Thursday’s best TV: Paula; The Truth About HIV; Jago: A Life … – The Guardian

Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on May 25th, 2017

A one-night stand with dire consequences Denise Gough and Tom Hughes in Paula. Photograph: Sophie Mutevelian/BBC/Sophie Mutevelian

Kat and Alfie: Redwater8pm, BBC1 Part two of the Ireland-set EastEnders spin-off that feels less Albert Square and more Maeve Binchy. Although the series is focused around Kats search for long-lost son Luke, theres another reunion in the mix this week, as Lances daughter Eileen returns home after over 20 years in the US. Meanwhile, at the holiday cottage, Alfie tries to persuade Kat not to go to the wake, and a search for missing Tommy ends with a shock. Hannah J Davies

The Truth About HIV9pm, BBC1 Three decades ago, the HIV virus was a looming, lethal spectre in the public imagination. While the disease remains incurable, state-of-the-art retro antivirals are transforming the lives of people with it in the UK and beyond. In this illuminating, often very personal documentary, Dr Chris van Tulleken assesses the past, present and future of HIV awareness and treatment, featuring contributions from high-profile campaigners Elton John and Prince Harry. Graeme Virtue

Paula9pm, BBC2 Played by Denise Gough, Paula is a chemistry teacher who has grown tired of her affair with handsome PE teacher Philip (Edward MacLiam). She also has problems of a ratty nature in her basement. Enter drifter and rodent exterminator James (Tom Hughes), a man short on cash; cue a one-night stand that will have dire consequences. Irish playwright Conor McPhersons first original TV series is a dark revenge drama of obsession, disappearance and blackmail. Jonathan Wright

Jago: A Life Underwater9pm, BBC4 With exquisite underwater footage that recalls Life of Pi, this film follows 80-year-old Indonesian diver Rohani a man of the sea whose strength is starting to fade. Told in his own words, Rohanis story touches on his childhood adventures, fame as a young man and heartbreak in later life. While there is a sense of the price we pay environmentally, and as individuals, for following our desires, Jago is immersive and poetic: let it wash over you. Sophie Harris

The Killer Olympian: Oscar Pistorius10pm, Channel 5 Reeva Steenkamp was a South African linguist and law graduate who, before she died aged 29, had been planning to combine her career as a model and TV personality with working towards qualifying as a legal advocate her countrys equivalent of a barrister. That didnt happen because in February 2013 she was murdered by her boyfriend, Paralympic 200m and 400m champion Oscar Pistorius. This documentary tells the story. Jack Seale

A Tale of Two Sisters8pm, Yesterday Each of the remarkable Mitford sisters is worth a documentary but the second episode of this series concentrates mainly on Jessica and Diana. They both possessed what biographer Laura Thompson calls the absolute confidence of the upper class. This led them into, in Jessicas case, a lifelong commitment to far-left politics and, in Dianas, to fascism. A fascinating insight into both early 20th-century political turbulence and sibling dynamics. Phil Harrison

Master of Photography8pm, Sky Arts A new series of MasterSnap a competition in which 12 people with cameras attempt to elevate their images from good to great. Unlike, say, MasterChef though, this is a show open to amateurs and professionals at the same time and theyre battling for 150,000 chicken feed to Rankin, maybe, but life-changing to the struggling lensperson. Darcy Padilla, Olivero Toscani and Guardian Weekends Caroline Hunter are your judges. John Robinson

Rams (Grmur Hkonarson, 2015) Thursday, 12.40am, Film4 Like its Scandi cousin, Benedikt Erlingssons Of Horses and Men, this Icelandic saga of sheep-rearing folk is a delight. Set in the bleak wildness of the countrys moorlands, it concerns a festering feud between two cranky brothers. For 40 years they have communicated only by notes, delivered by a sheepdog that seems more intelligent than both of them. But when an outbreak of scrapie brings the authorities in bio-suits, threatening the community with the slaughter of their flocks, the two are drawn into a grudging and canny alliance.

Kingdom of Heaven (Ridley Scott, 2005) 9pm, Film4 Ridley Scott takes time off from space-horror to make an intelligent historical epic. Its Jerusalem, 1168, and young knight Balian (Orlando Bloom) arrives just as the rapacious Knights Templar undermine the fragile truce between Christians and Muslims. Well scripted, with fine performances (including Eva Green as Princess Sibylla) and the battle scenes are gore-rampant.

Golf: The PGA Championship 10am, Sky Sports 4. The opening day of one of the tours most prestigious events at Wentworth in Surrey.

Cycling: Giro dItalia 12noon, Eurosport 1. The 18th stage of the Grand Tour race, featuring a 137km journey from Morena to Ortisei.

Super League: St Helens v Wigan Warriors 7pm, Sky Sports 1. Coverage of tonights derby at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

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