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Wimbledon 2015 (BBC1, 1.50pm)

Sue Barker introduces live coverage of the men’s singles final at the All England Club, where the successor to Novak Djokovic is set to be decided.

The Serbian world number one claimed his second Wimbledon title last year following a thrilling five-set encounter against Roger Federer, denying the Swiss star a record eighth triumph.

All five sets were close, including two tie-breaks, with Federer saving a match-point in the fourth, but his opponent eventually prevailed to become just the third man, after Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro, to defeat Federer in a Grand Slam final, and the second after Nadal to beat him in a Wimbledon final.

Fantastic Mr Fox (Film4, 2.50pm)

(2009) Hip indie director Wes Anderson (the man behind The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) brings his offbeat and distinctly adult sensibilities to bear on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story, with lead voices from George Clooney and Meryl Streep.

The charming titular character (voiced by Clooney) tries to turn over a new leaf and be a responsible parent – but fails to control his impulses and returns to his farm-raiding ways, only to put his entire community in danger when his latest victims retaliate.

The visually impressive stop-motion animation brings the characters to vivid life, and makes a refreshing change from the usual CGI fare.

Peter Pan (ITV2, 4.20pm)

(2003) Wendy Darling (Rachel Hurd-Wood) and her two younger brothers Michael (Freddie Popplewell) and John (Harry Newell) live with their parents in Victorian London.

One magical, winter’s night, Wendy meets the charming Peter Pan (Jeremy Sumpter), who invites the children on a magical adventure in far-off Neverland.

PJ Hogan’s version of JM Barrie’s children’s classic focuses on the well-played romance between Wendy and Peter, but Richard Briers, playing the sidekick to the fearsome pirate Captain Hook, brings witty light relief. With computer-enhanced landscapes and visual effects, everything looks suitably enchanted.

Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year (Ch4, 8pm)

This year’s contest draws to a close as George Clarke and the team visit contenders from the Cabin and Summerhouse and Workshop and Studio categories.

Among the spaces highlighted are a converted burger van, a tiny pixie-themed cabin, a mock-Tudor structure with a psychedelic interior, a state-of-the-art photographic studio, a spaced carved using a chainsaw, and an extraordinary potting shed.

With the last round of visits concluded, it is then left to George and his fellow judges to determine which of the winning entries from the nine individual categories should be named the Shed of the Year.

Stepmom (3e, 9pm)

(1998) Jackie and Isabel have nothing in common - one is the ideal mother, the other is struggling to be any kind of mother- until circumstances force them to share a family and put aside their mutual hostility for the sake of their two children.

They discover how precious life, love and the ties that bind really are in Stepmom - a movie about real life with all the laughs and tears of real families.

Starring: Susan Sarandon, Julia Roberts, Jena

The Outcast (BBC1, 9pm)

Sadie Jones’ best-selling debut novel is brought brilliantly to life in this two-part drama, for which she also penned the screenplay.

The production has been directed by the acclaimed Iain Softley, and features a great cast that includes George MacKay, Greg Wise, Nathaniel Parker, Jessica Brown Findlay and Daisy Bevan.

The story is set in 1950s England and focuses on teenager Lewis Aldridge, who has never dealt properly with the grief he suffered following the death of his beloved mother.

His father, Gilbert, is emotionally distant, and the arrival of a new, young stepmother doesn’t ease the situation. Lewis does find solace in his friendship with two local girls, but the inner turmoil he is suffering after years of repressing his feelings causes his behaviour to spiral out of control.

Humans (Ch4, 9pm)

News of the ’Killer Synth’ finds its way into the media, causing widespread panic, and placing Karen under even more pressure to track down the alluring fugitive Niska.

However, it seems there may be an ulterior motive to her hunt for the murderous synth.

Meanwhile, the Hawkins debate whether to keep Anita in light of their recent discovery that she is not quite as ’new’ as she seemed, and while Joe worries his domestic synth might inadvertently reveal his secret, Mattie’s decision to place her trust in Leo could put an end to the family’s arguments.

Sci-fi drama, starring Ruth Bradley, Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill and Colin Morgan.

Snatch (TV3, 10pm)

(1998) Turkish and his rather strange accomplice Tommy get pulled into the world of match fixing by the notorious Brick Top. Things get complicated when the boxer they had lined up gets the shit kicked out of him by Pitt, a 'pike' as they call him. They then try to convince Pitt not only to fight for them, but to lose for them too.

Whilst all this is going on, a huge diamond heist takes place, and a fistful of motley characters enter the story, including 'Cousin Avi', 'Boris The Blade', 'Franky Four Fingers' and 'Bullet Tooth Tony'. Things go from bad to worse as it all becomes about the money, the guns, and the damned dog!

Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones, Brad Pitt, Rade Serbedzija, Jason Statham

Harry Brown (Channel 5, 10.00pm)

(2009) Sir Michael Caine delivers one of his finest performances for years in the accomplished debut by British director Daniel Barber.

He plays a vigilante pensioner in a role thematically reminiscent of Clint Eastwood’s harrowing thriller Gran Torino, hunting down a gang of council-estate thugs who killed his best friend and are likely to get away with the crime due to lack of evidence.

The 76-year-old is fearless and mesmerising as a war veteran with nothing to lose as he stalks his prey through a bleak urban landscape, doling out rough justice to the ruthless criminals who are terrorising the local community.

Connie Fisher: I’ll Sing Once More (BBC4, 10pm)

In 2006, Connie Fisher won the BBC talent show How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?

It launched a successful career, but in 2011 she was diagnosed with congenital sulcus vocalis – holes in the vocal cords – and has undergone three operations.

This documentary charts her efforts to get her voice back, something that turns out to be far from easy.

Her quest leads her to American voice coach Gary Catona, the man credited with helping Whitney Houston overcome a similar vocal condition. Here’s hoping he can work his magic again.

One Night in Manchester (BBC4, 10pm)

A decade ago, Alex Poots launched the Manchester International Festival, which runs once every two years.

It’s now regarded as a major success and has attracted some of the biggest names in the cultural world – Kenneth Branagh, Steve McQueen and Damon Albarn have all been enticed to work there.

As ever, a wide variety of artist and performers from various genres will be appearing at the 2015 event, from Bjork to Mr Tumble.

Here, Kirsty Wark and Mark Radcliffe offer an insight into some of the highlights, and meet those taking part.

Red State (Channel 4, 12.10am) Premiere

(2011) High school students Jarod (Kyle Gallner), Travis (Michael Angarano) and Billy-Ray (Nicholas Braun) discover a titillating website, where women advertise for sex.

They respond to the advert of a woman in nearby Cooper’s Dell and drive to her trailer, where Sara (Melissa Leo) invites the trio to share a couple of beers before they indulge in the sins of the flesh.

Jarod, Travis and Billy-Ray are unaware that their beers have been spiked and when they regain consciousness, they are bound and gagged, held at the mercy of Christian extremist preacher Abin Cooper (Michael Parks) and his demented flock at Five Points Church.

As Abin prepares to sacrifice Jarod, Travis and Billy-Ray, Federal Agent Joseph Keenan (John Goodman) marshalls an assault team to breach the church compound’s defences.

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