9.00pm Freddie Mercury: The Final Act BBC Two – Documentary exploring the last years of the Queen frontman’s life, as well as following the preparations for the concert staged in his memory at Wembley Stadium on April 20, 1992. The film features interviews with Mercury’s bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor, sister Kashmira Bulsara and friends Anita Dobson and David Wigg, and hears from those who performed at the gig, including Roger Daltrey, Joe Elliott, Lisa Stansfield and Paul Young.
9.00pm The Queen’s Worst Year Channel 5 – A look at the woes that have beset the monarch in 2021, with controversies surrounding her children, serious family fallings out, damaging accusations against the institution and the death of her husband after 73 years of marriage.
8.00pm Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Celebrity Special ITV – Jeremy Clarkson welcomes comedian and Pointless co-host Alexander Armstrong and sports presenter Gabby Logan to the quiz as they try to answer 15 questions to win a million pounds for charity, with the aid of four lifelines if they need help.
8.00pm Expedition with Steve Backshall Dave – Steve Backshall ventures into more uncharted territory in pursuit of new discoveries and world firsts. He begins by joining a team of world-class kayakers to head to Kamchatka to take on white-water in a bid to explore a wilderness packed with more brown bears than anywhere else.
9.00pm Billy Connolly: In His Own Words – A profile of the comedian and actor drawing on interviews, TV appearances and stand-up performances from his career to reveal his journey from a childhood of maternal abandonment in the tenement blocks of Glasgow to the very top of international showbusiness.
9.00pm American Rust Sky Atlantic – Nine-part drama told through the eyes of a chief of police living in a small rust belt town in southwest Pennsylvania. Chief of police Del Harris is called in to investigate a dead body found in an abandoned steel mill. Starring Jeff Daniels.
10.15pm The Vasulka Effect BBC Four – Documentary about the life and work of video art pioneers Steina and Woody Vasulka, which reveals the profound effect they had on the American avant-garde.
10.25pm World’s Most Expensive Celeb Break Ups Channel 5 – The high cost of the end of relationships for some stars, looking at how many millions Mel Gibson ended up parting with after breaking up with his teenage sweetheart. The programme also reveals how much a shot from Cupid’s bow dented the bank balance of TV favourite Ant McPartlin, and how much the end of marriage number two cost Madonna.
7.30pm Winter Walks BBC Four – Amanda Owen crosses hills and fields through Wensleydale and Raydale, taking ancient routes first made by the Romans and exchanging notes with fellow sheep farmers. Crossing over the dale, she drops down to Semer Water, ending her walk on the pebble banks.
Notable Continuing Series: Curb Your Enthusiasm, 9.00pm, Sky Comedy
Succession, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic
8.00pm Sarah Beeny’s New Life in the Country Channel 4 – Documentary continuing the real-life adventures of property expert Sarah Beeny, her husband Graham Swift and their four sons after quitting their lives in London to start anew at a former dairy farm in Somerset.
Notable Continuing Series: Impeachment: American Crime Story, 9.00pm BBC Two
What We Do in the Shadows, 9.55pm BBC Two.
Stath Lets Flats, 10.00pm, Channel 4
9.00pm Attack on Pearl Harbour: Caught By Surprise Channel 5 – A detailed account of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbour, beginning with the inception of the idea and the obstacles it faced during the months of planning. Some of the survivors of that day share their stories, including a 103-year-old Japanese torpedo bomber, who is interviewed for the first time, and an American sailor who was on the USS Arizona when it was hit by a bomb that ignited its ammunition magazine, killing 1,177 men.
11.35pm Britney BBC One – Comedy about two friends who are reunited after living thousands of miles apart for years – only for one of them to realise she will soon be alone again once more.
9.00pm Paddy & Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism BBC One – Paddy McGuinness and his wife Christine have three children – eight-year-old twins Leo and Penelope and five-year-old Felicity. All three have been diagnosed with autism. This film follows the couple over many months as they try to gain a greater understanding of the condition, meeting other parents, experts and people on the autism spectrum.
9.00pm We’re Here Sky Max – Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela Laquifa Wadley return to recruit more residents of small American towns to participate in a one-night drag performance.
9.00pm Forensic: Catching the Killer Sky Crime – The fragments of evidence that helped piece together what happened to 15-year-old Karen Price, who disappeared in 1981 only for her body to be found eight years later.
9.00pm Positive Sky Documentaries – Documentary charting the history of HIV in Britain, beginning with a look at how the first recorded UK case in 1981 provoked panic and hostility. People caught up in events, including Jonathan Blake, one of the first HIV patients in the UK, reveal in vivid detail how they confronted the disease that would go on to change Britain.
8.00pm Luxury Christmas for Less Channel 4 – Sabrina Grant and Sophie Morgan talk to brand insiders, who spill the beans on the nation’s Christmas favourites and how to indulge on luxury products without breaking the bank. This first of two programmes includes a guide to buying real diamonds at half the price, how to bag designer smelling perfumes that don’t cost a fortune and where to get this year’s finest tasting smoked salmon and the best Christmas pudding.
9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E Channel 4 – Return of the series capturing life in the A&E of Kings College in London.
9.00pm Yellowjackets Sky Atlantic – The members of a high-school girls’ soccer team become the survivors of a plane crash deep in the Ontario wilderness. Drama, starring Juliette Lewis and Christina Ricci.
10.00pm Canceled Channel 4 – From entertainment to academia, presenter Richard Bacon examines how so-called `cancel culture” is affecting people’s lives. In reflecting on how reputations can be destroyed in an instant, he considers the freedom to disagree and the right to take offence as he tries to assess where free speech should begin and end. He also encounters some of `the cancelled”, to hear first-hand about the impact and consequences of being publicly shunned.
8.00pm Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas Channel 4 – Kirstie Allsopp offers festive tips on how to have a stylish Christmas without breaking the bank. She is joined by her Relocation, Relocation co-host Phil Spencer, who attempts to wow her with his wrapping skills, and her florist sister Sofie, who’s tasked with creating some spectacular floral arrangements to add extra sparkle to the season.
Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox 9.00pm, Channel 4
The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4
9.00pm Chucky Sky Max – Teenager and budding artist Jake Wheeler’s life changes for ever when he buys a vintage Good Guy doll at a yard sale. Horror spin-off from the Child’s Play franchise, starring Zackary Arthur, with the voice of Brad Dourif.