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FRIDAY Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast (C4, 8pm)
the Lobby, Giles Coren and Monica Galetti travel to Kulm Hotel St Moritz. This Swiss Alpine hotel was the birthplace of winter tourism more than 150 years ago. Back then the owner made a bet with summer guests that if they returned in the winter and did not enjoy themselves he would pay for their stay. The guests stayed for the season, and a new industry of winter leisure and sports was born. During their stay, Giles works as a bellboy alongside veteran head concierge Silvio, while Monica helps joint managing director Jenny transform her office into a private dining room for a nostalgic candlelit dinner.
He’s starred in everything for Sherlock to Fargo (via The Hobbit films), but while Martin Freeman clearly has no fear of acting in front of groups of people, it seems he is afraid of cooking for them. Luckily Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty are on hand to help him get over his kitchen-based stage fright as they show him how to make the perfect eggs royale. Jamie also whips up fish and chips, using fresh mussels, clams and chunks of monkfish combined with garlic, chilli and curried butters, while Jimmy uses his DIY skills to make a Japanese teppan for the garden.
Britain by Boat: Two Grumpy Sailors (C5, 8pm)
Michael Buerk and John Sergeant embark on the final leg of their sea voyage. Setting out from Falmouth, the duo’s craft attracts a pod of dolphins as they cruise towards Salcombe. Back on dry land, the pair head straight to a gin distillery where they are invited to make their own special naval-inspired Bonaventure brew. Next day, as the two cruise into Brixham, it is clear that the voyage has been a triumph, allowing the former BBC news colleagues a chance to renew their friendship and rekindle their sense of adventure.
The Sound of Movie Musicals with Neil Brand (BBC4, 9pm)
He’s already presented The Sound of Cinema and The Sound of Musicals, and now Neil Brand is combining the two with this three-part series tracing the evolution of film musicals from 1929’s Broadway Melody to La La Land. He begins with the arrival of sound, and also looks at how some of the all-singing, all-dancing movies of the Great Depression, such as 42nd Street and Gold Diggers of 1933, were tougher and more socially aware than their reputations might suggest. But he’s not just concentrating on Hollywood, as he also takes a look at the Russian musicals commissioned by Joseph Stalin to promote Soviet ideology.
Eamonn & Ruth Do Vegas (C5, 9pm)
There’s nowhere quite like Las Vegas. Everything is bigger, bolder and more sparkly in the Nevada desert town that has been attracting stars great and small for decades. It’s up to you to decide which category Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford fit into, but Vegas is the destination for their latest two-part adventure. They check into the Palms Casino, a resort that attracts Hollywood A-listers and it can cost $25,000 a night to stay there; they also meet Derek Stephens, one of the local super-wealthy casino owners, who is transforming the downtown area into a mecca for young partygoers. They also tour the shops and boutiques and, of course, do a little gambling.
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Fuller House s4 (Netflix, from Fri)
The original Full House sitcom, about a widowed father raising his three daughters with help from his best pal and brother-in-law, ran for eight series. It seems that Netflix’s spin-off is attempting to at least match that record – and when the latest run becomes available, it will already be halfway to achieving its goal. The focus is on the three girls from the original series, now all grown up, with the eldest, DJ, raising her three sons with her sisters following the death of her husband. The show’s proved to be an overwhelming success, perhaps because of the presence of many of the cast members reprising their roles.
The Innocent Man (Netflix, from Fri)
When it comes to producing true-life crime documentaries, few do it better than Netflix. This is, after all, the home of Making a Murderer. Now another programme can be added to the list. This six-part series is based on bestselling author and former lawyer John Grisham’s acclaimed non-fiction book The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town and focuses on the story of Ron Williamson, an Oklahoma-based former minor league baseball player, and his drinking buddy Dennis Fritz. They were wrongly convicted of the rape and murder of a young waitress, spending 11 years behind bars.
Fuller House is back with a new series on Netflix