TV Tonight: our highlights for Wednesday, September 21

The Doc rushes to the rescue.
The Doc rushes to the rescue. (Image credit: ITV)

On TV tonight, watch out for guest star Ben Miller as Doc Martin continues on ITV, new Star Wars series Andor begins on Disney Plus and Mary rustles up a cricket tea in Mary Berry: Cook & Share on BBC Two and Mel Giedroyc returns with a new series of Handmade: Britain's Best Woodworker on C4. 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

*Please note that these TV shows are subject to change — we will update this page if any alterations should be made to the TV schedules.*

Doc Martin, season 10, 9 pm, ITV

Are Stewart and PC Penhale in a bind?

Are Stewart and PC Penhale in a bind? (Image credit: ITV)

Doc gets a shock when a familiar face jumps out at him swaddled in sheep pelts. It’s Stewart (returning guest star Ben Miller), who assures the doc he’s quite well, but agrees to a check-up that seems long overdue. At the surgery, one thing leads to another and before anyone can say ‘No!’, Al and Joe (John Marquez) have been roped in to road-test Stewart’s new survival course – which, with a bit of luck, they’ll live to regret. Let’s just say the park ranger is once again away with the squirrels and there’s a hairy situation in store for his recruits… Elsewhere, Chicken’s history is revealed and Mrs Tishell’s feathers are ruffled. 

★★★★ ER

Andor, Disney Plus

Diego Luna stars as Cassian Andor.

Diego Luna stars as Cassian Andor. (Image credit: Disney Plus)

As creator of the Bourne movie trilogy, Tony Gilroy has a reputation for mixing action with espionage. So it’s maybe no surprise that his 12-part contribution to the Star Wars universe is a spy thriller. The spy in question is Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), from the hit prequel movie Rogue One, and Gilroy’s tale is a character study of Andor’s unlikely journey from disaffected drifter to heroic freedom fighter. Set five years before that film, the gritty saga also delves into Star Wars’ winding history to explore the creation of the Rebel Alliance. 

★★★★ SMA

Mary Berry: Cook & Share, 8 pm, BBC Two

Bowled over: Mary with Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow.

Bowled over: Mary with Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow. (Image credit: BBC)

Anyone for cricket? Mary is at Edgbaston to rustle up a cricket tea to remember for the hungry England players. In return for her delicious food, cricketing superstars Jonny Bairstow and Ollie Pope put Mary through her paces at the crease. From spray-painting last week to cricket in this episode, it’s joyous that 87-year-old Mary is always up for giving things a go with the energy of someone half her age. She also reveals how to make jumbo lentil rolls and shares a very tempting recipe for "ultimate" brownies. 

★★★★ JL

Handmade: Britain's Best Woodworker, season 2, 8 pm, C4

Mel hosts a new run.

Mel hosts a new run. (Image credit: C4)

The woodcarving contest returns for series two, and familiar friendly host Mel Giedroyc is back with her chirpy schtick joined by two new judges, award-winning entrepreneur Sophie Sellu and design academic Tom Dyckhoff. The opening challenge is a dining table to seat six inspired by a country of choice. The 10 taking part are such an enthusiastic bunch it’s a shame they will have to be whittled down!

★★★ NT

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Simon Reeve's South America, BBC iPlayer

Simon with soldiers from the French Foreign Legion

Simon with soldiers from the French Foreign Legion. (Image credit: BBC)

The adventurer is in South America to complete an epic 4000-mile trip from Peru to Paraguay with five new episodes. As usual Reeve takes on a journey that isn’t for the fainthearted, as he meets refugees, warlords and forgotten tribes. His new journey starts in the Guiana Shield, an area of pristine rainforest that spreads through Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, which is being ravaged by the illegal gold mining trade. There, he visits a remote Wild West-style mining town where everything is paid for in gold, joins a former rebel fighter at his gold mine in the Suriname jungle and even raids an illegal mine with the French Foreign Legion. He also visits Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and Chile, finding extraordinary stories and meeting remarkable people along the way. Epic stuff. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

The Last Right, 10.40 pm (not Scotland, times vary), BBC One

New York tax attorney Daniel (Michiel Huisman) travels to Ireland and ends up taking a stranger’s coffin from one end of the country to the other, along with his autistic younger brother, Louis (Samuel Bottomley), and lovelorn Mary (Niam Algar). A movie with enough charm and humour to put a smile on your face. 

Live Sport

  • Women's International One-Day Cricket, England vs India, 12.30 pm, Sky Sports Main Event/NOW

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Doc Martin on TV tonight — the Doc heads into the woods for his latest rescue. 

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

Happy viewing!

Joanne Lowles
Freelance writer and editor

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.