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Our House

9pm, ITV

Another psychological drama in which an enviably well-designed family house eerily seems to take on a life of its own and cause trouble (see also: The Girl Before and Finding Alice). Something is afoot from the off in this four-parter, peppered across the week, as Fi (a perplexed Tuppence Middleton) returns home to find a new family has moved in without her knowledge. What has happened? And why can’t she get hold of her estranged husband, Bram (a slippery Martin Compston)? Cue flashbacks to when they first moved into their dream home, started a family and dealt with Bram’s affair. It’s silly, juicy and guiltily good – with an attention-grabbing opening-episode cliffhanger. Hollie Richardson

The Real Peaky Blinders

9pm, BBC Two

Some worthwhile history to go with the drama as Prof Carl Chinn – who has a distant family connection to the gang – explores the stories of the real-life Tommy Shelbys. Turns out the real Peakies were deeply unpleasant bullies and most of their activities lacked even a smidgeon of outlaw glamour. Who knew? Phil Harrison

Panorama: Manchester Arena Bombing – Saffie’s Story

8pm, BBC One

The story of eight-year-old Saffie-Rose Roussos, who went to the 2017 Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena with her mother and sister, is not an easy one to hear. She was the youngest victim of the bombing and a report suggested she might have survived if she had received better first aid at the scene. Panorama investigates her and her parents’ story. Hannah Verdier

Katie Price: What Harvey Did Next

9pm, BBC One

Following on from last year’s intimate documentary Harvey and Me, which explored Price’s relationship with her teenage son Harvey – who lives with a range of complex medical and behavioural conditions including autism – this unfiltered, one-hour film catches up with them as Harvey prepares to leave home for the first time. HR

Life and Death in the Warehouse

9pm, BBC Three

Continuing BBC Three’s tradition of using fact-based drama to illuminate urgent social issues, this one-off is set in a distribution warehouse where the young employees are closely monitored to ensure maximum efficiency. A trainee manager (Aimee-Ffion Edwards) pushes her pregnant friend (Poppy Lee Friar) to work without respite. Jack Seale

Starstruck

10pm, BBC Three

It’s Valentine’s Day and, predictably, things don’t run too smoothly for our new couple. Jessie’s ex-boyfriend is sniffing around again, while Tom is offered a role that requires him to work away for a while. Worst of all, though, is when Tom calls Jessie “kooky” and “quirky”. HR

Film choice

Kristine Kujath Thorp in Ninjababy.
Kristine Kujath Thorp in Ninjababy. Photograph: PR

Ninjababy (Yngvild Sve Flikke, 2021), 12.10am, Film4
This film offers a comic, creative take on the potentially fraught story of a young woman who becomes pregnant but is far from the maternal type. Kristine Kujath Thorp’s Oslo-based Rakel is a would-be comic artist, so when she discovers she is six months gone already, she conjures up the foetus as an animated “sneaky ninjababy” – one who illuminates her thoughts and feelings through quirky if challenging asides. But Yngvild Sve Flikke’s drama does have a darker side, too, as the disorganised, fearful Rakel deals with the dread prospect of motherhood. Simon Wardell

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