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PICK OF THE WEEK
SATURDAY Martin and Roman’s Weekend Best (STV, 8.30am)
Following the success of their first series, fatherand-son duo and “best mates” Martin and Roman Kemp return to our screens for the next few Saturdays and Sundays, presenting celebrity chat, music and comedy, as well as games and challenges which see the competitive duo go head to head. The hosts are joined on the first edition by presenter, journalist and author Rick Edwards and Roman’s former Capital FM breakfast co-host Vick Hope. Plus, resident chef Shivi Ramoutar serves up deliciously simple dishes and helps the Kemps develop their culinary skills.
Match of the Day Live: The FA Cup (BBC1, 5.10pm)
Last month, Pep Guardiola’s runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City beat Everton 2-0, thanks to late goals from Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin de Bruyne, to reach the last four of the FA Cup. However, they face another significant challenge in the form of eight-time winners Chelsea. The Blues are going well under new manager Thomas Tuchel, with the German safely steering them to an unrivalled 12th semi-final this century thanks to a 2-0 win over struggling Sheffield United in the quarters. Gary Lineker presents all the action from Wembley Stadium.
In for a Penny (STV, 7pm)
Stephen Mulhern returns with a new series of In for a Penny, the half-hour game show based on a segment from Takeaway. In the first edition, the likeable host will be heading onto the streets of Sheffield to set members of the public more silly and unusual challenges, including Pump It Up, Mum’s The Word, Check It Out and the finale In for a Penny, In for a Grand, in which there is £1,000 up for grabs.
I Can See Your Voice (BBC1, 7.35pm)
Host Paddy McGuinness is joined by “celebrity investigators” Jimmy Carr, Alison Hammond and Amanda Holden for another edition of the mystery singing game show. Tonight, the panel helps sisters Jen and Nadine from London differentiate between the good and bad singers from a line-up including a plumber, a cruise ship star and nail technician, without ever hearing them sing a note. With a jackpot of £10,000 on the line, the players will be attempting to weed out the bad singers, based on a series of clues, interrogation and lip sync performances. Then, at the end of the show, the last singer standing will reveal if they have the voice of an angel or not, as they perform a duet with this week’s special guest, Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle.
Keeping Faith (BBC1, 9.10pm)
Although the third series of this Englishlanguage version of Welsh legal drama Un Bore Mercher opened to mixed reviews last month, the threads are now finally coming together and the tension is ramping up. In tonight’s fourth episode, we see Faith and Cerys remaining determined to get justice for Osian as they take the case all the way to the Court of Appeal in London. While there, Faith bumps into DI Laurence Breeze (Rhashan Stone), her old friend from the Met Police, who reveals some intriguing information about Rose.
SUNDAY Fast Justice (Dave, 6pm)
This new observational documentary series takes viewers on the road with Suffolk police. It features drug and human trafficking, as well as violent, serious and complex crimes, and highlights the challenges the police face tracking down the county’s most wanted on a day-to-day basis. Tonight, the Sentinel team, which was established in May 2019, takes down a major organised crime group suspected of smuggling drugs into the county. We see footage of a series of intense chases in a tense operation taking place over several weeks.
Call the Midwife (BBC1, 8pm)
The hit drama is back for a 10th series, but just because Call the Midwife has clearly hit on a winning formula, it doesn’t mean nothing ever changes. In the opening episode, Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) has a big decision to make regarding a private clinic venture that will generate much-needed income for Nonnatus House. Trixie (Helen George) is thrilled at the idea of a new professional challenge, but Dr Turner (Stephen McGann) is strongly against private health care, which leads to his first falling-out with Sister Julienne in 20 years – and leaves Shelagh (Laura Main) feeling caught in the middle. That’s not the only problem facing Dr Turner as he fears he’s dealing with another Thalidomide case after Lucille (Leonie Elliott) and Sister Frances (Ella Bruccoleri) report that a baby boy has been born without legs below the knee.
