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What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Sunday 23rd September

Bodyguard final David Budd What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Sunday 23rd September
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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 23rd September

Bodyguard, 9pm, BBC1

The year’s most talked-about drama goes out with a bang in a 75-minute finale – extra time that’s needed to focus on the pile of unanswered questions. Thankfully, this satisfying last episode doesn’t leave us hanging. The action resumes, after his suspension last week, with Sgt Budd going rogue in his hunt for Julia’s killers. And he soon has the police, security services and a gang of criminals on his tail. But will he survive long enough to discover which of them is responsible for her death? There are some jaw-dropping twists still to come, so fasten your seat belt. Rating: *****

Vanity Fair, 9pm, ITV

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As Rawdon, George and Dobbin bravely march into battle, an anxious Amelia frets that she may never see her husband again. Becky, on the other hand, isn’t shedding any tears, as war provides a chance for her to make money. With everyone desperate for horses (and Rawdon’s stable full), she can name her price, and her plotting recommences in earnest, starting with old flame Jos… Meanwhile, on the battlefield, nothing could have prepared our leading men for the horrors of war. As the Battle of Waterloo rages, who will make it home alive? Another beautifully crafted episode, with epic battle scenes, and we can’t wait to see where our heroine’s ambition takes her next. Rating: ****

999: On the Frontline, 9pm, More4

This real-time TV show returns for a second series, and we’ll have to wait and see if any of the West Midlands ambulance crews suffer the indignity of an abusive note pinned to a windscreen complaining about their parking skills like many others do. In the meantime, an elderly gent needs emergency care after falling off a ladder, and a newly qualified paramedic struggles to treat a delirious epileptic. Rating: ****

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David Hollingsworth

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.


Other than watching and writing about telly, David loves playing cricket, going to the cinema, trying to improve his tennis and chasing about after his kids!