PICK OF THE DAY
Jesy Nelson: “Odd One Out”
9pm, BBC One
You might think that being part of an internationally famous pop group would make you immune to the pea-brained trolls who delight in stalking social media. However, the online abuse that Jesy Nelson of Little Mix has suffered began when the group first broke on The X Factor – cyber bullies instantly dubbing her the “fat one” in the band – has seemingly never abated. In this intensely personal documentary, Nelson meets other victims of online abuse and shares her own strategies for coping, while fellow Little Mix members Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jade discuss how her torment affected the band and their ability to perform.
Hairy Bikers: Route 66
8pm, BBC Two
Billy Connolly, who also happens to appear in the USA tonight (Billy Connolly’s Great American Trail on ITV), crossed Route 66 – the legendary road that links Chicago to Los Angeles– for television in 2011. Dave Myers and Si King naturally have a more foodie agenda as they nose their motorbikes down the “highway that’s the best,” starting in Chicago, where they’re shown how to eat a “wet beef sandwich” without dripping gravy down their shirts. They also cook a meat loaf for some camera-shy Amish and eat apple pie in Missouri, but in an effort to “get beyond nostalgia,” the duo also decide to stay in the post-industrial ghost town of Lincoln.
China: A New World Order
9pm, BBC Two
This excellent, strangely overlooked (maybe we just can’t keep our eyes off our own political story) series ends by exploring the growing tension between China and the West concerning allegations that the Chinese state has engaged for years in large-scale industrial espionage and hacking in order to steal the West’s business secrets and technological know-how (a campaign described by one US official here as “the greatest transfer of wealth in human history”). China denies any such wrongdoing – but growing suspicion and anger in the US is one factor which is fuelling the trade war with President Xi Jinping’s superpower.
First Dates Hotel
9pm, Channel 4
Another group of singletons check in to the luxury hotel. Paul is a shy, unassuming radio station manager who just happened to have been part of one of the biggest English pop groups of the early 2000s – no spoilers as to which one, a diffidence shared by Paul himself, as he’s set up with a date with dance teacher Anna. “It can sometimes skew off in weird directions,” he explains of his reluctance to share. Meanwhile, fun-loving lawyer Lianne is paired with fellow legal eagle Sia, and hanging out at the pool is Finn, who has a “Romeo syndrome,” meaning he falls instantly in love with every woman he finds attractive. There may be a romcom in that.
Lost Films Of WW2
9pm, BBC Four
The personal cine footage includes
a Royal Navy officer on duty in the Mediterranean, the only colour film of a Bomber Command squadron on a mission, a British spy in the field and, most tantalising of all, snippets recorded during the early days of the German occupation of Jersey.
This Way Up
10pm, Channel 4
Aisling Bea’s promising debut sitcom works best when Aine is sparking off her screen sister Shona. It ends tonight with them largely apart, as Aine and Richard grow closer, while Vish goes down on one knee to a flustered Shona.
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