TV This Week: Executed| Secrets From The Clink

SECRETS OF THE CLINK: Michelle Collins. Pic: ITV
SECRETS OF THE CLINK: Michelle Collins. Pic: ITV
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Your pick of this week’s TV.


Long Lost Family (STV, 9pm)

SHEILA Thomas was just 17 when she fell pregnant, and turned to her family for help, little realising they would arrange for her daughter, Jacqueline, to be adopted. Now in her 60s and happily married, Sheila is still haunted by regrets and admits the reason she never had any more children was because she felt she didn’t deserve them after failing to fight to keep her daughter. But now she’s about to be given a chance to put some of that pain behind her...


Executed (STV, 9pm)

HALF a century since Peter Allen and Gwynne Evans became the last two men to be hanged in Britain, this documentary looks back on people sentenced to death in the UK. Fourteen years before Allen and Evans were executed, Londoner Timothy Evans of Notting Hill was sent to the gallows for the murder of his wife Beryl and baby daughter Geraldine.

Maureen Westlake, Timothy’s sister, is still tortured by the pain of injustice to this day.

She speaks about the tragedy of her innocent brother being fatally punished for killer John Christie’s crime.


Secrets From The Clink (STV, 9pm)

EX-SOAP queen Michelle Collins and Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman are among the familiar faces reflecting on their ancestors in the series which looks like a crime-based version of genealogy show, Who Do You Think You Are?

The former EastEnders and Coronation Street star visits Covent Garden’s Monmouth Street, and is amazed to discover that when her ancestor, Thomas Bright, had his umbrella-making workshop there, it was on the fringes of one of London’s worst slums.


Kids With Cameras: Diary Of A Children’s Ward (STV, 9pm)

FLY on the wall documentaries are ten a penny these days, so it’s good to see one that comes from a slightly different angle.

Rather than being filmed by adults, it’s the children themselves who have shot the footage used in this programme about life at the Great North Children’s Hospital.


Boomers (BBC One, 9pm)

RICHARD Pinto’s Boomers takes an affectionate look at three sixty-something couples living in Thurnemouth, Norfolk, following their ups and downs in their marriages, and their attitudes towards retirement.


Tumble (BBC One, 6.30pm)

ALEX Jones presents Tumble.

Tonight, five celebrities and their pro partners will do acrobatic floor routines and the remaining five will perform on the aerial hoop. The judges will score the celebrities out of a maximum of 10.


The Village (BBC One, 9pm)

PHEOBE plucks up courage to send Bert a letter asking him to meet her and, although the letter goes astray, she and Bert begin a tentative relationship. She asks him to take her to the opening night of Hankin’s new dancehall on Saturday.