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WHAT TO WATCH 21-27 August

This week’s best telly includes the return of a classic dating show, the start of a fantastic new drama and the celebration of one of Britain's best loved actors.

Here are the 7 shows you have to watch this week...

1.  Streetmate

Monday 21st August - Friday 25th August at 5:30pm on Channel 4

Originally hosted by Davina McCall, Streetmate returns to our screens this week in a teatime slot, this time hosted by Gogglebox favourite and Queen of the Jungle, Scarlett Moffatt.

The iconic dating show returns with Scarlett taking to the streets to help singletons find a date face to face, without apps or social media.

In this opening episode, 29-year-old personal trainer Austin is on the hunt for the perfect sparring partner in Leeds. And in Cardiff, brainy beauty queen Sara can't find her Prince Charming. But Scarlett sends her on a high-flying first date that she won't forget in a hurry.


2. Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food

Monday 21st August at 8pm on Channel 4

Jamie's Quick & Easy Food is the brand new series from Jamie Oliver, providing the ultimate set of go-to recipes for quick and easy-to-remember cooking.

Using all his culinary know-how, Jamie has developed a stunning collection of tasty dishes using just five ingredients. These stress-free recipes are perfect for busy days and for people who love their grub, but don't have the time or energy for complicated cooking.

There are four mouth-watering recipes per show and on the menu in the opening episode are super sizzling seared scallops with black pudding and speedy mashed spuds with peas. There's also Jamie's egg and mango chutney flatbreads; rib-eye steak; and Jamie's almond pastry puff, a pud that makes baking a breeze.

If you think you haven't got time to cook - think again!


3. Lego Masters

Thursday 24th August at 8pm on Channel 4

The hunt is on for the UK and Ireland's best Lego builders, and in Lego Masters, some of the country's most skilled brick fanatics will battle it out to be crowned Lego Masters.

In the opening episode, 48 pairs are whittled down to just eight final teams through a series of challenges. Next, the eight teams must create a spectacular brick banquet, including an impressive chair that not only looks the part, but also strong enough for presenter Melvin Odoom.

The teams must also make at least one supersized masterpiece for the banquet table. The results include a crispy aromatic duck and prawn toast, a hog roast, and a gravity-defying cuppa.

Judging the models is a man who knows a thing or two about bricks, The LEGO Group's Matthew Ashton, Vice President of Design. Joining Matthew this time is structural engineer Roma Agrawal, who will be looking at how the seats sit up under scrutiny. Two teams must be eliminated.

4. Eat Your Heart Out with Nick Helm

Thursday 24th August at 8pm & 8:30pm on Dave

Best known for starring in BBC Three sitcom Uncle and most recently Channel 4’s Loaded, Nick Helm returns to our screens in a brand new series for Dave called Eat Your Heart Out with Nick Helm.

Described as a "personal culinary journey around the UK and Europe”, Nick has to come to terms with his newfound single status after his girlfriend dumps him at the start of the series. He visits one city at a time, finding food, eating food and sharing it with the new people and old friends he meets along the way.

From the dinner tables of unsung home cooks to cafés, restaurants to hidden bars, street eats and food trucks, Nick dives in and tries everything. Except eggs. He hates eggs. And who knows? Maybe, just maybe, by the end of the series he’ll have eaten himself better.

In the opening episode, Nick is on his home turf, Islington, eating a Vietnamese banquet at The Little Viet Kitchen, sharing a mega-sized cowboy chop at the Pig and Butcher with one of his comedy heroes, Bob Mortimer and arranging to meet his girlfriend for an anniversary dinner at their favourite restaurant, Rotorino. But will she turn up?

In the second episode, Nick wakes up in Camden after sleeping on his mate Mark Smith’s sofa. He takes him for a thank you breakfast at smokehouse Q Grill. A liquid lunch at an underground speakeasy where he invents his own cocktail is on the menu before Nick samples the food stalls at Kerb Street Food market. Trying to cheer himself up he meets vegan, Morgana Robinson for an early dinner at an Argentinian steakhouse.

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5. The Ronnie Barker Lecture with Ben Elton

Friday 25th August at 10:35pm on BBC One

Ben Elton, multi-award winning comedian, novelist, playwright, film maker and classic sitcom creator of the likes of The Young Ones, Blackadder, The Thin Blue Line and Upstart Crow, delivers the inaugural The Ronnie Barker Comedy Lecture on BBC One.

Recorded at the BBC’s Radio Theatre in London, in front of a star-studded audience from the world of comedy, Ben Elton delivers his lecture in which he discusses the craft, legacy and importance of the studio sitcom. Sir David Jason introduces the talk with a personal forward about Ronnie Barker and Ben Elton.

The lecture is named in honour of the late, much loved comedy writer and performer Ronnie Barker OBE, star of The Two Ronnies, Porridge and Open All Hours. Ben discusses not only his love for the studio sitcom, its heritage and its importance but also his own first meeting with Ronnie and how the two became friends.


6. David Jason: My Life On Screen

Saturday 26th August & Sunday 27th August at 6pm on Gold

Over three nights, Sir David Jason will be taking a look back at his incredible life in television in David Jason: My Life On Screen, an exclusive three-part special on Gold.

Told in his own words, the series will offer a revealing, highly personal insight into the life and career of an actor, who has become an undisputed national treasure. He talks about the comedy stars who inspired him, including the pivotal role his friend and mentor Ronnie Barker played in his career.

He recalls his first big television break, working alongside future Monty Python stars Michael Palin and Eric Idle on the comedy sketch show Do Not Adjust Your Set.  Sir David Jason also treats viewers to a tour of his childhood roots in Finchley and the theatres where he first trod the boards.

Plus, visits to the locations of some of his most well-known shows including, Only Fools & Horses, The Darling Buds of May and A Touch of Frost.


7. Strike - The Cuckoo’s Calling

Sunday 27th August at 9pm on BBC One

Based on Robert Galbraith's (JK Rowling) bestselling novel The Cuckoo’s CallingStrike - The Cuckoo’s Calling is a new three-part BBC One drama starring Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger.

When supermodel Lula Landry falls to her death from a Mayfair balcony, the police conclude that she committed suicide. Robin Ellacott (Grainger), a newly engaged 20-something temp from Yorkshire, is sent to the Denmark Street offices of private investigator Cormoran Strike (Tom Burker). It is an awkward first meeting.

Then John Bristow arrives. He believes that his adopted sister Lula was murdered and the police have overlooked key evidence. Penniless, and effectively homeless after separating from his girlfriend, Strike takes the case.

Strike meets Derrick Wilson, the doorman at Lula’s exclusive flat, and learns that another resident, Tansy Bestigui, heard Lula arguing with someone just before her death. Tansy later changed her testimony. Lula's driver, Nico Kolovas-Jones, mentions that on Lula’s last day she visited a luxury boutique with a friend called Rochelle Onifade. They'd been looking at a piece of paper which was going to enrage her family.

Meanwhile, Robin finds out about Strike’s colourful past as an unlikely war veteran, and the son of a groupie mother and infamous rock star father.

The police warn Strike that John Bristow’s suspicions are absurd. When Strike arrives at a dinner arranged with Tansy, he is greeted by her lawyer (who is also John and Lula’s uncle) Tony Landry, who warns Strike to stay away.

Strike tracks Rochelle, believing her to be in danger. And while she clearly has key information she is also reluctant to talk.



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