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9pm, ITV


Right at the very start of this, the last ever series of Broadchurch, a traumatised rape victim wondered aloud in shock and bafflement, “Who did this to me?” Tonight we find out.

In many ways the biggest question is, can Broadchurch ever heal? The scars torn into the small seaside community after the death of young Danny Latimer remain as shadows on its skin. Though wounds still run deep in Danny’s family, as we’ve watched his parents Mark and Beth Latimer be wrenched apart by his need for revenge and her need to move forward.

But will Broadchurch recover from the trauma of yet more heartbreak and suspicion? Every man at that fateful 50th birthday party has fallen under the sharp gaze of detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller (the unforgettable partnership of David Tennant and Olivia Colman). Some, though, have been examined much more closely than others…

Hunting the KGB Killers

9pm, C4


A detective hunting Russian agents who poisoned Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006 describes the moment an expert from the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston called him with test results.

“I was told ‘it’s polonium, a million times the lethal dose,” says Supt Clive Timmons. “[Litvinenko] is dead.” Though the former KGB man was clinging to life in a London hospital at the time, Timmons got the stark message. There was no hope. 

This fascinating, disturbing documentary, with contributions from the investigation team, Litvinenko’s wife Marina and son Anatoly, follows the polonium trail left in London by two Russian FSB agents. Both are believed to have acted on the direct orders of Vladimir Putin, neither has been brought to justice. 

If the Russians wish to dispute the police version of events, says Timmons, “they can happily bowl up here and have their day in court.”

Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby

9pm, BBC2


£1,000 will buy you a night in the luxurious Royal Mansour in Marrakesh. Its rates go up to £35,000 but it’s hard to imagine what you get for that. 

“It’s like Downton Abbey meets Aladdin,” says Giles Coren as he goes from a sumptuous guest riad to the underground service corridors. For the staff (who outnumber guests ten to one) it’s a never-ending round of unobtrusive plumping, primping and tidying, yet the guests never glimpse them. The staff must vanish downstairs as soon as they hear them.

The hotel looks fabulous but all this perfection and discretion means the atmosphere is weirdly sterile.

Guardians of the Galaxy

8.30pm, BBC1


Disney presents this very kid-friendly space adventure based on the Marvel comic, and, with its retro-kitsch feel, grown-ups should lap it up, too. Chris Pratt has no discernible superpower as Peter Quill, except to brilliantly wisecrack his way out of sticky situations after pilfering a mystical orb coveted by power-hungry aliens Ronan (Lee Pace) and Nebula (Karen Gillan).

Zoe Saldana plays Nebula’s adoptive sister, a green-skinned warrior determined to stop Ronan getting the orb and achieving galactic domination, and who also serves as a comic foil to the other, less principled Guardians. There’s plenty of action but this is, above all, a bright and breezy affair where a tough-talking raccoon (delightfully voiced by Bradley Cooper) threatens to steal the show.He’s the sort of fuzzy, fast-talking sidekick you’d expect to find in a Disney animation, as is walking tree Groot, who’s suitably voiced by Vin Diesel. Pratt remains the linchpin, however, straddling the line between bold and brazen in writer/director James Gunn’s fun, exciting and psychedelic vision of the galaxy.

Doctor Who




Think you spotted a reference to a Who episode of old in the brand new series? You’re in luck: all previous nine seasons of time-travelling adventures are available on Netflix to aid your Easter egg hunt.