On TV tonight, feisty new Aussie drama The Newsreader begins on BBC Two, Murder in Provence continues on ITV and Paul Hollywood concludes his travels with a drink or two in Paul Hollywood Eats Mexico on C4. Finally, Matt Allwright presents a new series of Million Pound Motorhomes on Channel 5. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight.
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What's on TV tonight
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Best TV shows on TV tonight
The Newsreader, 9pm & 9.55pm BBC Two
The Secret Life of Us actor Anna Torv stars in this award-winning Australian drama, playing Helen Norville, a talented news anchor who struggles to get her voice heard in a chauvinistic 1980s newsroom. When she storms out after a row with her boss, it gives her colleague, ambitious reporter/producer Dale Jennings (Sam Reid), a chance to establish his own place in the limelight. But instead, a tragic incident occurs that bonds them together, privately and professionally. The pair then support each other as they attempt to deliver the nightly news to the Australian people while dealing with the tempestuous nature of their work environment.
Murder in Provence, 8pm, ITV
Marine (Nancy Carroll) receives a blast from the past this week when she tackles her first case as a consultant to the police and finds that the victim is her aristocratic old friend, who died after falling from the window of his château. As Marine, Antoine (Roger Allam) and Hélène investigate, they uncover murky secrets within the man’s family, and his work as a documentary filmmaker exposing organised crime on the French Riviera brings more tantalising clues. While the case is suitably twisty and full of delicious red herrings, the real joy is seeing more of Marine and Antoine’s loving but wryly funny relationship.
Paul Hollywood Eats Mexico, 9pm, C4
Paul focuses on Mexico’s liquid refreshment tonight, starting in the town of Oaxaca, famous for one of the most important drinks in Mexico – no, not tequila but chocolate. Paul and his guide make their own chocolate paste, mix it with hot water and enjoy this traditional breakfast beverage. He also drinks a lot of chilli-infused cocktails, plus lots of tequila, and visits a mezcal distillery to discover how this powerful drink is made. He ends his trip with a bang (and a hangover) as he visits the town of Tultepec for a unique firework festival.
Million Pound Motorhomes, season 3, 8pm, Channel 5
Series three of the travel show begins with an American flavour, as cameras follow a British family of five on their first-ever motorhoming trip. Will their US adventure start a new love affair or end in disaster? Back home, presenter Matt Allwright gives us a tour of his campervan, while Tomi Adebayo tests the best portable barbies.
Best box set to watch on TV tonight
Sanditon, season 2, ITV Hub
This adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel ended its first season on a major cliffhanger when heroine Charlotte (Rose Williams) left Sanditon heartbroken after true love Sidney (Theo James) married another woman to save his brother from financial ruin. As season two begins, Sidney is no longer around and a tragedy brings Charlotte back to Sanditon along with her sister Alison (Rosie Graham). Though Charlotte has sworn off romance, there’s no shortage of eligible men hoping to court her, like dashing war veteran Colonel Lennox (Tom Weston-Jones). As before, it’s a delicious Regency treat with a refreshingly modern (sense and) sensibility.
Best film to watch on TV tonight
Emma, 8pm, BBC One
A vision of pastel hues and eloquent quips, Autumn de Wilde’s first foray into feature-length movie-making is a sheer delight. Rather than messing about with Jane Austen’s oft-adapted classic, she keeps it, for the most part, intact, but keeps the narrative pacy and the visuals sumptuous. Anya Taylor-Joy is simply wonderful as the title character, a young woman determined to meddle in everyone’s love life before being brought down to Earth by family friend Johnny Flynn (also spot on). The rich, starry supporting cast also includes Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart and Callum Turner. A real treat.
- Formula 1, The French Grand Prix, 1.55pm (start-time 2pm), Sky Sports Main Event/NOW
- Athletics: World Championships, 8pm, BBC Two
If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…
Don't miss The Newsreader on TV tonight — a great new drama about power and politics in a 1980s newsroom.
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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.
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