Pick of the day: Horizon Special: The Vaccine
9 p.m., BBC Two
“If you plan to vaccinate seven billion people, you better get it right,” says one of the scientists who took action to create a vaccine against a virus no one had heard of before . It’s the extraordinary inner story of the unprecedented quest to develop vaccines to fight Covid-19, with unique access to five teams of scientists from around the world, including those behind the Pfizer / BioNTech, Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccines and Moderna that many of us had injected into our arms. The documentary follows their processes from research to testing and mass production, achieving in a matter of months what typically takes 10 to 15 years.
MOTD Live: UEFA Euro 2020
4 p.m., BBC One
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Turkey vs Wales (kick-off 5:00 p.m.). Gabby Logan presents all the action in Baku. The two countries have never met in a major tournament final before, and their last match was in August 1997 – a memorable World Cup qualifier in Istanbul that finished 6-4 against the team. local. Wales interim manager Robert Page starred in that one.
The Great British Sewing Bee
9 p.m., BBC One
It’s the finale, and there has surely been no doubt in recent weeks that the highlight would include Serena and Raph, with Rebecca as the self-proclaimed underdog. The appropriate theme is “celebration,” with the challenge of the boss (traditionally Serena’s fort) being to make a bridesmaid dress for a little girl. The transformation challenge is to create a festival outfit (like in Glastonbury) from household items such as cushion covers and curtains. Finally, after a tearful reunion with the friends who serve as their models, the hitherto isolated trio must create an off-the-shoulder dress worthy of the red carpet. “Something that’s basically blowing our heads,” Esme says.
9 p.m., Sky One
Continuing the second and final season of the dark comedy-tinged thriller about Malcolm Bright, a criminal profiler (played by Tom Payne) who consults, Thesilenceofthelambs-style, with his father (Michael Sheen), a convicted serial killer. “I know of another killer who bled his victim blank,” Malcolm told his NYPD boss when a priest is found hanging upside down with his blood drained. Yes, that person is Malcolm’s incarcerated dad, Martin, who suggests a conversation with his prison mate – a mass murderer named Friar Pete.
In the footsteps of the killers
10 p.m., Canal 4
This week, Emilia Fox and criminologist Professor David Wilson investigate Suzy Lamplugh’s disappearance – although they come to the case of the real estate agent kidnapped in July 1986 in the wake of the fairly recent Sky and Channel 5 documentaries on the subject. Viewers drawn to the topic may already be familiar with Fox and Wilson’s prime suspect.
Undercover in the Secret State of Africa: Dispatches
11:05 p.m., Channel 4
Over the past two decades, more than half a million Eritreans have fled their homelands to East Africa, escaping one of the world’s most repressive and secretive dictatorships. Reporting in Eritrea is almost impossible, but for over five years Evan Williams has been collecting footage secretly filmed inside the country and interviewing some of those who escaped. Here he documents allegations of torture, arbitrary detention and indefinite forced conscription into military service.
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