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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

Film

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

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