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 October 17

by Carolina

Celebrity Trash Monsters: What’s Your Waste Size?

9pm, Channel 4

As the Cop26 climate change summit looms, TV is taking various constructive and sober approaches to exploring aspects of the climate crisis. But then there’s this: a barmy-sounding challenge show combining upcycling and celebrity to absurd, if well-intentioned, effect. Jon Richardson has a challenge for John Barnes, Jodie Kidd and Kerry Katona: they must wear the stuff found in their bins. Cue ever-expanding suits of trash as the trio’s consumption of ready meals and single-use plastics is revealed. Phil Harrison

The Earthshot Prize 2021

8pm, BBC One

This awards ceremony, presented by Dermot O’Leary and Clara Amfo, seeks to celebrate successful attempts to combat climate change. David Attenborough is on hand to discuss the science, and there is also music from Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Yemi Alade. PH

Ridley Road

9pm, BBC One

As Vivienne Epstein (Agnes O’Casey) starts to take unsettling measures to gain the trust of notorious facist Colin Jordan, she receives a frosty welcome from his dedicated Nazi wife Françoise Dior (a chillingly convincing performance by Romane Portail). Hollie Richardson

Angela Black

9pm, ITV

How much longer can Angela (Joanne Froggatt) maintain her facade? Ed’s (Samuel Adewunmi) bombshell about her abusive husband has left her reeling but, superficially, the charmed domesticity of her life remains the same. However, she’s discovering that sometimes pulling at a single thread can eventually unravel everything. PH


9pm, Sky History

Salute tells the story of Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympic Games.
Salute tells the story of Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympic Games. Photograph: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive

The 1968 Summer Olympics produced one of the defining images of the civil rights movement, when African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their gloved fists in a Black Power salute on the winners’ podium; beside them, silver medalist Peter Norman, a white Australian who’d been anything but a passive onlooker. This film tells their story. Ali Catterall

The Deirdre O’Kane Show

10pm, Sky Max

Standup comedy makes a TV comeback this week: as well as the BBC new comedy awards (iPlayer, Tue) there’s this vehicle for popular Irish comic Deirdre O’Kane. Catherine Bohart and Strictly Come Dancing champ Bill Bailey are the week one guests in a showcase recorded live in Dublin. Jack Seale

Film choice

The Death of Stalin

Sunday, 10.45pm, BBC Two

Jason Isaacs stars in The Death of Stalin on BBC Two.
A spry comedy … Jason Isaacs in The Death of Stalin. Photograph: Nicola Dove/EOne

Armando Iannucci brings his eye for the absurdity of politics to bear on the Soviet Union in 1953 in his spry comedy, though the evils of dictatorship lend it the blackest of edges. When Stalin dies suddenly, the cowed Central Committee is thrown into panic, with secret police chief Beria (a deliciously sly Simon Russell Beale) and adviser Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi) jostling for succession. A fine cast deliver the waspish dialogue with relish – particularly Jason Isaacs as the blunt-speaking General Zhukov – as the veneer of Stalin-enforced stability is wiped away. Simon Wardell

T20 Cricket: Oman v Papua New Guinea Sun, 10.30am, Sky Sports Cricket. Match one in Group B’s first round.

Premier League Football: Everton v West Ham United Sun, 2pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Newcastle v Spurs follows at 4pm.

Original posted at www.theguardian.com

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