TV tonight: Strictly is rescheduled this week – so take note

The results show airs tonight because of the World Cup. Plus: Christmas TV gets into full swing! Here’s everything to watch today

Strictly Come Dancing: The Results

5.40pm, BBC One

Strictly has had a bit of a reshuffle thanks to the World Cup. With a place in the semi-final at stake for the five remaining couples, who managed to break a leg on last night’s musicals show? Before we find out, the professionals treat us to routines from new production The Cher Show, and that old classic Guys and Dolls. Hollie Richardson

John and Lisa’s Christmas Kitchen

11.40am, ITV1

If you’re anxious about festive catering, prepare to be gaslighted as John Torode and Lisa Faulkner share a few recipes that are going to be much harder than they look here. The meals can be prepared in advance – so hypothetically, once you’ve got your beef wellington sorted, you can relax. Good luck with that. Phil Harrison

World’s Greatest Train Journeys from Above

4.35pm, Channel 4

Train enthusiasts are familiar with delays but fans of this picturesque travelogue series have waited three weeks for the final episode. Now, finally, it’s all aboard the Bergen Line in Norway to enjoy how it snakes through fjords, snowy mountains and dense woodland en route to Oslo. Graeme Virtue

Christmas at Castle Howard

5.30pm, Channel 4

The castle gets a festive glow-up in tonight’s special episode. Inspired by last year’s hit Narnia set-up, theatrical designers Charlotte and Adrian are back with a fairytale Into the Woods theme. But the 19ft tree they’ve brought in doesn’t impress too much in a room with a 70ft domed ceiling. Oh, and who’s going to fix that leaky roof in time? HR

Señorita 89

9pm, BBC Four

A pop group enters the hellish world of beauty pageants (AKA the La Encantada estate) in search of five women to star in their music video. Could it be the recently sober Dolores – who is taken off her meds and handed a flute of champagne by Concepción to be “a bit more fun”? HR

I Can See Your Voice

9.15pm, BBC One

Leeds sisters Dominique and Tahiela join celebrities Jimmy Carr and Alison Hammond to take the singing contest to its logical conclusion: guess the talent without hearing a single note sung. Special guest Andy Bell from Erasure adds to the peril – A Little Respect has high notes that would challenge even a professional. Ellen E Jones

Film choice

The Glass Key, 12.20pm, Sky Arts

The Glass Key on Sky Arts.
The Glass Key on Sky Arts. Photograph: Photo 12/Alamy

Alan Ladd makes for a reliably insouciant hero in Stuart Heisler’s punchy 1942 adaptation of the Dashiell Hammett crime novel. He’s the right-hand man to a corrupt political boss (Brian Donlevy) who is deciding which side to back in the election for governor. Throw in a murder and a candidate’s eligible daughter (Veronica Lake) and – in typical Hammett fashion – nothing turns out as expected. Ladd and Lake would go on to bigger things with the Raymond Chandler-scripted The Blue Dahlia; an earlier collaboration, This Gun for Hire, can be seen on Sunday at 9pm. Simon Wardell

Titanic, 7pm, Channel 4

Coming up for 25 years since its release, the epic disaster movie whose vast success inspired James Cameron to launch a thousand Avatar films (well, five) remains a bravura blend of action and romance. Star-making turns from Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, as passengers on the ill-fated liner fighting class barriers and icebergs in the name of true love, bring necessary humanity to an exquisitely rendered succession of set-piece floodings, upendings and crowd stampedes. And you can ponder once again if there was room for Jack on that raft … SW

The Conversation, 1 am, BBC Two

The film Francis Ford Coppola shot between his first two Godfathers is a prime slice of 70s paranoia. Gene Hackman has rarely been better as Harry Caul, a San Francisco surveillance expert (“the best bugger on the west coast”), whose latest job listening in on a young couple (Cindy Williams and a pre-Star Wars Harrison Ford) leads him to suspect their lives are in danger from his client. But have his parabolic mics and reel-to-reel recorders captured the whole story? Coppola dials up the tension as Harry investigates further and starts to lose his grip. SW

Live sport

Test Cricket: Pakistan v England, 6am, Sky Sports Main Event Day three of the first Test in the three-match series, at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

World Cup Football: Netherlands v USA, 2.30pm, BBC One The first of the opening round-of-16 matches, which will be shown on BBC or ITV through the week.

Premiership Rugby Union: Gloucester v Northampton, 5pm, BT Sport 1 From Kingsholm Stadium. Followed by Bristol Bears v Leicester Tigers at 7.45pm.

Boxing: Tyson Fury v Derek Chisora, 6pm, BT Sport 2 Fury defends his WBC heavyweight title.

Cycling: UCI Track Champions League, 6.30pm, Eurosport 1 Day two from the Lee Valley VeloPark in London.


Hollie Richardson, Phil Harrison, Graeme Virtue, Ellen E Jones and Simon Wardell

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