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Friday 25 May Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Saturday 26 May Emile Sande performs The Biggest Weekend Live BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four from 6.45pm With Glastonbury taking a year off, music fans still have the chance to get their kicks as the BBC provides room in its schedules for The Biggest Weekend, the largest free festival in Europe. This year’s event is taking place over four days across the UK with venues in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry. So what can eager music fans expect? Things get under way in Swansea, Belfast and Perth, with Coventry joining the party on Sunday. BBC One kicks things off at 6.45pm with highlights from Ed Sheeran’s performance at Singleton Park in Swansea earlier in the day (the busy Sheeran is also playing at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in the evening), then it’s over to BBC Two for Emeli Sande at Scone Palace in Perth and Clean Bandit in Swansea. At 9pm, Greg James introduces Sam Smith’s headline set at Swansea before Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds round off the BBC Two coverage. Over on BBC Four, Lauren Laverne introduces highlights from Neneh Cherry at the Titanic Slipways, in Belfast, from 7pm before checking in on sets from Simple Minds, Chvrches, Franz Ferdinand and Wolf Alice. The night finishes with Underworld’s closing set from Belfast at 10pm. SH Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm The final auditions brings one last chance to impress the judges before next week’s much-anticipated live semi-finals, which begin on Monday. SH The Queen’s Lost Cousin Channel 4, 8.00pm First shown in 2015, this documentary tells the story of the Queen’s cousin, Prince William of Gloucester, who died, aged 30, in a plane crash in 1972. There’s notable contribution from Zsuzsi Starkloff, the Hungarian-born, twice divorced former model who was involved in a contentious relationship with William, and although the story remains intriguing, the film veers into cliché. SH Queen Victoria and Her Tragic Family Channel 5, 9.15pm With this second episode the series moves on to the 1860s and the period following the death of Prince Albert at the age of 42. Mired in grief, Queen Victoria began to struggle, as monarch and mother, until a surprising friendship helped her pull through. SH All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.20pm Freddie Flintoff, Fatima Whitbread and Jonnie Peacock are among those subjecting themselves to interrogation by Irish Mammy Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll’s foul-mouthed matriarch) ushers in a new set of guests. Music is by Clean Bandit; the double entendres are all O’Carroll’s own. SH Queen Night Sky Arts, from 6.00pm Sky Arts celebrates the greatest pomp rockers of them all – Queen. First up is Video Killed the Radio Star in which the band looks back at their best videos. Concerts in Rio and Budapest sandwich The Magic Years, a film about how Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon cemented their place as one of the most influential bands ever. Later, there’s more behind the scenes material in Queen: The Phenomenon. SH How the Young Ones Changed Comedy Gold, from 9.30pm It’s hard to imagine just how different The Young Ones was when it arrived in 1982, but this entertaining film does a good job of trying to explain. Featuring Ade Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle, this documentary traces the show’s origins (“Our jokes were terrible,” says Edmondson) to TV history. It’s followed by The Young Ones’ University Challenge parody episode; tomorrow, at 9.30pm, is a countdown of the 20 greatest moments. SH Puss in Boots (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.45pm DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek spin-off follows Puss in Boots’s life before he became the green ogre’s sidekick. With the help of Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), the swashbuckling feline (Antonio Banderas) becomes a hero after saving his town. Like the CGI ogre’s last two films, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, the animation is more impressive than the jokes. Kenny (2017) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm No footballer has combined brilliance on the field and success in management with such a harrowing proximity to calamities. This edifying film explores Kenny Dalglish’s experiences at Ibrox (66 were killed in 1971), Heysel (he was on the pitch for the tragedy of 1985 in which 39 died) and Hillsborough (he was in the dug-out when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground in 1989) and revisits his talent in the No 7 shirt. The Hunter (2011) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 12.30am Willem Dafoe excels as a mercenary hired by biotech company Red Leaf to track down the last remaining Tasmanian tiger in the Australian wilderness, arousing suspicion and hostility as he goes. Posing as a university researcher, he lodges with a family and grows close to them, but Red Leaf want the tiger’s blood at any cost. There’s a gripping moral weight to questions of extinction, survival and profiteering. Sunday 27 May The Handmaid's Tale Imagine… Orhan Pamuk: a Strange Mind BBC One, 10.30pm Although Imagine… covers the panoply of the arts, Alan Yentob always seems most comfortable in the company of authors, which is why this, A Strange Mind, is one of the most rewarding instalments for a while. In being content here to act as audience rather than interrogator, Yentob allows Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk to amble across some fertile intellectual territory. Born into a secular middle-class family, Pamuk dreamt of being an artist or architect, only to turn to writing when he was faced with a likely future of redesigning much of his native Istanbul’s old city (a glance at a sketchbook suggests his talent is far from dormant). The resulting novels, which include Snow and My Name is Red, explore the clashes of ancient and modern, East and West, religious and secular, with a fearlessness that brought Pamuk into conflict with Turkey’s authoritarian government, but also the love of many compatriots. Pamuk is loquacious, generous company and, while this functions well as an autobiographical profile and assessment of his literary achievements, it also does something far harder and more impressive in capturing something of the essence of its subject. GT Countryfile BBC One, 6.30pm As a celebration of 30 years of Countryfile and the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, Matt Baker, Anita Rani and John Craven explore the Royal family’s Windsor Estate. Among the topics are the livestock breeding that has saved one equine breed from extinction and the Queen’s own early experiences here. GT The London Palladium: the Greatest Stage on Earth ITV, 8.00pm Bradley Walsh ropes in some heavyweight talent to pay tribute to the venerable theatre in this one-off special. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Dale, Beverley Knight and Stephen Fry are among those recounting their memories of the place in a lavish affair that is worth watching if only for some gorgeous, little-seen archive footage of Morecambe and Wise. GT A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) turns the screw on Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) as the latter’s profile grows – a decision that can only lead to disaster as Russell T Davies’s wonderful miniseries continues. GT The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm The Colonies are shaken by a new arrival while Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusts to a life in hiding, in a second series of the dystopian drama which, if anything, hits harder than its predecessor. GT The Break with Michelle Wolf Netflix, from today Fresh from her bold but divisive monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she witheringly attacked the Trump administration and humiliated his Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, comedian Michelle Wolf launches a weekly variety series of stand-up and sketch comedy. GT Jonathan Meades on Jargon BBC Four, 10.30pm Arguably the most provocative and stimulating broadcaster around, Jonathan Meades dissects politics and football commentary, among other areas of public life, for insights into how jargon and slang are used to obfuscate and mislead. Its verbal vivacity, driven by an honestly felt fury at the desecration of the English language, is matched by visual intrigue, unlikely juxtapositions and an admirable willingness of the host to send himself up, all ably helmed by Meades’s regular collaborator Francis Hanly. GT The Goonies (1985) ★★★★☆ Universal TV, 3.00pm A cult favourite, this rollicking adventure follows a group of teenage friends from the “Goon Docks” area of Oregon (played by, among others, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) on the hunt for a hoard of pirate treasure. Blocking their path, however, is a family of criminals, the Fratellis. Steven Spielberg dreamed up the story; Chris Columbus (Home Alone) wrote the screenplay. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 10.10pm This lithe adaptation of the second novel from Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) competing once again in a televised fight to the death. But since the last film, Katniss has become an icon of rebellion, and the ruling class wants to bring her down a peg or two. This enormously watchable film blends whip-cracking action, oddball aesthetic and entirely laudable message. The Ides of March (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.35pm George Clooney is the director, co-writer and star of this politically charged thriller about spin, soured idealism and dirty secrets. Mike Morris (Clooney) is a liberal state governor running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Ryan Gosling steals the show as the campaign’s devoted but ambitious press secretary, whose loyalties are tested to the limit. A gripping film that engages and entertains. Monday 28 May King Lear: Anthony Hopkins King Lear BBC Two, 9.30pm Talk about event TV: After making movie magic in Howards End and The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, are reunited in Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, under the direction of Richard Eyre. Plus they have a stellar supporting cast, that includes Jim Broadbent, Emily Watson and Andrew Scott. Eyre sets this version in a fictional modern-day and moves the action between castles and modern locales, such as a rundown shopping precinct, to keep it contemporary. Hopkins is on great form as Lear – his old king seems to be suffering from dementia from the start, making sense of his rashness in disinheriting youngest daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh), of him kissing another, Regan (Watson), full on the lips, and of failing to recognise other loved ones. Eyre has cut the play judiciously and brings an interesting take on Lear – that it’s about flawed parenting – that offers some insight into the behaviour of his children. Ultimately, however, it’s about Lear’s tragedy, not theirs, and Hopkins delivers a barnstorming central performance. Having played the role more than 30 years ago at the National Theatre, he’s truly grown into it. VP Richard Osman’s House of Games BBC Two, 6.00pm Pointless’s scene-stealing sidekick Richard Osman gets his moment to shine as quizmaster of this trivia contest, returning for a five-night run with BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty among those competing. It’s followed by a new series of game show Curious Creatures, hosted by Kate Humble. VP Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 7.30pm Declan Donnelly flies solo as host of the semi-finals, airing nightly up to next weekend’s final. Each evening, eight of the 40 acts will perform again in the hope of becoming one of two promoted to the final by the voting public. The results are at 9.30pm. VP Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm Cute footage of hatchlings and deft presenting by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan provide a winning formula for this three-week wildlife extravaganza. Gillian Burke returns, this time as a roving reporter, with Steve Backshall the first of the guests replacing the much-missed Martin Hughes-Games. VP Peter Kay’s Car Share: The Finale BBC One, 10.00pm Bowing to fan pressure, Peter Kay offers closure with this finale to his charming comedy about supermarket employees sharing the journey to and from work. Laughs and surprises abound on John and Kayleigh’s (Kay and Sian Gibson) last jaunt, but will romance ensue? VP The Vicar of Dibley Gold, 7.40pm Here’s a chance to revisit the last-ever episode of Richard Curtis’s sitcom, which delivers a fairy-tale finale for Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) when she marries Harry (Richard Armitage). Hugh Bonneville makes an amusing cameo as a lovesick vicar in the episode that also showcases French’s chemistry with the late Emma Chambers, who played daft Alice Tinker. VP Nigel Kennedy at the Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 8.30pm The BBC’s music festival welcomes maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy to Coventry’s War Memorial Park. Suzy Klein and Lloyd Coleman present as Kennedy performs his inimitable renditions of Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix with the BBC Concert Orchestra. VP WestWorld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm As part of her master plan, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) appears to be taking control over Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) in this episode of the futuristic drama and his confusion grows. VP Over the Hedge (2006) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25am An endearing animated adventure about a group of forest creatures that, on waking after their winter hibernation, discover humans have moved in next door to them. Apprehension gives way to curiosity and excitement as they discover what the humans have to offer. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell and Avril Lavigne, among others, it’s an enjoyable movie with a message – but avoids getting too preachy. Sing Street (2016) ★★★★☆ Film4, 9.00pm Young love is set to an Eighties beat in this delightful coming-of-age tale. As with all of John Carney’s films (i.e. 2006 hit Once), the message is clear: where there is music, there is hope. The film rattles along to a cracking soundtrack – The Jam, Motörhead, The Cure – as young Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) chaotically tries to put together a band to impress a girl at school. Brideshead Revisited (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25pm In the light of the 1981 TV version of Evelyn Waugh’s novel, you do have to admire the chutzpah of anyone else giving Brideshead a go. Julian Jarrold’s attempt suffers from a desire to force modern conventions upon a story defined by the mores of upper-class interwar Britain. Hayley Atwell and Ben Whishaw are the Flyte siblings, but Catholicism, the tale’s engine, is only pernicious, never seductive. Tuesday 29 May Arrested Development Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland, 11.15pm Few education issues are as contentious in this country as that of grammar schools, with Prime Minister Theresa May among those supporting their return. This thought-provoking three-part documentary focusing on the London borough of Bexley, where each year over 5,000 children sit the selective exam for one of the area’s four grammar schools, could not, therefore, have come at a better time. We hear from both sides of the debate and are shown both the benefits and drawbacks of attending either a grammar or secondary modern school – although, as always, it’s the parents and children who make the most notable contributions. “If you want your child to become better in their future life, it’s good to go to a grammar school,” says one mother, who works long hours for minimum wage and pays £300 a month for a tutor for her daughter. Meanwhile, another, herself the product of a grammar school, despairs of the increasing parental competitiveness. And, for all the film-makers’ admirably even-handed approach, it’s the stress felt by the children that makes the biggest mark, with one youngster noting: “I don’t think grammar school is fair because people are far too young to feel they’ve failed.” SH Emmerdale ITV, 7.00pm Emmerdale confronts the difficult subject of child abuse when Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) opens up about her past in this special flashback episode. Last November a similar technique was used, to great effect, to shed light on her cousin Cain’s experiences. Mica Proctor, in another triumph of casting, plays the young Charity. SH The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s enjoyable family saga comes to a climax with scores settled, decisions made and reconciliations all over the place. It works not least because Morgan never forgets that one person’s happy ending is another’s poisoned chalice, meaning there’s pain amid the laughter. SH The Battle for Britain’s Heroes Channel 4, 9.00pm “Our heroes often have a toxic past,” says Afua Hirsch at the start of this captivating and provocative film. She pulls no punches in her look at the darker side of our history, exploring slavery, racism and colonialism, in a film certain to enrage as many people as it informs. SH 4 Men, 175 Babies: Britain’s Super Sperm Donors Channel 4, 10.00pm This film follows men who donate their sperm for free, via unregulated websites. But why? “Being a sperm donor is like being a Samaritan,” says 61-year-old Clive, who began donating once he retired. SH Arrested Development Netflix, from today For anyone who didn’t watch the patchy fourth series of this popular Emmy-winning comedy about a rich family who lose their wealth, the good news is that you can pick up this new series with no problem. The bad news for those that did watch it is that this opening episode spends ages rehashing past events. Thankfully things do settle down – and become very funny – as we find out what happened after the infamous punch that George Michael (Michael Cera) landed on his father Michael (Jason Bateman). A proper return to form. SH Master of Photography Sky Arts, 8.00pm The international photography contest returns for a third series, with Oliviero Toscani joined on the judging panel by curator Mark Sealy and the New Yorker’s Elisabeth Biondi. Here’s hoping that this series avoids the problems of last year, which saw contestant Souvid Datta accused of plagiarism. SH All Creatures Great and Small (1975) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 12.45pm Simon Ward and a pre-Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins star as Yorkshire vets James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon in this gentle drama set in the Thirties and based on the first two books of British vet Alf Wight (who wrote under the pseudonym of Herriot). The TV series that followed remains most memorable, but there’s warm-hearted performances here too. Operation Petticoat (1959) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.25pm A beguiling Second World War comedy directed by Blake Edwards and starring Cary Grant as a submarine captain with a strict sense of order and a rule-breaking hustler of a first officer (Tony Curtis). The vessel is bombed by the Japanese, but that’s the least of its worries. Five nurses in distress, a goat and a coating of pink paint all pose challenges for the effortlessly funny crew. The Enforcer (1976) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.00pm Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan is teamed up with rookie female partner Kate Moore (Tyne Daly) in this entertaining but ultimately disappointing third chapter of the Dirty Harry series. Together they battle violent eco-terrorists who have kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco (John Crawford) while, between the gun battles, cynical Callahan attempts to come to terms with his own male chauvinism. Wednesday 30 May Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Big Crash Diet Experiment BBC One, 8.00pm Is it time to rethink our attitude to crash dieting? That’s the question posed by tonight’s revealing documentary, which assesses the health impact of this extreme approach to weight loss. Our guide is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, who along with a raft of health professionals, aims to challenge orthodox beliefs about what some see as nutritionally inadequate eating regimes with only short-term benefits. Abdelmoneim persuades four obese volunteers to give up the food that they love and opt for a scary-sounding liquid-only intake of soups and shakes, using scans and blood tests to monitor them over nine weeks. Each of the group has their fair share of weight-related issues. Portly Catholic priest Paul, for example, has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, takeaway fan Rebecca believes that she’s in the grip of a fast-food addiction, and secret binge-eater Yolande already has fatty liver disease. Watching them tackle the programme and shed the pounds is admirable enough, but even more striking is the positive effect that the diet has on their health. In fact, the implications of the results could be a huge money saver for the NHS. TD The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm Dr Chris van Tulleken continues his crusade against the over-medication of children. Tonight, he explores why so many young people are prescribed anti-depressants, and becomes suspicious over the rise in babies diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy. TD Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm “The nearest gay scene for me is Belfast,” says cattle farmer Richard, a problem seeing as he lives a three-hour ferry ride away in remote Dumfries and Galloway. Not to be defeated, Richard invites three potential partners to his farm. TD Carry On Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm More shenanigans from behind the doors of the European Parliament. We meet lone Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, whose staunch pro-Europe stance lands her in trouble with Brexit minister David Davis. TD Miranda Barbour: Serial Killer or Liar? BBC One, 10.45pm; Northern Ireland, 11.40pm; Scotland, 11.45pm; Wales, 11.05pm This gripping true crime documentary charts the case of teenage murderer Miranda Barbour. The young mother admitted killing internet date Troy La Ferarra but later confessed to a further 22 murders as part of a Satanic cult. TD Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix, from today This snappy sitcom about a cult escapee in the big city has proved a delight. A shame, then, that this fourth season is to be its last, with the first six episodes launching today and the remainder to come later this year. Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) new job at a tech start-up proves ripe for nerd-baiting satire. TD Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Presenter Waldemar Januszczak swaps the vastness of the Wild West featured in last week’s episode for the “pulsing, futuristic excitement of the American city”, as his fascinating series on American art continues. He starts out amid the skyscrapers of New York, explaining how the vaulting architecture of the Chrysler Building exemplified the hope and ambition of the burgeoning metropolis. We then move on to the Great Depression, presaged by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton in his restless murals of urban life. TD Great Expectations (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ BBC Two, 12.35pm David Lean’s peerless version of Dickens’s novel is packed with memorable moments, from its opening scenes on the marshes, where Pip first meets the escaped convict Magwitch, to the enduring images of Miss Havisham’s house… not forgetting Pip’s boxing match with Herbert Pocket. John Mills is twice the age of the book’s Pip, but there’s a subtle ingenuousness in his performance. Rebecca (1940, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures TV, 9.00pm One of Hitchcock’s most disconcerting and finest films was adapted from a Daphne du Maurier story, though he departed from the text in many ways. A bride (Joan Fontaine) is haunted by the memory of her husband’s (Laurence Olivier) dead first wife. The excellent cast (Judith Anderson as formidable housekeeper Mrs Danvers is a particular highlight) adds class to this eerily suspenseful treat. Inglourious Basterds (2009) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 10.00pm It wasn’t quite the masterpiece we were told to expect, but Quentin Tarantino’s pastiche of war films and spaghetti westerns is still rollicking good fun and has all the ingredients of a classic Tarantino film. A celebration of vengeance, it’s an audacious take on the Second World War. Christoph Waltz deservedly won an Oscar for his incendiary turn as the “Jew Hunter”. Brad Pitt also stars. Thursday 31 May Humans Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm This third series of the thoughtful British science-fiction drama continues to benefit from a narrowing of focus; the big-name American actors and slightly strained global perspective have gone, but the thematic ambition has been retained. Less wilfully obscure than Sky Atlantic’s Westworld and considerably more affecting, Humans instead keeps a tight focus on emotion and relationships, whether the characters concerned are flesh and blood or gears and circuits. It can be heavy-handed with the allegories, certainly, but it’s never chilling or humourless – and leading synth performers Gemma Chan, Ivanno Jeremiah and Emily Berrington are as uncanny as ever. Mark Bonnar, too, is proving a handy addition to the cast as Neil, Laura’s (a brilliant Katherine Parkinson) professional antagonist and love interest – Bonnar’s history of playing characters with shifting loyalties comes in handy as Neil first opens his heart and then hardens his stance on the Dryden Commission. Mia (Chan), meanwhile, is on a one-synth mission to demonstrate coexistence is possible by moving into a hostile housing estate, and Leo (Colin Morgan) struggles with the realities of being human. GT Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This week begins with chocolate puddings, which means the contestants are challenged to rustle up black forest gateaux and a dessert integrating a root vegetable, then aubergines and tofu take centre stage before the elimination round and an oriental classic. GT Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm Hollings and their “British chophouse classics” square up to an Italian-influenced brand serving fresh pasta from a cheese wheel, as Fred Sireix and a group of high-street investors gauge their potential. GT Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm Now with a Bafta award under its belt, this fine series follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service over the last Saturday night before Christmas. An inevitably busy period is made harder by a major traffic accident in central Birmingham – an incident which puts tremendous mental and physical demands on the crews, documented here with the clarity and honesty we’ve come to expect from the series. GT Great Art ITV, 10.50pm; not STV Tim Marlow takes a tour of the Royal Academy’s sell-out exhibition of the Parisian artist’s portraits, in the process assessing the man’s life, work, and reputation as “the father of modern art”. GT Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This pop cultural landmark, in which punk pioneers Sex Pistols grumbled, swore and generally misbehaved on Bill Grundy’s sleepily complacent regional chat-show, creating a national storm of outrage in the process, arguably received its definitive tribute from Kevin Eldon in 2013. The comedian’s loving reconstruction of the event imagined the Pistols as Amish people and bordered on performance art. Still, this gleefully silly take on the infamous encounter between the jobbing broadcaster (Steve Pemberton) and the Sex Pistols (played by members of the National Youth Theatre) is a lot of fun. GT Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm The eponymous depressed hitman (Bill Hader) tries to go it alone, only to be thwarted by his reckless partner Taylor (Dale Pavinski) and ructions among members of his acting class. GT Billion Dollar Brain (1967) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.00pm Michael Caine returns as the reluctant secret agent Harry Palmer (The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin) in this film from Ken Russell, based on the novels by Len Deighton. Having left the British Secret Service to pursue a career as a private investigator, Palmer stumbles into a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? It’s far-fetched but fun. Johnny Mnemonic (1995) ★★☆☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm Fresh from the rubber-burning success of Speed and four short years before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in this high-concept dystopian adventure as the eponymous anti-hero – a 21st-century courier whose augmented brain is used to transport illicit data – that very nearly ruined his career. It’s adapted by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson from his own story. Munich (2005) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 12.50am Eric Bana stars in Steven Spielberg’s audacious, if lengthy, examination of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Set in 1972, it adroitly tackles the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympics. Bana plays a Mossad agent charged with hunting down the extremists who planned the Munich attack. Some of the rhetoric is clumsy, but the film-makers strive to be politically even-handed. Friday 1 June Tracey Breaks the News: Ullman as Michael Gove Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm After losing her to the USA for 30 years, Tracey Ullman’s return to our shores two years ago has reminded us of her unparalleled talents as an impressionist. She captures the physicality of her famous subjects – Angela Merkel and Judi Dench are standouts – as well as their voices, and hats off to Ullman’s prosthetics teams for her remarkable transformations. After an acting stint in last year’s Howards End, Ullman returns to her comfort zone tonight with a second series of the topical sketch comedy show in which she skewers politicians, mostly – although we’ll also be treated to more of Ben Miller’s scene-stealing Rupert Murdoch, with Ullman as Jerry Hall. Although no preview tape was available due to last-minute filming, Ullman was pictured as Michael Gove in promotional material and has also promised impressions of Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The previous series attracted criticism for weak writing, and some skits do lack bite, but slack should be cut – it’s a notoriously difficult format to pull off. Ullman’s gift for mimicry means she hits the mark often enough for the show to be a welcome bit of light satire to wind up the week. VP Extreme Wales with Richard Parks BBC Two, 7.30pm Tonight’s final episode of Richard Parks’s adventure programme combines extreme sports with lush panoramas of the Welsh landscape. Daredevil Parks takes to the skies on a paramotor – nothing more than a parachute connected to a fan-like motor – to propel him the length of the country. VP The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Fugitive immigrant Taariq Shirazi (Alexander Behrang Keshtkar) makes a desperate bid to flee as the Scandi-noir crime series continues. When Saga (Sofia Helin) and Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) track him down, however, Saga’s inability to tell a lie has serious consequences. VP Friday Night Dinner Channel 4, 10.00pm This sitcom’s family squabbles are more uncomfortably familiar than laugh-out-loud funny in tonight’s penultimate visit to the Goodmans’ home. Writer Robert Popper capitalises on Simon Bird’s musical skills by having his character, Adam, reluctantly play the violin to cheer up Grandma. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.35pm; NI, 11.05pm; Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Jo Brand and Aidan Turner offer their funniest anecdotes tonight. Plus, Liam Payne continues his post-One Direction solo career with a performance his new single, Familiar. VP The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven BBC Four, 9.00pm Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards and Graham Nash are among the luminaries paying tribute to Don and Phil Everly in this 2016 documentary, all of them claiming the brothers as an influence. Surviving sibling Don Everly returns to Iowa to recount the brothers’ first appearances, their pivotal move to Nashville and stardom in the late Fifties. Africa: A Journey into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm So much of the music we listen to has its roots in African music. In this new three-part documentary series, London DJ Rita Ray sets off to explore the continent’s influence. Kicking off her journey in Nigeria, Ray stumbles across impromptu drumming ceremonies in the streets as she explores the importance of rhythm in the country’s music and meets its major players. Future episodes take her to Mali and South Africa. VP Crocodile Dundee (1986) ★★★★☆ Film4, 7.10pm Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), a bushman from northern Australia, is a dab hand at surviving in the Outback. But when he is invited to New York City by Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), a high-class reporter, in this Oscar-nominated comedy drama, he finds life far tougher in the urban jungle. He’s a survivor though: muggers who accost Dundee discover that he has a bigger knife than they do. American Made (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Doug Liman directs Tom Cruise in this lively, madcap real-life tale of pilot, drug smuggler and CIA gun-runner Barry Seal, whose supersonic, if lawless, career path began, according to this script, when he was a bored TWA pilot in 1978 and was approached out of the blue by a CIA handler (Domhnall Gleeson, all greasy persuasion) to conduct reconnaissance flights across the Caribbean. GoodFellas (1990) ★★★★★ ITV4, 10.00pm Martin Scorsese’s Mafia masterpiece, adapted from a non-fiction book, has all the qualities of great cinema: it’s thrilling, it’s provocative, it’s stylish, and it’s got a young Robert De Niro in it. Ray Liotta plays the youngster who longs to be a gangster; De Niro and Joe Pesci are in the Mob. Pesci’s mother, meanwhile, reportedly asked him if he had to swear quite so much – the f-word is used 300 times. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: Unreported World and the BBC's Biggest Weekend
Friday 25 May Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Saturday 26 May Emile Sande performs The Biggest Weekend Live BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four from 6.45pm With Glastonbury taking a year off, music fans still have the chance to get their kicks as the BBC provides room in its schedules for The Biggest Weekend, the largest free festival in Europe. This year’s event is taking place over four days across the UK with venues in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry. So what can eager music fans expect? Things get under way in Swansea, Belfast and Perth, with Coventry joining the party on Sunday. BBC One kicks things off at 6.45pm with highlights from Ed Sheeran’s performance at Singleton Park in Swansea earlier in the day (the busy Sheeran is also playing at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in the evening), then it’s over to BBC Two for Emeli Sande at Scone Palace in Perth and Clean Bandit in Swansea. At 9pm, Greg James introduces Sam Smith’s headline set at Swansea before Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds round off the BBC Two coverage. Over on BBC Four, Lauren Laverne introduces highlights from Neneh Cherry at the Titanic Slipways, in Belfast, from 7pm before checking in on sets from Simple Minds, Chvrches, Franz Ferdinand and Wolf Alice. The night finishes with Underworld’s closing set from Belfast at 10pm. SH Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm The final auditions brings one last chance to impress the judges before next week’s much-anticipated live semi-finals, which begin on Monday. SH The Queen’s Lost Cousin Channel 4, 8.00pm First shown in 2015, this documentary tells the story of the Queen’s cousin, Prince William of Gloucester, who died, aged 30, in a plane crash in 1972. There’s notable contribution from Zsuzsi Starkloff, the Hungarian-born, twice divorced former model who was involved in a contentious relationship with William, and although the story remains intriguing, the film veers into cliché. SH Queen Victoria and Her Tragic Family Channel 5, 9.15pm With this second episode the series moves on to the 1860s and the period following the death of Prince Albert at the age of 42. Mired in grief, Queen Victoria began to struggle, as monarch and mother, until a surprising friendship helped her pull through. SH All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.20pm Freddie Flintoff, Fatima Whitbread and Jonnie Peacock are among those subjecting themselves to interrogation by Irish Mammy Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll’s foul-mouthed matriarch) ushers in a new set of guests. Music is by Clean Bandit; the double entendres are all O’Carroll’s own. SH Queen Night Sky Arts, from 6.00pm Sky Arts celebrates the greatest pomp rockers of them all – Queen. First up is Video Killed the Radio Star in which the band looks back at their best videos. Concerts in Rio and Budapest sandwich The Magic Years, a film about how Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon cemented their place as one of the most influential bands ever. Later, there’s more behind the scenes material in Queen: The Phenomenon. SH How the Young Ones Changed Comedy Gold, from 9.30pm It’s hard to imagine just how different The Young Ones was when it arrived in 1982, but this entertaining film does a good job of trying to explain. Featuring Ade Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle, this documentary traces the show’s origins (“Our jokes were terrible,” says Edmondson) to TV history. It’s followed by The Young Ones’ University Challenge parody episode; tomorrow, at 9.30pm, is a countdown of the 20 greatest moments. SH Puss in Boots (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.45pm DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek spin-off follows Puss in Boots’s life before he became the green ogre’s sidekick. With the help of Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), the swashbuckling feline (Antonio Banderas) becomes a hero after saving his town. Like the CGI ogre’s last two films, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, the animation is more impressive than the jokes. Kenny (2017) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm No footballer has combined brilliance on the field and success in management with such a harrowing proximity to calamities. This edifying film explores Kenny Dalglish’s experiences at Ibrox (66 were killed in 1971), Heysel (he was on the pitch for the tragedy of 1985 in which 39 died) and Hillsborough (he was in the dug-out when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground in 1989) and revisits his talent in the No 7 shirt. The Hunter (2011) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 12.30am Willem Dafoe excels as a mercenary hired by biotech company Red Leaf to track down the last remaining Tasmanian tiger in the Australian wilderness, arousing suspicion and hostility as he goes. Posing as a university researcher, he lodges with a family and grows close to them, but Red Leaf want the tiger’s blood at any cost. There’s a gripping moral weight to questions of extinction, survival and profiteering. Sunday 27 May The Handmaid's Tale Imagine… Orhan Pamuk: a Strange Mind BBC One, 10.30pm Although Imagine… covers the panoply of the arts, Alan Yentob always seems most comfortable in the company of authors, which is why this, A Strange Mind, is one of the most rewarding instalments for a while. In being content here to act as audience rather than interrogator, Yentob allows Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk to amble across some fertile intellectual territory. Born into a secular middle-class family, Pamuk dreamt of being an artist or architect, only to turn to writing when he was faced with a likely future of redesigning much of his native Istanbul’s old city (a glance at a sketchbook suggests his talent is far from dormant). The resulting novels, which include Snow and My Name is Red, explore the clashes of ancient and modern, East and West, religious and secular, with a fearlessness that brought Pamuk into conflict with Turkey’s authoritarian government, but also the love of many compatriots. Pamuk is loquacious, generous company and, while this functions well as an autobiographical profile and assessment of his literary achievements, it also does something far harder and more impressive in capturing something of the essence of its subject. GT Countryfile BBC One, 6.30pm As a celebration of 30 years of Countryfile and the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, Matt Baker, Anita Rani and John Craven explore the Royal family’s Windsor Estate. Among the topics are the livestock breeding that has saved one equine breed from extinction and the Queen’s own early experiences here. GT The London Palladium: the Greatest Stage on Earth ITV, 8.00pm Bradley Walsh ropes in some heavyweight talent to pay tribute to the venerable theatre in this one-off special. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Dale, Beverley Knight and Stephen Fry are among those recounting their memories of the place in a lavish affair that is worth watching if only for some gorgeous, little-seen archive footage of Morecambe and Wise. GT A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) turns the screw on Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) as the latter’s profile grows – a decision that can only lead to disaster as Russell T Davies’s wonderful miniseries continues. GT The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm The Colonies are shaken by a new arrival while Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusts to a life in hiding, in a second series of the dystopian drama which, if anything, hits harder than its predecessor. GT The Break with Michelle Wolf Netflix, from today Fresh from her bold but divisive monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she witheringly attacked the Trump administration and humiliated his Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, comedian Michelle Wolf launches a weekly variety series of stand-up and sketch comedy. GT Jonathan Meades on Jargon BBC Four, 10.30pm Arguably the most provocative and stimulating broadcaster around, Jonathan Meades dissects politics and football commentary, among other areas of public life, for insights into how jargon and slang are used to obfuscate and mislead. Its verbal vivacity, driven by an honestly felt fury at the desecration of the English language, is matched by visual intrigue, unlikely juxtapositions and an admirable willingness of the host to send himself up, all ably helmed by Meades’s regular collaborator Francis Hanly. GT The Goonies (1985) ★★★★☆ Universal TV, 3.00pm A cult favourite, this rollicking adventure follows a group of teenage friends from the “Goon Docks” area of Oregon (played by, among others, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) on the hunt for a hoard of pirate treasure. Blocking their path, however, is a family of criminals, the Fratellis. Steven Spielberg dreamed up the story; Chris Columbus (Home Alone) wrote the screenplay. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 10.10pm This lithe adaptation of the second novel from Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) competing once again in a televised fight to the death. But since the last film, Katniss has become an icon of rebellion, and the ruling class wants to bring her down a peg or two. This enormously watchable film blends whip-cracking action, oddball aesthetic and entirely laudable message. The Ides of March (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.35pm George Clooney is the director, co-writer and star of this politically charged thriller about spin, soured idealism and dirty secrets. Mike Morris (Clooney) is a liberal state governor running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Ryan Gosling steals the show as the campaign’s devoted but ambitious press secretary, whose loyalties are tested to the limit. A gripping film that engages and entertains. Monday 28 May King Lear: Anthony Hopkins King Lear BBC Two, 9.30pm Talk about event TV: After making movie magic in Howards End and The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, are reunited in Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, under the direction of Richard Eyre. Plus they have a stellar supporting cast, that includes Jim Broadbent, Emily Watson and Andrew Scott. Eyre sets this version in a fictional modern-day and moves the action between castles and modern locales, such as a rundown shopping precinct, to keep it contemporary. Hopkins is on great form as Lear – his old king seems to be suffering from dementia from the start, making sense of his rashness in disinheriting youngest daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh), of him kissing another, Regan (Watson), full on the lips, and of failing to recognise other loved ones. Eyre has cut the play judiciously and brings an interesting take on Lear – that it’s about flawed parenting – that offers some insight into the behaviour of his children. Ultimately, however, it’s about Lear’s tragedy, not theirs, and Hopkins delivers a barnstorming central performance. Having played the role more than 30 years ago at the National Theatre, he’s truly grown into it. VP Richard Osman’s House of Games BBC Two, 6.00pm Pointless’s scene-stealing sidekick Richard Osman gets his moment to shine as quizmaster of this trivia contest, returning for a five-night run with BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty among those competing. It’s followed by a new series of game show Curious Creatures, hosted by Kate Humble. VP Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 7.30pm Declan Donnelly flies solo as host of the semi-finals, airing nightly up to next weekend’s final. Each evening, eight of the 40 acts will perform again in the hope of becoming one of two promoted to the final by the voting public. The results are at 9.30pm. VP Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm Cute footage of hatchlings and deft presenting by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan provide a winning formula for this three-week wildlife extravaganza. Gillian Burke returns, this time as a roving reporter, with Steve Backshall the first of the guests replacing the much-missed Martin Hughes-Games. VP Peter Kay’s Car Share: The Finale BBC One, 10.00pm Bowing to fan pressure, Peter Kay offers closure with this finale to his charming comedy about supermarket employees sharing the journey to and from work. Laughs and surprises abound on John and Kayleigh’s (Kay and Sian Gibson) last jaunt, but will romance ensue? VP The Vicar of Dibley Gold, 7.40pm Here’s a chance to revisit the last-ever episode of Richard Curtis’s sitcom, which delivers a fairy-tale finale for Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) when she marries Harry (Richard Armitage). Hugh Bonneville makes an amusing cameo as a lovesick vicar in the episode that also showcases French’s chemistry with the late Emma Chambers, who played daft Alice Tinker. VP Nigel Kennedy at the Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 8.30pm The BBC’s music festival welcomes maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy to Coventry’s War Memorial Park. Suzy Klein and Lloyd Coleman present as Kennedy performs his inimitable renditions of Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix with the BBC Concert Orchestra. VP WestWorld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm As part of her master plan, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) appears to be taking control over Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) in this episode of the futuristic drama and his confusion grows. VP Over the Hedge (2006) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25am An endearing animated adventure about a group of forest creatures that, on waking after their winter hibernation, discover humans have moved in next door to them. Apprehension gives way to curiosity and excitement as they discover what the humans have to offer. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell and Avril Lavigne, among others, it’s an enjoyable movie with a message – but avoids getting too preachy. Sing Street (2016) ★★★★☆ Film4, 9.00pm Young love is set to an Eighties beat in this delightful coming-of-age tale. As with all of John Carney’s films (i.e. 2006 hit Once), the message is clear: where there is music, there is hope. The film rattles along to a cracking soundtrack – The Jam, Motörhead, The Cure – as young Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) chaotically tries to put together a band to impress a girl at school. Brideshead Revisited (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25pm In the light of the 1981 TV version of Evelyn Waugh’s novel, you do have to admire the chutzpah of anyone else giving Brideshead a go. Julian Jarrold’s attempt suffers from a desire to force modern conventions upon a story defined by the mores of upper-class interwar Britain. Hayley Atwell and Ben Whishaw are the Flyte siblings, but Catholicism, the tale’s engine, is only pernicious, never seductive. Tuesday 29 May Arrested Development Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland, 11.15pm Few education issues are as contentious in this country as that of grammar schools, with Prime Minister Theresa May among those supporting their return. This thought-provoking three-part documentary focusing on the London borough of Bexley, where each year over 5,000 children sit the selective exam for one of the area’s four grammar schools, could not, therefore, have come at a better time. We hear from both sides of the debate and are shown both the benefits and drawbacks of attending either a grammar or secondary modern school – although, as always, it’s the parents and children who make the most notable contributions. “If you want your child to become better in their future life, it’s good to go to a grammar school,” says one mother, who works long hours for minimum wage and pays £300 a month for a tutor for her daughter. Meanwhile, another, herself the product of a grammar school, despairs of the increasing parental competitiveness. And, for all the film-makers’ admirably even-handed approach, it’s the stress felt by the children that makes the biggest mark, with one youngster noting: “I don’t think grammar school is fair because people are far too young to feel they’ve failed.” SH Emmerdale ITV, 7.00pm Emmerdale confronts the difficult subject of child abuse when Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) opens up about her past in this special flashback episode. Last November a similar technique was used, to great effect, to shed light on her cousin Cain’s experiences. Mica Proctor, in another triumph of casting, plays the young Charity. SH The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s enjoyable family saga comes to a climax with scores settled, decisions made and reconciliations all over the place. It works not least because Morgan never forgets that one person’s happy ending is another’s poisoned chalice, meaning there’s pain amid the laughter. SH The Battle for Britain’s Heroes Channel 4, 9.00pm “Our heroes often have a toxic past,” says Afua Hirsch at the start of this captivating and provocative film. She pulls no punches in her look at the darker side of our history, exploring slavery, racism and colonialism, in a film certain to enrage as many people as it informs. SH 4 Men, 175 Babies: Britain’s Super Sperm Donors Channel 4, 10.00pm This film follows men who donate their sperm for free, via unregulated websites. But why? “Being a sperm donor is like being a Samaritan,” says 61-year-old Clive, who began donating once he retired. SH Arrested Development Netflix, from today For anyone who didn’t watch the patchy fourth series of this popular Emmy-winning comedy about a rich family who lose their wealth, the good news is that you can pick up this new series with no problem. The bad news for those that did watch it is that this opening episode spends ages rehashing past events. Thankfully things do settle down – and become very funny – as we find out what happened after the infamous punch that George Michael (Michael Cera) landed on his father Michael (Jason Bateman). A proper return to form. SH Master of Photography Sky Arts, 8.00pm The international photography contest returns for a third series, with Oliviero Toscani joined on the judging panel by curator Mark Sealy and the New Yorker’s Elisabeth Biondi. Here’s hoping that this series avoids the problems of last year, which saw contestant Souvid Datta accused of plagiarism. SH All Creatures Great and Small (1975) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 12.45pm Simon Ward and a pre-Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins star as Yorkshire vets James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon in this gentle drama set in the Thirties and based on the first two books of British vet Alf Wight (who wrote under the pseudonym of Herriot). The TV series that followed remains most memorable, but there’s warm-hearted performances here too. Operation Petticoat (1959) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.25pm A beguiling Second World War comedy directed by Blake Edwards and starring Cary Grant as a submarine captain with a strict sense of order and a rule-breaking hustler of a first officer (Tony Curtis). The vessel is bombed by the Japanese, but that’s the least of its worries. Five nurses in distress, a goat and a coating of pink paint all pose challenges for the effortlessly funny crew. The Enforcer (1976) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.00pm Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan is teamed up with rookie female partner Kate Moore (Tyne Daly) in this entertaining but ultimately disappointing third chapter of the Dirty Harry series. Together they battle violent eco-terrorists who have kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco (John Crawford) while, between the gun battles, cynical Callahan attempts to come to terms with his own male chauvinism. Wednesday 30 May Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Big Crash Diet Experiment BBC One, 8.00pm Is it time to rethink our attitude to crash dieting? That’s the question posed by tonight’s revealing documentary, which assesses the health impact of this extreme approach to weight loss. Our guide is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, who along with a raft of health professionals, aims to challenge orthodox beliefs about what some see as nutritionally inadequate eating regimes with only short-term benefits. Abdelmoneim persuades four obese volunteers to give up the food that they love and opt for a scary-sounding liquid-only intake of soups and shakes, using scans and blood tests to monitor them over nine weeks. Each of the group has their fair share of weight-related issues. Portly Catholic priest Paul, for example, has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, takeaway fan Rebecca believes that she’s in the grip of a fast-food addiction, and secret binge-eater Yolande already has fatty liver disease. Watching them tackle the programme and shed the pounds is admirable enough, but even more striking is the positive effect that the diet has on their health. In fact, the implications of the results could be a huge money saver for the NHS. TD The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm Dr Chris van Tulleken continues his crusade against the over-medication of children. Tonight, he explores why so many young people are prescribed anti-depressants, and becomes suspicious over the rise in babies diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy. TD Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm “The nearest gay scene for me is Belfast,” says cattle farmer Richard, a problem seeing as he lives a three-hour ferry ride away in remote Dumfries and Galloway. Not to be defeated, Richard invites three potential partners to his farm. TD Carry On Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm More shenanigans from behind the doors of the European Parliament. We meet lone Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, whose staunch pro-Europe stance lands her in trouble with Brexit minister David Davis. TD Miranda Barbour: Serial Killer or Liar? BBC One, 10.45pm; Northern Ireland, 11.40pm; Scotland, 11.45pm; Wales, 11.05pm This gripping true crime documentary charts the case of teenage murderer Miranda Barbour. The young mother admitted killing internet date Troy La Ferarra but later confessed to a further 22 murders as part of a Satanic cult. TD Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix, from today This snappy sitcom about a cult escapee in the big city has proved a delight. A shame, then, that this fourth season is to be its last, with the first six episodes launching today and the remainder to come later this year. Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) new job at a tech start-up proves ripe for nerd-baiting satire. TD Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Presenter Waldemar Januszczak swaps the vastness of the Wild West featured in last week’s episode for the “pulsing, futuristic excitement of the American city”, as his fascinating series on American art continues. He starts out amid the skyscrapers of New York, explaining how the vaulting architecture of the Chrysler Building exemplified the hope and ambition of the burgeoning metropolis. We then move on to the Great Depression, presaged by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton in his restless murals of urban life. TD Great Expectations (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ BBC Two, 12.35pm David Lean’s peerless version of Dickens’s novel is packed with memorable moments, from its opening scenes on the marshes, where Pip first meets the escaped convict Magwitch, to the enduring images of Miss Havisham’s house… not forgetting Pip’s boxing match with Herbert Pocket. John Mills is twice the age of the book’s Pip, but there’s a subtle ingenuousness in his performance. Rebecca (1940, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures TV, 9.00pm One of Hitchcock’s most disconcerting and finest films was adapted from a Daphne du Maurier story, though he departed from the text in many ways. A bride (Joan Fontaine) is haunted by the memory of her husband’s (Laurence Olivier) dead first wife. The excellent cast (Judith Anderson as formidable housekeeper Mrs Danvers is a particular highlight) adds class to this eerily suspenseful treat. Inglourious Basterds (2009) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 10.00pm It wasn’t quite the masterpiece we were told to expect, but Quentin Tarantino’s pastiche of war films and spaghetti westerns is still rollicking good fun and has all the ingredients of a classic Tarantino film. A celebration of vengeance, it’s an audacious take on the Second World War. Christoph Waltz deservedly won an Oscar for his incendiary turn as the “Jew Hunter”. Brad Pitt also stars. Thursday 31 May Humans Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm This third series of the thoughtful British science-fiction drama continues to benefit from a narrowing of focus; the big-name American actors and slightly strained global perspective have gone, but the thematic ambition has been retained. Less wilfully obscure than Sky Atlantic’s Westworld and considerably more affecting, Humans instead keeps a tight focus on emotion and relationships, whether the characters concerned are flesh and blood or gears and circuits. It can be heavy-handed with the allegories, certainly, but it’s never chilling or humourless – and leading synth performers Gemma Chan, Ivanno Jeremiah and Emily Berrington are as uncanny as ever. Mark Bonnar, too, is proving a handy addition to the cast as Neil, Laura’s (a brilliant Katherine Parkinson) professional antagonist and love interest – Bonnar’s history of playing characters with shifting loyalties comes in handy as Neil first opens his heart and then hardens his stance on the Dryden Commission. Mia (Chan), meanwhile, is on a one-synth mission to demonstrate coexistence is possible by moving into a hostile housing estate, and Leo (Colin Morgan) struggles with the realities of being human. GT Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This week begins with chocolate puddings, which means the contestants are challenged to rustle up black forest gateaux and a dessert integrating a root vegetable, then aubergines and tofu take centre stage before the elimination round and an oriental classic. GT Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm Hollings and their “British chophouse classics” square up to an Italian-influenced brand serving fresh pasta from a cheese wheel, as Fred Sireix and a group of high-street investors gauge their potential. GT Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm Now with a Bafta award under its belt, this fine series follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service over the last Saturday night before Christmas. An inevitably busy period is made harder by a major traffic accident in central Birmingham – an incident which puts tremendous mental and physical demands on the crews, documented here with the clarity and honesty we’ve come to expect from the series. GT Great Art ITV, 10.50pm; not STV Tim Marlow takes a tour of the Royal Academy’s sell-out exhibition of the Parisian artist’s portraits, in the process assessing the man’s life, work, and reputation as “the father of modern art”. GT Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This pop cultural landmark, in which punk pioneers Sex Pistols grumbled, swore and generally misbehaved on Bill Grundy’s sleepily complacent regional chat-show, creating a national storm of outrage in the process, arguably received its definitive tribute from Kevin Eldon in 2013. The comedian’s loving reconstruction of the event imagined the Pistols as Amish people and bordered on performance art. Still, this gleefully silly take on the infamous encounter between the jobbing broadcaster (Steve Pemberton) and the Sex Pistols (played by members of the National Youth Theatre) is a lot of fun. GT Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm The eponymous depressed hitman (Bill Hader) tries to go it alone, only to be thwarted by his reckless partner Taylor (Dale Pavinski) and ructions among members of his acting class. GT Billion Dollar Brain (1967) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.00pm Michael Caine returns as the reluctant secret agent Harry Palmer (The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin) in this film from Ken Russell, based on the novels by Len Deighton. Having left the British Secret Service to pursue a career as a private investigator, Palmer stumbles into a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? It’s far-fetched but fun. Johnny Mnemonic (1995) ★★☆☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm Fresh from the rubber-burning success of Speed and four short years before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in this high-concept dystopian adventure as the eponymous anti-hero – a 21st-century courier whose augmented brain is used to transport illicit data – that very nearly ruined his career. It’s adapted by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson from his own story. Munich (2005) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 12.50am Eric Bana stars in Steven Spielberg’s audacious, if lengthy, examination of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Set in 1972, it adroitly tackles the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympics. Bana plays a Mossad agent charged with hunting down the extremists who planned the Munich attack. Some of the rhetoric is clumsy, but the film-makers strive to be politically even-handed. Friday 1 June Tracey Breaks the News: Ullman as Michael Gove Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm After losing her to the USA for 30 years, Tracey Ullman’s return to our shores two years ago has reminded us of her unparalleled talents as an impressionist. She captures the physicality of her famous subjects – Angela Merkel and Judi Dench are standouts – as well as their voices, and hats off to Ullman’s prosthetics teams for her remarkable transformations. After an acting stint in last year’s Howards End, Ullman returns to her comfort zone tonight with a second series of the topical sketch comedy show in which she skewers politicians, mostly – although we’ll also be treated to more of Ben Miller’s scene-stealing Rupert Murdoch, with Ullman as Jerry Hall. Although no preview tape was available due to last-minute filming, Ullman was pictured as Michael Gove in promotional material and has also promised impressions of Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The previous series attracted criticism for weak writing, and some skits do lack bite, but slack should be cut – it’s a notoriously difficult format to pull off. Ullman’s gift for mimicry means she hits the mark often enough for the show to be a welcome bit of light satire to wind up the week. VP Extreme Wales with Richard Parks BBC Two, 7.30pm Tonight’s final episode of Richard Parks’s adventure programme combines extreme sports with lush panoramas of the Welsh landscape. Daredevil Parks takes to the skies on a paramotor – nothing more than a parachute connected to a fan-like motor – to propel him the length of the country. VP The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Fugitive immigrant Taariq Shirazi (Alexander Behrang Keshtkar) makes a desperate bid to flee as the Scandi-noir crime series continues. When Saga (Sofia Helin) and Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) track him down, however, Saga’s inability to tell a lie has serious consequences. VP Friday Night Dinner Channel 4, 10.00pm This sitcom’s family squabbles are more uncomfortably familiar than laugh-out-loud funny in tonight’s penultimate visit to the Goodmans’ home. Writer Robert Popper capitalises on Simon Bird’s musical skills by having his character, Adam, reluctantly play the violin to cheer up Grandma. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.35pm; NI, 11.05pm; Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Jo Brand and Aidan Turner offer their funniest anecdotes tonight. Plus, Liam Payne continues his post-One Direction solo career with a performance his new single, Familiar. VP The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven BBC Four, 9.00pm Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards and Graham Nash are among the luminaries paying tribute to Don and Phil Everly in this 2016 documentary, all of them claiming the brothers as an influence. Surviving sibling Don Everly returns to Iowa to recount the brothers’ first appearances, their pivotal move to Nashville and stardom in the late Fifties. Africa: A Journey into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm So much of the music we listen to has its roots in African music. In this new three-part documentary series, London DJ Rita Ray sets off to explore the continent’s influence. Kicking off her journey in Nigeria, Ray stumbles across impromptu drumming ceremonies in the streets as she explores the importance of rhythm in the country’s music and meets its major players. Future episodes take her to Mali and South Africa. VP Crocodile Dundee (1986) ★★★★☆ Film4, 7.10pm Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), a bushman from northern Australia, is a dab hand at surviving in the Outback. But when he is invited to New York City by Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), a high-class reporter, in this Oscar-nominated comedy drama, he finds life far tougher in the urban jungle. He’s a survivor though: muggers who accost Dundee discover that he has a bigger knife than they do. American Made (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Doug Liman directs Tom Cruise in this lively, madcap real-life tale of pilot, drug smuggler and CIA gun-runner Barry Seal, whose supersonic, if lawless, career path began, according to this script, when he was a bored TWA pilot in 1978 and was approached out of the blue by a CIA handler (Domhnall Gleeson, all greasy persuasion) to conduct reconnaissance flights across the Caribbean. GoodFellas (1990) ★★★★★ ITV4, 10.00pm Martin Scorsese’s Mafia masterpiece, adapted from a non-fiction book, has all the qualities of great cinema: it’s thrilling, it’s provocative, it’s stylish, and it’s got a young Robert De Niro in it. Ray Liotta plays the youngster who longs to be a gangster; De Niro and Joe Pesci are in the Mob. Pesci’s mother, meanwhile, reportedly asked him if he had to swear quite so much – the f-word is used 300 times. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Friday 25 May Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Saturday 26 May Emile Sande performs The Biggest Weekend Live BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four from 6.45pm With Glastonbury taking a year off, music fans still have the chance to get their kicks as the BBC provides room in its schedules for The Biggest Weekend, the largest free festival in Europe. This year’s event is taking place over four days across the UK with venues in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry. So what can eager music fans expect? Things get under way in Swansea, Belfast and Perth, with Coventry joining the party on Sunday. BBC One kicks things off at 6.45pm with highlights from Ed Sheeran’s performance at Singleton Park in Swansea earlier in the day (the busy Sheeran is also playing at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in the evening), then it’s over to BBC Two for Emeli Sande at Scone Palace in Perth and Clean Bandit in Swansea. At 9pm, Greg James introduces Sam Smith’s headline set at Swansea before Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds round off the BBC Two coverage. Over on BBC Four, Lauren Laverne introduces highlights from Neneh Cherry at the Titanic Slipways, in Belfast, from 7pm before checking in on sets from Simple Minds, Chvrches, Franz Ferdinand and Wolf Alice. The night finishes with Underworld’s closing set from Belfast at 10pm. SH Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm The final auditions brings one last chance to impress the judges before next week’s much-anticipated live semi-finals, which begin on Monday. SH The Queen’s Lost Cousin Channel 4, 8.00pm First shown in 2015, this documentary tells the story of the Queen’s cousin, Prince William of Gloucester, who died, aged 30, in a plane crash in 1972. There’s notable contribution from Zsuzsi Starkloff, the Hungarian-born, twice divorced former model who was involved in a contentious relationship with William, and although the story remains intriguing, the film veers into cliché. SH Queen Victoria and Her Tragic Family Channel 5, 9.15pm With this second episode the series moves on to the 1860s and the period following the death of Prince Albert at the age of 42. Mired in grief, Queen Victoria began to struggle, as monarch and mother, until a surprising friendship helped her pull through. SH All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.20pm Freddie Flintoff, Fatima Whitbread and Jonnie Peacock are among those subjecting themselves to interrogation by Irish Mammy Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll’s foul-mouthed matriarch) ushers in a new set of guests. Music is by Clean Bandit; the double entendres are all O’Carroll’s own. SH Queen Night Sky Arts, from 6.00pm Sky Arts celebrates the greatest pomp rockers of them all – Queen. First up is Video Killed the Radio Star in which the band looks back at their best videos. Concerts in Rio and Budapest sandwich The Magic Years, a film about how Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon cemented their place as one of the most influential bands ever. Later, there’s more behind the scenes material in Queen: The Phenomenon. SH How the Young Ones Changed Comedy Gold, from 9.30pm It’s hard to imagine just how different The Young Ones was when it arrived in 1982, but this entertaining film does a good job of trying to explain. Featuring Ade Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle, this documentary traces the show’s origins (“Our jokes were terrible,” says Edmondson) to TV history. It’s followed by The Young Ones’ University Challenge parody episode; tomorrow, at 9.30pm, is a countdown of the 20 greatest moments. SH Puss in Boots (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.45pm DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek spin-off follows Puss in Boots’s life before he became the green ogre’s sidekick. With the help of Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), the swashbuckling feline (Antonio Banderas) becomes a hero after saving his town. Like the CGI ogre’s last two films, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, the animation is more impressive than the jokes. Kenny (2017) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm No footballer has combined brilliance on the field and success in management with such a harrowing proximity to calamities. This edifying film explores Kenny Dalglish’s experiences at Ibrox (66 were killed in 1971), Heysel (he was on the pitch for the tragedy of 1985 in which 39 died) and Hillsborough (he was in the dug-out when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground in 1989) and revisits his talent in the No 7 shirt. The Hunter (2011) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 12.30am Willem Dafoe excels as a mercenary hired by biotech company Red Leaf to track down the last remaining Tasmanian tiger in the Australian wilderness, arousing suspicion and hostility as he goes. Posing as a university researcher, he lodges with a family and grows close to them, but Red Leaf want the tiger’s blood at any cost. There’s a gripping moral weight to questions of extinction, survival and profiteering. Sunday 27 May The Handmaid's Tale Imagine… Orhan Pamuk: a Strange Mind BBC One, 10.30pm Although Imagine… covers the panoply of the arts, Alan Yentob always seems most comfortable in the company of authors, which is why this, A Strange Mind, is one of the most rewarding instalments for a while. In being content here to act as audience rather than interrogator, Yentob allows Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk to amble across some fertile intellectual territory. Born into a secular middle-class family, Pamuk dreamt of being an artist or architect, only to turn to writing when he was faced with a likely future of redesigning much of his native Istanbul’s old city (a glance at a sketchbook suggests his talent is far from dormant). The resulting novels, which include Snow and My Name is Red, explore the clashes of ancient and modern, East and West, religious and secular, with a fearlessness that brought Pamuk into conflict with Turkey’s authoritarian government, but also the love of many compatriots. Pamuk is loquacious, generous company and, while this functions well as an autobiographical profile and assessment of his literary achievements, it also does something far harder and more impressive in capturing something of the essence of its subject. GT Countryfile BBC One, 6.30pm As a celebration of 30 years of Countryfile and the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, Matt Baker, Anita Rani and John Craven explore the Royal family’s Windsor Estate. Among the topics are the livestock breeding that has saved one equine breed from extinction and the Queen’s own early experiences here. GT The London Palladium: the Greatest Stage on Earth ITV, 8.00pm Bradley Walsh ropes in some heavyweight talent to pay tribute to the venerable theatre in this one-off special. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Dale, Beverley Knight and Stephen Fry are among those recounting their memories of the place in a lavish affair that is worth watching if only for some gorgeous, little-seen archive footage of Morecambe and Wise. GT A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) turns the screw on Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) as the latter’s profile grows – a decision that can only lead to disaster as Russell T Davies’s wonderful miniseries continues. GT The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm The Colonies are shaken by a new arrival while Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusts to a life in hiding, in a second series of the dystopian drama which, if anything, hits harder than its predecessor. GT The Break with Michelle Wolf Netflix, from today Fresh from her bold but divisive monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she witheringly attacked the Trump administration and humiliated his Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, comedian Michelle Wolf launches a weekly variety series of stand-up and sketch comedy. GT Jonathan Meades on Jargon BBC Four, 10.30pm Arguably the most provocative and stimulating broadcaster around, Jonathan Meades dissects politics and football commentary, among other areas of public life, for insights into how jargon and slang are used to obfuscate and mislead. Its verbal vivacity, driven by an honestly felt fury at the desecration of the English language, is matched by visual intrigue, unlikely juxtapositions and an admirable willingness of the host to send himself up, all ably helmed by Meades’s regular collaborator Francis Hanly. GT The Goonies (1985) ★★★★☆ Universal TV, 3.00pm A cult favourite, this rollicking adventure follows a group of teenage friends from the “Goon Docks” area of Oregon (played by, among others, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) on the hunt for a hoard of pirate treasure. Blocking their path, however, is a family of criminals, the Fratellis. Steven Spielberg dreamed up the story; Chris Columbus (Home Alone) wrote the screenplay. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 10.10pm This lithe adaptation of the second novel from Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) competing once again in a televised fight to the death. But since the last film, Katniss has become an icon of rebellion, and the ruling class wants to bring her down a peg or two. This enormously watchable film blends whip-cracking action, oddball aesthetic and entirely laudable message. The Ides of March (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.35pm George Clooney is the director, co-writer and star of this politically charged thriller about spin, soured idealism and dirty secrets. Mike Morris (Clooney) is a liberal state governor running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Ryan Gosling steals the show as the campaign’s devoted but ambitious press secretary, whose loyalties are tested to the limit. A gripping film that engages and entertains. Monday 28 May King Lear: Anthony Hopkins King Lear BBC Two, 9.30pm Talk about event TV: After making movie magic in Howards End and The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, are reunited in Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, under the direction of Richard Eyre. Plus they have a stellar supporting cast, that includes Jim Broadbent, Emily Watson and Andrew Scott. Eyre sets this version in a fictional modern-day and moves the action between castles and modern locales, such as a rundown shopping precinct, to keep it contemporary. Hopkins is on great form as Lear – his old king seems to be suffering from dementia from the start, making sense of his rashness in disinheriting youngest daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh), of him kissing another, Regan (Watson), full on the lips, and of failing to recognise other loved ones. Eyre has cut the play judiciously and brings an interesting take on Lear – that it’s about flawed parenting – that offers some insight into the behaviour of his children. Ultimately, however, it’s about Lear’s tragedy, not theirs, and Hopkins delivers a barnstorming central performance. Having played the role more than 30 years ago at the National Theatre, he’s truly grown into it. VP Richard Osman’s House of Games BBC Two, 6.00pm Pointless’s scene-stealing sidekick Richard Osman gets his moment to shine as quizmaster of this trivia contest, returning for a five-night run with BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty among those competing. It’s followed by a new series of game show Curious Creatures, hosted by Kate Humble. VP Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 7.30pm Declan Donnelly flies solo as host of the semi-finals, airing nightly up to next weekend’s final. Each evening, eight of the 40 acts will perform again in the hope of becoming one of two promoted to the final by the voting public. The results are at 9.30pm. VP Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm Cute footage of hatchlings and deft presenting by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan provide a winning formula for this three-week wildlife extravaganza. Gillian Burke returns, this time as a roving reporter, with Steve Backshall the first of the guests replacing the much-missed Martin Hughes-Games. VP Peter Kay’s Car Share: The Finale BBC One, 10.00pm Bowing to fan pressure, Peter Kay offers closure with this finale to his charming comedy about supermarket employees sharing the journey to and from work. Laughs and surprises abound on John and Kayleigh’s (Kay and Sian Gibson) last jaunt, but will romance ensue? VP The Vicar of Dibley Gold, 7.40pm Here’s a chance to revisit the last-ever episode of Richard Curtis’s sitcom, which delivers a fairy-tale finale for Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) when she marries Harry (Richard Armitage). Hugh Bonneville makes an amusing cameo as a lovesick vicar in the episode that also showcases French’s chemistry with the late Emma Chambers, who played daft Alice Tinker. VP Nigel Kennedy at the Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 8.30pm The BBC’s music festival welcomes maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy to Coventry’s War Memorial Park. Suzy Klein and Lloyd Coleman present as Kennedy performs his inimitable renditions of Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix with the BBC Concert Orchestra. VP WestWorld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm As part of her master plan, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) appears to be taking control over Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) in this episode of the futuristic drama and his confusion grows. VP Over the Hedge (2006) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25am An endearing animated adventure about a group of forest creatures that, on waking after their winter hibernation, discover humans have moved in next door to them. Apprehension gives way to curiosity and excitement as they discover what the humans have to offer. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell and Avril Lavigne, among others, it’s an enjoyable movie with a message – but avoids getting too preachy. Sing Street (2016) ★★★★☆ Film4, 9.00pm Young love is set to an Eighties beat in this delightful coming-of-age tale. As with all of John Carney’s films (i.e. 2006 hit Once), the message is clear: where there is music, there is hope. The film rattles along to a cracking soundtrack – The Jam, Motörhead, The Cure – as young Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) chaotically tries to put together a band to impress a girl at school. Brideshead Revisited (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25pm In the light of the 1981 TV version of Evelyn Waugh’s novel, you do have to admire the chutzpah of anyone else giving Brideshead a go. Julian Jarrold’s attempt suffers from a desire to force modern conventions upon a story defined by the mores of upper-class interwar Britain. Hayley Atwell and Ben Whishaw are the Flyte siblings, but Catholicism, the tale’s engine, is only pernicious, never seductive. Tuesday 29 May Arrested Development Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland, 11.15pm Few education issues are as contentious in this country as that of grammar schools, with Prime Minister Theresa May among those supporting their return. This thought-provoking three-part documentary focusing on the London borough of Bexley, where each year over 5,000 children sit the selective exam for one of the area’s four grammar schools, could not, therefore, have come at a better time. We hear from both sides of the debate and are shown both the benefits and drawbacks of attending either a grammar or secondary modern school – although, as always, it’s the parents and children who make the most notable contributions. “If you want your child to become better in their future life, it’s good to go to a grammar school,” says one mother, who works long hours for minimum wage and pays £300 a month for a tutor for her daughter. Meanwhile, another, herself the product of a grammar school, despairs of the increasing parental competitiveness. And, for all the film-makers’ admirably even-handed approach, it’s the stress felt by the children that makes the biggest mark, with one youngster noting: “I don’t think grammar school is fair because people are far too young to feel they’ve failed.” SH Emmerdale ITV, 7.00pm Emmerdale confronts the difficult subject of child abuse when Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) opens up about her past in this special flashback episode. Last November a similar technique was used, to great effect, to shed light on her cousin Cain’s experiences. Mica Proctor, in another triumph of casting, plays the young Charity. SH The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s enjoyable family saga comes to a climax with scores settled, decisions made and reconciliations all over the place. It works not least because Morgan never forgets that one person’s happy ending is another’s poisoned chalice, meaning there’s pain amid the laughter. SH The Battle for Britain’s Heroes Channel 4, 9.00pm “Our heroes often have a toxic past,” says Afua Hirsch at the start of this captivating and provocative film. She pulls no punches in her look at the darker side of our history, exploring slavery, racism and colonialism, in a film certain to enrage as many people as it informs. SH 4 Men, 175 Babies: Britain’s Super Sperm Donors Channel 4, 10.00pm This film follows men who donate their sperm for free, via unregulated websites. But why? “Being a sperm donor is like being a Samaritan,” says 61-year-old Clive, who began donating once he retired. SH Arrested Development Netflix, from today For anyone who didn’t watch the patchy fourth series of this popular Emmy-winning comedy about a rich family who lose their wealth, the good news is that you can pick up this new series with no problem. The bad news for those that did watch it is that this opening episode spends ages rehashing past events. Thankfully things do settle down – and become very funny – as we find out what happened after the infamous punch that George Michael (Michael Cera) landed on his father Michael (Jason Bateman). A proper return to form. SH Master of Photography Sky Arts, 8.00pm The international photography contest returns for a third series, with Oliviero Toscani joined on the judging panel by curator Mark Sealy and the New Yorker’s Elisabeth Biondi. Here’s hoping that this series avoids the problems of last year, which saw contestant Souvid Datta accused of plagiarism. SH All Creatures Great and Small (1975) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 12.45pm Simon Ward and a pre-Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins star as Yorkshire vets James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon in this gentle drama set in the Thirties and based on the first two books of British vet Alf Wight (who wrote under the pseudonym of Herriot). The TV series that followed remains most memorable, but there’s warm-hearted performances here too. Operation Petticoat (1959) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.25pm A beguiling Second World War comedy directed by Blake Edwards and starring Cary Grant as a submarine captain with a strict sense of order and a rule-breaking hustler of a first officer (Tony Curtis). The vessel is bombed by the Japanese, but that’s the least of its worries. Five nurses in distress, a goat and a coating of pink paint all pose challenges for the effortlessly funny crew. The Enforcer (1976) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.00pm Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan is teamed up with rookie female partner Kate Moore (Tyne Daly) in this entertaining but ultimately disappointing third chapter of the Dirty Harry series. Together they battle violent eco-terrorists who have kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco (John Crawford) while, between the gun battles, cynical Callahan attempts to come to terms with his own male chauvinism. Wednesday 30 May Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Big Crash Diet Experiment BBC One, 8.00pm Is it time to rethink our attitude to crash dieting? That’s the question posed by tonight’s revealing documentary, which assesses the health impact of this extreme approach to weight loss. Our guide is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, who along with a raft of health professionals, aims to challenge orthodox beliefs about what some see as nutritionally inadequate eating regimes with only short-term benefits. Abdelmoneim persuades four obese volunteers to give up the food that they love and opt for a scary-sounding liquid-only intake of soups and shakes, using scans and blood tests to monitor them over nine weeks. Each of the group has their fair share of weight-related issues. Portly Catholic priest Paul, for example, has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, takeaway fan Rebecca believes that she’s in the grip of a fast-food addiction, and secret binge-eater Yolande already has fatty liver disease. Watching them tackle the programme and shed the pounds is admirable enough, but even more striking is the positive effect that the diet has on their health. In fact, the implications of the results could be a huge money saver for the NHS. TD The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm Dr Chris van Tulleken continues his crusade against the over-medication of children. Tonight, he explores why so many young people are prescribed anti-depressants, and becomes suspicious over the rise in babies diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy. TD Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm “The nearest gay scene for me is Belfast,” says cattle farmer Richard, a problem seeing as he lives a three-hour ferry ride away in remote Dumfries and Galloway. Not to be defeated, Richard invites three potential partners to his farm. TD Carry On Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm More shenanigans from behind the doors of the European Parliament. We meet lone Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, whose staunch pro-Europe stance lands her in trouble with Brexit minister David Davis. TD Miranda Barbour: Serial Killer or Liar? BBC One, 10.45pm; Northern Ireland, 11.40pm; Scotland, 11.45pm; Wales, 11.05pm This gripping true crime documentary charts the case of teenage murderer Miranda Barbour. The young mother admitted killing internet date Troy La Ferarra but later confessed to a further 22 murders as part of a Satanic cult. TD Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix, from today This snappy sitcom about a cult escapee in the big city has proved a delight. A shame, then, that this fourth season is to be its last, with the first six episodes launching today and the remainder to come later this year. Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) new job at a tech start-up proves ripe for nerd-baiting satire. TD Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Presenter Waldemar Januszczak swaps the vastness of the Wild West featured in last week’s episode for the “pulsing, futuristic excitement of the American city”, as his fascinating series on American art continues. He starts out amid the skyscrapers of New York, explaining how the vaulting architecture of the Chrysler Building exemplified the hope and ambition of the burgeoning metropolis. We then move on to the Great Depression, presaged by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton in his restless murals of urban life. TD Great Expectations (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ BBC Two, 12.35pm David Lean’s peerless version of Dickens’s novel is packed with memorable moments, from its opening scenes on the marshes, where Pip first meets the escaped convict Magwitch, to the enduring images of Miss Havisham’s house… not forgetting Pip’s boxing match with Herbert Pocket. John Mills is twice the age of the book’s Pip, but there’s a subtle ingenuousness in his performance. Rebecca (1940, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures TV, 9.00pm One of Hitchcock’s most disconcerting and finest films was adapted from a Daphne du Maurier story, though he departed from the text in many ways. A bride (Joan Fontaine) is haunted by the memory of her husband’s (Laurence Olivier) dead first wife. The excellent cast (Judith Anderson as formidable housekeeper Mrs Danvers is a particular highlight) adds class to this eerily suspenseful treat. Inglourious Basterds (2009) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 10.00pm It wasn’t quite the masterpiece we were told to expect, but Quentin Tarantino’s pastiche of war films and spaghetti westerns is still rollicking good fun and has all the ingredients of a classic Tarantino film. A celebration of vengeance, it’s an audacious take on the Second World War. Christoph Waltz deservedly won an Oscar for his incendiary turn as the “Jew Hunter”. Brad Pitt also stars. Thursday 31 May Humans Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm This third series of the thoughtful British science-fiction drama continues to benefit from a narrowing of focus; the big-name American actors and slightly strained global perspective have gone, but the thematic ambition has been retained. Less wilfully obscure than Sky Atlantic’s Westworld and considerably more affecting, Humans instead keeps a tight focus on emotion and relationships, whether the characters concerned are flesh and blood or gears and circuits. It can be heavy-handed with the allegories, certainly, but it’s never chilling or humourless – and leading synth performers Gemma Chan, Ivanno Jeremiah and Emily Berrington are as uncanny as ever. Mark Bonnar, too, is proving a handy addition to the cast as Neil, Laura’s (a brilliant Katherine Parkinson) professional antagonist and love interest – Bonnar’s history of playing characters with shifting loyalties comes in handy as Neil first opens his heart and then hardens his stance on the Dryden Commission. Mia (Chan), meanwhile, is on a one-synth mission to demonstrate coexistence is possible by moving into a hostile housing estate, and Leo (Colin Morgan) struggles with the realities of being human. GT Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This week begins with chocolate puddings, which means the contestants are challenged to rustle up black forest gateaux and a dessert integrating a root vegetable, then aubergines and tofu take centre stage before the elimination round and an oriental classic. GT Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm Hollings and their “British chophouse classics” square up to an Italian-influenced brand serving fresh pasta from a cheese wheel, as Fred Sireix and a group of high-street investors gauge their potential. GT Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm Now with a Bafta award under its belt, this fine series follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service over the last Saturday night before Christmas. An inevitably busy period is made harder by a major traffic accident in central Birmingham – an incident which puts tremendous mental and physical demands on the crews, documented here with the clarity and honesty we’ve come to expect from the series. GT Great Art ITV, 10.50pm; not STV Tim Marlow takes a tour of the Royal Academy’s sell-out exhibition of the Parisian artist’s portraits, in the process assessing the man’s life, work, and reputation as “the father of modern art”. GT Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This pop cultural landmark, in which punk pioneers Sex Pistols grumbled, swore and generally misbehaved on Bill Grundy’s sleepily complacent regional chat-show, creating a national storm of outrage in the process, arguably received its definitive tribute from Kevin Eldon in 2013. The comedian’s loving reconstruction of the event imagined the Pistols as Amish people and bordered on performance art. Still, this gleefully silly take on the infamous encounter between the jobbing broadcaster (Steve Pemberton) and the Sex Pistols (played by members of the National Youth Theatre) is a lot of fun. GT Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm The eponymous depressed hitman (Bill Hader) tries to go it alone, only to be thwarted by his reckless partner Taylor (Dale Pavinski) and ructions among members of his acting class. GT Billion Dollar Brain (1967) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.00pm Michael Caine returns as the reluctant secret agent Harry Palmer (The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin) in this film from Ken Russell, based on the novels by Len Deighton. Having left the British Secret Service to pursue a career as a private investigator, Palmer stumbles into a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? It’s far-fetched but fun. Johnny Mnemonic (1995) ★★☆☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm Fresh from the rubber-burning success of Speed and four short years before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in this high-concept dystopian adventure as the eponymous anti-hero – a 21st-century courier whose augmented brain is used to transport illicit data – that very nearly ruined his career. It’s adapted by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson from his own story. Munich (2005) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 12.50am Eric Bana stars in Steven Spielberg’s audacious, if lengthy, examination of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Set in 1972, it adroitly tackles the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympics. Bana plays a Mossad agent charged with hunting down the extremists who planned the Munich attack. Some of the rhetoric is clumsy, but the film-makers strive to be politically even-handed. Friday 1 June Tracey Breaks the News: Ullman as Michael Gove Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm After losing her to the USA for 30 years, Tracey Ullman’s return to our shores two years ago has reminded us of her unparalleled talents as an impressionist. She captures the physicality of her famous subjects – Angela Merkel and Judi Dench are standouts – as well as their voices, and hats off to Ullman’s prosthetics teams for her remarkable transformations. After an acting stint in last year’s Howards End, Ullman returns to her comfort zone tonight with a second series of the topical sketch comedy show in which she skewers politicians, mostly – although we’ll also be treated to more of Ben Miller’s scene-stealing Rupert Murdoch, with Ullman as Jerry Hall. Although no preview tape was available due to last-minute filming, Ullman was pictured as Michael Gove in promotional material and has also promised impressions of Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The previous series attracted criticism for weak writing, and some skits do lack bite, but slack should be cut – it’s a notoriously difficult format to pull off. Ullman’s gift for mimicry means she hits the mark often enough for the show to be a welcome bit of light satire to wind up the week. VP Extreme Wales with Richard Parks BBC Two, 7.30pm Tonight’s final episode of Richard Parks’s adventure programme combines extreme sports with lush panoramas of the Welsh landscape. Daredevil Parks takes to the skies on a paramotor – nothing more than a parachute connected to a fan-like motor – to propel him the length of the country. VP The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Fugitive immigrant Taariq Shirazi (Alexander Behrang Keshtkar) makes a desperate bid to flee as the Scandi-noir crime series continues. When Saga (Sofia Helin) and Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) track him down, however, Saga’s inability to tell a lie has serious consequences. VP Friday Night Dinner Channel 4, 10.00pm This sitcom’s family squabbles are more uncomfortably familiar than laugh-out-loud funny in tonight’s penultimate visit to the Goodmans’ home. Writer Robert Popper capitalises on Simon Bird’s musical skills by having his character, Adam, reluctantly play the violin to cheer up Grandma. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.35pm; NI, 11.05pm; Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Jo Brand and Aidan Turner offer their funniest anecdotes tonight. Plus, Liam Payne continues his post-One Direction solo career with a performance his new single, Familiar. VP The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven BBC Four, 9.00pm Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards and Graham Nash are among the luminaries paying tribute to Don and Phil Everly in this 2016 documentary, all of them claiming the brothers as an influence. Surviving sibling Don Everly returns to Iowa to recount the brothers’ first appearances, their pivotal move to Nashville and stardom in the late Fifties. Africa: A Journey into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm So much of the music we listen to has its roots in African music. In this new three-part documentary series, London DJ Rita Ray sets off to explore the continent’s influence. Kicking off her journey in Nigeria, Ray stumbles across impromptu drumming ceremonies in the streets as she explores the importance of rhythm in the country’s music and meets its major players. Future episodes take her to Mali and South Africa. VP Crocodile Dundee (1986) ★★★★☆ Film4, 7.10pm Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), a bushman from northern Australia, is a dab hand at surviving in the Outback. But when he is invited to New York City by Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), a high-class reporter, in this Oscar-nominated comedy drama, he finds life far tougher in the urban jungle. He’s a survivor though: muggers who accost Dundee discover that he has a bigger knife than they do. American Made (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Doug Liman directs Tom Cruise in this lively, madcap real-life tale of pilot, drug smuggler and CIA gun-runner Barry Seal, whose supersonic, if lawless, career path began, according to this script, when he was a bored TWA pilot in 1978 and was approached out of the blue by a CIA handler (Domhnall Gleeson, all greasy persuasion) to conduct reconnaissance flights across the Caribbean. GoodFellas (1990) ★★★★★ ITV4, 10.00pm Martin Scorsese’s Mafia masterpiece, adapted from a non-fiction book, has all the qualities of great cinema: it’s thrilling, it’s provocative, it’s stylish, and it’s got a young Robert De Niro in it. Ray Liotta plays the youngster who longs to be a gangster; De Niro and Joe Pesci are in the Mob. Pesci’s mother, meanwhile, reportedly asked him if he had to swear quite so much – the f-word is used 300 times. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: Unreported World and the BBC's Biggest Weekend
Friday 25 May Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Saturday 26 May Emile Sande performs The Biggest Weekend Live BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four from 6.45pm With Glastonbury taking a year off, music fans still have the chance to get their kicks as the BBC provides room in its schedules for The Biggest Weekend, the largest free festival in Europe. This year’s event is taking place over four days across the UK with venues in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry. So what can eager music fans expect? Things get under way in Swansea, Belfast and Perth, with Coventry joining the party on Sunday. BBC One kicks things off at 6.45pm with highlights from Ed Sheeran’s performance at Singleton Park in Swansea earlier in the day (the busy Sheeran is also playing at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in the evening), then it’s over to BBC Two for Emeli Sande at Scone Palace in Perth and Clean Bandit in Swansea. At 9pm, Greg James introduces Sam Smith’s headline set at Swansea before Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds round off the BBC Two coverage. Over on BBC Four, Lauren Laverne introduces highlights from Neneh Cherry at the Titanic Slipways, in Belfast, from 7pm before checking in on sets from Simple Minds, Chvrches, Franz Ferdinand and Wolf Alice. The night finishes with Underworld’s closing set from Belfast at 10pm. SH Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm The final auditions brings one last chance to impress the judges before next week’s much-anticipated live semi-finals, which begin on Monday. SH The Queen’s Lost Cousin Channel 4, 8.00pm First shown in 2015, this documentary tells the story of the Queen’s cousin, Prince William of Gloucester, who died, aged 30, in a plane crash in 1972. There’s notable contribution from Zsuzsi Starkloff, the Hungarian-born, twice divorced former model who was involved in a contentious relationship with William, and although the story remains intriguing, the film veers into cliché. SH Queen Victoria and Her Tragic Family Channel 5, 9.15pm With this second episode the series moves on to the 1860s and the period following the death of Prince Albert at the age of 42. Mired in grief, Queen Victoria began to struggle, as monarch and mother, until a surprising friendship helped her pull through. SH All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.20pm Freddie Flintoff, Fatima Whitbread and Jonnie Peacock are among those subjecting themselves to interrogation by Irish Mammy Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll’s foul-mouthed matriarch) ushers in a new set of guests. Music is by Clean Bandit; the double entendres are all O’Carroll’s own. SH Queen Night Sky Arts, from 6.00pm Sky Arts celebrates the greatest pomp rockers of them all – Queen. First up is Video Killed the Radio Star in which the band looks back at their best videos. Concerts in Rio and Budapest sandwich The Magic Years, a film about how Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon cemented their place as one of the most influential bands ever. Later, there’s more behind the scenes material in Queen: The Phenomenon. SH How the Young Ones Changed Comedy Gold, from 9.30pm It’s hard to imagine just how different The Young Ones was when it arrived in 1982, but this entertaining film does a good job of trying to explain. Featuring Ade Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle, this documentary traces the show’s origins (“Our jokes were terrible,” says Edmondson) to TV history. It’s followed by The Young Ones’ University Challenge parody episode; tomorrow, at 9.30pm, is a countdown of the 20 greatest moments. SH Puss in Boots (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.45pm DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek spin-off follows Puss in Boots’s life before he became the green ogre’s sidekick. With the help of Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), the swashbuckling feline (Antonio Banderas) becomes a hero after saving his town. Like the CGI ogre’s last two films, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, the animation is more impressive than the jokes. Kenny (2017) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm No footballer has combined brilliance on the field and success in management with such a harrowing proximity to calamities. This edifying film explores Kenny Dalglish’s experiences at Ibrox (66 were killed in 1971), Heysel (he was on the pitch for the tragedy of 1985 in which 39 died) and Hillsborough (he was in the dug-out when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground in 1989) and revisits his talent in the No 7 shirt. The Hunter (2011) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 12.30am Willem Dafoe excels as a mercenary hired by biotech company Red Leaf to track down the last remaining Tasmanian tiger in the Australian wilderness, arousing suspicion and hostility as he goes. Posing as a university researcher, he lodges with a family and grows close to them, but Red Leaf want the tiger’s blood at any cost. There’s a gripping moral weight to questions of extinction, survival and profiteering. Sunday 27 May The Handmaid's Tale Imagine… Orhan Pamuk: a Strange Mind BBC One, 10.30pm Although Imagine… covers the panoply of the arts, Alan Yentob always seems most comfortable in the company of authors, which is why this, A Strange Mind, is one of the most rewarding instalments for a while. In being content here to act as audience rather than interrogator, Yentob allows Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk to amble across some fertile intellectual territory. Born into a secular middle-class family, Pamuk dreamt of being an artist or architect, only to turn to writing when he was faced with a likely future of redesigning much of his native Istanbul’s old city (a glance at a sketchbook suggests his talent is far from dormant). The resulting novels, which include Snow and My Name is Red, explore the clashes of ancient and modern, East and West, religious and secular, with a fearlessness that brought Pamuk into conflict with Turkey’s authoritarian government, but also the love of many compatriots. Pamuk is loquacious, generous company and, while this functions well as an autobiographical profile and assessment of his literary achievements, it also does something far harder and more impressive in capturing something of the essence of its subject. GT Countryfile BBC One, 6.30pm As a celebration of 30 years of Countryfile and the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, Matt Baker, Anita Rani and John Craven explore the Royal family’s Windsor Estate. Among the topics are the livestock breeding that has saved one equine breed from extinction and the Queen’s own early experiences here. GT The London Palladium: the Greatest Stage on Earth ITV, 8.00pm Bradley Walsh ropes in some heavyweight talent to pay tribute to the venerable theatre in this one-off special. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Dale, Beverley Knight and Stephen Fry are among those recounting their memories of the place in a lavish affair that is worth watching if only for some gorgeous, little-seen archive footage of Morecambe and Wise. GT A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) turns the screw on Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) as the latter’s profile grows – a decision that can only lead to disaster as Russell T Davies’s wonderful miniseries continues. GT The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm The Colonies are shaken by a new arrival while Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusts to a life in hiding, in a second series of the dystopian drama which, if anything, hits harder than its predecessor. GT The Break with Michelle Wolf Netflix, from today Fresh from her bold but divisive monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she witheringly attacked the Trump administration and humiliated his Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, comedian Michelle Wolf launches a weekly variety series of stand-up and sketch comedy. GT Jonathan Meades on Jargon BBC Four, 10.30pm Arguably the most provocative and stimulating broadcaster around, Jonathan Meades dissects politics and football commentary, among other areas of public life, for insights into how jargon and slang are used to obfuscate and mislead. Its verbal vivacity, driven by an honestly felt fury at the desecration of the English language, is matched by visual intrigue, unlikely juxtapositions and an admirable willingness of the host to send himself up, all ably helmed by Meades’s regular collaborator Francis Hanly. GT The Goonies (1985) ★★★★☆ Universal TV, 3.00pm A cult favourite, this rollicking adventure follows a group of teenage friends from the “Goon Docks” area of Oregon (played by, among others, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) on the hunt for a hoard of pirate treasure. Blocking their path, however, is a family of criminals, the Fratellis. Steven Spielberg dreamed up the story; Chris Columbus (Home Alone) wrote the screenplay. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 10.10pm This lithe adaptation of the second novel from Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) competing once again in a televised fight to the death. But since the last film, Katniss has become an icon of rebellion, and the ruling class wants to bring her down a peg or two. This enormously watchable film blends whip-cracking action, oddball aesthetic and entirely laudable message. The Ides of March (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.35pm George Clooney is the director, co-writer and star of this politically charged thriller about spin, soured idealism and dirty secrets. Mike Morris (Clooney) is a liberal state governor running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Ryan Gosling steals the show as the campaign’s devoted but ambitious press secretary, whose loyalties are tested to the limit. A gripping film that engages and entertains. Monday 28 May King Lear: Anthony Hopkins King Lear BBC Two, 9.30pm Talk about event TV: After making movie magic in Howards End and The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, are reunited in Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, under the direction of Richard Eyre. Plus they have a stellar supporting cast, that includes Jim Broadbent, Emily Watson and Andrew Scott. Eyre sets this version in a fictional modern-day and moves the action between castles and modern locales, such as a rundown shopping precinct, to keep it contemporary. Hopkins is on great form as Lear – his old king seems to be suffering from dementia from the start, making sense of his rashness in disinheriting youngest daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh), of him kissing another, Regan (Watson), full on the lips, and of failing to recognise other loved ones. Eyre has cut the play judiciously and brings an interesting take on Lear – that it’s about flawed parenting – that offers some insight into the behaviour of his children. Ultimately, however, it’s about Lear’s tragedy, not theirs, and Hopkins delivers a barnstorming central performance. Having played the role more than 30 years ago at the National Theatre, he’s truly grown into it. VP Richard Osman’s House of Games BBC Two, 6.00pm Pointless’s scene-stealing sidekick Richard Osman gets his moment to shine as quizmaster of this trivia contest, returning for a five-night run with BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty among those competing. It’s followed by a new series of game show Curious Creatures, hosted by Kate Humble. VP Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 7.30pm Declan Donnelly flies solo as host of the semi-finals, airing nightly up to next weekend’s final. Each evening, eight of the 40 acts will perform again in the hope of becoming one of two promoted to the final by the voting public. The results are at 9.30pm. VP Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm Cute footage of hatchlings and deft presenting by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan provide a winning formula for this three-week wildlife extravaganza. Gillian Burke returns, this time as a roving reporter, with Steve Backshall the first of the guests replacing the much-missed Martin Hughes-Games. VP Peter Kay’s Car Share: The Finale BBC One, 10.00pm Bowing to fan pressure, Peter Kay offers closure with this finale to his charming comedy about supermarket employees sharing the journey to and from work. Laughs and surprises abound on John and Kayleigh’s (Kay and Sian Gibson) last jaunt, but will romance ensue? VP The Vicar of Dibley Gold, 7.40pm Here’s a chance to revisit the last-ever episode of Richard Curtis’s sitcom, which delivers a fairy-tale finale for Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) when she marries Harry (Richard Armitage). Hugh Bonneville makes an amusing cameo as a lovesick vicar in the episode that also showcases French’s chemistry with the late Emma Chambers, who played daft Alice Tinker. VP Nigel Kennedy at the Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 8.30pm The BBC’s music festival welcomes maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy to Coventry’s War Memorial Park. Suzy Klein and Lloyd Coleman present as Kennedy performs his inimitable renditions of Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix with the BBC Concert Orchestra. VP WestWorld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm As part of her master plan, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) appears to be taking control over Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) in this episode of the futuristic drama and his confusion grows. VP Over the Hedge (2006) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25am An endearing animated adventure about a group of forest creatures that, on waking after their winter hibernation, discover humans have moved in next door to them. Apprehension gives way to curiosity and excitement as they discover what the humans have to offer. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell and Avril Lavigne, among others, it’s an enjoyable movie with a message – but avoids getting too preachy. Sing Street (2016) ★★★★☆ Film4, 9.00pm Young love is set to an Eighties beat in this delightful coming-of-age tale. As with all of John Carney’s films (i.e. 2006 hit Once), the message is clear: where there is music, there is hope. The film rattles along to a cracking soundtrack – The Jam, Motörhead, The Cure – as young Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) chaotically tries to put together a band to impress a girl at school. Brideshead Revisited (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25pm In the light of the 1981 TV version of Evelyn Waugh’s novel, you do have to admire the chutzpah of anyone else giving Brideshead a go. Julian Jarrold’s attempt suffers from a desire to force modern conventions upon a story defined by the mores of upper-class interwar Britain. Hayley Atwell and Ben Whishaw are the Flyte siblings, but Catholicism, the tale’s engine, is only pernicious, never seductive. Tuesday 29 May Arrested Development Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland, 11.15pm Few education issues are as contentious in this country as that of grammar schools, with Prime Minister Theresa May among those supporting their return. This thought-provoking three-part documentary focusing on the London borough of Bexley, where each year over 5,000 children sit the selective exam for one of the area’s four grammar schools, could not, therefore, have come at a better time. We hear from both sides of the debate and are shown both the benefits and drawbacks of attending either a grammar or secondary modern school – although, as always, it’s the parents and children who make the most notable contributions. “If you want your child to become better in their future life, it’s good to go to a grammar school,” says one mother, who works long hours for minimum wage and pays £300 a month for a tutor for her daughter. Meanwhile, another, herself the product of a grammar school, despairs of the increasing parental competitiveness. And, for all the film-makers’ admirably even-handed approach, it’s the stress felt by the children that makes the biggest mark, with one youngster noting: “I don’t think grammar school is fair because people are far too young to feel they’ve failed.” SH Emmerdale ITV, 7.00pm Emmerdale confronts the difficult subject of child abuse when Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) opens up about her past in this special flashback episode. Last November a similar technique was used, to great effect, to shed light on her cousin Cain’s experiences. Mica Proctor, in another triumph of casting, plays the young Charity. SH The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s enjoyable family saga comes to a climax with scores settled, decisions made and reconciliations all over the place. It works not least because Morgan never forgets that one person’s happy ending is another’s poisoned chalice, meaning there’s pain amid the laughter. SH The Battle for Britain’s Heroes Channel 4, 9.00pm “Our heroes often have a toxic past,” says Afua Hirsch at the start of this captivating and provocative film. She pulls no punches in her look at the darker side of our history, exploring slavery, racism and colonialism, in a film certain to enrage as many people as it informs. SH 4 Men, 175 Babies: Britain’s Super Sperm Donors Channel 4, 10.00pm This film follows men who donate their sperm for free, via unregulated websites. But why? “Being a sperm donor is like being a Samaritan,” says 61-year-old Clive, who began donating once he retired. SH Arrested Development Netflix, from today For anyone who didn’t watch the patchy fourth series of this popular Emmy-winning comedy about a rich family who lose their wealth, the good news is that you can pick up this new series with no problem. The bad news for those that did watch it is that this opening episode spends ages rehashing past events. Thankfully things do settle down – and become very funny – as we find out what happened after the infamous punch that George Michael (Michael Cera) landed on his father Michael (Jason Bateman). A proper return to form. SH Master of Photography Sky Arts, 8.00pm The international photography contest returns for a third series, with Oliviero Toscani joined on the judging panel by curator Mark Sealy and the New Yorker’s Elisabeth Biondi. Here’s hoping that this series avoids the problems of last year, which saw contestant Souvid Datta accused of plagiarism. SH All Creatures Great and Small (1975) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 12.45pm Simon Ward and a pre-Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins star as Yorkshire vets James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon in this gentle drama set in the Thirties and based on the first two books of British vet Alf Wight (who wrote under the pseudonym of Herriot). The TV series that followed remains most memorable, but there’s warm-hearted performances here too. Operation Petticoat (1959) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.25pm A beguiling Second World War comedy directed by Blake Edwards and starring Cary Grant as a submarine captain with a strict sense of order and a rule-breaking hustler of a first officer (Tony Curtis). The vessel is bombed by the Japanese, but that’s the least of its worries. Five nurses in distress, a goat and a coating of pink paint all pose challenges for the effortlessly funny crew. The Enforcer (1976) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.00pm Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan is teamed up with rookie female partner Kate Moore (Tyne Daly) in this entertaining but ultimately disappointing third chapter of the Dirty Harry series. Together they battle violent eco-terrorists who have kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco (John Crawford) while, between the gun battles, cynical Callahan attempts to come to terms with his own male chauvinism. Wednesday 30 May Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Big Crash Diet Experiment BBC One, 8.00pm Is it time to rethink our attitude to crash dieting? That’s the question posed by tonight’s revealing documentary, which assesses the health impact of this extreme approach to weight loss. Our guide is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, who along with a raft of health professionals, aims to challenge orthodox beliefs about what some see as nutritionally inadequate eating regimes with only short-term benefits. Abdelmoneim persuades four obese volunteers to give up the food that they love and opt for a scary-sounding liquid-only intake of soups and shakes, using scans and blood tests to monitor them over nine weeks. Each of the group has their fair share of weight-related issues. Portly Catholic priest Paul, for example, has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, takeaway fan Rebecca believes that she’s in the grip of a fast-food addiction, and secret binge-eater Yolande already has fatty liver disease. Watching them tackle the programme and shed the pounds is admirable enough, but even more striking is the positive effect that the diet has on their health. In fact, the implications of the results could be a huge money saver for the NHS. TD The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm Dr Chris van Tulleken continues his crusade against the over-medication of children. Tonight, he explores why so many young people are prescribed anti-depressants, and becomes suspicious over the rise in babies diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy. TD Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm “The nearest gay scene for me is Belfast,” says cattle farmer Richard, a problem seeing as he lives a three-hour ferry ride away in remote Dumfries and Galloway. Not to be defeated, Richard invites three potential partners to his farm. TD Carry On Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm More shenanigans from behind the doors of the European Parliament. We meet lone Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, whose staunch pro-Europe stance lands her in trouble with Brexit minister David Davis. TD Miranda Barbour: Serial Killer or Liar? BBC One, 10.45pm; Northern Ireland, 11.40pm; Scotland, 11.45pm; Wales, 11.05pm This gripping true crime documentary charts the case of teenage murderer Miranda Barbour. The young mother admitted killing internet date Troy La Ferarra but later confessed to a further 22 murders as part of a Satanic cult. TD Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix, from today This snappy sitcom about a cult escapee in the big city has proved a delight. A shame, then, that this fourth season is to be its last, with the first six episodes launching today and the remainder to come later this year. Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) new job at a tech start-up proves ripe for nerd-baiting satire. TD Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Presenter Waldemar Januszczak swaps the vastness of the Wild West featured in last week’s episode for the “pulsing, futuristic excitement of the American city”, as his fascinating series on American art continues. He starts out amid the skyscrapers of New York, explaining how the vaulting architecture of the Chrysler Building exemplified the hope and ambition of the burgeoning metropolis. We then move on to the Great Depression, presaged by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton in his restless murals of urban life. TD Great Expectations (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ BBC Two, 12.35pm David Lean’s peerless version of Dickens’s novel is packed with memorable moments, from its opening scenes on the marshes, where Pip first meets the escaped convict Magwitch, to the enduring images of Miss Havisham’s house… not forgetting Pip’s boxing match with Herbert Pocket. John Mills is twice the age of the book’s Pip, but there’s a subtle ingenuousness in his performance. Rebecca (1940, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures TV, 9.00pm One of Hitchcock’s most disconcerting and finest films was adapted from a Daphne du Maurier story, though he departed from the text in many ways. A bride (Joan Fontaine) is haunted by the memory of her husband’s (Laurence Olivier) dead first wife. The excellent cast (Judith Anderson as formidable housekeeper Mrs Danvers is a particular highlight) adds class to this eerily suspenseful treat. Inglourious Basterds (2009) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 10.00pm It wasn’t quite the masterpiece we were told to expect, but Quentin Tarantino’s pastiche of war films and spaghetti westerns is still rollicking good fun and has all the ingredients of a classic Tarantino film. A celebration of vengeance, it’s an audacious take on the Second World War. Christoph Waltz deservedly won an Oscar for his incendiary turn as the “Jew Hunter”. Brad Pitt also stars. Thursday 31 May Humans Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm This third series of the thoughtful British science-fiction drama continues to benefit from a narrowing of focus; the big-name American actors and slightly strained global perspective have gone, but the thematic ambition has been retained. Less wilfully obscure than Sky Atlantic’s Westworld and considerably more affecting, Humans instead keeps a tight focus on emotion and relationships, whether the characters concerned are flesh and blood or gears and circuits. It can be heavy-handed with the allegories, certainly, but it’s never chilling or humourless – and leading synth performers Gemma Chan, Ivanno Jeremiah and Emily Berrington are as uncanny as ever. Mark Bonnar, too, is proving a handy addition to the cast as Neil, Laura’s (a brilliant Katherine Parkinson) professional antagonist and love interest – Bonnar’s history of playing characters with shifting loyalties comes in handy as Neil first opens his heart and then hardens his stance on the Dryden Commission. Mia (Chan), meanwhile, is on a one-synth mission to demonstrate coexistence is possible by moving into a hostile housing estate, and Leo (Colin Morgan) struggles with the realities of being human. GT Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This week begins with chocolate puddings, which means the contestants are challenged to rustle up black forest gateaux and a dessert integrating a root vegetable, then aubergines and tofu take centre stage before the elimination round and an oriental classic. GT Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm Hollings and their “British chophouse classics” square up to an Italian-influenced brand serving fresh pasta from a cheese wheel, as Fred Sireix and a group of high-street investors gauge their potential. GT Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm Now with a Bafta award under its belt, this fine series follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service over the last Saturday night before Christmas. An inevitably busy period is made harder by a major traffic accident in central Birmingham – an incident which puts tremendous mental and physical demands on the crews, documented here with the clarity and honesty we’ve come to expect from the series. GT Great Art ITV, 10.50pm; not STV Tim Marlow takes a tour of the Royal Academy’s sell-out exhibition of the Parisian artist’s portraits, in the process assessing the man’s life, work, and reputation as “the father of modern art”. GT Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This pop cultural landmark, in which punk pioneers Sex Pistols grumbled, swore and generally misbehaved on Bill Grundy’s sleepily complacent regional chat-show, creating a national storm of outrage in the process, arguably received its definitive tribute from Kevin Eldon in 2013. The comedian’s loving reconstruction of the event imagined the Pistols as Amish people and bordered on performance art. Still, this gleefully silly take on the infamous encounter between the jobbing broadcaster (Steve Pemberton) and the Sex Pistols (played by members of the National Youth Theatre) is a lot of fun. GT Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm The eponymous depressed hitman (Bill Hader) tries to go it alone, only to be thwarted by his reckless partner Taylor (Dale Pavinski) and ructions among members of his acting class. GT Billion Dollar Brain (1967) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.00pm Michael Caine returns as the reluctant secret agent Harry Palmer (The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin) in this film from Ken Russell, based on the novels by Len Deighton. Having left the British Secret Service to pursue a career as a private investigator, Palmer stumbles into a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? It’s far-fetched but fun. Johnny Mnemonic (1995) ★★☆☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm Fresh from the rubber-burning success of Speed and four short years before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in this high-concept dystopian adventure as the eponymous anti-hero – a 21st-century courier whose augmented brain is used to transport illicit data – that very nearly ruined his career. It’s adapted by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson from his own story. Munich (2005) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 12.50am Eric Bana stars in Steven Spielberg’s audacious, if lengthy, examination of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Set in 1972, it adroitly tackles the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympics. Bana plays a Mossad agent charged with hunting down the extremists who planned the Munich attack. Some of the rhetoric is clumsy, but the film-makers strive to be politically even-handed. Friday 1 June Tracey Breaks the News: Ullman as Michael Gove Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm After losing her to the USA for 30 years, Tracey Ullman’s return to our shores two years ago has reminded us of her unparalleled talents as an impressionist. She captures the physicality of her famous subjects – Angela Merkel and Judi Dench are standouts – as well as their voices, and hats off to Ullman’s prosthetics teams for her remarkable transformations. After an acting stint in last year’s Howards End, Ullman returns to her comfort zone tonight with a second series of the topical sketch comedy show in which she skewers politicians, mostly – although we’ll also be treated to more of Ben Miller’s scene-stealing Rupert Murdoch, with Ullman as Jerry Hall. Although no preview tape was available due to last-minute filming, Ullman was pictured as Michael Gove in promotional material and has also promised impressions of Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The previous series attracted criticism for weak writing, and some skits do lack bite, but slack should be cut – it’s a notoriously difficult format to pull off. Ullman’s gift for mimicry means she hits the mark often enough for the show to be a welcome bit of light satire to wind up the week. VP Extreme Wales with Richard Parks BBC Two, 7.30pm Tonight’s final episode of Richard Parks’s adventure programme combines extreme sports with lush panoramas of the Welsh landscape. Daredevil Parks takes to the skies on a paramotor – nothing more than a parachute connected to a fan-like motor – to propel him the length of the country. VP The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Fugitive immigrant Taariq Shirazi (Alexander Behrang Keshtkar) makes a desperate bid to flee as the Scandi-noir crime series continues. When Saga (Sofia Helin) and Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) track him down, however, Saga’s inability to tell a lie has serious consequences. VP Friday Night Dinner Channel 4, 10.00pm This sitcom’s family squabbles are more uncomfortably familiar than laugh-out-loud funny in tonight’s penultimate visit to the Goodmans’ home. Writer Robert Popper capitalises on Simon Bird’s musical skills by having his character, Adam, reluctantly play the violin to cheer up Grandma. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.35pm; NI, 11.05pm; Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Jo Brand and Aidan Turner offer their funniest anecdotes tonight. Plus, Liam Payne continues his post-One Direction solo career with a performance his new single, Familiar. VP The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven BBC Four, 9.00pm Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards and Graham Nash are among the luminaries paying tribute to Don and Phil Everly in this 2016 documentary, all of them claiming the brothers as an influence. Surviving sibling Don Everly returns to Iowa to recount the brothers’ first appearances, their pivotal move to Nashville and stardom in the late Fifties. Africa: A Journey into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm So much of the music we listen to has its roots in African music. In this new three-part documentary series, London DJ Rita Ray sets off to explore the continent’s influence. Kicking off her journey in Nigeria, Ray stumbles across impromptu drumming ceremonies in the streets as she explores the importance of rhythm in the country’s music and meets its major players. Future episodes take her to Mali and South Africa. VP Crocodile Dundee (1986) ★★★★☆ Film4, 7.10pm Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), a bushman from northern Australia, is a dab hand at surviving in the Outback. But when he is invited to New York City by Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), a high-class reporter, in this Oscar-nominated comedy drama, he finds life far tougher in the urban jungle. He’s a survivor though: muggers who accost Dundee discover that he has a bigger knife than they do. American Made (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Doug Liman directs Tom Cruise in this lively, madcap real-life tale of pilot, drug smuggler and CIA gun-runner Barry Seal, whose supersonic, if lawless, career path began, according to this script, when he was a bored TWA pilot in 1978 and was approached out of the blue by a CIA handler (Domhnall Gleeson, all greasy persuasion) to conduct reconnaissance flights across the Caribbean. GoodFellas (1990) ★★★★★ ITV4, 10.00pm Martin Scorsese’s Mafia masterpiece, adapted from a non-fiction book, has all the qualities of great cinema: it’s thrilling, it’s provocative, it’s stylish, and it’s got a young Robert De Niro in it. Ray Liotta plays the youngster who longs to be a gangster; De Niro and Joe Pesci are in the Mob. Pesci’s mother, meanwhile, reportedly asked him if he had to swear quite so much – the f-word is used 300 times. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Friday 25 May Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Saturday 26 May Emile Sande performs The Biggest Weekend Live BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four from 6.45pm With Glastonbury taking a year off, music fans still have the chance to get their kicks as the BBC provides room in its schedules for The Biggest Weekend, the largest free festival in Europe. This year’s event is taking place over four days across the UK with venues in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry. So what can eager music fans expect? Things get under way in Swansea, Belfast and Perth, with Coventry joining the party on Sunday. BBC One kicks things off at 6.45pm with highlights from Ed Sheeran’s performance at Singleton Park in Swansea earlier in the day (the busy Sheeran is also playing at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in the evening), then it’s over to BBC Two for Emeli Sande at Scone Palace in Perth and Clean Bandit in Swansea. At 9pm, Greg James introduces Sam Smith’s headline set at Swansea before Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds round off the BBC Two coverage. Over on BBC Four, Lauren Laverne introduces highlights from Neneh Cherry at the Titanic Slipways, in Belfast, from 7pm before checking in on sets from Simple Minds, Chvrches, Franz Ferdinand and Wolf Alice. The night finishes with Underworld’s closing set from Belfast at 10pm. SH Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm The final auditions brings one last chance to impress the judges before next week’s much-anticipated live semi-finals, which begin on Monday. SH The Queen’s Lost Cousin Channel 4, 8.00pm First shown in 2015, this documentary tells the story of the Queen’s cousin, Prince William of Gloucester, who died, aged 30, in a plane crash in 1972. There’s notable contribution from Zsuzsi Starkloff, the Hungarian-born, twice divorced former model who was involved in a contentious relationship with William, and although the story remains intriguing, the film veers into cliché. SH Queen Victoria and Her Tragic Family Channel 5, 9.15pm With this second episode the series moves on to the 1860s and the period following the death of Prince Albert at the age of 42. Mired in grief, Queen Victoria began to struggle, as monarch and mother, until a surprising friendship helped her pull through. SH All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.20pm Freddie Flintoff, Fatima Whitbread and Jonnie Peacock are among those subjecting themselves to interrogation by Irish Mammy Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll’s foul-mouthed matriarch) ushers in a new set of guests. Music is by Clean Bandit; the double entendres are all O’Carroll’s own. SH Queen Night Sky Arts, from 6.00pm Sky Arts celebrates the greatest pomp rockers of them all – Queen. First up is Video Killed the Radio Star in which the band looks back at their best videos. Concerts in Rio and Budapest sandwich The Magic Years, a film about how Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon cemented their place as one of the most influential bands ever. Later, there’s more behind the scenes material in Queen: The Phenomenon. SH How the Young Ones Changed Comedy Gold, from 9.30pm It’s hard to imagine just how different The Young Ones was when it arrived in 1982, but this entertaining film does a good job of trying to explain. Featuring Ade Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle, this documentary traces the show’s origins (“Our jokes were terrible,” says Edmondson) to TV history. It’s followed by The Young Ones’ University Challenge parody episode; tomorrow, at 9.30pm, is a countdown of the 20 greatest moments. SH Puss in Boots (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.45pm DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek spin-off follows Puss in Boots’s life before he became the green ogre’s sidekick. With the help of Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), the swashbuckling feline (Antonio Banderas) becomes a hero after saving his town. Like the CGI ogre’s last two films, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, the animation is more impressive than the jokes. Kenny (2017) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm No footballer has combined brilliance on the field and success in management with such a harrowing proximity to calamities. This edifying film explores Kenny Dalglish’s experiences at Ibrox (66 were killed in 1971), Heysel (he was on the pitch for the tragedy of 1985 in which 39 died) and Hillsborough (he was in the dug-out when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground in 1989) and revisits his talent in the No 7 shirt. The Hunter (2011) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 12.30am Willem Dafoe excels as a mercenary hired by biotech company Red Leaf to track down the last remaining Tasmanian tiger in the Australian wilderness, arousing suspicion and hostility as he goes. Posing as a university researcher, he lodges with a family and grows close to them, but Red Leaf want the tiger’s blood at any cost. There’s a gripping moral weight to questions of extinction, survival and profiteering. Sunday 27 May The Handmaid's Tale Imagine… Orhan Pamuk: a Strange Mind BBC One, 10.30pm Although Imagine… covers the panoply of the arts, Alan Yentob always seems most comfortable in the company of authors, which is why this, A Strange Mind, is one of the most rewarding instalments for a while. In being content here to act as audience rather than interrogator, Yentob allows Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk to amble across some fertile intellectual territory. Born into a secular middle-class family, Pamuk dreamt of being an artist or architect, only to turn to writing when he was faced with a likely future of redesigning much of his native Istanbul’s old city (a glance at a sketchbook suggests his talent is far from dormant). The resulting novels, which include Snow and My Name is Red, explore the clashes of ancient and modern, East and West, religious and secular, with a fearlessness that brought Pamuk into conflict with Turkey’s authoritarian government, but also the love of many compatriots. Pamuk is loquacious, generous company and, while this functions well as an autobiographical profile and assessment of his literary achievements, it also does something far harder and more impressive in capturing something of the essence of its subject. GT Countryfile BBC One, 6.30pm As a celebration of 30 years of Countryfile and the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, Matt Baker, Anita Rani and John Craven explore the Royal family’s Windsor Estate. Among the topics are the livestock breeding that has saved one equine breed from extinction and the Queen’s own early experiences here. GT The London Palladium: the Greatest Stage on Earth ITV, 8.00pm Bradley Walsh ropes in some heavyweight talent to pay tribute to the venerable theatre in this one-off special. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Dale, Beverley Knight and Stephen Fry are among those recounting their memories of the place in a lavish affair that is worth watching if only for some gorgeous, little-seen archive footage of Morecambe and Wise. GT A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) turns the screw on Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) as the latter’s profile grows – a decision that can only lead to disaster as Russell T Davies’s wonderful miniseries continues. GT The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm The Colonies are shaken by a new arrival while Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusts to a life in hiding, in a second series of the dystopian drama which, if anything, hits harder than its predecessor. GT The Break with Michelle Wolf Netflix, from today Fresh from her bold but divisive monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she witheringly attacked the Trump administration and humiliated his Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, comedian Michelle Wolf launches a weekly variety series of stand-up and sketch comedy. GT Jonathan Meades on Jargon BBC Four, 10.30pm Arguably the most provocative and stimulating broadcaster around, Jonathan Meades dissects politics and football commentary, among other areas of public life, for insights into how jargon and slang are used to obfuscate and mislead. Its verbal vivacity, driven by an honestly felt fury at the desecration of the English language, is matched by visual intrigue, unlikely juxtapositions and an admirable willingness of the host to send himself up, all ably helmed by Meades’s regular collaborator Francis Hanly. GT The Goonies (1985) ★★★★☆ Universal TV, 3.00pm A cult favourite, this rollicking adventure follows a group of teenage friends from the “Goon Docks” area of Oregon (played by, among others, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) on the hunt for a hoard of pirate treasure. Blocking their path, however, is a family of criminals, the Fratellis. Steven Spielberg dreamed up the story; Chris Columbus (Home Alone) wrote the screenplay. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 10.10pm This lithe adaptation of the second novel from Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) competing once again in a televised fight to the death. But since the last film, Katniss has become an icon of rebellion, and the ruling class wants to bring her down a peg or two. This enormously watchable film blends whip-cracking action, oddball aesthetic and entirely laudable message. The Ides of March (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.35pm George Clooney is the director, co-writer and star of this politically charged thriller about spin, soured idealism and dirty secrets. Mike Morris (Clooney) is a liberal state governor running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Ryan Gosling steals the show as the campaign’s devoted but ambitious press secretary, whose loyalties are tested to the limit. A gripping film that engages and entertains. Monday 28 May King Lear: Anthony Hopkins King Lear BBC Two, 9.30pm Talk about event TV: After making movie magic in Howards End and The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, are reunited in Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, under the direction of Richard Eyre. Plus they have a stellar supporting cast, that includes Jim Broadbent, Emily Watson and Andrew Scott. Eyre sets this version in a fictional modern-day and moves the action between castles and modern locales, such as a rundown shopping precinct, to keep it contemporary. Hopkins is on great form as Lear – his old king seems to be suffering from dementia from the start, making sense of his rashness in disinheriting youngest daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh), of him kissing another, Regan (Watson), full on the lips, and of failing to recognise other loved ones. Eyre has cut the play judiciously and brings an interesting take on Lear – that it’s about flawed parenting – that offers some insight into the behaviour of his children. Ultimately, however, it’s about Lear’s tragedy, not theirs, and Hopkins delivers a barnstorming central performance. Having played the role more than 30 years ago at the National Theatre, he’s truly grown into it. VP Richard Osman’s House of Games BBC Two, 6.00pm Pointless’s scene-stealing sidekick Richard Osman gets his moment to shine as quizmaster of this trivia contest, returning for a five-night run with BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty among those competing. It’s followed by a new series of game show Curious Creatures, hosted by Kate Humble. VP Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 7.30pm Declan Donnelly flies solo as host of the semi-finals, airing nightly up to next weekend’s final. Each evening, eight of the 40 acts will perform again in the hope of becoming one of two promoted to the final by the voting public. The results are at 9.30pm. VP Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm Cute footage of hatchlings and deft presenting by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan provide a winning formula for this three-week wildlife extravaganza. Gillian Burke returns, this time as a roving reporter, with Steve Backshall the first of the guests replacing the much-missed Martin Hughes-Games. VP Peter Kay’s Car Share: The Finale BBC One, 10.00pm Bowing to fan pressure, Peter Kay offers closure with this finale to his charming comedy about supermarket employees sharing the journey to and from work. Laughs and surprises abound on John and Kayleigh’s (Kay and Sian Gibson) last jaunt, but will romance ensue? VP The Vicar of Dibley Gold, 7.40pm Here’s a chance to revisit the last-ever episode of Richard Curtis’s sitcom, which delivers a fairy-tale finale for Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) when she marries Harry (Richard Armitage). Hugh Bonneville makes an amusing cameo as a lovesick vicar in the episode that also showcases French’s chemistry with the late Emma Chambers, who played daft Alice Tinker. VP Nigel Kennedy at the Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 8.30pm The BBC’s music festival welcomes maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy to Coventry’s War Memorial Park. Suzy Klein and Lloyd Coleman present as Kennedy performs his inimitable renditions of Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix with the BBC Concert Orchestra. VP WestWorld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm As part of her master plan, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) appears to be taking control over Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) in this episode of the futuristic drama and his confusion grows. VP Over the Hedge (2006) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25am An endearing animated adventure about a group of forest creatures that, on waking after their winter hibernation, discover humans have moved in next door to them. Apprehension gives way to curiosity and excitement as they discover what the humans have to offer. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell and Avril Lavigne, among others, it’s an enjoyable movie with a message – but avoids getting too preachy. Sing Street (2016) ★★★★☆ Film4, 9.00pm Young love is set to an Eighties beat in this delightful coming-of-age tale. As with all of John Carney’s films (i.e. 2006 hit Once), the message is clear: where there is music, there is hope. The film rattles along to a cracking soundtrack – The Jam, Motörhead, The Cure – as young Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) chaotically tries to put together a band to impress a girl at school. Brideshead Revisited (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25pm In the light of the 1981 TV version of Evelyn Waugh’s novel, you do have to admire the chutzpah of anyone else giving Brideshead a go. Julian Jarrold’s attempt suffers from a desire to force modern conventions upon a story defined by the mores of upper-class interwar Britain. Hayley Atwell and Ben Whishaw are the Flyte siblings, but Catholicism, the tale’s engine, is only pernicious, never seductive. Tuesday 29 May Arrested Development Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland, 11.15pm Few education issues are as contentious in this country as that of grammar schools, with Prime Minister Theresa May among those supporting their return. This thought-provoking three-part documentary focusing on the London borough of Bexley, where each year over 5,000 children sit the selective exam for one of the area’s four grammar schools, could not, therefore, have come at a better time. We hear from both sides of the debate and are shown both the benefits and drawbacks of attending either a grammar or secondary modern school – although, as always, it’s the parents and children who make the most notable contributions. “If you want your child to become better in their future life, it’s good to go to a grammar school,” says one mother, who works long hours for minimum wage and pays £300 a month for a tutor for her daughter. Meanwhile, another, herself the product of a grammar school, despairs of the increasing parental competitiveness. And, for all the film-makers’ admirably even-handed approach, it’s the stress felt by the children that makes the biggest mark, with one youngster noting: “I don’t think grammar school is fair because people are far too young to feel they’ve failed.” SH Emmerdale ITV, 7.00pm Emmerdale confronts the difficult subject of child abuse when Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) opens up about her past in this special flashback episode. Last November a similar technique was used, to great effect, to shed light on her cousin Cain’s experiences. Mica Proctor, in another triumph of casting, plays the young Charity. SH The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s enjoyable family saga comes to a climax with scores settled, decisions made and reconciliations all over the place. It works not least because Morgan never forgets that one person’s happy ending is another’s poisoned chalice, meaning there’s pain amid the laughter. SH The Battle for Britain’s Heroes Channel 4, 9.00pm “Our heroes often have a toxic past,” says Afua Hirsch at the start of this captivating and provocative film. She pulls no punches in her look at the darker side of our history, exploring slavery, racism and colonialism, in a film certain to enrage as many people as it informs. SH 4 Men, 175 Babies: Britain’s Super Sperm Donors Channel 4, 10.00pm This film follows men who donate their sperm for free, via unregulated websites. But why? “Being a sperm donor is like being a Samaritan,” says 61-year-old Clive, who began donating once he retired. SH Arrested Development Netflix, from today For anyone who didn’t watch the patchy fourth series of this popular Emmy-winning comedy about a rich family who lose their wealth, the good news is that you can pick up this new series with no problem. The bad news for those that did watch it is that this opening episode spends ages rehashing past events. Thankfully things do settle down – and become very funny – as we find out what happened after the infamous punch that George Michael (Michael Cera) landed on his father Michael (Jason Bateman). A proper return to form. SH Master of Photography Sky Arts, 8.00pm The international photography contest returns for a third series, with Oliviero Toscani joined on the judging panel by curator Mark Sealy and the New Yorker’s Elisabeth Biondi. Here’s hoping that this series avoids the problems of last year, which saw contestant Souvid Datta accused of plagiarism. SH All Creatures Great and Small (1975) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 12.45pm Simon Ward and a pre-Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins star as Yorkshire vets James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon in this gentle drama set in the Thirties and based on the first two books of British vet Alf Wight (who wrote under the pseudonym of Herriot). The TV series that followed remains most memorable, but there’s warm-hearted performances here too. Operation Petticoat (1959) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.25pm A beguiling Second World War comedy directed by Blake Edwards and starring Cary Grant as a submarine captain with a strict sense of order and a rule-breaking hustler of a first officer (Tony Curtis). The vessel is bombed by the Japanese, but that’s the least of its worries. Five nurses in distress, a goat and a coating of pink paint all pose challenges for the effortlessly funny crew. The Enforcer (1976) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.00pm Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan is teamed up with rookie female partner Kate Moore (Tyne Daly) in this entertaining but ultimately disappointing third chapter of the Dirty Harry series. Together they battle violent eco-terrorists who have kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco (John Crawford) while, between the gun battles, cynical Callahan attempts to come to terms with his own male chauvinism. Wednesday 30 May Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Big Crash Diet Experiment BBC One, 8.00pm Is it time to rethink our attitude to crash dieting? That’s the question posed by tonight’s revealing documentary, which assesses the health impact of this extreme approach to weight loss. Our guide is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, who along with a raft of health professionals, aims to challenge orthodox beliefs about what some see as nutritionally inadequate eating regimes with only short-term benefits. Abdelmoneim persuades four obese volunteers to give up the food that they love and opt for a scary-sounding liquid-only intake of soups and shakes, using scans and blood tests to monitor them over nine weeks. Each of the group has their fair share of weight-related issues. Portly Catholic priest Paul, for example, has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, takeaway fan Rebecca believes that she’s in the grip of a fast-food addiction, and secret binge-eater Yolande already has fatty liver disease. Watching them tackle the programme and shed the pounds is admirable enough, but even more striking is the positive effect that the diet has on their health. In fact, the implications of the results could be a huge money saver for the NHS. TD The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm Dr Chris van Tulleken continues his crusade against the over-medication of children. Tonight, he explores why so many young people are prescribed anti-depressants, and becomes suspicious over the rise in babies diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy. TD Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm “The nearest gay scene for me is Belfast,” says cattle farmer Richard, a problem seeing as he lives a three-hour ferry ride away in remote Dumfries and Galloway. Not to be defeated, Richard invites three potential partners to his farm. TD Carry On Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm More shenanigans from behind the doors of the European Parliament. We meet lone Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, whose staunch pro-Europe stance lands her in trouble with Brexit minister David Davis. TD Miranda Barbour: Serial Killer or Liar? BBC One, 10.45pm; Northern Ireland, 11.40pm; Scotland, 11.45pm; Wales, 11.05pm This gripping true crime documentary charts the case of teenage murderer Miranda Barbour. The young mother admitted killing internet date Troy La Ferarra but later confessed to a further 22 murders as part of a Satanic cult. TD Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix, from today This snappy sitcom about a cult escapee in the big city has proved a delight. A shame, then, that this fourth season is to be its last, with the first six episodes launching today and the remainder to come later this year. Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) new job at a tech start-up proves ripe for nerd-baiting satire. TD Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Presenter Waldemar Januszczak swaps the vastness of the Wild West featured in last week’s episode for the “pulsing, futuristic excitement of the American city”, as his fascinating series on American art continues. He starts out amid the skyscrapers of New York, explaining how the vaulting architecture of the Chrysler Building exemplified the hope and ambition of the burgeoning metropolis. We then move on to the Great Depression, presaged by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton in his restless murals of urban life. TD Great Expectations (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ BBC Two, 12.35pm David Lean’s peerless version of Dickens’s novel is packed with memorable moments, from its opening scenes on the marshes, where Pip first meets the escaped convict Magwitch, to the enduring images of Miss Havisham’s house… not forgetting Pip’s boxing match with Herbert Pocket. John Mills is twice the age of the book’s Pip, but there’s a subtle ingenuousness in his performance. Rebecca (1940, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures TV, 9.00pm One of Hitchcock’s most disconcerting and finest films was adapted from a Daphne du Maurier story, though he departed from the text in many ways. A bride (Joan Fontaine) is haunted by the memory of her husband’s (Laurence Olivier) dead first wife. The excellent cast (Judith Anderson as formidable housekeeper Mrs Danvers is a particular highlight) adds class to this eerily suspenseful treat. Inglourious Basterds (2009) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 10.00pm It wasn’t quite the masterpiece we were told to expect, but Quentin Tarantino’s pastiche of war films and spaghetti westerns is still rollicking good fun and has all the ingredients of a classic Tarantino film. A celebration of vengeance, it’s an audacious take on the Second World War. Christoph Waltz deservedly won an Oscar for his incendiary turn as the “Jew Hunter”. Brad Pitt also stars. Thursday 31 May Humans Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm This third series of the thoughtful British science-fiction drama continues to benefit from a narrowing of focus; the big-name American actors and slightly strained global perspective have gone, but the thematic ambition has been retained. Less wilfully obscure than Sky Atlantic’s Westworld and considerably more affecting, Humans instead keeps a tight focus on emotion and relationships, whether the characters concerned are flesh and blood or gears and circuits. It can be heavy-handed with the allegories, certainly, but it’s never chilling or humourless – and leading synth performers Gemma Chan, Ivanno Jeremiah and Emily Berrington are as uncanny as ever. Mark Bonnar, too, is proving a handy addition to the cast as Neil, Laura’s (a brilliant Katherine Parkinson) professional antagonist and love interest – Bonnar’s history of playing characters with shifting loyalties comes in handy as Neil first opens his heart and then hardens his stance on the Dryden Commission. Mia (Chan), meanwhile, is on a one-synth mission to demonstrate coexistence is possible by moving into a hostile housing estate, and Leo (Colin Morgan) struggles with the realities of being human. GT Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This week begins with chocolate puddings, which means the contestants are challenged to rustle up black forest gateaux and a dessert integrating a root vegetable, then aubergines and tofu take centre stage before the elimination round and an oriental classic. GT Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm Hollings and their “British chophouse classics” square up to an Italian-influenced brand serving fresh pasta from a cheese wheel, as Fred Sireix and a group of high-street investors gauge their potential. GT Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm Now with a Bafta award under its belt, this fine series follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service over the last Saturday night before Christmas. An inevitably busy period is made harder by a major traffic accident in central Birmingham – an incident which puts tremendous mental and physical demands on the crews, documented here with the clarity and honesty we’ve come to expect from the series. GT Great Art ITV, 10.50pm; not STV Tim Marlow takes a tour of the Royal Academy’s sell-out exhibition of the Parisian artist’s portraits, in the process assessing the man’s life, work, and reputation as “the father of modern art”. GT Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This pop cultural landmark, in which punk pioneers Sex Pistols grumbled, swore and generally misbehaved on Bill Grundy’s sleepily complacent regional chat-show, creating a national storm of outrage in the process, arguably received its definitive tribute from Kevin Eldon in 2013. The comedian’s loving reconstruction of the event imagined the Pistols as Amish people and bordered on performance art. Still, this gleefully silly take on the infamous encounter between the jobbing broadcaster (Steve Pemberton) and the Sex Pistols (played by members of the National Youth Theatre) is a lot of fun. GT Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm The eponymous depressed hitman (Bill Hader) tries to go it alone, only to be thwarted by his reckless partner Taylor (Dale Pavinski) and ructions among members of his acting class. GT Billion Dollar Brain (1967) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.00pm Michael Caine returns as the reluctant secret agent Harry Palmer (The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin) in this film from Ken Russell, based on the novels by Len Deighton. Having left the British Secret Service to pursue a career as a private investigator, Palmer stumbles into a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? It’s far-fetched but fun. Johnny Mnemonic (1995) ★★☆☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm Fresh from the rubber-burning success of Speed and four short years before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in this high-concept dystopian adventure as the eponymous anti-hero – a 21st-century courier whose augmented brain is used to transport illicit data – that very nearly ruined his career. It’s adapted by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson from his own story. Munich (2005) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 12.50am Eric Bana stars in Steven Spielberg’s audacious, if lengthy, examination of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Set in 1972, it adroitly tackles the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympics. Bana plays a Mossad agent charged with hunting down the extremists who planned the Munich attack. Some of the rhetoric is clumsy, but the film-makers strive to be politically even-handed. Friday 1 June Tracey Breaks the News: Ullman as Michael Gove Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm After losing her to the USA for 30 years, Tracey Ullman’s return to our shores two years ago has reminded us of her unparalleled talents as an impressionist. She captures the physicality of her famous subjects – Angela Merkel and Judi Dench are standouts – as well as their voices, and hats off to Ullman’s prosthetics teams for her remarkable transformations. After an acting stint in last year’s Howards End, Ullman returns to her comfort zone tonight with a second series of the topical sketch comedy show in which she skewers politicians, mostly – although we’ll also be treated to more of Ben Miller’s scene-stealing Rupert Murdoch, with Ullman as Jerry Hall. Although no preview tape was available due to last-minute filming, Ullman was pictured as Michael Gove in promotional material and has also promised impressions of Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The previous series attracted criticism for weak writing, and some skits do lack bite, but slack should be cut – it’s a notoriously difficult format to pull off. Ullman’s gift for mimicry means she hits the mark often enough for the show to be a welcome bit of light satire to wind up the week. VP Extreme Wales with Richard Parks BBC Two, 7.30pm Tonight’s final episode of Richard Parks’s adventure programme combines extreme sports with lush panoramas of the Welsh landscape. Daredevil Parks takes to the skies on a paramotor – nothing more than a parachute connected to a fan-like motor – to propel him the length of the country. VP The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Fugitive immigrant Taariq Shirazi (Alexander Behrang Keshtkar) makes a desperate bid to flee as the Scandi-noir crime series continues. When Saga (Sofia Helin) and Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) track him down, however, Saga’s inability to tell a lie has serious consequences. VP Friday Night Dinner Channel 4, 10.00pm This sitcom’s family squabbles are more uncomfortably familiar than laugh-out-loud funny in tonight’s penultimate visit to the Goodmans’ home. Writer Robert Popper capitalises on Simon Bird’s musical skills by having his character, Adam, reluctantly play the violin to cheer up Grandma. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.35pm; NI, 11.05pm; Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Jo Brand and Aidan Turner offer their funniest anecdotes tonight. Plus, Liam Payne continues his post-One Direction solo career with a performance his new single, Familiar. VP The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven BBC Four, 9.00pm Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards and Graham Nash are among the luminaries paying tribute to Don and Phil Everly in this 2016 documentary, all of them claiming the brothers as an influence. Surviving sibling Don Everly returns to Iowa to recount the brothers’ first appearances, their pivotal move to Nashville and stardom in the late Fifties. Africa: A Journey into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm So much of the music we listen to has its roots in African music. In this new three-part documentary series, London DJ Rita Ray sets off to explore the continent’s influence. Kicking off her journey in Nigeria, Ray stumbles across impromptu drumming ceremonies in the streets as she explores the importance of rhythm in the country’s music and meets its major players. Future episodes take her to Mali and South Africa. VP Crocodile Dundee (1986) ★★★★☆ Film4, 7.10pm Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), a bushman from northern Australia, is a dab hand at surviving in the Outback. But when he is invited to New York City by Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), a high-class reporter, in this Oscar-nominated comedy drama, he finds life far tougher in the urban jungle. He’s a survivor though: muggers who accost Dundee discover that he has a bigger knife than they do. American Made (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Doug Liman directs Tom Cruise in this lively, madcap real-life tale of pilot, drug smuggler and CIA gun-runner Barry Seal, whose supersonic, if lawless, career path began, according to this script, when he was a bored TWA pilot in 1978 and was approached out of the blue by a CIA handler (Domhnall Gleeson, all greasy persuasion) to conduct reconnaissance flights across the Caribbean. GoodFellas (1990) ★★★★★ ITV4, 10.00pm Martin Scorsese’s Mafia masterpiece, adapted from a non-fiction book, has all the qualities of great cinema: it’s thrilling, it’s provocative, it’s stylish, and it’s got a young Robert De Niro in it. Ray Liotta plays the youngster who longs to be a gangster; De Niro and Joe Pesci are in the Mob. Pesci’s mother, meanwhile, reportedly asked him if he had to swear quite so much – the f-word is used 300 times. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: Unreported World and the BBC's Biggest Weekend
Friday 25 May Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Saturday 26 May Emile Sande performs The Biggest Weekend Live BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four from 6.45pm With Glastonbury taking a year off, music fans still have the chance to get their kicks as the BBC provides room in its schedules for The Biggest Weekend, the largest free festival in Europe. This year’s event is taking place over four days across the UK with venues in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry. So what can eager music fans expect? Things get under way in Swansea, Belfast and Perth, with Coventry joining the party on Sunday. BBC One kicks things off at 6.45pm with highlights from Ed Sheeran’s performance at Singleton Park in Swansea earlier in the day (the busy Sheeran is also playing at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in the evening), then it’s over to BBC Two for Emeli Sande at Scone Palace in Perth and Clean Bandit in Swansea. At 9pm, Greg James introduces Sam Smith’s headline set at Swansea before Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds round off the BBC Two coverage. Over on BBC Four, Lauren Laverne introduces highlights from Neneh Cherry at the Titanic Slipways, in Belfast, from 7pm before checking in on sets from Simple Minds, Chvrches, Franz Ferdinand and Wolf Alice. The night finishes with Underworld’s closing set from Belfast at 10pm. SH Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm The final auditions brings one last chance to impress the judges before next week’s much-anticipated live semi-finals, which begin on Monday. SH The Queen’s Lost Cousin Channel 4, 8.00pm First shown in 2015, this documentary tells the story of the Queen’s cousin, Prince William of Gloucester, who died, aged 30, in a plane crash in 1972. There’s notable contribution from Zsuzsi Starkloff, the Hungarian-born, twice divorced former model who was involved in a contentious relationship with William, and although the story remains intriguing, the film veers into cliché. SH Queen Victoria and Her Tragic Family Channel 5, 9.15pm With this second episode the series moves on to the 1860s and the period following the death of Prince Albert at the age of 42. Mired in grief, Queen Victoria began to struggle, as monarch and mother, until a surprising friendship helped her pull through. SH All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.20pm Freddie Flintoff, Fatima Whitbread and Jonnie Peacock are among those subjecting themselves to interrogation by Irish Mammy Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll’s foul-mouthed matriarch) ushers in a new set of guests. Music is by Clean Bandit; the double entendres are all O’Carroll’s own. SH Queen Night Sky Arts, from 6.00pm Sky Arts celebrates the greatest pomp rockers of them all – Queen. First up is Video Killed the Radio Star in which the band looks back at their best videos. Concerts in Rio and Budapest sandwich The Magic Years, a film about how Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon cemented their place as one of the most influential bands ever. Later, there’s more behind the scenes material in Queen: The Phenomenon. SH How the Young Ones Changed Comedy Gold, from 9.30pm It’s hard to imagine just how different The Young Ones was when it arrived in 1982, but this entertaining film does a good job of trying to explain. Featuring Ade Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle, this documentary traces the show’s origins (“Our jokes were terrible,” says Edmondson) to TV history. It’s followed by The Young Ones’ University Challenge parody episode; tomorrow, at 9.30pm, is a countdown of the 20 greatest moments. SH Puss in Boots (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.45pm DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek spin-off follows Puss in Boots’s life before he became the green ogre’s sidekick. With the help of Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), the swashbuckling feline (Antonio Banderas) becomes a hero after saving his town. Like the CGI ogre’s last two films, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, the animation is more impressive than the jokes. Kenny (2017) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm No footballer has combined brilliance on the field and success in management with such a harrowing proximity to calamities. This edifying film explores Kenny Dalglish’s experiences at Ibrox (66 were killed in 1971), Heysel (he was on the pitch for the tragedy of 1985 in which 39 died) and Hillsborough (he was in the dug-out when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground in 1989) and revisits his talent in the No 7 shirt. The Hunter (2011) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 12.30am Willem Dafoe excels as a mercenary hired by biotech company Red Leaf to track down the last remaining Tasmanian tiger in the Australian wilderness, arousing suspicion and hostility as he goes. Posing as a university researcher, he lodges with a family and grows close to them, but Red Leaf want the tiger’s blood at any cost. There’s a gripping moral weight to questions of extinction, survival and profiteering. Sunday 27 May The Handmaid's Tale Imagine… Orhan Pamuk: a Strange Mind BBC One, 10.30pm Although Imagine… covers the panoply of the arts, Alan Yentob always seems most comfortable in the company of authors, which is why this, A Strange Mind, is one of the most rewarding instalments for a while. In being content here to act as audience rather than interrogator, Yentob allows Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk to amble across some fertile intellectual territory. Born into a secular middle-class family, Pamuk dreamt of being an artist or architect, only to turn to writing when he was faced with a likely future of redesigning much of his native Istanbul’s old city (a glance at a sketchbook suggests his talent is far from dormant). The resulting novels, which include Snow and My Name is Red, explore the clashes of ancient and modern, East and West, religious and secular, with a fearlessness that brought Pamuk into conflict with Turkey’s authoritarian government, but also the love of many compatriots. Pamuk is loquacious, generous company and, while this functions well as an autobiographical profile and assessment of his literary achievements, it also does something far harder and more impressive in capturing something of the essence of its subject. GT Countryfile BBC One, 6.30pm As a celebration of 30 years of Countryfile and the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, Matt Baker, Anita Rani and John Craven explore the Royal family’s Windsor Estate. Among the topics are the livestock breeding that has saved one equine breed from extinction and the Queen’s own early experiences here. GT The London Palladium: the Greatest Stage on Earth ITV, 8.00pm Bradley Walsh ropes in some heavyweight talent to pay tribute to the venerable theatre in this one-off special. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Dale, Beverley Knight and Stephen Fry are among those recounting their memories of the place in a lavish affair that is worth watching if only for some gorgeous, little-seen archive footage of Morecambe and Wise. GT A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) turns the screw on Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) as the latter’s profile grows – a decision that can only lead to disaster as Russell T Davies’s wonderful miniseries continues. GT The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm The Colonies are shaken by a new arrival while Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusts to a life in hiding, in a second series of the dystopian drama which, if anything, hits harder than its predecessor. GT The Break with Michelle Wolf Netflix, from today Fresh from her bold but divisive monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she witheringly attacked the Trump administration and humiliated his Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, comedian Michelle Wolf launches a weekly variety series of stand-up and sketch comedy. GT Jonathan Meades on Jargon BBC Four, 10.30pm Arguably the most provocative and stimulating broadcaster around, Jonathan Meades dissects politics and football commentary, among other areas of public life, for insights into how jargon and slang are used to obfuscate and mislead. Its verbal vivacity, driven by an honestly felt fury at the desecration of the English language, is matched by visual intrigue, unlikely juxtapositions and an admirable willingness of the host to send himself up, all ably helmed by Meades’s regular collaborator Francis Hanly. GT The Goonies (1985) ★★★★☆ Universal TV, 3.00pm A cult favourite, this rollicking adventure follows a group of teenage friends from the “Goon Docks” area of Oregon (played by, among others, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) on the hunt for a hoard of pirate treasure. Blocking their path, however, is a family of criminals, the Fratellis. Steven Spielberg dreamed up the story; Chris Columbus (Home Alone) wrote the screenplay. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 10.10pm This lithe adaptation of the second novel from Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) competing once again in a televised fight to the death. But since the last film, Katniss has become an icon of rebellion, and the ruling class wants to bring her down a peg or two. This enormously watchable film blends whip-cracking action, oddball aesthetic and entirely laudable message. The Ides of March (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.35pm George Clooney is the director, co-writer and star of this politically charged thriller about spin, soured idealism and dirty secrets. Mike Morris (Clooney) is a liberal state governor running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Ryan Gosling steals the show as the campaign’s devoted but ambitious press secretary, whose loyalties are tested to the limit. A gripping film that engages and entertains. Monday 28 May King Lear: Anthony Hopkins King Lear BBC Two, 9.30pm Talk about event TV: After making movie magic in Howards End and The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, are reunited in Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, under the direction of Richard Eyre. Plus they have a stellar supporting cast, that includes Jim Broadbent, Emily Watson and Andrew Scott. Eyre sets this version in a fictional modern-day and moves the action between castles and modern locales, such as a rundown shopping precinct, to keep it contemporary. Hopkins is on great form as Lear – his old king seems to be suffering from dementia from the start, making sense of his rashness in disinheriting youngest daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh), of him kissing another, Regan (Watson), full on the lips, and of failing to recognise other loved ones. Eyre has cut the play judiciously and brings an interesting take on Lear – that it’s about flawed parenting – that offers some insight into the behaviour of his children. Ultimately, however, it’s about Lear’s tragedy, not theirs, and Hopkins delivers a barnstorming central performance. Having played the role more than 30 years ago at the National Theatre, he’s truly grown into it. VP Richard Osman’s House of Games BBC Two, 6.00pm Pointless’s scene-stealing sidekick Richard Osman gets his moment to shine as quizmaster of this trivia contest, returning for a five-night run with BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty among those competing. It’s followed by a new series of game show Curious Creatures, hosted by Kate Humble. VP Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 7.30pm Declan Donnelly flies solo as host of the semi-finals, airing nightly up to next weekend’s final. Each evening, eight of the 40 acts will perform again in the hope of becoming one of two promoted to the final by the voting public. The results are at 9.30pm. VP Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm Cute footage of hatchlings and deft presenting by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan provide a winning formula for this three-week wildlife extravaganza. Gillian Burke returns, this time as a roving reporter, with Steve Backshall the first of the guests replacing the much-missed Martin Hughes-Games. VP Peter Kay’s Car Share: The Finale BBC One, 10.00pm Bowing to fan pressure, Peter Kay offers closure with this finale to his charming comedy about supermarket employees sharing the journey to and from work. Laughs and surprises abound on John and Kayleigh’s (Kay and Sian Gibson) last jaunt, but will romance ensue? VP The Vicar of Dibley Gold, 7.40pm Here’s a chance to revisit the last-ever episode of Richard Curtis’s sitcom, which delivers a fairy-tale finale for Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) when she marries Harry (Richard Armitage). Hugh Bonneville makes an amusing cameo as a lovesick vicar in the episode that also showcases French’s chemistry with the late Emma Chambers, who played daft Alice Tinker. VP Nigel Kennedy at the Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 8.30pm The BBC’s music festival welcomes maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy to Coventry’s War Memorial Park. Suzy Klein and Lloyd Coleman present as Kennedy performs his inimitable renditions of Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix with the BBC Concert Orchestra. VP WestWorld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm As part of her master plan, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) appears to be taking control over Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) in this episode of the futuristic drama and his confusion grows. VP Over the Hedge (2006) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25am An endearing animated adventure about a group of forest creatures that, on waking after their winter hibernation, discover humans have moved in next door to them. Apprehension gives way to curiosity and excitement as they discover what the humans have to offer. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell and Avril Lavigne, among others, it’s an enjoyable movie with a message – but avoids getting too preachy. Sing Street (2016) ★★★★☆ Film4, 9.00pm Young love is set to an Eighties beat in this delightful coming-of-age tale. As with all of John Carney’s films (i.e. 2006 hit Once), the message is clear: where there is music, there is hope. The film rattles along to a cracking soundtrack – The Jam, Motörhead, The Cure – as young Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) chaotically tries to put together a band to impress a girl at school. Brideshead Revisited (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25pm In the light of the 1981 TV version of Evelyn Waugh’s novel, you do have to admire the chutzpah of anyone else giving Brideshead a go. Julian Jarrold’s attempt suffers from a desire to force modern conventions upon a story defined by the mores of upper-class interwar Britain. Hayley Atwell and Ben Whishaw are the Flyte siblings, but Catholicism, the tale’s engine, is only pernicious, never seductive. Tuesday 29 May Arrested Development Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland, 11.15pm Few education issues are as contentious in this country as that of grammar schools, with Prime Minister Theresa May among those supporting their return. This thought-provoking three-part documentary focusing on the London borough of Bexley, where each year over 5,000 children sit the selective exam for one of the area’s four grammar schools, could not, therefore, have come at a better time. We hear from both sides of the debate and are shown both the benefits and drawbacks of attending either a grammar or secondary modern school – although, as always, it’s the parents and children who make the most notable contributions. “If you want your child to become better in their future life, it’s good to go to a grammar school,” says one mother, who works long hours for minimum wage and pays £300 a month for a tutor for her daughter. Meanwhile, another, herself the product of a grammar school, despairs of the increasing parental competitiveness. And, for all the film-makers’ admirably even-handed approach, it’s the stress felt by the children that makes the biggest mark, with one youngster noting: “I don’t think grammar school is fair because people are far too young to feel they’ve failed.” SH Emmerdale ITV, 7.00pm Emmerdale confronts the difficult subject of child abuse when Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) opens up about her past in this special flashback episode. Last November a similar technique was used, to great effect, to shed light on her cousin Cain’s experiences. Mica Proctor, in another triumph of casting, plays the young Charity. SH The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s enjoyable family saga comes to a climax with scores settled, decisions made and reconciliations all over the place. It works not least because Morgan never forgets that one person’s happy ending is another’s poisoned chalice, meaning there’s pain amid the laughter. SH The Battle for Britain’s Heroes Channel 4, 9.00pm “Our heroes often have a toxic past,” says Afua Hirsch at the start of this captivating and provocative film. She pulls no punches in her look at the darker side of our history, exploring slavery, racism and colonialism, in a film certain to enrage as many people as it informs. SH 4 Men, 175 Babies: Britain’s Super Sperm Donors Channel 4, 10.00pm This film follows men who donate their sperm for free, via unregulated websites. But why? “Being a sperm donor is like being a Samaritan,” says 61-year-old Clive, who began donating once he retired. SH Arrested Development Netflix, from today For anyone who didn’t watch the patchy fourth series of this popular Emmy-winning comedy about a rich family who lose their wealth, the good news is that you can pick up this new series with no problem. The bad news for those that did watch it is that this opening episode spends ages rehashing past events. Thankfully things do settle down – and become very funny – as we find out what happened after the infamous punch that George Michael (Michael Cera) landed on his father Michael (Jason Bateman). A proper return to form. SH Master of Photography Sky Arts, 8.00pm The international photography contest returns for a third series, with Oliviero Toscani joined on the judging panel by curator Mark Sealy and the New Yorker’s Elisabeth Biondi. Here’s hoping that this series avoids the problems of last year, which saw contestant Souvid Datta accused of plagiarism. SH All Creatures Great and Small (1975) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 12.45pm Simon Ward and a pre-Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins star as Yorkshire vets James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon in this gentle drama set in the Thirties and based on the first two books of British vet Alf Wight (who wrote under the pseudonym of Herriot). The TV series that followed remains most memorable, but there’s warm-hearted performances here too. Operation Petticoat (1959) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.25pm A beguiling Second World War comedy directed by Blake Edwards and starring Cary Grant as a submarine captain with a strict sense of order and a rule-breaking hustler of a first officer (Tony Curtis). The vessel is bombed by the Japanese, but that’s the least of its worries. Five nurses in distress, a goat and a coating of pink paint all pose challenges for the effortlessly funny crew. The Enforcer (1976) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.00pm Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan is teamed up with rookie female partner Kate Moore (Tyne Daly) in this entertaining but ultimately disappointing third chapter of the Dirty Harry series. Together they battle violent eco-terrorists who have kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco (John Crawford) while, between the gun battles, cynical Callahan attempts to come to terms with his own male chauvinism. Wednesday 30 May Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Big Crash Diet Experiment BBC One, 8.00pm Is it time to rethink our attitude to crash dieting? That’s the question posed by tonight’s revealing documentary, which assesses the health impact of this extreme approach to weight loss. Our guide is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, who along with a raft of health professionals, aims to challenge orthodox beliefs about what some see as nutritionally inadequate eating regimes with only short-term benefits. Abdelmoneim persuades four obese volunteers to give up the food that they love and opt for a scary-sounding liquid-only intake of soups and shakes, using scans and blood tests to monitor them over nine weeks. Each of the group has their fair share of weight-related issues. Portly Catholic priest Paul, for example, has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, takeaway fan Rebecca believes that she’s in the grip of a fast-food addiction, and secret binge-eater Yolande already has fatty liver disease. Watching them tackle the programme and shed the pounds is admirable enough, but even more striking is the positive effect that the diet has on their health. In fact, the implications of the results could be a huge money saver for the NHS. TD The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm Dr Chris van Tulleken continues his crusade against the over-medication of children. Tonight, he explores why so many young people are prescribed anti-depressants, and becomes suspicious over the rise in babies diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy. TD Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm “The nearest gay scene for me is Belfast,” says cattle farmer Richard, a problem seeing as he lives a three-hour ferry ride away in remote Dumfries and Galloway. Not to be defeated, Richard invites three potential partners to his farm. TD Carry On Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm More shenanigans from behind the doors of the European Parliament. We meet lone Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, whose staunch pro-Europe stance lands her in trouble with Brexit minister David Davis. TD Miranda Barbour: Serial Killer or Liar? BBC One, 10.45pm; Northern Ireland, 11.40pm; Scotland, 11.45pm; Wales, 11.05pm This gripping true crime documentary charts the case of teenage murderer Miranda Barbour. The young mother admitted killing internet date Troy La Ferarra but later confessed to a further 22 murders as part of a Satanic cult. TD Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix, from today This snappy sitcom about a cult escapee in the big city has proved a delight. A shame, then, that this fourth season is to be its last, with the first six episodes launching today and the remainder to come later this year. Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) new job at a tech start-up proves ripe for nerd-baiting satire. TD Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Presenter Waldemar Januszczak swaps the vastness of the Wild West featured in last week’s episode for the “pulsing, futuristic excitement of the American city”, as his fascinating series on American art continues. He starts out amid the skyscrapers of New York, explaining how the vaulting architecture of the Chrysler Building exemplified the hope and ambition of the burgeoning metropolis. We then move on to the Great Depression, presaged by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton in his restless murals of urban life. TD Great Expectations (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ BBC Two, 12.35pm David Lean’s peerless version of Dickens’s novel is packed with memorable moments, from its opening scenes on the marshes, where Pip first meets the escaped convict Magwitch, to the enduring images of Miss Havisham’s house… not forgetting Pip’s boxing match with Herbert Pocket. John Mills is twice the age of the book’s Pip, but there’s a subtle ingenuousness in his performance. Rebecca (1940, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures TV, 9.00pm One of Hitchcock’s most disconcerting and finest films was adapted from a Daphne du Maurier story, though he departed from the text in many ways. A bride (Joan Fontaine) is haunted by the memory of her husband’s (Laurence Olivier) dead first wife. The excellent cast (Judith Anderson as formidable housekeeper Mrs Danvers is a particular highlight) adds class to this eerily suspenseful treat. Inglourious Basterds (2009) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 10.00pm It wasn’t quite the masterpiece we were told to expect, but Quentin Tarantino’s pastiche of war films and spaghetti westerns is still rollicking good fun and has all the ingredients of a classic Tarantino film. A celebration of vengeance, it’s an audacious take on the Second World War. Christoph Waltz deservedly won an Oscar for his incendiary turn as the “Jew Hunter”. Brad Pitt also stars. Thursday 31 May Humans Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm This third series of the thoughtful British science-fiction drama continues to benefit from a narrowing of focus; the big-name American actors and slightly strained global perspective have gone, but the thematic ambition has been retained. Less wilfully obscure than Sky Atlantic’s Westworld and considerably more affecting, Humans instead keeps a tight focus on emotion and relationships, whether the characters concerned are flesh and blood or gears and circuits. It can be heavy-handed with the allegories, certainly, but it’s never chilling or humourless – and leading synth performers Gemma Chan, Ivanno Jeremiah and Emily Berrington are as uncanny as ever. Mark Bonnar, too, is proving a handy addition to the cast as Neil, Laura’s (a brilliant Katherine Parkinson) professional antagonist and love interest – Bonnar’s history of playing characters with shifting loyalties comes in handy as Neil first opens his heart and then hardens his stance on the Dryden Commission. Mia (Chan), meanwhile, is on a one-synth mission to demonstrate coexistence is possible by moving into a hostile housing estate, and Leo (Colin Morgan) struggles with the realities of being human. GT Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This week begins with chocolate puddings, which means the contestants are challenged to rustle up black forest gateaux and a dessert integrating a root vegetable, then aubergines and tofu take centre stage before the elimination round and an oriental classic. GT Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm Hollings and their “British chophouse classics” square up to an Italian-influenced brand serving fresh pasta from a cheese wheel, as Fred Sireix and a group of high-street investors gauge their potential. GT Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm Now with a Bafta award under its belt, this fine series follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service over the last Saturday night before Christmas. An inevitably busy period is made harder by a major traffic accident in central Birmingham – an incident which puts tremendous mental and physical demands on the crews, documented here with the clarity and honesty we’ve come to expect from the series. GT Great Art ITV, 10.50pm; not STV Tim Marlow takes a tour of the Royal Academy’s sell-out exhibition of the Parisian artist’s portraits, in the process assessing the man’s life, work, and reputation as “the father of modern art”. GT Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This pop cultural landmark, in which punk pioneers Sex Pistols grumbled, swore and generally misbehaved on Bill Grundy’s sleepily complacent regional chat-show, creating a national storm of outrage in the process, arguably received its definitive tribute from Kevin Eldon in 2013. The comedian’s loving reconstruction of the event imagined the Pistols as Amish people and bordered on performance art. Still, this gleefully silly take on the infamous encounter between the jobbing broadcaster (Steve Pemberton) and the Sex Pistols (played by members of the National Youth Theatre) is a lot of fun. GT Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm The eponymous depressed hitman (Bill Hader) tries to go it alone, only to be thwarted by his reckless partner Taylor (Dale Pavinski) and ructions among members of his acting class. GT Billion Dollar Brain (1967) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.00pm Michael Caine returns as the reluctant secret agent Harry Palmer (The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin) in this film from Ken Russell, based on the novels by Len Deighton. Having left the British Secret Service to pursue a career as a private investigator, Palmer stumbles into a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? It’s far-fetched but fun. Johnny Mnemonic (1995) ★★☆☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm Fresh from the rubber-burning success of Speed and four short years before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in this high-concept dystopian adventure as the eponymous anti-hero – a 21st-century courier whose augmented brain is used to transport illicit data – that very nearly ruined his career. It’s adapted by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson from his own story. Munich (2005) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 12.50am Eric Bana stars in Steven Spielberg’s audacious, if lengthy, examination of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Set in 1972, it adroitly tackles the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympics. Bana plays a Mossad agent charged with hunting down the extremists who planned the Munich attack. Some of the rhetoric is clumsy, but the film-makers strive to be politically even-handed. Friday 1 June Tracey Breaks the News: Ullman as Michael Gove Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm After losing her to the USA for 30 years, Tracey Ullman’s return to our shores two years ago has reminded us of her unparalleled talents as an impressionist. She captures the physicality of her famous subjects – Angela Merkel and Judi Dench are standouts – as well as their voices, and hats off to Ullman’s prosthetics teams for her remarkable transformations. After an acting stint in last year’s Howards End, Ullman returns to her comfort zone tonight with a second series of the topical sketch comedy show in which she skewers politicians, mostly – although we’ll also be treated to more of Ben Miller’s scene-stealing Rupert Murdoch, with Ullman as Jerry Hall. Although no preview tape was available due to last-minute filming, Ullman was pictured as Michael Gove in promotional material and has also promised impressions of Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The previous series attracted criticism for weak writing, and some skits do lack bite, but slack should be cut – it’s a notoriously difficult format to pull off. Ullman’s gift for mimicry means she hits the mark often enough for the show to be a welcome bit of light satire to wind up the week. VP Extreme Wales with Richard Parks BBC Two, 7.30pm Tonight’s final episode of Richard Parks’s adventure programme combines extreme sports with lush panoramas of the Welsh landscape. Daredevil Parks takes to the skies on a paramotor – nothing more than a parachute connected to a fan-like motor – to propel him the length of the country. VP The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Fugitive immigrant Taariq Shirazi (Alexander Behrang Keshtkar) makes a desperate bid to flee as the Scandi-noir crime series continues. When Saga (Sofia Helin) and Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) track him down, however, Saga’s inability to tell a lie has serious consequences. VP Friday Night Dinner Channel 4, 10.00pm This sitcom’s family squabbles are more uncomfortably familiar than laugh-out-loud funny in tonight’s penultimate visit to the Goodmans’ home. Writer Robert Popper capitalises on Simon Bird’s musical skills by having his character, Adam, reluctantly play the violin to cheer up Grandma. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.35pm; NI, 11.05pm; Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Jo Brand and Aidan Turner offer their funniest anecdotes tonight. Plus, Liam Payne continues his post-One Direction solo career with a performance his new single, Familiar. VP The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven BBC Four, 9.00pm Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards and Graham Nash are among the luminaries paying tribute to Don and Phil Everly in this 2016 documentary, all of them claiming the brothers as an influence. Surviving sibling Don Everly returns to Iowa to recount the brothers’ first appearances, their pivotal move to Nashville and stardom in the late Fifties. Africa: A Journey into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm So much of the music we listen to has its roots in African music. In this new three-part documentary series, London DJ Rita Ray sets off to explore the continent’s influence. Kicking off her journey in Nigeria, Ray stumbles across impromptu drumming ceremonies in the streets as she explores the importance of rhythm in the country’s music and meets its major players. Future episodes take her to Mali and South Africa. VP Crocodile Dundee (1986) ★★★★☆ Film4, 7.10pm Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), a bushman from northern Australia, is a dab hand at surviving in the Outback. But when he is invited to New York City by Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), a high-class reporter, in this Oscar-nominated comedy drama, he finds life far tougher in the urban jungle. He’s a survivor though: muggers who accost Dundee discover that he has a bigger knife than they do. American Made (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Doug Liman directs Tom Cruise in this lively, madcap real-life tale of pilot, drug smuggler and CIA gun-runner Barry Seal, whose supersonic, if lawless, career path began, according to this script, when he was a bored TWA pilot in 1978 and was approached out of the blue by a CIA handler (Domhnall Gleeson, all greasy persuasion) to conduct reconnaissance flights across the Caribbean. GoodFellas (1990) ★★★★★ ITV4, 10.00pm Martin Scorsese’s Mafia masterpiece, adapted from a non-fiction book, has all the qualities of great cinema: it’s thrilling, it’s provocative, it’s stylish, and it’s got a young Robert De Niro in it. Ray Liotta plays the youngster who longs to be a gangster; De Niro and Joe Pesci are in the Mob. Pesci’s mother, meanwhile, reportedly asked him if he had to swear quite so much – the f-word is used 300 times. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Friday 25 May Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Saturday 26 May Emile Sande performs The Biggest Weekend Live BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four from 6.45pm With Glastonbury taking a year off, music fans still have the chance to get their kicks as the BBC provides room in its schedules for The Biggest Weekend, the largest free festival in Europe. This year’s event is taking place over four days across the UK with venues in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry. So what can eager music fans expect? Things get under way in Swansea, Belfast and Perth, with Coventry joining the party on Sunday. BBC One kicks things off at 6.45pm with highlights from Ed Sheeran’s performance at Singleton Park in Swansea earlier in the day (the busy Sheeran is also playing at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in the evening), then it’s over to BBC Two for Emeli Sande at Scone Palace in Perth and Clean Bandit in Swansea. At 9pm, Greg James introduces Sam Smith’s headline set at Swansea before Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds round off the BBC Two coverage. Over on BBC Four, Lauren Laverne introduces highlights from Neneh Cherry at the Titanic Slipways, in Belfast, from 7pm before checking in on sets from Simple Minds, Chvrches, Franz Ferdinand and Wolf Alice. The night finishes with Underworld’s closing set from Belfast at 10pm. SH Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm The final auditions brings one last chance to impress the judges before next week’s much-anticipated live semi-finals, which begin on Monday. SH The Queen’s Lost Cousin Channel 4, 8.00pm First shown in 2015, this documentary tells the story of the Queen’s cousin, Prince William of Gloucester, who died, aged 30, in a plane crash in 1972. There’s notable contribution from Zsuzsi Starkloff, the Hungarian-born, twice divorced former model who was involved in a contentious relationship with William, and although the story remains intriguing, the film veers into cliché. SH Queen Victoria and Her Tragic Family Channel 5, 9.15pm With this second episode the series moves on to the 1860s and the period following the death of Prince Albert at the age of 42. Mired in grief, Queen Victoria began to struggle, as monarch and mother, until a surprising friendship helped her pull through. SH All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.20pm Freddie Flintoff, Fatima Whitbread and Jonnie Peacock are among those subjecting themselves to interrogation by Irish Mammy Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll’s foul-mouthed matriarch) ushers in a new set of guests. Music is by Clean Bandit; the double entendres are all O’Carroll’s own. SH Queen Night Sky Arts, from 6.00pm Sky Arts celebrates the greatest pomp rockers of them all – Queen. First up is Video Killed the Radio Star in which the band looks back at their best videos. Concerts in Rio and Budapest sandwich The Magic Years, a film about how Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon cemented their place as one of the most influential bands ever. Later, there’s more behind the scenes material in Queen: The Phenomenon. SH How the Young Ones Changed Comedy Gold, from 9.30pm It’s hard to imagine just how different The Young Ones was when it arrived in 1982, but this entertaining film does a good job of trying to explain. Featuring Ade Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle, this documentary traces the show’s origins (“Our jokes were terrible,” says Edmondson) to TV history. It’s followed by The Young Ones’ University Challenge parody episode; tomorrow, at 9.30pm, is a countdown of the 20 greatest moments. SH Puss in Boots (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.45pm DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek spin-off follows Puss in Boots’s life before he became the green ogre’s sidekick. With the help of Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), the swashbuckling feline (Antonio Banderas) becomes a hero after saving his town. Like the CGI ogre’s last two films, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, the animation is more impressive than the jokes. Kenny (2017) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm No footballer has combined brilliance on the field and success in management with such a harrowing proximity to calamities. This edifying film explores Kenny Dalglish’s experiences at Ibrox (66 were killed in 1971), Heysel (he was on the pitch for the tragedy of 1985 in which 39 died) and Hillsborough (he was in the dug-out when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground in 1989) and revisits his talent in the No 7 shirt. The Hunter (2011) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 12.30am Willem Dafoe excels as a mercenary hired by biotech company Red Leaf to track down the last remaining Tasmanian tiger in the Australian wilderness, arousing suspicion and hostility as he goes. Posing as a university researcher, he lodges with a family and grows close to them, but Red Leaf want the tiger’s blood at any cost. There’s a gripping moral weight to questions of extinction, survival and profiteering. Sunday 27 May The Handmaid's Tale Imagine… Orhan Pamuk: a Strange Mind BBC One, 10.30pm Although Imagine… covers the panoply of the arts, Alan Yentob always seems most comfortable in the company of authors, which is why this, A Strange Mind, is one of the most rewarding instalments for a while. In being content here to act as audience rather than interrogator, Yentob allows Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk to amble across some fertile intellectual territory. Born into a secular middle-class family, Pamuk dreamt of being an artist or architect, only to turn to writing when he was faced with a likely future of redesigning much of his native Istanbul’s old city (a glance at a sketchbook suggests his talent is far from dormant). The resulting novels, which include Snow and My Name is Red, explore the clashes of ancient and modern, East and West, religious and secular, with a fearlessness that brought Pamuk into conflict with Turkey’s authoritarian government, but also the love of many compatriots. Pamuk is loquacious, generous company and, while this functions well as an autobiographical profile and assessment of his literary achievements, it also does something far harder and more impressive in capturing something of the essence of its subject. GT Countryfile BBC One, 6.30pm As a celebration of 30 years of Countryfile and the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, Matt Baker, Anita Rani and John Craven explore the Royal family’s Windsor Estate. Among the topics are the livestock breeding that has saved one equine breed from extinction and the Queen’s own early experiences here. GT The London Palladium: the Greatest Stage on Earth ITV, 8.00pm Bradley Walsh ropes in some heavyweight talent to pay tribute to the venerable theatre in this one-off special. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Dale, Beverley Knight and Stephen Fry are among those recounting their memories of the place in a lavish affair that is worth watching if only for some gorgeous, little-seen archive footage of Morecambe and Wise. GT A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) turns the screw on Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) as the latter’s profile grows – a decision that can only lead to disaster as Russell T Davies’s wonderful miniseries continues. GT The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm The Colonies are shaken by a new arrival while Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusts to a life in hiding, in a second series of the dystopian drama which, if anything, hits harder than its predecessor. GT The Break with Michelle Wolf Netflix, from today Fresh from her bold but divisive monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she witheringly attacked the Trump administration and humiliated his Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, comedian Michelle Wolf launches a weekly variety series of stand-up and sketch comedy. GT Jonathan Meades on Jargon BBC Four, 10.30pm Arguably the most provocative and stimulating broadcaster around, Jonathan Meades dissects politics and football commentary, among other areas of public life, for insights into how jargon and slang are used to obfuscate and mislead. Its verbal vivacity, driven by an honestly felt fury at the desecration of the English language, is matched by visual intrigue, unlikely juxtapositions and an admirable willingness of the host to send himself up, all ably helmed by Meades’s regular collaborator Francis Hanly. GT The Goonies (1985) ★★★★☆ Universal TV, 3.00pm A cult favourite, this rollicking adventure follows a group of teenage friends from the “Goon Docks” area of Oregon (played by, among others, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) on the hunt for a hoard of pirate treasure. Blocking their path, however, is a family of criminals, the Fratellis. Steven Spielberg dreamed up the story; Chris Columbus (Home Alone) wrote the screenplay. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 10.10pm This lithe adaptation of the second novel from Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) competing once again in a televised fight to the death. But since the last film, Katniss has become an icon of rebellion, and the ruling class wants to bring her down a peg or two. This enormously watchable film blends whip-cracking action, oddball aesthetic and entirely laudable message. The Ides of March (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.35pm George Clooney is the director, co-writer and star of this politically charged thriller about spin, soured idealism and dirty secrets. Mike Morris (Clooney) is a liberal state governor running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Ryan Gosling steals the show as the campaign’s devoted but ambitious press secretary, whose loyalties are tested to the limit. A gripping film that engages and entertains. Monday 28 May King Lear: Anthony Hopkins King Lear BBC Two, 9.30pm Talk about event TV: After making movie magic in Howards End and The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, are reunited in Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, under the direction of Richard Eyre. Plus they have a stellar supporting cast, that includes Jim Broadbent, Emily Watson and Andrew Scott. Eyre sets this version in a fictional modern-day and moves the action between castles and modern locales, such as a rundown shopping precinct, to keep it contemporary. Hopkins is on great form as Lear – his old king seems to be suffering from dementia from the start, making sense of his rashness in disinheriting youngest daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh), of him kissing another, Regan (Watson), full on the lips, and of failing to recognise other loved ones. Eyre has cut the play judiciously and brings an interesting take on Lear – that it’s about flawed parenting – that offers some insight into the behaviour of his children. Ultimately, however, it’s about Lear’s tragedy, not theirs, and Hopkins delivers a barnstorming central performance. Having played the role more than 30 years ago at the National Theatre, he’s truly grown into it. VP Richard Osman’s House of Games BBC Two, 6.00pm Pointless’s scene-stealing sidekick Richard Osman gets his moment to shine as quizmaster of this trivia contest, returning for a five-night run with BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty among those competing. It’s followed by a new series of game show Curious Creatures, hosted by Kate Humble. VP Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 7.30pm Declan Donnelly flies solo as host of the semi-finals, airing nightly up to next weekend’s final. Each evening, eight of the 40 acts will perform again in the hope of becoming one of two promoted to the final by the voting public. The results are at 9.30pm. VP Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm Cute footage of hatchlings and deft presenting by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan provide a winning formula for this three-week wildlife extravaganza. Gillian Burke returns, this time as a roving reporter, with Steve Backshall the first of the guests replacing the much-missed Martin Hughes-Games. VP Peter Kay’s Car Share: The Finale BBC One, 10.00pm Bowing to fan pressure, Peter Kay offers closure with this finale to his charming comedy about supermarket employees sharing the journey to and from work. Laughs and surprises abound on John and Kayleigh’s (Kay and Sian Gibson) last jaunt, but will romance ensue? VP The Vicar of Dibley Gold, 7.40pm Here’s a chance to revisit the last-ever episode of Richard Curtis’s sitcom, which delivers a fairy-tale finale for Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) when she marries Harry (Richard Armitage). Hugh Bonneville makes an amusing cameo as a lovesick vicar in the episode that also showcases French’s chemistry with the late Emma Chambers, who played daft Alice Tinker. VP Nigel Kennedy at the Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 8.30pm The BBC’s music festival welcomes maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy to Coventry’s War Memorial Park. Suzy Klein and Lloyd Coleman present as Kennedy performs his inimitable renditions of Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix with the BBC Concert Orchestra. VP WestWorld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm As part of her master plan, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) appears to be taking control over Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) in this episode of the futuristic drama and his confusion grows. VP Over the Hedge (2006) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25am An endearing animated adventure about a group of forest creatures that, on waking after their winter hibernation, discover humans have moved in next door to them. Apprehension gives way to curiosity and excitement as they discover what the humans have to offer. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell and Avril Lavigne, among others, it’s an enjoyable movie with a message – but avoids getting too preachy. Sing Street (2016) ★★★★☆ Film4, 9.00pm Young love is set to an Eighties beat in this delightful coming-of-age tale. As with all of John Carney’s films (i.e. 2006 hit Once), the message is clear: where there is music, there is hope. The film rattles along to a cracking soundtrack – The Jam, Motörhead, The Cure – as young Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) chaotically tries to put together a band to impress a girl at school. Brideshead Revisited (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25pm In the light of the 1981 TV version of Evelyn Waugh’s novel, you do have to admire the chutzpah of anyone else giving Brideshead a go. Julian Jarrold’s attempt suffers from a desire to force modern conventions upon a story defined by the mores of upper-class interwar Britain. Hayley Atwell and Ben Whishaw are the Flyte siblings, but Catholicism, the tale’s engine, is only pernicious, never seductive. Tuesday 29 May Arrested Development Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland, 11.15pm Few education issues are as contentious in this country as that of grammar schools, with Prime Minister Theresa May among those supporting their return. This thought-provoking three-part documentary focusing on the London borough of Bexley, where each year over 5,000 children sit the selective exam for one of the area’s four grammar schools, could not, therefore, have come at a better time. We hear from both sides of the debate and are shown both the benefits and drawbacks of attending either a grammar or secondary modern school – although, as always, it’s the parents and children who make the most notable contributions. “If you want your child to become better in their future life, it’s good to go to a grammar school,” says one mother, who works long hours for minimum wage and pays £300 a month for a tutor for her daughter. Meanwhile, another, herself the product of a grammar school, despairs of the increasing parental competitiveness. And, for all the film-makers’ admirably even-handed approach, it’s the stress felt by the children that makes the biggest mark, with one youngster noting: “I don’t think grammar school is fair because people are far too young to feel they’ve failed.” SH Emmerdale ITV, 7.00pm Emmerdale confronts the difficult subject of child abuse when Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) opens up about her past in this special flashback episode. Last November a similar technique was used, to great effect, to shed light on her cousin Cain’s experiences. Mica Proctor, in another triumph of casting, plays the young Charity. SH The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s enjoyable family saga comes to a climax with scores settled, decisions made and reconciliations all over the place. It works not least because Morgan never forgets that one person’s happy ending is another’s poisoned chalice, meaning there’s pain amid the laughter. SH The Battle for Britain’s Heroes Channel 4, 9.00pm “Our heroes often have a toxic past,” says Afua Hirsch at the start of this captivating and provocative film. She pulls no punches in her look at the darker side of our history, exploring slavery, racism and colonialism, in a film certain to enrage as many people as it informs. SH 4 Men, 175 Babies: Britain’s Super Sperm Donors Channel 4, 10.00pm This film follows men who donate their sperm for free, via unregulated websites. But why? “Being a sperm donor is like being a Samaritan,” says 61-year-old Clive, who began donating once he retired. SH Arrested Development Netflix, from today For anyone who didn’t watch the patchy fourth series of this popular Emmy-winning comedy about a rich family who lose their wealth, the good news is that you can pick up this new series with no problem. The bad news for those that did watch it is that this opening episode spends ages rehashing past events. Thankfully things do settle down – and become very funny – as we find out what happened after the infamous punch that George Michael (Michael Cera) landed on his father Michael (Jason Bateman). A proper return to form. SH Master of Photography Sky Arts, 8.00pm The international photography contest returns for a third series, with Oliviero Toscani joined on the judging panel by curator Mark Sealy and the New Yorker’s Elisabeth Biondi. Here’s hoping that this series avoids the problems of last year, which saw contestant Souvid Datta accused of plagiarism. SH All Creatures Great and Small (1975) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 12.45pm Simon Ward and a pre-Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins star as Yorkshire vets James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon in this gentle drama set in the Thirties and based on the first two books of British vet Alf Wight (who wrote under the pseudonym of Herriot). The TV series that followed remains most memorable, but there’s warm-hearted performances here too. Operation Petticoat (1959) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.25pm A beguiling Second World War comedy directed by Blake Edwards and starring Cary Grant as a submarine captain with a strict sense of order and a rule-breaking hustler of a first officer (Tony Curtis). The vessel is bombed by the Japanese, but that’s the least of its worries. Five nurses in distress, a goat and a coating of pink paint all pose challenges for the effortlessly funny crew. The Enforcer (1976) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.00pm Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan is teamed up with rookie female partner Kate Moore (Tyne Daly) in this entertaining but ultimately disappointing third chapter of the Dirty Harry series. Together they battle violent eco-terrorists who have kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco (John Crawford) while, between the gun battles, cynical Callahan attempts to come to terms with his own male chauvinism. Wednesday 30 May Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Big Crash Diet Experiment BBC One, 8.00pm Is it time to rethink our attitude to crash dieting? That’s the question posed by tonight’s revealing documentary, which assesses the health impact of this extreme approach to weight loss. Our guide is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, who along with a raft of health professionals, aims to challenge orthodox beliefs about what some see as nutritionally inadequate eating regimes with only short-term benefits. Abdelmoneim persuades four obese volunteers to give up the food that they love and opt for a scary-sounding liquid-only intake of soups and shakes, using scans and blood tests to monitor them over nine weeks. Each of the group has their fair share of weight-related issues. Portly Catholic priest Paul, for example, has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, takeaway fan Rebecca believes that she’s in the grip of a fast-food addiction, and secret binge-eater Yolande already has fatty liver disease. Watching them tackle the programme and shed the pounds is admirable enough, but even more striking is the positive effect that the diet has on their health. In fact, the implications of the results could be a huge money saver for the NHS. TD The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm Dr Chris van Tulleken continues his crusade against the over-medication of children. Tonight, he explores why so many young people are prescribed anti-depressants, and becomes suspicious over the rise in babies diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy. TD Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm “The nearest gay scene for me is Belfast,” says cattle farmer Richard, a problem seeing as he lives a three-hour ferry ride away in remote Dumfries and Galloway. Not to be defeated, Richard invites three potential partners to his farm. TD Carry On Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm More shenanigans from behind the doors of the European Parliament. We meet lone Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, whose staunch pro-Europe stance lands her in trouble with Brexit minister David Davis. TD Miranda Barbour: Serial Killer or Liar? BBC One, 10.45pm; Northern Ireland, 11.40pm; Scotland, 11.45pm; Wales, 11.05pm This gripping true crime documentary charts the case of teenage murderer Miranda Barbour. The young mother admitted killing internet date Troy La Ferarra but later confessed to a further 22 murders as part of a Satanic cult. TD Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix, from today This snappy sitcom about a cult escapee in the big city has proved a delight. A shame, then, that this fourth season is to be its last, with the first six episodes launching today and the remainder to come later this year. Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) new job at a tech start-up proves ripe for nerd-baiting satire. TD Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Presenter Waldemar Januszczak swaps the vastness of the Wild West featured in last week’s episode for the “pulsing, futuristic excitement of the American city”, as his fascinating series on American art continues. He starts out amid the skyscrapers of New York, explaining how the vaulting architecture of the Chrysler Building exemplified the hope and ambition of the burgeoning metropolis. We then move on to the Great Depression, presaged by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton in his restless murals of urban life. TD Great Expectations (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ BBC Two, 12.35pm David Lean’s peerless version of Dickens’s novel is packed with memorable moments, from its opening scenes on the marshes, where Pip first meets the escaped convict Magwitch, to the enduring images of Miss Havisham’s house… not forgetting Pip’s boxing match with Herbert Pocket. John Mills is twice the age of the book’s Pip, but there’s a subtle ingenuousness in his performance. Rebecca (1940, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures TV, 9.00pm One of Hitchcock’s most disconcerting and finest films was adapted from a Daphne du Maurier story, though he departed from the text in many ways. A bride (Joan Fontaine) is haunted by the memory of her husband’s (Laurence Olivier) dead first wife. The excellent cast (Judith Anderson as formidable housekeeper Mrs Danvers is a particular highlight) adds class to this eerily suspenseful treat. Inglourious Basterds (2009) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 10.00pm It wasn’t quite the masterpiece we were told to expect, but Quentin Tarantino’s pastiche of war films and spaghetti westerns is still rollicking good fun and has all the ingredients of a classic Tarantino film. A celebration of vengeance, it’s an audacious take on the Second World War. Christoph Waltz deservedly won an Oscar for his incendiary turn as the “Jew Hunter”. Brad Pitt also stars. Thursday 31 May Humans Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm This third series of the thoughtful British science-fiction drama continues to benefit from a narrowing of focus; the big-name American actors and slightly strained global perspective have gone, but the thematic ambition has been retained. Less wilfully obscure than Sky Atlantic’s Westworld and considerably more affecting, Humans instead keeps a tight focus on emotion and relationships, whether the characters concerned are flesh and blood or gears and circuits. It can be heavy-handed with the allegories, certainly, but it’s never chilling or humourless – and leading synth performers Gemma Chan, Ivanno Jeremiah and Emily Berrington are as uncanny as ever. Mark Bonnar, too, is proving a handy addition to the cast as Neil, Laura’s (a brilliant Katherine Parkinson) professional antagonist and love interest – Bonnar’s history of playing characters with shifting loyalties comes in handy as Neil first opens his heart and then hardens his stance on the Dryden Commission. Mia (Chan), meanwhile, is on a one-synth mission to demonstrate coexistence is possible by moving into a hostile housing estate, and Leo (Colin Morgan) struggles with the realities of being human. GT Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This week begins with chocolate puddings, which means the contestants are challenged to rustle up black forest gateaux and a dessert integrating a root vegetable, then aubergines and tofu take centre stage before the elimination round and an oriental classic. GT Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm Hollings and their “British chophouse classics” square up to an Italian-influenced brand serving fresh pasta from a cheese wheel, as Fred Sireix and a group of high-street investors gauge their potential. GT Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm Now with a Bafta award under its belt, this fine series follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service over the last Saturday night before Christmas. An inevitably busy period is made harder by a major traffic accident in central Birmingham – an incident which puts tremendous mental and physical demands on the crews, documented here with the clarity and honesty we’ve come to expect from the series. GT Great Art ITV, 10.50pm; not STV Tim Marlow takes a tour of the Royal Academy’s sell-out exhibition of the Parisian artist’s portraits, in the process assessing the man’s life, work, and reputation as “the father of modern art”. GT Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This pop cultural landmark, in which punk pioneers Sex Pistols grumbled, swore and generally misbehaved on Bill Grundy’s sleepily complacent regional chat-show, creating a national storm of outrage in the process, arguably received its definitive tribute from Kevin Eldon in 2013. The comedian’s loving reconstruction of the event imagined the Pistols as Amish people and bordered on performance art. Still, this gleefully silly take on the infamous encounter between the jobbing broadcaster (Steve Pemberton) and the Sex Pistols (played by members of the National Youth Theatre) is a lot of fun. GT Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm The eponymous depressed hitman (Bill Hader) tries to go it alone, only to be thwarted by his reckless partner Taylor (Dale Pavinski) and ructions among members of his acting class. GT Billion Dollar Brain (1967) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.00pm Michael Caine returns as the reluctant secret agent Harry Palmer (The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin) in this film from Ken Russell, based on the novels by Len Deighton. Having left the British Secret Service to pursue a career as a private investigator, Palmer stumbles into a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? It’s far-fetched but fun. Johnny Mnemonic (1995) ★★☆☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm Fresh from the rubber-burning success of Speed and four short years before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in this high-concept dystopian adventure as the eponymous anti-hero – a 21st-century courier whose augmented brain is used to transport illicit data – that very nearly ruined his career. It’s adapted by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson from his own story. Munich (2005) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 12.50am Eric Bana stars in Steven Spielberg’s audacious, if lengthy, examination of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Set in 1972, it adroitly tackles the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympics. Bana plays a Mossad agent charged with hunting down the extremists who planned the Munich attack. Some of the rhetoric is clumsy, but the film-makers strive to be politically even-handed. Friday 1 June Tracey Breaks the News: Ullman as Michael Gove Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm After losing her to the USA for 30 years, Tracey Ullman’s return to our shores two years ago has reminded us of her unparalleled talents as an impressionist. She captures the physicality of her famous subjects – Angela Merkel and Judi Dench are standouts – as well as their voices, and hats off to Ullman’s prosthetics teams for her remarkable transformations. After an acting stint in last year’s Howards End, Ullman returns to her comfort zone tonight with a second series of the topical sketch comedy show in which she skewers politicians, mostly – although we’ll also be treated to more of Ben Miller’s scene-stealing Rupert Murdoch, with Ullman as Jerry Hall. Although no preview tape was available due to last-minute filming, Ullman was pictured as Michael Gove in promotional material and has also promised impressions of Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The previous series attracted criticism for weak writing, and some skits do lack bite, but slack should be cut – it’s a notoriously difficult format to pull off. Ullman’s gift for mimicry means she hits the mark often enough for the show to be a welcome bit of light satire to wind up the week. VP Extreme Wales with Richard Parks BBC Two, 7.30pm Tonight’s final episode of Richard Parks’s adventure programme combines extreme sports with lush panoramas of the Welsh landscape. Daredevil Parks takes to the skies on a paramotor – nothing more than a parachute connected to a fan-like motor – to propel him the length of the country. VP The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Fugitive immigrant Taariq Shirazi (Alexander Behrang Keshtkar) makes a desperate bid to flee as the Scandi-noir crime series continues. When Saga (Sofia Helin) and Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) track him down, however, Saga’s inability to tell a lie has serious consequences. VP Friday Night Dinner Channel 4, 10.00pm This sitcom’s family squabbles are more uncomfortably familiar than laugh-out-loud funny in tonight’s penultimate visit to the Goodmans’ home. Writer Robert Popper capitalises on Simon Bird’s musical skills by having his character, Adam, reluctantly play the violin to cheer up Grandma. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.35pm; NI, 11.05pm; Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Jo Brand and Aidan Turner offer their funniest anecdotes tonight. Plus, Liam Payne continues his post-One Direction solo career with a performance his new single, Familiar. VP The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven BBC Four, 9.00pm Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards and Graham Nash are among the luminaries paying tribute to Don and Phil Everly in this 2016 documentary, all of them claiming the brothers as an influence. Surviving sibling Don Everly returns to Iowa to recount the brothers’ first appearances, their pivotal move to Nashville and stardom in the late Fifties. Africa: A Journey into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm So much of the music we listen to has its roots in African music. In this new three-part documentary series, London DJ Rita Ray sets off to explore the continent’s influence. Kicking off her journey in Nigeria, Ray stumbles across impromptu drumming ceremonies in the streets as she explores the importance of rhythm in the country’s music and meets its major players. Future episodes take her to Mali and South Africa. VP Crocodile Dundee (1986) ★★★★☆ Film4, 7.10pm Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), a bushman from northern Australia, is a dab hand at surviving in the Outback. But when he is invited to New York City by Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), a high-class reporter, in this Oscar-nominated comedy drama, he finds life far tougher in the urban jungle. He’s a survivor though: muggers who accost Dundee discover that he has a bigger knife than they do. American Made (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Doug Liman directs Tom Cruise in this lively, madcap real-life tale of pilot, drug smuggler and CIA gun-runner Barry Seal, whose supersonic, if lawless, career path began, according to this script, when he was a bored TWA pilot in 1978 and was approached out of the blue by a CIA handler (Domhnall Gleeson, all greasy persuasion) to conduct reconnaissance flights across the Caribbean. GoodFellas (1990) ★★★★★ ITV4, 10.00pm Martin Scorsese’s Mafia masterpiece, adapted from a non-fiction book, has all the qualities of great cinema: it’s thrilling, it’s provocative, it’s stylish, and it’s got a young Robert De Niro in it. Ray Liotta plays the youngster who longs to be a gangster; De Niro and Joe Pesci are in the Mob. Pesci’s mother, meanwhile, reportedly asked him if he had to swear quite so much – the f-word is used 300 times. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: Unreported World and the BBC's Biggest Weekend
