9.00pm Prison Night Channel 4 – The drama of life behind bars has inspired some of the world’s greatest movies, from award-winning thrillers to entertaining comedies. Why is there such a dark fascination for prisons? Is it an innate fear of confinement? For most people, the movies are as close as they’ll get to experiencing this hidden world. How accurate are these films? What really goes on behind locked doors? In a unique countdown, Prison Night reveals the number one prison movie, as voted for by British inmates. And – with the help of ‘lifers’, great escapers, Brits banged up abroad and prison bosses – explores the truth behind the world’s most memorable prison movies.
6.30pm The Simpsons Sky1 – New season of the America’s longest running comedy.
8.00pm Dames of Classic Drama at the BBC BBC4 – David Tennant narrates the story of our dames of classic drama, from a golden age of British television drama. Today, they are at the centre of British cultural life and among our greatest exports – the acting dames, an exclusive club of stage and screen greats who were honoured for their services to drama. But, lurking in the BBC archives – from long before their talents were recognised by royal decree – we find the early work and some career defining moments of Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg and Helen Mirren.
8.30pm The Shoppers Guide to Saving Money Channel 4 – Dave Fishwick and Kate Quilton host a new series that investigates the true value of must-buy products and services. The show gains access to big corporations and industry insiders to explore how much things really cost to make, giving viewers tips on the best way to get the best deal on everything from pets to printer ink, jeans, airline tickets, diamonds, perfume, gas bills and even funerals.
9.00pm London Spy BBC2 – Ben Wishaw leads this new drama centering around a romance between an MI6 code genius and a man working dead-end jobs. But tragedy strikes when the spy dies in suspicious circumstances, forcing his lover to pursue the dangerous truth behind his death. Out of his depth in the world of espionage, Danny seeks help from his wise mentor Scottie, embarking on a journey where no-one is what they seem.
9.00pm The Rise of Female Violence BBC3 – From women who beat their boyfriends, to drunken brawlers, to teenage girl gangs. BBC reporter Alys Harte looks at the rising number of females who are involved in violence, and hears from their victims.
8.00pm Masterchef: The Professionals BBC2 – Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace return as six aspiring chefs battle it out for a place in the quarter-final of the cookery competition.
8.00pm Loch Lomond: A Year in the Wild Five – Documentary series featuring the wildlife of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in Scotland, filmed across one year. It is spring, and migrating ospreys return to the park. Pregnant red deer come down from the mountain tops to the lowlands to calve.
8.00pm The Nation’s Favourite Beatles Number One ITV – Special programme celebrating the classic chart-topping songs of the most successful band in history, counting down the results of an exclusive poll. Which of the Fab Four’s 27 chart-toppers from the UK and the US has been voted the nation’s favourite Beatles number one?
10.00pm Peep Show Channel 4 – The return of the comedy series which provides achingly funny insights into the minds of its hapless protagonists. The last time we saw Mark and Jeremy they had just been mildly electrocuted in a field, abandoned by Dobby despite their declarations of love. It looked like the end of the El Dude Brothers. Time has passed, but while Jez has some rather constrictive new living quarters, and Mark has a new flatmate and has landed a bank job, it seems that the wounds have not yet healed. Jeremy is reluctant to apologise, at least until the time is right. Mark on the other hand – content thanks to Napoleon’s correspondence – is determined not to show any emotional scars. However, the pair have to put their differences aside in order to celebrate with a newly clean and healthy Super Hans. But despite his best efforts, a good detox can only last so long. When Jeremy goes cap in hand to ask for a loan it appears Mark might have his chance for revenge.
10.00pm The Frankenstein Chronicles ITV Encore – Six-part mystery drama set in London in 1827. The police apprehend a gang of opium smugglers on the banks of the Thames, but as he stands at the water’s edge, Inspector John Marlott makes a shocking discovery. The body of a dead child is washed up on the shore, but further examination of the corpse reveals a grotesque state of mutilation. Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel orders Marlott to lead the investigation, while details of the investigation must remain confidential.
10.30pm Josh BBC3 – Sitcom about flatmates Josh, Kate and Owen, and their annoying landlord Geoff. Josh gets invited to the event of the summer. The only trouble is that it’s a pool party and he can’t swim. But can Geoff teach him in time? After a date with Owen’s friend, Kate receives an unflattering critique of her kissing technique.
8.00pm Tom Jones and Rob Brydon: One Big Night for Children in Need BBC1 – Sir Tom Jones and Rob Brydon join forces for a spectacular night of music and comedy in aid of BBC Children in Need. With special guest appearances by David Walliams, Jessica Hynes and Steve Coogan, who stars alongside Rob Brydon in a one-off Tom Jones-themed mini-episode of The Trip. This unique concert, recorded at Wembley Arena, celebrates Sir Tom’s remarkable career with performances of some of his greatest hits and collaborations with artists including James Morrison, Laura Mvula, Dame Evelyn Glennie, the Shires and Chickenshed,
9.00pm Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild Five – Documentary series as Ben meets those who have escaped the daily grind. The Mason family gave up a council house in the London commuter belt for four acres of overgrown agricultural land, where they live in a converted horsebox.
9.00pm Tyger Takes On.. BBC3 – Two-part series in which Tyger Drew-Honey explores the blurring boundaries of 21st-century sexuality and sexism, delving head first into the thought-provoking lives of young adults today. In the first film, Tyger meets some of the trailblazers who are forging a brave new world of sexual expression amidst a backdrop of elite sex parties and the nu-drag scene, as he tries to be open-minded about his own sexuality.
9.00pm The Last Panthers Sky Atlantic – A diamond heist triggers a dark dive into Europe’s criminal underworld in this drama starring Samantha Morton, John Hurt, Tahar Rahim and Goran Bogdan.
9.00pm Scorpion ITV2 – Second series of US military drama.
7.30pm Children in Need 2015 BBC1 – A night of fun and fundraising. Ellie Goulding performs live, the cast of EastEnders star in a vintage Hollywood-style music performance, Scott Mills attempts to abseil down the Blackpool Tower, a choir of over 1500 children sing in unison across the nation, Sir Bruce Forsyth presents a Strictly Come Dancing special as the cast of Call the Midwife take to the famous ballroom, Warwick Davis, C-3PO and R2-D2 star in a Star Wars sketch that sees them joined by some very famous Jedi fans, Rod Stewart sings live, Harry Hill crams 40 years of television history into four minutes, and Jess Glynne performs the official Children in Need single Take Me Home.