TV Tonight: Orange Is the New Black star leads new cop drama

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Pretty Hard Cases

9pm, Alibi

“I’m like Marie Kondo , cleaning up the streets one gang at a time.” Sam protests when fellow detective Kelly calls her “Karen” after a failed drug raid (“Only a Karen would report that”). But, realising they’re after the same bad guy, they pair up in this 13-part comedy-drama cop series – a fast-talking, low-stakes watch with easy laughs and some tender moments when focusing on their home lives. Meredith MacNeill and Orange Is the New Black’ s Adrienne C Moore star. Hollie Richardson

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

8pm, ITV

Melting hearts with Mr O’Grady tonight: a poodle with separation anxiety, a plummer terrier with extreme guarding issues, and a young, smelly bulldog with a bad case of cherry eye. HR

Inside the Factory

9pm, BBC Two

Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healey continue to be professionally amazed by industrial manufacturing in this episode focusing on Dr Martens boots. Machines clank, foremen deliver monologues and Wallace tries to play the cheeky chappy – with mixed results. “You look like a natural skiver!” he tells one woman. Her job? A leathermaking process called skiving. Alexi Duggins

Britain’s Most Expensive Houses

9pm, Channel 4

The final episode in this nosy series wraps things up with a poke around one of London’s most expensive properties – a £75m Knightsbridge home that belonged to prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn – as well as a £3.6m seaside mansion. Ah, life’s not fair. HR


10pm, BBC Two

Diane Morgan’s high-haired genius reaches new levels of silliness this week with another double episode that sees her examining fatbergs and explaining deadly curses. Last in the series (but look out for Morgan’s other comedy creation, Philomena Cunk, who returns in a new BBC series later this year). Hannah Verdier

Jimmy Carr’s I Literally Just Told You

10pm, Channel 4

Forget the cosiness of Pointless. This head-wrecking £25,000 quiz, which wraps up its initial run tonight, strives to keep its four contestants off balance so they will struggle to correctly recall details of things that have just happened. If the concept seems chaotic and a little bit cruel, zinger-king Carr has been a capable ringmaster. Graeme Virtue

Film choice
Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Reed Birney and Ann Dowd in Mass. Photograph: Sky UK/ Bleecker Street

Mass (Fran Kranz, 2021), 3.20am, Sky Cinema Premiere
Four parents meet in a room in a church to talk about an incident several years earlier, when the teenage son of one couple murdered the other pair’s son in a school shooting. Fran Kranz’s intense film is an ostensibly simple drama, theatrical in its single-setting, real-time setup, but shot in intimate closeup and red raw emotionally. Martha Plimpton and Jason Isaacs, as the victim’s mum and dad, and Ann Dowd and Reed Birney, playing the killer’s parents, give devastating performances. Running the gamut of grief, they ask hard questions – how much do you really know your children? Are you to blame for their actions? Is forgiveness possible after such trauma? – and find no easy answers. Simon Wardell

Live sport

Premier League Football: Leicester v Tottenham 7pm, BT Sport 2. From the King Power Stadium

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