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Conversations with friends

22:00, BBC Three

Frances and Bobbi (Alison Oliver and Sasha Lane) are college students in Dublin who, after performing at a spoken word night, befriend famed author Melissa and her husband Nick (Jemima Kirke and Joe Alwyn). They soon embark on a complex ménage à quatre, in which Frances and Nick – the calmer two of the pack – soon form a relationship. Plot-wise, this 12-part adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel is simply about an affair. But it’s the details of the Rooney verse—thickly packed dialogue, observations about class, growth, and identity, and an endless space for intimacy—that keep her well-studied characters always under the skin. Hollie Richardson

Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

8pm, ITV

For reasons not entirely clear, Tom Cruise is leading the all-star bill of this Windsor Castle bonanza — the first live event to be broadcast as part of the anniversary celebration. Cruise will host one of four performances, which collectively promise to take us on a “gallop through history” – including Helen Mirren’s turn as Queen Elizabeth I. Katherine Jenkins, Ant and Dec, Mo Farah and David Jason will also take part in this very strange but undoubtedly entertaining evening. HR

Mr Jack

9pm, BBC One

Anne and Ann’s status at Shibden Hall continues to draw heat; from an “idiotic” marriage announcement in the Halifax Guardian to comments from “tiring, unspoken men”, including those closer to home. “People are laughing at us,” Ann annoys, who later drops a bomb reveal. Ali Catterall

The fighting school of Idris Elba

9pm, BBC Two

Faces fall open as the amateur boxers discover who to take on next week’s fight night at East London’s famed York Hall. Before that, they go home to see friends and family and return to prove to Elba that they are ready (or not) to enter the ring. HR

The boat

9 p.m., Sky Atlantic

Season three of the German drama breaks the surface of television waters like a brooding U-612, as the crew is ordered on a treacherous mission to the southern hemisphere commanded by Robert Ehrenberg. Meanwhile, in Lisbon, Hagen Forster uncovers a plot to steal looted spoils of war – but will his conscience get the better of him? AC

Walter presents: The King of Warsaw

11pm, channel 4

Polish Peaky Blinders, anyone? Based on the novel by Szczepan Twardoch, this quiet drama follows the often brutal machinations of gang life in pre-World War II Poland. The focus is on a power struggle for control of a mafia-style syndicate, but there is also a political advantage, with fascists, socialists and Jews scrapping it and a wider European conflict looming. Phil Harrison

Movie Choices

Ordinary Love, 10pm, BBC Two

Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville in Common Love. Photo: TIFF

The devastating drama of Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn is a masterpiece of observation. Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson play a couple who are tested when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. While cancer movies can err on the melodramatic — or worse, the scheme, using disease as an abbreviation for character motivation — Ordinary Love never takes the ball’s attention. If you have never experienced anything like this, you will feel empathy. But once you’ve done that, you’ll recognize yourself, and that’s the best possible compliment to give. Stuart Heritage

Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie, 23:25, BBC Two

Now that he’s a newly minted TikTok rapper, it might be the right time to look back on one of Theroux’s most ambitious endeavors. After decades on TV, his first theatrical documentary was designed to cast him straight into the dark heart of an infamous religion. If the goal was for Theroux to take Scientology apart from the inside out, it’s no spoiler to say the movie was a failure. But when you look at a man struggling to pack a punch at an elusive sinister organization, it ranks among Theroux’s best. SH

Police car, 2.15 am, Horror Channel

With Spider-Man: No Way Home becoming such a sensation this year, it’s still a little miraculous to remember that, before Spidey, the only movie Jon Watts ever directed was Cop Car. It’s as small and sparse as you can imagine – two bored kids steal a police car abandoned by a corrupt sheriff, and are forced to outwit his revenge attempts – but the attention to detail is second to none. Even better, as the evil officer, it features one of Kevin Bacon’s greatest performances of all time. SH

live sports

British Touring Car Championships, 11am, ITV4 Live coverage of the fourth race of Brands Hatch Indy Circuit.

Premier League Football: West Ham v Man City, 2pm, Sky Sports Main Event From the London Stadium, where Man City play to win the Premier League title.

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