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Phil Harrison, Danielle De Wolfe and Henry Wong

TV tonight: time to discover the summer’s hottest reads

‘A delight’ … Andi Oliver and Elizabeth Day, presenters of the Sky Arts Book Club
‘A delight’ … Andi Oliver and Elizabeth Day, presenters of the Sky Arts Book Club. Photograph: Chris Lobina/Sky UK

The Sky Arts Book Club Summer Reads Special

8pm, Sky Arts

TV as undemonstrative as this is surprisingly rare, which is a shame because listening to people share ideas about things that interest them is usually a delight. This literary discussion show – which tonight is offering summer-holiday reading ideas – sees Andi Oliver and Elizabeth Day joined by authors and readers as they trade recommendations and chat about their latest books. Tonight’s focus is on Caleb Azumah Nelson’s novel Open Water and Minnie Driver’s memoir – and both writers are in the studio. Phil Harrison

George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations

9pm, Channel 4

“Crikey! It needs a little bit more than a lick of paint …” exclaims George Clarke in a crumbling courtyard. Returning for a second series, a host of enviable domestic transformations awaits. Tonight sees pig farmer Paul aptly convert a former slaughterhouse into a family home – but has he bitten off more than he can chew? Danielle De Wolfe

Big Proud Party Agency

9pm, BBC Three

Big Proud Party Agency
Fun all the way … Big Proud Party Agency. Photograph: James Stack/BBC/AlleyCats TV

With party curator Ryan Lanji vowing to “see you at your midlife crisis”, tonight’s episode answers the perpetual question: how many unicorns can you fit in a swimming pool? Creating an unforgettably Instagrammable 18th birthday party for identical twins Holly and Charlotte, the show turns Southampton into a little slice of Ibiza. DDW

Bradford on Duty

9pm, BBC Two

This cheerful five-part hymn to the public servants of Bradford concludes. And for tonight’s finale, they’re rolling out the big guns: it’s the turn of the city’s heroic NHS staff to get their recognition. This episode does have an implicitly polemical subtext, looking at how pressure on hospitals is forcing the NHS to care for patients in their homes. PH

The Savoy

9pm, ITV

Less fly-on-the-wall and more fly in the soup, this series continues to go behind the scenes at the luxury London hotel. This run has been distinguished by a post-Covid giddiness – guests seem to have higher expectations than ever. Tonight, a new butler arrives, and Enzo is under pressure to deliver the perfect afternoon tea. PH


10pm, Dave

Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster continue their quest to challenge comedians with ever wilder hypothetical situations. In the finale, Victoria Coren Mitchell and Isy Suttie team up against Rosie Jones and Toussaint Douglass. Likely to be the only show with an extended Moses bit and a Mr Motivator cameo. Henry Wong

Sport choice

Uefa Women’s Euro 2022 Football England v Austria, 7pm, BBC One

Norway v Northern Ireland is on BBC One, Thu, 7pm, with Spain v Finland on BBC Two, Fri, 4.45pm, and Germany v Denmark on BBC Two, Fri, 7.45pm.

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