What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Sunday 17th June

MAMMA MIA! London Cast 2017/2018
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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 17th June

Mamma Mia: The Story of the World’s Favourite Musical, 9pm, Channel 5

Did you know one in four UK households owns Mamma Mia! on DVD? So what’s behind the appeal of the film, and the musical, which has taken $1.5billion at the box office? We hear from those behind its success, including writer Catherine Johnson. Also on is Britain’s Favourite Abba Songs (5.50pm), Abba: The Secret Life of Agnetha & Anni-Frid (7pm) and Live in Concert (10.25pm). Rating: ****

Poldark, 9pm, BBC1

Tom York, who plays Sam in Poldark

Having been granted a dramatic stay of execution last week, Sam Carne (Tom York) is keen to move on with his life. But, Sam being Sam, it’s not long before he finds himself in another scrape. This time he risks life and limb fighting George Warleggan’s hefty henchman Tom Harry (twice his size!) in a Cornish wrestling match to win the affection of his love interest Emma Tregirls (Ciara Charteris). But can he come through it unscathed? Of course, this being Poldark, Sam and Emma’s affair isn’t the only bubbling on-off romance – as Hugh’s health worsens, he summons Demelza to his bedside and attempts to woo her with poetry, which causes yet more friction in the Poldark marriage… Rating: ****

The Handmaid’s Tale, 9pm, C4

There’s a shock for Offred tonight, when she discovers she’s losing blood, and fears she may be about to miscarry. On top of that is Offred’s new state of compliance. Worn down, it looks like she has finally given up, as she shuffles round like a robot. She won’t even talk to Nick, who faces being married off to a young girl in an unsettling ceremony only Gilead could host. Can anything bring back Offred’s rebellious spirit? Rating: *****

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.

Before working for What To Watch, David spent many years working for 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 for 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. David is a huge Death in Paradise fan, although he's still failed to solve a case before the show's detective! He also loves James Bond and controversially thinks that Timothy Dalton was an excellent 007.

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