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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”.

Versailles

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

Film Trainspot­ting

(Danny Boyle, 1996)

Film4, 11.10pm

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

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