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9 p.m., Channel 4

James Nesbitt does his familiar detective work again, but otherwise there’s nothing generic about this intriguing thriller that comes in eight well-written two-handed episodes. Nesbitt is Danny Frater, a veteran cop who shows up for a routine mortuary check to find his daughter Christina on the slab. Danny’s initial angst is quickly overcome by what must be a defense mechanism; his professionalism. He is convinced that Christina was murdered. But why? The opener sees Nesbitt lock the horns with Joely Richardson’s speedy pathologist Jackie. The following episodes present, one by one, an impressive cast which includes Anne-Marie Duff, Richard E Grant and Sacha Dhawan. Phil Harrison

Glastonbury: 50+

9 p.m., BBC 2

As Worthy Farm prepares for its first real festival since 2019, this freewheeling film travels through the history of Glasto to try and unlock what makes it so magical. What emerges from the clever mix of high-profile talking heads (including Stormzy, Thom Yorke and Florence Welch) and a goldmine of archival footage is a utopian alternative vision of the UK: one where the activism, equality and creativity thrive. Graeme Virtue

McDonalds & Dodds

8 p.m., TVI

Jason Watkins and Tala Gouveia’s dream team returns as mismatched detectives, stepping into even more hot water in Bath. Here they investigate the broad daylight death of a woman in a busy park. A possible lead leads to an anthropologist (Alan Davies) and his eccentric mother (Sian Phillips), living in a dilapidated mansion à la Gray Gardens… Ali Catterall

Tutankhamun: Secrets of the Tomb

8 p.m., Channel 4

This year marks a century since the treasure-filled tomb of King Tut was discovered in Egypt, and the legend of the ‘curse of the pharaoh’ still lingers on. Why did the people who entered the tomb meet mysterious endings? And what does their death have to do with another supposedly cursed shrine in Krakow, Poland? Paleoanthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi investigates. Ellen E. Jones

The Outlaws

9 p.m., BBC One

As overwhelmed drug dealers Christian and Rani recruit Bristol schoolboys as drug dealers, Stephen Merchant’s community service comedy begins to look like Bristol’s answer to the Wire. But after the stressful opening of the second series, even zingers can’t shake a growing sense of dread. GV

The cruise

9 p.m., Channel 5

Sheridan Smith narrates this new spectacle by following Virgin Voyages cruise ship staff and guests. It begins in Miami on an anxious day for the flagship Scarlet Lady. As the captain assesses the weather, host Ryan leads a “grog ride” of the fanciest bars on board. GV

Choice of movies

Philomene, 10:30 p.m., BBC One

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in Philomene. Photography: BBC Films/Allstar

A devastating true story spawned this terrifyingly moving drama, starring Steve Coogan as co-writer and co-star. He plays former BBC journalist and spin doctor Martin Sixsmith, who escapes labor troubles by taking over the case of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench). Fifty years earlier, she was a single teenage mother stuck in the laundry of a Catholic convent in Ireland when her son was sold for adoption – against his will. She still hasn’t found him, so Martin agrees to join her search. The revelations that follow are expertly dripped by director Stephen Frears, as the two leads are a wonderful study in contrasts, debating faith, loss and forgiveness with a bit of pain but plenty of humor. . Simon Wardel

The Electric Life of Louis Wain, 12:05 p.m., 8 p.m., Sky Cinema Premiere

In his TV dramas Flowers and Landscapers, writer-director Will Sharpe has listened carefully to loners and eccentrics. His stylish and sometimes trippy new film adds another to the canon: the Edwardian illustrator known for his pictures of big-eyed anthropomorphic cats. Benedict Cumberbatch is sad and endearing as Louis, who keeps his mental health issues — and his extreme defense of felines — roughly in the realms of social acceptability, while supporting his mother, five sisters, and family. wife Emily (Claire Foy). SW

Moana, 4 p.m., BBC One

Moana. Photography: Walt Disney Pictures/Allstar

Animation by Ron Clements and John Musker weaves the art, music and myths of Polynesia into an entertaining coming-of-age/eco-parable/origin story drama for the region’s sailors. Moana (Auli’i Cravalho), daughter of an island chief, is prohibited from exploring beyond the reef, but when she learns that the theft of a goddess’ heart stone of nature by the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) results in a climate catastrophe, she sets sail to return it to its owner. A homage to Mad Max: Fury Road and a foolish rooster are just two highlights of this accomplished Disney movie. SW

The Seekers, 6:30 p.m., TCM Movies

As with Citizen Kane, just because John Ford’s 1956 western is still touted as one of the greatest movies of all time doesn’t mean it isn’t. It’s also John Wayne’s finest hour – he plays Ethan Edwards, a war-brutalized Confederate veteran who rediscovers his humanity and sense of community in his obsessive search for a niece kidnapped by Comanche raiders. Ford surrounds Ethan with vivid characters and epic Monument Valley landscapes in a film that’s deeper than he lets on. SW

Like father, like son, 1h30, Film4

The acute end to the nature versus nurture debate hits two families hard in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s poignant 2013 drama. Masaharu Fukuyama’s Ryota is an urban architect whose drive to succeed at work means he neglects his wife Midori (Machiko Ono ) and his young son Keita. Then they find out that Keita was switched at birth with Ryusei, eldest son of small town shopkeepers Yudai (Lily Franky) and Yukari (Yōko Maki). The difference between the easy-going, playful Yudai and the insistent, emotionally repressed Ryota is clear as the four parents negotiate their new reality – some more compassionate than others. SW

Live sports

One-Day International Cricket: Netherlands v England, 10:00am, Sky Sports Main Event The second ODI of the series at the VRA Cricket Ground in Amstelveen. The third day is Wednesday at 10 a.m.

F1 Canadian Grand Prix, 6:55 p.m., Sky Sports main event Round nine at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal.

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