TV tonight: The Bay returns and a new detective is thrown in at the deep end

The Bay

9pm, ITV

It’s the third outing for this pleasing Morecambe-based detective drama, but there’s a big change – Marsha Thomason will be stepping into the lead as family liaison officer DS Jenn Townsend, taking over from Morven Christie’s DS Lisa Armstrong (who has left the show). In the first of six parts, Townsend is thrown straight into the deep end when a body is found on her first day on the job. It’s the kind of crime drama that is perfectly made for January nights. Hollie Richardson

Kirstie and Phil’s Love It Or List It

8pm, Channel 4

Tonight, a pair of Baptist ministers with a four-bedroom house in Alnwick, Northumberland, turn to Kirstie and Phil for property help. Having grown up on the same street, Chris is ready for a change of scenery but Caroline is too attached to their home – and the neighbours who brought comfort when she had cancer treatment. HR

Landscape Artist of the Year

8pm, Sky Arts

Stephen Mangan and Joan Bakewell commence this year’s search for Britain’s best landscape painter; once again, the judges are artist Tai-Shan Schierenberg, curator Kathleen Soriano and art historian Kate Bryan. In tonight’s first heat, eight artists attempt to capture the mysterious beauty of the giant biomes at Cornwall’s Eden Project in just four hours. Ali Catterall

Britain’s Most Expensive Houses

9pm, Channel 4

Property perusing at its most outrageous. Episode three takes a nosy around a £12m penthouse on the Thames, a Surrey house featured in Hollywood hits such as Beauty and the Beast and Star Wars, and a castle on a 12-hectare estate in Northumberland. HR


10pm, BBC Two

Diane Morgan fans get two comedy doses tonight. First up, Mandy and Lola take a trip on a cruise ship and discover a sinister meaning behind choc-ices. Then, Anna Maxwell Martin guest stars in an episode that sees Mandy train to be an astronaut (yes you read that correctly). HR

Jimmy Carr’s I Literally Just Told You

10pm, Channel 4

Is this newish Carr vehicle working? It certainly upends the usually rigid rules of quizzes by requiring four contestants to recall details of things that happen during the process of recording. But while the misdirects, fake-outs and Carr’s smarmy wit can be fun for the viewer, it all seems rather gruelling for those taking part. Graeme Virtue

Film choice

Richard Madden and Gemma Chan in Eternals.
Superpowered ... Richard Madden and Gemma Chan in Eternals. Photograph: Moviestore Collection Ltd/Alamy

Eternals (Chloé Zhao, 2021), Disney+
Here, Marvel stirs a whole new set of myths into its melting pot of fantastical adventures. The Eternals – including Gemma Chan’s Sersi, Richard Madden’s Ikaris and Angelina Jolie’s Thena – are superpowered aliens who have protected humanity down the millennia from destructive beasts called Deviants. In the present day, the group assemble again to fight a resurgence of the creatures, while discovering the true reason behind their mission. It’s portentous stuff but has good action, a dab of wit (courtesy of Kumail Nanjiani) and a lovely gold filigree look to it. Simon Wardell