Here are the picks of tonight's TV...

The Hit List Strictly Special (BBC1, 7pm)
JUST in case you weren’t already excited for the return of Strictly Come Dancing, The Hit List is getting us in the mood with a special episode featuring some of the show’s stars. Gemma Atkinson, Gorka Marquez, Aljaz Skorjanec, Janette Manrara, Clara Amfo and Johannes Radebe take part in the music-based quiz show, with a £10,000 charity jackpot up for grabs. As a DJ, Clara should have the edge, but will the pressure get to her? And will the professional dancers be able to resist the urge to bust a few moves during the show? Marvin and Rochelle Humes are the hosts.

The Isle of Wight Festival 2021 (Sky Arts, 7pm)
SATURDAY at Seaclose Park in Newport sees another top-class line-up taking to the stage. Among the acts are Snow Patrol, who, over a two-decade career, have racked up a number of critical and commercial accolades, including 15 million global album sales, a billion global track streams and five UK Platinum Albums. Also performing is French DJ, record producer and songwriter David Guetta, English singer, songwriter, musician and actor Sam Fender, and one of the most successful pop groups of the 1990s, All Saints.

Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.45pm)
THE celebrity line-up has already been announced, and now it’s time to find out who the stars have been paired with as Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host the Strictly launch show. A couple of the celebs are about to make Strictly history as EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis becomes the first deaf contestant, and Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite forms the first all-male partnership. We’ll also get our first chance to assess everyone’s form as the stars take to the floor for a group dance, and we’ll discover what the judges – who this year include veteran dancer Anton Du Beke, stepping in for Bruno Tonioli – think of their chances. To give the class of 2021 an idea of what they should be aiming for, reigning champion Bill Bailey returns for a special performance, and there’s also music from Anne-Marie.

Bettany Hughes’ Treasures of the World (C4, 8.30pm)
HE historian is in the Mediterranean, following the route of traders from Gibraltar to Malta where a recently discovered Punic tomb reveals proof that these Phoenicians originated from North Africa. She also learns how farmers grow three citrus crops a year with an ancient Arabic underground irrigation system called “the Invention of Summer”. Next, she receives rare permission to stay on the sacred island of Delos under a super moon during summer solstice. Then, on the Italian island of Ischia, Bettany samples the Roman thermal baths and shares the story of Michelangelo’s muse, Vittoria Colonna, who wrote more than 13 volumes of poetry.