9.00pm Witnesses BBC4 – Second Series of the French crime drama that first aired on Channel 4. The frozen bodies of 15 men are discovered on an abandoned bus in the middle of the northern French countryside. Detective Sandra Winckler is part of the police investigation into this mysterious find, and soon enough her team discovers the one thing that linked the dead men – all 15 had at some point been involved with a woman named Catherine Keemer. But there’s a twist – Catherine Keemer herself disappeared three years ago. Episode 2 airs immediately afterwards.
Notable Continuing Series: Blue Planet ll, 8.00pm, BBC1
8.00pm Coastal Railways with Julie Walters Channel 4 – Julie Walters, one of the country’s best-loved actors, travels the most beautiful and interesting stretches of coastal railway routes in the UK. In this new series, Julie takes a magical mystery tour through dramatic landscapes while uncovering surprising historical secrets. From pristine Scottish shores to Cornish fishing villages, this is a journey of discovery – of how our coastal railway routes helped shape us as a nation and the stories of the people who brought them to life.
9.00pm Expedition Volcano BBC2 – Two-part documentary. The first programme follows an extraordinary expedition to one of the world’s most dangerous, spectacular and lesser-known volcanoes – Nyiragongo. The volcano contains a massive boiling cauldron of molten rock – the world’s largest continually active lava lake. But it is also one of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet.
9.00pm Guy Martin v the Robot Car Channel 4 – Motorcycle racer and lorry mechanic Guy Martin investigates the most disruptive new technology to be introduced to the automotive world: autonomous vehicles. He becomes the first person to ever take on an artificially intelligent race car to discover what’s fastest: man or machine? In just over ten years, half of all new cars sold will be electric, and 15% will be autonomous.
8.00pm Paul Hollywood: A Baker’s Life Channel 4 – Paul Hollywood opens up his personal cookbook to share his favourite recipes from a lifetime of baking. Following Paul from his early life in Merseyside, to his career in five star hotels, to becoming a judge on The Great British Bake Off, the show contains previously unseen audition footage; sneak peeks behind the scenes of the Bake Off tent; guest slots from Bake Off stars Noel Fielding, Sandi Toksvig and Prue Leith; ex-GBBO bakers Val and Selasi; and appearances from some of the friends and family who mean the most to Paul today. In each episode, Paul shares four simple baking recipes.
Notable Continuing Series: Would I Lie To You?, 8.30pm, BBC1
9.00pm Employable Me BBC2 – Eight job seekers with disabilities battle to find work. 52-year-old Andy was a successful businessman who lived life in the fast lane as a motorsport journalist. But six years ago, Andy suffered a stroke during a routine operation. Now communication can be a struggle. Over the last five years, Andy has applied for over 3,000 jobs and has only received one interview. But with two teenage sons, and his wife taking on the responsibility as the main breadwinner, Andy is determined to prove he has still got what it takes to get back into the world of work and provide for his family. Officially diagnosed a year ago when he was just 21, Ryan’s Tourette’s became so bad he had to drop out of university. Having lost his job in retail after a severe tic attack at work, his Tourette’s has escalated to such an extent that he now has one of the most extreme cases in the UK. With his physical Tourette’s getting so bad that one attack left him with a broken arm, can he ever manage to work again?
8.00pm How to Spend it Well Philip Schofield ITV – Three-part factual consumer series in which Phillip Schofield invites celebrity guests, experts and members of the public to help him test the latest festive buys. Phillip reveals the must-have toys for Christmas 2017, starting by quizzing Jonathan Ross and examining this year’s festive craze – the unicorn – and the revival of nostalgic toys from earlier Christmases. Stacey Solomon and her sons join other families to sample the latest physical board games. Love Island’s Chris and Kem try out some of the most popular children’s scooters. With 2,500 versions on the market, they wonder which one should be on the Christmas lists. Phillip road tests some of the more unusual toys on offer this year in order to determine if they make truly fabulous presents, or just faddy gifts that will not last beyond Boxing Day’s cold cuts.
Notable Continuing Series: The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds, 8.00pm, Channel 4
The A Word, 9.00pm, BBC1
Motherland, 10.00pm, BBC2
10.00pm The Robot Will See You Now Channel 4 – Just how far would you trust a robot to help you find solutions to the most intimate, personal problems that trouble us all? Jess is a personal assistant robot, the sort of device we may all be consulting before too long. Along with her team of operator assistants, Jess uses AI-based analysis to offer couples and families advice on some of the problems that life throws up. From marriage and infidelity to obesity, Jess brings her analysis to people’s big issues. Artificial Intelligence is becoming a far greater part of all our lives. From Siri to Alexa, we rely on AI for everything in many parts of our lives – and increasingly so when we’re at home. But as the AI gets more advanced, how far will we let it into our most private thoughts and concerns? And can it ever replace real people’s wisdom and advice? Part of Channel 4’s Rise of the Robots season.
Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm, BBC1
Peaky Blinders, 9.00pm, BBC2 Detectorists, 10.00pm, BBC4
9.00pm The Channel: The World’s Busiest Waterway Channel 4 – The English Channel is the world’s busiest waterway: 400 ships pass through the 21-mile-wide Dover Strait every day. It defines our border with Europe, but has brought us closer to it: the free flow of goods and people has transformed our economy and our lives. But as our relationship with the continent changes, these are uncertain times for the people who live and work these waters. This ambitious access-all-areas series goes inside the Channel Tunnel, on board ferries and freighters, through our highly-fortified border, and into the hidden nerve-centres that keep the whole system moving. And the maintenance workers, engineers, sea pilots and ship’s captains – who move 17 million of us across the sea every year – reveal how the Channel works. The first episode captures the Channel’s rush hour: two weeks in summer when freight lorries share the ferries with 250,000 holidaymakers.
10.35pm How to Build a Robot Channel 4 – As part of Channel 4’s Rise of the Robots season, David Tennant narrates this fascinating and warm-hearted look at the future of robotics that is unlike anything we’ve seen before. Many humans have a cultural fear of robots, but eccentric Canadian robot inventor and puppeteer David McGoran hopes to fix this by making a new kind of machine that moves like we do.
8.00pm Great Canal Journeys Channel 4 – In a new two-part series, Timothy West and Prunella Scales head for the dramatic landscape of north-west Portugal, to embark on a voyage down the Rio Douro.
10.00pm Live at the Apollo BBC2 – Sara Pascoe introduces rising comedy star Larry Dean and master of the one-liner Gary Delaney to the stage.
10.00pm The Sex Robots are Coming Channel 4 – Documentary that follows an attempt to create one of the world’s first fully functioning sex robots: a sex doll that looks, moves and talks like no sex doll that’s gone before. Successfully combining AI technologies in a mass-produced robot capable of intimacy and sex has never been done before, and the race is on to be the first company to market. Filmed over two years, this documentary – part of Channel 4’s Rise of the Robots season – follows one company as they build a prototype sexbot called Harmony. The programme also meets James – who already owns four sex dolls and can’t wait to have his own technologically cutting-edge artificial girlfriend – and asks what he finds so compelling about sexbots and why he wants them to show signs of life. But not everyone thinks the technological advancements are a good thing; critics claim this new generation of robotic lovers objectifies humans and query if they potentially endanger human relationships.
Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4
The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4