with protests against capital punishment.
Hidden Restaurants with Michel Roux Jr (Channel 4, 8pm) Michel Roux’s journey brings him to the West Country and Wales, as he searches for secret eateries and food mavericks in remote and often bizarre places. On his travels he discovers hidden restaurants inside a garden shed, a staff canteen and a Victorian walled kitchen garden, before visiting a highly-celebrated crab shack. Later, Roux travels to London with his friend and chef Freddy Bird, and the pair meet a couple who want to turn a barge into a fine-dining fish restaurant on the Isles of Scilly. The Royal House of Windsor (Channel 4, 9pm) Almost two decades may have passed since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, but her effect on the royal family and the world continues to fascinate the public. Therefore it is only right that this series looking at the history of the Windsor dynasty chronicles her impact before and after her death. Born Diana Spencer on July 1, 1961, she was no stranger to the British royal family, having reportedly played with Princes Andrew and Edward as a child. In 1977, she became reacquainted with their older brother, Prince Charles, and they married on July 29, 1981. Unfortunately, the fairy-tale wedding did not lead to a happily ever after. The couple became estranged and their separation was announced in December 1992, with the divorce finalised in 1996.
Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year (Channel 4, 8pm) As the host of Grand Designs, Kevin McCloud knows a thing or two about the work involved in restoring a historic building. So he’s the perfect person to co-present this new series which showcases some of the buildings that have been brought back from the brink. All of the projects have been placed on the long list by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) for their Restoration of the Year award, and in this opening edition, McCloud and Dr Anna Keay check out some of the contenders, including a watermill in Cambridgeshire, a seaside villa in Lyme Regis, a Georgian innovation in Northumberland and a castle in Ceredigion. Three Wives, One Husband (Channel 4, 9pm) In the middle of the Utah desert lies Rockland Ranch, where 12 fundamentalist Mormon families have made new homes for themselves, living in contemporary “cave” houses that have been carved into the side of a sandstone rock. But it’s not just their properties that are unusual – half the men in the community are polygamists with multiple wives. This series explores the beliefs behind plural marriage and looks at how the families navigate the challenges involved, beginning with father-of-16 Enoch Foster, whose two wives adore him and each other. However, he is currently courting a potential third spouse, and her uncertainty threatens the Fosters’ domestic stability.
Unreported World (Channel 4, 7.30pm) Marcel Theroux explores the resurgent Russian Orthodox Church, which is at the forefront of a new movement combining religion and nationalism in its home nation. Until the fall of the Soviet Union, the Church had been persecuted by the communists, but has now forged close ties with President Vladimir Putin. Theroux meets Alexander Dugin, whose ideas have cropped up in the president’s speeches, and Fr Ioann Osyak, patriarch of a family whose members are becoming national celebrities and symbols of today’s Russia – religious, conservative and deeply patriotic. Tony Robinson: Coast to Coast (Channel 5, 8pm) In the upland hills of the Lake District’s Borrowdale valley, the presenter meets one of the last tenant sheep farmers, who is facing challenging times but is determined to keep working his farm. Robinson also receives an exclusive tour of the only inhabited island on Derwentwater, learns how to cook chutney at Grasmere, gets a rare sighting of a red squirrel, and boards a tourist boat at Ullswater to discover the integral part they played in the industrial heritage of the area.