Guy Martin’s Battle of Britain (C4, 9pm) When hearing stories about British bravery during the Second World War, many people
have wondered whether they would have also risen to the challenge. After all, the average age of the RAF’s Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain was just 20, and they managed to inflict a major defeat on the Luftwaffe, which on paper outgunned and outnumbered them. In this two-part documentary, Guy Martin discovers whether he would have made the grade as a fighter pilot as he goes through the same training, in the same planes and at the same locations.
Line of Duty (BBC1, 9pm)
Did journalist Gail Vella miss her calling by not signing up to join AC-12? Judging by what the team have found out about her so far, she certainly shared their passion for rooting out bent coppers. Now, the unit think they have found a link between her murder and a historic case of police corruption, while Kate hatches a plan to find out once and for all whether Jo is on the straight and narrow. In fact, it seems they are closer than ever to cracking the case – but then Hastings’ authority is undermined.
The Hunter (C4, 10.55pm)
The latest offering from the foreign-language drama stand is set in 1993 in Palermo, a city that is caught not just in an escalating war between the state and the Mafia, but also a fight between two rival bosses in the mob. Into this simmering atmosphere comes young magistrate Saverio Barone, who is driven by a mixture of ambition and duty – and he’s on a mission to denounce his boss, whom he believes is working with organised crime. Meanwhile, Tony Calvaruso has recently been released from prison and is trying out for a new job with a crime don. The full series will be available to view on All4.
Ackley Bridge (C4, 6pm)
The Yorkshire-set school-based drama is back for a new run, but some things have changed. For a start it’s broadcasting each weekday for the next fortnight, and in a teatime rather then primetime slot. We’re promised several fresh faces too, who we’ll be getting to know over the course of 10 episodes. Among them is mixed race pupil Kayla, who finds herself torn between her white mother’s family and her father’s traditional Pakistani relatives. Also set to pop up are Kayla’s best friend, firebrand Fizza, and Romany gypsy community member Johnny, whose good looks are sure to turn a few heads. Roxy Cara, Yasmin Al Khudhairi and Ryan Dean play them, while former Coronation Street star Conor McIntyre pops up as Johnny’s grandad.
Alan Titchmarsh: Spring into Summer (STV, 8pm)
This week it’s the turn of chef extraordinaire Ainsley Harriott to show off his green-fingered expertise. No doubt he’s grown a few “Polly Peppers” in his own horticultural haven – you never know, he may even bring some along when he meets up with Titchmarsh in deepest Hampshire. Harriott is promising to add a Mediterranean flavour to the proceedings, which also include tips on tidying up the garden with horticulturalist David Domoney. Plus, there’s an insight into the work carried out by search and rescue dogs during the summer months.
Different League: The Derry City Story (BBC2, 9pm)
Derry City FC has been in existence since 1928, but it’s endured a chequered history, including a 13-year spell out of the limelight before joining the League of Ireland’s new First Division for the 1985-86 season. Now local boy and supporter Guy King, a producerdirector, has made a documentary about that momentous period in the club’s history, which he describes as a “rebirth”. King has managed to track down key players from the era as well as longstanding fans, who discuss their memories. Even those who aren’t supporters of the Candystripes will find something to enjoy here.
Lucy, the Human Chimp (C4, 9pm)
Born in 1964, Lucy was a chimpanzee raised as a human child by psychotherapist Maurice K Temerlin and his wife Jane as part of a project at the University of Oklahoma. However, by the age of 12 she was too strong to remain as part of the household, so a decision was made to transport her to Africa, where she would be taught to behave as a normal chimp ahead of being released into the wild. This documentary tells Lucy’s story as well as that of Janis Carter, then a young student who had befriended her and accompanied her on her journey to Gambia in 1977. The plan had been for Carter to remain with Lucy for a fortnight but she ended up living with her on an uninhabited island for the next six years.
