Law & Order: UK (ITV1, 9pm)

The Northern Echo: STARRING ROLE: Bradley Walsh, left, and Ben Bailey Smith

9:51am Wednesday 16th April 2014

BEN BAILEY SMITH is not the first rapper to take a lead role in a cop series. Ice-T is a regular in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the US but he is the first in UK TV history.

How to Get a Council House (C4, 9pm)

9:50am Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE series returns to give us another look into the struggle of a life on benefits. In the London borough of Tower Hamlets, hundreds of families who are out of work and reliant on benefits face eviction because of the Government’s welfare reforms.

The Hunt for the Boston Bombers (C4, 10pm)

9:49am Wednesday 16th April 2014

ON April 15, last year, the Boston Marathon got under way, with runners waiting through 26 seconds of silence for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting the previous December.

The Big Allotment Challenge (BBC2, 8pm)

9:43am Tuesday 15th April 2014

AMATEUR stitchers have The Great British Sewing Bee, cooks have MasterChef, and people who can make really nice bread have The Great British Bake Off, so it was probably about time that the nation’s gardeners got a chance to show off their skills.

British Gardens In Time (BBC4, 9pm)

The Northern Echo: CULTIVATION CHALLENGE: The Great Allotment Show with, from left, Fern Britton, Jim Buttress, Thane Prince and Jonathan Moseley

9:42am Tuesday 15th April 2014

THIS four-part series takes a close look at four iconic gardens created during four very different eras – each garden offering a fascinating window into a different century and the people that created it.

Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic (C4, 8pm)

9:42am Tuesday 15th April 2014

DOCTORS Christian Jessen and Dawn Harper are back for a new run of the show in which they diagnose health issues live in the studio as people too embarrassed to visit the private clinic of their own doctor choose instead to air their medical laundry on telly.

Dara O Briain: School of Hard Sums (Dave, 10pm)

9:41am Tuesday 15th April 2014

YOU can run but you can’t hide from Dara O Briain. It seems the comicturned- presenter is everywhere at the moment.

Later Live – With Jools Holland (BBC2, 10pm)

9:41am Tuesday 15th April 2014

VIEWERS of a certain age will remember Neneh Cherry, the Stockholm- born vocalist who was the face and voice of 1988. Her smash Buffalo Stance was played around the UK, while her other hits included Man Child and Seven Seconds.

The Treasure Hunters (BBC1, 9pm)

The Northern Echo: PRICELESS DISPLAY: Ellie Harrison with King Tut’s death mask

9:35am Monday 14th April 2014

DALLAS CAMPBELL and Ellie Harrison have joined forces to travel the world in search of treasure.

Classic Car Rescue (Channel 5, 8pm)

9:33am Monday 14th April 2014

BERNIE FINEMAN and Mario Pacione are back for a new run of car restorations.

Can Criminals Say Sorry (BBC3, 9pm)

9:32am Monday 14th April 2014

ACTRESS Brooke Kinsella has been an avid campaigner against knife crime since the death of her half-brother in 2008, so it is little wonder she has signed up to front this particularly emotive documentary.

Return trip

The Northern Echo:

12:08pm Friday 11th April 2014

TWO blokes, one car, several restaurants, lots of impressions. That’s the beauty of The Trip to Italy – you could write the pitch on the back of a napkin.

Digby Jones: The New Troubleshooter (BBC2, 8pm)

The Northern Echo: GIVING ADVICE: Digby Jones is the newest TV troubleshooter

10:56am Thursday 10th April 2014

NO offence to Mary ‘Queen of Shops’ Portas, Alex ‘The Fixer’ Polizzi, or Gordon Ramsay and his Kitchen Nightmares, but for many people, the ultimate TV business guru is former ICI chairman John Harvey- Jones. He was better known to viewers in the 1990s as The Troubleshooter, which ran for five successful series and picked up a Bafta.

The Treasure Hunters (BBC1, 9pm)

10:54am Thursday 10th April 2014

THE precious metals industry is big business. The clue is in the name: “precious”. So with all manner of multinational companies out to find the world’s natural treasures, Dallas Campbell and Ellie Harrison may have their work cut out tracking down some of their own but they are no strangers to a challenge, having presented numerous science and wildlife-based programmes between them.

Banged Up & Left to Fail? (BBC3, 9pm)

10:54am Thursday 10th April 2014

TO the outside world, university student Natalie seems like your average young woman determined to go far in life; she is studying policing and criminology but has a lot more experience than most.

Ian Hislop’s Olden Days – The Power Of The Past In Britain (BBC2, 9pm)

The Northern Echo: SWORD PLAY: Ian Hislop wields Excalibur on his quest for King Arthur

9:57am Wednesday 9th April 2014

ASK anyone who’s even a month older than yourself about modern life, and they’ll likely tell you things were better “back in the day...”

Under Offer: Estate Agents on the Job (BBC2, 8pm)

9:53am Wednesday 9th April 2014

ESTATE agents’ jobs used to be, well, safe as houses, but these days, with the market more complex than ever before, it’s a dog-eat-dog world in this trade.

