TV tonight: a rebel history of Britain with a Portishead soundtrack

From remarkable rave-and-rituals documentary Arcadia to Torvill and Dean impersonations in the Dancing on Ice final, here’s all the best TV to tune in for


9pm, BBC Four

Paul Wright’s remarkable collage documentary uses the BFI’s collection of films of rural Britain to weave a beautiful, funny and deeply disquieting narrative that eventually amounts to an alternative national history. It’s simultaneously expressionistic and polemical, asking questions about ownership, exploitation and our vexed relationship with nature, celebrating a strain of rebel Britishness that has manifested itself in everything from folk ritual to rave culture. Portishead’s Adrian Utley and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) provide the soundtrack. Phil Harrison

Dancing on Ice: The Final

6pm, ITV

DOI is DOA – or at least is has been since Gemma Collins’s departure, which led to a ratings drop. However, the show – and indeed the online gossip columns – must go on. Each pair will perform a routine by Torvill and Dean in tonight’s final, for a chance to wow the audience with Ravel’s Boléro. Hannah J Davies

Crufts 2019: Best in Show

7pm, Channel 4

Who will be top canine champ? ... Crufts. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

It’s the finale of the world’s biggest dog show live from the Birmingham NEC, where Clare Balding will announce the overall canine champ. There is coverage of the Flyball and Agility finals, plus the annual Friends for Life competition, celebrating the relationship that owners have with their pets. Ali Catterall

Midsomer Murders

8pm, ITV

Crafty copper DCI Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) often looks as if he could murder a pint. As the 20th series of ITV’s whodunnit gets under way, he indulges his twin passions by looking into a grisly murder at a hipster brewery in a supposedly cursed abbey. The great Tony Gardner guest stars as a tetchy real ale buff. Graeme Virtue

The Heart Guy

8pm, Drama

In this double bill, Doctor from Down Under Hugh (Rodger Corser) is still helping out on his family’s chaotic farm and working as a GP in the small rural community of Whyhope. Now that his probation period has expired, however, his old life in Sydney beckons. So what’s keeping him? Ellen E Jones


9pm, Channel 4

Amid some fascinating insight into the events that led to the creation of the state of Israel, Feef decides she must quit the project when Jimmy suggests interrogating Rae using “special methods”. She and Priscilla, meanwhile, view each other with increasing suspicion. Watch out for a most unusual fight scene. David Stubbs

Film choice

The German Doctor, 11.55pm, BBC Two

The German Doctor.
Disturbing ... The German Doctor. Photograph: Photo 12/Alamy

In a remote corner of Argentina, 1960, Eva and Enzo are reopening the family hotel, where the first guest is a mysterious doctor (Alex Brendemühl) who is strangely fascinated by the genetic makeup of the couple’s 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, the papers are full of the search for skulking Nazis, in Lucía Puenzo’s disturbing drama. Paul Howlett

Today’s best live sport

Six Nations Rugby Union: Ireland v France, 2.15pm, ITV Penultimate fixture for both sides.

Premier League Football: Arsenal v Manchester United, 4.15pm, Sky Sports Main Event Top four hopefuls face off. Chelsea v Wolves airs at 2pm.

Test Cricket: New Zealand v Bangladesh, 9.55pm, Sky Sports Cricket Second Test, day four.


Phil Harrison, Hannah J Davies, Ali Catterall, Graeme Virtue, Ellen E Jones, David Stubbs and Paul Howlett

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