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Best of the Rest: w/c Saturday February 11

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The Law According to Lidia Poet (Netflix, from Wed)

This promising new six-part drama hails from Italy and is inspired by the true story of Poet, who was born in Perrero, Piedmont in 1855. She later studied law in Turin, passing her exams in 1881; shortly afterwards, she began working as an advocate, the first female to do so in modern times. However, she was disbarred by the attorney general, who didn't approve of women holding such an important post. Matilda De Angelis, who's perhaps best known for playing the murder victim in The Undoing alongside Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, takes the title role. The plot charts her efforts to overturn the attorney general's decision by launching an appeal, going against the advice of her colleagues and family in the process.

The Twelve (ITVX, from Thu)

Whenever Sam Neill's name is attached to a project, you know it's going to be worth a look, from the blockbusting Jurassic Park movies to more arthouse offerings, including The Piano and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. The Northern Ireland-born, New Zealand-raised actor's TV appearances haven't been as prolific as his big screen ones, but his latest promises to be one of the most gripping dramas of the next few months. It follows the fortunes of a dozen ordinary Australians who are on jury duty during the trial of a woman accused of killing her teenage niece. Although they remain anonymous in court, it's clear each of them have complex histories, from dark secrets to personal traumas, and it's through their issues that we witness flaws and imbalances in the legal system.

Sharper (Apple TV+, from Fri)

Julianne Moore (who is a co-producer alongside her husband, Bart Freundlich) leads the all-star cast of this drama, which also includes John Lithgow, Sebastian Stan and Justice Smith alongside newcomer Briana Middleton. It's the latest in a long line of impressive productions from British director Benjamin Caron, who cut his teeth on TV dramas including Sherlock and Wallander. So, what can we expect from his latest project? Sadly, Apple has been keeping its cards close to its chest – which only makes the film more intriguing. What we do know is that the storyline takes place in New York, encompassing every aspect of life in the city, from the dark corners of Queens to the lofty, luxurious penthouses of Fifth Avenue; and nothing is as it seems…

Hello Tomorrow! (Apple TV+, from Fri)

Thanks to his appearances in the Justice League franchise, the Watchmen movie and Alien: Covenant, Billy Crudup has a decent pedigree in the fantasy/sci-fi genres. He's now got another title to add to the list – Hello Tomorrow! is described by Apple as a '10-episode, half-hour dramedy set in a retro-future world'. At the centre of the story is a group of travelling salespeople trying to offload timeshares on the moon. Crudup (who is also an executive producer) plays Jack, an ambitious and talented seller whose sunny disposition inspires his colleagues and offers comfort to his customers. However, Jack's eternal optimism may be about to blow up in his face. Hank Azaria, Alison Pill, Jacki Weaver and Haneefah Wood co-star.

Star Trek: Picard (Prime, from Fri)

The first two seasons of the Star Trek: The Next Generation spin-off are still available on the streaming service, so there's a chance to get up to speed before the new run – which is also said to be its last – begins. Once again Patrick Stewart plays the title role of former USS Enterprise captain Jean-Luc Picard; he's joined by several TNG favourites, including LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes, while Amanda Plummer (whose father Christopher also appeared in the Star Trek franchise) joins the cast as Vadic, a mysterious alien in charge of the warship Shrike – she looks set to lock horns with Picard over a long-held grudge. We're promised a satisfying ending for the much-loved character's story, one that will thrill fans old and new alike.

Saturday, 11/2/2023

Six Nations Live (ITV, 1.25pm) & Live Six Nations Rugby Union (BBC One, 4pm)

Today's action begins with the two top teams in last year's Six Nations – Ireland and France – clashing in a match that could go a long way to deciding the destination of this year's title. Then, Gabby Logan is at Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium where Gregor Townsend's Scots play the first of three home matches in this year's tournament. They are looking to claim the Doddie Weir Cup for the first time on home soil, but will face a tough test against returning coach Warren Gatland's experienced Welsh side.

