PICK OF THE WEEK
SATURDAY Golf: The Masters Live (BBC2, 7.30pm)
It’s “moving day” at the Augusta National in Georgia, as the remaining players play their penultimate rounds. After a dramatic third day last year, Ryder Cup teammates Justin Rose and eventual winner Sergio Garcia held a share of the lead at six under par.
The Voice UK – Live Final (STV, 8.30pm)
The grand final of the spinning-chair singing contest, as the remaining four singers battle it out to land a lucrative recording contract. Plus coaches Jennifer Hudson, Tom Jones, Will.i.am and Olly Murs take to the stage for a special performance together and are also on hand to give the contestants as much help and encouragement as possible.
Below the Surface (BBC4, 9pm)
Kasper Barfoed’s Nordic noir series reaches a gripping conclusion as former soldier and head of the PET Terror Task Force Philip Norgaard (Johannes Lassen) finally learns who is behind the hostage crisis in Copenhagen. But how is the individual connected to his own chequered past and will Philip share that crucial information with Hans? Naja then offers to help infiltrate the subway tunnels, before Philip heads underground on a mission to free the last hostages himself – and confront the man he thought was long dead.
Troy: Fall of a City (BBC1, 9.10pm)
The series reaches its conclusion and answers the question a lot of viewers have been pondering – just how is it going to handle the Trojan horse? The episode begins as the Trojans are understandably stunned to discover that the Greeks have packed up and gone home, leaving just a large wooden horse behind as an offering to the gods. Sadly, the Trojans have never heard the saying “Beware Greeks bearing gifts” (in fairness, that’s because this is the incident that inspired it) and start celebrating the end of the war. But it seems their celebrations may be more than a little premature...
SUNDAY Jesus’ Female Disciples: The New Evidence (C4, 8pm)
The traditional story of the birth of Christianity is a rather male-dominated affair – only men could be priests and only men were close disciples of Jesus. His mother Mary obviously plays an important role, but even Mary Magdalene, one of Christ’s followers, is depicted by some as a prostitute or fallen woman – an image not supported by the canonical gospels. Now, Bible experts Helen Bond and Joan Taylor are setting out to redress the balance by offering an alternative view of events, in which women play a pivotal role and explain why they have largely been whitewashed out of the “official” version. Their journey of discovery takes them to Israel and Italy, where they find evidence to back their claims.
The Good Karma Hospital (STV, 9pm)
Ruby is still reeling from her discoveries at the tea plantation and must decide whether she can forgive past mistakes. Meanwhile, Mari goes head to head with Lydia when a surrogate mother gives birth in the hospital.
Ordeal by Innocence (BBC1, 9pm)
The morning after Leo and Gwenda’s party, Arthur tries to return to Sunny Point in an effort to clear Jack’s name, but receives very little support from the Argyll family, who have Mickey unceremoniously escort him off the premises. Left with no option but to reveal everything he knows, he provides irrefutable proof that Jack is innocent. His revelation has devastating consequences for the Argyll family, who begin to realise that if Jack did not kill Rachel, one of them must have.
The Olivier Awards 2018 (STV, 10.20pm)
They may not be as well publicised as the Baftas or the National Television Awards, but the Oliviers are every bit as glamorous and glitzy. The great and the good and Britain’s theatreland don their best bib and tucker, pat each other on the back and hand out a selection of trophies to those who have made the biggest on-stage splash during the past 12 months. What may come as a surprise is the fact that it all takes place on a Sunday afternoon, one of the few periods when theatre performers are not working. Catherine Tate hosted this year’s event earlier today at the Royal Albert Hall. The musical Hamilton led the way with a record-breaking 13 nominations, closely followed by Follies, which had eight.
MONDAY Travel Man: 48 Hours in Oslo (C4, 8.30pm)
Richard Ayoade is joined by Cold Feet star Fay
Ripley for a wintry mini-break in Norway’s capital, where they first head to the Thief hotel – home to an art collection including works by Warhol, Hirst and Koons, as well as a Bryan Ferry-themed dining room. They also take a ride on the city’s most popular toboggan run and try to master cross-country skiing, before visiting the National Gallery to check out Edvard Munch’s masterpiece The Scream and sampling Michelin-starred food at Kontrast.
Secret Agent Selection: WW2 (BBC2, 9pm)
During the Second World War, the Allies had an underground army that helped turn the balance of power. The agents of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) demonstrated tremendous courage and skill, and the network enjoyed many successes in their guerrilla war against Hitler’s forces. But these spies were not randomly chosen – there were secret SOE training schools, where carefully selected and groomed trainee saboteurs were taught to create chaos in Occupied Europe and the Far East. This five-part series takes viewers into the world of the Second World War secret agent and the SOE’s selection process. It begins as a group of modern-day students face the Student Assessment Board – an intense four-day course putting them through a series of physical and mental tests. The programme also charts the beginning of the SOE, which started with a handful of agents determined to find a way back into Nazi-controlled Europe.
