Studio City, CA. - February 5: Hot In Cleveland set during the taping of the pilot on February 5, 2010 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Evans Ward/PictureGroup)

• Hot in Cleveland, M-Net, 18.30

The ladies celebrate their annual “birthdates”: Elka thinks her date might be Santa Claus, Victoria reunites with the seemingly perfect Capt. Lebeau, while Melanie’s date has a high-pitched voice.

• Bloody Tales of the Tower, National Geographic, 20.00

Continues to follow Western travellers who find themselves fighting for survival while being held captive in some of the world’s most deadly regions. Whether they’ve smuggled drugs or simply been kidnapped, these are all startling, edge-of-your-seat true stories.

• Real Housewives of New Jersey, Vuzu, 19.30

Melissa's life hits a high note as she lives out her dream of being a mother and pop star. Caroline attempts to take her motherly advice to the air waves, while Jacqueline tries to tune out Ashley’s latest ploy to get a car. Kathy calls a sit-down with her kids, revealing a near-death experience in the family. An unexpected phone call puts Teresa and her brother face to face for the first time since the christening.

• Between Life and Death, BBC Knowledge, 21.00

This documentary follows the work of leading clinicians at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where doctors can now interrupt – and even reverse – the process of dying. In pulmonary thromboendarterectomy surgery, doctors lower the patient’s body temperature to 18ºC and remove their entire blood circulation before operating for up to an hour.