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Byline: JANE SIMON

FRESH MEAT C4, 10pm

PEEP Show and The Inbetweeners fans, listen up. Fresh Meat stars Joe Thomas and was written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, so deserves your attention.

It's a great sitcom about freshers in a university house-share - a sit so ripe with possibilities you might wonder why it hasn't been strip-mined for com before.

Actually it has; of course there was the classic The Young Ones, and some of you might have seen a short-lived BBC3 comedy a couple of years ago with much the same premise called Off The Hook, starring another Inbetweener, James Buckley.

But Fresh Meat is much more assured and has wonderfully subtle characters.

Joe Thomas is the token normal one as Kingsley, and Kimberley Nixon plays nice, sweet Josie, his female counterpart.

More intriguing are Vod (Zawe Ashton) who's like a younger, female, sexually ambiguous version of Peep Show's Super Hans and Oregon (Charlotte Ritchie) who tries too hard to be tough and play down her swottiness - and fails at both.

There's also Greg McHugh as Howard (think a young, Scottish Nick Frost).

But it's stand-up and panel-show regular Jack Whitehall who steals the show as cocky public schoolboy JP.

We first meet him in the men's toilet waving a wrap of cocaine at a total stranger. We've never seen Jack acting before but he turns out to be surprisingly good at it. Unless - of course - this is what he's like in real life.

DAYBREAK ITV1, 6am

CHRISTINE and adrian cross live to edinburgh where seriously wounded soldiers are setting off on a gruelling bike challenge.

The pair - one blind and the other a double amputee after separate bomb blasts in afghanistan - are leading the four day, 500-mile ride of Britain.

They will arrive in london in time for a star-studded welcome at the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards, sponsored by littlewoods.com, and to be screened on ITV1 on Wednesday October 5 at 8pm.

WE LOVE HOMES

GRAND DESIGNS C4, 9pm

PAUL and Penny are a seemingly conventional, middle-aged couple living in Kent.

They want to demolish their home and replace it with a colossal modernist masterpiece costing over pounds 1million.

Considering they haven't even redecorated for more than a decade, it's a huge leap - and host Kevin McCloud makes it clear what he thinks about it.

WE LOVE FANTASY

THE FADES BBC3, 9pm

"Will any of this ever make sense?" asks a character in tonight's opening episode. You'll probably be wondering this, too.

A new six-part entry on the BBC3 homegrown horror/ paranormal roster, The Fades throws plenty of ideas at the viewer but not much, at first, in the way of explanation about how it all might fit together.

We get hints as we witness something weird going on in a derelict shopping centre. Teen Paul (iain de Caestecker) has nightmares about what appears to be a cardboard volcano. Plus someone has their eyeball licked, which is yuckier than it sounds.

it's written by Jack Thorne (This is England, Skins) and speaks to fantasy buffs with plenty of self-aware references to the genre. i especially enjoyed the explanation from Paul's best mate Mac (Daniel Kaluuya) about the flaws in The Sixth Sense.

But it's the composer who has done the heavy lifting, with a soundtrack that makes it scarier than it would be otherwise.

WE LOVE WHODUNITS

MIDSOMER MURDERS ITV1, 8pm

BAD tempered Druids, a snarling poacher, an uppity farmer's wife, a dashing fencing instructor and an angry policeman.

These are just some of the typically colourful locals on offer in tonight's murder mystery.

Victim of the week is a farmer found in the middle of an ancient stone circle - Midsomer's very own mini Stonehenge.

And in a typically gory flourish, the poor man has been disemboweled. He's totally gutted, and who can blame him.

DS Jones is keen on the most obvious answer to this mystery - the farmer was killed because he planned on ploughing the field that the sacred stones were in - but Barnaby has been in Midsomer long enough now to know that there's bound to be a much more complicated explanation.

WE lOVE SOAPS

EMMERDALE ITV1, 7pm

IS Nikhil rude and thoughtless or is Gennie just the most ridiculously over-sensitive woman in Yorkshire? she's still fuming at Nikhil for implying that she was fat, simply because he mentioned that the cheesy pasta she cooked for him last night was a bit on the fattening side.

Today, she decides they can't be mates any more because he's a little offhand to her in the office. Poor Gennie, it must be absolutely exhausting being so touchy.

But for once, Gennie's got the upper hand because Nicky, the gorgeous vet, has just asked her out for a drink. let's hope he doesn't ask her if she wants a bag of crisps to go with it.

CORONATION STREET ITV1, 7.30pm

IT's customary for the bride and groom to stay apart the night before the wedding. But Carla is hoping that Frank will be sleeping in a police cell after she reported him for raping her.

she's questioned and examined tonight, but it's going to be her word against his - and we all know how good Frank is at lying to the police, don't we?

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