Dreamboats and Petticoats at Sunderland Empire

9:52am Wednesday 9th April 2014

THIS is a show that captures a moment in time when skirts were whirly, quiffs were shiny and the music was everything. A group of teenagers meet in a youth club in 1961 and sing their way through heartbreak to happiness.

The £60,000 Puppy: Cloning Man’s Best Friend (C4, 10pm)

9:53am Wednesday 9th April 2014

SOOAM Biotech is the only company in the world with the technology to clone dogs, and Britain’s most obsessive dog owners have been given the chance to “immortalise” their canine friend free. That’s quite a bargain, really, given that the process usually costs £60,000.

The Great British Sewing Bee (BBC2, 8pm)

The Northern Echo: COUTURE TEST: From left, May Martin, Patrick Grant and Claudia Winkleman in The Great British Sewing Bee

12:41pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

THEY have shown they can make everything from nightgowns to coats, they have handled fabrics ranging from leather to silk, and thanks to the vintage blouse challenge, they all now know what a placket is.

The Battle for Britain’s Breakfast (BBC2, 9pm)

12:40pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

IN the red corner: TV-am, including the likes of Anne Diamond, Nick Owen, David Frost, Angela Rippon, Lorraine Kelly and Kay Burley; in the blue corner: the BBC’s Breakfast Time, with the likes of Sue Cook, Jill Dando, Fern Britton, David Icke, Nick Ross and Jeremy Paxman.

The Call Centre (BBC3, 9pm)

12:39pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

COLD callers are the bane of our existence. They interrupt our dinner, usually trying to sell us stuff we don’t want.

Undeniable (ITV1, 9pm)

The Northern Echo: UNDER SUSPICION: Peter Firth and Claire Goose in Undeniable

10:08am Monday 7th April 2014

NEW drama Undeniable wonders what you would do, 23 years after the unsolved murder of your mother, when you recognise the murderer.

Great British Menu (BBC2, 7.30pm)

10:07am Monday 7th April 2014

ON June 6, the nation will mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day with a variety of events. One will be a dinner at St Paul’s Cathedral, cooked by some of the UK’s leading chefs for the surviving veterans of the landings.

The Treasure Hunters (BBC1, 9pm)

10:07am Monday 7th April 2014

AS you can probably imagine, the precious metals industry is big business – the clue is in the name: precious.

Martin Clunes and A Lion Called Mugie (ITV1, 9pm)

The Northern Echo: WILD THING: Martin Clunes with Tony Fitzjohn and Mugie in the Kora National Park

10:55am Friday 4th April 2014

TO say Martin Clunes is a busy bloke is something of an understatement.

Mammon (More4, 9pm)

10:53am Friday 4th April 2014

IT’S been described as Norway’s answer to classic movie All the President’s Men, a densely layered epic tale of political intrigue and financial misdemeanour.

The Trip to Italy (BBC2, 10pm)

10:53am Friday 4th April 2014

IT’S been a good 12 months for Steve Coogan. He successfully resurrected his most famous character, Alan Partridge, on the big screen, and won a Bafta and was Oscar-nominated for co-writing the screenplay for Philomena, in which he also appeared.

Person Of Interest (Channel 5, 10pm)

The Northern Echo: LEADING ROLE: Taraji P Henson in Person of Interest

10:04am Thursday 3rd April 2014

SOME folks struggle for years to get a TV series off the ground, while others merely have to show up with a list of ideas and are given the green light.

Alexander Armstrong’s Real Ripping Yarns (BBC4, 9pm)

10:03am Thursday 3rd April 2014

IN 1976, Michael Palin and Terry Jones brought us a comedy series that lovingly spoofed the Boy’s Own books and magazines they had grown up with.

Monkey Planet (BBC1, 9pm)

The Northern Echo: PRIMATE COUSINS: Dr George McGavin with an aye aye in Monkey Planet

10:05am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

ONCE upon a time, the idea of primates acting like humans was the stuff of PG Tips adverts and not a great deal else. Nowadays, animal experts are discovering more and more behaviours which seem to echo our own, as Dr George McGavin demonstrates in the three-part Monkey Planet, in which he gets up close and personal with some of the world’s most fascinating primate species.

Killing Spree: Terror in Paradise (Channel 5, 8pm)

9:56am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

ON July 22, 2011 in Norway, government buildings were bombed, resulting in the deaths of eight people. A further 69 people, mainly teenagers, were killed in a mass shootout at a summer camp on the picturesque island of Utoya.

Kim Philby – His Most Intimate Betrayal (BBC2, 9pm)

9:56am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

FOR those who don’t remember the Cold War at its height, it’s probably difficult to imagine the shock and impact the Cambridge Five had on Britain.

New Worlds (C4, 9pm)

The Northern Echo: HOLD-UP: Beth (Freya Mavor) and Abe (Jamie Dornan), who star in New Worlds

9:47am Tuesday 1st April 2014

IF you rely on TV and film for your 17th Century history lessons, you may be under the impression that when Charles II took to the throne in 1660, the people of England all got together to agree that the Civil War had been a ghastly mistake and that no one should ever speak of it again.

