TV Tonight: our highlights for Saturday, September 17

The panel try to guess who is beneath the mask!
The panel try to guess who is beneath the mask! (Image credit: ITV)

On TV tonight, The Masked Dancer continues on ITV, it's a tough shift for Dylan in Casualty on BBC One and Channel 5 shares a tribute to an iconic comedian in The Amazing Hattie Jacques: Larger than Life. 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

*Please note that these TV shows are subject to change — we will update this page if any alterations should be made to the TV schedules.*

The Masked Dancer, season 2, 6.30 pm, ITV

Will Pillar and Post be unmasked?

Will Pillar and Post be unmasked? (Image credit: ITV)

Have you guessed who is hiding beneath any of the remaining masks? Now all the celebrities have danced it's time to knuckle down and focus on who could be shaking their stuff beneath the brilliantly ridiculous and elaborate costumes. So far there have been some very good guesses for the first ever dancing double act, Pillar and Post (Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden?), for Tomato Sauce (Nigella Lawson/Clodagh McKenna?), and Pearly King (Danny Dyer/Ray Winstone?) but with such confusing and often obscure clues, it really could be anyone under there! We certainly didn't guess in the first episode that American actor Jesse Metcalfe was Astronaut, proving the sky is the limit for the stars taking part. Great fun and totally addictive, this show is perfect Saturday night entertainment. 

★★★★ JL

Casualty, 8.30 pm, BBC One

Dylan cannot contain his anger.

Dylan cannot contain his anger. (Image credit: BBC)

Dylan in an emotional state – loved up/angry/sad, take your pick – is always a fascinating watch, and tonight William Beck, who plays him, shines as the burdened Clinical Lead. Scheming manager Marcus insists there’s no money for additional security staff and offers the frontline medics three measly bodycams. Naturally, Dylan is fuming. His staff are unsafe, his patients are dying in corridors and he’s demoralised – something Marcus capitalises on in a board meeting when he tucks Dylan up good and proper. That is until Charlie bursts in and reveals the lack of security has had disastrous consequences. 

★★★ ER

The Amazing Hattie Jacques: Larger than Life, 8 pm, Channel 5

‘Ooh, Matron!’

"Ooh, Matron!" (Image credit: Alamy)

A profile of the iconic comedy actor who was best known for her roles in the Carry On films, especially as the no-nonsense Matron in four of the comedy capers. This feature-length film also looks back at her earlier roles, including on popular radio series Hancock’s Half Hour. She had a long-running professional relationship with Eric Sykes and starred alongside him in the popular sitcom Sykes until her death in 1980. Family and friends also reveal her turbulent private life and her ambition to be taken seriously as a dramatic actor. 

★★★ JL

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Simon Reeve's South America, BBC iPlayer

Simon with soldiers from the French Foreign Legion.

Simon with soldiers from the French Foreign Legion. (Image credit: BBC)

The adventurer is in South America to complete an epic 4000-mile trip from Peru to Paraguay with five new episodes. As usual Reeve takes on a journey that isn’t for the fainthearted, as he meets refugees, warlords and forgotten tribes. His new journey starts in the Guiana Shield, an area of pristine rainforest that spreads through Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, which is being ravaged by the illegal gold mining trade. There, he visits a remote Wild West-style mining town where everything is paid for in gold, joins a former rebel fighter at his gold mine in the Suriname jungle and even raids an illegal mine with the French Foreign Legion. He also visits Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and Chile, finding extraordinary stories and meeting remarkable people along the way. Epic stuff. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Paddington, 7 pm, BBC One

Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw).

Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw). (Image credit: StudioCanal)

Paddington Bear's first big-screen adventure is a joy, a warm, witty and generous-hearted family film to delight young and old alike. Winningly voiced by Ben Whishaw, the marmalade-loving bear from darkest Peru turns up in modern-day London after an earthquake destroys his jungle home. Taken in by the kindly Brown family, he's quickly caught up in all manner of culture-clashing comedy, while menace looms in the shape of Nicole Kidman's evil taxidermist, who wants to add him to her collection at the Natural History Museum. His fur beautifully rendered in CGI, Paddington fits right into the film's live-action world. Julie Walters and Peter Capaldi's supporting turns are a tad on the broad side, but Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins hit just the right down-to-earth tone as the Browns, while Kidman's slinky, kinky, stiletto-heeled dominatrix of a villain is simply to die for. 

Live Sport

  • Super League Rugby, St Helens vs Salford Red Devils, 12.30 pm (k-o 1 pm), C4

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss The Masked Dancer on TV tonight — who will be revealed tonight?

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.