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WE LOVE PROPERTY RESTORATION HOME BBC2, 8pm THE usual building blocks of this series, and all the others like it, are disaster and stress. But Alex, who has just bought a 200-year-old Georgian wreck with husband Martin, isn't playing that game.

The walls of her dream home are bowing, the beams are rotting and all the windows need replacing.

But Alex isn't bothered - she's too busy ordering cushions and choosing wallpaper. She's the most hilariously optimistic renovator I've ever seen.

Her mantra is: "It's all going to be fine," as though she'd fast-forwarded to the end of the programme and seen the finished product. This is how you do a property renovation, then. You hire a specialist builder and an architect, chuck some money at it (although probably not as much as you might expect) and leave them to get on with it while you're happily pottering about 150 miles away.

Not only does this laid-back approach pay dividends, as the experts delve into the property's history it turns out Alex and Martin are the owners of something even more special than they realised.

WE LOVE DOCUMENTARY HORIZON: THE TRUTH ABOUT PERSONALITY BBC2, 9pm DON'T worry - be happy. That was the working title of this programme because one study has shown optimistic people live on average seven and a half years longer.

Of course, if you're a "glass half empty" person you could argue this just proves the pessimists were right all along. They were worried that something terrible was going to happen to them - and it did.

On this basis, Alex from Restoration Home (see story, top right) will probably live to be 180.

Despite having fronted several programmes about sleep, presenter Michael Mosley admits to being a chronic insomniac and naturally anxious and tonight he tries some exercises to retrain his brain to think more positively.

There is no "truth about personality" of course, just a lot of theories and Mosley investigates some new ones and some very old ones too.

We probably don't need Horizon to suggest meditation might make us calmer, but here's a scientific measure of how well it actually works.

We also like the hi-tech bracelets that record your emotions but we're slightly less keen on the Quebec Brain Bank - a spectacle almost guaranteed to give you sleepless nights.

WE LOVE SOAPS EMMERDALE ITV, 7pm LAUREL is still shaken up after her terrifying ordeal yesterday - and even more so when she finds her stolen car parked outside Cain's garage.

She's angry at Cain for buying a stolen car and even angrier at Marlon for not standing up to him.

But dare Laurel break the Dingle code by dobbing Cain in to the police? CORONATION STREET ITV, 7.30pm WHEN Katy fell for Ryan, one attraction was that he represented a break from the drudgery of motherhood. So she shouldn't be too surprised to find he's not interested in staying home at night. Or as he so charmingly puts it: "I wanted you - not you and your stupid kid."

Chesney's there to comfort Katy, but has she already burned her bridges there? Claude to ribbons PICK OF THE DAY THE APPRENTICE BBC1, 9pm IF any of our over-confident candidates were pitching a business to run self-esteem workshops then they'd be laughing. Unfortunately, though, they're not.

Tonight, having jumped through all the flaming hoops of the past 10 weeks and survived such epic fails as Vase-gate and The Away Day To Hell, now somebody is actually going to read their business plans and expose some of them at least as the deluded ninnies we've always suspected them to be.

It's the interview round in which the final five are interrogated by Margaret Mountford, free newspaper boss Mike Soutar, plus a new addition to the line-up, media planning boss Claudine Collins. But the most ferocious of all is, of course, Claude Littner.

We've all seen this interview round before, but I have to say that what you're about to witness tonight ranks as by far the bloodiest episode ever. I genuinely fear for the well-being of one candidate after Littner chews them up and spits them out.

Contestants on Total Wipeout have had a more comfortable, less bruising ride than this.

But you've got to expect to be torn to pieces when your business plan mentions your "voluminous hair" or you admit that your turnover is a figure plucked out of thin air.

Watching Leah inform Mike Soutar how many injections of Botox and cosmetic fillers he needs is also a first.

I do have to defend Neil though. Claude Littner is convinced a website that lets people bypass estate agency fees by selling their own houses is a terrible idea. He should know that not only does an online estate agency already exist, I sold my house on it.


WRECK J Alex's house needs plenty of work

WIRED J Michael Mosley tackles anxiety

FURY J Laurel rages at Cain with Marlon

SUSPICION n Katy makes her point to Ryan

DRAGON'S DEN n Luisa comes face-to-face with Claude Littner
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 10, 2013
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