TV tonight: the cringeworthy comedy of high-school in 2000

Pen15
9pm, Sky Comedy

Comics Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle gamely star as their 13-year-old selves in this cringeworthy yet charming series on adolescence. The conceit is blunt but committed, as we open on Erskine and Konkle as best friends navigating the trials and traumas of high school in the year 2000, and trying to win the affections of three boys at school, with dispiriting results. Running at a breezy 30 minutes per episode, Pen15 is a clear-eyed look back at millennial youth, without the trappings of rose-tinted nostalgia. Ammar Kalia

Back in Time for the Corner Shop
8pm, BBC Two

In this final episode, the Arderns arrive in 1997. With supermarkets entrenched and online retail looming, corner shops are feeling the pinch. Finally, the lesson is that these shops have social value that can’t be replaced – a particularly poignant message at the moment. Phil Harrison

Miss Scarlet and the Duke
9pm, Alibi

In this new series, Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) patrols the mean streets of a storybook Victorian London, with her bonnet angled just so. She wants to be a detective like her father, but society insists it is no profession for a lady. Perhaps Scotland Yard’s raffish William “The Duke” Wellington can be of service? Ellen E Jones

Vice Versa: Meghan Markle Escaping the Crown
9pm, Vice


Meghan Markle Escaping the Crown is a much-needed dose of objectivity.

Meghan Markle Escaping the Crown is a much-needed dose of objectivity. Photograph: Mark Large/Daily Mail/PA

Another documentary autopsy of the duke and duchess of Sussex’s break from the royal family, yet this time with a much-needed dose of objectivity when it comes to scrutinising the media’s pile-on against Meghan and the couple’s ultimate decision to step away. AK

Kidding
9.35pm, Sky Comedy

Jim Carrey has had something of a renaissance in recent years as a visual artist, as well as a kind of celeb spiritual guide – thanks in large part to his series Kidding. Playing kind-hearted if downtrodden children’s entertainer Mr Pickles, Carrey begins season two coming to terms with his grief. AK

The Trip to Greece
10pm, Sky One

The final series of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s all-expenses culinary jolly has proved more sombre than previous outings, albeit bookended by the pair’s trademark celebrity impressions and extravagant meals. As it comes to an end, there is a trip to an Ottoman fortress, and bad news for Coogan. Hannah J Davies

Film choice


Submarine sabotage ... Black Sea.

Submarine sabotage … Black Sea. Photograph: Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar

Black Sea (Kevin Macdonald, 2014) 11.10pm, Film4

Jude Law’s newly unemployed salvage man Robinson, in league with shifty backers, captains a decrepit Soviet submarine and its volatile British-Russian crew in search of a U-boat full of Nazi gold sunk at the bottom of the Black Sea. It’s no Das Boot, but still a serviceable yarn. Paul Howlett

The Guardian

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