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Hollie Richardson, Hannah Verdier, Sammy Gecsoyler, Phil Harrison, Ellen E Jones and Simon Wardell

TV tonight: Konnie Huq infiltrates radical children’s telly

Konnie Huq with Muffin the Mule in Kids’ TV: The Surprising Story.
Konnie Huq with Muffin the Mule in Kids’ TV: The Surprising Story. Photograph: Lorian Reed-Drake/BBC/Mighty Productions/Tom Hayward

Kids’ TV: The Surprising Story

9pm, BBC One

Politics in The Clangers! Industrial unrest in Bagpuss! Social change in Mary, Mungo and Midge! Former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq takes us on a nostalgic journey around children’s television – which, she demonstrates, was often more progressive and creative than adult telly. From shows aimed at toddlers up to teens, she revisits shows many of us loved, speaking with some of the biggest kids’ TV stars – such as Play School’s Floella Benjamin – to see how their work influenced young minds. Hollie Richardson

The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit

8pm, BBC One

It’s a special day for Jay Blades and the team as King Charles commissions them to repair a couple of royal items as part of the BBC’s centenary. The repairers head to Dumfries House in Ayrshire to work their magic on Queen Victoria’s pottery and an 18th-century clock. Hannah Verdier

The Elon Musk Show

9pm, BBC Two

The final episode of this illuminating if slightly underpowered series about the billionaire covers his shift from renowned businessman to celebrity. Touching on the SpaceX rocket launch, his relationship with then-president Donald Trump and the market-shaking power of his Twitter account, the programme portrays his vision as awe-inspiring and terrifying. Sammy Gecsoyler

This England

9pm, Sky Atlantic

Andrew Buchan as Matt Hancock in This England.
What could possibly go wrong? … Andrew Buchan as Matt Hancock in This England. Photograph: Rory Mulvey/Sky UK Ltd

Much as this drama has felt mistimed and absurdly generous to Kenneth Branagh’s Boris Johnson, it hasn’t been entirely without merit, solely because of the heartbreaking passages set in care homes and hospitals. Tonight, Johnson is hospitalised but Dominic Cummings is feeling restless and fancies a trip to Durham. What could possibly go wrong? Phil Harrison


9.45pm, Sky Max

The finale of this underrated series’ fourth outing sees things out with a hilarious extraction mission. In the midst of bubbling tensions over a loose prisoner, Vinnie (Joe Gilgun) wants out but has to steal an incriminating USB from the home of Davey (Neil Ashton) first. SG


11.05pm, Channel 4

Tonight on the Black culture talkshow, topics for discussion include “colour-blind casting” in The Little Mermaid, how attacks on toxic masculinity can affect men’s mental health and whether deeply religious people should celebrate Halloween. As always, co-hosts Yinka Bokinni and Zeze Millz are on hand to ask the most provocative questions. Ellen E Jones

Film choice

The Good Nurse (Tobias Lindholm, 2022), Netflix

Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain in The Good Nurse.
Chilling … Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain in The Good Nurse. Photograph: JoJo Whilden/AP

Normally, butter wouldn’t melt in Eddie Redmayne’s mouth, but he puts our expectations to the test in this unsettling true-life crime drama. He plays Charlie, a helpful new ICU nurse at a New Jersey hospital alongside Amy (a convincingly shattered-looking Jessica Chastain). She has serious coronary problems and no insurance, so is wary of whistleblowing when patients start dying unexpectedly. Tobias Lindholm’s film highlights the culpability of the profit-hungry healthcare firms enabling Charlie, but it is Redmayne’s enigmatic performance that really chills. Simon Wardell

Live sport

Champions League football: Ajax v Liverpool 7pm, BT Sport 2. The Group A match. Tottenham v Sporting Lisbon is on BT Sport 3.

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