Firefighters (RTE One, 7pm)
It’s a race against time when a major house fire breaks out on the outskirts of Dublin. With the flames threatening to engulf neighbouring houses, the fire crews hit the ground running and need to make every second count.
At the training centre, the heat is on for the recruits when their instruction steps up to a whole new level of intensity; their first fully suited encounters with live flames and blistering 600 degree heat.
And pressure is something that firefighter and Dublin inter-county hurler Michael Carton has had to learn to take in his stride. But with a major all-Ireland championship match coming up, how will he juggle his life-saving work and a demanding training regime?
Britain’s Got Talent – Live Semi-finals (TV3, 7.30pm)
The King of entertainment Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon, take their seats on the judging panel for nations most loved talent competition. They have been stunned, entertained and moved to tears on their hunt for the best talent around.
They are joined by the nation’s favourite TV duo Ant and Dec, who are on hand to encourage the acts and to congratulate or commiserate with them following their auditions.
The lucky act who is crowned the winner in the live grand final will secure a life changing cash prize of £250,000 and the opportunity to perform at this year’s The Royal Variety Performance.
Kirstie and Phil’s Love It or List It (Channel 4, 8pm)
When you feel like you’ve outgrown your home, you are usually faced with a tough, but straightforward, decision: do we buy something bigger or extend? That is the dilemma facing rugby fan Ian and his wife Sarah in Brixham, Northamptonshire.
With a toddler and a couple of dogs also sharing their house, Ian wants to leave their two-bed rural semi.
However, Sarah disagrees, and believes with a bit of work and investment the property has the potential to house a growing family. And she has the backing of Kirstie Allsopp who thinks it’d be a good idea to drive a digger through the conservatory.
Big Brother (TV3, 9pm)
Brand new to TV3, the sixteenth series of the groundbreaking reality show, Big Brother, hits our screens with a brand new bunch of eccentric, entertaining and unique housemates.
Hosted by Emma Willis, the new ‘Timebomb’ theme will see a Mad Men-influenced, '60s-style decor for the new house as part of an upbeat, glamorous, thrilling and mischievous series.
Big Brother will play with time during tasks and have secret missions to create tension in the house.
Festivals, Sex & Suspicious Parents (BBC3, 9pm)
Music festivals are predominantly the domain of the young, free and spirited, who can get away from the stresses of work, exams and prying parents and let their hair down.
In the first of this new series, two groups of youngsters plan to do just that as they head to the Frequency Festival in Austria.
They include Charlie, a 19-year-old who can’t wait to cut loose at his first music festival with mates Callum and Reece.
However, Charlie’s behaviour is being closely scrutinised – by his mum. She is confident her little boy won’t do anything too irresponsible. Is she in for a nasty surprise?
No Offence (C4, 9pm)
As Paul Abbott’s police procedural saga involving unorthodox cops continues, the long-suffering Friday Street team discovers a scam encouraging people in debt to sell their kidneys on the black market.
Meanwhile, the search for another girl kidnapped by the serial killer leads to an important breakthrough in the case.
However, it remains to be seen whether it will be enough for Dinah and the team to bring things to a close. Crime drama, starring Joanna Scanlan, Elaine Cassidy and Alexandra Roach.
Safe House (Film4, 9.00pm)
(2012) Agent Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is caretaker of a CIA safe house in Johannesburg.
Humdrum routine is thrown into disarray by the arrival of grizzled agent Daniel Kiefer (Robert Patrick) with a prisoner: rogue operative Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington), who famously sold out the agency to the highest bidder.
In the middle of a highly charged interrogation, the building’s defences are compromised by a gang of gun-toting thugs led by Vargas (Fares Fares).
Matt escapes the hail of bullets with Tobin, bundling the prisoner into the boot of a car as he makes a hasty exit, alerting his boss David Barlow (Brendan Gleeson) and senior agent Catherine Linklater (Vera Farmiga) to the clear and present danger as a protracted game of cat and mouse begins through the streets of South Africa.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (BBC4, 9.00pm)
(2011) Lynne Ramsay’s disturbing drama documents the aftermath of a senseless high school massacre from the perspective of the teenage perpetrator’s guilt-stricken mother, charting the fractured history of Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton) and her sociopath son, Kevin (Ezra Miller).
While Eva clashes with the boy, including a confrontation that results in a visit to hospital, Kevin slyly wins the affections of his father Franklin (John C Reilly), thereby driving a wedge between the parents.
The arrival of baby sister Celia (Ashley Gerasimovich) introduces a new target for Kevin’s sick and twisted games, including a shocking episode with the family’s guinea pig and a close call with drain cleaner that Eva is convinced was no accident at all.
Later Live – with Jools Holland (BBC2, 10pm)
Joining Jools in the studio are Muse, who feature tracks from their seventh studio album Drones. The pianist also welcomes jazz and blues singer Melody Gardot, and Washington group Sleater Kinney, who released their first album in more than a decade this year, No Cities to Love.
Plus, acclaimed producer Giorgio Moroder, the man behind Donna Summer classic I Feel Love, Phil Oakey’s Together in Electric Dreams, and Oscar-winning films Midnight Express, Flashdance and Top Gun, will also be dropping by. Last in the series.
Gary Lineker on the Road to FA Cup Glory (BBC1, 11.15pm)
The FA Cup is part of our nation’s history. With the competition returning to the BBC after a six-year gap, Gary Lineker sets off around the nation to investigate the world’s oldest football tournament.
Along the way he meets the men whose careers and lives were changed by the competition.
Ian Wright, Roberto Martinez and Fabrice Muamba share their stories with Gary, along with the Cambridge United players ahead of their clash with Manchester United last January.