spoiler-free guide to tonight's telly.


Wednesday's TV tips

Your spoiler-free guide to tonight's telly.

Wednesday's TV tips

MUSIC: The MOBO Awards 2014 (ITV2, 8pm)

Mel B is certainly busy these days. When she?s not giving her impressively frank opinions on The X Factor, she?s handing out awards at this ceremony, celebrating the best of the UK?s thriving urban music scene.

Luckily for the performers, nominees and co-host Sarah-Jane Crawford, there shouldn?t be much for the artist still occasionally known as Scary Spice to criticise tonight, as it looks set to be a particularly good year.

Krept & Konan and Sam Field lead the field with four nominations, while Fuse ODG, Ghetts, Meridian Dan, Tinie Tempah and FKA Twigs all received three nods.

There will also be live performances from acts including Professor Green, and MNEK feat. Gorgon City.

And if you?re looking at some of those names and thinking ?who??, bear in mind that Ms Dynamite, Amy Winehouse, Emeli Sande and Rita Ora weren?t exactly household names when they were first given MOBO recognition.

SCIENCE: Trust Me, I?m a Doctor (BBC2, 8pm)

Healthy eating seems to be getting more complicated these days. Anyone who was feeling smug about getting their five portions of fruit and vegetables a day was dealt a blow earlier this year when it was reported that you should ideally be aiming for seven, and that?s before we get on to those controversial suggestions that maybe saturated fats aren?t as bad as we once thought.

Luckily, the Trust Me, I?m a Doctor team are on hand to sort the myths from the facts, beginning with the benefits of so-called ?superfoods?, as Dr Chris van Tulleken asks if garlic, beetroot, and watermelon can really reduce blood pressure.

Sticking to the food theme, Michael Mosely talks to the experts to find out the truth behind those headlines claiming sugar is as toxic as tobacco.

Meanwhile, Dr Saleyha Ahsan explains why what you thought you knew about treating burns could be wrong, and surgeon Gabriel Weston is in Russia to witness a controversial operation where stems cells are being used to rebuild organs.

REALITY: The Apprentice (BBC1, 9pm)

In previous years, Alan Sugar has been known to unleash the ?smell what?s selling? task, in which the candidates are sent out to buy items they can flog down the market, with the idea that they?ll work out what?s shifting and then restock.

But this week, he?s taking a more literal approach as he asks the newly mixed-up teams to create their own range of home fragrance products.

While the viewers anticipate the facial expressions Nick Hewer can pull when asked to sniff their concoctions, the candidates choose their scents and branding, with one team plumping for an upmarket beach-theme, while the other goes for something slightly more exotic.

As ever though, it?s when they actually have to convince someone to buy their wares that the would-be entrepreneurs really start kicking up a stink.

Tempers flare and pricing structures collapse, but who will keep their cool and coming up smelling of roses in the boardroom?

DRAMA: Scott & Bailey (ITV, 9pm)

Some of us have secretly thought for a while that this series should really be called Scott, Bailey & Murray, as Amelia Bullmore?s Gill is just as important to the crime drama as the two eponymous detectives.

So, it?s no surprise that Rachel is keen to learn as much as she can from her mentor before Gill retires, but sadly it looks like their bonding time is about to be cut short, as Janet has what she thinks is a friendly, off-the-record chat with Dodson about her boss?s drinking, only to discover the remarks are being treated very seriously.

Gill isn?t the only one whose behaviour is under scrutiny as Janet starts to realise that Rachel might have had a point about Chris?s lived-in charms. However, when a car chase ends in a fatality, the blonde detective starts to wonder if workplace flirtations are such a good idea.

And when they?re not boozing and flirting, there?s also a case to deal with as the Syndicate investigate the discovery of an unidentified body on the moors, and Rachel makes an error that could put her colleagues in serious danger.

FILM: Octopussy (ITV4, 9pm)

(1983) Roger Moore as 007 leaps into geriatric action for the sixth time. His mission? To save the world from megalomaniac Afghan prince Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan) and a loopy Russian general (Steven Berkoff).

But age hasn?t cooled Bond?s ardour or poured cold water on his derring-do: He still finds time to romance a glamorous jewel thief (Maud Adams) and fight a baddie on top of a speeding train ? although not both at the same time, of course.

Like all of Moore?s outings as the world?s best-known secret agent, it?s not one to be taken too seriously. It does, however, boast some terrific action sequences for its era.

Starring: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Steven Berkoff, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn, Kabir Bedi

FILM: Hugo (Film4, 9pm)

(2011) Twelve-year-old Hugo Cabret is raised by his father, who works at a museum and has a passion for cinema and mechanical devices.

The old man dies, leaving behind an intricate automaton, and Hugo is forced to live secretly in the train station with his hard-drinking Uncle Claude, who maintains the clocks. When the bottle claims Claude?s life, Hugo continues to tend the clocks while stealing food from the shopkeepers without attracting the attention of the station inspector.

An encounter with bookish Isabelle, goddaughter of toy shop owner Papa Georges, catalyses a journey of self-discovery that Hugo hopes will lead to a message from beyond the grave from his father.

This is an extravagant, elegant fantasy adventure which manages to enthuse a modern audience with the magic of old-fashioned silent movies and outmoded curios. A sheer masterpiece.

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, Christopher Lee, Richard Griffiths

CULTURE: Grayson Perry: Who Are You? (Channel 4, 10pm)

In a culture where some people struggle to go a day without taking a photo of themselves and posting it on social media, do we still need portraiture?

Turner-Prize winning artist (and Bafta-winning TV presenter) Grayson Perry would argue that all these ?selfies? just make the moment when an artist sits down with a subject and tries to capture their essence in a single image all the more important.

So, in this new three-part series, he?ll be meeting a diverse array of people, who are all at a crossroads in their life or going through an identity crisis, before making a work of art that he hopes will reveal some truths about who they really are.

The first batch of sitters includes former MP Chris Huhne, who spectacularly fell from grace when he was charged with asking his ex-wife to accept speeding points on his behalf.

Perry also meets X Factor contestant and Celebrity Big Brother winner Rylan Clark for a chat about how the pursuit of fame affects our sense of self, single mum Kayleigh, who has recently converted to Islam, and Jazz, who was born a girl, but is now embarking on a new life as a man.

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