The 5 best shows on TV tonight: Tuesday 20 July

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The top TV picks for Tuesday 20 July.
The top TV picks for Tuesday 20 July.

This evening sees former Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings lift the lid on the goings-on in government during last year as the coronavirus pandemic hit. 

He also reflects on his involvement in Brexit during the sit down interview with Laura Kuenssberg. 

Elsewhere, Ray Mears continues to explore China's wildlife and celebrities battle it out in the kitchen on ITV. 

Dominic Cummings - The Interview - 7pm - BBC Two

Dominic Cummings is sitting down for a one-on-one interview. (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Dominic Cummings is sitting down for a one-on-one interview. (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Boris Johnson's former chief adviser sits down for an exclusive interview with the BBC tonight. 

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He will be speaking about his relationship with Prime Minister and his role in the government during the pandemic and the decision making that went on. 

It's the first time Cummings, who will also talk about his role in Brexit, has given a one-on-one TV interview.

Wild China With Ray Mears - 7.30pm - ITV

Ray Mears with elephant conservationists, Dr Bao Mingwei and Cockroach the Elephant. (ITV/Tin Can Island)
Ray Mears with elephant conservationists, Dr Bao Mingwei and Cockroach the Elephant. (ITV/Tin Can Island)

The presenter explores with plants and wildlife in China's tropical rainforest in the second episode of the series. 

He meets elephant conservationist Dr Bao Mingwei as well as some of the gentle giants themselves.

Secrets of the Museum - 8pm - BBC Two

Secrets of the Museum S2 - Gesa Werner tying an obijime around the Wafrica Kimono by Serge Mouangue. (BBC/Blast! Films/Simon Lloyd)
Secrets of the Museum S2 - Gesa Werner tying an obijime around the Wafrica Kimono by Serge Mouangue. (BBC/Blast! Films/Simon Lloyd)

In the first episode of the second series, the cameras go behind the scenes as the V&A Museum in London.

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The museum conservators aim to preserve and maintain four unique objects, including a red lurex suit belonging to Slade bass player Jim Lea and a kimono by designer Serge Mouangue in order to add it to a touring exhibition celebrating the Japanese national dress.

Cooking with the Stars - 9pm - ITV

Emma Willis and Tom Allen host Cooking With The Stars. (ITV)
Emma Willis and Tom Allen host Cooking With The Stars. (ITV)

The second batch of celebrities go up against each other in the kitchen as they prepare dishes inspired by Italian cuisine. 

This time around it's Griff Rhys-Jones versus Catherine Tyldesley while Denise Van Outen takes on AJ Odudu, with one of them set to be eliminated.

Uprising - 9pm - BBC One

Uprising - New Cross Fire Protest 1981. (BBC/Rogan Productions/Getty Images)
Uprising - New Cross Fire Protest 1981. (BBC/Rogan Productions/Getty Images)

In 1981 at a house part in south London, 13 young black Britons were killed in a house fire. 

This documentary hears from some of the people at the catastrophic event as it recounts the aftermath and the uprising that followed. 

This is the first of a three part series from Steve McQueen which examines three pivotal events that happened in Britain in 1981.

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