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

TV tonight: drugs, desire and a department store in 1920s Berlin

Kadewe: Our Time Is Now on BBC Four.
Kadewe: Our Time Is Now on BBC Four. Photograph: David Lukacs/BBC/ARD Degeto/RBB/Constantin Film/UFA Fiction

KaDeWe: Our Time Is Now

9pm, BBC Four

Set in a precarious 1920s Berlin, when social animosity and disparity were heightened, this is a gritty and beautifully crafted drama about the lives of four people associated with the Jewish-owned department store Kaufhaus des Westens. In tonight’s opening double bill, we meet the owner’s modern-minded daughter Fritzi Jandorf (Lia Von Blarer), who has bold plans for the company with the help of ambitious shop assistant Hedi Kron (Valerie Stoll), about whom she also fantasises. Hollie Richardson

Superman & Lois

4.20pm, BBC One

In an entertainment landscape overflowing with grandiose superhero narratives, it’s oddly reassuring that this relatively underpowered, cheerfully domestic series continues to do the business. As we approach the end of season two, Clark (Tyler Hoechlin) seems more human than ever – to the extent that his kids are worried about him. Phil Harrison

The Masked Dancer

6.30pm, ITV

While some competitors on this bizarre dance contest can really move (shake it, Sea Slug!), most get by on enthusiasm alone. Not that talent matters much to judges Peter Crouch, Jonathan Ross and Davina McCall. They’re determined to decipher the dance, solve the shimmy and work out which celebrity is behind the mask this week. Ellen E Jones

Strictly Come Dancing

6.45pm, BBC One

Strictly season is finally upon us! Following Friday’s launch show, the newly paired partners take to the floor for the first time. The judges’ scores will be carried over to next week, when viewers will also be able to vote – and the first couple will leave. HR


9pm, Sky Documentaries

Developed over two and a half years by university grads, many of whom were new to gaming, it was a computer game that went on to change the industry for ever. No, not the equally astounding Jet Set Willy, but Nintendo 64’s awesomely influential GoldenEye 007, the first-person shooter currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. Here, its creators tell us how they did it. Ali Catterall

Kylie at the BBC

9.10pm, BBC Two

Last seen in her dungarees in the final ever episode of Neighbours, it’s now time for pop princess Kylie to get her “at the BBC” treatment. From those early Stock, Aitken and Waterman hits to indie collaborations with Nick Cave and every glossy hit that came after (Spinning Around! Can’t Get You Out of My Head! All the Lovers!), it’s the ultimate Kylie night. HR

Film choice

Beverly Hills Cop, 6am, 8pm, Sky Cinema Greats

Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop.
Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop. Photograph: Paramount/Allstar

This 1984 comedy thriller was Eddie Murphy’s first solo lead role, and what a blast it is. His Detroit police detective, Axel Foley, has the street smarts and wisecracks we’d come to expect from Murphy after 48 Hrs and Trading Places. But the fish-out-of-water plot – Foley comes to swanky LA off the clock to investigate a friend’s murder, roping in two local cops (Judge Reinhold and John Ashton) to help – gives him the chance to cause chaos in entertaining new ways. The two sequels follow straight after. Simon Wardell

The Offence, 11pm, Talking Pictures TV

In a role as far from James Bond’s insouciance in the face of violence as is possible, Sean Connery excels as a police officer whose hunt for a child sex offender tips him over the edge. Sidney Lumet’s 1973 noirish drama is set in a damp, grey Britain where trauma about past cases draws DS Johnson (Connery) into intense confrontations with his wife, his boss and the chief suspect (Ian Bannen). The latter brings out unsettling intimations of Johnson’s own repressed desires, sharpened by Harrison Birtwistle’s alienating, atonal score. SW

Live sport

Women’s International One-Day Cricket: England v India, 10.30am, Sky Sports Main Event The third and final ODI in the series from Lord’s.

Snooker: World Mixed Doubles Championship, 12.45pm, ITV The four best female players in the world (including three-time snooker world championship winner Ng On Yee) are paired with their male counterparts in a random draw.

Premiership Rugby Union: Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers, 2.30pm, BT Sport 1 At Franklin’s Gardens.

Super League Rugby: St Helens v Leeds Rhinos, 5pm, Sky Sports Main Event The grand final at Old Trafford.

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