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The 5 best shows on TV tonight: Wednesday 17 March

Amy Johnson
·3-min read
The top TV picks for Wednesday 17 March.
The top TV picks for Wednesday 17 March.

This evening's TV sees Caroline Flack remembered in a documentary from her mother and twin sister. 

As well as giving an insight into who she was behind her public persona, the moving programme also examines how the pressures of fame and the attention that comes with it impacted the late presenter. 

Over on BBC One, Rylan Clark-Neal heads up a charity special of Ready Steady Cook while Alan Carr and Amanda Holden investigate their heritage on DNA Journeys for ITV.

Ready Steady Cook for Red Nose Day - 7.30pm - BBC One

Stephen Mangan competes in Ready Steady Cook for Red Nose Day 2021. (BBC / Remarkable TV / Graeme Hunter)
Stephen Mangan competes in Ready Steady Cook for Red Nose Day 2021. (BBC / Remarkable TV / Graeme Hunter)

In aid of Red Nose Day, actor Stephen Mangan and TV judge Robert Rinder head to the kitchen as another Green Pepper vs Red Tomato battle commences.

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The amateur cooks have got to create delectable dishes from their £5 bag of ingredients in just 20 minutes.

Rylan Clark-Neal hosts the charity special as the stars are helped by expert chefs Jeremy Pang and Ellis Barrie. 

Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport - ITV - 8pm

Stan (Duty Manager for Mitie - Hygiene Services at Heathrow) and Victoria (UVD Robot) on Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport. (ITV)
Stan (Duty Manager for Mitie - Hygiene Services at Heathrow) and Victoria (UVD Robot) on Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport. (ITV)

Heathrow continues to operate amid the coronavirus pandemic in the behind-the-scenes filming, with an iconic end in tonight's episode as the Boeing 747 flies out of the airport for the last time. 

Meanwhile, there's some new robot staff to contend with while new cargo driver Dylan is hoping his love of hypnosis can get him out of a jam.

Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death - 9pm - Channel 4

Jody, Caroline & Christine Flack, twin sisters and mother, Norfolk, 1980s
Jody, Caroline & Christine Flack, twin sisters and mother, Norfolk, 1980s

Just over a year on from Caroline Flack's suicide, this new documentary hears from the presenter's family and loved ones as they reflect on her life, death, and who she was behind her public persona. 

The film also examines the impact the media and social media had on Flack and her mental health throughout her career and in the wake of her arrest. 

Colleagues and friends Olly Murs and Dermot O'Leary are among those contributing in this tribute to the late star. 

DNA Journey - 9pm - ITV

Alan Carr and Amanda Holden are on a DNA Journey. (ITV/Voltage TV and Mitre Television)
Alan Carr and Amanda Holden are on a DNA Journey. (ITV/Voltage TV and Mitre Television)

It's Alan Carr and Amanda Holden's turn to delve into their family histories as they take a trip across the country to find out where and who they came from. 

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Britain's Got Talent judge Holden starts off in the grounds of a stately home in Cornwall while the comedian's search takes him to a pub in Erith with a colourful past. 

The Surrogates - 10.45pm - BBC One

The Surrogates. Intended parents Aki (left) and Kevin (right), with their heavily pregnant surrogate, Emma (middle). (BBC/Sundog Pictures)
The Surrogates. Intended parents Aki (left) and Kevin (right), with their heavily pregnant surrogate, Emma (middle). (BBC/Sundog Pictures)

As surrogacy slowly grows in the UK, a new BBC Three documentary has followed several people opting to go down that route to add to their families. 

The programme introduces viewers to prospective parents and several surrogates, including 26-year-old single mum Caitlin who offered to help out her boss Kate and her husband after the couple lost three pregnancies. 

Elsewhere there's Emma, 23, who met gay couple Kevin and Aki through an app that matches surrogates to wannabe parents, and single 40-year-old David who is looking for a surrogate to carry the embryos he's made using anonymous donor eggs. 

Watch: Caroline Flack's mother criticises social media companies