TV tonight: Sara Pascoe charms in a tale of thirtysomething angst

Ammar Kalia, Ali Catterall, Hannah Verdier, Ellen E Jones, Paul Howlett
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Out of Her Mind

9pm, BBC Two

Sara Pascoe writes and fronts this charming six-part sitcom, playing a fictionalised version of herself as she navigates the usual thirtysomething comedy fare of failed relationships and friends leaving her behind to get married and have children. Pascoe takes a scientific tack, interrupting the narrative of her sister’s recent engagement to explain to us the chemical composition of love, putting an intriguing fourth wall-breaking spin on the format. Co-starring the excellent Juliet Stevenson as Pascoe’s mum. Ammar Kalia

Life

9pm, BBC One

Secrets and lies come to a head tonight as Henry deals with the fallout from Gail’s decision and attempts to keep the news from his family and friends; there’s a tense dinner party on the cards for Hannah and Liam; and Neil makes Belle a surprise offer, leading Belle into a conflict with the neighbours. Ali Catterall

Surgeons: At the Edge of Life

9pm, BBC Two

Graphic scenes of surgery are only part of the story in this doc about the work of the highly skilled teams at Royal Papworth and Addenbrooke’s hospitals. It’s the patients’ stories that really grip, and this week David, who needs a double lung transplant, has two surgeons ready to operate. Hannah Verdier

Boswell & Johnson’s Scottish Road Trip

9pm, Sky Arts

Comic Frank Skinner and novelist Denise Mina conclude their journey through Scotland, following in the 18th-century footsteps of writers Samuel Johnson and James Boswell. The pair take a ferry ride and alight in the Hebridean Isle of Mull before reaching its picturesque capital. AK

The Last Ice

9pm, National Geographic

This fascinating documentary follows indigenous communities in Greenland and Canada, and their battle for survival as the climate emergency melts the frozen oceans they have lived on for centuries, while the open waters they rely on for fishing become increasingly contested. AK

Married at First Sight

9.15pm, Channel 4

Lockdown has put a strain on many marriages, but how did it affect our newlyweds? Owen and Michelle seem to relish the opportunity for more intimacy, while David and Shareen wait until measures ease to put their relationship under even more strain with a camping trip. Ellen E Jones

Film choice

Ned Kelly 9pm, Sony Movies

Heath Ledger stars in Gregor Jordan’s gritty account of the legendary outback outlaw, and makes a photogenic, sympathetic Ned. Of poor Irish stock and oppressed by police thugs, he has no choice but to go on the run with brother Dan (Laurence Kinlan) and mates Orlando Bloom and Philip Barantini, pursued by Geoffrey Rush’s Superintendent Hare. Paul Howlett

Sport

Indian Premier League Cricket: Kings XI Punjab v Delhi Capitals. 3pm, Sky Sports Main Event. T20 match from Dubai.

Championship Football; Norwich City v Birmingham City 7pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Head-to-head from Carrow Road.

Champions League Football: Dynamo Kyiv v Juventus 5.30pm, BT Sport 1. Group G match from NSC Olimpiyskiy.