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The Musketeers. Picture: BBC
The Musketeers. Picture: BBC
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Al Murray’s Great British Spy Movies (BBC Four, 9pm)

COMEDIAN Al Murray presents a documentary about spy movies.

Joining Murray are ex-MI5 director Stella Rimington, political comedian Matt Forde and arts expert Matthew Sweet, who discuss some of the most famous espionage films ever made on this side of the pond.


Phil Spencer: Secret Agent (Channel 4, 8pm)

OUR Secret Agent is back for another run, and helping folk struggling to sell their homes. He meets Nick and Carolyn, who have recently separated and are desperate to get rid of their house - after all, it’s been on the market for seven months now. Wondering where they’ve been going wrong, and in far from the ideal situation, they eagerly follow the Secret Agent’s advice.


Rita And Me (STV, 8pm)

HALF-a-century ago, Barbara Knox made her debut on Coronation Street as exotic dancer Rita Littlewood. She retraces her childhood holidays on the coast, and steps back into Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom where she first caught the performing bug.

Barbara also revisits Oldham Coliseum, where she relives her earliest performances, and talks about her work away from Weatherfield - including her singing career and radio and TV appearances alongside performers like Ken Dodd.


Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot (BBC One, 6.30pm)

MR Hoppy is a shy and lonely old man who lives in a block of flats. He’s in love with Mrs Silver, who lives in the apartment below his, but can only summon up enough courage to exchange a few words with her, despite longing to tell her how he truly feels.

He devises a plan he hopes will help him get closer to her, which involves helping her beloved tortoise Alfie grow.

Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench star.


The Musketeers (BBC One, 9pm)

SERIES two of the BBC’s latest version of Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale begins with our heroes sent to rescue the Comte de Rochefort, the Cardinal’s man in Madrid who has escaped from a Spanish prison. He brings news that the chief author of France’s military strategy against Spain, General De Foix, has been captured, so the king’s swordsmen join forces with Rochefort to rescue De Foix before critical information falls into the wrong hands.


Frank Sinatra: Our Way (BBC One, 7pm)

CHANCES are we’re going to be hearing even more from Ol’ Blue Eyes, as we gear up for the centenary of his birth in December. The BBC are starting the celebrations early giving seven acts a chance to perform their own rendition of a song made famous by Sinatra at a special centenary concert.


Foyle’s War (STV, 8pm)

FOYLE investigates 
American oil companies who worked with IG Farben (Germany’s biggest oil company) to provide fuel essential for the Nazis during the war.