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The Big Family Cooking Showdown

8pm, BBC2

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As Zoe Ball and Nadiya Hussain’s culinary competition continues, the Karim family from west London go up against the Dawes from Hampshire. Aunt Zakila is queen of the kitchen in the Karim’s household, but will her spice mix leave the judges wanting more when they visit the family at home? Ellie Dawes and her scientist boyfriend Sam share a passion for food, but it remains to be seen whether their bold use of ingredients will be a step too far for the judges.

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Trust Me

9pm, BBC1

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Following his discovery, Andy has a decision to make, and after Ally says goodbye to her dying father in Sheffield, a fatal error at work backs her into a corner.

Quacks

10pm, BBC2

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Caroline lands an invitation to meet her hero, Charles Dickens, and William finds himself in an awkward position when he exaggerates how much of a fan he is. Meanwhile, John takes an orphan under his wing, and Robert crosses paths with an uppity young volunteer called Florence Nightingale.

People Just Do Nothing

BBC3

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The excellent mockumentary continues, with Kurupt FM in crisis: Grindah (Allan Mustafa) has left, which means the deepening beef with Kold FM must be masterminded by Beats  – uh-oh! Meanwhile, Steves continues with his unusual approach to childcare.

The Devil Wears Prada

6.50pm, Film4

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Meryl Streep plays the boss from hell in this glossy but shallow fashion industry satire. Demonstrating that less is indeed more, she quietly steals every scene as Miranda Priestly, the formidable editor of New York style magazine Runway, who routinely destroys egos and careers with just one softly spoken put-down or withering glance. It’s a delicious, precise performance that reduces Anne Hathaway’s aspiring journalist Andy Sachs to a crudely drawn, sitcom cliché, as she goofily struggles to meet Miranda’s increasingly difficult demands after becoming her personal assistant. Though Andy’s trials are never quite as cruel as in ex-US Vogue staffer Lauren Weisberger’s source book, they’re still as entertaining, boasting a similar exuberance to director David Frankel’s earlier project, Sex and the City. Yet for all its colourful and catty observations, the film lacks genuine bite, skimming over key emotional issues and making a morally triumphant conclusion feel like a cop-out.