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Live drawing of life!
9 p.m., BBC Two

Last year, this interactive art evening turned out to be one of the BBC’s less predictable success stories, with viewers submitting 30,000 works of art created during the show. Circumstances are slightly different in 2021 but, despite everything, this two-hour special looks likely to spark more amateur virtuosity. Joe Lycett will moderate the debates while Josie d’Arby, Daphne Todd, Lachlan Goudie and Adebanji Alade will offer various nuances of encouragement. On the BBC Four, there will be a fixed camera view of each model’s pose. Phil harrison

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing
8 p.m., BBC Two

Tonight’s cutest double act on TV is at Bob’s teenage vacation destination, the Lake District, complaining about the rain, boasting about the scenery, and chatting about their favorite powdered foods. Hilarity with a delicious undertow of melancholy, this is unpretentious but unmissable television. PH

8 p.m., ITV

An elegant prequel … Roger Allam as DI Fred Thursday in Endeavor. Photograph: Jonathan Ford / ITV

The prequel of Inspector Morse set in the 1970s returns, still as elegant and sensitive. This time there is a bomb in an Oxford college and an IRA death threat against a Northern Irish footballer. The two require emotional intelligence to unravel, thus returning the damaged detective (Shaun Evans) to his best form. Jack Seale

9 p.m., BBC One

If you think things have been strained so far in this series, episode four of the nuclear charged sub-drama really pushes the boat. With even deeper and darker secrets exposed, DCI Silva (Suranne Jones) is running out of allies on HMS Vigil, so it’s up to Kirsten (Rose Leslie) to try and join the plot points on earth. Graeme Vertu

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games reunion
10 p.m., Canal 4

British Paralympians return to glory and are celebrated in music, poetry and dance. The Last Leg gang – Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe – welcome, with Sigma, Madness, Dame Evelyn Glennie, guitarist Max Runham and ballet dancer Joe Powell-Main among the performers. PH

Surviving poverty: the shame of housing in Britain
10:15 p.m., ITV

ITV News has done a lot of remarkable work this year on the appalling state of social housing in Britain. Tonight, Daniel Hewitt travels the country to report on the shameful conditions endured by tenants living with damp, mold and even structural disintegration. PH

Choice of films

Scene thief ... Alan Kim with Noel Cho in Minari.
Scene thief … Alan Kim with Noel Cho in Minari. Photograph: Plan B Entertainment / Allstar

Minari (Lee Isaac Chung, 2020), 9:55 a.m., 8 p.m., Sky Cinema Premiere

Just the one Oscar – for Youn Yuh-jung as the deliciously cheeky grandmother – but Lee Isaac Chung’s drama about a 1980s Korean family starting a farm in Arkansas is a lovingly nurtured beauty, with all the soft power of a Kore-eda movie. Alan Kim as a young son gives Youn a run for his money in stealing scenes. Simon wardell

Live sport

Test Cricket: England v India 10:15 a.m., Sky Sports Cricket. Day three of the Old Trafford Final Round.

Formula 1: The Italian Grand Prix 1:55 p.m., Sky Sports F1. The 14th round of the season at Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

Premier League football: Leeds United v Liverpool 4 p.m. Sky Sports Main Event. Marcelo Bielsa and Jürgen Klopp lock the horns at Elland Road.


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