Flesh and Blood (STV, 9pm)

SHOWING on consecutive evenings across the week, this new four-part drama boasts an impressive cast, including Francesca Annis, Imelda Staunton, Stephen Rea and Russel Tovey. It also gets off to a gripping start as, in the wake of a family celebration, a body lies on the beach. But to find out who it is, we’re going to flash back a few weeks to when a group of adult siblings discover that their recently widowed mother Vivien (Annis) is in love with a new man, retired surgeon Mark (Rea). The announcement leaves the siblings, who are all dealing with their own personal problems, questioning the speed of the relationship – and how fast their mum has moved on.

Murder 24/7 (BBC2, 9pm)

BRAND new series following real-life murder cases begins with the investigation into the death of 36-year-old Courtney Valentine-Brown, who was found stabbed in a flat in Southend-onSea. The opening episode concentrates on the crucial first 48 hours, as senior investigating officer, Stuart, and the forensics team get to work to piece together what happened. The police receive a lead when a witness says she saw four people enter the flat just before the murder.

MasterChef (BBC1, 9pm)

NEW series. John Torode and Gregg Wallace return with the cookery competition, as a fresh batch of contestants are put through gruelling culinary challenges to test not just their skills, but also their knowledge of food and ability to cope in a professional kitchen. This year they will have to cook not only for their place in the competition but also the right to wear a coveted MasterChef apron.

Inside No 9 (BBC2, 10pm)

THE latest instalment of darkly comic drama anthology, written by and starring Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. Student journalist Gabriel is determined to interview world-famous magician Neville Griffin, who is renowned for being extremely protective of his secrets and believes stealing a magic trick is a crime worse than murder. But how would he know that, exactly?