Friday 25 May Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Saturday 26 May Emile Sande performs The Biggest Weekend Live BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four from 6.45pm With Glastonbury taking a year off, music fans still have the chance to get their kicks as the BBC provides room in its schedules for The Biggest Weekend, the largest free festival in Europe. This year’s event is taking place over four days across the UK with venues in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry. So what can eager music fans expect? Things get under way in Swansea, Belfast and Perth, with Coventry joining the party on Sunday. BBC One kicks things off at 6.45pm with highlights from Ed Sheeran’s performance at Singleton Park in Swansea earlier in the day (the busy Sheeran is also playing at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in the evening), then it’s over to BBC Two for Emeli Sande at Scone Palace in Perth and Clean Bandit in Swansea. At 9pm, Greg James introduces Sam Smith’s headline set at Swansea before Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds round off the BBC Two coverage. Over on BBC Four, Lauren Laverne introduces highlights from Neneh Cherry at the Titanic Slipways, in Belfast, from 7pm before checking in on sets from Simple Minds, Chvrches, Franz Ferdinand and Wolf Alice. The night finishes with Underworld’s closing set from Belfast at 10pm. SH Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm The final auditions brings one last chance to impress the judges before next week’s much-anticipated live semi-finals, which begin on Monday. SH The Queen’s Lost Cousin Channel 4, 8.00pm First shown in 2015, this documentary tells the story of the Queen’s cousin, Prince William of Gloucester, who died, aged 30, in a plane crash in 1972. There’s notable contribution from Zsuzsi Starkloff, the Hungarian-born, twice divorced former model who was involved in a contentious relationship with William, and although the story remains intriguing, the film veers into cliché. SH Queen Victoria and Her Tragic Family Channel 5, 9.15pm With this second episode the series moves on to the 1860s and the period following the death of Prince Albert at the age of 42. Mired in grief, Queen Victoria began to struggle, as monarch and mother, until a surprising friendship helped her pull through. SH All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.20pm Freddie Flintoff, Fatima Whitbread and Jonnie Peacock are among those subjecting themselves to interrogation by Irish Mammy Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll’s foul-mouthed matriarch) ushers in a new set of guests. Music is by Clean Bandit; the double entendres are all O’Carroll’s own. SH Queen Night Sky Arts, from 6.00pm Sky Arts celebrates the greatest pomp rockers of them all – Queen. First up is Video Killed the Radio Star in which the band looks back at their best videos. Concerts in Rio and Budapest sandwich The Magic Years, a film about how Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon cemented their place as one of the most influential bands ever. Later, there’s more behind the scenes material in Queen: The Phenomenon. SH How the Young Ones Changed Comedy Gold, from 9.30pm It’s hard to imagine just how different The Young Ones was when it arrived in 1982, but this entertaining film does a good job of trying to explain. Featuring Ade Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle, this documentary traces the show’s origins (“Our jokes were terrible,” says Edmondson) to TV history. It’s followed by The Young Ones’ University Challenge parody episode; tomorrow, at 9.30pm, is a countdown of the 20 greatest moments. SH Puss in Boots (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.45pm DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek spin-off follows Puss in Boots’s life before he became the green ogre’s sidekick. With the help of Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), the swashbuckling feline (Antonio Banderas) becomes a hero after saving his town. Like the CGI ogre’s last two films, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, the animation is more impressive than the jokes. Kenny (2017) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm No footballer has combined brilliance on the field and success in management with such a harrowing proximity to calamities. This edifying film explores Kenny Dalglish’s experiences at Ibrox (66 were killed in 1971), Heysel (he was on the pitch for the tragedy of 1985 in which 39 died) and Hillsborough (he was in the dug-out when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground in 1989) and revisits his talent in the No 7 shirt. The Hunter (2011) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 12.30am Willem Dafoe excels as a mercenary hired by biotech company Red Leaf to track down the last remaining Tasmanian tiger in the Australian wilderness, arousing suspicion and hostility as he goes. Posing as a university researcher, he lodges with a family and grows close to them, but Red Leaf want the tiger’s blood at any cost. There’s a gripping moral weight to questions of extinction, survival and profiteering. Sunday 27 May The Handmaid's Tale Imagine… Orhan Pamuk: a Strange Mind BBC One, 10.30pm Although Imagine… covers the panoply of the arts, Alan Yentob always seems most comfortable in the company of authors, which is why this, A Strange Mind, is one of the most rewarding instalments for a while. In being content here to act as audience rather than interrogator, Yentob allows Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk to amble across some fertile intellectual territory. Born into a secular middle-class family, Pamuk dreamt of being an artist or architect, only to turn to writing when he was faced with a likely future of redesigning much of his native Istanbul’s old city (a glance at a sketchbook suggests his talent is far from dormant). The resulting novels, which include Snow and My Name is Red, explore the clashes of ancient and modern, East and West, religious and secular, with a fearlessness that brought Pamuk into conflict with Turkey’s authoritarian government, but also the love of many compatriots. Pamuk is loquacious, generous company and, while this functions well as an autobiographical profile and assessment of his literary achievements, it also does something far harder and more impressive in capturing something of the essence of its subject. GT Countryfile BBC One, 6.30pm As a celebration of 30 years of Countryfile and the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, Matt Baker, Anita Rani and John Craven explore the Royal family’s Windsor Estate. Among the topics are the livestock breeding that has saved one equine breed from extinction and the Queen’s own early experiences here. GT The London Palladium: the Greatest Stage on Earth ITV, 8.00pm Bradley Walsh ropes in some heavyweight talent to pay tribute to the venerable theatre in this one-off special. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Dale, Beverley Knight and Stephen Fry are among those recounting their memories of the place in a lavish affair that is worth watching if only for some gorgeous, little-seen archive footage of Morecambe and Wise. GT A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) turns the screw on Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) as the latter’s profile grows – a decision that can only lead to disaster as Russell T Davies’s wonderful miniseries continues. GT The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm The Colonies are shaken by a new arrival while Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusts to a life in hiding, in a second series of the dystopian drama which, if anything, hits harder than its predecessor. GT The Break with Michelle Wolf Netflix, from today Fresh from her bold but divisive monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she witheringly attacked the Trump administration and humiliated his Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, comedian Michelle Wolf launches a weekly variety series of stand-up and sketch comedy. GT Jonathan Meades on Jargon BBC Four, 10.30pm Arguably the most provocative and stimulating broadcaster around, Jonathan Meades dissects politics and football commentary, among other areas of public life, for insights into how jargon and slang are used to obfuscate and mislead. Its verbal vivacity, driven by an honestly felt fury at the desecration of the English language, is matched by visual intrigue, unlikely juxtapositions and an admirable willingness of the host to send himself up, all ably helmed by Meades’s regular collaborator Francis Hanly. GT The Goonies (1985) ★★★★☆ Universal TV, 3.00pm A cult favourite, this rollicking adventure follows a group of teenage friends from the “Goon Docks” area of Oregon (played by, among others, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) on the hunt for a hoard of pirate treasure. Blocking their path, however, is a family of criminals, the Fratellis. Steven Spielberg dreamed up the story; Chris Columbus (Home Alone) wrote the screenplay. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 10.10pm This lithe adaptation of the second novel from Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) competing once again in a televised fight to the death. But since the last film, Katniss has become an icon of rebellion, and the ruling class wants to bring her down a peg or two. This enormously watchable film blends whip-cracking action, oddball aesthetic and entirely laudable message. The Ides of March (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.35pm George Clooney is the director, co-writer and star of this politically charged thriller about spin, soured idealism and dirty secrets. Mike Morris (Clooney) is a liberal state governor running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Ryan Gosling steals the show as the campaign’s devoted but ambitious press secretary, whose loyalties are tested to the limit. A gripping film that engages and entertains. Monday 28 May King Lear: Anthony Hopkins King Lear BBC Two, 9.30pm Talk about event TV: After making movie magic in Howards End and The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, are reunited in Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, under the direction of Richard Eyre. Plus they have a stellar supporting cast, that includes Jim Broadbent, Emily Watson and Andrew Scott. Eyre sets this version in a fictional modern-day and moves the action between castles and modern locales, such as a rundown shopping precinct, to keep it contemporary. Hopkins is on great form as Lear – his old king seems to be suffering from dementia from the start, making sense of his rashness in disinheriting youngest daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh), of him kissing another, Regan (Watson), full on the lips, and of failing to recognise other loved ones. Eyre has cut the play judiciously and brings an interesting take on Lear – that it’s about flawed parenting – that offers some insight into the behaviour of his children. Ultimately, however, it’s about Lear’s tragedy, not theirs, and Hopkins delivers a barnstorming central performance. Having played the role more than 30 years ago at the National Theatre, he’s truly grown into it. VP Richard Osman’s House of Games BBC Two, 6.00pm Pointless’s scene-stealing sidekick Richard Osman gets his moment to shine as quizmaster of this trivia contest, returning for a five-night run with BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty among those competing. It’s followed by a new series of game show Curious Creatures, hosted by Kate Humble. VP Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 7.30pm Declan Donnelly flies solo as host of the semi-finals, airing nightly up to next weekend’s final. Each evening, eight of the 40 acts will perform again in the hope of becoming one of two promoted to the final by the voting public. The results are at 9.30pm. VP Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm Cute footage of hatchlings and deft presenting by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan provide a winning formula for this three-week wildlife extravaganza. Gillian Burke returns, this time as a roving reporter, with Steve Backshall the first of the guests replacing the much-missed Martin Hughes-Games. VP Peter Kay’s Car Share: The Finale BBC One, 10.00pm Bowing to fan pressure, Peter Kay offers closure with this finale to his charming comedy about supermarket employees sharing the journey to and from work. Laughs and surprises abound on John and Kayleigh’s (Kay and Sian Gibson) last jaunt, but will romance ensue? VP The Vicar of Dibley Gold, 7.40pm Here’s a chance to revisit the last-ever episode of Richard Curtis’s sitcom, which delivers a fairy-tale finale for Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) when she marries Harry (Richard Armitage). Hugh Bonneville makes an amusing cameo as a lovesick vicar in the episode that also showcases French’s chemistry with the late Emma Chambers, who played daft Alice Tinker. VP Nigel Kennedy at the Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 8.30pm The BBC’s music festival welcomes maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy to Coventry’s War Memorial Park. Suzy Klein and Lloyd Coleman present as Kennedy performs his inimitable renditions of Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix with the BBC Concert Orchestra. VP WestWorld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm As part of her master plan, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) appears to be taking control over Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) in this episode of the futuristic drama and his confusion grows. VP Over the Hedge (2006) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25am An endearing animated adventure about a group of forest creatures that, on waking after their winter hibernation, discover humans have moved in next door to them. Apprehension gives way to curiosity and excitement as they discover what the humans have to offer. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell and Avril Lavigne, among others, it’s an enjoyable movie with a message – but avoids getting too preachy. Sing Street (2016) ★★★★☆ Film4, 9.00pm Young love is set to an Eighties beat in this delightful coming-of-age tale. As with all of John Carney’s films (i.e. 2006 hit Once), the message is clear: where there is music, there is hope. The film rattles along to a cracking soundtrack – The Jam, Motörhead, The Cure – as young Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) chaotically tries to put together a band to impress a girl at school. Brideshead Revisited (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25pm In the light of the 1981 TV version of Evelyn Waugh’s novel, you do have to admire the chutzpah of anyone else giving Brideshead a go. Julian Jarrold’s attempt suffers from a desire to force modern conventions upon a story defined by the mores of upper-class interwar Britain. Hayley Atwell and Ben Whishaw are the Flyte siblings, but Catholicism, the tale’s engine, is only pernicious, never seductive. Tuesday 29 May Arrested Development Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland, 11.15pm Few education issues are as contentious in this country as that of grammar schools, with Prime Minister Theresa May among those supporting their return. This thought-provoking three-part documentary focusing on the London borough of Bexley, where each year over 5,000 children sit the selective exam for one of the area’s four grammar schools, could not, therefore, have come at a better time. We hear from both sides of the debate and are shown both the benefits and drawbacks of attending either a grammar or secondary modern school – although, as always, it’s the parents and children who make the most notable contributions. “If you want your child to become better in their future life, it’s good to go to a grammar school,” says one mother, who works long hours for minimum wage and pays £300 a month for a tutor for her daughter. Meanwhile, another, herself the product of a grammar school, despairs of the increasing parental competitiveness. And, for all the film-makers’ admirably even-handed approach, it’s the stress felt by the children that makes the biggest mark, with one youngster noting: “I don’t think grammar school is fair because people are far too young to feel they’ve failed.” SH Emmerdale ITV, 7.00pm Emmerdale confronts the difficult subject of child abuse when Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) opens up about her past in this special flashback episode. Last November a similar technique was used, to great effect, to shed light on her cousin Cain’s experiences. Mica Proctor, in another triumph of casting, plays the young Charity. SH The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s enjoyable family saga comes to a climax with scores settled, decisions made and reconciliations all over the place. It works not least because Morgan never forgets that one person’s happy ending is another’s poisoned chalice, meaning there’s pain amid the laughter. SH The Battle for Britain’s Heroes Channel 4, 9.00pm “Our heroes often have a toxic past,” says Afua Hirsch at the start of this captivating and provocative film. She pulls no punches in her look at the darker side of our history, exploring slavery, racism and colonialism, in a film certain to enrage as many people as it informs. SH 4 Men, 175 Babies: Britain’s Super Sperm Donors Channel 4, 10.00pm This film follows men who donate their sperm for free, via unregulated websites. But why? “Being a sperm donor is like being a Samaritan,” says 61-year-old Clive, who began donating once he retired. SH Arrested Development Netflix, from today For anyone who didn’t watch the patchy fourth series of this popular Emmy-winning comedy about a rich family who lose their wealth, the good news is that you can pick up this new series with no problem. The bad news for those that did watch it is that this opening episode spends ages rehashing past events. Thankfully things do settle down – and become very funny – as we find out what happened after the infamous punch that George Michael (Michael Cera) landed on his father Michael (Jason Bateman). A proper return to form. SH Master of Photography Sky Arts, 8.00pm The international photography contest returns for a third series, with Oliviero Toscani joined on the judging panel by curator Mark Sealy and the New Yorker’s Elisabeth Biondi. Here’s hoping that this series avoids the problems of last year, which saw contestant Souvid Datta accused of plagiarism. SH All Creatures Great and Small (1975) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 12.45pm Simon Ward and a pre-Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins star as Yorkshire vets James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon in this gentle drama set in the Thirties and based on the first two books of British vet Alf Wight (who wrote under the pseudonym of Herriot). The TV series that followed remains most memorable, but there’s warm-hearted performances here too. Operation Petticoat (1959) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.25pm A beguiling Second World War comedy directed by Blake Edwards and starring Cary Grant as a submarine captain with a strict sense of order and a rule-breaking hustler of a first officer (Tony Curtis). The vessel is bombed by the Japanese, but that’s the least of its worries. Five nurses in distress, a goat and a coating of pink paint all pose challenges for the effortlessly funny crew. The Enforcer (1976) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.00pm Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan is teamed up with rookie female partner Kate Moore (Tyne Daly) in this entertaining but ultimately disappointing third chapter of the Dirty Harry series. Together they battle violent eco-terrorists who have kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco (John Crawford) while, between the gun battles, cynical Callahan attempts to come to terms with his own male chauvinism. Wednesday 30 May Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Big Crash Diet Experiment BBC One, 8.00pm Is it time to rethink our attitude to crash dieting? That’s the question posed by tonight’s revealing documentary, which assesses the health impact of this extreme approach to weight loss. Our guide is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, who along with a raft of health professionals, aims to challenge orthodox beliefs about what some see as nutritionally inadequate eating regimes with only short-term benefits. Abdelmoneim persuades four obese volunteers to give up the food that they love and opt for a scary-sounding liquid-only intake of soups and shakes, using scans and blood tests to monitor them over nine weeks. Each of the group has their fair share of weight-related issues. Portly Catholic priest Paul, for example, has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, takeaway fan Rebecca believes that she’s in the grip of a fast-food addiction, and secret binge-eater Yolande already has fatty liver disease. Watching them tackle the programme and shed the pounds is admirable enough, but even more striking is the positive effect that the diet has on their health. In fact, the implications of the results could be a huge money saver for the NHS. TD The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm Dr Chris van Tulleken continues his crusade against the over-medication of children. Tonight, he explores why so many young people are prescribed anti-depressants, and becomes suspicious over the rise in babies diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy. TD Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm “The nearest gay scene for me is Belfast,” says cattle farmer Richard, a problem seeing as he lives a three-hour ferry ride away in remote Dumfries and Galloway. Not to be defeated, Richard invites three potential partners to his farm. TD Carry On Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm More shenanigans from behind the doors of the European Parliament. We meet lone Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, whose staunch pro-Europe stance lands her in trouble with Brexit minister David Davis. TD Miranda Barbour: Serial Killer or Liar? BBC One, 10.45pm; Northern Ireland, 11.40pm; Scotland, 11.45pm; Wales, 11.05pm This gripping true crime documentary charts the case of teenage murderer Miranda Barbour. The young mother admitted killing internet date Troy La Ferarra but later confessed to a further 22 murders as part of a Satanic cult. TD Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix, from today This snappy sitcom about a cult escapee in the big city has proved a delight. A shame, then, that this fourth season is to be its last, with the first six episodes launching today and the remainder to come later this year. Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) new job at a tech start-up proves ripe for nerd-baiting satire. TD Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Presenter Waldemar Januszczak swaps the vastness of the Wild West featured in last week’s episode for the “pulsing, futuristic excitement of the American city”, as his fascinating series on American art continues. He starts out amid the skyscrapers of New York, explaining how the vaulting architecture of the Chrysler Building exemplified the hope and ambition of the burgeoning metropolis. We then move on to the Great Depression, presaged by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton in his restless murals of urban life. TD Great Expectations (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ BBC Two, 12.35pm David Lean’s peerless version of Dickens’s novel is packed with memorable moments, from its opening scenes on the marshes, where Pip first meets the escaped convict Magwitch, to the enduring images of Miss Havisham’s house… not forgetting Pip’s boxing match with Herbert Pocket. John Mills is twice the age of the book’s Pip, but there’s a subtle ingenuousness in his performance. Rebecca (1940, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures TV, 9.00pm One of Hitchcock’s most disconcerting and finest films was adapted from a Daphne du Maurier story, though he departed from the text in many ways. A bride (Joan Fontaine) is haunted by the memory of her husband’s (Laurence Olivier) dead first wife. The excellent cast (Judith Anderson as formidable housekeeper Mrs Danvers is a particular highlight) adds class to this eerily suspenseful treat. Inglourious Basterds (2009) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 10.00pm It wasn’t quite the masterpiece we were told to expect, but Quentin Tarantino’s pastiche of war films and spaghetti westerns is still rollicking good fun and has all the ingredients of a classic Tarantino film. A celebration of vengeance, it’s an audacious take on the Second World War. Christoph Waltz deservedly won an Oscar for his incendiary turn as the “Jew Hunter”. Brad Pitt also stars. Thursday 31 May Humans Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm This third series of the thoughtful British science-fiction drama continues to benefit from a narrowing of focus; the big-name American actors and slightly strained global perspective have gone, but the thematic ambition has been retained. Less wilfully obscure than Sky Atlantic’s Westworld and considerably more affecting, Humans instead keeps a tight focus on emotion and relationships, whether the characters concerned are flesh and blood or gears and circuits. It can be heavy-handed with the allegories, certainly, but it’s never chilling or humourless – and leading synth performers Gemma Chan, Ivanno Jeremiah and Emily Berrington are as uncanny as ever. Mark Bonnar, too, is proving a handy addition to the cast as Neil, Laura’s (a brilliant Katherine Parkinson) professional antagonist and love interest – Bonnar’s history of playing characters with shifting loyalties comes in handy as Neil first opens his heart and then hardens his stance on the Dryden Commission. Mia (Chan), meanwhile, is on a one-synth mission to demonstrate coexistence is possible by moving into a hostile housing estate, and Leo (Colin Morgan) struggles with the realities of being human. GT Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This week begins with chocolate puddings, which means the contestants are challenged to rustle up black forest gateaux and a dessert integrating a root vegetable, then aubergines and tofu take centre stage before the elimination round and an oriental classic. GT Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm Hollings and their “British chophouse classics” square up to an Italian-influenced brand serving fresh pasta from a cheese wheel, as Fred Sireix and a group of high-street investors gauge their potential. GT Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm Now with a Bafta award under its belt, this fine series follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service over the last Saturday night before Christmas. An inevitably busy period is made harder by a major traffic accident in central Birmingham – an incident which puts tremendous mental and physical demands on the crews, documented here with the clarity and honesty we’ve come to expect from the series. GT Great Art ITV, 10.50pm; not STV Tim Marlow takes a tour of the Royal Academy’s sell-out exhibition of the Parisian artist’s portraits, in the process assessing the man’s life, work, and reputation as “the father of modern art”. GT Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This pop cultural landmark, in which punk pioneers Sex Pistols grumbled, swore and generally misbehaved on Bill Grundy’s sleepily complacent regional chat-show, creating a national storm of outrage in the process, arguably received its definitive tribute from Kevin Eldon in 2013. The comedian’s loving reconstruction of the event imagined the Pistols as Amish people and bordered on performance art. Still, this gleefully silly take on the infamous encounter between the jobbing broadcaster (Steve Pemberton) and the Sex Pistols (played by members of the National Youth Theatre) is a lot of fun. GT Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm The eponymous depressed hitman (Bill Hader) tries to go it alone, only to be thwarted by his reckless partner Taylor (Dale Pavinski) and ructions among members of his acting class. GT Billion Dollar Brain (1967) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.00pm Michael Caine returns as the reluctant secret agent Harry Palmer (The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin) in this film from Ken Russell, based on the novels by Len Deighton. Having left the British Secret Service to pursue a career as a private investigator, Palmer stumbles into a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? It’s far-fetched but fun. Johnny Mnemonic (1995) ★★☆☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm Fresh from the rubber-burning success of Speed and four short years before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in this high-concept dystopian adventure as the eponymous anti-hero – a 21st-century courier whose augmented brain is used to transport illicit data – that very nearly ruined his career. It’s adapted by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson from his own story. Munich (2005) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 12.50am Eric Bana stars in Steven Spielberg’s audacious, if lengthy, examination of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Set in 1972, it adroitly tackles the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympics. Bana plays a Mossad agent charged with hunting down the extremists who planned the Munich attack. Some of the rhetoric is clumsy, but the film-makers strive to be politically even-handed. Friday 1 June Tracey Breaks the News: Ullman as Michael Gove Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm After losing her to the USA for 30 years, Tracey Ullman’s return to our shores two years ago has reminded us of her unparalleled talents as an impressionist. She captures the physicality of her famous subjects – Angela Merkel and Judi Dench are standouts – as well as their voices, and hats off to Ullman’s prosthetics teams for her remarkable transformations. After an acting stint in last year’s Howards End, Ullman returns to her comfort zone tonight with a second series of the topical sketch comedy show in which she skewers politicians, mostly – although we’ll also be treated to more of Ben Miller’s scene-stealing Rupert Murdoch, with Ullman as Jerry Hall. Although no preview tape was available due to last-minute filming, Ullman was pictured as Michael Gove in promotional material and has also promised impressions of Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The previous series attracted criticism for weak writing, and some skits do lack bite, but slack should be cut – it’s a notoriously difficult format to pull off. Ullman’s gift for mimicry means she hits the mark often enough for the show to be a welcome bit of light satire to wind up the week. VP Extreme Wales with Richard Parks BBC Two, 7.30pm Tonight’s final episode of Richard Parks’s adventure programme combines extreme sports with lush panoramas of the Welsh landscape. Daredevil Parks takes to the skies on a paramotor – nothing more than a parachute connected to a fan-like motor – to propel him the length of the country. VP The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Fugitive immigrant Taariq Shirazi (Alexander Behrang Keshtkar) makes a desperate bid to flee as the Scandi-noir crime series continues. When Saga (Sofia Helin) and Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) track him down, however, Saga’s inability to tell a lie has serious consequences. VP Friday Night Dinner Channel 4, 10.00pm This sitcom’s family squabbles are more uncomfortably familiar than laugh-out-loud funny in tonight’s penultimate visit to the Goodmans’ home. Writer Robert Popper capitalises on Simon Bird’s musical skills by having his character, Adam, reluctantly play the violin to cheer up Grandma. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.35pm; NI, 11.05pm; Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Jo Brand and Aidan Turner offer their funniest anecdotes tonight. Plus, Liam Payne continues his post-One Direction solo career with a performance his new single, Familiar. VP The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven BBC Four, 9.00pm Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards and Graham Nash are among the luminaries paying tribute to Don and Phil Everly in this 2016 documentary, all of them claiming the brothers as an influence. Surviving sibling Don Everly returns to Iowa to recount the brothers’ first appearances, their pivotal move to Nashville and stardom in the late Fifties. Africa: A Journey into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm So much of the music we listen to has its roots in African music. In this new three-part documentary series, London DJ Rita Ray sets off to explore the continent’s influence. Kicking off her journey in Nigeria, Ray stumbles across impromptu drumming ceremonies in the streets as she explores the importance of rhythm in the country’s music and meets its major players. Future episodes take her to Mali and South Africa. VP Crocodile Dundee (1986) ★★★★☆ Film4, 7.10pm Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), a bushman from northern Australia, is a dab hand at surviving in the Outback. But when he is invited to New York City by Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), a high-class reporter, in this Oscar-nominated comedy drama, he finds life far tougher in the urban jungle. He’s a survivor though: muggers who accost Dundee discover that he has a bigger knife than they do. American Made (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Doug Liman directs Tom Cruise in this lively, madcap real-life tale of pilot, drug smuggler and CIA gun-runner Barry Seal, whose supersonic, if lawless, career path began, according to this script, when he was a bored TWA pilot in 1978 and was approached out of the blue by a CIA handler (Domhnall Gleeson, all greasy persuasion) to conduct reconnaissance flights across the Caribbean. GoodFellas (1990) ★★★★★ ITV4, 10.00pm Martin Scorsese’s Mafia masterpiece, adapted from a non-fiction book, has all the qualities of great cinema: it’s thrilling, it’s provocative, it’s stylish, and it’s got a young Robert De Niro in it. Ray Liotta plays the youngster who longs to be a gangster; De Niro and Joe Pesci are in the Mob. Pesci’s mother, meanwhile, reportedly asked him if he had to swear quite so much – the f-word is used 300 times. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Friday 25 May Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Saturday 26 May Emile Sande performs The Biggest Weekend Live BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four from 6.45pm With Glastonbury taking a year off, music fans still have the chance to get their kicks as the BBC provides room in its schedules for The Biggest Weekend, the largest free festival in Europe. This year’s event is taking place over four days across the UK with venues in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry. So what can eager music fans expect? Things get under way in Swansea, Belfast and Perth, with Coventry joining the party on Sunday. BBC One kicks things off at 6.45pm with highlights from Ed Sheeran’s performance at Singleton Park in Swansea earlier in the day (the busy Sheeran is also playing at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in the evening), then it’s over to BBC Two for Emeli Sande at Scone Palace in Perth and Clean Bandit in Swansea. At 9pm, Greg James introduces Sam Smith’s headline set at Swansea before Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds round off the BBC Two coverage. Over on BBC Four, Lauren Laverne introduces highlights from Neneh Cherry at the Titanic Slipways, in Belfast, from 7pm before checking in on sets from Simple Minds, Chvrches, Franz Ferdinand and Wolf Alice. The night finishes with Underworld’s closing set from Belfast at 10pm. SH Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm The final auditions brings one last chance to impress the judges before next week’s much-anticipated live semi-finals, which begin on Monday. SH The Queen’s Lost Cousin Channel 4, 8.00pm First shown in 2015, this documentary tells the story of the Queen’s cousin, Prince William of Gloucester, who died, aged 30, in a plane crash in 1972. There’s notable contribution from Zsuzsi Starkloff, the Hungarian-born, twice divorced former model who was involved in a contentious relationship with William, and although the story remains intriguing, the film veers into cliché. SH Queen Victoria and Her Tragic Family Channel 5, 9.15pm With this second episode the series moves on to the 1860s and the period following the death of Prince Albert at the age of 42. Mired in grief, Queen Victoria began to struggle, as monarch and mother, until a surprising friendship helped her pull through. SH All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.20pm Freddie Flintoff, Fatima Whitbread and Jonnie Peacock are among those subjecting themselves to interrogation by Irish Mammy Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll’s foul-mouthed matriarch) ushers in a new set of guests. Music is by Clean Bandit; the double entendres are all O’Carroll’s own. SH Queen Night Sky Arts, from 6.00pm Sky Arts celebrates the greatest pomp rockers of them all – Queen. First up is Video Killed the Radio Star in which the band looks back at their best videos. Concerts in Rio and Budapest sandwich The Magic Years, a film about how Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon cemented their place as one of the most influential bands ever. Later, there’s more behind the scenes material in Queen: The Phenomenon. SH How the Young Ones Changed Comedy Gold, from 9.30pm It’s hard to imagine just how different The Young Ones was when it arrived in 1982, but this entertaining film does a good job of trying to explain. Featuring Ade Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle, this documentary traces the show’s origins (“Our jokes were terrible,” says Edmondson) to TV history. It’s followed by The Young Ones’ University Challenge parody episode; tomorrow, at 9.30pm, is a countdown of the 20 greatest moments. SH Puss in Boots (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.45pm DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek spin-off follows Puss in Boots’s life before he became the green ogre’s sidekick. With the help of Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), the swashbuckling feline (Antonio Banderas) becomes a hero after saving his town. Like the CGI ogre’s last two films, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, the animation is more impressive than the jokes. Kenny (2017) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm No footballer has combined brilliance on the field and success in management with such a harrowing proximity to calamities. This edifying film explores Kenny Dalglish’s experiences at Ibrox (66 were killed in 1971), Heysel (he was on the pitch for the tragedy of 1985 in which 39 died) and Hillsborough (he was in the dug-out when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground in 1989) and revisits his talent in the No 7 shirt. The Hunter (2011) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 12.30am Willem Dafoe excels as a mercenary hired by biotech company Red Leaf to track down the last remaining Tasmanian tiger in the Australian wilderness, arousing suspicion and hostility as he goes. Posing as a university researcher, he lodges with a family and grows close to them, but Red Leaf want the tiger’s blood at any cost. There’s a gripping moral weight to questions of extinction, survival and profiteering. Sunday 27 May The Handmaid's Tale Imagine… Orhan Pamuk: a Strange Mind BBC One, 10.30pm Although Imagine… covers the panoply of the arts, Alan Yentob always seems most comfortable in the company of authors, which is why this, A Strange Mind, is one of the most rewarding instalments for a while. In being content here to act as audience rather than interrogator, Yentob allows Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk to amble across some fertile intellectual territory. Born into a secular middle-class family, Pamuk dreamt of being an artist or architect, only to turn to writing when he was faced with a likely future of redesigning much of his native Istanbul’s old city (a glance at a sketchbook suggests his talent is far from dormant). The resulting novels, which include Snow and My Name is Red, explore the clashes of ancient and modern, East and West, religious and secular, with a fearlessness that brought Pamuk into conflict with Turkey’s authoritarian government, but also the love of many compatriots. Pamuk is loquacious, generous company and, while this functions well as an autobiographical profile and assessment of his literary achievements, it also does something far harder and more impressive in capturing something of the essence of its subject. GT Countryfile BBC One, 6.30pm As a celebration of 30 years of Countryfile and the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, Matt Baker, Anita Rani and John Craven explore the Royal family’s Windsor Estate. Among the topics are the livestock breeding that has saved one equine breed from extinction and the Queen’s own early experiences here. GT The London Palladium: the Greatest Stage on Earth ITV, 8.00pm Bradley Walsh ropes in some heavyweight talent to pay tribute to the venerable theatre in this one-off special. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Dale, Beverley Knight and Stephen Fry are among those recounting their memories of the place in a lavish affair that is worth watching if only for some gorgeous, little-seen archive footage of Morecambe and Wise. GT A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) turns the screw on Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) as the latter’s profile grows – a decision that can only lead to disaster as Russell T Davies’s wonderful miniseries continues. GT The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm The Colonies are shaken by a new arrival while Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusts to a life in hiding, in a second series of the dystopian drama which, if anything, hits harder than its predecessor. GT The Break with Michelle Wolf Netflix, from today Fresh from her bold but divisive monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she witheringly attacked the Trump administration and humiliated his Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, comedian Michelle Wolf launches a weekly variety series of stand-up and sketch comedy. GT Jonathan Meades on Jargon BBC Four, 10.30pm Arguably the most provocative and stimulating broadcaster around, Jonathan Meades dissects politics and football commentary, among other areas of public life, for insights into how jargon and slang are used to obfuscate and mislead. Its verbal vivacity, driven by an honestly felt fury at the desecration of the English language, is matched by visual intrigue, unlikely juxtapositions and an admirable willingness of the host to send himself up, all ably helmed by Meades’s regular collaborator Francis Hanly. GT The Goonies (1985) ★★★★☆ Universal TV, 3.00pm A cult favourite, this rollicking adventure follows a group of teenage friends from the “Goon Docks” area of Oregon (played by, among others, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) on the hunt for a hoard of pirate treasure. Blocking their path, however, is a family of criminals, the Fratellis. Steven Spielberg dreamed up the story; Chris Columbus (Home Alone) wrote the screenplay. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 10.10pm This lithe adaptation of the second novel from Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) competing once again in a televised fight to the death. But since the last film, Katniss has become an icon of rebellion, and the ruling class wants to bring her down a peg or two. This enormously watchable film blends whip-cracking action, oddball aesthetic and entirely laudable message. The Ides of March (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.35pm George Clooney is the director, co-writer and star of this politically charged thriller about spin, soured idealism and dirty secrets. Mike Morris (Clooney) is a liberal state governor running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Ryan Gosling steals the show as the campaign’s devoted but ambitious press secretary, whose loyalties are tested to the limit. A gripping film that engages and entertains. Monday 28 May King Lear: Anthony Hopkins King Lear BBC Two, 9.30pm Talk about event TV: After making movie magic in Howards End and The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, are reunited in Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, under the direction of Richard Eyre. Plus they have a stellar supporting cast, that includes Jim Broadbent, Emily Watson and Andrew Scott. Eyre sets this version in a fictional modern-day and moves the action between castles and modern locales, such as a rundown shopping precinct, to keep it contemporary. Hopkins is on great form as Lear – his old king seems to be suffering from dementia from the start, making sense of his rashness in disinheriting youngest daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh), of him kissing another, Regan (Watson), full on the lips, and of failing to recognise other loved ones. Eyre has cut the play judiciously and brings an interesting take on Lear – that it’s about flawed parenting – that offers some insight into the behaviour of his children. Ultimately, however, it’s about Lear’s tragedy, not theirs, and Hopkins delivers a barnstorming central performance. Having played the role more than 30 years ago at the National Theatre, he’s truly grown into it. VP Richard Osman’s House of Games BBC Two, 6.00pm Pointless’s scene-stealing sidekick Richard Osman gets his moment to shine as quizmaster of this trivia contest, returning for a five-night run with BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty among those competing. It’s followed by a new series of game show Curious Creatures, hosted by Kate Humble. VP Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 7.30pm Declan Donnelly flies solo as host of the semi-finals, airing nightly up to next weekend’s final. Each evening, eight of the 40 acts will perform again in the hope of becoming one of two promoted to the final by the voting public. The results are at 9.30pm. VP Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm Cute footage of hatchlings and deft presenting by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan provide a winning formula for this three-week wildlife extravaganza. Gillian Burke returns, this time as a roving reporter, with Steve Backshall the first of the guests replacing the much-missed Martin Hughes-Games. VP Peter Kay’s Car Share: The Finale BBC One, 10.00pm Bowing to fan pressure, Peter Kay offers closure with this finale to his charming comedy about supermarket employees sharing the journey to and from work. Laughs and surprises abound on John and Kayleigh’s (Kay and Sian Gibson) last jaunt, but will romance ensue? VP The Vicar of Dibley Gold, 7.40pm Here’s a chance to revisit the last-ever episode of Richard Curtis’s sitcom, which delivers a fairy-tale finale for Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) when she marries Harry (Richard Armitage). Hugh Bonneville makes an amusing cameo as a lovesick vicar in the episode that also showcases French’s chemistry with the late Emma Chambers, who played daft Alice Tinker. VP Nigel Kennedy at the Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 8.30pm The BBC’s music festival welcomes maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy to Coventry’s War Memorial Park. Suzy Klein and Lloyd Coleman present as Kennedy performs his inimitable renditions of Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix with the BBC Concert Orchestra. VP WestWorld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm As part of her master plan, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) appears to be taking control over Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) in this episode of the futuristic drama and his confusion grows. VP Over the Hedge (2006) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25am An endearing animated adventure about a group of forest creatures that, on waking after their winter hibernation, discover humans have moved in next door to them. Apprehension gives way to curiosity and excitement as they discover what the humans have to offer. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell and Avril Lavigne, among others, it’s an enjoyable movie with a message – but avoids getting too preachy. Sing Street (2016) ★★★★☆ Film4, 9.00pm Young love is set to an Eighties beat in this delightful coming-of-age tale. As with all of John Carney’s films (i.e. 2006 hit Once), the message is clear: where there is music, there is hope. The film rattles along to a cracking soundtrack – The Jam, Motörhead, The Cure – as young Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) chaotically tries to put together a band to impress a girl at school. Brideshead Revisited (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25pm In the light of the 1981 TV version of Evelyn Waugh’s novel, you do have to admire the chutzpah of anyone else giving Brideshead a go. Julian Jarrold’s attempt suffers from a desire to force modern conventions upon a story defined by the mores of upper-class interwar Britain. Hayley Atwell and Ben Whishaw are the Flyte siblings, but Catholicism, the tale’s engine, is only pernicious, never seductive. Tuesday 29 May Arrested Development Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland, 11.15pm Few education issues are as contentious in this country as that of grammar schools, with Prime Minister Theresa May among those supporting their return. This thought-provoking three-part documentary focusing on the London borough of Bexley, where each year over 5,000 children sit the selective exam for one of the area’s four grammar schools, could not, therefore, have come at a better time. We hear from both sides of the debate and are shown both the benefits and drawbacks of attending either a grammar or secondary modern school – although, as always, it’s the parents and children who make the most notable contributions. “If you want your child to become better in their future life, it’s good to go to a grammar school,” says one mother, who works long hours for minimum wage and pays £300 a month for a tutor for her daughter. Meanwhile, another, herself the product of a grammar school, despairs of the increasing parental competitiveness. And, for all the film-makers’ admirably even-handed approach, it’s the stress felt by the children that makes the biggest mark, with one youngster noting: “I don’t think grammar school is fair because people are far too young to feel they’ve failed.” SH Emmerdale ITV, 7.00pm Emmerdale confronts the difficult subject of child abuse when Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) opens up about her past in this special flashback episode. Last November a similar technique was used, to great effect, to shed light on her cousin Cain’s experiences. Mica Proctor, in another triumph of casting, plays the young Charity. SH The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s enjoyable family saga comes to a climax with scores settled, decisions made and reconciliations all over the place. It works not least because Morgan never forgets that one person’s happy ending is another’s poisoned chalice, meaning there’s pain amid the laughter. SH The Battle for Britain’s Heroes Channel 4, 9.00pm “Our heroes often have a toxic past,” says Afua Hirsch at the start of this captivating and provocative film. She pulls no punches in her look at the darker side of our history, exploring slavery, racism and colonialism, in a film certain to enrage as many people as it informs. SH 4 Men, 175 Babies: Britain’s Super Sperm Donors Channel 4, 10.00pm This film follows men who donate their sperm for free, via unregulated websites. But why? “Being a sperm donor is like being a Samaritan,” says 61-year-old Clive, who began donating once he retired. SH Arrested Development Netflix, from today For anyone who didn’t watch the patchy fourth series of this popular Emmy-winning comedy about a rich family who lose their wealth, the good news is that you can pick up this new series with no problem. The bad news for those that did watch it is that this opening episode spends ages rehashing past events. Thankfully things do settle down – and become very funny – as we find out what happened after the infamous punch that George Michael (Michael Cera) landed on his father Michael (Jason Bateman). A proper return to form. SH Master of Photography Sky Arts, 8.00pm The international photography contest returns for a third series, with Oliviero Toscani joined on the judging panel by curator Mark Sealy and the New Yorker’s Elisabeth Biondi. Here’s hoping that this series avoids the problems of last year, which saw contestant Souvid Datta accused of plagiarism. SH All Creatures Great and Small (1975) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 12.45pm Simon Ward and a pre-Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins star as Yorkshire vets James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon in this gentle drama set in the Thirties and based on the first two books of British vet Alf Wight (who wrote under the pseudonym of Herriot). The TV series that followed remains most memorable, but there’s warm-hearted performances here too. Operation Petticoat (1959) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.25pm A beguiling Second World War comedy directed by Blake Edwards and starring Cary Grant as a submarine captain with a strict sense of order and a rule-breaking hustler of a first officer (Tony Curtis). The vessel is bombed by the Japanese, but that’s the least of its worries. Five nurses in distress, a goat and a coating of pink paint all pose challenges for the effortlessly funny crew. The Enforcer (1976) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.00pm Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan is teamed up with rookie female partner Kate Moore (Tyne Daly) in this entertaining but ultimately disappointing third chapter of the Dirty Harry series. Together they battle violent eco-terrorists who have kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco (John Crawford) while, between the gun battles, cynical Callahan attempts to come to terms with his own male chauvinism. Wednesday 30 May Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Big Crash Diet Experiment BBC One, 8.00pm Is it time to rethink our attitude to crash dieting? That’s the question posed by tonight’s revealing documentary, which assesses the health impact of this extreme approach to weight loss. Our guide is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, who along with a raft of health professionals, aims to challenge orthodox beliefs about what some see as nutritionally inadequate eating regimes with only short-term benefits. Abdelmoneim persuades four obese volunteers to give up the food that they love and opt for a scary-sounding liquid-only intake of soups and shakes, using scans and blood tests to monitor them over nine weeks. Each of the group has their fair share of weight-related issues. Portly Catholic priest Paul, for example, has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, takeaway fan Rebecca believes that she’s in the grip of a fast-food addiction, and secret binge-eater Yolande already has fatty liver disease. Watching them tackle the programme and shed the pounds is admirable enough, but even more striking is the positive effect that the diet has on their health. In fact, the implications of the results could be a huge money saver for the NHS. TD The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm Dr Chris van Tulleken continues his crusade against the over-medication of children. Tonight, he explores why so many young people are prescribed anti-depressants, and becomes suspicious over the rise in babies diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy. TD Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm “The nearest gay scene for me is Belfast,” says cattle farmer Richard, a problem seeing as he lives a three-hour ferry ride away in remote Dumfries and Galloway. Not to be defeated, Richard invites three potential partners to his farm. TD Carry On Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm More shenanigans from behind the doors of the European Parliament. We meet lone Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, whose staunch pro-Europe stance lands her in trouble with Brexit minister David Davis. TD Miranda Barbour: Serial Killer or Liar? BBC One, 10.45pm; Northern Ireland, 11.40pm; Scotland, 11.45pm; Wales, 11.05pm This gripping true crime documentary charts the case of teenage murderer Miranda Barbour. The young mother admitted killing internet date Troy La Ferarra but later confessed to a further 22 murders as part of a Satanic cult. TD Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix, from today This snappy sitcom about a cult escapee in the big city has proved a delight. A shame, then, that this fourth season is to be its last, with the first six episodes launching today and the remainder to come later this year. Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) new job at a tech start-up proves ripe for nerd-baiting satire. TD Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Presenter Waldemar Januszczak swaps the vastness of the Wild West featured in last week’s episode for the “pulsing, futuristic excitement of the American city”, as his fascinating series on American art continues. He starts out amid the skyscrapers of New York, explaining how the vaulting architecture of the Chrysler Building exemplified the hope and ambition of the burgeoning metropolis. We then move on to the Great Depression, presaged by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton in his restless murals of urban life. TD Great Expectations (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ BBC Two, 12.35pm David Lean’s peerless version of Dickens’s novel is packed with memorable moments, from its opening scenes on the marshes, where Pip first meets the escaped convict Magwitch, to the enduring images of Miss Havisham’s house… not forgetting Pip’s boxing match with Herbert Pocket. John Mills is twice the age of the book’s Pip, but there’s a subtle ingenuousness in his performance. Rebecca (1940, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures TV, 9.00pm One of Hitchcock’s most disconcerting and finest films was adapted from a Daphne du Maurier story, though he departed from the text in many ways. A bride (Joan Fontaine) is haunted by the memory of her husband’s (Laurence Olivier) dead first wife. The excellent cast (Judith Anderson as formidable housekeeper Mrs Danvers is a particular highlight) adds class to this eerily suspenseful treat. Inglourious Basterds (2009) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 10.00pm It wasn’t quite the masterpiece we were told to expect, but Quentin Tarantino’s pastiche of war films and spaghetti westerns is still rollicking good fun and has all the ingredients of a classic Tarantino film. A celebration of vengeance, it’s an audacious take on the Second World War. Christoph Waltz deservedly won an Oscar for his incendiary turn as the “Jew Hunter”. Brad Pitt also stars. Thursday 31 May Humans Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm This third series of the thoughtful British science-fiction drama continues to benefit from a narrowing of focus; the big-name American actors and slightly strained global perspective have gone, but the thematic ambition has been retained. Less wilfully obscure than Sky Atlantic’s Westworld and considerably more affecting, Humans instead keeps a tight focus on emotion and relationships, whether the characters concerned are flesh and blood or gears and circuits. It can be heavy-handed with the allegories, certainly, but it’s never chilling or humourless – and leading synth performers Gemma Chan, Ivanno Jeremiah and Emily Berrington are as uncanny as ever. Mark Bonnar, too, is proving a handy addition to the cast as Neil, Laura’s (a brilliant Katherine Parkinson) professional antagonist and love interest – Bonnar’s history of playing characters with shifting loyalties comes in handy as Neil first opens his heart and then hardens his stance on the Dryden Commission. Mia (Chan), meanwhile, is on a one-synth mission to demonstrate coexistence is possible by moving into a hostile housing estate, and Leo (Colin Morgan) struggles with the realities of being human. GT Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This week begins with chocolate puddings, which means the contestants are challenged to rustle up black forest gateaux and a dessert integrating a root vegetable, then aubergines and tofu take centre stage before the elimination round and an oriental classic. GT Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm Hollings and their “British chophouse classics” square up to an Italian-influenced brand serving fresh pasta from a cheese wheel, as Fred Sireix and a group of high-street investors gauge their potential. GT Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm Now with a Bafta award under its belt, this fine series follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service over the last Saturday night before Christmas. An inevitably busy period is made harder by a major traffic accident in central Birmingham – an incident which puts tremendous mental and physical demands on the crews, documented here with the clarity and honesty we’ve come to expect from the series. GT Great Art ITV, 10.50pm; not STV Tim Marlow takes a tour of the Royal Academy’s sell-out exhibition of the Parisian artist’s portraits, in the process assessing the man’s life, work, and reputation as “the father of modern art”. GT Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This pop cultural landmark, in which punk pioneers Sex Pistols grumbled, swore and generally misbehaved on Bill Grundy’s sleepily complacent regional chat-show, creating a national storm of outrage in the process, arguably received its definitive tribute from Kevin Eldon in 2013. The comedian’s loving reconstruction of the event imagined the Pistols as Amish people and bordered on performance art. Still, this gleefully silly take on the infamous encounter between the jobbing broadcaster (Steve Pemberton) and the Sex Pistols (played by members of the National Youth Theatre) is a lot of fun. GT Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm The eponymous depressed hitman (Bill Hader) tries to go it alone, only to be thwarted by his reckless partner Taylor (Dale Pavinski) and ructions among members of his acting class. GT Billion Dollar Brain (1967) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.00pm Michael Caine returns as the reluctant secret agent Harry Palmer (The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin) in this film from Ken Russell, based on the novels by Len Deighton. Having left the British Secret Service to pursue a career as a private investigator, Palmer stumbles into a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? It’s far-fetched but fun. Johnny Mnemonic (1995) ★★☆☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm Fresh from the rubber-burning success of Speed and four short years before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in this high-concept dystopian adventure as the eponymous anti-hero – a 21st-century courier whose augmented brain is used to transport illicit data – that very nearly ruined his career. It’s adapted by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson from his own story. Munich (2005) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 12.50am Eric Bana stars in Steven Spielberg’s audacious, if lengthy, examination of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Set in 1972, it adroitly tackles the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympics. Bana plays a Mossad agent charged with hunting down the extremists who planned the Munich attack. Some of the rhetoric is clumsy, but the film-makers strive to be politically even-handed. Friday 1 June Tracey Breaks the News: Ullman as Michael Gove Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm After losing her to the USA for 30 years, Tracey Ullman’s return to our shores two years ago has reminded us of her unparalleled talents as an impressionist. She captures the physicality of her famous subjects – Angela Merkel and Judi Dench are standouts – as well as their voices, and hats off to Ullman’s prosthetics teams for her remarkable transformations. After an acting stint in last year’s Howards End, Ullman returns to her comfort zone tonight with a second series of the topical sketch comedy show in which she skewers politicians, mostly – although we’ll also be treated to more of Ben Miller’s scene-stealing Rupert Murdoch, with Ullman as Jerry Hall. Although no preview tape was available due to last-minute filming, Ullman was pictured as Michael Gove in promotional material and has also promised impressions of Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The previous series attracted criticism for weak writing, and some skits do lack bite, but slack should be cut – it’s a notoriously difficult format to pull off. Ullman’s gift for mimicry means she hits the mark often enough for the show to be a welcome bit of light satire to wind up the week. VP Extreme Wales with Richard Parks BBC Two, 7.30pm Tonight’s final episode of Richard Parks’s adventure programme combines extreme sports with lush panoramas of the Welsh landscape. Daredevil Parks takes to the skies on a paramotor – nothing more than a parachute connected to a fan-like motor – to propel him the length of the country. VP The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Fugitive immigrant Taariq Shirazi (Alexander Behrang Keshtkar) makes a desperate bid to flee as the Scandi-noir crime series continues. When Saga (Sofia Helin) and Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) track him down, however, Saga’s inability to tell a lie has serious consequences. VP Friday Night Dinner Channel 4, 10.00pm This sitcom’s family squabbles are more uncomfortably familiar than laugh-out-loud funny in tonight’s penultimate visit to the Goodmans’ home. Writer Robert Popper capitalises on Simon Bird’s musical skills by having his character, Adam, reluctantly play the violin to cheer up Grandma. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.35pm; NI, 11.05pm; Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Jo Brand and Aidan Turner offer their funniest anecdotes tonight. Plus, Liam Payne continues his post-One Direction solo career with a performance his new single, Familiar. VP The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven BBC Four, 9.00pm Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards and Graham Nash are among the luminaries paying tribute to Don and Phil Everly in this 2016 documentary, all of them claiming the brothers as an influence. Surviving sibling Don Everly returns to Iowa to recount the brothers’ first appearances, their pivotal move to Nashville and stardom in the late Fifties. Africa: A Journey into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm So much of the music we listen to has its roots in African music. In this new three-part documentary series, London DJ Rita Ray sets off to explore the continent’s influence. Kicking off her journey in Nigeria, Ray stumbles across impromptu drumming ceremonies in the streets as she explores the importance of rhythm in the country’s music and meets its major players. Future episodes take her to Mali and South Africa. VP Crocodile Dundee (1986) ★★★★☆ Film4, 7.10pm Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), a bushman from northern Australia, is a dab hand at surviving in the Outback. But when he is invited to New York City by Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), a high-class reporter, in this Oscar-nominated comedy drama, he finds life far tougher in the urban jungle. He’s a survivor though: muggers who accost Dundee discover that he has a bigger knife than they do. American Made (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Doug Liman directs Tom Cruise in this lively, madcap real-life tale of pilot, drug smuggler and CIA gun-runner Barry Seal, whose supersonic, if lawless, career path began, according to this script, when he was a bored TWA pilot in 1978 and was approached out of the blue by a CIA handler (Domhnall Gleeson, all greasy persuasion) to conduct reconnaissance flights across the Caribbean. GoodFellas (1990) ★★★★★ ITV4, 10.00pm Martin Scorsese’s Mafia masterpiece, adapted from a non-fiction book, has all the qualities of great cinema: it’s thrilling, it’s provocative, it’s stylish, and it’s got a young Robert De Niro in it. Ray Liotta plays the youngster who longs to be a gangster; De Niro and Joe Pesci are in the Mob. Pesci’s mother, meanwhile, reportedly asked him if he had to swear quite so much – the f-word is used 300 times. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: Unreported World and the BBC's Biggest Weekend
