Cobie Smulders stars in Stumptown, twin doctors share their experiences of Covid-19, there's mismatched cops McDonald & Dodds, while Samantha Morton and Lesley Manville go head-to-head in Harlots . . .

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Stumptown, 9.30pm, RTÉ2

Former How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders is great in this amiable and very watchable crime series (think: female Rockford Files) that's already been running on UK satellite channel Alibi for a while.

She stars as Dex Parios, a sharp-witted army vet with a complicated love life, gambling debt and a brother to take care of. Her skills make her a great PI, but her style lands her in the firing line.

In the first episode, Dex takes on her first informal private investigation case for the mother of her dead ex-fiance.

Episode two sees Dex and Grey's history unfolds, while Dex is hired by a wealthy man to search for a woman whom he recently met.

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Surviving the Virus: My Brother & Me, 9.00pm, BBC One

Twin brothers Chris and Xand van Tulleken, both doctors, share their personal and professional experiences of Covid-19.

Chris is an infectious diseases doctor at the world-leading UCL Hospital in London. During lockdown he was asked to return to work on the wards for the first time in ten years. His wife Dinah is seven months pregnant with their second child.

Chris’s twin brother, Xand, is a specialist in public health. He contracted Covid-19 in March, and it left him tired and sluggish. He has also developed an irregular heartbeat, which he suspects is part of the aftermath of his Covid infection.

New or Returning Shows

Harlots, 9.00pm, BBC Two

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Previously shown on ITV2 (and seen by next to no one), this period drama is well worth a look, and stars the likes of Samantha Morton and Lesley Manville.

Set in 18th century Georgian London, Harlots follows brothel owner Margaret Wells (Morton) and her family as they battle to climb the social ladder. But, her business is under attack from rival madam Lydia Quigley (Manville).

When an old friend arrives in town, Margaret's hopes for the Soho move rest on whether she can tempt him to invest, while Justice Cunliffe makes Lydia an intriguing offer and Emily adjusts to the constraints of life in the Quigley household.

Lose a Stone in 21 Days with Michael Mosley, 9.00pm, Channel 4

Doctor and dietician Michael Mosley (below) puts five volunteers on a low-calorie diet to help get their health back on track in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown.

In the first episode, he runs a series of tests to find out just how badly lockdown has affected his volunteers' health, before creating a bespoke diet plan for the 21 days.

He also tests misconceptions of what a healthy BMI looks like, and explores the cutting-edge research which indicates ties between BMI and survivability from Covid-19.

Shark Ganglands, 8.00pm, Smithsonian

Here’s a documentary about the sharks that inhabit the waters around Ascension Island, a British territory halfway between Africa and Brazil.

They used to stay offshore, but something has recently caused them to move in and attack humans.

War Factories, 8.00pm, Yesterday

The story of the discovery and exploitation of the Baku Oilfields in the Russian Caucasus, which forced Stalin and Hitler to face-off in the battle of Stalingrad.

McDonald & Dodds, 10.00pm, Virgin Media One

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This looks really entertaining.

Jason Watkins and Tala Gouveia star as the detectives in this mystery drama set in Bath, where the wildly ambitious DCI McDonald finds herself paired with the shy and modest DS Dodds.

Their first case sees the pair looking into the shooting of a homeless man in the deserted mansion of local industrialist Max Crockett.

The Crocketts appear to be a close-knit group but it soon becomes clear they have secrets to hide., with a guest appearance from Robert Lindsay.

Reverie, 9.00pm, SyFy

This US sci-fi series has been favourably compared with Black Mirror, but failed to enjoy enough support to avoid lasting just a single season.

Sarah Shahi stars as former hostage negotiator Mara Kint, who is approached by her former boss Charlie Ventana (Dennis Haysbert) with a fascinating job offer.

His employer, Onira-Tech, has developed a sophisticated virtual reality simulator called Reverie, capable of recreating anyone's deepest desires or memories.

A number of people testing the system have become addicted to it, causing them to fall into comas as their minds slowly become trapped within Reverie.

Based on Mara's experience, Charlie asks her to enter Reverie and convince those afflicted to voluntarily return to the real world.

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World's Most Wanted, Netflix

Heinous criminals have avoided capture despite massive rewards and global investigations. This docuseries profiles five of the world’s most wanted.

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Anelka: Misunderstood, Netflix

Despite a having a career of almost 20 years at football’s highest level, Nicolas Anelka is still hard to define.

For seven years, Franck Nataf has followed him in his day-to-day life., creating a documentary that lifts the veil on a controversial sporting personality.

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