Timothy West and Prunella Scales are back on the canals
Best on the Box highlights for Sunday October 20th.
One to Watch: Great Canal Journey’s, Channel 4 at 8pm
Timothy West, of ATV’s Edward VII and BBC One’s EastEnders fame, and wife Prunella Scales, best loved as Cybil in Fawlty Towers, return to the Oxford Canal – the waterway where they first fell in love with boating over 40 years ago.
Aboard their own boat, they travel north from Banbury, heading for the old canal port of Braunston, joined by their daughter Juliet and sons Sam and Joe.
As they navigate their way through the beautiful Cherwell Valley, Tim and Pru look back at some their favourite voyages on the inland waterways of Britain and Ireland.
As well as remembering great moments of joy and wonder, the voyage is tinged with sadness given the recent deterioration in Pru’s dementia: ‘We’ve been instantaneously swapping ideas and feelings for a large number of years,’ says Tim, ‘but now we can’t…’
Unnatural Selection, now streaming on Netflix
New developments in the science of gene-editing signal that society is on the verge of a technological breakthrough that could forever change the future of humans.
From disease eradication to trait selection and biohacking, these ground-breaking experiments have inspired fierce debate over the moral, social and environmental implications.
Over the course of this provocative four-part limited series, Unnatural Selection travels around the world to meet the scientists, hackers, critics, ethicists and beneficiaries of the technologies that defy evolution and have the potential to do incredible good and, possibly, irreparable harm.
Strictly Come Dancing: The Results Show, BBC One at 7.15pm
It’s time for a fourth couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing! Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman return to the ballroom to present the combined results of the last night’s public vote with the judges scores. Tonight’s musical performance comes from rising RnB superstar Mabel, who will be singing her huge hit, Don’t Call Me Up.
Tonight’s show opens with the Strictly professionals bringing out their inner divas in an extravagant red carpet themed opening.
And then it’s back to business as the couple with the lowest combined scores must take to the ballroom floor for a second time. The couple who receive the least votes from the judges will have their Strictly journey cut short. The remaining 11 couples will continue to next weekend’s spooktacular Strictly Halloween special.
Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, ITV, STV and UTV at 9pm
If you love the royal family then ITV have a treat for you this evening. In a documentary filmed on their tour of Africa, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex speak to News at Ten host Tom Bradby about the causes and issues they care most about, and their fresh and personal approach to being modern Royals.
When The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their baby son Archie on their recent Royal tour, Bradby was with them throughout. In this programme he gains exclusive access to the world’s most talked-about couple, exploring their compassion and impactful work, alongside the challenges and pressure they face living as a young family on the global stage trying to balance their public duties and private life under media scrutiny.
Harry & Meghan: An African Journey takes a behind the scenes look at this modern Royal couple, providing a vivid insight into the causes and issues they care so deeply about.