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1 of 1 There's a double episode of CSI with Ted Danson tonight on  RTÉ One
There's a double episode of CSI with Ted Danson tonight on RTÉ One

There’s a big battle for viewers tonight as a double-bill of CSI on RTÉ One competes with the return of drama Whitechapel on UTV, while for a bit of variety it’s hard to be beat a documentary on BBC2 about Michael Crawford.

There’s a big battle for viewers at nine bells tonight as a double-bill of CSI on RTÉ One competes with the return of drama Whitechapel on UTV, while for a bit of variety it’s hard to be beat a documentary on BBC2 about Michael Crawford.

CSI, 9.00pm, RTÉ One

Yep, it’s another double bill of forensic fun and games with Ted Danson and the gang. First up, the CSIs investigate the murder of rising tennis star Claudia Weber, who was killed on a tennis court and then stuffed into the ball holder of a ball machine. Later, in the first part of a crossover with CSI:NY, Mac Taylor comes to Vegas to surprise his girlfriend, Christine, and to spend some time with his old friend, Russell.

Whitechapel , 9.00pm, UTV

Back for another run of six episodes, Rupert Penry-Jones stars as Whitechapel opens with a two-parter where macabre executions are linked to witchcraft. Chandler, Miles and the team investigate the murder of a man crushed to death by stones. As the killer's methods become clearer, a second body is discovered and the detectives suspect the executions are being carried out by a witch hunter. Their progress slows as links to 20th-century espionage attract attention from the security services.

The Many Faces of Michael Crawford, 9.00pm, BBC2

Welcome repeat of a fascinating documentary tracing the life of one of Britain's most versatile entertainers. Crawford’s early career featured a part in 1969 Hollywood version of Hello, Dolly! but success was short-lived and he worked in a cushion factory before landing his best-known part - the disaster-prone Frank Spencer in 1970s' sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. In 1986, superstardom beckoned with the title role in the first run of The Phantom of the Opera. It’s a great story and Crawford is an unaffected joy.

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