HBO's controversial Michael Jackson documentary lands on Channel 4, Richard Gere heads the cast in new drama MotherFatherSon, and Ed Westwick's back in White Gold . . .

Pick of the Day

Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson and Me, 9.00pm, Channel 4

This highly controversial, two-part documentary from HBO explores the separate but parallel experiences of two young boys, James 'Jimmy' Safechuck and Wade Robson, who were both befriended by Michael Jackson.

Aged just ten and seven, they and their families were invited into Jackson's unique world, entranced by the singer's fairy-tale existence as his career reached its peak and he became the most famous person on the planet.

Through interviews with Safechuck and Robson, now in their 30s and 40s, as well as their mothers, wives and siblings, director Dan Reed's film presents a portrait of sustained abuse, and explores the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences.

The concluding part will be broadcast tomorrow (Thursday) at 9.00pm.

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New or Returning Shows

White Gold, 11.15pm, BBC Two

Former Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick returns in this comedy about Vincent Swan, the amoral, double-standard, double glazing salesman making his way in 1980s Essex.

It's 1985 and eight months have passed since Swan (Westwick) teamed up with gangster Ronnie (Lee Ross) and forced his boss Walshy (Nigel Lindsay) to sell Cachet Windows to them for a measly pound coin.

But after a brief honeymoon period, it turns out having a massively dangerous and violent criminal for a boss isn’t that much fun.

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Traveller's Guide, 9.35pm, RTÉ One

This promises to be quite a ground-breaking (and certainly fascinating) new documentary series that sees Irish travellers live with other nomadic and indigenous tribes from across the world.

In the first episode, Paddy Collins leaves a halting site in Finglas to experience life with the Wauja people of the Xingu River, deep in the heart of Brazil's Amazon basin.

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The Sinner, 10.30pm, TG4

The far-fetched-but-fun USA Network anthology crime drama based on the novel of the same name by German crime writer Petra Hammesfahr and starring Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman arrives on Irish terrestrial TV.

Detective Harry Ambrose (Pullman) delves into the past of a troubled young mother (Biel), in order to determine why she fatally stabbed a man during a beach trip but has no memory of why she committed the crime.

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James May's Big Trouble in Model Britain, 9.00pm, BBC Four

This two-part documentary, introduced and narrated by model train enthusiast James May, follows a year inside Hornby Hobbies - an iconic British toymaker on the brink of collapse.

But this is no ordinary business series - this is a series about model train and plane obsessives, both inside and outside the company, all of whom desperately need the company to survive.

The Supervet, 8.00pm, Channel 4

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick gears up for what promises to be an extraordinary range of new challenges.

In this episode, Rob and Mel have made the five hour journey from Cornwall with Koa, their six-month-old Bouvier des Flandres - a bundle of puppy energy who's suffering from a badly-deformed back leg, which is also too short, causing significant pain.

Amputation or euthanasia are explained as options, but the family ask Noel to do his best to save the limb.

This old clip still looks amazing and sums up this massively emotional show:

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Ending Tonight

The Real Marigold on Tour, 9.00pm, BBC One

In the last adventure of the current run, Paul Nicholas and Rosemary Shrager are joined by comedy duo Ian and Janette Tough, better known as The Krankies.

Together they are travelling over 5,000 miles to experience the secrets of a happy retirement in Mexico.

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Gino's Coastal Italian Escape, 8.30pm, Virgin Media Two

As the season comes to an end, the much-traveled chef Gino D'Acampo heads to the rather beautiful Aeolian Islands.

There he discovers that there's an awful lot to eat and admire on the contrasting islands of Salina and Panarea, where the local culinary staples have greatly contributed to the hearty Italian diet.

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New to Download

Secret City: Under the Eagle: Season 2, Netflix

The Australian political thriller set in a world of secrets, lies, murder and betrayal - and based on the best-selling novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code by Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis - returns.

Journalist Harriet Dunkley (played by former Fringe star Anna Torv) finds herself enmeshed in a conspiracy while striving to clear the name of a former cellmate accused of murder.

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Don't Miss

MotherFatherSon, 9.00pm, BBC Two

Hollywood legend Richard Gere heads a great cast that includes Helen McCrory, Billy Howle and Sarah Lancashire in a new eight-part drama written by Tom Rob Smith (London Spy, The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story).

US-born Max (Gere) is at the heart of British politics and power, owner of a media empire that includes newspapers and television stations. His aristocratic ex-wife Kathryn (McCrory) has been frozen out of the family and spends her days working at a homeless shelter.

Their son, Caden (Howle), is at the heart of Max's operation, editing broadsheet newspaper The National Reporter - but he's out of his depth and the strain is showing.

When Caden suffers a catastrophic breakdown, the fragmented family is pulled back together.

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