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FRA07. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Matteo Minozzi (C) of Italy in action during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA07. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Matteo Minozzi (C) of Italy in action during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA07. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Matteo Minozzi (C) of Italy in action during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA07. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Players of Italy in action during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA07. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Players of Italy in action during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA07. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Players of Italy in action during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA07. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Players of Italy celebrate after scoring a try against Japan during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA07. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Players of Italy celebrate after scoring a try against Japan during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA07. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Players of Italy celebrate after scoring a try against Japan during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA07. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Tommy Castello (R) of Italy in action during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA07. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Tommy Castello (R) of Italy in action during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA07. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Tommy Castello (R) of Italy in action during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA05. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Tommy Castello (L) of Italy in action during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA05. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Tommy Castello (L) of Italy in action during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA05. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Tommy Castello (L) of Italy in action during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Michele Campagnaro (C) of Italy in action during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Michele Campagnaro (C) of Italy in action during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Michele Campagnaro (C) of Italy in action during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA04. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Japan players celebrate after scoring a try against Italy during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA04. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Japan players celebrate after scoring a try against Italy during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA04. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Japan players celebrate after scoring a try against Italy during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA03. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Kenki Fukuoka of Japan runs on his way to score a try against Italy during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA03. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Kenki Fukuoka of Japan runs on his way to score a try against Italy during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA03. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Kenki Fukuoka of Japan runs on his way to score a try against Italy during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA01. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Lomano Lemeki (L) of Japan scores a try against Italy during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA01. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Lomano Lemeki (L) of Japan scores a try against Italy during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA01. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Lomano Lemeki (L) of Japan scores a try against Italy during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA02. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Amanaki Mafi (C) of Japan scores a try against Italy during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA02. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Amanaki Mafi (C) of Japan scores a try against Italy during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
FRA02. Oita (Japan), 09/06/2018.- Amanaki Mafi (C) of Japan scores a try against Italy during a rugby union test match between Japan and Italy in Oita, southwestern Japan, 09 June 2018. Japan won the match. (Japón, Italia) EFE/EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
Saturday 9 June Germaine Bloody Greer BBC Two, 9.00pm The personal views of Germaine Greer once had a universality and pungency about them that the world so desperately needed. But her recent comments about rape, violence on TV and transpeople, by contrast, resemble self-important trolling: wilfully controversial, dreadfully retrograde and a blight on a considerable legacy. This thrilling profile is a reminder of why she still matters, albeit perhaps more for what she was than what she has become. Novelist Zoë Heller and journalist Rosie Boycott are among those singing her praises, while Greer herself proves as unable as ever to avoid calling out a daft question or savaging a sacred cow. The footage is exciting and superbly mounted by director Clare Beavan. Whether it’s Greer’s early films, her steadfastness in the face of the abuse sent her way after The Female Eunuch was published, and her evisceration of Norman Mailer during a famous 1971 set-to in New York, Greer remains a most rugged individual. “I don’t think Germaine and the word ‘sisterhood’ are natural bedfellows,” reckons Boycott. What about that legacy? “I don’t do regret and I don’t do things that I regret,” Greer concludes. By any standards, a remarkable life. Gabriel Tate Trooping the Colour BBC One, 10.30am Marking the official birthday of the Queen, the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards will conduct their annual pageant on Horse Guards Parade, introduced by Huw Edwards and with J J Chalmers offering behind-the-scenes insights. There are highlights at 7.30pm on BBC Two. French Open Tennis: The women’s final ITV, 1.30pm Action on the 14th day at Roland Garros features the women’s singles final in the second Grand Slam tournament of the year. Jelena Ostapenko met Simona Halep in last year’s showpiece match, where the Latvian defeated the number three seed 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to become the first person from her country to win a Grand Slam tournament and the first unseeded player to win the French Open since 1933. The men’s final, which was won for a record 10th time by Spaniard Rafael Nadal last year, takes place on Sunday at 1.30pm on ITV. Women’s International One-Day Cricket: England Women v South Africa Women Sky Sports Main Event, 1.30pm It’s the opening one-day international of the three-match series, which takes place at New Road in Worcester. Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor and Lauren Winfield all return to the England squad after missing out on the Indian tour. World Cup-winning duo Fran Wilson and Alex Hartley miss out, however. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm This afternoon England will be looking to dispatch the Springboks at a venue Eddie Jones has described as the “spiritual home of rugby”. They’ve not won at Ellis Park in Johannesburg since 1972 – their only triumph at the venue – and their last appearance here was a 36-27 defeat under Stuart Lancaster in 2012. Ellis Park was the setting for the Springboks’ World Cup final victory over New Zealand in 1995 and one of the sport’s finest moments – Nelson Mandela handing Francois Pienaar the Webb Ellis Cup. “It will be hostile but it’s fantastic and I am so excited about it,” says Jones. “In world rugby who do you want to beat? The Springboks at Ellis Park.” Owen Farrell will captain England, while the hugely talented New Zealand-born flanker Brad Shields is expected to play a part for the visitors. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 5.30pm; Scotland, 2.45pm After deconstructing the exploration documentary in the fascinating and alarming My Year with the Tribe, explorer Will Millard is on slightly surer ground with this new series in which he journeys down the River Wye. He begins his journey with a search for the river’s source on the slopes of Plynlimon, before he has an encounter with an entrepreneurial local sheep farmer. Take Me Out: Over 50s Special ITV, 8.00pm Three “older gentlemen” (I’m sure host Paddy McGuinness will make plenty of gags here) face 30 single “Golden Girls”, including a former nun and an ex-partner of action hero Jason Statham, in this one-off special of the ever-popular dating show. Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm After Hinterland and Keeping Faith comes the BBC’s latest Welsh language crime thriller. Hidden has a familiar set-up – the discovery of a young girl’s body in a disused quarry tears a small community apart – but Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies as DIs Cadi John and Owen Vaughan area leading pair to reckon with, and the atmosphere of unease benefits hugely from the mountainous surroundings. Come Together: the Rise of the Festival Sky Arts, 9.00pm The line-up for this documentary would grace any festival, with Pete Townshend and Noel Gallagher among the interviewees explaining the evolution of the modern music festival from its earliest jazz and blues incarnations in Newport, through the hippy beanfeasts of Monterey and Woodstock to Glastonbury and Coachella. There are also contributions from those who promote and document festivals, including Michael Eavis and D A Pennebaker. GT A Girl’s Guide to TV BBC Two, 10.00pm; not NI Comedian Rachel Parris of The Mash Report presents her typically tongue-in-cheek advice for women looking to get ahead in television. GT Maleficent (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 6.05pm Angelina Jolie stars as the titular Maleficent in Disney’s live-action reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, which follows her from a carefree fairy to Mistress of All Evil, muddling the distinction between hero and villain. Maleficent is happy in a kingdom of peculiar CGI beasts until her heart is broken by Stefan (Sharlto Copley), who inherits the throne. Seeking vengeance, she curses his baby, Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). Thor: The Dark World (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm This is a follow-up to the popular Norse god/superhero blockbuster. The rather flabby plot is alleviated by Chris Hemsworth’s hearty charisma, which provides frequent relief from Natalie Portman’s bland damsel-in-distress (attempts to beef up her character by making her an astrophysicist are undermined by her constant fainting). Highlights include Thor sliding down The Gherkin skyscraper. Made in Dagenham (2010) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.45pm Industrial action in pursuit of equal pay for women doesn’t sound too thrilling a subject, but Nigel Cole’s (Calendar Girls) film, based around the real-life strike from 1968, turns out to be a rousing crowd-pleaser. Sally Hawkins plays the reluctant ringleader of the workers who sew car seats at Ford’s Dagenham plant; Bob Hoskins is a union rep; Miranda Richardson is wonderful as Labour MP Barbara Castle. Sunday 10 June Smoldering: Aidan Turner returns as the eponymous hero Credit: BBC Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm Not since Daniel Craig emerged from the waves in Casino Royale has there been so much fuss over a pair of wet pecs. Yes, Poldark is back for a fourth series and star Aidan Turner bares his chest for the fans in an opening scene that, if nothing else, suggests that he’s spent a lot of time exercising since the end of series three. This opener finds our swashbuckling hero Ross Poldark (Turner) back in full-on Cornish crusader mode when, following a disturbance in Truro, he locks horns with old enemy George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) over the fate of three good pals accused of riot and murder. Meanwhile, his flame-haired wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) can’t fend off her intimate longings following that illicit clinch in the dunes with poetry-penning aristo Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse) – who, with the announcement of a general election, looks set to be diverted into a career at Westminster. But as Dr Dwight (Luke Norris) is at pains to point out, Armitage has a delicate constitution that might not suit the rough and tumble of parliamentary politics. Could Ross be persuaded to think again about throwing his hat in the ring? Gerard O’Donovan One-Day International Cricket: Scotland v England Sky Sports Main Event, 10.30am Having responded brilliantly to tie the Test series with Pakistan 1-1, England now turn their attention to Scotland, with this ODI at the Grange in Edinburgh. Songs of Praise BBC One, 1.25pm A year on from the Grenfell Tower disaster, Aled Jones presents a commemorative special edition exploring how the local community in North Kensington is coping and recovering. Britain Celebrates Live: 100 Years of Women’s Votes BBC One, 2.00pm Live coverage of today’s public processions through Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London to celebrate the centenary of women winning the right to vote. Tonight’s Antiques Roadshow, at 8pm, also takes up the theme, devoting its time to items with links to remarkable women. Formula 1: Canadian Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 5.30pm After a Monaco Grand Prix that left championship leader Lewis Hamilton, in his words, “cold”, all eyes are on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, where Daniel Riccardio will be aiming to win back-to-back races. Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 ITV, 6.30pm Live from Old Trafford, it’s the annual England v World XI charity football match between teams mixing celebrities and professional athletes. This year Robbie Williams’s England is taking on a team of international stars led by Usain Bolt. Other players include Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, and Eric Cantona, and there’s live music from Jessie Ware. Countryfile BBC One, 7.00pm The last of three specials heads for Sandringham in Norfolk, the most private of the Royal retreats. Matt Baker discovers one of the Queen’s less-known interests – racing pigeons – while Ellie Harrison learns more about her love of horses. GO Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s brilliantly judged bravura performance has been one of the television highlights of 2018. Tonight, he brings the series to an entertaining and emotionally charged close as Patrick, separated and back in London in 2006, hopes to put the past to rest following his mother’s funeral. Cosby: The Women Speak Sony Crime Channel, 9.00pm Following Bill Cosby’s conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, here’s another opportunity to see the A&E network’s 2015 one-hour special in which the extent of the allegations against the former TV icon for predatory sexual behaviour came to light. Over a dozen of the 50-plus women who accused him of rape and sexual assault going back decades talk of their experiences on screen for the first time, and how statute of limitation laws threatened to deprive them of justice. GO Despicable Me 2 (2013) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 5.10pm Despicable Me, 2010’s animated supervillain comedy, had a neat enough premise. It’s gone in this sequel, though, as Steve Carell’s bald antihero, Gru, is now a reformed soul, occupied with childcare rather than dastardly plots to steal the moon. Gru’s Minions – those knee-high yellow Tic-Tacs – provide the film’s one inspired idea as they’re injected with mutating serum by the film’s mystery baddy. Hulk (2003) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.15pm Ang Lee’s dark and stylised version (a split screen mimics the panels of a comic book page) of the Incredible Hulk’s adventures is one of the best and underrated Marvel adaptations, even if it’s too complex at times. Eric Bana stars as Bruce, a scientist who’s exposed to gamma radiation and becomes a not-so-jolly green giant. This is a rampaging tale with bold special effects. Jennifer Connolly co-stars as his love interest. It (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen King’s evil clown tale is no laughing matter. First a Warners miniseries in 1990, starring an unforgettable Tim Curry, and now a two-part film version. Here we continue the terrifying tale of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), but jump forward three decades to the summer of 1988, buying into the current vogue for Eighties teen-flick nostalgia. The scary stuff is petrifying when it peaks. Monday 11 June Community spirit: those affected by the fire tell their stories Credit: BBC Grenfell BBC One, 8.30pm Bafta-winning director Ben Anthony’s unmissable documentary about last year’s Grenfell Tower tragedy opens with a sea of faces, all of which gain poignant individual focus as the film progresses. The blaze at the 24-storey block of public housing in the London borough of Kensington, which resulted in 72 deaths, left a lasting impression in those featured here as each person tells their unique story about the horrific events and their impact. Survivors who lost their homes, the bereaved, bystanders and police all share their stories, although it’s a surprising omission that the firefighters who witnessed the horrors first hand don’t offer their account. Split screens give multiple perspectives on the same moment, and what starts out as a patchwork of personal experience knits together into a mighty whole, the collective voice of a community broken but defiant. In fact, much of the film focuses on the efforts of those affected to unite in the face of seeming indifference from the local council, who also have their say. As the ongoing inquiry continues, this devastating account offers a damning testament of its own, rife with accusations of injustice and neglect, underpinned by blistering rage and grief. Toby Dantzic Fight Like a Girl BBC One, 7.30pm The ferocious sport of female wrestling comes under the spotlight with this lively film following Scottish fighter Kimberly Benson. She combines a gruelling training regime with her daytime job, as she aims for her first world title in Japan. Long Lost Family: What Happened Next ITV, 9.00pm Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall catch up with families they’ve reunited. Cathie Cutler Evans, who met her half-sister in 2016, has found joy in her extended clan. But for Maureen Charlton, separated from her brother Michael for 40 years, progress been painstaking. Dan Snow’s Norman Walks PBS America, 9.00pm Dan Snow sorts fact from fiction as he investigates the history of Norman Britain in this new series. He starts off on the Sussex coast, where aided by evidence from the Bayeux Tapestry, he pieces together William the Conqueror’s 11th-century coastal invasion. Flowers Channel 4, 10.00pm Will Sharpe’s gloriously dark comedy about a dysfunctional family returns with a double bill, then continues each night this week. A seemingly chipper Maurice (Julian Bennett) and Deborah (Olivia Colman) are on a caravanning holiday, while daughter Amy (Sophia di Martino) has a brash new girlfriend. Storyville: City Of Ghosts BBC Four, 10.30pm There are images of death in Matthew Heineman’s film so harrowing that it’s hard to keep watching, but these are the sights that Heineman’s subject, rebel group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered, face daily. The renegade collective have made it their task to secretly film the atrocities committed by Isil in the Syrian city of Raqqa, and show the rest of the world the reality of the regime. It’s an astonishing act of citizen-led journalism, and the participants’ fear and grief, as well as their sense of purpose, are starkly captured in Heineman’s blunt and brutal chronicle of a city in turmoil. TD Prisons Uncovered: Out Of Control? ITV, 10.45pm; Scotland, 11.05pm; Wales, 11.15pm; not UTV In 2016, HMP Birmingham saw the worst prison riot for 25 years, in which 600 inmates were freed from their cells. This sobering documentary looks at the factors behind the incident and reflects on the prison system. TD Our Kind of Traitor (2016) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor stars in this so-so John le Carré adaptation as poetry lecturer Perry Makepeace, who becomes embroiled in negotiations to bring Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), a well-connected Russian oligarch, into the fold of British intelligence. Skarsgård is the standout here, charging into his role with pungency, playing Dima as a bedraggled beast of Moscow’s criminal underworld. The Shining (1980) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Set in a deserted hotel that’s in the care of writer Jack (Jack Nicholson) and his family for the winter, Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant psycho-horror, based on the novel by Stephen King, is subtly unsettling. But it’s stuffed, too, with unforgettable nerve-jangling shocks, including the moment when the crazed Jack smashes his way through a door with an axe as his wife (Shelley Duvall) cowers in the corner. Teen Wolf (1985) ★★★☆☆ 5STAR, 12.10am Critics howled at this preposterous teenage comedy but audiences loved it, perhaps because it came out shortly after its star Michael J Fox’s finest hour: Back to the Future. The plot – in which Fox’s likeable nerd morphs into a basketball-playing werewolf – is almost as unlikely as the fact that he still looked fresh out of the 11th grade at the ripe old age of 25. An unparalleled analysis of puberty and adolescence. Tuesday 12 June Hitting the books: Tanisha is a pupil at Townley Grammar Credit: BBC Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland & Wales, 11.15pm Jamie Pickup’s series has walked a tightrope with considerable skill, highlighting the inarguable inequities of our educational system that favours a selective approach, while also acknowledging its considerable benefits and observing the situation from the points of view of both pupils and teachers. It concludes with mock GCSE exams approaching and students at Erith School, a secondary modern, and neighbouring institution Townley Grammar, having to assess their suitability for further education. Some, it’s fair to say, are taking it more seriously than others. Townley pupil Tanisha is underperforming and low on confidence, yet keen to raise her game and nurtured by staff aware of her limitations and capabilities. At Erith, meanwhile, Denisa is angling for a place in Townley Sixth Form and seems more than capable of attaining it, but staffing shortages are crippling science classes amid an endless round of supply teachers and stand-ins. “It keeps me awake at night,” says the admirable faculty head Mr Appiah-Gates. It’s a desperately difficult situation and one that reaches an unexpected conclusion, as common ground is found between two unlikely bedfellows. Gabriel Tate The Champions Netflix, from today Created by Mindy Kaling, this new NBC sitcom plays a bachelor gym owner (Anders Holm) off against his gay, estranged son-cum-new flatmate (the brilliant J J Totah). Smartly written and nimbly performed, it’s a solid mainstream hit. Ackley Bridge Channel 4, 8.00pm Matt Evans and Penny Woolcock continue to keep an implausible number of plates spinning as the fizzy pre-watershed drama continues to conduct its handbrake narrative turns. Both Jordan (Samuel Bottomley) and Missy (Poppy Lee Friar) handle cash shortages in an equally desperate manner, and the arrival of Steve’s ex Claire (Kimberly Walsh) puts head teacher Mandy’s (Jo Joyner) nose out of joint. Our Girl BBC One, 9.00pm Georgie (Michelle Keegan) learns an astonishing secret about the local crime boss, before a major rescue operation begins as the flawed but well-meaning military drama continues. Flights from Hell: Caught on Camera ITV, 9.00pm ITV lays down its prime-time weapons as the World Cup looms, as demonstrated by this daft three-part series of incidents filmed at 30,000 feet. These include what an engine explosion feels like to those on board the plane to the impact of volcanic ash and an extraordinarily dramatic landing. Seeing Daylight: the Photography of Dorothy Bohm Sky Arts, 9.00pm Arriving in England in 1939 to escape the Nazis, Dorothy Bohm became a pioneer of street photography and portraiture of deep humanity. This profile examines her life and work. Elvis: the Searcher Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Based on Peter Guralnick’s epochal two-part biography, Thom Zimny’s HBO epic is a treat, focusing as much on Presley the man as Elvis the icon, Part one follows him out of Tupelo, into Sun Records and on to the US army, with part two’s fall, rise and fall again airing Wednesday at 10.00pm. GT Ugly Me: My Life with Body Dysmorphia BBC One, 10.45pm; NI, 11.10pm; Scot, 11.45pm First shown on BBC Three, this harrowing film follows 29-year-old Liane, seeking treatment for the titular condition which has left her self-worth in tatters. GT Field of Dreams (1989) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.50pm Kevin Costner clearly likes a baseball movie – he’s made five of them. In this one he’s an Iowa farmer instructed by a mysterious voice to build a baseball pitch in the middle of a cornfield, which is soon occupied by a gang of ghostly players from the past. Enjoyably dotty, and responsible for the misquote, “If you build it, they will come” – it’s actually “he will come” – the fantasy is elevated by brilliant performances all around. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm The fifth film in the Die Hard franchise takes place in Russia, where our hero, Bruce Willis’s now grizzled John McClane, arrives in Moscow to hunt for his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney). McClane suspects that he may have become a drug dealer, but it transpires he is in fact working undercover for the CIA, and Dad blunders in on him mid-mission. An enjoyable but clunky thriller. The Departed (2006) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Nothing beats watching a great director in his comfort zone. Martin Scorsese’s gangland thriller – the film that finally won him an Oscar – is riveting. The plot revolves around the local police force’s efforts to stamp out Boston crime lord Frank Costello (a magnificently malevolent Jack Nicholson). There are powerhouse performances, too, from Leonardo Di Caprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. Wednesday 13 June From Russia with love: David Dimbleby Credit: BBC Putin’s Russia with David Dimbleby BBC One, 9.00pm, Wales, 11.05pm “In a democracy if you fail to deliver on economic promises, if you surround yourself with cronies and use the law to suppress opposition, you would rightly be thrown out on your ear. But this is Russia, they do things differently here…” So begins David Dimbleby’s thoughtful film in which – as the eyes of the world turn towards Moscow for the 2018 World Cup football tournament – he takes the opportunity to cast an eye over Vladimir Putin’s 18 years as leader and assess the state of Russia today, especially in regard to the West. What he finds is a country in deep economic crisis yet with a people that seem to happily hero-worship Putin and mostly accept a state machine that controls almost every aspect of their lives with the willing assistance of security services, media, military and church. Dimbleby meets ordinary contented Russians as well as protesters, human rights lawyers, journalists and official spokespeople, coming away with a sense, ultimately, that Putin’s popularity is rooted in his strongman image and media-backed levels of suspicion and hostility towards the West unseen since the end of the Cold War. Gerard O’Donovan The Fight for Women’s Bodies BBC Three, from 10.00am Following the landmark vote to legalise abortion in the Republic of Ireland, Ellie Flynn looks back at the issues through the eyes of campaigners on both sides. Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow Channel 4, 8.00pm Here is a visit to the Isle of Wight, where Peter Snow and his team set out to restore an 1864 wooden train carriage that has served as a holiday chalet since it was decommissioned in the Twenties. Before Grenfell: A Hidden History BBC Two, 9.00pm A year since the Grenfell Tower fire, residents of Kensington relate how the London borough has become the most unequal place in Britain, with the gap between rich and poor once again as extreme as in the 1860s when developers first built housing for the rich in Notting Hill next to the worst slum in London. Can Science Make Me Perfect? With Alice Roberts BBC Four, 9.00pm Millions of years have gone into the human body: lots of great evolutionary adaptations but lots of imperfections, too. In a film that’s as entertaining as it is instructive, anatomist Alice Roberts takes on a challenge to design a better body than the one we get at birth. The Fast Fix: Diabetes ITV, 9.00pm Anita Rani presents a new two-part series exploring whether it is possible for people suffering from type 2 diabetes to reverse the condition by adhering to a radical diet. By consuming just 800 calories a day, can they “fast themselves better”? Concludes tomorrow Big Beasts: Last of the Giants Sky One, 9.00pm Biologist Patrick Aryee explores why size matters in the natural world. Beginning in the Americas, he checks out the planet’s largest predator, the sperm whale; comes face to face with a grizzly bear and gets rather too close to an anaconda that’s as long as a bus. GO How to Start an Airline Channel 4, 10.30pm This documentary follows Bangladeshi-British entrepreneur Kazi Shafiqur Rahman as he attempts to break into the fiercely competitive airline industry while also fulfilling the demands of his faith by insisting that the airline must comply with the teachings of Islam. GO Regarding Henry (1991) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 6.50pm Telling the story of a hotshot lawyer (Harrison Ford) who learns to question his values after a head injury, this film formed a companion piece to Wolf (1994), with Jack Nicholson as a publisher who is bitten by a wolf and turns into a boardroom predator. Directed by Mike Nichols, whose Oscar-winning movie The Graduate was a cinematic landmark of the 1960s, it’s a bit of an embarrassment, but interesting nevertheless. Source Code (2011) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Jake Gyllenhaal repeatedly finds himself reliving the last eight minutes in the life of a man on board a train which is about to be destroyed by a bomb as part of an experiment. Meanwhile, scientists Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright are monitoring Gyllenhaal’s exploits. Duncan Jones confirmed the promise of his directing debut Moon with this thrilling whodunit, which also serves as a moving meditation on life. Beetlejuice (1988) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Michael Keaton is an actor of rare versatility (as his triumphant role in Birdman proved). In this cult, Oscar-winning film by Tim Burton, Keaton shines as a con artist ghost called Beetlejuice, who aims to help two other ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to scare the obnoxious new residents out of their old house. But he then falls for lovely goth Lydia (Winona Ryder), the family’s daughter. Thursday 14 June It’s kicking off: Mark Pugatch (centre) leads ITV’s presenting team Credit: ITV FIFA World Cup 2018: Opening Ceremony ITV, 2.30pm Regardless of how you think Russia got to be awarded the 21st staging of football’s biggest tournament (by corrupt means or otherwise), it’s time to cast those aspersions aside because the Russia 2018 championship is here. But, two hours before a ball is kicked, the opening ceremony marks the official start of the highest prize in football. And as we all know, entertaining opening ceremonies can be a great curtain-raiser for sport events, if they are done well – think the London 2012 Olympics. This one takes place at the 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium, which is the jewel in Russia’s crown of stadiums and will also host the final on July 15. Mark Pougatch presents the live coverage of the ceremony, which is headlined by actor and rapper Will Smith and Nicky Jam, who will perform Live It Up, the official World Cup song, which has received mixed reviews. As well as that, the ceremony will include local performers showing off different aspects of Russian culture, with gymnasts and trampolinists in among the fireworks and performances on display. The matches get under way following the ceremony with the host nation against Saudi Arabia. Clive Morgan Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm While the BBC’s post-Bake Off cookery contest may not have set the world alight, it’s given the judges plenty to get their teeth into. This week, it’s the final, and three challenges stand between the contestants and the title: a summer favourite, their best main course and a pudding. Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm After three weeks of cute animals, Springwatch comes to an end with Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and co reliving this year’s best moments at Sherborne Park Estate. The Trouble with Women with Anne Robinson BBC One, 9.00pm As a journalist and TV presenter, Anne Robinson shattered the glass ceiling as she built her career. She imagined that now, 50 years later, we’d be much closer to achieving equality than we are. With the ongoing discussions about gender pay, Robinson asks women around the UK what’s preventing parity? Inside HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs Channel 5, 9.00pm Wormwood Scrubs has had some infamous inmates: from serial killers Ian Brady and Peter Sutcliffe to rockers Pete Docherty and Keith Richards. This documentary exploring the prison’s history tells the stories of a Soviet spy who escaped from the jail and its best-known inmate, Charles Bronson. CM Missions BBC Four, 10.00pm and 10.20pm The absorbing French sci-fi drama about the first manned mission to Mars concludes with its final double header. This week, psychiatrist Jeanne (Hélène Viviès) discovers the reason behind cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov’s (Arben Bajraktaraj) mission. I Am Evidence Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm Even though Mariska Hargitay spent almost 20 years as crime fighter Olivia Benson in Law & Order: SVU, nothing prepared her for what she was to learn in real life. In this shocking documentary, Hargitay investigates the flaws in the US justice system that have allowed tens of thousands of rape kits to go untested for years. It’s a tough film to watch at times, especially as it highlights the issue through deeply personal and harrowing, first-person accounts from four women whose attacks are still fresh in their minds decades after the assaults due to a lack of closure. “I felt like my body was a crime scene,” one of the women recalls. CM Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) ★★★☆☆ Comedy Central, 9.00pm Will Ferrell fans will need little encouragement to lap up this affectionate send-up of Nascar racing, redneck culture and male bonding. Ferrell pays a Nascar speed-demon who is challenged by a gay, French Formula One driver (Sacha Baron Cohen), to see who is the ultimate racer. It’s a full throttle comedy that plays to Ferrell’s strengths. The Hills Have Eyes (2006) ★★★☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm French director Alexandre Aja makes his Hollywood debut with this grim but gripping remake of Wes Craven’s semi-cult horror film about a family battling a brood of mutants in the New Mexico desert. Aja ups the visceral violence, and the characters – including Ted Levine and Kathleen Quinlan as the parents – are sufficiently well-drawn to make the outcome shocking. The Ghost (2010) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor plays a talented ghost writer, who lands a lucrative contract to edit the memoirs of Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), the former UK Prime Minister, in this Roman Polanski adaptation of the Robert Harris novel. Soon after, Lang is accused of committing a war crime and the Ghost finds himself drawn into a world of dangerous secrets that put his life at risk. This is a deeply unsettling thriller. Friday 15 June One connected flow: Dan Jones on the Grand Union Canal Building Britain’s Canals Channel 5, 8.00pm His tattoos may have a nerdish medieval theme, but historian Dan Jones still seems too hip to be fronting a stuffy-sounding series about Britain’s iconic canals. Jones’s lively style and eye for interesting detail, however, keeps this subject surprisingly fresh, as he begins this three-part run with a look at the Grand Union Canal, the longest stretch of man-made waterway in Britain. It’s a story that reaches back 200 years, when the demands of the Industrial Revolution called for a speedy way to move goods between Birmingham and London, and the country’s engineering super-brains found ingenious means to link seven separate channels into one connected flow. As Jones explains, while the financial benefits were big, construction of the Grand Union was time consuming and dangerous. The 12-year stop-start struggle to complete the technically complex Blisworth Hill tunnel, for example, saw the deaths of up to 60 workers. Unable to compete with the advent of the speedy steam train, the Grand Union itself soon declined too. The canal is now a source of summertime pleasure, so this is a welcome reminder of its once vital purpose. Toby Dantzic Queer Eye Netflix, from today The success of this heart-warming makeover series, which returned to much acclaim earlier this year, was something of a surprise. Netflix then have been quick to capitalise, snappily rolling out another run barely four months later, with the likeable quintet all returning for more lifestyle revamping. Details are so far scant, but the show’s culture guru Karamo Brown has hinted that women and the trans community could be featured. World Cup 2018: Portugal v Spain BBC One, 6.20pm The pick of this week’s World Cup matches happens on day two at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi and comes from Group B. Expect a tense affair as Spain, who suffered the ignominy of failing to make it to the knockout rounds four years ago, take on their bitter rivals Portugal. The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Former footballer Dennis Wise heads the team of celebrity hopefuls, joined by Katie Price, Roman Kemp, Bez and Binky Felstead.Wise struggles with a fiendish skill game, while a number-based challenge sets Felstead’s head spinning. Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Jane McDonald wraps up her Antipodean adventure in New Zealand’s North Island. She rubs noses with a Maori tribe in Napier, explores Rotorua’s dramatic geothermal landscapes and views Auckland’s skyline from a helicopter. Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.40pm This is a final bout of topical treats from veteran impressionist Tracey Ullman. Favourites Angela Merkel and Rupert Murdoch get a look in, alongside more takes on Jeremy Corbyn, Michael Gove and Nanny, the dedicated carer of Jacob Rees-Mogg. Africa: A Journey Into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm Apart from the occasional act on Later… with Jools Holland, world music doesn’t get much airtime on our TVs, so this beguiling series helmed by DJ Rita Ray offers a welcome insight into its traditions. For her final foray, Ray heads to Mali, home to more Grammy award-winning artists than any other African country. From her attempts at a sinuous wedding dance to meeting renowned harp player Toumani Diabaté, Ray’s journey is full of stirring encounters. TD Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive Channel 5, 10.00pm A fitting reminder of Dale Winton’s easy-going charm, this swansong travelogue series resumes after a hiatus with our host in ocean-front Miami. Highlights include a trip to Little Havana, the city’s Cuban quarter, and a look at fashion designer Versace’s opulent former home. TD Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm In a similar but distinct way to Ridley Scott’s masterful original, Blade Runner 2049 mulls one of the meatiest questions around: is surface all that there is, or do life’s currents run deeper than the things we can see, hear and touch? Denis Villeneuve’s film toys with both options, making neither a comfort – and in the process, maps out a provocative blockbuster. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford star. Red (2010) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm A starry line-up of actors of pensionable age is the attraction of this light-hearted adaptation of Warren Ellis’s graphic novel, and it’s hard to resist Helen Mirren with a submachine gun. RED stands for “Retired Extremely Dangerous”, which is what the CIA has labelled former agents Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Mirren, who team up to find out who has marked them for assassination, and why. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) ★★★★★ Channel 4, 11.40pm Soaked in sex, drugs and scandal, Martin Scorsese’s epic is based on the memoir of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who spent the Nineties illegally amassing a vast personal fortune. With a fantastic performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, this morally bankrupt romp was lauded by audiences and critics alike. Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie co-star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: Germaine Bloody Greer, Take Me Out: Over 50s Special and more
Saturday 9 June Germaine Bloody Greer BBC Two, 9.00pm The personal views of Germaine Greer once had a universality and pungency about them that the world so desperately needed. But her recent comments about rape, violence on TV and transpeople, by contrast, resemble self-important trolling: wilfully controversial, dreadfully retrograde and a blight on a considerable legacy. This thrilling profile is a reminder of why she still matters, albeit perhaps more for what she was than what she has become. Novelist Zoë Heller and journalist Rosie Boycott are among those singing her praises, while Greer herself proves as unable as ever to avoid calling out a daft question or savaging a sacred cow. The footage is exciting and superbly mounted by director Clare Beavan. Whether it’s Greer’s early films, her steadfastness in the face of the abuse sent her way after The Female Eunuch was published, and her evisceration of Norman Mailer during a famous 1971 set-to in New York, Greer remains a most rugged individual. “I don’t think Germaine and the word ‘sisterhood’ are natural bedfellows,” reckons Boycott. What about that legacy? “I don’t do regret and I don’t do things that I regret,” Greer concludes. By any standards, a remarkable life. Gabriel Tate Trooping the Colour BBC One, 10.30am Marking the official birthday of the Queen, the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards will conduct their annual pageant on Horse Guards Parade, introduced by Huw Edwards and with J J Chalmers offering behind-the-scenes insights. There are highlights at 7.30pm on BBC Two. French Open Tennis: The women’s final ITV, 1.30pm Action on the 14th day at Roland Garros features the women’s singles final in the second Grand Slam tournament of the year. Jelena Ostapenko met Simona Halep in last year’s showpiece match, where the Latvian defeated the number three seed 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to become the first person from her country to win a Grand Slam tournament and the first unseeded player to win the French Open since 1933. The men’s final, which was won for a record 10th time by Spaniard Rafael Nadal last year, takes place on Sunday at 1.30pm on ITV. Women’s International One-Day Cricket: England Women v South Africa Women Sky Sports Main Event, 1.30pm It’s the opening one-day international of the three-match series, which takes place at New Road in Worcester. Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor and Lauren Winfield all return to the England squad after missing out on the Indian tour. World Cup-winning duo Fran Wilson and Alex Hartley miss out, however. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm This afternoon England will be looking to dispatch the Springboks at a venue Eddie Jones has described as the “spiritual home of rugby”. They’ve not won at Ellis Park in Johannesburg since 1972 – their only triumph at the venue – and their last appearance here was a 36-27 defeat under Stuart Lancaster in 2012. Ellis Park was the setting for the Springboks’ World Cup final victory over New Zealand in 1995 and one of the sport’s finest moments – Nelson Mandela handing Francois Pienaar the Webb Ellis Cup. “It will be hostile but it’s fantastic and I am so excited about it,” says Jones. “In world rugby who do you want to beat? The Springboks at Ellis Park.” Owen Farrell will captain England, while the hugely talented New Zealand-born flanker Brad Shields is expected to play a part for the visitors. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 5.30pm; Scotland, 2.45pm After deconstructing the exploration documentary in the fascinating and alarming My Year with the Tribe, explorer Will Millard is on slightly surer ground with this new series in which he journeys down the River Wye. He begins his journey with a search for the river’s source on the slopes of Plynlimon, before he has an encounter with an entrepreneurial local sheep farmer. Take Me Out: Over 50s Special ITV, 8.00pm Three “older gentlemen” (I’m sure host Paddy McGuinness will make plenty of gags here) face 30 single “Golden Girls”, including a former nun and an ex-partner of action hero Jason Statham, in this one-off special of the ever-popular dating show. Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm After Hinterland and Keeping Faith comes the BBC’s latest Welsh language crime thriller. Hidden has a familiar set-up – the discovery of a young girl’s body in a disused quarry tears a small community apart – but Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies as DIs Cadi John and Owen Vaughan area leading pair to reckon with, and the atmosphere of unease benefits hugely from the mountainous surroundings. Come Together: the Rise of the Festival Sky Arts, 9.00pm The line-up for this documentary would grace any festival, with Pete Townshend and Noel Gallagher among the interviewees explaining the evolution of the modern music festival from its earliest jazz and blues incarnations in Newport, through the hippy beanfeasts of Monterey and Woodstock to Glastonbury and Coachella. There are also contributions from those who promote and document festivals, including Michael Eavis and D A Pennebaker. GT A Girl’s Guide to TV BBC Two, 10.00pm; not NI Comedian Rachel Parris of The Mash Report presents her typically tongue-in-cheek advice for women looking to get ahead in television. GT Maleficent (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 6.05pm Angelina Jolie stars as the titular Maleficent in Disney’s live-action reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, which follows her from a carefree fairy to Mistress of All Evil, muddling the distinction between hero and villain. Maleficent is happy in a kingdom of peculiar CGI beasts until her heart is broken by Stefan (Sharlto Copley), who inherits the throne. Seeking vengeance, she curses his baby, Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). Thor: The Dark World (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm This is a follow-up to the popular Norse god/superhero blockbuster. The rather flabby plot is alleviated by Chris Hemsworth’s hearty charisma, which provides frequent relief from Natalie Portman’s bland damsel-in-distress (attempts to beef up her character by making her an astrophysicist are undermined by her constant fainting). Highlights include Thor sliding down The Gherkin skyscraper. Made in Dagenham (2010) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.45pm Industrial action in pursuit of equal pay for women doesn’t sound too thrilling a subject, but Nigel Cole’s (Calendar Girls) film, based around the real-life strike from 1968, turns out to be a rousing crowd-pleaser. Sally Hawkins plays the reluctant ringleader of the workers who sew car seats at Ford’s Dagenham plant; Bob Hoskins is a union rep; Miranda Richardson is wonderful as Labour MP Barbara Castle. Sunday 10 June Smoldering: Aidan Turner returns as the eponymous hero Credit: BBC Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm Not since Daniel Craig emerged from the waves in Casino Royale has there been so much fuss over a pair of wet pecs. Yes, Poldark is back for a fourth series and star Aidan Turner bares his chest for the fans in an opening scene that, if nothing else, suggests that he’s spent a lot of time exercising since the end of series three. This opener finds our swashbuckling hero Ross Poldark (Turner) back in full-on Cornish crusader mode when, following a disturbance in Truro, he locks horns with old enemy George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) over the fate of three good pals accused of riot and murder. Meanwhile, his flame-haired wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) can’t fend off her intimate longings following that illicit clinch in the dunes with poetry-penning aristo Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse) – who, with the announcement of a general election, looks set to be diverted into a career at Westminster. But as Dr Dwight (Luke Norris) is at pains to point out, Armitage has a delicate constitution that might not suit the rough and tumble of parliamentary politics. Could Ross be persuaded to think again about throwing his hat in the ring? Gerard O’Donovan One-Day International Cricket: Scotland v England Sky Sports Main Event, 10.30am Having responded brilliantly to tie the Test series with Pakistan 1-1, England now turn their attention to Scotland, with this ODI at the Grange in Edinburgh. Songs of Praise BBC One, 1.25pm A year on from the Grenfell Tower disaster, Aled Jones presents a commemorative special edition exploring how the local community in North Kensington is coping and recovering. Britain Celebrates Live: 100 Years of Women’s Votes BBC One, 2.00pm Live coverage of today’s public processions through Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London to celebrate the centenary of women winning the right to vote. Tonight’s Antiques Roadshow, at 8pm, also takes up the theme, devoting its time to items with links to remarkable women. Formula 1: Canadian Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 5.30pm After a Monaco Grand Prix that left championship leader Lewis Hamilton, in his words, “cold”, all eyes are on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, where Daniel Riccardio will be aiming to win back-to-back races. Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 ITV, 6.30pm Live from Old Trafford, it’s the annual England v World XI charity football match between teams mixing celebrities and professional athletes. This year Robbie Williams’s England is taking on a team of international stars led by Usain Bolt. Other players include Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, and Eric Cantona, and there’s live music from Jessie Ware. Countryfile BBC One, 7.00pm The last of three specials heads for Sandringham in Norfolk, the most private of the Royal retreats. Matt Baker discovers one of the Queen’s less-known interests – racing pigeons – while Ellie Harrison learns more about her love of horses. GO Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s brilliantly judged bravura performance has been one of the television highlights of 2018. Tonight, he brings the series to an entertaining and emotionally charged close as Patrick, separated and back in London in 2006, hopes to put the past to rest following his mother’s funeral. Cosby: The Women Speak Sony Crime Channel, 9.00pm Following Bill Cosby’s conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, here’s another opportunity to see the A&E network’s 2015 one-hour special in which the extent of the allegations against the former TV icon for predatory sexual behaviour came to light. Over a dozen of the 50-plus women who accused him of rape and sexual assault going back decades talk of their experiences on screen for the first time, and how statute of limitation laws threatened to deprive them of justice. GO Despicable Me 2 (2013) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 5.10pm Despicable Me, 2010’s animated supervillain comedy, had a neat enough premise. It’s gone in this sequel, though, as Steve Carell’s bald antihero, Gru, is now a reformed soul, occupied with childcare rather than dastardly plots to steal the moon. Gru’s Minions – those knee-high yellow Tic-Tacs – provide the film’s one inspired idea as they’re injected with mutating serum by the film’s mystery baddy. Hulk (2003) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.15pm Ang Lee’s dark and stylised version (a split screen mimics the panels of a comic book page) of the Incredible Hulk’s adventures is one of the best and underrated Marvel adaptations, even if it’s too complex at times. Eric Bana stars as Bruce, a scientist who’s exposed to gamma radiation and becomes a not-so-jolly green giant. This is a rampaging tale with bold special effects. Jennifer Connolly co-stars as his love interest. It (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen King’s evil clown tale is no laughing matter. First a Warners miniseries in 1990, starring an unforgettable Tim Curry, and now a two-part film version. Here we continue the terrifying tale of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), but jump forward three decades to the summer of 1988, buying into the current vogue for Eighties teen-flick nostalgia. The scary stuff is petrifying when it peaks. Monday 11 June Community spirit: those affected by the fire tell their stories Credit: BBC Grenfell BBC One, 8.30pm Bafta-winning director Ben Anthony’s unmissable documentary about last year’s Grenfell Tower tragedy opens with a sea of faces, all of which gain poignant individual focus as the film progresses. The blaze at the 24-storey block of public housing in the London borough of Kensington, which resulted in 72 deaths, left a lasting impression in those featured here as each person tells their unique story about the horrific events and their impact. Survivors who lost their homes, the bereaved, bystanders and police all share their stories, although it’s a surprising omission that the firefighters who witnessed the horrors first hand don’t offer their account. Split screens give multiple perspectives on the same moment, and what starts out as a patchwork of personal experience knits together into a mighty whole, the collective voice of a community broken but defiant. In fact, much of the film focuses on the efforts of those affected to unite in the face of seeming indifference from the local council, who also have their say. As the ongoing inquiry continues, this devastating account offers a damning testament of its own, rife with accusations of injustice and neglect, underpinned by blistering rage and grief. Toby Dantzic Fight Like a Girl BBC One, 7.30pm The ferocious sport of female wrestling comes under the spotlight with this lively film following Scottish fighter Kimberly Benson. She combines a gruelling training regime with her daytime job, as she aims for her first world title in Japan. Long Lost Family: What Happened Next ITV, 9.00pm Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall catch up with families they’ve reunited. Cathie Cutler Evans, who met her half-sister in 2016, has found joy in her extended clan. But for Maureen Charlton, separated from her brother Michael for 40 years, progress been painstaking. Dan Snow’s Norman Walks PBS America, 9.00pm Dan Snow sorts fact from fiction as he investigates the history of Norman Britain in this new series. He starts off on the Sussex coast, where aided by evidence from the Bayeux Tapestry, he pieces together William the Conqueror’s 11th-century coastal invasion. Flowers Channel 4, 10.00pm Will Sharpe’s gloriously dark comedy about a dysfunctional family returns with a double bill, then continues each night this week. A seemingly chipper Maurice (Julian Bennett) and Deborah (Olivia Colman) are on a caravanning holiday, while daughter Amy (Sophia di Martino) has a brash new girlfriend. Storyville: City Of Ghosts BBC Four, 10.30pm There are images of death in Matthew Heineman’s film so harrowing that it’s hard to keep watching, but these are the sights that Heineman’s subject, rebel group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered, face daily. The renegade collective have made it their task to secretly film the atrocities committed by Isil in the Syrian city of Raqqa, and show the rest of the world the reality of the regime. It’s an astonishing act of citizen-led journalism, and the participants’ fear and grief, as well as their sense of purpose, are starkly captured in Heineman’s blunt and brutal chronicle of a city in turmoil. TD Prisons Uncovered: Out Of Control? ITV, 10.45pm; Scotland, 11.05pm; Wales, 11.15pm; not UTV In 2016, HMP Birmingham saw the worst prison riot for 25 years, in which 600 inmates were freed from their cells. This sobering documentary looks at the factors behind the incident and reflects on the prison system. TD Our Kind of Traitor (2016) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor stars in this so-so John le Carré adaptation as poetry lecturer Perry Makepeace, who becomes embroiled in negotiations to bring Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), a well-connected Russian oligarch, into the fold of British intelligence. Skarsgård is the standout here, charging into his role with pungency, playing Dima as a bedraggled beast of Moscow’s criminal underworld. The Shining (1980) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Set in a deserted hotel that’s in the care of writer Jack (Jack Nicholson) and his family for the winter, Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant psycho-horror, based on the novel by Stephen King, is subtly unsettling. But it’s stuffed, too, with unforgettable nerve-jangling shocks, including the moment when the crazed Jack smashes his way through a door with an axe as his wife (Shelley Duvall) cowers in the corner. Teen Wolf (1985) ★★★☆☆ 5STAR, 12.10am Critics howled at this preposterous teenage comedy but audiences loved it, perhaps because it came out shortly after its star Michael J Fox’s finest hour: Back to the Future. The plot – in which Fox’s likeable nerd morphs into a basketball-playing werewolf – is almost as unlikely as the fact that he still looked fresh out of the 11th grade at the ripe old age of 25. An unparalleled analysis of puberty and adolescence. Tuesday 12 June Hitting the books: Tanisha is a pupil at Townley Grammar Credit: BBC Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland & Wales, 11.15pm Jamie Pickup’s series has walked a tightrope with considerable skill, highlighting the inarguable inequities of our educational system that favours a selective approach, while also acknowledging its considerable benefits and observing the situation from the points of view of both pupils and teachers. It concludes with mock GCSE exams approaching and students at Erith School, a secondary modern, and neighbouring institution Townley Grammar, having to assess their suitability for further education. Some, it’s fair to say, are taking it more seriously than others. Townley pupil Tanisha is underperforming and low on confidence, yet keen to raise her game and nurtured by staff aware of her limitations and capabilities. At Erith, meanwhile, Denisa is angling for a place in Townley Sixth Form and seems more than capable of attaining it, but staffing shortages are crippling science classes amid an endless round of supply teachers and stand-ins. “It keeps me awake at night,” says the admirable faculty head Mr Appiah-Gates. It’s a desperately difficult situation and one that reaches an unexpected conclusion, as common ground is found between two unlikely bedfellows. Gabriel Tate The Champions Netflix, from today Created by Mindy Kaling, this new NBC sitcom plays a bachelor gym owner (Anders Holm) off against his gay, estranged son-cum-new flatmate (the brilliant J J Totah). Smartly written and nimbly performed, it’s a solid mainstream hit. Ackley Bridge Channel 4, 8.00pm Matt Evans and Penny Woolcock continue to keep an implausible number of plates spinning as the fizzy pre-watershed drama continues to conduct its handbrake narrative turns. Both Jordan (Samuel Bottomley) and Missy (Poppy Lee Friar) handle cash shortages in an equally desperate manner, and the arrival of Steve’s ex Claire (Kimberly Walsh) puts head teacher Mandy’s (Jo Joyner) nose out of joint. Our Girl BBC One, 9.00pm Georgie (Michelle Keegan) learns an astonishing secret about the local crime boss, before a major rescue operation begins as the flawed but well-meaning military drama continues. Flights from Hell: Caught on Camera ITV, 9.00pm ITV lays down its prime-time weapons as the World Cup looms, as demonstrated by this daft three-part series of incidents filmed at 30,000 feet. These include what an engine explosion feels like to those on board the plane to the impact of volcanic ash and an extraordinarily dramatic landing. Seeing Daylight: the Photography of Dorothy Bohm Sky Arts, 9.00pm Arriving in England in 1939 to escape the Nazis, Dorothy Bohm became a pioneer of street photography and portraiture of deep humanity. This profile examines her life and work. Elvis: the Searcher Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Based on Peter Guralnick’s epochal two-part biography, Thom Zimny’s HBO epic is a treat, focusing as much on Presley the man as Elvis the icon, Part one follows him out of Tupelo, into Sun Records and on to the US army, with part two’s fall, rise and fall again airing Wednesday at 10.00pm. GT Ugly Me: My Life with Body Dysmorphia BBC One, 10.45pm; NI, 11.10pm; Scot, 11.45pm First shown on BBC Three, this harrowing film follows 29-year-old Liane, seeking treatment for the titular condition which has left her self-worth in tatters. GT Field of Dreams (1989) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.50pm Kevin Costner clearly likes a baseball movie – he’s made five of them. In this one he’s an Iowa farmer instructed by a mysterious voice to build a baseball pitch in the middle of a cornfield, which is soon occupied by a gang of ghostly players from the past. Enjoyably dotty, and responsible for the misquote, “If you build it, they will come” – it’s actually “he will come” – the fantasy is elevated by brilliant performances all around. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm The fifth film in the Die Hard franchise takes place in Russia, where our hero, Bruce Willis’s now grizzled John McClane, arrives in Moscow to hunt for his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney). McClane suspects that he may have become a drug dealer, but it transpires he is in fact working undercover for the CIA, and Dad blunders in on him mid-mission. An enjoyable but clunky thriller. The Departed (2006) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Nothing beats watching a great director in his comfort zone. Martin Scorsese’s gangland thriller – the film that finally won him an Oscar – is riveting. The plot revolves around the local police force’s efforts to stamp out Boston crime lord Frank Costello (a magnificently malevolent Jack Nicholson). There are powerhouse performances, too, from Leonardo Di Caprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. Wednesday 13 June From Russia with love: David Dimbleby Credit: BBC Putin’s Russia with David Dimbleby BBC One, 9.00pm, Wales, 11.05pm “In a democracy if you fail to deliver on economic promises, if you surround yourself with cronies and use the law to suppress opposition, you would rightly be thrown out on your ear. But this is Russia, they do things differently here…” So begins David Dimbleby’s thoughtful film in which – as the eyes of the world turn towards Moscow for the 2018 World Cup football tournament – he takes the opportunity to cast an eye over Vladimir Putin’s 18 years as leader and assess the state of Russia today, especially in regard to the West. What he finds is a country in deep economic crisis yet with a people that seem to happily hero-worship Putin and mostly accept a state machine that controls almost every aspect of their lives with the willing assistance of security services, media, military and church. Dimbleby meets ordinary contented Russians as well as protesters, human rights lawyers, journalists and official spokespeople, coming away with a sense, ultimately, that Putin’s popularity is rooted in his strongman image and media-backed levels of suspicion and hostility towards the West unseen since the end of the Cold War. Gerard O’Donovan The Fight for Women’s Bodies BBC Three, from 10.00am Following the landmark vote to legalise abortion in the Republic of Ireland, Ellie Flynn looks back at the issues through the eyes of campaigners on both sides. Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow Channel 4, 8.00pm Here is a visit to the Isle of Wight, where Peter Snow and his team set out to restore an 1864 wooden train carriage that has served as a holiday chalet since it was decommissioned in the Twenties. Before Grenfell: A Hidden History BBC Two, 9.00pm A year since the Grenfell Tower fire, residents of Kensington relate how the London borough has become the most unequal place in Britain, with the gap between rich and poor once again as extreme as in the 1860s when developers first built housing for the rich in Notting Hill next to the worst slum in London. Can Science Make Me Perfect? With Alice Roberts BBC Four, 9.00pm Millions of years have gone into the human body: lots of great evolutionary adaptations but lots of imperfections, too. In a film that’s as entertaining as it is instructive, anatomist Alice Roberts takes on a challenge to design a better body than the one we get at birth. The Fast Fix: Diabetes ITV, 9.00pm Anita Rani presents a new two-part series exploring whether it is possible for people suffering from type 2 diabetes to reverse the condition by adhering to a radical diet. By consuming just 800 calories a day, can they “fast themselves better”? Concludes tomorrow Big Beasts: Last of the Giants Sky One, 9.00pm Biologist Patrick Aryee explores why size matters in the natural world. Beginning in the Americas, he checks out the planet’s largest predator, the sperm whale; comes face to face with a grizzly bear and gets rather too close to an anaconda that’s as long as a bus. GO How to Start an Airline Channel 4, 10.30pm This documentary follows Bangladeshi-British entrepreneur Kazi Shafiqur Rahman as he attempts to break into the fiercely competitive airline industry while also fulfilling the demands of his faith by insisting that the airline must comply with the teachings of Islam. GO Regarding Henry (1991) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 6.50pm Telling the story of a hotshot lawyer (Harrison Ford) who learns to question his values after a head injury, this film formed a companion piece to Wolf (1994), with Jack Nicholson as a publisher who is bitten by a wolf and turns into a boardroom predator. Directed by Mike Nichols, whose Oscar-winning movie The Graduate was a cinematic landmark of the 1960s, it’s a bit of an embarrassment, but interesting nevertheless. Source Code (2011) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Jake Gyllenhaal repeatedly finds himself reliving the last eight minutes in the life of a man on board a train which is about to be destroyed by a bomb as part of an experiment. Meanwhile, scientists Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright are monitoring Gyllenhaal’s exploits. Duncan Jones confirmed the promise of his directing debut Moon with this thrilling whodunit, which also serves as a moving meditation on life. Beetlejuice (1988) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Michael Keaton is an actor of rare versatility (as his triumphant role in Birdman proved). In this cult, Oscar-winning film by Tim Burton, Keaton shines as a con artist ghost called Beetlejuice, who aims to help two other ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to scare the obnoxious new residents out of their old house. But he then falls for lovely goth Lydia (Winona Ryder), the family’s daughter. Thursday 14 June It’s kicking off: Mark Pugatch (centre) leads ITV’s presenting team Credit: ITV FIFA World Cup 2018: Opening Ceremony ITV, 2.30pm Regardless of how you think Russia got to be awarded the 21st staging of football’s biggest tournament (by corrupt means or otherwise), it’s time to cast those aspersions aside because the Russia 2018 championship is here. But, two hours before a ball is kicked, the opening ceremony marks the official start of the highest prize in football. And as we all know, entertaining opening ceremonies can be a great curtain-raiser for sport events, if they are done well – think the London 2012 Olympics. This one takes place at the 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium, which is the jewel in Russia’s crown of stadiums and will also host the final on July 15. Mark Pougatch presents the live coverage of the ceremony, which is headlined by actor and rapper Will Smith and Nicky Jam, who will perform Live It Up, the official World Cup song, which has received mixed reviews. As well as that, the ceremony will include local performers showing off different aspects of Russian culture, with gymnasts and trampolinists in among the fireworks and performances on display. The matches get under way following the ceremony with the host nation against Saudi Arabia. Clive Morgan Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm While the BBC’s post-Bake Off cookery contest may not have set the world alight, it’s given the judges plenty to get their teeth into. This week, it’s the final, and three challenges stand between the contestants and the title: a summer favourite, their best main course and a pudding. Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm After three weeks of cute animals, Springwatch comes to an end with Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and co reliving this year’s best moments at Sherborne Park Estate. The Trouble with Women with Anne Robinson BBC One, 9.00pm As a journalist and TV presenter, Anne Robinson shattered the glass ceiling as she built her career. She imagined that now, 50 years later, we’d be much closer to achieving equality than we are. With the ongoing discussions about gender pay, Robinson asks women around the UK what’s preventing parity? Inside HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs Channel 5, 9.00pm Wormwood Scrubs has had some infamous inmates: from serial killers Ian Brady and Peter Sutcliffe to rockers Pete Docherty and Keith Richards. This documentary exploring the prison’s history tells the stories of a Soviet spy who escaped from the jail and its best-known inmate, Charles Bronson. CM Missions BBC Four, 10.00pm and 10.20pm The absorbing French sci-fi drama about the first manned mission to Mars concludes with its final double header. This week, psychiatrist Jeanne (Hélène Viviès) discovers the reason behind cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov’s (Arben Bajraktaraj) mission. I Am Evidence Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm Even though Mariska Hargitay spent almost 20 years as crime fighter Olivia Benson in Law & Order: SVU, nothing prepared her for what she was to learn in real life. In this shocking documentary, Hargitay investigates the flaws in the US justice system that have allowed tens of thousands of rape kits to go untested for years. It’s a tough film to watch at times, especially as it highlights the issue through deeply personal and harrowing, first-person accounts from four women whose attacks are still fresh in their minds decades after the assaults due to a lack of closure. “I felt like my body was a crime scene,” one of the women recalls. CM Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) ★★★☆☆ Comedy Central, 9.00pm Will Ferrell fans will need little encouragement to lap up this affectionate send-up of Nascar racing, redneck culture and male bonding. Ferrell pays a Nascar speed-demon who is challenged by a gay, French Formula One driver (Sacha Baron Cohen), to see who is the ultimate racer. It’s a full throttle comedy that plays to Ferrell’s strengths. The Hills Have Eyes (2006) ★★★☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm French director Alexandre Aja makes his Hollywood debut with this grim but gripping remake of Wes Craven’s semi-cult horror film about a family battling a brood of mutants in the New Mexico desert. Aja ups the visceral violence, and the characters – including Ted Levine and Kathleen Quinlan as the parents – are sufficiently well-drawn to make the outcome shocking. The Ghost (2010) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor plays a talented ghost writer, who lands a lucrative contract to edit the memoirs of Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), the former UK Prime Minister, in this Roman Polanski adaptation of the Robert Harris novel. Soon after, Lang is accused of committing a war crime and the Ghost finds himself drawn into a world of dangerous secrets that put his life at risk. This is a deeply unsettling thriller. Friday 15 June One connected flow: Dan Jones on the Grand Union Canal Building Britain’s Canals Channel 5, 8.00pm His tattoos may have a nerdish medieval theme, but historian Dan Jones still seems too hip to be fronting a stuffy-sounding series about Britain’s iconic canals. Jones’s lively style and eye for interesting detail, however, keeps this subject surprisingly fresh, as he begins this three-part run with a look at the Grand Union Canal, the longest stretch of man-made waterway in Britain. It’s a story that reaches back 200 years, when the demands of the Industrial Revolution called for a speedy way to move goods between Birmingham and London, and the country’s engineering super-brains found ingenious means to link seven separate channels into one connected flow. As Jones explains, while the financial benefits were big, construction of the Grand Union was time consuming and dangerous. The 12-year stop-start struggle to complete the technically complex Blisworth Hill tunnel, for example, saw the deaths of up to 60 workers. Unable to compete with the advent of the speedy steam train, the Grand Union itself soon declined too. The canal is now a source of summertime pleasure, so this is a welcome reminder of its once vital purpose. Toby Dantzic Queer Eye Netflix, from today The success of this heart-warming makeover series, which returned to much acclaim earlier this year, was something of a surprise. Netflix then have been quick to capitalise, snappily rolling out another run barely four months later, with the likeable quintet all returning for more lifestyle revamping. Details are so far scant, but the show’s culture guru Karamo Brown has hinted that women and the trans community could be featured. World Cup 2018: Portugal v Spain BBC One, 6.20pm The pick of this week’s World Cup matches happens on day two at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi and comes from Group B. Expect a tense affair as Spain, who suffered the ignominy of failing to make it to the knockout rounds four years ago, take on their bitter rivals Portugal. The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Former footballer Dennis Wise heads the team of celebrity hopefuls, joined by Katie Price, Roman Kemp, Bez and Binky Felstead.Wise struggles with a fiendish skill game, while a number-based challenge sets Felstead’s head spinning. Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Jane McDonald wraps up her Antipodean adventure in New Zealand’s North Island. She rubs noses with a Maori tribe in Napier, explores Rotorua’s dramatic geothermal landscapes and views Auckland’s skyline from a helicopter. Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.40pm This is a final bout of topical treats from veteran impressionist Tracey Ullman. Favourites Angela Merkel and Rupert Murdoch get a look in, alongside more takes on Jeremy Corbyn, Michael Gove and Nanny, the dedicated carer of Jacob Rees-Mogg. Africa: A Journey Into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm Apart from the occasional act on Later… with Jools Holland, world music doesn’t get much airtime on our TVs, so this beguiling series helmed by DJ Rita Ray offers a welcome insight into its traditions. For her final foray, Ray heads to Mali, home to more Grammy award-winning artists than any other African country. From her attempts at a sinuous wedding dance to meeting renowned harp player Toumani Diabaté, Ray’s journey is full of stirring encounters. TD Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive Channel 5, 10.00pm A fitting reminder of Dale Winton’s easy-going charm, this swansong travelogue series resumes after a hiatus with our host in ocean-front Miami. Highlights include a trip to Little Havana, the city’s Cuban quarter, and a look at fashion designer Versace’s opulent former home. TD Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm In a similar but distinct way to Ridley Scott’s masterful original, Blade Runner 2049 mulls one of the meatiest questions around: is surface all that there is, or do life’s currents run deeper than the things we can see, hear and touch? Denis Villeneuve’s film toys with both options, making neither a comfort – and in the process, maps out a provocative blockbuster. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford star. Red (2010) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm A starry line-up of actors of pensionable age is the attraction of this light-hearted adaptation of Warren Ellis’s graphic novel, and it’s hard to resist Helen Mirren with a submachine gun. RED stands for “Retired Extremely Dangerous”, which is what the CIA has labelled former agents Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Mirren, who team up to find out who has marked them for assassination, and why. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) ★★★★★ Channel 4, 11.40pm Soaked in sex, drugs and scandal, Martin Scorsese’s epic is based on the memoir of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who spent the Nineties illegally amassing a vast personal fortune. With a fantastic performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, this morally bankrupt romp was lauded by audiences and critics alike. Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie co-star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Saturday 9 June Germaine Bloody Greer BBC Two, 9.00pm The personal views of Germaine Greer once had a universality and pungency about them that the world so desperately needed. But her recent comments about rape, violence on TV and transpeople, by contrast, resemble self-important trolling: wilfully controversial, dreadfully retrograde and a blight on a considerable legacy. This thrilling profile is a reminder of why she still matters, albeit perhaps more for what she was than what she has become. Novelist Zoë Heller and journalist Rosie Boycott are among those singing her praises, while Greer herself proves as unable as ever to avoid calling out a daft question or savaging a sacred cow. The footage is exciting and superbly mounted by director Clare Beavan. Whether it’s Greer’s early films, her steadfastness in the face of the abuse sent her way after The Female Eunuch was published, and her evisceration of Norman Mailer during a famous 1971 set-to in New York, Greer remains a most rugged individual. “I don’t think Germaine and the word ‘sisterhood’ are natural bedfellows,” reckons Boycott. What about that legacy? “I don’t do regret and I don’t do things that I regret,” Greer concludes. By any standards, a remarkable life. Gabriel Tate Trooping the Colour BBC One, 10.30am Marking the official birthday of the Queen, the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards will conduct their annual pageant on Horse Guards Parade, introduced by Huw Edwards and with J J Chalmers offering behind-the-scenes insights. There are highlights at 7.30pm on BBC Two. French Open Tennis: The women’s final ITV, 1.30pm Action on the 14th day at Roland Garros features the women’s singles final in the second Grand Slam tournament of the year. Jelena Ostapenko met Simona Halep in last year’s showpiece match, where the Latvian defeated the number three seed 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to become the first person from her country to win a Grand Slam tournament and the first unseeded player to win the French Open since 1933. The men’s final, which was won for a record 10th time by Spaniard Rafael Nadal last year, takes place on Sunday at 1.30pm on ITV. Women’s International One-Day Cricket: England Women v South Africa Women Sky Sports Main Event, 1.30pm It’s the opening one-day international of the three-match series, which takes place at New Road in Worcester. Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor and Lauren Winfield all return to the England squad after missing out on the Indian tour. World Cup-winning duo Fran Wilson and Alex Hartley miss out, however. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm This afternoon England will be looking to dispatch the Springboks at a venue Eddie Jones has described as the “spiritual home of rugby”. They’ve not won at Ellis Park in Johannesburg since 1972 – their only triumph at the venue – and their last appearance here was a 36-27 defeat under Stuart Lancaster in 2012. Ellis Park was the setting for the Springboks’ World Cup final victory over New Zealand in 1995 and one of the sport’s finest moments – Nelson Mandela handing Francois Pienaar the Webb Ellis Cup. “It will be hostile but it’s fantastic and I am so excited about it,” says Jones. “In world rugby who do you want to beat? The Springboks at Ellis Park.” Owen Farrell will captain England, while the hugely talented New Zealand-born flanker Brad Shields is expected to play a part for the visitors. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 5.30pm; Scotland, 2.45pm After deconstructing the exploration documentary in the fascinating and alarming My Year with the Tribe, explorer Will Millard is on slightly surer ground with this new series in which he journeys down the River Wye. He begins his journey with a search for the river’s source on the slopes of Plynlimon, before he has an encounter with an entrepreneurial local sheep farmer. Take Me Out: Over 50s Special ITV, 8.00pm Three “older gentlemen” (I’m sure host Paddy McGuinness will make plenty of gags here) face 30 single “Golden Girls”, including a former nun and an ex-partner of action hero Jason Statham, in this one-off special of the ever-popular dating show. Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm After Hinterland and Keeping Faith comes the BBC’s latest Welsh language crime thriller. Hidden has a familiar set-up – the discovery of a young girl’s body in a disused quarry tears a small community apart – but Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies as DIs Cadi John and Owen Vaughan area leading pair to reckon with, and the atmosphere of unease benefits hugely from the mountainous surroundings. Come Together: the Rise of the Festival Sky Arts, 9.00pm The line-up for this documentary would grace any festival, with Pete Townshend and Noel Gallagher among the interviewees explaining the evolution of the modern music festival from its earliest jazz and blues incarnations in Newport, through the hippy beanfeasts of Monterey and Woodstock to Glastonbury and Coachella. There are also contributions from those who promote and document festivals, including Michael Eavis and D A Pennebaker. GT A Girl’s Guide to TV BBC Two, 10.00pm; not NI Comedian Rachel Parris of The Mash Report presents her typically tongue-in-cheek advice for women looking to get ahead in television. GT Maleficent (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 6.05pm Angelina Jolie stars as the titular Maleficent in Disney’s live-action reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, which follows her from a carefree fairy to Mistress of All Evil, muddling the distinction between hero and villain. Maleficent is happy in a kingdom of peculiar CGI beasts until her heart is broken by Stefan (Sharlto Copley), who inherits the throne. Seeking vengeance, she curses his baby, Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). Thor: The Dark World (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm This is a follow-up to the popular Norse god/superhero blockbuster. The rather flabby plot is alleviated by Chris Hemsworth’s hearty charisma, which provides frequent relief from Natalie Portman’s bland damsel-in-distress (attempts to beef up her character by making her an astrophysicist are undermined by her constant fainting). Highlights include Thor sliding down The Gherkin skyscraper. Made in Dagenham (2010) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.45pm Industrial action in pursuit of equal pay for women doesn’t sound too thrilling a subject, but Nigel Cole’s (Calendar Girls) film, based around the real-life strike from 1968, turns out to be a rousing crowd-pleaser. Sally Hawkins plays the reluctant ringleader of the workers who sew car seats at Ford’s Dagenham plant; Bob Hoskins is a union rep; Miranda Richardson is wonderful as Labour MP Barbara Castle. Sunday 10 June Smoldering: Aidan Turner returns as the eponymous hero Credit: BBC Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm Not since Daniel Craig emerged from the waves in Casino Royale has there been so much fuss over a pair of wet pecs. Yes, Poldark is back for a fourth series and star Aidan Turner bares his chest for the fans in an opening scene that, if nothing else, suggests that he’s spent a lot of time exercising since the end of series three. This opener finds our swashbuckling hero Ross Poldark (Turner) back in full-on Cornish crusader mode when, following a disturbance in Truro, he locks horns with old enemy George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) over the fate of three good pals accused of riot and murder. Meanwhile, his flame-haired wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) can’t fend off her intimate longings following that illicit clinch in the dunes with poetry-penning aristo Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse) – who, with the announcement of a general election, looks set to be diverted into a career at Westminster. But as Dr Dwight (Luke Norris) is at pains to point out, Armitage has a delicate constitution that might not suit the rough and tumble of parliamentary politics. Could Ross be persuaded to think again about throwing his hat in the ring? Gerard O’Donovan One-Day International Cricket: Scotland v England Sky Sports Main Event, 10.30am Having responded brilliantly to tie the Test series with Pakistan 1-1, England now turn their attention to Scotland, with this ODI at the Grange in Edinburgh. Songs of Praise BBC One, 1.25pm A year on from the Grenfell Tower disaster, Aled Jones presents a commemorative special edition exploring how the local community in North Kensington is coping and recovering. Britain Celebrates Live: 100 Years of Women’s Votes BBC One, 2.00pm Live coverage of today’s public processions through Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London to celebrate the centenary of women winning the right to vote. Tonight’s Antiques Roadshow, at 8pm, also takes up the theme, devoting its time to items with links to remarkable women. Formula 1: Canadian Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 5.30pm After a Monaco Grand Prix that left championship leader Lewis Hamilton, in his words, “cold”, all eyes are on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, where Daniel Riccardio will be aiming to win back-to-back races. Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 ITV, 6.30pm Live from Old Trafford, it’s the annual England v World XI charity football match between teams mixing celebrities and professional athletes. This year Robbie Williams’s England is taking on a team of international stars led by Usain Bolt. Other players include Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, and Eric Cantona, and there’s live music from Jessie Ware. Countryfile BBC One, 7.00pm The last of three specials heads for Sandringham in Norfolk, the most private of the Royal retreats. Matt Baker discovers one of the Queen’s less-known interests – racing pigeons – while Ellie Harrison learns more about her love of horses. GO Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s brilliantly judged bravura performance has been one of the television highlights of 2018. Tonight, he brings the series to an entertaining and emotionally charged close as Patrick, separated and back in London in 2006, hopes to put the past to rest following his mother’s funeral. Cosby: The Women Speak Sony Crime Channel, 9.00pm Following Bill Cosby’s conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, here’s another opportunity to see the A&E network’s 2015 one-hour special in which the extent of the allegations against the former TV icon for predatory sexual behaviour came to light. Over a dozen of the 50-plus women who accused him of rape and sexual assault going back decades talk of their experiences on screen for the first time, and how statute of limitation laws threatened to deprive them of justice. GO Despicable Me 2 (2013) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 5.10pm Despicable Me, 2010’s animated supervillain comedy, had a neat enough premise. It’s gone in this sequel, though, as Steve Carell’s bald antihero, Gru, is now a reformed soul, occupied with childcare rather than dastardly plots to steal the moon. Gru’s Minions – those knee-high yellow Tic-Tacs – provide the film’s one inspired idea as they’re injected with mutating serum by the film’s mystery baddy. Hulk (2003) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.15pm Ang Lee’s dark and stylised version (a split screen mimics the panels of a comic book page) of the Incredible Hulk’s adventures is one of the best and underrated Marvel adaptations, even if it’s too complex at times. Eric Bana stars as Bruce, a scientist who’s exposed to gamma radiation and becomes a not-so-jolly green giant. This is a rampaging tale with bold special effects. Jennifer Connolly co-stars as his love interest. It (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen King’s evil clown tale is no laughing matter. First a Warners miniseries in 1990, starring an unforgettable Tim Curry, and now a two-part film version. Here we continue the terrifying tale of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), but jump forward three decades to the summer of 1988, buying into the current vogue for Eighties teen-flick nostalgia. The scary stuff is petrifying when it peaks. Monday 11 June Community spirit: those affected by the fire tell their stories Credit: BBC Grenfell BBC One, 8.30pm Bafta-winning director Ben Anthony’s unmissable documentary about last year’s Grenfell Tower tragedy opens with a sea of faces, all of which gain poignant individual focus as the film progresses. The blaze at the 24-storey block of public housing in the London borough of Kensington, which resulted in 72 deaths, left a lasting impression in those featured here as each person tells their unique story about the horrific events and their impact. Survivors who lost their homes, the bereaved, bystanders and police all share their stories, although it’s a surprising omission that the firefighters who witnessed the horrors first hand don’t offer their account. Split screens give multiple perspectives on the same moment, and what starts out as a patchwork of personal experience knits together into a mighty whole, the collective voice of a community broken but defiant. In fact, much of the film focuses on the efforts of those affected to unite in the face of seeming indifference from the local council, who also have their say. As the ongoing inquiry continues, this devastating account offers a damning testament of its own, rife with accusations of injustice and neglect, underpinned by blistering rage and grief. Toby Dantzic Fight Like a Girl BBC One, 7.30pm The ferocious sport of female wrestling comes under the spotlight with this lively film following Scottish fighter Kimberly Benson. She combines a gruelling training regime with her daytime job, as she aims for her first world title in Japan. Long Lost Family: What Happened Next ITV, 9.00pm Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall catch up with families they’ve reunited. Cathie Cutler Evans, who met her half-sister in 2016, has found joy in her extended clan. But for Maureen Charlton, separated from her brother Michael for 40 years, progress been painstaking. Dan Snow’s Norman Walks PBS America, 9.00pm Dan Snow sorts fact from fiction as he investigates the history of Norman Britain in this new series. He starts off on the Sussex coast, where aided by evidence from the Bayeux Tapestry, he pieces together William the Conqueror’s 11th-century coastal invasion. Flowers Channel 4, 10.00pm Will Sharpe’s gloriously dark comedy about a dysfunctional family returns with a double bill, then continues each night this week. A seemingly chipper Maurice (Julian Bennett) and Deborah (Olivia Colman) are on a caravanning holiday, while daughter Amy (Sophia di Martino) has a brash new girlfriend. Storyville: City Of Ghosts BBC Four, 10.30pm There are images of death in Matthew Heineman’s film so harrowing that it’s hard to keep watching, but these are the sights that Heineman’s subject, rebel group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered, face daily. The renegade collective have made it their task to secretly film the atrocities committed by Isil in the Syrian city of Raqqa, and show the rest of the world the reality of the regime. It’s an astonishing act of citizen-led journalism, and the participants’ fear and grief, as well as their sense of purpose, are starkly captured in Heineman’s blunt and brutal chronicle of a city in turmoil. TD Prisons Uncovered: Out Of Control? ITV, 10.45pm; Scotland, 11.05pm; Wales, 11.15pm; not UTV In 2016, HMP Birmingham saw the worst prison riot for 25 years, in which 600 inmates were freed from their cells. This sobering documentary looks at the factors behind the incident and reflects on the prison system. TD Our Kind of Traitor (2016) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor stars in this so-so John le Carré adaptation as poetry lecturer Perry Makepeace, who becomes embroiled in negotiations to bring Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), a well-connected Russian oligarch, into the fold of British intelligence. Skarsgård is the standout here, charging into his role with pungency, playing Dima as a bedraggled beast of Moscow’s criminal underworld. The Shining (1980) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Set in a deserted hotel that’s in the care of writer Jack (Jack Nicholson) and his family for the winter, Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant psycho-horror, based on the novel by Stephen King, is subtly unsettling. But it’s stuffed, too, with unforgettable nerve-jangling shocks, including the moment when the crazed Jack smashes his way through a door with an axe as his wife (Shelley Duvall) cowers in the corner. Teen Wolf (1985) ★★★☆☆ 5STAR, 12.10am Critics howled at this preposterous teenage comedy but audiences loved it, perhaps because it came out shortly after its star Michael J Fox’s finest hour: Back to the Future. The plot – in which Fox’s likeable nerd morphs into a basketball-playing werewolf – is almost as unlikely as the fact that he still looked fresh out of the 11th grade at the ripe old age of 25. An unparalleled analysis of puberty and adolescence. Tuesday 12 June Hitting the books: Tanisha is a pupil at Townley Grammar Credit: BBC Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland & Wales, 11.15pm Jamie Pickup’s series has walked a tightrope with considerable skill, highlighting the inarguable inequities of our educational system that favours a selective approach, while also acknowledging its considerable benefits and observing the situation from the points of view of both pupils and teachers. It concludes with mock GCSE exams approaching and students at Erith School, a secondary modern, and neighbouring institution Townley Grammar, having to assess their suitability for further education. Some, it’s fair to say, are taking it more seriously than others. Townley pupil Tanisha is underperforming and low on confidence, yet keen to raise her game and nurtured by staff aware of her limitations and capabilities. At Erith, meanwhile, Denisa is angling for a place in Townley Sixth Form and seems more than capable of attaining it, but staffing shortages are crippling science classes amid an endless round of supply teachers and stand-ins. “It keeps me awake at night,” says the admirable faculty head Mr Appiah-Gates. It’s a desperately difficult situation and one that reaches an unexpected conclusion, as common ground is found between two unlikely bedfellows. Gabriel Tate The Champions Netflix, from today Created by Mindy Kaling, this new NBC sitcom plays a bachelor gym owner (Anders Holm) off against his gay, estranged son-cum-new flatmate (the brilliant J J Totah). Smartly written and nimbly performed, it’s a solid mainstream hit. Ackley Bridge Channel 4, 8.00pm Matt Evans and Penny Woolcock continue to keep an implausible number of plates spinning as the fizzy pre-watershed drama continues to conduct its handbrake narrative turns. Both Jordan (Samuel Bottomley) and Missy (Poppy Lee Friar) handle cash shortages in an equally desperate manner, and the arrival of Steve’s ex Claire (Kimberly Walsh) puts head teacher Mandy’s (Jo Joyner) nose out of joint. Our Girl BBC One, 9.00pm Georgie (Michelle Keegan) learns an astonishing secret about the local crime boss, before a major rescue operation begins as the flawed but well-meaning military drama continues. Flights from Hell: Caught on Camera ITV, 9.00pm ITV lays down its prime-time weapons as the World Cup looms, as demonstrated by this daft three-part series of incidents filmed at 30,000 feet. These include what an engine explosion feels like to those on board the plane to the impact of volcanic ash and an extraordinarily dramatic landing. Seeing Daylight: the Photography of Dorothy Bohm Sky Arts, 9.00pm Arriving in England in 1939 to escape the Nazis, Dorothy Bohm became a pioneer of street photography and portraiture of deep humanity. This profile examines her life and work. Elvis: the Searcher Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Based on Peter Guralnick’s epochal two-part biography, Thom Zimny’s HBO epic is a treat, focusing as much on Presley the man as Elvis the icon, Part one follows him out of Tupelo, into Sun Records and on to the US army, with part two’s fall, rise and fall again airing Wednesday at 10.00pm. GT Ugly Me: My Life with Body Dysmorphia BBC One, 10.45pm; NI, 11.10pm; Scot, 11.45pm First shown on BBC Three, this harrowing film follows 29-year-old Liane, seeking treatment for the titular condition which has left her self-worth in tatters. GT Field of Dreams (1989) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.50pm Kevin Costner clearly likes a baseball movie – he’s made five of them. In this one he’s an Iowa farmer instructed by a mysterious voice to build a baseball pitch in the middle of a cornfield, which is soon occupied by a gang of ghostly players from the past. Enjoyably dotty, and responsible for the misquote, “If you build it, they will come” – it’s actually “he will come” – the fantasy is elevated by brilliant performances all around. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm The fifth film in the Die Hard franchise takes place in Russia, where our hero, Bruce Willis’s now grizzled John McClane, arrives in Moscow to hunt for his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney). McClane suspects that he may have become a drug dealer, but it transpires he is in fact working undercover for the CIA, and Dad blunders in on him mid-mission. An enjoyable but clunky thriller. The Departed (2006) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Nothing beats watching a great director in his comfort zone. Martin Scorsese’s gangland thriller – the film that finally won him an Oscar – is riveting. The plot revolves around the local police force’s efforts to stamp out Boston crime lord Frank Costello (a magnificently malevolent Jack Nicholson). There are powerhouse performances, too, from Leonardo Di Caprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. Wednesday 13 June From Russia with love: David Dimbleby Credit: BBC Putin’s Russia with David Dimbleby BBC One, 9.00pm, Wales, 11.05pm “In a democracy if you fail to deliver on economic promises, if you surround yourself with cronies and use the law to suppress opposition, you would rightly be thrown out on your ear. But this is Russia, they do things differently here…” So begins David Dimbleby’s thoughtful film in which – as the eyes of the world turn towards Moscow for the 2018 World Cup football tournament – he takes the opportunity to cast an eye over Vladimir Putin’s 18 years as leader and assess the state of Russia today, especially in regard to the West. What he finds is a country in deep economic crisis yet with a people that seem to happily hero-worship Putin and mostly accept a state machine that controls almost every aspect of their lives with the willing assistance of security services, media, military and church. Dimbleby meets ordinary contented Russians as well as protesters, human rights lawyers, journalists and official spokespeople, coming away with a sense, ultimately, that Putin’s popularity is rooted in his strongman image and media-backed levels of suspicion and hostility towards the West unseen since the end of the Cold War. Gerard O’Donovan The Fight for Women’s Bodies BBC Three, from 10.00am Following the landmark vote to legalise abortion in the Republic of Ireland, Ellie Flynn looks back at the issues through the eyes of campaigners on both sides. Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow Channel 4, 8.00pm Here is a visit to the Isle of Wight, where Peter Snow and his team set out to restore an 1864 wooden train carriage that has served as a holiday chalet since it was decommissioned in the Twenties. Before Grenfell: A Hidden History BBC Two, 9.00pm A year since the Grenfell Tower fire, residents of Kensington relate how the London borough has become the most unequal place in Britain, with the gap between rich and poor once again as extreme as in the 1860s when developers first built housing for the rich in Notting Hill next to the worst slum in London. Can Science Make Me Perfect? With Alice Roberts BBC Four, 9.00pm Millions of years have gone into the human body: lots of great evolutionary adaptations but lots of imperfections, too. In a film that’s as entertaining as it is instructive, anatomist Alice Roberts takes on a challenge to design a better body than the one we get at birth. The Fast Fix: Diabetes ITV, 9.00pm Anita Rani presents a new two-part series exploring whether it is possible for people suffering from type 2 diabetes to reverse the condition by adhering to a radical diet. By consuming just 800 calories a day, can they “fast themselves better”? Concludes tomorrow Big Beasts: Last of the Giants Sky One, 9.00pm Biologist Patrick Aryee explores why size matters in the natural world. Beginning in the Americas, he checks out the planet’s largest predator, the sperm whale; comes face to face with a grizzly bear and gets rather too close to an anaconda that’s as long as a bus. GO How to Start an Airline Channel 4, 10.30pm This documentary follows Bangladeshi-British entrepreneur Kazi Shafiqur Rahman as he attempts to break into the fiercely competitive airline industry while also fulfilling the demands of his faith by insisting that the airline must comply with the teachings of Islam. GO Regarding Henry (1991) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 6.50pm Telling the story of a hotshot lawyer (Harrison Ford) who learns to question his values after a head injury, this film formed a companion piece to Wolf (1994), with Jack Nicholson as a publisher who is bitten by a wolf and turns into a boardroom predator. Directed by Mike Nichols, whose Oscar-winning movie The Graduate was a cinematic landmark of the 1960s, it’s a bit of an embarrassment, but interesting nevertheless. Source Code (2011) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Jake Gyllenhaal repeatedly finds himself reliving the last eight minutes in the life of a man on board a train which is about to be destroyed by a bomb as part of an experiment. Meanwhile, scientists Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright are monitoring Gyllenhaal’s exploits. Duncan Jones confirmed the promise of his directing debut Moon with this thrilling whodunit, which also serves as a moving meditation on life. Beetlejuice (1988) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Michael Keaton is an actor of rare versatility (as his triumphant role in Birdman proved). In this cult, Oscar-winning film by Tim Burton, Keaton shines as a con artist ghost called Beetlejuice, who aims to help two other ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to scare the obnoxious new residents out of their old house. But he then falls for lovely goth Lydia (Winona Ryder), the family’s daughter. Thursday 14 June It’s kicking off: Mark Pugatch (centre) leads ITV’s presenting team Credit: ITV FIFA World Cup 2018: Opening Ceremony ITV, 2.30pm Regardless of how you think Russia got to be awarded the 21st staging of football’s biggest tournament (by corrupt means or otherwise), it’s time to cast those aspersions aside because the Russia 2018 championship is here. But, two hours before a ball is kicked, the opening ceremony marks the official start of the highest prize in football. And as we all know, entertaining opening ceremonies can be a great curtain-raiser for sport events, if they are done well – think the London 2012 Olympics. This one takes place at the 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium, which is the jewel in Russia’s crown of stadiums and will also host the final on July 15. Mark Pougatch presents the live coverage of the ceremony, which is headlined by actor and rapper Will Smith and Nicky Jam, who will perform Live It Up, the official World Cup song, which has received mixed reviews. As well as that, the ceremony will include local performers showing off different aspects of Russian culture, with gymnasts and trampolinists in among the fireworks and performances on display. The matches get under way following the ceremony with the host nation against Saudi Arabia. Clive Morgan Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm While the BBC’s post-Bake Off cookery contest may not have set the world alight, it’s given the judges plenty to get their teeth into. This week, it’s the final, and three challenges stand between the contestants and the title: a summer favourite, their best main course and a pudding. Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm After three weeks of cute animals, Springwatch comes to an end with Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and co reliving this year’s best moments at Sherborne Park Estate. The Trouble with Women with Anne Robinson BBC One, 9.00pm As a journalist and TV presenter, Anne Robinson shattered the glass ceiling as she built her career. She imagined that now, 50 years later, we’d be much closer to achieving equality than we are. With the ongoing discussions about gender pay, Robinson asks women around the UK what’s preventing parity? Inside HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs Channel 5, 9.00pm Wormwood Scrubs has had some infamous inmates: from serial killers Ian Brady and Peter Sutcliffe to rockers Pete Docherty and Keith Richards. This documentary exploring the prison’s history tells the stories of a Soviet spy who escaped from the jail and its best-known inmate, Charles Bronson. CM Missions BBC Four, 10.00pm and 10.20pm The absorbing French sci-fi drama about the first manned mission to Mars concludes with its final double header. This week, psychiatrist Jeanne (Hélène Viviès) discovers the reason behind cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov’s (Arben Bajraktaraj) mission. I Am Evidence Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm Even though Mariska Hargitay spent almost 20 years as crime fighter Olivia Benson in Law & Order: SVU, nothing prepared her for what she was to learn in real life. In this shocking documentary, Hargitay investigates the flaws in the US justice system that have allowed tens of thousands of rape kits to go untested for years. It’s a tough film to watch at times, especially as it highlights the issue through deeply personal and harrowing, first-person accounts from four women whose attacks are still fresh in their minds decades after the assaults due to a lack of closure. “I felt like my body was a crime scene,” one of the women recalls. CM Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) ★★★☆☆ Comedy Central, 9.00pm Will Ferrell fans will need little encouragement to lap up this affectionate send-up of Nascar racing, redneck culture and male bonding. Ferrell pays a Nascar speed-demon who is challenged by a gay, French Formula One driver (Sacha Baron Cohen), to see who is the ultimate racer. It’s a full throttle comedy that plays to Ferrell’s strengths. The Hills Have Eyes (2006) ★★★☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm French director Alexandre Aja makes his Hollywood debut with this grim but gripping remake of Wes Craven’s semi-cult horror film about a family battling a brood of mutants in the New Mexico desert. Aja ups the visceral violence, and the characters – including Ted Levine and Kathleen Quinlan as the parents – are sufficiently well-drawn to make the outcome shocking. The Ghost (2010) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor plays a talented ghost writer, who lands a lucrative contract to edit the memoirs of Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), the former UK Prime Minister, in this Roman Polanski adaptation of the Robert Harris novel. Soon after, Lang is accused of committing a war crime and the Ghost finds himself drawn into a world of dangerous secrets that put his life at risk. This is a deeply unsettling thriller. Friday 15 June One connected flow: Dan Jones on the Grand Union Canal Building Britain’s Canals Channel 5, 8.00pm His tattoos may have a nerdish medieval theme, but historian Dan Jones still seems too hip to be fronting a stuffy-sounding series about Britain’s iconic canals. Jones’s lively style and eye for interesting detail, however, keeps this subject surprisingly fresh, as he begins this three-part run with a look at the Grand Union Canal, the longest stretch of man-made waterway in Britain. It’s a story that reaches back 200 years, when the demands of the Industrial Revolution called for a speedy way to move goods between Birmingham and London, and the country’s engineering super-brains found ingenious means to link seven separate channels into one connected flow. As Jones explains, while the financial benefits were big, construction of the Grand Union was time consuming and dangerous. The 12-year stop-start struggle to complete the technically complex Blisworth Hill tunnel, for example, saw the deaths of up to 60 workers. Unable to compete with the advent of the speedy steam train, the Grand Union itself soon declined too. The canal is now a source of summertime pleasure, so this is a welcome reminder of its once vital purpose. Toby Dantzic Queer Eye Netflix, from today The success of this heart-warming makeover series, which returned to much acclaim earlier this year, was something of a surprise. Netflix then have been quick to capitalise, snappily rolling out another run barely four months later, with the likeable quintet all returning for more lifestyle revamping. Details are so far scant, but the show’s culture guru Karamo Brown has hinted that women and the trans community could be featured. World Cup 2018: Portugal v Spain BBC One, 6.20pm The pick of this week’s World Cup matches happens on day two at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi and comes from Group B. Expect a tense affair as Spain, who suffered the ignominy of failing to make it to the knockout rounds four years ago, take on their bitter rivals Portugal. The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Former footballer Dennis Wise heads the team of celebrity hopefuls, joined by Katie Price, Roman Kemp, Bez and Binky Felstead.Wise struggles with a fiendish skill game, while a number-based challenge sets Felstead’s head spinning. Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Jane McDonald wraps up her Antipodean adventure in New Zealand’s North Island. She rubs noses with a Maori tribe in Napier, explores Rotorua’s dramatic geothermal landscapes and views Auckland’s skyline from a helicopter. Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.40pm This is a final bout of topical treats from veteran impressionist Tracey Ullman. Favourites Angela Merkel and Rupert Murdoch get a look in, alongside more takes on Jeremy Corbyn, Michael Gove and Nanny, the dedicated carer of Jacob Rees-Mogg. Africa: A Journey Into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm Apart from the occasional act on Later… with Jools Holland, world music doesn’t get much airtime on our TVs, so this beguiling series helmed by DJ Rita Ray offers a welcome insight into its traditions. For her final foray, Ray heads to Mali, home to more Grammy award-winning artists than any other African country. From her attempts at a sinuous wedding dance to meeting renowned harp player Toumani Diabaté, Ray’s journey is full of stirring encounters. TD Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive Channel 5, 10.00pm A fitting reminder of Dale Winton’s easy-going charm, this swansong travelogue series resumes after a hiatus with our host in ocean-front Miami. Highlights include a trip to Little Havana, the city’s Cuban quarter, and a look at fashion designer Versace’s opulent former home. TD Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm In a similar but distinct way to Ridley Scott’s masterful original, Blade Runner 2049 mulls one of the meatiest questions around: is surface all that there is, or do life’s currents run deeper than the things we can see, hear and touch? Denis Villeneuve’s film toys with both options, making neither a comfort – and in the process, maps out a provocative blockbuster. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford star. Red (2010) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm A starry line-up of actors of pensionable age is the attraction of this light-hearted adaptation of Warren Ellis’s graphic novel, and it’s hard to resist Helen Mirren with a submachine gun. RED stands for “Retired Extremely Dangerous”, which is what the CIA has labelled former agents Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Mirren, who team up to find out who has marked them for assassination, and why. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) ★★★★★ Channel 4, 11.40pm Soaked in sex, drugs and scandal, Martin Scorsese’s epic is based on the memoir of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who spent the Nineties illegally amassing a vast personal fortune. With a fantastic performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, this morally bankrupt romp was lauded by audiences and critics alike. Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie co-star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: Germaine Bloody Greer, Take Me Out: Over 50s Special and more
Saturday 9 June Germaine Bloody Greer BBC Two, 9.00pm The personal views of Germaine Greer once had a universality and pungency about them that the world so desperately needed. But her recent comments about rape, violence on TV and transpeople, by contrast, resemble self-important trolling: wilfully controversial, dreadfully retrograde and a blight on a considerable legacy. This thrilling profile is a reminder of why she still matters, albeit perhaps more for what she was than what she has become. Novelist Zoë Heller and journalist Rosie Boycott are among those singing her praises, while Greer herself proves as unable as ever to avoid calling out a daft question or savaging a sacred cow. The footage is exciting and superbly mounted by director Clare Beavan. Whether it’s Greer’s early films, her steadfastness in the face of the abuse sent her way after The Female Eunuch was published, and her evisceration of Norman Mailer during a famous 1971 set-to in New York, Greer remains a most rugged individual. “I don’t think Germaine and the word ‘sisterhood’ are natural bedfellows,” reckons Boycott. What about that legacy? “I don’t do regret and I don’t do things that I regret,” Greer concludes. By any standards, a remarkable life. Gabriel Tate Trooping the Colour BBC One, 10.30am Marking the official birthday of the Queen, the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards will conduct their annual pageant on Horse Guards Parade, introduced by Huw Edwards and with J J Chalmers offering behind-the-scenes insights. There are highlights at 7.30pm on BBC Two. French Open Tennis: The women’s final ITV, 1.30pm Action on the 14th day at Roland Garros features the women’s singles final in the second Grand Slam tournament of the year. Jelena Ostapenko met Simona Halep in last year’s showpiece match, where the Latvian defeated the number three seed 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to become the first person from her country to win a Grand Slam tournament and the first unseeded player to win the French Open since 1933. The men’s final, which was won for a record 10th time by Spaniard Rafael Nadal last year, takes place on Sunday at 1.30pm on ITV. Women’s International One-Day Cricket: England Women v South Africa Women Sky Sports Main Event, 1.30pm It’s the opening one-day international of the three-match series, which takes place at New Road in Worcester. Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor and Lauren Winfield all return to the England squad after missing out on the Indian tour. World Cup-winning duo Fran Wilson and Alex Hartley miss out, however. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm This afternoon England will be looking to dispatch the Springboks at a venue Eddie Jones has described as the “spiritual home of rugby”. They’ve not won at Ellis Park in Johannesburg since 1972 – their only triumph at the venue – and their last appearance here was a 36-27 defeat under Stuart Lancaster in 2012. Ellis Park was the setting for the Springboks’ World Cup final victory over New Zealand in 1995 and one of the sport’s finest moments – Nelson Mandela handing Francois Pienaar the Webb Ellis Cup. “It will be hostile but it’s fantastic and I am so excited about it,” says Jones. “In world rugby who do you want to beat? The Springboks at Ellis Park.” Owen Farrell will captain England, while the hugely talented New Zealand-born flanker Brad Shields is expected to play a part for the visitors. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 5.30pm; Scotland, 2.45pm After deconstructing the exploration documentary in the fascinating and alarming My Year with the Tribe, explorer Will Millard is on slightly surer ground with this new series in which he journeys down the River Wye. He begins his journey with a search for the river’s source on the slopes of Plynlimon, before he has an encounter with an entrepreneurial local sheep farmer. Take Me Out: Over 50s Special ITV, 8.00pm Three “older gentlemen” (I’m sure host Paddy McGuinness will make plenty of gags here) face 30 single “Golden Girls”, including a former nun and an ex-partner of action hero Jason Statham, in this one-off special of the ever-popular dating show. Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm After Hinterland and Keeping Faith comes the BBC’s latest Welsh language crime thriller. Hidden has a familiar set-up – the discovery of a young girl’s body in a disused quarry tears a small community apart – but Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies as DIs Cadi John and Owen Vaughan area leading pair to reckon with, and the atmosphere of unease benefits hugely from the mountainous surroundings. Come Together: the Rise of the Festival Sky Arts, 9.00pm The line-up for this documentary would grace any festival, with Pete Townshend and Noel Gallagher among the interviewees explaining the evolution of the modern music festival from its earliest jazz and blues incarnations in Newport, through the hippy beanfeasts of Monterey and Woodstock to Glastonbury and Coachella. There are also contributions from those who promote and document festivals, including Michael Eavis and D A Pennebaker. GT A Girl’s Guide to TV BBC Two, 10.00pm; not NI Comedian Rachel Parris of The Mash Report presents her typically tongue-in-cheek advice for women looking to get ahead in television. GT Maleficent (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 6.05pm Angelina Jolie stars as the titular Maleficent in Disney’s live-action reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, which follows her from a carefree fairy to Mistress of All Evil, muddling the distinction between hero and villain. Maleficent is happy in a kingdom of peculiar CGI beasts until her heart is broken by Stefan (Sharlto Copley), who inherits the throne. Seeking vengeance, she curses his baby, Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). Thor: The Dark World (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm This is a follow-up to the popular Norse god/superhero blockbuster. The rather flabby plot is alleviated by Chris Hemsworth’s hearty charisma, which provides frequent relief from Natalie Portman’s bland damsel-in-distress (attempts to beef up her character by making her an astrophysicist are undermined by her constant fainting). Highlights include Thor sliding down The Gherkin skyscraper. Made in Dagenham (2010) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.45pm Industrial action in pursuit of equal pay for women doesn’t sound too thrilling a subject, but Nigel Cole’s (Calendar Girls) film, based around the real-life strike from 1968, turns out to be a rousing crowd-pleaser. Sally Hawkins plays the reluctant ringleader of the workers who sew car seats at Ford’s Dagenham plant; Bob Hoskins is a union rep; Miranda Richardson is wonderful as Labour MP Barbara Castle. Sunday 10 June Smoldering: Aidan Turner returns as the eponymous hero Credit: BBC Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm Not since Daniel Craig emerged from the waves in Casino Royale has there been so much fuss over a pair of wet pecs. Yes, Poldark is back for a fourth series and star Aidan Turner bares his chest for the fans in an opening scene that, if nothing else, suggests that he’s spent a lot of time exercising since the end of series three. This opener finds our swashbuckling hero Ross Poldark (Turner) back in full-on Cornish crusader mode when, following a disturbance in Truro, he locks horns with old enemy George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) over the fate of three good pals accused of riot and murder. Meanwhile, his flame-haired wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) can’t fend off her intimate longings following that illicit clinch in the dunes with poetry-penning aristo Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse) – who, with the announcement of a general election, looks set to be diverted into a career at Westminster. But as Dr Dwight (Luke Norris) is at pains to point out, Armitage has a delicate constitution that might not suit the rough and tumble of parliamentary politics. Could Ross be persuaded to think again about throwing his hat in the ring? Gerard O’Donovan One-Day International Cricket: Scotland v England Sky Sports Main Event, 10.30am Having responded brilliantly to tie the Test series with Pakistan 1-1, England now turn their attention to Scotland, with this ODI at the Grange in Edinburgh. Songs of Praise BBC One, 1.25pm A year on from the Grenfell Tower disaster, Aled Jones presents a commemorative special edition exploring how the local community in North Kensington is coping and recovering. Britain Celebrates Live: 100 Years of Women’s Votes BBC One, 2.00pm Live coverage of today’s public processions through Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London to celebrate the centenary of women winning the right to vote. Tonight’s Antiques Roadshow, at 8pm, also takes up the theme, devoting its time to items with links to remarkable women. Formula 1: Canadian Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 5.30pm After a Monaco Grand Prix that left championship leader Lewis Hamilton, in his words, “cold”, all eyes are on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, where Daniel Riccardio will be aiming to win back-to-back races. Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 ITV, 6.30pm Live from Old Trafford, it’s the annual England v World XI charity football match between teams mixing celebrities and professional athletes. This year Robbie Williams’s England is taking on a team of international stars led by Usain Bolt. Other players include Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, and Eric Cantona, and there’s live music from Jessie Ware. Countryfile BBC One, 7.00pm The last of three specials heads for Sandringham in Norfolk, the most private of the Royal retreats. Matt Baker discovers one of the Queen’s less-known interests – racing pigeons – while Ellie Harrison learns more about her love of horses. GO Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s brilliantly judged bravura performance has been one of the television highlights of 2018. Tonight, he brings the series to an entertaining and emotionally charged close as Patrick, separated and back in London in 2006, hopes to put the past to rest following his mother’s funeral. Cosby: The Women Speak Sony Crime Channel, 9.00pm Following Bill Cosby’s conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, here’s another opportunity to see the A&E network’s 2015 one-hour special in which the extent of the allegations against the former TV icon for predatory sexual behaviour came to light. Over a dozen of the 50-plus women who accused him of rape and sexual assault going back decades talk of their experiences on screen for the first time, and how statute of limitation laws threatened to deprive them of justice. GO Despicable Me 2 (2013) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 5.10pm Despicable Me, 2010’s animated supervillain comedy, had a neat enough premise. It’s gone in this sequel, though, as Steve Carell’s bald antihero, Gru, is now a reformed soul, occupied with childcare rather than dastardly plots to steal the moon. Gru’s Minions – those knee-high yellow Tic-Tacs – provide the film’s one inspired idea as they’re injected with mutating serum by the film’s mystery baddy. Hulk (2003) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.15pm Ang Lee’s dark and stylised version (a split screen mimics the panels of a comic book page) of the Incredible Hulk’s adventures is one of the best and underrated Marvel adaptations, even if it’s too complex at times. Eric Bana stars as Bruce, a scientist who’s exposed to gamma radiation and becomes a not-so-jolly green giant. This is a rampaging tale with bold special effects. Jennifer Connolly co-stars as his love interest. It (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen King’s evil clown tale is no laughing matter. First a Warners miniseries in 1990, starring an unforgettable Tim Curry, and now a two-part film version. Here we continue the terrifying tale of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), but jump forward three decades to the summer of 1988, buying into the current vogue for Eighties teen-flick nostalgia. The scary stuff is petrifying when it peaks. Monday 11 June Community spirit: those affected by the fire tell their stories Credit: BBC Grenfell BBC One, 8.30pm Bafta-winning director Ben Anthony’s unmissable documentary about last year’s Grenfell Tower tragedy opens with a sea of faces, all of which gain poignant individual focus as the film progresses. The blaze at the 24-storey block of public housing in the London borough of Kensington, which resulted in 72 deaths, left a lasting impression in those featured here as each person tells their unique story about the horrific events and their impact. Survivors who lost their homes, the bereaved, bystanders and police all share their stories, although it’s a surprising omission that the firefighters who witnessed the horrors first hand don’t offer their account. Split screens give multiple perspectives on the same moment, and what starts out as a patchwork of personal experience knits together into a mighty whole, the collective voice of a community broken but defiant. In fact, much of the film focuses on the efforts of those affected to unite in the face of seeming indifference from the local council, who also have their say. As the ongoing inquiry continues, this devastating account offers a damning testament of its own, rife with accusations of injustice and neglect, underpinned by blistering rage and grief. Toby Dantzic Fight Like a Girl BBC One, 7.30pm The ferocious sport of female wrestling comes under the spotlight with this lively film following Scottish fighter Kimberly Benson. She combines a gruelling training regime with her daytime job, as she aims for her first world title in Japan. Long Lost Family: What Happened Next ITV, 9.00pm Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall catch up with families they’ve reunited. Cathie Cutler Evans, who met her half-sister in 2016, has found joy in her extended clan. But for Maureen Charlton, separated from her brother Michael for 40 years, progress been painstaking. Dan Snow’s Norman Walks PBS America, 9.00pm Dan Snow sorts fact from fiction as he investigates the history of Norman Britain in this new series. He starts off on the Sussex coast, where aided by evidence from the Bayeux Tapestry, he pieces together William the Conqueror’s 11th-century coastal invasion. Flowers Channel 4, 10.00pm Will Sharpe’s gloriously dark comedy about a dysfunctional family returns with a double bill, then continues each night this week. A seemingly chipper Maurice (Julian Bennett) and Deborah (Olivia Colman) are on a caravanning holiday, while daughter Amy (Sophia di Martino) has a brash new girlfriend. Storyville: City Of Ghosts BBC Four, 10.30pm There are images of death in Matthew Heineman’s film so harrowing that it’s hard to keep watching, but these are the sights that Heineman’s subject, rebel group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered, face daily. The renegade collective have made it their task to secretly film the atrocities committed by Isil in the Syrian city of Raqqa, and show the rest of the world the reality of the regime. It’s an astonishing act of citizen-led journalism, and the participants’ fear and grief, as well as their sense of purpose, are starkly captured in Heineman’s blunt and brutal chronicle of a city in turmoil. TD Prisons Uncovered: Out Of Control? ITV, 10.45pm; Scotland, 11.05pm; Wales, 11.15pm; not UTV In 2016, HMP Birmingham saw the worst prison riot for 25 years, in which 600 inmates were freed from their cells. This sobering documentary looks at the factors behind the incident and reflects on the prison system. TD Our Kind of Traitor (2016) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor stars in this so-so John le Carré adaptation as poetry lecturer Perry Makepeace, who becomes embroiled in negotiations to bring Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), a well-connected Russian oligarch, into the fold of British intelligence. Skarsgård is the standout here, charging into his role with pungency, playing Dima as a bedraggled beast of Moscow’s criminal underworld. The Shining (1980) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Set in a deserted hotel that’s in the care of writer Jack (Jack Nicholson) and his family for the winter, Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant psycho-horror, based on the novel by Stephen King, is subtly unsettling. But it’s stuffed, too, with unforgettable nerve-jangling shocks, including the moment when the crazed Jack smashes his way through a door with an axe as his wife (Shelley Duvall) cowers in the corner. Teen Wolf (1985) ★★★☆☆ 5STAR, 12.10am Critics howled at this preposterous teenage comedy but audiences loved it, perhaps because it came out shortly after its star Michael J Fox’s finest hour: Back to the Future. The plot – in which Fox’s likeable nerd morphs into a basketball-playing werewolf – is almost as unlikely as the fact that he still looked fresh out of the 11th grade at the ripe old age of 25. An unparalleled analysis of puberty and adolescence. Tuesday 12 June Hitting the books: Tanisha is a pupil at Townley Grammar Credit: BBC Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland & Wales, 11.15pm Jamie Pickup’s series has walked a tightrope with considerable skill, highlighting the inarguable inequities of our educational system that favours a selective approach, while also acknowledging its considerable benefits and observing the situation from the points of view of both pupils and teachers. It concludes with mock GCSE exams approaching and students at Erith School, a secondary modern, and neighbouring institution Townley Grammar, having to assess their suitability for further education. Some, it’s fair to say, are taking it more seriously than others. Townley pupil Tanisha is underperforming and low on confidence, yet keen to raise her game and nurtured by staff aware of her limitations and capabilities. At Erith, meanwhile, Denisa is angling for a place in Townley Sixth Form and seems more than capable of attaining it, but staffing shortages are crippling science classes amid an endless round of supply teachers and stand-ins. “It keeps me awake at night,” says the admirable faculty head Mr Appiah-Gates. It’s a desperately difficult situation and one that reaches an unexpected conclusion, as common ground is found between two unlikely bedfellows. Gabriel Tate The Champions Netflix, from today Created by Mindy Kaling, this new NBC sitcom plays a bachelor gym owner (Anders Holm) off against his gay, estranged son-cum-new flatmate (the brilliant J J Totah). Smartly written and nimbly performed, it’s a solid mainstream hit. Ackley Bridge Channel 4, 8.00pm Matt Evans and Penny Woolcock continue to keep an implausible number of plates spinning as the fizzy pre-watershed drama continues to conduct its handbrake narrative turns. Both Jordan (Samuel Bottomley) and Missy (Poppy Lee Friar) handle cash shortages in an equally desperate manner, and the arrival of Steve’s ex Claire (Kimberly Walsh) puts head teacher Mandy’s (Jo Joyner) nose out of joint. Our Girl BBC One, 9.00pm Georgie (Michelle Keegan) learns an astonishing secret about the local crime boss, before a major rescue operation begins as the flawed but well-meaning military drama continues. Flights from Hell: Caught on Camera ITV, 9.00pm ITV lays down its prime-time weapons as the World Cup looms, as demonstrated by this daft three-part series of incidents filmed at 30,000 feet. These include what an engine explosion feels like to those on board the plane to the impact of volcanic ash and an extraordinarily dramatic landing. Seeing Daylight: the Photography of Dorothy Bohm Sky Arts, 9.00pm Arriving in England in 1939 to escape the Nazis, Dorothy Bohm became a pioneer of street photography and portraiture of deep humanity. This profile examines her life and work. Elvis: the Searcher Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Based on Peter Guralnick’s epochal two-part biography, Thom Zimny’s HBO epic is a treat, focusing as much on Presley the man as Elvis the icon, Part one follows him out of Tupelo, into Sun Records and on to the US army, with part two’s fall, rise and fall again airing Wednesday at 10.00pm. GT Ugly Me: My Life with Body Dysmorphia BBC One, 10.45pm; NI, 11.10pm; Scot, 11.45pm First shown on BBC Three, this harrowing film follows 29-year-old Liane, seeking treatment for the titular condition which has left her self-worth in tatters. GT Field of Dreams (1989) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.50pm Kevin Costner clearly likes a baseball movie – he’s made five of them. In this one he’s an Iowa farmer instructed by a mysterious voice to build a baseball pitch in the middle of a cornfield, which is soon occupied by a gang of ghostly players from the past. Enjoyably dotty, and responsible for the misquote, “If you build it, they will come” – it’s actually “he will come” – the fantasy is elevated by brilliant performances all around. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm The fifth film in the Die Hard franchise takes place in Russia, where our hero, Bruce Willis’s now grizzled John McClane, arrives in Moscow to hunt for his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney). McClane suspects that he may have become a drug dealer, but it transpires he is in fact working undercover for the CIA, and Dad blunders in on him mid-mission. An enjoyable but clunky thriller. The Departed (2006) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Nothing beats watching a great director in his comfort zone. Martin Scorsese’s gangland thriller – the film that finally won him an Oscar – is riveting. The plot revolves around the local police force’s efforts to stamp out Boston crime lord Frank Costello (a magnificently malevolent Jack Nicholson). There are powerhouse performances, too, from Leonardo Di Caprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. Wednesday 13 June From Russia with love: David Dimbleby Credit: BBC Putin’s Russia with David Dimbleby BBC One, 9.00pm, Wales, 11.05pm “In a democracy if you fail to deliver on economic promises, if you surround yourself with cronies and use the law to suppress opposition, you would rightly be thrown out on your ear. But this is Russia, they do things differently here…” So begins David Dimbleby’s thoughtful film in which – as the eyes of the world turn towards Moscow for the 2018 World Cup football tournament – he takes the opportunity to cast an eye over Vladimir Putin’s 18 years as leader and assess the state of Russia today, especially in regard to the West. What he finds is a country in deep economic crisis yet with a people that seem to happily hero-worship Putin and mostly accept a state machine that controls almost every aspect of their lives with the willing assistance of security services, media, military and church. Dimbleby meets ordinary contented Russians as well as protesters, human rights lawyers, journalists and official spokespeople, coming away with a sense, ultimately, that Putin’s popularity is rooted in his strongman image and media-backed levels of suspicion and hostility towards the West unseen since the end of the Cold War. Gerard O’Donovan The Fight for Women’s Bodies BBC Three, from 10.00am Following the landmark vote to legalise abortion in the Republic of Ireland, Ellie Flynn looks back at the issues through the eyes of campaigners on both sides. Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow Channel 4, 8.00pm Here is a visit to the Isle of Wight, where Peter Snow and his team set out to restore an 1864 wooden train carriage that has served as a holiday chalet since it was decommissioned in the Twenties. Before Grenfell: A Hidden History BBC Two, 9.00pm A year since the Grenfell Tower fire, residents of Kensington relate how the London borough has become the most unequal place in Britain, with the gap between rich and poor once again as extreme as in the 1860s when developers first built housing for the rich in Notting Hill next to the worst slum in London. Can Science Make Me Perfect? With Alice Roberts BBC Four, 9.00pm Millions of years have gone into the human body: lots of great evolutionary adaptations but lots of imperfections, too. In a film that’s as entertaining as it is instructive, anatomist Alice Roberts takes on a challenge to design a better body than the one we get at birth. The Fast Fix: Diabetes ITV, 9.00pm Anita Rani presents a new two-part series exploring whether it is possible for people suffering from type 2 diabetes to reverse the condition by adhering to a radical diet. By consuming just 800 calories a day, can they “fast themselves better”? Concludes tomorrow Big Beasts: Last of the Giants Sky One, 9.00pm Biologist Patrick Aryee explores why size matters in the natural world. Beginning in the Americas, he checks out the planet’s largest predator, the sperm whale; comes face to face with a grizzly bear and gets rather too close to an anaconda that’s as long as a bus. GO How to Start an Airline Channel 4, 10.30pm This documentary follows Bangladeshi-British entrepreneur Kazi Shafiqur Rahman as he attempts to break into the fiercely competitive airline industry while also fulfilling the demands of his faith by insisting that the airline must comply with the teachings of Islam. GO Regarding Henry (1991) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 6.50pm Telling the story of a hotshot lawyer (Harrison Ford) who learns to question his values after a head injury, this film formed a companion piece to Wolf (1994), with Jack Nicholson as a publisher who is bitten by a wolf and turns into a boardroom predator. Directed by Mike Nichols, whose Oscar-winning movie The Graduate was a cinematic landmark of the 1960s, it’s a bit of an embarrassment, but interesting nevertheless. Source Code (2011) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Jake Gyllenhaal repeatedly finds himself reliving the last eight minutes in the life of a man on board a train which is about to be destroyed by a bomb as part of an experiment. Meanwhile, scientists Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright are monitoring Gyllenhaal’s exploits. Duncan Jones confirmed the promise of his directing debut Moon with this thrilling whodunit, which also serves as a moving meditation on life. Beetlejuice (1988) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Michael Keaton is an actor of rare versatility (as his triumphant role in Birdman proved). In this cult, Oscar-winning film by Tim Burton, Keaton shines as a con artist ghost called Beetlejuice, who aims to help two other ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to scare the obnoxious new residents out of their old house. But he then falls for lovely goth Lydia (Winona Ryder), the family’s daughter. Thursday 14 June It’s kicking off: Mark Pugatch (centre) leads ITV’s presenting team Credit: ITV FIFA World Cup 2018: Opening Ceremony ITV, 2.30pm Regardless of how you think Russia got to be awarded the 21st staging of football’s biggest tournament (by corrupt means or otherwise), it’s time to cast those aspersions aside because the Russia 2018 championship is here. But, two hours before a ball is kicked, the opening ceremony marks the official start of the highest prize in football. And as we all know, entertaining opening ceremonies can be a great curtain-raiser for sport events, if they are done well – think the London 2012 Olympics. This one takes place at the 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium, which is the jewel in Russia’s crown of stadiums and will also host the final on July 15. Mark Pougatch presents the live coverage of the ceremony, which is headlined by actor and rapper Will Smith and Nicky Jam, who will perform Live It Up, the official World Cup song, which has received mixed reviews. As well as that, the ceremony will include local performers showing off different aspects of Russian culture, with gymnasts and trampolinists in among the fireworks and performances on display. The matches get under way following the ceremony with the host nation against Saudi Arabia. Clive Morgan Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm While the BBC’s post-Bake Off cookery contest may not have set the world alight, it’s given the judges plenty to get their teeth into. This week, it’s the final, and three challenges stand between the contestants and the title: a summer favourite, their best main course and a pudding. Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm After three weeks of cute animals, Springwatch comes to an end with Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and co reliving this year’s best moments at Sherborne Park Estate. The Trouble with Women with Anne Robinson BBC One, 9.00pm As a journalist and TV presenter, Anne Robinson shattered the glass ceiling as she built her career. She imagined that now, 50 years later, we’d be much closer to achieving equality than we are. With the ongoing discussions about gender pay, Robinson asks women around the UK what’s preventing parity? Inside HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs Channel 5, 9.00pm Wormwood Scrubs has had some infamous inmates: from serial killers Ian Brady and Peter Sutcliffe to rockers Pete Docherty and Keith Richards. This documentary exploring the prison’s history tells the stories of a Soviet spy who escaped from the jail and its best-known inmate, Charles Bronson. CM Missions BBC Four, 10.00pm and 10.20pm The absorbing French sci-fi drama about the first manned mission to Mars concludes with its final double header. This week, psychiatrist Jeanne (Hélène Viviès) discovers the reason behind cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov’s (Arben Bajraktaraj) mission. I Am Evidence Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm Even though Mariska Hargitay spent almost 20 years as crime fighter Olivia Benson in Law & Order: SVU, nothing prepared her for what she was to learn in real life. In this shocking documentary, Hargitay investigates the flaws in the US justice system that have allowed tens of thousands of rape kits to go untested for years. It’s a tough film to watch at times, especially as it highlights the issue through deeply personal and harrowing, first-person accounts from four women whose attacks are still fresh in their minds decades after the assaults due to a lack of closure. “I felt like my body was a crime scene,” one of the women recalls. CM Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) ★★★☆☆ Comedy Central, 9.00pm Will Ferrell fans will need little encouragement to lap up this affectionate send-up of Nascar racing, redneck culture and male bonding. Ferrell pays a Nascar speed-demon who is challenged by a gay, French Formula One driver (Sacha Baron Cohen), to see who is the ultimate racer. It’s a full throttle comedy that plays to Ferrell’s strengths. The Hills Have Eyes (2006) ★★★☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm French director Alexandre Aja makes his Hollywood debut with this grim but gripping remake of Wes Craven’s semi-cult horror film about a family battling a brood of mutants in the New Mexico desert. Aja ups the visceral violence, and the characters – including Ted Levine and Kathleen Quinlan as the parents – are sufficiently well-drawn to make the outcome shocking. The Ghost (2010) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor plays a talented ghost writer, who lands a lucrative contract to edit the memoirs of Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), the former UK Prime Minister, in this Roman Polanski adaptation of the Robert Harris novel. Soon after, Lang is accused of committing a war crime and the Ghost finds himself drawn into a world of dangerous secrets that put his life at risk. This is a deeply unsettling thriller. Friday 15 June One connected flow: Dan Jones on the Grand Union Canal Building Britain’s Canals Channel 5, 8.00pm His tattoos may have a nerdish medieval theme, but historian Dan Jones still seems too hip to be fronting a stuffy-sounding series about Britain’s iconic canals. Jones’s lively style and eye for interesting detail, however, keeps this subject surprisingly fresh, as he begins this three-part run with a look at the Grand Union Canal, the longest stretch of man-made waterway in Britain. It’s a story that reaches back 200 years, when the demands of the Industrial Revolution called for a speedy way to move goods between Birmingham and London, and the country’s engineering super-brains found ingenious means to link seven separate channels into one connected flow. As Jones explains, while the financial benefits were big, construction of the Grand Union was time consuming and dangerous. The 12-year stop-start struggle to complete the technically complex Blisworth Hill tunnel, for example, saw the deaths of up to 60 workers. Unable to compete with the advent of the speedy steam train, the Grand Union itself soon declined too. The canal is now a source of summertime pleasure, so this is a welcome reminder of its once vital purpose. Toby Dantzic Queer Eye Netflix, from today The success of this heart-warming makeover series, which returned to much acclaim earlier this year, was something of a surprise. Netflix then have been quick to capitalise, snappily rolling out another run barely four months later, with the likeable quintet all returning for more lifestyle revamping. Details are so far scant, but the show’s culture guru Karamo Brown has hinted that women and the trans community could be featured. World Cup 2018: Portugal v Spain BBC One, 6.20pm The pick of this week’s World Cup matches happens on day two at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi and comes from Group B. Expect a tense affair as Spain, who suffered the ignominy of failing to make it to the knockout rounds four years ago, take on their bitter rivals Portugal. The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Former footballer Dennis Wise heads the team of celebrity hopefuls, joined by Katie Price, Roman Kemp, Bez and Binky Felstead.Wise struggles with a fiendish skill game, while a number-based challenge sets Felstead’s head spinning. Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Jane McDonald wraps up her Antipodean adventure in New Zealand’s North Island. She rubs noses with a Maori tribe in Napier, explores Rotorua’s dramatic geothermal landscapes and views Auckland’s skyline from a helicopter. Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.40pm This is a final bout of topical treats from veteran impressionist Tracey Ullman. Favourites Angela Merkel and Rupert Murdoch get a look in, alongside more takes on Jeremy Corbyn, Michael Gove and Nanny, the dedicated carer of Jacob Rees-Mogg. Africa: A Journey Into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm Apart from the occasional act on Later… with Jools Holland, world music doesn’t get much airtime on our TVs, so this beguiling series helmed by DJ Rita Ray offers a welcome insight into its traditions. For her final foray, Ray heads to Mali, home to more Grammy award-winning artists than any other African country. From her attempts at a sinuous wedding dance to meeting renowned harp player Toumani Diabaté, Ray’s journey is full of stirring encounters. TD Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive Channel 5, 10.00pm A fitting reminder of Dale Winton’s easy-going charm, this swansong travelogue series resumes after a hiatus with our host in ocean-front Miami. Highlights include a trip to Little Havana, the city’s Cuban quarter, and a look at fashion designer Versace’s opulent former home. TD Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm In a similar but distinct way to Ridley Scott’s masterful original, Blade Runner 2049 mulls one of the meatiest questions around: is surface all that there is, or do life’s currents run deeper than the things we can see, hear and touch? Denis Villeneuve’s film toys with both options, making neither a comfort – and in the process, maps out a provocative blockbuster. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford star. Red (2010) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm A starry line-up of actors of pensionable age is the attraction of this light-hearted adaptation of Warren Ellis’s graphic novel, and it’s hard to resist Helen Mirren with a submachine gun. RED stands for “Retired Extremely Dangerous”, which is what the CIA has labelled former agents Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Mirren, who team up to find out who has marked them for assassination, and why. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) ★★★★★ Channel 4, 11.40pm Soaked in sex, drugs and scandal, Martin Scorsese’s epic is based on the memoir of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who spent the Nineties illegally amassing a vast personal fortune. With a fantastic performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, this morally bankrupt romp was lauded by audiences and critics alike. Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie co-star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Japan News Conference - U Arena, Nanterre, France - November 24, 2017. Japan's head coach Jamie Joseph during the news conference. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Rugby Union - Japan News Conference
FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Japan News Conference - U Arena, Nanterre, France - November 24, 2017. Japan's head coach Jamie Joseph during the news conference. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Friday 8 June The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Channel 4’s successful reboot of the cult Eighties series continues its golden run of form with another charity special featuring people who, in the words of Maze Master Richard Ayoade, “we have all agreed, for some reason, to call… celebrities”. Ayoade is unstinting in his good-natured jibes, and his targets are equally obliging in laughing them off: this time around, it’s Olympians Kelly Holmes and Greg Rutherford, Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter, YouTube vlogger Alfie Deyes and grime MC Big Narstie. The latter comes in for the roughest ride, and indeed you may not see a more agonising sequence all year than Big Narstie wrestling with Jarhead’s (Adam Buxton) not-enormously taxing riddles, but his utter delight at being involved (“I’m GASSED!”) earns him a pass. The tasks are the usual ingenious grab-bag, honouring the heritage of the series while also advancing it, from the daft (balancing on space hoppers) to the fiendish (blowing a ball around a maze with “directional guffs” from an air pump). For his part, Ayoade once again proves himself the natural heir to Richard O’Brien in surreal wit (pace Ed Tudor-Pole and Stephan Merchant), and the cause, Stand Up 2 Cancer, is unimpeachable. GT Dispatches: After Grenfell Channel 4, 7.30pm In spite of a wealth of promises in the wake of the catastrophic fire in Grenfell Tower, claims abound that too many of the country’s tower blocks remain unsafe. Ed Howker investigates whether expert advice has been heeded and looks at the risks, both existing and newly discovered, for the tower’s residents. GT Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Channel 5’s first-ever Bafta-winning show returns for a trip down under, with former cruise ship singer Jane McDonald exploring Sydney, Tasmania, Dunedin and Christchurch. GT Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm Ullman continues to play to her strengths with her roll call of uncanny impersonations of famous people. Theresa May, Angela Merkle and Nicola Sturgeon are back, along with her bizarrely convincing Michael Gove, while Jacob Rees-Mogg (Liam Hourican) and his Nanny (Ullman) endure yet more humiliation. GT Arctic Monkeys Live at the BBC BBC Two, 11.05pm Alex Turner and his band play selections from their divisive new album, Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino, as well as a few oldies, including A Certain Romance, to reassure their more conservative fans. GT Cloak and Dagger Amazon Prime, from today Marvel’s latest TV offering is this teen series in which Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) discover new, mysteriously connected superpowers. GT Sense8 Netflix, from today The Wachowskis’ kaleidoscopic saga ends with a two-hour episode created after its fans demanded closure when the series was axed. With Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) missing, Capheus (Toby Onwumere) running for office, Sun Bak (Bae Doona) on the run and the mysterious Chairman still at large, there’s no shortage of loose ends. GT The Staircase Netflix, from today This 2004 eight-parter documented the 16-year court battle over the fate of novelist Michael Peterson, accused of pushing his wife down the stairs to her death. Landing on Netflix with new, equally gripping episodes, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s series is both the old and the new Making a Murderer. GT The Way Way Back (2013) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.55pm This coming-of-age story feels like familiar terrain, but it’s agreeably done. Duncan (Liam James) learns about life, love and self-esteem from a gang of water-park employees, including the excellent Sam Rockwell, when forced to go on holiday with his mother (Toni Collette) and her boyfriend (Steve Carrell). The script flows and there’s enough melancholy and edge to the overall comic tone for its charm to prevail. Bend It Like Beckham (2002) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.45pm Keira Knightley’s career kicked off with this feelgood football-themed comedy drama from Bhaji on the Beach director Gurinder Chadha. She stars alongside Parminder Nagra as one of two 18-year-old girls who set out to make it as professional footballers, despite their families’ best efforts to stop them. Next of Kin’s Archie Panjabi and Shaznay Lewis (of reunited Nineties girl band All Saints fame) co-star. Platoon (1986) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.00pm This is a chance to see a young Charlie Sheen at the start of his turbulent career. The horrors of the Vietnam War are seen through the prism of a fresh-faced college dropout (Sheen) who finds himself in the thick of battle while Willem Dafoe plays his sympathetic sergeant. Director Oliver Stone used his own experiences of serving in the US army during the war to inform this harrowing film that won four Oscars. Saturday 9 June Controversial: the writer and intellectual Germaine Greer is profiled Credit: BBC Germaine Bloody Greer BBC Two, 9.00pm The personal views of Germaine Greer once had a universality and pungency about them that the world so desperately needed. But her recent comments about rape, violence on TV and transpeople, by contrast, resemble self-important trolling: wilfully controversial, dreadfully retrograde and a blight on a considerable legacy. This thrilling profile is a reminder of why she still matters, albeit perhaps more for what she was than what she has become. Novelist Zoë Heller and journalist Rosie Boycott are among those singing her praises, while Greer herself proves as unable as ever to avoid calling out a daft question or savaging a sacred cow. The footage is exciting and superbly mounted by director Clare Beavan. Whether it’s Greer’s early films, her steadfastness in the face of the abuse sent her way after The Female Eunuch was published, and her evisceration of Norman Mailer during a famous 1971 set-to in New York, Greer remains a most rugged individual. “I don’t think Germaine and the word ‘sisterhood’ are natural bedfellows,” reckons Boycott. What about that legacy? “I don’t do regret and I don’t do things that I regret,” Greer concludes. By any standards, a remarkable life. Gabriel Tate Trooping the Colour BBC One, 10.30am Marking the official birthday of the Queen, the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards will conduct their annual pageant on Horse Guards Parade, introduced by Huw Edwards and with J J Chalmers offering behind-the-scenes insights. There are highlights at 7.30pm on BBC Two. French Open Tennis: The women’s final ITV, 1.30pm Action on the 14th day at Roland Garros features the women’s singles final in the second Grand Slam tournament of the year. Jelena Ostapenko met Simona Halep in last year’s showpiece match, where the Latvian defeated the number three seed 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to become the first person from her country to win a Grand Slam tournament and the first unseeded player to win the French Open since 1933. The men’s final, which was won for a record 10th time by Spaniard Rafael Nadal last year, takes place on Sunday at 1.30pm on ITV. Women’s International One-Day Cricket: England Women v South Africa Women Sky Sports Main Event, 1.30pm It’s the opening one-day international of the three-match series, which takes place at New Road in Worcester. Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor and Lauren Winfield all return to the England squad after missing out on the Indian tour. World Cup-winning duo Fran Wilson and Alex Hartley miss out, however. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm This afternoon England will be looking to dispatch the Springboks at a venue Eddie Jones has described as the “spiritual home of rugby”. They’ve not won at Ellis Park in Johannesburg since 1972 – their only triumph at the venue – and their last appearance here was a 36-27 defeat under Stuart Lancaster in 2012. Ellis Park was the setting for the Springboks’ World Cup final victory over New Zealand in 1995 and one of the sport’s finest moments – Nelson Mandela handing Francois Pienaar the Webb Ellis Cup. “It will be hostile but it’s fantastic and I am so excited about it,” says Jones. “In world rugby who do you want to beat? The Springboks at Ellis Park.” Owen Farrell will captain England, while the hugely talented New Zealand-born flanker Brad Shields is expected to play a part for the visitors. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 5.30pm; Scotland, 2.45pm After deconstructing the exploration documentary in the fascinating and alarming My Year with the Tribe, explorer Will Millard is on slightly surer ground with this new series in which he journeys down the River Wye. He begins his journey with a search for the river’s source on the slopes of Plynlimon, before he has an encounter with an entrepreneurial local sheep farmer. Take Me Out: Over 50s Special ITV, 8.00pm Three “older gentlemen” (I’m sure host Paddy McGuinness will make plenty of gags here) face 30 single “Golden Girls”, including a former nun and an ex-partner of action hero Jason Statham, in this one-off special of the ever-popular dating show. Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm After Hinterland and Keeping Faith comes the BBC’s latest Welsh language crime thriller. Hidden has a familiar set-up – the discovery of a young girl’s body in a disused quarry tears a small community apart – but Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies as DIs Cadi John and Owen Vaughan area leading pair to reckon with, and the atmosphere of unease benefits hugely from the mountainous surroundings. Come Together: the Rise of the Festival Sky Arts, 9.00pm The line-up for this documentary would grace any festival, with Pete Townshend and Noel Gallagher among the interviewees explaining the evolution of the modern music festival from its earliest jazz and blues incarnations in Newport, through the hippy beanfeasts of Monterey and Woodstock to Glastonbury and Coachella. There are also contributions from those who promote and document festivals, including Michael Eavis and D A Pennebaker. GT A Girl’s Guide to TV BBC Two, 10.00pm; not NI Comedian Rachel Parris of The Mash Report presents her typically tongue-in-cheek advice for women looking to get ahead in television. GT Maleficent (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 6.05pm Angelina Jolie stars as the titular Maleficent in Disney’s live-action reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, which follows her from a carefree fairy to Mistress of All Evil, muddling the distinction between hero and villain. Maleficent is happy in a kingdom of peculiar CGI beasts until her heart is broken by Stefan (Sharlto Copley), who inherits the throne. Seeking vengeance, she curses his baby, Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). Thor: The Dark World (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm This is a follow-up to the popular Norse god/superhero blockbuster. The rather flabby plot is alleviated by Chris Hemsworth’s hearty charisma, which provides frequent relief from Natalie Portman’s bland damsel-in-distress (attempts to beef up her character by making her an astrophysicist are undermined by her constant fainting). Highlights include Thor sliding down The Gherkin skyscraper. Made in Dagenham (2010) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.45pm Industrial action in pursuit of equal pay for women doesn’t sound too thrilling a subject, but Nigel Cole’s (Calendar Girls) film, based around the real-life strike from 1968, turns out to be a rousing crowd-pleaser. Sally Hawkins plays the reluctant ringleader of the workers who sew car seats at Ford’s Dagenham plant; Bob Hoskins is a union rep; Miranda Richardson is wonderful as Labour MP Barbara Castle. Sunday 10 June Smoldering: Aidan Turner returns as the eponymous hero Credit: BBC Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm Not since Daniel Craig emerged from the waves in Casino Royale has there been so much fuss over a pair of wet pecs. Yes, Poldark is back for a fourth series and star Aidan Turner bares his chest for the fans in an opening scene that, if nothing else, suggests that he’s spent a lot of time exercising since the end of series three. This opener finds our swashbuckling hero Ross Poldark (Turner) back in full-on Cornish crusader mode when, following a disturbance in Truro, he locks horns with old enemy George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) over the fate of three good pals accused of riot and murder. Meanwhile, his flame-haired wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) can’t fend off her intimate longings following that illicit clinch in the dunes with poetry-penning aristo Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse) – who, with the announcement of a general election, looks set to be diverted into a career at Westminster. But as Dr Dwight (Luke Norris) is at pains to point out, Armitage has a delicate constitution that might not suit the rough and tumble of parliamentary politics. Could Ross be persuaded to think again about throwing his hat in the ring? Gerard O’Donovan One-Day International Cricket: Scotland v England Sky Sports Main Event, 10.30am Having responded brilliantly to tie the Test series with Pakistan 1-1, England now turn their attention to Scotland, with this ODI at the Grange in Edinburgh. Songs of Praise BBC One, 1.25pm A year on from the Grenfell Tower disaster, Aled Jones presents a commemorative special edition exploring how the local community in North Kensington is coping and recovering. Britain Celebrates Live: 100 Years of Women’s Votes BBC One, 2.00pm Live coverage of today’s public processions through Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London to celebrate the centenary of women winning the right to vote. Tonight’s Antiques Roadshow, at 8pm, also takes up the theme, devoting its time to items with links to remarkable women. Formula 1: Canadian Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 5.30pm After a Monaco Grand Prix that left championship leader Lewis Hamilton, in his words, “cold”, all eyes are on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, where Daniel Riccardio will be aiming to win back-to-back races. Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 ITV, 6.30pm Live from Old Trafford, it’s the annual England v World XI charity football match between teams mixing celebrities and professional athletes. This year Robbie Williams’s England is taking on a team of international stars led by Usain Bolt. Other players include Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, and Eric Cantona, and there’s live music from Jessie Ware. Countryfile BBC One, 7.00pm The last of three specials heads for Sandringham in Norfolk, the most private of the Royal retreats. Matt Baker discovers one of the Queen’s less-known interests – racing pigeons – while Ellie Harrison learns more about her love of horses. GO Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s brilliantly judged bravura performance has been one of the television highlights of 2018. Tonight, he brings the series to an entertaining and emotionally charged close as Patrick, separated and back in London in 2006, hopes to put the past to rest following his mother’s funeral. Cosby: The Women Speak Sony Crime Channel, 9.00pm Following Bill Cosby’s conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, here’s another opportunity to see the A&E network’s 2015 one-hour special in which the extent of the allegations against the former TV icon for predatory sexual behaviour came to light. Over a dozen of the 50-plus women who accused him of rape and sexual assault going back decades talk of their experiences on screen for the first time, and how statute of limitation laws threatened to deprive them of justice. GO Despicable Me 2 (2013) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 5.10pm Despicable Me, 2010’s animated supervillain comedy, had a neat enough premise. It’s gone in this sequel, though, as Steve Carell’s bald antihero, Gru, is now a reformed soul, occupied with childcare rather than dastardly plots to steal the moon. Gru’s Minions – those knee-high yellow Tic-Tacs – provide the film’s one inspired idea as they’re injected with mutating serum by the film’s mystery baddy. Hulk (2003) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.15pm Ang Lee’s dark and stylised version (a split screen mimics the panels of a comic book page) of the Incredible Hulk’s adventures is one of the best and underrated Marvel adaptations, even if it’s too complex at times. Eric Bana stars as Bruce, a scientist who’s exposed to gamma radiation and becomes a not-so-jolly green giant. This is a rampaging tale with bold special effects. Jennifer Connolly co-stars as his love interest. It (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen King’s evil clown tale is no laughing matter. First a Warners miniseries in 1990, starring an unforgettable Tim Curry, and now a two-part film version. Here we continue the terrifying tale of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), but jump forward three decades to the summer of 1988, buying into the current vogue for Eighties teen-flick nostalgia. The scary stuff is petrifying when it peaks. Monday 11 June Community spirit: those affected by the fire tell their stories Credit: BBC Grenfell BBC One, 8.30pm Bafta-winning director Ben Anthony’s unmissable documentary about last year’s Grenfell Tower tragedy opens with a sea of faces, all of which gain poignant individual focus as the film progresses. The blaze at the 24-storey block of public housing in the London borough of Kensington, which resulted in 72 deaths, left a lasting impression in those featured here as each person tells their unique story about the horrific events and their impact. Survivors who lost their homes, the bereaved, bystanders and police all share their stories, although it’s a surprising omission that the firefighters who witnessed the horrors first hand don’t offer their account. Split screens give multiple perspectives on the same moment, and what starts out as a patchwork of personal experience knits together into a mighty whole, the collective voice of a community broken but defiant. In fact, much of the film focuses on the efforts of those affected to unite in the face of seeming indifference from the local council, who also have their say. As the ongoing inquiry continues, this devastating account offers a damning testament of its own, rife with accusations of injustice and neglect, underpinned by blistering rage and grief. Toby Dantzic Fight Like a Girl BBC One, 7.30pm The ferocious sport of female wrestling comes under the spotlight with this lively film following Scottish fighter Kimberly Benson. She combines a gruelling training regime with her daytime job, as she aims for her first world title in Japan. Long Lost Family: What Happened Next ITV, 9.00pm Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall catch up with families they’ve reunited. Cathie Cutler Evans, who met her half-sister in 2016, has found joy in her extended clan. But for Maureen Charlton, separated from her brother Michael for 40 years, progress been painstaking. Dan Snow’s Norman Walks PBS America, 9.00pm Dan Snow sorts fact from fiction as he investigates the history of Norman Britain in this new series. He starts off on the Sussex coast, where aided by evidence from the Bayeux Tapestry, he pieces together William the Conqueror’s 11th-century coastal invasion. Flowers Channel 4, 10.00pm Will Sharpe’s gloriously dark comedy about a dysfunctional family returns with a double bill, then continues each night this week. A seemingly chipper Maurice (Julian Bennett) and Deborah (Olivia Colman) are on a caravanning holiday, while daughter Amy (Sophia di Martino) has a brash new girlfriend. Storyville: City Of Ghosts BBC Four, 10.30pm There are images of death in Matthew Heineman’s film so harrowing that it’s hard to keep watching, but these are the sights that Heineman’s subject, rebel group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered, face daily. The renegade collective have made it their task to secretly film the atrocities committed by Isil in the Syrian city of Raqqa, and show the rest of the world the reality of the regime. It’s an astonishing act of citizen-led journalism, and the participants’ fear and grief, as well as their sense of purpose, are starkly captured in Heineman’s blunt and brutal chronicle of a city in turmoil. TD Prisons Uncovered: Out Of Control? ITV, 10.45pm; Scotland, 11.05pm; Wales, 11.15pm; not UTV In 2016, HMP Birmingham saw the worst prison riot for 25 years, in which 600 inmates were freed from their cells. This sobering documentary looks at the factors behind the incident and reflects on the prison system. TD Our Kind of Traitor (2016) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor stars in this so-so John le Carré adaptation as poetry lecturer Perry Makepeace, who becomes embroiled in negotiations to bring Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), a well-connected Russian oligarch, into the fold of British intelligence. Skarsgård is the standout here, charging into his role with pungency, playing Dima as a bedraggled beast of Moscow’s criminal underworld. The Shining (1980) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Set in a deserted hotel that’s in the care of writer Jack (Jack Nicholson) and his family for the winter, Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant psycho-horror, based on the novel by Stephen King, is subtly unsettling. But it’s stuffed, too, with unforgettable nerve-jangling shocks, including the moment when the crazed Jack smashes his way through a door with an axe as his wife (Shelley Duvall) cowers in the corner. Teen Wolf (1985) ★★★☆☆ 5STAR, 12.10am Critics howled at this preposterous teenage comedy but audiences loved it, perhaps because it came out shortly after its star Michael J Fox’s finest hour: Back to the Future. The plot – in which Fox’s likeable nerd morphs into a basketball-playing werewolf – is almost as unlikely as the fact that he still looked fresh out of the 11th grade at the ripe old age of 25. An unparalleled analysis of puberty and adolescence. Tuesday 12 June Hitting the books: Tanisha is a pupil at Townley Grammar Credit: BBC Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland & Wales, 11.15pm Jamie Pickup’s series has walked a tightrope with considerable skill, highlighting the inarguable inequities of our educational system that favours a selective approach, while also acknowledging its considerable benefits and observing the situation from the points of view of both pupils and teachers. It concludes with mock GCSE exams approaching and students at Erith School, a secondary modern, and neighbouring institution Townley Grammar, having to assess their suitability for further education. Some, it’s fair to say, are taking it more seriously than others. Townley pupil Tanisha is underperforming and low on confidence, yet keen to raise her game and nurtured by staff aware of her limitations and capabilities. At Erith, meanwhile, Denisa is angling for a place in Townley Sixth Form and seems more than capable of attaining it, but staffing shortages are crippling science classes amid an endless round of supply teachers and stand-ins. “It keeps me awake at night,” says the admirable faculty head Mr Appiah-Gates. It’s a desperately difficult situation and one that reaches an unexpected conclusion, as common ground is found between two unlikely bedfellows. Gabriel Tate The Champions Netflix, from today Created by Mindy Kaling, this new NBC sitcom plays a bachelor gym owner (Anders Holm) off against his gay, estranged son-cum-new flatmate (the brilliant J J Totah). Smartly written and nimbly performed, it’s a solid mainstream hit. Ackley Bridge Channel 4, 8.00pm Matt Evans and Penny Woolcock continue to keep an implausible number of plates spinning as the fizzy pre-watershed drama continues to conduct its handbrake narrative turns. Both Jordan (Samuel Bottomley) and Missy (Poppy Lee Friar) handle cash shortages in an equally desperate manner, and the arrival of Steve’s ex Claire (Kimberly Walsh) puts head teacher Mandy’s (Jo Joyner) nose out of joint. Our Girl BBC One, 9.00pm Georgie (Michelle Keegan) learns an astonishing secret about the local crime boss, before a major rescue operation begins as the flawed but well-meaning military drama continues. Flights from Hell: Caught on Camera ITV, 9.00pm ITV lays down its prime-time weapons as the World Cup looms, as demonstrated by this daft three-part series of incidents filmed at 30,000 feet. These include what an engine explosion feels like to those on board the plane to the impact of volcanic ash and an extraordinarily dramatic landing. Seeing Daylight: the Photography of Dorothy Bohm Sky Arts, 9.00pm Arriving in England in 1939 to escape the Nazis, Dorothy Bohm became a pioneer of street photography and portraiture of deep humanity. This profile examines her life and work. Elvis: the Searcher Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Based on Peter Guralnick’s epochal two-part biography, Thom Zimny’s HBO epic is a treat, focusing as much on Presley the man as Elvis the icon, Part one follows him out of Tupelo, into Sun Records and on to the US army, with part two’s fall, rise and fall again airing Wednesday at 10.00pm. GT Ugly Me: My Life with Body Dysmorphia BBC One, 10.45pm; NI, 11.10pm; Scot, 11.45pm First shown on BBC Three, this harrowing film follows 29-year-old Liane, seeking treatment for the titular condition which has left her self-worth in tatters. GT Field of Dreams (1989) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.50pm Kevin Costner clearly likes a baseball movie – he’s made five of them. In this one he’s an Iowa farmer instructed by a mysterious voice to build a baseball pitch in the middle of a cornfield, which is soon occupied by a gang of ghostly players from the past. Enjoyably dotty, and responsible for the misquote, “If you build it, they will come” – it’s actually “he will come” – the fantasy is elevated by brilliant performances all around. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm The fifth film in the Die Hard franchise takes place in Russia, where our hero, Bruce Willis’s now grizzled John McClane, arrives in Moscow to hunt for his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney). McClane suspects that he may have become a drug dealer, but it transpires he is in fact working undercover for the CIA, and Dad blunders in on him mid-mission. An enjoyable but clunky thriller. The Departed (2006) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Nothing beats watching a great director in his comfort zone. Martin Scorsese’s gangland thriller – the film that finally won him an Oscar – is riveting. The plot revolves around the local police force’s efforts to stamp out Boston crime lord Frank Costello (a magnificently malevolent Jack Nicholson). There are powerhouse performances, too, from Leonardo Di Caprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. Wednesday 13 June From Russia with love: David Dimbleby Credit: BBC Putin’s Russia with David Dimbleby BBC One, 9.00pm, Wales, 11.05pm “In a democracy if you fail to deliver on economic promises, if you surround yourself with cronies and use the law to suppress opposition, you would rightly be thrown out on your ear. But this is Russia, they do things differently here…” So begins David Dimbleby’s thoughtful film in which – as the eyes of the world turn towards Moscow for the 2018 World Cup football tournament – he takes the opportunity to cast an eye over Vladimir Putin’s 18 years as leader and assess the state of Russia today, especially in regard to the West. What he finds is a country in deep economic crisis yet with a people that seem to happily hero-worship Putin and mostly accept a state machine that controls almost every aspect of their lives with the willing assistance of security services, media, military and church. Dimbleby meets ordinary contented Russians as well as protesters, human rights lawyers, journalists and official spokespeople, coming away with a sense, ultimately, that Putin’s popularity is rooted in his strongman image and media-backed levels of suspicion and hostility towards the West unseen since the end of the Cold War. Gerard O’Donovan The Fight for Women’s Bodies BBC Three, from 10.00am Following the landmark vote to legalise abortion in the Republic of Ireland, Ellie Flynn looks back at the issues through the eyes of campaigners on both sides. Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow Channel 4, 8.00pm Here is a visit to the Isle of Wight, where Peter Snow and his team set out to restore an 1864 wooden train carriage that has served as a holiday chalet since it was decommissioned in the Twenties. Before Grenfell: A Hidden History BBC Two, 9.00pm A year since the Grenfell Tower fire, residents of Kensington relate how the London borough has become the most unequal place in Britain, with the gap between rich and poor once again as extreme as in the 1860s when developers first built housing for the rich in Notting Hill next to the worst slum in London. Can Science Make Me Perfect? With Alice Roberts BBC Four, 9.00pm Millions of years have gone into the human body: lots of great evolutionary adaptations but lots of imperfections, too. In a film that’s as entertaining as it is instructive, anatomist Alice Roberts takes on a challenge to design a better body than the one we get at birth. The Fast Fix: Diabetes ITV, 9.00pm Anita Rani presents a new two-part series exploring whether it is possible for people suffering from type 2 diabetes to reverse the condition by adhering to a radical diet. By consuming just 800 calories a day, can they “fast themselves better”? Concludes tomorrow Big Beasts: Last of the Giants Sky One, 9.00pm Biologist Patrick Aryee explores why size matters in the natural world. Beginning in the Americas, he checks out the planet’s largest predator, the sperm whale; comes face to face with a grizzly bear and gets rather too close to an anaconda that’s as long as a bus. GO How to Start an Airline Channel 4, 10.30pm This documentary follows Bangladeshi-British entrepreneur Kazi Shafiqur Rahman as he attempts to break into the fiercely competitive airline industry while also fulfilling the demands of his faith by insisting that the airline must comply with the teachings of Islam. GO Regarding Henry (1991) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 6.50pm Telling the story of a hotshot lawyer (Harrison Ford) who learns to question his values after a head injury, this film formed a companion piece to Wolf (1994), with Jack Nicholson as a publisher who is bitten by a wolf and turns into a boardroom predator. Directed by Mike Nichols, whose Oscar-winning movie The Graduate was a cinematic landmark of the 1960s, it’s a bit of an embarrassment, but interesting nevertheless. Source Code (2011) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Jake Gyllenhaal repeatedly finds himself reliving the last eight minutes in the life of a man on board a train which is about to be destroyed by a bomb as part of an experiment. Meanwhile, scientists Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright are monitoring Gyllenhaal’s exploits. Duncan Jones confirmed the promise of his directing debut Moon with this thrilling whodunit, which also serves as a moving meditation on life. Beetlejuice (1988) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Michael Keaton is an actor of rare versatility (as his triumphant role in Birdman proved). In this cult, Oscar-winning film by Tim Burton, Keaton shines as a con artist ghost called Beetlejuice, who aims to help two other ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to scare the obnoxious new residents out of their old house. But he then falls for lovely goth Lydia (Winona Ryder), the family’s daughter. Thursday 14 June It’s kicking off: Mark Pugatch (centre) leads ITV’s presenting team Credit: ITV FIFA World Cup 2018: Opening Ceremony ITV, 2.30pm Regardless of how you think Russia got to be awarded the 21st staging of football’s biggest tournament (by corrupt means or otherwise), it’s time to cast those aspersions aside because the Russia 2018 championship is here. But, two hours before a ball is kicked, the opening ceremony marks the official start of the highest prize in football. And as we all know, entertaining opening ceremonies can be a great curtain-raiser for sport events, if they are done well – think the London 2012 Olympics. This one takes place at the 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium, which is the jewel in Russia’s crown of stadiums and will also host the final on July 15. Mark Pougatch presents the live coverage of the ceremony, which is headlined by actor and rapper Will Smith and Nicky Jam, who will perform Live It Up, the official World Cup song, which has received mixed reviews. As well as that, the ceremony will include local performers showing off different aspects of Russian culture, with gymnasts and trampolinists in among the fireworks and performances on display. The matches get under way following the ceremony with the host nation against Saudi Arabia. Clive Morgan Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm While the BBC’s post-Bake Off cookery contest may not have set the world alight, it’s given the judges plenty to get their teeth into. This week, it’s the final, and three challenges stand between the contestants and the title: a summer favourite, their best main course and a pudding. Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm After three weeks of cute animals, Springwatch comes to an end with Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and co reliving this year’s best moments at Sherborne Park Estate. The Trouble with Women with Anne Robinson BBC One, 9.00pm As a journalist and TV presenter, Anne Robinson shattered the glass ceiling as she built her career. She imagined that now, 50 years later, we’d be much closer to achieving equality than we are. With the ongoing discussions about gender pay, Robinson asks women around the UK what’s preventing parity? Inside HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs Channel 5, 9.00pm Wormwood Scrubs has had some infamous inmates: from serial killers Ian Brady and Peter Sutcliffe to rockers Pete Docherty and Keith Richards. This documentary exploring the prison’s history tells the stories of a Soviet spy who escaped from the jail and its best-known inmate, Charles Bronson. CM Missions BBC Four, 10.00pm and 10.20pm The absorbing French sci-fi drama about the first manned mission to Mars concludes with its final double header. This week, psychiatrist Jeanne (Hélène Viviès) discovers the reason behind cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov’s (Arben Bajraktaraj) mission. I Am Evidence Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm Even though Mariska Hargitay spent almost 20 years as crime fighter Olivia Benson in Law & Order: SVU, nothing prepared her for what she was to learn in real life. In this shocking documentary, Hargitay investigates the flaws in the US justice system that have allowed tens of thousands of rape kits to go untested for years. It’s a tough film to watch at times, especially as it highlights the issue through deeply personal and harrowing, first-person accounts from four women whose attacks are still fresh in their minds decades after the assaults due to a lack of closure. “I felt like my body was a crime scene,” one of the women recalls. CM Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) ★★★☆☆ Comedy Central, 9.00pm Will Ferrell fans will need little encouragement to lap up this affectionate send-up of Nascar racing, redneck culture and male bonding. Ferrell pays a Nascar speed-demon who is challenged by a gay, French Formula One driver (Sacha Baron Cohen), to see who is the ultimate racer. It’s a full throttle comedy that plays to Ferrell’s strengths. The Hills Have Eyes (2006) ★★★☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm French director Alexandre Aja makes his Hollywood debut with this grim but gripping remake of Wes Craven’s semi-cult horror film about a family battling a brood of mutants in the New Mexico desert. Aja ups the visceral violence, and the characters – including Ted Levine and Kathleen Quinlan as the parents – are sufficiently well-drawn to make the outcome shocking. The Ghost (2010) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor plays a talented ghost writer, who lands a lucrative contract to edit the memoirs of Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), the former UK Prime Minister, in this Roman Polanski adaptation of the Robert Harris novel. Soon after, Lang is accused of committing a war crime and the Ghost finds himself drawn into a world of dangerous secrets that put his life at risk. This is a deeply unsettling thriller. Friday 15 June One connected flow: Dan Jones on the Grand Union Canal Building Britain’s Canals Channel 5, 8.00pm His tattoos may have a nerdish medieval theme, but historian Dan Jones still seems too hip to be fronting a stuffy-sounding series about Britain’s iconic canals. Jones’s lively style and eye for interesting detail, however, keeps this subject surprisingly fresh, as he begins this three-part run with a look at the Grand Union Canal, the longest stretch of man-made waterway in Britain. It’s a story that reaches back 200 years, when the demands of the Industrial Revolution called for a speedy way to move goods between Birmingham and London, and the country’s engineering super-brains found ingenious means to link seven separate channels into one connected flow. As Jones explains, while the financial benefits were big, construction of the Grand Union was time consuming and dangerous. The 12-year stop-start struggle to complete the technically complex Blisworth Hill tunnel, for example, saw the deaths of up to 60 workers. Unable to compete with the advent of the speedy steam train, the Grand Union itself soon declined too. The canal is now a source of summertime pleasure, so this is a welcome reminder of its once vital purpose. Toby Dantzic Queer Eye Netflix, from today The success of this heart-warming makeover series, which returned to much acclaim earlier this year, was something of a surprise. Netflix then have been quick to capitalise, snappily rolling out another run barely four months later, with the likeable quintet all returning for more lifestyle revamping. Details are so far scant, but the show’s culture guru Karamo Brown has hinted that women and the trans community could be featured. World Cup 2018: Portugal v Spain BBC One, 6.20pm The pick of this week’s World Cup matches happens on day two at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi and comes from Group B. Expect a tense affair as Spain, who suffered the ignominy of failing to make it to the knockout rounds four years ago, take on their bitter rivals Portugal. The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Former footballer Dennis Wise heads the team of celebrity hopefuls, joined by Katie Price, Roman Kemp, Bez and Binky Felstead.Wise struggles with a fiendish skill game, while a number-based challenge sets Felstead’s head spinning. Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Jane McDonald wraps up her Antipodean adventure in New Zealand’s North Island. She rubs noses with a Maori tribe in Napier, explores Rotorua’s dramatic geothermal landscapes and views Auckland’s skyline from a helicopter. Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.40pm This is a final bout of topical treats from veteran impressionist Tracey Ullman. Favourites Angela Merkel and Rupert Murdoch get a look in, alongside more takes on Jeremy Corbyn, Michael Gove and Nanny, the dedicated carer of Jacob Rees-Mogg. Africa: A Journey Into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm Apart from the occasional act on Later… with Jools Holland, world music doesn’t get much airtime on our TVs, so this beguiling series helmed by DJ Rita Ray offers a welcome insight into its traditions. For her final foray, Ray heads to Mali, home to more Grammy award-winning artists than any other African country. From her attempts at a sinuous wedding dance to meeting renowned harp player Toumani Diabaté, Ray’s journey is full of stirring encounters. TD Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive Channel 5, 10.00pm A fitting reminder of Dale Winton’s easy-going charm, this swansong travelogue series resumes after a hiatus with our host in ocean-front Miami. Highlights include a trip to Little Havana, the city’s Cuban quarter, and a look at fashion designer Versace’s opulent former home. TD Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm In a similar but distinct way to Ridley Scott’s masterful original, Blade Runner 2049 mulls one of the meatiest questions around: is surface all that there is, or do life’s currents run deeper than the things we can see, hear and touch? Denis Villeneuve’s film toys with both options, making neither a comfort – and in the process, maps out a provocative blockbuster. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford star. Red (2010) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm A starry line-up of actors of pensionable age is the attraction of this light-hearted adaptation of Warren Ellis’s graphic novel, and it’s hard to resist Helen Mirren with a submachine gun. RED stands for “Retired Extremely Dangerous”, which is what the CIA has labelled former agents Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Mirren, who team up to find out who has marked them for assassination, and why. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) ★★★★★ Channel 4, 11.40pm Soaked in sex, drugs and scandal, Martin Scorsese’s epic is based on the memoir of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who spent the Nineties illegally amassing a vast personal fortune. With a fantastic performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, this morally bankrupt romp was lauded by audiences and critics alike. Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie co-star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: The Crystal Maze, Sense8 and Arctic Monkeys Live at the BBC
Friday 8 June The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Channel 4’s successful reboot of the cult Eighties series continues its golden run of form with another charity special featuring people who, in the words of Maze Master Richard Ayoade, “we have all agreed, for some reason, to call… celebrities”. Ayoade is unstinting in his good-natured jibes, and his targets are equally obliging in laughing them off: this time around, it’s Olympians Kelly Holmes and Greg Rutherford, Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter, YouTube vlogger Alfie Deyes and grime MC Big Narstie. The latter comes in for the roughest ride, and indeed you may not see a more agonising sequence all year than Big Narstie wrestling with Jarhead’s (Adam Buxton) not-enormously taxing riddles, but his utter delight at being involved (“I’m GASSED!”) earns him a pass. The tasks are the usual ingenious grab-bag, honouring the heritage of the series while also advancing it, from the daft (balancing on space hoppers) to the fiendish (blowing a ball around a maze with “directional guffs” from an air pump). For his part, Ayoade once again proves himself the natural heir to Richard O’Brien in surreal wit (pace Ed Tudor-Pole and Stephan Merchant), and the cause, Stand Up 2 Cancer, is unimpeachable. GT Dispatches: After Grenfell Channel 4, 7.30pm In spite of a wealth of promises in the wake of the catastrophic fire in Grenfell Tower, claims abound that too many of the country’s tower blocks remain unsafe. Ed Howker investigates whether expert advice has been heeded and looks at the risks, both existing and newly discovered, for the tower’s residents. GT Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Channel 5’s first-ever Bafta-winning show returns for a trip down under, with former cruise ship singer Jane McDonald exploring Sydney, Tasmania, Dunedin and Christchurch. GT Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm Ullman continues to play to her strengths with her roll call of uncanny impersonations of famous people. Theresa May, Angela Merkle and Nicola Sturgeon are back, along with her bizarrely convincing Michael Gove, while Jacob Rees-Mogg (Liam Hourican) and his Nanny (Ullman) endure yet more humiliation. GT Arctic Monkeys Live at the BBC BBC Two, 11.05pm Alex Turner and his band play selections from their divisive new album, Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino, as well as a few oldies, including A Certain Romance, to reassure their more conservative fans. GT Cloak and Dagger Amazon Prime, from today Marvel’s latest TV offering is this teen series in which Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) discover new, mysteriously connected superpowers. GT Sense8 Netflix, from today The Wachowskis’ kaleidoscopic saga ends with a two-hour episode created after its fans demanded closure when the series was axed. With Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) missing, Capheus (Toby Onwumere) running for office, Sun Bak (Bae Doona) on the run and the mysterious Chairman still at large, there’s no shortage of loose ends. GT The Staircase Netflix, from today This 2004 eight-parter documented the 16-year court battle over the fate of novelist Michael Peterson, accused of pushing his wife down the stairs to her death. Landing on Netflix with new, equally gripping episodes, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s series is both the old and the new Making a Murderer. GT The Way Way Back (2013) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.55pm This coming-of-age story feels like familiar terrain, but it’s agreeably done. Duncan (Liam James) learns about life, love and self-esteem from a gang of water-park employees, including the excellent Sam Rockwell, when forced to go on holiday with his mother (Toni Collette) and her boyfriend (Steve Carrell). The script flows and there’s enough melancholy and edge to the overall comic tone for its charm to prevail. Bend It Like Beckham (2002) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.45pm Keira Knightley’s career kicked off with this feelgood football-themed comedy drama from Bhaji on the Beach director Gurinder Chadha. She stars alongside Parminder Nagra as one of two 18-year-old girls who set out to make it as professional footballers, despite their families’ best efforts to stop them. Next of Kin’s Archie Panjabi and Shaznay Lewis (of reunited Nineties girl band All Saints fame) co-star. Platoon (1986) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.00pm This is a chance to see a young Charlie Sheen at the start of his turbulent career. The horrors of the Vietnam War are seen through the prism of a fresh-faced college dropout (Sheen) who finds himself in the thick of battle while Willem Dafoe plays his sympathetic sergeant. Director Oliver Stone used his own experiences of serving in the US army during the war to inform this harrowing film that won four Oscars. Saturday 9 June Controversial: the writer and intellectual Germaine Greer is profiled Credit: BBC Germaine Bloody Greer BBC Two, 9.00pm The personal views of Germaine Greer once had a universality and pungency about them that the world so desperately needed. But her recent comments about rape, violence on TV and transpeople, by contrast, resemble self-important trolling: wilfully controversial, dreadfully retrograde and a blight on a considerable legacy. This thrilling profile is a reminder of why she still matters, albeit perhaps more for what she was than what she has become. Novelist Zoë Heller and journalist Rosie Boycott are among those singing her praises, while Greer herself proves as unable as ever to avoid calling out a daft question or savaging a sacred cow. The footage is exciting and superbly mounted by director Clare Beavan. Whether it’s Greer’s early films, her steadfastness in the face of the abuse sent her way after The Female Eunuch was published, and her evisceration of Norman Mailer during a famous 1971 set-to in New York, Greer remains a most rugged individual. “I don’t think Germaine and the word ‘sisterhood’ are natural bedfellows,” reckons Boycott. What about that legacy? “I don’t do regret and I don’t do things that I regret,” Greer concludes. By any standards, a remarkable life. Gabriel Tate Trooping the Colour BBC One, 10.30am Marking the official birthday of the Queen, the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards will conduct their annual pageant on Horse Guards Parade, introduced by Huw Edwards and with J J Chalmers offering behind-the-scenes insights. There are highlights at 7.30pm on BBC Two. French Open Tennis: The women’s final ITV, 1.30pm Action on the 14th day at Roland Garros features the women’s singles final in the second Grand Slam tournament of the year. Jelena Ostapenko met Simona Halep in last year’s showpiece match, where the Latvian defeated the number three seed 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to become the first person from her country to win a Grand Slam tournament and the first unseeded player to win the French Open since 1933. The men’s final, which was won for a record 10th time by Spaniard Rafael Nadal last year, takes place on Sunday at 1.30pm on ITV. Women’s International One-Day Cricket: England Women v South Africa Women Sky Sports Main Event, 1.30pm It’s the opening one-day international of the three-match series, which takes place at New Road in Worcester. Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor and Lauren Winfield all return to the England squad after missing out on the Indian tour. World Cup-winning duo Fran Wilson and Alex Hartley miss out, however. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm This afternoon England will be looking to dispatch the Springboks at a venue Eddie Jones has described as the “spiritual home of rugby”. They’ve not won at Ellis Park in Johannesburg since 1972 – their only triumph at the venue – and their last appearance here was a 36-27 defeat under Stuart Lancaster in 2012. Ellis Park was the setting for the Springboks’ World Cup final victory over New Zealand in 1995 and one of the sport’s finest moments – Nelson Mandela handing Francois Pienaar the Webb Ellis Cup. “It will be hostile but it’s fantastic and I am so excited about it,” says Jones. “In world rugby who do you want to beat? The Springboks at Ellis Park.” Owen Farrell will captain England, while the hugely talented New Zealand-born flanker Brad Shields is expected to play a part for the visitors. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 5.30pm; Scotland, 2.45pm After deconstructing the exploration documentary in the fascinating and alarming My Year with the Tribe, explorer Will Millard is on slightly surer ground with this new series in which he journeys down the River Wye. He begins his journey with a search for the river’s source on the slopes of Plynlimon, before he has an encounter with an entrepreneurial local sheep farmer. Take Me Out: Over 50s Special ITV, 8.00pm Three “older gentlemen” (I’m sure host Paddy McGuinness will make plenty of gags here) face 30 single “Golden Girls”, including a former nun and an ex-partner of action hero Jason Statham, in this one-off special of the ever-popular dating show. Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm After Hinterland and Keeping Faith comes the BBC’s latest Welsh language crime thriller. Hidden has a familiar set-up – the discovery of a young girl’s body in a disused quarry tears a small community apart – but Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies as DIs Cadi John and Owen Vaughan area leading pair to reckon with, and the atmosphere of unease benefits hugely from the mountainous surroundings. Come Together: the Rise of the Festival Sky Arts, 9.00pm The line-up for this documentary would grace any festival, with Pete Townshend and Noel Gallagher among the interviewees explaining the evolution of the modern music festival from its earliest jazz and blues incarnations in Newport, through the hippy beanfeasts of Monterey and Woodstock to Glastonbury and Coachella. There are also contributions from those who promote and document festivals, including Michael Eavis and D A Pennebaker. GT A Girl’s Guide to TV BBC Two, 10.00pm; not NI Comedian Rachel Parris of The Mash Report presents her typically tongue-in-cheek advice for women looking to get ahead in television. GT Maleficent (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 6.05pm Angelina Jolie stars as the titular Maleficent in Disney’s live-action reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, which follows her from a carefree fairy to Mistress of All Evil, muddling the distinction between hero and villain. Maleficent is happy in a kingdom of peculiar CGI beasts until her heart is broken by Stefan (Sharlto Copley), who inherits the throne. Seeking vengeance, she curses his baby, Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). Thor: The Dark World (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm This is a follow-up to the popular Norse god/superhero blockbuster. The rather flabby plot is alleviated by Chris Hemsworth’s hearty charisma, which provides frequent relief from Natalie Portman’s bland damsel-in-distress (attempts to beef up her character by making her an astrophysicist are undermined by her constant fainting). Highlights include Thor sliding down The Gherkin skyscraper. Made in Dagenham (2010) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.45pm Industrial action in pursuit of equal pay for women doesn’t sound too thrilling a subject, but Nigel Cole’s (Calendar Girls) film, based around the real-life strike from 1968, turns out to be a rousing crowd-pleaser. Sally Hawkins plays the reluctant ringleader of the workers who sew car seats at Ford’s Dagenham plant; Bob Hoskins is a union rep; Miranda Richardson is wonderful as Labour MP Barbara Castle. Sunday 10 June Smoldering: Aidan Turner returns as the eponymous hero Credit: BBC Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm Not since Daniel Craig emerged from the waves in Casino Royale has there been so much fuss over a pair of wet pecs. Yes, Poldark is back for a fourth series and star Aidan Turner bares his chest for the fans in an opening scene that, if nothing else, suggests that he’s spent a lot of time exercising since the end of series three. This opener finds our swashbuckling hero Ross Poldark (Turner) back in full-on Cornish crusader mode when, following a disturbance in Truro, he locks horns with old enemy George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) over the fate of three good pals accused of riot and murder. Meanwhile, his flame-haired wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) can’t fend off her intimate longings following that illicit clinch in the dunes with poetry-penning aristo Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse) – who, with the announcement of a general election, looks set to be diverted into a career at Westminster. But as Dr Dwight (Luke Norris) is at pains to point out, Armitage has a delicate constitution that might not suit the rough and tumble of parliamentary politics. Could Ross be persuaded to think again about throwing his hat in the ring? Gerard O’Donovan One-Day International Cricket: Scotland v England Sky Sports Main Event, 10.30am Having responded brilliantly to tie the Test series with Pakistan 1-1, England now turn their attention to Scotland, with this ODI at the Grange in Edinburgh. Songs of Praise BBC One, 1.25pm A year on from the Grenfell Tower disaster, Aled Jones presents a commemorative special edition exploring how the local community in North Kensington is coping and recovering. Britain Celebrates Live: 100 Years of Women’s Votes BBC One, 2.00pm Live coverage of today’s public processions through Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London to celebrate the centenary of women winning the right to vote. Tonight’s Antiques Roadshow, at 8pm, also takes up the theme, devoting its time to items with links to remarkable women. Formula 1: Canadian Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 5.30pm After a Monaco Grand Prix that left championship leader Lewis Hamilton, in his words, “cold”, all eyes are on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, where Daniel Riccardio will be aiming to win back-to-back races. Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 ITV, 6.30pm Live from Old Trafford, it’s the annual England v World XI charity football match between teams mixing celebrities and professional athletes. This year Robbie Williams’s England is taking on a team of international stars led by Usain Bolt. Other players include Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, and Eric Cantona, and there’s live music from Jessie Ware. Countryfile BBC One, 7.00pm The last of three specials heads for Sandringham in Norfolk, the most private of the Royal retreats. Matt Baker discovers one of the Queen’s less-known interests – racing pigeons – while Ellie Harrison learns more about her love of horses. GO Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s brilliantly judged bravura performance has been one of the television highlights of 2018. Tonight, he brings the series to an entertaining and emotionally charged close as Patrick, separated and back in London in 2006, hopes to put the past to rest following his mother’s funeral. Cosby: The Women Speak Sony Crime Channel, 9.00pm Following Bill Cosby’s conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, here’s another opportunity to see the A&E network’s 2015 one-hour special in which the extent of the allegations against the former TV icon for predatory sexual behaviour came to light. Over a dozen of the 50-plus women who accused him of rape and sexual assault going back decades talk of their experiences on screen for the first time, and how statute of limitation laws threatened to deprive them of justice. GO Despicable Me 2 (2013) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 5.10pm Despicable Me, 2010’s animated supervillain comedy, had a neat enough premise. It’s gone in this sequel, though, as Steve Carell’s bald antihero, Gru, is now a reformed soul, occupied with childcare rather than dastardly plots to steal the moon. Gru’s Minions – those knee-high yellow Tic-Tacs – provide the film’s one inspired idea as they’re injected with mutating serum by the film’s mystery baddy. Hulk (2003) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.15pm Ang Lee’s dark and stylised version (a split screen mimics the panels of a comic book page) of the Incredible Hulk’s adventures is one of the best and underrated Marvel adaptations, even if it’s too complex at times. Eric Bana stars as Bruce, a scientist who’s exposed to gamma radiation and becomes a not-so-jolly green giant. This is a rampaging tale with bold special effects. Jennifer Connolly co-stars as his love interest. It (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen King’s evil clown tale is no laughing matter. First a Warners miniseries in 1990, starring an unforgettable Tim Curry, and now a two-part film version. Here we continue the terrifying tale of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), but jump forward three decades to the summer of 1988, buying into the current vogue for Eighties teen-flick nostalgia. The scary stuff is petrifying when it peaks. Monday 11 June Community spirit: those affected by the fire tell their stories Credit: BBC Grenfell BBC One, 8.30pm Bafta-winning director Ben Anthony’s unmissable documentary about last year’s Grenfell Tower tragedy opens with a sea of faces, all of which gain poignant individual focus as the film progresses. The blaze at the 24-storey block of public housing in the London borough of Kensington, which resulted in 72 deaths, left a lasting impression in those featured here as each person tells their unique story about the horrific events and their impact. Survivors who lost their homes, the bereaved, bystanders and police all share their stories, although it’s a surprising omission that the firefighters who witnessed the horrors first hand don’t offer their account. Split screens give multiple perspectives on the same moment, and what starts out as a patchwork of personal experience knits together into a mighty whole, the collective voice of a community broken but defiant. In fact, much of the film focuses on the efforts of those affected to unite in the face of seeming indifference from the local council, who also have their say. As the ongoing inquiry continues, this devastating account offers a damning testament of its own, rife with accusations of injustice and neglect, underpinned by blistering rage and grief. Toby Dantzic Fight Like a Girl BBC One, 7.30pm The ferocious sport of female wrestling comes under the spotlight with this lively film following Scottish fighter Kimberly Benson. She combines a gruelling training regime with her daytime job, as she aims for her first world title in Japan. Long Lost Family: What Happened Next ITV, 9.00pm Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall catch up with families they’ve reunited. Cathie Cutler Evans, who met her half-sister in 2016, has found joy in her extended clan. But for Maureen Charlton, separated from her brother Michael for 40 years, progress been painstaking. Dan Snow’s Norman Walks PBS America, 9.00pm Dan Snow sorts fact from fiction as he investigates the history of Norman Britain in this new series. He starts off on the Sussex coast, where aided by evidence from the Bayeux Tapestry, he pieces together William the Conqueror’s 11th-century coastal invasion. Flowers Channel 4, 10.00pm Will Sharpe’s gloriously dark comedy about a dysfunctional family returns with a double bill, then continues each night this week. A seemingly chipper Maurice (Julian Bennett) and Deborah (Olivia Colman) are on a caravanning holiday, while daughter Amy (Sophia di Martino) has a brash new girlfriend. Storyville: City Of Ghosts BBC Four, 10.30pm There are images of death in Matthew Heineman’s film so harrowing that it’s hard to keep watching, but these are the sights that Heineman’s subject, rebel group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered, face daily. The renegade collective have made it their task to secretly film the atrocities committed by Isil in the Syrian city of Raqqa, and show the rest of the world the reality of the regime. It’s an astonishing act of citizen-led journalism, and the participants’ fear and grief, as well as their sense of purpose, are starkly captured in Heineman’s blunt and brutal chronicle of a city in turmoil. TD Prisons Uncovered: Out Of Control? ITV, 10.45pm; Scotland, 11.05pm; Wales, 11.15pm; not UTV In 2016, HMP Birmingham saw the worst prison riot for 25 years, in which 600 inmates were freed from their cells. This sobering documentary looks at the factors behind the incident and reflects on the prison system. TD Our Kind of Traitor (2016) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor stars in this so-so John le Carré adaptation as poetry lecturer Perry Makepeace, who becomes embroiled in negotiations to bring Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), a well-connected Russian oligarch, into the fold of British intelligence. Skarsgård is the standout here, charging into his role with pungency, playing Dima as a bedraggled beast of Moscow’s criminal underworld. The Shining (1980) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Set in a deserted hotel that’s in the care of writer Jack (Jack Nicholson) and his family for the winter, Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant psycho-horror, based on the novel by Stephen King, is subtly unsettling. But it’s stuffed, too, with unforgettable nerve-jangling shocks, including the moment when the crazed Jack smashes his way through a door with an axe as his wife (Shelley Duvall) cowers in the corner. Teen Wolf (1985) ★★★☆☆ 5STAR, 12.10am Critics howled at this preposterous teenage comedy but audiences loved it, perhaps because it came out shortly after its star Michael J Fox’s finest hour: Back to the Future. The plot – in which Fox’s likeable nerd morphs into a basketball-playing werewolf – is almost as unlikely as the fact that he still looked fresh out of the 11th grade at the ripe old age of 25. An unparalleled analysis of puberty and adolescence. Tuesday 12 June Hitting the books: Tanisha is a pupil at Townley Grammar Credit: BBC Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland & Wales, 11.15pm Jamie Pickup’s series has walked a tightrope with considerable skill, highlighting the inarguable inequities of our educational system that favours a selective approach, while also acknowledging its considerable benefits and observing the situation from the points of view of both pupils and teachers. It concludes with mock GCSE exams approaching and students at Erith School, a secondary modern, and neighbouring institution Townley Grammar, having to assess their suitability for further education. Some, it’s fair to say, are taking it more seriously than others. Townley pupil Tanisha is underperforming and low on confidence, yet keen to raise her game and nurtured by staff aware of her limitations and capabilities. At Erith, meanwhile, Denisa is angling for a place in Townley Sixth Form and seems more than capable of attaining it, but staffing shortages are crippling science classes amid an endless round of supply teachers and stand-ins. “It keeps me awake at night,” says the admirable faculty head Mr Appiah-Gates. It’s a desperately difficult situation and one that reaches an unexpected conclusion, as common ground is found between two unlikely bedfellows. Gabriel Tate The Champions Netflix, from today Created by Mindy Kaling, this new NBC sitcom plays a bachelor gym owner (Anders Holm) off against his gay, estranged son-cum-new flatmate (the brilliant J J Totah). Smartly written and nimbly performed, it’s a solid mainstream hit. Ackley Bridge Channel 4, 8.00pm Matt Evans and Penny Woolcock continue to keep an implausible number of plates spinning as the fizzy pre-watershed drama continues to conduct its handbrake narrative turns. Both Jordan (Samuel Bottomley) and Missy (Poppy Lee Friar) handle cash shortages in an equally desperate manner, and the arrival of Steve’s ex Claire (Kimberly Walsh) puts head teacher Mandy’s (Jo Joyner) nose out of joint. Our Girl BBC One, 9.00pm Georgie (Michelle Keegan) learns an astonishing secret about the local crime boss, before a major rescue operation begins as the flawed but well-meaning military drama continues. Flights from Hell: Caught on Camera ITV, 9.00pm ITV lays down its prime-time weapons as the World Cup looms, as demonstrated by this daft three-part series of incidents filmed at 30,000 feet. These include what an engine explosion feels like to those on board the plane to the impact of volcanic ash and an extraordinarily dramatic landing. Seeing Daylight: the Photography of Dorothy Bohm Sky Arts, 9.00pm Arriving in England in 1939 to escape the Nazis, Dorothy Bohm became a pioneer of street photography and portraiture of deep humanity. This profile examines her life and work. Elvis: the Searcher Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Based on Peter Guralnick’s epochal two-part biography, Thom Zimny’s HBO epic is a treat, focusing as much on Presley the man as Elvis the icon, Part one follows him out of Tupelo, into Sun Records and on to the US army, with part two’s fall, rise and fall again airing Wednesday at 10.00pm. GT Ugly Me: My Life with Body Dysmorphia BBC One, 10.45pm; NI, 11.10pm; Scot, 11.45pm First shown on BBC Three, this harrowing film follows 29-year-old Liane, seeking treatment for the titular condition which has left her self-worth in tatters. GT Field of Dreams (1989) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.50pm Kevin Costner clearly likes a baseball movie – he’s made five of them. In this one he’s an Iowa farmer instructed by a mysterious voice to build a baseball pitch in the middle of a cornfield, which is soon occupied by a gang of ghostly players from the past. Enjoyably dotty, and responsible for the misquote, “If you build it, they will come” – it’s actually “he will come” – the fantasy is elevated by brilliant performances all around. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm The fifth film in the Die Hard franchise takes place in Russia, where our hero, Bruce Willis’s now grizzled John McClane, arrives in Moscow to hunt for his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney). McClane suspects that he may have become a drug dealer, but it transpires he is in fact working undercover for the CIA, and Dad blunders in on him mid-mission. An enjoyable but clunky thriller. The Departed (2006) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Nothing beats watching a great director in his comfort zone. Martin Scorsese’s gangland thriller – the film that finally won him an Oscar – is riveting. The plot revolves around the local police force’s efforts to stamp out Boston crime lord Frank Costello (a magnificently malevolent Jack Nicholson). There are powerhouse performances, too, from Leonardo Di Caprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. Wednesday 13 June From Russia with love: David Dimbleby Credit: BBC Putin’s Russia with David Dimbleby BBC One, 9.00pm, Wales, 11.05pm “In a democracy if you fail to deliver on economic promises, if you surround yourself with cronies and use the law to suppress opposition, you would rightly be thrown out on your ear. But this is Russia, they do things differently here…” So begins David Dimbleby’s thoughtful film in which – as the eyes of the world turn towards Moscow for the 2018 World Cup football tournament – he takes the opportunity to cast an eye over Vladimir Putin’s 18 years as leader and assess the state of Russia today, especially in regard to the West. What he finds is a country in deep economic crisis yet with a people that seem to happily hero-worship Putin and mostly accept a state machine that controls almost every aspect of their lives with the willing assistance of security services, media, military and church. Dimbleby meets ordinary contented Russians as well as protesters, human rights lawyers, journalists and official spokespeople, coming away with a sense, ultimately, that Putin’s popularity is rooted in his strongman image and media-backed levels of suspicion and hostility towards the West unseen since the end of the Cold War. Gerard O’Donovan The Fight for Women’s Bodies BBC Three, from 10.00am Following the landmark vote to legalise abortion in the Republic of Ireland, Ellie Flynn looks back at the issues through the eyes of campaigners on both sides. Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow Channel 4, 8.00pm Here is a visit to the Isle of Wight, where Peter Snow and his team set out to restore an 1864 wooden train carriage that has served as a holiday chalet since it was decommissioned in the Twenties. Before Grenfell: A Hidden History BBC Two, 9.00pm A year since the Grenfell Tower fire, residents of Kensington relate how the London borough has become the most unequal place in Britain, with the gap between rich and poor once again as extreme as in the 1860s when developers first built housing for the rich in Notting Hill next to the worst slum in London. Can Science Make Me Perfect? With Alice Roberts BBC Four, 9.00pm Millions of years have gone into the human body: lots of great evolutionary adaptations but lots of imperfections, too. In a film that’s as entertaining as it is instructive, anatomist Alice Roberts takes on a challenge to design a better body than the one we get at birth. The Fast Fix: Diabetes ITV, 9.00pm Anita Rani presents a new two-part series exploring whether it is possible for people suffering from type 2 diabetes to reverse the condition by adhering to a radical diet. By consuming just 800 calories a day, can they “fast themselves better”? Concludes tomorrow Big Beasts: Last of the Giants Sky One, 9.00pm Biologist Patrick Aryee explores why size matters in the natural world. Beginning in the Americas, he checks out the planet’s largest predator, the sperm whale; comes face to face with a grizzly bear and gets rather too close to an anaconda that’s as long as a bus. GO How to Start an Airline Channel 4, 10.30pm This documentary follows Bangladeshi-British entrepreneur Kazi Shafiqur Rahman as he attempts to break into the fiercely competitive airline industry while also fulfilling the demands of his faith by insisting that the airline must comply with the teachings of Islam. GO Regarding Henry (1991) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 6.50pm Telling the story of a hotshot lawyer (Harrison Ford) who learns to question his values after a head injury, this film formed a companion piece to Wolf (1994), with Jack Nicholson as a publisher who is bitten by a wolf and turns into a boardroom predator. Directed by Mike Nichols, whose Oscar-winning movie The Graduate was a cinematic landmark of the 1960s, it’s a bit of an embarrassment, but interesting nevertheless. Source Code (2011) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Jake Gyllenhaal repeatedly finds himself reliving the last eight minutes in the life of a man on board a train which is about to be destroyed by a bomb as part of an experiment. Meanwhile, scientists Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright are monitoring Gyllenhaal’s exploits. Duncan Jones confirmed the promise of his directing debut Moon with this thrilling whodunit, which also serves as a moving meditation on life. Beetlejuice (1988) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Michael Keaton is an actor of rare versatility (as his triumphant role in Birdman proved). In this cult, Oscar-winning film by Tim Burton, Keaton shines as a con artist ghost called Beetlejuice, who aims to help two other ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to scare the obnoxious new residents out of their old house. But he then falls for lovely goth Lydia (Winona Ryder), the family’s daughter. Thursday 14 June It’s kicking off: Mark Pugatch (centre) leads ITV’s presenting team Credit: ITV FIFA World Cup 2018: Opening Ceremony ITV, 2.30pm Regardless of how you think Russia got to be awarded the 21st staging of football’s biggest tournament (by corrupt means or otherwise), it’s time to cast those aspersions aside because the Russia 2018 championship is here. But, two hours before a ball is kicked, the opening ceremony marks the official start of the highest prize in football. And as we all know, entertaining opening ceremonies can be a great curtain-raiser for sport events, if they are done well – think the London 2012 Olympics. This one takes place at the 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium, which is the jewel in Russia’s crown of stadiums and will also host the final on July 15. Mark Pougatch presents the live coverage of the ceremony, which is headlined by actor and rapper Will Smith and Nicky Jam, who will perform Live It Up, the official World Cup song, which has received mixed reviews. As well as that, the ceremony will include local performers showing off different aspects of Russian culture, with gymnasts and trampolinists in among the fireworks and performances on display. The matches get under way following the ceremony with the host nation against Saudi Arabia. Clive Morgan Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm While the BBC’s post-Bake Off cookery contest may not have set the world alight, it’s given the judges plenty to get their teeth into. This week, it’s the final, and three challenges stand between the contestants and the title: a summer favourite, their best main course and a pudding. Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm After three weeks of cute animals, Springwatch comes to an end with Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and co reliving this year’s best moments at Sherborne Park Estate. The Trouble with Women with Anne Robinson BBC One, 9.00pm As a journalist and TV presenter, Anne Robinson shattered the glass ceiling as she built her career. She imagined that now, 50 years later, we’d be much closer to achieving equality than we are. With the ongoing discussions about gender pay, Robinson asks women around the UK what’s preventing parity? Inside HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs Channel 5, 9.00pm Wormwood Scrubs has had some infamous inmates: from serial killers Ian Brady and Peter Sutcliffe to rockers Pete Docherty and Keith Richards. This documentary exploring the prison’s history tells the stories of a Soviet spy who escaped from the jail and its best-known inmate, Charles Bronson. CM Missions BBC Four, 10.00pm and 10.20pm The absorbing French sci-fi drama about the first manned mission to Mars concludes with its final double header. This week, psychiatrist Jeanne (Hélène Viviès) discovers the reason behind cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov’s (Arben Bajraktaraj) mission. I Am Evidence Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm Even though Mariska Hargitay spent almost 20 years as crime fighter Olivia Benson in Law & Order: SVU, nothing prepared her for what she was to learn in real life. In this shocking documentary, Hargitay investigates the flaws in the US justice system that have allowed tens of thousands of rape kits to go untested for years. It’s a tough film to watch at times, especially as it highlights the issue through deeply personal and harrowing, first-person accounts from four women whose attacks are still fresh in their minds decades after the assaults due to a lack of closure. “I felt like my body was a crime scene,” one of the women recalls. CM Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) ★★★☆☆ Comedy Central, 9.00pm Will Ferrell fans will need little encouragement to lap up this affectionate send-up of Nascar racing, redneck culture and male bonding. Ferrell pays a Nascar speed-demon who is challenged by a gay, French Formula One driver (Sacha Baron Cohen), to see who is the ultimate racer. It’s a full throttle comedy that plays to Ferrell’s strengths. The Hills Have Eyes (2006) ★★★☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm French director Alexandre Aja makes his Hollywood debut with this grim but gripping remake of Wes Craven’s semi-cult horror film about a family battling a brood of mutants in the New Mexico desert. Aja ups the visceral violence, and the characters – including Ted Levine and Kathleen Quinlan as the parents – are sufficiently well-drawn to make the outcome shocking. The Ghost (2010) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor plays a talented ghost writer, who lands a lucrative contract to edit the memoirs of Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), the former UK Prime Minister, in this Roman Polanski adaptation of the Robert Harris novel. Soon after, Lang is accused of committing a war crime and the Ghost finds himself drawn into a world of dangerous secrets that put his life at risk. This is a deeply unsettling thriller. Friday 15 June One connected flow: Dan Jones on the Grand Union Canal Building Britain’s Canals Channel 5, 8.00pm His tattoos may have a nerdish medieval theme, but historian Dan Jones still seems too hip to be fronting a stuffy-sounding series about Britain’s iconic canals. Jones’s lively style and eye for interesting detail, however, keeps this subject surprisingly fresh, as he begins this three-part run with a look at the Grand Union Canal, the longest stretch of man-made waterway in Britain. It’s a story that reaches back 200 years, when the demands of the Industrial Revolution called for a speedy way to move goods between Birmingham and London, and the country’s engineering super-brains found ingenious means to link seven separate channels into one connected flow. As Jones explains, while the financial benefits were big, construction of the Grand Union was time consuming and dangerous. The 12-year stop-start struggle to complete the technically complex Blisworth Hill tunnel, for example, saw the deaths of up to 60 workers. Unable to compete with the advent of the speedy steam train, the Grand Union itself soon declined too. The canal is now a source of summertime pleasure, so this is a welcome reminder of its once vital purpose. Toby Dantzic Queer Eye Netflix, from today The success of this heart-warming makeover series, which returned to much acclaim earlier this year, was something of a surprise. Netflix then have been quick to capitalise, snappily rolling out another run barely four months later, with the likeable quintet all returning for more lifestyle revamping. Details are so far scant, but the show’s culture guru Karamo Brown has hinted that women and the trans community could be featured. World Cup 2018: Portugal v Spain BBC One, 6.20pm The pick of this week’s World Cup matches happens on day two at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi and comes from Group B. Expect a tense affair as Spain, who suffered the ignominy of failing to make it to the knockout rounds four years ago, take on their bitter rivals Portugal. The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Former footballer Dennis Wise heads the team of celebrity hopefuls, joined by Katie Price, Roman Kemp, Bez and Binky Felstead.Wise struggles with a fiendish skill game, while a number-based challenge sets Felstead’s head spinning. Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Jane McDonald wraps up her Antipodean adventure in New Zealand’s North Island. She rubs noses with a Maori tribe in Napier, explores Rotorua’s dramatic geothermal landscapes and views Auckland’s skyline from a helicopter. Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.40pm This is a final bout of topical treats from veteran impressionist Tracey Ullman. Favourites Angela Merkel and Rupert Murdoch get a look in, alongside more takes on Jeremy Corbyn, Michael Gove and Nanny, the dedicated carer of Jacob Rees-Mogg. Africa: A Journey Into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm Apart from the occasional act on Later… with Jools Holland, world music doesn’t get much airtime on our TVs, so this beguiling series helmed by DJ Rita Ray offers a welcome insight into its traditions. For her final foray, Ray heads to Mali, home to more Grammy award-winning artists than any other African country. From her attempts at a sinuous wedding dance to meeting renowned harp player Toumani Diabaté, Ray’s journey is full of stirring encounters. TD Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive Channel 5, 10.00pm A fitting reminder of Dale Winton’s easy-going charm, this swansong travelogue series resumes after a hiatus with our host in ocean-front Miami. Highlights include a trip to Little Havana, the city’s Cuban quarter, and a look at fashion designer Versace’s opulent former home. TD Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm In a similar but distinct way to Ridley Scott’s masterful original, Blade Runner 2049 mulls one of the meatiest questions around: is surface all that there is, or do life’s currents run deeper than the things we can see, hear and touch? Denis Villeneuve’s film toys with both options, making neither a comfort – and in the process, maps out a provocative blockbuster. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford star. Red (2010) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm A starry line-up of actors of pensionable age is the attraction of this light-hearted adaptation of Warren Ellis’s graphic novel, and it’s hard to resist Helen Mirren with a submachine gun. RED stands for “Retired Extremely Dangerous”, which is what the CIA has labelled former agents Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Mirren, who team up to find out who has marked them for assassination, and why. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) ★★★★★ Channel 4, 11.40pm Soaked in sex, drugs and scandal, Martin Scorsese’s epic is based on the memoir of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who spent the Nineties illegally amassing a vast personal fortune. With a fantastic performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, this morally bankrupt romp was lauded by audiences and critics alike. Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie co-star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Friday 8 June The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Channel 4’s successful reboot of the cult Eighties series continues its golden run of form with another charity special featuring people who, in the words of Maze Master Richard Ayoade, “we have all agreed, for some reason, to call… celebrities”. Ayoade is unstinting in his good-natured jibes, and his targets are equally obliging in laughing them off: this time around, it’s Olympians Kelly Holmes and Greg Rutherford, Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter, YouTube vlogger Alfie Deyes and grime MC Big Narstie. The latter comes in for the roughest ride, and indeed you may not see a more agonising sequence all year than Big Narstie wrestling with Jarhead’s (Adam Buxton) not-enormously taxing riddles, but his utter delight at being involved (“I’m GASSED!”) earns him a pass. The tasks are the usual ingenious grab-bag, honouring the heritage of the series while also advancing it, from the daft (balancing on space hoppers) to the fiendish (blowing a ball around a maze with “directional guffs” from an air pump). For his part, Ayoade once again proves himself the natural heir to Richard O’Brien in surreal wit (pace Ed Tudor-Pole and Stephan Merchant), and the cause, Stand Up 2 Cancer, is unimpeachable. GT Dispatches: After Grenfell Channel 4, 7.30pm In spite of a wealth of promises in the wake of the catastrophic fire in Grenfell Tower, claims abound that too many of the country’s tower blocks remain unsafe. Ed Howker investigates whether expert advice has been heeded and looks at the risks, both existing and newly discovered, for the tower’s residents. GT Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Channel 5’s first-ever Bafta-winning show returns for a trip down under, with former cruise ship singer Jane McDonald exploring Sydney, Tasmania, Dunedin and Christchurch. GT Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm Ullman continues to play to her strengths with her roll call of uncanny impersonations of famous people. Theresa May, Angela Merkle and Nicola Sturgeon are back, along with her bizarrely convincing Michael Gove, while Jacob Rees-Mogg (Liam Hourican) and his Nanny (Ullman) endure yet more humiliation. GT Arctic Monkeys Live at the BBC BBC Two, 11.05pm Alex Turner and his band play selections from their divisive new album, Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino, as well as a few oldies, including A Certain Romance, to reassure their more conservative fans. GT Cloak and Dagger Amazon Prime, from today Marvel’s latest TV offering is this teen series in which Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) discover new, mysteriously connected superpowers. GT Sense8 Netflix, from today The Wachowskis’ kaleidoscopic saga ends with a two-hour episode created after its fans demanded closure when the series was axed. With Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) missing, Capheus (Toby Onwumere) running for office, Sun Bak (Bae Doona) on the run and the mysterious Chairman still at large, there’s no shortage of loose ends. GT The Staircase Netflix, from today This 2004 eight-parter documented the 16-year court battle over the fate of novelist Michael Peterson, accused of pushing his wife down the stairs to her death. Landing on Netflix with new, equally gripping episodes, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s series is both the old and the new Making a Murderer. GT The Way Way Back (2013) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.55pm This coming-of-age story feels like familiar terrain, but it’s agreeably done. Duncan (Liam James) learns about life, love and self-esteem from a gang of water-park employees, including the excellent Sam Rockwell, when forced to go on holiday with his mother (Toni Collette) and her boyfriend (Steve Carrell). The script flows and there’s enough melancholy and edge to the overall comic tone for its charm to prevail. Bend It Like Beckham (2002) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.45pm Keira Knightley’s career kicked off with this feelgood football-themed comedy drama from Bhaji on the Beach director Gurinder Chadha. She stars alongside Parminder Nagra as one of two 18-year-old girls who set out to make it as professional footballers, despite their families’ best efforts to stop them. Next of Kin’s Archie Panjabi and Shaznay Lewis (of reunited Nineties girl band All Saints fame) co-star. Platoon (1986) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.00pm This is a chance to see a young Charlie Sheen at the start of his turbulent career. The horrors of the Vietnam War are seen through the prism of a fresh-faced college dropout (Sheen) who finds himself in the thick of battle while Willem Dafoe plays his sympathetic sergeant. Director Oliver Stone used his own experiences of serving in the US army during the war to inform this harrowing film that won four Oscars. Saturday 9 June Controversial: the writer and intellectual Germaine Greer is profiled Credit: BBC Germaine Bloody Greer BBC Two, 9.00pm The personal views of Germaine Greer once had a universality and pungency about them that the world so desperately needed. But her recent comments about rape, violence on TV and transpeople, by contrast, resemble self-important trolling: wilfully controversial, dreadfully retrograde and a blight on a considerable legacy. This thrilling profile is a reminder of why she still matters, albeit perhaps more for what she was than what she has become. Novelist Zoë Heller and journalist Rosie Boycott are among those singing her praises, while Greer herself proves as unable as ever to avoid calling out a daft question or savaging a sacred cow. The footage is exciting and superbly mounted by director Clare Beavan. Whether it’s Greer’s early films, her steadfastness in the face of the abuse sent her way after The Female Eunuch was published, and her evisceration of Norman Mailer during a famous 1971 set-to in New York, Greer remains a most rugged individual. “I don’t think Germaine and the word ‘sisterhood’ are natural bedfellows,” reckons Boycott. What about that legacy? “I don’t do regret and I don’t do things that I regret,” Greer concludes. By any standards, a remarkable life. Gabriel Tate Trooping the Colour BBC One, 10.30am Marking the official birthday of the Queen, the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards will conduct their annual pageant on Horse Guards Parade, introduced by Huw Edwards and with J J Chalmers offering behind-the-scenes insights. There are highlights at 7.30pm on BBC Two. French Open Tennis: The women’s final ITV, 1.30pm Action on the 14th day at Roland Garros features the women’s singles final in the second Grand Slam tournament of the year. Jelena Ostapenko met Simona Halep in last year’s showpiece match, where the Latvian defeated the number three seed 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to become the first person from her country to win a Grand Slam tournament and the first unseeded player to win the French Open since 1933. The men’s final, which was won for a record 10th time by Spaniard Rafael Nadal last year, takes place on Sunday at 1.30pm on ITV. Women’s International One-Day Cricket: England Women v South Africa Women Sky Sports Main Event, 1.30pm It’s the opening one-day international of the three-match series, which takes place at New Road in Worcester. Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor and Lauren Winfield all return to the England squad after missing out on the Indian tour. World Cup-winning duo Fran Wilson and Alex Hartley miss out, however. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm This afternoon England will be looking to dispatch the Springboks at a venue Eddie Jones has described as the “spiritual home of rugby”. They’ve not won at Ellis Park in Johannesburg since 1972 – their only triumph at the venue – and their last appearance here was a 36-27 defeat under Stuart Lancaster in 2012. Ellis Park was the setting for the Springboks’ World Cup final victory over New Zealand in 1995 and one of the sport’s finest moments – Nelson Mandela handing Francois Pienaar the Webb Ellis Cup. “It will be hostile but it’s fantastic and I am so excited about it,” says Jones. “In world rugby who do you want to beat? The Springboks at Ellis Park.” Owen Farrell will captain England, while the hugely talented New Zealand-born flanker Brad Shields is expected to play a part for the visitors. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 5.30pm; Scotland, 2.45pm After deconstructing the exploration documentary in the fascinating and alarming My Year with the Tribe, explorer Will Millard is on slightly surer ground with this new series in which he journeys down the River Wye. He begins his journey with a search for the river’s source on the slopes of Plynlimon, before he has an encounter with an entrepreneurial local sheep farmer. Take Me Out: Over 50s Special ITV, 8.00pm Three “older gentlemen” (I’m sure host Paddy McGuinness will make plenty of gags here) face 30 single “Golden Girls”, including a former nun and an ex-partner of action hero Jason Statham, in this one-off special of the ever-popular dating show. Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm After Hinterland and Keeping Faith comes the BBC’s latest Welsh language crime thriller. Hidden has a familiar set-up – the discovery of a young girl’s body in a disused quarry tears a small community apart – but Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies as DIs Cadi John and Owen Vaughan area leading pair to reckon with, and the atmosphere of unease benefits hugely from the mountainous surroundings. Come Together: the Rise of the Festival Sky Arts, 9.00pm The line-up for this documentary would grace any festival, with Pete Townshend and Noel Gallagher among the interviewees explaining the evolution of the modern music festival from its earliest jazz and blues incarnations in Newport, through the hippy beanfeasts of Monterey and Woodstock to Glastonbury and Coachella. There are also contributions from those who promote and document festivals, including Michael Eavis and D A Pennebaker. GT A Girl’s Guide to TV BBC Two, 10.00pm; not NI Comedian Rachel Parris of The Mash Report presents her typically tongue-in-cheek advice for women looking to get ahead in television. GT Maleficent (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 6.05pm Angelina Jolie stars as the titular Maleficent in Disney’s live-action reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, which follows her from a carefree fairy to Mistress of All Evil, muddling the distinction between hero and villain. Maleficent is happy in a kingdom of peculiar CGI beasts until her heart is broken by Stefan (Sharlto Copley), who inherits the throne. Seeking vengeance, she curses his baby, Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). Thor: The Dark World (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm This is a follow-up to the popular Norse god/superhero blockbuster. The rather flabby plot is alleviated by Chris Hemsworth’s hearty charisma, which provides frequent relief from Natalie Portman’s bland damsel-in-distress (attempts to beef up her character by making her an astrophysicist are undermined by her constant fainting). Highlights include Thor sliding down The Gherkin skyscraper. Made in Dagenham (2010) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.45pm Industrial action in pursuit of equal pay for women doesn’t sound too thrilling a subject, but Nigel Cole’s (Calendar Girls) film, based around the real-life strike from 1968, turns out to be a rousing crowd-pleaser. Sally Hawkins plays the reluctant ringleader of the workers who sew car seats at Ford’s Dagenham plant; Bob Hoskins is a union rep; Miranda Richardson is wonderful as Labour MP Barbara Castle. Sunday 10 June Smoldering: Aidan Turner returns as the eponymous hero Credit: BBC Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm Not since Daniel Craig emerged from the waves in Casino Royale has there been so much fuss over a pair of wet pecs. Yes, Poldark is back for a fourth series and star Aidan Turner bares his chest for the fans in an opening scene that, if nothing else, suggests that he’s spent a lot of time exercising since the end of series three. This opener finds our swashbuckling hero Ross Poldark (Turner) back in full-on Cornish crusader mode when, following a disturbance in Truro, he locks horns with old enemy George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) over the fate of three good pals accused of riot and murder. Meanwhile, his flame-haired wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) can’t fend off her intimate longings following that illicit clinch in the dunes with poetry-penning aristo Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse) – who, with the announcement of a general election, looks set to be diverted into a career at Westminster. But as Dr Dwight (Luke Norris) is at pains to point out, Armitage has a delicate constitution that might not suit the rough and tumble of parliamentary politics. Could Ross be persuaded to think again about throwing his hat in the ring? Gerard O’Donovan One-Day International Cricket: Scotland v England Sky Sports Main Event, 10.30am Having responded brilliantly to tie the Test series with Pakistan 1-1, England now turn their attention to Scotland, with this ODI at the Grange in Edinburgh. Songs of Praise BBC One, 1.25pm A year on from the Grenfell Tower disaster, Aled Jones presents a commemorative special edition exploring how the local community in North Kensington is coping and recovering. Britain Celebrates Live: 100 Years of Women’s Votes BBC One, 2.00pm Live coverage of today’s public processions through Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London to celebrate the centenary of women winning the right to vote. Tonight’s Antiques Roadshow, at 8pm, also takes up the theme, devoting its time to items with links to remarkable women. Formula 1: Canadian Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 5.30pm After a Monaco Grand Prix that left championship leader Lewis Hamilton, in his words, “cold”, all eyes are on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, where Daniel Riccardio will be aiming to win back-to-back races. Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 ITV, 6.30pm Live from Old Trafford, it’s the annual England v World XI charity football match between teams mixing celebrities and professional athletes. This year Robbie Williams’s England is taking on a team of international stars led by Usain Bolt. Other players include Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, and Eric Cantona, and there’s live music from Jessie Ware. Countryfile BBC One, 7.00pm The last of three specials heads for Sandringham in Norfolk, the most private of the Royal retreats. Matt Baker discovers one of the Queen’s less-known interests – racing pigeons – while Ellie Harrison learns more about her love of horses. GO Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s brilliantly judged bravura performance has been one of the television highlights of 2018. Tonight, he brings the series to an entertaining and emotionally charged close as Patrick, separated and back in London in 2006, hopes to put the past to rest following his mother’s funeral. Cosby: The Women Speak Sony Crime Channel, 9.00pm Following Bill Cosby’s conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, here’s another opportunity to see the A&E network’s 2015 one-hour special in which the extent of the allegations against the former TV icon for predatory sexual behaviour came to light. Over a dozen of the 50-plus women who accused him of rape and sexual assault going back decades talk of their experiences on screen for the first time, and how statute of limitation laws threatened to deprive them of justice. GO Despicable Me 2 (2013) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 5.10pm Despicable Me, 2010’s animated supervillain comedy, had a neat enough premise. It’s gone in this sequel, though, as Steve Carell’s bald antihero, Gru, is now a reformed soul, occupied with childcare rather than dastardly plots to steal the moon. Gru’s Minions – those knee-high yellow Tic-Tacs – provide the film’s one inspired idea as they’re injected with mutating serum by the film’s mystery baddy. Hulk (2003) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.15pm Ang Lee’s dark and stylised version (a split screen mimics the panels of a comic book page) of the Incredible Hulk’s adventures is one of the best and underrated Marvel adaptations, even if it’s too complex at times. Eric Bana stars as Bruce, a scientist who’s exposed to gamma radiation and becomes a not-so-jolly green giant. This is a rampaging tale with bold special effects. Jennifer Connolly co-stars as his love interest. It (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen King’s evil clown tale is no laughing matter. First a Warners miniseries in 1990, starring an unforgettable Tim Curry, and now a two-part film version. Here we continue the terrifying tale of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), but jump forward three decades to the summer of 1988, buying into the current vogue for Eighties teen-flick nostalgia. The scary stuff is petrifying when it peaks. Monday 11 June Community spirit: those affected by the fire tell their stories Credit: BBC Grenfell BBC One, 8.30pm Bafta-winning director Ben Anthony’s unmissable documentary about last year’s Grenfell Tower tragedy opens with a sea of faces, all of which gain poignant individual focus as the film progresses. The blaze at the 24-storey block of public housing in the London borough of Kensington, which resulted in 72 deaths, left a lasting impression in those featured here as each person tells their unique story about the horrific events and their impact. Survivors who lost their homes, the bereaved, bystanders and police all share their stories, although it’s a surprising omission that the firefighters who witnessed the horrors first hand don’t offer their account. Split screens give multiple perspectives on the same moment, and what starts out as a patchwork of personal experience knits together into a mighty whole, the collective voice of a community broken but defiant. In fact, much of the film focuses on the efforts of those affected to unite in the face of seeming indifference from the local council, who also have their say. As the ongoing inquiry continues, this devastating account offers a damning testament of its own, rife with accusations of injustice and neglect, underpinned by blistering rage and grief. Toby Dantzic Fight Like a Girl BBC One, 7.30pm The ferocious sport of female wrestling comes under the spotlight with this lively film following Scottish fighter Kimberly Benson. She combines a gruelling training regime with her daytime job, as she aims for her first world title in Japan. Long Lost Family: What Happened Next ITV, 9.00pm Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall catch up with families they’ve reunited. Cathie Cutler Evans, who met her half-sister in 2016, has found joy in her extended clan. But for Maureen Charlton, separated from her brother Michael for 40 years, progress been painstaking. Dan Snow’s Norman Walks PBS America, 9.00pm Dan Snow sorts fact from fiction as he investigates the history of Norman Britain in this new series. He starts off on the Sussex coast, where aided by evidence from the Bayeux Tapestry, he pieces together William the Conqueror’s 11th-century coastal invasion. Flowers Channel 4, 10.00pm Will Sharpe’s gloriously dark comedy about a dysfunctional family returns with a double bill, then continues each night this week. A seemingly chipper Maurice (Julian Bennett) and Deborah (Olivia Colman) are on a caravanning holiday, while daughter Amy (Sophia di Martino) has a brash new girlfriend. Storyville: City Of Ghosts BBC Four, 10.30pm There are images of death in Matthew Heineman’s film so harrowing that it’s hard to keep watching, but these are the sights that Heineman’s subject, rebel group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered, face daily. The renegade collective have made it their task to secretly film the atrocities committed by Isil in the Syrian city of Raqqa, and show the rest of the world the reality of the regime. It’s an astonishing act of citizen-led journalism, and the participants’ fear and grief, as well as their sense of purpose, are starkly captured in Heineman’s blunt and brutal chronicle of a city in turmoil. TD Prisons Uncovered: Out Of Control? ITV, 10.45pm; Scotland, 11.05pm; Wales, 11.15pm; not UTV In 2016, HMP Birmingham saw the worst prison riot for 25 years, in which 600 inmates were freed from their cells. This sobering documentary looks at the factors behind the incident and reflects on the prison system. TD Our Kind of Traitor (2016) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor stars in this so-so John le Carré adaptation as poetry lecturer Perry Makepeace, who becomes embroiled in negotiations to bring Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), a well-connected Russian oligarch, into the fold of British intelligence. Skarsgård is the standout here, charging into his role with pungency, playing Dima as a bedraggled beast of Moscow’s criminal underworld. The Shining (1980) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Set in a deserted hotel that’s in the care of writer Jack (Jack Nicholson) and his family for the winter, Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant psycho-horror, based on the novel by Stephen King, is subtly unsettling. But it’s stuffed, too, with unforgettable nerve-jangling shocks, including the moment when the crazed Jack smashes his way through a door with an axe as his wife (Shelley Duvall) cowers in the corner. Teen Wolf (1985) ★★★☆☆ 5STAR, 12.10am Critics howled at this preposterous teenage comedy but audiences loved it, perhaps because it came out shortly after its star Michael J Fox’s finest hour: Back to the Future. The plot – in which Fox’s likeable nerd morphs into a basketball-playing werewolf – is almost as unlikely as the fact that he still looked fresh out of the 11th grade at the ripe old age of 25. An unparalleled analysis of puberty and adolescence. Tuesday 12 June Hitting the books: Tanisha is a pupil at Townley Grammar Credit: BBC Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland & Wales, 11.15pm Jamie Pickup’s series has walked a tightrope with considerable skill, highlighting the inarguable inequities of our educational system that favours a selective approach, while also acknowledging its considerable benefits and observing the situation from the points of view of both pupils and teachers. It concludes with mock GCSE exams approaching and students at Erith School, a secondary modern, and neighbouring institution Townley Grammar, having to assess their suitability for further education. Some, it’s fair to say, are taking it more seriously than others. Townley pupil Tanisha is underperforming and low on confidence, yet keen to raise her game and nurtured by staff aware of her limitations and capabilities. At Erith, meanwhile, Denisa is angling for a place in Townley Sixth Form and seems more than capable of attaining it, but staffing shortages are crippling science classes amid an endless round of supply teachers and stand-ins. “It keeps me awake at night,” says the admirable faculty head Mr Appiah-Gates. It’s a desperately difficult situation and one that reaches an unexpected conclusion, as common ground is found between two unlikely bedfellows. Gabriel Tate The Champions Netflix, from today Created by Mindy Kaling, this new NBC sitcom plays a bachelor gym owner (Anders Holm) off against his gay, estranged son-cum-new flatmate (the brilliant J J Totah). Smartly written and nimbly performed, it’s a solid mainstream hit. Ackley Bridge Channel 4, 8.00pm Matt Evans and Penny Woolcock continue to keep an implausible number of plates spinning as the fizzy pre-watershed drama continues to conduct its handbrake narrative turns. Both Jordan (Samuel Bottomley) and Missy (Poppy Lee Friar) handle cash shortages in an equally desperate manner, and the arrival of Steve’s ex Claire (Kimberly Walsh) puts head teacher Mandy’s (Jo Joyner) nose out of joint. Our Girl BBC One, 9.00pm Georgie (Michelle Keegan) learns an astonishing secret about the local crime boss, before a major rescue operation begins as the flawed but well-meaning military drama continues. Flights from Hell: Caught on Camera ITV, 9.00pm ITV lays down its prime-time weapons as the World Cup looms, as demonstrated by this daft three-part series of incidents filmed at 30,000 feet. These include what an engine explosion feels like to those on board the plane to the impact of volcanic ash and an extraordinarily dramatic landing. Seeing Daylight: the Photography of Dorothy Bohm Sky Arts, 9.00pm Arriving in England in 1939 to escape the Nazis, Dorothy Bohm became a pioneer of street photography and portraiture of deep humanity. This profile examines her life and work. Elvis: the Searcher Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Based on Peter Guralnick’s epochal two-part biography, Thom Zimny’s HBO epic is a treat, focusing as much on Presley the man as Elvis the icon, Part one follows him out of Tupelo, into Sun Records and on to the US army, with part two’s fall, rise and fall again airing Wednesday at 10.00pm. GT Ugly Me: My Life with Body Dysmorphia BBC One, 10.45pm; NI, 11.10pm; Scot, 11.45pm First shown on BBC Three, this harrowing film follows 29-year-old Liane, seeking treatment for the titular condition which has left her self-worth in tatters. GT Field of Dreams (1989) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.50pm Kevin Costner clearly likes a baseball movie – he’s made five of them. In this one he’s an Iowa farmer instructed by a mysterious voice to build a baseball pitch in the middle of a cornfield, which is soon occupied by a gang of ghostly players from the past. Enjoyably dotty, and responsible for the misquote, “If you build it, they will come” – it’s actually “he will come” – the fantasy is elevated by brilliant performances all around. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm The fifth film in the Die Hard franchise takes place in Russia, where our hero, Bruce Willis’s now grizzled John McClane, arrives in Moscow to hunt for his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney). McClane suspects that he may have become a drug dealer, but it transpires he is in fact working undercover for the CIA, and Dad blunders in on him mid-mission. An enjoyable but clunky thriller. The Departed (2006) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Nothing beats watching a great director in his comfort zone. Martin Scorsese’s gangland thriller – the film that finally won him an Oscar – is riveting. The plot revolves around the local police force’s efforts to stamp out Boston crime lord Frank Costello (a magnificently malevolent Jack Nicholson). There are powerhouse performances, too, from Leonardo Di Caprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. Wednesday 13 June From Russia with love: David Dimbleby Credit: BBC Putin’s Russia with David Dimbleby BBC One, 9.00pm, Wales, 11.05pm “In a democracy if you fail to deliver on economic promises, if you surround yourself with cronies and use the law to suppress opposition, you would rightly be thrown out on your ear. But this is Russia, they do things differently here…” So begins David Dimbleby’s thoughtful film in which – as the eyes of the world turn towards Moscow for the 2018 World Cup football tournament – he takes the opportunity to cast an eye over Vladimir Putin’s 18 years as leader and assess the state of Russia today, especially in regard to the West. What he finds is a country in deep economic crisis yet with a people that seem to happily hero-worship Putin and mostly accept a state machine that controls almost every aspect of their lives with the willing assistance of security services, media, military and church. Dimbleby meets ordinary contented Russians as well as protesters, human rights lawyers, journalists and official spokespeople, coming away with a sense, ultimately, that Putin’s popularity is rooted in his strongman image and media-backed levels of suspicion and hostility towards the West unseen since the end of the Cold War. Gerard O’Donovan The Fight for Women’s Bodies BBC Three, from 10.00am Following the landmark vote to legalise abortion in the Republic of Ireland, Ellie Flynn looks back at the issues through the eyes of campaigners on both sides. Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow Channel 4, 8.00pm Here is a visit to the Isle of Wight, where Peter Snow and his team set out to restore an 1864 wooden train carriage that has served as a holiday chalet since it was decommissioned in the Twenties. Before Grenfell: A Hidden History BBC Two, 9.00pm A year since the Grenfell Tower fire, residents of Kensington relate how the London borough has become the most unequal place in Britain, with the gap between rich and poor once again as extreme as in the 1860s when developers first built housing for the rich in Notting Hill next to the worst slum in London. Can Science Make Me Perfect? With Alice Roberts BBC Four, 9.00pm Millions of years have gone into the human body: lots of great evolutionary adaptations but lots of imperfections, too. In a film that’s as entertaining as it is instructive, anatomist Alice Roberts takes on a challenge to design a better body than the one we get at birth. The Fast Fix: Diabetes ITV, 9.00pm Anita Rani presents a new two-part series exploring whether it is possible for people suffering from type 2 diabetes to reverse the condition by adhering to a radical diet. By consuming just 800 calories a day, can they “fast themselves better”? Concludes tomorrow Big Beasts: Last of the Giants Sky One, 9.00pm Biologist Patrick Aryee explores why size matters in the natural world. Beginning in the Americas, he checks out the planet’s largest predator, the sperm whale; comes face to face with a grizzly bear and gets rather too close to an anaconda that’s as long as a bus. GO How to Start an Airline Channel 4, 10.30pm This documentary follows Bangladeshi-British entrepreneur Kazi Shafiqur Rahman as he attempts to break into the fiercely competitive airline industry while also fulfilling the demands of his faith by insisting that the airline must comply with the teachings of Islam. GO Regarding Henry (1991) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 6.50pm Telling the story of a hotshot lawyer (Harrison Ford) who learns to question his values after a head injury, this film formed a companion piece to Wolf (1994), with Jack Nicholson as a publisher who is bitten by a wolf and turns into a boardroom predator. Directed by Mike Nichols, whose Oscar-winning movie The Graduate was a cinematic landmark of the 1960s, it’s a bit of an embarrassment, but interesting nevertheless. Source Code (2011) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Jake Gyllenhaal repeatedly finds himself reliving the last eight minutes in the life of a man on board a train which is about to be destroyed by a bomb as part of an experiment. Meanwhile, scientists Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright are monitoring Gyllenhaal’s exploits. Duncan Jones confirmed the promise of his directing debut Moon with this thrilling whodunit, which also serves as a moving meditation on life. Beetlejuice (1988) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Michael Keaton is an actor of rare versatility (as his triumphant role in Birdman proved). In this cult, Oscar-winning film by Tim Burton, Keaton shines as a con artist ghost called Beetlejuice, who aims to help two other ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to scare the obnoxious new residents out of their old house. But he then falls for lovely goth Lydia (Winona Ryder), the family’s daughter. Thursday 14 June It’s kicking off: Mark Pugatch (centre) leads ITV’s presenting team Credit: ITV FIFA World Cup 2018: Opening Ceremony ITV, 2.30pm Regardless of how you think Russia got to be awarded the 21st staging of football’s biggest tournament (by corrupt means or otherwise), it’s time to cast those aspersions aside because the Russia 2018 championship is here. But, two hours before a ball is kicked, the opening ceremony marks the official start of the highest prize in football. And as we all know, entertaining opening ceremonies can be a great curtain-raiser for sport events, if they are done well – think the London 2012 Olympics. This one takes place at the 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium, which is the jewel in Russia’s crown of stadiums and will also host the final on July 15. Mark Pougatch presents the live coverage of the ceremony, which is headlined by actor and rapper Will Smith and Nicky Jam, who will perform Live It Up, the official World Cup song, which has received mixed reviews. As well as that, the ceremony will include local performers showing off different aspects of Russian culture, with gymnasts and trampolinists in among the fireworks and performances on display. The matches get under way following the ceremony with the host nation against Saudi Arabia. Clive Morgan Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm While the BBC’s post-Bake Off cookery contest may not have set the world alight, it’s given the judges plenty to get their teeth into. This week, it’s the final, and three challenges stand between the contestants and the title: a summer favourite, their best main course and a pudding. Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm After three weeks of cute animals, Springwatch comes to an end with Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and co reliving this year’s best moments at Sherborne Park Estate. The Trouble with Women with Anne Robinson BBC One, 9.00pm As a journalist and TV presenter, Anne Robinson shattered the glass ceiling as she built her career. She imagined that now, 50 years later, we’d be much closer to achieving equality than we are. With the ongoing discussions about gender pay, Robinson asks women around the UK what’s preventing parity? Inside HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs Channel 5, 9.00pm Wormwood Scrubs has had some infamous inmates: from serial killers Ian Brady and Peter Sutcliffe to rockers Pete Docherty and Keith Richards. This documentary exploring the prison’s history tells the stories of a Soviet spy who escaped from the jail and its best-known inmate, Charles Bronson. CM Missions BBC Four, 10.00pm and 10.20pm The absorbing French sci-fi drama about the first manned mission to Mars concludes with its final double header. This week, psychiatrist Jeanne (Hélène Viviès) discovers the reason behind cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov’s (Arben Bajraktaraj) mission. I Am Evidence Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm Even though Mariska Hargitay spent almost 20 years as crime fighter Olivia Benson in Law & Order: SVU, nothing prepared her for what she was to learn in real life. In this shocking documentary, Hargitay investigates the flaws in the US justice system that have allowed tens of thousands of rape kits to go untested for years. It’s a tough film to watch at times, especially as it highlights the issue through deeply personal and harrowing, first-person accounts from four women whose attacks are still fresh in their minds decades after the assaults due to a lack of closure. “I felt like my body was a crime scene,” one of the women recalls. CM Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) ★★★☆☆ Comedy Central, 9.00pm Will Ferrell fans will need little encouragement to lap up this affectionate send-up of Nascar racing, redneck culture and male bonding. Ferrell pays a Nascar speed-demon who is challenged by a gay, French Formula One driver (Sacha Baron Cohen), to see who is the ultimate racer. It’s a full throttle comedy that plays to Ferrell’s strengths. The Hills Have Eyes (2006) ★★★☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm French director Alexandre Aja makes his Hollywood debut with this grim but gripping remake of Wes Craven’s semi-cult horror film about a family battling a brood of mutants in the New Mexico desert. Aja ups the visceral violence, and the characters – including Ted Levine and Kathleen Quinlan as the parents – are sufficiently well-drawn to make the outcome shocking. The Ghost (2010) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor plays a talented ghost writer, who lands a lucrative contract to edit the memoirs of Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), the former UK Prime Minister, in this Roman Polanski adaptation of the Robert Harris novel. Soon after, Lang is accused of committing a war crime and the Ghost finds himself drawn into a world of dangerous secrets that put his life at risk. This is a deeply unsettling thriller. Friday 15 June One connected flow: Dan Jones on the Grand Union Canal Building Britain’s Canals Channel 5, 8.00pm His tattoos may have a nerdish medieval theme, but historian Dan Jones still seems too hip to be fronting a stuffy-sounding series about Britain’s iconic canals. Jones’s lively style and eye for interesting detail, however, keeps this subject surprisingly fresh, as he begins this three-part run with a look at the Grand Union Canal, the longest stretch of man-made waterway in Britain. It’s a story that reaches back 200 years, when the demands of the Industrial Revolution called for a speedy way to move goods between Birmingham and London, and the country’s engineering super-brains found ingenious means to link seven separate channels into one connected flow. As Jones explains, while the financial benefits were big, construction of the Grand Union was time consuming and dangerous. The 12-year stop-start struggle to complete the technically complex Blisworth Hill tunnel, for example, saw the deaths of up to 60 workers. Unable to compete with the advent of the speedy steam train, the Grand Union itself soon declined too. The canal is now a source of summertime pleasure, so this is a welcome reminder of its once vital purpose. Toby Dantzic Queer Eye Netflix, from today The success of this heart-warming makeover series, which returned to much acclaim earlier this year, was something of a surprise. Netflix then have been quick to capitalise, snappily rolling out another run barely four months later, with the likeable quintet all returning for more lifestyle revamping. Details are so far scant, but the show’s culture guru Karamo Brown has hinted that women and the trans community could be featured. World Cup 2018: Portugal v Spain BBC One, 6.20pm The pick of this week’s World Cup matches happens on day two at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi and comes from Group B. Expect a tense affair as Spain, who suffered the ignominy of failing to make it to the knockout rounds four years ago, take on their bitter rivals Portugal. The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Former footballer Dennis Wise heads the team of celebrity hopefuls, joined by Katie Price, Roman Kemp, Bez and Binky Felstead.Wise struggles with a fiendish skill game, while a number-based challenge sets Felstead’s head spinning. Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Jane McDonald wraps up her Antipodean adventure in New Zealand’s North Island. She rubs noses with a Maori tribe in Napier, explores Rotorua’s dramatic geothermal landscapes and views Auckland’s skyline from a helicopter. Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.40pm This is a final bout of topical treats from veteran impressionist Tracey Ullman. Favourites Angela Merkel and Rupert Murdoch get a look in, alongside more takes on Jeremy Corbyn, Michael Gove and Nanny, the dedicated carer of Jacob Rees-Mogg. Africa: A Journey Into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm Apart from the occasional act on Later… with Jools Holland, world music doesn’t get much airtime on our TVs, so this beguiling series helmed by DJ Rita Ray offers a welcome insight into its traditions. For her final foray, Ray heads to Mali, home to more Grammy award-winning artists than any other African country. From her attempts at a sinuous wedding dance to meeting renowned harp player Toumani Diabaté, Ray’s journey is full of stirring encounters. TD Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive Channel 5, 10.00pm A fitting reminder of Dale Winton’s easy-going charm, this swansong travelogue series resumes after a hiatus with our host in ocean-front Miami. Highlights include a trip to Little Havana, the city’s Cuban quarter, and a look at fashion designer Versace’s opulent former home. TD Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm In a similar but distinct way to Ridley Scott’s masterful original, Blade Runner 2049 mulls one of the meatiest questions around: is surface all that there is, or do life’s currents run deeper than the things we can see, hear and touch? Denis Villeneuve’s film toys with both options, making neither a comfort – and in the process, maps out a provocative blockbuster. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford star. Red (2010) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm A starry line-up of actors of pensionable age is the attraction of this light-hearted adaptation of Warren Ellis’s graphic novel, and it’s hard to resist Helen Mirren with a submachine gun. RED stands for “Retired Extremely Dangerous”, which is what the CIA has labelled former agents Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Mirren, who team up to find out who has marked them for assassination, and why. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) ★★★★★ Channel 4, 11.40pm Soaked in sex, drugs and scandal, Martin Scorsese’s epic is based on the memoir of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who spent the Nineties illegally amassing a vast personal fortune. With a fantastic performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, this morally bankrupt romp was lauded by audiences and critics alike. Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie co-star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: The Crystal Maze, Sense8 and Arctic Monkeys Live at the BBC
Friday 8 June The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Channel 4’s successful reboot of the cult Eighties series continues its golden run of form with another charity special featuring people who, in the words of Maze Master Richard Ayoade, “we have all agreed, for some reason, to call… celebrities”. Ayoade is unstinting in his good-natured jibes, and his targets are equally obliging in laughing them off: this time around, it’s Olympians Kelly Holmes and Greg Rutherford, Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter, YouTube vlogger Alfie Deyes and grime MC Big Narstie. The latter comes in for the roughest ride, and indeed you may not see a more agonising sequence all year than Big Narstie wrestling with Jarhead’s (Adam Buxton) not-enormously taxing riddles, but his utter delight at being involved (“I’m GASSED!”) earns him a pass. The tasks are the usual ingenious grab-bag, honouring the heritage of the series while also advancing it, from the daft (balancing on space hoppers) to the fiendish (blowing a ball around a maze with “directional guffs” from an air pump). For his part, Ayoade once again proves himself the natural heir to Richard O’Brien in surreal wit (pace Ed Tudor-Pole and Stephan Merchant), and the cause, Stand Up 2 Cancer, is unimpeachable. GT Dispatches: After Grenfell Channel 4, 7.30pm In spite of a wealth of promises in the wake of the catastrophic fire in Grenfell Tower, claims abound that too many of the country’s tower blocks remain unsafe. Ed Howker investigates whether expert advice has been heeded and looks at the risks, both existing and newly discovered, for the tower’s residents. GT Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Channel 5’s first-ever Bafta-winning show returns for a trip down under, with former cruise ship singer Jane McDonald exploring Sydney, Tasmania, Dunedin and Christchurch. GT Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm Ullman continues to play to her strengths with her roll call of uncanny impersonations of famous people. Theresa May, Angela Merkle and Nicola Sturgeon are back, along with her bizarrely convincing Michael Gove, while Jacob Rees-Mogg (Liam Hourican) and his Nanny (Ullman) endure yet more humiliation. GT Arctic Monkeys Live at the BBC BBC Two, 11.05pm Alex Turner and his band play selections from their divisive new album, Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino, as well as a few oldies, including A Certain Romance, to reassure their more conservative fans. GT Cloak and Dagger Amazon Prime, from today Marvel’s latest TV offering is this teen series in which Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) discover new, mysteriously connected superpowers. GT Sense8 Netflix, from today The Wachowskis’ kaleidoscopic saga ends with a two-hour episode created after its fans demanded closure when the series was axed. With Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) missing, Capheus (Toby Onwumere) running for office, Sun Bak (Bae Doona) on the run and the mysterious Chairman still at large, there’s no shortage of loose ends. GT The Staircase Netflix, from today This 2004 eight-parter documented the 16-year court battle over the fate of novelist Michael Peterson, accused of pushing his wife down the stairs to her death. Landing on Netflix with new, equally gripping episodes, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s series is both the old and the new Making a Murderer. GT The Way Way Back (2013) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.55pm This coming-of-age story feels like familiar terrain, but it’s agreeably done. Duncan (Liam James) learns about life, love and self-esteem from a gang of water-park employees, including the excellent Sam Rockwell, when forced to go on holiday with his mother (Toni Collette) and her boyfriend (Steve Carrell). The script flows and there’s enough melancholy and edge to the overall comic tone for its charm to prevail. Bend It Like Beckham (2002) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.45pm Keira Knightley’s career kicked off with this feelgood football-themed comedy drama from Bhaji on the Beach director Gurinder Chadha. She stars alongside Parminder Nagra as one of two 18-year-old girls who set out to make it as professional footballers, despite their families’ best efforts to stop them. Next of Kin’s Archie Panjabi and Shaznay Lewis (of reunited Nineties girl band All Saints fame) co-star. Platoon (1986) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.00pm This is a chance to see a young Charlie Sheen at the start of his turbulent career. The horrors of the Vietnam War are seen through the prism of a fresh-faced college dropout (Sheen) who finds himself in the thick of battle while Willem Dafoe plays his sympathetic sergeant. Director Oliver Stone used his own experiences of serving in the US army during the war to inform this harrowing film that won four Oscars. Saturday 9 June Controversial: the writer and intellectual Germaine Greer is profiled Credit: BBC Germaine Bloody Greer BBC Two, 9.00pm The personal views of Germaine Greer once had a universality and pungency about them that the world so desperately needed. But her recent comments about rape, violence on TV and transpeople, by contrast, resemble self-important trolling: wilfully controversial, dreadfully retrograde and a blight on a considerable legacy. This thrilling profile is a reminder of why she still matters, albeit perhaps more for what she was than what she has become. Novelist Zoë Heller and journalist Rosie Boycott are among those singing her praises, while Greer herself proves as unable as ever to avoid calling out a daft question or savaging a sacred cow. The footage is exciting and superbly mounted by director Clare Beavan. Whether it’s Greer’s early films, her steadfastness in the face of the abuse sent her way after The Female Eunuch was published, and her evisceration of Norman Mailer during a famous 1971 set-to in New York, Greer remains a most rugged individual. “I don’t think Germaine and the word ‘sisterhood’ are natural bedfellows,” reckons Boycott. What about that legacy? “I don’t do regret and I don’t do things that I regret,” Greer concludes. By any standards, a remarkable life. Gabriel Tate Trooping the Colour BBC One, 10.30am Marking the official birthday of the Queen, the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards will conduct their annual pageant on Horse Guards Parade, introduced by Huw Edwards and with J J Chalmers offering behind-the-scenes insights. There are highlights at 7.30pm on BBC Two. French Open Tennis: The women’s final ITV, 1.30pm Action on the 14th day at Roland Garros features the women’s singles final in the second Grand Slam tournament of the year. Jelena Ostapenko met Simona Halep in last year’s showpiece match, where the Latvian defeated the number three seed 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to become the first person from her country to win a Grand Slam tournament and the first unseeded player to win the French Open since 1933. The men’s final, which was won for a record 10th time by Spaniard Rafael Nadal last year, takes place on Sunday at 1.30pm on ITV. Women’s International One-Day Cricket: England Women v South Africa Women Sky Sports Main Event, 1.30pm It’s the opening one-day international of the three-match series, which takes place at New Road in Worcester. Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor and Lauren Winfield all return to the England squad after missing out on the Indian tour. World Cup-winning duo Fran Wilson and Alex Hartley miss out, however. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm This afternoon England will be looking to dispatch the Springboks at a venue Eddie Jones has described as the “spiritual home of rugby”. They’ve not won at Ellis Park in Johannesburg since 1972 – their only triumph at the venue – and their last appearance here was a 36-27 defeat under Stuart Lancaster in 2012. Ellis Park was the setting for the Springboks’ World Cup final victory over New Zealand in 1995 and one of the sport’s finest moments – Nelson Mandela handing Francois Pienaar the Webb Ellis Cup. “It will be hostile but it’s fantastic and I am so excited about it,” says Jones. “In world rugby who do you want to beat? The Springboks at Ellis Park.” Owen Farrell will captain England, while the hugely talented New Zealand-born flanker Brad Shields is expected to play a part for the visitors. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 5.30pm; Scotland, 2.45pm After deconstructing the exploration documentary in the fascinating and alarming My Year with the Tribe, explorer Will Millard is on slightly surer ground with this new series in which he journeys down the River Wye. He begins his journey with a search for the river’s source on the slopes of Plynlimon, before he has an encounter with an entrepreneurial local sheep farmer. Take Me Out: Over 50s Special ITV, 8.00pm Three “older gentlemen” (I’m sure host Paddy McGuinness will make plenty of gags here) face 30 single “Golden Girls”, including a former nun and an ex-partner of action hero Jason Statham, in this one-off special of the ever-popular dating show. Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm After Hinterland and Keeping Faith comes the BBC’s latest Welsh language crime thriller. Hidden has a familiar set-up – the discovery of a young girl’s body in a disused quarry tears a small community apart – but Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies as DIs Cadi John and Owen Vaughan area leading pair to reckon with, and the atmosphere of unease benefits hugely from the mountainous surroundings. Come Together: the Rise of the Festival Sky Arts, 9.00pm The line-up for this documentary would grace any festival, with Pete Townshend and Noel Gallagher among the interviewees explaining the evolution of the modern music festival from its earliest jazz and blues incarnations in Newport, through the hippy beanfeasts of Monterey and Woodstock to Glastonbury and Coachella. There are also contributions from those who promote and document festivals, including Michael Eavis and D A Pennebaker. GT A Girl’s Guide to TV BBC Two, 10.00pm; not NI Comedian Rachel Parris of The Mash Report presents her typically tongue-in-cheek advice for women looking to get ahead in television. GT Maleficent (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 6.05pm Angelina Jolie stars as the titular Maleficent in Disney’s live-action reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, which follows her from a carefree fairy to Mistress of All Evil, muddling the distinction between hero and villain. Maleficent is happy in a kingdom of peculiar CGI beasts until her heart is broken by Stefan (Sharlto Copley), who inherits the throne. Seeking vengeance, she curses his baby, Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). Thor: The Dark World (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm This is a follow-up to the popular Norse god/superhero blockbuster. The rather flabby plot is alleviated by Chris Hemsworth’s hearty charisma, which provides frequent relief from Natalie Portman’s bland damsel-in-distress (attempts to beef up her character by making her an astrophysicist are undermined by her constant fainting). Highlights include Thor sliding down The Gherkin skyscraper. Made in Dagenham (2010) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.45pm Industrial action in pursuit of equal pay for women doesn’t sound too thrilling a subject, but Nigel Cole’s (Calendar Girls) film, based around the real-life strike from 1968, turns out to be a rousing crowd-pleaser. Sally Hawkins plays the reluctant ringleader of the workers who sew car seats at Ford’s Dagenham plant; Bob Hoskins is a union rep; Miranda Richardson is wonderful as Labour MP Barbara Castle. Sunday 10 June Smoldering: Aidan Turner returns as the eponymous hero Credit: BBC Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm Not since Daniel Craig emerged from the waves in Casino Royale has there been so much fuss over a pair of wet pecs. Yes, Poldark is back for a fourth series and star Aidan Turner bares his chest for the fans in an opening scene that, if nothing else, suggests that he’s spent a lot of time exercising since the end of series three. This opener finds our swashbuckling hero Ross Poldark (Turner) back in full-on Cornish crusader mode when, following a disturbance in Truro, he locks horns with old enemy George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) over the fate of three good pals accused of riot and murder. Meanwhile, his flame-haired wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) can’t fend off her intimate longings following that illicit clinch in the dunes with poetry-penning aristo Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse) – who, with the announcement of a general election, looks set to be diverted into a career at Westminster. But as Dr Dwight (Luke Norris) is at pains to point out, Armitage has a delicate constitution that might not suit the rough and tumble of parliamentary politics. Could Ross be persuaded to think again about throwing his hat in the ring? Gerard O’Donovan One-Day International Cricket: Scotland v England Sky Sports Main Event, 10.30am Having responded brilliantly to tie the Test series with Pakistan 1-1, England now turn their attention to Scotland, with this ODI at the Grange in Edinburgh. Songs of Praise BBC One, 1.25pm A year on from the Grenfell Tower disaster, Aled Jones presents a commemorative special edition exploring how the local community in North Kensington is coping and recovering. Britain Celebrates Live: 100 Years of Women’s Votes BBC One, 2.00pm Live coverage of today’s public processions through Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London to celebrate the centenary of women winning the right to vote. Tonight’s Antiques Roadshow, at 8pm, also takes up the theme, devoting its time to items with links to remarkable women. Formula 1: Canadian Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 5.30pm After a Monaco Grand Prix that left championship leader Lewis Hamilton, in his words, “cold”, all eyes are on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, where Daniel Riccardio will be aiming to win back-to-back races. Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 ITV, 6.30pm Live from Old Trafford, it’s the annual England v World XI charity football match between teams mixing celebrities and professional athletes. This year Robbie Williams’s England is taking on a team of international stars led by Usain Bolt. Other players include Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, and Eric Cantona, and there’s live music from Jessie Ware. Countryfile BBC One, 7.00pm The last of three specials heads for Sandringham in Norfolk, the most private of the Royal retreats. Matt Baker discovers one of the Queen’s less-known interests – racing pigeons – while Ellie Harrison learns more about her love of horses. GO Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s brilliantly judged bravura performance has been one of the television highlights of 2018. Tonight, he brings the series to an entertaining and emotionally charged close as Patrick, separated and back in London in 2006, hopes to put the past to rest following his mother’s funeral. Cosby: The Women Speak Sony Crime Channel, 9.00pm Following Bill Cosby’s conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, here’s another opportunity to see the A&E network’s 2015 one-hour special in which the extent of the allegations against the former TV icon for predatory sexual behaviour came to light. Over a dozen of the 50-plus women who accused him of rape and sexual assault going back decades talk of their experiences on screen for the first time, and how statute of limitation laws threatened to deprive them of justice. GO Despicable Me 2 (2013) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 5.10pm Despicable Me, 2010’s animated supervillain comedy, had a neat enough premise. It’s gone in this sequel, though, as Steve Carell’s bald antihero, Gru, is now a reformed soul, occupied with childcare rather than dastardly plots to steal the moon. Gru’s Minions – those knee-high yellow Tic-Tacs – provide the film’s one inspired idea as they’re injected with mutating serum by the film’s mystery baddy. Hulk (2003) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.15pm Ang Lee’s dark and stylised version (a split screen mimics the panels of a comic book page) of the Incredible Hulk’s adventures is one of the best and underrated Marvel adaptations, even if it’s too complex at times. Eric Bana stars as Bruce, a scientist who’s exposed to gamma radiation and becomes a not-so-jolly green giant. This is a rampaging tale with bold special effects. Jennifer Connolly co-stars as his love interest. It (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen King’s evil clown tale is no laughing matter. First a Warners miniseries in 1990, starring an unforgettable Tim Curry, and now a two-part film version. Here we continue the terrifying tale of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), but jump forward three decades to the summer of 1988, buying into the current vogue for Eighties teen-flick nostalgia. The scary stuff is petrifying when it peaks. Monday 11 June Community spirit: those affected by the fire tell their stories Credit: BBC Grenfell BBC One, 8.30pm Bafta-winning director Ben Anthony’s unmissable documentary about last year’s Grenfell Tower tragedy opens with a sea of faces, all of which gain poignant individual focus as the film progresses. The blaze at the 24-storey block of public housing in the London borough of Kensington, which resulted in 72 deaths, left a lasting impression in those featured here as each person tells their unique story about the horrific events and their impact. Survivors who lost their homes, the bereaved, bystanders and police all share their stories, although it’s a surprising omission that the firefighters who witnessed the horrors first hand don’t offer their account. Split screens give multiple perspectives on the same moment, and what starts out as a patchwork of personal experience knits together into a mighty whole, the collective voice of a community broken but defiant. In fact, much of the film focuses on the efforts of those affected to unite in the face of seeming indifference from the local council, who also have their say. As the ongoing inquiry continues, this devastating account offers a damning testament of its own, rife with accusations of injustice and neglect, underpinned by blistering rage and grief. Toby Dantzic Fight Like a Girl BBC One, 7.30pm The ferocious sport of female wrestling comes under the spotlight with this lively film following Scottish fighter Kimberly Benson. She combines a gruelling training regime with her daytime job, as she aims for her first world title in Japan. Long Lost Family: What Happened Next ITV, 9.00pm Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall catch up with families they’ve reunited. Cathie Cutler Evans, who met her half-sister in 2016, has found joy in her extended clan. But for Maureen Charlton, separated from her brother Michael for 40 years, progress been painstaking. Dan Snow’s Norman Walks PBS America, 9.00pm Dan Snow sorts fact from fiction as he investigates the history of Norman Britain in this new series. He starts off on the Sussex coast, where aided by evidence from the Bayeux Tapestry, he pieces together William the Conqueror’s 11th-century coastal invasion. Flowers Channel 4, 10.00pm Will Sharpe’s gloriously dark comedy about a dysfunctional family returns with a double bill, then continues each night this week. A seemingly chipper Maurice (Julian Bennett) and Deborah (Olivia Colman) are on a caravanning holiday, while daughter Amy (Sophia di Martino) has a brash new girlfriend. Storyville: City Of Ghosts BBC Four, 10.30pm There are images of death in Matthew Heineman’s film so harrowing that it’s hard to keep watching, but these are the sights that Heineman’s subject, rebel group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered, face daily. The renegade collective have made it their task to secretly film the atrocities committed by Isil in the Syrian city of Raqqa, and show the rest of the world the reality of the regime. It’s an astonishing act of citizen-led journalism, and the participants’ fear and grief, as well as their sense of purpose, are starkly captured in Heineman’s blunt and brutal chronicle of a city in turmoil. TD Prisons Uncovered: Out Of Control? ITV, 10.45pm; Scotland, 11.05pm; Wales, 11.15pm; not UTV In 2016, HMP Birmingham saw the worst prison riot for 25 years, in which 600 inmates were freed from their cells. This sobering documentary looks at the factors behind the incident and reflects on the prison system. TD Our Kind of Traitor (2016) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor stars in this so-so John le Carré adaptation as poetry lecturer Perry Makepeace, who becomes embroiled in negotiations to bring Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), a well-connected Russian oligarch, into the fold of British intelligence. Skarsgård is the standout here, charging into his role with pungency, playing Dima as a bedraggled beast of Moscow’s criminal underworld. The Shining (1980) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Set in a deserted hotel that’s in the care of writer Jack (Jack Nicholson) and his family for the winter, Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant psycho-horror, based on the novel by Stephen King, is subtly unsettling. But it’s stuffed, too, with unforgettable nerve-jangling shocks, including the moment when the crazed Jack smashes his way through a door with an axe as his wife (Shelley Duvall) cowers in the corner. Teen Wolf (1985) ★★★☆☆ 5STAR, 12.10am Critics howled at this preposterous teenage comedy but audiences loved it, perhaps because it came out shortly after its star Michael J Fox’s finest hour: Back to the Future. The plot – in which Fox’s likeable nerd morphs into a basketball-playing werewolf – is almost as unlikely as the fact that he still looked fresh out of the 11th grade at the ripe old age of 25. An unparalleled analysis of puberty and adolescence. Tuesday 12 June Hitting the books: Tanisha is a pupil at Townley Grammar Credit: BBC Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland & Wales, 11.15pm Jamie Pickup’s series has walked a tightrope with considerable skill, highlighting the inarguable inequities of our educational system that favours a selective approach, while also acknowledging its considerable benefits and observing the situation from the points of view of both pupils and teachers. It concludes with mock GCSE exams approaching and students at Erith School, a secondary modern, and neighbouring institution Townley Grammar, having to assess their suitability for further education. Some, it’s fair to say, are taking it more seriously than others. Townley pupil Tanisha is underperforming and low on confidence, yet keen to raise her game and nurtured by staff aware of her limitations and capabilities. At Erith, meanwhile, Denisa is angling for a place in Townley Sixth Form and seems more than capable of attaining it, but staffing shortages are crippling science classes amid an endless round of supply teachers and stand-ins. “It keeps me awake at night,” says the admirable faculty head Mr Appiah-Gates. It’s a desperately difficult situation and one that reaches an unexpected conclusion, as common ground is found between two unlikely bedfellows. Gabriel Tate The Champions Netflix, from today Created by Mindy Kaling, this new NBC sitcom plays a bachelor gym owner (Anders Holm) off against his gay, estranged son-cum-new flatmate (the brilliant J J Totah). Smartly written and nimbly performed, it’s a solid mainstream hit. Ackley Bridge Channel 4, 8.00pm Matt Evans and Penny Woolcock continue to keep an implausible number of plates spinning as the fizzy pre-watershed drama continues to conduct its handbrake narrative turns. Both Jordan (Samuel Bottomley) and Missy (Poppy Lee Friar) handle cash shortages in an equally desperate manner, and the arrival of Steve’s ex Claire (Kimberly Walsh) puts head teacher Mandy’s (Jo Joyner) nose out of joint. Our Girl BBC One, 9.00pm Georgie (Michelle Keegan) learns an astonishing secret about the local crime boss, before a major rescue operation begins as the flawed but well-meaning military drama continues. Flights from Hell: Caught on Camera ITV, 9.00pm ITV lays down its prime-time weapons as the World Cup looms, as demonstrated by this daft three-part series of incidents filmed at 30,000 feet. These include what an engine explosion feels like to those on board the plane to the impact of volcanic ash and an extraordinarily dramatic landing. Seeing Daylight: the Photography of Dorothy Bohm Sky Arts, 9.00pm Arriving in England in 1939 to escape the Nazis, Dorothy Bohm became a pioneer of street photography and portraiture of deep humanity. This profile examines her life and work. Elvis: the Searcher Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Based on Peter Guralnick’s epochal two-part biography, Thom Zimny’s HBO epic is a treat, focusing as much on Presley the man as Elvis the icon, Part one follows him out of Tupelo, into Sun Records and on to the US army, with part two’s fall, rise and fall again airing Wednesday at 10.00pm. GT Ugly Me: My Life with Body Dysmorphia BBC One, 10.45pm; NI, 11.10pm; Scot, 11.45pm First shown on BBC Three, this harrowing film follows 29-year-old Liane, seeking treatment for the titular condition which has left her self-worth in tatters. GT Field of Dreams (1989) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.50pm Kevin Costner clearly likes a baseball movie – he’s made five of them. In this one he’s an Iowa farmer instructed by a mysterious voice to build a baseball pitch in the middle of a cornfield, which is soon occupied by a gang of ghostly players from the past. Enjoyably dotty, and responsible for the misquote, “If you build it, they will come” – it’s actually “he will come” – the fantasy is elevated by brilliant performances all around. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm The fifth film in the Die Hard franchise takes place in Russia, where our hero, Bruce Willis’s now grizzled John McClane, arrives in Moscow to hunt for his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney). McClane suspects that he may have become a drug dealer, but it transpires he is in fact working undercover for the CIA, and Dad blunders in on him mid-mission. An enjoyable but clunky thriller. The Departed (2006) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Nothing beats watching a great director in his comfort zone. Martin Scorsese’s gangland thriller – the film that finally won him an Oscar – is riveting. The plot revolves around the local police force’s efforts to stamp out Boston crime lord Frank Costello (a magnificently malevolent Jack Nicholson). There are powerhouse performances, too, from Leonardo Di Caprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. Wednesday 13 June From Russia with love: David Dimbleby Credit: BBC Putin’s Russia with David Dimbleby BBC One, 9.00pm, Wales, 11.05pm “In a democracy if you fail to deliver on economic promises, if you surround yourself with cronies and use the law to suppress opposition, you would rightly be thrown out on your ear. But this is Russia, they do things differently here…” So begins David Dimbleby’s thoughtful film in which – as the eyes of the world turn towards Moscow for the 2018 World Cup football tournament – he takes the opportunity to cast an eye over Vladimir Putin’s 18 years as leader and assess the state of Russia today, especially in regard to the West. What he finds is a country in deep economic crisis yet with a people that seem to happily hero-worship Putin and mostly accept a state machine that controls almost every aspect of their lives with the willing assistance of security services, media, military and church. Dimbleby meets ordinary contented Russians as well as protesters, human rights lawyers, journalists and official spokespeople, coming away with a sense, ultimately, that Putin’s popularity is rooted in his strongman image and media-backed levels of suspicion and hostility towards the West unseen since the end of the Cold War. Gerard O’Donovan The Fight for Women’s Bodies BBC Three, from 10.00am Following the landmark vote to legalise abortion in the Republic of Ireland, Ellie Flynn looks back at the issues through the eyes of campaigners on both sides. Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow Channel 4, 8.00pm Here is a visit to the Isle of Wight, where Peter Snow and his team set out to restore an 1864 wooden train carriage that has served as a holiday chalet since it was decommissioned in the Twenties. Before Grenfell: A Hidden History BBC Two, 9.00pm A year since the Grenfell Tower fire, residents of Kensington relate how the London borough has become the most unequal place in Britain, with the gap between rich and poor once again as extreme as in the 1860s when developers first built housing for the rich in Notting Hill next to the worst slum in London. Can Science Make Me Perfect? With Alice Roberts BBC Four, 9.00pm Millions of years have gone into the human body: lots of great evolutionary adaptations but lots of imperfections, too. In a film that’s as entertaining as it is instructive, anatomist Alice Roberts takes on a challenge to design a better body than the one we get at birth. The Fast Fix: Diabetes ITV, 9.00pm Anita Rani presents a new two-part series exploring whether it is possible for people suffering from type 2 diabetes to reverse the condition by adhering to a radical diet. By consuming just 800 calories a day, can they “fast themselves better”? Concludes tomorrow Big Beasts: Last of the Giants Sky One, 9.00pm Biologist Patrick Aryee explores why size matters in the natural world. Beginning in the Americas, he checks out the planet’s largest predator, the sperm whale; comes face to face with a grizzly bear and gets rather too close to an anaconda that’s as long as a bus. GO How to Start an Airline Channel 4, 10.30pm This documentary follows Bangladeshi-British entrepreneur Kazi Shafiqur Rahman as he attempts to break into the fiercely competitive airline industry while also fulfilling the demands of his faith by insisting that the airline must comply with the teachings of Islam. GO Regarding Henry (1991) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 6.50pm Telling the story of a hotshot lawyer (Harrison Ford) who learns to question his values after a head injury, this film formed a companion piece to Wolf (1994), with Jack Nicholson as a publisher who is bitten by a wolf and turns into a boardroom predator. Directed by Mike Nichols, whose Oscar-winning movie The Graduate was a cinematic landmark of the 1960s, it’s a bit of an embarrassment, but interesting nevertheless. Source Code (2011) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Jake Gyllenhaal repeatedly finds himself reliving the last eight minutes in the life of a man on board a train which is about to be destroyed by a bomb as part of an experiment. Meanwhile, scientists Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright are monitoring Gyllenhaal’s exploits. Duncan Jones confirmed the promise of his directing debut Moon with this thrilling whodunit, which also serves as a moving meditation on life. Beetlejuice (1988) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Michael Keaton is an actor of rare versatility (as his triumphant role in Birdman proved). In this cult, Oscar-winning film by Tim Burton, Keaton shines as a con artist ghost called Beetlejuice, who aims to help two other ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to scare the obnoxious new residents out of their old house. But he then falls for lovely goth Lydia (Winona Ryder), the family’s daughter. Thursday 14 June It’s kicking off: Mark Pugatch (centre) leads ITV’s presenting team Credit: ITV FIFA World Cup 2018: Opening Ceremony ITV, 2.30pm Regardless of how you think Russia got to be awarded the 21st staging of football’s biggest tournament (by corrupt means or otherwise), it’s time to cast those aspersions aside because the Russia 2018 championship is here. But, two hours before a ball is kicked, the opening ceremony marks the official start of the highest prize in football. And as we all know, entertaining opening ceremonies can be a great curtain-raiser for sport events, if they are done well – think the London 2012 Olympics. This one takes place at the 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium, which is the jewel in Russia’s crown of stadiums and will also host the final on July 15. Mark Pougatch presents the live coverage of the ceremony, which is headlined by actor and rapper Will Smith and Nicky Jam, who will perform Live It Up, the official World Cup song, which has received mixed reviews. As well as that, the ceremony will include local performers showing off different aspects of Russian culture, with gymnasts and trampolinists in among the fireworks and performances on display. The matches get under way following the ceremony with the host nation against Saudi Arabia. Clive Morgan Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm While the BBC’s post-Bake Off cookery contest may not have set the world alight, it’s given the judges plenty to get their teeth into. This week, it’s the final, and three challenges stand between the contestants and the title: a summer favourite, their best main course and a pudding. Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm After three weeks of cute animals, Springwatch comes to an end with Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and co reliving this year’s best moments at Sherborne Park Estate. The Trouble with Women with Anne Robinson BBC One, 9.00pm As a journalist and TV presenter, Anne Robinson shattered the glass ceiling as she built her career. She imagined that now, 50 years later, we’d be much closer to achieving equality than we are. With the ongoing discussions about gender pay, Robinson asks women around the UK what’s preventing parity? Inside HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs Channel 5, 9.00pm Wormwood Scrubs has had some infamous inmates: from serial killers Ian Brady and Peter Sutcliffe to rockers Pete Docherty and Keith Richards. This documentary exploring the prison’s history tells the stories of a Soviet spy who escaped from the jail and its best-known inmate, Charles Bronson. CM Missions BBC Four, 10.00pm and 10.20pm The absorbing French sci-fi drama about the first manned mission to Mars concludes with its final double header. This week, psychiatrist Jeanne (Hélène Viviès) discovers the reason behind cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov’s (Arben Bajraktaraj) mission. I Am Evidence Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm Even though Mariska Hargitay spent almost 20 years as crime fighter Olivia Benson in Law & Order: SVU, nothing prepared her for what she was to learn in real life. In this shocking documentary, Hargitay investigates the flaws in the US justice system that have allowed tens of thousands of rape kits to go untested for years. It’s a tough film to watch at times, especially as it highlights the issue through deeply personal and harrowing, first-person accounts from four women whose attacks are still fresh in their minds decades after the assaults due to a lack of closure. “I felt like my body was a crime scene,” one of the women recalls. CM Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) ★★★☆☆ Comedy Central, 9.00pm Will Ferrell fans will need little encouragement to lap up this affectionate send-up of Nascar racing, redneck culture and male bonding. Ferrell pays a Nascar speed-demon who is challenged by a gay, French Formula One driver (Sacha Baron Cohen), to see who is the ultimate racer. It’s a full throttle comedy that plays to Ferrell’s strengths. The Hills Have Eyes (2006) ★★★☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm French director Alexandre Aja makes his Hollywood debut with this grim but gripping remake of Wes Craven’s semi-cult horror film about a family battling a brood of mutants in the New Mexico desert. Aja ups the visceral violence, and the characters – including Ted Levine and Kathleen Quinlan as the parents – are sufficiently well-drawn to make the outcome shocking. The Ghost (2010) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor plays a talented ghost writer, who lands a lucrative contract to edit the memoirs of Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), the former UK Prime Minister, in this Roman Polanski adaptation of the Robert Harris novel. Soon after, Lang is accused of committing a war crime and the Ghost finds himself drawn into a world of dangerous secrets that put his life at risk. This is a deeply unsettling thriller. Friday 15 June One connected flow: Dan Jones on the Grand Union Canal Building Britain’s Canals Channel 5, 8.00pm His tattoos may have a nerdish medieval theme, but historian Dan Jones still seems too hip to be fronting a stuffy-sounding series about Britain’s iconic canals. Jones’s lively style and eye for interesting detail, however, keeps this subject surprisingly fresh, as he begins this three-part run with a look at the Grand Union Canal, the longest stretch of man-made waterway in Britain. It’s a story that reaches back 200 years, when the demands of the Industrial Revolution called for a speedy way to move goods between Birmingham and London, and the country’s engineering super-brains found ingenious means to link seven separate channels into one connected flow. As Jones explains, while the financial benefits were big, construction of the Grand Union was time consuming and dangerous. The 12-year stop-start struggle to complete the technically complex Blisworth Hill tunnel, for example, saw the deaths of up to 60 workers. Unable to compete with the advent of the speedy steam train, the Grand Union itself soon declined too. The canal is now a source of summertime pleasure, so this is a welcome reminder of its once vital purpose. Toby Dantzic Queer Eye Netflix, from today The success of this heart-warming makeover series, which returned to much acclaim earlier this year, was something of a surprise. Netflix then have been quick to capitalise, snappily rolling out another run barely four months later, with the likeable quintet all returning for more lifestyle revamping. Details are so far scant, but the show’s culture guru Karamo Brown has hinted that women and the trans community could be featured. World Cup 2018: Portugal v Spain BBC One, 6.20pm The pick of this week’s World Cup matches happens on day two at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi and comes from Group B. Expect a tense affair as Spain, who suffered the ignominy of failing to make it to the knockout rounds four years ago, take on their bitter rivals Portugal. The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Former footballer Dennis Wise heads the team of celebrity hopefuls, joined by Katie Price, Roman Kemp, Bez and Binky Felstead.Wise struggles with a fiendish skill game, while a number-based challenge sets Felstead’s head spinning. Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Jane McDonald wraps up her Antipodean adventure in New Zealand’s North Island. She rubs noses with a Maori tribe in Napier, explores Rotorua’s dramatic geothermal landscapes and views Auckland’s skyline from a helicopter. Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.40pm This is a final bout of topical treats from veteran impressionist Tracey Ullman. Favourites Angela Merkel and Rupert Murdoch get a look in, alongside more takes on Jeremy Corbyn, Michael Gove and Nanny, the dedicated carer of Jacob Rees-Mogg. Africa: A Journey Into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm Apart from the occasional act on Later… with Jools Holland, world music doesn’t get much airtime on our TVs, so this beguiling series helmed by DJ Rita Ray offers a welcome insight into its traditions. For her final foray, Ray heads to Mali, home to more Grammy award-winning artists than any other African country. From her attempts at a sinuous wedding dance to meeting renowned harp player Toumani Diabaté, Ray’s journey is full of stirring encounters. TD Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive Channel 5, 10.00pm A fitting reminder of Dale Winton’s easy-going charm, this swansong travelogue series resumes after a hiatus with our host in ocean-front Miami. Highlights include a trip to Little Havana, the city’s Cuban quarter, and a look at fashion designer Versace’s opulent former home. TD Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm In a similar but distinct way to Ridley Scott’s masterful original, Blade Runner 2049 mulls one of the meatiest questions around: is surface all that there is, or do life’s currents run deeper than the things we can see, hear and touch? Denis Villeneuve’s film toys with both options, making neither a comfort – and in the process, maps out a provocative blockbuster. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford star. Red (2010) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm A starry line-up of actors of pensionable age is the attraction of this light-hearted adaptation of Warren Ellis’s graphic novel, and it’s hard to resist Helen Mirren with a submachine gun. RED stands for “Retired Extremely Dangerous”, which is what the CIA has labelled former agents Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Mirren, who team up to find out who has marked them for assassination, and why. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) ★★★★★ Channel 4, 11.40pm Soaked in sex, drugs and scandal, Martin Scorsese’s epic is based on the memoir of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who spent the Nineties illegally amassing a vast personal fortune. With a fantastic performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, this morally bankrupt romp was lauded by audiences and critics alike. Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie co-star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show BBC Two, 7.00pm; not Scotland or Wales Anyone mourning the end of the Chelsea Flower Show can seek solace in the RHS’s newest horticultural event, the Chatsworth Flower Show. Although its debut last year was marred by inclement weather, the event deserves to become a magnet for enthusiasts, its USP being its setting in the glorious Capability Brown-designed gardens of Derbyshire’s most famous stately home. This year’s occasion features a show-stopping installation of more than 100 varieties of orchid, a floral river display of 12,000 Cosmos, and eight art installations dotted among the 1,000-acre estate. We begin with Gardeners’ World favourites Carol Klein, Adam Frost and Arit Anderson giving us an overview of the five-day event. Among the five show gardens, the most intriguing-sounding are Elspeth Stockwell’s John Deere Garden, which celebrates 100 years of tractors, and Chris Myers’ Hay Time in the Dales, which is a celebration of wildflower meadows. The gardening experts ask whether conifers are coming back into fashion and explore Chatsworth’s rich orchid history – the Victorian head gardener Joseph Paxton introduced 80 species there. If the weather holds, RHS Chatsworth should become a jewel in the RHS crown. VP Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This over-egged cookery contest, with too many judges, hasn’t recreated Great British Bake Off’s magic, but goes down easily enough. This week, the five remaining amateurs create a sharing feast and a dish of squid or mackerel. VP Supershoppers Channel 4, 8.00pm This perky take on the consumer show, hosted by Anna Richardson and Sabrina Grant, storms back with an item attacking John Lewis. They argue that the department store’s price promise can’t always be believed, alongside other items looking at faddy dairy-free milks and battery life. VP Secrets of the Chocolate Factory: Inside Cadbury Channel 5, 9.00pm This breezy documentary looks at the history of our favourite chocolate brand, from its founding as a well-meaning Victorian social experiment to the hostile takeover by Kraft in 2010. It’s packed fuller than a Fruit & Nut bar with fascinating titbits, making it a satisfying treat. VP Mock the Week BBC Two, 10.00pm TV’s most competitive panel show is back to take a sideways look at the news, with James Acaster and Zoe Lyons among the stand-ups joining stalwart Hugh Dennis and host Dara O’Briain. Donald Trump and Brexit ensure there’s be no shortage of material. VP Quantico Alibi, 9.00pm Priyanka Chopra, a close friend of the duchess formerly known as Meghan Markle, guest stars in the third run of this crime thriller. This new series, set three years after the last, sees Chopra’s ex-FBI agent, Alex Parrish, living under a pseudonym, until men with guns find her. VP Billions Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm It’s a pleasure to watch Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis slug it out each week as hot-shot attorney Chuck and shady banker Axe in this drama about high finance. This week, Axe and Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon) fall out over her worth to the firm. VP Missions BBC Four, from 10.00pm Another double helping of the French sci-fi drama about the first manned mission to Mars, in bite-sized 25-minute chunks. This week, Jeanne (Hélène Viviès) wallows in memories of her father, while back in 1960s’ Moscow we meet Vladimir Komarov (Arben Bajraktaraj), who was a real cosmonaut. VP Two Rode Together (1961) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 12.20pm Working for the first time with director John Ford, James Stewart stars in this slow western, based on the novel Comanche Captives by Will Cook and which has thematic echoes of Ford’s The Searchers. Guthrie McCabe (Stewart) is a corrupt town marshal who is hired by a Cavalry lieutenant (Richard Widmark) to help rescue captives held by the Comanche in 1880s Texas. Shirley Jones co-stars. Calendar Girls (2003) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Greats, 6.00pm This gentle, eye-moistening comedy, which has been turned into a successful play, is based on the true story of a group of Women’s Institute members in Yorkshire who raised money for leukaemia research by posing naked for a calendar. Helen Mirren, Julie Walters and Celia Imrie are among the women stripping off (well, more or less: certain body parts are always obscured by tea- cups, cream buns, etc). The Karate Kid (1984) ★★★★☆ Comedy Central, 9.00pm One of the Eighties’ best-loved films, and far superior to the 2010 remake starring Jaden Smith (son of Will). It tells the story of bullied Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio), who’s taken under the wing of handyman Mr Miyagi (Pat Morita) and taught how to wash cars and paint fences. Of course, this turns out to be masterly martial arts training. Elisabeth Shue also stars as Larusso’s love interest Ali. Friday 8 June YouTube blogger Alfie Deyes, actress Jorgie Porter, long jumper Greg Rutherford, Dame Kelly Holmes, and MC Big Narstie take part in The Crystal Maze Credit: Channel 4 The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Channel 4’s successful reboot of the cult Eighties series continues its golden run of form with another charity special featuring people who, in the words of Maze Master Richard Ayoade, “we have all agreed, for some reason, to call… celebrities”. Ayoade is unstinting in his good-natured jibes, and his targets are equally obliging in laughing them off: this time around, it’s Olympians Kelly Holmes and Greg Rutherford, Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter, YouTube vlogger Alfie Deyes and grime MC Big Narstie. The latter comes in for the roughest ride, and indeed you may not see a more agonising sequence all year than Big Narstie wrestling with Jarhead’s (Adam Buxton) not-enormously taxing riddles, but his utter delight at being involved (“I’m GASSED!”) earns him a pass. The tasks are the usual ingenious grab-bag, honouring the heritage of the series while also advancing it, from the daft (balancing on space hoppers) to the fiendish (blowing a ball around a maze with “directional guffs” from an air pump). For his part, Ayoade once again proves himself the natural heir to Richard O’Brien in surreal wit (pace Ed Tudor-Pole and Stephan Merchant), and the cause, Stand Up 2 Cancer, is unimpeachable. GT Dispatches: After Grenfell Channel 4, 7.30pm In spite of a wealth of promises in the wake of the catastrophic fire in Grenfell Tower, claims abound that too many of the country’s tower blocks remain unsafe. Ed Howker investigates whether expert advice has been heeded and looks at the risks, both existing and newly discovered, for the tower’s residents. GT Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Channel 5’s first-ever Bafta-winning show returns for a trip down under, with former cruise ship singer Jane McDonald exploring Sydney, Tasmania, Dunedin and Christchurch. GT Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm Ullman continues to play to her strengths with her roll call of uncanny impersonations of famous people. Theresa May, Angela Merkle and Nicola Sturgeon are back, along with her bizarrely convincing Michael Gove, while Jacob Rees-Mogg (Liam Hourican) and his Nanny (Ullman) endure yet more humiliation. GT Arctic Monkeys Live at the BBC BBC Two, 11.05pm Alex Turner and his band play selections from their divisive new album, Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino, as well as a few oldies, including A Certain Romance, to reassure their more conservative fans. GT Cloak and Dagger Amazon Prime, from today Marvel’s latest TV offering is this teen series in which Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) discover new, mysteriously connected superpowers. GT Sense8 Netflix, from today The Wachowskis’ kaleidoscopic saga ends with a two-hour episode created after its fans demanded closure when the series was axed. With Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) missing, Capheus (Toby Onwumere) running for office, Sun Bak (Bae Doona) on the run and the mysterious Chairman still at large, there’s no shortage of loose ends. GT The Staircase Netflix, from today This 2004 eight-parter documented the 16-year court battle over the fate of novelist Michael Peterson, accused of pushing his wife down the stairs to her death. Landing on Netflix with new, equally gripping episodes, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s series is both the old and the new Making a Murderer. GT The Way Way Back (2013) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.55pm This coming-of-age story feels like familiar terrain, but it’s agreeably done. Duncan (Liam James) learns about life, love and self-esteem from a gang of water-park employees, including the excellent Sam Rockwell, when forced to go on holiday with his mother (Toni Collette) and her boyfriend (Steve Carrell). The script flows and there’s enough melancholy and edge to the overall comic tone for its charm to prevail. Bend It Like Beckham (2002) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.45pm Keira Knightley’s career kicked off with this feelgood football-themed comedy drama from Bhaji on the Beach director Gurinder Chadha. She stars alongside Parminder Nagra as one of two 18-year-old girls who set out to make it as professional footballers, despite their families’ best efforts to stop them. Next of Kin’s Archie Panjabi and Shaznay Lewis (of reunited Nineties girl band All Saints fame) co-star. Platoon (1986) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.00pm This is a chance to see a young Charlie Sheen at the start of his turbulent career. The horrors of the Vietnam War are seen through the prism of a fresh-faced college dropout (Sheen) who finds himself in the thick of battle while Willem Dafoe plays his sympathetic sergeant. Director Oliver Stone used his own experiences of serving in the US army during the war to inform this harrowing film that won four Oscars. Saturday 9 June Controversial: the writer and intellectual Germaine Greer is profiled Credit: BBC Germaine Bloody Greer BBC Two, 9.00pm The personal views of Germaine Greer once had a universality and pungency about them that the world so desperately needed. But her recent comments about rape, violence on TV and transpeople, by contrast, resemble self-important trolling: wilfully controversial, dreadfully retrograde and a blight on a considerable legacy. This thrilling profile is a reminder of why she still matters, albeit perhaps more for what she was than what she has become. Novelist Zoë Heller and journalist Rosie Boycott are among those singing her praises, while Greer herself proves as unable as ever to avoid calling out a daft question or savaging a sacred cow. The footage is exciting and superbly mounted by director Clare Beavan. Whether it’s Greer’s early films, her steadfastness in the face of the abuse sent her way after The Female Eunuch was published, and her evisceration of Norman Mailer during a famous 1971 set-to in New York, Greer remains a most rugged individual. “I don’t think Germaine and the word ‘sisterhood’ are natural bedfellows,” reckons Boycott. What about that legacy? “I don’t do regret and I don’t do things that I regret,” Greer concludes. By any standards, a remarkable life. Gabriel Tate Trooping the Colour BBC One, 10.30am Marking the official birthday of the Queen, the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards will conduct their annual pageant on Horse Guards Parade, introduced by Huw Edwards and with J J Chalmers offering behind-the-scenes insights. There are highlights at 7.30pm on BBC Two. French Open Tennis: The women’s final ITV, 1.30pm Action on the 14th day at Roland Garros features the women’s singles final in the second Grand Slam tournament of the year. Jelena Ostapenko met Simona Halep in last year’s showpiece match, where the Latvian defeated the number three seed 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to become the first person from her country to win a Grand Slam tournament and the first unseeded player to win the French Open since 1933. The men’s final, which was won for a record 10th time by Spaniard Rafael Nadal last year, takes place on Sunday at 1.30pm on ITV. Women’s International One-Day Cricket: England Women v South Africa Women Sky Sports Main Event, 1.30pm It’s the opening one-day international of the three-match series, which takes place at New Road in Worcester. Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor and Lauren Winfield all return to the England squad after missing out on the Indian tour. World Cup-winning duo Fran Wilson and Alex Hartley miss out, however. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm This afternoon England will be looking to dispatch the Springboks at a venue Eddie Jones has described as the “spiritual home of rugby”. They’ve not won at Ellis Park in Johannesburg since 1972 – their only triumph at the venue – and their last appearance here was a 36-27 defeat under Stuart Lancaster in 2012. Ellis Park was the setting for the Springboks’ World Cup final victory over New Zealand in 1995 and one of the sport’s finest moments – Nelson Mandela handing Francois Pienaar the Webb Ellis Cup. “It will be hostile but it’s fantastic and I am so excited about it,” says Jones. “In world rugby who do you want to beat? The Springboks at Ellis Park.” Owen Farrell will captain England, while the hugely talented New Zealand-born flanker Brad Shields is expected to play a part for the visitors. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 5.30pm; Scotland, 2.45pm After deconstructing the exploration documentary in the fascinating and alarming My Year with the Tribe, explorer Will Millard is on slightly surer ground with this new series in which he journeys down the River Wye. He begins his journey with a search for the river’s source on the slopes of Plynlimon, before he has an encounter with an entrepreneurial local sheep farmer. Take Me Out: Over 50s Special ITV, 8.00pm Three “older gentlemen” (I’m sure host Paddy McGuinness will make plenty of gags here) face 30 single “Golden Girls”, including a former nun and an ex-partner of action hero Jason Statham, in this one-off special of the ever-popular dating show. Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm After Hinterland and Keeping Faith comes the BBC’s latest Welsh language crime thriller. Hidden has a familiar set-up – the discovery of a young girl’s body in a disused quarry tears a small community apart – but Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies as DIs Cadi John and Owen Vaughan area leading pair to reckon with, and the atmosphere of unease benefits hugely from the mountainous surroundings. Come Together: the Rise of the Festival Sky Arts, 9.00pm The line-up for this documentary would grace any festival, with Pete Townshend and Noel Gallagher among the interviewees explaining the evolution of the modern music festival from its earliest jazz and blues incarnations in Newport, through the hippy beanfeasts of Monterey and Woodstock to Glastonbury and Coachella. There are also contributions from those who promote and document festivals, including Michael Eavis and D A Pennebaker. GT A Girl’s Guide to TV BBC Two, 10.00pm; not NI Comedian Rachel Parris of The Mash Report presents her typically tongue-in-cheek advice for women looking to get ahead in television. GT Maleficent (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 6.05pm Angelina Jolie stars as the titular Maleficent in Disney’s live-action reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, which follows her from a carefree fairy to Mistress of All Evil, muddling the distinction between hero and villain. Maleficent is happy in a kingdom of peculiar CGI beasts until her heart is broken by Stefan (Sharlto Copley), who inherits the throne. Seeking vengeance, she curses his baby, Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). Thor: The Dark World (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm This is a follow-up to the popular Norse god/superhero blockbuster. The rather flabby plot is alleviated by Chris Hemsworth’s hearty charisma, which provides frequent relief from Natalie Portman’s bland damsel-in-distress (attempts to beef up her character by making her an astrophysicist are undermined by her constant fainting). Highlights include Thor sliding down The Gherkin skyscraper. Made in Dagenham (2010) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.45pm Industrial action in pursuit of equal pay for women doesn’t sound too thrilling a subject, but Nigel Cole’s (Calendar Girls) film, based around the real-life strike from 1968, turns out to be a rousing crowd-pleaser. Sally Hawkins plays the reluctant ringleader of the workers who sew car seats at Ford’s Dagenham plant; Bob Hoskins is a union rep; Miranda Richardson is wonderful as Labour MP Barbara Castle. Sunday 10 June Smoldering: Aidan Turner returns as the eponymous hero Credit: BBC Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm Not since Daniel Craig emerged from the waves in Casino Royale has there been so much fuss over a pair of wet pecs. Yes, Poldark is back for a fourth series and star Aidan Turner bares his chest for the fans in an opening scene that, if nothing else, suggests that he’s spent a lot of time exercising since the end of series three. This opener finds our swashbuckling hero Ross Poldark (Turner) back in full-on Cornish crusader mode when, following a disturbance in Truro, he locks horns with old enemy George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) over the fate of three good pals accused of riot and murder. Meanwhile, his flame-haired wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) can’t fend off her intimate longings following that illicit clinch in the dunes with poetry-penning aristo Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse) – who, with the announcement of a general election, looks set to be diverted into a career at Westminster. But as Dr Dwight (Luke Norris) is at pains to point out, Armitage has a delicate constitution that might not suit the rough and tumble of parliamentary politics. Could Ross be persuaded to think again about throwing his hat in the ring? Gerard O’Donovan One-Day International Cricket: Scotland v England Sky Sports Main Event, 10.30am Having responded brilliantly to tie the Test series with Pakistan 1-1, England now turn their attention to Scotland, with this ODI at the Grange in Edinburgh. Songs of Praise BBC One, 1.25pm A year on from the Grenfell Tower disaster, Aled Jones presents a commemorative special edition exploring how the local community in North Kensington is coping and recovering. Britain Celebrates Live: 100 Years of Women’s Votes BBC One, 2.00pm Live coverage of today’s public processions through Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London to celebrate the centenary of women winning the right to vote. Tonight’s Antiques Roadshow, at 8pm, also takes up the theme, devoting its time to items with links to remarkable women. Formula 1: Canadian Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 5.30pm After a Monaco Grand Prix that left championship leader Lewis Hamilton, in his words, “cold”, all eyes are on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, where Daniel Riccardio will be aiming to win back-to-back races. Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 ITV, 6.30pm Live from Old Trafford, it’s the annual England v World XI charity football match between teams mixing celebrities and professional athletes. This year Robbie Williams’s England is taking on a team of international stars led by Usain Bolt. Other players include Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, and Eric Cantona, and there’s live music from Jessie Ware. Countryfile BBC One, 7.00pm The last of three specials heads for Sandringham in Norfolk, the most private of the Royal retreats. Matt Baker discovers one of the Queen’s less-known interests – racing pigeons – while Ellie Harrison learns more about her love of horses. GO Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s brilliantly judged bravura performance has been one of the television highlights of 2018. Tonight, he brings the series to an entertaining and emotionally charged close as Patrick, separated and back in London in 2006, hopes to put the past to rest following his mother’s funeral. Cosby: The Women Speak Sony Crime Channel, 9.00pm Following Bill Cosby’s conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, here’s another opportunity to see the A&E network’s 2015 one-hour special in which the extent of the allegations against the former TV icon for predatory sexual behaviour came to light. Over a dozen of the 50-plus women who accused him of rape and sexual assault going back decades talk of their experiences on screen for the first time, and how statute of limitation laws threatened to deprive them of justice. GO Despicable Me 2 (2013) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 5.10pm Despicable Me, 2010’s animated supervillain comedy, had a neat enough premise. It’s gone in this sequel, though, as Steve Carell’s bald antihero, Gru, is now a reformed soul, occupied with childcare rather than dastardly plots to steal the moon. Gru’s Minions – those knee-high yellow Tic-Tacs – provide the film’s one inspired idea as they’re injected with mutating serum by the film’s mystery baddy. Hulk (2003) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.15pm Ang Lee’s dark and stylised version (a split screen mimics the panels of a comic book page) of the Incredible Hulk’s adventures is one of the best and underrated Marvel adaptations, even if it’s too complex at times. Eric Bana stars as Bruce, a scientist who’s exposed to gamma radiation and becomes a not-so-jolly green giant. This is a rampaging tale with bold special effects. Jennifer Connolly co-stars as his love interest. It (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen King’s evil clown tale is no laughing matter. First a Warners miniseries in 1990, starring an unforgettable Tim Curry, and now a two-part film version. Here we continue the terrifying tale of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), but jump forward three decades to the summer of 1988, buying into the current vogue for Eighties teen-flick nostalgia. The scary stuff is petrifying when it peaks. Monday 11 June Community spirit: those affected by the fire tell their stories Credit: BBC Grenfell BBC One, 8.30pm Bafta-winning director Ben Anthony’s unmissable documentary about last year’s Grenfell Tower tragedy opens with a sea of faces, all of which gain poignant individual focus as the film progresses. The blaze at the 24-storey block of public housing in the London borough of Kensington, which resulted in 72 deaths, left a lasting impression in those featured here as each person tells their unique story about the horrific events and their impact. Survivors who lost their homes, the bereaved, bystanders and police all share their stories, although it’s a surprising omission that the firefighters who witnessed the horrors first hand don’t offer their account. Split screens give multiple perspectives on the same moment, and what starts out as a patchwork of personal experience knits together into a mighty whole, the collective voice of a community broken but defiant. In fact, much of the film focuses on the efforts of those affected to unite in the face of seeming indifference from the local council, who also have their say. As the ongoing inquiry continues, this devastating account offers a damning testament of its own, rife with accusations of injustice and neglect, underpinned by blistering rage and grief. Toby Dantzic Fight Like a Girl BBC One, 7.30pm The ferocious sport of female wrestling comes under the spotlight with this lively film following Scottish fighter Kimberly Benson. She combines a gruelling training regime with her daytime job, as she aims for her first world title in Japan. Long Lost Family: What Happened Next ITV, 9.00pm Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall catch up with families they’ve reunited. Cathie Cutler Evans, who met her half-sister in 2016, has found joy in her extended clan. But for Maureen Charlton, separated from her brother Michael for 40 years, progress been painstaking. Dan Snow’s Norman Walks PBS America, 9.00pm Dan Snow sorts fact from fiction as he investigates the history of Norman Britain in this new series. He starts off on the Sussex coast, where aided by evidence from the Bayeux Tapestry, he pieces together William the Conqueror’s 11th-century coastal invasion. Flowers Channel 4, 10.00pm Will Sharpe’s gloriously dark comedy about a dysfunctional family returns with a double bill, then continues each night this week. A seemingly chipper Maurice (Julian Bennett) and Deborah (Olivia Colman) are on a caravanning holiday, while daughter Amy (Sophia di Martino) has a brash new girlfriend. Storyville: City Of Ghosts BBC Four, 10.30pm There are images of death in Matthew Heineman’s film so harrowing that it’s hard to keep watching, but these are the sights that Heineman’s subject, rebel group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered, face daily. The renegade collective have made it their task to secretly film the atrocities committed by Isil in the Syrian city of Raqqa, and show the rest of the world the reality of the regime. It’s an astonishing act of citizen-led journalism, and the participants’ fear and grief, as well as their sense of purpose, are starkly captured in Heineman’s blunt and brutal chronicle of a city in turmoil. TD Prisons Uncovered: Out Of Control? ITV, 10.45pm; Scotland, 11.05pm; Wales, 11.15pm; not UTV In 2016, HMP Birmingham saw the worst prison riot for 25 years, in which 600 inmates were freed from their cells. This sobering documentary looks at the factors behind the incident and reflects on the prison system. TD Our Kind of Traitor (2016) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor stars in this so-so John le Carré adaptation as poetry lecturer Perry Makepeace, who becomes embroiled in negotiations to bring Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), a well-connected Russian oligarch, into the fold of British intelligence. Skarsgård is the standout here, charging into his role with pungency, playing Dima as a bedraggled beast of Moscow’s criminal underworld. The Shining (1980) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Set in a deserted hotel that’s in the care of writer Jack (Jack Nicholson) and his family for the winter, Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant psycho-horror, based on the novel by Stephen King, is subtly unsettling. But it’s stuffed, too, with unforgettable nerve-jangling shocks, including the moment when the crazed Jack smashes his way through a door with an axe as his wife (Shelley Duvall) cowers in the corner. Teen Wolf (1985) ★★★☆☆ 5STAR, 12.10am Critics howled at this preposterous teenage comedy but audiences loved it, perhaps because it came out shortly after its star Michael J Fox’s finest hour: Back to the Future. The plot – in which Fox’s likeable nerd morphs into a basketball-playing werewolf – is almost as unlikely as the fact that he still looked fresh out of the 11th grade at the ripe old age of 25. An unparalleled analysis of puberty and adolescence. Tuesday 12 June Hitting the books: Tanisha is a pupil at Townley Grammar Credit: BBC Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland & Wales, 11.15pm Jamie Pickup’s series has walked a tightrope with considerable skill, highlighting the inarguable inequities of our educational system that favours a selective approach, while also acknowledging its considerable benefits and observing the situation from the points of view of both pupils and teachers. It concludes with mock GCSE exams approaching and students at Erith School, a secondary modern, and neighbouring institution Townley Grammar, having to assess their suitability for further education. Some, it’s fair to say, are taking it more seriously than others. Townley pupil Tanisha is underperforming and low on confidence, yet keen to raise her game and nurtured by staff aware of her limitations and capabilities. At Erith, meanwhile, Denisa is angling for a place in Townley Sixth Form and seems more than capable of attaining it, but staffing shortages are crippling science classes amid an endless round of supply teachers and stand-ins. “It keeps me awake at night,” says the admirable faculty head Mr Appiah-Gates. It’s a desperately difficult situation and one that reaches an unexpected conclusion, as common ground is found between two unlikely bedfellows. Gabriel Tate The Champions Netflix, from today Created by Mindy Kaling, this new NBC sitcom plays a bachelor gym owner (Anders Holm) off against his gay, estranged son-cum-new flatmate (the brilliant J J Totah). Smartly written and nimbly performed, it’s a solid mainstream hit. Ackley Bridge Channel 4, 8.00pm Matt Evans and Penny Woolcock continue to keep an implausible number of plates spinning as the fizzy pre-watershed drama continues to conduct its handbrake narrative turns. Both Jordan (Samuel Bottomley) and Missy (Poppy Lee Friar) handle cash shortages in an equally desperate manner, and the arrival of Steve’s ex Claire (Kimberly Walsh) puts head teacher Mandy’s (Jo Joyner) nose out of joint. Our Girl BBC One, 9.00pm Georgie (Michelle Keegan) learns an astonishing secret about the local crime boss, before a major rescue operation begins as the flawed but well-meaning military drama continues. Flights from Hell: Caught on Camera ITV, 9.00pm ITV lays down its prime-time weapons as the World Cup looms, as demonstrated by this daft three-part series of incidents filmed at 30,000 feet. These include what an engine explosion feels like to those on board the plane to the impact of volcanic ash and an extraordinarily dramatic landing. Seeing Daylight: the Photography of Dorothy Bohm Sky Arts, 9.00pm Arriving in England in 1939 to escape the Nazis, Dorothy Bohm became a pioneer of street photography and portraiture of deep humanity. This profile examines her life and work. Elvis: the Searcher Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Based on Peter Guralnick’s epochal two-part biography, Thom Zimny’s HBO epic is a treat, focusing as much on Presley the man as Elvis the icon, Part one follows him out of Tupelo, into Sun Records and on to the US army, with part two’s fall, rise and fall again airing Wednesday at 10.00pm. GT Ugly Me: My Life with Body Dysmorphia BBC One, 10.45pm; NI, 11.10pm; Scot, 11.45pm First shown on BBC Three, this harrowing film follows 29-year-old Liane, seeking treatment for the titular condition which has left her self-worth in tatters. GT Field of Dreams (1989) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.50pm Kevin Costner clearly likes a baseball movie – he’s made five of them. In this one he’s an Iowa farmer instructed by a mysterious voice to build a baseball pitch in the middle of a cornfield, which is soon occupied by a gang of ghostly players from the past. Enjoyably dotty, and responsible for the misquote, “If you build it, they will come” – it’s actually “he will come” – the fantasy is elevated by brilliant performances all around. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm The fifth film in the Die Hard franchise takes place in Russia, where our hero, Bruce Willis’s now grizzled John McClane, arrives in Moscow to hunt for his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney). McClane suspects that he may have become a drug dealer, but it transpires he is in fact working undercover for the CIA, and Dad blunders in on him mid-mission. An enjoyable but clunky thriller. The Departed (2006) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Nothing beats watching a great director in his comfort zone. Martin Scorsese’s gangland thriller – the film that finally won him an Oscar – is riveting. The plot revolves around the local police force’s efforts to stamp out Boston crime lord Frank Costello (a magnificently malevolent Jack Nicholson). There are powerhouse performances, too, from Leonardo Di Caprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. Wednesday 13 June From Russia with love: David Dimbleby Credit: BBC Putin’s Russia with David Dimbleby BBC One, 9.00pm, Wales, 11.05pm “In a democracy if you fail to deliver on economic promises, if you surround yourself with cronies and use the law to suppress opposition, you would rightly be thrown out on your ear. But this is Russia, they do things differently here…” So begins David Dimbleby’s thoughtful film in which – as the eyes of the world turn towards Moscow for the 2018 World Cup football tournament – he takes the opportunity to cast an eye over Vladimir Putin’s 18 years as leader and assess the state of Russia today, especially in regard to the West. What he finds is a country in deep economic crisis yet with a people that seem to happily hero-worship Putin and mostly accept a state machine that controls almost every aspect of their lives with the willing assistance of security services, media, military and church. Dimbleby meets ordinary contented Russians as well as protesters, human rights lawyers, journalists and official spokespeople, coming away with a sense, ultimately, that Putin’s popularity is rooted in his strongman image and media-backed levels of suspicion and hostility towards the West unseen since the end of the Cold War. Gerard O’Donovan The Fight for Women’s Bodies BBC Three, from 10.00am Following the landmark vote to legalise abortion in the Republic of Ireland, Ellie Flynn looks back at the issues through the eyes of campaigners on both sides. Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow Channel 4, 8.00pm Here is a visit to the Isle of Wight, where Peter Snow and his team set out to restore an 1864 wooden train carriage that has served as a holiday chalet since it was decommissioned in the Twenties. Before Grenfell: A Hidden History BBC Two, 9.00pm A year since the Grenfell Tower fire, residents of Kensington relate how the London borough has become the most unequal place in Britain, with the gap between rich and poor once again as extreme as in the 1860s when developers first built housing for the rich in Notting Hill next to the worst slum in London. Can Science Make Me Perfect? With Alice Roberts BBC Four, 9.00pm Millions of years have gone into the human body: lots of great evolutionary adaptations but lots of imperfections, too. In a film that’s as entertaining as it is instructive, anatomist Alice Roberts takes on a challenge to design a better body than the one we get at birth. The Fast Fix: Diabetes ITV, 9.00pm Anita Rani presents a new two-part series exploring whether it is possible for people suffering from type 2 diabetes to reverse the condition by adhering to a radical diet. By consuming just 800 calories a day, can they “fast themselves better”? Concludes tomorrow Big Beasts: Last of the Giants Sky One, 9.00pm Biologist Patrick Aryee explores why size matters in the natural world. Beginning in the Americas, he checks out the planet’s largest predator, the sperm whale; comes face to face with a grizzly bear and gets rather too close to an anaconda that’s as long as a bus. GO How to Start an Airline Channel 4, 10.30pm This documentary follows Bangladeshi-British entrepreneur Kazi Shafiqur Rahman as he attempts to break into the fiercely competitive airline industry while also fulfilling the demands of his faith by insisting that the airline must comply with the teachings of Islam. GO Regarding Henry (1991) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 6.50pm Telling the story of a hotshot lawyer (Harrison Ford) who learns to question his values after a head injury, this film formed a companion piece to Wolf (1994), with Jack Nicholson as a publisher who is bitten by a wolf and turns into a boardroom predator. Directed by Mike Nichols, whose Oscar-winning movie The Graduate was a cinematic landmark of the 1960s, it’s a bit of an embarrassment, but interesting nevertheless. Source Code (2011) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Jake Gyllenhaal repeatedly finds himself reliving the last eight minutes in the life of a man on board a train which is about to be destroyed by a bomb as part of an experiment. Meanwhile, scientists Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright are monitoring Gyllenhaal’s exploits. Duncan Jones confirmed the promise of his directing debut Moon with this thrilling whodunit, which also serves as a moving meditation on life. Beetlejuice (1988) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Michael Keaton is an actor of rare versatility (as his triumphant role in Birdman proved). In this cult, Oscar-winning film by Tim Burton, Keaton shines as a con artist ghost called Beetlejuice, who aims to help two other ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to scare the obnoxious new residents out of their old house. But he then falls for lovely goth Lydia (Winona Ryder), the family’s daughter. Thursday 14 June It’s kicking off: Mark Pugatch (centre) leads ITV’s presenting team Credit: ITV FIFA World Cup 2018: Opening Ceremony ITV, 2.30pm Regardless of how you think Russia got to be awarded the 21st staging of football’s biggest tournament (by corrupt means or otherwise), it’s time to cast those aspersions aside because the Russia 2018 championship is here. But, two hours before a ball is kicked, the opening ceremony marks the official start of the highest prize in football. And as we all know, entertaining opening ceremonies can be a great curtain-raiser for sport events, if they are done well – think the London 2012 Olympics. This one takes place at the 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium, which is the jewel in Russia’s crown of stadiums and will also host the final on July 15. Mark Pougatch presents the live coverage of the ceremony, which is headlined by actor and rapper Will Smith and Nicky Jam, who will perform Live It Up, the official World Cup song, which has received mixed reviews. As well as that, the ceremony will include local performers showing off different aspects of Russian culture, with gymnasts and trampolinists in among the fireworks and performances on display. The matches get under way following the ceremony with the host nation against Saudi Arabia. Clive Morgan Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm While the BBC’s post-Bake Off cookery contest may not have set the world alight, it’s given the judges plenty to get their teeth into. This week, it’s the final, and three challenges stand between the contestants and the title: a summer favourite, their best main course and a pudding. Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm After three weeks of cute animals, Springwatch comes to an end with Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and co reliving this year’s best moments at Sherborne Park Estate. The Trouble with Women with Anne Robinson BBC One, 9.00pm As a journalist and TV presenter, Anne Robinson shattered the glass ceiling as she built her career. She imagined that now, 50 years later, we’d be much closer to achieving equality than we are. With the ongoing discussions about gender pay, Robinson asks women around the UK what’s preventing parity? Inside HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs Channel 5, 9.00pm Wormwood Scrubs has had some infamous inmates: from serial killers Ian Brady and Peter Sutcliffe to rockers Pete Docherty and Keith Richards. This documentary exploring the prison’s history tells the stories of a Soviet spy who escaped from the jail and its best-known inmate, Charles Bronson. CM Missions BBC Four, 10.00pm and 10.20pm The absorbing French sci-fi drama about the first manned mission to Mars concludes with its final double header. This week, psychiatrist Jeanne (Hélène Viviès) discovers the reason behind cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov’s (Arben Bajraktaraj) mission. I Am Evidence Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm Even though Mariska Hargitay spent almost 20 years as crime fighter Olivia Benson in Law & Order: SVU, nothing prepared her for what she was to learn in real life. In this shocking documentary, Hargitay investigates the flaws in the US justice system that have allowed tens of thousands of rape kits to go untested for years. It’s a tough film to watch at times, especially as it highlights the issue through deeply personal and harrowing, first-person accounts from four women whose attacks are still fresh in their minds decades after the assaults due to a lack of closure. “I felt like my body was a crime scene,” one of the women recalls. CM Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) ★★★☆☆ Comedy Central, 9.00pm Will Ferrell fans will need little encouragement to lap up this affectionate send-up of Nascar racing, redneck culture and male bonding. Ferrell pays a Nascar speed-demon who is challenged by a gay, French Formula One driver (Sacha Baron Cohen), to see who is the ultimate racer. It’s a full throttle comedy that plays to Ferrell’s strengths. The Hills Have Eyes (2006) ★★★☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm French director Alexandre Aja makes his Hollywood debut with this grim but gripping remake of Wes Craven’s semi-cult horror film about a family battling a brood of mutants in the New Mexico desert. Aja ups the visceral violence, and the characters – including Ted Levine and Kathleen Quinlan as the parents – are sufficiently well-drawn to make the outcome shocking. The Ghost (2010) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor plays a talented ghost writer, who lands a lucrative contract to edit the memoirs of Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), the former UK Prime Minister, in this Roman Polanski adaptation of the Robert Harris novel. Soon after, Lang is accused of committing a war crime and the Ghost finds himself drawn into a world of dangerous secrets that put his life at risk. This is a deeply unsettling thriller. Friday 15 June One connected flow: Dan Jones on the Grand Union Canal Building Britain’s Canals Channel 5, 8.00pm His tattoos may have a nerdish medieval theme, but historian Dan Jones still seems too hip to be fronting a stuffy-sounding series about Britain’s iconic canals. Jones’s lively style and eye for interesting detail, however, keeps this subject surprisingly fresh, as he begins this three-part run with a look at the Grand Union Canal, the longest stretch of man-made waterway in Britain. It’s a story that reaches back 200 years, when the demands of the Industrial Revolution called for a speedy way to move goods between Birmingham and London, and the country’s engineering super-brains found ingenious means to link seven separate channels into one connected flow. As Jones explains, while the financial benefits were big, construction of the Grand Union was time consuming and dangerous. The 12-year stop-start struggle to complete the technically complex Blisworth Hill tunnel, for example, saw the deaths of up to 60 workers. Unable to compete with the advent of the speedy steam train, the Grand Union itself soon declined too. The canal is now a source of summertime pleasure, so this is a welcome reminder of its once vital purpose. Toby Dantzic Queer Eye Netflix, from today The success of this heart-warming makeover series, which returned to much acclaim earlier this year, was something of a surprise. Netflix then have been quick to capitalise, snappily rolling out another run barely four months later, with the likeable quintet all returning for more lifestyle revamping. Details are so far scant, but the show’s culture guru Karamo Brown has hinted that women and the trans community could be featured. World Cup 2018: Portugal v Spain BBC One, 6.20pm The pick of this week’s World Cup matches happens on day two at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi and comes from Group B. Expect a tense affair as Spain, who suffered the ignominy of failing to make it to the knockout rounds four years ago, take on their bitter rivals Portugal. The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Former footballer Dennis Wise heads the team of celebrity hopefuls, joined by Katie Price, Roman Kemp, Bez and Binky Felstead.Wise struggles with a fiendish skill game, while a number-based challenge sets Felstead’s head spinning. Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Jane McDonald wraps up her Antipodean adventure in New Zealand’s North Island. She rubs noses with a Maori tribe in Napier, explores Rotorua’s dramatic geothermal landscapes and views Auckland’s skyline from a helicopter. Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.40pm This is a final bout of topical treats from veteran impressionist Tracey Ullman. Favourites Angela Merkel and Rupert Murdoch get a look in, alongside more takes on Jeremy Corbyn, Michael Gove and Nanny, the dedicated carer of Jacob Rees-Mogg. Africa: A Journey Into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm Apart from the occasional act on Later… with Jools Holland, world music doesn’t get much airtime on our TVs, so this beguiling series helmed by DJ Rita Ray offers a welcome insight into its traditions. For her final foray, Ray heads to Mali, home to more Grammy award-winning artists than any other African country. From her attempts at a sinuous wedding dance to meeting renowned harp player Toumani Diabaté, Ray’s journey is full of stirring encounters. TD Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive Channel 5, 10.00pm A fitting reminder of Dale Winton’s easy-going charm, this swansong travelogue series resumes after a hiatus with our host in ocean-front Miami. Highlights include a trip to Little Havana, the city’s Cuban quarter, and a look at fashion designer Versace’s opulent former home. TD Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm In a similar but distinct way to Ridley Scott’s masterful original, Blade Runner 2049 mulls one of the meatiest questions around: is surface all that there is, or do life’s currents run deeper than the things we can see, hear and touch? Denis Villeneuve’s film toys with both options, making neither a comfort – and in the process, maps out a provocative blockbuster. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford star. Red (2010) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm A starry line-up of actors of pensionable age is the attraction of this light-hearted adaptation of Warren Ellis’s graphic novel, and it’s hard to resist Helen Mirren with a submachine gun. RED stands for “Retired Extremely Dangerous”, which is what the CIA has labelled former agents Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Mirren, who team up to find out who has marked them for assassination, and why. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) ★★★★★ Channel 4, 11.40pm Soaked in sex, drugs and scandal, Martin Scorsese’s epic is based on the memoir of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who spent the Nineties illegally amassing a vast personal fortune. With a fantastic performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, this morally bankrupt romp was lauded by audiences and critics alike. Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie co-star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, Supershoppers and more
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show BBC Two, 7.00pm; not Scotland or Wales Anyone mourning the end of the Chelsea Flower Show can seek solace in the RHS’s newest horticultural event, the Chatsworth Flower Show. Although its debut last year was marred by inclement weather, the event deserves to become a magnet for enthusiasts, its USP being its setting in the glorious Capability Brown-designed gardens of Derbyshire’s most famous stately home. This year’s occasion features a show-stopping installation of more than 100 varieties of orchid, a floral river display of 12,000 Cosmos, and eight art installations dotted among the 1,000-acre estate. We begin with Gardeners’ World favourites Carol Klein, Adam Frost and Arit Anderson giving us an overview of the five-day event. Among the five show gardens, the most intriguing-sounding are Elspeth Stockwell’s John Deere Garden, which celebrates 100 years of tractors, and Chris Myers’ Hay Time in the Dales, which is a celebration of wildflower meadows. The gardening experts ask whether conifers are coming back into fashion and explore Chatsworth’s rich orchid history – the Victorian head gardener Joseph Paxton introduced 80 species there. If the weather holds, RHS Chatsworth should become a jewel in the RHS crown. VP Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This over-egged cookery contest, with too many judges, hasn’t recreated Great British Bake Off’s magic, but goes down easily enough. This week, the five remaining amateurs create a sharing feast and a dish of squid or mackerel. VP Supershoppers Channel 4, 8.00pm This perky take on the consumer show, hosted by Anna Richardson and Sabrina Grant, storms back with an item attacking John Lewis. They argue that the department store’s price promise can’t always be believed, alongside other items looking at faddy dairy-free milks and battery life. VP Secrets of the Chocolate Factory: Inside Cadbury Channel 5, 9.00pm This breezy documentary looks at the history of our favourite chocolate brand, from its founding as a well-meaning Victorian social experiment to the hostile takeover by Kraft in 2010. It’s packed fuller than a Fruit & Nut bar with fascinating titbits, making it a satisfying treat. VP Mock the Week BBC Two, 10.00pm TV’s most competitive panel show is back to take a sideways look at the news, with James Acaster and Zoe Lyons among the stand-ups joining stalwart Hugh Dennis and host Dara O’Briain. Donald Trump and Brexit ensure there’s be no shortage of material. VP Quantico Alibi, 9.00pm Priyanka Chopra, a close friend of the duchess formerly known as Meghan Markle, guest stars in the third run of this crime thriller. This new series, set three years after the last, sees Chopra’s ex-FBI agent, Alex Parrish, living under a pseudonym, until men with guns find her. VP Billions Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm It’s a pleasure to watch Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis slug it out each week as hot-shot attorney Chuck and shady banker Axe in this drama about high finance. This week, Axe and Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon) fall out over her worth to the firm. VP Missions BBC Four, from 10.00pm Another double helping of the French sci-fi drama about the first manned mission to Mars, in bite-sized 25-minute chunks. This week, Jeanne (Hélène Viviès) wallows in memories of her father, while back in 1960s’ Moscow we meet Vladimir Komarov (Arben Bajraktaraj), who was a real cosmonaut. VP Two Rode Together (1961) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 12.20pm Working for the first time with director John Ford, James Stewart stars in this slow western, based on the novel Comanche Captives by Will Cook and which has thematic echoes of Ford’s The Searchers. Guthrie McCabe (Stewart) is a corrupt town marshal who is hired by a Cavalry lieutenant (Richard Widmark) to help rescue captives held by the Comanche in 1880s Texas. Shirley Jones co-stars. Calendar Girls (2003) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Greats, 6.00pm This gentle, eye-moistening comedy, which has been turned into a successful play, is based on the true story of a group of Women’s Institute members in Yorkshire who raised money for leukaemia research by posing naked for a calendar. Helen Mirren, Julie Walters and Celia Imrie are among the women stripping off (well, more or less: certain body parts are always obscured by tea- cups, cream buns, etc). The Karate Kid (1984) ★★★★☆ Comedy Central, 9.00pm One of the Eighties’ best-loved films, and far superior to the 2010 remake starring Jaden Smith (son of Will). It tells the story of bullied Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio), who’s taken under the wing of handyman Mr Miyagi (Pat Morita) and taught how to wash cars and paint fences. Of course, this turns out to be masterly martial arts training. Elisabeth Shue also stars as Larusso’s love interest Ali. Friday 8 June YouTube blogger Alfie Deyes, actress Jorgie Porter, long jumper Greg Rutherford, Dame Kelly Holmes, and MC Big Narstie take part in The Crystal Maze Credit: Channel 4 The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Channel 4’s successful reboot of the cult Eighties series continues its golden run of form with another charity special featuring people who, in the words of Maze Master Richard Ayoade, “we have all agreed, for some reason, to call… celebrities”. Ayoade is unstinting in his good-natured jibes, and his targets are equally obliging in laughing them off: this time around, it’s Olympians Kelly Holmes and Greg Rutherford, Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter, YouTube vlogger Alfie Deyes and grime MC Big Narstie. The latter comes in for the roughest ride, and indeed you may not see a more agonising sequence all year than Big Narstie wrestling with Jarhead’s (Adam Buxton) not-enormously taxing riddles, but his utter delight at being involved (“I’m GASSED!”) earns him a pass. The tasks are the usual ingenious grab-bag, honouring the heritage of the series while also advancing it, from the daft (balancing on space hoppers) to the fiendish (blowing a ball around a maze with “directional guffs” from an air pump). For his part, Ayoade once again proves himself the natural heir to Richard O’Brien in surreal wit (pace Ed Tudor-Pole and Stephan Merchant), and the cause, Stand Up 2 Cancer, is unimpeachable. GT Dispatches: After Grenfell Channel 4, 7.30pm In spite of a wealth of promises in the wake of the catastrophic fire in Grenfell Tower, claims abound that too many of the country’s tower blocks remain unsafe. Ed Howker investigates whether expert advice has been heeded and looks at the risks, both existing and newly discovered, for the tower’s residents. GT Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Channel 5’s first-ever Bafta-winning show returns for a trip down under, with former cruise ship singer Jane McDonald exploring Sydney, Tasmania, Dunedin and Christchurch. GT Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm Ullman continues to play to her strengths with her roll call of uncanny impersonations of famous people. Theresa May, Angela Merkle and Nicola Sturgeon are back, along with her bizarrely convincing Michael Gove, while Jacob Rees-Mogg (Liam Hourican) and his Nanny (Ullman) endure yet more humiliation. GT Arctic Monkeys Live at the BBC BBC Two, 11.05pm Alex Turner and his band play selections from their divisive new album, Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino, as well as a few oldies, including A Certain Romance, to reassure their more conservative fans. GT Cloak and Dagger Amazon Prime, from today Marvel’s latest TV offering is this teen series in which Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) discover new, mysteriously connected superpowers. GT Sense8 Netflix, from today The Wachowskis’ kaleidoscopic saga ends with a two-hour episode created after its fans demanded closure when the series was axed. With Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) missing, Capheus (Toby Onwumere) running for office, Sun Bak (Bae Doona) on the run and the mysterious Chairman still at large, there’s no shortage of loose ends. GT The Staircase Netflix, from today This 2004 eight-parter documented the 16-year court battle over the fate of novelist Michael Peterson, accused of pushing his wife down the stairs to her death. Landing on Netflix with new, equally gripping episodes, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s series is both the old and the new Making a Murderer. GT The Way Way Back (2013) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.55pm This coming-of-age story feels like familiar terrain, but it’s agreeably done. Duncan (Liam James) learns about life, love and self-esteem from a gang of water-park employees, including the excellent Sam Rockwell, when forced to go on holiday with his mother (Toni Collette) and her boyfriend (Steve Carrell). The script flows and there’s enough melancholy and edge to the overall comic tone for its charm to prevail. Bend It Like Beckham (2002) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.45pm Keira Knightley’s career kicked off with this feelgood football-themed comedy drama from Bhaji on the Beach director Gurinder Chadha. She stars alongside Parminder Nagra as one of two 18-year-old girls who set out to make it as professional footballers, despite their families’ best efforts to stop them. Next of Kin’s Archie Panjabi and Shaznay Lewis (of reunited Nineties girl band All Saints fame) co-star. Platoon (1986) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.00pm This is a chance to see a young Charlie Sheen at the start of his turbulent career. The horrors of the Vietnam War are seen through the prism of a fresh-faced college dropout (Sheen) who finds himself in the thick of battle while Willem Dafoe plays his sympathetic sergeant. Director Oliver Stone used his own experiences of serving in the US army during the war to inform this harrowing film that won four Oscars. Saturday 9 June Controversial: the writer and intellectual Germaine Greer is profiled Credit: BBC Germaine Bloody Greer BBC Two, 9.00pm The personal views of Germaine Greer once had a universality and pungency about them that the world so desperately needed. But her recent comments about rape, violence on TV and transpeople, by contrast, resemble self-important trolling: wilfully controversial, dreadfully retrograde and a blight on a considerable legacy. This thrilling profile is a reminder of why she still matters, albeit perhaps more for what she was than what she has become. Novelist Zoë Heller and journalist Rosie Boycott are among those singing her praises, while Greer herself proves as unable as ever to avoid calling out a daft question or savaging a sacred cow. The footage is exciting and superbly mounted by director Clare Beavan. Whether it’s Greer’s early films, her steadfastness in the face of the abuse sent her way after The Female Eunuch was published, and her evisceration of Norman Mailer during a famous 1971 set-to in New York, Greer remains a most rugged individual. “I don’t think Germaine and the word ‘sisterhood’ are natural bedfellows,” reckons Boycott. What about that legacy? “I don’t do regret and I don’t do things that I regret,” Greer concludes. By any standards, a remarkable life. Gabriel Tate Trooping the Colour BBC One, 10.30am Marking the official birthday of the Queen, the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards will conduct their annual pageant on Horse Guards Parade, introduced by Huw Edwards and with J J Chalmers offering behind-the-scenes insights. There are highlights at 7.30pm on BBC Two. French Open Tennis: The women’s final ITV, 1.30pm Action on the 14th day at Roland Garros features the women’s singles final in the second Grand Slam tournament of the year. Jelena Ostapenko met Simona Halep in last year’s showpiece match, where the Latvian defeated the number three seed 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to become the first person from her country to win a Grand Slam tournament and the first unseeded player to win the French Open since 1933. The men’s final, which was won for a record 10th time by Spaniard Rafael Nadal last year, takes place on Sunday at 1.30pm on ITV. Women’s International One-Day Cricket: England Women v South Africa Women Sky Sports Main Event, 1.30pm It’s the opening one-day international of the three-match series, which takes place at New Road in Worcester. Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor and Lauren Winfield all return to the England squad after missing out on the Indian tour. World Cup-winning duo Fran Wilson and Alex Hartley miss out, however. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm This afternoon England will be looking to dispatch the Springboks at a venue Eddie Jones has described as the “spiritual home of rugby”. They’ve not won at Ellis Park in Johannesburg since 1972 – their only triumph at the venue – and their last appearance here was a 36-27 defeat under Stuart Lancaster in 2012. Ellis Park was the setting for the Springboks’ World Cup final victory over New Zealand in 1995 and one of the sport’s finest moments – Nelson Mandela handing Francois Pienaar the Webb Ellis Cup. “It will be hostile but it’s fantastic and I am so excited about it,” says Jones. “In world rugby who do you want to beat? The Springboks at Ellis Park.” Owen Farrell will captain England, while the hugely talented New Zealand-born flanker Brad Shields is expected to play a part for the visitors. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 5.30pm; Scotland, 2.45pm After deconstructing the exploration documentary in the fascinating and alarming My Year with the Tribe, explorer Will Millard is on slightly surer ground with this new series in which he journeys down the River Wye. He begins his journey with a search for the river’s source on the slopes of Plynlimon, before he has an encounter with an entrepreneurial local sheep farmer. Take Me Out: Over 50s Special ITV, 8.00pm Three “older gentlemen” (I’m sure host Paddy McGuinness will make plenty of gags here) face 30 single “Golden Girls”, including a former nun and an ex-partner of action hero Jason Statham, in this one-off special of the ever-popular dating show. Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm After Hinterland and Keeping Faith comes the BBC’s latest Welsh language crime thriller. Hidden has a familiar set-up – the discovery of a young girl’s body in a disused quarry tears a small community apart – but Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies as DIs Cadi John and Owen Vaughan area leading pair to reckon with, and the atmosphere of unease benefits hugely from the mountainous surroundings. Come Together: the Rise of the Festival Sky Arts, 9.00pm The line-up for this documentary would grace any festival, with Pete Townshend and Noel Gallagher among the interviewees explaining the evolution of the modern music festival from its earliest jazz and blues incarnations in Newport, through the hippy beanfeasts of Monterey and Woodstock to Glastonbury and Coachella. There are also contributions from those who promote and document festivals, including Michael Eavis and D A Pennebaker. GT A Girl’s Guide to TV BBC Two, 10.00pm; not NI Comedian Rachel Parris of The Mash Report presents her typically tongue-in-cheek advice for women looking to get ahead in television. GT Maleficent (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 6.05pm Angelina Jolie stars as the titular Maleficent in Disney’s live-action reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, which follows her from a carefree fairy to Mistress of All Evil, muddling the distinction between hero and villain. Maleficent is happy in a kingdom of peculiar CGI beasts until her heart is broken by Stefan (Sharlto Copley), who inherits the throne. Seeking vengeance, she curses his baby, Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). Thor: The Dark World (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm This is a follow-up to the popular Norse god/superhero blockbuster. The rather flabby plot is alleviated by Chris Hemsworth’s hearty charisma, which provides frequent relief from Natalie Portman’s bland damsel-in-distress (attempts to beef up her character by making her an astrophysicist are undermined by her constant fainting). Highlights include Thor sliding down The Gherkin skyscraper. Made in Dagenham (2010) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.45pm Industrial action in pursuit of equal pay for women doesn’t sound too thrilling a subject, but Nigel Cole’s (Calendar Girls) film, based around the real-life strike from 1968, turns out to be a rousing crowd-pleaser. Sally Hawkins plays the reluctant ringleader of the workers who sew car seats at Ford’s Dagenham plant; Bob Hoskins is a union rep; Miranda Richardson is wonderful as Labour MP Barbara Castle. Sunday 10 June Smoldering: Aidan Turner returns as the eponymous hero Credit: BBC Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm Not since Daniel Craig emerged from the waves in Casino Royale has there been so much fuss over a pair of wet pecs. Yes, Poldark is back for a fourth series and star Aidan Turner bares his chest for the fans in an opening scene that, if nothing else, suggests that he’s spent a lot of time exercising since the end of series three. This opener finds our swashbuckling hero Ross Poldark (Turner) back in full-on Cornish crusader mode when, following a disturbance in Truro, he locks horns with old enemy George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) over the fate of three good pals accused of riot and murder. Meanwhile, his flame-haired wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) can’t fend off her intimate longings following that illicit clinch in the dunes with poetry-penning aristo Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse) – who, with the announcement of a general election, looks set to be diverted into a career at Westminster. But as Dr Dwight (Luke Norris) is at pains to point out, Armitage has a delicate constitution that might not suit the rough and tumble of parliamentary politics. Could Ross be persuaded to think again about throwing his hat in the ring? Gerard O’Donovan One-Day International Cricket: Scotland v England Sky Sports Main Event, 10.30am Having responded brilliantly to tie the Test series with Pakistan 1-1, England now turn their attention to Scotland, with this ODI at the Grange in Edinburgh. Songs of Praise BBC One, 1.25pm A year on from the Grenfell Tower disaster, Aled Jones presents a commemorative special edition exploring how the local community in North Kensington is coping and recovering. Britain Celebrates Live: 100 Years of Women’s Votes BBC One, 2.00pm Live coverage of today’s public processions through Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London to celebrate the centenary of women winning the right to vote. Tonight’s Antiques Roadshow, at 8pm, also takes up the theme, devoting its time to items with links to remarkable women. Formula 1: Canadian Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 5.30pm After a Monaco Grand Prix that left championship leader Lewis Hamilton, in his words, “cold”, all eyes are on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, where Daniel Riccardio will be aiming to win back-to-back races. Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 ITV, 6.30pm Live from Old Trafford, it’s the annual England v World XI charity football match between teams mixing celebrities and professional athletes. This year Robbie Williams’s England is taking on a team of international stars led by Usain Bolt. Other players include Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, and Eric Cantona, and there’s live music from Jessie Ware. Countryfile BBC One, 7.00pm The last of three specials heads for Sandringham in Norfolk, the most private of the Royal retreats. Matt Baker discovers one of the Queen’s less-known interests – racing pigeons – while Ellie Harrison learns more about her love of horses. GO Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s brilliantly judged bravura performance has been one of the television highlights of 2018. Tonight, he brings the series to an entertaining and emotionally charged close as Patrick, separated and back in London in 2006, hopes to put the past to rest following his mother’s funeral. Cosby: The Women Speak Sony Crime Channel, 9.00pm Following Bill Cosby’s conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, here’s another opportunity to see the A&E network’s 2015 one-hour special in which the extent of the allegations against the former TV icon for predatory sexual behaviour came to light. Over a dozen of the 50-plus women who accused him of rape and sexual assault going back decades talk of their experiences on screen for the first time, and how statute of limitation laws threatened to deprive them of justice. GO Despicable Me 2 (2013) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 5.10pm Despicable Me, 2010’s animated supervillain comedy, had a neat enough premise. It’s gone in this sequel, though, as Steve Carell’s bald antihero, Gru, is now a reformed soul, occupied with childcare rather than dastardly plots to steal the moon. Gru’s Minions – those knee-high yellow Tic-Tacs – provide the film’s one inspired idea as they’re injected with mutating serum by the film’s mystery baddy. Hulk (2003) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.15pm Ang Lee’s dark and stylised version (a split screen mimics the panels of a comic book page) of the Incredible Hulk’s adventures is one of the best and underrated Marvel adaptations, even if it’s too complex at times. Eric Bana stars as Bruce, a scientist who’s exposed to gamma radiation and becomes a not-so-jolly green giant. This is a rampaging tale with bold special effects. Jennifer Connolly co-stars as his love interest. It (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen King’s evil clown tale is no laughing matter. First a Warners miniseries in 1990, starring an unforgettable Tim Curry, and now a two-part film version. Here we continue the terrifying tale of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), but jump forward three decades to the summer of 1988, buying into the current vogue for Eighties teen-flick nostalgia. The scary stuff is petrifying when it peaks. Monday 11 June Community spirit: those affected by the fire tell their stories Credit: BBC Grenfell BBC One, 8.30pm Bafta-winning director Ben Anthony’s unmissable documentary about last year’s Grenfell Tower tragedy opens with a sea of faces, all of which gain poignant individual focus as the film progresses. The blaze at the 24-storey block of public housing in the London borough of Kensington, which resulted in 72 deaths, left a lasting impression in those featured here as each person tells their unique story about the horrific events and their impact. Survivors who lost their homes, the bereaved, bystanders and police all share their stories, although it’s a surprising omission that the firefighters who witnessed the horrors first hand don’t offer their account. Split screens give multiple perspectives on the same moment, and what starts out as a patchwork of personal experience knits together into a mighty whole, the collective voice of a community broken but defiant. In fact, much of the film focuses on the efforts of those affected to unite in the face of seeming indifference from the local council, who also have their say. As the ongoing inquiry continues, this devastating account offers a damning testament of its own, rife with accusations of injustice and neglect, underpinned by blistering rage and grief. Toby Dantzic Fight Like a Girl BBC One, 7.30pm The ferocious sport of female wrestling comes under the spotlight with this lively film following Scottish fighter Kimberly Benson. She combines a gruelling training regime with her daytime job, as she aims for her first world title in Japan. Long Lost Family: What Happened Next ITV, 9.00pm Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall catch up with families they’ve reunited. Cathie Cutler Evans, who met her half-sister in 2016, has found joy in her extended clan. But for Maureen Charlton, separated from her brother Michael for 40 years, progress been painstaking. Dan Snow’s Norman Walks PBS America, 9.00pm Dan Snow sorts fact from fiction as he investigates the history of Norman Britain in this new series. He starts off on the Sussex coast, where aided by evidence from the Bayeux Tapestry, he pieces together William the Conqueror’s 11th-century coastal invasion. Flowers Channel 4, 10.00pm Will Sharpe’s gloriously dark comedy about a dysfunctional family returns with a double bill, then continues each night this week. A seemingly chipper Maurice (Julian Bennett) and Deborah (Olivia Colman) are on a caravanning holiday, while daughter Amy (Sophia di Martino) has a brash new girlfriend. Storyville: City Of Ghosts BBC Four, 10.30pm There are images of death in Matthew Heineman’s film so harrowing that it’s hard to keep watching, but these are the sights that Heineman’s subject, rebel group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered, face daily. The renegade collective have made it their task to secretly film the atrocities committed by Isil in the Syrian city of Raqqa, and show the rest of the world the reality of the regime. It’s an astonishing act of citizen-led journalism, and the participants’ fear and grief, as well as their sense of purpose, are starkly captured in Heineman’s blunt and brutal chronicle of a city in turmoil. TD Prisons Uncovered: Out Of Control? ITV, 10.45pm; Scotland, 11.05pm; Wales, 11.15pm; not UTV In 2016, HMP Birmingham saw the worst prison riot for 25 years, in which 600 inmates were freed from their cells. This sobering documentary looks at the factors behind the incident and reflects on the prison system. TD Our Kind of Traitor (2016) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor stars in this so-so John le Carré adaptation as poetry lecturer Perry Makepeace, who becomes embroiled in negotiations to bring Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), a well-connected Russian oligarch, into the fold of British intelligence. Skarsgård is the standout here, charging into his role with pungency, playing Dima as a bedraggled beast of Moscow’s criminal underworld. The Shining (1980) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Set in a deserted hotel that’s in the care of writer Jack (Jack Nicholson) and his family for the winter, Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant psycho-horror, based on the novel by Stephen King, is subtly unsettling. But it’s stuffed, too, with unforgettable nerve-jangling shocks, including the moment when the crazed Jack smashes his way through a door with an axe as his wife (Shelley Duvall) cowers in the corner. Teen Wolf (1985) ★★★☆☆ 5STAR, 12.10am Critics howled at this preposterous teenage comedy but audiences loved it, perhaps because it came out shortly after its star Michael J Fox’s finest hour: Back to the Future. The plot – in which Fox’s likeable nerd morphs into a basketball-playing werewolf – is almost as unlikely as the fact that he still looked fresh out of the 11th grade at the ripe old age of 25. An unparalleled analysis of puberty and adolescence. Tuesday 12 June Hitting the books: Tanisha is a pupil at Townley Grammar Credit: BBC Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland & Wales, 11.15pm Jamie Pickup’s series has walked a tightrope with considerable skill, highlighting the inarguable inequities of our educational system that favours a selective approach, while also acknowledging its considerable benefits and observing the situation from the points of view of both pupils and teachers. It concludes with mock GCSE exams approaching and students at Erith School, a secondary modern, and neighbouring institution Townley Grammar, having to assess their suitability for further education. Some, it’s fair to say, are taking it more seriously than others. Townley pupil Tanisha is underperforming and low on confidence, yet keen to raise her game and nurtured by staff aware of her limitations and capabilities. At Erith, meanwhile, Denisa is angling for a place in Townley Sixth Form and seems more than capable of attaining it, but staffing shortages are crippling science classes amid an endless round of supply teachers and stand-ins. “It keeps me awake at night,” says the admirable faculty head Mr Appiah-Gates. It’s a desperately difficult situation and one that reaches an unexpected conclusion, as common ground is found between two unlikely bedfellows. Gabriel Tate The Champions Netflix, from today Created by Mindy Kaling, this new NBC sitcom plays a bachelor gym owner (Anders Holm) off against his gay, estranged son-cum-new flatmate (the brilliant J J Totah). Smartly written and nimbly performed, it’s a solid mainstream hit. Ackley Bridge Channel 4, 8.00pm Matt Evans and Penny Woolcock continue to keep an implausible number of plates spinning as the fizzy pre-watershed drama continues to conduct its handbrake narrative turns. Both Jordan (Samuel Bottomley) and Missy (Poppy Lee Friar) handle cash shortages in an equally desperate manner, and the arrival of Steve’s ex Claire (Kimberly Walsh) puts head teacher Mandy’s (Jo Joyner) nose out of joint. Our Girl BBC One, 9.00pm Georgie (Michelle Keegan) learns an astonishing secret about the local crime boss, before a major rescue operation begins as the flawed but well-meaning military drama continues. Flights from Hell: Caught on Camera ITV, 9.00pm ITV lays down its prime-time weapons as the World Cup looms, as demonstrated by this daft three-part series of incidents filmed at 30,000 feet. These include what an engine explosion feels like to those on board the plane to the impact of volcanic ash and an extraordinarily dramatic landing. Seeing Daylight: the Photography of Dorothy Bohm Sky Arts, 9.00pm Arriving in England in 1939 to escape the Nazis, Dorothy Bohm became a pioneer of street photography and portraiture of deep humanity. This profile examines her life and work. Elvis: the Searcher Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Based on Peter Guralnick’s epochal two-part biography, Thom Zimny’s HBO epic is a treat, focusing as much on Presley the man as Elvis the icon, Part one follows him out of Tupelo, into Sun Records and on to the US army, with part two’s fall, rise and fall again airing Wednesday at 10.00pm. GT Ugly Me: My Life with Body Dysmorphia BBC One, 10.45pm; NI, 11.10pm; Scot, 11.45pm First shown on BBC Three, this harrowing film follows 29-year-old Liane, seeking treatment for the titular condition which has left her self-worth in tatters. GT Field of Dreams (1989) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.50pm Kevin Costner clearly likes a baseball movie – he’s made five of them. In this one he’s an Iowa farmer instructed by a mysterious voice to build a baseball pitch in the middle of a cornfield, which is soon occupied by a gang of ghostly players from the past. Enjoyably dotty, and responsible for the misquote, “If you build it, they will come” – it’s actually “he will come” – the fantasy is elevated by brilliant performances all around. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm The fifth film in the Die Hard franchise takes place in Russia, where our hero, Bruce Willis’s now grizzled John McClane, arrives in Moscow to hunt for his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney). McClane suspects that he may have become a drug dealer, but it transpires he is in fact working undercover for the CIA, and Dad blunders in on him mid-mission. An enjoyable but clunky thriller. The Departed (2006) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Nothing beats watching a great director in his comfort zone. Martin Scorsese’s gangland thriller – the film that finally won him an Oscar – is riveting. The plot revolves around the local police force’s efforts to stamp out Boston crime lord Frank Costello (a magnificently malevolent Jack Nicholson). There are powerhouse performances, too, from Leonardo Di Caprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. Wednesday 13 June From Russia with love: David Dimbleby Credit: BBC Putin’s Russia with David Dimbleby BBC One, 9.00pm, Wales, 11.05pm “In a democracy if you fail to deliver on economic promises, if you surround yourself with cronies and use the law to suppress opposition, you would rightly be thrown out on your ear. But this is Russia, they do things differently here…” So begins David Dimbleby’s thoughtful film in which – as the eyes of the world turn towards Moscow for the 2018 World Cup football tournament – he takes the opportunity to cast an eye over Vladimir Putin’s 18 years as leader and assess the state of Russia today, especially in regard to the West. What he finds is a country in deep economic crisis yet with a people that seem to happily hero-worship Putin and mostly accept a state machine that controls almost every aspect of their lives with the willing assistance of security services, media, military and church. Dimbleby meets ordinary contented Russians as well as protesters, human rights lawyers, journalists and official spokespeople, coming away with a sense, ultimately, that Putin’s popularity is rooted in his strongman image and media-backed levels of suspicion and hostility towards the West unseen since the end of the Cold War. Gerard O’Donovan The Fight for Women’s Bodies BBC Three, from 10.00am Following the landmark vote to legalise abortion in the Republic of Ireland, Ellie Flynn looks back at the issues through the eyes of campaigners on both sides. Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow Channel 4, 8.00pm Here is a visit to the Isle of Wight, where Peter Snow and his team set out to restore an 1864 wooden train carriage that has served as a holiday chalet since it was decommissioned in the Twenties. Before Grenfell: A Hidden History BBC Two, 9.00pm A year since the Grenfell Tower fire, residents of Kensington relate how the London borough has become the most unequal place in Britain, with the gap between rich and poor once again as extreme as in the 1860s when developers first built housing for the rich in Notting Hill next to the worst slum in London. Can Science Make Me Perfect? With Alice Roberts BBC Four, 9.00pm Millions of years have gone into the human body: lots of great evolutionary adaptations but lots of imperfections, too. In a film that’s as entertaining as it is instructive, anatomist Alice Roberts takes on a challenge to design a better body than the one we get at birth. The Fast Fix: Diabetes ITV, 9.00pm Anita Rani presents a new two-part series exploring whether it is possible for people suffering from type 2 diabetes to reverse the condition by adhering to a radical diet. By consuming just 800 calories a day, can they “fast themselves better”? Concludes tomorrow Big Beasts: Last of the Giants Sky One, 9.00pm Biologist Patrick Aryee explores why size matters in the natural world. Beginning in the Americas, he checks out the planet’s largest predator, the sperm whale; comes face to face with a grizzly bear and gets rather too close to an anaconda that’s as long as a bus. GO How to Start an Airline Channel 4, 10.30pm This documentary follows Bangladeshi-British entrepreneur Kazi Shafiqur Rahman as he attempts to break into the fiercely competitive airline industry while also fulfilling the demands of his faith by insisting that the airline must comply with the teachings of Islam. GO Regarding Henry (1991) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 6.50pm Telling the story of a hotshot lawyer (Harrison Ford) who learns to question his values after a head injury, this film formed a companion piece to Wolf (1994), with Jack Nicholson as a publisher who is bitten by a wolf and turns into a boardroom predator. Directed by Mike Nichols, whose Oscar-winning movie The Graduate was a cinematic landmark of the 1960s, it’s a bit of an embarrassment, but interesting nevertheless. Source Code (2011) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Jake Gyllenhaal repeatedly finds himself reliving the last eight minutes in the life of a man on board a train which is about to be destroyed by a bomb as part of an experiment. Meanwhile, scientists Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright are monitoring Gyllenhaal’s exploits. Duncan Jones confirmed the promise of his directing debut Moon with this thrilling whodunit, which also serves as a moving meditation on life. Beetlejuice (1988) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Michael Keaton is an actor of rare versatility (as his triumphant role in Birdman proved). In this cult, Oscar-winning film by Tim Burton, Keaton shines as a con artist ghost called Beetlejuice, who aims to help two other ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to scare the obnoxious new residents out of their old house. But he then falls for lovely goth Lydia (Winona Ryder), the family’s daughter. Thursday 14 June It’s kicking off: Mark Pugatch (centre) leads ITV’s presenting team Credit: ITV FIFA World Cup 2018: Opening Ceremony ITV, 2.30pm Regardless of how you think Russia got to be awarded the 21st staging of football’s biggest tournament (by corrupt means or otherwise), it’s time to cast those aspersions aside because the Russia 2018 championship is here. But, two hours before a ball is kicked, the opening ceremony marks the official start of the highest prize in football. And as we all know, entertaining opening ceremonies can be a great curtain-raiser for sport events, if they are done well – think the London 2012 Olympics. This one takes place at the 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium, which is the jewel in Russia’s crown of stadiums and will also host the final on July 15. Mark Pougatch presents the live coverage of the ceremony, which is headlined by actor and rapper Will Smith and Nicky Jam, who will perform Live It Up, the official World Cup song, which has received mixed reviews. As well as that, the ceremony will include local performers showing off different aspects of Russian culture, with gymnasts and trampolinists in among the fireworks and performances on display. The matches get under way following the ceremony with the host nation against Saudi Arabia. Clive Morgan Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm While the BBC’s post-Bake Off cookery contest may not have set the world alight, it’s given the judges plenty to get their teeth into. This week, it’s the final, and three challenges stand between the contestants and the title: a summer favourite, their best main course and a pudding. Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm After three weeks of cute animals, Springwatch comes to an end with Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and co reliving this year’s best moments at Sherborne Park Estate. The Trouble with Women with Anne Robinson BBC One, 9.00pm As a journalist and TV presenter, Anne Robinson shattered the glass ceiling as she built her career. She imagined that now, 50 years later, we’d be much closer to achieving equality than we are. With the ongoing discussions about gender pay, Robinson asks women around the UK what’s preventing parity? Inside HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs Channel 5, 9.00pm Wormwood Scrubs has had some infamous inmates: from serial killers Ian Brady and Peter Sutcliffe to rockers Pete Docherty and Keith Richards. This documentary exploring the prison’s history tells the stories of a Soviet spy who escaped from the jail and its best-known inmate, Charles Bronson. CM Missions BBC Four, 10.00pm and 10.20pm The absorbing French sci-fi drama about the first manned mission to Mars concludes with its final double header. This week, psychiatrist Jeanne (Hélène Viviès) discovers the reason behind cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov’s (Arben Bajraktaraj) mission. I Am Evidence Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm Even though Mariska Hargitay spent almost 20 years as crime fighter Olivia Benson in Law & Order: SVU, nothing prepared her for what she was to learn in real life. In this shocking documentary, Hargitay investigates the flaws in the US justice system that have allowed tens of thousands of rape kits to go untested for years. It’s a tough film to watch at times, especially as it highlights the issue through deeply personal and harrowing, first-person accounts from four women whose attacks are still fresh in their minds decades after the assaults due to a lack of closure. “I felt like my body was a crime scene,” one of the women recalls. CM Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) ★★★☆☆ Comedy Central, 9.00pm Will Ferrell fans will need little encouragement to lap up this affectionate send-up of Nascar racing, redneck culture and male bonding. Ferrell pays a Nascar speed-demon who is challenged by a gay, French Formula One driver (Sacha Baron Cohen), to see who is the ultimate racer. It’s a full throttle comedy that plays to Ferrell’s strengths. The Hills Have Eyes (2006) ★★★☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm French director Alexandre Aja makes his Hollywood debut with this grim but gripping remake of Wes Craven’s semi-cult horror film about a family battling a brood of mutants in the New Mexico desert. Aja ups the visceral violence, and the characters – including Ted Levine and Kathleen Quinlan as the parents – are sufficiently well-drawn to make the outcome shocking. The Ghost (2010) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor plays a talented ghost writer, who lands a lucrative contract to edit the memoirs of Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), the former UK Prime Minister, in this Roman Polanski adaptation of the Robert Harris novel. Soon after, Lang is accused of committing a war crime and the Ghost finds himself drawn into a world of dangerous secrets that put his life at risk. This is a deeply unsettling thriller. Friday 15 June One connected flow: Dan Jones on the Grand Union Canal Building Britain’s Canals Channel 5, 8.00pm His tattoos may have a nerdish medieval theme, but historian Dan Jones still seems too hip to be fronting a stuffy-sounding series about Britain’s iconic canals. Jones’s lively style and eye for interesting detail, however, keeps this subject surprisingly fresh, as he begins this three-part run with a look at the Grand Union Canal, the longest stretch of man-made waterway in Britain. It’s a story that reaches back 200 years, when the demands of the Industrial Revolution called for a speedy way to move goods between Birmingham and London, and the country’s engineering super-brains found ingenious means to link seven separate channels into one connected flow. As Jones explains, while the financial benefits were big, construction of the Grand Union was time consuming and dangerous. The 12-year stop-start struggle to complete the technically complex Blisworth Hill tunnel, for example, saw the deaths of up to 60 workers. Unable to compete with the advent of the speedy steam train, the Grand Union itself soon declined too. The canal is now a source of summertime pleasure, so this is a welcome reminder of its once vital purpose. Toby Dantzic Queer Eye Netflix, from today The success of this heart-warming makeover series, which returned to much acclaim earlier this year, was something of a surprise. Netflix then have been quick to capitalise, snappily rolling out another run barely four months later, with the likeable quintet all returning for more lifestyle revamping. Details are so far scant, but the show’s culture guru Karamo Brown has hinted that women and the trans community could be featured. World Cup 2018: Portugal v Spain BBC One, 6.20pm The pick of this week’s World Cup matches happens on day two at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi and comes from Group B. Expect a tense affair as Spain, who suffered the ignominy of failing to make it to the knockout rounds four years ago, take on their bitter rivals Portugal. The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Former footballer Dennis Wise heads the team of celebrity hopefuls, joined by Katie Price, Roman Kemp, Bez and Binky Felstead.Wise struggles with a fiendish skill game, while a number-based challenge sets Felstead’s head spinning. Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Jane McDonald wraps up her Antipodean adventure in New Zealand’s North Island. She rubs noses with a Maori tribe in Napier, explores Rotorua’s dramatic geothermal landscapes and views Auckland’s skyline from a helicopter. Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.40pm This is a final bout of topical treats from veteran impressionist Tracey Ullman. Favourites Angela Merkel and Rupert Murdoch get a look in, alongside more takes on Jeremy Corbyn, Michael Gove and Nanny, the dedicated carer of Jacob Rees-Mogg. Africa: A Journey Into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm Apart from the occasional act on Later… with Jools Holland, world music doesn’t get much airtime on our TVs, so this beguiling series helmed by DJ Rita Ray offers a welcome insight into its traditions. For her final foray, Ray heads to Mali, home to more Grammy award-winning artists than any other African country. From her attempts at a sinuous wedding dance to meeting renowned harp player Toumani Diabaté, Ray’s journey is full of stirring encounters. TD Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive Channel 5, 10.00pm A fitting reminder of Dale Winton’s easy-going charm, this swansong travelogue series resumes after a hiatus with our host in ocean-front Miami. Highlights include a trip to Little Havana, the city’s Cuban quarter, and a look at fashion designer Versace’s opulent former home. TD Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm In a similar but distinct way to Ridley Scott’s masterful original, Blade Runner 2049 mulls one of the meatiest questions around: is surface all that there is, or do life’s currents run deeper than the things we can see, hear and touch? Denis Villeneuve’s film toys with both options, making neither a comfort – and in the process, maps out a provocative blockbuster. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford star. Red (2010) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm A starry line-up of actors of pensionable age is the attraction of this light-hearted adaptation of Warren Ellis’s graphic novel, and it’s hard to resist Helen Mirren with a submachine gun. RED stands for “Retired Extremely Dangerous”, which is what the CIA has labelled former agents Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Mirren, who team up to find out who has marked them for assassination, and why. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) ★★★★★ Channel 4, 11.40pm Soaked in sex, drugs and scandal, Martin Scorsese’s epic is based on the memoir of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who spent the Nineties illegally amassing a vast personal fortune. With a fantastic performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, this morally bankrupt romp was lauded by audiences and critics alike. Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie co-star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show BBC Two, 7.00pm; not Scotland or Wales Anyone mourning the end of the Chelsea Flower Show can seek solace in the RHS’s newest horticultural event, the Chatsworth Flower Show. Although its debut last year was marred by inclement weather, the event deserves to become a magnet for enthusiasts, its USP being its setting in the glorious Capability Brown-designed gardens of Derbyshire’s most famous stately home. This year’s occasion features a show-stopping installation of more than 100 varieties of orchid, a floral river display of 12,000 Cosmos, and eight art installations dotted among the 1,000-acre estate. We begin with Gardeners’ World favourites Carol Klein, Adam Frost and Arit Anderson giving us an overview of the five-day event. Among the five show gardens, the most intriguing-sounding are Elspeth Stockwell’s John Deere Garden, which celebrates 100 years of tractors, and Chris Myers’ Hay Time in the Dales, which is a celebration of wildflower meadows. The gardening experts ask whether conifers are coming back into fashion and explore Chatsworth’s rich orchid history – the Victorian head gardener Joseph Paxton introduced 80 species there. If the weather holds, RHS Chatsworth should become a jewel in the RHS crown. VP Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This over-egged cookery contest, with too many judges, hasn’t recreated Great British Bake Off’s magic, but goes down easily enough. This week, the five remaining amateurs create a sharing feast and a dish of squid or mackerel. VP Supershoppers Channel 4, 8.00pm This perky take on the consumer show, hosted by Anna Richardson and Sabrina Grant, storms back with an item attacking John Lewis. They argue that the department store’s price promise can’t always be believed, alongside other items looking at faddy dairy-free milks and battery life. VP Secrets of the Chocolate Factory: Inside Cadbury Channel 5, 9.00pm This breezy documentary looks at the history of our favourite chocolate brand, from its founding as a well-meaning Victorian social experiment to the hostile takeover by Kraft in 2010. It’s packed fuller than a Fruit & Nut bar with fascinating titbits, making it a satisfying treat. VP Mock the Week BBC Two, 10.00pm TV’s most competitive panel show is back to take a sideways look at the news, with James Acaster and Zoe Lyons among the stand-ups joining stalwart Hugh Dennis and host Dara O’Briain. Donald Trump and Brexit ensure there’s be no shortage of material. VP Quantico Alibi, 9.00pm Priyanka Chopra, a close friend of the duchess formerly known as Meghan Markle, guest stars in the third run of this crime thriller. This new series, set three years after the last, sees Chopra’s ex-FBI agent, Alex Parrish, living under a pseudonym, until men with guns find her. VP Billions Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm It’s a pleasure to watch Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis slug it out each week as hot-shot attorney Chuck and shady banker Axe in this drama about high finance. This week, Axe and Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon) fall out over her worth to the firm. VP Missions BBC Four, from 10.00pm Another double helping of the French sci-fi drama about the first manned mission to Mars, in bite-sized 25-minute chunks. This week, Jeanne (Hélène Viviès) wallows in memories of her father, while back in 1960s’ Moscow we meet Vladimir Komarov (Arben Bajraktaraj), who was a real cosmonaut. VP Two Rode Together (1961) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 12.20pm Working for the first time with director John Ford, James Stewart stars in this slow western, based on the novel Comanche Captives by Will Cook and which has thematic echoes of Ford’s The Searchers. Guthrie McCabe (Stewart) is a corrupt town marshal who is hired by a Cavalry lieutenant (Richard Widmark) to help rescue captives held by the Comanche in 1880s Texas. Shirley Jones co-stars. Calendar Girls (2003) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Greats, 6.00pm This gentle, eye-moistening comedy, which has been turned into a successful play, is based on the true story of a group of Women’s Institute members in Yorkshire who raised money for leukaemia research by posing naked for a calendar. Helen Mirren, Julie Walters and Celia Imrie are among the women stripping off (well, more or less: certain body parts are always obscured by tea- cups, cream buns, etc). The Karate Kid (1984) ★★★★☆ Comedy Central, 9.00pm One of the Eighties’ best-loved films, and far superior to the 2010 remake starring Jaden Smith (son of Will). It tells the story of bullied Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio), who’s taken under the wing of handyman Mr Miyagi (Pat Morita) and taught how to wash cars and paint fences. Of course, this turns out to be masterly martial arts training. Elisabeth Shue also stars as Larusso’s love interest Ali. Friday 8 June YouTube blogger Alfie Deyes, actress Jorgie Porter, long jumper Greg Rutherford, Dame Kelly Holmes, and MC Big Narstie take part in The Crystal Maze Credit: Channel 4 The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Channel 4’s successful reboot of the cult Eighties series continues its golden run of form with another charity special featuring people who, in the words of Maze Master Richard Ayoade, “we have all agreed, for some reason, to call… celebrities”. Ayoade is unstinting in his good-natured jibes, and his targets are equally obliging in laughing them off: this time around, it’s Olympians Kelly Holmes and Greg Rutherford, Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter, YouTube vlogger Alfie Deyes and grime MC Big Narstie. The latter comes in for the roughest ride, and indeed you may not see a more agonising sequence all year than Big Narstie wrestling with Jarhead’s (Adam Buxton) not-enormously taxing riddles, but his utter delight at being involved (“I’m GASSED!”) earns him a pass. The tasks are the usual ingenious grab-bag, honouring the heritage of the series while also advancing it, from the daft (balancing on space hoppers) to the fiendish (blowing a ball around a maze with “directional guffs” from an air pump). For his part, Ayoade once again proves himself the natural heir to Richard O’Brien in surreal wit (pace Ed Tudor-Pole and Stephan Merchant), and the cause, Stand Up 2 Cancer, is unimpeachable. GT Dispatches: After Grenfell Channel 4, 7.30pm In spite of a wealth of promises in the wake of the catastrophic fire in Grenfell Tower, claims abound that too many of the country’s tower blocks remain unsafe. Ed Howker investigates whether expert advice has been heeded and looks at the risks, both existing and newly discovered, for the tower’s residents. GT Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Channel 5’s first-ever Bafta-winning show returns for a trip down under, with former cruise ship singer Jane McDonald exploring Sydney, Tasmania, Dunedin and Christchurch. GT Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm Ullman continues to play to her strengths with her roll call of uncanny impersonations of famous people. Theresa May, Angela Merkle and Nicola Sturgeon are back, along with her bizarrely convincing Michael Gove, while Jacob Rees-Mogg (Liam Hourican) and his Nanny (Ullman) endure yet more humiliation. GT Arctic Monkeys Live at the BBC BBC Two, 11.05pm Alex Turner and his band play selections from their divisive new album, Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino, as well as a few oldies, including A Certain Romance, to reassure their more conservative fans. GT Cloak and Dagger Amazon Prime, from today Marvel’s latest TV offering is this teen series in which Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) discover new, mysteriously connected superpowers. GT Sense8 Netflix, from today The Wachowskis’ kaleidoscopic saga ends with a two-hour episode created after its fans demanded closure when the series was axed. With Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) missing, Capheus (Toby Onwumere) running for office, Sun Bak (Bae Doona) on the run and the mysterious Chairman still at large, there’s no shortage of loose ends. GT The Staircase Netflix, from today This 2004 eight-parter documented the 16-year court battle over the fate of novelist Michael Peterson, accused of pushing his wife down the stairs to her death. Landing on Netflix with new, equally gripping episodes, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s series is both the old and the new Making a Murderer. GT The Way Way Back (2013) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.55pm This coming-of-age story feels like familiar terrain, but it’s agreeably done. Duncan (Liam James) learns about life, love and self-esteem from a gang of water-park employees, including the excellent Sam Rockwell, when forced to go on holiday with his mother (Toni Collette) and her boyfriend (Steve Carrell). The script flows and there’s enough melancholy and edge to the overall comic tone for its charm to prevail. Bend It Like Beckham (2002) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.45pm Keira Knightley’s career kicked off with this feelgood football-themed comedy drama from Bhaji on the Beach director Gurinder Chadha. She stars alongside Parminder Nagra as one of two 18-year-old girls who set out to make it as professional footballers, despite their families’ best efforts to stop them. Next of Kin’s Archie Panjabi and Shaznay Lewis (of reunited Nineties girl band All Saints fame) co-star. Platoon (1986) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.00pm This is a chance to see a young Charlie Sheen at the start of his turbulent career. The horrors of the Vietnam War are seen through the prism of a fresh-faced college dropout (Sheen) who finds himself in the thick of battle while Willem Dafoe plays his sympathetic sergeant. Director Oliver Stone used his own experiences of serving in the US army during the war to inform this harrowing film that won four Oscars. Saturday 9 June Controversial: the writer and intellectual Germaine Greer is profiled Credit: BBC Germaine Bloody Greer BBC Two, 9.00pm The personal views of Germaine Greer once had a universality and pungency about them that the world so desperately needed. But her recent comments about rape, violence on TV and transpeople, by contrast, resemble self-important trolling: wilfully controversial, dreadfully retrograde and a blight on a considerable legacy. This thrilling profile is a reminder of why she still matters, albeit perhaps more for what she was than what she has become. Novelist Zoë Heller and journalist Rosie Boycott are among those singing her praises, while Greer herself proves as unable as ever to avoid calling out a daft question or savaging a sacred cow. The footage is exciting and superbly mounted by director Clare Beavan. Whether it’s Greer’s early films, her steadfastness in the face of the abuse sent her way after The Female Eunuch was published, and her evisceration of Norman Mailer during a famous 1971 set-to in New York, Greer remains a most rugged individual. “I don’t think Germaine and the word ‘sisterhood’ are natural bedfellows,” reckons Boycott. What about that legacy? “I don’t do regret and I don’t do things that I regret,” Greer concludes. By any standards, a remarkable life. Gabriel Tate Trooping the Colour BBC One, 10.30am Marking the official birthday of the Queen, the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards will conduct their annual pageant on Horse Guards Parade, introduced by Huw Edwards and with J J Chalmers offering behind-the-scenes insights. There are highlights at 7.30pm on BBC Two. French Open Tennis: The women’s final ITV, 1.30pm Action on the 14th day at Roland Garros features the women’s singles final in the second Grand Slam tournament of the year. Jelena Ostapenko met Simona Halep in last year’s showpiece match, where the Latvian defeated the number three seed 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to become the first person from her country to win a Grand Slam tournament and the first unseeded player to win the French Open since 1933. The men’s final, which was won for a record 10th time by Spaniard Rafael Nadal last year, takes place on Sunday at 1.30pm on ITV. Women’s International One-Day Cricket: England Women v South Africa Women Sky Sports Main Event, 1.30pm It’s the opening one-day international of the three-match series, which takes place at New Road in Worcester. Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor and Lauren Winfield all return to the England squad after missing out on the Indian tour. World Cup-winning duo Fran Wilson and Alex Hartley miss out, however. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm This afternoon England will be looking to dispatch the Springboks at a venue Eddie Jones has described as the “spiritual home of rugby”. They’ve not won at Ellis Park in Johannesburg since 1972 – their only triumph at the venue – and their last appearance here was a 36-27 defeat under Stuart Lancaster in 2012. Ellis Park was the setting for the Springboks’ World Cup final victory over New Zealand in 1995 and one of the sport’s finest moments – Nelson Mandela handing Francois Pienaar the Webb Ellis Cup. “It will be hostile but it’s fantastic and I am so excited about it,” says Jones. “In world rugby who do you want to beat? The Springboks at Ellis Park.” Owen Farrell will captain England, while the hugely talented New Zealand-born flanker Brad Shields is expected to play a part for the visitors. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 5.30pm; Scotland, 2.45pm After deconstructing the exploration documentary in the fascinating and alarming My Year with the Tribe, explorer Will Millard is on slightly surer ground with this new series in which he journeys down the River Wye. He begins his journey with a search for the river’s source on the slopes of Plynlimon, before he has an encounter with an entrepreneurial local sheep farmer. Take Me Out: Over 50s Special ITV, 8.00pm Three “older gentlemen” (I’m sure host Paddy McGuinness will make plenty of gags here) face 30 single “Golden Girls”, including a former nun and an ex-partner of action hero Jason Statham, in this one-off special of the ever-popular dating show. Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm After Hinterland and Keeping Faith comes the BBC’s latest Welsh language crime thriller. Hidden has a familiar set-up – the discovery of a young girl’s body in a disused quarry tears a small community apart – but Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies as DIs Cadi John and Owen Vaughan area leading pair to reckon with, and the atmosphere of unease benefits hugely from the mountainous surroundings. Come Together: the Rise of the Festival Sky Arts, 9.00pm The line-up for this documentary would grace any festival, with Pete Townshend and Noel Gallagher among the interviewees explaining the evolution of the modern music festival from its earliest jazz and blues incarnations in Newport, through the hippy beanfeasts of Monterey and Woodstock to Glastonbury and Coachella. There are also contributions from those who promote and document festivals, including Michael Eavis and D A Pennebaker. GT A Girl’s Guide to TV BBC Two, 10.00pm; not NI Comedian Rachel Parris of The Mash Report presents her typically tongue-in-cheek advice for women looking to get ahead in television. GT Maleficent (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 6.05pm Angelina Jolie stars as the titular Maleficent in Disney’s live-action reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, which follows her from a carefree fairy to Mistress of All Evil, muddling the distinction between hero and villain. Maleficent is happy in a kingdom of peculiar CGI beasts until her heart is broken by Stefan (Sharlto Copley), who inherits the throne. Seeking vengeance, she curses his baby, Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). Thor: The Dark World (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm This is a follow-up to the popular Norse god/superhero blockbuster. The rather flabby plot is alleviated by Chris Hemsworth’s hearty charisma, which provides frequent relief from Natalie Portman’s bland damsel-in-distress (attempts to beef up her character by making her an astrophysicist are undermined by her constant fainting). Highlights include Thor sliding down The Gherkin skyscraper. Made in Dagenham (2010) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.45pm Industrial action in pursuit of equal pay for women doesn’t sound too thrilling a subject, but Nigel Cole’s (Calendar Girls) film, based around the real-life strike from 1968, turns out to be a rousing crowd-pleaser. Sally Hawkins plays the reluctant ringleader of the workers who sew car seats at Ford’s Dagenham plant; Bob Hoskins is a union rep; Miranda Richardson is wonderful as Labour MP Barbara Castle. Sunday 10 June Smoldering: Aidan Turner returns as the eponymous hero Credit: BBC Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm Not since Daniel Craig emerged from the waves in Casino Royale has there been so much fuss over a pair of wet pecs. Yes, Poldark is back for a fourth series and star Aidan Turner bares his chest for the fans in an opening scene that, if nothing else, suggests that he’s spent a lot of time exercising since the end of series three. This opener finds our swashbuckling hero Ross Poldark (Turner) back in full-on Cornish crusader mode when, following a disturbance in Truro, he locks horns with old enemy George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) over the fate of three good pals accused of riot and murder. Meanwhile, his flame-haired wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) can’t fend off her intimate longings following that illicit clinch in the dunes with poetry-penning aristo Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse) – who, with the announcement of a general election, looks set to be diverted into a career at Westminster. But as Dr Dwight (Luke Norris) is at pains to point out, Armitage has a delicate constitution that might not suit the rough and tumble of parliamentary politics. Could Ross be persuaded to think again about throwing his hat in the ring? Gerard O’Donovan One-Day International Cricket: Scotland v England Sky Sports Main Event, 10.30am Having responded brilliantly to tie the Test series with Pakistan 1-1, England now turn their attention to Scotland, with this ODI at the Grange in Edinburgh. Songs of Praise BBC One, 1.25pm A year on from the Grenfell Tower disaster, Aled Jones presents a commemorative special edition exploring how the local community in North Kensington is coping and recovering. Britain Celebrates Live: 100 Years of Women’s Votes BBC One, 2.00pm Live coverage of today’s public processions through Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London to celebrate the centenary of women winning the right to vote. Tonight’s Antiques Roadshow, at 8pm, also takes up the theme, devoting its time to items with links to remarkable women. Formula 1: Canadian Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 5.30pm After a Monaco Grand Prix that left championship leader Lewis Hamilton, in his words, “cold”, all eyes are on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, where Daniel Riccardio will be aiming to win back-to-back races. Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 ITV, 6.30pm Live from Old Trafford, it’s the annual England v World XI charity football match between teams mixing celebrities and professional athletes. This year Robbie Williams’s England is taking on a team of international stars led by Usain Bolt. Other players include Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, and Eric Cantona, and there’s live music from Jessie Ware. Countryfile BBC One, 7.00pm The last of three specials heads for Sandringham in Norfolk, the most private of the Royal retreats. Matt Baker discovers one of the Queen’s less-known interests – racing pigeons – while Ellie Harrison learns more about her love of horses. GO Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s brilliantly judged bravura performance has been one of the television highlights of 2018. Tonight, he brings the series to an entertaining and emotionally charged close as Patrick, separated and back in London in 2006, hopes to put the past to rest following his mother’s funeral. Cosby: The Women Speak Sony Crime Channel, 9.00pm Following Bill Cosby’s conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, here’s another opportunity to see the A&E network’s 2015 one-hour special in which the extent of the allegations against the former TV icon for predatory sexual behaviour came to light. Over a dozen of the 50-plus women who accused him of rape and sexual assault going back decades talk of their experiences on screen for the first time, and how statute of limitation laws threatened to deprive them of justice. GO Despicable Me 2 (2013) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 5.10pm Despicable Me, 2010’s animated supervillain comedy, had a neat enough premise. It’s gone in this sequel, though, as Steve Carell’s bald antihero, Gru, is now a reformed soul, occupied with childcare rather than dastardly plots to steal the moon. Gru’s Minions – those knee-high yellow Tic-Tacs – provide the film’s one inspired idea as they’re injected with mutating serum by the film’s mystery baddy. Hulk (2003) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.15pm Ang Lee’s dark and stylised version (a split screen mimics the panels of a comic book page) of the Incredible Hulk’s adventures is one of the best and underrated Marvel adaptations, even if it’s too complex at times. Eric Bana stars as Bruce, a scientist who’s exposed to gamma radiation and becomes a not-so-jolly green giant. This is a rampaging tale with bold special effects. Jennifer Connolly co-stars as his love interest. It (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen King’s evil clown tale is no laughing matter. First a Warners miniseries in 1990, starring an unforgettable Tim Curry, and now a two-part film version. Here we continue the terrifying tale of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), but jump forward three decades to the summer of 1988, buying into the current vogue for Eighties teen-flick nostalgia. The scary stuff is petrifying when it peaks. Monday 11 June Community spirit: those affected by the fire tell their stories Credit: BBC Grenfell BBC One, 8.30pm Bafta-winning director Ben Anthony’s unmissable documentary about last year’s Grenfell Tower tragedy opens with a sea of faces, all of which gain poignant individual focus as the film progresses. The blaze at the 24-storey block of public housing in the London borough of Kensington, which resulted in 72 deaths, left a lasting impression in those featured here as each person tells their unique story about the horrific events and their impact. Survivors who lost their homes, the bereaved, bystanders and police all share their stories, although it’s a surprising omission that the firefighters who witnessed the horrors first hand don’t offer their account. Split screens give multiple perspectives on the same moment, and what starts out as a patchwork of personal experience knits together into a mighty whole, the collective voice of a community broken but defiant. In fact, much of the film focuses on the efforts of those affected to unite in the face of seeming indifference from the local council, who also have their say. As the ongoing inquiry continues, this devastating account offers a damning testament of its own, rife with accusations of injustice and neglect, underpinned by blistering rage and grief. Toby Dantzic Fight Like a Girl BBC One, 7.30pm The ferocious sport of female wrestling comes under the spotlight with this lively film following Scottish fighter Kimberly Benson. She combines a gruelling training regime with her daytime job, as she aims for her first world title in Japan. Long Lost Family: What Happened Next ITV, 9.00pm Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall catch up with families they’ve reunited. Cathie Cutler Evans, who met her half-sister in 2016, has found joy in her extended clan. But for Maureen Charlton, separated from her brother Michael for 40 years, progress been painstaking. Dan Snow’s Norman Walks PBS America, 9.00pm Dan Snow sorts fact from fiction as he investigates the history of Norman Britain in this new series. He starts off on the Sussex coast, where aided by evidence from the Bayeux Tapestry, he pieces together William the Conqueror’s 11th-century coastal invasion. Flowers Channel 4, 10.00pm Will Sharpe’s gloriously dark comedy about a dysfunctional family returns with a double bill, then continues each night this week. A seemingly chipper Maurice (Julian Bennett) and Deborah (Olivia Colman) are on a caravanning holiday, while daughter Amy (Sophia di Martino) has a brash new girlfriend. Storyville: City Of Ghosts BBC Four, 10.30pm There are images of death in Matthew Heineman’s film so harrowing that it’s hard to keep watching, but these are the sights that Heineman’s subject, rebel group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered, face daily. The renegade collective have made it their task to secretly film the atrocities committed by Isil in the Syrian city of Raqqa, and show the rest of the world the reality of the regime. It’s an astonishing act of citizen-led journalism, and the participants’ fear and grief, as well as their sense of purpose, are starkly captured in Heineman’s blunt and brutal chronicle of a city in turmoil. TD Prisons Uncovered: Out Of Control? ITV, 10.45pm; Scotland, 11.05pm; Wales, 11.15pm; not UTV In 2016, HMP Birmingham saw the worst prison riot for 25 years, in which 600 inmates were freed from their cells. This sobering documentary looks at the factors behind the incident and reflects on the prison system. TD Our Kind of Traitor (2016) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor stars in this so-so John le Carré adaptation as poetry lecturer Perry Makepeace, who becomes embroiled in negotiations to bring Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), a well-connected Russian oligarch, into the fold of British intelligence. Skarsgård is the standout here, charging into his role with pungency, playing Dima as a bedraggled beast of Moscow’s criminal underworld. The Shining (1980) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Set in a deserted hotel that’s in the care of writer Jack (Jack Nicholson) and his family for the winter, Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant psycho-horror, based on the novel by Stephen King, is subtly unsettling. But it’s stuffed, too, with unforgettable nerve-jangling shocks, including the moment when the crazed Jack smashes his way through a door with an axe as his wife (Shelley Duvall) cowers in the corner. Teen Wolf (1985) ★★★☆☆ 5STAR, 12.10am Critics howled at this preposterous teenage comedy but audiences loved it, perhaps because it came out shortly after its star Michael J Fox’s finest hour: Back to the Future. The plot – in which Fox’s likeable nerd morphs into a basketball-playing werewolf – is almost as unlikely as the fact that he still looked fresh out of the 11th grade at the ripe old age of 25. An unparalleled analysis of puberty and adolescence. Tuesday 12 June Hitting the books: Tanisha is a pupil at Townley Grammar Credit: BBC Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland & Wales, 11.15pm Jamie Pickup’s series has walked a tightrope with considerable skill, highlighting the inarguable inequities of our educational system that favours a selective approach, while also acknowledging its considerable benefits and observing the situation from the points of view of both pupils and teachers. It concludes with mock GCSE exams approaching and students at Erith School, a secondary modern, and neighbouring institution Townley Grammar, having to assess their suitability for further education. Some, it’s fair to say, are taking it more seriously than others. Townley pupil Tanisha is underperforming and low on confidence, yet keen to raise her game and nurtured by staff aware of her limitations and capabilities. At Erith, meanwhile, Denisa is angling for a place in Townley Sixth Form and seems more than capable of attaining it, but staffing shortages are crippling science classes amid an endless round of supply teachers and stand-ins. “It keeps me awake at night,” says the admirable faculty head Mr Appiah-Gates. It’s a desperately difficult situation and one that reaches an unexpected conclusion, as common ground is found between two unlikely bedfellows. Gabriel Tate The Champions Netflix, from today Created by Mindy Kaling, this new NBC sitcom plays a bachelor gym owner (Anders Holm) off against his gay, estranged son-cum-new flatmate (the brilliant J J Totah). Smartly written and nimbly performed, it’s a solid mainstream hit. Ackley Bridge Channel 4, 8.00pm Matt Evans and Penny Woolcock continue to keep an implausible number of plates spinning as the fizzy pre-watershed drama continues to conduct its handbrake narrative turns. Both Jordan (Samuel Bottomley) and Missy (Poppy Lee Friar) handle cash shortages in an equally desperate manner, and the arrival of Steve’s ex Claire (Kimberly Walsh) puts head teacher Mandy’s (Jo Joyner) nose out of joint. Our Girl BBC One, 9.00pm Georgie (Michelle Keegan) learns an astonishing secret about the local crime boss, before a major rescue operation begins as the flawed but well-meaning military drama continues. Flights from Hell: Caught on Camera ITV, 9.00pm ITV lays down its prime-time weapons as the World Cup looms, as demonstrated by this daft three-part series of incidents filmed at 30,000 feet. These include what an engine explosion feels like to those on board the plane to the impact of volcanic ash and an extraordinarily dramatic landing. Seeing Daylight: the Photography of Dorothy Bohm Sky Arts, 9.00pm Arriving in England in 1939 to escape the Nazis, Dorothy Bohm became a pioneer of street photography and portraiture of deep humanity. This profile examines her life and work. Elvis: the Searcher Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Based on Peter Guralnick’s epochal two-part biography, Thom Zimny’s HBO epic is a treat, focusing as much on Presley the man as Elvis the icon, Part one follows him out of Tupelo, into Sun Records and on to the US army, with part two’s fall, rise and fall again airing Wednesday at 10.00pm. GT Ugly Me: My Life with Body Dysmorphia BBC One, 10.45pm; NI, 11.10pm; Scot, 11.45pm First shown on BBC Three, this harrowing film follows 29-year-old Liane, seeking treatment for the titular condition which has left her self-worth in tatters. GT Field of Dreams (1989) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.50pm Kevin Costner clearly likes a baseball movie – he’s made five of them. In this one he’s an Iowa farmer instructed by a mysterious voice to build a baseball pitch in the middle of a cornfield, which is soon occupied by a gang of ghostly players from the past. Enjoyably dotty, and responsible for the misquote, “If you build it, they will come” – it’s actually “he will come” – the fantasy is elevated by brilliant performances all around. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm The fifth film in the Die Hard franchise takes place in Russia, where our hero, Bruce Willis’s now grizzled John McClane, arrives in Moscow to hunt for his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney). McClane suspects that he may have become a drug dealer, but it transpires he is in fact working undercover for the CIA, and Dad blunders in on him mid-mission. An enjoyable but clunky thriller. The Departed (2006) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Nothing beats watching a great director in his comfort zone. Martin Scorsese’s gangland thriller – the film that finally won him an Oscar – is riveting. The plot revolves around the local police force’s efforts to stamp out Boston crime lord Frank Costello (a magnificently malevolent Jack Nicholson). There are powerhouse performances, too, from Leonardo Di Caprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. Wednesday 13 June From Russia with love: David Dimbleby Credit: BBC Putin’s Russia with David Dimbleby BBC One, 9.00pm, Wales, 11.05pm “In a democracy if you fail to deliver on economic promises, if you surround yourself with cronies and use the law to suppress opposition, you would rightly be thrown out on your ear. But this is Russia, they do things differently here…” So begins David Dimbleby’s thoughtful film in which – as the eyes of the world turn towards Moscow for the 2018 World Cup football tournament – he takes the opportunity to cast an eye over Vladimir Putin’s 18 years as leader and assess the state of Russia today, especially in regard to the West. What he finds is a country in deep economic crisis yet with a people that seem to happily hero-worship Putin and mostly accept a state machine that controls almost every aspect of their lives with the willing assistance of security services, media, military and church. Dimbleby meets ordinary contented Russians as well as protesters, human rights lawyers, journalists and official spokespeople, coming away with a sense, ultimately, that Putin’s popularity is rooted in his strongman image and media-backed levels of suspicion and hostility towards the West unseen since the end of the Cold War. Gerard O’Donovan The Fight for Women’s Bodies BBC Three, from 10.00am Following the landmark vote to legalise abortion in the Republic of Ireland, Ellie Flynn looks back at the issues through the eyes of campaigners on both sides. Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow Channel 4, 8.00pm Here is a visit to the Isle of Wight, where Peter Snow and his team set out to restore an 1864 wooden train carriage that has served as a holiday chalet since it was decommissioned in the Twenties. Before Grenfell: A Hidden History BBC Two, 9.00pm A year since the Grenfell Tower fire, residents of Kensington relate how the London borough has become the most unequal place in Britain, with the gap between rich and poor once again as extreme as in the 1860s when developers first built housing for the rich in Notting Hill next to the worst slum in London. Can Science Make Me Perfect? With Alice Roberts BBC Four, 9.00pm Millions of years have gone into the human body: lots of great evolutionary adaptations but lots of imperfections, too. In a film that’s as entertaining as it is instructive, anatomist Alice Roberts takes on a challenge to design a better body than the one we get at birth. The Fast Fix: Diabetes ITV, 9.00pm Anita Rani presents a new two-part series exploring whether it is possible for people suffering from type 2 diabetes to reverse the condition by adhering to a radical diet. By consuming just 800 calories a day, can they “fast themselves better”? Concludes tomorrow Big Beasts: Last of the Giants Sky One, 9.00pm Biologist Patrick Aryee explores why size matters in the natural world. Beginning in the Americas, he checks out the planet’s largest predator, the sperm whale; comes face to face with a grizzly bear and gets rather too close to an anaconda that’s as long as a bus. GO How to Start an Airline Channel 4, 10.30pm This documentary follows Bangladeshi-British entrepreneur Kazi Shafiqur Rahman as he attempts to break into the fiercely competitive airline industry while also fulfilling the demands of his faith by insisting that the airline must comply with the teachings of Islam. GO Regarding Henry (1991) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 6.50pm Telling the story of a hotshot lawyer (Harrison Ford) who learns to question his values after a head injury, this film formed a companion piece to Wolf (1994), with Jack Nicholson as a publisher who is bitten by a wolf and turns into a boardroom predator. Directed by Mike Nichols, whose Oscar-winning movie The Graduate was a cinematic landmark of the 1960s, it’s a bit of an embarrassment, but interesting nevertheless. Source Code (2011) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Jake Gyllenhaal repeatedly finds himself reliving the last eight minutes in the life of a man on board a train which is about to be destroyed by a bomb as part of an experiment. Meanwhile, scientists Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright are monitoring Gyllenhaal’s exploits. Duncan Jones confirmed the promise of his directing debut Moon with this thrilling whodunit, which also serves as a moving meditation on life. Beetlejuice (1988) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Michael Keaton is an actor of rare versatility (as his triumphant role in Birdman proved). In this cult, Oscar-winning film by Tim Burton, Keaton shines as a con artist ghost called Beetlejuice, who aims to help two other ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to scare the obnoxious new residents out of their old house. But he then falls for lovely goth Lydia (Winona Ryder), the family’s daughter. Thursday 14 June It’s kicking off: Mark Pugatch (centre) leads ITV’s presenting team Credit: ITV FIFA World Cup 2018: Opening Ceremony ITV, 2.30pm Regardless of how you think Russia got to be awarded the 21st staging of football’s biggest tournament (by corrupt means or otherwise), it’s time to cast those aspersions aside because the Russia 2018 championship is here. But, two hours before a ball is kicked, the opening ceremony marks the official start of the highest prize in football. And as we all know, entertaining opening ceremonies can be a great curtain-raiser for sport events, if they are done well – think the London 2012 Olympics. This one takes place at the 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium, which is the jewel in Russia’s crown of stadiums and will also host the final on July 15. Mark Pougatch presents the live coverage of the ceremony, which is headlined by actor and rapper Will Smith and Nicky Jam, who will perform Live It Up, the official World Cup song, which has received mixed reviews. As well as that, the ceremony will include local performers showing off different aspects of Russian culture, with gymnasts and trampolinists in among the fireworks and performances on display. The matches get under way following the ceremony with the host nation against Saudi Arabia. Clive Morgan Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm While the BBC’s post-Bake Off cookery contest may not have set the world alight, it’s given the judges plenty to get their teeth into. This week, it’s the final, and three challenges stand between the contestants and the title: a summer favourite, their best main course and a pudding. Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm After three weeks of cute animals, Springwatch comes to an end with Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and co reliving this year’s best moments at Sherborne Park Estate. The Trouble with Women with Anne Robinson BBC One, 9.00pm As a journalist and TV presenter, Anne Robinson shattered the glass ceiling as she built her career. She imagined that now, 50 years later, we’d be much closer to achieving equality than we are. With the ongoing discussions about gender pay, Robinson asks women around the UK what’s preventing parity? Inside HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs Channel 5, 9.00pm Wormwood Scrubs has had some infamous inmates: from serial killers Ian Brady and Peter Sutcliffe to rockers Pete Docherty and Keith Richards. This documentary exploring the prison’s history tells the stories of a Soviet spy who escaped from the jail and its best-known inmate, Charles Bronson. CM Missions BBC Four, 10.00pm and 10.20pm The absorbing French sci-fi drama about the first manned mission to Mars concludes with its final double header. This week, psychiatrist Jeanne (Hélène Viviès) discovers the reason behind cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov’s (Arben Bajraktaraj) mission. I Am Evidence Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm Even though Mariska Hargitay spent almost 20 years as crime fighter Olivia Benson in Law & Order: SVU, nothing prepared her for what she was to learn in real life. In this shocking documentary, Hargitay investigates the flaws in the US justice system that have allowed tens of thousands of rape kits to go untested for years. It’s a tough film to watch at times, especially as it highlights the issue through deeply personal and harrowing, first-person accounts from four women whose attacks are still fresh in their minds decades after the assaults due to a lack of closure. “I felt like my body was a crime scene,” one of the women recalls. CM Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) ★★★☆☆ Comedy Central, 9.00pm Will Ferrell fans will need little encouragement to lap up this affectionate send-up of Nascar racing, redneck culture and male bonding. Ferrell pays a Nascar speed-demon who is challenged by a gay, French Formula One driver (Sacha Baron Cohen), to see who is the ultimate racer. It’s a full throttle comedy that plays to Ferrell’s strengths. The Hills Have Eyes (2006) ★★★☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm French director Alexandre Aja makes his Hollywood debut with this grim but gripping remake of Wes Craven’s semi-cult horror film about a family battling a brood of mutants in the New Mexico desert. Aja ups the visceral violence, and the characters – including Ted Levine and Kathleen Quinlan as the parents – are sufficiently well-drawn to make the outcome shocking. The Ghost (2010) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor plays a talented ghost writer, who lands a lucrative contract to edit the memoirs of Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), the former UK Prime Minister, in this Roman Polanski adaptation of the Robert Harris novel. Soon after, Lang is accused of committing a war crime and the Ghost finds himself drawn into a world of dangerous secrets that put his life at risk. This is a deeply unsettling thriller. Friday 15 June One connected flow: Dan Jones on the Grand Union Canal Building Britain’s Canals Channel 5, 8.00pm His tattoos may have a nerdish medieval theme, but historian Dan Jones still seems too hip to be fronting a stuffy-sounding series about Britain’s iconic canals. Jones’s lively style and eye for interesting detail, however, keeps this subject surprisingly fresh, as he begins this three-part run with a look at the Grand Union Canal, the longest stretch of man-made waterway in Britain. It’s a story that reaches back 200 years, when the demands of the Industrial Revolution called for a speedy way to move goods between Birmingham and London, and the country’s engineering super-brains found ingenious means to link seven separate channels into one connected flow. As Jones explains, while the financial benefits were big, construction of the Grand Union was time consuming and dangerous. The 12-year stop-start struggle to complete the technically complex Blisworth Hill tunnel, for example, saw the deaths of up to 60 workers. Unable to compete with the advent of the speedy steam train, the Grand Union itself soon declined too. The canal is now a source of summertime pleasure, so this is a welcome reminder of its once vital purpose. Toby Dantzic Queer Eye Netflix, from today The success of this heart-warming makeover series, which returned to much acclaim earlier this year, was something of a surprise. Netflix then have been quick to capitalise, snappily rolling out another run barely four months later, with the likeable quintet all returning for more lifestyle revamping. Details are so far scant, but the show’s culture guru Karamo Brown has hinted that women and the trans community could be featured. World Cup 2018: Portugal v Spain BBC One, 6.20pm The pick of this week’s World Cup matches happens on day two at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi and comes from Group B. Expect a tense affair as Spain, who suffered the ignominy of failing to make it to the knockout rounds four years ago, take on their bitter rivals Portugal. The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Former footballer Dennis Wise heads the team of celebrity hopefuls, joined by Katie Price, Roman Kemp, Bez and Binky Felstead.Wise struggles with a fiendish skill game, while a number-based challenge sets Felstead’s head spinning. Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Jane McDonald wraps up her Antipodean adventure in New Zealand’s North Island. She rubs noses with a Maori tribe in Napier, explores Rotorua’s dramatic geothermal landscapes and views Auckland’s skyline from a helicopter. Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.40pm This is a final bout of topical treats from veteran impressionist Tracey Ullman. Favourites Angela Merkel and Rupert Murdoch get a look in, alongside more takes on Jeremy Corbyn, Michael Gove and Nanny, the dedicated carer of Jacob Rees-Mogg. Africa: A Journey Into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm Apart from the occasional act on Later… with Jools Holland, world music doesn’t get much airtime on our TVs, so this beguiling series helmed by DJ Rita Ray offers a welcome insight into its traditions. For her final foray, Ray heads to Mali, home to more Grammy award-winning artists than any other African country. From her attempts at a sinuous wedding dance to meeting renowned harp player Toumani Diabaté, Ray’s journey is full of stirring encounters. TD Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive Channel 5, 10.00pm A fitting reminder of Dale Winton’s easy-going charm, this swansong travelogue series resumes after a hiatus with our host in ocean-front Miami. Highlights include a trip to Little Havana, the city’s Cuban quarter, and a look at fashion designer Versace’s opulent former home. TD Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm In a similar but distinct way to Ridley Scott’s masterful original, Blade Runner 2049 mulls one of the meatiest questions around: is surface all that there is, or do life’s currents run deeper than the things we can see, hear and touch? Denis Villeneuve’s film toys with both options, making neither a comfort – and in the process, maps out a provocative blockbuster. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford star. Red (2010) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm A starry line-up of actors of pensionable age is the attraction of this light-hearted adaptation of Warren Ellis’s graphic novel, and it’s hard to resist Helen Mirren with a submachine gun. RED stands for “Retired Extremely Dangerous”, which is what the CIA has labelled former agents Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Mirren, who team up to find out who has marked them for assassination, and why. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) ★★★★★ Channel 4, 11.40pm Soaked in sex, drugs and scandal, Martin Scorsese’s epic is based on the memoir of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who spent the Nineties illegally amassing a vast personal fortune. With a fantastic performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, this morally bankrupt romp was lauded by audiences and critics alike. Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie co-star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, Supershoppers and more
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show BBC Two, 7.00pm; not Scotland or Wales Anyone mourning the end of the Chelsea Flower Show can seek solace in the RHS’s newest horticultural event, the Chatsworth Flower Show. Although its debut last year was marred by inclement weather, the event deserves to become a magnet for enthusiasts, its USP being its setting in the glorious Capability Brown-designed gardens of Derbyshire’s most famous stately home. This year’s occasion features a show-stopping installation of more than 100 varieties of orchid, a floral river display of 12,000 Cosmos, and eight art installations dotted among the 1,000-acre estate. We begin with Gardeners’ World favourites Carol Klein, Adam Frost and Arit Anderson giving us an overview of the five-day event. Among the five show gardens, the most intriguing-sounding are Elspeth Stockwell’s John Deere Garden, which celebrates 100 years of tractors, and Chris Myers’ Hay Time in the Dales, which is a celebration of wildflower meadows. The gardening experts ask whether conifers are coming back into fashion and explore Chatsworth’s rich orchid history – the Victorian head gardener Joseph Paxton introduced 80 species there. If the weather holds, RHS Chatsworth should become a jewel in the RHS crown. VP Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm This over-egged cookery contest, with too many judges, hasn’t recreated Great British Bake Off’s magic, but goes down easily enough. This week, the five remaining amateurs create a sharing feast and a dish of squid or mackerel. VP Supershoppers Channel 4, 8.00pm This perky take on the consumer show, hosted by Anna Richardson and Sabrina Grant, storms back with an item attacking John Lewis. They argue that the department store’s price promise can’t always be believed, alongside other items looking at faddy dairy-free milks and battery life. VP Secrets of the Chocolate Factory: Inside Cadbury Channel 5, 9.00pm This breezy documentary looks at the history of our favourite chocolate brand, from its founding as a well-meaning Victorian social experiment to the hostile takeover by Kraft in 2010. It’s packed fuller than a Fruit & Nut bar with fascinating titbits, making it a satisfying treat. VP Mock the Week BBC Two, 10.00pm TV’s most competitive panel show is back to take a sideways look at the news, with James Acaster and Zoe Lyons among the stand-ups joining stalwart Hugh Dennis and host Dara O’Briain. Donald Trump and Brexit ensure there’s be no shortage of material. VP Quantico Alibi, 9.00pm Priyanka Chopra, a close friend of the duchess formerly known as Meghan Markle, guest stars in the third run of this crime thriller. This new series, set three years after the last, sees Chopra’s ex-FBI agent, Alex Parrish, living under a pseudonym, until men with guns find her. VP Billions Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm It’s a pleasure to watch Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis slug it out each week as hot-shot attorney Chuck and shady banker Axe in this drama about high finance. This week, Axe and Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon) fall out over her worth to the firm. VP Missions BBC Four, from 10.00pm Another double helping of the French sci-fi drama about the first manned mission to Mars, in bite-sized 25-minute chunks. This week, Jeanne (Hélène Viviès) wallows in memories of her father, while back in 1960s’ Moscow we meet Vladimir Komarov (Arben Bajraktaraj), who was a real cosmonaut. VP Two Rode Together (1961) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 12.20pm Working for the first time with director John Ford, James Stewart stars in this slow western, based on the novel Comanche Captives by Will Cook and which has thematic echoes of Ford’s The Searchers. Guthrie McCabe (Stewart) is a corrupt town marshal who is hired by a Cavalry lieutenant (Richard Widmark) to help rescue captives held by the Comanche in 1880s Texas. Shirley Jones co-stars. Calendar Girls (2003) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Greats, 6.00pm This gentle, eye-moistening comedy, which has been turned into a successful play, is based on the true story of a group of Women’s Institute members in Yorkshire who raised money for leukaemia research by posing naked for a calendar. Helen Mirren, Julie Walters and Celia Imrie are among the women stripping off (well, more or less: certain body parts are always obscured by tea- cups, cream buns, etc). The Karate Kid (1984) ★★★★☆ Comedy Central, 9.00pm One of the Eighties’ best-loved films, and far superior to the 2010 remake starring Jaden Smith (son of Will). It tells the story of bullied Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio), who’s taken under the wing of handyman Mr Miyagi (Pat Morita) and taught how to wash cars and paint fences. Of course, this turns out to be masterly martial arts training. Elisabeth Shue also stars as Larusso’s love interest Ali. Friday 8 June YouTube blogger Alfie Deyes, actress Jorgie Porter, long jumper Greg Rutherford, Dame Kelly Holmes, and MC Big Narstie take part in The Crystal Maze Credit: Channel 4 The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Channel 4’s successful reboot of the cult Eighties series continues its golden run of form with another charity special featuring people who, in the words of Maze Master Richard Ayoade, “we have all agreed, for some reason, to call… celebrities”. Ayoade is unstinting in his good-natured jibes, and his targets are equally obliging in laughing them off: this time around, it’s Olympians Kelly Holmes and Greg Rutherford, Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter, YouTube vlogger Alfie Deyes and grime MC Big Narstie. The latter comes in for the roughest ride, and indeed you may not see a more agonising sequence all year than Big Narstie wrestling with Jarhead’s (Adam Buxton) not-enormously taxing riddles, but his utter delight at being involved (“I’m GASSED!”) earns him a pass. The tasks are the usual ingenious grab-bag, honouring the heritage of the series while also advancing it, from the daft (balancing on space hoppers) to the fiendish (blowing a ball around a maze with “directional guffs” from an air pump). For his part, Ayoade once again proves himself the natural heir to Richard O’Brien in surreal wit (pace Ed Tudor-Pole and Stephan Merchant), and the cause, Stand Up 2 Cancer, is unimpeachable. GT Dispatches: After Grenfell Channel 4, 7.30pm In spite of a wealth of promises in the wake of the catastrophic fire in Grenfell Tower, claims abound that too many of the country’s tower blocks remain unsafe. Ed Howker investigates whether expert advice has been heeded and looks at the risks, both existing and newly discovered, for the tower’s residents. GT Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Channel 5’s first-ever Bafta-winning show returns for a trip down under, with former cruise ship singer Jane McDonald exploring Sydney, Tasmania, Dunedin and Christchurch. GT Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.30pm Ullman continues to play to her strengths with her roll call of uncanny impersonations of famous people. Theresa May, Angela Merkle and Nicola Sturgeon are back, along with her bizarrely convincing Michael Gove, while Jacob Rees-Mogg (Liam Hourican) and his Nanny (Ullman) endure yet more humiliation. GT Arctic Monkeys Live at the BBC BBC Two, 11.05pm Alex Turner and his band play selections from their divisive new album, Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino, as well as a few oldies, including A Certain Romance, to reassure their more conservative fans. GT Cloak and Dagger Amazon Prime, from today Marvel’s latest TV offering is this teen series in which Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) discover new, mysteriously connected superpowers. GT Sense8 Netflix, from today The Wachowskis’ kaleidoscopic saga ends with a two-hour episode created after its fans demanded closure when the series was axed. With Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) missing, Capheus (Toby Onwumere) running for office, Sun Bak (Bae Doona) on the run and the mysterious Chairman still at large, there’s no shortage of loose ends. GT The Staircase Netflix, from today This 2004 eight-parter documented the 16-year court battle over the fate of novelist Michael Peterson, accused of pushing his wife down the stairs to her death. Landing on Netflix with new, equally gripping episodes, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s series is both the old and the new Making a Murderer. GT The Way Way Back (2013) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.55pm This coming-of-age story feels like familiar terrain, but it’s agreeably done. Duncan (Liam James) learns about life, love and self-esteem from a gang of water-park employees, including the excellent Sam Rockwell, when forced to go on holiday with his mother (Toni Collette) and her boyfriend (Steve Carrell). The script flows and there’s enough melancholy and edge to the overall comic tone for its charm to prevail. Bend It Like Beckham (2002) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.45pm Keira Knightley’s career kicked off with this feelgood football-themed comedy drama from Bhaji on the Beach director Gurinder Chadha. She stars alongside Parminder Nagra as one of two 18-year-old girls who set out to make it as professional footballers, despite their families’ best efforts to stop them. Next of Kin’s Archie Panjabi and Shaznay Lewis (of reunited Nineties girl band All Saints fame) co-star. Platoon (1986) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.00pm This is a chance to see a young Charlie Sheen at the start of his turbulent career. The horrors of the Vietnam War are seen through the prism of a fresh-faced college dropout (Sheen) who finds himself in the thick of battle while Willem Dafoe plays his sympathetic sergeant. Director Oliver Stone used his own experiences of serving in the US army during the war to inform this harrowing film that won four Oscars. Saturday 9 June Controversial: the writer and intellectual Germaine Greer is profiled Credit: BBC Germaine Bloody Greer BBC Two, 9.00pm The personal views of Germaine Greer once had a universality and pungency about them that the world so desperately needed. But her recent comments about rape, violence on TV and transpeople, by contrast, resemble self-important trolling: wilfully controversial, dreadfully retrograde and a blight on a considerable legacy. This thrilling profile is a reminder of why she still matters, albeit perhaps more for what she was than what she has become. Novelist Zoë Heller and journalist Rosie Boycott are among those singing her praises, while Greer herself proves as unable as ever to avoid calling out a daft question or savaging a sacred cow. The footage is exciting and superbly mounted by director Clare Beavan. Whether it’s Greer’s early films, her steadfastness in the face of the abuse sent her way after The Female Eunuch was published, and her evisceration of Norman Mailer during a famous 1971 set-to in New York, Greer remains a most rugged individual. “I don’t think Germaine and the word ‘sisterhood’ are natural bedfellows,” reckons Boycott. What about that legacy? “I don’t do regret and I don’t do things that I regret,” Greer concludes. By any standards, a remarkable life. Gabriel Tate Trooping the Colour BBC One, 10.30am Marking the official birthday of the Queen, the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards will conduct their annual pageant on Horse Guards Parade, introduced by Huw Edwards and with J J Chalmers offering behind-the-scenes insights. There are highlights at 7.30pm on BBC Two. French Open Tennis: The women’s final ITV, 1.30pm Action on the 14th day at Roland Garros features the women’s singles final in the second Grand Slam tournament of the year. Jelena Ostapenko met Simona Halep in last year’s showpiece match, where the Latvian defeated the number three seed 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to become the first person from her country to win a Grand Slam tournament and the first unseeded player to win the French Open since 1933. The men’s final, which was won for a record 10th time by Spaniard Rafael Nadal last year, takes place on Sunday at 1.30pm on ITV. Women’s International One-Day Cricket: England Women v South Africa Women Sky Sports Main Event, 1.30pm It’s the opening one-day international of the three-match series, which takes place at New Road in Worcester. Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor and Lauren Winfield all return to the England squad after missing out on the Indian tour. World Cup-winning duo Fran Wilson and Alex Hartley miss out, however. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm This afternoon England will be looking to dispatch the Springboks at a venue Eddie Jones has described as the “spiritual home of rugby”. They’ve not won at Ellis Park in Johannesburg since 1972 – their only triumph at the venue – and their last appearance here was a 36-27 defeat under Stuart Lancaster in 2012. Ellis Park was the setting for the Springboks’ World Cup final victory over New Zealand in 1995 and one of the sport’s finest moments – Nelson Mandela handing Francois Pienaar the Webb Ellis Cup. “It will be hostile but it’s fantastic and I am so excited about it,” says Jones. “In world rugby who do you want to beat? The Springboks at Ellis Park.” Owen Farrell will captain England, while the hugely talented New Zealand-born flanker Brad Shields is expected to play a part for the visitors. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 5.30pm; Scotland, 2.45pm After deconstructing the exploration documentary in the fascinating and alarming My Year with the Tribe, explorer Will Millard is on slightly surer ground with this new series in which he journeys down the River Wye. He begins his journey with a search for the river’s source on the slopes of Plynlimon, before he has an encounter with an entrepreneurial local sheep farmer. Take Me Out: Over 50s Special ITV, 8.00pm Three “older gentlemen” (I’m sure host Paddy McGuinness will make plenty of gags here) face 30 single “Golden Girls”, including a former nun and an ex-partner of action hero Jason Statham, in this one-off special of the ever-popular dating show. Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm After Hinterland and Keeping Faith comes the BBC’s latest Welsh language crime thriller. Hidden has a familiar set-up – the discovery of a young girl’s body in a disused quarry tears a small community apart – but Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies as DIs Cadi John and Owen Vaughan area leading pair to reckon with, and the atmosphere of unease benefits hugely from the mountainous surroundings. Come Together: the Rise of the Festival Sky Arts, 9.00pm The line-up for this documentary would grace any festival, with Pete Townshend and Noel Gallagher among the interviewees explaining the evolution of the modern music festival from its earliest jazz and blues incarnations in Newport, through the hippy beanfeasts of Monterey and Woodstock to Glastonbury and Coachella. There are also contributions from those who promote and document festivals, including Michael Eavis and D A Pennebaker. GT A Girl’s Guide to TV BBC Two, 10.00pm; not NI Comedian Rachel Parris of The Mash Report presents her typically tongue-in-cheek advice for women looking to get ahead in television. GT Maleficent (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 6.05pm Angelina Jolie stars as the titular Maleficent in Disney’s live-action reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, which follows her from a carefree fairy to Mistress of All Evil, muddling the distinction between hero and villain. Maleficent is happy in a kingdom of peculiar CGI beasts until her heart is broken by Stefan (Sharlto Copley), who inherits the throne. Seeking vengeance, she curses his baby, Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). Thor: The Dark World (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 10.35pm This is a follow-up to the popular Norse god/superhero blockbuster. The rather flabby plot is alleviated by Chris Hemsworth’s hearty charisma, which provides frequent relief from Natalie Portman’s bland damsel-in-distress (attempts to beef up her character by making her an astrophysicist are undermined by her constant fainting). Highlights include Thor sliding down The Gherkin skyscraper. Made in Dagenham (2010) ★★★☆☆ BBC Two, 11.45pm Industrial action in pursuit of equal pay for women doesn’t sound too thrilling a subject, but Nigel Cole’s (Calendar Girls) film, based around the real-life strike from 1968, turns out to be a rousing crowd-pleaser. Sally Hawkins plays the reluctant ringleader of the workers who sew car seats at Ford’s Dagenham plant; Bob Hoskins is a union rep; Miranda Richardson is wonderful as Labour MP Barbara Castle. Sunday 10 June Smoldering: Aidan Turner returns as the eponymous hero Credit: BBC Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm Not since Daniel Craig emerged from the waves in Casino Royale has there been so much fuss over a pair of wet pecs. Yes, Poldark is back for a fourth series and star Aidan Turner bares his chest for the fans in an opening scene that, if nothing else, suggests that he’s spent a lot of time exercising since the end of series three. This opener finds our swashbuckling hero Ross Poldark (Turner) back in full-on Cornish crusader mode when, following a disturbance in Truro, he locks horns with old enemy George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) over the fate of three good pals accused of riot and murder. Meanwhile, his flame-haired wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) can’t fend off her intimate longings following that illicit clinch in the dunes with poetry-penning aristo Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse) – who, with the announcement of a general election, looks set to be diverted into a career at Westminster. But as Dr Dwight (Luke Norris) is at pains to point out, Armitage has a delicate constitution that might not suit the rough and tumble of parliamentary politics. Could Ross be persuaded to think again about throwing his hat in the ring? Gerard O’Donovan One-Day International Cricket: Scotland v England Sky Sports Main Event, 10.30am Having responded brilliantly to tie the Test series with Pakistan 1-1, England now turn their attention to Scotland, with this ODI at the Grange in Edinburgh. Songs of Praise BBC One, 1.25pm A year on from the Grenfell Tower disaster, Aled Jones presents a commemorative special edition exploring how the local community in North Kensington is coping and recovering. Britain Celebrates Live: 100 Years of Women’s Votes BBC One, 2.00pm Live coverage of today’s public processions through Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London to celebrate the centenary of women winning the right to vote. Tonight’s Antiques Roadshow, at 8pm, also takes up the theme, devoting its time to items with links to remarkable women. Formula 1: Canadian Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 5.30pm After a Monaco Grand Prix that left championship leader Lewis Hamilton, in his words, “cold”, all eyes are on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, where Daniel Riccardio will be aiming to win back-to-back races. Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 ITV, 6.30pm Live from Old Trafford, it’s the annual England v World XI charity football match between teams mixing celebrities and professional athletes. This year Robbie Williams’s England is taking on a team of international stars led by Usain Bolt. Other players include Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, and Eric Cantona, and there’s live music from Jessie Ware. Countryfile BBC One, 7.00pm The last of three specials heads for Sandringham in Norfolk, the most private of the Royal retreats. Matt Baker discovers one of the Queen’s less-known interests – racing pigeons – while Ellie Harrison learns more about her love of horses. GO Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s brilliantly judged bravura performance has been one of the television highlights of 2018. Tonight, he brings the series to an entertaining and emotionally charged close as Patrick, separated and back in London in 2006, hopes to put the past to rest following his mother’s funeral. Cosby: The Women Speak Sony Crime Channel, 9.00pm Following Bill Cosby’s conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, here’s another opportunity to see the A&E network’s 2015 one-hour special in which the extent of the allegations against the former TV icon for predatory sexual behaviour came to light. Over a dozen of the 50-plus women who accused him of rape and sexual assault going back decades talk of their experiences on screen for the first time, and how statute of limitation laws threatened to deprive them of justice. GO Despicable Me 2 (2013) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 5.10pm Despicable Me, 2010’s animated supervillain comedy, had a neat enough premise. It’s gone in this sequel, though, as Steve Carell’s bald antihero, Gru, is now a reformed soul, occupied with childcare rather than dastardly plots to steal the moon. Gru’s Minions – those knee-high yellow Tic-Tacs – provide the film’s one inspired idea as they’re injected with mutating serum by the film’s mystery baddy. Hulk (2003) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.15pm Ang Lee’s dark and stylised version (a split screen mimics the panels of a comic book page) of the Incredible Hulk’s adventures is one of the best and underrated Marvel adaptations, even if it’s too complex at times. Eric Bana stars as Bruce, a scientist who’s exposed to gamma radiation and becomes a not-so-jolly green giant. This is a rampaging tale with bold special effects. Jennifer Connolly co-stars as his love interest. It (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen King’s evil clown tale is no laughing matter. First a Warners miniseries in 1990, starring an unforgettable Tim Curry, and now a two-part film version. Here we continue the terrifying tale of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), but jump forward three decades to the summer of 1988, buying into the current vogue for Eighties teen-flick nostalgia. The scary stuff is petrifying when it peaks. Monday 11 June Community spirit: those affected by the fire tell their stories Credit: BBC Grenfell BBC One, 8.30pm Bafta-winning director Ben Anthony’s unmissable documentary about last year’s Grenfell Tower tragedy opens with a sea of faces, all of which gain poignant individual focus as the film progresses. The blaze at the 24-storey block of public housing in the London borough of Kensington, which resulted in 72 deaths, left a lasting impression in those featured here as each person tells their unique story about the horrific events and their impact. Survivors who lost their homes, the bereaved, bystanders and police all share their stories, although it’s a surprising omission that the firefighters who witnessed the horrors first hand don’t offer their account. Split screens give multiple perspectives on the same moment, and what starts out as a patchwork of personal experience knits together into a mighty whole, the collective voice of a community broken but defiant. In fact, much of the film focuses on the efforts of those affected to unite in the face of seeming indifference from the local council, who also have their say. As the ongoing inquiry continues, this devastating account offers a damning testament of its own, rife with accusations of injustice and neglect, underpinned by blistering rage and grief. Toby Dantzic Fight Like a Girl BBC One, 7.30pm The ferocious sport of female wrestling comes under the spotlight with this lively film following Scottish fighter Kimberly Benson. She combines a gruelling training regime with her daytime job, as she aims for her first world title in Japan. Long Lost Family: What Happened Next ITV, 9.00pm Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall catch up with families they’ve reunited. Cathie Cutler Evans, who met her half-sister in 2016, has found joy in her extended clan. But for Maureen Charlton, separated from her brother Michael for 40 years, progress been painstaking. Dan Snow’s Norman Walks PBS America, 9.00pm Dan Snow sorts fact from fiction as he investigates the history of Norman Britain in this new series. He starts off on the Sussex coast, where aided by evidence from the Bayeux Tapestry, he pieces together William the Conqueror’s 11th-century coastal invasion. Flowers Channel 4, 10.00pm Will Sharpe’s gloriously dark comedy about a dysfunctional family returns with a double bill, then continues each night this week. A seemingly chipper Maurice (Julian Bennett) and Deborah (Olivia Colman) are on a caravanning holiday, while daughter Amy (Sophia di Martino) has a brash new girlfriend. Storyville: City Of Ghosts BBC Four, 10.30pm There are images of death in Matthew Heineman’s film so harrowing that it’s hard to keep watching, but these are the sights that Heineman’s subject, rebel group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered, face daily. The renegade collective have made it their task to secretly film the atrocities committed by Isil in the Syrian city of Raqqa, and show the rest of the world the reality of the regime. It’s an astonishing act of citizen-led journalism, and the participants’ fear and grief, as well as their sense of purpose, are starkly captured in Heineman’s blunt and brutal chronicle of a city in turmoil. TD Prisons Uncovered: Out Of Control? ITV, 10.45pm; Scotland, 11.05pm; Wales, 11.15pm; not UTV In 2016, HMP Birmingham saw the worst prison riot for 25 years, in which 600 inmates were freed from their cells. This sobering documentary looks at the factors behind the incident and reflects on the prison system. TD Our Kind of Traitor (2016) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor stars in this so-so John le Carré adaptation as poetry lecturer Perry Makepeace, who becomes embroiled in negotiations to bring Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), a well-connected Russian oligarch, into the fold of British intelligence. Skarsgård is the standout here, charging into his role with pungency, playing Dima as a bedraggled beast of Moscow’s criminal underworld. The Shining (1980) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Set in a deserted hotel that’s in the care of writer Jack (Jack Nicholson) and his family for the winter, Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant psycho-horror, based on the novel by Stephen King, is subtly unsettling. But it’s stuffed, too, with unforgettable nerve-jangling shocks, including the moment when the crazed Jack smashes his way through a door with an axe as his wife (Shelley Duvall) cowers in the corner. Teen Wolf (1985) ★★★☆☆ 5STAR, 12.10am Critics howled at this preposterous teenage comedy but audiences loved it, perhaps because it came out shortly after its star Michael J Fox’s finest hour: Back to the Future. The plot – in which Fox’s likeable nerd morphs into a basketball-playing werewolf – is almost as unlikely as the fact that he still looked fresh out of the 11th grade at the ripe old age of 25. An unparalleled analysis of puberty and adolescence. Tuesday 12 June Hitting the books: Tanisha is a pupil at Townley Grammar Credit: BBC Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In? BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland & Wales, 11.15pm Jamie Pickup’s series has walked a tightrope with considerable skill, highlighting the inarguable inequities of our educational system that favours a selective approach, while also acknowledging its considerable benefits and observing the situation from the points of view of both pupils and teachers. It concludes with mock GCSE exams approaching and students at Erith School, a secondary modern, and neighbouring institution Townley Grammar, having to assess their suitability for further education. Some, it’s fair to say, are taking it more seriously than others. Townley pupil Tanisha is underperforming and low on confidence, yet keen to raise her game and nurtured by staff aware of her limitations and capabilities. At Erith, meanwhile, Denisa is angling for a place in Townley Sixth Form and seems more than capable of attaining it, but staffing shortages are crippling science classes amid an endless round of supply teachers and stand-ins. “It keeps me awake at night,” says the admirable faculty head Mr Appiah-Gates. It’s a desperately difficult situation and one that reaches an unexpected conclusion, as common ground is found between two unlikely bedfellows. Gabriel Tate The Champions Netflix, from today Created by Mindy Kaling, this new NBC sitcom plays a bachelor gym owner (Anders Holm) off against his gay, estranged son-cum-new flatmate (the brilliant J J Totah). Smartly written and nimbly performed, it’s a solid mainstream hit. Ackley Bridge Channel 4, 8.00pm Matt Evans and Penny Woolcock continue to keep an implausible number of plates spinning as the fizzy pre-watershed drama continues to conduct its handbrake narrative turns. Both Jordan (Samuel Bottomley) and Missy (Poppy Lee Friar) handle cash shortages in an equally desperate manner, and the arrival of Steve’s ex Claire (Kimberly Walsh) puts head teacher Mandy’s (Jo Joyner) nose out of joint. Our Girl BBC One, 9.00pm Georgie (Michelle Keegan) learns an astonishing secret about the local crime boss, before a major rescue operation begins as the flawed but well-meaning military drama continues. Flights from Hell: Caught on Camera ITV, 9.00pm ITV lays down its prime-time weapons as the World Cup looms, as demonstrated by this daft three-part series of incidents filmed at 30,000 feet. These include what an engine explosion feels like to those on board the plane to the impact of volcanic ash and an extraordinarily dramatic landing. Seeing Daylight: the Photography of Dorothy Bohm Sky Arts, 9.00pm Arriving in England in 1939 to escape the Nazis, Dorothy Bohm became a pioneer of street photography and portraiture of deep humanity. This profile examines her life and work. Elvis: the Searcher Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Based on Peter Guralnick’s epochal two-part biography, Thom Zimny’s HBO epic is a treat, focusing as much on Presley the man as Elvis the icon, Part one follows him out of Tupelo, into Sun Records and on to the US army, with part two’s fall, rise and fall again airing Wednesday at 10.00pm. GT Ugly Me: My Life with Body Dysmorphia BBC One, 10.45pm; NI, 11.10pm; Scot, 11.45pm First shown on BBC Three, this harrowing film follows 29-year-old Liane, seeking treatment for the titular condition which has left her self-worth in tatters. GT Field of Dreams (1989) ★★★★☆ Film4, 6.50pm Kevin Costner clearly likes a baseball movie – he’s made five of them. In this one he’s an Iowa farmer instructed by a mysterious voice to build a baseball pitch in the middle of a cornfield, which is soon occupied by a gang of ghostly players from the past. Enjoyably dotty, and responsible for the misquote, “If you build it, they will come” – it’s actually “he will come” – the fantasy is elevated by brilliant performances all around. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm The fifth film in the Die Hard franchise takes place in Russia, where our hero, Bruce Willis’s now grizzled John McClane, arrives in Moscow to hunt for his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney). McClane suspects that he may have become a drug dealer, but it transpires he is in fact working undercover for the CIA, and Dad blunders in on him mid-mission. An enjoyable but clunky thriller. The Departed (2006) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Nothing beats watching a great director in his comfort zone. Martin Scorsese’s gangland thriller – the film that finally won him an Oscar – is riveting. The plot revolves around the local police force’s efforts to stamp out Boston crime lord Frank Costello (a magnificently malevolent Jack Nicholson). There are powerhouse performances, too, from Leonardo Di Caprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. Wednesday 13 June From Russia with love: David Dimbleby Credit: BBC Putin’s Russia with David Dimbleby BBC One, 9.00pm, Wales, 11.05pm “In a democracy if you fail to deliver on economic promises, if you surround yourself with cronies and use the law to suppress opposition, you would rightly be thrown out on your ear. But this is Russia, they do things differently here…” So begins David Dimbleby’s thoughtful film in which – as the eyes of the world turn towards Moscow for the 2018 World Cup football tournament – he takes the opportunity to cast an eye over Vladimir Putin’s 18 years as leader and assess the state of Russia today, especially in regard to the West. What he finds is a country in deep economic crisis yet with a people that seem to happily hero-worship Putin and mostly accept a state machine that controls almost every aspect of their lives with the willing assistance of security services, media, military and church. Dimbleby meets ordinary contented Russians as well as protesters, human rights lawyers, journalists and official spokespeople, coming away with a sense, ultimately, that Putin’s popularity is rooted in his strongman image and media-backed levels of suspicion and hostility towards the West unseen since the end of the Cold War. Gerard O’Donovan The Fight for Women’s Bodies BBC Three, from 10.00am Following the landmark vote to legalise abortion in the Republic of Ireland, Ellie Flynn looks back at the issues through the eyes of campaigners on both sides. Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow Channel 4, 8.00pm Here is a visit to the Isle of Wight, where Peter Snow and his team set out to restore an 1864 wooden train carriage that has served as a holiday chalet since it was decommissioned in the Twenties. Before Grenfell: A Hidden History BBC Two, 9.00pm A year since the Grenfell Tower fire, residents of Kensington relate how the London borough has become the most unequal place in Britain, with the gap between rich and poor once again as extreme as in the 1860s when developers first built housing for the rich in Notting Hill next to the worst slum in London. Can Science Make Me Perfect? With Alice Roberts BBC Four, 9.00pm Millions of years have gone into the human body: lots of great evolutionary adaptations but lots of imperfections, too. In a film that’s as entertaining as it is instructive, anatomist Alice Roberts takes on a challenge to design a better body than the one we get at birth. The Fast Fix: Diabetes ITV, 9.00pm Anita Rani presents a new two-part series exploring whether it is possible for people suffering from type 2 diabetes to reverse the condition by adhering to a radical diet. By consuming just 800 calories a day, can they “fast themselves better”? Concludes tomorrow Big Beasts: Last of the Giants Sky One, 9.00pm Biologist Patrick Aryee explores why size matters in the natural world. Beginning in the Americas, he checks out the planet’s largest predator, the sperm whale; comes face to face with a grizzly bear and gets rather too close to an anaconda that’s as long as a bus. GO How to Start an Airline Channel 4, 10.30pm This documentary follows Bangladeshi-British entrepreneur Kazi Shafiqur Rahman as he attempts to break into the fiercely competitive airline industry while also fulfilling the demands of his faith by insisting that the airline must comply with the teachings of Islam. GO Regarding Henry (1991) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 6.50pm Telling the story of a hotshot lawyer (Harrison Ford) who learns to question his values after a head injury, this film formed a companion piece to Wolf (1994), with Jack Nicholson as a publisher who is bitten by a wolf and turns into a boardroom predator. Directed by Mike Nichols, whose Oscar-winning movie The Graduate was a cinematic landmark of the 1960s, it’s a bit of an embarrassment, but interesting nevertheless. Source Code (2011) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 10.00pm Jake Gyllenhaal repeatedly finds himself reliving the last eight minutes in the life of a man on board a train which is about to be destroyed by a bomb as part of an experiment. Meanwhile, scientists Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright are monitoring Gyllenhaal’s exploits. Duncan Jones confirmed the promise of his directing debut Moon with this thrilling whodunit, which also serves as a moving meditation on life. Beetlejuice (1988) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Michael Keaton is an actor of rare versatility (as his triumphant role in Birdman proved). In this cult, Oscar-winning film by Tim Burton, Keaton shines as a con artist ghost called Beetlejuice, who aims to help two other ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to scare the obnoxious new residents out of their old house. But he then falls for lovely goth Lydia (Winona Ryder), the family’s daughter. Thursday 14 June It’s kicking off: Mark Pugatch (centre) leads ITV’s presenting team Credit: ITV FIFA World Cup 2018: Opening Ceremony ITV, 2.30pm Regardless of how you think Russia got to be awarded the 21st staging of football’s biggest tournament (by corrupt means or otherwise), it’s time to cast those aspersions aside because the Russia 2018 championship is here. But, two hours before a ball is kicked, the opening ceremony marks the official start of the highest prize in football. And as we all know, entertaining opening ceremonies can be a great curtain-raiser for sport events, if they are done well – think the London 2012 Olympics. This one takes place at the 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium, which is the jewel in Russia’s crown of stadiums and will also host the final on July 15. Mark Pougatch presents the live coverage of the ceremony, which is headlined by actor and rapper Will Smith and Nicky Jam, who will perform Live It Up, the official World Cup song, which has received mixed reviews. As well as that, the ceremony will include local performers showing off different aspects of Russian culture, with gymnasts and trampolinists in among the fireworks and performances on display. The matches get under way following the ceremony with the host nation against Saudi Arabia. Clive Morgan Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm While the BBC’s post-Bake Off cookery contest may not have set the world alight, it’s given the judges plenty to get their teeth into. This week, it’s the final, and three challenges stand between the contestants and the title: a summer favourite, their best main course and a pudding. Springwatch 2018 BBC Two, 8.00pm After three weeks of cute animals, Springwatch comes to an end with Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and co reliving this year’s best moments at Sherborne Park Estate. The Trouble with Women with Anne Robinson BBC One, 9.00pm As a journalist and TV presenter, Anne Robinson shattered the glass ceiling as she built her career. She imagined that now, 50 years later, we’d be much closer to achieving equality than we are. With the ongoing discussions about gender pay, Robinson asks women around the UK what’s preventing parity? Inside HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs Channel 5, 9.00pm Wormwood Scrubs has had some infamous inmates: from serial killers Ian Brady and Peter Sutcliffe to rockers Pete Docherty and Keith Richards. This documentary exploring the prison’s history tells the stories of a Soviet spy who escaped from the jail and its best-known inmate, Charles Bronson. CM Missions BBC Four, 10.00pm and 10.20pm The absorbing French sci-fi drama about the first manned mission to Mars concludes with its final double header. This week, psychiatrist Jeanne (Hélène Viviès) discovers the reason behind cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov’s (Arben Bajraktaraj) mission. I Am Evidence Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm Even though Mariska Hargitay spent almost 20 years as crime fighter Olivia Benson in Law & Order: SVU, nothing prepared her for what she was to learn in real life. In this shocking documentary, Hargitay investigates the flaws in the US justice system that have allowed tens of thousands of rape kits to go untested for years. It’s a tough film to watch at times, especially as it highlights the issue through deeply personal and harrowing, first-person accounts from four women whose attacks are still fresh in their minds decades after the assaults due to a lack of closure. “I felt like my body was a crime scene,” one of the women recalls. CM Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) ★★★☆☆ Comedy Central, 9.00pm Will Ferrell fans will need little encouragement to lap up this affectionate send-up of Nascar racing, redneck culture and male bonding. Ferrell pays a Nascar speed-demon who is challenged by a gay, French Formula One driver (Sacha Baron Cohen), to see who is the ultimate racer. It’s a full throttle comedy that plays to Ferrell’s strengths. The Hills Have Eyes (2006) ★★★☆☆ Horror Channel, 9.00pm French director Alexandre Aja makes his Hollywood debut with this grim but gripping remake of Wes Craven’s semi-cult horror film about a family battling a brood of mutants in the New Mexico desert. Aja ups the visceral violence, and the characters – including Ted Levine and Kathleen Quinlan as the parents – are sufficiently well-drawn to make the outcome shocking. The Ghost (2010) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Ewan McGregor plays a talented ghost writer, who lands a lucrative contract to edit the memoirs of Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), the former UK Prime Minister, in this Roman Polanski adaptation of the Robert Harris novel. Soon after, Lang is accused of committing a war crime and the Ghost finds himself drawn into a world of dangerous secrets that put his life at risk. This is a deeply unsettling thriller. Friday 15 June One connected flow: Dan Jones on the Grand Union Canal Building Britain’s Canals Channel 5, 8.00pm His tattoos may have a nerdish medieval theme, but historian Dan Jones still seems too hip to be fronting a stuffy-sounding series about Britain’s iconic canals. Jones’s lively style and eye for interesting detail, however, keeps this subject surprisingly fresh, as he begins this three-part run with a look at the Grand Union Canal, the longest stretch of man-made waterway in Britain. It’s a story that reaches back 200 years, when the demands of the Industrial Revolution called for a speedy way to move goods between Birmingham and London, and the country’s engineering super-brains found ingenious means to link seven separate channels into one connected flow. As Jones explains, while the financial benefits were big, construction of the Grand Union was time consuming and dangerous. The 12-year stop-start struggle to complete the technically complex Blisworth Hill tunnel, for example, saw the deaths of up to 60 workers. Unable to compete with the advent of the speedy steam train, the Grand Union itself soon declined too. The canal is now a source of summertime pleasure, so this is a welcome reminder of its once vital purpose. Toby Dantzic Queer Eye Netflix, from today The success of this heart-warming makeover series, which returned to much acclaim earlier this year, was something of a surprise. Netflix then have been quick to capitalise, snappily rolling out another run barely four months later, with the likeable quintet all returning for more lifestyle revamping. Details are so far scant, but the show’s culture guru Karamo Brown has hinted that women and the trans community could be featured. World Cup 2018: Portugal v Spain BBC One, 6.20pm The pick of this week’s World Cup matches happens on day two at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi and comes from Group B. Expect a tense affair as Spain, who suffered the ignominy of failing to make it to the knockout rounds four years ago, take on their bitter rivals Portugal. The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special Channel 4, 9.00pm Former footballer Dennis Wise heads the team of celebrity hopefuls, joined by Katie Price, Roman Kemp, Bez and Binky Felstead.Wise struggles with a fiendish skill game, while a number-based challenge sets Felstead’s head spinning. Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm Jane McDonald wraps up her Antipodean adventure in New Zealand’s North Island. She rubs noses with a Maori tribe in Napier, explores Rotorua’s dramatic geothermal landscapes and views Auckland’s skyline from a helicopter. Tracey Breaks the News BBC One, 9.40pm This is a final bout of topical treats from veteran impressionist Tracey Ullman. Favourites Angela Merkel and Rupert Murdoch get a look in, alongside more takes on Jeremy Corbyn, Michael Gove and Nanny, the dedicated carer of Jacob Rees-Mogg. Africa: A Journey Into Music BBC Four, 10.00pm Apart from the occasional act on Later… with Jools Holland, world music doesn’t get much airtime on our TVs, so this beguiling series helmed by DJ Rita Ray offers a welcome insight into its traditions. For her final foray, Ray heads to Mali, home to more Grammy award-winning artists than any other African country. From her attempts at a sinuous wedding dance to meeting renowned harp player Toumani Diabaté, Ray’s journey is full of stirring encounters. TD Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive Channel 5, 10.00pm A fitting reminder of Dale Winton’s easy-going charm, this swansong travelogue series resumes after a hiatus with our host in ocean-front Miami. Highlights include a trip to Little Havana, the city’s Cuban quarter, and a look at fashion designer Versace’s opulent former home. TD Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm In a similar but distinct way to Ridley Scott’s masterful original, Blade Runner 2049 mulls one of the meatiest questions around: is surface all that there is, or do life’s currents run deeper than the things we can see, hear and touch? Denis Villeneuve’s film toys with both options, making neither a comfort – and in the process, maps out a provocative blockbuster. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford star. Red (2010) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm A starry line-up of actors of pensionable age is the attraction of this light-hearted adaptation of Warren Ellis’s graphic novel, and it’s hard to resist Helen Mirren with a submachine gun. RED stands for “Retired Extremely Dangerous”, which is what the CIA has labelled former agents Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Mirren, who team up to find out who has marked them for assassination, and why. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) ★★★★★ Channel 4, 11.40pm Soaked in sex, drugs and scandal, Martin Scorsese’s epic is based on the memoir of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who spent the Nineties illegally amassing a vast personal fortune. With a fantastic performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, this morally bankrupt romp was lauded by audiences and critics alike. Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie co-star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Japan News Conference - U Arena, Nanterre, France - November 24, 2017. Japan's head coach Jamie Joseph during the news conference. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Rugby Union - Japan News Conference
FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Japan News Conference - U Arena, Nanterre, France - November 24, 2017. Japan's head coach Jamie Joseph during the news conference. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
