TV Times top picks for tonight

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Sunday 2nd September

Bodyguard, 9pm, BBC1

Sgt David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague grow even closer in the wake of last week’s terror attack, but under pressure from Police Commander Anne Sampson (a no-nonsense Gina McKee) David begins spying on the powerful politician tonight. David doesn’t yet know who to trust – and we certainly know how he feels! With the identity of the gunman continuing to elude the police, the politician’s heroic PPO is not yet under suspicion himself, but there’ll be some tricky questions to answer once the late Andy Apsted is unmasked. Meanwhile, the Home Secretary is determined to climb the political ladder, and despite the escalating threat levels, presses ahead with a high-profile speech… Rating: *****

Vanity Fair, 9pm, ITV

Vanity Fair ITV

‘Welcome to Vanity Fair!’ announces Michael Palin, resplendent as ‘ringmaster’ William Thackeray in front of a carousel. ‘A vain, wicked, foolish place…where everyone is striving for that which is not worth having.’ It’s a striking introduction to this seven-part adaptation. Becky Sharp, a ruthless but likeable school mistress, is desperate to claw her way out of the bottom of society. And when she loses her job, her mind goes into overdrive… Rising star Olivia Cooke leads a stellar cast that also includes Suranne Jones, Martin Clunes and Claire Skinner, for a sumptuous and surprising treat, with episode two airing tomorrow at 9pm. Don’t miss! Rating: *****

The Imitation Game, 10.05pm, ITV

Get ready to start seeing – or at least hearing – double. Each week, this show – hosted by Alexander Armstrong – sees captains Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson work alongside another top mimic to re-enact iconic movie scenes, re-voice news footage and sing well-known songs. Tonight, Rory and Debra are joined by Jess Robinson and Luke Kempner. Rating: ****

More previews tomorrow.