TV tonight: our highlights for Wednesday 13th May

TV tonight Lucy Worsley's Royal Photo Album
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Lucy Worsley's Royal Photo Album is just one of the gems on today...

Lucy Worsley looks at how the royals have been photographed over the years, there's another chance to see acclaimed drama Vienna Blood on BBC2, and the Thomas boys are in search of a very special cousin in Absolutely India: Mancs in Mumbai on ITV. 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 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

Vienna Blood, 9pm, BBC2

TV tonight Vienna Blood

Max and Oskar must find a way to work together

Here’s another chance to see this intelligent period crime drama, first shown last year, about a pair of mismatched sleuths in Vienna in 1906. Police Inspector Oskar Reinhardt (Jürgen Maurer) is ordered to team up with English doctor of psychology Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard), but he has little time for the younger man’s observations. There’s a nice chemistry between the leads and impressive set pieces, including a scene set on Vienna’s famous giant Ferris wheel.

★★★★ JE


Lucy Worsley's Royal Photo Album, 9pm, BBC4

TV tonight Lucy Worsley's Royal Photo Album

Lucy all dressed up with a vintage camera

Historian Lucy Worsley takes a look at some of the most celebrated images to reveal how the photograph has changed the monarchy and how the royals have harnessed its power. These include Cecil Beaton’s glamorous image of the Queen on her Coronation Day and the very modern images of Princess Margaret by her husband, Lord Snowdon. Lucy also reveals how new cameras enabled royals such as Queen Alexandra in the early 1900s and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, to capture more relaxed images of the royals at home. 

★★★★ JL

Absolutely India: Mancs in Mumbai, 8pm, ITV

TV tonight Absolutely India: Mancs in Mubai

The Thomas brothers with locals in Mumbai

After a spicy curry for breakfast the Thomas brothers and dad Dougie head to the north of Mumbai to meet another long-lost family member. One hair-raising tuk tuk ride later, they arrive to meet their dad’s cousin Darryl and find they have lots in common. Next, they head to Dharavi, the area of Mumbai where the film Slumdog Millionaire was set. They join an acting class and then take their new-found Bollywood dance moves on to the streets. This leg of their adventure ends in a jive club, twisting the night away with new friends. 

★★★ JL

Best box set to watch 

After Life, season 2 (six episodes), Netflix

TV tonight Afterlife

Ricky Gervais writes and stars

The second series of Ricky Gervais’ bittersweet comedy about widowed local newspaper journalist Tony (Gervais) trying to come to terms with the loss of his wife, Lisa (Kerry Godliman).

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Moonlight, 9pm, Film4

TV tonight Moonlight

‘Little’ and Juan spend time together

The winner of the Best Picture Oscar in 2017 (remember the La La Land fiasco?), this is an epic character study of masculinity, solidly grounded in humanity. Separated into three chapters, the story follows the travails of a black man in America: the bullied kid (Alex R Hibbert), the confused teen (Ashton Sanders) and finally the man (Trevante Rhodes) who must come to terms with who he is. An exceptional film. 

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss Lucy Worsley on TV tonight – remembering the royals at their best.

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Happy viewing!