9.30pm Murder on the Blackpool Express GOLD – Johnny Vegas, Griff Rhys Jones, Sian Gibson, Javone Prince star in this feature length comedy whodunit.
Notable Continuing Series: Blue Planet ll, 8.00pm, BBC1
8.00pm The Queen’s Favourite Animals Channel 4 – The Queen has been on the throne for over 65 years and has never veered from the script of the constitutional monarch. But to uncover the real woman behind the role, look to her life-long passion: for animals. This documentary tells the story of the Queen’s life and character through her animals, from the corgis at her side from her earliest childhood to her thoroughbred racing horses. In her animal kingdom the Queen is a high achiever who’s got to the top on her own merits, winning all sorts of prizes. She’s a highly respected breeder of corgis and a champion breeder of race horses and even highland cattle.
9.00pm Howards End BBC1 – Four-part period drama starring Matthew MacFadyen and Hayley Atwell. Spring 1907 in England. Margaret Schlegel is at home with her overbearing Aunt Juley and her hypochondriac brother Tibby when she receives a letter from her younger sister Helen, who is visiting the Wilcox family at their country house, Howards End.On hearing that Helen has fallen for the youngest Wilcox son, Paul, Aunt Juley is swiftly dispatched to Howards End to represent the Schlegel family – slightly prematurely as the engagement does not come to pass.
9.00pm Elton John: The Nation’s Favourite Song ITV – Elton John talks to friend and fan David Walliams about an extraordinary career – and his songwriting partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin – spanning 50 years.
9.00pm Big Ben: Saving the World’s Most Famous Clock Channel 4 – Big Ben is a global icon and one of the most photographed buildings in the world. Its four great clock faces have watched over six monarchs, welcomed in 29 prime ministers and survived two World Wars. Through it all, the bells kept ringing, celebrating nearly 160 New Years. But what the public don’t see is that the Great Clock is in a chronic state of disrepair and in danger of grinding to a halt. Now, Big Ben is to be controversially silenced for four years, while tens of millions of pounds is spent on restoration. As the conservation work swings into action, architectural historian Anna Keay has exclusive behind-the-scenes access, getting the lowdown from Parliament’s principal architect and following the three clockmakers who have the momentous task of taking apart the giant mechanism for the first time in its history.
10.30pm Alan Shearer: Football, Dementia and Me? BBC1 – Documentary in which former England international footballer Alan Shearer investigates the potentially devastating link between football and dementia.
8.30pm Children in Need Rocks the 80’s BBC1 – Concert for Children in Need featuring performances from a-ha, Bananarama, Boy George, Erasure, Europe, Imagination, Jason Donovan, Katrina, Louisa Johnson, Mica Paris, Nick Heyward, OMD and UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey.
9.00pm The Boy with the Topknot BBC2 – One-off drama based on the critically acclaimed memoir by journalist Sathnam Sanghera. Born to traditional Punjabi parents and growing up in Wolverhampton, Sathnam was the first member of his family to go to university and has gone on to build a very different life for himself in London. Excelling in his career as a columnist for The Times, and living with his lovely English girlfriend Laura, he keeps this life very separate to the one he has in Wolverhampton. He cannot bring himself to tell his family he is going to be the first one to marry out of the tightly knit Sikh community he was brought up in. This is a touching, humorous and emotional story about a second generation Indian growing up in Britain and how he tries to juggle family, love life and career.
9.00pm Gone to Pot: American Roadtrip ITV – Five famous faces embark on a road trip across the US to explore the legalisation of marijuana. Birds of a Feather actress and Loose Women panellist Linda Robson, ex EastEnders actress Pam St Clement, actor Christopher Biggins, retired footballer and TV presenter John Fashanu and darts supremo Bobby George explore the use of marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes in those states where it is legal, meeting people who have experienced the highs and lows of the drug. Continues Wednesday and Concludes Friday.
8.00pm Jo Brand’s Cats and Kittens Five – Documentary presented by Jo Brand, following the RSPCA inspectors, vets and volunteers who work tirelessly to save the nation’s cats and kittens from harm.
