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Saturday 23 June Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm Welsh crime drama is having a moment right now and, watching the atmospheric Hidden, it’s easy to see why. The key to Mark Andrew and Ed Talfan’s addictive crime drama lies in its lack of trickery and refusal to rely on out-of-nowhere twists. Instead the viewer knows from the outset that the disturbed Dylan Harris (Rhodri Meilir) is the man behind the abduction of the now-dead Mali Pryce, which means that the series’ appeal lies in following detectives Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams) and Owen Vaughan (Sion Alun Davies) as they scramble to solve the case. Yet Hidden is not simply a whydunnit, as this third episode demonstrates. Andrew and Talfan are as interested in picking apart the fallout from Mali’s death as they are in watching the detectives hunt their man. This episode sees Mali’s sister Lea (Lara Catrin) and father Alun (Owen Arwyn) deal with their grief, while we learn more about the troubled university student Megan (Gwyneth Keyworth) and Dylan’s most recent victim Lowri (Lois Meleri Jones). Watching these disparate strands slowly come together to create a thoughtful crime drama is a hugely enjoyable experience. Here’s hoping the series continues to be this strong. Sarah Hughes EU Referendum: The Result BBC Parliament,from 9.55am As the UK’s future after Brexit continues to be debated, BBC Parliament is reminding us how it all began by rerunning the BBC’s then-live coverage of the EU referendum results in its entirety. This whopping 11-hour broadcast, anchored by the 77-year-old David Dimbleby, includes everything from Nigel Farage’s premature concession speech through to former Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm Condemned to a series defeat against South Africa last weekend, England will be even more concerned by the fact it was their fifth Test defeat in a row. However, speaking after Saturday’s 23-12 loss – in which the visitors raced into a 12-0 lead with Mike Brown and Jonny May scoring fine tries. – coach Eddie Jones said he’ll “stick to his guns”, as his side bring the curtain down in Cape Town on what has been a frustrating tour. A victory today would alleviate the pressure on Jones somewhat. Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts, from 5.00pm/ Sky One, from 10.00pm Edith Bowman, Vick Hope and Joel Dommett present coverage from the second day of the music festival. Jessie J and James Bay are among those performing early on, while later the headliners, including Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher and Soul II Soul, will be shown live on both Sky Arts and Sky One. Sunday’s coverage of the final day sees performances from The Killers Van Morrison and Travis. SH The Great Exhibition of the North BBC Two, 6.30pm; Scotland, 7.30pm This weekend sees the beginning of three months of art and culture events across 30 venues in Newcastle. Shaun Keaveny takes a look at some of what’s on offer, meets some of the creators of the works and visits key landmarks in the city. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 7.00pm; not Scotland It’s sink or swim time for the likeable Will Millard in the final episode of the series – he’s out of his comfort zone after agreeing to compete in Ross-on-Wye’s annual regatta. Luckily, Tintern Abbey and Chepstow offer gentler charms. Blind Date Channel 5, 7.30pm Mothers are very much the theme of this latest series of the dating show. After last week’s opening episode saw Dubliner Barry make the mistake of allowing his mother to choose his date, this week sees mother-and-son duo, Emile and Belinda, both searching for love. Can host Paul O’Grady guide them to happiness? International Rugby League: New Zealand v England BBC Two, 9.00pm A big one this, as New Zealand and England meet at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. This match will be England’s first game on US soil since October 2000, when they took on the USA in Orlando, Florida. The Kiwis will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing World Cup last year when, despite being finalists in the three previous editions, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals. England will be hoping to continue their recent encouraging form, having reached the World Cup final in 2017, eventually losing 6-0 to Australia. All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.10pm The final episode of the foul-mouthed matriarch’s talk show sees Ray Mears attempt to give hapless duo Dermot and Buster a crash course in survival skills while, in a nice touch, Boy George brings his mother, Dinah, over for a chat. SH Live Boxing: Josh Taylor v Viktor Postol Channel 5, 10.30pm The WBC Silver Super Lightweight title is at stake at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, as Jose Taylor takes on Viktor Postol. Taylor turned professional in June 2015, and has established himself as a force to be reckoned with after notching up 12 wins from 12 fights. In his amateur days, Taylor made it to two Commonwealth finals, winning a gold medal in Glasgow at the 2014 Games. He has held this title since taking it from South Africa’s Warren Joubert in March 2017, and this will be his fourth defence. Muppets Most Wanted (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 2.45pm The Muppets tour Europe, where Kermit (Steve Whitmire) is kidnapped and replaced by a doppelgänger. Masterminding the plot is a sleazy Ricky Gervais. Though this contains moments of joy with itsfun musical numbers and clever gags, the Muppets themselves are crowded out by cameo overkill from the likes of Lady Gaga, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Céline Dion. Creed (2015) ★★★★☆ ITV, 9.30pm Ryan Coogler’s continuation of the Rocky saga packs a real emotional punch as Sylvester Stallone gives one of his best performances ever. He neither wrote nor directed, but his actor-for-hire status translates into a compelling lack of vanity on screen. Life for Rocky has come full circle as he agrees to train Donnie (Michael B Jordan), the son of his old nemesis Apollo. Little Voice (1998) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.30pm Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks star in this bittersweet comedy musical drama based on Jim Cartwright’s hit play. Timid LV (Horrocks) obsesses over her dead father’s records by imitating Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Bassey to perfection. Her talents are discovered by her mother’s (Blethyn) showbiz agent boyfriend (Caine), who hopes to turn her from mouse to megastar. Sunday 24 June Fielding stories: Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Elisabeth Bumiller Credit: BBC Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate BBC Two, 9.00pm Renowned film-maker Liz Garbus’s fascinating four-part documentary series takes us behind the scenes of The New York Times, one of the world’s most venerable news outlets, as it grapples with the early days of the Trump presidency. It’s a heady, fly-on-the-wall insight into the frenetic pace of the newsroom, as articles are written and published at breakneck speed amid a flurry of slamming phones, team huddles and endless rolling on-screen coverage. What makes this prospect so unique, however, is its context. So unexpected was Trump’s win and so volatile the White House that normal journalistic protocol was jettisoned to match the new administration’s unpredictability. We watch, then, as a raft of investigative reporters headed by Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller, field a barrage of explosive stories, from the Trump camp’s links to Russia to the President’s claim he was wiretapped by Obama. It’s a shame that Garber only briefly deals with the toll such work takes on the journalists’ personal lives, but perhaps this rightly reflects how little time this tireless team have for themselves. Toby Dantzic Romesh: Talking to Comedians in a Pie and Mash Shop BBC Three, from today Having previously held conversations with comedians in both a café and a pub, Romesh Ranganathan now heads to a pie and mash shop for this straightforward set-up that yields unexpectedly delightful results. Ranganathan’s winningly droll style gets his dining companions immediately on side, so that they offer up authentic titbits of experience. Rob Beckett, for example, reminisces about Ranganthan’s father’s “awful” pub, improv expert Rachel Parris reveals a hilariously embarrassing onstage blunder, and Sally Phillips manages to be both funny and moving about her special needs son. MOTD Live: Fifa World Cup 2018 – England v Panama BBC One, 12.10pm After their hard-fought 2-1 win over Tunisia, the Three Lions step up for their second World Cup game against Panama. The South Americans are making their debut at the tournament but it hasn’t gone well so far – they lost their opening game against Belgium 3-0. Live Formula 1: The French Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 3.05pm After a 10-year hiatus, the French Grand Prix opens its doors to Formula 1 once again at Circuit Paul Ricard, where its last winner – in 2008 – was Brazil’s Felipe Massa. Nigel Kennedy Plays Bach & Gershwin: BBC’s Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 7.00pm Here’s another chance to see a behemoth of the classical genre, violinist Nigel Kennedy, perform a thrilling set against the dramatic sun-lit backdrop of Scone Palace in Perth. TD Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm An impassioned Ross (Aidan Turner) makes his maiden speech in parliament tonight, quickly gaining notoriety. Back in Cornwall, things aren’t so rosy for Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) as she tackles the fallout from a failing mine. The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm Brittle commander’s wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) comes into focus during tonight’s episode of the dystopian drama. Flashbacks reveal the violent abuse she suffered for her conservative views. Back in the present, meanwhile, she wavers between cruelty and tenderness towards pregnant Offred (Elisabeth Moss). Celebrity Catchphrase ITV, 9.15pm With nerves no doubt frayed from England’s match earlier, Stephen Mulhern offers a lighter football-themed alternative with this edition of the game show. Soccer stars Paul Merson and Eni Aluko join the fun, alongside actor Shayne Ward. TD The Sound Barrier (1952, b/w) ★★★☆☆ Talking Pictures TV, 5.40pm This was the last of three films that David Lean directed starring his second wife Ann Todd and although it was a success, it has become one of the director’s least-known films. It tells the story of attempts by aircraft designers and test pilots to break the sound barrier. Cinematographer Peter Newbrook’s new Arriflex camera was mounted in the rear of the last surviving Lancaster bomber. Blackhat (2015) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 9.00pm Michael Mann’s cybercrime thriller is the ultimate in digital cinema and begins with the kind of brooding, suspenseful set-piece that he mastered decades ago in films such as Collateral and Heat. Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth), a former cyber-crook, is temporarily released from prison to aid an American-Chinese task force in the hunt for a hacker. Viola Davis co-stars as the deeply unimpressed face of the FBI. Oasis: Supersonic (2016) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.00pm Oasis’s glory-days documentary indulges Noel and Liam Gallagher’s bad behaviour. Mat Whitecross’s film starts and ends with the pair of dates when Oasis debatably peaked, at Knebworth in 1996, and goes to excessive length to detail stories of their excess. Few rock stars, in fairness, have a habit of being so amusingly and brutally honest about their failings, and Whitecross is content to let them have the last word. Monday 25 June Brash: US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson (centre) Credit: Channel 4 Inside the American Embassy Channel 4, 10.00pm Those with an aversion to US President Donald Trump should gird their loins. Billionaire Robert Wood Johnson, the new US ambassador to Great Britain, has been a close friend of the US President for decades, and doesn’t stint on expressing his admiration for the man in this intriguing, if limited, fly-on-the-wall three-parter. Beginning with Johnson’s swearing-in, this opener takes in the move of the US Embassy in London from Mayfair to Battersea, Trump’s pronouncements on everything from Israel to Britain First and the first throes of Brexit negotiations. “I think it’s going to fall into place quicker than people realise,” reckons Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan about the latter. The discussions between Ambassador Johnson and various government ministers are very revealing, particularly because of the body language and what is unsaid as much as the actual exchanges. Johnson, too, is an unusual figure: brash and blunt, yet entirely lacking in charisma. The access is excellent (Johnson being trained to face the British press is an eye-opener), yet the tension is dissipated by the suspicion that everyone is on best behaviour. But if it loosens up next week, it could prove fascinating. Gabriel Tate Preacher Amazon Prime, from today Starring Joe Gilgun as a hard-living vampire, Dominic Cooper as a dissolute priest and Ruth Negga as the latter’s wild-card girlfriend, this lurid comic-book drama is a blast. This third season finds them in New Orleans. How the NHS Changed Our World BBC Two, 7.00pm This new series, running through the week, tells the story of five NHS hospitals, beginning with The Royal Papworth in Cambridgeshire, whose pioneering surgeons established it as a world leader in heart transplants. People who have used it, including comedian Eddie Large and the world’s longest-surviving heart-transplant patient, pay tribute. Britain’s Best Junior Doctors BBC Two, 7.30pm Jo Brand hosts this peculiar-sounding new quiz show in which two teams of junior doctors go head-to-head every night for a place in Friday’s final. The challenges include diagnosis of symptoms and the prioritisation of cases in a mocked-up A&E department. First up is University Hospitals Leicester vs Kettering General. 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The police team investigate claims that body parts have been buried in a garden on a Luton housing estate, and uncover a grim story of a turf war between rival gangs as the plot thickens. Rolls-Royce: the Rise & Fall of a Great British Brand Channel 5, 9.00pm An overview of a brand that has survived wars, death and hostile takeovers to endure as a byword for class in the modern age. GT Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm The second season of Westworld has been somewhat divisive. Some decry its gratuitous chronological labyrinths and sluggish pacing; while others have relished the cerebral storytelling. The final episode is likely to throw up as many questions as answers, with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) continuing their missions. Nature’s Turtle Nursery: Inside the Nest BBC Four, 9.10pm Documenting the mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica, Dr George McGavin follows this remarkable event from start to finish. GT Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) ★★★☆☆ E4, 9.00pm British director Rupert Wyatt, making a confident leap into the big-time after his nifty 2008 debut The Escapist, fashions much of this prequel movie as a simian prison flick. It’s grand entertainment as intelligent ape Caesar (a subtle mo-cap performance by Andy Serkis, though you never quite believe that you’re watching a real ape) is imprisoned in a sanctuary and begins to question nature’s hierarchy. Point Blank (1967) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm This punchy, pared-down and sexy (it was X-rated in its day) thriller follows the mission of a career criminal (played by Lee Marvin) hunting down a former accomplice who shot him at point-blank range. Adapted from the crime noir pulp novel The Hunter, it was one of the definitive films to emerge from Hollywood in the Sixties, and John Boorman’s direction would go on to influence Scorsese and Tarantino. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) ★★★☆☆ Universal TV, 9.00pm Tony Scott’s remake of the exciting 1974 thriller about the hijack of a New York subway train ditches the original tight storytelling and evocative sense of place in favour of Scott’s characteristic bombastic action. The strong premise, a battle of wits between low-key train dispatcher hero Denzel Washington and a goateed criminal John Travolta, makes it watchable. Tuesday 26 June Big questions: Anita Rani and Nick Robinson host the live event Credit: BBC NHS at 70: Live BBC Two, 8.00pm Essential viewing for anyone concerned about the future of the NHS, this 90-minute live event from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is a centrepiece of the BBC’s 70th anniversary season celebrating the founding of the National Health Service in 1948. But just how practical, or feasible, is the service’s founding aim of making healthcare available to all based on need rather than ability to pay, when demand outstrips resources in the 21st century? Will the Government’s recently announced extra £4 billion a year be enough to plug the funding gap? Can the health service adapt to cope with the issues pose by an ageing population? And can the public be encouraged to reduce demand by taking active measures to improve health? These are among the question up for discussion by an audience of NHS professionals, patients (via live-link-ups) and a handful of celebrity guests. Among the contributors will be Nick Robinson who, having undergone cancer treatment, has personal views on how good the NHS is, and who with co-host Anita Rani will prevent the findings of exclusive new research into the challenges facing the NHS in years to come. Gerard O’Donovan Bear’s Mission with Warwick Davis ITV, 9.00pm “We all have dwarfism in our family. We’re not built for climbing things.” Actor Warwick Davis gamely lets survival expert Bear Grylls put him through his paces in this entertaining challenge to reach the less accessible parts of his favourite holiday spot, the Lake District. The Affair Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm It began as an attention-grabbing steamy portrait of an affair, seen from the contrasting perspectives of its principals – Noah Solloway (Dominic West) and Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson). Now, as the fourth series gets under way, the American drama has matured into an ensemble piece with all the main characters estranged and in new relationships. Which leaves more room for developing minor roles, such as Noah’s eldest daughter Whitney (Julia Goldani Telles) and new faces such as the principal of the school where Noah teaches. Our Girl BBC One, 9.10pm They’re deep in Boko Haram territory, trying to evade capture while waiting for a Special Forces unit to rescue them. But that doesn’t stop Captain James (Ben Aldridge) deciding that it’s the perfect moment to make a confession to Georgie (Michelle Keegan). Horizon: Teenagers vs Cancer – A User’s Guide BBC Two, 9.30pm An exploration of the specialist facilities, support and cutting-edge treatments available to young cancer patients in Britain, seen through the eyes of 11 teenagers who take us through their diagnoses and individually tailored care packages. Tortured to Death: Murdering the Nanny Channel 5, 10.00pm The murder of 21-year-old French nanny Sophie Lionnet in London last year shocked seasoned investigators with its brutality. This report tells the story of the murder and trial that led to the conviction of her employers in May. GO Through Lotte’s Lens Sky Arts, 10.00pm The lens in question is that of Austrian portrait photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf, whose work captures the story of the refugees who fled Europe from the Nazis in the Thirties and, settling in Britain, contributed enthusiastically to life and culture here in succeeding years. An atmospheric, thoughtful and celebratory film from Tony Britten. GO Hope Floats (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.45pm In this heart-warming, if predictable, romcom, Sandra Bullock plays Birdee Calvert, a former prom queen whose dream life is shattered when her husband leaves her for her best friend on a Jerry Springer-like national TV show. Birdee must choose between her morals and her heart when a charming man, whom her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life. Forest Whitaker directs. Winchester ’73 (1950, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.10pm James Stewart stars in this classic western, the first of five that the star made with director Anthony Mann, almost single-handedly rescuing the flagging genre. The film’s other big star is the prized rifle of the title, at the heart of a plot in which two brothers go head to head in a grudge match after one of them kills their father. Watch out for early appearances from Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson. 3:10 to Yuma (2007) ★★★★☆ Film4, 11.35pm A remake of the 1957 classic, itself an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story, 3:10 to Yuma is an excellent, thrill-filled western starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as two men from either side of the law who are thrown together. Directed with verve by James Mangold, it’s the story of a rancher (Bale) who escorts a notorious gunslinger (Crowe) to the town of Contention to be put on the train to Yuma Prison. Wednesday 27 June Blustering: Jamie Demetriou as lettings agent Stath Credit: Channel 4 Stath Lets Flats Channel 4, 10.00pm Don’t let the title of comedian Jamie Demetriou’s new sitcom, co-written with Friday Night Dinner’s Robert Popper, deceive you: Stath (played with warmth by Demetriou) does anything but let flats. In fact, he’s quite probably the most incompetent lettings agent in London, a full-of-himself fool with a tendency to open his mouth before his brain has fully engaged. Unfortunately for Stath, he’s stuck in his job, despite being demonstrably worse than every other employee, because his glowering father Vassos (Christos Stergioglou) owns the agency and would pass it on to his son, if only he showed the smallest glimmer of improvement. From Dad’s Army to This Country, incompetence is a well-worn staple of British sitcoms, but Demetriou and Popper manage to give Stath Lets Flats a fresh spin, not least because the blustering Stath is such a recognisable type. Not every joke works, but the strong supporting cast including Demetriou’s real-life sibling Natasia as Stath’s equally hapless but kind-hearted sister Sophie, Alastair Roberts as well-meaning colleague Al and Katy Wix as the competent Carole do enough to suggest that this could be a grower. Sarah Hughes The Cult of Sunday Night BBC Four, 7.30pm While the current series of Poldark continues to thrill fans of brooding men and tempestuous women, this timely repeat of a documentary from 2009 looks at the original Seventies drama. That Sunday night hit made stars of Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees, who played Ross and Demelza, but it also infuriated author Winston Graham thanks to some large deviations from his source material. The Highland Midwife Channel 5, 8.00pm This lovely fly-on-the-wall series covering midwives in the Scottish highlands makes a welcome return. In this tense opening episode, Ruth, Morven and Hazel struggle with a trio of difficult births. The People vs the NHS: Who Gets the Drugs? BBC Two, 9.00pm Part of the BBC’s NHS at 70 series, this diverting documentary looks at how the health service’s cash-flow crisis can impact lives. Using the legal battle over PrEP, a drug widely believed to reduce the risk of contracting HIV as its focus, the film asks how funding decisions are made. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.15pm There’s a real pleasure to be found in watching Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse while away time fishing. Even the more serious moments – this week both men discuss death while standing in the Middle Wye – are leavened by dry wit. It’s a delight. This Is Congo – Storyville BBC Four, 10.00pm Photographer Daniel McCabe’s hard-hitting film about the Democratic Republic of Congo is the sort of documentary that haunts you long after the credits have rolled. McCabe talks to soldiers, workers and families about their experiences in this war-ravaged country, building up a devastating and heartbreaking picture. It’s an important and necessary reminder of a part of the world that is too often ignored. SH Lookalikes Channel 4, 10.30pm Channel 4’s uneasy hybrid of structured reality TV show and comedy returns for a second series with David Beckham lookalike Andy Harmer and his frenemy Tim Oliver, a David Brent impersonator, battling to keep their rival agencies afloat… SH My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) ★★☆☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.35pm Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett star in this slushy romcom. Roberts plays Julianne, who falls in love with her old friend (Mulroney), only to discover that he’s due to marry another girl (Diaz) the next day. Everett isn’t one of the love interests – he plays Roberts’s gay best friend – but he manages to elope with the film. Fatima (2015) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 10.00pm French director Philippe Faucon had success at Cannes with this insightful study of female behaviour. Fatima (Soria Zeroual) is a 44-year-old Moroccan woman raising two teenage girls in Lyon. The youngest, Souad (Kenza-Noah Aïche), is a sullen, sexy rebel ashamed of her mother for working as a housecleaner.It’s a little slow in parts but, like its heroine, that’s all part of the film’s quiet dignity. The Blair Witch Project (1998) ★★★★☆ Sky One, 11.00pm An inventive horror whose frights are all created via suspense and the power of suggestion. Made on a meagre budget of around $ 750,000 (it grossed around $ 250 million at the box office), it purports to be the footage left behind by three American film students who enter a forest to investigate the legendary “Blair Witch”. Some moviegoers were physically ill due to the shaky camerawork. Thursday 28 June Making a night of it: Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid Credit: ITV Good Evening Britain ITV, 9.15pm Despite BBC Breakfast being the undisputed champion in terms of viewers, there’s no denying that Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan continue to hog the column inches due to their combative relationship and controversial interviews on Good Morning Britain. This late-night, one-off incarnation follows ITV’s coverage of England’s World Cup match with Belgium (see preview, below), a tie which should go a long way towards clarifying the Three Lions’ realistic hopes for the tournament. Expect debate, chat and a few famous faces offering their opinions on the result, plus coverage of showbiz stories in what is presumably a high-profile pilot for a permanent fixture in this prime-time slot, following the unmitigated disaster of The Nightly Show. Whether Morgan is the man that audiences want as the nation’s cheerleader/consoler-in-chief is as open to debate as his decision to present Donald Trump with an Arsenal shirt, but ITV has long yearned for a way in which to blend football and entertainment (remember James Corden’s World Cup Live, or the magnificent Rio’s World Cup Wind-Ups?), so expect everything to be thrown at the screen in search of the perfect formula. Gabriel Tate FIFA World Cup 2018: England vs Belgium ITV, 6.15pm Gareth Southgate’s young lions face Belgium’s “golden generation” who have yet to turn their enviable gathering of talents into serious tournament challengers. Mark Pougatch is in the studio while Clive Tydesley provides the commentary, with kick-off at 7.00pm. Celebrities on the NHS Frontline BBC One, 9.00pm; not Wales Armed with their own experiences of the NHS, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, ex-MP Ann Widdecombe, reporter Stacey Dooley and TV presenter Michael Mosley work with hospital staff in a bid to understand the challenges that the service now face. These include smaller budgets, increased scrutiny and an ageing population. It may sound gimmicky, but this two-parter is very absorbing. Japan’s Secret Shame BBC Two, 9.00pm In 2017, Japanese woman Shiori Ito went public with rape allegations against a more prominent fellow journalist. These were met with silence or worse. Here she explores why other victims in the country are unwilling or unable to speak out. Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The penultimate episode of the third series of this always absorbing drama finds the part human, part synth Leo (Colin Morgan) in peril, and Mattie (Lucy Carless) reveals her secret. GT Outlander More4, 9.00pm Juggling sweeping adventure with tense espionage (18th-century style) and introspective character studies, this period romp continues with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) finding a sense of purpose in helping the sick. Meanwhile, Jamie (Sam Heughan) continues his efforts to derail history’s march towards the Battle of Culloden by engaging the services of a pickpocket plying his trade in a brothel. The result is cheerfully daft and occasionally surprisingly deep. Running Wild with Bear Grylls Discovery, 10.00pm In between wrangling civilians on The Island, Bear Grylls likes to go yomping with famous people, who have included in the past Barack Obama and Roger Federer. This week, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle treks through the New England mountains, with all of its precarious climbs and dangerous rivers. This time, the compulsory unpalatable meal features porcupine carcass. GT True Grit (1969) ★★★★☆ Film4, 3.45pm John Wayne gives an imposing performance – for which he won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe – in this muscular western, directed by Henry Hathaway. Wayne plays Rooster Cogburn, an ageing, hardbitten marshal who’s called on to track down a murderer. Also on the trail are the victim’s 14-year-old daughter (Kim Darby) and an opportunistic Texas Ranger (Glen Campbell) who wants to collect the reward. Summertime (1955) ★★★★☆ Talking Pictures TV, 6.00pm From the mid-Fifties, David Lean developed a taste for filming further afield and directed Katharine Hepburn in this romance set in Venice. Jane Hudson (Hepburn), a secretary from the American Midwest, is finally realising her dream of taking a holiday in Venice, where she embarks on a tentative romance with a antiques dealer (Rossano Brazzi). Jack Hildyard’s cinematography ravishes. Rocky III (1982) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.55pm; not STV Stallone is once more infront of and behind the camera in this third instalment in the series. Old rival Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) becomes Rocky’s new trainer after the Italian Stallion takes a pounding from the vicious Clubber Lang (Mr T). One sun-soaked sequence features Rocky and Creed frolicking around on a beach and embracing in vests. Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan co-stars as wrestling champion Thunderlips. Friday 29 June Angry young man: Toby Wallace stars as Kane Credit: BBC Romper Stomper BBC Two, 11.05pm & midnight; Scot and NI, times vary It’s already had an airing on BBC Three but this gritty, politically charged six-part Australian series, about a gang of ultra-violent neo-Nazis in Melbourne and the left-wing student group that opposes them, deserves this prominent BBC Two late-night slot. It is based on the cult 1991 film of the same name, in which Russell Crowe came to prominence as a psychotic skinhead, and the movie’s director Geoffrey Wright is behind this update, too, writing the opening episode (of this double bill). Actor Toby Wallace is a strikingly charismatic presence – balancing charm with an undercurrent of real menace – as Kane, an angry young man just out of the army, who together with his dumber sidekick Stix (Kaden Hartcher) gets drawn into the right-wing group of activist Blake Farron (Lachy Hulme). But it is Farron’s younger wife Zoe (Sophie Lowe) who is the real draw for Kane – spelling major trouble ahead for all. Violence, romance and a thoughtful approach to extreme politics makes a potent, dramatic mix, and the results are explosive at times. For fans of the original, Jacqueline McKenzie, who played Kane’s mother Gabrielle, reprises the role here. Gerard O’Donovan Glow Netflix, from today The first season of this comedy about Ruth (Alison Brie), a struggling actress who is drawn into the weird world of women’s wrestling was a big hit. This second run, in which Ruth and the gang get a proper tilt at fame, is just as good. James Martin’s American Adventure ITV, 8.00pm; not UTV or Wales Chef James Martin takes to the US highways in search of “some of the greatest food on the planet”. In this opener, he mounts a vintage Harley Davidson to hog it up in the Napa Valley, home to some of California’s greatest wine makers and fine-dine restaurants. The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Poor Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) has been through the wringer in this fourth season of the bleak but absorbing Scandi thriller. This is the final episode, so expect it to go out with a very big bang as Saga finds a match for the killer’s fingerprint… but nothing’s ever that simple, is it? Duran Duran Night BBC Four, from 9.00pm Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor invite viewers to join them for two films – There’s Something You Should Know (9.00pm) and Duran Duran: A Night In (10.00pm) – in which they look back over their 40th years in pop, plus Duran Duran: Unstaged, their 2011 concert collaboration with director David Lynch. Download Festival 2018 Sky Arts, 9.00pm Here are highlights from the summer’s biggest metal and rock weekend, which was held earlier this month at Donington Park, with Guns N’ Roses, Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne among the headline acts. GO Frankie Boyle’s New World Order BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.05pm More hardcore topical comedy as Frankie Boyle dissects the week’s headlines and assorted bizarre news stories with the help of a studio audience and guests Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan and Miles Jupp. The Big Narstie Show Channel 4, 11.00pm The popular, sometimes controversial grime MC, rapper and internet sensation teams up with comedian Mo Gilligan to host a new late-night alternative entertainment show, with music, sketches, viewer interaction and guests in the studio talking news, television shows and the latest trends. GO Rush Hour (1998) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker join forces in this culture-clash cop comedy. When the Chinese consul’s daughter is abducted, the diplomat summons trusted friend Detective Inspector Lee (Chan) from Hong Kong. Spurned by the FBI, Lee must team up with a rebellious fast-talking LAPD officer (Tucker) to find the girl. This is a pacy, amiable comedy with impeccably choreographed action sequences. Mad Max 2 (1981) ★★★★★ ITV, 10.45pm Mel Gibson reprises his role as Max, a cynical and alienated ex-cop, in this thrillingly intense action sequel that proved to be that rare thing – better than the original. Drifting through the Outback after a nuclear war, he comes upon a small community menaced by a gang that aims to rob them of their oil. Can Max defend them? George Miller (who later, incongruously, co-wrote Babe) again writes and directs. The Full Monty (1997) ★★★★☆ BBC One, 11.25pm You’ll never look at Tom Wilkinson in the same way again after seeing him gyrate on stage as a stripper in this bittersweet British comedy which opened in British cinemas 21 years ago. Set in Sheffield, it follows six out-of-work men who form an exotic dance troupe in order to raise some funds. And they’re willing to reveal, quite literally, all. Simon Beaufoy’s script is a moving exploration of masculinity. Robert Carlyle co-stars. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: Hidden and Isle of Wight Festival 2018
Saturday 23 June Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm Welsh crime drama is having a moment right now and, watching the atmospheric Hidden, it’s easy to see why. The key to Mark Andrew and Ed Talfan’s addictive crime drama lies in its lack of trickery and refusal to rely on out-of-nowhere twists. Instead the viewer knows from the outset that the disturbed Dylan Harris (Rhodri Meilir) is the man behind the abduction of the now-dead Mali Pryce, which means that the series’ appeal lies in following detectives Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams) and Owen Vaughan (Sion Alun Davies) as they scramble to solve the case. Yet Hidden is not simply a whydunnit, as this third episode demonstrates. Andrew and Talfan are as interested in picking apart the fallout from Mali’s death as they are in watching the detectives hunt their man. This episode sees Mali’s sister Lea (Lara Catrin) and father Alun (Owen Arwyn) deal with their grief, while we learn more about the troubled university student Megan (Gwyneth Keyworth) and Dylan’s most recent victim Lowri (Lois Meleri Jones). Watching these disparate strands slowly come together to create a thoughtful crime drama is a hugely enjoyable experience. Here’s hoping the series continues to be this strong. Sarah Hughes EU Referendum: The Result BBC Parliament,from 9.55am As the UK’s future after Brexit continues to be debated, BBC Parliament is reminding us how it all began by rerunning the BBC’s then-live coverage of the EU referendum results in its entirety. This whopping 11-hour broadcast, anchored by the 77-year-old David Dimbleby, includes everything from Nigel Farage’s premature concession speech through to former Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm Condemned to a series defeat against South Africa last weekend, England will be even more concerned by the fact it was their fifth Test defeat in a row. However, speaking after Saturday’s 23-12 loss – in which the visitors raced into a 12-0 lead with Mike Brown and Jonny May scoring fine tries. – coach Eddie Jones said he’ll “stick to his guns”, as his side bring the curtain down in Cape Town on what has been a frustrating tour. A victory today would alleviate the pressure on Jones somewhat. Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts, from 5.00pm/ Sky One, from 10.00pm Edith Bowman, Vick Hope and Joel Dommett present coverage from the second day of the music festival. Jessie J and James Bay are among those performing early on, while later the headliners, including Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher and Soul II Soul, will be shown live on both Sky Arts and Sky One. Sunday’s coverage of the final day sees performances from The Killers Van Morrison and Travis. SH The Great Exhibition of the North BBC Two, 6.30pm; Scotland, 7.30pm This weekend sees the beginning of three months of art and culture events across 30 venues in Newcastle. Shaun Keaveny takes a look at some of what’s on offer, meets some of the creators of the works and visits key landmarks in the city. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 7.00pm; not Scotland It’s sink or swim time for the likeable Will Millard in the final episode of the series – he’s out of his comfort zone after agreeing to compete in Ross-on-Wye’s annual regatta. Luckily, Tintern Abbey and Chepstow offer gentler charms. Blind Date Channel 5, 7.30pm Mothers are very much the theme of this latest series of the dating show. After last week’s opening episode saw Dubliner Barry make the mistake of allowing his mother to choose his date, this week sees mother-and-son duo, Emile and Belinda, both searching for love. Can host Paul O’Grady guide them to happiness? International Rugby League: New Zealand v England BBC Two, 9.00pm A big one this, as New Zealand and England meet at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. This match will be England’s first game on US soil since October 2000, when they took on the USA in Orlando, Florida. The Kiwis will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing World Cup last year when, despite being finalists in the three previous editions, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals. England will be hoping to continue their recent encouraging form, having reached the World Cup final in 2017, eventually losing 6-0 to Australia. All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.10pm The final episode of the foul-mouthed matriarch’s talk show sees Ray Mears attempt to give hapless duo Dermot and Buster a crash course in survival skills while, in a nice touch, Boy George brings his mother, Dinah, over for a chat. SH Live Boxing: Josh Taylor v Viktor Postol Channel 5, 10.30pm The WBC Silver Super Lightweight title is at stake at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, as Jose Taylor takes on Viktor Postol. Taylor turned professional in June 2015, and has established himself as a force to be reckoned with after notching up 12 wins from 12 fights. In his amateur days, Taylor made it to two Commonwealth finals, winning a gold medal in Glasgow at the 2014 Games. He has held this title since taking it from South Africa’s Warren Joubert in March 2017, and this will be his fourth defence. Muppets Most Wanted (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 2.45pm The Muppets tour Europe, where Kermit (Steve Whitmire) is kidnapped and replaced by a doppelgänger. Masterminding the plot is a sleazy Ricky Gervais. Though this contains moments of joy with itsfun musical numbers and clever gags, the Muppets themselves are crowded out by cameo overkill from the likes of Lady Gaga, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Céline Dion. Creed (2015) ★★★★☆ ITV, 9.30pm Ryan Coogler’s continuation of the Rocky saga packs a real emotional punch as Sylvester Stallone gives one of his best performances ever. He neither wrote nor directed, but his actor-for-hire status translates into a compelling lack of vanity on screen. Life for Rocky has come full circle as he agrees to train Donnie (Michael B Jordan), the son of his old nemesis Apollo. Little Voice (1998) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.30pm Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks star in this bittersweet comedy musical drama based on Jim Cartwright’s hit play. Timid LV (Horrocks) obsesses over her dead father’s records by imitating Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Bassey to perfection. Her talents are discovered by her mother’s (Blethyn) showbiz agent boyfriend (Caine), who hopes to turn her from mouse to megastar. Sunday 24 June Fielding stories: Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Elisabeth Bumiller Credit: BBC Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate BBC Two, 9.00pm Renowned film-maker Liz Garbus’s fascinating four-part documentary series takes us behind the scenes of The New York Times, one of the world’s most venerable news outlets, as it grapples with the early days of the Trump presidency. It’s a heady, fly-on-the-wall insight into the frenetic pace of the newsroom, as articles are written and published at breakneck speed amid a flurry of slamming phones, team huddles and endless rolling on-screen coverage. What makes this prospect so unique, however, is its context. So unexpected was Trump’s win and so volatile the White House that normal journalistic protocol was jettisoned to match the new administration’s unpredictability. We watch, then, as a raft of investigative reporters headed by Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller, field a barrage of explosive stories, from the Trump camp’s links to Russia to the President’s claim he was wiretapped by Obama. It’s a shame that Garber only briefly deals with the toll such work takes on the journalists’ personal lives, but perhaps this rightly reflects how little time this tireless team have for themselves. Toby Dantzic Romesh: Talking to Comedians in a Pie and Mash Shop BBC Three, from today Having previously held conversations with comedians in both a café and a pub, Romesh Ranganathan now heads to a pie and mash shop for this straightforward set-up that yields unexpectedly delightful results. Ranganathan’s winningly droll style gets his dining companions immediately on side, so that they offer up authentic titbits of experience. Rob Beckett, for example, reminisces about Ranganthan’s father’s “awful” pub, improv expert Rachel Parris reveals a hilariously embarrassing onstage blunder, and Sally Phillips manages to be both funny and moving about her special needs son. MOTD Live: Fifa World Cup 2018 – England v Panama BBC One, 12.10pm After their hard-fought 2-1 win over Tunisia, the Three Lions step up for their second World Cup game against Panama. The South Americans are making their debut at the tournament but it hasn’t gone well so far – they lost their opening game against Belgium 3-0. Live Formula 1: The French Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 3.05pm After a 10-year hiatus, the French Grand Prix opens its doors to Formula 1 once again at Circuit Paul Ricard, where its last winner – in 2008 – was Brazil’s Felipe Massa. Nigel Kennedy Plays Bach & Gershwin: BBC’s Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 7.00pm Here’s another chance to see a behemoth of the classical genre, violinist Nigel Kennedy, perform a thrilling set against the dramatic sun-lit backdrop of Scone Palace in Perth. TD Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm An impassioned Ross (Aidan Turner) makes his maiden speech in parliament tonight, quickly gaining notoriety. Back in Cornwall, things aren’t so rosy for Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) as she tackles the fallout from a failing mine. The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm Brittle commander’s wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) comes into focus during tonight’s episode of the dystopian drama. Flashbacks reveal the violent abuse she suffered for her conservative views. Back in the present, meanwhile, she wavers between cruelty and tenderness towards pregnant Offred (Elisabeth Moss). Celebrity Catchphrase ITV, 9.15pm With nerves no doubt frayed from England’s match earlier, Stephen Mulhern offers a lighter football-themed alternative with this edition of the game show. Soccer stars Paul Merson and Eni Aluko join the fun, alongside actor Shayne Ward. TD The Sound Barrier (1952, b/w) ★★★☆☆ Talking Pictures TV, 5.40pm This was the last of three films that David Lean directed starring his second wife Ann Todd and although it was a success, it has become one of the director’s least-known films. It tells the story of attempts by aircraft designers and test pilots to break the sound barrier. Cinematographer Peter Newbrook’s new Arriflex camera was mounted in the rear of the last surviving Lancaster bomber. Blackhat (2015) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 9.00pm Michael Mann’s cybercrime thriller is the ultimate in digital cinema and begins with the kind of brooding, suspenseful set-piece that he mastered decades ago in films such as Collateral and Heat. Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth), a former cyber-crook, is temporarily released from prison to aid an American-Chinese task force in the hunt for a hacker. Viola Davis co-stars as the deeply unimpressed face of the FBI. Oasis: Supersonic (2016) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.00pm Oasis’s glory-days documentary indulges Noel and Liam Gallagher’s bad behaviour. Mat Whitecross’s film starts and ends with the pair of dates when Oasis debatably peaked, at Knebworth in 1996, and goes to excessive length to detail stories of their excess. Few rock stars, in fairness, have a habit of being so amusingly and brutally honest about their failings, and Whitecross is content to let them have the last word. Monday 25 June Brash: US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson (centre) Credit: Channel 4 Inside the American Embassy Channel 4, 10.00pm Those with an aversion to US President Donald Trump should gird their loins. Billionaire Robert Wood Johnson, the new US ambassador to Great Britain, has been a close friend of the US President for decades, and doesn’t stint on expressing his admiration for the man in this intriguing, if limited, fly-on-the-wall three-parter. Beginning with Johnson’s swearing-in, this opener takes in the move of the US Embassy in London from Mayfair to Battersea, Trump’s pronouncements on everything from Israel to Britain First and the first throes of Brexit negotiations. “I think it’s going to fall into place quicker than people realise,” reckons Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan about the latter. The discussions between Ambassador Johnson and various government ministers are very revealing, particularly because of the body language and what is unsaid as much as the actual exchanges. Johnson, too, is an unusual figure: brash and blunt, yet entirely lacking in charisma. The access is excellent (Johnson being trained to face the British press is an eye-opener), yet the tension is dissipated by the suspicion that everyone is on best behaviour. But if it loosens up next week, it could prove fascinating. Gabriel Tate Preacher Amazon Prime, from today Starring Joe Gilgun as a hard-living vampire, Dominic Cooper as a dissolute priest and Ruth Negga as the latter’s wild-card girlfriend, this lurid comic-book drama is a blast. This third season finds them in New Orleans. How the NHS Changed Our World BBC Two, 7.00pm This new series, running through the week, tells the story of five NHS hospitals, beginning with The Royal Papworth in Cambridgeshire, whose pioneering surgeons established it as a world leader in heart transplants. People who have used it, including comedian Eddie Large and the world’s longest-surviving heart-transplant patient, pay tribute. Britain’s Best Junior Doctors BBC Two, 7.30pm Jo Brand hosts this peculiar-sounding new quiz show in which two teams of junior doctors go head-to-head every night for a place in Friday’s final. The challenges include diagnosis of symptoms and the prioritisation of cases in a mocked-up A&E department. First up is University Hospitals Leicester vs Kettering General. 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The police team investigate claims that body parts have been buried in a garden on a Luton housing estate, and uncover a grim story of a turf war between rival gangs as the plot thickens. Rolls-Royce: the Rise & Fall of a Great British Brand Channel 5, 9.00pm An overview of a brand that has survived wars, death and hostile takeovers to endure as a byword for class in the modern age. GT Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm The second season of Westworld has been somewhat divisive. Some decry its gratuitous chronological labyrinths and sluggish pacing; while others have relished the cerebral storytelling. The final episode is likely to throw up as many questions as answers, with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) continuing their missions. Nature’s Turtle Nursery: Inside the Nest BBC Four, 9.10pm Documenting the mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica, Dr George McGavin follows this remarkable event from start to finish. GT Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) ★★★☆☆ E4, 9.00pm British director Rupert Wyatt, making a confident leap into the big-time after his nifty 2008 debut The Escapist, fashions much of this prequel movie as a simian prison flick. It’s grand entertainment as intelligent ape Caesar (a subtle mo-cap performance by Andy Serkis, though you never quite believe that you’re watching a real ape) is imprisoned in a sanctuary and begins to question nature’s hierarchy. Point Blank (1967) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm This punchy, pared-down and sexy (it was X-rated in its day) thriller follows the mission of a career criminal (played by Lee Marvin) hunting down a former accomplice who shot him at point-blank range. Adapted from the crime noir pulp novel The Hunter, it was one of the definitive films to emerge from Hollywood in the Sixties, and John Boorman’s direction would go on to influence Scorsese and Tarantino. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) ★★★☆☆ Universal TV, 9.00pm Tony Scott’s remake of the exciting 1974 thriller about the hijack of a New York subway train ditches the original tight storytelling and evocative sense of place in favour of Scott’s characteristic bombastic action. The strong premise, a battle of wits between low-key train dispatcher hero Denzel Washington and a goateed criminal John Travolta, makes it watchable. Tuesday 26 June Big questions: Anita Rani and Nick Robinson host the live event Credit: BBC NHS at 70: Live BBC Two, 8.00pm Essential viewing for anyone concerned about the future of the NHS, this 90-minute live event from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is a centrepiece of the BBC’s 70th anniversary season celebrating the founding of the National Health Service in 1948. But just how practical, or feasible, is the service’s founding aim of making healthcare available to all based on need rather than ability to pay, when demand outstrips resources in the 21st century? Will the Government’s recently announced extra £4 billion a year be enough to plug the funding gap? Can the health service adapt to cope with the issues pose by an ageing population? And can the public be encouraged to reduce demand by taking active measures to improve health? These are among the question up for discussion by an audience of NHS professionals, patients (via live-link-ups) and a handful of celebrity guests. Among the contributors will be Nick Robinson who, having undergone cancer treatment, has personal views on how good the NHS is, and who with co-host Anita Rani will prevent the findings of exclusive new research into the challenges facing the NHS in years to come. Gerard O’Donovan Bear’s Mission with Warwick Davis ITV, 9.00pm “We all have dwarfism in our family. We’re not built for climbing things.” Actor Warwick Davis gamely lets survival expert Bear Grylls put him through his paces in this entertaining challenge to reach the less accessible parts of his favourite holiday spot, the Lake District. The Affair Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm It began as an attention-grabbing steamy portrait of an affair, seen from the contrasting perspectives of its principals – Noah Solloway (Dominic West) and Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson). Now, as the fourth series gets under way, the American drama has matured into an ensemble piece with all the main characters estranged and in new relationships. Which leaves more room for developing minor roles, such as Noah’s eldest daughter Whitney (Julia Goldani Telles) and new faces such as the principal of the school where Noah teaches. Our Girl BBC One, 9.10pm They’re deep in Boko Haram territory, trying to evade capture while waiting for a Special Forces unit to rescue them. But that doesn’t stop Captain James (Ben Aldridge) deciding that it’s the perfect moment to make a confession to Georgie (Michelle Keegan). Horizon: Teenagers vs Cancer – A User’s Guide BBC Two, 9.30pm An exploration of the specialist facilities, support and cutting-edge treatments available to young cancer patients in Britain, seen through the eyes of 11 teenagers who take us through their diagnoses and individually tailored care packages. Tortured to Death: Murdering the Nanny Channel 5, 10.00pm The murder of 21-year-old French nanny Sophie Lionnet in London last year shocked seasoned investigators with its brutality. This report tells the story of the murder and trial that led to the conviction of her employers in May. GO Through Lotte’s Lens Sky Arts, 10.00pm The lens in question is that of Austrian portrait photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf, whose work captures the story of the refugees who fled Europe from the Nazis in the Thirties and, settling in Britain, contributed enthusiastically to life and culture here in succeeding years. An atmospheric, thoughtful and celebratory film from Tony Britten. GO Hope Floats (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.45pm In this heart-warming, if predictable, romcom, Sandra Bullock plays Birdee Calvert, a former prom queen whose dream life is shattered when her husband leaves her for her best friend on a Jerry Springer-like national TV show. Birdee must choose between her morals and her heart when a charming man, whom her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life. Forest Whitaker directs. Winchester ’73 (1950, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.10pm James Stewart stars in this classic western, the first of five that the star made with director Anthony Mann, almost single-handedly rescuing the flagging genre. The film’s other big star is the prized rifle of the title, at the heart of a plot in which two brothers go head to head in a grudge match after one of them kills their father. Watch out for early appearances from Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson. 3:10 to Yuma (2007) ★★★★☆ Film4, 11.35pm A remake of the 1957 classic, itself an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story, 3:10 to Yuma is an excellent, thrill-filled western starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as two men from either side of the law who are thrown together. Directed with verve by James Mangold, it’s the story of a rancher (Bale) who escorts a notorious gunslinger (Crowe) to the town of Contention to be put on the train to Yuma Prison. Wednesday 27 June Blustering: Jamie Demetriou as lettings agent Stath Credit: Channel 4 Stath Lets Flats Channel 4, 10.00pm Don’t let the title of comedian Jamie Demetriou’s new sitcom, co-written with Friday Night Dinner’s Robert Popper, deceive you: Stath (played with warmth by Demetriou) does anything but let flats. In fact, he’s quite probably the most incompetent lettings agent in London, a full-of-himself fool with a tendency to open his mouth before his brain has fully engaged. Unfortunately for Stath, he’s stuck in his job, despite being demonstrably worse than every other employee, because his glowering father Vassos (Christos Stergioglou) owns the agency and would pass it on to his son, if only he showed the smallest glimmer of improvement. From Dad’s Army to This Country, incompetence is a well-worn staple of British sitcoms, but Demetriou and Popper manage to give Stath Lets Flats a fresh spin, not least because the blustering Stath is such a recognisable type. Not every joke works, but the strong supporting cast including Demetriou’s real-life sibling Natasia as Stath’s equally hapless but kind-hearted sister Sophie, Alastair Roberts as well-meaning colleague Al and Katy Wix as the competent Carole do enough to suggest that this could be a grower. Sarah Hughes The Cult of Sunday Night BBC Four, 7.30pm While the current series of Poldark continues to thrill fans of brooding men and tempestuous women, this timely repeat of a documentary from 2009 looks at the original Seventies drama. That Sunday night hit made stars of Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees, who played Ross and Demelza, but it also infuriated author Winston Graham thanks to some large deviations from his source material. The Highland Midwife Channel 5, 8.00pm This lovely fly-on-the-wall series covering midwives in the Scottish highlands makes a welcome return. In this tense opening episode, Ruth, Morven and Hazel struggle with a trio of difficult births. The People vs the NHS: Who Gets the Drugs? BBC Two, 9.00pm Part of the BBC’s NHS at 70 series, this diverting documentary looks at how the health service’s cash-flow crisis can impact lives. Using the legal battle over PrEP, a drug widely believed to reduce the risk of contracting HIV as its focus, the film asks how funding decisions are made. