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Dispatches: Broke – Britain’s Debt Emergency

22:00, Channel 4

Although it has been called “insignificant” compared to the recent real news by a certain BBC reporter, the cost of living crisis has certainly not disappeared; in fact, it’s going to get much worse. In this special episode of Dispatches, Citizens Advice debt counselors and some of the 14 million people the organization predicts will be unable to pay their energy bills this fall tell their stories. In Southend, mum Carly is dealing with £20,000 in debt as a result of payday loans. In Manchester, Mateena, 28, says she lives off sugar cubes for her meals. That is the reality explored here. Holly Richardson

Handmade – Britain’s Finest Woodworker

20:00, Channel 4

A little more… After debuting last year, the Bake Off wood tribute presented by Mel Giedroyc returns with two new judges: entrepreneur Sophie Sellu and design expert Tom Dyckhoff. The new batch of 10 contestants seems excited, but can they create a table for the qualifying dinner in two days? Graeme Virtue

Heaven Arts Book Club

8:00 p.m., Sky Arts

Raven Smith, aka “the funniest man on Instagram,” joins Andi Oliver and Elizabeth Day to talk about her hilarious book Men. Tahmima Anam also reviews her tech satire novel The Startup Wife, while the latest bookworm Simon Savidge shares her recommendations. HOUR

Escape from Kabul airport

9:00 p.m., BBC Two

Desperate days… Evacuees trying to scale the airport perimeter, in Escape from Kabul Airport. Photograph: Pajhwok Afghan News/BBC/Amos Pictures

It was a dramatic and desperate 18 days in August 2021, when the US ended its longest war by staging the largest airlift operation in its history. This documentary feature film combines shocking on-the-ground footage of the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe and interviews with fleeing Afghans, US Marines and even some Taliban fighters. Ellen E. Jones


21:45, maximum sky

The irregular and irresistible misdemeanor caper continues. Tonight, Vinnie, played by Joe Gilgun, leads his hapless friends on an adventure in the woods, interrupted by cocaine-induced paranoia and diarrhea-inducing foraging. The group dynamic is captured beautifully and Gilgun is as endearing as ever: upbeat but with a winning edge of vulnerability. Phil Harrison

The great

23:05, Channel 4

In the penultimate episode of the series, baby Paul arrives (huzzah!), Georgina returns to woo a new woman, and Marial finds herself newly engaged. But none of this can distract Peter from worrying that Catherine will find out that he, as he so eloquently puts it, “fucked her mother and killed her.” HOUR


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