TV Tonight: Our highlights for Thursday, February 2

Helena Bonham Carter on the Crossroads set in a fur coat as Noele Gordon in Nolly.
Nolly arrives on TV Tonight. (Image credit: ITVX)

On TV tonight, Russell T Davies' new drama Nolly kicks off, there's more royal scandal in Marie Antoinette, Lord Sugar makes another firing in The Apprentice and there's a musical murder in The Madame Blanc Mysteries. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV Tonight.

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

Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight... 

Best TV shows on TV tonight

Nolly, ITVX

We’re only a few weeks into 2023, but we’ve already found a contender for Drama of the Year! In this addictive three-parter, penned by Russell T Davies, Helena Bonham Carter gives a tour-de-force turn as Crossroads star Noele Gordon, known as Nolly, who was ruthlessly sacked from the soap in 1981. It’s a nostalgic joy to see the soap’s classic characters such as Benny and Miss Diane again, and you will root for fabulously forthright Nolly as she fights to discover why she has been fired and secure a decent exit for her character, Meg Mortimer. 

A fascinating companion documentary, The Real Nolly, also airs on ITVX from today.

★★★★★ CC

Marie Antoinette, 9 pm, BBC Two

Saint-Georges ( YOLI FULLER), Marie Antoinette (EMILIA SCHULE) play music together

(Image credit: BBC / Capa Drama / Banijay Studios France / Les Gens / Canal+ / Caroline Dubois)

Things are far from rosy in the royal household, and this week we see Marie Antoinette (Emilia Schüle) and Louis (Louis Cunningham) at each other’s throats. The pair can’t even be civil and are living apart as divorce proceedings are drawn up by their respective nations. 

But then Marie Antoinette’s brother Joseph (Jonas Bloquet) makes an unexpected visit in order to salvage their marriage. Joseph certainly has a job on his hands, but when he comes up with a controversial plan to put the relationship back on track, it seems as though it might work. However, is it too late? 

★★★★★ NH

The Madame Blanc Mysteries, 9 pm, Channel 5

Jean (Sally Lindsay) examines the crashed van that husband Rory was driving when he died

(Image credit: Channel 5)

Clive Russell (Ripper Street) is a suspect in this week’s penultimate episode of the mystery series which centreson the bizarre death of rock legend Dura (Torquil Deacon), who is recording his comeback album at Judith (Sue Holderness) and Jeremy’s (Robin Askwith) chateau – ‘our very own Graceland’ – when he’s killed and left with the symbol of a snake drawn on his head. 

Clive plays Marco, Dura’s sound engineer, who has worked with the rock star for 40 years and ends up helping Jean (Sally Lindsay) and a startstruck Dom (Steve Edge) with their investigation. But is Marco who he says he is and what exactly has he got to do with Dura’s death? 

★★★ HD

The Apprentice, 9 pm, BBC One

Lord Sugar stands in front of The Apprentice 2023 contestants gathered in two groups.

(Image credit: BBC/Fremantle Media/Ray Burmiston)

It’s one of our favourite tasks when Lord Sugar asks the candidates to create a brand and an accompanying TV ad. Remember last year’s disastrous campaign where brown was decided upon as the colour of choice for a children’s toothbrush? This year, the teams must market an electric motorbike, so it’s no surprise, then, that the ideas from the most passionate biking enthusiast among them are duly ignored… It’s over to the industry experts to give Lord Sugar their verdict. A firecracker of an episode. 

★★★★ MC

Best box set on TV tonight

Lockwood & Co., Netflix

Lockwood & Co key art featuring Ruby Stokes, Cameron Chapman and Ali Hadji-Heshmati

(Image credit: Netflix)

Former Bridgerton star Ruby Stokes swaps period drama for life as a ghost hunter in this lively and richly imagined new eight-part supernatural drama. Set in an alternative reality where phantoms plague the people of Britain, the tale follows Lucy Carlyle, a teenager with a psychic gift and plenty of emotional baggage, as she joins a new ghost-hunting agency trying to make a name for itself. Unlike their rivals, Lockwood & Co is comprised solely of teenagers who are sick of being exploited by adults, but they get more than they bargained for after stumbling on a dark conspiracy. 


Best film on TV tonight

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Disney Plus

Letitia Wright in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

(Image credit: Marvel Studios)

When Marvel superhero epic Black Panther was released in 2018, it became one of the highest-grossing films of all time and earned acclaim for its star Chadwick Boseman, who played King T’Challa, aka Black Panther, and who tragically died in 2020.

 After topping the box office, the high-octane sequel landed on Disney+ yesterday. It picks up the action following the death of T’Challa as his mother Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett) and his sister Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright) process their grief and band together with the help of T’Challa’s love Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Agent Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) to protect their nation of Wakanda from new dangers. 

★★★★ RMC


Live Sport

  • LaLiga: Real Madrid v Valencia, 7:30 pm., (Kick-off 8.00pm), ITV4

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss brand new drama Nolly on TV tonight.

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

Happy viewing!

Lucy Buglass
Senior Staff Writer

Lucy joined the team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.

She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story, Stranger Things and Black Mirror but she is also partial to a quiz show or a bit of Say Yes to the Dress