Monday’s TV tips

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Monday’s TV tips

TECHNOLOGY: Gadget Man (Channel 4, 8.30pm)

Moving house is one of the most stressful of life’s challenges, and it’s one which almost all of us will face at various times. With this in mind, is it possible to take some of the sting out of the tail of property conundrums via the wonders of modern technology? The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade certainly hopes so, as he rounds off this series investigating new innovations.

To test some of the more interesting ways in which tech can help, the gadget house is made ready for viewings – a job made decidedly easier by an army of window cleaning robots.

The host is then joined by Strictly Come Dancing co-presenter Claudia Winkleman to embark on a tour of one of the country’s most cutting-edge homes.

And interior designer Naomi Cleaver takes a look at how garden pods might just be the answer to solving issues with home space.

REALITY: Doctor In The House (TV3, 9pm)

Doctor in the House is a new six-part series on TV3. Funded by the BAI, this new series focuses on the connections between everyday life - habits and behaviours - and how they directly relate to potential health problems – big and small, but all vital to quality of life.

Episode 1: In the first episode we meet the Mahony family, from Cork: 55 year old David, 51 year old Dolores and their 12 year old son Oisin. Although the parents used to be fit, the family’s lifestyle has descended into one of takeaways, daily alcohol and virtually no exercise. All of the family carry extra weight and they realise they’ve got to the stage where something needs to change.

After being health stalked, screened and assessed, the Mahonys face a big shock. They find out that Dolores has heart disease, along with a possibility of ‘pre-diabetes’, David not only has a fatty liver, but narrowed arteries, an enlarged heart. They also find out that their son Oisin has extremely low fitness levels, and that he is in the top one percent range of BMI.

The doctors tell them that must take urgent measures and give them their Doctors’ Orders. Over the next 8 weeks the family work hard to improve their lifestyle. At the end of the 8 weeks the family are re-tested… What will the change in their lifestyle have made to their long term health?

PERIOD DRAMA: Grantchester (UTV, 9pm)

This 1950s-set detective drama showed a great deal of promise when it opened last week.

Not only does it seem like a genuinely interesting premise (although a crime-solving clergyman does have a whiff of the Father Dowling Mysteries about it), but also the attention to detail displayed so far is terrific. Plus, with James Norton and Robson Green heading the cast, the acting is top-notch.

This week sees Sidney pressed into attending Amanda’s engagement dinner by his sister Jen – despite the fact that he’d rather be anywhere than watching the love of his life celebrate her forthcoming betrothal to another man.

As the drinks flow, tensions among the guests rise, culminating in Jen’s boyfriend Johnny being accused of stealing the engagement ring. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, he’s soon in the frame for a far more serious crime when one of the guests turns up dead.

REALITY: Hotel of Mum and Dad (BBC3, 9pm)

Two more happy couples set out to see if they can strike out on their own this week, as first Charlie and Emma from Kent, and young Newport couple Katie and Brandon, sample life away from the comfort of their family homes.

We’ve already seen a few rude awakenings this series, and it looks like tonight’s edition will be no different, as model Emma finds out to her cost. She’s used to kicking back and enjoying a lazy lifestyle, but without mum and dad around to help her out, she has a hard time affording the creature comforts she’s become accustomed to.

Meanwhile, Brandon is intent on making his move away from home a permanent one, but that all hinges on his ability to find work. Can he land the job he needs to fund his and Katie’s independence?

As always, BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw narrates the couples’ travails.

REALITY: Made in Chelsea (E4, 9pm)

Fresh from their Stateside jolly during the summer, the boys and girls of London’s poshest postcodes are back in their old haunts for a new series. With MIC:NYC having only just finished, fans of the show are being positively spoiled. Not as spoiled as the stars, mind you, but nevertheless the double-dose of drama this year is a welcome one.

In tonight’s opener, Stevie, Lucy, Louise and Binky head to Devon to bring Andy up to speed with all the gossip from the Big Apple – and as viewers will know, there’s a lot to tell. It’s the news of Louise’s new boyfriend Alik, though, which provokes the most unexpected response from Mr Jordan.

Meanwhile, a new lad crops up around Chelsea, and it’s not long before he’s got his sights set on Binky, and Louise’s little brother, Sam, tries to land an internship at Jamie’s company.

REALITY: Inside Probation (RTE One, 9.35pm)

Every day 10,000 people on Probation, often for serious crimes, are free to walk our streets in an attempt to keep them from entering or re-entering the overcrowded prison system.

What are the benefits and what are the risks? Probation Officers are the last line of defense in ensuring that these people do not present a danger to the public – or to themselves.

In this series the cases are both shocking and heartbreaking; we see our Officers deal with cases involving violence, domestic abuse, theft and drug related crime against an increasing gangland landscape, as well as the ongoing and continuous risk assessment of sex offenders.

Working a model of ‘care and control’ it has a dual responsibility to both client and the public. They have the ultimate power to return a client to court, which can see them return to jail.

We see the officers pushed to the limit in their bid the keep our streets safe. Yet these offenders aren’t behind bars; they’re living free among us, a permanent part of our society. So how are they controlled, how are they helped, and how are we kept safe?

COMEDY: Plebs (ITV2, 10pm)

For those yet to get on board with this Roman sitcom, it’s not too late to join in the fun. It’s essentially Up Pompeii for the Skins generation, with Trollied’s Joel Fry, Friday Night Dinner’s Tom Rosenthal and After You’ve Gone’s Ryan Sampson playing three friends (or two friends and their house boy) trying to get ahead in ancient Rome.

This week sees the trio become a foursome as Marcus and Stylax invest in a new slave at an auction – much to Grumio’s chagrin, as he begins to feel like his own position in the household is under threat.

Marcus, though, couldn’t be happier with the new helper – unfortunately, Stylax has a sneaking suspicion that he might just be harbouring psychopathic tendencies...

This is hardly the most relatable of comedies, but it’s terrific fun nonetheless. Poet and comedian Tim Key guest stars as the eccentric slave.

FILM: Serpico (Film4, 12.55am)

(1973) Sidney Lumet’s tough, exciting adaptation of Peter Maas’ book is based on the true life accounts of a dedicated New York cop. Officer Frank Serpico exposed departmental corruption in the early 1970s, thus isolating himself from his colleagues, and angering the authorities.

This is an absolute classic. Al Pacino was already a rising star of the movie business following his iconic performance in The Godfather, but it was this slow-burning drama that truly cemented his legend.

His performance as a fundamentally decent officer battling a sea of corruption and trying to stick to his principles when nobody else wants him to, is an acting masterclass. Don’t miss it.

Starring: Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe

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