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A con­sid­er­able ad­vance on the ten­ta­tive pi­lot that aired back in 2016 along­side the rather more con­fi­dent and vi­tu­per­a­tive Moth­er­land, this full se­ries for Corona­tion Street grad­u­ates Si­mon Crowther and Chris Fewtrell’s sit­com has grown sharper, more pol­ished and, cru­cially, fun­nier in the in­terim. It re­joins Stoke-dwelling grafters Neil and Fiona Hack­ett (Johnny Ve­gas and Niky Ward­ley, the lat­ter re­plac­ing Joanna Page) and their teenage sons as they re­turn to their tum­ble­down Lake Dis­trict hol­i­day lodge for the sum­mer; just across the way, nou­veau riche on-site neigh­bours Robert and Penny Dil­lon (Adam James, jovial but emas­cu­lated, and re­sent­ful would-be bo­hemian Emilia Fox) are back as well. Throw in an odd­ball site man­ager (Pearce Quigley) threat­en­ing to erect a Wi-Fi mast out­side the Hack­etts’ lodge, a con­spir­acy the­o­rist (Su­san Cal­man) warn­ing darkly about clones of Kevin Cost­ner, and a slow build of para­noia, frus­tra­tion and in­ad­e­quacy for Ve­gas to savour and you have a thor­oughly in­of­fen­sive half-hour of well-struc­tured, smartly cast farce. It doesn’t rein­vent the sit­com but it’s an en­joy­able riff on fa­mil­iar themes. GT CHAN­NEL 4, 7.30PM

A bleak but in­spir­ing new se­ries of the cur­rent-af­fairs warhorse be­gins with a story of hope amid hor­ror. Re­porter Seyi Rhodes and di­rec­tor Sasha Achilli ride along with a vol­un­teer am­bu­lance ser­vice in the warn-torn So­mali cap­i­tal, Mo­gadishu, run­ning the gaunt­let of bombs, shoot­ings and mil­i­tants to aid the sick and the dy­ing. GT

Home From Home: Ve­gas and Ward­ley

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