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Saturday 21 April The Queen’s Birthday Party BBC One, 8.00pm “Hasn’t she suffered enough?” mused some wags when the line-up for the Queen’s 92nd birthday concert was announced. Certainly, the prospect of Her Majesty wanting to see Sting and Shaggy performing together seems remote, but the Queen’s celebratory concerts have always had a surreal tinge to them. Who can forget Ricky Martin banging out The Cup of Life at 2002’s Golden Jubilee Party at the Palace, or Cliff Richard duetting with S Club 7 on Move It at the same event? Ten years later, the Diamond Jubilee concert was distinguished by the magnificent Grace Jones gyrating to Slave to the Rhythm shortly before Rolf Harris introduced Stevie Wonder on stage. This year, the gig will come live from the Royal Albert Hall, with a similarly random approach to performers. This time will include the acappella magic of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a newly countrified Kylie Minogue, and Craig David, hopefully treating Elizabeth II to a rundown of how he spends his week. Holding the concept together will be Tom Jones, a veteran of the previous two shindigs and thus, one presumes, a firm favourite of the Windsors. Ma’am didn’t tell him not to come, after all. Gabriel Tate Snooker: The World Championship BBC One, 1.45pm The Crucible in Sheffield is the setting as Kyren Wilson and Ronnie O’Sullivan begin their campaigns against two qualifiers on the opening day of the World Championship, which was won by Mark Selby last year. FA Cup Football: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur BBC One, 4.55pm Paul Pogba, Alexis Sánchez, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are all under threat of being dropped for this FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham after Jose Mourinho promised to wield the axe in the wake of Manchester United’s abject showing against West Bromwich Albion. Having lost 1-0, which handed the title to rivals Manchester City with five games to spare, United will be under pressure to overcome Spurs, whom they lost 2-0 to in January. United ended a 12-year drought to lift this trophy in 2016, when they overcame Crystal Palace 2-1. Spurs have been waiting even longer, having last won the famous competition back in 1991 with victory over Nottingham Forest by the same scoreline. The Forest BBC Two, 8.00pm This second visit to Galloway Forest in south-west Scotland is narrated by Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty; Apple Tree Yard; Shetland). In this episode, the cause of a rat infestation is discovered, an engineering team is called out to repair a giant logging machine, and a campsite owner readies his holidaymakers for a comedy night. Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm Further hopefuls to try to impress Simon Cowell and his fellow judges as they continue their search for undiscovered British eccentrics. Britain’s Most Historic Towns: Winchester Channel 4, 8.00pm The ever-game Alice Roberts storms a castle and chows down on an eel pie in her efforts to demonstrate why Winchester is Britain’s most Norman city. This is great, instructive fun. Imagine: Habaneros: You Say You Want a Revolution? Part one BBC Two, 9.00pm Almost 60 years after Fidel Castro began his revolution in Cuba, his younger brother Raúl steps down from the country’s presidency after a decade in power. In this arrestingly assembled, picaresque portrait of Havana, Julien Temple meets its citizens – the Habaneros – who share their experience of life in this extraordinary city. It concludes tomorrow on BBC Four at 9pm. GT Salamander: Blood Diamonds BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.45pm After disturbing intruders at Jacky Lanciers’ apartment, Paul Gerardi (Filip Peeters) starts to follow the money trail as this occasionally baffling Belgian thriller continues – but has he left himself compromised? Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One More Time with Feeling Sky Arts, 9.00pm Nick Cave’s 16th studio album, The Skeleton Tree, was half-finished when Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur fell from a cliff and died. He invited Andrew Dominik, a regular collaborator since Cave soundtracked the director’s movie, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, to film the final production process as a way to avoid having to address his son’s death with the media. The result is a small miracle of insight and restraint. It’s harrowing, certainly, but it’s also deeply respectful in its depiction of raw grief, profound trauma and unfathomable loss. GT Bend of the River (1952) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 1.50pm This is one of five excellent collaborations between director Anthony Mann and actor James Stewart. Here, Stewart stars as Glyn McLyntock, a former outlaw working as a trail guide for farmers. Gold is discovered nearby and a town boss confiscates homesteaders’ supplies, leaving McLyntock risking his life to try to win them back. Glorious scenery and thrilling action make this compelling western still very watchable. Testament of Youth (2014) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 10.05pm Alicia Vikander gives a thrillingly astute portrait of Vera Brittain, the Oxford undergraduate whose ideals are beaten into shape – bitterly forged, you might say – by the heartbreak and gruelling trauma of the First World War. James Kent gives the film a restrained cinematic polish that feels wholly appropriate to its subject: it’s soberly moving. The Recruit (2003) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Being headhunted by the CIA in this thriller basically means being shouted at by Al Pacino, who began his unfortunate streak of uninspiring performances at about this point. Nevertheless, it’s still a privilege to watch him at work. Colin Farrell is also below his best as the rookie getting his marching orders – Roger Donaldson’s movie is a standard-issue spy game with all the layered complexity of Ludo. Sunday 22 April Double trouble: Olivia Vinall as twin Laura Fairlie Credit: BBC The Woman in White BBC One, 9.00pm The BBC has previously had three goes at adapting Wilkie Collins’s classic mystery tale: in 1966 (with Alethea Charlton and Nicholas Pennell), 1982 (Diana Quick, Daniel Gerroll) and 1997 (Tara Fitzgerald, Andrew Lincoln). So it’s no surprise to see it rearing its head again in a new five-part version by Fiona Seres, underlining the theme of women’s inequality before the law in Victorian times. Former EastEnders actor Ben Hardy is terrific as artist William Hartright, drawn into a murderous plot to steal an heiress’s fortune when he’s invited by a reclusive art collector (Charles Dance) to teach his nieces to paint. As ever, Jessie Buckley makes an instant impact as the spirited Marian Halcombe, while Olivia Vinall takes on the twin roles of Laura Fairlie and troubled Anne Catherick. This opening episode is set up as an extended tease – from the outset we know something terrible has happened and the action is interrupted regularly to remind us that a detective (Art Malik) will investigate soon. But only at the end do we meet the villain of the piece, Sir Percival Glide (Dougray Scott), and get a hint of the dastardly scheme that’s afoot. Gerard O’Donovan Luis Miguel Netflix, from today He’s the most successful male Latin American recording artist ever, having sold well in excess of 100 million records. But even though superstar singer Luis Miguel has lived a life rich enough to more than fill this three-part dramatised biography (with Diego Boneta in the lead), don’t expect too much in the way of shocking true-life revelations as it is very much the official, authorised version of an already carefully curated life story. Athletics: London Marathon BBC One, 8.30am As the heatwave continues, tens of thousands of runners will be pounding the streets of London for the 38th staging of the annual event. The men’s race will be the first for Mo Farah since the four-time Olympic gold medallist switched his focus from track events to the road. The 35-year-old will face competition from runners such as Eliud Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion, and Daniel Wanjiru, the winner of last year’s London Marathon. Mary Keitany will start as favourite in the women’s race, looking to equal Ingrid Kristiansen as the joint-most successful female athlete in the event’s history. Revolution Sky One, 6.30pm The thrills, skills and spectacular spills continue as Sky’s entertainingly original new show (incredible that neither the BBC nor ITV spotted the potential of this format) rolls on as the fourth heat sees more BMX-ers, bladers and skateboarders battle it out for a place in the final. “Gang warfare on wheels” is how hyperbolic co-host Steve-O describes it, though the family-friendly atmosphere is a lot cheerier than that. GO Little Big Shots ITV, 7.00pm Dawn French returns with the show that allows children to take a first step on the slippery slope to TV talent show fame, testing out their star power on the TV viewing public. Tonight, a four-year-old from Slough whose mini-guardsman routine went viral online, and a seven-year-old drummer from London. Britain’s Biggest Warship BBC Two, 8.00pm In the second episode, the Navy’s cutting edge new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth embarks on sea trials, stress-testing every part of the ship and allowing landings on deck for the first time. And it’s not only kit that’s tested – the crew have challenging times ahead, too. The Durrells ITV, 8.00pm The most charming family on TV’s Corfu sojourn continues as, despite all Louisa’s (Keeley Hawes) preparations, Gerry’s (Milo Parker) 13th birthday party descends into chaos – and Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis) is behaving very oddly. The Good Karma Hospital ITV, 9.00pm Mixed emotions abound in the closing episode of an eventful second series as Ruby (Amrita Acharia) has a heart-to-heart with Gabriel (James Krishna Floyd), and Lydia (Amanda Redman) faces a dilemma when a former mentor (Sue Johnston) seeks help. GO Dances with Wolves (1990) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 2.15pm After his heroic exploits in the American Civil War, Union army lieutenant John Dunbar (played by Kevin Costner, who also directed and produced) chooses a solitary posting on the Western frontier, where he encounters – and is finally embraced by – the local Sioux tribe. This sort of thing rarely happened in reality, but the epic sweep of the tale and magnificent locations are irresistible. Trainwreck (2015) ★★★★☆ 5STAR, 9.00pm The stand-up comedian – and first-time screenwriter – Amy Schumer nails her performance as a shambolic loser-in-love in Judd Apatow’s overstuffed sex comedy. Like Kristen Wiig (who produces) and Maya Rudolph in Bridesmaids, Schumer and Brie Larson, who plays her settled-down sister, duet their way through some bitter dramatic tributaries. Tilda Swinton co-stars as Amy’s hair-flicking boss. Easy A (2010) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 11.10pm Emma Stone dominates this high-school romcom, a mildly raunched-up version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1840 novel The Scarlet Letter. It takes the form of a live webcast confessional, in which Olive (Stone) explains how she risked her reputation to help the unpopular kids improve theirs. It’s smart and surprising, and the pencil-sharp character assassinations are irresistible. Monday 23 April Easy-going: the Duchess of Cornwall on her 70th birthday Credit: ITV The Real Camilla: HRH the Duchess of Cornwall ITV, 9.00pm A combination of reverence and access or lack thereof tends to ensure that royal documentaries rarely give viewers the warts-and-all depiction they might require. That’s certainly the case with this pleasant if undemanding ITV take on the life of the Duchess of Cornwall. The usual mixture of friends, family and royal correspondents give their opinion on the “real Camilla” – her nephew Ben Elliott comes closest to lifting the veil when he talks about what to get her for Christmas – and there’s a whistle-stop tour of the whole Charles/ Camilla/ Diana story, albeit one that glosses over the over the crucial decade when the Prince of Wales’s marriage fell apart. Ultimately, what saves it all from sycophancy is Camilla herself, who comes across as hard-working, easy-going and, above all, game. “She was fun, she made people laugh,” says a contributor early on and watching the Duchess chatting to various guests, young and old, you can believe it. The night’s best tribute, however, comes, fittingly, from the man most qualified to judge: “She’s the best listener in the world,” notes Prince Charles, his delivery heartfelt. Sarah Hughes Rip Off Britain: Food BBC One, 9.15am The popular daytime consumer series returns with a focus on food as presenters Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville look at the ins and outs of going out for a meal and consider public complaints. Tennis: The Barcelona Open Sky Sports Main Event, 10.00am It’s the opening day in the clay-court tournament at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, where Rafael Nadal triumphed last year for the 10th time. Holidays Unpacked Channel 4, 8.00pm Lucy Hedges and Morland Sanders are our guides in this new series, which aims to take us to the world’s “up-and-coming destinations”. In practice, this means that Hedges heads to Israel to float in the Dead Sea while Sanders goes zip-lining in Costa Rica. Genius: Picasso National Geographic, 8.00pm Antonio Banderas plays Spain’s most famous painter in this sumptuous take on the life of Pablo Picasso. As with last year’s Einstein, the action in the first episode flashes between two key periods in Picasso’s life: the moment as a boy when he realised he had to become an artist and 1937 when he receives the commission that will ultimately become Guernica. Travel Man: 48 Hours on the Cote d’Azur Channel 4, 8.30pm Comedian Shazia Mirza is Richard Ayoade’s guest on a whistle-stop tour from Nice to Monaco. There’s a nice relaxed vibe between the two of them as they bond over their love of Roger Moore (sorry), although Mirza tests Ayoade’s patience with her misuse of the word “literally”. Secret Agent Selection: WW2 BBC Two, 9.00pm It’s concealment and camouflage week on the reality TV series, as our would-be secret agents are sent to the Scottish Highlands. It’s arguably the toughest training yet as the gang find themselves scrambling over rocks and wading through freezing lakes – will everyone make it through? SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm & 10.20pm Television’s coldest show returns with creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy having dialled back the tricksiness so that most of the time jumps and puzzles feel organic to the plot, although the overall effect is still pretty soulless. Understandably, last season’s revelations have led to chaos as Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) seeks vengeance on her former masters. Thandie Newton’s Maeve and Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard provide the rare moments of genuine emotion. SH Exodus (1960) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.55am Otto Preminger’s big-budget adaptation of Leon Uris’s bestseller about the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948 is an accomplished piece of film-making. A Jewish paramilitary smuggles more than 600 detained Holocaust survivors onto a cargo vessel and makes an illegal crossing to Palestine. Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint star with a script by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. The Sum of All Fears (2002) ★★☆☆☆ Sky One, 9.00pm After Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck is the third actor to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan, hero of Tom Clancy’s bestsellers. He teams up with Morgan Freeman and Liev Schreiber to find a missing nuclear bomb before it can be detonated on American soil in this efficient action thriller, which is lifted out of the humdrum by a sensational climax. Middle Men (2009) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 11.35pm Goodfellas meets Boogie Nights in this account of a straight-arrow Texas businessman who in the Nineties helps set up the first paid internet porn site. George Gallo, who co-wrote and directed, is no Scorsese, and Luke Wilson, narrating, is no De Niro, but it’s an entertaining albeit sleazy ride, and Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht are a hoot as the two losers who stumble across the internet’s first big moneymaking scheme. Tuesday 24 April Legal eagle: Nicola Walker as divorce lawyer Hannah Credit: BBC The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s latest television drama is perhaps her most mainstream yet after the psychological trauma of River and period precision of The Hour, but that doesn’t mean that it’s superficial. The set up is the stuff of classic family melodrama: London divorce lawyer Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker) clashes with her mother (Deborah Findlay) when she leaves the family firm for a bigger, flashier rival – and the pair end up on opposite sides in a high-profile case between a sportswear mogul (Stephen Tompkinson) and his wife (Meera Syal). Complicating matters further, Hannah’s estranged father (Anthony Head) returns after 30 years, leaving Hannah and her two sisters (Annabel Scholey and Fiona Button), one a singleton, the other engaged, in turmoil. There’s an unselfconscious gloss not often seen on British TV, and the set-ups are ripe for the sort of narrative twists in which Morgan excels, all peppered with her familiarly pointed dialogue. Walker and Stephen Mangan are particularly convincing as a couple still in love but also in denial about the cracks appearing in their marriage. There’s nothing guilty about this pleasure. Gabriel Tate Champions League Football: Liverpool v Roma BT Sport 2, 7.45pm Having brushed aside Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate, with Roberto Firmino scoring the final goal, Liverpool take on Roma in what should be a pulsating semi-final first leg at Anfield. They’ll be hoping for a similar outcome to the last time these sides met: goals from Jari Litmanen and Emile Heskey gave Liverpool a 2-0 win. The Terror AMC, 9.00pm Turning Dan Simmons’s slightly pulpy source material into the stuff of gripping drama, this new series is part-psychological thriller, part-adventure yarn and part-monster movie, as it follows two Royal Navy ships in the 1840s on a journey to discover the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. Conditions worsen, resources dwindle and strange creatures lurk on the fringes of the expedition as the crews begin to turn on each other. A top-notch cast, led by Ciarán Hinds, Jared Harris and Tobias Menzies, keeps the tension high and the humanity front and centre among some difficult characters. Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers Channel 4, 9.00pm This grotesque film follows presenter Rick Edwards and technician Carla Valentine as they pull apart one of those enormous lumps of congealed fat and assorted unpleasantness, uncovering a grim truths about modern life. Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Gus Casely-Hayford brings Jeremy Paxman to the Cairngorms, inspiration for Edwin Landseer, who sculpted the four lions of Nelson’s Column but never fulfilled his promise after a breakdown set the pattern of mental-health issues that would dog him for life. GT Cunk on Britain BBC Two, 10.00pm; N Ireland, 11.15pm Can Diane Morgan and her dunderheaded alter-ego wring laughs from the first half of the 20th century? Of course she can, when her real targets are the many po-faced documentaries on the same that preceded her. Rent for Sex & Botox Bust: Ellie Undercover BBC One, 10.45pm & 11.15pm; Scotland, 11.45pm & 12.15am Investigative journalist Ellie Flynn goes undercover to explore the alarming phenomena of landlords offering rooms in exchange for rent, and professional misuse of Botox. This was first shown on BBC Three. Flight HS13 Channel 4, 11.00pm An absorbing Dutch thriller in which a woman (Katja Schuurman) goes in search of her husband (Daniel Boissevain) after he fails to board a plane which subsequently crashes. The full series will be available on Walter Presents at 11.55pm. GT Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 5.15pm Terence Fisher teamed up with Hammer Films for this child-friendly spin-off from The Adventures of Robin Hood TV series, with Richard Greene, who reprises his role here. Peter Cushing stars as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham who is out to murder the Archbishop of Canterbury. It’s a cheap and cheerful affair that remains true to the spirit of the original. Sons of the Desert (1934, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures, 6.40pm This Laurel and Hardy comedy is a joyous romp. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy scheme to outwit their wives and secretly attend a fraternal lodge meeting in Chicago. Based on a story by Frank Craven, an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for originating the role of the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, it holds together well and is full of sparkling jokes. American Gangster (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.30pm Denzel Washington is imperious as the Seventies Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas in Ridley Scott’s cocksure crime thriller. Charting Lucas’s domination of the heroin market during the Vietnam War and his investigation by honest New Jersey cop Richie Roberts (a casually excellent Russell Crowe), the film features an enthralling final face-off. Cuba Gooding Jnr provides ample support. Wednesday 25 April Sugaring the pill? Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Credit: BBC Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm The UK has the worst eating habits in Europe, says veteran food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and the fallout is crippling the NHS. In the Fifties, just two per cent of the population was overweight, compared to the 20 per cent of us tipping the obesity scales currently. What we have to do, says Fearnley-Whittingstall, is not just diet and exercise, but fight back against the tide of high-calorie processed food being pushed at us from every direction. He begins this engrossing series by inviting children to do a supermarket shop without their parents. The results are striking, demonstrating the influence of advertising and how poor eating choices take root from an early age. There are many other striking moments in a show bursting with information, revelation and naming and shaming. He shows how the changing face of our high streets has limited food choices, and his campaign to get 10,000 people in Newcastle to shed a communal 100,000 lbs is inspired. But his drive to get WH Smith to stop, as he says, “pushing” chocolate from its tills will perhaps be what resonates most with viewers. Gerard O’Donovan MisFITs Like Us BBC Three, from today Another thoughtful documentary series, focusing on the isolation and loneliness that can come with illness or difference. In each of three episodes, young people suffering from vitiligo, scarring from burns and, in this opener, Tourette’s Syndrome spend time with a group of strangers living with the same condition, to share the bond of understanding and explore how they might help each other overcome a range of fears and anxieties. Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge BBC Two, 8.00pm Another four fledgling craft food producers vie to get their cheeses, charcuterie, preserves and breads voted best in shop at the tiny village store in Malhamdale, as judges Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona dog them every step of the way. Britain’s Brightest Family ITV, 8.00pm ITV’s family friendly quiz show hasn’t always been a thrill a minute but, with victory and the holiday of a lifetime up for grabs tonight, expect the competition to be fierce as the finalists go head-to-head against Anne Hegarty’s tough line in questioning. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story BBC Two, 9.00pm The story comes full circle in the final episode of Tom Rob Smith’s gripping drama series, to July 1997. As Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) watches the news of Versace’s murder break, he’s horrified to learn that the police have identified him as prime suspect. Benidorm ITV, 9.00pm More Costa comedy as Monty (John Challis) is on his uppers after Joyce (Sherrie Hewson) sacks him. And things are even worse for Kenneth (Tony Maudsley), who wakes up in Blow & Go after a big night out, only to realise that the builders have bricked him in. GO The Curse of Civil War Gold History, 9.00pm Oak Island treasure hunters Rick and Marty Lagina embark on a new series prompted by a Civil War story about a troop of Union soldiers who stole a hoard of Confederate gold. The loot was supposedly smuggled north before being lost beneath the waves of Lake Michigan. Rick and Marty aren’t the only ones who think that there’s a chance that it could still be there. GO Mermaids (1990) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 1.45pm This comedy-drama stars Cher as Mrs Flax, a mother who regularly moves town, and is a constant embarrassment to her two daughters (Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci). After yet another romantic disaster for Mrs Flax, they relocate to Massachusetts and find some semblance of family life. Ryder in particular generates real charisma in her role as an alienated outsider. Pork Chop Hill (1959, b/w) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 3.55pm Lewis Milestone, the man responsible for the great anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front, directs this intelligent and largely forgotten true-story drama about a late battle of the Korean War. Gregory Peck stars as a gung-ho American lieutenant who leads a unit on the attack of the Chinese-held Pork Chop Hill, while Rip Torn is cheerfully professional as his brother-in-law. It also features the film debut of Martin Landau. Dark Places (2015) ★★☆☆☆ Film 4, 9.00pm This adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s cold-case chiller, which comes after the making of her mystery novel Gone Girl, with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, pales in comparison. Producer-star Charlize Theron plays a Kansas woman still grappling with the long-ago murders of her family. Christina Hendricks is affecting as her mother, but there’s not much in the way of surprise elements and the plot holes are gaping. Thursday 26 April Cup half full: paramedics Nat and Nat Credit: BBC Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm The key to the BBC’s emotional, compelling Ambulance, which returns for a third series, lies in the attention to small details, whether it’s the way in which a husband gazes into his injured wife’s eyes or the moment at the end of a shift when two team members of the West Midlands Ambulance Service relax to the radio on the way home. This strong opening episode is also almost impossible to watch at times. It begins with call assessor Shanie, who has just graduated from training, as she deals with the cries of a woman in labour. And then there’s paramedic Nat, who gets a call that’s uncomfortably close to home while her driving partner, also called Nat, desperately tries to keep her calm. They are just two of the five featured stories – only a handful of the 6,041 cases treated by the service in a 48-hour period – and the film-makers do well to balance the light and dark, ensuring that we are able to laugh amid the tears. The night’s star is 101-year-old Mary, who greets paramedic Justin with a smile and the words: “Oh, don’t you look nice” before going on to flirt for Britain. It’s a lovely scene and one which, like the episode, warms the heart. Sarah Hughes Happy! Netflix, from today Adapted by Grant Morrison from his graphic novel, Happy! stars Chris Meloni (who has played tormented characters in everything from Oz to Law & Order SVU) as Nick Sax, a depressed cop turned hitman who appears to be hallucinating a tiny blue unicorn named Happy! The kicker: Happy! (voiced by Patton Oswalt) is real, sort of. He’s the imaginary friend of a little girl in danger and he needs Sax to save the day. The result is crazed, profane and strangely enjoyable. Super Fast Falcon BBC Two, 8.00pm “They seem to live in a different time perception,” says an awed watcher during this fascinating film about peregrine falcons. The film-makers make a great deal out of trying to uncover how fast peregrines really are, but that’s largely incidental to the footage of these elegant birds. Europa League Football: Arsenal v Atletico Madrid BT Sport 2, 8.05pm Domestically, Arsenal have been crumbling, their woeful 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United resulting in Arsène Wenger admitting his team lack balance. Win the Europa League and this season won’t have been a disaster, however. First, they face a tough Atletico Madrid side in the semi-finals. Civilisations BBC Two, 9.00pm Simon Schama, the presenter for this final episode, begins with a heartfelt plea: “What can art do when horror comes calling?” What follows is an emotional hour that starts with the Holocaust and ends with monuments to migrants who drowned at sea. Harold Shipman: Doctor Death ITV, 9.00pm Harold Shipman was revealed as Britain’s most prolific serial killer following his arrest in 1998. Nicknamed “Doctor Death”, Shipman is said to have poisoned in excess of 250 of his patients, and was found guilty of 15 murders. This documentary speaks to key people involved in the case including former Greater Manchester Police detectives. True Horror Channel 4, 10.00pm This inventive “true life” horror series continues with The Ghost in the Wall, a haunted house story that starts out as a study of a relationship under stress before descending into a genuinely scary tale. SH Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.45pm The night’s second hitman-related offering sees Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader as Barry, a killer developing a conscience. That description doesn’t come close to capturing the tone of this dark comedy scripted by Hader and Silicon Valley’s Alex Berg, however. It’s a deeply eccentric but very entertaining mash-up of Community and Grosse Point Blank, held together by Hader’s gloriously laconic central performance. SH Limitless (2011) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 9.00pm Bradley Cooper stars in this thriller about a writer whose former brother-in-law slips him a pill that enables him to access 100 per cent of his brain. His book is finished in four days, so he goes back for more and this time nets himself a fortune on the stock market. Neil Burger directs at breakneck pace, but afterwards you wish that Cooper’s character had used that brainpower for something more interesting than making money. Moonraker (1979) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 9.00pm The 11th film in the Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the dapper MI6 agent, involves the theft of a space shuttle. It’s one of the weaker 007 films and at times seems more of a comedy than a tense action adventure, but it’s enjoyably frivolous. Michael Lonsdale plays resident baddy Hugo Drax who pinches the aforementioned space shuttle to help along his plan to wipe out the world’s population. Enemy of the State (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 9.00pm This slick, hi-tech film is considered a continuation of the Seventies spy-thriller The Conversation, which starred Gene Hackman. Here, Hackman plays a surveillance expert who helps Will Smith’s framed attorney escape the clutches of some corrupt government spooks led by Jon Voight. Directed by Tony Scott, it’s a riveting ride. The interplay between the leads is fun, too. Friday 27 April Face off: David Morrissey and Robert Firth Credit: BBC The City & the City BBC Two, 9.00pm The climax of this atmospheric adaptation of China Miéville’s sci-fi novel sees troubled Inspector Tyador Borlú (David Morrissey) go through hell while seeking answers to the mysteries dogging him: why was archaeologist Mahalia Geary (Andrea Deck) murdered and what happened to Borlú’s missing wife, Katrynia (Lara Pulver)? Borlú endures torture at the hands of Breach, the Stasi-style police, and gets fired in his quest. But, in true TV cop fashion, he forges on in a solo investigation, bruised and nearly broken. Ultimately, it’s a mundane trawl through CCTV footage that provides Borlú with some answers. This reminds us that despite the fantastical premise of two cities coexisting in the same space, this TV drama really just boils down to a routine murder-mystery. Having said that, a couple of nice twists towards the end explain whether Orciny, the fabled third city between Besźel and Ul Qoma, really exists. Along with impressive production design that creates a rich backdrop to the series, what makes The City & The City compelling is Morrissey’s performance; he’s able to convey the soft centre within the cop’s hard-boiled shell and is always worth watching. Vicki Power Bobby Kennedy for President Netflix, from today Marking half a century since Robert F Kennedy’s assassination, Dawn Porter’s four-part docuseries pays tribute to the former US Attorney General. Through previously unseen home footage and contributions from his confidantes, the documentary focuses on the younger Kennedy’s 83-day race for the White House in 1968. And Porter portrays him as a principled family man and dedicated public servant with a progressive political vision. It only highlights the tragedy of his early demise. Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm This episode sees Marcel Theroux brave the deadly smog that hangs over Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar, where the air pollution can reach more than 100 times the accepted limit. As a public health catastrophe unfolds, officials scrabble for a solution. Our Wildest Dreams Channel 4, 8.00pm This new docu-series follows Brits who’ve upped sticks to take a new path in life. The jaw-dropping opener sees Londoner Mari move to her husband’s homeland, the Ecuadorean rainforest, to join a community of just 26 people. With their young daughter, they must build a house and learn to farm. The Nineties Sky Arts, 9.00pm In terms of politics, the Nineties were seismic. The decade saw, among other things, Nelson Mandela freed from prison as apartheid ended in South Africa, the Soviet Union collapse and the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. This episode of the CNN documentary series relives those times, with contributions from Christiane Amanpour and Dan Rather. VP Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm This sitcom features the considerable talents of Emilia Fox and Johnny Vegas, but it offers precious few laughs. In the second episode, Neil (Vegas) tries to look macho next to his suave neighbour Robert (Adam James) on a hike, but his attempts prove disastrous. Episodes BBC Two, 10.00pm In keeping with this comedy’s subversive tone, mirth is mined from the death of Matt’s father (the episode is dedicated to the actor who played him, Alex Rocco, who died in 2015). In true Matt Le Blanc style, he brilliantly handles a foul-mouthed tussle over his father’s ashes between his mother and dad’s girlfriend. VP The Week Of (2018) Netflix, from today This is the fourth and final film in a four-film deal between Adam Sandler and Netflix, and sees a re-teaming of Sandler with his Saturday Night Live buddy Chris Rock. The film stars the pair as fathers who are polar opposites and have to endure a road trip together in a stuffy car in the week leading up to their children getting married. Frequent Sandler collaborator Steve Buscemi co-stars; Robert Smigel (Hotel Transylvania) directs. Knocked Up (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV2, 9.00pm 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, One for the Money – as a rule Katherine Heigl doesn’t make terribly good films. Luckily, this warm-hearted comedy by Judd Apatow is an exception. She stars as a journalist who finds her life plans in jeopardy when she becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with a likeable slacker, played by Seth Rogen (in the role that made him a bona fide star). In 2012, a spin-off sequel, This Is 40, was released. Tropic Thunder (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm; N Ireland, 12.20am This comedy/action romp charts the filming of a guerrilla-style Vietnam War movie that derails thanks to the egotistical actors, including Kirk Lazarus (a blacked-up Robert Downey Jnr). Even with its all-star cast (Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan, Ben Stiller and Jack Black among them), the standout performance is by Tom Cruise as megalomaniac film producer Les Grossman. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: The Queen’s Birthday Party and Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
Saturday 21 April The Queen’s Birthday Party BBC One, 8.00pm “Hasn’t she suffered enough?” mused some wags when the line-up for the Queen’s 92nd birthday concert was announced. Certainly, the prospect of Her Majesty wanting to see Sting and Shaggy performing together seems remote, but the Queen’s celebratory concerts have always had a surreal tinge to them. Who can forget Ricky Martin banging out The Cup of Life at 2002’s Golden Jubilee Party at the Palace, or Cliff Richard duetting with S Club 7 on Move It at the same event? Ten years later, the Diamond Jubilee concert was distinguished by the magnificent Grace Jones gyrating to Slave to the Rhythm shortly before Rolf Harris introduced Stevie Wonder on stage. This year, the gig will come live from the Royal Albert Hall, with a similarly random approach to performers. This time will include the acappella magic of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a newly countrified Kylie Minogue, and Craig David, hopefully treating Elizabeth II to a rundown of how he spends his week. Holding the concept together will be Tom Jones, a veteran of the previous two shindigs and thus, one presumes, a firm favourite of the Windsors. Ma’am didn’t tell him not to come, after all. Gabriel Tate Snooker: The World Championship BBC One, 1.45pm The Crucible in Sheffield is the setting as Kyren Wilson and Ronnie O’Sullivan begin their campaigns against two qualifiers on the opening day of the World Championship, which was won by Mark Selby last year. FA Cup Football: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur BBC One, 4.55pm Paul Pogba, Alexis Sánchez, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are all under threat of being dropped for this FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham after Jose Mourinho promised to wield the axe in the wake of Manchester United’s abject showing against West Bromwich Albion. Having lost 1-0, which handed the title to rivals Manchester City with five games to spare, United will be under pressure to overcome Spurs, whom they lost 2-0 to in January. United ended a 12-year drought to lift this trophy in 2016, when they overcame Crystal Palace 2-1. Spurs have been waiting even longer, having last won the famous competition back in 1991 with victory over Nottingham Forest by the same scoreline. The Forest BBC Two, 8.00pm This second visit to Galloway Forest in south-west Scotland is narrated by Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty; Apple Tree Yard; Shetland). In this episode, the cause of a rat infestation is discovered, an engineering team is called out to repair a giant logging machine, and a campsite owner readies his holidaymakers for a comedy night. Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm Further hopefuls to try to impress Simon Cowell and his fellow judges as they continue their search for undiscovered British eccentrics. Britain’s Most Historic Towns: Winchester Channel 4, 8.00pm The ever-game Alice Roberts storms a castle and chows down on an eel pie in her efforts to demonstrate why Winchester is Britain’s most Norman city. This is great, instructive fun. Imagine: Habaneros: You Say You Want a Revolution? Part one BBC Two, 9.00pm Almost 60 years after Fidel Castro began his revolution in Cuba, his younger brother Raúl steps down from the country’s presidency after a decade in power. In this arrestingly assembled, picaresque portrait of Havana, Julien Temple meets its citizens – the Habaneros – who share their experience of life in this extraordinary city. It concludes tomorrow on BBC Four at 9pm. GT Salamander: Blood Diamonds BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.45pm After disturbing intruders at Jacky Lanciers’ apartment, Paul Gerardi (Filip Peeters) starts to follow the money trail as this occasionally baffling Belgian thriller continues – but has he left himself compromised? Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One More Time with Feeling Sky Arts, 9.00pm Nick Cave’s 16th studio album, The Skeleton Tree, was half-finished when Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur fell from a cliff and died. He invited Andrew Dominik, a regular collaborator since Cave soundtracked the director’s movie, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, to film the final production process as a way to avoid having to address his son’s death with the media. The result is a small miracle of insight and restraint. It’s harrowing, certainly, but it’s also deeply respectful in its depiction of raw grief, profound trauma and unfathomable loss. GT Bend of the River (1952) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 1.50pm This is one of five excellent collaborations between director Anthony Mann and actor James Stewart. Here, Stewart stars as Glyn McLyntock, a former outlaw working as a trail guide for farmers. Gold is discovered nearby and a town boss confiscates homesteaders’ supplies, leaving McLyntock risking his life to try to win them back. Glorious scenery and thrilling action make this compelling western still very watchable. Testament of Youth (2014) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 10.05pm Alicia Vikander gives a thrillingly astute portrait of Vera Brittain, the Oxford undergraduate whose ideals are beaten into shape – bitterly forged, you might say – by the heartbreak and gruelling trauma of the First World War. James Kent gives the film a restrained cinematic polish that feels wholly appropriate to its subject: it’s soberly moving. The Recruit (2003) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Being headhunted by the CIA in this thriller basically means being shouted at by Al Pacino, who began his unfortunate streak of uninspiring performances at about this point. Nevertheless, it’s still a privilege to watch him at work. Colin Farrell is also below his best as the rookie getting his marching orders – Roger Donaldson’s movie is a standard-issue spy game with all the layered complexity of Ludo. Sunday 22 April Double trouble: Olivia Vinall as twin Laura Fairlie Credit: BBC The Woman in White BBC One, 9.00pm The BBC has previously had three goes at adapting Wilkie Collins’s classic mystery tale: in 1966 (with Alethea Charlton and Nicholas Pennell), 1982 (Diana Quick, Daniel Gerroll) and 1997 (Tara Fitzgerald, Andrew Lincoln). So it’s no surprise to see it rearing its head again in a new five-part version by Fiona Seres, underlining the theme of women’s inequality before the law in Victorian times. Former EastEnders actor Ben Hardy is terrific as artist William Hartright, drawn into a murderous plot to steal an heiress’s fortune when he’s invited by a reclusive art collector (Charles Dance) to teach his nieces to paint. As ever, Jessie Buckley makes an instant impact as the spirited Marian Halcombe, while Olivia Vinall takes on the twin roles of Laura Fairlie and troubled Anne Catherick. This opening episode is set up as an extended tease – from the outset we know something terrible has happened and the action is interrupted regularly to remind us that a detective (Art Malik) will investigate soon. But only at the end do we meet the villain of the piece, Sir Percival Glide (Dougray Scott), and get a hint of the dastardly scheme that’s afoot. Gerard O’Donovan Luis Miguel Netflix, from today He’s the most successful male Latin American recording artist ever, having sold well in excess of 100 million records. But even though superstar singer Luis Miguel has lived a life rich enough to more than fill this three-part dramatised biography (with Diego Boneta in the lead), don’t expect too much in the way of shocking true-life revelations as it is very much the official, authorised version of an already carefully curated life story. Athletics: London Marathon BBC One, 8.30am As the heatwave continues, tens of thousands of runners will be pounding the streets of London for the 38th staging of the annual event. The men’s race will be the first for Mo Farah since the four-time Olympic gold medallist switched his focus from track events to the road. The 35-year-old will face competition from runners such as Eliud Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion, and Daniel Wanjiru, the winner of last year’s London Marathon. Mary Keitany will start as favourite in the women’s race, looking to equal Ingrid Kristiansen as the joint-most successful female athlete in the event’s history. Revolution Sky One, 6.30pm The thrills, skills and spectacular spills continue as Sky’s entertainingly original new show (incredible that neither the BBC nor ITV spotted the potential of this format) rolls on as the fourth heat sees more BMX-ers, bladers and skateboarders battle it out for a place in the final. “Gang warfare on wheels” is how hyperbolic co-host Steve-O describes it, though the family-friendly atmosphere is a lot cheerier than that. GO Little Big Shots ITV, 7.00pm Dawn French returns with the show that allows children to take a first step on the slippery slope to TV talent show fame, testing out their star power on the TV viewing public. Tonight, a four-year-old from Slough whose mini-guardsman routine went viral online, and a seven-year-old drummer from London. Britain’s Biggest Warship BBC Two, 8.00pm In the second episode, the Navy’s cutting edge new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth embarks on sea trials, stress-testing every part of the ship and allowing landings on deck for the first time. And it’s not only kit that’s tested – the crew have challenging times ahead, too. The Durrells ITV, 8.00pm The most charming family on TV’s Corfu sojourn continues as, despite all Louisa’s (Keeley Hawes) preparations, Gerry’s (Milo Parker) 13th birthday party descends into chaos – and Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis) is behaving very oddly. The Good Karma Hospital ITV, 9.00pm Mixed emotions abound in the closing episode of an eventful second series as Ruby (Amrita Acharia) has a heart-to-heart with Gabriel (James Krishna Floyd), and Lydia (Amanda Redman) faces a dilemma when a former mentor (Sue Johnston) seeks help. GO Dances with Wolves (1990) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 2.15pm After his heroic exploits in the American Civil War, Union army lieutenant John Dunbar (played by Kevin Costner, who also directed and produced) chooses a solitary posting on the Western frontier, where he encounters – and is finally embraced by – the local Sioux tribe. This sort of thing rarely happened in reality, but the epic sweep of the tale and magnificent locations are irresistible. Trainwreck (2015) ★★★★☆ 5STAR, 9.00pm The stand-up comedian – and first-time screenwriter – Amy Schumer nails her performance as a shambolic loser-in-love in Judd Apatow’s overstuffed sex comedy. Like Kristen Wiig (who produces) and Maya Rudolph in Bridesmaids, Schumer and Brie Larson, who plays her settled-down sister, duet their way through some bitter dramatic tributaries. Tilda Swinton co-stars as Amy’s hair-flicking boss. Easy A (2010) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 11.10pm Emma Stone dominates this high-school romcom, a mildly raunched-up version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1840 novel The Scarlet Letter. It takes the form of a live webcast confessional, in which Olive (Stone) explains how she risked her reputation to help the unpopular kids improve theirs. It’s smart and surprising, and the pencil-sharp character assassinations are irresistible. Monday 23 April Easy-going: the Duchess of Cornwall on her 70th birthday Credit: ITV The Real Camilla: HRH the Duchess of Cornwall ITV, 9.00pm A combination of reverence and access or lack thereof tends to ensure that royal documentaries rarely give viewers the warts-and-all depiction they might require. That’s certainly the case with this pleasant if undemanding ITV take on the life of the Duchess of Cornwall. The usual mixture of friends, family and royal correspondents give their opinion on the “real Camilla” – her nephew Ben Elliott comes closest to lifting the veil when he talks about what to get her for Christmas – and there’s a whistle-stop tour of the whole Charles/ Camilla/ Diana story, albeit one that glosses over the over the crucial decade when the Prince of Wales’s marriage fell apart. Ultimately, what saves it all from sycophancy is Camilla herself, who comes across as hard-working, easy-going and, above all, game. “She was fun, she made people laugh,” says a contributor early on and watching the Duchess chatting to various guests, young and old, you can believe it. The night’s best tribute, however, comes, fittingly, from the man most qualified to judge: “She’s the best listener in the world,” notes Prince Charles, his delivery heartfelt. Sarah Hughes Rip Off Britain: Food BBC One, 9.15am The popular daytime consumer series returns with a focus on food as presenters Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville look at the ins and outs of going out for a meal and consider public complaints. Tennis: The Barcelona Open Sky Sports Main Event, 10.00am It’s the opening day in the clay-court tournament at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, where Rafael Nadal triumphed last year for the 10th time. Holidays Unpacked Channel 4, 8.00pm Lucy Hedges and Morland Sanders are our guides in this new series, which aims to take us to the world’s “up-and-coming destinations”. In practice, this means that Hedges heads to Israel to float in the Dead Sea while Sanders goes zip-lining in Costa Rica. Genius: Picasso National Geographic, 8.00pm Antonio Banderas plays Spain’s most famous painter in this sumptuous take on the life of Pablo Picasso. As with last year’s Einstein, the action in the first episode flashes between two key periods in Picasso’s life: the moment as a boy when he realised he had to become an artist and 1937 when he receives the commission that will ultimately become Guernica. Travel Man: 48 Hours on the Cote d’Azur Channel 4, 8.30pm Comedian Shazia Mirza is Richard Ayoade’s guest on a whistle-stop tour from Nice to Monaco. There’s a nice relaxed vibe between the two of them as they bond over their love of Roger Moore (sorry), although Mirza tests Ayoade’s patience with her misuse of the word “literally”. Secret Agent Selection: WW2 BBC Two, 9.00pm It’s concealment and camouflage week on the reality TV series, as our would-be secret agents are sent to the Scottish Highlands. It’s arguably the toughest training yet as the gang find themselves scrambling over rocks and wading through freezing lakes – will everyone make it through? SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm & 10.20pm Television’s coldest show returns with creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy having dialled back the tricksiness so that most of the time jumps and puzzles feel organic to the plot, although the overall effect is still pretty soulless. Understandably, last season’s revelations have led to chaos as Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) seeks vengeance on her former masters. Thandie Newton’s Maeve and Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard provide the rare moments of genuine emotion. SH Exodus (1960) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.55am Otto Preminger’s big-budget adaptation of Leon Uris’s bestseller about the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948 is an accomplished piece of film-making. A Jewish paramilitary smuggles more than 600 detained Holocaust survivors onto a cargo vessel and makes an illegal crossing to Palestine. Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint star with a script by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. The Sum of All Fears (2002) ★★☆☆☆ Sky One, 9.00pm After Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck is the third actor to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan, hero of Tom Clancy’s bestsellers. He teams up with Morgan Freeman and Liev Schreiber to find a missing nuclear bomb before it can be detonated on American soil in this efficient action thriller, which is lifted out of the humdrum by a sensational climax. Middle Men (2009) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 11.35pm Goodfellas meets Boogie Nights in this account of a straight-arrow Texas businessman who in the Nineties helps set up the first paid internet porn site. George Gallo, who co-wrote and directed, is no Scorsese, and Luke Wilson, narrating, is no De Niro, but it’s an entertaining albeit sleazy ride, and Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht are a hoot as the two losers who stumble across the internet’s first big moneymaking scheme. Tuesday 24 April Legal eagle: Nicola Walker as divorce lawyer Hannah Credit: BBC The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s latest television drama is perhaps her most mainstream yet after the psychological trauma of River and period precision of The Hour, but that doesn’t mean that it’s superficial. The set up is the stuff of classic family melodrama: London divorce lawyer Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker) clashes with her mother (Deborah Findlay) when she leaves the family firm for a bigger, flashier rival – and the pair end up on opposite sides in a high-profile case between a sportswear mogul (Stephen Tompkinson) and his wife (Meera Syal). Complicating matters further, Hannah’s estranged father (Anthony Head) returns after 30 years, leaving Hannah and her two sisters (Annabel Scholey and Fiona Button), one a singleton, the other engaged, in turmoil. There’s an unselfconscious gloss not often seen on British TV, and the set-ups are ripe for the sort of narrative twists in which Morgan excels, all peppered with her familiarly pointed dialogue. Walker and Stephen Mangan are particularly convincing as a couple still in love but also in denial about the cracks appearing in their marriage. There’s nothing guilty about this pleasure. Gabriel Tate Champions League Football: Liverpool v Roma BT Sport 2, 7.45pm Having brushed aside Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate, with Roberto Firmino scoring the final goal, Liverpool take on Roma in what should be a pulsating semi-final first leg at Anfield. They’ll be hoping for a similar outcome to the last time these sides met: goals from Jari Litmanen and Emile Heskey gave Liverpool a 2-0 win. The Terror AMC, 9.00pm Turning Dan Simmons’s slightly pulpy source material into the stuff of gripping drama, this new series is part-psychological thriller, part-adventure yarn and part-monster movie, as it follows two Royal Navy ships in the 1840s on a journey to discover the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. Conditions worsen, resources dwindle and strange creatures lurk on the fringes of the expedition as the crews begin to turn on each other. A top-notch cast, led by Ciarán Hinds, Jared Harris and Tobias Menzies, keeps the tension high and the humanity front and centre among some difficult characters. Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers Channel 4, 9.00pm This grotesque film follows presenter Rick Edwards and technician Carla Valentine as they pull apart one of those enormous lumps of congealed fat and assorted unpleasantness, uncovering a grim truths about modern life. Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Gus Casely-Hayford brings Jeremy Paxman to the Cairngorms, inspiration for Edwin Landseer, who sculpted the four lions of Nelson’s Column but never fulfilled his promise after a breakdown set the pattern of mental-health issues that would dog him for life. GT Cunk on Britain BBC Two, 10.00pm; N Ireland, 11.15pm Can Diane Morgan and her dunderheaded alter-ego wring laughs from the first half of the 20th century? Of course she can, when her real targets are the many po-faced documentaries on the same that preceded her. Rent for Sex & Botox Bust: Ellie Undercover BBC One, 10.45pm & 11.15pm; Scotland, 11.45pm & 12.15am Investigative journalist Ellie Flynn goes undercover to explore the alarming phenomena of landlords offering rooms in exchange for rent, and professional misuse of Botox. This was first shown on BBC Three. Flight HS13 Channel 4, 11.00pm An absorbing Dutch thriller in which a woman (Katja Schuurman) goes in search of her husband (Daniel Boissevain) after he fails to board a plane which subsequently crashes. The full series will be available on Walter Presents at 11.55pm. GT Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 5.15pm Terence Fisher teamed up with Hammer Films for this child-friendly spin-off from The Adventures of Robin Hood TV series, with Richard Greene, who reprises his role here. Peter Cushing stars as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham who is out to murder the Archbishop of Canterbury. It’s a cheap and cheerful affair that remains true to the spirit of the original. Sons of the Desert (1934, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures, 6.40pm This Laurel and Hardy comedy is a joyous romp. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy scheme to outwit their wives and secretly attend a fraternal lodge meeting in Chicago. Based on a story by Frank Craven, an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for originating the role of the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, it holds together well and is full of sparkling jokes. American Gangster (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.30pm Denzel Washington is imperious as the Seventies Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas in Ridley Scott’s cocksure crime thriller. Charting Lucas’s domination of the heroin market during the Vietnam War and his investigation by honest New Jersey cop Richie Roberts (a casually excellent Russell Crowe), the film features an enthralling final face-off. Cuba Gooding Jnr provides ample support. Wednesday 25 April Sugaring the pill? Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Credit: BBC Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm The UK has the worst eating habits in Europe, says veteran food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and the fallout is crippling the NHS. In the Fifties, just two per cent of the population was overweight, compared to the 20 per cent of us tipping the obesity scales currently. What we have to do, says Fearnley-Whittingstall, is not just diet and exercise, but fight back against the tide of high-calorie processed food being pushed at us from every direction. He begins this engrossing series by inviting children to do a supermarket shop without their parents. The results are striking, demonstrating the influence of advertising and how poor eating choices take root from an early age. There are many other striking moments in a show bursting with information, revelation and naming and shaming. He shows how the changing face of our high streets has limited food choices, and his campaign to get 10,000 people in Newcastle to shed a communal 100,000 lbs is inspired. But his drive to get WH Smith to stop, as he says, “pushing” chocolate from its tills will perhaps be what resonates most with viewers. Gerard O’Donovan MisFITs Like Us BBC Three, from today Another thoughtful documentary series, focusing on the isolation and loneliness that can come with illness or difference. In each of three episodes, young people suffering from vitiligo, scarring from burns and, in this opener, Tourette’s Syndrome spend time with a group of strangers living with the same condition, to share the bond of understanding and explore how they might help each other overcome a range of fears and anxieties. Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge BBC Two, 8.00pm Another four fledgling craft food producers vie to get their cheeses, charcuterie, preserves and breads voted best in shop at the tiny village store in Malhamdale, as judges Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona dog them every step of the way. Britain’s Brightest Family ITV, 8.00pm ITV’s family friendly quiz show hasn’t always been a thrill a minute but, with victory and the holiday of a lifetime up for grabs tonight, expect the competition to be fierce as the finalists go head-to-head against Anne Hegarty’s tough line in questioning. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story BBC Two, 9.00pm The story comes full circle in the final episode of Tom Rob Smith’s gripping drama series, to July 1997. As Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) watches the news of Versace’s murder break, he’s horrified to learn that the police have identified him as prime suspect. Benidorm ITV, 9.00pm More Costa comedy as Monty (John Challis) is on his uppers after Joyce (Sherrie Hewson) sacks him. And things are even worse for Kenneth (Tony Maudsley), who wakes up in Blow & Go after a big night out, only to realise that the builders have bricked him in. GO The Curse of Civil War Gold History, 9.00pm Oak Island treasure hunters Rick and Marty Lagina embark on a new series prompted by a Civil War story about a troop of Union soldiers who stole a hoard of Confederate gold. The loot was supposedly smuggled north before being lost beneath the waves of Lake Michigan. Rick and Marty aren’t the only ones who think that there’s a chance that it could still be there. GO Mermaids (1990) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 1.45pm This comedy-drama stars Cher as Mrs Flax, a mother who regularly moves town, and is a constant embarrassment to her two daughters (Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci). After yet another romantic disaster for Mrs Flax, they relocate to Massachusetts and find some semblance of family life. Ryder in particular generates real charisma in her role as an alienated outsider. Pork Chop Hill (1959, b/w) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 3.55pm Lewis Milestone, the man responsible for the great anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front, directs this intelligent and largely forgotten true-story drama about a late battle of the Korean War. Gregory Peck stars as a gung-ho American lieutenant who leads a unit on the attack of the Chinese-held Pork Chop Hill, while Rip Torn is cheerfully professional as his brother-in-law. It also features the film debut of Martin Landau. Dark Places (2015) ★★☆☆☆ Film 4, 9.00pm This adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s cold-case chiller, which comes after the making of her mystery novel Gone Girl, with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, pales in comparison. Producer-star Charlize Theron plays a Kansas woman still grappling with the long-ago murders of her family. Christina Hendricks is affecting as her mother, but there’s not much in the way of surprise elements and the plot holes are gaping. Thursday 26 April Cup half full: paramedics Nat and Nat Credit: BBC Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm The key to the BBC’s emotional, compelling Ambulance, which returns for a third series, lies in the attention to small details, whether it’s the way in which a husband gazes into his injured wife’s eyes or the moment at the end of a shift when two team members of the West Midlands Ambulance Service relax to the radio on the way home. This strong opening episode is also almost impossible to watch at times. It begins with call assessor Shanie, who has just graduated from training, as she deals with the cries of a woman in labour. And then there’s paramedic Nat, who gets a call that’s uncomfortably close to home while her driving partner, also called Nat, desperately tries to keep her calm. They are just two of the five featured stories – only a handful of the 6,041 cases treated by the service in a 48-hour period – and the film-makers do well to balance the light and dark, ensuring that we are able to laugh amid the tears. The night’s star is 101-year-old Mary, who greets paramedic Justin with a smile and the words: “Oh, don’t you look nice” before going on to flirt for Britain. It’s a lovely scene and one which, like the episode, warms the heart. Sarah Hughes Happy! Netflix, from today Adapted by Grant Morrison from his graphic novel, Happy! stars Chris Meloni (who has played tormented characters in everything from Oz to Law & Order SVU) as Nick Sax, a depressed cop turned hitman who appears to be hallucinating a tiny blue unicorn named Happy! The kicker: Happy! (voiced by Patton Oswalt) is real, sort of. He’s the imaginary friend of a little girl in danger and he needs Sax to save the day. The result is crazed, profane and strangely enjoyable. Super Fast Falcon BBC Two, 8.00pm “They seem to live in a different time perception,” says an awed watcher during this fascinating film about peregrine falcons. The film-makers make a great deal out of trying to uncover how fast peregrines really are, but that’s largely incidental to the footage of these elegant birds. Europa League Football: Arsenal v Atletico Madrid BT Sport 2, 8.05pm Domestically, Arsenal have been crumbling, their woeful 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United resulting in Arsène Wenger admitting his team lack balance. Win the Europa League and this season won’t have been a disaster, however. First, they face a tough Atletico Madrid side in the semi-finals. Civilisations BBC Two, 9.00pm Simon Schama, the presenter for this final episode, begins with a heartfelt plea: “What can art do when horror comes calling?” What follows is an emotional hour that starts with the Holocaust and ends with monuments to migrants who drowned at sea. Harold Shipman: Doctor Death ITV, 9.00pm Harold Shipman was revealed as Britain’s most prolific serial killer following his arrest in 1998. Nicknamed “Doctor Death”, Shipman is said to have poisoned in excess of 250 of his patients, and was found guilty of 15 murders. This documentary speaks to key people involved in the case including former Greater Manchester Police detectives. True Horror Channel 4, 10.00pm This inventive “true life” horror series continues with The Ghost in the Wall, a haunted house story that starts out as a study of a relationship under stress before descending into a genuinely scary tale. SH Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.45pm The night’s second hitman-related offering sees Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader as Barry, a killer developing a conscience. That description doesn’t come close to capturing the tone of this dark comedy scripted by Hader and Silicon Valley’s Alex Berg, however. It’s a deeply eccentric but very entertaining mash-up of Community and Grosse Point Blank, held together by Hader’s gloriously laconic central performance. SH Limitless (2011) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 9.00pm Bradley Cooper stars in this thriller about a writer whose former brother-in-law slips him a pill that enables him to access 100 per cent of his brain. His book is finished in four days, so he goes back for more and this time nets himself a fortune on the stock market. Neil Burger directs at breakneck pace, but afterwards you wish that Cooper’s character had used that brainpower for something more interesting than making money. Moonraker (1979) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 9.00pm The 11th film in the Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the dapper MI6 agent, involves the theft of a space shuttle. It’s one of the weaker 007 films and at times seems more of a comedy than a tense action adventure, but it’s enjoyably frivolous. Michael Lonsdale plays resident baddy Hugo Drax who pinches the aforementioned space shuttle to help along his plan to wipe out the world’s population. Enemy of the State (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 9.00pm This slick, hi-tech film is considered a continuation of the Seventies spy-thriller The Conversation, which starred Gene Hackman. Here, Hackman plays a surveillance expert who helps Will Smith’s framed attorney escape the clutches of some corrupt government spooks led by Jon Voight. Directed by Tony Scott, it’s a riveting ride. The interplay between the leads is fun, too. Friday 27 April Face off: David Morrissey and Robert Firth Credit: BBC The City & the City BBC Two, 9.00pm The climax of this atmospheric adaptation of China Miéville’s sci-fi novel sees troubled Inspector Tyador Borlú (David Morrissey) go through hell while seeking answers to the mysteries dogging him: why was archaeologist Mahalia Geary (Andrea Deck) murdered and what happened to Borlú’s missing wife, Katrynia (Lara Pulver)? Borlú endures torture at the hands of Breach, the Stasi-style police, and gets fired in his quest. But, in true TV cop fashion, he forges on in a solo investigation, bruised and nearly broken. Ultimately, it’s a mundane trawl through CCTV footage that provides Borlú with some answers. This reminds us that despite the fantastical premise of two cities coexisting in the same space, this TV drama really just boils down to a routine murder-mystery. Having said that, a couple of nice twists towards the end explain whether Orciny, the fabled third city between Besźel and Ul Qoma, really exists. Along with impressive production design that creates a rich backdrop to the series, what makes The City & The City compelling is Morrissey’s performance; he’s able to convey the soft centre within the cop’s hard-boiled shell and is always worth watching. Vicki Power Bobby Kennedy for President Netflix, from today Marking half a century since Robert F Kennedy’s assassination, Dawn Porter’s four-part docuseries pays tribute to the former US Attorney General. Through previously unseen home footage and contributions from his confidantes, the documentary focuses on the younger Kennedy’s 83-day race for the White House in 1968. And Porter portrays him as a principled family man and dedicated public servant with a progressive political vision. It only highlights the tragedy of his early demise. Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm This episode sees Marcel Theroux brave the deadly smog that hangs over Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar, where the air pollution can reach more than 100 times the accepted limit. As a public health catastrophe unfolds, officials scrabble for a solution. Our Wildest Dreams Channel 4, 8.00pm This new docu-series follows Brits who’ve upped sticks to take a new path in life. The jaw-dropping opener sees Londoner Mari move to her husband’s homeland, the Ecuadorean rainforest, to join a community of just 26 people. With their young daughter, they must build a house and learn to farm. The Nineties Sky Arts, 9.00pm In terms of politics, the Nineties were seismic. The decade saw, among other things, Nelson Mandela freed from prison as apartheid ended in South Africa, the Soviet Union collapse and the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. This episode of the CNN documentary series relives those times, with contributions from Christiane Amanpour and Dan Rather. VP Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm This sitcom features the considerable talents of Emilia Fox and Johnny Vegas, but it offers precious few laughs. In the second episode, Neil (Vegas) tries to look macho next to his suave neighbour Robert (Adam James) on a hike, but his attempts prove disastrous. Episodes BBC Two, 10.00pm In keeping with this comedy’s subversive tone, mirth is mined from the death of Matt’s father (the episode is dedicated to the actor who played him, Alex Rocco, who died in 2015). In true Matt Le Blanc style, he brilliantly handles a foul-mouthed tussle over his father’s ashes between his mother and dad’s girlfriend. VP The Week Of (2018) Netflix, from today This is the fourth and final film in a four-film deal between Adam Sandler and Netflix, and sees a re-teaming of Sandler with his Saturday Night Live buddy Chris Rock. The film stars the pair as fathers who are polar opposites and have to endure a road trip together in a stuffy car in the week leading up to their children getting married. Frequent Sandler collaborator Steve Buscemi co-stars; Robert Smigel (Hotel Transylvania) directs. Knocked Up (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV2, 9.00pm 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, One for the Money – as a rule Katherine Heigl doesn’t make terribly good films. Luckily, this warm-hearted comedy by Judd Apatow is an exception. She stars as a journalist who finds her life plans in jeopardy when she becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with a likeable slacker, played by Seth Rogen (in the role that made him a bona fide star). In 2012, a spin-off sequel, This Is 40, was released. Tropic Thunder (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm; N Ireland, 12.20am This comedy/action romp charts the filming of a guerrilla-style Vietnam War movie that derails thanks to the egotistical actors, including Kirk Lazarus (a blacked-up Robert Downey Jnr). Even with its all-star cast (Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan, Ben Stiller and Jack Black among them), the standout performance is by Tom Cruise as megalomaniac film producer Les Grossman. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Saturday 21 April The Queen’s Birthday Party BBC One, 8.00pm “Hasn’t she suffered enough?” mused some wags when the line-up for the Queen’s 92nd birthday concert was announced. Certainly, the prospect of Her Majesty wanting to see Sting and Shaggy performing together seems remote, but the Queen’s celebratory concerts have always had a surreal tinge to them. Who can forget Ricky Martin banging out The Cup of Life at 2002’s Golden Jubilee Party at the Palace, or Cliff Richard duetting with S Club 7 on Move It at the same event? Ten years later, the Diamond Jubilee concert was distinguished by the magnificent Grace Jones gyrating to Slave to the Rhythm shortly before Rolf Harris introduced Stevie Wonder on stage. This year, the gig will come live from the Royal Albert Hall, with a similarly random approach to performers. This time will include the acappella magic of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a newly countrified Kylie Minogue, and Craig David, hopefully treating Elizabeth II to a rundown of how he spends his week. Holding the concept together will be Tom Jones, a veteran of the previous two shindigs and thus, one presumes, a firm favourite of the Windsors. Ma’am didn’t tell him not to come, after all. Gabriel Tate Snooker: The World Championship BBC One, 1.45pm The Crucible in Sheffield is the setting as Kyren Wilson and Ronnie O’Sullivan begin their campaigns against two qualifiers on the opening day of the World Championship, which was won by Mark Selby last year. FA Cup Football: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur BBC One, 4.55pm Paul Pogba, Alexis Sánchez, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are all under threat of being dropped for this FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham after Jose Mourinho promised to wield the axe in the wake of Manchester United’s abject showing against West Bromwich Albion. Having lost 1-0, which handed the title to rivals Manchester City with five games to spare, United will be under pressure to overcome Spurs, whom they lost 2-0 to in January. United ended a 12-year drought to lift this trophy in 2016, when they overcame Crystal Palace 2-1. Spurs have been waiting even longer, having last won the famous competition back in 1991 with victory over Nottingham Forest by the same scoreline. The Forest BBC Two, 8.00pm This second visit to Galloway Forest in south-west Scotland is narrated by Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty; Apple Tree Yard; Shetland). In this episode, the cause of a rat infestation is discovered, an engineering team is called out to repair a giant logging machine, and a campsite owner readies his holidaymakers for a comedy night. Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm Further hopefuls to try to impress Simon Cowell and his fellow judges as they continue their search for undiscovered British eccentrics. Britain’s Most Historic Towns: Winchester Channel 4, 8.00pm The ever-game Alice Roberts storms a castle and chows down on an eel pie in her efforts to demonstrate why Winchester is Britain’s most Norman city. This is great, instructive fun. Imagine: Habaneros: You Say You Want a Revolution? Part one BBC Two, 9.00pm Almost 60 years after Fidel Castro began his revolution in Cuba, his younger brother Raúl steps down from the country’s presidency after a decade in power. In this arrestingly assembled, picaresque portrait of Havana, Julien Temple meets its citizens – the Habaneros – who share their experience of life in this extraordinary city. It concludes tomorrow on BBC Four at 9pm. GT Salamander: Blood Diamonds BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.45pm After disturbing intruders at Jacky Lanciers’ apartment, Paul Gerardi (Filip Peeters) starts to follow the money trail as this occasionally baffling Belgian thriller continues – but has he left himself compromised? Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One More Time with Feeling Sky Arts, 9.00pm Nick Cave’s 16th studio album, The Skeleton Tree, was half-finished when Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur fell from a cliff and died. He invited Andrew Dominik, a regular collaborator since Cave soundtracked the director’s movie, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, to film the final production process as a way to avoid having to address his son’s death with the media. The result is a small miracle of insight and restraint. It’s harrowing, certainly, but it’s also deeply respectful in its depiction of raw grief, profound trauma and unfathomable loss. GT Bend of the River (1952) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 1.50pm This is one of five excellent collaborations between director Anthony Mann and actor James Stewart. Here, Stewart stars as Glyn McLyntock, a former outlaw working as a trail guide for farmers. Gold is discovered nearby and a town boss confiscates homesteaders’ supplies, leaving McLyntock risking his life to try to win them back. Glorious scenery and thrilling action make this compelling western still very watchable. Testament of Youth (2014) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 10.05pm Alicia Vikander gives a thrillingly astute portrait of Vera Brittain, the Oxford undergraduate whose ideals are beaten into shape – bitterly forged, you might say – by the heartbreak and gruelling trauma of the First World War. James Kent gives the film a restrained cinematic polish that feels wholly appropriate to its subject: it’s soberly moving. The Recruit (2003) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Being headhunted by the CIA in this thriller basically means being shouted at by Al Pacino, who began his unfortunate streak of uninspiring performances at about this point. Nevertheless, it’s still a privilege to watch him at work. Colin Farrell is also below his best as the rookie getting his marching orders – Roger Donaldson’s movie is a standard-issue spy game with all the layered complexity of Ludo. Sunday 22 April Double trouble: Olivia Vinall as twin Laura Fairlie Credit: BBC The Woman in White BBC One, 9.00pm The BBC has previously had three goes at adapting Wilkie Collins’s classic mystery tale: in 1966 (with Alethea Charlton and Nicholas Pennell), 1982 (Diana Quick, Daniel Gerroll) and 1997 (Tara Fitzgerald, Andrew Lincoln). So it’s no surprise to see it rearing its head again in a new five-part version by Fiona Seres, underlining the theme of women’s inequality before the law in Victorian times. Former EastEnders actor Ben Hardy is terrific as artist William Hartright, drawn into a murderous plot to steal an heiress’s fortune when he’s invited by a reclusive art collector (Charles Dance) to teach his nieces to paint. As ever, Jessie Buckley makes an instant impact as the spirited Marian Halcombe, while Olivia Vinall takes on the twin roles of Laura Fairlie and troubled Anne Catherick. This opening episode is set up as an extended tease – from the outset we know something terrible has happened and the action is interrupted regularly to remind us that a detective (Art Malik) will investigate soon. But only at the end do we meet the villain of the piece, Sir Percival Glide (Dougray Scott), and get a hint of the dastardly scheme that’s afoot. Gerard O’Donovan Luis Miguel Netflix, from today He’s the most successful male Latin American recording artist ever, having sold well in excess of 100 million records. But even though superstar singer Luis Miguel has lived a life rich enough to more than fill this three-part dramatised biography (with Diego Boneta in the lead), don’t expect too much in the way of shocking true-life revelations as it is very much the official, authorised version of an already carefully curated life story. Athletics: London Marathon BBC One, 8.30am As the heatwave continues, tens of thousands of runners will be pounding the streets of London for the 38th staging of the annual event. The men’s race will be the first for Mo Farah since the four-time Olympic gold medallist switched his focus from track events to the road. The 35-year-old will face competition from runners such as Eliud Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion, and Daniel Wanjiru, the winner of last year’s London Marathon. Mary Keitany will start as favourite in the women’s race, looking to equal Ingrid Kristiansen as the joint-most successful female athlete in the event’s history. Revolution Sky One, 6.30pm The thrills, skills and spectacular spills continue as Sky’s entertainingly original new show (incredible that neither the BBC nor ITV spotted the potential of this format) rolls on as the fourth heat sees more BMX-ers, bladers and skateboarders battle it out for a place in the final. “Gang warfare on wheels” is how hyperbolic co-host Steve-O describes it, though the family-friendly atmosphere is a lot cheerier than that. GO Little Big Shots ITV, 7.00pm Dawn French returns with the show that allows children to take a first step on the slippery slope to TV talent show fame, testing out their star power on the TV viewing public. Tonight, a four-year-old from Slough whose mini-guardsman routine went viral online, and a seven-year-old drummer from London. Britain’s Biggest Warship BBC Two, 8.00pm In the second episode, the Navy’s cutting edge new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth embarks on sea trials, stress-testing every part of the ship and allowing landings on deck for the first time. And it’s not only kit that’s tested – the crew have challenging times ahead, too. The Durrells ITV, 8.00pm The most charming family on TV’s Corfu sojourn continues as, despite all Louisa’s (Keeley Hawes) preparations, Gerry’s (Milo Parker) 13th birthday party descends into chaos – and Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis) is behaving very oddly. The Good Karma Hospital ITV, 9.00pm Mixed emotions abound in the closing episode of an eventful second series as Ruby (Amrita Acharia) has a heart-to-heart with Gabriel (James Krishna Floyd), and Lydia (Amanda Redman) faces a dilemma when a former mentor (Sue Johnston) seeks help. GO Dances with Wolves (1990) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 2.15pm After his heroic exploits in the American Civil War, Union army lieutenant John Dunbar (played by Kevin Costner, who also directed and produced) chooses a solitary posting on the Western frontier, where he encounters – and is finally embraced by – the local Sioux tribe. This sort of thing rarely happened in reality, but the epic sweep of the tale and magnificent locations are irresistible. Trainwreck (2015) ★★★★☆ 5STAR, 9.00pm The stand-up comedian – and first-time screenwriter – Amy Schumer nails her performance as a shambolic loser-in-love in Judd Apatow’s overstuffed sex comedy. Like Kristen Wiig (who produces) and Maya Rudolph in Bridesmaids, Schumer and Brie Larson, who plays her settled-down sister, duet their way through some bitter dramatic tributaries. Tilda Swinton co-stars as Amy’s hair-flicking boss. Easy A (2010) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 11.10pm Emma Stone dominates this high-school romcom, a mildly raunched-up version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1840 novel The Scarlet Letter. It takes the form of a live webcast confessional, in which Olive (Stone) explains how she risked her reputation to help the unpopular kids improve theirs. It’s smart and surprising, and the pencil-sharp character assassinations are irresistible. Monday 23 April Easy-going: the Duchess of Cornwall on her 70th birthday Credit: ITV The Real Camilla: HRH the Duchess of Cornwall ITV, 9.00pm A combination of reverence and access or lack thereof tends to ensure that royal documentaries rarely give viewers the warts-and-all depiction they might require. That’s certainly the case with this pleasant if undemanding ITV take on the life of the Duchess of Cornwall. The usual mixture of friends, family and royal correspondents give their opinion on the “real Camilla” – her nephew Ben Elliott comes closest to lifting the veil when he talks about what to get her for Christmas – and there’s a whistle-stop tour of the whole Charles/ Camilla/ Diana story, albeit one that glosses over the over the crucial decade when the Prince of Wales’s marriage fell apart. Ultimately, what saves it all from sycophancy is Camilla herself, who comes across as hard-working, easy-going and, above all, game. “She was fun, she made people laugh,” says a contributor early on and watching the Duchess chatting to various guests, young and old, you can believe it. The night’s best tribute, however, comes, fittingly, from the man most qualified to judge: “She’s the best listener in the world,” notes Prince Charles, his delivery heartfelt. Sarah Hughes Rip Off Britain: Food BBC One, 9.15am The popular daytime consumer series returns with a focus on food as presenters Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville look at the ins and outs of going out for a meal and consider public complaints. Tennis: The Barcelona Open Sky Sports Main Event, 10.00am It’s the opening day in the clay-court tournament at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, where Rafael Nadal triumphed last year for the 10th time. Holidays Unpacked Channel 4, 8.00pm Lucy Hedges and Morland Sanders are our guides in this new series, which aims to take us to the world’s “up-and-coming destinations”. In practice, this means that Hedges heads to Israel to float in the Dead Sea while Sanders goes zip-lining in Costa Rica. Genius: Picasso National Geographic, 8.00pm Antonio Banderas plays Spain’s most famous painter in this sumptuous take on the life of Pablo Picasso. As with last year’s Einstein, the action in the first episode flashes between two key periods in Picasso’s life: the moment as a boy when he realised he had to become an artist and 1937 when he receives the commission that will ultimately become Guernica. Travel Man: 48 Hours on the Cote d’Azur Channel 4, 8.30pm Comedian Shazia Mirza is Richard Ayoade’s guest on a whistle-stop tour from Nice to Monaco. There’s a nice relaxed vibe between the two of them as they bond over their love of Roger Moore (sorry), although Mirza tests Ayoade’s patience with her misuse of the word “literally”. Secret Agent Selection: WW2 BBC Two, 9.00pm It’s concealment and camouflage week on the reality TV series, as our would-be secret agents are sent to the Scottish Highlands. It’s arguably the toughest training yet as the gang find themselves scrambling over rocks and wading through freezing lakes – will everyone make it through? SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm & 10.20pm Television’s coldest show returns with creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy having dialled back the tricksiness so that most of the time jumps and puzzles feel organic to the plot, although the overall effect is still pretty soulless. Understandably, last season’s revelations have led to chaos as Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) seeks vengeance on her former masters. Thandie Newton’s Maeve and Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard provide the rare moments of genuine emotion. SH Exodus (1960) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.55am Otto Preminger’s big-budget adaptation of Leon Uris’s bestseller about the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948 is an accomplished piece of film-making. A Jewish paramilitary smuggles more than 600 detained Holocaust survivors onto a cargo vessel and makes an illegal crossing to Palestine. Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint star with a script by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. The Sum of All Fears (2002) ★★☆☆☆ Sky One, 9.00pm After Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck is the third actor to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan, hero of Tom Clancy’s bestsellers. He teams up with Morgan Freeman and Liev Schreiber to find a missing nuclear bomb before it can be detonated on American soil in this efficient action thriller, which is lifted out of the humdrum by a sensational climax. Middle Men (2009) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 11.35pm Goodfellas meets Boogie Nights in this account of a straight-arrow Texas businessman who in the Nineties helps set up the first paid internet porn site. George Gallo, who co-wrote and directed, is no Scorsese, and Luke Wilson, narrating, is no De Niro, but it’s an entertaining albeit sleazy ride, and Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht are a hoot as the two losers who stumble across the internet’s first big moneymaking scheme. Tuesday 24 April Legal eagle: Nicola Walker as divorce lawyer Hannah Credit: BBC The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s latest television drama is perhaps her most mainstream yet after the psychological trauma of River and period precision of The Hour, but that doesn’t mean that it’s superficial. The set up is the stuff of classic family melodrama: London divorce lawyer Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker) clashes with her mother (Deborah Findlay) when she leaves the family firm for a bigger, flashier rival – and the pair end up on opposite sides in a high-profile case between a sportswear mogul (Stephen Tompkinson) and his wife (Meera Syal). Complicating matters further, Hannah’s estranged father (Anthony Head) returns after 30 years, leaving Hannah and her two sisters (Annabel Scholey and Fiona Button), one a singleton, the other engaged, in turmoil. There’s an unselfconscious gloss not often seen on British TV, and the set-ups are ripe for the sort of narrative twists in which Morgan excels, all peppered with her familiarly pointed dialogue. Walker and Stephen Mangan are particularly convincing as a couple still in love but also in denial about the cracks appearing in their marriage. There’s nothing guilty about this pleasure. Gabriel Tate Champions League Football: Liverpool v Roma BT Sport 2, 7.45pm Having brushed aside Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate, with Roberto Firmino scoring the final goal, Liverpool take on Roma in what should be a pulsating semi-final first leg at Anfield. They’ll be hoping for a similar outcome to the last time these sides met: goals from Jari Litmanen and Emile Heskey gave Liverpool a 2-0 win. The Terror AMC, 9.00pm Turning Dan Simmons’s slightly pulpy source material into the stuff of gripping drama, this new series is part-psychological thriller, part-adventure yarn and part-monster movie, as it follows two Royal Navy ships in the 1840s on a journey to discover the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. Conditions worsen, resources dwindle and strange creatures lurk on the fringes of the expedition as the crews begin to turn on each other. A top-notch cast, led by Ciarán Hinds, Jared Harris and Tobias Menzies, keeps the tension high and the humanity front and centre among some difficult characters. Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers Channel 4, 9.00pm This grotesque film follows presenter Rick Edwards and technician Carla Valentine as they pull apart one of those enormous lumps of congealed fat and assorted unpleasantness, uncovering a grim truths about modern life. Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Gus Casely-Hayford brings Jeremy Paxman to the Cairngorms, inspiration for Edwin Landseer, who sculpted the four lions of Nelson’s Column but never fulfilled his promise after a breakdown set the pattern of mental-health issues that would dog him for life. GT Cunk on Britain BBC Two, 10.00pm; N Ireland, 11.15pm Can Diane Morgan and her dunderheaded alter-ego wring laughs from the first half of the 20th century? Of course she can, when her real targets are the many po-faced documentaries on the same that preceded her. Rent for Sex & Botox Bust: Ellie Undercover BBC One, 10.45pm & 11.15pm; Scotland, 11.45pm & 12.15am Investigative journalist Ellie Flynn goes undercover to explore the alarming phenomena of landlords offering rooms in exchange for rent, and professional misuse of Botox. This was first shown on BBC Three. Flight HS13 Channel 4, 11.00pm An absorbing Dutch thriller in which a woman (Katja Schuurman) goes in search of her husband (Daniel Boissevain) after he fails to board a plane which subsequently crashes. The full series will be available on Walter Presents at 11.55pm. GT Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 5.15pm Terence Fisher teamed up with Hammer Films for this child-friendly spin-off from The Adventures of Robin Hood TV series, with Richard Greene, who reprises his role here. Peter Cushing stars as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham who is out to murder the Archbishop of Canterbury. It’s a cheap and cheerful affair that remains true to the spirit of the original. Sons of the Desert (1934, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures, 6.40pm This Laurel and Hardy comedy is a joyous romp. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy scheme to outwit their wives and secretly attend a fraternal lodge meeting in Chicago. Based on a story by Frank Craven, an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for originating the role of the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, it holds together well and is full of sparkling jokes. American Gangster (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.30pm Denzel Washington is imperious as the Seventies Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas in Ridley Scott’s cocksure crime thriller. Charting Lucas’s domination of the heroin market during the Vietnam War and his investigation by honest New Jersey cop Richie Roberts (a casually excellent Russell Crowe), the film features an enthralling final face-off. Cuba Gooding Jnr provides ample support. Wednesday 25 April Sugaring the pill? Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Credit: BBC Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm The UK has the worst eating habits in Europe, says veteran food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and the fallout is crippling the NHS. In the Fifties, just two per cent of the population was overweight, compared to the 20 per cent of us tipping the obesity scales currently. What we have to do, says Fearnley-Whittingstall, is not just diet and exercise, but fight back against the tide of high-calorie processed food being pushed at us from every direction. He begins this engrossing series by inviting children to do a supermarket shop without their parents. The results are striking, demonstrating the influence of advertising and how poor eating choices take root from an early age. There are many other striking moments in a show bursting with information, revelation and naming and shaming. He shows how the changing face of our high streets has limited food choices, and his campaign to get 10,000 people in Newcastle to shed a communal 100,000 lbs is inspired. But his drive to get WH Smith to stop, as he says, “pushing” chocolate from its tills will perhaps be what resonates most with viewers. Gerard O’Donovan MisFITs Like Us BBC Three, from today Another thoughtful documentary series, focusing on the isolation and loneliness that can come with illness or difference. In each of three episodes, young people suffering from vitiligo, scarring from burns and, in this opener, Tourette’s Syndrome spend time with a group of strangers living with the same condition, to share the bond of understanding and explore how they might help each other overcome a range of fears and anxieties. Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge BBC Two, 8.00pm Another four fledgling craft food producers vie to get their cheeses, charcuterie, preserves and breads voted best in shop at the tiny village store in Malhamdale, as judges Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona dog them every step of the way. Britain’s Brightest Family ITV, 8.00pm ITV’s family friendly quiz show hasn’t always been a thrill a minute but, with victory and the holiday of a lifetime up for grabs tonight, expect the competition to be fierce as the finalists go head-to-head against Anne Hegarty’s tough line in questioning. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story BBC Two, 9.00pm The story comes full circle in the final episode of Tom Rob Smith’s gripping drama series, to July 1997. As Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) watches the news of Versace’s murder break, he’s horrified to learn that the police have identified him as prime suspect. Benidorm ITV, 9.00pm More Costa comedy as Monty (John Challis) is on his uppers after Joyce (Sherrie Hewson) sacks him. And things are even worse for Kenneth (Tony Maudsley), who wakes up in Blow & Go after a big night out, only to realise that the builders have bricked him in. GO The Curse of Civil War Gold History, 9.00pm Oak Island treasure hunters Rick and Marty Lagina embark on a new series prompted by a Civil War story about a troop of Union soldiers who stole a hoard of Confederate gold. The loot was supposedly smuggled north before being lost beneath the waves of Lake Michigan. Rick and Marty aren’t the only ones who think that there’s a chance that it could still be there. GO Mermaids (1990) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 1.45pm This comedy-drama stars Cher as Mrs Flax, a mother who regularly moves town, and is a constant embarrassment to her two daughters (Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci). After yet another romantic disaster for Mrs Flax, they relocate to Massachusetts and find some semblance of family life. Ryder in particular generates real charisma in her role as an alienated outsider. Pork Chop Hill (1959, b/w) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 3.55pm Lewis Milestone, the man responsible for the great anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front, directs this intelligent and largely forgotten true-story drama about a late battle of the Korean War. Gregory Peck stars as a gung-ho American lieutenant who leads a unit on the attack of the Chinese-held Pork Chop Hill, while Rip Torn is cheerfully professional as his brother-in-law. It also features the film debut of Martin Landau. Dark Places (2015) ★★☆☆☆ Film 4, 9.00pm This adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s cold-case chiller, which comes after the making of her mystery novel Gone Girl, with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, pales in comparison. Producer-star Charlize Theron plays a Kansas woman still grappling with the long-ago murders of her family. Christina Hendricks is affecting as her mother, but there’s not much in the way of surprise elements and the plot holes are gaping. Thursday 26 April Cup half full: paramedics Nat and Nat Credit: BBC Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm The key to the BBC’s emotional, compelling Ambulance, which returns for a third series, lies in the attention to small details, whether it’s the way in which a husband gazes into his injured wife’s eyes or the moment at the end of a shift when two team members of the West Midlands Ambulance Service relax to the radio on the way home. This strong opening episode is also almost impossible to watch at times. It begins with call assessor Shanie, who has just graduated from training, as she deals with the cries of a woman in labour. And then there’s paramedic Nat, who gets a call that’s uncomfortably close to home while her driving partner, also called Nat, desperately tries to keep her calm. They are just two of the five featured stories – only a handful of the 6,041 cases treated by the service in a 48-hour period – and the film-makers do well to balance the light and dark, ensuring that we are able to laugh amid the tears. The night’s star is 101-year-old Mary, who greets paramedic Justin with a smile and the words: “Oh, don’t you look nice” before going on to flirt for Britain. It’s a lovely scene and one which, like the episode, warms the heart. Sarah Hughes Happy! Netflix, from today Adapted by Grant Morrison from his graphic novel, Happy! stars Chris Meloni (who has played tormented characters in everything from Oz to Law & Order SVU) as Nick Sax, a depressed cop turned hitman who appears to be hallucinating a tiny blue unicorn named Happy! The kicker: Happy! (voiced by Patton Oswalt) is real, sort of. He’s the imaginary friend of a little girl in danger and he needs Sax to save the day. The result is crazed, profane and strangely enjoyable. Super Fast Falcon BBC Two, 8.00pm “They seem to live in a different time perception,” says an awed watcher during this fascinating film about peregrine falcons. The film-makers make a great deal out of trying to uncover how fast peregrines really are, but that’s largely incidental to the footage of these elegant birds. Europa League Football: Arsenal v Atletico Madrid BT Sport 2, 8.05pm Domestically, Arsenal have been crumbling, their woeful 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United resulting in Arsène Wenger admitting his team lack balance. Win the Europa League and this season won’t have been a disaster, however. First, they face a tough Atletico Madrid side in the semi-finals. Civilisations BBC Two, 9.00pm Simon Schama, the presenter for this final episode, begins with a heartfelt plea: “What can art do when horror comes calling?” What follows is an emotional hour that starts with the Holocaust and ends with monuments to migrants who drowned at sea. Harold Shipman: Doctor Death ITV, 9.00pm Harold Shipman was revealed as Britain’s most prolific serial killer following his arrest in 1998. Nicknamed “Doctor Death”, Shipman is said to have poisoned in excess of 250 of his patients, and was found guilty of 15 murders. This documentary speaks to key people involved in the case including former Greater Manchester Police detectives. True Horror Channel 4, 10.00pm This inventive “true life” horror series continues with The Ghost in the Wall, a haunted house story that starts out as a study of a relationship under stress before descending into a genuinely scary tale. SH Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.45pm The night’s second hitman-related offering sees Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader as Barry, a killer developing a conscience. That description doesn’t come close to capturing the tone of this dark comedy scripted by Hader and Silicon Valley’s Alex Berg, however. It’s a deeply eccentric but very entertaining mash-up of Community and Grosse Point Blank, held together by Hader’s gloriously laconic central performance. SH Limitless (2011) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 9.00pm Bradley Cooper stars in this thriller about a writer whose former brother-in-law slips him a pill that enables him to access 100 per cent of his brain. His book is finished in four days, so he goes back for more and this time nets himself a fortune on the stock market. Neil Burger directs at breakneck pace, but afterwards you wish that Cooper’s character had used that brainpower for something more interesting than making money. Moonraker (1979) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 9.00pm The 11th film in the Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the dapper MI6 agent, involves the theft of a space shuttle. It’s one of the weaker 007 films and at times seems more of a comedy than a tense action adventure, but it’s enjoyably frivolous. Michael Lonsdale plays resident baddy Hugo Drax who pinches the aforementioned space shuttle to help along his plan to wipe out the world’s population. Enemy of the State (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 9.00pm This slick, hi-tech film is considered a continuation of the Seventies spy-thriller The Conversation, which starred Gene Hackman. Here, Hackman plays a surveillance expert who helps Will Smith’s framed attorney escape the clutches of some corrupt government spooks led by Jon Voight. Directed by Tony Scott, it’s a riveting ride. The interplay between the leads is fun, too. Friday 27 April Face off: David Morrissey and Robert Firth Credit: BBC The City & the City BBC Two, 9.00pm The climax of this atmospheric adaptation of China Miéville’s sci-fi novel sees troubled Inspector Tyador Borlú (David Morrissey) go through hell while seeking answers to the mysteries dogging him: why was archaeologist Mahalia Geary (Andrea Deck) murdered and what happened to Borlú’s missing wife, Katrynia (Lara Pulver)? Borlú endures torture at the hands of Breach, the Stasi-style police, and gets fired in his quest. But, in true TV cop fashion, he forges on in a solo investigation, bruised and nearly broken. Ultimately, it’s a mundane trawl through CCTV footage that provides Borlú with some answers. This reminds us that despite the fantastical premise of two cities coexisting in the same space, this TV drama really just boils down to a routine murder-mystery. Having said that, a couple of nice twists towards the end explain whether Orciny, the fabled third city between Besźel and Ul Qoma, really exists. Along with impressive production design that creates a rich backdrop to the series, what makes The City & The City compelling is Morrissey’s performance; he’s able to convey the soft centre within the cop’s hard-boiled shell and is always worth watching. Vicki Power Bobby Kennedy for President Netflix, from today Marking half a century since Robert F Kennedy’s assassination, Dawn Porter’s four-part docuseries pays tribute to the former US Attorney General. Through previously unseen home footage and contributions from his confidantes, the documentary focuses on the younger Kennedy’s 83-day race for the White House in 1968. And Porter portrays him as a principled family man and dedicated public servant with a progressive political vision. It only highlights the tragedy of his early demise. Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm This episode sees Marcel Theroux brave the deadly smog that hangs over Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar, where the air pollution can reach more than 100 times the accepted limit. As a public health catastrophe unfolds, officials scrabble for a solution. Our Wildest Dreams Channel 4, 8.00pm This new docu-series follows Brits who’ve upped sticks to take a new path in life. The jaw-dropping opener sees Londoner Mari move to her husband’s homeland, the Ecuadorean rainforest, to join a community of just 26 people. With their young daughter, they must build a house and learn to farm. The Nineties Sky Arts, 9.00pm In terms of politics, the Nineties were seismic. The decade saw, among other things, Nelson Mandela freed from prison as apartheid ended in South Africa, the Soviet Union collapse and the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. This episode of the CNN documentary series relives those times, with contributions from Christiane Amanpour and Dan Rather. VP Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm This sitcom features the considerable talents of Emilia Fox and Johnny Vegas, but it offers precious few laughs. In the second episode, Neil (Vegas) tries to look macho next to his suave neighbour Robert (Adam James) on a hike, but his attempts prove disastrous. Episodes BBC Two, 10.00pm In keeping with this comedy’s subversive tone, mirth is mined from the death of Matt’s father (the episode is dedicated to the actor who played him, Alex Rocco, who died in 2015). In true Matt Le Blanc style, he brilliantly handles a foul-mouthed tussle over his father’s ashes between his mother and dad’s girlfriend. VP The Week Of (2018) Netflix, from today This is the fourth and final film in a four-film deal between Adam Sandler and Netflix, and sees a re-teaming of Sandler with his Saturday Night Live buddy Chris Rock. The film stars the pair as fathers who are polar opposites and have to endure a road trip together in a stuffy car in the week leading up to their children getting married. Frequent Sandler collaborator Steve Buscemi co-stars; Robert Smigel (Hotel Transylvania) directs. Knocked Up (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV2, 9.00pm 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, One for the Money – as a rule Katherine Heigl doesn’t make terribly good films. Luckily, this warm-hearted comedy by Judd Apatow is an exception. She stars as a journalist who finds her life plans in jeopardy when she becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with a likeable slacker, played by Seth Rogen (in the role that made him a bona fide star). In 2012, a spin-off sequel, This Is 40, was released. Tropic Thunder (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm; N Ireland, 12.20am This comedy/action romp charts the filming of a guerrilla-style Vietnam War movie that derails thanks to the egotistical actors, including Kirk Lazarus (a blacked-up Robert Downey Jnr). Even with its all-star cast (Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan, Ben Stiller and Jack Black among them), the standout performance is by Tom Cruise as megalomaniac film producer Les Grossman. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: The Queen’s Birthday Party and Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
