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The Truth About Binge Drink­ing, 7.30pm, Ten

Wor­thy topic, but this dread­ful Bri­tish pro­gram misses the point by a coun­try mile as it at­tempts to mea­sure the harm done to a wo­man who agrees to drink at binge rates for 30 days. Why do peo­ple binge drink? What so­cial pres­sures lead to the be­hav­iour, es­pe­cially among young peo­ple? No an­swers here.

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, 9.10pm, UKTV

En­joy­able Bri­tish sit­com filmed in front of an au­di­ence, set in the town of Run­corn, Cheshire, about five work­ing- class 20- some­things. Great per­for­mances and sassy di­rec­tion, but the char­ac­ters are like younger ver­sions of the peo­ple in The Royle Fam­ily . Bored, broke and, in one case, re­luc­tantly just en­gaged, tonight three of the five ap­ply for the same job as a bar­maid in a pub. A cho­rus of ap­proval swells from the au­di­ence as one of the lasses sinks what looks like a real pint in sec­onds flat. Ecky thump, lad, yer favourite show’s on telly.

30 Rock, 11.30pm, Seven

Would- be renters will ap­pre­ci­ate the pre- cred­its gag here, in which new part­ners, 30 Rock ‘‘ law stylist’’ Floyd ( Ja­son Sudeikis) and Liz ( show cre­ator Tina Fey, pic­tured) al­most agree on an in­cred­i­bly ex­pen­sive new apart­ment, es­sen­tially be­cause Floyd is a shoo- in for a pro­mo­tion at the firm. But they are pipped at the post by a rich Arab who needs ex­tra room for his son’s mo­tor­cy­cles. ‘‘ Thanks for com­ing,’’ says the agent, beam­ing, snatch­ing the lease agree­ment back. When Floyd misses out on the pro­mo­tion, and af­ter a hobo on the streets of New York spits right into Liz’s mouth, they con­sider mov­ing to Cleve­land.

Ian Cuth­bert­son

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