Bettany Hughes' Treasures of the World (C4, 7pm)

For the second series of this eye-opening show, Professor Bettany Hughes has been granted unprecedented access to some of the most remarkable archaeological finds of recent years, as well as excavations which are still on going. She's sharing them with the viewers, while also revealing what they can tell us about the story of human civilisation. Bettany begins by exploring the underground cave cities of Cappadocia and the 10,000-year-old temple and settlement at Göbeklitepe. She also hikes up to Mount Nemrut, home to the highest open-air museum in the world, to visit a spectacular 2000-year-old mausoleum, built for King Antiochus 1st, and visits an ancient Roman city submerged by the Euphrates.

Michael McIntyre's Big Show (BBC1, 7pm)

The always entertaining Saturday night show continues, as Olly Murs drops by to perform Dancing on Cars. At least he has a good idea what he's in for, unlike Stacey Dooley, who bravely hands over her mobile for Send to All. As an investigative reporter, she's proved pretty fearless, but this is arguably going above and beyond. Alexander Armstrong gets a rude awakening when he plays the Midnight Gameshow, especially as he's more used to asking the questions on Pointless. Plus, a pair of Unexpected Stars of the Show are invited to perform a duet.

Living Wild: How to Change Your Life (C4, 8pm)

Sophie Morgan is back for a new series, ready to meet more people who have changed their lives to pursue their dreams. In the opening episode, Sophie heads to Lapland to find out why British couple Bex and Steve wanted to carve out a new life in the wilderness of the Arctic Circle, and whether the harsh realities of their new environment are less stressful than their jobs back in the UK. She also encounters Michael and Alex, who have started a regenerative farming venture in County Down, and Amira, a former beauty therapist from Blackburn who is also changing other people's lives with her adventure group in the Lake District.

The BRIT Awards 2023 (ITV, 8.30pm)

He's a panellist on The Masked Singer, but tonight Mo Gilligan is also taking part in a very different music show. For the second year running, he's presenting the Brits, where he will be introducing performances from Harry Styles, Lizzo, Stormzy, Sam Smith and Kim Petras, Wet Leg, David Guetta with Ella Henderson and Becky Hill, Lewis Capaldi and Cat Burns. It wouldn't be the Brits without some controversy and there has already been criticism of the fact that, after scrapping the Best British Female and Male Solo Artist categories last year in favour of the gender-neutral British Artist of the Year, the 2023 nominees are all men. But will we be in for any more surprises and upsets on the night, or will Mo succeed in keeping order?

Heartbreakers at the BBC (BBC2, 9pm)

Valentine's Day is looming, and the BBC is getting us in the romantic mood with songs from artists including Nat King Cole, Shania Twain, Billy Joel and Ed Sheeran among others. However, if you're going to be spending the big day on your own, wondering where your last relationship went wrong, the Beeb has got you covered too with Heartbreakers at the BBC. The line-up features George Michael, Amy Winehouse, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift and Dionne Warwick, whose hit gave the show its title.

Sunday, 12/2/2023

Dinosaur with Stephen Fry (C5, 7pm)

Anything Kenneth Branagh can do, Stephen Fry can do better… Well, we're about to learn if that's true. In 1999, Branagh narrated the BBC's six-part series Walking with Dinosaurs. Now his Peter's Friends co-star is exploring similar ground, but in the 24 years since Branagh's programme was made, CGI has come on a long way, allowing Fry to be ‘transported' back into prehistoric times in what looks like a giant video game. This enables him to explore the landscape, beginning with the Jurassic period, where he comes face-to-face with the plant-eating diplodocus and the flesh-loving allosaurus.

The Great Pottery Throw Down (Channel 4, 7.45pm)

The battle of the clay continues as judges Keith Brymer Jones and Rich Miller set more challenges than you can throw your crockery at. It's an illuminating week in the pottery, as the contestants make a table light with a continuous, embossed scene. Then, in the second challenge, surprise guest judge, fashion and lifestyle designer Henry Holland, really tests the potters' decadent design skills. So whose name will be in shining lights as they are named potter of the week, and who will be heading home? Host Siobhán McSweeney reveals all.

