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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)

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