Beautifully photographed and stylishly produced, this BBC documentary series celebrates the men and women who work in Britain’s ports, those places where the sea shapes people’s lives and serves as a medium connecting land to the sea, fulfilling the commercial interests of navies, governments and merchants. Beginning with Plymouth, home to the Royal Navy’s frigates and base for the training of their crews — each ship’s company put to the test before joining the fleet — the series also features the ports at Tyneside, Portsmouth, the Humber estuary, Liverpool and Southampton. As one may expect it’s splendidly edited, the characters well-chosen, and the series has just the right voyeuristic impulse to make the parochial universally interesting. Deeply knowledgeable pastry chefs Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, hosts of this hugely popular British reality cooking series, are stars in more than 200 countries, with 20 having cooked up their own versions too, including Australia. It’s the format that has seen resurgence in home baking all around the world. The two cheerfully bantering presenters plan their Christmas in this special festive masterclass, Berry kicking off with a pavlova wreath and Hollywood a Chelsea bun Christmas tree. Dual Survival Tuesday, 9.30pm, Discovery This series strands two wilderness experts in various inhospitable locations and watches them work together using widely different approaches to survival. It’s yet another survivalist reality TV show, a programming genre that seems all the rage at the moment. This one is even more contrived than some, but the Odd Couple Gran Torino chemistry, or lack of it, between the protagonists makes it entertaining. This new season introduces tough combat veteran EJ Snyder and hunter and peak climber Jeff Zausch, to see how they endure and survive the wilderness from Louisiana to the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. It’s all about immediate security, self-protection, and mental endurance. In this opening episode, they’re lost in the Araucaria Forest of South America with pit vipers and a wild boar for company. Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs (Sunday, 12.50pm, Thriller), while chilling and electrifying, like Thomas Harris’s famous novel from which it is adapted, is surprisingly witty. Anthony Hopkins is Dr Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Jodie Foster’s Clarice Starling is a top student at the FBI’s training academy whose shrewd analyses of serial killers land her the special assignment of interviewing the famous Lecter. In Greg McLean’s outback classic Wolf Creek (Monday, 10.30pm, Thriller), John Jarratt’s Mick Taylor wages psychotic war on bantering, flirting backpackers, an Australian lad (Nathan Phillips) and two young Englishwomen (Cassandra Magrath and Kestie Morassi), his controlled malevolence so masterly that you feel no one is beyond his reach. Clint Eastwood’s gritty Gran Torino (Tuesday, 12.40pm, Masterpiece), from 2008, is the story of a grizzled Korean War veteran (Eastwood) at the end of his tether who befriends a young Hmong boy to set him on the right path. Eastwood is in top form here as he snarls and spits his way through one of his best performances.