TV Tonight: our highlights for Saturday, Dec. 4

There's a shocking turn of events for Iain.
There's a shocking turn of events for Iain. (Image credit: BBC)

On TV tonight, there's a dramatic episode of Casualty on BBC1, the celebs and their professional partners take to the floor once more, hoping to get through to next week's semi final in Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1 and on C4 Dermot O'Leary looks at two crucial days during World War Two in 48 Hours to Victory. 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

Casualty, 9.15pm, BBC1

TV tonight Charlie played by Derek Thompson.

Charlie played by Derek Thompson. (Image credit: BBC)

Flashing back to last Christmas, romance blossoms between Iain and Chrissie (real-life couple Michael Stevenson and Lauren Crace) until a cliff-edge catastrophe threatens their future. Stressed Charlie’s running the ED, grieving for Duffy, and needs a brain scan. But that doesn’t explain his hostility towards Tess when she helps out during the Covid crisis. Elsewhere, Holly Aird reprises her role of Laura Merriman from 2006! Released from prison, dangerous Laura goes in search of daughter Rosie... This is a must-see episode! 

★★★★★ ER

Strictly Come Dancing 2021, 6.40pm, BBC1

TV tonight Strictly's Tess Daly.

Tess brings the glamour. (Image credit: BBC)

We have several questions in mind before settling down in front of Strictly on a Saturday night. Will Craig be in a good mood? Who’ll get stuck with the rumba this week? And, more frequently lately: what will Tess and Claudia be wearing? The hosts unfailingly bring glamour to the show and never disappoint. But let’s not get distracted by glitter and sparkle, because really the only question that matters tonight is this: who will do what it takes to inch closer to the glitterball and win a place in next week’s semi-final? 

★★★★ VW

48 Hours to Victory, 7.40pm, C4

TV tonight Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O’Leary looks at two days at Dunkirk. (Image credit: C4)

In the first of a series about critical moments in battles, Dermot O’Leary looks at the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940, a turning point in World War Two. With former Royal Marine Arthur Williams and historian Lucy Betteridge-Dyson, Dermot examines the rescue mission from a variety of perspectives. We also hear that, alongside heroics on the Allied side, Hitler’s decision to halt the advance of his troops proved key.

★★★★ IM

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Superman & Lois, 5.40pm, BBC1 with the full series then available on BBC iPlayer

TV tonight Mr & Mrs Superman!

Mr & Mrs Superman are here! (Image credit: BBC)

Ever wondered what happened when Superman and Lois Lane got married, tried to live a normal life in the city and had twin boys that turned into grumpy teenagers? No? Well, you don’t need to as this new series, starting on BBC1 at 5.40pm tonight, with the full series then available on BBC iPlayer, begins just there. He may save the world every day, but will two teenage boys tip Superman over the edge? Events soon take the family back to Smallville, the town where Clark Kent grew up, where strange things start to happen. While Tyler Hoechlin as Clark and Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois are great as the struggling parents, it’s the teenagers, Jordan and Jonathan, that give the series a new modern twist as they struggle to accept their dad is not like everyone else's and they may be more like him than they ever thought… 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

The Deer Hunter, 12.05am, BBC1

TV tonight Robert De Niro stars.

Robert De Niro stars. (Image credit: BBC)

In director Michael Cimino’s 1978 classic, Robert De Niro, an Oscar-winning Christopher Walken (recently seen in BBC1’s The Outlaws) and John Savage are Pennsylvania steelworkers drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. They’re full of naive patriotism and bravado before witnessing what war entails, both physically
and mentally. It’s a monumental movie, packed with iconic moments – such as the Russian roulette scene –and superb cinematography, but most of all it’s an acting masterclass, especially from De Niro. 

Live Sport

  • The FA Cup, Buxton v Morecambe, 12.15pm (k-o 12.45pm), BBC1
  • Premier League, West Ham United v Chelsea, 11.30am, (k-o 12.30pm), BT Sport 1
  • EFL, Coventry City v West Bromwich Albion, 12pm (k-o 12.30pm), Sky Sports Main Event/NOW
  • Premier League, Watford v Manchester City, 5pm (k-o 5.30pm), Sky Sports Main Event/NOW

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Casualty on TV tonight – a dramatic and tense episode.  

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.