Tonight's top TV tips include a documentary about two friends who married for practical purposes, Claire Byrne Live comes from Dublin’s Mater Hospital, the return of Pulling with My Parents, while Keeley Hawes stars in factual drama Honour . . .

Pick of the Day

Let the Rest of the World Go By, 9.35pm, RTÉ One

Here’s the intimate story of an elderly gentleman in failing health who wanted nothing more than to love and be loved, even if that meant marrying his male best friend to comply with revenue guidelines.

Approaching his 80s and in failing health, Matt Murphy is alone in the world with his many keepsakes and personal items in his modest home in Dublin’s Stoneybatter.

Circumstances bring him and his old pal Michael O’Sullivan back into contact and a reciprocal arrangement develops between them.

Matt promises his house to Michael on his death for all his help and companionship but there is a catch: inheritance tax.

A casual remark from a friend is followed by a course of action which puts their lives in a spin for many months. Matt proposes to Michael which he duly accepts.

Apart from the main themes of love, trust, friendship and inheritance this story reverberates beyond this specific narrative with wider implications for an ageing population, care-giving and a deeper meaning to the vow 'until death do us part'.

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Don't Miss

Claire Byrne Live, 10.35pm, RTÉ One

This show came in for a lot of criticism on social media after announcing that it would be broadcasting live from outside Dublin's Mater Hospital tonight.

Should be interesting to see how it goes down with viewers. Given the stark reality of the situation we're now facing, it certainly won't make for an easy watch.

As the coronavirus crisis worsens across the island of Ireland, Claire Byrne will hear from doctors, nurses, porters and other people working on the Covid frontline.

New or Returning Shows

Pulling with My Parents, 9.35pm, RTÉ2

The return of the programme in which young single people allow their parents complete access to their dating apps and let them make changes to their profiles.

31-year-old tattoo fanatic, Rob from Limerick, hasn’t been able to make a permanent love-match so he’s letting mum Emily take control of his Tinder and she’s shocked by the messages he’s been sending.

Then there’s 26-year-old Katie from Balbriggan in county Dublin. She has spent years falling for bad boys, can dad Paddy and Sister Yvonne find her someone better?

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Honour, 9.00pm, Virgin Media One

Keeley Hawes stars in this factual drama that focuses on the real-life 'honour killing’ of Banaz Mahmod, a 20-year-old Iraqi Kurdish woman who was murdered on the orders of her family after she left an abusive marriage for another man.

The two-part drama will focus on the police investigation, and the revelations about police failings in the run-up to Banaz’s death in 2006.

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Death in Bollywood, 9.00pm, BBC Two

This is a three-part documentary following the British family of actress Jiah Khan in a search for the truth about her death in Mumbai in 2013.

Khan was a young actor who’d starred in a number of Bollywood films, before being found dead in her Mumbai flat. Police concluded her death was suicide, but her family believe the truth has not yet surfaced.

Jiah’s mother Rabia hires a private forensic investigator, who raises questions about the forensic evidence. She is determined to fight on for what she sees as justice for her daughter.

Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema, 9.00pm, BBC Four

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The always entertaining and informative Mark Kermode returns with a third run of his series in which he explores the conventions that underpin favourite movies.

In a revealing look at one of the defining genres of British cinema - comedy - he argues that such films win laughs by tapping into abiding preoccupations.

He maintains that people love to root for the underdog or 'little man', a key figure who appears in countless guises.

Junior Bake Off, 5.00pm, Channel 4

16 talented junior bakers enter the iconic white tent and compete in the most challenging and exciting contest to date.

Host Harry Hill brings warmth and humour, as Liam Charles and a new judge - professional pastry chef Ravneet Gill - take on the tough task of finding Britain's best junior baker.

999: What’s Your Emergency? 9.00pm, Channel 4

Filmed with South Yorkshire Police as Covid begins to take hold, 999 heads to the front line and examines the role the police play in testing times.

This episode reveals the reality of living in what's described as 'the age of fear'. Nine out of ten people are as worried, or more so, about being the victim of criminal behaviour than a year ago.

One in five fear becoming a victim of crime in their own homes.

New to Download

CRACK: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy, Netflix

A cheap, powerful drug emerges during a recession, igniting a moral panic that was fuelled by racism. Explore the complex history of crack in the 1980s.

Funny how something called 'crack' is absolutely no craic at all.

American Gods, Amazon Prime

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In Season Three, Shadow angrily pushes his apparent destiny away, and settles in the idyllic snowy town of Lakeside, Wisconsin - to make his own path, guided by the gods of his black ancestors, the Orishas.

But he’ll soon discover that this town's still waters run deep, and dark, and bloody, and that you don’t get to simply reject being a god. The only choice is what kind of god you’re going to be.

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