Thursday’s TV tips

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Thursday’s TV tips

DIY SOS: The Big Build (BBC1, 8pm)

Nick Knowles travels to Epsom to meet paramedics Sam and Ben Laws, who have two children, one with special needs.

The couple already find it hard, working opposite shifts which mean they often don’t see each other for days on end – and to make matters worse, they have found their house to be inadequate for their requirements.

After a close friend nominates them for the DIY SOS treatment, Nick and the team – bolstered by an army of local tradespeople – turn up to transform it into a home they can enjoy as a family, now and in the future.

America’s Got Talent (TV3, 9pm)

The brand new tenth season of America's Got Talent returns to TV3 with an incredible display of talent from auditions in New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles.

Howard, Howie, Mel B and Heidi all agree that this year will be the most exciting season to date, and their opinion appears prophetic as a string of contestants wow both the judges and the audience.

Married at First Sight (Ch4, 9pm)

Having been chosen from 1,500 applicants, the couples have been matched – and last week they finally tied the knot.

Now, just hours after first meeting, they finally get some time alone and spend their first night as husband and wife before setting off on honeymoon.

James and Emma head to Iceland, while Jason and Kate enjoy country pursuits in Ireland. The film then follows the first five weeks of their lives together – after which they must decide whether to stay married or get a divorce.

Has the experiment proved that science really can help people fall in love? Last in the series.

The Ugly Face of Disability Hate Crime (BBC3, 9pm)

Actor Adam Pearson has Neurofibromatosis – a genetic condition that causes non-cancerous tumours to grow along his nerve endings.

Despite undergoing 31 operations, he has been left with a facial disfigurement, but as this documentary discovers, that isn’t the only problem he has to confront.

Adam has also been subjected to verbal and online abuse, and now he wants to find out what drives people to behave this way, as well as putting forward the argument that disability hate crime should be taken as seriously as racism.

Dogs on the Dole (Ch4, 10pm)

No sooner has Dogs: Their Secret Lives come to a close than Channel 4 brings us another canine-themed series.

This time, the focus is on owners who certainly love their dogs, but don’t always know how to look after them properly, the people who head out onto council estates across the land to offer free advice, microchipping, health tips and veterinary care, and those whose job it is to rehome unwanted pooches.

Among those featured is Jackie, who adores her Staffordshire Bull Terrier Bowie, but spoils him with breakfast in bed - something few humans get. Meanwhile, Mick would like to breed his pedigree bulldog, despite the hound’s genetic issues.

Elsewhere, Hull’s dog wardens round up the city’s strays before handing them over to those whose job it is to find them a more permanent place to stay.

The Rise (Film4, 10.45pm) Premiere

(2012) Revenge is a dish best served cold in Rowan Athale’s directorial debut, a gritty tale of crime and retribution set in Yorkshire.

Detective Inspector West (Timothy Spall) prepares to interrogate battered and bruised suspect Harvey Miller (Luke Treadaway) about a bungled heist.

Denying everything, Harvey agrees to tell his version of events and the film rewinds one month to the young man’s release from prison, where he has been serving time for drug possession.

Harvey asserts that a sadistic drug lord called Roper (Neil Maskell) set him up for a fall so the jailbird joins forces with his blood brothers Charlie (Gerard Kearns), Dempsey (Iwan Rheon) and Dodd (Matthew Lewis) to rob the working men’s club which serves as Roper’s base of operations. Naturally, there are unforeseen obstacles.

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