Former rugby star Tommy Bowe explores Ireland's New Normal, Married at First Sight and The Twilight Zone return, Inside Cinema looks at Get Out director Jordan Peele, while Frank Skinner takes on Scotland . . .

Pick of the Day

Ireland's New Normal with Tommy Bowe, 9.00pm, Virgin Media One

The former Irish rugby star embarks on a mission to get the country's businesses and communities back on track. You'd have to wish him well in that endeavour . . .

Filmed over two months, Tommy travels throughout Ireland, meeting with businesses that were forced to adapt in order to survive in the midst of a pandemic, and communities that are going the extra mile to help those most vulnerable.

He also takes his concerns to the top by putting pressure and meets Tánaiste Leo Varadkar to find out what the coalition government is doing to support Irish businesses.

Don't Miss

Life, 9.00pm, BBC One

Last week’s opener of this Doctor Foster spin-off was hugely enjoyable. For starters, it's worth watching for yet another magnificent turn from Alison Steadman.

It’s now three weeks after the events of episode one, the neighbours try to carry on as normal, but life gets in the way. Each has a choice to make: will they stick to old ways, or will they take a step into the unknown?

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9-1-1: Lone Star, 10.00pm, Sky Witness & NOW TV

Ryan Murphy is an expert at making captivating TV shows of various hues, and this Rob Lowe-led primetime drama about a motley crew of first responders is ideal for chilling on the sofa and forgetting about the world outside.

This week’s emergencies include an accident at a grain silo and a steak eating contest, plus an unusual home intruder. Meanwhile, Judd calls out Owen’s’ preferential treatment of TK.

Also, Marjan feels ostracised at her new mosque after another rescue video goes viral. Then, Owen helps Michelle uncover new information about her sister’s disappearance.

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New or Returning Shows

Married at First Sight, 9.30pm, Channel 4

The ultimate matchmaking reality show returns for a brand-new run, as four new brave/foolhardy single people marry a complete stranger who they meet for the first time on their wedding day.

Having been selected from over 7000 applicants and after undergoing rigorous interviews and psychological tests, the four singletons put their trust in a brand-new panel of elite matchmakers to find them their perfect partner.

This new panel of experts includes two of the world's most experienced professional matchmakers: American dating guru Paul C Brunson, known as the real-life Hitch and Oprah's 'Love Doctor', and leading UK matchmaker Gen Gresset.

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Surgeons: at the Edge of Life, 9.00pm, BBC Two

The highly acclaimed series  returns to reveal more of the extraordinary and pioneering work of some of the UK's top surgeons.

In the first episode, David Jenkins, a world-leading surgeon at Royal Papworth in Cambridge, performs one of surgery's most technically demanding - and extraordinary - operations.

Called a pulmonary endarterectomy (PTE), no other hospital in the UK offers this procedure and it will take David’s patient, 54-year-old grandmother Shelly, to the very edge of life.

The Twilight Zone, 10.00pm, Sky One & NOW TV

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Master storyteller Jordan Peele presents another selection of eerie tales to linger in your mind and gently prick at your conscience in the second season of the classic anthology reboot.

In this opening tale, Jimmi Simpson (Westworld) plays Phil, a lonely bachelor who finds a meaningful human connection when he discovers a telepathic link to a stranger named Annie. Their connection quickly sparks a romance, but not everything is as it seems.

Inside Cinema, 10.00pm, BBC Four

A four-part, Black History Month special opens with a documentary from Ellen E Jones exploring the work of Jordan Peele, the TV comedian-turned-film director who captured the zeitgeist with his Oscar-winning horror Get Out.

Peele is also an executive producer on TV shows ranging from a revamped Twilight Zone (see above) to Lovecraft Country.

In this profile documentary, Inside Cinema traces Peele’s career as a comedian, film-maker and producer, in both film and television, and explores how a lifelong love for the horror genre has informed his inimitable style.

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Boswell & Johnson’s Road Trip, 9.00pm, Sky Arts & NOW TV

In 1773, the writer Samuel Johnson and his future biographer embarked on a perilous trek around Scotland, from Edinburgh through to the Highlands and Hebrides.

Over three episodes, Frank Skinner (a huge Johnson fan, apparently), and Scottish novelist Denise Mina will re-trace their steps.

Armed with the two accounts of the journey - one written by Johnson, the other by Boswell - the pair will visit the same stunning landscapes to discover what has changed, and what has stayed the same.

Muriel Spark by Ian Rankin, 10.00pm, Sky Arts & NOW TV

Muriel Spark was once the most famous female author in the world: movie studios fought over the film rights to her novels, and magazines sent limousines to collect her articles.

Yet she had a difficult relationship with fame and a turbulent relationship with her family.

Now, author of the Rebus crime novels Ian Rankin (above) explores his notes and diary entries from the PHD he once carried out on Sparks’ novels back as a student in Edinburgh, using them as a guide to explain why he believes Muriel Spark to be one of the great novelists of the 20th Century.

The Cheltenham Literature Festival 2020, 11.00pm, Sky Arts & NOW TV

More for the many bookworms out there, Sky Arts presents coverage of this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival, featuring a unique line-up of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, performers and dynamic new voices.

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