Brendan Courtney's back with This Crowded House, The Apprentice returns, while The History of Comedy concludes on Sky Arts . . .

Pick of the day

This Crowded House, 9.30pm, RTÉ Two

Brendan Courtney's back for a second season of the show that explores the not-so-unusual phenomenon of adults in their twenties and thirties living at home with their parents.

This week, Brendan meets a 28-year-old teacher and mother-of-one who boomeranged back to her parents’ house two years ago. He also meets a couple and their two children who are living in limbo between two homes having moved house six times in seven years.

New or Returning Shows

The Apprentice, 9.00pm, BBC One

The search for Alan Sugar's next business partner begins, and this year the challenges are apparently bigger and better than ever.

Under the scrutiny of Sugar's sidekicks (has a title ever been so apt?) Karren Brady and Claude Littner, the candidates are tasked with tackling their first challenge abroad as the teams fly to Valletta in Malta, for a day-long shopping spree.

The challenge is to bag nine Maltese items for the lowest possible prices before reuniting at the airport at 7pm. One team quickly hits the road, but on the wrong track. On the other team, fiery personality clashes over negotiations quickly rock the boat.

Here are the candidates:

Wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with Iolo Williams, 9.00pm, BBC Four

On the other side of the world under the crystal clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean lies the Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of our world. It provides shelter to some hidden wildlife sanctuaries that contain some magical marine creatures.

Invited on a reef adventure by Emmy Award-winning underwater cinematographer and marine biologist Richard Fitzpatrick, conservationist and naturalist Iolo Williams dives deep to discover the natural wonder's current state.

It ain't pretty.

Your Face or Mine, 8.00pm, Comedy Central

Jimmy Carr and Katherine Ryan return for another run - the third so far - of the pretty repulsive game show where they dish out 'truths' to unsuspecting couples.

Ryan says: "We’re fully committed to improving the lives of couples by handing them cash – and trying to break them up.

"Some will tell the truth and risk being dumped and others will lie to save their relationship but either way we’re in for more awkward encounters."

Ending Tonight

The History of Comedy, 9.00pm, Sky Arts & NOW TV

The final episode of this superbly entertaining and informative series explores family-friendly comedy and the struggles of abiding by strict network censors.

There has always been a need for this kind of comedy and many artists have taken on the task despite the inherent challenges. Comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Ellen DeGeneres and Sinbad have all found success on stage 'working clean'.

But some comedians, such as Bob Saget, Tim Allen and Whitney Cummings, found themselves altering their comedic voices when they landed lead roles on network sitcoms.

Upstart Crow, 8.30pm, BBC Two

In the season three finale of this quirky comedy starring David Mitchell as Willliam Shakespeare, the day of Will’s son Hamnet’s (Joe Willis) confirmation is approaching and Anne (Liza Tarbuck) has made sure it’s been in Will’s diary for months.

The only problem is this also turns out to be the night of the first ever London Theatre Awards, and, what with Will being the greatest writer of all time, and what with all the other theatre companies in London being closed all year because of the plague, Will reckons he may be in with a chance of a prize.

Don't Miss

9-1-1, 9.00pm, Sky Witness & NOW TV

This latest show from Ryan Murphy and co offers ideal prime time entertainment. In an episode called Karma's a Bitch, what goes around comes around for an unremorseful widower, an arrogant fitness club owner and an unsuspecting thief.

Meanwhile, Bobby gets a surprising phone call from his doctor after donating at Chimney’s blood drive, and Athena confronts Michael after having a heart-to-heart with their kids.

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