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TV tonight: Our highlights for Wednesday, August 23

 Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson) with her white lightsaber in Ahsoka.
Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson) with her white lightsaber in Ahsoka.

On TV tonight, a new chapter in the Star Wars saga launches as Ahsoka premieres on Disney Plus, The Duchess & Her Magical Kingdom heads behind the scenes at Alnwick Castle with The Duchess of Northumberland, Jane Percy, Never Mind the Buzzcocks returns for another series of quizzing on Sky, Annika tackles a new caste, and Apple TV Plus sci-fi thriller Invasion returns for its second season. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV Tonight.

  • Our hand-selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include TV shows, a film, live sport and the latest trending need-to-binge-on-now box set

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  • For more information about what’s on TV tonight see our TV Guide

What's on TV tonight

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

Best TV shows on TV tonight

Star Wars: Ahsoka, Disney Plus

Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson) wields her white lightsaber
Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson) wields her white lightsaber

After scene-stealing appearances in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, ex-apprentice Jedi Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) gets her own spin-off series. And considering she first appeared in animated form in 2008, it’s not before time. Set in the aftermath of Return of the Jedi, the eight-part series follows Ahsoka as she attempts to stop the villainous Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) returning to seize power for the Empire, with the help of her allies, including weapons expert Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) and ace pilot Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). The first two episodes are available from today.

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The Duchess & Her Magical Kingdom, 9 pm, More4

Brimming with ambition, vision and can-do attitude, Jane Percy, The Duchess of Northumberland, is such a whirlwind of energy we imagine the crew for this six-part series would have had a challenge keeping up with her! This intriguing documentary has exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Alnwick Castle, inherited by the duchess in 1995 and used as a location for Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter films. It begins as she outlines her plans to construct a magical attraction for children, Lilidorei, in the extensive grounds, complete with elf houses and the world’s largest play structure. We also meet some of her staff and get a tour around the famous Poison Garden, bursting with deadly plants!

★★★★ TL 

Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 9 pm, Sky Max/Showcase/NOW

Greg Davies on the Never Mind the Buzzcocks set
Greg Davies on the Never Mind the Buzzcocks set

The anarchic pop quiz is back for another series of chaotic comic shows. Noel Fielding and Daisy May Cooper go head-to-head once more as the team captains answering the questions – if they can stop laughing long enough, that is. Jamali Maddix joins them again to float around as a panellist, and Greg Davies returns as host (his Holly Johnson-inspired dancing from the Christmas 2021 special lingers long in the memory). Tonight’s guests are McFly guitarist and The Voice Kids coach Danny Jones, The Last Leg’s Alex Brooker, who seems delighted to be involved, and the cooler-than-cool Nova Twins.

★★★ NT

Annika, 9 pm, Alibi/NOW

An entrepreneur with excellent eco credentials meets a Bond villain-esque end when he’s found drowned in the private shark tank he keeps in his basement, like any extremely normal person does. However, as Annika (Nicola Walker) and the team investigate, and she is inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson, it seems the deceased wasn’t quite the benevolent billionaire that his reputation would suggest. Meanwhile, Michael (Jamie Sives) is only notionally speaking to Annika after her conduct at the end of last week’s episode, and it’s getting in the way of their work – but, eventually, they find time to have a heart-to-heart in a pedalo, of all places…

★★★★ SP

Invasion season 2, Apple TV Plus

Shioli Kutsuna interacts with an alien being in Invasion season 2
Shioli Kutsuna interacts with an alien being in Invasion season 2

Golshifteh Farahani is back as Aneesha Malik as Invasion returns for a second series. The thrilling sci-fi show depicts an alien invasion and follows a series of characters from around the world, all trying to cope with the fallout of the shocking event. This second season is set just months after the first, with the aliens escalating their attacks and waging all-out war against the humans. But the survivors, who are still desperately looking for answers, have learnt to adapt and fight back, which leads to epic battles to secure the world’s survival. Episodes are released weekly.

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Best box set on TV tonight

Harlan Coben's Shelter, Prime Video

Episode 2 of Harlan Coben's Shelter
Episode 2 of Harlan Coben's Shelter

In Shelter, Mickey Bolitar survives the car crash that kills his father and puts his mother in hospital. While she recovers from her injuries in rehab, he goes to live with his estranged Aunt Shira (Entourage’s Constance Zimmer) in the quiet suburban town of Kasselton, New Jersey.

Struggling with his grief and trying to fit into his new surroundings,  Mickey immediately forms a connection with another new student Ashley Kent (Samantha Bugliaro).  But when she disappears before their first date, he is determined to find out what’s happened to her.

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Best film on TV tonight

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, 9 pm, ITV4

In director Sergio Leone’s best-known movie, Clint Eastwood reprises his ‘Man with No Name’ role, once again sparring with Lee Van Cleef, with Eli Wallach thrown in for an ‘ugly’ touch. Against the backdrop of the American Civil War, they’re interested only in gold, which ironically makes them almost honorable compared to the slaughter they encounter. At 93, Eastwood has begun filming what he’s said will be his final film, Juror #2.

★★★★★ NP 

Soaps

Live Sport

  • The Hundred 2023, from 2.30 pm on Sky Sports Main Event/NOW or from 2.45 pm on BBC Two

  • Athletics World Championships 2023, 8.30 am - 1 pm BBC Two, then 7 pm, BBC One

  • ITV Racing Live from York, 1.30 pm, ITV1

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Ahsoka on TV tonight.

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Happy viewing!