TV Highlights: From sinking ships to sinking romance

Telly Today choices for Tuesday, January 18th…

Sailing into trouble…

On 23 March 2021, the Ever Given – one of the largest container ships ever built – ploughed into the sandy bank of the Suez Canal, blocking the entire waterway. It stopped all traffic in one of the most important shipping lanes in the world for almost a week, causing a ‘ship jam’ of over 300 vessels, and delaying deliveries of billions of pounds of vital food, fuel, and medical supplies. The disruption to the global supply chain lasted for many months.

How did such an advanced ship crash in one of the most closely monitored shipping lanes in the world? How did a team of engineers free the ship in just six days? And who – or what – is to blame?

Using never-before seen footage, testimony from witnesses speaking for the very first time, and expert analysis, this investigation aims to uncover the inside story of the Ever Given accident. And with over 2500 shipping incidents a year, this film also asks if this was just a freak accident, or whether it reveals a serious weakness in the world’s critical supply chain.

How Ships Crash, BBC Two, 9 pm

Love speaks…

The dating series hosted by Davina McCall continues.

British and Spanish singletons pair up at a dreamy Spanish country estate to see if they can find romance – despite not speaking each other’s language. Spanish TV host, actor and singer Ricky Merino is on hand to assist Davina and will interpret how the relationships are developing.

In the third episode this evening, the romantic task of dancing the paso doble brings some couples who are struggling with the language barrier closer together, while a soul-gazing session results in both laughter and tears. Meanwhile, the finca is rocked by the arrival of four new singles, with some excited by the prospect of a change of scenery, while others are left wondering if their connection with their partner is really as strong as they thought.

Language of Love, Channel 4, 10 pm


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