6.30pm Strictly Come Dancing BBC1 – 14 brand new stars discover which professional dancer they will be paired with, and they all take to the dance floor for the very first time. Will it be ballroom bliss, or dance floor disaster? Let the ballroom battle commence.
8.20pm Comedy World Cup Channel 4 – Seven-part panel show in which David Tennant referees two teams of comedians as they compete against each other in a knockout competition. In each episode the teams, whose careers and comedy know-how span a total of 100 years, pit their wits against each other in a series of rounds to find out which team are the biggest comedy brainboxes and fountains of funny knowledge. Each team is made up of three comedians – a team captain in their 30s/40s, an over-50 comedy legend, and a comedy newbie in their 20s/30s. Team captains featuring during the series are; Alan Carr, Andy Parsons, Jo Brand, Phill Jupitus, Jason Manford, Omid Djalili, Johnny Vegas and Micky Flanagan. At the end of the series the final two teams will go head-to-head, with one team crowned ultimate champions and winners of the Comedy World Cup 2012.
9.10pm QIXL BBC2 – The first longer episode of the new series featuring Bill Bailey and Jimmy Carr.
9.00pm Downton Abbey ITV – The acclaimed period drama returns for a third series. Cora’s mother sweeps into Downton for Matthew and Mary’s wedding, but with the couple’s relationship under strain will they even make it to the altar? New footman Alfred strives to meet Carson’s high standards, under the watchful eye of his aunt O’Brien. Robert has some shocking news which brings financial worries to the fore. Will he lose Downton and all it stands for?
9.00pm The Big Fat Quiz of the 80’s Channel 4 – Jimmy Carr hosts the first of three special editions of the Big Fat Quiz series, beginning with an irreverent look back at the almost unrecognisable decade of the 1980s when the Tories were in power, the whole world tuned in to watch a Royal wedding and it looked like a war with the Falklands was inevitable. Who sang while the Berlin Wall fell? What was the Hand of God? And who were the Brat Pack? Whether you know some of the answers, or are totally clueless, join Jonathan Ross, Jason Manford, Stephen Mangan, Micky Flanagan and Carol Vorderman – with appearances from Michael Fish, Su Pollard, John Craven and many more – as the teams compete to decide who can remember the most about the 1980s.
9.00pm Masters of Money BBC2 – BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders examines how three extraordinary thinkers, Keynes, Hayek and Marx, helped shape the 20th century and continue to exert a huge influence on our world today. Stephanie begins by looking at John Maynard Keynes. Many argue only Winston Churchill had a greater impact on British life than Keynes over the last century.
9.00pm Love and Marriage: A 20th Century Romance BBC4 – This three part series follows the ups and downs of marriage in Britain from the 1900s to the present day using the deeply moving personal stories of couples, and their children, from all walks of life. This first episode considers the strengths and weaknesses of the Victorian marriage ideal. Despite mass unemployment and the tragedy of two world wars, most marriages not only survived, some became even stronger. Denise Robertson, Hetty Bower, Diana Athill and others tell their stories.
9.00pm Derren Brown: Svengali Channel 4 – Filmed live in front of a sell-out audience at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. Showcasing Derren’s skills as master persuader and entertainer, he attempts to extract secret confessions from the audience, plays psychological mind games, and shares the dramatic history of Svengali.
8.00pm The Food Hospital Channel 4 – The Food Hospital returns for a brand new series, and this time dietician Lucy Jones, consultant Shaw Somers, GPs Gio Miletto, and Pixie McKenna, are using food to try to tackle an even greater array of common illnesses, from acne and eczema, insomnia and arthritis, to epilepsy and ADHD. The first patient to be seen by the Food Hospital team is four-year-old Jack from Lincoln. Jack suffers from atopic eczema, a skin condition that affects one in five children in the UK which means his skin often becomes itchy, dry, red and cracked.
PICK: 9.00pm The Choir: Whistle While You Work BBC2 – Following the success of The Choir: Military Wives, Gareth Malone is back and this time he wants to get staff in some of Britain’s busiest workplaces singing while they work. Travelling across the country, he sets out to create four unique choirs in four very different organisations which will then sing head to head in a contest to find his best workplace choir. Gareth is at Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust to set up the first of his four choirs from the doctors, nurses and porters at one of London’s busiest hospitals. But as the staff come together, the song Gareth chooses for them to sing proves challenging in a way that he wasn’t expecting.
9.00pm Making Faces Five – A look at the work of the highly skilled surgeons and prosthetics experts at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Featuring Anna, who had her nose removed due to a cancerous tumour and is now having a prosthetic nose fitted. We also meet Frank, who is a young burns victim receiving treatment by the hospital team to reduce the scarring after his accident. Elsewhere, the team treat a young victim of a violent assault and as they renew a prosthetic ear for patient Ron.