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Mission Joy documents the 2015 meeting between Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama


Pick of the day: Mission Joy – With Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama

10pm, BBC Four

Feeling in need of uplift in these uncertain times? Both the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who died in December, have known some uncertain times, but the overriding sound emanating from this documentary record of their five-day meeting in 2015 is that of laughter. Tutu describes the Dalai Lama as “my mischievous spiritual brother”, while the archbishop’s daughter, Mpho Andrea Tutu, says that “the energy between them is of an eight-year-old boy”. Amid the hilarity, there are reflections on the meaning of life and on their struggles – Tutu’s against apartheid, the Dalai Lama’s in exile.

Landscape Artist Of The Year

8pm, Sky Arts

And then there were three. The final takes place at Levens Hall on the edge of the Lake District in Cumbria and the subject is the stately home’s topiary garden – the oldest in the world. Co-presenter Stephen Mangan seems to have been employing Lord Sugar’s pun-writer as he hopes for “tree-mendous works of art… don’t shrub the judges up the wrong way”. The resulting works are satisfyingly different, however, and the winner is richly deserved.

We Are Black And British (Photo: Dave Warren/BBC/Cardiff Productions)

We Are Black And British

9pm, BBC Two

Six people from different backgrounds come together to share deeply personal stories that raise tough questions about being black and British. In this first of two episodes, the group shares experiences of school, encounters with police and coming out as gay to the black community “as differences prove explosive, touching nerves for some”.

Yorkshire Ripper: The Secret Murders

9pm, ITV

TV documentaries have examined the case of Peter Sutcliffe from almost every angle – most recently in the impressive BBC series The Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story, which scrutinised the police culture that allowed Sutcliffe to carry on killing. This two-part documentary looks at the 20 unsolved murders of women and girls between 1968 and 1981 where the methods matched those of Sutcliffe. In two of these cases, innocent men (Andrew Evans and Anthony Steel) would spend decades in prison for murders they did not commit, and it is highly likely they were the work of Sutcliffe.

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