The Great British Bake Off (BBC1, 8pm)
New series. Twelve contestants begin the battle to be named Britain’s best amateur baker, facing tasks devised by judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, who have created 30 new challenges to test their baking skills and creativity.
Their first signature challenge is to make a Madeira cake, before they attempt to bake a frosted walnut cake in the technical challenge. Day two of the contest sees the contestants going all out to try and impress the judges with their first showstopper, the Black Forest gateau. Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins present. The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice is on Friday on BBC Two at 9pm.
Kirstie’s Fill Your House for Free (C4, 8pm)
After challenging the nation to fill their houses for free, and having directly helped 20 families transform dozens of rooms, saving them tens of thousands of pounds, Kirstie Allsopp and her team of free pioneers – Max McMurdo, Lee Baker and Charis Williams – conduct a room-by-room guide to some of their favourite furniture transformations and upcycles.
From the sitting room to the bedroom, the kitchen, and the bathroom, the team offers ideas and simple solutions to inspire people to try it for themselves.
Earth’s Natural Wonders: Living on the Edge (BBC1, 9pm)
This documentary will be broadcast in just two parts, but could have been so much longer – and probably should have been.
It promises to show footage of a dozen extraordinary places, which means we’re only going to be treated to whistle-stop tours of all of them, rather than an in-depth insight.
Still, at least we’ll be seeing them at all, and the footage captured by the cameramen involved is simply stunning. The first edition takes viewers from the highest mountain to the greatest canyon, and reveals the challenges faced by their inhabitants.
The Detonator (3e, 10pm)
(2006) In the wake of a shocking double cross that foils an important sting operation set to catch a black-market arms dealer, federal agent Sonni Griffith (Wesley Snipes) finds himself rotting in an Eastern European prison.
When his connections in the CIA arrange for his release, Griffith is assigned to return to the United States with a vital witness, Nadia Cominski (Silvia Colloca), in tow. As Griffith struggles to protect Cominski, an army of Romanian criminals follows in hot pursuit.
Elementary (RTE Two, 10.50pm)
When Holmes and Watson set out to track down a civil contractor who leaked classified information, their lives are disrupted when they are targeted by the group of cyber-activists protecting him. Meanwhile, Joan takes the advice of a friend and signs up for an online dating service.
The Late Review (TV3, 11pm)
(2011) This live recording captures much of the excitement and energy from one of Ireland’s leading Country Music performers. Recorded in the company of an enthusiastic audience at the Iontas Theatre, it features many of the songs that have made Derek Ryan an accomplished singer-song-writer.
From his debut self-penned single ‘God’s Plan’ through the material from his four studio albums, along with many country and pop classics, this show proves that Derek Ryan really is an entertainer.
Everything Must Go (Film4, 11.35pm)
(2010) A man’s heavy drinking costs him his job and leads to his wife kicking him out of the house. He sets up home on their lawn, amid all the possessions she has thrown out, and to avoid seeming homeless, he begins selling them, leading him to make new friendships with his neighbours and gradually straighten out his life.
Will Ferrell is always worth a look regardless of the project.
While this isn’t as good as his best project - the wonderful Stranger Than Fiction - it passes the time a treat – and youngster Christopher Jordan Wallace puts in a terrific turn as a helpful neighbourhood kid, in only his second professional acting role.