TV tonight: inside the people's protest for Hong Kong

Ammar Kalia, Hannah Verdier, Phil Harrison, Ali Catterall and Paul Howlett
TV tonight: inside the people's protest for Hong Kong. An eye-opening documentary follows five ordinary protesters over eight months in Hong Kong as violence escalates. Plus: The Pale Horse concludes. Here’s what to watch this evening

The Battle for Hong Kong

10.15pm, Channel 4

An ongoing and increasingly fraught situation, the Hong Kong protests against mainland China’s increasing dominance over the region have escalated from peaceful demonstrations to often violent clashes with the police. Filmed over eight months, this Dispatches special gains unprecedented insight into the lives of five protesters as conflict in the region spirals and police forces begin to lose control of a situation that seems increasingly warlike. Ammar Kalia

Doctor Who

7.10pm, BBC One

There is more cosmic fun in store as the Who gang take it back to 1816 to meet some literary greats. They land at Lake Geneva on the night that inspired Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, so must be careful not to upset the historic events. Along the way there are ghosts, frights and a big decision for the Doctor. Hannah Verdier

The Pale Horse

9pm, BBC One

This latest – and apparently final – Agatha Christie adaptation by Sarah Phelps has been up with her best, accentuating the darkness of Christie’s vision. As it concludes, Rufus Sewell’s Mark Easterbrook struggles with the titular curse, but he’s an ambiguous figure and an antihero at best. Phil Harrison


9pm, Channel 4

As the final season gets under way, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is getting over her incarceration in a Russian gulag, which has taken a toll on her body and mind. Is she well enough to assist national security adviser Saul (Mandy Patinkin), who needs her expertise for peace negotiations with the Taliban? Ali Catterall

Inside Extinction Rebellion: Martyrs Or Maniacs?

9pm, Channel 5

This documentary gets in-depth access to the operations of climate-crisis protest group Extinction Rebellion – recently listed as a “key threat” by counter-terrorism police – in the run-up to their largest demonstrations in London in October 2019. A fascinating insight. AK

Art on the BBC: Michelangelo – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

9pm, BBC Four

This illuminating series on the depictions of art by the BBC continues, this week focusing on six decades of Michelangelo on screen. Sona Datta examines how his genius has been portrayed alongside his temper and bitter jealousy. AK

Film choice

Deepwater Horizon, 9pm, Film4

Peter Berg’s tremendous old-school disaster movie is based on BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Mark Wahlberg is Mike Williams, battling to rescue workers from the fire, while safety expert Kurt Russell locks horns with John Malkovich’s corporate creep. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Premier League Football: Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur 2pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Top-flight clash from Villa Park.

Premiership Rugby Union: Northampton Saints v Bristol Bears 2.30pm, BT Sport 1. Live from Franklin’s Gardens.

Premier League Football: Arsenal v Newcastle United 4pm, Sky Sports Main Event. The strugglers duke it out.