TV tonight: the doctor with a difference in Resident Alien

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Resident Alien

9pm, Sky One

Based on the Dark Horse comic-book series of the same name, this stars Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Harry Vanderspeigle, an alien who has crash-landed to Earth and is spending his time disguised as a smalltown Colorado doctor. It isn’t all smooth sailing being a fake human, though – in the easygoing first episode Vanderspeigle gets roped into helping the local Sherrif’s department solve a grisly murder. Luckily, he finds he can put his time spent watching Law & Order to good use. Ammar Kalia

Inside Culture With Mary Beard

7pm, BBC Two

Beard is joined this week by Private Eye’s Ian Hislop as the pair discuss how the English language is rapidly evolving through digital culture and news events such as the coronavirus pandemic. Dame Evelyn Glennie also discusses her methods of communication through touch. AK

Pooch Perfect

8pm, BBC One

“Prepare for the poms!” Sheridan Smith introduces “the puffball of dogs”, the pomeranian, to the four groomers battling it out for places in the quarter finals. Popular with everyone from Elvis to Queen Victoria (who had 35 of them), the dogs must be perfectly round shapes to impress the panel of judges. Ali Catterall

Death in Paradise

9pm, BBC One

A sandfly bite during a beach volleyball game lands Neville (Ralf Little) in hospital, where – you guessed it – there’s been a suspicious death. Neville can’t resist pursuing an unofficial investigation and Commissioner Patterson does not approve. At least he can count on backup from Florence. Ellen E Jones


9pm, Fox

Limp horror hooey, belatedly following up – and including clips from – the Omen movies. Bradley James is 30-year-old US photojournalist Damien, protected by memory loss from the knowledge that he is the antichrist. In an uneventful yet still camp and clunky opener, his inner demon is dramatically awoken. Jack Seale


10pm, Channel 4

Following the discovery that Laurie might not have been his dad, Stephen (David Mitchell) begins to feel threatened by foster brother Andrew (Robert Webb) once more. The arrival of Mike (Anthony Head), one of his mother’s former lovers, soon unites the pair over a secret paternity test. AK

Film choice

Kristin Scott Thomas and Ethan Hawke
Kristin Scott Thomas and Ethan Hawke in The Woman in the Fifth. Photograph: Moviestore Collection Ltd/Alamy

The Woman in the Fifth (Paweł Pawlikowski, 2011) 2am, Film4

Pawlikowski’s grungily gripping thriller is set in Paris, where down-at-heel, depressed American writer Ethan Hawke wants to repair his failed marriage. Instead, a fling with an exotic eastern European woman (Kristin Scott Thomas) sets him on a different, more sinister path, abetted by Joanna Kulig’s barmaid. Paul Howlett

Today’s live sport

Premier League Football: Tottenham v Liverpool 7pm, BT Sport 1 Two title-chasing sides clash in north London.

PGA Tour Golf 5pm, Sky Sports Golf Opening day of the Farmers Insurance Open, from San Diego.

Sailing: Prada Cup 2.30am, Sky Sports Main Event First of two semi-final races for a place in the America’s Cup.

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