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Best of the Rest: w/c Saturday February 4

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Whitney Houston & Bobbi Kristina: Didn't We Almost Have It All? (Paramount+, from Tue)

The biopic I Wanna Dance with Somebody has recently gone down well with Whitney Houston fans. Perhaps to cash in on its box office success, this feature-length documentary is about to be made available in which parallels between the singer and her daughter are drawn. Much of the attention is, however, devoted to Whitney, revealing the battle she faced trying to live up to the ‘pop princess' persona created for her, as well as the racism she suffered and the media scrutiny of her relationships with her lifelong friend Robyn Crawford and her former husband Bobby Brown. It discusses how she ended up on the path to destruction, despite her efforts to be a good role model to her daughter Bobbi Kristina, who passed away in 2015, just three years after her mother.

You (Netflix, from Thu)

The fourth season of the taut psychological thriller based on Caroline Kepnes' book series was commissioned way back in 2021, and it promises to be worth waiting for. The run is being split in two, with the first five episodes being made available immediately; the rest will appear a month later on March 9. Penn Badgley once again stars as Joe Goldberg, but this time he's masquerading as university professor Jonathan Moore and is having what he hopes will be a peaceful holiday in London when we catch up with him. However, the break turns out to be far from relaxing when a killer begins bumping off various wealthy folk, one by one. Joe is reluctant to get involved, but eventually turns detective to find out whodunit. Charlotte Ritchie and Ed Speleers also appear.

Clarkson's Farm (Prime, from Fri)

According to a recent report in showbiz industry bible Variety, Jeremy Clarkson's contract will not be renewed by Amazon (who haven't officially made a statement yet) after its current crop of programmes involving the former Top Gear presenter have been made available. It was initially assumed that was due to his controversial comments about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, but insiders have suggested the expensive costs of his shows, which are not as popular outside the UK, is the real reason. We are, however, due to get two more series of Clarkson's Farm, the first of which debuts this week. It will follow his battle with the local council over plans to open a restaurant at the site in the Cotswolds, and we're also promised a chance to catch up with his colourful staff.

Orphan: First Kill (Paramount+, from Fri)

In 2009, Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard appeared in the psychological horror movie Orphan. Despite receiving only mixed reviews from critics, it was a hit with horror fans, so it's a surprise it took so long for a follow-up to be made. Orphan: First Kill is actually a prequel and sees Isabelle Fuhrman reprise her role from the first film, that of Leena Klammer, a psychopathic 31-year-old Estonian whose rare hormonal condition makes her look like a nine-year-old girl. After escaping from a psychiatric clinic, she travels to the US, where she uses her disorder to pose as Esther, a child who's been missing from her wealthy family for four years – and it soon becomes clear she has no intention of curbing her homicidal tendencies. Julia Stiles and Rossif Sutherland also star.

Dug Days: Carl's Date (Disney+, from Fri)

The Pixar animated movie Up was a huge success with viewers of all ages. To capitalise on that, a spin-off series, Dug Days, was made. It hit screens in 2021 and featured one of the last performances of the much-missed Ed Asner, who reprised his role of pensioner Carl Fredricksen; the plot of each episode followed his and his talking golden retriever Dug as they embarked on various adventures while settling into their new suburban home. According to Bob Peterson, who provides Dug's voice, Asner recorded his lines for this new spin-off prior to his death two years ago, so we'll be able to hear him as Carl navigates the pitfalls and pleasures of dating, something he hasn't done since his beloved wife Ellie died many years ago.

Saturday, 4/2/2023

Live Six Nations Rugby Union (BBC1, 1.15pm)

The moment rugby union fans have been waiting for is here at last – the 24th Six Nations campaign begins. Reigning champions France aren't in action until Sunday, when they start their defence of the title against Italy in Rome. However, there are two fantastic games in prospect today. At the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales and Triple Crown holders Ireland clash, with the home team desperate to improve on last year's disappointing tournament, which saw them come second-from-bottom in the table. Then it's the turn of auld enemies England and Scotland to enter the fray at Twickenham, where England's new boss Steve Borthwick will be keen to get off to a winning start by claiming the Calcutta Cup.

