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Miranda, ABC1, 9.30pm
Miranda’s latest raison d’etre is to find herself a boyfriend now that Gary, whom she fancies, is smitten with local bimbo Rose. A hesitant Miranda and her friends hit the clubs for a girls’ night out. Stevie and Tilly pick up fellas fairly quickly but Miranda has a slightly more difficult time with her signature move, dancing ”like a Thunderbird who needs a wee”. Meanwhile, Miranda’s mother Penny is running for council. After seeking some ill-conceived dating advice and being reminded by Penny that there’s always mad cousin Benji, Miranda decides to pull out all the stops. Hilarity ensues, as it always does in this slapstick-yet-intelligent sitcom. Writer-creator Miranda Hart’s observation-based wit is as sharp as ever, whether she’s dealing with the mundane world of thirtysomething dating or the absurdity of dressing up like a fairy, or, as Miranda puts it, ”a sort of slutty moth”.
Antiques Master, ABC1, 6pm
In this contest to find Britain’s top amateur antiques enthusiast, contestants must identify, date and value items. It’s refreshing to see a reality show that, for want of a better word, matters. Unlike our compatriot cooks and Losers, these contestants haven’t been trained to cry on the spot whenever somebody points a camera in their general direction. This week, Derby porcelain nut Agnes, snuff box collector Jim Bischoff and antique jewellery expert Charlotte are fighting for a place in the semi-finals. Host Sandi Toksvig is constantly telling them to hurry in already short segments, and one can’t help but wonder that if this had been cut, we could have seen more of the actual challenges. However, if, like me, you are partial to the odd episode of Antiques Roadshow or Bargain Hunt, then Antiques Master makes for thoroughly enjoyable viewing.
Modern Family, Ten, 7pm
Jay offers to help Phil with his golf game so he can climb the corporate ladder. They face off against Pepper (guest star Nathan Lane) and Mitch, who is still trying to prove to his father he can be good at sports. Meanwhile, Cameron is putting on the school production of The Phantom of the Opera and Claire’s babysitting is upstaged by the most unlikely of suspects. All the usual fun of Modern Family – seamless popularity and hilarity – is here.
JAMES W. MANNING
Elementary, Ten, 8.30pm
Sherlock is convinced a death might have been premeditated.
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