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The Se­cret Life of the Zoo

8pm, Chan­nel 4

Olivia Col­man nar­rates a homely tour be­hind the scenes at

Ch­ester Zoo. The zookeep­ers also com­men­tate ret­ro­spec­tively on the sto­ries that un­fold, like an an­i­mal ver­sion of 24 Hours in A&E, and en­joy­ment will be de­ter­mined by how cute you find the staff’s earnest emo­tional in­vest­ment. With­out them, it’s a na­ture film shot in a se­ries of bland pens and tanks. This week’s big un­known: can a trau­ma­tised black rhino fi­nally birth a healthy calf? Jack Seale

Peaky Blinders

9pm, BBC Two

Birm­ing­ham, 1925, and Tommy Shelby OBE, for­merly the epit­ome of the mob­ster as fam­ily man, is es­tranged from his near­est and dear­est af­ter shop­ping them to the au­thor­i­ties. A life of “sex, free­dom, whisky sours” of­fers only par­tial con­so­la­tion. En­ter, as the fourth sea­son of Steven Knight’s gang­ster drama be­gins, an ex­ter­nal threat that forces Tommy to build bridges with those he be­trayed. A ter­rific opener, for all it’s built on a frankly out­ra­geous plot twist. Jonathan Wright

Lif­ers Be­hind Bars

9pm, Chan­nel 4

The first in a two-part se­ries draw­ing on exclusive ac­cess to HMP Shotts in Scot­land. We meet in­mates at var­i­ous stages of life sen­tences, from a newly con­victed killer to a man who has spent 34 of his 49 years in jail. Al­though all seem to be bald, mid­dle-aged and be­spec­ta­cled, their re­sponses to in­car­cer­a­tion vary; one is so adamant of his in­no­cence he re­fuses to take part in the pro­grammes nec­es­sary to se­cure his pa­role. An­other has turned to God. David Stubbs

Venus Un­cov­ered: An­cient God­dess of Love

9pm, BBC Four

Velázquez’s 17th-cen­tury paint­ing, of­ten re­ferred to as

The Rokeby Venus, has a fraught his­tory. It was dis­ap­proved of by the Span­ish In­qui­si­tion and, in 1914, at­tacked by the suf­fragette Mary Richard­son. Us­ing this art­work as a start­ing point, Pro­fes­sor Bet­tany Hughes at­tempts to get to know its sub­ject a lit­tle bet­ter. She takes in the god­dess of love’s ori­gins in Jor­dan, her glory days in Rome, plus some rather more re­cent sight­ings. Ellen E Jones


9pm, Dis­cov­ery

Ex­cited by the re­cent ex­plo­sion in small-batch ar­ti­sanal gin? There are equally com­bustible thrills in the re­mote forests of Ap­palachia, where wise old-timers men­tor a new gen­er­a­tion of il­licit dis­tillers to meet the con­sid­er­able de­mand for bud­get turbo-hooch that looks pretty weird but tastes just fine. Sea­son seven of this long-run­ning re­al­ity se­ries even fea­tures a com­ple­men­tary chaser, with new com­pan­ion show Shin­ers on Shine un­corked at 10pm. Graeme Virtue

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