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Messages Home: Lost Films of the British Army, Top Gear, Room 101…tonight’s TV highlights

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Sunday, June 26

The Wine Show (ITV4, 6.20pm)

Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys continue their globe-trotting adventures with a visit Verona, the cultured city straddling the Adige river in Veneto, northern Italy, which is best known for famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Meanwhile, Amelia Singer takes up the challenge, of attempting to convert Joe Fattorini to drinking port. Finally, California-born chef Niki Nakayama, who specializes in modern Japanese kaiseki cuisine, prepares a dish to go with her favourite sake.

Penelope Keith at Her Majesty’s Service (C4, 7pm)

The actress concludes her journey with a trip to the Queen’s royal residences in Wales and exploring the regal links, including ceremonial investitures, Pembrokeshire corgis and the Royal harpist. She pays a visit to Caernarfon Castle, where Prince Charles was invested as Prince of Wales in 1969, and the Royal Mint, as well as Aberfan in the valleys of south-west Wales, which was the site of a disastrous coal mining accident in 1966. On her travels, she meets champion dog breeders and is serenaded by two male voice choirs. Last in the series.

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Gregory Porter & Ellie Goulding at Glastonbury 2016 (BBC4, 8pm)

Trevor Nelson and Clara Amfo introduce coverage of two of this evening’s performances from the Pyramid Stage on the final night of this year’s festival. First up, is American jazz vocalist, songwriter and actor, Porter who won the 2014 Grammy for best jazz vocal album for his LP Liquid Spirit. Then, Hereford-born pop star, Goulding performs some of her hits including Starry Eyed, Your Song, Anything Could Happen, Burn, How Long Will I Love You and the smash single from the 50 Shades of Grey movie, Love Me like You Do.

Messages Home: Lost Films of the British Army (C4, 8pm)

Created to mark the 70th anniversary of VJ last year, this extraordinary documentary was originally shown to the surviving Second World War veterans who feature in it, as well as their families. The servicemen had been filmed while stationed in the Far East as they recorded messages for their loved ones back home. These short clips were designed to offer comfort to those at home, as well as propaganda – all feature happy, smiling men apparently having the time of their lives. Among the stories included is that of a woman who never met her father but gets to see him on screen for the first time, and the family of a special operations unit member who refused to tell his relatives how he had won a medal and always claimed he’d spent his time in the catering corp.

Top Gear (BBC2, 8pm)

Chris Evans and Matt Le Blanc take a trip to Dingle to check out Rolls Royce’s new model the Dawn, and put it to the test to see if it can outperform one of the company’s most successful cars, the 1976 Cornishe. Rory Reid retraces a historic journey against the clock when he delivers a Jaguar F-type SVR to the Geneva Motor Show, while Chris Harris takes the the new BMW M2 for a test drive. Jennifer Saunders and The Great British Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood are this week’s Stars in a Rallycross Car.

Sacrifice (C5, 10pm)

Channel 5 isn’t well known for broadcasting one-off original dramas, so it comes as something of a surprise to see this offering popping up in the schedules, but it should provide a welcome break from the sport that is currently dominating our screens. Former Neighbours actress Radha Mitchell stars as ex-New York-based surgeon Tora Hamilton who, with her husband Duncan, moves to his ancestral home in the Shetland Islands, with hopes of putting her string of miscarriages behind her and adopting a child. However, matters take a bad turn when Tora unearths a female corpse buried in peat in the garden of their new home. She cannot let go of the mystery of what happened to the woman, especially since the authorities seemingly want the case to go away rather than solve it.

Room 101 – Extra Storage (BBC1, 10.30pm)

Frank Skinner returns with a new run of the comedy panel show in which three celebrities argue the case for having their pet hates banished for ever to the fictional room. The big names with an even bigger axe to grind are one-time Doctor Who and Broadchurch star David Tennant, veteran broadcaster Trevor McDonald, and actress, writer and comedian Aisling Bea. Among the things that get the trio’s back up are Sushi, flossing, pigeons, lateness and queuing. But which of them will make it into Room 101?


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