5.30pm Rock On, Tommy: The Bobby Ball Story ITV – In a tribute to one of the UK’s most popular entertainers, friends, family and co-stars celebrate the life and work of comedian and actor Bobby Ball. It reveals how a factory welder from Oldham went on to become one of the best-loved stars on British television. It’s narrated by Bobby’s colleague of 57 years, Tommy Cannon.
9.00pm A Small Axe BBC One – The first episode of Steve McQueen’s drama anthology based on the real-life experiences of London’s West Indian community from the late-1960s to the mid-1980s. The film tells the story of the Old Bailey trial of Frank Crichlow, the owner of West Indian restaurant Mangrove in London’s Notting Hill, who in 1970 was one of nine men and women wrongly arrested and charged with incitement to riot and affray after a protest about racial discrimination by the police. Starring Shaun Parkes, Letitia Wright and Malachi Kirby.
9.00pm I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! ITV – For the first time in its history, Ant and Dec host the show in the UK. Mo Farah, Shane Richie, Victoria Derbyshire, Beverley Callard, Vernon Kay and AJ Pritchard hope they have what it takes to win 2020’s long-awaited series. Also taking part are actress Jessica Plummer, DJ Jordan North, Paralympic champion Hollie Arnold, and author Giovanna Fletcher. But what will they make of their new home, Gwrych Castle in Abergele on the North Wales coast? Continues nightly all week.
9.00pm Escape to the Chateau Channel 4 – Dick and Angel Strawbridge’s to-do list is as long as ever, and with no guests, weddings or events at the chateau this year, they use their engineering and design skills to tackle some major projects. First on the list is transforming one of the old outbuildings into a supersized workshop for chateau-sized jobs.
10.00pm Paul Merton’s Heroes of Comedy Five – The comedian explores what motivated the world’s greatest comics, how and why they became successful, and what inspired their best moments and characters. From Charlie Chaplin, and Laurel and Hardy to Victoria Wood and many more, Paul Merton examines why these comedy greats are so unique.
9.00pm Ronnie’s: Ronnie Scott & his World Famous Jazz Club BBC Four – The history of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, eponymously named after the late tenor saxophonist who founded the establishment with business partner Pete King.
9.00pm Lockdown Chaos: How the Government Lost Control Channel 4 – In July, the Prime Minister said he hoped life would be normal again by Christmas, but now most of the UK is under lockdown. What happened? Antony Barnett investigates the second wave of Covid-19, looking at how the government lost control and revealing new evidence about companies making millions from the pandemic.
8.00pm How to Spend It Well at Christmas with Phillip Schofield ITV – The presenter provides festive consumer advice beginning with a guide to toys. He visits a school to see if the classic Rubik’s Cube can compete with modern equivalents. Christopher Biggins joins a group of families to test out the latest board games, Angellica Bell and Dallas Campbell test out new educational toys for different age ranges, and Dancing on Ice’s Matt Evers road tests inline skates. Plus, consumer journalist Harry Wallop presents a guide to advent calendars.
9.00pm The Great Plague: Outbreak Five – Xand van Tulleken, Raksha Dave and John Sergeant trace the spread of the Great Plague of 1665 week by week and discover parallels with the coronavirus. In the first episode, the epidemic is traced back to its source in the parish of St Giles in the Fields, now at the heart of London’s theatre district. The programme also examines the symptoms of the disease and uncovers new research into the plague bacteria that could overthrow accepted ideas about how the infection was spread.
Notable Continuing Series: Industry, 9.15pm, BBC Two
Educating Greater Manchester,9.15pm, Channel 4
10.45pm Ovie: Life After Reality TV BBC One – Professional basketball player and Love Island star Ovie Soko decides which direction to take his life, as he explores the good and the bad of the reality TV industry.
9.00pm The Good Lord Bird Sky Atlantic – Historical drama series based on the award-winning novel by author James McBride, starring Ethan Hawke, Daveed Diggs and Joshua Caleb. In the first episode, Henry Shackleford, a young slave living in the Kansas territory in 1856, has a run-in with abolitionist John Brown. Believing Henry to be his good luck charm, Brown frees him and welcomes him into his ragtag army.
8.00pm DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC One – Nick Knowles meets Scunthorpe woman Caroline Blanchard, a single mum who has twice had to make the decision to turn off the life support for people she loves. She and her children live in the shadow of the garage, where seven-year-old Natasha banged her head in 2007, and the conservatory, where husband and father Paul had a heart attack four years later. The volunteers plan is to give them a new home for a new start, including demolishing the conservatory and garage where these two tragedies occurred.
9.00pm The Great Lockdown Experiment BBC Two – An investigation into just how closely Boris Johnson and the Government followed the scientific evidence throughout the early months of the coronavirus pandemic.
8.30pm Richard Osman’s House of Games Night BBC One – Comedian Roisin Conaty, ex-footballer Jermaine Jenas, comedian Jason Manford and comedy actress Jennifer Saunders test their general knowledge skills in a variety of fun trivia-based games. Host Richard has some surprises up his sleeve, including a House of Games House Band, a sneaky peak at some other rooms in his House of Games and a few surprise, special guests. A weekly winner will be declared following a quick-fire round at the end of the show as the scores are tallied across the five-part series, resulting in an overall champion being crowned.
Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox,9.00pm, Channel 4
The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4
9.00pm For Life Sky Witness – A wrongly imprisoned prisoner becomes a lawyer, fighting cases for other inmates before embarking on a quest for his own freedom. Legal drama, starring Nicholas Pinnock.
11.30pm God Shave the Queens BBC One – The queens embark on their first Drag Race UK tour. Hosted by Drag Race legend Alyssa Edwards, the event sees The Vivienne, Baga Chipz, Divina de Campo, Cheryl Hole, Blu Hydranga, Sum Ting Wong, Vinegar Strokes, Scaredy Kat, and Gothy Kendoll perform in venues in six UK cities. Alyssa – who promises to bring a seasoned and steady hand to the stage – arrives to find the gaggle of UK queens scrambling to get their collective act together. The problem is that curtain-up is only hours away.