TV tonight: Gary Lineker discovers his grandad’s wartime experiences

Hannah J Davies, Phil Harrison, Paul Howlett, Ellen E Jones and Graeme Virtue

Gary Lineker: My Grandad’s War
9pm, BBC One

Gary Lineker’s grandfather Stanley Abbs didn’t talk about his wartime experiences. On this trip to Italy, the footballer-turned-TV presenter gets an inkling as to why. Abbs was a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps and must have seen terrible things. Lineker’s pride is obvious as he meets veterans, gets a crash course in battlefield medicine and explores the nickname “D-Day Dodgers”, which was sometimes disparagingly applied to soldiers in the Italian campaign. Phil Harrison

Dispatches: The Secrets of Amazon
8pm, Channel 4

With Christmas on the way, here is a reminder to consider other options for purchasing your gifts. Sophie Morgan investigates the online behemoth’s unstoppable growth (one in three of all online purchases are made on Amazon) and asks necessary questions about its business practices. PH

Panorama: Can Flying Go Green?
8.30pm, BBC One

With a long-haul flight generating as much CO2 per person as many people create in a year, air travel and being eco-friendly might not seem compatible. However, with environmental concerns now pressing, can the industry decrease its impact? Panorama investigates. Hannah J Davies

Smuggled
9pm, Channel 4

Concluding episode of the headline-grabbing series in which volunteers surrender their passports and try to smuggle themselves back into the UK. Two friends attempt entry via Dublin and there are various seaborne efforts, from a private yacht to a perilously exposed kayak. Viewers may well feel queasy. Graeme Virtue

Storyville: Maiden
9pm, BBC Four

“The ocean’s always trying to kill you,” says Tracy Edwards. But Edwards was tough; tempered by a difficult childhood and the scorn of insecure men. This documentary tells how she captained the first all-female crew to complete the Whitbread Round the World yacht race. A thrilling, bumpy ride. PH

Motherland
10pm, BBC Two

The second series of the comedy about struggling middle-class mums ends with another Julia special: a school sports day where she faces off with old adversary Mrs Lamb. While the material is more knowing and less quietly chaotic, Anna Maxwell Martin and Diane Morgan excel themselves. HJD

Film choice

God’s Own Country, 11.10pm, Film4

Francis Lee’s arresting, unsentimental debut about hard lives and love in the Yorkshire countryside has young sheep farmer Johnny (Josh O’Connor) railing against running the family farm when his father (Ian Hart) falls ill. The arrival of tender Romanian worker Gheorghe offers, maybe, a hint of rural peace. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Snooker: Northern Ireland Open 12.45pm, Eurosport 1. Day one of the Home Nations Series tournament from Belfast.

FA Cup Football: Harrogate Town v Portsmouth 7pm, BT Sport 1. Coverage of the first-round match from the CNG Stadium.

Grand Slam of Darts 7pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Day three at Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton.