TV tonight: who will win the 2021 Mercury prize?

Celeste, Sault, Arlo Parks, Mogwai and Wolf Alice are among the nominees. Plus: the National Television awards. Here’s what to watch this evening

Mercury Prize 2021 Live: Album of the Year

9pm, BBC Four

The annual music award returns from London’s Eventim Apollo, hosted once again by Lauren Laverne. The bookies’ favourites include prolific production collective Sault and Brit award-winner Celeste, who is nominated for January’s No 1 debut Not Your Muse. Other nominees include indie-soul singer-songwriter Arlo Parks, ear-splitting Scottish post-rock greats Mogwai, former winners Wolf Alice and grime pioneer Ghetts. Ammar Kalia

The National Television Awards 2021

7.30pm, ITV

After nearly a year of staying in, it’s time to celebrate the power of TV. Love Island battles The Great British Sewing Bee, and viewers are reminded that they binged Bridgerton, inhaled Line of Duty, and shouted “Take it off!” at The Masked Singer during those long, sofa-bound months. Hannah Verdier

The Great British Sewing Bee’s Joe Lycett, Esme Young and Patrick Grant, who are nominated for an NTA.
The Great British Sewing Bee’s Joe Lycett, Esme Young and Patrick Grant, who are nominated for an NTA. Photograph: Mark Bourdillon/BBC/Love Productions

Ambulance

9pm, BBC One

As the series continues, the second wave of Covid is kicking in and the Merseyside paramedics are struggling with the virus themselves. There’s the usual grace under fire but also a glimpse of another side of the job – reassuring members of a public whose mental health is buckling. Phil Harrison

A Killing in Tiger Bay

9pm, BBC Two

When 20-year-old Lynette White was murdered in 1988, eyewitnesses placed a white man at the scene. Yet, 10 months later, five young black men were charged for the killing. A 30-year campaign then ensued to bring the real killer to justice. This documentary series interviews three of those arrested. AK

Sixteen: Class of 2021

9pm, Channel 4

Episode three of the warm, Dudley-set docuseries following year 11 pupils tackling continued Covid disruptions. Best pals Jack and Grace lack focus in the classroom – not least because Jack has just discovered girls. Meanwhile, Callum gets his hands dirty on work experience at a building site. Hannah J Davies

Imagine: Tom Stoppard – A Charmed Life

10.35pm, BBC One

Since the 1966 debut of his absurdist comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, the playwright Tom Stoppard has been at the forefront of British theatre. With his latest play, Leopoldstadt, which references his grandparents’ deaths in concentration camps, he now tells his life story. AK

Film choice

Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer in The Big Steal.
Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer in The Big Steal. Photograph: RKO/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock

The Big Steal (Don Siegel, 1949), 3.30pm, Great! Movies Classic
This hard-driving RKO thriller from Don Siegel is a furious three-way chase across desolate Mexican landscapes. Robert Mitchum plays framed army officer Duke who, with girlfriend Joan (Jane Greer), is trailing villain Patric Knowles, $300,000 and proof of his innocence, while heavy William Bendix pursues them. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Golf: The BMW PGA Championship 8.30am, Sky Sports Main Event. Opening day’s coverage from Wentworth, Surrey.

World Rally Championship 4pm, BT Sport 2. Stage one, live from Athens.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Dallas Cowboys 12.30am, Sky Sports Main Event. NFC match from Raymond James Stadium in Florida.

Contributors

Ammar Kalia, Hannah Verdier, Phil Harrison, Hannah J Davies and Paul Howlett

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Mercury prize 2021: first-time nominees dominate shortlist
No 1 albums by Wolf Alice, Mogwai and Celeste are joined by leftfield artists such as Hannah Peel and Nubya Garcia in race for prestigious music award

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

22, Jul, 2021 @10:16 AM

Article image
Mercury prize 2021: Arlo Parks wins for Collapsed in Sunbeams
21-year-old singer-songwriter adds to Brit award win earlier in the year

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

09, Sep, 2021 @9:13 PM

Article image
TV tonight: who will win the 2022 Mercury prize?
The hottest musical stars are out in force at the event that was postponed because of the Queen’s death, plus Greta Thunberg is interviewed. Here’s what to watch this evening

Hollie Richardson, Ali Catterall, Hannah Verdier and Simon Wardell

18, Oct, 2022 @5:20 AM

Article image
TV tonight: the opening ceremony of the Winter Paralympics in Beijing
Medal winners and first-timers are among the 25 Team GB athletes competing. Plus, a cultural romp through the 90s. Here’s what to watch this evening

Hollie Richardson, Hannah Verdier and Simon Wardell

04, Mar, 2022 @6:20 AM

Article image
TV tonight: Amy Winehouse’s mother recalls her daughter’s life
Ten year since the singer’s death, her parents offer their insights into the star’s story. Plus, the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. Here’s what to watch this evening

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

23, Jul, 2021 @5:20 AM

Article image
TV tonight: Billie Eilish gets things underway at Glastonbury
Worthy Farm takes its place at the centre of the musical and spiritual universe. Plus: Claudia Winkleman poses one very tricky question. Here’s what to watch this evening

Phil Harrison, Ali Catterall, Henry Wong and Ellen E Jones

24, Jun, 2022 @5:20 AM

Article image
TV tonight: Robson Green and Tom Brittney return to investigate more village crimes
Grantchester’s sixth season opener sees Will and Geordie suspecting a poisoning at a holiday camp. Plus, Moses Sumney performs at the Proms. Here’s what to watch this evening

Ammar Kalia, Graeme Virtue, Phil Harrison and Paul Howlett

03, Sep, 2021 @5:20 AM

Article image
TV tonight: pump up the volume – for the First Night of the Proms
The BBC’s eight-week classical music season kicks off with Verdi’s Requiem. Plus: the welcome return of The Last Leg. Here’s what to watch this evening

Hollie Richardson, Alexi Duggins, Henry Wong, Graeme Virtue and Simon Wardell

15, Jul, 2022 @6:00 AM

Article image
TV tonight: more remarkable architectural renovations
George Clarke presides over the transformations into family homes of some of the 200,000 unused commercial buildings in the UK. Plus: more from Aisling Bea’s brilliant This Way Up. Here’s what to watch this evening

Ammar Kalia, Phil Harrison, Jack Seale, Ali Catterall and Simon Wardell

21, Jul, 2021 @5:20 AM

Article image
TV tonight: the Winter Olympics are here
Clare Balding kicks off the daily Games roundup with the Beijing opening ceremony. Plus, Uma Thurman joins Graham Norton. Here’s what to watch tonight

Hollie Richardson, Phil Harrison, Graeme Virtue, Hannah Verdier and Simon Wardell

04, Feb, 2022 @6:20 AM