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TV tonight: our highlights for Friday 20th March

TV tonight 24 Hours in A&E: Heart Special
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A one-off special of 24 Hours in A&E is just one of the gems on today...

24 Hours in A&E returns with a heart special, meet some Super Powered Eagles, and crime thriller Bulletproof is back. 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, 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

Super Powered Eagles, 9pm, BBC2 (not NI)

TV tonight Super Powerd Eagles

'What do you fancy for tea, Tilly?'

Eagles may not be the cuddliest or fluffiest of creatures, but this stunning documentary will leave you with a new appreciation for them, as we witness how powerful and impressive these birds can really be. Intimate footage shows them hunting huge prey in the mountains of Oman and catching fish in the sea with amazing precision. We also follow a wild bald eagle family as they raise their gorgeous chicks, and we meet bird handler Lloyd (pictured), who has a very special bond with his golden eagle, Tilly. Her trust in him means he can attach a small camera to her, offering us a bird’s eye view of her world… 

Rating: ★★★★ EB

24 Hours in A&E: Heart Special, 8pm, C4

24 Hours in A&E: Heart Special

Steve's wife Julia is worried about his health

A one-off special focusing on three patients who have all been treated at St George’s Hospital in London for serious heart conditions. Corey is only 24 years old when he’s rushed into A&E after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing ice hockey. His wife of just 10 days, Alice (both pictured top), talks about their life as he is put in an induced coma. Angie, 59, is brought in with a racing heartbeat. When powerful medication doesn’t work, the doctors decide to electrically shock her heart. Finally, 49-year-old Steve is admitted after his heart rate rocketed while cooking. Steve’s wife Julia talks about her fears for the future after his recent stroke and a family history of heart problems. 

Rating: ★★★★★ JL

Bulletproof, 9pm, Sky One/Sky Box Sets/NOW TV


Bishop and Pike are back

Ashley Walters and Noel Clarke are back for a second run of this popular crime thriller, and this time detective duo Bishop (Clarke) and Pike (Walters) are undercover. Their mission is to infiltrate the Markides family, whose criminal connections reach far beyond London and the UK. But with the boys still reeling from the events of series one, their friendship is tested as Bishop goes deeper undercover than he ever expected. 

Rating: ★★★ RM

The Letter for the King, Netflix

The Letter for the King

Young squire Tiuri sets off on an epic journey

His Dark Materials star Amir Wilson plays an unlikely hero in this sweeping fantasy series, based on a novel by Dutch author Tonke Dragt. Set in a mythical world of knights, it follows young squire Tiuri on a mission to save the kingdom. With lots of lavish scenery and sword fighting, there’s something here for the whole family. Think: The Lord of the Rings. 

Rating: ★★★ SMA

The English Game, Netflix

TV tonight The English Game

Hands up if you like 19th-century football

It’s been nearly five years since the final episode of Downton Abbey appeared on our screens, but Julian Fellowes has been busy since then. As well as adapting his novel for the drama Belgravia, he’s also behind this new Netflix series that Downton fans are sure to love. Set in 1879, this sentimental and involving six-part drama tells the story of how football as we know it was born out of a struggle between Lancashire mill workers and upper class gentlemen. The sporting action is very well done, but there’s also plenty of stuff going on off the pitch, in a tale of hope and hardship that shares the forgotten tale of how our national game began. 

Rating: ★★★★ SMA

Best box set to watch 

Moving On, BBC iPlayer - five episodes, available now

Mark Addy

Mark Addy in the episode Man of Steel

Mark Addy shows his impressive versatility as he portrays an ex-rugby pro with a secret in episode three, series 11 of Jimmy McGovern’s compelling drama.

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Blade Runner 2049, 9pm, Sony Movies

Blade Runner 2049

Ryan Gosling stars in the sci-fi sequel

In the hands of director Denis Villeneuve, this stunning sequel to one of the most influential sci-fi films ever made matches – and may even surpass – the original. Set 30 years after the first film, the replicant hunting down rogue versions of itself is now Ryan Gosling, who is quickly involved in a labyrinthine mystery when he discovers some bones from a female replicant. It’s an all-encompassing plunge down the rabbit hole, exquisitely filmed by Roger Deakins, that requires your full attention to maintain a firm grip on all the threads, but rewards you with a piece of work that is quite simply astonishing. 

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss 24 Hours in A&E: Heart Special on TV tonight, you'll be in tears!

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

Happy viewing!