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SUNDAY SPORT LIVE FA CUP Three quarter-finals take place today, beginning with Sheffield United v Blackburn Rovers at Bramall Lane (kick-off midday). Then, Grimsby Town and their fish-waving fans (plus mascot The Mighty Mariner, above) will be hopeful of another giant-killing, this time at Brighton (k.o. 2.15pm). Finally, Manchester United welcome Fulham to Old Trafford (k.o. 4.30pm). ITV1, 11.15am & 3.45pm; BBC1, 1.50pm SPORT LIVE F1 Fernando Alonso was the closest challenger to champion Max Verstappen (below) and his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Pérez in Bahrain. Can he topple the leading pair during the second round of the season in Saudi Arabia? Sky Sports Main Event, 3.30pm; Channel 4, 10.15pm FOOD THE GREAT CELEBRITY BAKE OFF FOR STAND UP TO CANCER The first stars hoping to impress Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are Friends actor David Schwimmer, former Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson and comedians Rose Matafeo and Tom Davis. They make savoury pies, a French confection and a showstopping meringue, recreating an embarrassing incident from their careers. Matt Lucas hosts. Channel 4, 7.45pm DRAMA GRACE In the first of three new episodes, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace (John Simm) is on the trail of a serial rapist who seems to have resumed his attacks after a decade. His latest victim was assaulted after attending a police leaving do. Could the rapist be a police officer? ITV1, 8pm DRAMA THE GOLD In the final episode, Parry is arrested in Spain, Noye and his associates are convicted, while Palmer is found not guilty and returns to Tenerife. However, as the police task force winds up, the detectives realise the gold was split after the robbery, and their work is very far from done. BBC1, 9pm MONDAY REPORT SURVIVING THE PAY SQUEEZE – PANORAMA With wages often not keeping up with the cost of living, and public sector workers taking strike action, Ros Atkins examines why many people feel so poor. In Cornwall, where he grew up, he speaks to struggling families and asks whether the pandemic and the war in Ukraine are the main reasons. BBC1, 8pm DOCUMENTARY THE GOLD: THE INSIDE STORY Following the end of the (heavily) fictionalised version of events last night, this documentary looks at what really went on after armed robbers stole £26million of gold in 1983. Speaking for the first time, DCS Brian Boyce reveals how police found the gold. BBC1, 9pm ITV1, 9pm DRAMA Sunny and Jess’s (Sinéad Keenan, above with Sanjeev Bhaskar) personal and professional lives are going from bad to worse, with the former still mourning the loss of ex-colleague Cassie. As the victim’s mother and son’s behaviour is examined, the detectives’ list of likely suspects gets even longer. ITV1, 9pm UNFORGOTTEN DOCUMENTARY JONATHAN ROSS’S MYTHS & LEGENDS The host explores Wales, taking a steam train up Snowdon and learning how the dragon became the Welsh symbol. Then he is joined by actor Michael Sheen (below) by Llyn y Fan Fach in the Brecon Beacons to find out about the myth of the Lady of the Lake. More4, 9pm DOCUMENTARY 24 HOURS IN POLICE CUSTODY: THE HONEYTRAP MURDER A man is found stabbed and naked in the hallway of a block of flats in Luton. As detectives inspect CCTV footage, they see two women entering the flat with the deceased man. Concludes on Tuesday. Channel 4, 9pm ARTS IMAGINE: STEPHEN FREARS – DIRECTOR FOR HIRE Alan Yentob follows the 81-year-old director of such films as My Beautiful Laundrette and The Queen as he embarks on The Palace – an HBO drama starring Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant. BBC1, 10.40pm TUESDAY SPORT LIVE EFL Sheffield Wednesday are looking like a good bet for automatic promotion from League One this season. Tonight, Darren Moore’s Owls make the short trip across South Yorkshire to face Michael Duff’s Barnsley, who are not out of the race for the top two themselves (kick-off 8pm). Sky Sports Main Event, 7.30pm CRAFT INTERIOR DESIGN MASTERS WITH ALAN CARR The designers are challenged to make over a hotel room at a five-star resort on the banks of the Clyde in South Lanarkshire. While