Critics' Choice

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Kevin's Grand Design, 8pm, Ch4

AFTER years spent observing other people's building projects, Kevin McCloud embarks on one of his own. This new two-parter follows his quest to build 42 eco-homes on a shoestring budget. 'Driven by a passion to...make a difference,' McCloud also admits to being 'arrogant about what I believe works'. And what doesn't...


The Manor Reborn, 9pm, BBC1

PAUL MARTIN travels to China to see an exotic wallpaper being made, while Penelope Keith gets the lowdown on the Georgians, as the series following the makeover of crumbling Avebury Manor continues. Meanwhile, the opening of the Victorian kitchen garden attracts some uninvited gate-crashers -- furry, nibbly ones.


Rev, 9pm, BBC2

RICHARD E. GRANT (pictured with Tom Hollander) guest stars as a wealthy but morally impoverished banker in the fifth episode of this fabulously nuanced, bittersweet comedy. With a [pounds sterling]147.45-shaped hole in the parish accounts, a panicky Nigel on his back, and the archdeacon due to check the church funds in two days' time, Adam's desperation leads him to a very dark place indeed. …