Tuesday 16 January 2018

Staying in tonight? Here's what to watch on the box

Blur are back
Blur are back

Staying in tonight? There's plenty to keep you occupied if a night in front of the googlebox is in order

Later Live: with Jools Holland

BBC2, 10pm

THE music show returns for its 46th run, with alt-rock band Blur performing tracks from forthcoming album The Magic Whip, their first as a four-piece in 16 years. Also appearing are folk-rock singer Laura Marling, London indie group the Vaccines, Mali band Songhoy Blues, Virginia singer-songwriter Natalie Prass and Minnesota’s jazz-blues quartet Davina and the Vagabonds. Plus, former Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond joins Jools at the piano for a chat.


Champions League Live: Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid

TV3, 7.30pm

Arguably the most mouth-watering of the quarter-final ties, the Madrid derby is a repeat of last year's Champions League final when Real Madrid trounced their city rivals 4-1.

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Atletico Madrid's coach Diego "Cholo" Simeone attends a news conference

After a dream campaign last time out, Atletico are struggling a little this season and would see the Champions League as the best chance they have of delivering silverware this season. However, they'll be coming up against a Real Madrid side peppered with some of the world's greatest players. Expect fireworks and a bit of niggle from these close neighbours.


Burger Bar to Gourmet Star

Ch4, 8pm

Jodie works in a snack van in Worcester, where much of the food is brought in ready-made. She dreams of learning to cook, but there’s one problem – she has a phobia about meat on the bone. Training under Alan Murchison at L’Ortolan in Shinfield, Berkshire, there’s intense pressure as the recruit cooks for discerning diners to strict deadlines – and butchers a whole suckling pig. She then travels to Oslo to work at Maaemo, but will renowned chef Esben Holmboe Bang believe she’s a professional cook?


Ecstasy Wars

BBC3, 9pm

Presenter Stacey Dooley investigates the production of ecstasy, travelling to Cambodia to witness the deforestation that takes place as gangs cut down the plants that contain the chemicals needed for production. She also visits Vancouver, which is becoming one of the biggest producers of synthetic drugs, and meets a family whose daughter died after taking a pill containing a substitute for MDMA. Next, she heads to Atlanta, where gang wars take place due to the popularity of ecstasy.


A Very British Airline

BBC4, 10pm

Examining how British Airways keeps its 28 flights a day to New York’s JFK airport running smoothly, even as the worst winter on record causes cancellations and delays. Meanwhile, the airline opens a new route to Chengdu and has to quickly learn how to contend with the unique challenges of operating in mainland China. Back at Heathrow, the cabin crew trainees find out if they have made it through the course.


Millionaire Basement Wars

BBC1, 10.45pm

London’s super-rich are maximising their properties as never before by digging down and creating basements for cinemas, swimming pools and squash courts to wine cellars and staff quarters. However, some take as long as three years to complete, and the noise of the digging and fleets of builders’ lorries have made daily life hell in some of the poshest neighbourhoods. This documentary tells the story of the conflict that has resulted from some of these improvements, going behind the scenes as Kensington Council responds to angry residents and featuring contributions from owners, builders and irate neighbours.

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