University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30pm)
MANY new students expecting to head off to university in September will be wondering exactly what’s in store for them – hitting the bars and making new friends in freshers’ week while negotiating packed lecture halls or social distancing and online learning? At least one academic tradition isn’t changing as University Challenge is back for a new series. The opening match sees a team from the University of Glasgow (hurrah) take on Exeter for a place in the second round. 

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Being Beethoven (BBC4, 9pm)
THE second chapter of the documentary chronicling the great composer’s life looks at how Beethoven returned to the town of Heiligenstadt. The music he produced during this period – from the earth-shattering Eroica through to Symphony No 7 – represent an extraordinary outpouring of creativity. But Beethoven’s personal life takes a rather different trajectory. His repeated attempts to find love with the same type of woman will result in his letter to the Immortal Beloved, whose identity remains a mystery to this day.

Paramedics: Britain’s Lifesavers (C4, 9pm)
FILMED back in April, when the Covid-19 pandemic was at its peak, this new series goes behind the scenes of the West Midlands Ambulance Service to find out how the crews, control room staff and managers coped with the biggest challenge they have ever faced. 
To get a scale of just what they were dealing with, on its busiest day, the 111 call centre experienced a 300% increase in volume, with only 4% of calls answered. 

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Once Upon a Time in Iraq (BBC2, 9pm)
NEW series. Documentary examining the war and life under Isis. As war began, many Iraqis were hopeful. Ahmed Al Bashir, now a renowned comedian, remembers practising his English with US troops before the realities of occupation became clear. Waleed Neysif was 18 when George Bush gave Saddam Hussein just 48 hours to leave Iraq. He was, like many Iraqi teenagers at that time, infatuated by the West. But while many of his generation grew up enjoying songs by the Backstreet Boys, Waleed formed Iraq’s first heavy metal band.