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.15pm There’s a real pleasure to be found in watching Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse while away time fishing. Even the more serious moments – this week both men discuss death while standing in the Middle Wye – are leavened by dry wit. It’s a delight. This Is Congo – Storyville BBC Four, 10.00pm Photographer Daniel McCabe’s hard-hitting film about the Democratic Republic of Congo is the sort of documentary that haunts you long after the credits have rolled. McCabe talks to soldiers, workers and families about their experiences in this war-ravaged country, building up a devastating and heartbreaking picture. It’s an important and necessary reminder of a part of the world that is too often ignored. SH Lookalikes Channel 4, 10.30pm Channel 4’s uneasy hybrid of structured reality TV show and comedy returns for a second series with David Beckham lookalike Andy Harmer and his frenemy Tim Oliver, a David Brent impersonator, battling to keep their rival agencies afloat… SH My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) ★★☆☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.35pm Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett star in this slushy romcom. Roberts plays Julianne, who falls in love with her old friend (Mulroney), only to discover that he’s due to marry another girl (Diaz) the next day. Everett isn’t one of the love interests – he plays Roberts’s gay best friend – but he manages to elope with the film. Fatima (2015) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 10.00pm French director Philippe Faucon had success at Cannes with this insightful study of female behaviour. Fatima (Soria Zeroual) is a 44-year-old Moroccan woman raising two teenage girls in Lyon. The youngest, Souad (Kenza-Noah Aïche), is a sullen, sexy rebel ashamed of her mother for working as a housecleaner.It’s a little slow in parts but, like its heroine, that’s all part of the film’s quiet dignity. The Blair Witch Project (1998) ★★★★☆ Sky One, 11.00pm An inventive horror whose frights are all created via suspense and the power of suggestion. Made on a meagre budget of around $ 750,000 (it grossed around $ 250 million at the box office), it purports to be the footage left behind by three American film students who enter a forest to investigate the legendary “Blair Witch”. Some moviegoers were physically ill due to the shaky camerawork. Thursday 28 June Making a night of it: Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid Credit: ITV Good Evening Britain ITV, 9.15pm Despite BBC Breakfast being the undisputed champion in terms of viewers, there’s no denying that Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan continue to hog the column inches due to their combative relationship and controversial interviews on Good Morning Britain. This late-night, one-off incarnation follows ITV’s coverage of England’s World Cup match with Belgium (see preview, below), a tie which should go a long way towards clarifying the Three Lions’ realistic hopes for the tournament. Expect debate, chat and a few famous faces offering their opinions on the result, plus coverage of showbiz stories in what is presumably a high-profile pilot for a permanent fixture in this prime-time slot, following the unmitigated disaster of The Nightly Show. Whether Morgan is the man that audiences want as the nation’s cheerleader/consoler-in-chief is as open to debate as his decision to present Donald Trump with an Arsenal shirt, but ITV has long yearned for a way in which to blend football and entertainment (remember James Corden’s World Cup Live, or the magnificent Rio’s World Cup Wind-Ups?), so expect everything to be thrown at the screen in search of the perfect formula. Gabriel Tate FIFA World Cup 2018: England vs Belgium ITV, 6.15pm Gareth Southgate’s young lions face Belgium’s “golden generation” who have yet to turn their enviable gathering of talents into serious tournament challengers. Mark Pougatch is in the studio while Clive Tydesley provides the commentary, with kick-off at 7.00pm. Celebrities on the NHS Frontline BBC One, 9.00pm; not Wales Armed with their own experiences of the NHS, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, ex-MP Ann Widdecombe, reporter Stacey Dooley and TV presenter Michael Mosley work with hospital staff in a bid to understand the challenges that the service now face. These include smaller budgets, increased scrutiny and an ageing population. It may sound gimmicky, but this two-parter is very absorbing. Japan’s Secret Shame BBC Two, 9.00pm In 2017, Japanese woman Shiori Ito went public with rape allegations against a more prominent fellow journalist. These were met with silence or worse. Here she explores why other victims in the country are unwilling or unable to speak out. Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The penultimate episode of the third series of this always absorbing drama finds the part human, part synth Leo (Colin Morgan) in peril, and Mattie (Lucy Carless) reveals her secret. GT Outlander More4, 9.00pm Juggling sweeping adventure with tense espionage (18th-century style) and introspective character studies, this period romp continues with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) finding a sense of purpose in helping the sick. Meanwhile, Jamie (Sam Heughan) continues his efforts to derail history’s march towards the Battle of Culloden by engaging the services of a pickpocket plying his trade in a brothel. The result is cheerfully daft and occasionally surprisingly deep. Running Wild with Bear Grylls Discovery, 10.00pm In between wrangling civilians on The Island, Bear Grylls likes to go yomping with famous people, who have included in the past Barack Obama and Roger Federer. This week, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle treks through the New England mountains, with all of its precarious climbs and dangerous rivers. This time, the compulsory unpalatable meal features porcupine carcass. GT True Grit (1969) ★★★★☆ Film4, 3.45pm John Wayne gives an imposing performance – for which he won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe – in this muscular western, directed by Henry Hathaway. Wayne plays Rooster Cogburn, an ageing, hardbitten marshal who’s called on to track down a murderer. Also on the trail are the victim’s 14-year-old daughter (Kim Darby) and an opportunistic Texas Ranger (Glen Campbell) who wants to collect the reward. Summertime (1955) ★★★★☆ Talking Pictures TV, 6.00pm From the mid-Fifties, David Lean developed a taste for filming further afield and directed Katharine Hepburn in this romance set in Venice. Jane Hudson (Hepburn), a secretary from the American Midwest, is finally realising her dream of taking a holiday in Venice, where she embarks on a tentative romance with a antiques dealer (Rossano Brazzi). Jack Hildyard’s cinematography ravishes. Rocky III (1982) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.55pm; not STV Stallone is once more infront of and behind the camera in this third instalment in the series. Old rival Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) becomes Rocky’s new trainer after the Italian Stallion takes a pounding from the vicious Clubber Lang (Mr T). One sun-soaked sequence features Rocky and Creed frolicking around on a beach and embracing in vests. Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan co-stars as wrestling champion Thunderlips. Friday 29 June Angry young man: Toby Wallace stars as Kane Credit: BBC Romper Stomper BBC Two, 11.05pm & midnight; Scot and NI, times vary It’s already had an airing on BBC Three but this gritty, politically charged six-part Australian series, about a gang of ultra-violent neo-Nazis in Melbourne and the left-wing student group that opposes them, deserves this prominent BBC Two late-night slot. It is based on the cult 1991 film of the same name, in which Russell Crowe came to prominence as a psychotic skinhead, and the movie’s director Geoffrey Wright is behind this update, too, writing the opening episode (of this double bill). Actor Toby Wallace is a strikingly charismatic presence – balancing charm with an undercurrent of real menace – as Kane, an angry young man just out of the army, who together with his dumber sidekick Stix (Kaden Hartcher) gets drawn into the right-wing group of activist Blake Farron (Lachy Hulme). But it is Farron’s younger wife Zoe (Sophie Lowe) who is the real draw for Kane – spelling major trouble ahead for all. Violence, romance and a thoughtful approach to extreme politics makes a potent, dramatic mix, and the results are explosive at times. For fans of the original, Jacqueline McKenzie, who played Kane’s mother Gabrielle, reprises the role here. Gerard O’Donovan Glow Netflix, from today The first season of this comedy about Ruth (Alison Brie), a struggling actress who is drawn into the weird world of women’s wrestling was a big hit. This second run, in which Ruth and the gang get a proper tilt at fame, is just as good. James Martin’s American Adventure ITV, 8.00pm; not UTV or Wales Chef James Martin takes to the US highways in search of “some of the greatest food on the planet”. In this opener, he mounts a vintage Harley Davidson to hog it up in the Napa Valley, home to some of California’s greatest wine makers and fine-dine restaurants. The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Poor Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) has been through the wringer in this fourth season of the bleak but absorbing Scandi thriller. This is the final episode, so expect it to go out with a very big bang as Saga finds a match for the killer’s fingerprint… but nothing’s ever that simple, is it? Duran Duran Night BBC Four, from 9.00pm Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor invite viewers to join them for two films – There’s Something You Should Know (9.00pm) and Duran Duran: A Night In (10.00pm) – in which they look back over their 40th years in pop, plus Duran Duran: Unstaged, their 2011 concert collaboration with director David Lynch. Download Festival 2018 Sky Arts, 9.00pm Here are highlights from the summer’s biggest metal and rock weekend, which was held earlier this month at Donington Park, with Guns N’ Roses, Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne among the headline acts. GO Frankie Boyle’s New World Order BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.05pm More hardcore topical comedy as Frankie Boyle dissects the week’s headlines and assorted bizarre news stories with the help of a studio audience and guests Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan and Miles Jupp. The Big Narstie Show Channel 4, 11.00pm The popular, sometimes controversial grime MC, rapper and internet sensation teams up with comedian Mo Gilligan to host a new late-night alternative entertainment show, with music, sketches, viewer interaction and guests in the studio talking news, television shows and the latest trends. GO Rush Hour (1998) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker join forces in this culture-clash cop comedy. When the Chinese consul’s daughter is abducted, the diplomat summons trusted friend Detective Inspector Lee (Chan) from Hong Kong. Spurned by the FBI, Lee must team up with a rebellious fast-talking LAPD officer (Tucker) to find the girl. This is a pacy, amiable comedy with impeccably choreographed action sequences. Mad Max 2 (1981) ★★★★★ ITV, 10.45pm Mel Gibson reprises his role as Max, a cynical and alienated ex-cop, in this thrillingly intense action sequel that proved to be that rare thing – better than the original. Drifting through the Outback after a nuclear war, he comes upon a small community menaced by a gang that aims to rob them of their oil. Can Max defend them? George Miller (who later, incongruously, co-wrote Babe) again writes and directs. The Full Monty (1997) ★★★★☆ BBC One, 11.25pm You’ll never look at Tom Wilkinson in the same way again after seeing him gyrate on stage as a stripper in this bittersweet British comedy which opened in British cinemas 21 years ago. Set in Sheffield, it follows six out-of-work men who form an exotic dance troupe in order to raise some funds. And they’re willing to reveal, quite literally, all. Simon Beaufoy’s script is a moving exploration of masculinity. Robert Carlyle co-stars. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Saturday 23 June Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm Welsh crime drama is having a moment right now and, watching the atmospheric Hidden, it’s easy to see why. The key to Mark Andrew and Ed Talfan’s addictive crime drama lies in its lack of trickery and refusal to rely on out-of-nowhere twists. Instead the viewer knows from the outset that the disturbed Dylan Harris (Rhodri Meilir) is the man behind the abduction of the now-dead Mali Pryce, which means that the series’ appeal lies in following detectives Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams) and Owen Vaughan (Sion Alun Davies) as they scramble to solve the case. Yet Hidden is not simply a whydunnit, as this third episode demonstrates. Andrew and Talfan are as interested in picking apart the fallout from Mali’s death as they are in watching the detectives hunt their man. This episode sees Mali’s sister Lea (Lara Catrin) and father Alun (Owen Arwyn) deal with their grief, while we learn more about the troubled university student Megan (Gwyneth Keyworth) and Dylan’s most recent victim Lowri (Lois Meleri Jones). Watching these disparate strands slowly come together to create a thoughtful crime drama is a hugely enjoyable experience. Here’s hoping the series continues to be this strong. Sarah Hughes EU Referendum: The Result BBC Parliament,from 9.55am As the UK’s future after Brexit continues to be debated, BBC Parliament is reminding us how it all began by rerunning the BBC’s then-live coverage of the EU referendum results in its entirety. This whopping 11-hour broadcast, anchored by the 77-year-old David Dimbleby, includes everything from Nigel Farage’s premature concession speech through to former Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm Condemned to a series defeat against South Africa last weekend, England will be even more concerned by the fact it was their fifth Test defeat in a row. However, speaking after Saturday’s 23-12 loss – in which the visitors raced into a 12-0 lead with Mike Brown and Jonny May scoring fine tries. – coach Eddie Jones said he’ll “stick to his guns”, as his side bring the curtain down in Cape Town on what has been a frustrating tour. A victory today would alleviate the pressure on Jones somewhat. Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts, from 5.00pm/ Sky One, from 10.00pm Edith Bowman, Vick Hope and Joel Dommett present coverage from the second day of the music festival. Jessie J and James Bay are among those performing early on, while later the headliners, including Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher and Soul II Soul, will be shown live on both Sky Arts and Sky One. Sunday’s coverage of the final day sees performances from The Killers Van Morrison and Travis. SH The Great Exhibition of the North BBC Two, 6.30pm; Scotland, 7.30pm This weekend sees the beginning of three months of art and culture events across 30 venues in Newcastle. Shaun Keaveny takes a look at some of what’s on offer, meets some of the creators of the works and visits key landmarks in the city. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 7.00pm; not Scotland It’s sink or swim time for the likeable Will Millard in the final episode of the series – he’s out of his comfort zone after agreeing to compete in Ross-on-Wye’s annual regatta. Luckily, Tintern Abbey and Chepstow offer gentler charms. Blind Date Channel 5, 7.30pm Mothers are very much the theme of this latest series of the dating show. After last week’s opening episode saw Dubliner Barry make the mistake of allowing his mother to choose his date, this week sees mother-and-son duo, Emile and Belinda, both searching for love. Can host Paul O’Grady guide them to happiness? International Rugby League: New Zealand v England BBC Two, 9.00pm A big one this, as New Zealand and England meet at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. This match will be England’s first game on US soil since October 2000, when they took on the USA in Orlando, Florida. The Kiwis will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing World Cup last year when, despite being finalists in the three previous editions, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals. England will be hoping to continue their recent encouraging form, having reached the World Cup final in 2017, eventually losing 6-0 to Australia. All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.10pm The final episode of the foul-mouthed matriarch’s talk show sees Ray Mears attempt to give hapless duo Dermot and Buster a crash course in survival skills while, in a nice touch, Boy George brings his mother, Dinah, over for a chat. SH Live Boxing: Josh Taylor v Viktor Postol Channel 5, 10.30pm The WBC Silver Super Lightweight title is at stake at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, as Jose Taylor takes on Viktor Postol. Taylor turned professional in June 2015, and has established himself as a force to be reckoned with after notching up 12 wins from 12 fights. In his amateur days, Taylor made it to two Commonwealth finals, winning a gold medal in Glasgow at the 2014 Games. He has held this title since taking it from South Africa’s Warren Joubert in March 2017, and this will be his fourth defence. Muppets Most Wanted (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 2.45pm The Muppets tour Europe, where Kermit (Steve Whitmire) is kidnapped and replaced by a doppelgänger. Masterminding the plot is a sleazy Ricky Gervais. Though this contains moments of joy with itsfun musical numbers and clever gags, the Muppets themselves are crowded out by cameo overkill from the likes of Lady Gaga, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Céline Dion. Creed (2015) ★★★★☆ ITV, 9.30pm Ryan Coogler’s continuation of the Rocky saga packs a real emotional punch as Sylvester Stallone gives one of his best performances ever. He neither wrote nor directed, but his actor-for-hire status translates into a compelling lack of vanity on screen. Life for Rocky has come full circle as he agrees to train Donnie (Michael B Jordan), the son of his old nemesis Apollo. Little Voice (1998) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.30pm Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks star in this bittersweet comedy musical drama based on Jim Cartwright’s hit play. Timid LV (Horrocks) obsesses over her dead father’s records by imitating Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Bassey to perfection. Her talents are discovered by her mother’s (Blethyn) showbiz agent boyfriend (Caine), who hopes to turn her from mouse to megastar. Sunday 24 June Fielding stories: Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Elisabeth Bumiller Credit: BBC Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate BBC Two, 9.00pm Renowned film-maker Liz Garbus’s fascinating four-part documentary series takes us behind the scenes of The New York Times, one of the world’s most venerable news outlets, as it grapples with the early days of the Trump presidency. It’s a heady, fly-on-the-wall insight into the frenetic pace of the newsroom, as articles are written and published at breakneck speed amid a flurry of slamming phones, team huddles and endless rolling on-screen coverage. What makes this prospect so unique, however, is its context. So unexpected was Trump’s win and so volatile the White House that normal journalistic protocol was jettisoned to match the new administration’s unpredictability. We watch, then, as a raft of investigative reporters headed by Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller, field a barrage of explosive stories, from the Trump camp’s links to Russia to the President’s claim he was wiretapped by Obama. It’s a shame that Garber only briefly deals with the toll such work takes on the journalists’ personal lives, but perhaps this rightly reflects how little time this tireless team have for themselves. Toby Dantzic Romesh: Talking to Comedians in a Pie and Mash Shop BBC Three, from today Having previously held conversations with comedians in both a café and a pub, Romesh Ranganathan now heads to a pie and mash shop for this straightforward set-up that yields unexpectedly delightful results. Ranganathan’s winningly droll style gets his dining companions immediately on side, so that they offer up authentic titbits of experience. Rob Beckett, for example, reminisces about Ranganthan’s father’s “awful” pub, improv expert Rachel Parris reveals a hilariously embarrassing onstage blunder, and Sally Phillips manages to be both funny and moving about her special needs son. MOTD Live: Fifa World Cup 2018 – England v Panama BBC One, 12.10pm After their hard-fought 2-1 win over Tunisia, the Three Lions step up for their second World Cup game against Panama. The South Americans are making their debut at the tournament but it hasn’t gone well so far – they lost their opening game against Belgium 3-0. Live Formula 1: The French Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 3.05pm After a 10-year hiatus, the French Grand Prix opens its doors to Formula 1 once again at Circuit Paul Ricard, where its last winner – in 2008 – was Brazil’s Felipe Massa. Nigel Kennedy Plays Bach & Gershwin: BBC’s Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 7.00pm Here’s another chance to see a behemoth of the classical genre, violinist Nigel Kennedy, perform a thrilling set against the dramatic sun-lit backdrop of Scone Palace in Perth. TD Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm An impassioned Ross (Aidan Turner) makes his maiden speech in parliament tonight, quickly gaining notoriety. Back in Cornwall, things aren’t so rosy for Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) as she tackles the fallout from a failing mine. The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm Brittle commander’s wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) comes into focus during tonight’s episode of the dystopian drama. Flashbacks reveal the violent abuse she suffered for her conservative views. Back in the present, meanwhile, she wavers between cruelty and tenderness towards pregnant Offred (Elisabeth Moss). Celebrity Catchphrase ITV, 9.15pm With nerves no doubt frayed from England’s match earlier, Stephen Mulhern offers a lighter football-themed alternative with this edition of the game show. Soccer stars Paul Merson and Eni Aluko join the fun, alongside actor Shayne Ward. TD The Sound Barrier (1952, b/w) ★★★☆☆ Talking Pictures TV, 5.40pm This was the last of three films that David Lean directed starring his second wife Ann Todd and although it was a success, it has become one of the director’s least-known films. It tells the story of attempts by aircraft designers and test pilots to break the sound barrier. Cinematographer Peter Newbrook’s new Arriflex camera was mounted in the rear of the last surviving Lancaster bomber. Blackhat (2015) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 9.00pm Michael Mann’s cybercrime thriller is the ultimate in digital cinema and begins with the kind of brooding, suspenseful set-piece that he mastered decades ago in films such as Collateral and Heat. Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth), a former cyber-crook, is temporarily released from prison to aid an American-Chinese task force in the hunt for a hacker. Viola Davis co-stars as the deeply unimpressed face of the FBI. Oasis: Supersonic (2016) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.00pm Oasis’s glory-days documentary indulges Noel and Liam Gallagher’s bad behaviour. Mat Whitecross’s film starts and ends with the pair of dates when Oasis debatably peaked, at Knebworth in 1996, and goes to excessive length to detail stories of their excess. Few rock stars, in fairness, have a habit of being so amusingly and brutally honest about their failings, and Whitecross is content to let them have the last word. Monday 25 June Brash: US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson (centre) Credit: Channel 4 Inside the American Embassy Channel 4, 10.00pm Those with an aversion to US President Donald Trump should gird their loins. Billionaire Robert Wood Johnson, the new US ambassador to Great Britain, has been a close friend of the US President for decades, and doesn’t stint on expressing his admiration for the man in this intriguing, if limited, fly-on-the-wall three-parter. Beginning with Johnson’s swearing-in, this opener takes in the move of the US Embassy in London from Mayfair to Battersea, Trump’s pronouncements on everything from Israel to Britain First and the first throes of Brexit negotiations. “I think it’s going to fall into place quicker than people realise,” reckons Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan about the latter. The discussions between Ambassador Johnson and various government ministers are very revealing, particularly because of the body language and what is unsaid as much as the actual exchanges. Johnson, too, is an unusual figure: brash and blunt, yet entirely lacking in charisma. The access is excellent (Johnson being trained to face the British press is an eye-opener), yet the tension is dissipated by the suspicion that everyone is on best behaviour. But if it loosens up next week, it could prove fascinating. Gabriel Tate Preacher Amazon Prime, from today Starring Joe Gilgun as a hard-living vampire, Dominic Cooper as a dissolute priest and Ruth Negga as the latter’s wild-card girlfriend, this lurid comic-book drama is a blast. This third season finds them in New Orleans. How the NHS Changed Our World BBC Two, 7.00pm This new series, running through the week, tells the story of five NHS hospitals, beginning with The Royal Papworth in Cambridgeshire, whose pioneering surgeons established it as a world leader in heart transplants. People who have used it, including comedian Eddie Large and the world’s longest-surviving heart-transplant patient, pay tribute. Britain’s Best Junior Doctors BBC Two, 7.30pm Jo Brand hosts this peculiar-sounding new quiz show in which two teams of junior doctors go head-to-head every night for a place in Friday’s final. The challenges include diagnosis of symptoms and the prioritisation of cases in a mocked-up A&E department. First up is University Hospitals Leicester vs Kettering General. 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The police team investigate claims that body parts have been buried in a garden on a Luton housing estate, and uncover a grim story of a turf war between rival gangs as the plot thickens. Rolls-Royce: the Rise & Fall of a Great British Brand Channel 5, 9.00pm An overview of a brand that has survived wars, death and hostile takeovers to endure as a byword for class in the modern age. GT Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm The second season of Westworld has been somewhat divisive. Some decry its gratuitous chronological labyrinths and sluggish pacing; while others have relished the cerebral storytelling. The final episode is likely to throw up as many questions as answers, with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) continuing their missions. Nature’s Turtle Nursery: Inside the Nest BBC Four, 9.10pm Documenting the mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica, Dr George McGavin follows this remarkable event from start to finish. GT Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) ★★★☆☆ E4, 9.00pm British director Rupert Wyatt, making a confident leap into the big-time after his nifty 2008 debut The Escapist, fashions much of this prequel movie as a simian prison flick. It’s grand entertainment as intelligent ape Caesar (a subtle mo-cap performance by Andy Serkis, though you never quite believe that you’re watching a real ape) is imprisoned in a sanctuary and begins to question nature’s hierarchy. Point Blank (1967) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm This punchy, pared-down and sexy (it was X-rated in its day) thriller follows the mission of a career criminal (played by Lee Marvin) hunting down a former accomplice who shot him at point-blank range. Adapted from the crime noir pulp novel The Hunter, it was one of the definitive films to emerge from Hollywood in the Sixties, and John Boorman’s direction would go on to influence Scorsese and Tarantino. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) ★★★☆☆ Universal TV, 9.00pm Tony Scott’s remake of the exciting 1974 thriller about the hijack of a New York subway train ditches the original tight storytelling and evocative sense of place in favour of Scott’s characteristic bombastic action. The strong premise, a battle of wits between low-key train dispatcher hero Denzel Washington and a goateed criminal John Travolta, makes it watchable. Tuesday 26 June Big questions: Anita Rani and Nick Robinson host the live event Credit: BBC NHS at 70: Live BBC Two, 8.00pm Essential viewing for anyone concerned about the future of the NHS, this 90-minute live event from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is a centrepiece of the BBC’s 70th anniversary season celebrating the founding of the National Health Service in 1948. But just how practical, or feasible, is the service’s founding aim of making healthcare available to all based on need rather than ability to pay, when demand outstrips resources in the 21st century? Will the Government’s recently announced extra £4 billion a year be enough to plug the funding gap? Can the health service adapt to cope with the issues pose by an ageing population? And can the public be encouraged to reduce demand by taking active measures to improve health? These are among the question up for discussion by an audience of NHS professionals, patients (via live-link-ups) and a handful of celebrity guests. Among the contributors will be Nick Robinson who, having undergone cancer treatment, has personal views on how good the NHS is, and who with co-host Anita Rani will prevent the findings of exclusive new research into the challenges facing the NHS in years to come. Gerard O’Donovan Bear’s Mission with Warwick Davis ITV, 9.00pm “We all have dwarfism in our family. We’re not built for climbing things.” Actor Warwick Davis gamely lets survival expert Bear Grylls put him through his paces in this entertaining challenge to reach the less accessible parts of his favourite holiday spot, the Lake District. The Affair Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm It began as an attention-grabbing steamy portrait of an affair, seen from the contrasting perspectives of its principals – Noah Solloway (Dominic West) and Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson). Now, as the fourth series gets under way, the American drama has matured into an ensemble piece with all the main characters estranged and in new relationships. Which leaves more room for developing minor roles, such as Noah’s eldest daughter Whitney (Julia Goldani Telles) and new faces such as the principal of the school where Noah teaches. Our Girl BBC One, 9.10pm They’re deep in Boko Haram territory, trying to evade capture while waiting for a Special Forces unit to rescue them. But that doesn’t stop Captain James (Ben Aldridge) deciding that it’s the perfect moment to make a confession to Georgie (Michelle Keegan). Horizon: Teenagers vs Cancer – A User’s Guide BBC Two, 9.30pm An exploration of the specialist facilities, support and cutting-edge treatments available to young cancer patients in Britain, seen through the eyes of 11 teenagers who take us through their diagnoses and individually tailored care packages. Tortured to Death: Murdering the Nanny Channel 5, 10.00pm The murder of 21-year-old French nanny Sophie Lionnet in London last year shocked seasoned investigators with its brutality. This report tells the story of the murder and trial that led to the conviction of her employers in May. GO Through Lotte’s Lens Sky Arts, 10.00pm The lens in question is that of Austrian portrait photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf, whose work captures the story of the refugees who fled Europe from the Nazis in the Thirties and, settling in Britain, contributed enthusiastically to life and culture here in succeeding years. An atmospheric, thoughtful and celebratory film from Tony Britten. GO Hope Floats (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.45pm In this heart-warming, if predictable, romcom, Sandra Bullock plays Birdee Calvert, a former prom queen whose dream life is shattered when her husband leaves her for her best friend on a Jerry Springer-like national TV show. Birdee must choose between her morals and her heart when a charming man, whom her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life. Forest Whitaker directs. Winchester ’73 (1950, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.10pm James Stewart stars in this classic western, the first of five that the star made with director Anthony Mann, almost single-handedly rescuing the flagging genre. The film’s other big star is the prized rifle of the title, at the heart of a plot in which two brothers go head to head in a grudge match after one of them kills their father. Watch out for early appearances from Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson. 3:10 to Yuma (2007) ★★★★☆ Film4, 11.35pm A remake of the 1957 classic, itself an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story, 3:10 to Yuma is an excellent, thrill-filled western starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as two men from either side of the law who are thrown together. Directed with verve by James Mangold, it’s the story of a rancher (Bale) who escorts a notorious gunslinger (Crowe) to the town of Contention to be put on the train to Yuma Prison. Wednesday 27 June Blustering: Jamie Demetriou as lettings agent Stath Credit: Channel 4 Stath Lets Flats Channel 4, 10.00pm Don’t let the title of comedian Jamie Demetriou’s new sitcom, co-written with Friday Night Dinner’s Robert Popper, deceive you: Stath (played with warmth by Demetriou) does anything but let flats. In fact, he’s quite probably the most incompetent lettings agent in London, a full-of-himself fool with a tendency to open his mouth before his brain has fully engaged. Unfortunately for Stath, he’s stuck in his job, despite being demonstrably worse than every other employee, because his glowering father Vassos (Christos Stergioglou) owns the agency and would pass it on to his son, if only he showed the smallest glimmer of improvement. From Dad’s Army to This Country, incompetence is a well-worn staple of British sitcoms, but Demetriou and Popper manage to give Stath Lets Flats a fresh spin, not least because the blustering Stath is such a recognisable type. Not every joke works, but the strong supporting cast including Demetriou’s real-life sibling Natasia as Stath’s equally hapless but kind-hearted sister Sophie, Alastair Roberts as well-meaning colleague Al and Katy Wix as the competent Carole do enough to suggest that this could be a grower. Sarah Hughes The Cult of Sunday Night BBC Four, 7.30pm While the current series of Poldark continues to thrill fans of brooding men and tempestuous women, this timely repeat of a documentary from 2009 looks at the original Seventies drama. That Sunday night hit made stars of Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees, who played Ross and Demelza, but it also infuriated author Winston Graham thanks to some large deviations from his source material. The Highland Midwife Channel 5, 8.00pm This lovely fly-on-the-wall series covering midwives in the Scottish highlands makes a welcome return. In this tense opening episode, Ruth, Morven and Hazel struggle with a trio of difficult births. The People vs the NHS: Who Gets the Drugs? BBC Two, 9.00pm Part of the BBC’s NHS at 70 series, this diverting documentary looks at how the health service’s cash-flow crisis can impact lives. Using the legal battle over PrEP, a drug widely believed to reduce the risk of contracting HIV as its focus, the film asks how funding decisions are made. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.15pm There’s a real pleasure to be found in watching Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse while away time fishing. Even the more serious moments – this week both men discuss death while standing in the Middle Wye – are leavened by dry wit. It’s a delight. This Is Congo – Storyville BBC Four, 10.00pm Photographer Daniel McCabe’s hard-hitting film about the Democratic Republic of Congo is the sort of documentary that haunts you long after the credits have rolled. McCabe talks to soldiers, workers and families about their experiences in this war-ravaged country, building up a devastating and heartbreaking picture. It’s an important and necessary reminder of a part of the world that is too often ignored. SH Lookalikes Channel 4, 10.30pm Channel 4’s uneasy hybrid of structured reality TV show and comedy returns for a second series with David Beckham lookalike Andy Harmer and his frenemy Tim Oliver, a David Brent impersonator, battling to keep their rival agencies afloat… SH My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) ★★☆☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.35pm Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett star in this slushy romcom. Roberts plays Julianne, who falls in love with her old friend (Mulroney), only to discover that he’s due to marry another girl (Diaz) the next day. Everett isn’t one of the love interests – he plays Roberts’s gay best friend – but he manages to elope with the film. Fatima (2015) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 10.00pm French director Philippe Faucon had success at Cannes with this insightful study of female behaviour. Fatima (Soria Zeroual) is a 44-year-old Moroccan woman raising two teenage girls in Lyon. The youngest, Souad (Kenza-Noah Aïche), is a sullen, sexy rebel ashamed of her mother for working as a housecleaner.It’s a little slow in parts but, like its heroine, that’s all part of the film’s quiet dignity. The Blair Witch Project (1998) ★★★★☆ Sky One, 11.00pm An inventive horror whose frights are all created via suspense and the power of suggestion. Made on a meagre budget of around $ 750,000 (it grossed around $ 250 million at the box office), it purports to be the footage left behind by three American film students who enter a forest to investigate the legendary “Blair Witch”. Some moviegoers were physically ill due to the shaky camerawork. Thursday 28 June Making a night of it: Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid Credit: ITV Good Evening Britain ITV, 9.15pm Despite BBC Breakfast being the undisputed champion in terms of viewers, there’s no denying that Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan continue to hog the column inches due to their combative relationship and controversial interviews on Good Morning Britain. This late-night, one-off incarnation follows ITV’s coverage of England’s World Cup match with Belgium (see preview, below), a tie which should go a long way towards clarifying the Three Lions’ realistic hopes for the tournament. Expect debate, chat and a few famous faces offering their opinions on the result, plus coverage of showbiz stories in what is presumably a high-profile pilot for a permanent fixture in this prime-time slot, following the unmitigated disaster of The Nightly Show. Whether Morgan is the man that audiences want as the nation’s cheerleader/consoler-in-chief is as open to debate as his decision to present Donald Trump with an Arsenal shirt, but ITV has long yearned for a way in which to blend football and entertainment (remember James Corden’s World Cup Live, or the magnificent Rio’s World Cup Wind-Ups?), so expect everything to be thrown at the screen in search of the perfect formula. Gabriel Tate FIFA World Cup 2018: England vs Belgium ITV, 6.15pm Gareth Southgate’s young lions face Belgium’s “golden generation” who have yet to turn their enviable gathering of talents into serious tournament challengers. Mark Pougatch is in the studio while Clive Tydesley provides the commentary, with kick-off at 7.00pm. Celebrities on the NHS Frontline BBC One, 9.00pm; not Wales Armed with their own experiences of the NHS, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, ex-MP Ann Widdecombe, reporter Stacey Dooley and TV presenter Michael Mosley work with hospital staff in a bid to understand the challenges that the service now face. These include smaller budgets, increased scrutiny and an ageing population. It may sound gimmicky, but this two-parter is very absorbing. Japan’s Secret Shame BBC Two, 9.00pm In 2017, Japanese woman Shiori Ito went public with rape allegations against a more prominent fellow journalist. These were met with silence or worse. Here she explores why other victims in the country are unwilling or unable to speak out. Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The penultimate episode of the third series of this always absorbing drama finds the part human, part synth Leo (Colin Morgan) in peril, and Mattie (Lucy Carless) reveals her secret. GT Outlander More4, 9.00pm Juggling sweeping adventure with tense espionage (18th-century style) and introspective character studies, this period romp continues with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) finding a sense of purpose in helping the sick. Meanwhile, Jamie (Sam Heughan) continues his efforts to derail history’s march towards the Battle of Culloden by engaging the services of a pickpocket plying his trade in a brothel. The result is cheerfully daft and occasionally surprisingly deep. Running Wild with Bear Grylls Discovery, 10.00pm In between wrangling civilians on The Island, Bear Grylls likes to go yomping with famous people, who have included in the past Barack Obama and Roger Federer. This week, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle treks through the New England mountains, with all of its precarious climbs and dangerous rivers. This time, the compulsory unpalatable meal features porcupine carcass. GT True Grit (1969) ★★★★☆ Film4, 3.45pm John Wayne gives an imposing performance – for which he won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe – in this muscular western, directed by Henry Hathaway. Wayne plays Rooster Cogburn, an ageing, hardbitten marshal who’s called on to track down a murderer. Also on the trail are the victim’s 14-year-old daughter (Kim Darby) and an opportunistic Texas Ranger (Glen Campbell) who wants to collect the reward. Summertime (1955) ★★★★☆ Talking Pictures TV, 6.00pm From the mid-Fifties, David Lean developed a taste for filming further afield and directed Katharine Hepburn in this romance set in Venice. Jane Hudson (Hepburn), a secretary from the American Midwest, is finally realising her dream of taking a holiday in Venice, where she embarks on a tentative romance with a antiques dealer (Rossano Brazzi). Jack Hildyard’s cinematography ravishes. Rocky III (1982) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.55pm; not STV Stallone is once more infront of and behind the camera in this third instalment in the series. Old rival Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) becomes Rocky’s new trainer after the Italian Stallion takes a pounding from the vicious Clubber Lang (Mr T). One sun-soaked sequence features Rocky and Creed frolicking around on a beach and embracing in vests. Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan co-stars as wrestling champion Thunderlips. Friday 29 June Angry young man: Toby Wallace stars as Kane Credit: BBC Romper Stomper BBC Two, 11.05pm & midnight; Scot and NI, times vary It’s already had an airing on BBC Three but this gritty, politically charged six-part Australian series, about a gang of ultra-violent neo-Nazis in Melbourne and the left-wing student group that opposes them, deserves this prominent BBC Two late-night slot. It is based on the cult 1991 film of the same name, in which Russell Crowe came to prominence as a psychotic skinhead, and the movie’s director Geoffrey Wright is behind this update, too, writing the opening episode (of this double bill). Actor Toby Wallace is a strikingly charismatic presence – balancing charm with an undercurrent of real menace – as Kane, an angry young man just out of the army, who together with his dumber sidekick Stix (Kaden Hartcher) gets drawn into the right-wing group of activist Blake Farron (Lachy Hulme). But it is Farron’s younger wife Zoe (Sophie Lowe) who is the real draw for Kane – spelling major trouble ahead for all. Violence, romance and a thoughtful approach to extreme politics makes a potent, dramatic mix, and the results are explosive at times. For fans of the original, Jacqueline McKenzie, who played Kane’s mother Gabrielle, reprises the role here. Gerard O’Donovan Glow Netflix, from today The first season of this comedy about Ruth (Alison Brie), a struggling actress who is drawn into the weird world of women’s wrestling was a big hit. This second run, in which Ruth and the gang get a proper tilt at fame, is just as good. James Martin’s American Adventure ITV, 8.00pm; not UTV or Wales Chef James Martin takes to the US highways in search of “some of the greatest food on the planet”. In this opener, he mounts a vintage Harley Davidson to hog it up in the Napa Valley, home to some of California’s greatest wine makers and fine-dine restaurants. The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Poor Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) has been through the wringer in this fourth season of the bleak but absorbing Scandi thriller. This is the final episode, so expect it to go out with a very big bang as Saga finds a match for the killer’s fingerprint… but nothing’s ever that simple, is it? Duran Duran Night BBC Four, from 9.00pm Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor invite viewers to join them for two films – There’s Something You Should Know (9.00pm) and Duran Duran: A Night In (10.00pm) – in which they look back over their 40th years in pop, plus Duran Duran: Unstaged, their 2011 concert collaboration with director David Lynch. Download Festival 2018 Sky Arts, 9.00pm Here are highlights from the summer’s biggest metal and rock weekend, which was held earlier this month at Donington Park, with Guns N’ Roses, Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne among the headline acts. GO Frankie Boyle’s New World Order BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.05pm More hardcore topical comedy as Frankie Boyle dissects the week’s headlines and assorted bizarre news stories with the help of a studio audience and guests Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan and Miles Jupp. The Big Narstie Show Channel 4, 11.00pm The popular, sometimes controversial grime MC, rapper and internet sensation teams up with comedian Mo Gilligan to host a new late-night alternative entertainment show, with music, sketches, viewer interaction and guests in the studio talking news, television shows and the latest trends. GO Rush Hour (1998) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker join forces in this culture-clash cop comedy. When the Chinese consul’s daughter is abducted, the diplomat summons trusted friend Detective Inspector Lee (Chan) from Hong Kong. Spurned by the FBI, Lee must team up with a rebellious fast-talking LAPD officer (Tucker) to find the girl. This is a pacy, amiable comedy with impeccably choreographed action sequences. Mad Max 2 (1981) ★★★★★ ITV, 10.45pm Mel Gibson reprises his role as Max, a cynical and alienated ex-cop, in this thrillingly intense action sequel that proved to be that rare thing – better than the original. Drifting through the Outback after a nuclear war, he comes upon a small community menaced by a gang that aims to rob them of their oil. Can Max defend them? George Miller (who later, incongruously, co-wrote Babe) again writes and directs. The Full Monty (1997) ★★★★☆ BBC One, 11.25pm You’ll never look at Tom Wilkinson in the same way again after seeing him gyrate on stage as a stripper in this bittersweet British comedy which opened in British cinemas 21 years ago. Set in Sheffield, it follows six out-of-work men who form an exotic dance troupe in order to raise some funds. And they’re willing to reveal, quite literally, all. Simon Beaufoy’s script is a moving exploration of masculinity. Robert Carlyle co-stars. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: Hidden and Isle of Wight Festival 2018
Saturday 23 June Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm Welsh crime drama is having a moment right now and, watching the atmospheric Hidden, it’s easy to see why. The key to Mark Andrew and Ed Talfan’s addictive crime drama lies in its lack of trickery and refusal to rely on out-of-nowhere twists. Instead the viewer knows from the outset that the disturbed Dylan Harris (Rhodri Meilir) is the man behind the abduction of the now-dead Mali Pryce, which means that the series’ appeal lies in following detectives Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams) and Owen Vaughan (Sion Alun Davies) as they scramble to solve the case. Yet Hidden is not simply a whydunnit, as this third episode demonstrates. Andrew and Talfan are as interested in picking apart the fallout from Mali’s death as they are in watching the detectives hunt their man. This episode sees Mali’s sister Lea (Lara Catrin) and father Alun (Owen Arwyn) deal with their grief, while we learn more about the troubled university student Megan (Gwyneth Keyworth) and Dylan’s most recent victim Lowri (Lois Meleri Jones). Watching these disparate strands slowly come together to create a thoughtful crime drama is a hugely enjoyable experience. Here’s hoping the series continues to be this strong. Sarah Hughes EU Referendum: The Result BBC Parliament,from 9.55am As the UK’s future after Brexit continues to be debated, BBC Parliament is reminding us how it all began by rerunning the BBC’s then-live coverage of the EU referendum results in its entirety. This whopping 11-hour broadcast, anchored by the 77-year-old David Dimbleby, includes everything from Nigel Farage’s premature concession speech through to former Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm Condemned to a series defeat against South Africa last weekend, England will be even more concerned by the fact it was their fifth Test defeat in a row. However, speaking after Saturday’s 23-12 loss – in which the visitors raced into a 12-0 lead with Mike Brown and Jonny May scoring fine tries. – coach Eddie Jones said he’ll “stick to his guns”, as his side bring the curtain down in Cape Town on what has been a frustrating tour. A victory today would alleviate the pressure on Jones somewhat. Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts, from 5.00pm/ Sky One, from 10.00pm Edith Bowman, Vick Hope and Joel Dommett present coverage from the second day of the music festival. Jessie J and James Bay are among those performing early on, while later the headliners, including Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher and Soul II Soul, will be shown live on both Sky Arts and Sky One. Sunday’s coverage of the final day sees performances from The Killers Van Morrison and Travis. SH The Great Exhibition of the North BBC Two, 6.30pm; Scotland, 7.30pm This weekend sees the beginning of three months of art and culture events across 30 venues in Newcastle. Shaun Keaveny takes a look at some of what’s on offer, meets some of the creators of the works and visits key landmarks in the city. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 7.00pm; not Scotland It’s sink or swim time for the likeable Will Millard in the final episode of the series – he’s out of his comfort zone after agreeing to compete in Ross-on-Wye’s annual regatta. Luckily, Tintern Abbey and Chepstow offer gentler charms. Blind Date Channel 5, 7.30pm Mothers are very much the theme of this latest series of the dating show. After last week’s opening episode saw Dubliner Barry make the mistake of allowing his mother to choose his date, this week sees mother-and-son duo, Emile and Belinda, both searching for love. Can host Paul O’Grady guide them to happiness? International Rugby League: New Zealand v England BBC Two, 9.00pm A big one this, as New Zealand and England meet at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. This match will be England’s first game on US soil since October 2000, when they took on the USA in Orlando, Florida. The Kiwis will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing World Cup last year when, despite being finalists in the three previous editions, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals. England will be hoping to continue their recent encouraging form, having reached the World Cup final in 2017, eventually losing 6-0 to Australia. All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.10pm The final episode of the foul-mouthed matriarch’s talk show sees Ray Mears attempt to give hapless duo Dermot and Buster a crash course in survival skills while, in a nice touch, Boy George brings his mother, Dinah, over for a chat. SH Live Boxing: Josh Taylor v Viktor Postol Channel 5, 10.30pm The WBC Silver Super Lightweight title is at stake at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, as Jose Taylor takes on Viktor Postol. Taylor turned professional in June 2015, and has established himself as a force to be reckoned with after notching up 12 wins from 12 fights. In his amateur days, Taylor made it to two Commonwealth finals, winning a gold medal in Glasgow at the 2014 Games. He has held this title since taking it from South Africa’s Warren Joubert in March 2017, and this will be his fourth defence. Muppets Most Wanted (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 2.45pm The Muppets tour Europe, where Kermit (Steve Whitmire) is kidnapped and replaced by a doppelgänger. Masterminding the plot is a sleazy Ricky Gervais. Though this contains moments of joy with itsfun musical numbers and clever gags, the Muppets themselves are crowded out by cameo overkill from the likes of Lady Gaga, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Céline Dion. Creed (2015) ★★★★☆ ITV, 9.30pm Ryan Coogler’s continuation of the Rocky saga packs a real emotional punch as Sylvester Stallone gives one of his best performances ever. He neither wrote nor directed, but his actor-for-hire status translates into a compelling lack of vanity on screen. Life for Rocky has come full circle as he agrees to train Donnie (Michael B Jordan), the son of his old nemesis Apollo. Little Voice (1998) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.30pm Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks star in this bittersweet comedy musical drama based on Jim Cartwright’s hit play. Timid LV (Horrocks) obsesses over her dead father’s records by imitating Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Bassey to perfection. Her talents are discovered by her mother’s (Blethyn) showbiz agent boyfriend (Caine), who hopes to turn her from mouse to megastar. Sunday 24 June Fielding stories: Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Elisabeth Bumiller Credit: BBC Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate BBC Two, 9.00pm Renowned film-maker Liz Garbus’s fascinating four-part documentary series takes us behind the scenes of The New York Times, one of the world’s most venerable news outlets, as it grapples with the early days of the Trump presidency. It’s a heady, fly-on-the-wall insight into the frenetic pace of the newsroom, as articles are written and published at breakneck speed amid a flurry of slamming phones, team huddles and endless rolling on-screen coverage. What makes this prospect so unique, however, is its context. So unexpected was Trump’s win and so volatile the White House that normal journalistic protocol was jettisoned to match the new administration’s unpredictability. We watch, then, as a raft of investigative reporters headed by Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller, field a barrage of explosive stories, from the Trump camp’s links to Russia to the President’s claim he was wiretapped by Obama. It’s a shame that Garber only briefly deals with the toll such work takes on the journalists’ personal lives, but perhaps this rightly reflects how little time this tireless team have for themselves. Toby Dantzic Romesh: Talking to Comedians in a Pie and Mash Shop BBC Three, from today Having previously held conversations with comedians in both a café and a pub, Romesh Ranganathan now heads to a pie and mash shop for this straightforward set-up that yields unexpectedly delightful results. Ranganathan’s winningly droll style gets his dining companions immediately on side, so that they offer up authentic titbits of experience. Rob Beckett, for example, reminisces about Ranganthan’s father’s “awful” pub, improv expert Rachel Parris reveals a hilariously embarrassing onstage blunder, and Sally Phillips manages to be both funny and moving about her special needs son. MOTD Live: Fifa World Cup 2018 – England v Panama BBC One, 12.10pm After their hard-fought 2-1 win over Tunisia, the Three Lions step up for their second World Cup game against Panama. The South Americans are making their debut at the tournament but it hasn’t gone well so far – they lost their opening game against Belgium 3-0. Live Formula 1: The French Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 3.05pm After a 10-year hiatus, the French Grand Prix opens its doors to Formula 1 once again at Circuit Paul Ricard, where its last winner – in 2008 – was Brazil’s Felipe Massa. Nigel Kennedy Plays Bach & Gershwin: BBC’s Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 7.00pm Here’s another chance to see a behemoth of the classical genre, violinist Nigel Kennedy, perform a thrilling set against the dramatic sun-lit backdrop of Scone Palace in Perth. TD Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm An impassioned Ross (Aidan Turner) makes his maiden speech in parliament tonight, quickly gaining notoriety. Back in Cornwall, things aren’t so rosy for Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) as she tackles the fallout from a failing mine. The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm Brittle commander’s wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) comes into focus during tonight’s episode of the dystopian drama. Flashbacks reveal the violent abuse she suffered for her conservative views. Back in the present, meanwhile, she wavers between cruelty and tenderness towards pregnant Offred (Elisabeth Moss). Celebrity Catchphrase ITV, 9.15pm With nerves no doubt frayed from England’s match earlier, Stephen Mulhern offers a lighter football-themed alternative with this edition of the game show. Soccer stars Paul Merson and Eni Aluko join the fun, alongside actor Shayne Ward. TD The Sound Barrier (1952, b/w) ★★★☆☆ Talking Pictures TV, 5.40pm This was the last of three films that David Lean directed starring his second wife Ann Todd and although it was a success, it has become one of the director’s least-known films. It tells the story of attempts by aircraft designers and test pilots to break the sound barrier. Cinematographer Peter Newbrook’s new Arriflex camera was mounted in the rear of the last surviving Lancaster bomber. Blackhat (2015) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 9.00pm Michael Mann’s cybercrime thriller is the ultimate in digital cinema and begins with the kind of brooding, suspenseful set-piece that he mastered decades ago in films such as Collateral and Heat. Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth), a former cyber-crook, is temporarily released from prison to aid an American-Chinese task force in the hunt for a hacker. Viola Davis co-stars as the deeply unimpressed face of the FBI. Oasis: Supersonic (2016) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.00pm Oasis’s glory-days documentary indulges Noel and Liam Gallagher’s bad behaviour. Mat Whitecross’s film starts and ends with the pair of dates when Oasis debatably peaked, at Knebworth in 1996, and goes to excessive length to detail stories of their excess. Few rock stars, in fairness, have a habit of being so amusingly and brutally honest about their failings, and Whitecross is content to let them have the last word. Monday 25 June Brash: US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson (centre) Credit: Channel 4 Inside the American Embassy Channel 4, 10.00pm Those with an aversion to US President Donald Trump should gird their loins. Billionaire Robert Wood Johnson, the new US ambassador to Great Britain, has been a close friend of the US President for decades, and doesn’t stint on expressing his admiration for the man in this intriguing, if limited, fly-on-the-wall three-parter. Beginning with Johnson’s swearing-in, this opener takes in the move of the US Embassy in London from Mayfair to Battersea, Trump’s pronouncements on everything from Israel to Britain First and the first throes of Brexit negotiations. “I think it’s going to fall into place quicker than people realise,” reckons Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan about the latter. The discussions between Ambassador Johnson and various government ministers are very revealing, particularly because of the body language and what is unsaid as much as the actual exchanges. Johnson, too, is an unusual figure: brash and blunt, yet entirely lacking in charisma. The access is excellent (Johnson being trained to face the British press is an eye-opener), yet the tension is dissipated by the suspicion that everyone is on best behaviour. But if it loosens up next week, it could prove fascinating. Gabriel Tate Preacher Amazon Prime, from today Starring Joe Gilgun as a hard-living vampire, Dominic Cooper as a dissolute priest and Ruth Negga as the latter’s wild-card girlfriend, this lurid comic-book drama is a blast. This third season finds them in New Orleans. How the NHS Changed Our World BBC Two, 7.00pm This new series, running through the week, tells the story of five NHS hospitals, beginning with The Royal Papworth in Cambridgeshire, whose pioneering surgeons established it as a world leader in heart transplants. People who have used it, including comedian Eddie Large and the world’s longest-surviving heart-transplant patient, pay tribute. Britain’s Best Junior Doctors BBC Two, 7.30pm Jo Brand hosts this peculiar-sounding new quiz show in which two teams of junior doctors go head-to-head every night for a place in Friday’s final. The challenges include diagnosis of symptoms and the prioritisation of cases in a mocked-up A&E department. First up is University Hospitals Leicester vs Kettering General. 