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TV Tonight: our highlights for Sunday, August 14

'Marriage' on BBC1 follows the rollercoaster life on Ian (sean Bean) and Emma (Nicola Walker).
Marriage takes an intimate look at life as a married couple this evening. (Image credit: BBC)

On TV tonight, BBC drama Marriage dives into the highs and lows of life into the longterm relationship of Ian (Sean Bean) and Emma (Nicola Walker), plus Van Der Valk is on hand to crack another case, Sky's latest documentary, Sky TV viewers get two fascinating factual shows in the form of The Princess and Patagonia, and Alan Carr follows in the footsteps of the queen of crime fiction in Alan Carr's Adventures with Agatha Christie. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV tonight.

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

Marriage, 9 pm, BBC One / BBC iPlayer (box set)

Supermarket fun for Ian and Emma in 'Marriage'

Sean Bean and Nicola Walker star in this relationship drama. (Image credit: BBC)

Fans of Stefan Golaszewski (Him & Her, Mum) are in for a treat, as the writer-director debuts his new series tonight. TV heavyweights Sean Bean and Nicola Walker star as couple Ian and Emma, who are far from wedded bliss as they approach their 27th anniversary. Ian is in freefall after being made redundant, while Emma is quietly thrilled by the attentions of her boss, Jamie (an excellently obnoxious Henry Lloyd-Hughes). An intense look at the minutiae of married life, which for some will feel like a blink-and-you-miss it backwater; for others, it’s an eye-opening drive through the intricate landscape of long-term relationships. Continues tomorrow.

★★★★ ER 

Van Der Valk, 8 pm, ITV

TV Tonight Chaim Dan (Paul Bentall) looks at a diamond on display in Van Der Valk

Van Der Valk's latest case sees him looking into the Dutch diamond business. (Image credit: ITV)

Greed and corruption permeate tonight’s case, set amid the glittering world of Amsterdam’s diamond industry. When a carved-up human torso is found on the steps of a billionaire’s mansion, detective Van Der Valk (Marc Warren) investigates the super-wealthy Cuyper family, who have amassed a fortune through their jewel empire. Fabulous scenery and a peek inside some luxurious canal-side abodes provide the backdrop to some murky goings-on. Call the Midwife’s Leo Staar plays the Cuypers’ psychotherapist, who knows all their secrets! 

★★★★ TL 

The Princess, 9 pm, Sky Documentaries/NOW

TV Tonight Lady Diana dressed in a blazer and cap

Get to grips with the story of Princess Diana in this new documentary (Image credit: Sky)

You may think you know everything about Princess Diana, thanks to watching shows such as The Crown. But this powerful film tells her extraordinary story in a different way. Made up of archive material, including news footage, royal commentary and vox pop, the documentary explores the period from her 1981 engagement to Prince Charles to her sudden death in 1997. And there are shocking reminders of the treatment she received from the tabloids, from speculation about her virginity to the 1992 publication of an intimate phone call. 

★★★★★ HD 

Patagonia, 7pm, Sky Nature/NOW

TV tonight a shot of a big cat in Patagonia

Patagonia is from the amazing team behind Blue Planet. (Image credit: Sky)

How lucky we are, getting to witness one of the most remote locations on Earth with this stunning-looking natural history series from the makers of Blue Planet. Episode one leads us along the Atlantic coast, and it’s a place not for the sentimental, as elephant seals do battle to breed, killer whales prey on seal pups and people trawl the seas for their own survival. 

★★★★ NT 

Alan Carr's Adventures with Agatha Christie, 9 pm, More4

TV tonight Alan Carr poses in front of a board for The Mousetrap.

Alan Carr's tracing Agatha Christie's footsteps in his new three-part travelogue. (Image credit: Channel 4)

Don’t be fooled into thinking this is one of those random celebrity travelogues; it’s clear right from the off that Alan is a huge Christie fanboy and absolutely knows his stuff, as he explores the life and legacy of the Queen of Crime in this three-part series. From inadvertently breaking a vintage piece of equipment backstage at The Mousetrap to visiting the remote Burgh Island where Christie wrote two of her best-loved novels, Alan is a warm and witty host in a series that reveals lots of fascinating Christie facts, including her fondness for roller skating, wild swimming and surfing! 

★★★★ SP

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

A League of Their Own, Prime Video 

The Rockford Peaches in A League of Their Own

The Rockford Peaches return in this new Prime Video comedy-drama. (Image credit: Prime Video)

A League of Their Own is a reboot of the movie of the same name starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna, but with an all-new cast of characters. Like the film, this Prime Video series follows the Rockford Peaches, a girl's team that's been formed in Chicago following the establishment of the ‘Girls Professional Baseball League’. It's a great ride that tackles a variety of contemporary problems including sexism, racism and attitudes to sexuality. The mismatched team of girls includes Carson Shaw (Abbi Jacobson), Max (Chanté Adams), Greta (D'Arcy Carden) and Lupe (Roberta Colindrez), and the Peaches are headed up this time by ex-pro ‘Dove’ Porter, played by Parks and Rec fave, Nick Offerman. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

A Star is Born, 10 pm, BBC Two/BBC iPlayer

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born

Watch Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper romance come alive. (Image credit: Warner Bros)

It was a brave choice for actor Bradley Cooper’s first foray behind the camera to take on a story that’s been committed to celluloid three times before, but he proves his mettle here – and then some. He also plays the superstar musician who encounters Lady Gaga (who has reportedly just been cast as Cilla Black in an upcoming Dionne Warwick biopic) performing at a bar and an instant connection takes place. As her star ascends, the booze and drugs have a crippling effect on him. Both leads are sensational. 

★★★★★ NP 

Live Sport

  • European Championships 2022, live coverage from 9 am, BBC One/BBC Two/BBC iPlayer/Red Button
  • Premier League 2022/23: Nottingham Forest vs West Ham, 2 pm, Sky Sports Main Event/Premier League/NOW
  • Premier League 2022/23: Chelsea v Tottenham, 4 pm (k-o 4.30 pm), Sky Sports Main Event/Premier League/NOW
  • The Hundred 2022: Oval Invincibles vs Southern Brave, 6 pm start time (coverage from 7.30 pm), Sky Sports Main Event/NOW

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Marriage on TV tonight — it's an intimate portrait of life in a 27-year-strong relationship.

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

Happy viewing!

Martin Shore
Staff Writer at WhatToWatch.com

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.