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TV Tonight: our highlights for Monday, July 4

TV tonight – Helen Skelton presents.
Helen Skelton presents. (Image credit: Channel 5)

On TV tonight, will the sun be shining as we return to Cannon Hall Farm for Live: Summer on the Farm on Channel 5? Elsewhere, Long Lost Family continues on ITV, meet the female boss of a HGV company in Queen of Trucks on BBC Three, 24 Hours in Police Custody is on C4 and Westworld continues on Sky Atlantic/NOW. Documentary The Extraordinary Life of Ashley April in on C4 and Food Unwrapped's Italian Adventures is also on C4. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight.

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

Live: Summer on the Farm, 8pm, Channel 5

TV tonight Presenter Martin Hughes-Games helps on the Yorkshire farm.

Presenter Martin Hughes-Games helps on the Yorkshire farm. (Image credit: Channel 5)

Our seasonal visits to Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley are always a treat. Helen Skelton is back, along with Martin Hughes-Games – who is standing in for Jules Hudson – to oversee all the summery goings-on for farming brothers Rob and Dave Nicholson and the animals in their care, from sheep to Shetland ponies. And, as it’s live, anything can happen! Along the way, the team will be sampling a range of pursuits including hay-baling and beekeeping, while JB Gill will be trying his hand at crisp-making and roof-thatching as he profiles local crafts around the country. A summer delight! Continues until Friday. 

★★★★ CC

Long Lost Family, 9pm, ITV

TV tonight Teelena is desperate to find her younger brother.

Teleena is desperate to find her younger brother. (Image credit: ITV)

After her mother Valerie died, Teleena was sorting through her possessions and discovered, to her complete shock, that she had a secret baby brother who’d been given up for adoption. Valerie had been a desperately poor single mother with six children and simply couldn’t afford another mouth to feed. Now, Teleena is determined to find her younger brother and bring him back into the fold. But despite searching for him for years, she can’t find any clues to his whereabouts. Can the Long Lost Family team track down the missing piece of this family’s jigsaw? 

★★★★ NH

Queen of Trucks, 8pm, BBC Three

TV tonight Shannan Paterson runs an HGV driving school

Shannan Paterson runs an HGV driving school. (Image credit: BBC)

Meet 27-year-old Shannan, who has been running an HGV driving school since she was 21. It’s an inspiring story: not because Shannan doesn’t exactly fit the image of a stereotypical lorry industry boss but because she was thrust into the role at the family firm following the death of her mum, so that her dad could retire and care for her younger sister full time. The documentary follows the customers who come through the doors hoping to pass their HGV tests, as well as Shannan’s daily struggles as she works long hours to keeping the business running smoothly. At its heart it’s a story of loss, grief and family loyalty. 

★★★ HD 

24 Hours in Police Custody, 9pm, C4

The murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave from Peterborough in November 1994 was the largest unsolved case in Cambridgeshire. This two-parter follows officers as they reopen the case, after a review highlighted gaps in the investigation. Reported missing by his mum, Ruth, Rikki’s body was found the next day. The police were quick to suspect and arrest Ruth, who wasn’t well liked, and rumours of neglect and drug use probably influenced the police at the time – a mistake that let the real killer evade justice for decades. Concludes tomorrow. 

★★★★ JL

Westworld, season 4, 9pm, Sky Atlantic/NOW

TV tonight Thandiwe Newton as Maeve and Aaron Paul as Caleb Nichols.

Thandiwe Newton as Maeve and Aaron Paul as Caleb. (Image credit: Sky)

After new-and-improved hosts come looking for her, saloon owner-turned-freedom fighter Maeve (Thandiwe Newton) is forced out of her cabin and back into reality as the thrilling fourth series continues tonight. Joining forces with her old ally, war veteran Caleb (Aaron Paul) – who now has a wife and daughter to consider – can Maeve find out why these upgraded robots are hot on her trail and exactly who is operating them? 

★★★★★ RM

The Extraordinary Life of Ashley April, 10pm, C4

TV tonight Fashion model April Ashley.

Fashion model April Ashley. (Image credit: C4)

Glamorous model, dancer and restaurateur April Ashley was photographed by Vogue, courted by Elvis Presley and Omar Sharif, and acted with Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Joan Collins. But her successful career was torpedoed when, in 1961, the Sunday People outed her as a transgender woman. April, whose remarkable story is recounted in this one-off documentary, was only the second Briton to undergo male-to-female gender reassignment surgery. In 2012, she was awarded an MBE for services to equality. April died last year at the age of 86. 

★★★★ IM

Food Unwrapped's Italian Adventures, 8pm, C4

TV tonight How many flavours, Kate?

How many flavours, Kate? (Image credit: C4)

Why are so many of our tinned tomatoes Italian? Is Mozzerella worth paying more for? And what’s the story behind the various pasta shapes? These questions and more are answered as Matt Tebbutt, Jimmy Doherty and Kate Quilton delve into the history of Italian fare. Kate is tasked with perhaps the best assignment, though, exploring the secrets of gelato in Rome... 

★★★ MC

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

The Terminal List, Prime Video

TV tonight Chris Pratt plays a Navy SEAL commander

Chris Pratt plays a Navy SEAL commander. (Image credit: Prime Video)

Prime Video has already brought all-action heroes Jack Ryan and Jack Reacher to the screen, and now there’s a new tough guy on the block in explosive thriller The Terminal List. The eight-part series stars Chris Pratt as Navy SEAL commander James Reece, who we first meet planning a covert mission to kill a dangerous terrorist hiding out in Syria. But the operation goes catastrophically wrong when his platoon is ambushed while making their way through a series of underground tunnels. Were the terrorists tipped off by a traitor in the US? Back home, Reece is determined to uncover the truth, joining forces with journalist Katie Buranek (Constance Wu) in a bid to find out more. But as new evidence emerges, Reece discovers dark forces working against him. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Zola, 12.30am, Sky Premiere

Most of what follows is true,' proclaims this ultra-playful, raunchy and violent stripper saga, famously spun out from a rollicking real-life 2015 Twitter thread that gripped the US. But this slippery, action-packed road trip delights in keeping you guessing, as canny waitress Zola (Taylour Paige) is enticed into a Florida lapdancing jaunt with flaky new friend Stefani (Riley Keough). 

Live Sport

  • Wimbledon 2022, from 11am, BBC Two/One
  • Test Cricket, England vs India, 9.45am, Sky Sports Main Event/NOW

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Live: Summer on the Farm on TV tonight — a welcome return to Cannon Hall Farm in hopefully some nice sunny weather.

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

Happy viewing!

Joanne Lowles
Joanne Lowles

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.