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FRIDAY The Island Strait (STV, 8pm)
investigate anyway – unaware of the ramifications in store. Rival reporters Ed and Leona become involved in a competitive tussle when they are both sent to cover the same case, and when both papers go to print, Duncan and Amina make bold moves that could jeopardise their careers.
Think of the Menai Straits and what immediately springs to mind is probably the bridge that links Anglesey to mainland Wales, which was designed by Thomas Telford, completed in 1826 and is now a Grade I listed building. It was built to help landowners take their valuable cattle to market in London, but these days it’s more likely to transport tourists to the island for their holidays – as the latest edition of this series illustrates perfectly. As the tourists arrive, local businesspeople thrive – suddenly their tills are constantly ringing thanks to the temporary residents. Some of the sights they come to see may include landscape photographer Glyn’s exhibition and Menai, the Olive Ridley turtle who washed up outside Frankie’s Sea Zoo and is now thriving in her new home.
Gardeners’ World (BBC2, 8pm)
Monty Don celebrates the fruits of the season by planting crab apples in his paradise garden and bulbs in pots for early spring colour. Carol Klein travels to Yorkshire where she takes a look at the enormous colour range and form of the late-season perennial the salvia, while Mark Lane is in Oxfordshire looking at how ornamental grasses can be used in planting design to create exciting combinations. Arit Anderson tackles growing concerns about the use of plastics in the horticultural industry and Environment Minister Michael Gove is quizzed about the Westminster government’s plans for improving recycling.
Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb (C5, 8pm)
The father-and-son duo tackle the Hebridean Cycle Way. In Eriskay, George hooks up with the local football team and has a kickabout in some wild weather on one of the most picturesque pitches in the world. Meanwhile, Larry joins a local landowner and his deerstalker in an effort to spot the magnificent deer that roam the region. After staying overnight at Amhuinnsuidhe Castle, the pair cycle up to Lewis and Harris, swinging into Stornoway to sample some local black pudding. They later meet members of the Lewis Pipe Band, who instruct the boys in the art of the bagpipes. Last in the series.
Ancient Invisible Cities (BBC2, 9pm)
In Turkey, Michael Scott uses 3D-scanning technology to examine the once enormous Hippodrome, which began as a stadium for chariot racing, although its foundations were later converted into a huge water cistern to supply the Emperor’s Great Palace in Istanbul. Michael unearths a holy well, hidden 30 feet under a carpet shop, and then 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. Along the way he finds time for a shave in the Sultan’s Grand Bazaar and uncovers the engineering innovations of the spectacular Suleymaniye Mosque. Last in the series.
heart of his story – Reeva’s death.
Quincy (Netflix, from Fri)
“It’s rare that somebody who has lived as much life as my dad is still interested in growing and knowing the next generation,” says Rashida Jones of her father, musician and producer Quincy Jones. “He is such a man of action and accomplishments but we were so lucky to spend real time with him, to let him reflect on life and the larger picture.” The Parks and Recreation star has co-directed this documentary which offers an insight into Quincy’s career – and as it’s been pretty spectacular, there’s a lot of ground to cover. It focuses on his music, of course, as well as his work in the film industry and the professional relationships he’s built with the likes of Michael Jackson and Will Smith.
Maniac (Netflix, from Fri)
Film stars continue to switch to the small screen as they search out intriguing roles. So it’s no surprise to see Jonah Hill and Emma Stone taking the lead roles in this eagerly awaited dark comedy series. They play strangers Annie and Owen, who meet after signing up to a pharmaceutical trial led by Dr James Mantleray (Justin Theroux). He claims to have invented a series of pills that can repair any mental health issue or heartbreak. Annie is disaffected and aimless, while Owen is suspected of being schizophrenic; as a result, both are pinning their hopes on Mantleray’s tablets and their supposed ability to turn their lives around.
Quincy (Netflix, starting on Fri)