TV tonight: Daemon’s scandalous return to King’s Landing in House of the Dragon | Television


House of the Dragon

9pm, Sky Atlantic

Dastardly Daemon (TV’s most lovable villain, played by a brilliantly devious Matt Smith) is back at King’s Landing, victorious after defeating the aptly named Crabfeeder – and he’s taking his niece Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) out of the Red Keep’s four walls to celebrate in true Westeros style. And boy, do those Targaryens know how to party … But Rhaenyra must keep a clear head to choose a suitor who keeps her father, King Viserys (Paddy Considine), happy and plays to her own advantage. Hollie Richardson

Jamie’s One-Pan Wonders

Channel 4, 8.30pm

On the not-so-naked chef’s easy-cooking menu tonight: a simple but punchy gnocchi supper, giant spicy meatballs and an upside-down fish pie – all of which sound perfect for a midweek autumnal family teatime. HR

The Boys from Brazil: Rise of the Bolsonaros

9pm, BBC Two

The story of the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro – his rise from obscurity to power, via rightwing populism and media manipulation, and always with his four sons by his side – has parallels all over the world. This episode, the second of three instalments, examines the role of social media and scandal in his extraordinary 2018 electoral campaign. Ellen E Jones

The Suspect

9pm, ITV

“Joe, are you asking me to lie to the police?” A swirling blend of exasperation and infatuation, the penny finally drops for Cara (Bronagh Waugh) in tonight’s thrilling episode. With the threads of Dr Joe O’Loughlin’s (Aidan Turner) elaborate tapestry of lies rapidly unravelling, will his search for an alibi – and a plausible scapegoat – prove fruitful? Danielle De Wolfe

Ladhood

10pm, BBC Three

The final series of Liam Williams’s excellent coming-of-age comedy-drama continues. Liam is given a gambling account to work on as part of a new promotion, which forces him to recall the time he put his first bet on the Grand National – and the trouble that gambling caused his close friendships. HR

Question Team

10pm, Dave

One of the best of Dave’s 58 lightly amusing parlour games returns. Jo Brand, Thanyia Moore and Josh Pugh pose questions on chocolate, movies and strongmen, but we’re here for the host Richard Ayoade, the sort of man who describes a round of appreciative applause as “Pink, corner pocket”. Jack Seale

Film choices

James Stewart and Kim Novak in Vertigo
James Stewart (as Scottie) rescues Kim Novak (Madeleine) from drowning in a scene from Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Photograph: Paramount Pictures/Getty Images

Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958), 11am, Film4

Hitchcock’s disturbing thriller is “the greatest film of all time”, according to Sight and Sound’s 2012 critics’ poll. Whether or not it remains there in this year’s update, it is still a brilliantly twisted study of obsession, featuring a career-high performance by James Stewart. He plays a retired cop, Scottie, who is asked to follow Madeleine (Kim Novak), a friend’s wife who has been acting unusually, but the fear of heights that made him quit the force rears its head again in tragic fashion. Later, however, he meets Judy, who is the spitting image of Madeleine … Simon Wardell

Lesley Sharp and George Costigan in Alan Clarke’s realistic depiction of Yorkshire working-class life in the 1987 film Rita, Sue and Bob Too.
Lesley Sharp and George Costigan in Alan Clarke’s realistic depiction of Yorkshire working-class life in the 1987 film Rita, Sue and Bob Too. Photograph: Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images

Rita, Sue and Bob Too (Alan Clarke, 1987), 9pm, Talking Pictures TV

The brief but distinctive career of the Bradford writer Andrea Dunbar reached the big screen with Clarke’s defiantly realistic adaptation of two of her plays. On a working-class estate, two teenage friends (played by Siobhan Finneran and Michelle Holmes) babysit for a married man (the satyr-like George Costigan) – and both end up having sex with him. The story is bracingly funny but has a strain of Ken Loach-ian hard knocks in its depiction of the lack of choices available in their world. SW



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