7.00pm Meet the Parents ITV – Holly Willoughby puts the love lives of singletons in the hands of the people that know them best – their parents. In tonight’s show, one girl and one guy choose from three potential partners, but first they have to meet their parents. Will the mums and dads big up their offspring, or will they use this as an opportunity to embarrass them with toe-curling stories from their past?
8.00pm Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 Sky1 – Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell search for a new star landscape artist as contestants capture National Trust properties across the country, starting at Scotney Castle, Kent.
9.00pm The Secret Life of Sue Townsend (Age 68 and 3/4) BBC2 – As part of the BBC’s Love to Read campaign, Julie Walters narrates the extraordinary story of a working-class woman who achieved literary stardom through sheer talent and an irrepressible will to write. From Adrian Mole to The Queen and I, Sue Townsend’s books combine a brilliantly funny writing style with biting satire, captivating a nation’s readers and influencing a generation of writers and performers.
6.00pm Harry Hill’s Tea-Time Sky1 – Harry Hill casts his comedic eye over the world of cookery in this madcap new series. Joining Harry in the opening episode is master baker Paul Hollywood.
6.30pm Yonderland Sky1 – The puppet-filled family comedy returns for series three as Yonderland’s inhabitants, including Cuddly Dick (Stephen Fry), look forward to a bright new future.
8.00pm The Greatest Tomb on Earth: Secrets of Ancient China BBC2 – Historian Dan Snow, physical anthropologist Dr Alice Roberts and scientist and explorer Dr Albert Lin investigate a series of earth-shattering discoveries at a mighty tomb guarded by the Terracotta Warriors, a site two hundred times bigger than Egypt’s Valley of the Kings and the final resting place of China’s first emperor. Mobilising the latest technology, delving into some of the oldest texts, enlisting world experts and employing forensic science, together the three reveal an explosive secret from the foundations of the Chinese empire. From the depths of the greatest tomb on earth comes an epic new story that could rewrite history, revealing for the first time the true origin of one of the world’s most powerful nations.
8.00pm Child Genus v Celebrities:Su2c Special Channel 4 – Led by quizmaster extraordinaire Richard Osman, this special contest in aid of Stand Up To Cancer, which broadcasts on Friday, sees four of the most remarkable Child Genius competitors take on four of the country’s finest celebrity minds. Flying the flag for the celebrities as team captain is comedian and chat show host Alan Carr, who is joined by Countdown’s resident mathematician Rachel Riley, newsreader Krishnan Guru-Murthy, and comedian Aisling Bea, who has two degrees. The celebrities face 13-year-old former Child Genius champion Thomas, from Yorkshire; 12-year-old Mog, from Warwickshire; 12-year-old maths prodigy, David, from St. Helen’s; and 14-year-old literary enthusiast Eleanor. The teams battle it out in demanding tests of spelling, maths, general knowledge, specialist subjects and a memory round.
9.00pm Tutankhamen ITV – Max Irons and Sam Neill star in this four-part drama based on the true story of Howard Carter’s epic quest to discover the lost tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamun, set against the sweeping backdrop of an Egypt caught in the violent spasms of World War One and revolution. In 1905, egyptologist Howard Carter, hired by Lord Carnarvon, finds evidence of the undiscovered tomb of Tutankhamun. But his dreams of making the archaeological find of the century are put in jeopardy by global events.
9.00pm The Crystal Maze Su2c Special Channel 4 – Stephen Merchant welcomes a team of celebrities to this special edition of the legendary game show in aid of Stand Up To Cancer. Rio Ferdinand captains an all-star line-up featuring Michelle Keegan, Jonnie Peacock, Sara Cox, and Josh Widdicombe. The team of five stars take on the Aztec, Medieval, Future and Industrial zones, attempting a variety of skill, mental, physical and mystery games. Each game could earn the team a crystal, with each crystal awarding the team crucial time for their ultimate challenge…The Crystal Dome.Inside The Crystal Dome the team attempt to collect gold tokens, which will be converted to money in the hope of winning a huge cash prize for Stand Up To Cancer.
7.30pm Blackish E4 – The first in a new US comedy series starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne. Like any parents, Andre and Rainbow Johnson want to give their children the best, but the childhood enjoyed by their offspring is turning out to be very different from their own. They now realise there’s a price to pay for giving their children more than they ever had, and these loving parents are totally unprepared for the fallout. Meanwhile, Dre’s father Pops takes every opportunity to offer his old-school opinion on family issues. In the pilot episode, Dre is working as an advertising executive and is happily anticipating a promotion, which would make him the company’s first African American senior vice president. Rainbow, an anaesthetist, is looking forward to their successful future. And eldest son Andre Jr makes an announcement: he’s converting to Judaism so that he can have a Bar Mitzvah, like all his friends.
9.00pm Paxman on Trump v Clinton: Divided America BBC1 – As the American election approaches, Jeremy Paxman travels to Washington and beyond to understand how America’s democracy has come to face such an unpopular choice in its candidates for the presidency, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. From a life-size naked effigy of Donald Trump, to the stage of Avenue Q and the corridors of power, Jeremy meets political insiders and voters on both sides of the gaping political divide, and casts his unsparing eye over a nation preparing for a historic election.
Notable Continuing Series: Cold Feet, 9.00pm,ITV
9.00pm SAS: Who Dares Wins Channel 4 – The hit series returns, with Chief Instructor Ant and his elite team of directing staff taking 25 new recruits deep into the Amazonian rainforest to take part in a unique version of the jungle phase of SAS Selection. Selection is designed to find a unique kind of soldier for a unit that operates outside the conventional.
8.00pm Who’s Spending Britain’s Billions? BBC2 – Jacques Peretti explores how public bodies utilise their resources, and asks whether we the taxpayers are getting value for money. In this one-off documentary, Peretti looks beyond the well-known budgets to the range of projects the public know less about, from the virtual receptionists at Brent Civic Centre to the night-vision goggles being used to spy on dog walkers in Staffordshire.
8.00pm Your Face Says it All Channel 4 – This series celebrates and explores the human face in all its complexity and diversity. This programme explores what your face says about you and how it gives away your inner secrets: your intelligence, your sexuality and whether you’re aggressive. Experts reveal how your expressions can shape your emotions; whether Botox can make you feel less stressed; if men also suffer from ‘resting bitch face’; and just how two-faced politicians can be.
9.00pm Ordinary Lies BBC1 – Drama following an ordinary group of colleagues and friends and the gradual unravelling of each individual’s lies and secrets, which at times brings them closer together and, on occasion, leads to life-shattering consequences. On the surface, Joe seems to have the perfect family life. But when a sneaking suspicion turns into him installing CCTV in his home, he finds that the truth is a bitter pill to swallow.
9.00pm The New Clampers: Where’s My Car Gone? ITV – Documentary series which follows the people all over Britain who work in the business of vehicle-towing.
9.00pm Married At First Sight Channel 4 – Can science help us fall in love? A group of young men and women unable to find a long-term partner, and disillusioned with online dating, agree to put their trust in science, and a panel of experts, to help them find their perfect match. The experts are psychologist Mark Coulson; sex and relationship therapist Jo Coker; evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin; and Nick Devenish, a Church of England vicar. The experts sift through thousands of applicants until eight singles are set to become four couples. The five week experiment begins when the couples meet as complete strangers and marry at first sight. It continues with a honeymoon and four weeks of living together as man and wife. The experiment concludes with Decision Day, when the couples must decide – stay together or seek a divorce? In this first episode, student nurse Melissa meets business development executive Clark. How will they react when they first set eyes on each other on their wedding day?
Notable Continuing Series: Dammed, 10.00pm, Channel 4
10.40pm In the Shadow of Mary Seacole ITV – Actor David Harewood embarks on a personal three-year journey across Britain, Jamaica and Crimea following the creation of a major new statue of a woman who has always been a heroine of his, Mary Seacole – who is renowned for her work supporting sick and wounded servicemen during the Crimean War, as well as combatting racial prejudice. The statue of Mary Seacole is the first ever statue of a historical figure who was a woman of colour to be erected in Britain.
