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Great Cana­dian Rail­way Jour­neys

BBC2, 6.30pm

Michael Por­tillo be­gins a new jour­ney along the tracks of the Ocean line as he ex­plores Canada’s mar­itime prov­inces en route to Que­bec City us­ing an 1899 Ap­ple­ton’s guide. He be­gins in the At­lantic port of Hal­i­fax, Nova Sco­tia, where he vis­its an 18th–cen­tury British hill­top ci­tadel, and finds out what it takes to build a state-of-the-art Arc­tic pa­trol ves­sel. He also learns of a cat­a­strophic ex­plo­sion in the har­bour in 1917, which wiped out the north of the city, killing 2,000 peo­ple and leav­ing 25,000 home­less.

How to Lose Weight Well

Chan­nel 4, 8pm

Xand van Tulleken and He­len Lawal over­see pro­ceed­ings as three more pairs road test some of the most pop­u­lar and talked about di­ets. Sade and Becky have two weeks to slim down for a day at the races, Derek and Bruce go on four-week di­et­ing plans ahead of a sum­mer bar­be­cue, and Sam and Fay want to slim down for their an­nual bus driv­ers’ pic­nic in four months. Xand also in­ves­ti­gates the lat­est li­po­suc­tion tech­niques and finds out if un­con­scious per­sua­sion can melt away peo­ple’s fat.

Prison

Chan­nel 4, 9pm

The first se­ries of this doc­u­men­tary of­fered an eye–open­ing look at life be­hind bars. Some view­ers were shocked by the ex­tent of gang ac­tiv­ity and drug use, but Prison also high­lighted other is­sues, in­clud­ing the dif­fi­cul­ties faced by staff as they deal with in­mates who suf­fer from men­tal health prob­lems. The sec­ond run is set to be just as fas­ci­nat­ing, as cam­eras re­turn to HMP Durham for a seven–month stretch, ex­am­in­ing life for both the pris­on­ers and the of­fi­cers. The re­la­tion­ship be­tween them takes cen­tre stage in the open­ing episode, as the doc­u­men­tary ex­plores the vi­o­lence amongst pris­on­ers – and against staff. Is this just the grim re­al­ity of life in­side, or can more be done to break the cy­cle?

Chris Tar­rant: Ex­treme Rail­way Jour­neys

Chan­nel 5, 9pm

Chris em­barks on a thou­sand-mile trip along Spain’s com­plex rail sys­tem, be­gin­ning in Gi­bral­tar by ex­plor­ing the vast net­work of mil­i­tary tun­nels that have helped keep it un­der British con­trol for more than 200 years. In Catalunya, he learns the role played by the rail­ways in some of the blood­i­est bat­tles of the Span­ish Civil War, then vis­its the spot where Hitler and Franco met dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

Silent Wit­ness

BBC1, 9pm

After a teenage boy is killed in a meth lab ex­plo­sion, his in­spi­ra­tional head teacher Noah Tay­lor re­solves to con­front the drug deal­ers prey­ing on his com­mu­nity. Dan­ger­ous batches of new drugs are hit­ting the streets, and the ef­fects are ev­i­dent to Nikki, Jack, Clarissa and Thomas as they deal with the rise in both vi­o­lent and ac­ci­den­tal deaths linked to the nar­cotics, while tragedy strikes at the heart of the Tay­lor fam­ily.

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