6.00pm The Cube ITV – Phillip Schofield presents a special celebrity edition of the tense gameshow. Boxer David Haye tries to intimidate the Cube, while singer and presenter Kian Egan takes some big risks in an attempt to win £250,000 for charity.
7.00pm Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway ITV – Ant and Dec return with a brand new series of their popular and fun-packed live family entertainment show. In tonight’s show, the boys are given a terrifying challenge in Ant v Dec, they are joined by Little Ant and Dec, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford join in the fun as they say I’m a Celebrity… Get Out of Me Ear! and the Supercomputer is back dishing out holidays around the country. One lucky person from the studio audience also has the chance to win the contents of one of ITV’s commercial breaks. This week’s guest announcer is international singing superstar Michael Buble, who will also be taking part in a very special performance at the end of the show.
9.00pm True Detective Sky Atlantic – In this intense US crime drama, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are mismatched cops dispatched to a hideous Louisiana crime scene.
10.00pm The Only Way is Essex ITV2 – New eleventh series of the award-winning reality show. Part soap opera, part reality TV, the series follows the lives, loves and scandals of a group of real-life Essex guys and girls, set against a backdrop of nail bars, nightclubs, boutiques and salons.
6.00pm Revenge of the Egghead BBC2 – Quiz hosted by Jeremy Vine. Five brave contestants attempt to win thousands of pounds by taking on infamous Egghead CJ de Mooi.
9.00pm Silk BBC1 – Third series of the superb legal drama starring Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones. Feelings run high when a murder trial close to home sends shockwaves through Shoe Lane Chambers. Clive has finally become a silk, but his celebration party is dramatically cut short when news of the arrest of the son of the head of chambers for killing a police officer reaches the celebrations. Martha must step in to defend the young man despite the overwhelming evidence. Can Clive help Martha ask the tough questions needed, and can Martha uncover the truth about what happened in time? Meanwhile, Billy is struggling to cope with his secret and a new practice manager sends ripples through the clerks room.
9.00pm Horizon: How You Really Make Decisions BBC2 – Horizon uncovers the truth about how you really make decisions. Every day you make thousands of decisions, big and small, and behind all them is a powerful battle in your mind, pitting intuition against logic.
9.00pm One Born Every Minute Channel 4 – Bafta award-winning series, returns, from a new location, featuring more births, drama, highs and lows at the busiest maternity unit in the West Country: Southmead Hospital in Bristol. The first episode of the new series introduces the straight-talking midwifery team in Bristol as an expectant father risks missing his daughter’s birth and one of the team helps her next-door neighbour through an emotional labour. Michelle and Michael’s parents are from different countries: hers are Chinese, his British.
9.00pm Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away Five – The series follows the no-nonsense bailiffs and repo men charged with sorting out those among us who have fallen into debt. In this episode, a taxi-driver and army veteran is evicted with two hours’ notice from his home of 19 years for a £30,000 debt and in Slough, a family of sitting tenants have to leave their home of two years after running up run up just over £700 in rent arrears.
9.00pm Knife Crime ER: Reggie Yates’s Extreme South Africa BBC3 – South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world and the Cape Flats outside Cape Town are now the epicentre of violent crime in the country. Reggie spends a week in a new district hospital in the fastest growing township, struggling to cope with the victims of these attacks. On any given weekend, the young doctors deal with up to 100 stabbings and assaults and 80 per cent of those admitted are under 25.
10.00pm Impractical Jokers BBC3 – Hidden camera show where four friends – Joel Dommet, Roisin Conaty, Paul McCaffrey and Marek Larwood – compete to embarrass each another in everyday situations.
7.00pm Permission Impossible: Britain’s Planners BBC2 – Documentary series following the work of Britain’s environment planners. In this episode, one of Britain’s biggest house builders is proposing to build 1,500 homes near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire. While many local objectors are concerned about losing the greenfields, one couple stand not just to lose their business but the home they have lived in for 22 years.
