TV tonight: Mortimer and Whitehouse go Christmas fishing

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Christmas Fishing.
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Christmas Fishing. Photograph: Owl Power/BBC
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Christmas Fishing. Photograph: Owl Power/BBC

The comedy pair take to Bob’s childhood home of Middlesborough and bring the festive cheer. Plus: Small Axe ends. Here’s what to watch this evening

Last modified on Sun 13 Dec 2020 04.10 EST

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Christmas Fishing

10pm, BBC Two

The year’s best slow-burn series returns for a festive special, seeing novice angler Bob Mortimer take his erstwhile companion Paul Whitehouse to his childhood home of Middlesbrough to try their hand at casting in the River Esk. Bob stirs up some Christmas cheer in Paul with a haphazard turkey dinner, followed by a trip to the harbour village of Staithes and a chat with fellow Middlesbrough native Chris Rea, who details his travel plans for getting home on the 25th. Ammar Kalia

Jamie: Keep Cooking at Christmas

8pm, Channel 4

Christmas may be a little different this year, but a Jamie Oliver is for life. Up he lollops like a St Bernard with some rescue remedies; from edible presents for those we can’t see in person, to winter warmers for the socially distanced, and handy tips for reinventing leftovers. Ali Catterall

Small Axe: Education

9pm, BBC One

The final film in Steve McQueen’s series arrives with the least fanfare, but its depiction of an under-discussed form of eduction segregation is quietly devastating. When 12-year-old Kingsley (Kenyah Sandy) is unjustly dumped in a special needs school, a group of West Indian women take up his cause. Ellen E Jones

The Christmas Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan

9.10pm, BBC Two

Comic Romesh Ranganathan continues his Christmas tradition of taking on a fraught travelogue, this year visiting the Hebrides with local guide Donald Macsween where he tries his hand at the Highland Games and jams with a local band. AK

David Blaine: Real Or Magic?

10pm, Sky One

Veteran stuntman-cum-magician David Blaine hosts this star-studded special, confounding everyone from Kanye West to Stephen Hawking with his brand of deadpan trickery. There is a potential ice-pick impaling in front of Bryan Cranston and telepathic touching with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. AK

The Red Shadows

10.55pm, Channel 4

Walter Presents bring us a sufficiently improbable French thriller to delve into as the nights draw in further. In the French mediterranean of the Cote d’Azur, police officer Aurore (Nadia Farès) remains consumed by the abduction of her sister 25 years before. Could she somehow still be alive? Mais non… Hannah J Davies

Film choice

My Week With Marilyn.
My Week With Marilyn. Photograph: Laurie Sparham/PR

My Week with Marilyn, 2am, BBC Four

Based on Colin Clark’s memoir about his (platonic) romance with Marilyn Monroe during the shooting of The Prince and the Showgirl in 1957, Simon Curtis’s evocative tale has a strong sense of time and place, with Eddie Redmayne a winning Clark and Michelle Williams a marvellous Marilyn. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Premier League Football: Southampton v Sheffield United 11.30am, Sky Sports Main Event. Followed by Crystal Palace v Tottenham at 2pm, Fulham v Liverpool at 4.15pm and Arsenal v Burnley at 7pm.

F1: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 1.05pm, Sky Sports F1. Final round of the season.

French Football: PSG v Lyon 7.45pm, BT Sport 1. Ligue 1 clash.

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