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Great Night of Musicals by the National Lottery

7 p.m., BBC One

Jazz’s hands are at the ready, it’s time to have a blast – and all in the name of supporting the arts after live performances have taken a beating during the pandemic. Jason Manford hosts this event recorded at Manchester Arena, featuring West End stars singing hits from productions such as Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical and Back to the Future. Absolutely now… Hollie Richardson

The Masked Singer

7 p.m., TVI

We’re down to just seven mysterious suit-clad contestants. They will all sing at the top of their voices tonight, hoping not to be eliminated from the competition. As always, Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Mo Gilligan serve as judges. TIME

Michael McIntyre’s Wheel

8:30 p.m., BBC One

Take a spin on McIntyre’s famous wheel to help tonight’s contestant earn big bucks: historian Lucy Worsley, singer and former Strictly runner-up Ashley Roberts, cultural icon Peter Andre, Reverend Richard Coles, YouTuber Patricia Bright, comedian Rob Beckett and footballer John Barnes. What could go wrong? TIME

Hidden assets

9 p.m., BBC Four

The Irish/Belgian crime drama about dodgy diamonds and coerced bombers ends with a tense double bill. In Antwerp, visiting detective Emer (Angeline Ball) and dirty local cop Christian (Wouter Hendrickx) pursue suspects while whiteboard queen Norah (Cathy Belton) follows the trail of digital money in Shannon. Graeme Virtue

Super Bob Einstein movie

9 p.m., Sky Documentaries

“I think he would appreciate that I have to sit here and do this, knowing that I really don’t want to.” So says Larry David of his former Curb co-star, and subject of this celebratory documentary film, revered comedian Bob Einstein. It’s cut with clips of his best work, with Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman and JB Smoove also sharing the laugh. TIME

The John Bishop Show

9:30 p.m., TVI

Although currently lacking a bit of polish, Bishop’s show is a welcome addition to Saturday night. With a mix of stand-up and couch conversation, guests need to be up for it. And you can’t fault the comedian’s enthusiasm: he kicked off the series with an Adele-inspired ballad about turning 55. Henry Wong

Choice of movies

Apostasy, 11:30 p.m., BBC Two

Sacha Parkinson as Luisa and Molly Wright as Alex in Apostasy. Photography: Curzon Films

Daniel Kokotajlo’s devastating feature debut is drawn from his own experiences as a Jehovah’s Witness. Ivanna (a performance of quiet desperation by Siobhan Finneran) and her daughters Luisa (Sacha Parkinson) and Alex (Molly Wright), who has a serious blood disease, are devoted members of a church group in Oldham. But when Luisa becomes pregnant by her unbelieving boyfriend, she is “excommunicated” – cut off from her family and community. This act, and an ensuing tragedy, erodes Ivanna’s life of unconditional devotion, as the rigid rules of faith thwart her love for her child and her sense of humanity. Simon Wardel

The Truman Show, 6:55 p.m., awesome! Movies
Before WandaVision’s Big Brother and Westview home, there was Seahaven, a pretty American coastal town where Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) and his wife Meryl (Laura Linney) live – watched around the clock by 5,000 cameras. In Peter Weir’s 1998 prescient satirical drama, Truman is the unwitting star of a hit reality TV show (and has been since birth), with his every move tracked and manipulated for our pleasure. But reality crashes in, and Truman must choose between the perils of the unknown and comfortable compliance of the stockade. SW

Live sports

Premiership Rugby Union: Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester
2:30 p.m., BT Sports 2
From Kingston Park stadium.

International football: Africa Cup of Nations
3:45 p.m., BBC 2
Cameroon’s first quarter-final.

T20 International Cricket: West Indies v England
7:30 p.m., BT Sports 1
The fourth match of the series, from Kensington Oval, Barbados.


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