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Camelot, Anthea Turner, newsagents and a sprinkling of families are not the only ones to have benefited from the National Lottery. Writers, it seems, have discovered a whole new sub-genre - the lottery drama.

In It Might Be You (9.25pm BBC1), Nigel Williams (The Wimbledon Poisoner) skips the genre's usual moralising and plays it largely for laughs, with Douglas Hodge's dim, married electrician hitting the jackpot on numbers supplied by his mistress, and then mislaying the ticket. Frances Barber plays his wife, and Amanada Mealing is typecast as the other woman.

Tx (8.40pm BBC2) presents Fiona Shaw's critically acclaimed performance of TS Eliot's The Waste Land, attempting to reassess what in 1922 was shockingly modern. Shaw is directed by Deborah Warner.

In Search of Santa (5.35pm BBC2) should perhaps not have been left within reach of smaller children. As it promises, this is a delve into the origins of Father Christmas - that strange mix of 4th-century saint, Norse god and American merchandising. Saint Nicholas was traditionally nice to kiddies, once resurrecting three boys cut up and kept in brine by an innkeeper. We don't discover what the innkeeper intended doing next.

Culture vultures can tune into: ballet - the Birmingham Royal Ballet performing a Sir Peter Wright choreographed version of Delibes's Coppelia (7pm BBC2); opera - Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti together on the eve of the 1990 World Cup Final in The Three Tenors (9pm C4); or Bob Dylan, revitalising his back list in Unplugged - Bob Dylan (11.25pm BBC2).

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