Hugh Jackman is The Greatest Showman, there's The Irish Film and Television Awards 2020, Hugh Laurie stars new BBC drama Roadkill, and there’s the return of Dermot Bannon's Incredible Homes . . .

Pick of the Day

The Greatest Showman, 7.00pm, Channel 4

If you want to be cheered up today, you can’t go wrong with this inspirational musical from 2017.

Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams star in this Golden-Globe-winning, toe-tapping story of the life and times of PT Barnum - showman, promoter, self-promoter, and creator of the circus.

PT Barnum (Jackman) is on a mission. Slighted at a young age by both his father and the father of the girl he will one day marry, he becomes driven by the desire to rise above his station.

Despite poverty, Charity (Williams) marries him anyway and she’s happy with their little family's situation. But the entrepreneurial spirit is by then too strong in him.

One day, as he creates a light show for his kids, the idea of the Big Top strikes him - and the rest is one of the greatest feelgood movies of recent years.

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The Zoo, 7.30pm, RTÉ One

This week’s episode focuses on Orangutan Forest, where the veterinary team is called in to investigate when Sibu the patriarch of the troop develops a mysterious lump on his back.

The Movies, 9.0pm, Sky Documentaries & NOW TV

Think back to the 1990s - it was a great time for cinema. The start of the decade began with controversial characters that dominated the cultural conversation: Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs, the Mafiosi of Goodfellas, and the ladies of Thelma and Louise.

Steven Spielberg then focused America’s attention on evil in Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. Romantic comedies become popular, directed by Nora Ephron, Amy Heckerling and Cameron Crowe, starring Meg Ryan, Sandra Bullock, and Julia Roberts.

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New or Returning Shows

The Irish Film and Television Awards 2020, 10.00pm, Virgin Media One

Deirdre O'Kane (below) hosts a star-studded line-up of Hollywood guests on the virtual IFTA Awards show, presenting the coveted IFTA prize to Award Winners live on screen.

Obviously, the pandemic will play a part, but this still remains a big night for Irish showbiz. Especially for the winners.

Roadkill, 9.00pm, BBC One

A politician about to be promoted to an office of state is rocked by revelations from his past, in this new thriller by David Hare, starring Hugh Laurie and Helen McCrory.

Peter Laurence (Laurie) is a charismatic government minister on the verge of promotion to high office. He is also celebrating a win in a newspaper libel case.

But an inmate at a women’s prison claims to have a secret about Peter’s past that could affect his future.

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Dermot Bannon's Incredible Homes, 9.30pm, RTÉ One

The architect once again packs his bags and visits some of the most jaw-dropping houses around the world. He begins his journey in Nova Scotia, Canada.

DIY SOS: The Big Build Ireland, 6.30pm, RTÉ One

Baz Ashmawy (above) and a team of volunteers embark on home renovation projects. In the opening episode, the team renovates the home of 13-year-old Amy Mulcahy in Limerick.

Catching A Serial Killer: Sam Little, 9.00pm, Sky Crime & NOW TV

Here’s the story of American serial killer Sam Little, who was convicted in 2012 of murdering three women in California between 1987 and 1989, plus another in Texas in 1994.

His crimes seem clear-cut, but as with most murderers, things are never that simple. Little was a career criminal who claims to have actually killed 93 people in 17 states and FBI crime analysts now believe all of his confessions are credible. So what is the truth? This programme looks at the evidence.

In a bid to find answers, it also examines why nearly all the victims were women, why Little always strangled his victims, and how he got away with his crimes for so long.

The Chase Celebrity Special, 9.00pm, Virgin Media One

Comedian Dane Baptiste, rugby referee Nigel Owens, presenter Anita Rani and sports broadcaster Mark Pougatch work as a team to secure a charity prize. Presented - as always - by Bradley Walsh (above).

Sky Arts Book Club Live, 7.00pm, Sky Arts & NOW TV

Each week, Andi Oliver and Elizabeth Day invite 4 members of a book club to chat about new releases, lesser-known gems, and some old classics.

Plus, the author of a featured book is also invited to answer questions from both the guests and a worldwide audience as the show will be simulcast on @ SkyTVFacebook.

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