The 5 best shows on TV tonight: Thursday 20 May

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The top TV picks for Thursday 20 May.
The top TV picks for Thursday 20 May.

The second series of ITV drama Innocent wraps up this evening, while Panorama investigates Martin Bashir's 1995 interview and how he obtained the career-defining exclusive. 

Elsewhere, there's a troubling look at racism in the education system in 60s and 70s Britain for Subnormal: A British Scandal

On Channel 4, a Muslim female punk band take centre stage in a new comedy.

Princess Diana, Martin Bashir and the BBC - 7pm - BBC One

Martin Bashir interviews Princess Diana in Kensington Palace for the television program Panorama. (Photo by © Pool Photograph/Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Martin Bashir interviews Princess Diana in Kensington Palace for the television program Panorama. (Photo by © Pool Photograph/Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

A report from the BBC this week has found that the broadcaster covered-up Martin Bashir's "deceit" when securing his 1995 bombshell interview with Princess Diana for Panorama. 

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Now a new Panorama team presents their findings after a four-month investigation into how Bashir obtained the interview and how the BBC responded over the fake bank statements he presented to Diana's brother Earl Spencer. 

Subnormal: A British Scandal - 9pm - BBC One

Subnormal: A British Scandal - Gus John, activist and academic. (BBC / Rogan Productions / Lyttanya Shannon)
Subnormal: A British Scandal - Gus John, activist and academic. (BBC / Rogan Productions / Lyttanya Shannon)

This documentary from Lyttanya Shannon - with Steve McQueen on board as an executive producer - examines the education scandal that saw Black students written off as "stupid, difficult and disruptive" in British schools in the 60s and 70s.

As well as being segregated from white pupils, an unequal education was perpetuated by celebrity psychologists Hans Eysenck and Arthur Jensen who were peddling theories that Black people were genetically less intelligent than white people, which ultimately infiltrated the classroom. 

Saved By a Stranger - 9pm - BBC Two

Identical twin brothers George and Peter appear on Saved By a Stranger. (BBC/Blink Films/Toby Trackman)
Identical twin brothers George and Peter appear on Saved By a Stranger. (BBC/Blink Films/Toby Trackman)

In tonight's episode identical twins brothers George and Peter are in search of the family who helped them flee Nazi Germany. 

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Meanwhile, Anita Rani also meets Clare, a woman who took in 21 refugee children from Bosnia whom she believed were orphans until schoolgirl Petra helped translate to reveal they had had to leave their families behind. 

She wants to find Petra to thank her for her actions which led to a battle to reunite the children with their loved ones.

Innocent - 9pm - ITV

Shaun Dooley as Braithwaite and Laura Rollins as Paine in Innocent. (Steffan Hill)
Shaun Dooley as Braithwaite and Laura Rollins as Paine in Innocent. (Steffan Hill)

The final episode of the four-part series airs as Bethany takes matters into her own hands while Karen remains in police custody. 

Meanwhile, Braithwaite and his team continue to search for more evidence.

We Are Lady Parts - Channel 4 - 10pm

L-R - Lucie Shorthouse (Momtaz), Faith Omole (Bisma), Anjana Vasan (Amina), Juliette Motamed (Ayesha),  Sarah Impey (Saira)
L-R - Lucie Shorthouse (Momtaz), Faith Omole (Bisma), Anjana Vasan (Amina), Juliette Motamed (Ayesha), Sarah Impey (Saira)

Channel 4 presents Nida Manzoor's music comedy centred around a Muslim female punk band. 

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The band recruit microbiology PhD student Amina as their unlikely lead guitarist thanks to front woman Saira. 

Amina finds herself torn between two worlds while also on the lookout for love.

Watch: Martin Bashir 'deceived' Princess Diana's brother to get interview, BBC report finds

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