Pick of the Day: Digital, Cable and Satellite Television

SOME PEOPLE are thinking of the beach, and the cricket season is still in full swing, but all that is irrelevant to true football fans. Their withdrawal symptoms will now subside as they can get their regular Monday-night fix again. The beginning of any new season always has fans drooling with anticipation, and Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United (7pm Sky Sports 1) throws up many intriguing questions. Two of them are: will Spurs' gifted French winger, David Ginola (right), continue his rich vein of form from last season, and will Alan Shearer convince us that he is worth the huge new contract he has just signed at Newcastle?

Gary Oldman gives a typically magnetic performance as the outrageous playwright Joe Orton in Alan Bennett's strong biopic, Prick Up Your Ears (10pm FilmFour). Alfred Molina, Julie Walters and Vanessa Redgrave also star.