Pick of the day: Rain Dogs
10.40pm, BBC One
“An unconventional love story between a single mum, her young daughter and a privileged gay man” is the somewhat bare BBC synopsis for what turns out to be one of their most surprising “comedies” (it’s dark, be warned) in years. Daisy May Cooper excels as Costello Jones, a resilient but homeless sex worker and aspiring writer with a troubled, yet-to-be-explained relationship with Selby (Jack Farthing), recently imprisoned for a violent assault. The cast also includes Adrian Edmondson and Anna Chancellor, the grittily compelling script is by Cash Carraway, the title taken from the Tom Waits song about people who sleep in doorways.
Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr
8pm, BBC One
“A big personality in a small space” is how one of the remaining designers calls this week’s judge, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, as the contenders are packed off to transform brick 1930s beach huts in Eastbourne. As Alan Carr takes a swim, Tom suppresses his instincts for cosy chic as he takes on a Caribbean-themed shack, Monika designs for a group of friends called The Gin Club, and Temi tackles an eco-chalet.
Inside the Factory
8pm, BBC Two
Gregg Wallace is back, exclaiming like a character from the Beano comic (“Cor!”) as he finds out how Jaffa Cakes are made on a visit to the Manchester factory where McVitie’s churn out 1.4 billion of them every year. Meanwhile, historian Ruth Goodman finds out about the historic legal case which saw the company defending its right to call the product a cake and not a biscuit.
Love Your Garden
Alan Titchmarsh and his team are in Wirral to create a jungle-inspired outdoor space for a couple who have dedicated their lives to helping others, including their disabled son Keiron. Frances Tophill is, meanwhile, in Cornwall to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan and watch pond lilies being planted.
8pm, Channel 4
Naked Attraction’s Anna Richardson is suitably enough one of the presenters of this new “body-positive educational series” aiming to normalise all body types and break down stereotypes. Fellow hosts Yinka Bokinni and Dr Alex George tackle the subject of body hair, while two mothers have an honest conversation about childbirth and their post-partum experiences.
9pm, BBC Two
“The scope of the place is vast,” says one of the officers in Police Scotland’s Highlands and Islands division – Britain’s biggest beat, which covers 12,000 square miles of lochs, glens, mountains and islands. The opening episode of this new docu-series illustrates the variety of cases facing them as the cops tackle drug dealers in Thurso, boy racers in Inverness, search for a walker in the wild expanse of Sutherland, and use elaborate forensic techniques to nail a deer stalker.
9pm, Channel 4
Nikesh Patel and Nicola Thorp risk an appearance on live TV in the Lake District, while Ed Gamble and James Acaster go undercover in Greater Manchester. Everyone else is laying low in places from north Wales to Brighton, and lest we forget, it’s all in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.