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Locked Up


10.00pm, C4

Back for a second series, this sharp, savage, and sometimes brilliantly horrifying Spanish thriller about the inmates at a women’s prison has gathered hordes of dedicated fans around the world since its triumphant launch on Walter Presents last year. It’s become Spain’s most successful small-screen export over here, and has won praise for its broad, inclusive, progressive presentation of women. Left on a cliffhanger, we last saw our heroine, the once-virtuous Macarena, accidentally strong-armed into a jailbreak. In an opener that’s shocking within moments, she, her sociopathic nemesis Zulema, and a band of other escapees are out of the clink and on the run – and in the unfamiliar and unforgiving light of day, Maca finds herself (inadvertently, again) transformed into a more merciless criminal than she imagined possible. Indulge in the whole series, available to stream on Walter Presents, straight after.

The Last Kingdom

9.00pm, BBC2

After getting a serious dressing-down from David Dawson’s King Alfred last week, series hero Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) takes more of a back seat for this episode, stubbornly refusing to get involved with the kingdom’s latest crisis as he returns home to his family.

Over the course of this series we’ve seen Uhtred mature from a slightly dim hothead into a warrior of note, but he’s still not quite humble enough to overlook this insult – so it might be up to Alfred to swallow his pride and bring him back into the fold.

Meanwhile, Princess Æthelflaed finds herself in unknown waters as she’s separated from her abusive “pig’s fart” of a husband and finds herself with a far more agreeable, if unexpected, romantic alternative. But can love blossom when hundreds of lives and Alfred’s dream of a united England lie in the balance?


9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

John Ridley’s script really comes into its own in this episode as the characters get embroiled in polemics about Marxism, Maoism and even the Quebecois separatist movement.

Having got (some) funding for their cause and a safe house to live in, there are cracks in the relationship between Jas and Marcus. She is impatient for action while he is content to write a manifesto for their cause. But while they struggle to work out what to do next for their cause, Irish copper DI Cullen (Daniel Mays) is also wrestling with his ideas of what’s right and wrong.

Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad

iPlayer (expires today)

The footballer talks movingly about being a widowed dad after his wife Rebecca died in 2015 from an aggressive form of breast cancer. He talks to other widowed dads and bereavement experts. What emerges is a must-watch film about grief and how unutterably difficult it can be. 

The Monuments Men

9.00-11.20pm, Film 4


Presented as an affectionate Second World War mission caper movie in the Dirty Dozen mould, The Monuments Men didn’t need to be a work of art, but it still proves a monumental disappointment. That its remarkable premise – a 1945 Allied “treasure hunt” for millions of paintings and sculptures stolen by the Nazis – is true proves an intractable problem for co-writers George Clooney (who also directs and stars as the avuncular team leader) and Grant Heslov, whose respectfully dry fidelity to the facts neutralises the chance of any rip-roaring entertainment. A terrific cast – John Goodman, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville – are all equally underused in superficially etched roles, while the directorial precision shown in Good Night, and Good Luck deserts Clooney here. A token romantic subplot involving family man Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett’s amorous curator fizzles to nothing, and the film plods from leadenly comic vignette (a French village dentist wielding a mallet) to jarringly serious interlude (the gruesome discovery of a barrel full of gold fillings) without ever cohering into a satisfying whole.