Friday 18 January 2019

family reunions

channel4, 9pm

New series. Since the programme began in 2011, Long Lost Family has reunited more than 100 people with relatives. In this series, Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell revisit nine of the most extraordinary searches. In the first edition, they catch up with twins Jennifer and Kathleen, who unknowingly lived just three miles from each other in Rotherham before their reunion, and Polly and Steve, a mother and son who had been apart for more than 50 years.

Bond, bling, and saddam's painting

Posh pawn

channel4, 8pm

Prestige Pawnbrokers boss James Constantinou and the team receive a visit from a former Chelsea football player who has brought along some expensive watches. James is also put to the test when asked to evaluate a hovercraft from a Bond film, and an unusual painting of Saddam Hussein causes a stir in the office. Also, there's a big surprise for a mother looking to sell some spectacular jewellery to help her son's business venture.

baby boom

in the club


The Parentcraft friends think Vicky is in labour when she feels a twinge in her abdomen - but all is not as it seems, forcing Dr Bellingham to confront his feelings and confess a long-held secret. Tensions build as Kim and Susie try to make their relationship work, Simon throws a surprise party for Roanna, putting further strain on her relationship with his parents, and Jasmin and Dev make mistakes as they struggle with the challenges of parenthood. Kay Mellor's drama, starring Christine Bottomley. Last in the series.

a life in the fast lane

joey: the man who conquered the tt

rte1, 10.35pm

A profile of Joey Dunlop, the Northern Irish motorcyclist who won 26 races at the Isle of Man TT between 1976 and 2000, before his untimely death at an event in Estonia. With contributions from John McGuinness, Phil McCallen, Brian Reid, Mick Grant, Ron Haslam, Roger Marshall, Jim Dunlop and Neil Tuxworth.

In this two-parter, internationally renowned classical pianist James Rhodes, who believes that the power of music can change lives, is on a mission to launch Britain's biggest-ever 'instrument amnesty', and is asking the public to donate unused instruments to children who could benefit from them. In the first edition, James visits St Teresa's Primary School in Essex. The school's new headteacher is keen to improve academic performance, but music isn't one of her top priorities. Can James prove that music could be the key to the their transformation?

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