Saturday 21 April The Queen’s Birthday Party BBC One, 8.00pm “Hasn’t she suffered enough?” mused some wags when the line-up for the Queen’s 92nd birthday concert was announced. Certainly, the prospect of Her Majesty wanting to see Sting and Shaggy performing together seems remote, but the Queen’s celebratory concerts have always had a surreal tinge to them. Who can forget Ricky Martin banging out The Cup of Life at 2002’s Golden Jubilee Party at the Palace, or Cliff Richard duetting with S Club 7 on Move It at the same event? Ten years later, the Diamond Jubilee concert was distinguished by the magnificent Grace Jones gyrating to Slave to the Rhythm shortly before Rolf Harris introduced Stevie Wonder on stage. This year, the gig will come live from the Royal Albert Hall, with a similarly random approach to performers. This time will include the acappella magic of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a newly countrified Kylie Minogue, and Craig David, hopefully treating Elizabeth II to a rundown of how he spends his week. Holding the concept together will be Tom Jones, a veteran of the previous two shindigs and thus, one presumes, a firm favourite of the Windsors. Ma’am didn’t tell him not to come, after all. Gabriel Tate Snooker: The World Championship BBC One, 1.45pm The Crucible in Sheffield is the setting as Kyren Wilson and Ronnie O’Sullivan begin their campaigns against two qualifiers on the opening day of the World Championship, which was won by Mark Selby last year. FA Cup Football: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur BBC One, 4.55pm Paul Pogba, Alexis Sánchez, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are all under threat of being dropped for this FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham after Jose Mourinho promised to wield the axe in the wake of Manchester United’s abject showing against West Bromwich Albion. Having lost 1-0, which handed the title to rivals Manchester City with five games to spare, United will be under pressure to overcome Spurs, whom they lost 2-0 to in January. United ended a 12-year drought to lift this trophy in 2016, when they overcame Crystal Palace 2-1. Spurs have been waiting even longer, having last won the famous competition back in 1991 with victory over Nottingham Forest by the same scoreline. The Forest BBC Two, 8.00pm This second visit to Galloway Forest in south-west Scotland is narrated by Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty; Apple Tree Yard; Shetland). In this episode, the cause of a rat infestation is discovered, an engineering team is called out to repair a giant logging machine, and a campsite owner readies his holidaymakers for a comedy night. Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm Further hopefuls to try to impress Simon Cowell and his fellow judges as they continue their search for undiscovered British eccentrics. Britain’s Most Historic Towns: Winchester Channel 4, 8.00pm The ever-game Alice Roberts storms a castle and chows down on an eel pie in her efforts to demonstrate why Winchester is Britain’s most Norman city. This is great, instructive fun. Imagine: Habaneros: You Say You Want a Revolution? Part one BBC Two, 9.00pm Almost 60 years after Fidel Castro began his revolution in Cuba, his younger brother Raúl steps down from the country’s presidency after a decade in power. In this arrestingly assembled, picaresque portrait of Havana, Julien Temple meets its citizens – the Habaneros – who share their experience of life in this extraordinary city. It concludes tomorrow on BBC Four at 9pm. GT Salamander: Blood Diamonds BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.45pm After disturbing intruders at Jacky Lanciers’ apartment, Paul Gerardi (Filip Peeters) starts to follow the money trail as this occasionally baffling Belgian thriller continues – but has he left himself compromised? Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One More Time with Feeling Sky Arts, 9.00pm Nick Cave’s 16th studio album, The Skeleton Tree, was half-finished when Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur fell from a cliff and died. He invited Andrew Dominik, a regular collaborator since Cave soundtracked the director’s movie, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, to film the final production process as a way to avoid having to address his son’s death with the media. The result is a small miracle of insight and restraint. It’s harrowing, certainly, but it’s also deeply respectful in its depiction of raw grief, profound trauma and unfathomable loss. GT Bend of the River (1952) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 1.50pm This is one of five excellent collaborations between director Anthony Mann and actor James Stewart. Here, Stewart stars as Glyn McLyntock, a former outlaw working as a trail guide for farmers. Gold is discovered nearby and a town boss confiscates homesteaders’ supplies, leaving McLyntock risking his life to try to win them back. Glorious scenery and thrilling action make this compelling western still very watchable. Testament of Youth (2014) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 10.05pm Alicia Vikander gives a thrillingly astute portrait of Vera Brittain, the Oxford undergraduate whose ideals are beaten into shape – bitterly forged, you might say – by the heartbreak and gruelling trauma of the First World War. James Kent gives the film a restrained cinematic polish that feels wholly appropriate to its subject: it’s soberly moving. The Recruit (2003) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Being headhunted by the CIA in this thriller basically means being shouted at by Al Pacino, who began his unfortunate streak of uninspiring performances at about this point. Nevertheless, it’s still a privilege to watch him at work. Colin Farrell is also below his best as the rookie getting his marching orders – Roger Donaldson’s movie is a standard-issue spy game with all the layered complexity of Ludo. Sunday 22 April Double trouble: Olivia Vinall as twin Laura Fairlie Credit: BBC The Woman in White BBC One, 9.00pm The BBC has previously had three goes at adapting Wilkie Collins’s classic mystery tale: in 1966 (with Alethea Charlton and Nicholas Pennell), 1982 (Diana Quick, Daniel Gerroll) and 1997 (Tara Fitzgerald, Andrew Lincoln). So it’s no surprise to see it rearing its head again in a new five-part version by Fiona Seres, underlining the theme of women’s inequality before the law in Victorian times. Former EastEnders actor Ben Hardy is terrific as artist William Hartright, drawn into a murderous plot to steal an heiress’s fortune when he’s invited by a reclusive art collector (Charles Dance) to teach his nieces to paint. As ever, Jessie Buckley makes an instant impact as the spirited Marian Halcombe, while Olivia Vinall takes on the twin roles of Laura Fairlie and troubled Anne Catherick. This opening episode is set up as an extended tease – from the outset we know something terrible has happened and the action is interrupted regularly to remind us that a detective (Art Malik) will investigate soon. But only at the end do we meet the villain of the piece, Sir Percival Glide (Dougray Scott), and get a hint of the dastardly scheme that’s afoot. Gerard O’Donovan Luis Miguel Netflix, from today He’s the most successful male Latin American recording artist ever, having sold well in excess of 100 million records. But even though superstar singer Luis Miguel has lived a life rich enough to more than fill this three-part dramatised biography (with Diego Boneta in the lead), don’t expect too much in the way of shocking true-life revelations as it is very much the official, authorised version of an already carefully curated life story. Athletics: London Marathon BBC One, 8.30am As the heatwave continues, tens of thousands of runners will be pounding the streets of London for the 38th staging of the annual event. The men’s race will be the first for Mo Farah since the four-time Olympic gold medallist switched his focus from track events to the road. The 35-year-old will face competition from runners such as Eliud Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion, and Daniel Wanjiru, the winner of last year’s London Marathon. Mary Keitany will start as favourite in the women’s race, looking to equal Ingrid Kristiansen as the joint-most successful female athlete in the event’s history. Revolution Sky One, 6.30pm The thrills, skills and spectacular spills continue as Sky’s entertainingly original new show (incredible that neither the BBC nor ITV spotted the potential of this format) rolls on as the fourth heat sees more BMX-ers, bladers and skateboarders battle it out for a place in the final. “Gang warfare on wheels” is how hyperbolic co-host Steve-O describes it, though the family-friendly atmosphere is a lot cheerier than that. GO Little Big Shots ITV, 7.00pm Dawn French returns with the show that allows children to take a first step on the slippery slope to TV talent show fame, testing out their star power on the TV viewing public. Tonight, a four-year-old from Slough whose mini-guardsman routine went viral online, and a seven-year-old drummer from London. Britain’s Biggest Warship BBC Two, 8.00pm In the second episode, the Navy’s cutting edge new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth embarks on sea trials, stress-testing every part of the ship and allowing landings on deck for the first time. And it’s not only kit that’s tested – the crew have challenging times ahead, too. The Durrells ITV, 8.00pm The most charming family on TV’s Corfu sojourn continues as, despite all Louisa’s (Keeley Hawes) preparations, Gerry’s (Milo Parker) 13th birthday party descends into chaos – and Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis) is behaving very oddly. The Good Karma Hospital ITV, 9.00pm Mixed emotions abound in the closing episode of an eventful second series as Ruby (Amrita Acharia) has a heart-to-heart with Gabriel (James Krishna Floyd), and Lydia (Amanda Redman) faces a dilemma when a former mentor (Sue Johnston) seeks help. GO Dances with Wolves (1990) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 2.15pm After his heroic exploits in the American Civil War, Union army lieutenant John Dunbar (played by Kevin Costner, who also directed and produced) chooses a solitary posting on the Western frontier, where he encounters – and is finally embraced by – the local Sioux tribe. This sort of thing rarely happened in reality, but the epic sweep of the tale and magnificent locations are irresistible. Trainwreck (2015) ★★★★☆ 5STAR, 9.00pm The stand-up comedian – and first-time screenwriter – Amy Schumer nails her performance as a shambolic loser-in-love in Judd Apatow’s overstuffed sex comedy. Like Kristen Wiig (who produces) and Maya Rudolph in Bridesmaids, Schumer and Brie Larson, who plays her settled-down sister, duet their way through some bitter dramatic tributaries. Tilda Swinton co-stars as Amy’s hair-flicking boss. Easy A (2010) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 11.10pm Emma Stone dominates this high-school romcom, a mildly raunched-up version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1840 novel The Scarlet Letter. It takes the form of a live webcast confessional, in which Olive (Stone) explains how she risked her reputation to help the unpopular kids improve theirs. It’s smart and surprising, and the pencil-sharp character assassinations are irresistible. Monday 23 April Easy-going: the Duchess of Cornwall on her 70th birthday Credit: ITV The Real Camilla: HRH the Duchess of Cornwall ITV, 9.00pm A combination of reverence and access or lack thereof tends to ensure that royal documentaries rarely give viewers the warts-and-all depiction they might require. That’s certainly the case with this pleasant if undemanding ITV take on the life of the Duchess of Cornwall. The usual mixture of friends, family and royal correspondents give their opinion on the “real Camilla” – her nephew Ben Elliott comes closest to lifting the veil when he talks about what to get her for Christmas – and there’s a whistle-stop tour of the whole Charles/ Camilla/ Diana story, albeit one that glosses over the over the crucial decade when the Prince of Wales’s marriage fell apart. Ultimately, what saves it all from sycophancy is Camilla herself, who comes across as hard-working, easy-going and, above all, game. “She was fun, she made people laugh,” says a contributor early on and watching the Duchess chatting to various guests, young and old, you can believe it. The night’s best tribute, however, comes, fittingly, from the man most qualified to judge: “She’s the best listener in the world,” notes Prince Charles, his delivery heartfelt. Sarah Hughes Rip Off Britain: Food BBC One, 9.15am The popular daytime consumer series returns with a focus on food as presenters Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville look at the ins and outs of going out for a meal and consider public complaints. Tennis: The Barcelona Open Sky Sports Main Event, 10.00am It’s the opening day in the clay-court tournament at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, where Rafael Nadal triumphed last year for the 10th time. Holidays Unpacked Channel 4, 8.00pm Lucy Hedges and Morland Sanders are our guides in this new series, which aims to take us to the world’s “up-and-coming destinations”. In practice, this means that Hedges heads to Israel to float in the Dead Sea while Sanders goes zip-lining in Costa Rica. Genius: Picasso National Geographic, 8.00pm Antonio Banderas plays Spain’s most famous painter in this sumptuous take on the life of Pablo Picasso. As with last year’s Einstein, the action in the first episode flashes between two key periods in Picasso’s life: the moment as a boy when he realised he had to become an artist and 1937 when he receives the commission that will ultimately become Guernica. Travel Man: 48 Hours on the Cote d’Azur Channel 4, 8.30pm Comedian Shazia Mirza is Richard Ayoade’s guest on a whistle-stop tour from Nice to Monaco. There’s a nice relaxed vibe between the two of them as they bond over their love of Roger Moore (sorry), although Mirza tests Ayoade’s patience with her misuse of the word “literally”. Secret Agent Selection: WW2 BBC Two, 9.00pm It’s concealment and camouflage week on the reality TV series, as our would-be secret agents are sent to the Scottish Highlands. It’s arguably the toughest training yet as the gang find themselves scrambling over rocks and wading through freezing lakes – will everyone make it through? SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm & 10.20pm Television’s coldest show returns with creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy having dialled back the tricksiness so that most of the time jumps and puzzles feel organic to the plot, although the overall effect is still pretty soulless. Understandably, last season’s revelations have led to chaos as Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) seeks vengeance on her former masters. Thandie Newton’s Maeve and Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard provide the rare moments of genuine emotion. SH Exodus (1960) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.55am Otto Preminger’s big-budget adaptation of Leon Uris’s bestseller about the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948 is an accomplished piece of film-making. A Jewish paramilitary smuggles more than 600 detained Holocaust survivors onto a cargo vessel and makes an illegal crossing to Palestine. Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint star with a script by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. The Sum of All Fears (2002) ★★☆☆☆ Sky One, 9.00pm After Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck is the third actor to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan, hero of Tom Clancy’s bestsellers. He teams up with Morgan Freeman and Liev Schreiber to find a missing nuclear bomb before it can be detonated on American soil in this efficient action thriller, which is lifted out of the humdrum by a sensational climax. Middle Men (2009) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 11.35pm Goodfellas meets Boogie Nights in this account of a straight-arrow Texas businessman who in the Nineties helps set up the first paid internet porn site. George Gallo, who co-wrote and directed, is no Scorsese, and Luke Wilson, narrating, is no De Niro, but it’s an entertaining albeit sleazy ride, and Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht are a hoot as the two losers who stumble across the internet’s first big moneymaking scheme. Tuesday 24 April Legal eagle: Nicola Walker as divorce lawyer Hannah Credit: BBC The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s latest television drama is perhaps her most mainstream yet after the psychological trauma of River and period precision of The Hour, but that doesn’t mean that it’s superficial. The set up is the stuff of classic family melodrama: London divorce lawyer Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker) clashes with her mother (Deborah Findlay) when she leaves the family firm for a bigger, flashier rival – and the pair end up on opposite sides in a high-profile case between a sportswear mogul (Stephen Tompkinson) and his wife (Meera Syal). Complicating matters further, Hannah’s estranged father (Anthony Head) returns after 30 years, leaving Hannah and her two sisters (Annabel Scholey and Fiona Button), one a singleton, the other engaged, in turmoil. There’s an unselfconscious gloss not often seen on British TV, and the set-ups are ripe for the sort of narrative twists in which Morgan excels, all peppered with her familiarly pointed dialogue. Walker and Stephen Mangan are particularly convincing as a couple still in love but also in denial about the cracks appearing in their marriage. There’s nothing guilty about this pleasure. Gabriel Tate Champions League Football: Liverpool v Roma BT Sport 2, 7.45pm Having brushed aside Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate, with Roberto Firmino scoring the final goal, Liverpool take on Roma in what should be a pulsating semi-final first leg at Anfield. They’ll be hoping for a similar outcome to the last time these sides met: goals from Jari Litmanen and Emile Heskey gave Liverpool a 2-0 win. The Terror AMC, 9.00pm Turning Dan Simmons’s slightly pulpy source material into the stuff of gripping drama, this new series is part-psychological thriller, part-adventure yarn and part-monster movie, as it follows two Royal Navy ships in the 1840s on a journey to discover the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. Conditions worsen, resources dwindle and strange creatures lurk on the fringes of the expedition as the crews begin to turn on each other. A top-notch cast, led by Ciarán Hinds, Jared Harris and Tobias Menzies, keeps the tension high and the humanity front and centre among some difficult characters. Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers Channel 4, 9.00pm This grotesque film follows presenter Rick Edwards and technician Carla Valentine as they pull apart one of those enormous lumps of congealed fat and assorted unpleasantness, uncovering a grim truths about modern life. Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Gus Casely-Hayford brings Jeremy Paxman to the Cairngorms, inspiration for Edwin Landseer, who sculpted the four lions of Nelson’s Column but never fulfilled his promise after a breakdown set the pattern of mental-health issues that would dog him for life. GT Cunk on Britain BBC Two, 10.00pm; N Ireland, 11.15pm Can Diane Morgan and her dunderheaded alter-ego wring laughs from the first half of the 20th century? Of course she can, when her real targets are the many po-faced documentaries on the same that preceded her. Rent for Sex & Botox Bust: Ellie Undercover BBC One, 10.45pm & 11.15pm; Scotland, 11.45pm & 12.15am Investigative journalist Ellie Flynn goes undercover to explore the alarming phenomena of landlords offering rooms in exchange for rent, and professional misuse of Botox. This was first shown on BBC Three. Flight HS13 Channel 4, 11.00pm An absorbing Dutch thriller in which a woman (Katja Schuurman) goes in search of her husband (Daniel Boissevain) after he fails to board a plane which subsequently crashes. The full series will be available on Walter Presents at 11.55pm. GT Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 5.15pm Terence Fisher teamed up with Hammer Films for this child-friendly spin-off from The Adventures of Robin Hood TV series, with Richard Greene, who reprises his role here. Peter Cushing stars as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham who is out to murder the Archbishop of Canterbury. It’s a cheap and cheerful affair that remains true to the spirit of the original. Sons of the Desert (1934, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures, 6.40pm This Laurel and Hardy comedy is a joyous romp. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy scheme to outwit their wives and secretly attend a fraternal lodge meeting in Chicago. Based on a story by Frank Craven, an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for originating the role of the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, it holds together well and is full of sparkling jokes. American Gangster (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.30pm Denzel Washington is imperious as the Seventies Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas in Ridley Scott’s cocksure crime thriller. Charting Lucas’s domination of the heroin market during the Vietnam War and his investigation by honest New Jersey cop Richie Roberts (a casually excellent Russell Crowe), the film features an enthralling final face-off. Cuba Gooding Jnr provides ample support. Wednesday 25 April Sugaring the pill? Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Credit: BBC Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm The UK has the worst eating habits in Europe, says veteran food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and the fallout is crippling the NHS. In the Fifties, just two per cent of the population was overweight, compared to the 20 per cent of us tipping the obesity scales currently. What we have to do, says Fearnley-Whittingstall, is not just diet and exercise, but fight back against the tide of high-calorie processed food being pushed at us from every direction. He begins this engrossing series by inviting children to do a supermarket shop without their parents. The results are striking, demonstrating the influence of advertising and how poor eating choices take root from an early age. There are many other striking moments in a show bursting with information, revelation and naming and shaming. He shows how the changing face of our high streets has limited food choices, and his campaign to get 10,000 people in Newcastle to shed a communal 100,000 lbs is inspired. But his drive to get WH Smith to stop, as he says, “pushing” chocolate from its tills will perhaps be what resonates most with viewers. Gerard O’Donovan MisFITs Like Us BBC Three, from today Another thoughtful documentary series, focusing on the isolation and loneliness that can come with illness or difference. In each of three episodes, young people suffering from vitiligo, scarring from burns and, in this opener, Tourette’s Syndrome spend time with a group of strangers living with the same condition, to share the bond of understanding and explore how they might help each other overcome a range of fears and anxieties. Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge BBC Two, 8.00pm Another four fledgling craft food producers vie to get their cheeses, charcuterie, preserves and breads voted best in shop at the tiny village store in Malhamdale, as judges Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona dog them every step of the way. Britain’s Brightest Family ITV, 8.00pm ITV’s family friendly quiz show hasn’t always been a thrill a minute but, with victory and the holiday of a lifetime up for grabs tonight, expect the competition to be fierce as the finalists go head-to-head against Anne Hegarty’s tough line in questioning. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story BBC Two, 9.00pm The story comes full circle in the final episode of Tom Rob Smith’s gripping drama series, to July 1997. As Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) watches the news of Versace’s murder break, he’s horrified to learn that the police have identified him as prime suspect. Benidorm ITV, 9.00pm More Costa comedy as Monty (John Challis) is on his uppers after Joyce (Sherrie Hewson) sacks him. And things are even worse for Kenneth (Tony Maudsley), who wakes up in Blow & Go after a big night out, only to realise that the builders have bricked him in. GO The Curse of Civil War Gold History, 9.00pm Oak Island treasure hunters Rick and Marty Lagina embark on a new series prompted by a Civil War story about a troop of Union soldiers who stole a hoard of Confederate gold. The loot was supposedly smuggled north before being lost beneath the waves of Lake Michigan. Rick and Marty aren’t the only ones who think that there’s a chance that it could still be there. GO Mermaids (1990) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 1.45pm This comedy-drama stars Cher as Mrs Flax, a mother who regularly moves town, and is a constant embarrassment to her two daughters (Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci). After yet another romantic disaster for Mrs Flax, they relocate to Massachusetts and find some semblance of family life. Ryder in particular generates real charisma in her role as an alienated outsider. Pork Chop Hill (1959, b/w) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 3.55pm Lewis Milestone, the man responsible for the great anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front, directs this intelligent and largely forgotten true-story drama about a late battle of the Korean War. Gregory Peck stars as a gung-ho American lieutenant who leads a unit on the attack of the Chinese-held Pork Chop Hill, while Rip Torn is cheerfully professional as his brother-in-law. It also features the film debut of Martin Landau. Dark Places (2015) ★★☆☆☆ Film 4, 9.00pm This adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s cold-case chiller, which comes after the making of her mystery novel Gone Girl, with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, pales in comparison. Producer-star Charlize Theron plays a Kansas woman still grappling with the long-ago murders of her family. Christina Hendricks is affecting as her mother, but there’s not much in the way of surprise elements and the plot holes are gaping. Thursday 26 April Cup half full: paramedics Nat and Nat Credit: BBC Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm The key to the BBC’s emotional, compelling Ambulance, which returns for a third series, lies in the attention to small details, whether it’s the way in which a husband gazes into his injured wife’s eyes or the moment at the end of a shift when two team members of the West Midlands Ambulance Service relax to the radio on the way home. This strong opening episode is also almost impossible to watch at times. It begins with call assessor Shanie, who has just graduated from training, as she deals with the cries of a woman in labour. And then there’s paramedic Nat, who gets a call that’s uncomfortably close to home while her driving partner, also called Nat, desperately tries to keep her calm. They are just two of the five featured stories – only a handful of the 6,041 cases treated by the service in a 48-hour period – and the film-makers do well to balance the light and dark, ensuring that we are able to laugh amid the tears. The night’s star is 101-year-old Mary, who greets paramedic Justin with a smile and the words: “Oh, don’t you look nice” before going on to flirt for Britain. It’s a lovely scene and one which, like the episode, warms the heart. Sarah Hughes Happy! Netflix, from today Adapted by Grant Morrison from his graphic novel, Happy! stars Chris Meloni (who has played tormented characters in everything from Oz to Law & Order SVU) as Nick Sax, a depressed cop turned hitman who appears to be hallucinating a tiny blue unicorn named Happy! The kicker: Happy! (voiced by Patton Oswalt) is real, sort of. He’s the imaginary friend of a little girl in danger and he needs Sax to save the day. The result is crazed, profane and strangely enjoyable. Super Fast Falcon BBC Two, 8.00pm “They seem to live in a different time perception,” says an awed watcher during this fascinating film about peregrine falcons. The film-makers make a great deal out of trying to uncover how fast peregrines really are, but that’s largely incidental to the footage of these elegant birds. Europa League Football: Arsenal v Atletico Madrid BT Sport 2, 8.05pm Domestically, Arsenal have been crumbling, their woeful 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United resulting in Arsène Wenger admitting his team lack balance. Win the Europa League and this season won’t have been a disaster, however. First, they face a tough Atletico Madrid side in the semi-finals. Civilisations BBC Two, 9.00pm Simon Schama, the presenter for this final episode, begins with a heartfelt plea: “What can art do when horror comes calling?” What follows is an emotional hour that starts with the Holocaust and ends with monuments to migrants who drowned at sea. Harold Shipman: Doctor Death ITV, 9.00pm Harold Shipman was revealed as Britain’s most prolific serial killer following his arrest in 1998. Nicknamed “Doctor Death”, Shipman is said to have poisoned in excess of 250 of his patients, and was found guilty of 15 murders. This documentary speaks to key people involved in the case including former Greater Manchester Police detectives. True Horror Channel 4, 10.00pm This inventive “true life” horror series continues with The Ghost in the Wall, a haunted house story that starts out as a study of a relationship under stress before descending into a genuinely scary tale. SH Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.45pm The night’s second hitman-related offering sees Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader as Barry, a killer developing a conscience. That description doesn’t come close to capturing the tone of this dark comedy scripted by Hader and Silicon Valley’s Alex Berg, however. It’s a deeply eccentric but very entertaining mash-up of Community and Grosse Point Blank, held together by Hader’s gloriously laconic central performance. SH Limitless (2011) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 9.00pm Bradley Cooper stars in this thriller about a writer whose former brother-in-law slips him a pill that enables him to access 100 per cent of his brain. His book is finished in four days, so he goes back for more and this time nets himself a fortune on the stock market. Neil Burger directs at breakneck pace, but afterwards you wish that Cooper’s character had used that brainpower for something more interesting than making money. Moonraker (1979) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 9.00pm The 11th film in the Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the dapper MI6 agent, involves the theft of a space shuttle. It’s one of the weaker 007 films and at times seems more of a comedy than a tense action adventure, but it’s enjoyably frivolous. Michael Lonsdale plays resident baddy Hugo Drax who pinches the aforementioned space shuttle to help along his plan to wipe out the world’s population. Enemy of the State (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 9.00pm This slick, hi-tech film is considered a continuation of the Seventies spy-thriller The Conversation, which starred Gene Hackman. Here, Hackman plays a surveillance expert who helps Will Smith’s framed attorney escape the clutches of some corrupt government spooks led by Jon Voight. Directed by Tony Scott, it’s a riveting ride. The interplay between the leads is fun, too. Friday 27 April Face off: David Morrissey and Robert Firth Credit: BBC The City & the City BBC Two, 9.00pm The climax of this atmospheric adaptation of China Miéville’s sci-fi novel sees troubled Inspector Tyador Borlú (David Morrissey) go through hell while seeking answers to the mysteries dogging him: why was archaeologist Mahalia Geary (Andrea Deck) murdered and what happened to Borlú’s missing wife, Katrynia (Lara Pulver)? Borlú endures torture at the hands of Breach, the Stasi-style police, and gets fired in his quest. But, in true TV cop fashion, he forges on in a solo investigation, bruised and nearly broken. Ultimately, it’s a mundane trawl through CCTV footage that provides Borlú with some answers. This reminds us that despite the fantastical premise of two cities coexisting in the same space, this TV drama really just boils down to a routine murder-mystery. Having said that, a couple of nice twists towards the end explain whether Orciny, the fabled third city between Besźel and Ul Qoma, really exists. Along with impressive production design that creates a rich backdrop to the series, what makes The City & The City compelling is Morrissey’s performance; he’s able to convey the soft centre within the cop’s hard-boiled shell and is always worth watching. Vicki Power Bobby Kennedy for President Netflix, from today Marking half a century since Robert F Kennedy’s assassination, Dawn Porter’s four-part docuseries pays tribute to the former US Attorney General. Through previously unseen home footage and contributions from his confidantes, the documentary focuses on the younger Kennedy’s 83-day race for the White House in 1968. And Porter portrays him as a principled family man and dedicated public servant with a progressive political vision. It only highlights the tragedy of his early demise. Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm This episode sees Marcel Theroux brave the deadly smog that hangs over Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar, where the air pollution can reach more than 100 times the accepted limit. As a public health catastrophe unfolds, officials scrabble for a solution. Our Wildest Dreams Channel 4, 8.00pm This new docu-series follows Brits who’ve upped sticks to take a new path in life. The jaw-dropping opener sees Londoner Mari move to her husband’s homeland, the Ecuadorean rainforest, to join a community of just 26 people. With their young daughter, they must build a house and learn to farm. The Nineties Sky Arts, 9.00pm In terms of politics, the Nineties were seismic. The decade saw, among other things, Nelson Mandela freed from prison as apartheid ended in South Africa, the Soviet Union collapse and the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. This episode of the CNN documentary series relives those times, with contributions from Christiane Amanpour and Dan Rather. VP Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm This sitcom features the considerable talents of Emilia Fox and Johnny Vegas, but it offers precious few laughs. In the second episode, Neil (Vegas) tries to look macho next to his suave neighbour Robert (Adam James) on a hike, but his attempts prove disastrous. Episodes BBC Two, 10.00pm In keeping with this comedy’s subversive tone, mirth is mined from the death of Matt’s father (the episode is dedicated to the actor who played him, Alex Rocco, who died in 2015). In true Matt Le Blanc style, he brilliantly handles a foul-mouthed tussle over his father’s ashes between his mother and dad’s girlfriend. VP The Week Of (2018) Netflix, from today This is the fourth and final film in a four-film deal between Adam Sandler and Netflix, and sees a re-teaming of Sandler with his Saturday Night Live buddy Chris Rock. The film stars the pair as fathers who are polar opposites and have to endure a road trip together in a stuffy car in the week leading up to their children getting married. Frequent Sandler collaborator Steve Buscemi co-stars; Robert Smigel (Hotel Transylvania) directs. Knocked Up (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV2, 9.00pm 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, One for the Money – as a rule Katherine Heigl doesn’t make terribly good films. Luckily, this warm-hearted comedy by Judd Apatow is an exception. She stars as a journalist who finds her life plans in jeopardy when she becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with a likeable slacker, played by Seth Rogen (in the role that made him a bona fide star). In 2012, a spin-off sequel, This Is 40, was released. Tropic Thunder (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm; N Ireland, 12.20am This comedy/action romp charts the filming of a guerrilla-style Vietnam War movie that derails thanks to the egotistical actors, including Kirk Lazarus (a blacked-up Robert Downey Jnr). Even with its all-star cast (Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan, Ben Stiller and Jack Black among them), the standout performance is by Tom Cruise as megalomaniac film producer Les Grossman. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Something had to give. Eventually, it was Millwall. They lost their 17-match unbeaten run as Fulham extended their own to 22 and climbed back into second place. Early second-half goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Kevin McDonald helped lift Slavisa Jokanovic’s side two points above Cardiff City, who have two games in hand. “If I don’t find something more interesting, then maybe I will watch it,” said Jokanovic of Cardiff’s game against Nottingham Forest this evening. “I must be proud. We played brilliantly in the second 45 minutes. In this place, it’s not easy to play football.” Neil Harris described the achievement of competing at the top end of the division as “a miraculous achievement”, with promotion the talk of both south-east and south-west London before kick-off. “Tonight’s a great realisation for all of us,” said Harris. “I think the standing ovation from the fans at the end was respectful of our situation. It was a great ‘Millwall’ first 45 minutes. The atmosphere in the stadium … I’m really proud of the club. We’ve been beaten by a good side, no problem.” McDonald curled home a superb second to put Fulham firmly in control Credit: PA A balmy Friday night in London saw one team desperate to get out of the play-offs and the other desperate to stay in them. Millwall are still there, in sixth, but their position is precarious. Their next game is against Middlesbrough, who are above them on goal difference, having played a game less. All eyes will now be on today’s game between Derby and Boro. This was a clash of cultures on and off the pitch. Easy-on-the-eye Fulham leaving the comfort of their leafy Thameside surroundings to enter the raw intensity of SE1. A hostile atmosphere became more frenetic after only four minutes, when Jake Cooper thumped a header against the bar from Ben Marshall’s corner with the home side on the offensive. They thought they had scored when George Saville smashed into the roof of the net, but Jed Wallace was penalised for a foul in the build-up. The decision did not go down well. Harris had predicted Fulham would face “a cauldron of noise” and he was right. Sessegnon’s every touch was greeted with boos and referee Andre Marriner was scrutinised relentlessly by players from both teams. Millwall’s muscularity continued to pose problems. Marcus Bettinelli groped unconvincingly at Marshall’s cross and Wallace fired the loose ball at goal, but Tim Ream recovered to clear off the line. An enthralling half ended as Matt Targett shot from distance, this time clipping the top of the bar. Aleksandar Mitrovic wrapped the points up with a fine finish Credit: PA Millwall had edged the first half, but Fulham were ahead within a minute of the second. Jordan Archer made a flapped attempt to push Aleksandar Mitrovic’s low shot to safety, but Sessegnon used his pace to latch on to the rebound and force it home. He is the most prolific teenager in all four divisions; that was his 15th of the season. “Everything he touches in the box, many times it finishes in the net,” said Jokanovic. With Fulham in the ascendancy, McDonald’s swerving shot from 25 yards deceived Archer and crashed into the top corner. It was up to Mitrovic to put the gloss on a fine win for Fulham with an emphatic finish into the top corner. Match details Millwall (4-4-2): Archer; Romeo (O’Brien 89), Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith (Cahill 77); Wallace, Williams, Saville, Marshall (Elliott 65); Morison, Gregory. Subs: Onyedinma, Martin, Tunnicliffe (g), Shackell. Booked: Hutchinson, Wallace, Gregory. Fulham (4-3-3): Bettinelli; Fredericks (Christie 90), Odoi, Ream, Targett; Johansen, McDonald, Cairney; Piazon (Kalas 83), Mitrovic, Sessegnon. Subs: Kebano, Rui Fonte, Norwood, Button (g), Kamara. Booked: Ream. Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands).
Emphatic Fulham weather Millwall's early storm to find extra gear in automatic promotion hunt
Something had to give. Eventually, it was Millwall. They lost their 17-match unbeaten run as Fulham extended their own to 22 and climbed back into second place. Early second-half goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Kevin McDonald helped lift Slavisa Jokanovic’s side two points above Cardiff City, who have two games in hand. “If I don’t find something more interesting, then maybe I will watch it,” said Jokanovic of Cardiff’s game against Nottingham Forest this evening. “I must be proud. We played brilliantly in the second 45 minutes. In this place, it’s not easy to play football.” Neil Harris described the achievement of competing at the top end of the division as “a miraculous achievement”, with promotion the talk of both south-east and south-west London before kick-off. “Tonight’s a great realisation for all of us,” said Harris. “I think the standing ovation from the fans at the end was respectful of our situation. It was a great ‘Millwall’ first 45 minutes. The atmosphere in the stadium … I’m really proud of the club. We’ve been beaten by a good side, no problem.” McDonald curled home a superb second to put Fulham firmly in control Credit: PA A balmy Friday night in London saw one team desperate to get out of the play-offs and the other desperate to stay in them. Millwall are still there, in sixth, but their position is precarious. Their next game is against Middlesbrough, who are above them on goal difference, having played a game less. All eyes will now be on today’s game between Derby and Boro. This was a clash of cultures on and off the pitch. Easy-on-the-eye Fulham leaving the comfort of their leafy Thameside surroundings to enter the raw intensity of SE1. A hostile atmosphere became more frenetic after only four minutes, when Jake Cooper thumped a header against the bar from Ben Marshall’s corner with the home side on the offensive. They thought they had scored when George Saville smashed into the roof of the net, but Jed Wallace was penalised for a foul in the build-up. The decision did not go down well. Harris had predicted Fulham would face “a cauldron of noise” and he was right. Sessegnon’s every touch was greeted with boos and referee Andre Marriner was scrutinised relentlessly by players from both teams. Millwall’s muscularity continued to pose problems. Marcus Bettinelli groped unconvincingly at Marshall’s cross and Wallace fired the loose ball at goal, but Tim Ream recovered to clear off the line. An enthralling half ended as Matt Targett shot from distance, this time clipping the top of the bar. Aleksandar Mitrovic wrapped the points up with a fine finish Credit: PA Millwall had edged the first half, but Fulham were ahead within a minute of the second. Jordan Archer made a flapped attempt to push Aleksandar Mitrovic’s low shot to safety, but Sessegnon used his pace to latch on to the rebound and force it home. He is the most prolific teenager in all four divisions; that was his 15th of the season. “Everything he touches in the box, many times it finishes in the net,” said Jokanovic. With Fulham in the ascendancy, McDonald’s swerving shot from 25 yards deceived Archer and crashed into the top corner. It was up to Mitrovic to put the gloss on a fine win for Fulham with an emphatic finish into the top corner. Match details Millwall (4-4-2): Archer; Romeo (O’Brien 89), Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith (Cahill 77); Wallace, Williams, Saville, Marshall (Elliott 65); Morison, Gregory. Subs: Onyedinma, Martin, Tunnicliffe (g), Shackell. Booked: Hutchinson, Wallace, Gregory. Fulham (4-3-3): Bettinelli; Fredericks (Christie 90), Odoi, Ream, Targett; Johansen, McDonald, Cairney; Piazon (Kalas 83), Mitrovic, Sessegnon. Subs: Kebano, Rui Fonte, Norwood, Button (g), Kamara. Booked: Ream. Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands).
Something had to give. Eventually, it was Millwall. They lost their 17-match unbeaten run as Fulham extended their own to 22 and climbed back into second place. Early second-half goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Kevin McDonald helped lift Slavisa Jokanovic’s side two points above Cardiff City, who have two games in hand. “If I don’t find something more interesting, then maybe I will watch it,” said Jokanovic of Cardiff’s game against Nottingham Forest this evening. “I must be proud. We played brilliantly in the second 45 minutes. In this place, it’s not easy to play football.” Neil Harris described the achievement of competing at the top end of the division as “a miraculous achievement”, with promotion the talk of both south-east and south-west London before kick-off. “Tonight’s a great realisation for all of us,” said Harris. “I think the standing ovation from the fans at the end was respectful of our situation. It was a great ‘Millwall’ first 45 minutes. The atmosphere in the stadium … I’m really proud of the club. We’ve been beaten by a good side, no problem.” McDonald curled home a superb second to put Fulham firmly in control Credit: PA A balmy Friday night in London saw one team desperate to get out of the play-offs and the other desperate to stay in them. Millwall are still there, in sixth, but their position is precarious. Their next game is against Middlesbrough, who are above them on goal difference, having played a game less. All eyes will now be on today’s game between Derby and Boro. This was a clash of cultures on and off the pitch. Easy-on-the-eye Fulham leaving the comfort of their leafy Thameside surroundings to enter the raw intensity of SE1. A hostile atmosphere became more frenetic after only four minutes, when Jake Cooper thumped a header against the bar from Ben Marshall’s corner with the home side on the offensive. They thought they had scored when George Saville smashed into the roof of the net, but Jed Wallace was penalised for a foul in the build-up. The decision did not go down well. Harris had predicted Fulham would face “a cauldron of noise” and he was right. Sessegnon’s every touch was greeted with boos and referee Andre Marriner was scrutinised relentlessly by players from both teams. Millwall’s muscularity continued to pose problems. Marcus Bettinelli groped unconvincingly at Marshall’s cross and Wallace fired the loose ball at goal, but Tim Ream recovered to clear off the line. An enthralling half ended as Matt Targett shot from distance, this time clipping the top of the bar. Aleksandar Mitrovic wrapped the points up with a fine finish Credit: PA Millwall had edged the first half, but Fulham were ahead within a minute of the second. Jordan Archer made a flapped attempt to push Aleksandar Mitrovic’s low shot to safety, but Sessegnon used his pace to latch on to the rebound and force it home. He is the most prolific teenager in all four divisions; that was his 15th of the season. “Everything he touches in the box, many times it finishes in the net,” said Jokanovic. With Fulham in the ascendancy, McDonald’s swerving shot from 25 yards deceived Archer and crashed into the top corner. It was up to Mitrovic to put the gloss on a fine win for Fulham with an emphatic finish into the top corner. Match details Millwall (4-4-2): Archer; Romeo (O’Brien 89), Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith (Cahill 77); Wallace, Williams, Saville, Marshall (Elliott 65); Morison, Gregory. Subs: Onyedinma, Martin, Tunnicliffe (g), Shackell. Booked: Hutchinson, Wallace, Gregory. Fulham (4-3-3): Bettinelli; Fredericks (Christie 90), Odoi, Ream, Targett; Johansen, McDonald, Cairney; Piazon (Kalas 83), Mitrovic, Sessegnon. Subs: Kebano, Rui Fonte, Norwood, Button (g), Kamara. Booked: Ream. Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands).
Emphatic Fulham weather Millwall's early storm to find extra gear in automatic promotion hunt
Something had to give. Eventually, it was Millwall. They lost their 17-match unbeaten run as Fulham extended their own to 22 and climbed back into second place. Early second-half goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Kevin McDonald helped lift Slavisa Jokanovic’s side two points above Cardiff City, who have two games in hand. “If I don’t find something more interesting, then maybe I will watch it,” said Jokanovic of Cardiff’s game against Nottingham Forest this evening. “I must be proud. We played brilliantly in the second 45 minutes. In this place, it’s not easy to play football.” Neil Harris described the achievement of competing at the top end of the division as “a miraculous achievement”, with promotion the talk of both south-east and south-west London before kick-off. “Tonight’s a great realisation for all of us,” said Harris. “I think the standing ovation from the fans at the end was respectful of our situation. It was a great ‘Millwall’ first 45 minutes. The atmosphere in the stadium … I’m really proud of the club. We’ve been beaten by a good side, no problem.” McDonald curled home a superb second to put Fulham firmly in control Credit: PA A balmy Friday night in London saw one team desperate to get out of the play-offs and the other desperate to stay in them. Millwall are still there, in sixth, but their position is precarious. Their next game is against Middlesbrough, who are above them on goal difference, having played a game less. All eyes will now be on today’s game between Derby and Boro. This was a clash of cultures on and off the pitch. Easy-on-the-eye Fulham leaving the comfort of their leafy Thameside surroundings to enter the raw intensity of SE1. A hostile atmosphere became more frenetic after only four minutes, when Jake Cooper thumped a header against the bar from Ben Marshall’s corner with the home side on the offensive. They thought they had scored when George Saville smashed into the roof of the net, but Jed Wallace was penalised for a foul in the build-up. The decision did not go down well. Harris had predicted Fulham would face “a cauldron of noise” and he was right. Sessegnon’s every touch was greeted with boos and referee Andre Marriner was scrutinised relentlessly by players from both teams. Millwall’s muscularity continued to pose problems. Marcus Bettinelli groped unconvincingly at Marshall’s cross and Wallace fired the loose ball at goal, but Tim Ream recovered to clear off the line. An enthralling half ended as Matt Targett shot from distance, this time clipping the top of the bar. Aleksandar Mitrovic wrapped the points up with a fine finish Credit: PA Millwall had edged the first half, but Fulham were ahead within a minute of the second. Jordan Archer made a flapped attempt to push Aleksandar Mitrovic’s low shot to safety, but Sessegnon used his pace to latch on to the rebound and force it home. He is the most prolific teenager in all four divisions; that was his 15th of the season. “Everything he touches in the box, many times it finishes in the net,” said Jokanovic. With Fulham in the ascendancy, McDonald’s swerving shot from 25 yards deceived Archer and crashed into the top corner. It was up to Mitrovic to put the gloss on a fine win for Fulham with an emphatic finish into the top corner. Match details Millwall (4-4-2): Archer; Romeo (O’Brien 89), Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith (Cahill 77); Wallace, Williams, Saville, Marshall (Elliott 65); Morison, Gregory. Subs: Onyedinma, Martin, Tunnicliffe (g), Shackell. Booked: Hutchinson, Wallace, Gregory. Fulham (4-3-3): Bettinelli; Fredericks (Christie 90), Odoi, Ream, Targett; Johansen, McDonald, Cairney; Piazon (Kalas 83), Mitrovic, Sessegnon. Subs: Kebano, Rui Fonte, Norwood, Button (g), Kamara. Booked: Ream. Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands).
Something had to give. Eventually, it was Millwall. They lost their 17-match unbeaten run as Fulham extended their own to 22 and climbed back into second place. Early second-half goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Kevin McDonald helped lift Slavisa Jokanovic’s side two points above Cardiff City, who have two games in hand. “If I don’t find something more interesting, then maybe I will watch it,” said Jokanovic of Cardiff’s game against Nottingham Forest this evening. “I must be proud. We played brilliantly in the second 45 minutes. In this place, it’s not easy to play football.” Neil Harris described the achievement of competing at the top end of the division as “a miraculous achievement”, with promotion the talk of both south-east and south-west London before kick-off. “Tonight’s a great realisation for all of us,” said Harris. “I think the standing ovation from the fans at the end was respectful of our situation. It was a great ‘Millwall’ first 45 minutes. The atmosphere in the stadium … I’m really proud of the club. We’ve been beaten by a good side, no problem.” McDonald curled home a superb second to put Fulham firmly in control Credit: PA A balmy Friday night in London saw one team desperate to get out of the play-offs and the other desperate to stay in them. Millwall are still there, in sixth, but their position is precarious. Their next game is against Middlesbrough, who are above them on goal difference, having played a game less. All eyes will now be on today’s game between Derby and Boro. This was a clash of cultures on and off the pitch. Easy-on-the-eye Fulham leaving the comfort of their leafy Thameside surroundings to enter the raw intensity of SE1. A hostile atmosphere became more frenetic after only four minutes, when Jake Cooper thumped a header against the bar from Ben Marshall’s corner with the home side on the offensive. They thought they had scored when George Saville smashed into the roof of the net, but Jed Wallace was penalised for a foul in the build-up. The decision did not go down well. Harris had predicted Fulham would face “a cauldron of noise” and he was right. Sessegnon’s every touch was greeted with boos and referee Andre Marriner was scrutinised relentlessly by players from both teams. Millwall’s muscularity continued to pose problems. Marcus Bettinelli groped unconvincingly at Marshall’s cross and Wallace fired the loose ball at goal, but Tim Ream recovered to clear off the line. An enthralling half ended as Matt Targett shot from distance, this time clipping the top of the bar. Aleksandar Mitrovic wrapped the points up with a fine finish Credit: PA Millwall had edged the first half, but Fulham were ahead within a minute of the second. Jordan Archer made a flapped attempt to push Aleksandar Mitrovic’s low shot to safety, but Sessegnon used his pace to latch on to the rebound and force it home. He is the most prolific teenager in all four divisions; that was his 15th of the season. “Everything he touches in the box, many times it finishes in the net,” said Jokanovic. With Fulham in the ascendancy, McDonald’s swerving shot from 25 yards deceived Archer and crashed into the top corner. It was up to Mitrovic to put the gloss on a fine win for Fulham with an emphatic finish into the top corner. Match details Millwall (4-4-2): Archer; Romeo (O’Brien 89), Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith (Cahill 77); Wallace, Williams, Saville, Marshall (Elliott 65); Morison, Gregory. Subs: Onyedinma, Martin, Tunnicliffe (g), Shackell. Booked: Hutchinson, Wallace, Gregory. Fulham (4-3-3): Bettinelli; Fredericks (Christie 90), Odoi, Ream, Targett; Johansen, McDonald, Cairney; Piazon (Kalas 83), Mitrovic, Sessegnon. Subs: Kebano, Rui Fonte, Norwood, Button (g), Kamara. Booked: Ream. Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands).
Emphatic Fulham weather Millwall's early storm to find extra gear in automatic promotion hunt
Something had to give. Eventually, it was Millwall. They lost their 17-match unbeaten run as Fulham extended their own to 22 and climbed back into second place. Early second-half goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Kevin McDonald helped lift Slavisa Jokanovic’s side two points above Cardiff City, who have two games in hand. “If I don’t find something more interesting, then maybe I will watch it,” said Jokanovic of Cardiff’s game against Nottingham Forest this evening. “I must be proud. We played brilliantly in the second 45 minutes. In this place, it’s not easy to play football.” Neil Harris described the achievement of competing at the top end of the division as “a miraculous achievement”, with promotion the talk of both south-east and south-west London before kick-off. “Tonight’s a great realisation for all of us,” said Harris. “I think the standing ovation from the fans at the end was respectful of our situation. It was a great ‘Millwall’ first 45 minutes. The atmosphere in the stadium … I’m really proud of the club. We’ve been beaten by a good side, no problem.” McDonald curled home a superb second to put Fulham firmly in control Credit: PA A balmy Friday night in London saw one team desperate to get out of the play-offs and the other desperate to stay in them. Millwall are still there, in sixth, but their position is precarious. Their next game is against Middlesbrough, who are above them on goal difference, having played a game less. All eyes will now be on today’s game between Derby and Boro. This was a clash of cultures on and off the pitch. Easy-on-the-eye Fulham leaving the comfort of their leafy Thameside surroundings to enter the raw intensity of SE1. A hostile atmosphere became more frenetic after only four minutes, when Jake Cooper thumped a header against the bar from Ben Marshall’s corner with the home side on the offensive. They thought they had scored when George Saville smashed into the roof of the net, but Jed Wallace was penalised for a foul in the build-up. The decision did not go down well. Harris had predicted Fulham would face “a cauldron of noise” and he was right. Sessegnon’s every touch was greeted with boos and referee Andre Marriner was scrutinised relentlessly by players from both teams. Millwall’s muscularity continued to pose problems. Marcus Bettinelli groped unconvincingly at Marshall’s cross and Wallace fired the loose ball at goal, but Tim Ream recovered to clear off the line. An enthralling half ended as Matt Targett shot from distance, this time clipping the top of the bar. Aleksandar Mitrovic wrapped the points up with a fine finish Credit: PA Millwall had edged the first half, but Fulham were ahead within a minute of the second. Jordan Archer made a flapped attempt to push Aleksandar Mitrovic’s low shot to safety, but Sessegnon used his pace to latch on to the rebound and force it home. He is the most prolific teenager in all four divisions; that was his 15th of the season. “Everything he touches in the box, many times it finishes in the net,” said Jokanovic. With Fulham in the ascendancy, McDonald’s swerving shot from 25 yards deceived Archer and crashed into the top corner. It was up to Mitrovic to put the gloss on a fine win for Fulham with an emphatic finish into the top corner. Match details Millwall (4-4-2): Archer; Romeo (O’Brien 89), Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith (Cahill 77); Wallace, Williams, Saville, Marshall (Elliott 65); Morison, Gregory. Subs: Onyedinma, Martin, Tunnicliffe (g), Shackell. Booked: Hutchinson, Wallace, Gregory. Fulham (4-3-3): Bettinelli; Fredericks (Christie 90), Odoi, Ream, Targett; Johansen, McDonald, Cairney; Piazon (Kalas 83), Mitrovic, Sessegnon. Subs: Kebano, Rui Fonte, Norwood, Button (g), Kamara. Booked: Ream. Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands).
