Skip to main content

TV tonight: our highlights for Monday 8th February

TV tonight Darcey Bussell's Wild Coasts of Scotland

Darcey Bussell's Wild Coasts of Scotland is just one of the gems on today...

Darcey Bussell goes on a tour of the Wild Coasts of Scotland, Long Lost Family has a touching foundling's story, and Soulmates is an intriguing new drama on Amazon Prime Video. Here's what you shouldn’t miss 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 
  • 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

Long Lost Family, 9pm, ITV

TV tonight Long Lost Family

Claire with Davina McCall

The stories of foundlings on Long Lost Family always have extra poignancy as we see how hard the search for their roots can be with limited information. It’s certainly tricky for Claire Martin, who was abandoned in a Hong Kong stairwell as a baby, before being sent to the UK in 1962 to be adopted when she was nearly two. Claire heads to Hong Kong to try to trace her birth family with the help of media appeals, but when she undergoes a DNA test, she uncovers a surprise connection closer to home… Equally gripping is Nicki Goscomb’s hunt for her younger brother Nicholas, now Dave, who their mother was forced to give up for adoption in the 1960s. 

★★★★ CC

Darcey Bussell's Wild Coasts of Scotland, 9pm, More4

TV tonight Darcey Bussell's Wild Coasts of Scotland

Darcey soaks up island life

The link between Darcey Bussell and the islands of western Scotland may not be obvious but this is no Alan Partridge-style randomly generated show. Darcey’s grandfather spent summers on the Isle of Bute when he was young and she’s always wanted to visit, but never made the trip – until now. But before Bute, she’ll be visiting Uist, Islay and, in tonight’s opener, Skye, to get a feel for island life. That means trying her hand at loom-weaving, scallop-shucking, wild swimming – and, of course, Scottish step-dancing… 

★★★★ SP

Soulmates, Amazon Prime Video

TV tonight Soulmates

Sarah Snook and Kingsley Ben-Adir star

Would a simple test that reveals the identity of your one true love make romance simpler or unleash chaos? This anthology series, set in the near future, tells six stories about modern love: one episode features a happily married couple who found each other without the test but wonder if they should still take it, while another explores a young man’s heartache when he learns that his soulmate died before he met her. Smart scripts and compelling performances (including Kingsley Ben-Adir, Succession’s Sarah Snook, and Georgina Campbell) ground the sci-fi elements of this series in relatable human emotion. 

★★★ SP

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

For the People, seasons one to two, Amazon Prime Video

TV tonight For the People

Regé-Jean Page stars

Before Regé-Jean Page starred as the smouldering Duke of Hastings in Bridgerton, he played an ambitious, privileged assistant district attorney in Shonda Rhimes’ legal drama. Set in New York, it follows a group of newly qualified lawyers.

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, 9pm, Film4

TV tonight Three Billboard Outside Ebbing,Missouri

Frances McDormand stars

Oscar-winning Frances McDormand is on incendiary form as a grieving mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter in this darkly satirical movie. She is the one who puts up a series of enraged ads on the billboards of the title in a bid to goad local police chief Woody Harrelson into action. The film balances caustic humour and heartbreaking compassion.

Live sport

  • Premier League Football: Leeds Utd v Crystal Palace 7pm (k-o 8pm), Sky Sports Premier League/NOW TV

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss Darcey Bussell's Wild Coasts of Scotland on TV – the dancer turns explorer

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

Happy viewing!