SUNDAY Countryfile Summer Special 6.05PM, BBC1
The whole team head for the Blenheim estate in Oxfordshire to meet the public at Countryfile Live, a celebration of the best of rural Britain. While Ellie Harrison chats to an actress turned cow artist, Matt Baker gets busy tucking into the food and drink on offer.
Dragons’ Den 8PM, BBC2
As series 15 gets underway, two new multimillionaires join the Dragons’ ranks – Tej Lalvani, head of the UK’s top vitamin business, and Jenny Campbell, who made her fortune in ATMs. How keen will they be to risk cash on fledgling businesses?
From Russia To Iran: Crossing The Wild Frontier 8PM, CH4
Explorer Levison Wood, who has previously walked the length of the Nile and the Himalayas, embarks on another epic trek – 2,600 miles over the Caucasus mountains and through five countries. He begins by travelling 700 miles along Russia’s southern border, crossing into Chechnya and Dagestan.
The State 9PM, CH4
Drawing on first-hand accounts and showing nightly, this bleak new four-part drama from Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky follows four British men and women as they travel to Syria in 2015 to join ISIS, only to find life is even harsher than they expected.
Underground 11PM, RTÉ2
As the slick American period drama continues, Noah makes plans for the slave escape. Meanwhile, John and Elizabeth Hawkes are drawn further into the underground railroad, and Ernestine pressures Tom to keep her kids safe. Marc Blucas stars.
MONDAY Land Of The Giants 7.30PM, BBC1
This deliciously quirky Our Lives documentary meets some of the growers of giant vegetables, who compete in Glamorgan’s annual Vale Show. From colossal cabbages to tremendous turnips, in the world of whopping produce, the mammoth marrow category is particularly hard-fought.
The Rose of Tralee International Festival 2017 8PM, RTÉ ONE
Dáithí Ó Sé is back for the latest round of photogenic contestants whose lives are about to be transformed. He presents live coverage of night one of the 59th annual event (which continues tomorrow). As ever, it’s contested by women of Irish descent from around the world, and the Festival Dome in Co. Kerry is the setting for all the laughter and tears that are sure to unfold in this unique event.
Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food 8PM, CH4
In an era of so-so cookery shows, it’s good to see celebrity chef Jamie Oliver returning to our screens with a new series in which he cooks up simple dishes that use just five ingredients. Featured on the menu tonight are steak, seafood and an easy-peasy pastry.
Damilola, Our Loved Boy 8.30PM, BBC1
Powerful drama about the shocking murder in London in 2000 of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor and his parents’ long fight for justice for the killing of their son.
TUESDAY Nashville 10.40PM, TG4
The fifth series comes to an end this week (a sixth series has already been commissioned), and as the American Music Awards loom, Zach sends a threatening message to everyone working at Highway 65, while Maddie and Juliette’s conflict comes to a head — will there be smiles all round as the credits roll?
The Big Family Cooking Showdown 8PM, BBC2
The Karims from London take on the Dawes family from Hampshire as they cook up household favourites. While the Karims favour simple curries, the Daweses take a bolder approach to ingredients; all are hoping for a place in the semi-finals.
Food Unwrapped Special 8PM, CH4
Jimmy Doherty, Kate Quilton, Matt Tebbutt and guest presenter Kiran Jethwa travel the world in search of meat that is better for us, and better for the planet. In Canada, Matt learns of an old seafaring tradition that could counteract the millions of tonnes of methane that is produced by cattle every year – a whole new meaning to the term ‘wind farm’.
India’s Partition: The Forgotten Story
British film director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) travels to Delhi to meet people whose lives were torn apart in the summer of 1947, when British rule in India ended. She also talks to historians, who explain the motivations behind the split.
WEDNESDAY This Time Next Year 8PM, TV3
Davina McCall meets a 16-year-old who has not been able to speak for six years. Plus, a man who hopes to shed seven stones, and a couple turning to surrogacy after having problems conceiving their second child. There’s more true-life DMC drama at 9pm.
Saving Lives At Sea
8PM, BBC2 The brave volunteers of the RNLI come to the rescue of more sailors in peril this week – and must swim for their own lives when a fishing trawler goes down off the Shetland Islands.
Location, Location, Location 8PM, CH4
Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp are back with a brand new series, this week helping two families to find their dream homes in Kent.
