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What’s on the box this week.

Monday

Fresh Meat (Channel, 10pm)

Anyone who has been a fresher will still cringe at those embarrassing getting-to-know-you memories from their student house, which is probably why this sitcom has struck such a chord.

As the series continues, JP (Jack Whitehall) is desperate to win Sam (Hannah Britland) back, especially as she is giving him a wide berth for cheating in the quiz. So he thinks the best way of gaining favour is by signing up for a medical drugs trial he knows she’ll be attending. Plagued by guilt, Kingsley (Joe Thomas) thinks that might also be the best place to confess to Josie (Kimberley Nixon) that he two-timed her...

Tuesday

Imagine - Hitler, The Tiger And Me (BBC One, 10.35pm)

The eye-catching title of this week’s edition of Imagine is a fairly accurate summation of the extraordinary life of Judith Kerr. The author and illustrator, who turned 90 earlier this year, has created the hugely popular children’s books Mog and The Tiger Who Came to Tea, as well as the semi-autobiographical novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. Here, Alan Yentob takes her back to her birthplace in Berlin - her family was forced to flee Germany when she was just nine after her writer father criticised the Nazis. She also talks about her life and career, and visits the London kitchen that provided the setting for one of her best-loved works. Fellow writers Lauren Child, Michael Morpurgo and Michael Rosen are among the contributors.

Wednesday

Backchat with Jack Whitehall and his Dad (BBC Three, 10pm)

In the sitcom Bad Education, Jack Whitehall’s father was played by Harry Enfield. But as the first episode of this chat show proved, his real-life dad Michael, is also something of a comedy character in his own right.

Not that Whitehall Sr is a complete showbiz novice after years as a theatrical agent. This evening’s guests, Match of the Day’s Gary Lineker and Geordie Shore regulars Holly Hagan, Marnie Simpson and Scott Timlin,should brace themselves for some left-field questions.

Thursday

Legacy (BBC Two, 9pm)

For anyone too young to remember the 1970s, it wasn’t just a time of flares, disco and Space Hoppers.

In 1974, Britain was also in the middle of a Cold War, and contending with the three-day week industrial strife and petrol rationing - and it’s against that background that this thriller plays out.

Actor Charlie Cox plays MI6 trainee Charles Thoroughgood. It looks like Charles is going to be in the centre of the action when his bosses discover he has a very useful name in his old address book - during his university years, he was friendly with Russian diplomat Viktor Koslov (Andrew Scott). Now British Intelligence thinks it would be a good idea if Charles got back in touch to see if he could be ‘turned’. But Viktor has his own agenda, as well as inside information about the spy’s family that threatens to ruin the agent both personally and professionally.

Also starring Romola Garai.

Friday

Blues America (BBC Four, 9pm)

“The Blues is one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century,” enthuses narrator Huey Morgan.

This documentary examines a genre that started life as a form of black pop, witnessing how Bessie Smith, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Charlie Patton used the latest media to bring their sound to the public.

What began as a musical art form for Depression-era America was later adapted by the Rolling Stones and other more mainstream bands.

As we see here, it was music that could be celebrated by presidents and prisoners alike.

Keith Richards, Taj Mahal and Chuck D add their thoughts on the subject.

Saturday

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (Channel 4, 7.05pm)

With Clark Gregg reprising his role as resurrected Agent Phil Coulson, the writer/director has become one of Hollywood’s most unlikely leading men over the past five years. Coulson and his Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are haunted by a mysterious force that threatens to destroy them all, and only a deeply hidden secret from May’s past can save the team.

Sunday

Homeland (Channel 4, 9pm)

In episode nine, Horse And Wagon, Carrie (Claire Daines) reunites with Brody (Damian Lewis) under extremely difficult circumstances; Saul (Mandy Patinkin) gets a win from an unlikely source, and Dana (Morgan Saylor) grapples with her new life away from home.