Pick of the Day Fight Like a Girl
BBC One, 7.30pm
Smart, confident Scottish wrestler Kimberly Benson, 26, has an extraordinary story to tell in director Katy Bird’s really worthwhile half-hour documentary. In her wrestling persona of Viper she has amassed a huge social media following, especially in Japan, not to mention a host of titles, trophies and belts. In this brilliant, intimate film she is forced to admit that sadly, despite (or perhaps because of) her celebrity, “being in the spotlight is the loneliest place in the world”.
BBC Two, 9pm
Trust Issues A groggy Philippe comes round following his violent encounter, bent on unmasking the identity of his assailant. Now Louis embarks on some shock diplomacy with his imperial guest. “How much of Spain do you want?” asks the vanquished Leopold. “All of it,” replies a gloating Louis. Elsewhere, to her chagrin, Madame de Montespan’s machinations are found out at last. Irresistible.
Storyville: City of Ghosts
BBC Four, 10.30pm
Matthew Heineman’s film follows a network of young undercover citizen journalists who risk their lives daily to report on the destruction wrought by Islamic State in the besieged Syrian city of Raqqa. The dispatches are posted on online site Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently in the hope of gaining global support for their plight. Intensely moving. MB
(Danny Boyle, 1996)
Strange how Films of the Moment can end up, a generation later, being just films of their time. But while it’s currently enjoying a nostalgialaced international afterlife as a stage show, Boyle’s adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel still boasts more belligerent oomph than most cinema made in Britain in the two decades since. At once unutterably bleak and ferociously optimistic, this tale of Edinburgh low life gave a brisk headbutt to the glum decorum of British realism. Its flashiness may now feel as redolent of its period as those Elastica and Sleeper numbers on the soundtrack, but it still represents a vital challenge to UK film-makers to Choose Cinema. JR