What’s up? 10 top TV and streaming tips for Thursday

The startling thriller Souls comes to Sky Atlantic, Dara Ó Briain fights on in Taskmaster, Josh Widdicombe and Nish Kumar take over the front page, there’s Thanksgiving NFL action and Brazil begins their World Cup campaign. . .

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Souls, 10:05 p.m., Sky Atlantic

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Winner of Best Screenplay and Best Music at the CannesSeries TV Festival, the stunning German series comes to Sky Atlantic.

In Stockholm, pregnant pathologist Allie tries everything to prevent her beloved husband and pilot Leo from flying.

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In Berlin, 25-year-old Linn joins a cult whose members, for various reasons, want to believe in life after death.

Meanwhile, Hanna wakes up in a hospital in central Germany after a serious car accident and wonders how her 14-year-old son Jacob managed to save them from drowning.

When Jacob suddenly claims to remember a past life as a pilot of a missing passenger plane a few days after the accident, he dramatically changes the fate of the three women.

But is he telling the truth?

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Taskmaster, 9 p.m., Channel 4

Dara Ó Briain has a very slim lead in the race for television’s most prestigious award. Well, along with all the others.

In this penultimate episode, John Kearns blunts the bottom end of a sausage, Fern Brady wrestles with a raspberry, and Munya Chawawa inadvertently forces Sarah Millican to find a novel use for a ping-pong ball

Host, as always, is Greg Davies (above), ably assisted by Alex Horne.

MasterChef: The Professionals, 9.10pm, BBC One

In the final heat, Marcus Wareing tasks the first two chefs with preparing a pigeon, cooking it upside down and serving the breasts with a pigeon and Madeira sauce.

The final two contestants face a challenge from Anna Haugh, who asks them to make a filo pastry mille-feuille with layers of tropical fruit and coconut.

Next, all four chefs prepare their Signature Menu, which gives them one hour to cook two dishes of their own design that showcase their technical prowess and culinary imagination.

Here’s a nice piece of duck:

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NFL: Thanksgiving Games, Sky Sports

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the USA – and with it a big day in American football.

Tonight’s triple header of NFL football games will be led by the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys, both teams will attend their annual games when the Lions host the Buffalo Bills and the Cowboys take on the New York Giants.

And to round off the night (or morning for very loyal fans in Ireland), the New England Patriots play the Minnesota Vikings.

So it’s Bills @ Lions at 5pm, Giants @ Cowboys at 9pm and Patriots @ Vikings starts at 1am.

New or returning shows

Hold the front page, 9 p.m., Sky Max

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Josh Widdicombe (below) and Nish Kumar are about to delve into the unique and often sensational world of local news with this six-part series, following the comic duo’s journey into the heart of the British grassroots.

The two budding journalists venture into the North East for their first series of stories, this week for the Blackpool Gazette.

Josh and Nish’s first task is to go to the seaside and see the local people’s views before meeting a local strongman who sets a world record for lifting a beer keg with his eye sockets.

Steam train enthusiast Josh is dying to cover a historic railway, but gets a nasty surprise when Nish decides to take a sea survival training course – not good for Widdicombe as he can’t swim.

Finally, her journalistic experience is shaken by the arrival of then British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Blackpool.

Na Ceithre Raithe sna Déise, 8 p.m., TG4

A year-long visit to the Déise as the seasons slowly change among the Gaeltacht people in the area, mixed with local music and new poetry by Áine Uí Fhoghlú.

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Gáirdín na Síog at Sean Phobal school is in full bloom and the children are busy there, teenagers from An Rinn are training in the bay on the oyster beds and the owner of Tigh Mhuirithe has started renovation work.

Two sea swimmers are preparing for a big RNLI event in Heilbhic, a woman is continuing an organic vegetable tradition.

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First love, Netflix

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Young, free and madly in love. As teenagers, the world opened up to them – but as adults, their lives seem bleaker, as if something very important is missing.

The Noel Diary, Netflix

A novelist (played by Justin Hartley, aka Kevin Pearson) cleaned up his childhood home for Christmas This is us) meets a woman searching for her birth mother.

Will an old diary reveal their past – and their hearts?

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Aldi’s Next Big Thing, 8 p.m., channel 4

For the past week, supermarket shopper Julie Ashfield has been searching the tasting room for her chain’s next big thing in the treats category.

Among the wild and wacky products are some heart-pumping handmade chocolates, beer-filled Yorkshire puddings and a chip-filled chocolate bar vying for a coveted spot on store shelves.

Presented by Anita Rani and Chris Bavin.

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FIFA World Cup Live, RTÉ2

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Switzerland v Cameroon (kick-off 10am). Coverage of the opening Group G match taking place at Al-Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah.

Joanne Cantwell (above) presents from 9.30am with analysis by Richie Sadlier and commentary by Adrian Eames and John Kenny.

Uruguay v South Korea (kick-off 13:00). Group H begins at Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, where the sides meet for the third time in a World Cup finals.

Joanne Cantwell presents from 0.30 am with analysis by Richie Sadlier and comments by Adrian Eames and John Kenny.

Portugal-Ghana (kick-off 16:00). Group H rivals begin their season at Stadium 974 in Doha.

Tony O’Donoghue presents from 3.30pm with analysis by Dietmar Hamann and commentary by Darragh Maloney and Des Curran.

Brazil-Serbia (kick-off 19:00). Coverage of both teams’ opening match in Group G, taking place at Lusail Stadium.

Tony O’Donoghue presents from 6.30pm with analysis by Dietmar Hamann and commentary by Darragh Maloney and Des Curran.

Today’s highlights are at 11:10 p.m.

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