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Stargazing Live
Stargazing Live

Dawn Renton takes a look at the week’s TV highlights

Stargazing Live

(Thursday, BBC2, 8.00 p.m.)

In the countdown to tomorrow’s solar eclipse, Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain are joined at Jodrell Bank Observatory by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Dara investigates whether asteroid mining might be the next booming market and Lucie Green has news of the very rare appearance of five planets during the daytime. Plus, the team reveals how to view the eclipse safely. Thanks, guys.

Dexy’s: Nowhere Is Home

(Friday, BBC4, 10.00 p.m.)

My love affair with BBC Four’s music docs have not faltered and it just simply soared with this wee treat. Dexys’ celebrated residency at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London was caught on film and here it is in all its glory. Featuring footage from the live shows as well as an interview with Kevin Rowland and Jim Paterson. Heaven.

Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity

(Sunday, BBC2, 10.00 p.m.)

In this two parter, the journalist immerses himself in the world of Ohio’s maximum security state psychiatric hospitals, meeting patients who have committed crimes - some horrifically violent - while suffering from severe mental illnesses. He talks to the clinicians entrusted with delivering the treatment it is hoped will one day lead to their reintegration back into society.

From Burger Bar to Gourmet Star

(Tuesday, Channel 4, 8.00 p.m.)

This should be fun. Fast-food chefs with no formal training are taught by some of Britain’s most refined chefs, before posing as seasoned professionals working in world-class kitchens. Let the food poisoning commence!