TV tonight: our highlights for Wednesday 22nd July

For the Love of Dogs is just one of the gems on today...

Paul O’Grady catches up with some more brave pooches in For the Love of Dogs: What Happened Next, it’s the last chance to see Bears About the House on BBC2, and it’s the final heat of Celebrity MasterChef. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight.

  • Our hand-selected recommendations for what’s on TV tonight include three TV shows, a film, live sport and the latest trending need-to-binge-on-now box set 
  • Keep up to date with the latest soap spoiler storylines on TV tonight with our daily soap synopsis 
  • For more information about what’s on TV tonight see our TV Guide 

What’s on TV tonight 

Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight… 

Best TV shows on TV tonight

Bears About the House, 8pm, BBC2

TV tonight Bears About the House

Moon bear cubs David and Jane at the sanctuary

In the second and last visit to the Laos bear sanctuary, two more furry bundles arrive in the form of five-month-old moon bear cubs David and Jane. It takes conservationist Giles Clarke a while to gain their trust, but the pair quickly grow healthier and happier, until an unexpected turn of events leaves staff at the sanctuary in shock. Meanwhile, there’s an important visit from government officials to prepare for and further insight gained into the cruel practice of extracting bile from bears’ gall bladders at illegal farms. Finally, everyone holds their breath as sun bear cub Mary is introduced to a new playmate… 

★★★★ IM

Paul O’Grady For the Love of Dogs: What Happened Next, 8pm, ITV

TV tonight Paul O'Grady For the Love of Dogs: What Happened Next

Potato the Puggle’s story has had a happy ending

Whenever we see the gorgeous residents of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home trot off to their new homes, we always wonder how they’ll get on, so it’s great to have a catch-up. Staffie Amy (previously called Sparkle) was in the first ever episode in 2012 after being abandoned in a terrible condition, but proud owner Paula reveals how she’s come on in leaps and bounds. Meanwhile, Tulip, who captured Paul’s heart in 2014, also appears, along with Potato (formerly known as Bruce), who has become a life-changing member of his new family. 

★★★★★ CC

Celebrity MasterChef, 9pm, BBC1

TV tonight Celebrity MasterChef

Pete, Crissy, Matthew, Judy and Riyadh

John Torode and Gregg Wallace don’t always get credit for their bravery, but when former Benidorm star Crissy Rock identifies herself as ‘a woman who put a jelly in the oven’, suddenly you realise the dangers these two face… Joining Crissy in this week’s final heat are YouTube star Riyadh Khalaf, TOWIE’s Pete Wicks, Olympic rower Sir Matthew Pinsent and tennis coach Judy Murray. The food on offer in the first round includes a ‘sweet mess’, before the five take on slightly more taxing dishes at top London eateries Sam’s Riverside and Scully St James’s. Continues tomorrow and Friday. 

★★★ SP

Best box set to watch

Mum, seasons 1-3, BritBox

TV tonight Mum

Lesley Manville in Mum

Lesley Manville is sublime as the recently widowed Cathy – quietly coping with her grief and rediscovering herself in the face of her selfish and insensitive family. Meanwhile, her late husband’s best friend Michael (Peter Mullan) adores her from afar in a poignantly funny comedy.

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Tale of Tales, 1.55am, C4

TV tonight Tale of Tales

Stacy Martin stars

This dazzling fantasy starring Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Stacy Martin and Toby Jones depicts a world of kings and princesses, witches and dragons, sorcerers and ogres, but its three weirdly twisted fables are far, far away from Disney’s sugar-spun realms. Filmed with a gorgeously grotesque realism, the tales are fabulously strange, but the fairy-tale characters’ desires are as everyday as ours.

Live sport

  • Premier League Football: Manchester United v West Ham United 5.30pm (k-o 6pm), Sky Sports Premier League
  • Premier League Football: Liverpool v Chelsea 8pm (k-o 8.15pm), Sky One, Sky Sports Premier League
  • Golf: The British Masters 12pm, Sky Sports Golf

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don’t miss Paul O’Grady For the Love of Dogs: What Happened Next on TV tonight – more brave doggy tales (and tails)!

Not found anything you want to watch on TV tonight? Check out our TV Guide. 

Happy viewing!

 

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