Hoarder Homes: No Room to Move (C5, 9pm)
In Bromley, south London, is a one-bedroom flat that is home to 60-year-old Valentine. Or rather, it would be his home if he could actually get in through the door. Things have got so bad that Valentine has spiralled into depression and ended up in a psychiatric hospital. We join him just three days before he’s due to be discharged. But before he can return home and embark on a fresh start, his flat, which has been swamped by his clutter, needs to be cleared from top to bottom. Can extreme cleaners Caz and Tee work their magic and persuade Valentine it’s finally time to let go of his hoard?
Ainsley’s Mediterranean Cookbook (STV, 7.30pm)
Ainsley Harriott begins his latest journey with a sailing lesson on board a 44ft-catamaran, but when they arrive at a crystal-clear cove on the island of Lavezzi, it’s time for the chef to deliver his own masterclass as he whips up some seafood skewers with pepperonata. That’s just the beginning of the culinary adventure, as Harriott also explores the medieval fortress town of Bonifacio in Corsica, where he meets olive-oil maker JB and cooks some cheesy stuffed aubergines in an outdoor kitchen overlooking the harbour.
Makeup: A Glamorous History (BBC2, 9pm)
Tonight, BBC3 hit Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star comes to BBC1, giving viewers a chance to see some of the latest trends. However, BBC2 is looking to the beauty fads of the past with this new series, presented by professional make-up artist Lisa Eldridge. She begins with the Georgians, who used their look to show off their wealth – 18th-century style icon Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, employed a full-time hairdresser who travelled everywhere with her and earned the equivalent of £100,000 a year plus expenses. In their quest to look good, the rich would go to ever greater extremes, including using white face paint, which could prove fatal. However, that wasn’t the only way the pursuit of fashion could go too far because, by the end of the 18th century, when revolution was in the air, such an ostentatious look became dangerous.
The Syndicate (BBC1, 9pm)
It seems like the members of the syndicate could be under even more pressure to claim their winnings when they have to rush Roxy to hospital before she loses her unborn baby. The emergency medical treatment comes with a big bill – and if they can’t pay it, they won’t be allowed to leave the country. Unfortunately, their chances of getting Frank to hand over his fortune are looking slimmer when Keeley realises they’ve missed their chance to hold his dog to ransom, but Mr Shriver, the head of
Mercury Millions’ fraud team, has her own questions about his win.
Doctors of War: Saving Lives (C5, 10pm)
This fascinating documentary brings us a week in the life of a hospital in war-torn South Sudan, which is run by local staff and supported by international medics and British doctors flown in by a humanitarian charity. The staff may have plenty of expertise but they are working under extreme pressures and with limited resources as they deal with patients including a group of boys who were critically injured after playing with a grenade, a man who was shot in the head and a girl with multiple knife wounds.
Lights Up: Adam (BBC4, 11pm)
The National Theatre of Scotland’s awardwinning stage play, written by Frances Poet, is made into a theatrical television drama.
Inspired by the life of Adam Kashmiry, it tells the remarkable story of a young trans man and his isolating experiences in a Glasgow flat while awaiting a decision on his asylum claim. Born in Egypt, Kashmiry was assigned female at birth but always knew he was a boy. Trapped with no way to describe this feeling, in a deeply conservative society where falling in love with the wrong person can get you killed, he knew that he had to escape. What followed was an epic journey beyond Kashmiry’s wildest dreams.
The Repair Shop (BBC1, 8pm)
Conservator Lucia Skalisi is hoping to restore a King Charles II painting to its crowning glory for a Gloucestershire woman and, as she removes layers of dirt, it becomes clear just how old the portrait is. Silversmith Brenton West works on a well travelled trunk, which, despite being empty for a while, holds plenty of cherished memories for a mother and daughter. Also tonight, goldsmith Richard Talman tries to bring the sparkle back to a broken engagement ring and toy restorers Julie Tatchell and Amanda Middleditch attempt to revive a toy donkey.
