TV tonight: our highlights for Tuesday 4th August

Joanna Lumley's Unseen Adventures is just one of the gems on today...

Joanna Lumley recalls more of her Unseen Adventures, celebrities discuss race in The Talk, and Sky Atlantic brings us steamy period drama Little Birds. 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 
  • 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

The Talk, 10pm, C4

TV tonight The Talk

Ade Adepitan has some painful childhood memories

Ade Adepitan, Rochelle Humes and Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock are some of the black Britons here discussing ‘the talk’ – the conversation parents of black and mixed-race children feel they need to have to prepare them for racism. It’s hard to listen to the incidents they’ve experienced. While Ade recalls being told as a child that his lips were too big to play the trumpet, Rochelle remembers a childhood friend telling her she couldn’t come to her birthday party because she is black. A powerful and important watch… 

★★★ HD

Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures, 9pm, ITV

TV tonight Joanna Lumley's Unseen Adventures

The Ab Fab star travels from India to Uzbekistan

Joanna Lumley continues taking a nostalgic look back at some of her favourite TV travel adventures while giving us a sneaky peek behind the scenes into the filming process, as well as revealing more previously unseen footage. This week, she reflects on her journey through India, where she meets the flower sellers of Madurai before voyaging to Uzbekistan. Heading to its capital, Tashkent, she is utterly transfixed by the locals who are transforming quartz into sparkling blue topaz. 

★★★★ TL

Little Birds, from 9pm, Sky Atlantic

TV tonight Little Birds

Hugh Skinner and Juno Temple star

Set in Tangier in 1955, this steamy saga is inspired by Anaïs Nin’s erotic short stories and the colourful Douglas Sirk Hollywood melodramas of the era. It follows troubled New Yorker Lucy Savage (Dirty John’s Juno Temple on impressive form) as she comes to the Moroccan city to start a new life with her British fiancé Hugo Cavendish-Smythe (The Windsors’ Hugh Skinner). But while Hugo is hiding a big secret, Lucy’s eyes are opened by the city’s bohemian passions and intriguing politics. With gorgeous costumes, fabulous period music and plenty  of mystery, this is a thoroughly entertaining watch. 

★★★★ CC

Best box set to watch 

Black-ish, seasons 1-5, Amazon Prime Video

TV tonight Black-ish

Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross star

An entertaining family sitcom that also wittily weaves issues about race into its storylines. African-American couple Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) raise their children in a predominantly white neighbourhood. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Roman J Israel, Esq, 9pm, Film4

TV tonight Roman J Israel, Esq

Denzel Washington as Roman J Israel

Oscar-nominated for his role in this uneven mix of legal thriller and character drama, Denzel Washington plays a socially awkward back-room lawyer struggling to adapt to a more prominent role after his partner has a heart attack. Colin Farrell as a slick legal hotshot and Carmen Ejogo as a civil-rights activist lend good support, while Washington is never less than compelling as the conflicted Israel. 

Live sport

  • Football: Championship Play-off Final 7pm (k-o 7.45pm), Sky Sports Football

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don’t miss Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures on TV tonight – more behind-the-scenes fun

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