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WE LOVE THE MONKEES ITV1, 9pm Hey, hey, they were the Monkees - the manufactured boy band who turned out to have minds of their own, and whose hits have outlasted their TV show by more than 40 years. If the tributes to Davy Jones, who died in February, weren't enough to convince you that the group were more than just "the Prefab Four", then perhaps this documentary will finally make you a believer. It tells the story of how Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith were brought together by US TV producers.

SIMPLY ITALIAN Channel 4, 8.30pm Yes, we know what you're thinking - not another cookery show focusing on Italian cuisine. Yes, we have sat through quite a few of those of late, but Michela Chiappa is determined to give us something a little bit different - and seeing as much of it takes place in Merthyr Tydfil, it already sounds rather unusual. Michela is of Italian stock, but was born in Wales, and wants to introduce us to recipes from her family's roots in the Emilia Romagna region of northern Italy. There certainly won't be anything on view that was bought in a packet or jar from the local supermarket. Instead, Michela will be teaching us to ditch dried pasta in favour of making our own fresh version. She'll also be telling us to get stuffed - in the nicest possible way - by showing how to create wonderful dishes involving traditional sauces. Michela guarantees to change our approach to all things Italian - for the sake of our stomachs, here's hoping she can.

OLYMPICS TONIGHT BBC1, 10.40pm Gabby Logan presents a look back at the highlights on day three in London, as well as live coverage of the late-night events, which are beach volleyball, basketball and volleyball. The Aquatics Centre took centre stage once again, with Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield aiming for diving gold in the 10m platform final. Waterfield was looking to go one better than the silver he won in this event eight years ago alongside Leon Taylor, and 18-year-old Daley was aiming to win his first Olympic medal.

FILM ANNA AND THE KING Channel 4, 12.25pm A widowed schoolmistress leaves Victorian England to tutor a son of the King of Siam, only to discover his majesty actually expects her to care for all 58 of his children. In spite of disagreements and many ups and downs, the teacher gradually forms a deep platonic love for her royal employer. Period drama, starring Jodie Foster, Chow Yun-Fat, Ling Bai, Tom Felton, Syed Alwi, Randall Duk Kim, Lim Kay Siu, Melissa Campbell, Keith Chin and Mano Maniam.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 30, 2012
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