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A documentary finds out what happened to a musician convict whose fans included Stevie Wonder. Plus: Monkman and Seagull's Genius Adventures begins. Sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, Ike White spent his time inside writing songs with his fellow inmates until he was discovered by chance by the producer Jerry Goldstein and recorded the remarkable 1976 album Changin' Times. Stevie Wonder soon became a fan and petitioned for his release. This new series follows the fortunes of the British vets and volunteers who have relocated to South Africa to work in some of the world's biggest game reserves.
Monkman & Seagull's Genius Adventures Facebook Twitter Pinterest Monkman & Seagull's Genius Adventures. Photograph: Ryan McNamara/BBC/Label1 Television University Challenge brainboxes and best pals Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull team up once again, this time to explore the biggest innovations of the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era. First up: revolutions in time, textile manufacturing and more. All aboard the banter bus: Harry Redknapp and his team of well-upholstered football veterans return. They have been challenged to a return fixture against the German team they somehow vanquished last year.
Their partnership isn't exactly TV gold – a geeky version of Two Fat Ladies, say – but this is an interesting history lesson as they drive to Greenwich, home of John Harrison's 1759 marine chronometer that gave mariners an accurate longitude reading, and Derbyshire, where Richard Arkwright's machine allowed cotton textiles to be mass-produced. Harry's Heroes: Euro Having a Laugh (Photo: ITV) Harry's Heroes: Euro Having a Laugh "We done 'em last time, we'll do them again," says Harry Redknapp in this sequel to Harry's Heroes: The Full English, in which a team of middle-aged ex-England players from the "golden" 90s generation beat a similarly superannuated German side. Cue "bants and hijinks" to the tune of the Great Escape theme, as the likes of David Seaman, John Barnes and Paul Merson are joined by newcomers Teddy Sheringham and Vinnie Jones (despite having played for Wales) and head to the continent. With an escape and evasion exercise approaching, they face a brutal set of tasks to build resilience; including a dangerous "drown-proofing" military exercise and punishing races across land and water. 9pm, Sky Atlantic The HBO well-acted misery-fest starring Mark Ruffalo as two very different twins continues.
As Dominick attempts to navigate the continuing fallout of Thomas's actions (his schizophrenic twin hacked off his arm in a public library), he soon realises how difficult it will be to get his brother released from prison. Viewing guide, by Ben Dowell The Changin' Times of Ike White: Arena In the mid-1970s the musical prodigy Ike White was in prison serving a life sentence for first-degree murder after a botched robbery. His extraordinary musical ability had caught the attention of not only some serious record producers, but also the great Stevie Wonder, and from that good fortune came the brilliant 1976 album Changin' Times. The director Daniel Vernon's extraordinary film traces the life and times of this slippery and elusive man who never really found peace once he was released from jail in 1978. Harry's Heroes: Euro Having a Laugh is just one of the gems on today... Harry Redknapp and his 'boys' are back for a rematch in Harry's Heroes: Euro Having a Laugh on ITV, Vic Reeves co-hosts The Big Flower Fight on Netflix, and Monkman & Seagull go on Genius Adventures on BBC2. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV tonight. Our hand-selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include three TV shows, a film and the latest trending need-to-binge-on-now box set Keep up to date with the latest soap spoiler storylines on TV tonight with our daily soap synopsis For more information about what's on TV tonight see our TV Guide What's on TV tonight Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight… Best TV shows on TV tonight In this Bake Off for the green-fingered, 10 teams of two compete for the chance to create a garden sculpture at Kew Gardens, and the first round tasks them with building enormous insects decorated with plants and flowers. Vic Reeves and Natasia Demetriou host, but the stars of this show look like being judge and 'florist to the stars' Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht, and contestants Yan and Henck, whose outfits are truly remarkable. ★★★★ IM Harry's Heroes: Euro Having a Laugh, 9pm, ITV Harry Redknapp and his team of ex-England stars have been challenged to a rematch by their German rivals, but after piling on the pounds, they'll need to get match fit if they want to repeat 2019's heroics. This three-part series running over the next few nights is full of banter, but also has serious moments as the lads discuss life after football and confront ex-Liverpool defender Neil 'Razor' Ruddock, about his weight. Yet the highlight of the whole series could well be their match against a team of nudists in this opening episode! ★★★★ SMA Monkman & Seagull's Genius Adventures, 9pm, BBC2 It's legendary University Challenge contestants Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull (one-time rivals, now best pals) offering their 'genius guide' to Britain in the hope that we will become as clever as them. Exploring some of their favourite scientific inventions from the Industrial Revolution, and with Simon Callow narrating, history and science lessons should always be like this. Best box set to watch on TV tonight There's the chance to see Killing Eve star Jodie Comer in a more conventional role – as the younger woman who GP Gemma (Suranne Jones) is convinced her husband Simon (Bertie Carvel) is having an affair with in this compelling drama of a marriage falling apart. Best film to watch on TV tonight Whereas Nick Hornby's original novel was enjoyable but slight, this film takes on extra resonance with actors to flesh out the sketchy characters. Soaps on TV tonight If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… Don't miss Harry's Heroes: Euro Having a Laugh on TV tonight – can they beat Germany again? Not found anything you want to watch on TV tonight? Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window) Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window) Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window) Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window) Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window) Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) University Challenge legends Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull are embarking on a 'Genius Adventure', as they travel around Britain on a journey through time, exploring their favourite scientific breakthroughs from the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era – a period when scientific progress changed the world, and one that continues to influence the way we live today. Their adventures begin with the 18th century inventions that kick-started the Industrial Revolution and transformed our scientific understanding. First stop is 1759 and Greenwich – home to John Harrison's marine chronometer – eventual winner of the £20,000 Longitude Prize. Taking to the 'high seas' in a pedalo, our duo show how this marvellous machine transformed our navigation of the oceans. Travelling ten years on, they head to Derbyshire in 1769 and Richard Arkwright's water frame – a spinning machine that allowed cotton textiles to be mass-produced – supersizing Britain's economy. Next, they get up close and personal with James Watt's separate condenser, an unassuming invention that would be the biggest single improvement ever made to the world-transforming steam engine. Having explored how the Industrial Revolution began, the duo then travel north to the Scottish Highlands, to illustrate a momentous 1774 experiment to weigh the planet, before making a pit stop at the National Library to get their hands on the very first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica – the book that brought accessible knowledge to the masses. Moving on to 1774, their scientific odyssey takes them to Bowood House, Wiltshire, where they recreate Joseph Priestley's breakthrough experiments on gases in the very room where he discovered oxygen. Monkman and Seagull's penultimate stop is 1784 in Oxford, where they attempt to take to the skies in homage to the 18th century's hot air ballooning pioneers. Finally, they head to see a breakthrough that had a profound impact on British society – the world's first steam railway locomotive. Monkman and Seagull's Genius Adventures – Monday at 9.00pm on BBC Two.