TV tonight: what better time for an evening with Dolly Parton?

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<span>Photograph: Steve Barney/BBC</span>
Photograph: Steve Barney/BBC

BBC Two provides a night of songs from the Queen of Country. Plus: a moving portrait of a fearless ice wall climber. Here’s what to watch this evening


Dolly Parton at the BBC

8.30pm, BBC Two

Beyond being the Queen of Country, the pandemic proved Dolly Parton to be a total hero – with her $1m donation to the Moderna vaccine. So, what better time to settle in for an evening of her performances? From Here You Come Again to I Will Always Love You and 9 to 5, Parton’s “at the BBC” treatment is an hour of telly impossible not to sing along to. Sadly, it won’t feature her recent “vacciiine” take on “Joleeene”. Hollie Richardson


The Masked Singer

7pm, ITV

“Take it off! Take it off!” The highly enjoyable (and downright bizarre) singing contest/guessing game is back and we’re down to eight contestants in their elaborate costumes. Who will be the fifth to leave? Joel Dommett is on presenting duties, while Davina McCall and co do the judging. HR

Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel

8.30pm, BBC One

The wacky gameshow that sees celebrities teaming up with contestants to answer questions on specialist topics (perfectly suited to McIntyre’s Marmite mannerisms) continues. Tonight, Dermot O’Leary, Penny Lancaster, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Judi Love, Craig Revel Horwood and Nikki Fox join the spinning stage. Henry Wong

Secrets of the Royal Palaces

8.30pm, Channel 5

Another compendium of royal gossip majors on Versailles, with its hall of mirrors – a tricky build, since mirror-making in 1634 was a viciously guarded Venetian trade secret. The most memorable insider info, however, concerns the immediate aftermath of the death of Princess Diana. Jack Seale


Hidden Assets

9pm, BBC Four

Following its full-throttle start, the Irish crime thriller starring Angeline Ball continues with another double bill. Rough diamonds are found in Fionn Brannigan’s offices and Emer links this evidence to the bombings – this leads her on a trip to Antwerp in the second episode. The series concludes next week. HR

The Alpinist

9pm, Sky Documentaries

How do you make a film about a gifted young climber when he regularly vanishes to do far-flung solo ascents? That is just one thread in this moving portrait of Marc-André Leclerc, a fearless Canadian compelled to scale precarious ice walls. The heart-in-mouth result is a fitting monument to his skill. Graeme Virtue

Film choice

Supernova, 10.25am, 8pm, Sky Cinema Premiere

Harry Macqueen’s chamber piece has a more muted take on memory loss than recent films The Father or Relic, but is no less heart-tugging. Longstanding couple Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), who has early onset dementia, take a road trip to the Lake District. Amid family gatherings and cosy nights in their campervan, the pair struggle to deal with loss – in more ways than one. It may sidestep some of the realities of the condition, but this is a superbly acted drama about living life on your own terms. Simon Wardell

Live sport

Premier League Football: Everton v Aston Villa
11.30am, BT Sport 1. From Goodison Park.
Champions Cup Rugby Union: Bath v Leinster
12.30pm, Channel 4. Pool A encounter at the Recreation Ground.

Bowls: World Indoor Championships
1.30pm, BBC Two. The open singles semi-finals from Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk.

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