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TV tonight: Hugh Laurie's Tory chancer flirts with misfortune in Roadkill

Phil Harrison, Hannah Verdier, Ellen E Jones, Jack Seale and Paul Howlett
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9pm, BBC One

“People like me because I break the rules. Voters think of me as a character.” While similarities to current politicians are no doubt entirely coincidental, it is impossible not to detect echoes of modern populism in David Hare’s drama as Hugh Laurie’s Tory chancer Peter Laurence continues to push the boundaries of probity. This week, Laurence isn’t the sole architect of his misfortune as his daughter attracts the attention of the tabloids. But her indiscretion comes at an unfortunate time in the light of other events. Phil Harrison

Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime

8pm, BBC Two

Of all the shows repurposed for pandemic viewing, these travelogues have been among the most likable. Partly, that’s down to Palin himself, but they have also tapped into our current longing for freedom. Tonight’s final episode sees Palin revisiting his journey across the Sahara. PH

Enslaved With Samuel L Jackson

9pm, BBC Two

The powerful series concludes with changing attitudes and the eventual abolition of slavery. Jackson, along with Afua Hirsch, looks at the activists, petitions and cultural changes that led to its demise, while Divers With Purpose examine the wreckage of slave ship the London. Hannah Verdier

Piers Morgan’s Life Stories

9pm, ITV

The older the guest, the better the chat; that’s a general rule of thumb and one that bodes well for this week’s interviewee. Sir Cliff Richard has just celebrated his 80th birthday and he’s here to discuss his poverty-stricken childhood, conversion to Christianity and an extraordinary life in British pop. Ellen E Jones

The Bridge

9pm, Channel 4

There’s little bridge-building and lots of contrived machinations by the programme-makers as the reality show continues. The contestants, one of whom wins cash if they all complete their task, are going hungry, so food is offered – with a catch designed to manufacture division. Jack Seale

The Olivier Awards 2020

10.20pm, ITV

Originally scheduled for April and celebrating the best of 2019, the theatre awards finally get the go-ahead. Enjoy them while you can because it’s hard to imagine any similar ceremony next year. Nominees include Wendell Pierce and Phoebe Waller-Bridge and our master of ceremonies is Jason Manford. PH

Film choice

The Lighthouse, 12.50pm, 9.45pm, Sky Cinema Premiere

Two salty seadogs question their sanity in a lighthouse: Robert Eggers’s follow-up to The Witch is a claustrophobic yarn of 19th-century mariners, superbly shot in shadowy monochrome by Jarin Blaschke, with haunting performances from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Scottish Premiership Football: Aberdeen v Celtic, 11am, Sky Sports Main Event

Top-flight action from Pittodrie.

F1: Portuguese Grand Prix, 1.05pm, Sky Sports F1

From Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.

Premier League Football: Southampton v Everton, 2pm, Sky Sports Main Event

With Wolves v Newcastle United to follow at 4pm.