TV tonight: the crowdfunding power to save children's lives

Save My Child
8pm, Channel 4

A paean to the NHS – when it isn’t overstretched – and to the power of crowdfunding, this documentary follows two families as they fundraise in their communities for life-changing surgery for their children. Six-year-old Pranav needs £100,000 to pay for an operation that could enable him to walk despite his cerebral palsy, while in Northern Ireland, 15-year-old Mia is trying to raise £32,000 for surgery to correct the curvature of her spine. Heart-warming and heart-rending in equal measure. Ammar Kalia

Gold Digger
9pm, BBC One

It’s mid-point in the melodrama. Will the anniversary of Marsha’s husband’s death inspire forgiveness in Julia? Not on your nelly: Benjamin’s arrival plunges Jules into paranoia and Marsha is dispatched. She entraps the would-be gigolo and leaves him with nowhere left to hide. Ali Catterall

Tutankhamun With Dan Snow
9pm, Channel 5

In the first of this three-part series about the ancient Egyptian boy king, each presenter has their role. Archaeologist Raksha Dave visits a dig in the Valley of the Kings, historian Dan Snow is examining the mummies in Cairo, and journalist John Sergeant is sampling the pharaoh’s diet. Ellen E Jones

Ray Donovan
9pm, Sky Atlantic

The ultimate fixer ... Ray Donovan.

The ultimate fixer … Ray Donovan. Photograph: Paul Sarkis/Showtime

Ray’s decision to bring his father to the FBI looks set to underpin the seventh season of this nuanced Los Angeles drama. But this week, Donovan faces more immediate concerns: how is he going to get Detective Perry off his case? Elsewhere, Bunchy finds himself thrust into the spotlight after a raid on his pharmacy. Phil Harrison

The Trouble With Naipaul
10pm, BBC Four

Winner of the Booker and the Nobel prizes, VS Naipaul is one of the 20th century’s most lauded authors. Yet his admitted violence towards his lover and dismissal of entire cultures cause many to dismiss him as outdated and prejudiced. Dr Shahidha Bari asks whether we should stop reading him. AK

8 Days
10pm, Sky Atlantic

If the new War of the Worlds adaptation isn’t dystopian enough for you, this Sky Deutschland original is set in the eight days before a 40km-wide meteor obliterates Europe. The continent has a crisis on its hands as we follow the efforts of ordinary families to escape and the police to keep some form of order. AK

Film choice

Road trip with a difference … Tom Hardy in Locke.

Road trip with a difference … Tom Hardy in Locke.

Locke, 1.30am, Film4
Not your average road movie: Steven “Peaky Blinders” Knight’s gripping 2013 drama is set entirely inside a BMW on the motorway. The camera is fixed on construction manager Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy), whose air of calm control is slowly eroded by a series of phone calls from his wife, Katrina (Ruth Wilson), and panicked work colleagues. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Champions League football: Tottenham Hotspur v Olympiacos 7pm, BT Sport 2. A Group B match from London.

Championship football: Reading v Leeds United 7.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event. From the Madejski Stadium.

Champions League football: Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain 8pm, BT Sport/ESPN. A crucial Group A match.


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