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TV Tonight: our highlights for Thursday, June 17

TV tonight Together stars James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan
James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan star. (Image credit: BBC)

On TV tonight there's new one-off lockdown drama Together, The Hotel Inspector is in Bedfordshire, and a feisty ferret needs The Supervet's help. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight. 

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

Together, 9pm, BBC2 (not Wales)

TV tonight Together stars Sharon Horgan and James McAvoy

James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan play a couple in crisis.  (Image credit: BBC)

A drama about lockdown might not seem much like escapism, but this one-off, set during the first months of the pandemic, exposes the pressures on one couple’s messed-up marriage with hilarity and heartbreak. James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan play a couple who would have split up years ago if it wasn’t for their troubled son. So when lockdown hits, things get intense and their rows reach fever pitch. But slowly, as the weeks pass, they’re finally forced to confront the issues in their failing relationship… 

★★★★ HD

The Hotel Inspector, 9pm, Channel 5

TV tonight The Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi and owner Sarah outside The Dukes pub

Sarah and Alex at The Dukes. (Image credit: Channel 5)

It’s one of Alex’s biggest makeovers to date, and boy did it need it as she works her magic on The Dukes pub in the picturesque (and bizarrely named) Bedfordshire village of Heath and Reach. Alex knows she has her work cut out from the moment she arrives when the owner of the pub, mum-of-two Sarah, is hiding in the kitchen avoiding customers. Undeterred, Alex sets about turning what now looks like a youth club into the cosy country inn with six bedrooms that it is meant to be. Sarah’s dreams of owning a pub began three years earlier, but after a successful first year, the dream turned into a nightmare when a personal setback knocked her confidence and she let things slide. Can Alex give her the boost she, and the pub, needs? 

★★★ LP

The Supervet, 8pm, C4

TV tonight The Supervet Ben and Melanie with their ferret Astrid

Ben and Melanie with their ferret Astrid. (Image credit: C4)

Ben and Melanie are ferret fanatics from Southend. They have 16 of the furry little troublemakers and need Noel’s help with the youngest, Astrid. She was dancing on the sofa and fell off, breaking one of her tiny back legs. Noel hopes a pin and plate will get her back to her mischievous ways, but energetic Astrid proves to be a tricky patient. At the other end of the size-scale are Rolo, a Dobermann with an aggressive tumour, and Jeff, a chocolate lab with painful arthritis. 

★★★★ JL

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

StartUp, seasons one to three, Amazon Prime Video

Martin Freeman plays FBI Agent Phil in StartUp

Martin Freeman as troubled FBI Agent Phil.  (Image credit: Prime)

Breeders star Martin Freeman shows, as he did in 2014's Fargo, that as well as comedy he can do edgy US drama complete with an authentic American accent. He plays an FBI agent with a dark side in this gritty tale of digital money laundering, first released in 2016. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Florence Foster Jenkins, 8pm, BBC4

TV tonight Florence Foster Jenkins stars Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant are pitch perfect, unlike Florence. (Image credit: Pathe Productions Limited)

Tragic and true, the story of Florence Foster Jenkins could have been played for laughs but instead is touching and surprisingly tender. Meryl Streep plays the super-rich music-loving socialite convinced she’s got the chops to be a great singer. But Florence actually sings like a drain, something no one in her entourage is willing to tell her. It’s another great performance by Streep (it takes talent to sing that appallingly). But the big surprise is Hugh Grant as Florence’s partner/manager, in the role he had to be coaxed out of semi-retirement to play and which relaunched his career. 

Live sport

  • Golf: The US Open,  from 3.30pm Sky Sports Golf/Sky Sports Main Event/NOW 
  • UEFA Euro 2020 Denmark v Belgium, 4.30pm (k-o 5pm), ITV
  • UEFA Euro 2020 Netherlands v Austria, 7.30pm (k-o 8pm), BBC1

Soaps on TV tonight

  • Emmerdale, 8pm, ITV
  • Coronation Street, 9pm, ITV
  • Hollyoaks, 6.30pm, C4

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss Together on TV tonight – poignant drama.

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

Happy viewing!