TV tonight: sniffy Thatcher drags her feet on the Aids epidemic

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10pm, Sky Documentaries

“This government has been dragging its feet on Aids because of your distaste for the whole subject,” remarks a TV interviewer to Margaret Thatcher in the second episode of this brilliant three-part documentary series. The programme retraces the government’s response to skyrocketing HIV/Aids death rates in the mid-1980s, speaking with former health secretary Norman Fowler who was behind the Don’t Die of Ignorance campaign, while Rev Richard Coles, Lisa Power and other LGBTQ+ guests recall the community’s reaction to it. Hollie Richardson

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

8pm, ITV

Tonight’s dose of wholesome doggy goodness includes an overly eager German shepherd puppy who doesn’t know how to calm down, and a terrified west highland terrier that is too scared to step outside the house. HR

Grand Designs: House of the Year

9pm, Channel 4

Before the winner is revealed, there’s one more category of shortlisted mega-dwellings to peruse: homes that reinvent old buildings. Ingenious takes on an oast house, a country manor, a school and two London family homes arouse Kevin McCloud’s lyrical pieces to camera. Jack Seale

Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol

9pm, Sky Max

For all of the flaws in Dan Brown’s writing style, there’s no denying that his 2009 novel has acquired new resonance in the light of the many conspiracy theories that currently swirl around our global discourse. As this workmanlike adaptation continues, Katherine joins forces with Sato and her search for her father enters a new phase. Phil Harrison

Live at the Apollo

10pm, BBC Two

Comedians Angela Barnes, Sarah Keyworth and Tim Renkow take to the well-trodden London stage with observations on underachieving childhood sweethearts, being misgendered on dates and the dos and don’ts of breastfeeding. Henry Wong

Irresistible … Little Simz at the Mobo Awards.
Irresistible … Little Simz at the Mobo Awards. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Mobo Awards 2021: Access All Areas

10.35pm, BBC One

DJ Target presents highlights from the annual awards show celebrating music of Black origin, streaming in full on YouTube. Nominees this year include Dave – who has continued to inject his wordplay-heavy rap with sharp political commentary on his second album – and the bold and irresistible Little Simz. Hannah J Davies

Live sport

Champions League Football Zenit St Petersburg v Chelsea
5pm, BT Sport 3
Manchester United v Young Boys 7pm, BT Sport 2.

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