TV tonight: Kirstie Allsopp crafts her way to Christmas

Ammar Kalia, Phil Harrison, Jack Seale, Ali Catterall and Paul Howlett
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Kirstie’s Christmas: Quick & Easy Craft

8pm, Channel 4

With an unusual Christmas season fast approaching, Kirstie Allsopp is on hand to try and drum up some festive cheer and restore a sense of normality with her crafting expertise. Her Location, Location, Location partner Phil Spencer is on hand to shake up some party cocktails, while Allsopp’s florist sister Sophie demonstrates some colourful bouquets for family gatherings (if they are still allowed). Meanwhile, Kirstie personalises some Christmas cards with leftover fabric. Ammar Kalia

BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020: Final

7pm, BBC Four

Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival schedule comes this screening of the biennial competition to find Britain’s best young jazz talent. Accompanied by pianist Nikki Yeoh, the five finalists, aged between 18 and 22, each perform a 15-minute set at Cadogan Hall. AK

His Dark Materials

8.10pm, BBC One

Will is beginning to piece together the trauma of his past. However, Lyra has different priorities and this week ventures into a realm which would be too dangerous for her new companion: Oxford. There, she has a close shave; but can her luck hold? A nicely balanced mixture of the earthy and the fantastical. Phil Harrison

Small Axe: Lovers Rock

9pm, BBC One

The second film in Steve McQueen’s historical anthology takes us into a house party in 1980, where the young black Londoners lose themselves in reggae. While deftly telling a story with a tough core, McQueen lets the music loose: dance floors on screen have rarely been so hot and so charged. Jack Seale

The Trials of Oscar Pistorius

9pm, BBC Two

Judge Thokozile Masipa is assigned to what will soon become a tabloid circus of a trial, in the penultimate episode of this contentious series. While early reports focus on the holes in the witness testimonies, the jury hears new evidence concerning the sprinter’s temper. Ali Catterall

The South Bank Show

10.45pm, Sky Arts

The Melvyn Bragg-fronted longrunning arts show returns for a new run. Opening the tenth season is a conversation with actor Gillian Anderson from the stage of London’s Old Vic theatre, where she starred as Blanche DuBois in a 2014 production of A Streetcar Named Desire. AK

Film choice

Free State of Jones 10.10pm, BBC Two

Matthew McConaughey is compelling as Confederate soldier Newton Knight who rebels against the senseless violence of the American civil war by gathering deserters and runaway slaves into the free state of Jones County. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is the slave who becomes his common-law wife. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Scottish Footbal: Rangers v Aberdeen 11am, Sky Sports Main Event. Scottish top-flight clash.

Premier League Football: Sheffield United v West Ham United 2pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Leeds United v Arsenal follows at 4pm.

French Football: Lille v Lorient 7.45pm, BT Sport 1. Live from Stade Pierre Mauroy.