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Maxwell’s House

9 p.m., BBC 2

This riveting documentary about one of the media world’s most outrageous family sagas opens with footage of the yacht on which newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell was vacationing when he suddenly disappeared while being confronted by d huge financial problems. Using first-hand accounts from those who worked with the Maxwells, as well as never-before-seen recordings, this three-part series shows us the world of power and secrets in which disgraced former socialite Ghislaine Maxwell grew up. We follow her story through to the present day, where she is caught up in perhaps the family’s most notorious scandal, after she was convicted in 2021 of recruiting and grooming teenage girls for sexual encounters with Jeffrey Epstein. Hollie Richardson

Scam interceptors

10 a.m. BBC One

A team of “ethical hackers” tracks scammers’ activity in real time for this new series. With a reassuring voice on the phone and a mumbling call center in the background, it’s easy to see why retired actress Belinda is seconds away from being convinced to unknowingly transfer her money to a fake account . TIME

Dispatches: Cadbury Exposed

8 p.m., Channel 4

A deeply uncomfortable watch for anyone looking forward to a visit from the Easter Bunny, Antony Barnett’s report explores the human cost of Cadbury’s chocolate treats. Barnett is undercover in Ghana, where he finds evidence of 10-year-olds working in poor conditions. Phil Harrison

On the road… Joe Lycett with James Acaster in Bilbao. Photo: Channel 4

Travel Man: 48 hours in the Basque Country

8:30 p.m., Channel 4

This is Joe Lycett’s first full series as the Travel Man, and he takes the lovable and clumsy James Acaster to Bilbao and San Sebastián. They spend most of their time making content noises while enjoying local delicacies including kalimotxo (red wine and cola), pintxos (fine bar snacks), oxtail sandwiches and the Basque version of tuna mayonnaise. TIME

Holding

9 p.m., TVI

It’s been a mighty ride for this adaptation of Graham Norton’s novel and it’s time to find out who killed Tommy Burke. As Mrs. Meany struggles not to think about the revelations of the past week, PJ struggles with his emotions as he attempts to bring the killer to justice. Hannah Verdier

Buying Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty

9 p.m., Atlantic Sky

The fun factual drama about the LA Lakers’ dominance over the National Basketball Association in the 1980s continues, covered in mature dialogue, retro visual effects and sex. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Solomon Hughes) is having less fun than us and is starting to doubt his place in the team. Jack Seale

Choice of movies

Robin Williams and Connie Nielsen in an hour-long pic
A life in front of the camera… Robin Williams and Connie Nielsen in One Hour Photo. Photography: 20 Century Fox/Allstar

One hour photo (Mark Romanek, 2002) 9 p.m., great! Movies

Mark Romanek doesn’t do many feature films — he’s best known as a director of music videos for Beyoncé and Jay-Z — so any movie from him is to be cherished. This thriller, shot in a striking range of color palettes, features Robin Williams in arguably his best performance. He plays Sy, a technician from a photo kiosk who prints photos for the public, including Nina by Connie Nielsen. Loner Sy idolizes Nina’s seemingly perfect family – he hunts them down by stealthily making copies of his fingerprints – so when he discovers a dark secret about them, his vicarious pleasure is shattered. Williams is cold here, with an unsettling stillness that belies his inner unhappiness. Simon Wardel

Monsters (Gareth Edwards, 2010) 7:15 p.m. CMA

The border regions of the United States and Mexico have been “infected” by huge octopus-like aliens and are now a war-torn no-go zone. This proves to be a problem for photojournalist Andrew (Scoot McNairy) when he is ordered to chaperone his boss’ daughter Sam (Whitney Able) in the United States. In Gareth Edwards’ inventive, low-budget sci-fi drama, their perilous journey through the detritus of conflict feels like a reportage. The chemistry of the protagonists (they were a couple at the time) only adds to the empathy. SW

Sweet Country (Warwick Thornton, 2018) 11:50 p.m., Film4

Warwick Thornton’s beautiful, unhurried drama explores colonial attitudes and Indigenous Australian life in the outback after World War I. Hamilton Morris plays Sam, a worker on a farm run by the considerate Fred (Sam Neill). Other white landowners are more racially antagonistic, and Sam and his wife Lizzie (Natassia Gorey-Furber) eventually flee, pursued by Bryan Brown’s copper. Thornton’s effortless style and inventive narrative changes make this much more than a history lesson. SW

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