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The police team investigate claims that body parts have been buried in a garden on a Luton housing estate, and uncover a grim story of a turf war between rival gangs as the plot thickens. Rolls-Royce: the Rise & Fall of a Great British Brand Channel 5, 9.00pm An overview of a brand that has survived wars, death and hostile takeovers to endure as a byword for class in the modern age. GT Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm The second season of Westworld has been somewhat divisive. Some decry its gratuitous chronological labyrinths and sluggish pacing; while others have relished the cerebral storytelling. The final episode is likely to throw up as many questions as answers, with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) continuing their missions. Nature’s Turtle Nursery: Inside the Nest BBC Four, 9.10pm Documenting the mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica, Dr George McGavin follows this remarkable event from start to finish. GT Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) ★★★☆☆ E4, 9.00pm British director Rupert Wyatt, making a confident leap into the big-time after his nifty 2008 debut The Escapist, fashions much of this prequel movie as a simian prison flick. It’s grand entertainment as intelligent ape Caesar (a subtle mo-cap performance by Andy Serkis, though you never quite believe that you’re watching a real ape) is imprisoned in a sanctuary and begins to question nature’s hierarchy. Point Blank (1967) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm This punchy, pared-down and sexy (it was X-rated in its day) thriller follows the mission of a career criminal (played by Lee Marvin) hunting down a former accomplice who shot him at point-blank range. Adapted from the crime noir pulp novel The Hunter, it was one of the definitive films to emerge from Hollywood in the Sixties, and John Boorman’s direction would go on to influence Scorsese and Tarantino. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) ★★★☆☆ Universal TV, 9.00pm Tony Scott’s remake of the exciting 1974 thriller about the hijack of a New York subway train ditches the original tight storytelling and evocative sense of place in favour of Scott’s characteristic bombastic action. The strong premise, a battle of wits between low-key train dispatcher hero Denzel Washington and a goateed criminal John Travolta, makes it watchable. Tuesday 26 June Big questions: Anita Rani and Nick Robinson host the live event Credit: BBC NHS at 70: Live BBC Two, 8.00pm Essential viewing for anyone concerned about the future of the NHS, this 90-minute live event from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is a centrepiece of the BBC’s 70th anniversary season celebrating the founding of the National Health Service in 1948. But just how practical, or feasible, is the service’s founding aim of making healthcare available to all based on need rather than ability to pay, when demand outstrips resources in the 21st century? Will the Government’s recently announced extra £4 billion a year be enough to plug the funding gap? Can the health service adapt to cope with the issues pose by an ageing population? And can the public be encouraged to reduce demand by taking active measures to improve health? These are among the question up for discussion by an audience of NHS professionals, patients (via live-link-ups) and a handful of celebrity guests. Among the contributors will be Nick Robinson who, having undergone cancer treatment, has personal views on how good the NHS is, and who with co-host Anita Rani will prevent the findings of exclusive new research into the challenges facing the NHS in years to come. Gerard O’Donovan Bear’s Mission with Warwick Davis ITV, 9.00pm “We all have dwarfism in our family. We’re not built for climbing things.” Actor Warwick Davis gamely lets survival expert Bear Grylls put him through his paces in this entertaining challenge to reach the less accessible parts of his favourite holiday spot, the Lake District. The Affair Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm It began as an attention-grabbing steamy portrait of an affair, seen from the contrasting perspectives of its principals – Noah Solloway (Dominic West) and Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson). Now, as the fourth series gets under way, the American drama has matured into an ensemble piece with all the main characters estranged and in new relationships. Which leaves more room for developing minor roles, such as Noah’s eldest daughter Whitney (Julia Goldani Telles) and new faces such as the principal of the school where Noah teaches. Our Girl BBC One, 9.10pm They’re deep in Boko Haram territory, trying to evade capture while waiting for a Special Forces unit to rescue them. But that doesn’t stop Captain James (Ben Aldridge) deciding that it’s the perfect moment to make a confession to Georgie (Michelle Keegan). Horizon: Teenagers vs Cancer – A User’s Guide BBC Two, 9.30pm An exploration of the specialist facilities, support and cutting-edge treatments available to young cancer patients in Britain, seen through the eyes of 11 teenagers who take us through their diagnoses and individually tailored care packages. Tortured to Death: Murdering the Nanny Channel 5, 10.00pm The murder of 21-year-old French nanny Sophie Lionnet in London last year shocked seasoned investigators with its brutality. This report tells the story of the murder and trial that led to the conviction of her employers in May. GO Through Lotte’s Lens Sky Arts, 10.00pm The lens in question is that of Austrian portrait photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf, whose work captures the story of the refugees who fled Europe from the Nazis in the Thirties and, settling in Britain, contributed enthusiastically to life and culture here in succeeding years. An atmospheric, thoughtful and celebratory film from Tony Britten. GO Hope Floats (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.45pm In this heart-warming, if predictable, romcom, Sandra Bullock plays Birdee Calvert, a former prom queen whose dream life is shattered when her husband leaves her for her best friend on a Jerry Springer-like national TV show. Birdee must choose between her morals and her heart when a charming man, whom her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life. Forest Whitaker directs. Winchester ’73 (1950, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.10pm James Stewart stars in this classic western, the first of five that the star made with director Anthony Mann, almost single-handedly rescuing the flagging genre. The film’s other big star is the prized rifle of the title, at the heart of a plot in which two brothers go head to head in a grudge match after one of them kills their father. Watch out for early appearances from Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson. 3:10 to Yuma (2007) ★★★★☆ Film4, 11.35pm A remake of the 1957 classic, itself an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story, 3:10 to Yuma is an excellent, thrill-filled western starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as two men from either side of the law who are thrown together. Directed with verve by James Mangold, it’s the story of a rancher (Bale) who escorts a notorious gunslinger (Crowe) to the town of Contention to be put on the train to Yuma Prison. Wednesday 27 June Blustering: Jamie Demetriou as lettings agent Stath Credit: Channel 4 Stath Lets Flats Channel 4, 10.00pm Don’t let the title of comedian Jamie Demetriou’s new sitcom, co-written with Friday Night Dinner’s Robert Popper, deceive you: Stath (played with warmth by Demetriou) does anything but let flats. In fact, he’s quite probably the most incompetent lettings agent in London, a full-of-himself fool with a tendency to open his mouth before his brain has fully engaged. Unfortunately for Stath, he’s stuck in his job, despite being demonstrably worse than every other employee, because his glowering father Vassos (Christos Stergioglou) owns the agency and would pass it on to his son, if only he showed the smallest glimmer of improvement. From Dad’s Army to This Country, incompetence is a well-worn staple of British sitcoms, but Demetriou and Popper manage to give Stath Lets Flats a fresh spin, not least because the blustering Stath is such a recognisable type. Not every joke works, but the strong supporting cast including Demetriou’s real-life sibling Natasia as Stath’s equally hapless but kind-hearted sister Sophie, Alastair Roberts as well-meaning colleague Al and Katy Wix as the competent Carole do enough to suggest that this could be a grower. Sarah Hughes The Cult of Sunday Night BBC Four, 7.30pm While the current series of Poldark continues to thrill fans of brooding men and tempestuous women, this timely repeat of a documentary from 2009 looks at the original Seventies drama. That Sunday night hit made stars of Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees, who played Ross and Demelza, but it also infuriated author Winston Graham thanks to some large deviations from his source material. The Highland Midwife Channel 5, 8.00pm This lovely fly-on-the-wall series covering midwives in the Scottish highlands makes a welcome return. In this tense opening episode, Ruth, Morven and Hazel struggle with a trio of difficult births. The People vs the NHS: Who Gets the Drugs? BBC Two, 9.00pm Part of the BBC’s NHS at 70 series, this diverting documentary looks at how the health service’s cash-flow crisis can impact lives. Using the legal battle over PrEP, a drug widely believed to reduce the risk of contracting HIV as its focus, the film asks how funding decisions are made. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.15pm There’s a real pleasure to be found in watching Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse while away time fishing. Even the more serious moments – this week both men discuss death while standing in the Middle Wye – are leavened by dry wit. It’s a delight. This Is Congo – Storyville BBC Four, 10.00pm Photographer Daniel McCabe’s hard-hitting film about the Democratic Republic of Congo is the sort of documentary that haunts you long after the credits have rolled. McCabe talks to soldiers, workers and families about their experiences in this war-ravaged country, building up a devastating and heartbreaking picture. It’s an important and necessary reminder of a part of the world that is too often ignored. SH Lookalikes Channel 4, 10.30pm Channel 4’s uneasy hybrid of structured reality TV show and comedy returns for a second series with David Beckham lookalike Andy Harmer and his frenemy Tim Oliver, a David Brent impersonator, battling to keep their rival agencies afloat… SH My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) ★★☆☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.35pm Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett star in this slushy romcom. Roberts plays Julianne, who falls in love with her old friend (Mulroney), only to discover that he’s due to marry another girl (Diaz) the next day. Everett isn’t one of the love interests – he plays Roberts’s gay best friend – but he manages to elope with the film. Fatima (2015) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 10.00pm French director Philippe Faucon had success at Cannes with this insightful study of female behaviour. Fatima (Soria Zeroual) is a 44-year-old Moroccan woman raising two teenage girls in Lyon. The youngest, Souad (Kenza-Noah Aïche), is a sullen, sexy rebel ashamed of her mother for working as a housecleaner.It’s a little slow in parts but, like its heroine, that’s all part of the film’s quiet dignity. The Blair Witch Project (1998) ★★★★☆ Sky One, 11.00pm An inventive horror whose frights are all created via suspense and the power of suggestion. Made on a meagre budget of around $ 750,000 (it grossed around $ 250 million at the box office), it purports to be the footage left behind by three American film students who enter a forest to investigate the legendary “Blair Witch”. Some moviegoers were physically ill due to the shaky camerawork. Thursday 28 June Making a night of it: Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid Credit: ITV Good Evening Britain ITV, 9.15pm Despite BBC Breakfast being the undisputed champion in terms of viewers, there’s no denying that Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan continue to hog the column inches due to their combative relationship and controversial interviews on Good Morning Britain. This late-night, one-off incarnation follows ITV’s coverage of England’s World Cup match with Belgium (see preview, below), a tie which should go a long way towards clarifying the Three Lions’ realistic hopes for the tournament. Expect debate, chat and a few famous faces offering their opinions on the result, plus coverage of showbiz stories in what is presumably a high-profile pilot for a permanent fixture in this prime-time slot, following the unmitigated disaster of The Nightly Show. Whether Morgan is the man that audiences want as the nation’s cheerleader/consoler-in-chief is as open to debate as his decision to present Donald Trump with an Arsenal shirt, but ITV has long yearned for a way in which to blend football and entertainment (remember James Corden’s World Cup Live, or the magnificent Rio’s World Cup Wind-Ups?), so expect everything to be thrown at the screen in search of the perfect formula. Gabriel Tate FIFA World Cup 2018: England vs Belgium ITV, 6.15pm Gareth Southgate’s young lions face Belgium’s “golden generation” who have yet to turn their enviable gathering of talents into serious tournament challengers. Mark Pougatch is in the studio while Clive Tydesley provides the commentary, with kick-off at 7.00pm. Celebrities on the NHS Frontline BBC One, 9.00pm; not Wales Armed with their own experiences of the NHS, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, ex-MP Ann Widdecombe, reporter Stacey Dooley and TV presenter Michael Mosley work with hospital staff in a bid to understand the challenges that the service now face. These include smaller budgets, increased scrutiny and an ageing population. It may sound gimmicky, but this two-parter is very absorbing. Japan’s Secret Shame BBC Two, 9.00pm In 2017, Japanese woman Shiori Ito went public with rape allegations against a more prominent fellow journalist. These were met with silence or worse. Here she explores why other victims in the country are unwilling or unable to speak out. Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The penultimate episode of the third series of this always absorbing drama finds the part human, part synth Leo (Colin Morgan) in peril, and Mattie (Lucy Carless) reveals her secret. GT Outlander More4, 9.00pm Juggling sweeping adventure with tense espionage (18th-century style) and introspective character studies, this period romp continues with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) finding a sense of purpose in helping the sick. Meanwhile, Jamie (Sam Heughan) continues his efforts to derail history’s march towards the Battle of Culloden by engaging the services of a pickpocket plying his trade in a brothel. The result is cheerfully daft and occasionally surprisingly deep. Running Wild with Bear Grylls Discovery, 10.00pm In between wrangling civilians on The Island, Bear Grylls likes to go yomping with famous people, who have included in the past Barack Obama and Roger Federer. This week, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle treks through the New England mountains, with all of its precarious climbs and dangerous rivers. This time, the compulsory unpalatable meal features porcupine carcass. GT True Grit (1969) ★★★★☆ Film4, 3.45pm John Wayne gives an imposing performance – for which he won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe – in this muscular western, directed by Henry Hathaway. Wayne plays Rooster Cogburn, an ageing, hardbitten marshal who’s called on to track down a murderer. Also on the trail are the victim’s 14-year-old daughter (Kim Darby) and an opportunistic Texas Ranger (Glen Campbell) who wants to collect the reward. Summertime (1955) ★★★★☆ Talking Pictures TV, 6.00pm From the mid-Fifties, David Lean developed a taste for filming further afield and directed Katharine Hepburn in this romance set in Venice. Jane Hudson (Hepburn), a secretary from the American Midwest, is finally realising her dream of taking a holiday in Venice, where she embarks on a tentative romance with a antiques dealer (Rossano Brazzi). Jack Hildyard’s cinematography ravishes. Rocky III (1982) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.55pm; not STV Stallone is once more infront of and behind the camera in this third instalment in the series. Old rival Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) becomes Rocky’s new trainer after the Italian Stallion takes a pounding from the vicious Clubber Lang (Mr T). One sun-soaked sequence features Rocky and Creed frolicking around on a beach and embracing in vests. Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan co-stars as wrestling champion Thunderlips. Friday 29 June Angry young man: Toby Wallace stars as Kane Credit: BBC Romper Stomper BBC Two, 11.05pm & midnight; Scot and NI, times vary It’s already had an airing on BBC Three but this gritty, politically charged six-part Australian series, about a gang of ultra-violent neo-Nazis in Melbourne and the left-wing student group that opposes them, deserves this prominent BBC Two late-night slot. It is based on the cult 1991 film of the same name, in which Russell Crowe came to prominence as a psychotic skinhead, and the movie’s director Geoffrey Wright is behind this update, too, writing the opening episode (of this double bill). Actor Toby Wallace is a strikingly charismatic presence – balancing charm with an undercurrent of real menace – as Kane, an angry young man just out of the army, who together with his dumber sidekick Stix (Kaden Hartcher) gets drawn into the right-wing group of activist Blake Farron (Lachy Hulme). But it is Farron’s younger wife Zoe (Sophie Lowe) who is the real draw for Kane – spelling major trouble ahead for all. Violence, romance and a thoughtful approach to extreme politics makes a potent, dramatic mix, and the results are explosive at times. For fans of the original, Jacqueline McKenzie, who played Kane’s mother Gabrielle, reprises the role here. Gerard O’Donovan Glow Netflix, from today The first season of this comedy about Ruth (Alison Brie), a struggling actress who is drawn into the weird world of women’s wrestling was a big hit. This second run, in which Ruth and the gang get a proper tilt at fame, is just as good. James Martin’s American Adventure ITV, 8.00pm; not UTV or Wales Chef James Martin takes to the US highways in search of “some of the greatest food on the planet”. In this opener, he mounts a vintage Harley Davidson to hog it up in the Napa Valley, home to some of California’s greatest wine makers and fine-dine restaurants. The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Poor Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) has been through the wringer in this fourth season of the bleak but absorbing Scandi thriller. This is the final episode, so expect it to go out with a very big bang as Saga finds a match for the killer’s fingerprint… but nothing’s ever that simple, is it? Duran Duran Night BBC Four, from 9.00pm Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor invite viewers to join them for two films – There’s Something You Should Know (9.00pm) and Duran Duran: A Night In (10.00pm) – in which they look back over their 40th years in pop, plus Duran Duran: Unstaged, their 2011 concert collaboration with director David Lynch. Download Festival 2018 Sky Arts, 9.00pm Here are highlights from the summer’s biggest metal and rock weekend, which was held earlier this month at Donington Park, with Guns N’ Roses, Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne among the headline acts. GO Frankie Boyle’s New World Order BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.05pm More hardcore topical comedy as Frankie Boyle dissects the week’s headlines and assorted bizarre news stories with the help of a studio audience and guests Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan and Miles Jupp. The Big Narstie Show Channel 4, 11.00pm The popular, sometimes controversial grime MC, rapper and internet sensation teams up with comedian Mo Gilligan to host a new late-night alternative entertainment show, with music, sketches, viewer interaction and guests in the studio talking news, television shows and the latest trends. GO Rush Hour (1998) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker join forces in this culture-clash cop comedy. When the Chinese consul’s daughter is abducted, the diplomat summons trusted friend Detective Inspector Lee (Chan) from Hong Kong. Spurned by the FBI, Lee must team up with a rebellious fast-talking LAPD officer (Tucker) to find the girl. This is a pacy, amiable comedy with impeccably choreographed action sequences. Mad Max 2 (1981) ★★★★★ ITV, 10.45pm Mel Gibson reprises his role as Max, a cynical and alienated ex-cop, in this thrillingly intense action sequel that proved to be that rare thing – better than the original. Drifting through the Outback after a nuclear war, he comes upon a small community menaced by a gang that aims to rob them of their oil. Can Max defend them? George Miller (who later, incongruously, co-wrote Babe) again writes and directs. The Full Monty (1997) ★★★★☆ BBC One, 11.25pm You’ll never look at Tom Wilkinson in the same way again after seeing him gyrate on stage as a stripper in this bittersweet British comedy which opened in British cinemas 21 years ago. Set in Sheffield, it follows six out-of-work men who form an exotic dance troupe in order to raise some funds. And they’re willing to reveal, quite literally, all. Simon Beaufoy’s script is a moving exploration of masculinity. Robert Carlyle co-stars. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Japan Captains Run - Japan Training - U Arena, Nanterre, France - November 24, 2017. Yu Tamura of Japan during training. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Japan Captains Run - Japan Training
FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Japan Captains Run - Japan Training - U Arena, Nanterre, France - November 24, 2017. Yu Tamura of Japan during training. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Friday 22 June The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Screenwriter Hans Rosenfeldt still has a couple of tasks to complete in the final two episodes of his superior, if at times preposterous, Scandi-thriller, before it bows out for good next week. The over-arching riddle since Henrik Sabroe (Thure Lindhardt) joined the Danish cop shop in series three is what happened to his two daughters, who’d gone missing eight years ago.In tonight’s penultimate episode that question is answered at last, and of course it’s Henrik’s colleague and sometime lover, on-the-spectrum brainbox Saga Norén (Sofia Helin), who figures it out. But as we’ve seen over nearly four series of grisly murder, Rosenfeldt can’t usually be relied on for a happy ending. Then Rosenfeldt’s second task is having Saga figure out who’s killing people using the same methods deployed in government executions (stoning, electrocution, et al) before she becomes the next victim. Tonight, fans will be cheered to see Saga – so often a forlorn, misunderstood character – make solid progress in both the case and in therapy, which bodes well for her future. But this isn’t a cosy relationship drama, and rest assured there are lurid shocks that set us up for next week’s finale. VP The Crystal Maze Channel 4, 9.00pm This star-laden edition of the action game show sees Countdown’s maths genius Rachel Riley in a polite power struggle with skipper Judy Murray, mother of Andy, as she tries to dominate the decision-making. It adds a frisson to the proceedings that also include ex-footballer Wayne Bridge and Paralympian David Weir. VP Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm In this first of a boozy two-parter set in South America, chanteuse Jane McDonald boards another cruise ship and samples Pisco sours and drinks whisky chilled by glacier ice. VP The Last Leg Channel 4, 10.00pm What started off as a spin-off for the 2012 Paralympics has rightly become a Friday night institution. Host Adam Hills returns to marshal the mix of silliness and satire that characterise this comedy chat show, aided by Alex Brooker, Josh Widdicombe and a gaggle of up-for-it celebrity guests. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.45pm Graham Norton will be kept on his toes as Cher graces his sofa for the first time in five years, with her suffer-no-fools attitude. She is joined by her Mamma Mia! co-star Christine Baranski. Also on the final live show of the series are Rupert Everett and Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer. VP Marvel’s Luke Cage Netflix, from today Superheroes have become a tiresome constant in film and on TV, but this action series, with a soulful black champion at its centre, is a welcome addition to the genre. Mike Colter returns for a second series as the pumped-up, titular New York action man. In the first episode he deals with the ramifications of last season’s climax in which he triumphed over evil but lost his anonymity. Now he’s being pestered for selfies as he tries to figure out his next move in an opening episode that’s directed by actress Lucy Liu. VP Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts and Sky One, from 7.00pm The year’s biggest pop festival (in the absence of Glastonbury) celebrates its 50th anniversary with a line-up spanning the decades, from electro-rockers Depeche Mode to headliners The Killers. The coverage begins on Sky Arts at 7pm, with Nile Rodgers & Chic taking to the stage at 7.30pm. Kasabian will close out the first night on Sky Arts at 11pm. VP Victoria & Abdul (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen Frears’ fascinating real-life tale about the extraordinary friendship between the ageing Queen Victoria (a sensational Judi Dench) and her young Muslim attendant Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), known as “the Munshi”, is all nostalgia and inertia – a tale ablaze with historical import and contemporary resonance, reduced to commemorative biscuit tin proportions. Eddie Izzard co-stars. Mad Max (1979) ★★★★☆ ITV, 11.45pm An explosive breakthrough – literally. Improbable car stunts and pile-ups ensue as “mad” Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) attempts to police a dystopian Australia, where feral biker gangs rape and pillage at will. Director George Miller’s vision was “a silent movie with sound” and he drew inspiration for the film’s injuries and deaths from his time working as a doctor in a Sydney hospital. The film essentially founded Australia’s film industry. Sexy Beast (2000) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 12.10am Ben Kingsley is at his scariest in this tense and enthralling thriller as the gangster thug who wants to rob a well-guarded bank, and flies out to Spain to drag his retired associate Gary (a lobster-tanned Ray Winstone) back to work. But Gary is living a contented life with his wife (Amanda Redman) and has no intention of going back to his criminal life, forcing the two men into a battle of wills that ends in violence. Saturday 23 June The new noir: Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies Credit: BBC Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm Welsh crime drama is having a moment right now and, watching the atmospheric Hidden, it’s easy to see why. The key to Mark Andrew and Ed Talfan’s addictive crime drama lies in its lack of trickery and refusal to rely on out-of-nowhere twists. Instead the viewer knows from the outset that the disturbed Dylan Harris (Rhodri Meilir) is the man behind the abduction of the now-dead Mali Pryce, which means that the series’ appeal lies in following detectives Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams) and Owen Vaughan (Sion Alun Davies) as they scramble to solve the case. Yet Hidden is not simply a whydunnit, as this third episode demonstrates. Andrew and Talfan are as interested in picking apart the fallout from Mali’s death as they are in watching the detectives hunt their man. This episode sees Mali’s sister Lea (Lara Catrin) and father Alun (Owen Arwyn) deal with their grief, while we learn more about the troubled university student Megan (Gwyneth Keyworth) and Dylan’s most recent victim Lowri (Lois Meleri Jones). Watching these disparate strands slowly come together to create a thoughtful crime drama is a hugely enjoyable experience. Here’s hoping the series continues to be this strong. Sarah Hughes EU Referendum: The Result BBC Parliament,from 9.55am As the UK’s future after Brexit continues to be debated, BBC Parliament is reminding us how it all began by rerunning the BBC’s then-live coverage of the EU referendum results in its entirety. This whopping 11-hour broadcast, anchored by the 77-year-old David Dimbleby, includes everything from Nigel Farage’s premature concession speech through to former Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm Condemned to a series defeat against South Africa last weekend, England will be even more concerned by the fact it was their fifth Test defeat in a row. However, speaking after Saturday’s 23-12 loss – in which the visitors raced into a 12-0 lead with Mike Brown and Jonny May scoring fine tries. – coach Eddie Jones said he’ll “stick to his guns”, as his side bring the curtain down in Cape Town on what has been a frustrating tour. A victory today would alleviate the pressure on Jones somewhat. Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts, from 5.00pm/ Sky One, from 10.00pm Edith Bowman, Vick Hope and Joel Dommett present coverage from the second day of the music festival. Jessie J and James Bay are among those performing early on, while later the headliners, including Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher and Soul II Soul, will be shown live on both Sky Arts and Sky One. Sunday’s coverage of the final day sees performances from The Killers Van Morrison and Travis. SH The Great Exhibition of the North BBC Two, 6.30pm; Scotland, 7.30pm This weekend sees the beginning of three months of art and culture events across 30 venues in Newcastle. Shaun Keaveny takes a look at some of what’s on offer, meets some of the creators of the works and visits key landmarks in the city. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 7.00pm; not Scotland It’s sink or swim time for the likeable Will Millard in the final episode of the series – he’s out of his comfort zone after agreeing to compete in Ross-on-Wye’s annual regatta. Luckily, Tintern Abbey and Chepstow offer gentler charms. Blind Date Channel 5, 7.30pm Mothers are very much the theme of this latest series of the dating show. After last week’s opening episode saw Dubliner Barry make the mistake of allowing his mother to choose his date, this week sees mother-and-son duo, Emile and Belinda, both searching for love. Can host Paul O’Grady guide them to happiness? International Rugby League: New Zealand v England BBC Two, 9.00pm A big one this, as New Zealand and England meet at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. This match will be England’s first game on US soil since October 2000, when they took on the USA in Orlando, Florida. The Kiwis will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing World Cup last year when, despite being finalists in the three previous editions, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals. England will be hoping to continue their recent encouraging form, having reached the World Cup final in 2017, eventually losing 6-0 to Australia. All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.10pm The final episode of the foul-mouthed matriarch’s talk show sees Ray Mears attempt to give hapless duo Dermot and Buster a crash course in survival skills while, in a nice touch, Boy George brings his mother, Dinah, over for a chat. SH Live Boxing: Josh Taylor v Viktor Postol Channel 5, 10.30pm The WBC Silver Super Lightweight title is at stake at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, as Jose Taylor takes on Viktor Postol. Taylor turned professional in June 2015, and has established himself as a force to be reckoned with after notching up 12 wins from 12 fights. In his amateur days, Taylor made it to two Commonwealth finals, winning a gold medal in Glasgow at the 2014 Games. He has held this title since taking it from South Africa’s Warren Joubert in March 2017, and this will be his fourth defence. Muppets Most Wanted (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 2.45pm The Muppets tour Europe, where Kermit (Steve Whitmire) is kidnapped and replaced by a doppelgänger. Masterminding the plot is a sleazy Ricky Gervais. Though this contains moments of joy with itsfun musical numbers and clever gags, the Muppets themselves are crowded out by cameo overkill from the likes of Lady Gaga, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Céline Dion. Creed (2015) ★★★★☆ ITV, 9.30pm Ryan Coogler’s continuation of the Rocky saga packs a real emotional punch as Sylvester Stallone gives one of his best performances ever. He neither wrote nor directed, but his actor-for-hire status translates into a compelling lack of vanity on screen. Life for Rocky has come full circle as he agrees to train Donnie (Michael B Jordan), the son of his old nemesis Apollo. Little Voice (1998) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.30pm Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks star in this bittersweet comedy musical drama based on Jim Cartwright’s hit play. Timid LV (Horrocks) obsesses over her dead father’s records by imitating Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Bassey to perfection. Her talents are discovered by her mother’s (Blethyn) showbiz agent boyfriend (Caine), who hopes to turn her from mouse to megastar. Sunday 24 June Fielding stories: Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Elisabeth Bumiller Credit: BBC Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate BBC Two, 9.00pm Renowned film-maker Liz Garbus’s fascinating four-part documentary series takes us behind the scenes of The New York Times, one of the world’s most venerable news outlets, as it grapples with the early days of the Trump presidency. It’s a heady, fly-on-the-wall insight into the frenetic pace of the newsroom, as articles are written and published at breakneck speed amid a flurry of slamming phones, team huddles and endless rolling on-screen coverage. What makes this prospect so unique, however, is its context. So unexpected was Trump’s win and so volatile the White House that normal journalistic protocol was jettisoned to match the new administration’s unpredictability. We watch, then, as a raft of investigative reporters headed by Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller, field a barrage of explosive stories, from the Trump camp’s links to Russia to the President’s claim he was wiretapped by Obama. It’s a shame that Garber only briefly deals with the toll such work takes on the journalists’ personal lives, but perhaps this rightly reflects how little time this tireless team have for themselves. Toby Dantzic Romesh: Talking to Comedians in a Pie and Mash Shop BBC Three, from today Having previously held conversations with comedians in both a café and a pub, Romesh Ranganathan now heads to a pie and mash shop for this straightforward set-up that yields unexpectedly delightful results. Ranganathan’s winningly droll style gets his dining companions immediately on side, so that they offer up authentic titbits of experience. Rob Beckett, for example, reminisces about Ranganthan’s father’s “awful” pub, improv expert Rachel Parris reveals a hilariously embarrassing onstage blunder, and Sally Phillips manages to be both funny and moving about her special needs son. MOTD Live: Fifa World Cup 2018 – England v Panama BBC One, 12.10pm After their hard-fought 2-1 win over Tunisia, the Three Lions step up for their second World Cup game against Panama. The South Americans are making their debut at the tournament but it hasn’t gone well so far – they lost their opening game against Belgium 3-0. Live Formula 1: The French Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 3.05pm After a 10-year hiatus, the French Grand Prix opens its doors to Formula 1 once again at Circuit Paul Ricard, where its last winner – in 2008 – was Brazil’s Felipe Massa. Nigel Kennedy Plays Bach & Gershwin: BBC’s Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 7.00pm Here’s another chance to see a behemoth of the classical genre, violinist Nigel Kennedy, perform a thrilling set against the dramatic sun-lit backdrop of Scone Palace in Perth. TD Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm An impassioned Ross (Aidan Turner) makes his maiden speech in parliament tonight, quickly gaining notoriety. Back in Cornwall, things aren’t so rosy for Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) as she tackles the fallout from a failing mine. The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm Brittle commander’s wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) comes into focus during tonight’s episode of the dystopian drama. Flashbacks reveal the violent abuse she suffered for her conservative views. Back in the present, meanwhile, she wavers between cruelty and tenderness towards pregnant Offred (Elisabeth Moss). Celebrity Catchphrase ITV, 9.15pm With nerves no doubt frayed from England’s match earlier, Stephen Mulhern offers a lighter football-themed alternative with this edition of the game show. Soccer stars Paul Merson and Eni Aluko join the fun, alongside actor Shayne Ward. TD The Sound Barrier (1952, b/w) ★★★☆☆ Talking Pictures TV, 5.40pm This was the last of three films that David Lean directed starring his second wife Ann Todd and although it was a success, it has become one of the director’s least-known films. It tells the story of attempts by aircraft designers and test pilots to break the sound barrier. Cinematographer Peter Newbrook’s new Arriflex camera was mounted in the rear of the last surviving Lancaster bomber. Blackhat (2015) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 9.00pm Michael Mann’s cybercrime thriller is the ultimate in digital cinema and begins with the kind of brooding, suspenseful set-piece that he mastered decades ago in films such as Collateral and Heat. Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth), a former cyber-crook, is temporarily released from prison to aid an American-Chinese task force in the hunt for a hacker. Viola Davis co-stars as the deeply unimpressed face of the FBI. Oasis: Supersonic (2016) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.00pm Oasis’s glory-days documentary indulges Noel and Liam Gallagher’s bad behaviour. Mat Whitecross’s film starts and ends with the pair of dates when Oasis debatably peaked, at Knebworth in 1996, and goes to excessive length to detail stories of their excess. Few rock stars, in fairness, have a habit of being so amusingly and brutally honest about their failings, and Whitecross is content to let them have the last word. Monday 25 June Brash: US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson (centre) Credit: Channel 4 Inside the American Embassy Channel 4, 10.00pm Those with an aversion to US President Donald Trump should gird their loins. Billionaire Robert Wood Johnson, the new US ambassador to Great Britain, has been a close friend of the US President for decades, and doesn’t stint on expressing his admiration for the man in this intriguing, if limited, fly-on-the-wall three-parter. Beginning with Johnson’s swearing-in, this opener takes in the move of the US Embassy in London from Mayfair to Battersea, Trump’s pronouncements on everything from Israel to Britain First and the first throes of Brexit negotiations. “I think it’s going to fall into place quicker than people realise,” reckons Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan about the latter. The discussions between Ambassador Johnson and various government ministers are very revealing, particularly because of the body language and what is unsaid as much as the actual exchanges. Johnson, too, is an unusual figure: brash and blunt, yet entirely lacking in charisma. The access is excellent (Johnson being trained to face the British press is an eye-opener), yet the tension is dissipated by the suspicion that everyone is on best behaviour. But if it loosens up next week, it could prove fascinating. Gabriel Tate Preacher Amazon Prime, from today Starring Joe Gilgun as a hard-living vampire, Dominic Cooper as a dissolute priest and Ruth Negga as the latter’s wild-card girlfriend, this lurid comic-book drama is a blast. This third season finds them in New Orleans. How the NHS Changed Our World BBC Two, 7.00pm This new series, running through the week, tells the story of five NHS hospitals, beginning with The Royal Papworth in Cambridgeshire, whose pioneering surgeons established it as a world leader in heart transplants. People who have used it, including comedian Eddie Large and the world’s longest-surviving heart-transplant patient, pay tribute. Britain’s Best Junior Doctors BBC Two, 7.30pm Jo Brand hosts this peculiar-sounding new quiz show in which two teams of junior doctors go head-to-head every night for a place in Friday’s final. The challenges include diagnosis of symptoms and the prioritisation of cases in a mocked-up A&E department. First up is University Hospitals Leicester vs Kettering General. 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The police team investigate claims that body parts have been buried in a garden on a Luton housing estate, and uncover a grim story of a turf war between rival gangs as the plot thickens. Rolls-Royce: the Rise & Fall of a Great British Brand Channel 5, 9.00pm An overview of a brand that has survived wars, death and hostile takeovers to endure as a byword for class in the modern age. GT Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm The second season of Westworld has been somewhat divisive. Some decry its gratuitous chronological labyrinths and sluggish pacing; while others have relished the cerebral storytelling. The final episode is likely to throw up as many questions as answers, with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) continuing their missions. Nature’s Turtle Nursery: Inside the Nest BBC Four, 9.10pm Documenting the mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica, Dr George McGavin follows this remarkable event from start to finish. GT Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) ★★★☆☆ E4, 9.00pm British director Rupert Wyatt, making a confident leap into the big-time after his nifty 2008 debut The Escapist, fashions much of this prequel movie as a simian prison flick. It’s grand entertainment as intelligent ape Caesar (a subtle mo-cap performance by Andy Serkis, though you never quite believe that you’re watching a real ape) is imprisoned in a sanctuary and begins to question nature’s hierarchy. Point Blank (1967) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm This punchy, pared-down and sexy (it was X-rated in its day) thriller follows the mission of a career criminal (played by Lee Marvin) hunting down a former accomplice who shot him at point-blank range. Adapted from the crime noir pulp novel The Hunter, it was one of the definitive films to emerge from Hollywood in the Sixties, and John Boorman’s direction would go on to influence Scorsese and Tarantino. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) ★★★☆☆ Universal TV, 9.00pm Tony Scott’s remake of the exciting 1974 thriller about the hijack of a New York subway train ditches the original tight storytelling and evocative sense of place in favour of Scott’s characteristic bombastic action. The strong premise, a battle of wits between low-key train dispatcher hero Denzel Washington and a goateed criminal John Travolta, makes it watchable. Tuesday 26 June Big questions: Anita Rani and Nick Robinson host the live event Credit: BBC NHS at 70: Live BBC Two, 8.00pm Essential viewing for anyone concerned about the future of the NHS, this 90-minute live event from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is a centrepiece of the BBC’s 70th anniversary season celebrating the founding of the National Health Service in 1948. But just how practical, or feasible, is the service’s founding aim of making healthcare available to all based on need rather than ability to pay, when demand outstrips resources in the 21st century? Will the Government’s recently announced extra £4 billion a year be enough to plug the funding gap? Can the health service adapt to cope with the issues pose by an ageing population? And can the public be encouraged to reduce demand by taking active measures to improve health? These are among the question up for discussion by an audience of NHS professionals, patients (via live-link-ups) and a handful of celebrity guests. Among the contributors will be Nick Robinson who, having undergone cancer treatment, has personal views on how good the NHS is, and who with co-host Anita Rani will prevent the findings of exclusive new research into the challenges facing the NHS in years to come. Gerard O’Donovan Bear’s Mission with Warwick Davis ITV, 9.00pm “We all have dwarfism in our family. We’re not built for climbing things.” Actor Warwick Davis gamely lets survival expert Bear Grylls put him through his paces in this entertaining challenge to reach the less accessible parts of his favourite holiday spot, the Lake District. The Affair Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm It began as an attention-grabbing steamy portrait of an affair, seen from the contrasting perspectives of its principals – Noah Solloway (Dominic West) and Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson). Now, as the fourth series gets under way, the American drama has matured into an ensemble piece with all the main characters estranged and in new relationships. Which leaves more room for developing minor roles, such as Noah’s eldest daughter Whitney (Julia Goldani Telles) and new faces such as the principal of the school where Noah teaches. Our Girl BBC One, 9.10pm They’re deep in Boko Haram territory, trying to evade capture while waiting for a Special Forces unit to rescue them. But that doesn’t stop Captain James (Ben Aldridge) deciding that it’s the perfect moment to make a confession to Georgie (Michelle Keegan). Horizon: Teenagers vs Cancer – A User’s Guide BBC Two, 9.30pm An exploration of the specialist facilities, support and cutting-edge treatments available to young cancer patients in Britain, seen through the eyes of 11 teenagers who take us through their diagnoses and individually tailored care packages. Tortured to Death: Murdering the Nanny Channel 5, 10.00pm The murder of 21-year-old French nanny Sophie Lionnet in London last year shocked seasoned investigators with its brutality. This report tells the story of the murder and trial that led to the conviction of her employers in May. GO Through Lotte’s Lens Sky Arts, 10.00pm The lens in question is that of Austrian portrait photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf, whose work captures the story of the refugees who fled Europe from the Nazis in the Thirties and, settling in Britain, contributed enthusiastically to life and culture here in succeeding years. An atmospheric, thoughtful and celebratory film from Tony Britten. GO Hope Floats (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.45pm In this heart-warming, if predictable, romcom, Sandra Bullock plays Birdee Calvert, a former prom queen whose dream life is shattered when her husband leaves her for her best friend on a Jerry Springer-like national TV show. Birdee must choose between her morals and her heart when a charming man, whom her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life. Forest Whitaker directs. Winchester ’73 (1950, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.10pm James Stewart stars in this classic western, the first of five that the star made with director Anthony Mann, almost single-handedly rescuing the flagging genre. The film’s other big star is the prized rifle of the title, at the heart of a plot in which two brothers go head to head in a grudge match after one of them kills their father. Watch out for early appearances from Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson. 3:10 to Yuma (2007) ★★★★☆ Film4, 11.35pm A remake of the 1957 classic, itself an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story, 3:10 to Yuma is an excellent, thrill-filled western starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as two men from either side of the law who are thrown together. Directed with verve by James Mangold, it’s the story of a rancher (Bale) who escorts a notorious gunslinger (Crowe) to the town of Contention to be put on the train to Yuma Prison. Wednesday 27 June Blustering: Jamie Demetriou as lettings agent Stath Credit: Channel 4 Stath Lets Flats Channel 4, 10.00pm Don’t let the title of comedian Jamie Demetriou’s new sitcom, co-written with Friday Night Dinner’s Robert Popper, deceive you: Stath (played with warmth by Demetriou) does anything but let flats. In fact, he’s quite probably the most incompetent lettings agent in London, a full-of-himself fool with a tendency to open his mouth before his brain has fully engaged. Unfortunately for Stath, he’s stuck in his job, despite being demonstrably worse than every other employee, because his glowering father Vassos (Christos Stergioglou) owns the agency and would pass it on to his son, if only he showed the smallest glimmer of improvement. From Dad’s Army to This Country, incompetence is a well-worn staple of British sitcoms, but Demetriou and Popper manage to give Stath Lets Flats a fresh spin, not least because the blustering Stath is such a recognisable type. Not every joke works, but the strong supporting cast including Demetriou’s real-life sibling Natasia as Stath’s equally hapless but kind-hearted sister Sophie, Alastair Roberts as well-meaning colleague Al and Katy Wix as the competent Carole do enough to suggest that this could be a grower. Sarah Hughes The Cult of Sunday Night BBC Four, 7.30pm While the current series of Poldark continues to thrill fans of brooding men and tempestuous women, this timely repeat of a documentary from 2009 looks at the original Seventies drama. That Sunday night hit made stars of Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees, who played Ross and Demelza, but it also infuriated author Winston Graham thanks to some large deviations from his source material. The Highland Midwife Channel 5, 8.00pm This lovely fly-on-the-wall series covering midwives in the Scottish highlands makes a welcome return. In this tense opening episode, Ruth, Morven and Hazel struggle with a trio of difficult births. The People vs the NHS: Who Gets the Drugs? BBC Two, 9.00pm Part of the BBC’s NHS at 70 series, this diverting documentary looks at how the health service’s cash-flow crisis can impact lives. Using the legal battle over PrEP, a drug widely believed to reduce the risk of contracting HIV as its focus, the film asks how funding decisions are made. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.15pm There’s a real pleasure to be found in watching Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse while away time fishing. Even the more serious moments – this week both men discuss death while standing in the Middle Wye – are leavened by dry wit. It’s a delight. This Is Congo – Storyville BBC Four, 10.00pm Photographer Daniel McCabe’s hard-hitting film about the Democratic Republic of Congo is the sort of documentary that haunts you long after the credits have rolled. McCabe talks to soldiers, workers and families about their experiences in this war-ravaged country, building up a devastating and heartbreaking picture. It’s an important and necessary reminder of a part of the world that is too often ignored. SH Lookalikes Channel 4, 10.30pm Channel 4’s uneasy hybrid of structured reality TV show and comedy returns for a second series with David Beckham lookalike Andy Harmer and his frenemy Tim Oliver, a David Brent impersonator, battling to keep their rival agencies afloat… SH My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) ★★☆☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.35pm Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett star in this slushy romcom. Roberts plays Julianne, who falls in love with her old friend (Mulroney), only to discover that he’s due to marry another girl (Diaz) the next day. Everett isn’t one of the love interests – he plays Roberts’s gay best friend – but he manages to elope with the film. Fatima (2015) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 10.00pm French director Philippe Faucon had success at Cannes with this insightful study of female behaviour. Fatima (Soria Zeroual) is a 44-year-old Moroccan woman raising two teenage girls in Lyon. The youngest, Souad (Kenza-Noah Aïche), is a sullen, sexy rebel ashamed of her mother for working as a housecleaner.It’s a little slow in parts but, like its heroine, that’s all part of the film’s quiet dignity. The Blair Witch Project (1998) ★★★★☆ Sky One, 11.00pm An inventive horror whose frights are all created via suspense and the power of suggestion. Made on a meagre budget of around $ 750,000 (it grossed around $ 250 million at the box office), it purports to be the footage left behind by three American film students who enter a forest to investigate the legendary “Blair Witch”. Some moviegoers were physically ill due to the shaky camerawork. Thursday 28 June Making a night of it: Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid Credit: ITV Good Evening Britain ITV, 9.15pm Despite BBC Breakfast being the undisputed champion in terms of viewers, there’s no denying that Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan continue to hog the column inches due to their combative relationship and controversial interviews on Good Morning Britain. This late-night, one-off incarnation follows ITV’s coverage of England’s World Cup match with Belgium (see preview, below), a tie which should go a long way towards clarifying the Three Lions’ realistic hopes for the tournament. Expect debate, chat and a few famous faces offering their opinions on the result, plus coverage of showbiz stories in what is presumably a high-profile pilot for a permanent fixture in this prime-time slot, following the unmitigated disaster of The Nightly Show. Whether Morgan is the man that audiences want as the nation’s cheerleader/consoler-in-chief is as open to debate as his decision to present Donald Trump with an Arsenal shirt, but ITV has long yearned for a way in which to blend football and entertainment (remember James Corden’s World Cup Live, or the magnificent Rio’s World Cup Wind-Ups?), so expect everything to be thrown at the screen in search of the perfect formula. Gabriel Tate FIFA World Cup 2018: England vs Belgium ITV, 6.15pm Gareth Southgate’s young lions face Belgium’s “golden generation” who have yet to turn their enviable gathering of talents into serious tournament challengers. Mark Pougatch is in the studio while Clive Tydesley provides the commentary, with kick-off at 7.00pm. Celebrities on the NHS Frontline BBC One, 9.00pm; not Wales Armed with their own experiences of the NHS, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, ex-MP Ann Widdecombe, reporter Stacey Dooley and TV presenter Michael Mosley work with hospital staff in a bid to understand the challenges that the service now face. These include smaller budgets, increased scrutiny and an ageing population. It may sound gimmicky, but this two-parter is very absorbing. Japan’s Secret Shame BBC Two, 9.00pm In 2017, Japanese woman Shiori Ito went public with rape allegations against a more prominent fellow journalist. These were met with silence or worse. Here she explores why other victims in the country are unwilling or unable to speak out. Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The penultimate episode of the third series of this always absorbing drama finds the part human, part synth Leo (Colin Morgan) in peril, and Mattie (Lucy Carless) reveals her secret. GT Outlander More4, 9.00pm Juggling sweeping adventure with tense espionage (18th-century style) and introspective character studies, this period romp continues with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) finding a sense of purpose in helping the sick. Meanwhile, Jamie (Sam Heughan) continues his efforts to derail history’s march towards the Battle of Culloden by engaging the services of a pickpocket plying his trade in a brothel. The result is cheerfully daft and occasionally surprisingly deep. Running Wild with Bear Grylls Discovery, 10.00pm In between wrangling civilians on The Island, Bear Grylls likes to go yomping with famous people, who have included in the past Barack Obama and Roger Federer. This week, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle treks through the New England mountains, with all of its precarious climbs and dangerous rivers. This time, the compulsory unpalatable meal features porcupine carcass. GT True Grit (1969) ★★★★☆ Film4, 3.45pm John Wayne gives an imposing performance – for which he won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe – in this muscular western, directed by Henry Hathaway. Wayne plays Rooster Cogburn, an ageing, hardbitten marshal who’s called on to track down a murderer. Also on the trail are the victim’s 14-year-old daughter (Kim Darby) and an opportunistic Texas Ranger (Glen Campbell) who wants to collect the reward. Summertime (1955) ★★★★☆ Talking Pictures TV, 6.00pm From the mid-Fifties, David Lean developed a taste for filming further afield and directed Katharine Hepburn in this romance set in Venice. Jane Hudson (Hepburn), a secretary from the American Midwest, is finally realising her dream of taking a holiday in Venice, where she embarks on a tentative romance with a antiques dealer (Rossano Brazzi). Jack Hildyard’s cinematography ravishes. Rocky III (1982) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.55pm; not STV Stallone is once more infront of and behind the camera in this third instalment in the series. Old rival Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) becomes Rocky’s new trainer after the Italian Stallion takes a pounding from the vicious Clubber Lang (Mr T). One sun-soaked sequence features Rocky and Creed frolicking around on a beach and embracing in vests. Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan co-stars as wrestling champion Thunderlips. Friday 29 June Angry young man: Toby Wallace stars as Kane Credit: BBC Romper Stomper BBC Two, 11.05pm & midnight; Scot and NI, times vary It’s already had an airing on BBC Three but this gritty, politically charged six-part Australian series, about a gang of ultra-violent neo-Nazis in Melbourne and the left-wing student group that opposes them, deserves this prominent BBC Two late-night slot. It is based on the cult 1991 film of the same name, in which Russell Crowe came to prominence as a psychotic skinhead, and the movie’s director Geoffrey Wright is behind this update, too, writing the opening episode (of this double bill). Actor Toby Wallace is a strikingly charismatic presence – balancing charm with an undercurrent of real menace – as Kane, an angry young man just out of the army, who together with his dumber sidekick Stix (Kaden Hartcher) gets drawn into the right-wing group of activist Blake Farron (Lachy Hulme). But it is Farron’s younger wife Zoe (Sophie Lowe) who is the real draw for Kane – spelling major trouble ahead for all. Violence, romance and a thoughtful approach to extreme politics makes a potent, dramatic mix, and the results are explosive at times. For fans of the original, Jacqueline McKenzie, who played Kane’s mother Gabrielle, reprises the role here. Gerard O’Donovan Glow Netflix, from today The first season of this comedy about Ruth (Alison Brie), a struggling actress who is drawn into the weird world of women’s wrestling was a big hit. This second run, in which Ruth and the gang get a proper tilt at fame, is just as good. James Martin’s American Adventure ITV, 8.00pm; not UTV or Wales Chef James Martin takes to the US highways in search of “some of the greatest food on the planet”. In this opener, he mounts a vintage Harley Davidson to hog it up in the Napa Valley, home to some of California’s greatest wine makers and fine-dine restaurants. The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Poor Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) has been through the wringer in this fourth season of the bleak but absorbing Scandi thriller. This is the final episode, so expect it to go out with a very big bang as Saga finds a match for the killer’s fingerprint… but nothing’s ever that simple, is it? Duran Duran Night BBC Four, from 9.00pm Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor invite viewers to join them for two films – There’s Something You Should Know (9.00pm) and Duran Duran: A Night In (10.00pm) – in which they look back over their 40th years in pop, plus Duran Duran: Unstaged, their 2011 concert collaboration with director David Lynch. Download Festival 2018 Sky Arts, 9.00pm Here are highlights from the summer’s biggest metal and rock weekend, which was held earlier this month at Donington Park, with Guns N’ Roses, Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne among the headline acts. GO Frankie Boyle’s New World Order BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.05pm More hardcore topical comedy as Frankie Boyle dissects the week’s headlines and assorted bizarre news stories with the help of a studio audience and guests Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan and Miles Jupp. The Big Narstie Show Channel 4, 11.00pm The popular, sometimes controversial grime MC, rapper and internet sensation teams up with comedian Mo Gilligan to host a new late-night alternative entertainment show, with music, sketches, viewer interaction and guests in the studio talking news, television shows and the latest trends. GO Rush Hour (1998) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker join forces in this culture-clash cop comedy. When the Chinese consul’s daughter is abducted, the diplomat summons trusted friend Detective Inspector Lee (Chan) from Hong Kong. Spurned by the FBI, Lee must team up with a rebellious fast-talking LAPD officer (Tucker) to find the girl. This is a pacy, amiable comedy with impeccably choreographed action sequences. Mad Max 2 (1981) ★★★★★ ITV, 10.45pm Mel Gibson reprises his role as Max, a cynical and alienated ex-cop, in this thrillingly intense action sequel that proved to be that rare thing – better than the original. Drifting through the Outback after a nuclear war, he comes upon a small community menaced by a gang that aims to rob them of their oil. Can Max defend them? George Miller (who later, incongruously, co-wrote Babe) again writes and directs. The Full Monty (1997) ★★★★☆ BBC One, 11.25pm You’ll never look at Tom Wilkinson in the same way again after seeing him gyrate on stage as a stripper in this bittersweet British comedy which opened in British cinemas 21 years ago. Set in Sheffield, it follows six out-of-work men who form an exotic dance troupe in order to raise some funds. And they’re willing to reveal, quite literally, all. Simon Beaufoy’s script is a moving exploration of masculinity. Robert Carlyle co-stars. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: The Bridge, Cruising with Jane McDonald and The Last Leg