half are asked to appeal to outdoorsy guests, the others create a tranquil design for spa fans. There’s a double elimination too. BBC1, 8pm TRAVEL ANTON & GIOVANNI’S ADVENTURES IN SICILY Strictly Come Dancing pals Giovanni Pernice and Anton Du Beke (both below) turn out to be a charming comedy duo in this show that sees them take a road trip around Sicily, where Giovanni was born. Across three episodes they tour the island, ending up in the colourful capital – and Giovanni’s home town – Palermo. BBC1, 9pm DOCUMENTARY THE HOLY LAND AND US: OUR UNTOLD STORIES In the concluding part, Rob Rinder and Sarah Agha meet a woman who wants to find out why her aunts left Egypt for the new state of Israel in 1948. They also hear from another woman keen to learn what happened to her family as her grandfather struggled to hold on to his land and orange groves in Jaffa. BBC2, 9pm GENEALOGY DNA JOURNEY Line Of Duty stars Neil Morrissey and Adrian Dunbar have been pals since drama school, and now the pair team up to chart their family histories. Dunbar hears about an ancestor who seemed to have less respect for the law than his AC-12 alter ego Ted Hastings, while it proves to be an emotional journey for Morrissey, who was taken into care aged ten. ITV1, 9pm FILM OFFICIAL SECRETS Keira Knightley shines as real-life GCHQ analyst Katharine Gun, who was asked to dig for dirt to support the US and UK invasion of Iraq. But when she leaks the request to the press, she faces a dramatic legal battle against the government. Matt Smith, Matthew Goode and Ralph Fiennes also star. BBC1, 10.40pm WEDNESDAY SPORT LIVE WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP The only tournament on this year’s World Championships schedule starts at Austin Country Club in Texas. Scottie Scheffler is the reigning champion after overcoming Kevin Kisner last year, but who will take the title this time around? Sky Sports Main Event, 2.30pm CRAFT THE REPAIR SHOP The team are back in the barn restoring four precious heirlooms, including a painting belonging to a Ukrainian family, an original 1963 calendar from Liverpool’s Cavern Club which was used to book The Beatles, an 18ft self-built kayak and a leather swivel chair. BBC1, 8pm TRAVEL RACE ACROSS THE WORLD In the third series, five teams face an even bigger trip. They’ll be racing 10,000 miles across Canada, without smartphones, credit cards, planes or internet access, and only their air fare in cash. BBC1, 9pm DRAMA THE BAY Jenn has a lot on her plate at home as Chris and Erin clash, and Connor realises Maddie is in trouble at school. At work, Karen and Jenn try to find a new home for the Metcalfs. Also featuring Eloise Thomas and Harry Marcus (above). ITV1, 9pm COMEDY THE COCKFIELDS The first series of the well observed sitcom created by Joe Wilkinson and David Earl. Set on the Isle of Wight, it stars Wilkinson as Simon and Diane Morgan as his girlfriend Donna (both below left, with Sue Johnston, Ben Rufus Green and the late Bobby Ball). It begins with Simon and Donna returning to his home to visit his oddball family. BBC2, 10pm THURSDAY SPORT LIVE ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL Harry Kane and England narrowly missed out on winning the 2020 Euros. Now they face the victors, Italy, in their opening Euro 2024 Group C qualifier in Naples. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland make the trip to San Marino for their Group H clash (Viaplay Sports 1, 7.15pm, kick-offs 7.45pm). Channel 4, 7pm TRAVEL ISLE OF WIGHT: JEWEL OF THE SOUTH In the final visit to the tranquil isle, the residents are busy as Darcy Muncer gets to work restoring an ancient thatched roof, and Karl juggles running his B&B with his duties as East Cowes’ deputy mayor. And singer Mike Christie is preparing to perform with his operatic group G4 at the Wight Proms. Channel 5, 8pm REALITY THE APPRENTICE The final two candidates make one last push to win Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment by creating a brand for their businesses, complete with a TV advert, digital billboard and their own metaverse. They will have the rejected contestants to help them, which may or may not be a blessing. Tom Allen (below) heads The