Marcella (STV, 9pm)
Eric is taken in for questioning by the police and Marcella and the team quiz him on his confrontation with Dr Lewis, and he tells them he thought she had something to do with Gail’s disappearance due to Joel Lawrence. Marcella heads to investigate and is shocked when she sees that Joel has a scar on his chest – and is surprised further when she discovers who his next of kin is. She heads to the killer’s house, where she finds Edward’s ringing phone – triggering a blackout. Crime drama, starring Anna Friel. Last in the series.
Plebs (STV2, 10pm)
The good news for fans of this acclaimed Roman sitcom is that it’s back for a new series – the bad news is that it has returned without Joel Fry, who played Stylax. So perhaps it’s not surprising that Marcus (Tom Rosenthal) and Grumio (Ryan Sampson) are feeling down in the opening double bill as they come to terms with a catastrophic industrial accident. Luckily for them – and the viewers – cheery builder Jason (Jonathan Pointing) is about to enter their lives. Then, in the second episode, the trio’s new wine bar receives a devastating review from Rome’s leading food critic.
Kiss Me First (C4, 10pm)
To join the secret paradise known as Red Pill, Shadowfax will have to prove to Adrian that she is a worthy member. Despite being troubled by Calumny’s disappearance from the game, Leila does want to join so she can start to understand some of the mysteries behind her new friend Tess and the world of Red Pill. Fantasy thriller based on Lottie Moggach’s debut novel that blends live action and computer-generated virtual world sequences, starring Tallulah Haddon, Simona Brown, Matthew Beard and George Jovanovic.
TUESDAY Class of Mum and Dad (C4, 8pm)
Channel 4 loves social experiements and the latest promises to be a fascinating study of education across the generations. The idea is simple: a class of parents experience what it’s like for their kids as they go back to school. For a half-term, these senior students will study the year six curriculum alongside their own children. On the first day of the experiment, pupils of Blackrod Primary School discover their parents are joining them, and for the grown-ups it creates mixed emotions as they face old demons, such as the horrors of sports day and mathematics tests.
Gotham (E4, 9pm)
The first two seasons aired on Channel 5, the third went to Netflix and now the fourth season of Gotham is coming to E4. For those who haven’t been following the show around its various channels and platforms, it’s a Batman prequel that charts the young James Gordon’s route from rookie detective to commissioner while exploring the development of an even younger Bruce Wayne. In the first of a new run, Gordon worries the Scarecrow is back in Gotham following a string of robberies using his signature MO, while the Penguin’s “licensing” of crime runs into trouble.
Come Home (BBC1, 9pm)
There was little danger of this impressive drama
outstaying its welcome. At a mere three episodes, the saga told from different viewpoints has really given Christopher Eccleston and Paula Malcomson the chance to shine. As all the loose ends are tied up in the series finale, Greg and Marie hurtle towards a divisive family court case. As the narrative jumps between the past and the present, flashbacks reveal more about their life together. Good support comes from Kerri Quinn, Anthony Boyle and Lola Petticrew.
Cunk on Britain (BBC2, 10pm)
How much you like this series probably depends on how comfortable you are with watching experts trying to retain their composure while Philomena Cunk asks them the sort of questions a five-year-old child might offer. But obviously the format worked in Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe, so little wonder Diane Morgan’s gloriously stupid alter ego has been given more screen time to play with. In the second episode, her odyssey takes her from Henry VIII to Horatio Nelson. Kate Williams is the latest guest star.
WEDNESDAY Bacchus Uncovered: Ancient God of Ecstasy (BBC4, 9pm)
Bacchus is the god of wine, revelry, theatre and excess, so perhaps it’s not surprising that this ancient mythological figure still has a following. Professor Bettany Hughes sets out to investigate his origins, beginning in Georgia and then moving on to Greece, where his worship was embraced by all classes, especially women. She looks at how he has also been embraced by everything from Nietzsche’s philosophy to the hippy movement, while also pointing out that those who choose to celebrate Bacchus should heed the ancient waning of “nothing in excess”.
Benidorm (STV, 9pm)
Kat is back in EastEnders, which has left many soap fans wondering why her on-off husband Alfie isn’t with her. Well, one reason could be that Shane Richie is busy living it up in the sun with another guest stint in Benidorm as entertainer Sammy Valentine. Sammy is riding high after his comeback performance and is ready to make his debut at Neptune’s, but Monty remains unconvinced – until they have a meeting with a superfan. However, Joyce is still under the impression that they are going to be graced with the presence of a TV superstar. Meanwhile, Noreen senses the arrival of her twin sister Doreen, and Rob dashes to the airport in a bid to win back Cyd, leaving Billy and Eddie worried for his safety.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (BBC2, 9pm)
For the first series of American Crime Story, which dealt with the OJ Simpson trial, the writers’ biggest challenge may have been condensing all those column inches, transcripts and court broadcasts into just ten episodes. However, this second season has some blanks to fill in, especially when it comes to the life and motivations of killer Andrew Cunanan (the excellent Darren Criss), which may leave some viewers wondering how much is factual and how much is speculation. This week, Andrew’s certainty that he deserves success sees him brag, bluff and beguile his way into a new life, targeting wealthy men in San Diego. Meanwhile, Donatella’s (Penelope Cruz) self-doubt hampers her in Milan.