Horizon: Living with Autism (BBC2, 9pm)

9:45am Tuesday 1st April 2014

TOMORROW is World Autism Awareness Day, and tonight’s Horizon looks into our understanding of the condition which affects more than half a million people in the world.

George Michael at the Palais Garnier, Paris (BBC1, 10.35pm)

9:42am Tuesday 1st April 2014

THERE’S been much hype about George Michael’s long-awaited comeback, with anyone who is anyone putting in their two penn’orth about his latest album Symphonica.

Silk (BBC1, 9pm)

The Northern Echo: A CASE IN POINT: Clive Reader, played by Rupert Penry-Jones, and Harriet, by Miranda Raison, get to grips with a new legal battle in Silk

10:15am Monday 31st March 2014

NEVER mix business with pleasure, and never work with your loved ones.

Rev (BBC2, 10pm)

10:14am Monday 31st March 2014

REV hasn’t convinced us that there are many perks to being a vicar, but surely one must be being able to officiate at friends’ weddings?

Our Gay Wedding: The Musical (C4, 10pm)

10:13am Monday 31st March 2014

ON Saturday, same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales, and Benjamin Till and Nathan Taylor were one of the first couples of tie the knot.

Alan Carr: Chatty Man (C4, 10pm)

The Northern Echo: Alan Carr: Chatty Man (C4, 10pm)

9:58am Friday 28th March 2014

THE first time Ricky Gervais was cast in a big screen Muppets movie his scene was left on the cutting room floor. He has better luck with the sequel Muppets Most Wanted as he’s one of the – human – stars.

Mammon (More4, 9pm)

9:55am Friday 28th March 2014

SATURDAY is usually Nordic noir night, thanks to BBC4. Now More4 is making sure we get our fix of subtitled Scandi-scandals a day early, with new Norwegian crime thriller Mammon.

Joanna Lumley Meets (BBC1, 10.35pm)

9:51am Friday 28th March 2014

JOANNA LUMLEY Meets – no, you’re not seeing things. Lumley really is chatting to the Black Eyed Peas frontman in a one-off programme.

Ade At Sea (ITV1, 8.30pm)

The Northern Echo: OCEAN WAVE: In Ade at Sea, Adrian Edmondson explores Britain’s harbours and ports

10:45am Thursday 27th March 2014

OVER the past few years, Adrian Edmondson has become arguably ITV’s most likeable travel presenter, whether pottering around the UK cooking assorted dishes for Ade in Britain, or revelling in the best bits of Yorkshire for his series The Dales.

Salting The Battlefield (BBC2, 9pm)

10:43am Thursday 27th March 2014

LAST week viewers were treated to Turks & Caicos, the eagerly-awaited second part of David Hare’s trilogy of dramas about British agent Johnny Worricker. Hats off to the casting genius who teamed up Bill Nighy and Christopher Walken for that one.

The Big Reunion 2014 (ITV2, 9pm)

10:43am Thursday 27th March 2014

SIMON COWELL and Cheryl Cole may be returning to The X Factor, but before any aspiring singers get ready to audition, they might want to catch up with the second series of The Big Reunion.

MasterChef (BBC1, 9pm)

The Northern Echo: TURNING UP THE HEAT: MasterChef hosts and judges John Torode, left, and Gregg Wallace

9:55am Wednesday 26th March 2014

JOHN TORODE and Gregg Wallace return with a new batch of amateur cooks keen to prove their worth as MasterChef hits its tenth series.

Big Star’s Little Star (ITV1, 8pm)

9:54am Wednesday 26th March 2014

DON’T ever work with children or animals – that’s supposedly the golden rule of telly. But the leading lights behind Big Star’s Little Star understand that, actually, it’s the little ones who make the best TV because of their unpredictability.

Dead Famous DNA (C4, 9pm)

9:54am Wednesday 26th March 2014

IN his previous programmes, veterinary scientist Mark Evans has gone Inside Nature’s Giants and searched for Bigfoot, but this new series, Dead Famous DNA, sees him taking on his greatest challenge to date. He’s out to track down the last remains of some of history’s most important figures, from Napoleon to Marilyn Monroe, to find out what their DNA can tell us about their lives.

The Mentalist (Channel 5, 9pm)

The Northern Echo: POPULAR US DRAMA: Tim Kang, as Kimball Cho, in The Mentalist

10:22am Tuesday 25th March 2014

IS fame a blessing or a curse? Robin Tunney should know as one of the stars of The Mentalist, one of the most successful US dramas of recent years.

The Great British Sewing Bee (BBC2, 9pm)

10:21am Tuesday 25th March 2014

SOME contestants in this series of The Great British Sewing Bee have shown they have a soft spot for vintage fashions and fabrics. David’s attempts to get his prom dress model to stand on the table next to the sewing machine so he could hem her frock while she was still wearing it also suggests a rather retro attitude to health and safety.

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