Thursday 18 January 2018

'Guests' of the Tower

bbc4, 11.50pm

Historian Seamas MacAnnaidh tells the stories of some of the Irish people held prisoner in the Tower of London. In the first episode he investigates the life and gruesome death of one of the most important characters of the 16th Century, the flamboyant Silken Thomas - a young Kildare nobleman who was tricked into rebellion against Henry VIII in 1535.

Find me a chef

alex polizzi: chefs on trial

bbc2, 8pm

New series. MasterChef meets The Apprentice as Alex Polizzi takes on the challenge of finding new head chefs for restaurants that have a desperate need to fill a vacancy. Over four nights, she offers up a total of nine candidates who are put through a rigorous interview and testing process, with only the very best making it through to the final. She begins her search at The Gilpin in the Lake District, a fine dining establishment whose family owners want to find a new executive head chef who will care as much about the business as they do.

Immersed in Morocco

48 hours in marrakech

ch4, 8.30pm

Richard Ayoade is joined by comedy actor Stephen Mangan for a weekend in the Moroccan city. Wanting to experience its famous street food, the pair sample a local delicacy of steamed sheep's head - an eye-opening culinary experience for them both. They then take a hot-air balloon flight over the Atlas Mountains with breathtaking views, watch a traditional story-telling performance and visit the historic Saadian tombs, as well as Marrakech's ancient tanneries. Finally, in search of a suitable place to sum up the holiday experience, they head into the desert for a contemplative camel ride.

Cooking up a storm


BBC1, 9pm

THE five remaining hopefuls enter the last week - four nights of culinary challenges after which one of them will be crowned MasterChef Champion. They begin by cooking a five-course dinner in memory of Winston Churchill at Cambridge University's Churchill College, trying to replicate a menu devised by leading chef Michael Caines. After that it's back to the kitchen to produce a dish inspired by a personal hero.

Documentary exploring various portrayals of the sleuth, charting the evolution of the character on screen and showing how different actors' performances have influenced the public's image of the detective. With contributions from Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee, Tim Pigott-Smith and Mark Gatiss.

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