TV tonight: Sean Bean and Nicola Walker fight over a jacket potato | Television & radio


Sunday, 9 p.m., BBC One

It begins, like all great love stories, with a married couple fighting over a jacket potato. Emma (Nicola Walker) and Ian (Sean Bean) continue to bicker on their flight home from Spain, then silently call a truce while drooling on the couch with a takeaway. Not much happens in Stefan Golaszewski’s new four-part drama – but that’s the whole point, really. Post-holiday life resumes: a recently made redundant Ian spends his day at the leisure center and the supermarket, then their daughter brings her boyfriend for tea. The plot can be deceptively simple, but it’s brilliantly acted and delicately captures the details of everyday ups and downs, well-known interactions and small talk. Hollie Richardson


9 p.m., Sky Documentaries

What more can we say about Diana, Princess of Wales 25 years after her death? And yet, this haunting documentary from the Oscar-winning team behind Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man lets over 90 minutes of superbly curated archival footage do the talking. The shot of a “Don’t do that, Di!” badge before his royal wedding says it all. HOUR

Van der Valk

8 p.m., TVI

Marc Warren’s dark detective is reluctantly thrust into the cutthroat world of Amsterdam’s diamond trade when his latest murder case involves the heirs of a wealthy society. There’s also a heist, of sorts, as Darrell D’Silva continues to steal scenes as the pizza-loving pathologist Hendrik. Graeme Virtue

Afghanistan: going out

9 p.m., BBC 2

Last August, the United States finally withdrew its troops from Afghanistan after a 20-year war overseen by four different presidents. Barack Obama – and his attempts to repatriate American forces – is the focus of the premiere of a two-part documentary that tells the story of the last gasps of the war. HOUR

A very British method of torture

10 p.m., Channel 4

Among the current crop of colonial history films, missing from the program for many, here is one about Britain’s role in a war in Kenya against the Mau Mau – a movement fighting for independence against foreign domination — in the 1950s. Experts are using new evidence to detail a shameful regime of systemic torture. HOUR

Walter Presents: Hide and Seek

10:55 p.m., Channel 4

Channel 4’s first-ever subtitled Ukrainian offering is a familiar but compelling police procedural – two detectives with troubled pasts investigate the disappearance of a little girl. Yuliya Abdel Fattakh is particularly good as Detective Varta, another unaffected Eastern European cousin of Saga Norén from The Bridge. Ellen E. Jones

Choice of movies

120 BPM, 1h10, Movie4

120 BPM on Film4. Photo: Memento Films/Allstar

The campaigns and characters of AIDS activist group Act Up in Paris in the early 1990s make for gripping and emotional drama in Robin Campillo’s 2017 film. Amid argumentative meetings about strategy and the disruptive public actions themselves (often involving fake blood), the heartbreaking stories of the mostly HIV-positive members creep in. It’s also a sweet love story – as new boy Nathan (Arnaud Valois) falls in love with sick but angry Sean (a terribly bolshied Nahuel Pérez Biscayart). Simon Wardel

Live sports

The Hundred Cricket: Northern Superchargers v London Spirit, 1.50pm, BBC Two From Headingley. The women’s teams face off in the Hundred Women tournament at 10.30am on Sky Sports Cricket.

Premier League Football: Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur, 4pm, Sky Sports Main Event The top four prospects meet at Stamford Bridge. Preceded by Nottingham Forest v West Ham at 2 p.m.