Friday 22 June The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Screenwriter Hans Rosenfeldt still has a couple of tasks to complete in the final two episodes of his superior, if at times preposterous, Scandi-thriller, before it bows out for good next week. The over-arching riddle since Henrik Sabroe (Thure Lindhardt) joined the Danish cop shop in series three is what happened to his two daughters, who’d gone missing eight years ago.In tonight’s penultimate episode that question is answered at last, and of course it’s Henrik’s colleague and sometime lover, on-the-spectrum brainbox Saga Norén (Sofia Helin), who figures it out. But as we’ve seen over nearly four series of grisly murder, Rosenfeldt can’t usually be relied on for a happy ending. Then Rosenfeldt’s second task is having Saga figure out who’s killing people using the same methods deployed in government executions (stoning, electrocution, et al) before she becomes the next victim. Tonight, fans will be cheered to see Saga – so often a forlorn, misunderstood character – make solid progress in both the case and in therapy, which bodes well for her future. But this isn’t a cosy relationship drama, and rest assured there are lurid shocks that set us up for next week’s finale. VP The Crystal Maze Channel 4, 9.00pm This star-laden edition of the action game show sees Countdown’s maths genius Rachel Riley in a polite power struggle with skipper Judy Murray, mother of Andy, as she tries to dominate the decision-making. It adds a frisson to the proceedings that also include ex-footballer Wayne Bridge and Paralympian David Weir. VP Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm In this first of a boozy two-parter set in South America, chanteuse Jane McDonald boards another cruise ship and samples Pisco sours and drinks whisky chilled by glacier ice. VP The Last Leg Channel 4, 10.00pm What started off as a spin-off for the 2012 Paralympics has rightly become a Friday night institution. Host Adam Hills returns to marshal the mix of silliness and satire that characterise this comedy chat show, aided by Alex Brooker, Josh Widdicombe and a gaggle of up-for-it celebrity guests. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.45pm Graham Norton will be kept on his toes as Cher graces his sofa for the first time in five years, with her suffer-no-fools attitude. She is joined by her Mamma Mia! co-star Christine Baranski. Also on the final live show of the series are Rupert Everett and Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer. VP Marvel’s Luke Cage Netflix, from today Superheroes have become a tiresome constant in film and on TV, but this action series, with a soulful black champion at its centre, is a welcome addition to the genre. Mike Colter returns for a second series as the pumped-up, titular New York action man. In the first episode he deals with the ramifications of last season’s climax in which he triumphed over evil but lost his anonymity. Now he’s being pestered for selfies as he tries to figure out his next move in an opening episode that’s directed by actress Lucy Liu. VP Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts and Sky One, from 7.00pm The year’s biggest pop festival (in the absence of Glastonbury) celebrates its 50th anniversary with a line-up spanning the decades, from electro-rockers Depeche Mode to headliners The Killers. The coverage begins on Sky Arts at 7pm, with Nile Rodgers & Chic taking to the stage at 7.30pm. Kasabian will close out the first night on Sky Arts at 11pm. VP Victoria & Abdul (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen Frears’ fascinating real-life tale about the extraordinary friendship between the ageing Queen Victoria (a sensational Judi Dench) and her young Muslim attendant Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), known as “the Munshi”, is all nostalgia and inertia – a tale ablaze with historical import and contemporary resonance, reduced to commemorative biscuit tin proportions. Eddie Izzard co-stars. Mad Max (1979) ★★★★☆ ITV, 11.45pm An explosive breakthrough – literally. Improbable car stunts and pile-ups ensue as “mad” Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) attempts to police a dystopian Australia, where feral biker gangs rape and pillage at will. Director George Miller’s vision was “a silent movie with sound” and he drew inspiration for the film’s injuries and deaths from his time working as a doctor in a Sydney hospital. The film essentially founded Australia’s film industry. Sexy Beast (2000) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 12.10am Ben Kingsley is at his scariest in this tense and enthralling thriller as the gangster thug who wants to rob a well-guarded bank, and flies out to Spain to drag his retired associate Gary (a lobster-tanned Ray Winstone) back to work. But Gary is living a contented life with his wife (Amanda Redman) and has no intention of going back to his criminal life, forcing the two men into a battle of wills that ends in violence. Saturday 23 June The new noir: Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies Credit: BBC Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm Welsh crime drama is having a moment right now and, watching the atmospheric Hidden, it’s easy to see why. The key to Mark Andrew and Ed Talfan’s addictive crime drama lies in its lack of trickery and refusal to rely on out-of-nowhere twists. Instead the viewer knows from the outset that the disturbed Dylan Harris (Rhodri Meilir) is the man behind the abduction of the now-dead Mali Pryce, which means that the series’ appeal lies in following detectives Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams) and Owen Vaughan (Sion Alun Davies) as they scramble to solve the case. Yet Hidden is not simply a whydunnit, as this third episode demonstrates. Andrew and Talfan are as interested in picking apart the fallout from Mali’s death as they are in watching the detectives hunt their man. This episode sees Mali’s sister Lea (Lara Catrin) and father Alun (Owen Arwyn) deal with their grief, while we learn more about the troubled university student Megan (Gwyneth Keyworth) and Dylan’s most recent victim Lowri (Lois Meleri Jones). Watching these disparate strands slowly come together to create a thoughtful crime drama is a hugely enjoyable experience. Here’s hoping the series continues to be this strong. Sarah Hughes EU Referendum: The Result BBC Parliament,from 9.55am As the UK’s future after Brexit continues to be debated, BBC Parliament is reminding us how it all began by rerunning the BBC’s then-live coverage of the EU referendum results in its entirety. This whopping 11-hour broadcast, anchored by the 77-year-old David Dimbleby, includes everything from Nigel Farage’s premature concession speech through to former Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm Condemned to a series defeat against South Africa last weekend, England will be even more concerned by the fact it was their fifth Test defeat in a row. However, speaking after Saturday’s 23-12 loss – in which the visitors raced into a 12-0 lead with Mike Brown and Jonny May scoring fine tries. – coach Eddie Jones said he’ll “stick to his guns”, as his side bring the curtain down in Cape Town on what has been a frustrating tour. A victory today would alleviate the pressure on Jones somewhat. Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts, from 5.00pm/ Sky One, from 10.00pm Edith Bowman, Vick Hope and Joel Dommett present coverage from the second day of the music festival. Jessie J and James Bay are among those performing early on, while later the headliners, including Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher and Soul II Soul, will be shown live on both Sky Arts and Sky One. Sunday’s coverage of the final day sees performances from The Killers Van Morrison and Travis. SH The Great Exhibition of the North BBC Two, 6.30pm; Scotland, 7.30pm This weekend sees the beginning of three months of art and culture events across 30 venues in Newcastle. Shaun Keaveny takes a look at some of what’s on offer, meets some of the creators of the works and visits key landmarks in the city. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 7.00pm; not Scotland It’s sink or swim time for the likeable Will Millard in the final episode of the series – he’s out of his comfort zone after agreeing to compete in Ross-on-Wye’s annual regatta. Luckily, Tintern Abbey and Chepstow offer gentler charms. Blind Date Channel 5, 7.30pm Mothers are very much the theme of this latest series of the dating show. After last week’s opening episode saw Dubliner Barry make the mistake of allowing his mother to choose his date, this week sees mother-and-son duo, Emile and Belinda, both searching for love. Can host Paul O’Grady guide them to happiness? International Rugby League: New Zealand v England BBC Two, 9.00pm A big one this, as New Zealand and England meet at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. This match will be England’s first game on US soil since October 2000, when they took on the USA in Orlando, Florida. The Kiwis will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing World Cup last year when, despite being finalists in the three previous editions, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals. England will be hoping to continue their recent encouraging form, having reached the World Cup final in 2017, eventually losing 6-0 to Australia. All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.10pm The final episode of the foul-mouthed matriarch’s talk show sees Ray Mears attempt to give hapless duo Dermot and Buster a crash course in survival skills while, in a nice touch, Boy George brings his mother, Dinah, over for a chat. SH Live Boxing: Josh Taylor v Viktor Postol Channel 5, 10.30pm The WBC Silver Super Lightweight title is at stake at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, as Jose Taylor takes on Viktor Postol. Taylor turned professional in June 2015, and has established himself as a force to be reckoned with after notching up 12 wins from 12 fights. In his amateur days, Taylor made it to two Commonwealth finals, winning a gold medal in Glasgow at the 2014 Games. He has held this title since taking it from South Africa’s Warren Joubert in March 2017, and this will be his fourth defence. Muppets Most Wanted (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 2.45pm The Muppets tour Europe, where Kermit (Steve Whitmire) is kidnapped and replaced by a doppelgänger. Masterminding the plot is a sleazy Ricky Gervais. Though this contains moments of joy with itsfun musical numbers and clever gags, the Muppets themselves are crowded out by cameo overkill from the likes of Lady Gaga, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Céline Dion. Creed (2015) ★★★★☆ ITV, 9.30pm Ryan Coogler’s continuation of the Rocky saga packs a real emotional punch as Sylvester Stallone gives one of his best performances ever. He neither wrote nor directed, but his actor-for-hire status translates into a compelling lack of vanity on screen. Life for Rocky has come full circle as he agrees to train Donnie (Michael B Jordan), the son of his old nemesis Apollo. Little Voice (1998) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.30pm Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks star in this bittersweet comedy musical drama based on Jim Cartwright’s hit play. Timid LV (Horrocks) obsesses over her dead father’s records by imitating Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Bassey to perfection. Her talents are discovered by her mother’s (Blethyn) showbiz agent boyfriend (Caine), who hopes to turn her from mouse to megastar. Sunday 24 June Fielding stories: Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Elisabeth Bumiller Credit: BBC Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate BBC Two, 9.00pm Renowned film-maker Liz Garbus’s fascinating four-part documentary series takes us behind the scenes of The New York Times, one of the world’s most venerable news outlets, as it grapples with the early days of the Trump presidency. It’s a heady, fly-on-the-wall insight into the frenetic pace of the newsroom, as articles are written and published at breakneck speed amid a flurry of slamming phones, team huddles and endless rolling on-screen coverage. What makes this prospect so unique, however, is its context. So unexpected was Trump’s win and so volatile the White House that normal journalistic protocol was jettisoned to match the new administration’s unpredictability. We watch, then, as a raft of investigative reporters headed by Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller, field a barrage of explosive stories, from the Trump camp’s links to Russia to the President’s claim he was wiretapped by Obama. It’s a shame that Garber only briefly deals with the toll such work takes on the journalists’ personal lives, but perhaps this rightly reflects how little time this tireless team have for themselves. Toby Dantzic Romesh: Talking to Comedians in a Pie and Mash Shop BBC Three, from today Having previously held conversations with comedians in both a café and a pub, Romesh Ranganathan now heads to a pie and mash shop for this straightforward set-up that yields unexpectedly delightful results. Ranganathan’s winningly droll style gets his dining companions immediately on side, so that they offer up authentic titbits of experience. Rob Beckett, for example, reminisces about Ranganthan’s father’s “awful” pub, improv expert Rachel Parris reveals a hilariously embarrassing onstage blunder, and Sally Phillips manages to be both funny and moving about her special needs son. MOTD Live: Fifa World Cup 2018 – England v Panama BBC One, 12.10pm After their hard-fought 2-1 win over Tunisia, the Three Lions step up for their second World Cup game against Panama. The South Americans are making their debut at the tournament but it hasn’t gone well so far – they lost their opening game against Belgium 3-0. Live Formula 1: The French Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 3.05pm After a 10-year hiatus, the French Grand Prix opens its doors to Formula 1 once again at Circuit Paul Ricard, where its last winner – in 2008 – was Brazil’s Felipe Massa. Nigel Kennedy Plays Bach & Gershwin: BBC’s Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 7.00pm Here’s another chance to see a behemoth of the classical genre, violinist Nigel Kennedy, perform a thrilling set against the dramatic sun-lit backdrop of Scone Palace in Perth. TD Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm An impassioned Ross (Aidan Turner) makes his maiden speech in parliament tonight, quickly gaining notoriety. Back in Cornwall, things aren’t so rosy for Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) as she tackles the fallout from a failing mine. The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm Brittle commander’s wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) comes into focus during tonight’s episode of the dystopian drama. Flashbacks reveal the violent abuse she suffered for her conservative views. Back in the present, meanwhile, she wavers between cruelty and tenderness towards pregnant Offred (Elisabeth Moss). Celebrity Catchphrase ITV, 9.15pm With nerves no doubt frayed from England’s match earlier, Stephen Mulhern offers a lighter football-themed alternative with this edition of the game show. Soccer stars Paul Merson and Eni Aluko join the fun, alongside actor Shayne Ward. TD The Sound Barrier (1952, b/w) ★★★☆☆ Talking Pictures TV, 5.40pm This was the last of three films that David Lean directed starring his second wife Ann Todd and although it was a success, it has become one of the director’s least-known films. It tells the story of attempts by aircraft designers and test pilots to break the sound barrier. Cinematographer Peter Newbrook’s new Arriflex camera was mounted in the rear of the last surviving Lancaster bomber. Blackhat (2015) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 9.00pm Michael Mann’s cybercrime thriller is the ultimate in digital cinema and begins with the kind of brooding, suspenseful set-piece that he mastered decades ago in films such as Collateral and Heat. Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth), a former cyber-crook, is temporarily released from prison to aid an American-Chinese task force in the hunt for a hacker. Viola Davis co-stars as the deeply unimpressed face of the FBI. Oasis: Supersonic (2016) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.00pm Oasis’s glory-days documentary indulges Noel and Liam Gallagher’s bad behaviour. Mat Whitecross’s film starts and ends with the pair of dates when Oasis debatably peaked, at Knebworth in 1996, and goes to excessive length to detail stories of their excess. Few rock stars, in fairness, have a habit of being so amusingly and brutally honest about their failings, and Whitecross is content to let them have the last word. Monday 25 June Brash: US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson (centre) Credit: Channel 4 Inside the American Embassy Channel 4, 10.00pm Those with an aversion to US President Donald Trump should gird their loins. Billionaire Robert Wood Johnson, the new US ambassador to Great Britain, has been a close friend of the US President for decades, and doesn’t stint on expressing his admiration for the man in this intriguing, if limited, fly-on-the-wall three-parter. Beginning with Johnson’s swearing-in, this opener takes in the move of the US Embassy in London from Mayfair to Battersea, Trump’s pronouncements on everything from Israel to Britain First and the first throes of Brexit negotiations. “I think it’s going to fall into place quicker than people realise,” reckons Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan about the latter. The discussions between Ambassador Johnson and various government ministers are very revealing, particularly because of the body language and what is unsaid as much as the actual exchanges. Johnson, too, is an unusual figure: brash and blunt, yet entirely lacking in charisma. The access is excellent (Johnson being trained to face the British press is an eye-opener), yet the tension is dissipated by the suspicion that everyone is on best behaviour. But if it loosens up next week, it could prove fascinating. Gabriel Tate Preacher Amazon Prime, from today Starring Joe Gilgun as a hard-living vampire, Dominic Cooper as a dissolute priest and Ruth Negga as the latter’s wild-card girlfriend, this lurid comic-book drama is a blast. This third season finds them in New Orleans. How the NHS Changed Our World BBC Two, 7.00pm This new series, running through the week, tells the story of five NHS hospitals, beginning with The Royal Papworth in Cambridgeshire, whose pioneering surgeons established it as a world leader in heart transplants. People who have used it, including comedian Eddie Large and the world’s longest-surviving heart-transplant patient, pay tribute. Britain’s Best Junior Doctors BBC Two, 7.30pm Jo Brand hosts this peculiar-sounding new quiz show in which two teams of junior doctors go head-to-head every night for a place in Friday’s final. The challenges include diagnosis of symptoms and the prioritisation of cases in a mocked-up A&E department. First up is University Hospitals Leicester vs Kettering General. 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The police team investigate claims that body parts have been buried in a garden on a Luton housing estate, and uncover a grim story of a turf war between rival gangs as the plot thickens. Rolls-Royce: the Rise & Fall of a Great British Brand Channel 5, 9.00pm An overview of a brand that has survived wars, death and hostile takeovers to endure as a byword for class in the modern age. GT Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm The second season of Westworld has been somewhat divisive. Some decry its gratuitous chronological labyrinths and sluggish pacing; while others have relished the cerebral storytelling. The final episode is likely to throw up as many questions as answers, with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) continuing their missions. Nature’s Turtle Nursery: Inside the Nest BBC Four, 9.10pm Documenting the mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica, Dr George McGavin follows this remarkable event from start to finish. GT Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) ★★★☆☆ E4, 9.00pm British director Rupert Wyatt, making a confident leap into the big-time after his nifty 2008 debut The Escapist, fashions much of this prequel movie as a simian prison flick. It’s grand entertainment as intelligent ape Caesar (a subtle mo-cap performance by Andy Serkis, though you never quite believe that you’re watching a real ape) is imprisoned in a sanctuary and begins to question nature’s hierarchy. Point Blank (1967) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm This punchy, pared-down and sexy (it was X-rated in its day) thriller follows the mission of a career criminal (played by Lee Marvin) hunting down a former accomplice who shot him at point-blank range. Adapted from the crime noir pulp novel The Hunter, it was one of the definitive films to emerge from Hollywood in the Sixties, and John Boorman’s direction would go on to influence Scorsese and Tarantino. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) ★★★☆☆ Universal TV, 9.00pm Tony Scott’s remake of the exciting 1974 thriller about the hijack of a New York subway train ditches the original tight storytelling and evocative sense of place in favour of Scott’s characteristic bombastic action. The strong premise, a battle of wits between low-key train dispatcher hero Denzel Washington and a goateed criminal John Travolta, makes it watchable. Tuesday 26 June Big questions: Anita Rani and Nick Robinson host the live event Credit: BBC NHS at 70: Live BBC Two, 8.00pm Essential viewing for anyone concerned about the future of the NHS, this 90-minute live event from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is a centrepiece of the BBC’s 70th anniversary season celebrating the founding of the National Health Service in 1948. But just how practical, or feasible, is the service’s founding aim of making healthcare available to all based on need rather than ability to pay, when demand outstrips resources in the 21st century? Will the Government’s recently announced extra £4 billion a year be enough to plug the funding gap? Can the health service adapt to cope with the issues pose by an ageing population? And can the public be encouraged to reduce demand by taking active measures to improve health? These are among the question up for discussion by an audience of NHS professionals, patients (via live-link-ups) and a handful of celebrity guests. Among the contributors will be Nick Robinson who, having undergone cancer treatment, has personal views on how good the NHS is, and who with co-host Anita Rani will prevent the findings of exclusive new research into the challenges facing the NHS in years to come. Gerard O’Donovan Bear’s Mission with Warwick Davis ITV, 9.00pm “We all have dwarfism in our family. We’re not built for climbing things.” Actor Warwick Davis gamely lets survival expert Bear Grylls put him through his paces in this entertaining challenge to reach the less accessible parts of his favourite holiday spot, the Lake District. The Affair Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm It began as an attention-grabbing steamy portrait of an affair, seen from the contrasting perspectives of its principals – Noah Solloway (Dominic West) and Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson). Now, as the fourth series gets under way, the American drama has matured into an ensemble piece with all the main characters estranged and in new relationships. Which leaves more room for developing minor roles, such as Noah’s eldest daughter Whitney (Julia Goldani Telles) and new faces such as the principal of the school where Noah teaches. Our Girl BBC One, 9.10pm They’re deep in Boko Haram territory, trying to evade capture while waiting for a Special Forces unit to rescue them. But that doesn’t stop Captain James (Ben Aldridge) deciding that it’s the perfect moment to make a confession to Georgie (Michelle Keegan). Horizon: Teenagers vs Cancer – A User’s Guide BBC Two, 9.30pm An exploration of the specialist facilities, support and cutting-edge treatments available to young cancer patients in Britain, seen through the eyes of 11 teenagers who take us through their diagnoses and individually tailored care packages. Tortured to Death: Murdering the Nanny Channel 5, 10.00pm The murder of 21-year-old French nanny Sophie Lionnet in London last year shocked seasoned investigators with its brutality. This report tells the story of the murder and trial that led to the conviction of her employers in May. GO Through Lotte’s Lens Sky Arts, 10.00pm The lens in question is that of Austrian portrait photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf, whose work captures the story of the refugees who fled Europe from the Nazis in the Thirties and, settling in Britain, contributed enthusiastically to life and culture here in succeeding years. An atmospheric, thoughtful and celebratory film from Tony Britten. GO Hope Floats (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.45pm In this heart-warming, if predictable, romcom, Sandra Bullock plays Birdee Calvert, a former prom queen whose dream life is shattered when her husband leaves her for her best friend on a Jerry Springer-like national TV show. Birdee must choose between her morals and her heart when a charming man, whom her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life. Forest Whitaker directs. Winchester ’73 (1950, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.10pm James Stewart stars in this classic western, the first of five that the star made with director Anthony Mann, almost single-handedly rescuing the flagging genre. The film’s other big star is the prized rifle of the title, at the heart of a plot in which two brothers go head to head in a grudge match after one of them kills their father. Watch out for early appearances from Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson. 3:10 to Yuma (2007) ★★★★☆ Film4, 11.35pm A remake of the 1957 classic, itself an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story, 3:10 to Yuma is an excellent, thrill-filled western starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as two men from either side of the law who are thrown together. Directed with verve by James Mangold, it’s the story of a rancher (Bale) who escorts a notorious gunslinger (Crowe) to the town of Contention to be put on the train to Yuma Prison. Wednesday 27 June Blustering: Jamie Demetriou as lettings agent Stath Credit: Channel 4 Stath Lets Flats Channel 4, 10.00pm Don’t let the title of comedian Jamie Demetriou’s new sitcom, co-written with Friday Night Dinner’s Robert Popper, deceive you: Stath (played with warmth by Demetriou) does anything but let flats. In fact, he’s quite probably the most incompetent lettings agent in London, a full-of-himself fool with a tendency to open his mouth before his brain has fully engaged. Unfortunately for Stath, he’s stuck in his job, despite being demonstrably worse than every other employee, because his glowering father Vassos (Christos Stergioglou) owns the agency and would pass it on to his son, if only he showed the smallest glimmer of improvement. From Dad’s Army to This Country, incompetence is a well-worn staple of British sitcoms, but Demetriou and Popper manage to give Stath Lets Flats a fresh spin, not least because the blustering Stath is such a recognisable type. Not every joke works, but the strong supporting cast including Demetriou’s real-life sibling Natasia as Stath’s equally hapless but kind-hearted sister Sophie, Alastair Roberts as well-meaning colleague Al and Katy Wix as the competent Carole do enough to suggest that this could be a grower. Sarah Hughes The Cult of Sunday Night BBC Four, 7.30pm While the current series of Poldark continues to thrill fans of brooding men and tempestuous women, this timely repeat of a documentary from 2009 looks at the original Seventies drama. That Sunday night hit made stars of Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees, who played Ross and Demelza, but it also infuriated author Winston Graham thanks to some large deviations from his source material. The Highland Midwife Channel 5, 8.00pm This lovely fly-on-the-wall series covering midwives in the Scottish highlands makes a welcome return. In this tense opening episode, Ruth, Morven and Hazel struggle with a trio of difficult births. The People vs the NHS: Who Gets the Drugs? BBC Two, 9.00pm Part of the BBC’s NHS at 70 series, this diverting documentary looks at how the health service’s cash-flow crisis can impact lives. Using the legal battle over PrEP, a drug widely believed to reduce the risk of contracting HIV as its focus, the film asks how funding decisions are made. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.15pm There’s a real pleasure to be found in watching Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse while away time fishing. Even the more serious moments – this week both men discuss death while standing in the Middle Wye – are leavened by dry wit. It’s a delight. This Is Congo – Storyville BBC Four, 10.00pm Photographer Daniel McCabe’s hard-hitting film about the Democratic Republic of Congo is the sort of documentary that haunts you long after the credits have rolled. McCabe talks to soldiers, workers and families about their experiences in this war-ravaged country, building up a devastating and heartbreaking picture. It’s an important and necessary reminder of a part of the world that is too often ignored. SH Lookalikes Channel 4, 10.30pm Channel 4’s uneasy hybrid of structured reality TV show and comedy returns for a second series with David Beckham lookalike Andy Harmer and his frenemy Tim Oliver, a David Brent impersonator, battling to keep their rival agencies afloat… SH My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) ★★☆☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.35pm Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett star in this slushy romcom. Roberts plays Julianne, who falls in love with her old friend (Mulroney), only to discover that he’s due to marry another girl (Diaz) the next day. Everett isn’t one of the love interests – he plays Roberts’s gay best friend – but he manages to elope with the film. Fatima (2015) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 10.00pm French director Philippe Faucon had success at Cannes with this insightful study of female behaviour. Fatima (Soria Zeroual) is a 44-year-old Moroccan woman raising two teenage girls in Lyon. The youngest, Souad (Kenza-Noah Aïche), is a sullen, sexy rebel ashamed of her mother for working as a housecleaner.It’s a little slow in parts but, like its heroine, that’s all part of the film’s quiet dignity. The Blair Witch Project (1998) ★★★★☆ Sky One, 11.00pm An inventive horror whose frights are all created via suspense and the power of suggestion. Made on a meagre budget of around $ 750,000 (it grossed around $ 250 million at the box office), it purports to be the footage left behind by three American film students who enter a forest to investigate the legendary “Blair Witch”. Some moviegoers were physically ill due to the shaky camerawork. Thursday 28 June Making a night of it: Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid Credit: ITV Good Evening Britain ITV, 9.15pm Despite BBC Breakfast being the undisputed champion in terms of viewers, there’s no denying that Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan continue to hog the column inches due to their combative relationship and controversial interviews on Good Morning Britain. This late-night, one-off incarnation follows ITV’s coverage of England’s World Cup match with Belgium (see preview, below), a tie which should go a long way towards clarifying the Three Lions’ realistic hopes for the tournament. Expect debate, chat and a few famous faces offering their opinions on the result, plus coverage of showbiz stories in what is presumably a high-profile pilot for a permanent fixture in this prime-time slot, following the unmitigated disaster of The Nightly Show. Whether Morgan is the man that audiences want as the nation’s cheerleader/consoler-in-chief is as open to debate as his decision to present Donald Trump with an Arsenal shirt, but ITV has long yearned for a way in which to blend football and entertainment (remember James Corden’s World Cup Live, or the magnificent Rio’s World Cup Wind-Ups?), so expect everything to be thrown at the screen in search of the perfect formula. Gabriel Tate FIFA World Cup 2018: England vs Belgium ITV, 6.15pm Gareth Southgate’s young lions face Belgium’s “golden generation” who have yet to turn their enviable gathering of talents into serious tournament challengers. Mark Pougatch is in the studio while Clive Tydesley provides the commentary, with kick-off at 7.00pm. Celebrities on the NHS Frontline BBC One, 9.00pm; not Wales Armed with their own experiences of the NHS, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, ex-MP Ann Widdecombe, reporter Stacey Dooley and TV presenter Michael Mosley work with hospital staff in a bid to understand the challenges that the service now face. These include smaller budgets, increased scrutiny and an ageing population. It may sound gimmicky, but this two-parter is very absorbing. Japan’s Secret Shame BBC Two, 9.00pm In 2017, Japanese woman Shiori Ito went public with rape allegations against a more prominent fellow journalist. These were met with silence or worse. Here she explores why other victims in the country are unwilling or unable to speak out. Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The penultimate episode of the third series of this always absorbing drama finds the part human, part synth Leo (Colin Morgan) in peril, and Mattie (Lucy Carless) reveals her secret. GT Outlander More4, 9.00pm Juggling sweeping adventure with tense espionage (18th-century style) and introspective character studies, this period romp continues with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) finding a sense of purpose in helping the sick. Meanwhile, Jamie (Sam Heughan) continues his efforts to derail history’s march towards the Battle of Culloden by engaging the services of a pickpocket plying his trade in a brothel. The result is cheerfully daft and occasionally surprisingly deep. Running Wild with Bear Grylls Discovery, 10.00pm In between wrangling civilians on The Island, Bear Grylls likes to go yomping with famous people, who have included in the past Barack Obama and Roger Federer. This week, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle treks through the New England mountains, with all of its precarious climbs and dangerous rivers. This time, the compulsory unpalatable meal features porcupine carcass. GT True Grit (1969) ★★★★☆ Film4, 3.45pm John Wayne gives an imposing performance – for which he won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe – in this muscular western, directed by Henry Hathaway. Wayne plays Rooster Cogburn, an ageing, hardbitten marshal who’s called on to track down a murderer. Also on the trail are the victim’s 14-year-old daughter (Kim Darby) and an opportunistic Texas Ranger (Glen Campbell) who wants to collect the reward. Summertime (1955) ★★★★☆ Talking Pictures TV, 6.00pm From the mid-Fifties, David Lean developed a taste for filming further afield and directed Katharine Hepburn in this romance set in Venice. Jane Hudson (Hepburn), a secretary from the American Midwest, is finally realising her dream of taking a holiday in Venice, where she embarks on a tentative romance with a antiques dealer (Rossano Brazzi). Jack Hildyard’s cinematography ravishes. Rocky III (1982) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.55pm; not STV Stallone is once more infront of and behind the camera in this third instalment in the series. Old rival Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) becomes Rocky’s new trainer after the Italian Stallion takes a pounding from the vicious Clubber Lang (Mr T). One sun-soaked sequence features Rocky and Creed frolicking around on a beach and embracing in vests. Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan co-stars as wrestling champion Thunderlips. Friday 29 June Angry young man: Toby Wallace stars as Kane Credit: BBC Romper Stomper BBC Two, 11.05pm & midnight; Scot and NI, times vary It’s already had an airing on BBC Three but this gritty, politically charged six-part Australian series, about a gang of ultra-violent neo-Nazis in Melbourne and the left-wing student group that opposes them, deserves this prominent BBC Two late-night slot. It is based on the cult 1991 film of the same name, in which Russell Crowe came to prominence as a psychotic skinhead, and the movie’s director Geoffrey Wright is behind this update, too, writing the opening episode (of this double bill). Actor Toby Wallace is a strikingly charismatic presence – balancing charm with an undercurrent of real menace – as Kane, an angry young man just out of the army, who together with his dumber sidekick Stix (Kaden Hartcher) gets drawn into the right-wing group of activist Blake Farron (Lachy Hulme). But it is Farron’s younger wife Zoe (Sophie Lowe) who is the real draw for Kane – spelling major trouble ahead for all. Violence, romance and a thoughtful approach to extreme politics makes a potent, dramatic mix, and the results are explosive at times. For fans of the original, Jacqueline McKenzie, who played Kane’s mother Gabrielle, reprises the role here. Gerard O’Donovan Glow Netflix, from today The first season of this comedy about Ruth (Alison Brie), a struggling actress who is drawn into the weird world of women’s wrestling was a big hit. This second run, in which Ruth and the gang get a proper tilt at fame, is just as good. James Martin’s American Adventure ITV, 8.00pm; not UTV or Wales Chef James Martin takes to the US highways in search of “some of the greatest food on the planet”. In this opener, he mounts a vintage Harley Davidson to hog it up in the Napa Valley, home to some of California’s greatest wine makers and fine-dine restaurants. The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Poor Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) has been through the wringer in this fourth season of the bleak but absorbing Scandi thriller. This is the final episode, so expect it to go out with a very big bang as Saga finds a match for the killer’s fingerprint… but nothing’s ever that simple, is it? Duran Duran Night BBC Four, from 9.00pm Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor invite viewers to join them for two films – There’s Something You Should Know (9.00pm) and Duran Duran: A Night In (10.00pm) – in which they look back over their 40th years in pop, plus Duran Duran: Unstaged, their 2011 concert collaboration with director David Lynch. Download Festival 2018 Sky Arts, 9.00pm Here are highlights from the summer’s biggest metal and rock weekend, which was held earlier this month at Donington Park, with Guns N’ Roses, Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne among the headline acts. GO Frankie Boyle’s New World Order BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.05pm More hardcore topical comedy as Frankie Boyle dissects the week’s headlines and assorted bizarre news stories with the help of a studio audience and guests Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan and Miles Jupp. The Big Narstie Show Channel 4, 11.00pm The popular, sometimes controversial grime MC, rapper and internet sensation teams up with comedian Mo Gilligan to host a new late-night alternative entertainment show, with music, sketches, viewer interaction and guests in the studio talking news, television shows and the latest trends. GO Rush Hour (1998) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker join forces in this culture-clash cop comedy. When the Chinese consul’s daughter is abducted, the diplomat summons trusted friend Detective Inspector Lee (Chan) from Hong Kong. Spurned by the FBI, Lee must team up with a rebellious fast-talking LAPD officer (Tucker) to find the girl. This is a pacy, amiable comedy with impeccably choreographed action sequences. Mad Max 2 (1981) ★★★★★ ITV, 10.45pm Mel Gibson reprises his role as Max, a cynical and alienated ex-cop, in this thrillingly intense action sequel that proved to be that rare thing – better than the original. Drifting through the Outback after a nuclear war, he comes upon a small community menaced by a gang that aims to rob them of their oil. Can Max defend them? George Miller (who later, incongruously, co-wrote Babe) again writes and directs. The Full Monty (1997) ★★★★☆ BBC One, 11.25pm You’ll never look at Tom Wilkinson in the same way again after seeing him gyrate on stage as a stripper in this bittersweet British comedy which opened in British cinemas 21 years ago. Set in Sheffield, it follows six out-of-work men who form an exotic dance troupe in order to raise some funds. And they’re willing to reveal, quite literally, all. Simon Beaufoy’s script is a moving exploration of masculinity. Robert Carlyle co-stars. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Friday 22 June The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Screenwriter Hans Rosenfeldt still has a couple of tasks to complete in the final two episodes of his superior, if at times preposterous, Scandi-thriller, before it bows out for good next week. The over-arching riddle since Henrik Sabroe (Thure Lindhardt) joined the Danish cop shop in series three is what happened to his two daughters, who’d gone missing eight years ago.In tonight’s penultimate episode that question is answered at last, and of course it’s Henrik’s colleague and sometime lover, on-the-spectrum brainbox Saga Norén (Sofia Helin), who figures it out. But as we’ve seen over nearly four series of grisly murder, Rosenfeldt can’t usually be relied on for a happy ending. Then Rosenfeldt’s second task is having Saga figure out who’s killing people using the same methods deployed in government executions (stoning, electrocution, et al) before she becomes the next victim. Tonight, fans will be cheered to see Saga – so often a forlorn, misunderstood character – make solid progress in both the case and in therapy, which bodes well for her future. But this isn’t a cosy relationship drama, and rest assured there are lurid shocks that set us up for next week’s finale. VP The Crystal Maze Channel 4, 9.00pm This star-laden edition of the action game show sees Countdown’s maths genius Rachel Riley in a polite power struggle with skipper Judy Murray, mother of Andy, as she tries to dominate the decision-making. It adds a frisson to the proceedings that also include ex-footballer Wayne Bridge and Paralympian David Weir. VP Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm In this first of a boozy two-parter set in South America, chanteuse Jane McDonald boards another cruise ship and samples Pisco sours and drinks whisky chilled by glacier ice. VP The Last Leg Channel 4, 10.00pm What started off as a spin-off for the 2012 Paralympics has rightly become a Friday night institution. Host Adam Hills returns to marshal the mix of silliness and satire that characterise this comedy chat show, aided by Alex Brooker, Josh Widdicombe and a gaggle of up-for-it celebrity guests. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.45pm Graham Norton will be kept on his toes as Cher graces his sofa for the first time in five years, with her suffer-no-fools attitude. She is joined by her Mamma Mia! co-star Christine Baranski. Also on the final live show of the series are Rupert Everett and Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer. VP Marvel’s Luke Cage Netflix, from today Superheroes have become a tiresome constant in film and on TV, but this action series, with a soulful black champion at its centre, is a welcome addition to the genre. Mike Colter returns for a second series as the pumped-up, titular New York action man. In the first episode he deals with the ramifications of last season’s climax in which he triumphed over evil but lost his anonymity. Now he’s being pestered for selfies as he tries to figure out his next move in an opening episode that’s directed by actress Lucy Liu. VP Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts and Sky One, from 7.00pm The year’s biggest pop festival (in the absence of Glastonbury) celebrates its 50th anniversary with a line-up spanning the decades, from electro-rockers Depeche Mode to headliners The Killers. The coverage begins on Sky Arts at 7pm, with Nile Rodgers & Chic taking to the stage at 7.30pm. Kasabian will close out the first night on Sky Arts at 11pm. VP Victoria & Abdul (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen Frears’ fascinating real-life tale about the extraordinary friendship between the ageing Queen Victoria (a sensational Judi Dench) and her young Muslim attendant Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), known as “the Munshi”, is all nostalgia and inertia – a tale ablaze with historical import and contemporary resonance, reduced to commemorative biscuit tin proportions. Eddie Izzard co-stars. Mad Max (1979) ★★★★☆ ITV, 11.45pm An explosive breakthrough – literally. Improbable car stunts and pile-ups ensue as “mad” Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) attempts to police a dystopian Australia, where feral biker gangs rape and pillage at will. Director George Miller’s vision was “a silent movie with sound” and he drew inspiration for the film’s injuries and deaths from his time working as a doctor in a Sydney hospital. The film essentially founded Australia’s film industry. Sexy Beast (2000) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 12.10am Ben Kingsley is at his scariest in this tense and enthralling thriller as the gangster thug who wants to rob a well-guarded bank, and flies out to Spain to drag his retired associate Gary (a lobster-tanned Ray Winstone) back to work. But Gary is living a contented life with his wife (Amanda Redman) and has no intention of going back to his criminal life, forcing the two men into a battle of wills that ends in violence. Saturday 23 June The new noir: Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies Credit: BBC Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm Welsh crime drama is having a moment right now and, watching the atmospheric Hidden, it’s easy to see why. The key to Mark Andrew and Ed Talfan’s addictive crime drama lies in its lack of trickery and refusal to rely on out-of-nowhere twists. Instead the viewer knows from the outset that the disturbed Dylan Harris (Rhodri Meilir) is the man behind the abduction of the now-dead Mali Pryce, which means that the series’ appeal lies in following detectives Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams) and Owen Vaughan (Sion Alun Davies) as they scramble to solve the case. Yet Hidden is not simply a whydunnit, as this third episode demonstrates. Andrew and Talfan are as interested in picking apart the fallout from Mali’s death as they are in watching the detectives hunt their man. This episode sees Mali’s sister Lea (Lara Catrin) and father Alun (Owen Arwyn) deal with their grief, while we learn more about the troubled university student Megan (Gwyneth Keyworth) and Dylan’s most recent victim Lowri (Lois Meleri Jones). Watching these disparate strands slowly come together to create a thoughtful crime drama is a hugely enjoyable experience. Here’s hoping the series continues to be this strong. Sarah Hughes EU Referendum: The Result BBC Parliament,from 9.55am As the UK’s future after Brexit continues to be debated, BBC Parliament is reminding us how it all began by rerunning the BBC’s then-live coverage of the EU referendum results in its entirety. This whopping 11-hour broadcast, anchored by the 77-year-old David Dimbleby, includes everything from Nigel Farage’s premature concession speech through to former Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm Condemned to a series defeat against South Africa last weekend, England will be even more concerned by the fact it was their fifth Test defeat in a row. However, speaking after Saturday’s 23-12 loss – in which the visitors raced into a 12-0 lead with Mike Brown and Jonny May scoring fine tries. – coach Eddie Jones said he’ll “stick to his guns”, as his side bring the curtain down in Cape Town on what has been a frustrating tour. A victory today would alleviate the pressure on Jones somewhat. Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts, from 5.00pm/ Sky One, from 10.00pm Edith Bowman, Vick Hope and Joel Dommett present coverage from the second day of the music festival. Jessie J and James Bay are among those performing early on, while later the headliners, including Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher and Soul II Soul, will be shown live on both Sky Arts and Sky One. Sunday’s coverage of the final day sees performances from The Killers Van Morrison and Travis. SH The Great Exhibition of the North BBC Two, 6.30pm; Scotland, 7.30pm This weekend sees the beginning of three months of art and culture events across 30 venues in Newcastle. Shaun Keaveny takes a look at some of what’s on offer, meets some of the creators of the works and visits key landmarks in the city. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 7.00pm; not Scotland It’s sink or swim time for the likeable Will Millard in the final episode of the series – he’s out of his comfort zone after agreeing to compete in Ross-on-Wye’s annual regatta. Luckily, Tintern Abbey and Chepstow offer gentler charms. Blind Date Channel 5, 7.30pm Mothers are very much the theme of this latest series of the dating show. After last week’s opening episode saw Dubliner Barry make the mistake of allowing his mother to choose his date, this week sees mother-and-son duo, Emile and Belinda, both searching for love. Can host Paul O’Grady guide them to happiness? International Rugby League: New Zealand v England BBC Two, 9.00pm A big one this, as New Zealand and England meet at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. This match will be England’s first game on US soil since October 2000, when they took on the USA in Orlando, Florida. The Kiwis will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing World Cup last year when, despite being finalists in the three previous editions, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals. England will be hoping to continue their recent encouraging form, having reached the World Cup final in 2017, eventually losing 6-0 to Australia. All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.10pm The final episode of the foul-mouthed matriarch’s talk show sees Ray Mears attempt to give hapless duo Dermot and Buster a crash course in survival skills while, in a nice touch, Boy George brings his mother, Dinah, over for a chat. SH Live Boxing: Josh Taylor v Viktor Postol Channel 5, 10.30pm The WBC Silver Super Lightweight title is at stake at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, as Jose Taylor takes on Viktor Postol. Taylor turned professional in June 2015, and has established himself as a force to be reckoned with after notching up 12 wins from 12 fights. In his amateur days, Taylor made it to two Commonwealth finals, winning a gold medal in Glasgow at the 2014 Games. He has held this title since taking it from South Africa’s Warren Joubert in March 2017, and this will be his fourth defence. Muppets Most Wanted (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 2.45pm The Muppets tour Europe, where Kermit (Steve Whitmire) is kidnapped and replaced by a doppelgänger. Masterminding the plot is a sleazy Ricky Gervais. Though this contains moments of joy with itsfun musical numbers and clever gags, the Muppets themselves are crowded out by cameo overkill from the likes of Lady Gaga, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Céline Dion. Creed (2015) ★★★★☆ ITV, 9.30pm Ryan Coogler’s continuation of the Rocky saga packs a real emotional punch as Sylvester Stallone gives one of his best performances ever. He neither wrote nor directed, but his actor-for-hire status translates into a compelling lack of vanity on screen. Life for Rocky has come full circle as he agrees to train Donnie (Michael B Jordan), the son of his old nemesis Apollo. Little Voice (1998) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.30pm Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks star in this bittersweet comedy musical drama based on Jim Cartwright’s hit play. Timid LV (Horrocks) obsesses over her dead father’s records by imitating Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Bassey to perfection. Her talents are discovered by her mother’s (Blethyn) showbiz agent boyfriend (Caine), who hopes to turn her from mouse to megastar. Sunday 24 June Fielding stories: Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Elisabeth Bumiller Credit: BBC Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate BBC Two, 9.00pm Renowned film-maker Liz Garbus’s fascinating four-part documentary series takes us behind the scenes of The New York Times, one of the world’s most venerable news outlets, as it grapples with the early days of the Trump presidency. It’s a heady, fly-on-the-wall insight into the frenetic pace of the newsroom, as articles are written and published at breakneck speed amid a flurry of slamming phones, team huddles and endless rolling on-screen coverage. What makes this prospect so unique, however, is its context. So unexpected was Trump’s win and so volatile the White House that normal journalistic protocol was jettisoned to match the new administration’s unpredictability. We watch, then, as a raft of investigative reporters headed by Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller, field a barrage of explosive stories, from the Trump camp’s links to Russia to the President’s claim he was wiretapped by Obama. It’s a shame that Garber only briefly deals with the toll such work takes on the journalists’ personal lives, but perhaps this rightly reflects how little time this tireless team have for themselves. Toby Dantzic Romesh: Talking to Comedians in a Pie and Mash Shop BBC Three, from today Having previously held conversations with comedians in both a café and a pub, Romesh Ranganathan now heads to a pie and mash shop for this straightforward set-up that yields unexpectedly delightful results. Ranganathan’s winningly droll style gets his dining companions immediately on side, so that they offer up authentic titbits of experience. Rob Beckett, for example, reminisces about Ranganthan’s father’s “awful” pub, improv expert Rachel Parris reveals a hilariously embarrassing onstage blunder, and Sally Phillips manages to be both funny and moving about her special needs son. MOTD Live: Fifa World Cup 2018 – England v Panama BBC One, 12.10pm After their hard-fought 2-1 win over Tunisia, the Three Lions step up for their second World Cup game against Panama. The South Americans are making their debut at the tournament but it hasn’t gone well so far – they lost their opening game against Belgium 3-0. Live Formula 1: The French Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 3.05pm After a 10-year hiatus, the French Grand Prix opens its doors to Formula 1 once again at Circuit Paul Ricard, where its last winner – in 2008 – was Brazil’s Felipe Massa. Nigel Kennedy Plays Bach & Gershwin: BBC’s Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 7.00pm Here’s another chance to see a behemoth of the classical genre, violinist Nigel Kennedy, perform a thrilling set against the dramatic sun-lit backdrop of Scone Palace in Perth. TD Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm An impassioned Ross (Aidan Turner) makes his maiden speech in parliament tonight, quickly gaining notoriety. Back in Cornwall, things aren’t so rosy for Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) as she tackles the fallout from a failing mine. The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm Brittle commander’s wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) comes into focus during tonight’s episode of the dystopian drama. Flashbacks reveal the violent abuse she suffered for her conservative views. Back in the present, meanwhile, she wavers between cruelty and tenderness towards pregnant Offred (Elisabeth Moss). Celebrity Catchphrase ITV, 9.15pm With nerves no doubt frayed from England’s match earlier, Stephen Mulhern offers a lighter football-themed alternative with this edition of the game show. Soccer stars Paul Merson and Eni Aluko join the fun, alongside actor Shayne Ward. TD The Sound Barrier (1952, b/w) ★★★☆☆ Talking Pictures TV, 5.40pm This was the last of three films that David Lean directed starring his second wife Ann Todd and although it was a success, it has become one of the director’s least-known films. It tells the story of attempts by aircraft designers and test pilots to break the sound barrier. Cinematographer Peter Newbrook’s new Arriflex camera was mounted in the rear of the last surviving Lancaster bomber. Blackhat (2015) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 9.00pm Michael Mann’s cybercrime thriller is the ultimate in digital cinema and begins with the kind of brooding, suspenseful set-piece that he mastered decades ago in films such as Collateral and Heat. Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth), a former cyber-crook, is temporarily released from prison to aid an American-Chinese task force in the hunt for a hacker. Viola Davis co-stars as the deeply unimpressed face of the FBI. Oasis: Supersonic (2016) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.00pm Oasis’s glory-days documentary indulges Noel and Liam Gallagher’s bad behaviour. Mat Whitecross’s film starts and ends with the pair of dates when Oasis debatably peaked, at Knebworth in 1996, and goes to excessive length to detail stories of their excess. Few rock stars, in fairness, have a habit of being so amusingly and brutally honest about their failings, and Whitecross is content to let them have the last word. Monday 25 June Brash: US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson (centre) Credit: Channel 4 Inside the American Embassy Channel 4, 10.00pm Those with an aversion to US President Donald Trump should gird their loins. Billionaire Robert Wood Johnson, the new US ambassador to Great Britain, has been a close friend of the US President for decades, and doesn’t stint on expressing his admiration for the man in this intriguing, if limited, fly-on-the-wall three-parter. Beginning with Johnson’s swearing-in, this opener takes in the move of the US Embassy in London from Mayfair to Battersea, Trump’s pronouncements on everything from Israel to Britain First and the first throes of Brexit negotiations. “I think it’s going to fall into place quicker than people realise,” reckons Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan about the latter. The discussions between Ambassador Johnson and various government ministers are very revealing, particularly because of the body language and what is unsaid as much as the actual exchanges. Johnson, too, is an unusual figure: brash and blunt, yet entirely lacking in charisma. The access is excellent (Johnson being trained to face the British press is an eye-opener), yet the tension is dissipated by the suspicion that everyone is on best behaviour. But if it loosens up next week, it could prove fascinating. Gabriel Tate Preacher Amazon Prime, from today Starring Joe Gilgun as a hard-living vampire, Dominic Cooper as a dissolute priest and Ruth Negga as the latter’s wild-card girlfriend, this lurid comic-book drama is a blast. This third season finds them in New Orleans. How the NHS Changed Our World BBC Two, 7.00pm This new series, running through the week, tells the story of five NHS hospitals, beginning with The Royal Papworth in Cambridgeshire, whose pioneering surgeons established it as a world leader in heart transplants. People who have used it, including comedian Eddie Large and the world’s longest-surviving heart-transplant patient, pay tribute. Britain’s Best Junior Doctors BBC Two, 7.30pm Jo Brand hosts this peculiar-sounding new quiz show in which two teams of junior doctors go head-to-head every night for a place in Friday’s final. The challenges include diagnosis of symptoms and the prioritisation of cases in a mocked-up A&E department. First up is University Hospitals Leicester vs Kettering General. 