TV tonight: Putin, paranoia and an oligarch’s very lucky escape

The Countess and the Russian Billionaire

9pm, BBC Two

Once known as Putin’s banker, the oligarch Sergei Pugachev amassed a fortune of $15bn before falling in love with the British aristocrat Countess Alexandra Tolstoy and falling foul of the Russian state, forcing him to flee to France and leave Tolstoy in London with his three children. Filmed with remarkable access to Pugachev’s family, this documentary recounts the couple’s increasingly paranoid escape from the clutches of the Russian government and the supposed security service “hit list”. Ammar Kalia

The Repair Shop

8pm, BBC One

The unfailingly cheerful and wholesome restoration show continues, with more precious heirlooms left in the hands of Jay Blades and his talented colleagues. Tonight’s projects include an alabaster lightshade that was broken as a family celebrated an England goal in the 2018 World Cup. Phil Harrison

One Night in the Museum

8pm, BBC Scotland

Another episode of the charming series, this week with some primary school children visiting Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum after dark, without teachers or parents. The kids learn from curators about the Industrial Revolution and are awestruck to hear of a world without computers. AK

Save Me Too

9pm, Sky Atlantic


Lennie James in Save Me Too

Lennie James in Save Me Too. Photograph: Justin Downing/Sky UK

Grace (Olive Gray) is testifying at a high-profile sex-trafficking trial, and Nelly (show creator Lennie James) believes she might offer fresh hope of finding his daughter. If not her, then perhaps Jennifer (Lesley Manville)? The wife of grim groomer Gideon (Adrian Edmondson) is due a kerbside confrontation. Ellen E Jones

Mister Winner

10pm, BBC Two

With its handheld camera and muted palette, this sitcom strives to appear grounded even as it escalates to Mr Bean-style mayhem. In this episode, Leslie (Spencer Jones) gets a job interview thanks to his mum’s new toyboy. He’s got the suit, the watch, the patter … what could go wrong? (A lot, it turns out.) Graeme Virtue

Feel Good

10pm, Channel 4

Mae Martin’s cringe comedy continues, this week with her character’s parents (Lisa Kudrow and Adrian Lukis) coming to the UK to visit. She sets off to confront them in Blackpool and apologise for her behaviour as an addict. However, it turns out their forgiveness might not be so easy to come by. AK

Film choice


Susan Sarandon and her brood in Little Women

Susan Sarandon and her brood in Gillian Armstrong’s emotionally rich Little Women. Photograph: United Archives GmbH/Alamy

Little Women, 6.35pm, Sony Movies
Gillian Armstrong’s beautifully judged, emotionally rich 1994 film gathers an excellent cast around Susan Sarandon’s stoical Marmee March; the four young women left to fend, fatherless, during the American civil war are Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Trini Alvarado and Kirsten Dunst. Paul Howlett

The Guardian

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