The Masked Singer (ITV, 7pm)

Now, be honest, have you managed to guess the identities of any of the celebrities before they were unmasked yet? It certainly hasn't been easy – surely nobody was expecting snooker legend Stephen Hendry to be among them anyway. Will the next famous name be easier to figure out? Or will you be as clueless as judges Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Mo Gilligan who, let's face it, often have some very bizarre theories? There's only way to find out… Host Joel Dommett is the man with the answer.

Madness: The Get Up! (Sky Arts, 8pm)

Filmed in May 2021, this show features live performances by the band, with guest appearances by Paul Weller and Roland Gift, combined with vaudevillian entertainment and comedy sketches written by Charlie Higson. The set list includes hits My Girl, House of Fun, Our House, Embarrassment, Baggy Trousers, Bed and Breakfast Man, The Harder They Come, The Prince, Night Boat to Cairo, Shut Up and One Step Beyond. Plus, there are three previously unreleased tracks, Baby Burglar, If I Go Mad and Theatre Of The Absurd.

Roy Orbison at the BBC (BBC2, 8.50pm)

The Big O is the latest artist to take centre stage in BBC Two's Saturday evening schedule. The programmes begin with a selection of performances from the BBC archive, which is followed at 9.20pm by a profile of Orbison, whose life had more than its fair share of tragedy as well as triumphs. An hour later, there's a chance to see the great man perform some of his biggest hits, including Only the Lonely, Oh, Pretty Woman and In Dreams during Roy Sings Orbison. Finally, at 11.20pm, Roy Orbison: One of the Lonely Ones, offers another insight into his life and career.

Open All Hours: 50 Years of Laughter (C5, 8.50pm)

In 1973, Roy Clarke, creator of Last of the Summer Wine, devised a one-off sitcom for Ronnie Barker's Seven of One anthology series. Another episode, Prisoner and Escort, was later turned into Barker's classic series Porridge, while Clarke's Open All Hours also went down a treat; full series followed in 1976, 1981, 1982 and 1985. Filmed in the outskirts of Doncaster, it followed the fortunes of miserly shopkeeper Arkwright (Barker) and his put-upon assistant and nephew Granville (David Jason, who also appeared in the sequel Still Open All Hours). Here, fans, cast and crew discuss the show.

North Sea Connection (BBC4, 9pm)

Irish actors and behind-the-camera creatives recently enjoyed their best-ever Oscar nomination tally, proving – if it was ever in any doubt – that the nation is packed with talent. With that in mind, we're about to be treated to a timely showing of another production from across the Irish Sea, one that's already gone down a storm in its homeland. The six-parter is taking over the imported drama slot on BBC Four for the next three weeks. The opening double-bill introduces viewers to Ciara Kenny, whose family have fished the waters off the coast of Roskillane for generations. She may be in charge of the boat, but her ambitious brother Aidan is about to make a mistake that will change their lives forever. Lydia McGuinness and Kerr Logan star.

Sunday, 5/2/2023

Match of the Day Live: Women's Super League (BBC Two, 12.15pm)

Today's London derby sees Tottenham Hotspur Women take on Chelsea Women at Brisbane Road just a week and a half on from the FA Women's League Cup quarter-final tie between the sides. The reverse league fixture at Stamford Bridge in November saw Emma Hayes' hosts move clear at the top of the table thanks to strikes from Sam Kerr and Erin Cuthbert and a Guro Reiten penalty. Can Spurs' star signing Beth England, who arrived from the Blues, inspire Rehanne Skinner's side to a surprise win as they look to secure a place in the top half of the table?