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The police team investigate claims that body parts have been buried in a garden on a Luton housing estate, and uncover a grim story of a turf war between rival gangs as the plot thickens. Rolls-Royce: the Rise & Fall of a Great British Brand Channel 5, 9.00pm An overview of a brand that has survived wars, death and hostile takeovers to endure as a byword for class in the modern age. GT Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm The second season of Westworld has been somewhat divisive. Some decry its gratuitous chronological labyrinths and sluggish pacing; while others have relished the cerebral storytelling. The final episode is likely to throw up as many questions as answers, with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) continuing their missions. Nature’s Turtle Nursery: Inside the Nest BBC Four, 9.10pm Documenting the mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica, Dr George McGavin follows this remarkable event from start to finish. GT Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) ★★★☆☆ E4, 9.00pm British director Rupert Wyatt, making a confident leap into the big-time after his nifty 2008 debut The Escapist, fashions much of this prequel movie as a simian prison flick. It’s grand entertainment as intelligent ape Caesar (a subtle mo-cap performance by Andy Serkis, though you never quite believe that you’re watching a real ape) is imprisoned in a sanctuary and begins to question nature’s hierarchy. Point Blank (1967) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm This punchy, pared-down and sexy (it was X-rated in its day) thriller follows the mission of a career criminal (played by Lee Marvin) hunting down a former accomplice who shot him at point-blank range. Adapted from the crime noir pulp novel The Hunter, it was one of the definitive films to emerge from Hollywood in the Sixties, and John Boorman’s direction would go on to influence Scorsese and Tarantino. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) ★★★☆☆ Universal TV, 9.00pm Tony Scott’s remake of the exciting 1974 thriller about the hijack of a New York subway train ditches the original tight storytelling and evocative sense of place in favour of Scott’s characteristic bombastic action. The strong premise, a battle of wits between low-key train dispatcher hero Denzel Washington and a goateed criminal John Travolta, makes it watchable. Tuesday 26 June Big questions: Anita Rani and Nick Robinson host the live event Credit: BBC NHS at 70: Live BBC Two, 8.00pm Essential viewing for anyone concerned about the future of the NHS, this 90-minute live event from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is a centrepiece of the BBC’s 70th anniversary season celebrating the founding of the National Health Service in 1948. But just how practical, or feasible, is the service’s founding aim of making healthcare available to all based on need rather than ability to pay, when demand outstrips resources in the 21st century? Will the Government’s recently announced extra £4 billion a year be enough to plug the funding gap? Can the health service adapt to cope with the issues pose by an ageing population? And can the public be encouraged to reduce demand by taking active measures to improve health? These are among the question up for discussion by an audience of NHS professionals, patients (via live-link-ups) and a handful of celebrity guests. Among the contributors will be Nick Robinson who, having undergone cancer treatment, has personal views on how good the NHS is, and who with co-host Anita Rani will prevent the findings of exclusive new research into the challenges facing the NHS in years to come. Gerard O’Donovan Bear’s Mission with Warwick Davis ITV, 9.00pm “We all have dwarfism in our family. We’re not built for climbing things.” Actor Warwick Davis gamely lets survival expert Bear Grylls put him through his paces in this entertaining challenge to reach the less accessible parts of his favourite holiday spot, the Lake District. The Affair Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm It began as an attention-grabbing steamy portrait of an affair, seen from the contrasting perspectives of its principals – Noah Solloway (Dominic West) and Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson). Now, as the fourth series gets under way, the American drama has matured into an ensemble piece with all the main characters estranged and in new relationships. Which leaves more room for developing minor roles, such as Noah’s eldest daughter Whitney (Julia Goldani Telles) and new faces such as the principal of the school where Noah teaches. Our Girl BBC One, 9.10pm They’re deep in Boko Haram territory, trying to evade capture while waiting for a Special Forces unit to rescue them. But that doesn’t stop Captain James (Ben Aldridge) deciding that it’s the perfect moment to make a confession to Georgie (Michelle Keegan). Horizon: Teenagers vs Cancer – A User’s Guide BBC Two, 9.30pm An exploration of the specialist facilities, support and cutting-edge treatments available to young cancer patients in Britain, seen through the eyes of 11 teenagers who take us through their diagnoses and individually tailored care packages. Tortured to Death: Murdering the Nanny Channel 5, 10.00pm The murder of 21-year-old French nanny Sophie Lionnet in London last year shocked seasoned investigators with its brutality. This report tells the story of the murder and trial that led to the conviction of her employers in May. GO Through Lotte’s Lens Sky Arts, 10.00pm The lens in question is that of Austrian portrait photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf, whose work captures the story of the refugees who fled Europe from the Nazis in the Thirties and, settling in Britain, contributed enthusiastically to life and culture here in succeeding years. An atmospheric, thoughtful and celebratory film from Tony Britten. GO Hope Floats (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.45pm In this heart-warming, if predictable, romcom, Sandra Bullock plays Birdee Calvert, a former prom queen whose dream life is shattered when her husband leaves her for her best friend on a Jerry Springer-like national TV show. Birdee must choose between her morals and her heart when a charming man, whom her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life. Forest Whitaker directs. Winchester ’73 (1950, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.10pm James Stewart stars in this classic western, the first of five that the star made with director Anthony Mann, almost single-handedly rescuing the flagging genre. The film’s other big star is the prized rifle of the title, at the heart of a plot in which two brothers go head to head in a grudge match after one of them kills their father. Watch out for early appearances from Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson. 3:10 to Yuma (2007) ★★★★☆ Film4, 11.35pm A remake of the 1957 classic, itself an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story, 3:10 to Yuma is an excellent, thrill-filled western starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as two men from either side of the law who are thrown together. Directed with verve by James Mangold, it’s the story of a rancher (Bale) who escorts a notorious gunslinger (Crowe) to the town of Contention to be put on the train to Yuma Prison. Wednesday 27 June Blustering: Jamie Demetriou as lettings agent Stath Credit: Channel 4 Stath Lets Flats Channel 4, 10.00pm Don’t let the title of comedian Jamie Demetriou’s new sitcom, co-written with Friday Night Dinner’s Robert Popper, deceive you: Stath (played with warmth by Demetriou) does anything but let flats. In fact, he’s quite probably the most incompetent lettings agent in London, a full-of-himself fool with a tendency to open his mouth before his brain has fully engaged. Unfortunately for Stath, he’s stuck in his job, despite being demonstrably worse than every other employee, because his glowering father Vassos (Christos Stergioglou) owns the agency and would pass it on to his son, if only he showed the smallest glimmer of improvement. From Dad’s Army to This Country, incompetence is a well-worn staple of British sitcoms, but Demetriou and Popper manage to give Stath Lets Flats a fresh spin, not least because the blustering Stath is such a recognisable type. Not every joke works, but the strong supporting cast including Demetriou’s real-life sibling Natasia as Stath’s equally hapless but kind-hearted sister Sophie, Alastair Roberts as well-meaning colleague Al and Katy Wix as the competent Carole do enough to suggest that this could be a grower. Sarah Hughes The Cult of Sunday Night BBC Four, 7.30pm While the current series of Poldark continues to thrill fans of brooding men and tempestuous women, this timely repeat of a documentary from 2009 looks at the original Seventies drama. That Sunday night hit made stars of Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees, who played Ross and Demelza, but it also infuriated author Winston Graham thanks to some large deviations from his source material. The Highland Midwife Channel 5, 8.00pm This lovely fly-on-the-wall series covering midwives in the Scottish highlands makes a welcome return. In this tense opening episode, Ruth, Morven and Hazel struggle with a trio of difficult births. The People vs the NHS: Who Gets the Drugs? BBC Two, 9.00pm Part of the BBC’s NHS at 70 series, this diverting documentary looks at how the health service’s cash-flow crisis can impact lives. Using the legal battle over PrEP, a drug widely believed to reduce the risk of contracting HIV as its focus, the film asks how funding decisions are made. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.15pm There’s a real pleasure to be found in watching Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse while away time fishing. Even the more serious moments – this week both men discuss death while standing in the Middle Wye – are leavened by dry wit. It’s a delight. This Is Congo – Storyville BBC Four, 10.00pm Photographer Daniel McCabe’s hard-hitting film about the Democratic Republic of Congo is the sort of documentary that haunts you long after the credits have rolled. McCabe talks to soldiers, workers and families about their experiences in this war-ravaged country, building up a devastating and heartbreaking picture. It’s an important and necessary reminder of a part of the world that is too often ignored. SH Lookalikes Channel 4, 10.30pm Channel 4’s uneasy hybrid of structured reality TV show and comedy returns for a second series with David Beckham lookalike Andy Harmer and his frenemy Tim Oliver, a David Brent impersonator, battling to keep their rival agencies afloat… SH My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) ★★☆☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.35pm Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett star in this slushy romcom. Roberts plays Julianne, who falls in love with her old friend (Mulroney), only to discover that he’s due to marry another girl (Diaz) the next day. Everett isn’t one of the love interests – he plays Roberts’s gay best friend – but he manages to elope with the film. Fatima (2015) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 10.00pm French director Philippe Faucon had success at Cannes with this insightful study of female behaviour. Fatima (Soria Zeroual) is a 44-year-old Moroccan woman raising two teenage girls in Lyon. The youngest, Souad (Kenza-Noah Aïche), is a sullen, sexy rebel ashamed of her mother for working as a housecleaner.It’s a little slow in parts but, like its heroine, that’s all part of the film’s quiet dignity. The Blair Witch Project (1998) ★★★★☆ Sky One, 11.00pm An inventive horror whose frights are all created via suspense and the power of suggestion. Made on a meagre budget of around $ 750,000 (it grossed around $ 250 million at the box office), it purports to be the footage left behind by three American film students who enter a forest to investigate the legendary “Blair Witch”. Some moviegoers were physically ill due to the shaky camerawork. Thursday 28 June Making a night of it: Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid Credit: ITV Good Evening Britain ITV, 9.15pm Despite BBC Breakfast being the undisputed champion in terms of viewers, there’s no denying that Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan continue to hog the column inches due to their combative relationship and controversial interviews on Good Morning Britain. This late-night, one-off incarnation follows ITV’s coverage of England’s World Cup match with Belgium (see preview, below), a tie which should go a long way towards clarifying the Three Lions’ realistic hopes for the tournament. Expect debate, chat and a few famous faces offering their opinions on the result, plus coverage of showbiz stories in what is presumably a high-profile pilot for a permanent fixture in this prime-time slot, following the unmitigated disaster of The Nightly Show. Whether Morgan is the man that audiences want as the nation’s cheerleader/consoler-in-chief is as open to debate as his decision to present Donald Trump with an Arsenal shirt, but ITV has long yearned for a way in which to blend football and entertainment (remember James Corden’s World Cup Live, or the magnificent Rio’s World Cup Wind-Ups?), so expect everything to be thrown at the screen in search of the perfect formula. Gabriel Tate FIFA World Cup 2018: England vs Belgium ITV, 6.15pm Gareth Southgate’s young lions face Belgium’s “golden generation” who have yet to turn their enviable gathering of talents into serious tournament challengers. Mark Pougatch is in the studio while Clive Tydesley provides the commentary, with kick-off at 7.00pm. Celebrities on the NHS Frontline BBC One, 9.00pm; not Wales Armed with their own experiences of the NHS, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, ex-MP Ann Widdecombe, reporter Stacey Dooley and TV presenter Michael Mosley work with hospital staff in a bid to understand the challenges that the service now face. These include smaller budgets, increased scrutiny and an ageing population. It may sound gimmicky, but this two-parter is very absorbing. Japan’s Secret Shame BBC Two, 9.00pm In 2017, Japanese woman Shiori Ito went public with rape allegations against a more prominent fellow journalist. These were met with silence or worse. Here she explores why other victims in the country are unwilling or unable to speak out. Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The penultimate episode of the third series of this always absorbing drama finds the part human, part synth Leo (Colin Morgan) in peril, and Mattie (Lucy Carless) reveals her secret. GT Outlander More4, 9.00pm Juggling sweeping adventure with tense espionage (18th-century style) and introspective character studies, this period romp continues with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) finding a sense of purpose in helping the sick. Meanwhile, Jamie (Sam Heughan) continues his efforts to derail history’s march towards the Battle of Culloden by engaging the services of a pickpocket plying his trade in a brothel. The result is cheerfully daft and occasionally surprisingly deep. Running Wild with Bear Grylls Discovery, 10.00pm In between wrangling civilians on The Island, Bear Grylls likes to go yomping with famous people, who have included in the past Barack Obama and Roger Federer. This week, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle treks through the New England mountains, with all of its precarious climbs and dangerous rivers. This time, the compulsory unpalatable meal features porcupine carcass. GT True Grit (1969) ★★★★☆ Film4, 3.45pm John Wayne gives an imposing performance – for which he won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe – in this muscular western, directed by Henry Hathaway. Wayne plays Rooster Cogburn, an ageing, hardbitten marshal who’s called on to track down a murderer. Also on the trail are the victim’s 14-year-old daughter (Kim Darby) and an opportunistic Texas Ranger (Glen Campbell) who wants to collect the reward. Summertime (1955) ★★★★☆ Talking Pictures TV, 6.00pm From the mid-Fifties, David Lean developed a taste for filming further afield and directed Katharine Hepburn in this romance set in Venice. Jane Hudson (Hepburn), a secretary from the American Midwest, is finally realising her dream of taking a holiday in Venice, where she embarks on a tentative romance with a antiques dealer (Rossano Brazzi). Jack Hildyard’s cinematography ravishes. Rocky III (1982) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.55pm; not STV Stallone is once more infront of and behind the camera in this third instalment in the series. Old rival Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) becomes Rocky’s new trainer after the Italian Stallion takes a pounding from the vicious Clubber Lang (Mr T). One sun-soaked sequence features Rocky and Creed frolicking around on a beach and embracing in vests. Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan co-stars as wrestling champion Thunderlips. Friday 29 June Angry young man: Toby Wallace stars as Kane Credit: BBC Romper Stomper BBC Two, 11.05pm & midnight; Scot and NI, times vary It’s already had an airing on BBC Three but this gritty, politically charged six-part Australian series, about a gang of ultra-violent neo-Nazis in Melbourne and the left-wing student group that opposes them, deserves this prominent BBC Two late-night slot. It is based on the cult 1991 film of the same name, in which Russell Crowe came to prominence as a psychotic skinhead, and the movie’s director Geoffrey Wright is behind this update, too, writing the opening episode (of this double bill). Actor Toby Wallace is a strikingly charismatic presence – balancing charm with an undercurrent of real menace – as Kane, an angry young man just out of the army, who together with his dumber sidekick Stix (Kaden Hartcher) gets drawn into the right-wing group of activist Blake Farron (Lachy Hulme). But it is Farron’s younger wife Zoe (Sophie Lowe) who is the real draw for Kane – spelling major trouble ahead for all. Violence, romance and a thoughtful approach to extreme politics makes a potent, dramatic mix, and the results are explosive at times. For fans of the original, Jacqueline McKenzie, who played Kane’s mother Gabrielle, reprises the role here. Gerard O’Donovan Glow Netflix, from today The first season of this comedy about Ruth (Alison Brie), a struggling actress who is drawn into the weird world of women’s wrestling was a big hit. This second run, in which Ruth and the gang get a proper tilt at fame, is just as good. James Martin’s American Adventure ITV, 8.00pm; not UTV or Wales Chef James Martin takes to the US highways in search of “some of the greatest food on the planet”. In this opener, he mounts a vintage Harley Davidson to hog it up in the Napa Valley, home to some of California’s greatest wine makers and fine-dine restaurants. The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Poor Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) has been through the wringer in this fourth season of the bleak but absorbing Scandi thriller. This is the final episode, so expect it to go out with a very big bang as Saga finds a match for the killer’s fingerprint… but nothing’s ever that simple, is it? Duran Duran Night BBC Four, from 9.00pm Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor invite viewers to join them for two films – There’s Something You Should Know (9.00pm) and Duran Duran: A Night In (10.00pm) – in which they look back over their 40th years in pop, plus Duran Duran: Unstaged, their 2011 concert collaboration with director David Lynch. Download Festival 2018 Sky Arts, 9.00pm Here are highlights from the summer’s biggest metal and rock weekend, which was held earlier this month at Donington Park, with Guns N’ Roses, Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne among the headline acts. GO Frankie Boyle’s New World Order BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.05pm More hardcore topical comedy as Frankie Boyle dissects the week’s headlines and assorted bizarre news stories with the help of a studio audience and guests Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan and Miles Jupp. The Big Narstie Show Channel 4, 11.00pm The popular, sometimes controversial grime MC, rapper and internet sensation teams up with comedian Mo Gilligan to host a new late-night alternative entertainment show, with music, sketches, viewer interaction and guests in the studio talking news, television shows and the latest trends. GO Rush Hour (1998) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker join forces in this culture-clash cop comedy. When the Chinese consul’s daughter is abducted, the diplomat summons trusted friend Detective Inspector Lee (Chan) from Hong Kong. Spurned by the FBI, Lee must team up with a rebellious fast-talking LAPD officer (Tucker) to find the girl. This is a pacy, amiable comedy with impeccably choreographed action sequences. Mad Max 2 (1981) ★★★★★ ITV, 10.45pm Mel Gibson reprises his role as Max, a cynical and alienated ex-cop, in this thrillingly intense action sequel that proved to be that rare thing – better than the original. Drifting through the Outback after a nuclear war, he comes upon a small community menaced by a gang that aims to rob them of their oil. Can Max defend them? George Miller (who later, incongruously, co-wrote Babe) again writes and directs. The Full Monty (1997) ★★★★☆ BBC One, 11.25pm You’ll never look at Tom Wilkinson in the same way again after seeing him gyrate on stage as a stripper in this bittersweet British comedy which opened in British cinemas 21 years ago. Set in Sheffield, it follows six out-of-work men who form an exotic dance troupe in order to raise some funds. And they’re willing to reveal, quite literally, all. Simon Beaufoy’s script is a moving exploration of masculinity. Robert Carlyle co-stars. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: The Bridge, Cruising with Jane McDonald and The Last Leg
Friday 22 June The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Screenwriter Hans Rosenfeldt still has a couple of tasks to complete in the final two episodes of his superior, if at times preposterous, Scandi-thriller, before it bows out for good next week. The over-arching riddle since Henrik Sabroe (Thure Lindhardt) joined the Danish cop shop in series three is what happened to his two daughters, who’d gone missing eight years ago.In tonight’s penultimate episode that question is answered at last, and of course it’s Henrik’s colleague and sometime lover, on-the-spectrum brainbox Saga Norén (Sofia Helin), who figures it out. But as we’ve seen over nearly four series of grisly murder, Rosenfeldt can’t usually be relied on for a happy ending. Then Rosenfeldt’s second task is having Saga figure out who’s killing people using the same methods deployed in government executions (stoning, electrocution, et al) before she becomes the next victim. Tonight, fans will be cheered to see Saga – so often a forlorn, misunderstood character – make solid progress in both the case and in therapy, which bodes well for her future. But this isn’t a cosy relationship drama, and rest assured there are lurid shocks that set us up for next week’s finale. VP The Crystal Maze Channel 4, 9.00pm This star-laden edition of the action game show sees Countdown’s maths genius Rachel Riley in a polite power struggle with skipper Judy Murray, mother of Andy, as she tries to dominate the decision-making. It adds a frisson to the proceedings that also include ex-footballer Wayne Bridge and Paralympian David Weir. VP Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm In this first of a boozy two-parter set in South America, chanteuse Jane McDonald boards another cruise ship and samples Pisco sours and drinks whisky chilled by glacier ice. VP The Last Leg Channel 4, 10.00pm What started off as a spin-off for the 2012 Paralympics has rightly become a Friday night institution. Host Adam Hills returns to marshal the mix of silliness and satire that characterise this comedy chat show, aided by Alex Brooker, Josh Widdicombe and a gaggle of up-for-it celebrity guests. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.45pm Graham Norton will be kept on his toes as Cher graces his sofa for the first time in five years, with her suffer-no-fools attitude. She is joined by her Mamma Mia! co-star Christine Baranski. Also on the final live show of the series are Rupert Everett and Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer. VP Marvel’s Luke Cage Netflix, from today Superheroes have become a tiresome constant in film and on TV, but this action series, with a soulful black champion at its centre, is a welcome addition to the genre. Mike Colter returns for a second series as the pumped-up, titular New York action man. In the first episode he deals with the ramifications of last season’s climax in which he triumphed over evil but lost his anonymity. Now he’s being pestered for selfies as he tries to figure out his next move in an opening episode that’s directed by actress Lucy Liu. VP Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts and Sky One, from 7.00pm The year’s biggest pop festival (in the absence of Glastonbury) celebrates its 50th anniversary with a line-up spanning the decades, from electro-rockers Depeche Mode to headliners The Killers. The coverage begins on Sky Arts at 7pm, with Nile Rodgers & Chic taking to the stage at 7.30pm. Kasabian will close out the first night on Sky Arts at 11pm. VP Victoria & Abdul (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen Frears’ fascinating real-life tale about the extraordinary friendship between the ageing Queen Victoria (a sensational Judi Dench) and her young Muslim attendant Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), known as “the Munshi”, is all nostalgia and inertia – a tale ablaze with historical import and contemporary resonance, reduced to commemorative biscuit tin proportions. Eddie Izzard co-stars. Mad Max (1979) ★★★★☆ ITV, 11.45pm An explosive breakthrough – literally. Improbable car stunts and pile-ups ensue as “mad” Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) attempts to police a dystopian Australia, where feral biker gangs rape and pillage at will. Director George Miller’s vision was “a silent movie with sound” and he drew inspiration for the film’s injuries and deaths from his time working as a doctor in a Sydney hospital. The film essentially founded Australia’s film industry. Sexy Beast (2000) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 12.10am Ben Kingsley is at his scariest in this tense and enthralling thriller as the gangster thug who wants to rob a well-guarded bank, and flies out to Spain to drag his retired associate Gary (a lobster-tanned Ray Winstone) back to work. But Gary is living a contented life with his wife (Amanda Redman) and has no intention of going back to his criminal life, forcing the two men into a battle of wills that ends in violence. Saturday 23 June The new noir: Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies Credit: BBC Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm Welsh crime drama is having a moment right now and, watching the atmospheric Hidden, it’s easy to see why. The key to Mark Andrew and Ed Talfan’s addictive crime drama lies in its lack of trickery and refusal to rely on out-of-nowhere twists. Instead the viewer knows from the outset that the disturbed Dylan Harris (Rhodri Meilir) is the man behind the abduction of the now-dead Mali Pryce, which means that the series’ appeal lies in following detectives Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams) and Owen Vaughan (Sion Alun Davies) as they scramble to solve the case. Yet Hidden is not simply a whydunnit, as this third episode demonstrates. Andrew and Talfan are as interested in picking apart the fallout from Mali’s death as they are in watching the detectives hunt their man. This episode sees Mali’s sister Lea (Lara Catrin) and father Alun (Owen Arwyn) deal with their grief, while we learn more about the troubled university student Megan (Gwyneth Keyworth) and Dylan’s most recent victim Lowri (Lois Meleri Jones). Watching these disparate strands slowly come together to create a thoughtful crime drama is a hugely enjoyable experience. Here’s hoping the series continues to be this strong. Sarah Hughes EU Referendum: The Result BBC Parliament,from 9.55am As the UK’s future after Brexit continues to be debated, BBC Parliament is reminding us how it all began by rerunning the BBC’s then-live coverage of the EU referendum results in its entirety. This whopping 11-hour broadcast, anchored by the 77-year-old David Dimbleby, includes everything from Nigel Farage’s premature concession speech through to former Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm Condemned to a series defeat against South Africa last weekend, England will be even more concerned by the fact it was their fifth Test defeat in a row. However, speaking after Saturday’s 23-12 loss – in which the visitors raced into a 12-0 lead with Mike Brown and Jonny May scoring fine tries. – coach Eddie Jones said he’ll “stick to his guns”, as his side bring the curtain down in Cape Town on what has been a frustrating tour. A victory today would alleviate the pressure on Jones somewhat. Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts, from 5.00pm/ Sky One, from 10.00pm Edith Bowman, Vick Hope and Joel Dommett present coverage from the second day of the music festival. Jessie J and James Bay are among those performing early on, while later the headliners, including Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher and Soul II Soul, will be shown live on both Sky Arts and Sky One. Sunday’s coverage of the final day sees performances from The Killers Van Morrison and Travis. SH The Great Exhibition of the North BBC Two, 6.30pm; Scotland, 7.30pm This weekend sees the beginning of three months of art and culture events across 30 venues in Newcastle. Shaun Keaveny takes a look at some of what’s on offer, meets some of the creators of the works and visits key landmarks in the city. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 7.00pm; not Scotland It’s sink or swim time for the likeable Will Millard in the final episode of the series – he’s out of his comfort zone after agreeing to compete in Ross-on-Wye’s annual regatta. Luckily, Tintern Abbey and Chepstow offer gentler charms. Blind Date Channel 5, 7.30pm Mothers are very much the theme of this latest series of the dating show. After last week’s opening episode saw Dubliner Barry make the mistake of allowing his mother to choose his date, this week sees mother-and-son duo, Emile and Belinda, both searching for love. Can host Paul O’Grady guide them to happiness? International Rugby League: New Zealand v England BBC Two, 9.00pm A big one this, as New Zealand and England meet at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. This match will be England’s first game on US soil since October 2000, when they took on the USA in Orlando, Florida. The Kiwis will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing World Cup last year when, despite being finalists in the three previous editions, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals. England will be hoping to continue their recent encouraging form, having reached the World Cup final in 2017, eventually losing 6-0 to Australia. All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.10pm The final episode of the foul-mouthed matriarch’s talk show sees Ray Mears attempt to give hapless duo Dermot and Buster a crash course in survival skills while, in a nice touch, Boy George brings his mother, Dinah, over for a chat. SH Live Boxing: Josh Taylor v Viktor Postol Channel 5, 10.30pm The WBC Silver Super Lightweight title is at stake at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, as Jose Taylor takes on Viktor Postol. Taylor turned professional in June 2015, and has established himself as a force to be reckoned with after notching up 12 wins from 12 fights. In his amateur days, Taylor made it to two Commonwealth finals, winning a gold medal in Glasgow at the 2014 Games. He has held this title since taking it from South Africa’s Warren Joubert in March 2017, and this will be his fourth defence. Muppets Most Wanted (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 2.45pm The Muppets tour Europe, where Kermit (Steve Whitmire) is kidnapped and replaced by a doppelgänger. Masterminding the plot is a sleazy Ricky Gervais. Though this contains moments of joy with itsfun musical numbers and clever gags, the Muppets themselves are crowded out by cameo overkill from the likes of Lady Gaga, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Céline Dion. Creed (2015) ★★★★☆ ITV, 9.30pm Ryan Coogler’s continuation of the Rocky saga packs a real emotional punch as Sylvester Stallone gives one of his best performances ever. He neither wrote nor directed, but his actor-for-hire status translates into a compelling lack of vanity on screen. Life for Rocky has come full circle as he agrees to train Donnie (Michael B Jordan), the son of his old nemesis Apollo. Little Voice (1998) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.30pm Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks star in this bittersweet comedy musical drama based on Jim Cartwright’s hit play. Timid LV (Horrocks) obsesses over her dead father’s records by imitating Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Bassey to perfection. Her talents are discovered by her mother’s (Blethyn) showbiz agent boyfriend (Caine), who hopes to turn her from mouse to megastar. Sunday 24 June Fielding stories: Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Elisabeth Bumiller Credit: BBC Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate BBC Two, 9.00pm Renowned film-maker Liz Garbus’s fascinating four-part documentary series takes us behind the scenes of The New York Times, one of the world’s most venerable news outlets, as it grapples with the early days of the Trump presidency. It’s a heady, fly-on-the-wall insight into the frenetic pace of the newsroom, as articles are written and published at breakneck speed amid a flurry of slamming phones, team huddles and endless rolling on-screen coverage. What makes this prospect so unique, however, is its context. So unexpected was Trump’s win and so volatile the White House that normal journalistic protocol was jettisoned to match the new administration’s unpredictability. We watch, then, as a raft of investigative reporters headed by Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller, field a barrage of explosive stories, from the Trump camp’s links to Russia to the President’s claim he was wiretapped by Obama. It’s a shame that Garber only briefly deals with the toll such work takes on the journalists’ personal lives, but perhaps this rightly reflects how little time this tireless team have for themselves. Toby Dantzic Romesh: Talking to Comedians in a Pie and Mash Shop BBC Three, from today Having previously held conversations with comedians in both a café and a pub, Romesh Ranganathan now heads to a pie and mash shop for this straightforward set-up that yields unexpectedly delightful results. Ranganathan’s winningly droll style gets his dining companions immediately on side, so that they offer up authentic titbits of experience. Rob Beckett, for example, reminisces about Ranganthan’s father’s “awful” pub, improv expert Rachel Parris reveals a hilariously embarrassing onstage blunder, and Sally Phillips manages to be both funny and moving about her special needs son. MOTD Live: Fifa World Cup 2018 – England v Panama BBC One, 12.10pm After their hard-fought 2-1 win over Tunisia, the Three Lions step up for their second World Cup game against Panama. The South Americans are making their debut at the tournament but it hasn’t gone well so far – they lost their opening game against Belgium 3-0. Live Formula 1: The French Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 3.05pm After a 10-year hiatus, the French Grand Prix opens its doors to Formula 1 once again at Circuit Paul Ricard, where its last winner – in 2008 – was Brazil’s Felipe Massa. Nigel Kennedy Plays Bach & Gershwin: BBC’s Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 7.00pm Here’s another chance to see a behemoth of the classical genre, violinist Nigel Kennedy, perform a thrilling set against the dramatic sun-lit backdrop of Scone Palace in Perth. TD Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm An impassioned Ross (Aidan Turner) makes his maiden speech in parliament tonight, quickly gaining notoriety. Back in Cornwall, things aren’t so rosy for Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) as she tackles the fallout from a failing mine. The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm Brittle commander’s wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) comes into focus during tonight’s episode of the dystopian drama. Flashbacks reveal the violent abuse she suffered for her conservative views. Back in the present, meanwhile, she wavers between cruelty and tenderness towards pregnant Offred (Elisabeth Moss). Celebrity Catchphrase ITV, 9.15pm With nerves no doubt frayed from England’s match earlier, Stephen Mulhern offers a lighter football-themed alternative with this edition of the game show. Soccer stars Paul Merson and Eni Aluko join the fun, alongside actor Shayne Ward. TD The Sound Barrier (1952, b/w) ★★★☆☆ Talking Pictures TV, 5.40pm This was the last of three films that David Lean directed starring his second wife Ann Todd and although it was a success, it has become one of the director’s least-known films. It tells the story of attempts by aircraft designers and test pilots to break the sound barrier. Cinematographer Peter Newbrook’s new Arriflex camera was mounted in the rear of the last surviving Lancaster bomber. Blackhat (2015) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 9.00pm Michael Mann’s cybercrime thriller is the ultimate in digital cinema and begins with the kind of brooding, suspenseful set-piece that he mastered decades ago in films such as Collateral and Heat. Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth), a former cyber-crook, is temporarily released from prison to aid an American-Chinese task force in the hunt for a hacker. Viola Davis co-stars as the deeply unimpressed face of the FBI. Oasis: Supersonic (2016) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.00pm Oasis’s glory-days documentary indulges Noel and Liam Gallagher’s bad behaviour. Mat Whitecross’s film starts and ends with the pair of dates when Oasis debatably peaked, at Knebworth in 1996, and goes to excessive length to detail stories of their excess. Few rock stars, in fairness, have a habit of being so amusingly and brutally honest about their failings, and Whitecross is content to let them have the last word. Monday 25 June Brash: US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson (centre) Credit: Channel 4 Inside the American Embassy Channel 4, 10.00pm Those with an aversion to US President Donald Trump should gird their loins. Billionaire Robert Wood Johnson, the new US ambassador to Great Britain, has been a close friend of the US President for decades, and doesn’t stint on expressing his admiration for the man in this intriguing, if limited, fly-on-the-wall three-parter. Beginning with Johnson’s swearing-in, this opener takes in the move of the US Embassy in London from Mayfair to Battersea, Trump’s pronouncements on everything from Israel to Britain First and the first throes of Brexit negotiations. “I think it’s going to fall into place quicker than people realise,” reckons Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan about the latter. The discussions between Ambassador Johnson and various government ministers are very revealing, particularly because of the body language and what is unsaid as much as the actual exchanges. Johnson, too, is an unusual figure: brash and blunt, yet entirely lacking in charisma. The access is excellent (Johnson being trained to face the British press is an eye-opener), yet the tension is dissipated by the suspicion that everyone is on best behaviour. But if it loosens up next week, it could prove fascinating. Gabriel Tate Preacher Amazon Prime, from today Starring Joe Gilgun as a hard-living vampire, Dominic Cooper as a dissolute priest and Ruth Negga as the latter’s wild-card girlfriend, this lurid comic-book drama is a blast. This third season finds them in New Orleans. How the NHS Changed Our World BBC Two, 7.00pm This new series, running through the week, tells the story of five NHS hospitals, beginning with The Royal Papworth in Cambridgeshire, whose pioneering surgeons established it as a world leader in heart transplants. People who have used it, including comedian Eddie Large and the world’s longest-surviving heart-transplant patient, pay tribute. Britain’s Best Junior Doctors BBC Two, 7.30pm Jo Brand hosts this peculiar-sounding new quiz show in which two teams of junior doctors go head-to-head every night for a place in Friday’s final. The challenges include diagnosis of symptoms and the prioritisation of cases in a mocked-up A&E department. First up is University Hospitals Leicester vs Kettering General. 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The police team investigate claims that body parts have been buried in a garden on a Luton housing estate, and uncover a grim story of a turf war between rival gangs as the plot thickens. Rolls-Royce: the Rise & Fall of a Great British Brand Channel 5, 9.00pm An overview of a brand that has survived wars, death and hostile takeovers to endure as a byword for class in the modern age. GT Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm The second season of Westworld has been somewhat divisive. Some decry its gratuitous chronological labyrinths and sluggish pacing; while others have relished the cerebral storytelling. The final episode is likely to throw up as many questions as answers, with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) continuing their missions. Nature’s Turtle Nursery: Inside the Nest BBC Four, 9.10pm Documenting the mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica, Dr George McGavin follows this remarkable event from start to finish. GT Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) ★★★☆☆ E4, 9.00pm British director Rupert Wyatt, making a confident leap into the big-time after his nifty 2008 debut The Escapist, fashions much of this prequel movie as a simian prison flick. It’s grand entertainment as intelligent ape Caesar (a subtle mo-cap performance by Andy Serkis, though you never quite believe that you’re watching a real ape) is imprisoned in a sanctuary and begins to question nature’s hierarchy. Point Blank (1967) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm This punchy, pared-down and sexy (it was X-rated in its day) thriller follows the mission of a career criminal (played by Lee Marvin) hunting down a former accomplice who shot him at point-blank range. Adapted from the crime noir pulp novel The Hunter, it was one of the definitive films to emerge from Hollywood in the Sixties, and John Boorman’s direction would go on to influence Scorsese and Tarantino. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) ★★★☆☆ Universal TV, 9.00pm Tony Scott’s remake of the exciting 1974 thriller about the hijack of a New York subway train ditches the original tight storytelling and evocative sense of place in favour of Scott’s characteristic bombastic action. The strong premise, a battle of wits between low-key train dispatcher hero Denzel Washington and a goateed criminal John Travolta, makes it watchable. Tuesday 26 June Big questions: Anita Rani and Nick Robinson host the live event Credit: BBC NHS at 70: Live BBC Two, 8.00pm Essential viewing for anyone concerned about the future of the NHS, this 90-minute live event from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is a centrepiece of the BBC’s 70th anniversary season celebrating the founding of the National Health Service in 1948. But just how practical, or feasible, is the service’s founding aim of making healthcare available to all based on need rather than ability to pay, when demand outstrips resources in the 21st century? Will the Government’s recently announced extra £4 billion a year be enough to plug the funding gap? Can the health service adapt to cope with the issues pose by an ageing population? And can the public be encouraged to reduce demand by taking active measures to improve health? These are among the question up for discussion by an audience of NHS professionals, patients (via live-link-ups) and a handful of celebrity guests. Among the contributors will be Nick Robinson who, having undergone cancer treatment, has personal views on how good the NHS is, and who with co-host Anita Rani will prevent the findings of exclusive new research into the challenges facing the NHS in years to come. Gerard O’Donovan Bear’s Mission with Warwick Davis ITV, 9.00pm “We all have dwarfism in our family. We’re not built for climbing things.” Actor Warwick Davis gamely lets survival expert Bear Grylls put him through his paces in this entertaining challenge to reach the less accessible parts of his favourite holiday spot, the Lake District. The Affair Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm It began as an attention-grabbing steamy portrait of an affair, seen from the contrasting perspectives of its principals – Noah Solloway (Dominic West) and Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson). Now, as the fourth series gets under way, the American drama has matured into an ensemble piece with all the main characters estranged and in new relationships. Which leaves more room for developing minor roles, such as Noah’s eldest daughter Whitney (Julia Goldani Telles) and new faces such as the principal of the school where Noah teaches. Our Girl BBC One, 9.10pm They’re deep in Boko Haram territory, trying to evade capture while waiting for a Special Forces unit to rescue them. But that doesn’t stop Captain James (Ben Aldridge) deciding that it’s the perfect moment to make a confession to Georgie (Michelle Keegan). Horizon: Teenagers vs Cancer – A User’s Guide BBC Two, 9.30pm An exploration of the specialist facilities, support and cutting-edge treatments available to young cancer patients in Britain, seen through the eyes of 11 teenagers who take us through their diagnoses and individually tailored care packages. Tortured to Death: Murdering the Nanny Channel 5, 10.00pm The murder of 21-year-old French nanny Sophie Lionnet in London last year shocked seasoned investigators with its brutality. This report tells the story of the murder and trial that led to the conviction of her employers in May. GO Through Lotte’s Lens Sky Arts, 10.00pm The lens in question is that of Austrian portrait photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf, whose work captures the story of the refugees who fled Europe from the Nazis in the Thirties and, settling in Britain, contributed enthusiastically to life and culture here in succeeding years. An atmospheric, thoughtful and celebratory film from Tony Britten. GO Hope Floats (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.45pm In this heart-warming, if predictable, romcom, Sandra Bullock plays Birdee Calvert, a former prom queen whose dream life is shattered when her husband leaves her for her best friend on a Jerry Springer-like national TV show. Birdee must choose between her morals and her heart when a charming man, whom her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life. Forest Whitaker directs. Winchester ’73 (1950, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.10pm James Stewart stars in this classic western, the first of five that the star made with director Anthony Mann, almost single-handedly rescuing the flagging genre. The film’s other big star is the prized rifle of the title, at the heart of a plot in which two brothers go head to head in a grudge match after one of them kills their father. Watch out for early appearances from Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson. 3:10 to Yuma (2007) ★★★★☆ Film4, 11.35pm A remake of the 1957 classic, itself an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story, 3:10 to Yuma is an excellent, thrill-filled western starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as two men from either side of the law who are thrown together. Directed with verve by James Mangold, it’s the story of a rancher (Bale) who escorts a notorious gunslinger (Crowe) to the town of Contention to be put on the train to Yuma Prison. Wednesday 27 June Blustering: Jamie Demetriou as lettings agent Stath Credit: Channel 4 Stath Lets Flats Channel 4, 10.00pm Don’t let the title of comedian Jamie Demetriou’s new sitcom, co-written with Friday Night Dinner’s Robert Popper, deceive you: Stath (played with warmth by Demetriou) does anything but let flats. In fact, he’s quite probably the most incompetent lettings agent in London, a full-of-himself fool with a tendency to open his mouth before his brain has fully engaged. Unfortunately for Stath, he’s stuck in his job, despite being demonstrably worse than every other employee, because his glowering father Vassos (Christos Stergioglou) owns the agency and would pass it on to his son, if only he showed the smallest glimmer of improvement. From Dad’s Army to This Country, incompetence is a well-worn staple of British sitcoms, but Demetriou and Popper manage to give Stath Lets Flats a fresh spin, not least because the blustering Stath is such a recognisable type. Not every joke works, but the strong supporting cast including Demetriou’s real-life sibling Natasia as Stath’s equally hapless but kind-hearted sister Sophie, Alastair Roberts as well-meaning colleague Al and Katy Wix as the competent Carole do enough to suggest that this could be a grower. Sarah Hughes The Cult of Sunday Night BBC Four, 7.30pm While the current series of Poldark continues to thrill fans of brooding men and tempestuous women, this timely repeat of a documentary from 2009 looks at the original Seventies drama. That Sunday night hit made stars of Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees, who played Ross and Demelza, but it also infuriated author Winston Graham thanks to some large deviations from his source material. The Highland Midwife Channel 5, 8.00pm This lovely fly-on-the-wall series covering midwives in the Scottish highlands makes a welcome return. In this tense opening episode, Ruth, Morven and Hazel struggle with a trio of difficult births. The People vs the NHS: Who Gets the Drugs? BBC Two, 9.00pm Part of the BBC’s NHS at 70 series, this diverting documentary looks at how the health service’s cash-flow crisis can impact lives. Using the legal battle over PrEP, a drug widely believed to reduce the risk of contracting HIV as its focus, the film asks how funding decisions are made. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.15pm There’s a real pleasure to be found in watching Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse while away time fishing. Even the more serious moments – this week both men discuss death while standing in the Middle Wye – are leavened by dry wit. It’s a delight. This Is Congo – Storyville BBC Four, 10.00pm Photographer Daniel McCabe’s hard-hitting film about the Democratic Republic of Congo is the sort of documentary that haunts you long after the credits have rolled. McCabe talks to soldiers, workers and families about their experiences in this war-ravaged country, building up a devastating and heartbreaking picture. It’s an important and necessary reminder of a part of the world that is too often ignored. SH Lookalikes Channel 4, 10.30pm Channel 4’s uneasy hybrid of structured reality TV show and comedy returns for a second series with David Beckham lookalike Andy Harmer and his frenemy Tim Oliver, a David Brent impersonator, battling to keep their rival agencies afloat… SH My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) ★★☆☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.35pm Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett star in this slushy romcom. Roberts plays Julianne, who falls in love with her old friend (Mulroney), only to discover that he’s due to marry another girl (Diaz) the next day. Everett isn’t one of the love interests – he plays Roberts’s gay best friend – but he manages to elope with the film. Fatima (2015) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 10.00pm French director Philippe Faucon had success at Cannes with this insightful study of female behaviour. Fatima (Soria Zeroual) is a 44-year-old Moroccan woman raising two teenage girls in Lyon. The youngest, Souad (Kenza-Noah Aïche), is a sullen, sexy rebel ashamed of her mother for working as a housecleaner.It’s a little slow in parts but, like its heroine, that’s all part of the film’s quiet dignity. The Blair Witch Project (1998) ★★★★☆ Sky One, 11.00pm An inventive horror whose frights are all created via suspense and the power of suggestion. Made on a meagre budget of around $ 750,000 (it grossed around $ 250 million at the box office), it purports to be the footage left behind by three American film students who enter a forest to investigate the legendary “Blair Witch”. Some moviegoers were physically ill due to the shaky camerawork. Thursday 28 June Making a night of it: Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid Credit: ITV Good Evening Britain ITV, 9.15pm Despite BBC Breakfast being the undisputed champion in terms of viewers, there’s no denying that Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan continue to hog the column inches due to their combative relationship and controversial interviews on Good Morning Britain. This late-night, one-off incarnation follows ITV’s coverage of England’s World Cup match with Belgium (see preview, below), a tie which should go a long way towards clarifying the Three Lions’ realistic hopes for the tournament. Expect debate, chat and a few famous faces offering their opinions on the result, plus coverage of showbiz stories in what is presumably a high-profile pilot for a permanent fixture in this prime-time slot, following the unmitigated disaster of The Nightly Show. Whether Morgan is the man that audiences want as the nation’s cheerleader/consoler-in-chief is as open to debate as his decision to present Donald Trump with an Arsenal shirt, but ITV has long yearned for a way in which to blend football and entertainment (remember James Corden’s World Cup Live, or the magnificent Rio’s World Cup Wind-Ups?), so expect everything to be thrown at the screen in search of the perfect formula. Gabriel Tate FIFA World Cup 2018: England vs Belgium ITV, 6.15pm Gareth Southgate’s young lions face Belgium’s “golden generation” who have yet to turn their enviable gathering of talents into serious tournament challengers. Mark Pougatch is in the studio while Clive Tydesley provides the commentary, with kick-off at 7.00pm. Celebrities on the NHS Frontline BBC One, 9.00pm; not Wales Armed with their own experiences of the NHS, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, ex-MP Ann Widdecombe, reporter Stacey Dooley and TV presenter Michael Mosley work with hospital staff in a bid to understand the challenges that the service now face. These include smaller budgets, increased scrutiny and an ageing population. It may sound gimmicky, but this two-parter is very absorbing. Japan’s Secret Shame BBC Two, 9.00pm In 2017, Japanese woman Shiori Ito went public with rape allegations against a more prominent fellow journalist. These were met with silence or worse. Here she explores why other victims in the country are unwilling or unable to speak out. Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The penultimate episode of the third series of this always absorbing drama finds the part human, part synth Leo (Colin Morgan) in peril, and Mattie (Lucy Carless) reveals her secret. GT Outlander More4, 9.00pm Juggling sweeping adventure with tense espionage (18th-century style) and introspective character studies, this period romp continues with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) finding a sense of purpose in helping the sick. Meanwhile, Jamie (Sam Heughan) continues his efforts to derail history’s march towards the Battle of Culloden by engaging the services of a pickpocket plying his trade in a brothel. The result is cheerfully daft and occasionally surprisingly deep. Running Wild with Bear Grylls Discovery, 10.00pm In between wrangling civilians on The Island, Bear Grylls likes to go yomping with famous people, who have included in the past Barack Obama and Roger Federer. This week, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle treks through the New England mountains, with all of its precarious climbs and dangerous rivers. This time, the compulsory unpalatable meal features porcupine carcass. GT True Grit (1969) ★★★★☆ Film4, 3.45pm John Wayne gives an imposing performance – for which he won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe – in this muscular western, directed by Henry Hathaway. Wayne plays Rooster Cogburn, an ageing, hardbitten marshal who’s called on to track down a murderer. Also on the trail are the victim’s 14-year-old daughter (Kim Darby) and an opportunistic Texas Ranger (Glen Campbell) who wants to collect the reward. Summertime (1955) ★★★★☆ Talking Pictures TV, 6.00pm From the mid-Fifties, David Lean developed a taste for filming further afield and directed Katharine Hepburn in this romance set in Venice. Jane Hudson (Hepburn), a secretary from the American Midwest, is finally realising her dream of taking a holiday in Venice, where she embarks on a tentative romance with a antiques dealer (Rossano Brazzi). Jack Hildyard’s cinematography ravishes. Rocky III (1982) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.55pm; not STV Stallone is once more infront of and behind the camera in this third instalment in the series. Old rival Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) becomes Rocky’s new trainer after the Italian Stallion takes a pounding from the vicious Clubber Lang (Mr T). One sun-soaked sequence features Rocky and Creed frolicking around on a beach and embracing in vests. Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan co-stars as wrestling champion Thunderlips. Friday 29 June Angry young man: Toby Wallace stars as Kane Credit: BBC Romper Stomper BBC Two, 11.05pm & midnight; Scot and NI, times vary It’s already had an airing on BBC Three but this gritty, politically charged six-part Australian series, about a gang of ultra-violent neo-Nazis in Melbourne and the left-wing student group that opposes them, deserves this prominent BBC Two late-night slot. It is based on the cult 1991 film of the same name, in which Russell Crowe came to prominence as a psychotic skinhead, and the movie’s director Geoffrey Wright is behind this update, too, writing the opening episode (of this double bill). Actor Toby Wallace is a strikingly charismatic presence – balancing charm with an undercurrent of real menace – as Kane, an angry young man just out of the army, who together with his dumber sidekick Stix (Kaden Hartcher) gets drawn into the right-wing group of activist Blake Farron (Lachy Hulme). But it is Farron’s younger wife Zoe (Sophie Lowe) who is the real draw for Kane – spelling major trouble ahead for all. Violence, romance and a thoughtful approach to extreme politics makes a potent, dramatic mix, and the results are explosive at times. For fans of the original, Jacqueline McKenzie, who played Kane’s mother Gabrielle, reprises the role here. Gerard O’Donovan Glow Netflix, from today The first season of this comedy about Ruth (Alison Brie), a struggling actress who is drawn into the weird world of women’s wrestling was a big hit. This second run, in which Ruth and the gang get a proper tilt at fame, is just as good. James Martin’s American Adventure ITV, 8.00pm; not UTV or Wales Chef James Martin takes to the US highways in search of “some of the greatest food on the planet”. In this opener, he mounts a vintage Harley Davidson to hog it up in the Napa Valley, home to some of California’s greatest wine makers and fine-dine restaurants. The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Poor Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) has been through the wringer in this fourth season of the bleak but absorbing Scandi thriller. This is the final episode, so expect it to go out with a very big bang as Saga finds a match for the killer’s fingerprint… but nothing’s ever that simple, is it? Duran Duran Night BBC Four, from 9.00pm Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor invite viewers to join them for two films – There’s Something You Should Know (9.00pm) and Duran Duran: A Night In (10.00pm) – in which they look back over their 40th years in pop, plus Duran Duran: Unstaged, their 2011 concert collaboration with director David Lynch. Download Festival 2018 Sky Arts, 9.00pm Here are highlights from the summer’s biggest metal and rock weekend, which was held earlier this month at Donington Park, with Guns N’ Roses, Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne among the headline acts. GO Frankie Boyle’s New World Order BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.05pm More hardcore topical comedy as Frankie Boyle dissects the week’s headlines and assorted bizarre news stories with the help of a studio audience and guests Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan and Miles Jupp. The Big Narstie Show Channel 4, 11.00pm The popular, sometimes controversial grime MC, rapper and internet sensation teams up with comedian Mo Gilligan to host a new late-night alternative entertainment show, with music, sketches, viewer interaction and guests in the studio talking news, television shows and the latest trends. GO Rush Hour (1998) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker join forces in this culture-clash cop comedy. When the Chinese consul’s daughter is abducted, the diplomat summons trusted friend Detective Inspector Lee (Chan) from Hong Kong. Spurned by the FBI, Lee must team up with a rebellious fast-talking LAPD officer (Tucker) to find the girl. This is a pacy, amiable comedy with impeccably choreographed action sequences. Mad Max 2 (1981) ★★★★★ ITV, 10.45pm Mel Gibson reprises his role as Max, a cynical and alienated ex-cop, in this thrillingly intense action sequel that proved to be that rare thing – better than the original. Drifting through the Outback after a nuclear war, he comes upon a small community menaced by a gang that aims to rob them of their oil. Can Max defend them? George Miller (who later, incongruously, co-wrote Babe) again writes and directs. The Full Monty (1997) ★★★★☆ BBC One, 11.25pm You’ll never look at Tom Wilkinson in the same way again after seeing him gyrate on stage as a stripper in this bittersweet British comedy which opened in British cinemas 21 years ago. Set in Sheffield, it follows six out-of-work men who form an exotic dance troupe in order to raise some funds. And they’re willing to reveal, quite literally, all. Simon Beaufoy’s script is a moving exploration of masculinity. Robert Carlyle co-stars. 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
