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Victoria review – Jenna Coleman goes back in time to become a future queen

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Coleman swaps Tardis travel for court machinations as the young Victoria. Plus, a little Are You Being Served? and Porridge go a long way

We have had The Young Victoria starring Emily Blunt. Now The Even Younger Victoria starring Jenna Coleman. What next? The Extremely Young Victoria, let’s hope, starring a Gogglesprog. And then In Vitro Victoria, in which the heroine will be played by a grownup swimming in amniotic fluid in a repurposed burkini that the costume department have borrowed from armed cops who removed it from women on French beaches. Failing that, in Laura Trott’s used omnium outfit.

In Victoria (ITV), Coleman wakes up one morning to discover she isn’t time-travelling in the Tardis with Peter Capaldi any more. Instead, it’s 1837 and she is poised to become the queen following (sad face) the death of her uncle, the king. I don’t know who Coleman’s agent is, »

- Stuart Jeffries

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Monday’s best TV: Great British Menu; All Aboard! The Country Bus; The Coopers vs the Rest

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Chefs create dishes to mark the ‘new Elizabethan age’; slow TV returns with a gentle bus ride over the Yorkshire dales; comedy pilot starring Tanya Franks and Paterson Joseph. Plus: My Millionaire Dads and Me

The stalwart show returns with an even more patriotic flavour as chefs create dishes to mark what is described as the “new Elizabethan age”. Accordingly, the bombast is ramped up to absurd levels, with Douglas fir leaf culinary pyrotechnics and intricate beetroot origami. But will the scarily named Guts and Glory triumph over a maverick starter inspired by airport packed lunches? Weirdly enthralling, as though the fate of the country itself were at stake. Laurie Chen

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- Laurie Chen, Phil Harrison, David Stubbs, Ben Arnold, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Grace Rahman and Paul Howlett

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Fear the Walking Dead: season two, episode nine recap – Los Muertos

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Nick finds himself in a brand new cult while Madison and her crew check into the Mexican hotel from hell

Spoiler alert: this blog is published after Fear the Walking Dead airs on AMC in the Us on Sundays. Do not read on unless you have watched season two, episode eight (which airs in the UK on Monday)

As the episode starts, Nick wakes up in the infirmary of the colony where he ended up last time. Wait, when did this turn into the Nick show? Is it going to be all Nick all the time? At least he finally found some clean clothes that fit him. What will it take for him to get a haircut?

Related: Fear the Walking Dead: season two, episode eight recap – Grotesque

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- Brian Moylan

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