8pm, Channel 4
Along with Strictly Come Dancing, Bake Off has become one of the pillars of the autumn TV schedules, although last year’s cake-making contest arguably felt a bit, well, stale. The presenting team is dependably watchable, Matt Lucas, Noel Fielding, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood returning with a Star Wars pastiche (Lucas as “Luke Piewalker” and Fielding as “Princess Layer Cake”; feel free to groan), but the variable is of course the cast of amateur bakers. After this opening round, there are two or three promising personalities as the dozen newbies are tasked with making a red velvet cake and a 3D replica of their own homes.
11.15am, BBC One
The rolling news coverage following the death of Queen Elizabeth II continues with the King and Camilla the Queen Consort in Belfast, where Charles will meet the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland’s party leaders. They will then attend a prayer service at St Anne’s Cathedral, before returning to London, where they
will await the Queen’s coffin.
8pm, BBC Two
“A good old whodunnit,” is how Fiona Bruce describes the final authentication search of the series. It concerns a large painting of the crucified Christ hanging in a church in Port Glasgow, the second-largest town in the Inverclyde council area of Scotland. Stylistically, it seems to belong to the Antwerp Mannerists, a school of largely anonymous painters working in the 16th-century southern Netherlands. And it’s that anonymity that’s the problem. Can Bruce and Philip Mould put a name to the artwork? Might it even be by Michiel Coxcie, one of the great painters of Northern Renaissance art, known as the “Flemish Raphael”?
9.30pm, BBC Four
Mikhail Gorbachev helped to shape the 20th century. As the architect of Glasnost and Perestroika, his actions brought down the Berlin Wall, giving countries of the former Soviet Union a chance to break away and be free. But while to many in the West he remains a hero, in his own country Gorbachev was condemned for destroying the Soviet Empire. This film is an intimate portrait of the man who, until his death earlier this month at the age of 91, carried the burdens of his past.
10pm, Sky Max
Saturday Night Live veteran Kenan Thompson hosts television’s equivalent of the Oscars – and given TV’s growing dominance over movies, arguably the more important awards. Better Call Saul, Euphoria, Ozark, Severance, Squid Game and Stranger Things 4 lost out to Succession in the best drama series category, while best actor and actress in a drama goes to Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae and Euphoria‘s Zendaya.
10.30pm, Channel 4
Rosie Jones takes rapper Lady Leshurr to Northampton, where she has arranged for them to abseil down a 418ft tower. The only problem is, Leshurr is afraid of heights, so they prepare for the task by going up in a microlight, crashing an anti-gravity yoga class and driving at Silverstone. But will they dare face the tower? If the recent escapade featuring Guz Khan and sky-diving in Blackpool is anything to go by, Rosie will be up for it.
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