Apprentice: You’re Hired (BBC1, 10pm). BBC1, 9pm Chinese President Xi Jinping insists Taiwan is part of China and must reunify with the motherland. The Taiwan government thinks otherwise. Jane Corbin takes viewers inside the island state, which produces 90 per cent of the world’s most advanced chips that power today’s technologies, and explores what might happen in the event of conflict. BBC2, 9pm CRIME COLD CASE DETECTIVES It’s the concluding edition of the documentary series, and the specialist team from South Wales Police is on a mission to finally get justice for the victims of unsolved crimes. They have a new suspect in a 40-year-old rape case, and continue to look into the 1979 murder of a Cardiff taxi driver. ITV1, 9pm DOCUMENTARY SCANDAL: JEFFREY ARCHER & THE CALL-GIRL Jeffrey Archer’s life has been just as dramatic as anything in one of his best-selling novels. This documentary uses a mix of archive footage, reconstructions and talking heads to explore the many scandals that have dogged him throughout his career, including his trial for perjury and eventual imprisonment. Channel 5, 9pm FRIDAY DOCUMENTARY LOCKED AWAY: OUR AUTISM SCANDAL The Dispatches strand follows a hardhitting look at the ambulance service with this powerful documentary by autistic director Richard Butchins as he explores the experiences of autistic people in mentalhealth units, drawing on their own videos, which were made in secret. Channel 4, 7.30pm FILM THE BLACK PHONE Highly effective horror film in which 13-year-old Finney (Mason Thames) is abducted by a serial killer dubbed The Grabber (Ethan Hawke, above). In his cell, Finney begins receiving calls on a mysterious black phone on the wall from the Grabber’s previous victims, who give him advice on how to escape. Sky Cinema Premiere, 8pm DRAMA DRIFT – PARTNERS IN CRIME The German buddy-cop drama begins with a double bill, starring Ken Duken and Fabian Busch as brothers Ali and Leo Zeller. They may have both grown up to be cops, but the siblings have been estranged for a decade – until a botched operation forces them to work together. Sky Atlantic, 9pm & 10pm COMEDY THE CLEANER Greg Davies (below) returns as crime-scene cleaner Wicky, who is landed with clearing up after a lethal pub brawl. Unfortunately, he’s promised his new girlfriend he’ll stay off the booze… BBC1, 9.30pm SPORT LIVE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Bolton Stadium Hotel is the venue for the vacant IBO World Light Heavyweight title. Braian Nahuel Suarez has lost only once, but this is his first fight outside his native Argentina, so Lyndon Arthur (right), who earned this shot at the title after stopping Walter Gabriel Sequeira and Joel McIntyre, will fancy his chances. Channel 5, 10pm SPORT LIVE UEFA EURO QUALIFIERS Scotland host Cyprus at Hampden Park, where Steve Clarke’s men will be keen to get off to a flying start (kick-off 2pm). Later, new captain Aaron Ramsey leads Wales when they visit Croatia (k.o. 7.45pm). Viaplay, 1.30pm & 7.35pm DOCUMENTARY THE MI5 SPY AND THE IRA: OPERATION CHIFFON After spending 20 years tracking him down, journalist Peter Taylor finally meets the MI5 officer, known as ‘Robert’, who put his life on the line to persuade the IRA to adopt a ceasefire. Robert reveals his extraordinary story, one that many claim helped pave the way for the Good Friday Agreement. BBC2, 7pm (N Ire: 9.50pm) MUSIC BIG NIGHT OF MUSICALS 2023 BY THE NATIONAL LOTTERY Jason Manford – who’s no stranger to warbling a show tune himself – hosts a special concert at Manchester AO Arena showcasing the talents of those currently performing in West End musicals. Listen out for numbers from Hamilton, Wicked, The King And I and many more. There’s also time for Michael Ball to recall his role in the original production of Aspects Of Love. BBC1, 7.50pm DOCUMENTARY FORTRESS BRITAIN WITH ALICE ROBERTS With help from Professor Danielle George and Dr Onyeka Nubia, the historian embarks on a quest to discover why our forefathers were obsessed with either invading or being invaded. Roberts begins by highlighting how Henry VIII’s fear of attack by his European Catholic neighbours led him to form the Tudor version of the Secret Service. Channel 4, 8.30pm