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Pick of the Day Dy­nas­ties

BBC One, 9pm

David At­ten­bor­ough opens his daz­zling five-part study of fam­ily dy­nam­ics in the nat­u­ral world with a look at life for a troop of en­dan­gered chim­panzees in Sene­gal, West Africa. No romantic sa­fari this – high drama and be­havioural sci­ence com­bine as we watch Brando-es­que al­pha male David face down chal­lenges to his rule over his 32-chimp group. It took two years to film and it was worth ev­ery sec­ond. Still to come are: em­peror pen­guin, tiger, lion and painted wolf.

Doc­tor Who

BBC One, 7pm

Yaz is des­per­ate to learn more about her grand­mother’s se­cret past, so she begs the Doc­tor to pi­lot the Tardis back to Par­ti­tion-era In­dia. It’s 1947 and the coun­try is riven by po­lit­i­cal con­flict, but the Doc­tor (like the rest of us) is more in­ter­ested in tales of “de­mons” abroad. All good fun, but wouldn’t most chil­dren pre­fer a good sci-fi romp in­stead of an­other his­tory les­son? You de­cide.

Ex­treme Ever­est With Ant Mid­dle­ton

Chan­nel 4, 9.30pm

Far su­pe­rior to other Ever­est as­cent doc­u­men­taries, this very in­ti­mate, seem­ingly un­medi­ated film sees for­mer Spe­cial Forces sol­dier Mid­dle­ton em­bark on a two-month ex­pe­di­tion to sum­mit the world’s high­est peak. Shaun Doo­ley nar­rates as Mid­dle­ton risks his life “run­ning the gaunt­let”. Join him. MB

Run­ning Wild With Bear Grylls: Roger Fed­erer

ITV, 9pm

Ac­tion man Grylls can barely dis­guise his de­light at the prospect of tak­ing the world ten­nis star (and all round good sport) on a dare­devil hike through the Swiss Alps. Cue: scary climbs up frozen wa­ter­falls, re­veal­ing camp­fire con­ver­sa­tions as the pair snack on frozen fish eye­balls and a mini ping pong match in the snowy wilder­ness. Ex­cel­lent.

World’s Most Ex­treme Na­ture

More4, 9pm

Ever won­dered why some of the world’s big­gest waves oc­cur off the coast at surf­ing mecca Nazaré in Por­tu­gal? Find out in an ex­cit­ing pro­gramme that also looks at bridges con­structed out of liv­ing trees in In­dia and Europe’s largest – and least known – su­per­vol­cano, which could kill mil­lions. MB

Oper­a­tion Live

Chan­nel 5, 10pm

In the open­ing episode of a pi­o­neer­ing three-part se­ries fea­tur­ing live cov­er­age of sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures broad­cast di­rect from the op­er­at­ing the­atres of St Bartholomew’s hospi­tal and the Royal London hospi­tal over three suc­ces­sive nights this week, sur­geons guide us through an aor­tic valve re­place­ment (open-heart surgery) from the mo­ment the chest is opened to the restart­ing of the heart.

Stacey Doo­ley: The Young and Home­less

BBC One, 10.45pm

Doo­ley de­liv­ers an out­stand­ing piece of jour­nal­ism in a Chil­dren in Need spe­cial doc­u­men­tary as she goes in search of Bri­tain’s “hid­den home­less”, the thou­sands of teenagers forced to live on the streets. A real eye-opener and a truly poignant film. MB

Dark Heart

ITV, 9pm

In the fi­nal two-parter DI Will Wagstaffe is drawn into the seedy world of pornog­ra­phy when a Catholic priest finds the body of a young woman posed as if in prayer at the Lady chapel of his east London church. A paste ring on the vic­tim’s fin­ger of­fers just enough of a lead to open the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and start the team won­der­ing: could it be the re­cent ex-boyfriend? Con­tin­ues to­mor­row.

The South Bank Show

Sky Arts, 10pm

Melvyn Bragg meets the en­gag­ing singer and ac­tor cur­rently star­ring as Em­me­line Pankhurst in Sylvia, a dar­ing new take on the life of the suf­fragette leader that com­bines hip-hop, soul and funk at London’s Old Vic the­atre. The pair dis­cuss Knight’s ca­reer and the peo­ple who have in­flu­enced her. MB

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