TV tonight: Lenny Henry on blackface and Britain's multicultural comedy

The actor and standup explores the roles of people of colour on screen, starting with sitcoms. Plus: can Michelin-starred chefs recreate a Whopper? Here’s what to watch this evening

Lenny Henry’s Race Through Comedy
9pm, Gold

Lenny Henry has experienced the marginalised and often-forgotten role of people of colour throughout his lengthy career. In this series, he examines Britain’s history of multicultural comedy, beginning with sitcoms. Taking aim at Spike Milligan’s deeply offensive 1969 blackface show Curry & Chips, Henry goes on to show how representation slowly increased to include his own show The Fosters before ending with Michaela Coel’s recent hit, Chewing Gum. Ammar Kalia

The Great British Bake Off
8pm, Channel 4

With a glut of new themes on offer this year (dairy week, anyone?), the bakers will be happy to return to a classic: pastry. Well, perhaps for a moment or two anyway, before the reality of making a “multilayered Moroccan technical” dawns on them. As per, it is not a piece of cake. Hannah J Davies

Landscape Artist of the Year 2019
8pm, Sky Arts

Ready your watercolours for the latest series of soothing TV, searching for the nation’s best landscape artist. Three expert judges run the rule over the first regional heat, in Plymouth, where six hopefuls must capture the Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse – but who will channel their inner Monet? AK

9.15pm, Channel 4

Claude Bosi with a Burger King Whopper
A whopping great challenge ... Claude Bosi with the famous burger. Photograph: Pro Co/Channel 4

Essential viewing for anyone who has tried to recreate fast food in their own kitchen. This week, Fred Sirieix challenges a pair of Michelin-starred chefs – Lisa Goodwin-Allen of Northcote and Bibendum’s Claude Bosi – to approximate Burger King’s Whopper, from dressing to bun, as closely and as quickly as possible. Ali Catterall

Defending the Guilty
10pm, BBC Two

In the penultimate episode of this breezy litigating comedy, our ethically compromised trainee barrister Will (Will Sharpe) is put through his paces this week in a mock trial, where he learns the art of cross-examination, while rivals Danielle (Gwyneth Keyworth) and Liam (Hugh Coles) have a romantic run-in with their fictional clients. AK

10pm, ITV2

Gory zombie effects and knowing one-liners abound in this Birmingham-based comedy. Kat and Jo are ready to throw the boys overboard from their canal boat, but they are battling an ex-boyfriend and an online gaming hero who turns out to be a nemesis, so maybe they will need their help after all. Hannah Verdier

Film choice

A long way from Baker Street ... The Hound of the Baskervilles.
A long way from Baker Street ... The Hound of the Baskervilles. Photograph: Allstar/Cinetext/Hammer Film

The Hound of the Baskervilles (Terence Fisher, 1959), 11.40am, TCM Movies
Terence Fisher’s Hammer horror is all gory, breast-heaving fun. Christopher Lee is the last of the Baskervilles, the cursed Dartmoor lords who have been dying in the jaws of a hellhound for two centuries and, frankly, they are sick of it. Enter Peter Cushing’s Sherlock Holmes. Paul Howlett

Live sport

International football: Switzerland v Republic of Ireland 7pm, Sky Sports Main Event. A group D Euro 2020 qualifier.

International football: Sweden v Spain 7.40pm, Sky Sports Premier League. The qualifiers continue in Group F.

International football: Liechtenstein v Italy 7.40pm, Sky Sports Football. Group J action at Friends Arena.


Ammar Kalia, Hannah J Davies, Ali Catterall, Hannah Verdier and Paul Howlett

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