TV tonight: our highlights for Monday 14th September

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David Tennant takes on his darkest role yet in Des, Battle of Britain Day is commemorated on Sky History and BBC4, and C4 goes Inside the Bomb Squad. 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 
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What's on TV tonight 

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

Best TV shows on TV tonight

Battle of Britain 80, from 9pm, Sky History

TV tonight Battle of Britain 80

Remembering the decisive war for the skies

The official Battle of Britain Day is tomorrow, but throughout this week Sky History and BBC4 are showing programmes to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the epic battle of the skies that took place in the summer of 1940. On Sky History tonight the first of three films is Allies at War, which reveals how a battle-weary RAF was helped by Polish and Czech pilots. Next is The Race for the Radar, followed by the first of a three-part series called Battle of Britain. On BBC4 watch out for Spitfire tonight (9pm), then Battle of Britain: The Real Story tomorrow (10pm) and finally, Britain’s Greatest Pilot on Wednesday (9pm). 

★★★★ JL

Des, 9pm, ITV

TV tonight Des

Arresting: Daniel Mays and David Tennant star

You’ll never look at David Tennant in the same way again after witnessing his stunningly dark performance as serial killer Dennis Nilsen in this spellbinding three-parter. Sensitively choosing not to show Nilsen’s crimes, the series begins as he is caught and confesses to killing up to 16 young men. It then explores the painstaking battle of DCI Peter Jay (the equally brilliant Daniel Mays) to identify the victims and his shocking interviews with Nilsen, also known as ‘Des’. This is a riveting watch that will take a long time to leave you. Continues on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

★★★★ CC

Inside the Bomb Squad, 8pm, C4

TV tonight Inside the Bomb Squad

At ease: Explosives experts

The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Regiment responds to more than 2,000 UK call outs every year. This series follows explosives experts from units in Chester and London as they deal with everything from illegal hoards of ammunition to unexploded World War Two shells. Sadly, the bravery of these nerveless professionals is matched, at times, by the idiocy of the general public – notably in tonight’s case of a man who caught a grenade while fishing with a magnet, then drove to work to show it to his colleagues! 

★★★ IM

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Friday Night Dinner, seasons 1-6, All 4

TV tonight Friday Night Dinner

Meet the Goodmans

This quirky comedy has a great ensemble cast and gets better the more you watch. Tamsin Greig is the wacky mother preparing the traditional Jewish Friday night dinner for her equally idiosyncratic family – her hubby (Paul Ritter) and sons (Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal).

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Green Zone, 9pm, Sony Movies

TV tonight Green Zone

Matt Damon stars

Reuniting with The Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass, Matt Damon stars as a US Army officer in Iraq who’s trying to discover the truth about alleged weapons of mass destruction. Damon’s ideally cast, while Brendan Gleeson as a gruff CIA man and Greg Kinnear as a nasty Pentagon guy add old-style acting value. A fine, fearless movie.

Live sport

  • Premier League Football: Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea 7pm (k-o 8pm), Sky Sports Premier League
  • Rugby Union: Gloucester v Harlequins 7pm (k-o 7.45pm), BT Sport 1

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss Des on TV tonight – chilling real-life drama

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Happy viewing!