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TV Tonight: our highlights for Thursday, August 4

TV tonight – Major and Carver return.
Major and Carver return. (Image credit: Sky)

On TV tonight, Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays return for season 3 of comedy Code 404 on Sky Comedy/NOW, go behind the scenes at the London club in All or Nothing: Arsenal on Prime Video and it's the final of The Undeclared War on C4. Noel treats a trio of dogs in The Supervet: Noel Fitzpatrick also on C4 and Alex returns to Newcastle to see how Michelangelo's is getting on in The Hotel Inspector on Channel 5. 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, 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

Code 404, season 3, 9pm & 9.30pm Sky Comedy/NOW

TV tonight Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays return.

Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays return.  (Image credit: Sky)

Combining spectacular action sequences and laugh-out-loud moments, the first two series of this crime caper gained a real fan following. As it returns, AI-enhanced detective Major (Daniel Mays) and his sidekick Carver (Stephen Graham) take on their toughest case yet, both on limited duties pending an inquiry into their last investigation. But Major’s been hacked with spyware… Rosie Cavaliero and Anna Maxwell Martin reprise their roles as the duo’s boss and Major’s ex-wife respectively, with Vinette Robinson joining as a psychologist. As far as winning formulas go, this series cracks the code. 

★★★★ VW

All or Nothing: Arsenal, Prime Video

TV tonight Go behind the scenes of the 2021/22 season.

Go behind the scenes of the 2021/22 season.  (Image credit: Prime Video)

Arsenal are the latest Premier League side to get the All or Nothing treatment in this new series taking us behind the scenes of the London club’s 2021/22 campaign. Oscar-winner and passionate Gooner Daniel Kaluuya narrates as this eight-part series begins as Mikel Arteta’s boys fight back following a dreadful start to their season. Yet while capturing the highs and lows of life at the Emirates Stadium and the Arsenal Training Centre – of which there are plenty – cameras also follow the squad away from the pitch to examine life as an elite athlete. 

★★★★ SMA

The Undeclared War, 9pm, C4

TV tonight Saara prays for wisdom.

Saara prays for wisdom. (Image credit: C4)

Following last week’s shocking revelation about the source of the data leak from GCHQ, Saara (Hannah Khalique-Brown) refuses to believe it’s true – but can she find any evidence to back up her gut feeling? As she reaches out to an old friend for help in finding the hidden third-phase attack within the malware, GCHQ head of operations, Danny (Simon Pegg), and his boss, David (Alex Jennings), are summoned to another COBRA meeting, where it’s clear the Cabinet cannot be talked out of a retaliatory cyberattack – but are they just playing into Russia’s hands? A sobering conclusion to this taut political thriller. 

★★★★ SP

The Supervet: Noel Fitzpatrick, season 17, 8pm, C4

TV tonight Debbie and her daughter take Ollie to see Noel.

Debbie and her daughter take Ollie to see Noel. (Image credit: C4)

Noel completely transforms the life of eight-year-old Dalmatian Milo in tonight’s episode, as he performs complex spinal surgery that enables the pooch to get back to his energetic and mischievous ways – living his best life pain-free for the first time in years. "It makes you realise why you became a vet, why we advanced science. It makes you grateful that we are able to do this kind of surgery now," says Noel as he takes bouncy Milo for his first post-surgery walk. He also fixes a chusky (a chow chow/husky cross) pup called Moon who hobbles in with a painful elbow problem and cuddly Shih Tzu Ollie, who also has a deformed elbow joint. 

★★★★ JL

The Hotel Inspector, 9pm, Channel 5

TV tonight Alex with Paolo and Giacomo.

Alex with Paolo and Giacomo. (Image credit: Channel 5)

Most of the time Alex Polizzi is irritated at best or, at worst, furious with the struggling hoteliers she meets. Every now and again, she comes across folk she really likes and is delighted to help. That’s the case in tonight’s return visit to Michelangelo’s near Newcastle, which she first visited in 2019. Italian brothers Paolo and Giacomo had struggled with ill health and the death of their mum and needed a Polizzi push to get business booming once again. How will Alex find it now? 

★★★ JL 

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Under the Banner of Heaven, Disney Plus

TV tonight What happened to Brenda?

What happened to Brenda? (Image credit: Disney Plus)

Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones stars as Brenda Wright Lafferty, a 24-year-old woman found murdered in her Utah home in 1984, along with her infant daughter, Erica, in this true-crime drama. Devout Mormon detective Jeb Pyre (Andrew Garfield) initially suspects Brenda’s husband Allen (The Serpent’s Billy Howle) of the crime, but suffers a crisis of faith when he learns that a fundamentalist religious sect may have played a part. With a carefully balanced portrayal of belief in many forms, and uniformly excellent performances, this gripping miniseries doesn’t shy away from the big questions about the power of faith. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Mission: Impossible – Fallout, 9pm, Film4

Still throwing himself into insanely acrobatic shenanigans, Tom Cruise returns for his sixth adventure as spy Ethan Hunt. The plot is the usual hokum (it involves rogue nukes), but it serves well as a skeleton on which to hang a series of hair-raising, white-knuckle set pieces. Rebecca Ferguson and the usual gang are back and Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett and Vanessa Kirby are among the new faces.

Live Sport

  • Commonwealth Games 2022, from 9.15am, BBC One/Two/Three/iPlayer/Red Button
  • Women's Golf, The Open, 11am, Sky Sports Main Event/NOW
  • Cricket: The Hundred, Oval Invincibles vs London Spirit, 6pm, Sky Sports Main Event/NOW

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Code 404 on TV tonight — Carver and Major are back and up to more crime solving shenanigans.

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.