ATV Today Editor Doug Lambert looks at the highlights from the world of TV for Tuesday, September 25th, across the beeb, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky and Netflix.

One to Watch: Later Live… with Jools Holland, 10pm, BBC Two

Joining Jools on the first show of this new series are five artists, all making their own debuts on the show. From London, Jess Glynne, who this year became the first British female solo artist to have seven number one singles in the UK. She’ll be performing tracks from her upcoming second album Always In Between which is the follow up to her massive-selling 2015 debut I Cry When I Laugh.

From Bristol, blistering intelligent punk from five-piece Idles, whose social commentary and sparky live performances have earned them rave reviews and a top-five slot for their second LP, Joy As An Act Of Resistance.

Back together since their last record 16 years ago are synthpop duo and stars of the 1980s charts Soft Cell. Singer Marc Almond and producer Dave Ball perform on the show in the week of their farewell concert at the O2 Arena and will be performing a new track as well as a classic or two from their haul of top 10 hits.

South London R&B singer Ella Mai is still relatively unknown here in the UK, but last month she became the first British artist to top the US R&B charts since Lisa Stansfield in 1992. Now based in LA, where she is signed to hip-hop heavyweight DJ Mustard’s 10 Summers label, she’ll be making her debut on the show performing her sleeper smash Boo’d Up.

Completing the line-up is the prolific and gifted songwriter and one of the great storytellers Ralph McTell who is now celebrating more than 50 years on the road. Known for his virtuoso guitar style, Ralph made his debut in 1968 with the album Eight Frames A Second, and in 1974 his timeless track Streets of London earned him an Ivor Novello Award. He’ll be performing his track West 4th & Jones Street, which is based on the iconic cover of Bob Dylan’s Freewheelin’.

Other artists set to perform during the series include Muse, Jungle, Laurel, Interpol, Sigrid, Joe Bonamassa, Neneh Cherry and Paul Weller.

Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild, 9.15pm, Channel 5

Returning for his seventh series, adventurer Ben Fogle sets off to meet more people who have turned their back on the rat race and set up home in some of the most remote locations on Earth.

Over eight episodes, Ben joins a variety of brave individuals who chose to venture down a very alternative life path. He is hoping to discover the reality of leaving it all behind— is it daring or just downright crazy? In the first episode, Ben journeys to the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas, USA to live with master craftsman Robert.

He learns why this 70-year-old former medical student ditched education for America’s counterculture 20 years ago, bought 200 acres of land deep in the woods, and raised a family of six children.

The Great British Bake Off – Spice Week, 8pm, Channel 4

It’s Spice Week in the nations favourite cookery tent. Of course, it means a bitter end for at least one of the remaining bakers who won’t be able to spice things up enough as the contest continues.

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are turning up the heat with a classic teatime favourite Signature. There’s a Technical that’s one of the toughest of the series so far, as the bakers are tested with a tricky Arabian pastry. And, finally, they take on a fiddly Showstopper that promises to be anything but light work. Three challenges. Three chances to win star baker. Three chances to avoid leaving the tent.

Maniac, now streaming on Netflix

Set in a world somewhat like our world, in a time quite similar to our time, Maniac tells the stories of Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill), two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons.

Annie’s disaffected and aimless, fixated on broken relationships with her mother and her sister; Owen, the fifth son of wealthy New York industrialists, has struggled his whole life with a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia. Neither of their lives have turned out quite right, and the promise of a new, radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment—a sequence of pills its inventor, Dr. James K. Mantleray (Justin Theroux), claims can repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak—draws them and ten other strangers to the facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial that will, they’re assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently. Things do not go as planned.

Treasures of the British Library, 8pm, Sky Arts

The British Library is home to more than 150 million items, including books, magazines, manuscripts, maps, music scores, newspapers, patents, databases, prints, drawings and sound recordings. Now award-winning actor and Bond villain Andrew Scott has the chance to find six items from this vast collection that tap into different themes from his life and career.

Varying inspirations come from stage and screen and he is immediately drawn to the official censor’s report for John Osborne’s play Look Back in Anger. When this fiery
work was first staged in the 1950s, plays had to pass inspection by the Lord Chamberlain’s office, and their conservative reaction is recorded in the files here. Andrew then turns to Hamlet – the British Library has one of only two surviving first printed editions of the play – before perusing Sir Laurence Olivier’s school reports and early appointment diaries.

Then sketches by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci intensify Andrew’s love of life drawing before his interest in the relationship between Britain and Ireland leads him to a beautiful but controversial medieval manuscript. Finally, Andrew tracks down a true wonder from a great hero of his – Oscar Wilde’s original De Profundis letter, written during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol to Lord Alfred Douglas.

The Martin Lewis Money Show Live – Christmas Countdown, 8pm, ITV, STV and UTV

We know, its only September. And that’s why for those of you who don’t like hearing the C-word so early we’ve saved the festive offering until last. For those who like to plan well ahead for the big December date then The Martin Lewis Money Show returns with an hour-long live special, in which ITV’s financial guru will show how to prepare for Christmas without breaking the bank.

Those worried you’ll be hearing hymns, and see endless amonts of tinsel need not worry Martin says this is definately a show about preparation not an early celebration.

He says with the big day exactly three months away, it’s the optimum time to plan for a financially savvy festive season. Whether it’s getting extra money in your bank account or finding out where the very best deals are to be found, he says he has got it covered. With the help of co-presenter Angellica Bell and his team in the live studio, Martin is aiming to start the countdown to Christmas and save viewers a sleigh-load of cash

Martin Lewis helps you plan for Christmas, ITV at 8pm
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