First Dates (C4, 10pm)
Recruitment consultant Lee, who is 32, sits down for a date with 32-year-old Abbi, hoping that she may be the perfect partner that he can settle down with after deciding it’s time to hang up his party hat. Meanwhile, politics graduate Cameron bonds with fellow politics lover Joe over matters of the state and the heart, and septuagenarian Deanna, who hasn’t been on a date in 20 years, meets former car mechanic Alex. Elsewhere, beauty ambassador Bianca, who is 23, shares a sweet and tender date with Teza.
THURSDAY Living with the Brainy Bunch (BBC2, 8pm)
Does parental influence affects pupils’ academic ability? Experts certainly believe so, and in this radical experiment, struggling pupils Hollie and Jack from Chessington Community College in south-west London move into the homes of two high-achieving counterparts. Hollie’s new housemate is Holly H, who has a clutch of As in her sights and wants to become a lawyer. Meanwhile, Jack is teamed with Tharush, who has only just moved to the UK from Italy but is already excelling at school. Initially, Hollie and Jack struggle with the
early bedtimes, tough homework schedules and curfews. But will this revolutionary change in family life bring about an improvement in their grades and ultimately lead them down a different path in life?
War Above the Trenches (Yesterday, 8pm)
When many of us think of the First World War, we picture the trenches and soldiers mired in mud. But as this two-part documentary reminds us, there was also a battle for air superiority going on above the Western Front. Adapted from the book Bloody April by historian Peter Hart, and drawing on reconstructions, archive footage and the diaries of Royal Flying Corps veterans as well as the men on the ground, it explores what it was like to take part in those early dogfights, aerial reconnaissance flights and bombing missions.
Indian Summer School (C4, 9pm)
The fish-out-of-water documentary series following five working-class British boys resitting their GCSE exams in India, draws to a close. After three months away, all the boys are understandably missing home – not least Alfie and Harry, whose attendance and concentration levels in class have taken a downturn. Ethan ruffles a few feathers when he writes an article for the school newspaper on being the first “out” gay boy at headteacher Matthew Raggett’s world-famous Doon boarding school. Meanwhile, Jack goes on a trek into the Himalayas – but will the trip have the desired effect and build his shattered confidence? Then, as the end of term approaches, the boys finally retake their GCSEs – will the trip be a success and will the the quintet get the grades they desperately covet?
Still Game (BBC1, 9.30pm)
Isa is excited when an old flame returns to Craiglang and before long romance is blossoming. But she cannot help feeling guilty about her husband, even though he died years ago, so she seeks advice on what to do for the best. Meanwhile, Boabby starts learning to drive, scaring the life out of anyone who tries to teach him, and Methadone Mick enrols in a mysterious online course. The only problem is, he doesn’t have a computer.
FRIDAY The Virtual Grand National 2018 (ITV4, 8pm)
Some of the non-racing fans who have an annual flutter on the Grand National have their own system, whether it’s looking at the odds or just picking which name they like best. But would they be better off putting their faith in a computer? In this special, Nick Luck uses the latest computer-generated imagery technology to find out where the 40 runners and riders might finish. We won’t know until tomorrow if the computer got it right, but there is a look back at the accuracy of the predictions for 2017.
MasterChef: The Final (BBC1, 8.30pm)
After an arduous seven-week journey, the search for the country’s best amateur cook reaches its climax, with the remaining three participants having to push themselves to the limit for one last time before judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace crown the winner. This is their final chance to pull out all the stops, show everything they’ve learned through the process and in three hours demonstrate the kind of cook they have become. They must push their culinary boundaries and produce the best three dishes of their lives in their quest to become the 14th champion.
The City and the City (BBC2, 9pm)
Commissar Gadlem advises Borlu that the case has been taken over by the Ul Qoman Militsya, but allows him to travel to Ul Qoma on an advisory basis. Borlu recommends that Corwi keep an eye on Major Syedr, the leader of extreme right nationalist group True Citizens and a candidate in the forthcoming mayoral election, believing that True Citizens was involved in Mahalia’s death and that Syedr knows more about Mahalia’s death than he’s prepared to reveal. Thriller, starring David Morrissey, Mandeep Dhillon and Danny Webb.
Will & Grace (C5, 10pm)
Many fans of the much-loved sitcom were somewhat sceptical about its return after so long a break, but by and large they’ve been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the revamped run’s scripts. Audience numbers both in the UK and its native US have impressed enough for its makers to commission a further two series. The current season, its ninth in total, reaches its conclusion tonight with a double bill in which Grace makes the mistake of taking Will home to Schenectady as moral support ahead of a memorial birthday celebration for her late mother. It’s followed by an insight into the surprising connection made by Grace’s father and Will’s mother. Meanwhile, Jack is on the rebound and Karen must choose between husband Stan and lover Malcolm (played by guest star Alec Baldwin).