Celebrity MasterChef 9PM, BBC1
DJ Dev Griffin, Olympian Becky Adlington, actor Tyger Drew-Honey, pop star Rachel Stevens and performer Debbie McGee are this week’s big names in the MasterChef kitchen.
No More Boys And Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free? 9PM, BBC2
In the conclusion of his fascinating experiment to see how much we influence children’s gender identity, Dr Javid Abdelmoneim looks at the toys they play with and the nicknames their parents give them – can these factors affect how the youngsters see themselves?
One Born Every Minute 11PM, RTÉ2
More expectant mums and concerned dads steal the show in this edition of the hit documentary. They include a laid-back father who nearly misses his new daughter’s arrival, and an ex-midwife is asked to be a birthing partner.
THURSDAY The Pacemakers 8PM, BBC2
This sweet one-off meets a group of men, all in their 90s, who are training as topclass athletes. Among them is Charles, who took up running two years ago – and had set two world records before he died in April, aged 97.
James Martin’s French Adventure 8.30PM, UTV
The latest leg of the chef’s culinary road trip finds him in glitzy St Tropez, where he prepares his first dish – local seafood en papillote (in parchment) – on board a yacht. Then, he’s off to visit his old friend and mentor, Michel Roux.
Ambulance 9PM, BBC1
Last year’s three-part series took us inside the London Ambulance Service; this new, second run follows crews in the West Midlands as, over the next eight weeks, they respond to emergency calls – more than 3,000 every day.
Wasting Away 10PM, CH4
Earlier this year, newsreader Mark Austin and his daughter, Maddy, spoke of her struggle with anorexia as a teenager. Here, they investigate the treatments available, and how difficult it can be for sufferers to access them.
FRIDAY Natural World 7.30PM, RTÉ2
Could the Komodo dragon’s deadly saliva be used to create a life-saving drug? That’s one of the issues addressed in this documentary about the carnivorous Indonesian lizard which can grow up to a whopping 10 feet in length.
Celebrity Big Brother Live Final 9PM, 3E/CHANNEL 5
Emma Willis and narrator Marcus Bentley guide us through the highs and lows of the latest controversial series and recent events as another famous face emerges victorious. Followed at 10.45 by the CBB Bit on the Side companion show where guests analyse whether the right contestant won.
The Crystal Maze 8PM, CH4
It’s back, and this time the quirky game show goes back to its 1990s roots and ditches the celebrities – apart from the decidedly unstarry host, Richard Ayoade. The Watson family from Perth are first to brave the four zones.
Titanic: Draining The Wreck 8PM, CH5
For more than 100 years, the wreck of the ocean liner has lain at the bottom of the Atlantic. Since its discovery in 1985, it has been filmed often, but never been mapped in 3D. This film follows the process.
Gardeners’ World 9PM, BBC2
Monty Don is propagating succulents, revisiting his container vegetable garden and offering advice on growing pumpkins.
The Ronnie Barker Comedy Lecture With Ben Elton 10.35PM, BBC1
Introduced by David Jason, this inaugural Ronnie Barker Comedy Lecture is delivered by Ben Elton, on his love of the studio-based sitcom. Having created classics such as Blackadder, he knows what he’s talking about.
Man With A Plan 1.25PM, RTÉ2 In the first of a double bill, Adam and Don are forced to take sides when their wives resurrect an old high-school feud. But even that’s less awkward than the second instalment, where Adam and Andi attempt to explain the facts of life to their offspring.
Timeless 5.10PM, RTÉ2
As well as being entertaining viewing, this time-travelling series may also be giving some youngsters a crash-course in US history. After previous episodes touching on the Alamo, the Second World War and the presidency of JFK, this week the team find themselves caught up in the Watergate scandal. The Great Polar Bear Feast 6PM, RTÉ2 Every year in early September, up to 80 polar bears gather on the frozen shores of Barter Island off the Alaskan coast. This documentary finds out what draws these usually solitary creatures to the location.
Len Goodman’s Partners In Rhyme 6.45PM, BBC1
It’s another Strictly Come Dancing reunion this week, as reigning champion Ore Oduba joins fellow celebrities Nina Wadia, Gareth Malone, and Vikki Stone to help the contestants with rhyming challenges.