His Dark Materials (BBC1, 7pm)

After a disappointing film adaptation, some fans of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy may have initially been wary when it was revealed that the BBC was bringing the books to the screen. Luckily, the TV version has been a huge success, and a lot of viewers will be sad when the third and final series comes to an end tonight. Luckily, it's going out in dramatic style as, in the world of the Mulefa, Lyra and Will are reunited with Mary, and hear a story that changes everything. However, Father Gomez is also in the same world on a deadly mission of his own. After an emotional reunion and help from a forgotten ally, Lyra and Will are faced with a heart-breaking decision about how much they are willing to sacrifice to save the worlds.

Vera (ITV, 8pm)

DCI Stanhope investigates the death of Lance Corporal Conn Burns, who was a dedicated soldier with a loving young family – or at least, he was while he was in the army. After leaving, he struggled to adjust to civilian life and a string of bad decisions ended with him living rough on the streets of Newcastle. However, before his death he had been making attempts to get back on track. It's up to Vera to find out what went wrong, as she discovers that a dark secret from Conn's past and a more recent betrayal may have played a part in his death.

Happy Valley (BBC1, 9pm)

In a recent episode of writer Sally Wainwright's acclaimed crime drama, it was revealed that the collection for a retirement present for Sgt Catherine Cawood, the dedicated police officer played by Sarah Lancashire, currently stood at over £2,000. Quite a few viewers probably wondered if there was any way they could chip in as well, as there's nothing they would like more than for the third and final series of Happy Valley to end with Catherine fulfilling her retirement dream of driving to the Himalayas, preferably with a substantial wad of cash in her pocket. But as the finale arrives, will she get the ending she deserves? What we do know is that it's her last shift, and some old scores are about to be settled, while her grandson Ryan is facing a moral dilemma.

The Warship: Tour of Duty (BBC2, 9pm)

The crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth get to take a break in Cyprus, but just in case you were wondering if this documentary series was about to turn into something resembling Cruising with Jane McDonald, problems are soon looming. It's discovered that one of the sailors has contacted Covid-19 while on shore leave – and containing a virus on board a ship is never going to be easy. By the time the vessel enters the Indian Ocean a week later, 400 crew members are in isolation, either because they are infected or are classed as close contacts.

Walter Presents: Top Dog (Channel 4, 11.15pm)

Brace yourself for another classy crime drama from Scandinavia. This time, it's a Swedish offering, and it's a bit of an epic – the story is told in 14 hour-long parts. Josefin Asplund heads the cast as ambitious lawyer Emily Jansson, with Alexej Manvelov as Teddy Maksumic, who's trying to kickstart his life after a decade behind bars. The duo each receives a task that brings them together to investigate a mysterious disappearance. Most of the dialogue is in Swedish, but there's a smattering of Serbian used too.

Monday, 6/2/2023

Spring Walks (BBC Four, 7.30pm)

It's time to blow a few cobwebs away by taking a brisk stroll in a picturesque place. Well, that's what Sara Davies is getting up to in the first of a short-but-sweet two-part series. The businesswoman and Dragons' Den regular is heading to the Swinton Estate in North Yorkshire, where she takes in the stunning sights while happily chatting away about her career, including the difficulties she faced as a young entrepreneur, as well as how participating in Strictly Come Dancing impacted on her life.

Maternal (ITV, 9pm)

Post-pandemic frontline medicine does not look like a particularly fun place to be working, if this consistently good hospital drama from acclaimed playwright Jacqui Honess-Martin is anything to go by. Helen (Lisa McGrillis) endures a particularly gruelling nightshift, and she needs someone to talk to – and ends up confiding in Jack (Raza Jaffrey). Meanwhile Maryam (Parminder Nagra) and Catherine (Lara Pulver) endeavour to put the stresses and strains of work at the back of their minds for just a short time, embarking on an increasingly rare night out. But wouldn't you know it? They only end up having to leap into action themselves when a medical emergency unfolds before them.

