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The secret genius of modern life

8 p.m., BBC Two

“There’s way too much information in the recording of a human voice — as anyone who’s ever received one of my seven-minute voice notes will testify.” Prof Hannah Fry’s endlessly enthusiastic research into how Alexa devices talk is just one fascinating part of this deep dive into virtual assistants, now used by nearly half of all UK homes. Unfortunately for Alexa, this means performing an autopsy (“Sorry, I’m not sure about that,” she replies when Fry asks if it’s OK to pry her open with a screwdriver). Holly Richardson

The next big thing from Aldi

Channel 4, 8 p.m

It’s the TV moment anyone who’s ever walked down the hallowed Aldi aisle has been waiting for: the final week of the supermarket’s “next big thing” competition. Other treats shopper Julie Ashfield could buy for the chain’s shelves include beer-filled yorkshire puddings and a chocolate bar filled with crisps. Delightful? HR

The English

9pm, BBC Two

Despite the fact that you can hardly see what is happening because the set seems to be lit by candles, Hugo Blick’s exciting western continues to deliver high drama. After bidding Eli farewell to try and return the found children, Lady Cornelia heads back to the farm, but they both face dangers before reuniting. HR

Emily Blunt as Cornelia Locke and Matilda Ziobrowski as Rachel in Hugo Blick's western.
Emily Blunt as Cornelia Locke and Matilda Ziobrowski as Rachel in Hugo Blick’s western. Photo: Diego López Calvín/2022 The English © Drama Republic/BBC/Amazon Studios

Taskmaster

9pm, Channel 4

It’s the penultimate episode, which means our knights are getting more and more ridiculous – and Dara Ó Briain’s small lead means he’s in the running for the ultimate prize: Greg Davies’ little head of gold. Meanwhile, John Kearns wobbles his sausage and Sarah Millican finds a unique use for a table tennis ball. Ali Catterall

Brian Cox: How the other half lives

9 p.m., Channel 5

In the closing part of this exploration of wealth and inequality, the Succession actor goes his candid ways to the US. He meets an influencer in Miami, homeless people in Harlem and the heir to a media dynasty. Knowing what it’s like to have no money gives Cox a balance between empathy and anger. Hannah Verdier

Live in the Apollo

9.55pm, BBC Two

Ellie Taylor, this week’s most ubiquitous comedian, takes the stage tonight, along with mustachioed Australian comedian Sam Simmons. Gina Yashere will take over the comedy reins for the evening. HR

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