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TV Tonight: our highlights for Tuesday, Nov. 9

Pixie discovers past hardships and a musical connection.
Pixie discovers past hardships and a musical connection. (Image credit: BBC)

On TV tonight, Pixie Lott discovers she is not the first singer in the family in Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC1, the brilliant Impeachment: American Crime Story continues on BBC2 and it's 'Free-From' week in The Great British Bake Off on C4. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight.

  • Our hand selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include three TV shows, a film, live sport and the latest trending need-to-binge-on-now box set 
  • Keep up to date with the latest soap spoiler storylines on TV tonight with our daily soap synopsis 
  • For more information about what’s on TV tonight see our TV Guide

What's on TV tonight

Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight... 

Best TV shows on TV tonight

Who Do You Think You Are? 9pm, BBC1

TV tonight Pixie Lott.

Singer Pixie Lott discovers more about her family history. (Image credit: BBC)

This series is particularly enthralling when we see someone learning that their talent is inherited. Singer Pixie Lott is over the moon to find she’s not the first person in her family to have a penchant for music. Her maternal great-great-great-grandfather was in the Household Cavalry band in the 19th century and his son and grandson were musically inclined. There are also emotional moments as Pixie learns about her maternal great-grandmother’s poverty-stricken childhood and the harrowing World War One experiences of her paternal great-grandfather. 

★★★★ CC 

Impeachment: American Crime Story, 9.15pm, BBC2

TV tonight The tale of the tape: Linda collects proof

The tale of the tape: Linda collects proof. (Image credit: BBC)

It’s August 1997 and Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein), increasingly frustrated at being unable to get back into the White House, begins to confide more and more in Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson). Relieved to unburden herself of her situation and her relationship with the President, Monica seems oblivious when Linda asks questions like ‘remind me, when was the exact date that happened?’. At the suggestion of literary agent Lucianne Goldberg (a scene-stealing Margo Martindale), Linda is taping all of their – very frequent – phone calls to provide concrete proof of the President’s indiscretions… 

★★★★ JP

The Great British Bake Off 2021, 8pm, C4

TV tonight Noel, Prue and Paul oversee a ‘free-from’ week

Noel, Prue and Paul oversee a ‘Free-From’ week. (Image credit: C4)

We’ve always wished there was a loophole in Bake Off rules that allowed departed bakers to make honorary comebacks – this week’s Free-From theme featuring alternative ingredients would have been a perfect showcase for the much-missed Freya, a dab hand at whipping up vegan masterpieces! Hopefully, the remaining bakers picked up some tips from her as they must demonstrate versatility and creativity by concocting a signature without dairy products, before a vegan technical and then some gluten-free celebration cakes for the showstopper. But who will make it to next week’s semi-final? 

★★★★ CC

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Showtrial, season 1, BBC iPlayer

TV tonight Tracy Ifeachor and Celine Buckens as Cleo and Talitha

Tracy Ifeachor and Celine Buckens as Cleo and Talitha. (Image credit: BBC)

If you’ve missed this thrilling legal drama that’s currently showing on Sunday nights on BBC1 (and that's brought to us by the same people who made Line of Duty), then catch the whole five episodes on BBC iPlayer now. The drama follows the investigation into the disappearance of a Bristol student and the arrest and trial of a fellow student, Talitha Campbell, charged with conspiring to murder her. Celine Buckens impresses as the latter, a troubled posh girl whose behaviour threatens to alienate the duty solicitor, Cleo Roberts (Tracy Ifeachor), assigned to defend her. A fascinating look at how attitudes towards class and gender can impact the legal process. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Eat Pray Love, 8.10am & 6.30pm, Sky Cinema Drama/NOW

TV tonight Javier Bardem and Julia Roberts

Javier Bardem and Julia Roberts star. (Image credit: Sky)

Uber producer/director/writer Ryan Murphy (the showrunner behind Impeachment, see above) found time to direct this glossy adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling memoir in 2010.  Julia Roberts stars as the American divorcee on a (literal) journey of self-discovery that involves, yes, eating, religion and romance. Javier Bardem, who co-stars as one of her love interests, can be seen next month as Desi Arnaz (with Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball) in Amazon Prime’s Being the Ricardos

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Who Do You Think You Are? on TV tonight – Pixie Lott discovers some great characters in her family's past.

Not found anything you want to watch on TV tonight? Check out our TV Guide

Happy viewing!