TV Times top picks for tonight

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Wednesday 20th June

Secrets of McDonald’s: 50 Years of the Big Mac, 9pm, Channel 5

When salesman Ray Kroc turned Maurice and Richard McDonald’s California burger joints into a nationwide chain in 1954, little did they know it would become the most successful fast food corporation in the world. From the brothers’ invention of the ‘Speedee Serve System’ in 1948, to the backlash over its practices in the 1990s, this is everything you wanted (or didn’t want) to know about McDonald’s. One man has taken his liking for the Golden Arches a step further and has collected over 35,000 items of memorabilia. We’re lovin’ it. Rating: *****

The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, 8pm, BBC2

From a traditional fisherman’s cottage to a tree house like no other, a huge concrete box and a weatherproof hideaway on its own island – Caroline Quentin and Piers Taylor are in Norway sampling fabulous homes. With some of the most extreme weather, houses need to be tough here. Norway also has a tradition of building with timber, though one house turns tradition on its head and leads Caroline to exclaim, ‘This is the greatest house I’ve ever been in.’ Well done, Norway! Rating: ****

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, 10pm, BBC2

We are used to comedians Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer making us laugh. And they do that again in this new series about Paul trying to teach his old mate how to fish. But there is a serious purpose behind the show. Bob had a triple bypass three years ago and Paul, who also has heart disease, thought fishing might help get Bob out and about again. The pair go to stunning locations around the country, beginning this week in Norfolk, and while they wait for the fish to take the bait, they chat about everything, including their health and their childhoods and, of course, being who they are, they make each other (and us) laugh. Rating: ****

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