6.00pm Primeval ITV – New series of the fantasy Sci-fi drama. A vicious underground creature brings chaos to the city, and the team must race against time to track its movements and prevent it from causing more damage. When it strikes again, the ARC crew find one of their own in mortal danger. Meanwhile, a new staff member joins the team.
8.00pm Secrets of Our Living Planet – BBC2 – Global nature series with Chris Packham. Secrets of Our Living Planet showcases the incredible ecosystems that make life on Earth possible. Using beautifully shot scenes in the wild, Chris reveals the hidden wonder of the creatures that we share the planet with. The intricate, clever and bizarre connections between the species, without which, life just could not survive.
9.00pm Plan B, Leona and Labrinth: Project Hackney BBC3 – Singer Pan B goes back to his old school in east London on a mission to change young lives. He went to a pupil referral unit in Newham where kids unable to attend mainstream school go. He joins forces with Leona Lewis and Labrinth to work with a group of teenagers at the school, gain their trust and help focus them on their future.
10.25pm True Love BBC1 – First part of a five-part improvised drama series made up of five single dramas all dealing with the theme of love. David Tennant stars in the first as a man who discovers his first love has returned home to the place they first met. Future episodes star Lacey Turner, Ashley Walters, Billie Piper and Jane Horrocks. Continues tomorrow and stars Lacey Turner and Ashley Walters and on Tuesday with an episode starring Billie Piper.
9.00pm King George & Queen Mary: The Royals who rescued the Monarchy BBC2 – A two-part portrait of Elizabeth II’s grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary, which examines the lasting legacy of the couple who rescued the monarchy from potential disaster, and whose influence persists to this day. This episode focuses on King George V. George was an unlikely moderniser. Born and brought up in the Victorian age he was conservative to his fingertips. Yet in the face of unstoppable social change, he turned out to be a remarkable innovator, creating the House of Windsor, embracing democratic reform, and reinventing many of the royal traditions that we know today. When he celebrated his silver jubilee in 1935 the monarchy was more popular than ever.
10.00pm Chris Moyles’ Comedy Empire BBC3 – Chris Moyles hosts a gala evening of comedy to kick-start BBC Three’s coverage of the London 2012 Festival. Recorded at the iconic Hackney Empire and featuring some of the funniest names in comedy including Jason Byrne, Andrew Maxwell, Mark Watson and Ava Vidal, alongside some fantastic comics born and bred in Hackney.
9.00pm Joely Richardson on Shakespeare’s Women BBC4 – Six Shakespearean actors and directors go in search of the greatest dramatist who ever lived by revealing the stories behind and the wonders within some of his greatest plays. Joely Richardson uncovers Shakespeare’s early career, looking at how personal tragedy may have inspired one of his greatest hits and how the extraordinary female roles in the plays were actually created for young boys to act. With her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely revisits the iconic RSC 1961 procduction of As You Like It and reveals how all today’s actresses owe a debt of gratitude to the great female heroines of Shakeseperarean comedy.
9.00pm Silk BBC1 – The final episode of the second series of the law drama.
9.00pm Cherry Healey How to Get a Life BBC3 – After a year of sleepless nights following the birth of her daughter, Cherry Healey wants to get back on the rollercoaster of modern life – but wonders if she’s been left behind. Throughout the series Cherry meets a wide range of young people living in modern Britain, getting a taste of what it’s like to live in their world before inviting them into her life. In the first episode, Cherry investigates what a modern relationship looks like in a world where anything goes. She spends time with identical twins, one single and one married, teenagers who are into threesomes and a young man who is desperate to meet ‘the one’.
9.00pm The Strange Case of the Law
BBC4 – Series in which barrister Harry Potter tells the remarkable story of English justice.Friday9.00pm Simon Schama’s Shakespeare
BBC2 – Simon Schama argues that it is impossible to understand how Shakespeare came to belong ‘to all time’ without understanding just how much he was of his time. Schama explores how in his history plays, Shakespeare created a vision of England that still rings true today. Against the backdrop of the Reformation, Shakespeare began to dramatize history and character in a new and unprecedented way.9.00pm David Bowie and The Story of Ziggy Stardust
BBC4 – Documentary that tells the story of how Bowie arrived at one of the most iconic creations in pop history. Ziggy’s instant success gave the impression that he was the perfectly-planned pop star, but it had been a momentous struggle for Bowie to hit on just the right formula. Narrated by Jarvis Cocker, it reveals Bowie’s mission to the stars through the musicians and colleagues who helped him in his quest for fame – a musical voyage that led Bowie to doubt his true identity, eventually forcing the sudden demise of his alien alter ego, Ziggy.
9.30pm Would I Lie To You? BBC1 – Rob Brydon, David Mitchell and Lee Mack return for a new episode of the panel show.