Thursday 18 January 2018

Too many cooks...

Channel 4, 9pm

The finalists are sent to learn new skills in Sweden, where they experience two very different restaurants. The first has no menu, with the chefs inventing dishes on the day with whatever ingredients their suppliers provide, and in the second, everything is cooked over an open fire. Back in the UK, they have to come up with an exceptional fish dish for John Torode, Gregg Wallace and renowned seafood chef Nathan Outlaw, with one more amateur leaving at the end of the show. Continues tomorrow.

Consuming passions

the consumer show

rte1, 8.30pm

Investigating the confusion surrounding food date labels, shedding light on the shelf-life of products, and educating consumers about what is a guide and what is a deadline. The team also delves into the expensive world of children's birthday parties, uncovering the simple tips and tricks people can follow to help reduce costs. Presented by Keelin Shanley, with reporters Tadhg Enright and Ella McSweeney.

Football fever

champions league live

RTE2, 7.30pm

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid (Kick-off 7.45pm). Darragh Maloney is joined by Dietmar Hamann, Richie Sadlier and Eamon Dunphy to present coverage of the quarter-final second- leg match at the Bernabeu, as the Spanish rivals meet in a repeat of last season's final, with the aggregate score at 0-0 following the first leg. With commentary by George Hamilton and Ronnie Whelan, and reports from Tony O'Donoghue. Subsequent programmes are subject to change.

Comic affairs

newzoids UTV, 9pm

Satirical sketch show blending traditional puppetry and animation, poking fun at politicians in the build-up to the election, as well as the royals, stars from the worlds of sport, TV and music, and some international despots. The show features the voices of impressionists Jon Culshaw, Debra Stephenson, Lewis Macleod and Simon Greenall.

George Clarke (inset) chooses four of his favourite church conversions from the programme, featuring a couple who hoped their old fisherman's church in Devon would bring them together, and a young father whose single-minded dedication to restoring a medieval Welsh chapel almost tore his family apart.

Plus, the restoration novices who risked financial ruin to transform a Cumbrian village church's iconic spire, and a couple from Newcastle who battled the elements to create a bohemian artistic retreat 400 miles away in the Outer Hebrides.

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