On TV tonight, The Pact season 2 concludes, we see an unlikely team of celebs in Trailblazers, MasterChef: The Professionals has more foodie challenges in store, and new Dave series We Are Not Alone kicks off. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV Tonight.
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What's on TV tonight
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Best TV shows on TV tonight
The Pact season 2, 9pm, BBC One
The second season of writer and producer Peter McTighe’s Welsh noir reaches a sombre denouement as the truth behind Christine’s lies is finally laid bare. It’s an intriguing final act that poses some interesting questions, but doesn’t quite deliver on the promise of the series’ early stages.
We can’t help but wonder if six episodes has been a bit of a stretch this time out. However, tonight’s finale sees a great performance from the drama’s lynchpin, Rakie Ayola as Christine, although we were hoping for a little more of Steven Mackintosh, who was criminally underused as her estranged ex, Harry.
MasterChef: The Professionals, 8 pm, BBC One
The 10 remaining chefs are up against it as the super-tough semi-finals get under way. First, they have to create a special meal inspired by their favourite memories of food. While the five chefs who impress the most then progress to the next stage later in the week, the others have one more chance to win over judges Anna Haugh, Gregg Wallace and Marcus Wareing as they nervously tackle the dreaded Invention Test, in which they use leftovers from the first challenge to produce a sensational dish.
But who will be going home? Continues Thursday and Friday, when the contestants have a go at cooking in a pop-up restaurant for 20 fellow chefs.
Trailblazers, 9 pm, BBC Two
Emily Atack, Melanie Brown and Ruby Wax aren’t companions we’d necessarily think to put together, but the trio make fantastic company in this three-part travelogue. Inspired by Victorian explorer Isabella Bird, who undertook an 800-mile journey through the Rocky Mountains at a time when it was unheard of for women to travel alone, Emily, Mel and Ruby are off to navigate the Rockies for themselves.
Along the way, they try authentic Isabella-esque experiences including cattle wrangling and mountain climbing, and sample local delicacies such as Rocky Mountain oysters (not what you might think) and pickleback – a shot of bourbon with a pickle-juice chaser.
We Are Not Alone, 9 pm, Dave
Hapless council worker Stewart (Declan Baxter) is recruited by aliens to help them conquer the world in this feature-length comedy from the writers of Ghosts and Horrible Histories. Vicki Pepperdine, Mike Wozniak and Joe Thomas play the blue-hued extraterrestrials who land in Clitheroe, Lancashire, and nominate Stewart to help them achieve global popularity.
With star turns from Rob Delaney and Ellie White, this is packed with punchy satire that veers from comedic to poignant as the aliens become baffled by the stupidity of humanity.
Secrets of the Middle Aisle, 8 pm, Channel 4
Denise Van Outen investigates the excitement, jeopardy and FOMO of the supermarket middle aisle, as she unpicks how discount stores Lidl and Aldi get us to part with our cash for a cheap paddling pool or a cut-price waffle-maker. And it’s all pretty scientific, with constantly changing stock to lure us in, as well as the use of something called ‘the scarcity principle’ to make us grab items before they run out. Even the chaos of the middle aisle is a well-thought-out campaign to add an element of surprise.
Meanwhile, Denise reveals her own middle-aisle favourites and pits Lidl’s own-brand drill against a brand leader with surprising results.
Best box set on TV tonight
1899 is the latest series by Dark creators Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. Their newest offering is an enigmatic show that will have viewers question what is going on at every turn of its eight-episode first season, so it's perfect for those looking for a twisty new thriller to entertain them over the weekend.
All eight episodes are now available to stream on Netflix and feature a great cast including The Pursuit of Love's Emily Beecham and It’s for Your Own Good's Andreas Pietschmann.
Best film on TV tonight
Crocodile Dundee, 7:10 pm, Channel 4
A New York reporter searches the Australian Outback for a maverick hunter with a legendary reputation, and invites the adventurer back to America. But the die-hard Aussie needs to draw on all his survival skills to adjust to life in the urban jungle. Comedy adventure, written by and starring Paul Hogan, with Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon and Mark Blum.
- EastEnders, 7 pm, BBC One — one hour episode
- Coronation Street, 9:15 pm, ITV
- Hollyoaks, 6:30 pm, Channel 4
- FIFA World Cup: 12:45 pm, South Korea v Ghana (k-o 1 pm), BBC One
- FIFA World Cup: 3 pm, Brazil v Switzerland (k-o 4 pm), BBC One
- FIFA World Cup: 6:10 pm, Portugal v Uruguay (k-o 7 pm), BBC One
If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…
Don't miss the final episode of The Pact season 2! Will all the loose ends be tied up?
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Lucy joined the WhatToWatch.com team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. 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!
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