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What's on TV tonight: The Other One, Celebrity MasterChef and Stella

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 13/09/2017 By Telegraph Reporters

The Other One © BBC The Other One Wednesday 13 September

The Other One

BBC Two, 10.00pm; not NI

No, this is not a rerun of the BBC’s Seventies “odd couple” sitcom starring Michael Gambon and Richard Briers. This is a fully contemporary, satisfyingly split-your-sides new comedy written by stand-up and regular TV panel game participant Holly Walsh. 

The plot follows two half-sisters with the same name, Catherine Walcott, who only learn of each other’s existence following their father’s unexpected death. Ellie White and Lauren Socha lead the superb cast as uptight middle-class gloriously uncouth Cat respectively – who never fall fully into stereotype, thanks to the sharp edge of Walsh’s writing. Catapulted into each other’s lives, Cathy and Cat become caught up in a battle over his memory and remains, spearheaded by Rebecca Front and Siobhan Finneran (both on outrageously good form) as their respective mothers. This offers rich comedy pickings, which Bafta award-winning director Dan Zeff ramps up to splendidly cringe-making effect. 

This is only a pilot episode for now but, with such a strong cast and script, its potential as a series is clear from the outset – not least because of the yawning door left open by the hilarious closing scene. Gerard O’Donovan

Champions League Football: Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund

BT Sport 3, 7.00pm

Looking to get over their Wembley curse – they are yet to win there at home this season – Spurs face Borussia Dortmund in Group H. They’ll need to fare better than they did last time they faced the German team: trailing 3-0 from the first leg of the last 16 in the Europa League, they wound up losing 5-1 on aggregate. But that was 18 months ago.

Celebrity MasterChef

BBC One, 8.00pm

It’s the first semi-final, which sees the remaining contestants cooking for 120 staff and volunteers at the Royal National Lifeboat Institute in Poole, Dorset, before they head back to the studio for a final invention test.

World’s Busiest Cities: Moscow

BBC Two, 8.00pm

For this episode, we’re in the Russian capital, which has a million more people than London. The Metro system alone transports more than nine million passengers a day. Dan Snow explores the city’s tangled and bloody history, while Anita Rani and Ade Adepitan experience what life is really like for Muscovites.

How to Stay Young

BBC One & BBC Two NI, 9.00pm

We know that our bodies can feel older than our years. In this fascinating follow-up to last year’s show, Angela Rippon and Dr Chris van Tulleken set up an “anti-ageing lab” and challenge a group of volunteers to radically reduce their body age in just three months. 

Mountain: Life at the Extreme

BBC Two, 9.00pm; NI, 11.15pm

The last in this alluring series on great mountain ranges explores the staggeringly diverse Andes, which begins at the Cape Horn in Argentina and travelling north through some of the wettest and driest, flattest and steepest, lushest and most barren landscapes on Earth. GO

Taskmaster

Dave, 9.00pm

Here is a new run for Greg Davies’s decidedly daft challenge show. Hands-free basketball, inventive cuddling and a Marmite making competition are among the tasks facing Aisling Bea, Bob Mortimer, Mark Watson, Nish Kumar and Sally Phillips.

999: On The Frontline

More4, 9.00pm

The 999 franchise heads to the West Midlands with this new series about our hard-pressed emergency services. In this episode, paramedic Chelsie Kennedy and technician Simon Lees rush to save a baby. Meanwhile, student paramedic Dave Watts attends his first cardiac arrest.

Stella  

Sky One, 9.00pm

Ruth Jones’s gentle comedy about self-sacrificing Valleys girl Stella Morris returns for its final series. With her boyfriend Michael (Patrick Baladi) thinking of taking a job in Dubai, a new life abroad could be beckoning for Stella – until an old friend shows up in trouble. Darren Day guest stars. GO

The Ladykillers (1955, b/w) ★★★★

Film4, 11.00am 

Lugubrious Alec Guinness leads a nefarious bunch of ne’er-do-wells (among them Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom) posing as musicians as they plan a robbery from their rented room. When their landlady discovers the plot, they decide to bump her off, but Mrs Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) proves doughtier than they had imagined. This is one of the very best Ealing comedies – there have been remakes but none of them beat this.

Juno (2007) ★★★★

Sky Cinema Greats, 6.20pm 

Sweet-centred comedy written by rising talent Diablo Cody. Ellen Page (Inception) is Juno, a 16-year-old tomboy who becomes pregnant by her endearingly awkward friend Bleeker (Michael Cera). She selects a strait-laced, suburban couple (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman) to adopt their unborn child but finds herself bonding with the husband over a love of rock music.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012) ★★★

5STAR, 10.30pm 

Don’t be fooled by its young cast (including a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth) and stereotypical teenage-horror appeal: Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s (who worked together on Buffy) clever detonation of the scary movie is very good, with the genre’s most original plot twist in years. Five friends visit a cabin in the woods, where they encounter more than they bargained for.

