Whether you're a fan of I'm a Celebrity... or The Crown - or both! - the wait for the new series is over.
Pick of the Day
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, 9:00pm, Virgin Media One, ITV
Dec is rejoined by Ant for the new series of outré Outback shenanigans - and this time there's clammy Irish skin in the game! Singer Nadine Coyle and comedian Andrew Maxwell will be flying their respective flags for Derry and Dublin and hopefully brightening up the winter nights with banter and bravery all the way to the final. Joining them are reality star Caitlyn Jenner, former footballer Ian Wright, soap star Jacqueline Jossa, Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway and X Factor winner Myles Stephenson, a member of boy band Rak-Su. Too many names to remember? Well, former rugby player James Haskell, Capital Radio DJ Roman Kemp and former Big Brother contestant and BBC Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts are also in the line-up.
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The Crown: Season 3, Netflix
FOMO goes regal once again as the long-awaited third series of palace intrigue arrives. We're in "the exuberance of the 1960s and the long hangover of the 1970s" as Oscar winner Olivia Colman takes over the throne from Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II. She's in the best of company, with Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Tobias Menzies as The Duke of Edinburgh, Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Ben Daniels as Lord Snowdon, Jason Watkins as Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Charles Dance as Lord Mountbatten also in the monarchy mix. Firm friends indeed - we're expecting as many toe-curling moments as tiaras in the episodes ahead.
New or Returning Shows
War of the Worlds, 9:00pm, BBC One
The BBC's answer to the Celeb-Crown challenge is this adaptation of HG Wells' sci-fi classic. Eleanor Tomlinson, Rafe Spall and Robert Carlyle lead the cast, with Poldark's Tomlinson reckoning that there's some "pretty groundbreaking television" in the offing over the next three weeks. The trailer looks promising - will we get some scares like the ones on the Jeff Wayne album back in the 70s?
Distant Sky: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Live in Copenhagen, 9:00pm Sky Arts
We're on the long, long countdown to those Dublin dates next May, so this gem of a film from 2018 will be among the headliners on the playlist in the months ahead. Captured at their life-affirming best in the Danish capital in October 2017, Cave and co's celebration for kindred spirits shrinks the Royal Arena to cosy while filling your heart until it's fit to burst. It looks like there wasn't a dry eye in the house on the night; there won't be one in yours, either.
If you fancy a film...
Lone Survivor, 9:00pm, Film4
Mixing edge-of-the-seat tension with the power of friendship and the terror and horror of war, Peter Berg's 2014 film is based on Marcus Luttrell's best-selling memoir of the same name. It tells the story of Operation Red Wings, a disastrous mission involving US Navy SEALs in Afghanistan's Kundar province in 2005, which saw 19 American personnel killed. Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster lead the cast and Explosions in the Sky supply the sublime soundtrack as Berg reduces the bigger issues down to the primacy of keeping yourself and those around you alive. Emotionally, the audience is put through the wringer. Technically, the film deserved far more recognition than its two Oscar nominations in the Sound categories.