TV tonight: Alec Baldwin wades into some muddy American waters

Ammar Kalia, Hannah Verdier, Hannah J Davies, Graeme Virtue and Paul Howlett
·3 min read


10pm, BBC Scotland

Filmed over five years, this Alec Baldwin-narrated film tells the disturbing story of widespread water pollution in Flint, Michigan. Initially caused by a cost-cutting measure to switch the city’s water supply from the Great Lakes to the contaminated Flint River in 2014, the resulting brown water began to cause alarming illnesses amongst the city’s residents. Once the water supply was restored in 2015, lead particles from corroded pipes then seeped into the supply, potentially affecting thousands of children. Ammar Kalia

Great British Christmas Menu

8pm, BBC Two

Brilliant ball of charisma Andi Oliver goes from judge to host in this festive special, in which the chefs must make a feast fit for pandemic heroes. It’s canapes and starters first, with eye-catching creations featuring baubles, music boxes and Christmas crackers. Hannah Verdier

The Truth About Amazon: How It Took Over the World

9pm, Channel 4

More consumer tips for those in thrall to Jeff Bezos’s megamart. Sabrina Grant and Helen Skelton look at how Amazon has used its cash and data to replace 99.9% of other shops and services known to man, before asking what it will do next – and whether we should be worried. Hannah J Davies

The Dambusters

9pm, Channel 5

Historian Dan Snow presents this three-part series, continuing nightly until Thursday, tracing the lead-up to the second world war bombing campaign that aimed to topple the Nazi war effort. Tonight, we learn of young wing commander Guy Gibson, who was tasked with recruiting 147 aircrew. AK

Goldie: The Art that Made Me
9pm, Sky Arts

Graffiti artist and drum’n’bass pioneer Goldie brings fronts this enjoyable documentary looking back at how the evolution of street art accompanied his own rising career in the late 1980s and 1990s. He returns to his street art origins in the Bronx and then charts the path of graffiti into the fine art world. AK

Martha: A Picture Story
10.30pm, Sky Arts

This fleet-footed profile tries to keep up with Martha Cooper, a fiercely self-reliant photographer who captured the emerging 1970s graffiti scene in New York. Her 1984 book Subway Art is now a classic, but the 75-year-old wants to make new work rather than rest on her laurels. Graeme Virtue

Film choice

Let Me In (Matt Reeves, 2010) 9pm, Horror Channel
Reeves’s US remake of the haunting Swedish vampire movie Let the Right One In loses some of the original’s sly humour in favour of a less subtle horror. But with Kodi Smit-McPhee as the troubled 12-year-old boy and Chloë Grace Moretz as his vampire friend, the youthful emotion survives. Paul Howlett

Live sport

T20 Cricket: South Africa v England 3.20pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Third and final T20 in the series.

Champions League Football: Shakhtar Donetsk v Real Madrid 5.30pm, BT Sport 1. Group B match from NSC Olimpiyskiy.

Championship Football: Rotherham United v Brentford 8pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Clash from New York Stadium.