Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back, C4, 8.30pm

BACK in 2015, Joe Lycett provided one of the most famous anecdotes in 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown history when he told a story about how he persuaded a local council to rescind a parking fine. The routine went viral on social media and since then the comedian has become known for his epic escalating battles with officials and talking his way out of almost anything.

Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome, BBC2, 9pm

THE Pilgrims arrive in Sutri, a medieval town with an even older history, where they visit a magnificent Roman amphitheatre, where Lesley Joseph auditions for a “producer”. Stephen K Amos, Mehreen Baig and Les Dennis visit a church, which was originally Etruscan and pagan before becoming Roman, then Christian and finally Roman Catholic. Later, with Rome on the horizon, they get their first view of the Eternal City from Monte Mario park. Then emotions run high as they learn that Pope Francis has agreed to meet them in a private audience. Last in the series.

The Comedy Years, ITV3, 9pm

WITH a new prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, in office following mass strikes in the so-called “winter of discontent”, 1979 was a pivotal year for Britain. And it was also a key period in TV land with political satire at the forefront of comedy. BBC series Not the Nine O’Clock News, which launched the careers of Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones and Pamela Stephenson, made its debut, while the northern club scene was also dominating comedic output with the likes of The Cannon and Ball Show and the stand-up series.

Cruising with Jane McDonald, C5, 9pm

THE singer begins her Portuguese adventure in Porto, where she discovers the roots of a similarly named fortified wine. She then boards the impressive vessel that will take her down the River Douro and visits the architectural wonder of Lamego, Vila Real and the home of Mateus Rose.