Vera – the queen of cozy crime action – is back for a new series


8 p.m., ITV1

Brenda Blethyn’s Paddington hat detective Vera Stanhope returns for another round of cozy crime action. As we reach Vera, the charred remains of local GP Lucy Yo have been found. Her sneaky, performative husband claims she had visited a patient, but his medical journal suggests otherwise. What tangle of malpractice and marital betrayal might Vera uncover? As always, it feels like being led by the nose – Vera didn’t get where she is today by indulging in too much nuance. Phil Harrison

ice dancing

6:30 p.m., ITV1

A promising team of famous ice cream cups for this new series: Joey Essex is always good value for money and John Fashanu can be counted on to take himself far too seriously. Patsy Palmer, The Vivienne and Michelle Heaton are among the other suitors, while Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby are the hosts. pH

How to live to be 100

6:45 p.m., Channel 4

If your body hasn’t really been a temple lately, this two-part film directed by Jon Snow might come in handy. Are the secrets of longevity bound to the body or to the mind? Snow visits Greece, Japan and California in search of answers. On the Greek island of Ikaria, the elderly live with difficulty and yet live longer and in better health than people almost everywhere else in Europe. pH

Call the midwife

8 p.m., BBC One

As the NHS crumbles and breaks in real time, more pink-eyed distractions from a sepia-toned universe – this time from June 1968, where Nancy’s lavish spending on Colette became a problem, forcing her to take additional jobs. Meanwhile, health visitor sister Veronica is shocked by a confession from single mother Sandy about her seemingly perfect new marriage. Ali Catterall

happy valley

9 p.m., BBC One

As Sally Wainwright’s busy but funny crime drama continues, Catherine finally confronts Ryan’s accomplice at a Sheffield sandwich shop to hear the whole sad truth about those prison visits to see her father. Meanwhile, stressed pharmacist Faisal continues his spiral. Graeme Virtue

Bad Education

10 p.m., BBC 3

A new term at Abbey Grove (almost a decade after the series last aired) and, with Jack Whitehall now in the executive producer’s chair, a whole new cast of teachers – none of whom seem more functional than the last. batch. This week, diva Stephen (Layton Williams) and geezer Mitchell (Charlie Wernham) find sour-tongued manager Mrs. Hoburn (Vicki Pepperdine) turning up the heat. pH

Choice of movies

John Wick10:15 p.m., ITV1

Keanu Reeves in John Wick. Photography: Courtesy of Everett Collection/REX

Whether it’s a concept worthy of three (and more) sequels is debatable, but the first outing of Keanu Reeves’ relentless retired assassin is terrific and action-packed. The theft of his 69 Ford Mustang and the murder of the puppy left behind by his dead wife sets Wick on a path to revenge against his former employer, Russian mobster Viggo (Michael Nyqvist), and his inept son Iosef (a wonderfully miserable Alfie Allen ). Reeves is suavely deadpan as the hitman dreaded by all other hitmen, amid finely choreographed gunfire and punches. Simon Wardel

Live sports

Women’s Football Super League: Man United v Liverpool, 1.50pm, BBC One At Leigh Sports Village.

Premier League Football: Tottenham v Arsenal, 4pm, Sky Sports Main Event At the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Preceded by Newcastle v Fulham at 2pm, also on the Main Event.

Source: www.theguardian.com


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