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Charles: Our New King

8pm, Channel 4

He officially became heir at just three years old but in September – aged 73 – Charles Philip Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor became the oldest monarch ever to accede to the UK throne. He has been part of the constitutional furniture for so long we all think we know him (talks to plants, loves retro town planning, flexible on fidelity), but how will his reign differ from that of his beloved mother? This two-parter gives veteran royal-watchers the chance to provide some biographical context and muse about the future. Graeme Virtue

Strictly Come Dancing

6.50pm, BBC One

From Michelle Visage as Morticia Addams to Scott Mills as Uncle Fester, the Strictly Halloween specials have a long tradition of allowing the costume and props departments to run wild. This edition will likely be no different … but of the 11 couples remaining, who will generate chills? GV

Blankety Blank

8.35pm, BBC One

A daytime TV queen, a YouTuber and two comedians are on hand to help contestants win cash tonight. Trisha Goddard, Chunkz, Stacey Dooley, Josh Widdicombe, Ed Gamble and Dion Dublin are the full lineup of celebrities who will be getting creative with their blanks. Sammy Gecsoyler


9pm, BBC Four

A severed head mounted in a Norwegian town centre kicks off a new case for stoic murder cop Wisting (Sven Nordin). The only upside is that it attracts the urgent attention of his previous FBI associate Maggie Griffin (Carrie-Anne Moss), allowing the two to awkwardly reconnect. GV

Later … With Jools Holland

9.35pm, BBC Two

They promised you a miracle: storied Scottish art-rockers Simple Minds make their belated Later debut tonight. Other highlights include LA veteran Rita Wilson promoting her 70s-inspired duets album and a new operatic project from Redcar (AKA Christine and the Queens). GV

The Jonathan Ross Show

9.50pm, ITV

Ross is joined by Olympic gold medal-winning diver Tom Daley, ubiquitous comedian Rob Beckett, Catherine Called Birdy director Lena Dunham and star of hotly anticipated horror film Barbarian, Georgina Campbell. Plus, chart-topping Irish singer Dermot Kennedy will perform. SG

Film choice

Halloween, 11.35pm, Channel 4

Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween.
Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween. Photograph: Everett Collection Inc/Alamy

Still not surpassed by the many, many reboots and sequels (TCM Movies is showing Nos 2 to 5 this week), John Carpenter’s 1978 chiller is one of the foundational texts for modern horror. Boasting choice jump-scares and relatively discrete blood-letting, backed by Carpenter’s own menacing electronic score, it also has a well-rounded Final Girl in teenage babysitter Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis, impressing in her first film role). Menaced by masked killer Michael Myers, she’s an active participant in her fate, in contrast to her doomed schoolfriends. Simon Wardell

Live sport

Men’s Rugby League World Cup: England v Greece, 1.45pm, BBC One Followed by Fiji v Scotland at 4.30pm on BBC Two.

Premier League Football: Liverpool v Leeds, 7.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event At Anfield. Preceded by Fulham v Everton at 5pm.

Women’s Rugby Union World Cup: England v Australia, 1.15am, ITV4 The third quarter-final. Preceded by New Zealand v Wales at 7.15am on ITV. The semi-finals start on Friday at 3.15am on ITV.