6 Degrees of Separation BBC2, 10pm
Not content with giving our brains a Monday night work out with the double bill of University Challenge and Only Connect, BBC Two is now bringing us a new panel show so mentally stimulating, it threatens to make QI look like Celebrity Juice. Hosted by Professor Brian Cox, with the help of Mock the Week regular Hugh Dennis and Ben Miller, who abandoned a PhD in physics for a career in comedy, it sees scientists competing to find the connections between six unlikely objects. In the first episode, Alice Roberts and Prof Jim Al-Khalili are among the experts.
Professor Brian Cox