TV tonight: our highlights for Thursday 30th July

TV tonight Escape to the Chateau: Make Do and Mend

Escape to the Chateau: Make Do and Mend is just one of the gems on today...

Angel and Dick Strawbridge show us how to Make Do and Mend, Ranvir Singh shows another family how to Eat, Shop Save, and Tom Kerridge show us how to big up our barbecues. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight. 

  • Our hand-selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include three TV shows, live sport, a film and the latest trending need-to-binge-on-now box set 
  • For more information about what’s on TV tonight see our TV Guide 

What's on TV tonight 

Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight... 

Best TV shows on TV tonight

Eat, Shop, Save, 7.30pm (not Scotland), ITV

TV tonight Eat, Shop, Save

Ranvir Singh with the Glen family

The Glens from Newton Abbot have adopted a meat-free diet, but the family of four don’t eat many vegetables and their weekly shop costs £200 thanks to pricey meat substitutes. Mum Jena’s ‘diet’ shakes add another £20 to the bill, and she’s shocked to hear that she’s exceeding the recommended daily calorie intake for a woman. As lockdown strikes, can they learn to plan their meals better and cook cheaper, healthier alternatives? 

★★ IM

Escape to the Chateau: Make Do and Mend (opens in new tab), 8pm, C4

TV tonight Return to the Chateau: Make Do and Mend

Dick and Angel share some of their restoration expertise

If the delightful, infectious enthusiasm that Dick and Angel Strawbridge display for restoration has made you wonder, ‘Could I do that?’ then this spin-off is for you! The four-parter Make Do and Mend sees the pair join in the current video-chatting trend to share tips and give a boost to DIYers. First up, Dick and Angel offer guidance on bathroom renovation, building a food smoker and doing up a shabby front door. And, of course, they even find time to start new projects of their own at the chateau! 

★★★★ CC

Tom Kerridge Barbecues, from 9pm, Food Network

TV tonight Tom Kerridge Barbecues

There’s no boring burgers or bangers at Tom’s BBQs

Most people have had a burnt, sorry, barbecued burger or sausage in their time, but would you ever think of cooking the more luxurious côte de boeuf or lobster thermidor over hot coals? Enter Tom Kerridge, who is on a mission to big up the barbecue in his new series, and in this opening episode proves that even the finest of foods can be cooked in your back garden. And it’s not just your surf and turf – even bread and potatoes can be chargrilled. As Tom says: ‘There’s nothing like the smell of your favourite food cooking over hot coals.’ 

★★★★ LP

Best box set to watch 

Staged, one season, BBC iPlayer

TV tonight Staged

David Tennant and Michael Sheen

One of the most enjoyable lockdown comedies we’ve seen. David Tennant and Michael Sheen clearly relish their roles as fictionalised versions of themselves, as they prepare to rehearse a play via video calls.

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Becoming Jane, 9pm, BBC4

TV tonight Becoming Jane

Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen

Inspired by the early life of Jane Austen, this stars Anne Hathaway as the 20-year-old writer falling in love. Austen fans can also catch Emma at 8pm on the same channel.

Live sport

  • Golf: WGC St Jude Invitational 6pm, Sky Sports Golf
  • Cricket: England v Ireland One Day International 1.30pm, Sky Sports Cricket
  • Basketball: NBA Restart 11.30pm, Sky Sports Arena

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss Escape to the Chateau: Make Do and Mend on TV tonight – some handy crafty tips!

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Happy viewing!