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Monday 23 October 2017

Biblical blockbuster

ch4, 8.30pm

David Threlfall stars in this re-telling of the biblical story of Noah and the Ark. A farmer and boat-builder is visited by an angel who tells him of God's intention to send a great flood, and how he and his family will be saved from the deluge if he builds a large ark in the middle of the desert. What seems like a near-impossible task is made all the more difficult when his sons refuse to help, and as Noah continues his quest alone, he faces ridicule from his family and the townsfolk.

Patience put to test

driving school of mum and dad

sky1, 8.30pm

New series. Reality show in which parents teach their kids how to drive - and time is of the essence as they only have a week to pass on their pearls of wisdom before the tests. First up are pastor Alex and his daughter Rachel (18), who cuts lessons short to attend acting auditions, and fashionista Joshua (21), whose over-confidence keeps landing him in trouble with his strict Portuguese mum Maria.

Massacre revisited

the charlie hebdo aftermath

bbc3, 9pm

Shaista Aziz explores the consequences of the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris. Since the shootings in January, many of France's young Muslims are being treated with suspicion and feel it necessary to hide their religious identity, and it remains to be seen whether the attack has unified the country or deepened its social divide. Comedian Dieudonne also talks about double standards in free speech.

A very personal story

my mother the secret baby

bbc4, 10pm

Documentary in which film-maker Daisy Asquith tells the very personal story of her mother's conception after a dance in the 1940s in Co Clare. Her unmarried grandmother was compelled to run away to have her baby in secret and handed the child over to nuns, with her daughter eventually being adopted by a Catholic couple from Stoke-on-Trent. The father remained a mystery for another 60 years, until Daisy and her mum decided it was time to find out who he was.

New series. Offbeat tourism show in which Richard Ayoade is joined by celebrity guests to enjoy the most efficient weekend break possible. He begins in super-popular Barcelona with comedienne and actress Kathy Burke, experiencing the best of this destination in just 48 hours. The pair sample adventurous cuisine, including potatoes coated in edible clay, and a cava tasting session quickly descends into disarray. Other highlights include a visit to the Barcelona Football Club museum, a guided tricycle tour and a trip to see the surrealist work of Catalan artist Joan Miro.

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