Wednesday’s TV tips

Wednesday’s TV tips

Pound Shop Wars (BBC1, 7.30pm)

Chief executive Chris Edwards takes a huge gamble by filling his new warehouse with £4million worth of stock he has pre-bought to fill the 40 new Poundworlds he plans to open within the next 12 months.

However, launching each branch comes with its own particular set of problems, a truth that becomes very clear to store manager Duncan, who has been tasked with overseeing the opening of a flagship shop in an up-market

Cardiff shopping centres. Meanwhile, in Burnley, store manager Geoff is forced to take time off for eye surgery, giving assistant Ian – known as the Grafter with Laughter – to step into the top job.

Posh Pawn (Ch4, 8pm)

James Constantinou and the London-based team at Prestige Pawnbrokers are back for a new series of their docusoap, which offers viewers a chance to catch up with the fortunes of the Hatton Garden, Weybridge and Richmond stores.

Matters get off to a suitably extravagant start as James jets off to sun-kissed Palma to investigate a yacht thought to be worth £150,000.

Meanwhile, memorabilia expert Lawrence values a guitar signed by Oasis, and an impressive diamond bracelet gives new branch manager Alicja a chance to secure an international client.

Plus, a vivacious prospective customer hopes the proceeds from the sale of a set of designer handbags might help get a new business venture off the ground.

The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door (Ch5, 8pm)

The documentary focuses on disputes that escalated from complaints about noise to far more serious quarrels.

Warren and Sharee detail how their peaceful lives in a quiet Birmingham suburb were ruined when new neighbour Harry moved in and began complaining of noise the pair knew wasn’t coming from their household.

Finally, when the hostile Harry pulled out a gun and threatened the couple over their garden fence, they were forced to sell up and move out.

However, even after relocating, it seemed their nightmare wasn’t over.

Also featured is the story of Jill, who was a teenager when Barry, who lived with his parents next-door, became fixated on her family making a racket. Jill and her relatives tried to get on with their lives, but one autumn day the feud took a tragic turn.

The Great British Bake Off (BBC1, 8pm)

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins usher the nine remaining home-bakers back into the tent for the fourth week of the contest.

This time, the competitors must tackle desserts, beginning with a signature challenge in the form of a French classic - creme brulees. With the clock ticking, the contestants must grill their offerings to perfection to avoid serving up an unappetising scrambled egg and custard soup.

Next up is the technical challenge, in which Mary Berry asks the group to prepare Spaniche Windtorte, an Austrian meringue inspired by the tastes of Spain, Switzerland and France.

Finally, the showstopper this week involves baking a three-tiered cheesecake stack, and only the most structurally sound creations will be worthy of securing their maker the title of star baker.

What Do Artists Do All Day? (BBC4, 8.30pm)

Born in 1932 to a working-class family in Kent, Peter Blake rose to fame in the late-1950s as a member of Britain’s pop art movement.

A decade later he famously created the cover for The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Still going strong at 82, he is as busy as ever, as this programme reveals - Blake is followed as he works on his biggest commission to date, which involves re-designing a Mersey ferry by giving it a pop art-inspired makeover.

A Brief History of Graffiti (BBC4, 9pm)

We probably see it every day, and in its worst form, it’s a blot on the landscape, an eyesore that may irritate and offend.

But graffiti can also be beautiful and extraordinary, and be part of a long tradition of street art. Now, Dr Richard Clay is turning a spotlight on it while offering an insight into its history and origins.

He looks as prehistoric cave paintings, gladiatorial fan worship and messages left by Russian troops in 1945, and discusses how such daubings have become part of a legitimate art form.

Witnesses (Ch4, 10pm)

Kaz Gorbier is now in police custody, seemingly removing the immediate threat, but the mystery of who has been placing the exhumed bodies in various show-homes remains unsolved.

Paul and Sandra push their abilities to the limit as they work to achieve closure, and as their investigation draws closer to its conclusion, dark secrets from Le Treport’s past begin to resurface – with devastating consequences.

The conclusion of the atmospheric French thriller, starring Thierry Lhermitte, Marie Dompnier and Lauren Lucas. Last in the series.

The Man Who Would Be King (BBC4, 10.00pm)

(1975) John Huston’s lavish period adventure based on the Rudyard Kipling story chronicles the dubious dealings of two former British soldiers in 19th-century India (Sean Connery and Michael Caine), who travel to an unexplored land where one of them fools the natives into believing he is a god.

However, his growing delusions of grandeur put him at loggerheads with his conscience-stricken comrade-in-arms, leading them down a path that can only end in tragedy.

It’s a cautionary tale and as gripping now as it was on its release, plus the on-screen pairing of cinema legends Connery and Caine is truly sublime.

The Late Review with Ivan Yates (TV3, 11pm)

The Late Review is a brand new peak-time news, arts and review show which will air throughout the summer.

Assembled from Ireland’s leading journalistic minds, the show will be hosted by a different guest presenter each week.

The presenter will not only host, but curate the show alongside the producer meaning that they will have a deep interest in subjects discussed in each show.

The Late Review will analyse the big stories of the day, provide debate and chat with leading authors, artists and musicians. Plus, they’ll be the first to bring you the front pages leading the next day’s daily papers.

V/H/S/2 (Film4, 11.05pm)

(2013) The original V/H/S was an intriguing idea – an anthology of horror shorts, all loosely linked by the plot device of a rare videotape full of graphic and apparently genuine recordings of death and misery.

The sequel follows a similar path (after all, why change a winning formula?), as two private investigators are hired to locate a missing student and they discover a collection of videotapes in his apartment.

Watching the cassettes, the detectives witness another collection of murderous and diabolical deeds directed by Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sanchez, Timo Tjahjanto and Adam Wingard.

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