Putin vs the West (BBC2, 9pm)

This second documentary (of three) recalls a gambit by the West which, with hindsight, now appears rather naive. David Cameron reveals how he and other leaders attempted to enlist Vladimir Putin as a peacemaker in the Middle East, only for the Russian president to instead demonstrate the lengths to which he would go to keep his allies in power. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad had aligned himself with Putin, and was struggling to hold on to power in the midst of a bloody civil war, when Putin sent Russian troops to his aid.

SAS: Who Dares Wins – Jungle Hell (C4, 9pm)

We already knew the SAS recruitment process was not for the fainthearted, but even so this week's challenges seem particularly brutal: starting with an energy-sapping uphill hike followed by a 200ft abseil into a dark, bat-infested cave. It's not all about brute strength and endurance, though – there's a tactical and decision-making exercise when the 12 remaining recruits are sent to a bustling market where an armed gunman (simulated, of course) is loose amongst the civilians. Then it's everyone's favourite – a game of murderball.

Ambulance (BBC1, 9pm)

The award-winning blue-light documentary series ends its 10th run tonight with a particularly hard-hitting episode. A call is received for a patient who has made an attempt to end their own life. Emily and Gayle are immediately dispatched to assist, along with another crew. Sadly, the patient dies, but the two crewmates remain at the scene where they provide much-needed support to the shocked and grief-stricken family. Elsewhere, an 81-year-old diabetic falls from his mobility scooter, and a 75-year-old has a suspected stroke.

Everyone Else Burns (C4, 10pm)

Simon Bird's character in this novel and fun sitcom – an ultra-religious patriarch preparing for the apocalypse – may seem very different to those for which he is previously known (Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner). No one seems to have told Bird, however, who but for the haircut plays David with exactly the same mannerisms. Having said that, EEB is a wildly enjoyable comedy and this week David's position as paterfamilias is rocked by Fiona's increasing interest in Andrew. Their marriage isn't shored up any by David's decision to share his deepest, darkest secrets with Fiona, either. Aaron meanwhile takes his art in a new direction, his teacher encouraging him to tackle a different subject to ‘non-believers burning in Hell'.

Tuesday, 7/2/2023

Safer Internet Day 2023 – Live Lesson (CBBC, 11am)

This year's Safer Internet Day is based around the theme: Want to talk about it? The BBC celebrates the occasion with a gaming themed lesson for 7-11 year-olds presented by Joe Tasker and Blue Peter's Mwaksy Mudenda. They will be challenging your pupils to take on the role of game developers as they develop a video game about internet safety. They'll also also be exploring some of the risks of online gaming, asking children their thoughts on how to stay safe online and sharing practical tips and support from BBC Own It.

Great British Menu (BBC2, 8pm)

The judges on these cookery shows get quite animated over the dishes at times, but this week at least there will be good reason – chefs from the South West are challenged to serve up canapes, starters and fish dishes based on an animation and illustration theme. From a Wallace and Gromit-themed mushroom dish (but will it include Wensleydale?) to a Wombles-based onion broth, these ‘toony treats look delightful – but are they delicious? Michael O'Hare decides, while Andi Oliver presents.

The Shamima Begum Story (BBC2, 9pm)

In 2015, in what filmmaker Josh Baker describes as “one of the most talked about, yet least understood, stories of our time”, then 15-year-old Shamima Begum was groomed online by members of Islamic State and lured to Syria. Here, Baker retraces the journey made by Begum and two friends – dubbed the ‘Bethnal Green three” at the time – and unpicks some of the conflicting accounts about Begum's role within the so-called caliphate. Baker spent more than a year speaking to Begum, as well as other sources including intelligence operatives in a bid to separate fact from fiction for this genuinely remarkable and truly shocking film. An accompanying 10-part podcast, ‘I'm Not a Monster', is available on BBC Sounds.

