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Hollie Richardson, Jack Seale, Phil Harrison and Simon Wardell

TV tonight: should race have a place in dating preferences? That’s the Unapologetic question

Yinka Bokinni and Zeze Millz, presenters of Unapologetic, Channel 4, 11.05pm.
On topic … Yinka Bokinni and Zeze Millz, presenters of Unapologetic, Channel 4, 11.05pm. Photograph: Dean Belcher/Channel 4


11.05pm, Channel 4

“I only date Black,” said actor John Boyega in a recent GQ article that set the Twittersphere alight. It’s the first discussion point in the return of hosts Yinka Bokinni and Zeze Millz’s brilliant late-night topical debate show, as they widen it to ask whether race should be brought into dating preferences. Along with guests in the studio, they will also be digging into the perils of something called “clout chasing” – the reckless pursuit of online followers. Hollie Richardson

Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker

8pm, Channel 4

The remaining chisellers face a big challenge, literally: they must sculpt something out of a whole tree trunk. Just hacking the bark off takes ages. For the contestants who struggle to implement their vision, operating a pedal-powered pole lathe in the skills challenge is like taking a rest. Jack Seale

Ralph & Katie

9pm, BBC One

Leon Harrop and Sarah Gordy … Ralph & Katie.
Leon Harrop and Sarah Gordy … Ralph & Katie. Photograph: BBC/ITV Studios

The warming drama reaches deeper emotionally in the first of tonight’s season finale double bill, as Ralph (Leon Harrop) waits to find out potentially life-changing results from the doctor. Things cheer up a notch in the last episode – it’s Christmas (yes, already). HR

This England

9pm, Sky Atlantic

Prepare yourselves: we’re heading to Barnard Castle in Dominic Cummings’s back seat tonight. Meanwhile, Matt Hancock and Boris Johnson catch Covid – and we all know what happens next. Which is why so many viewers have already tuned out of this hastily released dramatisation of such a recent global trauma. HR

The Elon Musk Show

9.30pm, BBC Two

This series tracking the rise of space magnate Elon Musk manages to capture both his ambition and essential oddness. Tonight, it’s 2009 and Musk is looking upwards as SpaceX is awarded a Nasa contract. Meanwhile, back on Earth, the financial crisis is damaging his company Tesla. Perhaps the answer is to be found in an electric car? Phil Harrison


9.45pm, Sky Max

In this slower-paced penultimate episode, Vinnie comes to the aid of a seemingly mute old woman in the woods. When Davey and Barry come looking for her, Vinnie decides to take her under his wing, and show her how things roll in Hawley. They then go to visit his alcoholic dad, which makes for incredibly moving viewing. HR

Film choice

Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell in In Bruges.
Dark comedy … Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell in In Bruges. Photograph: Film Four/Allstar

In Bruges (Martin McDonagh, 2008), 11.35pm, Film4

With the superb The Banshees of Inisherin due in cinemas on Friday, Film4 has scheduled Martin McDonagh’s three previous films this week. Seven Psychopaths follows this movie, while Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is on Thursday. The thriller In Bruges showcases the writer-director’s darkly comic style perfectly, with Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson (also paired in The Banshees) as bickering hitmen holed up in the touristy Belgian city after a job goes wrong. A film that deftly balances its gangster genre trappings with a sharp, farcical wit. Simon Wardell

Live sport

Premier League Football: Liverpool v West Ham 7.30pm, Prime Video. At Anfield. Four other matches take place tonight, including Man Utd v Tottenham at 8.15pm, with Fulham v Aston Villa at 7.30pm and Leicester City v Leeds United at 8.15pm on Thursday.

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