IN&OUTTONIGHT Mark the shows you love. See your own personal TV schedule. Share with your friends. Just text LL TV to 65400 Texts to 65400 are charged at standard rate. The service connects to the internet; data is charged at your operators standard rate. Free from London Lite BBC1 11AM 6PM 7PM 8PM 9PM 10PM 11PM TONIGHTSTV 20 Thursday, 6 August 2009 London Lite How we turned on to TV talent The Funny Side Of... TV Talent BBC2, 9.30pm The MentalistFive, 9pm When a former Mafiosi who entered a witness protection programme after turning informant is found shot dead, the suspicion is that his past has come back to haunt him. Yet murders are rarely that simple for the California Bureau of Investigation, particularly when Patrick Jane (Simon Baker, right) is involved. Fearlessly taking on the forces of the Mob, he even shows how a few simple golfing tips can save your life. How The Other Half Live Channel 4 , 9pm The series dedicated to minding the gap -- between wealth and poverty, that is -- continues by bringing together the Mullinses, whove done well out of the family plumbing business, with a fine gated community home in London to show for it, and the ODwyers, crowded into a council home in Brighton 50 miles away. Bus driver Shaun says of his 280 weekly wage: The moneys there for us to survive but we cant really live. Into the breach steps Victorian-style philanthropy that makes this show an oddity. There are only so many times you want to see gift cheques and heart-warming hugs. F i r s t, le t s g e t t he unfortunate side of business out of the way. Clive Anderson has long been a safe bet thanks to his quick brain and razor-sharp wit. Yet neither is particularly in evidence this evening, as he presents the first in a new series like a man tackling the rudiments of the autocue for the first time. Having said that, this potted history of the tV talent show is lazily watchable for anyone whos ever wondered how simon Cowell came to rule the world. the format is nearly as old as the medium: Come Dancing, the amateur ballroom predecessor to strictly, dates back to 1948. soon after, presenter Hughie Greens Opportunity Knocks brought the talent variety showSensation: Susan Boyle found fame on Britains Got Talent EastEnders BBC1, 7.30pm Lauren (Madeline Duggan, pictured) and Peter are cleaning out Maxs car when she finds something suspicious on the back seat. has he fallen back into bad habits? Meanwhile, archies homecoming party appears to be heading for disaster as ronnie does her best to stop the guests turning up -- but theres a shock for her later. description wont be applied to Cowell years from now? And imagine how the susan Boyle phenomenon may appear to the not too distant future. Among tonights revelations, we learn that the famous Opportunity Knocks clapometer measuring the audiences reac- tion was actually just two guys working a contraption behind the set. think of the furore if that happened nowadays. A brisk rattle through the years throws up plenty of amus- ing moments in tV competitions -- particularly those involving pets and children -- until we eventually arrive at our age of the superstar judge and the celebrity contestant. A warning: in the last category we have a clip of Esther rantzen uttering the immortal words: tonight, Matthew, im going to be Edith Piaf. Plenty to regret there... 11.00 homes under The hammer (S). 11.30 Trash To Cash (S); BBC news; Weather. 12.15 Cash In The attic (r,S). 1.00 BBC news; Weather (S). 1.30 regional news and Weather (S). 1.45 Doctors (S). 2.15 Murder, She Wrote (r,S). 3.00 BBC news; Weather; regional news (S). 3.05 Mister Maker (r,S). 3.25 Bear Behaving Badly (r,S). 3.50 League Of Super evil (r,S). 4.00 Thumb Wrestling Federation: TWF (r,S). 4.05 Sam and Marks Guide To Dodging Disaster (r,S). 4.35 SMart (S). 5.00 newsround (S). 5.15 Weakest Link (r,S). 6.00 BBC News (S); Weather. 6.30 BBC Regional News (S); Weather. 7.00 The One Show (S). adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley present the live topical show. 7.30 EastEnders (S). ronnie throws a last-minute party at the Vic to keep people away from archies housewarming -- but Janine has a surprise in store for her. Libby tells Liz she does not want to see her any more. See Soap Box Followed by BBC News; Regional News. 8.00 As Seen On TV (S). 4/8. Sally Lindsay, Jo Joyner, Marshall Lancaster and Danny Wallace join Steve Jones, Fern Britton and Jason Manford to test their knowledge of small-screen trivia. 8.30 The Rat Pack (S). 3/6. ricky Clark deals with some rabbits, brother Jimmy is called to a wasp infestation, and the pest controllers discover a giant rat in a sofa bed. 9.00 New Tricks (S). 4/8. When clips of an actor being assaulted in a 1990 movie are posted on the internet, the squad reopens the investigation into her disappearance and the murder of the films producer. Director Don Maddox features in the footage, but when questioned, he appears to have problems distinguishing fact from fiction. Imogen Stubbs guest stars. 10.00 BBC News (S). 10.25 BBC Regional News (S); Weather. 10.35 Proof Of Life (S) (2000). a woman seeks the help of a professional negotiator after her husband is kidnapped in the jungles of South america. action drama, starring russell Crowe, Meg ryan, David Morse and David Caruso. Followed by Holiday Weather. 12.50 Sign Zone: Panorama (r,S). raphael rowe investigates drug dealing inside British prisons, visiting a category- a jail where he hears the stories of inmates involved and officers trying to stop it. 1.20 Sign Zone: Countryfile (r,S). Matt Baker and Julia Bradbury discover the challenges of managing a historic property in the 21st century when they visit Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire. 2.15 Sign Zone: heir hunters (r,S). The life of a former army sergeant yields details of suicide and bigamy. Last in the series. 3.00 BBC news (S). Sally Lindsay 8pm, As Seen On TV PREVIEW BEN FELSENBURG to the small screen for the next few decades. Much now looks quaint or even ridiculous to our modern eyes -- were spoon players really so popular back then? Yet in some ways things werent that different. 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