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TV Tonight: our highlights for Thursday, May 26

TV tonight – Sue explores her ancestery.
Sue explores her ancestery. (Image credit: BBC)

On TV tonight, Sue Perkins discovers her family history as Who Do You Think You Are? returns to BBC One, season 2 of The Flight Attendant lands on Sky Max and it's the final Spring Gardening with Carol Klein on Channel 5. New comedy Big Boys begins on C4, Embarrassing Bodies continues on C4 and The Prince's Trust Awards are on ITV. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight.

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

Who Do You Think You Are? season 19, 9pm, BBC One

TV tonight Sue Perkins stars.

Sue Perkins stars. (Image credit: BBC)

As the genealogy series returns, Sue Perkins uncovers harrowing stories in her family tree which will leave you rooting for her ancestors almost as much as she does. She’s upset to hear about her paternal grandfather’s terrible losses during his Victorian childhood, and visits the Isle of Man, where her German-born maternal great-grandfather was interned as an enemy alien during World War One. Amid the sadness, one of the loveliest moments sees Sue sift through family photos and letters with old pal Mel Giedroyc, and an uncanny connection between them later emerges… 

★★★★ CC

The Flight Attendant, season 2, 9pm, Sky Max/NOW

TV tonight That’s not obvious at all, Cassie…

That’s not obvious at all, Cassie… (Image credit: Sky)

The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco returns for a second season of this glossy, hilarious and thoroughly addictive thriller. After solving the mystery of the dead man she woke up next to in a Bangkok hotel in the first season, flight attendant Cassie Bowden has made some major life changes: she’s sober, she’s moved to LA and she’s now a civilian asset for the CIA. But while on a mission in Berlin, she gets caught up in another assassination – perpetrated by someone who looks just like her. Can Cassie figure out who’s framing her while clinging on to her fragile sobriety? 

★★★★ SP

Spring Gardening with Carol Klein, 7pm, Channel 5

TV tonight Carol (with Fifi) takes a break to admire her handiwork

Carol (with Fifi) takes a break to admire her handiwork. (Image credit: Channel 5)

It’s been a joy seeing Carol’s enthusiasm for her Devon garden as she shares her boundless horticultural knowledge for getting the best out of whatever size plot or pot you have. In this final episode, she’s going bonkers for bluebells as they put on a colourful spring display. But our delicate native bluebell is under attack from an invasive Spanish cousin and Carol is leading the bluebell battle cry to save our native species from extinction. She’s also splashing about in the pond to ensure wildlife can get in and out safely, sowing herbs and making a mini-meadow in a pot. 

★★★ JL

Big Boys,10pm, C4

TV tonight Danny and Jack get to know each other

Danny and Jack get to know each other. (Image credit: C4)

A coming-of age comedy from comedian and author Jack Rooke, based on his own experiences. Derry Girls’ Dylan Llewellyn plays Jack, who has recently lost his dad and is leaving home to attend Brent Uni. With no space in halls, he’s sharing with mature student Danny (Jon Pointing). Mouthy and brash, Danny is everything Jack is not, but the two soon form a close bond. Razor-sharp, poignant and very funny, this is a polished gem of perfection. 

★★★★★ TL

Embarrassing Bodies, 9pm, E4

TV tonight The doctors will see you now...

The doctors will see you now... (Image credit: E4)

Tonight the new presenting trio of GPs – Dr Tosin Ajayi-Sotubo, Dr Anand Patel and Dr Jane Leonard – are tackling more conditions that are a touch on the sensitive side. Dr Jane meets a woman whose severe skin condition has left her unable to leave her home, while Dr Tosin advises a female patient who’s been living with alopecia since childhood. Plus, Dr Anand assists a man whose sex life is suffering because of a very delicate problem, and Love Island star Amy Hart is on a mission to get us to embrace our bodies. 

★★★★ TL

The Prince's Trust Awards, 8.30pm, ITV

TV tonight Ant and Dec host.

Ant and Dec host. (Image credit: ITV)

Ant and Dec host this celebration of the achievements of young people who are supported by the charity founded by the Prince of Wales. Stars of TV, film, music and sport will present awards, with the Prince himself in attendance. Following last year’s virtual ceremony, this year’s event was held at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on Tuesday. 

★★★ JP

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Derry Girls, seasons 1–3, All4

The Derry Girls jumping for joy.

The brilliant Derry Girls and the wee English fella.  (Image credit: Channel4)

The riotous third series has just finished on C4, but if anyone has missed this absolute gem of a comedy, then all three seasons are now available on All4. The series follows teenagers Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Orla (Louisa Harland), Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), and James (Dylan Maguire), or “the wee English fella” as everyone calls him, as they navigate life in Derry, Northern Ireland, in the early 1990s. The gang attend Our Lady Immaculate College run by the indomitable Sister Michael, played brilliantly by Siobhán McSweeney, who has seen all their madcap antics before and couldn’t care less. One of the best comedies on the box. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Suspicion, 9pm, BBC Four

This classic 1941 Hitchcock thriller features an Oscar-winning performance from Joan Fontaine (who starred in Hitchcock’s Rebecca the previous year) as an heiress who thinks her husband (Cary Grant) is planning to kill her. The film was from RKO Studios and at 8pm you can see the continuing series The RKO Story, which includes Robert Mitchum’s first screen appearance. His 1952 film Angel Face, which co-stars Jean Simmons, is on at 10.35pm tonight. 

Live Sport

  • Premier League Darts, 7pm, Sky Sports Main Event/NOW

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Who Do You Think You Are? on TV tonight – Sue Perkins has a fascinating and emotional story to share. 

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

Happy viewing!

Joanne Lowles
Joanne Lowles

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.