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TV Tonight: our highlights for Friday, July 22

TV tonight – More adventures for Charlotte and Alison.
More adventures for Charlotte and Alison. (Image credit: ITV)

On TV tonight, season 2 of Jane Austen's Sanditon arrives on ITV, as Rafe Spall returns in season 3 of Trying on Apple TV Plus. Catch up with the first free-to-air showing of comedy Trollied starring Jane Horrocks on Pick and make the most of the sunny season with Carol Klein's Summer Gardening on Channel 5. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight.

  • Our hand selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include four 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

Jane Austen's Sanditon, season 2, 9pm, ITV

TV tonight Here come the boys...

Captain Carter, Colonel Lennox and Captain Fraser. (Image credit: ITV)

ITV is so keen for you to see series two of Sanditon that the final three episodes of series one haven’t yet aired in its Friday-night repeat run. (They’re available on ITV Hub and BritBox, but if you haven’t seen them, don’t read on if you want to avoid spoilers.) The adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel ended the first series on a cliffhanger involving Charlotte (Rose Williams) and as the second series (available earlier on BritBox) begins tonight, a tragedy brings her back to Sanditon along with her sister Alison (Rosie Graham). As before, it’s a delicious Regency treat with a refreshingly modern (sense and) sensibility. 

★★★★ SP

Trying, season 3, Apple TV Plus

TV tonight Nikki and Jason – they’re trying

Nikki and Jason – they’re trying. (Image credit: Apple TV Plus)

This much-loved comedy-drama following a couple navigating the world of parenthood and adoption returns for a third series, picking up with Jason (Rafe Spall) and Nikki (Esther Smith) finding themselves parents for the first time. After being told by social worker Penny they could foster Princess and take her home, Jason and Nikki were shocked to find Princess’s younger brother Tyler hiding in the boot of their car. As the couple get a taste of family life as a foursome, will they make a case for Tyler to stay? 

★★★★ RM

Trollied, 10pm, Pick

TV tonight Julie’s got a terrible crush on someone.

Julie’s got a terrible crush on someone.  (Image credit: Pick/UKTV)

A first free-to-air showing for this popular comedy, which ran on Sky for seven series between 2011 and 2018. Set in fictional northern supermarket Valco, it features a cracking cast including Jason Watkins as store manager Gavin and Jane Horrocks as deputy manager Julie – who’s not-so-secretly in love with Gavin – along with Mark Addy as butcher Andy and Chanel Cresswell as checkout assistant Katie. Stephanie Beacham joined the cast later in the run of the series.In the first of tonight’s four episodes, Margaret (former Coronation Street actor Rita May) joins the staff as part of a senior citizens scheme – could Julie’s rather dismissive attitude towards her be anything to do with the fact that she herself is a whole year older today?

★★★ JP

Carol Klein's Summer Gardening, 7pm, Channel 5

TV tonight Carol’s blooming.

Carol’s blooming. (Image credit: Channel 5)

Surely any gardener’s dream is to have a garden as verdant as Carol’s at Glebe Cottage? So we’re all ears as she takes us through – in her precise yet friendly manner – the importance of light and shade and how plants adapt to one or the other. There is also a focus on caring for summer’s star, the rose – we can almost smell through the screen – and its fruity relation, the apple. 

★★★ NT

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Superman & Lois, season 2, BBC iPlayer

TV tonight Elizabeth Tulloch and Tyler Hoechlin return for season 2.

Elizabeth Tulloch and Tyler Hoechlin return for season 2. (Image credit: BBC)

The first series of this action-packed drama ended with the Kent family trying to get their heads around John’s daughter Natalie (Tayler Buck) arriving from another dimension and thinking Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) is her mum. She isn't, sadly, in this dimension anyway, but it adds an interesting dynamic between the two characters as season 2 drops in full on iPlayer. As always, what we love best about this series is how it combines real-life family drama with huge action sequences and end of the world jeopardy – and there’s plenty of both in this new season. As teenage twins Jonathan and Jordan have girl trouble, Lois is struggling to reconcile some dark feelings from her past and Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) is flying around the globe stopping disasters in their tracks, whilst also trying to be a good dad and husband. There’s also a new threat introduced in the shape of  Lieutenant Anderson (Ian Bohen), who reveals his not-so-cunning plan to make more Supermen, which is just never going to end well! 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Signs, 9pm, GREAT! Movies

Widowed ex-pastor Mel Gibson has lost his faith, but when huge crop circles mysteriously appear near his house, it’s the start of a bizarre adventure in which his cynicism has to take second place to protecting his kids (Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin), along with his younger brother Joaquin Phoenix. A triumph of intimate suspense, writer-director M Night Shyamalan’s movie makes every word, gesture and unnerving moment count.

Live Sport

  • Women's Euro 2022, the third quarter final, Sweden vs Belgium, 7.30pm (k-o 8pm), BBC One

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Jane Austen's Sanditon on TV tonight — a gorgeous Regency treat. 

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

Happy viewing!

Joanne Lowles
Freelance writer and editor

Joanne Lowles has been writing about TV since 2002. After graduating from Cardiff University with a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism, she worked for All About Soap magazine covering the ups and downs of life on the cobbles, the square and the Dales. 

Next came nearly 10 years at TV Times magazine as a writer and then deputy features editor. Here she spent many happy days interviewing the biggest names in entertainment and visiting the sets of some of our most popular shows including Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife and Strictly Come Dancing

With a love of nature and wildlife she’s also interviewed the leading experts in this area including David Attenborough, Chris Packham and Steve Backshall. She’s also travelled the world visiting Mongolia, Canada and South Africa to see how the best in the business make the most brilliant natural history documentaries. 

Freelance since 2013, she is now is a digital writer and editor for What to Watch, previews the best on the box for TV Times mag each week and loves being constantly surprised, entertained and informed by the amazing TV that she is lucky enough to watch.