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To­day Dy­nas­ties BBC ONE, 8.30PM

David At­ten­bor­ough’s lat­est epic nat­u­ral his­tory se­ries (this one fol­low­ing five en­dan­gered species) be­gins with an al­pha male chim­panzee (also called David) in Sene­gal, who must de­fend his fam­ily, turf and mates from younger, per­haps hun­grier ri­vals. To say more would run the risk of spoil­ers, but suf­fice to say, it demon­strates a pri­mate’s ca­pac­ity not only for ruth­less vi­o­lence, but also ten­der­ness and em­pa­thy. The show’s nar­ra­tive is so im­pec­ca­bly struc­tured, so riddled with twists and turns, that you might be for­given for think­ing it has been fab­ri­cated. The now-cus­tom­ary On Lo­ca­tion postscript says other­wise, though: an­thro­pol­o­gist and ad­viser Jill Pruetz fol­lowed David and his troupe for al­most two decades, and the crew it­self spent two years doc­u­ment­ing them. Maybe the con­ser­va­tion mes­sage is tra­di­tional, but it truly hits home here, as we’re shown some shock­ing sta­tis­tics that tell of how hu­man­ity’s ca­pac­ity for de­struc­tion dwarfs that of any­thing in the an­i­mal king­dom. Gabriel Tate

World War One Re­mem­bered BBC ONE, FROM 10.00AM; BBC TWO, 7.00PM

David Dim­bleby presents live Re­mem­brance Sun­day coverage from the Ceno­taph, joined by his­to­rian David Olu­soga and nov­el­ist Se­bas­tian Faulks, be­fore the af­ter­noon ser­vice from West­min­ster Abbey is in­tro­duced by So­phie Ra­worth. A high­lights show fol­lows at 7.00pm. GT

Mon­day Liam Bakes BBC ONE 9.00PM

Re­ally, it some­times pays to be a loser. De­spite not even mak­ing it to the semi-fi­nals in Chan­nel 4’s in­au­gu­ral se­ries of The Great Bri­tish Bake Off, 19-year-old drama stu­dent Liam Charles made an im­pact with his cheeky charm and kooky cre­ative ive bakes. An agent pounced, and now, af­ter liven­ing up Chan­nel 4’s com­par­a­tively dreary sis­ter show Bake Off: The Pro­fes­sion­als and pub­lish­ing a cook­ery book in the sum­mer, Charles gets to present his very own half-hour se­ries. It’s more than a lit­tle self-con­sciously “street”, with a ban­gin’ grime sound­track play­ing over shots of graf­fiti-slathered tun­nels and Lon­don tower blocks – none of which re­ally matches Charles’ rather camp style, nor his pri­ma­ry­coloured and sugar-laden cre­ations. Take the open­ing bake: a cola-flavoured choux-pas­try pop­ping-candy éclair, which fea­tures plenty of cream, ic­ing and some con­cen­trated cherry jam. And that seems al­most low-calo­rie com­pared to his mega-choc cup­cakes or his salted nut­ter cake. You’d need to have a su­per­nat­u­rally sweet tooth just to stand in the same room as half of that… Still, it’s good fun, and Charles re­ally is a nat­u­ral in front of the cam­era, so ex­pect to see lots more of this young chef and his lethally calorific c con­fec­tions. Ger­ard Ge O’Dono­van

Manch­ester’s Narco Kings: Blood & Fear CHAN­NEL 5, 10.00PM

A new se­ries of murky true-life tales about Bri­tain’s most pow­er­ful gang­sters starts in Manch­ester, with this story of three bru­tal broth­ers who dom­i­nated crime in the Eight­ies and Nineties by con­trol­ling the sup­ply of drugs to the city’s wild club scene. GO

Tues­day Open Heart Surgery Live CHAN­NEL 5, 10.00PM

Yes, the ti­tle sounds ex­ploita­tive, but this fly-on-the-wall se­ries, which runs for the next three nights, is ac­tu­ally an ad­mirable at­tempt to de­mys­tify the sur­gi­cal process. The pro­duc­ers have been given rare ac­cess to theatres at two hos­pi­tals in the cap­i­tal, the Royal Lon­don and St Bartholomew’s, and thanks to the remarkable san­guin­ity of the pa­tients in­volved, each film is broad­cast live from within the op­er­at­ing the­atre, al­low­ing us to fol­low the op­er­a­tions in their en­tirety. Out of the three, Tues­day’s first pro­ce­dure is po­ten­tially the riski­est. The cam­eras fol­low a pa­tient who’s un­der­go­ing open-heart surgery, an op­er­a­tion that in­volves the open­ing of their chest cav­ity and the tem­po­rary stop­ping of their heart. As you might imag­ine, the live as­pect adds an­other level of stress to pro­ceed­ings – as does the de­ci­sion to film the pa­tients’ fam­i­lies while they wait pa­tiently, and more than a lit­tle ner­vously, out­side the op­er­at­ing the­atre. Sarah Hughes

