TV tonight: The Real Thing and the birth of British soul

<span>Photograph: George Wilkes Archive/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: George Wilkes Archive/Getty Images

Everything: The Real Thing Story
9pm, BBC Four

Holders of the first UK No 1 single by an all-black British band, The Real Thing came to formulate the sound of British soul with their 1976 hit You To Me Are Everything. This film, featuring interviews with the likes of broadcaster Trevor Nelson, singer Billy Ocean and members of the group, charts their rise from a racially divided working-class neighbourhood of Liverpool in the early 1960s to finding their own sound amid the white surge of punk in the capital in the mid-70s. Ammar Kalia

Ancient China from Above
7pm, National Geographic

Every good school pupil knows the Great Wall of China is visible from space, but this new series takes things even further, using satellite imagery to uncover evidence that the world’s largest artificial structure was originally even longer. The archaeologist Allan Maca investigates. Graeme Virtue

Unreported World
7.30pm, Channel 4

Channel 4’s current affairs strand returns for a new series, this week examining the strange world of Japanese “junior idols” – young women who dress up as schoolgirls to perform for audiences made up largely of middle-aged men. Marcel Theroux interviews performers about their experiences. AK

The Virus: What Went Wrong?
8.10pm, PBS America

With Trump’s seesawing attitude and coronavirus claiming more than 150,000 lives in the US, this engrossing and often shocking doc traces the Trump administration’s slow and disbelieving response, which may ultimately have ramifications for all of us in the future. AK

Miriam Margolyes: Almost Australian
9pm, BBC Two

The actor’s brief travelogue ends with visits to miners, a landowner, a conservationist couple and kids protesting the climate crisis. All are met with, and soon melted by, Margolyes’s brusquely affectionate curiosity: this kind of light-factual telly needs more of her kind of free thought. Jack Seale

The Young Offenders
9.30pm, BBC One

Amid all the juvenile delinquency depicted in this Irish sitcom, it’s Connor’s mum Mairead (Hilary Rose) who’s the most recidivist scene-stealer. She almost manages to nab an entire episode for herself here, by convincing the lads to attend a therapy session in Dublin. But will they make it? Ellen E Jones

Film choice

The Danish Girl (10.45pm, ITV)

Tom Hooper’s elegant drama tells the story of Lili Elbe, a Danish artist who was born Einar Wegener and, in 1930, became one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Eddie Redmayne handles the transition charmingly, with Alicia Vikander as Einar’s wife Gerda, who unwittingly inspired her partner’s change. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Test Cricket: England v Pakistan. 10.30am, Sky Sports Main Event Third day of the first Test.

Cycling: Tour de l’Ain. 1pm, Eurosport 2 Stage one coverage.

International Football: Manchester City v Real Madrid. 7pm, BT Sport 2 Champions League Round of 16 clash.