TV Highlights

A scene from Mr Selfridge.
A scene from Mr Selfridge.

Our pick of the best program being broadcast on television each day this week.

THURSDAY: Inspector George Gently, BBC One, 8.30pm

Outnumbered - pictured (L-R) are Hugh Dennis, Ramona Marquez, Tyger Drew-Honey and Chris Geere.

Outnumbered - pictured (L-R) are Hugh Dennis, Ramona Marquez, Tyger Drew-Honey and Chris Geere.

The once-thriving colliery town of Burnsend is facing an uncertain future amid reports that the National Coal Board is planning to close the mine - and the atmosphere is about to get even more tense after the body of Arthur Hawkes, a miner who has been missing for several days, is discovered in the pit. When it becomes clear his death is more than just a tragic accident, Gently and Bacchus are called in to investigate and discover strained relationships.

FRIDAY: Jonathan Creek, BBC One, 9pm

A musical version of ‘locked-room’ novel The Mystery of the Yellow Room has been a huge hit with London theatre audiences. The standing ovations look set to stop when the leading lady Juno Pirelli is found stabbed in a locked dressing room, with no weapon, no sign of any intruder - and no explanation as to how her attacker escaped. It sounds like a case for Jonathan, but he’s now happily married and working alongside his wife Polly in the corporate world.

SATURDAY: Darcey’s Ballerina Heroines, BBC Two, 8.15pm

Darcey Bussell has become a familiar face in the Saturday night prime-time telly slot.

Everyone has their own inspiration, and in this new one-off programme, Bussell explores the history of the ballerina, travelling from Versailles in France to the Winter Palace in St Petersburg and back to Covent Garden - the theatre which played host to Marie Salle, Bussell’s earliest dance heroine, nearly 300 years ago in 1734.

SUNDAY: Mr Selfridge, ITV, 9pm

In tonight’s episode, the staff are concerned that Monsieur Leclair is guilty of treason and will wind up with a noose around his neck. However, with Harry called away to Paris on store business, it’s left to his senior staff to deal with the latest drama. It’s believed the accused has a link to Germany. But the case takes an intriguing turn when he’s later accused of another crime. Meanwhile, Grove (Tom Goodman Hill) is concerned about Miss Mardle (Amanda Abbington).

MONDAY: Mary Berry Cooks, BBC Two, 8.30pm

Mary hopes to inspire people to prepare meals for both everyday and special occasions, and begins by giving ideas for a traditional tea party.

You’ll certainly never look at sandwiches in the same way again, and will be rushing out to buy the ingredients to make Mary’s mouth-watering bite-sized scones too.

Her granddaughters also make a guest appearance while helping her make orange butterfly cakes.

TUESDAY: Death in Paradise, BBC One, 9pm

Emma Redding is a retired lifesaver who was due to turn up at a party, but when she doesn’t show or answer her phone, it sets alarm bells ringing.

Her door is forced open and she’s found dead on her bed with an empty packet of sleeping pills at her side.

Two key questions dominate the case: how did the alleged killer get out of her locked room, and could one of Emma’s so-called friends be the prime suspect?

WEDNESDAY: Outnumbered, BBC One, 9pm

Prepare to laugh (and cry) at the Brockmans one last time as Pete rails against his phone’s voice recognition software.

Considering he jumped up and down on his last mobile, it’s a wonder he’s been entrusted with another. When Sue gets home (interrupting a father and son tussle for sofa supremacy), she breaks the news that Angela is coming to stay while their father is ill. However, she is stunned when Stacey (the alluring Antipodean) turns up en route to Greece.