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Hollie Richardson, Phil Harrison, Hannah Verdier, Ali Catterall and Simon Wardell

TV tonight: Suranne Jones stars in new family drama about secrets and double lives

Suranne Jones and Andrew Knott in Maryland
Suranne Jones and Andrew Knott in Maryland. Photograph: ITV


9pm, ITV

Sisters Becca and Rosaline are chalk and cheese, but they reunite when their mother is found dead on a beach on the Isle of Man – somewhere, they think, to which she had no connection. As the siblings reminisce while investigating, old wounds open and secrets are discovered. It turns out that their mother was living a double life. “Patient” is the politest way to describe this drama, which runs across the week. But what it lacks in propulsion it makes up for with the performances of Suranne Jones and Eve Best. If those two aren’t enough to tempt you, how about the appearance of Hollywood royalty Stockard Channing, whose character was friends with the mother? Hollie Richardson

Once Upon a Time in Northern Ireland

9pm, BBC Two

British people can struggle to accept that, for several decades, up to the Good Friday agreement of 1998, civil war raged in parts of our country. This sweeping yet intimate series (from the makers of the equally superb Once Upon a Time in Iraq) is a fitting act of remembrance, hearing from antagonists on both sides and, more importantly, from people who tried to live normal lives in the shadow of violence. Phil Harrison

Steeltown Murders

9pm, BBC One

Philip Glenister as DCI Paul Bethell in Steeltown Murders
Philip Glenister as DCI Paul Bethell in Steeltown Murders. Photograph: Tom Jackson/BBC/Severn Screen

The dramatisation of the Llandarcy murders reaches a crucial point as DCI Bethell (Philip Glenister) corners Sandra Newton’s stepdad, Dai (Keith Allen). “Tea and sympathy until we get his DNA,” is Bethell’s approach – and he is going to need it, as he has disturbing news for Dai and Pat when new evidence from 1973 comes to light. Hannah Verdier


9pm, Sky Atlantic

It’s the penultimate episode – and things just got really ugly. Will Roman and Kendall cut off Shiv after discovering her alliance with Matsson? Will Shiv make Greg wear all of his organs outside his body for snitching? Does Tom have any regrets after finding out he is going to be a father? And will they all be able to put this to one side for a few hours at Logan’s funeral? HR


9pm, Sky Comedy

“Hey, man. I got two people here who want to say hi to you.” But before we get to that shocker of a climax, there is a gathering of assassins (one of whom is proudly compared to Wile E Coyote, which perhaps is not an encouraging sign) and Gene receives a promising casting lead. Ali Catterall

My Name Is Reeva

11.05pm, Channel 4

A decade after Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home, Warren Batchelor revisits the case and its aftermath with this heavy three-part documentary. It starts by speaking to Steenkamp’s parents, Barry and June, before they meet Pistorius as part of his parole process. HR

Film choice

Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing
‘Uneasy cohabitation’ … Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. Photograph: Universal/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock

Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989), 11.15pm, BBC Two
Spike Lee’s punchy drama starts with kids playing in the water from a fire hydrant and ends with them angrily facing off against a fire hose. Between the two deluges is a sharply observed summer’s day in the life of a Brooklyn neighbourhood. The uneasy cohabitation between groups comes to the boil at a pizzeria owned by Sal (Danny Aiello) where Mookie (Lee) works while trying to keep the peace. Amid the sparks lurks a nuanced take on racial identity. Simon Wardell

Spring (Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, 2014), 10.50pm, HorrorXtra
From those reliable purveyors of low-budget sci-fi weirdness, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, comes a film that starts as a sweet holiday romance and ends up an altogether queasier love story. Lou Taylor Pucci plays Evan, who flees the US for Italy after his mother dies and he beats up a guy in a bar. In a picture-postcard coastal town, he falls for Louise (Nadia Hilker), a young Italian studying evolutionary genetics, and his rootlessness contrasts with her interest in antiquity. But she has an unusual skin condition, which gains significance as their affair develops in unexpected ways. SW

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