TV vanaand: Richard Bacon leads an examination into cancel culture

Richard Bacon – he of a memorable “cocaine scandal” – leads this examination of the rise in cancel culture. At a time when lives and reputations can be ruined in the blink of an eye, all at the whim of a keyboard warrior, Bacon asks: is free speech under threat? He speaks with so-called “cancelled” people, including Jimmy Carr, to find out. Hollie Richardson

The British are a nation known for being way too uncomfortable to ever complain about anything. But there’s an art to complaining, and reporter Adam Shaw is about to deliver a lesson in how to air your grievances to get your money back. Helpful television. HR

To Carmarthen Bay, where Mary and her daughter Annabel meet forager Craig Evans, a man with an encyclopedic knowledge of edible plants. Then it’s off to the Cumbrian hills, where a local fellwalker (nicknamed the “Fell Foodie”) rustles up roast seabass on a tiny camping stove, followed by lemon and blueberry cake. Ali Catterall

Following retail shortages and 2020’s festive lockdown, it’s hard to know exactly what Christmas will look like this year. Over two episodes, Sabrina Grant and Sophie Morgan hope to find out how the season can at least be luxurious – from budget-friendly perfumes to sourcing smoked salmon. A useful guide or wake-up call, depending on your Christmas prep so far. Henry Wong

This week is all about feeling good with fresh and healthy recipes. Take notes on how to make: warming squash and saffron soup; a cake full of “appley goodness”; a Thai salad inspired by Nadiya’s travels; and a salmon alternative to the traditional Sunday roast. HR

The brilliant hospital obs-doc, where what happened to the patients before they got sick or hurt is as important as their treatment, returns its cameras to St George’s in south-west London. A broken leg, an infected scalp and a smashed toe are just the gateways to touching stories about bigger obstacles and surprises already overcome. Jack Seale

The Power of the Dog (Jane Campion, 2021), Netflix
Writer-director Jane Campion’s first feature-length film since 2009 is a sensuous, psychosexual western, adapted from Thomas Savage’s novel, about the unspoken, sometimes unacknowledged emotions that can sway people’s actions. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons play ranching brothers in 1920s Montana – charismatic alpha male Phil and taciturn, decent George. After George brings home new bride Rose (Kirsten Dunst) and her teenage son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Phil’s initial jealousy ebbs as he mentors the boy in the ways of the cowboy. An undercurrent of homoerotic tension – underused in the genre – persists in a deep, dark tale. Simon Wardell

Premier League Football: Tottenham Hotspur v Brentford 7.30pm, Amazon Prime Video. Coverage of Arsenal v Man United is also available at 8.15pm.

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