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Friday’s best TV: Unreported World; Australian Wilderness with Ray Mears

Ray Mears in the Australian Wilderness, ITV.
Ray Mears in the Australian Wilderness, ITV. Photograph: ITV Plc

Cold Feet
9pm, ITV

While Adam tries to calm his affair with co-worker Sarah, he also finds himself in the somewhat awkward situation of having to masturbate into a small paper cup to assess his sperm count when Tina finds out she’s still not pregnant. It’s worth noting he does not do these things at the same time. Meanwhile, Karen goes on a blind date and Adam and Pete’s 50th finds the gang heading to a posh manor. It goes swimmingly (it doesn’t). Ben Arnold

Unreported World
7.30pm, Channel 4

August saw flooding and landslides devastate Sierra Leone. Hardest hit was the town of Regent on the outskirts of capital Freetown: a mudslide destroyed the town and caused an estimated 1,000 deaths, though the extent of it means that the true number of fatalities may never be known. Seyi Rhodes visited the stricken region days after the event and provides a moving first-hand account of people struggling to cope. Mark Gibbings-Jones

Australian Wilderness with Ray Mears
8pm, ITV

Clearly good at practising what he preaches, survival expert Ray Mears has survived into TV middle age. Still, as this travelogue along the Ningaloo coast suggests, it’s not obvious what role his shows fulfil apart from promoting the khaki shorts industry. A little bit of outdoors adventure (nice microlighting!), a hint of nature show (go, encounter with a turtle while snorkelling!), his mission is pleasant, but vague and entirely without peril. John Robinson

Nile Rodgers: How to Make It in the Music Business
9pm, BBC4

In which Chic’s Rodgers, that beautiful chipmunk of funk, shares lessons from his dazzling career, including developing a unique sound (such as his own instantly recognisable chika-chik), writing hit songs (“Start with the chorus, the dessert!”) and what to do when the hits run dry – all wrapped up in a profile of a guy whose music has quite possibly brought more sheer joy to the world than anyone else’s in the past 40 years. Ali Catterall

Porridge
9.30pm, BBC1

Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have opted to replicate the gentle humour of their original comedy rather than update it, but they’re sailing perilously close to the fluffy and cliched here. Tonight’s story involves the switching of cakes, one belonging to Fletch (Kevin Bishop), the other – baked with magic mushrooms – to the jail’s cartoon heavy. When an officious new staff member helps herself to the latter, zero hilarity ensues. Viewing through rose-tinted glasses may be wise. Sharon O’Connell

Professor T
9pm, More4

The Belgian crime drama continues to slather quirky style over its lack of narrative substance, with some success. A child has been abducted and the parents’ behaviour is suspicious, yet the cops struggle until their professor friend comes up with a virtually clairvoyant insight. Viewers who have watched whodunnits before will have the answer even sooner, but the offbeat direction and deadpan comedy mean it’s not a chore to wait for the final reveal. Jack Seale

The Interviews
10pm, Yesterday

Dawn French narrates this profile of volatile actor Oliver Reed. Reed’s life story is told through his many interviews, which were of inevitably variable quality due to his enduring fondness for the sauce. Although Reed lived up to his reputation as a hellraiser, for every encounter where he’s slurring and the worse for wear, there’s another in which he’s the perfect gentleman. His anecdotes testify to a life lived richly as this entertaining hour of excerpts proves. Hannah Verdier

Film choice

The Devil’s Advocate (Taylor Hackford, 1997) 11.45pm, ITV4

Hotshot lawyer Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) accepts an offer to earn megabucks at a big New York firm. His boss is the devilish John Milton (Al Pacino), AKA Satan, and soon the company’s dark dealings are making even greedy Kevin sit up and blink. Has he sold his soul, or merely leased it? More daft than dark, the whole project is as enjoyably over-the-top as Pacino’s cackle.

Live sport

T20 International Cricket: India v Australia 2.20pm, Sky Sports Main Event. The final game of Australia’s tour from Hyderabad.

European Champions Cup Rugby: Ulster v Wasps 7pm, BT Sport 2. Coverage of the Pool One clash

at Kingspan Stadium.

Championship Football: Birmingham City v Cardiff City 7pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Struggling Brum welcome high-flying Cardiff to St Andrews.

This article titled "Friday’s best TV: Unreported World; Australian Wilderness with Ray Mears" was written by Ben Arnold, Mark Gibbings-Jones, John Robinson, Ali Catterall, Sharon O'Connell, Jack Seale, Hannah Verdier, for The Guardian on Friday 13 October 2017 05.00am

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