8.30pm Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel BBC One – Michael McIntyre hosts a brand new Saturday-night gameshow, as contestants take on a colossal spinning wheel and answer questions in the hope of securing a cash prize. In each episode, contestants are guided by a host of celebrity experts, who are on hand to help them find their way to a fortune.
9.00pm Small Axe: Red, White and Blue BBC One – Black forensic scientist Leroy Logan decides to join the Metropolitan Police in the hope of changing racist attitudes in the force from within its ranks. Leroy has to not only face the consequences of his father’s disapproval, but also the blatant racism he finds in his new role as a despised yet exemplary constable in the Met. Fact-based drama by Courttia Newland and Steve McQueen, starring John Boyega and Steve Toussaint.
9.00pm Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism & Me BBC One – The former professional footballer goes on a deeply personal journey to explore the issue of racial abuse in the game, talking about his own highly-publicised 2011 incident with ex-England captain John Terry. Anton confronts how the ripple effects of the incident and the online abuse he experienced not only affected his own mental health and career but also the lives of his loved ones. He reveals where he believes players are still being failed by the system, and the ways in which football urgently needs to change.
9.00pm A Very Royal Christmas: Secrets from Sandringham Channel 4 – A look at how the royal family celebrate Christmas Day at the Queen’s country estate in Norfolk, combining archive footage with interviews from royal insiders and former staff. They discuss the garish gifts, classy celebrations and historical traditions, as well as why Monopoly has been banned from royal Christmases for more than a decade.
9.00pm Storyville: Locked In – Breaking the Silence BBC Four – Film-maker Xavier Alford talks to other people who have Guillain-Barre syndrome as he attempts to come to terms with being diagnosed as having the condition, which the director had been hiding from family and close friends. He is confronted with the seriousness of the illness when some of the patients he meets are on the edge of life, locked in their own bodies, completely paralysed and unable to move a single muscle, while their brains remain unaffected.
7.30pm For the Love of Britain ITV – For The Love of Britain is a new series in which Julie Walters invites us to take a great escape into our great outdoors.
8.00pm The Great British Bake Off: Best Bits Channel 4 – The first of two highlights programmes celebrating 10 years of the culinary contest. Featuring some of the most unusual, confusing and innuendo-laden cakes to grace the tent. The programme also revisits some of the most popular contestants from past series, including Norman, Flo and Kim-Joy.
9.00pm The Dam Busters: A Daring Plan Five – Three-part documentary in which Dan Snow relives the famous 1943 bombing raid to destroy German dams. The first episode focuses on the recruitment and training of the airmen for the mission, with Commander Guy Gibson given just eight weeks to put together a crew able to fly at low altitudes at night, as well as the development of the bouncing bomb.
Notable Continuing Series: Industry, 9.15pm, BBC Two
10.00pm Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial Five – Feature-length documentary recounting the Nuremberg trials, when 21 Nazi leaders appeared in court charged with crimes that caused the deaths of millions of innocent people during the Second World War. The film is pieced together using more than a thousand archive clips, including recently digitised footage from the courtroom, and with no voiceovers of interviews, offers and immersive and impactful record of the biggest murder trial in history.
9.00pm Surviving Covid Channel 4 – An intimate, feature-length documentary following the stories of four patients at London’s King’s College Hospital who have been struck down by Covid-19. The film follows the patients and their families over a six-month period, offering a stark reminder of how frightening and destructive the Covid-19 virus can be.
10.00pm Inside Cinema BBC Four – Film critic Catherine Bray hosts a celebration of cinematic guilty pleasures, from Showgirls and Love Actually, to Cats and The Room.
9.00pm New Elizabethans with Andrew Marr BBC Two – Documentary following the rigid, class-obsessed Britain of the 1950s to the more liberal, inclusive society in the latter part of the Queen’s reign. Andrew Marr begins by taking in the liberal victories of the `permissive society” – as well as the ferocious backlash of middle England at the perceived erosion of family values. He also looks at people’s attitudes to movie starlet Diana Dors and wannabe movie starlet Ruth Ellis – who achieved fame of a completely different kind.
9.00pm Transhood Sky Documentaries – Filmed over five years in Kansas City, this documentary follows four kids – beginning at ages 4, 7, 12, and 15 – as they redefine `coming of age”.
10.00pm The Crystal Maze Channel 4 – Richard Ayoade hosts the game show, inviting TV presenter Laura Whitmore, comedian Chris Ramsey, Diversity dancers Perri Kiely and Jordan Banjo, and former rugby player Gareth Thomas to take his hand and tackle a number of physical, skill, mystery and mental challenges. Their aim is to win the elusive crystals – and the more they get, the more time they get in the Crystal Dome.
8.00pm Grayson’s Art Club Channel 4 – Alongside his wife, psychotherapist and author Philippa Perry, Grayson takes viewers behind the scenes at Manchester Art Gallery for the preparation of an exhibition of work produced during his six-part series Grayson’s Art Club. The artist is reunited with some of the members of the public who had their entries selected for the exhibition, as well as some of the celebrity guests and well-known artists from the show. Once lockdown is lifted, Manchester Art Gallery will re-open with Grayson’s Art Club, which will run until mid-April.
9.00pm Waterhole: Africa’s Aminal Oasis BBC Two – Waterholes are vital to the African ecosystem, but little is known about how they support so much life. Chris Packham and Ella Al-Shamahi work with Mwiba Wildlife Reserve in Tanzania to build the world’s first waterhole with a built-in specialist camera rig.
Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox,9.00pm, Channel 4
The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4
9.00pm The Sound of TV with Neil Brand BBC Four – The composer addresses the history and use of music in television, beginning by examining the enduring power of the theme tune. On the streets of Coronation Street, he encounters a brass band playing the music that has announced the start of each episode since it began. Following the trail of the soap opera world, Neil meets composer Simon May, creator of the EastEnders theme tune, and travels to the US to talk with Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, to uncover how its orchestrated theme music is a homage to classic TV of the past. Themes to Z Cars, Bagpuss, Game of Thrones, Mastermind and Grandstand are also celebrated.
9.00pm Nordic Murders More4 – After six years in prison, former district attorney Karin returns to her house on the island of Usedom, the place she impulsively shot her husband after finding him with a younger lover. The islanders keep their distance, and even Karin’s daughter Julia, doesn’t entirely trust her. However, Julia has bigger fish to fry as she investigates a car crash from several years ago in which two people died. Detective drama, starring Max Hopp, Rainer Sellien, Katrin Sass and Lisa Maria Potthoff. In German.