Friday 25 May Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Saturday 26 May Emile Sande performs The Biggest Weekend Live BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four from 6.45pm With Glastonbury taking a year off, music fans still have the chance to get their kicks as the BBC provides room in its schedules for The Biggest Weekend, the largest free festival in Europe. This year’s event is taking place over four days across the UK with venues in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry. So what can eager music fans expect? Things get under way in Swansea, Belfast and Perth, with Coventry joining the party on Sunday. BBC One kicks things off at 6.45pm with highlights from Ed Sheeran’s performance at Singleton Park in Swansea earlier in the day (the busy Sheeran is also playing at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in the evening), then it’s over to BBC Two for Emeli Sande at Scone Palace in Perth and Clean Bandit in Swansea. At 9pm, Greg James introduces Sam Smith’s headline set at Swansea before Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds round off the BBC Two coverage. Over on BBC Four, Lauren Laverne introduces highlights from Neneh Cherry at the Titanic Slipways, in Belfast, from 7pm before checking in on sets from Simple Minds, Chvrches, Franz Ferdinand and Wolf Alice. The night finishes with Underworld’s closing set from Belfast at 10pm. SH Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm The final auditions brings one last chance to impress the judges before next week’s much-anticipated live semi-finals, which begin on Monday. SH The Queen’s Lost Cousin Channel 4, 8.00pm First shown in 2015, this documentary tells the story of the Queen’s cousin, Prince William of Gloucester, who died, aged 30, in a plane crash in 1972. There’s notable contribution from Zsuzsi Starkloff, the Hungarian-born, twice divorced former model who was involved in a contentious relationship with William, and although the story remains intriguing, the film veers into cliché. SH Queen Victoria and Her Tragic Family Channel 5, 9.15pm With this second episode the series moves on to the 1860s and the period following the death of Prince Albert at the age of 42. Mired in grief, Queen Victoria began to struggle, as monarch and mother, until a surprising friendship helped her pull through. SH All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.20pm Freddie Flintoff, Fatima Whitbread and Jonnie Peacock are among those subjecting themselves to interrogation by Irish Mammy Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll’s foul-mouthed matriarch) ushers in a new set of guests. Music is by Clean Bandit; the double entendres are all O’Carroll’s own. SH Queen Night Sky Arts, from 6.00pm Sky Arts celebrates the greatest pomp rockers of them all – Queen. First up is Video Killed the Radio Star in which the band looks back at their best videos. Concerts in Rio and Budapest sandwich The Magic Years, a film about how Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon cemented their place as one of the most influential bands ever. Later, there’s more behind the scenes material in Queen: The Phenomenon. SH How the Young Ones Changed Comedy Gold, from 9.30pm It’s hard to imagine just how different The Young Ones was when it arrived in 1982, but this entertaining film does a good job of trying to explain. Featuring Ade Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle, this documentary traces the show’s origins (“Our jokes were terrible,” says Edmondson) to TV history. It’s followed by The Young Ones’ University Challenge parody episode; tomorrow, at 9.30pm, is a countdown of the 20 greatest moments. SH Puss in Boots (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.45pm DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek spin-off follows Puss in Boots’s life before he became the green ogre’s sidekick. With the help of Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), the swashbuckling feline (Antonio Banderas) becomes a hero after saving his town. Like the CGI ogre’s last two films, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, the animation is more impressive than the jokes. Kenny (2017) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm No footballer has combined brilliance on the field and success in management with such a harrowing proximity to calamities. This edifying film explores Kenny Dalglish’s experiences at Ibrox (66 were killed in 1971), Heysel (he was on the pitch for the tragedy of 1985 in which 39 died) and Hillsborough (he was in the dug-out when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground in 1989) and revisits his talent in the No 7 shirt. The Hunter (2011) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 12.30am Willem Dafoe excels as a mercenary hired by biotech company Red Leaf to track down the last remaining Tasmanian tiger in the Australian wilderness, arousing suspicion and hostility as he goes. Posing as a university researcher, he lodges with a family and grows close to them, but Red Leaf want the tiger’s blood at any cost. There’s a gripping moral weight to questions of extinction, survival and profiteering. Sunday 27 May The Handmaid's Tale Imagine… Orhan Pamuk: a Strange Mind BBC One, 10.30pm Although Imagine… covers the panoply of the arts, Alan Yentob always seems most comfortable in the company of authors, which is why this, A Strange Mind, is one of the most rewarding instalments for a while. In being content here to act as audience rather than interrogator, Yentob allows Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk to amble across some fertile intellectual territory. Born into a secular middle-class family, Pamuk dreamt of being an artist or architect, only to turn to writing when he was faced with a likely future of redesigning much of his native Istanbul’s old city (a glance at a sketchbook suggests his talent is far from dormant). The resulting novels, which include Snow and My Name is Red, explore the clashes of ancient and modern, East and West, religious and secular, with a fearlessness that brought Pamuk into conflict with Turkey’s authoritarian government, but also the love of many compatriots. Pamuk is loquacious, generous company and, while this functions well as an autobiographical profile and assessment of his literary achievements, it also does something far harder and more impressive in capturing something of the essence of its subject. GT Countryfile BBC One, 6.30pm As a celebration of 30 years of Countryfile and the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, Matt Baker, Anita Rani and John Craven explore the Royal family’s Windsor Estate. Among the topics are the livestock breeding that has saved one equine breed from extinction and the Queen’s own early experiences here. GT The London Palladium: the Greatest Stage on Earth ITV, 8.00pm Bradley Walsh ropes in some heavyweight talent to pay tribute to the venerable theatre in this one-off special. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Dale, Beverley Knight and Stephen Fry are among those recounting their memories of the place in a lavish affair that is worth watching if only for some gorgeous, little-seen archive footage of Morecambe and Wise. GT A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) turns the screw on Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) as the latter’s profile grows – a decision that can only lead to disaster as Russell T Davies’s wonderful miniseries continues. GT The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm The Colonies are shaken by a new arrival while Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusts to a life in hiding, in a second series of the dystopian drama which, if anything, hits harder than its predecessor. GT The Break with Michelle Wolf Netflix, from today Fresh from her bold but divisive monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she witheringly attacked the Trump administration and humiliated his Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, comedian Michelle Wolf launches a weekly variety series of stand-up and sketch comedy. GT Jonathan Meades on Jargon BBC Four, 10.30pm Arguably the most provocative and stimulating broadcaster around, Jonathan Meades dissects politics and football commentary, among other areas of public life, for insights into how jargon and slang are used to obfuscate and mislead. Its verbal vivacity, driven by an honestly felt fury at the desecration of the English language, is matched by visual intrigue, unlikely juxtapositions and an admirable willingness of the host to send himself up, all ably helmed by Meades’s regular collaborator Francis Hanly. GT The Goonies (1985) ★★★★☆ Universal TV, 3.00pm A cult favourite, this rollicking adventure follows a group of teenage friends from the “Goon Docks” area of Oregon (played by, among others, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) on the hunt for a hoard of pirate treasure. Blocking their path, however, is a family of criminals, the Fratellis. Steven Spielberg dreamed up the story; Chris Columbus (Home Alone) wrote the screenplay. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 10.10pm This lithe adaptation of the second novel from Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) competing once again in a televised fight to the death. But since the last film, Katniss has become an icon of rebellion, and the ruling class wants to bring her down a peg or two. This enormously watchable film blends whip-cracking action, oddball aesthetic and entirely laudable message. The Ides of March (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.35pm George Clooney is the director, co-writer and star of this politically charged thriller about spin, soured idealism and dirty secrets. Mike Morris (Clooney) is a liberal state governor running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Ryan Gosling steals the show as the campaign’s devoted but ambitious press secretary, whose loyalties are tested to the limit. A gripping film that engages and entertains. Monday 28 May King Lear: Anthony Hopkins King Lear BBC Two, 9.30pm Talk about event TV: After making movie magic in Howards End and The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, are reunited in Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, under the direction of Richard Eyre. Plus they have a stellar supporting cast, that includes Jim Broadbent, Emily Watson and Andrew Scott. Eyre sets this version in a fictional modern-day and moves the action between castles and modern locales, such as a rundown shopping precinct, to keep it contemporary. Hopkins is on great form as Lear – his old king seems to be suffering from dementia from the start, making sense of his rashness in disinheriting youngest daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh), of him kissing another, Regan (Watson), full on the lips, and of failing to recognise other loved ones. Eyre has cut the play judiciously and brings an interesting take on Lear – that it’s about flawed parenting – that offers some insight into the behaviour of his children. Ultimately, however, it’s about Lear’s tragedy, not theirs, and Hopkins delivers a barnstorming central performance. Having played the role more than 30 years ago at the National Theatre, he’s truly grown into it. VP Richard Osman’s House of Games BBC Two, 6.00pm Pointless’s scene-stealing sidekick Richard Osman gets his moment to shine as quizmaster of this trivia contest, returning for a five-night run with BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty among those competing. It’s followed by a new series of game show Curious Creatures, hosted by Kate Humble. VP Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 7.30pm Declan Donnelly flies solo as host of the semi-finals, airing nightly up to next weekend’s final. Each evening, eight of the 40 acts will perform again in the hope of becoming one of two promoted to the final by the voting public. The results are at 9.30pm. VP Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm Cute footage of hatchlings and deft presenting by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan provide a winning formula for this three-week wildlife extravaganza. Gillian Burke returns, this time as a roving reporter, with Steve Backshall the first of the guests replacing the much-missed Martin Hughes-Games. VP Peter Kay’s Car Share: The Finale BBC One, 10.00pm Bowing to fan pressure, Peter Kay offers closure with this finale to his charming comedy about supermarket employees sharing the journey to and from work. Laughs and surprises abound on John and Kayleigh’s (Kay and Sian Gibson) last jaunt, but will romance ensue? VP The Vicar of Dibley Gold, 7.40pm Here’s a chance to revisit the last-ever episode of Richard Curtis’s sitcom, which delivers a fairy-tale finale for Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) when she marries Harry (Richard Armitage). Hugh Bonneville makes an amusing cameo as a lovesick vicar in the episode that also showcases French’s chemistry with the late Emma Chambers, who played daft Alice Tinker. VP Nigel Kennedy at the Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 8.30pm The BBC’s music festival welcomes maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy to Coventry’s War Memorial Park. Suzy Klein and Lloyd Coleman present as Kennedy performs his inimitable renditions of Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix with the BBC Concert Orchestra. VP WestWorld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm As part of her master plan, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) appears to be taking control over Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) in this episode of the futuristic drama and his confusion grows. VP Over the Hedge (2006) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25am An endearing animated adventure about a group of forest creatures that, on waking after their winter hibernation, discover humans have moved in next door to them. Apprehension gives way to curiosity and excitement as they discover what the humans have to offer. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell and Avril Lavigne, among others, it’s an enjoyable movie with a message – but avoids getting too preachy. Sing Street (2016) ★★★★☆ Film4, 9.00pm Young love is set to an Eighties beat in this delightful coming-of-age tale. As with all of John Carney’s films (i.e. 2006 hit Once), the message is clear: where there is music, there is hope. The film rattles along to a cracking soundtrack – The Jam, Motörhead, The Cure – as young Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) chaotically tries to put together a band to impress a girl at school. Brideshead Revisited (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25pm In the light of the 1981 TV version of Evelyn Waugh’s novel, you do have to admire the chutzpah of anyone else giving Brideshead a go. Julian Jarrold’s attempt suffers from a desire to force modern conventions upon a story defined by the mores of upper-class interwar Britain. Hayley Atwell and Ben Whishaw are the Flyte siblings, but Catholicism, the tale’s engine, is only pernicious, never seductive. Tuesday 29 May Arrested Development Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland, 11.15pm Few education issues are as contentious in this country as that of grammar schools, with Prime Minister Theresa May among those supporting their return. This thought-provoking three-part documentary focusing on the London borough of Bexley, where each year over 5,000 children sit the selective exam for one of the area’s four grammar schools, could not, therefore, have come at a better time. We hear from both sides of the debate and are shown both the benefits and drawbacks of attending either a grammar or secondary modern school – although, as always, it’s the parents and children who make the most notable contributions. “If you want your child to become better in their future life, it’s good to go to a grammar school,” says one mother, who works long hours for minimum wage and pays £300 a month for a tutor for her daughter. Meanwhile, another, herself the product of a grammar school, despairs of the increasing parental competitiveness. And, for all the film-makers’ admirably even-handed approach, it’s the stress felt by the children that makes the biggest mark, with one youngster noting: “I don’t think grammar school is fair because people are far too young to feel they’ve failed.” SH Emmerdale ITV, 7.00pm Emmerdale confronts the difficult subject of child abuse when Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) opens up about her past in this special flashback episode. Last November a similar technique was used, to great effect, to shed light on her cousin Cain’s experiences. Mica Proctor, in another triumph of casting, plays the young Charity. SH The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s enjoyable family saga comes to a climax with scores settled, decisions made and reconciliations all over the place. It works not least because Morgan never forgets that one person’s happy ending is another’s poisoned chalice, meaning there’s pain amid the laughter. SH The Battle for Britain’s Heroes Channel 4, 9.00pm “Our heroes often have a toxic past,” says Afua Hirsch at the start of this captivating and provocative film. She pulls no punches in her look at the darker side of our history, exploring slavery, racism and colonialism, in a film certain to enrage as many people as it informs. SH 4 Men, 175 Babies: Britain’s Super Sperm Donors Channel 4, 10.00pm This film follows men who donate their sperm for free, via unregulated websites. But why? “Being a sperm donor is like being a Samaritan,” says 61-year-old Clive, who began donating once he retired. SH Arrested Development Netflix, from today For anyone who didn’t watch the patchy fourth series of this popular Emmy-winning comedy about a rich family who lose their wealth, the good news is that you can pick up this new series with no problem. The bad news for those that did watch it is that this opening episode spends ages rehashing past events. Thankfully things do settle down – and become very funny – as we find out what happened after the infamous punch that George Michael (Michael Cera) landed on his father Michael (Jason Bateman). A proper return to form. SH Master of Photography Sky Arts, 8.00pm The international photography contest returns for a third series, with Oliviero Toscani joined on the judging panel by curator Mark Sealy and the New Yorker’s Elisabeth Biondi. Here’s hoping that this series avoids the problems of last year, which saw contestant Souvid Datta accused of plagiarism. SH All Creatures Great and Small (1975) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 12.45pm Simon Ward and a pre-Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins star as Yorkshire vets James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon in this gentle drama set in the Thirties and based on the first two books of British vet Alf Wight (who wrote under the pseudonym of Herriot). The TV series that followed remains most memorable, but there’s warm-hearted performances here too. Operation Petticoat (1959) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.25pm A beguiling Second World War comedy directed by Blake Edwards and starring Cary Grant as a submarine captain with a strict sense of order and a rule-breaking hustler of a first officer (Tony Curtis). The vessel is bombed by the Japanese, but that’s the least of its worries. Five nurses in distress, a goat and a coating of pink paint all pose challenges for the effortlessly funny crew. The Enforcer (1976) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.00pm Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan is teamed up with rookie female partner Kate Moore (Tyne Daly) in this entertaining but ultimately disappointing third chapter of the Dirty Harry series. Together they battle violent eco-terrorists who have kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco (John Crawford) while, between the gun battles, cynical Callahan attempts to come to terms with his own male chauvinism. Wednesday 30 May Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Big Crash Diet Experiment BBC One, 8.00pm Is it time to rethink our attitude to crash dieting? That’s the question posed by tonight’s revealing documentary, which assesses the health impact of this extreme approach to weight loss. Our guide is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, who along with a raft of health professionals, aims to challenge orthodox beliefs about what some see as nutritionally inadequate eating regimes with only short-term benefits. Abdelmoneim persuades four obese volunteers to give up the food that they love and opt for a scary-sounding liquid-only intake of soups and shakes, using scans and blood tests to monitor them over nine weeks. Each of the group has their fair share of weight-related issues. Portly Catholic priest Paul, for example, has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, takeaway fan Rebecca believes that she’s in the grip of a fast-food addiction, and secret binge-eater Yolande already has fatty liver disease. Watching them tackle the programme and shed the pounds is admirable enough, but even more striking is the positive effect that the diet has on their health. In fact, the implications of the results could be a huge money saver for the NHS. TD The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm Dr Chris van Tulleken continues his crusade against the over-medication of children. Tonight, he explores why so many young people are prescribed anti-depressants, and becomes suspicious over the rise in babies diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy. TD Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm “The nearest gay scene for me is Belfast,” says cattle farmer Richard, a problem seeing as he lives a three-hour ferry ride away in remote Dumfries and Galloway. Not to be defeated, Richard invites three potential partners to his farm. TD Carry On Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm More shenanigans from behind the doors of the European Parliament. We meet lone Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, whose staunch pro-Europe stance lands her in trouble with Brexit minister David Davis. TD Miranda Barbour: Serial Killer or Liar? BBC One, 10.45pm; Northern Ireland, 11.40pm; Scotland, 11.45pm; Wales, 11.05pm This gripping true crime documentary charts the case of teenage murderer Miranda Barbour. The young mother admitted killing internet date Troy La Ferarra but later confessed to a further 22 murders as part of a Satanic cult. TD Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix, from today This snappy sitcom about a cult escapee in the big city has proved a delight. A shame, then, that this fourth season is to be its last, with the first six episodes launching today and the remainder to come later this year. Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) new job at a tech start-up proves ripe for nerd-baiting satire. TD Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Presenter Waldemar Januszczak swaps the vastness of the Wild West featured in last week’s episode for the “pulsing, futuristic excitement of the American city”, as his fascinating series on American art continues. He starts out amid the skyscrapers of New York, explaining how the vaulting architecture of the Chrysler Building exemplified the hope and ambition of the burgeoning metropolis. We then move on to the Great Depression, presaged by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton in his restless murals of urban life. TD Great Expectations (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ BBC Two, 12.35pm David Lean’s peerless version of Dickens’s novel is packed with memorable moments, from its opening scenes on the marshes, where Pip first meets the escaped convict Magwitch, to the enduring images of Miss Havisham’s house… not forgetting Pip’s boxing match with Herbert Pocket. John Mills is twice the age of the book’s Pip, but there’s a subtle ingenuousness in his performance. Rebecca (1940, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures TV, 9.00pm One of Hitchcock’s most disconcerting and finest films was adapted from a Daphne du Maurier story, though he departed from the text in many ways. A bride (Joan Fontaine) is haunted by the memory of her husband’s (Laurence Olivier) dead first wife. The excellent cast (Judith Anderson as formidable housekeeper Mrs Danvers is a particular highlight) adds class to this eerily suspenseful treat. Inglourious Basterds (2009) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 10.00pm It wasn’t quite the masterpiece we were told to expect, but Quentin Tarantino’s pastiche of war films and spaghetti westerns is still rollicking good fun and has all the ingredients of a classic Tarantino film. A celebration of vengeance, it’s an audacious take on the Second World War. Christoph Waltz deservedly won an Oscar for his incendiary turn as the “Jew Hunter”. Brad Pitt also stars. Thursday 31 May Humans Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm This third series of the thoughtful British science-fiction drama continues to benefit from a narrowing of focus; the big-name American actors and slightly strained global perspective have gone, but the thematic ambition has been retained. Less wilfully obscure than Sky Atlantic’s Westworld and considerably more affecting, Humans instead keeps a tight focus on emotion and relationships, whether the characters concerned are flesh and blood or gears and circuits. It can be heavy-handed with the allegories, certainly, but it’s never chilling or humourless – and leading synth performers Gemma Chan, Ivanno Jeremiah and Emily Berrington are as uncanny as ever. Mark Bonnar, too, is proving a handy addition to the cast as Neil, Laura’s (a brilliant Katherine Parkinson) professional antagonist and love interest – Bonnar’s history of playing characters with shifting loyalties comes in handy as Neil first opens his heart and then hardens his stance on the Dryden Commission. Mia (Chan), meanwhile, is on a one-synth mission to demonstrate coexistence is possible by moving into a hostile housing estate, and Leo (Colin Morgan) struggles with the realities of being human. GT Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This week begins with chocolate puddings, which means the contestants are challenged to rustle up black forest gateaux and a dessert integrating a root vegetable, then aubergines and tofu take centre stage before the elimination round and an oriental classic. GT Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm Hollings and their “British chophouse classics” square up to an Italian-influenced brand serving fresh pasta from a cheese wheel, as Fred Sireix and a group of high-street investors gauge their potential. GT Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm Now with a Bafta award under its belt, this fine series follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service over the last Saturday night before Christmas. An inevitably busy period is made harder by a major traffic accident in central Birmingham – an incident which puts tremendous mental and physical demands on the crews, documented here with the clarity and honesty we’ve come to expect from the series. GT Great Art ITV, 10.50pm; not STV Tim Marlow takes a tour of the Royal Academy’s sell-out exhibition of the Parisian artist’s portraits, in the process assessing the man’s life, work, and reputation as “the father of modern art”. GT Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This pop cultural landmark, in which punk pioneers Sex Pistols grumbled, swore and generally misbehaved on Bill Grundy’s sleepily complacent regional chat-show, creating a national storm of outrage in the process, arguably received its definitive tribute from Kevin Eldon in 2013. The comedian’s loving reconstruction of the event imagined the Pistols as Amish people and bordered on performance art. Still, this gleefully silly take on the infamous encounter between the jobbing broadcaster (Steve Pemberton) and the Sex Pistols (played by members of the National Youth Theatre) is a lot of fun. GT Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm The eponymous depressed hitman (Bill Hader) tries to go it alone, only to be thwarted by his reckless partner Taylor (Dale Pavinski) and ructions among members of his acting class. GT Billion Dollar Brain (1967) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.00pm Michael Caine returns as the reluctant secret agent Harry Palmer (The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin) in this film from Ken Russell, based on the novels by Len Deighton. Having left the British Secret Service to pursue a career as a private investigator, Palmer stumbles into a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? It’s far-fetched but fun. Johnny Mnemonic (1995) ★★☆☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm Fresh from the rubber-burning success of Speed and four short years before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in this high-concept dystopian adventure as the eponymous anti-hero – a 21st-century courier whose augmented brain is used to transport illicit data – that very nearly ruined his career. It’s adapted by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson from his own story. Munich (2005) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 12.50am Eric Bana stars in Steven Spielberg’s audacious, if lengthy, examination of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Set in 1972, it adroitly tackles the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympics. Bana plays a Mossad agent charged with hunting down the extremists who planned the Munich attack. Some of the rhetoric is clumsy, but the film-makers strive to be politically even-handed. Friday 1 June Tracey Breaks the News: Ullman as Michael Gove Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm After losing her to the USA for 30 years, Tracey Ullman’s return to our shores two years ago has reminded us of her unparalleled talents as an impressionist. She captures the physicality of her famous subjects – Angela Merkel and Judi Dench are standouts – as well as their voices, and hats off to Ullman’s prosthetics teams for her remarkable transformations. After an acting stint in last year’s Howards End, Ullman returns to her comfort zone tonight with a second series of the topical sketch comedy show in which she skewers politicians, mostly – although we’ll also be treated to more of Ben Miller’s scene-stealing Rupert Murdoch, with Ullman as Jerry Hall. Although no preview tape was available due to last-minute filming, Ullman was pictured as Michael Gove in promotional material and has also promised impressions of Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The previous series attracted criticism for weak writing, and some skits do lack bite, but slack should be cut – it’s a notoriously difficult format to pull off. Ullman’s gift for mimicry means she hits the mark often enough for the show to be a welcome bit of light satire to wind up the week. VP Extreme Wales with Richard Parks BBC Two, 7.30pm Tonight’s final episode of Richard Parks’s adventure programme combines extreme sports with lush panoramas of the Welsh landscape. Daredevil Parks takes to the skies on a paramotor – nothing more than a parachute connected to a fan-like motor – to propel him the length of the country. VP The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Fugitive immigrant Taariq Shirazi (Alexander Behrang Keshtkar) makes a desperate bid to flee as the Scandi-noir crime series continues. When Saga (Sofia Helin) and Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) track him down, however, Saga’s inability to tell a lie has serious consequences. VP Friday Night Dinner Channel 4, 10.00pm This sitcom’s family squabbles are more uncomfortably familiar than laugh-out-loud funny in tonight’s penultimate visit to the Goodmans’ home. Writer Robert Popper capitalises on Simon Bird’s musical skills by having his character, Adam, reluctantly play the violin to cheer up Grandma. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.35pm; NI, 11.05pm; Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Jo Brand and Aidan Turner offer their funniest anecdotes tonight. Plus, Liam Payne continues his post-One Direction solo career with a performance his new single, Familiar. VP The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven BBC Four, 9.00pm Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards and Graham Nash are among the luminaries paying tribute to Don and Phil Everly in this 2016 documentary, all of them claiming the brothers as an influence. Surviving sibling Don Everly returns to Iowa to recount the brothers’ first appearances, their pivotal move to Nashville and stardom in the late Fifties. Africa: A Journey into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm So much of the music we listen to has its roots in African music. In this new three-part documentary series, London DJ Rita Ray sets off to explore the continent’s influence. Kicking off her journey in Nigeria, Ray stumbles across impromptu drumming ceremonies in the streets as she explores the importance of rhythm in the country’s music and meets its major players. Future episodes take her to Mali and South Africa. VP Crocodile Dundee (1986) ★★★★☆ Film4, 7.10pm Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), a bushman from northern Australia, is a dab hand at surviving in the Outback. But when he is invited to New York City by Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), a high-class reporter, in this Oscar-nominated comedy drama, he finds life far tougher in the urban jungle. He’s a survivor though: muggers who accost Dundee discover that he has a bigger knife than they do. American Made (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Doug Liman directs Tom Cruise in this lively, madcap real-life tale of pilot, drug smuggler and CIA gun-runner Barry Seal, whose supersonic, if lawless, career path began, according to this script, when he was a bored TWA pilot in 1978 and was approached out of the blue by a CIA handler (Domhnall Gleeson, all greasy persuasion) to conduct reconnaissance flights across the Caribbean. GoodFellas (1990) ★★★★★ ITV4, 10.00pm Martin Scorsese’s Mafia masterpiece, adapted from a non-fiction book, has all the qualities of great cinema: it’s thrilling, it’s provocative, it’s stylish, and it’s got a young Robert De Niro in it. Ray Liotta plays the youngster who longs to be a gangster; De Niro and Joe Pesci are in the Mob. Pesci’s mother, meanwhile, reportedly asked him if he had to swear quite so much – the f-word is used 300 times. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Friday 25 May Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Saturday 26 May Emile Sande performs The Biggest Weekend Live BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four from 6.45pm With Glastonbury taking a year off, music fans still have the chance to get their kicks as the BBC provides room in its schedules for The Biggest Weekend, the largest free festival in Europe. This year’s event is taking place over four days across the UK with venues in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry. So what can eager music fans expect? Things get under way in Swansea, Belfast and Perth, with Coventry joining the party on Sunday. BBC One kicks things off at 6.45pm with highlights from Ed Sheeran’s performance at Singleton Park in Swansea earlier in the day (the busy Sheeran is also playing at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in the evening), then it’s over to BBC Two for Emeli Sande at Scone Palace in Perth and Clean Bandit in Swansea. At 9pm, Greg James introduces Sam Smith’s headline set at Swansea before Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds round off the BBC Two coverage. Over on BBC Four, Lauren Laverne introduces highlights from Neneh Cherry at the Titanic Slipways, in Belfast, from 7pm before checking in on sets from Simple Minds, Chvrches, Franz Ferdinand and Wolf Alice. The night finishes with Underworld’s closing set from Belfast at 10pm. SH Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm The final auditions brings one last chance to impress the judges before next week’s much-anticipated live semi-finals, which begin on Monday. SH The Queen’s Lost Cousin Channel 4, 8.00pm First shown in 2015, this documentary tells the story of the Queen’s cousin, Prince William of Gloucester, who died, aged 30, in a plane crash in 1972. There’s notable contribution from Zsuzsi Starkloff, the Hungarian-born, twice divorced former model who was involved in a contentious relationship with William, and although the story remains intriguing, the film veers into cliché. SH Queen Victoria and Her Tragic Family Channel 5, 9.15pm With this second episode the series moves on to the 1860s and the period following the death of Prince Albert at the age of 42. Mired in grief, Queen Victoria began to struggle, as monarch and mother, until a surprising friendship helped her pull through. SH All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.20pm Freddie Flintoff, Fatima Whitbread and Jonnie Peacock are among those subjecting themselves to interrogation by Irish Mammy Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll’s foul-mouthed matriarch) ushers in a new set of guests. Music is by Clean Bandit; the double entendres are all O’Carroll’s own. SH Queen Night Sky Arts, from 6.00pm Sky Arts celebrates the greatest pomp rockers of them all – Queen. First up is Video Killed the Radio Star in which the band looks back at their best videos. Concerts in Rio and Budapest sandwich The Magic Years, a film about how Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon cemented their place as one of the most influential bands ever. Later, there’s more behind the scenes material in Queen: The Phenomenon. SH How the Young Ones Changed Comedy Gold, from 9.30pm It’s hard to imagine just how different The Young Ones was when it arrived in 1982, but this entertaining film does a good job of trying to explain. Featuring Ade Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle, this documentary traces the show’s origins (“Our jokes were terrible,” says Edmondson) to TV history. It’s followed by The Young Ones’ University Challenge parody episode; tomorrow, at 9.30pm, is a countdown of the 20 greatest moments. SH Puss in Boots (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.45pm DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek spin-off follows Puss in Boots’s life before he became the green ogre’s sidekick. With the help of Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), the swashbuckling feline (Antonio Banderas) becomes a hero after saving his town. Like the CGI ogre’s last two films, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, the animation is more impressive than the jokes. Kenny (2017) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm No footballer has combined brilliance on the field and success in management with such a harrowing proximity to calamities. This edifying film explores Kenny Dalglish’s experiences at Ibrox (66 were killed in 1971), Heysel (he was on the pitch for the tragedy of 1985 in which 39 died) and Hillsborough (he was in the dug-out when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground in 1989) and revisits his talent in the No 7 shirt. The Hunter (2011) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 12.30am Willem Dafoe excels as a mercenary hired by biotech company Red Leaf to track down the last remaining Tasmanian tiger in the Australian wilderness, arousing suspicion and hostility as he goes. Posing as a university researcher, he lodges with a family and grows close to them, but Red Leaf want the tiger’s blood at any cost. There’s a gripping moral weight to questions of extinction, survival and profiteering. Sunday 27 May The Handmaid's Tale Imagine… Orhan Pamuk: a Strange Mind BBC One, 10.30pm Although Imagine… covers the panoply of the arts, Alan Yentob always seems most comfortable in the company of authors, which is why this, A Strange Mind, is one of the most rewarding instalments for a while. In being content here to act as audience rather than interrogator, Yentob allows Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk to amble across some fertile intellectual territory. Born into a secular middle-class family, Pamuk dreamt of being an artist or architect, only to turn to writing when he was faced with a likely future of redesigning much of his native Istanbul’s old city (a glance at a sketchbook suggests his talent is far from dormant). The resulting novels, which include Snow and My Name is Red, explore the clashes of ancient and modern, East and West, religious and secular, with a fearlessness that brought Pamuk into conflict with Turkey’s authoritarian government, but also the love of many compatriots. Pamuk is loquacious, generous company and, while this functions well as an autobiographical profile and assessment of his literary achievements, it also does something far harder and more impressive in capturing something of the essence of its subject. GT Countryfile BBC One, 6.30pm As a celebration of 30 years of Countryfile and the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, Matt Baker, Anita Rani and John Craven explore the Royal family’s Windsor Estate. Among the topics are the livestock breeding that has saved one equine breed from extinction and the Queen’s own early experiences here. GT The London Palladium: the Greatest Stage on Earth ITV, 8.00pm Bradley Walsh ropes in some heavyweight talent to pay tribute to the venerable theatre in this one-off special. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Dale, Beverley Knight and Stephen Fry are among those recounting their memories of the place in a lavish affair that is worth watching if only for some gorgeous, little-seen archive footage of Morecambe and Wise. GT A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) turns the screw on Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) as the latter’s profile grows – a decision that can only lead to disaster as Russell T Davies’s wonderful miniseries continues. GT The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm The Colonies are shaken by a new arrival while Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusts to a life in hiding, in a second series of the dystopian drama which, if anything, hits harder than its predecessor. GT The Break with Michelle Wolf Netflix, from today Fresh from her bold but divisive monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she witheringly attacked the Trump administration and humiliated his Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, comedian Michelle Wolf launches a weekly variety series of stand-up and sketch comedy. GT Jonathan Meades on Jargon BBC Four, 10.30pm Arguably the most provocative and stimulating broadcaster around, Jonathan Meades dissects politics and football commentary, among other areas of public life, for insights into how jargon and slang are used to obfuscate and mislead. Its verbal vivacity, driven by an honestly felt fury at the desecration of the English language, is matched by visual intrigue, unlikely juxtapositions and an admirable willingness of the host to send himself up, all ably helmed by Meades’s regular collaborator Francis Hanly. GT The Goonies (1985) ★★★★☆ Universal TV, 3.00pm A cult favourite, this rollicking adventure follows a group of teenage friends from the “Goon Docks” area of Oregon (played by, among others, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) on the hunt for a hoard of pirate treasure. Blocking their path, however, is a family of criminals, the Fratellis. Steven Spielberg dreamed up the story; Chris Columbus (Home Alone) wrote the screenplay. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 10.10pm This lithe adaptation of the second novel from Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) competing once again in a televised fight to the death. But since the last film, Katniss has become an icon of rebellion, and the ruling class wants to bring her down a peg or two. This enormously watchable film blends whip-cracking action, oddball aesthetic and entirely laudable message. The Ides of March (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.35pm George Clooney is the director, co-writer and star of this politically charged thriller about spin, soured idealism and dirty secrets. Mike Morris (Clooney) is a liberal state governor running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Ryan Gosling steals the show as the campaign’s devoted but ambitious press secretary, whose loyalties are tested to the limit. A gripping film that engages and entertains. Monday 28 May King Lear: Anthony Hopkins King Lear BBC Two, 9.30pm Talk about event TV: After making movie magic in Howards End and The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, are reunited in Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, under the direction of Richard Eyre. Plus they have a stellar supporting cast, that includes Jim Broadbent, Emily Watson and Andrew Scott. Eyre sets this version in a fictional modern-day and moves the action between castles and modern locales, such as a rundown shopping precinct, to keep it contemporary. Hopkins is on great form as Lear – his old king seems to be suffering from dementia from the start, making sense of his rashness in disinheriting youngest daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh), of him kissing another, Regan (Watson), full on the lips, and of failing to recognise other loved ones. Eyre has cut the play judiciously and brings an interesting take on Lear – that it’s about flawed parenting – that offers some insight into the behaviour of his children. Ultimately, however, it’s about Lear’s tragedy, not theirs, and Hopkins delivers a barnstorming central performance. Having played the role more than 30 years ago at the National Theatre, he’s truly grown into it. VP Richard Osman’s House of Games BBC Two, 6.00pm Pointless’s scene-stealing sidekick Richard Osman gets his moment to shine as quizmaster of this trivia contest, returning for a five-night run with BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty among those competing. It’s followed by a new series of game show Curious Creatures, hosted by Kate Humble. VP Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 7.30pm Declan Donnelly flies solo as host of the semi-finals, airing nightly up to next weekend’s final. Each evening, eight of the 40 acts will perform again in the hope of becoming one of two promoted to the final by the voting public. The results are at 9.30pm. VP Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm Cute footage of hatchlings and deft presenting by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan provide a winning formula for this three-week wildlife extravaganza. Gillian Burke returns, this time as a roving reporter, with Steve Backshall the first of the guests replacing the much-missed Martin Hughes-Games. VP Peter Kay’s Car Share: The Finale BBC One, 10.00pm Bowing to fan pressure, Peter Kay offers closure with this finale to his charming comedy about supermarket employees sharing the journey to and from work. Laughs and surprises abound on John and Kayleigh’s (Kay and Sian Gibson) last jaunt, but will romance ensue? VP The Vicar of Dibley Gold, 7.40pm Here’s a chance to revisit the last-ever episode of Richard Curtis’s sitcom, which delivers a fairy-tale finale for Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) when she marries Harry (Richard Armitage). Hugh Bonneville makes an amusing cameo as a lovesick vicar in the episode that also showcases French’s chemistry with the late Emma Chambers, who played daft Alice Tinker. VP Nigel Kennedy at the Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 8.30pm The BBC’s music festival welcomes maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy to Coventry’s War Memorial Park. Suzy Klein and Lloyd Coleman present as Kennedy performs his inimitable renditions of Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix with the BBC Concert Orchestra. VP WestWorld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm As part of her master plan, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) appears to be taking control over Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) in this episode of the futuristic drama and his confusion grows. VP Over the Hedge (2006) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25am An endearing animated adventure about a group of forest creatures that, on waking after their winter hibernation, discover humans have moved in next door to them. Apprehension gives way to curiosity and excitement as they discover what the humans have to offer. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell and Avril Lavigne, among others, it’s an enjoyable movie with a message – but avoids getting too preachy. Sing Street (2016) ★★★★☆ Film4, 9.00pm Young love is set to an Eighties beat in this delightful coming-of-age tale. As with all of John Carney’s films (i.e. 2006 hit Once), the message is clear: where there is music, there is hope. The film rattles along to a cracking soundtrack – The Jam, Motörhead, The Cure – as young Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) chaotically tries to put together a band to impress a girl at school. Brideshead Revisited (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25pm In the light of the 1981 TV version of Evelyn Waugh’s novel, you do have to admire the chutzpah of anyone else giving Brideshead a go. Julian Jarrold’s attempt suffers from a desire to force modern conventions upon a story defined by the mores of upper-class interwar Britain. Hayley Atwell and Ben Whishaw are the Flyte siblings, but Catholicism, the tale’s engine, is only pernicious, never seductive. Tuesday 29 May Arrested Development Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland, 11.15pm Few education issues are as contentious in this country as that of grammar schools, with Prime Minister Theresa May among those supporting their return. This thought-provoking three-part documentary focusing on the London borough of Bexley, where each year over 5,000 children sit the selective exam for one of the area’s four grammar schools, could not, therefore, have come at a better time. We hear from both sides of the debate and are shown both the benefits and drawbacks of attending either a grammar or secondary modern school – although, as always, it’s the parents and children who make the most notable contributions. “If you want your child to become better in their future life, it’s good to go to a grammar school,” says one mother, who works long hours for minimum wage and pays £300 a month for a tutor for her daughter. Meanwhile, another, herself the product of a grammar school, despairs of the increasing parental competitiveness. And, for all the film-makers’ admirably even-handed approach, it’s the stress felt by the children that makes the biggest mark, with one youngster noting: “I don’t think grammar school is fair because people are far too young to feel they’ve failed.” SH Emmerdale ITV, 7.00pm Emmerdale confronts the difficult subject of child abuse when Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) opens up about her past in this special flashback episode. Last November a similar technique was used, to great effect, to shed light on her cousin Cain’s experiences. Mica Proctor, in another triumph of casting, plays the young Charity. SH The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s enjoyable family saga comes to a climax with scores settled, decisions made and reconciliations all over the place. It works not least because Morgan never forgets that one person’s happy ending is another’s poisoned chalice, meaning there’s pain amid the laughter. SH The Battle for Britain’s Heroes Channel 4, 9.00pm “Our heroes often have a toxic past,” says Afua Hirsch at the start of this captivating and provocative film. She pulls no punches in her look at the darker side of our history, exploring slavery, racism and colonialism, in a film certain to enrage as many people as it informs. SH 4 Men, 175 Babies: Britain’s Super Sperm Donors Channel 4, 10.00pm This film follows men who donate their sperm for free, via unregulated websites. But why? “Being a sperm donor is like being a Samaritan,” says 61-year-old Clive, who began donating once he retired. SH Arrested Development Netflix, from today For anyone who didn’t watch the patchy fourth series of this popular Emmy-winning comedy about a rich family who lose their wealth, the good news is that you can pick up this new series with no problem. The bad news for those that did watch it is that this opening episode spends ages rehashing past events. Thankfully things do settle down – and become very funny – as we find out what happened after the infamous punch that George Michael (Michael Cera) landed on his father Michael (Jason Bateman). A proper return to form. SH Master of Photography Sky Arts, 8.00pm The international photography contest returns for a third series, with Oliviero Toscani joined on the judging panel by curator Mark Sealy and the New Yorker’s Elisabeth Biondi. Here’s hoping that this series avoids the problems of last year, which saw contestant Souvid Datta accused of plagiarism. SH All Creatures Great and Small (1975) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 12.45pm Simon Ward and a pre-Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins star as Yorkshire vets James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon in this gentle drama set in the Thirties and based on the first two books of British vet Alf Wight (who wrote under the pseudonym of Herriot). The TV series that followed remains most memorable, but there’s warm-hearted performances here too. Operation Petticoat (1959) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.25pm A beguiling Second World War comedy directed by Blake Edwards and starring Cary Grant as a submarine captain with a strict sense of order and a rule-breaking hustler of a first officer (Tony Curtis). The vessel is bombed by the Japanese, but that’s the least of its worries. Five nurses in distress, a goat and a coating of pink paint all pose challenges for the effortlessly funny crew. The Enforcer (1976) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.00pm Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan is teamed up with rookie female partner Kate Moore (Tyne Daly) in this entertaining but ultimately disappointing third chapter of the Dirty Harry series. Together they battle violent eco-terrorists who have kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco (John Crawford) while, between the gun battles, cynical Callahan attempts to come to terms with his own male chauvinism. Wednesday 30 May Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Big Crash Diet Experiment BBC One, 8.00pm Is it time to rethink our attitude to crash dieting? That’s the question posed by tonight’s revealing documentary, which assesses the health impact of this extreme approach to weight loss. Our guide is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, who along with a raft of health professionals, aims to challenge orthodox beliefs about what some see as nutritionally inadequate eating regimes with only short-term benefits. Abdelmoneim persuades four obese volunteers to give up the food that they love and opt for a scary-sounding liquid-only intake of soups and shakes, using scans and blood tests to monitor them over nine weeks. Each of the group has their fair share of weight-related issues. Portly Catholic priest Paul, for example, has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, takeaway fan Rebecca believes that she’s in the grip of a fast-food addiction, and secret binge-eater Yolande already has fatty liver disease. Watching them tackle the programme and shed the pounds is admirable enough, but even more striking is the positive effect that the diet has on their health. In fact, the implications of the results could be a huge money saver for the NHS. TD The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm Dr Chris van Tulleken continues his crusade against the over-medication of children. Tonight, he explores why so many young people are prescribed anti-depressants, and becomes suspicious over the rise in babies diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy. TD Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm “The nearest gay scene for me is Belfast,” says cattle farmer Richard, a problem seeing as he lives a three-hour ferry ride away in remote Dumfries and Galloway. Not to be defeated, Richard invites three potential partners to his farm. TD Carry On Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm More shenanigans from behind the doors of the European Parliament. We meet lone Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, whose staunch pro-Europe stance lands her in trouble with Brexit minister David Davis. TD Miranda Barbour: Serial Killer or Liar? BBC One, 10.45pm; Northern Ireland, 11.40pm; Scotland, 11.45pm; Wales, 11.05pm This gripping true crime documentary charts the case of teenage murderer Miranda Barbour. The young mother admitted killing internet date Troy La Ferarra but later confessed to a further 22 murders as part of a Satanic cult. TD Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix, from today This snappy sitcom about a cult escapee in the big city has proved a delight. A shame, then, that this fourth season is to be its last, with the first six episodes launching today and the remainder to come later this year. Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) new job at a tech start-up proves ripe for nerd-baiting satire. TD Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Presenter Waldemar Januszczak swaps the vastness of the Wild West featured in last week’s episode for the “pulsing, futuristic excitement of the American city”, as his fascinating series on American art continues. He starts out amid the skyscrapers of New York, explaining how the vaulting architecture of the Chrysler Building exemplified the hope and ambition of the burgeoning metropolis. We then move on to the Great Depression, presaged by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton in his restless murals of urban life. TD Great Expectations (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ BBC Two, 12.35pm David Lean’s peerless version of Dickens’s novel is packed with memorable moments, from its opening scenes on the marshes, where Pip first meets the escaped convict Magwitch, to the enduring images of Miss Havisham’s house… not forgetting Pip’s boxing match with Herbert Pocket. John Mills is twice the age of the book’s Pip, but there’s a subtle ingenuousness in his performance. Rebecca (1940, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures TV, 9.00pm One of Hitchcock’s most disconcerting and finest films was adapted from a Daphne du Maurier story, though he departed from the text in many ways. A bride (Joan Fontaine) is haunted by the memory of her husband’s (Laurence Olivier) dead first wife. The excellent cast (Judith Anderson as formidable housekeeper Mrs Danvers is a particular highlight) adds class to this eerily suspenseful treat. Inglourious Basterds (2009) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 10.00pm It wasn’t quite the masterpiece we were told to expect, but Quentin Tarantino’s pastiche of war films and spaghetti westerns is still rollicking good fun and has all the ingredients of a classic Tarantino film. A celebration of vengeance, it’s an audacious take on the Second World War. Christoph Waltz deservedly won an Oscar for his incendiary turn as the “Jew Hunter”. Brad Pitt also stars. Thursday 31 May Humans Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm This third series of the thoughtful British science-fiction drama continues to benefit from a narrowing of focus; the big-name American actors and slightly strained global perspective have gone, but the thematic ambition has been retained. Less wilfully obscure than Sky Atlantic’s Westworld and considerably more affecting, Humans instead keeps a tight focus on emotion and relationships, whether the characters concerned are flesh and blood or gears and circuits. It can be heavy-handed with the allegories, certainly, but it’s never chilling or humourless – and leading synth performers Gemma Chan, Ivanno Jeremiah and Emily Berrington are as uncanny as ever. Mark Bonnar, too, is proving a handy addition to the cast as Neil, Laura’s (a brilliant Katherine Parkinson) professional antagonist and love interest – Bonnar’s history of playing characters with shifting loyalties comes in handy as Neil first opens his heart and then hardens his stance on the Dryden Commission. Mia (Chan), meanwhile, is on a one-synth mission to demonstrate coexistence is possible by moving into a hostile housing estate, and Leo (Colin Morgan) struggles with the realities of being human. GT Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This week begins with chocolate puddings, which means the contestants are challenged to rustle up black forest gateaux and a dessert integrating a root vegetable, then aubergines and tofu take centre stage before the elimination round and an oriental classic. GT Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm Hollings and their “British chophouse classics” square up to an Italian-influenced brand serving fresh pasta from a cheese wheel, as Fred Sireix and a group of high-street investors gauge their potential. GT Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm Now with a Bafta award under its belt, this fine series follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service over the last Saturday night before Christmas. An inevitably busy period is made harder by a major traffic accident in central Birmingham – an incident which puts tremendous mental and physical demands on the crews, documented here with the clarity and honesty we’ve come to expect from the series. GT Great Art ITV, 10.50pm; not STV Tim Marlow takes a tour of the Royal Academy’s sell-out exhibition of the Parisian artist’s portraits, in the process assessing the man’s life, work, and reputation as “the father of modern art”. GT Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This pop cultural landmark, in which punk pioneers Sex Pistols grumbled, swore and generally misbehaved on Bill Grundy’s sleepily complacent regional chat-show, creating a national storm of outrage in the process, arguably received its definitive tribute from Kevin Eldon in 2013. The comedian’s loving reconstruction of the event imagined the Pistols as Amish people and bordered on performance art. Still, this gleefully silly take on the infamous encounter between the jobbing broadcaster (Steve Pemberton) and the Sex Pistols (played by members of the National Youth Theatre) is a lot of fun. GT Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm The eponymous depressed hitman (Bill Hader) tries to go it alone, only to be thwarted by his reckless partner Taylor (Dale Pavinski) and ructions among members of his acting class. GT Billion Dollar Brain (1967) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.00pm Michael Caine returns as the reluctant secret agent Harry Palmer (The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin) in this film from Ken Russell, based on the novels by Len Deighton. Having left the British Secret Service to pursue a career as a private investigator, Palmer stumbles into a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? It’s far-fetched but fun. Johnny Mnemonic (1995) ★★☆☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm Fresh from the rubber-burning success of Speed and four short years before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in this high-concept dystopian adventure as the eponymous anti-hero – a 21st-century courier whose augmented brain is used to transport illicit data – that very nearly ruined his career. It’s adapted by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson from his own story. Munich (2005) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 12.50am Eric Bana stars in Steven Spielberg’s audacious, if lengthy, examination of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Set in 1972, it adroitly tackles the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympics. Bana plays a Mossad agent charged with hunting down the extremists who planned the Munich attack. Some of the rhetoric is clumsy, but the film-makers strive to be politically even-handed. Friday 1 June Tracey Breaks the News: Ullman as Michael Gove Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm After losing her to the USA for 30 years, Tracey Ullman’s return to our shores two years ago has reminded us of her unparalleled talents as an impressionist. She captures the physicality of her famous subjects – Angela Merkel and Judi Dench are standouts – as well as their voices, and hats off to Ullman’s prosthetics teams for her remarkable transformations. After an acting stint in last year’s Howards End, Ullman returns to her comfort zone tonight with a second series of the topical sketch comedy show in which she skewers politicians, mostly – although we’ll also be treated to more of Ben Miller’s scene-stealing Rupert Murdoch, with Ullman as Jerry Hall. Although no preview tape was available due to last-minute filming, Ullman was pictured as Michael Gove in promotional material and has also promised impressions of Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The previous series attracted criticism for weak writing, and some skits do lack bite, but slack should be cut – it’s a notoriously difficult format to pull off. Ullman’s gift for mimicry means she hits the mark often enough for the show to be a welcome bit of light satire to wind up the week. VP Extreme Wales with Richard Parks BBC Two, 7.30pm Tonight’s final episode of Richard Parks’s adventure programme combines extreme sports with lush panoramas of the Welsh landscape. Daredevil Parks takes to the skies on a paramotor – nothing more than a parachute connected to a fan-like motor – to propel him the length of the country. VP The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Fugitive immigrant Taariq Shirazi (Alexander Behrang Keshtkar) makes a desperate bid to flee as the Scandi-noir crime series continues. When Saga (Sofia Helin) and Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) track him down, however, Saga’s inability to tell a lie has serious consequences. VP Friday Night Dinner Channel 4, 10.00pm This sitcom’s family squabbles are more uncomfortably familiar than laugh-out-loud funny in tonight’s penultimate visit to the Goodmans’ home. Writer Robert Popper capitalises on Simon Bird’s musical skills by having his character, Adam, reluctantly play the violin to cheer up Grandma. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.35pm; NI, 11.05pm; Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Jo Brand and Aidan Turner offer their funniest anecdotes tonight. Plus, Liam Payne continues his post-One Direction solo career with a performance his new single, Familiar. VP The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven BBC Four, 9.00pm Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards and Graham Nash are among the luminaries paying tribute to Don and Phil Everly in this 2016 documentary, all of them claiming the brothers as an influence. Surviving sibling Don Everly returns to Iowa to recount the brothers’ first appearances, their pivotal move to Nashville and stardom in the late Fifties. Africa: A Journey into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm So much of the music we listen to has its roots in African music. In this new three-part documentary series, London DJ Rita Ray sets off to explore the continent’s influence. Kicking off her journey in Nigeria, Ray stumbles across impromptu drumming ceremonies in the streets as she explores the importance of rhythm in the country’s music and meets its major players. Future episodes take her to Mali and South Africa. VP Crocodile Dundee (1986) ★★★★☆ Film4, 7.10pm Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), a bushman from northern Australia, is a dab hand at surviving in the Outback. But when he is invited to New York City by Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), a high-class reporter, in this Oscar-nominated comedy drama, he finds life far tougher in the urban jungle. He’s a survivor though: muggers who accost Dundee discover that he has a bigger knife than they do. American Made (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Doug Liman directs Tom Cruise in this lively, madcap real-life tale of pilot, drug smuggler and CIA gun-runner Barry Seal, whose supersonic, if lawless, career path began, according to this script, when he was a bored TWA pilot in 1978 and was approached out of the blue by a CIA handler (Domhnall Gleeson, all greasy persuasion) to conduct reconnaissance flights across the Caribbean. GoodFellas (1990) ★★★★★ ITV4, 10.00pm Martin Scorsese’s Mafia masterpiece, adapted from a non-fiction book, has all the qualities of great cinema: it’s thrilling, it’s provocative, it’s stylish, and it’s got a young Robert De Niro in it. Ray Liotta plays the youngster who longs to be a gangster; De Niro and Joe Pesci are in the Mob. Pesci’s mother, meanwhile, reportedly asked him if he had to swear quite so much – the f-word is used 300 times. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: Unreported World and the BBC's Biggest Weekend
Friday 25 May Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Saturday 26 May Emile Sande performs The Biggest Weekend Live BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four from 6.45pm With Glastonbury taking a year off, music fans still have the chance to get their kicks as the BBC provides room in its schedules for The Biggest Weekend, the largest free festival in Europe. This year’s event is taking place over four days across the UK with venues in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry. So what can eager music fans expect? Things get under way in Swansea, Belfast and Perth, with Coventry joining the party on Sunday. BBC One kicks things off at 6.45pm with highlights from Ed Sheeran’s performance at Singleton Park in Swansea earlier in the day (the busy Sheeran is also playing at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in the evening), then it’s over to BBC Two for Emeli Sande at Scone Palace in Perth and Clean Bandit in Swansea. At 9pm, Greg James introduces Sam Smith’s headline set at Swansea before Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds round off the BBC Two coverage. Over on BBC Four, Lauren Laverne introduces highlights from Neneh Cherry at the Titanic Slipways, in Belfast, from 7pm before checking in on sets from Simple Minds, Chvrches, Franz Ferdinand and Wolf Alice. The night finishes with Underworld’s closing set from Belfast at 10pm. SH Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm The final auditions brings one last chance to impress the judges before next week’s much-anticipated live semi-finals, which begin on Monday. SH The Queen’s Lost Cousin Channel 4, 8.00pm First shown in 2015, this documentary tells the story of the Queen’s cousin, Prince William of Gloucester, who died, aged 30, in a plane crash in 1972. There’s notable contribution from Zsuzsi Starkloff, the Hungarian-born, twice divorced former model who was involved in a contentious relationship with William, and although the story remains intriguing, the film veers into cliché. SH Queen Victoria and Her Tragic Family Channel 5, 9.15pm With this second episode the series moves on to the 1860s and the period following the death of Prince Albert at the age of 42. Mired in grief, Queen Victoria began to struggle, as monarch and mother, until a surprising friendship helped her pull through. SH All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.20pm Freddie Flintoff, Fatima Whitbread and Jonnie Peacock are among those subjecting themselves to interrogation by Irish Mammy Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll’s foul-mouthed matriarch) ushers in a new set of guests. Music is by Clean Bandit; the double entendres are all O’Carroll’s own. SH Queen Night Sky Arts, from 6.00pm Sky Arts celebrates the greatest pomp rockers of them all – Queen. First up is Video Killed the Radio Star in which the band looks back at their best videos. Concerts in Rio and Budapest sandwich The Magic Years, a film about how Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon cemented their place as one of the most influential bands ever. Later, there’s more behind the scenes material in Queen: The Phenomenon. SH How the Young Ones Changed Comedy Gold, from 9.30pm It’s hard to imagine just how different The Young Ones was when it arrived in 1982, but this entertaining film does a good job of trying to explain. Featuring Ade Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle, this documentary traces the show’s origins (“Our jokes were terrible,” says Edmondson) to TV history. It’s followed by The Young Ones’ University Challenge parody episode; tomorrow, at 9.30pm, is a countdown of the 20 greatest moments. SH Puss in Boots (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.45pm DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek spin-off follows Puss in Boots’s life before he became the green ogre’s sidekick. With the help of Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), the swashbuckling feline (Antonio Banderas) becomes a hero after saving his town. Like the CGI ogre’s last two films, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, the animation is more impressive than the jokes. Kenny (2017) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm No footballer has combined brilliance on the field and success in management with such a harrowing proximity to calamities. This edifying film explores Kenny Dalglish’s experiences at Ibrox (66 were killed in 1971), Heysel (he was on the pitch for the tragedy of 1985 in which 39 died) and Hillsborough (he was in the dug-out when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground in 1989) and revisits his talent in the No 7 shirt. The Hunter (2011) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 12.30am Willem Dafoe excels as a mercenary hired by biotech company Red Leaf to track down the last remaining Tasmanian tiger in the Australian wilderness, arousing suspicion and hostility as he goes. Posing as a university researcher, he lodges with a family and grows close to them, but Red Leaf want the tiger’s blood at any cost. There’s a gripping moral weight to questions of extinction, survival and profiteering. Sunday 27 May The Handmaid's Tale Imagine… Orhan Pamuk: a Strange Mind BBC One, 10.30pm Although Imagine… covers the panoply of the arts, Alan Yentob always seems most comfortable in the company of authors, which is why this, A Strange Mind, is one of the most rewarding instalments for a while. In being content here to act as audience rather than interrogator, Yentob allows Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk to amble across some fertile intellectual territory. Born into a secular middle-class family, Pamuk dreamt of being an artist or architect, only to turn to writing when he was faced with a likely future of redesigning much of his native Istanbul’s old city (a glance at a sketchbook suggests his talent is far from dormant). The resulting novels, which include Snow and My Name is Red, explore the clashes of ancient and modern, East and West, religious and secular, with a fearlessness that brought Pamuk into conflict with Turkey’s authoritarian government, but also the love of many compatriots. Pamuk is loquacious, generous company and, while this functions well as an autobiographical profile and assessment of his literary achievements, it also does something far harder and more impressive in capturing something of the essence of its subject. GT Countryfile BBC One, 6.30pm As a celebration of 30 years of Countryfile and the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, Matt Baker, Anita Rani and John Craven explore the Royal family’s Windsor Estate. Among the topics are the livestock breeding that has saved one equine breed from extinction and the Queen’s own early experiences here. GT The London Palladium: the Greatest Stage on Earth ITV, 8.00pm Bradley Walsh ropes in some heavyweight talent to pay tribute to the venerable theatre in this one-off special. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Dale, Beverley Knight and Stephen Fry are among those recounting their memories of the place in a lavish affair that is worth watching if only for some gorgeous, little-seen archive footage of Morecambe and Wise. GT A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) turns the screw on Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) as the latter’s profile grows – a decision that can only lead to disaster as Russell T Davies’s wonderful miniseries continues. GT The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm The Colonies are shaken by a new arrival while Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusts to a life in hiding, in a second series of the dystopian drama which, if anything, hits harder than its predecessor. GT The Break with Michelle Wolf Netflix, from today Fresh from her bold but divisive monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she witheringly attacked the Trump administration and humiliated his Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, comedian Michelle Wolf launches a weekly variety series of stand-up and sketch comedy. GT Jonathan Meades on Jargon BBC Four, 10.30pm Arguably the most provocative and stimulating broadcaster around, Jonathan Meades dissects politics and football commentary, among other areas of public life, for insights into how jargon and slang are used to obfuscate and mislead. Its verbal vivacity, driven by an honestly felt fury at the desecration of the English language, is matched by visual intrigue, unlikely juxtapositions and an admirable willingness of the host to send himself up, all ably helmed by Meades’s regular collaborator Francis Hanly. GT The Goonies (1985) ★★★★☆ Universal TV, 3.00pm A cult favourite, this rollicking adventure follows a group of teenage friends from the “Goon Docks” area of Oregon (played by, among others, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) on the hunt for a hoard of pirate treasure. Blocking their path, however, is a family of criminals, the Fratellis. Steven Spielberg dreamed up the story; Chris Columbus (Home Alone) wrote the screenplay. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 10.10pm This lithe adaptation of the second novel from Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) competing once again in a televised fight to the death. But since the last film, Katniss has become an icon of rebellion, and the ruling class wants to bring her down a peg or two. This enormously watchable film blends whip-cracking action, oddball aesthetic and entirely laudable message. The Ides of March (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.35pm George Clooney is the director, co-writer and star of this politically charged thriller about spin, soured idealism and dirty secrets. Mike Morris (Clooney) is a liberal state governor running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Ryan Gosling steals the show as the campaign’s devoted but ambitious press secretary, whose loyalties are tested to the limit. A gripping film that engages and entertains. Monday 28 May King Lear: Anthony Hopkins King Lear BBC Two, 9.30pm Talk about event TV: After making movie magic in Howards End and The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, are reunited in Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, under the direction of Richard Eyre. Plus they have a stellar supporting cast, that includes Jim Broadbent, Emily Watson and Andrew Scott. Eyre sets this version in a fictional modern-day and moves the action between castles and modern locales, such as a rundown shopping precinct, to keep it contemporary. Hopkins is on great form as Lear – his old king seems to be suffering from dementia from the start, making sense of his rashness in disinheriting youngest daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh), of him kissing another, Regan (Watson), full on the lips, and of failing to recognise other loved ones. Eyre has cut the play judiciously and brings an interesting take on Lear – that it’s about flawed parenting – that offers some insight into the behaviour of his children. Ultimately, however, it’s about Lear’s tragedy, not theirs, and Hopkins delivers a barnstorming central performance. Having played the role more than 30 years ago at the National Theatre, he’s truly grown into it. VP Richard Osman’s House of Games BBC Two, 6.00pm Pointless’s scene-stealing sidekick Richard Osman gets his moment to shine as quizmaster of this trivia contest, returning for a five-night run with BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty among those competing. It’s followed by a new series of game show Curious Creatures, hosted by Kate Humble. VP Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 7.30pm Declan Donnelly flies solo as host of the semi-finals, airing nightly up to next weekend’s final. Each evening, eight of the 40 acts will perform again in the hope of becoming one of two promoted to the final by the voting public. The results are at 9.30pm. VP Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm Cute footage of hatchlings and deft presenting by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan provide a winning formula for this three-week wildlife extravaganza. Gillian Burke returns, this time as a roving reporter, with Steve Backshall the first of the guests replacing the much-missed Martin Hughes-Games. VP Peter Kay’s Car Share: The Finale BBC One, 10.00pm Bowing to fan pressure, Peter Kay offers closure with this finale to his charming comedy about supermarket employees sharing the journey to and from work. Laughs and surprises abound on John and Kayleigh’s (Kay and Sian Gibson) last jaunt, but will romance ensue? VP The Vicar of Dibley Gold, 7.40pm Here’s a chance to revisit the last-ever episode of Richard Curtis’s sitcom, which delivers a fairy-tale finale for Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) when she marries Harry (Richard Armitage). Hugh Bonneville makes an amusing cameo as a lovesick vicar in the episode that also showcases French’s chemistry with the late Emma Chambers, who played daft Alice Tinker. VP Nigel Kennedy at the Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 8.30pm The BBC’s music festival welcomes maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy to Coventry’s War Memorial Park. Suzy Klein and Lloyd Coleman present as Kennedy performs his inimitable renditions of Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix with the BBC Concert Orchestra. VP WestWorld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm As part of her master plan, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) appears to be taking control over Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) in this episode of the futuristic drama and his confusion grows. VP Over the Hedge (2006) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25am An endearing animated adventure about a group of forest creatures that, on waking after their winter hibernation, discover humans have moved in next door to them. Apprehension gives way to curiosity and excitement as they discover what the humans have to offer. