TV Tonight: Our highlights for Sunday, January 29

Tommy Lee Royce and Catherine Cawood in Happy Valley
What's next for Tommy and Catherine in Happy Valley? (Image credit: BBC)

On TV tonight, Happy Valley continues after last week's shocking twist, Call the Midwife focuses on a father experiencing a mental health crisis, Dancing on Ice has a Decades theme, and Vera investigates the death of a sailor. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV Tonight.

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

Happy Valley, 9 pm, BBC One 

With Tommy Lee Royce on the run, Catherine is agonisingly aware that Ryan could be an abduction risk. Luckily, Nev Gallagher is on hand to offer them a safe house, but Catherine has to vent her fury somewhere and it’s Clare who cops her righteous rage. It’s a confrontation that’s so devastating it’s hard to imagine the sisters can ever recover from it. 

Meanwhile, Faisal is suffering flashbacks after his encounter with Joanna. But although abusive PE teacher Rob is the prime suspect, thanks to Faisal’s crime-scene cover-up, the cops aren’t ruling out whoever was supplying Joanna with diazepam, which doesn’t bode well for the flustered pharmacist… 

★★★★★ HD

Call the Midwife, 8 pm, BBC One

Call the Midwife season 12 cast Nurse Nancy Corrigan (MEGAN CUSACK), Nurse Phyllis Crane (LINDA BASSETT), Nurse Trixie Franklin (HELEN GEORGE)

(Image credit: BBC / Neal Street Productions)

Call the Midwife never shies away from tackling challenging issues and always handles them in a beautifully sensitive way. That’s evident this week when Dr Turner (Stephen McGann) and Nancy (Megan Cusack) desperately try to help a new father who is experiencing a mental health crisis, but the harrowing case soon takes an even darker turn… 

We also finally get some insight into Matthew’s past when his upper-crust father Sir Brigham (a fabulously nuanced turn from Downton Abbey’s Michael Cochrane) pays a visit and the pair soon lock horns. Meanwhile, both Shelagh and Sister Julienne have worries on their mind. 

★★★★ CC

Dancing on Ice, 6:25 pm, ITV1

Dancing on Ice 2023 celebrity line up

(Image credit: ITV)

Dancing on Ice is going back to the 1980s… and 90s… and Noughties… as the remaining skaters take on a brand-new theme: Decades. Having been in the limelight for almost four decades, ice-dancing legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will be scrutinising every twist and turn from our celebrities, including ex-EastEnder Patsy Palmer and former TOWIE favourite Joey Essex. But will anyone score a perfect 10? 

★★★ VW

Best box set on TV tonight

Lockwood & Co, Netflix

Lockwood & Co key art featuring Ruby Stokes, Cameron Chapman and Ali Hadji-Heshmati

(Image credit: Netflix)

Former Bridgerton star Ruby Stokes swaps period drama for life as a ghost hunter in this lively and richly imagined new eight-part supernatural drama. Set in an alternative reality where phantoms plague the people of Britain, the tale follows Lucy Carlyle, a teenager with a psychic gift and plenty of emotional baggage, as she joins a new ghost-hunting agency trying to make a name for itself. Unlike their rivals, Lockwood & Co is comprised solely of teenagers who are sick of being exploited by adults, but they get more than they bargained for after stumbling on a dark conspiracy. 


Vera, 8pm, ITV1

Vera Season 12 in 2023

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An experienced sailor comes to a grisly end this week. DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) and DS Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty) are called to a remote lighthouse when the boat of local council worker and family man, Frank Channing, is found washed up on the shore. 

Frank’s body has been tied to his boat and there are distinctive marks on his head which provide clues as to what’s happened. Meanwhile, we’re sad to be waving goodbye to pedantic pathologist Dr Malcolm Donahue (played brilliantly by Paul Kaye). Even Vera seems a tiny bit sad when Malcolm announces he’s moving abroad, so this will be their last case together. Farewell, Malcolm! 

★★★★ TL

Best film on TV tonight

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, 9 pm, E4

Paula-Patton and Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible

(Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

Secret agent Ethan Hunt and his team are implicated in a bombing at the Kremlin, forcing the American president to declare them fugitives. The spies plan to clear their name by abducting the real terrorist, which leads them into a pursuit around the globe. However, Hunt cannot be sure his colleagues are trustworthy. Action adventure sequel, starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Paula Patton


Live Sport

  •  The Masters Live: 7 pm, ITV4
  • NFL Playoffs: Kansas City Chiefs v Cincinnati Bengals (Kick-off 11:30 pm), Sky Sports Main Event

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss the return of Happy Valley on TV tonight.

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

Happy viewing!

Lucy Buglass
Senior Staff Writer

Lucy joined the team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Now she works for our sister site TechRadar in the same role. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.

She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story, Stranger Things and Black Mirror but she is also partial to a quiz show or a bit of Say Yes to the Dress