Thursday’s best TV – Vitamin Pills: Miracle or Myth?; Sally4Ever

Dr Giles Yeo examines the food supplement industry for Horizon, while Julia Davis’s latest series promises to be her filthiest yet

Vitamin Pills: Miracle or Myth?

9pm, BBC Two
For 30 million of us, gulping a food supplement has become a ritual, either as a reassuring daily sacrament at the church of wellbeing or a pre‑emptive backstop against perceived lifestyle sins ahead. But are these miracle pills truly filling in vital nutritional gaps in the average diet? For Horizon, Dr Giles Yeo examines the alpha and omega-3 of an industry that began as a health craze five decades ago and questions whether there is enough scrutiny of a business now worth £400m in the UK alone. Graeme Virtue

100 Days to Victory

8pm, BBC Two
In March 1918, German victory was so close that the kaiser declared the 24th a national holiday. What is that phrase about counting chickens? The allies rallied with a “combined arms” tactic that would usher in the birth of modern warfare, as this excellent (and unusually gritty) two-part drama-documentary relates. Ali Catterall

First Dates: Celebrity Special for Stand Up to Cancer

9pm, Channel 4
Fred and his charming staff open their doors for a celeb special. Among those booking a table are ex-Goggleboxer Sandra Martin, confusingly monickered socialite Lady Colin Campbell and the plain confused Joey Essex. Can any find their perfect match amid a host of “normies”? Gwilym Mumford

Berlin Station

9pm, More4
This new contemporary spy drama follows the adventures of CIA operatives on the world stage looking into moles, terrorism and political corruption. Richard Armitage stars as the officer Daniel Miller, mentored by the world-weary Hector DeJean (Rhys Ifans). Tonight, Miller travels to Berlin to uncover the identity of a whistleblower. David Stubbs

The Bi Life

9pm, E!
The time feels right for the charismatic Courtney Act to launch “the UK’s first bisexual+ reality dating show”. As is standard procedure, the cast have been shipped to a villa (this time in Barcelona) in the hope that they will all get to know each other far too well. In the first episode, they go blind dating. Hannah Verdier


10pm, Sky Atlantic
Julia Davis’s latest series stars Catherine Shepherd (Peep Show) as a suburbanite who ditches her wet-blanket fiance (Alex Macqueen) for Davis’s free-spirit artist. One graphic and comically overlong sex scene aside, nothing in this opener reaches Nighty Night’s pitch-black peaks, but you suspect it is just getting started. GM

Film choice

Timothy Spall and Marion Bailey in Mr Turner
Timothy Spall and Marion Bailey in Mr Turner. Photograph: Film4/Allstar

Mr Turner (Mike Leigh, 2014), 11.20pm, Film4
In Mike Leigh’s portrait of the artist, JMW Turner (Timothy Spall) is an abrasive master, his profound love for his father balanced by shabby treatment of women. Only his muse, Sophia Booth (Marion Bailey), is respected. They inhabit a Victorian world of high minds and low life, with Spall’s all-too-human genius its beating heart. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Europa League football: Sporting Lisbon v Arsenal 5.15pm, BT Sport 2. Arsenal travel to the Estádio José Alvalade. Chelsea v Bate Borisov follows at 8pm.
Cycling: Six Day London 7.55pm, Eurosport 1. The third day of the track event.
World Golf Championships 5am, Sky Sports Main Event. Day two from Shanghai’s Sheshan International golf club.


Graeme Virtue, Ali Catterall, Gwilym Mumford, David Stubbs, Hannah Verdier and Paul Howlett

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