Forest Whitaker stars in new gangster drama The Godfather of Harlem, Silent Witness returns as does 8 out of 10 Cats and Pamela Adlon's Better Things . . .

Pick of the Day

The Godfather of Harlem, 9.00pm, RTÉ 2

This new drama based on a true story looks pretty good and stars Forest Whitaker as 1960s' New York City gangster Bumpy Johnson.

In the first of a double bill, Johnson returns from Alcatraz to reunite with his family and reclaim his Harlem territory from Mob boss Vincent Gigante.

During the brutal battle with the Italians, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X, catching the latter's political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the Big Apple apart.

Later, realising a source of heroin is vital to reclaim Harlem, Bumpy engages in a search to find a dope supply independent of the Italians.

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New or Returning Shows

Silent Witness, 9.00pm, BBC One

It's season number 23 for this forensic drama, which has greatly outlasted its American equivalent, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. It's a wonder there are any bodies left!

A private jet crashes into woodland outside London. Its passengers include the former US ambassador, Jonathan Kraft. Nikki calls her partner Matt from the crash scene to break the news - his friend and former colleague did not survive the accident.

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Matt is desperate for answers. When Thomas is called to an apparent suicide of a successful businessman, he finds unexpected connections to the plane crash. Are they dealing with a coordinated attack?

Meanwhile, season 22 starts on RTÉ at 11.05pm, as Nikki and the Lyell unit are called in to investigate an attack against a transgender man.

Storyville: Jonestown – Terror in the Jungle, 9.00pm, BBC Four

Well worth a look, this two-part documentary tells the story of 1970s' cult leader Jim Jones (below).

It explores how he was forced to flee the US, establishing a settlement in a remote part of Guyana, and the violent end of the project in 1978.

After cult members opened fire on a US delegation, killing five people, Jones persuaded 918 of his followers - including 304 children - to join him in mass suicide.

Veganville, 10.35pm, BBC One

Four vegans arrive in the Welsh town of Merthyr Tydfil to spread their message. Although they share the same goal, it soon becomes clear that their approaches are very different.

World's Most Evil Killers, 9.00pm, Sky Crime & NOW TV

This third season begins with the serial killer made famous by Charlize Theron in the film Monster - Aileen Wuornos.

Wuornos had a deeply troubled upbringing which led to a life of prostitution, alcoholism and multiple arrests. When she met soul mate Tyria Moore, Wuornos' earnings as a prostitute could no longer support the two of them, and she was driven to rob and murder seven of her tricks - shooting them at point-blank range.

8 Out of 10 Cats, 9.00pm, E4

Jimmy Carr hosts the panel show, with Rob Beckett, Katherine Ryan, Richard Osman, Tom Allen, Sophie Hermann and Sophie Duker discussing popular talking points.

Sun, Sea and Surgery, 10.00pm, Channel 4

This documentary follows three patients visiting a clinic in Turkey offering cut-price cosmetic surgery, followed by full-board aftercare in one of the adjoining villas.

One is a former topless model who feels her body has not recovered from childbirth, another's a horse lover who sold one of her pets for the chance to shed some weight, while the third is a woman whose confidence has been rocked by social media.

Eco Eye, 7.00pm, RTÉ One

Duncan Stewart and co explore critical environmental issues impacting Ireland and abroad, reporting on the most pressing issues of the day.

Glór Tire, 9.30pm, TG4

Aoife Ni Thuairisg and Séamus Ó Scanláin host the country music contest from the Quays Live in Galway, with six new contestants performing to impress judges John Creedon, Caitríona Ní Shúilleabháin and Jó Ní Chéide.

Jett 2019, 10.00pm, Sky One

Hoping to go straight, recently paroled master thief Daisy 'Jett' Kowalski (Carla Gugino) is enlisted by crime boss Charlie Baudelaire to steal a ring from an Eastern European rival living in Cuba.

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Don't Miss

Better Things, 10.00pm, BBC Two

It's season three of Pamela Adlon's criminally-ignored dramedy about Sam Fox,  an acting mother who's a single parent trying to balance things out between work, dating and looking after her three daughters.

As we rejoin her, Sam helps Max settle in to her first days of college life in Chicago and has an unsettling return journey back to Los Angeles.

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