'Succession', 'The Outlaws' and 'The Long Call': The 5 best things on TV on Monday, 25 October

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'Succession', 'The Outlaws' and 'The Long Call' are on Monday's TV hit list. (HBO/BBC/ITV)
'Succession', 'The Outlaws' and 'The Long Call' are on Monday's TV hit list. (HBO/BBC/ITV)

Everyone is wondering which Roy family member's nerve will hold out longest in the second episode of Succession season three on Sky Atlantic tonight, and whether Gerri will really land the top job.

Stephen Merchant's new sitcom The Outlaws launches on BBC One, following seven strangers completing community service in Bristol and starring Christopher Walken.

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New Ann Cleeves TV adaptation The Long Call begins on ITV, as a detective returns to his troubled childhood hometown to solve a murder mystery.

Channel 4's Dispatches airs a harrowing but important episode tonight as it follows the long-term effects of lockdown on children living in poverty.

Read more: The Outlaws - How Stephen Merchant landed Christopher Walken

There's drama from Down Under as Married At First Sight Australia returns to the always-shocking dinner party with three new couples at the table on E4.

The best TV to watch tonight, Monday 25 October, 2021

Succession - Sky Atlantic - 9pm

The Roy family are still at war. (HBO/Sky)
The Roy family are still at war. (HBO/Sky)

TV's most dysfunctional family return for a tense second episode as Kendall tries to recruit more people to his takeover bid - but will a snubbed Shiv be one of them?

Meanwhile, Greg tries to secure his spot in the family, Gerri waits to discover whether she'll officially be named CEO as Roman continues to follow in her wake, and Tom is typically disappointing in his support of Shiv.

Read more: The Succession family battle lines drawn so far

And that's before we even get to Logan's fury over being betrayed by his son...

The Outlaws - BBC One - 9pm

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A community service group bonds in an unexpected way. (Big Talk/Four Eyes/James Pardon)

Stephen Merchant is back with a new sitcom that promises drama as well as laughs as it follows seven strangers on a community service scheme.

But their days on the wrong side of the law are not over yet, as a criminal mistake unites them in an unexpected way.

The series stars Christopher Walken alongside Merchant.

The Long Call - ITV - 9pm

Ben Aldridge stars in 'The Long Call'. (ITV)
Ben Aldridge stars in 'The Long Call'. (ITV)

The latest Ann Cleeves novel to get the TV treatment sees Ben Aldridge and Pearl Mackie working on a coastal town murder case.

DI Matthew Venn has only just returned to his Devon childhood hometown, this time with his husband after leaving his religious commune when he came out as a teenager.

Venn's own father has recently died and he struggles to navigate a tense relationship with his mother, still in the clutches of the commune.

Dispatches - Growing Up Poor: Britain's Hidden Homeless Kids - Channel 4 - 8pm

Lockdown has proved disastrous for many children in terms of mental health and gaps in education, and this episode of Dispatches looks at how it has affected children living in poverty.

The programme tracks three boys in one primary school class in Luton, one of the most deprived wards in the country, and looks at how a perfect storm of COVID, inflation, gas prices, the end of the universal credit uplift and winter threatens their futures.

Married At First Sight Australia - E4 - 7.30pm

Melissa and Bryce have had a stormy marriage so far. (Channel 4)
Is Melissa Bryce's only love? (Channel 4)

It's always the best episode of the week as the couples come together for a dinner party where grievances are aired and drinks are thrown.

This week's promises to be particularly exciting with three new couples pulling up a seat at the table for the first time, and series villain Bryce apparently rumbled for having a secret girlfriend.

Plus, scenes of Patrick being a hero are trailed as he defends Belinda's honour to multi-millionaire James.

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