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Alexi Duggins, Phil Harrison, Ellen E Jones, Jack Seale and Graeme Virtue

TV tonight: Steve Coogan plays sex criminal Jimmy Savile in BBC drama

Steve Coogan as Jimmy Savile in The Reckoning.
Steve Coogan as Jimmy Savile in The Reckoning. Photograph: Matt Squire/BBC/ITV Studios

The Reckoning

9pm, BBC One

Dramatising the life and crimes of Jimmy Savile seems like a risk for the BBC. After all, its part in enabling Savile and kicking exposés of his behaviour into the long grass are hard to forgive. Expect a full exploration of such institutional failings in a series made with the active cooperation of four people who survived abuse by Savile. Steve Coogan stars and The Reckoning is written by Neil McKay, who also dramatised the later life of the serial killer Fred West in Appropriate Adult. Phil Harrison

Love, Victor

8pm, BBC Three

This sharply written but sweet TV sequel to the gay romcom Love, Simon sees shy new kid Victor (Michael Cimino) enrolling at Simon’s old Atlanta high school. Will he use the fresh start to come out to his family and classmates? There are double bills every night this week and all three seasons will be available on iPlayer. Graeme Virtue

Jimmy Doherty’s New Zealand Escape

8pm, Channel 4

Jimmy Doherty has been running a pig farm in Suffolk for 20 years, but milking a buffalo for cheese is a first. It’s one of several, in fact, in this leg of his New Zealand tour, during which he meets chef Peter Gordon, the godfather of fusion food, and discovers how to save the kiwi, the national emblem. Ellen E Jones

Scarlett’s Driving School

8.30pm, BBC One

The former Gogglebox star’s attempt to help struggling learner drivers continues. Tonight, a woman who has been learning for 14 years tries to pass the test in time for her wedding. But can she manage her anxiety behind the wheel? A dual carriageway meltdown suggests it won’t be easy. Alexi Duggins

Emma Williams as as WPC June Sinclair in The Long Shadow.
Emma Williams as as WPC June Sinclair in The Long Shadow. Photograph: ITV

The Long Shadow

9pm, ITV1

The drama about the “Yorkshire Ripper” murders continues. This week’s most disturbing scenes are only tangentially related to Peter Sutcliffe’s crimes, as a sex worker and a female officer undercover find terror on the dark streets of Bradford in their interactions with the men of the city. Jack Seale

Doner deal …Big Zuu cooks up a giant kebab for Mo Farah.
Doner deal …Big Zuu cooks up a giant kebab for Mo Farah. Photograph: ©UKTV/Olly Courtney

Big Zuu’s Big Eats

10pm, Dave

“Would you sacrifice one of your gold medals to play for Arsenal?” Rowdy gourmet Big Zuu and his deadpan wingmen Tubsey and Hyder welcome Mo Farah to their manor, and the humble Olympian seems delighted to be part of the chaos. No wonder: he is served what looks like a record-breaking lamb kebab. GV

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