If David Lynn ever grows tired of being a television executive, perhaps he should consider a career in diplomacy. When it is suggested to him that the power struggle at Viacom’s New York HQ – which finally saw the departure of CEO Philippe Dauman last August – may have troubled his own working life, Lynn barely bats an eyelid.
Monday: The Halcyon
This new series, set in 1940, stars Olivia Williams and Steven Mackintosh, and tells of the highs and lows of life in the Blitz years. In the first episode, Lord Hamilton, owner of the Halcyon Hotel returns to find it threatened with a scandal.
The four-part barging show will see well-known faces take two narrow boats and a dog along Britain's canals to sample life at a slower pace.
Nigel Havers, Debbie McGee, Lorraine Chase and Simon Callow face obstacles and hilarity as they commandeer a course down two of Britain’s most favourite canals, the Kennet and Avon and the Llangollen.
Taking a step back from the limelight to sample life in the slow lane, the four bargers pair up to enjoy their first-ever canal boat holidays.
Monday: MPs: Behind Closed Doors
Channel 5, 9pm
Stripped and Stranded (w/t) is a four-part series starring a different set of relatives each episode. Deserted on an island, the dysfunctional households have only each other for support and face daily survival challenges as well as battling their existing familial tensions. Expect high-octane drama and fiery conflict as each family work to overcome their issues and ultimately survive their time in the wild.
The programme is made by Naked Entertainment, and is one of two brand new titles to come out of the fledgling prodco.
Sarah Beeny’s Four Rooms
More 4, 9pm
RTS award-winning Four Rooms is back with a new host, Sarah Beeny. A cross between Antiques Roadshow and Dragons' Den, the programme sees members of the public try and sell their prized items to stone-faced dealers for a good price.
Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender Revealed and Karen Carpenter: Goodbye to Love will both be produced by ITV Studios' indie Potato.
Each film will be 120 minutes long and will feature archive footage, as well as one-to-one interviews, and scripted dramatisations based on firsthand accounts of the singers' lives.
Freddie Mercury rose to fame as the frontman and lyricist of rock band Queen, and counted Princess Diana as one of his close friends, he passed away in 1991 after battling with AIDS.
Watch extended highlights from the award ceremony.
To many adults, the choice of viewing options for children is as incomprehensible as the whistling language of The Clangers. There is now a myriad of platforms, apps and subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) services offering access to children’s shows. They include Amazon, Netflix, Freeview Play, YouView and Sky Go.
Children can watch their favourite CBBC shows, such as The Next Step, via the BBC iPlayer – or catch up with Nickelodeon brands, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, on the app Nick Play.