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What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Monday 19th February

What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Monday 19th March

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 19th February

Marcella, 9.00pm, ITV

The first series of Marcella was hardly family viewing, but the second looks set to be even darker, if that were possible. This time the troubled London detective (Anna Friel) is on the hunt for a child killer after the body of a missing nine-year-old is found entombed in the wall of a flat. The property’s owner, an old rocker played by Nigel Planer, comes under suspicion but he’s certainly not the only suspect and before long, writer Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge) is weaving a tangled plot with shady characters at every turn. To make matters worse, Marcella’s violent blackouts have returned, with terrifying consequences. Rating: ******

Collateral, 9.00pm, BBC2

Carey Mulligan on filming Collateral while pregnant: 'My bump was so big that I looked like a Teletubby in my forensic suit!'

We may have discovered who killed Abdullah during last week’s opening episode, but we have no idea why the unfortunate pizza delivery driver was gunned down in the street. This week’s second chapter follows the woman who pulled the trigger, troubled army desk clerk Sandrine Shaw (Jeany Spark), to see who’s pulling her strings. Meanwhile, pizza-shop manager Laurie has gone missing and during a search at her home DI Kip Glaspie (Carey Mulligan) discovers a hidden stash of cash. There’s a promising lead from Abdullah’s sister Fatima, who shares an explosive piece of information about her journey to the UK, which could have enormous consequences if true… Rating: ****

The X-Files, 9.00pm, C5

The revived X-Files hasn’t always hit the heights of the original series, but tonight’s highly enjoyable episode harks back pleasingly to some of the show’s classic offerings. People are being stalked by their doppelgangers, then turning up dead – apparently by their own hand. Mulder and Scully, quite pleased to have a proper X-File on their hands, hit the road aiming to "get back to our bread and butter" and find out what’s going on. Along the way there are plenty of quirky characters (a pair of splendidly OTT twins among them, played by veteran X-Files star Karin Konoval) and a twist that’ll please long-term fans. Rating: ****

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