Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight three of the best shows on telly tonight for Sunday 10th September including Strike: The Silkworm

Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight three of the best shows on telly tonight for Sunday 10th September including Strike: The Silkworm

Strike: The Silkworm, 9.00pm, BBC1

Tom Burke Strike

The bitter rivalries within the publishing world come under the spotlight this week in a grisly and bizarre new two-part case for Strike. Frumpy Leonora Quine (W1A’s Monica Dolan) asks the detective to find her missing husband, flamboyant author Owen (Downton Abbey’s Jeremy Swift), who she suspects is with another woman, but as he gets stuck into the investigation, Strike stumbles across Owen’s rotting body. It has been arranged to echo a scene from his latest novel, in which he had viciously lampooned everyone he knew. Meanwhile, Robin is desperate to forge a proper career with Strike, despite fiancé Matt’s huge reservations, but when she forces the men to meet, neither is great at small talk! Rating: ****

Victoria, 9.00pm, ITV

Victoria

One of the high points of this series is the gorgeous costumes, and that’s especially true of this week’s episode. The mood of the nation is low, and after hearing about the travails of a Spitalfields silk-weaver, Victoria comes up with a plan to help. The impassioned young monarch organises a grand medieval-themed ball at the Palace, at which everyone must wear costumes made from Spitalfields silk, but is staging this lavish event really a good idea? Albert’s not convinced, and neither is Sir Robert Peel (Nigel Lindsay, Unforgotten)… but as everybody knows, it’s not easy telling Victoria what to do! Meanwhile, what has happened to Lord Melbourne? Victoria is concerned… Rating: ****

Fake or Fortune?, 8.00pm, BBC1

Fake or Fortune

“I’ve always wanted a Gauguin on Fake or Fortune?” sighs Philip Mould, “…and then two come along at once!” Twice as nailbiting as usual, this episode follows art expert Philip and presenter Fiona Bruce as they pull out all the stops in an effort to find out if two works are really by Paul Gauguin. One is a tiny sketch of a woman, seemingly a preparatory drawing for When Will You Marry?, one of the most expensive paintings ever sold, and the other is a moody still life in oils. Both were dismissed by auction houses as inauthentic, but their owners are not convinced. Can Philip and Fiona find new evidence to prove the doubters wrong? Rating: ****