TV tonight: the troubling history of Ghislaine Maxwell

Barbara Shearer’s docuseries aims to get to the heart of the socialite’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. Plus: Jo Whiley is backstage at Worthy Farm. Here’s what to watch this evening

Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell

9pm, Sky Documentaries

Barbara Shearer directs this three-part investigation into daughter of controversial media baron Robert Maxwell and close friend of sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. We open following Maxwell’s 2019 arrest and accusation of aiding Epstein in his abuse of minors before tracing her reputation as a New York socialite. In the wake of Epstein’s death, his victims describe how Maxwell went to ground and was sought out as holding the key to Epstein’s criminal operations. Ammar Kalia

Galapagos: Enchanted Isle

6pm, Nat Geo Wild

Inspiration for Darwin’s theory of evolution, the volcanic archipelago of the Galapagos islands have long held a fascinating allure for biologists and travellers. This nature documentary catalogues some of the remarkable creatures that make up this evolutionary playground, including giant tortoises. AK

Live at Worthy Farm: Backstage

9pm, BBC Two

Headliners Coldplay perform.
Headliners Coldplay perform. Photograph: Anna Barclay

Jo Whiley presents this documentary exploring how the Glastonbury team put together their first festival livestream in May. She interviews performers including Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Kano and Roisin Murphy, as well as Emily Eavis, who explains the toll covid has taken. AK

The Handmaid’s Tale

9pm, Channel 4

June’s plotting one last act of poisonous revenge before she escapes to a safe house, which is gloriously risky but set to a triumphant Bowie soundtrack. Serena’s also under arrest, taking her further away from her daughter, and in Toronto a fundraiser is held to honour June’s efforts to help the escaping kids. Hannah Verdier

I Am A Mutoid: A Glastonbury Hero

11.15pm, BBC Four

Joe Rush and his Mad Max-ready “mutoid” tribe have been making subversive work out of scrap metal for decades, including erecting a towering Carhenge at Glasto in 1987. Drawing from a rich VHS archive, Letmiya Sztalryd’s film welds together a suitably spiky portrait of a singular artist. Graeme Virtue


12midnight, Channel 4

The realpolitik calculations of Kansas City crime boss Loy Cannon (Chris Rock) have been solid so far, but he doesn’t seem to account for the almighty power of brotherly – or motherly – love. Schemes also go awry this episode for Oraetta the killer nurse. Perhaps some baked goods could sweeten the deal? Ellen E Jones

Film choice

Anita & Me.
Anita & Me. Photograph: AA Film Archive/Alamy

Anita & Me 1am, BBC Two

Meera Syal adapted her own novel for Metin Hüseyin’s engaging coming-of-age comedy. Chandeep Uppal’s Meena is the 12-year-old daughter of Punjabi immigrants in an early-70s Black Country village, where she falls into the orbit of Anna Brewster’s Anita, an older girl with a rebellious streak. Simon Wardell

Live sport

Rugby Union: England A v Scotland A 1.30pm, Channel 4. Non-Lions squads go head to head at Welford Road.

F1: The Styrian Grand Prix 1.55pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Eighth round of the season at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.

Football: Uefa Euro 2020 4.30pm, BBC One. Last-16 match, followed by another at 7.30pm.


Ammar Kalia, Hannah Verdier, Graeme Virtue, Ellen E Jones and Simon Wardell

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