FILE PHOTO - Rugby Union - Autumn Internationals - France vs Japan - U Arena, Nanterre, France - November 25, 2017 Japan’s Michael Leitch and France’s Judicael Cancoriet in action during a line-out REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Autumn Internationals - France vs Japan
FILE PHOTO - Rugby Union - Autumn Internationals - France vs Japan - U Arena, Nanterre, France - November 25, 2017 Japan’s Michael Leitch and France’s Judicael Cancoriet in action during a line-out REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Thursday 21 June The Murder of Rhys Jones: Police Tapes ITV, 9.00pm Anyone who watched Jeff Pope’s hard-hitting drama series Little Boy Blue last year, based on the investigation into the murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Liverpool on 22 August 2007, will know just how tragic and disturbing the circumstances surrounding this case were. Rhys, on his way home from football practice, was hit by a stray bullet and died when a teenager on a bicycle started shooting at rival gang members across a car park in Croxteth. To compound the horror, a veil of silence descended on the area as the youths involved, and in some cases their parents, conspired to conceal their identities by intimidating all around them. The only recourse open to investigating officers was to plant listening devices in the homes of the prime suspects in the hope that somehow, they would incriminate themselves. But that was only beginning. Here, presenter Susanna Reid gains unique access to the recordings, in which those responsible admit their part and the lengths they would go to cover up the crime. She also talks to Rhys’s parents, Mel and Steve Jones, about the impact their son’s murder has had on their lives. GO Supershoppers Channel 4, 8.00pm This week’s edition of the consumer show reveals how takeaway coffee from a machine often costs more than one made by a barista, plus how to track down the energy deals hidden by cost comparison sites. Hosts Anna Richardson and Sabrina Grant also explore whether whitening toothpastes really work. GO Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm It’s the last show of the series as Fred Sirieix showcases two more food businesses seeking investment: Naked Dough, a vegan-friendly pop-up in need of a permanent base; and Black Bear Burger, whose owners, already doing well enough to leave their day jobs behind, are looking for the funds to scale up. GO Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm There’s been some terrific drama already in this third series, and that continues in this episode as Laura (Katherine Parkinson) is forced to act quickly when synth Mia’s (Gemma Chan) speech at the commission provokes a shocking attack. GO The Double Life of George Michael Channel 5, 9.00pm This documentary examines the life of the hugely successful and famously generous pop star, and how he spent much of his life battling inner demons prior to early death in 2016. It’s followed at 11.05pm by The Nation’s Favourite George Michael Song. GO The Killers Live at the Royal Albert Hall Sky Arts, 9.00pm Brandon Flowers and his band got an ecstatic reception when they rocked the Royal Albert Hall in July 2009 during their tour of their third album Day & Age. This concert was recorded over two nights, and all of their hits up to that point feature in the set, including Somebody Told Me, When You Were Young, All These Things That I’ve Done and, of course, Mr Brightside. GO Outlander More4, 9.00pm The setting of this Celtic time-travel fantasy has moved firmly over to France, as the second series progresses. Now the Frasers have settled into high society in Paris and Jamie (Sam Heughan) gets a chance, at last, to infiltrate Jacobite circles when he gets an introduction to Bonnie Prince Charlie. Claire (Caitriona Balfe), meanwhile, gets a shock when she meets members of the Duke of Sandringham’s household and realises that an old enemy, presumed dead, may be alive after all. GO North to Alaska (1960) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.00pm “You just can’t trust women. No matter how honest they act, they all want to be wives,” cautions John Wayne in this rather silly western set during the gold rush. After finding gold, Wayne goes to fetch his partner’s fiancée from Seattle, only to find her married to someone else. So he returns with Angel (Capucine), a prostitute, instead. Inevitably, our hero falls for the beguiling lady. Stewart Granger co-stars. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.55pm The third film in the superhero series sees director Brett Ratner take over the reins of the Marvel Comics franchise. When a cure for the mutants is invented, a war breaks out between them and humanity. This isn’t the trilogy’s high point, but that said, Hugh Jackman plays Wolverine to perfection, plus the special effects and dramatic set pieces definitely impress. The Bodyguard (1992) ★★★☆☆ 5STAR, 11.00pm Former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner) plays bodyguard to pop singer Rachel Marron (Whitney Houston), though he’s more used to protecting presidents than superstars. Sparks fly and security is compromised, but when a stalker gets serious, the job comes first. Houston’s fine soundtrack adds to the film’s emotional theatricality. The soundtrack album has become the fifth bestselling album of all time. Friday 22 June Cruising With Jane McDonald The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Screenwriter Hans Rosenfeldt still has a couple of tasks to complete in the final two episodes of his superior, if at times preposterous, Scandi-thriller, before it bows out for good next week. The over-arching riddle since Henrik Sabroe (Thure Lindhardt) joined the Danish cop shop in series three is what happened to his two daughters, who’d gone missing eight years ago.In tonight’s penultimate episode that question is answered at last, and of course it’s Henrik’s colleague and sometime lover, on-the-spectrum brainbox Saga Norén (Sofia Helin), who figures it out. But as we’ve seen over nearly four series of grisly murder, Rosenfeldt can’t usually be relied on for a happy ending. Then Rosenfeldt’s second task is having Saga figure out who’s killing people using the same methods deployed in government executions (stoning, electrocution, et al) before she becomes the next victim. Tonight, fans will be cheered to see Saga – so often a forlorn, misunderstood character – make solid progress in both the case and in therapy, which bodes well for her future. But this isn’t a cosy relationship drama, and rest assured there are lurid shocks that set us up for next week’s finale. VP The Crystal Maze Channel 4, 9.00pm This star-laden edition of the action game show sees Countdown’s maths genius Rachel Riley in a polite power struggle with skipper Judy Murray, mother of Andy, as she tries to dominate the decision-making. It adds a frisson to the proceedings that also include ex-footballer Wayne Bridge and Paralympian David Weir. VP Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm In this first of a boozy two-parter set in South America, chanteuse Jane McDonald boards another cruise ship and samples Pisco sours and drinks whisky chilled by glacier ice. VP The Last Leg Channel 4, 10.00pm What started off as a spin-off for the 2012 Paralympics has rightly become a Friday night institution. Host Adam Hills returns to marshal the mix of silliness and satire that characterise this comedy chat show, aided by Alex Brooker, Josh Widdicombe and a gaggle of up-for-it celebrity guests. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.45pm Graham Norton will be kept on his toes as Cher graces his sofa for the first time in five years, with her suffer-no-fools attitude. She is joined by her Mamma Mia! co-star Christine Baranski. Also on the final live show of the series are Rupert Everett and Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer. VP Marvel’s Luke Cage Netflix, from today Superheroes have become a tiresome constant in film and on TV, but this action series, with a soulful black champion at its centre, is a welcome addition to the genre. Mike Colter returns for a second series as the pumped-up, titular New York action man. In the first episode he deals with the ramifications of last season’s climax in which he triumphed over evil but lost his anonymity. Now he’s being pestered for selfies as he tries to figure out his next move in an opening episode that’s directed by actress Lucy Liu. VP Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts and Sky One, from 7.00pm The year’s biggest pop festival (in the absence of Glastonbury) celebrates its 50th anniversary with a line-up spanning the decades, from electro-rockers Depeche Mode to headliners The Killers. The coverage begins on Sky Arts at 7pm, with Nile Rodgers & Chic taking to the stage at 7.30pm. Kasabian will close out the first night on Sky Arts at 11pm. VP Victoria & Abdul (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen Frears’ fascinating real-life tale about the extraordinary friendship between the ageing Queen Victoria (a sensational Judi Dench) and her young Muslim attendant Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), known as “the Munshi”, is all nostalgia and inertia – a tale ablaze with historical import and contemporary resonance, reduced to commemorative biscuit tin proportions. Eddie Izzard co-stars. Mad Max (1979) ★★★★☆ ITV, 11.45pm An explosive breakthrough – literally. Improbable car stunts and pile-ups ensue as “mad” Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) attempts to police a dystopian Australia, where feral biker gangs rape and pillage at will. Director George Miller’s vision was “a silent movie with sound” and he drew inspiration for the film’s injuries and deaths from his time working as a doctor in a Sydney hospital. The film essentially founded Australia’s film industry. Sexy Beast (2000) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 12.10am Ben Kingsley is at his scariest in this tense and enthralling thriller as the gangster thug who wants to rob a well-guarded bank, and flies out to Spain to drag his retired associate Gary (a lobster-tanned Ray Winstone) back to work. But Gary is living a contented life with his wife (Amanda Redman) and has no intention of going back to his criminal life, forcing the two men into a battle of wills that ends in violence. Saturday 23 June The new noir: Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies Credit: BBC Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm Welsh crime drama is having a moment right now and, watching the atmospheric Hidden, it’s easy to see why. The key to Mark Andrew and Ed Talfan’s addictive crime drama lies in its lack of trickery and refusal to rely on out-of-nowhere twists. Instead the viewer knows from the outset that the disturbed Dylan Harris (Rhodri Meilir) is the man behind the abduction of the now-dead Mali Pryce, which means that the series’ appeal lies in following detectives Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams) and Owen Vaughan (Sion Alun Davies) as they scramble to solve the case. Yet Hidden is not simply a whydunnit, as this third episode demonstrates. Andrew and Talfan are as interested in picking apart the fallout from Mali’s death as they are in watching the detectives hunt their man. This episode sees Mali’s sister Lea (Lara Catrin) and father Alun (Owen Arwyn) deal with their grief, while we learn more about the troubled university student Megan (Gwyneth Keyworth) and Dylan’s most recent victim Lowri (Lois Meleri Jones). Watching these disparate strands slowly come together to create a thoughtful crime drama is a hugely enjoyable experience. Here’s hoping the series continues to be this strong. Sarah Hughes EU Referendum: The Result BBC Parliament,from 9.55am As the UK’s future after Brexit continues to be debated, BBC Parliament is reminding us how it all began by rerunning the BBC’s then-live coverage of the EU referendum results in its entirety. This whopping 11-hour broadcast, anchored by the 77-year-old David Dimbleby, includes everything from Nigel Farage’s premature concession speech through to former Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm Condemned to a series defeat against South Africa last weekend, England will be even more concerned by the fact it was their fifth Test defeat in a row. However, speaking after Saturday’s 23-12 loss – in which the visitors raced into a 12-0 lead with Mike Brown and Jonny May scoring fine tries. – coach Eddie Jones said he’ll “stick to his guns”, as his side bring the curtain down in Cape Town on what has been a frustrating tour. A victory today would alleviate the pressure on Jones somewhat. Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts, from 5.00pm/ Sky One, from 10.00pm Edith Bowman, Vick Hope and Joel Dommett present coverage from the second day of the music festival. Jessie J and James Bay are among those performing early on, while later the headliners, including Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher and Soul II Soul, will be shown live on both Sky Arts and Sky One. Sunday’s coverage of the final day sees performances from The Killers Van Morrison and Travis. SH The Great Exhibition of the North BBC Two, 6.30pm; Scotland, 7.30pm This weekend sees the beginning of three months of art and culture events across 30 venues in Newcastle. Shaun Keaveny takes a look at some of what’s on offer, meets some of the creators of the works and visits key landmarks in the city. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 7.00pm; not Scotland It’s sink or swim time for the likeable Will Millard in the final episode of the series – he’s out of his comfort zone after agreeing to compete in Ross-on-Wye’s annual regatta. Luckily, Tintern Abbey and Chepstow offer gentler charms. Blind Date Channel 5, 7.30pm Mothers are very much the theme of this latest series of the dating show. After last week’s opening episode saw Dubliner Barry make the mistake of allowing his mother to choose his date, this week sees mother-and-son duo, Emile and Belinda, both searching for love. Can host Paul O’Grady guide them to happiness? International Rugby League: New Zealand v England BBC Two, 9.00pm A big one this, as New Zealand and England meet at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. This match will be England’s first game on US soil since October 2000, when they took on the USA in Orlando, Florida. The Kiwis will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing World Cup last year when, despite being finalists in the three previous editions, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals. England will be hoping to continue their recent encouraging form, having reached the World Cup final in 2017, eventually losing 6-0 to Australia. All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.10pm The final episode of the foul-mouthed matriarch’s talk show sees Ray Mears attempt to give hapless duo Dermot and Buster a crash course in survival skills while, in a nice touch, Boy George brings his mother, Dinah, over for a chat. SH Live Boxing: Josh Taylor v Viktor Postol Channel 5, 10.30pm The WBC Silver Super Lightweight title is at stake at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, as Jose Taylor takes on Viktor Postol. Taylor turned professional in June 2015, and has established himself as a force to be reckoned with after notching up 12 wins from 12 fights. In his amateur days, Taylor made it to two Commonwealth finals, winning a gold medal in Glasgow at the 2014 Games. He has held this title since taking it from South Africa’s Warren Joubert in March 2017, and this will be his fourth defence. Muppets Most Wanted (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 2.45pm The Muppets tour Europe, where Kermit (Steve Whitmire) is kidnapped and replaced by a doppelgänger. Masterminding the plot is a sleazy Ricky Gervais. Though this contains moments of joy with itsfun musical numbers and clever gags, the Muppets themselves are crowded out by cameo overkill from the likes of Lady Gaga, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Céline Dion. Creed (2015) ★★★★☆ ITV, 9.30pm Ryan Coogler’s continuation of the Rocky saga packs a real emotional punch as Sylvester Stallone gives one of his best performances ever. He neither wrote nor directed, but his actor-for-hire status translates into a compelling lack of vanity on screen. Life for Rocky has come full circle as he agrees to train Donnie (Michael B Jordan), the son of his old nemesis Apollo. Little Voice (1998) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.30pm Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks star in this bittersweet comedy musical drama based on Jim Cartwright’s hit play. Timid LV (Horrocks) obsesses over her dead father’s records by imitating Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Bassey to perfection. Her talents are discovered by her mother’s (Blethyn) showbiz agent boyfriend (Caine), who hopes to turn her from mouse to megastar. Sunday 24 June Fielding stories: Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Elisabeth Bumiller Credit: BBC Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate BBC Two, 9.00pm Renowned film-maker Liz Garbus’s fascinating four-part documentary series takes us behind the scenes of The New York Times, one of the world’s most venerable news outlets, as it grapples with the early days of the Trump presidency. It’s a heady, fly-on-the-wall insight into the frenetic pace of the newsroom, as articles are written and published at breakneck speed amid a flurry of slamming phones, team huddles and endless rolling on-screen coverage. What makes this prospect so unique, however, is its context. So unexpected was Trump’s win and so volatile the White House that normal journalistic protocol was jettisoned to match the new administration’s unpredictability. We watch, then, as a raft of investigative reporters headed by Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller, field a barrage of explosive stories, from the Trump camp’s links to Russia to the President’s claim he was wiretapped by Obama. It’s a shame that Garber only briefly deals with the toll such work takes on the journalists’ personal lives, but perhaps this rightly reflects how little time this tireless team have for themselves. Toby Dantzic Romesh: Talking to Comedians in a Pie and Mash Shop BBC Three, from today Having previously held conversations with comedians in both a café and a pub, Romesh Ranganathan now heads to a pie and mash shop for this straightforward set-up that yields unexpectedly delightful results. Ranganathan’s winningly droll style gets his dining companions immediately on side, so that they offer up authentic titbits of experience. Rob Beckett, for example, reminisces about Ranganthan’s father’s “awful” pub, improv expert Rachel Parris reveals a hilariously embarrassing onstage blunder, and Sally Phillips manages to be both funny and moving about her special needs son. MOTD Live: Fifa World Cup 2018 – England v Panama BBC One, 12.10pm After their hard-fought 2-1 win over Tunisia, the Three Lions step up for their second World Cup game against Panama. The South Americans are making their debut at the tournament but it hasn’t gone well so far – they lost their opening game against Belgium 3-0. Live Formula 1: The French Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 3.05pm After a 10-year hiatus, the French Grand Prix opens its doors to Formula 1 once again at Circuit Paul Ricard, where its last winner – in 2008 – was Brazil’s Felipe Massa. Nigel Kennedy Plays Bach & Gershwin: BBC’s Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 7.00pm Here’s another chance to see a behemoth of the classical genre, violinist Nigel Kennedy, perform a thrilling set against the dramatic sun-lit backdrop of Scone Palace in Perth. TD Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm An impassioned Ross (Aidan Turner) makes his maiden speech in parliament tonight, quickly gaining notoriety. Back in Cornwall, things aren’t so rosy for Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) as she tackles the fallout from a failing mine. The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm Brittle commander’s wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) comes into focus during tonight’s episode of the dystopian drama. Flashbacks reveal the violent abuse she suffered for her conservative views. Back in the present, meanwhile, she wavers between cruelty and tenderness towards pregnant Offred (Elisabeth Moss). Celebrity Catchphrase ITV, 9.15pm With nerves no doubt frayed from England’s match earlier, Stephen Mulhern offers a lighter football-themed alternative with this edition of the game show. Soccer stars Paul Merson and Eni Aluko join the fun, alongside actor Shayne Ward. TD The Sound Barrier (1952, b/w) ★★★☆☆ Talking Pictures TV, 5.40pm This was the last of three films that David Lean directed starring his second wife Ann Todd and although it was a success, it has become one of the director’s least-known films. It tells the story of attempts by aircraft designers and test pilots to break the sound barrier. Cinematographer Peter Newbrook’s new Arriflex camera was mounted in the rear of the last surviving Lancaster bomber. Blackhat (2015) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 9.00pm Michael Mann’s cybercrime thriller is the ultimate in digital cinema and begins with the kind of brooding, suspenseful set-piece that he mastered decades ago in films such as Collateral and Heat. Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth), a former cyber-crook, is temporarily released from prison to aid an American-Chinese task force in the hunt for a hacker. Viola Davis co-stars as the deeply unimpressed face of the FBI. Oasis: Supersonic (2016) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.00pm Oasis’s glory-days documentary indulges Noel and Liam Gallagher’s bad behaviour. Mat Whitecross’s film starts and ends with the pair of dates when Oasis debatably peaked, at Knebworth in 1996, and goes to excessive length to detail stories of their excess. Few rock stars, in fairness, have a habit of being so amusingly and brutally honest about their failings, and Whitecross is content to let them have the last word. Monday 25 June Brash: US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson (centre) Credit: Channel 4 Inside the American Embassy Channel 4, 10.00pm Those with an aversion to US President Donald Trump should gird their loins. Billionaire Robert Wood Johnson, the new US ambassador to Great Britain, has been a close friend of the US President for decades, and doesn’t stint on expressing his admiration for the man in this intriguing, if limited, fly-on-the-wall three-parter. Beginning with Johnson’s swearing-in, this opener takes in the move of the US Embassy in London from Mayfair to Battersea, Trump’s pronouncements on everything from Israel to Britain First and the first throes of Brexit negotiations. “I think it’s going to fall into place quicker than people realise,” reckons Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan about the latter. The discussions between Ambassador Johnson and various government ministers are very revealing, particularly because of the body language and what is unsaid as much as the actual exchanges. Johnson, too, is an unusual figure: brash and blunt, yet entirely lacking in charisma. The access is excellent (Johnson being trained to face the British press is an eye-opener), yet the tension is dissipated by the suspicion that everyone is on best behaviour. But if it loosens up next week, it could prove fascinating. Gabriel Tate Preacher Amazon Prime, from today Starring Joe Gilgun as a hard-living vampire, Dominic Cooper as a dissolute priest and Ruth Negga as the latter’s wild-card girlfriend, this lurid comic-book drama is a blast. This third season finds them in New Orleans. How the NHS Changed Our World BBC Two, 7.00pm This new series, running through the week, tells the story of five NHS hospitals, beginning with The Royal Papworth in Cambridgeshire, whose pioneering surgeons established it as a world leader in heart transplants. People who have used it, including comedian Eddie Large and the world’s longest-surviving heart-transplant patient, pay tribute. Britain’s Best Junior Doctors BBC Two, 7.30pm Jo Brand hosts this peculiar-sounding new quiz show in which two teams of junior doctors go head-to-head every night for a place in Friday’s final. The challenges include diagnosis of symptoms and the prioritisation of cases in a mocked-up A&E department. First up is University Hospitals Leicester vs Kettering General. 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The police team investigate claims that body parts have been buried in a garden on a Luton housing estate, and uncover a grim story of a turf war between rival gangs as the plot thickens. Rolls-Royce: the Rise & Fall of a Great British Brand Channel 5, 9.00pm An overview of a brand that has survived wars, death and hostile takeovers to endure as a byword for class in the modern age. GT Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm The second season of Westworld has been somewhat divisive. Some decry its gratuitous chronological labyrinths and sluggish pacing; while others have relished the cerebral storytelling. The final episode is likely to throw up as many questions as answers, with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) continuing their missions. Nature’s Turtle Nursery: Inside the Nest BBC Four, 9.10pm Documenting the mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica, Dr George McGavin follows this remarkable event from start to finish. GT Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) ★★★☆☆ E4, 9.00pm British director Rupert Wyatt, making a confident leap into the big-time after his nifty 2008 debut The Escapist, fashions much of this prequel movie as a simian prison flick. It’s grand entertainment as intelligent ape Caesar (a subtle mo-cap performance by Andy Serkis, though you never quite believe that you’re watching a real ape) is imprisoned in a sanctuary and begins to question nature’s hierarchy. Point Blank (1967) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm This punchy, pared-down and sexy (it was X-rated in its day) thriller follows the mission of a career criminal (played by Lee Marvin) hunting down a former accomplice who shot him at point-blank range. Adapted from the crime noir pulp novel The Hunter, it was one of the definitive films to emerge from Hollywood in the Sixties, and John Boorman’s direction would go on to influence Scorsese and Tarantino. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) ★★★☆☆ Universal TV, 9.00pm Tony Scott’s remake of the exciting 1974 thriller about the hijack of a New York subway train ditches the original tight storytelling and evocative sense of place in favour of Scott’s characteristic bombastic action. The strong premise, a battle of wits between low-key train dispatcher hero Denzel Washington and a goateed criminal John Travolta, makes it watchable. Tuesday 26 June Big questions: Anita Rani and Nick Robinson host the live event Credit: BBC NHS at 70: Live BBC Two, 8.00pm Essential viewing for anyone concerned about the future of the NHS, this 90-minute live event from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is a centrepiece of the BBC’s 70th anniversary season celebrating the founding of the National Health Service in 1948. But just how practical, or feasible, is the service’s founding aim of making healthcare available to all based on need rather than ability to pay, when demand outstrips resources in the 21st century? Will the Government’s recently announced extra £4 billion a year be enough to plug the funding gap? Can the health service adapt to cope with the issues pose by an ageing population? And can the public be encouraged to reduce demand by taking active measures to improve health? These are among the question up for discussion by an audience of NHS professionals, patients (via live-link-ups) and a handful of celebrity guests. Among the contributors will be Nick Robinson who, having undergone cancer treatment, has personal views on how good the NHS is, and who with co-host Anita Rani will prevent the findings of exclusive new research into the challenges facing the NHS in years to come. Gerard O’Donovan Bear’s Mission with Warwick Davis ITV, 9.00pm “We all have dwarfism in our family. We’re not built for climbing things.” Actor Warwick Davis gamely lets survival expert Bear Grylls put him through his paces in this entertaining challenge to reach the less accessible parts of his favourite holiday spot, the Lake District. The Affair Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm It began as an attention-grabbing steamy portrait of an affair, seen from the contrasting perspectives of its principals – Noah Solloway (Dominic West) and Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson). Now, as the fourth series gets under way, the American drama has matured into an ensemble piece with all the main characters estranged and in new relationships. Which leaves more room for developing minor roles, such as Noah’s eldest daughter Whitney (Julia Goldani Telles) and new faces such as the principal of the school where Noah teaches. Our Girl BBC One, 9.10pm They’re deep in Boko Haram territory, trying to evade capture while waiting for a Special Forces unit to rescue them. But that doesn’t stop Captain James (Ben Aldridge) deciding that it’s the perfect moment to make a confession to Georgie (Michelle Keegan). Horizon: Teenagers vs Cancer – A User’s Guide BBC Two, 9.30pm An exploration of the specialist facilities, support and cutting-edge treatments available to young cancer patients in Britain, seen through the eyes of 11 teenagers who take us through their diagnoses and individually tailored care packages. Tortured to Death: Murdering the Nanny Channel 5, 10.00pm The murder of 21-year-old French nanny Sophie Lionnet in London last year shocked seasoned investigators with its brutality. This report tells the story of the murder and trial that led to the conviction of her employers in May. GO Through Lotte’s Lens Sky Arts, 10.00pm The lens in question is that of Austrian portrait photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf, whose work captures the story of the refugees who fled Europe from the Nazis in the Thirties and, settling in Britain, contributed enthusiastically to life and culture here in succeeding years. An atmospheric, thoughtful and celebratory film from Tony Britten. GO Hope Floats (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.45pm In this heart-warming, if predictable, romcom, Sandra Bullock plays Birdee Calvert, a former prom queen whose dream life is shattered when her husband leaves her for her best friend on a Jerry Springer-like national TV show. Birdee must choose between her morals and her heart when a charming man, whom her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life. Forest Whitaker directs. Winchester ’73 (1950, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.10pm James Stewart stars in this classic western, the first of five that the star made with director Anthony Mann, almost single-handedly rescuing the flagging genre. The film’s other big star is the prized rifle of the title, at the heart of a plot in which two brothers go head to head in a grudge match after one of them kills their father. Watch out for early appearances from Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson. 3:10 to Yuma (2007) ★★★★☆ Film4, 11.35pm A remake of the 1957 classic, itself an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story, 3:10 to Yuma is an excellent, thrill-filled western starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as two men from either side of the law who are thrown together. Directed with verve by James Mangold, it’s the story of a rancher (Bale) who escorts a notorious gunslinger (Crowe) to the town of Contention to be put on the train to Yuma Prison. Wednesday 27 June Blustering: Jamie Demetriou as lettings agent Stath Credit: Channel 4 Stath Lets Flats Channel 4, 10.00pm Don’t let the title of comedian Jamie Demetriou’s new sitcom, co-written with Friday Night Dinner’s Robert Popper, deceive you: Stath (played with warmth by Demetriou) does anything but let flats. In fact, he’s quite probably the most incompetent lettings agent in London, a full-of-himself fool with a tendency to open his mouth before his brain has fully engaged. Unfortunately for Stath, he’s stuck in his job, despite being demonstrably worse than every other employee, because his glowering father Vassos (Christos Stergioglou) owns the agency and would pass it on to his son, if only he showed the smallest glimmer of improvement. From Dad’s Army to This Country, incompetence is a well-worn staple of British sitcoms, but Demetriou and Popper manage to give Stath Lets Flats a fresh spin, not least because the blustering Stath is such a recognisable type. Not every joke works, but the strong supporting cast including Demetriou’s real-life sibling Natasia as Stath’s equally hapless but kind-hearted sister Sophie, Alastair Roberts as well-meaning colleague Al and Katy Wix as the competent Carole do enough to suggest that this could be a grower. Sarah Hughes The Cult of Sunday Night BBC Four, 7.30pm While the current series of Poldark continues to thrill fans of brooding men and tempestuous women, this timely repeat of a documentary from 2009 looks at the original Seventies drama. That Sunday night hit made stars of Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees, who played Ross and Demelza, but it also infuriated author Winston Graham thanks to some large deviations from his source material. The Highland Midwife Channel 5, 8.00pm This lovely fly-on-the-wall series covering midwives in the Scottish highlands makes a welcome return. In this tense opening episode, Ruth, Morven and Hazel struggle with a trio of difficult births. The People vs the NHS: Who Gets the Drugs? BBC Two, 9.00pm Part of the BBC’s NHS at 70 series, this diverting documentary looks at how the health service’s cash-flow crisis can impact lives. Using the legal battle over PrEP, a drug widely believed to reduce the risk of contracting HIV as its focus, the film asks how funding decisions are made. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.15pm There’s a real pleasure to be found in watching Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse while away time fishing. Even the more serious moments – this week both men discuss death while standing in the Middle Wye – are leavened by dry wit. It’s a delight. This Is Congo – Storyville BBC Four, 10.00pm Photographer Daniel McCabe’s hard-hitting film about the Democratic Republic of Congo is the sort of documentary that haunts you long after the credits have rolled. McCabe talks to soldiers, workers and families about their experiences in this war-ravaged country, building up a devastating and heartbreaking picture. It’s an important and necessary reminder of a part of the world that is too often ignored. SH Lookalikes Channel 4, 10.30pm Channel 4’s uneasy hybrid of structured reality TV show and comedy returns for a second series with David Beckham lookalike Andy Harmer and his frenemy Tim Oliver, a David Brent impersonator, battling to keep their rival agencies afloat… SH My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) ★★☆☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.35pm Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett star in this slushy romcom. Roberts plays Julianne, who falls in love with her old friend (Mulroney), only to discover that he’s due to marry another girl (Diaz) the next day. Everett isn’t one of the love interests – he plays Roberts’s gay best friend – but he manages to elope with the film. Fatima (2015) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 10.00pm French director Philippe Faucon had success at Cannes with this insightful study of female behaviour. Fatima (Soria Zeroual) is a 44-year-old Moroccan woman raising two teenage girls in Lyon. The youngest, Souad (Kenza-Noah Aïche), is a sullen, sexy rebel ashamed of her mother for working as a housecleaner.It’s a little slow in parts but, like its heroine, that’s all part of the film’s quiet dignity. The Blair Witch Project (1998) ★★★★☆ Sky One, 11.00pm An inventive horror whose frights are all created via suspense and the power of suggestion. Made on a meagre budget of around $ 750,000 (it grossed around $ 250 million at the box office), it purports to be the footage left behind by three American film students who enter a forest to investigate the legendary “Blair Witch”. Some moviegoers were physically ill due to the shaky camerawork. Thursday 28 June Making a night of it: Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid Credit: ITV Good Evening Britain ITV, 9.15pm Despite BBC Breakfast being the undisputed champion in terms of viewers, there’s no denying that Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan continue to hog the column inches due to their combative relationship and controversial interviews on Good Morning Britain. This late-night, one-off incarnation follows ITV’s coverage of England’s World Cup match with Belgium (see preview, below), a tie which should go a long way towards clarifying the Three Lions’ realistic hopes for the tournament. Expect debate, chat and a few famous faces offering their opinions on the result, plus coverage of showbiz stories in what is presumably a high-profile pilot for a permanent fixture in this prime-time slot, following the unmitigated disaster of The Nightly Show. Whether Morgan is the man that audiences want as the nation’s cheerleader/consoler-in-chief is as open to debate as his decision to present Donald Trump with an Arsenal shirt, but ITV has long yearned for a way in which to blend football and entertainment (remember James Corden’s World Cup Live, or the magnificent Rio’s World Cup Wind-Ups?), so expect everything to be thrown at the screen in search of the perfect formula. Gabriel Tate FIFA World Cup 2018: England vs Belgium ITV, 6.15pm Gareth Southgate’s young lions face Belgium’s “golden generation” who have yet to turn their enviable gathering of talents into serious tournament challengers. Mark Pougatch is in the studio while Clive Tydesley provides the commentary, with kick-off at 7.00pm. Celebrities on the NHS Frontline BBC One, 9.00pm; not Wales Armed with their own experiences of the NHS, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, ex-MP Ann Widdecombe, reporter Stacey Dooley and TV presenter Michael Mosley work with hospital staff in a bid to understand the challenges that the service now face. These include smaller budgets, increased scrutiny and an ageing population. It may sound gimmicky, but this two-parter is very absorbing. Japan’s Secret Shame BBC Two, 9.00pm In 2017, Japanese woman Shiori Ito went public with rape allegations against a more prominent fellow journalist. These were met with silence or worse. Here she explores why other victims in the country are unwilling or unable to speak out. Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The penultimate episode of the third series of this always absorbing drama finds the part human, part synth Leo (Colin Morgan) in peril, and Mattie (Lucy Carless) reveals her secret. GT Outlander More4, 9.00pm Juggling sweeping adventure with tense espionage (18th-century style) and introspective character studies, this period romp continues with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) finding a sense of purpose in helping the sick. Meanwhile, Jamie (Sam Heughan) continues his efforts to derail history’s march towards the Battle of Culloden by engaging the services of a pickpocket plying his trade in a brothel. The result is cheerfully daft and occasionally surprisingly deep. Running Wild with Bear Grylls Discovery, 10.00pm In between wrangling civilians on The Island, Bear Grylls likes to go yomping with famous people, who have included in the past Barack Obama and Roger Federer. This week, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle treks through the New England mountains, with all of its precarious climbs and dangerous rivers. This time, the compulsory unpalatable meal features porcupine carcass. GT True Grit (1969) ★★★★☆ Film4, 3.45pm John Wayne gives an imposing performance – for which he won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe – in this muscular western, directed by Henry Hathaway. Wayne plays Rooster Cogburn, an ageing, hardbitten marshal who’s called on to track down a murderer. Also on the trail are the victim’s 14-year-old daughter (Kim Darby) and an opportunistic Texas Ranger (Glen Campbell) who wants to collect the reward. Summertime (1955) ★★★★☆ Talking Pictures TV, 6.00pm From the mid-Fifties, David Lean developed a taste for filming further afield and directed Katharine Hepburn in this romance set in Venice. Jane Hudson (Hepburn), a secretary from the American Midwest, is finally realising her dream of taking a holiday in Venice, where she embarks on a tentative romance with a antiques dealer (Rossano Brazzi). Jack Hildyard’s cinematography ravishes. Rocky III (1982) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.55pm; not STV Stallone is once more infront of and behind the camera in this third instalment in the series. Old rival Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) becomes Rocky’s new trainer after the Italian Stallion takes a pounding from the vicious Clubber Lang (Mr T). One sun-soaked sequence features Rocky and Creed frolicking around on a beach and embracing in vests. Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan co-stars as wrestling champion Thunderlips. Friday 29 June Angry young man: Toby Wallace stars as Kane Credit: BBC Romper Stomper BBC Two, 11.05pm & midnight; Scot and NI, times vary It’s already had an airing on BBC Three but this gritty, politically charged six-part Australian series, about a gang of ultra-violent neo-Nazis in Melbourne and the left-wing student group that opposes them, deserves this prominent BBC Two late-night slot. It is based on the cult 1991 film of the same name, in which Russell Crowe came to prominence as a psychotic skinhead, and the movie’s director Geoffrey Wright is behind this update, too, writing the opening episode (of this double bill). Actor Toby Wallace is a strikingly charismatic presence – balancing charm with an undercurrent of real menace – as Kane, an angry young man just out of the army, who together with his dumber sidekick Stix (Kaden Hartcher) gets drawn into the right-wing group of activist Blake Farron (Lachy Hulme). But it is Farron’s younger wife Zoe (Sophie Lowe) who is the real draw for Kane – spelling major trouble ahead for all. Violence, romance and a thoughtful approach to extreme politics makes a potent, dramatic mix, and the results are explosive at times. For fans of the original, Jacqueline McKenzie, who played Kane’s mother Gabrielle, reprises the role here. Gerard O’Donovan Glow Netflix, from today The first season of this comedy about Ruth (Alison Brie), a struggling actress who is drawn into the weird world of women’s wrestling was a big hit. This second run, in which Ruth and the gang get a proper tilt at fame, is just as good. James Martin’s American Adventure ITV, 8.00pm; not UTV or Wales Chef James Martin takes to the US highways in search of “some of the greatest food on the planet”. In this opener, he mounts a vintage Harley Davidson to hog it up in the Napa Valley, home to some of California’s greatest wine makers and fine-dine restaurants. The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Poor Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) has been through the wringer in this fourth season of the bleak but absorbing Scandi thriller. This is the final episode, so expect it to go out with a very big bang as Saga finds a match for the killer’s fingerprint… but nothing’s ever that simple, is it? Duran Duran Night BBC Four, from 9.00pm Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor invite viewers to join them for two films – There’s Something You Should Know (9.00pm) and Duran Duran: A Night In (10.00pm) – in which they look back over their 40th years in pop, plus Duran Duran: Unstaged, their 2011 concert collaboration with director David Lynch. Download Festival 2018 Sky Arts, 9.00pm Here are highlights from the summer’s biggest metal and rock weekend, which was held earlier this month at Donington Park, with Guns N’ Roses, Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne among the headline acts. GO Frankie Boyle’s New World Order BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.05pm More hardcore topical comedy as Frankie Boyle dissects the week’s headlines and assorted bizarre news stories with the help of a studio audience and guests Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan and Miles Jupp. The Big Narstie Show Channel 4, 11.00pm The popular, sometimes controversial grime MC, rapper and internet sensation teams up with comedian Mo Gilligan to host a new late-night alternative entertainment show, with music, sketches, viewer interaction and guests in the studio talking news, television shows and the latest trends. GO Rush Hour (1998) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker join forces in this culture-clash cop comedy. When the Chinese consul’s daughter is abducted, the diplomat summons trusted friend Detective Inspector Lee (Chan) from Hong Kong. Spurned by the FBI, Lee must team up with a rebellious fast-talking LAPD officer (Tucker) to find the girl. This is a pacy, amiable comedy with impeccably choreographed action sequences. Mad Max 2 (1981) ★★★★★ ITV, 10.45pm Mel Gibson reprises his role as Max, a cynical and alienated ex-cop, in this thrillingly intense action sequel that proved to be that rare thing – better than the original. Drifting through the Outback after a nuclear war, he comes upon a small community menaced by a gang that aims to rob them of their oil. Can Max defend them? George Miller (who later, incongruously, co-wrote Babe) again writes and directs. The Full Monty (1997) ★★★★☆ BBC One, 11.25pm You’ll never look at Tom Wilkinson in the same way again after seeing him gyrate on stage as a stripper in this bittersweet British comedy which opened in British cinemas 21 years ago. Set in Sheffield, it follows six out-of-work men who form an exotic dance troupe in order to raise some funds. And they’re willing to reveal, quite literally, all. Simon Beaufoy’s script is a moving exploration of masculinity. Robert Carlyle co-stars. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: Outlander, Humans and The Murder of Rhys Jones
Thursday 21 June The Murder of Rhys Jones: Police Tapes ITV, 9.00pm Anyone who watched Jeff Pope’s hard-hitting drama series Little Boy Blue last year, based on the investigation into the murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Liverpool on 22 August 2007, will know just how tragic and disturbing the circumstances surrounding this case were. Rhys, on his way home from football practice, was hit by a stray bullet and died when a teenager on a bicycle started shooting at rival gang members across a car park in Croxteth. To compound the horror, a veil of silence descended on the area as the youths involved, and in some cases their parents, conspired to conceal their identities by intimidating all around them. The only recourse open to investigating officers was to plant listening devices in the homes of the prime suspects in the hope that somehow, they would incriminate themselves. But that was only beginning. Here, presenter Susanna Reid gains unique access to the recordings, in which those responsible admit their part and the lengths they would go to cover up the crime. She also talks to Rhys’s parents, Mel and Steve Jones, about the impact their son’s murder has had on their lives. GO Supershoppers Channel 4, 8.00pm This week’s edition of the consumer show reveals how takeaway coffee from a machine often costs more than one made by a barista, plus how to track down the energy deals hidden by cost comparison sites. Hosts Anna Richardson and Sabrina Grant also explore whether whitening toothpastes really work. GO Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm It’s the last show of the series as Fred Sirieix showcases two more food businesses seeking investment: Naked Dough, a vegan-friendly pop-up in need of a permanent base; and Black Bear Burger, whose owners, already doing well enough to leave their day jobs behind, are looking for the funds to scale up. GO Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm There’s been some terrific drama already in this third series, and that continues in this episode as Laura (Katherine Parkinson) is forced to act quickly when synth Mia’s (Gemma Chan) speech at the commission provokes a shocking attack. GO The Double Life of George Michael Channel 5, 9.00pm This documentary examines the life of the hugely successful and famously generous pop star, and how he spent much of his life battling inner demons prior to early death in 2016. It’s followed at 11.05pm by The Nation’s Favourite George Michael Song. GO The Killers Live at the Royal Albert Hall Sky Arts, 9.00pm Brandon Flowers and his band got an ecstatic reception when they rocked the Royal Albert Hall in July 2009 during their tour of their third album Day & Age. This concert was recorded over two nights, and all of their hits up to that point feature in the set, including Somebody Told Me, When You Were Young, All These Things That I’ve Done and, of course, Mr Brightside. GO Outlander More4, 9.00pm The setting of this Celtic time-travel fantasy has moved firmly over to France, as the second series progresses. Now the Frasers have settled into high society in Paris and Jamie (Sam Heughan) gets a chance, at last, to infiltrate Jacobite circles when he gets an introduction to Bonnie Prince Charlie. Claire (Caitriona Balfe), meanwhile, gets a shock when she meets members of the Duke of Sandringham’s household and realises that an old enemy, presumed dead, may be alive after all. GO North to Alaska (1960) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.00pm “You just can’t trust women. No matter how honest they act, they all want to be wives,” cautions John Wayne in this rather silly western set during the gold rush. After finding gold, Wayne goes to fetch his partner’s fiancée from Seattle, only to find her married to someone else. So he returns with Angel (Capucine), a prostitute, instead. Inevitably, our hero falls for the beguiling lady. Stewart Granger co-stars. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.55pm The third film in the superhero series sees director Brett Ratner take over the reins of the Marvel Comics franchise. When a cure for the mutants is invented, a war breaks out between them and humanity. This isn’t the trilogy’s high point, but that said, Hugh Jackman plays Wolverine to perfection, plus the special effects and dramatic set pieces definitely impress. The Bodyguard (1992) ★★★☆☆ 5STAR, 11.00pm Former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner) plays bodyguard to pop singer Rachel Marron (Whitney Houston), though he’s more used to protecting presidents than superstars. Sparks fly and security is compromised, but when a stalker gets serious, the job comes first. Houston’s fine soundtrack adds to the film’s emotional theatricality. The soundtrack album has become the fifth bestselling album of all time. Friday 22 June Cruising With Jane McDonald The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Screenwriter Hans Rosenfeldt still has a couple of tasks to complete in the final two episodes of his superior, if at times preposterous, Scandi-thriller, before it bows out for good next week. The over-arching riddle since Henrik Sabroe (Thure Lindhardt) joined the Danish cop shop in series three is what happened to his two daughters, who’d gone missing eight years ago.In tonight’s penultimate episode that question is answered at last, and of course it’s Henrik’s colleague and sometime lover, on-the-spectrum brainbox Saga Norén (Sofia Helin), who figures it out. But as we’ve seen over nearly four series of grisly murder, Rosenfeldt can’t usually be relied on for a happy ending. Then Rosenfeldt’s second task is having Saga figure out who’s killing people using the same methods deployed in government executions (stoning, electrocution, et al) before she becomes the next victim. Tonight, fans will be cheered to see Saga – so often a forlorn, misunderstood character – make solid progress in both the case and in therapy, which bodes well for her future. But this isn’t a cosy relationship drama, and rest assured there are lurid shocks that set us up for next week’s finale. VP The Crystal Maze Channel 4, 9.00pm This star-laden edition of the action game show sees Countdown’s maths genius Rachel Riley in a polite power struggle with skipper Judy Murray, mother of Andy, as she tries to dominate the decision-making. It adds a frisson to the proceedings that also include ex-footballer Wayne Bridge and Paralympian David Weir. VP Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm In this first of a boozy two-parter set in South America, chanteuse Jane McDonald boards another cruise ship and samples Pisco sours and drinks whisky chilled by glacier ice. VP The Last Leg Channel 4, 10.00pm What started off as a spin-off for the 2012 Paralympics has rightly become a Friday night institution. Host Adam Hills returns to marshal the mix of silliness and satire that characterise this comedy chat show, aided by Alex Brooker, Josh Widdicombe and a gaggle of up-for-it celebrity guests. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.45pm Graham Norton will be kept on his toes as Cher graces his sofa for the first time in five years, with her suffer-no-fools attitude. She is joined by her Mamma Mia! co-star Christine Baranski. Also on the final live show of the series are Rupert Everett and Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer. VP Marvel’s Luke Cage Netflix, from today Superheroes have become a tiresome constant in film and on TV, but this action series, with a soulful black champion at its centre, is a welcome addition to the genre. Mike Colter returns for a second series as the pumped-up, titular New York action man. In the first episode he deals with the ramifications of last season’s climax in which he triumphed over evil but lost his anonymity. Now he’s being pestered for selfies as he tries to figure out his next move in an opening episode that’s directed by actress Lucy Liu. VP Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts and Sky One, from 7.00pm The year’s biggest pop festival (in the absence of Glastonbury) celebrates its 50th anniversary with a line-up spanning the decades, from electro-rockers Depeche Mode to headliners The Killers. The coverage begins on Sky Arts at 7pm, with Nile Rodgers & Chic taking to the stage at 7.30pm. Kasabian will close out the first night on Sky Arts at 11pm. VP Victoria & Abdul (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen Frears’ fascinating real-life tale about the extraordinary friendship between the ageing Queen Victoria (a sensational Judi Dench) and her young Muslim attendant Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), known as “the Munshi”, is all nostalgia and inertia – a tale ablaze with historical import and contemporary resonance, reduced to commemorative biscuit tin proportions. Eddie Izzard co-stars. Mad Max (1979) ★★★★☆ ITV, 11.45pm An explosive breakthrough – literally. Improbable car stunts and pile-ups ensue as “mad” Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) attempts to police a dystopian Australia, where feral biker gangs rape and pillage at will. Director George Miller’s vision was “a silent movie with sound” and he drew inspiration for the film’s injuries and deaths from his time working as a doctor in a Sydney hospital. The film essentially founded Australia’s film industry. Sexy Beast (2000) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 12.10am Ben Kingsley is at his scariest in this tense and enthralling thriller as the gangster thug who wants to rob a well-guarded bank, and flies out to Spain to drag his retired associate Gary (a lobster-tanned Ray Winstone) back to work. But Gary is living a contented life with his wife (Amanda Redman) and has no intention of going back to his criminal life, forcing the two men into a battle of wills that ends in violence. Saturday 23 June The new noir: Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies Credit: BBC Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm Welsh crime drama is having a moment right now and, watching the atmospheric Hidden, it’s easy to see why. The key to Mark Andrew and Ed Talfan’s addictive crime drama lies in its lack of trickery and refusal to rely on out-of-nowhere twists. Instead the viewer knows from the outset that the disturbed Dylan Harris (Rhodri Meilir) is the man behind the abduction of the now-dead Mali Pryce, which means that the series’ appeal lies in following detectives Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams) and Owen Vaughan (Sion Alun Davies) as they scramble to solve the case. Yet Hidden is not simply a whydunnit, as this third episode demonstrates. Andrew and Talfan are as interested in picking apart the fallout from Mali’s death as they are in watching the detectives hunt their man. This episode sees Mali’s sister Lea (Lara Catrin) and father Alun (Owen Arwyn) deal with their grief, while we learn more about the troubled university student Megan (Gwyneth Keyworth) and Dylan’s most recent victim Lowri (Lois Meleri Jones). Watching these disparate strands slowly come together to create a thoughtful crime drama is a hugely enjoyable experience. Here’s hoping the series continues to be this strong. Sarah Hughes EU Referendum: The Result BBC Parliament,from 9.55am As the UK’s future after Brexit continues to be debated, BBC Parliament is reminding us how it all began by rerunning the BBC’s then-live coverage of the EU referendum results in its entirety. This whopping 11-hour broadcast, anchored by the 77-year-old David Dimbleby, includes everything from Nigel Farage’s premature concession speech through to former Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm Condemned to a series defeat against South Africa last weekend, England will be even more concerned by the fact it was their fifth Test defeat in a row. However, speaking after Saturday’s 23-12 loss – in which the visitors raced into a 12-0 lead with Mike Brown and Jonny May scoring fine tries. – coach Eddie Jones said he’ll “stick to his guns”, as his side bring the curtain down in Cape Town on what has been a frustrating tour. A victory today would alleviate the pressure on Jones somewhat. Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts, from 5.00pm/ Sky One, from 10.00pm Edith Bowman, Vick Hope and Joel Dommett present coverage from the second day of the music festival. Jessie J and James Bay are among those performing early on, while later the headliners, including Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher and Soul II Soul, will be shown live on both Sky Arts and Sky One. Sunday’s coverage of the final day sees performances from The Killers Van Morrison and Travis. SH The Great Exhibition of the North BBC Two, 6.30pm; Scotland, 7.30pm This weekend sees the beginning of three months of art and culture events across 30 venues in Newcastle. Shaun Keaveny takes a look at some of what’s on offer, meets some of the creators of the works and visits key landmarks in the city. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 7.00pm; not Scotland It’s sink or swim time for the likeable Will Millard in the final episode of the series – he’s out of his comfort zone after agreeing to compete in Ross-on-Wye’s annual regatta. Luckily, Tintern Abbey and Chepstow offer gentler charms. Blind Date Channel 5, 7.30pm Mothers are very much the theme of this latest series of the dating show. After last week’s opening episode saw Dubliner Barry make the mistake of allowing his mother to choose his date, this week sees mother-and-son duo, Emile and Belinda, both searching for love. Can host Paul O’Grady guide them to happiness? International Rugby League: New Zealand v England BBC Two, 9.00pm A big one this, as New Zealand and England meet at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. This match will be England’s first game on US soil since October 2000, when they took on the USA in Orlando, Florida. The Kiwis will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing World Cup last year when, despite being finalists in the three previous editions, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals. England will be hoping to continue their recent encouraging form, having reached the World Cup final in 2017, eventually losing 6-0 to Australia. All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.10pm The final episode of the foul-mouthed matriarch’s talk show sees Ray Mears attempt to give hapless duo Dermot and Buster a crash course in survival skills while, in a nice touch, Boy George brings his mother, Dinah, over for a chat. SH Live Boxing: Josh Taylor v Viktor Postol Channel 5, 10.30pm The WBC Silver Super Lightweight title is at stake at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, as Jose Taylor takes on Viktor Postol. Taylor turned professional in June 2015, and has established himself as a force to be reckoned with after notching up 12 wins from 12 fights. In his amateur days, Taylor made it to two Commonwealth finals, winning a gold medal in Glasgow at the 2014 Games. He has held this title since taking it from South Africa’s Warren Joubert in March 2017, and this will be his fourth defence. Muppets Most Wanted (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 2.45pm The Muppets tour Europe, where Kermit (Steve Whitmire) is kidnapped and replaced by a doppelgänger. Masterminding the plot is a sleazy Ricky Gervais. Though this contains moments of joy with itsfun musical numbers and clever gags, the Muppets themselves are crowded out by cameo overkill from the likes of Lady Gaga, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Céline Dion. Creed (2015) ★★★★☆ ITV, 9.30pm Ryan Coogler’s continuation of the Rocky saga packs a real emotional punch as Sylvester Stallone gives one of his best performances ever. He neither wrote nor directed, but his actor-for-hire status translates into a compelling lack of vanity on screen. Life for Rocky has come full circle as he agrees to train Donnie (Michael B Jordan), the son of his old nemesis Apollo. Little Voice (1998) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.30pm Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks star in this bittersweet comedy musical drama based on Jim Cartwright’s hit play. Timid LV (Horrocks) obsesses over her dead father’s records by imitating Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Bassey to perfection. Her talents are discovered by her mother’s (Blethyn) showbiz agent boyfriend (Caine), who hopes to turn her from mouse to megastar. Sunday 24 June Fielding stories: Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Elisabeth Bumiller Credit: BBC Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate BBC Two, 9.00pm Renowned film-maker Liz Garbus’s fascinating four-part documentary series takes us behind the scenes of The New York Times, one of the world’s most venerable news outlets, as it grapples with the early days of the Trump presidency. It’s a heady, fly-on-the-wall insight into the frenetic pace of the newsroom, as articles are written and published at breakneck speed amid a flurry of slamming phones, team huddles and endless rolling on-screen coverage. What makes this prospect so unique, however, is its context. So unexpected was Trump’s win and so volatile the White House that normal journalistic protocol was jettisoned to match the new administration’s unpredictability. We watch, then, as a raft of investigative reporters headed by Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller, field a barrage of explosive stories, from the Trump camp’s links to Russia to the President’s claim he was wiretapped by Obama. It’s a shame that Garber only briefly deals with the toll such work takes on the journalists’ personal lives, but perhaps this rightly reflects how little time this tireless team have for themselves. Toby Dantzic Romesh: Talking to Comedians in a Pie and Mash Shop BBC Three, from today Having previously held conversations with comedians in both a café and a pub, Romesh Ranganathan now heads to a pie and mash shop for this straightforward set-up that yields unexpectedly delightful results. Ranganathan’s winningly droll style gets his dining companions immediately on side, so that they offer up authentic titbits of experience. Rob Beckett, for example, reminisces about Ranganthan’s father’s “awful” pub, improv expert Rachel Parris reveals a hilariously embarrassing onstage blunder, and Sally Phillips manages to be both funny and moving about her special needs son. MOTD Live: Fifa World Cup 2018 – England v Panama BBC One, 12.10pm After their hard-fought 2-1 win over Tunisia, the Three Lions step up for their second World Cup game against Panama. The South Americans are making their debut at the tournament but it hasn’t gone well so far – they lost their opening game against Belgium 3-0. Live Formula 1: The French Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 3.05pm After a 10-year hiatus, the French Grand Prix opens its doors to Formula 1 once again at Circuit Paul Ricard, where its last winner – in 2008 – was Brazil’s Felipe Massa. Nigel Kennedy Plays Bach & Gershwin: BBC’s Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 7.00pm Here’s another chance to see a behemoth of the classical genre, violinist Nigel Kennedy, perform a thrilling set against the dramatic sun-lit backdrop of Scone Palace in Perth. TD Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm An impassioned Ross (Aidan Turner) makes his maiden speech in parliament tonight, quickly gaining notoriety. Back in Cornwall, things aren’t so rosy for Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) as she tackles the fallout from a failing mine. The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm Brittle commander’s wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) comes into focus during tonight’s episode of the dystopian drama. Flashbacks reveal the violent abuse she suffered for her conservative views. Back in the present, meanwhile, she wavers between cruelty and tenderness towards pregnant Offred (Elisabeth Moss). Celebrity Catchphrase ITV, 9.15pm With nerves no doubt frayed from England’s match earlier, Stephen Mulhern offers a lighter football-themed alternative with this edition of the game show. Soccer stars Paul Merson and Eni Aluko join the fun, alongside actor Shayne Ward. TD The Sound Barrier (1952, b/w) ★★★☆☆ Talking Pictures TV, 5.40pm This was the last of three films that David Lean directed starring his second wife Ann Todd and although it was a success, it has become one of the director’s least-known films. It tells the story of attempts by aircraft designers and test pilots to break the sound barrier. Cinematographer Peter Newbrook’s new Arriflex camera was mounted in the rear of the last surviving Lancaster bomber. Blackhat (2015) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 9.00pm Michael Mann’s cybercrime thriller is the ultimate in digital cinema and begins with the kind of brooding, suspenseful set-piece that he mastered decades ago in films such as Collateral and Heat. Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth), a former cyber-crook, is temporarily released from prison to aid an American-Chinese task force in the hunt for a hacker. Viola Davis co-stars as the deeply unimpressed face of the FBI. Oasis: Supersonic (2016) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.00pm Oasis’s glory-days documentary indulges Noel and Liam Gallagher’s bad behaviour. Mat Whitecross’s film starts and ends with the pair of dates when Oasis debatably peaked, at Knebworth in 1996, and goes to excessive length to detail stories of their excess. Few rock stars, in fairness, have a habit of being so amusingly and brutally honest about their failings, and Whitecross is content to let them have the last word. Monday 25 June Brash: US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson (centre) Credit: Channel 4 Inside the American Embassy Channel 4, 10.00pm Those with an aversion to US President Donald Trump should gird their loins. Billionaire Robert Wood Johnson, the new US ambassador to Great Britain, has been a close friend of the US President for decades, and doesn’t stint on expressing his admiration for the man in this intriguing, if limited, fly-on-the-wall three-parter. Beginning with Johnson’s swearing-in, this opener takes in the move of the US Embassy in London from Mayfair to Battersea, Trump’s pronouncements on everything from Israel to Britain First and the first throes of Brexit negotiations. “I think it’s going to fall into place quicker than people realise,” reckons Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan about the latter. The discussions between Ambassador Johnson and various government ministers are very revealing, particularly because of the body language and what is unsaid as much as the actual exchanges. Johnson, too, is an unusual figure: brash and blunt, yet entirely lacking in charisma. The access is excellent (Johnson being trained to face the British press is an eye-opener), yet the tension is dissipated by the suspicion that everyone is on best behaviour. But if it loosens up next week, it could prove fascinating. Gabriel Tate Preacher Amazon Prime, from today Starring Joe Gilgun as a hard-living vampire, Dominic Cooper as a dissolute priest and Ruth Negga as the latter’s wild-card girlfriend, this lurid comic-book drama is a blast. This third season finds them in New Orleans. How the NHS Changed Our World BBC Two, 7.00pm This new series, running through the week, tells the story of five NHS hospitals, beginning with The Royal Papworth in Cambridgeshire, whose pioneering surgeons established it as a world leader in heart transplants. People who have used it, including comedian Eddie Large and the world’s longest-surviving heart-transplant patient, pay tribute. Britain’s Best Junior Doctors BBC Two, 7.30pm Jo Brand hosts this peculiar-sounding new quiz show in which two teams of junior doctors go head-to-head every night for a place in Friday’s final. The challenges include diagnosis of symptoms and the prioritisation of cases in a mocked-up A&E department. First up is University Hospitals Leicester vs Kettering General. 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The police team investigate claims that body parts have been buried in a garden on a Luton housing estate, and uncover a grim story of a turf war between rival gangs as the plot thickens. Rolls-Royce: the Rise & Fall of a Great British Brand Channel 5, 9.00pm An overview of a brand that has survived wars, death and hostile takeovers to endure as a byword for class in the modern age. GT Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm The second season of Westworld has been somewhat divisive. Some decry its gratuitous chronological labyrinths and sluggish pacing; while others have relished the cerebral storytelling. The final episode is likely to throw up as many questions as answers, with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) continuing their missions. Nature’s Turtle Nursery: Inside the Nest BBC Four, 9.10pm Documenting the mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica, Dr George McGavin follows this remarkable event from start to finish. GT Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) ★★★☆☆ E4, 9.00pm British director Rupert Wyatt, making a confident leap into the big-time after his nifty 2008 debut The Escapist, fashions much of this prequel movie as a simian prison flick. It’s grand entertainment as intelligent ape Caesar (a subtle mo-cap performance by Andy Serkis, though you never quite believe that you’re watching a real ape) is imprisoned in a sanctuary and begins to question nature’s hierarchy. Point Blank (1967) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm This punchy, pared-down and sexy (it was X-rated in its day) thriller follows the mission of a career criminal (played by Lee Marvin) hunting down a former accomplice who shot him at point-blank range. Adapted from the crime noir pulp novel The Hunter, it was one of the definitive films to emerge from Hollywood in the Sixties, and John Boorman’s direction would go on to influence Scorsese and Tarantino. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) ★★★☆☆ Universal TV, 9.00pm Tony Scott’s remake of the exciting 1974 thriller about the hijack of a New York subway train ditches the original tight storytelling and evocative sense of place in favour of Scott’s characteristic bombastic action. The strong premise, a battle of wits between low-key train dispatcher hero Denzel Washington and a goateed criminal John Travolta, makes it watchable. Tuesday 26 June Big questions: Anita Rani and Nick Robinson host the live event Credit: BBC NHS at 70: Live BBC Two, 8.00pm Essential viewing for anyone concerned about the future of the NHS, this 90-minute live event from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is a centrepiece of the BBC’s 70th anniversary season celebrating the founding of the National Health Service in 1948. But just how practical, or feasible, is the service’s founding aim of making healthcare available to all based on need rather than ability to pay, when demand outstrips resources in the 21st century? Will the Government’s recently announced extra £4 billion a year be enough to plug the funding gap? Can the health service adapt to cope with the issues pose by an ageing population? And can the public be encouraged to reduce demand by taking active measures to improve health? These are among the question up for discussion by an audience of NHS professionals, patients (via live-link-ups) and a handful of celebrity guests. Among the contributors will be Nick Robinson who, having undergone cancer treatment, has personal views on how good the NHS is, and who with co-host Anita Rani will prevent the findings of exclusive new research into the challenges facing the NHS in years to come. Gerard O’Donovan Bear’s Mission with Warwick Davis ITV, 9.00pm “We all have dwarfism in our family. We’re not built for climbing things.” Actor Warwick Davis gamely lets survival expert Bear Grylls put him through his paces in this entertaining challenge to reach the less accessible parts of his favourite holiday spot, the Lake District. The Affair Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm It began as an attention-grabbing steamy portrait of an affair, seen from the contrasting perspectives of its principals – Noah Solloway (Dominic West) and Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson). Now, as the fourth series gets under way, the American drama has matured into an ensemble piece with all the main characters estranged and in new relationships. Which leaves more room for developing minor roles, such as Noah’s eldest daughter Whitney (Julia Goldani Telles) and new faces such as the principal of the school where Noah teaches. Our Girl BBC One, 9.10pm They’re deep in Boko Haram territory, trying to evade capture while waiting for a Special Forces unit to rescue them. But that doesn’t stop Captain James (Ben Aldridge) deciding that it’s the perfect moment to make a confession to Georgie (Michelle Keegan). Horizon: Teenagers vs Cancer – A User’s Guide BBC Two, 9.30pm An exploration of the specialist facilities, support and cutting-edge treatments available to young cancer patients in Britain, seen through the eyes of 11 teenagers who take us through their diagnoses and individually tailored care packages. Tortured to Death: Murdering the Nanny Channel 5, 10.00pm The murder of 21-year-old French nanny Sophie Lionnet in London last year shocked seasoned investigators with its brutality. This report tells the story of the murder and trial that led to the conviction of her employers in May. GO Through Lotte’s Lens Sky Arts, 10.00pm The lens in question is that of Austrian portrait photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf, whose work captures the story of the refugees who fled Europe from the Nazis in the Thirties and, settling in Britain, contributed enthusiastically to life and culture here in succeeding years. An atmospheric, thoughtful and celebratory film from Tony Britten. GO Hope Floats (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.45pm In this heart-warming, if predictable, romcom, Sandra Bullock plays Birdee Calvert, a former prom queen whose dream life is shattered when her husband leaves her for her best friend on a Jerry Springer-like national TV show. Birdee must choose between her morals and her heart when a charming man, whom her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life. Forest Whitaker directs. Winchester ’73 (1950, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.10pm James Stewart stars in this classic western, the first of five that the star made with director Anthony Mann, almost single-handedly rescuing the flagging genre. The film’s other big star is the prized rifle of the title, at the heart of a plot in which two brothers go head to head in a grudge match after one of them kills their father. Watch out for early appearances from Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson. 3:10 to Yuma (2007) ★★★★☆ Film4, 11.35pm A remake of the 1957 classic, itself an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story, 3:10 to Yuma is an excellent, thrill-filled western starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as two men from either side of the law who are thrown together. Directed with verve by James Mangold, it’s the story of a rancher (Bale) who escorts a notorious gunslinger (Crowe) to the town of Contention to be put on the train to Yuma Prison. Wednesday 27 June Blustering: Jamie Demetriou as lettings agent Stath Credit: Channel 4 Stath Lets Flats Channel 4, 10.00pm Don’t let the title of comedian Jamie Demetriou’s new sitcom, co-written with Friday Night Dinner’s Robert Popper, deceive you: Stath (played with warmth by Demetriou) does anything but let flats. In fact, he’s quite probably the most incompetent lettings agent in London, a full-of-himself fool with a tendency to open his mouth before his brain has fully engaged. Unfortunately for Stath, he’s stuck in his job, despite being demonstrably worse than every other employee, because his glowering father Vassos (Christos Stergioglou) owns the agency and would pass it on to his son, if only he showed the smallest glimmer of improvement. From Dad’s Army to This Country, incompetence is a well-worn staple of British sitcoms, but Demetriou and Popper manage to give Stath Lets Flats a fresh spin, not least because the blustering Stath is such a recognisable type. Not every joke works, but the strong supporting cast including Demetriou’s real-life sibling Natasia as Stath’s equally hapless but kind-hearted sister Sophie, Alastair Roberts as well-meaning colleague Al and Katy Wix as the competent Carole do enough to suggest that this could be a grower. Sarah Hughes The Cult of Sunday Night BBC Four, 7.30pm While the current series of Poldark continues to thrill fans of brooding men and tempestuous women, this timely repeat of a documentary from 2009 looks at the original Seventies drama. That Sunday night hit made stars of Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees, who played Ross and Demelza, but it also infuriated author Winston Graham thanks to some large deviations from his source material. The Highland Midwife Channel 5, 8.00pm This lovely fly-on-the-wall series covering midwives in the Scottish highlands makes a welcome return. In this tense opening episode, Ruth, Morven and Hazel struggle with a trio of difficult births. The People vs the NHS: Who Gets the Drugs? BBC Two, 9.00pm Part of the BBC’s NHS at 70 series, this diverting documentary looks at how the health service’s cash-flow crisis can impact lives. Using the legal battle over PrEP, a drug widely believed to reduce the risk of contracting HIV as its focus, the film asks how funding decisions are made. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.15pm There’s a real pleasure to be found in watching Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse while away time fishing. Even the more serious moments – this week both men discuss death while standing in the Middle Wye – are leavened by dry wit. It’s a delight. This Is Congo – Storyville BBC Four, 10.00pm Photographer Daniel McCabe’s hard-hitting film about the Democratic Republic of Congo is the sort of documentary that haunts you long after the credits have rolled. McCabe talks to soldiers, workers and families about their experiences in this war-ravaged country, building up a devastating and heartbreaking picture. It’s an important and necessary reminder of a part of the world that is too often ignored. SH Lookalikes Channel 4, 10.30pm Channel 4’s uneasy hybrid of structured reality TV show and comedy returns for a second series with David Beckham lookalike Andy Harmer and his frenemy Tim Oliver, a David Brent impersonator, battling to keep their rival agencies afloat… SH My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) ★★☆☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.35pm Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett star in this slushy romcom. Roberts plays Julianne, who falls in love with her old friend (Mulroney), only to discover that he’s due to marry another girl (Diaz) the next day. Everett isn’t one of the love interests – he plays Roberts’s gay best friend – but he manages to elope with the film. Fatima (2015) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 10.00pm French director Philippe Faucon had success at Cannes with this insightful study of female behaviour. Fatima (Soria Zeroual) is a 44-year-old Moroccan woman raising two teenage girls in Lyon. The youngest, Souad (Kenza-Noah Aïche), is a sullen, sexy rebel ashamed of her mother for working as a housecleaner.It’s a little slow in parts but, like its heroine, that’s all part of the film’s quiet dignity. The Blair Witch Project (1998) ★★★★☆ Sky One, 11.00pm An inventive horror whose frights are all created via suspense and the power of suggestion. Made on a meagre budget of around $ 750,000 (it grossed around $ 250 million at the box office), it purports to be the footage left behind by three American film students who enter a forest to investigate the legendary “Blair Witch”. Some moviegoers were physically ill due to the shaky camerawork. Thursday 28 June Making a night of it: Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid Credit: ITV Good Evening Britain ITV, 9.15pm Despite BBC Breakfast being the undisputed champion in terms of viewers, there’s no denying that Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan continue to hog the column inches due to their combative relationship and controversial interviews on Good Morning Britain. This late-night, one-off incarnation follows ITV’s coverage of England’s World Cup match with Belgium (see preview, below), a tie which should go a long way towards clarifying the Three Lions’ realistic hopes for the tournament. Expect debate, chat and a few famous faces offering their opinions on the result, plus coverage of showbiz stories in what is presumably a high-profile pilot for a permanent fixture in this prime-time slot, following the unmitigated disaster of The Nightly Show. Whether Morgan is the man that audiences want as the nation’s cheerleader/consoler-in-chief is as open to debate as his decision to present Donald Trump with an Arsenal shirt, but ITV has long yearned for a way in which to blend football and entertainment (remember James Corden’s World Cup Live, or the magnificent Rio’s World Cup Wind-Ups?), so expect everything to be thrown at the screen in search of the perfect formula. Gabriel Tate FIFA World Cup 2018: England vs Belgium ITV, 6.15pm Gareth Southgate’s young lions face Belgium’s “golden generation” who have yet to turn their enviable gathering of talents into serious tournament challengers. Mark Pougatch is in the studio while Clive Tydesley provides the commentary, with kick-off at 7.00pm. Celebrities on the NHS Frontline BBC One, 9.00pm; not Wales Armed with their own experiences of the NHS, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, ex-MP Ann Widdecombe, reporter Stacey Dooley and TV presenter Michael Mosley work with hospital staff in a bid to understand the challenges that the service now face. These include smaller budgets, increased scrutiny and an ageing population. It may sound gimmicky, but this two-parter is very absorbing. Japan’s Secret Shame BBC Two, 9.00pm In 2017, Japanese woman Shiori Ito went public with rape allegations against a more prominent fellow journalist. These were met with silence or worse. Here she explores why other victims in the country are unwilling or unable to speak out. Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The penultimate episode of the third series of this always absorbing drama finds the part human, part synth Leo (Colin Morgan) in peril, and Mattie (Lucy Carless) reveals her secret. GT Outlander More4, 9.00pm Juggling sweeping adventure with tense espionage (18th-century style) and introspective character studies, this period romp continues with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) finding a sense of purpose in helping the sick. Meanwhile, Jamie (Sam Heughan) continues his efforts to derail history’s march towards the Battle of Culloden by engaging the services of a pickpocket plying his trade in a brothel. The result is cheerfully daft and occasionally surprisingly deep. Running Wild with Bear Grylls Discovery, 10.00pm In between wrangling civilians on The Island, Bear Grylls likes to go yomping with famous people, who have included in the past Barack Obama and Roger Federer. This week, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle treks through the New England mountains, with all of its precarious climbs and dangerous rivers. This time, the compulsory unpalatable meal features porcupine carcass. GT True Grit (1969) ★★★★☆ Film4, 3.45pm John Wayne gives an imposing performance – for which he won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe – in this muscular western, directed by Henry Hathaway. Wayne plays Rooster Cogburn, an ageing, hardbitten marshal who’s called on to track down a murderer. Also on the trail are the victim’s 14-year-old daughter (Kim Darby) and an opportunistic Texas Ranger (Glen Campbell) who wants to collect the reward. Summertime (1955) ★★★★☆ Talking Pictures TV, 6.00pm From the mid-Fifties, David Lean developed a taste for filming further afield and directed Katharine Hepburn in this romance set in Venice. Jane Hudson (Hepburn), a secretary from the American Midwest, is finally realising her dream of taking a holiday in Venice, where she embarks on a tentative romance with a antiques dealer (Rossano Brazzi). Jack Hildyard’s cinematography ravishes. Rocky III (1982) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.55pm; not STV Stallone is once more infront of and behind the camera in this third instalment in the series. Old rival Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) becomes Rocky’s new trainer after the Italian Stallion takes a pounding from the vicious Clubber Lang (Mr T). One sun-soaked sequence features Rocky and Creed frolicking around on a beach and embracing in vests. Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan co-stars as wrestling champion Thunderlips. Friday 29 June Angry young man: Toby Wallace stars as Kane Credit: BBC Romper Stomper BBC Two, 11.05pm & midnight; Scot and NI, times vary It’s already had an airing on BBC Three but this gritty, politically charged six-part Australian series, about a gang of ultra-violent neo-Nazis in Melbourne and the left-wing student group that opposes them, deserves this prominent BBC Two late-night slot. It is based on the cult 1991 film of the same name, in which Russell Crowe came to prominence as a psychotic skinhead, and the movie’s director Geoffrey Wright is behind this update, too, writing the opening episode (of this double bill). Actor Toby Wallace is a strikingly charismatic presence – balancing charm with an undercurrent of real menace – as Kane, an angry young man just out of the army, who together with his dumber sidekick Stix (Kaden Hartcher) gets drawn into the right-wing group of activist Blake Farron (Lachy Hulme). But it is Farron’s younger wife Zoe (Sophie Lowe) who is the real draw for Kane – spelling major trouble ahead for all. Violence, romance and a thoughtful approach to extreme politics makes a potent, dramatic mix, and the results are explosive at times. For fans of the original, Jacqueline McKenzie, who played Kane’s mother Gabrielle, reprises the role here. Gerard O’Donovan Glow Netflix, from today The first season of this comedy about Ruth (Alison Brie), a struggling actress who is drawn into the weird world of women’s wrestling was a big hit. This second run, in which Ruth and the gang get a proper tilt at fame, is just as good. James Martin’s American Adventure ITV, 8.00pm; not UTV or Wales Chef James Martin takes to the US highways in search of “some of the greatest food on the planet”. In this opener, he mounts a vintage Harley Davidson to hog it up in the Napa Valley, home to some of California’s greatest wine makers and fine-dine restaurants. The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Poor Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) has been through the wringer in this fourth season of the bleak but absorbing Scandi thriller. This is the final episode, so expect it to go out with a very big bang as Saga finds a match for the killer’s fingerprint… but nothing’s ever that simple, is it? Duran Duran Night BBC Four, from 9.00pm Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor invite viewers to join them for two films – There’s Something You Should Know (9.00pm) and Duran Duran: A Night In (10.00pm) – in which they look back over their 40th years in pop, plus Duran Duran: Unstaged, their 2011 concert collaboration with director David Lynch. Download Festival 2018 Sky Arts, 9.00pm Here are highlights from the summer’s biggest metal and rock weekend, which was held earlier this month at Donington Park, with Guns N’ Roses, Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne among the headline acts. GO Frankie Boyle’s New World Order BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.05pm More hardcore topical comedy as Frankie Boyle dissects the week’s headlines and assorted bizarre news stories with the help of a studio audience and guests Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan and Miles Jupp. The Big Narstie Show Channel 4, 11.00pm The popular, sometimes controversial grime MC, rapper and internet sensation teams up with comedian Mo Gilligan to host a new late-night alternative entertainment show, with music, sketches, viewer interaction and guests in the studio talking news, television shows and the latest trends. GO Rush Hour (1998) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker join forces in this culture-clash cop comedy. When the Chinese consul’s daughter is abducted, the diplomat summons trusted friend Detective Inspector Lee (Chan) from Hong Kong. Spurned by the FBI, Lee must team up with a rebellious fast-talking LAPD officer (Tucker) to find the girl. This is a pacy, amiable comedy with impeccably choreographed action sequences. Mad Max 2 (1981) ★★★★★ ITV, 10.45pm Mel Gibson reprises his role as Max, a cynical and alienated ex-cop, in this thrillingly intense action sequel that proved to be that rare thing – better than the original. Drifting through the Outback after a nuclear war, he comes upon a small community menaced by a gang that aims to rob them of their oil. Can Max defend them? George Miller (who later, incongruously, co-wrote Babe) again writes and directs. The Full Monty (1997) ★★★★☆ BBC One, 11.25pm You’ll never look at Tom Wilkinson in the same way again after seeing him gyrate on stage as a stripper in this bittersweet British comedy which opened in British cinemas 21 years ago. Set in Sheffield, it follows six out-of-work men who form an exotic dance troupe in order to raise some funds. And they’re willing to reveal, quite literally, all. Simon Beaufoy’s script is a moving exploration of masculinity. Robert Carlyle co-stars. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Thursday 21 June The Murder of Rhys Jones: Police Tapes ITV, 9.00pm Anyone who watched Jeff Pope’s hard-hitting drama series Little Boy Blue last year, based on the investigation into the murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Liverpool on 22 August 2007, will know just how tragic and disturbing the circumstances surrounding this case were. Rhys, on his way home from football practice, was hit by a stray bullet and died when a teenager on a bicycle started shooting at rival gang members across a car park in Croxteth. To compound the horror, a veil of silence descended on the area as the youths involved, and in some cases their parents, conspired to conceal their identities by intimidating all around them. The only recourse open to investigating officers was to plant listening devices in the homes of the prime suspects in the hope that somehow, they would incriminate themselves. But that was only beginning. Here, presenter Susanna Reid gains unique access to the recordings, in which those responsible admit their part and the lengths they would go to cover up the crime. She also talks to Rhys’s parents, Mel and Steve Jones, about the impact their son’s murder has had on their lives. GO Supershoppers Channel 4, 8.00pm This week’s edition of the consumer show reveals how takeaway coffee from a machine often costs more than one made by a barista, plus how to track down the energy deals hidden by cost comparison sites. Hosts Anna Richardson and Sabrina Grant also explore whether whitening toothpastes really work. GO Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm It’s the last show of the series as Fred Sirieix showcases two more food businesses seeking investment: Naked Dough, a vegan-friendly pop-up in need of a permanent base; and Black Bear Burger, whose owners, already doing well enough to leave their day jobs behind, are looking for the funds to scale up. GO Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm There’s been some terrific drama already in this third series, and that continues in this episode as Laura (Katherine Parkinson) is forced to act quickly when synth Mia’s (Gemma Chan) speech at the commission provokes a shocking attack. GO The Double Life of George Michael Channel 5, 9.00pm This documentary examines the life of the hugely successful and famously generous pop star, and how he spent much of his life battling inner demons prior to early death in 2016. It’s followed at 11.05pm by The Nation’s Favourite George Michael Song. GO The Killers Live at the Royal Albert Hall Sky Arts, 9.00pm Brandon Flowers and his band got an ecstatic reception when they rocked the Royal Albert Hall in July 2009 during their tour of their third album Day & Age. This concert was recorded over two nights, and all of their hits up to that point feature in the set, including Somebody Told Me, When You Were Young, All These Things That I’ve Done and, of course, Mr Brightside. GO Outlander More4, 9.00pm The setting of this Celtic time-travel fantasy has moved firmly over to France, as the second series progresses. Now the Frasers have settled into high society in Paris and Jamie (Sam Heughan) gets a chance, at last, to infiltrate Jacobite circles when he gets an introduction to Bonnie Prince Charlie. Claire (Caitriona Balfe), meanwhile, gets a shock when she meets members of the Duke of Sandringham’s household and realises that an old enemy, presumed dead, may be alive after all. GO North to Alaska (1960) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.00pm “You just can’t trust women. No matter how honest they act, they all want to be wives,” cautions John Wayne in this rather silly western set during the gold rush. After finding gold, Wayne goes to fetch his partner’s fiancée from Seattle, only to find her married to someone else. So he returns with Angel (Capucine), a prostitute, instead. Inevitably, our hero falls for the beguiling lady. Stewart Granger co-stars. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.55pm The third film in the superhero series sees director Brett Ratner take over the reins of the Marvel Comics franchise. When a cure for the mutants is invented, a war breaks out between them and humanity. This isn’t the trilogy’s high point, but that said, Hugh Jackman plays Wolverine to perfection, plus the special effects and dramatic set pieces definitely impress. The Bodyguard (1992) ★★★☆☆ 5STAR, 11.00pm Former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner) plays bodyguard to pop singer Rachel Marron (Whitney Houston), though he’s more used to protecting presidents than superstars. Sparks fly and security is compromised, but when a stalker gets serious, the job comes first. Houston’s fine soundtrack adds to the film’s emotional theatricality. The soundtrack album has become the fifth bestselling album of all time. Friday 22 June Cruising With Jane McDonald The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Screenwriter Hans Rosenfeldt still has a couple of tasks to complete in the final two episodes of his superior, if at times preposterous, Scandi-thriller, before it bows out for good next week. The over-arching riddle since Henrik Sabroe (Thure Lindhardt) joined the Danish cop shop in series three is what happened to his two daughters, who’d gone missing eight years ago.In tonight’s penultimate episode that question is answered at last, and of course it’s Henrik’s colleague and sometime lover, on-the-spectrum brainbox Saga Norén (Sofia Helin), who figures it out. But as we’ve seen over nearly four series of grisly murder, Rosenfeldt can’t usually be relied on for a happy ending. Then Rosenfeldt’s second task is having Saga figure out who’s killing people using the same methods deployed in government executions (stoning, electrocution, et al) before she becomes the next victim. Tonight, fans will be cheered to see Saga – so often a forlorn, misunderstood character – make solid progress in both the case and in therapy, which bodes well for her future. But this isn’t a cosy relationship drama, and rest assured there are lurid shocks that set us up for next week’s finale. VP The Crystal Maze Channel 4, 9.00pm This star-laden edition of the action game show sees Countdown’s maths genius Rachel Riley in a polite power struggle with skipper Judy Murray, mother of Andy, as she tries to dominate the decision-making. It adds a frisson to the proceedings that also include ex-footballer Wayne Bridge and Paralympian David Weir. VP Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm In this first of a boozy two-parter set in South America, chanteuse Jane McDonald boards another cruise ship and samples Pisco sours and drinks whisky chilled by glacier ice. VP The Last Leg Channel 4, 10.00pm What started off as a spin-off for the 2012 Paralympics has rightly become a Friday night institution. Host Adam Hills returns to marshal the mix of silliness and satire that characterise this comedy chat show, aided by Alex Brooker, Josh Widdicombe and a gaggle of up-for-it celebrity guests. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.45pm Graham Norton will be kept on his toes as Cher graces his sofa for the first time in five years, with her suffer-no-fools attitude. She is joined by her Mamma Mia! co-star Christine Baranski. Also on the final live show of the series are Rupert Everett and Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer. VP Marvel’s Luke Cage Netflix, from today Superheroes have become a tiresome constant in film and on TV, but this action series, with a soulful black champion at its centre, is a welcome addition to the genre. Mike Colter returns for a second series as the pumped-up, titular New York action man. In the first episode he deals with the ramifications of last season’s climax in which he triumphed over evil but lost his anonymity. Now he’s being pestered for selfies as he tries to figure out his next move in an opening episode that’s directed by actress Lucy Liu. VP Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts and Sky One, from 7.00pm The year’s biggest pop festival (in the absence of Glastonbury) celebrates its 50th anniversary with a line-up spanning the decades, from electro-rockers Depeche Mode to headliners The Killers. The coverage begins on Sky Arts at 7pm, with Nile Rodgers & Chic taking to the stage at 7.30pm. Kasabian will close out the first night on Sky Arts at 11pm. VP Victoria & Abdul (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen Frears’ fascinating real-life tale about the extraordinary friendship between the ageing Queen Victoria (a sensational Judi Dench) and her young Muslim attendant Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), known as “the Munshi”, is all nostalgia and inertia – a tale ablaze with historical import and contemporary resonance, reduced to commemorative biscuit tin proportions. Eddie Izzard co-stars. Mad Max (1979) ★★★★☆ ITV, 11.45pm An explosive breakthrough – literally. Improbable car stunts and pile-ups ensue as “mad” Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) attempts to police a dystopian Australia, where feral biker gangs rape and pillage at will. Director George Miller’s vision was “a silent movie with sound” and he drew inspiration for the film’s injuries and deaths from his time working as a doctor in a Sydney hospital. The film essentially founded Australia’s film industry. Sexy Beast (2000) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 12.10am Ben Kingsley is at his scariest in this tense and enthralling thriller as the gangster thug who wants to rob a well-guarded bank, and flies out to Spain to drag his retired associate Gary (a lobster-tanned Ray Winstone) back to work. But Gary is living a contented life with his wife (Amanda Redman) and has no intention of going back to his criminal life, forcing the two men into a battle of wills that ends in violence. Saturday 23 June The new noir: Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies Credit: BBC Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm Welsh crime drama is having a moment right now and, watching the atmospheric Hidden, it’s easy to see why. The key to Mark Andrew and Ed Talfan’s addictive crime drama lies in its lack of trickery and refusal to rely on out-of-nowhere twists. Instead the viewer knows from the outset that the disturbed Dylan Harris (Rhodri Meilir) is the man behind the abduction of the now-dead Mali Pryce, which means that the series’ appeal lies in following detectives Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams) and Owen Vaughan (Sion Alun Davies) as they scramble to solve the case. Yet Hidden is not simply a whydunnit, as this third episode demonstrates. Andrew and Talfan are as interested in picking apart the fallout from Mali’s death as they are in watching the detectives hunt their man. This episode sees Mali’s sister Lea (Lara Catrin) and father Alun (Owen Arwyn) deal with their grief, while we learn more about the troubled university student Megan (Gwyneth Keyworth) and Dylan’s most recent victim Lowri (Lois Meleri Jones). Watching these disparate strands slowly come together to create a thoughtful crime drama is a hugely enjoyable experience. Here’s hoping the series continues to be this strong. Sarah Hughes EU Referendum: The Result BBC Parliament,from 9.55am As the UK’s future after Brexit continues to be debated, BBC Parliament is reminding us how it all began by rerunning the BBC’s then-live coverage of the EU referendum results in its entirety. This whopping 11-hour broadcast, anchored by the 77-year-old David Dimbleby, includes everything from Nigel Farage’s premature concession speech through to former Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm Condemned to a series defeat against South Africa last weekend, England will be even more concerned by the fact it was their fifth Test defeat in a row. However, speaking after Saturday’s 23-12 loss – in which the visitors raced into a 12-0 lead with Mike Brown and Jonny May scoring fine tries. – coach Eddie Jones said he’ll “stick to his guns”, as his side bring the curtain down in Cape Town on what has been a frustrating tour. A victory today would alleviate the pressure on Jones somewhat. Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts, from 5.00pm/ Sky One, from 10.00pm Edith Bowman, Vick Hope and Joel Dommett present coverage from the second day of the music festival. Jessie J and James Bay are among those performing early on, while later the headliners, including Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher and Soul II Soul, will be shown live on both Sky Arts and Sky One. Sunday’s coverage of the final day sees performances from The Killers Van Morrison and Travis. SH The Great Exhibition of the North BBC Two, 6.30pm; Scotland, 7.30pm This weekend sees the beginning of three months of art and culture events across 30 venues in Newcastle. Shaun Keaveny takes a look at some of what’s on offer, meets some of the creators of the works and visits key landmarks in the city. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 7.00pm; not Scotland It’s sink or swim time for the likeable Will Millard in the final episode of the series – he’s out of his comfort zone after agreeing to compete in Ross-on-Wye’s annual regatta. Luckily, Tintern Abbey and Chepstow offer gentler charms. Blind Date Channel 5, 7.30pm Mothers are very much the theme of this latest series of the dating show. After last week’s opening episode saw Dubliner Barry make the mistake of allowing his mother to choose his date, this week sees mother-and-son duo, Emile and Belinda, both searching for love. Can host Paul O’Grady guide them to happiness? International Rugby League: New Zealand v England BBC Two, 9.00pm A big one this, as New Zealand and England meet at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. This match will be England’s first game on US soil since October 2000, when they took on the USA in Orlando, Florida. The Kiwis will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing World Cup last year when, despite being finalists in the three previous editions, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals. England will be hoping to continue their recent encouraging form, having reached the World Cup final in 2017, eventually losing 6-0 to Australia. All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.10pm The final episode of the foul-mouthed matriarch’s talk show sees Ray Mears attempt to give hapless duo Dermot and Buster a crash course in survival skills while, in a nice touch, Boy George brings his mother, Dinah, over for a chat. SH Live Boxing: Josh Taylor v Viktor Postol Channel 5, 10.30pm The WBC Silver Super Lightweight title is at stake at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, as Jose Taylor takes on Viktor Postol. Taylor turned professional in June 2015, and has established himself as a force to be reckoned with after notching up 12 wins from 12 fights. In his amateur days, Taylor made it to two Commonwealth finals, winning a gold medal in Glasgow at the 2014 Games. He has held this title since taking it from South Africa’s Warren Joubert in March 2017, and this will be his fourth defence. Muppets Most Wanted (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 2.45pm The Muppets tour Europe, where Kermit (Steve Whitmire) is kidnapped and replaced by a doppelgänger. Masterminding the plot is a sleazy Ricky Gervais. Though this contains moments of joy with itsfun musical numbers and clever gags, the Muppets themselves are crowded out by cameo overkill from the likes of Lady Gaga, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Céline Dion. Creed (2015) ★★★★☆ ITV, 9.30pm Ryan Coogler’s continuation of the Rocky saga packs a real emotional punch as Sylvester Stallone gives one of his best performances ever. He neither wrote nor directed, but his actor-for-hire status translates into a compelling lack of vanity on screen. Life for Rocky has come full circle as he agrees to train Donnie (Michael B Jordan), the son of his old nemesis Apollo. Little Voice (1998) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.30pm Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks star in this bittersweet comedy musical drama based on Jim Cartwright’s hit play. Timid LV (Horrocks) obsesses over her dead father’s records by imitating Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Bassey to perfection. Her talents are discovered by her mother’s (Blethyn) showbiz agent boyfriend (Caine), who hopes to turn her from mouse to megastar. Sunday 24 June Fielding stories: Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Elisabeth Bumiller Credit: BBC Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate BBC Two, 9.00pm Renowned film-maker Liz Garbus’s fascinating four-part documentary series takes us behind the scenes of The New York Times, one of the world’s most venerable news outlets, as it grapples with the early days of the Trump presidency. It’s a heady, fly-on-the-wall insight into the frenetic pace of the newsroom, as articles are written and published at breakneck speed amid a flurry of slamming phones, team huddles and endless rolling on-screen coverage. What makes this prospect so unique, however, is its context. So unexpected was Trump’s win and so volatile the White House that normal journalistic protocol was jettisoned to match the new administration’s unpredictability. We watch, then, as a raft of investigative reporters headed by Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller, field a barrage of explosive stories, from the Trump camp’s links to Russia to the President’s claim he was wiretapped by Obama. It’s a shame that Garber only briefly deals with the toll such work takes on the journalists’ personal lives, but perhaps this rightly reflects how little time this tireless team have for themselves. Toby Dantzic Romesh: Talking to Comedians in a Pie and Mash Shop BBC Three, from today Having previously held conversations with comedians in both a café and a pub, Romesh Ranganathan now heads to a pie and mash shop for this straightforward set-up that yields unexpectedly delightful results. Ranganathan’s winningly droll style gets his dining companions immediately on side, so that they offer up authentic titbits of experience. Rob Beckett, for example, reminisces about Ranganthan’s father’s “awful” pub, improv expert Rachel Parris reveals a hilariously embarrassing onstage blunder, and Sally Phillips manages to be both funny and moving about her special needs son. MOTD Live: Fifa World Cup 2018 – England v Panama BBC One, 12.10pm After their hard-fought 2-1 win over Tunisia, the Three Lions step up for their second World Cup game against Panama. The South Americans are making their debut at the tournament but it hasn’t gone well so far – they lost their opening game against Belgium 3-0. Live Formula 1: The French Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 3.05pm After a 10-year hiatus, the French Grand Prix opens its doors to Formula 1 once again at Circuit Paul Ricard, where its last winner – in 2008 – was Brazil’s Felipe Massa. Nigel Kennedy Plays Bach & Gershwin: BBC’s Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 7.00pm Here’s another chance to see a behemoth of the classical genre, violinist Nigel Kennedy, perform a thrilling set against the dramatic sun-lit backdrop of Scone Palace in Perth. TD Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm An impassioned Ross (Aidan Turner) makes his maiden speech in parliament tonight, quickly gaining notoriety. Back in Cornwall, things aren’t so rosy for Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) as she tackles the fallout from a failing mine. The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm Brittle commander’s wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) comes into focus during tonight’s episode of the dystopian drama. Flashbacks reveal the violent abuse she suffered for her conservative views. Back in the present, meanwhile, she wavers between cruelty and tenderness towards pregnant Offred (Elisabeth Moss). Celebrity Catchphrase ITV, 9.15pm With nerves no doubt frayed from England’s match earlier, Stephen Mulhern offers a lighter football-themed alternative with this edition of the game show. Soccer stars Paul Merson and Eni Aluko join the fun, alongside actor Shayne Ward. TD The Sound Barrier (1952, b/w) ★★★☆☆ Talking Pictures TV, 5.40pm This was the last of three films that David Lean directed starring his second wife Ann Todd and although it was a success, it has become one of the director’s least-known films. It tells the story of attempts by aircraft designers and test pilots to break the sound barrier. Cinematographer Peter Newbrook’s new Arriflex camera was mounted in the rear of the last surviving Lancaster bomber. Blackhat (2015) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 9.00pm Michael Mann’s cybercrime thriller is the ultimate in digital cinema and begins with the kind of brooding, suspenseful set-piece that he mastered decades ago in films such as Collateral and Heat. Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth), a former cyber-crook, is temporarily released from prison to aid an American-Chinese task force in the hunt for a hacker. Viola Davis co-stars as the deeply unimpressed face of the FBI. Oasis: Supersonic (2016) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.00pm Oasis’s glory-days documentary indulges Noel and Liam Gallagher’s bad behaviour. Mat Whitecross’s film starts and ends with the pair of dates when Oasis debatably peaked, at Knebworth in 1996, and goes to excessive length to detail stories of their excess. Few rock stars, in fairness, have a habit of being so amusingly and brutally honest about their failings, and Whitecross is content to let them have the last word. Monday 25 June Brash: US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson (centre) Credit: Channel 4 Inside the American Embassy Channel 4, 10.00pm Those with an aversion to US President Donald Trump should gird their loins. Billionaire Robert Wood Johnson, the new US ambassador to Great Britain, has been a close friend of the US President for decades, and doesn’t stint on expressing his admiration for the man in this intriguing, if limited, fly-on-the-wall three-parter. Beginning with Johnson’s swearing-in, this opener takes in the move of the US Embassy in London from Mayfair to Battersea, Trump’s pronouncements on everything from Israel to Britain First and the first throes of Brexit negotiations. “I think it’s going to fall into place quicker than people realise,” reckons Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan about the latter. The discussions between Ambassador Johnson and various government ministers are very revealing, particularly because of the body language and what is unsaid as much as the actual exchanges. Johnson, too, is an unusual figure: brash and blunt, yet entirely lacking in charisma. The access is excellent (Johnson being trained to face the British press is an eye-opener), yet the tension is dissipated by the suspicion that everyone is on best behaviour. But if it loosens up next week, it could prove fascinating. Gabriel Tate Preacher Amazon Prime, from today Starring Joe Gilgun as a hard-living vampire, Dominic Cooper as a dissolute priest and Ruth Negga as the latter’s wild-card girlfriend, this lurid comic-book drama is a blast. This third season finds them in New Orleans. How the NHS Changed Our World BBC Two, 7.00pm This new series, running through the week, tells the story of five NHS hospitals, beginning with The Royal Papworth in Cambridgeshire, whose pioneering surgeons established it as a world leader in heart transplants. People who have used it, including comedian Eddie Large and the world’s longest-surviving heart-transplant patient, pay tribute. Britain’s Best Junior Doctors BBC Two, 7.30pm Jo Brand hosts this peculiar-sounding new quiz show in which two teams of junior doctors go head-to-head every night for a place in Friday’s final. The challenges include diagnosis of symptoms and the prioritisation of cases in a mocked-up A&E department. First up is University Hospitals Leicester vs Kettering General. 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The police team investigate claims that body parts have been buried in a garden on a Luton housing estate, and uncover a grim story of a turf war between rival gangs as the plot thickens. Rolls-Royce: the Rise & Fall of a Great British Brand Channel 5, 9.00pm An overview of a brand that has survived wars, death and hostile takeovers to endure as a byword for class in the modern age. GT Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm The second season of Westworld has been somewhat divisive. Some decry its gratuitous chronological labyrinths and sluggish pacing; while others have relished the cerebral storytelling. The final episode is likely to throw up as many questions as answers, with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) continuing their missions. Nature’s Turtle Nursery: Inside the Nest BBC Four, 9.10pm Documenting the mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica, Dr George McGavin follows this remarkable event from start to finish. GT Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) ★★★☆☆ E4, 9.00pm British director Rupert Wyatt, making a confident leap into the big-time after his nifty 2008 debut The Escapist, fashions much of this prequel movie as a simian prison flick. It’s grand entertainment as intelligent ape Caesar (a subtle mo-cap performance by Andy Serkis, though you never quite believe that you’re watching a real ape) is imprisoned in a sanctuary and begins to question nature’s hierarchy. Point Blank (1967) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm This punchy, pared-down and sexy (it was X-rated in its day) thriller follows the mission of a career criminal (played by Lee Marvin) hunting down a former accomplice who shot him at point-blank range. Adapted from the crime noir pulp novel The Hunter, it was one of the definitive films to emerge from Hollywood in the Sixties, and John Boorman’s direction would go on to influence Scorsese and Tarantino. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) ★★★☆☆ Universal TV, 9.00pm Tony Scott’s remake of the exciting 1974 thriller about the hijack of a New York subway train ditches the original tight storytelling and evocative sense of place in favour of Scott’s characteristic bombastic action. The strong premise, a battle of wits between low-key train dispatcher hero Denzel Washington and a goateed criminal John Travolta, makes it watchable. Tuesday 26 June Big questions: Anita Rani and Nick Robinson host the live event Credit: BBC NHS at 70: Live BBC Two, 8.00pm Essential viewing for anyone concerned about the future of the NHS, this 90-minute live event from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is a centrepiece of the BBC’s 70th anniversary season celebrating the founding of the National Health Service in 1948. But just how practical, or feasible, is the service’s founding aim of making healthcare available to all based on need rather than ability to pay, when demand outstrips resources in the 21st century? Will the Government’s recently announced extra £4 billion a year be enough to plug the funding gap? Can the health service adapt to cope with the issues pose by an ageing population? And can the public be encouraged to reduce demand by taking active measures to improve health? These are among the question up for discussion by an audience of NHS professionals, patients (via live-link-ups) and a handful of celebrity guests. Among the contributors will be Nick Robinson who, having undergone cancer treatment, has personal views on how good the NHS is, and who with co-host Anita Rani will prevent the findings of exclusive new research into the challenges facing the NHS in years to come. Gerard O’Donovan Bear’s Mission with Warwick Davis ITV, 9.00pm “We all have dwarfism in our family. We’re not built for climbing things.” Actor Warwick Davis gamely lets survival expert Bear Grylls put him through his paces in this entertaining challenge to reach the less accessible parts of his favourite holiday spot, the Lake District. The Affair Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm It began as an attention-grabbing steamy portrait of an affair, seen from the contrasting perspectives of its principals – Noah Solloway (Dominic West) and Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson). Now, as the fourth series gets under way, the American drama has matured into an ensemble piece with all the main characters estranged and in new relationships. Which leaves more room for developing minor roles, such as Noah’s eldest daughter Whitney (Julia Goldani Telles) and new faces such as the principal of the school where Noah teaches. Our Girl BBC One, 9.10pm They’re deep in Boko Haram territory, trying to evade capture while waiting for a Special Forces unit to rescue them. But that doesn’t stop Captain James (Ben Aldridge) deciding that it’s the perfect moment to make a confession to Georgie (Michelle Keegan). Horizon: Teenagers vs Cancer – A User’s Guide BBC Two, 9.30pm An exploration of the specialist facilities, support and cutting-edge treatments available to young cancer patients in Britain, seen through the eyes of 11 teenagers who take us through their diagnoses and individually tailored care packages. Tortured to Death: Murdering the Nanny Channel 5, 10.00pm The murder of 21-year-old French nanny Sophie Lionnet in London last year shocked seasoned investigators with its brutality. This report tells the story of the murder and trial that led to the conviction of her employers in May. GO Through Lotte’s Lens Sky Arts, 10.00pm The lens in question is that of Austrian portrait photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf, whose work captures the story of the refugees who fled Europe from the Nazis in the Thirties and, settling in Britain, contributed enthusiastically to life and culture here in succeeding years. An atmospheric, thoughtful and celebratory film from Tony Britten. GO Hope Floats (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.45pm In this heart-warming, if predictable, romcom, Sandra Bullock plays Birdee Calvert, a former prom queen whose dream life is shattered when her husband leaves her for her best friend on a Jerry Springer-like national TV show. Birdee must choose between her morals and her heart when a charming man, whom her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life. Forest Whitaker directs. Winchester ’73 (1950, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.10pm James Stewart stars in this classic western, the first of five that the star made with director Anthony Mann, almost single-handedly rescuing the flagging genre. The film’s other big star is the prized rifle of the title, at the heart of a plot in which two brothers go head to head in a grudge match after one of them kills their father. Watch out for early appearances from Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson. 3:10 to Yuma (2007) ★★★★☆ Film4, 11.35pm A remake of the 1957 classic, itself an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story, 3:10 to Yuma is an excellent, thrill-filled western starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as two men from either side of the law who are thrown together. Directed with verve by James Mangold, it’s the story of a rancher (Bale) who escorts a notorious gunslinger (Crowe) to the town of Contention to be put on the train to Yuma Prison. Wednesday 27 June Blustering: Jamie Demetriou as lettings agent Stath Credit: Channel 4 Stath Lets Flats Channel 4, 10.00pm Don’t let the title of comedian Jamie Demetriou’s new sitcom, co-written with Friday Night Dinner’s Robert Popper, deceive you: Stath (played with warmth by Demetriou) does anything but let flats. In fact, he’s quite probably the most incompetent lettings agent in London, a full-of-himself fool with a tendency to open his mouth before his brain has fully engaged. Unfortunately for Stath, he’s stuck in his job, despite being demonstrably worse than every other employee, because his glowering father Vassos (Christos Stergioglou) owns the agency and would pass it on to his son, if only he showed the smallest glimmer of improvement. From Dad’s Army to This Country, incompetence is a well-worn staple of British sitcoms, but Demetriou and Popper manage to give Stath Lets Flats a fresh spin, not least because the blustering Stath is such a recognisable type. Not every joke works, but the strong supporting cast including Demetriou’s real-life sibling Natasia as Stath’s equally hapless but kind-hearted sister Sophie, Alastair Roberts as well-meaning colleague Al and Katy Wix as the competent Carole do enough to suggest that this could be a grower. Sarah Hughes The Cult of Sunday Night BBC Four, 7.30pm While the current series of Poldark continues to thrill fans of brooding men and tempestuous women, this timely repeat of a documentary from 2009 looks at the original Seventies drama. That Sunday night hit made stars of Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees, who played Ross and Demelza, but it also infuriated author Winston Graham thanks to some large deviations from his source material. The Highland Midwife Channel 5, 8.00pm This lovely fly-on-the-wall series covering midwives in the Scottish highlands makes a welcome return. In this tense opening episode, Ruth, Morven and Hazel struggle with a trio of difficult births. The People vs the NHS: Who Gets the Drugs? BBC Two, 9.00pm Part of the BBC’s NHS at 70 series, this diverting documentary looks at how the health service’s cash-flow crisis can impact lives. Using the legal battle over PrEP, a drug widely believed to reduce the risk of contracting HIV as its focus, the film asks how funding decisions are made. