8.00pm Apocalypse: The Second World War Channel 4 – The epic story of World War II, in which millions of soldiers fought, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, as war raged across countries and continents. This six-part series also gives insight into the moving story of millions of civilians, whose homes were destroyed and lives disrupted, as they were caught up in the cataclysm of war. To tell this story, the best footage of World War II has been painstakingly transformed, using digital techniques, into colour. Along with original colour home movies, it gives a completely new perspective on one of the great events of the last century.
9.45pm The Armstrong & Miller Show BBC1 – Third series of the sketch show from Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller.
9.45pm Elton John Night BBC2 – A night of programming dedicated to the “Rocket Man” singer beginning with a documentary exploring his childhood. Plus the backstory to the new album reuniting him with Leon Russell, his American mentor. Features extensive exclusive interviews with Elton, plus colleagues and collaborators including Bernie Taupin, Leon Russell and more. The night continues with Elton John Live at the Roundhouse at 10.45pm and Elton at the BBC at 11.45pm.
9.45pm Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV1 – Candid talk with Rod Stewart.
11.00pm Louis Walsh and Kian Egan’s Next Big Thing ITV2 – Brand new documentary series following X Factor judge Louis Walsh and Westlife’s Kian Egan as they form a new Irish girl group called Wonderland. The show features behind the scenes access to the band members as they are transformed into pop stars
6.30pm Countryfile Special BBC1 – Matt Baker and Julia Bradbury chronicle the change as summer gives way to autumn. At this time of year, woodlands echo to the roar of rutting deer – but what is behind these calls of the wild? Matt and Julia reveal all. John Craven joins the pensioners picking for pocket money in the apple orchards of Herefordshire, while James Wong finds that autumn is the best time to eat for free when he leads a community forage.
8.00pm Last Chance to See: Return of the Rhino BBC2 – Stephen Fry and the zoologist Mark Carwardine follow attempts to move the world’s rarest rhinos from a snowy zoo in the Czech Republic, to the expanses of Kenya in the hope that they will breed in the wild. With only eight of these creatures left on earth, the mission becomes a race against time to save the Northern White Rhino from extinction.
9.00pm James May’s Man Lab BBC2 – Series that sees James May on a mission to save modern man – from themselves. From his Man Lab HQ, James and his team set out on a series of action-packed challenges that will help modern man relearn some of the vital skills, once cherished by his forefathers, that are now in danger of being lost forever. In this episode, we learn how to defuse an unexploded bomb, build a kitchen out of concrete, how to serenade a woman, transform a fishfinger sandwich, and create the world’s first motorised picnic table.
9.00pm Mark Lawson Talks to… BBC4 – Mark Lawson talks to the actress Julie Walters about her life and career, as she explores her working class roots, struggles with self-confidence and finding peace at 60
10.00pm Psychoville Haloween Special BBC2 – Four tales of terror unfold as location manager Phil Walker investigates the abandoned ruins of Ravenhill Psychiactric hospital. Does the ghost of evil governess Edwina Kenchington still walk the empty corridors? What other horrors lie within these crumbling walls?
10.15pm Paul McCartney and Wings: Band on the Run ITV – Dermot O’Leary interviews Sir Paul McCartney about his seminal Wings album Band on the Run ahead of the record’s re-release in November The programme also reveals the story behind the shooting of the famous cover art.
2.15pm Moving On BBC1 – Second series of the daytime contemporary drama series which runs all week. Divorcee Anne has very few opportunities to meet a new man and has no social life to speak of, spending much of her time looking after her mother, Bella. Her only contact with her globe-trotting son is via email, so when the computer breaks down she is devastated. However, things soon look up when computer repairman John enters her life. Starring Anna Massey, Daniel Ryan and Susannah Harker.
9.00pm The Little House ITV – Two-part drama adapted from the novel by Philippa Gregory about a young woman’s psychological battle with her mother-in-law. Ruth’s independent city life is turned upside down when she and her husband Patrick move into an isolated country cottage close to his parents. Ruth falls pregnant and, following a difficult birth, struggles to cope with her demanding baby. However, her subtly manipulative mother-in-law Elizabeth is always on hand to ease the tension, seizing every opportunity to take the child away to her own home. Concludes next Monday.
9.00pm Coppers Channel 4 – Documentary series that reveals what police officers across England really think about being on the frontline of 21st-century Britain. With access to police forces across the country – from Kent to West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester to Cambridgeshire – and from inner cities to rural beats, Coppers shows what police officers are up against every day of their working lives.
9.00pm Extreme Fishing with Robson Green Five – The latest stop on his world tour is Brazil, home to the most famous river of all – the Amazon. In Brazil, Robson fishes for deadly piranhas, meets some over-friendly dolphins and sets out to catch the world’s biggest freshwater fish.
10.00pm The Trip BBC2 – Comedy starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. When Steve is commissioned by the food supplement of a Sunday newspaper to review half a dozen restaurants, he decides to mix work with pleasure and plans a trip around the north of England with his food loving American girlfriend. Their first stop is the Inn at Whitewell in the beautiful Trough of Bowland.
10.00pm Chris Moyles’ Quiz Night Channel 4 – Third series of the Quiz show where celebrities compete. Guests on the opening episode are Michael McIntyre, Louis Walsh and Jessie Wallace who take part in all rounds of the quiz but also have to face a specialist question in an area of their own expertise, plus take part in the physically demanding Record Player Challenge!
