'The Long Call' and 'Guilt': The 5 best things on TV on Thursday, 28 October

·TV Reporter
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'The Long Call' and 'Guilt' both feature in Thursday's dramas. (ITV/BBC)
'The Long Call' and 'Guilt' both feature in Thursday's dramas. (ITV/BBC)

Drama takes centre stage in Thursday's schedules, with ITV's Ann Cleeves adaptation The Long Call concluding its week at ITV.

Over on BBC Two, Guilt picks up pace as it heads towards its series end, while Mark Strong is back for a second series of Temple on Sky.

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Autumnwatch reveals the surprising shark-infested waters of Scotland on BBC Two, while the hunt for Britain's Best Woodworker continues on Channel 4 with a dolls' house challenge.

The best TV to watch tonight, Thursday 28 October, 2021

Guilt - BBC Two - 9pm

Programme Name: Guilt series 2 - TX: n/a - Episode: Guilt Series 2 - Generics (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  Max (MARK BONNAR) - (C) BBC Scotland - Photographer: Alex Telfer
Mark Bonnar stars in 'Guilt'. (BBC Scotland/Alex Telfer)

Mark Bonnar continues his stint as disbarred Scottish lawyer Max McCall in Guilt, which is already heading towards its series end.

Tonight, Max and Erin's relationship is growing more complicated, while Roy and Sandy, who've spent their lives mixed up in trouble, start to address their difficult history.

The Long Call - ITV - 9pm

Ben Aldridge stars in 'The Long Call'. (ITV)
Ben Aldridge concludes 'The Long Call'. (ITV)

The Ann Cleeves adaptation has been stripped across the week at ITV, and tonight sees the conclusion of the series starring Ben Aldridge and Pearl Mackie.

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A breakthrough in the murder case finally leads them towards the killer, and DI Venn finds the crimes of the past are exposed as he struggles with his history in the Brethren.

Temple - Sky - 9pm

Mark Strong returns for a second season of the drama about a surgeon who sets up an unorthodox underground clinic to treat criminals in the hope of saving his dying wife.

As the new series opens, Daniel (Strong) wants to forget all about the surgical bunker and go back to his family, but finds his past impossible to shrug off - and he's not the only character hiding secrets.

Autumnwatch - BBC Two - 8pm

Programme Name: Autumnwatch 2021 - TX: n/a - Episode: Autumnwatch 2021 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Gillian Burke - (C) BBC - Photographer: Pete Dadds
The Autumnwatch team check out shark-infested waters. (BBC/Pete Dadds)

The new season nature round-up continues in Norfolk with Chris Packham presenting the always-popular animal nightcam segment.

We can also expect to see red squirrels, migrating birds, and the shark-infested waters of Scotland.

Handmade: Britain's Best Woodworker - Channel 4 - 8pm

Mel Giedroyc hosts the crafts challenge. (Channel 4)
Mel Giedroyc hosts the crafts challenge. (Channel 4)

If you missed the launch of the new contest last week, in a nutshell it's Bake Off for joiners.

Tonight's challenge is particularly watchable as the woodworkers set about creating collectible dolls' houses with some incredibly intricate details.

Watch: The Long Call sneak peek

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