TV tonight: awkward confessions continue in Aisling Bea’s hilarious stealth hit

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This Way Up

10pm, Channel 4

Aisling Bea’s charming, subtle comedy continues to offer a beautifully nuanced take on friendship, romance and mental health. Tonight Áine (Bea) and Tom (Ricky Grover) fumble through an awkward cafe confessional while Sharon Horgan’s Shona is left hanging by her future husband in New York. The scripts and performances are full of the warmth, awkwardness and occasional revelation that most of us would recognise as real life. Almost by stealth, This Way Up has become one of the more singular shows on TV. Phil Harrison

Kirstie and Phil’s Love It Or List It: Brilliant Builds

8pm, Channel 4

Allsopp and Spencer continue. Tonight, they focus on renovating homes without besmirching the properties’ period charm. A rural Northamptonshire semi with an outdated layout and a 17th-century Surrey cottage lacking space are deemed worthy of a revisit. Jack Seale

Fake or Fortune?

9pm, BBC One

In this globetrotting edition of the art-sleuthing series, a Los Angeles collector dearly hopes his study of a man at prayer in a mosque is an original by the 19th-century orientalist artist Gérôme. Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould employ hi-tech analysis and old-fashioned shoe leather in their search for the truth. Graeme Virtue

George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations

9pm, Channel 4

An entertaining series with a deceptively serious purpose – in a country with a profound housing crisis, more than 600,000 buildings across Britain sit empty. Tonight: Rachel and Mike attempt to convert a former police station into a family home. PH


10pm, BBC Four

The classy and enigmatic French sci-fi continues to roll out its second season of bite-size portions. In the first of tonight’s episodes, Jeanne reaches the edge of the forest and initiates contact with the mysterious stranger. Meanwhile, there are concerns about Alex’s state of mind as he approaches Mars. PH


10pm, Sky Arts

The final episode of this perky cultural magazine show welcomes rapper, singer and songwriter Enny, who will be discussing musical celebrations of dark-skinned women – as evidenced by her hit single Peng Black Girls. Elsewhere, there is an exploration of AI creativity and a visit from a robot. PH

Film choice

The Man With Two Brains (Carl Reiner, 1983), 12.45am, TCM Movies
None-too-cerebral comedy from Carl Reiner and Steve Martin. Martin plays Dr Michael Hfuhruhurr, a brilliant brain surgeon lured by cold and calculating Kathleen Turner into marriage. However, when he falls in love with a woman’s brain in a bottle, the doctor has this crazy idea … Paul Howlett

Live sport

Olympics 2020 9am, BBC One. Athletics and track cycling, including the men’s team pursuit final.

Test cricket: England v India 10am, Sky Sports Main Event. The series begins at Trent Bridge.

The Hundred cricket: Birmingham Phoenix v Oval Invincibles 6.45pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Live from Edgbaston.

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