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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)

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