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TV tonight: Marcella infiltrates an organised-crime family in Belfast

Ammar Kalia, Ali Catterall, Jack Seale, Graeme Virtue and Paul Howlett
·3-min read


9pm, ITV

Anna Friel returns for the third season of the gritty and gruelling police drama. Following the revelation at the end of the last series, it finds the titular detective (Friel) living undercover in Belfast as Keira Devlin, having infiltrated the notorious Maguire crime family while getting to grips with her mental health problems. We join the story as Marcella inches her way further into the Maguire clan and becoming increasingly entangled with the persona of Keira in the process. Ammar Kalia

Secret Safari: Into the Wild

8pm, Channel 4

Ol Pejeta in Kenya is one of the last untamed places on the planet, a sprawling 36,000-hectare (90,000-acre) space containing an incredible range of critters, from the largest elephant to the smallest ant. Andrew Scott narrates stories from the conservancy, including, in tonight’s opener, that of a hungry pride of lionesses. Ali Catterall

Celebrity Best Home Cook

9pm, BBC One

This series takes a domestic approach to the Celebrity MasterChef format: 10 celebs try to impress the judges Mary Berry, Angela Hartnett and Chris Bavin to claim the title of Best Home Cook. Tonight, hopefuls including the former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, the actor Ruth Madeley and the comedian Desiree Burch cook their ultimate dinner party dish. AK

China and the Pandemic

9pm, BBC Two

From the This World strand comes a documentary delving into how China first responded to Covid-19. It is a knot of lies and contradictions: the Wuhan lockdown was severe, but the weeks leading up to it were defined by spin and bravado about what was discovered and when. Jack Seale

Life of a Mountain: A Year on Helvellyn

9pm, BBC Four

This feature-length survey of the Lake District’s most popular peak is a treat. Terry Abraham, the director, assembles ground-level interviews with local enthusiasts to complement his sweeping aerial footage, including riding shotgun with a paraglider and an RAF jet. Graeme Virtue

Robert Burns: No Holds Bard

9pm, Sky Arts

To mark Burns Night, the poet Liz Lochhead examines the Scottish bard’s legacy through the opinions of fans and detractors including Nicola Sturgeon, Jeremy Paxman and Richard Coles. Lochhead also travels to Burns’s birthplace in Ayrshire to see how it inspired his work. AK

Film choice

Morty (George Harris) and the unnamed protagonist (Daniel Craig) in Layer Cake
Morty (George Harris) and the unnamed protagonist (Daniel Craig) in Layer Cake. Photograph: Daniel Smith/AP

Layer Cake (Matthew Vaughn, 2004), 11.20pm, Film4
One of the roles that must have helped Daniel Craig win his licence to kill: he displays a Bondian nonchalance under pressure as a cocaine dealer looking for a way out of his increasingly nasty business in a murky London underworld – and looks dapper in a suit, too. Paul Howlett

Today’s live sport

Premier League football: Newcastle United v Leeds United 5.30pm, BT Sport 1. Crystal Palace v West Ham airs at 6pm on BT Sport 2; Southampton v Arsenal (BT Sport 1) and West Brom v Man City (BT Sport 2) follow at 8pm.

Test cricket: Sri Lanka v England 9pm, Sky Sports Cricket. Fifth day of the second and final Test, taking place at Galle International Stadium.