Thursday 14 September

Without Limits: Vietnam

BBC One, 8.00pm

© Provided by The Telegraph “We must look like the circus has come to town,” announces biker Andy at the beginning of this enthralling, warm-hearted and eye-opening travelogue. The premise is a straightforward one: six people with a range of disabilities travel across Vietnam in convoy on modified motorbikes and a specially adapted Jeep. 

But what marks No Limits out is the honesty with which the participants discuss living with their disabilities. “I am envious watching them,” says Steve – who broke his neck after falling over a balcony and is now in a wheelchair – as the others prepare food. Andy goes further, speaking of his missing arm: “Pain is my friend, my enemy, my lover, my everything.” 

Yet there is also laughter as the participants bond over the sense of freedom that they feel being with people who understand their situations and slowly open up about their frustrations and fears. For some, those fears are deeper rooted than others. Mary, who has dwarfism, states: “I wouldn’t say I’d conquered much,” as she talks movingly of her depression and the cycling that helps. The scene when she borrows a child’s bike and heads cheering for the hills is magnificent. Sarah Hughes

Sex Map of Britain: Tough to be Trans

BBC Three, from 10.00am

The documentary series continues with a look at transgender escorts, two of whom are grappling with whether to remove a part of their bodies that makes them money.

Tribes, Predators & Me

BBC Two, 9.00pm

Wildlife film-maker Gordon Buchanan is a man of many talents, but the sight of him riding a horse through Mongolia’s Altai Mountains while carrying a golden eagle on his arm deserves our full respect. For thousands of years, the Kazakh people have formed a hunting partnership with eagles to help them catch furs to stay warm in winter. Buchanan joins a family of nomads to find out more. 

Best Album of the Year: Mercury Prize Live 2017

BBC Four, 9.00pm

Alt-J, Blossoms, Kate Tempest, Ed Sheeran, Sampha, Stormzy, and The XX are among those shortlisted as Lauren Laverne hosts from the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London. 

Safe House

ITV, 9.00pm

In this second episode of ITV’s bleak crime thriller, Tom Brook (Stephen Moyer), who runs a safe house in Anglesey, begins to suspect that John (Ashley Walters) is hiding something about the disappearance of his girlfriend.  

Educating Greater Manchester

Channel 4, 9.00pm

Headteacher Drew Povey is having sleepless nights. The Year 11s at Harrop Fold are a challenging bunch and when their mock GCSE results prove disappointing, he has his work cut out to turn things around. What he certainly doesn’t need is a Year 8 pupil getting into a hairy fight.

Tin Star

Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm

Fans of Fargo will appreciate the revenge element of this thriller set in the Canadian Rockies, but while last week’s first episode left us on a cliffhanger, this second part doesn’t quite live up to its dark undertones. Sky have confidence, however, as they have commissioned a second series. Devastated by the tragedy, London copper Jim (Tim Roth) finds comfort in a whisky bottle and tries to bury his grief in work. Rachel Ward

Question Time

BBC One, 10.45pm; N Ireland, 11.15pm

Novelist Will Self didn’t hold back when he was a guest on the show last year, branding Trump and Farage “grubby little opportunists”. He returns in the first of a new series, from Stratford, east London. RW

Meet the Fockers (2004) ★★

Comedy Central, 9.00pm 

As the follow-up to Meet the Parents, this sequel again pits hapless Gaylord Focker (Ben Stiller) against his fiancée Pam’s ex-CIA agent dad (Robert De Niro), but this time adds a baby, a pregnancy, and Stiller’s hippy parents to the mix. As played by Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman, the Fockers are endearing; gags about lavatories, sexually active dogs, and genitals in the fondue are less so.

Hamlet (1990) ★★★★

London Live, 10.00pm 

Mel Gibson plays the melancholy Danish prince who becomes consumed by vengeance in Franco Zeffirelli’s fast-paced adaptation of Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy. Zeffirelli chooses to emphasise action over contemplation, condensing the Bard’s text perfectly for the big screen. Helena Bonham Carter plays Hamlet’s ill-fated love interest Ophelia, while Glenn Close is Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude.

Airplane! (1980) ★★★★

ITV4, 11.20pm 

This spoof disaster movie is one of the most quotable comedy films ever made. It stars Robert Hays as Ted Striker, an ex-fighter pilot who is called on to fly a plane after its pilots are taken ill mid-flight. It also features a pre-Naked Gun Leslie Nielsen as a deliciously deadpan doctor. “Surely there must be something you can do,” he’s asked. “I’m doing everything I can – and stop calling me Shirley.”

