TV tonight: Jack O’Connell’s Arctic agonies escalate

The North Water nears its chilling climax. Plus, Tina Fey’s and Robert Carlock’s amiable sitcom, Mr Mayor, provides lighter relief

The North Water

9.30pm, BBC Two

We’re approaching the endgame of Andrew Haigh’s gruelling Arctic drama and life has boiled down to its essence. Can the men survive? What will they eat? Can they keep Drax in handcuffs for ever? Jack O’Connell’s Sumner continues to be tormented by his desire to maintain a semblance of morality. But for other members of the group, life is less complicated. Meanwhile, Otto’s visions seem to be coming true. Chilling, in every sense. Phil Harrison

Unreported World

7.30pm, Channel 4

That this unapologetically bleak current affairs strand has reached its 41st series suggests that the world continues to churn out an endless stream of grim stories for it to document. Tonight, a report from Chiapas, Mexico, which consumes five times the national average amount of Coca-Cola. The drink has become dangerously embedded in local culture but can the state conquer its addiction? PH

Richard Osman’s House of Games Night

8.30pm, BBC One

An evening run for the trivia quiz helmed by Osman. He has a few surprises up his sleeve tonight, including a house band led by David O’Doherty. But, basically, you know the drill: Ed Gamble, Sian Gibson, Dara Ó Briain and Sindhu Vee go head to head on a series of questions ranging from the inventive to the just plain daft. PH

The Cleaner

9.30pm, BBC One

Greg Davies in The Cleaner.
Greg Davies in The Cleaner. Photograph: Jonathan Browning/BBC/Studio Hamburg UK

Greg Davies’s crime scene cleaner appears to be tasked with mopping up “the most boring bloodbath ever” after Stephanie Cole’s aristo disturbs a burglar. But appearances, particularly regarding the upper classes, can be deceptive. An elegantly acid commentary on politely ruthless nobility (“You have your way of cleaning up, and I have mine”). Ali Catterall

Grantchester

9pm, ITV

The parish’s longstanding curate Leonard (Al Weaver) is about to stand trial, pitting the Rev Will’s position in the church against his loyalty to his friend. Before he tackles that dilemma, however, there’s a bank van robbery to investigate. Why is it that the accounts of Geordie’s top suspects don’t quite add up? Ellen E Jones

Mr Mayor

8.30pm, Sky Comedy

This NBC sitcom written by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock is slightly too fond of its leading character – Ted Danson’s blundering mayor Neil Bremer – to work as satire. But Danson himself is excellent and it’s amiable enough. Tonight, Bremer visits a marijuana dispensary. What could possibly go wrong? PH

Film choice

Judas and the Black Messiah.
Judas and the Black Messiah. Photograph: Warner Bros/Glen Wilson/Allstar

Judas and the Black Messiah (Shaka King, 2021), Friday, 10.55am, 8pm, Sky Cinema Premiere

Daniel Kaluuya picked up an Oscar earlier this year for his poignant portrayal of Fred Hampton, the charismatic Black Panther leader shot dead during an FBI raid, in Shaka King’s roiling historical drama. It’s set in 1969, when racial tensions led to activists departing from Martin Luther King’s policy of non-violence. However, the focus is equally on William O’Neal, the unprincipled career criminal turned FBI man on the inside, who vacillates between covering his own back and doing the right thing for the cause. Lakeith Stanfield – who is becoming a reliable indicator of a drama’s quality – is at his slippery best as O’Neal, while Martin Sheen latexes up as J Edgar Hoover. Simon Wardell

Live sport

Premiership Rugby Union: Bristol Bears v Bath 7pm, BT Sport 1. A league game from Ashton Gate.

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