Michael Smiley heads a great cast in quirky new period drama Dead Still, it's the first Results night on Strictly, there’s more Trump stuff, and it’s goodbye to the latest run of Top Gear . . .

Pick of the Day

Dead Still, 9.30pm, RTÉ One

Luther regular Michael Smiley leads a great cast in this hugely enjoyable new show set in Victorian Dublin  that’s a quirky mix of period drama, dark humour and whodunit.

He plays Brock Blennerhassett, a pioneering photographer who specialises in memorial portraiture - he creates portrait photography of the recently deceased.

Along with his niece Nancy - who wants to take to the stage - and a gravedigger with photographic ambitions, he finds himself on the radar of a Dublin detective, who senses a camera-related link between various deaths.

Here’s our interview with Michael Smiley and introduction to the show’s key characters.

And here's a trailer for the show:

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Strictly Come Dancing: The Results, 7.15pm, BBC One

Following last night’s first competitive outing for the contestants, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the first programme of the season where the two lowest-scoring couples face elimination in this year's first dance-off.

No one wants to be the first to get booted off the show, but someone's going home tonight.

As a bonus, there’s some music from singer Sam Smith (below).

New or Returning Shows

Totally Under Control, 9.00pm, BBC Two

Filmed in the USA during lockdown, this investigative documentary was made by the highly respected, Academy Award-winning factual filmmaker Alex Gibney.

Along with co-directors Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger, this documentary includes revealing testimonies from public health officials and senior White House staff, exposing a system-wide collapse.

With the US election just around the corner, the film scrutinises the US response compared with South Korea, and how they handled the virus.

American Nightmare: Trump's Breadline Kids, 10.00pm, Channel 4

Ahead of the US Presidential election - which takes this place on Tuesday - this documentary follows three children and their families in the battleground state of Ohio, where the Covid-19 pandemic has intensified their struggle to stay afloat.

As the US also reckons with issues of race and racism, the children share their worries and hopes about their futures.

Is Olc an Ghaoth, 10.30pm, TG4

When producer Niamh Fagan brought IFTA winning director Tom Sullivan and BAFTA-winning writer Kevin Toolis together to explore the notion of life and death in the time of Covid, this was the result.

Is Olc an Ghaoth is an Achill Island Gothic Triptych - three sad/funny short films that fold into each other, set on a slightly off-kilter, quirky Covid-bound island.

First up, when their dead brother Máirtín comes home from America in an enormous bronze casket during the COVID pandemic, two estranged brothers Padraig and Eamonn struggle over what to do for his wake.

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America’s Wild Border: Northern Exposure, 8.00pm, Sky Nature & NOW TV

America’s northern border with Canada encompasses a remarkable range of habitats and weather extremes, from desert to tundra, grassland to rainforest, ocean to lake.

They are home to epic migrations and a diversity of wildlife, where, for much of the route, nature’s inhabitants are only constrained by the challenges of the terrain and the changing seasons.

A Bee’s Diary, 2.00pm, Sky Nature & NOW TV

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In a beehive, tens of thousands of tiny animals work toward a common goal: the survival of the colony. But what is life like for an individual honeybee?

Told from the point of view of just two bees – a elderly winter bee who nurtures the new generation, and a young forager who grows as the colony expands – this film reveals the secrets of a bee's life from a completely new perspective.

New to Download

Resistance, Sky Cinema & NOW TV

Jesse Eisenberg, Clémence Poésy and Ed Harris star in this biopic of Marcel Marceau, the legendary mime artist and actor, who entertained millions of people all over the world.

But the Jewish-French performer’s most important role was chosen by him before he was famous: joining the French Jewish Resistance during WWII, where Marceau helped to save the lives of thousands of Jewish children.

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Ending Today

The Movies, 9.00pm, Sky Documentaries & NOW TV

In the concluding part to the twelve-part zip through the history of Hollywood film, the story moves closer to the present day.

James Cameron directs Avatar the same year that his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, becomes the first female director to take home the Oscar, for The Hurt Locker.

The superhero movie emerges as America’s favourite genre, as Christopher Nolan completely reinvents the Batman mythology and the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes form.

Brokeback Mountain breaks barriers and taboos, and Moonlight, Lady Bird and Get Out diversify the landscape of film and show that the future of filmmaking is as bright as ever.

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Top Gear, 8.00pm, BBC One

In the final show of this run of the motor show, Paddy McGuinness introduces Chris Harris and Freddie Flintoff to his latest creation: an electric, all-terrain ice cream van for the 21st century.

The petrol peeps also test the battery-powered Honda E, Vauxhall Corsa-e and Mini Electric in a race around a deserted Alton Towers.

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