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Ques­tion Time (BBC1, 10.45pm)

“The strange thing, for me, was say­ing good­bye to the laugh­ter, the joy, the in­tense re­la­tion­ship we had within this very short pe­riod of time, ev­ery year, for four years,” he con­tin­ues of his co-star’s de­par­ture.

“It was in­tense. We were to­gether most of the day, ev­ery day, more so than you spend with your part­ner, or your par­ents, or your fam­ily.

“And I en­joyed ev­ery minute, I never wanted it to stop. But, you know, noth­ing good ever lasts and he had to leave.”

Luck­ily Brit­tney’s char­ac­ter prom­ises to be an ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion to the show. Will is de­scribed as car­ing and a man of the peo­ple, who puts his all into a quest for so­cial jus­tice.

“But he also has a trou­bled past and, as the se­ries goes on, more about his story, and per­haps why be be­came a vicar, will be re­vealed.

“Will is very opin­ion­ated, and thinks God is above the law, so that re­ally puts Ge­ordie on the back foot. But we’ve de­vel­oped this re­la­tion­ship where he’s the son I never had and I’m the fa­ther fig­ure he never had. And that’s re­ally nice to play.”

New themes will be ex­plored this se­ries too – the civil rights move­ment, racism, homophobia, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and sex­ual as­sault. What was it like to tackle such sto­ry­lines?

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant,” notes Rob­son. “But I don’t see it as, ‘Right, we’re go­ing to talk about racism in this episode’. It’s how racism af­fects the re­la­tion­ships. To me, that’s how good drama should be played out.

“With the new move­ment, and more re­port­ing of sex­ual as­sault, es­pe­cially in the work­place, and at home, that’s com­ing to the fore­front. And quite right.”

Grantch­ester, STV, Fri­day, 9pm

Each episode be­gins with a pre-cred­its se­quence show­ing the events lead­ing up to a mur­der on St Marie, while in­tro­duc­ing us to the lat­est batch of guest char­ac­ters. Even­tu­ally the British de­tec­tive (in this case, DI Jack Mooney (played by Ardal O’Han­lon), un­rav­els the mys­tery in a dra­matic de­noue­ment that re­vis­its the mur­der in flash­back, and af­ter­wards, the team will all toast a job well done. The eighth se­ries be­gins tonight as four pas­sen­gers board the bus to Honore, only for one of them to be killed by a knife to the chest. There­fore when ev­ery­one else claims to have re­mained in their seats and seen noth­ing, Jack and his team are com­pletely baf­fled. Mean­while, Florence is be­ing un­usu­ally se­cre­tive about her new boyfriend.

Flirty Danc­ing (Chan­nel 4, 10pm)

Be­fore in­ter­net dat­ing, many peo­ple tried to find love by catch­ing the eye of a stranger on the dance­floor. And in this new se­ries Ashley Banjo is find­ing out if fancy foot­work can still bring peo­ple to­gether. If that con­jures up mem­o­ries of meat-mar­ket night­clubs, don’t worry, he won’t be send­ing the sin­gle­tons out to awk­wardly shuf­fle around on a sticky floor. In­stead two com­plete strangers will each be taught one half of a rou­tine. They’ll learn their moves sep­a­rately, be­fore com­ing to­gether to per­form it for the first time on set. Based on their per­for­mance alone, they must de­cide if there are enough sparks to make it worth see­ing each other again.

The po­lit­i­cal de­bate re­turns with Fiona Bruce mak­ing her host­ing de­but. The TV vet­eran should have no prob­lem keep­ing or­der in the stu­dio – tonight’s show comes from Lon­don – as the au­di­ence ques­tions the panel on is­sues of the day.

