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What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Sunday 16th September

Richard Madden as troubled security officer David Budd
(Image credit: BBC/World Productions/Sophie Mut)

TV Times top picks for tonight

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Sunday 16th September

Bodyguard, 9pm, BBC1

Missing the huge shocks of previous episodes, this outing is more about intrigue and suspicion – and some of your theories about the story are likely to be shattered. In an effort to discover who set off the device that killed Julia Montague, David Budd turns his attention to a few suspects, first trying to find out the true identity of the mysterious “Richard Longcross”, who Julia met with shortly before her death. Another suspect is Roger Penhaglion, Julia’s ex-husband and the government chief whip – and then there’s Julia’s feisty former political assistant Chanel, who was fired for incompetence. She’s tracked David down and begins to flirt with him. But is Chanel after more than a date? Rating: ****

Vanity Fair, 9pm, ITV

Vanity Fair

Happiness is fleeting for poor Amelia (Claudia Jessie) tonight – George (Charlie Rowe) may have made the grand gesture of marrying her against his father’s wishes, but as soon as he learns he’s been disinherited he’s in a less than romantic mood. To make matters worse, he’s starting to see Becky (Olivia Cooke) in a different light now, too, as he becomes infatuated with his former nemesis. Becky’s head won’t be turned, though, as she is far more interested in her plans to make money with Rawdon (Tom Bateman) – no matter who she hurts along the way. Little do the four know, however, that everything is about to change – war is coming, and it won’t be without its victims… Rating: *****

King Arthur’s Britain: The Truth Unearthed, 9pm, BBC2

History books tell us that when the Romans left Britain, the country descended into chaos and was soon overrun by the bloodthirsty Anglo-Saxons. This is where the legend of King Arthur comes in – a hero who supposedly defended the country against these marauders. Now, thanks to a new archaeological dig and new research, Alice Roberts puts together a very different story… Rating: ****

More previews tomorrow.

David is a Senior Digital Content Editor with over 15 years experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest soap spoilers and television news for Whatsontv.


Before working for Whatsontv, David spent many years on TV Times magazine, interviewing some of television's most famous stars including Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, singer Lionel Richie and wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough. David started out as a writer on TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards.


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