7. Robin Soderling defeats Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2) - 2009 fourth round In every sport, there are upsets so profoundly shocking that they become the benchmark for any future surprise result. Boxing has Mike Tyson losing to Buster Douglas, rugby union has Japan's defeat of South Africa, while football in 2016 added Leicester winning the Premier League to its canon. In tennis, there are few, if any, greater upsets than Robin Soderling's win against Rafael Nadal at the French Open in 2009. Nadal was considered unbeatable at the French Open where he never lost a match and prowled the baseline like a predator mercilessly defending his territory. Aged 22, he was already a four-time Roland Garros champion, and had not dropped so much as a set in his previous 10 matches there. Coming into the fourth round match against Soderling, Nadal looked set fair for a fifth straight title. He had cruised through his first three matches - taking his win-loss record in Paris to 31-0 - including a demolition job of former world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt whom he had beaten for the loss of just five games. In January, Nadal had won his first hard-court major at the Australian Open, and he had completely dominated the start of the clay-court season by winning the titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome. When the players took to the Phillipe Chatrier court on a cloudy Parisian afternoon, no-one gave Soderling a hope of upsetting the King of Clay in his unbreachable fortress. Soderling interview Soderling though had two things in his favour. The first was a huge all or nothing game that meant he could beat anyone on his day, and the second was that he knew how to get under Nadal's skin. The Swede was something of an outsider in the locker room, and he revelled in antagonising his opponents, especially Nadal. The pair's previous two meetings had been fractious, with Soderling angering Nadal and the Rome crowd a month earlier when he swore at the umpire over a disputed line call despite it being himself who had clearly pointed to the wrong mark on the court. The rivalry really intensified though at Wimbledon in 2007 when the two players' third-round five-set match stretched over five days due to rain and became a tetchy and testy slugfest. Nadal was enraged at the constant delays, and Soderling sought to wind him up further, behaving like an annoying sibling who knew exactly what buttons to press. He mimicked Nadal's habit of fiddling with his shorts and to poke fun at of how long Nadal took between points, he would deliberately stall the Spaniard and offer his hand in mock-apology. Taking to the role of pantomime villain perfectly, Soderling eschewed the tennis etiquette of aplogising after a dead net cord, and instead celebrated such a point in the fifth set with a fist pump. After the match he said: "Why should I say I’m sorry when it’s the happiest moment of my life?" The handshake at the end of the match was frostier than the unseasonally cold temperatures at SW19, and Nadal pulled no punches in his post-match interview. “I have said hello to him seven times to his face, and he has never said hello to me," he said. "I asked around the locker room; almost nobody had anything nice to say about him.” Robin Soderling celebrates beating Rafael Nadal at the French Open in 2009 Soderling responded: "Personally, if I have a problem with a player I go and talk to him face-to-face." Of his reputation as a loner, he added: "Do I have any friends on tour? Not many. I used to hang around with other Swedes, but there are fewer now." In the highly sanitised world of the ATP Tour where everyone seemed to get along, this was genuine needle and made for an intriguing pre-match sub-plot. But despite Nadal's open distaste for his opponent, there was little to suggest that he would have too many problems in beating Soderling. As well as his formidable record at Roland Garros and on clay in general, Nadal had won all three of his previous matches against Soderling, and hammered him 6-1, 6-0 in that Rome meeting a month earlier. Soderling, the world No 25, had been having a mixed year and had gone out early in all of the clay-court tournaments leading up to the French Open. Once in Paris though, he began to play with more authority and took out the 14th seed David Ferrer in four sets to reach the last 16 - his first fourth-round appearance at a major. In the first set against Nadal, Soderling was, to use tennis parlance, red lining. Nadal looked utterly powerless, failing to get a grip in the match as if he was being tossed around in a washing machine. Soderling's forehand was an inelegant slap that could often go awry, but suddenly he could not miss with it and he was sending Nadal so far behind the baseline that he was almost in Belgium. Nadal was left floundering in an opening set that went the Swede's way 6-2. Nadal sits on the clay after falling against Soderling When you watch the match back, one of the striking things is how loud and desperate Nadal's grunting quickly becomes. He sounds almost strangled by the exertion of what he's up against and the shock of getting so badly beaten up on his favourite court. Nadal took the second set on a tie-break, but still something was not right. The Spaniard's snarl had become an anxious furrowed brow, and Soderling was feeding off his tension. The more Nadal hoped his rival would take a backwards step, the more Soderling went for the jugular - battering down aces and big forehands, and picking off volleys at the net like a Scandinavian Pete Sampras. Nadal began to look frazzled, with his sweat-drenched hair creeping down into his narrowed eyes. In the seventh game of the third set, Soderling screamed a backhand at Nadal to earn a crucial break of serve. Shortly after Nadal collapsed to the floor like a giant tree felled by a lumberjack as he lost his footing hitting a backhand. The symbolism of the fall was obvious, and John McEnroe remarked in commentary: "He just doesn’t know what to do out there." Soderling took the set 6-4 to leave Nadal on the brink of elimination. The Spaniard though did not give up - his ferocious competitiveness never left him and he took an early break in the fourth set to regain a semblance of control. It would prove to be an illusion however, as Soderling broke back and took the fourth set on a tie-break to win the match. The crowd, desperate for a Roger Federer win at the tournament, had been resolutely in favour of Soderling throughout the match and roared their approval at seeing Nadal finally beaten at Roland Garros. The tennis world scrambled around for an explanation, and they received one of sorts a few weeks later when Nadal pulled out of Wimbledon due to tendonitis in both knees. It would later emerge that the Spaniard was also suffering severe distress from the divorce of his parents. But it is too easy to attribute the defeat to one or both of these factors. Yes, they may have contributed but Nadal had still been in sensational form at the time, and it took a player with the courage and self-belief of Soderling to take advantage. The way Soderling was playing that day - hitting 61 winners to Nadal's 33 - he would have beaten Rafa at any stage of his career. The scale of the shock was only added to in the subsequent years, as Nadal won the next five French Opens and his following 39 matches at Roland Garros, include a straight-sets win over Soderling in the 2010 final. Even now, nine years on Nadal has only been beaten once in Paris since the Soderling upset. The victory was the launchpad for Soderling's career, as he reached consecutive French Open finals and a career-high ranking of No 4. Sadly he was forced to retire in 2015 having not played since 2011 due to a severe and long-running bout of glandular fever. Nadal of course quickly re-established himself as the King of Clay, and is currently playing some of the best tennis of his career as he targets an 11th French Open title. But he will never forget that Sunday in May eight years ago when he was dethroned so brutally by the player he disliked the most. 6. Andre Agassi defeats Andrei Medvedev 1–6, 2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 - 1999 Final The story of Andre Agassi's rise and fall and then rise again was like something out of a Hollywood script. The glamorous, exciting young Las Vegan with the mullet and neon spandex who had too much too young before plumbing the depths and taking crystal meth as his world crumbled around him. Then the rise from the ashes that saw a redeemed, more mature version of his younger self gain some much needed perspective and come back stronger than ever before. The fall in 1997 had seen Agassi, shaken by his failed marriage to American actress Brooke Shields, plummet to a world ranking of 141 and fail a doping test (which was later dropped by the authorities when he claimed to have ingested crystal meth accidentally) . By the time of the 1999 French Open, Agassi was back in the world's top 20 after close to 18 months spent finding his feet again,but he was not yet considered a serious contender for grand slams, least of all the French Open, which he had never won. But at Roland Garros that year, Agassi battled his way to the final - his first at a slam for almost four years. A win for the American would see him complete the career Grand Slam at the age of 29 and cap a remarkable turnaround from the dark days of two years before. He had twice been a losing finalist in Paris, but was odds on to finally claim the title against the unfancied Ukrainian Andrei Medvedev, whose lowly ranking of 100 meant he only just made the cut for the tournament. Medvedev though had been in sensational form in Paris, taking out Pete Sampras and former champion Gustavo Kuerten en route to the final. Ironically, it had been a chat with Agassi in Monte Carlo a few weeks earlier that had inspired the turnaround. In his autobiography, Open, Agassi recalled how he had spotted Medvedev drinking alone in a Monte Carlo bar after another damaging defeat. The 24-year-old Medvedev told Agassi he was considering retiring - in his own words he was old and he couldn’t play "this f---ing game anymore." "How dare you," Agassi responded. "Here I am, 29, injured, divorced, and you’re [complaining] about being washed up at 24? Your future is bright." Buoyed by the pep talk and by his blossoming romance with German player Anke Huber (they have subsequently split), Medvedev was a new player in Paris and his feather-light drop shots and clinical backhands down the line took him all the way to the final. On the eve of the final, Agassi was racked by anxiety and shocked coach Brad Gilbert by necking a vodka from the hotel minibar to soothe his nerves. "He has my game," Agassi fretted. "I gave it to him. He even has my first name." Andre Agassi celebrates beating Andrei Medvedev in the 1999 French Open final By the time the players took to the court, Agassi was still tormented with self-doubt, and he lost the first set 6-1 in 19 humiliating minutes. The second was scarcely much better, as Medvedev prevailed 6-2, with Agassi later describing his performance in the opening stages as "embarrassing". Midway through the second set though, a rain delay forced the players off court and prompted Gilbert to shake some sense into Agassi. Gilbert opened a locker and slammed it shut, before unleashing a volley of criticism at his player, where he told Agassi exactly what he was doing wrong and that at the very least he had to "go down with both guns blazing". Agassi belatedly got the message, and in the third set hauled himself from off the canvas. Serving at 4-4, 30-15 he double faulted on consecutive points to hand Medvedev a break point that had he taken would have left him serving for the match. The American saved it with a drop volley, and from there did not look back, coming to the net more and taking his opponent's rhythm away from him. After 2 hours and 42 minutes, Agassi secured the victory when a Medvedev forehand sailed long. He dropped his racket instantly, turned to his box and after covering his face began to cry uncontrollably. "Winning isn’t supposed to feel this good," Agassi said. "But it does." Agassi had metamorphosed from hirsute teenager in denim shorts to balding elder statesman, and after his annus horribilis he had found the purest form of redemption. 5. Chris Evert defeats Martina Navratilova 6–3, 6–7(4), 7–5 - 1985 final Sixteen years, 80 matches, and 60 finals. There has never been a rivalry like the one between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, and there were few contests between the two as riveting as the 1985 French Open final. From 1974 to 1986, the two players duopolised the year-end world No 1 ranking, and had finished No 1 and No 2 in every year between 1982 and 1986. Between them they were the dominant forces in the sport, and by the time of the 1985 French Open final Evert had 16 singles slams to Navratilova's 12. Evert had initially dominated meetings between the two, winning 20 of their first 25 matches, but when they met at Roland Garros 22 years ago, Navratilova led the head to head 33-31 and was the world No 1. The stats though don't tell anything like the full story of a rivalry that in the public's eyes pitted the charming American girl next door in Evert against the rugged, outspoken Czechoslovakian outsider in Navratilova. Evert later said this perception was totally wrong, explaining that people would often approach her and say, "You know, I never liked that Martina. She's so tough. "I'd say, 'You know what? She's a kitten. She really is. I'm the hard one.' They'd say 'no, no, no - not you. You're so frail and feminine; we always felt sorry for you.' It was as if Martina became the bully to some people. And I was the person who could silence the bully." The pair were actually great friends and had played doubles together in the mid-1970s until Evert felt that doing so gave Navratilova too good a read on her game. Navratilova would never forget the kindness Evert and her mother had shown her when she was starting out on the lonely grind of professional tennis. Evert had always liked and admired Navratilova, and was among the first to defend her when she was outed as a lesbian by a New York newspaper in 1981. By the time of the 1985 French Open final, Navratilova, now 28, was at her formidable best and exercised a vice-like grip over the rest of the Tour - friends and foes. She was the current holder of all four of the slams and had won a staggering nine of the previous 13 majors. Evert, now 30, had won the other four and was the world No 2, but anyone playing against Navratilova at that time was a major underdog. Both players were in excellent form when they met in Paris. They had reached the final with contemptuous ease- neither had dropped a set, and Navratilova had dished out bagel sets to half of her opponents en route to meeting Evert. The final proved to be one of the high points in a rivalry that transcended sport. In 2 hours 40 minutes of relentless tension and drama, Evert eventually won out in three epic sets. She had led by a set and a break, and served for the match in the second set but Navratilova had clung on. It was a fascinating clash of styles, with Navratilova rushing to the net at every opportunity, and Evert doing all she could to find angles and lobs to outfox her opponent. In the final set, Navratilova missed four break points on her opponent's serve at 5-5 and then moments later found herself down championship point on her own serve. She saved it when Evert sent a lob just long, but it turned out to be a stay of execution as on the second one, the American somehow got to a Navratilova smash and screamed a backhand passing shot winner up the line. Evert later described the win as her "most satisfying", while reflecting on the pair's rivalry, Navratilova said: "We brought out the best in each other. It's almost not right to say who's better. If you tried to make the perfect rivalry, we were it." 4. Ivan Lendl defeats John McEnroe 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 - 1984 final In his 2002 autobiography Serious, John McEnroe openly admits that there are few events that haunt him as much as his 1984 French Open final defeat to Ivan Lendl. As McEnroe laments of the match: "Lendl got his first major, and I took his title, choker-in-chief, away from him." McEnroe, 25, entered the match in the form of his life, having begun 1984 with 42 straight wins. It was a record start to a year that stands to this day, and meant the American, who already had five majors to his name, was the red hot favourite to pick up his first French Open title. His opponent, the 24-year-old Czech Lendl was tennis's perennial bridesmaid. The nearly man, the choker. He had reached four slam finals and lost them all - an unwanted sequence since equalled by his former protege Andy Murray. It was little surprise then when McEnroe cruised through the first two sets 6-3, 6-2 to leave Lendl staring at the prospect of losing his first five slam finals. Simon Briggs ranks the 20 male clay-court players of all time Fortunately for the Czech, McEnroe had one glaring weakness: his temperament. In a manner that Murray fans will identify with, McEnroe could become enraged by something seemingly innocuous. Early on in the third set, the whirring of a cameraman's headset set him off and soon after McEnroe was in full meltdown mode. He berated the cameraman for causing him to lose his focus, and all of a sudden he had lost the third set 6-4 and was up against a crowd now fiercely in favour of Lendl. Despite their taunting, McEnroe led 4-2 in the fourth, but his energy was being sapped by the burning French sun and Lendl roared back to pinch it 7-5 and take the match into a decider. From there the Czech grew in confidence and took the final set 7-5 as McEnroe grappled unsuccessfully with the inner demons that had taken hold. After the match, which had lasted 4 hours and 8 minutes, McEnroe was so incandescent with rage at the crowd and himself that he refused to give an on-court interview. The defeat was one of just three losses in 85 matches for McEnroe that year and stung him more than almost any other setback in his career. After breaking his grand slam duck, Lendl ended his career with eight slams, one more than McEnroe. 3. Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, (3-7), 9-7​ - 2013 semi-final Nadal won 70 of his first 71 matches at Roland Garros, and surely none were as dramatic as the semi-final four years ago against his great rival Novak Djokovic, which is amazingly one of only two five-setters that the Spaniard has ever played at Roland Garros. Nadal was the tournament holder and seven-time French Open champion, but his ranking was down at No 4 after a horrible run of injuries. Djokovic, as the Australian Open champion and world No 1, was the man to beat, though Nadal's clay-court pedigree made the Spaniard the favourite in many people's eyes. The pair had met in the previous year's French Open, with Nadal winning in four sets, and 18 months earlier Djokovic had edged a bruising six-hour long epic in the Australian Open final. In total this was the 35th meeting between two players who had between them won 10 of the previous 12 majors. A great deal was expected of what was a de facto final - the winner was to face David Ferrer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - and no-one on a broiling Paris afternoon was left disappointed. After splitting the first two sets, Nadal romped through the third 6-1, whipping that lasso-like forehand and not allowing Djokovic to settle into a rhythm. The Spaniard looked on course for a four-sets win but failed to serve out the match at 6-5 up, and after Djokovic nicked the tie-break, the players headed into a decider. As the temperature cranked up and the match headed for its fifth hour, Djokovic began to edge what was becoming a war of attrition, and grabbed an early break in the final set. The Serb held the break all the way to 4-3, but he made the grave error at deuce of unnecessarily touching the net after hitting a winning smash and thereby forefeited the point. Nadal broke back that game, and held his nerve to tough out the decider 9-7. The memories of losing that Melbourne final were still raw for Nadal, and he said afterwards: "I was ready for the fight and had a little bit of luck at 4-3. In Australia in 2012 it was similar but he won. Everybody knows Novak is a fighter. That's why this is a special sport. During [my] seven months out there were a lot of low moments but people supported me, made me work hard every day, and I want to thank them for that." Nadal cruised to his eighth title two days later by thumping David Ferrer in the final, while Djokovic would have to wait until 2016 before finally getting his hands on the Coupe des Mousquetaires. 2. Steffi Graf defeats Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 - 1999 Final The 1999 final was a fractious, ill-tempered encounter that pitted the old against the new. Steffi Graf had dominated the women's Tour in the 1990s until injuries and the emergence of the 'Swiss Miss' Martina Hingis knocked her off her perch in 1997. A 16-year-old Hingis hoovered up three of the four slams that year to take the No 1 ranking from Graf, who by 1999 was 29 and playing in her final year on the Tour. Hingis had dismissed Graf as past her best a year earlier, and now the two came head to head in Paris for Graf's final match at Roland Garros. Hingis, 18, needed the French Open to complete the career Grand Slam, and having won five grand slams in the previous couple of years, including the Australian Open that January, was the favourite to win the final. Graf for her part had not won a major since 1996 and had admitted she was mainly using the tournament as a way of improving her fitness ahead of one last crack at an eighth Wimbledon title. For the first set and a bit, Hingis was in control. She took the opener 6-4 and was up 2-0 when it all began to unravel. The French crowd were already heavily behind the five-time Roland Garros champion Graf when Hingis crossed tennis's equivalent of the Rubicon, by walking over to the other side of the court to dispute a forehand that was called out. Farewell Martina Hingis - a retrospective The whistles and cat-calls were deafening as the supporters reacted to what they saw as another example of Hingis's preening precocity. Hingis was so enraged that she called the tournament referee onto the court, all the while grinning disingenuously with increasingly simmering menace. It was little wonder that she had been nicknamed the "smiling assassin". Not only did Hingis not get the overrule she wanted, she was given a point penalty for crossing the net, and found herself down 30-0 in a game she felt she should have been 15-0 up in. The rest of the second set undulated with breaks for each player, before Hingis found herself serving for the match at 5-4 against not just one of the greatest players of all time, but also an increasingly vicious crowd. Graf broke back and took the set 7-5, before romping to a 5-2 lead in the decider. In an act of desperation, Hingis served under-arm when down match point, and the surprise tactic worked to keep her in the match. The crowd roared their disapproval, and when Hingis complained at their heckling Graf retorted: ''Can we just play tennis, O.K?" After Graf took the title on her second match point as the match clock showed 2 hours 25 minutes, Hingis left the court and had to be led back on in tears by her mother Melanie Molitor. When asked about the crowd afterwards, Hingis admitted that ''I let it get to me.'' She pledged to not stop until she had won the French Open, but was never able to get her hands on the title or reach another Paris final. Graf made good on her promise to retire at the end of the year, and the 1999 French Open would turn out to be her 22nd and final grand slam singles title. 1. Michael Chang defeats Ivan Lendl, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 - 1989 Fourth Round As well as being one of the most extraordinary matches in the history of tennis, Michael Chang's 1989 French Open fourth-round match against Ivan Lendl also featured one of its most memorable moments. Leading 4-3 in the final set but down 15-30 and suffering severe cramps, Chang took the almost unprecedented step of serving under-arm. The reaction from everyone on the Philippe Chatrier court is sensational. The commentator laughs in disbelief and shouts "extraordinaire...ooh la la!" as the crowd cover their mouths in astonishment at what they have just seen. The former American player Todd Martin later described Chang's underhand serve as "the last stone that felled Goliath". The tactic flummoxed Lendl, and Chang won the point and the match two games later. It was a fitting end to a remarkable match that had seen the world No 1 and three-time French Open champion Lendl upset by the 17-year-old naturalised American who was playing for only the second time at Roland Garros. Lendl by contrast was the reigning Australian Open champion, the world's No 1 for almost all of the previous three years and a seven-time major winner. A baseline behemoth, Lendl had not dropped a set all tournament and looked set for a seventh straight French Open quarter-final when he took a two sets to love lead against Chang. Chang though had also been in excellent form in the tournament, winning his previous nine sets for the loss of 17 games, and despite his tender years he did already have some pedigree. He was the 15th seed at the tournament and had won an ATP Tournament the year before in San Francisco. Against Lendl, he was given additional motivation by the possibility of bringing hope to his homeland of China. Only a day earlier, Chang had spent the day glued to television screens horrified at images of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing. He later admitted that: "What [the Lendl match] was really about was an opportunity to bring a smile upon Chinese people's faces around the world when there wasn't a whole lot to smile about. I honestly feel that that was God's purpose for allowing me to be able to get through those matches." From two sets to love down, Chang started to frustrated his illustrious opponent. After the 17-year-old had taken the third set with a beguiling mix of awkward spins and angles, Lendl began to rage at the conditions and what he perceived to be bad line calls. His anger cost him a penalty point and a game in the fourth set. But when severe cramps struck Chang in the fourth set, a victory for Lendl looked a formality. Still, his opponent would not go away though, employing a befuddling tactic of slow, arcing moonballs that drove Lendl to distraction and saw Chang take the fourth set 6-3. Into a decider, and the pain became too much for Chang. In the third game of the set, he could not move and had resorted to guzzling water and consuming bananas at an alarming rate. He could not even sit down at change of ends, such was the all-consuming pain of the cramp he was suffering. At 2-1 up he walked to the service box to retire from the match, but at that point he claims to have benefitted from divine intervention. He later recalled: "When I got to the service line, I got an unbelievable conviction of heart. Looking back, I really feel like it was the Lord kind of telling me: 'Michael, what do you think you're doing here?' If I quit once, the second, third, fourth or fifth time that I am faced with that kind of circumstance, that kind of difficulty, I'm going to quit again." Four games later, Chang employed the under-arm serve trick as one last throw of the dice. He remembers: "At 15-30, spur of the moment, I was just like, I'm going to throw an underhand serve in here, cause I'm not doing anything off my first serve anyways. Let's see if maybe I can scrape a point. I hit the underhand serve, Ivan was kind of surprised about it, moved, kind of got squeezed in because of the spin and had to come in because the serve was so short. I hit a passing shot, clipped the tape and it went off the top of his racket and the crowd went absolutely nuts." In the final game, there was time for one last party piece as Chang slowly walked forward to the service line on match point as Lendl prepared to serve. It drew a double fault, and Chang has somehow done it. After four hours and 37 minutes of the most excruciating competition, Chang had completed the equivalent of a tennis ultra-marathon and defeated the world No 1. He went on to beat Stefan Edberg in the final as he claimed his one and only grand slam title.
The seven greatest ever French Open matches
7. Robin Soderling defeats Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2) - 2009 fourth round In every sport, there are upsets so profoundly shocking that they become the benchmark for any future surprise result. Boxing has Mike Tyson losing to Buster Douglas, rugby union has Japan's defeat of South Africa, while football in 2016 added Leicester winning the Premier League to its canon. In tennis, there are few, if any, greater upsets than Robin Soderling's win against Rafael Nadal at the French Open in 2009. Nadal was considered unbeatable at the French Open where he never lost a match and prowled the baseline like a predator mercilessly defending his territory. Aged 22, he was already a four-time Roland Garros champion, and had not dropped so much as a set in his previous 10 matches there. Coming into the fourth round match against Soderling, Nadal looked set fair for a fifth straight title. He had cruised through his first three matches - taking his win-loss record in Paris to 31-0 - including a demolition job of former world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt whom he had beaten for the loss of just five games. In January, Nadal had won his first hard-court major at the Australian Open, and he had completely dominated the start of the clay-court season by winning the titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome. When the players took to the Phillipe Chatrier court on a cloudy Parisian afternoon, no-one gave Soderling a hope of upsetting the King of Clay in his unbreachable fortress. Soderling interview Soderling though had two things in his favour. The first was a huge all or nothing game that meant he could beat anyone on his day, and the second was that he knew how to get under Nadal's skin. The Swede was something of an outsider in the locker room, and he revelled in antagonising his opponents, especially Nadal. The pair's previous two meetings had been fractious, with Soderling angering Nadal and the Rome crowd a month earlier when he swore at the umpire over a disputed line call despite it being himself who had clearly pointed to the wrong mark on the court. The rivalry really intensified though at Wimbledon in 2007 when the two players' third-round five-set match stretched over five days due to rain and became a tetchy and testy slugfest. Nadal was enraged at the constant delays, and Soderling sought to wind him up further, behaving like an annoying sibling who knew exactly what buttons to press. He mimicked Nadal's habit of fiddling with his shorts and to poke fun at of how long Nadal took between points, he would deliberately stall the Spaniard and offer his hand in mock-apology. Taking to the role of pantomime villain perfectly, Soderling eschewed the tennis etiquette of aplogising after a dead net cord, and instead celebrated such a point in the fifth set with a fist pump. After the match he said: "Why should I say I’m sorry when it’s the happiest moment of my life?" The handshake at the end of the match was frostier than the unseasonally cold temperatures at SW19, and Nadal pulled no punches in his post-match interview. “I have said hello to him seven times to his face, and he has never said hello to me," he said. "I asked around the locker room; almost nobody had anything nice to say about him.” Robin Soderling celebrates beating Rafael Nadal at the French Open in 2009 Soderling responded: "Personally, if I have a problem with a player I go and talk to him face-to-face." Of his reputation as a loner, he added: "Do I have any friends on tour? Not many. I used to hang around with other Swedes, but there are fewer now." In the highly sanitised world of the ATP Tour where everyone seemed to get along, this was genuine needle and made for an intriguing pre-match sub-plot. But despite Nadal's open distaste for his opponent, there was little to suggest that he would have too many problems in beating Soderling. As well as his formidable record at Roland Garros and on clay in general, Nadal had won all three of his previous matches against Soderling, and hammered him 6-1, 6-0 in that Rome meeting a month earlier. Soderling, the world No 25, had been having a mixed year and had gone out early in all of the clay-court tournaments leading up to the French Open. Once in Paris though, he began to play with more authority and took out the 14th seed David Ferrer in four sets to reach the last 16 - his first fourth-round appearance at a major. In the first set against Nadal, Soderling was, to use tennis parlance, red lining. Nadal looked utterly powerless, failing to get a grip in the match as if he was being tossed around in a washing machine. Soderling's forehand was an inelegant slap that could often go awry, but suddenly he could not miss with it and he was sending Nadal so far behind the baseline that he was almost in Belgium. Nadal was left floundering in an opening set that went the Swede's way 6-2. Nadal sits on the clay after falling against Soderling When you watch the match back, one of the striking things is how loud and desperate Nadal's grunting quickly becomes. He sounds almost strangled by the exertion of what he's up against and the shock of getting so badly beaten up on his favourite court. Nadal took the second set on a tie-break, but still something was not right. The Spaniard's snarl had become an anxious furrowed brow, and Soderling was feeding off his tension. The more Nadal hoped his rival would take a backwards step, the more Soderling went for the jugular - battering down aces and big forehands, and picking off volleys at the net like a Scandinavian Pete Sampras. Nadal began to look frazzled, with his sweat-drenched hair creeping down into his narrowed eyes. In the seventh game of the third set, Soderling screamed a backhand at Nadal to earn a crucial break of serve. Shortly after Nadal collapsed to the floor like a giant tree felled by a lumberjack as he lost his footing hitting a backhand. The symbolism of the fall was obvious, and John McEnroe remarked in commentary: "He just doesn’t know what to do out there." Soderling took the set 6-4 to leave Nadal on the brink of elimination. The Spaniard though did not give up - his ferocious competitiveness never left him and he took an early break in the fourth set to regain a semblance of control. It would prove to be an illusion however, as Soderling broke back and took the fourth set on a tie-break to win the match. The crowd, desperate for a Roger Federer win at the tournament, had been resolutely in favour of Soderling throughout the match and roared their approval at seeing Nadal finally beaten at Roland Garros. The tennis world scrambled around for an explanation, and they received one of sorts a few weeks later when Nadal pulled out of Wimbledon due to tendonitis in both knees. It would later emerge that the Spaniard was also suffering severe distress from the divorce of his parents. But it is too easy to attribute the defeat to one or both of these factors. Yes, they may have contributed but Nadal had still been in sensational form at the time, and it took a player with the courage and self-belief of Soderling to take advantage. The way Soderling was playing that day - hitting 61 winners to Nadal's 33 - he would have beaten Rafa at any stage of his career. The scale of the shock was only added to in the subsequent years, as Nadal won the next five French Opens and his following 39 matches at Roland Garros, include a straight-sets win over Soderling in the 2010 final. Even now, nine years on Nadal has only been beaten once in Paris since the Soderling upset. The victory was the launchpad for Soderling's career, as he reached consecutive French Open finals and a career-high ranking of No 4. Sadly he was forced to retire in 2015 having not played since 2011 due to a severe and long-running bout of glandular fever. Nadal of course quickly re-established himself as the King of Clay, and is currently playing some of the best tennis of his career as he targets an 11th French Open title. But he will never forget that Sunday in May eight years ago when he was dethroned so brutally by the player he disliked the most. 6. Andre Agassi defeats Andrei Medvedev 1–6, 2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 - 1999 Final The story of Andre Agassi's rise and fall and then rise again was like something out of a Hollywood script. The glamorous, exciting young Las Vegan with the mullet and neon spandex who had too much too young before plumbing the depths and taking crystal meth as his world crumbled around him. Then the rise from the ashes that saw a redeemed, more mature version of his younger self gain some much needed perspective and come back stronger than ever before. The fall in 1997 had seen Agassi, shaken by his failed marriage to American actress Brooke Shields, plummet to a world ranking of 141 and fail a doping test (which was later dropped by the authorities when he claimed to have ingested crystal meth accidentally) . By the time of the 1999 French Open, Agassi was back in the world's top 20 after close to 18 months spent finding his feet again,but he was not yet considered a serious contender for grand slams, least of all the French Open, which he had never won. But at Roland Garros that year, Agassi battled his way to the final - his first at a slam for almost four years. A win for the American would see him complete the career Grand Slam at the age of 29 and cap a remarkable turnaround from the dark days of two years before. He had twice been a losing finalist in Paris, but was odds on to finally claim the title against the unfancied Ukrainian Andrei Medvedev, whose lowly ranking of 100 meant he only just made the cut for the tournament. Medvedev though had been in sensational form in Paris, taking out Pete Sampras and former champion Gustavo Kuerten en route to the final. Ironically, it had been a chat with Agassi in Monte Carlo a few weeks earlier that had inspired the turnaround. In his autobiography, Open, Agassi recalled how he had spotted Medvedev drinking alone in a Monte Carlo bar after another damaging defeat. The 24-year-old Medvedev told Agassi he was considering retiring - in his own words he was old and he couldn’t play "this f---ing game anymore." "How dare you," Agassi responded. "Here I am, 29, injured, divorced, and you’re [complaining] about being washed up at 24? Your future is bright." Buoyed by the pep talk and by his blossoming romance with German player Anke Huber (they have subsequently split), Medvedev was a new player in Paris and his feather-light drop shots and clinical backhands down the line took him all the way to the final. On the eve of the final, Agassi was racked by anxiety and shocked coach Brad Gilbert by necking a vodka from the hotel minibar to soothe his nerves. "He has my game," Agassi fretted. "I gave it to him. He even has my first name." Andre Agassi celebrates beating Andrei Medvedev in the 1999 French Open final By the time the players took to the court, Agassi was still tormented with self-doubt, and he lost the first set 6-1 in 19 humiliating minutes. The second was scarcely much better, as Medvedev prevailed 6-2, with Agassi later describing his performance in the opening stages as "embarrassing". Midway through the second set though, a rain delay forced the players off court and prompted Gilbert to shake some sense into Agassi. Gilbert opened a locker and slammed it shut, before unleashing a volley of criticism at his player, where he told Agassi exactly what he was doing wrong and that at the very least he had to "go down with both guns blazing". Agassi belatedly got the message, and in the third set hauled himself from off the canvas. Serving at 4-4, 30-15 he double faulted on consecutive points to hand Medvedev a break point that had he taken would have left him serving for the match. The American saved it with a drop volley, and from there did not look back, coming to the net more and taking his opponent's rhythm away from him. After 2 hours and 42 minutes, Agassi secured the victory when a Medvedev forehand sailed long. He dropped his racket instantly, turned to his box and after covering his face began to cry uncontrollably. "Winning isn’t supposed to feel this good," Agassi said. "But it does." Agassi had metamorphosed from hirsute teenager in denim shorts to balding elder statesman, and after his annus horribilis he had found the purest form of redemption. 5. Chris Evert defeats Martina Navratilova 6–3, 6–7(4), 7–5 - 1985 final Sixteen years, 80 matches, and 60 finals. There has never been a rivalry like the one between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, and there were few contests between the two as riveting as the 1985 French Open final. From 1974 to 1986, the two players duopolised the year-end world No 1 ranking, and had finished No 1 and No 2 in every year between 1982 and 1986. Between them they were the dominant forces in the sport, and by the time of the 1985 French Open final Evert had 16 singles slams to Navratilova's 12. Evert had initially dominated meetings between the two, winning 20 of their first 25 matches, but when they met at Roland Garros 22 years ago, Navratilova led the head to head 33-31 and was the world No 1. The stats though don't tell anything like the full story of a rivalry that in the public's eyes pitted the charming American girl next door in Evert against the rugged, outspoken Czechoslovakian outsider in Navratilova. Evert later said this perception was totally wrong, explaining that people would often approach her and say, "You know, I never liked that Martina. She's so tough. "I'd say, 'You know what? She's a kitten. She really is. I'm the hard one.' They'd say 'no, no, no - not you. You're so frail and feminine; we always felt sorry for you.' It was as if Martina became the bully to some people. And I was the person who could silence the bully." The pair were actually great friends and had played doubles together in the mid-1970s until Evert felt that doing so gave Navratilova too good a read on her game. Navratilova would never forget the kindness Evert and her mother had shown her when she was starting out on the lonely grind of professional tennis. Evert had always liked and admired Navratilova, and was among the first to defend her when she was outed as a lesbian by a New York newspaper in 1981. By the time of the 1985 French Open final, Navratilova, now 28, was at her formidable best and exercised a vice-like grip over the rest of the Tour - friends and foes. She was the current holder of all four of the slams and had won a staggering nine of the previous 13 majors. Evert, now 30, had won the other four and was the world No 2, but anyone playing against Navratilova at that time was a major underdog. Both players were in excellent form when they met in Paris. They had reached the final with contemptuous ease- neither had dropped a set, and Navratilova had dished out bagel sets to half of her opponents en route to meeting Evert. The final proved to be one of the high points in a rivalry that transcended sport. In 2 hours 40 minutes of relentless tension and drama, Evert eventually won out in three epic sets. She had led by a set and a break, and served for the match in the second set but Navratilova had clung on. It was a fascinating clash of styles, with Navratilova rushing to the net at every opportunity, and Evert doing all she could to find angles and lobs to outfox her opponent. In the final set, Navratilova missed four break points on her opponent's serve at 5-5 and then moments later found herself down championship point on her own serve. She saved it when Evert sent a lob just long, but it turned out to be a stay of execution as on the second one, the American somehow got to a Navratilova smash and screamed a backhand passing shot winner up the line. Evert later described the win as her "most satisfying", while reflecting on the pair's rivalry, Navratilova said: "We brought out the best in each other. It's almost not right to say who's better. If you tried to make the perfect rivalry, we were it." 4. Ivan Lendl defeats John McEnroe 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 - 1984 final In his 2002 autobiography Serious, John McEnroe openly admits that there are few events that haunt him as much as his 1984 French Open final defeat to Ivan Lendl. As McEnroe laments of the match: "Lendl got his first major, and I took his title, choker-in-chief, away from him." McEnroe, 25, entered the match in the form of his life, having begun 1984 with 42 straight wins. It was a record start to a year that stands to this day, and meant the American, who already had five majors to his name, was the red hot favourite to pick up his first French Open title. His opponent, the 24-year-old Czech Lendl was tennis's perennial bridesmaid. The nearly man, the choker. He had reached four slam finals and lost them all - an unwanted sequence since equalled by his former protege Andy Murray. It was little surprise then when McEnroe cruised through the first two sets 6-3, 6-2 to leave Lendl staring at the prospect of losing his first five slam finals. Simon Briggs ranks the 20 male clay-court players of all time Fortunately for the Czech, McEnroe had one glaring weakness: his temperament. In a manner that Murray fans will identify with, McEnroe could become enraged by something seemingly innocuous. Early on in the third set, the whirring of a cameraman's headset set him off and soon after McEnroe was in full meltdown mode. He berated the cameraman for causing him to lose his focus, and all of a sudden he had lost the third set 6-4 and was up against a crowd now fiercely in favour of Lendl. Despite their taunting, McEnroe led 4-2 in the fourth, but his energy was being sapped by the burning French sun and Lendl roared back to pinch it 7-5 and take the match into a decider. From there the Czech grew in confidence and took the final set 7-5 as McEnroe grappled unsuccessfully with the inner demons that had taken hold. After the match, which had lasted 4 hours and 8 minutes, McEnroe was so incandescent with rage at the crowd and himself that he refused to give an on-court interview. The defeat was one of just three losses in 85 matches for McEnroe that year and stung him more than almost any other setback in his career. After breaking his grand slam duck, Lendl ended his career with eight slams, one more than McEnroe. 3. Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, (3-7), 9-7​ - 2013 semi-final Nadal won 70 of his first 71 matches at Roland Garros, and surely none were as dramatic as the semi-final four years ago against his great rival Novak Djokovic, which is amazingly one of only two five-setters that the Spaniard has ever played at Roland Garros. Nadal was the tournament holder and seven-time French Open champion, but his ranking was down at No 4 after a horrible run of injuries. Djokovic, as the Australian Open champion and world No 1, was the man to beat, though Nadal's clay-court pedigree made the Spaniard the favourite in many people's eyes. The pair had met in the previous year's French Open, with Nadal winning in four sets, and 18 months earlier Djokovic had edged a bruising six-hour long epic in the Australian Open final. In total this was the 35th meeting between two players who had between them won 10 of the previous 12 majors. A great deal was expected of what was a de facto final - the winner was to face David Ferrer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - and no-one on a broiling Paris afternoon was left disappointed. After splitting the first two sets, Nadal romped through the third 6-1, whipping that lasso-like forehand and not allowing Djokovic to settle into a rhythm. The Spaniard looked on course for a four-sets win but failed to serve out the match at 6-5 up, and after Djokovic nicked the tie-break, the players headed into a decider. As the temperature cranked up and the match headed for its fifth hour, Djokovic began to edge what was becoming a war of attrition, and grabbed an early break in the final set. The Serb held the break all the way to 4-3, but he made the grave error at deuce of unnecessarily touching the net after hitting a winning smash and thereby forefeited the point. Nadal broke back that game, and held his nerve to tough out the decider 9-7. The memories of losing that Melbourne final were still raw for Nadal, and he said afterwards: "I was ready for the fight and had a little bit of luck at 4-3. In Australia in 2012 it was similar but he won. Everybody knows Novak is a fighter. That's why this is a special sport. During [my] seven months out there were a lot of low moments but people supported me, made me work hard every day, and I want to thank them for that." Nadal cruised to his eighth title two days later by thumping David Ferrer in the final, while Djokovic would have to wait until 2016 before finally getting his hands on the Coupe des Mousquetaires. 2. Steffi Graf defeats Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 - 1999 Final The 1999 final was a fractious, ill-tempered encounter that pitted the old against the new. Steffi Graf had dominated the women's Tour in the 1990s until injuries and the emergence of the 'Swiss Miss' Martina Hingis knocked her off her perch in 1997. A 16-year-old Hingis hoovered up three of the four slams that year to take the No 1 ranking from Graf, who by 1999 was 29 and playing in her final year on the Tour. Hingis had dismissed Graf as past her best a year earlier, and now the two came head to head in Paris for Graf's final match at Roland Garros. Hingis, 18, needed the French Open to complete the career Grand Slam, and having won five grand slams in the previous couple of years, including the Australian Open that January, was the favourite to win the final. Graf for her part had not won a major since 1996 and had admitted she was mainly using the tournament as a way of improving her fitness ahead of one last crack at an eighth Wimbledon title. For the first set and a bit, Hingis was in control. She took the opener 6-4 and was up 2-0 when it all began to unravel. The French crowd were already heavily behind the five-time Roland Garros champion Graf when Hingis crossed tennis's equivalent of the Rubicon, by walking over to the other side of the court to dispute a forehand that was called out. Farewell Martina Hingis - a retrospective The whistles and cat-calls were deafening as the supporters reacted to what they saw as another example of Hingis's preening precocity. Hingis was so enraged that she called the tournament referee onto the court, all the while grinning disingenuously with increasingly simmering menace. It was little wonder that she had been nicknamed the "smiling assassin". Not only did Hingis not get the overrule she wanted, she was given a point penalty for crossing the net, and found herself down 30-0 in a game she felt she should have been 15-0 up in. The rest of the second set undulated with breaks for each player, before Hingis found herself serving for the match at 5-4 against not just one of the greatest players of all time, but also an increasingly vicious crowd. Graf broke back and took the set 7-5, before romping to a 5-2 lead in the decider. In an act of desperation, Hingis served under-arm when down match point, and the surprise tactic worked to keep her in the match. The crowd roared their disapproval, and when Hingis complained at their heckling Graf retorted: ''Can we just play tennis, O.K?" After Graf took the title on her second match point as the match clock showed 2 hours 25 minutes, Hingis left the court and had to be led back on in tears by her mother Melanie Molitor. When asked about the crowd afterwards, Hingis admitted that ''I let it get to me.'' She pledged to not stop until she had won the French Open, but was never able to get her hands on the title or reach another Paris final. Graf made good on her promise to retire at the end of the year, and the 1999 French Open would turn out to be her 22nd and final grand slam singles title. 1. Michael Chang defeats Ivan Lendl, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 - 1989 Fourth Round As well as being one of the most extraordinary matches in the history of tennis, Michael Chang's 1989 French Open fourth-round match against Ivan Lendl also featured one of its most memorable moments. Leading 4-3 in the final set but down 15-30 and suffering severe cramps, Chang took the almost unprecedented step of serving under-arm. The reaction from everyone on the Philippe Chatrier court is sensational. The commentator laughs in disbelief and shouts "extraordinaire...ooh la la!" as the crowd cover their mouths in astonishment at what they have just seen. The former American player Todd Martin later described Chang's underhand serve as "the last stone that felled Goliath". The tactic flummoxed Lendl, and Chang won the point and the match two games later. It was a fitting end to a remarkable match that had seen the world No 1 and three-time French Open champion Lendl upset by the 17-year-old naturalised American who was playing for only the second time at Roland Garros. Lendl by contrast was the reigning Australian Open champion, the world's No 1 for almost all of the previous three years and a seven-time major winner. A baseline behemoth, Lendl had not dropped a set all tournament and looked set for a seventh straight French Open quarter-final when he took a two sets to love lead against Chang. Chang though had also been in excellent form in the tournament, winning his previous nine sets for the loss of 17 games, and despite his tender years he did already have some pedigree. He was the 15th seed at the tournament and had won an ATP Tournament the year before in San Francisco. Against Lendl, he was given additional motivation by the possibility of bringing hope to his homeland of China. Only a day earlier, Chang had spent the day glued to television screens horrified at images of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing. He later admitted that: "What [the Lendl match] was really about was an opportunity to bring a smile upon Chinese people's faces around the world when there wasn't a whole lot to smile about. I honestly feel that that was God's purpose for allowing me to be able to get through those matches." From two sets to love down, Chang started to frustrated his illustrious opponent. After the 17-year-old had taken the third set with a beguiling mix of awkward spins and angles, Lendl began to rage at the conditions and what he perceived to be bad line calls. His anger cost him a penalty point and a game in the fourth set. But when severe cramps struck Chang in the fourth set, a victory for Lendl looked a formality. Still, his opponent would not go away though, employing a befuddling tactic of slow, arcing moonballs that drove Lendl to distraction and saw Chang take the fourth set 6-3. Into a decider, and the pain became too much for Chang. In the third game of the set, he could not move and had resorted to guzzling water and consuming bananas at an alarming rate. He could not even sit down at change of ends, such was the all-consuming pain of the cramp he was suffering. At 2-1 up he walked to the service box to retire from the match, but at that point he claims to have benefitted from divine intervention. He later recalled: "When I got to the service line, I got an unbelievable conviction of heart. Looking back, I really feel like it was the Lord kind of telling me: 'Michael, what do you think you're doing here?' If I quit once, the second, third, fourth or fifth time that I am faced with that kind of circumstance, that kind of difficulty, I'm going to quit again." Four games later, Chang employed the under-arm serve trick as one last throw of the dice. He remembers: "At 15-30, spur of the moment, I was just like, I'm going to throw an underhand serve in here, cause I'm not doing anything off my first serve anyways. Let's see if maybe I can scrape a point. I hit the underhand serve, Ivan was kind of surprised about it, moved, kind of got squeezed in because of the spin and had to come in because the serve was so short. I hit a passing shot, clipped the tape and it went off the top of his racket and the crowd went absolutely nuts." In the final game, there was time for one last party piece as Chang slowly walked forward to the service line on match point as Lendl prepared to serve. It drew a double fault, and Chang has somehow done it. After four hours and 37 minutes of the most excruciating competition, Chang had completed the equivalent of a tennis ultra-marathon and defeated the world No 1. He went on to beat Stefan Edberg in the final as he claimed his one and only grand slam title.
7. Robin Soderling defeats Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2) - 2009 fourth round In every sport, there are upsets so profoundly shocking that they become the benchmark for any future surprise result. Boxing has Mike Tyson losing to Buster Douglas, rugby union has Japan's defeat of South Africa, while football in 2016 added Leicester winning the Premier League to its canon. In tennis, there are few, if any, greater upsets than Robin Soderling's win against Rafael Nadal at the French Open in 2009. Nadal was considered unbeatable at the French Open where he never lost a match and prowled the baseline like a predator mercilessly defending his territory. Aged 22, he was already a four-time Roland Garros champion, and had not dropped so much as a set in his previous 10 matches there. Coming into the fourth round match against Soderling, Nadal looked set fair for a fifth straight title. He had cruised through his first three matches - taking his win-loss record in Paris to 31-0 - including a demolition job of former world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt whom he had beaten for the loss of just five games. In January, Nadal had won his first hard-court major at the Australian Open, and he had completely dominated the start of the clay-court season by winning the titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome. When the players took to the Phillipe Chatrier court on a cloudy Parisian afternoon, no-one gave Soderling a hope of upsetting the King of Clay in his unbreachable fortress. Soderling interview Soderling though had two things in his favour. The first was a huge all or nothing game that meant he could beat anyone on his day, and the second was that he knew how to get under Nadal's skin. The Swede was something of an outsider in the locker room, and he revelled in antagonising his opponents, especially Nadal. The pair's previous two meetings had been fractious, with Soderling angering Nadal and the Rome crowd a month earlier when he swore at the umpire over a disputed line call despite it being himself who had clearly pointed to the wrong mark on the court. The rivalry really intensified though at Wimbledon in 2007 when the two players' third-round five-set match stretched over five days due to rain and became a tetchy and testy slugfest. Nadal was enraged at the constant delays, and Soderling sought to wind him up further, behaving like an annoying sibling who knew exactly what buttons to press. He mimicked Nadal's habit of fiddling with his shorts and to poke fun at of how long Nadal took between points, he would deliberately stall the Spaniard and offer his hand in mock-apology. Taking to the role of pantomime villain perfectly, Soderling eschewed the tennis etiquette of aplogising after a dead net cord, and instead celebrated such a point in the fifth set with a fist pump. After the match he said: "Why should I say I’m sorry when it’s the happiest moment of my life?" The handshake at the end of the match was frostier than the unseasonally cold temperatures at SW19, and Nadal pulled no punches in his post-match interview. “I have said hello to him seven times to his face, and he has never said hello to me," he said. "I asked around the locker room; almost nobody had anything nice to say about him.” Robin Soderling celebrates beating Rafael Nadal at the French Open in 2009 Soderling responded: "Personally, if I have a problem with a player I go and talk to him face-to-face." Of his reputation as a loner, he added: "Do I have any friends on tour? Not many. I used to hang around with other Swedes, but there are fewer now." In the highly sanitised world of the ATP Tour where everyone seemed to get along, this was genuine needle and made for an intriguing pre-match sub-plot. But despite Nadal's open distaste for his opponent, there was little to suggest that he would have too many problems in beating Soderling. As well as his formidable record at Roland Garros and on clay in general, Nadal had won all three of his previous matches against Soderling, and hammered him 6-1, 6-0 in that Rome meeting a month earlier. Soderling, the world No 25, had been having a mixed year and had gone out early in all of the clay-court tournaments leading up to the French Open. Once in Paris though, he began to play with more authority and took out the 14th seed David Ferrer in four sets to reach the last 16 - his first fourth-round appearance at a major. In the first set against Nadal, Soderling was, to use tennis parlance, red lining. Nadal looked utterly powerless, failing to get a grip in the match as if he was being tossed around in a washing machine. Soderling's forehand was an inelegant slap that could often go awry, but suddenly he could not miss with it and he was sending Nadal so far behind the baseline that he was almost in Belgium. Nadal was left floundering in an opening set that went the Swede's way 6-2. Nadal sits on the clay after falling against Soderling When you watch the match back, one of the striking things is how loud and desperate Nadal's grunting quickly becomes. He sounds almost strangled by the exertion of what he's up against and the shock of getting so badly beaten up on his favourite court. Nadal took the second set on a tie-break, but still something was not right. The Spaniard's snarl had become an anxious furrowed brow, and Soderling was feeding off his tension. The more Nadal hoped his rival would take a backwards step, the more Soderling went for the jugular - battering down aces and big forehands, and picking off volleys at the net like a Scandinavian Pete Sampras. Nadal began to look frazzled, with his sweat-drenched hair creeping down into his narrowed eyes. In the seventh game of the third set, Soderling screamed a backhand at Nadal to earn a crucial break of serve. Shortly after Nadal collapsed to the floor like a giant tree felled by a lumberjack as he lost his footing hitting a backhand. The symbolism of the fall was obvious, and John McEnroe remarked in commentary: "He just doesn’t know what to do out there." Soderling took the set 6-4 to leave Nadal on the brink of elimination. The Spaniard though did not give up - his ferocious competitiveness never left him and he took an early break in the fourth set to regain a semblance of control. It would prove to be an illusion however, as Soderling broke back and took the fourth set on a tie-break to win the match. The crowd, desperate for a Roger Federer win at the tournament, had been resolutely in favour of Soderling throughout the match and roared their approval at seeing Nadal finally beaten at Roland Garros. The tennis world scrambled around for an explanation, and they received one of sorts a few weeks later when Nadal pulled out of Wimbledon due to tendonitis in both knees. It would later emerge that the Spaniard was also suffering severe distress from the divorce of his parents. But it is too easy to attribute the defeat to one or both of these factors. Yes, they may have contributed but Nadal had still been in sensational form at the time, and it took a player with the courage and self-belief of Soderling to take advantage. The way Soderling was playing that day - hitting 61 winners to Nadal's 33 - he would have beaten Rafa at any stage of his career. The scale of the shock was only added to in the subsequent years, as Nadal won the next five French Opens and his following 39 matches at Roland Garros, include a straight-sets win over Soderling in the 2010 final. Even now, nine years on Nadal has only been beaten once in Paris since the Soderling upset. The victory was the launchpad for Soderling's career, as he reached consecutive French Open finals and a career-high ranking of No 4. Sadly he was forced to retire in 2015 having not played since 2011 due to a severe and long-running bout of glandular fever. Nadal of course quickly re-established himself as the King of Clay, and is currently playing some of the best tennis of his career as he targets an 11th French Open title. But he will never forget that Sunday in May eight years ago when he was dethroned so brutally by the player he disliked the most. 6. Andre Agassi defeats Andrei Medvedev 1–6, 2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 - 1999 Final The story of Andre Agassi's rise and fall and then rise again was like something out of a Hollywood script. The glamorous, exciting young Las Vegan with the mullet and neon spandex who had too much too young before plumbing the depths and taking crystal meth as his world crumbled around him. Then the rise from the ashes that saw a redeemed, more mature version of his younger self gain some much needed perspective and come back stronger than ever before. The fall in 1997 had seen Agassi, shaken by his failed marriage to American actress Brooke Shields, plummet to a world ranking of 141 and fail a doping test (which was later dropped by the authorities when he claimed to have ingested crystal meth accidentally) . By the time of the 1999 French Open, Agassi was back in the world's top 20 after close to 18 months spent finding his feet again,but he was not yet considered a serious contender for grand slams, least of all the French Open, which he had never won. But at Roland Garros that year, Agassi battled his way to the final - his first at a slam for almost four years. A win for the American would see him complete the career Grand Slam at the age of 29 and cap a remarkable turnaround from the dark days of two years before. He had twice been a losing finalist in Paris, but was odds on to finally claim the title against the unfancied Ukrainian Andrei Medvedev, whose lowly ranking of 100 meant he only just made the cut for the tournament. Medvedev though had been in sensational form in Paris, taking out Pete Sampras and former champion Gustavo Kuerten en route to the final. Ironically, it had been a chat with Agassi in Monte Carlo a few weeks earlier that had inspired the turnaround. In his autobiography, Open, Agassi recalled how he had spotted Medvedev drinking alone in a Monte Carlo bar after another damaging defeat. The 24-year-old Medvedev told Agassi he was considering retiring - in his own words he was old and he couldn’t play "this f---ing game anymore." "How dare you," Agassi responded. "Here I am, 29, injured, divorced, and you’re [complaining] about being washed up at 24? Your future is bright." Buoyed by the pep talk and by his blossoming romance with German player Anke Huber (they have subsequently split), Medvedev was a new player in Paris and his feather-light drop shots and clinical backhands down the line took him all the way to the final. On the eve of the final, Agassi was racked by anxiety and shocked coach Brad Gilbert by necking a vodka from the hotel minibar to soothe his nerves. "He has my game," Agassi fretted. "I gave it to him. He even has my first name." Andre Agassi celebrates beating Andrei Medvedev in the 1999 French Open final By the time the players took to the court, Agassi was still tormented with self-doubt, and he lost the first set 6-1 in 19 humiliating minutes. The second was scarcely much better, as Medvedev prevailed 6-2, with Agassi later describing his performance in the opening stages as "embarrassing". Midway through the second set though, a rain delay forced the players off court and prompted Gilbert to shake some sense into Agassi. Gilbert opened a locker and slammed it shut, before unleashing a volley of criticism at his player, where he told Agassi exactly what he was doing wrong and that at the very least he had to "go down with both guns blazing". Agassi belatedly got the message, and in the third set hauled himself from off the canvas. Serving at 4-4, 30-15 he double faulted on consecutive points to hand Medvedev a break point that had he taken would have left him serving for the match. The American saved it with a drop volley, and from there did not look back, coming to the net more and taking his opponent's rhythm away from him. After 2 hours and 42 minutes, Agassi secured the victory when a Medvedev forehand sailed long. He dropped his racket instantly, turned to his box and after covering his face began to cry uncontrollably. "Winning isn’t supposed to feel this good," Agassi said. "But it does." Agassi had metamorphosed from hirsute teenager in denim shorts to balding elder statesman, and after his annus horribilis he had found the purest form of redemption. 5. Chris Evert defeats Martina Navratilova 6–3, 6–7(4), 7–5 - 1985 final Sixteen years, 80 matches, and 60 finals. There has never been a rivalry like the one between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, and there were few contests between the two as riveting as the 1985 French Open final. From 1974 to 1986, the two players duopolised the year-end world No 1 ranking, and had finished No 1 and No 2 in every year between 1982 and 1986. Between them they were the dominant forces in the sport, and by the time of the 1985 French Open final Evert had 16 singles slams to Navratilova's 12. Evert had initially dominated meetings between the two, winning 20 of their first 25 matches, but when they met at Roland Garros 22 years ago, Navratilova led the head to head 33-31 and was the world No 1. The stats though don't tell anything like the full story of a rivalry that in the public's eyes pitted the charming American girl next door in Evert against the rugged, outspoken Czechoslovakian outsider in Navratilova. Evert later said this perception was totally wrong, explaining that people would often approach her and say, "You know, I never liked that Martina. She's so tough. "I'd say, 'You know what? She's a kitten. She really is. I'm the hard one.' They'd say 'no, no, no - not you. You're so frail and feminine; we always felt sorry for you.' It was as if Martina became the bully to some people. And I was the person who could silence the bully." The pair were actually great friends and had played doubles together in the mid-1970s until Evert felt that doing so gave Navratilova too good a read on her game. Navratilova would never forget the kindness Evert and her mother had shown her when she was starting out on the lonely grind of professional tennis. Evert had always liked and admired Navratilova, and was among the first to defend her when she was outed as a lesbian by a New York newspaper in 1981. By the time of the 1985 French Open final, Navratilova, now 28, was at her formidable best and exercised a vice-like grip over the rest of the Tour - friends and foes. She was the current holder of all four of the slams and had won a staggering nine of the previous 13 majors. Evert, now 30, had won the other four and was the world No 2, but anyone playing against Navratilova at that time was a major underdog. Both players were in excellent form when they met in Paris. They had reached the final with contemptuous ease- neither had dropped a set, and Navratilova had dished out bagel sets to half of her opponents en route to meeting Evert. The final proved to be one of the high points in a rivalry that transcended sport. In 2 hours 40 minutes of relentless tension and drama, Evert eventually won out in three epic sets. She had led by a set and a break, and served for the match in the second set but Navratilova had clung on. It was a fascinating clash of styles, with Navratilova rushing to the net at every opportunity, and Evert doing all she could to find angles and lobs to outfox her opponent. In the final set, Navratilova missed four break points on her opponent's serve at 5-5 and then moments later found herself down championship point on her own serve. She saved it when Evert sent a lob just long, but it turned out to be a stay of execution as on the second one, the American somehow got to a Navratilova smash and screamed a backhand passing shot winner up the line. Evert later described the win as her "most satisfying", while reflecting on the pair's rivalry, Navratilova said: "We brought out the best in each other. It's almost not right to say who's better. If you tried to make the perfect rivalry, we were it." 4. Ivan Lendl defeats John McEnroe 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 - 1984 final In his 2002 autobiography Serious, John McEnroe openly admits that there are few events that haunt him as much as his 1984 French Open final defeat to Ivan Lendl. As McEnroe laments of the match: "Lendl got his first major, and I took his title, choker-in-chief, away from him." McEnroe, 25, entered the match in the form of his life, having begun 1984 with 42 straight wins. It was a record start to a year that stands to this day, and meant the American, who already had five majors to his name, was the red hot favourite to pick up his first French Open title. His opponent, the 24-year-old Czech Lendl was tennis's perennial bridesmaid. The nearly man, the choker. He had reached four slam finals and lost them all - an unwanted sequence since equalled by his former protege Andy Murray. It was little surprise then when McEnroe cruised through the first two sets 6-3, 6-2 to leave Lendl staring at the prospect of losing his first five slam finals. Simon Briggs ranks the 20 male clay-court players of all time Fortunately for the Czech, McEnroe had one glaring weakness: his temperament. In a manner that Murray fans will identify with, McEnroe could become enraged by something seemingly innocuous. Early on in the third set, the whirring of a cameraman's headset set him off and soon after McEnroe was in full meltdown mode. He berated the cameraman for causing him to lose his focus, and all of a sudden he had lost the third set 6-4 and was up against a crowd now fiercely in favour of Lendl. Despite their taunting, McEnroe led 4-2 in the fourth, but his energy was being sapped by the burning French sun and Lendl roared back to pinch it 7-5 and take the match into a decider. From there the Czech grew in confidence and took the final set 7-5 as McEnroe grappled unsuccessfully with the inner demons that had taken hold. After the match, which had lasted 4 hours and 8 minutes, McEnroe was so incandescent with rage at the crowd and himself that he refused to give an on-court interview. The defeat was one of just three losses in 85 matches for McEnroe that year and stung him more than almost any other setback in his career. After breaking his grand slam duck, Lendl ended his career with eight slams, one more than McEnroe. 3. Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, (3-7), 9-7​ - 2013 semi-final Nadal won 70 of his first 71 matches at Roland Garros, and surely none were as dramatic as the semi-final four years ago against his great rival Novak Djokovic, which is amazingly one of only two five-setters that the Spaniard has ever played at Roland Garros. Nadal was the tournament holder and seven-time French Open champion, but his ranking was down at No 4 after a horrible run of injuries. Djokovic, as the Australian Open champion and world No 1, was the man to beat, though Nadal's clay-court pedigree made the Spaniard the favourite in many people's eyes. The pair had met in the previous year's French Open, with Nadal winning in four sets, and 18 months earlier Djokovic had edged a bruising six-hour long epic in the Australian Open final. In total this was the 35th meeting between two players who had between them won 10 of the previous 12 majors. A great deal was expected of what was a de facto final - the winner was to face David Ferrer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - and no-one on a broiling Paris afternoon was left disappointed. After splitting the first two sets, Nadal romped through the third 6-1, whipping that lasso-like forehand and not allowing Djokovic to settle into a rhythm. The Spaniard looked on course for a four-sets win but failed to serve out the match at 6-5 up, and after Djokovic nicked the tie-break, the players headed into a decider. As the temperature cranked up and the match headed for its fifth hour, Djokovic began to edge what was becoming a war of attrition, and grabbed an early break in the final set. The Serb held the break all the way to 4-3, but he made the grave error at deuce of unnecessarily touching the net after hitting a winning smash and thereby forefeited the point. Nadal broke back that game, and held his nerve to tough out the decider 9-7. The memories of losing that Melbourne final were still raw for Nadal, and he said afterwards: "I was ready for the fight and had a little bit of luck at 4-3. In Australia in 2012 it was similar but he won. Everybody knows Novak is a fighter. That's why this is a special sport. During [my] seven months out there were a lot of low moments but people supported me, made me work hard every day, and I want to thank them for that." Nadal cruised to his eighth title two days later by thumping David Ferrer in the final, while Djokovic would have to wait until 2016 before finally getting his hands on the Coupe des Mousquetaires. 2. Steffi Graf defeats Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 - 1999 Final The 1999 final was a fractious, ill-tempered encounter that pitted the old against the new. Steffi Graf had dominated the women's Tour in the 1990s until injuries and the emergence of the 'Swiss Miss' Martina Hingis knocked her off her perch in 1997. A 16-year-old Hingis hoovered up three of the four slams that year to take the No 1 ranking from Graf, who by 1999 was 29 and playing in her final year on the Tour. Hingis had dismissed Graf as past her best a year earlier, and now the two came head to head in Paris for Graf's final match at Roland Garros. Hingis, 18, needed the French Open to complete the career Grand Slam, and having won five grand slams in the previous couple of years, including the Australian Open that January, was the favourite to win the final. Graf for her part had not won a major since 1996 and had admitted she was mainly using the tournament as a way of improving her fitness ahead of one last crack at an eighth Wimbledon title. For the first set and a bit, Hingis was in control. She took the opener 6-4 and was up 2-0 when it all began to unravel. The French crowd were already heavily behind the five-time Roland Garros champion Graf when Hingis crossed tennis's equivalent of the Rubicon, by walking over to the other side of the court to dispute a forehand that was called out. Farewell Martina Hingis - a retrospective The whistles and cat-calls were deafening as the supporters reacted to what they saw as another example of Hingis's preening precocity. Hingis was so enraged that she called the tournament referee onto the court, all the while grinning disingenuously with increasingly simmering menace. It was little wonder that she had been nicknamed the "smiling assassin". Not only did Hingis not get the overrule she wanted, she was given a point penalty for crossing the net, and found herself down 30-0 in a game she felt she should have been 15-0 up in. The rest of the second set undulated with breaks for each player, before Hingis found herself serving for the match at 5-4 against not just one of the greatest players of all time, but also an increasingly vicious crowd. Graf broke back and took the set 7-5, before romping to a 5-2 lead in the decider. In an act of desperation, Hingis served under-arm when down match point, and the surprise tactic worked to keep her in the match. The crowd roared their disapproval, and when Hingis complained at their heckling Graf retorted: ''Can we just play tennis, O.K?" After Graf took the title on her second match point as the match clock showed 2 hours 25 minutes, Hingis left the court and had to be led back on in tears by her mother Melanie Molitor. When asked about the crowd afterwards, Hingis admitted that ''I let it get to me.'' She pledged to not stop until she had won the French Open, but was never able to get her hands on the title or reach another Paris final. Graf made good on her promise to retire at the end of the year, and the 1999 French Open would turn out to be her 22nd and final grand slam singles title. 1. Michael Chang defeats Ivan Lendl, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 - 1989 Fourth Round As well as being one of the most extraordinary matches in the history of tennis, Michael Chang's 1989 French Open fourth-round match against Ivan Lendl also featured one of its most memorable moments. Leading 4-3 in the final set but down 15-30 and suffering severe cramps, Chang took the almost unprecedented step of serving under-arm. The reaction from everyone on the Philippe Chatrier court is sensational. The commentator laughs in disbelief and shouts "extraordinaire...ooh la la!" as the crowd cover their mouths in astonishment at what they have just seen. The former American player Todd Martin later described Chang's underhand serve as "the last stone that felled Goliath". The tactic flummoxed Lendl, and Chang won the point and the match two games later. It was a fitting end to a remarkable match that had seen the world No 1 and three-time French Open champion Lendl upset by the 17-year-old naturalised American who was playing for only the second time at Roland Garros. Lendl by contrast was the reigning Australian Open champion, the world's No 1 for almost all of the previous three years and a seven-time major winner. A baseline behemoth, Lendl had not dropped a set all tournament and looked set for a seventh straight French Open quarter-final when he took a two sets to love lead against Chang. Chang though had also been in excellent form in the tournament, winning his previous nine sets for the loss of 17 games, and despite his tender years he did already have some pedigree. He was the 15th seed at the tournament and had won an ATP Tournament the year before in San Francisco. Against Lendl, he was given additional motivation by the possibility of bringing hope to his homeland of China. Only a day earlier, Chang had spent the day glued to television screens horrified at images of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing. He later admitted that: "What [the Lendl match] was really about was an opportunity to bring a smile upon Chinese people's faces around the world when there wasn't a whole lot to smile about. I honestly feel that that was God's purpose for allowing me to be able to get through those matches." From two sets to love down, Chang started to frustrated his illustrious opponent. After the 17-year-old had taken the third set with a beguiling mix of awkward spins and angles, Lendl began to rage at the conditions and what he perceived to be bad line calls. His anger cost him a penalty point and a game in the fourth set. But when severe cramps struck Chang in the fourth set, a victory for Lendl looked a formality. Still, his opponent would not go away though, employing a befuddling tactic of slow, arcing moonballs that drove Lendl to distraction and saw Chang take the fourth set 6-3. Into a decider, and the pain became too much for Chang. In the third game of the set, he could not move and had resorted to guzzling water and consuming bananas at an alarming rate. He could not even sit down at change of ends, such was the all-consuming pain of the cramp he was suffering. At 2-1 up he walked to the service box to retire from the match, but at that point he claims to have benefitted from divine intervention. He later recalled: "When I got to the service line, I got an unbelievable conviction of heart. Looking back, I really feel like it was the Lord kind of telling me: 'Michael, what do you think you're doing here?' If I quit once, the second, third, fourth or fifth time that I am faced with that kind of circumstance, that kind of difficulty, I'm going to quit again." Four games later, Chang employed the under-arm serve trick as one last throw of the dice. He remembers: "At 15-30, spur of the moment, I was just like, I'm going to throw an underhand serve in here, cause I'm not doing anything off my first serve anyways. Let's see if maybe I can scrape a point. I hit the underhand serve, Ivan was kind of surprised about it, moved, kind of got squeezed in because of the spin and had to come in because the serve was so short. I hit a passing shot, clipped the tape and it went off the top of his racket and the crowd went absolutely nuts." In the final game, there was time for one last party piece as Chang slowly walked forward to the service line on match point as Lendl prepared to serve. It drew a double fault, and Chang has somehow done it. After four hours and 37 minutes of the most excruciating competition, Chang had completed the equivalent of a tennis ultra-marathon and defeated the world No 1. He went on to beat Stefan Edberg in the final as he claimed his one and only grand slam title.
