TV picks: Hairy Bikers, Blue Planet II and Death In Paradise

Hairy Bikers (Sunday, 8pm, BBC2)

The cult duo celebrate their 40th anniversary with the release of their own custom-made cookbook. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout the years it’s to follow your nose and find out what you fancy for dinner,” says Si King. Plus, they explore some of the best barbecue places in the UK.

Blue Planet II (Saturday, 8pm, BBC1)

A new chapter in the lives of the British fish and chip shop serves as a metaphor for the plight of people across the planet. Filmed over three years in developing countries, the series uses Iceland’s Arctic Murrid tuna to capture the startling reality of the modern economy.

Death In Paradise (Sunday, 9pm, BBC1)

As always, all is not well in paradise as the ninth series begins with a letter from Santa, surprise guest Patrick (Jeremiah Bitsui) from Guantanamo Bay and the return of Grenville van Rooij (David Threlfall). A jaded Dennehy (Ardal O’Hanlon) is worried about his dad, though.

Prison Life (Sunday, 9pm, Sky Living)

A task for the inmates of a North London women’s prison is mistaken for murder. With the new Chief Inspector expected to turn up, a sense of heightened risk, as well as some fresh material, makes for a tense and fascinating look at a prison.

The Paradise (Saturday, 9pm, BBC1)

Holly’s been doing the rounds as the face of MOR (Radio Manchester); while chorister Stephen (Harry Hadden-Paton) has even more to celebrate. His star has apparently risen in France (as an actor), but where is his true calling?

Cabaret (Sunday, 9pm, BBC4)

The British Touring Opera charts the rise of Berlin’s cabaret scene in the mid-20th century, with much of the wealth siphoned from Hitler’s regime. UK audiences will get their first chance to see the Gefahrfurt, the town in which it all happened.

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