9.00pm New Novelists: 12 of the best from the Culture Show BBC2 – The Culture Show has formed a panel chaired by professor of English John Mullan to examine the debut novels of writers published in the last two years and to identify the most important new voices in British literary fiction right now. The film witnesses the in-depth discussions of the panel as they narrow the list of new novelists down to just 12.
8.00pm Civilization: Is the West History? Channel 4 – In his fourth and most ambitious series for Channel 4, Niall Ferguson asks why it was that Western civilization, from inauspicious roots in the 15th century, came to dominate the rest of the world; and if the days of Western ascendency are now coming to an end.
9.00pm Wonders of the Universe BBC2 – Having explored the wonders of the solar system, Professor Brian Cox steps boldly on to an even bigger stage – the universe. In this episode, Brian seeks to understand the nature of time and its role in creating both the universe and ourselves. From an extraordinary calendar built into the landscape of Peru to the beaches of Costa Rica, Brian explores the cycles of time which define our experience of life on Earth.
9.00pm Country House Rescue Channel 4 – Third series of the series where former Hotel Inspector Ruth Watson comes to the rescue of the country’s historic homes.
10.20pm My Dad’s Army ITV – The stories behind the headlines, as the children of the UK’s fallen military heroes speak about their fathers. The children featured range from two to 21 years old and the bravery and courage of each one is remarkable. Thirteen-year-old Ethan and 11-year-old Wesley Taylor’s father was a Royal Marine. They also have a baby brother, who is too young to remember his father, so the boys are building a memory box for him as he grows up.
6.30pm Royal Upstairs Downstairs BBC2 – Antiques expert Tim Wonnacott and chef Rosemary Shrager travel in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, visiting the houses, castles and stately homes she visited throughout her life. Using her own diaries and other first hand accounts of her visits, they discover the extraordinary preparations that were undertaken and explore the legacy of each visit – upstairs and downstairs
7.00pm Parents Under Pressure BBC2 – Sophie Raworth travels across Britain to find out why parents seem to be bringing up a generation of kids who are unhappier, unhealthier and more unruly than they’ve ever been. Armed with the latest research into childhood, she meets mothers who find it hard to give their babies the love and attention they need; parents worried about the effect of leaving their children in nursery care for long periods; and young people who’ve been affected by parents who are in conflict, who work very long hours or who have split up.
9.00pm Law & Order UK ITV – Fourth series of the crime drama starring Bradley Walsh. When a former footballer is beaten to death on a London street in what looks like a robbery gone wrong, investigations lead Ronnie and Matt to Mike Jones. He was seen in the area at the time of the murder, has motive and is linked to the murder weapon. Protesting his innocence, Mike points the finger at a well-known East End gangster who he claims he saw at the scene of the crime.
9.00pm Caroline Quentin: A Passage Through India ITV – First in a new three-part series in which actress Caroline Quentin makes an epic journey through the Indian subcontinent from north to south. She begins in the colourful city of Varanasi – the religious and cultural capital of India – where she attends an evening ceremony in which thousands of people light lamps and pray to the River Ganges.
9.00pm Agony & Ecstacy: A Year with the English Ballet BBC4 – Series going behind the scenes at English National Ballet over one of its toughest and most dramatic years. In the first episode, we follow the production of Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall and its cast of experienced company dancers and new wannabes fighting for recognition. When choreographer Derek Deane puts his reputation on the line by casting a talented but inexperienced young dancer with a world-class guest ballerina, the challenge is on.
8.00pm The Great British Food Revival BBC2 – A series in which ten of the BBC’s best-known chefs and cooks are on a mission to popularise traditional British produce. Each chef champions a produce that is close to their heart but is in danger of being lost forever. They also demonstrate how to cook fabulous meals featuring these ingredients. In this first episode of the series, two-star Michelin chef and co-host of Masterchef – The Professionals, Michel Roux Jr. campaigns for the return of the artisan baker to the UK high street and shares his own unique recipes to show how easy and rewarding home baking can be.
9.00pm 23 Week Babies: The Price of Life BBC2 – Award-winning director Adam Wishart has unprecedented access to the babies born in such extreme prematurity on a Birmingham neonatal unit, and asks the difficult question: is it always right to keep them alive?
8.00pm Bang Goes the Winter Weather BBC1 – A special hour-long edition of the science programme sees Liz, Dallas and Jem get under the bonnet of Britain’s recent weather by building a unique weather chamber in the workshop. In a Bang first they try to make cloud, rain and snow from scratch, and recreate some of the worst weather to have hit our shores this winter.
9.00pm The British at Work BBC2 – Kirsty Young looks at British working lives since the Second World War. This programme combines the memories of ordinary working people with vivid archive from documentary, television and film to look at an era in which work was a great mass experience and work places were lively, welcoming communities.
9.00pm Monroe ITV – New drama starring James Nesbitt as fantastic Nerosurgen Gabriel Monroe. At work, Monroe has the courage to perform cutting-edge brain surgery but at home, he is afraid to admit that his life is falling apart. When Alison Bannister is admitted with a brain tumour, Monroe has to help her make a frightening decision.
7.30pm Comic Relief: Girl on a Wire BBC1 – The full story of daredevil Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton’s incredible attempt to walk a high-wire between two chimneys of London’s Battersea Power Station – and set a new record for the highest high-wire walk ever by a woman in the UK.
8.30pm Gardeners World BBC2 – Return of the series fronted by Monty Don.