From Mediterranean cooking to war in the 16th century, this week’s TV picks promise to transport viewers through space and time.
Jamie’s 5 Ingredient Meals
Channel 4, 8.00pm
Jamie Oliver is back from a research trip to the Mediterranean, and ready to channel what he’s learned into four episodes of low-budget cooking. The show draws from Oliver’s latest cookbook, 5 Ingredient Mediterranean, to once again champion his signature no-frills approach to the kitchen.
This week, the Naked Chef is joined by Spanish chef José Pizarro. Pizarro opened his first restaurant, José, in 2011 on London’s Bermondsey Street, and is another proponent of keeping dishes simple.
Coleen Rooney: The Real Wagatha Story
Viewers will be no stranger to the detective work and subsequent legal woes of perhaps Britain’s best-known WAG. In July 2022, after lengthy court proceedings, Coleen Rooney’s accusation that Rebekah Vardy had leaked private Instagram stories to The Sun was deemed ‘substantially true’.
The story dominated the news cycle on and off since Rooney first announced the findings from her amateur sting operation in 2019. The wife of former England player Wayne Rooney famously alleged that she limited who could see her private Instagram story to just Vardy, who was quick to deny Rooney’s claims.
Now, Disney+ are releasing a three-part documentary, featuring testimony from Rooney herself. Popcorn advised.
A body turns up on a cobbled street in 1890s London. Things are complicated enough when the same body reappears in 1941, 2023, and 2053. Investigators in the present find no DNA match, no exit wound for a gunshot to the head, and no bullet casing on the scene.
Across time, the deceased is found in the exact same spot wearing nothing, leaving detectives to puzzle over a mystery spanning past, present and future. Leads are few and far between, except the tattoo on the body’s wrist, and political figure Elias Mannix, played by Stephen Graham (Boiling Point). Tune in for equal measures of petticoats and sci-fi.
Pride of Britain: A Windrush Special
This hour-long documentary hears from members of the Windrush generation. Amongst those talking to them are Trevor McDonald, HRH The Prince of Wales, Mel B, Alesha Dixon and Judi Love.
The show celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Empire Windrush’s journey to the UK. The ship carried hundreds of Caribbean passengers to the country, who went onto fill gaps in its post-war labour market. Though two ships had brought large numbers of Caribbean people to Britain the previous year, the Windrush’s journey has become the best known.
BBC Four, 9.45pm
Hugh Quarshie stars in this 2015 production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of race and rage, set against the backdrop of the War of Cyprus.
The play is being broadcast as part of a season of programming across the BBC to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the ‘First Folio’. The First Folio compiles 36 of Shakespeare’s plays, and represented the first time 18 had ever been printed, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night.
Iqbal Khan’s production was the first from the Royal Shakespeare Company to feature a black actor in the role as Iago, namely Lucian Msamati (Gangs of London). This Sunday, BBC Four’s broadcast will include a specially-filmed introduction from Quarshie.