TV highlights 07/07/14

Tour De France 2014 | Couples Come Dine With Me | Skyscraper: London's Cheesegrater | John Bishop's Australia | Scotland: For Richer Or Poorer? | The 100 | Slum Survivors

Tour De France 2014
12noon, ITV & ITV4

Stage three marks the tour's final day on British soil as the peloton goes on a jaunt from Cambridge to London, finishing on the Mall. All eyes will be on Chris Froome, last year's winner, who's had an inauspicious build-up to the race, having finished 12th at the recent Critérium du Dauphiné. A man who impressed during that event was Spain's Alberto Contador, a ruthless competitor with a tainted legacy – he tested positive for a banned substance in 2010 – who would love the chance to get one over on his British rival. Lanre Bakare

Couples Come Dine With Me
5pm, Channel 4

Even the most successful formats get stale eventually, and after nearly 10 years of pitting solo dinner party hosts against each other, Come Dine With Me has tweaked its formula. In the first episode of this new series, parties are thrown by three couples from the north London area: Dawn and Simon (middle-aged, sniping), Sian and Darren (young, trendy) and Stephen and Ayesha (high-flying, intellectual). It's a nice twist, despite the conversation never straying far from intra-couple dynamics. Continues throughout the week. Rachel Aroesti

Skyscraper: London's Cheesegrater
7pm, Channel 5

Opening with gleaming construction trucks sleeking through the City of London in the dead of night, this comes on like a hi-tech action-thriller. In some ways, it is: project engineer Karl Wilkinson has just 26 months to erect the capital's "first flat-packed skyscraper" the Leadenhall Building (AKA the Cheesegrater); the Square Mile's tallest building, furnished with a revolutionary steel exoskeleton. Here we follow its rise, literally, as the builders race to keep the project within budget and on deadline. Ali Catterall

John Bishop's Australia
9pm, BBC1

John Bishop is an affable and multi-talented fellow: a standup who played football to semi-pro level and acquitted himself well as an actor in Jimmy McGovern's Accused. Here he demonstrates another ability as a travelogue presenter, revisiting the country he first cycled around in 1992 when he was still a sales rep. Resolving to take a proper look at the country this time round, he starts off in Sydney before pedalling on towards the Blue Mountains, where he meets koalas and kangaroos. David Stubbs

Scotland: For Richer Or Poorer?
9pm, BBC2

Robert Peston presents a cool analysis of the question that must make even the most ardent nationalist nervous as September's referendum approaches: would independence make the Scots any better off? It is indeed a tricky one. Scottish oil may not be as reliable a nest-egg as the nationalista hope, and they may have to launch a new currency, to say nothing of the expense of separation. Peston surveys the runes from viewpoints including a North Sea oil platform, a Dundee tech hub and a Shetland folk festival. Andrew Mueller

The 100
9pm, E4

This 10-part US sci-fi series jumps on the post-apocalyptic teen-fiction bandwagon. Nuclear Armageddon some 97 years ago has left humanity confined to a space station named The Ark. With the population growing at an unsustainable rate, the higher-ups decide to send 100 delinquents to Earth to roadtest the possibly toxic planet. This opener sees the youngsters, including Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Finn (Thomas McDonell), adapt to their new home, as rivalries and alliances are spawned. Hannah J Davies

Slum Survivors
9pm, BBC3

In the opening episode of this three-part series, three British teens with some knowledge of mechanics – and varying degrees of entitlement – are sent to Nigeria to discover first-hand what life is like as an apprentice in a Lagos garage. Spoiler alert: it's not easy. With the format geared towards such predictable revelations, there's an uneasy sense here that poverty-stricken areas are being treated as a sort of personal development theme park, deprivation utilised to help shortsighted westerners appreciate their privilege. RA

Contributors

Lanre Bakare, Rachel Aroesti, Ali Catterall, David Stubbs, Andrew Mueller and Hannah J Davies

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