7.00pm Take Me Out ITV – Paddy McGuinness returns with a new series of the match-making series.
7.45pm Merlin BBC1 – Camelot basks in the halcyon days of a new golden age. But even as she flowers, so the dark seeds of her destruction are being sown… For in the frozen wastelands of the north, men are disappearing without trace. In search of answers, King Arthur and his knights must undertake a dangerous mission to the unknown. As the sun sets on the icy plains, Merlin finds himself locked in a battle unlike any he has fought before; a battle with fate itself
9.45pm Arena: The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour BBC2 – Arena presents the first part of the greatest Beatles story never told. A documentary full of fabulous Beatles archive never shown before anywhere in the world and the only film conceived and directed by The Beatles themselves, fully restored to the highest and complete with a remixed soundtrack. In 1967, in the wake of the extraordinary impact of Sgt. Pepper, The Beatles made a film – a dreamlike story of a coach daytrip, a magical mystery tour. It was seen by a third of the nation, at 8.35pm on BBC1 on Boxing Day – an expectant public, hoping for some light entertainment for a family audience.
8.00pm Built in Britain BBC2 – Evan Davis looks at the vast infrastructural systems, the result of epic feats of engineering, that make Britain tick. In the first of a two-part series, Evan visits amazing projects which are transforming the nation, including a tunnel-boring machine carving a new railway deep under London. He also looks at what more needs to be built to prepare Britain for the future.
9.00pm Homeland Channel 4 – Series 2 of the acclaimed US drama series. Months after Carrie’s expulsion from the CIA and the dramatic events that prompted her to undergo electro-convulsive therapy, the former CIA officer is on the slow path to recovery and has found a degree of peace within the protective embrace of her suburban family.
10.05pm Friday Night Dinner Channel 4 – Series 2 of the family comedy starring Simon Bird, Mark Heap and Tamsin Grieg.
9.00pm Wonderland: I Was Once a Beauty Queen BBC2 – Return of the quirky documentary series. Documentary that finds out what has become of Britain’s beauty queens of the 1970s and early 1980s and discovers just how far their looks have taken them in life.
10.35pm The First Great Robbery ITV – The truth about what really happened on the night of 8 August, 1963, when over two million pounds was taken from the Royal Mail train. Featuring contributions from the robbers and their families.
10.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Channel 4 – New series of the topical panel show fronted by Jimmy Carr.
9.00pm Jewish Mum of the Year Channel 4 – When The Jewish News launched a nationwide competition to find the ultimate Jewish mum, women applied from all walks of Jewish life and eight super mums were chosen to go head to head in the mother of all competitions – Jewish Mum of the Year. This new four-part series launches with the daunting task of organising the key aspects of a 13-year-old boy’s Bar Mitzvah.
10.00pm Fresh Meat Channel 4 – Second series of the popular comedy series that follows a group of misfit university students. It’s the start of the Spring Term and Kingsley has come back with a new image – he’s grown a soul patch and started yo-yoing. Josie too is turning over a new leaf by making friends with Heather, a girl from her course and a self-styled ‘mental dental’. JP’s great friend from Stowe, Giles, has transferred from Exeter, but he has some big news which is about to shatter JP’s world.
9.00pm DCI Banks ITV – New series of the crime drama series starring Stephen Tompkinson. A mysterious phone message leads DCI Banks to Harrogate to search for his estranged younger brother, Roy. Meanwhile, at the scene of the murder of a young woman found in her car, Banks’s team are introduced to DI Helen Morton, drafted to cover Annie’s maternity leave. When Banks’s name and address are found in the pocket of the victim, Helen speculates that their boss could be a suspect in the case. Unaware that his team are searching for him, Banks begins to delve into the life of his brother, and soon uncovers questionable business transactions and associates, as well as an angry fiancee and an affair.
9.00pm Plane Crash Channel 4 – This dramatic new documentary follows an international team of scientists, experts and elite pilots as they deliberately crash land a 170-seat Boeing 727 passenger jet to provide a once-in-a-generation chance to study the mechanics of a plane crash in real time. The documentary recreates a common type of crash – a serious, but survivable, ‘forced landing’ – in order to study the crashworthiness of the aircraft’s airframe and cabin, examine the impact of crashes on the human body, and look for possible means of increasing passenger survivability.
10.35pm Corfu: A Tale of Two Islands ITV – Eight-part documentary series which takes a look at this popular getaway through the eyes of the people who holiday there, and the many who make their living through tourism on the island. Corfu can accommodate a broad cross section of people as a holiday destination attracting everyone from the super rich to the budget holidaymakers who both share the island in the peak season.
7.30pm Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day BBC1 – Nigel Slater returns with a new cookery series, in which he shows how – with a bit of culinary creativity – he turns the contents of his weekly shop into seven delicious dishes, one for every day of the week. Along the way, he proves that adding new flavours to everyday ingredients can make them sensational, shows how he makes the most of a glut or a special offer at the shops, and how to create culinary magic in just one pan. As he works his way through his weekly shop in this episode, Nigel shows ways to cook with an abundance of ingredients, whether a glut from the garden or a special offer in the shops. He proves there are creative ways to have delicious food every day of the week.
9.00pm Have I Got News For You? BBC1 – Return of the topical news quiz with guest host Claire Balding.
9.30pm Me and Mrs. Jones BBC1 – Brand new sitcom starring Sarah Alexander and Robert Sheehan. Gemma’s life involves ferrying her twin daughters around and dealing with her ex, Jason, and his Swedish girlfriend. So when handsome dad Tom asks her out and her son returns from travelling with friend Billy, Gemma unexpectedly finds she has more than one love interest.