TV Tonight: our highlights for Sunday, October 2

Weddell seals lying on ice in Frozen Planet II
(Image credit: BBC Studios)

On TV tonight, we learn how climate change is making the fight for survival even tougher for the animals that call Antarctica home in Frozen Planet II, plus Stanley Tucci is back for a second season of Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, journalist Simon Reeve enters the fourth leg of his journey in South America, and the first Strictly results show will see two couples facing the dreaded dance-off. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV tonight.

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

Frozen Planet II, 8 pm, BBC One

A weddell seal peeks out from an ice hole in Frozen Planet II

Frozen Planet tackles the effect of climate change in Antarctica in tonight's episode. (Image credit: BBC Studios)

With temperatures reaching below -80C and fierce winds of up to 200mph, life in Antarctica is undoubtedly a constant challenge. However, in tonight’s Frozen Planet episode, we see how climate change is making survival even tougher for the animals that make it their home. We encounter killer whales forced to hunt ferocious leopard seals and albatrosses choosing same-sex relationships due to the fishing industry wiping out so many female birds. We also witness king penguins running the gauntlet of hungry leopard seals in order to feed their chicks and rare footage of the blue whale.

★★★★★ NH

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, 8.20 pm, BBC Two

Stanley Tucci stands next to chef Chiara Pavan at Ristorante Venissa in Venice

(Image credit: BBC/Raw TV/© Cable News Network, Inc/Andrew Muggleton)

‘Mmm...’ ‘Fantastico!’ ‘Wow, WOW.’ Those appreciative noises mean that actor, gourmand and all-round genial guy Stanley Tucci is back with a second series of his foodie travelogue, journeying through the Italian regions. He’s starting in Venice, doing breakfast the Venetian way: eating cicchetti (fancy little snacks about a million miles away from a bacon roll) standing up with a glass of wine. And, yes, it’s only 8.30am. Stanley also visits Harry’s Bar, goes duck hunting, learns how to cook cuttlefish risotto and discovers a local wine made from grapes that thrive in the ‘impossible’ conditions of frequent flooding. 


Simon Reeve's South America, 9 pm, BBC Two

Simon Reeve photographed with farmer Ruivaldo Andrade in Brazil

Simon Reeve with famer, Ruivaldo Andrade. (Image credit: BBC/The Garden Productions, part of ITV studios /Jonathan Young)

It’s the people Simon meets in this fascinating installment that make it a must-see episode. He begins on the salt flats of Bolivia, getting to know a traditional salt farmer who works on this extraordinary landscape alongside his whole family. He also meets a conservation hero battling to save the huge Pantanal forest and a warrior farmer, who, despite devastating flooding due to climate change, refuses to give up on his land. In Paraguay, Simon visits a Christian community called the Mennonites who are transforming Paraguay with their large-scale farming, but at what cost to the land and the indigenous people? 


Strictly Come Dancing: The Results, 7.15 pm, BBC One

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 - Tess and Claudia

Tess and Claudia will reveal who's in the first dance-off of the series. (Image credit: BBC)

Claudia Winkleman present the first results show of the series as the lowest-scoring couples face elimination in the dance-off. Who will follow in the footsteps of Nina Wadia, Jacqui Smith and James Cracknell and be voted out first? Plus, Robbie Williams performs in the ballroom. 

★★★ MC

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Dynasty season 5, Netflix

Dynasty season 5 cast

Dynasty season 5 cast. (Image credit: CW channel)

The reboot of the iconic soap opera charting the ups and downs of the Carrington family has returned for its final season. The drama begins where season 4 ended as we discover whether Fallon, who was shot by her evil, husband-stealing assistant Eva, survived the attack. A host of familiar faces return for the final series including Grant Shaw as Blake Carrington, Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon Carrington, Sam Underwood as Adam Carrington, Elaine Hendrix as Alexis Carrington and Daniella Alonso as Cristal Jennings Carrington. Also watch out for a new member of the family as British actress Eliza Bennet joins the show as a regular character called Amanda, a long-lost relative who was born and raised Europe who brings some serious baggage with her! 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Queen & Slim, 10.45 pm, BBC 2 (not NI)

Brit actors Daniel Kaluuya (Slim) and Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen) star in this engaging crime drama released in 2019. They’ve just been on a dull first date when they’re pulled over by a white police officer who is needlessly aggressive with the black couple, and a violent outcome results in Queen and Slim becoming outlaw fugitives. Their road trip in a vintage turquoise Pontiac Catalina sees a love story unfold, but there’s also righteous anger burning through what is a timely film for the Black Lives Matter era. 


Live Sport

  • F1: Singapore Grand Prix, 11.30 am (race starts 1 pm), Sky Sports F1
  • London Marathon, from 8.30 am on BBC One, BBC Two and Eurosport 1
  • Premier League: Manchester City vs Manchester United, 1 pm (k-o 2 pm) on Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League
  • Premier League: Leeds v Aston Villa, 4 pm (k-o 4.30 pm), Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League 

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Frozen Planet II on TV tonight —  discover the challenges that Antarctic animals face each and every day.

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

Happy viewing!

Martin Shore
Staff Writer at

Martin is a Staff Writer with, 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.