This week’s top TV: 24 – 30 October

This week’s top TV: 24 – 30 October

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Monday, 24th October 2016
Kimberley Nixon and John MacMillan star in Ordinary Lies (BBC/Red Productions/Adrian Rogers)
Kimberley Nixon and John MacMillan star in Ordinary Lies (BBC/Red Productions/Adrian Rogers)

This week we are treated to three new dramas, learn how to be our own doctors and say goodbye to BBC-branded Bake Off.


Be Your Own Doctor

Channel 4, 8.30pm

Dr Tamal checks out some placenta capsules (Credit: Channel 4)

Be Your Own Doctor is a health programme for modern society, where we turn to Google before GPs when we're ill.

Kate Quilton and Dr Tamal Ray, runner-up of The Great British Bake Off 2015, help us identify the facts and fiction in the barrage of health information at our fingertips.

This week, the pair investigate claims that eating your placenta after childbirth helps your recover quicker, and test a new app that can check moles for skin cancer.



Ordinary Lies

BBC1, 9pm

The second series of Danny Brocklehurst’s (The Driver) drama returns to BBC One this week.

Series two takes place in a new setting, this time the call centre and warehouse of a sports sales company in Wales. Like the series before it, each episode is a self-contained story focusing on one employee, and the stifling secrets they harbour.

This week the spotlight is on Manager’s PA Holly (Kimberley Nixon), who feels everyone else’s lives are more exciting than her own. She creates an alternate life for herself, but ends up tangled in her own untruths.



The Missing

BBC1, 9pm

Alice Webster (Abigail Hardingham) returns after being missing for 11 years (Credit: BBC/New Pictures/Sophie Mutevelian)

Don’t be tempted to switch off after the Bake Off final, as Golden-Globe winning series The Missing is back for a second series.

Following on from the case of missing child Oliver Hughes, French investigator Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) turns his attention to solving the mystery of a young woman who is found after 11 years. Mostly set on a British military base in Germany, the narrative stretches as far as IS battlefields of Northern Iraq, an intriguing addition to a domestic drama.

Summing up the premise, writer Harry Williams said: “rather than losing someone, it's about finding someone, and whether that is the happy ending that everyone thinks it is.”

This episode sees Gemma Webster (Keeley Hawes) become more suspicious about what happened to her daughter in the time since her disappearance.



The Young Pope

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

Jude Law as Pope Pius XIII (Credit: Sky)

Jude Law plays the first American pope in history in new drama The Young Pope, a collaboration between Sky, HBO and Canal+ which comes to Sky Atlantic on Thursday.

Lenny Belardo, also known as Pope Pius XIII, must navigate the power struggles of the secretive Vatican, as well as balance the woes of the average man with the saintly responsibility bestowed upon him.



The Great British Bake Off: an Extra Slice

BBC2, 8.30pm

Last week's Extra Slice guests: Tom Allen, Nadiya Hussain and Ruth Davidson MSP (Credit: BBC/Love Productions)

Jo Brand’s comical debrief of the past week’s baking will welcome this year’s GBBO winner, their first appearance in their new role as Britain’s Best Amateur Baker 2016.

The programme’s imminent move to Channel 4 means this will be the last Bake Off as we know it, so soak up all the BBC-branded spin-off content while you still can.



Ninja Warrior UK Final

ITV, 4.30pm

As Ninja Warrior’s third series draws to a close, the ten people tough enough to make it through eight weeks of punishing obstacle courses battle to win the title of Ninja Warrior.

The final is split into four courses, and last year only three contestants made it to the second. No one has yet reached the fabled final round, but will this year prove different?



Dynamo: Magician Impossible

W, 7pm

On Sunday, W bring back the third series of Magician Impossible, which sees talented street magician Dynamo take more mind-bending illusions and tricks around the world.

In this episode he visits New York, where he does close-up magic with Samuel L. Jackson and baffles onlookers in Time Square with a large-scale stunt.

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This week we are treated to three new dramas, learn how to be our own doctors and say goodbye to BBC-branded Bake Off.