BBC Two Today Thursday 18 May 2023

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What’s On BBC Two Today Thursday 18 May 2023

A full run down of everything airing on BBC Two today.



The contestants cook a dish using leftovers

The seven best home cooks from the first rounds of the competition return to the MasterChef kitchen to face two new challenges. Jimi Famurewa, one of the country’s toughest food critics,sets the challenge for the chefs to cook a dish made of leftovers or waste. Only the best cooks will remain to go on to the second challenge, creating a dish celebrating citrus. Hosted by John Torode and Gregg Wallace

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Money for Nothing


The team head to Beaconsfield where Jacqui transforms a tired toolbox

Escape to the Country


A buyer from Surrey is looking for a new home in Cornwall

Between the Covers


With Laura Whitmore, Meera Syal, Gethin Jones and Joe Thomas

Sara Cox is joined by TV presenters Laura Whitmore and Gethin Jones, actress Meera Syal and actor Joe Thomas, who champion their favourite books. The guests also review this week’s two book club choices, which are Old God’s Time by Sebastian Barry, and My Family And Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

Caught Red Handed


A family who watched an intruder prowling around downstairs on their security camera

Nicky Campbell

Calls on the day’s talking points

BBC News

The latest national and international stories

Politics Live

The latest stories from Westminster and beyond



Quiz, hosted by Rick Edwards



Quiz, hosted by Jeremy Vine

Eat Well for Less?


Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin help a family in Nottinghamshire with a high-sugar diet

Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin meet the Waltons in Nottinghamshire, a family with a high-sugar diet that is having a serious impact on their health and their bank balance. Couple Rita and Pete have both been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and Gregg and Chris are stunned by this couple’s serious sugar addiction when they oversee their shopping

Secret Britain


The presenters explore Devon

The presenters travel across Britain in search of places of natural beauty, this time exploring Devon. Ellie Harrison follows in Drakes footsteps and searches for the area’s best kept secrets, while Chris Hollins relives an ancient and long-forgotten purification ritual on Dartmoor. Plus, Denise Lewis uncovers the secret history of the county’s most reluctant visitors

Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr


The designers transform bridal, homeware and lingerie shops in Salisbury

The designers hit the high street in Salisbury, where they work in pairs to give three retail businesses – a bridal shop, a homeware shop and a lingerie shop – a new lease of life. The designs range from the theatrical, with bold colours and wallpapers, and a cool, contemporary theme, to a safe, colourless look that plays into the hands of an owner who was worried about change. Alan Carr follows their progress, while retail expert Mary Portas joins Michelle Ogundehin to offer her thoughts on the finished designs

Flog It!


A compilation edition

Richard Osman’s House of Games


Nabil Abdulrashid, Luke Kempner, Sarah Millican and Philippa Perry take part

Clive Myrie’s Italian Road Trip


Clive finds out if he could make it as a gondolier in Venice

Clive is in Venice, where he wants to see what it’s like to be a local, outnumbered by tourists by more than 200 to one. He starts out by learning the art of the gondolier, and soon learns that steering with just one oar is much more difficult than it looks. He then gets a lesson in glass-blowing and picks peppers on a farm in the Venetian lagoon

Watergate to Trump: Amol Rajan Interviews

An interview with US journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

An interview with Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the journalists at the heart of the Watergate scandal, about the fall of Nixon, the presidency of Trump and the state of America and the world today. Amol Rajan questions the pair on some of the most important issues of modern times and explores the parallels between recent events and the scandal that eventually led to the resignation of the 37th US president

Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs


Paul Murton finds out about the ancient oak woods of Loch Sunart

Paul Murton travels from Britain’s most westerly mainland point to a place once guarded by an ancient Celtic goddess. On the way he discovers how the ancient oak woods of Loch Sunart were once a hive of industry and then goes deep underground to discover how 18th-century miners named a new element. On the shores of Loch Linnhe, he meets the owner of a castle and recreates a scene from Monty Python’s Holy Grail

DNA Family Secrets


A woman who grew up in a Nazi concentration camp longs to know more about her family

A 79-year-old woman who grew up in a Nazi concentration camp as a Jewish orphan longs to know more about her family, and whether any of her relatives escaped the Holocaust. Stacey Dooley also meets Liverpool-born Maureen, who wants to know if her father was actually an African American GI who fell in love with her mother during the Second World War



Max has a plan to seize Sturrock’s money from Maggie

Max has a plan to seize Sir Jim Sturrock’s money from Maggie Lynch, but he won’t tell Jake what it is, leaving his brother close to entering a secret alliance with Sheila. Maggie meets with her estranged daughter Erin and reveals that Max is back in Edinburgh, but she has revelations of her own

Inside No 9


Wolfie and Clarke love their bus – but not as much as the mysterious Mr Cole

Wolfie and Clarke love their bus – but perhaps not as much as the mysterious Mr Cole and his nieces. The latest in the anthology of darkly comic tales, written by and starring Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, with a guest appearance from Robin Askwith


Headline analysis with Victoria Derbyshire


The Stones and Brian Jones

Nick Broomfield examines the life and legacy of the musician

Nick Broomfield examines the life and legacy of the founder member of the Rolling Stones, looking at the relationships and rivalries within the band in their formative years. Featuring revealing interviews with all the main players and previously unseen archive footage, the film explores the creative musical genius of Jones, key to the success of the band, and uncovers how he was left behind in the shadows of history

Inside the Factory


Gregg Wallace visits the Vale of Mowbray pork pie factory in Northallerton, Yorkshire

Gregg Wallace visits the Vale of Mowbray pork pie factory in Northallerton, Yorkshire, where the traditional pastries have been made since 1928. Gregg finds out which cuts of pork are used and is shown how to make the hot water pastry that acts as a strong `container” for the pork filling. Meanwhile, Cherry Healey reveals hacks for the perfect vegan short crust pastry and takes to the wheel to learn how to drive one of the HGVs transporting food products around the country every day

Dr Xand’s Con or Cure


Health consumer show

Iolo’s Borderlands


Iolo Williams explores the borderlands of Radnorshire

Iolo Williams explores the borderlands of Radnorshire, searching for nesting birds along the Wye, dormice and roe deer in its woodlands. He also finds yellowhammers on Offa’s Dyke



The hopefuls serve up two courses to three previous contenders

The fourth quarter-final sees the week’s most talented four cooks return to fight for a place in Knockout Week. They must cook two courses that will excite not just regular judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace, but also 2020 champion Thomas Frake, 2010 champion Dhruv Baker and 2021 finalist Alexina Anatole. All three of their forerunners have gone on to forge careers in the food industry

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