Travel Man, Richard Ayoade, is back and in Athens for 48 hours with Dawn French. Brand new four-part thriller, Chimerica begins, based around the infamous photograph from Tiananmen Square. Fred and his team of cupids return in First Dates and The Great British School Swap sees a predominantly white school and a mainly Asian school swap pupils in a radical experiment to see what happens when children from segregated areas mix for the first time.
Travel Man: 48 hours in…
Mondays at 8.30pm
Richard Ayoade is back on his travels, taking his usual ruthless approach to getting the maximum from a city break. Comedy goddess Dawn French joins Richard in Athens, cradle of Western civilisation. Their mythic mini-break features doughnuts, the Acropolis, and the thermal waters of Lake Vouliagmeni - rumoured to be the goddess Athena's favourite bathing spot - where they get an exfoliating pedicure from a toothless carp. There's a 14-course tasting menu at a temple to molecular gastronomy, including lamb's brain. And an Olympian tour featuring discus and javelin training is followed by a bout of ouzo tasting.
Wednesdays at 9pm
Based on Lucy Kirkwood's critically-acclaimed and Olivier Award-winning stage play, this powerful and timely four-part thriller begins in Beijing, 1989. As the Chinese army violently forces protestors out of Tiananmen Square, a man carrying two shopping bags walks out in front of a line of tanks. Young, frightened photojournalist Lee Berger reaches for his camera and takes a photo that will change his life forever. New York, 2016. Lee, twenty-seven years older (Alessandro Nivola), has had his coverage of the conflict in Syria make the front page. When his editor sends him to China to cover a story, Lee reconnects with his old friend Zhang Lin who is still haunted by the loss of his wife in the Tiananmen protests. Lee remains obsessed with the identity of the man who had been driving the tank, and, when Zhang Lin lets slip rumours of his purported name, Wang Pengfei, Lee seizes on the clue and returns to New York. Crisis hits Lee's career when a journalist exposes his Syria front page as digitally manipulated, and so determined to restore his reputation, Lee goes in search of the Tank Man.
Tuesdays at 10pm
The Bafta Award-winning series returns. Fred and his team of Cupids bid adieu to the winter blues and welcome more hopeful singletons to the First Dates restaurant. Is love on the menu? Energetic 32-year-old owl sanctuary volunteer Krystal worries that her larger-than-life personality and chattiness scare men off. Her date is a fellow animal lover, but will things nose dive when she discovers what he does for a living? Beautician and recruitment assistant Georgia, who's 20, is searching for her dream girl: and when a 21-year-old Cara Delevingne lookalike and ex-Arsenal goalkeeper walks through the door, it looks like her dreams have come true. Bass player Josh makes a couple of hilarious dining faux pas, and car salesman Mark, who's 53 and has been engaged seven times and married twice shares too much information about his sex life with his date. Is honesty always the best policy?
The Great British School Swap
Tuesdays at 9pm
A white school and a mainly Asian school swap pupils in a radical experiment to see what happens when children from segregated areas mix for the first time. This week pupils from the predominantly white town of Tamworth get a massive shock when they arrive in Saltley in Central Birmingham and become the racial minority. A transgender pupil is paired with a devout Muslim girl, a white mother overcomes her prejudices to go for dinner in an Asian house for the first time and tensions rise when the students find out what they really think about each other. Sharing specially designed lessons, the children examine the offensive language the two communities use about each other, ask what it means to be British, and learn whether they can find more that unites them than divides them and become friends. With many areas of Britain effectively segregated, will these children begin to solve a problem the adult world has failed to fix.