Sunday 27 September
Cider With Rosie
BBC One, 8.30pm
Drama adaptation of Laurie Lee’s memoir, starring Archie Cox and Samantha Morton. In an idyllic Cotswold village during and immediately after the First World War, young Lol grows from boy to man, experiencing everything from personal losses and family upheaval to intense adolescent experiences.
Mary’s meddling gets Mr Carson into trouble with Mrs Hughes as planning for their wedding gets underway, and Cora and Violet are pitted against each other over plans for the hospital takeover. Thomas’s job search continues with disheartening consequences, and an idea of Mary’s takes Anna to London and offers new hope. Edith faces challenges at the magazine but it’s a problem closer to home that reaches breaking point. What begins as a happy day out for the family and servants ends in panic and leaves Robert with a difficult decision to make.
The X Factor,
This Sunday the drama continues at Boot Camp as the contestants perform for the judges once again in a grand country house setting. At stake is a place in the next stage of the competition. If they succeed in impressing Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell, the contestants will earn a coveted place at the Six Chair Challenge and be one step closer to being crowned the X Factor 2015 winner. Olly and Caroline will be waiting side of stage, ready for all the celebrations and commiserations.
First Humans: The Cave Discovery
Channel 4, 8.00pm
This documentary charts an astounding investigation that has discovered the remains of an entirely new species of human ancestor. Showing as part of the Secret History strand, First Humans: The Cave Discovery follows an expedition by an international team of experts, led by Professor Lee Berger from the University of the Witwatersrand, as they recover bone fragments from a deep and nearly inaccessible cave in South Africa. The remains were first discovered by two cavers in 2013. After excavating the fossils, a huge challenge in itself, scientists conducted extensive analysis of more than 1,500 bone fragments. They were astonished to discover the remains belonged to a new human ancestor that they have named Homo naledi. The programme documents one of the greatest fossil finds of our time, filling in a mysterious gap in the story of our evolution: the crucial transition from the ape-like Australopithecus to the first members of our own genus, Homo, the first humans.