What to watch on TV tonight besides England's last World Cup game
Tune into Shopgirls on BBC2 or try Europe's Immigration Disaster on C4
Shopgirls: the True Story of Life Behind the Counter
Back in the 1850s, being served by a woman in a shop would have scandalised – until a surplus of young women in the population caused Victorian do-gooders to search around for suitable employment.
The social historian Pamela Cox, who made that eye-opening BBC2 series of domestic servants, The True Story of Life Below Stairs, charts the evolution of the “shopgirl”.
Alison Steadman’s Shetland
This gentle documentary is probably more enthralling if you’re a dedicated birdwatcher like Alison Steadman – “a city girl and a back-garden twitcher” – who is also a patron of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. She travels from Lerwick to Unst in search of puffins and black guillemots.
The Auction House
9pm, Channel 4
The morning after the weekly auction at Lots Road, Chelsea, and it’s the busiest day of the week as new items begin to arrive.
Europe’s Immigration Disaster
11pm, Channel 4
How last October a boat carrying more than 500 migrants from North Africa capsized off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, killing 360 people, many of them women and children.
And if you just can't help yourself
Fifa World Cup Live: Costa Rica vs England
England’s final group match will sadly be more of interest in Costa Rica, Italy and Uruguay than on these shores. Time for Roy to blood some young’uns perhaps. Kick-off is at 5pm.
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Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 3 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 4 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 5 HSBC closes bank accounts belonging to Muslim clients in the UK
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The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
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A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
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