Bradley & Barney Walsh: Breaking Dad (ITV, 9pm)

The penultimate episode of the fifth series, and Barney Walsh's resilient dad remains unbroken so far. Still, this week the younger Walsh has plenty of dizzying activities up his sleeve as they continue their tour of Costa Rica. Harking back to childhood, the duo have a go at climbing trees – but at over 130 feet, these are no ordinary trees. After bit of respite at a dog sanctuary that is home to 2,000 free-roaming dogs, they meet a former kayak slalom Olympian then go head-to-head in a time-trial.

The Family Pile (ITV, 9.30pm)

Sherlock star Amanda Abbington is great as the formidable Nicole in Brian Dooley's comedy drama about family bereavement and sibling rivalry. This week Nicole is (once again) centre stage as her bossy attitude and commanding behaviour pushes her sisters Yvette (Clare Calbraith), Ursula (Claire Keelan) and Gaynor (Alexandra Mardell) to breaking point. And it's not like they don't have enough to contend with already: Ursula has a health scare, Gaynor is put out by the buyers, and Yvette can't find support when she needs it.

Consent (C4, 10pm)

Emily Atack's recent BBC documentary Asking For It? highlighted some of the issues young women face today, particularly surrounding the issue of consent. This new one-off drama is similar in its scope, and although it is a work of fiction it is inspired by the real-life testimonies of hundreds of young people who recounted their actual school experiences. It follows Natalie (Lashay Anderson), who earns a scholarship to an elite private school. There, she's seen as an outsider, but bonds with rich, high academic achiever Archie (Tom Victor). One night at a party, boundaries are crossed and trust is broken between the two – but how will the school deal with the accusations made against ‘one of their own'?

Wednesday, 8/2/2023

Kirstie and Phil's Love It or List It (C4, 8pm)

IT consultant Ed and clothing designer Lexie both agree that their four-bed, one-bathroom home in Nottingham is fit to burst, but while he wants to pack up and move somewhere bigger for their family of six, she loves the location and hopes they can find a way to make their current house work. So, Kirstie Allsopp swoops in with some ideas to make the most of their plot, but with soaring building and material costs, renovating doesn't come cheap or without more compromises. So, will Phil Spencer be able to tempt the couple with three spacious new properties?

Surgeons: At the Edge of Life (BBC2, 9pm)

Watching this series will have left many viewers with a newfound admiration for the nation's surgeons – not only are they saving lives, they also have to deal with what can seem like an impossible amount of pressure. The latest episode features another difficult procedure, as the team operate on a father of three to remove tumours growing in his neck, including one dangerously close to the spinal cord. Despite the risks posed by the surgery, if the tumours are not removed, they could eventually cause paralysis. Meanwhile, a 19-year-old is treated for the cancerous mass growing off the largest vein in his body.

The Catch (C5, 9pm)

It's the penultimate episode, and Ryan produces evidence that George has been stalking Abbie. Ed's old navy comrade issues a stark warning about leaving the past in the past, but the fisherman isn't deterred from playing detective as he later breaks into George's campervan, and makes a discovery that seems to suggest Ryan is on the right track. Just when it seems like the mystery has been solved, a body washes up in the harbour – and Claire wants a word with her husband about whether he's been stealing money from her mother.

Pamela Anderson's Family Home Renovation (More4, 10pm)

After moving to Los Angeles in her early 20s, Canadian-American actress Pamela Anderson, now 55, returned to Vancouver Island British Columbia to restore the six acres of land her grandmother gifted her 25 years ago. Cameras follow the star as she goes back and forth with designers, architects, contractors, her husband and her own patience to preserve the essence of the boathouse, the roadhouse, and the cabin, while creating a new space for the future. “This place is so sentimental and it's so emotionally charged,” Pamela says.

