Tonight's top TV tip include the RTÉ Sport Awards 2020, a documentary about Exorcist director William Friedkin, new series Resident Alien, and the finale of The Pembrokeshire Murders . . .

Pick of the Day

RTÉ Sport Awards 2020, 10.15pm, RTÉ

Joanne Cantwell and Darragh Maloney present the show celebrating the stellar achievements of Irish sportspeople in 2020 in the face of never-before-seen challenges.

In terms of spectators, sport was decimated in 2020 - but many sporting heroes emerged or added to their lustre during a year that saw the likes of football’s European Championship and the Tokyo Olympics postponed until this summer.

At home, managers such as Brian Dowling, Dessie Farrell and Stephen Bradley (above) enjoyed a great year, while emerging talents such as Aaron Hill, Katelynn Phelan, Keane Barry, Oisin Mullin and Oisin O’Callaghan all made an impression.

The main 2020 Sportsperson of the Year award will go to one of Katie Taylor, Sam Bennett, Ciaran Kilkenny, Sanita Puspure, Colin Keane and Gearoid Hegarty.

Nominations for team of the year include Dublin's men and women gaelic footballers, Limerick's hurlers, and Shamrock Rovers.

Don't Miss

Pooch Perfect, 8.00pm, BBC One

Sheridan Smith and her canine co-host Stanley open the doors of the Pooch Parlour to the last of the 16 dog groomers.

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First they tackle a quartet of cute Pomeranians, having to achieve a perfect pom-pom ball shape using scissors only.

Then four party pooches hit the Dogwalk as a family of poodles and a Yorkshire terrier strut their stuff, having been given a makeover by the contestants.

Back, 10.00pm, Channel 4

The second season of the black comedy starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb continues.

The return of Charismatic Mike, one of Ellen's ex-lovers, gives Stephen food for thought - if this whirlwind of a man is his biological father, maybe he isn't destined to be a poor copy of Laurie after all?

Meanwhile, Geoff considers renting a JCB to exhume his late brother, and Alison's exasperation with her ageing parents leads to her getting help from an unlikely good Samaritan.

The Directors, 8.00pm, Sky Arts & NOW TV

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Coming to the fore in the New Hollywood movement of the 1970s, William Friedkin made his mark with the 1971 classic The French Connection, which won five Academy Awards including Best Director.

He would follow with perhaps his most well-known work, The Exorcist, a film regarded by many as the greatest horror film ever made, and with a production almost as dramatic as the film itself.

Friedkin continues to direct to this day, with his most recent notable project being 2011’s critically acclaimed Killer Joe, starring Matthew McConaughey.

Inside Culture with Mary Beard, 7.00pm, BBC Two

Ian Hislop (above) joins in a debate about the development of English due to texting and Twitter, which has led to a stand-off to grammar sticklers and language radicals.

Beard also talks to musician Evelyn Glennie, who is profoundly deaf and communicates using touch and vibrations.

Mary asks how life has changed for her at a time when everyone is communicating through cold, hard screens. Evelyn also presents an exclusive performance from Ely Cathedral.

How to Be Good with Money, 8.30pm, RTÉ One

Eoin McGee (below) investigates the spending habits of the Murphy family from Clondalkin in Dublin.

Rachel and James live with their two young daughters, Robyn and Willow, and Eoin presents them with a tailored plan to help them get on top of their finances.

It Always Rains on Sunday, 6.35pm, Talking Pictures TV

Here’s a superb drama from the legendary Ealing Studios. They didn’t just do comedy, y’know.

It’s a crime drama based on Arthur La Bern's novel, where John McCallum plays a convict who escapes from prison and heads for London's East End in search of his former lover (a great Googie Withers), hoping she will give him a safe hiding place.

She is now married with three children, and is torn between her loyalty to her family and her unresolved feelings for the fugitive.

The film marked a breakthrough for its portrayal of the English working class on screen, and director/co-writer Robert Hamer went on to helm the magnificent Kind Hearts and Coronets.

New or Returning Shows

Resident Alien, 9.00pm, Sky One & NOW TV

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Based on the Dark Horse comic series, Alan Tudyk (Rogue One, Firefly) is Harry Vanderspeegle - a small-town Colorado doctor who’s totally not an alien.

This sci-fi comedy follows crash-landed alien Harry as he unconvincingly poses as a human.

Things are just about going ok until he gets roped into solving a local murder, making his assimilation in his new home all the more urgent.

Damien, 9.00pm, Fox

More spooky stuff. In this drama, Bradley James stars as acclaimed war photographer Damien Thorn starts questioning his life after a strange encounter with a Syrian woman on his 30th birthday.

Moreover, people suddenly start dying around him on assignment, prompting the realisation that he is the Antichrist.

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Ending Tonight

The Pembrokeshire Murders, 9.00pm, Virgin Media One

A long-awaited forensic breakthrough gives Detective Steve Wilkins and his team the ammunition they need to finally arrest and prosecute John Cooper.

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