TV tonight: paranormal panic as Ghosts returns to its haunting ways


Ghosts. Photograph: Steven Peskett/BBC/Monumental Television

Ghosts. Photograph: Steven Peskett/BBC/Monumental Television

The inherited old house is back, and once again supernatural problems contend with structural ones. Plus: grizzly action in Yellowstone. Here’s what to watch this evening

Last modified on Mon 21 Sep 2020 01.01 EDT

8.30pm, BBC One

Welcome back to Button House, the inherited grand country pile that comes with more than just its fair share of damp and subsidence; there are a host of supernatural spirits to contend with, too. We open with Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) working towards finally making their home profitable by renting it out for events, yet when a paranormal photo of the house goes viral, they panic that its reputation might already be ruined. Perhaps the ghosts can put their own talents to use to lure in the visitors. Ammar Kalia

Yellowstone Live
8pm, Nat Geo Wild

Camera crews head into bear country for real-time overnight access in the United States’s famed national park. One minute co-presenter Chris Packham is watching a pair of beavers eat their tea, the next the action really gets going when Brutus the enormous grizzly struts into shot. The spectacle is more than worth it. Hannah Verdier

The Secret History of Writing
9pm, BBC Four

Writing is so fundamental to our society that it is hard to imagine a time before it, but this highly visual three-part series aims to do just that. Lydia Wilson takes us back 5,000 years to tell the story of humanity’s greatest invention, one that has changed the very structure of our minds. Ellen E Jones

Evil. Photograph: Elizabeth Fisher/CBS

Evil 9pm,

The Good Wife creators Michelle and Robert King take a supernatural tack in this series, focusing on a clinical psychologist (Katja Herbers) who pairs up with a priest in training, David Acosta (Luke Cage’s Mike Colter), to investigate supposed demonic possessions and miracles. All is, of course, not as it first seems. AK

Tread 9pm,
Sky Documentaries

In June 2004, the Colorado town of Granby endured a one-man blitzkrieg as aggrieved local welder Marvin Heemeyer razed properties in his own Mad Max-style armoured bulldozer. This film explores the lead-up to that bizarre event via past testimony and present-day interviews with those involved. Graeme Virtue

Toxic Air in Steam Valley
9.45pm, Vice

As part of Vice’s Earth Day programming, this film examines the town of Clairton, Pennsylvania, which is home to the US’s largest coke manufacturing plant. As resident children suffer increasingly from asthma, reporter Adam Banicki investigates whether the plant may be to blame. AK

Passengers. Photograph: Allstar/SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT


Passengers, 9pm, Film4 Awoken from suspended animation aboard a spaceship bound for a distant planet, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt), facing 90 years of loneliness, wakes up Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) to end his solitude. Morten Tyldum’s film strays into silliness, but Lawrence and Pratt make a starry couple. Paul Howlett


Indian Premier League Cricket: Sunriser Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians, 2.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event. T20 match from Dubai.

Premier League Football: Aston Villa v Sheffield United, 5pm, Sky Sports Main Event. The clash from Villa Park.

Premiership Rugby Cup: Sale Sharks v Harlequins, 7.30pm, BT Sport 1. The final from AJ Bell Stadium.

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