Bette Midler: One Night Only (ITV, 9pm)

THE Divine Miss M is a year shy of her 70th birthday with showbiz icon status that has seen her transformed into a Simpsons character and starred in her own sitcom, but this is her first UK television special before.

Forty-two years after releasing her debut album, Bette Midler has plenty of career stories and celebrity moments to keep us all entertained for an hour... never mind sing as well.

“What have we been waiting for all these years,” says Midler of her UK special. "We're going to have a ball. I'm looking forward to performing some of my favourite songs and also introducing some wonderful new songs that celebrate iconic girl groups. I love the music these women made. They say behind every great man, there's a great woman. Well, I think that behind every great woman, there should be at least two other women singing and dancing in perfect unison."

The women Midler is talking of include The Ronettes and TLC, whose songs she will be performing, but the audience is hoping for her biggest hits such as Wind Beneath My Wings and From a Distance.

Joanna Lumley acts as host for the night for the entertainer who has sold 30 million albums worldwide throughout her career, and is known as one of the world's most versatile performers – earning her two Oscar nominations, four (although Radio Times says three) Grammy Awards, three Emmys, three Golden Globes and nine American Comedy Awards as well as the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame recently.

The Hawaii-born singer, who made her film debut in The Rose in 1980, is surfing the charts again with her latest album and looks like belting out a few more hits in a career which has spanned almost 50 years.

Wild Weather with Richard Hammond (BBC1, 9pm)

TOP Gear's Richard Hammond switches from the road to hell to analysing the world's weather and nature complexities.

Tonight he concludes his look into the world's most extreme weather with an investigation of the importance of heat - or lack of it - when it comes to weather.

Hammond reveals that without temperature, clouds, rain, snow, dust storms thunder or lightning wouldn't be able to form. The presenter builds his own massive dust storm, discovering how sand from the Sahara is able to make its way to the UK, and also chats with a scientist who is working on creating lightning bolts in his lab.

We are informed about a weather process called sintering and its impact on snow, including the effects on a sword which reproduces a Sword In The Stone moment as a guy in Switzerland does a roll of the wrong kind when he tries to pull the sword free.

Canterbury Cathedral (BBC2, 9pm)

UNSURPRISINGLY, the second episode of this look at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent is called Pennies From Heaven because money is desperately in need to repair the crumbling infrastructure. This, after all, isone of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England - so it's hardly surprising the Beeb thought it'd be interesting to create this three-part documentary which follows a year in the life of the 12th-century building.

The building is the spiritual base of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England, and forms part of a World Heritage Site, so it's little wonder this insightful programme has garnered so much interest.

In tonight's episode, Canon treasurer Nick Papadopulos is seen inspecting the roof spaces, where rainwater collects in tarpaulin covers and runs onto the timberwork. He is placing all his hopes on his application for a £12 million Heritage Lottery Grant. Meanwhile, the cathedral is preparing for the busiest time of year - Easter - and the Archbishop of Canterbury reaches out to austerity Britain before his Easter sermon.