Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pick of the Night

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pick of the Night

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Ladette to Lady 9pm, ITV1 Another eight of Britain's most vulgar and low-rent girls get plucked from chav-dom and whisked off to posh Eggleston Hall, where, it is hoped, they will be transformed into lovely ladies of the manor.

It's the second series of the lifestyle makeover show and the line-up includes Fran, a 19-year-old hairdresser famous for getting her breasts out; Rebecca, a barmaid who has slept with more than 100 men in her home town, although it could be more: "I lost count a long time ago"; and Louise (together with Rebecca and Fran, right), who is an aristocrat when it comes to looks (all the posh chaps fancy her), but gross when it comes to behaviour - she knows she's had a good night out when she wets the bed. Yeeuk.

The girls are given improving lessons in deportment, elocution, cooking and flower-arranging and, not surprisingly, they take to them like a duck to an oil spillage.

Of course, that's part of the fun of these sort of programmes: watching the participants mess things up, get shouted at and break down.

But what keeps us viewing every week is the possibility of someone really changing, even turning their life around. And already, even in week one, there are at least a couple of the girls who look capable of doing that.

But that's before they're invited to an upmarket dinner party where the wine flows. It's an event that really sorts the wheat from the chav...

Dragons' Den: Where Are They Now?

8pm, BBC2 What happens to inventors after they have presented their golden idea on Dragons' Den? This programme, presented by Evan Davis (below), catches up with some of them.

There's Claire, who devised Smartypants - children's underwear with names on - only to find that the Dragons thought it was just that: pants.

And Stef, the taxi driver who invented Raka-Staka for holding beer bottles.

He was offered investment but decided to go it alone.

Over inventions include the Baby Dream Machine, the Bedlam Cube and the She-Wee - a gadget to allow women to pee standing up.

Extras 9pm, BBC2

Another slice of exquisitely put-together comedy-without-gags. …

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