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Falklands War: The Untold Story

9pm, Channel 4

Considering the state of the world, revisiting the Falklands war might feel badly timed, but this documentary is to mark the 40th anniversary of the biggest amphibious operation the UK had undertaken since D-day. The comprehensive, gravely narrated film uses powerful footage to relive events and speaks to troops, commanders and the head of the SAS in the Falklands, Sir Michael Rose, for the first time about how close the force came to defeat. Hollie Richardson

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy

7.15pm, BBC Two

To Milan tonight: home of the espresso, where olive oil plays second fiddle to butter, and rice and polenta replace pasta and dough. Do the Milanese get enough respect for what they bring to the Italian table? Tucci wraps his chops round its delicacies to find out. HR

Peaky Blinders

9pm, BBC One

It’s the penultimate episode of the final season, and Tommy is still going full throttle in spite of his diagnosis. After setting out to change the face of Birmingham’s Chinatown, he makes another questionable move that will change his family’s future – and still has time to squeeze in an extramarital encounter on a barge. HR

The Ipcress File

9pm, ITV

The slinky spy remake continues with Harry and Jean setting off to the Pacific in pursuit of nuclear weapons being tested there, while the inscrutable Dalby hunts for an old love. Amid this drama’s double-crossing and stiff cocktails, the chemistry between lead stars Lucy Boynton and Joe Cole is great to watch. Henry Wong

American Rapstar

9pm, BBC Three

Justin Staple’s 2020 documentary makes its TV debut, exploring the phenomenon of subculture rappers on online music platform SoundCloud. Focusing on a new breed of artists, the 75-minute film shows the shocking antics of Smokepurpp, Bhad Bhabie and Lil Peep (who died of a prescription drug overdose in 2017). HR

Skint

10pm, BBC Four

“I’m not too young to die in a doorway. How can I be too young for benefits?” These 15-minute monologues describing lives on the margins may be short but they pack a punch. Tonight’s batch is headed by Jenni Fagan’s Heart of Glass, starring Isis Hainsworth as Mia, who channels her alienation into punk. Phil Harrison

Film choices

People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan, 11.55am, 8pm, Sky Cinema Premiere

People Just Do Nothing: Big Japan
People Just Do Nothing: Big Japan Photograph: Pictorial Press Ltd/Alamy

The gormless gang from Kurupt FM are brought back together in this successfully larger-scale sequel to the TV mockumentary series. When their erstwhile manager, Chabuddy G (a standout turn from Asim Chaudhry), reveals that a track of theirs has become a hit on a Japanese TV gameshow, the lads fly out east to capitalise on their newfound fame. But can they stay true to their garage roots? A culture-clash comedy that smartly focuses on the crew’s ineptitude and misguided bravado as they flounder in a foreign land. Simon Wardell

Molly’s Game, 10pm, BBC Two

The true story of a former skier who ran a high-stakes poker game for the great and the not-so-good gets the Aaron Sorkin treatment in this seductive, quick-witted film. Jessica Chastain impresses as the smart but underestimated Molly Bloom, who works her way into the exclusive circle of LA’s high-rollers by catering to their gambling demands, until hit by FBI charges. Sparks fly with Idris Elba’s defence attorney but it’s the power-dressing Chastain – driven but sympathetic – who is the tale’s principal focus, luring us into big-money poker’s inherently dramatic world. SW

La La Land, 11.05pm, BBC One

It didn’t win the best film Oscar in the end, but Damien Chazelle’s part homage, part rewriting of the classic Hollywood musical is a joyous experience. Aspiring actor Mia (Emma Stone) and aspiring jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) fall for each other in an LA of primary colours and perfect sunsets – with the film as much in love with the city as the couple. Dreams – attainable and not – temper their affair, with Stone and Gosling’s non-Broadway dancing and singing (music by Justin Hurwitz) giving a naturalistic twist to the gloriously stylised visuals. SW

Live sport

Challenge Cup Rugby League: Barrow Raiders v Huddersfield Giants 4pm, BBC Two. Sixth-round match at Craven Park.

F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 6pm, Sky Sports Main Event. From Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

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