Lots of new stuff today, ranging from a new comedy from the guys behind The Inbetweeners to a contest to find Britain's Best Parents. Meanwhile, QI returns for a new run and The Rookie bows out...

Pick of the Day

The First Team, 9.30pm, BBC Two

Football is one subject that rarely transfers well into drama or comedy. Here’s hoping this is the exception that proves the rule.

Having Will Arnett in the cast is certainly a bit on an eyebrow-raiser, all the same.

It’s a brand new comedy written by Iain Morris and Damon Beesley - creators of The Inbetweeners - following the adventures of three young footballers, their Italian manager and eccentric chairman.

New signing Mattie Sullivan arrives at the club, but a meeting with chairman Mark Crane leads him to wonder if he's been signed by mistake.

As if that wasn't bad enough, club hard-man Petey Brooks takes a dislike to him and legendary Italian manager Cesare is nowhere to be found

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Don't Miss

QI, 9.00pm, BBC Two

Sandi Toksvig hosts the return of the quiz that requires a bit of grey matter and a convincing conversation, in which the questions are so difficult points are awarded for the answers she finds most interesting.

The show has now reached the letter R, and begins with a rather Rude episode. Joining Sandi are John Barrowman, Phill Jupitus, Aisling Bea (below) and perennial panellist Alan Davies.

Like all panel/studio-based shows these days, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not QI can cope with the current pandemic restrictions. Maybe they could set up in Dominic Cummings’ house?

New or Returning Shows

Britain’s Best Parent? 8.05pm, Channel 4

Twelve families with differing parenting styles compete against each other, hoping to prove that their methods and techniques are the right way to raise children.

Reading through the parenting approach of the first three families involved, it could be argued that they’re all pretty clueless and open to ridicule.

Which a cynic might consider to be the ulterior motive behind the show.

Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health, 8.05pm, BBC One

Why do men struggle to talk about their emotions? Obviously, it's because they're male, but the Duke of Cambridge has spent the past year campaigning to change attitudes to mental health in Britain.

Spurred on by the fact that suicide is the biggest killer of young men in his country, he wants to use football as a way to get men talking and to break the taboo that surrounds mental health.

As a lifelong, hardcore football fan, I can testify that football can be a bit of a see-saw ride in that respect.

The Man Who Tried to Feed the World, 8.30pm, PBS America

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No, no. no, no. Not another biography of Bob Geldof.

This is the story of Norman Borlaug, who not only solved India's famine problem but went on to lead a green revolution of agriculture programmes estimated to have saved one billion lives.

Mysteries of the Mekong, 8.00pm, Sky Nature & NOW TV

The Mekong basin is one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world, yet one of the most undiscovered.

20,000 plant species, 430 mammals, 1,200 birds, 800 reptiles and amphibians, and an estimated 850 freshwater fish species, are found in this very remote Asian region.

Ending Today

The Rookie, 9.00pm, Sky Witness & NOW TV

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Season two of the ho-hum cop show starring the very likeable Nathan Fillion (Captain Reynolds in Firefly) comes to an end.

As the rookies prepare for a big exam to see who moves on to the next stage of training, Nolan and Bishop are called to the scene of a murder and learn that the victim may be tied to a potential terrorist attack on the city of Los Angeles. Season finale.

The Real Marigold Hotel, 9.00pm, BBC One

The group travel to Rishikesh in the foothills of the Himalayas. Susie and Barbara visit a Buddhist monastery, while Britt, Henry and Paul visit an alternative retirement option.

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Repeats of the Day

I Married The Waiter - Love In The Sun, 9.00pm, Virgin Media One

This documentary meets British women of all ages and backgrounds whose holiday romances endured long after they came home to the UK.

Anne, Dawn and Jean all found love on the Greek island of Symi, while Maddison, Fleur and Ruth fell for men they met in Turkey, and 70-year-old Dorothy married a 21-year-old Tunisian man.

