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the lat­est of­fer­ing, Joy deals with the fall­out from Laura’s dis­cov­ery, and Tom’s “prac­tice” with Michelle awak­ens sur­pris­ing new feel­ings be­tween the two friends. Mean­while, the rules of ex­per­i­ment are put un­der se­ri­ous strain as Joy bumps into first love Lawrence in a phar­macy, and Alan’s con­nec­tion to Claire be­comes more in­tense.

Moped Mug­gers: Caught on Cam­era (ITV, 9pm)

The num­ber of crimes car­ried out by moped rid­ers has been ris­ing – even Home Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid has been a vic­tim, as he re­vealed crim­i­nals on two wheels stole his phone out­side Eus­ton sta­tion in north Lon­don. This doc­u­men­tary takes a closer look at the phe­nom­e­non, hear­ing from other peo­ple who have been tar­geted and, as the ti­tle sug­gests, bring­ing view­ers footage of the crimes be­ing com­mit­ted. We’ll see a courier be­ing at­tacked for his bike and a jew­eller who fought back against the thieves. Ex­perts and for­mer po­lice of­fi­cers of­fer their in­sights into this grow­ing phe­nom­e­non as well as ad­vice on how to avoid be­com­ing a vic­tim.

Many friend­ships and ro­mances may have started – and ended – through so­cial me­dia, but how well can you ever know some­one based on their pro­files? That’s one of the ques­tions at the heart of this re­al­ity se­ries, which is broad­cast­ing over three con­sec­u­tive evenings. Pre­sented by Alice Levine and Maya Jama, who know a thing or two about the power of so­cial me­dia, it takes a group of con­tes­tants from all walks of life and moves them into sep­a­rate flats in the same block. They can only com­mu­ni­cate via a voice-ac­ti­vated so­cial me­dia plat­form called The Cir­cle and the goal is to be­come as popular as pos­si­ble. But how much of their online per­sonas is real and how much has been in­vented to win friends and a prize of up to £50,000?

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-writ­ten 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 of the sec­ond run, it’s a gap­ing hole in the roof that gives the cou­ple their big­gest night­mare.

Grand De­signs (C4, 9pm)

Kevin McCloud meets Span­ish ar­chi­tect Jaime and his wife Mimi as they em­bark on a mis­sion to con­vert a Grade II listed folly in Buck­ing­hamshire into a fam­ily home. Giv­ing them­selves a wildly op­ti­mistic six-month dead­line to fin­ish be­fore the birth of their sec­ond child, it’s not long be­fore the cou­ple hit trou­ble. Jaime puts all his en­er­gies and cre­ativ­ity into the project, us­ing in­no­va­tive 3D map­ping to squeeze liv­ing spa­ces into the tower, but it proves to be an ex­haust­ing strug­gle.

Trust (BBC2, 9pm)

In the 1990s and early 2000s, Bren­dan Frazer was

Joanna Lum­ley fol­lows the Silk Road from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea, trav­el­ling across the

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