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Friday, May 1

ANZAC Girls (More4, 9pm)

New series. Award-winning Australian drama set in 1915, inspired by the real-life experiences of five young women during the First World War. In the opening episode, a number of fledgling nurses arrive in Egypt and soon realise the war is not the adventure they thought it would be, as they deal with successive convoys of injured and dying men from the botched Gallipoli campaign. Based on Peter Rees’s book The Other Anzacs, it stars Georgia Flood, Antonia Prebble, Laura Brent, Anna McGahan and Caroline Craig.

The Clare Balding Show (BBC2, 10pm)

The weekend alarm goes off and Clare Balding is hosting her Radio 2 show. You pop The One Show on later in the week and she’s promoting this series. Yes, when it comes to ubiquity, Clare is more omnipresent than Ant and Dec combined it seems. But can she break the curse that befell Gaby Roslin and Davina McCall in the past: sustaining a prime time female-hosted chat show? Well, it may take at least one series to iron out the wrinkles. Talking of which, this week she’s joined by a man who loves nothing more than such crease-reducing shenanigans: Chris Eubank. The former world champion boxer and his son Chris Jr, currently the WBA interim world middleweight title-holder, discuss their professional and personal lives. Top tips on ironing welcome, Chris.