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Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope

Sun Sep 15, 6-7pm, ITV

Recent royals have been bucking centuries of tradition, showing more interest in saving exotic animals than shooting them. The latest to break cover as a conservationist is the second in line to the throne. Documentary maker Jane Treays (whose previous work includes ‘Mum, Heroin and Me’, which we suggest would have been a snappier suffix for this show) swings by Kensington Palace to talk to Prince William tonight about how fatherhood has only intensified his passion for wildlife conservation in Africa.

It’s probably safe to expect a low-key battle of, er, wills, as Treays asks about young George and the Duke of Cambridge tries to keep the focus on the elephants, rhinos, and the work of the Tusk Trust (of which he is a patron). An admirable use of his profile, we suppose, although it’s hard to believe he’ll be coming out with anything unexpected. Speaking of which, the revived ‘Surprise, Surprise’ returns for an equally uncalled-for second run straight afterwards.