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell and Avril Lavigne, among others, it’s an enjoyable movie with a message – but avoids getting too preachy. Sing Street (2016) ★★★★☆ Film4, 9.00pm Young love is set to an Eighties beat in this delightful coming-of-age tale. As with all of John Carney’s films (i.e. 2006 hit Once), the message is clear: where there is music, there is hope. The film rattles along to a cracking soundtrack – The Jam, Motörhead, The Cure – as young Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) chaotically tries to put together a band to impress a girl at school. Brideshead Revisited (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25pm In the light of the 1981 TV version of Evelyn Waugh’s novel, you do have to admire the chutzpah of anyone else giving Brideshead a go. Julian Jarrold’s attempt suffers from a desire to force modern conventions upon a story defined by the mores of upper-class interwar Britain. Hayley Atwell and Ben Whishaw are the Flyte siblings, but Catholicism, the tale’s engine, is only pernicious, never seductive. Tuesday 29 May Arrested Development Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland, 11.15pm Few education issues are as contentious in this country as that of grammar schools, with Prime Minister Theresa May among those supporting their return. This thought-provoking three-part documentary focusing on the London borough of Bexley, where each year over 5,000 children sit the selective exam for one of the area’s four grammar schools, could not, therefore, have come at a better time. We hear from both sides of the debate and are shown both the benefits and drawbacks of attending either a grammar or secondary modern school – although, as always, it’s the parents and children who make the most notable contributions. “If you want your child to become better in their future life, it’s good to go to a grammar school,” says one mother, who works long hours for minimum wage and pays £300 a month for a tutor for her daughter. Meanwhile, another, herself the product of a grammar school, despairs of the increasing parental competitiveness. And, for all the film-makers’ admirably even-handed approach, it’s the stress felt by the children that makes the biggest mark, with one youngster noting: “I don’t think grammar school is fair because people are far too young to feel they’ve failed.” SH Emmerdale ITV, 7.00pm Emmerdale confronts the difficult subject of child abuse when Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) opens up about her past in this special flashback episode. Last November a similar technique was used, to great effect, to shed light on her cousin Cain’s experiences. Mica Proctor, in another triumph of casting, plays the young Charity. SH The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s enjoyable family saga comes to a climax with scores settled, decisions made and reconciliations all over the place. It works not least because Morgan never forgets that one person’s happy ending is another’s poisoned chalice, meaning there’s pain amid the laughter. SH The Battle for Britain’s Heroes Channel 4, 9.00pm “Our heroes often have a toxic past,” says Afua Hirsch at the start of this captivating and provocative film. She pulls no punches in her look at the darker side of our history, exploring slavery, racism and colonialism, in a film certain to enrage as many people as it informs. SH 4 Men, 175 Babies: Britain’s Super Sperm Donors Channel 4, 10.00pm This film follows men who donate their sperm for free, via unregulated websites. But why? “Being a sperm donor is like being a Samaritan,” says 61-year-old Clive, who began donating once he retired. SH Arrested Development Netflix, from today For anyone who didn’t watch the patchy fourth series of this popular Emmy-winning comedy about a rich family who lose their wealth, the good news is that you can pick up this new series with no problem. The bad news for those that did watch it is that this opening episode spends ages rehashing past events. Thankfully things do settle down – and become very funny – as we find out what happened after the infamous punch that George Michael (Michael Cera) landed on his father Michael (Jason Bateman). A proper return to form. SH Master of Photography Sky Arts, 8.00pm The international photography contest returns for a third series, with Oliviero Toscani joined on the judging panel by curator Mark Sealy and the New Yorker’s Elisabeth Biondi. Here’s hoping that this series avoids the problems of last year, which saw contestant Souvid Datta accused of plagiarism. SH All Creatures Great and Small (1975) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 12.45pm Simon Ward and a pre-Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins star as Yorkshire vets James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon in this gentle drama set in the Thirties and based on the first two books of British vet Alf Wight (who wrote under the pseudonym of Herriot). The TV series that followed remains most memorable, but there’s warm-hearted performances here too. Operation Petticoat (1959) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.25pm A beguiling Second World War comedy directed by Blake Edwards and starring Cary Grant as a submarine captain with a strict sense of order and a rule-breaking hustler of a first officer (Tony Curtis). The vessel is bombed by the Japanese, but that’s the least of its worries. Five nurses in distress, a goat and a coating of pink paint all pose challenges for the effortlessly funny crew. The Enforcer (1976) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.00pm Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan is teamed up with rookie female partner Kate Moore (Tyne Daly) in this entertaining but ultimately disappointing third chapter of the Dirty Harry series. Together they battle violent eco-terrorists who have kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco (John Crawford) while, between the gun battles, cynical Callahan attempts to come to terms with his own male chauvinism. Wednesday 30 May Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Big Crash Diet Experiment BBC One, 8.00pm Is it time to rethink our attitude to crash dieting? That’s the question posed by tonight’s revealing documentary, which assesses the health impact of this extreme approach to weight loss. Our guide is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, who along with a raft of health professionals, aims to challenge orthodox beliefs about what some see as nutritionally inadequate eating regimes with only short-term benefits. Abdelmoneim persuades four obese volunteers to give up the food that they love and opt for a scary-sounding liquid-only intake of soups and shakes, using scans and blood tests to monitor them over nine weeks. Each of the group has their fair share of weight-related issues. Portly Catholic priest Paul, for example, has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, takeaway fan Rebecca believes that she’s in the grip of a fast-food addiction, and secret binge-eater Yolande already has fatty liver disease. Watching them tackle the programme and shed the pounds is admirable enough, but even more striking is the positive effect that the diet has on their health. In fact, the implications of the results could be a huge money saver for the NHS. TD The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm Dr Chris van Tulleken continues his crusade against the over-medication of children. Tonight, he explores why so many young people are prescribed anti-depressants, and becomes suspicious over the rise in babies diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy. TD Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm “The nearest gay scene for me is Belfast,” says cattle farmer Richard, a problem seeing as he lives a three-hour ferry ride away in remote Dumfries and Galloway. Not to be defeated, Richard invites three potential partners to his farm. TD Carry On Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm More shenanigans from behind the doors of the European Parliament. We meet lone Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, whose staunch pro-Europe stance lands her in trouble with Brexit minister David Davis. TD Miranda Barbour: Serial Killer or Liar? BBC One, 10.45pm; Northern Ireland, 11.40pm; Scotland, 11.45pm; Wales, 11.05pm This gripping true crime documentary charts the case of teenage murderer Miranda Barbour. The young mother admitted killing internet date Troy La Ferarra but later confessed to a further 22 murders as part of a Satanic cult. TD Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix, from today This snappy sitcom about a cult escapee in the big city has proved a delight. A shame, then, that this fourth season is to be its last, with the first six episodes launching today and the remainder to come later this year. Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) new job at a tech start-up proves ripe for nerd-baiting satire. TD Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Presenter Waldemar Januszczak swaps the vastness of the Wild West featured in last week’s episode for the “pulsing, futuristic excitement of the American city”, as his fascinating series on American art continues. He starts out amid the skyscrapers of New York, explaining how the vaulting architecture of the Chrysler Building exemplified the hope and ambition of the burgeoning metropolis. We then move on to the Great Depression, presaged by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton in his restless murals of urban life. TD Great Expectations (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ BBC Two, 12.35pm David Lean’s peerless version of Dickens’s novel is packed with memorable moments, from its opening scenes on the marshes, where Pip first meets the escaped convict Magwitch, to the enduring images of Miss Havisham’s house… not forgetting Pip’s boxing match with Herbert Pocket. John Mills is twice the age of the book’s Pip, but there’s a subtle ingenuousness in his performance. Rebecca (1940, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures TV, 9.00pm One of Hitchcock’s most disconcerting and finest films was adapted from a Daphne du Maurier story, though he departed from the text in many ways. A bride (Joan Fontaine) is haunted by the memory of her husband’s (Laurence Olivier) dead first wife. The excellent cast (Judith Anderson as formidable housekeeper Mrs Danvers is a particular highlight) adds class to this eerily suspenseful treat. Inglourious Basterds (2009) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 10.00pm It wasn’t quite the masterpiece we were told to expect, but Quentin Tarantino’s pastiche of war films and spaghetti westerns is still rollicking good fun and has all the ingredients of a classic Tarantino film. A celebration of vengeance, it’s an audacious take on the Second World War. Christoph Waltz deservedly won an Oscar for his incendiary turn as the “Jew Hunter”. Brad Pitt also stars. Thursday 31 May Humans Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm This third series of the thoughtful British science-fiction drama continues to benefit from a narrowing of focus; the big-name American actors and slightly strained global perspective have gone, but the thematic ambition has been retained. Less wilfully obscure than Sky Atlantic’s Westworld and considerably more affecting, Humans instead keeps a tight focus on emotion and relationships, whether the characters concerned are flesh and blood or gears and circuits. It can be heavy-handed with the allegories, certainly, but it’s never chilling or humourless – and leading synth performers Gemma Chan, Ivanno Jeremiah and Emily Berrington are as uncanny as ever. Mark Bonnar, too, is proving a handy addition to the cast as Neil, Laura’s (a brilliant Katherine Parkinson) professional antagonist and love interest – Bonnar’s history of playing characters with shifting loyalties comes in handy as Neil first opens his heart and then hardens his stance on the Dryden Commission. Mia (Chan), meanwhile, is on a one-synth mission to demonstrate coexistence is possible by moving into a hostile housing estate, and Leo (Colin Morgan) struggles with the realities of being human. GT Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This week begins with chocolate puddings, which means the contestants are challenged to rustle up black forest gateaux and a dessert integrating a root vegetable, then aubergines and tofu take centre stage before the elimination round and an oriental classic. GT Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm Hollings and their “British chophouse classics” square up to an Italian-influenced brand serving fresh pasta from a cheese wheel, as Fred Sireix and a group of high-street investors gauge their potential. GT Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm Now with a Bafta award under its belt, this fine series follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service over the last Saturday night before Christmas. An inevitably busy period is made harder by a major traffic accident in central Birmingham – an incident which puts tremendous mental and physical demands on the crews, documented here with the clarity and honesty we’ve come to expect from the series. GT Great Art ITV, 10.50pm; not STV Tim Marlow takes a tour of the Royal Academy’s sell-out exhibition of the Parisian artist’s portraits, in the process assessing the man’s life, work, and reputation as “the father of modern art”. GT Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This pop cultural landmark, in which punk pioneers Sex Pistols grumbled, swore and generally misbehaved on Bill Grundy’s sleepily complacent regional chat-show, creating a national storm of outrage in the process, arguably received its definitive tribute from Kevin Eldon in 2013. The comedian’s loving reconstruction of the event imagined the Pistols as Amish people and bordered on performance art. Still, this gleefully silly take on the infamous encounter between the jobbing broadcaster (Steve Pemberton) and the Sex Pistols (played by members of the National Youth Theatre) is a lot of fun. GT Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm The eponymous depressed hitman (Bill Hader) tries to go it alone, only to be thwarted by his reckless partner Taylor (Dale Pavinski) and ructions among members of his acting class. GT Billion Dollar Brain (1967) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.00pm Michael Caine returns as the reluctant secret agent Harry Palmer (The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin) in this film from Ken Russell, based on the novels by Len Deighton. Having left the British Secret Service to pursue a career as a private investigator, Palmer stumbles into a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? It’s far-fetched but fun. Johnny Mnemonic (1995) ★★☆☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm Fresh from the rubber-burning success of Speed and four short years before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in this high-concept dystopian adventure as the eponymous anti-hero – a 21st-century courier whose augmented brain is used to transport illicit data – that very nearly ruined his career. It’s adapted by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson from his own story. Munich (2005) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 12.50am Eric Bana stars in Steven Spielberg’s audacious, if lengthy, examination of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Set in 1972, it adroitly tackles the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympics. Bana plays a Mossad agent charged with hunting down the extremists who planned the Munich attack. Some of the rhetoric is clumsy, but the film-makers strive to be politically even-handed. Friday 1 June Tracey Breaks the News: Ullman as Michael Gove Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm After losing her to the USA for 30 years, Tracey Ullman’s return to our shores two years ago has reminded us of her unparalleled talents as an impressionist. She captures the physicality of her famous subjects – Angela Merkel and Judi Dench are standouts – as well as their voices, and hats off to Ullman’s prosthetics teams for her remarkable transformations. After an acting stint in last year’s Howards End, Ullman returns to her comfort zone tonight with a second series of the topical sketch comedy show in which she skewers politicians, mostly – although we’ll also be treated to more of Ben Miller’s scene-stealing Rupert Murdoch, with Ullman as Jerry Hall. Although no preview tape was available due to last-minute filming, Ullman was pictured as Michael Gove in promotional material and has also promised impressions of Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The previous series attracted criticism for weak writing, and some skits do lack bite, but slack should be cut – it’s a notoriously difficult format to pull off. Ullman’s gift for mimicry means she hits the mark often enough for the show to be a welcome bit of light satire to wind up the week. VP Extreme Wales with Richard Parks BBC Two, 7.30pm Tonight’s final episode of Richard Parks’s adventure programme combines extreme sports with lush panoramas of the Welsh landscape. Daredevil Parks takes to the skies on a paramotor – nothing more than a parachute connected to a fan-like motor – to propel him the length of the country. VP The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Fugitive immigrant Taariq Shirazi (Alexander Behrang Keshtkar) makes a desperate bid to flee as the Scandi-noir crime series continues. When Saga (Sofia Helin) and Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) track him down, however, Saga’s inability to tell a lie has serious consequences. VP Friday Night Dinner Channel 4, 10.00pm This sitcom’s family squabbles are more uncomfortably familiar than laugh-out-loud funny in tonight’s penultimate visit to the Goodmans’ home. Writer Robert Popper capitalises on Simon Bird’s musical skills by having his character, Adam, reluctantly play the violin to cheer up Grandma. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.35pm; NI, 11.05pm; Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Jo Brand and Aidan Turner offer their funniest anecdotes tonight. Plus, Liam Payne continues his post-One Direction solo career with a performance his new single, Familiar. VP The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven BBC Four, 9.00pm Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards and Graham Nash are among the luminaries paying tribute to Don and Phil Everly in this 2016 documentary, all of them claiming the brothers as an influence. Surviving sibling Don Everly returns to Iowa to recount the brothers’ first appearances, their pivotal move to Nashville and stardom in the late Fifties. Africa: A Journey into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm So much of the music we listen to has its roots in African music. In this new three-part documentary series, London DJ Rita Ray sets off to explore the continent’s influence. Kicking off her journey in Nigeria, Ray stumbles across impromptu drumming ceremonies in the streets as she explores the importance of rhythm in the country’s music and meets its major players. Future episodes take her to Mali and South Africa. VP Crocodile Dundee (1986) ★★★★☆ Film4, 7.10pm Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), a bushman from northern Australia, is a dab hand at surviving in the Outback. But when he is invited to New York City by Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), a high-class reporter, in this Oscar-nominated comedy drama, he finds life far tougher in the urban jungle. He’s a survivor though: muggers who accost Dundee discover that he has a bigger knife than they do. American Made (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Doug Liman directs Tom Cruise in this lively, madcap real-life tale of pilot, drug smuggler and CIA gun-runner Barry Seal, whose supersonic, if lawless, career path began, according to this script, when he was a bored TWA pilot in 1978 and was approached out of the blue by a CIA handler (Domhnall Gleeson, all greasy persuasion) to conduct reconnaissance flights across the Caribbean. GoodFellas (1990) ★★★★★ ITV4, 10.00pm Martin Scorsese’s Mafia masterpiece, adapted from a non-fiction book, has all the qualities of great cinema: it’s thrilling, it’s provocative, it’s stylish, and it’s got a young Robert De Niro in it. Ray Liotta plays the youngster who longs to be a gangster; De Niro and Joe Pesci are in the Mob. Pesci’s mother, meanwhile, reportedly asked him if he had to swear quite so much – the f-word is used 300 times. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Friday 25 May Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Saturday 26 May Emile Sande performs The Biggest Weekend Live BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four from 6.45pm With Glastonbury taking a year off, music fans still have the chance to get their kicks as the BBC provides room in its schedules for The Biggest Weekend, the largest free festival in Europe. This year’s event is taking place over four days across the UK with venues in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry. So what can eager music fans expect? Things get under way in Swansea, Belfast and Perth, with Coventry joining the party on Sunday. BBC One kicks things off at 6.45pm with highlights from Ed Sheeran’s performance at Singleton Park in Swansea earlier in the day (the busy Sheeran is also playing at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in the evening), then it’s over to BBC Two for Emeli Sande at Scone Palace in Perth and Clean Bandit in Swansea. At 9pm, Greg James introduces Sam Smith’s headline set at Swansea before Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds round off the BBC Two coverage. Over on BBC Four, Lauren Laverne introduces highlights from Neneh Cherry at the Titanic Slipways, in Belfast, from 7pm before checking in on sets from Simple Minds, Chvrches, Franz Ferdinand and Wolf Alice. The night finishes with Underworld’s closing set from Belfast at 10pm. SH Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm The final auditions brings one last chance to impress the judges before next week’s much-anticipated live semi-finals, which begin on Monday. SH The Queen’s Lost Cousin Channel 4, 8.00pm First shown in 2015, this documentary tells the story of the Queen’s cousin, Prince William of Gloucester, who died, aged 30, in a plane crash in 1972. There’s notable contribution from Zsuzsi Starkloff, the Hungarian-born, twice divorced former model who was involved in a contentious relationship with William, and although the story remains intriguing, the film veers into cliché. SH Queen Victoria and Her Tragic Family Channel 5, 9.15pm With this second episode the series moves on to the 1860s and the period following the death of Prince Albert at the age of 42. Mired in grief, Queen Victoria began to struggle, as monarch and mother, until a surprising friendship helped her pull through. SH All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.20pm Freddie Flintoff, Fatima Whitbread and Jonnie Peacock are among those subjecting themselves to interrogation by Irish Mammy Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll’s foul-mouthed matriarch) ushers in a new set of guests. Music is by Clean Bandit; the double entendres are all O’Carroll’s own. SH Queen Night Sky Arts, from 6.00pm Sky Arts celebrates the greatest pomp rockers of them all – Queen. First up is Video Killed the Radio Star in which the band looks back at their best videos. Concerts in Rio and Budapest sandwich The Magic Years, a film about how Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon cemented their place as one of the most influential bands ever. Later, there’s more behind the scenes material in Queen: The Phenomenon. SH How the Young Ones Changed Comedy Gold, from 9.30pm It’s hard to imagine just how different The Young Ones was when it arrived in 1982, but this entertaining film does a good job of trying to explain. Featuring Ade Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle, this documentary traces the show’s origins (“Our jokes were terrible,” says Edmondson) to TV history. It’s followed by The Young Ones’ University Challenge parody episode; tomorrow, at 9.30pm, is a countdown of the 20 greatest moments. SH Puss in Boots (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.45pm DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek spin-off follows Puss in Boots’s life before he became the green ogre’s sidekick. With the help of Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), the swashbuckling feline (Antonio Banderas) becomes a hero after saving his town. Like the CGI ogre’s last two films, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, the animation is more impressive than the jokes. Kenny (2017) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm No footballer has combined brilliance on the field and success in management with such a harrowing proximity to calamities. This edifying film explores Kenny Dalglish’s experiences at Ibrox (66 were killed in 1971), Heysel (he was on the pitch for the tragedy of 1985 in which 39 died) and Hillsborough (he was in the dug-out when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground in 1989) and revisits his talent in the No 7 shirt. The Hunter (2011) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 12.30am Willem Dafoe excels as a mercenary hired by biotech company Red Leaf to track down the last remaining Tasmanian tiger in the Australian wilderness, arousing suspicion and hostility as he goes. Posing as a university researcher, he lodges with a family and grows close to them, but Red Leaf want the tiger’s blood at any cost. There’s a gripping moral weight to questions of extinction, survival and profiteering. Sunday 27 May The Handmaid's Tale Imagine… Orhan Pamuk: a Strange Mind BBC One, 10.30pm Although Imagine… covers the panoply of the arts, Alan Yentob always seems most comfortable in the company of authors, which is why this, A Strange Mind, is one of the most rewarding instalments for a while. In being content here to act as audience rather than interrogator, Yentob allows Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk to amble across some fertile intellectual territory. Born into a secular middle-class family, Pamuk dreamt of being an artist or architect, only to turn to writing when he was faced with a likely future of redesigning much of his native Istanbul’s old city (a glance at a sketchbook suggests his talent is far from dormant). The resulting novels, which include Snow and My Name is Red, explore the clashes of ancient and modern, East and West, religious and secular, with a fearlessness that brought Pamuk into conflict with Turkey’s authoritarian government, but also the love of many compatriots. Pamuk is loquacious, generous company and, while this functions well as an autobiographical profile and assessment of his literary achievements, it also does something far harder and more impressive in capturing something of the essence of its subject. GT Countryfile BBC One, 6.30pm As a celebration of 30 years of Countryfile and the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, Matt Baker, Anita Rani and John Craven explore the Royal family’s Windsor Estate. Among the topics are the livestock breeding that has saved one equine breed from extinction and the Queen’s own early experiences here. GT The London Palladium: the Greatest Stage on Earth ITV, 8.00pm Bradley Walsh ropes in some heavyweight talent to pay tribute to the venerable theatre in this one-off special. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Dale, Beverley Knight and Stephen Fry are among those recounting their memories of the place in a lavish affair that is worth watching if only for some gorgeous, little-seen archive footage of Morecambe and Wise. GT A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) turns the screw on Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) as the latter’s profile grows – a decision that can only lead to disaster as Russell T Davies’s wonderful miniseries continues. GT The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm The Colonies are shaken by a new arrival while Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusts to a life in hiding, in a second series of the dystopian drama which, if anything, hits harder than its predecessor. GT The Break with Michelle Wolf Netflix, from today Fresh from her bold but divisive monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she witheringly attacked the Trump administration and humiliated his Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, comedian Michelle Wolf launches a weekly variety series of stand-up and sketch comedy. GT Jonathan Meades on Jargon BBC Four, 10.30pm Arguably the most provocative and stimulating broadcaster around, Jonathan Meades dissects politics and football commentary, among other areas of public life, for insights into how jargon and slang are used to obfuscate and mislead. Its verbal vivacity, driven by an honestly felt fury at the desecration of the English language, is matched by visual intrigue, unlikely juxtapositions and an admirable willingness of the host to send himself up, all ably helmed by Meades’s regular collaborator Francis Hanly. GT The Goonies (1985) ★★★★☆ Universal TV, 3.00pm A cult favourite, this rollicking adventure follows a group of teenage friends from the “Goon Docks” area of Oregon (played by, among others, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) on the hunt for a hoard of pirate treasure. Blocking their path, however, is a family of criminals, the Fratellis. Steven Spielberg dreamed up the story; Chris Columbus (Home Alone) wrote the screenplay. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 10.10pm This lithe adaptation of the second novel from Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) competing once again in a televised fight to the death. But since the last film, Katniss has become an icon of rebellion, and the ruling class wants to bring her down a peg or two. This enormously watchable film blends whip-cracking action, oddball aesthetic and entirely laudable message. The Ides of March (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.35pm George Clooney is the director, co-writer and star of this politically charged thriller about spin, soured idealism and dirty secrets. Mike Morris (Clooney) is a liberal state governor running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Ryan Gosling steals the show as the campaign’s devoted but ambitious press secretary, whose loyalties are tested to the limit. A gripping film that engages and entertains. Monday 28 May King Lear: Anthony Hopkins King Lear BBC Two, 9.30pm Talk about event TV: After making movie magic in Howards End and The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, are reunited in Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, under the direction of Richard Eyre. Plus they have a stellar supporting cast, that includes Jim Broadbent, Emily Watson and Andrew Scott. Eyre sets this version in a fictional modern-day and moves the action between castles and modern locales, such as a rundown shopping precinct, to keep it contemporary. Hopkins is on great form as Lear – his old king seems to be suffering from dementia from the start, making sense of his rashness in disinheriting youngest daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh), of him kissing another, Regan (Watson), full on the lips, and of failing to recognise other loved ones. Eyre has cut the play judiciously and brings an interesting take on Lear – that it’s about flawed parenting – that offers some insight into the behaviour of his children. Ultimately, however, it’s about Lear’s tragedy, not theirs, and Hopkins delivers a barnstorming central performance. Having played the role more than 30 years ago at the National Theatre, he’s truly grown into it. VP Richard Osman’s House of Games BBC Two, 6.00pm Pointless’s scene-stealing sidekick Richard Osman gets his moment to shine as quizmaster of this trivia contest, returning for a five-night run with BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty among those competing. It’s followed by a new series of game show Curious Creatures, hosted by Kate Humble. VP Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 7.30pm Declan Donnelly flies solo as host of the semi-finals, airing nightly up to next weekend’s final. Each evening, eight of the 40 acts will perform again in the hope of becoming one of two promoted to the final by the voting public. The results are at 9.30pm. VP Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm Cute footage of hatchlings and deft presenting by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan provide a winning formula for this three-week wildlife extravaganza. Gillian Burke returns, this time as a roving reporter, with Steve Backshall the first of the guests replacing the much-missed Martin Hughes-Games. VP Peter Kay’s Car Share: The Finale BBC One, 10.00pm Bowing to fan pressure, Peter Kay offers closure with this finale to his charming comedy about supermarket employees sharing the journey to and from work. Laughs and surprises abound on John and Kayleigh’s (Kay and Sian Gibson) last jaunt, but will romance ensue? VP The Vicar of Dibley Gold, 7.40pm Here’s a chance to revisit the last-ever episode of Richard Curtis’s sitcom, which delivers a fairy-tale finale for Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) when she marries Harry (Richard Armitage). Hugh Bonneville makes an amusing cameo as a lovesick vicar in the episode that also showcases French’s chemistry with the late Emma Chambers, who played daft Alice Tinker. VP Nigel Kennedy at the Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 8.30pm The BBC’s music festival welcomes maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy to Coventry’s War Memorial Park. Suzy Klein and Lloyd Coleman present as Kennedy performs his inimitable renditions of Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix with the BBC Concert Orchestra. VP WestWorld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm As part of her master plan, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) appears to be taking control over Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) in this episode of the futuristic drama and his confusion grows. VP Over the Hedge (2006) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25am An endearing animated adventure about a group of forest creatures that, on waking after their winter hibernation, discover humans have moved in next door to them. Apprehension gives way to curiosity and excitement as they discover what the humans have to offer. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell and Avril Lavigne, among others, it’s an enjoyable movie with a message – but avoids getting too preachy. Sing Street (2016) ★★★★☆ Film4, 9.00pm Young love is set to an Eighties beat in this delightful coming-of-age tale. As with all of John Carney’s films (i.e. 2006 hit Once), the message is clear: where there is music, there is hope. The film rattles along to a cracking soundtrack – The Jam, Motörhead, The Cure – as young Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) chaotically tries to put together a band to impress a girl at school. Brideshead Revisited (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25pm In the light of the 1981 TV version of Evelyn Waugh’s novel, you do have to admire the chutzpah of anyone else giving Brideshead a go. Julian Jarrold’s attempt suffers from a desire to force modern conventions upon a story defined by the mores of upper-class interwar Britain. Hayley Atwell and Ben Whishaw are the Flyte siblings, but Catholicism, the tale’s engine, is only pernicious, never seductive. Tuesday 29 May Arrested Development Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland, 11.15pm Few education issues are as contentious in this country as that of grammar schools, with Prime Minister Theresa May among those supporting their return. This thought-provoking three-part documentary focusing on the London borough of Bexley, where each year over 5,000 children sit the selective exam for one of the area’s four grammar schools, could not, therefore, have come at a better time. We hear from both sides of the debate and are shown both the benefits and drawbacks of attending either a grammar or secondary modern school – although, as always, it’s the parents and children who make the most notable contributions. “If you want your child to become better in their future life, it’s good to go to a grammar school,” says one mother, who works long hours for minimum wage and pays £300 a month for a tutor for her daughter. Meanwhile, another, herself the product of a grammar school, despairs of the increasing parental competitiveness. And, for all the film-makers’ admirably even-handed approach, it’s the stress felt by the children that makes the biggest mark, with one youngster noting: “I don’t think grammar school is fair because people are far too young to feel they’ve failed.” SH Emmerdale ITV, 7.00pm Emmerdale confronts the difficult subject of child abuse when Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) opens up about her past in this special flashback episode. Last November a similar technique was used, to great effect, to shed light on her cousin Cain’s experiences. Mica Proctor, in another triumph of casting, plays the young Charity. SH The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s enjoyable family saga comes to a climax with scores settled, decisions made and reconciliations all over the place. It works not least because Morgan never forgets that one person’s happy ending is another’s poisoned chalice, meaning there’s pain amid the laughter. SH The Battle for Britain’s Heroes Channel 4, 9.00pm “Our heroes often have a toxic past,” says Afua Hirsch at the start of this captivating and provocative film. She pulls no punches in her look at the darker side of our history, exploring slavery, racism and colonialism, in a film certain to enrage as many people as it informs. SH 4 Men, 175 Babies: Britain’s Super Sperm Donors Channel 4, 10.00pm This film follows men who donate their sperm for free, via unregulated websites. But why? “Being a sperm donor is like being a Samaritan,” says 61-year-old Clive, who began donating once he retired. SH Arrested Development Netflix, from today For anyone who didn’t watch the patchy fourth series of this popular Emmy-winning comedy about a rich family who lose their wealth, the good news is that you can pick up this new series with no problem. The bad news for those that did watch it is that this opening episode spends ages rehashing past events. Thankfully things do settle down – and become very funny – as we find out what happened after the infamous punch that George Michael (Michael Cera) landed on his father Michael (Jason Bateman). A proper return to form. SH Master of Photography Sky Arts, 8.00pm The international photography contest returns for a third series, with Oliviero Toscani joined on the judging panel by curator Mark Sealy and the New Yorker’s Elisabeth Biondi. Here’s hoping that this series avoids the problems of last year, which saw contestant Souvid Datta accused of plagiarism. SH All Creatures Great and Small (1975) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 12.45pm Simon Ward and a pre-Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins star as Yorkshire vets James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon in this gentle drama set in the Thirties and based on the first two books of British vet Alf Wight (who wrote under the pseudonym of Herriot). The TV series that followed remains most memorable, but there’s warm-hearted performances here too. Operation Petticoat (1959) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.25pm A beguiling Second World War comedy directed by Blake Edwards and starring Cary Grant as a submarine captain with a strict sense of order and a rule-breaking hustler of a first officer (Tony Curtis). The vessel is bombed by the Japanese, but that’s the least of its worries. Five nurses in distress, a goat and a coating of pink paint all pose challenges for the effortlessly funny crew. The Enforcer (1976) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.00pm Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan is teamed up with rookie female partner Kate Moore (Tyne Daly) in this entertaining but ultimately disappointing third chapter of the Dirty Harry series. Together they battle violent eco-terrorists who have kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco (John Crawford) while, between the gun battles, cynical Callahan attempts to come to terms with his own male chauvinism. Wednesday 30 May Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Big Crash Diet Experiment BBC One, 8.00pm Is it time to rethink our attitude to crash dieting? That’s the question posed by tonight’s revealing documentary, which assesses the health impact of this extreme approach to weight loss. Our guide is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, who along with a raft of health professionals, aims to challenge orthodox beliefs about what some see as nutritionally inadequate eating regimes with only short-term benefits. Abdelmoneim persuades four obese volunteers to give up the food that they love and opt for a scary-sounding liquid-only intake of soups and shakes, using scans and blood tests to monitor them over nine weeks. Each of the group has their fair share of weight-related issues. Portly Catholic priest Paul, for example, has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, takeaway fan Rebecca believes that she’s in the grip of a fast-food addiction, and secret binge-eater Yolande already has fatty liver disease. Watching them tackle the programme and shed the pounds is admirable enough, but even more striking is the positive effect that the diet has on their health. In fact, the implications of the results could be a huge money saver for the NHS. TD The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm Dr Chris van Tulleken continues his crusade against the over-medication of children. Tonight, he explores why so many young people are prescribed anti-depressants, and becomes suspicious over the rise in babies diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy. TD Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm “The nearest gay scene for me is Belfast,” says cattle farmer Richard, a problem seeing as he lives a three-hour ferry ride away in remote Dumfries and Galloway. Not to be defeated, Richard invites three potential partners to his farm. TD Carry On Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm More shenanigans from behind the doors of the European Parliament. We meet lone Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, whose staunch pro-Europe stance lands her in trouble with Brexit minister David Davis. TD Miranda Barbour: Serial Killer or Liar? BBC One, 10.45pm; Northern Ireland, 11.40pm; Scotland, 11.45pm; Wales, 11.05pm This gripping true crime documentary charts the case of teenage murderer Miranda Barbour. The young mother admitted killing internet date Troy La Ferarra but later confessed to a further 22 murders as part of a Satanic cult. TD Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix, from today This snappy sitcom about a cult escapee in the big city has proved a delight. A shame, then, that this fourth season is to be its last, with the first six episodes launching today and the remainder to come later this year. Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) new job at a tech start-up proves ripe for nerd-baiting satire. TD Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Presenter Waldemar Januszczak swaps the vastness of the Wild West featured in last week’s episode for the “pulsing, futuristic excitement of the American city”, as his fascinating series on American art continues. He starts out amid the skyscrapers of New York, explaining how the vaulting architecture of the Chrysler Building exemplified the hope and ambition of the burgeoning metropolis. We then move on to the Great Depression, presaged by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton in his restless murals of urban life. TD Great Expectations (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ BBC Two, 12.35pm David Lean’s peerless version of Dickens’s novel is packed with memorable moments, from its opening scenes on the marshes, where Pip first meets the escaped convict Magwitch, to the enduring images of Miss Havisham’s house… not forgetting Pip’s boxing match with Herbert Pocket. John Mills is twice the age of the book’s Pip, but there’s a subtle ingenuousness in his performance. Rebecca (1940, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures TV, 9.00pm One of Hitchcock’s most disconcerting and finest films was adapted from a Daphne du Maurier story, though he departed from the text in many ways. A bride (Joan Fontaine) is haunted by the memory of her husband’s (Laurence Olivier) dead first wife. The excellent cast (Judith Anderson as formidable housekeeper Mrs Danvers is a particular highlight) adds class to this eerily suspenseful treat. Inglourious Basterds (2009) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 10.00pm It wasn’t quite the masterpiece we were told to expect, but Quentin Tarantino’s pastiche of war films and spaghetti westerns is still rollicking good fun and has all the ingredients of a classic Tarantino film. A celebration of vengeance, it’s an audacious take on the Second World War. Christoph Waltz deservedly won an Oscar for his incendiary turn as the “Jew Hunter”. Brad Pitt also stars. Thursday 31 May Humans Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm This third series of the thoughtful British science-fiction drama continues to benefit from a narrowing of focus; the big-name American actors and slightly strained global perspective have gone, but the thematic ambition has been retained. Less wilfully obscure than Sky Atlantic’s Westworld and considerably more affecting, Humans instead keeps a tight focus on emotion and relationships, whether the characters concerned are flesh and blood or gears and circuits. It can be heavy-handed with the allegories, certainly, but it’s never chilling or humourless – and leading synth performers Gemma Chan, Ivanno Jeremiah and Emily Berrington are as uncanny as ever. Mark Bonnar, too, is proving a handy addition to the cast as Neil, Laura’s (a brilliant Katherine Parkinson) professional antagonist and love interest – Bonnar’s history of playing characters with shifting loyalties comes in handy as Neil first opens his heart and then hardens his stance on the Dryden Commission. Mia (Chan), meanwhile, is on a one-synth mission to demonstrate coexistence is possible by moving into a hostile housing estate, and Leo (Colin Morgan) struggles with the realities of being human. GT Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This week begins with chocolate puddings, which means the contestants are challenged to rustle up black forest gateaux and a dessert integrating a root vegetable, then aubergines and tofu take centre stage before the elimination round and an oriental classic. GT Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm Hollings and their “British chophouse classics” square up to an Italian-influenced brand serving fresh pasta from a cheese wheel, as Fred Sireix and a group of high-street investors gauge their potential. GT Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm Now with a Bafta award under its belt, this fine series follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service over the last Saturday night before Christmas. An inevitably busy period is made harder by a major traffic accident in central Birmingham – an incident which puts tremendous mental and physical demands on the crews, documented here with the clarity and honesty we’ve come to expect from the series. GT Great Art ITV, 10.50pm; not STV Tim Marlow takes a tour of the Royal Academy’s sell-out exhibition of the Parisian artist’s portraits, in the process assessing the man’s life, work, and reputation as “the father of modern art”. GT Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This pop cultural landmark, in which punk pioneers Sex Pistols grumbled, swore and generally misbehaved on Bill Grundy’s sleepily complacent regional chat-show, creating a national storm of outrage in the process, arguably received its definitive tribute from Kevin Eldon in 2013. The comedian’s loving reconstruction of the event imagined the Pistols as Amish people and bordered on performance art. Still, this gleefully silly take on the infamous encounter between the jobbing broadcaster (Steve Pemberton) and the Sex Pistols (played by members of the National Youth Theatre) is a lot of fun. GT Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm The eponymous depressed hitman (Bill Hader) tries to go it alone, only to be thwarted by his reckless partner Taylor (Dale Pavinski) and ructions among members of his acting class. GT Billion Dollar Brain (1967) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.00pm Michael Caine returns as the reluctant secret agent Harry Palmer (The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin) in this film from Ken Russell, based on the novels by Len Deighton. Having left the British Secret Service to pursue a career as a private investigator, Palmer stumbles into a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? It’s far-fetched but fun. Johnny Mnemonic (1995) ★★☆☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm Fresh from the rubber-burning success of Speed and four short years before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in this high-concept dystopian adventure as the eponymous anti-hero – a 21st-century courier whose augmented brain is used to transport illicit data – that very nearly ruined his career. It’s adapted by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson from his own story. Munich (2005) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 12.50am Eric Bana stars in Steven Spielberg’s audacious, if lengthy, examination of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Set in 1972, it adroitly tackles the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympics. Bana plays a Mossad agent charged with hunting down the extremists who planned the Munich attack. Some of the rhetoric is clumsy, but the film-makers strive to be politically even-handed. Friday 1 June Tracey Breaks the News: Ullman as Michael Gove Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm After losing her to the USA for 30 years, Tracey Ullman’s return to our shores two years ago has reminded us of her unparalleled talents as an impressionist. She captures the physicality of her famous subjects – Angela Merkel and Judi Dench are standouts – as well as their voices, and hats off to Ullman’s prosthetics teams for her remarkable transformations. After an acting stint in last year’s Howards End, Ullman returns to her comfort zone tonight with a second series of the topical sketch comedy show in which she skewers politicians, mostly – although we’ll also be treated to more of Ben Miller’s scene-stealing Rupert Murdoch, with Ullman as Jerry Hall. Although no preview tape was available due to last-minute filming, Ullman was pictured as Michael Gove in promotional material and has also promised impressions of Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The previous series attracted criticism for weak writing, and some skits do lack bite, but slack should be cut – it’s a notoriously difficult format to pull off. Ullman’s gift for mimicry means she hits the mark often enough for the show to be a welcome bit of light satire to wind up the week. VP Extreme Wales with Richard Parks BBC Two, 7.30pm Tonight’s final episode of Richard Parks’s adventure programme combines extreme sports with lush panoramas of the Welsh landscape. Daredevil Parks takes to the skies on a paramotor – nothing more than a parachute connected to a fan-like motor – to propel him the length of the country. VP The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Fugitive immigrant Taariq Shirazi (Alexander Behrang Keshtkar) makes a desperate bid to flee as the Scandi-noir crime series continues. When Saga (Sofia Helin) and Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) track him down, however, Saga’s inability to tell a lie has serious consequences. VP Friday Night Dinner Channel 4, 10.00pm This sitcom’s family squabbles are more uncomfortably familiar than laugh-out-loud funny in tonight’s penultimate visit to the Goodmans’ home. Writer Robert Popper capitalises on Simon Bird’s musical skills by having his character, Adam, reluctantly play the violin to cheer up Grandma. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.35pm; NI, 11.05pm; Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Jo Brand and Aidan Turner offer their funniest anecdotes tonight. Plus, Liam Payne continues his post-One Direction solo career with a performance his new single, Familiar. VP The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven BBC Four, 9.00pm Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards and Graham Nash are among the luminaries paying tribute to Don and Phil Everly in this 2016 documentary, all of them claiming the brothers as an influence. Surviving sibling Don Everly returns to Iowa to recount the brothers’ first appearances, their pivotal move to Nashville and stardom in the late Fifties. Africa: A Journey into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm So much of the music we listen to has its roots in African music. In this new three-part documentary series, London DJ Rita Ray sets off to explore the continent’s influence. Kicking off her journey in Nigeria, Ray stumbles across impromptu drumming ceremonies in the streets as she explores the importance of rhythm in the country’s music and meets its major players. Future episodes take her to Mali and South Africa. VP Crocodile Dundee (1986) ★★★★☆ Film4, 7.10pm Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), a bushman from northern Australia, is a dab hand at surviving in the Outback. But when he is invited to New York City by Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), a high-class reporter, in this Oscar-nominated comedy drama, he finds life far tougher in the urban jungle. He’s a survivor though: muggers who accost Dundee discover that he has a bigger knife than they do. American Made (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Doug Liman directs Tom Cruise in this lively, madcap real-life tale of pilot, drug smuggler and CIA gun-runner Barry Seal, whose supersonic, if lawless, career path began, according to this script, when he was a bored TWA pilot in 1978 and was approached out of the blue by a CIA handler (Domhnall Gleeson, all greasy persuasion) to conduct reconnaissance flights across the Caribbean. GoodFellas (1990) ★★★★★ ITV4, 10.00pm Martin Scorsese’s Mafia masterpiece, adapted from a non-fiction book, has all the qualities of great cinema: it’s thrilling, it’s provocative, it’s stylish, and it’s got a young Robert De Niro in it. Ray Liotta plays the youngster who longs to be a gangster; De Niro and Joe Pesci are in the Mob. Pesci’s mother, meanwhile, reportedly asked him if he had to swear quite so much – the f-word is used 300 times. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: Unreported World and the BBC's Biggest Weekend
Friday 25 May Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Saturday 26 May Emile Sande performs The Biggest Weekend Live BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four from 6.45pm With Glastonbury taking a year off, music fans still have the chance to get their kicks as the BBC provides room in its schedules for The Biggest Weekend, the largest free festival in Europe. This year’s event is taking place over four days across the UK with venues in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry. So what can eager music fans expect? Things get under way in Swansea, Belfast and Perth, with Coventry joining the party on Sunday. BBC One kicks things off at 6.45pm with highlights from Ed Sheeran’s performance at Singleton Park in Swansea earlier in the day (the busy Sheeran is also playing at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in the evening), then it’s over to BBC Two for Emeli Sande at Scone Palace in Perth and Clean Bandit in Swansea. At 9pm, Greg James introduces Sam Smith’s headline set at Swansea before Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds round off the BBC Two coverage. Over on BBC Four, Lauren Laverne introduces highlights from Neneh Cherry at the Titanic Slipways, in Belfast, from 7pm before checking in on sets from Simple Minds, Chvrches, Franz Ferdinand and Wolf Alice. The night finishes with Underworld’s closing set from Belfast at 10pm. SH Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm The final auditions brings one last chance to impress the judges before next week’s much-anticipated live semi-finals, which begin on Monday. SH The Queen’s Lost Cousin Channel 4, 8.00pm First shown in 2015, this documentary tells the story of the Queen’s cousin, Prince William of Gloucester, who died, aged 30, in a plane crash in 1972. There’s notable contribution from Zsuzsi Starkloff, the Hungarian-born, twice divorced former model who was involved in a contentious relationship with William, and although the story remains intriguing, the film veers into cliché. SH Queen Victoria and Her Tragic Family Channel 5, 9.15pm With this second episode the series moves on to the 1860s and the period following the death of Prince Albert at the age of 42. Mired in grief, Queen Victoria began to struggle, as monarch and mother, until a surprising friendship helped her pull through. SH All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.20pm Freddie Flintoff, Fatima Whitbread and Jonnie Peacock are among those subjecting themselves to interrogation by Irish Mammy Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll’s foul-mouthed matriarch) ushers in a new set of guests. Music is by Clean Bandit; the double entendres are all O’Carroll’s own. SH Queen Night Sky Arts, from 6.00pm Sky Arts celebrates the greatest pomp rockers of them all – Queen. First up is Video Killed the Radio Star in which the band looks back at their best videos. Concerts in Rio and Budapest sandwich The Magic Years, a film about how Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon cemented their place as one of the most influential bands ever. Later, there’s more behind the scenes material in Queen: The Phenomenon. SH How the Young Ones Changed Comedy Gold, from 9.30pm It’s hard to imagine just how different The Young Ones was when it arrived in 1982, but this entertaining film does a good job of trying to explain. Featuring Ade Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle, this documentary traces the show’s origins (“Our jokes were terrible,” says Edmondson) to TV history. It’s followed by The Young Ones’ University Challenge parody episode; tomorrow, at 9.30pm, is a countdown of the 20 greatest moments. SH Puss in Boots (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.45pm DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek spin-off follows Puss in Boots’s life before he became the green ogre’s sidekick. With the help of Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), the swashbuckling feline (Antonio Banderas) becomes a hero after saving his town. Like the CGI ogre’s last two films, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, the animation is more impressive than the jokes. Kenny (2017) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm No footballer has combined brilliance on the field and success in management with such a harrowing proximity to calamities. This edifying film explores Kenny Dalglish’s experiences at Ibrox (66 were killed in 1971), Heysel (he was on the pitch for the tragedy of 1985 in which 39 died) and Hillsborough (he was in the dug-out when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground in 1989) and revisits his talent in the No 7 shirt. The Hunter (2011) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 12.30am Willem Dafoe excels as a mercenary hired by biotech company Red Leaf to track down the last remaining Tasmanian tiger in the Australian wilderness, arousing suspicion and hostility as he goes. Posing as a university researcher, he lodges with a family and grows close to them, but Red Leaf want the tiger’s blood at any cost. There’s a gripping moral weight to questions of extinction, survival and profiteering. Sunday 27 May The Handmaid's Tale Imagine… Orhan Pamuk: a Strange Mind BBC One, 10.30pm Although Imagine… covers the panoply of the arts, Alan Yentob always seems most comfortable in the company of authors, which is why this, A Strange Mind, is one of the most rewarding instalments for a while. In being content here to act as audience rather than interrogator, Yentob allows Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk to amble across some fertile intellectual territory. Born into a secular middle-class family, Pamuk dreamt of being an artist or architect, only to turn to writing when he was faced with a likely future of redesigning much of his native Istanbul’s old city (a glance at a sketchbook suggests his talent is far from dormant). The resulting novels, which include Snow and My Name is Red, explore the clashes of ancient and modern, East and West, religious and secular, with a fearlessness that brought Pamuk into conflict with Turkey’s authoritarian government, but also the love of many compatriots. Pamuk is loquacious, generous company and, while this functions well as an autobiographical profile and assessment of his literary achievements, it also does something far harder and more impressive in capturing something of the essence of its subject. GT Countryfile BBC One, 6.30pm As a celebration of 30 years of Countryfile and the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, Matt Baker, Anita Rani and John Craven explore the Royal family’s Windsor Estate. Among the topics are the livestock breeding that has saved one equine breed from extinction and the Queen’s own early experiences here. GT The London Palladium: the Greatest Stage on Earth ITV, 8.00pm Bradley Walsh ropes in some heavyweight talent to pay tribute to the venerable theatre in this one-off special. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Dale, Beverley Knight and Stephen Fry are among those recounting their memories of the place in a lavish affair that is worth watching if only for some gorgeous, little-seen archive footage of Morecambe and Wise. GT A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) turns the screw on Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) as the latter’s profile grows – a decision that can only lead to disaster as Russell T Davies’s wonderful miniseries continues. GT The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm The Colonies are shaken by a new arrival while Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusts to a life in hiding, in a second series of the dystopian drama which, if anything, hits harder than its predecessor. GT The Break with Michelle Wolf Netflix, from today Fresh from her bold but divisive monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she witheringly attacked the Trump administration and humiliated his Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, comedian Michelle Wolf launches a weekly variety series of stand-up and sketch comedy. GT Jonathan Meades on Jargon BBC Four, 10.30pm Arguably the most provocative and stimulating broadcaster around, Jonathan Meades dissects politics and football commentary, among other areas of public life, for insights into how jargon and slang are used to obfuscate and mislead. Its verbal vivacity, driven by an honestly felt fury at the desecration of the English language, is matched by visual intrigue, unlikely juxtapositions and an admirable willingness of the host to send himself up, all ably helmed by Meades’s regular collaborator Francis Hanly. GT The Goonies (1985) ★★★★☆ Universal TV, 3.00pm A cult favourite, this rollicking adventure follows a group of teenage friends from the “Goon Docks” area of Oregon (played by, among others, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) on the hunt for a hoard of pirate treasure. Blocking their path, however, is a family of criminals, the Fratellis. Steven Spielberg dreamed up the story; Chris Columbus (Home Alone) wrote the screenplay. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 10.10pm This lithe adaptation of the second novel from Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) competing once again in a televised fight to the death. But since the last film, Katniss has become an icon of rebellion, and the ruling class wants to bring her down a peg or two. This enormously watchable film blends whip-cracking action, oddball aesthetic and entirely laudable message. The Ides of March (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.35pm George Clooney is the director, co-writer and star of this politically charged thriller about spin, soured idealism and dirty secrets. Mike Morris (Clooney) is a liberal state governor running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Ryan Gosling steals the show as the campaign’s devoted but ambitious press secretary, whose loyalties are tested to the limit. A gripping film that engages and entertains. Monday 28 May King Lear: Anthony Hopkins King Lear BBC Two, 9.30pm Talk about event TV: After making movie magic in Howards End and The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, are reunited in Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, under the direction of Richard Eyre. Plus they have a stellar supporting cast, that includes Jim Broadbent, Emily Watson and Andrew Scott. Eyre sets this version in a fictional modern-day and moves the action between castles and modern locales, such as a rundown shopping precinct, to keep it contemporary. Hopkins is on great form as Lear – his old king seems to be suffering from dementia from the start, making sense of his rashness in disinheriting youngest daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh), of him kissing another, Regan (Watson), full on the lips, and of failing to recognise other loved ones. Eyre has cut the play judiciously and brings an interesting take on Lear – that it’s about flawed parenting – that offers some insight into the behaviour of his children. Ultimately, however, it’s about Lear’s tragedy, not theirs, and Hopkins delivers a barnstorming central performance. Having played the role more than 30 years ago at the National Theatre, he’s truly grown into it. VP Richard Osman’s House of Games BBC Two, 6.00pm Pointless’s scene-stealing sidekick Richard Osman gets his moment to shine as quizmaster of this trivia contest, returning for a five-night run with BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty among those competing. It’s followed by a new series of game show Curious Creatures, hosted by Kate Humble. VP Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 7.30pm Declan Donnelly flies solo as host of the semi-finals, airing nightly up to next weekend’s final. Each evening, eight of the 40 acts will perform again in the hope of becoming one of two promoted to the final by the voting public. The results are at 9.30pm. VP Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm Cute footage of hatchlings and deft presenting by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan provide a winning formula for this three-week wildlife extravaganza. Gillian Burke returns, this time as a roving reporter, with Steve Backshall the first of the guests replacing the much-missed Martin Hughes-Games. VP Peter Kay’s Car Share: The Finale BBC One, 10.00pm Bowing to fan pressure, Peter Kay offers closure with this finale to his charming comedy about supermarket employees sharing the journey to and from work. Laughs and surprises abound on John and Kayleigh’s (Kay and Sian Gibson) last jaunt, but will romance ensue? VP The Vicar of Dibley Gold, 7.40pm Here’s a chance to revisit the last-ever episode of Richard Curtis’s sitcom, which delivers a fairy-tale finale for Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) when she marries Harry (Richard Armitage). Hugh Bonneville makes an amusing cameo as a lovesick vicar in the episode that also showcases French’s chemistry with the late Emma Chambers, who played daft Alice Tinker. VP Nigel Kennedy at the Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 8.30pm The BBC’s music festival welcomes maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy to Coventry’s War Memorial Park. Suzy Klein and Lloyd Coleman present as Kennedy performs his inimitable renditions of Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix with the BBC Concert Orchestra. VP WestWorld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm As part of her master plan, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) appears to be taking control over Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) in this episode of the futuristic drama and his confusion grows. VP Over the Hedge (2006) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25am An endearing animated adventure about a group of forest creatures that, on waking after their winter hibernation, discover humans have moved in next door to them. Apprehension gives way to curiosity and excitement as they discover what the humans have to offer. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell and Avril Lavigne, among others, it’s an enjoyable movie with a message – but avoids getting too preachy. Sing Street (2016) ★★★★☆ Film4, 9.00pm Young love is set to an Eighties beat in this delightful coming-of-age tale. As with all of John Carney’s films (i.e. 2006 hit Once), the message is clear: where there is music, there is hope. The film rattles along to a cracking soundtrack – The Jam, Motörhead, The Cure – as young Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) chaotically tries to put together a band to impress a girl at school. Brideshead Revisited (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25pm In the light of the 1981 TV version of Evelyn Waugh’s novel, you do have to admire the chutzpah of anyone else giving Brideshead a go. Julian Jarrold’s attempt suffers from a desire to force modern conventions upon a story defined by the mores of upper-class interwar Britain. Hayley Atwell and Ben Whishaw are the Flyte siblings, but Catholicism, the tale’s engine, is only pernicious, never seductive. Tuesday 29 May Arrested Development Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland, 11.15pm Few education issues are as contentious in this country as that of grammar schools, with Prime Minister Theresa May among those supporting their return. This thought-provoking three-part documentary focusing on the London borough of Bexley, where each year over 5,000 children sit the selective exam for one of the area’s four grammar schools, could not, therefore, have come at a better time. We hear from both sides of the debate and are shown both the benefits and drawbacks of attending either a grammar or secondary modern school – although, as always, it’s the parents and children who make the most notable contributions. “If you want your child to become better in their future life, it’s good to go to a grammar school,” says one mother, who works long hours for minimum wage and pays £300 a month for a tutor for her daughter. Meanwhile, another, herself the product of a grammar school, despairs of the increasing parental competitiveness. And, for all the film-makers’ admirably even-handed approach, it’s the stress felt by the children that makes the biggest mark, with one youngster noting: “I don’t think grammar school is fair because people are far too young to feel they’ve failed.” SH Emmerdale ITV, 7.00pm Emmerdale confronts the difficult subject of child abuse when Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) opens up about her past in this special flashback episode. Last November a similar technique was used, to great effect, to shed light on her cousin Cain’s experiences. Mica Proctor, in another triumph of casting, plays the young Charity. SH The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s enjoyable family saga comes to a climax with scores settled, decisions made and reconciliations all over the place. It works not least because Morgan never forgets that one person’s happy ending is another’s poisoned chalice, meaning there’s pain amid the laughter. SH The Battle for Britain’s Heroes Channel 4, 9.00pm “Our heroes often have a toxic past,” says Afua Hirsch at the start of this captivating and provocative film. She pulls no punches in her look at the darker side of our history, exploring slavery, racism and colonialism, in a film certain to enrage as many people as it informs. SH 4 Men, 175 Babies: Britain’s Super Sperm Donors Channel 4, 10.00pm This film follows men who donate their sperm for free, via unregulated websites. But why? “Being a sperm donor is like being a Samaritan,” says 61-year-old Clive, who began donating once he retired. SH Arrested Development Netflix, from today For anyone who didn’t watch the patchy fourth series of this popular Emmy-winning comedy about a rich family who lose their wealth, the good news is that you can pick up this new series with no problem. The bad news for those that did watch it is that this opening episode spends ages rehashing past events. Thankfully things do settle down – and become very funny – as we find out what happened after the infamous punch that George Michael (Michael Cera) landed on his father Michael (Jason Bateman). A proper return to form. SH Master of Photography Sky Arts, 8.00pm The international photography contest returns for a third series, with Oliviero Toscani joined on the judging panel by curator Mark Sealy and the New Yorker’s Elisabeth Biondi. Here’s hoping that this series avoids the problems of last year, which saw contestant Souvid Datta accused of plagiarism. SH All Creatures Great and Small (1975) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 12.45pm Simon Ward and a pre-Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins star as Yorkshire vets James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon in this gentle drama set in the Thirties and based on the first two books of British vet Alf Wight (who wrote under the pseudonym of Herriot). The TV series that followed remains most memorable, but there’s warm-hearted performances here too. Operation Petticoat (1959) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.25pm A beguiling Second World War comedy directed by Blake Edwards and starring Cary Grant as a submarine captain with a strict sense of order and a rule-breaking hustler of a first officer (Tony Curtis). The vessel is bombed by the Japanese, but that’s the least of its worries. Five nurses in distress, a goat and a coating of pink paint all pose challenges for the effortlessly funny crew. The Enforcer (1976) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.00pm Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan is teamed up with rookie female partner Kate Moore (Tyne Daly) in this entertaining but ultimately disappointing third chapter of the Dirty Harry series. Together they battle violent eco-terrorists who have kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco (John Crawford) while, between the gun battles, cynical Callahan attempts to come to terms with his own male chauvinism. Wednesday 30 May Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Big Crash Diet Experiment BBC One, 8.00pm Is it time to rethink our attitude to crash dieting? That’s the question posed by tonight’s revealing documentary, which assesses the health impact of this extreme approach to weight loss. Our guide is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, who along with a raft of health professionals, aims to challenge orthodox beliefs about what some see as nutritionally inadequate eating regimes with only short-term benefits. Abdelmoneim persuades four obese volunteers to give up the food that they love and opt for a scary-sounding liquid-only intake of soups and shakes, using scans and blood tests to monitor them over nine weeks. Each of the group has their fair share of weight-related issues. Portly Catholic priest Paul, for example, has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, takeaway fan Rebecca believes that she’s in the grip of a fast-food addiction, and secret binge-eater Yolande already has fatty liver disease. Watching them tackle the programme and shed the pounds is admirable enough, but even more striking is the positive effect that the diet has on their health. In fact, the implications of the results could be a huge money saver for the NHS. TD The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm Dr Chris van Tulleken continues his crusade against the over-medication of children. Tonight, he explores why so many young people are prescribed anti-depressants, and becomes suspicious over the rise in babies diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy. TD Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm “The nearest gay scene for me is Belfast,” says cattle farmer Richard, a problem seeing as he lives a three-hour ferry ride away in remote Dumfries and Galloway. Not to be defeated, Richard invites three potential partners to his farm. TD Carry On Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm More shenanigans from behind the doors of the European Parliament. We meet lone Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, whose staunch pro-Europe stance lands her in trouble with Brexit minister David Davis. TD Miranda Barbour: Serial Killer or Liar? BBC One, 10.45pm; Northern Ireland, 11.40pm; Scotland, 11.45pm; Wales, 11.05pm This gripping true crime documentary charts the case of teenage murderer Miranda Barbour. The young mother admitted killing internet date Troy La Ferarra but later confessed to a further 22 murders as part of a Satanic cult. TD Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix, from today This snappy sitcom about a cult escapee in the big city has proved a delight. A shame, then, that this fourth season is to be its last, with the first six episodes launching today and the remainder to come later this year. Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) new job at a tech start-up proves ripe for nerd-baiting satire. TD Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Presenter Waldemar Januszczak swaps the vastness of the Wild West featured in last week’s episode for the “pulsing, futuristic excitement of the American city”, as his fascinating series on American art continues. He starts out amid the skyscrapers of New York, explaining how the vaulting architecture of the Chrysler Building exemplified the hope and ambition of the burgeoning metropolis. We then move on to the Great Depression, presaged by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton in his restless murals of urban life. TD Great Expectations (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ BBC Two, 12.35pm David Lean’s peerless version of Dickens’s novel is packed with memorable moments, from its opening scenes on the marshes, where Pip first meets the escaped convict Magwitch, to the enduring images of Miss Havisham’s house… not forgetting Pip’s boxing match with Herbert Pocket. John Mills is twice the age of the book’s Pip, but there’s a subtle ingenuousness in his performance. Rebecca (1940, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures TV, 9.00pm One of Hitchcock’s most disconcerting and finest films was adapted from a Daphne du Maurier story, though he departed from the text in many ways. A bride (Joan Fontaine) is haunted by the memory of her husband’s (Laurence Olivier) dead first wife. The excellent cast (Judith Anderson as formidable housekeeper Mrs Danvers is a particular highlight) adds class to this eerily suspenseful treat. Inglourious Basterds (2009) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 10.00pm It wasn’t quite the masterpiece we were told to expect, but Quentin Tarantino’s pastiche of war films and spaghetti westerns is still rollicking good fun and has all the ingredients of a classic Tarantino film. A celebration of vengeance, it’s an audacious take on the Second World War. Christoph Waltz deservedly won an Oscar for his incendiary turn as the “Jew Hunter”. Brad Pitt also stars. Thursday 31 May Humans Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm This third series of the thoughtful British science-fiction drama continues to benefit from a narrowing of focus; the big-name American actors and slightly strained global perspective have gone, but the thematic ambition has been retained. Less wilfully obscure than Sky Atlantic’s Westworld and considerably more affecting, Humans instead keeps a tight focus on emotion and relationships, whether the characters concerned are flesh and blood or gears and circuits. It can be heavy-handed with the allegories, certainly, but it’s never chilling or humourless – and leading synth performers Gemma Chan, Ivanno Jeremiah and Emily Berrington are as uncanny as ever. Mark Bonnar, too, is proving a handy addition to the cast as Neil, Laura’s (a brilliant Katherine Parkinson) professional antagonist and love interest – Bonnar’s history of playing characters with shifting loyalties comes in handy as Neil first opens his heart and then hardens his stance on the Dryden Commission. Mia (Chan), meanwhile, is on a one-synth mission to demonstrate coexistence is possible by moving into a hostile housing estate, and Leo (Colin Morgan) struggles with the realities of being human. GT Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This week begins with chocolate puddings, which means the contestants are challenged to rustle up black forest gateaux and a dessert integrating a root vegetable, then aubergines and tofu take centre stage before the elimination round and an oriental classic. GT Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm Hollings and their “British chophouse classics” square up to an Italian-influenced brand serving fresh pasta from a cheese wheel, as Fred Sireix and a group of high-street investors gauge their potential. GT Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm Now with a Bafta award under its belt, this fine series follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service over the last Saturday night before Christmas. An inevitably busy period is made harder by a major traffic accident in central Birmingham – an incident which puts tremendous mental and physical demands on the crews, documented here with the clarity and honesty we’ve come to expect from the series. GT Great Art ITV, 10.50pm; not STV Tim Marlow takes a tour of the Royal Academy’s sell-out exhibition of the Parisian artist’s portraits, in the process assessing the man’s life, work, and reputation as “the father of modern art”. GT Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This pop cultural landmark, in which punk pioneers Sex Pistols grumbled, swore and generally misbehaved on Bill Grundy’s sleepily complacent regional chat-show, creating a national storm of outrage in the process, arguably received its definitive tribute from Kevin Eldon in 2013. The comedian’s loving reconstruction of the event imagined the Pistols as Amish people and bordered on performance art. Still, this gleefully silly take on the infamous encounter between the jobbing broadcaster (Steve Pemberton) and the Sex Pistols (played by members of the National Youth Theatre) is a lot of fun. GT Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm The eponymous depressed hitman (Bill Hader) tries to go it alone, only to be thwarted by his reckless partner Taylor (Dale Pavinski) and ructions among members of his acting class. GT Billion Dollar Brain (1967) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.00pm Michael Caine returns as the reluctant secret agent Harry Palmer (The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin) in this film from Ken Russell, based on the novels by Len Deighton. Having left the British Secret Service to pursue a career as a private investigator, Palmer stumbles into a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? It’s far-fetched but fun. Johnny Mnemonic (1995) ★★☆☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm Fresh from the rubber-burning success of Speed and four short years before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in this high-concept dystopian adventure as the eponymous anti-hero – a 21st-century courier whose augmented brain is used to transport illicit data – that very nearly ruined his career. It’s adapted by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson from his own story. Munich (2005) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 12.50am Eric Bana stars in Steven Spielberg’s audacious, if lengthy, examination of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Set in 1972, it adroitly tackles the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympics. Bana plays a Mossad agent charged with hunting down the extremists who planned the Munich attack. Some of the rhetoric is clumsy, but the film-makers strive to be politically even-handed. Friday 1 June Tracey Breaks the News: Ullman as Michael Gove Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm After losing her to the USA for 30 years, Tracey Ullman’s return to our shores two years ago has reminded us of her unparalleled talents as an impressionist. She captures the physicality of her famous subjects – Angela Merkel and Judi Dench are standouts – as well as their voices, and hats off to Ullman’s prosthetics teams for her remarkable transformations. After an acting stint in last year’s Howards End, Ullman returns to her comfort zone tonight with a second series of the topical sketch comedy show in which she skewers politicians, mostly – although we’ll also be treated to more of Ben Miller’s scene-stealing Rupert Murdoch, with Ullman as Jerry Hall. Although no preview tape was available due to last-minute filming, Ullman was pictured as Michael Gove in promotional material and has also promised impressions of Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The previous series attracted criticism for weak writing, and some skits do lack bite, but slack should be cut – it’s a notoriously difficult format to pull off. Ullman’s gift for mimicry means she hits the mark often enough for the show to be a welcome bit of light satire to wind up the week. VP Extreme Wales with Richard Parks BBC Two, 7.30pm Tonight’s final episode of Richard Parks’s adventure programme combines extreme sports with lush panoramas of the Welsh landscape. Daredevil Parks takes to the skies on a paramotor – nothing more than a parachute connected to a fan-like motor – to propel him the length of the country. VP The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Fugitive immigrant Taariq Shirazi (Alexander Behrang Keshtkar) makes a desperate bid to flee as the Scandi-noir crime series continues. When Saga (Sofia Helin) and Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) track him down, however, Saga’s inability to tell a lie has serious consequences. VP Friday Night Dinner Channel 4, 10.00pm This sitcom’s family squabbles are more uncomfortably familiar than laugh-out-loud funny in tonight’s penultimate visit to the Goodmans’ home. Writer Robert Popper capitalises on Simon Bird’s musical skills by having his character, Adam, reluctantly play the violin to cheer up Grandma. