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TV Tonight: our highlights for Thursday, Oct. 7

James has a problem… and it isn’t horse-shaped.
James has a problem… and it isn’t horse-shaped. (Image credit: Channel 5)

On TV tonight, it's Tristan's birthday in All Creatures Great and Small on Channel 5, Si and Dave explore the luscious Lake District in The Hairy Bikers Go North on BBC2 and also on Channel 5 it's Autumn Gardening with Carol Klein from her lovely Devonshire plot. 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

All Creatures Great and Small, 9pm, Channel 5

TV tonight Will James tell Helen his news?

Will James tell Helen his news?  (Image credit: Channel 5)

It’s lovely to go beyond the outrageous antics to see a more vulnerable side to devil-may-care Tristan this week, as the charismatic young vet celebrates his birthday and desperately tries to prove his worth to Siegfried when he treats some horses and delivers his first calf. But Siegfried just won’t stop checking up on his little brother, who continues to keep a huge secret from him. Meanwhile, James has similar issues of his own because he’s still in a quandary about the job in Glasgow and he can’t quite pluck up the courage to share his worries with Helen... 

★★★★★ CC

Autumn Gardening with Carol Klein, 7pm, Channel 5

TV tonight Carol in her beautiful Devon garden.

Carol in her beautiful Devon garden. (Image credit: Channel 5)

We return to Carol’s beautiful garden at her home in Devon. It’s autumn but the garden is still brimming with colour and produce. The five-part series is full of practical tips and in tonight’s episode she reveals how to take cuttings from asters and how to collect seeds from scabious and campanula. She also enjoys the fruits of her labour as she continues to pick edible delights from her vegetable garden, especially her gorgeous globe artichokes. 

★★★ JL

The Hairy Bikers Go North, 8pm, BBC2

TV tonight Si and Dave in the kitchen of The Gilpin.

Chefs Hrishikesh and Aaron with two happy bikers. (Image credit: BBC)

It’s an emotional journey as Si and Dave explore the Lake District, starting in Dave’s childhood home of Barrow-in-Furness. The town is full of memories, not all of them happy, but Dave is pleased to see a new generation of foodies making great grub affordable for all. They also visit Growing Well, a farm-based charity, and are treated to some fine dining by Michelin-starred chef Hrishikesh Desai. Finally, it’s a trip to Morecambe Bay for some ‘northern caviar,’ as Dave describes the town’s legendary potted shrimp. 

★★★★ JL

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Maid, season 1, Netflix

Tv tonight Margaret Qualley stars.

Margaret Qualley stars as single mum Alex. (Image credit: Netflix)

Groundhog Day’s Andie MacDowell teams up with her actor daughter, Margaret Qualley, for this US drama about a young single mother who cleans houses to make ends meet. Inspired by Stephanie Land’s bestselling memoir, the 10-parter sees Qualley play Alex, who’s trapped in a cycle of poverty and homelessness with her young daughter after leaving her abusive partner. Qualley’s real-life mum, Andie MacDowell, plays Alex’s mum Paula, a free spirited artist who has troubles of her own. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Allied, 11.25pm, Film4

TV tonight Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt star

Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt star. (Image credit: Film4)

A war movie with Casablanca somewhere in its sites, and starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard as a pair of spies we first meet in North Africa in 1942. But, as the action switches back to London, it’s revealed that she might not be exactly who she says she is. A cat-and-mouse thriller with an exquisite eye for period detail plays out, with Pitt and Cotillard doing their own Bogie and Bergman (and her acting him right off the screen).

Live Sport

  • World Grand Prix Darts, 7pm, Sky Sports Main Event/NOW

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss All Creatures Great and Small on TV tonight – another fantastic episode from the vets of Yorkshire.

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

Happy viewing!