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs (STV, 8pm)
Paul helps staff at Battersea Dogs & Cats
Home in London train a lively beagle cross pup, and spends the day with a bichon who, like many pets during lockdown, has got used to living in a busy home. The presenter also helps a shellshocked old Staffy who was left tied to the gates. Finally, Paul assists the staff as they battle to contain a dangerous outbreak of parvo virus. This highly infectious and potentially fatal disease attacks cells in a dog’s intestines and stops them from being able to absorb vital nutrients.
The Great British Sewing Bee (BBC1, 9pm)
Many of us were guilty of jumping the gun as far as summer is concerned at the beginning of April. However, the producers of this programme are clearly confident that the mercury is on the rise as they get the contestants to produce garments that will look
and feel cool in the hottest of weather. Patrick and Esme’s pattern challenge this week is a pair of paperbag shorts. They might be a small garment but creating the signature shape means perfecting pockets, tackling tricky turnups and wrestling with an elastic waistband prone to doing its own thing. Next, the sewers have to transform second-hand men’s swimming gear into a garment for a woman to don at sunset cocktails before a final made-tomeasure challenge for which button-down sun dresses are the order of the day.
Bent Coppers: Crossing the Line of Duty (BBC2, 9pm)
Early 1970s Soho – a place where pornographers used lavish gifts and big bribes to buy the protection of senior police officers. Together, they ran central London’s seedy streets in a rock-solid alliance where overt criminals and bent cops feel untouchable, and the public are completely unaware. At least, that is, until one intrepid journalist, Laurie Manifold from the Sunday People, reveals the relationship between the head of the
Met’s famous Flying Squad, Ken Drury, and porn king Jimmy Humphreys. In doing so, he exposes a pattern of brazen corruption that would sink public opinion of the Metropolitan Police to an all-time low.
Second Hand for 50 Grand (C4, 10pm) While secondhand retailers had already been seeing promising signs growth in the past few years, the pandemic has increased their success. To show how the resale concept has gathered momentum, this documentary follows the day-to-day running of Xupes, “the go-to place for second-hand chic” and family-run business that is hoping to corner the market in pre-owned luxury handbags, priceless watches, jewellery, art and design. We meet window cleaner Grant, whose dad wants to buy him a Cartier watch. Meanwhile, Rebecca asks “head of handbags” Reece to scour the globe for an exact match for a stolen Prada bag that also had a special family connection for her. And finally, Kristen wants the thrill of buying herself a dream Chanel bag for her birthday.
Escape to the Farm with Kate Humble (C5, 8pm)
To help Farmer Tim celebrate his birthday, Kate joins him, his wife Sarah and their dog Taff on a walk in the town of Blaina, where he grew up. It’s a trip down memory lane, during which he remembers learning his craft. Tim also plans a spending spree that should liven things up on Kate’s farm before doing something few of us would fancy tackling – collecting sheep droppings for a vet inspection. Thankfully Kate is carrying out a far more palatable task – she’s preparing a hearty stew and a traditional cake.
Dragons’ Den (BBC1, 8pm)
Evan Davis welcomes more budding entrepreneurs into the Den – but will tycoons Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman, Tej Lalvani and Sara Davies be impressed enough to offer financial backing to the products and services? A DJ and dancer pitches a socially distanced nightclub business and an Irish inventor presents a musclemassaging device. Plus, a pair of optical consultants have their sights set on investment with their ready-readers business, and a tech enthusiast demonstrates his method of monetising personal online data.
Accused of Murdering Our Son - The Steven Clark Story (STV, 9pm)
On December 28, 1992, 23-year-old Steven Clark disappeared; he was last seen close to his home in Marske, near Redcar, in Yorkshire. Twenty-eight years later his now elderly parents Doris and Charles were arrested on suspicion of his murder, despite the fact his body has never been found. They were subsequently released and here they get to tell their side of the story. Ex-detective Mark Williams-Thomas – who will be familiar to those who saw the acclaimed documentary The Other Side of Jimmy Savile – reinvestigates the case, spending 17 weeks with the Clarks as they endure a terrifying ordeal. Charles and Doris also discuss their son, who was left disabled by a car accident when he was a toddler, and reveal the devastation they felt at being accused of his murder.
