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Vision, 8 p.m.
Many viewers are rediscovering this BBC series that originally aired in fits and starts from 1976 to 1985 on the BBC. Set in the sleepy English town of Doncaster, the show's central character is the miserly shopkeeper Arkwright, played by the late, great Ronnie Barker, whose time is divided between fleecing customers and dodging the efforts of his long-time fianc�e Gladys (Lynda Baron) to get him to walk down the aisle. Also lending capable support is David Jason in the role of Arkwright's beleaguered nephew/employee Granville. And such beautifully unadorned plotlines! Tonight, watch Arkwright squirm when Gladys pressures him to buy a new washing machine.
The Antonio Treatment
HGTV, 10 p.m.
Celebrity designer Antonio Ballatore has one rule in this popular makeover series: Go big or go home. Since being launched into the limelight by winning the fourth season of the Design Star reality competition, the cool and tattooed Ballatore has quickly earned a name for himself with his bold design approach. In tonight's first episode, he attempts to overhaul the drab Alpha Phi sorority house at Cal State University. In the second show, he helps a family convert a dreary storage room into a sharp master bedroom, replete with a backlit wall and driftwood sculptures. Dude knows his stuff.
The Book Lady
Bravo!, 9 p.m.
Short and sweet, this 2008 documentary details the ongoing campaign by country-music legend Dolly Parton to promote children's literacy all over the world. The film focuses primarily on the work of Parton's Imaginary Library program, which regularly ships age-appropriate books to pre-school children in Canada, the U.S. and Britain. Lending celebrity clout to the cause, the film includes interviews with Dolly's pals Miley Cyrus and Keith Urban and Canadian singer-songwriters Sarah Harmer and Justin Rutledge.
The Little Couple
TLC, 7 p.m.
Recently returned for its fourth season, this reality show ranks among TLC's highest-rated programs. Launched in 2009, the series follows real-life neonatologist Jennifer Arnold and businessman Bill Klein, both born with dwarfism and currently living extremely normal lives in Houston. The running theme of the new season involves their efforts to start a family, which comes up in tonight's first episode when Jen's parents come to town for a visit. In the second show, Jen prepares for a 24-hour on-call shift at the hospital ? which does not help their baby-making plans one little bit.
AMC, 10:45 p.m.
Dated but delightful, this 1976 thriller features an all-star cast and a gripping storyline. The entire film takes place at a Los Angeles football stadium on the day of a big championship game. An unnamed gunman establishes a sniper's nest and slowly begins picking off spectators, one by one. Which leaves the audience to wonder who will get shot. The middle-aged couple (David Janssen, Gena Rowlands)? The desperate gambler (Jack Klugman)? Or the Catholic priest (Mitchell Ryan)? Racing against time to stop the sniper are an L.A. police captain (Charlton Heston) and SWAT sergeant (John Cassavettes).