PICK OF THE WEEK TV ex­tra Ex­tra­or­di­nary tales of an­i­mals’ lives on the line

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Open Heart Surgery Live (C5, 10pm)

sol­diers who had died? Here, Dan Cruick­shank ex­plores the cre­ation of the Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion and the role played by Sir Fabian Ware, who, as a com­man­der of a mo­bile am­bu­lance unit dur­ing the early stages of the war, had been shocked by the treat­ment of the dead. The pre­sen­ter also vis­its ceme­ter­ies in France, Bel­gium and Turkey to dis­cover the chal­lenges in­volved in memo­ri­al­is­ing sol­diers from dif­fer­ent re­li­gions and back­grounds.

Next year marks 50 years since Pro­fes­sor Chris­ti­aan Barnard per­formed the first heart trans­plant, and even in 2018 the con­cept is mind-bog­gling. There are no such feats here, although it’s still re­mark­able TV. There’s full cov­er­age of a sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure live from in­side the op­er­at­ing the­atres of St Bartholomew’s Hos­pi­tal and the Royal Lon­don Hos­pi­tal of Barts Health NHS Trust. In this edi­tion, sur­geons guide view­ers through open-heart surgery, from the mo­ment the chest is opened to the re­place­ment of an aor­tic valve and the restart­ing of the heart.

WED­NES­DAY Dark Heart (STV, 9pm)

It seems fit­ting that the first episode of this crime drama aired on Hal­loween – it has fea­tured some very grisly mur­ders. So will it be up­ping the ante in this penul­ti­mate episode, es­pe­cially as the se­ries con­cludes to­mor­row? It gets off to a dra­matic start when the body of a young woman is found in an east Lon­don church. DI Will Wagstaffe and the team get an ap­par­ent lead when it turns out that she has re­cently been deal­ing with a stalker, but is her tor­men­tor re­spon­si­ble for her death or could her mur­der be linked to her com­pli­cated per­sonal life? Speak­ing of com­pli­cated per­sonal lives, Wagstaffe’s own, which is trou­bled even by the stan­dards of brood­ing TV de­tec­tives, is spin­ning out of con­trol.

Trust (BBC2, 9pm)

It’s based on a true story – one that also in­spired the re­cent film All the Money in the World – but that hasn’t made this se­ries about the Getty fam­ily any less grip­ping. The last episode is par­tic­u­larly in­trigu­ing as it ex­plores how the Get­tys and the Ital­ians deal with the reper­cus­sions of the kid­nap­ping, and fol­lows Chace as he em­barks on a new jour­ney. While some as­pects won’t come as news to those fa­mil­iar with the tales, there may still be a few sur­pris­ing rev­e­la­tions and in­trigu­ing sug­ges­tions – and, of course, there’s also that first-rate cast.

James Bul­ger: The New Rev­e­la­tions (C5, 9pm)

Broad­cast 25 years since the end of the trial, this doc­u­men­tary looks at the case of James Bul­ger, who was kid­napped in 1993 from a Liver­pool shop­ping cen­tre at the age of two and mur­dered by Robert Thomp­son and Jon Ven­ables. Con­sist­ing of tes­ti­mony and ev­i­dence from those who knew them well and dealt with them at the time of the pros­e­cu­tion, this doc­u­men­tary of­fers new and star­tling ev­i­dence, throw­ing light on what turned two 10-year-old boys into killers. In ad­di­tion, new in­ter­views and tes­ti­mony present the most com­plete pic­ture yet of Thomp­son and Ven­ables.

THURS­DAY Chil­dren in Need Rocks 2018 (BBC1, 8.30pm)

High­lights of last week’s an­nual star-stud­ded

In­side the For­eign Of­fice (BBC2, 9pm)

For the first time in more than 20 years, the BBC has

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