Our Flag Means Death (BBC2, 10.00pm)

He's recently been seen in Happy Valley as Clare's partner Neil (aka the man who thought it was a good idea to take teenage Ryan to see his murderous dad in prison), but Con O'Neill takes a very different role in this pirate comedy. In fact, the whole cast is stacked with ringers, including Rhys Darby, Ewen Bremner and Joel Fry, which may leave some fans wondering why it hasn't made more of a splash, especially since it comes from executive producer Taika Waititi. There's a chance for newcomers to see what they've been missing in this episode, which finds Stede enlisting the crew of the Revenge to intimidate an incoming merchant ship. Meanwhile, Izzy wants a word with Blackbeard, and Lucius's flesh wound is a cause for concern.

Building Britain's Superhomes (C4, 10.00pm)

Last week, viewers were introduced to maverick property developer Guy Phoenix who, despite the title of the series, has created some incredible properties both in Britain and abroad. Now, in this episode, we get a chance to meet his mum. We're also offered more insights into his world of multimillion-pound luxury properties, as he and the team are on a mission to complete his latest Nottingham-based project on schedule. Despite the time constraints, Guy still manages to squeeze in a tour of some of the incredible properties he made earlier. As the first edition proved, the homes may be super, but the real star of the show is Guy himself, who certainly makes a big impression.

Thursday, 9/2/2023

Dragons' Den (BBC1, 8pm)

Last year a children's clothes-swapping service secured £140,000 investment from Deborah Meaden in the Den, and now a year on another brand hopes to replicate its success – albeit without the children's angle. Will the investors be tempted by a second company aiming to reduce our clothing waste, or will they simply think the idea is as second-hand as their garments? There's also a hands-free wheelchair which is made mobile by its user shifting their body weight. As revolutionary as it sounds? The Dragons decide.

Cold Case Forensics: The Murder of Lynette White (ITV, 9pm)

After the body of Lynette White was found in Cardiff in 1988, police issued a photofit of a bloodstained white man who had been seen in the area at the time of the murder. Yet in one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in British history, five black and mixed-race men were charged, and three were found guilty. Their convictions were later quashed, and as of 1999 the case was still unsolved. This documentary looks at how forensic scientist Dr Angela Gallop and her team detail the methods that helped to finally find the killer.

Grayson Perry's Full English (C4, 9pm)

The artist and ceramicist Grayson Perry wraps up his three-part series exploring ‘Englishness' with a trip up north. In Wigan, he finds the northern soul scene that was so big in the 1960s is very much still alive and kicking, while in Manchester, he meets Paul Heaton of the Beautiful South. Paul shows off his – some would say eccentric – collection of objects and artefacts that he feels celebrate the north. After the two discuss the notion of ‘northern pride', which Paul feels is very real, Grayson heads to the estate of Hutton-in-the-Forest in Skelton, Cumbria, where he talks to Lord Inglewood, who believes that the northern spirit transcends class.

The Apprentice (BBC1, 9pm)

This year's Apprentice candidates had barely got settled in the boardroom for the first time when they were sent jetting off to Antigua; now they're packing their overnight bags again for a drip to Dubai – the producers rather liking the idea of a free suntan. The challenge this week is to put on a corporate away-day for two international businesses based in the city. One of the teams opts to show off the glamour of the famously cosmopolitan city, while another decides on a more traditional approach, heading to the desert to make the most of its natural beauty. You know the drill by now: the team with the greatest profits wins, while at least one from the losing side will get their – ahem – just deserts.

The Madame Blanc Mysteries (C5, 9pm)

The cosy crime drama concludes its second series tonight, as Raffy Ozanne is found lying dead in his own shop, leaving his brother Raimund distraught – and the residents of Sainte Victoire concerned at the prospect of a murderer on the loose. Jean and Dom arrive at Ozanne's just as Raffy's body is being taken away. The scene appears to be that of a robbery gone awry, but as well as the takings, an antique perfume bottle was stolen. Of course, Caron needs antiques dealer Jean's help to trace it to the murderer.