The Great British Bake Off, 8.10pm, RTÉ 2

Here's an opportunity to get floured-up if you missed this on Channel 4.

Twelve contestants begin the battle to be named Britain's best amateur baker by judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, who have created 30 new tasks to test their baking skills and creativity.

Peter Sellers: A State of Comic Ecstasy, 12.30am, BBC Two

If you missed this a few weeks ago, and have any interest in finding out who the real Peter Sellers wasn’t, here you go.

The comedy pioneer behind the Goon Show, Dr Strangelove and the Pink Panther franchise is explored in depth in this film surveying his meteoric rise to fame and troubled personal life.

Daytime Film Choices

Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House, 3.00pm, BBC Two

BBC 2 have been showing some superb films in this slot - and here’s another, a Cary Grant-starring comedy from 1948.

A family forced to quit their expensive New York apartment court disaster as they try to fulfil their dream of owning their own house in the country.

A sharp estate agent sells them an ancient dilapidated place in Connecticut, which horrified surveyors insist is only fit for demolition.

The Man from Laramie, 4.50pm, Film4

Anthony Mann's classic Western, starring James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp and Cathy O’Donnell.

A cavalry officer determines to avenge the death of his brother, but rather than target the Apaches who killed him, he vows to go after the gang who supplied them with their weapons - leading to conflict with the sadistic son of an elderly rancher.

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Murder at the Gallop, 2.30pm, TCM

One of the best Marple movies, starring Margaret Rutherford, Flora Robson, Robert Morley, Stringer Davis and Charles Tingwell.

Miss Marple focuses her powers of deduction on the case of an elderly and wealthy recluse apparently frightened to death by a cat.

But the inquisitive spinster's suspicions are aroused when she learns four of the dead man's relatives stand to benefit from his demise.

Prime Time Movie Picks

Beast, 9.00pm, Film4

Writer-director Michael Pearce's psychological thriller, starring Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn and Geraldine James. Haven’t seen it, but it looks very promising.

Moll Huntingdon works as a Jersey tour guide and lives with her parents, under the strict rules of her controlling mother Hilary.

One day she's saved from a sexual assault on the deserted beach by a stranger with a gun.

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Superbad, 9.00pm, Comedy Central

Enjoyable coming-of-age comedy, starring Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

Two teenage friends are on the brink of going to different colleges, so decide to mark the event by going to a party where they hope to lose their virginity.

But they promised to supply the booze for the event, a task that proves much harder than expected because they are under age.

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LA Story, 9.00pm, Sky Comedy

Romantic comedy centred on the City of Angels, written by and starring Steve Martin, with Victoria Tennant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Richard E Grant, Marilu Henner and Patrick Stewart.

A naive weatherman with little experience of women falls for a writer, but the only reliable advice he can find on how to handle the relationship comes from an unexpected source - a motorway billboard.

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Late Late Flick Picks

The Imposter, 10.05pm, Channel 4

Bafta-winning documentary about Nicholas Barclay, a 13-year-old boy who went missing, and the man who claimed to be the youngster years later, having apparently escaped being held captive.

His radically different appearance and personality raised suspicion, but the child's family accepted him unquestioningly.

Featuring contributions from the people involved in the case and filmed re-enactments of key events.

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Kill Bill Vol 2, 10.00pm, Syfy

Quentin Tarantino's sequel to his 'gory story', starring Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah and Michael Madsen.

Hitwoman the Bride continues her relentless quest to exact revenge on the group responsible for trying to kill her.

Two more of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad stand in her way before she can face-off against her mysterious mentor, Bill.

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Fear Is the Key, 11.20pm, Talking Pictures TV

This is a passable 1972 thriller based on an Alistair MacLean novel of the same name, starring Barry Newman and Ben Kingsley, about a man who gets caught up in international terrorism while avenging the death of his wife and child.

By the time this is over, you'll have few problems getting to sleep.

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