Irish duo Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly lead the cast in new HBO show The Nevers, there's the latest BBC drama The Pact, The Doireann Project returns, and Wellington Paranormal starts its second season . . .

Pick of the Day

The Nevers, 10.10pm, Sky Atlantic & NOW TV

Here’s a new fantasy/period drama mash-up that stars Irish actresses Laura Donnelly (Outlander) and Ann Skelly (Death and Nightingales) in the leading roles of Amalia True and Penance Adair.

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As the story begins, Victorian London is rocked to its foundations by a supernatural event which gives some people - mostly women - abnormal abilities which out them in grave danger.

Mysterious widow Amalia True and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair join forces to protect and shelter the gifted - and face the brutal forces determined to annihilate their kind.

In the opening episode, police inspector Frank Mundi (Ben Chaplin) investigates a string of murders at the hands of a highly dangerous serial killer named Maladie (Amy Manson).

Here’s our interview with Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly.

Don’t Miss

Motherland, 9.00pm, BBC Two

The mums and dad join the merry-go-round of secondary school open days as they face the choice of where to send their children.

Anna Maxwell Martin’s perm-stressed Julia is panicking about which catchment area she lives in and is even considering a fake religious conversion as a way to beat the system.

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As Kevin's divorce progresses, Liz helps him navigate the shark-infested world of lawyers, and makes a worrying discovery about her own situation along the way, while Amanda struggles with playing second fiddle to Meg's illness.

Dr Cassidy’s Casebook, 9.35pm, RTÉ One

Former State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy (below) continues to reflect on the issues and cases which shaped her career in Ireland.

This week she looks at cases that reflect unique aspects of Irish culture or behaviour that Dr Cassidy could notice as an outsider, for example familicide and the social and mental health issues involved.

She also recalls cases that put her in conflict with the old, male-centred way of doing things.

Mare of Easttown, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic & NOW TV

We’re up to episode five of this superb drama starring Kate Winslet as a cop trying to solve a murder and keep her sanity in a rusty US town. It’s like a transatlantic Happy Valley, really.

As she continues her mandated therapy, Winslet’s Mare opens up about her family's history with mental health.

Meanwhile, Lori tries to get to the bottom of her son's outburst at school, and Mare meets with a semi-retired source to help find a possible connection to her three cases.

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New or Returning Shows

The Pact, 9.00pm, BBC One

Starring Laura Fraser, Eiry Thomas, Heledd Gwynn and Julie Hesmondhalgh, this is the latest Welsh drama, following in the wake of Keeping Faith.

When a young brewery boss is found dead, a chain of events is triggered that draws four of his employees into a fragile pact of silence that will change their lives for ever.

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Anna and her friends Nancy, Louie and Cat work at the brewery under young boss Jack Evans, whose bullying, spite and manipulation has taken its toll.

After too many drinks at a work function, the women make a snap decision to bundle Jack into a car and dump him in the woods as a prank - but soon after, Jack is found dead.

Wellington Paranormal, 9.00pm, Sky Comedy & NOW TV

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The New Zealand mockumentary - a spin-off of the film What We Do in the Shadows – starts its second season, with the local police in Wellington still on the hunt for things that go bump in the night.

Dynamic cop duo Minogue and O'Leary head for the ocean when ten anglers disappear from around Wellington Harbour in mysterious circumstances.

Catching Paedophiles: Crime and Punishment, 9.00pm, Channel 4

Here’s a documentary exploring the challenges of investigating and prosecuting child sexual abuse in Britain, and how to manage predators when they've been caught.

Detective Claire Lyons, who works for Hampshire Constabulary's Internet Child Abuse Team, has to prove that her suspicions are right about a man who has been uploading indecent images of children.

In doing so, she also risks making any mistakes that would lead to the suspect walking free and being able to offend again.

Classic British Cars: Made in Coventry, 9.00pm, BBC Four

To celebrate the award of UK City of Culture 2021 to Coventry, local boy Mark Evans tells the full history of the classic cars made in Coventry.

This passionate retrospective runs from the industry's beginnings in 1897 through to the present day and includes interviews and archive footage detailing the stories behind the likes of Daimler (above), Triumph, Riley and Jaguar, and the companies and people behind them.

Secrets of the Viking Stone, 10.00pm, Sky History & NOW TV

Fargo actor Peter Stormare (he played Gaear Grimsrud in the movie) and undisputed history fanatic Elroy Balgaard set out on a journey to the solve the enduring mystery surrounding the Kensington Runestone.

It’s an artefact that if found, could rewrite the history of North America.

Meeting with scholars, sceptics and sensationalists, Stormare and Balgaard take us on a personal journey in their quest for the elusive 202-pound slab.

New to Stream

The Doireann Project, RTÉ Player

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Doireann Garrihy is back to once more impersonate a host of Irish characters, celebrities and influencers.

Season 3 of the RTÉ Player original will see the return of favourites such as SoSueMe, Daithi and Maura, and School Gate Mam but will also welcome a new character - the one and only Maura Higgins.

In the opening episode, Maura clashes with the director of her perfume ad over her French accent.

SoSueMe is busy preparing for a meeting with American investors from America about her new line of baby makeup and skincare.

And due to the need for homeschooling School Gate Mam is learning to adjust to life at the virtual school gate.

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