TV Picks: 17th August – 23rd August

TV Picks: 17th August – 23rd August

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Monday, 17th August 2020
Lesley-Ann Brandt and Tom Ellis (Credit: John P. Fleenor/Neflix) George Clarke (Credit: Channel 4)
Lesley-Ann Brandt and Tom Ellis (Credit: John P. Fleenor/Neflix) George Clarke (Credit: Channel 4)

This week get a behind the scenes look at some of the best National Trust properties with George Clarke and get cooking with Jamie Oliver.

Jamie: Keep Cooking Family Favourites

Channel 4

Monday 17th August, 8:30pm

Jamie Oliver (Credit: Channel 4)
Jamie Oliver (Credit: Channel 4)

Lockdown has led to a lot of people getting into the kitchen and cooking, but it can be easy to get stuck in a rut and cook the same things again and again.

Jamie Oliver is here to help families create affordable, tasty meals that the whole family will love, using ingredients that people are familiar with and buy every week.

The eight-part series takes inspiration from Oliver’s latest book 7 Ways, which was inspired by data about what people buy every week, leading to a series filled with plenty of crowd-pleasers made from simple ingredients like salmon fillets or potatoes.

Viewers will get affordable and easy tips and meals that they can use during ockdown and beyond.

Manctopia: Billion Pound Property Boom


Tuesday 18th August, 9pm

Property in Manchester is booming; it’s one of the fastest-growing cities in the UK and the population is expected to double in the next five years, dramatically impacting the city and those that live there.

Local millionaire Tim sees an opportunity to revitalise and redevelop Manchester’s red-light district into a modern and trendy residential area, which won’t come without some challenges.

Helping the local community is important to Tim. He is the chief fundraiser for the Mayor’s homeless charity, and to help raise money for Manchester’s night shelters he has arranged a fundraising concert featuring Blossoms and The Courteeners.

Manchester is an exciting city for new arrival Helen, who has over £1 million to splash on a new apartment big enough for all her designer clothes following her divorce.

Outside of the city centre in Salford, single mum Christina is finding herself no longer able to afford to live in the area she grew up in, priced out of the area, she has been forced to look for a new home for herself and her two children somewhere else.

Can Sex Offenders Change?


Thursday 20th August, 10:45pm

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

In this BBC documentary, Becky Southworth is asking the question, can sex offenders really change? To find out she will be exploring the world of sex offender rehabilitation and meeting the sex offenders living among us in our communities.

Southworth attempts to understand the reasons why people committed these horrendous crimes and learns about the treatments available to prevent them from repeating those crimes.

This documentary is especially personal for Southworth, whose own father was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison for sexual offences against children. While in prison, he took part in a rehabilitation programme and Southworth wants to know if sex offenders can really be rehabilitated.



Friday 21st August

Lucifer has such a strong fan base, that the show’s fans successfully campaigned for the series to be moved to Netflix when it was initially cancelled in 2018 and the popular drama will now be entering its fifth series.

Lucifer (Tom Ellis) ended series four reclaiming his throne in the underworld and leaving behind his friends at the LAPD without saying goodbye, a betrayal that hit detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) especially hard.

Being the devil, Lucifer is used to being able to charm people and get his way, but he may have met his match in his devious twin brother Michael, who is determined to destroy the life Lucifer has built.

The series is split into two eight parts and will see Lucifer’s father God, played by Dennis Haybert, make an appearance.

George Clarke’s National Trust Unlocked

Channel 4

Sunday 23rd August, 9pm

Credit: Channel 4
Credit: Channel 4

During lockdown, the National Trust’s 300 houses and gardens were closed to the public, but George Clarke was given special access to some of the UK’s most special and historic homes, learning about the architecture, design and stories that make up the properties.

The six-part series will also follow Clarke, accompanied by his Siberian husky Loki, as he walks around the beautiful gardens and breathtaking countryside surrounding the extraordinary estates.

Around 27 million people visit the National Trust sites annually and Clarke meets the workers who are keeping the estates in tip-top condition until they can be reopened to be public.

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This week get a behind the scenes look at some of the best National Trust properties with George Clarke and get cooking with Jamie Oliver.