8.00pm Kirstie’s Best of Both Worlds Channel 4 – Searching for a new home can often mean a tug of war between town and country. Over 80% of Brits want the peace and quiet of a rural idyll, but need to keep near to the city for work and play. Property expert Kirstie Allsopp sets out to prove there’s a middle ground and that you can most definitely have both. In the first episode she heads to Belfast to meet newlyweds Grace and Lindsay.
9.00pm Hair BBC3 – Steve Jones hosts a competition in which eight young amateur hairstylists try to win the title of Britain’s best amateur hairdresser in front of judges Denise McAdam and Alain Pichon. To begin, the eight hopefuls must incorporate a quiff into a hairstyle, which must be at least seven centimetres high.
10.00pm Strippers Channel 4 – Three-part documentary series. The first episode is based in Glasgow, at strip-club Diamond Dolls, sprawling over three floors and employing over 40 dancers.
10.00pm Pramface BBC3 – Jamie and Laura are finally a couple, but Laura is already having commitment issues. She is also caught in the crossfire of her parents’ impending divorce. Janet is still in New York and Alan has put the family home up for sale. Jamie is having domestic problems too – Sandra and Keith have fallen behind with their mortgage payments and are being evicted. When they are forced to move into a static caravan park, Jamie decides to drop out of school and get a job to provide for his family. Mike and Beth are acting awkwardly with each other after their night together. Mike wants to ‘hook up’ again and is desperate to tell Jamie he’s finally lost his virginity, but a mortified Beth wishes it had never happened and swears Mike to secrecy.
9.00pm Festivals, Sex and Suspicious Parents BBC3 – Parents secretly keep an eye on what their teenage kids get up to at music festivals.
9.00pm Party Wright Around the World ITV2 – Mark Wright takes his party planning skills global in this brand new series. Mark visits some far-flung places, offering his expertise to a different lucky recipient each week.
8.30pm Brushing Up On… BBC4 – Danny Baker embarks on a Lilliputian odyssey through all things titchy – from model trains to pint-sized cows via the mecca of the miniature, the model village.
9.00pm Jumbo: The Plane That Changed the World BBC2 – Documentary about the development of the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet. The 747 was a game changer; the airliner that revolutionised mass, cheap air travel. But the first, wide-bodied plane was (originally) intended as a stop gap, to Boeing’s now abandoned supersonic jet. This is the remarkable, untold story of the Jumbo, a billion-dollar gamble that pushed 1960s technology to the limits to create the world’s most recognisable plane.
9.00pm The Storms that Stole Christmas Channel 4 – Documentary that tells the stories of Britons who bore the brunt of the weather over the last three months. The ‘most wonderful time of the year’ came in the middle of a tumultuous period of weather: not just one event, but a relentless stream of powerful storms. With striking observer footage, eyewitness testimony and expert commentary, this documentary relives the devastation and explains why it all happened.
9.00pm Junior Paramedics BBC3 – Series following the lives of nine student paramedics as they go on their first ever placement with the East Midlands Ambulance Service. After just a few weeks in university they are thrown on to the emergency frontline at the busiest time of year – the six weeks leading up to Christmas when the ambulance service is pushed to breaking point.
10.00pm Bluestone 42 – Comedy drama series about a British bomb disposal detachment in Afghanistan. Nick regrets showing off to his new number 2, Towerblock. Simon and Bird come to blows over a special book belonging to the Lt Colonel.
9.00pm Jonathan Creek BBC1 – Three-part new series of mystery drama starring Alan Davies and Sarah Alexander. When a classic locked-room novel is turned into a West End musical, one of its stars falls victim to a real-life ‘impossible crime’. The Mystery of the Yellow Room, based on a 19th century story, is thrilling London audiences. But events take a sinister turn when the show’s glamorous singing sensation Juno Pirelli is found horribly stabbed inside a locked dressing room, from which no assailant could possibly have escaped. As the actress’s life hangs in the balance, her producer and colleagues remain baffled. And attention once again turns to the lateral-thinking Jonathan Creek for a solution to the whole grisly puzzle. But can Creek – now a happily married man – even be persuaded to embark upon the investigation?