TV tonight: Bake Off is back! | The Great British Cake


The Great British Cake

8 p.m., Canal 4

You know the chorus. Another year, and 12 other hopefuls enter the tent. Thanks to its longevity, Bake Off has now turned into a recurring seasonal ritual. Not too much change this year: As always, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood will sit on trial, while Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding offer equal parts distraction and encouragement. The opening episode keeps things simple: it’s cakes and even more cakes, ranging from mini rolls to physics-defying shows. Phil harrison

A house through time

9 p.m., BBC Two

David Olusoga’s latest search for “a new version of our nation’s past” continues. As always, it’s a fantastically discursive hour of television, this week starting in 1913 and encompassing Freemasonry, the Leeds drapery trade, and the unique horrors of the Battle of Gallipoli. Fascinating and moving. PH

Don’t mind the Buzzcocks

9 p.m., Sky Max

Greg Davies is chairing the new version of Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Photograph: Andrea Southam / Sky UK

Panels depend on chemistry: This reboot of the pop quiz will depend on the ability of host Greg Davies and regulars Noel Fielding, Daisy May Cooper and Jamali Maddix to bring themselves to life. At least tonight’s guests Anne-Marie, Jade Thirlwall and Nish Kumar seem to be enjoying themselves. PH

Inside Art: Bristol Street Art at M Shed

9 p.m., Sky Arts

“I felt like I was left in a secret club,” explains graffiti artist “Feek” of the creative collectives that gave birth to Massive Attack and Tricky. As a new exhibition on British street art opens at Bristol’s M Shed Museum, Kate Bryan discovers a fascinating feedback loop on art and style. Ali catterall

Spice Girls: How Girl Power Changed Britain

9:30 p.m., Canal 4

Get ready to share the historic moment Geri Halliwell left the Spice Girls. The scene is set as the group sacks their manager, Simon Fuller, and goes on tour. What follows is a reminder of the cruelty of the ’90s media, with their critical eye on the bodies and relationships of band members. Hannah verdier

Back to life

10:35 p.m., BBC One

Adorable ex-convict Miri (co-writer and star Daisy Haggard) is expected to get ready for her first date with Billy (Adeel Akhtar). That means a new haircut and a diet of her Tamagotchi, at a minimum. Instead, she travels around town on her bicycle in search of a vengeful Mandy. Clearly the night is going to be long. Ellen e jones

Choice of films

Kirk Douglas as John W Burns in Lonely Are the Brave.
Kirk Douglas as John W Film in Lonely Are the Brave. Photography: Joel Productions / Allstar

Lonely Are the Brave (David Miller, 1962), 12:50, Film4
A thoughtful and touching modern western with Kirk Douglas in a fine and subtle form like an old-fashioned outlaw: a lone horseman chased by the helicopters and jeeps of sympathetic sheriff Walter Matthau. The script, by formerly blacklisted Dalton Trumbo, is an elegy in a bygone era. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Cycling: Road World championships 9:25 am, Eurosport 1. The junior time trials.

ODI Women’s International Cricket: England v New Zealand 12:30 p.m. Sky Sports Main Event. Leicester’s third game.

EFL Football Cup: Norwich City vs Liverpool 7 p.m. Sky Sports Main Event. A Carrow Road third round match.

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