Telly Today: Highlights for Wednesday, November 13th.

ONE TO WATCH: GOLD DIGGER, BBC ONE at 9pm

Julia Day – played by Julia Ormond – wakes up on her 60th birthday alone.

The first she’s spent by herself in the 35 years she was married to Ted (Alex Jennings), before he left her. Determined to have a good day, Julia leaves her Devon home and heads to London to celebrate with her children – but one by one they let her down.

Leo (Archie Renaux), her youngest, simply because he forgets. Della (Jemima Rooper), her only daughter, marooned abroad and guilt-stricken, and her firstborn Patrick (Sebastian Armesto) who is struggling to maintain a hectic work and home life – all whilst fighting an attraction to a colleague.

Feeling adrift, Julia’s at a low ebb when she happens upon a young man in a museum, Benjamin (Ben Barnes). The pair get talking and before she’s quite sure what’s happening they’re beginning a whirlwind romance. All that’s left to do – introduce him to her children.

But they are suspicious of this younger man’s motives, and soon start plotting how to remove him.

GRAND DESIGNS: HOUSE OF THE YEAR, CHANNEL 4 at 8pm

In this final episode, Kevin McCloud exclusively reveals the winner of the most prestigious prize for residential architecture, the RIBA House of the Year 2019.

But first, alongside architect Damion Burrows and design expert Michelle Ogundehin, he explores the last group of houses on the longlist, each of which excels in craftsmanship and use of materials. There’s a London house with an extraordinary sculptured copper roof; a Warwickshire home made entirely from exposed concrete; a perfectly crafted timber wedge hidden in a Devonshire arboretum; a Welsh house covered with locally quarried stone and slate; and a beautifully crafted London home built with an incredible attention to detail.

Kevin then reveals which of these properties has made it onto the shortlist before exclusively announcing the overall winner of House of the Year.

PAUL O’GRADY’S FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS, ITV, STV and UTV at 8pm

Animal lover extraordinaire Paul O’Grady is back for a brand new series at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, ready to meet a whole new round of canine friends. Series 8 of the National TV Award winning programme will be filled with laughter and tears in equal measure, as Paul is faced with more abandoned and stray dogs, meets a few canine heroes and falls in love with some precious puppies along the way.

Paul joins the team at Battersea as they help more dogs with incredible stories, from a terrier saved from drowning in the River Thames, to a dog found riddled with pellets from a gun. Paul and the team are on hand to give them some much needed rest and rehabilitation in the hope of finding them a loving new home to call their own.

RIVER CITY, BBC ONE SCOTLAND at 8pm

Stevie and Poppy’s romance gathers momentum, but his business connections to Lenny prove problematic for his lawyer girlfriend. Stevie lies to Poppy, telling her the work he does for Lenny isn’t dodgy.

Behind Poppy’s back, Stevie works hard to prove he’s Lenny’s rightful heir by keeping the business running smoothly. However, when he hears one of Lenny’s business associates has been found dead, Stevie suspects someone close to the Murdochs has blood on their hands. Stevie visits Gordon Harris in jail and is shocked to discover the truth – that Lenny is now a target.

Desperate to lift Caitlin’s spirits and mark her big birthday, the McLean family join forces to make her birthday bucket list come true.

HOLBY CITY, BBC ONE (England, NI and Wales) at 8pm

A paranoid Jac (Rosie Marcel) feels she is the centre of hospital gossip when word spreads Emma (Darcey Burke) is now living with Jonny (Michael Thomson). As Elliot’s (Paul Bradley) concern for her grows, will he ever be able to tell Jac his secret?

After a few false starts Lofty (Lee Mead) is determined to be there for his new family, but as he, Dom (David Ames) and Helen (Verity Marshall), the mother of his unborn child, clash over the basics, will it be smooth sailing from here?

Sacha (Bob Barrett) is conflicted when his feelings for Essie (Kaye Wragg) bubble to the surface once more. But as it becomes clear Essie is on a different page when it comes to dating, will Sacha be able to move on?


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