9.00pm Britain and the Sea BBC1 – David Dimbleby sails the south west coast of England – along the coast of Devon and Cornwall – in his own sailing boat, Rocket, exploring maritime history, art and architecture as he goes. Caught up in stormy weather, he makes it to safety in the nick of time, to tell the story of Sir Francis Drake and a fantastic array of adventurers, explorers, pirates and smugglers.
9.00pm I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! ITV – Ant and Dec present the brand new series of the celebrity jungle survival challenge. It is the first day in the Australian jungle for this year’s celebrities. They must first face a gruelling journey into camp before finding out who the viewers have chosen to take on the first dreaded Bushtucker Trial. Continues All Week.
10.00pm Respect: A Felix Dexter Special BBC2 – A special programme celebrating the life in comedy of the much loved and respected actor, Felix Dexter. Charting his influence as a pioneer of black comedy, from his early days in stand up, then the landmark Real McCoy, The Fast Show, Down the Line, Absolutely Fabulous, Bellamy’s People and Citizen Khan. Friends and colleagues gather to remember Felix, including Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson and Adil Ray.
8.00pm The Ultimate Guide to Doctor Who BBC3 – Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman celebrate the 50th anniversary of the space-travelling Time Lord and take an in-depth look at of one of the most intriguing fictional characters of all time. With the 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, about to hit our screens there’s a look at all 11 incarnations of the Doctor and their most famous scenes and storylines, an exploration of the many sides to the Doctor and asking what is he really like. Plus, a look at The Doctor’s many travelling companions and adversaries over the years and how they all contribute to creating the longest running sci-fi show of all time. Featuring David Tennant, Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Noel Clarke, Rick Edwards, Konnie Huq, McFly, Joel Dommett and many more, it’s the best preparation possible for the 50th anniversary episode.
9.00pm Fear of Flying Channel 4 – For most of us, getting on a plane is like catching a bus; just another way of getting from A to B. But imagine if you had a fear of flying and woke up in a cold sweat because you were catching a plane in the morning. Or had to be pushed and cajoled through security by your friends and pinned in your seat. Or sobbed in terror before grabbing your hand baggage and running for the door just as it closes. For about 20% of the UK population, for whom air travel is a living hell, such feelings are a terrifying and mortifying experience.
9.00pm Last Tango in Halifax BBC1 – Second series of the award winning drama series starring Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi. As Alan and Celia seize the day, Gillian finds herself spiralling into a dark place as skeletons surface. Caroline’s fractious relationship with John leads her to rethink living arrangements as she makes a bold decision involving Kate.
8.00pm Nigel & Adam’s Farm Kitchen BBC1 – Nigel Slater and Adam Henson join forces to sow, grow, rear and cook Britain’s favourite foods, from a working farm in the Cotswolds. Revealing the top 50 fresh foods on the UK’s supermarket shopping lists, Nigel and Adam show how we can get the most flavour, value and variety from them all.
8.00pm Mystery Map ITV – Julia Bradbury and Ben Shephard present the first of two programmes exploring some of Britain’s most intriguing mysteries.
10.00pm Backchat with Jack Whitehall and his Dad BBC3 – Jack Whitehall hosts a comedy chat show with a twist – he’s joined by his dad. Expect candid conversation, family feuds and must-see moments as an eclectic line-up of guests find themselves stuck between the funniest father and son around. Jack and Michael meet Jeremy Paxman and Danny Dyer.
8.00pm Animal Odd Couples BBC1 – Wildlife biologist Liz Bonnin sets off on a worldwide journey of discovery to find out why animals of different species make friends with each other.
8.00pm Charley Boorman’s USA Adventure Five – Documentary series in which adrenalin junkie Charley Boorman explores the USA. In Hawaii, Charley explores the volatile lava fields and takes part in a traditional canoe race. In Alaska, he learns survival techniques and builds a quinzee – the modern term for an igloo – in which to spend the night. Finally, he is caught in a storm after setting sail from Boston, Massachusetts, on board a traditional schooner.
9.00pm Britain’s Secret Terror Force BBC1 – Special edition of Panorama looking at a secret undercover unit run by the British Army in the early 1970s. Its existence was deniable and its tactics were so controversial that the unit was disbanded after just 14 months.
9.00pm An Adventure in Space and Time BBC2 – This special one-off drama travels back in time to 1963 to see how Doctor Who was first brought to the screen. Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industry’s glass ceiling. Both of them were to find unlikely hope and unexpected challenges in the form of a Saturday tea-time drama. Allied with a team of unusual but brilliant people, they went on to create the longest running science fiction series ever made.
10.00pm Him & Her BBC3 – Comedy series revealing what sometimes goes on behind the bedroom doors of today’s 20-somethings in the guise of Steve and Becky. It’s Paul and Laura’s wedding day and the final chapter for Steve and Becky. Each episode of the series follows a different stage of the day. With Becky as chief bridesmaid and Steve as best man, from the early morning wake-up call, through the ceremony and the speeches, to the drunken mess of the late night disco, we watch the wedding in real time in all its glory. It’s the morning of the wedding and while Becky has to deal with an excited Laura, Steve can’t find Paul.
9.30pm Live at the Apollo BBC1 – Live at the Apollo returns for a new series from the world-famous venue. In the first episode one of comedy’s true legends, Eddie Izzard, introduces two of comedy’s biggest stars, South Africa’s Trevor Noah and Devon’s favourite son Josh Widdicombe.