TV tonight – everyone is adrift at sea in whaling drama The North Water

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<span>Photograph: Nick Wall/BBC/See-Saw Films</span>
Photograph: Nick Wall/BBC/See-Saw Films

The North Water

9.30pm, BBC Two

Everyone in Andrew Haigh’s Arctic whaling drama is fleeing their past – why else would they have found themselves in such a hopeless place? But redemption feels unlikely for any of these lost souls as they drift further, both literally and figuratively, from the currents of normal society. Jack O’Connell’s Sumner just about anchors things, but tonight he starts to get a bad feeling about Colin Farrell’s monstrous Drax – and with very good reason. Visually, verbally and emotionally sparse and all the more striking for it. Phil Harrison

Isle of Wight Festival 2021

7pm, Sky Arts

As nature continues to heal and festivals resume after a noiseless 2020, the Isle of Wight welcomes a somewhat motley crew of hitmakers, among them Liam Gallagher, Tom Jones, Primal Scream and Becky Hill. Highlights continue tomorrow with Snow Patrol, David Guetta, All Saints and many more. Hannah J Davies

The Cotswolds With Pam Ayres

8pm, Channel 5

Who better to explore the picturesque, quaint Cotswolds than the unofficial poet laureate of Middle England, Pam Ayres? This new series sees her taking in some of rural England’s most typically bucolic sights. Expect antique shops, cream teas and a perfumery that has made scents for the Queen. PH

Adrian Groulx as Dwayne Johnson in Young Rock
Adrian Groulx as the 10-year-old Dwayne Johnson (left) in Young Rock. Photograph: NBC/Mark Taylor

Young Rock

8pm, Sky Comedy

A jaunty, endearing telling of the larger-than-life story of the wrestler turned actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. As we join Johnson, he is running for president in 2032 (and who can realistically rule this out?) and looking back on his life. Expect teenage rebellions, money worries and romantic anxieties. PH


9pm, Sky Max

In the second episode of this flashy new drama from the Shameless creator Paul Abbott, Wolfe (Babou Ceesay) and sidekick Maggy (Naomi Yang) happen across a mysterious scene: a car that crashed over a bridge, with an impaled body inside. It is then a race against time to retrieve enough forensic evidence before the vehicle explodes. Ellen E Jones

The Cleaner

9.30pm, BBC One

Episode two of Greg Davies’s serviceable comedy about a crime-scene cleaner, based on a German series. Wicky (Davies) is called out to help author Terence (David Mitchell, in Mark Corrigan-plus mode), who is struggling with writer’s block – and the recent death of his grandmother in his living room. HJD

Film choice

Rocky (John G Avildsen, 1976), 10.45pm, ITV

Slugger Sylvester Stallone in the role that made him a star. It’s a schmaltzy tale of lowly boxer Rocky’s tilt at the title against champ Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers): contrived but inspirational, too, and the big fight is a lulu. There’s heavyweight support from Burt Young, Burgess Meredith and Talia Shire as his love, Adrian. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Cycling: Tour of Luxembourg, 1.30pm, Eurosport 1 Stage four of the road race.

Premiership Rugby Union: Bristol Bears v Saracens, 7pm, BT Sport 1 Coverage of the opening match of the season from Ashton Gate.

Premier League Football: Newcastle United v Leeds United, 7.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event Steve Bruce’s side welcome Leeds to St James’ Park.

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