Today's top picks include Alison Spittle's new comedy Nowhere Fast, a documentary about job-stealing robots and the return of Major Crimes and 10 Things to Know About . . .

Pick of the day

Nowhere Fast, 10.00pm, RTÉ2

Here’s a new six-part comedy about women in rural Ireland, starring and written by Irish stand-up comedian Alison Spittle.

Fresh from a disaster that’s curdled her media career in Dublin, Angela (played by Alison Spittle) returns to her family home in the midlands to lick her wounds and plan her next move.

The cast includes Clare Monnelly (Moone Boy), Genevieve Hulme Beaman (Pondling) as Angela’s best friends Mary and Brid, with Angela’s family played by the likes ofCathy Belton and Mark Doherty.

Episode one sets the scene as Angela, after being sacked from her job, moves back to the small town where she grew up. This is her chance to reassess things and get her life back on track - if her friends don’t ruin everything first.

New or Returning Shows

A Robot Stole My Job, 9.35pm, RTÉ One

This one-hour documentary explores how robots and artificial intelligence could be on course to transform the jobs market, render the skills of many obsolete and utterly transform the way we work. Or don’t work!

Presented by Anne-Marie Tomchak, UK editor of Mashable, looks at advancements in robotics in a variety of sectors, taking in the global impact before questioning what it means for Irish workers and the Irish labour market and education policies.

This programme shows what’s coming down the tracks and how we can prepare for it.

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10 Things to Know About . . ., 8.30pm, RTÉ One

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Kathriona Devereux and Jonathan McCrea are back and checking out all the latest incredible developments in Irish research. In tonight’s opening episode, the team investigate the secrets under the earth’s surface that threaten but also sustain modern living.

And in the Weird Science section of the show, Fergus McAuliffe reveals why humanity’s legacy on planet earth may have a distinctly avian influence . . .

Highlights of the season include: the alarming rise of Superbugs; the race to recreate the awesome power of the sun; Gene therapies that could provide the answer to some devastating conditions such as blindness; Secrets under the earth’s surface that threaten but also sustain our way of living; mind controlled technology and lifesaving drones.

Toffs, Queers And Traitors: The Extraordinary Life Of Guy Burgess, 9.00pm, BBC Four

It was a scandal that shook the British establishment to its roots. In June 1951, the government was forced to admit that two Foreign Office diplomats had disappeared.

With the help of newly declassified documents, George Carey’s latest film shows how the most celebrated spy ring of the 20th century grew out of the class system, sexual hypocrisy and the sheer incompetence of some of the people who then ran Britain.

Major Crimes, 9.00pm, Universal

This procedural started off as a spin-off from The Closer, with former Battlestar Galactica star Mary McDonnell filling Kyra Sedgwick's impressive shoes as a female LAPD boss, but it's fared a lot better than expected.

The sixth and final season gets under way with the disappearance of three Hispanic boys from a Catholic school’s field trip. Could a vocally racist neighbour be involved?

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Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, 7.00pm, BBC Two

Famous faces are tasked with tracking down rarities as well as separating hidden treasures from worthless tat.

In this opener, experts Christina Trevanion and David Harper assist Wild at Heart co-stars Hayley Mills and Stephen Tompkinson as the actors go head-to-head in North East England and West Yorkshire.

Don't Miss

The Boy with the Topknot, 9.00pm, BBC Two

This drama's about an inter-racial relationship and based on journalist Sathnam Sanghera’s witty and heartfelt memoirs.

Born to traditional Punjabi parents and growing up in Wolverhampton, Sathnam Sanghera (Sacha Dhawan) moves to London after graduating from Cambridge University.

Now in his late 20s he is planning to reveal to his family that he will defy expectations of an arranged marriage - but instead learns a painful family secret.

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