TV This week: Storyville| Hebburn| Poirot

Children in Need. Pic: BBC
Children in Need. Pic: BBC
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Your round-up of this week’s highlights.


Storyville: Hotel Folly: Folie a Deux (BBC Four, 10pm)

HELEN Heraty, a mother of seven, along with her new partner, risked everything to convert 72-room York mansion Gray’s Court into a hotel.

It’s one of the most historic houses in the country. Cameras charted the ups and downs of her labour of love for five years. It reveals the human cost of the mortgage crisis as Helen begs for bank loans to cover the cost of renovations, while clashing with neighbours over the rights to the courtyard.


Hebburn (BBC Two, 10pm)

Last autumn, Hebburn established itself as one of the brightest new sitcoms of the year. Set in a small town on the River Tyne, son Jack (Chris Ramsey) had secretly married middle-class Jewish girl Sarah (Kimberley Nixon, pictured right) in Las Vegas, and brought her home to his family, headed by Joe (Jim Moir, aka Vic Reeves) and Pauline (Gina McKee).

Now the Pearson clan return, and they deal with the aftermath of Joe’s stroke. While Pauline throws herself into her first proper job in years to support her family, Jack and Sarah, and his ex, Denise, are expecting kids of their own.


Agatha Christie’s Poirot (STV, 8pm)

AFTER more than two decades with virtually no signs of on-screen ageing, Poirot is succumbing to a life-threatening heart condition that has left him looking frail, and his signature walking stick has been replaced with a wheelchair due to his crippling arthritis.

But while the sleuth’s knees may not be what they were, it’s clear his ‘little grey cells’ remain as agile as ever when he summons his old friend Hastings back to Styles, the rambling country house where they first met 30 years earlier.


Breathless (STV, 9pm)

THE stylish 1960s-set drama following staff in a London hospital’s gynaecology department draws to a close this week. In the finale, everyone is brought together via a hospital fundraiser and beauty pageant. While raucous doctors jeer and heckle at reluctant nurses parading in their swimwear, Elizabeth (Natasha Little) continues to keep her problems with Mulligan from Otto (Jack Davenport, left).


Children In Need 2013 (BBC One, 7.30pm)

YES, it’s that time of year again when the BBC attempts to persuade the Great British public to part with its hard-earned cash. Look Out For: a dance extravaganza featuring the cast of EastEnders, a very special edition of Room 101, and musical performances from the likes of Tinie Tempah, JLS, One Direction and Ellie Goulding, singer of this year’s CIN single, How Long Will I Love You.

It’s also been revealed that a Doctor Who special will appear.


Atlantis (BBC One, 8pm)

CHARGED with escorting a valuable cargo across the desert, the gang travels into the unknown with a ramshackle caravan of strangers. It isn’t long before their journey takes a decidedly spooky turn; after spending a night in a temple dedicated to The Furies, it soon becomes clear that someone among their number has something to hide.


Strictly Come Dancing - Results (BBC One, 7.15pm)

CLAUDIA Winkleman and Tess Daly return to the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom to present the results of Saturday night’s spectacular.