Some more money-saving tips to help you take better control of your finances. Martin Lewis and Ruth Liptrot explain how we consumers don’t always need to fight a losing battle with the banks and big companies. Tonight Martin looks at council tax and reveals that many householders might be in line for refunds running into thousands of pounds because of overcharging. Plus, the best deals and offers from loan companies and credit card providers, and imaginative ways of cutting your utility bills to save the pennies.
NATURE: Wainwright Walks
Presenter Julia Bradbury follows in the well-worn footsteps of late, great Lake District fell-walker Alfred Wainwright, using his iconic series of guidebooks. In this first of six programmes, she straps on her walking boots and sets off to conquer Helvellyn via what is possibly the most talked-about ridge in Lakeland – Striding Edge. The series also sees Julia on Catbells, Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and Helm Crag.
HOMES: Grand Designs
This week’s couple, Jo and Shaun Bennett were inspired by gothic and medieval architecture – a style that, according to presenter Kevin McCloud, is "pure Addams family". The five-bedroom gothic fantasy home the couple intend to build will include a tower, cloister, massive stone fireplace, carved oak staircase and stained glass windows. "It has the potential to be idiosyncratic and exciting," McCloud reasons, "but that depends on the budget, and particularly Jo’s designs." But without a quantity surveyor or even a builder on board yet, and a budget of only £200,000 to £250,000, it’s hard not to pick up McCloud’s misgivings early on. The ambitious project goes ahead but will Shaun and Jo get the rich, marvellous style right – or will constraints leave them short of their dream? Be surprised.
REAL-LIFE: Wonderland: The Madness Of Dancing Daniel
This week’s film examines the unusual world of Daniel Turnbull, a funny and charming eccentric with a compulsion to dance, a love of London and an obsession with hygiene. Sadly, Daniel, 30, has been diagnosed with a personality disorder and struggles to live independently. He’s perilously close to being admitted to a long-stay mental institution, unless Professor Peter Tyrer, a psychiatrist specialising in personality disorders, can find a suitable care home for him. With most unwilling to take Daniel because of his erratic and often dangerous behaviour, Prof Tyrer faces a challenge to keep his patient from being confined in an institution.