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Late night mash

10 p.m., Dave

After four years on BBC Two, the news satire The Mash Report was canceled earlier this year. Initially a spin-off of the Daily Mash website, the show gained engaged audiences for hosts Nish Kumar and the sarcastic skewer of the week’s events by Rachel Parrish. Fans will be delighted that Kumar, Parrish and the Ellie Taylor comic are now back for nine new episodes, courtesy of Dave, featuring a list of penpals including Geoff Norcott, Catherine Bohart, Michael Spicer and Ahir Shah. Ammar Kalia

Joe Lycett supports you

8 p.m., Canal 4

The comedian-turned-consumer champion continues his quest to right the wrongs in the country’s retail sector. This week, he’s joined by the affable Lorraine Kelly to investigate the dark side of the puppy online shopping boom, while Mark Silcox and Rosie Jones take a look at burgers and faux fur, respectively. Hannah j davies

Redeeming Uncle Tom: The Josiah Henson Story

8:40 p.m., PBS America

Josiah Henson is believed to have been the inspiration for the main character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin after the author read his memoir about his flight to Canada to escape slavery. Donald Glover recounts this historic film of his life. AK


9 p.m., BBC One

Liverpool’s winter streets appear empty during the second lockdown, but the North West ambulance service is busier than ever and is even being asked to take calls from Scotland for help. Among the many cases tonight is a ride with Linda and Emma from the mobile mental health unit. Graeme Vertu

Sixteen: class of 2021

9 p.m., Canal 4

Kara and Callum take center stage in the second episode of this compelling docuserie about GCSE students at Dudley. As the end of the year approaches, Kara finds her artistic bent as Callum, in scenes funnier than any sitcom aired this week, discusses learning with her heroically blunt father. Jack Seale

Bernardine Evaristo and Alan Yentob. Photograph: Tom Hayward / BBC Studios

Imagine: Bernardine Evaristo – Never give up

10:35 p.m., BBC One

Alan Yentob’s unrivaled arts documentary features Booker-winning novelist Bernardine Evaristo for her latest opus. Gaining fame relatively late in her career, Yentob explores Evaristo’s upbringing with a mixed-race family in Woolwich, south-east London, and reexamines his earlier works. AK

Lisa Loven Kongsli and Johannes Kuhnke in Force.
Cool drama… Lisa Loven Kongsli and Johannes Kuhnke in Force. Photograph: courtesy Everett Collection / Rex

Choice of films

Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund, 2015), 1h35, Film 4
Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke) and his family are enjoying a ski trip to the French Alps when an unexpected event casts doubt on his entire relationship with them in Ruben Östlund’s cool, calculated drama. The slow dismantling of his emotional props is played out in breathtaking icy landscapes. Simon wardell

Live sport

Paralympic Games 2020 9am, Channel 4. Swimming coverage with appearances by Ellie Simmonds.

Cricket: England vs India 10 a.m., Sky Sports Main Event. First day of the Fourth Test of the series of five matches.

International football: Lithuania v Northern Ireland 7:30 p.m. Sky Sports Main Event. Qualifying match for the World Cup.

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