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Must-see, must-hear – your viewing and listening highlights


WITH the autumn TV and radio schedules announced, TCWDF’s critic casts his eye over the new offerings and selects ‘six of the best’.

Starmer KC

Compelling courtroom dramas are few and far between, but this gripping new series will have you hooked from episode one.

Set in Lincoln’s Inn, where the eponymous barrister makes his first appearance, you know that this series is something special.  With his stylish suits and coiffure, Starmer KC is no ordinary law practitioner.

From his singing the National Anthem every morning at his desk, to his perplexing mantra ‘a man is a woman and a woman a man’, this KC is very much a maverick who doesn’t play by the rules.

Tough and uncompromising but hiding a troubled past, this legal eagle is there for the ‘underdog’. Seemingly unwinnable cases are turned round by a combination of forensic research and a mastery of his brief. A consummate courtroom performer who lives on his nerves, juggling the demands of the Law Courts with a chaotic home life, he finds solace in Jim Reeves songs and indulging his passion for embroidery.

Episode 1: The Liverpool Connection

DI Truss

Unassuming Detective Inspector Liz Truss finds herself thrust into the macho world of city policing when she is drafted into a male-dominated West End police station. Faced with hostile sexism from her team, and a cynical Chief Inspector, this former rural officer faces an uphill struggle to gain respect from her squad.

Armed only with a disarming smile and an obsession at getting to the truth, can she win over her colleagues and solve several grisly crimes? With her trademark blue twin-set and pearls and catchphrase ‘That. Is. A. Dis-grace’ this savvy sleuth looks sure to be a ratings winner for winter.

Episode 1: The big giveaway

Angela the Angel

Big-heartednurse Angela Rayner has found employment in the maternity unit of a large NHS Trust hospital. Faced with an impossible workload, staff shortages and a backdrop of swingeing ‘Tory’ cuts, this angel in uniform pulls out all the stops to deliver her patients the best possible care she can.

With her no-nonsense manner and occasionally salty language, this flame-haired, chain-smoking maternity matriarch doesn’t shy away from confronting overbearing consultants and meddling management in her non-stop effort to ‘be the best’.

Look out for a guest appearance from daytime TV favourite Andy Burnham in Episode 1 – A Staffordshire Scandal.

Cooking with Kwarsi

With winter just around the corner this one-off couldn’t have come at a better time. Larger than life and with an irrepressible sense of humour, this culinary wizard will inspire even the most reluctant cook back into the kitchen.

With an emphasis on cost-cutting and energy-saving, Kwarsi will lift the lid on delicious recipes such as chickpea sandwich, bonfire brioche, pan-fried lettuce, slow-cooked turnip and for special occasions, the French classic, haricots en sauce tomate sûr pain-grillé.

Britain’s favourite dishcloth

TV producers have been slow to recognise the growing interest across the UK in the humble dishcloth. Why this quintessentially ‘British’ staple has been ignored for so long is something of a mystery.

Thankfully, this engaging new six-parter promises to inform and entertain, and not before time.

Are microfibre cloths better than cotton? Should cloths be left to dry on the draining board? How often should they be washed? Are colours important in a sink-based environment? Can there ever be a role for paper towels?

All this and more, plus in the final episode, celebrities talk candidly about their relationships with dishcloths and kitchen hygiene.

In the Psychiatrist’s Chair

Episode 1:

The Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change and Net Zero, Ed Miliband, talks about the myriad benefits of Net Zero – a truly compelling programme.

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Alexander McKibbin
Alexander McKibbin
Alexander McKibbin is a retired media executive who worked across domestic and international media.

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