TV tonight: Lisa Eldridge examines the history of makeup

The investigations begins with the Georgians, the 18th Century society obsessed with ostentation. Plus: The Syndicate rolls on. Here’s what to watch this evening

Makeup: A Glamorous History

9pm, BBC Two

The makeup artist Lisa Eldridge presents this series examining what the history of makeup can reveal to us about the social and political realities of the past. In this first episode, she begins with the Georgians, the 18th-century society obsessed with ostentation – often revealed through their flamboyant dress, wigs and white makeup. Eldridge recreates the toxic white face paint with pharmacist Szu Shen Wong and researches the life of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Ammar Kalia

Looking for Life on Mars

8.35pm, PBS America

We’re getting closer to answering David Bowie’s question. This engaging doc follows Nasa’s Perseverance Rover as it attempts to land in Mars’s Jezero crater. The crater is thought to have been the site of a river delta and potentially teeming with signs of life. But it’s challenging to access. Phil Harrison

The Syndicate

9pm, BBC One

More hair-raising scenarios from Kay Mellor’s drama that shows massive windfalls are sometimes just the start of your problems. While Roxy’s faced with a massive hospital bill and detainment unless the syndicate pays up, Colette gets a tipoff from an unlikely source to prove Frank’s theft. Ali Catterall

Snackmasters: Shreddies

9pm, Channel 4

Daniel Clifford, Fred Sirieix and Claude Bosi.
Daniel Clifford, Fred Sirieix and Claude Bosi. Photograph: CHANNEL 4

The moreish food recreation contest continues with host Fred Sirieix this week challenging Michelin-starred chefs Daniel Clifford and Claude Bosi to create their version of the latticed cereal. Chaos ensues as the pair try to crack the secret of the fiendish rectangles. AK

Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star

10.45pm, BBC One

Maya Jama takes over hosting duties from Stacey Dooley in this latest season of the reality makeup contest. Judges Val Garland and Dominic Skinner return to put the 10 hopefuls through their paces, tonight beginning with a task to create a beauty campaign for Superdrug. AK

Lights Up: Adam

11pm, BBC Four

A sensitive reworking of an award-winning play inspired by the life of Adam Kashmiry, who also stars. An epic journey brought Adam from Egypt to Glasgow, but now he’s trapped: he cannot prove his need for asylum as a transgender man until he transitions, and he cannot transition until he’s granted asylum. Ellen E Jones

Film choice

Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise as Raymond and Charlie Babbitt.
Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise as Raymond and Charlie Babbitt. Photograph: United Artists/Allstar

Rain Man (Barry Levinson, 1988), 12.05am, 5Star
This one touched Hollywood’s heart, scooping the big Oscars including best actor for Dustin Hoffman’s study in autism. His Raymond is released from his institution by wheeler-dealer brother Charlie (Tom Cruise), who wants some of the $3m Ray has been left by their late dad. A tale of mutual and self-discovery. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Championship football: Norwich City v Watford 5.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Live from Carrow Road.

Women’s Super League football 5.30pm, BT Sport 1. Yet to be announced women’s FA match.

Premier League football: Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion 8pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Clash from Stamford Bridge.

Contributors

Ammar Kalia, Phil Harrison, Ali Catterall, Ellen E Jones and Paul Howlett

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