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NIGEL ANDREW’S guide to the week’s TV



Strictly 7PM, BBC1 Come Dancing It’s remaining the second nine live celebritie­s show of taking the series, to the with floor the in an will effort be carried to impress forward the to judges next week. – whose scores

Count Arthur Strong 7.30PM, BBC2 If you missed the recent run of this sitcom, starring Steve Delaney and scripted by Graham Linehan, catch this repeated episode and see what all the fuss was about. If you like it at all, the chances are you’ll love it.

The 70s 8PM, BBC2 A repeat run for Dominic Sandbrook’s series on the 1970s – the decade when, Sandbrook argues, most of the things we associate with the 1960s and the 1980s actually happened. Much meatier than the usual nostalgia-fest.

The X Factor 8.20PM, ITV It’s boot camp stage on The X Factor this week, and the competing acts are really going to be put through the wringer as they battle for a place at the judges’ houses. New twists have been added to heighten the tension.


8.25PM, BBC1 This all-action fantasy drama begins in the present day, with clean-cut hero Jason (Jack Donnelly) diving in a submersibl­e – but next thing he knows, he’s in a computer-generated Atlantis with Hercules and Pythagoras, and the fun really begins. See feature, page 20.


Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival 5.35PM, BBC1 In the last of the series, Ellie Harrison visits a newly created wetland in Somerset, while Ben Fogle goes in search of eels, and George McGavin tracks down the great crested newt. All this, plus cranes, egrets and water voles.

Antiques Roadshow 8PM, BBC1 Fiona Bruce and the team are at the Royal Agricultur­al University (formerly College), Cirenceste­r, this week, where the treasures brought in include a tea caddy with a curious history – and a picture that could prove to be the most valuable ever seen on the show.

Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home 8PM, CH4 Having moved his log cabin to the seaside, Kevin sets about building a sun lounge on to it, using recycled windows. He also makes a hammock that can rotate to follow the sun, and repurposes old shopping trolleys into lobster pots – but will he catch anything?

By Any Means

9PM, BBC1 Episode two brings a tragic new case the team’s way, when the body of a murdered girl is found in a judge’s car boot. Someone is trying to frame him – can Jack, Jess and TomTom bring the culprit to justice?

The Story Of The Jews 9PM, BBC2 In the last episode of an eloquent, illuminati­ng series, Simon Schama considers the transformi­ng impact of the Holocaust and the founding of the modern state of Israel on Jewish identity – and on the wider world.


Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food 8.30PM, BBC2 In the second of this appetising series, Tom cooks up food with an outdoor flavour, from barbecued beef ribs to Cornish fish burgers, and retro classic chicken in the basket – with a twist. There’s even a barbecued cake.

The Midwives

9PM, BBC2 This week’s episode follows the work of midwives at the University Hospital of Wales, who are dealing with mothers in need of additional medical care and support to get them all the way through their pregnancie­s.

Doc Martin

9PM, ITV Everyone is uneasy at the prospect of Mrs Tishell’s return – will she be any less weird than before, or perhaps worse? Meanwhile, Martin’s challenge is treating beachcombe­r Lorna – and overcoming his phobia.

Inside Broadmoor 9PM, CH5 This two-part documentar­y marking the 150th anniversar­y of Broadmoor, the high-security psychiatri­c hospital, uses the institutio­n’s archives to tell the story of its past, as well as looking at life in the hospital today.

Porn On The Brain

10PM, CH4 In this thoughtful ‘authored film’, journalist Martin Daubney tells how, when he became a father, he left his job as editor of lad mag Loaded, having become increasing­ly concerned about the effects of pornograph­y.


Double Your House For Half The Money 8PM, CH4 This week, Sarah Beeny visits a couple whose plan to extend their tiny two-bedroom cottage has hit a major snag, and another couple who live in a Victorian terrace, but dream of a country house-style conversion.

New Tricks

9PM, BBC1 New boss DCI Sasha Miller faces a moral dilemma in this last episode of the series when it looks as if the investigat­ion of a corrupt officer might lead to a killer walking free. Can she hide a key fact from the team?

The Wrong Mans

9PM, BBC2 The pace never lets up in the second episode of this frenetic comedy thriller. Charged with rescuing Stevens’s wife, but with no money, no skills and no idea, Phil and Sam are soon in yet more trouble – and things don’t improve when they accidental­ly take a hostage. Drama Matters: The Psychopath Next Door

9PM, SKY LIVING See Pick of the Week, page 19.


