The 5 best TV shows on tonight - Monday 15 February

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The top TV picks for Monday 15 February.
The top TV picks for Monday 15 February.

As we settle into another week of lockdown, there's plenty on the box to keep us entertained.

There are some endings on the small screen as Long Lost Family airs the final episode of its 10th season on Monday while Breaking Dad draws to a close as Bradley Walsh and son come to the end of their road trip.

Elsewhere there's an important investigation into anti-vaxxers and the spreading of vaccine disinformation by Panorama as millions have now received their first COVID jab. 

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Plus DIY SOS has a new episode based in Barnstaple that's bound to tug at the heartstrings.

Mastermind - 7.30pm - BBC Two

John Humphrys is hosting his final series of Mastermind. (BBC/Hindsight/Hat Trick Productions Ltd/Kelvin Boyes)
John Humphrys is hosting his final series of Mastermind. (BBC/Hindsight/Hat Trick Productions Ltd/Kelvin Boyes)

Four more contestants take on the famous black chair in another episode of the latest series.

Specialist subject for the instalment include Homer's Odyssey, The Good Life, the history of Portsmouth, and Taika Waititi.

It comes host John Humphrys has stepped down from his role after 18 years with his replacement yet to be announced. 

Panorama - 7.35pm - BBC One

Panorama tackles anti-vaxxers in a new investigation. (Getty)
Panorama tackles anti-vaxxers in a new investigation. (Getty)

Panorama explores the scare tactics of anti-vaxxers in new investigation Vaccines: The Disinformation War

It's a hugely important topic at the moment considering the deluge of discourse surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine and disinformation peddled online. 

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Viewers will see if a test group is influenced by false information after being exposed to one anti-vax video, all under the watchful eye of one of the UK’s most respected doctors. 

Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad - 8pm - ITV

Having arrived in Rome Barney and Bradley Walsh take a trip back in time and battle it out as Gladiators. (ITV)
Having arrived in Rome Barney and Bradley Walsh take a trip back in time and battle it out as Gladiators. (ITV)

Bradley Walsh and son Barney's journey comes to an end as they head off on the final leg of their European road trip. 

They continue to explore more of Italy, including a spot of gladatorial combat in Rome and taking on a sky-high zipline.

Before they prepare to return homeward, their final stop at the Amalfi Coast promises a nice sea swim - but only if they jump from a cliff. 

DIY SOS - 9pm - BBC One

The family with the DIY SOS team and volunteers  (BBC/Hamish Summers)
The family with the DIY SOS team and volunteers (BBC/Hamish Summers)

Nick Knowles and the team are working on a Big Build in Barnstaple in a brand new episode of DIY SOS airing at 9pm. 

A family of seven are in a difficult situation as two of the children have nephrotic syndrome, meaning they need 70 hours of dialysis each week which requires a four hour round trip. 

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The DIY SOS team, designer Laurence Llewelyn Bowen and a group of volunteers are on hand to help extend the family's house to suit their needs and create a home dialysis centre. 

Long Lost Family - 9pm - ITV

Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell host Long Lost Family. (ITV)
Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell host Long Lost Family. (ITV)

It's the last episode of the series for the tear-jerking programme that helps reunite family members separated through difficult circumstances. 

Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell are tasked with aiding a woman on a quest to find her sisters and another looking for the son she gave up for adoption as a teenager. 

Now in its 10th series, the show still manages to engage viewers despite the similar nature of the stories presented within the programme because of the intriguing draw of the complexities of the past and the comfort of much-needed closure.

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