9.00pm Fry’s Planet Word BBC2 – Stephen Fry dissects language in all its forms, journeying from the thousands of years since humans first mastered speech, through the glories of world literature, right up to the cyber world of today with its html codes and texting. He begins by asking why people are so advanced in their levels of communication compared with other species on the planet. He also explores the history of feral children and sign-language, and follows a child learning to speak over nine months.
9.00pm Fighting on the Frontline Channel 4 – 3-part behind the scenes with British troops on tours of duty in Afghanistan. Helicopter crews discuss their experiences of life in the warzones of Helmand Province, where state-of-the-art Apache craft launch attacks on Taliban forces from the air, while Chinooks embark on medical rescue missions to try to save troops injured by explosive devices.
10.15pm That Sunday Show ITV – Series two of the topical news show fronted by Adrian Chiles with panelists Frank Skinner and Shaun Ryder
10.15pm The Only Way is Essex ITV2 – New series of the reality soap.
8.30pm Home Cooking Made Easy BBC2 – Lorraine Pascale uses her culinary expertise to demonstrate how delicious meals can be cooked at home.
9.00pm Jono: Finding My Family on Facebook BBC3 – Jono Lancaster, who was adopted as a baby, examines the issues facing people who use social networking sites to track down their families.
8.00pm Gok’s Clothes Roadshow Channel 4 – The stylist heads to Liverpool, where he has a budget of £50 to create an entire outfit, and three women get the star treatment before appearing on the catwalk.
8.00pm Super Interiors Channel 5 – Makeover show in which interior designer Kelly Hoppen transforms viewers’ homes. First up are Theresa and Vince di Martino from West Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, who want to rid their garage of all its junk and breathe some life into it, creating a stylish space for socialising.
10.35pm Hedge Wars BBC1 – The programme features a naturist in Keighley, West Yorkshire, who loves the privacy they afford him in his garden, and people on a sheltered housing project in South Shields who live in the perpetual shadow of a massive hedge owned by their local church.
10.00pm Fringe Sky1 – Fourth series of the US sci-fi series.
8.00pm The Marvellous Mrs. Beeton With Sophie Dahl BBC2 – Sophie Dahl explores the extraordinary life and times of her food heroine, Mrs Beeton – the creator of the original domestic bible Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management. Through cooking original recipes from her book, investigating her childcare advice and home remedies and even throwing a full Victorian dinner party, Sophie finds out how one young woman shaped our idea of what a home really is and reveals the personal tragedies behind Mrs Beeton’s starchy public persona.
8.00pm Ringer Sky Living – Pilot of a US drama series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar inwhich she plays a pair of twins with a murky past.
9.00pm Shirley BBC2 – Drama about the life of Shirley Bassey as part of the BBC’s Mixed Race Season
9.00pm Strictly Come Dancing BBC1 – Two night edition of the reality series with dancers Alex Jones, Anita Dobson, Audley Harrison, Dan Lobb, Lulu, Robbie Savage and Russell Grant take to the floor with their professional partners to perform either a waltz or a cha cha cha.