'Crime' and 'Handmade: Britain's Best Woodworker': The 5 best things on TV, Thursday 18 November

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Thursday night's TV highlights. (Buccaneer Media/Channel 4)
Thursday night's TV highlights. (Buccaneer Media/Channel 4)

Crime drama leads the highlights of tonight's TV, with new Irvine Welsh adaptation Crime starring Dougray Scott launching on BritBox.

Meanwhile, Channel 5's offering is a little less gritty as P.D. James adaptation Dalgliesh continues with Bertie Carvel in the title role.

Read more: ITV unveils star-studded new season drama line-up

Handmade: Britain's Best Woodworker reaches its semi-final on Channel 4, while former Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain shows us her speediest recipes in BBC Two's Nadiya's Fast Flavours.

Stacey Solomon continues her encouragement to clear out your home in BBC One's Sort Your Life Out.

The best things to watch on TV tonight, Thursday 18 November, 2021

Crime - BritBox

Crime: Pictured: (L-R) Jamie Sives as DOUGIE GILLMAN, Sarah McCardie as GILLIAN GLOVER, Dougray Scott as RAY LENNOX, Joanna Vanderham as AMANDA DRUMMOND, Ken Stott as BOB TOAL and Michael Abubakar as STUART MURDOCH

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The star-studded cast of 'Crime'. (Buccaneer Media/Off Grid Film and TV/Jed Knight)

Author Irvine Welsh branches out into TV adaptations after some huge successes with his books being made into films - notably, Trainspotting and Filth.

Crime stars Dougray Scott as DI Ray Lennox who is struggling to recover from a recent child murder case which is still haunting him.

Read more: Why Dougray Scott spent 10 years trying to get involved in Crime with Irvine Welsh

Fans of the book will be familiar with Lennox reflecting on the case from his holiday in Miami, but the TV series reangles the tale by showing what actually happened during the investigation in Edinburgh.

Handmade: Britain's Best Woodworker - Channel 4 - 8pm

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The woodworkers take on the semi-final. (Channel 4)

The latest TV contest from the same stable as Bake Off pits woodworkers against each other in a familiar format of weekly challenges.

In tonight's semi-final, the four remaining contestants turn their hand to period drinks cabinets before host Mel Giedroyc announces who's made it to the final.

Sort Your Life Out - BBC One - 8pm

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Stacey Solomon sorts out homes. (Optomen/James Stack)

Stacey Solomon presents this home organisation show that challenges people to reduce their belongings by half through recycling, donating and selling.

Tonight's family features a keen car booter, his wife and their son who's too embarrassed to invite friends home to the clutter, which includes 81 fondue forks.

Nadiya's Fast Flavours - BBC Two - 8.30pm

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Nadiya Hussain shows us her fastest recipes. (Wall to Wall Media Ltd/Cliff Evans)

She's the most famous Bake Off winner and Nadiya Hussain has proved her skills aren't confined to cakes with a number of recipe books and shows to her name.

This latest one showcases fast fixes in the kitchen to inspire delicious meals at a moment's notice.

Read more: Who are the Bake Off 2021 finalists?

Dalgliesh - Channel 5 - 9pm

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Bertie Carvel stars as Dalgliesh. (Channel 5)

Based on P.D. James' novels, the series stars Bertie Carvel as the title detective working on cases in the 70s.

This episode sees Dalgliesh investigate a case of the bodies of a recently-resigned Tory MP and a homeless man found in a Paddington church by a churchwarden and an eight-year-old child.

Watch: Irvine Welsh's Crime trailer