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.15pm There’s a real pleasure to be found in watching Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse while away time fishing. Even the more serious moments – this week both men discuss death while standing in the Middle Wye – are leavened by dry wit. It’s a delight. This Is Congo – Storyville BBC Four, 10.00pm Photographer Daniel McCabe’s hard-hitting film about the Democratic Republic of Congo is the sort of documentary that haunts you long after the credits have rolled. McCabe talks to soldiers, workers and families about their experiences in this war-ravaged country, building up a devastating and heartbreaking picture. It’s an important and necessary reminder of a part of the world that is too often ignored. SH Lookalikes Channel 4, 10.30pm Channel 4’s uneasy hybrid of structured reality TV show and comedy returns for a second series with David Beckham lookalike Andy Harmer and his frenemy Tim Oliver, a David Brent impersonator, battling to keep their rival agencies afloat… SH My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) ★★☆☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.35pm Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett star in this slushy romcom. Roberts plays Julianne, who falls in love with her old friend (Mulroney), only to discover that he’s due to marry another girl (Diaz) the next day. Everett isn’t one of the love interests – he plays Roberts’s gay best friend – but he manages to elope with the film. Fatima (2015) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 10.00pm French director Philippe Faucon had success at Cannes with this insightful study of female behaviour. Fatima (Soria Zeroual) is a 44-year-old Moroccan woman raising two teenage girls in Lyon. The youngest, Souad (Kenza-Noah Aïche), is a sullen, sexy rebel ashamed of her mother for working as a housecleaner.It’s a little slow in parts but, like its heroine, that’s all part of the film’s quiet dignity. The Blair Witch Project (1998) ★★★★☆ Sky One, 11.00pm An inventive horror whose frights are all created via suspense and the power of suggestion. Made on a meagre budget of around $ 750,000 (it grossed around $ 250 million at the box office), it purports to be the footage left behind by three American film students who enter a forest to investigate the legendary “Blair Witch”. Some moviegoers were physically ill due to the shaky camerawork. Thursday 28 June Making a night of it: Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid Credit: ITV Good Evening Britain ITV, 9.15pm Despite BBC Breakfast being the undisputed champion in terms of viewers, there’s no denying that Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan continue to hog the column inches due to their combative relationship and controversial interviews on Good Morning Britain. This late-night, one-off incarnation follows ITV’s coverage of England’s World Cup match with Belgium (see preview, below), a tie which should go a long way towards clarifying the Three Lions’ realistic hopes for the tournament. Expect debate, chat and a few famous faces offering their opinions on the result, plus coverage of showbiz stories in what is presumably a high-profile pilot for a permanent fixture in this prime-time slot, following the unmitigated disaster of The Nightly Show. Whether Morgan is the man that audiences want as the nation’s cheerleader/consoler-in-chief is as open to debate as his decision to present Donald Trump with an Arsenal shirt, but ITV has long yearned for a way in which to blend football and entertainment (remember James Corden’s World Cup Live, or the magnificent Rio’s World Cup Wind-Ups?), so expect everything to be thrown at the screen in search of the perfect formula. Gabriel Tate FIFA World Cup 2018: England vs Belgium ITV, 6.15pm Gareth Southgate’s young lions face Belgium’s “golden generation” who have yet to turn their enviable gathering of talents into serious tournament challengers. Mark Pougatch is in the studio while Clive Tydesley provides the commentary, with kick-off at 7.00pm. Celebrities on the NHS Frontline BBC One, 9.00pm; not Wales Armed with their own experiences of the NHS, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, ex-MP Ann Widdecombe, reporter Stacey Dooley and TV presenter Michael Mosley work with hospital staff in a bid to understand the challenges that the service now face. These include smaller budgets, increased scrutiny and an ageing population. It may sound gimmicky, but this two-parter is very absorbing. Japan’s Secret Shame BBC Two, 9.00pm In 2017, Japanese woman Shiori Ito went public with rape allegations against a more prominent fellow journalist. These were met with silence or worse. Here she explores why other victims in the country are unwilling or unable to speak out. Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The penultimate episode of the third series of this always absorbing drama finds the part human, part synth Leo (Colin Morgan) in peril, and Mattie (Lucy Carless) reveals her secret. GT Outlander More4, 9.00pm Juggling sweeping adventure with tense espionage (18th-century style) and introspective character studies, this period romp continues with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) finding a sense of purpose in helping the sick. Meanwhile, Jamie (Sam Heughan) continues his efforts to derail history’s march towards the Battle of Culloden by engaging the services of a pickpocket plying his trade in a brothel. The result is cheerfully daft and occasionally surprisingly deep. Running Wild with Bear Grylls Discovery, 10.00pm In between wrangling civilians on The Island, Bear Grylls likes to go yomping with famous people, who have included in the past Barack Obama and Roger Federer. This week, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle treks through the New England mountains, with all of its precarious climbs and dangerous rivers. This time, the compulsory unpalatable meal features porcupine carcass. GT True Grit (1969) ★★★★☆ Film4, 3.45pm John Wayne gives an imposing performance – for which he won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe – in this muscular western, directed by Henry Hathaway. Wayne plays Rooster Cogburn, an ageing, hardbitten marshal who’s called on to track down a murderer. Also on the trail are the victim’s 14-year-old daughter (Kim Darby) and an opportunistic Texas Ranger (Glen Campbell) who wants to collect the reward. Summertime (1955) ★★★★☆ Talking Pictures TV, 6.00pm From the mid-Fifties, David Lean developed a taste for filming further afield and directed Katharine Hepburn in this romance set in Venice. Jane Hudson (Hepburn), a secretary from the American Midwest, is finally realising her dream of taking a holiday in Venice, where she embarks on a tentative romance with a antiques dealer (Rossano Brazzi). Jack Hildyard’s cinematography ravishes. Rocky III (1982) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.55pm; not STV Stallone is once more infront of and behind the camera in this third instalment in the series. Old rival Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) becomes Rocky’s new trainer after the Italian Stallion takes a pounding from the vicious Clubber Lang (Mr T). One sun-soaked sequence features Rocky and Creed frolicking around on a beach and embracing in vests. Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan co-stars as wrestling champion Thunderlips. Friday 29 June Angry young man: Toby Wallace stars as Kane Credit: BBC Romper Stomper BBC Two, 11.05pm & midnight; Scot and NI, times vary It’s already had an airing on BBC Three but this gritty, politically charged six-part Australian series, about a gang of ultra-violent neo-Nazis in Melbourne and the left-wing student group that opposes them, deserves this prominent BBC Two late-night slot. It is based on the cult 1991 film of the same name, in which Russell Crowe came to prominence as a psychotic skinhead, and the movie’s director Geoffrey Wright is behind this update, too, writing the opening episode (of this double bill). Actor Toby Wallace is a strikingly charismatic presence – balancing charm with an undercurrent of real menace – as Kane, an angry young man just out of the army, who together with his dumber sidekick Stix (Kaden Hartcher) gets drawn into the right-wing group of activist Blake Farron (Lachy Hulme). But it is Farron’s younger wife Zoe (Sophie Lowe) who is the real draw for Kane – spelling major trouble ahead for all. Violence, romance and a thoughtful approach to extreme politics makes a potent, dramatic mix, and the results are explosive at times. For fans of the original, Jacqueline McKenzie, who played Kane’s mother Gabrielle, reprises the role here. Gerard O’Donovan Glow Netflix, from today The first season of this comedy about Ruth (Alison Brie), a struggling actress who is drawn into the weird world of women’s wrestling was a big hit. This second run, in which Ruth and the gang get a proper tilt at fame, is just as good. James Martin’s American Adventure ITV, 8.00pm; not UTV or Wales Chef James Martin takes to the US highways in search of “some of the greatest food on the planet”. In this opener, he mounts a vintage Harley Davidson to hog it up in the Napa Valley, home to some of California’s greatest wine makers and fine-dine restaurants. The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Poor Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) has been through the wringer in this fourth season of the bleak but absorbing Scandi thriller. This is the final episode, so expect it to go out with a very big bang as Saga finds a match for the killer’s fingerprint… but nothing’s ever that simple, is it? Duran Duran Night BBC Four, from 9.00pm Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor invite viewers to join them for two films – There’s Something You Should Know (9.00pm) and Duran Duran: A Night In (10.00pm) – in which they look back over their 40th years in pop, plus Duran Duran: Unstaged, their 2011 concert collaboration with director David Lynch. Download Festival 2018 Sky Arts, 9.00pm Here are highlights from the summer’s biggest metal and rock weekend, which was held earlier this month at Donington Park, with Guns N’ Roses, Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne among the headline acts. GO Frankie Boyle’s New World Order BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.05pm More hardcore topical comedy as Frankie Boyle dissects the week’s headlines and assorted bizarre news stories with the help of a studio audience and guests Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan and Miles Jupp. The Big Narstie Show Channel 4, 11.00pm The popular, sometimes controversial grime MC, rapper and internet sensation teams up with comedian Mo Gilligan to host a new late-night alternative entertainment show, with music, sketches, viewer interaction and guests in the studio talking news, television shows and the latest trends. GO Rush Hour (1998) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker join forces in this culture-clash cop comedy. When the Chinese consul’s daughter is abducted, the diplomat summons trusted friend Detective Inspector Lee (Chan) from Hong Kong. Spurned by the FBI, Lee must team up with a rebellious fast-talking LAPD officer (Tucker) to find the girl. This is a pacy, amiable comedy with impeccably choreographed action sequences. Mad Max 2 (1981) ★★★★★ ITV, 10.45pm Mel Gibson reprises his role as Max, a cynical and alienated ex-cop, in this thrillingly intense action sequel that proved to be that rare thing – better than the original. Drifting through the Outback after a nuclear war, he comes upon a small community menaced by a gang that aims to rob them of their oil. Can Max defend them? George Miller (who later, incongruously, co-wrote Babe) again writes and directs. The Full Monty (1997) ★★★★☆ BBC One, 11.25pm You’ll never look at Tom Wilkinson in the same way again after seeing him gyrate on stage as a stripper in this bittersweet British comedy which opened in British cinemas 21 years ago. Set in Sheffield, it follows six out-of-work men who form an exotic dance troupe in order to raise some funds. And they’re willing to reveal, quite literally, all. Simon Beaufoy’s script is a moving exploration of masculinity. Robert Carlyle co-stars. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: Outlander, Humans and The Murder of Rhys Jones
Thursday 21 June The Murder of Rhys Jones: Police Tapes ITV, 9.00pm Anyone who watched Jeff Pope’s hard-hitting drama series Little Boy Blue last year, based on the investigation into the murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Liverpool on 22 August 2007, will know just how tragic and disturbing the circumstances surrounding this case were. Rhys, on his way home from football practice, was hit by a stray bullet and died when a teenager on a bicycle started shooting at rival gang members across a car park in Croxteth. To compound the horror, a veil of silence descended on the area as the youths involved, and in some cases their parents, conspired to conceal their identities by intimidating all around them. The only recourse open to investigating officers was to plant listening devices in the homes of the prime suspects in the hope that somehow, they would incriminate themselves. But that was only beginning. Here, presenter Susanna Reid gains unique access to the recordings, in which those responsible admit their part and the lengths they would go to cover up the crime. She also talks to Rhys’s parents, Mel and Steve Jones, about the impact their son’s murder has had on their lives. GO Supershoppers Channel 4, 8.00pm This week’s edition of the consumer show reveals how takeaway coffee from a machine often costs more than one made by a barista, plus how to track down the energy deals hidden by cost comparison sites. Hosts Anna Richardson and Sabrina Grant also explore whether whitening toothpastes really work. GO Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm It’s the last show of the series as Fred Sirieix showcases two more food businesses seeking investment: Naked Dough, a vegan-friendly pop-up in need of a permanent base; and Black Bear Burger, whose owners, already doing well enough to leave their day jobs behind, are looking for the funds to scale up. GO Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm There’s been some terrific drama already in this third series, and that continues in this episode as Laura (Katherine Parkinson) is forced to act quickly when synth Mia’s (Gemma Chan) speech at the commission provokes a shocking attack. GO The Double Life of George Michael Channel 5, 9.00pm This documentary examines the life of the hugely successful and famously generous pop star, and how he spent much of his life battling inner demons prior to early death in 2016. It’s followed at 11.05pm by The Nation’s Favourite George Michael Song. GO The Killers Live at the Royal Albert Hall Sky Arts, 9.00pm Brandon Flowers and his band got an ecstatic reception when they rocked the Royal Albert Hall in July 2009 during their tour of their third album Day & Age. This concert was recorded over two nights, and all of their hits up to that point feature in the set, including Somebody Told Me, When You Were Young, All These Things That I’ve Done and, of course, Mr Brightside. GO Outlander More4, 9.00pm The setting of this Celtic time-travel fantasy has moved firmly over to France, as the second series progresses. Now the Frasers have settled into high society in Paris and Jamie (Sam Heughan) gets a chance, at last, to infiltrate Jacobite circles when he gets an introduction to Bonnie Prince Charlie. Claire (Caitriona Balfe), meanwhile, gets a shock when she meets members of the Duke of Sandringham’s household and realises that an old enemy, presumed dead, may be alive after all. GO North to Alaska (1960) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.00pm “You just can’t trust women. No matter how honest they act, they all want to be wives,” cautions John Wayne in this rather silly western set during the gold rush. After finding gold, Wayne goes to fetch his partner’s fiancée from Seattle, only to find her married to someone else. So he returns with Angel (Capucine), a prostitute, instead. Inevitably, our hero falls for the beguiling lady. Stewart Granger co-stars. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.55pm The third film in the superhero series sees director Brett Ratner take over the reins of the Marvel Comics franchise. When a cure for the mutants is invented, a war breaks out between them and humanity. This isn’t the trilogy’s high point, but that said, Hugh Jackman plays Wolverine to perfection, plus the special effects and dramatic set pieces definitely impress. The Bodyguard (1992) ★★★☆☆ 5STAR, 11.00pm Former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner) plays bodyguard to pop singer Rachel Marron (Whitney Houston), though he’s more used to protecting presidents than superstars. Sparks fly and security is compromised, but when a stalker gets serious, the job comes first. Houston’s fine soundtrack adds to the film’s emotional theatricality. The soundtrack album has become the fifth bestselling album of all time. Friday 22 June Cruising With Jane McDonald The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Screenwriter Hans Rosenfeldt still has a couple of tasks to complete in the final two episodes of his superior, if at times preposterous, Scandi-thriller, before it bows out for good next week. The over-arching riddle since Henrik Sabroe (Thure Lindhardt) joined the Danish cop shop in series three is what happened to his two daughters, who’d gone missing eight years ago.In tonight’s penultimate episode that question is answered at last, and of course it’s Henrik’s colleague and sometime lover, on-the-spectrum brainbox Saga Norén (Sofia Helin), who figures it out. But as we’ve seen over nearly four series of grisly murder, Rosenfeldt can’t usually be relied on for a happy ending. Then Rosenfeldt’s second task is having Saga figure out who’s killing people using the same methods deployed in government executions (stoning, electrocution, et al) before she becomes the next victim. Tonight, fans will be cheered to see Saga – so often a forlorn, misunderstood character – make solid progress in both the case and in therapy, which bodes well for her future. But this isn’t a cosy relationship drama, and rest assured there are lurid shocks that set us up for next week’s finale. VP The Crystal Maze Channel 4, 9.00pm This star-laden edition of the action game show sees Countdown’s maths genius Rachel Riley in a polite power struggle with skipper Judy Murray, mother of Andy, as she tries to dominate the decision-making. It adds a frisson to the proceedings that also include ex-footballer Wayne Bridge and Paralympian David Weir. VP Cruising with Jane McDonald Channel 5, 9.00pm In this first of a boozy two-parter set in South America, chanteuse Jane McDonald boards another cruise ship and samples Pisco sours and drinks whisky chilled by glacier ice. VP The Last Leg Channel 4, 10.00pm What started off as a spin-off for the 2012 Paralympics has rightly become a Friday night institution. Host Adam Hills returns to marshal the mix of silliness and satire that characterise this comedy chat show, aided by Alex Brooker, Josh Widdicombe and a gaggle of up-for-it celebrity guests. VP The Graham Norton Show BBC One, 10.45pm Graham Norton will be kept on his toes as Cher graces his sofa for the first time in five years, with her suffer-no-fools attitude. She is joined by her Mamma Mia! co-star Christine Baranski. Also on the final live show of the series are Rupert Everett and Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer. VP Marvel’s Luke Cage Netflix, from today Superheroes have become a tiresome constant in film and on TV, but this action series, with a soulful black champion at its centre, is a welcome addition to the genre. Mike Colter returns for a second series as the pumped-up, titular New York action man. In the first episode he deals with the ramifications of last season’s climax in which he triumphed over evil but lost his anonymity. Now he’s being pestered for selfies as he tries to figure out his next move in an opening episode that’s directed by actress Lucy Liu. VP Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts and Sky One, from 7.00pm The year’s biggest pop festival (in the absence of Glastonbury) celebrates its 50th anniversary with a line-up spanning the decades, from electro-rockers Depeche Mode to headliners The Killers. The coverage begins on Sky Arts at 7pm, with Nile Rodgers & Chic taking to the stage at 7.30pm. Kasabian will close out the first night on Sky Arts at 11pm. VP Victoria & Abdul (2017) ★★★☆☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Stephen Frears’ fascinating real-life tale about the extraordinary friendship between the ageing Queen Victoria (a sensational Judi Dench) and her young Muslim attendant Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), known as “the Munshi”, is all nostalgia and inertia – a tale ablaze with historical import and contemporary resonance, reduced to commemorative biscuit tin proportions. Eddie Izzard co-stars. Mad Max (1979) ★★★★☆ ITV, 11.45pm An explosive breakthrough – literally. Improbable car stunts and pile-ups ensue as “mad” Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) attempts to police a dystopian Australia, where feral biker gangs rape and pillage at will. Director George Miller’s vision was “a silent movie with sound” and he drew inspiration for the film’s injuries and deaths from his time working as a doctor in a Sydney hospital. The film essentially founded Australia’s film industry. Sexy Beast (2000) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 12.10am Ben Kingsley is at his scariest in this tense and enthralling thriller as the gangster thug who wants to rob a well-guarded bank, and flies out to Spain to drag his retired associate Gary (a lobster-tanned Ray Winstone) back to work. But Gary is living a contented life with his wife (Amanda Redman) and has no intention of going back to his criminal life, forcing the two men into a battle of wills that ends in violence. Saturday 23 June The new noir: Sian Reese-Williams and Sion Alun Davies Credit: BBC Hidden BBC Four, 9.00pm Welsh crime drama is having a moment right now and, watching the atmospheric Hidden, it’s easy to see why. The key to Mark Andrew and Ed Talfan’s addictive crime drama lies in its lack of trickery and refusal to rely on out-of-nowhere twists. Instead the viewer knows from the outset that the disturbed Dylan Harris (Rhodri Meilir) is the man behind the abduction of the now-dead Mali Pryce, which means that the series’ appeal lies in following detectives Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams) and Owen Vaughan (Sion Alun Davies) as they scramble to solve the case. Yet Hidden is not simply a whydunnit, as this third episode demonstrates. Andrew and Talfan are as interested in picking apart the fallout from Mali’s death as they are in watching the detectives hunt their man. This episode sees Mali’s sister Lea (Lara Catrin) and father Alun (Owen Arwyn) deal with their grief, while we learn more about the troubled university student Megan (Gwyneth Keyworth) and Dylan’s most recent victim Lowri (Lois Meleri Jones). Watching these disparate strands slowly come together to create a thoughtful crime drama is a hugely enjoyable experience. Here’s hoping the series continues to be this strong. Sarah Hughes EU Referendum: The Result BBC Parliament,from 9.55am As the UK’s future after Brexit continues to be debated, BBC Parliament is reminding us how it all began by rerunning the BBC’s then-live coverage of the EU referendum results in its entirety. This whopping 11-hour broadcast, anchored by the 77-year-old David Dimbleby, includes everything from Nigel Farage’s premature concession speech through to former Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation. International Rugby Union: South Africa v England Sky Sports Main Event, 3.00pm Condemned to a series defeat against South Africa last weekend, England will be even more concerned by the fact it was their fifth Test defeat in a row. However, speaking after Saturday’s 23-12 loss – in which the visitors raced into a 12-0 lead with Mike Brown and Jonny May scoring fine tries. – coach Eddie Jones said he’ll “stick to his guns”, as his side bring the curtain down in Cape Town on what has been a frustrating tour. A victory today would alleviate the pressure on Jones somewhat. Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Sky Arts, from 5.00pm/ Sky One, from 10.00pm Edith Bowman, Vick Hope and Joel Dommett present coverage from the second day of the music festival. Jessie J and James Bay are among those performing early on, while later the headliners, including Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher and Soul II Soul, will be shown live on both Sky Arts and Sky One. Sunday’s coverage of the final day sees performances from The Killers Van Morrison and Travis. SH The Great Exhibition of the North BBC Two, 6.30pm; Scotland, 7.30pm This weekend sees the beginning of three months of art and culture events across 30 venues in Newcastle. Shaun Keaveny takes a look at some of what’s on offer, meets some of the creators of the works and visits key landmarks in the city. The River Wye with Will Millard BBC Two, 7.00pm; not Scotland It’s sink or swim time for the likeable Will Millard in the final episode of the series – he’s out of his comfort zone after agreeing to compete in Ross-on-Wye’s annual regatta. Luckily, Tintern Abbey and Chepstow offer gentler charms. Blind Date Channel 5, 7.30pm Mothers are very much the theme of this latest series of the dating show. After last week’s opening episode saw Dubliner Barry make the mistake of allowing his mother to choose his date, this week sees mother-and-son duo, Emile and Belinda, both searching for love. Can host Paul O’Grady guide them to happiness? International Rugby League: New Zealand v England BBC Two, 9.00pm A big one this, as New Zealand and England meet at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. This match will be England’s first game on US soil since October 2000, when they took on the USA in Orlando, Florida. The Kiwis will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing World Cup last year when, despite being finalists in the three previous editions, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals. England will be hoping to continue their recent encouraging form, having reached the World Cup final in 2017, eventually losing 6-0 to Australia. All Round to Mrs Brown’s BBC One, 9.10pm The final episode of the foul-mouthed matriarch’s talk show sees Ray Mears attempt to give hapless duo Dermot and Buster a crash course in survival skills while, in a nice touch, Boy George brings his mother, Dinah, over for a chat. SH Live Boxing: Josh Taylor v Viktor Postol Channel 5, 10.30pm The WBC Silver Super Lightweight title is at stake at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, as Jose Taylor takes on Viktor Postol. Taylor turned professional in June 2015, and has established himself as a force to be reckoned with after notching up 12 wins from 12 fights. In his amateur days, Taylor made it to two Commonwealth finals, winning a gold medal in Glasgow at the 2014 Games. He has held this title since taking it from South Africa’s Warren Joubert in March 2017, and this will be his fourth defence. Muppets Most Wanted (2014) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 2.45pm The Muppets tour Europe, where Kermit (Steve Whitmire) is kidnapped and replaced by a doppelgänger. Masterminding the plot is a sleazy Ricky Gervais. Though this contains moments of joy with itsfun musical numbers and clever gags, the Muppets themselves are crowded out by cameo overkill from the likes of Lady Gaga, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Céline Dion. Creed (2015) ★★★★☆ ITV, 9.30pm Ryan Coogler’s continuation of the Rocky saga packs a real emotional punch as Sylvester Stallone gives one of his best performances ever. He neither wrote nor directed, but his actor-for-hire status translates into a compelling lack of vanity on screen. Life for Rocky has come full circle as he agrees to train Donnie (Michael B Jordan), the son of his old nemesis Apollo. Little Voice (1998) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.30pm Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks star in this bittersweet comedy musical drama based on Jim Cartwright’s hit play. Timid LV (Horrocks) obsesses over her dead father’s records by imitating Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Bassey to perfection. Her talents are discovered by her mother’s (Blethyn) showbiz agent boyfriend (Caine), who hopes to turn her from mouse to megastar. Sunday 24 June Fielding stories: Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Elisabeth Bumiller Credit: BBC Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate BBC Two, 9.00pm Renowned film-maker Liz Garbus’s fascinating four-part documentary series takes us behind the scenes of The New York Times, one of the world’s most venerable news outlets, as it grapples with the early days of the Trump presidency. It’s a heady, fly-on-the-wall insight into the frenetic pace of the newsroom, as articles are written and published at breakneck speed amid a flurry of slamming phones, team huddles and endless rolling on-screen coverage. What makes this prospect so unique, however, is its context. So unexpected was Trump’s win and so volatile the White House that normal journalistic protocol was jettisoned to match the new administration’s unpredictability. We watch, then, as a raft of investigative reporters headed by Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller, field a barrage of explosive stories, from the Trump camp’s links to Russia to the President’s claim he was wiretapped by Obama. It’s a shame that Garber only briefly deals with the toll such work takes on the journalists’ personal lives, but perhaps this rightly reflects how little time this tireless team have for themselves. Toby Dantzic Romesh: Talking to Comedians in a Pie and Mash Shop BBC Three, from today Having previously held conversations with comedians in both a café and a pub, Romesh Ranganathan now heads to a pie and mash shop for this straightforward set-up that yields unexpectedly delightful results. Ranganathan’s winningly droll style gets his dining companions immediately on side, so that they offer up authentic titbits of experience. Rob Beckett, for example, reminisces about Ranganthan’s father’s “awful” pub, improv expert Rachel Parris reveals a hilariously embarrassing onstage blunder, and Sally Phillips manages to be both funny and moving about her special needs son. MOTD Live: Fifa World Cup 2018 – England v Panama BBC One, 12.10pm After their hard-fought 2-1 win over Tunisia, the Three Lions step up for their second World Cup game against Panama. The South Americans are making their debut at the tournament but it hasn’t gone well so far – they lost their opening game against Belgium 3-0. Live Formula 1: The French Grand Prix Sky Sports Main Event, 3.05pm After a 10-year hiatus, the French Grand Prix opens its doors to Formula 1 once again at Circuit Paul Ricard, where its last winner – in 2008 – was Brazil’s Felipe Massa. Nigel Kennedy Plays Bach & Gershwin: BBC’s Biggest Weekend BBC Four, 7.00pm Here’s another chance to see a behemoth of the classical genre, violinist Nigel Kennedy, perform a thrilling set against the dramatic sun-lit backdrop of Scone Palace in Perth. TD Poldark BBC One, 9.00pm An impassioned Ross (Aidan Turner) makes his maiden speech in parliament tonight, quickly gaining notoriety. Back in Cornwall, things aren’t so rosy for Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) as she tackles the fallout from a failing mine. The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm Brittle commander’s wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) comes into focus during tonight’s episode of the dystopian drama. Flashbacks reveal the violent abuse she suffered for her conservative views. Back in the present, meanwhile, she wavers between cruelty and tenderness towards pregnant Offred (Elisabeth Moss). Celebrity Catchphrase ITV, 9.15pm With nerves no doubt frayed from England’s match earlier, Stephen Mulhern offers a lighter football-themed alternative with this edition of the game show. Soccer stars Paul Merson and Eni Aluko join the fun, alongside actor Shayne Ward. TD The Sound Barrier (1952, b/w) ★★★☆☆ Talking Pictures TV, 5.40pm This was the last of three films that David Lean directed starring his second wife Ann Todd and although it was a success, it has become one of the director’s least-known films. It tells the story of attempts by aircraft designers and test pilots to break the sound barrier. Cinematographer Peter Newbrook’s new Arriflex camera was mounted in the rear of the last surviving Lancaster bomber. Blackhat (2015) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 9.00pm Michael Mann’s cybercrime thriller is the ultimate in digital cinema and begins with the kind of brooding, suspenseful set-piece that he mastered decades ago in films such as Collateral and Heat. Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth), a former cyber-crook, is temporarily released from prison to aid an American-Chinese task force in the hunt for a hacker. Viola Davis co-stars as the deeply unimpressed face of the FBI. Oasis: Supersonic (2016) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 11.00pm Oasis’s glory-days documentary indulges Noel and Liam Gallagher’s bad behaviour. Mat Whitecross’s film starts and ends with the pair of dates when Oasis debatably peaked, at Knebworth in 1996, and goes to excessive length to detail stories of their excess. Few rock stars, in fairness, have a habit of being so amusingly and brutally honest about their failings, and Whitecross is content to let them have the last word. Monday 25 June Brash: US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson (centre) Credit: Channel 4 Inside the American Embassy Channel 4, 10.00pm Those with an aversion to US President Donald Trump should gird their loins. Billionaire Robert Wood Johnson, the new US ambassador to Great Britain, has been a close friend of the US President for decades, and doesn’t stint on expressing his admiration for the man in this intriguing, if limited, fly-on-the-wall three-parter. Beginning with Johnson’s swearing-in, this opener takes in the move of the US Embassy in London from Mayfair to Battersea, Trump’s pronouncements on everything from Israel to Britain First and the first throes of Brexit negotiations. “I think it’s going to fall into place quicker than people realise,” reckons Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan about the latter. The discussions between Ambassador Johnson and various government ministers are very revealing, particularly because of the body language and what is unsaid as much as the actual exchanges. Johnson, too, is an unusual figure: brash and blunt, yet entirely lacking in charisma. The access is excellent (Johnson being trained to face the British press is an eye-opener), yet the tension is dissipated by the suspicion that everyone is on best behaviour. But if it loosens up next week, it could prove fascinating. Gabriel Tate Preacher Amazon Prime, from today Starring Joe Gilgun as a hard-living vampire, Dominic Cooper as a dissolute priest and Ruth Negga as the latter’s wild-card girlfriend, this lurid comic-book drama is a blast. This third season finds them in New Orleans. How the NHS Changed Our World BBC Two, 7.00pm This new series, running through the week, tells the story of five NHS hospitals, beginning with The Royal Papworth in Cambridgeshire, whose pioneering surgeons established it as a world leader in heart transplants. People who have used it, including comedian Eddie Large and the world’s longest-surviving heart-transplant patient, pay tribute. Britain’s Best Junior Doctors BBC Two, 7.30pm Jo Brand hosts this peculiar-sounding new quiz show in which two teams of junior doctors go head-to-head every night for a place in Friday’s final. The challenges include diagnosis of symptoms and the prioritisation of cases in a mocked-up A&E department. First up is University Hospitals Leicester vs Kettering General. 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The police team investigate claims that body parts have been buried in a garden on a Luton housing estate, and uncover a grim story of a turf war between rival gangs as the plot thickens. Rolls-Royce: the Rise & Fall of a Great British Brand Channel 5, 9.00pm An overview of a brand that has survived wars, death and hostile takeovers to endure as a byword for class in the modern age. GT Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm The second season of Westworld has been somewhat divisive. Some decry its gratuitous chronological labyrinths and sluggish pacing; while others have relished the cerebral storytelling. The final episode is likely to throw up as many questions as answers, with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) continuing their missions. Nature’s Turtle Nursery: Inside the Nest BBC Four, 9.10pm Documenting the mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica, Dr George McGavin follows this remarkable event from start to finish. GT Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) ★★★☆☆ E4, 9.00pm British director Rupert Wyatt, making a confident leap into the big-time after his nifty 2008 debut The Escapist, fashions much of this prequel movie as a simian prison flick. It’s grand entertainment as intelligent ape Caesar (a subtle mo-cap performance by Andy Serkis, though you never quite believe that you’re watching a real ape) is imprisoned in a sanctuary and begins to question nature’s hierarchy. Point Blank (1967) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm This punchy, pared-down and sexy (it was X-rated in its day) thriller follows the mission of a career criminal (played by Lee Marvin) hunting down a former accomplice who shot him at point-blank range. Adapted from the crime noir pulp novel The Hunter, it was one of the definitive films to emerge from Hollywood in the Sixties, and John Boorman’s direction would go on to influence Scorsese and Tarantino. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) ★★★☆☆ Universal TV, 9.00pm Tony Scott’s remake of the exciting 1974 thriller about the hijack of a New York subway train ditches the original tight storytelling and evocative sense of place in favour of Scott’s characteristic bombastic action. The strong premise, a battle of wits between low-key train dispatcher hero Denzel Washington and a goateed criminal John Travolta, makes it watchable. Tuesday 26 June Big questions: Anita Rani and Nick Robinson host the live event Credit: BBC NHS at 70: Live BBC Two, 8.00pm Essential viewing for anyone concerned about the future of the NHS, this 90-minute live event from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is a centrepiece of the BBC’s 70th anniversary season celebrating the founding of the National Health Service in 1948. But just how practical, or feasible, is the service’s founding aim of making healthcare available to all based on need rather than ability to pay, when demand outstrips resources in the 21st century? Will the Government’s recently announced extra £4 billion a year be enough to plug the funding gap? Can the health service adapt to cope with the issues pose by an ageing population? And can the public be encouraged to reduce demand by taking active measures to improve health? These are among the question up for discussion by an audience of NHS professionals, patients (via live-link-ups) and a handful of celebrity guests. Among the contributors will be Nick Robinson who, having undergone cancer treatment, has personal views on how good the NHS is, and who with co-host Anita Rani will prevent the findings of exclusive new research into the challenges facing the NHS in years to come. Gerard O’Donovan Bear’s Mission with Warwick Davis ITV, 9.00pm “We all have dwarfism in our family. We’re not built for climbing things.” Actor Warwick Davis gamely lets survival expert Bear Grylls put him through his paces in this entertaining challenge to reach the less accessible parts of his favourite holiday spot, the Lake District. The Affair Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm It began as an attention-grabbing steamy portrait of an affair, seen from the contrasting perspectives of its principals – Noah Solloway (Dominic West) and Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson). Now, as the fourth series gets under way, the American drama has matured into an ensemble piece with all the main characters estranged and in new relationships. Which leaves more room for developing minor roles, such as Noah’s eldest daughter Whitney (Julia Goldani Telles) and new faces such as the principal of the school where Noah teaches. Our Girl BBC One, 9.10pm They’re deep in Boko Haram territory, trying to evade capture while waiting for a Special Forces unit to rescue them. But that doesn’t stop Captain James (Ben Aldridge) deciding that it’s the perfect moment to make a confession to Georgie (Michelle Keegan). Horizon: Teenagers vs Cancer – A User’s Guide BBC Two, 9.30pm An exploration of the specialist facilities, support and cutting-edge treatments available to young cancer patients in Britain, seen through the eyes of 11 teenagers who take us through their diagnoses and individually tailored care packages. Tortured to Death: Murdering the Nanny Channel 5, 10.00pm The murder of 21-year-old French nanny Sophie Lionnet in London last year shocked seasoned investigators with its brutality. This report tells the story of the murder and trial that led to the conviction of her employers in May. GO Through Lotte’s Lens Sky Arts, 10.00pm The lens in question is that of Austrian portrait photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf, whose work captures the story of the refugees who fled Europe from the Nazis in the Thirties and, settling in Britain, contributed enthusiastically to life and culture here in succeeding years. An atmospheric, thoughtful and celebratory film from Tony Britten. GO Hope Floats (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.45pm In this heart-warming, if predictable, romcom, Sandra Bullock plays Birdee Calvert, a former prom queen whose dream life is shattered when her husband leaves her for her best friend on a Jerry Springer-like national TV show. Birdee must choose between her morals and her heart when a charming man, whom her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life. Forest Whitaker directs. Winchester ’73 (1950, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 5.10pm James Stewart stars in this classic western, the first of five that the star made with director Anthony Mann, almost single-handedly rescuing the flagging genre. The film’s other big star is the prized rifle of the title, at the heart of a plot in which two brothers go head to head in a grudge match after one of them kills their father. Watch out for early appearances from Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson. 3:10 to Yuma (2007) ★★★★☆ Film4, 11.35pm A remake of the 1957 classic, itself an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story, 3:10 to Yuma is an excellent, thrill-filled western starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as two men from either side of the law who are thrown together. Directed with verve by James Mangold, it’s the story of a rancher (Bale) who escorts a notorious gunslinger (Crowe) to the town of Contention to be put on the train to Yuma Prison. Wednesday 27 June Blustering: Jamie Demetriou as lettings agent Stath Credit: Channel 4 Stath Lets Flats Channel 4, 10.00pm Don’t let the title of comedian Jamie Demetriou’s new sitcom, co-written with Friday Night Dinner’s Robert Popper, deceive you: Stath (played with warmth by Demetriou) does anything but let flats. In fact, he’s quite probably the most incompetent lettings agent in London, a full-of-himself fool with a tendency to open his mouth before his brain has fully engaged. Unfortunately for Stath, he’s stuck in his job, despite being demonstrably worse than every other employee, because his glowering father Vassos (Christos Stergioglou) owns the agency and would pass it on to his son, if only he showed the smallest glimmer of improvement. From Dad’s Army to This Country, incompetence is a well-worn staple of British sitcoms, but Demetriou and Popper manage to give Stath Lets Flats a fresh spin, not least because the blustering Stath is such a recognisable type. Not every joke works, but the strong supporting cast including Demetriou’s real-life sibling Natasia as Stath’s equally hapless but kind-hearted sister Sophie, Alastair Roberts as well-meaning colleague Al and Katy Wix as the competent Carole do enough to suggest that this could be a grower. Sarah Hughes The Cult of Sunday Night BBC Four, 7.30pm While the current series of Poldark continues to thrill fans of brooding men and tempestuous women, this timely repeat of a documentary from 2009 looks at the original Seventies drama. That Sunday night hit made stars of Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees, who played Ross and Demelza, but it also infuriated author Winston Graham thanks to some large deviations from his source material. The Highland Midwife Channel 5, 8.00pm This lovely fly-on-the-wall series covering midwives in the Scottish highlands makes a welcome return. In this tense opening episode, Ruth, Morven and Hazel struggle with a trio of difficult births. The People vs the NHS: Who Gets the Drugs? BBC Two, 9.00pm Part of the BBC’s NHS at 70 series, this diverting documentary looks at how the health service’s cash-flow crisis can impact lives. Using the legal battle over PrEP, a drug widely believed to reduce the risk of contracting HIV as its focus, the film asks how funding decisions are made. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.15pm There’s a real pleasure to be found in watching Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse while away time fishing. Even the more serious moments – this week both men discuss death while standing in the Middle Wye – are leavened by dry wit. It’s a delight. This Is Congo – Storyville BBC Four, 10.00pm Photographer Daniel McCabe’s hard-hitting film about the Democratic Republic of Congo is the sort of documentary that haunts you long after the credits have rolled. McCabe talks to soldiers, workers and families about their experiences in this war-ravaged country, building up a devastating and heartbreaking picture. It’s an important and necessary reminder of a part of the world that is too often ignored. SH Lookalikes Channel 4, 10.30pm Channel 4’s uneasy hybrid of structured reality TV show and comedy returns for a second series with David Beckham lookalike Andy Harmer and his frenemy Tim Oliver, a David Brent impersonator, battling to keep their rival agencies afloat… SH My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) ★★☆☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 4.35pm Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett star in this slushy romcom. Roberts plays Julianne, who falls in love with her old friend (Mulroney), only to discover that he’s due to marry another girl (Diaz) the next day. Everett isn’t one of the love interests – he plays Roberts’s gay best friend – but he manages to elope with the film. Fatima (2015) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 10.00pm French director Philippe Faucon had success at Cannes with this insightful study of female behaviour. Fatima (Soria Zeroual) is a 44-year-old Moroccan woman raising two teenage girls in Lyon. The youngest, Souad (Kenza-Noah Aïche), is a sullen, sexy rebel ashamed of her mother for working as a housecleaner.It’s a little slow in parts but, like its heroine, that’s all part of the film’s quiet dignity. The Blair Witch Project (1998) ★★★★☆ Sky One, 11.00pm An inventive horror whose frights are all created via suspense and the power of suggestion. Made on a meagre budget of around $ 750,000 (it grossed around $ 250 million at the box office), it purports to be the footage left behind by three American film students who enter a forest to investigate the legendary “Blair Witch”. Some moviegoers were physically ill due to the shaky camerawork. Thursday 28 June Making a night of it: Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid Credit: ITV Good Evening Britain ITV, 9.15pm Despite BBC Breakfast being the undisputed champion in terms of viewers, there’s no denying that Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan continue to hog the column inches due to their combative relationship and controversial interviews on Good Morning Britain. This late-night, one-off incarnation follows ITV’s coverage of England’s World Cup match with Belgium (see preview, below), a tie which should go a long way towards clarifying the Three Lions’ realistic hopes for the tournament. Expect debate, chat and a few famous faces offering their opinions on the result, plus coverage of showbiz stories in what is presumably a high-profile pilot for a permanent fixture in this prime-time slot, following the unmitigated disaster of The Nightly Show. Whether Morgan is the man that audiences want as the nation’s cheerleader/consoler-in-chief is as open to debate as his decision to present Donald Trump with an Arsenal shirt, but ITV has long yearned for a way in which to blend football and entertainment (remember James Corden’s World Cup Live, or the magnificent Rio’s World Cup Wind-Ups?), so expect everything to be thrown at the screen in search of the perfect formula. Gabriel Tate FIFA World Cup 2018: England vs Belgium ITV, 6.15pm Gareth Southgate’s young lions face Belgium’s “golden generation” who have yet to turn their enviable gathering of talents into serious tournament challengers. Mark Pougatch is in the studio while Clive Tydesley provides the commentary, with kick-off at 7.00pm. Celebrities on the NHS Frontline BBC One, 9.00pm; not Wales Armed with their own experiences of the NHS, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, ex-MP Ann Widdecombe, reporter Stacey Dooley and TV presenter Michael Mosley work with hospital staff in a bid to understand the challenges that the service now face. These include smaller budgets, increased scrutiny and an ageing population. It may sound gimmicky, but this two-parter is very absorbing. Japan’s Secret Shame BBC Two, 9.00pm In 2017, Japanese woman Shiori Ito went public with rape allegations against a more prominent fellow journalist. These were met with silence or worse. Here she explores why other victims in the country are unwilling or unable to speak out. Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The penultimate episode of the third series of this always absorbing drama finds the part human, part synth Leo (Colin Morgan) in peril, and Mattie (Lucy Carless) reveals her secret. GT Outlander More4, 9.00pm Juggling sweeping adventure with tense espionage (18th-century style) and introspective character studies, this period romp continues with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) finding a sense of purpose in helping the sick. Meanwhile, Jamie (Sam Heughan) continues his efforts to derail history’s march towards the Battle of Culloden by engaging the services of a pickpocket plying his trade in a brothel. The result is cheerfully daft and occasionally surprisingly deep. Running Wild with Bear Grylls Discovery, 10.00pm In between wrangling civilians on The Island, Bear Grylls likes to go yomping with famous people, who have included in the past Barack Obama and Roger Federer. This week, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle treks through the New England mountains, with all of its precarious climbs and dangerous rivers. This time, the compulsory unpalatable meal features porcupine carcass. GT True Grit (1969) ★★★★☆ Film4, 3.45pm John Wayne gives an imposing performance – for which he won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe – in this muscular western, directed by Henry Hathaway. Wayne plays Rooster Cogburn, an ageing, hardbitten marshal who’s called on to track down a murderer. Also on the trail are the victim’s 14-year-old daughter (Kim Darby) and an opportunistic Texas Ranger (Glen Campbell) who wants to collect the reward. Summertime (1955) ★★★★☆ Talking Pictures TV, 6.00pm From the mid-Fifties, David Lean developed a taste for filming further afield and directed Katharine Hepburn in this romance set in Venice. Jane Hudson (Hepburn), a secretary from the American Midwest, is finally realising her dream of taking a holiday in Venice, where she embarks on a tentative romance with a antiques dealer (Rossano Brazzi). Jack Hildyard’s cinematography ravishes. Rocky III (1982) ★★★☆☆ ITV, 10.55pm; not STV Stallone is once more infront of and behind the camera in this third instalment in the series. Old rival Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) becomes Rocky’s new trainer after the Italian Stallion takes a pounding from the vicious Clubber Lang (Mr T). One sun-soaked sequence features Rocky and Creed frolicking around on a beach and embracing in vests. Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan co-stars as wrestling champion Thunderlips. Friday 29 June Angry young man: Toby Wallace stars as Kane Credit: BBC Romper Stomper BBC Two, 11.05pm & midnight; Scot and NI, times vary It’s already had an airing on BBC Three but this gritty, politically charged six-part Australian series, about a gang of ultra-violent neo-Nazis in Melbourne and the left-wing student group that opposes them, deserves this prominent BBC Two late-night slot. It is based on the cult 1991 film of the same name, in which Russell Crowe came to prominence as a psychotic skinhead, and the movie’s director Geoffrey Wright is behind this update, too, writing the opening episode (of this double bill). Actor Toby Wallace is a strikingly charismatic presence – balancing charm with an undercurrent of real menace – as Kane, an angry young man just out of the army, who together with his dumber sidekick Stix (Kaden Hartcher) gets drawn into the right-wing group of activist Blake Farron (Lachy Hulme). But it is Farron’s younger wife Zoe (Sophie Lowe) who is the real draw for Kane – spelling major trouble ahead for all. Violence, romance and a thoughtful approach to extreme politics makes a potent, dramatic mix, and the results are explosive at times. For fans of the original, Jacqueline McKenzie, who played Kane’s mother Gabrielle, reprises the role here. Gerard O’Donovan Glow Netflix, from today The first season of this comedy about Ruth (Alison Brie), a struggling actress who is drawn into the weird world of women’s wrestling was a big hit. This second run, in which Ruth and the gang get a proper tilt at fame, is just as good. James Martin’s American Adventure ITV, 8.00pm; not UTV or Wales Chef James Martin takes to the US highways in search of “some of the greatest food on the planet”. In this opener, he mounts a vintage Harley Davidson to hog it up in the Napa Valley, home to some of California’s greatest wine makers and fine-dine restaurants. The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm Poor Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) has been through the wringer in this fourth season of the bleak but absorbing Scandi thriller. This is the final episode, so expect it to go out with a very big bang as Saga finds a match for the killer’s fingerprint… but nothing’s ever that simple, is it? Duran Duran Night BBC Four, from 9.00pm Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor invite viewers to join them for two films – There’s Something You Should Know (9.00pm) and Duran Duran: A Night In (10.00pm) – in which they look back over their 40th years in pop, plus Duran Duran: Unstaged, their 2011 concert collaboration with director David Lynch. Download Festival 2018 Sky Arts, 9.00pm Here are highlights from the summer’s biggest metal and rock weekend, which was held earlier this month at Donington Park, with Guns N’ Roses, Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne among the headline acts. GO Frankie Boyle’s New World Order BBC Two, 10.00pm; NI, 11.05pm More hardcore topical comedy as Frankie Boyle dissects the week’s headlines and assorted bizarre news stories with the help of a studio audience and guests Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan and Miles Jupp. The Big Narstie Show Channel 4, 11.00pm The popular, sometimes controversial grime MC, rapper and internet sensation teams up with comedian Mo Gilligan to host a new late-night alternative entertainment show, with music, sketches, viewer interaction and guests in the studio talking news, television shows and the latest trends. GO Rush Hour (1998) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker join forces in this culture-clash cop comedy. When the Chinese consul’s daughter is abducted, the diplomat summons trusted friend Detective Inspector Lee (Chan) from Hong Kong. Spurned by the FBI, Lee must team up with a rebellious fast-talking LAPD officer (Tucker) to find the girl. This is a pacy, amiable comedy with impeccably choreographed action sequences. Mad Max 2 (1981) ★★★★★ ITV, 10.45pm Mel Gibson reprises his role as Max, a cynical and alienated ex-cop, in this thrillingly intense action sequel that proved to be that rare thing – better than the original. Drifting through the Outback after a nuclear war, he comes upon a small community menaced by a gang that aims to rob them of their oil. Can Max defend them? George Miller (who later, incongruously, co-wrote Babe) again writes and directs. The Full Monty (1997) ★★★★☆ BBC One, 11.25pm You’ll never look at Tom Wilkinson in the same way again after seeing him gyrate on stage as a stripper in this bittersweet British comedy which opened in British cinemas 21 years ago. Set in Sheffield, it follows six out-of-work men who form an exotic dance troupe in order to raise some funds. And they’re willing to reveal, quite literally, all. Simon Beaufoy’s script is a moving exploration of masculinity. Robert Carlyle co-stars. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
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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