THE nights are coming, the weather is getting colder, the outdoor conditions make us want to spend more time indoors.
And what’s the best way to spend that time? Well, if you don’t watch TV, reading a book is obviously a great option. But how do you choose which tome to pick when there are so many hitting the market in time for Christmas?
Thankfully Sara Cox is back with a new series of the literary show, Between the Blankets, BBC2, 7pm, in which she and her guests will offer some recommendations.
First, Graham Norton, Alex Jones, Amanda Abbington and JJ Chalmers discuss their favorite books and also deliver their verdicts on The Perfect Golden Circle by Benjamin Myers and Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.
Also on TV tonight (Tuesday, November 8):
Mariupol: The People’s Story, BBC1, 9 p.m.
Earlier this year, the Ukrainian town on the northern coast of the Sea of Azov was besieged by Russian forces. Its defenders surrendered in May, the place being almost destroyed; many of its inhabitants had already fled, but of those who remained, around 20,000 were believed to have been killed.
It’s hard to imagine how terrifying it must have been to be caught up in battle, but this moving documentary offers valuable insight by giving locals a voice to describe their experiences.
Interviews with Louis Theroux – Yungblud, BBC2, 9pm
Born in Doncaster in 1997, Dominic Richard Harrison is best known around the world as a singer-songwriter and actor Yungblud.
Often considered one of the brightest stars on the UK music scene, he was reaching the end of a whirlwind tour when he found time to sit down with Theroux for an in-depth discussion about mental health, sexuality and his response to his criticisms. .
Miriam and Alan: Lost in Scotland and Beyond, Channel 4, 9:15 p.m.
Miriam Margolyes and Alan Cumming hit the road for a second series.
Again, they start north of the border, where they hoe their trusty motorhome can traverse wild and rugged terrain so they can see the most remote but spectacular parts of the country.
They also take a trip on the Harry Potter Express steam train, try their hand at modern orienteering, come face to face with a reindeer, and reunite with their old friend Brian Cox.
The Great British Bake Off, Channel 4, 8 p.m.
It’s the semi-finals, and the remaining bakers face their toughest challenges yet – Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith have given them three extremely difficult baking tasks.
The signature baking involves mini charlottes, the technique sees them facing a stunning vertical test, while the showstopper has a Swedish flavor.