TV tonight: The Repair Shop makes for soul-restoring viewing

Ammar Kalia, Phil Harrison, Ellen E Jones, Hannah Verdier and Paul Howlett
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The Repair Shop

8pm, BBC One

Jay Blades and his team of expert craftspeople return with a new set of prime-time episodes of the cosy restoration show. First, Rose Werner brings in her late husband Jim’s decorative leather box, which, with Jim having come to England as part of the Kindertransport, was one of his only links to his German Jewish heritage. Then Chantal Taylor brings an Italian dressing table chair to the upholsterer Hannah Weston Smith; it reminds her of her departed parents and is in desperate need of restuffing. Ammar Kalia

Islands of Fire

8pm, Smithsonian

Unspoiled corners of the planet are increasingly rare, but this documentary is a reminder that a few still exist. The mid-Atlantic ridge separates the North American and Eurasian plates, and its islands feature all manner of natural and geological features. Expect geysers, thermal pools and lots of penguins. Phil Harrison

DeLorean: Back from the Future

9pm, BBC Two

His futuristic car was made famous by a movie, but the real adventures of John Z DeLorean are wilder still. Using colourful archive, this documentary tells the story of an ego-driven American in the unlikely surroundings of 80s Belfast – and the FBI sting that hastened his downfall. Ellen E Jones

The Bay

9pm, ITV

Morven Christie is captivating as Lisa Armstrong, balancing a murder investigation with her demanding family life. This week, her eyewitness introduces another clue, while her kids wonder why their dad has suddenly turned up offering chips. Meanwhile, a whistleblower comes forward to offer some information that could prove vital. Hannah Verdier

Grand Designs

9pm, Channel 4

There is possible financial ruin in store for this week’s housebuilder, energy conservationist Andrew, who has decided to sink his life savings into a pioneering self-heating home for his family. Andrew’s plan is a trial-and-error one that causes his budget to balloon, testing his marriage in the process. AK


10pm, Sky Arts

Maureen Lipman stars as the titular Rose in this screening of the one-woman play written by Martin Sherman and originally performed by Olympia Dukakis in 2000. Rose, an octogenarian, looks back on her life – from a Warsaw ghetto through to her emigration to the US – as she grapples with her version of the American dream. AK

Film choice

Ziyi Zhang (left) and Chen Chang in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Ziyi Zhang (left) and Chen Chang in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Photograph: AP

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000), 8pm, Sky Cinema Greats
Lee’s foray into the martial arts movie set new standards of balletic grace, furious action and stunning beauty. In a mythic Chinese past, warriors Chow Yun-fat and Michelle Yeoh fight to keep the Sword of Destiny out of evil hands. An evocative exploration of love and loyalty. Paul Howlett

Today’s live sport

Premier League football: Chelsea v Wolves 5.30pm, BT Sport 1. Burnley v Villa airs at 5.30pm (BT Sport 2), while Brighton v Fulham (BT Sport 3) is at 7.45pm. Man Utd v Sheffield United (BT Sport 1) and Everton v Leicester (BT Sport 2) follow at 8pm.

Basketball: Philadelphia 76ers v Los Angeles Lakers 12.30am, Sky Sports Main Event. Live NBA action.

European Tour golf 4am, Sky Sports Main Event. The Dubai Desert Classic, day one.