World's Most Dangerous Roads (Dave, 8pm)

The series in which pairs of brave comedy stars tackle perilous terrain as they embark on road trips through some of the most beautiful and remote parts of the world returns for a new run. Along the way, the celebs learn about the history, ecology and geography of these terrains and the culture of the people. Future episodes feature journeys around Iceland, South Africa and Australia, but it begins tonight in Albania, where actor Will Mellor cajoles one of his best mates – comedian Keith Lemon – to join him on a high-octane trip.

Vera (ITV, 8pm)

There's been a murder, and this time it's personal. The corpse is that of Joel Kingston, an officer from a long line of coppers. He was a member of a respected police family, but as DCI Stanhope delves into the death of one of the force's own, she realises the truth of the matter lies on both sides of the thin blue line. She wastes no time ruffling the feathers of her colleagues while trying to establish whether Joel's stubborn dedication to his job by threatening to reveal a long-held secret could be the reason he was murdered.

The Gold (BBC1, 9pm)

Film and TV producers must secretly love it when a big crime hits the headlines – it could, after all, provide them with the story for their next blockbuster movie or ratings-busting small-screen drama. Certainly the Brink's-Mat robbery has inspired numerous productions over the years, as well as this offering, which is airing to mark the 40th anniversary of the heist. For the uninitiated, £26million worth of gold, as well as cash and diamonds, was stolen by six armed men from the Brink's-Mat security depot at the Heathrow International Trading Estate in London. Across six episodes, we'll follow the efforts of DCI Brian Boyce (Hugh Bonneville) to find both the perpetrators and the loot. Emun Elliot, Charlotte Spencer and Jack Lowden also appear.

Guy Martin's Power Trip (C4, 9pm)

Anyone who has watched or read the news in recent times can't help but have noticed that we're in the midst of an energy and cost of living crisis. With this in mind, the Lincolnshire-based lorry mechanic and motorcycle racer is embarking on a three-part exploration of British power stations, past, present and future. His aim is to reveal how the country makes electricity, a hugely valuable commodity vital to our everyday lives. Among the moments to look out for are Martin's participation in an intense safety course which, if he passes, will allow him to work on the world's biggest offshore wind farm, where the ability to escape from an underwater helicopter could prove vital. He also delves into nuclear power and has fun blowing up a coal-fired site.

Monday, 13/2/2023

Rick Stein's Cornwall (BBC2, 6.30pm)

He's travelled the world, bringing viewers amazing culinary tales and recipes from far-flung places but, when it comes down to it, there's no place like home. As a result, Rick is back in Cornwall for a third tour of his favourite county, the place where he made his name as a chef. During the run he'll be introducing us to his food and drink heroes, as well as the art, culture and history available on his doorstep. The first of 15 weekday episodes sees him foraging in rock pools for mussels, using artisan goat's cheese to make a soufflé and touring Bodmin Moor with his son Jack.

Yianni: Supercar Customiser (BBC Three, 7.10pm & 7.35pm)

Greek Cypriot entrepreneur and YouTuber Yianni Charalambous customises motors for the rich and famous. Trusted with enhancing their precious rides, his client list is packed with the biggest names, including Harry Styles, Sergio Aguero and Gordon Ramsay. This reality series, previously shown on Dave, begins as Yianni attempts to get a hybrid supercar ready in under a week. Then, the car customiser works on a tour bus owned by his friend, Charlie Sloth. But how will the blinged-up overhaul go down with the DJ and producer?

Scarlett's Driving School (BBC1, regions vary)

At the age of 17, Scarlett Moffatt began having driving lessons. In the subsequent years, she's become a much-loved TV personality and enjoyed numerous professional and personal triumphs – however, passing her test is not one of them. She's now taken it 13 times, and is determined that No14 will be the last – she's going all-out to get her full licence, and we're getting the chance to follow her progress via a new 10-part series. Also featured in each episode are others who are struggling to meet the requirements of their examiners – she's hoping moral support and an intense five-day course will help. The first edition sees Scarlett open the doors to her unique driving school on Teeside; first through its doors is Jess, who's been learning for eight years.

