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The Hoarder Next Door | North Korea Undercover – Panorama | Fit To Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History | Broadchurch | Battle Scarred: Exit Wounds | Spartacus: War of the Damned | MTV Movie Awards | Live Indian Premier League Cricket
9pm, Channel 4
The return of the show in which psychotherapist Stelios Kiosses helps adults tidy their rooms. First up is Alison, who has spent £40,000 on ladybird-themed accessories, until her house resembles an insect zoo. Elsewhere, schoolteacher Jo can't move for puppets and donkey costumes. "I can just about make it into bed," she admits. Like many of Channel 4's Barnum-with-a-heart shows, it comes complete with that tinkly incidental music that puts one in mind of a mischievous Tim Burton hiding behind a bush. Ali Catterall
North Korea Undercover – Panorama
In a show that will likely be edited at the last moment, considering current tensions, John Sweeney spends eight »
- Julia Raeside, Martin Skegg, David Stubbs, John Robinson, Jonathan Wright, Ali Catterall, Ben Arnold, Andrew Mueller
A documentary about a London cabbie given a taste of Mumbai's hot, anarchic streets could have been macho and pointless. But it offered a fantastic insight into life in urban India
• Toughest Place to be a Taxi Driver on iPlayer
• Shetland on iPlayer
The title makes it sound like a "seriously" show: the kind of posturing, almost fact-free documentary presented – on what I can only presume is some kind of hardman-for-hire rota system – by either Danny Dyer or Ross Kemp. I call them "seriously" shows because, in my limited time as a viewer, the word has appeared in almost every other sentence, lending an ominous weight to otherwise banal pronouncements such as: "These young drug dealers are seriously unfriendly." Or: "This beef is seriously past its best-before date."
It would be fair to say then that I sat down to watch Toughest Place to Be a ... Taxi Driver (BBC2) – the »
- Tom Meltzer
In two separate newspaper stories, on Valentine's Day, I discovered that Love Actually had been voted the most romantic film ever and that Martine McCutcheon (one of its stars) had been declared bankrupt.
There seemed something glamorously old-fashioned about the contrast. One would assume that the "most romantic film ever" is something black and white from decades ago and can imagine reading that its leading lady is in dire straits today: wizened, skint, long forgotten by the studio machine that milked her youth, long widowed from her marriage to some ghastly "roistering" 1940s heart-throb who drank and screwed around to the delight of Hollywood.
Love Actually seems too recent for its star to have hit the skids, doesn't it? As is often the way with "best ever" polls, the list »
- Victoria Coren
Ross Kemp reportedly married his girlfriend Renee O'Brien in secret last year. The former EastEnders actor is said to have had a private wedding to his lawyer partner in early 2012, according to the London Evening Standard.
Ross Kemp with rumoured second wife Renee O'Brien A source close to the star said: "They have been married for just over a year now. "Ross is a private man so hasn't been broadcasting the news, but it hasn't been a secret (more) »
- By Tom Eames
Today's celebrity pictures include Rita Ora wearing wacky red glasses as she receives gifts from fans while leaving Manchester Academy, following the opening night of her 'Radioactive' tour. In the capital, Made in Chelsea's Rosie Fortescue and Amber Atherton arrive at the Casio Tokyo Trio Watch launch party, and Jamie and Louise Redknapp attend the Retail Trust London Ball along with Ross Kemp and girlfriend Renee O'Brien at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Meanwhile, (more) »
- By Naomi Gordon
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