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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.