Better (BBC1, 9pm)

If you enjoyed the Channel 4 series Humans and the BBC's Spooks, then check out this new five-part thriller. It's the brainchild of writers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent, who penned episodes of both the aforementioned programmes. What's more, it's the latest project from production company SISTER, which was behind the hugely acclaimed Chernobyl. With a pedigree like that, how can it possibly fail? Leila Farzad heads the cast as DI Lou Slack, a well-respected officer harbouring a dark secret – her success has been built on a foundation of deceit and corruption. Almost 20 years ago, she struck a deal with fledgling underworld figure Col McHugh (Andrew Buchan) – he'd scratch her back, if she scratched his. But, following a tragedy, it seems the worm could be about to turn…

Maternal (ITV, 9pm)

Catherine has always been ambitious, so she's determined to land the consultant's job – even if it means trampling all over Jack to get it. Unfortunately, it seems her offspring has other ideas – and as a single mother, that could spell disaster for her career. Can she find a way to juggle both the professional and personal sides of her life? Shouldn't she be able to have it all? Meanwhile, as Helen makes a shocking discovery, poor Maryam finally admits how she really feels. Lara Pulver, Lisa McGrillis and Parminder Nagra head the cast.

Everyone Else Burns (C4, 10pm)

Each member of the family faces a problem or two in the sitcom's penultimate episode. While David and Aaron's father-son bonding holiday doesn't turn out to be quite as pleasant as they expected thanks to a leaking caravan roof, Fiona is egged on to host a girls' night by Melissa, but it doesn't turn into the wild and crazy evening anyone was expecting. As for Rachel, she ends up in a real tizzy on discovering she has just one day to complete her university application, without help from her favourite teacher, who's been suspended. And then Joshua drops a bombshell of his own…

Tuesday, 14/2/2023

Waterloo Road (BBC1, 8pm)

School's out for spring as the revived drama reaches the end of the current series. So, while some viewers may be sad to see the staff and pupils take a break, spirits are high at Waterloo Road, and not just because the holidays are upon them – there's also the little matter of the end-of-term show. Danny seems to have an extra reason to celebrate when he receives some good news, but sadly his happiness is short-lived as the past catches up with him. He finds himself forced to make a choice that could potentially change the course of his life.

Inside the Autistic Mind (BBC2, 9pm)

Since speaking publicly about his own autism diagnosis, presenter Chris Packham has been contacted by other autistic people, many of whom admitted that they felt like their friends, families or co-workers struggle to understand them. So, Chris is teaming up with top filmmakers, graphic designers, animators and musicians to help autistic people make short films offering an insight into what they are really feeling and how they perceive the world around them. Chris will meet Flo, a 28-year-old woman who may seem confident – she performs improv comedy at a local pub – but reveals she's become good at “masking” to fit in. Chris also meets Murray, a 20-year-old student from Oxfordshire and the son of DJ Ken Bruce, who is non-speaking and communicates via a tablet.

Tagged: We're Watching You (BBC Three, 9pm, 9.20pm & 9.45pm)

The fourth run of the series follows the lives of James and Jaion on GPS trackers and John and Harry who are on alcohol abstinence tags. John is on his final warning but when he gets some bad family news just days before the end of his ban he decides to go on a night out in Manchester. Meanwhile, Jaion is out on bail and awaiting trial for drug dealing but his case has been delayed due to Covid. James also awaits trial for burglary after stealing money to fund his drug addiction, and aspiring rapper Harry admits an assault while drunk.

First Dates Valentine's (C4, 10pm)

It's Valentine's Day, and what better place to spend it then at the First Dates restaurant? The first diner to be seated by Fred Sirieix and the staff is ‘clubbing queen' Amanda who usually finds that men come on a bit too strong. Will former club rep Ryan strike the right tone? Businessman Brendan is no stranger to dates – he thinks he's been on around a thousand. It initially seems that all experience is paying off when he hits it off with Swedish cakemaker Agneta, but will his line of questioning get a little too personal? Meanwhile, special effect make-up artist Erin gets plenty of attention on Instagram, but many of her suitors disappear when she mentions her cerebral palsy. Will chef Andrew prove that he has the recipe for a lasting romance?

