The Cook and the Chef, 6.30pm, ABC1
People usually visit Victoria’s Yarra Valley in search of great wine. But cook Maggie Beer, pictured, is on the hunt for something a little more exotic: an Australian- made apple brandy. Meanwhile, chef Simon Bryant completely gets it that salt was once valuable as currency. It was no accident Roman soldiers were paid in it. Did you know that salt lowers the boiling point of water? How about mineral flavours in salt as back notes? Tune in to get the good oil on salt.
The IT Crowd, 9pm, ABC1
It’s a little hard to fathom why this has gone to a second series. Tonight, for example, IT stalwarts Moss ( Richard Ayoade) and Roy ( Chris O’Dowd) find that working and socialising together is restricting their romantic opportunities. Of course, the fact that both are social cripples who don’t know anyone else is a real side splitter. Meanwhile, Jen ( Katherine Parkinson), who doesn’t know a USB from an IUD but got the job in tech support anyway, is on the run from some smarmy executive git with a helicopter. Who cares?
Numb3rs, 9.30pm, Ten
It’s incredible how frequently American crime shows begin with press interviews. Like rehearsing amateur actors, who are supposed to sound like real people but almost never do, the press interviews rarely ring true. ‘‘ Is your presence here going to be the difference between finding body parts and not finding them?’’ a reporter barks tonight. Can you imagine the ABC’s Tony Jones or Virginia Trioli coming at a question like that?