Friday 20 Home From Home BBC One, 9.30pm A considerable advance on the tentative pilot that aired back in 2016 alongside the rather more confident and vituperative Motherland, this full series for Coronation Street graduates Simon Crowther and Chris Fewtrell’s sitcom has grown sharper, more polished and, crucially, funnier in the interim. It rejoins Stoke-dwelling grafters Neil and Fiona Hackett (Johnny Vegas and Niky Wardley, the latter replacing Joanna Page) and their teenage sons as they return to their tumbledown Lake District holiday lodge for the summer; just across the way, nouveau riche on-site neighbours Robert and Penny Dillon (Adam James, jovial but emasculated, and resentful would-be bohemian Emilia Fox) are back as well. Throw in an oddball site manager (Pearce Quigley) threatening to erect a Wi-Fi mast outside the Hacketts’ lodge, a conspiracy theorist (Susan Calman) warning darkly about clones of Kevin Costner, and a slow build of paranoia, frustration and inadequacy for Vegas to savour and you have a thoroughly inoffensive half-hour of well-structured, smartly cast farce. It doesn’t reinvent the sitcom but it’s an enjoyable riff on familiar themes. GT Pass Over Amazon Prime, from today Spike Lee films Antoinette Nwandu’s thrilling reimagining of Waiting for Godot as an as-live play complete with audience responses, in which young black men Moses (Jon Michael Hill) and Kitch (Julian Parker) pass the time dreaming of the Promised Land. GT Mercury 13 Netflix, from today Hot on the heels of Hidden Figures, the film which championed the black women whose facility for maths helped power the US space programme, comes this disturbing, fascinating documentary. It follows the fates of the 13 women who passed the stringent tests for space flight by Nasa in 1961 yet were kept off the shuttles because of their gender. GT BBC Young Musician 2018 BBC Four, 7.30pm The contest continues as instrumentalists in the woodwind category compete to reach the final, where composer, Kerry Andrew is on the judging panel. GT Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm A bleak but inspiring new series of the current-affairs warhorse begins with a story of hope amid horror. Reporter Seyi Rhodes and director Sasha Achilli ride along with a volunteer ambulance service in the warn-torn Somali capital, Mogadishu, running the gauntlet of bombs, shootings and militants to aid the sick and the dying. GT The Button BBC One, 8.30pm Five families are set a variety of daft challenges set by a talking button positioned in their homes. There’s big money at stake for the winners in this zany-sounding new game show from the creators of Taskmaster. GT Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain Channel 5, 9.00pm Taking a break from riding the rails, Michael Portillo visits four key locations in the footnotes of British history. He begins at the Royal London Hospital, home both to “The Elephant Man” Joseph Merrick for the last three years of his life, and to a series of significant medical breakthroughs. GT Rivers of Blood: 50 Years On Channel 5, 10.00pm By turns stirring and distressing, this excellent film documents shifting attitudes towards immigration in the five decades since Enoch Powell’s notorious speech, hearing from those whose lives it directly affected. GT Buena Vista Social Club (1999) ★★★★☆ BBC Four, 9.00pm Ry Cooder’s rediscovery of ageing Cuban musicians and the resulting concert at Carnegie Hall, became a global phenomenon on its release. Wim Wenders’ cinematography is gorgeous, especially when he’s filming in Cuba, and the roguish octogenarians are hugely likeable, but the relentless presence of Cooder and his son proves contentious in the long run. Still essential viewing, however. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) Film4, 11.40pm This film is bonkers… in a good way, and no other star can be relied upon to go crazy as prolifically as Nicolas Cage, whose career is a pinball machine. Werner Herzog’s certifiable noir drama is a sort of free-form documentary on Louisiana reptile life, so we have Cage as a drug-snorting, epically corrupt homicide cop functioning as a virtual pimp to his kept girlfriend, played by Eva Mendes. Sliding Doors (1998) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Gwyneth Paltrow stars in this guilty-pleasure romcom about how a fleeting moment can change your path in life – in this instance it’s whether Helen (Paltrow) catches her train on time. At that moment, the film splits into parallel storylines: a) she makes it home to find her boyfriend Gerry (John Lynch) cheating on her with another woman, or b) she doesn’t, and her humdrum life, plagued with suspicion, continues. Saturday 21 April How to swing it: Tom Jones performs at the birthday event Credit: Paul Glover The Queen’s Birthday Party BBC One, 8.00pm “Hasn’t she suffered enough?” mused some wags when the line-up for the Queen’s 92nd birthday concert was announced. Certainly, the prospect of Her Majesty wanting to see Sting and Shaggy performing together seems remote, but the Queen’s celebratory concerts have always had a surreal tinge to them. Who can forget Ricky Martin banging out The Cup of Life at 2002’s Golden Jubilee Party at the Palace, or Cliff Richard duetting with S Club 7 on Move It at the same event? Ten years later, the Diamond Jubilee concert was distinguished by the magnificent Grace Jones gyrating to Slave to the Rhythm shortly before Rolf Harris introduced Stevie Wonder on stage. This year, the gig will come live from the Royal Albert Hall, with a similarly random approach to performers. This time will include the acappella magic of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a newly countrified Kylie Minogue, and Craig David, hopefully treating Elizabeth II to a rundown of how he spends his week. Holding the concept together will be Tom Jones, a veteran of the previous two shindigs and thus, one presumes, a firm favourite of the Windsors. Ma’am didn’t tell him not to come, after all. Gabriel Tate Snooker: The World Championship BBC One, 1.45pm The Crucible in Sheffield is the setting as Kyren Wilson and Ronnie O’Sullivan begin their campaigns against two qualifiers on the opening day of the World Championship, which was won by Mark Selby last year. FA Cup Football: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur BBC One, 4.55pm Paul Pogba, Alexis Sánchez, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are all under threat of being dropped for this FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham after Jose Mourinho promised to wield the axe in the wake of Manchester United’s abject showing against West Bromwich Albion. Having lost 1-0, which handed the title to rivals Manchester City with five games to spare, United will be under pressure to overcome Spurs, whom they lost 2-0 to in January. United ended a 12-year drought to lift this trophy in 2016, when they overcame Crystal Palace 2-1. Spurs have been waiting even longer, having last won the famous competition back in 1991 with victory over Nottingham Forest by the same scoreline. The Forest BBC Two, 8.00pm This second visit to Galloway Forest in south-west Scotland is narrated by Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty; Apple Tree Yard; Shetland). In this episode, the cause of a rat infestation is discovered, an engineering team is called out to repair a giant logging machine, and a campsite owner readies his holidaymakers for a comedy night. Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm Further hopefuls to try to impress Simon Cowell and his fellow judges as they continue their search for undiscovered British eccentrics. Britain’s Most Historic Towns: Winchester Channel 4, 8.00pm The ever-game Alice Roberts storms a castle and chows down on an eel pie in her efforts to demonstrate why Winchester is Britain’s most Norman city. This is great, instructive fun. Imagine: Habaneros: You Say You Want a Revolution? Part one BBC Two, 9.00pm Almost 60 years after Fidel Castro began his revolution in Cuba, his younger brother Raúl steps down from the country’s presidency after a decade in power. In this arrestingly assembled, picaresque portrait of Havana, Julien Temple meets its citizens – the Habaneros – who share their experience of life in this extraordinary city. It concludes tomorrow on BBC Four at 9pm. GT Salamander: Blood Diamonds BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.45pm After disturbing intruders at Jacky Lanciers’ apartment, Paul Gerardi (Filip Peeters) starts to follow the money trail as this occasionally baffling Belgian thriller continues – but has he left himself compromised? Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One More Time with Feeling Sky Arts, 9.00pm Nick Cave’s 16th studio album, The Skeleton Tree, was half-finished when Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur fell from a cliff and died. He invited Andrew Dominik, a regular collaborator since Cave soundtracked the director’s movie, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, to film the final production process as a way to avoid having to address his son’s death with the media. The result is a small miracle of insight and restraint. It’s harrowing, certainly, but it’s also deeply respectful in its depiction of raw grief, profound trauma and unfathomable loss. GT Bend of the River (1952) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 1.50pm This is one of five excellent collaborations between director Anthony Mann and actor James Stewart. Here, Stewart stars as Glyn McLyntock, a former outlaw working as a trail guide for farmers. Gold is discovered nearby and a town boss confiscates homesteaders’ supplies, leaving McLyntock risking his life to try to win them back. Glorious scenery and thrilling action make this compelling western still very watchable. Testament of Youth (2014) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 10.05pm Alicia Vikander gives a thrillingly astute portrait of Vera Brittain, the Oxford undergraduate whose ideals are beaten into shape – bitterly forged, you might say – by the heartbreak and gruelling trauma of the First World War. James Kent gives the film a restrained cinematic polish that feels wholly appropriate to its subject: it’s soberly moving. The Recruit (2003) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Being headhunted by the CIA in this thriller basically means being shouted at by Al Pacino, who began his unfortunate streak of uninspiring performances at about this point. Nevertheless, it’s still a privilege to watch him at work. Colin Farrell is also below his best as the rookie getting his marching orders – Roger Donaldson’s movie is a standard-issue spy game with all the layered complexity of Ludo. Sunday 22 April Double trouble: Olivia Vinall as twin Laura Fairlie Credit: BBC The Woman in White BBC One, 9.00pm The BBC has previously had three goes at adapting Wilkie Collins’s classic mystery tale: in 1966 (with Alethea Charlton and Nicholas Pennell), 1982 (Diana Quick, Daniel Gerroll) and 1997 (Tara Fitzgerald, Andrew Lincoln). So it’s no surprise to see it rearing its head again in a new five-part version by Fiona Seres, underlining the theme of women’s inequality before the law in Victorian times. Former EastEnders actor Ben Hardy is terrific as artist William Hartright, drawn into a murderous plot to steal an heiress’s fortune when he’s invited by a reclusive art collector (Charles Dance) to teach his nieces to paint. As ever, Jessie Buckley makes an instant impact as the spirited Marian Halcombe, while Olivia Vinall takes on the twin roles of Laura Fairlie and troubled Anne Catherick. This opening episode is set up as an extended tease – from the outset we know something terrible has happened and the action is interrupted regularly to remind us that a detective (Art Malik) will investigate soon. But only at the end do we meet the villain of the piece, Sir Percival Glide (Dougray Scott), and get a hint of the dastardly scheme that’s afoot. Gerard O’Donovan Luis Miguel Netflix, from today He’s the most successful male Latin American recording artist ever, having sold well in excess of 100 million records. But even though superstar singer Luis Miguel has lived a life rich enough to more than fill this three-part dramatised biography (with Diego Boneta in the lead), don’t expect too much in the way of shocking true-life revelations as it is very much the official, authorised version of an already carefully curated life story. Athletics: London Marathon BBC One, 8.30am As the heatwave continues, tens of thousands of runners will be pounding the streets of London for the 38th staging of the annual event. The men’s race will be the first for Mo Farah since the four-time Olympic gold medallist switched his focus from track events to the road. The 35-year-old will face competition from runners such as Eliud Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion, and Daniel Wanjiru, the winner of last year’s London Marathon. Mary Keitany will start as favourite in the women’s race, looking to equal Ingrid Kristiansen as the joint-most successful female athlete in the event’s history. Revolution Sky One, 6.30pm The thrills, skills and spectacular spills continue as Sky’s entertainingly original new show (incredible that neither the BBC nor ITV spotted the potential of this format) rolls on as the fourth heat sees more BMX-ers, bladers and skateboarders battle it out for a place in the final. “Gang warfare on wheels” is how hyperbolic co-host Steve-O describes it, though the family-friendly atmosphere is a lot cheerier than that. GO Little Big Shots ITV, 7.00pm Dawn French returns with the show that allows children to take a first step on the slippery slope to TV talent show fame, testing out their star power on the TV viewing public. Tonight, a four-year-old from Slough whose mini-guardsman routine went viral online, and a seven-year-old drummer from London. Britain’s Biggest Warship BBC Two, 8.00pm In the second episode, the Navy’s cutting edge new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth embarks on sea trials, stress-testing every part of the ship and allowing landings on deck for the first time. And it’s not only kit that’s tested – the crew have challenging times ahead, too. The Durrells ITV, 8.00pm The most charming family on TV’s Corfu sojourn continues as, despite all Louisa’s (Keeley Hawes) preparations, Gerry’s (Milo Parker) 13th birthday party descends into chaos – and Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis) is behaving very oddly. The Good Karma Hospital ITV, 9.00pm Mixed emotions abound in the closing episode of an eventful second series as Ruby (Amrita Acharia) has a heart-to-heart with Gabriel (James Krishna Floyd), and Lydia (Amanda Redman) faces a dilemma when a former mentor (Sue Johnston) seeks help. GO Dances with Wolves (1990) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 2.15pm After his heroic exploits in the American Civil War, Union army lieutenant John Dunbar (played by Kevin Costner, who also directed and produced) chooses a solitary posting on the Western frontier, where he encounters – and is finally embraced by – the local Sioux tribe. This sort of thing rarely happened in reality, but the epic sweep of the tale and magnificent locations are irresistible. Trainwreck (2015) ★★★★☆ 5STAR, 9.00pm The stand-up comedian – and first-time screenwriter – Amy Schumer nails her performance as a shambolic loser-in-love in Judd Apatow’s overstuffed sex comedy. Like Kristen Wiig (who produces) and Maya Rudolph in Bridesmaids, Schumer and Brie Larson, who plays her settled-down sister, duet their way through some bitter dramatic tributaries. Tilda Swinton co-stars as Amy’s hair-flicking boss. Easy A (2010) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 11.10pm Emma Stone dominates this high-school romcom, a mildly raunched-up version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1840 novel The Scarlet Letter. It takes the form of a live webcast confessional, in which Olive (Stone) explains how she risked her reputation to help the unpopular kids improve theirs. It’s smart and surprising, and the pencil-sharp character assassinations are irresistible. Monday 23 April Easy-going: the Duchess of Cornwall on her 70th birthday Credit: ITV The Real Camilla: HRH the Duchess of Cornwall ITV, 9.00pm A combination of reverence and access or lack thereof tends to ensure that royal documentaries rarely give viewers the warts-and-all depiction they might require. That’s certainly the case with this pleasant if undemanding ITV take on the life of the Duchess of Cornwall. The usual mixture of friends, family and royal correspondents give their opinion on the “real Camilla” – her nephew Ben Elliott comes closest to lifting the veil when he talks about what to get her for Christmas – and there’s a whistle-stop tour of the whole Charles/ Camilla/ Diana story, albeit one that glosses over the over the crucial decade when the Prince of Wales’s marriage fell apart. Ultimately, what saves it all from sycophancy is Camilla herself, who comes across as hard-working, easy-going and, above all, game. “She was fun, she made people laugh,” says a contributor early on and watching the Duchess chatting to various guests, young and old, you can believe it. The night’s best tribute, however, comes, fittingly, from the man most qualified to judge: “She’s the best listener in the world,” notes Prince Charles, his delivery heartfelt. Sarah Hughes Rip Off Britain: Food BBC One, 9.15am The popular daytime consumer series returns with a focus on food as presenters Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville look at the ins and outs of going out for a meal and consider public complaints. Tennis: The Barcelona Open Sky Sports Main Event, 10.00am It’s the opening day in the clay-court tournament at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, where Rafael Nadal triumphed last year for the 10th time. Holidays Unpacked Channel 4, 8.00pm Lucy Hedges and Morland Sanders are our guides in this new series, which aims to take us to the world’s “up-and-coming destinations”. In practice, this means that Hedges heads to Israel to float in the Dead Sea while Sanders goes zip-lining in Costa Rica. Genius: Picasso National Geographic, 8.00pm Antonio Banderas plays Spain’s most famous painter in this sumptuous take on the life of Pablo Picasso. As with last year’s Einstein, the action in the first episode flashes between two key periods in Picasso’s life: the moment as a boy when he realised he had to become an artist and 1937 when he receives the commission that will ultimately become Guernica. Travel Man: 48 Hours on the Cote d’Azur Channel 4, 8.30pm Comedian Shazia Mirza is Richard Ayoade’s guest on a whistle-stop tour from Nice to Monaco. There’s a nice relaxed vibe between the two of them as they bond over their love of Roger Moore (sorry), although Mirza tests Ayoade’s patience with her misuse of the word “literally”. Secret Agent Selection: WW2 BBC Two, 9.00pm It’s concealment and camouflage week on the reality TV series, as our would-be secret agents are sent to the Scottish Highlands. It’s arguably the toughest training yet as the gang find themselves scrambling over rocks and wading through freezing lakes – will everyone make it through? SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm & 10.20pm Television’s coldest show returns with creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy having dialled back the tricksiness so that most of the time jumps and puzzles feel organic to the plot, although the overall effect is still pretty soulless. Understandably, last season’s revelations have led to chaos as Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) seeks vengeance on her former masters. Thandie Newton’s Maeve and Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard provide the rare moments of genuine emotion. SH Exodus (1960) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.55am Otto Preminger’s big-budget adaptation of Leon Uris’s bestseller about the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948 is an accomplished piece of film-making. A Jewish paramilitary smuggles more than 600 detained Holocaust survivors onto a cargo vessel and makes an illegal crossing to Palestine. Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint star with a script by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. The Sum of All Fears (2002) ★★☆☆☆ Sky One, 9.00pm After Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck is the third actor to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan, hero of Tom Clancy’s bestsellers. He teams up with Morgan Freeman and Liev Schreiber to find a missing nuclear bomb before it can be detonated on American soil in this efficient action thriller, which is lifted out of the humdrum by a sensational climax. Middle Men (2009) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 11.35pm Goodfellas meets Boogie Nights in this account of a straight-arrow Texas businessman who in the Nineties helps set up the first paid internet porn site. George Gallo, who co-wrote and directed, is no Scorsese, and Luke Wilson, narrating, is no De Niro, but it’s an entertaining albeit sleazy ride, and Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht are a hoot as the two losers who stumble across the internet’s first big moneymaking scheme. Tuesday 24 April Legal eagle: Nicola Walker as divorce lawyer Hannah Credit: BBC The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s latest television drama is perhaps her most mainstream yet after the psychological trauma of River and period precision of The Hour, but that doesn’t mean that it’s superficial. The set up is the stuff of classic family melodrama: London divorce lawyer Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker) clashes with her mother (Deborah Findlay) when she leaves the family firm for a bigger, flashier rival – and the pair end up on opposite sides in a high-profile case between a sportswear mogul (Stephen Tompkinson) and his wife (Meera Syal). Complicating matters further, Hannah’s estranged father (Anthony Head) returns after 30 years, leaving Hannah and her two sisters (Annabel Scholey and Fiona Button), one a singleton, the other engaged, in turmoil. There’s an unselfconscious gloss not often seen on British TV, and the set-ups are ripe for the sort of narrative twists in which Morgan excels, all peppered with her familiarly pointed dialogue. Walker and Stephen Mangan are particularly convincing as a couple still in love but also in denial about the cracks appearing in their marriage. There’s nothing guilty about this pleasure. Gabriel Tate Champions League Football: Liverpool v Roma BT Sport 2, 7.45pm Having brushed aside Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate, with Roberto Firmino scoring the final goal, Liverpool take on Roma in what should be a pulsating semi-final first leg at Anfield. They’ll be hoping for a similar outcome to the last time these sides met: goals from Jari Litmanen and Emile Heskey gave Liverpool a 2-0 win. The Terror AMC, 9.00pm Turning Dan Simmons’s slightly pulpy source material into the stuff of gripping drama, this new series is part-psychological thriller, part-adventure yarn and part-monster movie, as it follows two Royal Navy ships in the 1840s on a journey to discover the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. Conditions worsen, resources dwindle and strange creatures lurk on the fringes of the expedition as the crews begin to turn on each other. A top-notch cast, led by Ciarán Hinds, Jared Harris and Tobias Menzies, keeps the tension high and the humanity front and centre among some difficult characters. Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers Channel 4, 9.00pm This grotesque film follows presenter Rick Edwards and technician Carla Valentine as they pull apart one of those enormous lumps of congealed fat and assorted unpleasantness, uncovering a grim truths about modern life. Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Gus Casely-Hayford brings Jeremy Paxman to the Cairngorms, inspiration for Edwin Landseer, who sculpted the four lions of Nelson’s Column but never fulfilled his promise after a breakdown set the pattern of mental-health issues that would dog him for life. GT Cunk on Britain BBC Two, 10.00pm; N Ireland, 11.15pm Can Diane Morgan and her dunderheaded alter-ego wring laughs from the first half of the 20th century? Of course she can, when her real targets are the many po-faced documentaries on the same that preceded her. Rent for Sex & Botox Bust: Ellie Undercover BBC One, 10.45pm & 11.15pm; Scotland, 11.45pm & 12.15am Investigative journalist Ellie Flynn goes undercover to explore the alarming phenomena of landlords offering rooms in exchange for rent, and professional misuse of Botox. This was first shown on BBC Three. Flight HS13 Channel 4, 11.00pm An absorbing Dutch thriller in which a woman (Katja Schuurman) goes in search of her husband (Daniel Boissevain) after he fails to board a plane which subsequently crashes. The full series will be available on Walter Presents at 11.55pm. GT Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 5.15pm Terence Fisher teamed up with Hammer Films for this child-friendly spin-off from The Adventures of Robin Hood TV series, with Richard Greene, who reprises his role here. Peter Cushing stars as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham who is out to murder the Archbishop of Canterbury. It’s a cheap and cheerful affair that remains true to the spirit of the original. Sons of the Desert (1934, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures, 6.40pm This Laurel and Hardy comedy is a joyous romp. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy scheme to outwit their wives and secretly attend a fraternal lodge meeting in Chicago. Based on a story by Frank Craven, an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for originating the role of the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, it holds together well and is full of sparkling jokes. American Gangster (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.30pm Denzel Washington is imperious as the Seventies Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas in Ridley Scott’s cocksure crime thriller. Charting Lucas’s domination of the heroin market during the Vietnam War and his investigation by honest New Jersey cop Richie Roberts (a casually excellent Russell Crowe), the film features an enthralling final face-off. Cuba Gooding Jnr provides ample support. Wednesday 25 April Sugaring the pill? Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Credit: BBC Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm The UK has the worst eating habits in Europe, says veteran food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and the fallout is crippling the NHS. In the Fifties, just two per cent of the population was overweight, compared to the 20 per cent of us tipping the obesity scales currently. What we have to do, says Fearnley-Whittingstall, is not just diet and exercise, but fight back against the tide of high-calorie processed food being pushed at us from every direction. He begins this engrossing series by inviting children to do a supermarket shop without their parents. The results are striking, demonstrating the influence of advertising and how poor eating choices take root from an early age. There are many other striking moments in a show bursting with information, revelation and naming and shaming. He shows how the changing face of our high streets has limited food choices, and his campaign to get 10,000 people in Newcastle to shed a communal 100,000 lbs is inspired. But his drive to get WH Smith to stop, as he says, “pushing” chocolate from its tills will perhaps be what resonates most with viewers. Gerard O’Donovan MisFITs Like Us BBC Three, from today Another thoughtful documentary series, focusing on the isolation and loneliness that can come with illness or difference. In each of three episodes, young people suffering from vitiligo, scarring from burns and, in this opener, Tourette’s Syndrome spend time with a group of strangers living with the same condition, to share the bond of understanding and explore how they might help each other overcome a range of fears and anxieties. Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge BBC Two, 8.00pm Another four fledgling craft food producers vie to get their cheeses, charcuterie, preserves and breads voted best in shop at the tiny village store in Malhamdale, as judges Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona dog them every step of the way. Britain’s Brightest Family ITV, 8.00pm ITV’s family friendly quiz show hasn’t always been a thrill a minute but, with victory and the holiday of a lifetime up for grabs tonight, expect the competition to be fierce as the finalists go head-to-head against Anne Hegarty’s tough line in questioning. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story BBC Two, 9.00pm The story comes full circle in the final episode of Tom Rob Smith’s gripping drama series, to July 1997. As Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) watches the news of Versace’s murder break, he’s horrified to learn that the police have identified him as prime suspect. Benidorm ITV, 9.00pm More Costa comedy as Monty (John Challis) is on his uppers after Joyce (Sherrie Hewson) sacks him. And things are even worse for Kenneth (Tony Maudsley), who wakes up in Blow & Go after a big night out, only to realise that the builders have bricked him in. GO The Curse of Civil War Gold History, 9.00pm Oak Island treasure hunters Rick and Marty Lagina embark on a new series prompted by a Civil War story about a troop of Union soldiers who stole a hoard of Confederate gold. The loot was supposedly smuggled north before being lost beneath the waves of Lake Michigan. Rick and Marty aren’t the only ones who think that there’s a chance that it could still be there. GO Mermaids (1990) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 1.45pm This comedy-drama stars Cher as Mrs Flax, a mother who regularly moves town, and is a constant embarrassment to her two daughters (Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci). After yet another romantic disaster for Mrs Flax, they relocate to Massachusetts and find some semblance of family life. Ryder in particular generates real charisma in her role as an alienated outsider. Pork Chop Hill (1959, b/w) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 3.55pm Lewis Milestone, the man responsible for the great anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front, directs this intelligent and largely forgotten true-story drama about a late battle of the Korean War. Gregory Peck stars as a gung-ho American lieutenant who leads a unit on the attack of the Chinese-held Pork Chop Hill, while Rip Torn is cheerfully professional as his brother-in-law. It also features the film debut of Martin Landau. Dark Places (2015) ★★☆☆☆ Film 4, 9.00pm This adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s cold-case chiller, which comes after the making of her mystery novel Gone Girl, with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, pales in comparison. Producer-star Charlize Theron plays a Kansas woman still grappling with the long-ago murders of her family. Christina Hendricks is affecting as her mother, but there’s not much in the way of surprise elements and the plot holes are gaping. Thursday 26 April Cup half full: paramedics Nat and Nat Credit: BBC Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm The key to the BBC’s emotional, compelling Ambulance, which returns for a third series, lies in the attention to small details, whether it’s the way in which a husband gazes into his injured wife’s eyes or the moment at the end of a shift when two team members of the West Midlands Ambulance Service relax to the radio on the way home. This strong opening episode is also almost impossible to watch at times. It begins with call assessor Shanie, who has just graduated from training, as she deals with the cries of a woman in labour. And then there’s paramedic Nat, who gets a call that’s uncomfortably close to home while her driving partner, also called Nat, desperately tries to keep her calm. They are just two of the five featured stories – only a handful of the 6,041 cases treated by the service in a 48-hour period – and the film-makers do well to balance the light and dark, ensuring that we are able to laugh amid the tears. The night’s star is 101-year-old Mary, who greets paramedic Justin with a smile and the words: “Oh, don’t you look nice” before going on to flirt for Britain. It’s a lovely scene and one which, like the episode, warms the heart. Sarah Hughes Happy! Netflix, from today Adapted by Grant Morrison from his graphic novel, Happy! stars Chris Meloni (who has played tormented characters in everything from Oz to Law & Order SVU) as Nick Sax, a depressed cop turned hitman who appears to be hallucinating a tiny blue unicorn named Happy! The kicker: Happy! (voiced by Patton Oswalt) is real, sort of. He’s the imaginary friend of a little girl in danger and he needs Sax to save the day. The result is crazed, profane and strangely enjoyable. Super Fast Falcon BBC Two, 8.00pm “They seem to live in a different time perception,” says an awed watcher during this fascinating film about peregrine falcons. The film-makers make a great deal out of trying to uncover how fast peregrines really are, but that’s largely incidental to the footage of these elegant birds. Europa League Football: Arsenal v Atletico Madrid BT Sport 2, 8.05pm Domestically, Arsenal have been crumbling, their woeful 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United resulting in Arsène Wenger admitting his team lack balance. Win the Europa League and this season won’t have been a disaster, however. First, they face a tough Atletico Madrid side in the semi-finals. Civilisations BBC Two, 9.00pm Simon Schama, the presenter for this final episode, begins with a heartfelt plea: “What can art do when horror comes calling?” What follows is an emotional hour that starts with the Holocaust and ends with monuments to migrants who drowned at sea. Harold Shipman: Doctor Death ITV, 9.00pm Harold Shipman was revealed as Britain’s most prolific serial killer following his arrest in 1998. Nicknamed “Doctor Death”, Shipman is said to have poisoned in excess of 250 of his patients, and was found guilty of 15 murders. This documentary speaks to key people involved in the case including former Greater Manchester Police detectives. True Horror Channel 4, 10.00pm This inventive “true life” horror series continues with The Ghost in the Wall, a haunted house story that starts out as a study of a relationship under stress before descending into a genuinely scary tale. SH Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.45pm The night’s second hitman-related offering sees Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader as Barry, a killer developing a conscience. That description doesn’t come close to capturing the tone of this dark comedy scripted by Hader and Silicon Valley’s Alex Berg, however. It’s a deeply eccentric but very entertaining mash-up of Community and Grosse Point Blank, held together by Hader’s gloriously laconic central performance. SH Limitless (2011) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 9.00pm Bradley Cooper stars in this thriller about a writer whose former brother-in-law slips him a pill that enables him to access 100 per cent of his brain. His book is finished in four days, so he goes back for more and this time nets himself a fortune on the stock market. Neil Burger directs at breakneck pace, but afterwards you wish that Cooper’s character had used that brainpower for something more interesting than making money. Moonraker (1979) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 9.00pm The 11th film in the Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the dapper MI6 agent, involves the theft of a space shuttle. It’s one of the weaker 007 films and at times seems more of a comedy than a tense action adventure, but it’s enjoyably frivolous. Michael Lonsdale plays resident baddy Hugo Drax who pinches the aforementioned space shuttle to help along his plan to wipe out the world’s population. Enemy of the State (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 9.00pm This slick, hi-tech film is considered a continuation of the Seventies spy-thriller The Conversation, which starred Gene Hackman. Here, Hackman plays a surveillance expert who helps Will Smith’s framed attorney escape the clutches of some corrupt government spooks led by Jon Voight. Directed by Tony Scott, it’s a riveting ride. The interplay between the leads is fun, too. Friday 27 April Face off: David Morrissey and Robert Firth Credit: BBC The City & the City BBC Two, 9.00pm The climax of this atmospheric adaptation of China Miéville’s sci-fi novel sees troubled Inspector Tyador Borlú (David Morrissey) go through hell while seeking answers to the mysteries dogging him: why was archaeologist Mahalia Geary (Andrea Deck) murdered and what happened to Borlú’s missing wife, Katrynia (Lara Pulver)? Borlú endures torture at the hands of Breach, the Stasi-style police, and gets fired in his quest. But, in true TV cop fashion, he forges on in a solo investigation, bruised and nearly broken. Ultimately, it’s a mundane trawl through CCTV footage that provides Borlú with some answers. This reminds us that despite the fantastical premise of two cities coexisting in the same space, this TV drama really just boils down to a routine murder-mystery. Having said that, a couple of nice twists towards the end explain whether Orciny, the fabled third city between Besźel and Ul Qoma, really exists. Along with impressive production design that creates a rich backdrop to the series, what makes The City & The City compelling is Morrissey’s performance; he’s able to convey the soft centre within the cop’s hard-boiled shell and is always worth watching. Vicki Power Bobby Kennedy for President Netflix, from today Marking half a century since Robert F Kennedy’s assassination, Dawn Porter’s four-part docuseries pays tribute to the former US Attorney General. Through previously unseen home footage and contributions from his confidantes, the documentary focuses on the younger Kennedy’s 83-day race for the White House in 1968. And Porter portrays him as a principled family man and dedicated public servant with a progressive political vision. It only highlights the tragedy of his early demise. Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm This episode sees Marcel Theroux brave the deadly smog that hangs over Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar, where the air pollution can reach more than 100 times the accepted limit. As a public health catastrophe unfolds, officials scrabble for a solution. Our Wildest Dreams Channel 4, 8.00pm This new docu-series follows Brits who’ve upped sticks to take a new path in life. The jaw-dropping opener sees Londoner Mari move to her husband’s homeland, the Ecuadorean rainforest, to join a community of just 26 people. With their young daughter, they must build a house and learn to farm. The Nineties Sky Arts, 9.00pm In terms of politics, the Nineties were seismic. The decade saw, among other things, Nelson Mandela freed from prison as apartheid ended in South Africa, the Soviet Union collapse and the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. This episode of the CNN documentary series relives those times, with contributions from Christiane Amanpour and Dan Rather. VP Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm This sitcom features the considerable talents of Emilia Fox and Johnny Vegas, but it offers precious few laughs. In the second episode, Neil (Vegas) tries to look macho next to his suave neighbour Robert (Adam James) on a hike, but his attempts prove disastrous. Episodes BBC Two, 10.00pm In keeping with this comedy’s subversive tone, mirth is mined from the death of Matt’s father (the episode is dedicated to the actor who played him, Alex Rocco, who died in 2015). In true Matt Le Blanc style, he brilliantly handles a foul-mouthed tussle over his father’s ashes between his mother and dad’s girlfriend. VP The Week Of (2018) Netflix, from today This is the fourth and final film in a four-film deal between Adam Sandler and Netflix, and sees a re-teaming of Sandler with his Saturday Night Live buddy Chris Rock. The film stars the pair as fathers who are polar opposites and have to endure a road trip together in a stuffy car in the week leading up to their children getting married. Frequent Sandler collaborator Steve Buscemi co-stars; Robert Smigel (Hotel Transylvania) directs. Knocked Up (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV2, 9.00pm 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, One for the Money – as a rule Katherine Heigl doesn’t make terribly good films. Luckily, this warm-hearted comedy by Judd Apatow is an exception. She stars as a journalist who finds her life plans in jeopardy when she becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with a likeable slacker, played by Seth Rogen (in the role that made him a bona fide star). In 2012, a spin-off sequel, This Is 40, was released. Tropic Thunder (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm; N Ireland, 12.20am This comedy/action romp charts the filming of a guerrilla-style Vietnam War movie that derails thanks to the egotistical actors, including Kirk Lazarus (a blacked-up Robert Downey Jnr). Even with its all-star cast (Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan, Ben Stiller and Jack Black among them), the standout performance is by Tom Cruise as megalomaniac film producer Les Grossman. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
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Friday 20 Home From Home BBC One, 9.30pm A considerable advance on the tentative pilot that aired back in 2016 alongside the rather more confident and vituperative Motherland, this full series for Coronation Street graduates Simon Crowther and Chris Fewtrell’s sitcom has grown sharper, more polished and, crucially, funnier in the interim. It rejoins Stoke-dwelling grafters Neil and Fiona Hackett (Johnny Vegas and Niky Wardley, the latter replacing Joanna Page) and their teenage sons as they return to their tumbledown Lake District holiday lodge for the summer; just across the way, nouveau riche on-site neighbours Robert and Penny Dillon (Adam James, jovial but emasculated, and resentful would-be bohemian Emilia Fox) are back as well. Throw in an oddball site manager (Pearce Quigley) threatening to erect a Wi-Fi mast outside the Hacketts’ lodge, a conspiracy theorist (Susan Calman) warning darkly about clones of Kevin Costner, and a slow build of paranoia, frustration and inadequacy for Vegas to savour and you have a thoroughly inoffensive half-hour of well-structured, smartly cast farce. It doesn’t reinvent the sitcom but it’s an enjoyable riff on familiar themes. GT Pass Over Amazon Prime, from today Spike Lee films Antoinette Nwandu’s thrilling reimagining of Waiting for Godot as an as-live play complete with audience responses, in which young black men Moses (Jon Michael Hill) and Kitch (Julian Parker) pass the time dreaming of the Promised Land. GT Mercury 13 Netflix, from today Hot on the heels of Hidden Figures, the film which championed the black women whose facility for maths helped power the US space programme, comes this disturbing, fascinating documentary. It follows the fates of the 13 women who passed the stringent tests for space flight by Nasa in 1961 yet were kept off the shuttles because of their gender. GT BBC Young Musician 2018 BBC Four, 7.30pm The contest continues as instrumentalists in the woodwind category compete to reach the final, where composer, Kerry Andrew is on the judging panel. GT Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm A bleak but inspiring new series of the current-affairs warhorse begins with a story of hope amid horror. Reporter Seyi Rhodes and director Sasha Achilli ride along with a volunteer ambulance service in the warn-torn Somali capital, Mogadishu, running the gauntlet of bombs, shootings and militants to aid the sick and the dying. GT The Button BBC One, 8.30pm Five families are set a variety of daft challenges set by a talking button positioned in their homes. There’s big money at stake for the winners in this zany-sounding new game show from the creators of Taskmaster. GT Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain Channel 5, 9.00pm Taking a break from riding the rails, Michael Portillo visits four key locations in the footnotes of British history. He begins at the Royal London Hospital, home both to “The Elephant Man” Joseph Merrick for the last three years of his life, and to a series of significant medical breakthroughs. GT Rivers of Blood: 50 Years On Channel 5, 10.00pm By turns stirring and distressing, this excellent film documents shifting attitudes towards immigration in the five decades since Enoch Powell’s notorious speech, hearing from those whose lives it directly affected. GT Buena Vista Social Club (1999) ★★★★☆ BBC Four, 9.00pm Ry Cooder’s rediscovery of ageing Cuban musicians and the resulting concert at Carnegie Hall, became a global phenomenon on its release. Wim Wenders’ cinematography is gorgeous, especially when he’s filming in Cuba, and the roguish octogenarians are hugely likeable, but the relentless presence of Cooder and his son proves contentious in the long run. Still essential viewing, however. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) Film4, 11.40pm This film is bonkers… in a good way, and no other star can be relied upon to go crazy as prolifically as Nicolas Cage, whose career is a pinball machine. Werner Herzog’s certifiable noir drama is a sort of free-form documentary on Louisiana reptile life, so we have Cage as a drug-snorting, epically corrupt homicide cop functioning as a virtual pimp to his kept girlfriend, played by Eva Mendes. Sliding Doors (1998) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Gwyneth Paltrow stars in this guilty-pleasure romcom about how a fleeting moment can change your path in life – in this instance it’s whether Helen (Paltrow) catches her train on time. At that moment, the film splits into parallel storylines: a) she makes it home to find her boyfriend Gerry (John Lynch) cheating on her with another woman, or b) she doesn’t, and her humdrum life, plagued with suspicion, continues. Saturday 21 April How to swing it: Tom Jones performs at the birthday event Credit: Paul Glover The Queen’s Birthday Party BBC One, 8.00pm “Hasn’t she suffered enough?” mused some wags when the line-up for the Queen’s 92nd birthday concert was announced. Certainly, the prospect of Her Majesty wanting to see Sting and Shaggy performing together seems remote, but the Queen’s celebratory concerts have always had a surreal tinge to them. Who can forget Ricky Martin banging out The Cup of Life at 2002’s Golden Jubilee Party at the Palace, or Cliff Richard duetting with S Club 7 on Move It at the same event? Ten years later, the Diamond Jubilee concert was distinguished by the magnificent Grace Jones gyrating to Slave to the Rhythm shortly before Rolf Harris introduced Stevie Wonder on stage. This year, the gig will come live from the Royal Albert Hall, with a similarly random approach to performers. This time will include the acappella magic of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a newly countrified Kylie Minogue, and Craig David, hopefully treating Elizabeth II to a rundown of how he spends his week. Holding the concept together will be Tom Jones, a veteran of the previous two shindigs and thus, one presumes, a firm favourite of the Windsors. Ma’am didn’t tell him not to come, after all. Gabriel Tate Snooker: The World Championship BBC One, 1.45pm The Crucible in Sheffield is the setting as Kyren Wilson and Ronnie O’Sullivan begin their campaigns against two qualifiers on the opening day of the World Championship, which was won by Mark Selby last year. FA Cup Football: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur BBC One, 4.55pm Paul Pogba, Alexis Sánchez, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are all under threat of being dropped for this FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham after Jose Mourinho promised to wield the axe in the wake of Manchester United’s abject showing against West Bromwich Albion. Having lost 1-0, which handed the title to rivals Manchester City with five games to spare, United will be under pressure to overcome Spurs, whom they lost 2-0 to in January. United ended a 12-year drought to lift this trophy in 2016, when they overcame Crystal Palace 2-1. Spurs have been waiting even longer, having last won the famous competition back in 1991 with victory over Nottingham Forest by the same scoreline. The Forest BBC Two, 8.00pm This second visit to Galloway Forest in south-west Scotland is narrated by Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty; Apple Tree Yard; Shetland). In this episode, the cause of a rat infestation is discovered, an engineering team is called out to repair a giant logging machine, and a campsite owner readies his holidaymakers for a comedy night. Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm Further hopefuls to try to impress Simon Cowell and his fellow judges as they continue their search for undiscovered British eccentrics. Britain’s Most Historic Towns: Winchester Channel 4, 8.00pm The ever-game Alice Roberts storms a castle and chows down on an eel pie in her efforts to demonstrate why Winchester is Britain’s most Norman city. This is great, instructive fun. Imagine: Habaneros: You Say You Want a Revolution? Part one BBC Two, 9.00pm Almost 60 years after Fidel Castro began his revolution in Cuba, his younger brother Raúl steps down from the country’s presidency after a decade in power. In this arrestingly assembled, picaresque portrait of Havana, Julien Temple meets its citizens – the Habaneros – who share their experience of life in this extraordinary city. It concludes tomorrow on BBC Four at 9pm. GT Salamander: Blood Diamonds BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.45pm After disturbing intruders at Jacky Lanciers’ apartment, Paul Gerardi (Filip Peeters) starts to follow the money trail as this occasionally baffling Belgian thriller continues – but has he left himself compromised? Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One More Time with Feeling Sky Arts, 9.00pm Nick Cave’s 16th studio album, The Skeleton Tree, was half-finished when Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur fell from a cliff and died. He invited Andrew Dominik, a regular collaborator since Cave soundtracked the director’s movie, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, to film the final production process as a way to avoid having to address his son’s death with the media. The result is a small miracle of insight and restraint. It’s harrowing, certainly, but it’s also deeply respectful in its depiction of raw grief, profound trauma and unfathomable loss. GT Bend of the River (1952) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 1.50pm This is one of five excellent collaborations between director Anthony Mann and actor James Stewart. Here, Stewart stars as Glyn McLyntock, a former outlaw working as a trail guide for farmers. Gold is discovered nearby and a town boss confiscates homesteaders’ supplies, leaving McLyntock risking his life to try to win them back. Glorious scenery and thrilling action make this compelling western still very watchable. Testament of Youth (2014) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 10.05pm Alicia Vikander gives a thrillingly astute portrait of Vera Brittain, the Oxford undergraduate whose ideals are beaten into shape – bitterly forged, you might say – by the heartbreak and gruelling trauma of the First World War. James Kent gives the film a restrained cinematic polish that feels wholly appropriate to its subject: it’s soberly moving. The Recruit (2003) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Being headhunted by the CIA in this thriller basically means being shouted at by Al Pacino, who began his unfortunate streak of uninspiring performances at about this point. Nevertheless, it’s still a privilege to watch him at work. Colin Farrell is also below his best as the rookie getting his marching orders – Roger Donaldson’s movie is a standard-issue spy game with all the layered complexity of Ludo. Sunday 22 April Double trouble: Olivia Vinall as twin Laura Fairlie Credit: BBC The Woman in White BBC One, 9.00pm The BBC has previously had three goes at adapting Wilkie Collins’s classic mystery tale: in 1966 (with Alethea Charlton and Nicholas Pennell), 1982 (Diana Quick, Daniel Gerroll) and 1997 (Tara Fitzgerald, Andrew Lincoln). So it’s no surprise to see it rearing its head again in a new five-part version by Fiona Seres, underlining the theme of women’s inequality before the law in Victorian times. Former EastEnders actor Ben Hardy is terrific as artist William Hartright, drawn into a murderous plot to steal an heiress’s fortune when he’s invited by a reclusive art collector (Charles Dance) to teach his nieces to paint. As ever, Jessie Buckley makes an instant impact as the spirited Marian Halcombe, while Olivia Vinall takes on the twin roles of Laura Fairlie and troubled Anne Catherick. This opening episode is set up as an extended tease – from the outset we know something terrible has happened and the action is interrupted regularly to remind us that a detective (Art Malik) will investigate soon. But only at the end do we meet the villain of the piece, Sir Percival Glide (Dougray Scott), and get a hint of the dastardly scheme that’s afoot. Gerard O’Donovan Luis Miguel Netflix, from today He’s the most successful male Latin American recording artist ever, having sold well in excess of 100 million records. But even though superstar singer Luis Miguel has lived a life rich enough to more than fill this three-part dramatised biography (with Diego Boneta in the lead), don’t expect too much in the way of shocking true-life revelations as it is very much the official, authorised version of an already carefully curated life story. Athletics: London Marathon BBC One, 8.30am As the heatwave continues, tens of thousands of runners will be pounding the streets of London for the 38th staging of the annual event. The men’s race will be the first for Mo Farah since the four-time Olympic gold medallist switched his focus from track events to the road. The 35-year-old will face competition from runners such as Eliud Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion, and Daniel Wanjiru, the winner of last year’s London Marathon. Mary Keitany will start as favourite in the women’s race, looking to equal Ingrid Kristiansen as the joint-most successful female athlete in the event’s history. Revolution Sky One, 6.30pm The thrills, skills and spectacular spills continue as Sky’s entertainingly original new show (incredible that neither the BBC nor ITV spotted the potential of this format) rolls on as the fourth heat sees more BMX-ers, bladers and skateboarders battle it out for a place in the final. “Gang warfare on wheels” is how hyperbolic co-host Steve-O describes it, though the family-friendly atmosphere is a lot cheerier than that. GO Little Big Shots ITV, 7.00pm Dawn French returns with the show that allows children to take a first step on the slippery slope to TV talent show fame, testing out their star power on the TV viewing public. Tonight, a four-year-old from Slough whose mini-guardsman routine went viral online, and a seven-year-old drummer from London. Britain’s Biggest Warship BBC Two, 8.00pm In the second episode, the Navy’s cutting edge new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth embarks on sea trials, stress-testing every part of the ship and allowing landings on deck for the first time. And it’s not only kit that’s tested – the crew have challenging times ahead, too. The Durrells ITV, 8.00pm The most charming family on TV’s Corfu sojourn continues as, despite all Louisa’s (Keeley Hawes) preparations, Gerry’s (Milo Parker) 13th birthday party descends into chaos – and Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis) is behaving very oddly. The Good Karma Hospital ITV, 9.00pm Mixed emotions abound in the closing episode of an eventful second series as Ruby (Amrita Acharia) has a heart-to-heart with Gabriel (James Krishna Floyd), and Lydia (Amanda Redman) faces a dilemma when a former mentor (Sue Johnston) seeks help. GO Dances with Wolves (1990) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 2.15pm After his heroic exploits in the American Civil War, Union army lieutenant John Dunbar (played by Kevin Costner, who also directed and produced) chooses a solitary posting on the Western frontier, where he encounters – and is finally embraced by – the local Sioux tribe. This sort of thing rarely happened in reality, but the epic sweep of the tale and magnificent locations are irresistible. Trainwreck (2015) ★★★★☆ 5STAR, 9.00pm The stand-up comedian – and first-time screenwriter – Amy Schumer nails her performance as a shambolic loser-in-love in Judd Apatow’s overstuffed sex comedy. Like Kristen Wiig (who produces) and Maya Rudolph in Bridesmaids, Schumer and Brie Larson, who plays her settled-down sister, duet their way through some bitter dramatic tributaries. Tilda Swinton co-stars as Amy’s hair-flicking boss. Easy A (2010) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 11.10pm Emma Stone dominates this high-school romcom, a mildly raunched-up version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1840 novel The Scarlet Letter. It takes the form of a live webcast confessional, in which Olive (Stone) explains how she risked her reputation to help the unpopular kids improve theirs. It’s smart and surprising, and the pencil-sharp character assassinations are irresistible. Monday 23 April Easy-going: the Duchess of Cornwall on her 70th birthday Credit: ITV The Real Camilla: HRH the Duchess of Cornwall ITV, 9.00pm A combination of reverence and access or lack thereof tends to ensure that royal documentaries rarely give viewers the warts-and-all depiction they might require. That’s certainly the case with this pleasant if undemanding ITV take on the life of the Duchess of Cornwall. The usual mixture of friends, family and royal correspondents give their opinion on the “real Camilla” – her nephew Ben Elliott comes closest to lifting the veil when he talks about what to get her for Christmas – and there’s a whistle-stop tour of the whole Charles/ Camilla/ Diana story, albeit one that glosses over the over the crucial decade when the Prince of Wales’s marriage fell apart. Ultimately, what saves it all from sycophancy is Camilla herself, who comes across as hard-working, easy-going and, above all, game. “She was fun, she made people laugh,” says a contributor early on and watching the Duchess chatting to various guests, young and old, you can believe it. The night’s best tribute, however, comes, fittingly, from the man most qualified to judge: “She’s the best listener in the world,” notes Prince Charles, his delivery heartfelt. Sarah Hughes Rip Off Britain: Food BBC One, 9.15am The popular daytime consumer series returns with a focus on food as presenters Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville look at the ins and outs of going out for a meal and consider public complaints. Tennis: The Barcelona Open Sky Sports Main Event, 10.00am It’s the opening day in the clay-court tournament at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, where Rafael Nadal triumphed last year for the 10th time. Holidays Unpacked Channel 4, 8.00pm Lucy Hedges and Morland Sanders are our guides in this new series, which aims to take us to the world’s “up-and-coming destinations”. In practice, this means that Hedges heads to Israel to float in the Dead Sea while Sanders goes zip-lining in Costa Rica. Genius: Picasso National Geographic, 8.00pm Antonio Banderas plays Spain’s most famous painter in this sumptuous take on the life of Pablo Picasso. As with last year’s Einstein, the action in the first episode flashes between two key periods in Picasso’s life: the moment as a boy when he realised he had to become an artist and 1937 when he receives the commission that will ultimately become Guernica. Travel Man: 48 Hours on the Cote d’Azur Channel 4, 8.30pm Comedian Shazia Mirza is Richard Ayoade’s guest on a whistle-stop tour from Nice to Monaco. There’s a nice relaxed vibe between the two of them as they bond over their love of Roger Moore (sorry), although Mirza tests Ayoade’s patience with her misuse of the word “literally”. Secret Agent Selection: WW2 BBC Two, 9.00pm It’s concealment and camouflage week on the reality TV series, as our would-be secret agents are sent to the Scottish Highlands. It’s arguably the toughest training yet as the gang find themselves scrambling over rocks and wading through freezing lakes – will everyone make it through? SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm & 10.20pm Television’s coldest show returns with creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy having dialled back the tricksiness so that most of the time jumps and puzzles feel organic to the plot, although the overall effect is still pretty soulless. Understandably, last season’s revelations have led to chaos as Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) seeks vengeance on her former masters. Thandie Newton’s Maeve and Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard provide the rare moments of genuine emotion. SH Exodus (1960) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.55am Otto Preminger’s big-budget adaptation of Leon Uris’s bestseller about the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948 is an accomplished piece of film-making. A Jewish paramilitary smuggles more than 600 detained Holocaust survivors onto a cargo vessel and makes an illegal crossing to Palestine. Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint star with a script by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. The Sum of All Fears (2002) ★★☆☆☆ Sky One, 9.00pm After Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck is the third actor to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan, hero of Tom Clancy’s bestsellers. He teams up with Morgan Freeman and Liev Schreiber to find a missing nuclear bomb before it can be detonated on American soil in this efficient action thriller, which is lifted out of the humdrum by a sensational climax. Middle Men (2009) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 11.35pm Goodfellas meets Boogie Nights in this account of a straight-arrow Texas businessman who in the Nineties helps set up the first paid internet porn site. George Gallo, who co-wrote and directed, is no Scorsese, and Luke Wilson, narrating, is no De Niro, but it’s an entertaining albeit sleazy ride, and Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht are a hoot as the two losers who stumble across the internet’s first big moneymaking scheme. Tuesday 24 April Legal eagle: Nicola Walker as divorce lawyer Hannah Credit: BBC The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s latest television drama is perhaps her most mainstream yet after the psychological trauma of River and period precision of The Hour, but that doesn’t mean that it’s superficial. The set up is the stuff of classic family melodrama: London divorce lawyer Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker) clashes with her mother (Deborah Findlay) when she leaves the family firm for a bigger, flashier rival – and the pair end up on opposite sides in a high-profile case between a sportswear mogul (Stephen Tompkinson) and his wife (Meera Syal). Complicating matters further, Hannah’s estranged father (Anthony Head) returns after 30 years, leaving Hannah and her two sisters (Annabel Scholey and Fiona Button), one a singleton, the other engaged, in turmoil. There’s an unselfconscious gloss not often seen on British TV, and the set-ups are ripe for the sort of narrative twists in which Morgan excels, all peppered with her familiarly pointed dialogue. Walker and Stephen Mangan are particularly convincing as a couple still in love but also in denial about the cracks appearing in their marriage. There’s nothing guilty about this pleasure. Gabriel Tate Champions League Football: Liverpool v Roma BT Sport 2, 7.45pm Having brushed aside Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate, with Roberto Firmino scoring the final goal, Liverpool take on Roma in what should be a pulsating semi-final first leg at Anfield. They’ll be hoping for a similar outcome to the last time these sides met: goals from Jari Litmanen and Emile Heskey gave Liverpool a 2-0 win. The Terror AMC, 9.00pm Turning Dan Simmons’s slightly pulpy source material into the stuff of gripping drama, this new series is part-psychological thriller, part-adventure yarn and part-monster movie, as it follows two Royal Navy ships in the 1840s on a journey to discover the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. Conditions worsen, resources dwindle and strange creatures lurk on the fringes of the expedition as the crews begin to turn on each other. A top-notch cast, led by Ciarán Hinds, Jared Harris and Tobias Menzies, keeps the tension high and the humanity front and centre among some difficult characters. Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers Channel 4, 9.00pm This grotesque film follows presenter Rick Edwards and technician Carla Valentine as they pull apart one of those enormous lumps of congealed fat and assorted unpleasantness, uncovering a grim truths about modern life. Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Gus Casely-Hayford brings Jeremy Paxman to the Cairngorms, inspiration for Edwin Landseer, who sculpted the four lions of Nelson’s Column but never fulfilled his promise after a breakdown set the pattern of mental-health issues that would dog him for life. GT Cunk on Britain BBC Two, 10.00pm; N Ireland, 11.15pm Can Diane Morgan and her dunderheaded alter-ego wring laughs from the first half of the 20th century? Of course she can, when her real targets are the many po-faced documentaries on the same that preceded her. Rent for Sex & Botox Bust: Ellie Undercover BBC One, 10.45pm & 11.15pm; Scotland, 11.45pm & 12.15am Investigative journalist Ellie Flynn goes undercover to explore the alarming phenomena of landlords offering rooms in exchange for rent, and professional misuse of Botox. This was first shown on BBC Three. Flight HS13 Channel 4, 11.00pm An absorbing Dutch thriller in which a woman (Katja Schuurman) goes in search of her husband (Daniel Boissevain) after he fails to board a plane which subsequently crashes. The full series will be available on Walter Presents at 11.55pm. GT Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 5.15pm Terence Fisher teamed up with Hammer Films for this child-friendly spin-off from The Adventures of Robin Hood TV series, with Richard Greene, who reprises his role here. Peter Cushing stars as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham who is out to murder the Archbishop of Canterbury. It’s a cheap and cheerful affair that remains true to the spirit of the original. Sons of the Desert (1934, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures, 6.40pm This Laurel and Hardy comedy is a joyous romp. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy scheme to outwit their wives and secretly attend a fraternal lodge meeting in Chicago. Based on a story by Frank Craven, an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for originating the role of the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, it holds together well and is full of sparkling jokes. American Gangster (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.30pm Denzel Washington is imperious as the Seventies Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas in Ridley Scott’s cocksure crime thriller. Charting Lucas’s domination of the heroin market during the Vietnam War and his investigation by honest New Jersey cop Richie Roberts (a casually excellent Russell Crowe), the film features an enthralling final face-off. Cuba Gooding Jnr provides ample support. Wednesday 25 April Sugaring the pill? Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Credit: BBC Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm The UK has the worst eating habits in Europe, says veteran food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and the fallout is crippling the NHS. In the Fifties, just two per cent of the population was overweight, compared to the 20 per cent of us tipping the obesity scales currently. What we have to do, says Fearnley-Whittingstall, is not just diet and exercise, but fight back against the tide of high-calorie processed food being pushed at us from every direction. He begins this engrossing series by inviting children to do a supermarket shop without their parents. The results are striking, demonstrating the influence of advertising and how poor eating choices take root from an early age. There are many other striking moments in a show bursting with information, revelation and naming and shaming. He shows how the changing face of our high streets has limited food choices, and his campaign to get 10,000 people in Newcastle to shed a communal 100,000 lbs is inspired. But his drive to get WH Smith to stop, as he says, “pushing” chocolate from its tills will perhaps be what resonates most with viewers. Gerard O’Donovan MisFITs Like Us BBC Three, from today Another thoughtful documentary series, focusing on the isolation and loneliness that can come with illness or difference. In each of three episodes, young people suffering from vitiligo, scarring from burns and, in this opener, Tourette’s Syndrome spend time with a group of strangers living with the same condition, to share the bond of understanding and explore how they might help each other overcome a range of fears and anxieties. Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge BBC Two, 8.00pm Another four fledgling craft food producers vie to get their cheeses, charcuterie, preserves and breads voted best in shop at the tiny village store in Malhamdale, as judges Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona dog them every step of the way. Britain’s Brightest Family ITV, 8.00pm ITV’s family friendly quiz show hasn’t always been a thrill a minute but, with victory and the holiday of a lifetime up for grabs tonight, expect the competition to be fierce as the finalists go head-to-head against Anne Hegarty’s tough line in questioning. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story BBC Two, 9.00pm The story comes full circle in the final episode of Tom Rob Smith’s gripping drama series, to July 1997. As Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) watches the news of Versace’s murder break, he’s horrified to learn that the police have identified him as prime suspect. Benidorm ITV, 9.00pm More Costa comedy as Monty (John Challis) is on his uppers after Joyce (Sherrie Hewson) sacks him. And things are even worse for Kenneth (Tony Maudsley), who wakes up in Blow & Go after a big night out, only to realise that the builders have bricked him in. GO The Curse of Civil War Gold History, 9.00pm Oak Island treasure hunters Rick and Marty Lagina embark on a new series prompted by a Civil War story about a troop of Union soldiers who stole a hoard of Confederate gold. The loot was supposedly smuggled north before being lost beneath the waves of Lake Michigan. Rick and Marty aren’t the only ones who think that there’s a chance that it could still be there. GO Mermaids (1990) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 1.45pm This comedy-drama stars Cher as Mrs Flax, a mother who regularly moves town, and is a constant embarrassment to her two daughters (Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci). After yet another romantic disaster for Mrs Flax, they relocate to Massachusetts and find some semblance of family life. Ryder in particular generates real charisma in her role as an alienated outsider. Pork Chop Hill (1959, b/w) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 3.55pm Lewis Milestone, the man responsible for the great anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front, directs this intelligent and largely forgotten true-story drama about a late battle of the Korean War. Gregory Peck stars as a gung-ho American lieutenant who leads a unit on the attack of the Chinese-held Pork Chop Hill, while Rip Torn is cheerfully professional as his brother-in-law. It also features the film debut of Martin Landau. Dark Places (2015) ★★☆☆☆ Film 4, 9.00pm This adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s cold-case chiller, which comes after the making of her mystery novel Gone Girl, with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, pales in comparison. Producer-star Charlize Theron plays a Kansas woman still grappling with the long-ago murders of her family. Christina Hendricks is affecting as her mother, but there’s not much in the way of surprise elements and the plot holes are gaping. Thursday 26 April Cup half full: paramedics Nat and Nat Credit: BBC Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm The key to the BBC’s emotional, compelling Ambulance, which returns for a third series, lies in the attention to small details, whether it’s the way in which a husband gazes into his injured wife’s eyes or the moment at the end of a shift when two team members of the West Midlands Ambulance Service relax to the radio on the way home. This strong opening episode is also almost impossible to watch at times. It begins with call assessor Shanie, who has just graduated from training, as she deals with the cries of a woman in labour. And then there’s paramedic Nat, who gets a call that’s uncomfortably close to home while her driving partner, also called Nat, desperately tries to keep her calm. They are just two of the five featured stories – only a handful of the 6,041 cases treated by the service in a 48-hour period – and the film-makers do well to balance the light and dark, ensuring that we are able to laugh amid the tears. The night’s star is 101-year-old Mary, who greets paramedic Justin with a smile and the words: “Oh, don’t you look nice” before going on to flirt for Britain. It’s a lovely scene and one which, like the episode, warms the heart. Sarah Hughes Happy! Netflix, from today Adapted by Grant Morrison from his graphic novel, Happy! stars Chris Meloni (who has played tormented characters in everything from Oz to Law & Order SVU) as Nick Sax, a depressed cop turned hitman who appears to be hallucinating a tiny blue unicorn named Happy! The kicker: Happy! (voiced by Patton Oswalt) is real, sort of. He’s the imaginary friend of a little girl in danger and he needs Sax to save the day. The result is crazed, profane and strangely enjoyable. Super Fast Falcon BBC Two, 8.00pm “They seem to live in a different time perception,” says an awed watcher during this fascinating film about peregrine falcons. The film-makers make a great deal out of trying to uncover how fast peregrines really are, but that’s largely incidental to the footage of these elegant birds. Europa League Football: Arsenal v Atletico Madrid BT Sport 2, 8.05pm Domestically, Arsenal have been crumbling, their woeful 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United resulting in Arsène Wenger admitting his team lack balance. Win the Europa League and this season won’t have been a disaster, however. First, they face a tough Atletico Madrid side in the semi-finals. Civilisations BBC Two, 9.00pm Simon Schama, the presenter for this final episode, begins with a heartfelt plea: “What can art do when horror comes calling?” What follows is an emotional hour that starts with the Holocaust and ends with monuments to migrants who drowned at sea. Harold Shipman: Doctor Death ITV, 9.00pm Harold Shipman was revealed as Britain’s most prolific serial killer following his arrest in 1998. Nicknamed “Doctor Death”, Shipman is said to have poisoned in excess of 250 of his patients, and was found guilty of 15 murders. This documentary speaks to key people involved in the case including former Greater Manchester Police detectives. True Horror Channel 4, 10.00pm This inventive “true life” horror series continues with The Ghost in the Wall, a haunted house story that starts out as a study of a relationship under stress before descending into a genuinely scary tale. SH Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.45pm The night’s second hitman-related offering sees Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader as Barry, a killer developing a conscience. That description doesn’t come close to capturing the tone of this dark comedy scripted by Hader and Silicon Valley’s Alex Berg, however. It’s a deeply eccentric but very entertaining mash-up of Community and Grosse Point Blank, held together by Hader’s gloriously laconic central performance. SH Limitless (2011) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 9.00pm Bradley Cooper stars in this thriller about a writer whose former brother-in-law slips him a pill that enables him to access 100 per cent of his brain. His book is finished in four days, so he goes back for more and this time nets himself a fortune on the stock market. Neil Burger directs at breakneck pace, but afterwards you wish that Cooper’s character had used that brainpower for something more interesting than making money. Moonraker (1979) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 9.00pm The 11th film in the Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the dapper MI6 agent, involves the theft of a space shuttle. It’s one of the weaker 007 films and at times seems more of a comedy than a tense action adventure, but it’s enjoyably frivolous. Michael Lonsdale plays resident baddy Hugo Drax who pinches the aforementioned space shuttle to help along his plan to wipe out the world’s population. Enemy of the State (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 9.00pm This slick, hi-tech film is considered a continuation of the Seventies spy-thriller The Conversation, which starred Gene Hackman. Here, Hackman plays a surveillance expert who helps Will Smith’s framed attorney escape the clutches of some corrupt government spooks led by Jon Voight. Directed by Tony Scott, it’s a riveting ride. The interplay between the leads is fun, too. Friday 27 April Face off: David Morrissey and Robert Firth Credit: BBC The City & the City BBC Two, 9.00pm The climax of this atmospheric adaptation of China Miéville’s sci-fi novel sees troubled Inspector Tyador Borlú (David Morrissey) go through hell while seeking answers to the mysteries dogging him: why was archaeologist Mahalia Geary (Andrea Deck) murdered and what happened to Borlú’s missing wife, Katrynia (Lara Pulver)? Borlú endures torture at the hands of Breach, the Stasi-style police, and gets fired in his quest. But, in true TV cop fashion, he forges on in a solo investigation, bruised and nearly broken. Ultimately, it’s a mundane trawl through CCTV footage that provides Borlú with some answers. This reminds us that despite the fantastical premise of two cities coexisting in the same space, this TV drama really just boils down to a routine murder-mystery. Having said that, a couple of nice twists towards the end explain whether Orciny, the fabled third city between Besźel and Ul Qoma, really exists. Along with impressive production design that creates a rich backdrop to the series, what makes The City & The City compelling is Morrissey’s performance; he’s able to convey the soft centre within the cop’s hard-boiled shell and is always worth watching. Vicki Power Bobby Kennedy for President Netflix, from today Marking half a century since Robert F Kennedy’s assassination, Dawn Porter’s four-part docuseries pays tribute to the former US Attorney General. Through previously unseen home footage and contributions from his confidantes, the documentary focuses on the younger Kennedy’s 83-day race for the White House in 1968. And Porter portrays him as a principled family man and dedicated public servant with a progressive political vision. It only highlights the tragedy of his early demise. Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm This episode sees Marcel Theroux brave the deadly smog that hangs over Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar, where the air pollution can reach more than 100 times the accepted limit. As a public health catastrophe unfolds, officials scrabble for a solution. Our Wildest Dreams Channel 4, 8.00pm This new docu-series follows Brits who’ve upped sticks to take a new path in life. The jaw-dropping opener sees Londoner Mari move to her husband’s homeland, the Ecuadorean rainforest, to join a community of just 26 people. With their young daughter, they must build a house and learn to farm. The Nineties Sky Arts, 9.00pm In terms of politics, the Nineties were seismic. The decade saw, among other things, Nelson Mandela freed from prison as apartheid ended in South Africa, the Soviet Union collapse and the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. This episode of the CNN documentary series relives those times, with contributions from Christiane Amanpour and Dan Rather. VP Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm This sitcom features the considerable talents of Emilia Fox and Johnny Vegas, but it offers precious few laughs. In the second episode, Neil (Vegas) tries to look macho next to his suave neighbour Robert (Adam James) on a hike, but his attempts prove disastrous. Episodes BBC Two, 10.00pm In keeping with this comedy’s subversive tone, mirth is mined from the death of Matt’s father (the episode is dedicated to the actor who played him, Alex Rocco, who died in 2015). In true Matt Le Blanc style, he brilliantly handles a foul-mouthed tussle over his father’s ashes between his mother and dad’s girlfriend. VP The Week Of (2018) Netflix, from today This is the fourth and final film in a four-film deal between Adam Sandler and Netflix, and sees a re-teaming of Sandler with his Saturday Night Live buddy Chris Rock. The film stars the pair as fathers who are polar opposites and have to endure a road trip together in a stuffy car in the week leading up to their children getting married. Frequent Sandler collaborator Steve Buscemi co-stars; Robert Smigel (Hotel Transylvania) directs. Knocked Up (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV2, 9.00pm 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, One for the Money – as a rule Katherine Heigl doesn’t make terribly good films. Luckily, this warm-hearted comedy by Judd Apatow is an exception. She stars as a journalist who finds her life plans in jeopardy when she becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with a likeable slacker, played by Seth Rogen (in the role that made him a bona fide star). In 2012, a spin-off sequel, This Is 40, was released. Tropic Thunder (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm; N Ireland, 12.20am This comedy/action romp charts the filming of a guerrilla-style Vietnam War movie that derails thanks to the egotistical actors, including Kirk Lazarus (a blacked-up Robert Downey Jnr). Even with its all-star cast (Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan, Ben Stiller and Jack Black among them), the standout performance is by Tom Cruise as megalomaniac film producer Les Grossman. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Friday 20 Home From Home BBC One, 9.30pm A considerable advance on the tentative pilot that aired back in 2016 alongside the rather more confident and vituperative Motherland, this full series for Coronation Street graduates Simon Crowther and Chris Fewtrell’s sitcom has grown sharper, more polished and, crucially, funnier in the interim. It rejoins Stoke-dwelling grafters Neil and Fiona Hackett (Johnny Vegas and Niky Wardley, the latter replacing Joanna Page) and their teenage sons as they return to their tumbledown Lake District holiday lodge for the summer; just across the way, nouveau riche on-site neighbours Robert and Penny Dillon (Adam James, jovial but emasculated, and resentful would-be bohemian Emilia Fox) are back as well. Throw in an oddball site manager (Pearce Quigley) threatening to erect a Wi-Fi mast outside the Hacketts’ lodge, a conspiracy theorist (Susan Calman) warning darkly about clones of Kevin Costner, and a slow build of paranoia, frustration and inadequacy for Vegas to savour and you have a thoroughly inoffensive half-hour of well-structured, smartly cast farce. It doesn’t reinvent the sitcom but it’s an enjoyable riff on familiar themes. GT Pass Over Amazon Prime, from today Spike Lee films Antoinette Nwandu’s thrilling reimagining of Waiting for Godot as an as-live play complete with audience responses, in which young black men Moses (Jon Michael Hill) and Kitch (Julian Parker) pass the time dreaming of the Promised Land. GT Mercury 13 Netflix, from today Hot on the heels of Hidden Figures, the film which championed the black women whose facility for maths helped power the US space programme, comes this disturbing, fascinating documentary. It follows the fates of the 13 women who passed the stringent tests for space flight by Nasa in 1961 yet were kept off the shuttles because of their gender. GT BBC Young Musician 2018 BBC Four, 7.30pm The contest continues as instrumentalists in the woodwind category compete to reach the final, where composer, Kerry Andrew is on the judging panel. GT Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm A bleak but inspiring new series of the current-affairs warhorse begins with a story of hope amid horror. Reporter Seyi Rhodes and director Sasha Achilli ride along with a volunteer ambulance service in the warn-torn Somali capital, Mogadishu, running the gauntlet of bombs, shootings and militants to aid the sick and the dying. GT The Button BBC One, 8.30pm Five families are set a variety of daft challenges set by a talking button positioned in their homes. There’s big money at stake for the winners in this zany-sounding new game show from the creators of Taskmaster. GT Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain Channel 5, 9.00pm Taking a break from riding the rails, Michael Portillo visits four key locations in the footnotes of British history. He begins at the Royal London Hospital, home both to “The Elephant Man” Joseph Merrick for the last three years of his life, and to a series of significant medical breakthroughs. GT Rivers of Blood: 50 Years On Channel 5, 10.00pm By turns stirring and distressing, this excellent film documents shifting attitudes towards immigration in the five decades since Enoch Powell’s notorious speech, hearing from those whose lives it directly affected. GT Buena Vista Social Club (1999) ★★★★☆ BBC Four, 9.00pm Ry Cooder’s rediscovery of ageing Cuban musicians and the resulting concert at Carnegie Hall, became a global phenomenon on its release. Wim Wenders’ cinematography is gorgeous, especially when he’s filming in Cuba, and the roguish octogenarians are hugely likeable, but the relentless presence of Cooder and his son proves contentious in the long run. Still essential viewing, however. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) Film4, 11.40pm This film is bonkers… in a good way, and no other star can be relied upon to go crazy as prolifically as Nicolas Cage, whose career is a pinball machine. Werner Herzog’s certifiable noir drama is a sort of free-form documentary on Louisiana reptile life, so we have Cage as a drug-snorting, epically corrupt homicide cop functioning as a virtual pimp to his kept girlfriend, played by Eva Mendes. Sliding Doors (1998) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Gwyneth Paltrow stars in this guilty-pleasure romcom about how a fleeting moment can change your path in life – in this instance it’s whether Helen (Paltrow) catches her train on time. At that moment, the film splits into parallel storylines: a) she makes it home to find her boyfriend Gerry (John Lynch) cheating on her with another woman, or b) she doesn’t, and her humdrum life, plagued with suspicion, continues. Saturday 21 April How to swing it: Tom Jones performs at the birthday event Credit: Paul Glover The Queen’s Birthday Party BBC One, 8.00pm “Hasn’t she suffered enough?” mused some wags when the line-up for the Queen’s 92nd birthday concert was announced. Certainly, the prospect of Her Majesty wanting to see Sting and Shaggy performing together seems remote, but the Queen’s celebratory concerts have always had a surreal tinge to them. Who can forget Ricky Martin banging out The Cup of Life at 2002’s Golden Jubilee Party at the Palace, or Cliff Richard duetting with S Club 7 on Move It at the same event? Ten years later, the Diamond Jubilee concert was distinguished by the magnificent Grace Jones gyrating to Slave to the Rhythm shortly before Rolf Harris introduced Stevie Wonder on stage. This year, the gig will come live from the Royal Albert Hall, with a similarly random approach to performers. This time will include the acappella magic of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a newly countrified Kylie Minogue, and Craig David, hopefully treating Elizabeth II to a rundown of how he spends his week. Holding the concept together will be Tom Jones, a veteran of the previous two shindigs and thus, one presumes, a firm favourite of the Windsors. Ma’am didn’t tell him not to come, after all. Gabriel Tate Snooker: The World Championship BBC One, 1.45pm The Crucible in Sheffield is the setting as Kyren Wilson and Ronnie O’Sullivan begin their campaigns against two qualifiers on the opening day of the World Championship, which was won by Mark Selby last year. FA Cup Football: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur BBC One, 4.55pm Paul Pogba, Alexis Sánchez, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are all under threat of being dropped for this FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham after Jose Mourinho promised to wield the axe in the wake of Manchester United’s abject showing against West Bromwich Albion. Having lost 1-0, which handed the title to rivals Manchester City with five games to spare, United will be under pressure to overcome Spurs, whom they lost 2-0 to in January. United ended a 12-year drought to lift this trophy in 2016, when they overcame Crystal Palace 2-1. Spurs have been waiting even longer, having last won the famous competition back in 1991 with victory over Nottingham Forest by the same scoreline. The Forest BBC Two, 8.00pm This second visit to Galloway Forest in south-west Scotland is narrated by Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty; Apple Tree Yard; Shetland). In this episode, the cause of a rat infestation is discovered, an engineering team is called out to repair a giant logging machine, and a campsite owner readies his holidaymakers for a comedy night. Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm Further hopefuls to try to impress Simon Cowell and his fellow judges as they continue their search for undiscovered British eccentrics. Britain’s Most Historic Towns: Winchester Channel 4, 8.00pm The ever-game Alice Roberts storms a castle and chows down on an eel pie in her efforts to demonstrate why Winchester is Britain’s most Norman city. This is great, instructive fun. Imagine: Habaneros: You Say You Want a Revolution? Part one BBC Two, 9.00pm Almost 60 years after Fidel Castro began his revolution in Cuba, his younger brother Raúl steps down from the country’s presidency after a decade in power. In this arrestingly assembled, picaresque portrait of Havana, Julien Temple meets its citizens – the Habaneros – who share their experience of life in this extraordinary city. It concludes tomorrow on BBC Four at 9pm. GT Salamander: Blood Diamonds BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.45pm After disturbing intruders at Jacky Lanciers’ apartment, Paul Gerardi (Filip Peeters) starts to follow the money trail as this occasionally baffling Belgian thriller continues – but has he left himself compromised? Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One More Time with Feeling Sky Arts, 9.00pm Nick Cave’s 16th studio album, The Skeleton Tree, was half-finished when Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur fell from a cliff and died. He invited Andrew Dominik, a regular collaborator since Cave soundtracked the director’s movie, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, to film the final production process as a way to avoid having to address his son’s death with the media. The result is a small miracle of insight and restraint. It’s harrowing, certainly, but it’s also deeply respectful in its depiction of raw grief, profound trauma and unfathomable loss. GT Bend of the River (1952) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 1.50pm This is one of five excellent collaborations between director Anthony Mann and actor James Stewart. Here, Stewart stars as Glyn McLyntock, a former outlaw working as a trail guide for farmers. Gold is discovered nearby and a town boss confiscates homesteaders’ supplies, leaving McLyntock risking his life to try to win them back. Glorious scenery and thrilling action make this compelling western still very watchable. Testament of Youth (2014) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 10.05pm Alicia Vikander gives a thrillingly astute portrait of Vera Brittain, the Oxford undergraduate whose ideals are beaten into shape – bitterly forged, you might say – by the heartbreak and gruelling trauma of the First World War. James Kent gives the film a restrained cinematic polish that feels wholly appropriate to its subject: it’s soberly moving. The Recruit (2003) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Being headhunted by the CIA in this thriller basically means being shouted at by Al Pacino, who began his unfortunate streak of uninspiring performances at about this point. Nevertheless, it’s still a privilege to watch him at work. Colin Farrell is also below his best as the rookie getting his marching orders – Roger Donaldson’s movie is a standard-issue spy game with all the layered complexity of Ludo. Sunday 22 April Double trouble: Olivia Vinall as twin Laura Fairlie Credit: BBC The Woman in White BBC One, 9.00pm The BBC has previously had three goes at adapting Wilkie Collins’s classic mystery tale: in 1966 (with Alethea Charlton and Nicholas Pennell), 1982 (Diana Quick, Daniel Gerroll) and 1997 (Tara Fitzgerald, Andrew Lincoln). So it’s no surprise to see it rearing its head again in a new five-part version by Fiona Seres, underlining the theme of women’s inequality before the law in Victorian times. Former EastEnders actor Ben Hardy is terrific as artist William Hartright, drawn into a murderous plot to steal an heiress’s fortune when he’s invited by a reclusive art collector (Charles Dance) to teach his nieces to paint. As ever, Jessie Buckley makes an instant impact as the spirited Marian Halcombe, while Olivia Vinall takes on the twin roles of Laura Fairlie and troubled Anne Catherick. This opening episode is set up as an extended tease – from the outset we know something terrible has happened and the action is interrupted regularly to remind us that a detective (Art Malik) will investigate soon. But only at the end do we meet the villain of the piece, Sir Percival Glide (Dougray Scott), and get a hint of the dastardly scheme that’s afoot. Gerard O’Donovan Luis Miguel Netflix, from today He’s the most successful male Latin American recording artist ever, having sold well in excess of 100 million records. But even though superstar singer Luis Miguel has lived a life rich enough to more than fill this three-part dramatised biography (with Diego Boneta in the lead), don’t expect too much in the way of shocking true-life revelations as it is very much the official, authorised version of an already carefully curated life story. Athletics: London Marathon BBC One, 8.30am As the heatwave continues, tens of thousands of runners will be pounding the streets of London for the 38th staging of the annual event. The men’s race will be the first for Mo Farah since the four-time Olympic gold medallist switched his focus from track events to the road. The 35-year-old will face competition from runners such as Eliud Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion, and Daniel Wanjiru, the winner of last year’s London Marathon. Mary Keitany will start as favourite in the women’s race, looking to equal Ingrid Kristiansen as the joint-most successful female athlete in the event’s history. Revolution Sky One, 6.30pm The thrills, skills and spectacular spills continue as Sky’s entertainingly original new show (incredible that neither the BBC nor ITV spotted the potential of this format) rolls on as the fourth heat sees more BMX-ers, bladers and skateboarders battle it out for a place in the final. “Gang warfare on wheels” is how hyperbolic co-host Steve-O describes it, though the family-friendly atmosphere is a lot cheerier than that. GO Little Big Shots ITV, 7.00pm Dawn French returns with the show that allows children to take a first step on the slippery slope to TV talent show fame, testing out their star power on the TV viewing public. Tonight, a four-year-old from Slough whose mini-guardsman routine went viral online, and a seven-year-old drummer from London. Britain’s Biggest Warship BBC Two, 8.00pm In the second episode, the Navy’s cutting edge new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth embarks on sea trials, stress-testing every part of the ship and allowing landings on deck for the first time. And it’s not only kit that’s tested – the crew have challenging times ahead, too. The Durrells ITV, 8.00pm The most charming family on TV’s Corfu sojourn continues as, despite all Louisa’s (Keeley Hawes) preparations, Gerry’s (Milo Parker) 13th birthday party descends into chaos – and Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis) is behaving very oddly. The Good Karma Hospital ITV, 9.00pm Mixed emotions abound in the closing episode of an eventful second series as Ruby (Amrita Acharia) has a heart-to-heart with Gabriel (James Krishna Floyd), and Lydia (Amanda Redman) faces a dilemma when a former mentor (Sue Johnston) seeks help. GO Dances with Wolves (1990) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 2.15pm After his heroic exploits in the American Civil War, Union army lieutenant John Dunbar (played by Kevin Costner, who also directed and produced) chooses a solitary posting on the Western frontier, where he encounters – and is finally embraced by – the local Sioux tribe. This sort of thing rarely happened in reality, but the epic sweep of the tale and magnificent locations are irresistible. Trainwreck (2015) ★★★★☆ 5STAR, 9.00pm The stand-up comedian – and first-time screenwriter – Amy Schumer nails her performance as a shambolic loser-in-love in Judd Apatow’s overstuffed sex comedy. Like Kristen Wiig (who produces) and Maya Rudolph in Bridesmaids, Schumer and Brie Larson, who plays her settled-down sister, duet their way through some bitter dramatic tributaries. Tilda Swinton co-stars as Amy’s hair-flicking boss. Easy A (2010) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 11.10pm Emma Stone dominates this high-school romcom, a mildly raunched-up version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1840 novel The Scarlet Letter. It takes the form of a live webcast confessional, in which Olive (Stone) explains how she risked her reputation to help the unpopular kids improve theirs. It’s smart and surprising, and the pencil-sharp character assassinations are irresistible. Monday 23 April Easy-going: the Duchess of Cornwall on her 70th birthday Credit: ITV The Real Camilla: HRH the Duchess of Cornwall ITV, 9.00pm A combination of reverence and access or lack thereof tends to ensure that royal documentaries rarely give viewers the warts-and-all depiction they might require. That’s certainly the case with this pleasant if undemanding ITV take on the life of the Duchess of Cornwall. The usual mixture of friends, family and royal correspondents give their opinion on the “real Camilla” – her nephew Ben Elliott comes closest to lifting the veil when he talks about what to get her for Christmas – and there’s a whistle-stop tour of the whole Charles/ Camilla/ Diana story, albeit one that glosses over the over the crucial decade when the Prince of Wales’s marriage fell apart. Ultimately, what saves it all from sycophancy is Camilla herself, who comes across as hard-working, easy-going and, above all, game. “She was fun, she made people laugh,” says a contributor early on and watching the Duchess chatting to various guests, young and old, you can believe it. The night’s best tribute, however, comes, fittingly, from the man most qualified to judge: “She’s the best listener in the world,” notes Prince Charles, his delivery heartfelt. Sarah Hughes Rip Off Britain: Food BBC One, 9.15am The popular daytime consumer series returns with a focus on food as presenters Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville look at the ins and outs of going out for a meal and consider public complaints. Tennis: The Barcelona Open Sky Sports Main Event, 10.00am It’s the opening day in the clay-court tournament at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, where Rafael Nadal triumphed last year for the 10th time. Holidays Unpacked Channel 4, 8.00pm Lucy Hedges and Morland Sanders are our guides in this new series, which aims to take us to the world’s “up-and-coming destinations”. In practice, this means that Hedges heads to Israel to float in the Dead Sea while Sanders goes zip-lining in Costa Rica. Genius: Picasso National Geographic, 8.00pm Antonio Banderas plays Spain’s most famous painter in this sumptuous take on the life of Pablo Picasso. As with last year’s Einstein, the action in the first episode flashes between two key periods in Picasso’s life: the moment as a boy when he realised he had to become an artist and 1937 when he receives the commission that will ultimately become Guernica. Travel Man: 48 Hours on the Cote d’Azur Channel 4, 8.30pm Comedian Shazia Mirza is Richard Ayoade’s guest on a whistle-stop tour from Nice to Monaco. There’s a nice relaxed vibe between the two of them as they bond over their love of Roger Moore (sorry), although Mirza tests Ayoade’s patience with her misuse of the word “literally”. Secret Agent Selection: WW2 BBC Two, 9.00pm It’s concealment and camouflage week on the reality TV series, as our would-be secret agents are sent to the Scottish Highlands. It’s arguably the toughest training yet as the gang find themselves scrambling over rocks and wading through freezing lakes – will everyone make it through? SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm & 10.20pm Television’s coldest show returns with creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy having dialled back the tricksiness so that most of the time jumps and puzzles feel organic to the plot, although the overall effect is still pretty soulless. Understandably, last season’s revelations have led to chaos as Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) seeks vengeance on her former masters. Thandie Newton’s Maeve and Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard provide the rare moments of genuine emotion. SH Exodus (1960) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.55am Otto Preminger’s big-budget adaptation of Leon Uris’s bestseller about the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948 is an accomplished piece of film-making. A Jewish paramilitary smuggles more than 600 detained Holocaust survivors onto a cargo vessel and makes an illegal crossing to Palestine. Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint star with a script by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. The Sum of All Fears (2002) ★★☆☆☆ Sky One, 9.00pm After Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck is the third actor to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan, hero of Tom Clancy’s bestsellers. He teams up with Morgan Freeman and Liev Schreiber to find a missing nuclear bomb before it can be detonated on American soil in this efficient action thriller, which is lifted out of the humdrum by a sensational climax. Middle Men (2009) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 11.35pm Goodfellas meets Boogie Nights in this account of a straight-arrow Texas businessman who in the Nineties helps set up the first paid internet porn site. George Gallo, who co-wrote and directed, is no Scorsese, and Luke Wilson, narrating, is no De Niro, but it’s an entertaining albeit sleazy ride, and Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht are a hoot as the two losers who stumble across the internet’s first big moneymaking scheme. Tuesday 24 April Legal eagle: Nicola Walker as divorce lawyer Hannah Credit: BBC The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s latest television drama is perhaps her most mainstream yet after the psychological trauma of River and period precision of The Hour, but that doesn’t mean that it’s superficial. The set up is the stuff of classic family melodrama: London divorce lawyer Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker) clashes with her mother (Deborah Findlay) when she leaves the family firm for a bigger, flashier rival – and the pair end up on opposite sides in a high-profile case between a sportswear mogul (Stephen Tompkinson) and his wife (Meera Syal). Complicating matters further, Hannah’s estranged father (Anthony Head) returns after 30 years, leaving Hannah and her two sisters (Annabel Scholey and Fiona Button), one a singleton, the other engaged, in turmoil. There’s an unselfconscious gloss not often seen on British TV, and the set-ups are ripe for the sort of narrative twists in which Morgan excels, all peppered with her familiarly pointed dialogue. Walker and Stephen Mangan are particularly convincing as a couple still in love but also in denial about the cracks appearing in their marriage. There’s nothing guilty about this pleasure. Gabriel Tate Champions League Football: Liverpool v Roma BT Sport 2, 7.45pm Having brushed aside Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate, with Roberto Firmino scoring the final goal, Liverpool take on Roma in what should be a pulsating semi-final first leg at Anfield. They’ll be hoping for a similar outcome to the last time these sides met: goals from Jari Litmanen and Emile Heskey gave Liverpool a 2-0 win. The Terror AMC, 9.00pm Turning Dan Simmons’s slightly pulpy source material into the stuff of gripping drama, this new series is part-psychological thriller, part-adventure yarn and part-monster movie, as it follows two Royal Navy ships in the 1840s on a journey to discover the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. Conditions worsen, resources dwindle and strange creatures lurk on the fringes of the expedition as the crews begin to turn on each other. A top-notch cast, led by Ciarán Hinds, Jared Harris and Tobias Menzies, keeps the tension high and the humanity front and centre among some difficult characters. Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers Channel 4, 9.00pm This grotesque film follows presenter Rick Edwards and technician Carla Valentine as they pull apart one of those enormous lumps of congealed fat and assorted unpleasantness, uncovering a grim truths about modern life. Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Gus Casely-Hayford brings Jeremy Paxman to the Cairngorms, inspiration for Edwin Landseer, who sculpted the four lions of Nelson’s Column but never fulfilled his promise after a breakdown set the pattern of mental-health issues that would dog him for life. GT Cunk on Britain BBC Two, 10.00pm; N Ireland, 11.15pm Can Diane Morgan and her dunderheaded alter-ego wring laughs from the first half of the 20th century? Of course she can, when her real targets are the many po-faced documentaries on the same that preceded her. Rent for Sex & Botox Bust: Ellie Undercover BBC One, 10.45pm & 11.15pm; Scotland, 11.45pm & 12.15am Investigative journalist Ellie Flynn goes undercover to explore the alarming phenomena of landlords offering rooms in exchange for rent, and professional misuse of Botox. This was first shown on BBC Three. Flight HS13 Channel 4, 11.00pm An absorbing Dutch thriller in which a woman (Katja Schuurman) goes in search of her husband (Daniel Boissevain) after he fails to board a plane which subsequently crashes. The full series will be available on Walter Presents at 11.55pm. GT Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 5.15pm Terence Fisher teamed up with Hammer Films for this child-friendly spin-off from The Adventures of Robin Hood TV series, with Richard Greene, who reprises his role here. Peter Cushing stars as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham who is out to murder the Archbishop of Canterbury. It’s a cheap and cheerful affair that remains true to the spirit of the original. Sons of the Desert (1934, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures, 6.40pm This Laurel and Hardy comedy is a joyous romp. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy scheme to outwit their wives and secretly attend a fraternal lodge meeting in Chicago. Based on a story by Frank Craven, an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for originating the role of the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, it holds together well and is full of sparkling jokes. American Gangster (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.30pm Denzel Washington is imperious as the Seventies Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas in Ridley Scott’s cocksure crime thriller. Charting Lucas’s domination of the heroin market during the Vietnam War and his investigation by honest New Jersey cop Richie Roberts (a casually excellent Russell Crowe), the film features an enthralling final face-off. Cuba Gooding Jnr provides ample support. Wednesday 25 April Sugaring the pill? Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Credit: BBC Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm The UK has the worst eating habits in Europe, says veteran food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and the fallout is crippling the NHS. In the Fifties, just two per cent of the population was overweight, compared to the 20 per cent of us tipping the obesity scales currently. What we have to do, says Fearnley-Whittingstall, is not just diet and exercise, but fight back against the tide of high-calorie processed food being pushed at us from every direction. He begins this engrossing series by inviting children to do a supermarket shop without their parents. The results are striking, demonstrating the influence of advertising and how poor eating choices take root from an early age. There are many other striking moments in a show bursting with information, revelation and naming and shaming. He shows how the changing face of our high streets has limited food choices, and his campaign to get 10,000 people in Newcastle to shed a communal 100,000 lbs is inspired. But his drive to get WH Smith to stop, as he says, “pushing” chocolate from its tills will perhaps be what resonates most with viewers. Gerard O’Donovan MisFITs Like Us BBC Three, from today Another thoughtful documentary series, focusing on the isolation and loneliness that can come with illness or difference. In each of three episodes, young people suffering from vitiligo, scarring from burns and, in this opener, Tourette’s Syndrome spend time with a group of strangers living with the same condition, to share the bond of understanding and explore how they might help each other overcome a range of fears and anxieties. Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge BBC Two, 8.00pm Another four fledgling craft food producers vie to get their cheeses, charcuterie, preserves and breads voted best in shop at the tiny village store in Malhamdale, as judges Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona dog them every step of the way. Britain’s Brightest Family ITV, 8.00pm ITV’s family friendly quiz show hasn’t always been a thrill a minute but, with victory and the holiday of a lifetime up for grabs tonight, expect the competition to be fierce as the finalists go head-to-head against Anne Hegarty’s tough line in questioning. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story BBC Two, 9.00pm The story comes full circle in the final episode of Tom Rob Smith’s gripping drama series, to July 1997. As Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) watches the news of Versace’s murder break, he’s horrified to learn that the police have identified him as prime suspect. Benidorm ITV, 9.00pm More Costa comedy as Monty (John Challis) is on his uppers after Joyce (Sherrie Hewson) sacks him. And things are even worse for Kenneth (Tony Maudsley), who wakes up in Blow & Go after a big night out, only to realise that the builders have bricked him in. GO The Curse of Civil War Gold History, 9.00pm Oak Island treasure hunters Rick and Marty Lagina embark on a new series prompted by a Civil War story about a troop of Union soldiers who stole a hoard of Confederate gold. The loot was supposedly smuggled north before being lost beneath the waves of Lake Michigan. Rick and Marty aren’t the only ones who think that there’s a chance that it could still be there. GO Mermaids (1990) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 1.45pm This comedy-drama stars Cher as Mrs Flax, a mother who regularly moves town, and is a constant embarrassment to her two daughters (Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci). After yet another romantic disaster for Mrs Flax, they relocate to Massachusetts and find some semblance of family life. Ryder in particular generates real charisma in her role as an alienated outsider. Pork Chop Hill (1959, b/w) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 3.55pm Lewis Milestone, the man responsible for the great anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front, directs this intelligent and largely forgotten true-story drama about a late battle of the Korean War. Gregory Peck stars as a gung-ho American lieutenant who leads a unit on the attack of the Chinese-held Pork Chop Hill, while Rip Torn is cheerfully professional as his brother-in-law. It also features the film debut of Martin Landau. Dark Places (2015) ★★☆☆☆ Film 4, 9.00pm This adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s cold-case chiller, which comes after the making of her mystery novel Gone Girl, with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, pales in comparison. Producer-star Charlize Theron plays a Kansas woman still grappling with the long-ago murders of her family. Christina Hendricks is affecting as her mother, but there’s not much in the way of surprise elements and the plot holes are gaping. Thursday 26 April Cup half full: paramedics Nat and Nat Credit: BBC Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm The key to the BBC’s emotional, compelling Ambulance, which returns for a third series, lies in the attention to small details, whether it’s the way in which a husband gazes into his injured wife’s eyes or the moment at the end of a shift when two team members of the West Midlands Ambulance Service relax to the radio on the way home. This strong opening episode is also almost impossible to watch at times. It begins with call assessor Shanie, who has just graduated from training, as she deals with the cries of a woman in labour. And then there’s paramedic Nat, who gets a call that’s uncomfortably close to home while her driving partner, also called Nat, desperately tries to keep her calm. They are just two of the five featured stories – only a handful of the 6,041 cases treated by the service in a 48-hour period – and the film-makers do well to balance the light and dark, ensuring that we are able to laugh amid the tears. The night’s star is 101-year-old Mary, who greets paramedic Justin with a smile and the words: “Oh, don’t you look nice” before going on to flirt for Britain. It’s a lovely scene and one which, like the episode, warms the heart. Sarah Hughes Happy! Netflix, from today Adapted by Grant Morrison from his graphic novel, Happy! stars Chris Meloni (who has played tormented characters in everything from Oz to Law & Order SVU) as Nick Sax, a depressed cop turned hitman who appears to be hallucinating a tiny blue unicorn named Happy! The kicker: Happy! (voiced by Patton Oswalt) is real, sort of. He’s the imaginary friend of a little girl in danger and he needs Sax to save the day. The result is crazed, profane and strangely enjoyable. Super Fast Falcon BBC Two, 8.00pm “They seem to live in a different time perception,” says an awed watcher during this fascinating film about peregrine falcons. The film-makers make a great deal out of trying to uncover how fast peregrines really are, but that’s largely incidental to the footage of these elegant birds. Europa League Football: Arsenal v Atletico Madrid BT Sport 2, 8.05pm Domestically, Arsenal have been crumbling, their woeful 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United resulting in Arsène Wenger admitting his team lack balance. Win the Europa League and this season won’t have been a disaster, however. First, they face a tough Atletico Madrid side in the semi-finals. Civilisations BBC Two, 9.00pm Simon Schama, the presenter for this final episode, begins with a heartfelt plea: “What can art do when horror comes calling?” What follows is an emotional hour that starts with the Holocaust and ends with monuments to migrants who drowned at sea. Harold Shipman: Doctor Death ITV, 9.00pm Harold Shipman was revealed as Britain’s most prolific serial killer following his arrest in 1998. Nicknamed “Doctor Death”, Shipman is said to have poisoned in excess of 250 of his patients, and was found guilty of 15 murders. This documentary speaks to key people involved in the case including former Greater Manchester Police detectives. True Horror Channel 4, 10.00pm This inventive “true life” horror series continues with The Ghost in the Wall, a haunted house story that starts out as a study of a relationship under stress before descending into a genuinely scary tale. SH Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.45pm The night’s second hitman-related offering sees Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader as Barry, a killer developing a conscience. That description doesn’t come close to capturing the tone of this dark comedy scripted by Hader and Silicon Valley’s Alex Berg, however. It’s a deeply eccentric but very entertaining mash-up of Community and Grosse Point Blank, held together by Hader’s gloriously laconic central performance. SH Limitless (2011) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 9.00pm Bradley Cooper stars in this thriller about a writer whose former brother-in-law slips him a pill that enables him to access 100 per cent of his brain. His book is finished in four days, so he goes back for more and this time nets himself a fortune on the stock market. Neil Burger directs at breakneck pace, but afterwards you wish that Cooper’s character had used that brainpower for something more interesting than making money. Moonraker (1979) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 9.00pm The 11th film in the Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the dapper MI6 agent, involves the theft of a space shuttle. It’s one of the weaker 007 films and at times seems more of a comedy than a tense action adventure, but it’s enjoyably frivolous. Michael Lonsdale plays resident baddy Hugo Drax who pinches the aforementioned space shuttle to help along his plan to wipe out the world’s population. Enemy of the State (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 9.00pm This slick, hi-tech film is considered a continuation of the Seventies spy-thriller The Conversation, which starred Gene Hackman. Here, Hackman plays a surveillance expert who helps Will Smith’s framed attorney escape the clutches of some corrupt government spooks led by Jon Voight. Directed by Tony Scott, it’s a riveting ride. The interplay between the leads is fun, too. Friday 27 April Face off: David Morrissey and Robert Firth Credit: BBC The City & the City BBC Two, 9.00pm The climax of this atmospheric adaptation of China Miéville’s sci-fi novel sees troubled Inspector Tyador Borlú (David Morrissey) go through hell while seeking answers to the mysteries dogging him: why was archaeologist Mahalia Geary (Andrea Deck) murdered and what happened to Borlú’s missing wife, Katrynia (Lara Pulver)? Borlú endures torture at the hands of Breach, the Stasi-style police, and gets fired in his quest. But, in true TV cop fashion, he forges on in a solo investigation, bruised and nearly broken. Ultimately, it’s a mundane trawl through CCTV footage that provides Borlú with some answers. This reminds us that despite the fantastical premise of two cities coexisting in the same space, this TV drama really just boils down to a routine murder-mystery. Having said that, a couple of nice twists towards the end explain whether Orciny, the fabled third city between Besźel and Ul Qoma, really exists. Along with impressive production design that creates a rich backdrop to the series, what makes The City & The City compelling is Morrissey’s performance; he’s able to convey the soft centre within the cop’s hard-boiled shell and is always worth watching. Vicki Power Bobby Kennedy for President Netflix, from today Marking half a century since Robert F Kennedy’s assassination, Dawn Porter’s four-part docuseries pays tribute to the former US Attorney General. Through previously unseen home footage and contributions from his confidantes, the documentary focuses on the younger Kennedy’s 83-day race for the White House in 1968. And Porter portrays him as a principled family man and dedicated public servant with a progressive political vision. It only highlights the tragedy of his early demise. Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm This episode sees Marcel Theroux brave the deadly smog that hangs over Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar, where the air pollution can reach more than 100 times the accepted limit. As a public health catastrophe unfolds, officials scrabble for a solution. Our Wildest Dreams Channel 4, 8.00pm This new docu-series follows Brits who’ve upped sticks to take a new path in life. The jaw-dropping opener sees Londoner Mari move to her husband’s homeland, the Ecuadorean rainforest, to join a community of just 26 people. With their young daughter, they must build a house and learn to farm. The Nineties Sky Arts, 9.00pm In terms of politics, the Nineties were seismic. The decade saw, among other things, Nelson Mandela freed from prison as apartheid ended in South Africa, the Soviet Union collapse and the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. This episode of the CNN documentary series relives those times, with contributions from Christiane Amanpour and Dan Rather. VP Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm This sitcom features the considerable talents of Emilia Fox and Johnny Vegas, but it offers precious few laughs. In the second episode, Neil (Vegas) tries to look macho next to his suave neighbour Robert (Adam James) on a hike, but his attempts prove disastrous. Episodes BBC Two, 10.00pm In keeping with this comedy’s subversive tone, mirth is mined from the death of Matt’s father (the episode is dedicated to the actor who played him, Alex Rocco, who died in 2015). In true Matt Le Blanc style, he brilliantly handles a foul-mouthed tussle over his father’s ashes between his mother and dad’s girlfriend. VP The Week Of (2018) Netflix, from today This is the fourth and final film in a four-film deal between Adam Sandler and Netflix, and sees a re-teaming of Sandler with his Saturday Night Live buddy Chris Rock. The film stars the pair as fathers who are polar opposites and have to endure a road trip together in a stuffy car in the week leading up to their children getting married. Frequent Sandler collaborator Steve Buscemi co-stars; Robert Smigel (Hotel Transylvania) directs. Knocked Up (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV2, 9.00pm 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, One for the Money – as a rule Katherine Heigl doesn’t make terribly good films. Luckily, this warm-hearted comedy by Judd Apatow is an exception. She stars as a journalist who finds her life plans in jeopardy when she becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with a likeable slacker, played by Seth Rogen (in the role that made him a bona fide star). In 2012, a spin-off sequel, This Is 40, was released. Tropic Thunder (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm; N Ireland, 12.20am This comedy/action romp charts the filming of a guerrilla-style Vietnam War movie that derails thanks to the egotistical actors, including Kirk Lazarus (a blacked-up Robert Downey Jnr). Even with its all-star cast (Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan, Ben Stiller and Jack Black among them), the standout performance is by Tom Cruise as megalomaniac film producer Les Grossman. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
