TV Times tops picks for tonight

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Monday 8th January

Silent Witness, 9.00pm, BBC1

Nikki (Emilia Fox) escaped being buried alive by a Mexican drug cartel at the end of the last series, so it’s hardly surprising that the traumatised pathologist is on gardening leave while she recovers. However, when a friend and fellow pathologist disappears, she’s recruited by police to keep tabs on the prime suspect David Cannon (Julian Rhind-Tutt) – who works with the missing woman – by seconding him to the Lyell Centre. Rhind-Tutt is excellent as the annoying new arrival – for starters, his ring tone is You Sexy Thing by Hot Chocolate – who helps the team as they attempt to find out how the body of an entrepreneur ended up in a reservoir. The story’s concluding part is on tomorrow at 9.00pm. Rating: ****

Surgeons: At the Edge of Life, 9.00pm, BBC2

Surgeons: At the Edge of Life

Watching someone having their face cut open is not for everyone, but for those who can stomach it, Surgeons is a rare opportunity to get the inside track on what really happens when you’re under anaesthetic. This hard-hitting documentary series follows medics from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham as they perform a series of groundbreaking surgeries. We get to meet Teresa Dallas who needs a nine-hour op to remove a tumour on her face. “With cancer I was facing a death sentence and although there was a risk I might not survive the op I had to take that chance”, she says. Not for the squeamish! Rating: ***

Into the Fire,10.00pm, Really

Following the work of the West Midlands fire service, this new series is filmed by the firefighters themselves using special heatproof helmet cameras – giving a unique insight into the everyday lives of these brave people. The first emergency is a house fire. Luckily all the occupants are safe, apart from an eight-foot pet python. From burning buildings to pet rescue, no two days are ever the same… Rating: ****

More previews tomorrow