Bake Off: The Professionals (C4, 8pm)

FORMER contestant Liam Charles and comedian Tom Allen return with the third series of this spin-off as professional patisserie chefs from leading hotels, restaurants and small businesses compete in pairs in a bid to take the crown. Their talents are not in question – it’s just a case of finding the best of the best. For their first challenge, six teams must make 24 miniature strawberry tarts and fruit salads. Then they reinvent the classic pineapple upside-down cake, turning it into a fine dining experience.

Springwatch 2020 (BBC2, 8pm)

NEW series. A new format of the annual wildlife series in keeping with Covid-19 restrictions sees the presenters broadcast live from around the UK. Chris Packham is in the New Forest, Iolo William is in the west Wales, and Gillian Burke is at the Beaver project near her home in Cornwall. Tonight, they are joined by guest presenter Steve Backshall at his home on the Thames and Michaela Strachan calls from South Africa to present some of her favourite moments from past series.

The A Word (BBC1, 9pm)

ALISON organises a sponsored walk to raise money for Joe’s class. Volunteering brings the family back together and provides Alison with a chance to get to know Heather better. But, on the day, Joe refuses to leave his room, the pressure of being the centre of attention proving too much for him. Rebecca comes to his aid and in turn gains the confidence to talk about her feelings concerning her pregnancy and the possibility that her child may also be autistic.

A House Through Time (BBC2, 9pm)

DAVID Olusoga traces the history of a house in Bristol through the lives of the people who lived there. The story unfolds that it was built by a sea captain in 1718, when Bristol was a major port in the transportation of slaves from Africa’s Guinea Coast to the Caribbean. Both the man who built the house and its first full-time resident were heavily involved in the slave trade. David uncovers stories of piracy, abandoned babies, a household slave who made a daring escape, and a doorstep protest as the abolitionist movement gained momentum.