TV tonight: Christopher Walken revels in his first British TV lead role

The Hollywood legend makes an unexpected appearance in Stephen Merchant’s new comedy The Outlaws. Plus: Frankie Boyle returns to put the world in order. Here’s what to watch this evening

The Outlaws
9pm, BBC One

“The party don’t start till I Walken.” Never has a meme proven to be so true, with Christopher Walken’s British TV debut as a charismatic con artist in Stephen Merchant’s new comedy-drama about a group of seven supposed archetypes doing community service in Bristol. It might seem a somewhat unexpected choice, but he revels in delivering Merchant’s brand of awkward one-liners and tongue-in-cheek observations. There’s more than one star here, though: Eleanor Tomlinson flexes her funny bone as the influencer you can’t help but want to follow on Instagram. Hollie Richardson

Dispatches: Growing up Poor – Britain’s Hidden Homeless Kids
8pm, Channel 4

Going beyond one footballer’s government-shaming campaign, here’s a blood-boiling, urgent documentary that follows three young boys in Luton who are part of the 1.5 million “hidden homeless”, people living in poverty during the pandemic. With rising gas prices and the end of the universal credit uplift, it’s infuriating viewing. HR

Succession
9pm, Sky Atlantic

The Roys’ civil war wages on – with plenty of nonsensical one-liners fired – as Kendall (Jeremy Strong) attempts to win over his siblings and Logan (Brian Cox) plays family man for the public. There’s still no one to root for, except perhaps affable Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun), who seeks legal protection for himself this week. Hannah Verdier

Ben Aldridge and Pearl Mackie in The Long Call.
Ben Aldridge and Pearl Mackie in The Long Call. Photograph: ITV/JOSS BARRATT/REX/Shutterstock

The Long Call
9pm, ITV

It starts, like so many primetime detective dramas do, on a deceptively idyllic coastline (something about that sea air). Two bodies are discovered: a man peaceful in his bed; a bloodied victim discarded on the beach. The link – Matthew Venn (Ben Aldridge, also known as Fleabag’s “Arsehole Guy”) – a brooding DI with a bone structure that serves seriously good Blue Steel. Anyway, Venn’s got a grisly murder case to solve, while also semi-grieving his homophobic dad, who was part of the strict evangelical community that he needs to reckon with in order to find answers. Armchair detectives: this pacy, atmospheric Ann Cleeves story is your next four nights sorted. HR

Curb Your Enthusiasm
9pm, Sky Comedy

Last time we saw Mr David, he’d opened a pop-up coffee shop purely out of spite (how very Larry), which then burned to the ground (again, very Larry). So it’s guaranteed that season 11 will have more toenail-shrivelling bad behaviour. Plus cameos from Woody Harrelson, Lucy Liu and Tracey Ullman. Ali Catterall

Frankie Boyle’s New World Order
10pm, BBC Two

A timely return for the news revue that sees the reliably caustic Scottish standup take a verbal blowtorch to current affairs. Now filmed in his home city of Glasgow, the fifth series promises new guests and a refreshed set, but likely the same old Boyle: belligerent, barbed, brilliant. Graeme Virtue

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