TV Times top picks for today

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Sunday 20th May

A Very English Scandal, 9pm, BBC1

If you were around in the 1970s, it was difficult to miss the biggest scandal in British political history when Jeremy Thorpe MP was accused of trying to have his former gay lover Norman Scott murdered. Thorpe ended up on trial at the Old Bailey in 1979. With Hugh Grant playing the dashing and witty Thorpe and Ben Whishaw as troubled Norman – nicknamed ‘Bunny’ by his Liberal benefactor – there’s sizzle and passion in the first of this three-part drama about their story as the pair meet at the horse stables where Norman works and embark on an affair that ultimately brings about Thorpe’s downfall. ***** NC

Midsomer Murders. 8pm, ITV

Simon Fallow, playing a violin, as he guest stars in Midsomer Murders

When a musician is brutally murdered, strangled by a violin string, Barnaby and Winter are thrust into the world of classical music. James Fleet does a star turn as a fading maestro, with his Four Weddings and a Funeral co-star Simon Callow playing a wonderfully sozzled viola player. As the body count mounts, amid rumours of a curse, the chemistry between Kam and Winter continues to fizz… Rating: ****

Chelsea Flower Show, 6pm, BBC1 (BBC2 Wales)

Chelsea Flower Show hosts Monty, Joe and Sophie together in a nice garden

The annual floral extravaganza opens to the public on Tuesday, but Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift give us a sneak preview of the exciting new gardens and trends on display this year. This kicks off a week of catch-ups from the event on BBC1 and 2, with daily reports from Monty Don, and guest presenters including Mary Berry and Jo Whiley. Please note, today’s programme is on BBC2 in Wales. Rating: ****