TV tonight: Lily James and Dominic West star in The Pursuit of Love

The Pursuit of Love

9pm, BBC One

A much-needed dose of period drama frivolity drops into the schedules with this adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s 1945 novel, written and directed by Emily Mortimer. Set in the interwar period initially in Oxfordshire and then moving to the Pyrenees during the Spanish Civil War, Lily James stars as wild-hearted aristocrat Linda, who seeks out love at all costs, while her cousin Fanny (Emily Beecham) narrates from her more conservative viewpoint. We open as 17-year-old Linda plots to escape from her stern father (Dominic West). Ammar Kalia

Gods of Snooker

9pm, BBC Two

A cracking three-part documentary series about snooker’s golden age begins with a biography of brittle bad boy Alex Higgins: the women, the booze, the outrageous pots and ridiculous hats. Put in context and replayed through choice archive here, the 1982 World Championship is confirmed as a sporting classic. Jack Seale

SAS: Who Dares Wins

9pm, Channel 4

Following his unceremonious booting off the franchise earlier this year, this is your last chance to catch Ant Middleton lead a team of nervous new recruits through a series of punishing SAS-style challenges. We begin on the Scottish island of Raasay with a race up a 4000ft mountain. AK

Cruising with Jane McDonald

9pm, Channel 5

All aboard as TV’s queen of the high seas kicks off a new series of cruising adventures, making pals on deck and sampling the activities on offer along the way. Tonight Jane is on in the Carribean, sailing from Fort Lauderdale to the Virgin Islands, before watching a high-speed yacht race. AK


10pm, Channel 4

Season four, and the era-spanning darkly comic crime anthology lands in Missouri, 1950, where an uneasy peace between two crime syndicates is suddenly thrown into jeopardy after an accidental death. Chris Rock heads up African American syndicate Cannon Limited, squaring off against the local Kansas City mafia. Ali Catterall


11pm, BBC Two

The fourth season of John Singleton’s drug business drama arrives in the UK and after taking time out to heal post-shooting, Franklin (Damson Idris) is easing back in the game. It’s hard to know who to trust in the chaos of early 80s L.A., however. Is his new cane the only support he can rely on? Ellen E Jones

Film choice

Inside Out, 3.05pm, BBC One

This dazzlingly inventive Pixar animated comedy takes place inside the head of 11-year-old Riley, where five bickering embodiments of feelings control her actions: Fear, Anger, Disgust, Sadness and the ebullient Joy (Amy Poehler). It’s a great excuse for a thrilling, emotional journey. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Premier League Football: Aston Villa v Manchester United 2pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Followed by West Ham United v Everton at 4pm.

Premier League Football: Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion 6.30pm, BT Sport 1. Live from Emirates Stadium.

Golf: The Wells Fargo Championship 7pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Day four coverage.

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