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Hollie Richardson, Jack Seale, Danielle De Wolfe, Ali Catterall and Simon Wardell

TV tonight: a big night in with Pink and her tearjerker hits

P!nk: Live in the Piano Room on BBC Two.
P!nk: Live in the Piano Room on BBC Two. Photograph: James Watkins

Pink Live in the Piano Room

8.15pm, BBC Two

Over the last month, artists have recorded intimate sets with the BBC Concert Orchestra at Maida Vale Studios. Stars include Raye, Lady Blackbird, Jessie Ware, Sugababes, Simply Red and Belinda Carlisle. But this weekend, Pink’s performance is being aired – with serene takes on her classic ballad Try, new tearjerker When I Get There and Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U. Hollie Richardson

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

7pm, ITV1

The only light entertainment variety gameshow still standing returns. Lining up to help McPartlin and Donnelly deliver smoothly planned fun are old regulars Stephen Mulhern and Fleur East, while Richard Wilson leads the cast of new miniseries Murder at Bigwig Manor. Jack Seale

Bettany Hughes’ Treasures of the World

7pm, Channel 4

Hughes ventures to Cyprus this week, where the fascination with the cult of Aphrodite, goddess of love, manages to cross a UN buffer zone. In this no man’s land dividing Turkish and Greek Cypriot regions since the 70s, we gain special access to an archaeological treasure trove. Danielle De Wolfe

Living Wild: How to Change Your Life

8pm, Channel 4

Sophie Morgan meets more people who metaphorically (and literally, in city boy Antonio’s case) ran away to join the circus. At Ireland’s southernmost point, she encounters teacher turned goat enthusiast Ed; chats to Nick, who traded life as a teaching assistant for canoe builder in Norfolk; and Yvette, who founded a female-inclusive surf school in Devon. Ali Catterall


8.30pm, ITV1

The four teams battling it out in this week’s round of the slightly awkward singing contest try their best to impersonate Christina Aguilera, Usher, Meat Loaf and Shania Twain. Will any of them impress the real Twain – a new judge on the show – much? HR

The Jonathan Ross Show

9.40pm, ITV1

Ant-Man and Lost star Evangeline Lilly joins Wossy this week. Danny Dyer is also in the studio talking about life after EastEnders, while Will Sharpe reflects on the brilliant second series of The White Lotus and model Leomie Anderson shares her excitement about being the new host of Glow Up. The 1975 provide live music. HR

Film choices

A Hard Day’s Night, 3.05pm, BBC Two

Richard Lester’s freewheeling 1964 musical featuring the Beatles is a wonderful snapshot of four lads revelling in their newfound fame. There is scripted dialogue and a vague plot about the recording of a TV show, but it’s shot with so much vivacity, and the band are such naturals in front of the camera, that it feels more like an off-the-cuff documentary than a comedy caper. Wilfrid Brambell brings sitcom chops as Paul’s errant grandfather, and Ringo shines in his solo scenes, but the film’s winning combination of slapstick, scouse wit and pop hits is a team effort. Simon Wardell

The Macaluso Sisters, 9pm, BBC Four

The Macaluso Sisters.
The Macaluso Sisters. Photograph: Publicity image

The ties that bind and the changes time brings are the concerns of this tender Italian drama. We meet the five sisters, all teenagers or younger, living by themselves in a rundown flat in Palermo and surviving by renting out homing pigeons for events. After a tragedy, the film shifts through the decades, as sibling relationships cohere or fracture amid the ghosts of the past. Emma Dante’s film reveals its origins as a play in the focus on domestic detail but takes flight through the ever-present pigeons – which symbolise both the dream of escape and the pull of home. SW

Assault on Precinct 13, 11pm, HorrorXtra

A loose adaptation of Rio Bravo, John Carpenter’s taut, low-budget thriller relocates the western to the mean streets of LA. Austin Stoker is the police lieutenant assigned to oversee the closure of a ghetto police station who finds himself besieged there by a cabal of street gangs, trapped with a traumatised father, two female clerical staff and a couple of convicts en route to death row. It’s a film of concentrated suspense – silencers give a spooky intensity to the gunfire, the dialogue is to the point and Carpenter’s own propulsive synth score adds to the menace. SW

Live sport

Six Nations Rugby: Italy v Ireland, 1.25pm, ITV1 Wales v England follows at 4pm on BBC One. France v Scotland is at 2.15pm on Sunday on ITV1.

Premier League Football: Bournemouth v Man City, 5pm, Sky Sports Main Event Crystal Palace v Liverpool follows at 7.30pm.

Test Cricket: New Zealand v England, 9.30pm, BT Sport 1 Day three of the second Test.

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