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Reported Missing

9pm, BBC One

Someone is reported missing in the UK every two minutes. Now in its fourth season, this tense documentary series follows the real cases of just a handful of these people. Tonight’s episode focuses on two vulnerable missing persons who are autistic: Luke, a 29-year-old who has abruptly left his care home, and teenager Matthew, who has missed his usual bus home. As well as witnessing the police operations to find them, we hear the anguish their families go through. Hollie Richardson

The Great British Bake Off

8pm, Channel 4

It’s dessert week and the series halfway point, so after previous rounds doing battle with the dreaded smörgåstårta and a six-layered red velvet cake, you would image a lemon meringue pie would be a cinch, right? Unfortunately for some remaining contestants, the mystery filling of the showstopper sponges isn’t the only “surprise” in store. Ellen E Jones

Storyville: Beneath the Surface

9pm, BBC Four

A grim, gruelling film, but one that helps to bring solace to the victims of a stunning injustice. Children from the indigenous Sami community in the northern Norwegian town of Tysfjord were routinely sexually abused for years, their complaints met with indifference or outright cover-ups from local authorities. Now, their courage prevails. Jack Seale

Monstrous

9pm, Sky Sci-Fi

Despite monkish warnings, an ancient, cursed statue of the Buddha is unearthed in South Korea, leading to an outbreak of evil in this classic horror setup penned by Yeon Sang-ho, director of the magnificent Train to Busan (an immediate signaller of quality). Here are the first two episodes, featuring: black rain! Possession! And one horrific set piece. Ali Catterall

Make Me Prime Minister

9.15pm, Channel 4

Alastair Campbell, Baroness Warsi and Johnny Mercer in Make Me Prime Minister.
Dream team … Alastair Campbell, Baroness Warsi and Johnny Mercer in Make Me Prime Minister. Photograph: Rhian Ap Gruffydd/Rhian Ap Gruffydd photography

“The only worse thing we could have done was drop a bomb!” Welcome to crisis week, in which the 13 remaining pretend MPs need to deal with riots in London, a missing submarine and a national cyber-attack. The biggest lesson learned: never lie to the French ambassador. HR

Industry

10.40pm, BBC One

After a dirty night of celebrations, Harper is brought back to reality with an early-morning wakeup call from Jesse “Mr Covid” Bloom. She’s soon on a trip to Wales, where she learns the Rican investors’ real motives. Meanwhile, after taking a work meeting with her father, Yasmin asks Rob for advice. HR

Film choice

The Northman (Robert Eggers, 2022), Prime Video

Claes Bang in The Northman.
One of the best casts in recent memory … Claes Bang in The Northman. Photograph: Everett Collection Inc/Alamy

Thanks to its (possibly Covid-related) box office underperformance, The Northman might stand as the only time that Hollywood will ever let director Robert Eggers play with a big budget. That would be a shame, because this is a tremendous film: a loud, bloodthirsty ancient Norse revenge blockbuster that retains a lot of the rough edges of, say, Eggers’ The Lighthouse. If you enjoy endless screaming, vast amounts of gore and one of the best casts in recent memory (Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Björk), and you haven’t yet seen The Northman, what on earth have you been playing at? Stuart Heritage

Live sport

Women’s International Football: England v Czech Republic 7.30pm, ITV. Ahead of next year’s World Cup, Leah Williamson leads England in this friendly at the Amex Stadium in Brighton.