February 26, 2021

TV tonight: Hugh Laurie’s scandalous MP takes on the press | Television & radio


9pm, BBC One

It may seem difficult to make a TV drama about a disgraced politician without slipping into a cliched reflection of real-life tabloid scandals, yet this new drama starring Hugh Laurie promises a fresh take on a timeworn story. Cabinet minister Peter Laurence (Laurie) has just won a newspaper libel case, which has cleared the way for his ascension to an office of state. But he has also made an enemy of the journalist he took to court, Charmian Pepper (Sarah Greene). She now heads to Washington to try to exonerate herself. Ammar Kalia

Hudson & Rex

7pm, Alibi

A watchable if somewhat cheesy Canadian cop show centred on the human/canine team of the title. On the evidence of this opener, Charlie Hudson (John Reardon) is less of a maverick than his alsatian Rex, who is tracking a kidnapped girl while Hudson is still checking licence plates. Phil Harrison

Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime

8pm, BBC Two

Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime.
Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime. Photograph: Ryan McNamara/BBC/Firecrest Films

Travelogue veteran Michael Palin continues his trip down memory lane, examining his finest globe-trotting adventures from his 30 years on screen. This week, we revisit his 50,000-mile trip round the Pacific Rim, from the vibrancy of Vietnam to the dangers of Colombia. AK

Enslaved With Samuel L Jackson

9pm, BBC Two

In this episode, the Diving with a Purpose team are exploring the depths of America’s Great Lakes, across which many freedom boats ferried fugitives to Canada in the hope of escaping slavery. Meanwhile, Jackson is tracing Africa’s cultural legacy through American music. Ellen E Jones

The Bridge

9pm, Channel 4

Another edition of the team-building exercise-turned-gameshow. Following their covert mission, Luke the plumber and hotel entertainer Maura must keep shtum about a huge secret, and dreamboy Zac is looking less dreamy by the minute. Meanwhile, two new arrivals enter the camp. Ali Catterall

The Twelve

11pm, Channel 4

Winner of best screenplay at TV festival Cannes Series last year, this Belgian legal drama follows the titular 12, jury members summoned to a harrowing case: a headteacher’s murder of two children, one being her own. As the media intrigue peaks, the jurors’ lives become consumed. AK

Film choice

Unbroken. Photograph: Moviestore Collection/Rex

Unbroken, 12midnight, Channel 4

The amazing life of Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) is the subject of Angelina Jolie’s biopic. A rising star of the US Olympic team in 1936, he enlisted as a pilot in the second world war and survived being shot down, spending six weeks adrift on the ocean, and suffering at the hands of his Japanese captors. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Motor Racing: Goodwood Speedweek, 2pm, ITV. Final day coverage.

Premier League Football: Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion, 2pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Followed by Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United at 4pm.

Women’s Super League Football: Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur, 2pm, BT Sport 1. Live from Meadow Park.

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