9.30pm Howard Goodall’s Story of Music BBC2 – Composer Howard Goodall traces the story of music from the ancient world to the modern day in this series. In this episode, Goodall charts the development of the oldest intact form of music, the ‘Gregorian’ chant. He reveals how medieval musicians built up the basic elements of music until the explosion of secular folk music outside of the church between 1000 and 1600 AD transformed the world of harmony, rhythm and tone. Goodall reveals how, with the development of ever more sophisticated instruments, it was possible for Monteverdi to write the first successful opera in 1607.
8.00pm Top Gear BBC2 – Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May return for a brand new series. In this first episode, Jeremy attempts to build a car that’s even smaller than the famous Peel P50. He then tests it out on the streets of London before putting his concept to the ultimate test of credibility in the fearsome Dragons’ Den. Meanwhile, James is testing the latest Bentley Continental GT Speed by taking it on a rally stage. Plus Richard is at the test track to unleash the sensational new Pagani Huayra hypercar before handing it over to The Stig for the lap of its lifetime. Homeland star Damian Lewis is the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.
9.00pm Wonders of Life BBC2 – Professor Brian Cox embarks upon an exploration of how a few fundamental laws gave birth to the most complex, diverse and unique feature of our universe – life. In this episode, he journeys to the volcanic landscapes of South-East Asia, seeking to understand how life first began and how that spark has endured to this day.
2.15pm Moving On BBC1 – Fourth series of the daytime drama series. John and Carol are in their sixties, looking forward to retirement and a quiet life. Long-suffering of each other’s foibles, relations are nevertheless strained by their failure to sell their house. As they bicker about reducing the price, they are unaware that two other arguments are happening simultaneously on their street; a young couple, Sarah and Ryan, argue about money, and taxi passenger Dave complains about the fare to driver Neil. Stars Matthew Kelly and Barbara Flynn Continues till Friday.
9.00pm Winter Viruses and How to Beat Them BBC2 – Professor Alice Roberts and Dr Michael Mosley report on the latest virus outbreaks across the country from a pop up studio close to many of London’s leading hospitals and medical research institutions. With the help of leading virologists, they will be finding out what viruses do to our bodies, explaining what viruses are, examining how they spread and advising what we can do to stay fit and healthy for the rest of the winter.
9.00pm Rory and Will: Champions of the World Five – Comedian Rory McGrath and actor Will Mellor tour the country in their Morris Traveller, seeking out the most bizarre and barmy world championships that Britain has to offer. After racing Robin Reliants in King’s Lynn, they vie for the title of world’s greatest (coin) tosser in the 17th-century Rutland game of nurdling, take on all comers at thumb-wrestling in Lowestoft and try to best the world champions of pea-shooting in Haddenham.
10.35pm The Agenda ITV – ITV News’s political editor Tom Bradby is joined by the big names from politics, news and entertainment to take a fresh look at the week ahead as his weekly talk show returns for a new series.
8.00pm The Mary Berry Story BBC2 – Intimate two-part documentary telling the story of cookery writer and broadcaster Mary Berry. Mary shares personal milestones in her life, introduces us to some of her favourite recipes and talks candidly about the highs and lows of a life at the forefront of British home cooking.
10.00pm The Brain Hospital Five – Documentary series following the neurosurgeons and their patients as they undergo brain surgery at the Walton Centre in Liverpool. Ben was hit by a car and is in a coma, 26-year-old Joy must stay awake for removal of a brain tumour, and 21-year-old Kelsey is having deep brain stimulation for severe epilepsy.
10.35pm The Richard Dimbelby Lecture 2013 BBC1 – In the 2013 Richard Dimbleby Lecture, one of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs and leading philanthropists, Bill Gates, explains his optimism for a world free of the debilitating disease, polio. He explains why he is devoting so much of his time, money and influence to eradicating polio, and how we can all help to finish the job. Since the launch of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates has become a leading figure on the international development stage, seeking innovative solutions to extreme poverty and poor health in developing countries.
8.00pm The Hairy Bikers Everyday Gourmet BBC2 – The Hairy Bikers show how to turn the weekend into a gourmet extravaganza without breaking the bank. They cook up delicious dishes, glean money saving set menu secrets at the UK’s only two Michelin star pub, and find out how beer can be as good a match with food as wine. Everything learnt is put to the test when they help a wounded soldier say thank you to some very important people with a surprise barbecue.
9.00pm Make me a Muslim BBC3 – Documentary following the highs and lows of five girls as they embrace Islam. With growing numbers of young British women now converting, Shanna Bukhari, a 26-year-old Muslim from Manchester, sets out to find out why girls are giving up partying, drinking and wearing whatever they want for a religion some people associate with the oppression of women. From adapting to a religion that allows a man to marry up to four wives to the acceptance of friends and family, it isn’t always easy for the five new converts.
10.00pm Derek Channel 4 – Following on from the acclaimed one-off comedy drama last year, Ricky Gervais presents a new six-part series about Derek Noakes, a tender, innocent man whose love for his job and the people he cares for in the retirement home where he works, shines through. Starring Karl Pilkington, Kerry Godliman and David Earl. In the first episode, a visit from the council sees Broadhill retirement home facing closure. Hannah, the home’s manager rallies together her troops, best mates Derek, Dougie and Kev, and together they set to work raising their own funds for the home. A visit from the Meadway animal rescue centre and an outburst from Dougie helps to put smiles back on the residents’ face.
8.00pm The Planners BBC2 – Documentary series following those who make the decisions behind planning approvals and refusals. In this edition, three national house builders proposing to build over 500 homes in a greenfield site outside Winsford in Cheshire meet severe opposition from locals determined to derail the development.
8.00pm Dangerous Driving School Five – Documentary series following three driving instructors as they take to task some of the most reckless, nervous and downright dangerous drivers on British roads today. These people are not learners. They all have a licence, but have developed problem behaviour and want help. A 32-year-old single mum from Londonderry is a bag of nerves behind the wheel, a 42-year-old speed freak seems determined to lose his licence, and 78-year-old actor Melvyn Hayes struggles with the demands of modern driving.
9.00pm The Secret Life of Dogs ITV – Using state-of-the-art technology – including some amazing slow motion footage – we find out how our favourite animal sees, smells and experiences its very different world. Follow the life of a cute puppy from birth through to its own pregnancy, and hear personal accounts of dogs that have saved lives, rebuilt marriages and detected diseases. Part natural history, part science and part pure celebration of man’s best friend, this programme highlights just how extraordinary dogs truly are.
9.00pm Winter Road Rescue Five – Documentary series following the snowplough drivers and patrols who work around the clock to make sure the UK does not grind to a halt when the winter weather does its worst.
10.00pm Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe BBC2 – Charlie Brooker and guests cast their collective eyes over all that the telly, cinema, news and computer games have to offer and squeeze half an hour of fun out for this topical weekly show. It’s good, so you really should watch it.
9.00pm Monty Don’s French Gardens BBC2 – Monty Don visits some of the most famous and interesting gardens in France