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Addicted to Painkillers? Britain’s Opioid Crisis

9pm, BBC Two

The US has been struggling with an opioid epidemic since the over-prescribing of powerful painkillers began in the 1990s. Now, it seems as if the crisis could have reached the UK. Dr Michael Mosley investigates how chronic pain treatments can lead to addiction, as well as meeting those such as Brenda who believes she couldn’t have functioned with her back pain for the past 15 years without regular doses of morphine. An eye-opener on how easily vital medicines can be abused. Ammar Kalia

Baby Chimp Rescue

8pm, BBC Two

Prepare to coo embarrassingly at your television screen as this series follows the running of the only chimpanzee rescue centre in Liberia, founded by husband and wife Jimmy and Jenny Desmond, who are on a mission to stop the illegal pet trade there by housing 28 orphaned chimps in their own home. AK

The Supervet: Noel Fitzpatrick

8pm, Channel 4

This show is even more emotive now it has boosted its use of interviews and home movies to tell us what’s at stake for the ailing pets’ worried owners. Tonight: a staffy born with deformed legs, a French bulldog with sudden paralysis and a cat who’s been shot. Fitzpatrick certainly has his work cut out. Jack Seale

Welcome to HMP Belmarsh With Ross Kemp

9pm, ITV

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Straight to Hellmarsh … Ross Kemp samples life in a UK maximum security prison. Photograph: ITV

“Hellmarsh”, as one anonymous prisoner puts it, sums up one of the UK’s most notorious jails nicely, where war criminals rub shoulders with convicted terrorists and gang members. In this final part of the series, Kemp visits an isolated unit where anti-Islamic inmates are separated. Ali Catterall

The All-Inclusive: How Do They Do It?

9pm, Channel 5

It is “the real Benidorm” as we follow holidaymakers for a week’s stay in a three-star Costa Blanca resort. The Green family insist on value for money, the Wests would rather be camping and a group of sun-seeking ladies from Crewe are surrounded by screaming kids. Ellen E Jones

Einstein’s Quantum Riddle

9pm, BBC Four

Quantum entanglement, the phenomenon of two particles being connected at a distance, is an idea Einstein rejected, yet teams of scientists are now experimenting to prove this mysterious theory. It is a discovery that could revolutionise our understanding of reality. AK

Film choice

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Head for the hills … Toby Kebell and Paddy Considine in Dead Man’s Shoes.

Dead Man’s Shoes (Shane Meadows, 2004) 11.20pm, Film4

Meadows’s grim revenge movie stars Paddy Considine as a paratrooper coming home to wreak vengeance on the bullies who persecuted his vulnerable brother (Toby Kebbell). They’re a sad bunch of lowlifes, apart from former boxer Gary Stretch as gang leader Sonny. It’s a bleak business. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Test Cricket: South Africa v England 7.30am, Sky Sports Main Event. The first day of the third Test at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth.

Big Bash Cricket: Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes 8am, BT Sport 1. Australian T20 league action.

Snooker: The Masters 1pm, BBC Two. The opening quarter-final at Alexandra Palace.

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