Monday's TV tips

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Monday's TV tips

Britain at the Bookies (BBC1, 9pm)

Betting is big business – but can high-street bookmaker Coral beat the odds and remain a winner in an increasingly crowded market?

The first episode in a new series going behind the scenes at the chain heads to Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, where eleven betting shops are currently competing for punters in the town centre, including Coral’s Cherrytree branch, which is struggling to hit its targets and has gained an unwelcome reputation for disruptive customers.

Manager Tony is the man with difficult job of turning its fortunes around.

Meanwhile, at Coral HQ, the marketing team prepare to take a big wager on an online scheme, novelty betting specialist Gary works out the odds on a new series of Strictly Come Dancing, and back in Huddersfield, self-confessed compulsive gambler Stuart offers an insight into his life.

How to Get a Council House (Ch4, 9pm)

Charlotte and Richard were left unable to pay their rent in a shared house when their housemate suddenly moved out and the landlord gave them notice, so they head to Portsmouth council for help with social housing.

Romanian labourer Florin, his wife Cosmina and their two daughters live in one room in a shared house with no central heating or even hot water, while Jane has racked up £2,000 of rent arrears and is facing eviction from her council house, so is given the choice between moving to a smaller, cheaper house, or being thrown out. Last in the series.

Don’t Take My Baby (BBC3, 9pm)

This extraordinary drama opens BBC Three’s Disability Season and is based on a true story. Anna is a 21-year-old wheelchair user who is madly in love with Tom, her partially sighted partner.

They are thrilled when they become parents to a little girl, but soon find that their abilities to raise their child are called into question by social worker Belinda, who considers taking the baby into care.

The programme follows Anna and Tom’s efforts to keep custody of their daughter, a situation that, sadly, many disabled couples can find themselves in. Ruth Madeley and Adam Long star.

The Fast and the Furious (ITV2, 9.00pm)

(2001) Gentlemen, please start your engines... Buckle your seatbelts and put your brains into neutral. The Fast And The Furious is one ridiculously enjoyable bumpy ride.

Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is the king of LA. With his computer-controlled fuel injection car, he drives the city streets as if he owns them, racing all-comers for a first prize of $10,000.

Dom feels invincible, until new boy Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker), an undercover FBI agent investigating a series of daredevil truck hijackings, dares to challenge his supremacy.

Director Rob Cohen has ripped out the engine to surfer movie Point Break and transplanted it into the chassis of a street-racing film.

It accelerates into top gear within the first 20 minutes and never once hits the brakes, screeching from one spectacular action sequence to the next.

**New Series** Wallander (RTE One, 9.35pm)


What connects the shocking suicide of a young woman and the vicious murder of a government minister? Inspector Kurt Wallander’s investigation uncovers wrongdoing and corruption that extends to the heart of the Swedish establishment.

In a field full of bright yellow rapeseed, a teenage girl is seen wandering alone. Inspector Kurt Wallander is called to investigate. Before his eyes, the girl douses herself in petrol and burns to death. Her actions leave Wallander shocked, disturbed and baffled. A hunt for the girl’s identity begins.

Wallander’s workload soars as three apparently motiveless murders are committed. The victims are all male: a former minister of justice, a small-time criminal and a rich playboy.

All are viciously killed, their scalps inexplicably taken. Wallander and his team investigate, determined to discover who the killer is and how these murders are connected.

Lookalikes (C4, 10pm)

Fly-on-the-wall reality-style comedy following the antics of employees of Britain’s premier lookalikes agency, run by David Beckham impersonator Andy Harmer.

The manager hopes to relaunch his male cabaret review act the Chippendoubles in the USA, but his plans are thrown into chaos when stalwarts Will Smith and Gordon Ramsay quit and he faces a race against time to turn Mr Bean, Colin Farrell, Ed Sheeran and Robbie Williams into a coherent dance troupe.

Meanwhile, David Brent lookalike Tim is fed up with his day job as a cardboard packaging salesman.

Half Nelson (Film4, 1.15am)

(2006) Ryan Gosling delivers a scintillating performance in this powerful but downbeat tale of an unlikely friendship between a white twentysomething man and a black 13-year-old girl.

Set in present day Brooklyn, it centres on junior high school history teacher Dan Dunne (Gosling), who is a favourite with the students - handsome, ebullient and charming, he is both a mentor and a friend.

However, Dan often smokes crack in the school toilets after the students have gone home.

When one of them, Drey (Shareeka Epps), discovers him in a drug-addled stupor, Dan is forced to place his trust in the girl in the hope she won’t expose his vices.

Gosling is electrifying but newcomer Epps is equally impressive, revealing the sweetness and vulnerability behind her character’s stony facade.

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