TV preview: A date with Steve Carell

Steve Carrell with Tina Fey in Date Night. Picture: complimentary
Steve Carrell with Tina Fey in Date Night. Picture: complimentary
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All American funnyman Steve Carell, best known for The US version of The Office and a string of hit movies, is the star gusest on Graham Norton’s weekly chat show tonight.

The Graham Norton Show BBC1, 10.35pm

Early Life: Steven John Carell was born August 16, 1962, in Concord, Massachusetts, to an Italian-American family (their original surname, Carselli, was shortened by his grandfather). His father was an electrical engineer, his mother a psychiatric nurse. Carell studied at an all-boys private institution. After graduating from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, he honed his performing skills with Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe.

Career: During the 1990s he taught an improvisational comedy class, wrote for The Dana Carvey Show and was one of the correspondents on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He impressed critics with supporting roles in Bruce Almighty and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

In 2005, he co-wrote and starred in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which thrust him into the mainstream. He also shone in Little Miss Sunshine and turned the US version of British sitcom The Office into a massive hit. Since then he has starred in the likes of Dan in Real Life, Get Smart and Date Night. He left The Office in 2011 to concentrate on movies.

Love Life: Carell has been married to actress Nancy Walls since 1995. They own a general store in Massachusetts and have two children, Elisabeth and John.

Don’t Mention: His flop 2007 comedy Evan Almighty. It cost $175million to make and failed to make its money back at the worldwide box office.

Quote: “I have no idea where my pathetic nature comes from. If I thought about it too long, it would depress me.”

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Forensic Firsts Yesterday, 9pm

Fans of TV drama Dexter will love this strand, which traces the origins of six key forensic investigative techniques: DNA profiling; fingerprints; skeletal secrets; insect evidence; toxicology; and the science of the gunshot.

The first episode examines the science behind blood splatter.

Bloodstain analysis is a key factor in investigating any violent crime, but it wasn’t until the 1950s, when the Sam Sheppard case made headlines around the world, that it became a key weapon in the forensic arsenal.

From that case to a mysterious body found in the desert near Las Vegas, this instalment examines how bloodstain pattern analysis uses scientific principles to reveal the sequence of events during a bloody murder.

Forensic Firsts also features innovators like Lenoarde Keeler, designer of the portable polygraph, and Calvin Goddard, father of modern ballistics, who solved the case of the St Valentine’s Day Massacre and was one of the founders of America’s first ballistics lab.

Would I Lie To You? BBC1, 8.30pm

Olympic gold-winning long jumper Greg Rutherford MBE from Milton Keynes appears on his third edition of Would I Lie to You? He will be pitting his wits against Scottish broadcaster and journalist Kirsty Young, actress and writer Joanna Scanlan and German comedian Henning When as they try to pull the wool over their opponents’ eyes.

As ever, Rob Brydon takes charge, while David Mitchell and Lee Mack are the team captains.

Eddie Stobbart: Trucks And Trailers Five, 8pm

It’s the end of the road for this latest series, but work still needs to be done. Among the drivers is Tim Fox, on a biomass delivery, which begins in Cumbria and should end at a power station in Scotland. But when the walking floor trailer develops a mechanical fault, it looks like the job might have to be called off. Matt Elkins has a shorter journey on the Friday run around London, but if the lights go against him, it could be a very long day behind the wheel. Meanwhile, head of fleet David Cox is in Sweden looking at a new tractor unit.