This week’s TV highlights


On Saturday

Scotland: In the Wild, My Life (C4, 6pm).

In Africa, a place populated by a wide variety of incredible wildlife, Hamza Yassin was born. The cinematographer and photographer, however, prefers to capture the creatures that reside in Scotland, his adopted country. He lives on the beautiful west coast and finds plenty of inspiration for his work on his doorstep when he’s not playing in the Highland Games. He takes the audience on a tour of one of his favorite locations, the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, where he captures animals such as red deer, pine martens, sea eagles and puffins during the course of the summer. You’ll be amazed at some of the sights that Yasmin has captured on his camera, perhaps encouraging you to explore your local landscape as well.

Live Rugby Union Heineken Champions Cup (Channel 4, 12:30pm).

With a home match against Clermont Auvergne at Ashton Gate, the Bristol Bears begin their 2020/21 European campaign. The Bears won their first European trophy in October when, in the Challenge Cup final in Aix-en-Provence, they beat French side Toulon 32-19. Director of Rugby Pat Lam’s side, however, is facing a tough test today against another French side. This competition has been won by Clermont Auvergne three times, most recently in 2017. With commentary by Miles Harrison and reports by Ed Jackson from the sidelines.

Dancing Strictly Come (BBC1, 7pm).

This year, it went frighteningly fast, but we’re still in the semi-finals. Fans would probably agree that it was a good competition with fewer lame ducks than usual; Caroline Quentin, who was eliminated in Week 5 in previous years, would certainly have expected to last longer, but she bowed out instead, despite performing alongside partner Johannes Radebe, a creditable and cheeky Cha Cha Cha Cha. It would be sad to leave her and the others who have already been eliminated from the competition, but whoever is eliminated tonight will be disheartened – it must be devastating to have come this far and not make it to the finals. As the pros push their celebs to their limits, expect some extraordinary routines – no one wants to miss out on the chance to win the Glitterball trophy.

Princess Alice: Biggest Secret to The Royals (C5, 8:35 p.m.).

Have you ever heard of Battenberg’s Princess Alice? If you’re a royalist or a typical “The Crown,” audience, the answer to that question is possibly no – but after this eye-opening and fascinating documentary, that should change. Not to be confused with the second daughter of Queen Victoria, who was called Princess Alice as well. She was Prince Philip’s mother and lived an exceptional life that included being born deaf, being treated for schizophrenia by Sigmund Freud, establishing an order of nuns in Greece and staying at the Palace of Buckingham.

The Jonathan Ross Exhibition (STV, 9:30 p.m.).

There should be plenty of laughs this week as two of Britain’s biggest comedy talents guest on Jonathan Ross. David Walliams may have found success in Little Britain, but he’s as well known as a British Got Talent judge and as a children’s book author these days as he is for anything else. He will no doubt advertise his most recent work, Code Name Bananas, as well as talk about his other new ventures. Micky Flanagan reveals what he’s been up to lately and what his future plans are. Robbie Williams and the rapper Megan Thy Stallion are making music.

On Sunday

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing for Christmas (BBC2, 8:10 p.m.).

Even those who have never picked up a fishing rod in their lives and have no plans to ever do so love this program as much as people who enjoy spending hours on the riverbank or lake. It is gentle, sometimes a little dumb, and a lot of fun. The good news is that it has already ordered a fourth season and will air next year. The best pals have a festive surprise in store for viewers until then – it’s also unique for Bob Mortimer, since it brings him back to his Middlesbrough roots. He spends his time fishing on the Esk and Tees River with Paul Whitehouse, hoping to capture an elusive, glorious grayling. Bob is still trying to prove to Paul that there really is still the Ghost of Christmas – and that could prove more difficult than landing some fish.

Des O’Connor: The Entertainer Supreme (STV, 9 p.m.).

In several times, he’s been the butt of Morecambe and Wise’s jokes, as well as of


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