TV This Week: DCI Banks| Casualty| Poldark

Elizabeth Quinn (MYANNA BURING), Tommy Barrett (JULIAN RHIND TUTT), James Freeman (RUSSELL TOVEY) in Banished. Pic: BBC
Elizabeth Quinn (MYANNA BURING), Tommy Barrett (JULIAN RHIND TUTT), James Freeman (RUSSELL TOVEY) in Banished. Pic: BBC
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Your pick of this week’s TV.


The Gadget Show (Channel 5, 7pm)

TECHNOLOGY moves so quickly these days that it sometimes feels as if taking your eye off the ball for a second could leave you lagging behind for years. Jason Bradbury and Amy Williams go head-to-head in a bid to invent the next big thing in gadgets, and come up with two very ingenious devices.


Drugs Live: Cannabis On Trial (Channel 4, 10pm)

FOLLOWING on from 2012’s Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial, this scientific programme attempts to find out the truth behind the headlines once more.

In this trial, volunteers will be taking skunk, hash and placebo under controlled, laboratory conditions, while undergoing rigorous testing including MRI scans.


DCI Banks (STV, 9pm)

SET in Yorkshire, the crime drama inspired by Peter Robinson’s best-selling novels is back for a new run.

The opening case involves the murder of an Estonian woman who was buried alive on a piece of waste ground. She had come to Britain to search for her missing sister who was working as a prostitute, and suspicion falls on the autistic son of her driver.


Banished (BBC Two, 9pm)

THIS seven-part series is set in 1788, in the camp occupied by the first British convicts transported to Australia. In the first episode, Elizabeth Quinn (MyAnna Buring) is in trouble for being caught out of her dormitory. Meanwhile, James Freeman (Russell Tovey) discovers his already meagre food ration has been stolen, but given that the thief is the camp’s indispensable blacksmith, will anyone stand up for him


Artsnight (BBC Two, 11pm)

THE BBC launches Artsnight, a new four-part cultural magazine series, for which various famous faces will each guest edit.

First, Silk and The Village actress Maxine Peake takes the reins, as she celebrates voices marginalised by mainstream culture, talking to Sleaford Mods and celebrating the work of Shelagh Delaney.


Casualty (BBC One, 9.30pm)

LILY convinces a wife to be honest with her husband that she doesn’t want a baby anymore and therefore doesn’t want to continue with IVF.

Rita helps a man change his stubborn attitude after he refuses to tell people he has a neurological disease as he doesn’t want to appear weak, and he later purposefully eats something before surgery, which forces the surgeons to postpone.


Poldark (BBC One, 9pm)

ROSS Poldark (Aidan Turner) joins the army to avoid charges of smuggling. He goes to fight in the American War of Independence, leaving behind his sweetheart, Elizabeth (Heida Reed), with the promise that he will return soon. Three years later, wounded and scarred, Ross returns home to discover that his father has died, his estate is in ruins and Elizabeth is set to marry his cousin Francis (Kyle Soller).