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 30th May
The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs, 9pm (times vary), BBC1
Nearly 60,000 young people in the UK take antidepressants. Tonight, the brilliant Dr Chris van Tulleken looks at why there has been such an explosion in teens popping pills to cope with anxiety and depression – and the results are shocking. Side effects of the most popular antidepressants for under-18s are severe, including increased suicidal thoughts, yet Dr Chris thinks the effectiveness of these drugs is questionable. He meets a teen called Jess to try and find a new way of dealing with her crippling anxiety and depression. He also investigates the huge increase in anti-allergy formula milk for babies. Has intolerance to cows’ milk reached epidemic proportions, or is something else going on? Rating: ****
Taskmaster, 9pm, Dave
As this series reaches its halfway point, the latest famous five – Tim Vine, Russell Howard, Alice Levine, Liza Tarbuck and Asim Chaudhry – are tasked with answering the age-old conundrum: how long is a piece of string? With answers as diverse as four miles or 5ft 7in it’s clearly a head-scratching challenge. Next, will they be able to whip a cloth from under 10 eggs without breaking any? Cracking fun. Rating: ****
The Big Crash Diet Experiment, 8pm, BBC1
Four people, whose weight is affecting their health, volunteer to take part in a radical nine-week ‘liquid’ only (soup and shakes) crash diet. Mentored by Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, the four undergo extensive medical screenings before and after the diet to measure the differences in their health. Each volunteer has good reason to lose the recommended two stone. Yolande has fatty liver disease, while Tracy carries the same risk of heart attack or stroke as a 75-year-old despite being only 52. Priest Paul has Type-2 diabetes, and Rebecca is still addicted to takeaways, despite having had a gastric band fitted. How will they fare? Rating: ****
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