Monday’s best TV: Behind Closed Doors; The X-Files; The Art of Scandinavia

Watching TV

There’s a harrowing but unforgettable look at domestic violence, Scully has a final case to clear up when a virus is unleashed on the US and there’s a fascinating introduction to the world of Edvard Munch

The Queen’s 90th Birthday: A Service of Celebration for Commonwealth Day
2.45pm, BBC1

The Queen doesn’t actually turn 90 until April and her birthday isn’t officially celebrated until June. It is, however, Commonwealth Day today. Mishal Husain presents the service from Westminster Abbey, which includes music from Ellie Goulding and an address by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will attend, as will representatives of the Commonwealth’s 52 other member states. Andrew Mueller

Behind Closed Doors
9pm, BBC1

An unforgettable film about domestic violence, following three women who have not only found the strength to testify against the partners who attacked them, but have agreed to let cameras in on the whole terrifying process, up to and beyond trial. It captures the unshakeable fear that the abuser will one day crash through the front door again (questions are raised about sentencing and bail conditions), and the complex emotions that tempt some victims to give the men they loved another chance. Jack Seale

The X-Files
9pm, Channel 5

Final episode – for now – of the unexpected but not unwelcome resumption of Mulder and Scully’s spooky workload. After four standalone cases of variable quality, the plot circles back to Tad O’Malley, the pushy Truth Squad TV host who was responsible for bringing the duo back together. Apparently in response to O’Malley’s fervent whistleblowing, a mysterious virus has been unleashed across the US. With Mulder off the grid, it’s up to Scully and her sceptical Mini-Me Agent Einstein to try to stop the pandemic. Graeme Virtue

The Art of Scandinavia
9pm, BBC4

It’s an odd fit: those frigid Nordic lands, wreathed in melancholy, and a bouncing, puppyish presenter who seems anything but. Yet it works: in the first of a new series, Andrew Graham-Dixon examines the links between the Scandinavian landscape, its climate and its artists – from Edvard Munch (a “troubled soul”, sighs Graham-Dixon, virtually making air quotes around the phrase), to Henrik Ibsen and the painter Peder Balke, who came from a family so poor “they had to make bread from tree bark”. Ali Catterall

The Deep
6pm, CBBC

New Canadian-Australian kids’ series following the adventures of the Nekton family, underwater explorers who know everything there is to know about the ocean … or do they? In episode one, young Ant finds a scroll that could help to unravel an ancient mystery. However, his family are soon in danger when a sea monster attacks. The animation isn’t cutting-edge and the cartoon-as-coming-of-age story is nothing new, but this imaginative effort is likely to enthrall its target audience of eight- to 12-year-olds. Hannah J Davies

The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
9pm, BBC2

No spoilers for under-30s who have no idea how this pans out. Tonight, there’s fractiousness in the defence team, with the word “Judas!” spat at one point, but Johnnie Cochran’s determination to “tell our story better than the other side tells theirs” is already striking. Despite mountains of evidence, the prosecution has concerns about a key witness. The whole episode is overshadowed by a flashback to 1982 and the telling rage Cochran experiences when pulled over by a cop. David Stubbs

Togetherness
11.20pm, Sky Atlantic

This fine HBO offering is billed as a comedy, though it’s hardly Big Bang Theory comedy; the big laughs erupt occasionally after excruciating depictions of the emotional strains of domestic (co)existence. Last week’s episode was devoted primarily to Brett and Alex’s spur-of-the-moment trip to Detroit; tonight, they get involved in a new project. Meanwhile, Michelle finds an ally in Anna, while Tina, whose agonies with a filthy nappy represented last week’s grossest moment, gets a crash course in parenting. DS

Film Choice

Panic Room, (David Fincher, 2002), 10.50pm, Movie Mix

When Jodie Foster’s Meg and her daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart) move into an old New York home, they seem safe as houses: it contains a steel bolt-hole called the panic room. And, wouldn’t you know it, on their very first night they have to use it … Paul Howlett

24 Hour Party People (9pm, TCM) Michael Winterbottom’s deeply satisfying telling of the Factory Records story in which Steve Coogan inhabits Tony Wilson to virtuosic and often hilarious effect. PH

Today’s best live sport

Cycling: Tirreno-Adriatico Road Race

The race continues with the Castelraimondo to Cepagatti stage. 1.30pm, Eurosport 1

Tennis: BNP Paribas Open

The sixth day of the tournament from Indian Wells. 6pm, BT Sport 1

Premier League Football: Leicester City v Newcastle United

Will the Foxes’ fairytale continue at the King Power? 7pm, Sky Sports 1

Superleague Netball: Team Northumbria v Surrey Storm

From Sport Central in Newcastle upon Tyne. 7.30pm, Sky Sports 2

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Andrew Mueller, Jack Seale, Graeme Virtue, Ali Catterall, Hannah J Davies, David Stubbs and Paul Howlett, for The Guardian on Monday 14th March 2016 10.23 Europe/London

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