TV tonight: Our highlights for Sunday 17th January

Finding Alice series 2 ITV
(Image credit: JOSS BARRATT)

Finding Alice is just one of the gems on tonight...

Finding Alice is the perfect drama to escape dark January evenings, while Sir David Attenborough shows us the wonders of the weather in A Perfect Planet. 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

Finding Alice, 9pm, ITV 

Finding Alice TV tonight

Keeley Hawes stars in new ITV drama Finding Alice (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: JOSS BARRATT)

As casts go, you can’t get much better than the line-up in ITV’s new six-part drama, which begins tonight. Keeley Hawes plays Alice Dillon, whose husband (Jason Merrells) dies in a freak accident on the first night in their swanky new ‘smart’ home. Plunged into a world of grief, Alice soon discovers that her darling husband of 20 years has left behind a trail of debts, secrets and suspicion. It’s darkly comic and somewhat offbeat, but as for the rest of the cast? Enjoy performances from Kenneth Cranham, Gemma Jones and Sharon Rooney, as well as Nigel Havers and Joanna Lumley as Alice’s parents. ★★★★ HD

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, 8pm, ITV 

After various celebrity specials and the like over Christmas, it’s a return to the straightforward WWTBAM, with contestants playing for the biggest prize on the telly. Of course, there’s still no Ask the Audience option, but let’s hope the two Phone-a-Friend lifelines, as well as the usual 50/50 and Ask the Host (no pressure Jeremy), make up for that. ★★★ SM

A Perfect Planet, 8pm,  BBC1 

TV tonight A Perfect Planet

Sir David Attenborough narrates A Perfect Planet (Picture: Gavin Thurston /Silverback Films) (Image credit: Gavin Thurston /Silverback Films)

This week centres on the way weather distributes water around the globe, and examines how different species cope with either an abundance or a lack of rainwater. In the Zambian jungle, there’s a spectacular gathering of millions of migrating fruit bats, arriving as the October rains allow fruit trees to ripen. During flooding in the Amazon, a colony of fire ants bands together to form a living raft when their underground home is submerged. And in the Gobi desert, the Bactrian camel survives by eating snow that blows in from Siberia. ★★★★ IM

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Not Going Out, Series 1 to 10, BBC iPlayer

Not Going Out TV Tonight

Series 1 - 10 of Not Going Out are now available on BBC iPlayer (Picture: BBC/Avalon/Pete Dadds) (Image credit: BBC/Avalon/Pete Dadds)

With series 11 of Not Going Out currently airing on BBC1, what better time to catch up with the past 10 series of the show and find out how Lee (Lee Mack) and Lucy (Sally Bretton) went from being young, free and single, to married with three kids. There are plenty of laughs and many famous faces making appearances across the 10 series which are currently available to stream on iPlayer.

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Hotel Transylvania 2, 2.40pm, ITV 

Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) is back and worried that his grandson is going to take after his human dad, rather than Dracula’s undead daughter. And so he sets out to make sure fangs work out his way. There are some great gags in this family-friendly sequel, and in the occasional plot lulls there’s also a chance to play ‘spot the voice’. Selina Gomez, Mel Brooks and Steve Buscemi – easy! ★★★ SM

Live sport

  • Premier League Football: Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur, 2pm, Sky Sports
  • Premier League Football: Liverpool v Manchester United, 4.30pm, Sky Sports
  • Premier League Football: Manchester City v Crystal Palace, 7.15pm, Sky Sports

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss Finding Alice - a great new drama to get your teeth into.

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

Happy viewing!

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.