SUNDAY Les Miserables 9PM, BBC1
In part two of this epic adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic, an increasingly desperate Fantine (Lily Collins) must leave Paris to find work, but not before she is forced to make an unbearably difficult decision to give her daughter, Cosette, a better life. Valjean (Dominic West), meanwhile, comes face to face with old foe Javert (David Oyelowo).
Cities: Nature’s New Wild 9PM, BBC2
Part two looks at how animals – from African penguins nesting in Cape Town to hippos on the high street in St Lucia – ‘commute’ to and from cities to find food, seek shelter and even start families.
SAS: Who Dares Wins 9PM, CH4
Following the announcement that women can take part in the SAS selection process, Ant Middleton and his team of tough guys will be putting both male and female recruits through their paces in the Andes, with no allowances or exceptions. How many – if any – of the women will pass the course?
MONDAY Father Brown 2.15PM, BBC1
Mark Williams is back as the sleuthing priest for a new series of daytime dramas based on the novels of GK Chesterton. In his first case of the week, Father Brown is summoned when a train robbery goes awry, and Lady Felicia and Mrs McCarthy are taken hostage.
How To Lose Weight Well 8PM, CH4
Dr Xand van Tulleken and Dr Helen Lawal ask ordinary people to road test some of the most popular and talked-about diets to see if they really work. In this first episode of the new series, Caroline tries out the dreaded cabbage soup diet, while Charmaine sees if she can lose weight on the potato diet.
Brexit: The Uncivil War 9PM, CH4
No subject has been as divisive or as hard to ignore as Brexit in recent times, so it says a lot that this drama set behind the scenes of both rival campaigns is so watchable. A big part of that is casting Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings, the director of Vote Leave, presented as a maverick but serious and single-minded figure (a ‘geeky anarchist’). As to the drama, as an insight into the place where politics, data and social media meet, this a riveting piece of work in the vein of The Big Short or Margin Call.
One Day: Keeping Ireland Beautiful 9.35PM, RTÉ ONE
This new series of documentaries goes behind the scenes of different industries, starting with the beauty and fitness business. It meets some of the 300,000 people who make their living keeping Ireland looking good. The Babes In The Wood Murders: The Prosecutors 9PM, BBC2 This exclusive documentary follows the culmination of a 32-year fight for justice in the notorious double murder of nine-yearold friends Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows in 1986. Cameras follow the police and scientists as they use cutting-edge methods to uncover new evidence, which they hope will finally lead to a conviction.
Two Doors Down 10PM, BBC2
Back for a new series comes this gem of a comedy, which really deserves a primetime BBC1 slot. It’s Beth and Eric’s 30th wedding anniversary, and son Ian has organised a surprise party. And you’ll be pleased to know that all the neighbours are invited…
TUESDAY My Million Pound Menu 8PM, BBC2
Fred Sirieix returns with a new series of the show in which budding restaurateurs try to secure big investment so they can realise their dreams of opening on the high street.
Getaways 8.30PM, RTÉ ONE
In this new series of the travel review show, presenters Tommy Bowe, Vogue Williams, Mairéad Ronan and Joe Lindsay return to review destinations that can be flown to directly from Ireland. The new series kicks off in the US city of Seattle, where Tommy gets his bearings from the top of the iconic Space Needle before taking to the skies on a seaplane for the very best view of the city. The Chihuly Garden with its glass sculptures captures Vogue’s imagination, as does MoPOP, the very cool Museum of Popular Culture. Back at home, Joe Lindsay also visits Dungarvan’s farmer’s market.
Silent Witness 9PM, BBC1
They may have been on our screens since 1996, but our favourite team of forensic pathologists are still going strong as they return for an incredible 22nd series.
Icons 9PM, BBC2
Who was the greatest icon of the 20th Century? That’s the question posed by this major new series, which asks you to vote for the public figure who has made the most significant contribution during 100 years when everything changed. The winner will be revealed in the live final in a few weeks’ time.
24 Hours In A&E 9PM, CH4
The award-winning documentary series returns for a 17th run, following patients who are treated in the same 24-hour period at St George’s in southwest London.
Glór Tíre 9.30PM, TG4
Aoife Ní Thuairisg and Seamús Ó Scanláin return to host the search for Ireland’s best country music talents. Judges John Creedon, Jó Ní Chéide and Caitríona Ní Shúilleabháin are also on hand to offer feedback and help guide the contestants.
Catastrophe 10PM, CH4
Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney are back as TV’s most disastrous couple for a fourth and final series of their hit comedy. As we rejoin the pair, Rob is doing community service – and Sharon has turned to petty crime.
