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What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Thursday 4th January

Death in Paradise
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TV Times tops picks for tonight

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Thursday 4th January

Death in Paradise, 9.00pm, BBC1

We look forward to this every January – sunny beaches, rum cocktails and some friendly murders for us all to solve. Last series saw Ardal O’Hanlon take over from Kris Marshall, and he hits the ground running tonight as his character, DI Jack Mooney, makes a very stylish arrest. Then the big case: an apparent suicide, suspicious because the victim was midway through painting her nails when she threw herself off a hotel balcony… Meanwhile, Dwayne panics when he runs into an old flame and Jack has news from home. Denis Lawson is among the guests. Rating: ****

Derry Girls, 10.00pm, C4

Derry Girls

This fresh coming-of-age comedy set against the Troubles in early 1990s Northern Ireland celebrates the misadventures of teenager Erin Quinn. Derry may be in the grip of bomb scares and British army patrols but, to Erin, these pale in comparison with her struggle to get David Donnelly to notice her and stop her cousin Orla from reading her diary. "These are people we all know, wherever you’re from," says Saoirse-Monica Jackson, who plays Erin. "It’s a close-knit community where everybody knows everybody – and Erin can’t get away with sneaking into a nightclub at 16!" With Tommy Tiernan and Ian McElhinney. Rating: *****

Food Unwrapped Diet Special, 8.00pm, C4

Food Unwrapped Diet Special

No doubt the Food Unwrapped team have been enjoying the seasonal indulgences as much as the rest of us, but unlike the rest of us they’re taking a world tour to find out about diets in far-flung places. Jimmy Doherty’s in Hollywood looking at the latest food craze – meal drinks (isn’t that called soup?). Kate Quilton, meanwhile, is finding out about the surprising health-giving properties of curry, and Helen Lawal is in Tanzania in search of the Hadza tribe, whose diverse diet gives them superior gut bacteria. The Hadza people may also be able to teach us how to eat ourselves happy – and we doubt that will have anything to do with tucking into a big feast… Rating: ****

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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!