Our pick of the best shows on the box for Monday, September 2 - plus our at a glance soaps round-up
Jamie’s Money Saving Meals (8pm Channel 4)
You might have come across a food blog on the internet from a young mum called Jack Monroe who's been sharing her recipes for things like carrot, kidney bean and cumin burgers that can be made for 9p each.
So I’d just like to stress that Jamie’s new series comes from way on the other side of the poverty line.
While Jack relies on supermarket value ranges to try and keep herself and her son from starving, Jamie offers tips on what to do with your fresh herbs when they’ve wilted. (Answer: smash them up in your hardwood pestle and mortar that costs more than Jack’s food budget for an entire week).
I don’t mean this to be unkind, but I’m sure it’s been a very long time since Jamie knew what real hunger feels like and I’m equally certain that wilted oregano isn’t a problem Jack tends to lose much sleep over.
Jamie’s money-saving recipes are aimed more at the squeezed middle – the home cooks looking for interesting ways to use their left over Sunday roast and who have a cupboard stocked with rosemary, mustard, chilli sauce and sesame seeds. Jamie’s most frugal tip for austerity Britain is that frozen veg is cheaper, less wasteful and just as good for you, but I have a feeling you might already know that.
But taken in the spirit it’s intended, if Jamie can convince more people to make their own pizzas at home instead of paying to have an expensive takeaway delivered, he’ll have achieved what he set out to do.
Doc Martin (9pm ITV1)
SPOILER ALERT: The Doc finally marries the long-suffering Louisa. It’s taken them five whole series to make it down the aisle and it may take another five to work out why Louisa would want to get hitched to such a cantankerous fun-sponge in the first place.
After a bizarre opening shot to the new series that finds the doc peering between a female patient’s knees and being informed he knows nothing about women, it’s straight to the church.
But their wedding is a joyless non-event: there’s no-one to give Louisa away, the poor girl doesn’t even have any bridesmaids. And, despite the good intentions of their friends, their honeymoon is a total disaster, although not for the reasons you might expect.
The Insider (9pm BBC3)
It’s The Apprentice crossed with Secret Squirrel. Or, if you like, a more intelligent version of Hilary Devey’s ill-fated Channel 4 series The Intern which also dangled the prospect of “a dream job” in front of some young hopefuls.
Here, the twist is that of the five applicants competing for the job, one of them is a mole – already employed by the company they want to work for. And after sharing a house together for a 10-day trial period and sizing them up off-duty as well as in the office, it will be he – or she – who decides which of them is the best fit for the job.
For viewers, this week’s opener offers a glimpse into the glamorous world of event planning and also a puzzle trying to work out which of the five applicants isn’t all that they appear.
Their identity is revealed to us at the half way stage – making the rest of the group’s little chats doubly toe-curling.
Emmerdale (7pm ITV)
CAMERON thinks he’s worked out who is blackmailing him: Adam Barton. The evidence? Adam has a phone, and he also has some cash on him. An open and shut case, in Cameron’s eyes.
Elsewhere, Declan’s desperate lack of cash and the prospect of losing Home Farm prompts Megan to come up with a sensible suggestion: sell some of the other houses he owns in the village.
If that means turfing out the residents, then so be it.
Eastenders (8pm BBC1)
Carl’s reign of terror against Max starts the week innocently enough with a bouquet of flowers, but soon ends in him scuppering a lucrative business deal for Branning Brothers. So by the end of the episode we find Max in the street threatending, loudly, publicly and repeatedly, to kill Carl. Hmmm…. wonder if that’s going to be significant?
Coronation Street (7.30pm and 8.30pm ITV)
There’s only one storyline that really matters tonight. Hayley is going into theatre to have her pancreatic tumour removed – an operation that will take six hours if all goes well. For Hayley’s friends at the factory, for Fiz and especially for Roy it’s a long day waiting for news – hoping for the best and fearing the worst.