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Man in an Orange Shirt

9pm, BBC2


Part one of two. Drama by Patrick Gale about two love affairs 60 years apart – stories linked by family and a painting, with a secret that echoes down the generations. Captain Michael Berryman and Thomas March meet towards the end of the Second World War and enjoy a brief relationship in a secluded cottage when they return to Britain after the end of the conflict. Michael then goes back to London to his fiance Flora, while Thomas opts for the relative freedom of Soho. Starring James McArdle and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. 

I Am Bolt

8.30pm, BBC1

Documentary about the life and career of world-record breaking Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who has won the 100m and 200m gold medals at the last three Olympics. The film follows him as he prepares for the Rio 2016 Olympics and there is archive footage of his personal life and from his athletics career. 

The Accused: An Inside Job?

9pm, C5

The real-crime genre is on a roll right now; this offers a different angle. Instead of following the police as they investigate a crime, we follow the man accused of it, in this case Lukasz, a clean-cut bank employee charged with stealing the life savings of a 78-year-old customer. 

Lukasz denies the charges and opens up to the cameras in the months leading up to the trial, so we see the story unfold from his point of view – and understand what a conviction would do to him and his family. The heart of the programme is: do we believe him? And as it progresses, you may find your sympathies veer back and forth. It makes for a gripping, unsettling piece of TV. 

This Is the End

12.25am, ITV2


Hollywood stars send themselves up to riotous effect in the directorial debut of Seth Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg. A party at James Franco’s palatial Los Angeles home (attended by familiar faces from the big and small screens, all playing themselves) descends into chaos when the apocalypse strikes, and the pampered actors are forced to rely on their limited wits in order to survive raging fires and outwit biblical beasts.

The concept of celebrities playing monstrously exaggerated versions of themselves was arguably pioneered on TV’s The Larry Sanders Show, and is taken to even greater comedic levels in this over-the-top but whip-smart satire on the narcissism of Tinseltown. The likes of Rogen, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Michael Cera and even sweet Emma Watson relish the opportunity to indulge in self-mockery, the laugh-out-loud script sparing no egos.

Top of the Lake: China Girl

BBC iPlayer

Prestige drama from Kiwi auteur Jane Campion. Elisabeth Moss and Nicole Kidman star in a murder mystery surrounding the appearance of a dead body on Bondi beach.