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TV Tonight: our highlights for Friday, September 10, 2021


On TV tonight, new period drama The North Water begins on BBC2 with a stellar cast including Colin Farrell, C4 are putting black stars at the centre of today’s schedules in Black to Front Day and a new comedy from the brilliant Greg Davies begins on BBC1 called The Cleaner. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight. 

  • Our hand selected recommendations for what’s on TV Tonight include three TV shows, a film, live sport and the latest trending need-to-binge-on-now box set
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What’s on TV tonight

Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight… 

Best TV shows on TV tonight

The North Water, 9.30pm, BBC2

TV tonight Colin Farrell stars

Colin Farrell stars. (Image credit: BBC)

The icy waters of the Arctic Ocean provide the backdrop to this period drama about a whaling expedition that descends into rivalry, murder and a fight for survival. Set in the late 1850s, it tells the tale of troubled army surgeon Patrick Sumner, who gets more than he bargained for when he joins a whaling ship, the Volunteer. Jack O’Connell is superb in the lead role, but Hollywood star Colin Farrell steals the show as an unapologetically evil harpooner in a dark and brooding tale from a bygone age.