TV picks of the week: 30 April - 6 May

TV picks of the week: 30 April - 6 May

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Whether it's tall tales of unlikely collaborations, farmers looking for love or monster cars being annihilated we've got your viewing covered for this week.

The Royal Wives of Windsor

Monday: ITV, 9pm

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Historian David Starkey is among the historians sharing their views of The Royal Wives of Windsor (Credit: ITV)

This is one of a score of documentaries commissioned by ITV to celebrate the forthcoming nuptials of Prince Harry to TV royalty Meghan Markle. This programme explores the impact that other consorts, including Princess Diana, Wallis Simpson and Camilla Parker Bowles, have had on the house of Windsor. Historians, journalists and palace insiders take a look back and offer up their thoughts. Part two airs on Tuesday.

 

Champions League Football semi-final: Real Madrid v Bayern Munich

Tuesday: BT Sport 2, 7pm (kick off 7.45pm)

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(Credit: BT Plc)

In this second leg game, Real Madrid will be hoping that star player Cristiano Ronaldo can hold off rivals Bayern Munich at their home ground. With Madrid firm favourites due to their two away goals in the first leg, it’s bound to be an adrenaline fuelled match.

 

Love in the Countryside

Wednesday: BBC2, 9pm

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(Credit: BBC)

Sara Cox joyfully assists a group of pastoral singletons in finding love, despite their remote locations and occupations. Six farmers, a farrier and a vet meet in a scenic hotel to read “love letters” that have been sent in response to their online profiles. A potential emotional rollercoaster, the contestants come across as warm and likeable and the inclusion of attractive dairy farmer Ed is bound to get hearts racing both on and off-screen.

 

Britain’s Best Home Cook

Thursday: BBC1, 8pm

The Berry is back. That’s right, Mary Berry is once again gracing our screens in a competitive cooking-based show. Pitting ten of the country’s best home cooks (not professional chefs) against each other, while all staying under the same roof for the duration. It’s like a combination of MasterChef, meets Big Brother meets Bake Off but with burgers and Claudia Winkleman, and of course, Mary Berry at her shining school marm best.

 

Urban Myths: The Dalí and The Cooper

Thursday: Sky Arts, 9pm

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(Credit: Sky)

Whether it's Cary Grant on an acid trip or Muhammad Ali talking down a suicidal man, for two seasons, Sky's Urban Myths has explored the weird and wacky fables that inevitably pop-up around celebrities. These urban legends can sometimes seem too weird to be true, but with help from eyewitnesses and interviews with friends and co-workers, the show sets the record straight...ish.

This week, it's the turn of surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, played by David Suchet (Poirot) and his unlikely collaboration with shock rocker Alice Cooper (Noel Fielding, The Mighty Boosh). Get ready to be transported back to New York in the 1970s for one of the most surprising episodes to date.

High & Dry

Friday: Channel 4, 10.35pm

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(Credit: Channel 4)

In this comedy written by and starring Marc Wootton (Nativity!) a cautious family man finds himself stranded, after an air crash, on an island with the surviving passengers and a sociopathic flight attendant. Like Castaway but if Wilson was real…and a psycho.

 

Carnage

Sunday: Sky One, 8pm

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(Credit: Sky)

Basically Robot Wars but for cars, so Carbotwars? Carnage places three supped-up, battle-ready cars against each other in three Mad Max-esque arenas. Hosted by Freddie Flintoff, Lethal Bizzle and Vick Hope, with team names like Team I-Scream, The Mad Max Appreciation Society, and Team Hellraiser, watch in horrified ecstasy as the cars that the teams have worked on for months are decimated by 22 tonne monster trucks and car-swallowing pits. This high octane series is not for the faint-hearted.

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Whether it's tall tales of unlikely collaborations, farmers looking for love or monster cars being annihilated we've got your viewing covered for this week.