9.45pm Novels That Shaped Our World BBC2 – Documentary examining the impact of novels from three perspectives – the empire, class experience and, in this first film, women’s voices. The programme aims to show the plight of women is a theme that reaches right back to the earliest novels, with extracts from Jane Austen, the Brontes, Mary Shelley and Virginia Woolf, through to the post-war publishing boom where a new generation of global writers such as Zadie Smith, Toni Morrison, Arundhati Roy and Margaret Atwood have continued to speak out for women to a new generation of readers.
Notable Continuing Series: Pose, 10.45pm, BBC2
Notable Continuing Series: His Dark Materials, 8.00pm, BBC1
8.00pm Inside Harvey Nichols: Britain’s Poshest Department Store Five – Documentary examining how the chain and its flagship store in Knightsbridge came to epitomise the champagne lifestyle of the rich and famous in the 1990s, and how it survived the financial crisis of the late 2000s. Former colleagues reveal what it was like to be part of such a major moment in fashion history, while retail insiders explain how a company built on luxury and excess managed to weather the storm of the global financial crash.
9.00pm Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey ITV – Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly may think they know who they are, but in this two-part documentary, the popular presenters uncover their surprising and emotional family histories, using a combination of DNA and genealogy. The shock revelations include military men in both of their families – one a medal-winning war hero, the other a deserter. And as well as delving into the past, Ant and Dec also get to meet DNA relatives they never knew existed. Concludes Tomorow at 9.00pm.
9.00pm Secrets of the Mega Resort Five – Baha Mar has 11 swimming pools, 40 restaurants and bars, a 100,000 square-foot casino and its own squadron of trained sharks. Perched on a stretch of white-sand beach in the Bahamas, this enormous hotel complex can accommodate up to 7,000 people at once. Cameras take a closer look at one of the world’s most luxurious resorts.
9.00pm Gary Lineker: My Grandad’s War BBC1 – The Match of the Day presenter retraces the footsteps of his grandfather Stanley Abbs to explore a brutal but often overlooked chapter of the Second World War. Using the official war diary kept by Stanley’s unit as a guide, Gary revisits the places where he was stationed and meets experts who help him piece together what happened to his grandfather during the Italian campaign. Along the way, Gary meets veterans who share first-hand testimonies to and help him understand the reality of combat in Italy.
Notable Continuing Series: Watchmen 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic
Motherland, 10.00pm, BBC2
9.00pm The InBetween Sky Witness – US drama. A bartender uses her powerful ability to talk to the dead to help solve a twisted murder. Things take a darker turn when she encounters an evil spirit.
9.00pm Gold Digger BBC1 – Six-part drama, starring Julia Ormond as a wealthy middle-aged woman who begins a relationship with a man nearly 20 years younger than she is just as her divorce is finalised. When he is introduced to her three adult children, suspicions are raised about his motivations. The action cuts between the early days of their relationship and the wedding day, which seems fated to end in disaster.
9.00pm Ant Middleton & Liam Payne: Straight Talking Sky1 – Former special forces soldier Ant Middleton takes a road trip through Namibia with ex-One Direction star Liam Payne with just a backpack and each other’s company.
Notable Continuing Series: Love & Hate Crime, 10.35pm, BBC1
10.00pm First Dates Channel 4 – New series.
10.00pm The Cockfields GOLD – Comedy, starring Joe Wilkinson, Diane Morgan, Sue Johnston and Bobby Ball. Simon is persuaded to mark the occasion of his 40th birthday back at the Cockfield family home, so takes his girlfriend Donna along to the Isle of Wight. The duo soon find themselves spending a long weekend as guests of his ever-doting mother Sue and controlling stepfather Ray, together with their menagerie of relatives and friends. Donna soon finds herself contending with an unconventional lunch and cliff-top walk. Continues Tomorrow, Concludes Thursday.
8.00pm DIY SOS: The Big Build – Children in Need BBC1 – In this special Children in Need edition of the show, Nick Knowles and the team come to the aid of young people who are often overlooked and very much in need of help. A team of experts and volunteers come together to help transform an old church into a new accommodation facility for six young homeless people in Blackburn, ran by local charity Nightsafe.
Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm, BBC1
10.00pm Britain’s Child Drug Runners Channel 4 – Documentary following the lives of children trapped in the dangerous world of drug running in towns and villages all across the UK. The programme explores how the children got involved with these drugs gangs, and follows the work of police, parents and social workers trying to protect young people involved in this criminal activity.
10.35pm Why Dad Killed My Mum: My Family Secret BBC1 – A young woman searches for the answers as to why her father killed her mother, grandmother and aunt in a house fire when she was just 16 months old. Tasnim, who is now 19, has been asked to bring her opinion to the parole board as her father nears the end of his 18-year jail sentence. Her search for the truth about her mother’s murder takes her back to the late 1990s as she investigates her parents’ relationship, and reveals a shocking truth that takes her deep into a secret that rocked a community.
8.00pm I’m a Celebrity – Surviving the Jungle ITV – Joel Dommett delves into the Jungle archives to bring us the ultimate guide every celebrity needs for surviving jungle life. With a little help from some legendary ex-campmates, Joel takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride down memory lane ahead of the next highly anticipated new series.
Notable Continuing Series: The Accident, 9.00pm, Channel 4
9.00pm Waitrose vs M&S: Posh Shop Wars Five – Documentary examining the ongoing rivalry between the supermarkets. Marks & Spencer has always had a special place in the nation’s heart, with almost 1,000 stores and a reputation for quality stretching back 135 years. But Waitrose has proved a fierce rival. However, both stores face tough challenges in the future, not least from online retailers. Which of the two is best equipped to weather the high-street storm?
7.30pm Children in Need 2019 BBC1 – Graham Norton, Tess Daly, Mel Giedroyc and Ade Adepitan introduce guest appearances from the nation’s most-loved celebrities, helping raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Including an EastEnders edition of Strictly Come Dancing, in which Ricky Champ, Louisa Lytton, Maisie Smith and Rudolph Walker compete for the Pudsey Glitterball. Ricky is partnered with Luba Mushtuk, Louisa with Gorka Marquez, Maisie with Kevin Clifton and Rudolph with Nancy Wu. Plus, studio performances from West End shows Big and Circus 1903, the Children in Need Choir singing live up and down the country, a visit from Doctor Who, a Star Wars spectacular, the long-awaited return of children’s favourite Crackerjack, Countryfile presenters as never witnessed before and a special surprise courtesy of the England football team. Featuring regular reports of fundraising efforts around the regions.
Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4
The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4
9.00pm Very Ralph Sky Atlantic – An intimate portrait of the fashion icon, Ralph Lauren, exploring the extraordinary life of the man behind one of the most successful brands in fashion history. The documentary follows the designer in his sixth decade in the business, as he reflects on his journey as a boy from the Bronx to becoming an emblem of American style all around the world.