Pandemic 2020

9pm, BBC Two

The team behind the outstanding series Once Upon a Time in Iraq present this three-part documentary examining the unfolding drama across the globe during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic. This first film begins on New Year’s Eve 2019 as oblivious crowds gather, and Wuhan-based food blogger Xie recounts his wedding, which took place just days before the city went into lockdown. In Europe, as 2020 starts, the virus crosses borders and a remote care home in Iceland records its first death from Covid. Ammar Kalia

Dragons’ Den

8pm, BBC One

The five dragons are back to make pitching entrepreneurs sweat with the promise of their investments. Dimitri and John present their startup targeting millennials with its tea delivery service, but dragon Touker Suleyman questions their multi-million pound valuation in the light of historical losses. AK

The Dog House

8pm, Channel 4

More tearjerking tales from the Wood Green animal shelter, as pups in need of homes meet prospective families. Gizmo the pug greets a potential new owner, but will the 11-year-old’s energy overwhelm him? Meanwhile, Charley – whose previous pet recently died – decides whether to adopt lurcher Sonia. Hannah J Davies

My Years With the Queen

9pm, ITV

India Hicks with her mother, Lady Pamela Hicks, in My Years With the Queen
India Hicks with her mother, Lady Pamela Hicks, in My Years With the Queen. Photograph: ITV

The spotlight is on the Queen for this celebration of her 95th birthday. The fondness is clear as her close friend and bridesmaid Lady Pamela Hicks shares her memories of the monarch, including touching moments that go beyond borrowing tiaras, as Hicks reflects on the more difficult times in the Queen’s life. Hannah Verdier


9pm, Channel 4

Taskmaster favours the lateral thinker – or “weirdos” as Greg Davies would call them – and this year’s intake is full of those, as Sarah Kendall demonstrates by pulling ahead early. Meanwhile, Jamali and Alex’s relationship continues to deteriorate when he is tasked with making sauna stones hiss at a distance. Ellen E Jones

Assembly Required

9pm, Sky History

The crafting contests continue with this new series presented by the actors Tim Allen and Richard Karn challenging America’s builders with DIY tasks to design everything from Jacuzzis to BBQ bicycles. Up first is a backpack fire extinguisher challenge, as well as an all-season leaf blower assembly. AK


Bob Hoskins and Elaine Cassidy in Felicia’s Journey
Bob Hoskins and Elaine Cassidy in Felicia’s Journey. Photograph: Allstar/Cinetext/Icon

Felicia’s Journey (Atom Egoyan, 1999) 5pm, AMC

Adapted from William Trevor’s novel, Atom Egoyan’s film has Elaine Cassidy’s pregnant Felicia travelling to Birmingham to find her lover. There she meets kindly but sinister catering manager Hilditch (Bob Hoskins), and the elements are in place for a sordid crime. A low-key, atmospheric masterpiece. Paul Howlett


Australian Football: Adelaide United v Western Sydney Wanderers, 9.30am, BT Sport 1 Live from Coopers Stadium.

PGA Tour Golf: The Valero Texas Open, 1.15pm, Sky Sports Main Event Opening day’s coverage.

Rugby League: Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Trinity, 5.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event Followed by Hull Kingston Rovers v St Helens at 8pm.

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