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Friday 20 Home From Home BBC One, 9.30pm A considerable advance on the tentative pilot that aired back in 2016 alongside the rather more confident and vituperative Motherland, this full series for Coronation Street graduates Simon Crowther and Chris Fewtrell’s sitcom has grown sharper, more polished and, crucially, funnier in the interim. It rejoins Stoke-dwelling grafters Neil and Fiona Hackett (Johnny Vegas and Niky Wardley, the latter replacing Joanna Page) and their teenage sons as they return to their tumbledown Lake District holiday lodge for the summer; just across the way, nouveau riche on-site neighbours Robert and Penny Dillon (Adam James, jovial but emasculated, and resentful would-be bohemian Emilia Fox) are back as well. Throw in an oddball site manager (Pearce Quigley) threatening to erect a Wi-Fi mast outside the Hacketts’ lodge, a conspiracy theorist (Susan Calman) warning darkly about clones of Kevin Costner, and a slow build of paranoia, frustration and inadequacy for Vegas to savour and you have a thoroughly inoffensive half-hour of well-structured, smartly cast farce. It doesn’t reinvent the sitcom but it’s an enjoyable riff on familiar themes. GT Pass Over Amazon Prime, from today Spike Lee films Antoinette Nwandu’s thrilling reimagining of Waiting for Godot as an as-live play complete with audience responses, in which young black men Moses (Jon Michael Hill) and Kitch (Julian Parker) pass the time dreaming of the Promised Land. GT Mercury 13 Netflix, from today Hot on the heels of Hidden Figures, the film which championed the black women whose facility for maths helped power the US space programme, comes this disturbing, fascinating documentary. It follows the fates of the 13 women who passed the stringent tests for space flight by Nasa in 1961 yet were kept off the shuttles because of their gender. GT BBC Young Musician 2018 BBC Four, 7.30pm The contest continues as instrumentalists in the woodwind category compete to reach the final, where composer, Kerry Andrew is on the judging panel. GT Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm A bleak but inspiring new series of the current-affairs warhorse begins with a story of hope amid horror. Reporter Seyi Rhodes and director Sasha Achilli ride along with a volunteer ambulance service in the warn-torn Somali capital, Mogadishu, running the gauntlet of bombs, shootings and militants to aid the sick and the dying. GT The Button BBC One, 8.30pm Five families are set a variety of daft challenges set by a talking button positioned in their homes. There’s big money at stake for the winners in this zany-sounding new game show from the creators of Taskmaster. GT Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain Channel 5, 9.00pm Taking a break from riding the rails, Michael Portillo visits four key locations in the footnotes of British history. He begins at the Royal London Hospital, home both to “The Elephant Man” Joseph Merrick for the last three years of his life, and to a series of significant medical breakthroughs. GT Rivers of Blood: 50 Years On Channel 5, 10.00pm By turns stirring and distressing, this excellent film documents shifting attitudes towards immigration in the five decades since Enoch Powell’s notorious speech, hearing from those whose lives it directly affected. GT Buena Vista Social Club (1999) ★★★★☆ BBC Four, 9.00pm Ry Cooder’s rediscovery of ageing Cuban musicians and the resulting concert at Carnegie Hall, became a global phenomenon on its release. Wim Wenders’ cinematography is gorgeous, especially when he’s filming in Cuba, and the roguish octogenarians are hugely likeable, but the relentless presence of Cooder and his son proves contentious in the long run. Still essential viewing, however. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) Film4, 11.40pm This film is bonkers… in a good way, and no other star can be relied upon to go crazy as prolifically as Nicolas Cage, whose career is a pinball machine. Werner Herzog’s certifiable noir drama is a sort of free-form documentary on Louisiana reptile life, so we have Cage as a drug-snorting, epically corrupt homicide cop functioning as a virtual pimp to his kept girlfriend, played by Eva Mendes. Sliding Doors (1998) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Gwyneth Paltrow stars in this guilty-pleasure romcom about how a fleeting moment can change your path in life – in this instance it’s whether Helen (Paltrow) catches her train on time. At that moment, the film splits into parallel storylines: a) she makes it home to find her boyfriend Gerry (John Lynch) cheating on her with another woman, or b) she doesn’t, and her humdrum life, plagued with suspicion, continues. Saturday 21 April How to swing it: Tom Jones performs at the birthday event Credit: Paul Glover The Queen’s Birthday Party BBC One, 8.00pm “Hasn’t she suffered enough?” mused some wags when the line-up for the Queen’s 92nd birthday concert was announced. Certainly, the prospect of Her Majesty wanting to see Sting and Shaggy performing together seems remote, but the Queen’s celebratory concerts have always had a surreal tinge to them. Who can forget Ricky Martin banging out The Cup of Life at 2002’s Golden Jubilee Party at the Palace, or Cliff Richard duetting with S Club 7 on Move It at the same event? Ten years later, the Diamond Jubilee concert was distinguished by the magnificent Grace Jones gyrating to Slave to the Rhythm shortly before Rolf Harris introduced Stevie Wonder on stage. This year, the gig will come live from the Royal Albert Hall, with a similarly random approach to performers. This time will include the acappella magic of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a newly countrified Kylie Minogue, and Craig David, hopefully treating Elizabeth II to a rundown of how he spends his week. Holding the concept together will be Tom Jones, a veteran of the previous two shindigs and thus, one presumes, a firm favourite of the Windsors. Ma’am didn’t tell him not to come, after all. Gabriel Tate Snooker: The World Championship BBC One, 1.45pm The Crucible in Sheffield is the setting as Kyren Wilson and Ronnie O’Sullivan begin their campaigns against two qualifiers on the opening day of the World Championship, which was won by Mark Selby last year. FA Cup Football: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur BBC One, 4.55pm Paul Pogba, Alexis Sánchez, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are all under threat of being dropped for this FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham after Jose Mourinho promised to wield the axe in the wake of Manchester United’s abject showing against West Bromwich Albion. Having lost 1-0, which handed the title to rivals Manchester City with five games to spare, United will be under pressure to overcome Spurs, whom they lost 2-0 to in January. United ended a 12-year drought to lift this trophy in 2016, when they overcame Crystal Palace 2-1. Spurs have been waiting even longer, having last won the famous competition back in 1991 with victory over Nottingham Forest by the same scoreline. The Forest BBC Two, 8.00pm This second visit to Galloway Forest in south-west Scotland is narrated by Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty; Apple Tree Yard; Shetland). In this episode, the cause of a rat infestation is discovered, an engineering team is called out to repair a giant logging machine, and a campsite owner readies his holidaymakers for a comedy night. Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm Further hopefuls to try to impress Simon Cowell and his fellow judges as they continue their search for undiscovered British eccentrics. Britain’s Most Historic Towns: Winchester Channel 4, 8.00pm The ever-game Alice Roberts storms a castle and chows down on an eel pie in her efforts to demonstrate why Winchester is Britain’s most Norman city. This is great, instructive fun. Imagine: Habaneros: You Say You Want a Revolution? Part one BBC Two, 9.00pm Almost 60 years after Fidel Castro began his revolution in Cuba, his younger brother Raúl steps down from the country’s presidency after a decade in power. In this arrestingly assembled, picaresque portrait of Havana, Julien Temple meets its citizens – the Habaneros – who share their experience of life in this extraordinary city. It concludes tomorrow on BBC Four at 9pm. GT Salamander: Blood Diamonds BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.45pm After disturbing intruders at Jacky Lanciers’ apartment, Paul Gerardi (Filip Peeters) starts to follow the money trail as this occasionally baffling Belgian thriller continues – but has he left himself compromised? Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One More Time with Feeling Sky Arts, 9.00pm Nick Cave’s 16th studio album, The Skeleton Tree, was half-finished when Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur fell from a cliff and died. He invited Andrew Dominik, a regular collaborator since Cave soundtracked the director’s movie, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, to film the final production process as a way to avoid having to address his son’s death with the media. The result is a small miracle of insight and restraint. It’s harrowing, certainly, but it’s also deeply respectful in its depiction of raw grief, profound trauma and unfathomable loss. GT Bend of the River (1952) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 1.50pm This is one of five excellent collaborations between director Anthony Mann and actor James Stewart. Here, Stewart stars as Glyn McLyntock, a former outlaw working as a trail guide for farmers. Gold is discovered nearby and a town boss confiscates homesteaders’ supplies, leaving McLyntock risking his life to try to win them back. Glorious scenery and thrilling action make this compelling western still very watchable. Testament of Youth (2014) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 10.05pm Alicia Vikander gives a thrillingly astute portrait of Vera Brittain, the Oxford undergraduate whose ideals are beaten into shape – bitterly forged, you might say – by the heartbreak and gruelling trauma of the First World War. James Kent gives the film a restrained cinematic polish that feels wholly appropriate to its subject: it’s soberly moving. The Recruit (2003) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Being headhunted by the CIA in this thriller basically means being shouted at by Al Pacino, who began his unfortunate streak of uninspiring performances at about this point. Nevertheless, it’s still a privilege to watch him at work. Colin Farrell is also below his best as the rookie getting his marching orders – Roger Donaldson’s movie is a standard-issue spy game with all the layered complexity of Ludo. Sunday 22 April Double trouble: Olivia Vinall as twin Laura Fairlie Credit: BBC The Woman in White BBC One, 9.00pm The BBC has previously had three goes at adapting Wilkie Collins’s classic mystery tale: in 1966 (with Alethea Charlton and Nicholas Pennell), 1982 (Diana Quick, Daniel Gerroll) and 1997 (Tara Fitzgerald, Andrew Lincoln). So it’s no surprise to see it rearing its head again in a new five-part version by Fiona Seres, underlining the theme of women’s inequality before the law in Victorian times. Former EastEnders actor Ben Hardy is terrific as artist William Hartright, drawn into a murderous plot to steal an heiress’s fortune when he’s invited by a reclusive art collector (Charles Dance) to teach his nieces to paint. As ever, Jessie Buckley makes an instant impact as the spirited Marian Halcombe, while Olivia Vinall takes on the twin roles of Laura Fairlie and troubled Anne Catherick. This opening episode is set up as an extended tease – from the outset we know something terrible has happened and the action is interrupted regularly to remind us that a detective (Art Malik) will investigate soon. But only at the end do we meet the villain of the piece, Sir Percival Glide (Dougray Scott), and get a hint of the dastardly scheme that’s afoot. Gerard O’Donovan Luis Miguel Netflix, from today He’s the most successful male Latin American recording artist ever, having sold well in excess of 100 million records. But even though superstar singer Luis Miguel has lived a life rich enough to more than fill this three-part dramatised biography (with Diego Boneta in the lead), don’t expect too much in the way of shocking true-life revelations as it is very much the official, authorised version of an already carefully curated life story. Athletics: London Marathon BBC One, 8.30am As the heatwave continues, tens of thousands of runners will be pounding the streets of London for the 38th staging of the annual event. The men’s race will be the first for Mo Farah since the four-time Olympic gold medallist switched his focus from track events to the road. The 35-year-old will face competition from runners such as Eliud Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion, and Daniel Wanjiru, the winner of last year’s London Marathon. Mary Keitany will start as favourite in the women’s race, looking to equal Ingrid Kristiansen as the joint-most successful female athlete in the event’s history. Revolution Sky One, 6.30pm The thrills, skills and spectacular spills continue as Sky’s entertainingly original new show (incredible that neither the BBC nor ITV spotted the potential of this format) rolls on as the fourth heat sees more BMX-ers, bladers and skateboarders battle it out for a place in the final. “Gang warfare on wheels” is how hyperbolic co-host Steve-O describes it, though the family-friendly atmosphere is a lot cheerier than that. GO Little Big Shots ITV, 7.00pm Dawn French returns with the show that allows children to take a first step on the slippery slope to TV talent show fame, testing out their star power on the TV viewing public. Tonight, a four-year-old from Slough whose mini-guardsman routine went viral online, and a seven-year-old drummer from London. Britain’s Biggest Warship BBC Two, 8.00pm In the second episode, the Navy’s cutting edge new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth embarks on sea trials, stress-testing every part of the ship and allowing landings on deck for the first time. And it’s not only kit that’s tested – the crew have challenging times ahead, too. The Durrells ITV, 8.00pm The most charming family on TV’s Corfu sojourn continues as, despite all Louisa’s (Keeley Hawes) preparations, Gerry’s (Milo Parker) 13th birthday party descends into chaos – and Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis) is behaving very oddly. The Good Karma Hospital ITV, 9.00pm Mixed emotions abound in the closing episode of an eventful second series as Ruby (Amrita Acharia) has a heart-to-heart with Gabriel (James Krishna Floyd), and Lydia (Amanda Redman) faces a dilemma when a former mentor (Sue Johnston) seeks help. GO Dances with Wolves (1990) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 2.15pm After his heroic exploits in the American Civil War, Union army lieutenant John Dunbar (played by Kevin Costner, who also directed and produced) chooses a solitary posting on the Western frontier, where he encounters – and is finally embraced by – the local Sioux tribe. This sort of thing rarely happened in reality, but the epic sweep of the tale and magnificent locations are irresistible. Trainwreck (2015) ★★★★☆ 5STAR, 9.00pm The stand-up comedian – and first-time screenwriter – Amy Schumer nails her performance as a shambolic loser-in-love in Judd Apatow’s overstuffed sex comedy. Like Kristen Wiig (who produces) and Maya Rudolph in Bridesmaids, Schumer and Brie Larson, who plays her settled-down sister, duet their way through some bitter dramatic tributaries. Tilda Swinton co-stars as Amy’s hair-flicking boss. Easy A (2010) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 11.10pm Emma Stone dominates this high-school romcom, a mildly raunched-up version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1840 novel The Scarlet Letter. It takes the form of a live webcast confessional, in which Olive (Stone) explains how she risked her reputation to help the unpopular kids improve theirs. It’s smart and surprising, and the pencil-sharp character assassinations are irresistible. Monday 23 April Easy-going: the Duchess of Cornwall on her 70th birthday Credit: ITV The Real Camilla: HRH the Duchess of Cornwall ITV, 9.00pm A combination of reverence and access or lack thereof tends to ensure that royal documentaries rarely give viewers the warts-and-all depiction they might require. That’s certainly the case with this pleasant if undemanding ITV take on the life of the Duchess of Cornwall. The usual mixture of friends, family and royal correspondents give their opinion on the “real Camilla” – her nephew Ben Elliott comes closest to lifting the veil when he talks about what to get her for Christmas – and there’s a whistle-stop tour of the whole Charles/ Camilla/ Diana story, albeit one that glosses over the over the crucial decade when the Prince of Wales’s marriage fell apart. Ultimately, what saves it all from sycophancy is Camilla herself, who comes across as hard-working, easy-going and, above all, game. “She was fun, she made people laugh,” says a contributor early on and watching the Duchess chatting to various guests, young and old, you can believe it. The night’s best tribute, however, comes, fittingly, from the man most qualified to judge: “She’s the best listener in the world,” notes Prince Charles, his delivery heartfelt. Sarah Hughes Rip Off Britain: Food BBC One, 9.15am The popular daytime consumer series returns with a focus on food as presenters Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville look at the ins and outs of going out for a meal and consider public complaints. Tennis: The Barcelona Open Sky Sports Main Event, 10.00am It’s the opening day in the clay-court tournament at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, where Rafael Nadal triumphed last year for the 10th time. Holidays Unpacked Channel 4, 8.00pm Lucy Hedges and Morland Sanders are our guides in this new series, which aims to take us to the world’s “up-and-coming destinations”. In practice, this means that Hedges heads to Israel to float in the Dead Sea while Sanders goes zip-lining in Costa Rica. Genius: Picasso National Geographic, 8.00pm Antonio Banderas plays Spain’s most famous painter in this sumptuous take on the life of Pablo Picasso. As with last year’s Einstein, the action in the first episode flashes between two key periods in Picasso’s life: the moment as a boy when he realised he had to become an artist and 1937 when he receives the commission that will ultimately become Guernica. Travel Man: 48 Hours on the Cote d’Azur Channel 4, 8.30pm Comedian Shazia Mirza is Richard Ayoade’s guest on a whistle-stop tour from Nice to Monaco. There’s a nice relaxed vibe between the two of them as they bond over their love of Roger Moore (sorry), although Mirza tests Ayoade’s patience with her misuse of the word “literally”. Secret Agent Selection: WW2 BBC Two, 9.00pm It’s concealment and camouflage week on the reality TV series, as our would-be secret agents are sent to the Scottish Highlands. It’s arguably the toughest training yet as the gang find themselves scrambling over rocks and wading through freezing lakes – will everyone make it through? SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm & 10.20pm Television’s coldest show returns with creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy having dialled back the tricksiness so that most of the time jumps and puzzles feel organic to the plot, although the overall effect is still pretty soulless. Understandably, last season’s revelations have led to chaos as Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) seeks vengeance on her former masters. Thandie Newton’s Maeve and Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard provide the rare moments of genuine emotion. SH Exodus (1960) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.55am Otto Preminger’s big-budget adaptation of Leon Uris’s bestseller about the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948 is an accomplished piece of film-making. A Jewish paramilitary smuggles more than 600 detained Holocaust survivors onto a cargo vessel and makes an illegal crossing to Palestine. Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint star with a script by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. The Sum of All Fears (2002) ★★☆☆☆ Sky One, 9.00pm After Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck is the third actor to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan, hero of Tom Clancy’s bestsellers. He teams up with Morgan Freeman and Liev Schreiber to find a missing nuclear bomb before it can be detonated on American soil in this efficient action thriller, which is lifted out of the humdrum by a sensational climax. Middle Men (2009) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 11.35pm Goodfellas meets Boogie Nights in this account of a straight-arrow Texas businessman who in the Nineties helps set up the first paid internet porn site. George Gallo, who co-wrote and directed, is no Scorsese, and Luke Wilson, narrating, is no De Niro, but it’s an entertaining albeit sleazy ride, and Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht are a hoot as the two losers who stumble across the internet’s first big moneymaking scheme. Tuesday 24 April Legal eagle: Nicola Walker as divorce lawyer Hannah Credit: BBC The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s latest television drama is perhaps her most mainstream yet after the psychological trauma of River and period precision of The Hour, but that doesn’t mean that it’s superficial. The set up is the stuff of classic family melodrama: London divorce lawyer Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker) clashes with her mother (Deborah Findlay) when she leaves the family firm for a bigger, flashier rival – and the pair end up on opposite sides in a high-profile case between a sportswear mogul (Stephen Tompkinson) and his wife (Meera Syal). Complicating matters further, Hannah’s estranged father (Anthony Head) returns after 30 years, leaving Hannah and her two sisters (Annabel Scholey and Fiona Button), one a singleton, the other engaged, in turmoil. There’s an unselfconscious gloss not often seen on British TV, and the set-ups are ripe for the sort of narrative twists in which Morgan excels, all peppered with her familiarly pointed dialogue. Walker and Stephen Mangan are particularly convincing as a couple still in love but also in denial about the cracks appearing in their marriage. There’s nothing guilty about this pleasure. Gabriel Tate Champions League Football: Liverpool v Roma BT Sport 2, 7.45pm Having brushed aside Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate, with Roberto Firmino scoring the final goal, Liverpool take on Roma in what should be a pulsating semi-final first leg at Anfield. They’ll be hoping for a similar outcome to the last time these sides met: goals from Jari Litmanen and Emile Heskey gave Liverpool a 2-0 win. The Terror AMC, 9.00pm Turning Dan Simmons’s slightly pulpy source material into the stuff of gripping drama, this new series is part-psychological thriller, part-adventure yarn and part-monster movie, as it follows two Royal Navy ships in the 1840s on a journey to discover the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. Conditions worsen, resources dwindle and strange creatures lurk on the fringes of the expedition as the crews begin to turn on each other. A top-notch cast, led by Ciarán Hinds, Jared Harris and Tobias Menzies, keeps the tension high and the humanity front and centre among some difficult characters. Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers Channel 4, 9.00pm This grotesque film follows presenter Rick Edwards and technician Carla Valentine as they pull apart one of those enormous lumps of congealed fat and assorted unpleasantness, uncovering a grim truths about modern life. Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Gus Casely-Hayford brings Jeremy Paxman to the Cairngorms, inspiration for Edwin Landseer, who sculpted the four lions of Nelson’s Column but never fulfilled his promise after a breakdown set the pattern of mental-health issues that would dog him for life. GT Cunk on Britain BBC Two, 10.00pm; N Ireland, 11.15pm Can Diane Morgan and her dunderheaded alter-ego wring laughs from the first half of the 20th century? Of course she can, when her real targets are the many po-faced documentaries on the same that preceded her. Rent for Sex & Botox Bust: Ellie Undercover BBC One, 10.45pm & 11.15pm; Scotland, 11.45pm & 12.15am Investigative journalist Ellie Flynn goes undercover to explore the alarming phenomena of landlords offering rooms in exchange for rent, and professional misuse of Botox. This was first shown on BBC Three. Flight HS13 Channel 4, 11.00pm An absorbing Dutch thriller in which a woman (Katja Schuurman) goes in search of her husband (Daniel Boissevain) after he fails to board a plane which subsequently crashes. The full series will be available on Walter Presents at 11.55pm. GT Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 5.15pm Terence Fisher teamed up with Hammer Films for this child-friendly spin-off from The Adventures of Robin Hood TV series, with Richard Greene, who reprises his role here. Peter Cushing stars as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham who is out to murder the Archbishop of Canterbury. It’s a cheap and cheerful affair that remains true to the spirit of the original. Sons of the Desert (1934, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures, 6.40pm This Laurel and Hardy comedy is a joyous romp. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy scheme to outwit their wives and secretly attend a fraternal lodge meeting in Chicago. Based on a story by Frank Craven, an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for originating the role of the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, it holds together well and is full of sparkling jokes. American Gangster (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.30pm Denzel Washington is imperious as the Seventies Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas in Ridley Scott’s cocksure crime thriller. Charting Lucas’s domination of the heroin market during the Vietnam War and his investigation by honest New Jersey cop Richie Roberts (a casually excellent Russell Crowe), the film features an enthralling final face-off. Cuba Gooding Jnr provides ample support. Wednesday 25 April Sugaring the pill? Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Credit: BBC Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm The UK has the worst eating habits in Europe, says veteran food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and the fallout is crippling the NHS. In the Fifties, just two per cent of the population was overweight, compared to the 20 per cent of us tipping the obesity scales currently. What we have to do, says Fearnley-Whittingstall, is not just diet and exercise, but fight back against the tide of high-calorie processed food being pushed at us from every direction. He begins this engrossing series by inviting children to do a supermarket shop without their parents. The results are striking, demonstrating the influence of advertising and how poor eating choices take root from an early age. There are many other striking moments in a show bursting with information, revelation and naming and shaming. He shows how the changing face of our high streets has limited food choices, and his campaign to get 10,000 people in Newcastle to shed a communal 100,000 lbs is inspired. But his drive to get WH Smith to stop, as he says, “pushing” chocolate from its tills will perhaps be what resonates most with viewers. Gerard O’Donovan MisFITs Like Us BBC Three, from today Another thoughtful documentary series, focusing on the isolation and loneliness that can come with illness or difference. In each of three episodes, young people suffering from vitiligo, scarring from burns and, in this opener, Tourette’s Syndrome spend time with a group of strangers living with the same condition, to share the bond of understanding and explore how they might help each other overcome a range of fears and anxieties. Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge BBC Two, 8.00pm Another four fledgling craft food producers vie to get their cheeses, charcuterie, preserves and breads voted best in shop at the tiny village store in Malhamdale, as judges Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona dog them every step of the way. Britain’s Brightest Family ITV, 8.00pm ITV’s family friendly quiz show hasn’t always been a thrill a minute but, with victory and the holiday of a lifetime up for grabs tonight, expect the competition to be fierce as the finalists go head-to-head against Anne Hegarty’s tough line in questioning. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story BBC Two, 9.00pm The story comes full circle in the final episode of Tom Rob Smith’s gripping drama series, to July 1997. As Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) watches the news of Versace’s murder break, he’s horrified to learn that the police have identified him as prime suspect. Benidorm ITV, 9.00pm More Costa comedy as Monty (John Challis) is on his uppers after Joyce (Sherrie Hewson) sacks him. And things are even worse for Kenneth (Tony Maudsley), who wakes up in Blow & Go after a big night out, only to realise that the builders have bricked him in. GO The Curse of Civil War Gold History, 9.00pm Oak Island treasure hunters Rick and Marty Lagina embark on a new series prompted by a Civil War story about a troop of Union soldiers who stole a hoard of Confederate gold. The loot was supposedly smuggled north before being lost beneath the waves of Lake Michigan. Rick and Marty aren’t the only ones who think that there’s a chance that it could still be there. GO Mermaids (1990) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 1.45pm This comedy-drama stars Cher as Mrs Flax, a mother who regularly moves town, and is a constant embarrassment to her two daughters (Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci). After yet another romantic disaster for Mrs Flax, they relocate to Massachusetts and find some semblance of family life. Ryder in particular generates real charisma in her role as an alienated outsider. Pork Chop Hill (1959, b/w) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 3.55pm Lewis Milestone, the man responsible for the great anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front, directs this intelligent and largely forgotten true-story drama about a late battle of the Korean War. Gregory Peck stars as a gung-ho American lieutenant who leads a unit on the attack of the Chinese-held Pork Chop Hill, while Rip Torn is cheerfully professional as his brother-in-law. It also features the film debut of Martin Landau. Dark Places (2015) ★★☆☆☆ Film 4, 9.00pm This adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s cold-case chiller, which comes after the making of her mystery novel Gone Girl, with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, pales in comparison. Producer-star Charlize Theron plays a Kansas woman still grappling with the long-ago murders of her family. Christina Hendricks is affecting as her mother, but there’s not much in the way of surprise elements and the plot holes are gaping. Thursday 26 April Cup half full: paramedics Nat and Nat Credit: BBC Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm The key to the BBC’s emotional, compelling Ambulance, which returns for a third series, lies in the attention to small details, whether it’s the way in which a husband gazes into his injured wife’s eyes or the moment at the end of a shift when two team members of the West Midlands Ambulance Service relax to the radio on the way home. This strong opening episode is also almost impossible to watch at times. It begins with call assessor Shanie, who has just graduated from training, as she deals with the cries of a woman in labour. And then there’s paramedic Nat, who gets a call that’s uncomfortably close to home while her driving partner, also called Nat, desperately tries to keep her calm. They are just two of the five featured stories – only a handful of the 6,041 cases treated by the service in a 48-hour period – and the film-makers do well to balance the light and dark, ensuring that we are able to laugh amid the tears. The night’s star is 101-year-old Mary, who greets paramedic Justin with a smile and the words: “Oh, don’t you look nice” before going on to flirt for Britain. It’s a lovely scene and one which, like the episode, warms the heart. Sarah Hughes Happy! Netflix, from today Adapted by Grant Morrison from his graphic novel, Happy! stars Chris Meloni (who has played tormented characters in everything from Oz to Law & Order SVU) as Nick Sax, a depressed cop turned hitman who appears to be hallucinating a tiny blue unicorn named Happy! The kicker: Happy! (voiced by Patton Oswalt) is real, sort of. He’s the imaginary friend of a little girl in danger and he needs Sax to save the day. The result is crazed, profane and strangely enjoyable. Super Fast Falcon BBC Two, 8.00pm “They seem to live in a different time perception,” says an awed watcher during this fascinating film about peregrine falcons. The film-makers make a great deal out of trying to uncover how fast peregrines really are, but that’s largely incidental to the footage of these elegant birds. Europa League Football: Arsenal v Atletico Madrid BT Sport 2, 8.05pm Domestically, Arsenal have been crumbling, their woeful 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United resulting in Arsène Wenger admitting his team lack balance. Win the Europa League and this season won’t have been a disaster, however. First, they face a tough Atletico Madrid side in the semi-finals. Civilisations BBC Two, 9.00pm Simon Schama, the presenter for this final episode, begins with a heartfelt plea: “What can art do when horror comes calling?” What follows is an emotional hour that starts with the Holocaust and ends with monuments to migrants who drowned at sea. Harold Shipman: Doctor Death ITV, 9.00pm Harold Shipman was revealed as Britain’s most prolific serial killer following his arrest in 1998. Nicknamed “Doctor Death”, Shipman is said to have poisoned in excess of 250 of his patients, and was found guilty of 15 murders. This documentary speaks to key people involved in the case including former Greater Manchester Police detectives. True Horror Channel 4, 10.00pm This inventive “true life” horror series continues with The Ghost in the Wall, a haunted house story that starts out as a study of a relationship under stress before descending into a genuinely scary tale. SH Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.45pm The night’s second hitman-related offering sees Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader as Barry, a killer developing a conscience. That description doesn’t come close to capturing the tone of this dark comedy scripted by Hader and Silicon Valley’s Alex Berg, however. It’s a deeply eccentric but very entertaining mash-up of Community and Grosse Point Blank, held together by Hader’s gloriously laconic central performance. SH Limitless (2011) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 9.00pm Bradley Cooper stars in this thriller about a writer whose former brother-in-law slips him a pill that enables him to access 100 per cent of his brain. His book is finished in four days, so he goes back for more and this time nets himself a fortune on the stock market. Neil Burger directs at breakneck pace, but afterwards you wish that Cooper’s character had used that brainpower for something more interesting than making money. Moonraker (1979) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 9.00pm The 11th film in the Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the dapper MI6 agent, involves the theft of a space shuttle. It’s one of the weaker 007 films and at times seems more of a comedy than a tense action adventure, but it’s enjoyably frivolous. Michael Lonsdale plays resident baddy Hugo Drax who pinches the aforementioned space shuttle to help along his plan to wipe out the world’s population. Enemy of the State (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 9.00pm This slick, hi-tech film is considered a continuation of the Seventies spy-thriller The Conversation, which starred Gene Hackman. Here, Hackman plays a surveillance expert who helps Will Smith’s framed attorney escape the clutches of some corrupt government spooks led by Jon Voight. Directed by Tony Scott, it’s a riveting ride. The interplay between the leads is fun, too. Friday 27 April Face off: David Morrissey and Robert Firth Credit: BBC The City & the City BBC Two, 9.00pm The climax of this atmospheric adaptation of China Miéville’s sci-fi novel sees troubled Inspector Tyador Borlú (David Morrissey) go through hell while seeking answers to the mysteries dogging him: why was archaeologist Mahalia Geary (Andrea Deck) murdered and what happened to Borlú’s missing wife, Katrynia (Lara Pulver)? Borlú endures torture at the hands of Breach, the Stasi-style police, and gets fired in his quest. But, in true TV cop fashion, he forges on in a solo investigation, bruised and nearly broken. Ultimately, it’s a mundane trawl through CCTV footage that provides Borlú with some answers. This reminds us that despite the fantastical premise of two cities coexisting in the same space, this TV drama really just boils down to a routine murder-mystery. Having said that, a couple of nice twists towards the end explain whether Orciny, the fabled third city between Besźel and Ul Qoma, really exists. Along with impressive production design that creates a rich backdrop to the series, what makes The City & The City compelling is Morrissey’s performance; he’s able to convey the soft centre within the cop’s hard-boiled shell and is always worth watching. Vicki Power Bobby Kennedy for President Netflix, from today Marking half a century since Robert F Kennedy’s assassination, Dawn Porter’s four-part docuseries pays tribute to the former US Attorney General. Through previously unseen home footage and contributions from his confidantes, the documentary focuses on the younger Kennedy’s 83-day race for the White House in 1968. And Porter portrays him as a principled family man and dedicated public servant with a progressive political vision. It only highlights the tragedy of his early demise. Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm This episode sees Marcel Theroux brave the deadly smog that hangs over Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar, where the air pollution can reach more than 100 times the accepted limit. As a public health catastrophe unfolds, officials scrabble for a solution. Our Wildest Dreams Channel 4, 8.00pm This new docu-series follows Brits who’ve upped sticks to take a new path in life. The jaw-dropping opener sees Londoner Mari move to her husband’s homeland, the Ecuadorean rainforest, to join a community of just 26 people. With their young daughter, they must build a house and learn to farm. The Nineties Sky Arts, 9.00pm In terms of politics, the Nineties were seismic. The decade saw, among other things, Nelson Mandela freed from prison as apartheid ended in South Africa, the Soviet Union collapse and the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. This episode of the CNN documentary series relives those times, with contributions from Christiane Amanpour and Dan Rather. VP Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm This sitcom features the considerable talents of Emilia Fox and Johnny Vegas, but it offers precious few laughs. In the second episode, Neil (Vegas) tries to look macho next to his suave neighbour Robert (Adam James) on a hike, but his attempts prove disastrous. Episodes BBC Two, 10.00pm In keeping with this comedy’s subversive tone, mirth is mined from the death of Matt’s father (the episode is dedicated to the actor who played him, Alex Rocco, who died in 2015). In true Matt Le Blanc style, he brilliantly handles a foul-mouthed tussle over his father’s ashes between his mother and dad’s girlfriend. VP The Week Of (2018) Netflix, from today This is the fourth and final film in a four-film deal between Adam Sandler and Netflix, and sees a re-teaming of Sandler with his Saturday Night Live buddy Chris Rock. The film stars the pair as fathers who are polar opposites and have to endure a road trip together in a stuffy car in the week leading up to their children getting married. Frequent Sandler collaborator Steve Buscemi co-stars; Robert Smigel (Hotel Transylvania) directs. Knocked Up (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV2, 9.00pm 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, One for the Money – as a rule Katherine Heigl doesn’t make terribly good films. Luckily, this warm-hearted comedy by Judd Apatow is an exception. She stars as a journalist who finds her life plans in jeopardy when she becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with a likeable slacker, played by Seth Rogen (in the role that made him a bona fide star). In 2012, a spin-off sequel, This Is 40, was released. Tropic Thunder (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm; N Ireland, 12.20am This comedy/action romp charts the filming of a guerrilla-style Vietnam War movie that derails thanks to the egotistical actors, including Kirk Lazarus (a blacked-up Robert Downey Jnr). Even with its all-star cast (Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan, Ben Stiller and Jack Black among them), the standout performance is by Tom Cruise as megalomaniac film producer Les Grossman. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Thursday 19 True Horror Channel 4, 10.00pm You can see the attraction of this new, four-part dramatised documentary series from Channel 4. Eyewitness accounts of paranormal activity are brought to life by spooky re-enactments of the events themselves, making for a potentially edge-of-the-seat outcome – the show even comes with a viewer warning. For the most part it works. Tonight’s opening episode takes us to a farm in rural Wales. Liz Sanders, her artist husband Bill and their two children move in, establishing the idyllic family set-up. Things soon go wrong. There are sudden electricity surges, animals die and looming apparitions roam the house. Worse still, the strain of all these macabre shenanigans starts to fracture the family. So far it’s standard horror fare. The programme’s strange power, however, comes via straight-to-camera testimony from some of the story’s major players including Liz herself, daughter Becca and religious-minded locals who came to the family’s aid. Credulity will always be a matter of opinion, but there’s no denying the impact that the affair had on those involved, particularly Bill whose descent into darkness gives new meaning to the term “tortured artist”. TD The Alienist Netflix, from today Director Jakob Verbruggen expertly conjures 19th-century New York in this otherwise pedestrian 10-part adaptation of Caleb Carr’s crime novel. A boy is found mutilated on Williamsburg Bridge, so the police employ the methods of Dr Laszlo Kreisler (Daniel Brühl) to build up a psychological profile of the killer. Aided by a newspaper illustrator (Luke Evans) and a dogged secretary (Dakota Fanning), Kreisler trawls through the atmospherically drawn city. TD Nature’s Biggest Beasts BBC Two, 8.00pm Tonight’s wildlife documentary explores the survival challenges facing creatures that are the largest in their habitat. Feeding, climate and mobility all play a part. The Komodo dragon, for example, captures prey 10 times its size. TD Civilisations BBC Two, 9.00pm David Olusoga looks at how artists questioned the scientific and cultural progress made during the 19th century. Some such as Gauguin turned to non-Western sources of inspiration. Otto Dix’s brutal vision of the First World War, meanwhile, counteracted claims of man’s advancement. TD The Investigator: A British Crime Story ITV, 9.00pm Mark Williams-Thomas wraps up his investigation into serial killer Angus Sinclair by looking into the murder of 37-year-old Frances Barber. Her death bears all of Sinclair’s hallmarks but another man was convicted of the crime. 999: What’s Your Emergency? Channel 4, 9.00pm Mothers and sons are the focus of tonight’s episode as the absorbing fly-on-the-wall series tracking Wiltshire’s emergency services returns. Teenager Kendall is arrested for damaging his mother’s home. “He can be the dream child and the next minute he’s Satan’s child,” she says. TD Urban Myths: Backstage At Live Aid Sky Arts, 9.00pm Tonight’s episode of the likeable comedy takes an imaginary peek behind the scenes at Live Aid. A frazzled Bob Geldof (Jonas Armstrong) is trying to confirm the show’s running order and appease a gaggle of stars. We’re treated to a host of cameos including a withering Sade (Karla Crome), Elton John (Rufus Jones, suitably explosive) and Midge Ure (Martin Compston), who’s sulking over his place in the billing. TD Cinderella Man (2005) ★★★★☆ Sony Movie Channel, 3.15pm Making this Oscar-nominated boxing drama cost star Russell Crowe a dislocated shoulder, several concussions and a few cracked teeth – no wonder his portrayal of real-life heavyweight champion James J Braddock fighting his way out of Depression-era poverty when he returns to the ring after retirement packs a punch. Ron Howard directs; Renée Zellweger co-stars as Braddock’s wife. Criminal (2016) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Kevin Costner stars as a convict implanted with the memories of a dead CIA agent and ordered to finish an assignment. Ariel Vromen’s meat-headed thriller doesn’t dither over science and for all the attempts to spin it as a riff on Frankenstein, it’s a weird and unevenly stitched hybrid. But with Gary Oldman, Gal Gadot, Tommy Lee Jones and Ryan Reynolds among the cast, it’s intriguing nevertheless. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm If you know someone who has never seen a James Bond film – pick this one, the 10th in the series and the third to star Roger Moore. It has it all: the underwater car, Barbara Bach as Triple X, Carly Simon’s brilliant song, Nobody Does It Better, the sub-aquatic lair, the metal-toothed Jaws (Richard Kiel) and, with Moore skiing down a mountainside dispatching henchmen, surely the greatest opening Bond scene of all. Friday 20 Living their dream: Johnny Vegas and Niky Wardley Home From Home BBC One, 9.30pm A considerable advance on the tentative pilot that aired back in 2016 alongside the rather more confident and vituperative Motherland, this full series for Coronation Street graduates Simon Crowther and Chris Fewtrell’s sitcom has grown sharper, more polished and, crucially, funnier in the interim. It rejoins Stoke-dwelling grafters Neil and Fiona Hackett (Johnny Vegas and Niky Wardley, the latter replacing Joanna Page) and their teenage sons as they return to their tumbledown Lake District holiday lodge for the summer; just across the way, nouveau riche on-site neighbours Robert and Penny Dillon (Adam James, jovial but emasculated, and resentful would-be bohemian Emilia Fox) are back as well. Throw in an oddball site manager (Pearce Quigley) threatening to erect a Wi-Fi mast outside the Hacketts’ lodge, a conspiracy theorist (Susan Calman) warning darkly about clones of Kevin Costner, and a slow build of paranoia, frustration and inadequacy for Vegas to savour and you have a thoroughly inoffensive half-hour of well-structured, smartly cast farce. It doesn’t reinvent the sitcom but it’s an enjoyable riff on familiar themes. GT Pass Over Amazon Prime, from today Spike Lee films Antoinette Nwandu’s thrilling reimagining of Waiting for Godot as an as-live play complete with audience responses, in which young black men Moses (Jon Michael Hill) and Kitch (Julian Parker) pass the time dreaming of the Promised Land. GT Mercury 13 Netflix, from today Hot on the heels of Hidden Figures, the film which championed the black women whose facility for maths helped power the US space programme, comes this disturbing, fascinating documentary. It follows the fates of the 13 women who passed the stringent tests for space flight by Nasa in 1961 yet were kept off the shuttles because of their gender. GT BBC Young Musician 2018 BBC Four, 7.30pm The contest continues as instrumentalists in the woodwind category compete to reach the final, where composer, Kerry Andrew is on the judging panel. GT Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm A bleak but inspiring new series of the current-affairs warhorse begins with a story of hope amid horror. Reporter Seyi Rhodes and director Sasha Achilli ride along with a volunteer ambulance service in the warn-torn Somali capital, Mogadishu, running the gauntlet of bombs, shootings and militants to aid the sick and the dying. GT The Button BBC One, 8.30pm Five families are set a variety of daft challenges set by a talking button positioned in their homes. There’s big money at stake for the winners in this zany-sounding new game show from the creators of Taskmaster. GT Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain Channel 5, 9.00pm Taking a break from riding the rails, Michael Portillo visits four key locations in the footnotes of British history. He begins at the Royal London Hospital, home both to “The Elephant Man” Joseph Merrick for the last three years of his life, and to a series of significant medical breakthroughs. GT Rivers of Blood: 50 Years On Channel 5, 10.00pm By turns stirring and distressing, this excellent film documents shifting attitudes towards immigration in the five decades since Enoch Powell’s notorious speech, hearing from those whose lives it directly affected. GT Buena Vista Social Club (1999) ★★★★☆ BBC Four, 9.00pm Ry Cooder’s rediscovery of ageing Cuban musicians and the resulting concert at Carnegie Hall, became a global phenomenon on its release. Wim Wenders’ cinematography is gorgeous, especially when he’s filming in Cuba, and the roguish octogenarians are hugely likeable, but the relentless presence of Cooder and his son proves contentious in the long run. Still essential viewing, however. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) Film4, 11.40pm This film is bonkers… in a good way, and no other star can be relied upon to go crazy as prolifically as Nicolas Cage, whose career is a pinball machine. Werner Herzog’s certifiable noir drama is a sort of free-form documentary on Louisiana reptile life, so we have Cage as a drug-snorting, epically corrupt homicide cop functioning as a virtual pimp to his kept girlfriend, played by Eva Mendes. Sliding Doors (1998) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Gwyneth Paltrow stars in this guilty-pleasure romcom about how a fleeting moment can change your path in life – in this instance it’s whether Helen (Paltrow) catches her train on time. At that moment, the film splits into parallel storylines: a) she makes it home to find her boyfriend Gerry (John Lynch) cheating on her with another woman, or b) she doesn’t, and her humdrum life, plagued with suspicion, continues. Saturday 21 April How to swing it: Tom Jones performs at the birthday event Credit: Paul Glover The Queen’s Birthday Party BBC One, 8.00pm “Hasn’t she suffered enough?” mused some wags when the line-up for the Queen’s 92nd birthday concert was announced. Certainly, the prospect of Her Majesty wanting to see Sting and Shaggy performing together seems remote, but the Queen’s celebratory concerts have always had a surreal tinge to them. Who can forget Ricky Martin banging out The Cup of Life at 2002’s Golden Jubilee Party at the Palace, or Cliff Richard duetting with S Club 7 on Move It at the same event? Ten years later, the Diamond Jubilee concert was distinguished by the magnificent Grace Jones gyrating to Slave to the Rhythm shortly before Rolf Harris introduced Stevie Wonder on stage. This year, the gig will come live from the Royal Albert Hall, with a similarly random approach to performers. This time will include the acappella magic of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a newly countrified Kylie Minogue, and Craig David, hopefully treating Elizabeth II to a rundown of how he spends his week. Holding the concept together will be Tom Jones, a veteran of the previous two shindigs and thus, one presumes, a firm favourite of the Windsors. Ma’am didn’t tell him not to come, after all. Gabriel Tate Snooker: The World Championship BBC One, 1.45pm The Crucible in Sheffield is the setting as Kyren Wilson and Ronnie O’Sullivan begin their campaigns against two qualifiers on the opening day of the World Championship, which was won by Mark Selby last year. FA Cup Football: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur BBC One, 4.55pm Paul Pogba, Alexis Sánchez, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are all under threat of being dropped for this FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham after Jose Mourinho promised to wield the axe in the wake of Manchester United’s abject showing against West Bromwich Albion. Having lost 1-0, which handed the title to rivals Manchester City with five games to spare, United will be under pressure to overcome Spurs, whom they lost 2-0 to in January. United ended a 12-year drought to lift this trophy in 2016, when they overcame Crystal Palace 2-1. Spurs have been waiting even longer, having last won the famous competition back in 1991 with victory over Nottingham Forest by the same scoreline. The Forest BBC Two, 8.00pm This second visit to Galloway Forest in south-west Scotland is narrated by Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty; Apple Tree Yard; Shetland). In this episode, the cause of a rat infestation is discovered, an engineering team is called out to repair a giant logging machine, and a campsite owner readies his holidaymakers for a comedy night. Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm Further hopefuls to try to impress Simon Cowell and his fellow judges as they continue their search for undiscovered British eccentrics. Britain’s Most Historic Towns: Winchester Channel 4, 8.00pm The ever-game Alice Roberts storms a castle and chows down on an eel pie in her efforts to demonstrate why Winchester is Britain’s most Norman city. This is great, instructive fun. Imagine: Habaneros: You Say You Want a Revolution? Part one BBC Two, 9.00pm Almost 60 years after Fidel Castro began his revolution in Cuba, his younger brother Raúl steps down from the country’s presidency after a decade in power. In this arrestingly assembled, picaresque portrait of Havana, Julien Temple meets its citizens – the Habaneros – who share their experience of life in this extraordinary city. It concludes tomorrow on BBC Four at 9pm. GT Salamander: Blood Diamonds BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.45pm After disturbing intruders at Jacky Lanciers’ apartment, Paul Gerardi (Filip Peeters) starts to follow the money trail as this occasionally baffling Belgian thriller continues – but has he left himself compromised? Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One More Time with Feeling Sky Arts, 9.00pm Nick Cave’s 16th studio album, The Skeleton Tree, was half-finished when Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur fell from a cliff and died. He invited Andrew Dominik, a regular collaborator since Cave soundtracked the director’s movie, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, to film the final production process as a way to avoid having to address his son’s death with the media. The result is a small miracle of insight and restraint. It’s harrowing, certainly, but it’s also deeply respectful in its depiction of raw grief, profound trauma and unfathomable loss. GT Bend of the River (1952) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 1.50pm This is one of five excellent collaborations between director Anthony Mann and actor James Stewart. Here, Stewart stars as Glyn McLyntock, a former outlaw working as a trail guide for farmers. Gold is discovered nearby and a town boss confiscates homesteaders’ supplies, leaving McLyntock risking his life to try to win them back. Glorious scenery and thrilling action make this compelling western still very watchable. Testament of Youth (2014) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 10.05pm Alicia Vikander gives a thrillingly astute portrait of Vera Brittain, the Oxford undergraduate whose ideals are beaten into shape – bitterly forged, you might say – by the heartbreak and gruelling trauma of the First World War. James Kent gives the film a restrained cinematic polish that feels wholly appropriate to its subject: it’s soberly moving. The Recruit (2003) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Being headhunted by the CIA in this thriller basically means being shouted at by Al Pacino, who began his unfortunate streak of uninspiring performances at about this point. Nevertheless, it’s still a privilege to watch him at work. Colin Farrell is also below his best as the rookie getting his marching orders – Roger Donaldson’s movie is a standard-issue spy game with all the layered complexity of Ludo. Sunday 22 April Double trouble: Olivia Vinall as twin Laura Fairlie Credit: BBC The Woman in White BBC One, 9.00pm The BBC has previously had three goes at adapting Wilkie Collins’s classic mystery tale: in 1966 (with Alethea Charlton and Nicholas Pennell), 1982 (Diana Quick, Daniel Gerroll) and 1997 (Tara Fitzgerald, Andrew Lincoln). So it’s no surprise to see it rearing its head again in a new five-part version by Fiona Seres, underlining the theme of women’s inequality before the law in Victorian times. Former EastEnders actor Ben Hardy is terrific as artist William Hartright, drawn into a murderous plot to steal an heiress’s fortune when he’s invited by a reclusive art collector (Charles Dance) to teach his nieces to paint. As ever, Jessie Buckley makes an instant impact as the spirited Marian Halcombe, while Olivia Vinall takes on the twin roles of Laura Fairlie and troubled Anne Catherick. This opening episode is set up as an extended tease – from the outset we know something terrible has happened and the action is interrupted regularly to remind us that a detective (Art Malik) will investigate soon. But only at the end do we meet the villain of the piece, Sir Percival Glide (Dougray Scott), and get a hint of the dastardly scheme that’s afoot. Gerard O’Donovan Luis Miguel Netflix, from today He’s the most successful male Latin American recording artist ever, having sold well in excess of 100 million records. But even though superstar singer Luis Miguel has lived a life rich enough to more than fill this three-part dramatised biography (with Diego Boneta in the lead), don’t expect too much in the way of shocking true-life revelations as it is very much the official, authorised version of an already carefully curated life story. Athletics: London Marathon BBC One, 8.30am As the heatwave continues, tens of thousands of runners will be pounding the streets of London for the 38th staging of the annual event. The men’s race will be the first for Mo Farah since the four-time Olympic gold medallist switched his focus from track events to the road. The 35-year-old will face competition from runners such as Eliud Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion, and Daniel Wanjiru, the winner of last year’s London Marathon. Mary Keitany will start as favourite in the women’s race, looking to equal Ingrid Kristiansen as the joint-most successful female athlete in the event’s history. Revolution Sky One, 6.30pm The thrills, skills and spectacular spills continue as Sky’s entertainingly original new show (incredible that neither the BBC nor ITV spotted the potential of this format) rolls on as the fourth heat sees more BMX-ers, bladers and skateboarders battle it out for a place in the final. “Gang warfare on wheels” is how hyperbolic co-host Steve-O describes it, though the family-friendly atmosphere is a lot cheerier than that. GO Little Big Shots ITV, 7.00pm Dawn French returns with the show that allows children to take a first step on the slippery slope to TV talent show fame, testing out their star power on the TV viewing public. Tonight, a four-year-old from Slough whose mini-guardsman routine went viral online, and a seven-year-old drummer from London. Britain’s Biggest Warship BBC Two, 8.00pm In the second episode, the Navy’s cutting edge new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth embarks on sea trials, stress-testing every part of the ship and allowing landings on deck for the first time. And it’s not only kit that’s tested – the crew have challenging times ahead, too. The Durrells ITV, 8.00pm The most charming family on TV’s Corfu sojourn continues as, despite all Louisa’s (Keeley Hawes) preparations, Gerry’s (Milo Parker) 13th birthday party descends into chaos – and Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis) is behaving very oddly. The Good Karma Hospital ITV, 9.00pm Mixed emotions abound in the closing episode of an eventful second series as Ruby (Amrita Acharia) has a heart-to-heart with Gabriel (James Krishna Floyd), and Lydia (Amanda Redman) faces a dilemma when a former mentor (Sue Johnston) seeks help. GO Dances with Wolves (1990) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 2.15pm After his heroic exploits in the American Civil War, Union army lieutenant John Dunbar (played by Kevin Costner, who also directed and produced) chooses a solitary posting on the Western frontier, where he encounters – and is finally embraced by – the local Sioux tribe. This sort of thing rarely happened in reality, but the epic sweep of the tale and magnificent locations are irresistible. Trainwreck (2015) ★★★★☆ 5STAR, 9.00pm The stand-up comedian – and first-time screenwriter – Amy Schumer nails her performance as a shambolic loser-in-love in Judd Apatow’s overstuffed sex comedy. Like Kristen Wiig (who produces) and Maya Rudolph in Bridesmaids, Schumer and Brie Larson, who plays her settled-down sister, duet their way through some bitter dramatic tributaries. Tilda Swinton co-stars as Amy’s hair-flicking boss. Easy A (2010) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 11.10pm Emma Stone dominates this high-school romcom, a mildly raunched-up version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1840 novel The Scarlet Letter. It takes the form of a live webcast confessional, in which Olive (Stone) explains how she risked her reputation to help the unpopular kids improve theirs. It’s smart and surprising, and the pencil-sharp character assassinations are irresistible. Monday 23 April Easy-going: the Duchess of Cornwall on her 70th birthday Credit: ITV The Real Camilla: HRH the Duchess of Cornwall ITV, 9.00pm A combination of reverence and access or lack thereof tends to ensure that royal documentaries rarely give viewers the warts-and-all depiction they might require. That’s certainly the case with this pleasant if undemanding ITV take on the life of the Duchess of Cornwall. The usual mixture of friends, family and royal correspondents give their opinion on the “real Camilla” – her nephew Ben Elliott comes closest to lifting the veil when he talks about what to get her for Christmas – and there’s a whistle-stop tour of the whole Charles/ Camilla/ Diana story, albeit one that glosses over the over the crucial decade when the Prince of Wales’s marriage fell apart. Ultimately, what saves it all from sycophancy is Camilla herself, who comes across as hard-working, easy-going and, above all, game. “She was fun, she made people laugh,” says a contributor early on and watching the Duchess chatting to various guests, young and old, you can believe it. The night’s best tribute, however, comes, fittingly, from the man most qualified to judge: “She’s the best listener in the world,” notes Prince Charles, his delivery heartfelt. Sarah Hughes Rip Off Britain: Food BBC One, 9.15am The popular daytime consumer series returns with a focus on food as presenters Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville look at the ins and outs of going out for a meal and consider public complaints. Tennis: The Barcelona Open Sky Sports Main Event, 10.00am It’s the opening day in the clay-court tournament at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, where Rafael Nadal triumphed last year for the 10th time. Holidays Unpacked Channel 4, 8.00pm Lucy Hedges and Morland Sanders are our guides in this new series, which aims to take us to the world’s “up-and-coming destinations”. In practice, this means that Hedges heads to Israel to float in the Dead Sea while Sanders goes zip-lining in Costa Rica. Genius: Picasso National Geographic, 8.00pm Antonio Banderas plays Spain’s most famous painter in this sumptuous take on the life of Pablo Picasso. As with last year’s Einstein, the action in the first episode flashes between two key periods in Picasso’s life: the moment as a boy when he realised he had to become an artist and 1937 when he receives the commission that will ultimately become Guernica. Travel Man: 48 Hours on the Cote d’Azur Channel 4, 8.30pm Comedian Shazia Mirza is Richard Ayoade’s guest on a whistle-stop tour from Nice to Monaco. There’s a nice relaxed vibe between the two of them as they bond over their love of Roger Moore (sorry), although Mirza tests Ayoade’s patience with her misuse of the word “literally”. Secret Agent Selection: WW2 BBC Two, 9.00pm It’s concealment and camouflage week on the reality TV series, as our would-be secret agents are sent to the Scottish Highlands. It’s arguably the toughest training yet as the gang find themselves scrambling over rocks and wading through freezing lakes – will everyone make it through? SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm & 10.20pm Television’s coldest show returns with creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy having dialled back the tricksiness so that most of the time jumps and puzzles feel organic to the plot, although the overall effect is still pretty soulless. Understandably, last season’s revelations have led to chaos as Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) seeks vengeance on her former masters. Thandie Newton’s Maeve and Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard provide the rare moments of genuine emotion. SH Exodus (1960) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.55am Otto Preminger’s big-budget adaptation of Leon Uris’s bestseller about the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948 is an accomplished piece of film-making. A Jewish paramilitary smuggles more than 600 detained Holocaust survivors onto a cargo vessel and makes an illegal crossing to Palestine. Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint star with a script by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. The Sum of All Fears (2002) ★★☆☆☆ Sky One, 9.00pm After Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck is the third actor to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan, hero of Tom Clancy’s bestsellers. He teams up with Morgan Freeman and Liev Schreiber to find a missing nuclear bomb before it can be detonated on American soil in this efficient action thriller, which is lifted out of the humdrum by a sensational climax. Middle Men (2009) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 11.35pm Goodfellas meets Boogie Nights in this account of a straight-arrow Texas businessman who in the Nineties helps set up the first paid internet porn site. George Gallo, who co-wrote and directed, is no Scorsese, and Luke Wilson, narrating, is no De Niro, but it’s an entertaining albeit sleazy ride, and Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht are a hoot as the two losers who stumble across the internet’s first big moneymaking scheme. Tuesday 24 April Legal eagle: Nicola Walker as divorce lawyer Hannah Credit: BBC The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s latest television drama is perhaps her most mainstream yet after the psychological trauma of River and period precision of The Hour, but that doesn’t mean that it’s superficial. The set up is the stuff of classic family melodrama: London divorce lawyer Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker) clashes with her mother (Deborah Findlay) when she leaves the family firm for a bigger, flashier rival – and the pair end up on opposite sides in a high-profile case between a sportswear mogul (Stephen Tompkinson) and his wife (Meera Syal). Complicating matters further, Hannah’s estranged father (Anthony Head) returns after 30 years, leaving Hannah and her two sisters (Annabel Scholey and Fiona Button), one a singleton, the other engaged, in turmoil. There’s an unselfconscious gloss not often seen on British TV, and the set-ups are ripe for the sort of narrative twists in which Morgan excels, all peppered with her familiarly pointed dialogue. Walker and Stephen Mangan are particularly convincing as a couple still in love but also in denial about the cracks appearing in their marriage. There’s nothing guilty about this pleasure. Gabriel Tate Champions League Football: Liverpool v Roma BT Sport 2, 7.45pm Having brushed aside Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate, with Roberto Firmino scoring the final goal, Liverpool take on Roma in what should be a pulsating semi-final first leg at Anfield. They’ll be hoping for a similar outcome to the last time these sides met: goals from Jari Litmanen and Emile Heskey gave Liverpool a 2-0 win. The Terror AMC, 9.00pm Turning Dan Simmons’s slightly pulpy source material into the stuff of gripping drama, this new series is part-psychological thriller, part-adventure yarn and part-monster movie, as it follows two Royal Navy ships in the 1840s on a journey to discover the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. Conditions worsen, resources dwindle and strange creatures lurk on the fringes of the expedition as the crews begin to turn on each other. A top-notch cast, led by Ciarán Hinds, Jared Harris and Tobias Menzies, keeps the tension high and the humanity front and centre among some difficult characters. Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers Channel 4, 9.00pm This grotesque film follows presenter Rick Edwards and technician Carla Valentine as they pull apart one of those enormous lumps of congealed fat and assorted unpleasantness, uncovering a grim truths about modern life. Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Gus Casely-Hayford brings Jeremy Paxman to the Cairngorms, inspiration for Edwin Landseer, who sculpted the four lions of Nelson’s Column but never fulfilled his promise after a breakdown set the pattern of mental-health issues that would dog him for life. GT Cunk on Britain BBC Two, 10.00pm; N Ireland, 11.15pm Can Diane Morgan and her dunderheaded alter-ego wring laughs from the first half of the 20th century? Of course she can, when her real targets are the many po-faced documentaries on the same that preceded her. Rent for Sex & Botox Bust: Ellie Undercover BBC One, 10.45pm & 11.15pm; Scotland, 11.45pm & 12.15am Investigative journalist Ellie Flynn goes undercover to explore the alarming phenomena of landlords offering rooms in exchange for rent, and professional misuse of Botox. This was first shown on BBC Three. Flight HS13 Channel 4, 11.00pm An absorbing Dutch thriller in which a woman (Katja Schuurman) goes in search of her husband (Daniel Boissevain) after he fails to board a plane which subsequently crashes. The full series will be available on Walter Presents at 11.55pm. GT Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 5.15pm Terence Fisher teamed up with Hammer Films for this child-friendly spin-off from The Adventures of Robin Hood TV series, with Richard Greene, who reprises his role here. Peter Cushing stars as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham who is out to murder the Archbishop of Canterbury. It’s a cheap and cheerful affair that remains true to the spirit of the original. Sons of the Desert (1934, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures, 6.40pm This Laurel and Hardy comedy is a joyous romp. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy scheme to outwit their wives and secretly attend a fraternal lodge meeting in Chicago. Based on a story by Frank Craven, an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for originating the role of the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, it holds together well and is full of sparkling jokes. American Gangster (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.30pm Denzel Washington is imperious as the Seventies Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas in Ridley Scott’s cocksure crime thriller. Charting Lucas’s domination of the heroin market during the Vietnam War and his investigation by honest New Jersey cop Richie Roberts (a casually excellent Russell Crowe), the film features an enthralling final face-off. Cuba Gooding Jnr provides ample support. Wednesday 25 April Sugaring the pill? Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Credit: BBC Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm The UK has the worst eating habits in Europe, says veteran food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and the fallout is crippling the NHS. In the Fifties, just two per cent of the population was overweight, compared to the 20 per cent of us tipping the obesity scales currently. What we have to do, says Fearnley-Whittingstall, is not just diet and exercise, but fight back against the tide of high-calorie processed food being pushed at us from every direction. He begins this engrossing series by inviting children to do a supermarket shop without their parents. The results are striking, demonstrating the influence of advertising and how poor eating choices take root from an early age. There are many other striking moments in a show bursting with information, revelation and naming and shaming. He shows how the changing face of our high streets has limited food choices, and his campaign to get 10,000 people in Newcastle to shed a communal 100,000 lbs is inspired. But his drive to get WH Smith to stop, as he says, “pushing” chocolate from its tills will perhaps be what resonates most with viewers. Gerard O’Donovan MisFITs Like Us BBC Three, from today Another thoughtful documentary series, focusing on the isolation and loneliness that can come with illness or difference. In each of three episodes, young people suffering from vitiligo, scarring from burns and, in this opener, Tourette’s Syndrome spend time with a group of strangers living with the same condition, to share the bond of understanding and explore how they might help each other overcome a range of fears and anxieties. Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge BBC Two, 8.00pm Another four fledgling craft food producers vie to get their cheeses, charcuterie, preserves and breads voted best in shop at the tiny village store in Malhamdale, as judges Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona dog them every step of the way. Britain’s Brightest Family ITV, 8.00pm ITV’s family friendly quiz show hasn’t always been a thrill a minute but, with victory and the holiday of a lifetime up for grabs tonight, expect the competition to be fierce as the finalists go head-to-head against Anne Hegarty’s tough line in questioning. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story BBC Two, 9.00pm The story comes full circle in the final episode of Tom Rob Smith’s gripping drama series, to July 1997. As Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) watches the news of Versace’s murder break, he’s horrified to learn that the police have identified him as prime suspect. Benidorm ITV, 9.00pm More Costa comedy as Monty (John Challis) is on his uppers after Joyce (Sherrie Hewson) sacks him. And things are even worse for Kenneth (Tony Maudsley), who wakes up in Blow & Go after a big night out, only to realise that the builders have bricked him in. GO The Curse of Civil War Gold History, 9.00pm Oak Island treasure hunters Rick and Marty Lagina embark on a new series prompted by a Civil War story about a troop of Union soldiers who stole a hoard of Confederate gold. The loot was supposedly smuggled north before being lost beneath the waves of Lake Michigan. Rick and Marty aren’t the only ones who think that there’s a chance that it could still be there. GO Mermaids (1990) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 1.45pm This comedy-drama stars Cher as Mrs Flax, a mother who regularly moves town, and is a constant embarrassment to her two daughters (Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci). After yet another romantic disaster for Mrs Flax, they relocate to Massachusetts and find some semblance of family life. Ryder in particular generates real charisma in her role as an alienated outsider. Pork Chop Hill (1959, b/w) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 3.55pm Lewis Milestone, the man responsible for the great anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front, directs this intelligent and largely forgotten true-story drama about a late battle of the Korean War. Gregory Peck stars as a gung-ho American lieutenant who leads a unit on the attack of the Chinese-held Pork Chop Hill, while Rip Torn is cheerfully professional as his brother-in-law. It also features the film debut of Martin Landau. Dark Places (2015) ★★☆☆☆ Film 4, 9.00pm This adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s cold-case chiller, which comes after the making of her mystery novel Gone Girl, with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, pales in comparison. Producer-star Charlize Theron plays a Kansas woman still grappling with the long-ago murders of her family. Christina Hendricks is affecting as her mother, but there’s not much in the way of surprise elements and the plot holes are gaping. Thursday 26 April Cup half full: paramedics Nat and Nat Credit: BBC Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm The key to the BBC’s emotional, compelling Ambulance, which returns for a third series, lies in the attention to small details, whether it’s the way in which a husband gazes into his injured wife’s eyes or the moment at the end of a shift when two team members of the West Midlands Ambulance Service relax to the radio on the way home. This strong opening episode is also almost impossible to watch at times. It begins with call assessor Shanie, who has just graduated from training, as she deals with the cries of a woman in labour. And then there’s paramedic Nat, who gets a call that’s uncomfortably close to home while her driving partner, also called Nat, desperately tries to keep her calm. They are just two of the five featured stories – only a handful of the 6,041 cases treated by the service in a 48-hour period – and the film-makers do well to balance the light and dark, ensuring that we are able to laugh amid the tears. The night’s star is 101-year-old Mary, who greets paramedic Justin with a smile and the words: “Oh, don’t you look nice” before going on to flirt for Britain. It’s a lovely scene and one which, like the episode, warms the heart. Sarah Hughes Happy! Netflix, from today Adapted by Grant Morrison from his graphic novel, Happy! stars Chris Meloni (who has played tormented characters in everything from Oz to Law & Order SVU) as Nick Sax, a depressed cop turned hitman who appears to be hallucinating a tiny blue unicorn named Happy! The kicker: Happy! (voiced by Patton Oswalt) is real, sort of. He’s the imaginary friend of a little girl in danger and he needs Sax to save the day. The result is crazed, profane and strangely enjoyable. Super Fast Falcon BBC Two, 8.00pm “They seem to live in a different time perception,” says an awed watcher during this fascinating film about peregrine falcons. The film-makers make a great deal out of trying to uncover how fast peregrines really are, but that’s largely incidental to the footage of these elegant birds. Europa League Football: Arsenal v Atletico Madrid BT Sport 2, 8.05pm Domestically, Arsenal have been crumbling, their woeful 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United resulting in Arsène Wenger admitting his team lack balance. Win the Europa League and this season won’t have been a disaster, however. First, they face a tough Atletico Madrid side in the semi-finals. Civilisations BBC Two, 9.00pm Simon Schama, the presenter for this final episode, begins with a heartfelt plea: “What can art do when horror comes calling?” What follows is an emotional hour that starts with the Holocaust and ends with monuments to migrants who drowned at sea. Harold Shipman: Doctor Death ITV, 9.00pm Harold Shipman was revealed as Britain’s most prolific serial killer following his arrest in 1998. Nicknamed “Doctor Death”, Shipman is said to have poisoned in excess of 250 of his patients, and was found guilty of 15 murders. This documentary speaks to key people involved in the case including former Greater Manchester Police detectives. True Horror Channel 4, 10.00pm This inventive “true life” horror series continues with The Ghost in the Wall, a haunted house story that starts out as a study of a relationship under stress before descending into a genuinely scary tale. SH Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.45pm The night’s second hitman-related offering sees Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader as Barry, a killer developing a conscience. That description doesn’t come close to capturing the tone of this dark comedy scripted by Hader and Silicon Valley’s Alex Berg, however. It’s a deeply eccentric but very entertaining mash-up of Community and Grosse Point Blank, held together by Hader’s gloriously laconic central performance. SH Limitless (2011) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 9.00pm Bradley Cooper stars in this thriller about a writer whose former brother-in-law slips him a pill that enables him to access 100 per cent of his brain. His book is finished in four days, so he goes back for more and this time nets himself a fortune on the stock market. Neil Burger directs at breakneck pace, but afterwards you wish that Cooper’s character had used that brainpower for something more interesting than making money. Moonraker (1979) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 9.00pm The 11th film in the Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the dapper MI6 agent, involves the theft of a space shuttle. It’s one of the weaker 007 films and at times seems more of a comedy than a tense action adventure, but it’s enjoyably frivolous. Michael Lonsdale plays resident baddy Hugo Drax who pinches the aforementioned space shuttle to help along his plan to wipe out the world’s population. Enemy of the State (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 9.00pm This slick, hi-tech film is considered a continuation of the Seventies spy-thriller The Conversation, which starred Gene Hackman. Here, Hackman plays a surveillance expert who helps Will Smith’s framed attorney escape the clutches of some corrupt government spooks led by Jon Voight. Directed by Tony Scott, it’s a riveting ride. The interplay between the leads is fun, too. Friday 27 April Face off: David Morrissey and Robert Firth Credit: BBC The City & the City BBC Two, 9.00pm The climax of this atmospheric adaptation of China Miéville’s sci-fi novel sees troubled Inspector Tyador Borlú (David Morrissey) go through hell while seeking answers to the mysteries dogging him: why was archaeologist Mahalia Geary (Andrea Deck) murdered and what happened to Borlú’s missing wife, Katrynia (Lara Pulver)? Borlú endures torture at the hands of Breach, the Stasi-style police, and gets fired in his quest. But, in true TV cop fashion, he forges on in a solo investigation, bruised and nearly broken. Ultimately, it’s a mundane trawl through CCTV footage that provides Borlú with some answers. This reminds us that despite the fantastical premise of two cities coexisting in the same space, this TV drama really just boils down to a routine murder-mystery. Having said that, a couple of nice twists towards the end explain whether Orciny, the fabled third city between Besźel and Ul Qoma, really exists. Along with impressive production design that creates a rich backdrop to the series, what makes The City & The City compelling is Morrissey’s performance; he’s able to convey the soft centre within the cop’s hard-boiled shell and is always worth watching. Vicki Power Bobby Kennedy for President Netflix, from today Marking half a century since Robert F Kennedy’s assassination, Dawn Porter’s four-part docuseries pays tribute to the former US Attorney General. Through previously unseen home footage and contributions from his confidantes, the documentary focuses on the younger Kennedy’s 83-day race for the White House in 1968. And Porter portrays him as a principled family man and dedicated public servant with a progressive political vision. It only highlights the tragedy of his early demise. Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm This episode sees Marcel Theroux brave the deadly smog that hangs over Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar, where the air pollution can reach more than 100 times the accepted limit. As a public health catastrophe unfolds, officials scrabble for a solution. Our Wildest Dreams Channel 4, 8.00pm This new docu-series follows Brits who’ve upped sticks to take a new path in life. The jaw-dropping opener sees Londoner Mari move to her husband’s homeland, the Ecuadorean rainforest, to join a community of just 26 people. With their young daughter, they must build a house and learn to farm. The Nineties Sky Arts, 9.00pm In terms of politics, the Nineties were seismic. The decade saw, among other things, Nelson Mandela freed from prison as apartheid ended in South Africa, the Soviet Union collapse and the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. This episode of the CNN documentary series relives those times, with contributions from Christiane Amanpour and Dan Rather. VP Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm This sitcom features the considerable talents of Emilia Fox and Johnny Vegas, but it offers precious few laughs. In the second episode, Neil (Vegas) tries to look macho next to his suave neighbour Robert (Adam James) on a hike, but his attempts prove disastrous. Episodes BBC Two, 10.00pm In keeping with this comedy’s subversive tone, mirth is mined from the death of Matt’s father (the episode is dedicated to the actor who played him, Alex Rocco, who died in 2015). In true Matt Le Blanc style, he brilliantly handles a foul-mouthed tussle over his father’s ashes between his mother and dad’s girlfriend. VP The Week Of (2018) Netflix, from today This is the fourth and final film in a four-film deal between Adam Sandler and Netflix, and sees a re-teaming of Sandler with his Saturday Night Live buddy Chris Rock. The film stars the pair as fathers who are polar opposites and have to endure a road trip together in a stuffy car in the week leading up to their children getting married. Frequent Sandler collaborator Steve Buscemi co-stars; Robert Smigel (Hotel Transylvania) directs. Knocked Up (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV2, 9.00pm 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, One for the Money – as a rule Katherine Heigl doesn’t make terribly good films. Luckily, this warm-hearted comedy by Judd Apatow is an exception. She stars as a journalist who finds her life plans in jeopardy when she becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with a likeable slacker, played by Seth Rogen (in the role that made him a bona fide star). In 2012, a spin-off sequel, This Is 40, was released. Tropic Thunder (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm; N Ireland, 12.20am This comedy/action romp charts the filming of a guerrilla-style Vietnam War movie that derails thanks to the egotistical actors, including Kirk Lazarus (a blacked-up Robert Downey Jnr). Even with its all-star cast (Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan, Ben Stiller and Jack Black among them), the standout performance is by Tom Cruise as megalomaniac film producer Les Grossman. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: True Horror, The Alienist and Civilisations
Thursday 19 True Horror Channel 4, 10.00pm You can see the attraction of this new, four-part dramatised documentary series from Channel 4. Eyewitness accounts of paranormal activity are brought to life by spooky re-enactments of the events themselves, making for a potentially edge-of-the-seat outcome – the show even comes with a viewer warning. For the most part it works. Tonight’s opening episode takes us to a farm in rural Wales. Liz Sanders, her artist husband Bill and their two children move in, establishing the idyllic family set-up. Things soon go wrong. There are sudden electricity surges, animals die and looming apparitions roam the house. Worse still, the strain of all these macabre shenanigans starts to fracture the family. So far it’s standard horror fare. The programme’s strange power, however, comes via straight-to-camera testimony from some of the story’s major players including Liz herself, daughter Becca and religious-minded locals who came to the family’s aid. Credulity will always be a matter of opinion, but there’s no denying the impact that the affair had on those involved, particularly Bill whose descent into darkness gives new meaning to the term “tortured artist”. TD The Alienist Netflix, from today Director Jakob Verbruggen expertly conjures 19th-century New York in this otherwise pedestrian 10-part adaptation of Caleb Carr’s crime novel. A boy is found mutilated on Williamsburg Bridge, so the police employ the methods of Dr Laszlo Kreisler (Daniel Brühl) to build up a psychological profile of the killer. Aided by a newspaper illustrator (Luke Evans) and a dogged secretary (Dakota Fanning), Kreisler trawls through the atmospherically drawn city. TD Nature’s Biggest Beasts BBC Two, 8.00pm Tonight’s wildlife documentary explores the survival challenges facing creatures that are the largest in their habitat. Feeding, climate and mobility all play a part. The Komodo dragon, for example, captures prey 10 times its size. TD Civilisations BBC Two, 9.00pm David Olusoga looks at how artists questioned the scientific and cultural progress made during the 19th century. Some such as Gauguin turned to non-Western sources of inspiration. Otto Dix’s brutal vision of the First World War, meanwhile, counteracted claims of man’s advancement. TD The Investigator: A British Crime Story ITV, 9.00pm Mark Williams-Thomas wraps up his investigation into serial killer Angus Sinclair by looking into the murder of 37-year-old Frances Barber. Her death bears all of Sinclair’s hallmarks but another man was convicted of the crime. 999: What’s Your Emergency? Channel 4, 9.00pm Mothers and sons are the focus of tonight’s episode as the absorbing fly-on-the-wall series tracking Wiltshire’s emergency services returns. Teenager Kendall is arrested for damaging his mother’s home. “He can be the dream child and the next minute he’s Satan’s child,” she says. TD Urban Myths: Backstage At Live Aid Sky Arts, 9.00pm Tonight’s episode of the likeable comedy takes an imaginary peek behind the scenes at Live Aid. A frazzled Bob Geldof (Jonas Armstrong) is trying to confirm the show’s running order and appease a gaggle of stars. We’re treated to a host of cameos including a withering Sade (Karla Crome), Elton John (Rufus Jones, suitably explosive) and Midge Ure (Martin Compston), who’s sulking over his place in the billing. TD Cinderella Man (2005) ★★★★☆ Sony Movie Channel, 3.15pm Making this Oscar-nominated boxing drama cost star Russell Crowe a dislocated shoulder, several concussions and a few cracked teeth – no wonder his portrayal of real-life heavyweight champion James J Braddock fighting his way out of Depression-era poverty when he returns to the ring after retirement packs a punch. Ron Howard directs; Renée Zellweger co-stars as Braddock’s wife. Criminal (2016) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Kevin Costner stars as a convict implanted with the memories of a dead CIA agent and ordered to finish an assignment. Ariel Vromen’s meat-headed thriller doesn’t dither over science and for all the attempts to spin it as a riff on Frankenstein, it’s a weird and unevenly stitched hybrid. But with Gary Oldman, Gal Gadot, Tommy Lee Jones and Ryan Reynolds among the cast, it’s intriguing nevertheless. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm If you know someone who has never seen a James Bond film – pick this one, the 10th in the series and the third to star Roger Moore. It has it all: the underwater car, Barbara Bach as Triple X, Carly Simon’s brilliant song, Nobody Does It Better, the sub-aquatic lair, the metal-toothed Jaws (Richard Kiel) and, with Moore skiing down a mountainside dispatching henchmen, surely the greatest opening Bond scene of all. Friday 20 Living their dream: Johnny Vegas and Niky Wardley Home From Home BBC One, 9.30pm A considerable advance on the tentative pilot that aired back in 2016 alongside the rather more confident and vituperative Motherland, this full series for Coronation Street graduates Simon Crowther and Chris Fewtrell’s sitcom has grown sharper, more polished and, crucially, funnier in the interim. It rejoins Stoke-dwelling grafters Neil and Fiona Hackett (Johnny Vegas and Niky Wardley, the latter replacing Joanna Page) and their teenage sons as they return to their tumbledown Lake District holiday lodge for the summer; just across the way, nouveau riche on-site neighbours Robert and Penny Dillon (Adam James, jovial but emasculated, and resentful would-be bohemian Emilia Fox) are back as well. Throw in an oddball site manager (Pearce Quigley) threatening to erect a Wi-Fi mast outside the Hacketts’ lodge, a conspiracy theorist (Susan Calman) warning darkly about clones of Kevin Costner, and a slow build of paranoia, frustration and inadequacy for Vegas to savour and you have a thoroughly inoffensive half-hour of well-structured, smartly cast farce. It doesn’t reinvent the sitcom but it’s an enjoyable riff on familiar themes. GT Pass Over Amazon Prime, from today Spike Lee films Antoinette Nwandu’s thrilling reimagining of Waiting for Godot as an as-live play complete with audience responses, in which young black men Moses (Jon Michael Hill) and Kitch (Julian Parker) pass the time dreaming of the Promised Land. GT Mercury 13 Netflix, from today Hot on the heels of Hidden Figures, the film which championed the black women whose facility for maths helped power the US space programme, comes this disturbing, fascinating documentary. It follows the fates of the 13 women who passed the stringent tests for space flight by Nasa in 1961 yet were kept off the shuttles because of their gender. GT BBC Young Musician 2018 BBC Four, 7.30pm The contest continues as instrumentalists in the woodwind category compete to reach the final, where composer, Kerry Andrew is on the judging panel. GT Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm A bleak but inspiring new series of the current-affairs warhorse begins with a story of hope amid horror. Reporter Seyi Rhodes and director Sasha Achilli ride along with a volunteer ambulance service in the warn-torn Somali capital, Mogadishu, running the gauntlet of bombs, shootings and militants to aid the sick and the dying. GT The Button BBC One, 8.30pm Five families are set a variety of daft challenges set by a talking button positioned in their homes. There’s big money at stake for the winners in this zany-sounding new game show from the creators of Taskmaster. GT Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain Channel 5, 9.00pm Taking a break from riding the rails, Michael Portillo visits four key locations in the footnotes of British history. He begins at the Royal London Hospital, home both to “The Elephant Man” Joseph Merrick for the last three years of his life, and to a series of significant medical breakthroughs. GT Rivers of Blood: 50 Years On Channel 5, 10.00pm By turns stirring and distressing, this excellent film documents shifting attitudes towards immigration in the five decades since Enoch Powell’s notorious speech, hearing from those whose lives it directly affected. GT Buena Vista Social Club (1999) ★★★★☆ BBC Four, 9.00pm Ry Cooder’s rediscovery of ageing Cuban musicians and the resulting concert at Carnegie Hall, became a global phenomenon on its release. Wim Wenders’ cinematography is gorgeous, especially when he’s filming in Cuba, and the roguish octogenarians are hugely likeable, but the relentless presence of Cooder and his son proves contentious in the long run. Still essential viewing, however. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) Film4, 11.40pm This film is bonkers… in a good way, and no other star can be relied upon to go crazy as prolifically as Nicolas Cage, whose career is a pinball machine. Werner Herzog’s certifiable noir drama is a sort of free-form documentary on Louisiana reptile life, so we have Cage as a drug-snorting, epically corrupt homicide cop functioning as a virtual pimp to his kept girlfriend, played by Eva Mendes. Sliding Doors (1998) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Gwyneth Paltrow stars in this guilty-pleasure romcom about how a fleeting moment can change your path in life – in this instance it’s whether Helen (Paltrow) catches her train on time. At that moment, the film splits into parallel storylines: a) she makes it home to find her boyfriend Gerry (John Lynch) cheating on her with another woman, or b) she doesn’t, and her humdrum life, plagued with suspicion, continues. Saturday 21 April How to swing it: Tom Jones performs at the birthday event Credit: Paul Glover The Queen’s Birthday Party BBC One, 8.00pm “Hasn’t she suffered enough?” mused some wags when the line-up for the Queen’s 92nd birthday concert was announced. Certainly, the prospect of Her Majesty wanting to see Sting and Shaggy performing together seems remote, but the Queen’s celebratory concerts have always had a surreal tinge to them. Who can forget Ricky Martin banging out The Cup of Life at 2002’s Golden Jubilee Party at the Palace, or Cliff Richard duetting with S Club 7 on Move It at the same event? Ten years later, the Diamond Jubilee concert was distinguished by the magnificent Grace Jones gyrating to Slave to the Rhythm shortly before Rolf Harris introduced Stevie Wonder on stage. This year, the gig will come live from the Royal Albert Hall, with a similarly random approach to performers. This time will include the acappella magic of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a newly countrified Kylie Minogue, and Craig David, hopefully treating Elizabeth II to a rundown of how he spends his week. Holding the concept together will be Tom Jones, a veteran of the previous two shindigs and thus, one presumes, a firm favourite of the Windsors. Ma’am didn’t tell him not to come, after all. Gabriel Tate Snooker: The World Championship BBC One, 1.45pm The Crucible in Sheffield is the setting as Kyren Wilson and Ronnie O’Sullivan begin their campaigns against two qualifiers on the opening day of the World Championship, which was won by Mark Selby last year. FA Cup Football: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur BBC One, 4.55pm Paul Pogba, Alexis Sánchez, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are all under threat of being dropped for this FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham after Jose Mourinho promised to wield the axe in the wake of Manchester United’s abject showing against West Bromwich Albion. Having lost 1-0, which handed the title to rivals Manchester City with five games to spare, United will be under pressure to overcome Spurs, whom they lost 2-0 to in January. United ended a 12-year drought to lift this trophy in 2016, when they overcame Crystal Palace 2-1. Spurs have been waiting even longer, having last won the famous competition back in 1991 with victory over Nottingham Forest by the same scoreline. The Forest BBC Two, 8.00pm This second visit to Galloway Forest in south-west Scotland is narrated by Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty; Apple Tree Yard; Shetland). In this episode, the cause of a rat infestation is discovered, an engineering team is called out to repair a giant logging machine, and a campsite owner readies his holidaymakers for a comedy night. Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm Further hopefuls to try to impress Simon Cowell and his fellow judges as they continue their search for undiscovered British eccentrics. Britain’s Most Historic Towns: Winchester Channel 4, 8.00pm The ever-game Alice Roberts storms a castle and chows down on an eel pie in her efforts to demonstrate why Winchester is Britain’s most Norman city. This is great, instructive fun. Imagine: Habaneros: You Say You Want a Revolution? Part one BBC Two, 9.00pm Almost 60 years after Fidel Castro began his revolution in Cuba, his younger brother Raúl steps down from the country’s presidency after a decade in power. In this arrestingly assembled, picaresque portrait of Havana, Julien Temple meets its citizens – the Habaneros – who share their experience of life in this extraordinary city. It concludes tomorrow on BBC Four at 9pm. GT Salamander: Blood Diamonds BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.45pm After disturbing intruders at Jacky Lanciers’ apartment, Paul Gerardi (Filip Peeters) starts to follow the money trail as this occasionally baffling Belgian thriller continues – but has he left himself compromised? Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One More Time with Feeling Sky Arts, 9.00pm Nick Cave’s 16th studio album, The Skeleton Tree, was half-finished when Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur fell from a cliff and died. He invited Andrew Dominik, a regular collaborator since Cave soundtracked the director’s movie, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, to film the final production process as a way to avoid having to address his son’s death with the media. The result is a small miracle of insight and restraint. It’s harrowing, certainly, but it’s also deeply respectful in its depiction of raw grief, profound trauma and unfathomable loss. GT Bend of the River (1952) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 1.50pm This is one of five excellent collaborations between director Anthony Mann and actor James Stewart. Here, Stewart stars as Glyn McLyntock, a former outlaw working as a trail guide for farmers. Gold is discovered nearby and a town boss confiscates homesteaders’ supplies, leaving McLyntock risking his life to try to win them back. Glorious scenery and thrilling action make this compelling western still very watchable. Testament of Youth (2014) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 10.05pm Alicia Vikander gives a thrillingly astute portrait of Vera Brittain, the Oxford undergraduate whose ideals are beaten into shape – bitterly forged, you might say – by the heartbreak and gruelling trauma of the First World War. James Kent gives the film a restrained cinematic polish that feels wholly appropriate to its subject: it’s soberly moving. The Recruit (2003) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Being headhunted by the CIA in this thriller basically means being shouted at by Al Pacino, who began his unfortunate streak of uninspiring performances at about this point. Nevertheless, it’s still a privilege to watch him at work. Colin Farrell is also below his best as the rookie getting his marching orders – Roger Donaldson’s movie is a standard-issue spy game with all the layered complexity of Ludo. Sunday 22 April Double trouble: Olivia Vinall as twin Laura Fairlie Credit: BBC The Woman in White BBC One, 9.00pm The BBC has previously had three goes at adapting Wilkie Collins’s classic mystery tale: in 1966 (with Alethea Charlton and Nicholas Pennell), 1982 (Diana Quick, Daniel Gerroll) and 1997 (Tara Fitzgerald, Andrew Lincoln). So it’s no surprise to see it rearing its head again in a new five-part version by Fiona Seres, underlining the theme of women’s inequality before the law in Victorian times. Former EastEnders actor Ben Hardy is terrific as artist William Hartright, drawn into a murderous plot to steal an heiress’s fortune when he’s invited by a reclusive art collector (Charles Dance) to teach his nieces to paint. As ever, Jessie Buckley makes an instant impact as the spirited Marian Halcombe, while Olivia Vinall takes on the twin roles of Laura Fairlie and troubled Anne Catherick. This opening episode is set up as an extended tease – from the outset we know something terrible has happened and the action is interrupted regularly to remind us that a detective (Art Malik) will investigate soon. But only at the end do we meet the villain of the piece, Sir Percival Glide (Dougray Scott), and get a hint of the dastardly scheme that’s afoot. Gerard O’Donovan Luis Miguel Netflix, from today He’s the most successful male Latin American recording artist ever, having sold well in excess of 100 million records. But even though superstar singer Luis Miguel has lived a life rich enough to more than fill this three-part dramatised biography (with Diego Boneta in the lead), don’t expect too much in the way of shocking true-life revelations as it is very much the official, authorised version of an already carefully curated life story. Athletics: London Marathon BBC One, 8.30am As the heatwave continues, tens of thousands of runners will be pounding the streets of London for the 38th staging of the annual event. The men’s race will be the first for Mo Farah since the four-time Olympic gold medallist switched his focus from track events to the road. The 35-year-old will face competition from runners such as Eliud Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion, and Daniel Wanjiru, the winner of last year’s London Marathon. Mary Keitany will start as favourite in the women’s race, looking to equal Ingrid Kristiansen as the joint-most successful female athlete in the event’s history. Revolution Sky One, 6.30pm The thrills, skills and spectacular spills continue as Sky’s entertainingly original new show (incredible that neither the BBC nor ITV spotted the potential of this format) rolls on as the fourth heat sees more BMX-ers, bladers and skateboarders battle it out for a place in the final. “Gang warfare on wheels” is how hyperbolic co-host Steve-O describes it, though the family-friendly atmosphere is a lot cheerier than that. GO Little Big Shots ITV, 7.00pm Dawn French returns with the show that allows children to take a first step on the slippery slope to TV talent show fame, testing out their star power on the TV viewing public. Tonight, a four-year-old from Slough whose mini-guardsman routine went viral online, and a seven-year-old drummer from London. Britain’s Biggest Warship BBC Two, 8.00pm In the second episode, the Navy’s cutting edge new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth embarks on sea trials, stress-testing every part of the ship and allowing landings on deck for the first time. And it’s not only kit that’s tested – the crew have challenging times ahead, too. The Durrells ITV, 8.00pm The most charming family on TV’s Corfu sojourn continues as, despite all Louisa’s (Keeley Hawes) preparations, Gerry’s (Milo Parker) 13th birthday party descends into chaos – and Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis) is behaving very oddly. The Good Karma Hospital ITV, 9.00pm Mixed emotions abound in the closing episode of an eventful second series as Ruby (Amrita Acharia) has a heart-to-heart with Gabriel (James Krishna Floyd), and Lydia (Amanda Redman) faces a dilemma when a former mentor (Sue Johnston) seeks help. GO Dances with Wolves (1990) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 2.15pm After his heroic exploits in the American Civil War, Union army lieutenant John Dunbar (played by Kevin Costner, who also directed and produced) chooses a solitary posting on the Western frontier, where he encounters – and is finally embraced by – the local Sioux tribe. This sort of thing rarely happened in reality, but the epic sweep of the tale and magnificent locations are irresistible. Trainwreck (2015) ★★★★☆ 5STAR, 9.00pm The stand-up comedian – and first-time screenwriter – Amy Schumer nails her performance as a shambolic loser-in-love in Judd Apatow’s overstuffed sex comedy. Like Kristen Wiig (who produces) and Maya Rudolph in Bridesmaids, Schumer and Brie Larson, who plays her settled-down sister, duet their way through some bitter dramatic tributaries. Tilda Swinton co-stars as Amy’s hair-flicking boss. Easy A (2010) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 11.10pm Emma Stone dominates this high-school romcom, a mildly raunched-up version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1840 novel The Scarlet Letter. It takes the form of a live webcast confessional, in which Olive (Stone) explains how she risked her reputation to help the unpopular kids improve theirs. It’s smart and surprising, and the pencil-sharp character assassinations are irresistible. Monday 23 April Easy-going: the Duchess of Cornwall on her 70th birthday Credit: ITV The Real Camilla: HRH the Duchess of Cornwall ITV, 9.00pm A combination of reverence and access or lack thereof tends to ensure that royal documentaries rarely give viewers the warts-and-all depiction they might require. That’s certainly the case with this pleasant if undemanding ITV take on the life of the Duchess of Cornwall. The usual mixture of friends, family and royal correspondents give their opinion on the “real Camilla” – her nephew Ben Elliott comes closest to lifting the veil when he talks about what to get her for Christmas – and there’s a whistle-stop tour of the whole Charles/ Camilla/ Diana story, albeit one that glosses over the over the crucial decade when the Prince of Wales’s marriage fell apart. Ultimately, what saves it all from sycophancy is Camilla herself, who comes across as hard-working, easy-going and, above all, game. “She was fun, she made people laugh,” says a contributor early on and watching the Duchess chatting to various guests, young and old, you can believe it. The night’s best tribute, however, comes, fittingly, from the man most qualified to judge: “She’s the best listener in the world,” notes Prince Charles, his delivery heartfelt. Sarah Hughes Rip Off Britain: Food BBC One, 9.15am The popular daytime consumer series returns with a focus on food as presenters Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville look at the ins and outs of going out for a meal and consider public complaints. Tennis: The Barcelona Open Sky Sports Main Event, 10.00am It’s the opening day in the clay-court tournament at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, where Rafael Nadal triumphed last year for the 10th time. Holidays Unpacked Channel 4, 8.00pm Lucy Hedges and Morland Sanders are our guides in this new series, which aims to take us to the world’s “up-and-coming destinations”. In practice, this means that Hedges heads to Israel to float in the Dead Sea while Sanders goes zip-lining in Costa Rica. Genius: Picasso National Geographic, 8.00pm Antonio Banderas plays Spain’s most famous painter in this sumptuous take on the life of Pablo Picasso. As with last year’s Einstein, the action in the first episode flashes between two key periods in Picasso’s life: the moment as a boy when he realised he had to become an artist and 1937 when he receives the commission that will ultimately become Guernica. Travel Man: 48 Hours on the Cote d’Azur Channel 4, 8.30pm Comedian Shazia Mirza is Richard Ayoade’s guest on a whistle-stop tour from Nice to Monaco. There’s a nice relaxed vibe between the two of them as they bond over their love of Roger Moore (sorry), although Mirza tests Ayoade’s patience with her misuse of the word “literally”. Secret Agent Selection: WW2 BBC Two, 9.00pm It’s concealment and camouflage week on the reality TV series, as our would-be secret agents are sent to the Scottish Highlands. It’s arguably the toughest training yet as the gang find themselves scrambling over rocks and wading through freezing lakes – will everyone make it through? SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm & 10.20pm Television’s coldest show returns with creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy having dialled back the tricksiness so that most of the time jumps and puzzles feel organic to the plot, although the overall effect is still pretty soulless. Understandably, last season’s revelations have led to chaos as Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) seeks vengeance on her former masters. Thandie Newton’s Maeve and Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard provide the rare moments of genuine emotion. SH Exodus (1960) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.55am Otto Preminger’s big-budget adaptation of Leon Uris’s bestseller about the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948 is an accomplished piece of film-making. A Jewish paramilitary smuggles more than 600 detained Holocaust survivors onto a cargo vessel and makes an illegal crossing to Palestine. Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint star with a script by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. The Sum of All Fears (2002) ★★☆☆☆ Sky One, 9.00pm After Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck is the third actor to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan, hero of Tom Clancy’s bestsellers. He teams up with Morgan Freeman and Liev Schreiber to find a missing nuclear bomb before it can be detonated on American soil in this efficient action thriller, which is lifted out of the humdrum by a sensational climax. Middle Men (2009) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 11.35pm Goodfellas meets Boogie Nights in this account of a straight-arrow Texas businessman who in the Nineties helps set up the first paid internet porn site. George Gallo, who co-wrote and directed, is no Scorsese, and Luke Wilson, narrating, is no De Niro, but it’s an entertaining albeit sleazy ride, and Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht are a hoot as the two losers who stumble across the internet’s first big moneymaking scheme. Tuesday 24 April Legal eagle: Nicola Walker as divorce lawyer Hannah Credit: BBC The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s latest television drama is perhaps her most mainstream yet after the psychological trauma of River and period precision of The Hour, but that doesn’t mean that it’s superficial. The set up is the stuff of classic family melodrama: London divorce lawyer Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker) clashes with her mother (Deborah Findlay) when she leaves the family firm for a bigger, flashier rival – and the pair end up on opposite sides in a high-profile case between a sportswear mogul (Stephen Tompkinson) and his wife (Meera Syal). Complicating matters further, Hannah’s estranged father (Anthony Head) returns after 30 years, leaving Hannah and her two sisters (Annabel Scholey and Fiona Button), one a singleton, the other engaged, in turmoil. There’s an unselfconscious gloss not often seen on British TV, and the set-ups are ripe for the sort of narrative twists in which Morgan excels, all peppered with her familiarly pointed dialogue. Walker and Stephen Mangan are particularly convincing as a couple still in love but also in denial about the cracks appearing in their marriage. There’s nothing guilty about this pleasure. Gabriel Tate Champions League Football: Liverpool v Roma BT Sport 2, 7.45pm Having brushed aside Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate, with Roberto Firmino scoring the final goal, Liverpool take on Roma in what should be a pulsating semi-final first leg at Anfield. They’ll be hoping for a similar outcome to the last time these sides met: goals from Jari Litmanen and Emile Heskey gave Liverpool a 2-0 win. The Terror AMC, 9.00pm Turning Dan Simmons’s slightly pulpy source material into the stuff of gripping drama, this new series is part-psychological thriller, part-adventure yarn and part-monster movie, as it follows two Royal Navy ships in the 1840s on a journey to discover the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. Conditions worsen, resources dwindle and strange creatures lurk on the fringes of the expedition as the crews begin to turn on each other. A top-notch cast, led by Ciarán Hinds, Jared Harris and Tobias Menzies, keeps the tension high and the humanity front and centre among some difficult characters. Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers Channel 4, 9.00pm This grotesque film follows presenter Rick Edwards and technician Carla Valentine as they pull apart one of those enormous lumps of congealed fat and assorted unpleasantness, uncovering a grim truths about modern life. Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Gus Casely-Hayford brings Jeremy Paxman to the Cairngorms, inspiration for Edwin Landseer, who sculpted the four lions of Nelson’s Column but never fulfilled his promise after a breakdown set the pattern of mental-health issues that would dog him for life. GT Cunk on Britain BBC Two, 10.00pm; N Ireland, 11.15pm Can Diane Morgan and her dunderheaded alter-ego wring laughs from the first half of the 20th century? Of course she can, when her real targets are the many po-faced documentaries on the same that preceded her. Rent for Sex & Botox Bust: Ellie Undercover BBC One, 10.45pm & 11.15pm; Scotland, 11.45pm & 12.15am Investigative journalist Ellie Flynn goes undercover to explore the alarming phenomena of landlords offering rooms in exchange for rent, and professional misuse of Botox. This was first shown on BBC Three. Flight HS13 Channel 4, 11.00pm An absorbing Dutch thriller in which a woman (Katja Schuurman) goes in search of her husband (Daniel Boissevain) after he fails to board a plane which subsequently crashes. The full series will be available on Walter Presents at 11.55pm. GT Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 5.15pm Terence Fisher teamed up with Hammer Films for this child-friendly spin-off from The Adventures of Robin Hood TV series, with Richard Greene, who reprises his role here. Peter Cushing stars as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham who is out to murder the Archbishop of Canterbury. It’s a cheap and cheerful affair that remains true to the spirit of the original. Sons of the Desert (1934, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures, 6.40pm This Laurel and Hardy comedy is a joyous romp. