Monday's TV Tips

Your guide to tonight's TV.

Monday's TV Tips

** New Series ** The Americans (RTE Two, 9pm)

Drama series about the activities of a Russian spy ring in 1980s America.

Tensions simmer between Philip and Elizabeth as they disagree over handling orders from the Centre.

When Elizabeth loses key intel, Philip enlists Annelise on a mission with an unexpected outcome.

Stan tries a new approach to mending his marriage with Sandra amidst learning tough news about Nina.

Big Brother (TV3, 9pm)

Highlights of the latest events in the house over the past 24 hours.

This year, the clock is ticking and housemates' past, present and future are in the hands of Big Brother.

Bad Boy Boxer: The Last Chance (BBC3, 9pm)

Lee Selby has been boxing since he was eight years old, when his father first encouraged him to step into the ring.

Twenty years later, he’s still fighting, but his progress from the social clubs of South Wales to the world stage hasn’t been easy, and he’s had to deal with loss and an attraction to drink and drugs along the way.

However, now Selby is back on track, and he’s allowed a film crew to follow him as he prepares for what could be the defining bout of his life, and a shot at becoming the featherweight champion of the world.

How to Get a Council House (C4, 9pm)

It’s been estimated that a quarter of a million people in Britain are homeless, and a rise in evictions by private landlords and government plans to extend right-to-buy schemes are predicted to put even more pressure on social housing.

This series examines the problems by following the work of council officers in the country’s most densely populated city, Portsmouth.

Among those seeking accommodation are former naval engineer Gordon, but as a single male, he’s classed as a low priority.

By law, the housing officers are also forced to turn away anyone who has made themselves intentionally homeless, but does this apply to young couple Luke and Lauren?

Luke believes their predicament is partly down to the supposed preferential treatment given to immigrants, while Romanian Vasile believes his nationality is preventing him from getting a council house.

The Met: Policing London (BBC1, 9pm)

+More than 60 percent of Met officers are recruited from outside London and Yorkshireman Tom Hebblethwaite has his work cut out finding his way around the city streets before he can graduate in front of Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe.

In east London, detective Jason Weald is nearing retirement and must call on his years of experience to get to the bottom of the tragic death of a four-month-old baby, with his team battling to keep personal and professional opinions separate as the quest to find justice in this emotional case divides the homicide unit. Last in the series.

My Mad Fat Diary (E4, 10pm)

It’s been a short, bittersweet farewell from this excellent drama as the third and final series come to an end after just three episodes.

It’s beginning to look like Rae might not have made as much progress as we hoped as she finds herself back in the same hospital where it all began – and some brutal home truths from Katie Springer (Faye Marsay) don’t do much to help.

Can Rae find her inner-strength in time to sit her A-levels? Let’s hope so, because this is one character who really deserves a happy ending.

Stop At Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story (RTE One, 10.10pm)

Documentary telling the intimate but explosive story about the man behind the greatest fraud in recent sporting history, a portrait of a man who stopped at nothing in pursuit of money, fame and success.

It reveals how Lance Armstrong duped the world with his story of a miraculous recovery from cancer to become a sporting icon and a beacon of hope for cancer sufferers around the world.

The film maps how Armstrong’s cheating and bullying became more extreme and how a few brave souls fought back, until eventually their voices were heard.

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