8.00pm Secrets of the Stonehenge Skeletons Channel 4 – Stonehenge is Britain’s greatest prehistoric monument and, for many centuries, has also provided perhaps our greatest prehistoric mystery. One man believes he has found the vital clues to solve this puzzle, and this programme follows him through a series of brand new discoveries that rewrite the story of Stonehenge.
9.00pm Shetland BBC1 – Two-part murder mystery set on the Shetland Islands. Elderly Shetlander Mima Wilson is found murdered on the archaeological site in the grounds of her croft. Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez and his team investigate. Starring Douglas Henshall. Concludes Tomorrow.
9.00pm The Toughest Place to be A.. BBC2 – Series in which British workers are challenged to do their job under some of the toughest conditions in the world. London cabbie Mason McQueen heads to Mumbai to test his skills on some of the busiest and most chaotic streets in the world. Swapping his high-tech, air-conditioned black cab for the boiling heat of a Mumbai taxi, Mason is tutored by Pradeep Sharma, who lives with his extended family in a tiny two bedroom house and earns less than ten pounds a day for his long and stressful shift.
7.30pm Bang Goes the Theory BBC1 – Hands-on science series. Following the government’s new report on the future of antibiotics, the team investigates germs and infection. Liz Bonnin reveals why doctors can be reluctant to prescribe antibiotics for coughs and colds, and explains what bacterial resistance is all about.
9.00pm a History of Syria with Dan Snow BBC2 – Dan Snow travels to Syria to see how the country’s fascinating and tumultuous history is shaping the current civil war.
9.00pm Oscar Pistorious: What Really Happened? BBC3 – Documentary digging deeper into a death that shocked the world – police say Reeva Steenkamp’s death was premeditated murder, while the accused, her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius, says it was an innocent accident. Presented by Rick Edwards, who covered Pistorius’s gold-medal winning, world record-breaking achievements at the London 2012 Paralympics, the programme features interviews with friends of both the victim and the accused. Since that glorious athletics summer, reports have emerged of a different side of Oscar Pistorius – involved in brawls and late night fracas.
10.00pm Bomb Patrol Five – Documentary series following a US Navy elite bomb squad as they search out, disarm and destroy deadly explosives on a five-month deployment in Afghanistan.
8.00pm Whale Adventure with Nigel Marvin Five – Nigel Marven follows a grey whale mother and her newborn calf as they undertake the longest mammal migration on earth, over 5,000 miles up the Pacific coast of North America from Mexico to Alaska.
9.00pm MasterChef BBC1 – The cookery competition returns for a ninth series as talented amateur chefs battle it out in the hope of winning the coveted MasterChef Champion title. John Torode and Gregg Wallace present as the first five chefs demonstrate their skills. In the first task they have one hour to create an exceptional dish from scratch. Continues Tomorrow.
8.30pm A Very British Wedding BBC2 – Four-part series following the weddings of two multicultural couples, exploring how traditions are maintained by couples in Britain today. Sikh couple Kami and Dav they tread the same steps their ancestors did in the northern Indian state of Punjab hundreds of years ago as the programme follows them to their wedding day. Also following Sasha and Vlod, a couple who are among the newest of Britain’s immigrants and who are looking to stick to the oldest of traditions originating in Eastern Europe.
10.00pm The Mimic Channel 4 – Five-part sitcom centred on the fortunes of Martin Hurdle, a seemingly unremarkable maintenance man who conceals an uncanny ability to mimic voices.
10.35pm Fabrice Muamba: Sports Life Stories ITV – Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba talks about how he was at the centre of one of the most extraordinary sports stories of the year. He describes how he felt that day last March when he suffered a heart attack on the pitch during a live televised FA Cup match. He also talks about his early life as a young Congolese boy coming to England at the age of 11 speaking no English, and about his subsequent successful professional career. With contributions from Jermaine Defoe, Owen Coyle and Patrick Vieira.
8.00pm Comic Relief: Through Hell & High Water BBC1 – Six celebrities face the toughest Comic Relief challenge to date. Sporty Spice Mel C, comedian Jack Dee, actress Chelsee Healey, television host Dara O’Briain, Radio 1 DJ Greg James and world champion triple jumper Philips Idowu face the dangerous waters of the mighty Zambezi river in Africa.
9.00pm Prisoners’ Wives BBC1 – Second four-part series following reletives of people in Prisoners as they struggle on the outside. When Francesca finds herself at the heart of a gangland turf-war, how far will she go to protect her family? Meanwhile, Kim’s world implodes when her innocent husband is sent to prison, Aisling is exasperated that her hapless dad is back inside, and prisoner’s mum Harriet is looking for love. Stars Polly Walker, Pippa Haywood, Carla Crome and Sally Carmen.
9.00pm Horizon: The Creative Brain – How Insight Works BBC2 – Series exploring topical scientific issues. It is a feeling we all know, the moment when a light goes on in your head. In a sudden flash of inspiration, a new idea is born. Today, scientists are using some unusual techniques to try to work out how these moments of creativity – whether big, small or life-changing – come about.
9.00pm Born to Be Different Channel 4 – This year marks the tenth anniversary of Channel 4’s award-winning documentary series Born to Be Different. The first series introduced six three-year-old children, each born with a different disability. The programme offers intimate insights into what it’s like to grow up with a disability, as the children face the tricky transition from primary to secondary school, from childhood to teenage years. For some families there are heart-rending decisions to be made, and all parents are forced to make psychological adjustments most families never have to contemplate. Zoe was born with arthrogryposis. A series of operations to her legs and arms have given her enough independence of movement for her to progress to a large academy school where she blossoms and even becomes an enthusiastic netball player.
10.00pm Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People BBC3 – Series featuring a host of comedy characters straight from the streets of modern Britain. Irrepressible south London tearaway Lee Nelson discovers the benefits of living in the dark, Premier League footballer Jason Bent meets his team’s new Spanish manager and Dr Bob’s GP surgery opens its doors.
7.00pm Comic Relief: Funny for Money BBC1 – Lenny Henry kicks off the biggest night in television, this year celebrating 25 years on our screens, with contributions from the best comedy and entertainment talent in the UK. Rowan Atkinson appears as the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Jessie J shaves her head live in the studio, One Direction perform their smash hit Comic Relief single, Miranda Hart stars in a unique (or in her words, ‘ruined’) edition of Call the Midwife, and Miss Piggy graces us with her presence. There is a special edition of EastEnders, Lenny Henry meets the surviving celebrities from this year’s extraordinary Zambezi River challenge, Jack Whitehall and Micky Flanagan ‘cook off’ for Dame Edna Everage in MasterChef, and Peter Kay presents the results of his very own physical challenge – something to match anything achieved for the charity by the Zambezi team. Plus the return of David Brent and a Vicar of Dibley special.