10PM, CH5 The drama series about a wisecracki­ng novelist shadowing a sassy NYPD detective continues with a case involving the death of a psychic medium who predicted her own murder. Did she know too much about one of her clients?

Stephen Lawrence Unity Concert 10.35PM, BBC1 Highlights of a charity concert at London’s O2 Arena featuring Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sandé, Jamie Cullum, Jessie J and more.


The Three Day Nanny 8PM, CH4 This week, traditiona­l nanny Kathryn Mewes steps in to help Harrogate parents whose fiveyear-old son is prone to fits of rage, and whose three-year-old loves to run away.

The Great British Year 9PM, BBC1 Filmed with the help of time-lapse photograph­y specialist­s across the country, this new fourparter celebrates the seasons as they unfold. Visually stunning, it paints a multilayer­ed portrait of the landscape and the people and wildlife inhabiting it. Joseph Fiennes narrates.

Science Britannica

9PM, BBC2 In the last of the series, Brian Cox – smiling to the end – looks at happy accidents that have advanced science. He explores how discoverie­s are made, and tells how the question ‘Why is the sky blue?’ ultimately led British scientists to a new understand­ing of bacterial infection.


9PM, ITV Buchan struggles to get back to normal – always a relative concept with him – after his confrontat­ion with the killer, while the team take to the sewers after the body of a runner is found with organs missing. Could mutated sewer pigs of urban legend be responsibl­e? Anything seems possible in Whitechape­l.

Grand Designs

9PM, CH4 Clad in corrugated aluminium and sited parallel to an airstrip in south Lanarkshir­e, the bespoke dream home of Colin and Marta was inspired by aircraft hangars. But dire weather has dogged the build, and the 12-month project is now in its third year. Kevin McCloud reports.


The Wonder Of Dogs

8PM, BBC2 In the last of the series, Kate Humble and Steve Leonard take a closer look at the very special bond that dogs form with humans, while Ruth Goodman explores the history of the devoted Skye terrier Greyfriars Bobby.

Peaky Blinders 9PM, BBC2 Under crate of pressure guns to to Campbell, give up Freddie Thomas and also the has to deal with the Lees violently encroachin­g on Shelby territory – not to mention his widower brother’s controvers­ial choice of new bride.

Educating Yorkshire 9PM, CH4 This week, the focus is on Year Nine, as the 13-year-old pupils reach a turning point in their education while undergoing difficult physical and emotional changes. Unsurprisi­ngly, they don’t always behave well... Pain, Pus & Poison: The Search For Modern Medicines 9PM, BBC4 In a new, three-part series – one that is not for the squeamish – the excellent Michael Mosley tells how scientists first developed treatments for common affliction­s. He begins with the search for effective pain relief.

Drama Matters: Lawless 9PM, SKY LIVING See Pick of the Week, page 19.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 10PM, CH5 When a young man is thrown to his death from a six-storey building, he turns out to have been a hacker working under a false identity as a programmer – and his private security employer is locked in a bitter battle with a rival. Could this have led to the hacker’s death?


Unreported In this first of a new World series 7.30PM, of hard-hitting CH4 dispatches, Afghanista­n Krishnan where, despite Guru-Murthy the best travels efforts to of reformers, from abusive women husbands are still and in murderous mortal danger families.

Gardeners’ World 8.30PM, BBC2 Monty Don looks ahead to Christmas, planting up indoor bulbs that will make great gifts, while also harvesting his apple, pear and quince crops. Carol Klein, meanwhile, visits a spectacula­r eupatorium collection in Wales.

Have I Got News For You 9PM, BBC1 The 46th series of the superior topical comedy quiz gets under way, with Paul Merton and Ian Hislop returning as team captains.

Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 9PM, ITV Brian Blessed, larger-than-life star of stage and screen, opens up to Piers Morgan about his career, his booming voice, and his hopes of visiting the Internatio­nal Space Station.

The Blacklist

9PM, SKY LIVING Five years after the end of Boston Legal, James Spader is hoping for another hit with this new crime drama. He plays a fugitive who turns himself in to the FBI, and provides them with informatio­n that will bring down terrorists and other criminals. But what’s in it for him?

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