Notable Continuing Series: The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, 8.00pm, Channel 4
The A Word, 9.00pm, BBC1
Motherland, 10.00pm, BBC2
10.45pm Saying Goodbye BBC1 – Documentary presenting powerful testimonies from children who have experienced the death of a parent, as well as some who are preparing for this possibility. Every day in the UK over a hundred children face the death of their mum or dad. This film for BBC Children in Need features a group of seven- to seventeen-year-olds who have been bereaved, and a few who are facing the death of a parent. In their own words, these brave children share their heart-wrenching experiences and memories, with the aim of helping other young people who are facing a similar situation.
8.00pm DIY SOS: The Million Pound Build for Children in Need BBC1 – The team descend on Swansea to build a centre and supported housing for young people in care and leaving care. This special episode shares the stories from some of Wales’s most vulnerable young people as well as the founder of the Roots Foundation Wales, a charity part-funded by BBC Children in Need that supports young people in and leaving care.
8.00pm The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4 – Third series of the documentary that goes behind the scenes of Chester Zoo.
9.00pm Peaky Blinders BBC2 – The long awaited fourth series of the hugely popular period drama. Tommy is estranged from his family and focussed only on business. But when he receives a mysterious letter, Tommy realises the Shelbys are in danger of annihilation.
Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm, BBC1
Detectorists, 10.00pm, BBC4
9.00pm Lifers Behind Bars Channel 4 – The first half of a ground-breaking two-part documentary series exploring what it’s like to serve a long-term prison sentence in Britain, from the moment of sentencing through to release. Filmed over a year with unprecedented access to jails including HMP Shotts, Scotland’s only prison exclusively for long-term offenders, the programme meets the men convicted of murder and serving mandatory life sentences. This episode follows newly-convicted killers from sentencing at court through the system as they’re helped to face up to years behind bars. As one officer explains, ‘They’re gonna be here for a long time. A 17-year sentence isn’t a big sentence here.’ Inside the general population of the prison, the programme reveals the day-to-day reality for some of the 500 men living there, who, combined, are serving well over 4000 years in custody.
9.00pm Love, Lies and Records BBC1 – Six-part drama series from Kay Mellor. Registrar Kate tries to hold her work life and relationship together when a disgruntled colleague threatens to expose a secret from her past that could jeopardise everything.
Notable Continuing Series: Exodus: Our Journey Continues, 9.00pm, BBC2
9.00pm Serial Killer with Piers Morgan ITV – Piers Morgan meets convicted murderer Mark Riebe, a killer who has confessed multiple times to the abduction and murder of 13 young women along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Though he is incarcerated for just one murder – and has since withdrawn all his confessions – police believe Mark Riebe is a serial killer – and one of the worst in Florida’s history.
10.00pm British Workers Wanted Channel 4 – Opus Loco is one of Bognor Regis’s busiest recruitment agencies and run by two of Bognor’s ballsiest and most outspoken women. But they’re in trouble. Unless they can find Brits to replace their trusted Eastern European workforce, who are now starting to head home, their agency could be forced to close. Never shy of a fight, with sleeves rolled up and nails sharpened, the women set out to drag the citizens of Bognor out of bed or off the beach and into work. But things don’t quite go to plan and they’re left questioning their Brexit vote.
7.30pm Children in Need 2017 BBC1 – Tess Daly and Ade Adepitan kick off the night with a performance from hit musical Annie, featuring Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood. There is also a sneak peak at the Doctor Who Christmas special. The cast of EastEnders sing their way round the Square in a show-stopping musical medley. The Children’s Choir perform live in unison across the nation, and some deserving children get the surprise of their life. Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc then take over for more fun and fundraising.
Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4
The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4
10.00pm The Weakest Link Celebrity Special for Children in Need BBC2 – The Queen of Mean Anne Robinson returns for a special celebrity edition of the Weakest Link for Children in Need. Seven brave celebrities, including actor John Thomson, Love Island winner Kem Cetinay, chef Rosemary Shrager, actress Chizzy Akudolu, columnist Giles Coren and presenters Rylan Clark-Neal and Maya Jama, face the wrath of Anne as they work as a team and attempt to answer a series of general knowledge questions to win up to £15,000 for the charity.