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What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Wednesday 18th July

Animals Behaving Badly
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TV Times top picks for tonight

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Wednesday 18th July

Animals Behaving Badly, 8pm, BBC1

Liz Bonnin reveals the lengths species go to in order to survive, in this three-part series. More than just clips of cheeky raccoons sneaking into gardens to steal cat food (although there is some of that), this is an eye-opening examination of underhand tactics and ingenious rule-breaking in the wild. Tonight, Liz looks at how animals stop at nothing to find a mate. From promiscuous prairie dogs on the pull and bees brawling for a female’s attention to a praying mantis whose seduction method involves biting her mate’s head off after mating, the pressure to procreate and protect your species drives animals to take drastic action, as fascinating footage shows. Rating: ****

Live Well for Longer, 8pm, C4

Tamal Ray and Kate Quilton bust health myths and look at medical breakthroughs in this new series, starting this week with sex, drugs and alcohol. A group of women go without booze for a month. Will their bodies thank them for it? A male contraceptive without side-effects gets closer to becoming a reality, and Morland Sanders finds out how students are using a sleep disorder drug to expand their minds. Far out! Rating: ****

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, 10pm (times vary), BBC2

Paul Whitehouse is bobbing about on the Hampshire Avon in Dorset when Bob Mortimer rocks up late. The aim of this fishing trip is sea trout – ‘the hardest fighting fish that swims in our waters,’ according to Paul. It may be a fighter but the pair still catch a few. Giddy with success Paul suggests they head out to open water in search of sea bass. But after a night in a beach hut Paul makes Bob, who suffers terribly from seasickness, get in a boat. What are friends for? Rating: *****

More previews tomorrow.