TV tonight: Our highlights for Saturday, September 16

 The Strictly 2023 contestants
The Strictly 2023 contestants

On TV tonight, Strictly Come Dancing brings a new set of celebs to the dance floor, Alan Carr's Picture Slam sees the comic fronting a brand new game show, plus Casualty sees Jan and Gethin head to Switzerland for an emotional final trip together. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV Tonight.

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What's on TV tonight

Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight...

Best TV shows on TV tonight

Strictly Come Dancing 2023, 6.35 pm, BBC One

The Strictly 2023 professionals
The Strictly 2023 professionals

Bring on the joy and sparkle of Saturday nights as Strictly welcomes 15 fantastic new stars to the ballroom, including Angela Rippon, Les Dennis, Casualty’s Nigel Harman and soap stars Ellie Leach (Coronation Street) and Bobby Brazier (EastEnders). Tonight’s launch pairs the celebs with their pro partners, before they all take to the floor for the first time in a fast-paced group number. There’s also music from Jessie Ware and a routine from last year’s winners Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystał, while Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman add their usual twinkly humour as hosts. Our weekends are looking fab-u-lous and we can’t wait!

★★★★★ HD

Alan Carr's Picture Slam, 5.50 pm, BBC One

Alan Carr's Picture Slam is a BBC1 quiz with a twist.
Alan Carr's Picture Slam is a BBC1 quiz with a twist.

Alan Carr has already resurrected classic game shows such as Bullseye and Take Your Pick as part of ITV1’s Epic Gameshow. But now he’s getting his comedy chops around this brand-new quiz in which every question is a picture – and every picture can win cash! Game play is simple: players are shown a selection of images on a screen and must say what they are – with quizmaster Alan asking anything from ‘Which singer is this?’ to ‘What TV series is this?’. Get them all right – that’s a Picture Slam! Easy to play at home, with funny man Alan tying it all together with his cheeky humour, this one is sure to score a slam dunk.

★★★★ VW

Casualty, from 8.20 pm, BBC One

Jan and Gethin have a picnic by the waterside in Casualty
Jan and Gethin have a picnic by the waterside in Casualty

While one episode of tonight’s double bill is set firmly in Holby, the other follows Jan and Gethin in Switzerland, as the divorced couple go on what they’re calling ‘one last adventure’. It’s a hard-hitting and emotional journey, sensitively presented and from several angles –Jan is quietly desperate for Gethin to change his mind about his end-of-life plans; Gethin reveals his anguish about what the future may hold for him; and a distraught Teddy frantically tries to get hold of his aunt and uncle. A poignant and intimate exploration of a difficult subject in expert hands with Di Botcher and Robert Pugh.

★★★★★ ER 

Best box set on TV tonight

Top Boy season 3, Netflix

Ashley Walters behind a chainlink fence in Top Boy season 3
Ashley Walters behind a chainlink fence in Top Boy season 3

Ashley Walters and Kano return as Dushane and Sully, with the action in this final series of the British gangland drama picking up shortly after Sully shot Jamie at the end of the last season, so there’s a huge fallout. Everything they’ve built comes under threat from forces outside and within their empire. Top Irish actors Barry Keoghan and Brian Gleeson join the cast as new characters Jonny and Tadgh.


Best film on TV tonight

Bumblebee, 6.45 pm, E4

In 1987, lonely Californian teenager Charlie Watson is traumatised by the death of her father and resentful of her mother Sally's relationship with new boyfriend Ronald. For her 18th-birthday she's given a yellow Volkswagen Beetle, which turns out to be the battle-scarred Autobot Bumblebee. Transformers prequel, starring Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena and Jorge Lendeborg Jr.

Live Sport

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