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TV tonight: Our highlights for Monday, July 31

Wolf on BBC1 is a terrifying thriller starring Ukweli Roach as detective Jack Caffrey.

On TV tonight, creepy new thriller Wolf kicks off, there's more from Long Lost Family, Bill Bailey hosts Extraordinary Portraits, and Denise Van Outen fronts Secrets of the Supermarket Own Brands. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV Tonight.

  • Our hand-selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include 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

Wolf, 9 pm, BBC One

With twists aplenty, this deliciously creepy six-part thriller, which has a rich vein of macabre humour, will have you jumping out of your skin! Based on Mo Hayder’s novels, it centres on London cop Jack Caffery (Annika’s Ukweli Roach) who is hell-bent on discovering the truth about his brother’s disappearance. 

As he goes to Wales to pursue a lead, little does he know that he is about to be drawn into an even more frightening maelstrom involving rich Matilda Anchor-Ferrers (a fabulously fraught turn by Juliet Stevenson) and her husband Oliver (Owen Teale), who become trapped in their lavish Monmouthshire home and at the mercy of sick psychopaths… Continues tomorrow.

★★★★ CC

Long Lost Family, 9 pm, ITV1

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As the series continues, Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell help two more searchers find their lost family members. Jeanette Woodyatt was horrified to learn that her brother had contacted the family from America 20 years ago only for her grandmother to abruptly end the call with the news his father had died. Jeanette knew how devastated her father had been when his girlfriend had their baby (Jeanette’s half-brother) adopted. 

Can the team help locate Christopher, now known as Graham, in the US? Elsewhere, Karen Turnbull from Paisley was shocked to learn about the existence of her younger twin siblings, Anthony and Jacqueline, at her mother’s funeral and asks the team to help reunite the family. 

★★★ MC

Extraordinary Portraits, 8:30 pm, BBC One

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As the series marking 75 years of the NHS continues, Bill Bailey introduces Araf, who has been a paramedic for 26 years, to photographic artist Brock Elbank. Before they meet, Brock likens Bill to Cilla Black on Blind Date, and once he and Araf have learned a bit about each other, Brock decides, ‘I think you and I were separated at birth’. 

As Scotland’s first Asian paramedic, Araf has experienced racism throughout his life and now looks out for people who are being bullied (he also gives talks about life-saving skills at local mosques), while Brock says he likes to fight for the underdog. ‘We’ve hit the ground running,’ he reckons. But will his portrait of Araf manage to capture all this? 

★★★★ JP 

Secrets of the Supermarket Own Brands, 8 pm, Channel 4 

Denise Van Outen presents as the series returns to reveal helpful facts behind supermarkets’ own-branded products. With sales of so-called generic labels souring as consumers look to save money, Denise does a bit of investigative work. 

She discovers that many top manufacturers including Kellogg’s, KP Snacks and Arla Foods UK (that make butter), produce own-brands for Aldi, Waitrose and Tesco, and she gives shoppers an easy way of identifying products made in the same factories. Thank you Denise, ka-ching! 

★★★ MC

Best box set on TV tonight

Silo, Apple TV

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Silo is set in a tragic, toxic future, Rebecca plays Juliette, or Jules, an independent and hardworking engineer. Jules lives in a community in a giant silo hundreds of stories deep, which is the only way to survive on a planet where the air is poisonous. The survivors are forced to follow the strict rules they believe are meant to protect them. However some rebel against the regulations and dare to hope and dream for a better future. 

These people are considered to be dangerous and the punishment for breaking the rules is simple — they are forced outside to "clean". And that’s a task they won’t survive.   


Best film on TV tonight

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 6:05 pm, ITV2

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An orphaned boy endures a miserable childhood, until he discovers he has magical powers and enrols at a special school for young wizards. However, his suspicions are aroused by a sinister teacher who seems to be up to no good. Fantasy adventure, adapted from the first of JK Rowling's books, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman and Richard Harris.


If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Wolf on TV tonight.

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

Happy viewing!

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