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The Outlaws

9pm, BBC One

Stephen Merchant’s comedy returns, picking up a few months after the motley crew of small-time criminals helped Ben (Gamba Cole) escape both the police and a violent gang. But they’re not out of the woods just yet, especially as they continue to battle their personal demons. With time still left to serve on their sentences, Lady Gabby (Eleanor Tomlinson) is back to her old habits, Rani (Rhianne Barreto) has been kicked out of her house and Frank (Christopher Walken) is making plans for when his tag is taken off. Then there’s supervisor Diane (Jessica Gunning), who joins the gang on a doomed night out. Hollie Richardson

Britain’s Got Talent Final

7.30pm, ITV

The crowning moment: after a week of live semi-finals – and patriotically ceding its usual Saturday night slot to the jubilee – the 15th season of BTG reaches its climax. From the 10 finalists, only one act will receive £250,000 and a plum slot at the Royal Variety Performance. Graeme Virtue

Top Gear

8pm, BBC One

Yet another series of the blokey – albeit now slightly less provocative – petrol fest. Free from Covid regulations, the lads are striking out. Highlights include a Florida road trip in which Freddie Flintoff tries bobsleighing in a Sinclair C5 (it works surprisingly well) and vigorous road tests for some of TV’s best-known cop cars. Phil Harrison

On the Black Hill: The Read

8pm, BBC Four

Callum Scott Howells (best known as It’s a Sin’s Colin) wraps up in a woolly scarf to give a beautiful alfresco reading of Bruce Chatwin’s 1982 novel On the Black Hill – a story about identical twin brothers who grow up on a farm in rural Wales and never leave home. HR

Hunted

9pm, Channel 4

Five teams are left on the run, including hitchhikers Abi and Grace, plus police officer Sarah Kibble, who amuses herself by trying to lure the hunters to a dinosaur park. It’s deaf duo Nathan and James who you’re really rooting for, though, as they are forced to get public transport following repeatedly ignored requests for lifts. Alexi Duggins

Conversations With Friends

10pm, BBC Three

Frances (Alison Oliver) and Melissa (Jemima Kirke) have a long-overdue awkward chat about The Affair over a cup of tea. Later, Frances gets her first short story published – but how will Bobbi (Sasha Lane) react to discovering it’s about her? Watch out for the juicy twist in Tuesday’s concluding episode. HR

Film choice

Radioactive, 9.30pm, BBC Two

Sam Riley and Rosamund Pike in Radioactive on BBC Two.
Sam Riley and Rosamund Pike in Radioactive on BBC Two. Photograph: Studiocanal/Laurie Sparham/Allstar

Marjane Satrapi’s eye-catching biopic of Marie Curie is as much a history of what her discoveries in radioactivity led to as the tale of a Polish immigrant in Paris fighting prejudice to complete her groundbreaking work. Rosamund Pike brings a fierce intelligence to her portrayal of the double Nobel prize-winning scientist, showing us both the headstrong and hamstrung aspects of her character – but it’s the scenes of atom bomb testing, radiotherapy and the Chernobyl disaster that give a wider context to what she lived, and died, for. Simon Wardell

Kubo and the Two Strings, 12.45pm, Film4

In this delightful animated fantasy, a one-eyed boy, Kubo (Art Parkinson) – who has the ability to bring paper magically to life – goes in search of his dead father’s armour in order to defeat his evil grandfather, the Moon King. He is aided in his quest by a monkey charm (Charlize Theron) and a samurai turned beetle (Matthew McConaughey). Travis Knight’s film is as delicate as the origami his hero creates, with a visual palette inspired by Japanese puppetry and art, but throws in some kid-friendly comedy as the genial, bickering trio face perils on land and sea. SW

Live sport

World Cup Play-Off Final: Wales v Scotland or Ukraine, 4pm, ITV Path A play-off final, which takes place at Cardiff City Stadium.

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