Pick of the day: Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker
8pm, Channel 4
The endlessly adaptable talent-show format alights on carpentry, with former Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc hosting a woodworking version of The Great Pottery Throw Down (although Channel 4 may be dreaming more of Repair Shop-sized viewing figures). In the “workshop of wonders”, nine enthusiasts test their skills for Alex de Rijke (an architect) and furniture specialist Helen Welch. A weekly “big build” starts with a double bed, while a second challenge aims to show off a particular skill and gives the winner immunity. And, as with Bake Off, the scope for innuendo is great, if mostly involving the word “tool”.
9pm, BBC One
A 999 call is received from a distressed woman whose husband is in cardiac arrest. Paramedics Ruth and Sarah are immediately dispatched, joining another team on the scene who have found that the patient is awake but refusing to go to hospital. Elsewhere, Lauren is sent to join police at the scene of a stabbing, but must follow a trail of blood to locate the victim.
9pm, BBC Two
The second series of Neil Forsyth’s Edinburgh-set thriller does not have the simple, neat set-up of the first, but the multiple plot strands are beginning to mesh together nicely now. Max and Kenny (Mark Bonnar and Emun Elliott) pursue the truth about that bag of cash they have been asked to launder by crime boss Roy (Stuart Bowman in the role taken last time by Bill Paterson). Meanwhile, there’s a vast redevelopment project being promised for Leith by the mysterious Phoenix Company. But one thing lies in the way…
Charlene White: Empire’s Child
ITV’s impressive roster of programmes for Black History Month continues with Loose Women regular Charlene White going in search of her roots – or, as White puts it, “my place in the shadow of the British Empire”. Her parents came to Britain from Jamaica in the 60s, part of the Windrush generation, but White is intrigued by a photograph of a light-skinned ancestor – or, as Victorian baptism records put it, “brown”. The genealogical records take her to Totnes in Devon and then to Jamaica and its former slave plantations.
9pm, Channel 4
It’s the 100th episode, which Greg Davies celebrates by being nice to Alex Horne for a change. Well, sort of. The opening task comes with the simple-seeming but actually baffling instruction “sit on a cake”, all of which leads to some questioning the definition of “cake”, while Morgana Robinson makes a pitch to be included in the next series of Celebrity Bake Off. But why is Desiree Burch is wrapping some goalposts in clingfilm, and does anybody covet Alan Davies’s old dressing gown?
All Creatures Great And Small
9pm, Channel 5
The latest (but surely not the last) series of the 30s veterinary reboot sees prime minister Neville Chamberlain heading to meet with Hitler in Munich, while James (Nicholas Ralph) prepares to face his parents and give them some difficult news. The prospect of a return to war acts as a timely reminder to make the most of life while you can, but James’s romantic agenda is derailed by an emergency with the Aldersons’ pregnant mare.
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