NCIS: Los Angeles (Sky1, 10pm)
With so many spin-offs making their way across the Pond to the small screen of late, it’s hard to know which ones to back. Chances are, though, if you’ve backed this NCIS by-product, you are at least looking along the right lines. Despite viewers initially being taken aback at seeing rapper LL Cool J pop up in one of the leading roles, the drama has certainly proved itself as being up there with the best. This freshman season has seen the Office of Special Projects go deep undercover and put their lives on the line to bring down their targets in various high-risk situations. But withTV bosses having just commissioned a second series, it doesn’t look like the special agents’ work is done just yet.
Wimbledon 2010 (BBC One, 5.10pm)
Strawberries and cream, unseasonable weather and much cheering on Henman Hill, just as the light begins to fail... Yes, it’s that time of year again when Sue Barker brushes down her best frock and heads for SW19. This time around, all of the nation’s hopes of finally getting a British winner of our Grand Slam tournament for the first time in 74 years rest on Andy Murray’s muscular shoulders. The Scotsman is the highest-ranked homegrown male tennis star since Perry, having held the world’s second spot for a fortnight in August last year, so it would seem fitting if he could lift the famous trophy this year.
The Royle Family (BBC2, 9pm)
Another chance to see the one-off festive edition from 2009. Jim and Barbara have received a gift from their loving children - a large sum of cash to spend however they choose. Barbara has dreams of going abroad, having only been away once before - on honeymoon to Ormskirk - while Jim has his heart set on a satellite HD box. As tension mounts between the couple, a family discussion ensues. Starring Sue Johnston and RickyTomlinson, with Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash (who also co-wrote), Jessica Hynes, Peter Martin and Ralf Little.
Chasing the Cumbrian Killer (Channel 4, 9pm)
On Wednesday June 2, just after 11am, the little quaint fishing town of Whitehaven and it’s surrounding villages, all of a sudden became a place synonymous with death and inexplicable grief. Taxi driver Derrick Bird’s gun rampage killed 12 people, left 25 injured and resulted in his own violent suicide. But what on earth goes through the mind of a man - described as gentle and caring by those who knew him - before he commits a nation to such unfathomable sorrow and uncertainty? This moving documentary traces Bird’s last steps from the time he woke up to the moment he turned the gun on himself.
FILM: Raising Helen (BBC1, 11.20pm)
(2004). A NewYork fashion designer’s life is turned upside down when she is made the legal guardian of her late sister’s three children. Comedy drama, with Kate Hudson and Helen Mirren Some of Britain’s most the topic of child’s play on their adult personas. looks at how early experiences of play affect creativity.
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