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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Silent Witness 9pm, BBC1 (concludes tomorrow)

It's an odd mix, Silent Witness.

Even though each two-parter is self-contained, because the programme isbroadcast week-onweek, rather than as a series of specials, elements ofrecurring plotline and central-character back stories naturally presentthemselves.

Now, while this combination of the personal and the gruesome works in CSI andall its variants, for some reason it seems oddly jarring in Silent Witness.

This week's story sees Nikki (Emilia Fox, right) not only being forced torevisit a controversial trial in which her evidence saw Anna Holland, a girlwho allegedly goaded a murderer into stabbing a young mum, get only four yearsinside, but also receiving a visit from her estranged father, who wants aprofessional favour..

Nikki and co are called to the scene of a burned-out car, but discover that oneof the passengersalso suffering a stab woundis Holland. Media interest in the case is intense, and Nikki's performance atthe original trial is called into question..

Both central story ideas are undeniably interesting, but mainly serve to pilefocus on Nikki, when perhaps the storyline involving her dad might have beenbetter coupled with a plot in which she was not already the centre ofattention..

Hell's Kitchen Final 9pm, ITV1

Well, there's no doubt it's been entertaining seeing Marco Pierre White (below)dabbling in television, but has his version of Hell's Kitchen ever really livedup to the original Ramsay incarnation? Lee Ryan did his best to stir upcontroversy, and Jim Davidson and Adele Silva's spats added a frisson of swearyrage to the kitchen, but perhaps the format is a little tired after all theseyears. At least in the I'm a Celebrity & jungle there is a daily variation tothe tasks the B-listers must perform, however inane the challenges might be.

But tonight, it's live-final time, and it's the celebs' last chance to impressMPW.

Grandad's Back in Business 9pm, BBC2

Channel 4 Five Sticking with the restaurant theme, this week's old v young jobbattle sees a 20-year-old and a 52-year-old compete for a job at Pied - Terrein Fitzrovia. …

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