There's a documentary about Irish people with neurological disorders, a new series about the cinema presented by Mark Kermode, and a Dispatches special about Facebook...

Pick of the day

My Broken Brain, 9.35pm, RTÉ One

This will not be an easy watch, but this documentary following Irish people who have been diagnosed with neurological disorders is essential viewing.

More than 700,000 people in Ireland suffer from some form of neurological condition.  With this number is set to increase as the population ages, the importance of brain research cannot be underestimated.

This documentary focuses on sufferers such as former actor and theatre producer Ronan Smith (60) from Blessington in Wicklow, who is living with Familial Alzheimer’s Disease, the genetic form of the disease.

Then there's Brian Byrne (40) from Swords in Dublin, who has very severe intractable epilepsy, which has affected him since infancy.  He has multiple seizures daily, and recently they have become more violent and life threatening.

Billy Reilly (47) was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in August 2015. Deeply involved in GAA all of his life, Billy is now in a wheelchair, and has little use of his legs, but can still use his arms and hands.

The documentary also features Professor Tim Lynch’s Neurological Institute in Dublin which treats patients with various movement disorders. Two such patients are Cynthia Gardner (50) and Gary Boyle (52), both of whom have an early onset of Parkinson’s Disease.

New or Returning Shows

Secrets of Cinema, 9.00pm, BBC Four

This looks a treat for anyone with a fondness for film.

In a major new five-part series, Mark Kermode presents what promises to be a richly entertaining personal guide to cinema, told through some of the most popular film genres, including rom-coms, heist movies, science fiction and more.

Kermode explores the film-making techniques and storytelling secrets of an eclectic selection of movies - from Hollywood classics to the best of global cinema and from big budget blockbusters to art-house gems.

He'll focus on a single well-loved genre in each episode, starting with one of the most popular of all. Sometimes sneered at by critics, but from the 1930s to the present day, some of our most beloved movies are rom-coms.

From Bringing Up Baby and The Lady Eve, Pretty Woman to Love, Actually (a particular Kermode favourite) - and recent hits such as The Big Sick and La La Land – he'll explore the cinematic tricks and techniques involved in creating a classic.

We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

The South Bank Show Originals, 11.00pm, Sky Arts & NOW TV

Melvyn Bragg opens the vast archive of The South Bank Show once again for a new 30-programme run.

Featuring comments by contemporary artists and critics, and recollections from Bragg himself about the encounters he has had over the years.

But it begins with a reflective look at episodes featuring celebrated comedians Billy Connolly and Joan Rivers.

Here's the, eh, original Originals trailer:

We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

Ending Tonight

Master of Photography, 8.00pm, Sky Arts & NOW TV

As Sky Arts’ competition reaches its conclusion, the three finalists get to grips with the European refugee crisis.

It’s one of the most critical and divisive humanitarian issues of recent years. Vast numbers of people, from asylum seekers to economic migrants, have arrived in the European Union since 2015.

In the final challenge of the series the photographers are tasked with observing the different faces of the refugees and understanding the issues they are facing.

Don't Miss

Inside Facebook: Secrets of the Social Network, 9.00pm, Channel 4

Dispatches goes undercover in the secretive world of the people who decide what can and can't be posted on the world's biggest social media site.

The investigation looks at how those decisions are made and explores the impact that they have on the millions of people who use Facebook – many of whom use it as their primary source for news.

Apparently there's going to be undercover footage from the company's Dublin office, making it that bit more relevant – as if it isn't already – to an Irish audience.

We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

Click here for full TV listings