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TV tonight: our highlights for Tuesday 18th August

TV tonight Manctopia: Billion Pound Property Boom

Manctopia: Billion Bound Property Boom is just one of the gems on today...

Manctopia: Billion Pound Property Boom looks at life in Manchester, we meet Gary Wallis, owner of the Restoration Workshop, and more surprises for Lucy in this week's Little Birds. 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

Restoration Workshop, 8pm, Yesterday

TV tonight Restoration Workshop

Gary at his workshop

Restoration and repair shows are having a bit of a moment, and here’s a new one about the Oxfordshire workshop of restoration and salvage dealer Gary Wallis, an expert at finding things with hidden potential. Tonight, he’s returned from an auction with an unseen hand carved 18th-century mirror, but the exciting discovery of five letters on the back – GRV BP – proves his instincts are correct… Not a bad day’s work. 

★★ JP

Manctopia: Billion Pound Property Boom, 9pm, BBC2

TV tonight Manctopia: Billion Pound Property Boom

Can Michael and Richard move on from the shelter?

As one of Britain’s fastest developing cities, Manchester has billions being invested in its centre – so how will this affect those who live and work there? Over a year, this series follows people seeking a home, from those looking to buy a £1m penthouse flat to those on a long housing-office waiting list to rent. For anyone who still needs sobering reminders in this very uncertain year, it’s a stark lesson about how easy it is to become homeless, and at the same time how difficult it is to find affordable housing in a boom town. 

★★★ JP

Little Birds, 9pm, Sky Atlantic, NOW TV

TV tonight Little Birds

The Contessa (Rossy de Palma) has more shocks in store for Lucy

1950s Morocco may look glorious in this terrifically torrid drama, but it’s not proving a very joyous place to be! Our hearts go out to Lucy (Juno Temple) after the shocks she received about her marriage, but when she heads to the home of the terrifying Contessa to lick her wounds, her eyes are opened further to the provocative side of life in Tangiers. Meanwhile, Hugo faces business woes but is also keen to build bridges with Lucy. Will she accept his surprising offer? Elsewhere, recent events are playing on Cherifa’s mind and the secretary’s dastardly schemes only make matters worse… 

★★★★ CC

Best box set to watch 

The Shadow Line, one seasons, BritBox

TV tonight The Shadow Line

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Stephen Rea and Christopher Eccleston star

There is a fabulous cast for this intelligent and involving 2011 crime drama. When a drugs baron is murdered, a police detective (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and an associate of the man (Christopher Eccleston) both seek to find those responsible.

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Belle, 6.55pm, Film4

TV tonight Belle

What does the future hold for Belle?

Loosely inspired by the true story of a mixed-race woman who mingled with the aristocracy of 18th-century England, this intelligent costume drama follows the fortunes of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy captain and  an African slave. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, soon to be seen as Mary Seacole in the biopic Seacole and in the Disney+ series Loki, stars along with James Norton and Tom Wilkinson. 

Live sport

  • Champions League Football: Semi-final 7pm (k-o 8pm), BT Sport 1

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss Manctopia: Billion Pound Property Boom on TV tonight – a real eye-opener

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Happy viewing!