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What’s On TV Tonight? Our Pick Of The Best Shows: Monday 13th November

Gone to Pot Monday 13th November

TV Times tops picks for tonight

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight three of the best shows on telly tonight for Monday 13th November

Gone to Pot: American Road Trip, 9.00pm, ITV

A show about Pam St Clement on a marijuana-fuelled road trip may sound like one of Alan Partridge’s wacky ideas, yet, rather than being a gimmick, this three-part series is original and thought-provoking. Christopher Biggins, Linda Robson, Bobby George and John Fashanu join the former EastEnders star as she travels through US states where cannabis is legal, and the gang finds their views on the drug changing as they go. With their journey sure to start debates among viewers at home, they might not be the only ones. Continues on Wednesday, with episode three on Friday. Rating: ****

The Boy with the Topknot, 9.00pm, BBC2

The Boy with the Topknot

(Image credit: BBC/Parti Productions & Kudos)

Journalist Sathnam Sanghera’s life in London is very different from his traditional Punjabi family’s – and they are set on a collision course when, just as he’s about to come clean about his non-Sikh girlfriend, a family secret is revealed. Sathnam grew up in Wolverhampton in the 1980s unaware that his father was schizophrenic, and the discovery makes him realise just how little he knows of his parents’ life. He starts asking questions of their past, which take him back to his childhood, a time when he wore a topknot, a sign of his religious devotion. Based on the writer’s memoirs, this is touching, sensitive and funny – with some top-notch acting. Rating: ****

Inside the Ambulance, 8.00pm, W

Inside the Ambulance

(Image credit: Adam Lawrence)

No one, let’s face it, really wants to see the inside of an ambulance. But as W’s series about the West Midlands Ambulance Service returns for a second run, it’s undeniable that this is simple but gripping television. First up, a stabbing in Wolverhampton, where a man who was taking a short cut through a park has had a six-inch blade plunged into his head and back. If it’s punctured his lung he’s in trouble, and the hospital is 13 miles away. And 24-year-old Olivia is in an equally distressed state, but is the diarrhoea and vomiting causing her severe abdominal pain, or is it something worse? Continues tomorrow. Rating: ****

More previews tomorrow.