6.30pm Britain’s First Photo Album BBC2 – John Sergeant follows in the footsteps of Victorian pioneer photographer Francis Frith who, in the 1860s embarked upon a monumental mission to attempt to document every city, town and village in Britain. John travels the country to discover more about this extraordinary man and his team and the unique record they left behind. John finds out what’s changed, what’s stayed the same and what has gone forever, and along the way he takes his own photographs inspired by the image taken by a Frith cameraman.
7.30pm Bang Goes the Theory BBC1
8.00pm China Channel 4 – Niall Ferguson travels through this vast country to ask how a fifth of humanity can live under a Communist system of government with a capitalist economy when according to all the laws of history he knows it should fall apart. He tracks down the people who can really explain what China stands for: from newly minted billionaires in China’s megacities, to the survivors of the madness of Chairman Mao, to aggressive young nationalists hacking into our computers, to the brave defenders of China’s rural poor
9.00pm Scott & Bailey ITV – Return of the drama series starring Surrane Jones and Lesley Sharp. In the first of a two-part story, DCI Gill Murray, DC Janet Scott, DC Rachel Bailey and the team are called in when a badly burned body turns up in remote woodland, and is followed a few days later by another. Working alongside the formidable DCI Julie Dodson, the officers realise that the victims were tortured before they were killed. Read a preview of series 2
10.00pm My Phone Sex Secrets Channel 4 – Documentary meeting the women who are paid to talk dirty. Gone are the cliches of bored housewives earning pin money. Instead, getting in on the act, are young, single, married, older and educated women. The programme meets first-time recruit Rosa. After weeks of unsuccessful job hunting, the student believes that phone sex may hold the key to getting back in the black.
8.00pm Hairy Bikers’ Bikeathon BBC2 – The Hairy Bikers start their epic 5000 mile bakeation in Kristiansund on Norway’s stunning West coast. As they travel, they meet extraordinary artisan bakers who are only too keen to teach the bikers how to make their Norwegian specialities. They also meet some talented home-bakers, including 95 year old Nikka who rustles up waffles on her 65 year old waffle-iron
9.00pm Horizon: Out of Control BBC2 – We all like to think we are in control of our lives – of what we feel and what we think. But scientists are now discovering this is often simply an illusion. Surprising experiments are revealing that what you think you do and what you actually do can be very different. Your unconscious mind is often calling the shots, influencing the decisions you make, from what you eat to who you fall in love with. If you think you are really in control of your life, you may have to think again.
9.00pm Gambling, Addiction & Me: The Real Hustler BBC3 – The Real Hustle’s Alexis Conran is an expert poker player and a man at home in a casino, who enjoys the thrill that comes with gambling. But what for him is a pleasurable pastime and part of a lucrative career ruined his father, a gambling addict who committed fraud to get money for betting and went to prison for his crimes. Alexis is interested in exploring the tipping point that turns the odd flutter into something darker and more dangerous.
10.35pm Letting Go BBC1 – Documentary following Domenica Lawson who is nearly 16 and has Downs Syndrome. She unsettled at the prospect of having to leave home. But it is her mother, Rosa Monkton, who is faced with the challenge of planning for the future. Letting Go follows Rosa and her daughter as she leaves school and takes her first steps into the adult world. Rosa also meets three other young people with learning disabilities and discovers how they are managing their transition to greater independence
9.00pm Rights Gone Wrong BBC2 – Anger over votes for prisoners and the release of Abu Qatada shows just what a toxic issue human rights law has become. In this provocative film, Andrew Neil travels to Europe and across Britain to find out why Britain follows these laws and asks can anything be done to restore our faith in them?
8.00pm Petrol Age Sky Atlantic – Actor Paul McGann presents a new factual series telling the absorbing story of British motoring. This first instalment is a celebration of speed, looking at the history of Formula
9.00pm Love Life ITV – Three-part romantic drama charting the ups and downs of relationship of Lucy and Joe. The series stars Andrea Lowe, Rob James Collier, Alexander Armstrong and Sophie Thompson. When Joe returns from a trip around the world he is stunned to discover Lucy is pregnant.
9.00pm Mary’s Bottom Line Channel 4 – Mary Portas attempts to kick-start more British manufacturing as she heads to Middleton, Greater Manchester, to set up a new production line for British-made knickers. Mary wants the next generation of consumers to understand the true value of buying British: skills, UK jobs, pride in our manufacturing heritage.
10.35pm For Better, For Worse ITV – The documentary series charting the marriages of eight couples since 1998 returns for the first of a two-part update. For some this will be their 15th year together but which marriages have survived and which have floundered? We catch up with Liverpudlians Russell and Linda following Russell’s failed vasectomy reversal. We hear about Tom and five-times previously married Madelaine. What happened to Mike who told his wife Liz he did not love her on their wedding day in 1998? And is Denise still with Smiley the waiter she travelled over to Turkey to marry? And we return to the Essex sisters who had a joint wedding in Mauritius