WEDNESDAY Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad 8PM, UTV
Father and son leave Los Angeles on the second leg of their journey to New Orleans, and head out on that historic highway Route 66. As they make their way to Arizona – where they’ll train to be cowboys! – they stop off at a oncefamiliar landmark: London Bridge.
Neven’s Irish Seafood Trails 8.30PM, RTÉ ONE
Neven Maguire is back and this time he’s concentrating on seafood. He begins his trail in Mayo, where he learns about mussel farming, visits Ireland’s only fjord and rustles up some salmon burgers.
Gogglebox Ireland Does 80s & 90s 9PM, VIRGIN ONE
The telly addicts take a trip down memory lane as they view ‘classic’ clips from the 1980s and 1990s. The highlights include a competition to find Ireland’s best housewife and Gay Byrne offering advice on condoms.
The Undateables 9PM, CH4
The award-winning disability dating show returns for a new series. Poetry-lover Michael, who has Asperger’s, dance teacher Tobi, who has brittle bones, and tennis player Emily, who has a learning disability, are the first singletons looking for love.
Shut-Ins: Britain’s Fattest People 10PM, CH4
This new, three-part series follows three super-morbidly obese people as they try to regain control of their weight – and lives – before it’s too late. First, we meet Claire; at 40 stone, she’s been bed-bound for six years. Her daughters care for her, but they too have problems – can they get the help they need?
THURSDAY The Secret Life Of 4 Year Olds 8PM, CH4
A new, four-part series introduces a new class who, in this first episode, get to grips with the technology that will be commonplace in the schools of the future. Will tablets, robots and other gadgets affect the way the youngsters interact with each other?
Death In Paradise 9PM, BBC1
Ardal O’Halon returns as fish-out-of water detective Jack Mooney, the face of the law on what must be the most dangerous island in the Caribbean. The first case is a classic locked-room mystery, this one set on a bus.
Hospital 9PM, BBC2
The observational documentary returns for a fourth series and here, for the first time, it charts the day-to-day life of six NHS Trusts across an entire city, Liverpool, highlighting the challenges facing the health service in Britain right now.
Hunted 9PM, CH4
This first episode in the fourth series of the show, in which ordinary people try to outsmart and outrun trained pursuers, introduces us to the 10 fugitives vying for a share of £100,000. All they have to do is evade capture…
First Dates Ireland 9.30PM, RTÉ2
In a first for the show, mother and daughter Amy and Delia go on a double date. Rapper Dafe hopes that his way with words will impress psychology graduate Siobhán, while Aidan makes the most of his looks when he meets Siobhán.
FRIDAY Can’t Stop Dancing 8.30PM, RTÉ ONE
On Sunday, the celebs took to the floor for the first episode of Dancing With The Stars and here Bláthnaid Treacy gets all the backstage gossip from the contestants and judges. She’ll also be looking ahead to what’s in store for the next show.
The Victorian House Of Arts And Crafts 9PM, BBC2
Six modern-day crafters recreate an Arts and Crafts movement commune in the Welsh hills, where they turn their hands to renovating a Victorian house.
Would I Lie To You? 9.30PM, BBC1
Comedians Rhod Gilbert and Ellie Taylor – plus singer Ronan Keating and reality TV star Georgia Toffolo – join the regulars for another round of the hilarious panel game.
The Late Late Show 9.35PM, RTÉ ONE
Ryan Tubridy is back for a new year and a new run of The Late Late Show. It will be the usual mix of music, chat and national talking points.
SATURDAY The Greatest Dancer 8PM, BBC1
Hosts Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo both know what it’s like to trip the light fantastic on a reality show – she won Strictly Come Dancing in 2007, while he found fame when his dance troupe Diversity scooped the top prize on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. The mentors are also very well qualified – Oti Mabuse is a professional on Strictly, Glee’s Matthew Morrison has a Broadway background and Cheryl is an all-round pop sensation. But it’s not their moves that will be under scrutiny in this second episode, as more hopeful hoofers compete.
Tales Of Irish Castles 7PM, VIRGIN TWO
Simon Delaney turns his attention to the 13th and 14th centuries, which saw an expansion in castle building. He also finds out more about some of the knights who helped to change the Irish landscape, including William Marshall.
The Voice UK 8PM, UTV & VIRGIN ONE
Emma Willis presents another batch of blind auditions. Will any of the hopefuls have a voice that all four coaches – Olly Murs, Tom Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Will.i.am – will turn their chairs for? And if so, who will recruit the lucky singer for their team?