Monday’s best TV: This Farming Life; Frontline Doctors; The X-Files; Fresh Meat

Watching TV

There’s a gentle look at farming in Scotland, another case for Mulder and Scully and more capers for the students of Fresh Meat. It’s all leavened by a harrowing report on Europe’s migrant crisis

This Farming Life
7pm, BBC2

As well as plain wildlife documentaries and films about retirees escaping to barn conversions in Hampshire, the countryside also offers scope for programmes with punning titles such as Addicted to Sheep, or reality formats that involve bunging D-listers in a field (see: Flockstars, Abz on the Farm). Obs docs such as this one – about farming in remote corners of Scotland – are a little less popular, though, and it’s easy to see why: it’s gentle, well-meaning stuff, but wouldn’t you rather watch a former boybander struggle with drainage? Hannah J Davies

The Zika Baby Crisis: Panorama
8.30pm, BBC1

If you were to ask an imminent Olympic host nation what was roughly the last thing they needed a few months before the torch was lit, one answer might be a sudden epidemic of a frightening, incurable illness. This is the scenario Brazil is hastening to deal with, as the mosquito-borne Zika virus causes birth defects at home and anxious calls to travel agents abroad. Jane Corbin meets families affected by the disease, the doctors attempting to treat it and the boffins working on eradicating the insects that carry it. Andrew Mueller

Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis
9pm, BBC1

More than a million migrants arrived in Europe last year in the biggest humanitarian crisis since the second world war. Aid workers and medics Chris and Xand van Tulleken travelled to Lesbos in January to see the scale of the situation. From Greece to Macedonia and on to Calais, broken bodies and bewildered children walk, clutching each other. Volunteer doctors treat trench foot and frostbite. The work of the volunteers is humbling: people reacting to the crisis in such a useful way. Julia Raeside

The X-Files
9pm, Channel 5

A group of terrorists might not know much about art, but they know what they hate. Which ultimately results in a suicide attack on a Texas gallery, following the display of some controversial artwork. This sounds like a job for Mulder and Scully, but not before the duo are introduced to a pair of tyro agents boasting a dynamic uncannily similar to their own believer-versus-sceptic shtick. With rumblings of another terror attack, the new agents team up with their celebrated counterparts to snuff out any further threat. Mark Gibbings-Jones

Fresh Meat
10pm, Channel 4

The final round of Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong’s comedy has been all about moving onwards, upwards and hopefully not downwards, as the six housemates approach graduation. JP and Kingsley take the coach down to London for interviews, the former on the way to his brother’s company, the latter headed to the hallowed ground of 6Music, while Howard tags along in order to scope out the local environs of Ordnance Survey. More perfectly pitched comedy and perfectly pitched drama from this exceptionally good series. Rachel Aroesti

Get Me to the Church
9pm, W

Couples attempt to win a honeymoon in this new caper show. The format involves sudden rendition during a stag/hen night, after which they are abandoned in the middle of nowhere with 72 hours to get to their return flight. Tonight it’s tattooed Dave from south Wales. Dave and his mates have been dropped in the Sahara in a jeep with a flat battery. While Ellen plans the wedding in Wales, Dave and his pals in Hawaiian shirts must get back home. Challenging indeed: they are, says Ellen, “a bunch of idiots”. John Robinson

The Last Man on Earth
11pm, Dave

Will Forte’s marvellous post-apocalyptic comedy returns from its mid-season breather. At the end of the last episode, the life of the other Phil Miller was hanging in the balance due to an unfortunate bout of appendicitis; after a bit of surgery practice on Gordon’s corpse, Gail and Todd had him flatlined on the operating table. Meanwhile, Tandy’s astronaut brother Mike (Jason Sudeikis) is hurtling down from the ISS, unaware that there are still survivors on Earth. Welcome back. Ben Arnold

Today’s best live sport

Sailing: World Match Racing Tour

From Fremantle, Australia. 7am, BT Sport 2

Cycling: 2016 Paris-Nice

The opening stage of the annual road race. 2.15pm, Eurosport 1

La Liga Football: Espanyol v Rayo Vallecano

The Spanish top-flight match from the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat. 7.25pm, Sky Sports 1

Superleague Netball: Hertfordshire Mavericks v Celtic Dragons

Action from Hatfield. 7.30pm, Sky Sports 3

Film Choice

Point Blank (John Boorman, 1967) 10.45pm, TCM

A gangster plots revenge on his wife and partner in crime, who left him for dead and stole the spoils of their robbery. Crime thriller, starring Lee Marvin. Paul Howlett

Two Rode Together (John Ford, 1961) 4.05pm, Film4

Thematically similar to The Searchers, Ford’s late western has cynical sheriff James Stewart and idealistic cavalryman Richard Widmark bringing home children rescued from the Comanches and being disgusted by the treatment they receive when returned to “civilisation”. Ford’s most despairing vision of the west. PH

The Chronicles of Riddick (David Twohy, 2004) 1.05am, ITV4

The further adventures of Vin Diesel’s sci-fi antihero Riddick, but where the original (Pitch Black, also directed by Twohy) was a tight, sharply focused exercise in alien terror, this is a great big overblown space opera, with Riddick trying to save the planet Helion Prime from the ghastly Necromongers. Majestic computer-generated images, but the non-stop, wham-bang action grows wearying. PH

Powered by article was written by Hannah J Davies, Andrew Mueller, Julia Raeside, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Rachel Aroesti, John Robinson, Ben Arnold and Paul Howlett, for The Guardian on Monday 7th March 2016 07.00 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010