Christine Baranski and The Good Fight gang return for a second season, as does Canadian crime-solver Frankie Drake Mysteries, while Clare Balding looks at sporting Icons and Sharon Horgan's Catastrophe continues . . .

Pick of the Day

The Good Fight, 10.15pm, RTÉ One

This second season is where The Good Fight becomes a better show than its much-loved predecessor, The Good Wife. And The Good Wife was essential viewing.

The show benefits from being off the prime time terrestrial TV grid, as its habitat is now at the cable end of things in its native US, going out on subscription channel CBS All Access. 

In the season two premiere the death of founding partner Carl Reddick brings the firm together, along with the prospect of a new name partner, Liz Reddick-Lawrence (played by Audra McDonald).

Meanwhile, Christine Baranski's Diane struggles to grapple with the insanity of the world and Maia (Rose Leslie) is confronted with another hurdle in her parents’ scandal.

Tonight's guest stars – always a key feature of the show, going back to the Julianna Margulies days – include Erica Tazel, Jane Lynch, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jerry Adler and Paul Guilfoyle.

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New or Returning Shows

Pubs, Ponds and Power: The Story of the Village – Warkworth, 7.30pm, BBC Four

If there's one thing our neighbours across the Irish Sea do very well, it's the traditional English village, a scene painted on countless picture postcards and a snapshot of England that is recognised across the globe.

In this new documentary series archaeologist Ben Robinson explores the story of the village from Norman times to the present day. Going behind the romantic image of a rural idyll, he uncovers tales of power and wealth.

In episode one Ben unlocks the ancient roots of the Northumberland village of Warkworth. Along the way, he explores how the hidden history of the quintessential sleepy rural idyll suggests the real origins of the English village owes a lot to . . . the French.

Ben Robinson

Frankie Drake Mysteries, 9.00pm, Alibi

This Canadian procedural follows Frankie Drake and Trudy Clarke, Toronto's only female private detectives in the 1920s, as they take on the cases the police don't want to touch.

In this season two opener, Nora has a legitimate job at the Toronto Museum, where an old enemy of Frankie's tries to pull a con job and almost pulls a con on Nora herself. In the end, Frankie goes to the United States to meet up a famous archaeologist to get some information.

 

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Catastrophe, 10.00pm, Channel 4

We're up to episode three (of six) in this fourth and final season and Sharon (Sharon Horgan) and Rob (Rob Delaney) decide to get on a fitness drive.

When Sharon visits her less than sympathetic local GP (Tobias Menzies) it dawns on her she's not in the peak condition she imagined, but Fran (Ashley Jensen) has a helpful suggestion to get her on the right track.

Meanwhile Rob endures a fruit-based confrontation at a local park and Dave (Daniel Lapaine) shows how much he's embracing fatherhood.

Season four's been pretty good so far:

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Icons, 9.00pm, BBC Two

Clare Balding hosts this sporting edition of the series that looks at 20th Century icons across a range of disciplines.

The quartet on offer tonight range from legendary boxer Muhammad Ali to wheelchair racer Tanni Grey-Thompson, tennis player and champion of women’s rights Billie Jean King to Pelé, widely regarded as football's greatest ever player.

Here's a PBS report on the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali:

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