TV Tonight: our highlights for Wednesday, September 28

There’s more to Dan than meets the eye.
There’s more to Dan than meets the eye. (Image credit: Disney Plus)

On TV tonight, Jeff Bridges stars in The Old Man, a thrilling new series on Disney Plus, Nicole Kidman leads thriller Nine Perfect Strangers on C4 and Doc Martin continues on ITV. The Great comes to a close on C4 and Mary is on the Jurassic Coast for Mary Berry: Cook & Share on BBC Two. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV tonight.

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

The Old Man, Disney Plus

John Lithgow stars.

John Lithgow stars. (Image credit: Disney Plus)

Appearances can be deceptive. Retiree Dan Chase (Jeff Bridges) seems quiet and frail, until an assassin breaks into his house in the dead of night and Dan neatly offs him with minimal fuss. It turns out Dan is a former CIA operative with a complicated history, and lots of people want to talk to him – or do something more violent than that. But while the FBI try to apprehend Dan, inside man Harold Harper (The Crown’s John Lithgow) appears to be helping him. So what exactly connects the two? A smart, sophisticated thriller with real heart. 

★★★★★ SP

Nine Perfect Strangers, 10 pm, C4

A delicious TV role for Nicole Kidman

A delicious TV role for Nicole Kidman. (Image credit: C4)

Nicole Kidman leads an all-star cast, including Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, Bobby Cannavale and Welsh favourite Luke Evans, in this latest mystery thriller from the people who brought us Sky hit Big Little Lies. The eight-part series was first shown on Prime Video, but makes its free-to-air debut tonight, telling the story of nine stressed-out city dwellers who attend a 10-day retreat at an exclusive California wellness spa. But neither Tranquillum House nor the resort’s strange owner, Masha Dmitrichenko (Kidman), are what they seem. It’s a fun ride with plenty of dark humour and strong performances. 

★★★★ SMA

Doc Martin, season 10, 9 pm, ITV

Mrs Tishell and Irene: what could possibly go wrong?

Mrs Tishell and Irene: what could possibly go wrong? (Image credit: ITV)

If the Met Office were rating the doc’s levels of grumpiness, they’d be advising an amber alert with a high likelihood of him blowing a gasket… The arrival of reckless herbalist Jane is like an ill wind blowing through the village. There’s a high-pressure situation involving Mrs Tishell (Selina Cadell) and her pal Irene (Downton Abbey’s Lesley Nicol) on a kayak – although, let’s be honest, Mrs T in a neck brace/wetsuit combo is a sight to behold! And, because it never rains but it pours, Doc’s old flame, Sophie (Hermione Norris), lands on his doorstep. With Louisa showing symptoms of green-eyed-monsteritis, it looks like a storm might be brewing on the home front.

★★★★ ER

The Great, season 2, 11 pm, C4

Elle Fanning stars.

Elle Fanning stars. (Image credit: C4)

There’s a nod to this show’s approach to history in the opening sequence as the subtitle changes from ‘an occasionally true story’ to "an almost entirely untrue story". But accuracy’s loss is our gain in this riotous finale. As Marial prepares to marry her nephew Maxim, who is eight years old (!), Catherine (Elle Fanning) learns that Peter was (inadvertently) responsible for her mother’s death… and all hell breaks loose. 

★★★★ SP

Mary Berry: Cook & Share, 9.05 pm, BBC Two

Mary is on the Jurassic Coast.

Mary is on the Jurassic Coast. (Image credit: BBC)

Mary takes to the open water with a young scallop diver called Sam, who is continuing in his dad’s footsteps and fishing for these tasty shellfish off the Jurassic Coast. Back on dry land, Mary uses the fruits of Sam’s labour to make a delicious-looking dish of scallops with garlic oyster mushrooms and tarragon. She also learns about edible seaweed, goes fossil hunting with a local expert and rustles up a host of simple, hearty recipes, including chicken, spinach and tomato lasagne, and salted caramel cake. 

★★★ JL

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Crossfire, BBC iPlayer

Double-barrelled Keeley Hawes!

Double-barrelled Keeley Hawes! (Image credit: BBC)

Keeley Hawes takes on dangerous masked gunmen in this intense three-part action thriller, which is so nail-biting that you may need a pillow to hide behind! She stars as mum Jo, who’s on a luxury Canary Islands holiday with her kids, husband Jason and their best friends when shots ring out by the resort’s pool, turning their world upside down. As ex-copper Jo bravely decides to take on the snipers, it transpires that she’s also hiding a terrible secret, which is set to tear the lives of her loved ones apart. The top cast also includes The A Word’s Lee Ingleby, The Bay’s Daniel Ryan and Line of Duty’s Anneika Rose, but don’t expect all their characters to survive… 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Blonde, Netflix

Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe.

Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe. (Image credit: Netflix)

Marilyn Monroe was one of Hollywood’s most legendary and most troubled stars. This no-holds-barred, semi-fictionalised biopic, based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, sees an eerily accurate Ana de Armas (No Time to Die) play the Tinseltown star of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot. The disturbed childhood of the former Norma Jeane Mortenson is dealt with, as are Marilyn’s frequently tempestuous relationships. Look out for Bobby Cannavale and Adrien Brody as versions of her husbands Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller. 

Live Sport

  • Women's Super League, Chelsea vs West Ham United, 7 pm (k-o 7.05 pm), BBC Two

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss The Old Man on TV tonight — Jeff Bridges is brilliant in this twisty new drama. 

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.