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My name is Leon

9 p.m., BBC 2

Leon is a nine-year-old mixed-race boy growing up in 1980s Birmingham. He enjoys watching TV, playing with his Action Man and snacking on Curly Wurly bars. He also desperately wants to be reunited with his mother and baby brother – whom he hasn’t seen since being taken into care. This moving 90-minute drama based on Kit de Waal’s novel tells its story, with newcomer Cole Martin giving a fine performance alongside Lenny Henry and Malachi Kirby. Hollie Richardson

Devon and Cornwall

8 p.m., Channel 4

Who’s for a cucamelon? Unusual fruits and vegetables grown near Looe are on the menu in an episode with a strong appetite for fine West Country produce. There’s also a look at the perilous process of diving for Brixham scallops. Plus, dry stone walls and trouble at a pony farm. Jack Seale

It’s my house

8:30 p.m., BBC One

Last year’s brightest and most unexpected reality series returns with celebrities making up ridiculous stories to convince a panel they own the house they’re snooping. First things first: Judi Love, Richard Madeley, Harry Hill and Harriet Kemsley claim to live in a three-bed house in Conwy. Alexis Duggins

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? For football aid

9 p.m., TVI

Did Dickens write A Christmas Carol or A Christmas Linda? Eddie Izzard is enjoying the first question a lot in their quest to win £1million for Unicef. Then the baton passed to Omid Djalili. HR

Frontline: The Power of Pelosi

9:10 p.m., PBS America

Nancy Pelosi is a polarizing figure in American politics, in part because she is a powerful woman: the first and only woman to serve as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Here, journalist Michael Kirk examines how an Italian-American girl from Baltimore amassed influence and how she wields it now. Ellen E. Jones


9:30 p.m., BBC One

Shy conflict… Romesh Ranganathan and Kieran Logendra in avoidance. Photography: Gary Moyes/BBC/RangaBee Productions

Can a beta male find a spine? That’s the question Romesh Ranganathan explores in his comedy about a shy dad who struggles to come to terms with his partner dumping him. He is so afraid to tell their son that he ends up kidnapping him. HOUR

Choice of movies

Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs.
A dance with the devil… Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs. Photo: Orion Pictures/Allstar

Thesilenceofthelambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991) 10:45 p.m., ITV
Rookie FBI agent Clarice (Jodie Foster) enlists the help of imprisoned cannibal psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to catch Buffalo Bill, a serial killer who skins his young female victims. But what will his dance with the devil cost him? Jonathan Demme’s thriller is a terrific procedural about using a criminal to catch a criminal, but it’s also a research-obsessed drama. Clarice is continually stared down by men who belittle her, patronize her, or manipulate her – Lecter’s cold, unblinking gaze is just the most obvious – with her success despite this disturbing scrutiny. Simon Wardel

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