TV This week: Comic Relief| Masterchef

Comic Relief. Pic: BBC

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Your pick of this week’s TV

MONDAY

Bluestone 42 (BBC Three, 10pm)

IN this opening episode, the team are trapped in hostile territory after an IED explosion hits their mastiff, and the members are torn between waiting it out or risking an ambush to get back to safety.

Meanwhile, Bird has to step up to lead the unit, while trying to deal with her unresolved feelings for Nick.

TUESDAY

Masterchef (BBC One, 9pm)

FOR this year’s series, hundreds of hopefuls volunteered, so for the 40 who made it through, it’s safe to say their work is well and truly cut out.

Look out for this series’ twist on the infamous Invention Test - the hopefuls are given the main ingredient from one dish, as well as access to the MasterChef larder, to create a brand new recipe which they hope will sway the judges and earn them a place in the next round.

WEDNESDAY

Filming My Father: In Life And Death (Channel 5, 7pm)

Motor neurone disease - also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease - has been in the news a lot over the past year.

But although it may have made the headlines, many of us still struggle to imagine what it must be like to actually live with motor neurone disease. This moving documentary is here to give us a fresh insight.

Steve Isaac was a fit 51-year-old father of three when he was diagnosed with the condition and given just two years to live. This film, which features footage shot by his son Fraser, follows the effect of the diagnosis on him and his family.

THURSDAY

Cucumber (Channel 4, 9pm)

IN the final slice of Cucumber, everyone gets caught up in Henry’s grand scheme, and life appears to be perfect. But only Freddie realises the truth. As past events catch up with them all, Henry reaches out to family, friends and lovers in order to survive.

FRIDAY

Comic Relief - Face The Funny (BBC One, 7pm)

DAVINA McCall, Lenny Henry and David Walliams can sleep well of an evening - after all they’re certainly no strangers to rolling back their sleeves and mucking in with whatever charity work is required of them.

In fact, if it’s a dull and cloudy night outside tonight, that’s because all the stars - anyone and everyone - are turning out for a night of celebrity performances, comedy sketches and charity challenges for this year’s Comic Relief to raise money for disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa.

SATURDAY

Casualty: Toxic Relationships (BBC One, 9.20pm)

A COUPLE risk losing their baby when traces of amphetamines are found in mother and baby’s urine sample. Their neighbour Mike is brought into the emergency department with burns, following an explosion in his meth lab.

The team is overworked and Connie and Rita continue to argue. Rita starts a work to rule - telling the nursing staff to only do tasks which are specifically in their job description, and decline any other requests, while Cal steals money from Ethan for Taylor’s charity.

SUNDAY

Poldark (BBC One, 9pm)

WHEN the local mine Wheal Reath is closed, hundreds of miners, including Jim (Alexander Arnold), find themselves out of work and desperately poor.

Ross (Aidan Turner), having repaired the family home of Nampara, now employs Jim as a farm-hand, and thinks to resurrect his family’s mine (Wheal Leisure) with the hope of bringing prosperity to the area again. Also starring Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza (pictured, left)