TV tonight: Woolf, Wollstonecraft and the words that shape us

Phil Harrison, Hannah Verdier, Graeme Virtue,Hannah J Davies and Paul Howlett
Photograph: David Emery/BBC

Novels That Shaped Our World

9.45pm, BBC Two

A new series exploring the ways we engage with fiction begins with a look at women’s evolving relationship with the written word. Via analysis, dramatisations and readings, it examines the likes of Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf’s non-binary trailblazer Orlando and Constance Maud’s suffragette polemic No Surrender before arriving at the scary resonance of Margaret Atwood in 2017. It’s a necessarily brisk tour but does a decent job of mapping the gains that have been so hard-won. Phil Harrison

Strictly Come Dancing

6.45pm, BBC One

There comes a time in every Strictly hoofer’s run when they utter those poignant words: “We just want to make it to Blackpool.” There is now one week to go, so the remaining eight couples must dance for survival in what has proved to be an unpredictable series so far. Not even Kelvin “Snakehips” Fletcher is safe. Hannah Verdier

The X Factor: Celebrity

8.10pm, ITV

Last week saw soap stars Victoria Ekanoye and Jonny Labey both get ejected from the faintly desperate celeb variant of the venerable primetime sing-off. Nine acts still remain – including skanking rude boy Vinnie Jones and all-influencer girl group V5 – but who will survive tonight’s live showcase? Graeme Virtue

Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 2019

9pm, BBC One

Huw Edwards hosts the annual event remembering men and women who lost their lives in conflict. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of GCHQ: the ceremony will incorporate a celebration of the often undisclosed work of the secret services. PH


9pm, BBC Four

Penultimate double bill of the Parisian crime saga’s seventh series. With Lebrion’s connections to Herville and Wang’s deaths now clear, Laure begs Roban to put her team back on the case – before Tintin is charged with investigating her and Gilou. Meanwhile – quelle surprise – Joséphine continues to come to Lola’s aid. Hannah J Davies


10.45pm, BBC Two

Madonna has discovered voguing and, understandably, the gang want a piece of the action. But when a place in the cast of her Blonde Ambition tour becomes available, things get personal as Ricky and Damon find themselves in competition. Spectacular moves and withering put-downs ensue. PH

Film choice

Neo-noir revenge ... Kristin Scott Thomas in Only God Forgives. Photograph: Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar

Only God Forgives, 11.10pm, Sony Movies

After their slick LA thriller Drive (showing just before this), Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn reunited for this extraordinary Bangkok-set neo-noir. Gosling is the tough, near-silent drug dealer Julian, goaded by his demonic mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) to avenge the killing of his rapist brother. Paul Howlett

Live sport

International Rugby League: New Zealand v Great Britain 6.30am, BBC Two. The third Test from Christchurch.

Premiership Football: Leicester City v Arsenal 5pm, Sky Sports Main Event. The on-form top-four side host the erratic Gunners.

International Football: England v Germany 5.15pm, BBC Two. A women’s friendly at Wembley.