Sunday’s best TV: Battle of Britain: Model Squadron; Bodyguard

A cheerful new series recreates of the Battle of Britain and Jed Mercurio’s unmissable thriller continues to confound

Battle of Britain: Model Squadron.
 Battle of Britain: Model Squadron. Photograph: Channel 4

Battle of Britain: Model Squadron

8pm, Channel 4

Cutting-edge technology, bulldog spirit and, if we must, “German efficiency” are employed by British and German model aircraft pilots, dogfighting it out in the skies amid the kites and drones to recreate the Battle of Britain in this jolly new series marking the centenary of the RAF. Yes, it’s Robot Wars with Nazis. Historian James Holland looks over the aerial antics, examining the key tactics used by the Spitfires against the Messerschmitts to prevent jackboots in Whitehall. Ali Catterall

Hidden Britain By Drone: Heatwave Special

7pm, Channel 4

Tony Robinson deploys his drones on a mission to show new finds emerging from a landscape parched by one of the hottest summers on record. All over the country, hundreds of hitherto unknown historic sites have been revealed from the air. What’s next for these hidden historic gems? Mike Bradley


9pm, BBC One

Jed Mercurio’s dementedly tense thriller continues. Cracks are appearing in David’s facade – perhaps repeated exposure to trauma and explosions isn’t a sustainable lifestyle for a PTSD sufferer? In a show about the intersection between intimacy and paranoia, David’s anguished face speaks volumes. Phil Harrison

Claude: Monumental Art

9pm, BBC Four

Best known for wrapping the Pont-Neuf and the Reichstag, 83-year-old conceptual artist Christo participates in a portrait of himself and his wife Jeanne-Claude framed around the construction of his latest sculpture, The Mastaba. It’s in London’s Hyde Park until 23 September. Mike Bradley

Celebrity Ghost Hunt: Haunted Holiday

10pm, Channel 5

All this week, Rylan Clark-Neal leads a Scooby gang of credulous celebs – including Joe Swash and Simon from Blue – on a spooky Euro road trip. Can they raise some spirits by poking around various paranormal hotspots? Their quest begins in Ireland in the bowels of Wicklow Gaol. Graeme Virtue

No Activity

10.30pm, BBC Two


This dry Australian comedy, about two hopeless cops on a stakeout where nothing ever happens, began as a web series and proved so popular a second season was commissioned straight away. Enjoy a jewel of improvisation as detectives Stokes and Hendy test their radio dispatcher’s patience to the limit. Mike Bradley

Film choice

Dreamgirls 9pm, Paramount Network

 Dreamgirls. Photograph: Allstar/WARNER BROS/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar

Adapted from the 1980s Broadway show, Bill Condon’s sparkling musical follows a Motown group through the heyday of 60s soul and 70s disco. The exuberant cast includes Beyoncé as a Diana Ross-type diva, Jennifer Hudson, vying to be leader of their gang, and Eddie Murphy as soul man James Early. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Test Cricket: England v India The third day at the Oval as Joe Root’s team look for a big finish. 10am, Sky Sports Cricket
Uefa Nations League Football: Denmark v Wales The Group B4 encounter at the Aarhus Stadion. 5pm, Sky Sports Main Event
Premiership Rugby Union: Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors From the AJ Bell Stadium. 2.30pm, BT Sport 1

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