#childmolestor | BBC One revisits the child sex abuse scandal that rocked football

Pick of the day: Football’s Darkest Secret

9pm, BBC One

“It’s like a stutter,” says former professional footballer Andy Woodward of being sexually abused by his coach. “Even if you want to say it, something stops you.” Woodward finally did find his voice in 2016, his brave revelation opening the floodgates for other young players raped between the 70s and 90s to come forward. The first of three episodes focuses on Woodward’s youth coach at Crewe, Barry Bennell, a man described by the prosecution before he was jailed for 31 years as “an industrial-scale child molester”. He played on the youngsters’ love of football, but as the subsequent inquiry discovered, he was far from alone.

Living with Hitler

8pm, Yesterday

This is not an intriguing insight into the Führer’s domestic arrangements, as the title might suggest. This new series is a fairly straightforward history of Adolf Hitler’s rise to power and what it was like to live under the Nazi regime. The opening episode leads up the German elections of 1933.

Unforgotten (Photo: Mainstreet Pictures/ITV)


9pm, ITV

“I think the best thing is to divide and rule,” says DSI Cassie Stuart to DI Khan (Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar, one of TV cop shows’ most pleasing pairings). She is referring to the four suspects, the former police cadets somehow involved in a killing 30 years earlier and each of whose lives are now unravelling as they have to explain to their families just why they are being questioned. Meanwhile, the landlady from all those years ago recalls the victim’s altercation with Ram, and a witness comes forward with memories of seeing people loading something heavy into the back of a car.

24 Hours in Police Custody

9pm, Channel 4

A new run of the observational docuseries whose titular timeline always adds a dramatic sense of urgency. In the first episode, a 23-year-old man with a history of violence is questioned about a string of offences that have left victims badly hurt, but he refuses to give any answers. Without fresh evidence, the police have no choice but to release the suspect. Within days of leaving police custody, he reoffends and ends up on the Most Wanted list.

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Undercover OAP: The Mole Agent – Storyville

9pm, BBC Four

A beguiling (and Oscar-shortlisted) Storyville documentary – a tender-hearted look at isolation and loneliness – follows a charming and recently widowed 83-year-old hired by a private detective to go undercover in a Chilean retirement home, the detective’s client fearing that her mother was being abused. What this undercover mole, Sergio, discovers once he has mastered the technology required to spy on his new surroundings, turns out to be completely different from what the client had expected.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

10.45pm, BBC One

The grand finale of the UK’s grungier and funnier version of the drag-queen franchise has been available on BBC Three since Thursday but here’s a chance for laggards to discover which of Tayce, Ellie Diamond, Lawrence Chaney or Bimini Bon Boulash will be crowned this year’s superstar. They need to impress judges Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and Graham Norton and, as always, the eliminated queens return to acclaim the winner and possibly make bitchy remarks.

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