Today's pick: Innocents Lost

Innocents Lost (9pm C4) Brian Woods and Kate Blewett, who brought the distressing scandal of China's state orphanages to light in their films The Dying Rooms and Return to the Dying Rooms, broaden their scope to take in the state abuse of children in 21 of the 191 countries which have signed The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In this first of two films (the second is screened tomorrow night), Woods and Blewett visit Guatemala, where street children inhale glue to deaden the pain of hunger and the fear that they might be tortured and killed by security forces, and to Russia, where teenage petty thieves now swell the emptied gulags in scenes that Dickens would have immediately recognised. The last report comes from within the EC - and some of Greece's horrific "hospitals" for the disabled.

I'm Alan Partridge (10pm BBC2) The Norwich-based TV personality's six- part swansong has been a delight, the best British comedy series of 1997 by a distance. In fact, I much preferred this to Knowing Me, Knowing You. Steve Coogan leaves his alter-ego 180 days into his exile at the Linton Travel Tavern, and judging vegetables at a local country fayre. Then comes an unexpected phone call from the BBC...

The film

The Sunshine Boys (12mdn't BBC1) Eighty-year-old George Burns came out of retirement when Jack Benny died - to play opposite Walter Matthau as feuding vaudevillians persuaded to team up one last time for a TV special. A Neil Simon Broadway hit directed by Simon specialist Herbert Ross, there aren't too many feet to be put wrong here. Perhaps some over- acting from the 56-year-old Matthau adding 20 years to his age, but it's a quibble. Burns is a delight and won an Oscar.

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