Michael Palin sitting in front of a book shelf: Photograph: Ryan McNamara/BBC/Firecrest Films

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Photograph: Ryan McNamara/BBC/Firecrest Films

Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime

Michael Palin sitting in front of a book shelf: Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime.

© Photograph: Ryan McNamara/BBC/Firecrest Films
Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime.

8pm, BBC Two

Ex-Monty Python comic and travelogue veteran Michael Palin fronts this gentle retrospective series charting his three decades making travel documentaries. We open with Palin reminiscing about his first adventure – travelling round the world in 80 days, following Jules Verne’s fictional traveller Phileas Fogg. Using his detailed diary entries and footage from the 1989 show, Palin recounts his initial nervousness before we witness his aptitude for getting stuck in with locals. Ammar Kalia


9pm, BBC One

Still searching in Venice for his son, Douglas’s (Tom Hollander) chance encounter with a fellow solo traveller might spark more than just friendship. Meanwhile, Connie (Saskia Reeves) returns home alone and a disastrous last-minute dash to Siena might finally provide the secrets to Albie’s whereabouts. AK

25 Siblings & Me

9pm, BBC Two

Born to two mothers using a sperm donor in 1999, Oli grew up in the UK as an only child. Six months ago, a half-sibling reached out to him online and he soon discovered he is one of 25 children from the same American donor dad. This documentary recounts Oli’s journey across the US to meet his newfound brothers and sisters. AK

The Singapore Grip

9pm, ITV

a man and a woman looking at the camera: The Singapore Grip. Photograph: ITV/REX/Shutterstock

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The Singapore Grip. Photograph: ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Episode four of the glossy, colonial-era drama based on JG Farrell’s satirical novel, but whose sense of irony seems to have been largely lost on its journey to TV. Matthew plans to help Vera leave Singapore, while the Blacketts plot against him and the Japanese military encroach on the nation. Hannah J Davies

How to Survive a Murder

9pm, Sky Crime

Just a few days after his mother-in-law was brutally stabbed to death, the determined documentarian John MacGibbon went to work. Along the way and in this film, he uncovers privilege, a police cover-up and dark family secrets, all conspiring to let a murderer go unpunished. Ellen E Jones

400 Years: Taking the Knee

9pm, Sky History

As part of Black History Month, this two-part documentary serves as a very worthwhile primer to a sprawling history of oppression and struggle. It covers four centuries of intertwined British and American history, from the dawn of the slave trade through to the legacy of colonialism as it’s encountered today. Phil Harrison

Film choice

Murder on the Orient Express, 8pm, Channel 4

Like Sidney Lumet’s 1974 version, Kenneth Branagh’s re-run of Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery is more about the starry cast than the intricacies of the whodunnit. It chugs along reliably with Branagh as Poirot, and Olivia Colman and Judi Dench among the passengers. Paul Howlett

Live sport

London Marathon 7am, BBC Two. Gabby Logan presents coverage of the 40th edition, this year featuring only elite athletes.

Premier League Football: Arsenal v Sheffield United, 1pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Man United v Spurs follows at 4pm; Villa v Liverpool at 7pm.

Women’s Super League Football: Birmingham City v Chelsea, 2.15pm, BT Sport 2. The sides clash at Damson Park.

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