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Louis Theroux’s Forbidden America

Sunday, 9pm, BBC Two

“I actually enjoy racist humour and misogyny … I think it’s awesome.” This is the sort of rhetoric Louis Theroux faces in a new series about the internet’s effect on controversial subcultures, starting with the far right. Attempting to maintain his composure (but often failing to do so) he spends time with self-proclaimed “internet troll” Anthime Gionet, who says “antisemitic is a made-up term”, as well as “political commentator” Nicholas Fuentes, who earns thousands of dollars in donations from fans of his disturbing online rants. Things turn meta, and more uncomfortable, when they both rip Theroux apart for being a “pretentious liberal journalist” on their own live streams. Hollie Richardson

Chloe

9pm, BBC One

“I’ve dug myself into a bit of a hole … but it just feels good.” Anyone else bracing themselves for the moment when the jig is up for Becky (a brilliantly complex Erin Doherty)? Tonight, she works out who Chloe was having an affair with before her death – it’s fairly obvious who, but still highly enjoyable to watch unfold. Meanwhile, her new relationship with Elliot gets more complicated (he is the widower of the woman she had an Instagram obsession with, after all). Episode four of the addictive thriller airs Monday. HR

Call the Midwife

8pm, BBC One

More reassuring than hot cocoa in an old chipped mug. Sister Frances takes charge of a young teenage mum from foster care; Timothy returns from university feeling poorly, before clashing with Dr Turner; Sister Hilda looks after a heavily pregnant woman suffering from a painful condition; and Nonnatus House faces its biggest threat yet. Ali Catterall

Trigger Point

9pm, ITV

Come for the next explosion, stay for … well, the explosion after that. Anyone else starting to get easily distracted when it comes to the slow parts in between? Tonight in a nutshell: Lana works with New Scotland Yard to track down the Crusaders – but it leads her to suspects close to home. HR

The Curse

10pm, Channel 4

Now their opportunistic blag has turned into a record-breaking bullion heist, doofus crooks Albert (Allan Mustafa), Phil (Hugo Chegwin) and big Mick (Tom Davis) just have to lie low and avoid the fuzz. If only it were that simple. Episode two of the farcical 80s London-set crime yarn rattles along with energy and madcap charm. Graeme Virtue

Walter Presents: The Truth Will Out

11.30pm, Channel 4

The second season of this dark Swedish crime drama arrives and Peter Wendel’s cold case unit is looking more threadbare than ever. Former members have fled for pastures new and Peter (Robert Gustafsson) is still tormented by his brother’s apparent suicide. But was Urban’s death all it seemed? A reunion for his unit poses new questions. Phil Harrison

Film choices

The Most Beautiful Boy in the World
9pm, BBC Four

Björn Andrésen in Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri’s The Most Beautiful Boy in the World documentary on BBC Four.
Björn Andrésen in Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri’s The Most Beautiful Boy in the World documentary on BBC Four. Photograph: Everett Collection Inc/Alamy

He may be familiar currently as the white-haired, bearded old man who had a fall in Midsommar, but Björn Andrésen was once idolised around the world after playing the young Tadzio in Luchino Visconti’s 1971 film Death in Venice. The 15-year-old Swede, as Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri’s intimate documentary reveals, was pitched into a “living nightmare” of celebrity and dubious male attention due to the role – and it’s a period with which he still seems to be coming to terms. He has a heart-breaking story to tell, which he does with almost painful diffidence. Simon Wardell

Film choice

The Innocents
11.50pm, Talking Pictures TV

Among the many adaptations of Henry James’s horror novella The Turn of the Screw, Jack Clayton’s crisply shot 1961 film deserves its reputation as one of the best. It’s all in the ambiguity, with Deborah Kerr bringing her febrile upper-class energy to the role of governess Miss Giddens. Hired to look after an orphaned boy and girl in a country house, she suspects ghostly forces – the spirits of two dead servants – are at work on the young children, manipulating and corrupting them. Or is the unworldly vicar’s daughter just imagining it? SW

Live sport

Women’s Super League: Man City v Man United, 12.15pm, BBC Two From Academy Stadium. The rivals meet for the third time this season.

Six Nations Rugby Union: Italy v England
2.15pm, ITV
Second-round match from Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Super Bowl LVI: Cincinnati Bengals v
Los Angeles Rams, 11.35pm, BBC One

Showpiece match of the gridiron season at SoFi Stadium in LA.

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