The seven greatest ever French Open matches
7. Robin Soderling defeats Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2) - 2009 fourth round In every sport, there are upsets so profoundly shocking that they become the benchmark for any future surprise result. Boxing has Mike Tyson losing to Buster Douglas, rugby union has Japan's defeat of South Africa, while football in 2016 added Leicester winning the Premier League to its canon. In tennis, there are few, if any, greater upsets than Robin Soderling's win against Rafael Nadal at the French Open in 2009. Nadal was considered unbeatable at the French Open where he never lost a match and prowled the baseline like a predator mercilessly defending his territory. Aged 22, he was already a four-time Roland Garros champion, and had not dropped so much as a set in his previous 10 matches there. Coming into the fourth round match against Soderling, Nadal looked set fair for a fifth straight title. He had cruised through his first three matches - taking his win-loss record in Paris to 31-0 - including a demolition job of former world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt whom he had beaten for the loss of just five games. In January, Nadal had won his first hard-court major at the Australian Open, and he had completely dominated the start of the clay-court season by winning the titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome. When the players took to the Phillipe Chatrier court on a cloudy Parisian afternoon, no-one gave Soderling a hope of upsetting the King of Clay in his unbreachable fortress. Soderling interview Soderling though had two things in his favour. The first was a huge all or nothing game that meant he could beat anyone on his day, and the second was that he knew how to get under Nadal's skin. The Swede was something of an outsider in the locker room, and he revelled in antagonising his opponents, especially Nadal. The pair's previous two meetings had been fractious, with Soderling angering Nadal and the Rome crowd a month earlier when he swore at the umpire over a disputed line call despite it being himself who had clearly pointed to the wrong mark on the court. The rivalry really intensified though at Wimbledon in 2007 when the two players' third-round five-set match stretched over five days due to rain and became a tetchy and testy slugfest. Nadal was enraged at the constant delays, and Soderling sought to wind him up further, behaving like an annoying sibling who knew exactly what buttons to press. He mimicked Nadal's habit of fiddling with his shorts and to poke fun at of how long Nadal took between points, he would deliberately stall the Spaniard and offer his hand in mock-apology. Taking to the role of pantomime villain perfectly, Soderling eschewed the tennis etiquette of aplogising after a dead net cord, and instead celebrated such a point in the fifth set with a fist pump. After the match he said: "Why should I say I’m sorry when it’s the happiest moment of my life?" The handshake at the end of the match was frostier than the unseasonally cold temperatures at SW19, and Nadal pulled no punches in his post-match interview. “I have said hello to him seven times to his face, and he has never said hello to me," he said. "I asked around the locker room; almost nobody had anything nice to say about him.” Robin Soderling celebrates beating Rafael Nadal at the French Open in 2009 Soderling responded: "Personally, if I have a problem with a player I go and talk to him face-to-face." Of his reputation as a loner, he added: "Do I have any friends on tour? Not many. I used to hang around with other Swedes, but there are fewer now." In the highly sanitised world of the ATP Tour where everyone seemed to get along, this was genuine needle and made for an intriguing pre-match sub-plot. But despite Nadal's open distaste for his opponent, there was little to suggest that he would have too many problems in beating Soderling. As well as his formidable record at Roland Garros and on clay in general, Nadal had won all three of his previous matches against Soderling, and hammered him 6-1, 6-0 in that Rome meeting a month earlier. Soderling, the world No 25, had been having a mixed year and had gone out early in all of the clay-court tournaments leading up to the French Open. Once in Paris though, he began to play with more authority and took out the 14th seed David Ferrer in four sets to reach the last 16 - his first fourth-round appearance at a major. In the first set against Nadal, Soderling was, to use tennis parlance, red lining. Nadal looked utterly powerless, failing to get a grip in the match as if he was being tossed around in a washing machine. Soderling's forehand was an inelegant slap that could often go awry, but suddenly he could not miss with it and he was sending Nadal so far behind the baseline that he was almost in Belgium. Nadal was left floundering in an opening set that went the Swede's way 6-2. Nadal sits on the clay after falling against Soderling When you watch the match back, one of the striking things is how loud and desperate Nadal's grunting quickly becomes. He sounds almost strangled by the exertion of what he's up against and the shock of getting so badly beaten up on his favourite court. Nadal took the second set on a tie-break, but still something was not right. The Spaniard's snarl had become an anxious furrowed brow, and Soderling was feeding off his tension. The more Nadal hoped his rival would take a backwards step, the more Soderling went for the jugular - battering down aces and big forehands, and picking off volleys at the net like a Scandinavian Pete Sampras. Nadal began to look frazzled, with his sweat-drenched hair creeping down into his narrowed eyes. In the seventh game of the third set, Soderling screamed a backhand at Nadal to earn a crucial break of serve. Shortly after Nadal collapsed to the floor like a giant tree felled by a lumberjack as he lost his footing hitting a backhand. The symbolism of the fall was obvious, and John McEnroe remarked in commentary: "He just doesn’t know what to do out there." Soderling took the set 6-4 to leave Nadal on the brink of elimination. The Spaniard though did not give up - his ferocious competitiveness never left him and he took an early break in the fourth set to regain a semblance of control. It would prove to be an illusion however, as Soderling broke back and took the fourth set on a tie-break to win the match. The crowd, desperate for a Roger Federer win at the tournament, had been resolutely in favour of Soderling throughout the match and roared their approval at seeing Nadal finally beaten at Roland Garros. The tennis world scrambled around for an explanation, and they received one of sorts a few weeks later when Nadal pulled out of Wimbledon due to tendonitis in both knees. It would later emerge that the Spaniard was also suffering severe distress from the divorce of his parents. But it is too easy to attribute the defeat to one or both of these factors. Yes, they may have contributed but Nadal had still been in sensational form at the time, and it took a player with the courage and self-belief of Soderling to take advantage. The way Soderling was playing that day - hitting 61 winners to Nadal's 33 - he would have beaten Rafa at any stage of his career. The scale of the shock was only added to in the subsequent years, as Nadal won the next five French Opens and his following 39 matches at Roland Garros, include a straight-sets win over Soderling in the 2010 final. Even now, nine years on Nadal has only been beaten once in Paris since the Soderling upset. The victory was the launchpad for Soderling's career, as he reached consecutive French Open finals and a career-high ranking of No 4. Sadly he was forced to retire in 2015 having not played since 2011 due to a severe and long-running bout of glandular fever. Nadal of course quickly re-established himself as the King of Clay, and is currently playing some of the best tennis of his career as he targets an 11th French Open title. But he will never forget that Sunday in May eight years ago when he was dethroned so brutally by the player he disliked the most. 6. Andre Agassi defeats Andrei Medvedev 1–6, 2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 - 1999 Final The story of Andre Agassi's rise and fall and then rise again was like something out of a Hollywood script. The glamorous, exciting young Las Vegan with the mullet and neon spandex who had too much too young before plumbing the depths and taking crystal meth as his world crumbled around him. Then the rise from the ashes that saw a redeemed, more mature version of his younger self gain some much needed perspective and come back stronger than ever before. The fall in 1997 had seen Agassi, shaken by his failed marriage to American actress Brooke Shields, plummet to a world ranking of 141 and fail a doping test (which was later dropped by the authorities when he claimed to have ingested crystal meth accidentally) . By the time of the 1999 French Open, Agassi was back in the world's top 20 after close to 18 months spent finding his feet again,but he was not yet considered a serious contender for grand slams, least of all the French Open, which he had never won. But at Roland Garros that year, Agassi battled his way to the final - his first at a slam for almost four years. A win for the American would see him complete the career Grand Slam at the age of 29 and cap a remarkable turnaround from the dark days of two years before. He had twice been a losing finalist in Paris, but was odds on to finally claim the title against the unfancied Ukrainian Andrei Medvedev, whose lowly ranking of 100 meant he only just made the cut for the tournament. Medvedev though had been in sensational form in Paris, taking out Pete Sampras and former champion Gustavo Kuerten en route to the final. Ironically, it had been a chat with Agassi in Monte Carlo a few weeks earlier that had inspired the turnaround. In his autobiography, Open, Agassi recalled how he had spotted Medvedev drinking alone in a Monte Carlo bar after another damaging defeat. The 24-year-old Medvedev told Agassi he was considering retiring - in his own words he was old and he couldn’t play "this f---ing game anymore." "How dare you," Agassi responded. "Here I am, 29, injured, divorced, and you’re [complaining] about being washed up at 24? Your future is bright." Buoyed by the pep talk and by his blossoming romance with German player Anke Huber (they have subsequently split), Medvedev was a new player in Paris and his feather-light drop shots and clinical backhands down the line took him all the way to the final. On the eve of the final, Agassi was racked by anxiety and shocked coach Brad Gilbert by necking a vodka from the hotel minibar to soothe his nerves. "He has my game," Agassi fretted. "I gave it to him. He even has my first name." Andre Agassi celebrates beating Andrei Medvedev in the 1999 French Open final By the time the players took to the court, Agassi was still tormented with self-doubt, and he lost the first set 6-1 in 19 humiliating minutes. The second was scarcely much better, as Medvedev prevailed 6-2, with Agassi later describing his performance in the opening stages as "embarrassing". Midway through the second set though, a rain delay forced the players off court and prompted Gilbert to shake some sense into Agassi. Gilbert opened a locker and slammed it shut, before unleashing a volley of criticism at his player, where he told Agassi exactly what he was doing wrong and that at the very least he had to "go down with both guns blazing". Agassi belatedly got the message, and in the third set hauled himself from off the canvas. Serving at 4-4, 30-15 he double faulted on consecutive points to hand Medvedev a break point that had he taken would have left him serving for the match. The American saved it with a drop volley, and from there did not look back, coming to the net more and taking his opponent's rhythm away from him. After 2 hours and 42 minutes, Agassi secured the victory when a Medvedev forehand sailed long. He dropped his racket instantly, turned to his box and after covering his face began to cry uncontrollably. "Winning isn’t supposed to feel this good," Agassi said. "But it does." Agassi had metamorphosed from hirsute teenager in denim shorts to balding elder statesman, and after his annus horribilis he had found the purest form of redemption. 5. Chris Evert defeats Martina Navratilova 6–3, 6–7(4), 7–5 - 1985 final Sixteen years, 80 matches, and 60 finals. There has never been a rivalry like the one between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, and there were few contests between the two as riveting as the 1985 French Open final. From 1974 to 1986, the two players duopolised the year-end world No 1 ranking, and had finished No 1 and No 2 in every year between 1982 and 1986. Between them they were the dominant forces in the sport, and by the time of the 1985 French Open final Evert had 16 singles slams to Navratilova's 12. Evert had initially dominated meetings between the two, winning 20 of their first 25 matches, but when they met at Roland Garros 22 years ago, Navratilova led the head to head 33-31 and was the world No 1. The stats though don't tell anything like the full story of a rivalry that in the public's eyes pitted the charming American girl next door in Evert against the rugged, outspoken Czechoslovakian outsider in Navratilova. Evert later said this perception was totally wrong, explaining that people would often approach her and say, "You know, I never liked that Martina. She's so tough. "I'd say, 'You know what? She's a kitten. She really is. I'm the hard one.' They'd say 'no, no, no - not you. You're so frail and feminine; we always felt sorry for you.' It was as if Martina became the bully to some people. And I was the person who could silence the bully." The pair were actually great friends and had played doubles together in the mid-1970s until Evert felt that doing so gave Navratilova too good a read on her game. Navratilova would never forget the kindness Evert and her mother had shown her when she was starting out on the lonely grind of professional tennis. Evert had always liked and admired Navratilova, and was among the first to defend her when she was outed as a lesbian by a New York newspaper in 1981. By the time of the 1985 French Open final, Navratilova, now 28, was at her formidable best and exercised a vice-like grip over the rest of the Tour - friends and foes. She was the current holder of all four of the slams and had won a staggering nine of the previous 13 majors. Evert, now 30, had won the other four and was the world No 2, but anyone playing against Navratilova at that time was a major underdog. Both players were in excellent form when they met in Paris. They had reached the final with contemptuous ease- neither had dropped a set, and Navratilova had dished out bagel sets to half of her opponents en route to meeting Evert. The final proved to be one of the high points in a rivalry that transcended sport. In 2 hours 40 minutes of relentless tension and drama, Evert eventually won out in three epic sets. She had led by a set and a break, and served for the match in the second set but Navratilova had clung on. It was a fascinating clash of styles, with Navratilova rushing to the net at every opportunity, and Evert doing all she could to find angles and lobs to outfox her opponent. In the final set, Navratilova missed four break points on her opponent's serve at 5-5 and then moments later found herself down championship point on her own serve. She saved it when Evert sent a lob just long, but it turned out to be a stay of execution as on the second one, the American somehow got to a Navratilova smash and screamed a backhand passing shot winner up the line. Evert later described the win as her "most satisfying", while reflecting on the pair's rivalry, Navratilova said: "We brought out the best in each other. It's almost not right to say who's better. If you tried to make the perfect rivalry, we were it." 4. Ivan Lendl defeats John McEnroe 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 - 1984 final In his 2002 autobiography Serious, John McEnroe openly admits that there are few events that haunt him as much as his 1984 French Open final defeat to Ivan Lendl. As McEnroe laments of the match: "Lendl got his first major, and I took his title, choker-in-chief, away from him." McEnroe, 25, entered the match in the form of his life, having begun 1984 with 42 straight wins. It was a record start to a year that stands to this day, and meant the American, who already had five majors to his name, was the red hot favourite to pick up his first French Open title. His opponent, the 24-year-old Czech Lendl was tennis's perennial bridesmaid. The nearly man, the choker. He had reached four slam finals and lost them all - an unwanted sequence since equalled by his former protege Andy Murray. It was little surprise then when McEnroe cruised through the first two sets 6-3, 6-2 to leave Lendl staring at the prospect of losing his first five slam finals. Simon Briggs ranks the 20 male clay-court players of all time Fortunately for the Czech, McEnroe had one glaring weakness: his temperament. In a manner that Murray fans will identify with, McEnroe could become enraged by something seemingly innocuous. Early on in the third set, the whirring of a cameraman's headset set him off and soon after McEnroe was in full meltdown mode. He berated the cameraman for causing him to lose his focus, and all of a sudden he had lost the third set 6-4 and was up against a crowd now fiercely in favour of Lendl. Despite their taunting, McEnroe led 4-2 in the fourth, but his energy was being sapped by the burning French sun and Lendl roared back to pinch it 7-5 and take the match into a decider. From there the Czech grew in confidence and took the final set 7-5 as McEnroe grappled unsuccessfully with the inner demons that had taken hold. After the match, which had lasted 4 hours and 8 minutes, McEnroe was so incandescent with rage at the crowd and himself that he refused to give an on-court interview. The defeat was one of just three losses in 85 matches for McEnroe that year and stung him more than almost any other setback in his career. After breaking his grand slam duck, Lendl ended his career with eight slams, one more than McEnroe. 3. Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, (3-7), 9-7​ - 2013 semi-final Nadal won 70 of his first 71 matches at Roland Garros, and surely none were as dramatic as the semi-final four years ago against his great rival Novak Djokovic, which is amazingly one of only two five-setters that the Spaniard has ever played at Roland Garros. Nadal was the tournament holder and seven-time French Open champion, but his ranking was down at No 4 after a horrible run of injuries. Djokovic, as the Australian Open champion and world No 1, was the man to beat, though Nadal's clay-court pedigree made the Spaniard the favourite in many people's eyes. The pair had met in the previous year's French Open, with Nadal winning in four sets, and 18 months earlier Djokovic had edged a bruising six-hour long epic in the Australian Open final. In total this was the 35th meeting between two players who had between them won 10 of the previous 12 majors. A great deal was expected of what was a de facto final - the winner was to face David Ferrer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - and no-one on a broiling Paris afternoon was left disappointed. After splitting the first two sets, Nadal romped through the third 6-1, whipping that lasso-like forehand and not allowing Djokovic to settle into a rhythm. The Spaniard looked on course for a four-sets win but failed to serve out the match at 6-5 up, and after Djokovic nicked the tie-break, the players headed into a decider. As the temperature cranked up and the match headed for its fifth hour, Djokovic began to edge what was becoming a war of attrition, and grabbed an early break in the final set. The Serb held the break all the way to 4-3, but he made the grave error at deuce of unnecessarily touching the net after hitting a winning smash and thereby forefeited the point. Nadal broke back that game, and held his nerve to tough out the decider 9-7. The memories of losing that Melbourne final were still raw for Nadal, and he said afterwards: "I was ready for the fight and had a little bit of luck at 4-3. In Australia in 2012 it was similar but he won. Everybody knows Novak is a fighter. That's why this is a special sport. During [my] seven months out there were a lot of low moments but people supported me, made me work hard every day, and I want to thank them for that." Nadal cruised to his eighth title two days later by thumping David Ferrer in the final, while Djokovic would have to wait until 2016 before finally getting his hands on the Coupe des Mousquetaires. 2. Steffi Graf defeats Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 - 1999 Final The 1999 final was a fractious, ill-tempered encounter that pitted the old against the new. Steffi Graf had dominated the women's Tour in the 1990s until injuries and the emergence of the 'Swiss Miss' Martina Hingis knocked her off her perch in 1997. A 16-year-old Hingis hoovered up three of the four slams that year to take the No 1 ranking from Graf, who by 1999 was 29 and playing in her final year on the Tour. Hingis had dismissed Graf as past her best a year earlier, and now the two came head to head in Paris for Graf's final match at Roland Garros. Hingis, 18, needed the French Open to complete the career Grand Slam, and having won five grand slams in the previous couple of years, including the Australian Open that January, was the favourite to win the final. Graf for her part had not won a major since 1996 and had admitted she was mainly using the tournament as a way of improving her fitness ahead of one last crack at an eighth Wimbledon title. For the first set and a bit, Hingis was in control. She took the opener 6-4 and was up 2-0 when it all began to unravel. The French crowd were already heavily behind the five-time Roland Garros champion Graf when Hingis crossed tennis's equivalent of the Rubicon, by walking over to the other side of the court to dispute a forehand that was called out. Farewell Martina Hingis - a retrospective The whistles and cat-calls were deafening as the supporters reacted to what they saw as another example of Hingis's preening precocity. Hingis was so enraged that she called the tournament referee onto the court, all the while grinning disingenuously with increasingly simmering menace. It was little wonder that she had been nicknamed the "smiling assassin". Not only did Hingis not get the overrule she wanted, she was given a point penalty for crossing the net, and found herself down 30-0 in a game she felt she should have been 15-0 up in. The rest of the second set undulated with breaks for each player, before Hingis found herself serving for the match at 5-4 against not just one of the greatest players of all time, but also an increasingly vicious crowd. Graf broke back and took the set 7-5, before romping to a 5-2 lead in the decider. In an act of desperation, Hingis served under-arm when down match point, and the surprise tactic worked to keep her in the match. The crowd roared their disapproval, and when Hingis complained at their heckling Graf retorted: ''Can we just play tennis, O.K?" After Graf took the title on her second match point as the match clock showed 2 hours 25 minutes, Hingis left the court and had to be led back on in tears by her mother Melanie Molitor. When asked about the crowd afterwards, Hingis admitted that ''I let it get to me.'' She pledged to not stop until she had won the French Open, but was never able to get her hands on the title or reach another Paris final. Graf made good on her promise to retire at the end of the year, and the 1999 French Open would turn out to be her 22nd and final grand slam singles title. 1. Michael Chang defeats Ivan Lendl, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 - 1989 Fourth Round As well as being one of the most extraordinary matches in the history of tennis, Michael Chang's 1989 French Open fourth-round match against Ivan Lendl also featured one of its most memorable moments. Leading 4-3 in the final set but down 15-30 and suffering severe cramps, Chang took the almost unprecedented step of serving under-arm. The reaction from everyone on the Philippe Chatrier court is sensational. The commentator laughs in disbelief and shouts "extraordinaire...ooh la la!" as the crowd cover their mouths in astonishment at what they have just seen. The former American player Todd Martin later described Chang's underhand serve as "the last stone that felled Goliath". The tactic flummoxed Lendl, and Chang won the point and the match two games later. It was a fitting end to a remarkable match that had seen the world No 1 and three-time French Open champion Lendl upset by the 17-year-old naturalised American who was playing for only the second time at Roland Garros. Lendl by contrast was the reigning Australian Open champion, the world's No 1 for almost all of the previous three years and a seven-time major winner. A baseline behemoth, Lendl had not dropped a set all tournament and looked set for a seventh straight French Open quarter-final when he took a two sets to love lead against Chang. Chang though had also been in excellent form in the tournament, winning his previous nine sets for the loss of 17 games, and despite his tender years he did already have some pedigree. He was the 15th seed at the tournament and had won an ATP Tournament the year before in San Francisco. Against Lendl, he was given additional motivation by the possibility of bringing hope to his homeland of China. Only a day earlier, Chang had spent the day glued to television screens horrified at images of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing. He later admitted that: "What [the Lendl match] was really about was an opportunity to bring a smile upon Chinese people's faces around the world when there wasn't a whole lot to smile about. I honestly feel that that was God's purpose for allowing me to be able to get through those matches." From two sets to love down, Chang started to frustrated his illustrious opponent. After the 17-year-old had taken the third set with a beguiling mix of awkward spins and angles, Lendl began to rage at the conditions and what he perceived to be bad line calls. His anger cost him a penalty point and a game in the fourth set. But when severe cramps struck Chang in the fourth set, a victory for Lendl looked a formality. Still, his opponent would not go away though, employing a befuddling tactic of slow, arcing moonballs that drove Lendl to distraction and saw Chang take the fourth set 6-3. Into a decider, and the pain became too much for Chang. In the third game of the set, he could not move and had resorted to guzzling water and consuming bananas at an alarming rate. He could not even sit down at change of ends, such was the all-consuming pain of the cramp he was suffering. At 2-1 up he walked to the service box to retire from the match, but at that point he claims to have benefitted from divine intervention. He later recalled: "When I got to the service line, I got an unbelievable conviction of heart. Looking back, I really feel like it was the Lord kind of telling me: 'Michael, what do you think you're doing here?' If I quit once, the second, third, fourth or fifth time that I am faced with that kind of circumstance, that kind of difficulty, I'm going to quit again." Four games later, Chang employed the under-arm serve trick as one last throw of the dice. He remembers: "At 15-30, spur of the moment, I was just like, I'm going to throw an underhand serve in here, cause I'm not doing anything off my first serve anyways. Let's see if maybe I can scrape a point. I hit the underhand serve, Ivan was kind of surprised about it, moved, kind of got squeezed in because of the spin and had to come in because the serve was so short. I hit a passing shot, clipped the tape and it went off the top of his racket and the crowd went absolutely nuts." In the final game, there was time for one last party piece as Chang slowly walked forward to the service line on match point as Lendl prepared to serve. It drew a double fault, and Chang has somehow done it. After four hours and 37 minutes of the most excruciating competition, Chang had completed the equivalent of a tennis ultra-marathon and defeated the world No 1. He went on to beat Stefan Edberg in the final as he claimed his one and only grand slam title.
7. Robin Soderling defeats Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2) - 2009 fourth round In every sport, there are upsets so profoundly shocking that they become the benchmark for any future surprise result. Boxing has Mike Tyson losing to Buster Douglas, rugby union has Japan's defeat of South Africa, while football in 2016 added Leicester winning the Premier League to its canon. In tennis, there are few, if any, greater upsets than Robin Soderling's win against Rafael Nadal at the French Open in 2009. Nadal was considered unbeatable at the French Open where he never lost a match and prowled the baseline like a predator mercilessly defending his territory. Aged 22, he was already a four-time Roland Garros champion, and had not dropped so much as a set in his previous 10 matches there. Coming into the fourth round match against Soderling, Nadal looked set fair for a fifth straight title. He had cruised through his first three matches - taking his win-loss record in Paris to 31-0 - including a demolition job of former world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt whom he had beaten for the loss of just five games. In January, Nadal had won his first hard-court major at the Australian Open, and he had completely dominated the start of the clay-court season by winning the titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome. When the players took to the Phillipe Chatrier court on a cloudy Parisian afternoon, no-one gave Soderling a hope of upsetting the King of Clay in his unbreachable fortress. Soderling interview Soderling though had two things in his favour. The first was a huge all or nothing game that meant he could beat anyone on his day, and the second was that he knew how to get under Nadal's skin. The Swede was something of an outsider in the locker room, and he revelled in antagonising his opponents, especially Nadal. The pair's previous two meetings had been fractious, with Soderling angering Nadal and the Rome crowd a month earlier when he swore at the umpire over a disputed line call despite it being himself who had clearly pointed to the wrong mark on the court. The rivalry really intensified though at Wimbledon in 2007 when the two players' third-round five-set match stretched over five days due to rain and became a tetchy and testy slugfest. Nadal was enraged at the constant delays, and Soderling sought to wind him up further, behaving like an annoying sibling who knew exactly what buttons to press. He mimicked Nadal's habit of fiddling with his shorts and to poke fun at of how long Nadal took between points, he would deliberately stall the Spaniard and offer his hand in mock-apology. Taking to the role of pantomime villain perfectly, Soderling eschewed the tennis etiquette of aplogising after a dead net cord, and instead celebrated such a point in the fifth set with a fist pump. After the match he said: "Why should I say I’m sorry when it’s the happiest moment of my life?" The handshake at the end of the match was frostier than the unseasonally cold temperatures at SW19, and Nadal pulled no punches in his post-match interview. “I have said hello to him seven times to his face, and he has never said hello to me," he said. "I asked around the locker room; almost nobody had anything nice to say about him.” Robin Soderling celebrates beating Rafael Nadal at the French Open in 2009 Soderling responded: "Personally, if I have a problem with a player I go and talk to him face-to-face." Of his reputation as a loner, he added: "Do I have any friends on tour? Not many. I used to hang around with other Swedes, but there are fewer now." In the highly sanitised world of the ATP Tour where everyone seemed to get along, this was genuine needle and made for an intriguing pre-match sub-plot. But despite Nadal's open distaste for his opponent, there was little to suggest that he would have too many problems in beating Soderling. As well as his formidable record at Roland Garros and on clay in general, Nadal had won all three of his previous matches against Soderling, and hammered him 6-1, 6-0 in that Rome meeting a month earlier. Soderling, the world No 25, had been having a mixed year and had gone out early in all of the clay-court tournaments leading up to the French Open. Once in Paris though, he began to play with more authority and took out the 14th seed David Ferrer in four sets to reach the last 16 - his first fourth-round appearance at a major. In the first set against Nadal, Soderling was, to use tennis parlance, red lining. Nadal looked utterly powerless, failing to get a grip in the match as if he was being tossed around in a washing machine. Soderling's forehand was an inelegant slap that could often go awry, but suddenly he could not miss with it and he was sending Nadal so far behind the baseline that he was almost in Belgium. Nadal was left floundering in an opening set that went the Swede's way 6-2. Nadal sits on the clay after falling against Soderling When you watch the match back, one of the striking things is how loud and desperate Nadal's grunting quickly becomes. He sounds almost strangled by the exertion of what he's up against and the shock of getting so badly beaten up on his favourite court. Nadal took the second set on a tie-break, but still something was not right. The Spaniard's snarl had become an anxious furrowed brow, and Soderling was feeding off his tension. The more Nadal hoped his rival would take a backwards step, the more Soderling went for the jugular - battering down aces and big forehands, and picking off volleys at the net like a Scandinavian Pete Sampras. Nadal began to look frazzled, with his sweat-drenched hair creeping down into his narrowed eyes. In the seventh game of the third set, Soderling screamed a backhand at Nadal to earn a crucial break of serve. Shortly after Nadal collapsed to the floor like a giant tree felled by a lumberjack as he lost his footing hitting a backhand. The symbolism of the fall was obvious, and John McEnroe remarked in commentary: "He just doesn’t know what to do out there." Soderling took the set 6-4 to leave Nadal on the brink of elimination. The Spaniard though did not give up - his ferocious competitiveness never left him and he took an early break in the fourth set to regain a semblance of control. It would prove to be an illusion however, as Soderling broke back and took the fourth set on a tie-break to win the match. The crowd, desperate for a Roger Federer win at the tournament, had been resolutely in favour of Soderling throughout the match and roared their approval at seeing Nadal finally beaten at Roland Garros. The tennis world scrambled around for an explanation, and they received one of sorts a few weeks later when Nadal pulled out of Wimbledon due to tendonitis in both knees. It would later emerge that the Spaniard was also suffering severe distress from the divorce of his parents. But it is too easy to attribute the defeat to one or both of these factors. Yes, they may have contributed but Nadal had still been in sensational form at the time, and it took a player with the courage and self-belief of Soderling to take advantage. The way Soderling was playing that day - hitting 61 winners to Nadal's 33 - he would have beaten Rafa at any stage of his career. The scale of the shock was only added to in the subsequent years, as Nadal won the next five French Opens and his following 39 matches at Roland Garros, include a straight-sets win over Soderling in the 2010 final. Even now, nine years on Nadal has only been beaten once in Paris since the Soderling upset. The victory was the launchpad for Soderling's career, as he reached consecutive French Open finals and a career-high ranking of No 4. Sadly he was forced to retire in 2015 having not played since 2011 due to a severe and long-running bout of glandular fever. Nadal of course quickly re-established himself as the King of Clay, and is currently playing some of the best tennis of his career as he targets an 11th French Open title. But he will never forget that Sunday in May eight years ago when he was dethroned so brutally by the player he disliked the most. 6. Andre Agassi defeats Andrei Medvedev 1–6, 2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 - 1999 Final The story of Andre Agassi's rise and fall and then rise again was like something out of a Hollywood script. The glamorous, exciting young Las Vegan with the mullet and neon spandex who had too much too young before plumbing the depths and taking crystal meth as his world crumbled around him. Then the rise from the ashes that saw a redeemed, more mature version of his younger self gain some much needed perspective and come back stronger than ever before. The fall in 1997 had seen Agassi, shaken by his failed marriage to American actress Brooke Shields, plummet to a world ranking of 141 and fail a doping test (which was later dropped by the authorities when he claimed to have ingested crystal meth accidentally) . By the time of the 1999 French Open, Agassi was back in the world's top 20 after close to 18 months spent finding his feet again,but he was not yet considered a serious contender for grand slams, least of all the French Open, which he had never won. But at Roland Garros that year, Agassi battled his way to the final - his first at a slam for almost four years. A win for the American would see him complete the career Grand Slam at the age of 29 and cap a remarkable turnaround from the dark days of two years before. He had twice been a losing finalist in Paris, but was odds on to finally claim the title against the unfancied Ukrainian Andrei Medvedev, whose lowly ranking of 100 meant he only just made the cut for the tournament. Medvedev though had been in sensational form in Paris, taking out Pete Sampras and former champion Gustavo Kuerten en route to the final. Ironically, it had been a chat with Agassi in Monte Carlo a few weeks earlier that had inspired the turnaround. In his autobiography, Open, Agassi recalled how he had spotted Medvedev drinking alone in a Monte Carlo bar after another damaging defeat. The 24-year-old Medvedev told Agassi he was considering retiring - in his own words he was old and he couldn’t play "this f---ing game anymore." "How dare you," Agassi responded. "Here I am, 29, injured, divorced, and you’re [complaining] about being washed up at 24? Your future is bright." Buoyed by the pep talk and by his blossoming romance with German player Anke Huber (they have subsequently split), Medvedev was a new player in Paris and his feather-light drop shots and clinical backhands down the line took him all the way to the final. On the eve of the final, Agassi was racked by anxiety and shocked coach Brad Gilbert by necking a vodka from the hotel minibar to soothe his nerves. "He has my game," Agassi fretted. "I gave it to him. He even has my first name." Andre Agassi celebrates beating Andrei Medvedev in the 1999 French Open final By the time the players took to the court, Agassi was still tormented with self-doubt, and he lost the first set 6-1 in 19 humiliating minutes. The second was scarcely much better, as Medvedev prevailed 6-2, with Agassi later describing his performance in the opening stages as "embarrassing". Midway through the second set though, a rain delay forced the players off court and prompted Gilbert to shake some sense into Agassi. Gilbert opened a locker and slammed it shut, before unleashing a volley of criticism at his player, where he told Agassi exactly what he was doing wrong and that at the very least he had to "go down with both guns blazing". Agassi belatedly got the message, and in the third set hauled himself from off the canvas. Serving at 4-4, 30-15 he double faulted on consecutive points to hand Medvedev a break point that had he taken would have left him serving for the match. The American saved it with a drop volley, and from there did not look back, coming to the net more and taking his opponent's rhythm away from him. After 2 hours and 42 minutes, Agassi secured the victory when a Medvedev forehand sailed long. He dropped his racket instantly, turned to his box and after covering his face began to cry uncontrollably. "Winning isn’t supposed to feel this good," Agassi said. "But it does." Agassi had metamorphosed from hirsute teenager in denim shorts to balding elder statesman, and after his annus horribilis he had found the purest form of redemption. 5. Chris Evert defeats Martina Navratilova 6–3, 6–7(4), 7–5 - 1985 final Sixteen years, 80 matches, and 60 finals. There has never been a rivalry like the one between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, and there were few contests between the two as riveting as the 1985 French Open final. From 1974 to 1986, the two players duopolised the year-end world No 1 ranking, and had finished No 1 and No 2 in every year between 1982 and 1986. Between them they were the dominant forces in the sport, and by the time of the 1985 French Open final Evert had 16 singles slams to Navratilova's 12. Evert had initially dominated meetings between the two, winning 20 of their first 25 matches, but when they met at Roland Garros 22 years ago, Navratilova led the head to head 33-31 and was the world No 1. The stats though don't tell anything like the full story of a rivalry that in the public's eyes pitted the charming American girl next door in Evert against the rugged, outspoken Czechoslovakian outsider in Navratilova. Evert later said this perception was totally wrong, explaining that people would often approach her and say, "You know, I never liked that Martina. She's so tough. "I'd say, 'You know what? She's a kitten. She really is. I'm the hard one.' They'd say 'no, no, no - not you. You're so frail and feminine; we always felt sorry for you.' It was as if Martina became the bully to some people. And I was the person who could silence the bully." The pair were actually great friends and had played doubles together in the mid-1970s until Evert felt that doing so gave Navratilova too good a read on her game. Navratilova would never forget the kindness Evert and her mother had shown her when she was starting out on the lonely grind of professional tennis. Evert had always liked and admired Navratilova, and was among the first to defend her when she was outed as a lesbian by a New York newspaper in 1981. By the time of the 1985 French Open final, Navratilova, now 28, was at her formidable best and exercised a vice-like grip over the rest of the Tour - friends and foes. She was the current holder of all four of the slams and had won a staggering nine of the previous 13 majors. Evert, now 30, had won the other four and was the world No 2, but anyone playing against Navratilova at that time was a major underdog. Both players were in excellent form when they met in Paris. They had reached the final with contemptuous ease- neither had dropped a set, and Navratilova had dished out bagel sets to half of her opponents en route to meeting Evert. The final proved to be one of the high points in a rivalry that transcended sport. In 2 hours 40 minutes of relentless tension and drama, Evert eventually won out in three epic sets. She had led by a set and a break, and served for the match in the second set but Navratilova had clung on. It was a fascinating clash of styles, with Navratilova rushing to the net at every opportunity, and Evert doing all she could to find angles and lobs to outfox her opponent. In the final set, Navratilova missed four break points on her opponent's serve at 5-5 and then moments later found herself down championship point on her own serve. She saved it when Evert sent a lob just long, but it turned out to be a stay of execution as on the second one, the American somehow got to a Navratilova smash and screamed a backhand passing shot winner up the line. Evert later described the win as her "most satisfying", while reflecting on the pair's rivalry, Navratilova said: "We brought out the best in each other. It's almost not right to say who's better. If you tried to make the perfect rivalry, we were it." 4. Ivan Lendl defeats John McEnroe 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 - 1984 final In his 2002 autobiography Serious, John McEnroe openly admits that there are few events that haunt him as much as his 1984 French Open final defeat to Ivan Lendl. As McEnroe laments of the match: "Lendl got his first major, and I took his title, choker-in-chief, away from him." McEnroe, 25, entered the match in the form of his life, having begun 1984 with 42 straight wins. It was a record start to a year that stands to this day, and meant the American, who already had five majors to his name, was the red hot favourite to pick up his first French Open title. His opponent, the 24-year-old Czech Lendl was tennis's perennial bridesmaid. The nearly man, the choker. He had reached four slam finals and lost them all - an unwanted sequence since equalled by his former protege Andy Murray. It was little surprise then when McEnroe cruised through the first two sets 6-3, 6-2 to leave Lendl staring at the prospect of losing his first five slam finals. Simon Briggs ranks the 20 male clay-court players of all time Fortunately for the Czech, McEnroe had one glaring weakness: his temperament. In a manner that Murray fans will identify with, McEnroe could become enraged by something seemingly innocuous. Early on in the third set, the whirring of a cameraman's headset set him off and soon after McEnroe was in full meltdown mode. He berated the cameraman for causing him to lose his focus, and all of a sudden he had lost the third set 6-4 and was up against a crowd now fiercely in favour of Lendl. Despite their taunting, McEnroe led 4-2 in the fourth, but his energy was being sapped by the burning French sun and Lendl roared back to pinch it 7-5 and take the match into a decider. From there the Czech grew in confidence and took the final set 7-5 as McEnroe grappled unsuccessfully with the inner demons that had taken hold. After the match, which had lasted 4 hours and 8 minutes, McEnroe was so incandescent with rage at the crowd and himself that he refused to give an on-court interview. The defeat was one of just three losses in 85 matches for McEnroe that year and stung him more than almost any other setback in his career. After breaking his grand slam duck, Lendl ended his career with eight slams, one more than McEnroe. 3. Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, (3-7), 9-7​ - 2013 semi-final Nadal won 70 of his first 71 matches at Roland Garros, and surely none were as dramatic as the semi-final four years ago against his great rival Novak Djokovic, which is amazingly one of only two five-setters that the Spaniard has ever played at Roland Garros. Nadal was the tournament holder and seven-time French Open champion, but his ranking was down at No 4 after a horrible run of injuries. Djokovic, as the Australian Open champion and world No 1, was the man to beat, though Nadal's clay-court pedigree made the Spaniard the favourite in many people's eyes. The pair had met in the previous year's French Open, with Nadal winning in four sets, and 18 months earlier Djokovic had edged a bruising six-hour long epic in the Australian Open final. In total this was the 35th meeting between two players who had between them won 10 of the previous 12 majors. A great deal was expected of what was a de facto final - the winner was to face David Ferrer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - and no-one on a broiling Paris afternoon was left disappointed. After splitting the first two sets, Nadal romped through the third 6-1, whipping that lasso-like forehand and not allowing Djokovic to settle into a rhythm. The Spaniard looked on course for a four-sets win but failed to serve out the match at 6-5 up, and after Djokovic nicked the tie-break, the players headed into a decider. As the temperature cranked up and the match headed for its fifth hour, Djokovic began to edge what was becoming a war of attrition, and grabbed an early break in the final set. The Serb held the break all the way to 4-3, but he made the grave error at deuce of unnecessarily touching the net after hitting a winning smash and thereby forefeited the point. Nadal broke back that game, and held his nerve to tough out the decider 9-7. The memories of losing that Melbourne final were still raw for Nadal, and he said afterwards: "I was ready for the fight and had a little bit of luck at 4-3. In Australia in 2012 it was similar but he won. Everybody knows Novak is a fighter. That's why this is a special sport. During [my] seven months out there were a lot of low moments but people supported me, made me work hard every day, and I want to thank them for that." Nadal cruised to his eighth title two days later by thumping David Ferrer in the final, while Djokovic would have to wait until 2016 before finally getting his hands on the Coupe des Mousquetaires. 2. Steffi Graf defeats Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 - 1999 Final The 1999 final was a fractious, ill-tempered encounter that pitted the old against the new. Steffi Graf had dominated the women's Tour in the 1990s until injuries and the emergence of the 'Swiss Miss' Martina Hingis knocked her off her perch in 1997. A 16-year-old Hingis hoovered up three of the four slams that year to take the No 1 ranking from Graf, who by 1999 was 29 and playing in her final year on the Tour. Hingis had dismissed Graf as past her best a year earlier, and now the two came head to head in Paris for Graf's final match at Roland Garros. Hingis, 18, needed the French Open to complete the career Grand Slam, and having won five grand slams in the previous couple of years, including the Australian Open that January, was the favourite to win the final. Graf for her part had not won a major since 1996 and had admitted she was mainly using the tournament as a way of improving her fitness ahead of one last crack at an eighth Wimbledon title. For the first set and a bit, Hingis was in control. She took the opener 6-4 and was up 2-0 when it all began to unravel. The French crowd were already heavily behind the five-time Roland Garros champion Graf when Hingis crossed tennis's equivalent of the Rubicon, by walking over to the other side of the court to dispute a forehand that was called out. Farewell Martina Hingis - a retrospective The whistles and cat-calls were deafening as the supporters reacted to what they saw as another example of Hingis's preening precocity. Hingis was so enraged that she called the tournament referee onto the court, all the while grinning disingenuously with increasingly simmering menace. It was little wonder that she had been nicknamed the "smiling assassin". Not only did Hingis not get the overrule she wanted, she was given a point penalty for crossing the net, and found herself down 30-0 in a game she felt she should have been 15-0 up in. The rest of the second set undulated with breaks for each player, before Hingis found herself serving for the match at 5-4 against not just one of the greatest players of all time, but also an increasingly vicious crowd. Graf broke back and took the set 7-5, before romping to a 5-2 lead in the decider. In an act of desperation, Hingis served under-arm when down match point, and the surprise tactic worked to keep her in the match. The crowd roared their disapproval, and when Hingis complained at their heckling Graf retorted: ''Can we just play tennis, O.K?" After Graf took the title on her second match point as the match clock showed 2 hours 25 minutes, Hingis left the court and had to be led back on in tears by her mother Melanie Molitor. When asked about the crowd afterwards, Hingis admitted that ''I let it get to me.'' She pledged to not stop until she had won the French Open, but was never able to get her hands on the title or reach another Paris final. Graf made good on her promise to retire at the end of the year, and the 1999 French Open would turn out to be her 22nd and final grand slam singles title. 1. Michael Chang defeats Ivan Lendl, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 - 1989 Fourth Round As well as being one of the most extraordinary matches in the history of tennis, Michael Chang's 1989 French Open fourth-round match against Ivan Lendl also featured one of its most memorable moments. Leading 4-3 in the final set but down 15-30 and suffering severe cramps, Chang took the almost unprecedented step of serving under-arm. The reaction from everyone on the Philippe Chatrier court is sensational. The commentator laughs in disbelief and shouts "extraordinaire...ooh la la!" as the crowd cover their mouths in astonishment at what they have just seen. The former American player Todd Martin later described Chang's underhand serve as "the last stone that felled Goliath". The tactic flummoxed Lendl, and Chang won the point and the match two games later. It was a fitting end to a remarkable match that had seen the world No 1 and three-time French Open champion Lendl upset by the 17-year-old naturalised American who was playing for only the second time at Roland Garros. Lendl by contrast was the reigning Australian Open champion, the world's No 1 for almost all of the previous three years and a seven-time major winner. A baseline behemoth, Lendl had not dropped a set all tournament and looked set for a seventh straight French Open quarter-final when he took a two sets to love lead against Chang. Chang though had also been in excellent form in the tournament, winning his previous nine sets for the loss of 17 games, and despite his tender years he did already have some pedigree. He was the 15th seed at the tournament and had won an ATP Tournament the year before in San Francisco. Against Lendl, he was given additional motivation by the possibility of bringing hope to his homeland of China. Only a day earlier, Chang had spent the day glued to television screens horrified at images of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing. He later admitted that: "What [the Lendl match] was really about was an opportunity to bring a smile upon Chinese people's faces around the world when there wasn't a whole lot to smile about. I honestly feel that that was God's purpose for allowing me to be able to get through those matches." From two sets to love down, Chang started to frustrated his illustrious opponent. After the 17-year-old had taken the third set with a beguiling mix of awkward spins and angles, Lendl began to rage at the conditions and what he perceived to be bad line calls. His anger cost him a penalty point and a game in the fourth set. But when severe cramps struck Chang in the fourth set, a victory for Lendl looked a formality. Still, his opponent would not go away though, employing a befuddling tactic of slow, arcing moonballs that drove Lendl to distraction and saw Chang take the fourth set 6-3. Into a decider, and the pain became too much for Chang. In the third game of the set, he could not move and had resorted to guzzling water and consuming bananas at an alarming rate. He could not even sit down at change of ends, such was the all-consuming pain of the cramp he was suffering. At 2-1 up he walked to the service box to retire from the match, but at that point he claims to have benefitted from divine intervention. He later recalled: "When I got to the service line, I got an unbelievable conviction of heart. Looking back, I really feel like it was the Lord kind of telling me: 'Michael, what do you think you're doing here?' If I quit once, the second, third, fourth or fifth time that I am faced with that kind of circumstance, that kind of difficulty, I'm going to quit again." Four games later, Chang employed the under-arm serve trick as one last throw of the dice. He remembers: "At 15-30, spur of the moment, I was just like, I'm going to throw an underhand serve in here, cause I'm not doing anything off my first serve anyways. Let's see if maybe I can scrape a point. I hit the underhand serve, Ivan was kind of surprised about it, moved, kind of got squeezed in because of the spin and had to come in because the serve was so short. I hit a passing shot, clipped the tape and it went off the top of his racket and the crowd went absolutely nuts." In the final game, there was time for one last party piece as Chang slowly walked forward to the service line on match point as Lendl prepared to serve. It drew a double fault, and Chang has somehow done it. After four hours and 37 minutes of the most excruciating competition, Chang had completed the equivalent of a tennis ultra-marathon and defeated the world No 1. He went on to beat Stefan Edberg in the final as he claimed his one and only grand slam title.
The seven greatest ever French Open matches
7. Robin Soderling defeats Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2) - 2009 fourth round In every sport, there are upsets so profoundly shocking that they become the benchmark for any future surprise result. Boxing has Mike Tyson losing to Buster Douglas, rugby union has Japan's defeat of South Africa, while football in 2016 added Leicester winning the Premier League to its canon. In tennis, there are few, if any, greater upsets than Robin Soderling's win against Rafael Nadal at the French Open in 2009. Nadal was considered unbeatable at the French Open where he never lost a match and prowled the baseline like a predator mercilessly defending his territory. Aged 22, he was already a four-time Roland Garros champion, and had not dropped so much as a set in his previous 10 matches there. Coming into the fourth round match against Soderling, Nadal looked set fair for a fifth straight title. He had cruised through his first three matches - taking his win-loss record in Paris to 31-0 - including a demolition job of former world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt whom he had beaten for the loss of just five games. In January, Nadal had won his first hard-court major at the Australian Open, and he had completely dominated the start of the clay-court season by winning the titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome. When the players took to the Phillipe Chatrier court on a cloudy Parisian afternoon, no-one gave Soderling a hope of upsetting the King of Clay in his unbreachable fortress. Soderling interview Soderling though had two things in his favour. The first was a huge all or nothing game that meant he could beat anyone on his day, and the second was that he knew how to get under Nadal's skin. The Swede was something of an outsider in the locker room, and he revelled in antagonising his opponents, especially Nadal. The pair's previous two meetings had been fractious, with Soderling angering Nadal and the Rome crowd a month earlier when he swore at the umpire over a disputed line call despite it being himself who had clearly pointed to the wrong mark on the court. The rivalry really intensified though at Wimbledon in 2007 when the two players' third-round five-set match stretched over five days due to rain and became a tetchy and testy slugfest. Nadal was enraged at the constant delays, and Soderling sought to wind him up further, behaving like an annoying sibling who knew exactly what buttons to press. He mimicked Nadal's habit of fiddling with his shorts and to poke fun at of how long Nadal took between points, he would deliberately stall the Spaniard and offer his hand in mock-apology. Taking to the role of pantomime villain perfectly, Soderling eschewed the tennis etiquette of aplogising after a dead net cord, and instead celebrated such a point in the fifth set with a fist pump. After the match he said: "Why should I say I’m sorry when it’s the happiest moment of my life?" The handshake at the end of the match was frostier than the unseasonally cold temperatures at SW19, and Nadal pulled no punches in his post-match interview. “I have said hello to him seven times to his face, and he has never said hello to me," he said. "I asked around the locker room; almost nobody had anything nice to say about him.” Robin Soderling celebrates beating Rafael Nadal at the French Open in 2009 Soderling responded: "Personally, if I have a problem with a player I go and talk to him face-to-face." Of his reputation as a loner, he added: "Do I have any friends on tour? Not many. I used to hang around with other Swedes, but there are fewer now." In the highly sanitised world of the ATP Tour where everyone seemed to get along, this was genuine needle and made for an intriguing pre-match sub-plot. But despite Nadal's open distaste for his opponent, there was little to suggest that he would have too many problems in beating Soderling. As well as his formidable record at Roland Garros and on clay in general, Nadal had won all three of his previous matches against Soderling, and hammered him 6-1, 6-0 in that Rome meeting a month earlier. Soderling, the world No 25, had been having a mixed year and had gone out early in all of the clay-court tournaments leading up to the French Open. Once in Paris though, he began to play with more authority and took out the 14th seed David Ferrer in four sets to reach the last 16 - his first fourth-round appearance at a major. In the first set against Nadal, Soderling was, to use tennis parlance, red lining. Nadal looked utterly powerless, failing to get a grip in the match as if he was being tossed around in a washing machine. Soderling's forehand was an inelegant slap that could often go awry, but suddenly he could not miss with it and he was sending Nadal so far behind the baseline that he was almost in Belgium. Nadal was left floundering in an opening set that went the Swede's way 6-2. Nadal sits on the clay after falling against Soderling When you watch the match back, one of the striking things is how loud and desperate Nadal's grunting quickly becomes. He sounds almost strangled by the exertion of what he's up against and the shock of getting so badly beaten up on his favourite court. Nadal took the second set on a tie-break, but still something was not right. The Spaniard's snarl had become an anxious furrowed brow, and Soderling was feeding off his tension. The more Nadal hoped his rival would take a backwards step, the more Soderling went for the jugular - battering down aces and big forehands, and picking off volleys at the net like a Scandinavian Pete Sampras. Nadal began to look frazzled, with his sweat-drenched hair creeping down into his narrowed eyes. In the seventh game of the third set, Soderling screamed a backhand at Nadal to earn a crucial break of serve. Shortly after Nadal collapsed to the floor like a giant tree felled by a lumberjack as he lost his footing hitting a backhand. The symbolism of the fall was obvious, and John McEnroe remarked in commentary: "He just doesn’t know what to do out there." Soderling took the set 6-4 to leave Nadal on the brink of elimination. The Spaniard though did not give up - his ferocious competitiveness never left him and he took an early break in the fourth set to regain a semblance of control. It would prove to be an illusion however, as Soderling broke back and took the fourth set on a tie-break to win the match. The crowd, desperate for a Roger Federer win at the tournament, had been resolutely in favour of Soderling throughout the match and roared their approval at seeing Nadal finally beaten at Roland Garros. The tennis world scrambled around for an explanation, and they received one of sorts a few weeks later when Nadal pulled out of Wimbledon due to tendonitis in both knees. It would later emerge that the Spaniard was also suffering severe distress from the divorce of his parents. But it is too easy to attribute the defeat to one or both of these factors. Yes, they may have contributed but Nadal had still been in sensational form at the time, and it took a player with the courage and self-belief of Soderling to take advantage. The way Soderling was playing that day - hitting 61 winners to Nadal's 33 - he would have beaten Rafa at any stage of his career. The scale of the shock was only added to in the subsequent years, as Nadal won the next five French Opens and his following 39 matches at Roland Garros, include a straight-sets win over Soderling in the 2010 final. Even now, nine years on Nadal has only been beaten once in Paris since the Soderling upset. The victory was the launchpad for Soderling's career, as he reached consecutive French Open finals and a career-high ranking of No 4. Sadly he was forced to retire in 2015 having not played since 2011 due to a severe and long-running bout of glandular fever. Nadal of course quickly re-established himself as the King of Clay, and is currently playing some of the best tennis of his career as he targets an 11th French Open title. But he will never forget that Sunday in May eight years ago when he was dethroned so brutally by the player he disliked the most. 6. Andre Agassi defeats Andrei Medvedev 1–6, 2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 - 1999 Final The story of Andre Agassi's rise and fall and then rise again was like something out of a Hollywood script. The glamorous, exciting young Las Vegan with the mullet and neon spandex who had too much too young before plumbing the depths and taking crystal meth as his world crumbled around him. Then the rise from the ashes that saw a redeemed, more mature version of his younger self gain some much needed perspective and come back stronger than ever before. The fall in 1997 had seen Agassi, shaken by his failed marriage to American actress Brooke Shields, plummet to a world ranking of 141 and fail a doping test (which was later dropped by the authorities when he claimed to have ingested crystal meth accidentally) . By the time of the 1999 French Open, Agassi was back in the world's top 20 after close to 18 months spent finding his feet again,but he was not yet considered a serious contender for grand slams, least of all the French Open, which he had never won. But at Roland Garros that year, Agassi battled his way to the final - his first at a slam for almost four years. A win for the American would see him complete the career Grand Slam at the age of 29 and cap a remarkable turnaround from the dark days of two years before. He had twice been a losing finalist in Paris, but was odds on to finally claim the title against the unfancied Ukrainian Andrei Medvedev, whose lowly ranking of 100 meant he only just made the cut for the tournament. Medvedev though had been in sensational form in Paris, taking out Pete Sampras and former champion Gustavo Kuerten en route to the final. Ironically, it had been a chat with Agassi in Monte Carlo a few weeks earlier that had inspired the turnaround. In his autobiography, Open, Agassi recalled how he had spotted Medvedev drinking alone in a Monte Carlo bar after another damaging defeat. The 24-year-old Medvedev told Agassi he was considering retiring - in his own words he was old and he couldn’t play "this f---ing game anymore." "How dare you," Agassi responded. "Here I am, 29, injured, divorced, and you’re [complaining] about being washed up at 24? Your future is bright." Buoyed by the pep talk and by his blossoming romance with German player Anke Huber (they have subsequently split), Medvedev was a new player in Paris and his feather-light drop shots and clinical backhands down the line took him all the way to the final. On the eve of the final, Agassi was racked by anxiety and shocked coach Brad Gilbert by necking a vodka from the hotel minibar to soothe his nerves. "He has my game," Agassi fretted. "I gave it to him. He even has my first name." Andre Agassi celebrates beating Andrei Medvedev in the 1999 French Open final By the time the players took to the court, Agassi was still tormented with self-doubt, and he lost the first set 6-1 in 19 humiliating minutes. The second was scarcely much better, as Medvedev prevailed 6-2, with Agassi later describing his performance in the opening stages as "embarrassing". Midway through the second set though, a rain delay forced the players off court and prompted Gilbert to shake some sense into Agassi. Gilbert opened a locker and slammed it shut, before unleashing a volley of criticism at his player, where he told Agassi exactly what he was doing wrong and that at the very least he had to "go down with both guns blazing". Agassi belatedly got the message, and in the third set hauled himself from off the canvas. Serving at 4-4, 30-15 he double faulted on consecutive points to hand Medvedev a break point that had he taken would have left him serving for the match. The American saved it with a drop volley, and from there did not look back, coming to the net more and taking his opponent's rhythm away from him. After 2 hours and 42 minutes, Agassi secured the victory when a Medvedev forehand sailed long. He dropped his racket instantly, turned to his box and after covering his face began to cry uncontrollably. "Winning isn’t supposed to feel this good," Agassi said. "But it does." Agassi had metamorphosed from hirsute teenager in denim shorts to balding elder statesman, and after his annus horribilis he had found the purest form of redemption. 5. Chris Evert defeats Martina Navratilova 6–3, 6–7(4), 7–5 - 1985 final Sixteen years, 80 matches, and 60 finals. There has never been a rivalry like the one between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, and there were few contests between the two as riveting as the 1985 French Open final. From 1974 to 1986, the two players duopolised the year-end world No 1 ranking, and had finished No 1 and No 2 in every year between 1982 and 1986. Between them they were the dominant forces in the sport, and by the time of the 1985 French Open final Evert had 16 singles slams to Navratilova's 12. Evert had initially dominated meetings between the two, winning 20 of their first 25 matches, but when they met at Roland Garros 22 years ago, Navratilova led the head to head 33-31 and was the world No 1. The stats though don't tell anything like the full story of a rivalry that in the public's eyes pitted the charming American girl next door in Evert against the rugged, outspoken Czechoslovakian outsider in Navratilova. Evert later said this perception was totally wrong, explaining that people would often approach her and say, "You know, I never liked that Martina. She's so tough. "I'd say, 'You know what? She's a kitten. She really is. I'm the hard one.' They'd say 'no, no, no - not you. You're so frail and feminine; we always felt sorry for you.' It was as if Martina became the bully to some people. And I was the person who could silence the bully." The pair were actually great friends and had played doubles together in the mid-1970s until Evert felt that doing so gave Navratilova too good a read on her game. Navratilova would never forget the kindness Evert and her mother had shown her when she was starting out on the lonely grind of professional tennis. Evert had always liked and admired Navratilova, and was among the first to defend her when she was outed as a lesbian by a New York newspaper in 1981. By the time of the 1985 French Open final, Navratilova, now 28, was at her formidable best and exercised a vice-like grip over the rest of the Tour - friends and foes. She was the current holder of all four of the slams and had won a staggering nine of the previous 13 majors. Evert, now 30, had won the other four and was the world No 2, but anyone playing against Navratilova at that time was a major underdog. Both players were in excellent form when they met in Paris. They had reached the final with contemptuous ease- neither had dropped a set, and Navratilova had dished out bagel sets to half of her opponents en route to meeting Evert. The final proved to be one of the high points in a rivalry that transcended sport. In 2 hours 40 minutes of relentless tension and drama, Evert eventually won out in three epic sets. She had led by a set and a break, and served for the match in the second set but Navratilova had clung on. It was a fascinating clash of styles, with Navratilova rushing to the net at every opportunity, and Evert doing all she could to find angles and lobs to outfox her opponent. In the final set, Navratilova missed four break points on her opponent's serve at 5-5 and then moments later found herself down championship point on her own serve. She saved it when Evert sent a lob just long, but it turned out to be a stay of execution as on the second one, the American somehow got to a Navratilova smash and screamed a backhand passing shot winner up the line. Evert later described the win as her "most satisfying", while reflecting on the pair's rivalry, Navratilova said: "We brought out the best in each other. It's almost not right to say who's better. If you tried to make the perfect rivalry, we were it." 4. Ivan Lendl defeats John McEnroe 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 - 1984 final In his 2002 autobiography Serious, John McEnroe openly admits that there are few events that haunt him as much as his 1984 French Open final defeat to Ivan Lendl. As McEnroe laments of the match: "Lendl got his first major, and I took his title, choker-in-chief, away from him." McEnroe, 25, entered the match in the form of his life, having begun 1984 with 42 straight wins. It was a record start to a year that stands to this day, and meant the American, who already had five majors to his name, was the red hot favourite to pick up his first French Open title. His opponent, the 24-year-old Czech Lendl was tennis's perennial bridesmaid. The nearly man, the choker. He had reached four slam finals and lost them all - an unwanted sequence since equalled by his former protege Andy Murray. It was little surprise then when McEnroe cruised through the first two sets 6-3, 6-2 to leave Lendl staring at the prospect of losing his first five slam finals. Simon Briggs ranks the 20 male clay-court players of all time Fortunately for the Czech, McEnroe had one glaring weakness: his temperament. In a manner that Murray fans will identify with, McEnroe could become enraged by something seemingly innocuous. Early on in the third set, the whirring of a cameraman's headset set him off and soon after McEnroe was in full meltdown mode. He berated the cameraman for causing him to lose his focus, and all of a sudden he had lost the third set 6-4 and was up against a crowd now fiercely in favour of Lendl. Despite their taunting, McEnroe led 4-2 in the fourth, but his energy was being sapped by the burning French sun and Lendl roared back to pinch it 7-5 and take the match into a decider. From there the Czech grew in confidence and took the final set 7-5 as McEnroe grappled unsuccessfully with the inner demons that had taken hold. After the match, which had lasted 4 hours and 8 minutes, McEnroe was so incandescent with rage at the crowd and himself that he refused to give an on-court interview. The defeat was one of just three losses in 85 matches for McEnroe that year and stung him more than almost any other setback in his career. After breaking his grand slam duck, Lendl ended his career with eight slams, one more than McEnroe. 3. Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, (3-7), 9-7​ - 2013 semi-final Nadal won 70 of his first 71 matches at Roland Garros, and surely none were as dramatic as the semi-final four years ago against his great rival Novak Djokovic, which is amazingly one of only two five-setters that the Spaniard has ever played at Roland Garros. Nadal was the tournament holder and seven-time French Open champion, but his ranking was down at No 4 after a horrible run of injuries. Djokovic, as the Australian Open champion and world No 1, was the man to beat, though Nadal's clay-court pedigree made the Spaniard the favourite in many people's eyes. The pair had met in the previous year's French Open, with Nadal winning in four sets, and 18 months earlier Djokovic had edged a bruising six-hour long epic in the Australian Open final. In total this was the 35th meeting between two p