Taskmaster (C4, 9pm)
It isn’t easy to get into Greg Davies’ good books, as Charlotte Ritchie, Jamali Maddix, Lee Mack, Mike Wozniak and Sarah Kendall are discovering. Nevertheless they’re continuing their efforts to do so, with varying degrees of success. While Jamali sets to work redecorating the caravan, a kiwi fruit leaves Sarah aghast. But it’s Mike’s shocking revelation that stuns everyone so much, Davies will be lucky if he can persuade them to do anything afterwards. Thankfully, Alex Horne is on hand to keep matters ticking over.
Don Rodolfo (BBC2, 10pm)
In 2018, Irish comedian, actor and writer
Ciaran Dowd won the 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer for his debut solo show, entitled Don Rodolfo. He describes the titular character as “the grotesque love child of Don Juan and Don Quixote”. This short comedy (it’s an all-too-brief 10 minutes long) is a spoof swashbuckler in which Rodolfo discusses his conquests, adventures and even thoughts, some of which he really should keep quiet about. If the show proves popular, a series may head our way in the future.
Frank of Ireland (C4, 10pm)
Even if you were desperately ill, would you agree to let Frank and his hapless best friend Doofus take care of you? After watching their antics in last week’s opening episode of the Gleeson brothers’ sitcom, the answer would surely be no. But it seems that poor Mary has no choice – she’s bed-ridden and requires the boys to help her with a number of chores. Initially they throw themselves into their tasks with enthusiasm, although giving her some sleeping pills so that they can complete them without her interference doesn’t seem to be a great idea. Then, to make matters worse, they return from the laundrette to find her missing. Could Mary simply have just gone out on a date, or is something more sinister going on?
Food Unwrapped (C4, 8pm)
Jimmy Doherty is investigating turmeric – sometimes called Indian saffron or the golden spice. With a warm, bitter taste, it is used to flavour or colour curry powders, mustards, butters, dressings and cheeses. But not only does it add spice to food, turmeric can play an important role in digesting food and is used widely to make medicine. Jimmy visits India on the trail of the exotic spice and finds himself at a wedding where guests are showered with it. Also tonight, Kate Quilton wants to find out how much milk goes into a bar of chocolate, and if you have ever wondered why popular vegetable asparagus gives some of us a rotten-like pungent problem with our pee, Andi Oliver may have the answer.
The Who Sell Out: Classic Albums (Sky Arts, 9pm)
Primarily written by guitarist Pete Townshend, and released in December 1967, The Who Sell Out reflected a remarkable year in popular culture when the counterculture and the “love generation” became a global phenomenon. This documentary looks at the acclaimed 1967 concept album, described by Rolling Stone as “The Who’s finest album”. It purports to be a broadcast by pirate station Radio London and contains unrelated tracks interspersed with radio spots, commercials and public service announcements.
Gardeners’ World (BBC2, 9pm)
Monty Don explains the next steps of his chilli seeds’ growth at Longmeadow, as well as planting out some evergreen cuttings that he has propagated. Joe Swift gets some design and planting inspiration when he visits a courtyard garden in London, and in Wales, a woman shows how her back garden has been arranged to remind her of her childhood home in Jamaica. Finally, Nick Bailey finds out about what can be done about pests such as suckers, caterpillars, midges and mites, which are spoiling some of his box hedges.
Churchill: Fallen Hero (C5, 9pm)
The series reaches 1945 and Winston Churchill has led Britain to victory in the Second World War. He’s determined to carry on as Prime Minister and calls a General Election, fully expecting voters to give him another five years in No10. But he’s in for a shock. While Nazi Germany has surrendered and, for many, Churchill is a symbol of victory, the tide begins to turn and the PM struggles on the campaign trail. The ageing leader represents the past and Britain is now looking to its future. In extraordinary and moving scenes, the great war hero’s speeches are met with boos rather than cheers.