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THE JONATHAN ROSS SHOW

Tonight, ITV, 9.40pm

THE host is joined by ac­tor Martin Clunes, who stars as Sir Pitt Craw­ley in ITV’s lav­ish new pe­riod drama Van­ity Fair. Bri­tish sprinter Dina Asher-Smith, who won three gold medals at the re­cent Euro­pean Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Ber­lin, also drops by, along with singer­song­writer Josh Groban and co­me­dian Leigh Fran­cis, in char­ac­ter as the un­pre­dictable Celebrity Juice pre­sen­ter Keith Lemon. There is also mu­sic by Ir­ish singer Hozier.

CELEBRITY IS­LAND WITH BEAR GRYLLS

To­mor­row, Chan­nel 4, 9pm WE’RE only into the sec­ond week of this lat­est sur­vival chal­lenge se­ries, and the fa­mous faces are al­ready feel­ing the strain. Tonight, a fierce war of words erupts be­tween Paris Lees and Pete Wicks as they strug­gle to keep the fire alight. Mean­while, James Crack­nell is un­able to con­trol his ir­ri­ta­tion that some mem­bers of the group are not pulling their weight. An old brain in­jury which can af­fect his abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate sym­pa­thet­i­cally makes mat­ters worse as he at­tempts to keep his es­ca­lat­ing con­flict with Paris from boil­ing over.

MONKMAN & SEAG­ULL’S GE­NIUS GUIDE TO BRI­TAIN

Mon­day, BBC2, 8pm

TWO of Univer­sity Chal­lenge’s most well-loved faces – and ri­vals – Eric Monkman and Bobby Seag­ull have been given their own show. The brain­boxes are trav­el­ling around the coun­try in search of re­mark­able sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal achieve­ments, in­clud­ing the science of the deep-fried Mars bar and the world’s small­est mu­seum – which is lo­cated inside a phone booth. Their trip be­gins at Black­pool Plea­sure Beach where they

ex­pe­ri­ence Sir Hi­ram Maxim’s 1904 Cap­tive Fly­ing Ma­chines, the old­est amuse­ment ride in Europe.

THE GREAT BRI­TISH BAKE OFF

Tues­day, Chan­nel 4, 8pm

IT’S Dessert Week and the judges set three sticky chal­lenges to test the re­main­ing nine bak­ers. There is a meringue Sig­na­ture, a wob­bly Tech­ni­cal, and a com­plex choco­late Show­stop­per. Which bak­ers will im­press Prue and Paul enough to keep their place in the tent?

BAD MOVE

Wed­nes­day, ITV, 8pm

ES­CAP­ING to the coun­try­side is a dream many city-dwellers have had over the years. How­ever, the re­al­ity some­times doesn’t live up

to the bu­colic im­age we have, which is some­thing Steve and Nicky dis­cov­ered to their cost dur­ing the first run of this sit­com, which is co-scripted by Jack Dee (who also stars as Steve) and Pete Sin­clair. Part of the prob­lem is their house – it’s a crum­bling wreck that shows no signs of im­prov­ing thanks to an in­fes­ta­tion of moths and a trou­ble­some sep­tic tank. But in the first episode it’s a hole in the roof that gives the cou­ple their biggest night­mare.

HYUNDAI MER­CURY PRIZE 2018 LIVE: AL­BUM OF THE YEAR

Thurs­day, BBC4, 9pm

THERE used to be a the­ory that the Mer­cury Mu­sic Prize was cursed – largely due to some of the early win­ners strug­gling to

main­tain their suc­cess – but it’s doubt­ful that any­one on this year’s short­list cares about that, es­pe­cially as the line-up in­cludes in­dus­try vet­eran Noel Gal­lagher and pre­vi­ous cham­pi­ons Arc­tic Mon­keys. The other nom­i­nees, hosted by An­nie Mac, are Lily Allen, Ev­ery­thing Ev­ery­thing, Ev­ery­thing Is Recorded, Florence and the

Ma­chine, King Krule, Novelist, Na­dine Shah, Jorja Smith, Sons of Kemet and Wolf Alice.

AN­CIENT IN­VIS­I­BLE CITIES

Fri­day, BBC2, 9pm

IN Turkey, Michael Scott uses 3D-scan­ning tech­nol­ogy to ex­am­ine the once enor­mous Hip­po­drome, which be­gan as a sta­dium for char­iot rac­ing, though its foun­da­tions were later con­verted into a huge wa­ter cis­tern to sup­ply the Em­peror’s Great Palace. Michael un­earths a holy well, hid­den 30 feet un­der a car­pet shop and, con­versely, walks high above the city on the most so­phis­ti­cated and long­est aque­duct of the Ro­man world, find­ing that part of the Great Palace of Con­stan­tine is now a burnt-out shell.

Bear Grylls

Eric Monkman, left, and Bobby Seag­ull

Michael Scott

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