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Precious moments: husband-and-wife team Sarah and Steve Bennett in 'Gems TV'

Gems TV, ITV, review: How one family and a shedload of Tanzanite made Gems TV a winner

Documentaries don't have to be angry, hypocrisy-exposing investigations to hold our interest. Gems TV (ITV) was an entertaining hour, soothingly soundtracked by 1950s easy listening. If you've ever wondered why people watch those shopping channels, here was your answer: they're happily hypnotised.

The Secret Life of Books, BBC4

The Secret Life of Books, BBC4 - TV review: EastEnders lead writer Tony Jordan explores Charles Dickens

Here's a programme to make you pick up unread classics and love your old favourites even more

In the driving seat: Ryan Sheridan, who has cerebral palsy, features in '21 Up: New Generation'

21 Up: New Generation, BBC1 - TV review: A more diverse Britain is worth celebrating

Michael Apted's original Up series still stands as the greatest documentary achievement in British television history. But as of 2012's eighth episode, the original participants had all reached their fifties, so it stands to reason that the BBC would see an opportunity for a youthful twist.

Jamie's Comfort Food

Jamie's Comfort Food, Channel 4 - TV review: It's getting boring, Jamie

Clearly Jamie Oliver didn't catch that Horizon documentary the other week on the link between processed meat and cancer.

Kitten and the Hip left the judges unimpressed

X Factor 2014, review: Mocking foreigners already - can this series sink any lower?

The drama continued for a second day as the judges attempted to find talent at the auditions

Made in Chelsea, episode 4, review: Stevie emerges as an unlikely hero to battle Spencer

But MIC's answer to Simon Cowell is not going down without a fight

The Leftovers, TV preview: Prepare to be bewildered by the latest mystery from the creator of Lost

The series, which starts on Sky Atlantic next month, begins in the aftermath of a mysterious Rapture-style event which has caused 2 per cent of the world’s population to disappear

Cheryl sheds a tear during auditions

X Factor, ITV, review: Simon Cowell bans sob stories but Cheryl Cole can’t stop crying

The ITV juggernaut has come a way in the decade it’s been on air

The Doctor and the Dalek meet

Doctor Who, Into the Dalek, TV review: Classic sci-fi adventure has blockbuster spectacle

If some fans were left with glazed eyes after last week’s nonsensical storyline, then ‘Into the Dalek’ more than compensated with a fresh take on an old foe

The X Factor only exists on the judging panel

The X Factor 2014: Cheryl Cole sidelines Mel B as friendship with frenemy Simon Cowell dominates

First look review: The X Factor only exists on the judging panel

Big School series 2, BBC One, review: Doesn’t make the grade. Must try harder

The second series of the school-based sitcom returns with a dire episode that only vaguely improves towards the end

Naturalist David Attenborough presents 'Attenborough’s Fabulous Frogs', the final instalment of the current 'Natural World' series

Attenborough's Fabulous Frogs, TV review: BBC captures some fascinating footage of these charming creatures

When the Panamanian golden frogs of the rainforest want to communicate, they simply wave a webbed foot in the general direction of the object of their affection.

Life lesson: Musharaf Asghar, with his former teacher Mr Burton, in Stammer School

Stammer School, TV review: Educating Yorkshire's Musharaf stars in inspirational documentary

Musharaf Asghar was the 16-year-old in Educating Yorkshire who overcame his stammer with the help of English teacher Mr Burton and a technique borrowed from Oscar-winning movie The King's Speech. When Musharaf gave his own speech, it was one of the most moving moments of the TV year. Mr Burton cried, we cried at home, they even cried on Gogglebox.

Service with a smile: Mr Chaskar featured in Hotel India

Hotel India, TV review: This entertaining visit comes with some reservations

Anyone whose holiday accommodation wasn't everything they hoped for this August might have wished, after watching BBC2's Hotel India, that they had headed to south Asia instead. There, hoteliers work to the mantra "guest is God".

The Great British Bake Off 2014 contestants

The Great British Bake-Off, TV review: Full on sauce as the contestants tackled desserts

It was hottest day of the year in the The Great British Bake-Off tent. This week: desserts. It started off pretty steamy with "self-saucing puds".

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Robin teaches Clara to shoot an arrow
Review: A dull and nonsensical disappointment
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Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry inspect Kate's fruity pork pies
Review: Paul Hollywood piles on the pressure in pie week
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Going wild: Lee Ingleby and Liz White in ‘Our Zoo’
Review: A heart-warming period drama
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Precious moments: husband-and-wife team Sarah and Steve Bennett in 'Gems TV'
Review: Documentaries don't have to be angry hypocrisy-exposing investigations to hold our interest
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Kitten and the Hip left the judges unimpressed

Review: Mocking foreigners and ageism - can this series sink any lower?

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Life lesson: Musharaf Asghar, with his former teacher Mr Burton, in Stammer School
Review: Educating Yorkshire's Musharaf stars in inspirational documentary
Arts and Entertainment
Naturalist David Attenborough presents 'Attenborough’s Fabulous Frogs', the final instalment of the current 'Natural World' series
Review: BBC captures some fascinating footage of these charming creatures
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The Doctor and Clara have their first real heart to heart since he regenerated in 'Deep Breath'
Review: Doctor Who returns and Peter Capaldi may be the best yet
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Review A touch of Tarantino means it's worth sticking with this gritty gangster tale
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Calling the shots: Kids and Guns featured nine-year-old Gia from Texas

Review An impressively even-handed look at America's young guns

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Back to the wall: Lyse Doucet with Jalal in 'Children of Syria'

Review Children of Syria, BBC2

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Family tragedy: a woman holding a picture of her missing relative after the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh last year

Review: The devastating story of the West's real fashion victims

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Nick & Margaret: Too Many Immigrants?
Nick and Margaret: Immigration Gain or Drain proves illuminating
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Leading light: Rose Leslie in 'Utopia'

Review: Utopia, Channel 4

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The byte stuff: 'Silicon Valley'

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Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Nessa Stein, a woman who is trying to build links in the Middle East
Common and The Honourable Woman are clangingly depressing
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David Luiz pictured during the 7-1 defeat to Germany
German record set as 32.6m tune in to watch World Cup semi-final
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