'Help': The 5 best things on TV on Thursday, 16 September

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Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham team up for 'Help'. (Channel 4)
Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham team up for 'Help'. (Channel 4)

Must-see, hard-hitting drama leads the recommendations tonight with Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham's pandemic-themed Help on Channel 4.

James Herriot and co are back in the Dales for All Creatures Great and Small on Channel 5, while another Yorkshire-set drama, Emmerdale, reaches the peak of a long-running plot on ITV.

Read more: Help is the most timely and important TV event of the year

At the BBC, Patrick Kielty is exploring One Hundred Years of Union, while those in need of garden inspiration should look out for new series Your Garden Made Perfect.

Help - Channel 4 - 9pm

Tony (Stephen Graham) and Sarah (Jodie Comber) - Help (Channel 4)
The drama follows a care home during the pandemic. (Channel 4)

It's a one-off feature drama rather than a series, but Help looks set to be one of the stand-out TV moments of 2021.

Help stars Jodie Comer as a new carer and Stephen Graham as one of the patients she is looking after in a residential home when the pandemic strikes in spring 2020.

The story may be fictional, but it's a representation of so many of the situations that played out over the past two years, so expect raw emotion and difficult scenes.

All Creatures Great and Small - Channel 5 - 9pm

All Creatures Great and Small: Series 2 - Episode 1
Left: Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton)
Right: James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph) Photographer: Matt Squire / Playground Television (UK).
Things are awkward between Helen and James. (Playground Television/Matt Squire)

If cosy drama is more your scene, switch over to Channel 5 for the second series of the rebooted All Creatures Great and Small.

James and Helen are feeling a little awkward about her called off wedding last series and the lack of progression between them since.

Read more: All you need to know about All Creatures Great and Small series 2

Of course, there are all the expected beautiful views of the Dales and plenty of vet-based plots for animal lovers, too.

Patrick Kielty: One Hundred Years of Union - BBC One - 9pm

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Patrick Kielty looks back over the Troubles and the ceasefire - and ahead to the future of the Union. (Dragonfly TV/Seamus McCracken)

TV presenter Patrick Kielty explores the effects of a new trade border in the Irish Sea and the turmoil it could reignite as the hundredth anniversary of the Union dawns.

It's 25 years since the Troubles ended, but Kielty investigates the latest unrest and the potential consequences of it.

Emmerdale - ITV - 7pm


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April Windsor [AMELIA FLANAGAN] is shocked when Cathy Hope [GABRIELLE DOWLING] tries breaks down and reveals she started the online trolling. April is incredulous at CathyÕs confession and heads off, irate, leaving Cathy terrified of the consequences to come. 

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The trolling storyline has been tough to watch. (ITV)

Emotions are at fever pitch in tonight's Emmerdale as April's social media tormentor is finally revealed to her.

The storyline has seen April's mental health destroyed, so when she discovers Cathy was behind the trolling, their respective grown-ups can't help but get dragged into things too.

Your Garden Made Perfect - BBC Two - 8pm

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Could your garden look like this? (Remarkable TV/Fluid Pictures)

Liked Your Home Made Perfect? Then you'll love this new outdoors-based spin on the home makeover show presented by Angela Scanlon.

Just like the homes show, it uses virtual reality to see the differences various experts could make to garden owners before they choose who to go with and get on with the redesign.

Read more: Colin Baker to join Emmerdale

If your garden is still looking a little lacklustre even after those endless days of lockdown, this could be exactly the kickstart you need.

Watch: Jodie Comer talks accents

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