10.45pm Insecure Sky Atlantic – Critically acclaimed US comedy from HBO. While trying to embrace a bolder side of herself, Issa has to decide what to do about Lawrence. Molly treats herself to a fancy day.
8.00pm Puppy Secrets: The First Six Months ITV – Two-part documentary about four very special litters of puppies. From tiny chihuahuas to working sheepdogs, from rescue pups in need of a home, to amazing assistance puppies that will one day transform the lives of disabled people, owners and breeders share their insights. The first programme covers the first three months of the puppies’ lives, including the rarely-seen magic of birth and the early weeks of fun and frolics as the pups learn to walk and play.
8.00pm Little British Isles with Alison Steadman Channel 4 – Britain is made up of over 6000 islands and 267 of them are inhabited. Actress Alison Steadman OBE – best known for her roles in Gavin and Stacey and Abigail’s Party – has always been fascinated with idyllic island life since holidaying on the Isle of Man as a little girl. In this series she celebrates the wild remote beauty under our noses and meets the people who call these hidden jewels their home, to discover what island life is really like.
Notable Continuing Series: The Great British Bake Off, 8.00pm, BBC1
The Missing, 9.00pm, BBC1
8.30pm The Big Bang Theory E4 – In the first episode of the tenth series, the group of friends struggle through an awkward morning after Sheldon’s mother and Leonard’s father share an evening together. Penny’s family arrives in town to attend Penny and Leonard’s second wedding ceremony. Keith Carradine, Laurie Metcalf, Christine Baranski and Judd Hirsch guest star.
9.00pm No Place to Call Home BBC2 – Documentary showing a whole new generation desperately looking in vain for a place to call home. 50 years ago, the powerful Cathy Come Home shone a light on the desperate housing problems gripping Britain. Now in 2016, this country is once again at the mercy of a housing meltdown – a lack of affordable homes, sky-high rents, 70 per cent of council housing stock sold and a rise in homelessness. The housing officers in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham face daily queues of angry residents desperate for help – most are facing eviction.
9.00pm Bridging the Gap BBC4 – To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Severn Bridge, which completed the motorway link between England and Wales, Timeshift tells the inside story of the design and construction of ‘the most perfect suspension bridge in the world’, and how its unique slim-line structure arose by accident.
9.00pm HIM ITV – New three-part domestic horror drama. The story focuses on a 17-year-old boy, known only as HIM, who is caught in the limbo between childhood and adulthood. He is also trapped between the two homes of his divorced parents, each now remarried with new families. A cuckoo in both their nests, he is a reminder of the failure of their marriages and a threat to their new found domestic bliss. Like any teenager, he is riding a rollercoaster of confusing emotions. Like most boys he finds it hard to process his feelings and tends to act out. His behaviour is also triggered by something else. He is engaged in a primal struggle to contain the terrifying secret of a supernatural power he has inherited from his grandfather. Only his ageing grandmother understands and urges him to use his gift only for good – for she knows if he does not it could end in tragedy.
9.00pm Crazyhead: A Very Trippy Horse E4 – Comedy horror from Misfits creator Howard Overman. When Amy discovers her best mate is harbouring a mean-mouthed, hell-raised demon, she knows she has to act. Thankfully she isn’t alone – she has Raquel. Impulsive, temperamental and prone to violent outbursts, Raquel isn’t the obvious ally, but beggars can’t be choosers. Together the incongruous duo prepare for their first exorcism. What could possibly go wrong?
Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm BBC1
The Fall, 9.00pm, BBC2
Hunted, 9.00pm Channel 4
Red Dwarf, 9.00pm Dave
7.00pm Stand Up to Cancer 2016 Channel 4 – Davina McCall, Alan Carr and Adam Hills host an incredible night of live television featuring Celebrity Gogglebox, The Last Leg and a host of famous faces, including Michael BublÚ, Britney Spears, Noel Gallagher, Olivia Colman, David Tennant, John Bishop, JosÚ Mourinho, Jon Hamm, Matthew McConaughey, Eva Longoria and the ‘hottest doctor on the planet’ Dr Mike, all coming together to help fight cancer, by raising a tonne of cash for Stand Up to Cancer.