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.35pm; NI, 11.05pm; Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Jo Brand and Aidan Turner offer their funniest anecdotes tonight. Plus, Liam Payne continues his post-One Direction solo career with a performance his new single, Familiar. VP The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven BBC Four, 9.00pm Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards and Graham Nash are among the luminaries paying tribute to Don and Phil Everly in this 2016 documentary, all of them claiming the brothers as an influence. Surviving sibling Don Everly returns to Iowa to recount the brothers’ first appearances, their pivotal move to Nashville and stardom in the late Fifties. Africa: A Journey into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm So much of the music we listen to has its roots in African music. In this new three-part documentary series, London DJ Rita Ray sets off to explore the continent’s influence. Kicking off her journey in Nigeria, Ray stumbles across impromptu drumming ceremonies in the streets as she explores the importance of rhythm in the country’s music and meets its major players. Future episodes take her to Mali and South Africa. VP Crocodile Dundee (1986) ★★★★☆ Film4, 7.10pm Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), a bushman from northern Australia, is a dab hand at surviving in the Outback. But when he is invited to New York City by Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), a high-class reporter, in this Oscar-nominated comedy drama, he finds life far tougher in the urban jungle. He’s a survivor though: muggers who accost Dundee discover that he has a bigger knife than they do. American Made (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Doug Liman directs Tom Cruise in this lively, madcap real-life tale of pilot, drug smuggler and CIA gun-runner Barry Seal, whose supersonic, if lawless, career path began, according to this script, when he was a bored TWA pilot in 1978 and was approached out of the blue by a CIA handler (Domhnall Gleeson, all greasy persuasion) to conduct reconnaissance flights across the Caribbean. GoodFellas (1990) ★★★★★ ITV4, 10.00pm Martin Scorsese’s Mafia masterpiece, adapted from a non-fiction book, has all the qualities of great cinema: it’s thrilling, it’s provocative, it’s stylish, and it’s got a young Robert De Niro in it. Ray Liotta plays the youngster who longs to be a gangster; De Niro and Joe Pesci are in the Mob. Pesci’s mother, meanwhile, reportedly asked him if he had to swear quite so much – the f-word is used 300 times. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Friday 25 May Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Saturday 26 May Emile Sande performs The Biggest Weekend Live BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four from 6.45pm With Glastonbury taking a year off, music fans still have the chance to get their kicks as the BBC provides room in its schedules for The Biggest Weekend, the largest free festival in Europe. This year’s event is taking place over four days across the UK with venues in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry. So what can eager music fans expect? Things get under way in Swansea, Belfast and Perth, with Coventry joining the party on Sunday. BBC One kicks things off at 6.45pm with highlights from Ed Sheeran’s performance at Singleton Park in Swansea earlier in the day (the busy Sheeran is also playing at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in the evening), then it’s over to BBC Two for Emeli Sande at Scone Palace in Perth and Clean Bandit in Swansea. At 9pm, Greg James introduces Sam Smith’s headline set at Swansea before Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds round off the BBC Two coverage. Over on BBC Four, Lauren Laverne introduces highlights from Neneh Cherry at the Titanic Slipways, in Belfast, from 7pm before checking in on sets from Simple Minds, Chvrches, Franz Ferdinand and Wolf Alice. The night finishes with Underworld’s closing set from Belfast at 10pm. SH Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm The final auditions brings one last chance to impress the judges before next week’s much-anticipated live semi-finals, which begin on Monday. SH The Queen’s Lost Cousin Channel 4, 8.00pm First shown in 2015, this documentary tells the story of the Queen’s cousin, Prince William of Gloucester, who died, aged 30, in a plane crash in 1972. There’s notable contribution from Zsuzsi Starkloff, the Hungarian-born, twice divorced former model who was involved in a contentious relationship with William, and although the story remains intriguing, the film veers into cliché. SH Queen Victoria and Her Tragic Family Channel 5, 9.15pm With this second episode the series moves on to the 1860s and the period following the death of Prince Albert at the age of 42. Mired in grief, Queen Victoria began to struggle, as monarch and mother, until a surprising friendship helped her pull through. SH All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.20pm Freddie Flintoff, Fatima Whitbread and Jonnie Peacock are among those subjecting themselves to interrogation by Irish Mammy Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll’s foul-mouthed matriarch) ushers in a new set of guests. Music is by Clean Bandit; the double entendres are all O’Carroll’s own. SH Queen Night Sky Arts, from 6.00pm Sky Arts celebrates the greatest pomp rockers of them all – Queen. First up is Video Killed the Radio Star in which the band looks back at their best videos. Concerts in Rio and Budapest sandwich The Magic Years, a film about how Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon cemented their place as one of the most influential bands ever. Later, there’s more behind the scenes material in Queen: The Phenomenon. SH How the Young Ones Changed Comedy Gold, from 9.30pm It’s hard to imagine just how different The Young Ones was when it arrived in 1982, but this entertaining film does a good job of trying to explain. Featuring Ade Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle, this documentary traces the show’s origins (“Our jokes were terrible,” says Edmondson) to TV history. It’s followed by The Young Ones’ University Challenge parody episode; tomorrow, at 9.30pm, is a countdown of the 20 greatest moments. SH Puss in Boots (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.45pm DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek spin-off follows Puss in Boots’s life before he became the green ogre’s sidekick. With the help of Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), the swashbuckling feline (Antonio Banderas) becomes a hero after saving his town. Like the CGI ogre’s last two films, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, the animation is more impressive than the jokes. Kenny (2017) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm No footballer has combined brilliance on the field and success in management with such a harrowing proximity to calamities. This edifying film explores Kenny Dalglish’s experiences at Ibrox (66 were killed in 1971), Heysel (he was on the pitch for the tragedy of 1985 in which 39 died) and Hillsborough (he was in the dug-out when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground in 1989) and revisits his talent in the No 7 shirt. The Hunter (2011) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 12.30am Willem Dafoe excels as a mercenary hired by biotech company Red Leaf to track down the last remaining Tasmanian tiger in the Australian wilderness, arousing suspicion and hostility as he goes. Posing as a university researcher, he lodges with a family and grows close to them, but Red Leaf want the tiger’s blood at any cost. There’s a gripping moral weight to questions of extinction, survival and profiteering. Sunday 27 May The Handmaid's Tale Imagine… Orhan Pamuk: a Strange Mind BBC One, 10.30pm Although Imagine… covers the panoply of the arts, Alan Yentob always seems most comfortable in the company of authors, which is why this, A Strange Mind, is one of the most rewarding instalments for a while. In being content here to act as audience rather than interrogator, Yentob allows Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk to amble across some fertile intellectual territory. Born into a secular middle-class family, Pamuk dreamt of being an artist or architect, only to turn to writing when he was faced with a likely future of redesigning much of his native Istanbul’s old city (a glance at a sketchbook suggests his talent is far from dormant). The resulting novels, which include Snow and My Name is Red, explore the clashes of ancient and modern, East and West, religious and secular, with a fearlessness that brought Pamuk into conflict with Turkey’s authoritarian government, but also the love of many compatriots. Pamuk is loquacious, generous company and, while this functions well as an autobiographical profile and assessment of his literary achievements, it also does something far harder and more impressive in capturing something of the essence of its subject. GT Countryfile BBC One, 6.30pm As a celebration of 30 years of Countryfile and the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, Matt Baker, Anita Rani and John Craven explore the Royal family’s Windsor Estate. Among the topics are the livestock breeding that has saved one equine breed from extinction and the Queen’s own early experiences here. GT The London Palladium: the Greatest Stage on Earth ITV, 8.00pm Bradley Walsh ropes in some heavyweight talent to pay tribute to the venerable theatre in this one-off special. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Dale, Beverley Knight and Stephen Fry are among those recounting their memories of the place in a lavish affair that is worth watching if only for some gorgeous, little-seen archive footage of Morecambe and Wise. GT A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) turns the screw on Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) as the latter’s profile grows – a decision that can only lead to disaster as Russell T Davies’s wonderful miniseries continues. GT The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm The Colonies are shaken by a new arrival while Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusts to a life in hiding, in a second series of the dystopian drama which, if anything, hits harder than its predecessor. GT The Break with Michelle Wolf Netflix, from today Fresh from her bold but divisive monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she witheringly attacked the Trump administration and humiliated his Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, comedian Michelle Wolf launches a weekly variety series of stand-up and sketch comedy. GT Jonathan Meades on Jargon BBC Four, 10.30pm Arguably the most provocative and stimulating broadcaster around, Jonathan Meades dissects politics and football commentary, among other areas of public life, for insights into how jargon and slang are used to obfuscate and mislead. Its verbal vivacity, driven by an honestly felt fury at the desecration of the English language, is matched by visual intrigue, unlikely juxtapositions and an admirable willingness of the host to send himself up, all ably helmed by Meades’s regular collaborator Francis Hanly. GT The Goonies (1985) ★★★★☆ Universal TV, 3.00pm A cult favourite, this rollicking adventure follows a group of teenage friends from the “Goon Docks” area of Oregon (played by, among others, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) on the hunt for a hoard of pirate treasure. Blocking their path, however, is a family of criminals, the Fratellis. Steven Spielberg dreamed up the story; Chris Columbus (Home Alone) wrote the screenplay. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 10.10pm This lithe adaptation of the second novel from Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) competing once again in a televised fight to the death. But since the last film, Katniss has become an icon of rebellion, and the ruling class wants to bring her down a peg or two. This enormously watchable film blends whip-cracking action, oddball aesthetic and entirely laudable message. The Ides of March (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.35pm George Clooney is the director, co-writer and star of this politically charged thriller about spin, soured idealism and dirty secrets. Mike Morris (Clooney) is a liberal state governor running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Ryan Gosling steals the show as the campaign’s devoted but ambitious press secretary, whose loyalties are tested to the limit. A gripping film that engages and entertains. Monday 28 May King Lear: Anthony Hopkins King Lear BBC Two, 9.30pm Talk about event TV: After making movie magic in Howards End and The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, are reunited in Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, under the direction of Richard Eyre. Plus they have a stellar supporting cast, that includes Jim Broadbent, Emily Watson and Andrew Scott. Eyre sets this version in a fictional modern-day and moves the action between castles and modern locales, such as a rundown shopping precinct, to keep it contemporary. Hopkins is on great form as Lear – his old king seems to be suffering from dementia from the start, making sense of his rashness in disinheriting youngest daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh), of him kissing another, Regan (Watson), full on the lips, and of failing to recognise other loved ones. Eyre has cut the play judiciously and brings an interesting take on Lear – that it’s about flawed parenting – that offers some insight into the behaviour of his children. Ultimately, however, it’s about Lear’s tragedy, not theirs, and Hopkins delivers a barnstorming central performance. Having played the role more than 30 years ago at the National Theatre, he’s truly grown into it. VP Richard Osman’s House of Games BBC Two, 6.00pm Pointless’s scene-stealing sidekick Richard Osman gets his moment to shine as quizmaster of this trivia contest, returning for a five-night run with BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty among those competing. It’s followed by a new series of game show Curious Creatures, hosted by Kate Humble. VP Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 7.30pm Declan Donnelly flies solo as host of the semi-finals, airing nightly up to next weekend’s final. Each evening, eight of the 40 acts will perform again in the hope of becoming one of two promoted to the final by the voting public. The results are at 9.30pm. VP Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm Cute footage of hatchlings and deft presenting by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan provide a winning formula for this three-week wildlife extravaganza. Gillian Burke returns, this time as a roving reporter, with Steve Backshall the first of the guests replacing the much-missed Martin Hughes-Games. VP Peter Kay’s Car Share: The Finale BBC One, 10.00pm Bowing to fan pressure, Peter Kay offers closure with this finale to his charming comedy about supermarket employees sharing the journey to and from work. Laughs and surprises abound on John and Kayleigh’s (Kay and Sian Gibson) last jaunt, but will romance ensue? VP The Vicar of Dibley Gold, 7.40pm Here’s a chance to revisit the last-ever episode of Richard Curtis’s sitcom, which delivers a fairy-tale finale for Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) when she marries Harry (Richard Armitage). Hugh Bonneville makes an amusing cameo as a lovesick vicar in the episode that also showcases French’s chemistry with the late Emma Chambers, who played daft Alice Tinker. VP Nigel Kennedy at the Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 8.30pm The BBC’s music festival welcomes maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy to Coventry’s War Memorial Park. Suzy Klein and Lloyd Coleman present as Kennedy performs his inimitable renditions of Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix with the BBC Concert Orchestra. VP WestWorld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm As part of her master plan, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) appears to be taking control over Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) in this episode of the futuristic drama and his confusion grows. VP Over the Hedge (2006) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25am An endearing animated adventure about a group of forest creatures that, on waking after their winter hibernation, discover humans have moved in next door to them. Apprehension gives way to curiosity and excitement as they discover what the humans have to offer. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell and Avril Lavigne, among others, it’s an enjoyable movie with a message – but avoids getting too preachy. Sing Street (2016) ★★★★☆ Film4, 9.00pm Young love is set to an Eighties beat in this delightful coming-of-age tale. As with all of John Carney’s films (i.e. 2006 hit Once), the message is clear: where there is music, there is hope. The film rattles along to a cracking soundtrack – The Jam, Motörhead, The Cure – as young Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) chaotically tries to put together a band to impress a girl at school. Brideshead Revisited (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25pm In the light of the 1981 TV version of Evelyn Waugh’s novel, you do have to admire the chutzpah of anyone else giving Brideshead a go. Julian Jarrold’s attempt suffers from a desire to force modern conventions upon a story defined by the mores of upper-class interwar Britain. Hayley Atwell and Ben Whishaw are the Flyte siblings, but Catholicism, the tale’s engine, is only pernicious, never seductive. Tuesday 29 May Arrested Development Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland, 11.15pm Few education issues are as contentious in this country as that of grammar schools, with Prime Minister Theresa May among those supporting their return. This thought-provoking three-part documentary focusing on the London borough of Bexley, where each year over 5,000 children sit the selective exam for one of the area’s four grammar schools, could not, therefore, have come at a better time. We hear from both sides of the debate and are shown both the benefits and drawbacks of attending either a grammar or secondary modern school – although, as always, it’s the parents and children who make the most notable contributions. “If you want your child to become better in their future life, it’s good to go to a grammar school,” says one mother, who works long hours for minimum wage and pays £300 a month for a tutor for her daughter. Meanwhile, another, herself the product of a grammar school, despairs of the increasing parental competitiveness. And, for all the film-makers’ admirably even-handed approach, it’s the stress felt by the children that makes the biggest mark, with one youngster noting: “I don’t think grammar school is fair because people are far too young to feel they’ve failed.” SH Emmerdale ITV, 7.00pm Emmerdale confronts the difficult subject of child abuse when Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) opens up about her past in this special flashback episode. Last November a similar technique was used, to great effect, to shed light on her cousin Cain’s experiences. Mica Proctor, in another triumph of casting, plays the young Charity. SH The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s enjoyable family saga comes to a climax with scores settled, decisions made and reconciliations all over the place. It works not least because Morgan never forgets that one person’s happy ending is another’s poisoned chalice, meaning there’s pain amid the laughter. SH The Battle for Britain’s Heroes Channel 4, 9.00pm “Our heroes often have a toxic past,” says Afua Hirsch at the start of this captivating and provocative film. She pulls no punches in her look at the darker side of our history, exploring slavery, racism and colonialism, in a film certain to enrage as many people as it informs. SH 4 Men, 175 Babies: Britain’s Super Sperm Donors Channel 4, 10.00pm This film follows men who donate their sperm for free, via unregulated websites. But why? “Being a sperm donor is like being a Samaritan,” says 61-year-old Clive, who began donating once he retired. SH Arrested Development Netflix, from today For anyone who didn’t watch the patchy fourth series of this popular Emmy-winning comedy about a rich family who lose their wealth, the good news is that you can pick up this new series with no problem. The bad news for those that did watch it is that this opening episode spends ages rehashing past events. Thankfully things do settle down – and become very funny – as we find out what happened after the infamous punch that George Michael (Michael Cera) landed on his father Michael (Jason Bateman). A proper return to form. SH Master of Photography Sky Arts, 8.00pm The international photography contest returns for a third series, with Oliviero Toscani joined on the judging panel by curator Mark Sealy and the New Yorker’s Elisabeth Biondi. Here’s hoping that this series avoids the problems of last year, which saw contestant Souvid Datta accused of plagiarism. SH All Creatures Great and Small (1975) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 12.45pm Simon Ward and a pre-Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins star as Yorkshire vets James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon in this gentle drama set in the Thirties and based on the first two books of British vet Alf Wight (who wrote under the pseudonym of Herriot). The TV series that followed remains most memorable, but there’s warm-hearted performances here too. Operation Petticoat (1959) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.25pm A beguiling Second World War comedy directed by Blake Edwards and starring Cary Grant as a submarine captain with a strict sense of order and a rule-breaking hustler of a first officer (Tony Curtis). The vessel is bombed by the Japanese, but that’s the least of its worries. Five nurses in distress, a goat and a coating of pink paint all pose challenges for the effortlessly funny crew. The Enforcer (1976) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.00pm Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan is teamed up with rookie female partner Kate Moore (Tyne Daly) in this entertaining but ultimately disappointing third chapter of the Dirty Harry series. Together they battle violent eco-terrorists who have kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco (John Crawford) while, between the gun battles, cynical Callahan attempts to come to terms with his own male chauvinism. Wednesday 30 May Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Big Crash Diet Experiment BBC One, 8.00pm Is it time to rethink our attitude to crash dieting? That’s the question posed by tonight’s revealing documentary, which assesses the health impact of this extreme approach to weight loss. Our guide is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, who along with a raft of health professionals, aims to challenge orthodox beliefs about what some see as nutritionally inadequate eating regimes with only short-term benefits. Abdelmoneim persuades four obese volunteers to give up the food that they love and opt for a scary-sounding liquid-only intake of soups and shakes, using scans and blood tests to monitor them over nine weeks. Each of the group has their fair share of weight-related issues. Portly Catholic priest Paul, for example, has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, takeaway fan Rebecca believes that she’s in the grip of a fast-food addiction, and secret binge-eater Yolande already has fatty liver disease. Watching them tackle the programme and shed the pounds is admirable enough, but even more striking is the positive effect that the diet has on their health. In fact, the implications of the results could be a huge money saver for the NHS. TD The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm Dr Chris van Tulleken continues his crusade against the over-medication of children. Tonight, he explores why so many young people are prescribed anti-depressants, and becomes suspicious over the rise in babies diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy. TD Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm “The nearest gay scene for me is Belfast,” says cattle farmer Richard, a problem seeing as he lives a three-hour ferry ride away in remote Dumfries and Galloway. Not to be defeated, Richard invites three potential partners to his farm. TD Carry On Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm More shenanigans from behind the doors of the European Parliament. We meet lone Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, whose staunch pro-Europe stance lands her in trouble with Brexit minister David Davis. TD Miranda Barbour: Serial Killer or Liar? BBC One, 10.45pm; Northern Ireland, 11.40pm; Scotland, 11.45pm; Wales, 11.05pm This gripping true crime documentary charts the case of teenage murderer Miranda Barbour. The young mother admitted killing internet date Troy La Ferarra but later confessed to a further 22 murders as part of a Satanic cult. TD Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix, from today This snappy sitcom about a cult escapee in the big city has proved a delight. A shame, then, that this fourth season is to be its last, with the first six episodes launching today and the remainder to come later this year. Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) new job at a tech start-up proves ripe for nerd-baiting satire. TD Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Presenter Waldemar Januszczak swaps the vastness of the Wild West featured in last week’s episode for the “pulsing, futuristic excitement of the American city”, as his fascinating series on American art continues. He starts out amid the skyscrapers of New York, explaining how the vaulting architecture of the Chrysler Building exemplified the hope and ambition of the burgeoning metropolis. We then move on to the Great Depression, presaged by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton in his restless murals of urban life. TD Great Expectations (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ BBC Two, 12.35pm David Lean’s peerless version of Dickens’s novel is packed with memorable moments, from its opening scenes on the marshes, where Pip first meets the escaped convict Magwitch, to the enduring images of Miss Havisham’s house… not forgetting Pip’s boxing match with Herbert Pocket. John Mills is twice the age of the book’s Pip, but there’s a subtle ingenuousness in his performance. Rebecca (1940, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures TV, 9.00pm One of Hitchcock’s most disconcerting and finest films was adapted from a Daphne du Maurier story, though he departed from the text in many ways. A bride (Joan Fontaine) is haunted by the memory of her husband’s (Laurence Olivier) dead first wife. The excellent cast (Judith Anderson as formidable housekeeper Mrs Danvers is a particular highlight) adds class to this eerily suspenseful treat. Inglourious Basterds (2009) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 10.00pm It wasn’t quite the masterpiece we were told to expect, but Quentin Tarantino’s pastiche of war films and spaghetti westerns is still rollicking good fun and has all the ingredients of a classic Tarantino film. A celebration of vengeance, it’s an audacious take on the Second World War. Christoph Waltz deservedly won an Oscar for his incendiary turn as the “Jew Hunter”. Brad Pitt also stars. Thursday 31 May Humans Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm This third series of the thoughtful British science-fiction drama continues to benefit from a narrowing of focus; the big-name American actors and slightly strained global perspective have gone, but the thematic ambition has been retained. Less wilfully obscure than Sky Atlantic’s Westworld and considerably more affecting, Humans instead keeps a tight focus on emotion and relationships, whether the characters concerned are flesh and blood or gears and circuits. It can be heavy-handed with the allegories, certainly, but it’s never chilling or humourless – and leading synth performers Gemma Chan, Ivanno Jeremiah and Emily Berrington are as uncanny as ever. Mark Bonnar, too, is proving a handy addition to the cast as Neil, Laura’s (a brilliant Katherine Parkinson) professional antagonist and love interest – Bonnar’s history of playing characters with shifting loyalties comes in handy as Neil first opens his heart and then hardens his stance on the Dryden Commission. Mia (Chan), meanwhile, is on a one-synth mission to demonstrate coexistence is possible by moving into a hostile housing estate, and Leo (Colin Morgan) struggles with the realities of being human. GT Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This week begins with chocolate puddings, which means the contestants are challenged to rustle up black forest gateaux and a dessert integrating a root vegetable, then aubergines and tofu take centre stage before the elimination round and an oriental classic. GT Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm Hollings and their “British chophouse classics” square up to an Italian-influenced brand serving fresh pasta from a cheese wheel, as Fred Sireix and a group of high-street investors gauge their potential. GT Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm Now with a Bafta award under its belt, this fine series follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service over the last Saturday night before Christmas. An inevitably busy period is made harder by a major traffic accident in central Birmingham – an incident which puts tremendous mental and physical demands on the crews, documented here with the clarity and honesty we’ve come to expect from the series. GT Great Art ITV, 10.50pm; not STV Tim Marlow takes a tour of the Royal Academy’s sell-out exhibition of the Parisian artist’s portraits, in the process assessing the man’s life, work, and reputation as “the father of modern art”. GT Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This pop cultural landmark, in which punk pioneers Sex Pistols grumbled, swore and generally misbehaved on Bill Grundy’s sleepily complacent regional chat-show, creating a national storm of outrage in the process, arguably received its definitive tribute from Kevin Eldon in 2013. The comedian’s loving reconstruction of the event imagined the Pistols as Amish people and bordered on performance art. Still, this gleefully silly take on the infamous encounter between the jobbing broadcaster (Steve Pemberton) and the Sex Pistols (played by members of the National Youth Theatre) is a lot of fun. GT Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm The eponymous depressed hitman (Bill Hader) tries to go it alone, only to be thwarted by his reckless partner Taylor (Dale Pavinski) and ructions among members of his acting class. GT Billion Dollar Brain (1967) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.00pm Michael Caine returns as the reluctant secret agent Harry Palmer (The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin) in this film from Ken Russell, based on the novels by Len Deighton. Having left the British Secret Service to pursue a career as a private investigator, Palmer stumbles into a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? It’s far-fetched but fun. Johnny Mnemonic (1995) ★★☆☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm Fresh from the rubber-burning success of Speed and four short years before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in this high-concept dystopian adventure as the eponymous anti-hero – a 21st-century courier whose augmented brain is used to transport illicit data – that very nearly ruined his career. It’s adapted by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson from his own story. Munich (2005) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 12.50am Eric Bana stars in Steven Spielberg’s audacious, if lengthy, examination of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Set in 1972, it adroitly tackles the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympics. Bana plays a Mossad agent charged with hunting down the extremists who planned the Munich attack. Some of the rhetoric is clumsy, but the film-makers strive to be politically even-handed. Friday 1 June Tracey Breaks the News: Ullman as Michael Gove Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm After losing her to the USA for 30 years, Tracey Ullman’s return to our shores two years ago has reminded us of her unparalleled talents as an impressionist. She captures the physicality of her famous subjects – Angela Merkel and Judi Dench are standouts – as well as their voices, and hats off to Ullman’s prosthetics teams for her remarkable transformations. After an acting stint in last year’s Howards End, Ullman returns to her comfort zone tonight with a second series of the topical sketch comedy show in which she skewers politicians, mostly – although we’ll also be treated to more of Ben Miller’s scene-stealing Rupert Murdoch, with Ullman as Jerry Hall. Although no preview tape was available due to last-minute filming, Ullman was pictured as Michael Gove in promotional material and has also promised impressions of Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The previous series attracted criticism for weak writing, and some skits do lack bite, but slack should be cut – it’s a notoriously difficult format to pull off. Ullman’s gift for mimicry means she hits the mark often enough for the show to be a welcome bit of light satire to wind up the week. VP Extreme Wales with Richard Parks BBC Two, 7.30pm Tonight’s final episode of Richard Parks’s adventure programme combines extreme sports with lush panoramas of the Welsh landscape. Daredevil Parks takes to the skies on a paramotor – nothing more than a parachute connected to a fan-like motor – to propel him the length of the country. VP The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Fugitive immigrant Taariq Shirazi (Alexander Behrang Keshtkar) makes a desperate bid to flee as the Scandi-noir crime series continues. When Saga (Sofia Helin) and Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) track him down, however, Saga’s inability to tell a lie has serious consequences. VP Friday Night Dinner Channel 4, 10.00pm This sitcom’s family squabbles are more uncomfortably familiar than laugh-out-loud funny in tonight’s penultimate visit to the Goodmans’ home. Writer Robert Popper capitalises on Simon Bird’s musical skills by having his character, Adam, reluctantly play the violin to cheer up Grandma. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.35pm; NI, 11.05pm; Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Jo Brand and Aidan Turner offer their funniest anecdotes tonight. Plus, Liam Payne continues his post-One Direction solo career with a performance his new single, Familiar. VP The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven BBC Four, 9.00pm Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards and Graham Nash are among the luminaries paying tribute to Don and Phil Everly in this 2016 documentary, all of them claiming the brothers as an influence. Surviving sibling Don Everly returns to Iowa to recount the brothers’ first appearances, their pivotal move to Nashville and stardom in the late Fifties. Africa: A Journey into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm So much of the music we listen to has its roots in African music. In this new three-part documentary series, London DJ Rita Ray sets off to explore the continent’s influence. Kicking off her journey in Nigeria, Ray stumbles across impromptu drumming ceremonies in the streets as she explores the importance of rhythm in the country’s music and meets its major players. Future episodes take her to Mali and South Africa. VP Crocodile Dundee (1986) ★★★★☆ Film4, 7.10pm Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), a bushman from northern Australia, is a dab hand at surviving in the Outback. But when he is invited to New York City by Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), a high-class reporter, in this Oscar-nominated comedy drama, he finds life far tougher in the urban jungle. He’s a survivor though: muggers who accost Dundee discover that he has a bigger knife than they do. American Made (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Doug Liman directs Tom Cruise in this lively, madcap real-life tale of pilot, drug smuggler and CIA gun-runner Barry Seal, whose supersonic, if lawless, career path began, according to this script, when he was a bored TWA pilot in 1978 and was approached out of the blue by a CIA handler (Domhnall Gleeson, all greasy persuasion) to conduct reconnaissance flights across the Caribbean. GoodFellas (1990) ★★★★★ ITV4, 10.00pm Martin Scorsese’s Mafia masterpiece, adapted from a non-fiction book, has all the qualities of great cinema: it’s thrilling, it’s provocative, it’s stylish, and it’s got a young Robert De Niro in it. Ray Liotta plays the youngster who longs to be a gangster; De Niro and Joe Pesci are in the Mob. Pesci’s mother, meanwhile, reportedly asked him if he had to swear quite so much – the f-word is used 300 times. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: Unreported World and the BBC's Biggest Weekend
Friday 25 May Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Saturday 26 May Emile Sande performs The Biggest Weekend Live BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four from 6.45pm With Glastonbury taking a year off, music fans still have the chance to get their kicks as the BBC provides room in its schedules for The Biggest Weekend, the largest free festival in Europe. This year’s event is taking place over four days across the UK with venues in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry. So what can eager music fans expect? Things get under way in Swansea, Belfast and Perth, with Coventry joining the party on Sunday. BBC One kicks things off at 6.45pm with highlights from Ed Sheeran’s performance at Singleton Park in Swansea earlier in the day (the busy Sheeran is also playing at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in the evening), then it’s over to BBC Two for Emeli Sande at Scone Palace in Perth and Clean Bandit in Swansea. At 9pm, Greg James introduces Sam Smith’s headline set at Swansea before Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds round off the BBC Two coverage. Over on BBC Four, Lauren Laverne introduces highlights from Neneh Cherry at the Titanic Slipways, in Belfast, from 7pm before checking in on sets from Simple Minds, Chvrches, Franz Ferdinand and Wolf Alice. The night finishes with Underworld’s closing set from Belfast at 10pm. SH Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm The final auditions brings one last chance to impress the judges before next week’s much-anticipated live semi-finals, which begin on Monday. SH The Queen’s Lost Cousin Channel 4, 8.00pm First shown in 2015, this documentary tells the story of the Queen’s cousin, Prince William of Gloucester, who died, aged 30, in a plane crash in 1972. There’s notable contribution from Zsuzsi Starkloff, the Hungarian-born, twice divorced former model who was involved in a contentious relationship with William, and although the story remains intriguing, the film veers into cliché. SH Queen Victoria and Her Tragic Family Channel 5, 9.15pm With this second episode the series moves on to the 1860s and the period following the death of Prince Albert at the age of 42. Mired in grief, Queen Victoria began to struggle, as monarch and mother, until a surprising friendship helped her pull through. SH All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.20pm Freddie Flintoff, Fatima Whitbread and Jonnie Peacock are among those subjecting themselves to interrogation by Irish Mammy Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll’s foul-mouthed matriarch) ushers in a new set of guests. Music is by Clean Bandit; the double entendres are all O’Carroll’s own. SH Queen Night Sky Arts, from 6.00pm Sky Arts celebrates the greatest pomp rockers of them all – Queen. First up is Video Killed the Radio Star in which the band looks back at their best videos. Concerts in Rio and Budapest sandwich The Magic Years, a film about how Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon cemented their place as one of the most influential bands ever. Later, there’s more behind the scenes material in Queen: The Phenomenon. SH How the Young Ones Changed Comedy Gold, from 9.30pm It’s hard to imagine just how different The Young Ones was when it arrived in 1982, but this entertaining film does a good job of trying to explain. Featuring Ade Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle, this documentary traces the show’s origins (“Our jokes were terrible,” says Edmondson) to TV history. It’s followed by The Young Ones’ University Challenge parody episode; tomorrow, at 9.30pm, is a countdown of the 20 greatest moments. SH Puss in Boots (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.45pm DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek spin-off follows Puss in Boots’s life before he became the green ogre’s sidekick. With the help of Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), the swashbuckling feline (Antonio Banderas) becomes a hero after saving his town. Like the CGI ogre’s last two films, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, the animation is more impressive than the jokes. Kenny (2017) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm No footballer has combined brilliance on the field and success in management with such a harrowing proximity to calamities. This edifying film explores Kenny Dalglish’s experiences at Ibrox (66 were killed in 1971), Heysel (he was on the pitch for the tragedy of 1985 in which 39 died) and Hillsborough (he was in the dug-out when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground in 1989) and revisits his talent in the No 7 shirt. The Hunter (2011) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 12.30am Willem Dafoe excels as a mercenary hired by biotech company Red Leaf to track down the last remaining Tasmanian tiger in the Australian wilderness, arousing suspicion and hostility as he goes. Posing as a university researcher, he lodges with a family and grows close to them, but Red Leaf want the tiger’s blood at any cost. There’s a gripping moral weight to questions of extinction, survival and profiteering. Sunday 27 May The Handmaid's Tale Imagine… Orhan Pamuk: a Strange Mind BBC One, 10.30pm Although Imagine… covers the panoply of the arts, Alan Yentob always seems most comfortable in the company of authors, which is why this, A Strange Mind, is one of the most rewarding instalments for a while. In being content here to act as audience rather than interrogator, Yentob allows Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk to amble across some fertile intellectual territory. Born into a secular middle-class family, Pamuk dreamt of being an artist or architect, only to turn to writing when he was faced with a likely future of redesigning much of his native Istanbul’s old city (a glance at a sketchbook suggests his talent is far from dormant). The resulting novels, which include Snow and My Name is Red, explore the clashes of ancient and modern, East and West, religious and secular, with a fearlessness that brought Pamuk into conflict with Turkey’s authoritarian government, but also the love of many compatriots. Pamuk is loquacious, generous company and, while this functions well as an autobiographical profile and assessment of his literary achievements, it also does something far harder and more impressive in capturing something of the essence of its subject. GT Countryfile BBC One, 6.30pm As a celebration of 30 years of Countryfile and the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, Matt Baker, Anita Rani and John Craven explore the Royal family’s Windsor Estate. Among the topics are the livestock breeding that has saved one equine breed from extinction and the Queen’s own early experiences here. GT The London Palladium: the Greatest Stage on Earth ITV, 8.00pm Bradley Walsh ropes in some heavyweight talent to pay tribute to the venerable theatre in this one-off special. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Dale, Beverley Knight and Stephen Fry are among those recounting their memories of the place in a lavish affair that is worth watching if only for some gorgeous, little-seen archive footage of Morecambe and Wise. GT A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) turns the screw on Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) as the latter’s profile grows – a decision that can only lead to disaster as Russell T Davies’s wonderful miniseries continues. GT The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm The Colonies are shaken by a new arrival while Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusts to a life in hiding, in a second series of the dystopian drama which, if anything, hits harder than its predecessor. GT The Break with Michelle Wolf Netflix, from today Fresh from her bold but divisive monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she witheringly attacked the Trump administration and humiliated his Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, comedian Michelle Wolf launches a weekly variety series of stand-up and sketch comedy. GT Jonathan Meades on Jargon BBC Four, 10.30pm Arguably the most provocative and stimulating broadcaster around, Jonathan Meades dissects politics and football commentary, among other areas of public life, for insights into how jargon and slang are used to obfuscate and mislead. Its verbal vivacity, driven by an honestly felt fury at the desecration of the English language, is matched by visual intrigue, unlikely juxtapositions and an admirable willingness of the host to send himself up, all ably helmed by Meades’s regular collaborator Francis Hanly. GT The Goonies (1985) ★★★★☆ Universal TV, 3.00pm A cult favourite, this rollicking adventure follows a group of teenage friends from the “Goon Docks” area of Oregon (played by, among others, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) on the hunt for a hoard of pirate treasure. Blocking their path, however, is a family of criminals, the Fratellis. Steven Spielberg dreamed up the story; Chris Columbus (Home Alone) wrote the screenplay. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 10.10pm This lithe adaptation of the second novel from Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) competing once again in a televised fight to the death. But since the last film, Katniss has become an icon of rebellion, and the ruling class wants to bring her down a peg or two. This enormously watchable film blends whip-cracking action, oddball aesthetic and entirely laudable message. The Ides of March (2011) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.35pm George Clooney is the director, co-writer and star of this politically charged thriller about spin, soured idealism and dirty secrets. Mike Morris (Clooney) is a liberal state governor running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Ryan Gosling steals the show as the campaign’s devoted but ambitious press secretary, whose loyalties are tested to the limit. A gripping film that engages and entertains. Monday 28 May King Lear: Anthony Hopkins King Lear BBC Two, 9.30pm Talk about event TV: After making movie magic in Howards End and The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, are reunited in Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, under the direction of Richard Eyre. Plus they have a stellar supporting cast, that includes Jim Broadbent, Emily Watson and Andrew Scott. Eyre sets this version in a fictional modern-day and moves the action between castles and modern locales, such as a rundown shopping precinct, to keep it contemporary. Hopkins is on great form as Lear – his old king seems to be suffering from dementia from the start, making sense of his rashness in disinheriting youngest daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh), of him kissing another, Regan (Watson), full on the lips, and of failing to recognise other loved ones. Eyre has cut the play judiciously and brings an interesting take on Lear – that it’s about flawed parenting – that offers some insight into the behaviour of his children. Ultimately, however, it’s about Lear’s tragedy, not theirs, and Hopkins delivers a barnstorming central performance. Having played the role more than 30 years ago at the National Theatre, he’s truly grown into it. VP Richard Osman’s House of Games BBC Two, 6.00pm Pointless’s scene-stealing sidekick Richard Osman gets his moment to shine as quizmaster of this trivia contest, returning for a five-night run with BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty among those competing. It’s followed by a new series of game show Curious Creatures, hosted by Kate Humble. VP Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 7.30pm Declan Donnelly flies solo as host of the semi-finals, airing nightly up to next weekend’s final. Each evening, eight of the 40 acts will perform again in the hope of becoming one of two promoted to the final by the voting public. The results are at 9.30pm. VP Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm Cute footage of hatchlings and deft presenting by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan provide a winning formula for this three-week wildlife extravaganza. Gillian Burke returns, this time as a roving reporter, with Steve Backshall the first of the guests replacing the much-missed Martin Hughes-Games. VP Peter Kay’s Car Share: The Finale BBC One, 10.00pm Bowing to fan pressure, Peter Kay offers closure with this finale to his charming comedy about supermarket employees sharing the journey to and from work. Laughs and surprises abound on John and Kayleigh’s (Kay and Sian Gibson) last jaunt, but will romance ensue? VP The Vicar of Dibley Gold, 7.40pm Here’s a chance to revisit the last-ever episode of Richard Curtis’s sitcom, which delivers a fairy-tale finale for Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) when she marries Harry (Richard Armitage). Hugh Bonneville makes an amusing cameo as a lovesick vicar in the episode that also showcases French’s chemistry with the late Emma Chambers, who played daft Alice Tinker. VP Nigel Kennedy at the Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 8.30pm The BBC’s music festival welcomes maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy to Coventry’s War Memorial Park. Suzy Klein and Lloyd Coleman present as Kennedy performs his inimitable renditions of Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix with the BBC Concert Orchestra. VP WestWorld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm As part of her master plan, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) appears to be taking control over Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) in this episode of the futuristic drama and his confusion grows. VP Over the Hedge (2006) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25am An endearing animated adventure about a group of forest creatures that, on waking after their winter hibernation, discover humans have moved in next door to them. Apprehension gives way to curiosity and excitement as they discover what the humans have to offer. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell and Avril Lavigne, among others, it’s an enjoyable movie with a message – but avoids getting too preachy. Sing Street (2016) ★★★★☆ Film4, 9.00pm Young love is set to an Eighties beat in this delightful coming-of-age tale. As with all of John Carney’s films (i.e. 2006 hit Once), the message is clear: where there is music, there is hope. The film rattles along to a cracking soundtrack – The Jam, Motörhead, The Cure – as young Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) chaotically tries to put together a band to impress a girl at school. Brideshead Revisited (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.25pm In the light of the 1981 TV version of Evelyn Waugh’s novel, you do have to admire the chutzpah of anyone else giving Brideshead a go. Julian Jarrold’s attempt suffers from a desire to force modern conventions upon a story defined by the mores of upper-class interwar Britain. Hayley Atwell and Ben Whishaw are the Flyte siblings, but Catholicism, the tale’s engine, is only pernicious, never seductive. Tuesday 29 May Arrested Development Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland, 11.15pm Few education issues are as contentious in this country as that of grammar schools, with Prime Minister Theresa May among those supporting their return. This thought-provoking three-part documentary focusing on the London borough of Bexley, where each year over 5,000 children sit the selective exam for one of the area’s four grammar schools, could not, therefore, have come at a better time. We hear from both sides of the debate and are shown both the benefits and drawbacks of attending either a grammar or secondary modern school – although, as always, it’s the parents and children who make the most notable contributions. “If you want your child to become better in their future life, it’s good to go to a grammar school,” says one mother, who works long hours for minimum wage and pays £300 a month for a tutor for her daughter. Meanwhile, another, herself the product of a grammar school, despairs of the increasing parental competitiveness. And, for all the film-makers’ admirably even-handed approach, it’s the stress felt by the children that makes the biggest mark, with one youngster noting: “I don’t think grammar school is fair because people are far too young to feel they’ve failed.” SH Emmerdale ITV, 7.00pm Emmerdale confronts the difficult subject of child abuse when Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) opens up about her past in this special flashback episode. Last November a similar technique was used, to great effect, to shed light on her cousin Cain’s experiences. Mica Proctor, in another triumph of casting, plays the young Charity. SH The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s enjoyable family saga comes to a climax with scores settled, decisions made and reconciliations all over the place. It works not least because Morgan never forgets that one person’s happy ending is another’s poisoned chalice, meaning there’s pain amid the laughter. SH The Battle for Britain’s Heroes Channel 4, 9.00pm “Our heroes often have a toxic past,” says Afua Hirsch at the start of this captivating and provocative film. She pulls no punches in her look at the darker side of our history, exploring slavery, racism and colonialism, in a film certain to enrage as many people as it informs. SH 4 Men, 175 Babies: Britain’s Super Sperm Donors Channel 4, 10.00pm This film follows men who donate their sperm for free, via unregulated websites. But why? “Being a sperm donor is like being a Samaritan,” says 61-year-old Clive, who began donating once he retired. SH Arrested Development Netflix, from today For anyone who didn’t watch the patchy fourth series of this popular Emmy-winning comedy about a rich family who lose their wealth, the good news is that you can pick up this new series with no problem. The bad news for those that did watch it is that this opening episode spends ages rehashing past events. Thankfully things do settle down – and become very funny – as we find out what happened after the infamous punch that George Michael (Michael Cera) landed on his father Michael (Jason Bateman). A proper return to form. SH Master of Photography Sky Arts, 8.00pm The international photography contest returns for a third series, with Oliviero Toscani joined on the judging panel by curator Mark Sealy and the New Yorker’s Elisabeth Biondi. Here’s hoping that this series avoids the problems of last year, which saw contestant Souvid Datta accused of plagiarism. SH All Creatures Great and Small (1975) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 12.45pm Simon Ward and a pre-Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins star as Yorkshire vets James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon in this gentle drama set in the Thirties and based on the first two books of British vet Alf Wight (who wrote under the pseudonym of Herriot). The TV series that followed remains most memorable, but there’s warm-hearted performances here too. Operation Petticoat (1959) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.25pm A beguiling Second World War comedy directed by Blake Edwards and starring Cary Grant as a submarine captain with a strict sense of order and a rule-breaking hustler of a first officer (Tony Curtis). The vessel is bombed by the Japanese, but that’s the least of its worries. Five nurses in distress, a goat and a coating of pink paint all pose challenges for the effortlessly funny crew. The Enforcer (1976) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.00pm Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan is teamed up with rookie female partner Kate Moore (Tyne Daly) in this entertaining but ultimately disappointing third chapter of the Dirty Harry series. Together they battle violent eco-terrorists who have kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco (John Crawford) while, between the gun battles, cynical Callahan attempts to come to terms with his own male chauvinism. Wednesday 30 May Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Big Crash Diet Experiment BBC One, 8.00pm Is it time to rethink our attitude to crash dieting? That’s the question posed by tonight’s revealing documentary, which assesses the health impact of this extreme approach to weight loss. Our guide is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, who along with a raft of health professionals, aims to challenge orthodox beliefs about what some see as nutritionally inadequate eating regimes with only short-term benefits. Abdelmoneim persuades four obese volunteers to give up the food that they love and opt for a scary-sounding liquid-only intake of soups and shakes, using scans and blood tests to monitor them over nine weeks. Each of the group has their fair share of weight-related issues. Portly Catholic priest Paul, for example, has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, takeaway fan Rebecca believes that she’s in the grip of a fast-food addiction, and secret binge-eater Yolande already has fatty liver disease. Watching them tackle the programme and shed the pounds is admirable enough, but even more striking is the positive effect that the diet has on their health. In fact, the implications of the results could be a huge money saver for the NHS. TD The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm Dr Chris van Tulleken continues his crusade against the over-medication of children. Tonight, he explores why so many young people are prescribed anti-depressants, and becomes suspicious over the rise in babies diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy. TD Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm “The nearest gay scene for me is Belfast,” says cattle farmer Richard, a problem seeing as he lives a three-hour ferry ride away in remote Dumfries and Galloway. Not to be defeated, Richard invites three potential partners to his farm. TD Carry On Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm More shenanigans from behind the doors of the European Parliament. We meet lone Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, whose staunch pro-Europe stance lands her in trouble with Brexit minister David Davis. TD Miranda Barbour: Serial Killer or Liar? BBC One, 10.45pm; Northern Ireland, 11.40pm; Scotland, 11.45pm; Wales, 11.05pm This gripping true crime documentary charts the case of teenage murderer Miranda Barbour. The young mother admitted killing internet date Troy La Ferarra but later confessed to a further 22 murders as part of a Satanic cult. TD Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix, from today This snappy sitcom about a cult escapee in the big city has proved a delight. A shame, then, that this fourth season is to be its last, with the first six episodes launching today and the remainder to come later this year. Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) new job at a tech start-up proves ripe for nerd-baiting satire. TD Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Presenter Waldemar Januszczak swaps the vastness of the Wild West featured in last week’s episode for the “pulsing, futuristic excitement of the American city”, as his fascinating series on American art continues. He starts out amid the skyscrapers of New York, explaining how the vaulting architecture of the Chrysler Building exemplified the hope and ambition of the burgeoning metropolis. We then move on to the Great Depression, presaged by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton in his restless murals of urban life. TD Great Expectations (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ BBC Two, 12.35pm David Lean’s peerless version of Dickens’s novel is packed with memorable moments, from its opening scenes on the marshes, where Pip first meets the escaped convict Magwitch, to the enduring images of Miss Havisham’s house… not forgetting Pip’s boxing match with Herbert Pocket. John Mills is twice the age of the book’s Pip, but there’s a subtle ingenuousness in his performance. Rebecca (1940, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures TV, 9.00pm One of Hitchcock’s most disconcerting and finest films was adapted from a Daphne du Maurier story, though he departed from the text in many ways. A bride (Joan Fontaine) is haunted by the memory of her husband’s (Laurence Olivier) dead first wife. The excellent cast (Judith Anderson as formidable housekeeper Mrs Danvers is a particular highlight) adds class to this eerily suspenseful treat. Inglourious Basterds (2009) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 10.00pm It wasn’t quite the masterpiece we were told to expect, but Quentin Tarantino’s pastiche of war films and spaghetti westerns is still rollicking good fun and has all the ingredients of a classic Tarantino film. A celebration of vengeance, it’s an audacious take on the Second World War. Christoph Waltz deservedly won an Oscar for his incendiary turn as the “Jew Hunter”. Brad Pitt also stars. Thursday 31 May Humans Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm This third series of the thoughtful British science-fiction drama continues to benefit from a narrowing of focus; the big-name American actors and slightly strained global perspective have gone, but the thematic ambition has been retained. Less wilfully obscure than Sky Atlantic’s Westworld and considerably more affecting, Humans instead keeps a tight focus on emotion and relationships, whether the characters concerned are flesh and blood or gears and circuits. It can be heavy-handed with the allegories, certainly, but it’s never chilling or humourless – and leading synth performers Gemma Chan, Ivanno Jeremiah and Emily Berrington are as uncanny as ever. Mark Bonnar, too, is proving a handy addition to the cast as Neil, Laura’s (a brilliant Katherine Parkinson) professional antagonist and love interest – Bonnar’s history of playing characters with shifting loyalties comes in handy as Neil first opens his heart and then hardens his stance on the Dryden Commission. Mia (Chan), meanwhile, is on a one-synth mission to demonstrate coexistence is possible by moving into a hostile housing estate, and Leo (Colin Morgan) struggles with the realities of being human. GT Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This week begins with chocolate puddings, which means the contestants are challenged to rustle up black forest gateaux and a dessert integrating a root vegetable, then aubergines and tofu take centre stage before the elimination round and an oriental classic. GT Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm Hollings and their “British chophouse classics” square up to an Italian-influenced brand serving fresh pasta from a cheese wheel, as Fred Sireix and a group of high-street investors gauge their potential. GT Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm Now with a Bafta award under its belt, this fine series follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service over the last Saturday night before Christmas. An inevitably busy period is made harder by a major traffic accident in central Birmingham – an incident which puts tremendous mental and physical demands on the crews, documented here with the clarity and honesty we’ve come to expect from the series. GT Great Art ITV, 10.50pm; not STV Tim Marlow takes a tour of the Royal Academy’s sell-out exhibition of the Parisian artist’s portraits, in the process assessing the man’s life, work, and reputation as “the father of modern art”. GT Urban Myths: Sex Pistols vs Bill Grundy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This pop cultural landmark, in which punk pioneers Sex Pistols grumbled, swore and generally misbehaved on Bill Grundy’s sleepily complacent regional chat-show, creating a national storm of outrage in the process, arguably received its definitive tribute from Kevin Eldon in 2013. The comedian’s loving reconstruction of the event imagined the Pistols as Amish people and bordered on performance art. Still, this gleefully silly take on the infamous encounter between the jobbing broadcaster (Steve Pemberton) and the Sex Pistols (played by members of the National Youth Theatre) is a lot of fun. GT Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm The eponymous depressed hitman (Bill Hader) tries to go it alone, only to be thwarted by his reckless partner Taylor (Dale Pavinski) and ructions among members of his acting class. GT Billion Dollar Brain (1967) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.00pm Michael Caine returns as the reluctant secret agent Harry Palmer (The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin) in this film from Ken Russell, based on the novels by Len Deighton. Having left the British Secret Service to pursue a career as a private investigator, Palmer stumbles into a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? It’s far-fetched but fun. Johnny Mnemonic (1995) ★★☆☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm Fresh from the rubber-burning success of Speed and four short years before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in this high-concept dystopian adventure as the eponymous anti-hero – a 21st-century courier whose augmented brain is used to transport illicit data – that very nearly ruined his career. It’s adapted by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson from his own story. Munich (2005) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 12.50am Eric Bana stars in Steven Spielberg’s audacious, if lengthy, examination of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Set in 1972, it adroitly tackles the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympics. Bana plays a Mossad agent charged with hunting down the extremists who planned the Munich attack. Some of the rhetoric is clumsy, but the film-makers strive to be politically even-handed. Friday 1 June Tracey Breaks the News: Ullman as Michael Gove Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm After losing her to the USA for 30 years, Tracey Ullman’s return to our shores two years ago has reminded us of her unparalleled talents as an impressionist. She captures the physicality of her famous subjects – Angela Merkel and Judi Dench are standouts – as well as their voices, and hats off to Ullman’s prosthetics teams for her remarkable transformations. After an acting stint in last year’s Howards End, Ullman returns to her comfort zone tonight with a second series of the topical sketch comedy show in which she skewers politicians, mostly – although we’ll also be treated to more of Ben Miller’s scene-stealing Rupert Murdoch, with Ullman as Jerry Hall. Although no preview tape was available due to last-minute filming, Ullman was pictured as Michael Gove in promotional material and has also promised impressions of Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The previous series attracted criticism for weak writing, and some skits do lack bite, but slack should be cut – it’s a notoriously difficult format to pull off. Ullman’s gift for mimicry means she hits the mark often enough for the show to be a welcome bit of light satire to wind up the week. VP Extreme Wales with Richard Parks BBC Two, 7.30pm Tonight’s final episode of Richard Parks’s adventure programme combines extreme sports with lush panoramas of the Welsh landscape. Daredevil Parks takes to the skies on a paramotor – nothing more than a parachute connected to a fan-like motor – to propel him the length of the country. VP The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Fugitive immigrant Taariq Shirazi (Alexander Behrang Keshtkar) makes a desperate bid to flee as the Scandi-noir crime series continues. When Saga (Sofia Helin) and Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) track him down, however, Saga’s inability to tell a lie has serious consequences. VP Friday Night Dinner Channel 4, 10.00pm This sitcom’s family squabbles are more uncomfortably familiar than laugh-out-loud funny in tonight’s penultimate visit to the Goodmans’ home. Writer Robert Popper capitalises on Simon Bird’s musical skills by having his character, Adam, reluctantly play the violin to cheer up Grandma. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.35pm; NI, 11.05pm; Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Jo Brand and Aidan Turner offer their funniest anecdotes tonight. Plus, Liam Payne continues his post-One Direction solo career with a performance his new single, Familiar. VP The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven BBC Four, 9.00pm Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards and Graham Nash are among the luminaries paying tribute to Don and Phil Everly in this 2016 documentary, all of them claiming the brothers as an influence. Surviving sibling Don Everly returns to Iowa to recount the brothers’ first appearances, their pivotal move to Nashville and stardom in the late Fifties. Africa: A Journey into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm So much of the music we listen to has its roots in African music. In this new three-part documentary series, London DJ Rita Ray sets off to explore the continent’s influence. Kicking off her journey in Nigeria, Ray stumbles across impromptu drumming ceremonies in the streets as she explores the importance of rhythm in the country’s music and meets its major players. Future episodes take her to Mali and South Africa. VP Crocodile Dundee (1986) ★★★★☆ Film4, 7.10pm Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), a bushman from northern Australia, is a dab hand at surviving in the Outback. But when he is invited to New York City by Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), a high-class reporter, in this Oscar-nominated comedy drama, he finds life far tougher in the urban jungle. He’s a survivor though: muggers who accost Dundee discover that he has a bigger knife than they do. American Made (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Doug Liman directs Tom Cruise in this lively, madcap real-life tale of pilot, drug smuggler and CIA gun-runner Barry Seal, whose supersonic, if lawless, career path began, according to this script, when he was a bored TWA pilot in 1978 and was approached out of the blue by a CIA handler (Domhnall Gleeson, all greasy persuasion) to conduct reconnaissance flights across the Caribbean. GoodFellas (1990) ★★★★★ ITV4, 10.00pm Martin Scorsese’s Mafia masterpiece, adapted from a non-fiction book, has all the qualities of great cinema: it’s thrilling, it’s provocative, it’s stylish, and it’s got a young Robert De Niro in it. Ray Liotta plays the youngster who longs to be a gangster; De Niro and Joe Pesci are in the Mob. Pesci’s mother, meanwhile, reportedly asked him if he had to swear quite so much – the f-word is used 300 times. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Bromley FC is a proud old club, but not a successful one. Dave Roberts’ book The Bromley Boys chronicles the author following the team in the 1960s, when it had an authentic claim to being the worst in the country. The town it represents has a higher population than Crewe, Shrewsbury and Accrington but has never hosted the league football expected in those places. Instead, Bromley have just completed a third season of steady improvement in the National League, the highest level the club have ever reached. They have visited Wembley once, for the final of the old FA Amateur Cup in 1949 for a 1-0 win over Romford in front of 96,000. They return on Sunday for the FA Trophy final and have a player to call on who has already played three times under the arch, seeking a redemptive coda to a varied career. Centre-back Roger Johnson was part of the Birmingham City side who beat Arsenal in the 2011 League Cup final, and with Cardiff when they lost the FA Cup final to Portsmouth in 2008 but beat Barnsley in the semi at Wembley. “Everyone says ‘just try and relax and enjoy the day’ but it’s very stressful,” he says. “The anxiety, getting there, the build-up. I’m sure once we’re out there and the whistle blows we’ll be fine.” Johnson, 35, looks remarkably lean as we talk after a video analysis session at Bromley’s Hayes Lane home. An armful of tattoos indicates his tour of duty in the modern Premier League, where he shone at Birmingham, endured a tougher spell at Wolves and turned out four times for West Ham as recently as 2014. The Wembley opponents are Brackley Town from the tier below and while Bromley have sold an impressive 20,000 tickets the stadium will still be sparsely occupied. Nevertheless, Johnson puts the game on a par with his most notable previous visit. “Winning on Sunday would mean as much as the Birmingham win,” he says. “Yeah it’s not an 89,000 sell-out against an Arsenal team with Robin van Persie in it who beat Barcelona nine days before, but we’re we’re there on merit.” Surprisingly heartfelt words from a man who came close to the England squad while with Birmingham. “I got six England call-ups for the 30-man squad, but nobody got injured so I didn’t make the 23,” he says. It was a rapid ascension after a long apprenticeship at Wycombe Wanderers, where he made his debut at 17. Cardiff eventually took a gamble on him in 2006 before Johnson stepped up to the Premier League with Birmingham. That solid side finished ninth in his first season but were relegated three months after their Wembley win. Johnson joined Bromley after 18 months at Charlton Athletic Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS for The Telegraph A move to Wolves followed to prolong his top-flight career but little went to plan. He strongly disputes stories he once arrived at training worse for wear from the night before, but addresses his time at Molineux with candour. “I blame myself,” he says. “I had a dip in form, in a team of people that had a dip in form. I was blocking shots and it was going in off me, I was making stupid errors that I never make. “A regret is taking the captaincy when it was offered to me. It made my signing even bigger because I was the team captain and if things are going wrong the skipper has to answer for it. “It was hard to dig people out and have an opinion on what was going wrong, because I was one of the things that wasn’t working.” Loans to Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham took him away from the West Midlands before two spells at Charlton, either side of a sojourn in India with Pune City and unlikely team-mates Adrian Mutu and Didier Zokora. “I’d never choose to go to that side of the world personally, but I’ve seen the whole of India now. Goa was good, but the north-east was tough. There was no phone signal. Some of the flights were very dodgy, but it’s a tick in a box.” A far cry from Bromley’s Hayes Lane, surely one of the country’s only grounds which is approached via a road next to a field of grazing horses. Johnson celebrates Birmingham's victory over Arsenal in the 2011 League Cup final in the traditional fashion Credit: Action Images/Lee Smith After a knee injury and a subsequent blood poisoning from the surgery to treat it, Johnson is happy to be back playing the game he loves. “I’m not going to sit here and think I’ve had a failed career,” he says. “Every player wants to reach the Premier League and play for their country, I did one of them and got very close to the other.” Calm and philosophical, he seems every inch the elder statesmen and you can easily imagine him coaching. “I’m not too proud to go down the divisions but I probably wouldn’t drop any further, unless there was a player-coach role. I can’t see myself doing pub football. “There are some horrible people out there, who want to bad mouth you and write nonsense on social media. But have they been a footballer? No they haven’t. “My career, my stats, and what I’ve won speak for themselves. Wikipedia it, then write me something on social media.”
