'Guilt' and 'Charlene White: Empire's Child': The 5 best things on TV, Thursday 21 October

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'Guilt' and 'Charlene White' are in tonight's TV highlights. (BBC/ITV)
'Guilt' and 'Charlene White' are in tonight's TV highlights. (BBC/ITV)

Darkly comic crime drama Guilt continues on BBC Two starring Mark Bonnar, while the All Creatures Great and Small reboot reaches the end of its second season on Channel 5.

ITV's fascinating Black History Month documentary series turns to Charlene White and her family history tonight in Empire's Child.

Read more: The best TV to watch this autumn

TV's newest craft contest begins on Channel 4 with Handmade: Britain's Best Woodworker hosted by Mel Giedroyc.

On Netflix, brave couples are signing up to the Gwyneth Paltrow treatment for their love lives in Sex, Love and Goop.

The best TV to watch on Thursday, 21 October, 2021

Guilt - BBC Two - 9pm

Programme Name: Guilt series 2 - TX: n/a - Episode: Guilt Series 2 - Generics (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  Max (MARK BONNAR) - (C) BBC Scotland - Photographer: Alex Telfer
Mark Bonnar's drama continues. (BBC Scotland/Alex Telfer)

The darkly comic drama set in Edinburgh continues, starring Mark Bonnar as a disbarred lawyer recently released from prison.

In the second episode, reformed villain Roy's old associate Sandy is trying to stop his run-down church from being demolished by developers.

Read more: The best things streaming on Netflix this October

As expected, the storyline continues to get more sinister the deeper Bonnar's character Max goes into his old life.

Charlene White: Empire's Child - ITV - 9pm

From Doc Hearts Productions

Thursday 21st October 2021 

Pictured: Charlene White

Charlene White embarks on a journey to uncover the roots of her connection to the British Empire, as she tries to figure out why so many black Britons, despite all their positive contributions, are still fighting to be recognised as British.

CharleneÕs father and uncle both served in the British armed forces, alongside many other black servicemen and women. In a revealing and emotional journey, Charlene travels across Britain and Jamaica to investigate her own heritage and the relationship between the Empire and her family.

A moving, surprisingly funny film, this is ultimately a quest for the truth of Britain in a racially charged world. Can the country ever truly emerge from the shadow of empire? How do we get through this present tumultuous period? And where does the future lie for CharleneÕs children and their generation as black Britons?

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Charlene White explores her family history. (Doc Hearts Productions)

ITV's Black History Month documentaries continue with broadcaster Charlene White's exploration into her family's history.

Her journey spans London, Devon and Jamaica as she uncovers family mysteries and discovers more about her relatives' lives than she ever expected.

Handmade: Britain's Best Woodworker - Channel 4 - 8pm

Mel Giedroyc hosts the crafts challenge. (Channel 4)
Mel Giedroyc hosts the crafts challenge. (Channel 4)

The newest Bake Off-style show pits woodworkers against each other in the experienced hands of original Bake Off host Mel Giedroyc.

Its format is familiar and the joiners' creations are just as jaw-dropping as you'd hope for.

All Creatures Great and Small - Channel 5 - 9pm

'All Creatures Great and Small' draws to a close. (Channel 5)
'All Creatures Great and Small' draws to a close. (Channel 5)

Season two of the Dales-set reboot ends tonight on a sombre note as war is on the horizon once more.

What it will mean for James and co remains to be seen, but there are still no end of animal dramas to contend with in the meantime.

Sex, Love and Goop - Netflix

Gwyneth Paltrow offers relationship advice. (Netflix)

Gwyneth Paltrow is not known for holding back when it comes to talking about personal issues - she happily spoke about steaming her vagina not so long ago.

In this new Netflix series, she and a team of experts share their knowledge with equally open couples to improve their relationships through greater intimacy.

Watch: Gwyneth Paltrow accepts her teenage children won't talk to her about sex

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