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TV Tonight: Janet Jackson Tells Her Fascinating Story | Television

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Janet Jackson

9 p.m., Sky Documentaries

“When you have the last name Jackson, there’s a certain microscope they want to use.” Jackson’s younger sister, Janet, is right, but she’s now telling her own story in this four-part documentary. Hearing one of the world’s most successful artists explain her complicated relationship with her abusive father is frustrating at times (another female cultural icon whose life has been dictated by men), but it contextualizes events in her life, from the the university’s refusal to dream of forging its independence with the Control and Rhythm Nation 1814 albums. Oh, and then there’s Nipplegate to discuss. Saved over five years, it’s a compelling watch. Hollie Richardson

The answering machine

9 p.m., BBC One

How do you solve a problem like a big bag of medicine? For police response officer Chris Carson (Martin Freeman), doing the right thing and putting it back isn’t as easy as it seems, especially when the creepy Carl (Ian Hart) makes a an offer he may not be able to refuse. The penultimate episode will air tomorrow and the finale will follow on Wednesday. TIME

Martin Freeman in The Answering Machine. Photograph: Rekha Garton/BBC/Dancing Ledge

The Great Cookbook Challenge with Jamie Oliver

8 p.m., Channel 4

The winners of cooking competitions then tend to write books; this new competition simplifies the process by requiring its hopefuls to pitch a book from the get-go, with publication by Penguin as the grand prize. The first week requires making a single dish that encapsulates the concept of each potential food bible. Jack Seale

The Nilsen Files

9 p.m., BBC 2

This three-part series makes a point of shifting the focus from serial killer Dennis Nilsen to his victims. Part Two takes a critical look at his 1983 Old Bailey trial, where a last-minute plea change forced the prosecution to find witnesses who had previously survived dangerous encounters with Nilsen. Could he have been caught sooner? Graeme Virtue

Race and Medical Experiments: What’s the Truth?

10 p.m., Channel 4

How has a long history of distrust of medical science affected vaccine uptake in black communities? In this chilling but vital documentary, Seyi Rhodes investigates by revisiting the Tuskegee syphilis study in Alabama (black men were simply observed rather than treated), and the gruesome case of gynecologist J Marion Sims, who practiced at several resumption of operations on black women to “perfect” his work. TIME

Euphoria

10:05 p.m., Atlantic Sky

Another week, another disastrous party for the teenagers of Euphoria. Thanks to an appearance by Nate, Cassie drinks up her feelings at Maddy’s birthday. Not to be outdone, Cal goes on his own adventure. Luckily, all the melodrama is offset by quieter moments, especially in Jules and Elliot’s blossoming friendship. Henry Wong

Florence Pugh in Lady Macbeth.
Florence Pugh in Lady Macbeth. Photography: Sixty-Six Pictures/Allstar

Choice of movies

Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd, 2016), 11:50 p.m., BBC Two
Florence Pugh first showed what a major talent she is in William Oldroyd’s dark 2016 drama, set in 19th-century North East England. She plays the strong-willed young Katherine, married to the son of a mine owner, whose feelings of neglect and humiliation drive her into an affair with groomsman Sebastian (Cosmo Jarvis) – which nothing will stop her from. enjoy. Interesting racial subtexts (a black housekeeper is rendered literally speechless) add depth to a passionate and powerful work. Simon Wardel