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Mayday

Sunday to Thursday, BBC1, 9pm This looks like a gripping new drama, centring on how a small village turns in on itself when a 14-year-old May Queen goes missing and suspicions abound. Great cast too, with Peter Firth, Lesley Manville, Aidan Gillen and Sophie Okonedo.

Broadchurch

Monday, UTV, 9pm

Fans of quality thrillers are spoiled for choice this week as David Tennant (left) and Olivia Colman play detectives in a new eight-part series in which the suspicious death of an 11-year-old boy draws national attention towards an isolated seaside community.

Champions League Live

Tuesday, UTV, 7.30pm This should be an absolute cracker, with Manchester United drawing 1-1 away to Real Madrid in the first leg – but facing a side who may have seemed out of sorts when they first met but are now firing on all cylinders.

The return of the in-form Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford should make for a fascinating evening.

America's Poor Kids

Wednesday, BBC2, 9PM Despite being the world's most prosperous country, more than 16 million children in the United States suffer from terrible poverty and deprivation.

The stories of 10-year-old and 11-year-old children scavenging for scraps on the streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles makes for harrowing viewing.

Michael Grade and the World's Oldest Joke

Wednesday, BBC4, 9pm You can always rely on the wonderful BBC4 to come up with quirky documentaries and here, former ITV head Michael Grade goes in search of the oldest known joke.

He could have just asked Sil Fox, but along the way he looks at how humour's subjects have changed down the centuries and elicits contributions from veteran funnymen, such as Ken Dodd and Barry Cryer.


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