Best on the Box: Highlights for Sunday 7th July.

One to Watch: The Wonderful World of Chocolate, Channel 5 at 7pm

The warnings featured in Roald Dahl’s tale of Willy Wonka may not have been heeded by the powers that be up in Channel 5’s commissioning towers, after a recent influx of sweet-tooth based countdowns and documentaries.

We’ve found the Nation’s Favourite Chocolate Bar and the Nation’s Favourite Biscuit as well as several other hip-increasing treats. While we wait for the Nation’s Favourite Fruit and the Nation’s Favourite Nut, Channel 5 tonight continue their series that chocolate lovers across the United Kindom will no doubt enjoy.

The Wonderful World of Chocolate documentary series reaches its third episode tonight. The show that takes us on a journey from the Dairy Milk to the Bounty and every memorable brand between. The history charting show brings us the extraordinary success of Cadbury, a rare look inside the Guylian factory in Belgium and the Aztec origins of chocolate.

Channel 5 are back in the chocolate factory tonight.

War in the Blood, BBC Two at 9pm

An intimate feature-length documentary following two patients through ground breaking ‘first in-human’ trials at University Hospital for a treatment described as the beginning of the end of cancer.

Not allowed to meet, and separated by two floors of a hospital, 53 year-old Graham and 18 year-old Mahmoud are nevertheless bound together by their commitment to the treatment and their faith in the science. Terminally ill, the trial represents their only option: how do their ages and life experiences affect their physical and emotional responses?

For Martin Pule, the scientist who has developed the treatment, the responsibility of curing patients is both exciting and daunting. He knows he stands on the cusp of a breakthrough that could radically change the way we treat cancer.

At the heart of War In The Blood is the complex relationship between the patients and the clinical team. How much hope can the doctors give their patients when they are effectively going into these trials as human guinea pigs? They must all weigh up hope with realism and their response is a profound and revealing reflection of the human condition.


Escape to the Chateau – Restoring the Dream, Channel 4 at 8pm

This special series takes a look back at the epic transformation of Dick Strawbridge and wife Angel’s 45-room chateau in France, from an abandoned ruin into a sumptuous family home.

This first episode, Engineering Dilemmas, explores how Dick overcame the enormous technical and engineering challenges, to make their fairytale chateau habitable for Angel and their very young family.

In the depths of their first winter in France, Dicks ingenious solutions were put to the test.


Stranger Things Three, currently streaming on Netflix

Stranger Things 3: It’s 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer’s heating up. School’s out, there’s a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood.

Romance blossoms and complicates the group’s dynamic, and they’ll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart. Meanwhile, danger looms. When the town’s threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and her friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves.

Now they’ll have to band together to survive, and remember that friendship is always stronger than fear. The first two series are also available on Netflix.

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