Tonight's TV highlights: Wonder Dogs: Medical Marvels | Candy Cabs | Filthy Cities | Campus | Storyville – China's Bleak House | White Van Man

Wonder Dogs: Medical Marvels | Candy Cabs | Filthy Cities | Campus | Storyville – China's Bleak House | White Van Man

Wonder Dogs: Medical Marvels
7pm, Nat Geo Wild

The best part of More4's recent Crufts coverage involved heroic pooches who help their owners with everything from closing the bathroom door to answering the phone. This new series is that for a whole hour, allowing plenty of time for marvelling at cleverness and cuteness. Tonight, dogs who can detect oncoming seizures. Rebecca Nicholson

Candy Cabs
9pm, BBC1

A group of feisty women friends launch a girls-only taxi service. They are heart-warmingly bluff in the face of adversity yet nurturing and supportive towards each other. And they've no end of trouble with flamin' men. (Insert condescending eye-roll here.) Paul Kaye reprises every role he's had in the last 10 years playing a feckless waster who arrives to cause trouble. In trying to produce chirpy, working-class drama, they've succeeded in patronising all concerned in the way that, say, Linda Green just didn't. Julia Raeside

Filthy Cities
9pm, BBC2

Visitors to London, Paris and New York often remark, not without reason, on the filth that plagues their streets, as if the citizens of each are afraid that litter bins are fitted with electric shock mechanisms. This new series by Dan Snow will, at the very least, remind that it could be worse. Snow will dredge the past of all three cities, starting by summoning 14th-century London, a slum so putrid that Londoners routinely wore wooden platform shoes to keep the mess out of their socks. Andrew Mueller

Campus
10pm, Channel 4

Set in the fictional Kirke University and revolving around the lives of members of staff, Campus was first shown as a pilot on C4 in 2009. It was greenlit for a full series and the result is a car crash. Among the writers are some of the team who worked on Green Wing and there are certainly flecks of comedy pedigree. But the maniacally ambitious vice-chancellor Jonty de Wolfe is a hopelessly misfiring caricature. Not having a laugh track is no guarantee of naturalism and there's barely an ounce of plausibility in Campus. David Stubbs

Storyville – China's Bleak House
10pm, BBC4

There's a scene in this superb, albeit incredibly bleak, documentary in which poor Chinese workers watch televised New Year celebrations. "Abundant blessings rain from the heavens," warbles a singer. "All things go well." Watching this, one might instead concur with a quote from the Dickens novel from which this programme borrows its title: "The universe makes rather an indifferent parent, I'm afraid." Shot over 12 years, Zhao Liang's brave film follows victims of corruption, some driven half-mad with grief, endlessly seeking redress at Beijing's court of plaintiffs – while also spotlighting the sinister "retrievers", heavies employed to (physically) dissuade them. A shocking indictment. Ali Catterall

White Van Man
10.30pm, BBC3

The ill-advised nature of mixing business with pleasure is the theme of tonight's White Van Man. The charming but flaky Darren attempts to pull off the feat of working with Olly (Will Mellor) on the house where he's just spent the night with the owner, Lucy – with neither Olly nor Lucy suspecting what he's doing. Emma, meanwhile, pitches one of Olly's business ideas to the errantly-haired Ian (Dexter Fletcher). It's Toast Office – a toast-themed restaurant with free champagne, "so you can toast your toast". It didn't start well, but this has been an endearingly surreal grower, mainly down to Joel Fry as Darren. John Robinson

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