Sarah Parish stars in a new drama called Bancroft, while there’s seasonal fare from Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas and Nigella’s Christmas Table.

Pick of the day

Bancroft, 9.00pm, TV3

Sarah Parish leads the cast of this new thriller, which will be screened over four consecutive nights.

Created and written by Kate Brooke (Mr Selfridge, Ice Cream Girls, The Making of a Lady), Parish (Broadchurch, W1A, Cutting It) plays respected police officer DCI Elizabeth Bancroft, a woman with dark secrets in her past.

Ruthless and courageous, Bancroft is a brilliant cop. She’s dedicated her life to the police force.

Consequently, she’s trusted and adored by her colleagues and promotion to Detective Chief Superintendent looks assured.

Bancroft is running an operation to bring down the vicious Kamara gang. She adopts dubious methods, while the most violent brother, Athif (Amit Dhut), rules the local town with an iron fist.

New or Returning Shows

Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas, 5.00pm, Channel 4

Here’s a ten-part daytime series offering an explosion of festive cheer - featuring competitions, makes, decorations, food, drink, and gifts to inspire every crafter.

Each episode revolves around a competition between makers at Kirstie Allsopp's Christmas HQ, culminating in a winner-takes-all showdown.

The programme also visits the workshops of some of the UK’s most creative people. In the first episode, the magical festive HQ hosts Kirstie's Christmas cake-decorating competition.

I’m 16 But I Look 60, 10.00pm, 3e

Zara Hartshorn inherited a rare genetic condition from her mother Tracey, who at 43 already looks like a pensioner.

This programme follows Zara and her family as they visit the United States in search of specialist advice and treatment.

Ending Tonight

Putin’s Revenge, 11.50pm, RTÉ One

As this documentary series comes to an end, it tells the story of how Russian leader Vladimir Putin came to see the USA as an enemy and why he decided to target the American presidential election.

New to Download

MacGyver: Season 1, Sky Box Sets and NOW TV

This contemporary reboot of the classic action-adventure series stars Lucas Till as Angus MacGyver, an elite operative of a secret US government crime-busting organisation.

Often armed to the teeth with little more than bubble gum and a paper clip, he uses his vast scientific knowledge and extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving to save countless innocent lives on a series of high-risk missions around the globe.

Don't Miss

Nigella’s Christmas Table, 8.00pm, BBC Two

Nigella Lawson’s mission in her new shows is to "infuse every day with pleasure and flavour" and "to inject pleasure into everyday meals".

In her cosy, Christmas countryside location, Nigella throws a party, serving platters of devilled eggs and a sparkling cocktail.

She cooks up a feast of roast duck with all the trimmings and shows us a new way with Brussels sprouts.

Always one with a sweet tooth, Nigella creates mouth-watering desserts of sticky toffee pudding and brandy salted caramel ice cream.

She finishes up with a fireside supper of a Moroccan vegetable hotpot and couscous with chocolate pistachio meringue cookies.