TV Times top picks for tonight
What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Monday 12th February
Trauma, 9.00pm, ITV
Fans of BBC1’s Doctor Foster won’t want to miss this psychological thriller, which airs over three consecutive nights. Written by Mike Bartlett, it follows surgeon Jon Allerton (Adrian Lester), whose world begins to fall apart when he fails to save the life of a 15-year-old boy. After the teenager’s grief-stricken father, Dan Bowker (John Simm), becomes convinced Jon made a mistake, he makes it his mission to expose what he believes to be the truth by targeting the medic and infiltrating his life. Packed with tense stand-offs, this intricate drama will have you constantly switching sides as both men find themselves dangerously driven to the edge… Rating: *****
Collateral, 9.00pm, BBC2
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Carey Mulligan on our TV screens but the Hollywood star is back with a bang in this stylish and ambitious thriller. This week’s opening episode begins with no-nonsense detective Kip Glaspie (Mulligan) investigating the mysterious murder of a pizza delivery driver on the streets of London, but soon ripples out to introduce myriad characters from all over society. With an impressive supporting cast including Nicola Walker, John Simm and Billie Piper all shining, this is more than just a standard police procedural, as the sweeping long take in which Kip first arrives on the crime scene demonstrates. Rating: ****
Julius Caesar Revealed, times vary, BBC1
Julius Caesar was perhaps the most famous Roman of them all. After crossing the Rhine and invading Britain, the brilliant general was then proclaimed ‘dictator in perpetuity’ of the new empire before being assassinated on the Ides of March in 44BC. Most of us know some of that story, but Mary Beard sets out to paint a fuller picture of the man and his legacy, pulling some myths from their pedestals as she goes and asking the question: was his brutal slaying inevitable, or did he bring it on himself? Whether your knowledge of Caesar is gained from a university course or Carry On Cleo, you’ll probably learn something. Rating: ****
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