Pick Of The Day: Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace – What Happened Next
Regular viewers of this reliably tear-duct-bothering series will recall the case of foundlings David McBride and Helen Ward, who featured in the programme last year. They were left abandoned on different sides of the Irish border – David in a car parked near Belfast in 1962, Helen a year later in a Dundalk phone box – and Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell were able to discover that they were siblings. In a remarkable coda to their story, a woman living in Australia then contacted the show because her father was abandoned in similar circumstances in Drogheda. You can probably guess the rest.
The Yorkshire Vet
8pm, Channel 5
With C5 calling a moratorium on new series about Yorkshire, there’s still this popular show from God’s Own Country, as vet Julian heads to Jacki’s farm for some relaxation in the form of alpaca yoga. Don’t ask
A House Through Time
9pm, BBC Two
David Olusoga continues to delve into the history of 5 Grosvenor Mount in the Leeds suburb of Headingley. The house’s next occupant was one Benjamin Wild, a factory owner with a history of questionable dealings, including an employee mangled to death on the factory floor. But when his business is burned down, allegedly by a disgruntled employee, will Wild’s luck finally run out?
In the penultimate episode of the watery detective drama, Nicola Walker’s titular heroine investigates the death of a man “everybody loved”, who was thrown in the River Clyde from a party boat while celebrating his wedding anniversary. That’s after one of Annika’s chats to camera, this time about the ancient Greek god Dionysus – as the victim’s widow is too drunk to be interviewed.
Spice Girls: How Girl Power Changed Britain
9pm, Channel 4
Don’t expect any fresh input from Victoria, Emma, Geri or Mel B and C in this new series about the Spice Girls and their effect on a 90s Britain where ladette culture ruled and feminism was a dirty word. The archive footage is terrific, though, and includes their first auditions (Victoria had “not very good skin”, it was noted).
The man who manufactured the band, Chris Herbert, is the star witness – although he would be ruthlessly discarded as the girls hired Simon Fuller.
As to whether “girl power” was just a marketing slogan or real fillip to 90s feminism, the jury here – ranging from Miranda Sawyer to arch critic Matthew Wright – is divided.
Jo Brand: No Holds Barred – Imagine
9pm, BBC Four
Another chance to catch Alan Yentob’s 2019 profile of the comedian, going behind the scenes as she presents Have I Got News For You and Radio 4’s The News Quiz and accompanying her on a tour promoting her book Born Lippy: How To Do Female. It’s followed by Mark Lawson interviewing Brand, during which she revealed the scale of the backlash she received when she first broke into the male-dominated alternative comedy circuit.
Back To Life
10.35pm, BBC One
The morning after being knocked off her bike, Miri (Daisy Haggard) is rightly convinced that John (Adrian Edmondson) was the one who drove into her. “I saw his car,” she says. “It had my bum’s dent on it.” To make matters worse, he organises a vigil for his daughter, so Mimi escapes by hitching a ride with Billy for the day.