Wednesday’s best TV: Back; Billion Dollar Deals; Bad Move

Mitchell and Webb’s scorchingly funny sitcom continues, as the effects of big pharma come under investigation. Plus: more from Jack Dee’s rural comedy

10pm, Channel 4

Stephen and Andrew head out on the road together to let the pub’s suppliers know about their dad’s demise. Along the way they make a few unexpected discoveries, Stephen almost has a romantic encounter and, thanks to some expert mind games from Andrew, even starts to bond with his scheming foster brother. While they’re away, Geoff steps in to manage the pub, ushering in some old traditions. Suffice to say that things really don’t end well. It’s scorchingly funny. Ben Arnold

Billion Dollar Deals and How They Changed Your World
8pm, BBC2

Jacques Peretti has gone from a slightly flippant TV presence to an engaged investigative documentarian. This ambitious new series looks at the business decisions and psychological manipulations that have underpinned the last half-century. He begins with health: what deals have been struck between governments and big pharma to keep us happily – or indeed unhappily – medicated? And who is reaping the huge rewards? Phil Harrison

Bad Move
8pm, ITV

Jack Dee-penned comedy, in which he and Kerry Godliman play a couple trading the city for the countryside. As per the title, Steve and Nicky have to contend with money troubles, irritating villagers and other disasters besides. There are strong performances from the pair – plus Miles Jupp and Manjinder Virk as smug, sustainability-mad neighbours Matt and Meena – but this series will have to work hard to avoid slipping into “new kids on the block” cliches. Hannah J Davies

Doc Martin
9pm, ITV

This week’s visit to Cornwall finds Martin suspicious that Crab & Lobster landlord Ken (Clive Hollister), a recovering alcoholic, may be back on the sauce. Why else should he show symptoms of having fluid on the liver? Elsewhere, Ruth considers selling her farm, Art Malik guests as a B&B guest suffering from adult-onset asthma and Louisa considers a career change. Martin, a man who treats any kind of change with huge suspicion, isn’t keen on the idea. Jonathan Wright

The Pact
10pm, BBC2

As Britpop-era teens, platonic pals Amy and Andy make a pact: should they both be single at 35, they’ll hook up. Two decades later, each finds themself lodged in a romantic rut. Amy is left dangling after a string of unhappy liaisons, her life-goal boxes entirely unticked while Andy is sinking into an unfulfilling relationship and yearning for escape. An underwhelming premise for this comedy pilot, but Sarah Solemani as Amy keeps interest kindled. Mark Gibbings-Jones

Chris Ramsey’s Stand Up Central
10pm, Comedy Central

The frill-free comedy showcase that feels like a rawer, raunchier Live at the Apollo returns for a third series, with likable northern scallywag Ramsey taking over as host from Russell Howard. After expertly neutralising a heckle within his first minute on stage, the former Hebburn star tees up sets from the brilliantly brassy US comic Desiree Burch and Al Murray’s bulletproof poobah of lubricated wisdom, the Pub Landlord. Graeme Virtue

999: On the Frontline
9pm, More4

For some, the day the paramedics arrive will be “the defining moment of their lives”. Trying to make that moment a fraction less horrible, tonight’s angels in green (including student paramedic Esme Jenkins) rush to a cyclist who has been crushed by a 20-tonne lorry in Leamington Spa. Elsewhere, a man has fallen from a barge in Coventry, while two ambulances and four police cars race to locate a two-month-old baby reported to be in cardiac arrest. Ali Catterall

Film choice

The Pillow Book (Peter Greenaway, 1996) Wednesday, 1.30am, Film4

Another outrageous arthouse fantasy from the director of A Zed & Two Noughts and Belly of an Architect. It’s the story of Nagiko (Vivian Wu), a woman who, thanks to the birthday rituals of her Japanese calligrapher father, has grown up with an erotic body art fetish: her lovers leave inscriptions on her body. Until Ewan McGregor’s Jerome turns up, and invites her to make an illustrated man of him. Interweaving cool zen with the jealous rage of Empire of the Senses, it is an enigmatic and seductive experience. Paul Howlett

Graduation (Cristian Mungiu, 2016) 10.10pm, Sky Cinema Premiere

Adrian Titieni stars as Romanian surgeon Romeo Aldea; his 18-year-old daughter Eliza (Maria Drăguș) has won a scholarship to an (unnamed) British university, but after being assaulted she is in no condition to sit her vital final exam. Aldea must call in favours and beg for help from various people of power in a cynical, unsympathetic bureaucracy. Intelligent and bleak, this is Mungiu’s best depiction yet of a corrupt and oppressive society. PH

Perrier’s Bounty (Ian Fitzgibbon, 2009) 1.25am, Channel 4

This lighthearted Dublin-set crime drama has Cillian Murphy (as Michael) on the run from gangsters with his nervy neighbour Jodie Whittaker and his dad Jim Broadbent. With Brendan Gleeson stealing the show as the local kingpin, the wacky characters keep the action whizzing along. PH

Live sport

ODI Cricket: England v West Indies 12noon, Sky Sports Main Event. The fourth game of the series from The Oval.

Golf: British Masters 3pm, Sky Sports Golf. Coverage of the pro-am from Close House in Northumberland.

Uefa Champions League Football: Atlético Madrid v Chelsea 7pm, BT Sport 2. Coverage of the Group C clash at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.


Ben Arnold, Phil Harrison, Hannah J Davies, Jonathan Wright, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Graeme Virtue, Ali Catterall, Paul Howlett

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