TV tonight: Line of Duty and the AC-12 crew return | Television & radio


Line of Duty

9pm, BBC One

Jed Mercurio’s hit police corruption drama arrives for its long-awaited sixth season, in the wake of the previous series finale’s shocking revelation about H. Kelly Macdonald follows in the footsteps of the likes of Thandie Newton and Keeley Hawes as the guest star for this season, taking the role of DCI Joanne Davidson, a new arrival who arouses the suspicions of the AC-12 crew when her methods for bringing down the possible suspect of an unsolved murder case gets their alarm bells ringing. Ted Hastings and team are on the case. Ammar Kalia

All Star Musicals

6.30pm, ITV

John Barrowman returns to host this special edition of All Star Musicals, setting a group of celebrities the daunting task of delivering a live musical theatre performance to a panel of West End stars. The singing celebs include actor Jessica Hynes, TV judge Rob Rinder and ITV journalist Robert Peston. AK

Chris Packham’s Animal Einsteins

7pm, BBC Two

Chris Packham’s Animal Einsteins.
Chris Packham’s Animal Einsteins. Photograph: Lucy Bowden/BBC

The penultimate episode of Packham’s fun series exploring the innate intelligence of different members of the animal kingdom focuses on their methods of deception. There is the spectacle of female fireflies attracting male species for food and intricate cuttlefish mating disguises. AK

Top Gear

8pm, BBC One

Bond, male bond: to help tide us all over until September’s eventual release of No Time To Die, Top Gear’s bickering trio of agents take a selection of classic 007 rides for a test drive. And in a contest that would make Q proud, Freddie Flintoff pits an Extreme E electric racer against a chap with a jet pack. Graeme Virtue

Midsomer Murders

8pm, ITV

This is like something out of Viz (or the Wicker Man remake): Griff Rhys Jones is a bee-obsessed Lord of the Manor, who ascribes his health to bee venom and his own artisan honey. But someone’s taking a murderous interest in his hives. Yes, tonight’s season opener is entitled The Sting of Death. Ali Catterall

Queen Elizabeth: Love, Honour & Crown

9pm, Channel 4

Declassified documents and contemporary diaries lend a hint of gravity to this doc, which is otherwise the usual mix of archive clips and uninsightful royal-watchers. It explores how Elizabeth II’s efforts to reign with dignity have been constantly thwarted by her own family. Jack Seale

Film choice

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Photograph: Ilze Kitshoff/Netflix

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, 10pm, BBC Two

Chiwetel Ejiofor made his feature-directing debut with this touching, fact-based tale set in rural Malawi. Maxwell Simba is impressive as 13-year-old William, who’s forced to leave school when his family can’t make the payments due to famine but then comes up with an inventive solution. Simon Wardell

Live sport

Golf: The Kenya Open, 9am, Sky Sports Main Event. Fourth day’s coverage.

FA Cup Football: Chelsea v Sheffield United 1.15pm, BBC One. Followed by Leicester City v Manchester United at 4.30pm.

Premier League Football: West Ham United v Arsenal 2.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Followed by Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur at 7pm.

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