TV tonight: Our highlights for Monday, May 29

Springwatch 2023 presenters
Springwatch returns on TV tonight. (Image credit: BBC)

On TV tonight, Springwatch 2023 kicks off, there's more Steeltown Murders, it's the highly anticipated finale of Succession, and the last in the series for University Challenge. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV Tonight.

  • Our hand-selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include TV shows, a film, live sport and the latest trending need-to-binge-on-now box set 
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What's on TV tonight

Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight... 

Best TV shows on TV tonight

Springwatch 2023, 8:30 pm, BBC Two

Live nature cams at the ready! Spring nights are about to get a whole lot more exciting for wildlife lovers, as Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan return for a brand-new three-week Springwatch series, with all the action filmed from a new home, RSPB Arne in Dorset. 

The site has all six of the UK’s native reptiles, including sand lizards, slow worms and smooth snakes, so plenty for the cameras to capture! Meanwhile, Mindfulness Moments makes a return, and Iolo Williams and Gillian Burke bring some exciting nature stories from Purbeck Heaths and North Wales respectively. Glorious spring telly! Continues weekdays. 

★★★★★ HD

Steeltown Murders, 9 pm, BBC One

Philip Glenister as DCI Paul Bethell in Steeltown Murders

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DCI Paul Bethell and his team have been poring over the old investigation into the 1973 Llandarcy murders for months, but they still have nothing to show for their efforts. So when top brass threaten to shut their investigation down, there’s much soul-searching as they’re faced with the prospect of letting the killer slip through their fingers again after all these decades. 

In a final throw of the dice, Bethell widens the DNA search to include possible family members of the killer, and that’s what brings Joseph Kappen – played with brooding malevolence by Aneurin Barnard – to their attention. 

★★★★ SMA

University Challenge, 8:30 pm, BBC Two

After 37 weeks of interrogation, it’s the grand final of the quiz, with two teams battling it out to take the crown from Imperial College London and become the next champions. But most of all, this is the swansong of host Jeremy Paxman, who has been at the helm since 1994. We will miss his demands of ‘Let’s have it, please!’ 

★★★★ NT

Succession, 9 pm, Sky Atlantic

Key art for Succession season 4 featuring the main cast

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​​After three multi-award winning seasons, the fourth and final instalment of Succession was the most-hyped show of 2023, yet the Roy clan have surpassed all our expectations. The series’ British creator Jesse Armstrong has written the final three episodes and, following the chaos of election night and last week’s funeral, tonight’s finale promises to be a TV moment to remember. 

With Shiv (Sarah Snook) and GoJo owner Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård) striking a deal to take over Waystar, Kendall (Jeremy Strong) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) have a fight on their hands, but who will succeed? Expect plenty of f-bombs and backstabbings before the final credits roll. 

★★★★★ SMA

Best box set on TV tonight

FUBAR, Netflix

Luke Brunner (Arnold Schwarzenegger) walks away from a dumpster fire in FUBAR

(Image credit: Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix)

FUBAR is an action-comedy series focusing on Arnold Schwarzenegger's Luke Brunner, a veteran CIA operative who ends up postponing his retirement so he can tackle a newly-unearthed secret.

He's forced to go back into the field for one last job, and the series tackles universal family dynamics set against a global backdrop of spies, action, and humor.

Best film on TV tonight

Goodfellas, 10 pm, BBC Two

Ray Liotta in Goodfellas

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An Irish-Italian boy from a poor neighbourhood grows up idolising the glamorous lifestyle of the Mafia. Taken under the wing of a mobster, he rises quickly in the world of organised crime. But he soon has to face the realities of murder and treachery, while his involvement in drug deals puts him at risk from both sides of the law. Martin Scorsese's crime drama, starring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and an Oscar-winning Joe Pesci.


Live Sport

  •  EFL: Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday (Kick-off 3 pm), Sky Sports Main Event 

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Springwatch on TV tonight.

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

Happy viewing!

Lucy Buglass
Senior Staff Writer

Lucy joined the team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Now she works for our sister site TechRadar in the same role. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.

She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story, Stranger Things and Black Mirror but she is also partial to a quiz show or a bit of Say Yes to the Dress