Today’s telly top picks with ATV Today Editor Doug Lambert.

Tuesday television treats brings us cups on ITV, darkness on BBC One, crafts with Channel 4 and leftovers on Sky Atlantic.

ITV sees the first of five afternoons of horse racing on the channel. Today’s programme is headlined by the Goodwood Cup, which is being run on the opening day of the meeting for the first time, having been promoted to Group One level. Today’s race is due off at 3.35pm. The card starts with a competitive handicap, followed by two high-class races over seven furlongs – the Vintage Stakes (2.25pm) and the Lennox Stakes (3pm).

Day two of the festival is headlined by one of the best mile races of the season – the Sussex Stakes, due off at 3.35pm. Supporting races include a handicap over the marathon distance of two and a half miles (1.50pm) and the fastest two-year-olds in the country line up for the Molecomb Stakes over 5 furlongs at 3pm. It’s Ladies Day on Thursday as the afternoon’s racing is headlined by the Group One Nassau Stakes (3.35pm).  Earlier on, the fillies are in action in the Lillie Langtry Stakes (2.25pm), before some of the top two-year-olds in the country line up in the Richmond Stakes (3pm).

Day four of the Goodwood Festival features the top sprinters in the country as they line up in the King George Stakes at 3.35pm over the flying five furlongs. Two Group Three contests open the card with the Coutts Stakes (1.50pm) for older horses and then the Thoroughbred Stakes over a mile for three-year-olds (2.25pm), before one of the most competitive handicaps of the season – the Betfred Mile – takes place at 3pm. The Stewards’ Cup (3.35pm) takes centre stage on the final day, with the Gordon Stakes – a key St Leger trial – at 3pm – and the Summer Stakes at 2.25pm.

ITV Racing is hosted by Ed Chamberlin from 1.30pm today.


BBC One brings us the final edition of In The Dark. Adapted from books by bestselling novelist Mark Billingham, this fourth episode sees Helen find herself in more danger as the investigation pulls her further into Manchester’s criminal underworld. Paranoid, vulnerable but unperturbed, she tracks down the gang responsible for the shooting – before the case throws up some shocking revelations.

And can Theo (Fisayo Akinade) cheat death as the gang continues to be hunted by a mystery gunman? The drama starts at 9pm tonight for an hour.


BBC Two tonight asks Is it safe to be Gay in the UK? Fifty years on from the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, this beeb documentary explores how safe it is to be gay in Britain today.

With homophobic hate crime on the rise, this film takes a 360 degree look at the issue, hearing from the victims, their families and the police. What makes someone attack another person because of their sexuality? How do victims deal with these unsolicited and unprovoked assaults? And what are we doing about this in Britain in 2017?

To explore this ongoing issue, the documentary visits Alex and Becky as they grapple with a looming court date while seeking justice for an unprovoked attack in the streets of Croydon. It reveals the pressure heaped on Dain and James’ relationship, a year after they were viciously attacked in Brighton. Jenny reflects on her brother who was killed in a homophobic attack in London and Connor discusses the ongoing health implications stemming from his brutal attack. The show airs from 9pm.


Channel 4 this evening bring us another edition of Craft It Yourself. This DIY series helps people explore the joy of craft, as the nation’s growing love affair with making things by hand combines with the latest home interior trends.

This episode, the second in the run, has a graphic theme as the presenters seek to inject some craft love into an uninspired bedroom. Furniture maker Robin Johnson gets a sewing lesson from Clem Green when they make a quilt. Luxury car maker Ant Anstead gets gooey making geometric candles. Scratching gets serious for Clem as she tackles the art of Sgraffitto. There’s also needlepoint and pottery. You can get creative with Channel 4 from 8pm.


Sky Atlantic airs The Leftovers at 10.10pm. In Australia, yet more people find themselves drawn to Kevin Garvey as he continues his journey toward his destiny. This time, it’s his ex-wife Laurie who finds herself making the long trip to track down Kevin.

A therapist before The Departure, her involvement with the Guilty Remnant marked the end of that life. However, she finds herself dredging up her experiences from her former profession in order to help Kevin along his path. Meanwhile, Kevin’s current partner, Nora, finds an unlikely ally in this the sixth edition of the eight part series.


Channel 5 brings us an ATV News team favourite as The Hotel Inspector Returns. Did they listen to her advice, is the place still trading? Has it got better or worse? In a new series of the ‘returns’ run of episodes Alex Polizzi takes a trip back to The Blue Inn in the West Midlands.

18 months since her last visit Alex pops back to meet hotel manager Donna who was putting in 100 hours a week to make a success of her budget hotel the first time Channel 5 viewers met her. Donna was being constantly monitored by the business owner – from Paris – while she spent more time on the front of house rather than in her office. Has things for the budget accom improved. We can all find out at 9pm.


ITV Racing begins today from 1.30pm with Ed Chamberlin
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