On the telly

Field of Blood
Field of Blood

With Lori Cormack

(Thursday & Friday, BBC 1, 9.00pm)

The drama returns for a second two-parter, this time set in the 1980s newsroom of the ficticious Glasgow Daily News. Young hack Paddy Meehan (Jayd Johnson) has landed her dream job as a reporter, and before long, after attending a domestic disturbance involving a well known human rights lawyer, she lands up with quite the scoop when the woman in question turns up dead. But as she delves deeper into the story, the lives of her and her colleagues, including editor Murray Devlin (David Morrisey) end up in danger as the powers that be try to hide want they don’t want seen. Ex-Corrie star Katherine Kelly and Chewin’ the Fat comedian Ford Kiernan also star.

Athletics: World Championships

(Saturday, BBC 1, from 11.15a.m.)

Gabby Logan presents coverage from day one of the World Championships in Moscow. Obviously, we all have lives to lead so you may not be watching all day, but some of the highlights you might not want to miss are: Christine Ohuruogu in the 400m at 3.05p.m., Mo Farah running the 10,000m at 3.15p.m. and James Dasaolu in the 100m sprint at 5.15p.m.

Dragon’s Den

(Sunday, BBC2, 8.00p.m.)

Back for a new series, we have two new dragons in the form of interior designer Kelly Hoppen and cloud-computing pioneer Piers Linney. They join the usual panel of Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden and Duncan Bannatyne. This first episode, fronted as always by the interesting-looking Evan Davis, features a nervous male stripper and two British ex-pats who want funding for their tanning business.

Benefits Britain 1949

(Monday, Channel 4, 9.00p.m.)

Your usual Channel 4 social experiment. This time a group has volunteered to live by the welfare system of 1949, the first year that it was put in place in Britain. Craig, a 24-year-old with spina bifida is not entitled to any help from the state, but he can get access to training and work experience. For 71-year-old Melvyn, the £38 per week pension of 1949 doesn’t go very far, leaving him struggling to pay for food and bills. Interesting yes, but unless they are re-instating the prices of 1949 too, it seems a bit pointless to me?

This World

(Tuesday, BBC2, 9.00p.m.)

When you think of countries in the grasp of the obesity epidemic, does India come to mind? No, me neither. But as part of the ‘This World’ series, Anita Rani travels to the country to report on their battle with the bulge, which is getting worse. She talks to young Indians who can’t help but gorge themselves on Western fast food and speaks to the experts who say Indians are actually more prone to obesity because of their genes.

How Not To Get Old

(Wednesday, Channel 4, 8.00p.m)

The second episode of this new documentary series led by Anna Richardson and former pop star and wife of ex-footballer Jamie, Louise Redknapp. This week, Anna tests the latest non-invasive jowl treatment while Louise meets a woman who believes her youthfulness is all thanks to a rolled up towel and some weird and wonderful exercises...

Who Do You Think You Are?

(Wednesday, BBC1, 9.00p.m.)

This highly addictive series started back on our telly screens a few weeks ago, and it’s just as good as ever. This week, actress Lesley Sharp finds out about her past, including her birth parents, after she was adopted at just five weeks old.