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What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Friday 2nd February

What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Friday 2nd February
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TV Times top picks for tonight

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Friday 2nd February

Requiem, 9.00pm, BBC1

Get ready for some spooky chills in this gripping new series. Ripper Street’s Lydia Wilson is brilliant as London-based cellist Matilda, who embarks on a haunting journey of self-discovery after her mother commits suicide and an unsettling connection emerges with a decades-old investigation into the disappearance of a little girl in Wales. As Matilda heads there to find out more, she faces friction with the locals and is disturbed by some creepy occurrences at an old house. Look out for former Downton star Brendan Coyle as a retired cop, while Tara Fitzgerald, Sian Reese-Williams and Richard Harrington play the shifty-looking townsfolk. Rating: *****

Celebrity 5 Go Barging, 8.00pm, C5

Celebrity 5 Go Barging

What could be more relaxing than spending several days cruising down France’s idyllic waterways in a modern barge? Lots of things, as it turns out… Gardener Diarmuid Gavin, Olympian Tessa Sanderson, crooner Tony Christie, presenter Penny Smith and actor Tom Conti are the stars of the latest Celebrity 5 Go… series and they’re soon crashing their barges and getting stuck on the banks while negotiating the River Lot’s many locks. They do manage to find time to take in the stunning French countryside, though, including a visit to the beautiful town of Cahors and its secret medieval gardens. Rating: ***

Nigel Slater’s Middle East, 9.00pm, BBC2 (ex Wales)

Nigel is on a three-part adventure to explore traditional home cooking in the Middle East. He begins in Beirut during Ramadan. After dark he discovers delights including a sharing dish called fatteh which, Nigel says, is one of the best things he has ever eaten. Inspired by his journey Nigel cooks a fragrant rice pudding, a classic salad called fattoush and a za’atar roast chicken. Rating: ****

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