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land of the mav­er­ick de­tec­tive, yawn, this one re­mark­able in that he was a beardy lib­eral type given to lec­tur­ing his troops on ev­ery­one’s right to jus­tice.

Tom Ri­ley strug­gled to give his char­ac­ter DI Will Wagstaffe heft. The name Will did not help, nor did his youth. As for the drama as a whole, there had bet­ter be more to it than yet an­other se­rial killer on the loose. That would be dou­ble yawn with te­dium on top.

One could never ac­cuse chef Gino D’Acampo of hav­ing a dark heart. His en­tire MO seems to be spread­ing sun­shine and cheer, whether you want them or not. Gino’s Ital­ian Coastal Es­cape (STV, Thurs­day, 8.30pm) was the first of eight half-hour shows com­bin­ing cook­ing and trav­el­ogue, start­ing with Venice and Bu­rano. Gino set up a cook­ing stand on a canal bank, away from the tourist hordes. It was a lot of ef­fort just to demon­strate how to make ci­c­chetti, dinky lit­tle snacks, and crab lin­guine. Still, Gino has a book to flog and it was grand to see Venice again.

The best man won The Great Bri­tish Bake Off: The Fi­nal (Chan­nel 4, Tues­day, 8pm), though it was a close-run thing. Ruby was sparky, Kim-Joy was, well, a joy, but Rahul, the shy PhD stu­dent, was a real sweetie. He nearly did not make it. First, his pip­ing bag burst. Next came the dis­as­trous de­ci­sion to put but­ter­cream on a dough­nut. Yuk. Then a stor­age jar ex­ploded due to the heat in the tent, show­er­ing his cake in glass. It was enough to rat­tle a mem­ber of the SAS. For­tu­nately Sandi Toksvig was on hand to dis­pense a kiss on Rahul’s fore­head and that did the trick.

Now two series in at Chan­nel 4 af­ter its move from the BBC, the fi­nal had an au­di­ence of more than 7.5 mil­lion – only the Par­a­lympics Open­ing Cer­e­mony in 2012 has been a big­ger draw. Stick that in your dough­nut, Aun­tie.

invit­ing oth­ers into their ex­ist­ing re­la­tion­ships or al­low­ing part­ners to seek ro­mance else­where. He finds that for some peo­ple this has meant more love and hap­pi­ness, while for oth­ers it has re­sulted in jeal­ousy and bro­ken hearts.

MON­DAY Celebrity An­tiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm)

The pro­gramme in which fa­mous faces com­pete in the cross-coun­try bar­gain-hunt­ing chal­lenge re­turns for a new series, and it’s get­ting off to a glam­orous start. TV pre­sen­ters Denise Van Outen and Kelly Brook (who both did time on The Big Break­fast and com­peted on Strictly Come Danc­ing) set out on a trip around south-east Eng­land in classic cars, re­ceiv­ing ex­pert guid­ance from Charles Han­son and Tim Med­hurst as they visit an­tique shops to find items to sell at auc­tion.

Brexit: What the Na­tion Re­ally Thinks (C4, 8pm)

As the Prime Min­is­ter tries to de­liver a Brexit that works for the coun­try as whole, this pro­gramme re­veals what the Bri­tish peo­ple think of the likely deal on of­fer. Chan­nel 4 com­mis­sioned the largest in­de­pen­dent sur­vey of at­ti­tudes across the whole of the UK con­ducted since the ref­er­en­dum, ask­ing 20,000 peo­ple drawn from ev­ery con­stituency for their views, and put the results to politi­cians and those who stand to gain, or lose, most from the out­come; all be­fore a live stu­dio au­di­ence. Kr­ish­nan Guru-Murthy hosts.

