TV picks tonight: MasterChef, Dead Famous DNA, W1A
What to watch on TV this evening, Wednesday 26 March
MasterChef returns with a few tweaks. In Calling Card, for instance, contestants introduce themselves with a dish that showcases their talent. John Torode and Gregg Wallace are the hosts.
Dead Famous DNA
9pm, Channel 4
A new series in which veterinary scientist Mark Evans sets out to track down the last remains of some of history’s most famous figures, including Marilyn Monroe, Napoleon and Charles Darwin, in an attempt to find out what their biology can add to their biographies.
“I totally am listening… it’s just that you guys aren’t saying the right stuff” is one of several Siobhan Sharpe gems in the second episode of the satire. Head of Values Ian (Hugh Bonneville) heads off to Manchester to appear on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, while someone has to explain to Carol Vorderman that Clare Balding has been given her job.
Secret Knowledge: Hogarth – One Man And His Pug
8.30pm & 1.45am, BBC4
To mark 250 years since William Hogarth’s death, ceramics expert Lars Tharp tries to recover one of the artist’s rare pieces – a precious terracotta sculpture of his pet pug, Trump, the beloved animal that features prominently in the painter’s self-portrait and played a pivotal role in his life.
Law & Order: UK
This is the last piece of screen-acting work undertaken by the late Roger Lloyd Pack, in an episode that finds Ronnie and Joe (Bradley Walsh and Ben Bailey Smith) working with the drugs squad. They find a skeleton hidden inside the boot of a car in the river Thames. It turns out to be the remains of an undercover policeman who went missing in the Eighties, around the time of the Brixton riots.
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 East 17 bandmember Brian Harvey in 'very desperate situation’
- 2 Germanwings plane crash: Video shows co-pilot Andreas Lubitz learning to fly as a teenager
- 3 Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state
- 4 Germanwings crash: Captain of doomed plane was only 'on board because he changed job to spend more time with his children'
- 5 Ohio Democrat Teresa Fedor speaks out during abortion debate to reveal she has been raped – and is interrupted by laughter from Republicans
Jim Davidson: 'I'd love to host Top Gear but I'm always banned from driving'
Cassetteboy joins forces with Russell Brand for Emperor's New Clothes film
Poldark, review: Demelza’s insouciance is almost as impressive as Ross’ pecs
Jay Z launches streaming service Tidal with help from Kanye West, Rihanna and Coldplay
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew