7.05pm Dispatches Channe 4 – As part of the The Big Fish Fight season on Channel 4 championing sustainable seafood, Dispatches investigates the fish sold on Britain’s high street to find out where it is sourced, how it is processed and what is actually in it. In this report, Channel 4 News presenter Alex Thomson unwraps one of the nation’s favourite dishes.
7.30pm Pete Postlethwaie Tribute BBC2
10.05pm The British Comedy Awards: The Nominations Channel 4
9.00pm Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait Channel 4 – Gordon Ramsay loves sharks – and this passion leads him on his most personal mission yet: to investigate the controversial dish, shark fin soup. To understand more about the kings of the ocean, Gordon plunges in to swim with the deadly bull shark, in his scariest challenge to date.
10.00pm Comic’s Choice Channel 4 – n the week leading up to The British Comedy Awards some of the UK’s favourite comedians talk to Bill Bailey about who they think deserves an award. Alan Davies kicks off the first show followed by Lee Mack, Jo Brand, Jessica Hynes and Sean Lock who each talk to Bill about their all-time fantasy nominations; from past comedic greats to present day comedy icons, in some of the categories from The British Comedy Awards.
2.15pm Land Girls BBC1 – The Period drama returns for a second series.
4.30pm Perfection BBC2 – General knowledge quiz show hosted by Nick Knowles. One thousand pounds is up for grabs in each game but only by achieving absolute perfection will contestants win the prize. If they fail to achieve perfection the money rolls over to create an even bigger jackpot for the next game.
8.00pm The Birth of Britain Channel 4 – Tony Robinson tells the epic story of how the Britain was formed, and how the earth beneath our feet has shaped the country we live in today. Scattered across Britain are the remnants of a surprising volcanic past. In the first episode of the series, Tony Robinson unearths these volcanic treasures, which lie hidden in the landscape and beneath some of our most iconic landmarks. Tony travels the country, meeting the experts who reveal the impact of volcanoes on Britain’s development, from a volcano blasting in the heart of Edinburgh and mega-volcanoes unleashing Armageddon in Snowdonia, to unstoppable lava floods in Skye and a gigantic slab of magma beneath Northumberland giving a helping hand to the Romans.
9.00pm Ready, Steady, Drink BBC3 – Inbetweeners star Emily Atack takes a look at the culture of drinking games and ‘speed-drinking’ in the UK, the consequences it can have and what is being done to tackle some of these problems. She meets people who love to pre-drink and others who take drinking games to the extreme – including a group of vodka eyeballers – in order to try and find out why we drink so quickly in this country.
8.00pm The Year Britain Froze Channel 4 – Britain’s roads were in chaos; aircraft were strewn over runways as airports ground to a halt; thousands of cars were abandoned; trains and passengers froze overnight; ambulance services had their busiest day ever; and lives were lost as a deadly freeze gripped the country. All over the country people suffered inconvenience, hardship and danger.
9.00pm Britain’s Banks: Too Big to Save? BBC2 – More than two years since the giant banks were bailed out with billions of pounds of tax-payers’ money, little has been done to reform or regulate these vast institutions. The BBC’s business editor Robert Peston looks at how the international regulators, a little-known and secretive committee that sits in the Swiss city of Basel, have consistently failed to curb the excesses of the giant banks and how new proposals fall short of the root-and-branch reform promised after the crash.
9.00pm My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding Channel 4 – Five-part fly on the wall follow up to last year’s Cutting Edge Documentary that follows the preperations of Traveller Weddings.
10.00pm The Cleaveland Show E4 – The second series of the Family Guy Spin-off.
10.30pm Coming of Age BBC3 – Return of the Teen Sitcom.
10.35pm Kara Tointon: Don’t Call Me Stupid BBC1 – Documentary first shown on BBC3 last year where the Strictly winner disscusses her battle with Dyslexia subjecting herself to tests to try and find a way to beat the hold the conditon has on her life.
8.00pm Will My Crash Diet Kill Me? Channel 4 – 2-part documentary that investigates the dangers of Crash diets.
8.00pm Cowboy Builders Five
9.00pm Mary Portas: Secret Shopper Channel 4 – Mary Portas moves to Channel 4 with a brand new 4-part series where she goes undercover to see just how bad Customer Service has become.
9.00pm Hattie BBC4 – Drama, based on true events, showing how Carry On actress Hattie Jacques’s home life was blown apart by a secret sexual liaison with her handsome young driver while she was married to Dad’s Army star, John Le Mesurier. Starring Ruth Jones as Hattie.
10.00pm Never Mind the Buzzcocks BBC2 – The hidden Russell Brand episode finally gets an airing.
10.00pm The Joy of Teen Sex Channel 4 – New series offers a frank exploration of the love and sex lives of today’s teenagers – presenting solutions to the emotional and physical problems many of them experience. Fronted by Dr Rachael Jones, social worker Ruth Corden, and resident sex coach Joanna Wierzbicka, the series revolves around visitors to the Sex Advice Shop walk-in clinic, where the team are on hand to offer young people, and sometimes their parents, support and professional advice.
7.00pm Who Does What BBC2 – Six couples undergo the most probing and thorough relationship audit imaginable. Undergoing 24 hour filmed surveillance, statistics reveal the percentage of who really does what in the couples’ relationships. Household activity is analysed using hard facts and figures, comparing what couples think they do with what they actually do. In this episode Lisa and Jon from Essex, and Jayne and Neil from Salisbury are under the microscope. Lisa and Jon are feeling the strain running their own businesses and looking after two young children. Lisa feels she needs more help in the house. Jon thinks she should stop working so hard and that he does plenty to help. Jayne and Neil run a demanding business together, have two daughters aged 10 and 14 to look after and an immaculate home to keep in order. But Jayne feels she is doing more than her fair share and that Neil does little to help her – so what is the truth?
8.00pm American Idol ITV2 – The signing competition returns with host Ryan Seacrest and new judging panel Randy Jackson, Stephen Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. Continues Friday.
9.00pm Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day Channel 4 – Six-part series where Foreman Jim, plasterer Tim, plumber Kevin, carpenter Fred, brickie Darren and labourer Ben are going to try to construct the first authentic Roman villa in Britain in 1,600 years, using only tools and materials that were available to the Romans.
10.00pm 10 0’Clock Live Channel 4 – A new weekly, live comedy and current affairs show hosted by David Mitchell, Jimmy Carr, Charlie Brooker and Lauren Laverne. Each week the hosts present an intelligent, informative and – most importantly – funny take on the world of current affairs, via a mix of debates, interviews, topical comedy, investigations and opinion pieces. They are joined by the finest and sharpest minds from comedy, politics, science and culture – live, in front of a studio audience.
7.30pm Island Parish BBC2 – Series following a year in the life of the most southerly islands of the Outer Hebrides, off the north-west coast of Scotland. A nervous young Roman Catholic priest, Father John Paul Mackinnon, arrives on the tiny island of Barra to take up his new post as parish priest, but how will he cope with life in one of Britain’s remotest communities? And will he ever be able to live up to the expectations of his two fellow experienced priests, Father Calum and Father Roddy?
8.00pm Ice Road Truckers Five
9.00pm The 50 Funniest Moments 2010 Channel 4 – Chris Moyles, Alistair Campbell, Andi Osho and a sackful of comedians and celebrities look back at the 50 funny, weird and sometimes frankly disturbingly wrong moments that made 2010 what it is today. Warning: contains footage of donkeys and Gillian McKeith!
9.00pm Lost for Words ITV3 – Drama about an opinionated old woman who loses the power of speech after a stroke. Eccentric Mrs Longden is used to having her own way – from choosing her own Mother’s Day card to explaining the best way to wash a cat – but when she has a stroke, Deric remains devoted to his dotty mum. Played in tribute of Pete Posethwaite.