TV tonight: Derry Girls star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell returns in prison drama


9pm, Channel 4

This oddly underwhelming prison drama returns for a second series, still boasting decent performances from the likes of Nina Sosanya and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell but somehow adding up to less than the sum of its parts. O’Donnell’s Rose is back on the wing, still traumatised after the events of season one but trying to hold it together. Meanwhile, there’s a rumour of an undercover officer among the new intake of prisoners – which could prove dangerous to inmates and staff alike. Phil Harrison

DIY SOS Strictly Special

9pm, BBC One

The TV crossover you didn’t know you needed: this one-off special is inevitably formulaic but frequently delightful as Nick Knowles joins forces with Anton Du Beke and pals to transform the True Colours performing arts school in Newcastle upon Tyne. It’s clearly an incredibly worthy operation, existing on a shoestring, and deserves every bit of help it gets. PH

The 1970s Supermarket

9pm, Channel 5

The blistering heat of 1976 wasn’t the only thing getting shoppers hot under the collar. Thanks to a stumbling economy and the worst drought in two centuries, fresh vegetables were in short supply … until a bunch of friendly Martians came to the rescue with their magic powdered potatoes. Elsewhere: meet the Honey Monster. Ali Catterall

Gemma and Gorka: Life Behind the Lens

8pm, W

Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Márquez

The likable Strictly couple who fell in love in front of the nation get their own fly-on-the-wall documentary series. Tonight, they discuss baby names for their second child while preparing for dancer Gorka to go off on tour. They seem nice enough but it’s never remotely clear why they’ve got their own show. PH


9pm, BBC Four

This enjoyably over-the-top docudrama about Rome’s greatest asset continues, and it’s now AD107. A radical religion called Christianity is on the rise and threatens the empire’s hierarchy. One obvious solution is feeding high priest Ignatius to the lions – but Emperor Trajan has underestimated the power of martyrdom. Hollie Richardson


9pm, Alibi

A literal cold case for Nicola Walker’s enjoyably eccentric copper as she choppers to Jura to investigate a body found in a block of ice. Soon, Annika is drowning in gossip when all she really wants to do is muse about Orwell, who wrote the brutal Nineteen Eighty-Four while living on the bucolic isle. Graeme Virtue

Live sport

T20 International Cricket: England v New Zealand, 5.30pm, Sky Sports Cricket The series opener from Chester-le-Street, with Jos Buttler captaining England. The second match from Old Trafford is on Friday at 5.30pm on BBC Two.


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