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TV tonight: behind the scenes on a Covid ward in Coventry

·3-min read
<span>Photograph: Ryan McNamara/BBC</span>
Photograph: Ryan McNamara/BBC


9pm, BBC Two

This intense and in-depth medical docuseries returns to the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire trust as the Covid pandemic sets in. Having delivered the world’s first vaccine outside of a trial at the Coventry hospital, the staff are fighting to restore a typical service, even though the critical care unit is at capacity with seriously ill Covid patients. Soon, surgeons have to prioritise beds for major operations, leading to the death of a cardiac patient who is still on the waiting list. Ammar Kalia

All That Glitters: Britain’s Next Jewellery Star

8pm, BBC Two

The crafting contest reaches the semi-final stage. Once the four hopefuls have made a cuff bracelet, a couple who have had their engagement ring stolen commission them to make a new one using precious gems. Katherine Ryan keeps a close eye on the proceedings. Hannah Verdier

The Brit awards

8pm, ITV

Dua Lipa on stage in S&#xe3;o Paulo, Brazil
Back in the limelight... Dua Lipa. Photograph: Mauricio Santana/Getty Images

Permitted a live audience of 4,000 people at the O2 Arena in London as part of the government’s pilot of live events, the 2021 Brits could be the most entertaining awards show in a season otherwise dominated by dodgy video connections and awkward attendees. The previous winner – and 2021 nominee – Dua Lipa will perform. AK

Secrets of the Zoo

8pm, National Geographic Wild

A heady mixture of science and cuteness as this fourth series begins with three episodes this evening from Columbus Zoo in Ohio. There is drama straight away, as an unfortunate keeper has the daunting task of artificially inseminating an elephant. Meanwhile, a poorly cheetah fights for its life. Phil Harrison

The Money Maker

9pm, Channel 4

The entrepreneur Eric Collins is in Sussex for the second episode of this series following his investments into British companies during the pandemic. The Sussex Kitchen, an artisanal bakery, is nearing bankruptcy; Collins must convince the CEO, Alex, to ditch wholesale business and focus on local opportunities. AK

Naked Attraction

10pm, Channel 4

Another visit to the living anxiety dream where your chance for happiness can be denied on the strength of a stranger whimsically judging your genitals. Making flesh-based choices tonight are a car enthusiast from Norfolk and an entrepreneur from London, all guided by Anna Richardson. Jack Seale

Film choice

High Society (Charles Walters, 1956), 1.30pm, TCM Movies
What a swell party this is. MGM’s ebullient 1956 musical remake of The Philadelphia Story, directed by Charles Walters, has a fizzy Cole Porter score and a slick cast – none more high society than Grace Kelly, plus Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. The latter is in the Cary Grant role of the man scheming to woo his ex. Effortless fun. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Tennis: Italian Open 9am, Amazon Prime Video. Round of 64 matches in the men’s and women’s singles, including Britain’s Johanna Konta versus Jeļena Ostapenko of Latvia.

Cycling: Giro d’Italia 11am, Eurosport 1. Stage four coverage, featuring a 186km (116-mile) course from Piacenza to Sestola.

Premier League football: Southampton v Crystal Palace 8pm, Sky Sports Main Event. The Eagles travel to the south coast to face the Saints.

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