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Once Upon a Time in Londongrad
9pm, Sky Documentaries

“I’m often asked, as an investigative journalist, whether I get scared doing this kind of work,” says reporter Heidi Blake, who talks us through this six-parter. “My honest answer has always been no – but I have to say that changed working on this story.” Set across Vladimir Putin’s two decades in power, it charts the death of multimillionaire property tycoon Scot Young – who was entangled with Russian oligarchs, 10 Downing Street and Washington DC – after his ex-wife said she didn’t believe it was suicide. Hollie Richardson

Marcus Wareing’s Tales from a Kitchen Garden
7pm, BBC Two

The last episode in this warm hug of a series, which follows the chef’s slower pace of life in the countryside, sees him take a trip to Kent to plant a nut orchard on a farm. He then gets a lesson in perfecting compost. HR

Bake Off: The Professionals
8pm, Channel 4

Liam Charles and Stacey Solomon in Bake Off: The Professionals.
Patisserie week … Liam Charles and Stacey Solomon in Bake Off: The Professionals. Photograph: Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions

A mountain of sport-themed choux buns; 24-layer crepe cakes; savoury slices with a twist … it can only be patisserie week. Liam Charles and Stacey Solomon are on hand to calm the seven remaining paired-up professionals, who will face the judgment of Benoit Blin and Cherish Finden. HR

Lucy Worsley Investigates: The Black Death
9pm, BBC Two

In an episode that doesn’t feel a million miles away from our recent reality, the historian takes her magnifying glass to the first wave of the Black Death in 1348 – a pandemic that wiped out a third of the British population over just a few years. She starts by testing the DNA of skeletons of plague victims. HR

24 Hours in A&E
9pm, Channel 4

A look back at some of St George’s hospital’s most memorable admissions: from the personal trainer whose leg was broken after being kicked by a horse to a heart attack survivor whose nose wouldn’t stop bleeding. HR

State of the Union
10pm, BBC Two

Disintegrating … Brendan Gleeson and Patricia Clarkson (left and centre) in State of the Union.
Disintegrating … Brendan Gleeson and Patricia Clarkson (left and centre) in State of the Union. Photograph: Laura Radford/BBC/© 2021 Sundance TV LLC & AMC Film Holdings LLC.

Stephen Frears’ and Nick Hornby’s thoughtful series continues to itemise the disintegrating marriage of Ellen and Scott (Patricia Clarkson and Brendan Gleeson). Much of it feels pretty universal – imperfections are heightened but a connection remains. Tonight, Scott learns surprising new information about Ellen that highlights their loss of true intimacy. Phil Harrison

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