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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