Tonight's top telly includes new drama Smother, starring Dervla Kirwan, the return of Creedon's Atlas of Ireland, Bloodlands, All Creatures Great and Small and the finale of The Great . . .

Pick of the Day

Smother, 9.30pm, RTÉ One

Dervla Kirwan, Niamh Walsh and Seána Kerslake star in this new drama, written by Kate O’Riordan, whose CV includes Mr Selfridge and The Bay.

When Val Ahern’s husband Denis is found dead at a foot of a cliff close to their home the morning after a family party, she begins to question the truth behind his relationships with his nearest and dearest  in order to find out who might have been responsible for his brutal, shocking death.

The deeper she delves into her family’s secrets the more she realises how her late husband’s manipulative behaviour had a deep effect on each member of the family and those they love.

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All Creatures Great and Small, 7.30pm, RTÉ One

Last week’s opener set this latest adaptation of James Herriot’s books about being a vet in Yorkshire off to a great start. It’s ideal Sunday evening viewing.

Just when James is settling into life in the Dales, Siegfried’s younger brother Tristan arrives bringing his own unique brand of chaos to Skeldale House.

Recently returned from Edinburgh Veterinary college Tristan announces he’s just passed his final exams. Siegfried is delighted and instructs James to take Tristan on his rounds to put his theory into practice.

James obliges but starts to feel threatened by the new arrival when Tristan goes out of his way to impress his brother.

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Attenborough's Life in Colour, 7.00pm, BBC One

David Attenborough reveals the extraordinary ways that some animals use colour to hide and disappear into the background.

The Bengal tigers of central India use their striped patterns to dazzle colour blind prey, while zebras on the Masai Mara use motion dazzle to confuse predators.

Other animals use colour to trick and to deceive. On Australia's Great Barrier Reef, a blue-striped blenny uses colours to mimic other fish and launch a sudden attack.

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Bloodlands, 9.00pm, BBC One

Last week’s episode ended on a bit of game-changing moment, so it’ll be interesting to see where this drama leads.

Tonight, Tom and Niamh launch a manhunt for Adam Corry, who has disappeared in mysterious circumstances.

Tori Matthews agrees to help Tom in the quest to identify the notorious assassin Goliath, who appears to be at large once again.

As pressure builds on the police, Tom must confront the possibility Goliath may be one of his fellow officers.

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New or Returning Shows

Creedon's Atlas of Ireland, 6.30pm, RTÉ One

John Creedon returns to explore more of the true meanings behind Irish place names, beginning by investigating how the country came to be called Ireland.

Also: actor and comedian Ardal O’Hanlon joins John in Cork at the site of the moving statue in Ballinspittle to uncover the true meaning behind the place name and to reflect on their own visits there in 1985.

John also meets Professor Luke O Neill who tests the water in some local holy wells to find out if indeed they do have healing properties.

John Creedon with Ardal O' Hanlon, Luke O Neill and Jerome Lordan

Winston Churchill’s War, 9.00pm, Sky History & NOW TV

This documentary hears from a range of experts to unravel Winston Churchill’s astonishing trajectory.

To unpack some of the defining moments in his life and career, it delves into the archives to revisit his writings and speeches and take a look at the relationships he held with those around him.

With astonishing access to his own words and those of his contemporaries, it’s the story of how a man, matched to a moment in history, becomes a giant.

Funny Festival Live, 10.15pm, BBC Two

This brand new series features stand-up performances by established and up-and-coming comedians, recorded in front of a live virtual audience over three nights at a Covid-safe venue in south London.

Africa’s Wild Year, 8.00pm, Sky Nature & NOW TV

In Southern Africa, winter brings drought, ice and storms.

As the days become shorter, the animals here must compete with the merciless weather, the changing landscape and with each other.

In the depths of winter, the season tests the animal kingdom to its limits - but for those who know where to look, winter offers hope.

Amsterdam Vice, 11.00pm, Channel 4

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More subtitled fun and games from the Walter Presents stable - this time a Dutch crime drama set in 1980s Amsterdam.

An idealistic detective from a small village is assigned to work with a streetwise veteran of the city's underworld.

When a dead body is discovered in the course of a failed arrest, the mismatched pair find themselves uncovering a conspiracy.

Ending Tonight

The Great, 9.00pm, Channel 4

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This quirky and playful period dramedy, starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, has been quite a hoot. And while it’s ending tonight, there’s every chance of a second season. 'Huzzah!’

As the finale begins, Catherine moves forward with the coup, and realises the only chance for a greater Russia is to fight, no matter what the sacrifices might be.

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