TV tonight: comedians compete for coconuts as Taskmaster returns

Ammar Kalia, Phil Harrison, Graeme Virtue, Jack Seale and Paul Howlett
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Taskmaster

9pm, Channel 4

Greg Davies and Alex Horne’s absurdist gameshow, which found itself an avid Twitter following with at-home challenges set over lockdown, begins its 10th series at its new home on Channel 4. The taskmaster himself, Davies, is joined by comedic recruits Daisy May Cooper, Johnny Vegas, Katherine Parkinson, Mawaan Rizwan and Richard Herring for 10 episodes of surreal challenges, beginning with an old-fashioned coconut shy contest and some flying eggs. Of course, things aren’t as simple as they initially seem. Ammar Kalia

The Trump Show

9pm, BBC Two

This three-part series relives the first 18 months of Trump’s time in the White House, through the testimony of insiders such as Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer and Rudy Giuliani. We open with the beginnings of Trump’s fraught relationship with the press after his poorly attended inauguration. AK

Riviera

9pm, Sky Atlantic

The glossy and slightly charmless melodrama returns for a third series and don’t expect it to have become any more understated. Georgina (Julia Stiles) is still the conductor of lavishly orchestrated art dealing chaos; she’s joined by Gabriel Hirsch (Rupert Graves) for some scrapes in Venice with a looted Picasso. Phil Harrison


The Chop: Britain’s Top Woodworker

9pm, Sky History

If the current screenings of Bake Off and Portrait Artist of the Year aren’t enough TV crafting for you, this Rick Edwards-fronted carpentry series should do the trick. Ten joiners gather in Epping Forest to put together a wooden cabin, with each room based on a historical theme. AK


Mo Gilligan: Black, British and Funny

10pm, Channel 4

As part of Black History Month, the Lateish Show’s host, Mo Gilligan, looks back at the history of the UK’s black comedy circuit. Angie Le Mar, star of The Real McCoy, the social media breakout Michael Dapaah and the former Teletubby John Simmit feature in a celebration of a scene that rarely gets its proper dues. Graeme Virtue


Miscarriage: Our Story

10pm, Channel 5

A valuable doc, demystifying a medical calamity that those unaffected tend not to know much about. Men and women, some of them famous (Natasha Kaplinsky, Lacey Turner, Jane Danson), candidly remember the details of lost pregnancies and the complex emotional traumas that followed. Jack Seale


Film choice

My Name Is Joe (Ken Loach, 1998), 1.30am, Film4

Jobless alcoholic Joe (Peter Mullan) is getting by, but agrees to run drugs to help heroin addict Liam (David McKay) out of the clutches of the local crime boss. Suddenly, his relationship with social worker Sarah (Louise Goodall) is endangered, in Loach’s tender study of social rifts. Paul Howlett


Live sport

European Tour golf: The 2020 Scottish Championship 2.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event. First day coverage.

Indian Premier League cricket: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab 5.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event. T20 head-to-head.

NFL: Buffalo Bills v Kansas City Chiefs 1am, Sky Sports Main Event. AFC match from Bills Stadium.