WHAT can’t you skip on TV tonight? Our beam to the must-see shows…
NEW! Victoria, 9.05pm, ITV
For all the fantastic resplendence and pageantry, the first series of Victoria last year was all about the human drama, and it’s delivered in spades tonight.
We return to Buckingham Palace to find Her Majesty (Jenna Coleman, left) unfortunate to re-enter open life after weeks in capture following the birth of her daughter.
This leads to clashes with both Prince Albert (Tom Hughes) and Prime Minister Robert Peel (Nigel Lindsay) over their privacy concerning the British Army being routed by locals in Afghanistan.
The reappearance of Albert’s overbearing, plot-prone family doesn’t help the Queen’s mood, while Dame Diana Rigg looks like a challenging new ring partner as the Duchess of Buccleuch, who’s allocated Victoria’s Mistress of the Robes.
But you can’t keep a good sovereign down for long, and adversity forces Victoria to puncture low and enthuse an capricious nation.
Jenna is glorious as the Queen, and her chemistry with Tom – as you’d expect, given they’re dating in genuine life – is unmistakable.
NEW! Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling, 9.05pm, BBC One
The first of Robert Galbraith’s – aka JK Rowling – novels gets a stylish TV instrumentation as we meet private questioner Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke, right) and his partner Robin Ellacott (Holliday Grainger, left).
A indication is found dead, but was she murdered? It’s an intriguing start, and Tom and Holliday are ideal as the sleuthing pair.
NEW! Diana, 7 Days, 7.30pm, BBC One
No one will ever forget the week when the Princess of Wales died – a intolerable loss, followed by days of open anguish churned with anger at Buckingham Palace’s pale response.
This astonishingly insinuate film hears from then-prime apportion Tony Blair, Princes William (above) and Harry, and Diana’s siblings about 7 days that changed their lives for ever.
NEW! Possibly The Best Adverts in the World, 7pm, ITV
Nothing says summer like a two-hour- prolonged clip show. Hugh Dennis (above) earns an easy compensate coupon for hosting, and is assimilated by a bolt of guest to fill the time – Fay Ripley, Chris Ramsey, Chris Kamara, Angus Deayton, Bill Bailey and Joe Lycett. But there is something fondly suggestive about examination fun old ads and there are copiousness of laughs.
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