TV tonight: Empire returns for the first time since the Jussie Smollett saga

The hip hop saga is back after a mid-season hiatus that packed in more drama than the show itself. Plus the Horrible Histories team have a scream in Ghosts. Here’s what to watch this evening

Empire

11.20pm, 5Star

The hip-hop dynasty saga returns after a mid-season break that has packed in more twists and turns than the show itself – with cast member Jussie Smollett first claiming to be the victim of, then accused of staging, a hate crime. All charges against Smollett have since been dropped, and he remains a part of Empire at the time of writing. This first post-hiatus episode sees the Lyon family struggling with the revelation that Lucious’s rival, Kingsley, is actually his son. Gwilym Mumford

Travel Man: 48 Hours In Athens

8.30pm, Channel 4

A new series of Richard Ayoade’s whistle-stop travel guides begins with a trip with Dawn French, who would be great value no matter the setting. As it happens, they are in Athens, trying everything from a Greek salad Slush Puppie (!) to some discus and javelin training. Hannah J Davies

Not Going Out

9pm, BBC One

A new series begins with Lee, family and friends waiting to make a sponsored parachute jump to raise money for a children’s hospital ward. But, as it turns out, one parachute is missing – who will provide the best excuse to stay behind? A little comic masterpiece of cowardice that is worthy of Hancock’s Half Hour. Ali Catterall

Bleak, portentous ... Kate Beckinsale in The Widow.
Bleak, portentous ... Kate Beckinsale in The Widow. Photograph: Photos By: Coco Van Oppens Photo

The Widow

9pm, ITV

This bleak, slightly portentous drama stars Kate Beckinsale as Georgia Wells, a woman seeking the truth about her husband’s apparent death in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tonight, Georgia ventures into a volatile region with a group of aid workers, while her family begin to lose patience with her quest. Phil Harrison

Ghosts

9.30pm, BBC One

Deliriously silly new comedy from the team behind Horrible Histories, about a lineage of spectres who band together to haunt a couple turning their beloved country pile into a hotel. It has been given a rare post-watershed slot for the HH lot, but the tone here is mischievous rather than adult. GM

Film choice

His greatest incarnations of evil ... Vincent Price in Witchfinder General.
His greatest incarnation of evil ... Vincent Price in Witchfinder General. Photograph: Allstar/AIP/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar

Witchfinder General, 2.35am, Horror Channel

Vincent Price revels in one of his greatest incarnations of evil: Matthew Hopkins, the infamous witchfinder in the civil war-torn England of 1645. Filmed on location in Suffolk, Michael Reeves’s historical horror brilliantly evokes a period of chaos, despite a tiny budget. Paul Howlett

Sport choice

Swimming: Nordic Swim Tour 5pm, Eurosport 1. Day four of the Swim Open Stockholm.

Netball Superleague: 6.45pm, Sky Sports Action Coverage of an as-yet undecided top flight match.

Premier League Football: Watford v Arsenal 7pm, Sky Sports Main Event. The top four-chasing Gunners head to Vicarage Road.

Contributors

Gwilym Mumford, Hannah J Davies, Ali Catterall, Phil Harrison and Paul Howlett

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