'Bake Off' and 'Buzzcocks' are back: The 5 best things on TV Tuesday, 21 September

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Noel, Prue, Paul and Matt with The Bakers.
The tent is back and the ovens are warming for 'Bake Off' 2021. (Channel 4)

TV favourite The Great British Bake Off returns for a new series at Channel 4 tonight, so stock up on cakes and get your innuendo bingo cards ready.

It's a Noel Fielding double-bill this evening as he also brings back hit comedy music quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks on Sky alongside Greg Davies and Daisy May Cooper.

Read more: What to watch on TV this autumn

Catch up with the Married At First Sight UK crew as they rake through that dramatic dinner party at the commitment ceremony on E4, while there's light relief with Bill Bailey's live shows from the Royal Opera House condensed into a one-hour episode on BBC One.

Finally, Silent Witness star Emilia Fox takes on some real-life cold cases in new crime documentary series In The Footsteps of Killers at More 4.

The best TV to watch on Tuesday, 21 September, 2021

The Great British Bake Off - Channel 4 - 8pm

Cake slices at the ready - 'Bake Off' is back. (Channel 4)
Cake slices at the ready - 'Bake Off' is back. (Channel 4)

One of the highlights of the TV calendar returns tonight with series 12 of The Great British Bake Off.

Beloved for its low-key competition, lack of drama, and of course delicious-looking creations, the launch of a new series of Bake Off always sets the scene for cosy autumn nights.

Read more: Who are the Bake Off 2021 bakers?

This year's cast includes a vegan baker, with Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith judging, and Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas back as the double-act hosts.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks - Sky MAX - 9pm

Greg Davies oversees the quiz reboot. (Sky)
Greg Davies oversees the quiz reboot. (Sky)

A TV panel show favourite for 18 years, Never Mind the Buzzcocks bowed out in 2014 - but tonight it makes its triumphant return to Sky.

Greg Davies is the host this time and the reboot team captains are old cast member Noel Fielding, and new recruit Daisy May Cooper.

Read more: Never Mind the Buzzcocks is back on song with Greg Davies

Of course, some of the format has been revamped, but expect favourite rounds including The Intro, Next Line and Identity Parade back to entertain.

Married At First Sight UK - E4 - 9pm

Pictured:  Marilyse and Franky.
Who will commit this week? (Channel 4)

The drama has been ramping up in the hit reality show and somehow we've already arrived at the final commitment ceremony - but at only two thirds of the way through the series, that suggests we'll be getting plenty of updates on which couples have stayed together.

Monday's dinner party was particularly explosive with rows breaking out between Morag and Josh, Amy, Adam and Tayah, and Franky and Marilyse, so there's sure to be plenty to rake through tonight.

Bill Bailey: Larks in Transit - BBC One - 11.05pm

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Bill Bailey at his Royal Opera House show. (Marilyn Kingwill/BBC)

He's been one of the UK's favourite comedians for many years, but Bill Bailey recently bagged himself a load of new fans after his Strictly 2020 win.

This is a chance to see Bailey doing what he's known best for with an hour-long show adapted from an eight-date residency at the Royal Opera House, which he was the first stand-up to book.

See some of Bailey's hilarious musical delights in action for a glimpse at what his potential Eurovision entry could be like.

In The Footsteps of Killers - More 4 - 10pm

Emilia Fox and Professor David Wilson.
Emilia Fox and Professor David Wilson trawl through cold cases. (Channel 4)

Silent Witness star Emilia Fox turns real-life detective in this unsolved crimes documentary series, where she teams up with criminologist Professor David Wilson to look at some high-profile mysteries.

This week, they're looking at the 1996 Boxing Day disappearance of David Spencer, 13, and Patrick Warren, 11, who were never found and no one was ever convicted despite them featuring on milk cartons in a search for answers. However, Fox and Wilson now think they've found a suspect.

Later episodes look at Suzy Lamplugh and Rita Ellis - if you love podcasts like Serial, you won't want to miss this show.

Watch: The Great British Bake Off 2021 teaser trailer

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