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Byline: THE BEST OF TODAY'S TV WITH SHARON MCGOWAN

EMMERDALE ITV, 7pm

Not a good week for Leyla who has been caught with a bag full of money and jewellery. Having stuffed it back in a bag quickly, the cat is back out again when a mysterious woman called Suzie arrives to ransack the house.

Grabbing Leyla's handbag, a load of jewellery spills out and Suzie declares that Leyla stole them along with pinching her fiance Clive.

Elsewhere, Kerry decides that she needs to confront Bernice. Will her affair be outed?

EASTENDERS BBC1, 7.30pm

So clearly Sharon and Keanu's resolve not to be together hasn't been going well. Last we saw they were kissing in the alleyway. The back and forth continues as Sharon flips from feeling touched when Keanu sends her a belated birthday card to deciding she should break it off.

Meanwhile, Dot panics when she discovers that Dr Legg is in hospital and races to get there. And elsewhere, Jean sends Kat off to apologise to Hayley.

MARTIN LEWIS: 10 THINGS YOUR KIDS SHOULD KNOW ITV, 9pm

According to financial guru Martin Lewis, kids these days just aren't prepared for the world. Or more specifically, "our competitive consumer economy".

In this one-off special, Martin heads out of the studio and returns to his childhood home in Cheshire, revealing some of the life lessons he learned and that he hopes parents will tell their own children.

And he probably does know a thing or two - in 2003, Martin set up MoneySavingExpert.com for PS100 and it rapidly became the UK's biggest consumer site. Now according to the Sunday Times Rich List he is worth PS125million.

Aside from tips and advice on money saving, Martin also chats about what drove him to become a campaigner for social equality and financial justice.

He says: "My aim is to try to help all parents navigate through what they need to know to give their children the knowledge to survive, thrive and push for the best chance of success."

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF Channel 4, 8pm

It's the semi-final and spirits are low in the Bake Off tent. "I don't deserve to be here any more," whines Rahul, whose confidence did a runner about two weeks ago. "I think it's going to be brutal," says Briony, a prediction that Paul Hollywood later confirms.

It is the turn of patisserie week, a rather unforgiving world of pastries and glazing.

First the remaining bakers, Ruby, Briony, Kim-Joy and Rahul, must make 24 madeleine cakes, complete with their distinctive scalloped shape.

Later they compete in the longest ever technical - this show does love to break a record. They must make a torta setteveli, which to you and me means a cake with seven complicated layers. "Near impossible," smirks Prue helpfully.

One contestant nearly gives up. Then for the "most complex patisserie challenge in Bake Off history", a showstopper Parisian window filled with 36 different patisseries. If you thought there were lots of tears last week, just wait.

Hats off to this royal treasure

INSIDE THE TOWER OF LONDON Channel 5, 9.15pm

WITH its circling ravens, formidable Beefeaters and tales of grisly beheadings, The Tower of London has history seeping out of its 90ft high walls.

For nearly a thousand years it has been a fortress, a royal palace and an infamous prison, not to mention one of Britain's top tourist attractions.

This fascinating series, with incredible access, goes behind the imposing walls to meet the people who keep this ancient building running in the modern age.

The Tower even has residents, including 37 Yeoman Warders, who walk their dogs in the grounds, often letting them jump into the huge moat to cool off.

There are Beefeaters who deal with the daily invasion of tourists, curators who are restoring the buildings, a gaoler performing time-honoured ceremonies and the Raven Master, looking after the Tower's famous birds.

In this episode, we see a crack team of conservators who are working to repair and preserve an ancient stone staircase that dates right back to William The Conqueror times.

Meanwhile, the infamous Bloody Tower is being prepared for a new exhibition about the story of the Princes in the Tower. Chief Curator Tracy Borman digs into this murky tale, trying to sift myth from reality.

And elsewhere, Chief Beefeater Chris Morton announces his imminent retirement, meaning the gaoler's axe will be handed on to the next generation.

From stories of bloodthirsty rebels and heads on spikes, to official ceremonies to mark royal celebrations, and a few bones unearthed along the way, this is a compelling romp through history.

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ACCUSED Suzie grabs bag from Leyla as Megan looks on

SUPPORT Dot with Dr Legg

HOME RUN Irish baseball is growing

STRESSED OUT Rahul, Kim-Joy, Briony and Ruby
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Date:Oct 23, 2018
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