Telly Today September 21st: ingenious architectural solutions

ATV Today Editor Doug Lambert looks at the highlights from the world of TV for Friday, September 21st, as the weekend nears does the TV become even more worth watching?

One to Watch: A Discovery of Witches, 9pm, Sky One

Matthew’s struggling to control his Diana cravings and so takes himself off to his daemon pal Hamish’s place for some hunting By doing so, he leaves Diana to face up to her enemies alone.

And that includes powerful witch Peter Knox (Owen Teale), who’s desperate for her to resummon the book. Diana doesn’t trust him. At all. And her hunch proves right when he sends another witch to scare her.

Meanwhile, there’s a beautiful vampire on the prowl in Venice. She’s long been obsessed with Matthew and her feelings are stirred when she spots a French tourist. What happens next will land her in big trouble with her bloodsucking boss, Gerbert (Trevor Eve).

Nappily Ever After, streaming from today, on Netflix

In Nappily Ever After, Violet Jones (Sanaa Lathan) has a seemingly perfect life — a high-powered job, an eligible doctor boyfriend and a meticulously maintained, flawless coiffure. But after a life-changing event doesn’t go according to her plan, and a hair-raising incident at the hairdresser, her life begins to unravel. Eventually, Violet realizes that she was living the life she thought she was supposed to live, not the one she really wanted.

Nappily Ever After stars Sanaa Lathan, who also serves as a producer alongside Tracey Bing, Jared LeBoff and Marc Platt. Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, and written by Adam Brooks and Cee Marcellus, the film also stars Ricky Whittle, Lyriq Bent, Ernie Hudson and Lynn Whitfield. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Trisha R Thomas.

Ancient Invisible Cities with Michael Scott, 9pm, BBC Two

Michael Scott takes us on an extraordinary journey to uncover the hidden and invisible treasures of Istanbul. Michael discovers layer upon layer of history here, from the Greeks and Romans to the Ottoman Empire. Using spectacular laser scans, he brings the city’s tumultuous history to life in the Hagia Sophia. Built by the Romans as a Christian Cathedral, it has survived earthquakes, riots, sieges and conquest. It later became a mosque and is now a museum. Using scans and virtual reality, he reveals the ingenious architectural solutions that enabled this awe-inspiring church to survive 1,500 years of turmoil.

Michael also goes in search of the mighty city built by the Roman emperor Constantine – Constantinople. He comes across a few surprises on the way. The Hippodrome began as a massive stadium for chariot racing, but its foundations were later converted into a huge water cistern to supply the Emperor’s Great Palace. He wades through its foul smelling water and uses scans and computer graphics to reveal its place within the Hippodrome’s structure

Gogglebox, 9pm, Channel 4

From a seemingly hilarous name, to an older man with fabulous pubes, the Goggleboxers take in Naked Attraction. Their reactions are a joy in this edition of the Craig Cash narrated series. Britain’s sharpest armchair critics also share more of their insightful, passionate and sometimes emotional critiques of the week’s biggest and best shows, including This Morning, The X Factor, Bodyguard, Monkman & Seagull’s Genius Guide to Britain, Panorama: Inside No 10: Deal or No Deal?, Stacey Dooley: Face to Face with Armageddon, and The Circle.

Caught on Camera, 7pm, Channel 5

After a complex police operation, a drug smuggler is caught on camera with £12million worth of narcotics in his car. Plus, a look inside one of the UK’s busiest CCTV centres. Presented by Nick Wallis.

Inside The Ambulance, 10pm, W (UKTV)

The paramedics of the West Midlands Ambulance Service are sent out to help an unconscious man who has overdosed on heroin, and a schoolboy who has had a seizure.

UKTV’s channel W goes back Inside the Ambulance tonight.
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