TV tonight: The Great British Sewing Bee is back

Joe Lycett introduces a dozen fresh amateur tailors. Plus: Ice-T’s true crime series. Here’s what to watch this evening

The Great British Sewing Bee

9pm, BBC One

Joe Lycett welcomes a new batch of 12 amateur tailors to compete in the seventh series of this sedate sewing contest. In tonight’s opening episode, the contestants are tasked with creating a sleeveless blouse, before transforming a set of old T-shirts into new garments and designing a well-fitting buffet dress for their models. The judges, Patrick Grant and Esme Young, are on hand for commentary on everything from hemlines and pleats to pocket placements. Ammar Kalia

Bent Coppers: Crossing the Line of Duty

9pm, BBC Two

Taking its cue from Jed Mercurio’s hit drama, this docuseries examines the real-life stories of corrupt police officers who infiltrated the force throughout London in the 70s and the team tasked with bringing them to justice. Tonight’s opening episode examines a case of extortion. AK


9pm, Alibi

The procedural that asks: “What if Quincy was Welsh and based in Brisbane?” returns with Ioan Gruffudd’s hunky pathologist juggling case work and a tangled personal life. Season two ended on a juicy cliffhanger – a dead body identified as Harrow’s long-lost son – but rest assured: there are many more twists to come. Graeme Virtue

In Ice Cold Blood

9pm, Sky Crime

Hot on the trail ... Ice-T. Photograph: NBC Universal

Rapper, actor, true crime aficionado – Ice-T is a man of many talents. In this series, he narrates the stories of grisly crimes. This opening episode tells the story of an unsolved murder of a 20-year-old in Pennsylvania in 1999 and a DNA match that tied the culprit to a triple homicide years later. AK

Lights Up: Buttercup

10.40pm, BBC Four

The BBC continues its bid to keep theatre arts alive in lockdown with this witty story on a sensitive subject. The Liverpudlian artist Dorcas Sebuyange writes and stars as Fortune, a Congolese woman who discloses her experience of childhood sexual abuse though a spoken word gig. Ellen E Jones

Sudden Death: My Sister’s Silent Killer

10.45pm, BBC One

More than 600 young and seemingly healthy people die suddenly each year – and Patrick’s sister Lauren was one of them. In this powerful documentary, he investigates sudden adult death syndrome and asks whether Lauren’s death could have been prevented. Hannah Verdier

Film choice

Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman
What a circus ... Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman. Photograph: Allstar/20th Century Fox

The Greatest Showman (Michael Gracey, 2017), 9pm, Film4
A charismatic Hugh Jackman bosses the stage as the 19th-century circus ringmaster PT Barnum in this irresistible musical. It follows a familiar rags-to-riches trajectory, with young Phineas and his wife, Charity (Michelle Williams), going into partnership with a fellow entrepreneur (Zac Efron). Paul Howlett

Live sport

Australian football: Adelaide United v Macarthur Bulls 10.30am, BT Sport 1. Live from Coopers Stadium.

Cycling: Tour of Valencia 1pm, Eurosport 1. Stage one coverage, from Elche to Ondara.

Champions League football: Liverpool v Real Madrid 7pm, BT Sport 2. Quarter-final second-leg clash from Anfield.


Ammar Kalia, Graeme Virtue, Ellen E Jones, Hannah Verdier and Paul Howlett

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