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TV tonight: a new series of Bake Off is exactly what we knead

The Great British Bake Off

8pm, Channel 4

A new series of Bake Off is exactly what the nation kneads (sorry, it’s just too easy). Among this year’s 12 contestants: Carole with the candy-floss hair, nuclear scientist James and, last but not yeast, salsa-dancing, and self-confessed space nerd, Abdul. First up, it’s cake week: the bakers must serve 12 mini-cakes, the perfect sponge and – strangely – a showstopper cake inspired by a house close to their hearts. As usual, Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding are on hosting duties, while Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood are judges. Hollie Richardson

Storyville: Gorbachev. Heaven

9pm, BBC Four

How painfully symbolic it feels that the architect of glasnost should pass away at this time: hero to the west; traitor in his own land. In this intimate if wintry 2020 documentary, director Vitaly Mansky discovers the lonely 91-year-old Gorbachev in an empty house in Moscow – at once, gnomic, wry and (understandably) wary. A quietly shattering portrait. Ali Catterall

Irma Vep

9pm, Sky Atlantic

Alicia Vikander in Irma Vep.
Seductively meta … Alicia Vikander in Irma Vep. Photograph: HBO

The penultimate episode of Olivier Assayas’s seductively meta series is upon us. With duct tape literally holding Cynthia Keng’s latest scenes together, Mira (Alicia Vikander) harnesses her newfound powers as Irma Vep to do some serious eavesdropping. She also saves her director René from his own torment. Danielle De Wolfe

First Dates Hotel

9.30pm, Channel 4

Twins Bethany and Shannon check into the hotel in the search for love tonight, because dating with a sibling is not at all weird. Annie is also looking for love in Italy – which happens to be the last place she visited with her ex-wife. HR

The 74th Annual Primetime Emmy awards

10pm, Sky Max

With 25 nominations, how many awards will Succession take home tonight? Or, will new runners such as Yellowjackets, Hacks and Squid Game swoop in for the wins? Kenan Thompson – of Saturday Night Live fame – hosts TV’s biggest event. HR

Rosie Jones’ Trip Hazard

10.30pm, Channel 4

Abseiling down the National Lift Tower, anyone? It isn’t the best start to Rosie Jones’s tour of Northamptonshire with this week’s guest, Lady Leshurr – who is terrified of heights. To warm up, they take a flight in a microlight which is “Essentially, a motorbike under a handkerchief”. HR

Film choice

Rock on … Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Rock on … Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Photograph: Paramount Pictures/Lucasfilm/Allstar

Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981), 9pm, Film4
A daily dose of Indy films begins with Steven Spielberg’s original (and easily the best) historical adventure. Harrison Ford dons the hat and whip as the peripatetic archaeology professor/treasure hunter for a giddily enjoyable yarn of Nazis, hidden loot and giant rolling stones that wouldn’t look out of place in a 1940s matinee double bill. Karen Allen is much more than a damsel in distress as Jones’s love interest Marion, while John Williams’ rousing score is the cherry on top. Simon Wardell

Live sport

Women’s T20 Cricket: England v India 5.30pm, BBC Two. The second match, at the County Ground in Derby; the third is on Thursday, 6pm, Sky Sports Cricket.

Uefa Champions League football: Liverpool v Ajax 7pm, BT Sport. Sporting Lisbon v Tottenham is on BT Sport 4 at 5pm.

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