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Celebrity MasterChef

9pm, BBC1


The culinary contest continues as Olympic swimmer Becky Adlington, pop star Rachel Stevens, actor Tyger Drew-Honey, and presenters Debbie McGee and Dev Griffin enter the Masterchef kitchen. In the first round, the hopefuls test their imagination in the Mystery Box challenge, before splitting into groups to cook for paying customers in a restaurant kitchen. In the final round, the competitors are tasked to prepare a two-course meal of their own design to impress judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode.


Saving Lives at Sea

8pm, BBC2


A kayaker goes missing for an hour off the coast of Bridlington, East Yorkshire, and a crew member on his first call-out races to a capsized dinghy to find a man losing consciousness in the water. Plus, when a fishing trawler sinks off the coast of the Shetland Islands, the fishermen and RNLI crew aboard must swim for their lives.

The State

9pm, Channel 4


In the final part of Peter Kosminsky’s powerful drama, Jalal is given a new role by Isis, and witnesses barbaric punishments and mock executions to feed its propaganda machine. Meanwhile, as Ushna’s commitment deepens, Shakira’s concern that Isaac is being readied for frontline battle makes her contemplate the unthinkable – whether there is any way out of The State.

The Blacklist: Redemption

Now TV/ Sky Box Sets


You might think The Blacklist without James Spader is like cricket without a bat, but this spin-off is a solid action/conspiracy thriller. Famke Janssen and Ryan Eggold are the security consultants for hire taking on dangerous global missions.

Legally Blonde

8pm, 5STAR


Reese Witherspoon tries – and generally succeeds – to be a grown-up version of Alicia Silverstone’s character from Clueless in this entertaining comedy. She plays Elle, a sorority queen who’s dumped by her rich boyfriend (Matthew Davis) before he goes to Harvard Law School, as he thinks she’s not smart enough to be his wife. The vivacious Valley Girl decides to follow him there to prove him wrong and get him back. It’s all desperately silly (Elle gets into Harvard by sending a video of herself in a bikini lounging by a pool), but the sight of a pink-clad Elle tottering on stilettos through Harvard’s revered halls is hilarious, and Witherspoon is perfect as the girl whose specialist subjects are Cosmopolitan and manicures. There’s fine support, too, from Luke Wilson, Selma Blair (as Davis’s bitchy new girlfriend) and Jennifer Coolidge.