The Spy in Your Mobile: Storyville (BBC4, 10pm)

If you ever gone online and seen an advert for something you were recently talking about, then you may have questioned just how closely your phone is monitoring you. This documentary raises questions about just how easy it is for the authorities to keep tabs on us as it investigates a powerful and terrifying spyware called Pegasus, sold to governments around the world by Israeli company NSO Group. It finds that it's been used on journalists and activists among others, including both the wife and fiancée of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi.

Untold: Cheat Detectives – The Loyalty Test (C4, 11.05pm)

If you're single this Valentine's Day, here's a documentary to remind you that not all couples are happily loved-up. On TikTok, videos with the hashtag loyaltytest have been viewed over one billion times, and it turns out there is no shortage of people who want an influencer to slide into their partner's direct messages to see if they can be tempted to stray. Reporter Daisy Maskell explores the ethics of these honeytraps and finds out why unmasking would-be cheaters has become a form of entertainment.

Wednesday, 15/2/2023

Kirstie and Phil's Love It or List It (Channel 4, 8pm)

Kirstie catches up with Catherine and Nigel, who were at a loss over what to do with their remote family home in Larne, Northern Ireland. Catherine wanted out of their three-bed bungalow, with its disjointed layout, small rooms and isolated location. However, Nigel, who didn't want to buy the property in the first place, had fallen in love with their big garden and stunning views. While Phil whisked them off to see some fantastic and very affordable houses, Kirstie came up with an ingenious plan to repurpose underused space. Four years on, Kirstie finds out if they stuck to their decision.

Secret Life of the Forest (C5, 8pm)

Cameras take viewers into Yorkshire's largest forests, Dalby and Cropton, to get a closer look at the wildlife that call them home. As the series starts in the summer, there's plenty of activity to observe, including a beaver family who were established in Cropton in 2019 as part of a scientific experiment. They certainly seem to have settled in, as they are busy building dams. Meanwhile, Britain's only venomous snake, the adder, is out and about to soak up the sun, and a team of bird conservationists are on the lookout for nightjars.

Scarlett's Driving School (BBC1WALES, BBC1IRISH, 8.30pm)

At the age of 17, Scarlett Moffatt began having driving lessons. In the subsequent years, she's become a much-loved TV personality and enjoyed numerous professional and personal triumphs – however, passing her test is not one of them. She's now taken it 13 times, and is determined that No14 will be the last – she's going all-out to get her full licence, and we're getting the chance to follow her progress via a new 10-part series. Also featured in each episode are others who are struggling to meet the requirements of their examiners – she's hoping moral support and an intense five-day course will help. The first edition sees Scarlett open the doors to her unique driving school on Teeside; first through its doors is Jess, who's been learning for eight years.

The Piano (C4, 9pm)

Last year, Claudia Winkleman hosted The Traitors, and it ended up being one of the most talked-about shows of 2022. Will her new series, The Piano, make as much of a splash? It's set to be much more heart-warming than her previous reality show, but it does involve a twist and a bit of subterfuge. Amateur musicians from across the country have been invited to play a public piano at train stations across the country for what they think is a documentary. What they don't know is that they are secretly being observed by professional performers Lang Lang and Mika, who will pick out the best ivory-tickler from each location, and then invite them to play at London's Royal Festival Hall. Tonight, the talent search begins in King's Cross St Pancras.

The Catch (C5, 9pm)

It's the last in the series and Ed is trying to stay one step ahead of the police, while his family wonder if he really could be a killer. With the private investigator refusing to help him, Ed reaches out to Abbie, while his best friend Bob steps in to arrange a meeting between the fisherman and his estranged wife. Claire is understandably frosty at first, so Ed decides it's finally time to be honest and tells her the truth about the past. However, they are no closer to knowing who's been making his life a misery. Can they find out before their family is hit by another tragedy?

