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TV tonight: Russell T Davies's new drama examines the 80s Aids crisis

Ammar Kalia, Hannah Verdier, Phil Harrison and Simon Wardell
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It’s a Sin

9pm, Channel 4

Queer As Folk creator Russell T Davies brings his highly anticipated examination of the Aids crisis in Britain in the 1980s. We begin with 18-year-old Ritchie Tozer (Olly Alexander) leaving the Isle of Wight to go to university in London and meeting there Roscoe Babatunde (Omari Douglas), who was forced to leave home once his parents discovered his true sexuality, as well as Welsh trainee tailor Colin Morris-Jones (Callum Scott Howells). The trio soon move into a flat together with friend Jill (Lydia West). Ammar Kalia

Jamie And Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast

8pm, Channel 4

Joe Lycett’s at the Southend Pier for this week’s episode of nostalgia-inducing cooking. Jamie teaches his guest how to make a homemade wild boar ragu, reminding him of one of his favourite meals while holidaying in Italy, and Jimmy is on hand to explore the world of trout farming in Hampshire. AK

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out in Yorkshire

8pm, Channel 5

Calman continues her cheerful camper van trip across the UK with a stop in God’s own country, beginning in the North Yorkshire village of Runswick Bay, where she goes gem hunting, before sampling the local fish and chips and visiting Whitby Abbey – an inspiration for parts of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. AK

The Investigation

9pm, BBC Two

The search continues ... The Investigation.
The search continues ... The Investigation. Photograph: Henrik Ohsten/BBC

Mindhunter director Tobias Lindholm brings this real life story of the investigation into the Swedish journalist Kim Wall’s murder in 2017. Søren Malling stars as Jens Møller, the head of homicide for the Copenhagen police, who in tonight’s double bill hears of a strange case of disappearance. AK

Moonshiners

9pm, Discovery

Who thrives during an economic downturn? Bootleg alcohol distillers, that’s who. The 10th series of this enjoyably old-timey docudrama sees Mark and Digger making booze from the stockpiles of closed restaurants, while emulating the example set by their Depression-era forebears. Ellen E Jones

Not Going Out

9.30pm, BBC One

Lee Mack’s proudly trad domestic sitcom ambles on; formulaic, but hitting its comic beats with the precision of a craftsman. Tonight, Lee’s dad introduces him to his new lady friend, Carol. Cue suspicion as Carol’s apparent perfection drives Lee to paranoid distraction. Inevitable farce ensues. Phil Harrison

Film choice

Ink and you’ll miss it ... Pete Davidson in The King of Staten Island.
Ink and you’ll miss it ... Pete Davidson in The King of Staten Island. Photograph: Mary Cybulski/AP

The King of Staten Island (Judd Apatow, 2020) 8pm, Sky Cinema Premiere
Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson co-wrote and stars in this Judd Apatow easy-going comedy-drama about grief and responsibility, based on Davidson’s own life. He plays Scott, a dopey would-be tattoo artist in New York who still hasn’t got over his firefighter dad’s death in the 9/11 attacks. Simon Wardell

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