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Pride of Britain Awards: ITV, 8pm
Carol Vorderman hosts the 16th annual ceremony of the awards that celebrate the great and good of Britain.
The likes of Prince Charles and prime minister David Cameron will be in attendance to witness unsung everyday heroes receive recognition for their outstanding feats of courage and selflessness.
His wife Ros (Claudie Blakley) has had enough and wants him out of the house, while Vince's risky decision to work with the authorities could have major repercussions.
Beauty and the Beast: Watch, 9pm
Season two of Beauty and the Beast returns from its mid-season break tonight.
Matt (Christopher Eccleston) becomes increasingly desperate when his church faces closure.
However, a trip to a casino offers a lifeline.
Secrets and Lies: Channel 5, 10pm
Ben's (Martin Henderson) innocence is thrown into doubt as a murder weapon is identified.
And while helping Jess (Adrienne Pickering) come to terms with her son's death, questions emerge about Matt's own daughter.
This review contains spoilers.
In BBC One’s The 7:39, which aired earlier this year, David Morrissey played a married father of two in his forties, who was unappreciated at home, pushed around at work, and bored with his predictable lot. The way out of that particular rut came in the form of an affair with a younger woman. In The Driver, a new three-part drama written by Danny Brocklehurst (Exile, Accused, Shameless), Morrissey’s character is in much the same situation but chooses crime as his escape route from monotony.
Male mid-life boredom and frustration thus gets taken for another TV spin, this time as the premise for a crime thriller stylishly directed by Jamie Payne (Doctor Who, Ashes To Ashes). Following in the footsteps of Breaking Bad’s Walter White, »
David Morrissey shines in a bitterly realistic three-parter about a depressed cabbie turning to crime on BBC1. Australian import Secrets and Lies about the fallout of a childs murder is almost as good over on Channel 5
You scored 14, Vinces doctor tells him. You need to score 15 before I can comfortably prescribe medication. So what are you saying? replies Vince flintily. Im one point short of depression?
Last nights opening episode of BBC1s The Driver (the first of three) began with a car chase, but the real thrill lay in this compact little exchange, whose succinct evocation of Vinces mental state, unforgiving intelligence and self-awareness and of a pointlessly bureaucratic, endlessly frustrating world, promised much. The rest of the hour delivered, thanks not only to the lovely, wry, elliptical script from creators Danny Brocklehurst and Jim Poyser but also, of course, to the heavy actorly artillery they wielded. There was »
- Lucy Mangan
The evenings are getting shorter, you've already seen the first festive cards for sale at your local supermarket and The X Factor is back on Saturday nights. To borrow a phrase - winter is coming.
But don't despair, because there is much more to autumn TV in 2014 than Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell bickering over a bunch of karaoke singers. Don't believe us? Check out our list of 17 must-watch shows, which mean that you might as well cancel your plans until Christmas.
1. Glue - E4
A bloke from Rizzle Kicks, a writer from This Is England and lots of horses. It doesn't sound like an obvious hit, but Glue is most definitely worth getting excited about.
Skins crossed with Midsomer Murders and an added sinister, bleak edge, is probably the best description for this eight-parter, which will have you hooked from its full-on (and full frontal) opening sequence.
2. The Apprentice »
5 items from 2014
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