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TV Tonight: our highlights for Monday, August 15

TV tonight Red Rose first look: Noah (Harry Redding); Wren (Amelia Clarkson).
Spooky modern horror series Red Rose begins tonight on BBC Three. (Image credit: BBC)

On TV tonight, smartphone horror series Red Rose gets underway on BBC Three, Long Lost Family will be trying to reunite even more family members, Bear Grylls is off on another adventure and Craig Charles is back for a second season of Celebrity Moneybags. 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

Red Rose, 10 pm, BBC Three/ BBC iPlayer (box set)

TV Tonight Red Rose's main cast gather to look at a phone

The Red Rose gang get sucked into the dangerous world of the internet in this new horror series. (Image credit: BBC/Eleven Film)

A wonderfully fresh horror story for the modern age, this eight-part series is from the writers of The Haunting of Bly Manor and the producers of Sex Education. Set in and around Bolton, the story follows childhood friends Wren (Poldark’s Amelia Clarkson) and Rochelle (Wanderlust’s Isis Hainsworth), who are celebrating finishing their GCSEs with their close-knit gang of school friends when a mysterious app called Red Rose appears on Rochelle’s phone. As the app quickly infiltrates Rochelle’s life and makes increasingly dangerous demands, the friends suddenly find themselves sucked into the terrifying Dark Web and battling a seemingly supernatural force. Continues tomorrow (all episodes available at launch on BBC iPlayer)

★★★★★ RM 

Long Lost Family, 9 pm, ITV

TV Tonight Thilinie Horne and Yasika Fernando meet for the first time

Thilinie and Yasika (L-R) side by side for the first time. (Image credit: ITV)

Not every longed-for reunion ends in a happy-ever-after. Last year, Yasika was reunited with her Sri Lankan birth mother, but, sadly, there’s been no further contact. However, her story has taken a very different turn. Watching at home as LLF aired was Thilinie, who was born in Sri Lanka in the very same week as Yasika and adopted by Irish parents from the same convent. Now, the pair meet for the first time 33 years after their lives began in neighbouring cots 5,500 miles away, as Thilinie begins the search for her own birth mother. We also catch up with Paula, who was reunited with her Native American family via video call in 2021, but now meets them in person for the first time. 

★★★ HD 

Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge, 9 pm, National Geographic

TV tonight Bear Grylls stands on a rock with Natalie Portman

Bear Grylls is taking actress Natalie Portman on his next adventure. (Image credit: National Geographic)

Bear returns to take more celebrities into challenging terrain to see if they have what it takes to thrive in unfamiliar surroundings. Tonight, he’s joined by Oscar-winning actor Natalie Portman, currently to be seen in cinemas in Thor: Love and Thunder (there’s an amusing bit of business when Bear gives Natalie some vital tools for survival, including a very Thor-looking mallet). They’re in the Escalante Desert, Utah, where it’s blazing hot, but at least Bear is unlikely to insist on a snack of maggots or the like as Natalie has told him she’s vegan… 

★★★ JP

Celebrity Moneybags, 5 pm, Channel 4

TV Tonight Craig Charles in Celebrity Moneybags

Craig Charles' game show returns. (Image credit: Channel 4)

Craig Charles returns with a second series of the daily teatime game show, kicking off with a week of celebrity specials. Ten famous faces are competing to win big for their chosen charities, with £1million up for grabs. Those taking part include Mr Motivator, Steps’ Claire Richards, former Corrie star Catherine Tyldesley, Olympic gold-medal-winner Greg Rutherford and Celebs Go Dating’s Tom Read Wilson. 

★★★ JP 

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

A League of Their Own, Prime Video 

The Rockford Peaches in A League of Their Own

The Rockford Peaches return in this new Prime Video comedy-drama. (Image credit: Prime Video)

A League of Their Own is a reboot of the movie of the same name starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna, but with an all-new cast of characters. Like the film, this Prime Video series follows the Rockford Peaches, a girl's team that's been formed in Chicago following the establishment of the ‘Girls Professional Baseball League’. It's a great ride that tackles a variety of contemporary problems including sexism, racism and attitudes to sexuality. The mismatched team of girls includes Carson Shaw (Abbi Jacobson), Max (Chanté Adams), Greta (D'Arcy Carden) and Lupe (Roberta Colindrez), and the Peaches are headed up this time by ex-pro ‘Dove’ Porter, played by Parks and Rec fave, Nick Offerman. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Gloria Bell, 11.15 pm, BBC Two

Fiftysomething divorcée Gloria hits the retro dance floors in Los Angeles – will she find a new love there? Arnold (John Turturro), a former military officer seems promising, but he also has an awful lot of emotional baggage… As Gloria, Julianne Moore is on fantastic form and Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s Hollywood remake of his own earlier film is a classy affair with plenty of compassion for its heroine. And, not least, there are some great 1970s and 1980s disco anthems – Gloria Gaynor’s Never Can Say Goodbye, anyone? – and power ballads along the way. 

★★★★ JB 

Live Sport

  • European Championships 2022: live coverage from 9 am, BBC One/Two/BBC iPlayer/Red Button
  • Premier League 2022/23: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace, 7 pm (k-o 8 pm), Sky Sports Main Event/Premier League/NOW
  • The Hundred 2022: Birmingham Phoenix vs Trent Rockets (women's), 2.30 pm (start time 3 pm), Sky Sports Main Event/NOW
  • The Hundred 2022: Birmingham Phoenix vs Trent Rockets (men's), 6 pm (start time 6.30 pm), Sky Sports Main Event/NOW

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Red Rose on TV tonight — if you're after a fresh horror series this summer, look no further!

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

Happy viewing!

Martin Shore
Staff Writer at WhatToWatch.com

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.