TV Times top picks for today
What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Monday 16th April
The Queen’s Green Planet, 9pm / ITV
What happened when Sir David Attenborough and Queen Elizabeth took a stroll round the gardens of Buckingham Palace last Summer? All is revealed in this one-off documentary made to celebrate a new initiative called The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, which is committed to preserving natural habitats across the 52 nations of the Commonwealth for future generations. It’s certainly a worthy venture, but what’s more interesting is eavesdropping on what these two venerable figures – who were born within a month of each other in 1926 – chat about as they take a turn around the Palace grounds. Rating: ****
Nightmare Pets SOS, 7.30pm (not Scotland & Wales), BBC1
As a nation we’re pretty potty about animals, but unruly pets actually cost £4bn in damage to our homes each year and bad behaviour is the number one reason for rehoming animals. To help desperate owners with their nightmare pets, a crisis centre staffed by vets and behavioural experts has been specially set up for this new series – and first through the doors are Jo and Tony, whose parrot Archie is so aggressive that Jo has ended up in A&E with severe wounds from his vicious beak. The team are also on hand to help Pupagano, a dog with a phobia of the outdoors, and give advice to new mum Hannah, whose cat Rupert has a habit of peeing everywhere, including on her baby’s toys! Rating: ****
Give It a Year, 8pm (times vary, not Scotland), ITV
Dragons’ Den meets This Time Next Year in this new series, which follows The Apprentice’s Karren Brady visiting newbie entrepreneurs as they launch businesses. After giving them life-changing advice, Karren then strides off, returning a year later to find out if the dream is still alive. Tonight’s hopefuls are the timid but talented Sarah, who wants to expand her illuminated letters company, and Thomas, the know-it-all mug manufacturer funding his business through poker winnings… Karren certainly doesn’t mince her words when Thomas tries to defend his overpriced product! Rating: ****
More previews tomorrow.
David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.
Before working for What To Watch, David spent many years on TV Times magazine, interviewing some of television's most famous stars including Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, singer Lionel Richie and wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough.
David started out as a writer on TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards. David is a huge Death in Paradise fan, although he's still failed to solve a case before the show's detective! He also loves James Bond and controversially thinks that Timothy Dalton was an excellent 007.
Other than watching and writing about telly, David loves playing cricket, going to the cinema, trying to improve his tennis and chasing about after his kids!
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