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What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Thursday 6th September

Press BBC1 What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Thursday 6th September
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TV Times top picks for tonight

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Thursday 6th September September

Press, 9pm, BBC1

Written by Doctor Foster creator Mike Bartlett and starring Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders) and Ben Chaplin (Apple Tree Yard), this new drama about journalists on two very different newspapers has a strong pedigree. Episode one sets the scene as we meet driven Holly (Riley), deputy news editor of broadsheet The Herald, charismatic but ruthless Duncan (Chaplin), successful editor of tabloid The Post, and their colleagues. The pair have less than perfect private lives, and their paths are set to cross thanks to a story Holly is bent on pursuing. Look out for Poirot star David Suchet as Chairman & CEO of Worldwide News – owner of The Post. Rating: ****

Ross Kemp and the Armed Police, 9pm, ITV

Ross Kemp has spoken to the armed and dangerous in war zones around the world but, in this one-off documentary, he investigates the rising level of gun crime in the UK. Joining West Midlands Armed Police Force for a year, Ross, whose father was a police inspector, dons his bulletproof vest to find out why gun crime rose by 20 per cent last year. Meeting gang members, a gun smuggler and the mother of a teenager shot dead, Ross finds that although extra armed police were brought in to tackle terrorism, they’re now dealing with teenage gangs fighting over drugs and territory. Rating: *****

Back in Time for the Factory, 8pm, BBC2

Stepping back into the 1960s is nowhere near as fun as it sounds according to this series, in which 20 modern women volunteer to sample life as it would have been on the production line of a clothes factory in 1968. Forget the Swinging Sixties, this is about doing a hard day’s work then going home to the cooking and housework. Volunteers like Yasmin, Haifa and Ella throw themselves into their new roles with impressive gusto, but are pulled up short by the era’s inequalities – less-skilled men getting paid more – while for 19-year-old Tamara, who is given the job of factory receptionist, a manual typewriter might as well be from outer space. Rating: *****

More previews tomorrow.