Loads of new and returning shows tonight, including Edward Carson and the fall of Oscar Wilde, First Dates, QI, Mercury Prize 2021 Live and an Imagine special on Tom Stoppard . . .

Pick of the Day

Edward Carson and the fall of Oscar Wilde, 10.15pm, RTÉ One

Streaming on the RTÉ Player

Merlin Holland - grandson of Oscar Wilde - tells the story of the epic court clash at London's Old Bailey in 1895 between his grandfather Oscar Wilde and defence barrister Edward Carson.

It’s not the premise you might think as Holland is asking whether the Dublin lawyer - more renowned these days for being a staunch loyalist - deserves his reputation as the man who destroyed the playwright and author.

With contributions by Gyles Brandreth, Simon Callow and Rupert Everett (below).

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First Dates, 10.00pm, RTÉ2

It’s season six of this always popular dating-and-dining show, with Maitre'D Mateo and the rest of the gang (below).

Choirmaster Jay is looking to put dark moments from his past behind him as he moves on from a homophobic attack that left him learning to walk again, and hopes investment banker Robbie will accept him for who he is.

Twenty-eight-year-old property manager and glamorous burlesque dancer Becky was once a shy teenager, but her raunchy dance routines have boosted her self-esteem.

Her date is with Bristolian Lewis, a budding comedian who is tired of the single life, or as he puts it 'juggling with one ball'.

Well, that’s one way of putting it.

New or Returning Shows

Mercury Prize 2021 Live: Album of the Year, 9.00pm, BBC Four

From the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, west London (fka the Hammersmith Odeon), Lauren Laverne presents coverage of the award ceremony for the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize for the best album of the year.

The 12 shortlisted albums are Collapsed in Sunbeams (Arlo Park), Demotape/Vega (Berwyn), For the First Time (Black Country, New Road), Not Your Muse (Celeste), Promises (Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra).

Conflict of Interest (Ghetts), Fir Wave (Hannah Peel), Pink Noise (Laura Mvula, above), As the Love Continues (Mogwai), Source (Nubya Garcia), Untitled - Rise (Sault) and Blue Weekend (Wolf Alice).

A Killing in Tiger Bay, 9.00pm, BBC Two

The story of five Cardiff men arrested for murder, three of whom were found guilty in one of Britain's most notorious and astonishing miscarriages of justice.

On Valentine's Day 1988, 20-year-old Lynette White was murdered in Cardiff's docklands, and despite evidence pointing to a lone white male killer, a 10-month investigation resulted in the arrest of five local black men.

Imagine: Tom Stoppard - a Charmed Life, 10.35pm, BBC One

This occasional arts-related documentary series is always worth a watch. This one especially, as Tom Stoppard (above) is one of the world's leading, funniest and cleverest playwrights.

Ever since he hit the ground running in the 1960s with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, there has always been a streak of melancholy beneath the sparkling surface of his work.

Now with his latest play, Leopoldstadt, he comes full circle and faces up to the pain and loss in his past.

In this programme, he recounts his extraordinary life story to perennial Imagine presenter Alan Yentob.

QI, 10.00pm, BBC Two

Host Sandi Toksvig returns with what’s been described as a 'well sick’ edition of the clever-clogs quiz show.

She’s joined by regular panelist Alan Davies, along with Maisie Adam, Jo Brand and Lee Mack.

Here's Aisling Bea doing an impression of Sandi Toksvig:

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The Russell Howard Hour, 10.00pm, Sky Max

Streaming on NOW TV

It’s season five as Russell Howard gets set to nail our messed-up world once again with another series of sharp comedic insights from the week’s biggest stories.

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As always, Russell will be joined by a bevy of special guests and rising stars from the stand-up circuit, while the man himself attempts to put a positive lean on things no matter how dire.

9/11: The Final Secrets, 9.00pm, Virgin Media One

Yep, here's another 9/11 doc. Just two days to go though . . .

In this one off 60-minute documentary, New York City's Chief Medical Examiner identifies the victims of the September 11 attacks from the fragments of human remains found in the debris of the World Trade Centre.

The tragic documentary follows the team as the latest phase of DNA testing draws to a close, with the families of more than 1,100 victims left to absorb the news that there is no other way to test the outstanding remains.

It also hears from those who have the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to thank for succeeding in identifying their loved ones, as well as others still anxiously waiting for news.

New to Stream

Too Hot To Handle Latino, Netflix

A group of singles from across Latin America are challenged to give up sex.

But on this reality show, abstinence comes with something of a silver lining: prize money of US$100,000.

No subtitles in this trailer, but you'll get the drift . . .

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Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali, Netflix

Now, here's something I'm certainly going to watch more than once.

For three pivotal years in the heady days of the 1960s, Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X forged a brotherhood that would not only change both men but change the world.

This documentary tells the extraordinary story behind the friendship - and the ultimate falling out - of two of the most iconic figures of the 20th century.

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It aims to offers a fresh perspective by using insider voices and never-before-seen footage to chart this most complex of friendships.

It traces the near simultaneous and symbiotic rise of the charismatic and outspoken Olympic champion and the ex-con-turned intellectual revolutionary who railed against oppression.

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