6.50pm Strictly Come Dancing Launch Show BBC1 – Tess Daly and Claudia Winkelman return to introduce this year’s set of celebs hoping to set the ballroom alight.
9.15pm Newzoids ITV – Second series of the topical puppet animation sketch show poking fun at pop stars, politicians, sporting personalities and other celebrities.
9.45pm The Nation’s Favourite Carpenters Song ITV – Richard Carpenter, at the piano, leads us through this 90 minute documentary special, celebrating the best-loved songs of the biggest-selling sister and brother act in music history.
8.00pm A Very British Deterrent BBC2 – After the UK Government’s vote to invest billions on a new generation of nuclear weapons, A Very British Deterrent tells the extraordinary story of how Britain became a nation with nuclear-armed submarines, based in Scotland.Using declassified files and personal testimony, the programme highlights the trade-offs, double-dealing and tortured compromises that led Britain to secure its place in the elite nuclear club that is the superpower top table. Rooted in the tense events of 1957-62, the film looks at the forces that dictated Britain’s weapons policy, and the true cost of maintaining our ‘special relationship’ with America.
8.00pm Speed With Guy Martin Channel 4 – Third series that sees Guy Martin attempt to break speed records. In this first episode, Guy heads to the USA to enter the fastest road race on the planet; the Nevada Open Road Challenge. Each year, Highway 318 is closed for one day in May for a time trial which sees an array of race spec supercars driving flat out for 90 miles through the desert. Rather than compete in a supercar or purpose built racing machine, Guy wants to enter in his much loved three-year-old Ford Transit van. The only problem is, having been involved in a road crash, his van is currently a write-off.
9.00pm Poldark BBC1 – Series 2 of the popular reboot of the period drama starring Adian Turner.
9.00pm The Most Shocking Celebrity Moments of the 90’s Five
7.30pm Stage School E4 – This new series follows the lives of the students and teachers at the prestigious D&B Academy of Performing Arts in Bromley. Going behind the scenes of a real-life stage school, the series bears witness to the all-singing, all-dancing rollercoaster journey of auditions, love affairs and jazz hands. In episode one, it’s jazz hands at dawn as Donna and Bonnie welcome two new students, Rachael and former X-Factor contestant Casey, to Stage School.
8.00pm The Billion Flower Market Channel 4 – Documentary that follows Bexhill-on-Sea florist Geoff, who has learnt Dutch and buys directly at the flower auctions in Holland, passing on savings to his loyal customers back home. This one-off documentary meets a new generation of British florists – including 21-year-old Jay, whose new business is booming because of a dedication to using quirky home grown British buds for her luscious event displays. High street supermarket giants are also realising the growing business opportunities of home-grown flowers, encouraging shoppers to fill their trollies with locally sourced Sweet Williams.
9.00pm Cold Feet ITV – The cast of the comedy drama return for a long-awaited sixth series after 13 years away. James Nesbitt, Fay Ripley, John Thomson, Robert Bathurst and Hermione Norris star.
9.00pm Secrets of the SAS Five
10.00pm We Are the Jury BBC2 – Comedy about jury duty, something William has dreamt of doing his whole life. He’s always known he was destined to be a juror but he never imagined that when the day finally came he’d land the mother of all jury gigs – an actual murder trial.
10.00pm Too Posh to Parent Channel 4 – One-off documentary that explores this polarising subject by meeting the providers of parental services to the super rich, and the wealthy families that use them: from 34-year-old Nina Naustdal, and her household of full-time staff, to family concierge Lucy Challenger, who is on a mission to find a client a nanny who can both cook vegan food and ski. Going behind closed doors at well-heeled family homes, the programme uncovers how some wealthy parents spend their money on raising their kids.
10.00pm Go 8 Bit Dave – Dara O Briain hosts a gloriously geeky game show in which celebs duel on video games! There are lots of laughs as David James and Susan Calman play Chuckie Egg and Tetris.
10.45pm John Bishop in Conversation With… W – Intimate talk show hosted by comedian John Bishop. In this edition John chats to James Corden about the highs and lows of his rise to fame, and his life in the USA.
7.30pm Fishing Impossible ITV – The team heads to British Columbia in search of the elusive Coho Salmon.
