TV tonight: Our highlights for Sunday, August 27

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On TV tonight, Luther star Ruth Wilson fronts the dark new thriller, The Woman in the Wall, Bear Grylls teams up with Bradley Cooper for Running Wild, Midsomer Murders plays host to a Psychic Fayre, and When Beach Holidays Go Horribly Wrong showcases all kinds of holidays from hell. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV Tonight.

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What's on TV tonight

Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight... 

Best TV shows on TV tonight

The Woman in the Wall, 9.05 pm, BBC One

Lorna Brady (Ruth Wilson) in The Woman in the Wall

(Image credit: BBC/Motive Pictures/Chris Barr)

This dark, tangled thriller sees Ruth Wilson give a typically electrifying performance as troubled but spirited Irishwoman Lorna Brady, who, when she was a teenager, was sent to one of the controversial Magdalene Laundries. While she is now trying to rebuild her life, she remains deeply scarred by her horrifying history, which also saw her baby daughter taken from her. But her world is rocked even more when she finds a strange woman’s body in her home, while Detective Colman Akande (Bad Sisters’ Daryl McCormack) is carrying out an investigation of his own into another murder and needs to interview Lorna… Continues tomorrow. 

★★★★★ CC

When Beach Holidays Go Horribly Wrong, 10 pm, Channel 5

Now most of us are back from our breaks, we can watch this disaster compilation a little more happily. From the cinematic – a beach-goer is chased for chips by a flock of seagulls – to the dangerous – a holidaymaker clings on for life during a parasailing trip – via the downright angry-making – children paddling in sewage in Lincolnshire, all seaside scenarios here! 

★★★ NT

Midsomer Murders, 8 pm, ITV1

Gerard King sits in front of his banner in Midsomer Murders

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Psychics, witches and a tarot-card reader are among tonight’s unusual suspects. DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and DS Jamie Winter (Nick Hendrix) investigate the murder of a young woman whose body is found surrounded by symbolic artefacts (including a tarot card) and who was stabbed to death with a crystal wand. Helpfully, since it’s the time of year for the annual Psychic Fayre at Eddon Hall in the village of Angel’s Rise, the suspects can all be found in one place. They include psychic medium Gerard King (Colin Salmon), tarot card reader Simeon Dagley (Richard David-Caine) and empaths – or self-proclaimed witches – Sally Ann Barker (Tracy-Ann Oberman) and Rachel Finn (Sarah Paul). 

★★★ JE

Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge, 6 pm, National Geographic

This week, Bear is meeting up with A Star Is Born actor- director Bradley Cooper. The Hollywood star tests his nerve in the Wyoming Basin in the US, where he faces subzero temperatures, snow and winds of up to 50mph. Bear teaches Bradley, who is terrified of heights, how to winch himself across a 100ft canyon, then tasks him with a 400ft descent into a gorge. Next, they spend the night suspended off the side of a cliff, before Bradley puts his new-found skills to the test – completing the rest of the mission alone! 

★★★★★ NH

Best box set on TV tonight

Harlan Coben's Shelter, Prime Video

Episode 2 of Harlan Coben's Shelter

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In Shelter, Mickey Bolitar survives the car crash that kills his father and puts his mother in hospital. While she recovers from her injuries in rehab, he goes to live with his estranged Aunt Shira (Entourage’s Constance Zimmer) in the quiet suburban town of Kasselton, New Jersey. 

Struggling with his grief and trying to fit into his new surroundings,  Mickey immediately forms a connection with another new student Ashley Kent (Samantha Bugliaro).  But when she disappears before their first date, he is determined to find out what’s happened to her. 


Best film on TV tonight

Eat Pray Love, 7.15 pm, ITVBe

Javier Bardem and Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love

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What better way to spend a bank holiday weekend than in romcom land? This glossy romantic drama, based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir, stars Julia Roberts as New York writer Liz Gilbert, who is feeling unfulfilled after the failure of her marriage, so she sets off on a year-long journey of self-discovery. In Rome, she finds the joys of eating and living life to the full; at an ashram in India, she learns the power of prayer; and in Bali, she discovers true love. Roberts is also in Notting Hill later tonight (ITV1, 10.15pm). 

★★★ DW 

Live Sport

  • The Hundred 2023, 2 pm, BBC Two / 1.45 pm Sky Showcase
  • Premier League: Sheffield United v Manchester City, 1 pm (k-o 2 pm), Sky Sports Main Event/NOW
  • Premier League: Newcastle United v Liverpool, 4 pm (k-o 4.30 pm), Sky Sports Main Event/NOW
  • Formula 1: Dutch Grand Prix, 2 pm, Sky Sports F1

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss The Woman in the Wall on TV tonight.

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Happy viewing!

Martin Shore
Staff Writer at

Martin was a Staff Writer with, where he produced a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. Now he works for our sister site Tom's Guide in the same role.

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.