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TV tonight: an evening of complex self-discoveries for Loose Women’s Charlene White

·2-min read

Charlene White: Empire’s Child

9pm, ITV

The latest of ITV’s very worthwhile explorations of Black identity sees Loose Women’s Charlene White go on a journey of self-discovery that is equal parts Who Do You Think You Are? and Black Lives Matter. As a Black Briton of Jamaican origin, White is aware that her relationship with the British empire is potentially complex. But, as she uncovers her genealogy, she starts to make some surprising discoveries about the forces that have shaped both her life and the lives of her family. Phil Harrison

Shop Well for the Planet?

8pm, BBC One

The Shop Well for Less? and Eat Well For Less? gangs join forces for this new eco-minded consumer series. Can a family of six bring their carbon footprint down with a plant-based diet? And is reusable kitchen roll as questionable as it sounds? Joanna Page hosts. Hannah J Davies

The Hairy Bikers Go North

8pm, BBC Two

Another amiable hour in the company of Dave and Si, whose northern England foodie tour explores Yorkshire. They pick up a mix of multicultural ingredients from the magnificent Kirkgate market in Leeds, stay at a rock’n’roll-themed church and visit a dairy farm that’s finding a new way to thrive in a challenging market. PH

Handmade: Britain’s Best Wordworker

8pm, Channel 4

Another wholesome variant on the Bake Off theme as craftspeople decamp to rural Wales to make spectacular use of bits of trees. As the series begins, they are making impressive beds under the watchful eyes of the judges, Alex de Rijke and Helen Welch. Mel Giedroyc is on cheerleading duties, bringing encouragement and gentle wood-related double entendres. PH

Guilt

9pm, BBC Two

Dark side of the Forth: season two of the blackly comic Edinburgh-set thriller continues as semi-contrite Max (Mark Bonnar) and well-meaning Kenny (Emun Elliott) search for the bag of cash that has left chaos in its wake. Max almost seems back to his sleek old self, at least until a pal from inside comes calling. Graeme Virtue

Taskmaster

9pm, Channel 4

It’s the 100th episode of Taskmaster, which can’t have seemed a likely landmark when this berserk comedy challenge show began back in 2015. To celebrate, Victoria Coren Mitchell will be attempting to make flapjacks, Morgana Robinson will be slicing up plastic balls and Guz Khan will barricade himself inside the Taskmaster house. Here’s to the next 100. PH

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