Pick of the Day Lockerbie: The Unheard Voices
Channel 5, 9pm
It is 30 years since a terrorist bomb exploded aboard Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing all those aboard and 11 local residents on the ground. This intensely moving film tells the stories of six victims and six survivors, among them a man who got drunk at Heathrow and missed the flight, mother and daughter couriers who flipped a coin to decide who would travel that day, and a student who changed flights at the last minute. An extraordinary miscellany.
Beyond the Walls: In Search of the Celts
BBC Four, 10pm
Historian Eleanor Barraclough is on a mission to restore the ancient British tribes known as the Celts to their proper place in history. To do this she examines new archaeological evidence found around Britain’s dividing walls that reveals that relations between those on the outside and those on the inside were not as hostile as history would have us think.
Sports Personality 2018: A Great Sporting Year
BBC One, 10.45pm
In advance of the SPOTY award ceremony (16 December), Jessica Ennis-Hill trawls the 2018 sporting calendar and meets some of the year’s stars. A chance to relive the best moments from the Winter Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and England’s tilt at the World Cup. MB
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
(Russ Meyer, 1970)
Talking Pictures TV, 12midnight
These days, he’s likely to be viewed with suspicion as a leering cine-lech, but back in the 70s-80s heyday of movie cultism, the unabashedly breast-obsessed Russ Meyer was considered the coolest of exploitation directors, his cheerfully zany fantasies celebrating a strain of American amazons who embodied Agency with a capital A. Scripted by critic Roger Ebert, and bearing little relation to Jacqueline Susann’s best-selling Valley of the Dolls, this is the closest Meyer came to a legit hit. Dolly Read plays a member of a female pop trio encountering an LA beau monde that includes porn stars, fashionistas, a Spectoresque rock svengali, and psychedelic one-hit wonders the Strawberry Alarm Clock. Far out and outre. JR