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And just like that …

9 p.m., Comedy of the Sky

“I’ll wear whatever I want and blow whoever I want as long as I can breathe and kneel.” Sadly, Sex and the City fans won’t be treated with such Samantha Jones zingers in this reboot, because she isn’t there. So, can the series survive without it, 17 years after its last airing? The rest of the gang are back to try their luck: Carrie is now a thinking podcaster, Miranda continues to kick her ass, and Charlotte… is still Charlotte. If those terrible movies are trusted, it won’t live up to the original series – but, let’s be honest, who cares? Many of us have been through our most turbulent decades with these women, and we are desperate to catch up with them. The 10-part series begins with a double bill. Hollie richardson

How to do it on OnlyFans

10 p.m., Canal 4

OnlyFans: the new frontier of sex work or an exploitative fashion? Alex Sim-Wise – a former glamor model, who earns £ 10,000 a month from the site by subscription – has set up a consultancy firm for people who have decided on lockdown that they want to emulate his success . Here we meet some of them as they navigate the reality of their new livelihoods. TIME

Tonight: Saving Money on Christmas – The Big Bang?

7:30 p.m., ITV

“So it’s Christmas, and we’re so brooding, the permission is over and the gas bill is no fun,” as John and Yoko didn’t sing. Add in an abandoned universal credit boost, and this Christmas doesn’t really seem like the most wonderful time of year for many. But help is just around the corner: here are some tips for saving money for the holidays. Ali catterall

Bright colors, quick flavors … Nadiya Hussain. Photograph: Cliff Evans / BBC / Wall to Wall

The Fast Flavors of Nadiya

8:30 p.m., BBC Two

Sad news: this is the penultimate episode of Nadiya Hussain’s therapeutic cooking series. But tonight’s menu is all about casual, ready-made recipes for casual evenings, including a Bombay Hazelnut Burger (“an Indian meal in one bite”) and sticky BBQ chicken sriracha. Room for dessert? She also serves banana thyme bread and a dreamy apple and cream pie. TIME

24 hours in A&E

9 p.m., Canal 4

Elderly Iris is admitted to the emergency room with two serious fractures to her leg and staff fear she will not survive. Additionally, Elijah shows up with a finger that got stuck in a kebab slicer, and Alison is rushed with a potentially fatal sepsis. TIME

Without apologizing

11:05 p.m., Channel 4

Hosts Yinka Bokinni and Zeze Millz promise not to hold back, but they do a great job of letting everyone have their say in the debate. This week the focus is on body image. Why are more and more black women having surgery to refine their appearance? And can fashion come back from Kardashian-esque buttocks, fillers, and filters? Hannah verdier

Choice of films

Henry Silva and Frank Sinatra in The Manchurian Candidate.
Mission Impossible… Henry Silva and Frank Sinatra in The Mandchurian Candidate. Photography: Cinetext Bildarchiv / United Artists / Allstar

The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, 1962), 9 p.m., BBC Four
John Frankenheimer’s 1962 film is one of the great American conspiracy thrillers, with real reds under the sweaty bed determined to disrupt the American democratic process. Marco by Frank Sinatra and Shaw by Laurence Harvey are GIs captured during the Korean War. After their release, Shaw’s heroism is exploited by his mother (Angela Lansbury) in the name of her senator husband’s political ambitions. But Shaw has been brainwashed by the Communists as a sleeping assassin, and Marco races against the clock to find out his mission and stop him. Simon wardell


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