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TV Tonight: our highlights for Wednesday, August 10

TV Tonight A group shot of the three lead investigators on Shetland: DI Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall), DC Sandy Wilson (Steven Robertson) and DS Alison 'Tosh' Mackintosh (Alison O'Donnell). They are standing on a grassy clifftop with the sea in the background. Perez is wearing a black peacoat over a grey sweater and blue jeans, Sandy is wearing a black leather coat over a brown jumper and blue jeans, and Tosh is wearing an long open dark jacket over a green-and-black plaid shirt paired with a green rollneck, and black trousers
Shetland is back on ours screens tonight. (Image credit: BBC)

On TV tonight, Douglass Henshall's grizzled detective DI Jimmy Perez returns in Shetland, another batch of celebrities are ready to cook up a storm in Celebrity MasterChef, Lauren Llewelyn-Bowen is back to transform more spaces in Changing Rooms and the BBC has gathered a range of stars to celebrate the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV tonight.

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

Shetland season 7, 9 pm, BBC One

TV Tonight Shetland season 7 first look with Douglas Henshall as DI Jimmy Perez

Douglas Henshall is back in action. (Image credit: BBC)

When DI Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall) was arrested at the end of last series after being framed by evil Donna Killick, our howls of anguish could probably have been heard in Lerwick itself. Now, as the series returns, justice has been restored following a tribunal one year later, and Perez returns to active duty for a new six-part run, which will be Douglas Henshall’s final series. He’s back in the thick of the action when troubled Connor Cairns (Nicholas Nunn) fails to return from a night out, much to the consternation of his parents. But are they telling Perez and Tosh (Alison O’Donnell) - who’s now mum to a baby daughter - the unvarnished truth? 

★★★★★ SP 

Changing Rooms, 8 pm, Channel 4

‘I’m going to get beige rage,’ declares Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen as he arrives in leafy Tunbridge Wells for the first makeover of the new series. Two sets of very nice neighbours must have got very drunk one night and filled in the Changing Rooms form online then forgotten about it, but then Laurence and ‘more is more’ designer Whinnie Williams rock up with clashing patterns, bright paints and bold ideas that make both sets of neighbours feel sick. The couples live in big 1930s houses and are hoping for tranquil, calm and grown-up designs – ha! At least they can afford to get the decorators back in, probably before the freshly painted (yellow) walls have even dried. 

★★★ JL 

The Fringe, Fame and Me, 9 pm, BBC Two

TV Tonight Karen Koren and Bill Bailey at the Gilded Balloon office in Leith

Expect to see plenty of famous faces including Bill Bailey in The Fringe, Fame and Me. (Image credit: BBC/Oxford Films)

To celebrate 75 years of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this feature-length documentary (showing first on BBC Scotland on Monday) charts the history of the famous arts festival, a three-week extravaganza of stand-up comedy, innovative theatre and much more. Contributors range from actors who trod the boards there for many years to those who found overnight success, including Eddie Izzard, Bill Bailey, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sir Michael Palin, Frankie Boyle, Stephen K Amos and Miriam Margolyes. 

★★★★ MC 

Celebrity MasterChef, 8 pm, BBC One

Danny, Nancy, Paul, Faye, Kae

The first batch of celebs are heading into the kitchen. (Image credit: BBC1)

It’s time to turn up the heat as a new gang of famous faces show off their culinary skills, hoping to tickle the tastebuds of judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. First in the kitchen as the heats begin are McFly star and The Voice Kids coach Danny Jones, Love Island’s Faye Winter, stand-up comic Kae Kurd, media personality Nancy Dell’Olio, and Chuckle Brothers favourite Paul Chuckle. We love seeing celebrities outside their comfort zones, and we reckon this series will serve up some tantalising treats. Continues tomorrow. 

★★★★ VW 

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

The Sandman, Netflix

TV Tonight Tom Sturridge in The Sandman

Tom Sturridge stars as Dream in Netflix's take on The Sandman. (Image credit: Netflix)

Neil Gaiman's sprawling comic book series has been described as "unfilmable" in the past, but Netflix has taken on the task by transforming his universe into this 10-part adaptation which is based on the first two arcs from the books. The Sandman tells the story of Morpheus — aka Dream — who rules over a realm known as The Dreaming, the fantasy world that awaits every single one of us as we dream. 

Tom Sturridge leads the cast alongside a whole host of exciting British stars including Charles Dance, Gwendoline Christie, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Jenna Coleman and Sanjeev Bhaskar. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Atomic Blonde, 9 pm, Film4

Mi6 agent Charlize Theron is in Berlin just before the fall of the wall in 1989, hunting for a missing list of all the spies in the city. Her mission is fiendishly tangled - she can trust no one. The action has a thrilling brutality with its remorseless fight scenes that leave the antagonists bloody, bruised and panting for breath, but it's Theron who really makes us gasp - she's a proper badass.

Live Sport

  • The Hundred 2022: Birmingham Phoenix vs Southern Brave, 6pm (start time 6.30 pm), Sky Sports Main Event/ NOW
  • EFL: Sheffield Wednesday vs Sunderland, 7 pm (k-o 7.45 pm), Sky Sports Main Event/Football/NOW

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Shetland on TV tonight — it's the start of Jimmy Perez's final case!

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

Happy viewing!

Martin Shore
Staff Writer at WhatToWatch.com

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.