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TV Tonight: our highlights for Sunday, May 22

TV tonight – Monty and Sophie host throughout the week.
Monty and Sophie host throughout the week. (Image credit: BBC)

On TV tonight, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 blooms into action on BBC One, big is beautiful in new series Big Brits Go Large! on Channel 5, drama Gentleman Jack continues on BBC One, as does nature series Eden: Untamed Planet on BBC Two. Finally, it's the last episode of the throughly enjoyable drama Grace on ITV. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight.

  • Our hand selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include five TV shows, a film 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

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022, 6pm, BBC One

TV tonight Monty, Joe and Sophie host.

Monty, Joe and Sophie host. (Image credit: BBC)

Chelsea returns in its full glory following its pandemic-prompted move to autumn last year and the scaled-down event of 2020. With displays for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and a whopping number of show gardens, it promises to be blooming amazing. Tonight, Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift give us a sneak peek of the grounds before the show opens on Tuesday. With coverage on the BBC throughout the week by green-fingered favourites including Monty Don, Arit Anderson, Carol Klein and Adam Frost, there will be celebrity guests including Mary Berry, expert tips and cutting-edge designs built to wow. 

★★★★ TL

Big Brits Go Large! 9pm, Channel 5

TV tonight George and Sienna plan their wedding

George and Sienna plan their wedding. (Image credit: Channel 5)

Over the past 25 years, Britons have doubled in size and more of us are plus-sized than ever before. This new series shows how it’s possible to live your best life, no matter what your dress size. In this first episode, we meet People Just Do Nothing actor George Keywood, who’s planning the perfect wedding with his fiancée, Sienna. Then there’s Trina, a London dance teacher providing body-positive lessons for all shapes and sizes, and Manchester friends Nat and Jo, who own a plus-sized clothing business, Topsy Curvy, and are planning a bikini beach photoshoot for larger ladies. All of these characters are proving that big can be beautiful. 

★★★★ NH

Gentleman Jack, season 2, 9pm, BBC One

TV tonight Anne has more business to see to

Anne has more business to see to. (Image credit: BBC)

Tensions over the division of the Walker estate show no signs of easing in the penultimate episode. Passive-aggressive letters aplenty are sent back and forth between Ann Walker – dictated by Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) – and Ann’s unpleasant and increasingly tetchy brother-in-law Captain Sutherland, who still seems to be delaying proceedings while claiming he’s not! We pity lawyers Mr Parker and Mr Grey who are caught in the middle. Meanwhile, Ann’s wonderfully righteous cousins William and Eliza are in high dudgeon, too, when they hear that Ann wants them to vacate the premises where they run a school. 

★★★★ CC

Eden: Untamed Planet, 7.10pm, BBC Two

TV tonight Rhinos thrive in the Luangwa Valley

Rhinos thrive in the Luangwa Valley. (Image credit: BBC)

Every year the Luangwa River in Zambia bursts its banks, turning the surrounding valley into a lush, fertile habitat where wildlife thrives. Species that are critically endangered elsewhere, such as painted wolves and black rhino, are prospering here, and its predators and prey are perfectly balanced. We see a leopard taking advantage of the camouflage the dry season provides, while the wet season leads a baboon to risk a crocodile attack for the pleasure of eating water lilies. A reminder of how nature should be without human interference. 

★★★★ NH

Grace, season 2, 8pm, ITV

TV tonight Branson is still in recovery

Branson is still in recovery. (Image credit: ITV)

DS Grace signs off with another grim trip into Brighton’s underbelly, when he tracks a group of criminals who murder immigrants and harvest their organs. It’s poignant stuff, especially when a mother who’s desperate to find a new liver for her sick daughter gets drawn in. DS Branson (Richie Campbell) is also struggling after being shot. Luckily, he has Grace, and their relationship is the perfect antidote to the show’s dark material. 

★★★★ SMA

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Derry Girls, seasons 1–3, All 4

The Derry Girls jumping for joy.

The brilliant Derry Girls and the wee English fella. (Image credit: Channel4)

The riotous third series has just finished on C4, but if anyone has missed this absolute gem of a comedy, then all three seasons are now available on All4. The series follows teenagers Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Orla (Louisa Harland), Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), and James (Dylan Maguire), or 'the wee English fella' as everyone calls him, as they navigate life in Derry, Northern Ireland, in the early 1990s. The gang attend Our Lady Immaculate College run by the indomitable Sister Michael, played brilliantly by Siobhán McSweeney, who has seen all their madcap antics before and couldn’t care less. One of the best comedies on the box. 

Best film to watch on TV today

Fighting with My Family, 9pm, Film4

TV tonight Fighting with my family Paige and Zak.

Jack Lowden and Florence Pugh star. (Image credit: C4)

Director Stephen Merchant pins us to the mat with a big-hearted comedy about wrestling star Paige and her extraordinary grappling-mad Norwich family. Florence Pugh is a knockout as the self-doubting heroine, as are Nick Frost and Lena Headey as her eccentric parents. Dwayne Johnson cameos as himself, adding another splash of larger-than-life colour to a rowdy tale of scrappy underdog triumph. 

Live Sport

  • Premier League, Manchester City v Aston Villa, 2.30pm (k-o 4.00pm), Sky Sports Main Event/NOW
  • Formula 1, The Spanish Grand Prix, 12.30 (start time 3pm), Sky Sports Main Event/NOW
  • French Open Tennis, from 9.30am, Eurosport 1

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 on TV tonight – it's great to see the gardens in bloom once again.

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

Happy viewing!

Joanne Lowles
Joanne Lowles

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.