The 5 best TV shows on tonight: Tuesday 23 February

Amy Johnson
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The top TV picks for 23 February. (ITV/Netflix/BBC)
The top TV picks for 23 February. (ITV/Netflix/BBC)

New documentaries dominate the TV schedule for Tuesday 23 February as Netflix's film on football legend Pelé debuts along with Zara McDermott's investigation into revenge porn on BBC Three. 

Elsewhere on BBC One, Lucy Worsley is exploring the lives of six real people from different backgrounds who lived and worked through the Blitz. 

ITV open the doors into the world of pawnbroking with a new real life series while the broadcaster also sticks to drama as Marcella continues. 

Pelé - Netflix

Netflix's Pele documentary debuts on the streaming site on Tuesday. (Netflix)
Netflix's Pele documentary debuts on the streaming site on Tuesday. (Netflix)

Brazilian football great Pelé is the focus of a new documentary landing on Netflix on Tuesday. 

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The film looks back at the life of the now 80-year-old sporting star and his rise to fame, featuring interviews with the man himself and other commentators. 

It also touches upon aspects of his personal life, including his numerous affairs, and his apolitical stance on his home country's authoritarian regime throughout his playing career.

Zara McDermott: Revenge Porn - BBC Three

Zara McDermott tackles revenge porn in a new documentary. (BBC / Summer Films / Slater King)
Zara McDermott tackles revenge porn in a new documentary. (BBC / Summer Films / Slater King)

Former Love Island contestant Zara McDermott sets out to find out the impact revenge porn has on those affected and whether perpetrators can expect to be punished.

McDermott has previously spoken about being the victim of revenge porn, with intimate pictures of her circulating once at 14 years old as well as again when she was a contestant on the ITV2 dating show. 

The documentary comes as cases involving the sharing of explicit images and videos without consent is said to have doubled in four years. 

Million Pound Pawn - 8pm - ITV

Million Pound Pawn features Sheffield based, third generation pawnbroker Dan. (Twofour/ITV)
Million Pound Pawn features Sheffield based, third generation pawnbroker Dan. (Twofour/ITV)

ITV delves into the pawnbroking industry for new three part series Million Pound Pawn

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The programme looks at the real life stories of those from all walks of life looking to get themselves some cash by parting with their belongings.

The first episode sees a business owner looking to sell a Lamborghini and a former 80s pop star hoping to raise money to help him through tough times. 

Blitz Spirit with Lucy Worsley - 8.30pm - BBC One

Blitz Spirit with Lucy Worsley. (BBC/Brook Lapping)
Blitz Spirit with Lucy Worsley. (BBC/Brook Lapping)

Historian Lucy Worsley takes us back to WWII in a new film focused on the Blitz. 

She explores the lives of six real people who lived, worked and volunteered during the Blitz including Nina Masel, a Jewish teenager working in a shop at the time who reported for Mass Observation, Frances Faviell who became an auxiliary nurse and Nigerian teacher Ita Ekpenyon who took on the role of an air-raid precaution warden after moving to the UK to study law. 

Marcella - 9pm - ITV

Anna Friel stars in Marcella. (Buccaneer Media/ITV)
Anna Friel stars in Marcella. (Buccaneer Media/ITV)

The Anna Friel led drama Marcella gets into its sixth episode tonight - although all episodes of season three are available to watch on the ITV Hub too. 

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As the detective series heads toward its close Marcella's past is brought to light as the origins of her Keira persona are uncovered. 

Meanwhile in the present, she discovers she has a tattoo she had no memory of - and it could blow her cover.

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