TV Tonight: our highlights for Monday, September 26

Is vicar Harry cut out for the job?
Is vicar Harry cut out for the job? (Image credit: BBC)

On TV tonight, David Tennant leads a thrilling new drama Inside Man on BBC One, as The Suspect comes to a close on ITV. Adding a little sparkle to the early evening schedule is the return of Strictly: It Takes Two on BBC Two, new camping show The Perfect Pitch begins on C4 as Britain's Greatest Obsessions continues on Sky History/NOW and BBC Two looks back at the former high street giant in Trouble at Topshop. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV tonight.

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

Inside Man, 9 pm, BBC One

Louis Oliver as Ben Watling with David Tennant as dad Harry.

Louis Oliver as Ben Watling with David Tennant as dad Harry. (Image credit: BBC)

Everyone’s a murderer – you just need a good reason and a bad day. That’s the premise behind this quirky new four-part drama from Doctor Who and Sherlock writer Steven Moffat. It stars David Tennant as an ordinary English vicar, Harry, who leads a perfectly ordinary life with his wife and teenage son. But one day, Harry makes a series of catastrophic decisions that unexpectedly lead him to cross paths with a US death-row prisoner (played by Stanley Tucci) and become entwined in the life of a maths teacher (Dolly Wells), who somehow ends up trapped in a cellar! A dark yet comically absurd thriller with a dream cast. Continues tomorrow. 

★★★★★ HD

The Suspect, 9 pm, ITV

DI Ruiz has an appointment with Joe.

DI Ruiz has an appointment with Joe. (Image credit: ITV)

Get ready to do more detective work from home as connections from Joe’s past emerge. With the evidence for two murders stacked against him and another former colleague found dead, psychologist Joe O’Loughlin is on the run and going to desperate lengths to prove his innocence. When sinister revelations surface in Liverpool, he makes contact with DI Ruiz (Shaun Parkes), telling him to meet him on the roof of the hospital. However, it’s his wife Julianne and daughter Charlie who are most at risk when the disturbing truth emerges and events take a terrifying turn!

★★★★ TL

Strictly: It Takes Two, 6.30 pm, BBC Two

Rylan and Janette are back!

Rylan and Janette are back! (Image credit: BBC)

After all the excitement and glitter of Saturday's main show, hosts Rylan Clark and Janette Manrara return for our daily Strictly debrief. The pair will be looking back at the first live show, chatting to some of the couples who are mightily relieved to have got the first dance under their belts and looking forward to what is to come as the competition heats up. Choreography Corner is back with the professional dancers bringing all their know-how and expertise to reveal how the dances should look rather than how some of the stars (naming no names) made them look! 

★★★★ JL 

The Perfect Pitch, 5.30 pm, C4

Campers rate their experience of sites around the UK

Campers rate their experience of sites around the UK. (Image credit: C4)

Three teams of camping enthusiasts rate some of the best sites North Yorkshire has to offer as the new series of the review show gets under way. They begin their camping adventure at family-run glampsite North Shire, on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors. And its luxury touches, including a large hot tub, appeal to experienced campers Nik and Harriet, who own a 38ft American RV dubbed Marbs 2! But could it be too posh for back-to-basics enthusiasts Emmy and Simon to earn the coveted five-star rating? Later in the week, the camping critics get to try out an eco-friendly campsite near York and a working farm on Ilkley Moor, with the title of "perfect pitch" announced at the end of the week. 

★★★ HD

Britain's Greatest Obsessions, 9 pm, Sky History/NOW

Chris at a rescue centre for exotic pets.

Chris at a rescue centre for exotic pets. (Image credit: Sky)

After pubs last week, it’s pets this time around, with Chris Packham stepping forward to take Harry Hill and his "borderline national treasures" on a tour of his own obsession. Chris is the owner of two black miniature poodles and worries that they’re saying the wrong thing about him. Where did this relationship between the size of the pet and the manliness of the owner come from? It’s just one of many fascinating questions asked in a programme crammed with factoids of the "well, I did not know that" variety. Did you know the poet Lord Byron had a pet bear? Or that wombats have cubic poo? A cracking episode. 

★★★★ SM

Trouble at Topshop, 9 pm, BBC Two

Remember Topshop? During the 1990s and early 2000s, every fashion-savvy woman shopped there, with tens of thousands squeezing through the doors of its flagship Oxford Circus store every day. But in 2020, the empire came tumbling down and its 300 UK stores shut for good. This two-part documentary tells the story of Topshop’s rise and fall and how it went into a slow decline following its takeover by Arcadia boss Sir Philip Green, who faced allegations of bullying and even took a £1.2billion dividend from the coffers! 

★★★ HD

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Crossfire, BBC iPlayer

Double-barrelled Keeley Hawes!

Double-barrelled Keeley Hawes! (Image credit: BBC)

Keeley Hawes takes on dangerous masked gunmen in this intense three-part action thriller, which is so nail-biting that you may need a pillow to hide behind! She stars as mum Jo, who’s on a luxury Canary Islands holiday with her kids, husband Jason and their best friends when shots ring out by the resort’s pool, turning their world upside down. As ex-copper Jo bravely decides to take on the snipers, it transpires that she’s also hiding a terrible secret, which is set to tear the lives of her loved ones apart. The top cast also includes The A Word’s Lee Ingleby, The Bay’s Daniel Ryan and Line of Duty’s Anneika Rose, but don’t expect all their characters to survive… 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

The Finest Hours, 11.15 pm, BBC Two

There is something old-fashioned about this stirring disaster movie, which tells the story of a US Coast Guard rescue in 1952 when an oil-tanker split in half during a raging storm. The action cuts back and forth between the parallel exploits of the two crews, with Casey Affleck’s sailor trying to keep the stricken ship afloat and Chris Pine’s doughty Coast Guard officer defying impossible odds to lead the rescue mission. 

Live Sport

  • Nations League, England vs Germany, 7 pm (k-o 7.45 pm), C4

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Inside Man on TV tonight — a twisty drama with a great cast. 

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

Happy viewing!

Joanne Lowles
Freelance writer and editor

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.