Your pick of the best TV this week.
Stephen Fry: Out There (BBC Two, 9pm)
IN this new, two-part documentary Stephen Fry is travelling the globe to find out how different countries and cultures regard homosexuality.
Look out for Elton John and David Furnish, who describe their experiences of coming out, their civil partnership and decision to start a family. A more chilling story comes from a young man who is seeking refuge in the UK as he faces the death penalty in his home country of Iran due to being gay.
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Masters Of Sex (Channel 4, 9pm)
SET in the 1950s, this drama chronicles American gynecologist William Masters’ pioneering research with Virginia Johnson into the nature of human sexual response. As we pick up the second instalment, Johnson’s wondering what the best course of action would be to keep her job, since Masters’ proposal that they participate in the sexual response study.
The One And Only Cilla Black (STV, 9pm)
CILLA Black is a showbiz institution - it’s now 50 years since she became a star. And ITV couldn’t let the anniversary pass without a celebration. Her old mate Paul O’Grady is our host, while she’s got plenty of other famous friends, ranging from Amanda Holden to Ringo Starr, either dropping by in person or sending their best regards via video.
Britain’s Secret Treasures (STV, 8.30pm)
MICHAEL Buerk and Bettany Hughes are back for a new series, using small objects, often unearthed by members of the public, to tell some very big stories. In the first episode, recycling plant-worker Steve Allenby tells how he dug up several pieces of copper alloy, which came from a statue of disgraced Roman emperor Domitian. As all coins and statues of him were ordered to be destroyed following his assassination, it could be the only remaining likeness of this largely forgotten leader.
Man Down (Channel 4, 9.30pm)
ACTOR and comic Greg Davies goes back to school as a teacher - a role he’s played both in real life and in The Inbetweeners - in his new self-penned sitcom. He stars as Dan, a man whose world seems to be at near-collapse. In tonight’s opener, Dan endures a bad day when he loses his trousers, and then later looks set to lose his girlfriend as well. On top of all that, his dad (Rik Mayall) is out to get him but can’t get his friends to believe him, and there’s a tailor out on the warpath...
Atlantis (BBC One, 8.20pm)
WHILE hunting in the mountains, the boys stumble across an abandoned baby. Jason refuses to leave the child to die and insists he return home with them to Atlantis.
But this charitable act has far-reaching implications and our gang soon find themselves embroiled in a complicated web of secrets and lies.
By Any Means (BBC 1, 9pm)
The team of covert crime fighters delves into a high-risk world of drugs and thugs. During an organised drug deal, underhand criminal Ahmed Demir shoots and kills innocent onlooker Arthur Rose. However, rather than being charged with murder, Ahmed is given the option by MI5 chief Charles Napier of informing on his terrorist connections in exchange for his freedom. With Helen concerned that this enables Ahmed to evade justice for Arthur Rose’s murder, she calls in Jack and the team.