TV tonight: A Discovery of Witches returns for a tantalising third and final series

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A Discovery of Witches

9pm, Sky Max

In the intense opener of the final season of Deborah Harkness’s fantasy trilogy, Matthew (Matthew Goode) and Diana (Teresa Palmer) return from the past to find that Peter Knox (Owen Teale) has attempted to steal a page from the Book of Life and Aunt Em is dead. The rest of the series will focus on Diana attempting to reassemble the Book of Life and crack open its tantalising mysteries. Hollie Richardson

Monty Don’s Adriatic Gardens

8pm, BBC Two

A new three-parter in which Monty Don “looks for gardens where you mightn’t expect to find them”. He starts with the hidden horticultural treasures of Venice, such as a rejuvenated public garden with a secret passageway leading to St Mark’s Square. Next up: Croatia. Ali Catterall

Would I Lie to You?

8.30pm, BBC One

Did John Cooper Clarke spend three months sharing a flat with a monkey? Was Judi Love dumped after a lover found a list of pros and cons she had made about him? And how has an exercise in trying to spot celebrities’ lies managed to be so consistently entertaining for 15 series? All will be answered at the start of this latest run. Alexi Duggins

Death in Paradise

9pm, BBC One

As series 11 of this Caribbean crime caper opens, it is all distorted voices on phones demanding ransom money. A businessman has been murdered – and the killer has considerately restrained the blood spatter to the victim’s hands, for a family audience. DCI Neville Parker (Ralf Little) is soon on the case to do his thoughtful, occasionally comic best – even if he is distracted by writing a pub quiz for his boss. AD

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

9pm, Channel 4

Jimmy Carr – the man no Channel 4 panel show can escape – returns with the 22nd season of Cats. Jon Richardson and Rob Beckett take on Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Roisin Conaty, while Huge Davies is in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent. Rachel Riley provides those all-important numbers and letters. HR

The Graham Norton Show

10.35pm, BBC One

It is the first Graham Norton of the year – and he is kicking things off with another impressive lineup of celebrity guests, including Martin Freeman – who is starring in the upcoming BBC police drama The Responder – and the Last Leg comedian Josh Widdicombe. HR

Film choices

A Quiet Place Part II (John Krasinski, 2020), 12.40pm, 8pm, Sky Cinema Premiere
Here is more of the same horror from director John Krasinski and star Emily Blunt – but the first film’s triumph of nerve-tingling tension is worth repeating. After a flashback to the origins of the alien invasion, we take up with Blunt’s newly widowed Evelyn and her children, Regan (Millicent Simmonds), Marcus (Noah Jupe) and that crying baby. Cillian Murphy’s lone wolf, Emmett, mixes up the family dynamic a bit, but silence is still golden – and Regan remains the key to survival – as the group discover signs of human life amid the sound-sensitive ETs. Simon Wardell

The Trial (Orson Welles, 1963), 10.50pm, Talking Pictures TV
A convincing adaptation by Orson Welles of Franz Kafka’s novel about an office worker accused of an unnamed offence who becomes lost in a nightmare of bureaucracy as he tries to clear his name. Anthony Perkins brings the nervous energy of Norman Bates to the role of Josef K, while Welles uses his usual limited budget to great effect (not least by dubbing most of the actors himself. He throws Perkins into a disconcerting world of pan-European architecture and people – Jeanne Moreau and Romy Schneider among them. SW

Live sport

FA Cup football: Swindon Town v Man City 7.30pm, ITV. Third-round tie at the County Ground.

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