FRI­DAY QI (BBC2, 10pm)

It may have one of the most ir­ri­tat­ing theme tunes in TV his­tory, but QI con­tin­ues to be a crowd-pleaser in ev­ery other sense. Now in its 16th year, the pro­gramme shows no signs of grow­ing old, it’s even sur­vived a change of host; some view­ers be­moaned the fact that orig­i­nal pre­sen­ter Stephen Fry would be leav­ing and that it just wouldn’t be the same with Sandi Toksvig in charge. But, if any­thing, it’s even bet­ter; Fry oc­ca­sion­ally seemed rather jaded to­wards the end, but Toksvig has given the show re­newed en­ergy. Fol­low­ing a short break, QI is back on our screens - we’re be­ing treated to the re­main­ing episodes of the ‘P’ se­ries. This week, Jimmy Carr, Lee Mack, Alice Levine and, of course, Alan Davies, con­sider Pain and Pun­ish­ment.

On Drums: Ste­wart Copeland! (BBC4, 9pm)

Ste­wart Copeland, for­merly of the Po­lice, hosts this pro­gramme, which ex­plores the drums as the found­ing in­stru­ment of pop­u­lar mod­ern mu­sic. Along the way, Ste­wart plays with some of the most in­spir­ing drum­mers of the past 50 years, in­clud­ing John Dens­more of the Doors, Prince’s mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Sheila E, New Or­der’s Stephen Mor­ris and the Foo Fight­ers’ Tay­lor Hawkins. He also goes danc­ing in New Or­leans, builds his own bass drum pedal and checks out hot new bands on Santa Mon­ica beach.

The Vic­to­rian House of Arts and Crafts (BBC2, 9pm)

A late-1800s Vic­to­rian arts and crafts com­mune in the Welsh hills is brought back to life as a group of 21st-cen­tury crafters moves in to ex­pe­ri­ence the highs and lows of liv­ing and work­ing to­gether. Anita Rani is joined by renowned pot­ter Keith Brymer Jones and arts and crafts ex­pert Patch Rogers as six crafters are faced with the chal­lenge of breath­ing life back into the Vic­to­rian par­lour.

The Gra­ham Nor­ton Show (BBC1, 10.35pm)

The host is joined by X-Men star James McAvoy and Sarah Paul­son, of Ocean’s 8 and Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story fame, who are both ap­pear­ing in the new su­per­hero thriller Glass. Plus, iconic With­nail and I ac­tor Richard E Grant dis­cusses com­edy drama Can You Ever For­give Me? and Steve Coogan and John C Reilly re­flect on play­ing leg­endary dou­ble act Laurel and Hardy in Stan and Ol­lie. Westlife per­form their lat­est sin­gle, plus au­di­ence mem­bers re­count an anec­dote from the red chair.

Sex Ed­u­ca­tion (Net­flix, from Fri)

Gil­lian An­der­son may be the most fa­mous cast mem­ber but it’s Asa But­ter­field who steals the show as Otis Mil­burn, a so­cially awk­ward teenager who lives with his mother Jean (An­der­son). Otis has had no ex­pe­ri­ence with girls, even though Jean is a sex ther­a­pist and his home is full of man­u­als and videos, while rather frank con­ver­sa­tions – to which he can’t con­trib­ute – go on around him. How­ever, Otis is about to hit on an idea that will change his life and make him the most pop­u­lar per­son in school: he can use the spe­cial­ist knowl­edge he’s over­heard to gain sta­tus. To do so, he joins forces with Maeve, the class bad girl, and they em­bark on an un­usual jour­ney of dis­cov­ery.

Friends From Col­lege (Net­flix, from Fri)

Be­ing grown-up isn’t al­ways easy, as the friends de­picted in this like­able com­edy drama re­alised dur­ing its first run. Al­though they’re now ap­proach­ing their for­ties, all of them are strug­gling to say farewell to their youth, with their in­ter­wo­ven re­la­tion­ships of­ten caus­ing prob­lems. It’s been a year since Ethan and Sam’s af­fair be­came com­mon knowl­edge to the rest of the gang, in­clud­ing Ethan’s wife Lisa. No­body has heard from her since, while Ethan has spent the time alone writ­ing a novel and Sam has tried to patch things up with her hus­band Jon. The friends will be thrown to­gether again soon, how­ever, be­cause Max is about to get mar­ried, but will they be able to get over what has gone on be­fore?

Friends From Col­lege (Net­flix, from Fri)

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