7.30pm By the People BBC2 – Featuring intimate footage of Obama, his family and his election team, this unique film documents the behind-the-scenes story of the passionate campaigners who helped a young African-American freshman senator reach the White House.
10.10pm Heroes BBC2 – Fourth series of the sci-fi drama. Claire and Matt try to find normality while Hiro, Ando, Peter try to use their abilities to do good. Angela worries about Sylar, and a new threat arrives in the form of a mysterious carnival. Episode 2 airs straight afterwards.
8.00pm Lark Rise to Candleford BBC1 – Third series of the costume drama. A handsome young journalist, Daniel Parish, arrives in Lark Rise with exciting news for the Timmins family: Emma is set to inherit a fortune, enough to move the family to a big house in Candleford.
8.30pm Wild At Heart ITV1 – New series of the family drama starring Stephen Tompkinson as a domestic vet on an African game reserve. Danny and Alice have been working hard on a project to rehabilitate a group of circus elephants, but they need the help of Vanessa and Rowan to move the herd to a new home.
9.30pm The Conspiricy Files BBC2 – Examining what has happened to the world’s most wanted man, Osama Bin Laden.
9.30pm Being Human BBC3 – Second series of comedy drama about three twenty-something housemates trying to live normal lives, despite struggling with unusual afflictions – one is a werewolf, one is a vampire and the other is a ghost. Two strangers arrive in Bristol to torment Mitchell and George.
5.30pm Wogan’s Perfect Recall Channel 4
7.30pm Inside Out BBC1
8.30pm Delia Through the Decades BBC2 – Series celebrating Delia Smith’s career and the ways she has shaped what people eat and how they cook it. She revisits her favourite recipes and recreates some with a contemporary twist.
9.00pm The British Family: Our History BBC2 – Kirsty Young begins a four-part history of how British families have changed since the Second World War by looking at marriage. Using vibrant archive footage and bittersweet interviews, she examines how, from the 1940s to the late 1960s, marriage was transformed from a sometimes stifling institution into a more equal relationship.
9.00pm Law & Order UK ITV1 – Second series of the crime series based on the popular American franchise. A tragic communication error between police officers leads to the death of gay PC Nick Bentley when he is caught in the crossfire of armed drug-dealers.
9.0opm Paul Merton in Europe Five – New series following Paul Merton as he travels through Europe. Beginning in Germany, Paul meets the leader of a political movement known as the Apple Front, before enjoying a ‘chess boxing’ match in a Berlin sports hall.
9.00pm Hell’s Kitchen USA ITV2 – Gordon Ramsay returns for the sixth series of the American cookery competion.
9.00pm Surviviors BBC1 – Highly anticipated second series of the survivial drama. Abby has been kidnapped and Greg lies badly wounded – can things get any worse for the Family?
9.00pm Simon Schama on Obama’s America BBC2 – A year on from Barack Obama’s inauguration, Simon Schama examines the issue that more than any other will determine the fate of his presidency. Continues Thursday
9.00pm CSI Five – Tenth series of the US crime drama.
10.00pm Muslim Driving School BBC2 – An insight into the lives of Muslim women learner drivers, their instructors and their families. Unlike many driving schools, those featured foster an intimate relationship between instructor and student because of the cultural restrictions that Muslim women experience.
10.00pm Defemation More4 – Yoav Shamir’s controversial documentary embarks on a provocative and sometimes irreverent quest to answer the question, “What is anti-Semitism today?
10.10pm The Girl Who Cries Blood Channel 4 – This Bodyshock Special features 13-year-old Twinkle Dwivedi who, for nearly two years, has inexplicably cried tears of blood.
10.30pm Coming of Age BBC3 – Second series of the teen comedy. Ollie refuses to get a tetanus jab after falling on a nail. DK causes havoc with a ventriloquist’s doll and Chloe demands Matt makes amends for blabbing about their sex life.
10.35pm The Man who Can’t stop Hiccupping BBC1 – Documentary on 25 year old Christopher Sands who has been constantly hiccupping for two years.
7.30pm American Idol ITV2 -Return of the huge American singing competition that sees talk show host Ellen Ellen DeGeneres join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi on the judging panel. Guest judges include Victoria Beckham, Shania Twain and and Kristin Chenoweth. Continues Thursday
9.00pm NCIS Five – Sixth series of the US crime drama
9.00pm The Man Who Shot the Sixties BBC4 – Documentary telling the story of photographer Brian Duffy who along with David Bailey and Terence Donovan defined the image of the 1960s and was as famous as the stars he photographed. With the first ever exhibition of his work due, Duffy has agreed to be filmed to talk about his life, his work and why he made it all go up in flames.
10.00pm Numb3rs Five – Sixth series of the US crime drama
10.00pm The Perausisionists BBC2 – New comedy series set in an advertizing agency and starring Daisy Haggard, Iain Lee and Lee Ross.
11.30pm Who Wants to a Be a Millioniare Indian Special Channel 4 – Presented by actor and game show host Shahrukh Khan, the episode filmed for Valentine’s Day 2007 features Bollywood actress Malaika Arora Khan and her quiz partner Arbaaz Khan, screenwriting brother and sister Zoya and Farhan Akhtar and film directors Karan Johar and Farah Khan. Being shown as part of Channel 4’s Indian Winter season.
8.00pm Material Girl BBC1 – comedy/drama series following a manic fashion designer. It’s Paris Fashion Week and Ali Redcliffe has a huge flare-up with her boss, leading fashion designer, Davina Bailey. Back in London, the renowned Marco Keriliak offers Ali the chance of a lifetime: to set up her own label.
8.00pm Build a New Life in the Country Five – New series of the property and lifestyle show with Charlie Luxton. Lisa and Michael attempt to convert a 400-year-old barn into an eco-friendly family home.
9.00pm Kevin McCloud: Slumming It Channel 4 – Part of Channel 4’s Winter Indian Season Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud discovers a world of curious juxtapositions in one of the most extreme urban environments on earth: Dharavi. With a million people crammed into one square mile, Dharavi is one of the most densely populated places on earth. Concludes at 8pm on Friday
9.00pm Stag Weekends: The Dirty Secrets BBC3 – Reporter Simon Boazman goes undercover to break into a sex trafficking ring and finds the women who have fallen victim to the trade in sex slaves.
9.00pm The Secret Life of Chaos BBC4 – Professor Jim Al-Khalili shows how chaos theory can answer a question that mankind has asked for millennia – how does a universe that starts off as dust end up with intelligent life?
10.35pm Real Crime with Mark Austin ITV1 – As Peter Tobin faces sentencing for the murder of Dinah McNicol, Mark Austin speaks to criminologists, psychologists and those who have come face-to-face with the man to deduce whether Tobin is Britain’s worst serial killer.
9.00pm Empire of the Seas: How the Navy Forged the Modern World BBC2 -Four-part series inwhich historian Dan Snow charts the defining role the Royal Navy played in Britain’s struggle for modernity – a grand tale of the twists and turns which thrust the people of these isles into an indelible relationship with the sea and ships. The first episode opens with a dramatic re-telling of 16th and 17th century history, revealing how victory over the Armada transformed impoverished England into a seafaring nation.
9.00pm Popstart to Operastar ITV1 – Alan Titchmarsh and Myleene Klass present a new series in which eight chart-topping singers attempt to perform well-known opera songs accompanied by a full live orchestra. Contestants include Alex James, Bernie Nolan, Danny Jones, Darius Campbell, Jimmy Osmond, Kym Marsh, Vanessa White and Marcella Detroit.