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The Great Game

9pm, Sky Atlantic

Most football followers do not have a very favorable view of the brokers who exploit the recreation by unsettling gifted gamers. So this new eight-part drama starring Francesco Montanari as agent Corso Manni is likely to be a troublesome promote, notably throughout a World Cup that feels emblematic of the venality that has engulfed the recreation. The drama itself is a flash, shiny affair depicting a ruthless, brutal world. Manni has gone from riches to rags after a playing scandal. Can he claw his means again to the prime? Phil Harrison

Children in Need

7pm, BBC One

There’s a costume code for this yr’s enchantment: spotty! Or simply slip into your comfiest PJs, textual content a donation and watch an evening of skits, cameos and heart-tugging tales. Ade Adepitan, Mel Giedroyc, Chris Ramsey, Alex Scott and Jason Manford are your hosts for the night. Hollie Richardson

Desiree Burch celebrates on QI. Photograph: BBC/Fremantle Media/Talkback


10pm, BBC Two

Tonight: animals starting with the letter T, from tortoises to toads and (startlingly well-endowed) tapirs, vulnerable to by accident stepping on their very own penises. Also, “What is the most terrifying information you possibly can’t hear?” Is it, as Hannah Waddingham suggests, “your breasts slowly drooping over time”? Ali Catterall

The Last Leg

10pm, Channel 4

The live-wire information send-up returns in time for Qatar 2022 which – together with the perennial #IsItOK social media tag – ought to present a lot of materials for Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker. Helping them knock some satirical screamers into the prime nook this week are Rose Ayling-Ellis, AJ Odudu and Peter Crouch. Graeme Virtue

Babylon Berlin

11pm, Sky Atlantic

A heady fourth season concludes, with the metropolis in ever extra acute turmoil. While Rath (Volker Bruch) appears to have a victory price celebrating, the climax is constructed round inside strife for the Nazis: Stennes lastly takes motion in opposition to Hitler and plots a coup. It’s price a shot… Jack Seale

The Big Narstie Show

11.05pm, Channel 4

In presumably the most unpredictable late-night chatshow going, Stephen Graham, who performs Mr Wormwood in the new Matilda movie, and Paul Mescal, star of the upcoming movie Aftersun, be a part of comic Aisling Bea and social media sensation Nella Rose on the couch. A great time is sort of definitely on the playing cards. Sammy Gecsoyler

Film selections

Verbal sparring ... Ryan Reynolds, left, and Will Ferrell in a scene from Spirited.
Ryan Reynolds, left, and Will Ferrell in a scene from Spirited. Photograph: Claire Folger/AP

Spirited (Sean Anders, 2022), Apple TV+
A Christmas Carol will get a enjoyable remix in Sean Anders’s musical comedy. Will Ferrell performs the Ghost of Christmas Present, who works in a division of the afterlife devoted to the redemption of unhealthy folks. He chooses permatanned advertising guide Clint (Ryan Reynolds) – “the good mixture of Mussolini and Seacrest” – as the newest “perp” deserving of a spooky ethical lesson. However, the PR man proves a tough nut to crack, whereas Present falls for Clint’s assistant Kimberly (Octavia Spencer). The songs are serviceable however it’s Ferrell and Reynolds’s verbal sparring that hits the spot. Simon Wardell

Mark Rylance, right, and Mark Lewis Jones in The Phantom of the Open.
Real-life story … Mark Rylance, proper, and Mark Lewis Jones in The Phantom of the Open. Photograph: Nick Wall/AP

The Phantom of the Open (Craig Roberts, 2021), 11.45am, 8pm, Sky Cinema Premiere
Golf has supplied cinema with a number of plucky underdog tales (Tin Cup, Happy Gilmore) however few have featured a participant as horrible as Maurice Flitcroft. This real-life story follows the Barrow shipyard employee (performed with sympathetic precision by Mark Rylance) as redundancy conjures up in him ideas of a profession in a sport for which he has completely no expertise. His makes an attempt to qualify for the Open are comedian and squirm-inducing in equal measure, with moments of harsh monetary actuality that maintain the movie underneath par. SW

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