TV tonight: it’s … a glorious reconstruction of the Wagatha Christie trial

High entertainment from the warring Wags in the first of a deft two-parter. Plus: behind-the-scenes at M&S at Christmas. Here’s what to watch this evening

Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama

9pm, Channel 4

This year’s Wagatha Christie trial will be in the history books. The story of Rebekah Vardy’s libel case against Coleen Rooney – with its courtroom dissection of Peter Andre’s chipolata and analysis of how to argue with a pigeon – barely needs embellishment to make high entertainment. And so, this two-parter uses the real transcripts for a glorified reconstruction. But with Natalia Tena and Chanel Cresswell as the warring Wags, and Michael Sheen clearly enjoying himself as Rooney’s barrister, oh how glorious it is. The first episode hears Vardy’s side of things, while tomorrow’s concluding part sees Rooney refer to memes as evidence (including one of the two women’s faces Photoshopped on to Scooby-Doo characters). Hollie Richardson


10pm, Dave

This amusing, albeit Taskmaster-adjacent challenge series concludes with a few more absurd outdoor activities. Phil Wang and Fatiha El-Ghorri find a loophole in a plumbing challenge. And a dummy of the host, David Mitchell, is laid to rest in a variety of charmingly morbid and occasionally outright sinister ad hoc funeral ceremonies. Good fun. Phil Harrison

Rosie Molloy Gives Up Everything

10pm, Sky Comedy

Rosie Molloy (Sheridan Smith) is dealing with the death of her dad using her usual nauseating cocktail of chainsmoking, cheap jokes, wine and yet more failed attempts to get clean. Perhaps, when reality hits at the funeral where they throw peanut M&Ms on her dad’s coffin (he had a peanut allergy), she’ll be propelled into making real change happen? Or not. HR

The Dog House at Christmas

8pm, Channel 4

Walkies this way … Ziggy in The Dog House at Christmas.
Walkies this way … Ziggy in The Dog House at Christmas. Photograph: Channel 4

Even the most hard-hearted Grinch will melt at the sight of Emori the three-legged German shepherd, as the Wood Green Pets Charity continues its laudable efforts to match rescue dogs with suitable new owners. Also looking for permanent homes (and lots of Christmas treats) are wily fox terrier Ziggy and a friendly staffie-cross named Winston. Graeme Virtue

Inside M&S at Christmas

9pm, ITV1

This is not just a behind-the-scenes documentary examining how a major retailer prepares for their crunch month; this is an actual Marks & Spencer one. How does the storied brand plan to stay on top? The test kitchen is rolling out easy-cook turkeys and sprout gratin while their festive ad brings back a beloved double act. GV

Lionesses: Champions of Europe

10.40pm, BBC One

This will be remembered as the year the Lionesses brought it home – the first time a senior England team had won a major football tournament since 1966. This celebratory documentary follows their journey through the eyes of manager Sarina Wiegman, captain Leah Williamson and team members such as Jill Scott, Ellen White and Lucy Bronze. Ian Wright and Alex Scott also share their praise, and explain exactly what a landmark moment this was for women in sport. HR

Film choice

Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in Beauty and the Best
Animal attraction … Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in Beauty and the Beast. Photograph: PictureLux/The Hollywood Archive/Alamy

Beauty and the Beast (Bill Condon, 2017) 2.45pm, BBC One
“Beauty is found within,” is the sensible message of Bill Condon’s unashamedly romantic live-action version of the fairytale – though it helps if your beau turns into Dan Stevens in the end. Emma Watson brings Hermione’s practicality (and a decent singing voice) to French bookworm Belle, who bonds with her furry captor over a shared love of literature. Ewan McGregor (candelabra), Ian McKellen (clock) and Emma Thompson (teapot) provide comic relief as the animated household appliances, while Be Our Guest, with its Busby Berkeley stylings, is the standout number on the soundtrack. Simon Wardell


Hollie Richardson, Phil Harrison, Graeme Virtue and Simon Wardell

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