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What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Tuesday 14th August

A Passage to Britain - show Raja Stokes
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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 Tuesday 14th August

A Passage to Britain, 9pm, BBC2

Historian Dr Yasmin Khan begins this absorbing three-part series with a look at the Viceroy of India – a grand passenger ship that sailed between Mumbai and Tilbury docks in London in the 1930s. Yasmin focuses on a few passengers, learning more about them and why they made the trip. She also tracks down relatives to find out what the travellers were like and how their lives turned out. Among the people Yasmin meets is Raja Stokes, 86, who was a baby when his jockey father was given the prestigious job of riding a maharajah’s race horses. A wonderful combination of intriguing individual stories and the larger tale of two countries on the verge of change. Ratings: *****

On the Edge, from 10pm, C4

In a world of slow-burning multi-part dramas, a 30-minute film that draws us in while packing an emotional punch certainly makes a nice change. C4 has three of them this week: two tonight, called Through the Gates and A Mother’s Love, and one, That Girl, tomorrow (10.30pm). Each short film was written and directed by newcomers from diverse backgrounds, and the strength of the cast for each piece indicates how much quality these rising stars have. Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty), Wunmi Mosaku (Damilola, Our Loved Boy) and Chanel Cresswell (This Is England) are just three of the acclaimed actors involved in tales of contemporary Britain that will stay with you. Rating: *****

Inside the Factory, 8pm, BBC2

Gregg Wallace is inside a Nottingham curry sauce factory discovering how one of our favourite dishes is made. He’s watching over a vat of tikka masala containing almost half a tonne of yogurt and cream and 10,000 cloves of garlic! Meanwhile, Cherry Healey is in Guntur, the chilli capital of India, to see how chilli powder is made. Plus, how to make perfect rice and tips to cool down a curry if it’s too spicy! Rating: ***

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