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The Night Watch
Anna Maxwell Martin, Claire Foy and Jodie Whittaker star in this gorgeous adaptation of the Sarah Waters novel. A group of young women, and one young man, live out their forbidden love lives behind closed doors in postwar London. The use of a set-up/rewind structure works to great stylish and dramatic effect and the performances are involving and beautifully understated against the backdrop of the London blitz and its horrors. The only thing you wish for is more time. This needs more than 90 minutes for the relationships to fully develop, but what is there is so worth watching.
9pm, Channel 4
Southern Fried Chicken may sound like some cheaply derivative Mickey Mouse outfit, but this British, family-run chain has a yearly turnover of £100m and branches in over 70 countries. Trouble is, the least attended-to stores are (yes) in the UK itself, with struggling managers left in the dark and cutting corners. Kind-hearted owner and MD Andrew Withers joins some hard-working counter staff to investigate where SFC is falling down.
In 1971, John Lennon was just 30 years old, and one of the most famous people alive. This Alan Yentob film recounts what Lennon did next – moved to New York City and embarked on a solo career by turns inspirational and infuriating, before being shot dead outside his home in 1980. Yentob talks to Lennon’s associates during this period, including his wife, Yoko Ono, photographer Bob Gruen and friend Elton John. The story is illustrated further with unseen concert footage and home movies, and previously unheard recordings.
You’d scarcely think the smells that emanate from the bedrooms of teenage boys could translate into unimaginable profits, but for Lynx, this is precisely the case. In this third captivating look at the world of fragrance, getting the latest in the Lynx range just right for the exploding market in Brazil means millions hanging in the balance. In a country where there are 1.5 million Avon reps, they appear to know their onions. In this final episode, we also see the revival of Grossmith, a Victorian perfume house reinvigorated by two of the family’s direct descendants.
9pm, Sky Atlantic
The friendship between Jackie and Dr O’Hara (brilliantly played by Eve Best) has been one of the best things about Nurse Jackie so far, with their fancy lunches and genuine affection for each other providing much of the comic relief. The third series continues, however, with them still not talking, thanks to Jackie’s unfortunate habit of stealing her friend’s money to pay for drugs. There’s more Kevin/Eddie drama, but, as usual, Merritt Wever gets the best scenes tonight, as Zoey decides to right the wrong of the maternity unit getting the best sort of gloves, by going on a mission of benevolent theft. Excellent. Rebecca Nicholson
It sounds like a moody thriller written by an even moodier Scandinavian but, in fact, it’s the Brit incarnation of the kind of bonkers gameshow that the Japanese used to do so well in the 80s. The idea is that contestants have to endure “sick, spiteful and/or silly” challenges without agitating the “noiseometer”. There’s a cash prize of £2,000 for the winning team. Adam Buxton commentates, presumably with tongue firmly in cheek. Martin Skegg