Sort Your Life Out with Stacey Solomon (BBC1, 9pm)

It's four years since Aimee and Stuart moved into their current home, but they still have boxes of possessions from their old flat lying around unopened in the garage. So, Stacey Solomon and the team are coming to the rescue by helping the couple to let go of half their possessions to make more room for them and their three young children. At the warehouse, it turns out the family currently own 492 DVDs, 35 happy birthday banners, 905 items of baby clothing and, perhaps most intriguingly, 12 unopened chandeliers. However, saying goodbye to some items proves tough due to the memories they hold for Aimee.

The Billionaires Who Made Our World: Bill Gates (C4, 10pm)

A new series profiling the tech titans of Silicon Valley begins with a look at Bill Gates. The man who revolutionised tech was once known as visionary, albeit one with a ruthless streak. However, in recent years, he's gained a reputation as a philanthropist who is using his vast fortune to change the world for the better – although he still isn't without his critics, and has also become a target for conspiracy theorists. Through exclusive access to friends and insiders, this documentary aims to learn more about the real Gates, looking at both his business practices and his charity empire. It asks whether his critics are right to worry that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation might be too powerful and unaccountable in the world of global health.

Thursday, 16/2/2023

Dragons' Den (BBC1, 8pm)

A fresh batch of entrepreneurs arrive in the Den – but will Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman, Sara Davies and Steven Bartlett be tempted by any of the business deals on offer? They include mushroom snacks, which have an impressive crunch which could prove too noisy for one investor. Meanwhile, the entrepreneur behind portable toilets for kids is hoping to be flushed with success after meeting the quintet. Finally, a sustainable clothing entrepreneur returns to offer the tycoons a generous percentage of their business.

Marie Antoinette (BBC Two, 9pm)

The final episode of Deborah Davis's lavish historical drama begins with Louis becoming increasingly confident in his position as king. He throws himself into supporting the rebel colonies against France's old enemy, England, during the American War of Independence, despite some serious misgivings at court. Meanwhile, although she still has no son, Antoinette moves to the Petite Trianon, where life is far less formal. However, a face from the past, Swedish noble Count Fersen, arrives, and soon complicates matters.

Prue & Danny's Death Road Trip (C4, 9pm)

Great British Bake Off judge Dame Prue Leith is a member of the Dignity In Dying campaign group, and believes the law should be changed to help those who want medical assistance to die. One person, who famously does not agree with Prue's views is her son, the Tory MP for Devizes Danny Kruger, who, as Chair of Dying Well, is also campaigning, but to prevent any change to the law. In this documentary, the pair travel around the US and Canada, where more than 25 per cent of the population now have the option of assisted dying. They begin in Seattle, where Prue meets Sher Franzen whose parents died together, holding hands, at a time of their choosing. Then, on Vancouver Island, Prue and Danny visit Dr Stefanie Green, one of Canada's leading practitioners of MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying).

The Great Stink of 1858 (C5, 9pm)

In 1858, thousands of gallons of raw sewage from across London was being dumped into the Thames every day. When an extraordinary summer heatwave hit the city, it turned the river into a festering, noxious cesspool of filth, and something that become known as ‘the Great Stink' overwhelmed the capital. In this one-off documentary, Xand van Tulleken reveals how the disgusting stench affected London, spreading sickness and fear, forcing the government to undertake one of the greatest civil engineering projects in history: Joseph Bazalgette's sewer system. Meanwhile, Raksha Dave investigates the source of the stink and the dangers Londoners faced, while JJ Chalmers explores the lives of those Victorians living in a city swimming in excrement.

The Apprentice (BBC1, 9pm)

We're past the halfway point of the contest now, as Lord Sugar continues to whittle down the candidates. This week, they are challenged to design a lunch box aimed at children aged between six and eight, along with an app that encourages healthy eating. For one team, a clear vision helps them take a sizeable bite out of the market, while poor decisions and a lack of vision leads to dreary designs for the others. In the boardroom there's no such thing as a free lunch as one candidate is shown the door by the tycoon. The Apprentice: You're Fired with Tom Allen follows on BBC Two at 10pm.

