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America's Poor Kids

9pm, BBC2

This documentary opens with a statistic that feels scandalous, recession or no recession: 16 million American children live within the technical definition of poverty. Jezza Neumann's affecting but unsentimental film is a companion to a study he made of poor British children in 2011. He meets young Americans doomed, through no fault of their own, to lives of struggle. In no case is the American dream entirely extinguished, but it's horrible to listen to children being so grimly pragmatic about their prospects. Andrew Mueller

Michael Grade And The World's Oldest Joke

9pm, BBC4

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- Andrew Mueller, Julia Raeside, Hannah Verdier, Martin Skegg, Rebecca Nicholson, Gwilym Mumford, Ben Arnold

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