TV Tonight: Murder Mystery Meets Reality TV on Murder Island | Television


Murder Island

9:30 p.m., Canal 4

A fun concept, this one: There was a fictional murder on a Scottish island but, instead of a charismatic sleuth with a messy privacy, the case will be taken up by members of the public. The mystery was devised by Ian Rankin, and we’ll be drip-feeding dramatic segments alongside the investigations. Not much joy at the start; amateur sleuths are too busy frolicking and accidentally contaminating crime scenes to do much detection. Phil harrison

Saving lives at sea

8 p.m., BBC Two

Every time the pager rings, RNLI volunteers answer and every second counts. This week, the Eastbourne team are called in to help a base jumper who had a catastrophic takeoff, while just along the Sussex coast another team runs to the rescue of a man who suffered a crisis on a ship. Ellen e jones

The Great British Cake

8 p.m., Canal 4

George bakes bread, as Noel Fielding watches. Photography: Love Productions / Channel 4

After jumping into the contest, it’s time for the first big Bake Off test. Bread Week always separates suitors from suitors and this year is no exception. First with a classic Italian focaccia, then a Greek snack as a technique and, finally, a pain au lait. PH

Dementia and us

9 p.m., BBC Two

A surprisingly courageous and useful project since four people suffering from dementia are filmed over two years. “It scares me,” admits one participant – and who can blame them? What follows is often devastating and all the more so for the privacy with which the stories are recorded. But the series is also full of love for what is lost and, above all, for what remains. PH

Incredible moments filmed

9 p.m., ITV

Alexander Armstrong recounts another breathtaking batch of clips, including a retiree rescuing his puppy from an alligator. Yes really. Also on the menu was the nightmarish sight of a couple being attacked by a rabid animal – luckily someone was on hand to film it. Hannah verdier

Don’t mind the buzzcocks

9 p.m., Sky Max

DJ Majestic, Mollie King and Richard Ayoade join regulars, including an extremely enthusiastic Daisy May Cooper, for another edition of a musical quiz reboot that is a little too enthusiastic and serious. Four of the countless members of Blazin ‘Squad line up cheerfully in the identity parade. Jack Seale

Choice of films

Billie Piper in Rare Beasts.
Billie Piper in Rare Beasts. Photography: Republic

Rare Beasts (Billie Piper, 2019), 8 p.m., Sky Cinema Premiere
It’s no exaggeration to say that much of the autobiography entered Billie Piper’s 2019 feature debut as a writer and director, and the result has a brilliantly uncomfortable sound of truth about it. Piper also stars as single mother Mandy, who has an amorphous role in a television production company, a young son prone to temper tantrums, and two estranged parents (wonderful roles for Kerry Fox and David Thewlis). She is also negotiating a new relationship with her colleague Pete (Leo Bill) who is angry, opinionated, bordering on misogynist and, on the surface, totally unsuitable for her. It’s a funny, messy, tonic honesty affair, with lively dialogue and face-to-face camera work, as Mandy struggles to sort her life out. Simon wardell

Live sport

Cycling: European Track Championships Tue, 5pm, Eurosport 1. First day of the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland.

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