This week's top TV: 21 August - 27 August

This week's top TV: 21 August - 27 August

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Victoria (Credit: ITV)

This week's top TV picks includes the return of ITV drama Victoria, a new cooking show from Jamie Oliver and a documentary marking the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival.

Food: Jamie's Quick and Easy Food

Monday

Channel 4, 8pm

Jamie Oliver is back with a feast of quick and easy recipes that contain just five ingredients for those in a hurry to fit into their busy schedules. 

His new flash dishes range from rib-eye steak, to egg and mango chutney flatbreads, to a delicious plate of scallops with black pudding, mashed potatoes and peas.

Factual: Ambulance

Thursday

BBC One, 9pm

The second series of Ambulance follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service, shining a light on the daily incidents and struggles the crew experience, from the people in the control room to the paramedics out on the job.

The eight-part series is off to an intense start as a distressed woman is guided through how to give her husband CPR over the phone after he collapsed at home.

Elsewhere, a paramedic helps deliver a baby and ambulance controller Glennis tries to help her crew find an elderly man and takes a high priority call about a street brawl on a busy Saturday night. 

Entertainment: The Crystal Maze

Friday

Channel 4, 8pm


Richard Ayoade in The Crystal Maze (Credit: Channel 4)

Following on from the celebrity specials, Richard Ayoade hosts the new rebooted series of the classic 90s game show.

In the first episode, the Watson family venture through the Aztec, Industrial, Future and Medieval Zones with Ayoade on hand to help the contestants through a variety of physical and mental challenges in an attempt to win crystals for time in the Crystal Dome.

Documentary: Festival Tales: Edinburgh at 70

Saturday

BBC Two, 9pm


Credit: BBC

Comedian Jack Whitehall presents this one-hour celebration of the Edinburgh Festival as it reaches it's 70th anniversary. 

Festival Tales goes back to a post-war Britain in 1947, where idealism and creative expression were thrust upon a nation healing from the Second World War.

The documentary reflects on the fantastic artists, musicians, writers and performers that Edinburgh has staged, as well as how the festival has impacted arts and culture over the years.

Sir Ian McKellen, Shappi Khorsandi, Stephen Fry, Claire Bloom, Michael Palin, Nicola Benedetti and Alan Cumming share their experiences of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe in exclusive interviews in this one-off documentary.

Drama: Victoria

Sunday

ITV, 9pm

The period drama returns for a second series about the early years of Queen Victoria's reign, starring Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes. 

After the birth of her first child, the Queen returns to her royal duties sooner than expected, whilst facing problems at home as Albert's family arrive at the palace for the christening of baby Victoria.

Meanwhile, she becomes increasingly suspicious of Albert and the prime minister as she believes they are hiding information from her about the conflict in Afghanistan. 

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