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TV tonight: our highlights for Thursday 12th March

TV tonight How to Beat Ageing

How to Beat Ageing is just one of the gems on today...

How to Beat Ageing helps us knock a few years off our clocks, Martin Freeman stars in new comedy Breeders, and we go behind the scenes at Birmingham’s New Street Station in The Station: Trouble on the Tracks. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight. 

  • Our hand-selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include five TV shows, a film, the live sports fixtures and the latest trending need-to-binge-on-now box set 
  • Keep up to date with the latest soap spoiler storylines on TV tonight with our daily soap synopsis 
  • For more information about what’s on TV tonight see our TV Guide 

What's on TV tonight 

Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight... 

Best TV shows on TV tonight

Breeders, from 10pm, Sky One/NOW TV


Nothing like a foot in the face to aid sleep…

Most parents would willingly die for their kids, but they also quite often feel like killing them! It’s that paradox that provides the inspiration for this honest and uncompromising comedy pulling no punches as it explores the pressures of raising a family. Millions of mums and dads across Britain will sympathise with Paul (Sherlock star Martin Freeman) and Ally (Back to Life’s Daisy Haggard) who play a pair of parents struggling to look after two youngsters while maintaining full-time careers. The 10-part series kicks off with a double bill this week, so prepare for laughs, tears and plenty of swearing! 

Rating: ★★★★ SMA

How to Beat Ageing, 8pm, C4

TV tonight How to Beat Ageing

Kate Quilton and Dr Javid Abdelmoneim help to turn back time for our volunteers

The first in this new health series presented by Kate Quilton and Dr Javid Abdelmoneim (main picture) offers tips on how to mitigate the effects of ageing. Eight guinea pigs are given five weeks to tweak their lifestyles, but first they are tested to find out their ‘biological age’. This tells them what age demographic they are similar to. So when 51-year-old hotel manager Andy learns his biological age is 82, his blood pressure goes even higher! The good news is that the ‘health hacks’ on offer are easy to incorporate into your life, and the volunteers see a huge difference after trying them out. Later in the run they’ll be looking at stress, chronic pain, and diet. 

Rating: ★★★ IM

The Station: Trouble on the Tracks, 9pm, ITV

The Station: Trouble on the Tracks

The ‘orange army’ in action

This documentary goes behind the scenes at Network Rail to show the reality of working on or using our often troubled railways. At Birmingham New Street flooding is causing havoc as engineer Ryan, part of the ‘orange army,’ tries to get trains moving. A Banksy painting on a wall in Birmingham causes a unique challenge for staff, as do some passengers, including one trying to travel without a ticket. 

Rating: ★★★ JL

First Dates, 10pm, C4

TV tonight First Dates

How will Yasmin and Josh get on?

Is the world ready for Josh? A ‘customer-success executive’ in a pink suit, 30-year-old Josh describes himself as an ‘alpha male’ and is looking out for a Kim Kardashian type. Is glamourpuss Yasmin woman enough? No less eye-catching is 42-year-old Sherie, a waxing entrepreneur – careers advisers never mentioned that at school – who’s hoping that the Marilyn Monroe dress she’s had specially made for the occasion will wow fellow Northerner Richard. 

Rating: ★★★ SM

Hospital, 9pm, BBC2


A&E senior sister Edna Panambo

A huge problem for Liverpool hospitals is patients with nowhere to go. John, 71, has dementia and has been in hospital for two months. He needs a bed at a care home but there isn’t one. And it’s not just the elderly who become  ‘super-stranded’. Three-year-old Hari has a genetic condition that means he’s stuck at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital because his home is not suitable. 

Rating: ★★★★ JL

Best box set to watch 

White House Farm, ITV Hub - six episodes, available now

TV tonight White House Farm

Freddie Fox as Jeremy Bamber

Freddie Fox gives a career-best performance as Jeremy Bamber in this chilling drama. When a family of five is shot dead, sole surviving member Jeremy stands to inherit their fortune…

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Birth of the Dragon, 9pm, Film4

Birth of the Dragon

Philip Wang-Lung Ng as Bruce Lee

This action movie tells the story of martial arts icon Bruce Lee's  legendary fight with Shaolin master Wong Jack Man in 1964, which is shrouded in mystery. The 23-year-old Lee (played by Philip Wan-Lung Ng) is teaching martial arts in San Francisco when the revered Wong (Xia Yu) arrives in the city. Eventually, we reach the epic showdown and Lee’s fists of fury come up against Wong’s serene Shaolin artistry. Even if this isn’t how things happened, it’s mesmerising.

Live sport on TV tonight 

  • One-day International Cricket: Australia v New Zealand, 2.30am, BT Sport 1
  • Europa League Football, 5.45pm & 8pm, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3 & BT Sport/ESPN 
  • Premier League Darts, 7pm, Sky Sports Action

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss How to Beat Ageing on TV tonight, it might just change your life!

Not found anything you want to watch on TV tonight? Check out our TV Guide. 

Happy viewing!