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.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 2 Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor are reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
- 3 Katie Hopkins has just written a piece so hateful that it might give Hitler pause – why was it published?
- 4 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
- 5 Cancel Sky at your peril: man spends 96 minutes in chat but fails to get rid of service
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Avengers: Age of Ultron: 'After credits' scene leaks online
Kevin Spacey's successor at The Old Vic promises a more low-key approach
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Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
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