Judi Dench, 'American Crime Story' and Ashley Banjo: The 5 best things to watch on TV, Tuesday 19 October

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Judi Dench, 'American Crime Story' and Ashley Banjo are in tonight's TV highlights. (BBC/ITV)
Judi Dench, 'American Crime Story' and Ashley Banjo are in tonight's TV highlights. (BBC/ITV)

Dame Judi Dench is the celebrity tracing her ancestry in tonight's Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC One, where she's set to discover some prestigious links.

A new American Crime Story begins with Impeachment, the tale of the Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton affair that led to the president's downfall, on BBC Two.

Read more: What to watch on TV this autumn

ITV's Black History Month programming continues with Diversity's Ashley Banjo exploring the strong and varied reactions to his BLM-inspired dance on Britain's Got Talent in Ashley Banjo: Britain in Black and White.

Elsewhere, The Great British Bake Off hits its first German week on Channel 4, and Married At First Sight Australia is back around the dinner party table on E4.

The best TV to watch tonight, Tuesday 19 October, 2021

Who Do You Think You Are? - BBC One - 9pm

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Dame Judi Dench meets her ancestors. (Wall to Wall Media Ltd/Stephen Perry)

Family tree exploration continues tonight with easily the most famous celebrity signed up to this season - Dame Judi Dench.

However, she'll be hard pressed to come up with a lineage to rival that of last week's subject, Josh Widdicombe, who discovered he was descended from royalty.

Read more: Who Do You Think You Are's most shocking moments

That doesn't mean the episode is without some stunning revelations, though, including links to Danish nobility and even William Shakespeare.

Impeachment - American Crime Story: Exiles - BBC Two - 9.15pm

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'American Crime Story' returns. (Tina Thorpe/FX)

The third season of American Crime Story tracks the events that led to the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

In the first episode, which starts five years before the impeachment, Monica Lewinsky is singled out by Linda Tripp (played by Sarah Paulson) as a likely candidate to help her get revenge on a career snub.

The 10-episode drama sees the Lewinsky affair play out from its origins through to its far-reaching effects on the presidency.

Ashley Banjo: Britain in Black and White - ITV - 9pm

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Ashley Banjo goes on a journey to explore the negative reaction to his dance on BritainÕs Got Talent. He meets supporters like actor David Harewood and challenges critics like comedian Jim Davidson.

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Ashley Banjo explores the reaction to Diversity's performance. (Uplands Television)

Diversity's BLM-inspired dance is one of the most memorable moments ever from Britain's Got Talent as they made an emotional and moving tribute to George Floyd.

But not everyone saw it that way - Ashley Banjo and his co-stars received a huge backlash from some quarters after performing the dance, and in this documentary he explores the varied reactions and the reasons behind them.

Look out for an interview with Jim Davidson that turns sour and ends with Davidson flouncing off camera.

The Great British Bake Off - Channel 4 - 8pm

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German week promises some stunning bakes. (Channel 4)

Tonight's episode of Bake Off sees the inaugural German week - surely putting Jurgen at a bit of an advantage to his competitors.

But fans of the show know that nothing is ever a definite in the tent and with the competition stronger than ever this year, he's sure to have some rivalry for the star baker title.

Married At First Sight Australia - E4 - 7.30pm

The dinner party is back. (Channel 4)
The dinner party is back. (Channel 4)

We're only up to the second dinner party of the series, but there's already plenty of water under the bridge for the couples.

Read more: The biggest Married At First Sight dinner party dramas

Coco and Cam's flirtation is set to be a bombshell for Samantha, while Coco is still on bad terms with her own Sam and the weird dynamic between Bryce and Melissa continues to play out.

Tonight's episode threatens to be more of a food fight than a dinner party.

Watch: Josh Widdicombe learns he is descended from King Edward I

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