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Beyond the Elements

7.50pm, PBS America

Science writer David Pogue sets out to discover the molecules and chemical reactions responsible for making life and the universe possible in this wide-ranging three-part series. In tonight’s opening episode, Pogue explores the chemistry of life via soap and a shopping trip to find the constituent fats that make up the body. First, though, there’s a trip back to the school classroom for a recap on photosynthesis while Pogue asks how we can continue to grow enough food to feed our ever-increasing global population. Ammar Kalia

Dream Kitchens and Bathrooms With Mark Millar

7pm, Channel 5

DIY expert Mark Millar is helping homeowners transform what he is calling “the most important rooms of the house” in this new series. Up first is a £50,000 open-plan kitchen in Glasgow, while in Sutton Coldfield a rainforest-themed bathroom is in order. AK

All That Glitters: Britain’s Next Jewellery Star

8pm, BBC Two

Katherine Ryan hosts the third episode of the lightly educational jewellery-making contest, and it’s time to use alternative materials (including leather or paper) to make a cocktail ring. Plus, drag artist Amrou Al-Kadhi tasks the makers with creating a bib necklace. Hannah J Davies

Lisa Eldridge in Makeup: A Glamorous History.
Lisa Eldridge in Makeup: A Glamorous History. Photograph: BBC/Lisa Eldridge

The Syndicate

9pm, BBC One

The penultimate episode sees the rightful lottery winners make a series of outrageous errors in their quest to regain the jackpot. But what do you know? Unexpected help is at hand. Neil Morrissey continues to excel as lightly varnished rogue Frank, who has to deal with some time apart from his dog Duke. Jack Seale

Makeup: A Glamorous History

9pm, BBC Two

It is fitting that the Victorians, with their love of conjuring, prized the “natural look” above all things as, really, it’s makeup’s greatest sleight-of-hand. This peculiar dislike of makeup (women were to be naturally beautiful, reflecting inner purity) also led to innovation, which Lisa Eldridge investigates. Ali Catterall

Snackmasters: Snickers

9pm, Channel 4

Chefs Tom Brown and Sabrina Gidda are the two top cooks this week tasked with recreating a famous foodstuff by Fred Sirieix. The chewy nougat, nut and caramel chocolate bar Snickers is their goal but the pair soon run into trouble trying to get the correct textures and layering. AK

Film choice

James Mason an Joan Bennett in The Reckless Moment.
James Mason and Joan Bennett in The Reckless Moment. Photograph: Columbia/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

The Reckless Moment (Max Ophüls, 1949) 1.15pm, Sony Movies Classic
A knotty little tale of murder and blackmail from Maz Ophüls. Joan Bennett is a good wife and mother – so good that she helps daughter Geraldine Brooks conceal a killing. James Mason is smooth and threatening, first demanding money with menaces, then falling heavily for mum. Paul Howlett

Today’s sport

Australian Football: Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory Top-flight game from Netstrata Jubilee Stadium. 10.30am, BT Sport 1

Cycling: Tour of Romandy Stage one, a time trial at Oron. 2.30pm, Eurosport 2

Champions League football: Real Madrid v Chelsea Semi-final first leg from Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano. 7pm, BT Sport 2

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