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TV Tonight: Voices speak of the sharp end to Britain’s cost-of-living crisis | TV

ByCindy J. Daddario

Sep 21, 2022

Shows: Broke – Britain’s debt crisis

10 p.m., Channel 4

Despite being described by a certain BBC reporter as “insignificant” compared to recent royal news, the cost-of-living crisis is certainly not going away – it’s about to get a whole lot worse. In this special episode of Dispatches, Citizens Advice debt counselors and some of the 14 million people the organization predicts will not be able to pay their energy bills this fall share their stories. In Southend, mum Carly is struggling with £20,000 in debt on payday loans. In Manchester, Mateena, 28, says she subsists on sugar cubes for her meals. This is the reality examined here. Hollie Richardson

Craftsmanship: Britain’s finest woodworker

8 p.m., Channel 4

A little more… Following its debut last year, the Bake Off wood-themed tribute, hosted by Mel Giedroyc, returns with two new judges in the form of entrepreneur Sophie Sellu and design expert Tom Dyckhoff. The fresh group of 10 candidates seem excited, but can they create a stunning dining table in two days? Graeme virtue

Sky Arts Book Club

8 p.m., Sky Arts

Raven Smith – also known as “the funniest man on Instagram” – talks to Andi Oliver and Elizabeth Day about his hilarious book Men. Tahmima Anam also discusses her tech-satire novel The Startup Wife, while ultimate bookworm Simon Savidge shares his recommendations. MR

Escape from Kabul airport

9pm, BBC Two

Desperate Days… Evacuees trying to climb over the airport edge in Escape from Kabul Airport. Photo Credit: Pajhwok Afghan News/BBC/Amos Pictures

It was 18 desperate, dramatic days in August 2021 when the US ended its longest war with the largest airlift in its history. This feature-length documentary combines shocking on-site footage of the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe and interviews with fleeing Afghan citizens, US Marines and even some Taliban fighters. Ellen E Jones

Brass

9:45 p.m., Skymax

The ragged and irresistible petty crime continues. Tonight, Joe Gilgun’s Vinnie leads his hapless buddies on an adventure in the woods, punctuated by cocaine-induced paranoia and diarrhea-inducing foraging. The group dynamic is well captured and Gilgun is as endearing as ever: bullish but with a winning edge of vulnerability. Phillip Harrison

The great

11:05 p.m., Channel 4

In the series’ penultimate episode, baby Paul arrives (Huzzah!), Georgina returns to court as a new wife, and Marial is newly engaged. But none of that can stop Peter from worrying about Catherine finding out that, as he so eloquently puts it, he “fucked her mother and killed her.” MR