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Hollie Richardson, Ellen E Jones, Ali Catterall, Phil Harrison and Simon Wardell

TV tonight: Donna, the Doctor and a dangerously out of control Tardis

Doctor Who: Wild Blue Yonder on BBC One.
Doctor Who: Wild Blue Yonder on BBC One. Photograph: James Pardon/Bad Wolf/BBC Studios

Doctor Who

6.30pm, BBC One

Russell T Davies pens another special episode as part of the sci-fi series’ 60th anniversary, with newly reunited David Tennant and Catherine Tate continuing their adventure. This time, the Tardis goes out of control and takes them on a journey in which they end up desperately fighting for their lives. Oh, and there’s the ever so small problem of the fate of the universe being at stake. Hollie Richardson

Greg LeMond: The Last Rider

7pm, Sky Documentaries

Everyone loves a comeback story and this is one of sport’s greatest. In 1987, the promising career of US cyclist Greg LeMond was cut short when he was accidentally shot during a hunting trip. In fact, LeMond still had some way to go until his finish line, as this fascinating feature documentary lays out. Ellen E Jones

Strictly Come Dancing: Musicals Special

7.25pm, BBC One

It’s musicals week (AKA the best week), which is going to see Bobby and Dianne salsa to Dirty Dancing, Nigel and Katya do the charleston to Mary Poppins, Ellie and Vito quickstep to Beauty and the Beast, and Annabel and Johannes foxtrot to Wicked. A place in the semi-final is up for grabs. HR

Hidden Assets

9pm, BBC Four

New season, new danger – including a cyber-security breach in Ireland’s Criminal Assets Bureau (“The hackers have released personal information of a serving CAB officer; the officer in question is you”). Meanwhile, as the crime drama returns, a company boss is found dead in Antwerp, there’s a new detective in charge, and things are literally hotting up for Bibi. Superbly dark and twisted. Ali Catterall


9pm, Sky Documentaries

In the second episode, the effect of the bombing continues to ripple as the victims’ families demand answers about it being a terror attack (one woman needed to explain to her young child that his father was murdered). It begins to delve into the sprawling translatlantic investigation through two FBI agents at the heart of the story. HR

Bob Dylan: Shadow Kingdom

10pm, BBC Two

A treat for Dylanologists, this artfully shot, black-and-white showcase captures the veteran singer-songwriter in a smoky, small club setting in summer 2021 – face masks are still being worn by his backing musicians. A wide-ranging set features newer songs alongside classics including It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue. Phil Harrison

Film choice

You Are Not My Mother, 11.40pm, Film4

You Are Not My Mother on Film4.
You Are Not My Mother on Film4. Photograph: Signature Entertainment

In her arresting debut feature, Irish writer-director Kate Dolan explores the world of mental illness through horror tropes, specifically the darker corners of Celtic myth. Hazel Doupe plays lonely, bullied teenager Char, whose mother Angela (a superbly on-edge performance from Carolyn Bracken) appears to have manic depression. As Halloween approaches, Angela’s behaviour becomes dangerously erratic – but is the cause psychological or, as Char’s pagan-leaning granny believes, rooted in the supernatural? Dolan, one of a new wave of accomplished horror film-makers in Ireland, maintains the mystery for as long as possible as the family fracture. Simon Wardell

Fargo, 9pm, Great! Movies

The TV offshoot may have lost its lustre over five seasons, but Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1996 black comedy is still as biting as the icy weather that batters its Minnesota location. Indebted car salesman Jerry (a weasely William H Macy) hires two low-rent criminals – a classic double act of chatty Carl (Steve Buscemi) and silent Gaear (Peter Stormare) – to kidnap his wife for a ransom to be paid by his rich father-in-law. Frances McDormand is terrific as folksy but focused sheriff Marge, who gets on their tail as his plot goes comically, bloodily wrong. Oh Jeez! SW

Jackie Brown, 9.40pm, Dave

The least extravagant of Quentin Tarantino’s movies, this 1997 crime caper sidelines his usual stylistic trickery for the equally satisfying scams and double-crosses of Elmore Leonard’s source novel. There’s also more heart than he typically manages, with revitalised stars of yesteryear Pam Grier and Robert Forster adding pathos and experience to their portrayals. She’s a flight attendant caught by the Feds illegally carrying cash for Samuel L Jackson’s arms dealer; he’s the bail bondsman drawn into helping her escape her predicament. SW

Live sport

FA Cup Football: Alfreton Town v Walsall, 12.15pm, BBC One A second-round tie at Impact Arena. Eastleigh v Reading is on Sunday on ITV1 at 12.40pm.

UK Championship Snooker, 1pm, BBC Two The opening semi-final from York Barbican. The final is on Sunday from 1pm.

Premiership Rugby Union: Bristol Bears v Gloucester Rugby, 1.30pm, TNT Sports 1 At Ashton Gate. Saracens v Northampton Saints is at 4.15pm.

Premier League Football: Nottingham Forest v Everton, 5pm, Sky Sports Main Event From the City Ground.

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