The 5 best shows on TV tonight: Thursday, 18 February, 2021

Rachel McGrath
·4-min read
Life Stories, Rob Vs Romesh, and Death In Paradise (ITV/Sky/BBC)
Life Stories, Rob Vs Romesh, and Death In Paradise (ITV/Sky/BBC)

From the latest instalments of shows we can’t get enough of to a hard-hitting and emotional new interview, there’s a show for every mood on television tonight.

If you’re a huge fan of drag then you’re in luck as the professionals will do their thing in the most hotly-anticipated episode of Drag Race UK before two much-loved stand-up comedians do their best to emulate them over on Sky One.

Meanwhile, E4’s latest romantic reality television offering comes to an end – but will any of the couples go the distance?

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See our top picks for what to watch tonight below…

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK - BBC iPlayer, 7pm

Drag Race UK's second season has hit its mid-way point. (BBC/World of Wonder/Ray Burmiston)
Only one queen can be crowned the UK's next drag superstar. (BBC/World of Wonder/Ray Burmiston)

Thanks to the United King Dolls’ performance, *that* meltdown over H&M and the incredibly catchy Bing, Bang, Bong, last week’s Drag Race was an episode that will go down in Herstory.

We’re not even sure if it’s possible for this series to get any better at this point but we’re about to find out as it’s time for Snatch Game.

A feature of every Drag Race series, Snatch Game is essentially Blankety Blank, but with each Queen impersonating a famous figure. The episode traditionally sorts the finalists from the bunch and while some hopefuls shine, there’s usually at least one who crashes and burns. We cannot wait.

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Celebs Go Dating: The Mansion - E4, 9pm

Tom Read Wilson, Anna Williamson and Paul C Brunson from Celebs Go Dating The Mansion (C4)
Tom Read Wilson, Anna Williamson and Paul C Brunson from Celebs Go Dating The Mansion (C4)

This much-hyped series of Celebs Go Dating has proven to be a little hit and miss – and been completely overshadowed by Married At First Sight Australia. Tonight though, the celebrities’ time in the mansion comes to an end.

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The finale will include a commitment ceremony full of passionate speeches and one incredibly romantic revelation. Can any of the couples make it work in the real world though? We’ll have to wait and see.

Piers Morgan’s Life Stories - ITV, 9pm

Chris Eubank is in the hot seat this week with the former boxer discussing his career, family life and money troubles with presenter Piers Morgan.

Particular attention will be paid to his 1991 fight against Michael Watson. Eubank was victorious in the contest but after he dealt the finishing blow, Watson fell back, hit his head against the ropes and collapsed. The injuries ended his career and, now 55, he still requires medical treatment.

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Tonight, viewers will see Watson join Eubank and Morgan for part of the discussion and judging from teaser clips released by ITV, viewers are in for an emotional ride.

Death In Paradise - BBC One, 9pm

Death in Paradise - S10 - Ep8 - Marlon Pryce (TAHJ MILES), JP Hooper (TOBI BAKARE), DI Neville Parker (RALF LITTLE) - (Red Planet/Denis Guyenon)
Death in Paradise - S10 - Ep8 - Marlon Pryce (TAHJ MILES), JP Hooper (TOBI BAKARE), DI Neville Parker (RALF LITTLE) - (Red Planet/Denis Guyenon)

Meanwhile over on BBC One, the tenth(!) series of Death In Paradise comes to an end. The case appears simple at first as a man confesses to the murder of his boss but DI Neville Parker (played by Ralf Little) soon realises it's not as straight-forward as it seems.

While this finale means Death In Paradise won't be on our screens again in the near future, the BBC has already delighted fans by confirming the eleventh and twelfth series are in the works.

Rob & Romesh Vs Drag - Sky One, 10pm

For the final show of the series, Rob and Romesh will become Drag Queens.  (Sky)
For the final show of the series, Rob and Romesh will become Drag Queens. (Sky)

Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan will deliver the evening’s second dose of drag, when they get to know their female alter-egos in the Rob & Romesh Vs finale.

The duo are tutored by Drag Race alumni The Vivienne and Baga Chipz, as well as judge Michelle Visage, before facing the daunting task of taking to the stage in front of a full crowd.

Speaking to Yahoo UK earlier this month, Beckett revealed that he’s always admired “under-appreciated” drag performers. “It's the closest thing to stand-up really,” he said. “The whole point is to come out and look like it's so effortless but the reality is, it's very difficult and there are about a million things going on.”

Will the duo’s transformations win over the audience? Tune in to find out.

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