TV tonight: celebs are given two weeks to deliver a standup routine

Rev Richard Coles and other celebs are paired up with professional comics to test their comedy skills. Plus: the last of Back. Here’s what to watch this evening

Stand Up & Deliver
9pm, Channel 4

As part of this year’s Stand Up to Cancer campaign, five celebrities are pairing up with five comics to try their hand at writing and delivering a standup set in just two weeks. A task likely to strike fear into the hearts of most, this opening episode sees the celebs, including Rev Richard Coles, Shaun Ryder and Lady Sayeeda Warsi, all thrown in at the deep end to test their natural comedy skills. Mentors Jason Manford, David Baddiel and Zoe Lyons soon realise they have a mammoth task on their hands. Ammar Kalia

Pooch Perfect
8pm, BBC One

Semi-final time, and the latest breed to be groomed just happens to be judge Colin Taylor’s grooming speciality: the bedlington terrier, which looks startlingly like a lamb. Meanwhile, our groomers must identify both parental breeds of some crossbreed puppies. Ali Catterall

Grooming a Bedlington terrier in Pooch Perfect.
Grooming a Bedlington terrier in Pooch Perfect. Photograph: Becky Robinson/BBC/Beyond Productions

How to Keep a Healthy Weight With Michael Mosley
8pm, Channel 4

Mosley reunites with five volunteers whose unhealthy habits he helped transform during his Lose a Stone in 21 Days programme. He now seeks out ways to help them keep the weight off. Enlisting cutting-edge tech, Mosley tries to work out their correct calorie intake. AK

Coronavirus: A Horizon Special – What We Know Now
9pm, BBC Two

This Horizon special on Covid-19 sees Dr Chris van Tulleken, his twin brother Dr Xand and Dr Guddi Singh examine the emergence of mutated viruses and contemplate what that might mean for vaccine efficiency. They also take a run at when this all might end. Graeme Virtue

Dating No Filter
10pm, Sky One

Another week, another spin on the reality dating format. This admirable attempt gives viewers behind the scenes access to a first date via the musings of comics including Daisy May Cooper, Tom Allen, Suzi Ruffell and Susan Wokoma. Our singletons break the ice tonight with a spot of axe throwing. AK

Back
10.05pm, Channel 4

A second series of Mitchell and Webb’s cuckoo-in-the-nest comedy could have easily been overkill, but – gladly – the duo have managed to add even more intrigue to the story of Stephen and his shifty foster sibling, Andrew. As it concludes, will Andrew finally be reunited with his birth mother? Hannah J Davies

Film choice

Shadowland … Matt Damon and John Turturro in The Good Shepherd.
Shadowland … Matt Damon and John Turturro in The Good Shepherd. Photograph: David Lee/Universal Pictures

The Good Shepherd (Robert De Niro, 2006), 9pm, Sony Movies
Matt Damon plays an agent not at all like Jason Bourne: his Edward Wilson is a dour scholar turned CIA man, and, through his life, the story of the agency is explored, from the second world war to the Bay of Pigs. A hefty, engrossing, well-researched portrait of a shadowy world, directed by Robert De Niro. Paul Howlett

Live sport

World Golf Championships 4pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Day One coverage at The Concession in Florida.

Europa League football: Arsenal v Benfica 4.30pm, BT Sport 1. Round-of-32 second-leg clash from Emirates Stadium.

Europa League football: Manchester United v Real Sociedad 7.15pm, BT Sport 2. Live from Old Trafford.

Contributors

Ammar Kalia, Ali Catterall, Graeme Virtue, Hannah J Davies and Paul Howlett

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