Roger Johnson returns for another shot at Wembley
Bromley FC is a proud old club, but not a successful one. Dave Roberts’ book The Bromley Boys chronicles the author following the team in the 1960s, when it had an authentic claim to being the worst in the country. The town it represents has a higher population than Crewe, Shrewsbury and Accrington but has never hosted the league football expected in those places. Instead, Bromley have just completed a third season of steady improvement in the National League, the highest level the club have ever reached. They have visited Wembley once, for the final of the old FA Amateur Cup in 1949 for a 1-0 win over Romford in front of 96,000. They return on Sunday for the FA Trophy final and have a player to call on who has already played three times under the arch, seeking a redemptive coda to a varied career. Centre-back Roger Johnson was part of the Birmingham City side who beat Arsenal in the 2011 League Cup final, and with Cardiff when they lost the FA Cup final to Portsmouth in 2008 but beat Barnsley in the semi at Wembley. “Everyone says ‘just try and relax and enjoy the day’ but it’s very stressful,” he says. “The anxiety, getting there, the build-up. I’m sure once we’re out there and the whistle blows we’ll be fine.” Johnson, 35, looks remarkably lean as we talk after a video analysis session at Bromley’s Hayes Lane home. An armful of tattoos indicates his tour of duty in the modern Premier League, where he shone at Birmingham, endured a tougher spell at Wolves and turned out four times for West Ham as recently as 2014. The Wembley opponents are Brackley Town from the tier below and while Bromley have sold an impressive 20,000 tickets the stadium will still be sparsely occupied. Nevertheless, Johnson puts the game on a par with his most notable previous visit. “Winning on Sunday would mean as much as the Birmingham win,” he says. “Yeah it’s not an 89,000 sell-out against an Arsenal team with Robin van Persie in it who beat Barcelona nine days before, but we’re we’re there on merit.” Surprisingly heartfelt words from a man who came close to the England squad while with Birmingham. “I got six England call-ups for the 30-man squad, but nobody got injured so I didn’t make the 23,” he says. It was a rapid ascension after a long apprenticeship at Wycombe Wanderers, where he made his debut at 17. Cardiff eventually took a gamble on him in 2006 before Johnson stepped up to the Premier League with Birmingham. That solid side finished ninth in his first season but were relegated three months after their Wembley win. Johnson joined Bromley after 18 months at Charlton Athletic Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS for The Telegraph A move to Wolves followed to prolong his top-flight career but little went to plan. He strongly disputes stories he once arrived at training worse for wear from the night before, but addresses his time at Molineux with candour. “I blame myself,” he says. “I had a dip in form, in a team of people that had a dip in form. I was blocking shots and it was going in off me, I was making stupid errors that I never make. “A regret is taking the captaincy when it was offered to me. It made my signing even bigger because I was the team captain and if things are going wrong the skipper has to answer for it. “It was hard to dig people out and have an opinion on what was going wrong, because I was one of the things that wasn’t working.” Loans to Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham took him away from the West Midlands before two spells at Charlton, either side of a sojourn in India with Pune City and unlikely team-mates Adrian Mutu and Didier Zokora. “I’d never choose to go to that side of the world personally, but I’ve seen the whole of India now. Goa was good, but the north-east was tough. There was no phone signal. Some of the flights were very dodgy, but it’s a tick in a box.” A far cry from Bromley’s Hayes Lane, surely one of the country’s only grounds which is approached via a road next to a field of grazing horses. Johnson celebrates Birmingham's victory over Arsenal in the 2011 League Cup final in the traditional fashion Credit: Action Images/Lee Smith After a knee injury and a subsequent blood poisoning from the surgery to treat it, Johnson is happy to be back playing the game he loves. “I’m not going to sit here and think I’ve had a failed career,” he says. “Every player wants to reach the Premier League and play for their country, I did one of them and got very close to the other.” Calm and philosophical, he seems every inch the elder statesmen and you can easily imagine him coaching. “I’m not too proud to go down the divisions but I probably wouldn’t drop any further, unless there was a player-coach role. I can’t see myself doing pub football. “There are some horrible people out there, who want to bad mouth you and write nonsense on social media. But have they been a footballer? No they haven’t. “My career, my stats, and what I’ve won speak for themselves. Wikipedia it, then write me something on social media.”
Bromley FC is a proud old club, but not a successful one. Dave Roberts’ book The Bromley Boys chronicles the author following the team in the 1960s, when it had an authentic claim to being the worst in the country. The town it represents has a higher population than Crewe, Shrewsbury and Accrington but has never hosted the league football expected in those places. Instead, Bromley have just completed a third season of steady improvement in the National League, the highest level the club have ever reached. They have visited Wembley once, for the final of the old FA Amateur Cup in 1949 for a 1-0 win over Romford in front of 96,000. They return on Sunday for the FA Trophy final and have a player to call on who has already played three times under the arch, seeking a redemptive coda to a varied career. Centre-back Roger Johnson was part of the Birmingham City side who beat Arsenal in the 2011 League Cup final, and with Cardiff when they lost the FA Cup final to Portsmouth in 2008 but beat Barnsley in the semi at Wembley. “Everyone says ‘just try and relax and enjoy the day’ but it’s very stressful,” he says. “The anxiety, getting there, the build-up. I’m sure once we’re out there and the whistle blows we’ll be fine.” Johnson, 35, looks remarkably lean as we talk after a video analysis session at Bromley’s Hayes Lane home. An armful of tattoos indicates his tour of duty in the modern Premier League, where he shone at Birmingham, endured a tougher spell at Wolves and turned out four times for West Ham as recently as 2014. The Wembley opponents are Brackley Town from the tier below and while Bromley have sold an impressive 20,000 tickets the stadium will still be sparsely occupied. Nevertheless, Johnson puts the game on a par with his most notable previous visit. “Winning on Sunday would mean as much as the Birmingham win,” he says. “Yeah it’s not an 89,000 sell-out against an Arsenal team with Robin van Persie in it who beat Barcelona nine days before, but we’re we’re there on merit.” Surprisingly heartfelt words from a man who came close to the England squad while with Birmingham. “I got six England call-ups for the 30-man squad, but nobody got injured so I didn’t make the 23,” he says. It was a rapid ascension after a long apprenticeship at Wycombe Wanderers, where he made his debut at 17. Cardiff eventually took a gamble on him in 2006 before Johnson stepped up to the Premier League with Birmingham. That solid side finished ninth in his first season but were relegated three months after their Wembley win. Johnson joined Bromley after 18 months at Charlton Athletic Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS for The Telegraph A move to Wolves followed to prolong his top-flight career but little went to plan. He strongly disputes stories he once arrived at training worse for wear from the night before, but addresses his time at Molineux with candour. “I blame myself,” he says. “I had a dip in form, in a team of people that had a dip in form. I was blocking shots and it was going in off me, I was making stupid errors that I never make. “A regret is taking the captaincy when it was offered to me. It made my signing even bigger because I was the team captain and if things are going wrong the skipper has to answer for it. “It was hard to dig people out and have an opinion on what was going wrong, because I was one of the things that wasn’t working.” Loans to Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham took him away from the West Midlands before two spells at Charlton, either side of a sojourn in India with Pune City and unlikely team-mates Adrian Mutu and Didier Zokora. “I’d never choose to go to that side of the world personally, but I’ve seen the whole of India now. Goa was good, but the north-east was tough. There was no phone signal. Some of the flights were very dodgy, but it’s a tick in a box.” A far cry from Bromley’s Hayes Lane, surely one of the country’s only grounds which is approached via a road next to a field of grazing horses. Johnson celebrates Birmingham's victory over Arsenal in the 2011 League Cup final in the traditional fashion Credit: Action Images/Lee Smith After a knee injury and a subsequent blood poisoning from the surgery to treat it, Johnson is happy to be back playing the game he loves. “I’m not going to sit here and think I’ve had a failed career,” he says. “Every player wants to reach the Premier League and play for their country, I did one of them and got very close to the other.” Calm and philosophical, he seems every inch the elder statesmen and you can easily imagine him coaching. “I’m not too proud to go down the divisions but I probably wouldn’t drop any further, unless there was a player-coach role. I can’t see myself doing pub football. “There are some horrible people out there, who want to bad mouth you and write nonsense on social media. But have they been a footballer? No they haven’t. “My career, my stats, and what I’ve won speak for themselves. Wikipedia it, then write me something on social media.”
Roger Johnson returns for another shot at Wembley
Bromley FC is a proud old club, but not a successful one. Dave Roberts’ book The Bromley Boys chronicles the author following the team in the 1960s, when it had an authentic claim to being the worst in the country. The town it represents has a higher population than Crewe, Shrewsbury and Accrington but has never hosted the league football expected in those places. Instead, Bromley have just completed a third season of steady improvement in the National League, the highest level the club have ever reached. They have visited Wembley once, for the final of the old FA Amateur Cup in 1949 for a 1-0 win over Romford in front of 96,000. They return on Sunday for the FA Trophy final and have a player to call on who has already played three times under the arch, seeking a redemptive coda to a varied career. Centre-back Roger Johnson was part of the Birmingham City side who beat Arsenal in the 2011 League Cup final, and with Cardiff when they lost the FA Cup final to Portsmouth in 2008 but beat Barnsley in the semi at Wembley. “Everyone says ‘just try and relax and enjoy the day’ but it’s very stressful,” he says. “The anxiety, getting there, the build-up. I’m sure once we’re out there and the whistle blows we’ll be fine.” Johnson, 35, looks remarkably lean as we talk after a video analysis session at Bromley’s Hayes Lane home. An armful of tattoos indicates his tour of duty in the modern Premier League, where he shone at Birmingham, endured a tougher spell at Wolves and turned out four times for West Ham as recently as 2014. The Wembley opponents are Brackley Town from the tier below and while Bromley have sold an impressive 20,000 tickets the stadium will still be sparsely occupied. Nevertheless, Johnson puts the game on a par with his most notable previous visit. “Winning on Sunday would mean as much as the Birmingham win,” he says. “Yeah it’s not an 89,000 sell-out against an Arsenal team with Robin van Persie in it who beat Barcelona nine days before, but we’re we’re there on merit.” Surprisingly heartfelt words from a man who came close to the England squad while with Birmingham. “I got six England call-ups for the 30-man squad, but nobody got injured so I didn’t make the 23,” he says. It was a rapid ascension after a long apprenticeship at Wycombe Wanderers, where he made his debut at 17. Cardiff eventually took a gamble on him in 2006 before Johnson stepped up to the Premier League with Birmingham. That solid side finished ninth in his first season but were relegated three months after their Wembley win. Johnson joined Bromley after 18 months at Charlton Athletic Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS for The Telegraph A move to Wolves followed to prolong his top-flight career but little went to plan. He strongly disputes stories he once arrived at training worse for wear from the night before, but addresses his time at Molineux with candour. “I blame myself,” he says. “I had a dip in form, in a team of people that had a dip in form. I was blocking shots and it was going in off me, I was making stupid errors that I never make. “A regret is taking the captaincy when it was offered to me. It made my signing even bigger because I was the team captain and if things are going wrong the skipper has to answer for it. “It was hard to dig people out and have an opinion on what was going wrong, because I was one of the things that wasn’t working.” Loans to Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham took him away from the West Midlands before two spells at Charlton, either side of a sojourn in India with Pune City and unlikely team-mates Adrian Mutu and Didier Zokora. “I’d never choose to go to that side of the world personally, but I’ve seen the whole of India now. Goa was good, but the north-east was tough. There was no phone signal. Some of the flights were very dodgy, but it’s a tick in a box.” A far cry from Bromley’s Hayes Lane, surely one of the country’s only grounds which is approached via a road next to a field of grazing horses. Johnson celebrates Birmingham's victory over Arsenal in the 2011 League Cup final in the traditional fashion Credit: Action Images/Lee Smith After a knee injury and a subsequent blood poisoning from the surgery to treat it, Johnson is happy to be back playing the game he loves. “I’m not going to sit here and think I’ve had a failed career,” he says. “Every player wants to reach the Premier League and play for their country, I did one of them and got very close to the other.” Calm and philosophical, he seems every inch the elder statesmen and you can easily imagine him coaching. “I’m not too proud to go down the divisions but I probably wouldn’t drop any further, unless there was a player-coach role. I can’t see myself doing pub football. “There are some horrible people out there, who want to bad mouth you and write nonsense on social media. But have they been a footballer? No they haven’t. “My career, my stats, and what I’ve won speak for themselves. Wikipedia it, then write me something on social media.”
Bromley FC is a proud old club, but not a successful one. Dave Roberts’ book The Bromley Boys chronicles the author following the team in the 1960s, when it had an authentic claim to being the worst in the country. The town it represents has a higher population than Crewe, Shrewsbury and Accrington but has never hosted the league football expected in those places. Instead, Bromley have just completed a third season of steady improvement in the National League, the highest level the club have ever reached. They have visited Wembley once, for the final of the old FA Amateur Cup in 1949 for a 1-0 win over Romford in front of 96,000. They return on Sunday for the FA Trophy final and have a player to call on who has already played three times under the arch, seeking a redemptive coda to a varied career. Centre-back Roger Johnson was part of the Birmingham City side who beat Arsenal in the 2011 League Cup final, and with Cardiff when they lost the FA Cup final to Portsmouth in 2008 but beat Barnsley in the semi at Wembley. “Everyone says ‘just try and relax and enjoy the day’ but it’s very stressful,” he says. “The anxiety, getting there, the build-up. I’m sure once we’re out there and the whistle blows we’ll be fine.” Johnson, 35, looks remarkably lean as we talk after a video analysis session at Bromley’s Hayes Lane home. An armful of tattoos indicates his tour of duty in the modern Premier League, where he shone at Birmingham, endured a tougher spell at Wolves and turned out four times for West Ham as recently as 2014. The Wembley opponents are Brackley Town from the tier below and while Bromley have sold an impressive 20,000 tickets the stadium will still be sparsely occupied. Nevertheless, Johnson puts the game on a par with his most notable previous visit. “Winning on Sunday would mean as much as the Birmingham win,” he says. “Yeah it’s not an 89,000 sell-out against an Arsenal team with Robin van Persie in it who beat Barcelona nine days before, but we’re we’re there on merit.” Surprisingly heartfelt words from a man who came close to the England squad while with Birmingham. “I got six England call-ups for the 30-man squad, but nobody got injured so I didn’t make the 23,” he says. It was a rapid ascension after a long apprenticeship at Wycombe Wanderers, where he made his debut at 17. Cardiff eventually took a gamble on him in 2006 before Johnson stepped up to the Premier League with Birmingham. That solid side finished ninth in his first season but were relegated three months after their Wembley win. Johnson joined Bromley after 18 months at Charlton Athletic Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS for The Telegraph A move to Wolves followed to prolong his top-flight career but little went to plan. He strongly disputes stories he once arrived at training worse for wear from the night before, but addresses his time at Molineux with candour. “I blame myself,” he says. “I had a dip in form, in a team of people that had a dip in form. I was blocking shots and it was going in off me, I was making stupid errors that I never make. “A regret is taking the captaincy when it was offered to me. It made my signing even bigger because I was the team captain and if things are going wrong the skipper has to answer for it. “It was hard to dig people out and have an opinion on what was going wrong, because I was one of the things that wasn’t working.” Loans to Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham took him away from the West Midlands before two spells at Charlton, either side of a sojourn in India with Pune City and unlikely team-mates Adrian Mutu and Didier Zokora. “I’d never choose to go to that side of the world personally, but I’ve seen the whole of India now. Goa was good, but the north-east was tough. There was no phone signal. Some of the flights were very dodgy, but it’s a tick in a box.” A far cry from Bromley’s Hayes Lane, surely one of the country’s only grounds which is approached via a road next to a field of grazing horses. Johnson celebrates Birmingham's victory over Arsenal in the 2011 League Cup final in the traditional fashion Credit: Action Images/Lee Smith After a knee injury and a subsequent blood poisoning from the surgery to treat it, Johnson is happy to be back playing the game he loves. “I’m not going to sit here and think I’ve had a failed career,” he says. “Every player wants to reach the Premier League and play for their country, I did one of them and got very close to the other.” Calm and philosophical, he seems every inch the elder statesmen and you can easily imagine him coaching. “I’m not too proud to go down the divisions but I probably wouldn’t drop any further, unless there was a player-coach role. I can’t see myself doing pub football. “There are some horrible people out there, who want to bad mouth you and write nonsense on social media. But have they been a footballer? No they haven’t. “My career, my stats, and what I’ve won speak for themselves. Wikipedia it, then write me something on social media.”
Roger Johnson returns for another shot at Wembley
Bromley FC is a proud old club, but not a successful one. Dave Roberts’ book The Bromley Boys chronicles the author following the team in the 1960s, when it had an authentic claim to being the worst in the country. The town it represents has a higher population than Crewe, Shrewsbury and Accrington but has never hosted the league football expected in those places. Instead, Bromley have just completed a third season of steady improvement in the National League, the highest level the club have ever reached. They have visited Wembley once, for the final of the old FA Amateur Cup in 1949 for a 1-0 win over Romford in front of 96,000. They return on Sunday for the FA Trophy final and have a player to call on who has already played three times under the arch, seeking a redemptive coda to a varied career. Centre-back Roger Johnson was part of the Birmingham City side who beat Arsenal in the 2011 League Cup final, and with Cardiff when they lost the FA Cup final to Portsmouth in 2008 but beat Barnsley in the semi at Wembley. “Everyone says ‘just try and relax and enjoy the day’ but it’s very stressful,” he says. “The anxiety, getting there, the build-up. I’m sure once we’re out there and the whistle blows we’ll be fine.” Johnson, 35, looks remarkably lean as we talk after a video analysis session at Bromley’s Hayes Lane home. An armful of tattoos indicates his tour of duty in the modern Premier League, where he shone at Birmingham, endured a tougher spell at Wolves and turned out four times for West Ham as recently as 2014. The Wembley opponents are Brackley Town from the tier below and while Bromley have sold an impressive 20,000 tickets the stadium will still be sparsely occupied. Nevertheless, Johnson puts the game on a par with his most notable previous visit. “Winning on Sunday would mean as much as the Birmingham win,” he says. “Yeah it’s not an 89,000 sell-out against an Arsenal team with Robin van Persie in it who beat Barcelona nine days before, but we’re we’re there on merit.” Surprisingly heartfelt words from a man who came close to the England squad while with Birmingham. “I got six England call-ups for the 30-man squad, but nobody got injured so I didn’t make the 23,” he says. It was a rapid ascension after a long apprenticeship at Wycombe Wanderers, where he made his debut at 17. Cardiff eventually took a gamble on him in 2006 before Johnson stepped up to the Premier League with Birmingham. That solid side finished ninth in his first season but were relegated three months after their Wembley win. Johnson joined Bromley after 18 months at Charlton Athletic Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS for The Telegraph A move to Wolves followed to prolong his top-flight career but little went to plan. He strongly disputes stories he once arrived at training worse for wear from the night before, but addresses his time at Molineux with candour. “I blame myself,” he says. “I had a dip in form, in a team of people that had a dip in form. I was blocking shots and it was going in off me, I was making stupid errors that I never make. “A regret is taking the captaincy when it was offered to me. It made my signing even bigger because I was the team captain and if things are going wrong the skipper has to answer for it. “It was hard to dig people out and have an opinion on what was going wrong, because I was one of the things that wasn’t working.” Loans to Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham took him away from the West Midlands before two spells at Charlton, either side of a sojourn in India with Pune City and unlikely team-mates Adrian Mutu and Didier Zokora. “I’d never choose to go to that side of the world personally, but I’ve seen the whole of India now. Goa was good, but the north-east was tough. There was no phone signal. Some of the flights were very dodgy, but it’s a tick in a box.” A far cry from Bromley’s Hayes Lane, surely one of the country’s only grounds which is approached via a road next to a field of grazing horses. Johnson celebrates Birmingham's victory over Arsenal in the 2011 League Cup final in the traditional fashion Credit: Action Images/Lee Smith After a knee injury and a subsequent blood poisoning from the surgery to treat it, Johnson is happy to be back playing the game he loves. “I’m not going to sit here and think I’ve had a failed career,” he says. “Every player wants to reach the Premier League and play for their country, I did one of them and got very close to the other.” Calm and philosophical, he seems every inch the elder statesmen and you can easily imagine him coaching. “I’m not too proud to go down the divisions but I probably wouldn’t drop any further, unless there was a player-coach role. I can’t see myself doing pub football. “There are some horrible people out there, who want to bad mouth you and write nonsense on social media. But have they been a footballer? No they haven’t. “My career, my stats, and what I’ve won speak for themselves. Wikipedia it, then write me something on social media.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been voted the Premier League Manager of the Year by the League Manager's Association. Spaniard Guardiola saw his side set a new Premier League points record of 100, scoring 106 goals along the way. Guardiola collected his accolade at the LMA Awards dinner in London on Tuesday night, having 24 hours earlier enjoyed celebrating City's triumph with an open-top bus parade around Manchester. Elsewhere, Cardiff manager Neil Warnock received an LMA Special Achievement Award to mark a record eighth career promotion after taking the Welsh club up in second place in the Sky Bet Championship. Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo picked up the LMA Championship award, having seen his side secure the title. Neil Warnock received a LMA Special Achievement Award Credit: Getty Images The LMA League One Manager Of The Year award went to Shrewsbury's Paul Hurst, whose team finished third behind Blackburn and champions Wigan. The Shrews saw off Charlton to book their place in the play-off final at Wembley, where they will face either Scunthorpe or Rotherham. John Coleman collected the League Two award after Accrington Stanley claimed the title with 93 points. Chelsea manager Emma Hayes won the FA Women's Super League award after leading her side to a league and cup double.
Pep Guardiola wins LMA Manager of Year award
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been voted the Premier League Manager of the Year by the League Manager's Association. Spaniard Guardiola saw his side set a new Premier League points record of 100, scoring 106 goals along the way. Guardiola collected his accolade at the LMA Awards dinner in London on Tuesday night, having 24 hours earlier enjoyed celebrating City's triumph with an open-top bus parade around Manchester. Elsewhere, Cardiff manager Neil Warnock received an LMA Special Achievement Award to mark a record eighth career promotion after taking the Welsh club up in second place in the Sky Bet Championship. Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo picked up the LMA Championship award, having seen his side secure the title. Neil Warnock received a LMA Special Achievement Award Credit: Getty Images The LMA League One Manager Of The Year award went to Shrewsbury's Paul Hurst, whose team finished third behind Blackburn and champions Wigan. The Shrews saw off Charlton to book their place in the play-off final at Wembley, where they will face either Scunthorpe or Rotherham. John Coleman collected the League Two award after Accrington Stanley claimed the title with 93 points. Chelsea manager Emma Hayes won the FA Women's Super League award after leading her side to a league and cup double.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been voted the Premier League Manager of the Year by the League Manager's Association. Spaniard Guardiola saw his side set a new Premier League points record of 100, scoring 106 goals along the way. Guardiola collected his accolade at the LMA Awards dinner in London on Tuesday night, having 24 hours earlier enjoyed celebrating City's triumph with an open-top bus parade around Manchester. Elsewhere, Cardiff manager Neil Warnock received an LMA Special Achievement Award to mark a record eighth career promotion after taking the Welsh club up in second place in the Sky Bet Championship. Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo picked up the LMA Championship award, having seen his side secure the title. Neil Warnock received a LMA Special Achievement Award Credit: Getty Images The LMA League One Manager Of The Year award went to Shrewsbury's Paul Hurst, whose team finished third behind Blackburn and champions Wigan. The Shrews saw off Charlton to book their place in the play-off final at Wembley, where they will face either Scunthorpe or Rotherham. John Coleman collected the League Two award after Accrington Stanley claimed the title with 93 points. Chelsea manager Emma Hayes won the FA Women's Super League award after leading her side to a league and cup double.
Pep Guardiola wins LMA Manager of Year award
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been voted the Premier League Manager of the Year by the League Manager's Association. Spaniard Guardiola saw his side set a new Premier League points record of 100, scoring 106 goals along the way. Guardiola collected his accolade at the LMA Awards dinner in London on Tuesday night, having 24 hours earlier enjoyed celebrating City's triumph with an open-top bus parade around Manchester. Elsewhere, Cardiff manager Neil Warnock received an LMA Special Achievement Award to mark a record eighth career promotion after taking the Welsh club up in second place in the Sky Bet Championship. Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo picked up the LMA Championship award, having seen his side secure the title. Neil Warnock received a LMA Special Achievement Award Credit: Getty Images The LMA League One Manager Of The Year award went to Shrewsbury's Paul Hurst, whose team finished third behind Blackburn and champions Wigan. The Shrews saw off Charlton to book their place in the play-off final at Wembley, where they will face either Scunthorpe or Rotherham. John Coleman collected the League Two award after Accrington Stanley claimed the title with 93 points. Chelsea manager Emma Hayes won the FA Women's Super League award after leading her side to a league and cup double.
The world was once, for many of us, a huge and daunting labyrinth; a difficult, expensive challenge to navigate, and a path best travelled with friends in tow. You had to be good at map-reading, for one, with the ability to overcome language barriers. Getting around was simply harder. That’s changed considerably, and an ever-increasing number of us are these days setting off on adventures alone. Is it just that Google can now steer even the most directionally challenged among us to our next location, or translate words from any dialect back and forth? Is it that more of us are single, and staying single, than ever before? Are we now by nature too impatient to wait for a suitable companion to show up? Telegraph Travel spoke to a variety of tour operators to examine the rising trend of going it alone, to see how it is impacting everything from hotel bookings and Airbnbs, to cruises and British cottage breaks. Is solo travel really growing? By all accounts, yes. According to Abta's latest annual Holiday Habits survey, one in nine holidaymakers reported that they took a holiday on their own in the previous 12 months - double the number compared to six years previous. Hitwise, the UK’s largest online behavioural research tool, said that from analysing searches made by 3 million consumers in the UK, across all search engines, there was a 143 per cent increase in "solo travel" searches over the past three years. In the past four weeks, incidentally, the most popular destinations driving solo travel searches have been Costa Rica, South East Asia and New Zealand. If we’re not doing it, we’re certainly dreaming about doing it. According to inspiration sharing site Pinterest, recent numbers are even higher - with searches for “solo travel” up by nearly 600 per cent this year. Costa Rica: popular with lone wanderers Credit: Getty Hotel booking sites have reported similar trends. Hotelscan.com has noticed a 170 per cent increase in the last 12 months for those looking to book a room by themselves, the most popular destinations for this being Thailand, Peru, Sydney, Portugal and Vietnam respectively. LateRooms.com said that between April 2017 and April 2018, they’ve seen their share of solo travelers increase by a more modest 14 per cent. Hostelworld has seen a 42 per cent rise in the number of solo bookings made between 2015 and 2017, a more dramatic spike than in any other sector for the site. Airbnb, too, has been seeing an increase in lone bookings. Its fastest-growing spots for solo guests include Cancun (a 170 per cent increase), Ho Chi Minh City (146 per cent), Cologne (142 per cent), Playa del Carmen (141 per cent) and Johannesburg (135 per cent). And people aren’t always hopping on a plane to get away by themselves. They’re checking into their own British holiday cottages too. A spokesperson for one directory, Unique Home Stays, said: “We’ve been established for 17 years and have noticed a significant increase in solo travel over the last few years: with a 48 per cent spike since 2015.” Even cruise operators have had to adjust their offerings to cater for higher numbers of passengers traveling alone. Norwegian Cruise Line spied the trend all the way back in 2010, when it first launched studio rooms designed especially for single travellers. Britain's most remote holiday cottages This year, Riviera Travel introduced solo cabins with no single supplements across their river cruise programme and due to demand – 18 per cent of their customers are now travelling alone – this year introduced two new dedicated river cruise itineraries specifically for this sector. The Telegraph’s Pat Richardson is a fan, writing: “Cruising and solo travellers could have been made for each other. Your travel arrangements are handled by experts, you’re looked after on board and are in safe hands when you join a shore excursion. You’ll make new friends and are unlikely to be the only one sailing solo.” What sort of travellers are going solo? It’s a mixed bag, now more than ever. As far as younger travellers go, according to data from the Abta, almost one in eight 18-24 year olds reported going on a holiday by themselves in 2017. In 2011, this question was asked to 15-24 year olds and the figure was just 4.5 per cent. Cruising: surprisingly singles-friendly According to Hostelworld, the number of solo bookings made by Britons has increased 60 per cent over the past three years, the highest rise globally. Singles holiday operator Just You says the age of their clientele ranges from 21 to 90, but averages out at the 55+ age group. What does appear to be consistent, however, is that women are much more likely to travel alone than men, and that’s only rising. Hitwise says that since January, the audiences driving searches for solo travel have been women (55 per cent of them) aged between 25-34 years old and living in London. Top 5 | Women who will inspire you to set off on an adventure Unique Home Stays says that in 2015, the average age of its solo traveller was 46, made up of 22 per cent men and 78 per cent women. In 2017, the average age was 47, with 84 per cent being female, and only 16 per cent being male. Writing for The Telegraph earlier this year about her decision to set off alone, Suzanne Joinson remarked: “In the past, the idea of women going on solo adventures was considered ‘brave’, ‘eccentric’ or ‘risky’. But [there has since] been a huge shift in attitude. “A hike into the wilderness is what I need; it will be a balm for my rotten, digitally toxic soul. But taking family with me would just be more logistics to contend with and if I went with a friend we’d inevitably end up stopping at a pub, eating pie, sipping prosecco and talking rubbish, which is the opposite of what I am looking for. I need peace. I need quiet. And most of all, I really, really need to be alone.” When do solo travellers prefer to set off? When the masses aren’t, we were told by a fair few companies. Discount travel site HolidayPirates, for one, stated: “The vast majority of solo bookings are off-season - May, October and November. Less than one per cent of them travel in July or August.” You needn't even leave the UK Credit: Getty Solo by choice, or by circumstance? If you’re roaming the world alone, you’ll fall into one of two categories: someone who simply doesn’t have a companion to join them on their travels, or someone who actively chooses not to bring along friends or a spouse. More people today, it should be noted, remain single for longer, or indeed forever. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that 51 per cent of people in England and Wales were single in 2011, the last time a census was published, compared to 47 per cent in 2001. We polled a Facebook group consisting of hundreds of female writers and heard from countless single women who travel alone. But we also spoke to several who were married or otherwise attached, and actively choose to leave their other-halves at home when travelling. solo travel adventures Writer Tash Nikolovski, 28, said of her six-month solo tour of Latin America: “It probably seems a little unconventional to travel without your partner for six months, but it was something that meant a lot to me," she says. “I'd made a lot of sacrifices to make it happen - like saving for over a year, learning Spanish, mentally preparing to leave my job - so throwing the trip away because I'd met someone just wasn't an option, and he understood that.” She was in good company, as it turned out. “What struck me the most was the amount of other females that I'd met travelling alone in the same boat - way more than guys - who all had boyfriends at home, and were taking trips on their own,” she remarks. This works both ways, of course. Another writer, Claire Mason, said her husband went to India for five weeks after quitting a 30-year career in India in advertising, while she stayed home. Voyaging alone: is it good for you? Psychotherapist Tony Ingham was one of the many we asked in his field who came back with a resounding yes. It provides a break from monotony, he explains, builds confidence and exposes you to people and places you’d otherwise never cross. But most of us know this. Perhaps one of the most overlooked downsides however, are the very real re-entry blues. “Frequently I work with people who have had the most exceptional experience on their travels and find the return home disappointing,” he says. Naturally, going solo can be difficult for the less-social travellers among us. “More introverted people can become anxious, and retreat into their shells,” Ingham confirms. But should they go for it anyway? Arguably. A recent Booking.com survey found that a substantial 71 per cent of global travellers have had regrets over missed travel opportunities. Hard to beat Credit: Getty Generation Z (18-24 year olds) were found to be the most willing to face their travel anxieties head-on, with two thirds managing to overcome their concerns. For many, that means setting off alone even if you’d rather have a friend. Working remotely As technology continues to free up the way people work, more and more of us are finding it’s now possible to combine a job with travel by operating remotely. Gemma Thompson, founder of travel advice website Girls That Travel, told The Telegraph: “Many travellers are doing well in a career, but they feel it doesn't fulfil them. But the way we work is changing. It’s more acceptable to take time out for yourself. In fact, we should all do it at least once in our lives. It gives us the gift of clear thinking time, and being in an environment like that builds self-confidence like nothing else.” Beware the sand Credit: Getty We spoke to PR executive Sarika Patel, who has just embarked on a solo expedition to Thailand, but isn’t taking time off to do so. “When you're single and in your thirties, the choice is usually 'travel alone' or 'don't travel' - so I choose travel,” she says. “I’m off to Southeast Asia with no change to my work routine and 'minimal disruption' assured to my clients. I had to persuade them that I'd be just as effective from there.” What are the pitfalls of travelling solo When Lonely Planet quizzed more than 4,000 of its members this year, four out of five have either had or were planning a solo trip. Disappointingly, a third of them said they’d felt disadvantaged by choosing to travel alone. Half of them, for example, have had to pay a single person supplement as a result of going solo. Telegraph Travel’s consumer expert Nick Trend explains: “The argument goes like this. Holidays are usually priced per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room. When a single person books, many tour operators levy an extra charge. They argue that they have to charge extra because singles are a less attractive commercial proposition for them. Among other aspects, single travellers spend less money in the restaurant and bar than couples.” Solo advice | Six ways to avoid a single supplement A compromise? For those travelling solo by circumstance rather than choice, there is a middle way. Small group package tours made up of strangers are proving themselves popular. Mandy Appleyard, who wrote for Telegraph Travel about a trip to India, explains: “I am single, intrepid and a lover of remote, long-haul exotic destinations. I don’t usually travel with close friends because, variously, they want to sleep on a sun lounger for a fortnight, won’t catch a flight longer than two hours or don’t want to travel where vaccinations are required. “As I grow older and less compromising, I’ve found it suits me to do small group holidays: there’s company if I want it (at dinner, I always do), but also the opportunity to be separate without offending anyone. There’s a strong chance you’ll meet like-minded people, and for me the mix of the social and the solitary works well.” Solo travel expert Gill Charlton agees, noting: “Some of the best holidays I’ve had have been those where I have set off on my own and travelled with strangers. Experience has shown me that I’ll find like-minded companions in any group. Statistics tell us that one in four British adults has never married or is divorced or widowed. Add to these singletons all those keen travellers whose partners either cannot or will not join them, and that’s a huge potential market.” India's Taj Mahal Credit: Getty Considering taking the plunge? Telegraph Travel has created a new channel especially for solo travellers. Just visit telegraph.co.uk/travel/solo-travel for inspiration, news and advice.
Why are so many of us now choosing to travel alone?
The world was once, for many of us, a huge and daunting labyrinth; a difficult, expensive challenge to navigate, and a path best travelled with friends in tow. You had to be good at map-reading, for one, with the ability to overcome language barriers. Getting around was simply harder. That’s changed considerably, and an ever-increasing number of us are these days setting off on adventures alone. Is it just that Google can now steer even the most directionally challenged among us to our next location, or translate words from any dialect back and forth? Is it that more of us are single, and staying single, than ever before? Are we now by nature too impatient to wait for a suitable companion to show up? Telegraph Travel spoke to a variety of tour operators to examine the rising trend of going it alone, to see how it is impacting everything from hotel bookings and Airbnbs, to cruises and British cottage breaks. Is solo travel really growing? By all accounts, yes. According to Abta's latest annual Holiday Habits survey, one in nine holidaymakers reported that they took a holiday on their own in the previous 12 months - double the number compared to six years previous. Hitwise, the UK’s largest online behavioural research tool, said that from analysing searches made by 3 million consumers in the UK, across all search engines, there was a 143 per cent increase in "solo travel" searches over the past three years. In the past four weeks, incidentally, the most popular destinations driving solo travel searches have been Costa Rica, South East Asia and New Zealand. If we’re not doing it, we’re certainly dreaming about doing it. According to inspiration sharing site Pinterest, recent numbers are even higher - with searches for “solo travel” up by nearly 600 per cent this year. Costa Rica: popular with lone wanderers Credit: Getty Hotel booking sites have reported similar trends. Hotelscan.com has noticed a 170 per cent increase in the last 12 months for those looking to book a room by themselves, the most popular destinations for this being Thailand, Peru, Sydney, Portugal and Vietnam respectively. LateRooms.com said that between April 2017 and April 2018, they’ve seen their share of solo travelers increase by a more modest 14 per cent. Hostelworld has seen a 42 per cent rise in the number of solo bookings made between 2015 and 2017, a more dramatic spike than in any other sector for the site. Airbnb, too, has been seeing an increase in lone bookings. Its fastest-growing spots for solo guests include Cancun (a 170 per cent increase), Ho Chi Minh City (146 per cent), Cologne (142 per cent), Playa del Carmen (141 per cent) and Johannesburg (135 per cent). And people aren’t always hopping on a plane to get away by themselves. They’re checking into their own British holiday cottages too. A spokesperson for one directory, Unique Home Stays, said: “We’ve been established for 17 years and have noticed a significant increase in solo travel over the last few years: with a 48 per cent spike since 2015.” Even cruise operators have had to adjust their offerings to cater for higher numbers of passengers traveling alone. Norwegian Cruise Line spied the trend all the way back in 2010, when it first launched studio rooms designed especially for single travellers. Britain's most remote holiday cottages This year, Riviera Travel introduced solo cabins with no single supplements across their river cruise programme and due to demand – 18 per cent of their customers are now travelling alone – this year introduced two new dedicated river cruise itineraries specifically for this sector. The Telegraph’s Pat Richardson is a fan, writing: “Cruising and solo travellers could have been made for each other. Your travel arrangements are handled by experts, you’re looked after on board and are in safe hands when you join a shore excursion. You’ll make new friends and are unlikely to be the only one sailing solo.” What sort of travellers are going solo? It’s a mixed bag, now more than ever. As far as younger travellers go, according to data from the Abta, almost one in eight 18-24 year olds reported going on a holiday by themselves in 2017. In 2011, this question was asked to 15-24 year olds and the figure was just 4.5 per cent. Cruising: surprisingly singles-friendly According to Hostelworld, the number of solo bookings made by Britons has increased 60 per cent over the past three years, the highest rise globally. Singles holiday operator Just You says the age of their clientele ranges from 21 to 90, but averages out at the 55+ age group. What does appear to be consistent, however, is that women are much more likely to travel alone than men, and that’s only rising. Hitwise says that since January, the audiences driving searches for solo travel have been women (55 per cent of them) aged between 25-34 years old and living in London. Top 5 | Women who will inspire you to set off on an adventure Unique Home Stays says that in 2015, the average age of its solo traveller was 46, made up of 22 per cent men and 78 per cent women. In 2017, the average age was 47, with 84 per cent being female, and only 16 per cent being male. Writing for The Telegraph earlier this year about her decision to set off alone, Suzanne Joinson remarked: “In the past, the idea of women going on solo adventures was considered ‘brave’, ‘eccentric’ or ‘risky’. But [there has since] been a huge shift in attitude. “A hike into the wilderness is what I need; it will be a balm for my rotten, digitally toxic soul. But taking family with me would just be more logistics to contend with and if I went with a friend we’d inevitably end up stopping at a pub, eating pie, sipping prosecco and talking rubbish, which is the opposite of what I am looking for. I need peace. I need quiet. And most of all, I really, really need to be alone.” When do solo travellers prefer to set off? When the masses aren’t, we were told by a fair few companies. Discount travel site HolidayPirates, for one, stated: “The vast majority of solo bookings are off-season - May, October and November. Less than one per cent of them travel in July or August.” You needn't even leave the UK Credit: Getty Solo by choice, or by circumstance? If you’re roaming the world alone, you’ll fall into one of two categories: someone who simply doesn’t have a companion to join them on their travels, or someone who actively chooses not to bring along friends or a spouse. More people today, it should be noted, remain single for longer, or indeed forever. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that 51 per cent of people in England and Wales were single in 2011, the last time a census was published, compared to 47 per cent in 2001. We polled a Facebook group consisting of hundreds of female writers and heard from countless single women who travel alone. But we also spoke to several who were married or otherwise attached, and actively choose to leave their other-halves at home when travelling. solo travel adventures Writer Tash Nikolovski, 28, said of her six-month solo tour of Latin America: “It probably seems a little unconventional to travel without your partner for six months, but it was something that meant a lot to me," she says. “I'd made a lot of sacrifices to make it happen - like saving for over a year, learning Spanish, mentally preparing to leave my job - so throwing the trip away because I'd met someone just wasn't an option, and he understood that.” She was in good company, as it turned out. “What struck me the most was the amount of other females that I'd met travelling alone in the same boat - way more than guys - who all had boyfriends at home, and were taking trips on their own,” she remarks. This works both ways, of course. Another writer, Claire Mason, said her husband went to India for five weeks after quitting a 30-year career in India in advertising, while she stayed home. Voyaging alone: is it good for you? Psychotherapist Tony Ingham was one of the many we asked in his field who came back with a resounding yes. It provides a break from monotony, he explains, builds confidence and exposes you to people and places you’d otherwise never cross. But most of us know this. Perhaps one of the most overlooked downsides however, are the very real re-entry blues. “Frequently I work with people who have had the most exceptional experience on their travels and find the return home disappointing,” he says. Naturally, going solo can be difficult for the less-social travellers among us. “More introverted people can become anxious, and retreat into their shells,” Ingham confirms. But should they go for it anyway? Arguably. A recent Booking.com survey found that a substantial 71 per cent of global travellers have had regrets over missed travel opportunities. Hard to beat Credit: Getty Generation Z (18-24 year olds) were found to be the most willing to face their travel anxieties head-on, with two thirds managing to overcome their concerns. For many, that means setting off alone even if you’d rather have a friend. Working remotely As technology continues to free up the way people work, more and more of us are finding it’s now possible to combine a job with travel by operating remotely. Gemma Thompson, founder of travel advice website Girls That Travel, told The Telegraph: “Many travellers are doing well in a career, but they feel it doesn't fulfil them. But the way we work is changing. It’s more acceptable to take time out for yourself. In fact, we should all do it at least once in our lives. It gives us the gift of clear thinking time, and being in an environment like that builds self-confidence like nothing else.” Beware the sand Credit: Getty We spoke to PR executive Sarika Patel, who has just embarked on a solo expedition to Thailand, but isn’t taking time off to do so. “When you're single and in your thirties, the choice is usually 'travel alone' or 'don't travel' - so I choose travel,” she says. “I’m off to Southeast Asia with no change to my work routine and 'minimal disruption' assured to my clients. I had to persuade them that I'd be just as effective from there.” What are the pitfalls of travelling solo When Lonely Planet quizzed more than 4,000 of its members this year, four out of five have either had or were planning a solo trip. Disappointingly, a third of them said they’d felt disadvantaged by choosing to travel alone. Half of them, for example, have had to pay a single person supplement as a result of going solo. Telegraph Travel’s consumer expert Nick Trend explains: “The argument goes like this. Holidays are usually priced per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room. When a single person books, many tour operators levy an extra charge. They argue that they have to charge extra because singles are a less attractive commercial proposition for them. Among other aspects, single travellers spend less money in the restaurant and bar than couples.” Solo advice | Six ways to avoid a single supplement A compromise? For those travelling solo by circumstance rather than choice, there is a middle way. Small group package tours made up of strangers are proving themselves popular. Mandy Appleyard, who wrote for Telegraph Travel about a trip to India, explains: “I am single, intrepid and a lover of remote, long-haul exotic destinations. I don’t usually travel with close friends because, variously, they want to sleep on a sun lounger for a fortnight, won’t catch a flight longer than two hours or don’t want to travel where vaccinations are required. “As I grow older and less compromising, I’ve found it suits me to do small group holidays: there’s company if I want it (at dinner, I always do), but also the opportunity to be separate without offending anyone. There’s a strong chance you’ll meet like-minded people, and for me the mix of the social and the solitary works well.” Solo travel expert Gill Charlton agees, noting: “Some of the best holidays I’ve had have been those where I have set off on my own and travelled with strangers. Experience has shown me that I’ll find like-minded companions in any group. Statistics tell us that one in four British adults has never married or is divorced or widowed. Add to these singletons all those keen travellers whose partners either cannot or will not join them, and that’s a huge potential market.” India's Taj Mahal Credit: Getty Considering taking the plunge? Telegraph Travel has created a new channel especially for solo travellers. Just visit telegraph.co.uk/travel/solo-travel for inspiration, news and advice.