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Open House: The Great Sex Experiment

10pm, Channel 4

Gird your loins: here’s a dating show that hopes to break the taboo around polygamy. Each week, curious couples are invited to a swinging party, where they can ask others to join them for the night. Along the way, they talk things through with an intimacy therapist, Dr Lori Beth. First up, Mady and Nathan are looking for “a throuple situation”, but will they go through with it? The nightcam action is pretty awkward, but it does show the reality of what happens in such situations. Hollie Richardson

Frontline: Putin’s Road to War

7.50pm, PBS America

This documentary might have been put together quickly, but it paints a clear picture of what led to the invasion of Ukraine. Picking up from the moment Vladimir Putin’s national security team voted in favour of the war, Russia-born journalist Julia Ioffe says: “It felt like they were dancing bears performing for their master, who is impossible to please.” Quite. HR

Grayson’s Art Club

8pm, Channel 4

Ordinary life takes centre stage in Grayson Perry’s extraordinary (and delightfully singular) arts show this week. The comedian Joe Wilkinson crafts a piece inspired by “normal life”, while Cornelia Parker – famed for her oversized installations – discusses how art can electrify the everyday. Henry Wong

Tom Brittney as the Rev Will Davenport in Grantchester
Murder most foul … Tom Brittney as the Rev Will Davenport in Grantchester. Photograph: ITV

Grantchester

9pm, ITV

Secrets and lies in the 50s-set crime drama tonight. A member of the Rev Will Davenport’s congregation is found murdered in the run-up to a church fundraiser. But the victim was an upstanding member of the community – wasn’t he? Ali Catterall

Funeral for a Dog

9pm, Sky Atlantic

The gritty, sexy German adaptation of Thomas Pletzinger’s thriller continues with a double bill. Tuuli gives birth on 11 September 2001, while there are doubts about whether Felix is being dead. HR

Not Going Out

9.30pm, BBC One

Could Lee Mack be the new Tom Cruise? After he inadvertently sends an insulting text to uptight Anna, the usually listless Lee has to stage an escalating series of heists à la Mission: Impossible to try to delete the message. A raunchy farce with a road-tested one-liner for every daft incident. Graeme Virtue

Film choices

Emily Watson and Adam Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love
Emily Watson and Adam Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love. Photograph: AF archive/Alamy

Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002), IMDb TV
Long before he wowed with Oscar contender Licorice Pizza, Paul Thomas Anderson’s way with a romantic comedy was evident in this quirky 2002 film. Adam Sandler stars as the diffident Barry, who runs a small firm that has something to do with plungers. His seven sisters boss him around, which leads to comic explosions of rage. Then, one sibling introduces him to Lena (Emily Watson) who has – slightly bizarrely – fallen for him. Sandler brings his talent for physical comedy to a sweet caper that incorporates phone sex, a harmonium, multiple chocolate desserts and a shouty cameo from Philip Seymour Hoffman as an ineffective blackmailer. Simon Wardell

The Many Saints of Newark (Alan Taylor, 2021), 12.40pm, 8pm, Sky Cinema Premiere
David Chase returns to the world of The Sopranos with a Tony Soprano origin story. The 1967 Newark race riots in New Jersey are the spur to investigate the formative teenage years of Tony (played by Michael Gandolfini, son of James) and his relationship with his violent mobster “uncle” Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), Christopher’s father. Rivalry between the area’s Italian and black gangs brings a new dimension to the mafia family dramas, but there’s lots for fans of the TV show to savour, particularly a younger but already petrifying Livia (Vera Farmiga). SW

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan, 2018) 9pm, BBC Three
The horrors of gay “conversion therapy” are damningly laid out in Desiree Akhavan’s compelling drama, set in 1993. Chloë Grace Moretz is the titular teenager, caught with a girlfriend and sent to a Christian camp, God’s Promise, to cure her of her “gender confusion”. The counsellors, led by Jennifer Ehle’s Dr March, are more hidebound by religious dogma than actively evil, but still have an increasingly disturbing effect on their fragile charges. Luckily, Cameron befriends Jane (Sasha Lane) and Adam (Forest Goodluck), whose fortitude gives her hope. SW

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