TV tonight: our highlights for Thursday 3rd September

TV tonight Young Wallander

Young Wallander is just one of the gems on today...

Young Wallander features the popular Swedish cop, the last Emmerdale Family Tree looks at the Sugdens, and black Britons discuss Racism: My Story. 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

Emmerdale Family Tree: The Sugdens, 7pm, ITV

TV tonight Emmerdale Family Tree

Looking back at the Sugden family

A week after the death of grand dame Annie, ITV pays tribute to the family who put the word ‘farm’ into Emmerdale’s original title. Sugden sibling rivalry is a major talking point (Joe and Jack, and Robert and Andy), while long-term fans will enjoy the appearances of former stars Frazer Hines (Joe) and Alyson Spiro (Sarah). But the show also serves as a sorry reminder of how depleted the clan now is. Is it time producers lured back Mr Six-Pack Kelvin Fletcher, aka Andy, to beef things up? 

★★★★ AS

Young Wallander, Netflix

TV tonight Young Wallander

Young Kurt is on the case

If you’re a fan of Henning Mankell’s popular Kurt Wallander novels and the BBC series starring Kenneth Branagh (available on BBC iPlayer and Netflix), this six-parter is a must-watch! It follows the Swedish detective’s progress as he takes on his first gripping case as a rookie cop but, unusually for a ‘prequel’, it’s all set in the present day, not the past. Adam Pålsson stars as the twentysomething Wallander, with Brit actors Leanne Best, Joe Layton and Richard Dillane also featuring in the cast. 

★★★★ NC

Racism: My Story, 10pm, Channel 5

TV tonight Racism: My Story

Shaun Wallace shares his experience of racism

A powerful film to mark 100 days since George Floyd’s death, about the racism, inequality and brutality faced by black British people today. Well-known faces such as comedian Andi Osho, The Chase’s Shaun Wallace and former footballer Mark Bright talk about their experiences, while others including nurses, doctors and youth workers also recount their stories of injustice and prejudice. 

★★★★★ JL

Best box set to watch 

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

Plenty, 10pm, Talking Pictures TV

Charles Dance (soon to be seen in ITV drama The Singapore Grip) and Meryl Streep star in this drama about a former Resistance fighter trying to adapt to life in postwar Britain.

Live sport

  • Rugby League: Salford Red Devils v Castleford Tigers 2.25pm, Sky Sports Mix
  • Rugby League: Hull Kingston Rovers v Wigan Warriors 5.55pm, Sky Sports Mix
  • Rugby League: Wakefield Trinity v Leeds Rhinos 8.15pm, Sky Sports Mix

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss Young Wallander on TV tonight – a prequel with a twist

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

Happy viewing!