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The Guardian - UK
Graeme Virtue, Sammy Gecsoyler, Hannah Verdier, Jack Seale and Phil Harrison

TV tonight: sex addicts, new money and murders … welcome back to the White Lotus hotel

Aubrey Plaza as Harper Spiller in The White Lotus, on Sky Atlantic.
Aubrey Plaza as Harper Spiller in The White Lotus, on Sky Atlantic. Photograph: HBO

The White Lotus

9pm, Sky Atlantic

Bella, bella … season two of Mike White’s five-star comedy about rich people behaving poorly at a luxury resort relocates the action from Hawaii to Sicily with a (mostly) new ensemble cast. Among the guests checking in alongside Jennifer Coolidge’s reliably daffy Tanya are Aubrey Plaza as newly wealthy cynic Harper, Michael Imperioli as a sex-addict Hollywood producer and F Murray Abraham as a lascivious old goat. Our longsuffering host this time is Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore). As was the case in the first season, we are tipped off from the outset that not everyone will survive the week but the mystery element takes a back seat to White’s scabrous repartee. Graeme Virtue

Imagine… Malorie Blackman: What If?

10.40pm, BBC One

In this revealing and celebratory documentary, the acclaimed writer revisits pivotal moments in her life with Alan Yentob as she prepares to write her autobiography. She tells tales of ambitions quashed on the “advice” of others, a kung fu lesson that led to a life-changing diagnosis and receiving 82 rejection letters before being published. Sammy Gecsoyler

The Pact

9pm, BBC One

Devoted matriarch Christine (Rakie Ayola) is a woman you wouldn’t mess with, but Connor is determined to get to know her family. Is he really a stranger or do they have a connection? As Christine decides a DNA test is in order, daughter Megan makes the most of her mum’s lateness and invites him to her hen do. Hannah Verdier

Jordan Wilks, left, as Connor and Rakie Ayola as Christine in The Pact, on BBC One
Jordan Wilks, left, as Connor and Rakie Ayola as Christine in The Pact, on BBC One. Photograph: Simon Ridgway/BBC/Little Door Productions

The Walk-In

9pm, ITV

Jeff Pope’s compelling factual drama about recently resurgent UK neo-Nazis reaches its finale. Jittery informer Robbie Mullen (Andrew Ellis) must now testify in open court to convict his former National Action comrades. Campaigning journo Matthew Collins (Stephen Graham) is on hand to help him stay focused and forthright. Graeme Virtue

Sir Bob Geldof in Conversation With Alan Yentob

9pm, BBC Four

The presenter looks back on one of the BBC’s biggest ever live broadcasts, Live Aid, in the company of the man who organised it. Geldof recalls new details about how his determination made the 1985 global charity event happen, while bringing him into contact with presidents and the biggest platinum-sellers of the 80s. Jack Seale

Made in the 80s: The Decade That Shaped Our World

10pm, Channel 4

“Thatcher’s bloody Britain!” as Rick from The Young Ones dubbed it, was a tumultuous place. The second part of this brisk history explores culture that flowered in chaos. It’s a story of precarity: with the Aids crisis as a backdrop and social strife a constant, everyone from Hanif Kureishi to Holly Johnson went for broke and created art that gripped and transgressed. Phil Harrison

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