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TV tonight: our highlights for Thursday 23rd July

TV tonight Dear NHS Superstars
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Dear NHS Superstars is just one of the gems on today...

Famous faces pay tribute to the NHS Superstars who helped them on BBC1, there's a new series of Eat, Shop, Save and GMB's Sean Fletcher shows us the Wonders of the Coast Path. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight. 

  • Our hand-selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include three TV shows, live sport, a film 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

East, Shop, Save, 7.30pm (not Scotland), ITV

TV tonight Eat, shop, Save

Ranvir Singh presents

The consumer series hosted by Ranvir Singh is back, with the Formstone family from Pontefract the first to see their monthly intake of unhealthy snacks piled on the kitchen table. Couple Claire and Jayson, who want to start saving, are shocked that their snacking costs over £500 a year! Meanwhile, chef Dale Pinnock has ingenious ways of getting kids who don’t like veg to eat and enjoy them. 

★★ IM

Dear NHS Superstars, 9pm, BBC1

TV tonight Dear NHS Superstars

Alex Brooker explains why he’s grateful to NHS staff

No matter how healthy we might be, at some point in our lives we’ve all been in the care of the NHS for one reason or another. In this one-off special, celebrities from  all walks of life share their stories and express their gratitude to the staff they may not have been able to thank properly at the time. The stars taking part include The Last Leg’s Alex Brooker, who reveals how the staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital changed his life; Shirley Ballas, who broke her ankle as a young dancer; and Sue Perkins, who admits to being accident-prone and has a long list of examples to prove it…

★★★★ SP

Wonders of the Coast Path, 8pm (times vary), ITV

TV tonight Wonders of the Coast Path

Sean Fletcher takes us along Wales’ coastal path

His wife is Welsh, so Good Morning Britain’s Sean Fletcher considers himself an honorary Welshman, and he proves an agreeable companion on this ramble along one of the UK’s most beautiful coastlines. Previously shown on ITV Wales, the travelogue sees Sean explore Wales’ 870-mile coastal path, learning about history, wildlife and traditions. On the first leg of the journey, from the river Dee to Anglesey, he looks for natterjack toads, makes an axe at a Bronze Age mine and dines on Anglesey oysters. 

★★★ IM

Best box set to watch 

Mum, seasons 1-3, BritBox

TV tonight Mum

Lesley Manville in Mum

Lesley Manville is sublime as the recently widowed Cathy – quietly coping with her grief and rediscovering herself in the face of her selfish and insensitive family. Meanwhile, her late husband’s best friend Michael (Peter Mullan) adores her from afar in a poignantly funny comedy.

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Sweet Country, 9pm, Film4

TV tonight Sweet Country

Sam and his wife are forced to go on the run

A brilliant Australian Western that is both poetic and grimly visceral, it’s set in 1929, but it could easily be 100 years before. Aboriginal Sam (Hamilton Morris) is wanted for murder after killing a vicious white farmer in self defence, and so goes on the run with his wife across the vast Australian Outback, hunted down by Bryan Brown’s sadistic copper and humane preacher Sam Neill. In a tale of bitter racism as well as angry self-loathing, director Warwick Thornton also has an eye for the beautiful, creating a powerful drama that stares into a dismal part of Australian history and finds the elegiac among the brutality. 

Live sport

  • Golf: The 3M Open 2pm, Sky Sports Golf

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss Dear NHS Superstars on TV tonight – remembering our heroes!

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

Happy viewing!