7.30pm The Magicians BBC1 – Performers include illusionist of the decade, Luis De Matos; winners of Best Comedy Illusionists at the World Magic Awards, the dark and twisted Barry and Stuart; and the King of Close-Up Magic, Chris Korn. Each week they will be joined by three different celebrities, and together they will compete to win the studio audience vote and escape the dreaded forfeit trick – an extreme feat of courage, mind over matter and a test of trust.
7.30pm Primeval ITV – Following its axe at the start of the 2010 the science fiction series returns for a 4th series. After a year in the Cretaceous period, Abby and Connor find a lost anomaly device in a raptor’s bower and finally escape back to their own time – only to be followed through by a giant spinosaurus. They soon meet up with a brand new ARC team, but being away for so long has left them out of the loop and they find their jobs in jeopardy. The second episodes airs tomorrow at 7.00pm on ITV
9.00pm Come Fly with Me BBC1 – Second episode of the new Matt Lucas and David Walliams comedy set in an airport. ‘Sudden wing malfunction’ delays FlyLo passengers on their way to Malaga, while Melody and Taaj get tough with FlyLo’s new baggage allowance regulations.
9.00pm Eric & Ernie BBC2 – Single drama telling the story of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise’s formative years, from child stars to national treasures. ‘Big head, short legs’ is Eric Bartholomew’s first impression of Ernie Wiseman, but their friendship endures and, encouraged by his well-meaning but determined mother Sadie, Eric became the funny man to Ernie’s ‘feed’. After a successful stint in children’s variety, they work their way up the ladder of live performance. Starring Victoria Wood, Daniel Rigby, Bryan Dick and Reece Shearsmith.
9.30pm Live at the Apollo BBC1 – Lenny Henry introduces guest appearances from Canadian comic Mike Wilmot and Ireland’s Tommy Tiernan.
10.05pm Small, Far Away: The World of Father Ted Channel 4 – On the 15th anniversary of its launch, this documentary follows Father Ted creators Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews as they return to Craggy Island on a road trip across Ireland, taking them back to some of the key filming locations from the series. Ardal O’Hanlon, Frank Kelly, Graham Norton and many others pitch in with their reminiscences of the show, the passion it inspired and their memories of the late, great Dermot Morgan. Followed by the writers’ favourite episode at 11.15pm
10.30pm Eric and Ernie: Behind the Scenes BBC2 – Celebratory documentary charts the duo’s early years and the hurdles they faced, whilst showing why Eric and Ernie still remain Britain’s best loved double act. Featuring specially shot, behind-the-scenes footage from the film, treasured Morecambe and Wise archive and celebrity interviews, the documentary visits important landmarks in their journey and uncovers the hard work and secrets of their phenomenal success. Featuring contributions from the people who knew Eric and Ernie best.
6.00pm Got to Dance Sky1 – Davina hosts the first round of auditions for the dance contest judged by Kimberly Wyatt, Ashley Banjo and Adam Garcia.
8.00pm Famous & Fearless Channel 4 – Famous and Fearless kicks off at the Echo Arena Liverpool with eight brave celebrities taking on adrenaline-fuelled urban action sports in front of a massive live audience. Chris Evans and Clare Balding present the two-hour live show which airs every night this week. The women participating are double Gold Olympic Medal winner Dame Kelly Holmes; former EastEnders favourite Kacey Ainsworth; actor and Hollyoaks star Sarah Jayne Dunn; and TV presenter and former Atomic Kitten Jenny Frost. Representing the men are New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu; comedian Rufus Hound; adventurer Charley Boorman; and musician/action sports enthusiast Sam Branson. Following months of intensive training in sports such as BMX, Inline Speed Skating and Powerbocking, the eight contestants compete against each other over six consecutive nights with the winner each night taking away £10,000 for their chosen charity. Continues all week.
9.00pm Zen BBC1 – 3-part Drama series starring Rufus Sewell as Italian detective Aurelio Zen, who finds it tough being the only honest cop in town. Detective Zen is sent to a remote village to re-investigate a murder, which may spark a political scandal. Zen is under pressure from the politicians and the Chief of Police, but he would rather be spending time with Tania, the Chief’s beautiful assistant. Meanwhile, a gangster is after Zen, seeking revenge.
9.00pm Artic with Bruce Parry BBC2 – Five-part documentary series that sees explorer Bruce Parry travel and spend time with the people of the artic. Bruce journeys to meet the Sakha horse people and a remote encampment of Eveny reindeer herders in the wild Verkhoyansk Mountains, where he finds out how they are embracing the challenges of a post-Soviet Arctic. For Bruce, it’s also a journey of personal discovery as he goes in search of the ancient shamanic religion of these wild northern lands.