Do­ing Money (BBC2, 9pm)

We may like to think of it as thing of the past, but this drama, which is in­spired by a true story, ex­plores the shock­ing re­al­i­ties of slav­ery in mod­ern Bri­tain. Writ­ten by Gwyneth Hughes, who was also be­hind the re­cent adap­ta­tion of Van­ity Fair, it fo­cuses on Ana (Anca Du­mi­tra), a young Ro­ma­nian woman who is snatched off the street in London in broad day­light and traf­ficked to Ire­land, where she is used as a sex slave in a series of “pop-up” broth­els. The re­sult is a tense thriller but, as well as ex­plor­ing Ana’s ex­pe­ri­ences, Do­ing Money looks at the scale of the prob­lem and the chal­lenges fac­ing the po­lice as they try to stamp out a hor­ri­fy­ing prac­tice that is hid­ing in plain sight.

WW1: The Last Tom­mies (BBC4, 9pm)

The First World War has faded from liv­ing mem­ory but this poignant new series fea­tures archive in­ter­views with some of the last sur­viv­ing soldiers, who were in their 90s and 100s dur­ing film­ing. The first episode fo­cuses on the first years of the con­flict, when many young men en­thu­si­as­ti­cally vol­un­teered only to dis­cover that trench war­fare was far from the glo­ri­ous ad­ven­ture they had imag­ined. The vet­er­ans talked about how they kept their spir­its up in the face of such horrors, and there’s also a look at how the fam­i­lies left at home dealt with los­ing hus­bands, fa­thers, broth­ers and sons.

TUES­DAY The Pride of Bri­tain Awards 2018 (STV, 8pm)

Carol Vor­der­man takes charge of the pro­ceed­ings as the na­tion hon­ours its un­sung he­roes. Prince Charles will be in at­ten­dance along­side such fa­mous faces as David Jason, Tim Peake, Amanda Holden, John Bishop and the stars of Strictly Come Danc­ing, The X Fac­tor, East­End­ers, Corona­tion Street and the Eng­land World Cup team. Among those set to re­ceive awards are the Bri­tish divers at the heart of the Thai cave res­cue, a young widow tack­ling men­tal health is­sues, a cou­ple who ded­i­cated their lives to raising mil­lions for chil­dren’s can­cer re­search and a school­boy who be­came the youngest per­son to scale the Old Man of Hoy in Orkney, which he did in hon­our of his ter­mi­nally ill mother.

MasterChef: The Pro­fes­sion­als (BBC2, 8pm)

Gregg Wal­lace, Mon­ica Galetti and Mar­cus Ware­ing search for the UK’s most ex­cit­ing cook­ing tal­ent of 2018. In this open­ing heat, six pro­fes­sional chefs from all over the UK put their rep­u­ta­tions on the line. This first skills test has been set by Mon­ica – the con­tes­tants cook tem­pura squid with a roasted gar­lic and saf­fron may­on­naise. The

Ryan Hicks may be the big­gest star you’ve never heard of, if that isn’t a con­tra­dic­tion in terms. To so­cial me­dia users he’s best known as Ryan Tricks, a street ma­gi­cian of unimag­in­able skill. His videos have had more than 20 mil­lion views and he’s per­formed for the likes of Floyd May­weather, Kevin Hart, Ice Cube and Simon Cow­ell, so it’s a won­der he hasn’t landed a TV spe­cial be­fore now. This six-part series is be­ing re­leased as a box set and con­sists of short films in which he sets out to put a smile on the faces of less for­tu­nate mem­bers of so­ci­ety, in­clud­ing the home­less and young peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.

Out­lander s4 (Ama­zon Prime Video, from Mon)

The fourth sea­son of Ama­zon’s smash-hit time-trav­el­ling pe­riod drama is back. It’s based on Diana Ga­bal­don’s book Drums of Au­tumn which, fit­tingly, is the fourth novel in her Out­lander series, al­though we’re told that the TV ver­sion doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily stick closely to the plot. This time, 20th-cen­tury nurse Claire, her 18th-cen­tury High­lander hus­band Jamie and his nephew Ian jour­ney to the New World to make a fresh start. They plan to set up home in the colony of North Carolina but Claire’s knowl­edge of the forth­com­ing rev­o­lu­tion that will be­set the fledg­ling na­tion could cause prob­lems for them all. Caitri­ona Balfe and Sam Heughan are back as the

Out­lander re­turns for a new series, Ama­zon

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