TV tonight: Bake Off is back!

A dozen more baking hopefuls arrive in the tent. Plus: Never Mind the Buzzcocks returns. Here’s what to watch this evening

The Great British Bake Off

8pm, Channel 4

You know the drill. Another year, and another 12 hopefuls entering the tent. By dint of its longevity, Bake Off has now turned itself into a recurring seasonal ritual. Not too much in the way of change this year: as ever, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood will be sitting in judgment, while Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding offer equal parts distraction and encouragement. The opening episode keeps things simple: it’s cakes and more cakes, ranging from mini-rolls to physics-defying showstoppers. Phil Harrison

A House Through Time

9pm, BBC Two

David Olusoga’s latest search for “a new version of our nation’s past” continues. As ever, it’s a fantastically discursive hour of television, this week beginning in 1913 and encompassing Freemasonry, the Leeds drapery trade and the unique horrors of the battle for Gallipoli. Fascinating and moving. PH

Never Mind the Buzzcocks

9pm, Sky Max

Greg Davies chairing the new version of Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
Greg Davies chairing the new version of Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Photograph: Andrea Southam/Sky UK

Panel shows depend on chemistry: this reboot of the pop quiz will stand or fall on the ability of host Greg Davies and regulars Noel Fielding, Daisy May Cooper and Jamali Maddix to spark each other into life. At least tonight’s guests, Anne-Marie, Jade Thirlwall and Nish Kumar, seem to be having fun. PH

Inside Art: Bristol Street Art at M Shed

9pm, Sky Arts

“It felt like being let into a secret club,” says graffiti artist “Feek” of the creative collectives that gave rise to the likes of Massive Attack and Tricky. As a new exhibition about British street art opens at the M Shed museum in Bristol, Kate Bryan discovers a fascinating feedback loop of art and style. Ali Catterall

Spice Girls: How Girl Power Changed Britain

9.30pm, Channel 4

Brace yourself for a retelling of the historic moment when Geri Halliwell left the Spice Girls. The scene is set as the group sack their manager, Simon Fuller, and head off on tour. What follows is a reminder of how cruel the 90s media was, with its critical eye on band members’ bodies and relationships. Hannah Verdier

Back to Life

10.35pm, BBC One

Adorable ex-convict Miri (co-writer and star Daisy Haggard) should be getting ready for her first date with Billy (Adeel Akhtar). That means a fresh hair-crimping and feeding her Tamagotchi, at minimum. Instead, she is cycling around town in search of a vengeful Mandy. Clearly it’s going to be a long night. Ellen E Jones

Film choice

Kirk Douglas as John W Burns in Lonely Are the Brave.
Kirk Douglas as John W Film in Lonely Are the Brave. Photograph: Joel Productions/Allstar

Lonely Are the Brave (David Miller, 1962), 12.50pm, Film4
A thoughtful, affecting modern western with Kirk Douglas in fine, subtle form as an old-fashioned outlaw: a lone horseman pursued by sympathetic sheriff Walter Matthau’s helicopters and jeeps. The script, by the formerly blacklisted Dalton Trumbo, is an elegy to a vanished time. Paul Howlett

Live Sport

Cycling: Road World Championships 9.25am, Eurosport 1. The junior time trials.

Women’s International ODI Cricket: England v New Zealand 12.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event. The third game from Leicester.

EFL Cup Football: Norwich City v Liverpool 7pm, Sky Sports Main Event. A third-round match from Carrow Road.


Phil Harrison, Ali Catterall, Hannah Verdier, Ellen E Jones and Paul Howlett

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