7.00pm Britain’s Got Talent ITV – Series 7 of the talent show hosted by Ant & Dec. Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Amanda Holden return to the judging table.
8.35pm Britain’s Got More Talent ITV2 – Stephen Mulhern hosts more auditions.
8.00pm Endeavour ITV – Four-part crime drama series about the young Detective Constable Endeavour Morse. When a secretarial student dies suddenly at home, Endeavour senses that there is more to the case than the initial verdict of heart attack. Now based at Cowley police station, he has become unofficial bagman to DI Thursday – but the new superintendent has other ideas. Then a respectable GP is found shot dead in a public lavatory and Endeavour’s outlandish theories get him sidelined to general duties. A puzzling haze of deceit and misdirection, involving an Oxford physicist who worked on the atomic bomb and the fate of a vulnerable single mother, forces Endeavour to question Thursday’s orders – and risk his career to avert a family tragedy.
9.00pm My Big Fat Gypsy Fortune Channel 4 – Ever since the first Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, millions of viewers have watched the extravagant weddings and asked the same question: where does the money come from? It has been one of the Travelling community’s most closely guarded secrets. Until now.
9.00pm The Hoarder Next Door Channel 4 – Second series following Britain’s growing number of extreme hoarders and their quest to cure themselves with the help of family, friends and a team of experts. This four-part series unveils the shocking reality behind the hoarders’ seemingly ordinary lives, exposing homes packed to the brim with rubbish and clutter, rooms infested with vermin, and families pushed to the brink. In episode one, 41-year-old Alison reveals how her massive hoard of ladybird possessions is taking over her home.
9.00pm Secrets of the Shoplifters Channel 4 – Britain is the shoplifting capital of Europe, with over two billion pounds worth of goods being stolen every year. Secrets of the Shoplifters hits the High Street with a look at the run up to Christmas, when more ‘lifting’ goes on than at any other time of year. From the girl gangs, to the pros who steal presents to order, it’s a festive crime wave. The programme features exclusive access to the undercover retail police of South Yorkshire: a hard-pressed unit with its own mission to fulfil. They’re aiming to lock up their top ten most wanted shoplifters in time for Christmas, but will they catch them all in time? The ‘lifters’ come from all walks of life and include a former store detective turned thief and a professional woman shoplifter who claims to earn to £300 a day shoplifting for her middle class clients. For certain people, it seems that Christmas is a time to eat, drink and go thieving.
10.35pm Royal Paintbox ITV – HRH The Prince of Wales reveals a treasure trove of rarely seen works by his ancestors, and traces his family’s love of painting through the generations. This documentary goes behind the scenes to discover how growing up in houses bedecked with great art inspired him to paint, and how he fits his painting into his busy life as heir to the throne.
9.00pm Israel: Facing the Future BBC2 – John Ware journeys to Israel for a fresh look at how it has responded to the changes sweeping the region in the wake of the Arab Spring. He meets Israelis from all walks of life to go beyond the news cliches and analyse what is next for the world’s only Jewish state as both the religious and the secular battle over its future.
9.00pm Britain’s Youngest Top Chef BBC3 – Documentary following seven months in the life of chef Luke Thomas. At just 18, Luke is already Britain’s youngest head chef, with an eponymous restaurant in a boutique hotel in Berkshire, and now he’s reaching for cooking’s ultimate prize, a Michelin star. Luke knows that winning a star is the culinary equivalent of an Oscar; a recipe for fame and fortune that could see him joining the ranks of celeb chefs like Heston and Gordon. Backing Luke is self-styled rock and roll hotelier Mark Fuller, who is keen to cash in on the PR power of the teen sensation. He has set Luke up in the restaurant and hand-picked a team of experienced staff to help.
10.00pm Dispatches: Syria: Across the Lines Channel 4 – Award-winning documentary maker Olly Lambert who has spent weeks living deep inside Syrian territory – with both government and opposition supporters – to explore how the two-year-old conflict is tearing communities apart.
8.00pm The British Animal Honours 2013 ITV – Paul O’Grady hosts the first televised awards show to honour some of the nation’s most amazing animals and the incredible people who dedicate their lives to them. As well as presentations there are live studio performances, including excerpts from the National Theatre’s production of War Horse and an exclusive behind-the-scenes report from the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray.
8.30pm Brushing Up On.. BBC4 – Danny Baker considers some tunnel-based archive and endeavours to give a quick brush up on these mysterious, subterranean realms.
9.00pm Maureen Lipman: If My Memory Serves Me Right BBC1 – Documentary following actor and writer Maureen Lipman on a personal journey as she explores through her own recollections how memory works. With the help of family, friends and experts, Maureen traces the development of memory, from cradle to grave.
9.00pm Horizon: Could We Survive a Mega Tsunami? BBC2
9.00pm The Ice Cream Girls ITV – The first part of a three-part adaptation of Dorothy Koomson’s best-selling novel, starring Jodhi May and Lorraine Burroughs. After 17 years away, Serena returns to her hometown where memories resurface of the affair she had as a teenager with her teacher, which was brought to an end by his brutal murder. Meanwhile, Poppy is released from prison and returns to the same town having served 17 years for that crime. Still vehemently denying her guilt, Poppy vows to track down Serena and find out what really happened on that fateful night.
9.00pm Oliver Stone’s Untold History of The United States Sky Atlantic – Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone explores America’s rich history, starting with a look at the key figures involved in World War II.