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TV Tonight: our highlights for Monday, Oct.18

Jason Watkins and Victoria Hamilton star.
Jason Watkins and Victoria Hamilton star. (Image credit: BBC)

On TV tonight, a great cast tells the story of scientist Phil Jones in drama The Trick on BBC1, Matt Baker returns for another series of Our Farm in the Dales on More4 and on ITV Ranvir Singh presents a new eco-friendly home make over show, Save Money: My Beautiful Green Home. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight. 

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

The Trick, 8.30pm, BBC1

TV tonight Jerome Flynn stars.

Jerome Flynn stars. (Image credit: BBC)

BAFTA-winning actor Jason Watkins turns in another compelling performance in this feature-length drama. He plays scientist Phil Jones, who was at the centre of a media storm in 2009 when climate-change deniers used extracts from emails hacked from his account to support their cause. A strong supporting cast includes Jerome Flynn as the crisis management expert convincing Jones, a real rabbit-in-the-headlights, to face the press, and The Crown’s Victoria Hamilton as the shy scientist’s steadfast wife, Ruth. 

★★★★ IM

Matt Baker: Our Farm in the Dales, 9pm, More4

TV tonight On the farm with Matt and family

On the farm with Matt and family. (Image credit: More4)

The ever-affable Matt Baker makes a welcome return in this series documenting his able attempts to save his parents’ 100-acre family organic sheep farm. With his mum, Janice, on the mend after a serious accident last summer, Matt’s got his hands full (quite literally) with lambing season, as he also enlists the help of an old pal to shore up an unstable hillside that’s threatening to collapse on the family farmhouse. Restoring his dad’s 1946 American Dodge car is on Matt’s never-ending ‘to-do’ list and there’s a cute reunion of the pups born last series to 'Aww' over! 

★★★★ RF

Save Money: My Beautiful Green Home, 8pm, ITV

TV tonight Ranvir Singh and property expert Kunle Barker.

Ranvir Singh and property expert Kunle Barker. (Image credit: ITV)

Ranvir Singh and property expert Kunle Barker host a series about how we can all make eco-friendly changes to our homes, saving the planet and some money at the same time. They follow three families as they renovate a room in their home and introduce as many sustainable products and green tech as they can. There’ll also be tips and tricks for making our homes greener, with eco jargon debunked.

★★★★ JL

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

I Know What You Did Last Summer, season 1, Amazon Prime Video

TV tonight Madison Iseman as Lennon.

Madison Iseman as Lennon. (Image credit: Amazon Prime Video)

The end of high school turns deadly for six teenagers in a new adaptation of the 1973 novel by Lois Duncan and the 1997 movie starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ryan Phillippe. Friends Allison, Lennon, Dylan, Johnny, Margot and Riley are leaving their graduation party in Hawaii when they’re involved in a devastating accident. The series’ opening episode gradually reveals what happened on that fateful night, and charts Lennon’s return to her home town the following summer, where there’s a gruesome surprise waiting inside her closet alongside the scrawled message, ‘I know what you did last summer.’ Realising that someone knows their secret, the group face an uneasy reunion as they try to identify their mystery blackmailer. An atmospheric, twist-laden remake. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

A Walk in the Woods, 6.55pm, Film4

Bill Bryson’s 1998 memoir about his quest to trek North America’s 2000-mile Appalachian Trail gets turned into a breezy buddy comedy for Robert Redford, as Bryson, and Nick Nolte, as his shambolic friend and travelling companion. The duo don’t blaze a new cinematic trail but their bickering rapport is funny and touching, and the scenery is splendid.

Live Sport

  • Premier League, Arsenal v Crystal Palace, 7pm (k-o 8pm), Sky Sports Main Event/NOW

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss The Trick on TV tonight – a fascinating drama based on true events with a great cast.

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Happy viewing!