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Eden: Paradise Lost


10pm, Channel 4

The weather is miserable and the people more so. Who can blame them, really, when they’ve been stranded on the west coast of Scotland to fend for themselves with their every Lord-of-the-Flies moment caught on camera? 

Twenty-three hardy souls volunteered for the off-grid experiment, but several didn’t last the course and more might have left if they’d realised that Channel 4 last year stopped weekly coverage of their progress after just four episodes.

“We went a bit feral,” admits one volunteer as we return for the first of five retrospective visits to the Ardnamurchan peninsula, where boatman Anton has retreated to the woods to make his own shelter and carve oars (to everyone’s annoyance), while deer-hunter Glenn is described as “an absolute pillock” (by Anton, who’s no slouch himself) thanks to a lack of venison on the menu. Then a breach of protocol sparks a full-on mutiny and suddenly, the whole project is in jeopardy.

Game of Thrones

9pm, Sky Atlantic

With Daenerys and Jon Snow finally joining forces, things are beginning to really cook in Westeros. And that’s even before the Mother of Dragons has had a chance to properly deploy her scaly (and ever-growing) friends for some serious singeing. For the moment she is relying on her army of the Unsullied in her early skirmishes with the ruling Lannister family and tonight we find out what happened when her spear-carrying loyalists set about smashing up the Lannisters’ summer retreat at Casterly Rock. Fans have only just got to see what it looks like – but it’s unlikely to be much of a holiday home after they’ve finished with it.

Man in an Orange Shirt

9pm, BBC2

Patrick Gale’s romance jumps forward 60 years to Adam and his granny Flora (Vanessa Redgrave), living in quiet containment in a rather nice London house.

But their lives are boiling vats of denial. Flora (who we saw last week as a young bride married to a gay man) can still barely come to terms with her past while Adam is a slave to meaningless sexual encounters on gay dating apps. When charming, handsome Steve (David Gyasi) arrives in his life Adam (Julian Morris) is so repressed he can’t bring himself to recognise The One, even when he’s standing right there.

But the discovery of a painting and a sojourn at the country cottage that meant so much to Adam’s gay grandad Michael and his lover Thomas starts to heal wounds. If you’re a sucker for an old-fashioned love story, you’ll be shedding buckets by the end.

Stacey Dooley Investigates


The DUP is suddenly propping up the British government, to the alarm of some progressive young Brits who hadn’t previously been aware of them. Dooley goes to Northern Ireland to quiz DUP members on their attitudes to abortion and gay marriage.

The Heat

9pm, Film4


Sandra Bullock and Bridesmaids scene-stealer Melissa McCarthy make an inspired double act in this hysterical cop comedy. It gets off to a wobbly start as, separately, each woman tries to negotiate her way through a man’s world and bring a drugs lord to justice, but as soon as they pool resources it becomes a fluid, fun and wickedly foul-mouthed buddy flick. Though she’s the bigger name, Bullock generously plays the straight “man” for the most part, although her gift for physical comedy is brilliantly employed, playing a prissy type knocked sideways by McCarthy’s big, blustery shtick. The banter between the pair is cracking, and feels improvised, but one of the best scenes – the girls getting drunk at a dive bar – trades on visual gags and clever cutting by director Paul Feig (who also made Bridesmaids). The plot follows a standard formula, but the simple gender twist and great casting keep things sizzling.