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Wednesday’s best TV: Back; Norskov; The Apprentice

Back, Channel 4.
Back, Channel 4. Photograph: Mark Johnson/Channel 4

10pm, Channel 4

Final episode of the Mitchell and Webb comedy with a mysterious edge, and Andrew has a bizarre reaction when his fellow foster kids attend a memorial for Laurie. Naturally, his unease only makes Steven more determined to find out whether the self-styled prodigal son has something to hide – cue a stint in the library, where he makes a shock discovery. A strong ending to what has been a darkly comic series, and one that leaves the door ajar for another run. Hannah J Davies

Billion Dollar Deals and How They Changed Your World
8pm, BBC2

Jacques Peretti concludes his series by looking at how the concept of work has changed, with more sophisticated management surveillance and leisure time increasingly under siege. Although the rise of AI could mean we all have a great deal of free time, who determined this new culture? Peretti does a good job of restraining himself as he interviews cold-eyed “visionaries” such as former management consultant Tom Peters. David Stubbs

The Apprentice
9pm, BBC1

The entitled gaggle of besuited chumpery faces its second challenge from singed-tennis-ball-in-a-Rolls Alan Sugar. Interior design is the name of the tired-feeling game, as the bickering soon-to-be-Foxtons employees set out to make suites in a five-star hotel nicer than they already are. They encounter, and then blame each other for, various DIY snags along the way, before one twerp is sent unceremoniously packing. Entertaining hatewatch fodder, weaponised. Luke Holland

The Detectives: Murder on the Streets
9pm, BBC2

Concluding episode of this absorbing look at the work of the Greater Manchester Police as they pursue murder investigations. Tonight, the team are preparing to bring to trial their prime suspects in the murder of a homeless man. Their investigations lead to another case, no less dreadful: at a homeless shelter they visit, one of the residents has just confessed another murder, at nearby student accommodation, to horrified staff. Andrew Mueller

10.35pm, Channel 4

Even in the reputed social democratic paradise of Scandinavia, it seems there are left-behind places. One of these is the industrial port of Norskov in Denmark, where detective Tom Noack is a man going back to his roots. He’s also a cop on a mission, to clean up the town’s drug problem at the behest of the mayor, a childhood friend. In now-familiar Walter Presents style, the whole series will be available once this first episode has transmitted. Jonathan Wright

Chris Ramsey’s Stand Up Central
10pm, Comedy Central

Camden’s Electric Ballroom hosts another rapid-fire comedy blitz, with northern lad Ramsey clearly relishing his recent promotion to master of ceremonies. After putting the crowd at ease with an entertainingly wayward Aussie impression, Ramsey introduces compressed sets from rising motormouth Marlon Davis and beloved numbskull Lee Nelson, a delusional poseur whose swanky suit still has the security tag visibly attached. Graeme Virtue

999: On the Frontline
9pm, More4

There are so many programmes of this sort that it seems possible that more people are making documentaries about the emergency services than working for them. This, like many of the others, is nevertheless predictably gripping, following the ambulance crews of the West Midlands, whose working day is a cavalcade of life-altering drama for the public they meet. Tonight, these include a cyclist felled by an angry dog, and a man trapped by a broken leg. AM

Film choice

Locke (Steven Knight, 2013) Wednesday, 12.40am, Film4

Steve Knight’s gripping drama is set entirely inside a BMW on the motorway, the camera fixed on construction manager Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy). His air of calm control slowly erodes in a series of phone calls. His wife Katrina (voiced by Ruth Wilson) and kids expect him home in London to watch football, while Bethan (Olivia Colman), a woman he once slept with, tells him she’s about to have his baby; meanwhile, his building project is rapidly going pear-shaped. Paul Howlett

Vivre Sa Vie (Jean-Luc Godard, 1962) Wednesday, 2.20am, Film4

This early work from one of the masters of the French new wave is the story of Nana, a beautiful Parisian prostitute and frustrated actor. It is also the great cineaste’s portrait of his then wife, Anna Karina, who plays Nana. In Godard’s typical formulaic style, the action unfolds through 12 titled chapters, in which Nana lives her life: splitting with her partner; philosophising with sage Brice Parain about language and thought; and breaking into spontaneous, daft, jukebox dance. It’s a weighty, playful and brilliant exercise in vérité. PH

Starship Troopers (Paul Verhoeven, 1997) 10pm, Syfy

Based on a Robert A Heinlein novel, this is a clever, funny updating of 50s sci-fi B-movies. Verhoeven drops RoboCop’s armour-plated irony in favour of a deadpan picture of a fascist futureworld in which youngsters happily go to war. The film’s real attraction is pure, visceral violence: pretty kids fighting giant, mutated bugs in medieval space combat. Denise Richards, Casper Van Dien and Neil Patrick Harris are among the troopers. PH

Live sport

Tennis: The Shanghai Masters 6am, Sky Sports Main Event. Coverage of the third day’s play from China.

Cycling: Tour of Turkey 1pm, Eurosport 1. The second stage of the road race, journeying from Kumluca

to Fethiye.

Speedway: SGB Premiership 7.30pm, BT Sport 1. The second leg of the promotion and relegation-deciding Premiership playoff.

This article titled "Wednesday’s best TV: Back; Norskov; The Apprentice" was written by Hannah J Davies, David Stubbs, Luke Holland, Andrew Mueller, Jonathan Wright, Graeme Virtue, Paul Howlett, for The Guardian on Wednesday 11 October 2017 05.00am

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