Cold Case Forensics: The Murder of Stephen Lawrence (ITV, 9pm)

For more than a decade, the racially motivated killing of 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence in south-east London in April 1993 remained unsolved following a string of failures by police. That was until top forensic scientist Dr Angela Gallop and her team were brought in to look again at the evidence. In the final edition of this true-crime series, she and her forensics colleagues, along with lead detective Clive Driscoll and the Lawrence family's lawyer Imran Khan, explain how the case that shocked the nation was finally successfully brought to trial.

Friday, 17/2/2023

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

There are only two editions of this series left, and it appears Amanda Holden and Alan Carr's project is long way from completion. Tonight, as they join forces to renovate the last two rooms, their dream of creating an open-plan living and dining room is dented when they discover that the main structural wall dividing the two spaces requires a much smaller arch than they'd anticipated. Keen to make the rooms feel authentic, they seek inspiration during a boat trip along the Zingaro nature reserve and enjoy sunset on horseback in the ancient Greek city of Selinunte.

The National Comedy Awards for Stand Up to Cancer 2023 (C4, 9pm)

It may seem like there's not much to make you raise a smile, let alone a belly laugh, during this particular cold, dark night in mid-February. However, if you need a bit of cheering up before spring arrives, this year's edition of National Comedy Awards for SU2C, hosted by Tom Allen, should do the trick. Taskmaster leads the nominees with seven, while Ghosts, After Life and Derry Girls have four nominations apiece. Those out to claim an individual comedy lead acting award include Rose Matafeo, Sharon Horgan, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, while the organisers have already named the three recipients of the comedy breakthrough star awards – Susan Wokoma, Jordan Gray and Lenny Rush. All that should all be enough to release those endorphins and raise your spirits. They do say laughter is the best medicine, after all.

Hotel Portofino (ITV, 9pm)

Lucian and his friend Nish have to be rescued while running into trouble with Danioni's Blackshirts. And later, they take a ride on a borrowed bike into town and find their way to a secret meeting. Also tonight, Bella organises a tea party for the locals where Rose lets her hair down, and Constance, a young woman helping around the hotel, is encouraged to make more of her appearance by the hotel's most worldly guest, Claudine Pascal. Finally, Bella and Lady Latchmere bond over family tragedy, and Cecil and Jack shake on a shady deal for the sale of a family heirloom.

Death in Paradise (BBC1, 9pm)

Following Neville's arrest on suspicion of killing Professor David Cartwright, DI Karen Flitcroft (Chelsea Edge) from the Department of Policing Standards arrives to investigate. CCTV footage shows an agitated Neville visiting the victim shortly before he was found dead by Naomi and Marlon. As far as Flitcroft is concerned, this proves his guilt, even though Neville is adamant he is innocent. So she tells the team if they are convinced of their inspector's innocence, they had better prove it quickly.

Couples Therapy (BBC2, regions vary)

Dr Orna Guralnik welcomes more couples wanting to save their relationships, as viewers follow the emotional struggles and successes in riveting, raw reality. She meets Ping and Will, as they attempt to navigate the challenges of an open relationship. Meanwhile, Molly wonders whether her marriage to Josh can withstand their ‘scar tissue', and India and Dale grapple with grievances after the arrival of a new baby. Finally, Cyn questions her monogamous life with Yaya. In tonight's second edition, Ping traces her problems with Will to a recent trip he took, Cyn opens up about a childhood trauma, India lashes out against feelings of judgment by Dale, and Molly reveals the incidents that nearly broke her marriage to Josh.

Greg Davies: Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog (Channel 4, 11.05pm)

A hit at the 2010 Festival, the comedian's hugely successful and acclaimed debut stand-up show was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award before going on a sell-out UK-wide tour the following year. In the show, the Taskmaster host and Inbetweeners star uses a chance encounter with a stray Spanish dog and a bag of crisps as a preamble to show we would be happier if we simply ignored difficult emotional issues in favour of the pointless. By using flip charts and other visual aids, the teacher-turned-actor is hoping to convince you he's right.



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