TV tonight: Amol Rajan’s futile attempt at cracking the class ceiling

The BBC reporter investigates how much freedom of travel there is between Britain’s classes. Plus: Jamie knocks up some festive grub and Claudia Winkleman deals with The Traitors. Here’s what to watch tonight

How to Crack the Class Ceiling

9pm, BBC Two

“If you can’t beat them, join them.” It would be nice to tell this working-class school pupil she can fully be herself and still “fit into” her chosen profession. But, as this two-part documentary proves, trying to change the system is still a far-fetched idea. In tonight’s opener, Amol Rajan (following 2019’s How to Break into the Elite) meets student Adnan, who wants to work in the City but has zero connections (his father is a hotel porter), and chats with the Oxford graduates turned bankers turned writers behind the finance drama Industry. Hollie Richardson

Between the Covers

7pm, BBC Two

Joining Sara Cox tonight are Stephen Mangan (who, played Adrian Mole – author Sue Townsend apparently told him she needed someone not very attractive), Tom Allen, Pam Ferris and Rakhee Thakrar. They’ll be diving into The Night Ship by Jess Kidd and The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. HR

Jamie’s Easy Christmas

8pm, Channel 4

Given the rocketing cost of food as 2022 limps to its pitiful close, you would be forgiven for thinking that this merely consists of Jamie Oliver scattering a few BBQ Pringles over some paper plates. But he does have some easy-ish seasonal dishes up his sleeves, from crispy duck with noodles to veggie filo pie. Yum. Ali Catterall

The Traitors

9.15pm, BBC One

Claudia Winkleman continues to have far too much fun setting devilish tasks for the traitors and faithfuls. Last time, we saw her tell a group to choose any three players to put on trial before murdering one of them. Tonight, we found out how that went … HR

Billie Eilish: BBC 100 Women in Conversation

9.35pm, BBC Three

The prodigious pop star Billie Eilish has already garnered impressive accolades: she’s the first person born in the 21st century (2001) to have achieved both a No 1 single and an Oscar. Despite her tender years, she has accrued wisdom along the way. Who better to speak on fame and identity with the BBC? Ellen E Jones

Ansel Elgort and Rinko Kikuchi in Tokyo Vice.
Enigmatic … Ansel Elgort and Rinko Kikuchi in Tokyo Vice. Photograph: James Lisle/BBC/HBO Max

Tokyo Vice

10.55pm, BBC One

This fine, tense, enigmatic crime drama based on Jake Adelstein’s novel continues, with journalist Jake (Ansel Elgort) making some progress in his investigations. But when you’re investigating the yakuza, progress comes with risks. Elsewhere, a night on the town with Sato (Show Kasamatsu) has unforeseen consequences. Phil Harrison

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