TV tonight: our highlights for Tuesday 1st September

TV tonight War On Plastic: The Fight Goes On

War on Plastic: The Fight Goes On is just one of the gems on today...

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anita Rani are back with their War on Plastic: The Fight Goes On, there's a new series of The Chase, and Sheridan Smith talks about Becoming Mum. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight. 

  • Our hand selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include three TV shows, a film, live sport and the latest trending need-to-binge-on-now box set 
  • 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

The Chase, 5pm, ITV

TV tonight The Chase

Host Bradley Walsh

The hit quiz returns with new episodes from today, so substantial sums of cash are up for grabs once again – but only if Brad’s team of four strangers can outwit some of the UK’s finest quizzing brains. Contestants in today’s episode include a science teacher who is also crewmaster for a hot-air balloon team, and a nutritionist from Doncaster who wants to spend any winnings on a full set of The Chase DVDs. Will they be able to keep the Chaser at bay and get the money? 

★★★★ SP

War on Plastic: The Fight Goes On, 9pm, BBC1

TV tonight War on Plastic: The Fight Goes On

Hugh and Anita are on the warpath again

A year ago, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anita Rani showed us the devastating impact of single-use plastics. Now they’re updating us on big companies’ responses to the environmental time-bomb, and challenging more plastic offenders. Hugh looks into just how recyclable sandwich wrappers are, while Anita makes a shocking discovery about some brands of tea bags. She also joins a family trying to reduce plastic use and finally the pair reveal why the fight against plastic waste should  not be derailed by COVID-19.

★★★ JL

Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum, 9pm, ITV

Tv tonight Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum

Sheridan with partner Jamie

Sheridan Smith has had a tough time of it in the press over the past few years, while behind closed doors she’s been secretly battling anxiety and depression. So that’s what makes tonight’s no-holds-barred documentary that charts her challenging pregnancy journey all the more moving. In it, she opens up about the causes of her depression, her deep fear of it returning and how she’s desperate to be a good mum. By the time you see her finally cradling her baby son, you’re left hoping that she’s put her demons firmly behind her and is at the beginning of a positive new chapter in her life… 

★★★★ HD

Designated Survivor, seasons 1-3, Netflix

TV tonight Designated Survivor

Kiefer Sutherland is the designated survivor

With the US elections just around the corner, sit back and watch what happens when a low-ranking politician has to take over the running of America after a bomb kills the president and all his top officials. Kiefer Sutherland stars in the lead role. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Chocolat, 6.40pm, Sony Movies

TV tonight Chocolat

Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp

A wintry wind blows red-cloaked Juliette Binoche and her daughter into a strait-laced French town in 1959, where she opens a sinful chocolaterie to the consternation of the town’s authoritarian mayor Alfred Molina. Things look worse when she dallies with gypsy Johnny Depp. This playful fantasy is a tad twee, but it’s also as warm and comforting as a cup of cocoa

Live sport

  • T20 Cricket: England v Pakistan 5.30pm, Sky Sports Cricket/NOW TV
  • Cycling: Tour de France from 12.20pm, ITV4/Eurosport 1
  • See Today’s football on TV for all the footy matches on

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss War on Plastic: The Fight Goes On on TV tonight – making the world a better place

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Happy viewing!