TV tonight: Jude Law enters an eerie island in The Third Day

The Third Day

9pm, Sky Atlantic

There is a distinct Wicker Man energy to this six-part HBO miniseries, focusing on the fortunes of visitors to a mysterious island off the British coast through the year. The opening half, Summer, stars Jude Law as a man in the throes of grief, whose stay is punctuated by visions of a violent past. Co-starring Paddy Considine and Emily Watson as island inhabitants, the first three episodes will be followed by a single-take live event streamed on Sky Arts and produced by the live theatre company Punchdrunk in October. Ammar Kalia

Flying for Britain With David Jason

8pm, ITV

The veteran actor visits RAF Coningsby to meet the people looking after Britain’s historic second world war aircraft. As you can imagine, the Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancaster bombers are cherished like beloved but fragile elderly relatives. Some of them can still fly, as their send-off for Vera Lynn proves. Phil Harrison

Britain’s Biggest Dig

9pm, BBC Two

As well as building a controversial train line connecting the north and south of England, HS2 has become the site of some of the nation’s largest archaeological digs. This new series explores the finds in London and Birmingham, beginning with a vast disused cemetery in St James’s Park. AK

Call the Cops

9pm, Channel 4

“On the weekends, it kicks off, basically.” Another eye-opening shift with the dispatchers of Devon and Cornwall police, as they direct response officers towards flashpoint incidents, including a high-speed nocturnal car chase, various drunken antics and an unprovoked attack in a supermarket car park. Graeme Virtue

Cat Tales: In from the Wild

9pm, BBC Four


A cat with its owner at Las Vegas’s biggest cat show

A cat with its owner at Las Vegas’s biggest cat show. Photograph: Peter Chinn/BBC/Blink Films

Are cats just conning their owners out of food or is there more to the relationship? This programme traces the animals back to the time when they roamed wild, before they shacked up with humans during the agricultural revolution. It is full of cat facts – and there is a look inside Las Vegas’s largest cat show. Hannah Verdier

Room 104

9.35pm, Sky Comedy

Jay and Mark Duplass’s anthology series, set in the confines of a motel room and charting the lives of the characters who pass through it, begins its second season. In tonight’s double bill, friends celebrating a 30th birthday reckon with an uninvited guest, while Jim (Rainn Wilson) reunites with his school teacher. AK

Film choice


Christopher Plummer (left) and Mark Wahlberg in All The Money in the World

Christopher Plummer
(left) and Mark Wahlberg in All The Money in the World. Photograph: Allstar/Scott Free Productions

All the Money in the World (Ridley Scott, 2017), 9pm, Film4
Christopher Plummer was a last-minute replacement for the disgraced Kevin Spacey and revels in the role of the oil tycoon J Paul Getty. A powerful account of the 1973 kidnapping of hippy rich-kid John Paul Getty III – and his ruthless grandfather’s refusal to pay the ransom. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Cycling: Tour de France Noon, Eurosport 1; 1pm, ITV4. Stage 16 from La Tour-du-Pin to Villard-de-Lans, including a climb of the Col de Porte.
French football: Montpellier v Lyon 8pm, BT Sport 1. A Ligue 1 game from Stade de la Mosson.
NBA play-offs 1.30am, Sky Sports Main Event. Another end-of-season game.

The Guardian

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