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What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Wednesday 29th August

Upstart Crow BBC2 What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Wednesday 29th August
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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 Wednesday 29th August

Upstart Crow, 8.30pm, BBC2

Ben Elton’s Blackadder-esque Shakespearean sitcom, starring David Mitchell as the Bard, makes a welcome return for a third series. In this week’s opener, we discover the genesis of comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Kate (Gemma Whelan) shocks everyone by rejecting the advances of “the richest man in Southwark”, played by guest star Nigel Planer. In the words of Hamlet’s Osric, “a very palpable hit”. Rating: ****

Orangutan Jungle School, 8pm, C4

For our final visit to Jungle School, ‘Big Boy’ Beni is still having trouble sticking to his diet. A gum infection means he’s banned from having his beloved bananas, and the podgy primate finds himself on an even stricter regime. But Beni isn’t going to take this calorie cut lying down, and makes a daring raid on the fruit store to help himself – it’s bananas or bust for Beni! Elsewhere, a newly orphaned one-year-old orangutan is brought into the centre by vet Arga. With a broken wrist, Josh needs some TLC, but is soon on the road to recovery and hanging out in forest school classes. Finally, it’s a hugely emotional moment when five adult orangutans are released back into the wild. Rating: ****

Shop Well for Less?, 8pm, BBC1

Some things just go well together – strawberries and cream, cheese and crackers and… Steph McGovern and Alex Jones. The pair reunite for a new four-part series tonight, helping families become savvy shoppers. And with Steph’s business brain and Alex’s warmth they make a persuasive team. Tonight, the Ingram family from Caerphilly need a financial makeover. Emma and Liam are mum and dad to Mackenzie, 10, and two sets of twins – Maddison and Jaxon, 18 months, and Alexa and Sienna, six months. They have a taste for designer football gear, but can’t afford it any more with their own five-a-side team to provide for. Can Steph and Alex help? You bet! 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!