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Wednesday’s best TV: Thronecast – War Room; Joanna Lumley’s India

Ackley Bridge
8pm, Channel 4

Channel 4’s answer to Waterloo Road – about an academy in West Yorkshire – reaches its season finale. Clearly there has been common ground with the BBC1 show, but the original setting (cows grazing on council estate verges etc) and strong characters – Jordan is a less cool, more downtrodden and believable version of Grange Hill’s Tucker Jenkins – make it a cut above. Tonight, the plot’s chickens come home to roost at an open day for parents of prospective pupils. John Robinson

Thronecast: War Room
9pm, Sky Atlantic

With only a few sleeps to go before the return of Game of Thrones, Sue Perkins convenes a Cobra meeting of celebrity superfans round a big fancy table worthy of King’s Landing to hear their thoughts on season seven. Can Cersei hold the Iron Throne? What’s the Night King’s deal? And might Brienne canoodle with Tormund? Al Murray, Lauren Laverne and Jonathan Ross are the polished wits involved, so it is unlikely to drag on. Graeme Virtue

The Week the Landlords Moved In
9pm, BBC1

In Weston-super-Mare and County Durham, two more sets of private landlords are spending the week living like their tenants. Both appear to see the housing crisis as a money-making opportunity and themselves as sainted saviours. If only those feckless povvos would pull their socks up. It’s the complacent ignorance that’s most shocking. At least Samuel is only 25-going-on-52. What excuse have middle-aged money-makers Paul and Sharon got? Ellen E Jones

Joanna Lumley’s India
9pm, ITV

Lumley heads to Mumbai this week on the second leg of her sub-continental odyssey. She left this very city when she was 11 months old to return to live in Britain but still has some familial connections. She visits the Times of India (circulation 5m), where her uncle Ivor was the last British editor. From Mumbai, she travels east to the Ellora Caves, the sprawling temple hewn from rock where somehow her tones become even more hushed, husky and reverent. Ben Arnold

The Windsors
10pm, Channel 4

The Harry Enfield-led soap consistently offers a brilliantly wicked imagining of life behind closed palace doors. This week, we learn that Wills didn’t actually complete his basic helicopter training (“You know the pressures on a working royal’s time! Plus we would never have had that skiing holiday!”). While he tries to get his credentials, Harry’s opening a nightclub, staffed entirely by his hapless relatives. Plus, can a good deed win Camilla the popularity she craves? Hannh J Davies

10.30pm, Channel 4

A quiet though compelling episode sees Emmit struggling to come to terms with his brother’s freak death last week. He almost unravels completely at a business dinner with the Widow Goldfarb, to Sy’s consternation. Nikki is taken into custody and Gloria is desperate to interview her, only to find herself facing a wall of sexism from her superiors. All in all, a somewhat fraught Christmas Eve, also marked by the reappearance of a familiar face from season one. David Stubbs

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2017
8pm, Sky Arts

Melvyn Bragg hosts the awards bash that spans music, dance, literature, TV drama, theatre, comedy, cinema and visual art. Yes, this can get a little dizzying but it works precisely because the awards, given out at London’s Savoy (no slumming it here) are so wide-ranging, and therefore give a sense of the artistic state of the nation (uneasy). Happy Valley, Bowie’s Blackstar and Zadie Smith, for Swing Time, are among the nominees. Jonathan Wright

Film choice

Men in Black 2 (Barry Sonnenfield, 2002), 9pm, Film4

It’s the men in cool black suits against troublesome universe-conquering aliens again, with a few minor changes to freshen up the formula. This time Will Smith’s former rookie Jay has to educate his memory-wiped mentor Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) in the art of dealing with economic migrants, cheap crooks and megalomaniacs from other planets. The villain is slinky Lara Flynn Boyle. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Women’s World Cup Cricket: England v New Zealand 10.20am, Sky Sports 1. Coverage of the group fixture from the County Ground in Derby.

Cycling: Tour de France 2017. 12noon, ITV4. Coverage of stage 11, featuring a 203.5km journey from Eymet to Pau, as the Pyrenees approach.

Tennis: Wimbledon 2017. 1pm, BBC2. The men’s quarter-final singles matches are due to take place.