Monday 7th December
Simply Nigella 8pm/BBC2
Food writer Nigella Lawson shares the origins of some of her ideas,revealing just how and why they came into being,
including a bowl of steamed clams with Thai basil inspired by a recent holiday in Thailand. Last in the series.
London Spy 9pm/BBC2
After leading its everyman protagonist through the tangled and shady worlds of the intelligence community and the corridors of power in Westminster, screenwriter Tom Rob Smith’s espionage thriller reaches a gripping conclusion. Danny finally discovers the shocking truth about what happened to his MI6 agent lover Alex, and finds what really took place that night in the attic before he found the decomposing body locked in a trunk. Last in the series.
Tuesday 8th December
Grand Designs 8pm/More4
Kevin McCloud meets Tamayo Hussey, who has missed Japan ever since she moved to the UK 14 years earlier with her husband, quantum physics professor Nigel.
The couple want to transform a 1960s forester’s lodge into a unique Japanese house,
complete with a tatami room – decorated in her homeland’s traditional style – sliding paper walls and a bath on the roof.
How I live Now 9pm/Film 4
Premiere. An American teenager is sent to stay with relatives in rural Britain, and falls in love with a local boy. Reports start to come in of conflict erupting in Europe, and as events escalate into a Third World War, she finds herself a fugitive living in a dangerous military police state. Thriller based on Meg Rosoff’s novel, starring Saoirse Ronan and Tom Holland.
Wednesday 9th December
The Secret Life of Mona Lisa 9pm/BBC2
Andrew Graham-Dixon explores major new findings about Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, as centuries-old documents are decoded and the latest optical, forensic, and historical tools and techniques are employed to reveal its secrets. Questions and mysteries surrounding the famous portrait – and the artist himself – are unravelled as art historians, authenticators, forensic specialists and academics attempt to get to the truth.
Broken City 10pm/Film 4
A New York cop is forced to quit the force to avoid a scandal over the shooting of a suspect, and becomes a private eye.
Years later, the mayor hires the detective during a re-election campaign to find out if his wife is having an affair – but the investigation uncovers a web of political corruption.
Crime thriller, with Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Thursday 10th December
The Last Kingdom 9pm/BBC2
Alfred and Uhtred are united as they leave the safety of the marshlands, knowing they must get word to Saxon forces to assemble and fight a decisive battle for the future of Wessex and England. Treachery, deception and heartache follow as the warriors fight to save their land – but at what personal cost to Uhtred? Alexander Dreymon stars in the epic medieval drama charting the battle between the Danes and Saxons, based on the book by Bernard Cornwell, with David Dawson, Ian Hart, Charlie Murphy, Adrian Bower and Sean Gilder. Last in the series.
The Chronicles of Riddick 10pm/ITV4
Fugitive Riddick evades capture by bounty hunters and steals their spacecraft, only to run into an even bigger threat – fanatical cult members on a sinister mission to kill or convert anyone who crosses their path as they seek galactic domination. Sci-fi adventure sequel, with Vin Diesel reprising his role from Pitch Black alongside.
Friday 11th December
Gogglebox 9pm/Channel 4
The nation’s favourite armchair critics share their opinions on what they have been watching during the week.
The programme captures their instant reactions and lively – sometimes emotional – discussions from the comfort of their own homes.
The Graham Norton Show 1035/BBC1
Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China star Kurt Russell appears with the director of his new movie The Hateful Eight, none other than double-Oscar-winner Quentin Tarantino himself. Plus, star of 30 Rock, the comedian and writer Tina Fey graces Graham’s sofa to discuss her new film Sisters, alongside the movie’s co-star Amy Poehler. Music is provided by Australian singer-songwriter Sia and all being well there should still be some time left for the host to subject more audience members to the dreaded red chair.
Saturday 12th December
Strictly Come Dancing 8pm/BBc1
After Helen’s elimination last week, only Anita, Georgia, Jay, Katie and Kellie remain as the pro-celebrity dancing contest reaches the semi-finals, and with a shot at a place in the final on the line, the challenge is increased to match the stakes. This week, the dancers have to master two routines.
Prestige 1045 pm/ BBC2
Victorian stage illusionists Robert Angier and Alfred Borden engage in a bitter personal and professional rivalry.
The pair resort to increasingly brutal measures to sabotage each other’s acts, while Angier becomes obsessed with the secret behind Borden’s greatest illusion.
Christopher Nolan’s mystery thriller, starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo and Scarlett Johansson, with David Bowie as real-life scientific pioneer Nikola Tesla.
Sunday 13th December
Top Gear 8pm/BBC3
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May set out to discover if they can go motor racing for less than it costs to play golf. There’s also a double helping of guests, with rock star Slash and Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen taking to the track in Reasonably Priced Cars.
The Blind Side 10pm/Channel 5
A middle-class family take in a hulking homeless teenager, who has no education or skills to speak of. The indomitable wife encourages him to turn his life around, helping him to get the grades he needs for a college scholarship and hone his sporting skills to become an American football player. Fact-based drama, starring an Oscar-winning Sandra Bullock alongside Quinton Aaron and Tim McGraw.