6.45pm Catchphrase ITV – Stephen Mulhern hosts a revamped version of the popular gameshow.
7.00pm Countdown to Freetown Channel 4 – Nick Hewer, the Countdown host and Lord Alan Sugar’s deputy on The Apprentice, leaves his comfort zone to attempt a near-impossible adventure. He’s towing a one-and-a-half-tonne industrial saw and generator 5000 miles to Sierra Leone. He’s up against punishing heat, potholed dirt tracks, basic mechanics and corruption. He wants to present the saw to James, a street kid he met three years ago on a visit to Freetown with his charity Hope and Homes for Children. James was trained as a carpenter by the charity and Nick was taken with his creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.
7.30pm Off their Rockers ITV – Comedy series featuring fearless senior citizens playing pranks on the public with the aid of hidden cameras. Forget everything you thought you knew about growing old gracefully and stand by for some outrageous stunts, irreverent behaviour and lots of laughter.
9.00pm Once Upon Time Five – Series of US fantasy drama.
9.00pm The Prisoners BBC1 – Three-part series following offenders in prison, their release and, if they re-offend, their return behind prison doors. Filmed over a year, this first episode follows a group of repeat offenders from Holloway prison, which holds over four hundred female prisoners.
9.00pm Fit to Rule: How Royal Illnesses Changed History BBC2 – Lucy Worsley, chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces, explores how the physical and mental health of our past monarchs has shaped the history of the nation. From Henry VIII to Edward VIII’s abdication in 1936, this three-part series re-introduces our past royals not just as powerful potentates, but as human beings, each with their own very personal problems of biology and psychology.
8.00pm The Great British Sewing Bee BBC2 – Claudia Winkleman hosts a series in which some of the country’s best home sewers are tested on their sewing and dressmaking skills in order to be crowned best amateur sewer by judges May Martin of the Women’s Institute and Savile Row’s Patrick Grant. In this edition, the six remaining contestants face three more challenges, including following a pattern for a pair of men’s trousers. Tackling a fly fastening leaves most of the sewers baffled, but the second challenge – to add patch pockets to a high street skirt – produces some imaginative results. Finally the sewers create a made-to-measure silk blouse for their model. The slippery fabric is too much for two competitors, and they are eliminated from the programme.
8.00pm Big Body Squad Five – Documentary following the men and women tasked with looking after the ever-growing needs of an ever-expanding nation. This episode focuses on a woman who has not been able to leave her house for the past seven years and a teenager who enrols a weight-loss camp.
9.00pm Victoria Wood’s Nice Cup of Tea BBC1 – Victoria Wood travels the globe to explore Britain’s love affair with tea in a two-part special on the little plant that changed the world. From the back streets of Kolkata to the mega city of Shanghai, Victoria reveals how the cozy cuppa united east and west, triggered wars and helped us win them. Along the way she peeks into a fascinating world of chai wallahs, opium smokers, Assam tea pickers and grumpy elephants. She asks: how did this strange exotic leaf become such an important part of British life? Concludes Tomorrow.
9.00pm Frank Gardener’s Return to Saudi Arabia BBC2 – BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner returns for the first time to Riyadh, the city in Saudi Arabia where he was shot by Al Qaeda in 2004 and left dependent upon a wheelchair. Traveling this important and mysterious country, he explores how it has so far avoided an Arab Spring revolution.
9.00pm 24hrs in A&E Channel 4 – RTS award-winning 24 Hours in A&E returns for a new series, capturing dramatic and emotional stories of love, life and loss on the frontline of the NHS. Filmed around the clock at one of Britain’s busiest A&E departments at King’s College Hospital in south London.
9.00pm That Century That Wrote Itself BBC4 – Series in which author Adam Nicolson takes an intimate look at the 17th century’s diarists and letter writers and how they produced the first great age of self-depiction.
9.00pm Tomorrow’s World: A Horizon Special BBC2 – Liz Bonnin delves in to the world of invention, revealing the people and technologies set to transform all our lives. She examines the conditions that are promising to make the 21st century a golden age of innovation and meets some of the world’s foremost visionaries, mavericks and dreamers. From the entrepreneurs that are driving a new space race, to the Nobel Prize wining scientist leading a nanotech revolution, this is a tour of the people and ideas delivering the world of tomorrow, today.
9.00pm Trauma Doctors Five – Observational documentary series following the pioneering work of the trauma specialists at the Royal London Hospital. Patients treated include a motorcyclist whose foot has been mangled in a car accident, a young woman with a potential spine injury after being hit by a van and a cyclist who has lost his memory.
10.00pm The Sex Clinic Channel 4 – The Sex Clinic is a brand new observational series exploring the relationships and personal lives of patients attending two of the UK’s busiest sexual health clinics in London and Birmingham. With the number of people visiting sex clinics almost doubling in the last five years, this series unpicks the sexual habits and relationships behind the increase. The series charts the stories of patients and staff as they deal with some of the country’s most commonly contracted STIs.
9.00pm The Security Men ITV – One-off comedy drama written by Caroline Aherne and Jeff Pope. The Whittington Mall is closed but the guards on the night shift have big plans to skive off and watch the boxing on TV. They get into an electrical shop with a skeleton key but the plan goes horribly wrong when their boss Kenneth rumbles them. Stars Bobby Ball, Breandan O’Carroll, Peter Wight and Dean Andrews.
9.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Channel 4 – Jimmy Carr hosts the famous words and numbers quiz as 8 Out of 10 Cats team captain Jon Richardson and funny man Rhod Gilbert take on comedians Lee Mack and Rob Beckett. Tim Key is in along with Countdown regular Susie Dent, while the country’s favourite boffin Rachel Riley provides the letters and numbers with a little help from comedian Joe Wilkinson.