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What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Monday 3rd September

Vanity Fair star Olivia Cooke: 'Period dramas are a faff!'

Top TV picks for tonight

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Monday 3rd September

Vanity Fair, 9pm, ITV

Becky adjusts to life as a governess, all the while plotting to escape this dull fate. She’s a hit with the Crawley kids, and master of the house Sir Pitt (Martin Clunes) soon realises there’s more to her than meets the eye. His dashing son Rawdon falls for her charms too, but Becky has bigger fish to fry when she hears that ‘the richest lady in the world’, elderly Aunt Matilda (a perfect Frances de la Tour), is coming to visit… Rating: *****

Mother’s Day, 9pm, BBC2

It’s 25 years since the IRA bombings in Warrington claimed the lives of two young boys – Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball. This deeply moving, thought-provoking drama sees Anna Maxwell Martin and Daniel Mays on brilliant, heart-breaking form as Tim’s shell-shocked parents, Wendy and Colin, who battle to deal with their grief. Anna and Daniel are matched every step of the way by the sensational Vicky McClure as dogged Dublin mum Susan McHugh, who, with the help of husband Arthur (David Wilmot), is inspired to launch a peace movement to try to ensure that no more children lose their lives as a result of the Troubles. An absolute must-see. Rating: *****

All Star Driving School, 7.30pm, E4

Nine more celebrities have one week to learn to drive as this second series gets under way. Hoping to pass with flying colours this week are TOWIE star James ‘Arg’ Argent, Corrie’s Mikey North (AKA Gary Windass) and The Vamps drummer Tristan Evans. Arg wants to learn to drive to impress his girlfriend, Mikey wants to help ferry his young son around and Tristan is tired of his mum having to drop him off at gigs! Not very rock ’n’ roll… Continues weekdays. Rating: ****

More previews tomorrow.

David Hollingsworth

David is a Senior Digital Content Editor with over 15 years experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest soap spoilers and television news for Whatsontv.

Before working for Whatsontv, David spent many years on TV Times magazine, interviewing some of television's most famous stars including Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, singer Lionel Richie and wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough. David started out as a writer on TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards.

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