9.00pm Marple ITV – The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side. When actress Marina Gregg and her young English film director husband, Jason Rudd, take up residence at Gossington Hall. Curious locals gather for a reception hosted by the glamorous couple but Marina’s new role as lady of the manor seems to be under threat when an excitable fan dies after drinking a poisoned cocktail. But for whom was the fatal concoction really intended? Guest stars include Joanna Lumley, Lindsay Duncan, Caroline Quentin and Nigel Harman.
9.00am Wanted Down Under BBC1 – Return of the Daytime series where families get to try out life in Australia.
5.00pm The Chase ITV – New series of the Quiz Show fronted by Bradley Walsh
6.30pm Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death BBC1 – Another chance to see the duo’s most recent adventure first broadcast in 2008.
6.30pm Great British Railway Journeys BBC2 – Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw’s Victorian Railway Guidebook. In a series of five epic journeys, Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country to see how the railways changed us, and what of Bradshaw’s Britain remains. Continues all week
8.00pm The Lakes ITV – Second series that sees Rory McGrath explore the people and places of Cornwall and the Lake District.
9.00pm Silent Witness BBC1 – 14th series of the pathology crime drama consisting of five 2-part stories. When the team investigate three suspicious deaths in one night on the same ward, it looks like hospital staff may be behind their murders. Nikki becomes increasingly disturbed by a rape and murder case involving a young child. Continues Tuesday.
9.00pm The Bear Family and Me BBC2 – This series follows wildlife cameraman, Gordon Buchanan, as he spends a year with a family of wild black bears. Gordon arrives in the forests of Minnesota in spring just as the bears are coming out of their dens. Before he can start filming he faces a major challenge – to earn the bears’ trust. Continues Tuesday ConcludesWednesday.
9.00pm Above Suspcion 3: Deadly Intent ITV – Three-part third series of the Lynda La Plante crime drama. DI Anna Travis is reunited with DCS James Langton for another challenging case. The shooting of an ex-police officer leaves a notorious drug dealer as the obvious suspect. However, Travis is convinced that things are not as they appear and that something much bigger is at stake. But as she strikes out on her own, tensions within her team threaten to derail the case. Continues Tuesday, Concludes Wednesday.
9.00pm The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse BBC4 – The extraordinary story of comedian Bob Monkhouse’s life and career, told for the first time through the vast private archive of films, TV shows, letters and memorabilia that he left behind.
9.30pm Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2010 Channel 4 – Jimmy Carr puts a panel
of celebrities including Jonathan Ross, Ruth Jones, Alan Carr, Noel Fielding, Michael McIntyre and Richard Ayoade to the test as they battle it out to see who remembers most about the events of 2010.
8.00pm Secret Mediterranean with Trevor McDonald ITV – Trevor McDonald embarks on a new travel series in which he makes an amazing journey across the Mediterranean in search of the unexpected, the forgotten, the extraordinary and the bizarre. In the first programme, he boards the luxury yacht Christina O, which was once owned by the Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis. Then he visits Izmir, Turkey, where he witnesses one of the strangest sporting events in the world – camel wrestling. His final destination is the unique and magnificent Venice.
9.00pm Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents BBC3 – Series in which teenagers take their first summer holiday abroad without their parents, who, unbeknown to the kids, are watching everything that unfolds. In Malia, 18-year-old Joe leaves his doting family behind for one last blowout with the lads before they go their separate ways, while 18-year-old art student Millie escapes from her mum for her first ever girls’ holiday. Will the experience bring them closer together or drive them further apart?
9.35pm David Walliams: Awfully Good Channel 4 – Show that celebrates the ‘so bad they’re good’ moments in TV, commercials and movies. From Keanu Reeves in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, to the BBC’s 1978 contemporary black music show Blackcurrent ; from flatulence-deodorising underpants, to a roaring shark in Jaws: The Revenge, David Walliams casts his eye and wit over the most remarkable onscreen moments ever seen. In the first of three shows screening this year, David Walliams offers a mighty selection box of the most misguided TV scenes.
8.00pm There’s a Rhino in My House! Five – Documentary exploring the heartwarming story of Judy and John Travers, a Zimbabwean couple who have devoted their lives to saving from extinction one of the rarest mammals on Earth. The pair have run a black rhino breeding programme for two decades, but went above and beyond the call of duty when they rescued a baby rhino from poachers and decided to hand-rear the animal on their ranch.
