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Miranda Hart's mum is the Mary Berry replacement we all need right now

There will be a Mary Berry-shaped hole in our lives when The Great British Bake Off returns next week. But luckily Miranda Hart’s green-fingered mother, Dee Hart Dyke, is here to fill the adorable yet formidable void in new series All Gardens Great and Small. Dee is remarkably similar to Miranda’s on-screen mother Penny, played by Patricia Hodge in the sitcom, but without the make-up and pussy-bow blouses. A lifelong gardener and Royal Horticultural Society plant judge, the series sees Dee vi
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ITV easyJet doc almost rebrands the 'sleazyjet' image

In the midst of summer travel trauma, easyJet has worked out how to spin some free PR. What better way to rid the airline of its “sleazyjet” status than create a wholesome documentary narrated by Stephen Fry? EasyJet: Inside The Cockpit follows the company’s youngest recruits as they try to fulfil their lifelong dreams of becoming a pilot. Fresh out of flying school, these eager trainees are determined to learn the ropes so that one day they can chart a whole plane of passengers safely. It’s e
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Channel 4's Eden: A hellish year of self-inflicted torture

Twenty-three volunteers agree to be cast away in a remote corner of the Scottish Highlands for a year without food, shelter or contact with the outside world. Part social experiment, part reality TV, Eden: Paradise Lost charts the downfall of this newly formed community as it attempts to survive against the odds. If Eden sounds like a familiar addition to the TV schedule, that’s because it is. Filmed for a year from March 2016, only four episodes were aired last summer, leaving the as-yet-unans
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Man in an Orange Shirt: A heartwrenching reminder of rigid conformity

This summer has been rather lacking in the period drama department so far. Enter Man in an Orange Shirt, a two-part drama commissioned for the BBC’s Gay Britannia series to mark 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality. It has a stellar cast, including Vanessa Redgrave, Frances de La Tour and Laura Carmichael from Downton Abbey (playing a much naughtier character than goodie two-shoes Lady Edith). Written by novelist Patrick Gale, the drama is based on his family’s own secret past
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Nadiya's British Food Adventure is seriously comforting telly

After last summer’s The Chronicles of Nadiya, the 2015 Great British Bake Off winner is back with another TV series, Nadiya’s British Food Adventure. Think of it as an extended version of the historical segment in Bake Off, but with a regional angle. For eight episodes, Nadiya Hussain travels up and down the country to discover the food that has come to define us, using various regional dishes as inspiration for her own traditional British recipes with a twist. The series has the same gentle p
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Coach Trip: Road to Zante could fill the Love Island hole in your life

And so, the sorry end to Love Island is upon us. After six weeks of addictive reality TV, the likes of which haven’t been seen since the early days of Big Brother, the ITV2 summer smash hit is about to finish. Fans bereft at the gaping 9pm hole in their lives can at least look forward to 40 episodes of Coach Trip: Road to Zante, a revamped version of the student TV staple on E4. In this series of Coach Trip, the tourist bus has become a party bus. Wave goodbye to Uncle Joe from Coventry wanti
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The Catching of a Killer: A rare reminder murderers can also be humane

It is hard to conceive that murderers might be human. But even those who stab their victims to death 30 times have a loving family. Channel 4’s Catching A Killer: The Wind In The Willows Murder, a day-by-day account of the police’s attempt to find and prosecute a murderer, offered a rare personal insight into the private life of a killer. The forensic examination into the inner workings of Thames Valley Police as they attempted to track down a killer followed the murder of Adrian Greenwood, an
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The Betrayed Girls: Political correctness let these teenagers down

The BBC drama Three Girls, about the grooming of white teenage girls by Pakistani men in Rochdale, won critical acclaim earlier this year. Now a blistering feature-length documentary, The Betrayed Girls tells the story behind the headlines, exploring why the police turned a blind eye to systematic sexual grooming for decades. The film raised uncomfortable questions about multicultural Britain and the failure of the establishment to protect society’s most vulnerable. At its heart lay the conclus
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Lady Lucan: The star of a very sinister Jilly Cooper novel

Theories surrounding Lord Lucan’s whereabouts have circled for years, but in Lord Lucan: My Husband, The Truth, Lady Lucan sought to set the record straight in her first interview for 30 years. Speaking to camera for most of the hour, she gave her candid version of events of the night her husband murdered their nanny and tried to kill her. Even before Lord Lucan acted so wildly out of turn, their marriage was crumbling. A heady mixture of gambling, debts, mental health problems and a bitter c
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Little Boy Blue delivers final emotional blow - I watched in tears

It’s not often that a drama knocks the wind out of you by sheer emotional force. ITV’s Little Boy Blue has delivered some blistering blows throughout, right up to the final few minutes of the finale. Based on the true story of the murder of 11-year-old schoolboy Rhys Jones in Liverpool, a burning sense of injustice has underpinned the series from start to finish. Right and wrong has played out in black and white, brought to the fore in the final episode with the trial of Sean Mercer, James Yat
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