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TV tonight: a murky whodunnit in Welsh crime drama Hidden | Television & radio


9pm, BBC Four

This atmospheric Welsh crime drama returns for a third season, and DCI Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams) is at a job interview in Liverpool ready to take on urban living and crime. But before making any big moves, she’s got another case to solve back in the Welsh countryside: a farmer’s body has washed up on a stream bank. Cue a murky whodunnit, and the victim’s wife raises strong suspicions. Hollie Richardson

Celebrity Mastermind

7.30pm, BBC One

Reassuringly, the celebrities often seem every bit as daunted by the looming black chair as the rest of us on the civilian iteration. Tonight’s contenders include comedian Nina Conti (who’s tackling the short stories of Stephen King) and Channel 4 news reporter Fatima Manji, who’ll be boning up on Queen Victoria. Phil Harrison

Pointless Celebrities

8pm, BBC One

Jingles all the way: Xander and Richard convene a special radio stars instalment of the quiz that rewards those wily enough to come up with obscure answers. The broadcasters getting themselves out from behind the mic include Women’s Hour’s Jenni Murray, Radio 2’s 80s expert Gary Davies and 1Xtra’s Snoochie Shy. Graeme Virtue

TOTP: The Story of 1992

8.45pm, BBC Two

Mel Giedroyc continues her journey through 90s music, this time taking us back exactly 30 years to when “pop was getting edged out by a wave of disposable dance music”. Thank God for emerging working-class Scottish pop band Wet Wet Wet, eh? They recall the glory days, along with other stars of the year, including Shakespears Sister. HR

Killing Eve

9.25pm, BBC One

With Eve letting Villanelle stay in her hotel room for the night while she turns her full attention to hunting down the Twelve, has the show lost its key cat-and-mouse component? Perhaps, but keep an eye out for dark horse Pam, the wannabe assassin who keeps things murderous and bloody. HR

Queens of Mystery

9.25pm, Channel 5

DS Matilda Stone (Olivia Vinall) is on the case in this second chapter of the colourful comedy crime series. Oscar Prescott, a nominee for the Golden Pick Axe award, has been murdered – and a number of names are in the frame. Is it a fellow author? Oscar’s publisher? Or his paranoid literary agent? Ali Catterall

Film choices

Climax, 1.50am, Film4

Gaspar Noé’s 2018 film Climax.
Gaspar Noé’s 2018 film Climax. Photograph: Wild Bunch

A group of dancers are celebrating the last night of rehearsals for their new show at a school building somewhere in France. Fatefully, someone has spiked the party punch with LSD and, this being a Gaspar Noé film, all hell breaks loose. The collapse of fellowship and social order in an already sexually febrile atmosphere is laid out in epically long takes, the camera swirling and staggering after the improvising actors as they succumb to hallucinations, paranoia, violence and desire. It’s a blunt-force approach, but deliriously effective. Simon Wardell

Burning, 10pm, BBC Four

There’s a surreptitious flavour to Korean director Lee Chang-dong’s fine drama, adapted from a Haruki Murakami story. Yoo Ah-in stars as slightly gormless would-be writer Jong-su, who hooks up with an old schoolmate, Jeon Jong-seo’s restless Hae-mi. However, his place in her affections is soon usurped by Steven Yeun’s Ben – rich, self-assured, blandly enigmatic. Drifting almost imperceptibly from youthful romance to murky mystery, the film is deliciously disconcerting and, like Yeun’s pivotal performance, doesn’t appear to be trying too hard. SW

Live sport

Athletics: World Indoor Championships 8.15am, BBC Two Day two from Belgrade, including the men’s 800m with British indoor record holder Elliot Giles.

Super League Rugby: Warrington Wolves v Wakefield Trinity Noon Channel 4. From Halliwell Jones Stadium.

International Cricket: West Indies v England 1.30pm, BT Sport 2. The fourth day of the second Test at Kensington Oval. The final Test starts Thursday, 1pm, BT Sport 1.

Six Nations Rugby Union: Wales v Italy 1.45pm, BBC One. The final day of the championship, with Ireland v Scotland following at 4pm on ITV and France v England at 7.15pm, also on ITV.

FA Cup Football: Middlesbrough v Chelsea 4.50pm, BBC One. The Championship team take on last year’s FA Cup runners-up in the sixth round at Riverside Stadium.

Women’s World Cup Cricket: New Zealand v England 10pm, Sky Sports Main Event. A group match from Auckland.

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