What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Monday 21st May

Paul O'Grady hosts the NHS Heroes Awards, which is being shown on Monday 21st May

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 21st May

The NHS Heroes, 8.30pm, ITV

In an awards show that is likely to bring a tear to the eye and a lump to the throat, the achievements and tireless work of NHS staff will be recognised at a glittering ceremony from London’s Hilton Park Lane hotel. The NHS Heroes Awards, the first of their kind, are being held to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS and will be hosted by Paul O’Grady in front of a star-studded audience. Celebrities will present the awards to those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Doctors, nurses, surgeons and air ambulance crews will be honoured, as will all manner of fundraisers and unsung heroes. Rating: ****

Football’s 47 Best Worst Songs, Dave, 8pm

The football season’s over and it’s weeks before the World Cup kicks off – what better way to fill this hiatus than with two entertaining hours of footy-related music? Bob Mortimer runs through 47 anthems (good and bad) and tunes that turned into terrace chants, in no particular order, with Gary Lineker, David Baddiel and many more pitching in.

Operation Royal Wedding, 9.05pm, National Geographic

Just in case you haven’t had your fill of Royal Wedding fever, National Geographic gives us rare access to some of the key players (and unsung heroes) whose efforts made sure the event of the year was perfect for the bride and groom – and the millions of viewers watching at home!

More previews tomorrow.

David Hollingsworth

David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.

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