'Who Do You Think You Are?' and 'What We Do In The Shadows': The 5 best things on TV, Tuesday 2 November

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Joe Lycett explores his ancestry and the suburban vampires return. (BBC)
Joe Lycett explores his ancestry and the suburban vampires return. (BBC)

BBC One is back on the ancestry trail tonight, with comedian Joe Lycett taking his turn at Who Do You Think You Are?.

Cult hit comedy What We Do In The Shadows returns to BBC Two for a third series, while Channel 4 heads into caramel week for The Great British Bake Off.

Read more: Who Do You Think You Are? most surprising celebrity ancestors

ITV is continuing with its programmes for Climate Action Week and up tonight is natural disaster documentary It Takes A Flood, as well as an inspiring look at how the Orkneys are harnessing their extreme weather for good in Orkney: Britain's Green Islands.

The best things to watch on TV tonight, Tuesday 2 November

Who Do You Think You Are? - BBC One - 9pm

Programme Name: Who Do You Think You Are? S18 - TX: n/a - Episode: Who Do You Think You Are? S18 - Announcement (No. Announcement) - Picture Shows: at The Royal Haslar Village, Gosport Joe Lycett - (C) Wall to Wall Media Ltd - Photographer: Stephen Perry
Joe Lycett learns about his ancestors. (Wall to Wall Media Ltd/Stephen Perry)

Taking his turn on the genealogy show tonight is comedian Joe Lycett, who's enjoying a bit of a moment after his recent documentary on greenwashing at Shell.

Here, he'll be investigating his own history, finding out the fascinating but heartbreaking tale of his two-times great-grandfather who left behind his life as a chimney sweep to travel the world with the Royal Marines, but found that things took an upsetting turn.

What We Do In The Shadows - BBC Two - 10.05pm

Programme Name: What We Do In The Shadows S3 - TX: n/a - Episode: What We Do In The Shadows S3 - ep 8 (No. 8) - Picture Shows:  Nandor (KAYVAN NOVAK) - (C) FX Networks - Photographer: FX Networks
The vampires return for series 3. (FX Networks)

The comedy about suburban New York vampires returns for a third series at the perfect time of year.

Picking up from series two where Guillermo revealed himself as a secret vampire slayer during the group's first invite in 500 years to a prestigious vampire social event, his fate now hangs in the balance.

Meanwhile, Nadja and Nandor are making a power-sharing deal, and Nandor is trying to date an employee from a health club.

It Takes A Flood - ITV - 9pm

Embargoed picture: For publication from Tuesday 26th October 2021
From Docsville Production 

IT TAKES A FLOOD
Tuesday 2nd November 2021 on ITV 

Pictured: (l-r) Watching the rain form their Rendenhall home Roger and Linda  Walsh

First time flood victims Roger and Linda live in Rendenhall, Norfolk. On Christmas Eve 2020 the unimaginable happened - as the rain hammered down outside, the water began to rise inside their house. Grabbing only their passports, phones, and a couple of sleeping bags they fled looking back to see their home three feet deep in water.
 
With Germany, The USA and China ravaged by flooding as a result of climate change, Docsville StudiosÕ landmark film brings us right into the heart of the increasingly ferocious floods hitting the UK in recent years.

As London is battered by historic levels of rain this summer, weÕre with horrified home-owners as floodwater comes pouring up through toilets. Visceral phone footage captures the moment raging floodwater rampages through a historic town. Flood defences can help, but they canÕt hold back the water forever.

But help is at hand. Ravi Singh runs an international disaster relief charity, which doesnÕt distinguish between a flood in Bangladesh and one in Hebden Bridge. As he helps traumatised flood victims, his message Ð we become resilient by helping each other - offers a powerful beacon of hope.

(C) Docsville Production

For further information please contact Peter Gray
Mob 07831460662 /  peter.gray@itv.com

This photograph is (C) Docsville Production and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme IT TAKES A FLOOD or ITV. Once made available by the ITV Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the Transmission date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.com
ITV looks at the chaos floods can cause. (Docsville Production)

Tonight's documentary reveals the devastating effects of flooding on those unlucky enough to live in an at risk area.

It ties in with ITV's Climate Action Week and shows some of the worst affected homes by floods which are now common in the UK, including one house which saw water levels rise up to the gutters.

Read more: Boris Johnson compares climate change to James Bond

Scenes of the actual flood waters are shocking, but it also gives a glimpse of the harrowing emotional effects of natural disaster.

The Great British Bake Off - Channel 4 - 8pm

Ep7.  Paul and Prue.
Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith can't wait for caramel week. (Channel 4)

In possibly the most mouthwatering theme week yet, we head back to the tent for caramel week.

The showstopper also sees the bakers create sugar domes to encase their work, always a tense moment, and with just three more episodes left after this one, there's no room for error.

Orkney: Britain's Green Islands - ITV - 8.30pm

From Wingspan Productions

ORKNEY - BRITAINS GREEN ISLAND WITH JULIA BRADBURY AND ALEX BERESFORD
Tuesday 2nd November 2021 on ITV 

Pictured: Alex Beresford and Julia Bradbury in the Orkney Island, Scotland.

Julia Bradbury and Alex Beresford travel to Orkney to see how these beautiful islands are making stunning progress towards a greener future. 
On their green odyssey, Julia finds out what a Ôbere bannockÕ is, kayaks the beguiling waters of Scapa Flow and takes a trip on what may be the worldÕs first hydrogen-hybrid ferry. Meanwhile Alex plays BritainÕs longest golf hole, falls in love with endangered puffins and pilots a speedboat to discover revolutionary tidal turbine technology. 


(C) ITV 

Photographer : Fionn McArthur

For further information please contact Peter Gray
Mob 07831460662 /  peter.gray@itv.com

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Julia Bradbury and Alex Beresford travel to Orkney. (ITV)

Another highlight in ITV's climate change programming tonight is this documentary from Julia Bradbury and Alex Beresford.

The duo travel to Orkney to discover how islanders have harnessed the extreme weather they live with to power their businesses and homes, in an inspiring look at renewable energy and sustainable ways to live.

Watch: Joe Lycett stages stunt outside Shell's London HQ

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