Wednesday’s best TV: Bacchus Uncovered: Ancient God of Ecstasy; From World War to Cold War

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Wednesday’s best TV: Bacchus Uncovered: Ancient God of Ecstasy; From World War to Cold War

Ali Catterall, Andrew Mueller, Candice Carty-Williams, Hannah Verdier, Ben Arnold, Graeme Virtue and Paul Howlett

Beloved by Nietzsche, hippies and lovers of excess everywhere, Bacchus (or Dionysus) was the Greco-Roman “party god supreme”. He was Mount Olympus’s resident raver, whose very existence might symbolise the need for us to get completely mashed every so often but, as Professor Bettany Hughes argues, was also necessary for the furtherance of civilisation. In this intoxicating film, she goes in search of the transgender god of wine and theatre. Ali Catterall

The decade after the second world war is often overlooked as lacking the drama of its predecessor. But it was one of the most important of the last century, during which, as this new series capably reminds us, the frontiers of a new conflict were drawn. Tonight, the 1945 Yalta conference. Andrew Mueller

As we approach the end of this most self-consciously stylish of series, Gianni challenges Donatella’s self-doubt in Milan, pushing her to join him in designing. “We’re going to work together as if it’s the last dress I’m going to make,” he says passionately. Dramatic irony, anyone? Candice Carty-Williams

Like a funny uncle who is still threatening to don his mankini and embarrass the family, long-running comedy Benidorm brings the larks. Yes, the holidaymakers are still trapped in the Spanish laugh pit, and this week Sammy and Monty are enjoying showbiz shenanigans while Noreen senses her twin sister Doreen is about to arrive. Guffaw. Hannah Verdier

As this cheering obs doc series continues, we have the pleasure of meeting the wonderful Chantell and Phil, whose third baby will be born into an endlessly more loving home than the one in which Chantell grew up. Inspiring stuff. By contrast, youngsters Nathan and Emily are doing it all for the first time. Ben Arnold

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The series shadowing frontline staff from one of the UK’s biggest social housing providers continues. Clare has to take to the Sheffield streets to follow up an antisocial behaviour issue while the ever-chirpy Lee dons rubber gloves and crime-scene coveralls to rummage through some Bradford fly-tipping. Graeme Virtue

The Remains of the Day (James Ivory, 1993), 3.55pm, Sony Movie Channel

Merchant and Ivory give Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel a beautifully measured treatment, in a quietly devastating examination of class and its cruel ironies. Anthony Hopkins is the butler who buries his feelings deep; Emma Thompson is hugely affecting as the new housekeeper who offers love. Paul Howlett

Commonwealth Games 2018 The games continue with netball and hockey coverage. 6am, BBC Two.

IPL Cricket: Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils T20 action from Jaipur. 3pm, Sky Sports Main Event.

Champions League Football: Real Madrid v Juventus The quarter-final second-leg encounter at the Bernabéu. 7pm, BT Sport 2.

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