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TV Tonight: our highlights for Thursday, August 18

TV tonight – Introducing the eighth TV series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Introducing the eighth TV series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Image credit: Disney Plus)

On TV tonight, there's a new superhero in town and you better not make her angry! She-Hulk: Attorney at Law will turn you green with envy as it kicks off on Disney Plus. Also, the brilliant and emotional Ambulance continues on BBC One, season 17 of A League of Their Own begins on Sky Max/NOW and new historical series A Farm Through Time starts on Channel 5. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV tonight.

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

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Disney Plus

TV tonight Jennifer Walters stars.

Jennifer Walters stars.  (Image credit: Disney Plus)

Jennifer Walters (Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany) is a thirtysomething lawyer with a fairly unremarkable life – unless you count the fact that her cousin is Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), otherwise known as The Hulk. When an accident causes Bruce’s blood to get mixed with Jennifer’s, she develops Hulk powers of her own, which she’s not remotely pleased about. Like the irreverent comics that inspired it, She-Hulk is more comedic than most Marvel superhero sagas, but also promises to tackle big issues such as femininity, body image, and what it means to be a hero – and to be human. 

★★★★ SP

Ambulance, season 9, 9pm, BBC One

TV tonight Chris and Becca begin another day.

Chris and Becca begin another day. (Image credit: BBC)

There’s further strain on the North East Ambulance Service as the BAFTA-winning series continues, with the region’s hospitals facing delays and a high number of Category 1 emergency calls during a shift. But despite the pressure, there’s still a personal connection with patients. Chris and Becca attend a high-speed collision with multiple casualties, but on the same shift they treat a man experiencing leg pain. On the way to hospital, he tells them about courting his wife in Durham when they were young, and how she’s been diagnosed with cancer. Chris, whose own wife died from cancer, feels a deep empathy and explains how caring for her inspired him to join the ambulance service. 

★★★★ JP

A League of Their Own, season 17, 9pm, Sky Max/NOW

TV tonight The boys are back for more sporting capers.

The boys are back for more sporting capers.  (Image credit: Sky)

The new season kicks off with Romesh Ranganathan hosting as former professional footballer Micah Richards joins as the new blue team captain, taking over from cricketer Freddie Flintoff. Joining Micah is comedian Josh Widdecombe and West Ham captain Declan Rice. On the red team, captained by Jamie Redknapp, are radio DJ Jordan North and comedian Jo Brand. 

★★★ JL 

A Farm Through Time, 9pm, Channel 5

TV tonight Brothers Dave and Rob Nicholson take on a new challenge.

Brothers Dave and Rob Nicholson take on a new challenge. (Image credit: Channel 5)

Historian Ruth Goodman takes farming brothers Rob and Dave Nicholson on a journey back in time to discover what farming was like during World War Two. Britain faced a potential food crisis as German U-boats sank hundreds of merchant ships and it was up to farmers to make sure Britain wouldn’t be starved into submission – that meant working all hours to plough an extra two million acres in a year. Rob and Dave also experience the hardship of rationing, spend a night in an air-raid shelter and learn how the Women’s Land Army became a crucial part of the war effort. 

★★★ HD

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

A League of Their OwnPrime Video 

The Rockford Peaches in A League of Their Own

The Rockford Peaches in A League of Their Own. (Image credit: Prime Video)

A League of Their Own is a reboot of the movie of the same name starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna, but with an all-new cast of characters. Like the film, this Prime Video series follows the Rockford Peaches, a girl's team that's been formed in Chicago following the establishment of the ‘Girls Professional Baseball League’. It's a great ride that tackles a variety of contemporary problems including sexism, racism and attitudes to sexuality. The mismatched team of girls includes Carson Shaw (Abbi Jacobson), Max (Chanté Adams), Greta (D'Arcy Carden) and Lupe (Roberta Colindrez), and the Peaches are headed up this time by ex-pro ‘Dove’ Porter, played by Parks and Rec fave, Nick Offerman. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

The Father, Netflix

TV tonight Anthony Hopkins on Oscar-winning form

Anthony Hopkins on Oscar-winning form. (Image credit: Netflix)

Anthony Hopkins won his second Oscar for his role in this 2020 drama, now available to watch on Netflix. He gives a phenomenal performance as a prickly, stubbornly independent octogenarian who is in denial about his increasing mental frailty while his weary daughter (Olivia Colman, who was also Oscar-nominated) tries to find him a carer. Director Florian Zeller, adapting his own play, tackles the harrowing spectre of Alzheimer’s with subtle power, while Hopkins – bolstered by Colman and supporting performances from Imogen Poots, Olivia Williams, Rufus Sewell and Mark Gatiss – has never been better. Given his much-garlanded career, that really is saying something. 

Live Sport

  • European Championships 2022, from 9 am, BBC Two/One
  • Test Cricket, England vs South Africa, 10.15 am, Sky Sports Main Event/NOW

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss She-Hulk: Attorney at Law on TV tonight — check out the new Marvel superhero in town with her very famous cousin. 

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

Happy viewing!

Joanne Lowles
Freelance writer and editor

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.