Britain’s Best Home Cook

BBC 1, 8pm

MEAT and two veg – it’s the staple meal of many families and has been for many a moon. Some might suggest it’s bland and boring, but clearly they have

never tasted the dishes served up by those remaining in this competition. They have been asked to prepare the perfect roast accompanied by potatoes and at least two other vegetables, and the judges have their own individual ideas on what makes such a meal work. Keeping them all happy won’t be easy. Once the tasting is over, the competitors discover the key ingredient in the next round.

The Horne Section Television Programme, Dave, 9pm

TASKMASTER star Alex Horne and his five-piece jazz band, The Horne Section, have already hosted three successful series of their own show on BBC Radio 4 and enjoyed numerous sold-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Now this special two-hour variety show, recorded at the London Palladium, sees them showcase their signature combination of free-wheeling live music and comedy in front of the TV cameras. It also features guest performances from Nadine Coyle and Sara Pascoe.

The Trouble with M&S

Channel 5, 9pm

IN 1884, Polish refugee Michael Marks opened a market stall in Leeds. Seven years later, he invited Yorkshire bookkeeper Tom Spencer to become his business partner – and a brand was born. Over the next century, Marks and Spencer, or M&S, became known for their high-quality goods and became a byword for class and respectability. However, in recent years, it has suffered. Suddenly, the public were less concerned about quality and more about price, leading to the rise in popularity of budget stores and online transactions. On the eve of the publication of M&S’s 2018 report, Fiona Phillips speaks to shoppers and former staff members who give their opinions on how this famous firm can improve its fortunes amid all

the turmoil.