Friday 15 September

Comedy Playhouse: Static

BBC One, 10.35pm

© Provided by The Telegraph From Steptoe and Son via Sorry! and onwards, the man-child stuck at home with his parent(s) has been a staple of British sitcoms for years. Stand-up and Mock the Week regular Rob Beckett repurposes the sub-genre for this comedy pilot, written with sitcom veteran Shaun Pye, in which Rob, Beckett’s character, quits his job in London to move back in with his mother and father (Alison Steadman and Phil Davis) who, unbeknown to him, have just sold their house and moved to a static caravan in Margate. 

Davis and Steadman are watchable as always, although their characters are pretty broad caricatures, and Craig Parkinson does good work with another familiar archetype as the caravan park’s deluded, egotistical entertainment host. Beckett is a better comic than he is an actor, but there’s a warmth to the writing that compensates for the absence of big laughs. That said, it’s performed with gusto right through to Steadman and Davis’s Motown song-and-dance finale. The hit rate of the revived Comedy Playhouse has been patchy, to say the least, and Static is a workmanlike effort propped up by a fine cast; with another draft or two of the script, there might be a series in here somewhere. Gabriel Tate

Strong Island 

Netflix, from 12.01am

The murder of black teacher William Ford Jr by Mark Reilly, a white mechanic, on Long Island, New York, in 1992 is the launch pad for Yance Ford’s survey of grief, racial violence and historical injustice in the United States.

The Live Lounge Show 

BBC Four, 8.00pm

The BBC’s quest to find a regular companion for Later... continues with this tie-in to the popular Radio 1 slot. Clara Amfo meets Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters in Los Angeles, plus there’s also music from The XX, Chris Martin, 30 Seconds to Mars and The Script.

The Crystal Maze 

Channel 4, 8.00pm

A team of cosplayers (people who dress up as fictional characters) don grey boilersuits for the privilege of taking on the four zones, the Dome and Maze Master Richard Ayoade in another richly entertaining instalment of the revived game show.

Gardeners’ World 

BBC Two, 9.00pm; not NI or Wales

In a packed edition of the horticultural magazine show, Carol Klein and the team meet a 97-year-old gardener, take a look at some tropical plants and propose some solutions for viewers struggling with heavy clay soil.

Marc Bolan: Cosmic Dancer 

BBC Four, 9.00pm

This picaresque approach to the life of the T. Rex star – cobbled together from talking heads, home movies and Bolan’s own words (recited by the actor Jamie Bamber) – is an absorbing treatment for a man whose popularity once made him the biggest star since the Beatles. T. Rex also feature in Glam Rock at the BBC at 10.00pm. GT

Cold Feet 

ITV, 9.00pm

Mike Bullen’s impressive resurrection of his turn-of-the-millennium smash continues with Jenny (Fay Ripley) gaining some newfound authority – which seems to go to her head. Meanwhile, an unguarded comment from Adam (James Nesbitt) could have serious implications.

Maurice Gibb: In Life and Death 

Channel 5, 10.00pm

Dr Jason Payne-James’s ghoulish series turns its attentions to the Bee Gees’s unsung hero – the group’s arranger and the glue that held his warring brothers together. In spite of decades of alcoholism, Maurice had been on the wagon and healthy for over a decade when he collapsed in 2003. The doctor peruses Gibb’s medical records to learn the causes of his unexpected demise. GT

First They Killed My Father (2017)

Netflix, from today 

Angelina Jolie’s new film, adapted from child soldier Loung Ung’s 2000 memoir, has been greeted with warm praise. The biographical drama centres on her childhood under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, in which Ung’s parents and two of her siblings died along with an estimated two million Cambodians. Jolie adopted a son from a Cambodian orphanage and has held citizenship since 2005.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) ★★★★

Film4, 6.55pm 

Emma Watson couldn’t be less like the uptight Hermione Granger in Stephen Chbosky’s wonderfully observed coming-of-age film, based on his 1999 novel. The script has a rare generosity of spirit and there’s superb work from the young cast including We Need to Talk About Kevin’s Ezra Miller, as well as Logan Lerman and Paul Rudd as the empathetic English teacher.

Sully (2016)  ★★★★★

Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm

This superb drama is Clint Eastwood’s 35th film as director, and his best since 2006’s Letters from Iwo Jima. It suits him and Tom Hanks down to the ground, staged and acted with an absorbing and unshowy fluency. It tells the story of Chelsey Sullenberger, the airline pilot who brought down a malfunctioning passenger jet on the Hudson River in New York in 2009, with no loss of life.

Television previewers: Catherine Gee, Sarah Hughes, Clive Morgan, Gerard O'Donovan, Patrick Smith, Gabriel Tate and Rachel Ward

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