TV tonight: how Tony Blair reinvented the Labour party

A new series digs deep into the rise of New Labour in the 1990s, plus can Daniel Radcliffe work miracles in the wild west? Here’s what to watch this evening

Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution

9pm, BBC Two

“A new dawn has broken, has it not?” Well, maybe. But Tony Blair’s triumphalism on the morning of his election victory in 1997 came at a cost – and the Labour party is arguably paying the price to this day. This series speaks to most of the originators of New Labour, tracking Blair and Gordon Brown’s progress from the party’s humbling in 1983. The modern resonances (pragmatism v radicalism; innovation v tradition) are impossible to ignore. Phil Harrison

The Goes Wrong Show

8.30pm, BBC One

The leadership situation of the Cornley Drama Society remains volatile. “The cast came crawling back to me,” smirks Chris. However, Robert is not taking his relegation lying down. Shakespeare (but the lesser known Simon Shakespeare) is the ersatz backdrop to tonight’s spoof am-dram chaos but, as ever, the mayhem is all the cast’s own work. PH

24 Hours in Police Custody

9pm, Channel 4

Another fascinating but traumatic case for the hard-pressed Luton rozzers. A brutal fight erupts in the town, involving men wielding hammers and knives. It feels like more than just drunken aggro and the cause is traced to the fried chicken trade. But the police are short of bodies – can they gather enough evidence to press charges? PH

Daniel Radcliffe in Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail
Daniel Radcliffe as the Rev Ezekiel Brown, with Geraldine Viswanathan as Prudence Aberdeen, in Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail. Photograph: Patrick Wymore/Turner Entertainment Networks Inc

Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail

9pm, Sky Comedy

Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi are among the regular troupe who star in this offbeat, costume-heavy anthology comedy. After previous bizarre tales set in heaven and the dark ages, season three moseys up to the wild west. Can Radcliffe’s stressed preacher lead a ragtag wagon train to prosperity? Graeme Virtue

Alma’s Not Normal

10pm, BBC Two

The comedy becomes more of a dramedy this week, with the normal rude laughs giving way to a (slightly) more measured look at how Alma (Sophie Willan) has spent her life looking after her mother Lin (Siobhan Finneran). Lin’s sectioning might be lifted, but that only brings new problems. Jack Seale

First Dates

10pm, Channel 4

Self-described “nerds” do well on this show. It’s the combination of humility and humour that wins out. So call centre worker Zoe should be happily-ever-after with Mike from Grimsby and accountant Tessa could even hit it off with dapper Jason. But will singer Saskia form a double act with stage magician Luke? Ellen E Jones

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