TV tonight: Queer Eye’s candid Tan France on his battle with colorism | Television

Tan France: Beauty and the Bleach

9pm, BBC Two

Queer Eye’s Tan France is one of the most uplifting personalities on television. This great documentary explores his battle with colorism while growing up in Doncaster. Unsurprisingly, his sweet nature brings out some candid moments in interviews with others who have faced this, including Kelly Rowland, Bunmi Mojekwu and a class of teenagers. France then attempts to head home to Yorkshire to face up to the shame that led him to bleach his skin when he was a boy. Hollie Richardson

HMS Pinafore With ENO

7pm, Sky Arts

For anyone who loved the final performance in Anyone Can Sing, here’s the opera they starred in (this time, it’s left to the professionals – including, erm, Les Dennis). The satirical tale of love and honor has a farcical finale. HR

The Great British Sewing Bee

8pm, BBC One

Series eight of the stitch-off has a few notable alterations: Sara Pascoe is now officially installed as host, and the whole sewing kit and caboodle has relocated from London to a Leeds woolen mill. Judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young provide a thread of continuity, ready to run the rule over 12 hopefuls. Graeme Virtue

Searching for Michael Jackson’s Zoo with Ross Kemp

9pm, ITV

Ross Kemp (right), trainer Josh and Baba the elephant
Poor animal husbandry at Neverland … Ross Kemp (right), trainer Josh and Baba the elephant. Photograph: Rare TV Ltd/ITV

Kemp trips into Tiger King territory again as he investigates how bad the animal husbandry was at the Neverland ranch. As he turns the wackily irresponsible wildlife traders of the southern US, it suggests Jackson was no better. Jack Seale

Raised By Wolves

9pm, Sky Atlantic

A gnarly attack on Paul – by way of a deadly mouse – scatters everyone at Marcus’s hideout. Campion seeks out Mother for help, while Decima and Spin do their best to stop him. It’s impossible to predict what’s going to happen in this sci-fi venture, but its far-out storytelling keeps things intriguing. Henry Wong

Inside No. 9

10pm, BBC Two

Mr Curtis has just arrived in rural Wales from London to take over Mr King’s class (“They pay over £2 for a coffee, don’t they? Dear me, imagine that!” declares the headteacher). But when Mr Curtis does some digging on his predecessor, he can’t seem to find any details. HR

Movie choice

Cosmo Jarvis and Barry Keoghan in Calm with Horses
Exceptional young actors … Cosmo Jarvis and Barry Keoghan in Calm with Horses. Photograph: M Maguire/Capital Pictures

Calm With Horses (Nick Rowland, 2019), 9pm, Movie4
Three exceptional young actors carry Nick Rowland’s brooding tale of restricted horizons and brutal circumstance in rural Ireland. Cosmo Jarvis is a hulking presence as Arm, an ex-boxer now subsisting as the muscle for his friend/boss Dympna (Barry Keoghan), a junior member of a violent criminal family. Arm and Ursula (Niamh Algar) have a son who has autism, but she is keen to escape her insular, backwater life. Jarvis gives a superbly measured performance, seemingly punch-drunk and pliable but with a maelstrom of emotion swirling just below the surface. A stark drama whose tragedy is made all the sadder by its glimmers of hope. Simon Wardell

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