10.00pm Motherland BBC2 – One-off comedy about navigating the trials and traumas of middle-class motherhood, looking at the competitive and unromantic sides of parenting – not the cute and acceptable public face of motherhood.We meet the ‘Alpha Mums’ headed by Amanda, who is very much the Queen Bee: everything is organised, clean and sparkly – even the kitchen cork board is a statement of success. Yet at the other end of the spectrum, we meet Liz, who’s totally chaotic and feels the kids should enjoy free expression.
8.00pm The Last Leg: Welcome to Rio Channel 4 – Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker get back to their roots of Paralympic punditry to introduce the most entertaining sporting extravaganza known to humanity. This, the first of 11 nightly shows from Rio, is a celebration of all that was mind-blowing about London 2012 while teeing up what will be unmissable in Rio 2016 ahead of tonight’s Opening Ceremony,
9.00pm Our Girl BBC1 – Michelle Keegan stars as Lance Corporal Georgie Lanean experienced army medic joins Captain James (Ben Aldridge) and 2 Section on a humanitarian tour to Kenya. She has promised her fiancé, Doctor Jamie Cole) that she’ll return home soon to marry him.2 Section is posted to a refugee camp near the border of Somalia and as soon as they pull into the camp Georgie jumps straight to work, when an IED explodes harming many refugees.
When aid worker, Kicki (Anna Tenta), is kidnapped, Georgie’s determination to find her lands her in great danger.
9.00pm Paralympics 2016: The Opening Ceremony Channel 4 – Live from MaracanÒ Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Clare Balding and Adam Hills host coverage of the spectacular Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Paralympic Games. Expect a carnival atmosphere, including the parade of Paralympics GB athletes who are aiming to top the 120 medals won at London 2012. With a team packed full of reigning Paralympic, World and European champions, there’s a record haul of golds in prospect for Great Britain in the 2016 Paralympics to build on the 27 golds won at the Olympics in Rio a few weeks ago. Tonight an all-star cast join Clare and Adam to preview the Games and look at GB’s medal prospects, including Superhumans Ellie Simmonds, Hannah Cockroft, Jonnie Peacock, David Weir and Dame Sarah Storey, who’s going for a historic 12th gold medal.
9.00pm Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue BBC2 – For the first time in British Vogue’s 100 year history it has allowed TV cameras to film behind closed doors, granting documentary maker Richard Macer unprecedented access to the UK’s style bible, its cover stars, designers, and those who run it, as the magazine prepares to celebrate its centenary. This candid two-part documentary series uncovers the world of high fashion like never before, giving viewers a fascinating insight into an ever-changing industry. Over nine months, Macer gives us his personal observations as he witnesses how the magazine is put together – from the catwalk shows to front cover shoots.
9.00pm Inside Scotland Yard with Trevor MacDonald ITV – Scotland Yard, the internationally famous symbol of policing, has almost 200-years of history filled with notorious names and infamous crimes.
9.00pm Lost Sitcoms: Hancock’s Half Hour BBC4 – Hancock’s Half Hour written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. This recreation from the original script marks 60 years since the iconic sitcom started on BBC Television.The episode The New Neighbour is about Tony Hancock’s new neighbour who has a very, very suspicious night-time routine. Kevin McNally (Tony Hancock) Robin Sebastian (Kenneth Williams) Jon Culshaw (Sid James) Katy Wix (Hattie Jacques) and Kevin Eldon (John Vere)
9.00pm John Bishop In Conversation With… W – John Bishop hosts the intimate talk show in which he interviews one guest for one hour. In this edition John chats to Charlotte Church about her career and private life.
9.00pm We Love Sitcom BBC1 – Brand new comedy panel show looking at different generations of sitcoms, featuring familiar faces from the comedy world. Think you can name that theme tune? Got all your trivia at hand? Then take up the challenge of We Love Sitcom and see how much you really know! Ben Miller, Chris Addison, Nigel Havers, Jessica Hynes, Lee Mack, Stephen Mangan, Jennifer Saunders, Julia Sawalha are all set to play.
9.00pm Joanna Lumley’s Japan ITV – Joanna starts her 2000 mile journey across Japan in Hokkaido – one of the four main islands, where she travels to meet one of the most important animals in Japanese culture, the red-crowned cranes.