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Conversations With Friends

10pm, BBC Three

Frances and Bobbi (Alison Oliver and Sasha Lane) are students in Dublin who, after performing at a spoken word night, are befriended by celebrated author Melissa and her “trophy” actor husband Nick (Jemima Kirke and Joe Alwyn). They quickly embark on a complex ménage à quatre, with Frances and Nick – the quieter two of the pack – soon forming a relationship. In terms of plot, this 12-part adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel is simply about an affair. But it is the Rooney-verse details – tightly-packed dialogue, observations on class, growth and identity, and an endless space for intimacy – that always make her well-studied characters get under the skin. Hollie Richardson

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration

8pm, ITV

For reasons that aren’t altogether clear, Tom Cruise leads the all-star bill of this Windsor Castle-based bonanza – the first live event to be broadcast as part of the jubilee celebrations. Cruise will host one of the four performances, which collectively promise to take us on a “gallop through history” – including Helen Mirren’s turn as Queen Elizabeth I. Katherine Jenkins, Ant and Dec, Mo Farah and David Jason will also take part in this very odd but undoubtedly entertaining night. HR

Gentleman Jack

9pm, BBC One

Anne and Ann’s status at Shibden Hall continues to draw heat; from an “idiotic” marriage announcement in the Halifax Guardian to comments from “tiresome, inarticulate men”, including those closer to home. “People are laughing at us,” frets Ann, who later drops a bombshell revelation. Ali Catterall

Idris Elba’s Fight School

9pm, BBC Two

Faces drop when the amateur boxers find out who they’ll be up against at next week’s fight night in east London’s renowned York Hall. Before then, they head home to see friends and family, returning to prove to Elba that they’re ready (or not) to get in the ring. HR

Das Boot

9pm, Sky Atlantic

Season three of the German drama breaks the surface of televisual waters like a brooding U-612, as the crew are ordered on a treacherous mission to the southern hemisphere under the command of Robert Ehrenberg. Meanwhile in Lisbon, Hagen Forster uncovers a plot to steal plundered wartime loot – but is his conscience getting the better of him? AC

Walter Presents: The King of Warsaw

11pm, Channel 4

Polish Peaky Blinders, anyone? Based on Szczepan Twardoch’s novel, this pacy drama follows the often brutal machinations of gang life in pre-second world war Poland. The focus is a power struggle for control of a mafia-style syndicate but there’s a political edge too, with fascists, socialists and Jews scrapping it out and wider European conflict looming. Phil Harrison

Film choices

Ordinary Love, 10pm, BBC Two

Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville in Ordinary Love.
Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville in Ordinary Love. Photograph: TIFF

Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s devastating drama is a masterpiece of observation. Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson play a couple who find themselves tested when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. While cancer films can err on the melodramatic – or worse, the schematic, using the illness as shorthand for character motivation – Ordinary Love never once takes its eye off the ball. If you’ve never been through anything like this, you’ll empathise. But if you have, you will recognise yourself, and that’s the best possible compliment to give. Stuart Heritage

Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie, 11:25pm, BBC Two

Now that he’s a newly minted TikTok rapper, it might be the right time to look back at one of Theroux’s most ambitious endeavours. After decades on TV, his first theatrically-released documentary was designed to pitch him straight into the dark heart of an infamous religion. If the goal was for Theroux to disassemble Scientology from the inside, it isn’t a spoiler to say that the film was a failure. But as a look at one man struggling to land a punch on an intangibly sinister organisation, it ranks among Theroux’s best. SH

Cop Car, 2:15am, Horror Channel

With Spider-Man: No Way Home becoming such a sensation this year, it’s still faintly miraculous to remember that, pre-Spidey, the only film Jon Watts ever directed was Cop Car. It’s as small and spare a film as you could imagine – two bored kids steal a police car abandoned by a corrupt sheriff, and are forced to outwit his attempts at vengeance – but the attention to detail is second to none. Even better, as the evil officer, it features one of Kevin Bacon’s all-time-greatest performances. SH

Live sport

British Touring Car Championships, 11am, ITV4 Live coverage of the fourth race from Brands Hatch Indy Circuit.

Premier League Football: West Ham v Man City, 2pm, Sky Sports Main Event From the London Stadium, with Man City playing to win the Premier League title.

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