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What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Wednesday 5th December

Death and Nightingales
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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 5th December

Death & Nightingales, 9pm, BBC2

So the getaway plan is under way at last! First, however, 23-year-old Beth (Ann Skelly) decides to tell her best friend Mercy (Charlene McKenna) that she’s leaving County Fermanagh for good with rakish charmer Liam (Jamie Dornan). Mercy protests, saying it will break her heart. Meanwhile, Beth’s very drunk stepfather Billy (Matthew Rhys) starts to question Beth about his growing suspicions… Rating: ****

World’s Weirdest Homes, 9pm, C4

Catherine King and Wayne Adams live on an island in British Columbia, Canada. Nothing strange about that – just that this island is floating, they have no neighbours, and they built it themselves. And it has a dance floor! Freedom Cove is just one of the incredible residences showcased as presenter Charlie Luxton returns with a new one-off. This multi-coloured, self-sufficient farm weighs five tons and consists of 20 steel frames resting on reinforced styrofoam. But even though it looks like something out of a fairy tale, life can be anything but, especially when gales have meant parts have had to be rebuilt, and you can be cut off from the mainland for months on end. Rating: ****

For the Love of Dogs, 8pm, ITV

At just nine weeks old, Pomeranian pup Stormy is one of Battersea’s youngest residents. This little fluffball needs training, so Paul O’Grady steps in to help out in this crucial stage of development. Paul also meets another cutie, the splendidly named French bulldog Spudnik. This guy needs an operation, but is putting up a fight. Can Paul and the team calm him down? And there’s a sudden influx of residents when 20 dogs arrive. Rating: ****

More previews tomorrow.