Today's top telly includes an RTÉ Investigates about fraudster Patrick Russell, Sofia Coppola talks cinema, The Good Lord Bird continues and Taylor Swift lands on Disney+

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RTÉ Investigates, 9.35pm, RTÉ One

Investigating the scams of former barrister Patrick Russell, a prolific fraudster who conned millions of euros from scores of clients across the country.

His victims came from all walks of life and included businesspeople, celebrities, doctors, barristers and people in trades. A true democrat, he stole from anyone and everyone.

Russell was recently convicted of theft and sentenced to four years’ behind bars. With good behaviour, he could be back out trying to con others in no time.

The programme looks at his career from the 1990s to when he qualified as a barrister and used his position to empty the pockets of high-profile figures, including two well-known musicians out of nearly €2 million.

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The Good Lord Bird, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

Following the battle in Pikesville, John Brown, now one of the most wanted men in America, travels north with Onion to raise funds for the abolitionist cause.

They take refuge at the home of famed orator and 'King of the Negroes’ Frederick Douglass and his two wives.

When Brown and Douglass clash over methodology, Onion discovers just how complex the fight for justice and human equality really is.

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12 Puppies and Us, 8.00pm, BBC Two

In this episode, Lyra the pomsky moves in with the busy Cuthbertson family in Gateshead.

Toddler Ellie is initially excited by her new playmate, until Lyra chews through her toys and even her doll's bed.

Her parents call in Louise to help stop the chewing and restore harmony to the house.

Meanwhile, in Cardiff, the big day arrives for Chinese crested powderpuff Fabio.

Sofia Coppola: Life Cinematic, 10.00pm, BBC Four

American Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Sofia Coppola (above) talks to Edith Bowman about the films that have shaped her life and career.

Her choices range from contemporary cult classics - To Die For, Safe and Fish Tank - to some vintage Hollywood greats including Gilda and A Place in the Sun.

As well as discussing her latest film On the Rocks, she reflects on her working methods and the influence dad Francis Ford Coppola had on early viewing habits.

The Repair Shop, 8.00pm, BBC One

This week, Jay Blades and the team of experts bring four treasured family heirlooms back to life.

Silversmith Brenton West takes a look at a brass replica fire engine, while Andrew Gorrie from Lancashire hopes leatherwork expert Suzie Fletcher can save a fragile leather wallet with an extraordinary history.

Elsewhere, the experts set to work repairing a handmade radio system and a banana barrow.

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folklore: the long pond studio sessions, Disney+

Fans of Taylor Swift will be flocking to Disney+ as the streaming services launches this live event, filmed in upstate New York in September 2020.

The film features Taylor, accompanied by co-producers Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff, performing each song in order of her critically adored, five star album, folklore.

The sessions also includes a guest appearance by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and, for the very first time, reveals the stories and secrets behind all 17 songs on the album.

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Uncle Frank, Amazon Prime

This promises to be an authentic, funny and heart-warming coming-out, and coming-of-age road trip movie. 

The film stars Paul Bettany and Sophis Lillis and is set in the 1970s. It follows Frank and his niece Beth on their journey of self-discovery home to their dysfunctional family.

It’s well worth a look as it was written and directed by the iconic Alan Ball, the writer behind the likes of Six Feet Under, True Blood and American Beauty.

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The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two, Netflix

It’s been two years since siblings Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis) saved Christmas, and a lot has changed.

Kate, now a cynical teenager, is reluctantly spending Christmas in Cancun with her mom’s new boyfriend and his son Jack (Jahzir Bruno).

Unwilling to accept this new version of her family, Kate decides to run away. But when a mysterious, magical troublemaker named Belsnickel threatens to destroy the North Pole and end Christmas for good, Kate and Jack are unexpectedly pulled into a new adventure with Santa Claus (Kurt Russell).

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Ending Today

Beyond the Menu Reset, 7.30pm, RTÉ One

In this second and concluding episode, Mark Moriarty catches up with old college classmate Holly Dalton.

In West Cork, he finds out how Mark and Sadie at Pilgrim's Restaurant have adapted their business.

Mark Moriarty

Dance Around the World, 11.05pm, Channel 4

As the series reaches its conclusion, Maren, Suzette and Kym head for New York, where they spend time in The Bronx, the birthplace of hip hop.

They hang out with Alien Ness, one of the founding fathers of hip hop and breaking back in the 1970s, who gives them a tour and some history.

Maren, Suzett and Kym prepare for their final dance, a fusion of breaking, popping and Litefeet, which they perform at an exclusive underground battle, up against some of the best street dancers in the hood.

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