PICK OF THE WEEK
Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule (STV, 7.30pm)
If ever aliens were to invade Earth, chances are we wouldn’t be turning to Harry Hill to help avert an international crisis. Nevertheless, he continues his efforts to find a way to stop extra-terrestrials in their tracks in this week’s edition of his madcap game show. Actually, as regular viewers will know, there’s barely any format to it, and what there is has been designed to facilitate as much bonkers, barmy and downright silly behaviour as possible. Joining in the fun are comedian Johnny Vegas, former pop star Jimmy Osmond and actors Sue Johnston and Samantha Giles.
Britain’s Most Historic Towns (C4, 8pm)
Alice Roberts tells the story of Tudor England by studying the history of Norwich, learning the harsh reality of religious intolerance, uncovering the origins of Norwich FC’s canary and experiencing humiliating Tudor justice. Aerial archaeologist Ben Robinson takes to the skies to see how the current layout reflects its history and computer-generated imagery is used to recreate how Norwich would have looked during this period.
Civilisations on Your Doorstep (BBC2, 9pm)
In this companion programme to Civilisations, Mary Beard goes in search of extraordinary works of art from all over the world that can be seen here in Britain. Investigating the stories behind them, the historian will also ask some deeper questions about what they say about our relationship to the outside world. Starting with the last surviving cabinet of curiosities from the 17th century, Mary will then tell the story of how our national collections came together, from their aristocratic beginnings and their subsequent democratisation.
Performance Live: Akala Presents the Ruins of Empires (BBC2, 10pm)