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Peaky Blinders

9 p.m., BBC One

Returning for its final season, the haunting opener of Steven Knight’s gangster drama is dedicated to Helen McCrory, who sadly passed away last year. She played the Shelby matriarch, Aunt Polly, whose exit is delicately and beautifully handled (tears will flow), then leads the story to its next chapter. Four years after putting a gun to his head when his plan to assassinate Oswald Mosley failed, Tommy (Cillian Murphy) is now up to his old tricks in post-prohibition America – but there’s more of a big change in him that just might shock fans. Also, watch out for Anya Taylor-Joy’s love-hate Gina, who gets more airtime after the actor’s multiple awards. Hollie Richardson

Stanley Tucci: In Search of Italy

7:20 p.m., BBC 2

“The city is hot, fast and a feast for the senses.” Stanley Tucci – the irresistibly suave actor who made thousands of fans thirsty with his negroni-making videos during lockdown – could make a greasy spoon with a one-star hygiene rating sound like a sultry place to eat. But here he is in Naples to sample his dishes as part of his six-part food tour of Italy. “You’ve changed my life,” he says to the woman who hands him a fried pizza – the best compliment a cook can receive. TIME

Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History

7 p.m., BBC One

Stephen Fry enjoys exploring the world of mythical creatures for this unique documentary. From a trip to Utah (the site of the densest concentration of excavated dinosaur bones in the world) to a dive into the animals of the wizarding world of Harry Potter, and an underwater adventure in between, this was made for Sunday night family viewing. TIME

Trigger point

9 p.m., TVI

After five weeks of cliffhangers and iron-willed wire cuts, ITV’s splashy bomb disposal thriller reaches its final countdown. Expo agent Lana “Wash” Washington (Vicky McClure) has been put on probation but now faces a street-sized gas explosion threat. Can she sabotage the operation and hunt down the mastermind? Graeme Virtue

Forbidden America by Louis Théroux

10 p.m., BBC 2

Has any branch of the entertainment industry been transformed by technology more than porn? After the avalanche of online sex at the start of the internet age, platforms such as OnlyFans gave performers a chance at safety and autonomy. As this latest eye-opening exploration by Louis Theroux indicates, porn’s #MeToo moment may be near. Phil Harrison

The curse

10 p.m., Channel 4

This superb 80s heist comedy continues with our hapless East End gang drowning in money but unable to spend it. It’s time to partner up with an elite money launderer…could a continental criminal with a cool nickname do the trick? Meanwhile, stoned Clive (Peter Ferdinando) has retaliation in mind and decides to pull out a hit. GV

Choice of movies

Into the Earth, 10:45 a.m., 8 p.m., Sky Cinema Premiere

Into Earth on Sky Cinema Premiere. Photograph: Pictorial Press Ltd/Alamy

Writer-director Ben Wheatley revisits the hallucinogenic folk horror kingdom of England’s A Field in this intoxicating drama shot in lockdown. Scientist Martin (Joel Fry) and guide Alma (Ellora Torchia) go deep into a forest to check on his old boss Olivia (Hayley Squires), who studies mushroom mysteries but hasn’t been heard from in months. However, Reece Shearsmith’s creepy nature worshiper Zach has plans of his own, as the lines between real life and mushroom-induced life begin to blur. Simon Wardel

Live sports

Women’s FA Cup: Man City v Man United 12.15pm, BBC Two The rivals meet in the fifth round two weeks after City’s Caroline Weir scored her wonder goal in the league derby.

Six Nations Rugby Union: Ireland v Italy 2:15 p.m., ITV from Aviva Stadium.

Football League Cup: Chelsea v Liverpool 4pm, Sky Sports Main Event The final at Wembley Stadium.

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