Our Race to Olympic Glory Recounts the Effort to Improve Beijing 2008
Pick of the day: Gold rush: our race to Olympic glory
9 p.m., BBC One
The final part of this indoor story of the host nation’s “summer of glory” at the London 2012 Olympics recalls the final push to better Beijing 2008, where the GB team finished fourth in the medal table, and challenge the superpowers. “Untouchables” of China, Russia and the USA. In the face of doubts – from David Cameron down (some feared London 2012 was “another Millennium Dome”) – the Sporting Giants program was launched to identify young people with potential. Physical education teacher turned gold medalist rower Helen Glover tells her story before Mo Farah tells us about her triumph in the 5,000-meter race.
8 p.m., BBC Two
Your guide to what to watch next – no spoilers, I promise
Can you complete the following sequence: Bow, Pathy and Tropy? There’s a hint on the way for those who don’t mind spoilers for the latest side-thinking quiz visit which host Victoria Coren Mitchell describes as “more like a crime drama.” This week, it was the Gamemakers (impressive knowledge of Olympic jumpers) against the Animal Lovers who actually cracked the streak above. And the index? Everything has to do with the prefixes.
9 p.m., BBC Two
Already broadcast in Scotland, this documentary tells the true story of Scottish mercenary Peter McAleese, hired in 1989 by a rival Colombian drug cartel to undertake a mission to kill Pablo Escobar. He assembled a select team of former Special Forces operatives and began training for a lightning raid on the Escobar hacienda, which led to disaster and would have a devastating effect on McAleese and others.
9 p.m., Sky Atlantic
After an 11-year hiatus, this drama, which takes an in-depth look at a therapist and his or her work, returns for a fourth series. Uzo Aduba, better known as Netflix’s “Crazy Eyes” Orange is the new black, plays Dr Brooke Taylor, treating a series of patients while learning to deal with her own grief over the loss of her father. Each episode taking the form of a session, the patients are interpreted by a series of guest stars, including In the heights‘Anthony Ramos, Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey and Charlayne Woodard (Glass).
Long lost family
9 p.m., ITV
Get the handkerchiefs ready as Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell present the stories of two women trying to find biological parents after half a century of being apart. Ann Melbourne found her biological mother over ten years ago, but her mother unwilling to have any contact, Ann now wants to locate her biological father Leslie. Amanda Village’s mother gave her up for adoption. “Didn’t she want me?” is a question we’ve heard before on this show.
Taken: Hunting the sex traffickers
9 p.m., Canal 4
It is believed that there are 136,000 people living in modern slavery in the UK, a crime which is notoriously difficult to prove. Not available in preview, this new docu-series from Bafta-winning director Peter Beard (Exodus: our journey to Europe) follows a three-year police investigation into a gang of human traffickers kidnapping women in South America to force them into prostitution in the UK. The first episode begins with a secret police unit being informed of an organized crime group behind the trafficking and explores the workings of large-scale surveillance teams and undercover agents.
Imagine: Barbara Hepworth
9 p.m., BBC Four
A trilogy of programs around sculpture (series by Alastair Sooke Romancing The Stone: The Golden Ages of British Sculpture follows immediately after) begins with Alan Yentob’s 2003 film about Barbara Hepworth. Made to celebrate the centenary of her birth, the film also explores the effect her personal relationships had on her work as she struggled with a son and triplets, and her success pioneering an entirely abstract art before the start. of World War II.
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