Stacey Doo­ley: The Young and the Home­less BBC ONE, 10.45PM

This hard-hit­ting film by in­ves­tiga­tive re­porter (and cur­rent Strictly favourite) Stacey Doo­ley looks at the bleak re­al­ity of life for home­less teens. Doo­ley pulls no punches: we see long queues for a hos­tel space and the de­spair of those with no home. SH

Wed­nes­day Trust BBC TWO, 9.00PM

While it never quite blos­somed into the must-watch se­ries it promised to be, Trust has of­fered an abun­dance of plea­sures over the past 10 weeks. This week, Sam West and Pa­trick Mar­ber are the Bri­tish Mu­seum man­darins fend­ing off Donald Suther­land’s in­creas­ingly de­ranged J Paul Getty and his in­ter­est in the El­gin Mar­bles. It’s one of sev­eral in­ten­tion­ally an­ti­cli­mac­tic plot strands in the af­ter­math of Lit­tle Paul’s re­turn from self-im­posed kid­nap­ping; oth­ers fol­low Lit­tle Paul’s wed­ding, the kid­nap­pers’ fam­ily prob­lems and Bul­limore the fac­to­tum’s break­ing point (a whisky mac, as it hap­pens). In the end, all the Getty men, to some de­gree, look set to spend the rest of their lives un­happy and alone. It’s a small, sad end­ing to a big, brash show – which is per­haps just how it should be. GT

The Bi­sex­ual CHAN­NEL 4, 10.00PM

Sadie (Max­ine Peake) has news for Leila (De­siree Akha­van) that leaves her reel­ing, with Gabe (Brian Gleeson) her only re­main­ing con­fi­dant. This bru­tally funny, ul­ti­mately ten­der and quite un­apolo­get­i­cally met­ro­pol­i­tan com­edy con­cludes. GT

Thurs­day In­side the For­eign Of­fice BBC TWO, 9.00PM

Doc­u­men­tary-maker Michael Wald­man gets off to an ex­cel­lent start with his be­hind-the-scenes look at the fas­ci­nat­ing and strange world of Bri­tish diplo­macy. We be­gin in June 2017, when Boris John­son was the for­eign sec­re­tary, and we’re in New York to see how our men and women in the Big Ap­ple cope with the ex­treme de­mands of a UN Gen­eral Assem­bly. Bri­tain’s per­ma­nent seat on the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil helps us, as they say, to “punch above our weight”. We also meet the woman with one of the trick­i­est roles in diplo­macy to­day: Ju­dith Gough, the Bri­tish am­bas­sador to Ukraine, whose job puts her on the front line when jug­gling the UK’s tricky re­la­tion­ship with a newly bel­liger­ent Rus­sia. GO

Our Clas­si­cal Cen­tury BBC FOUR, 9.00PM

Lenny Henry is the first of four guests join­ing Suzy Klein for an ex­plo­ration of the past 100 years in Bri­tish clas­si­cal mu­sic. This opener cov­ers 1918 to 1936, ex­plor­ing the im­pact of the First World War on com­posers from Gus­tav Holst to Vaughan Wil­liams, the dawn­ing of the Jazz Age, and how the open­ing of Glyn­de­bourne saw the start of a new chap­ter for opera in Bri­tain. GO

Fri­day Chil­dren in Need 2018 BBC ONE AND BBC TWO, FROM 7.00PM

The an­nual char­ity spec­tac­u­lar re­turns with Tess Daly, Mel Giedroyc, Gra­ham Nor­ton and Ade Ade­pitan over­see­ing a packed pro­gramme. The night be­gins with Alex Jones and Matt Baker in Sal­ford for the end of the Rick­shaw Chal­lenge. Then comes the main event, which prom­ises the usual mix of A-list per­for­mances and fundrais­ing work. Among the high­lights are a Strictly Come Danc­ing spe­cial, which sees the four mem­bers of Boy­zone com­pete for the Pud­sey Glit­ter­ball Tro­phy, and a spe­cial per­for­mance from an un­named West End mu­si­cal cast (please let it be Hamil­ton). Over on BBC Two, Celebrity An­tiques Road Trip sees Al Murray and Paul Chowdhry hunt for bar­gains, while Stephen Man­gan hosts a one­off edi­tion of Mas­ter­mind. Marvin and Rochelle Humes will join Rob Beck­ett at the end of the night to an­nounce the fi­nal to­tal. Can it sur­pass last year’s record of £60.7 mil­lion? SH

The Komin­sky Method NET­FLIX, FROM TO­DAY

Don’t be mis­led by the fact that this new sit­com is writ­ten by Chuck Lorre ( The Big Bang The­ory) – it’s a very dif­fer­ent beast. Michael Dou­glas and Alan Arkin are old friends nav­i­gat­ing old age in a show that’s de­cid­edly more Curb Your En­thu­si­asm than Big Bang

in tone. SH

Donald Suther­land glow­ers as pa­tri­arch J Paul Getty in Trust (above); Liam Charles of­fers sug­ary treats in Liam Bakes (be­low left)

Dy­nas­ties: a Sene­galese baby chim­panzee

Chil­dren in Need: co-host Ade Ade­pitan

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