There's a documentary about Paul Weller’s Style Council, Strictly Come Dancing gets competitive  as dancers face the chop, a look at Console Wars on the 1990s, and some spooky movies to set the scene for Halloween . . .

Pick of the Day

Long Hot Summers: The Story of the Style Council, 9.00pm, Sky Arts & NOW TV

Colour me biased, but I have no doubt that the greatest part of Paul Weller’s 40-odd year career in music was during the time he led the Style Council.

When Weller pulled the plug on The Jam in 1982, the news came as a massive shock to his fans, but most of all to his band mates Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler, as well his dad John, the band’s manager.

At the time, the group were the most popular band in their native UK, with four number one singles and an album sitting at the top of the charts.

Musically though, they were stuck in a rut and still Down in the Tube Station at Midnight. Weller had simply had enough of the three-piece line-up.

He was just 24, which seems ridiculously young now, when he formed The Style Council in January 1983 with keyboard player Mick Talbot, once of The Merton Parkas, Dexys Midnight Runners and The Bureau, and enlisted sensational 17-year-old drummer Steve White.

It quickly became evident that this new group was going to be dramatically different to The Jam.

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Strictly Come Dancing, 7.10pm, BBC One

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present as the competition gets into gear and the contestants begin to face the chop.

This week the 12 couples compete for viewers' votes for the first time. Anyone whose performance is not up to scratch may face the dreaded dance-off.

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Console Wars, 9.00pm, Sky Documentaries & NOW TV

If you were a kid in the 1990s, there was a war going on.

It was in the playground, in the classrooms, it was even going on at home. It divided families and killed friendships. And behind it all? A blue hedgehog and a moustachioed plumber.

Which side were you on?

This nostalgic documentary revisits the feud that set the scene for a competitive marketplace among gamers for years to come.

On the one side, Japanese giants Nintendo, with timeless classics such as Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Mega Man and Kirby.

On the other, the upstart arcade kings Sega, with an angle toward a more mature, cool audience with games like Streets of Rage, Road Rash, Mortal Kombat and of course, the high-speed blue blur himself Sonic the Hedgehog.

With insights from those who were closest to the action, this film examines every win, misstep, and underhanded tactic used as the two video game icons clashed, and the legacy that was left in the aftermath.

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Grant, 9.00pm, Sky History & NOW TV

Brand new and exclusive to Sky History, this epic three-part miniseries, executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, tells the story of Ulysses S Grant, played here by British actor Justin Salinger.

At the time of his death, Grant was possibly the most famous man in the world and stood alongside the likes of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the pantheon of American heroes.

Grant tells the remarkable and quintessentially American story of a humble man who overcomes incredible obstacles, rises to the highest ranks of power and saves the USA not once, but twice.

Whitney, 10.55pm, BBC Two

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If you missed it before, here’s a documentary exploring the life and musical career of Whitney Houston. Featuring contributions from family and friends, including ex-husband Bobby Brown and Kevin Costner.

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Richard Jewell, Sky Cinema & NOW TV

Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial work is another skilfully crafted portrait of America starring Paul Walter Hauser in a fantastic central performance as the eponymous Jewell.

During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, security guard Richard Jewell discovers a suspicious backpack under a bench in Centennial Park.

With little time to spare, he helps to evacuate the area until the incendiary device inside the bag explodes.

Initially hailed as a hero and saver of many lives, Jewell’s life starts to unravel when the FBI names him the prime suspect in the bombing.

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Halloween Movie Picks

Some Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) to consider on the day that’s in it. Loads more on Sky Movies and Netflix . . .

Goosebumps, 6.35pm, RTÉ One

Here’s a family fantasy adventure, starring Jack Black and Dylan Minnette, based on the series of RL Stine books of the same name.

It all kicks off when a teenager accidentally releases the monsters in the popular series of books into the real world to cause chaos.

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The Silence of the Lambs, 9.20pm, TG4

No ghosts or ghouls here, but the levels of spookiness are high in this thriller, starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins.

A trainee FBI agent engages in a battle of wills with an imprisoned psychopath to gain his help in catching a serial killer.

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Poltergeist, 11.10pm, BBC Two

In this horror, starring JoBeth Williams and Craig T Nelson, the Freelings are like any other Californian suburban family.

But one night their youngest, 10-year-old Carol Ann, hears a voice from inside the television set. At first, there is an invasion of friendly spirits, but then a force of evil threatens to destroy them.

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The Ring, 12.35am, BBC One

Here’s the American remake, with Naomi Watts and Martin Henderson, that’s just about as scary as the Japanese original.

A journalist investigates teenage deaths linked to a videotape, which is rumoured to cause the demise of anyone who watches it.

No wonder no one watches videotapes anymore!

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