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.
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
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
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
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
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