A gay couple struggle to adopt in Lost Boys & Fairies


Pick of the day: Lost Boys & Fairies

9pm, BBC One

A new three-part drama following a Welsh gay couple’s journey as they attempt to adopt a child. Singer and “performance artist extraordinaire” – he doesn’t like the term drag queen – Gabriel (Sion Daniel Young) and his partner Andy (Fra Fee) have been together for eight years, but first they must persuade their social worker, Jackie (Elizabeth Berrington), of their suitability as potential parents. As Jackie probes deeper into Gabriel’s past, it becomes clear that demons lurk there. Flashbacks to his traumatic 80s youth (rendered by debut writer Daf James with a light touch) resurface during the process. Sharon D Clarke and Maria Doyle Kennedy co-star.

Live England International Football

7pm, Channel 4

England vs Bosnia and Herzegovina (kick-off at 7.45pm). All the action from St James’ Park in Newcastle – the first of two friendlies that the Three Lions will play before their Euro 2024 campaign gets under way in Germany. They take on a team that is looking to recover from the disappointment of missing out on the Euros after losing 2-1 at home to Ukraine in a play-off.


8pm, BBC Two

It’s the start of week two for the nature snoopers as Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan bring us an update on the weekend’s wildlife action at RSPB Arne. Iolo Williams is also in Dorset, showing how rare orchids are thriving at and turtle doves returning to Martin Down. Meanwhile, Megan McCubbin peeks below the surface of Loch Lomond.

D-Day: The Unheard Tapes

9pm, BBC Two

Hundreds of thousands of Allied troops land on five beaches along the Normandy coast – as told by those who were there in interviews lip-synced by actors. American soldiers on Omaha face a bloodbath, while Royal Marine commandos encounter chaos at Sword Beach. And as night draws in on 6 June 1944, troops make it off the sand – but the threat ahead is greater.

Love Island host Maya Jama (Photo: Ian Hippolyte/ITV)

Love Island

9pm, ITV1 and ITV2

It’s back to that villa in Mallorca with Maya Jama and a fresh set of boys and girls attempting to crack on and win that £50,000 (not to mention a probably more valuable trawl of social media followers). But as this increasingly outdated and over-saturated reality show reaches its 11th year, do we care? For those that do, ITV2 has the nightly updates.

The Hospital: Life on the Line

9pm, Channel 5

A new but generically very familiar docuseries goes inside Clydebank’s NHS Golden Jubilee University National Hospital, “following staff as they mend hearts, physically and metaphorically”. The opening case involves 54-year-old Andy as he waits for a suitable donor heart to become available. But the specialist team is running out of options.

Football Cops

10pm, Channel 4

A new series follows the challenging work of officers from the UK Football Policing Unit across the 2022-23 season, as specialist officers try to root out troublemakers, keep rival fans apart and defuse tensions before they spiral out of control. In the first episode, match day brings a punch-up in a car park and pyros in the stands. And dog handlers are called in when some fans start chucking metal barriers at the police. The beautiful game, eh?

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