TV tonight: a deep dig into Tesla’s electric car revolution

By Hollie Richardson, Phil Harrison, Graeme Virtue, Ali Catterall and Simon Wardell
Darragh MacIntyre in Panorama: The Electric Car Revolution, BBC One.
Supply chain ground zero … Darragh MacIntyre in Panorama: The Electric Car Revolution, BBC One. Photograph: Seamus McCracken/BBC

Panorama: The Electric Car Revolution – Winners and Losers

7.30pm, BBC One

Elon Musk’s Tesla is a trillion-dollar car company that’s valued at more than all the other major car makers put together. Just about digested that? It’s time to investigate any dark truths behind the electric car revolution with reporter Darragh MacIntyre, who wants to know where Tesla gets the rare metal for its car batteries and how ethical its supply chain is. He meets the African nuns who say Musk needs to do more to protect some of the poorest people on the planet. Hollie Richardson

Between the Covers

7.30pm, BBC Two

Ben Miller, Kacey Ainsworth, Robert Rinder and Sindhu Vee join bookworm host Sara Cox to review Still Life by Sarah Winman and the Booker-longlisted Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. HR

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

8pm, ITV

O’Grady is back with more dogs that – unless you have a heart of stone – will win you over. Daisy is a poorly Shih-tzu pup who needs a life-saving operation; energetic mixed-breed Lizzie needs to be tamed, and two timid chihuahuas, Marley and Maisy, struggle to come out of their shells. HR

Shetland

9pm, BBC One

This series concludes as it began: Douglas Henshall’s lugubrious Jimmy Perez is once again juggling family trauma and the demands of his job. This time, his father’s problems are feeding into his work, bringing him to an upsetting realisation about the Galbraith case. Another fine run, with idyllic scenery and human darkness offsetting each other perfectly. Phil Harrison

Backyard delight … Grand Designs: House of the Year.
Backyard delight … Grand Designs: House of the Year. Photograph: Kilian O’Sullivan/Channel 4

Grand Designs: House of the Year

9pm, Channel 4

Kevin McCloud, design expert Michelle Ogundehin and architect Damion Burrows nose around five more fancy homes that have been longlisted for the 2021 Riba House of the Year award. Each covetable property showcases an uncommon building material, from weathering steel to kiln-dried Danish oak. Graeme Virtue

Comedians Giving Lectures

9pm, Dave

Sara Pascoe introduces three more comedians putting their own spin on pre-existing lectures. Babatunde Aleshe poses that perennial question: “Are the Illuminati real?” and Jessica Fostekew explores “The brain-changing benefits of exercise”. Josh Widdicombe asks: “Is living in the countryside for you?” (“Yes, it’s brilliant … ”) Ali Catterall

Film choice

Put ’em up … Valentina Schevchenko and Halle Berry in Bruised.
Put ’em up … Valentina Schevchenko and Halle Berry in Bruised. Photograph: John Baer/Netflix

Bruised (Halle Berry, 2021), Netflix
Halle Berry makes her directorial debut with this largely compelling drama, doubling up as its lead. She plays Jackie Justice, an alcoholic former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter who is drawn back into the mixed martial arts cage when she has to take care of the son she abandoned. Personal redemption through sporting success isn’t the most original angle, but this is clearly a passion project for Berry, and she keeps the mood downbeat and gritty, particularly in the fight scenes, which are convincingly brutal. Simon Wardell

Silent Running (Douglas Trumbull, 1972), 1pm, Horror Channel
Douglas Trumbull’s sci-fi fable is – as you would expect from the special effects master behind 2001: A Space Odyssey – a pleasure to look at, but at the film’s heart is an environmental message that outgrew its counterculture origins to become globally relevant today. Bruce Dern plays Freeman Lowell, a botanist on a spaceship that contains a biodome full of samples of Earth’s near-extinct plant life. When the order comes to destroy the dome, Lowell rebels (“They can’t blow up this forest!”), enlisting his three little robot helpers to ensure the survival of his precious green domain. SW

Live sport

Uefa Champions League Football: Manchester City v Paris Saint-Germain 7pm, BT Sport 2. Lionel Messi visits the Etihad Stadium. Liverpool v Porto is on BT Sport 3 from 7.15pm.


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