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TV — Thursday

Pick of the day

Madeleine McCann: The Hunt For The Prime Suspect 9PM, ITV ★★★★

Most of us know about the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann (pictured) from a holiday flat in Portugal 13 years ago. There have been false sightings and conspiracy theories, but no strong clues in the case - until convicted sex offender Christian B, 43, was named prime suspect in June. Julie Etchingham leads this investigation into why it has taken so long for the German man, who was living nearby at the time, to be linked to Madeleine’s disappearance. Be prepared for some disturbing details as the case deepens.

Wonders Of The Coast Path 8PM, ITV ★★★

From just outside Chester to Chepstow, the 870-mile Wales Coast Path has truly incredible views. In this new series, Sean Fletcher travels the route, meeting locals on the way. In part one, he heads towards Anglesey to look for natterjack toads, visit a prehistoric copper mine and prepare some freshly farmed oysters.

Inside Britain’s Food Factories 8.30PM, ITV ★★★

We all have our favourite food brands, but have you ever wondered just how the most popular items are made? Here’s a chance to find out as this first of a new series reveals the secrets of the Wagon Wheels factory, and shows how perfect pork pies are produced in Melton Mowbray.

Dear NHS Superstars 9PM, BBC1 ★★★★

The staff of the NHS have shown how invaluable they are in recent times, but they have always been an essential part of our lives. In this funny and touching one-off, famous faces including Lenny Henry, Adrian Lester, Katie Piper and Konnie Huq pay homage to those who have helped them over the years.

New channel: Sky Cinema Animation

● Premiering tonight (7.15pm, also on Sky Premiere at the same time), The Angry Birds Movie 2 (centre) is a follow-up to the 2016 hit, which was inspired by an addictive smartphone game. This time, sworn enemies pigs and birds call a truce when there’s a new foe on the block - an eagle armed with destructive ice balls.

● Adorably loyal Jack Russell terrier Max (pictured) is the star of another sequel, The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (Friday, 7pm), featuring a gaggle of fun and furry animals. In the first film, Max had to contend with a slobbering new canine housemate; this time, it’s his owners’ young son.

More highlights in coming weeks: Yellow sidekicks the Minions steal the show in Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2; the Bricksburg heroes return for a gag-filled follow-up in The Lego Movie 2; and Viking Hiccup hunts for a dragon Utopia in How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

● The new channel means a number of Sky Cinema channels have changed numbers and you may have to retune your Sky and Virgin boxes.

Movie choice

The Spanish Main (1945) U ● 1.45PM, BBC2 ★★★

Maureen O’Hara swashbuckles with the best of them in this high-seas adventure, starring as the unwilling bride who teams up with Paul Henreid’s pirate. The script underwent an overhaul by the celebrated screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, who co-wrote Citizen Kane with Orson Welles.

The Blues Brothers (1980) 15 ◆ 9PM, ITV4 ★★★★

Anarchic musical comedy classic from John Landis. Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) tear around town in matching suits, shades and porkpie hats, trying to save the orphanage they grew up in from closure in the most chaotic, funny and irresponsible of ways.

Sweet Country (2017) 15 ◆ 9PM, FILM4 ★★★★

Australian western, set in the Northern Territory in the late 1920s. Sam Neill stars as a fair, egalitarian ranch owner; around him, the tension between the white settlers and indigenous Australians erupts into violence. Beautifully shot, touching and powerful.