Tonight with Target (BBC Three, 10pm)

With black artists making waves across the world, Darren Joseph, AKA grime pioneer and 1Xtra's DJ Target, presents this series, previously available on the iPlayer, which celebrates music and culture. Tonight's show features performances by Ghetts, Little Simz, JME and Bellah, language lessons from Backroad Gee, and a chat with Specs Gonzales. Future editions will see the host talk to Big Zuu, Lady Leshurr, Yinka Bokinni and Poet and Henrie, while there are performances by WSTRN, M1llionz, Ms Banks, Mahalia and Berwyn.

Friday, 10/2/2023

Travel Man: 48 Hours in Split (C4, 8.30pm)

Comedian, writer and actor Aisling Bea is the latest travelling companion for Joe Lycett – which means we're pretty much guaranteed plenty of laughs from their trip to Split. It's the second-largest city in Croatia and also one of the most beautiful conurbations on the Adriatic coast. As we're about to find out, there's lots to do there too – and the dynamic duo seem keen to sample as many as possible, particularly those that don't seem particularly tourist-y. So expect to see such bizarre sights as a museum full of stuffed frogs and the pair taking dogs from the local animal shelter for some much-needed exercise. But the most hilarious moment comes during a cookery lesson – the pair learn how to make a traditional fish dish, despite neither of them liking seafood.

Amanda & Alan's Italian Job (BBC1, 8.30pm)

Amanda Holden may not have appreciated some of Alan Carr's design choices over the past few weeks, but you can't say they haven't been bold. However, the latest episode sees her take matters into her own hands when she decides the master bedroom needs a little Hollywood sparkle. But will a banana leaf-themed boudoir design really work well in the space? She's convinced that it will, so persuades her DIY-loving father to build a four-poster bed that will form the centrepiece. We wish him luck…

Death in Paradise (BBC1, 9pm)

In 1950, Agatha Christie published her 50th book, A Murder is Announced. Perhaps the writer of this week's episode took their inspiration from it, because it begins as Neville receives an anonymous letter informing him that somebody is about to be killed. Sure enough, he and Naomi are soon called to the harbour, where the body of a local water taxi driver is being pulled from the ocean. The victim had been hit on the head with a blunt instrument and the finger of suspicion soon points at his disgruntled wife.

Hotel Portofino (ITV, 9pm)

The sun-kissed period drama begins to gather pace this week, with Cecil feeling rather pleased with himself. In what she appears to regard as a moment of weakness, Bella responded to her estranged husband's romantic overtures the night before, so they wake up in bed together. He hopes this means he can sweet-talk his wife into asking her wealthy father for more money, while odious local fascist Danioni offers to help him with some potentially lucrative paintings – but you can bet his assistance won't come for free.

Walter Presents: The Wall: Cover Your Tracks (More4, 9pm)

The premiere of Patrice Sauvé's Canadian drama starring Isabel Richer, Alexander Landry and Maripier Morin, with the full box set available on All 4. In the middle of Quebec's winter, detective Céline Trudeau investigates a strange murder in a small mining town. Upon arriving she discovers ‘The Wall' – an immense structure that protects the inhabitants from the icy Arctic wind. Formerly a place of refuge, this area becomes a bloodied crime scene and tension rises when it becomes clear that events are connected to the death of a child three years prior.

Sam Smith Live at the Royal Albert Hall (BBC1, regions vary)

They've won an Oscar, four Grammys, three Brits and numerous other awards during their career, have scored massive hits on both sides of the Atlantic and recently released Gloria, their fourth studio album. Yes, it's safe to say that Sam Smith is a very busy person indeed. Somehow, amid all the hustle and bustle of a pop star's life (Smith is rarely out of the news), they managed to find the time to headline two shows at the legendary Royal Albert Hall last October. Both proved to be hugely popular with fans; many bemoaned missing out on tickets. Well, not to worry, because the Beeb is set to broadcast a recording of one of them, in which they performed such songs as Stay With Me, I'm Not the Only One, Dancing with a Stranger and Unholy.



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