7.30pm River Monsters ITV – New series of the programme in which extreme angler Jeremy Wade goes in search of some of the most frightening freshwater fish on the planet. In this episode, Jeremy journeys up the Congo River in Central Africa looking for the notorious Goliath Tiger Fish – a terrifying beast that preys on the unsuspecting.
8.00pm Kirstie’s Homemade Home Channel 4 – In this opening programme Kirstie meets Shaun and Gemma Ward from Wolverhampton who are desperate for some inspiration to transform their six bedroom Victorian town house. The ideas covered in this episode include stained glass windows, a master class in curtain making, a trip to the blacksmith, and a visit with crochet expert Erica Knight. Prods/Dirs Lisa McCann, Christine Butler;
9.00pm Turn Back Time BBC1 – Victorian. A group of modern shopkeepers and their families take over empty shops in a neglected market square in Shepton Mallet to see if they can turn back time for the British High Street, living and trading through six key eras of history. They begin their journey in the 1870s, when the high street was born. The shopkeepers make up the key trades: the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker and the grocer. Overseeing it all is an expert Chamber of Commerce, headed up by Gregg Wallace.
10.35pm Taking the Keys Away BBC1 – Documentary following three elderly drivers and their families as they face the question of whether or not they are too old to drive. Kate and Derek are a couple in their eighties whose driving is causing real concern for their grown-up children. Eanswythe is a lifelong driver, also in her eighties, who is struggling to get her licence back after it was taken away on health grounds. And Joan is a widow in her seventies who needs her car to be independent, but her children are worried that she is becoming a danger to herself and others.
11.20pm Eat, Pray, Light BBC1 – Documentary featuring a cast of British Hindus, including a family, priests, theologians, artists, entrepreneurs, and The One Show’s Anita Rani, who day-by-day reveal the meaning of each ritual and custom of the Diwali festival.
7.30pm Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention BBC1 – Wallace and Gromit explore the wonders of the natural world, and look at inventions inspired by Mother Nature. They visit some incredible flying penguins and other elegant Manta Ray-inspired robots at Festo in Germany and visit Malawi, where scientists are studying the intricate structures of termite mounds to create self-cooling houses of the future. In Holland, they meet the brilliant sculptor Theo Jansen as he demonstrates his latest amazing contraption, the Animaris Siamesis.
8.00pm Jimmy’s Food Factory BBC1 – Science series in which farmer Jimmy Doherty asks what really goes into supermarket food. Jimmy makes some pub grub classics. Using a high-powered spud gun, Jimmy gets explosive results when he tries to make oven chips. Creating chicken kievs proves messy when he makes a home-made meat processing machine from an old car tyre. To complete his pub menu, Jimmy discovers how a farm boss, who produces 480,000 sirloin steaks every year, makes sure every steak is tender and juicy.
8.00pm Natural World: The Dolphins of Shark Bay BBC2
8.00pm Animal Madhouse Channel 4 – This brand new series explores the weird and wonderful conditions and ailments that can affect all creatures big and small. From pets to livestock to zoo creatures, and everything in between, the show features a house of horny hounds with a catalogue of oversexed canines, to an alpaca with an intimate problem; from Sting the narcoleptic horse, to Donald the sex pest duck
8.30pm Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers BBC1 – Food writer Nigel Slater creates a week’s worth of simple yet delicious meals. In this episode, he transforms favourite classic recipes by giving them a new twist.
8.30pm Johnny Kingdom’s Year with the Birds BBC4 – Johnny Kingdom spends a year following and filming some of the bird species he finds near his home and on his land
9.00pm Horizon: Asteroids – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly BBC2
9.00pm Birds Britannia BBC4 – Documentary series which looks at the different birds that live in the UK and at the stories they can tell us about the British people over time. Top of our affections are garden birds, including the nation’s favourite, the robin. Yet this relationship is a surprisingly modern one, the result of some of the most dramatic changes in British society in the last 150 years.
8.00pm Secrets of the Universe BBC3 – Greg Foot buckles up for a 13.7 billion year trip through time, to answer the biggest question of them all – where do we come from? But Greg likes to do it his own way and all he needs is the stuff that’s lying around. So he attempts to prove that the Big Bang really happened by playing guitar at 60 mph and blowing up a watermelon in super slow-motion, and calculates the speed of light by microwaving ants on full power.
9.00pm What the Green Movement got Wrong Channel 4 – In this 75-minute film, life-long diehard greens advocate radical solutions to climate change which include GM crops and nuclear energy. They argue that by clinging to an ideology formed more than 40 years ago – the traditional green lobby has failed in its aims and is ultimately harming its own environmental cause. This film is followed by a live studio debate chaired by Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow.
9.00pm Cannabis Britain’s Secret Farms BBC3 – Presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams journeys beyond the scaremongering headlines to find out the true impact of the UK’s skunk-smoking habit and accompanies Avon and Somerset police on raids.
One Night With the Scissor Sisters ITV2 – New series in which top music stars give special performances
10.00pm Nevermind the Buzzcocks BBC2 – With guest host Jack Dee.
8.00pm White Van Man Five – Documentary series following the plucky tradesmen of Britain as they battle through the recession. Welder Jim Brown branches out into building cages for swingers’ parties to make some extra cash. A group of hard-up builders turns to stripping, and specialist cleaner Chris Gander takes on the big boys at City Airport.