8.00pm Dream Lives for Sale Sky1 – Business expert Jonnie Irwin offers advice to families wanting to set up businesses abroad.
9.00pm NCIS Five – Seventh series of US crime series.
9.00pm Louie Spence’s Showbusiness Sky1 – The series formally known as Pineapple Dance Studios returns.
9.00pm Music, Money & Hip Hop Honeys BBC3 – Nel Hedayat investigates the world of music videos and meets the girls who dream of dancing in them. Nel spends time with girls who are on the path to success, but also learns about the dark side of an industry where dancers chasing fame can leave themselves open to financial and sexual exploitation.
9.35pm Inside Britain’s Fattest Man Channel 4 – Documentary on Paul who is Britain’s fattest man. Estimated to be around 70 stone, the 49-year-old’s addiction to food has changed his life forever. He’s been bed bound for the best part of a decade, disowned by his family, and turned down for the only thing that can save him: an operation to staple his stomach. The Documentary follows Paul’s fight to get the operation that will save his life.
10.35pm A Comedy Roast: Barbara Windsor Channel 4 – Alan Carr, Sean Lock, Rich Hall, Patrick Kielty, Bernard Cribbins, Cheryl Fergison and Christopher Biggins all get a chance to have a tongue-in-cheek pop at a national treasure and those that can’t be there on the night also get to chip in on film, including Michael Sheen, the cast of EastEnders and Leslie Phillips.
8.00pm DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC1 – Nick Knowles and co come to the rescue of a family whose home is in need of rennovation.
9.00pm Come Fly With Me BBC1 – The comedy from Matt Lucas and David Walliams moves to its new Thursday slot. Taaj Manzoor bumps into Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint, and Customs Officers Roberts and Stewart try to work out what to do with a truly massive drugs haul.
9.00pm The Sinking of the Laconia BBC2 – Part one of a two-part drama about the cruiseship turned troop ship during the 1940’s Concludes Friday
9.00pm Martin Clunes: Man to Manta ITV – Documentary that follows the Doc Martin actor as he swims with manta rays on a remote island in the Indian Ocean. But first, he must learn to be comfortable wearing an aqualung.
9.00pm High: How Drugs Work BBC3 – Series using visual effects and CGI to examine the effects of drugs on the human body. With testimony from people who enjoy using it and those who have become addicted, the programme reveals how cannabis takes over the inner workings of the brain, creating mind-warping and heart-racing effects.
9.00pm The Brain: A Secret History BBC4 – Series in which Michael Mosley examines science’s last great frontier – the human mind. Michael finds everything from risky psychological experiments to cutting-edge neuroscience, and offers himself up as a guinea pig to explore what science can tell him about himself.
9.30pm Not Going Out BBC1 – The previously axed sitcom starring Lee Mack and Tim Vine returns for a fourth series. After a night spent out clubbing, Tim returns to the flat wearing the wrong coat, and convinces Lee to help him return it to its owner.
9.35pm Derren Brown: Egnima Channel 4 – A chance to see his most recent live theatre tour
8.00pm Children’s Hospital ITV – Second series of the documentary followings the patients at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. In this episode, the show meets seven-year-old Hannah, who has a rare genetic condition which weakens her bones. In A&E, doctors are worried about 11-year-old Alexander’s bruised hip and two-year-old Mason arrives with a dislocated shoulder after a temper tantrum.
8.30pm Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein BBC2 – Plantswoman Carol Klein shares with us a year in her garden at Glebe Cottage in north Devon.
9.00pm Hustle BBC1 – The con-artist drama returns for a seventh series. Mickey and his team have a wealth of potential marks lined up, but when Eddie’s niece gets scammed by ruthless modelling agent Wendy Stanton they put all that on hold to come to the rescue.
9.00pm Penn & Teller: Fool us ITV – Jonathan Ross hosts a one-off show in which the world-famous magical maestros search for the UK’s brightest up-and-coming illusionist. Aspiring magicians perform their most baffling trick in front of a studio audience which includes Penn and Teller. If the guest magician manages to fool the grand masters of magic, he or she will win a five-star trip to Las Vegas and the opportunity to perform in the duo’s legendary stage show.
10.00pm Rude Tube 2011 Channel 4 – Alex Zane kicks off the New Year with a top 100 Rude Tube countdown, combining the very best clips from Rude Tube 2010 with a special gift of 50 brand new, never-before-seen clips.