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TV tonight: At home with a pioneering painter

Phil Harrison, Graeme Virtue, Jack Seale, Hannah J Davies and Paul Howlett
·3-min read
<span>Photograph: Screengrab/BBC/Filmwrights/Menace Productions</span>
Photograph: Screengrab/BBC/Filmwrights/Menace Productions

Maggi Hambling: Making Love With the Paint

9pm, BBC Two

An overdue retrospective exploring the life of painter Maggi Hambling. With her smoking and boozing and amusingly blunt approach to the telling of her own story, Hambling is engaging company. But she has survived multiple traumas, from doomed love affairs to the loss of close friends. And through it all, her artistry has remained intact, both sustaining her and acting as catharsis. “The work is in charge of me,” she reflects. “I’m not in charge of it. Thank God.” Phil Harrison

Guy Martin’s Supervan

7pm, Channel 4

The latest cut-and-shut compilation of previous Martin TV projects is essentially a love story: when his cherished black Transit was written off in 2015, the tea-guzzling daredevil pimped the wreck into an over-clocked monster capable of tearing up Tarmac everywhere from Nevada to the Nürburgring. Graeme Virtue

Strictly Come Dancing

7.25pm, BBC One

Can they really keeeeep dancing? A lot of people’s Covid winter will be cheered if they can, although enforced format changes will inevitably dent the ballroom atmos. Tonight’s no-elimination opener features the heavily sequinned debuts of celebs including Bill Bailey, Nicola Adams and Maisie Smith. Jack Seale

DNA

9pm, BBC Four

Another Scandinavian crime drama: this latest import comes from Denmark and feels even more downbeat than most. Five years after his baby daughter went missing, detective Rolf Larsen comes across a DNA sample suggesting she might still be alive. Inevitably, his investigation leads him into dark waters. PH

The Jonathan Ross Show

10pm, ITV

ITV’s primetime chat king continues his latest series, and tonight he is visited by Russell Howard, whose easy manner and sharp wit may potentially lead to him following in Ross’s footsteps. Elsewhere, Katherine Jenkins will wax operatic and Daniel Mays will discuss his fine turn in the recent serial killer saga Des. PH

Céline Dion: Secrets of Her Biggest Hits

11.10pm, Channel 5

“She wasn’t an obvious star, but what she did have was undeniable talent.” So says songwriter Diane Warren in this archive-heavy one-off, dedicated to the French-Canadian megastar. Gladly, her hits – reassuringly nasal and reliably tear-jerking – are the focus here. Hannah J Davies

Film Choice

A Fantastic Woman 1.20am, Channel 4

Marina is a transgender singer in Santiago, in a loving relationship with handsome divorcee Orlando (Francisco Reyes). When he falls ill and dies, she is subjected to a grotesque outpouring of prejudice from police, officials and the dead man’s family. Daniela Vega is, indeed, fantastic as Marina. Paul Howlett

Live Sport

Six Nations Rugby Union: Ireland v Italy 2.45pm, ITV, From the Aviva Stadium.

Premier League Football: Manchester United v Chelsea 5pm, Sky Sports Main Event, The struggling Mancs host Lampard’s expensive Chelsea.

Premiership Rugby Union: Exeter Chiefs v Wasps 5.15pm, BT Sport 1, The league play-off final.