What better way to spend a cold October evening than wrapped up in front of the TV with Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain on Tuesday 25th October, The Great British Food Revival on Wednesday 26th October, not forgetting the controversial adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ The Slap on Thursday 27th October. Here’s our guide to the must watch TV this week…
Monday 24th October:
Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret, Channel 4, 9pm
A team of scientists attempt to mummify human donor Alan Billis in this extraordinary programme. Alan, a former taxi driver who volunteered for the programme after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, will be mummified following an ancient Egyptian procedure in an attempt to unlock the secrets of the embalming process.
Tuesday 25th October:
Jamie’s Great Britain, Channel 4, 9pm
After travelling the culinary globe, Jamie is going back to his roots. Starting off in the East End of London, each week Jamie will be touring the length and breadth of the country uncovering the origins of our favourite British dishes.
Wednesday 26th October:
Great British Food Revival, BBC2, 8pm
Struggling to find foodie inspiration? Never fear, the Great British Food Revival is back for its second series. Michel Roux Jr and Clarissa Dixon Wright show us how to go back to British and cook with seasonal, heritage ingredients. This week’s episode is championing a return to British Pears and Garlic.
Thursday 27th October:
The Slap, BBC4, 10pm
What’s your stance on The Slap? We’ve read the international bestseller, now we can watch the adaptation. This Australian dramatisation, based on Christos Tsiolkas’ controversial novel, follows the repercussions one slap have on a group of family and friends.
Friday 28th October:
The Review Show, BBC2, 11pm
The biggest arty events of the week are discussed by Presenter Martha Kearney and an array of cultural critics. This week The Adventures of Tintin, the V&A’s Private Eye magazine exhibition and Mike Barlett’s play 13 come under scrutiny.
Saturday 29th October:
Laughs in the Park, BBC2, 10.25pm
If you’re hankering after a little bit of sunshine, let BBC2 take you back to July’s Laughs in the Park festival. Starring Eddie Izzard, Tommy Tiernan, Ross Noble and many more, it is sure to brighten up your evening, however gloomy it is outside
Sunday 30th October:
Da Vinci: The Lost Treasure, BBC1, 9pm
Leonardo Da Vinci is thought to be one of the greatest artists who ever lived, but how much do we really know about him and his work? Fiona Bruce takes us on a journey around the world, ending in New York, home to the painting that is claimed to be the new Leonardo.
Published on Red Online on 21st October 2011.