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Great Continental Railway Journeys

8pm, BBC Two

Michael Portillo continues to indulge his penchant for train travel, taking an unusually personal tack in this series as he explores his father’s native Spain with a 1936 edition of his Bradshaw’s Continental Railway Guide. Beginning in Salamanca, where his leftwing father was an academic, Portillo hears of the violent chaos caused by General Franco’s rise to power that would ultimately cause his father to flee the country and settle in England. Ammar Kalia

Paul O’Grady for the Love of Dogs: What Happened Next

8pm, ITV

Paul O’Grady has been visiting Battersea Dogs & Cats Home for eight years. In that time, he has encountered some memorable waifs and strays. Tonight, we see Chester, who was badly injured when he first met O’Grady, and Louis, a labrador who is now at medical detection school. Phil Harrison

What We Were Watching: Summer TV Classics

9pm, BBC Four

Guardian columnist Grace Dent hosts another archive-led mosey around the world of retro TV, this time on the shows that defined bygone summers. From happy holiday camping to race relations, it’s as much about social change as it is the joys of watching. Hannah J Davies

Mrs America

9pm, BBC Two

Davhi Waller’s star-studded dramatisation of the fight to ratify the equal rights amendment to the US constitution in the 1970s approaches its final episodes. In tonight’s double bill, we reach 1977 and the first National Women’s Convention as the ERA is almost fully ratified. Yet Phyllis persists. Concludes tomorrow. AK

Anne: The Princess Royal at 70

9pm, ITV

The Queen’s only daughter hasn’t exactly been what you’d call a “fairytale princess”. (Perhaps non-coincidentally, she’s also the royal many non-royalists profess to admire.) To mark her 70th birthday, she has granted access to discuss a life in which “sitting still doesn’t happen very much”. Ali Catterall

Coroner

9pm, Sky Witness

A second season for this supernatural Canadian drama starring Serinda Swan as the titular coroner, Jenny Cooper, who investigates suspicious deaths. In tonight’s opener, Cooper comes to terms with having an empty nest while a raging fire in a tower block leads her to a mysterious young woman. AK

Film choice

Moody monochrome … Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig in Cold War.



Moody monochrome … Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig in Cold War. Photograph: PR Company Handout

Cold War (Paweł Pawlikowski, 2018), 9pm, Film4

Inspired by the lives of his parents, Paweł Pawlikowski crafts a melancholy tale of love during the cold war. Shot in moody monochrome, it opens in rural, communist Poland in 1949, where Tomasz Kot’s pianist Wiktor is smitten by Joanna Kulig’s young singer Zula; their relationship soon stretches across borders. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Norwegian Football: Sarpsborg 08 v FK Haugesund 4.55pm, Eurosport 1. A game in Norway’s Eliteserien.

Italian Football: Cagliari v Juventus 8.40pm, Premier Sports. Top-flight Serie A clash.

Major League Baseball: Texas Rangers v Arizona Diamondbacks 9pm, BT Sport 1. An inter-league match.

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