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The Witchfinder

10pm, BBC Two

Daisy May Cooper and Tim Key in a period comedy from the writers behind This Time With Alan Partridge? Yes please! Key is an insufferable and failing witch-hunter in 1645, who sees an opportunity to climb to the top of his game with a suspected witch (the reliably uncouth and deadpan Cooper). He carts her across the country to go on trial and, over six episodes, they encounter comedy stars including Jessica Hynes, Julian Barratt and Allan Mustafa along the way. Hollie Richardson

The Conductor

8pm, Sky Arts

When she was nine, Marin Alsop saw Leonard Bernstein conduct an orchestra in New York and decided on her path in life. Using music conducted by Alsop, this documentary charts her remarkable journey to the top of the classical music world, tracking her huge achievements in the face of institutional sexism. Phil Harrison

This Is Going to Hurt

9pm, BBC One

It’s breaking point for the doctors. Adam rounds up colleagues to attend his doomed engagement party while dealing with a betrayal close to home, and Shruti goes heavy on the alcohol the night before her exam. Adam’s cold-as-ice mother also makes a return. Sammy Gecsoyler

Rock Till We Drop

9pm, BBC Two

Lady Leshurr in Rock Till We Drop.
A heartwarming ode to late bloomers … Lady Leshurr in Rock Till We Drop. Photograph: BBC/RDF Television

Martin Kemp and Lady Leshurr continue at the helm of this heartwarming ode to late bloomers. Tonight, the ageing rockers form two bands and rehearse before their performance on the main stage at the Isle of Wight festival. While one band struggles to harmonise, the other forges ahead. SG

The Gilded Age

9pm, Sky Atlantic

Tonight in Julian Fellowes’s period drama of old money in 19th-century America: a certain Mr Edison turns on Manhattan with his electricity display; Bannister plots revenge; and George prepares for a legal dust-up of his own. Ali Catterall

Cheaters

9.50pm, BBC One

With its 10-minute-long episodes, intertwining stories and lived-in characters, it’s easy to fall for this romantic comedy. Tonight, Zack faces catastrophe while picking up his dad from the airport, Josh and Fola fail to stay apart and Esther plans a particularly bleak “sten do” (that’s a hen and stag combo). Henry Wong

Film choices

Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Magnificently unlikable … Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Photograph: Fox Searchlight Pictures/Moviestore/Rex/ Shutterstock

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller, 2018), 9pm, Film4
Melissa McCarthy’s magnificently unlikable lead character makes Marielle Heller’s real-life drama a prickly but highly rewarding watch. Lee Israel is a hard-up, alcoholic writer who is struggling to get her biography of actor Fanny Brice commissioned, so resorts to forging letters by famous dead people – and discovers an income stream and a genuine talent. Richard E Grant has a ball as her deadbeat criminal sidekick Jack in a droll tale of hubris and greed in the literary world. Simon Wardell

Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017), 11.15pm, BBC Two
This 2017 Paul Thomas Anderson masterwork was Daniel Day-Lewis’s unexpected swan song as an actor, and his commitment to the role is total (he even spent a year learning dressmaking in preparation for it). His high-end 1950s fashion designer, Reynolds Woodcock, finds his obsessively controlled world – aided by sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) – thrown off-centre by Alma (Vicky Krieps), a waitress he seduces and then attempts to shape into a pliant muse. The push and pull of her resistance to – and love for – him gives their relationship a twisted power dynamic as finely detailed as one of his outfits. SW

Live sport

International Test cricket: West Indies v England 1pm, BT Sport 1. Day one of the first Test of three, from Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Uefa Champions League football: Liverpool v Inter Milan 7pm, BT Sport 2. The last-16 second-leg tie at Anfield.

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