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy scheme to outwit their wives and secretly attend a fraternal lodge meeting in Chicago. Based on a story by Frank Craven, an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for originating the role of the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, it holds together well and is full of sparkling jokes. American Gangster (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.30pm Denzel Washington is imperious as the Seventies Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas in Ridley Scott’s cocksure crime thriller. Charting Lucas’s domination of the heroin market during the Vietnam War and his investigation by honest New Jersey cop Richie Roberts (a casually excellent Russell Crowe), the film features an enthralling final face-off. Cuba Gooding Jnr provides ample support. Wednesday 25 April Sugaring the pill? Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Credit: BBC Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm The UK has the worst eating habits in Europe, says veteran food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and the fallout is crippling the NHS. In the Fifties, just two per cent of the population was overweight, compared to the 20 per cent of us tipping the obesity scales currently. What we have to do, says Fearnley-Whittingstall, is not just diet and exercise, but fight back against the tide of high-calorie processed food being pushed at us from every direction. He begins this engrossing series by inviting children to do a supermarket shop without their parents. The results are striking, demonstrating the influence of advertising and how poor eating choices take root from an early age. There are many other striking moments in a show bursting with information, revelation and naming and shaming. He shows how the changing face of our high streets has limited food choices, and his campaign to get 10,000 people in Newcastle to shed a communal 100,000 lbs is inspired. But his drive to get WH Smith to stop, as he says, “pushing” chocolate from its tills will perhaps be what resonates most with viewers. Gerard O’Donovan MisFITs Like Us BBC Three, from today Another thoughtful documentary series, focusing on the isolation and loneliness that can come with illness or difference. In each of three episodes, young people suffering from vitiligo, scarring from burns and, in this opener, Tourette’s Syndrome spend time with a group of strangers living with the same condition, to share the bond of understanding and explore how they might help each other overcome a range of fears and anxieties. Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge BBC Two, 8.00pm Another four fledgling craft food producers vie to get their cheeses, charcuterie, preserves and breads voted best in shop at the tiny village store in Malhamdale, as judges Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona dog them every step of the way. Britain’s Brightest Family ITV, 8.00pm ITV’s family friendly quiz show hasn’t always been a thrill a minute but, with victory and the holiday of a lifetime up for grabs tonight, expect the competition to be fierce as the finalists go head-to-head against Anne Hegarty’s tough line in questioning. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story BBC Two, 9.00pm The story comes full circle in the final episode of Tom Rob Smith’s gripping drama series, to July 1997. As Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) watches the news of Versace’s murder break, he’s horrified to learn that the police have identified him as prime suspect. Benidorm ITV, 9.00pm More Costa comedy as Monty (John Challis) is on his uppers after Joyce (Sherrie Hewson) sacks him. And things are even worse for Kenneth (Tony Maudsley), who wakes up in Blow & Go after a big night out, only to realise that the builders have bricked him in. GO The Curse of Civil War Gold History, 9.00pm Oak Island treasure hunters Rick and Marty Lagina embark on a new series prompted by a Civil War story about a troop of Union soldiers who stole a hoard of Confederate gold. The loot was supposedly smuggled north before being lost beneath the waves of Lake Michigan. Rick and Marty aren’t the only ones who think that there’s a chance that it could still be there. GO Mermaids (1990) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 1.45pm This comedy-drama stars Cher as Mrs Flax, a mother who regularly moves town, and is a constant embarrassment to her two daughters (Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci). After yet another romantic disaster for Mrs Flax, they relocate to Massachusetts and find some semblance of family life. Ryder in particular generates real charisma in her role as an alienated outsider. Pork Chop Hill (1959, b/w) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 3.55pm Lewis Milestone, the man responsible for the great anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front, directs this intelligent and largely forgotten true-story drama about a late battle of the Korean War. Gregory Peck stars as a gung-ho American lieutenant who leads a unit on the attack of the Chinese-held Pork Chop Hill, while Rip Torn is cheerfully professional as his brother-in-law. It also features the film debut of Martin Landau. Dark Places (2015) ★★☆☆☆ Film 4, 9.00pm This adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s cold-case chiller, which comes after the making of her mystery novel Gone Girl, with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, pales in comparison. Producer-star Charlize Theron plays a Kansas woman still grappling with the long-ago murders of her family. Christina Hendricks is affecting as her mother, but there’s not much in the way of surprise elements and the plot holes are gaping. Thursday 26 April Cup half full: paramedics Nat and Nat Credit: BBC Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm The key to the BBC’s emotional, compelling Ambulance, which returns for a third series, lies in the attention to small details, whether it’s the way in which a husband gazes into his injured wife’s eyes or the moment at the end of a shift when two team members of the West Midlands Ambulance Service relax to the radio on the way home. This strong opening episode is also almost impossible to watch at times. It begins with call assessor Shanie, who has just graduated from training, as she deals with the cries of a woman in labour. And then there’s paramedic Nat, who gets a call that’s uncomfortably close to home while her driving partner, also called Nat, desperately tries to keep her calm. They are just two of the five featured stories – only a handful of the 6,041 cases treated by the service in a 48-hour period – and the film-makers do well to balance the light and dark, ensuring that we are able to laugh amid the tears. The night’s star is 101-year-old Mary, who greets paramedic Justin with a smile and the words: “Oh, don’t you look nice” before going on to flirt for Britain. It’s a lovely scene and one which, like the episode, warms the heart. Sarah Hughes Happy! Netflix, from today Adapted by Grant Morrison from his graphic novel, Happy! stars Chris Meloni (who has played tormented characters in everything from Oz to Law & Order SVU) as Nick Sax, a depressed cop turned hitman who appears to be hallucinating a tiny blue unicorn named Happy! The kicker: Happy! (voiced by Patton Oswalt) is real, sort of. He’s the imaginary friend of a little girl in danger and he needs Sax to save the day. The result is crazed, profane and strangely enjoyable. Super Fast Falcon BBC Two, 8.00pm “They seem to live in a different time perception,” says an awed watcher during this fascinating film about peregrine falcons. The film-makers make a great deal out of trying to uncover how fast peregrines really are, but that’s largely incidental to the footage of these elegant birds. Europa League Football: Arsenal v Atletico Madrid BT Sport 2, 8.05pm Domestically, Arsenal have been crumbling, their woeful 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United resulting in Arsène Wenger admitting his team lack balance. Win the Europa League and this season won’t have been a disaster, however. First, they face a tough Atletico Madrid side in the semi-finals. Civilisations BBC Two, 9.00pm Simon Schama, the presenter for this final episode, begins with a heartfelt plea: “What can art do when horror comes calling?” What follows is an emotional hour that starts with the Holocaust and ends with monuments to migrants who drowned at sea. Harold Shipman: Doctor Death ITV, 9.00pm Harold Shipman was revealed as Britain’s most prolific serial killer following his arrest in 1998. Nicknamed “Doctor Death”, Shipman is said to have poisoned in excess of 250 of his patients, and was found guilty of 15 murders. This documentary speaks to key people involved in the case including former Greater Manchester Police detectives. True Horror Channel 4, 10.00pm This inventive “true life” horror series continues with The Ghost in the Wall, a haunted house story that starts out as a study of a relationship under stress before descending into a genuinely scary tale. SH Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.45pm The night’s second hitman-related offering sees Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader as Barry, a killer developing a conscience. That description doesn’t come close to capturing the tone of this dark comedy scripted by Hader and Silicon Valley’s Alex Berg, however. It’s a deeply eccentric but very entertaining mash-up of Community and Grosse Point Blank, held together by Hader’s gloriously laconic central performance. SH Limitless (2011) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 9.00pm Bradley Cooper stars in this thriller about a writer whose former brother-in-law slips him a pill that enables him to access 100 per cent of his brain. His book is finished in four days, so he goes back for more and this time nets himself a fortune on the stock market. Neil Burger directs at breakneck pace, but afterwards you wish that Cooper’s character had used that brainpower for something more interesting than making money. Moonraker (1979) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 9.00pm The 11th film in the Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the dapper MI6 agent, involves the theft of a space shuttle. It’s one of the weaker 007 films and at times seems more of a comedy than a tense action adventure, but it’s enjoyably frivolous. Michael Lonsdale plays resident baddy Hugo Drax who pinches the aforementioned space shuttle to help along his plan to wipe out the world’s population. Enemy of the State (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 9.00pm This slick, hi-tech film is considered a continuation of the Seventies spy-thriller The Conversation, which starred Gene Hackman. Here, Hackman plays a surveillance expert who helps Will Smith’s framed attorney escape the clutches of some corrupt government spooks led by Jon Voight. Directed by Tony Scott, it’s a riveting ride. The interplay between the leads is fun, too. Friday 27 April Face off: David Morrissey and Robert Firth Credit: BBC The City & the City BBC Two, 9.00pm The climax of this atmospheric adaptation of China Miéville’s sci-fi novel sees troubled Inspector Tyador Borlú (David Morrissey) go through hell while seeking answers to the mysteries dogging him: why was archaeologist Mahalia Geary (Andrea Deck) murdered and what happened to Borlú’s missing wife, Katrynia (Lara Pulver)? Borlú endures torture at the hands of Breach, the Stasi-style police, and gets fired in his quest. But, in true TV cop fashion, he forges on in a solo investigation, bruised and nearly broken. Ultimately, it’s a mundane trawl through CCTV footage that provides Borlú with some answers. This reminds us that despite the fantastical premise of two cities coexisting in the same space, this TV drama really just boils down to a routine murder-mystery. Having said that, a couple of nice twists towards the end explain whether Orciny, the fabled third city between Besźel and Ul Qoma, really exists. Along with impressive production design that creates a rich backdrop to the series, what makes The City & The City compelling is Morrissey’s performance; he’s able to convey the soft centre within the cop’s hard-boiled shell and is always worth watching. Vicki Power Bobby Kennedy for President Netflix, from today Marking half a century since Robert F Kennedy’s assassination, Dawn Porter’s four-part docuseries pays tribute to the former US Attorney General. Through previously unseen home footage and contributions from his confidantes, the documentary focuses on the younger Kennedy’s 83-day race for the White House in 1968. And Porter portrays him as a principled family man and dedicated public servant with a progressive political vision. It only highlights the tragedy of his early demise. Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm This episode sees Marcel Theroux brave the deadly smog that hangs over Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar, where the air pollution can reach more than 100 times the accepted limit. As a public health catastrophe unfolds, officials scrabble for a solution. Our Wildest Dreams Channel 4, 8.00pm This new docu-series follows Brits who’ve upped sticks to take a new path in life. The jaw-dropping opener sees Londoner Mari move to her husband’s homeland, the Ecuadorean rainforest, to join a community of just 26 people. With their young daughter, they must build a house and learn to farm. The Nineties Sky Arts, 9.00pm In terms of politics, the Nineties were seismic. The decade saw, among other things, Nelson Mandela freed from prison as apartheid ended in South Africa, the Soviet Union collapse and the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. This episode of the CNN documentary series relives those times, with contributions from Christiane Amanpour and Dan Rather. VP Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm This sitcom features the considerable talents of Emilia Fox and Johnny Vegas, but it offers precious few laughs. In the second episode, Neil (Vegas) tries to look macho next to his suave neighbour Robert (Adam James) on a hike, but his attempts prove disastrous. Episodes BBC Two, 10.00pm In keeping with this comedy’s subversive tone, mirth is mined from the death of Matt’s father (the episode is dedicated to the actor who played him, Alex Rocco, who died in 2015). In true Matt Le Blanc style, he brilliantly handles a foul-mouthed tussle over his father’s ashes between his mother and dad’s girlfriend. VP The Week Of (2018) Netflix, from today This is the fourth and final film in a four-film deal between Adam Sandler and Netflix, and sees a re-teaming of Sandler with his Saturday Night Live buddy Chris Rock. The film stars the pair as fathers who are polar opposites and have to endure a road trip together in a stuffy car in the week leading up to their children getting married. Frequent Sandler collaborator Steve Buscemi co-stars; Robert Smigel (Hotel Transylvania) directs. Knocked Up (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV2, 9.00pm 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, One for the Money – as a rule Katherine Heigl doesn’t make terribly good films. Luckily, this warm-hearted comedy by Judd Apatow is an exception. She stars as a journalist who finds her life plans in jeopardy when she becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with a likeable slacker, played by Seth Rogen (in the role that made him a bona fide star). In 2012, a spin-off sequel, This Is 40, was released. Tropic Thunder (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm; N Ireland, 12.20am This comedy/action romp charts the filming of a guerrilla-style Vietnam War movie that derails thanks to the egotistical actors, including Kirk Lazarus (a blacked-up Robert Downey Jnr). Even with its all-star cast (Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan, Ben Stiller and Jack Black among them), the standout performance is by Tom Cruise as megalomaniac film producer Les Grossman. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Thursday 19 True Horror Channel 4, 10.00pm You can see the attraction of this new, four-part dramatised documentary series from Channel 4. Eyewitness accounts of paranormal activity are brought to life by spooky re-enactments of the events themselves, making for a potentially edge-of-the-seat outcome – the show even comes with a viewer warning. For the most part it works. Tonight’s opening episode takes us to a farm in rural Wales. Liz Sanders, her artist husband Bill and their two children move in, establishing the idyllic family set-up. Things soon go wrong. There are sudden electricity surges, animals die and looming apparitions roam the house. Worse still, the strain of all these macabre shenanigans starts to fracture the family. So far it’s standard horror fare. The programme’s strange power, however, comes via straight-to-camera testimony from some of the story’s major players including Liz herself, daughter Becca and religious-minded locals who came to the family’s aid. Credulity will always be a matter of opinion, but there’s no denying the impact that the affair had on those involved, particularly Bill whose descent into darkness gives new meaning to the term “tortured artist”. TD The Alienist Netflix, from today Director Jakob Verbruggen expertly conjures 19th-century New York in this otherwise pedestrian 10-part adaptation of Caleb Carr’s crime novel. A boy is found mutilated on Williamsburg Bridge, so the police employ the methods of Dr Laszlo Kreisler (Daniel Brühl) to build up a psychological profile of the killer. Aided by a newspaper illustrator (Luke Evans) and a dogged secretary (Dakota Fanning), Kreisler trawls through the atmospherically drawn city. TD Nature’s Biggest Beasts BBC Two, 8.00pm Tonight’s wildlife documentary explores the survival challenges facing creatures that are the largest in their habitat. Feeding, climate and mobility all play a part. The Komodo dragon, for example, captures prey 10 times its size. TD Civilisations BBC Two, 9.00pm David Olusoga looks at how artists questioned the scientific and cultural progress made during the 19th century. Some such as Gauguin turned to non-Western sources of inspiration. Otto Dix’s brutal vision of the First World War, meanwhile, counteracted claims of man’s advancement. TD The Investigator: A British Crime Story ITV, 9.00pm Mark Williams-Thomas wraps up his investigation into serial killer Angus Sinclair by looking into the murder of 37-year-old Frances Barber. Her death bears all of Sinclair’s hallmarks but another man was convicted of the crime. 999: What’s Your Emergency? Channel 4, 9.00pm Mothers and sons are the focus of tonight’s episode as the absorbing fly-on-the-wall series tracking Wiltshire’s emergency services returns. Teenager Kendall is arrested for damaging his mother’s home. “He can be the dream child and the next minute he’s Satan’s child,” she says. TD Urban Myths: Backstage At Live Aid Sky Arts, 9.00pm Tonight’s episode of the likeable comedy takes an imaginary peek behind the scenes at Live Aid. A frazzled Bob Geldof (Jonas Armstrong) is trying to confirm the show’s running order and appease a gaggle of stars. We’re treated to a host of cameos including a withering Sade (Karla Crome), Elton John (Rufus Jones, suitably explosive) and Midge Ure (Martin Compston), who’s sulking over his place in the billing. TD Cinderella Man (2005) ★★★★☆ Sony Movie Channel, 3.15pm Making this Oscar-nominated boxing drama cost star Russell Crowe a dislocated shoulder, several concussions and a few cracked teeth – no wonder his portrayal of real-life heavyweight champion James J Braddock fighting his way out of Depression-era poverty when he returns to the ring after retirement packs a punch. Ron Howard directs; Renée Zellweger co-stars as Braddock’s wife. Criminal (2016) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Kevin Costner stars as a convict implanted with the memories of a dead CIA agent and ordered to finish an assignment. Ariel Vromen’s meat-headed thriller doesn’t dither over science and for all the attempts to spin it as a riff on Frankenstein, it’s a weird and unevenly stitched hybrid. But with Gary Oldman, Gal Gadot, Tommy Lee Jones and Ryan Reynolds among the cast, it’s intriguing nevertheless. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm If you know someone who has never seen a James Bond film – pick this one, the 10th in the series and the third to star Roger Moore. It has it all: the underwater car, Barbara Bach as Triple X, Carly Simon’s brilliant song, Nobody Does It Better, the sub-aquatic lair, the metal-toothed Jaws (Richard Kiel) and, with Moore skiing down a mountainside dispatching henchmen, surely the greatest opening Bond scene of all. Friday 20 Living their dream: Johnny Vegas and Niky Wardley Home From Home BBC One, 9.30pm A considerable advance on the tentative pilot that aired back in 2016 alongside the rather more confident and vituperative Motherland, this full series for Coronation Street graduates Simon Crowther and Chris Fewtrell’s sitcom has grown sharper, more polished and, crucially, funnier in the interim. It rejoins Stoke-dwelling grafters Neil and Fiona Hackett (Johnny Vegas and Niky Wardley, the latter replacing Joanna Page) and their teenage sons as they return to their tumbledown Lake District holiday lodge for the summer; just across the way, nouveau riche on-site neighbours Robert and Penny Dillon (Adam James, jovial but emasculated, and resentful would-be bohemian Emilia Fox) are back as well. Throw in an oddball site manager (Pearce Quigley) threatening to erect a Wi-Fi mast outside the Hacketts’ lodge, a conspiracy theorist (Susan Calman) warning darkly about clones of Kevin Costner, and a slow build of paranoia, frustration and inadequacy for Vegas to savour and you have a thoroughly inoffensive half-hour of well-structured, smartly cast farce. It doesn’t reinvent the sitcom but it’s an enjoyable riff on familiar themes. GT Pass Over Amazon Prime, from today Spike Lee films Antoinette Nwandu’s thrilling reimagining of Waiting for Godot as an as-live play complete with audience responses, in which young black men Moses (Jon Michael Hill) and Kitch (Julian Parker) pass the time dreaming of the Promised Land. GT Mercury 13 Netflix, from today Hot on the heels of Hidden Figures, the film which championed the black women whose facility for maths helped power the US space programme, comes this disturbing, fascinating documentary. It follows the fates of the 13 women who passed the stringent tests for space flight by Nasa in 1961 yet were kept off the shuttles because of their gender. GT BBC Young Musician 2018 BBC Four, 7.30pm The contest continues as instrumentalists in the woodwind category compete to reach the final, where composer, Kerry Andrew is on the judging panel. GT Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm A bleak but inspiring new series of the current-affairs warhorse begins with a story of hope amid horror. Reporter Seyi Rhodes and director Sasha Achilli ride along with a volunteer ambulance service in the warn-torn Somali capital, Mogadishu, running the gauntlet of bombs, shootings and militants to aid the sick and the dying. GT The Button BBC One, 8.30pm Five families are set a variety of daft challenges set by a talking button positioned in their homes. There’s big money at stake for the winners in this zany-sounding new game show from the creators of Taskmaster. GT Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain Channel 5, 9.00pm Taking a break from riding the rails, Michael Portillo visits four key locations in the footnotes of British history. He begins at the Royal London Hospital, home both to “The Elephant Man” Joseph Merrick for the last three years of his life, and to a series of significant medical breakthroughs. GT Rivers of Blood: 50 Years On Channel 5, 10.00pm By turns stirring and distressing, this excellent film documents shifting attitudes towards immigration in the five decades since Enoch Powell’s notorious speech, hearing from those whose lives it directly affected. GT Buena Vista Social Club (1999) ★★★★☆ BBC Four, 9.00pm Ry Cooder’s rediscovery of ageing Cuban musicians and the resulting concert at Carnegie Hall, became a global phenomenon on its release. Wim Wenders’ cinematography is gorgeous, especially when he’s filming in Cuba, and the roguish octogenarians are hugely likeable, but the relentless presence of Cooder and his son proves contentious in the long run. Still essential viewing, however. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) Film4, 11.40pm This film is bonkers… in a good way, and no other star can be relied upon to go crazy as prolifically as Nicolas Cage, whose career is a pinball machine. Werner Herzog’s certifiable noir drama is a sort of free-form documentary on Louisiana reptile life, so we have Cage as a drug-snorting, epically corrupt homicide cop functioning as a virtual pimp to his kept girlfriend, played by Eva Mendes. Sliding Doors (1998) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Gwyneth Paltrow stars in this guilty-pleasure romcom about how a fleeting moment can change your path in life – in this instance it’s whether Helen (Paltrow) catches her train on time. At that moment, the film splits into parallel storylines: a) she makes it home to find her boyfriend Gerry (John Lynch) cheating on her with another woman, or b) she doesn’t, and her humdrum life, plagued with suspicion, continues. Saturday 21 April How to swing it: Tom Jones performs at the birthday event Credit: Paul Glover The Queen’s Birthday Party BBC One, 8.00pm “Hasn’t she suffered enough?” mused some wags when the line-up for the Queen’s 92nd birthday concert was announced. Certainly, the prospect of Her Majesty wanting to see Sting and Shaggy performing together seems remote, but the Queen’s celebratory concerts have always had a surreal tinge to them. Who can forget Ricky Martin banging out The Cup of Life at 2002’s Golden Jubilee Party at the Palace, or Cliff Richard duetting with S Club 7 on Move It at the same event? Ten years later, the Diamond Jubilee concert was distinguished by the magnificent Grace Jones gyrating to Slave to the Rhythm shortly before Rolf Harris introduced Stevie Wonder on stage. This year, the gig will come live from the Royal Albert Hall, with a similarly random approach to performers. This time will include the acappella magic of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a newly countrified Kylie Minogue, and Craig David, hopefully treating Elizabeth II to a rundown of how he spends his week. Holding the concept together will be Tom Jones, a veteran of the previous two shindigs and thus, one presumes, a firm favourite of the Windsors. Ma’am didn’t tell him not to come, after all. Gabriel Tate Snooker: The World Championship BBC One, 1.45pm The Crucible in Sheffield is the setting as Kyren Wilson and Ronnie O’Sullivan begin their campaigns against two qualifiers on the opening day of the World Championship, which was won by Mark Selby last year. FA Cup Football: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur BBC One, 4.55pm Paul Pogba, Alexis Sánchez, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are all under threat of being dropped for this FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham after Jose Mourinho promised to wield the axe in the wake of Manchester United’s abject showing against West Bromwich Albion. Having lost 1-0, which handed the title to rivals Manchester City with five games to spare, United will be under pressure to overcome Spurs, whom they lost 2-0 to in January. United ended a 12-year drought to lift this trophy in 2016, when they overcame Crystal Palace 2-1. Spurs have been waiting even longer, having last won the famous competition back in 1991 with victory over Nottingham Forest by the same scoreline. The Forest BBC Two, 8.00pm This second visit to Galloway Forest in south-west Scotland is narrated by Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty; Apple Tree Yard; Shetland). In this episode, the cause of a rat infestation is discovered, an engineering team is called out to repair a giant logging machine, and a campsite owner readies his holidaymakers for a comedy night. Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm Further hopefuls to try to impress Simon Cowell and his fellow judges as they continue their search for undiscovered British eccentrics. Britain’s Most Historic Towns: Winchester Channel 4, 8.00pm The ever-game Alice Roberts storms a castle and chows down on an eel pie in her efforts to demonstrate why Winchester is Britain’s most Norman city. This is great, instructive fun. Imagine: Habaneros: You Say You Want a Revolution? Part one BBC Two, 9.00pm Almost 60 years after Fidel Castro began his revolution in Cuba, his younger brother Raúl steps down from the country’s presidency after a decade in power. In this arrestingly assembled, picaresque portrait of Havana, Julien Temple meets its citizens – the Habaneros – who share their experience of life in this extraordinary city. It concludes tomorrow on BBC Four at 9pm. GT Salamander: Blood Diamonds BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.45pm After disturbing intruders at Jacky Lanciers’ apartment, Paul Gerardi (Filip Peeters) starts to follow the money trail as this occasionally baffling Belgian thriller continues – but has he left himself compromised? Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One More Time with Feeling Sky Arts, 9.00pm Nick Cave’s 16th studio album, The Skeleton Tree, was half-finished when Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur fell from a cliff and died. He invited Andrew Dominik, a regular collaborator since Cave soundtracked the director’s movie, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, to film the final production process as a way to avoid having to address his son’s death with the media. The result is a small miracle of insight and restraint. It’s harrowing, certainly, but it’s also deeply respectful in its depiction of raw grief, profound trauma and unfathomable loss. GT Bend of the River (1952) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 1.50pm This is one of five excellent collaborations between director Anthony Mann and actor James Stewart. Here, Stewart stars as Glyn McLyntock, a former outlaw working as a trail guide for farmers. Gold is discovered nearby and a town boss confiscates homesteaders’ supplies, leaving McLyntock risking his life to try to win them back. Glorious scenery and thrilling action make this compelling western still very watchable. Testament of Youth (2014) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 10.05pm Alicia Vikander gives a thrillingly astute portrait of Vera Brittain, the Oxford undergraduate whose ideals are beaten into shape – bitterly forged, you might say – by the heartbreak and gruelling trauma of the First World War. James Kent gives the film a restrained cinematic polish that feels wholly appropriate to its subject: it’s soberly moving. The Recruit (2003) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Being headhunted by the CIA in this thriller basically means being shouted at by Al Pacino, who began his unfortunate streak of uninspiring performances at about this point. Nevertheless, it’s still a privilege to watch him at work. Colin Farrell is also below his best as the rookie getting his marching orders – Roger Donaldson’s movie is a standard-issue spy game with all the layered complexity of Ludo. Sunday 22 April Double trouble: Olivia Vinall as twin Laura Fairlie Credit: BBC The Woman in White BBC One, 9.00pm The BBC has previously had three goes at adapting Wilkie Collins’s classic mystery tale: in 1966 (with Alethea Charlton and Nicholas Pennell), 1982 (Diana Quick, Daniel Gerroll) and 1997 (Tara Fitzgerald, Andrew Lincoln). So it’s no surprise to see it rearing its head again in a new five-part version by Fiona Seres, underlining the theme of women’s inequality before the law in Victorian times. Former EastEnders actor Ben Hardy is terrific as artist William Hartright, drawn into a murderous plot to steal an heiress’s fortune when he’s invited by a reclusive art collector (Charles Dance) to teach his nieces to paint. As ever, Jessie Buckley makes an instant impact as the spirited Marian Halcombe, while Olivia Vinall takes on the twin roles of Laura Fairlie and troubled Anne Catherick. This opening episode is set up as an extended tease – from the outset we know something terrible has happened and the action is interrupted regularly to remind us that a detective (Art Malik) will investigate soon. But only at the end do we meet the villain of the piece, Sir Percival Glide (Dougray Scott), and get a hint of the dastardly scheme that’s afoot. Gerard O’Donovan Luis Miguel Netflix, from today He’s the most successful male Latin American recording artist ever, having sold well in excess of 100 million records. But even though superstar singer Luis Miguel has lived a life rich enough to more than fill this three-part dramatised biography (with Diego Boneta in the lead), don’t expect too much in the way of shocking true-life revelations as it is very much the official, authorised version of an already carefully curated life story. Athletics: London Marathon BBC One, 8.30am As the heatwave continues, tens of thousands of runners will be pounding the streets of London for the 38th staging of the annual event. The men’s race will be the first for Mo Farah since the four-time Olympic gold medallist switched his focus from track events to the road. The 35-year-old will face competition from runners such as Eliud Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion, and Daniel Wanjiru, the winner of last year’s London Marathon. Mary Keitany will start as favourite in the women’s race, looking to equal Ingrid Kristiansen as the joint-most successful female athlete in the event’s history. Revolution Sky One, 6.30pm The thrills, skills and spectacular spills continue as Sky’s entertainingly original new show (incredible that neither the BBC nor ITV spotted the potential of this format) rolls on as the fourth heat sees more BMX-ers, bladers and skateboarders battle it out for a place in the final. “Gang warfare on wheels” is how hyperbolic co-host Steve-O describes it, though the family-friendly atmosphere is a lot cheerier than that. GO Little Big Shots ITV, 7.00pm Dawn French returns with the show that allows children to take a first step on the slippery slope to TV talent show fame, testing out their star power on the TV viewing public. Tonight, a four-year-old from Slough whose mini-guardsman routine went viral online, and a seven-year-old drummer from London. Britain’s Biggest Warship BBC Two, 8.00pm In the second episode, the Navy’s cutting edge new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth embarks on sea trials, stress-testing every part of the ship and allowing landings on deck for the first time. And it’s not only kit that’s tested – the crew have challenging times ahead, too. The Durrells ITV, 8.00pm The most charming family on TV’s Corfu sojourn continues as, despite all Louisa’s (Keeley Hawes) preparations, Gerry’s (Milo Parker) 13th birthday party descends into chaos – and Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis) is behaving very oddly. The Good Karma Hospital ITV, 9.00pm Mixed emotions abound in the closing episode of an eventful second series as Ruby (Amrita Acharia) has a heart-to-heart with Gabriel (James Krishna Floyd), and Lydia (Amanda Redman) faces a dilemma when a former mentor (Sue Johnston) seeks help. GO Dances with Wolves (1990) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 2.15pm After his heroic exploits in the American Civil War, Union army lieutenant John Dunbar (played by Kevin Costner, who also directed and produced) chooses a solitary posting on the Western frontier, where he encounters – and is finally embraced by – the local Sioux tribe. This sort of thing rarely happened in reality, but the epic sweep of the tale and magnificent locations are irresistible. Trainwreck (2015) ★★★★☆ 5STAR, 9.00pm The stand-up comedian – and first-time screenwriter – Amy Schumer nails her performance as a shambolic loser-in-love in Judd Apatow’s overstuffed sex comedy. Like Kristen Wiig (who produces) and Maya Rudolph in Bridesmaids, Schumer and Brie Larson, who plays her settled-down sister, duet their way through some bitter dramatic tributaries. Tilda Swinton co-stars as Amy’s hair-flicking boss. Easy A (2010) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 11.10pm Emma Stone dominates this high-school romcom, a mildly raunched-up version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1840 novel The Scarlet Letter. It takes the form of a live webcast confessional, in which Olive (Stone) explains how she risked her reputation to help the unpopular kids improve theirs. It’s smart and surprising, and the pencil-sharp character assassinations are irresistible. Monday 23 April Easy-going: the Duchess of Cornwall on her 70th birthday Credit: ITV The Real Camilla: HRH the Duchess of Cornwall ITV, 9.00pm A combination of reverence and access or lack thereof tends to ensure that royal documentaries rarely give viewers the warts-and-all depiction they might require. That’s certainly the case with this pleasant if undemanding ITV take on the life of the Duchess of Cornwall. The usual mixture of friends, family and royal correspondents give their opinion on the “real Camilla” – her nephew Ben Elliott comes closest to lifting the veil when he talks about what to get her for Christmas – and there’s a whistle-stop tour of the whole Charles/ Camilla/ Diana story, albeit one that glosses over the over the crucial decade when the Prince of Wales’s marriage fell apart. Ultimately, what saves it all from sycophancy is Camilla herself, who comes across as hard-working, easy-going and, above all, game. “She was fun, she made people laugh,” says a contributor early on and watching the Duchess chatting to various guests, young and old, you can believe it. The night’s best tribute, however, comes, fittingly, from the man most qualified to judge: “She’s the best listener in the world,” notes Prince Charles, his delivery heartfelt. Sarah Hughes Rip Off Britain: Food BBC One, 9.15am The popular daytime consumer series returns with a focus on food as presenters Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville look at the ins and outs of going out for a meal and consider public complaints. Tennis: The Barcelona Open Sky Sports Main Event, 10.00am It’s the opening day in the clay-court tournament at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, where Rafael Nadal triumphed last year for the 10th time. Holidays Unpacked Channel 4, 8.00pm Lucy Hedges and Morland Sanders are our guides in this new series, which aims to take us to the world’s “up-and-coming destinations”. In practice, this means that Hedges heads to Israel to float in the Dead Sea while Sanders goes zip-lining in Costa Rica. Genius: Picasso National Geographic, 8.00pm Antonio Banderas plays Spain’s most famous painter in this sumptuous take on the life of Pablo Picasso. As with last year’s Einstein, the action in the first episode flashes between two key periods in Picasso’s life: the moment as a boy when he realised he had to become an artist and 1937 when he receives the commission that will ultimately become Guernica. Travel Man: 48 Hours on the Cote d’Azur Channel 4, 8.30pm Comedian Shazia Mirza is Richard Ayoade’s guest on a whistle-stop tour from Nice to Monaco. There’s a nice relaxed vibe between the two of them as they bond over their love of Roger Moore (sorry), although Mirza tests Ayoade’s patience with her misuse of the word “literally”. Secret Agent Selection: WW2 BBC Two, 9.00pm It’s concealment and camouflage week on the reality TV series, as our would-be secret agents are sent to the Scottish Highlands. It’s arguably the toughest training yet as the gang find themselves scrambling over rocks and wading through freezing lakes – will everyone make it through? SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm & 10.20pm Television’s coldest show returns with creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy having dialled back the tricksiness so that most of the time jumps and puzzles feel organic to the plot, although the overall effect is still pretty soulless. Understandably, last season’s revelations have led to chaos as Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) seeks vengeance on her former masters. Thandie Newton’s Maeve and Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard provide the rare moments of genuine emotion. SH Exodus (1960) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.55am Otto Preminger’s big-budget adaptation of Leon Uris’s bestseller about the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948 is an accomplished piece of film-making. A Jewish paramilitary smuggles more than 600 detained Holocaust survivors onto a cargo vessel and makes an illegal crossing to Palestine. Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint star with a script by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. The Sum of All Fears (2002) ★★☆☆☆ Sky One, 9.00pm After Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck is the third actor to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan, hero of Tom Clancy’s bestsellers. He teams up with Morgan Freeman and Liev Schreiber to find a missing nuclear bomb before it can be detonated on American soil in this efficient action thriller, which is lifted out of the humdrum by a sensational climax. Middle Men (2009) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 11.35pm Goodfellas meets Boogie Nights in this account of a straight-arrow Texas businessman who in the Nineties helps set up the first paid internet porn site. George Gallo, who co-wrote and directed, is no Scorsese, and Luke Wilson, narrating, is no De Niro, but it’s an entertaining albeit sleazy ride, and Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht are a hoot as the two losers who stumble across the internet’s first big moneymaking scheme. Tuesday 24 April Legal eagle: Nicola Walker as divorce lawyer Hannah Credit: BBC The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s latest television drama is perhaps her most mainstream yet after the psychological trauma of River and period precision of The Hour, but that doesn’t mean that it’s superficial. The set up is the stuff of classic family melodrama: London divorce lawyer Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker) clashes with her mother (Deborah Findlay) when she leaves the family firm for a bigger, flashier rival – and the pair end up on opposite sides in a high-profile case between a sportswear mogul (Stephen Tompkinson) and his wife (Meera Syal). Complicating matters further, Hannah’s estranged father (Anthony Head) returns after 30 years, leaving Hannah and her two sisters (Annabel Scholey and Fiona Button), one a singleton, the other engaged, in turmoil. There’s an unselfconscious gloss not often seen on British TV, and the set-ups are ripe for the sort of narrative twists in which Morgan excels, all peppered with her familiarly pointed dialogue. Walker and Stephen Mangan are particularly convincing as a couple still in love but also in denial about the cracks appearing in their marriage. There’s nothing guilty about this pleasure. Gabriel Tate Champions League Football: Liverpool v Roma BT Sport 2, 7.45pm Having brushed aside Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate, with Roberto Firmino scoring the final goal, Liverpool take on Roma in what should be a pulsating semi-final first leg at Anfield. They’ll be hoping for a similar outcome to the last time these sides met: goals from Jari Litmanen and Emile Heskey gave Liverpool a 2-0 win. The Terror AMC, 9.00pm Turning Dan Simmons’s slightly pulpy source material into the stuff of gripping drama, this new series is part-psychological thriller, part-adventure yarn and part-monster movie, as it follows two Royal Navy ships in the 1840s on a journey to discover the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. Conditions worsen, resources dwindle and strange creatures lurk on the fringes of the expedition as the crews begin to turn on each other. A top-notch cast, led by Ciarán Hinds, Jared Harris and Tobias Menzies, keeps the tension high and the humanity front and centre among some difficult characters. Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers Channel 4, 9.00pm This grotesque film follows presenter Rick Edwards and technician Carla Valentine as they pull apart one of those enormous lumps of congealed fat and assorted unpleasantness, uncovering a grim truths about modern life. Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Gus Casely-Hayford brings Jeremy Paxman to the Cairngorms, inspiration for Edwin Landseer, who sculpted the four lions of Nelson’s Column but never fulfilled his promise after a breakdown set the pattern of mental-health issues that would dog him for life. GT Cunk on Britain BBC Two, 10.00pm; N Ireland, 11.15pm Can Diane Morgan and her dunderheaded alter-ego wring laughs from the first half of the 20th century? Of course she can, when her real targets are the many po-faced documentaries on the same that preceded her. Rent for Sex & Botox Bust: Ellie Undercover BBC One, 10.45pm & 11.15pm; Scotland, 11.45pm & 12.15am Investigative journalist Ellie Flynn goes undercover to explore the alarming phenomena of landlords offering rooms in exchange for rent, and professional misuse of Botox. This was first shown on BBC Three. Flight HS13 Channel 4, 11.00pm An absorbing Dutch thriller in which a woman (Katja Schuurman) goes in search of her husband (Daniel Boissevain) after he fails to board a plane which subsequently crashes. The full series will be available on Walter Presents at 11.55pm. GT Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 5.15pm Terence Fisher teamed up with Hammer Films for this child-friendly spin-off from The Adventures of Robin Hood TV series, with Richard Greene, who reprises his role here. Peter Cushing stars as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham who is out to murder the Archbishop of Canterbury. It’s a cheap and cheerful affair that remains true to the spirit of the original. Sons of the Desert (1934, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures, 6.40pm This Laurel and Hardy comedy is a joyous romp. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy scheme to outwit their wives and secretly attend a fraternal lodge meeting in Chicago. Based on a story by Frank Craven, an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for originating the role of the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, it holds together well and is full of sparkling jokes. American Gangster (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.30pm Denzel Washington is imperious as the Seventies Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas in Ridley Scott’s cocksure crime thriller. Charting Lucas’s domination of the heroin market during the Vietnam War and his investigation by honest New Jersey cop Richie Roberts (a casually excellent Russell Crowe), the film features an enthralling final face-off. Cuba Gooding Jnr provides ample support. Wednesday 25 April Sugaring the pill? Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Credit: BBC Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm The UK has the worst eating habits in Europe, says veteran food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and the fallout is crippling the NHS. In the Fifties, just two per cent of the population was overweight, compared to the 20 per cent of us tipping the obesity scales currently. What we have to do, says Fearnley-Whittingstall, is not just diet and exercise, but fight back against the tide of high-calorie processed food being pushed at us from every direction. He begins this engrossing series by inviting children to do a supermarket shop without their parents. The results are striking, demonstrating the influence of advertising and how poor eating choices take root from an early age. There are many other striking moments in a show bursting with information, revelation and naming and shaming. He shows how the changing face of our high streets has limited food choices, and his campaign to get 10,000 people in Newcastle to shed a communal 100,000 lbs is inspired. But his drive to get WH Smith to stop, as he says, “pushing” chocolate from its tills will perhaps be what resonates most with viewers. Gerard O’Donovan MisFITs Like Us BBC Three, from today Another thoughtful documentary series, focusing on the isolation and loneliness that can come with illness or difference. In each of three episodes, young people suffering from vitiligo, scarring from burns and, in this opener, Tourette’s Syndrome spend time with a group of strangers living with the same condition, to share the bond of understanding and explore how they might help each other overcome a range of fears and anxieties. Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge BBC Two, 8.00pm Another four fledgling craft food producers vie to get their cheeses, charcuterie, preserves and breads voted best in shop at the tiny village store in Malhamdale, as judges Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona dog them every step of the way. Britain’s Brightest Family ITV, 8.00pm ITV’s family friendly quiz show hasn’t always been a thrill a minute but, with victory and the holiday of a lifetime up for grabs tonight, expect the competition to be fierce as the finalists go head-to-head against Anne Hegarty’s tough line in questioning. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story BBC Two, 9.00pm The story comes full circle in the final episode of Tom Rob Smith’s gripping drama series, to July 1997. As Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) watches the news of Versace’s murder break, he’s horrified to learn that the police have identified him as prime suspect. Benidorm ITV, 9.00pm More Costa comedy as Monty (John Challis) is on his uppers after Joyce (Sherrie Hewson) sacks him. And things are even worse for Kenneth (Tony Maudsley), who wakes up in Blow & Go after a big night out, only to realise that the builders have bricked him in. GO The Curse of Civil War Gold History, 9.00pm Oak Island treasure hunters Rick and Marty Lagina embark on a new series prompted by a Civil War story about a troop of Union soldiers who stole a hoard of Confederate gold. The loot was supposedly smuggled north before being lost beneath the waves of Lake Michigan. Rick and Marty aren’t the only ones who think that there’s a chance that it could still be there. GO Mermaids (1990) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 1.45pm This comedy-drama stars Cher as Mrs Flax, a mother who regularly moves town, and is a constant embarrassment to her two daughters (Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci). After yet another romantic disaster for Mrs Flax, they relocate to Massachusetts and find some semblance of family life. Ryder in particular generates real charisma in her role as an alienated outsider. Pork Chop Hill (1959, b/w) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 3.55pm Lewis Milestone, the man responsible for the great anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front, directs this intelligent and largely forgotten true-story drama about a late battle of the Korean War. Gregory Peck stars as a gung-ho American lieutenant who leads a unit on the attack of the Chinese-held Pork Chop Hill, while Rip Torn is cheerfully professional as his brother-in-law. It also features the film debut of Martin Landau. Dark Places (2015) ★★☆☆☆ Film 4, 9.00pm This adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s cold-case chiller, which comes after the making of her mystery novel Gone Girl, with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, pales in comparison. Producer-star Charlize Theron plays a Kansas woman still grappling with the long-ago murders of her family. Christina Hendricks is affecting as her mother, but there’s not much in the way of surprise elements and the plot holes are gaping. Thursday 26 April Cup half full: paramedics Nat and Nat Credit: BBC Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm The key to the BBC’s emotional, compelling Ambulance, which returns for a third series, lies in the attention to small details, whether it’s the way in which a husband gazes into his injured wife’s eyes or the moment at the end of a shift when two team members of the West Midlands Ambulance Service relax to the radio on the way home. This strong opening episode is also almost impossible to watch at times. It begins with call assessor Shanie, who has just graduated from training, as she deals with the cries of a woman in labour. And then there’s paramedic Nat, who gets a call that’s uncomfortably close to home while her driving partner, also called Nat, desperately tries to keep her calm. They are just two of the five featured stories – only a handful of the 6,041 cases treated by the service in a 48-hour period – and the film-makers do well to balance the light and dark, ensuring that we are able to laugh amid the tears. The night’s star is 101-year-old Mary, who greets paramedic Justin with a smile and the words: “Oh, don’t you look nice” before going on to flirt for Britain. It’s a lovely scene and one which, like the episode, warms the heart. Sarah Hughes Happy! Netflix, from today Adapted by Grant Morrison from his graphic novel, Happy! stars Chris Meloni (who has played tormented characters in everything from Oz to Law & Order SVU) as Nick Sax, a depressed cop turned hitman who appears to be hallucinating a tiny blue unicorn named Happy! The kicker: Happy! (voiced by Patton Oswalt) is real, sort of. He’s the imaginary friend of a little girl in danger and he needs Sax to save the day. The result is crazed, profane and strangely enjoyable. Super Fast Falcon BBC Two, 8.00pm “They seem to live in a different time perception,” says an awed watcher during this fascinating film about peregrine falcons. The film-makers make a great deal out of trying to uncover how fast peregrines really are, but that’s largely incidental to the footage of these elegant birds. Europa League Football: Arsenal v Atletico Madrid BT Sport 2, 8.05pm Domestically, Arsenal have been crumbling, their woeful 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United resulting in Arsène Wenger admitting his team lack balance. Win the Europa League and this season won’t have been a disaster, however. First, they face a tough Atletico Madrid side in the semi-finals. Civilisations BBC Two, 9.00pm Simon Schama, the presenter for this final episode, begins with a heartfelt plea: “What can art do when horror comes calling?” What follows is an emotional hour that starts with the Holocaust and ends with monuments to migrants who drowned at sea. Harold Shipman: Doctor Death ITV, 9.00pm Harold Shipman was revealed as Britain’s most prolific serial killer following his arrest in 1998. Nicknamed “Doctor Death”, Shipman is said to have poisoned in excess of 250 of his patients, and was found guilty of 15 murders. This documentary speaks to key people involved in the case including former Greater Manchester Police detectives. True Horror Channel 4, 10.00pm This inventive “true life” horror series continues with The Ghost in the Wall, a haunted house story that starts out as a study of a relationship under stress before descending into a genuinely scary tale. SH Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.45pm The night’s second hitman-related offering sees Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader as Barry, a killer developing a conscience. That description doesn’t come close to capturing the tone of this dark comedy scripted by Hader and Silicon Valley’s Alex Berg, however. It’s a deeply eccentric but very entertaining mash-up of Community and Grosse Point Blank, held together by Hader’s gloriously laconic central performance. SH Limitless (2011) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 9.00pm Bradley Cooper stars in this thriller about a writer whose former brother-in-law slips him a pill that enables him to access 100 per cent of his brain. His book is finished in four days, so he goes back for more and this time nets himself a fortune on the stock market. Neil Burger directs at breakneck pace, but afterwards you wish that Cooper’s character had used that brainpower for something more interesting than making money. Moonraker (1979) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 9.00pm The 11th film in the Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the dapper MI6 agent, involves the theft of a space shuttle. It’s one of the weaker 007 films and at times seems more of a comedy than a tense action adventure, but it’s enjoyably frivolous. Michael Lonsdale plays resident baddy Hugo Drax who pinches the aforementioned space shuttle to help along his plan to wipe out the world’s population. Enemy of the State (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 9.00pm This slick, hi-tech film is considered a continuation of the Seventies spy-thriller The Conversation, which starred Gene Hackman. Here, Hackman plays a surveillance expert who helps Will Smith’s framed attorney escape the clutches of some corrupt government spooks led by Jon Voight. Directed by Tony Scott, it’s a riveting ride. The interplay between the leads is fun, too. Friday 27 April Face off: David Morrissey and Robert Firth Credit: BBC The City & the City BBC Two, 9.00pm The climax of this atmospheric adaptation of China Miéville’s sci-fi novel sees troubled Inspector Tyador Borlú (David Morrissey) go through hell while seeking answers to the mysteries dogging him: why was archaeologist Mahalia Geary (Andrea Deck) murdered and what happened to Borlú’s missing wife, Katrynia (Lara Pulver)? Borlú endures torture at the hands of Breach, the Stasi-style police, and gets fired in his quest. But, in true TV cop fashion, he forges on in a solo investigation, bruised and nearly broken. Ultimately, it’s a mundane trawl through CCTV footage that provides Borlú with some answers. This reminds us that despite the fantastical premise of two cities coexisting in the same space, this TV drama really just boils down to a routine murder-mystery. Having said that, a couple of nice twists towards the end explain whether Orciny, the fabled third city between Besźel and Ul Qoma, really exists. Along with impressive production design that creates a rich backdrop to the series, what makes The City & The City compelling is Morrissey’s performance; he’s able to convey the soft centre within the cop’s hard-boiled shell and is always worth watching. Vicki Power Bobby Kennedy for President Netflix, from today Marking half a century since Robert F Kennedy’s assassination, Dawn Porter’s four-part docuseries pays tribute to the former US Attorney General. Through previously unseen home footage and contributions from his confidantes, the documentary focuses on the younger Kennedy’s 83-day race for the White House in 1968. And Porter portrays him as a principled family man and dedicated public servant with a progressive political vision. It only highlights the tragedy of his early demise. Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm This episode sees Marcel Theroux brave the deadly smog that hangs over Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar, where the air pollution can reach more than 100 times the accepted limit. As a public health catastrophe unfolds, officials scrabble for a solution. Our Wildest Dreams Channel 4, 8.00pm This new docu-series follows Brits who’ve upped sticks to take a new path in life. The jaw-dropping opener sees Londoner Mari move to her husband’s homeland, the Ecuadorean rainforest, to join a community of just 26 people. With their young daughter, they must build a house and learn to farm. The Nineties Sky Arts, 9.00pm In terms of politics, the Nineties were seismic. The decade saw, among other things, Nelson Mandela freed from prison as apartheid ended in South Africa, the Soviet Union collapse and the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. This episode of the CNN documentary series relives those times, with contributions from Christiane Amanpour and Dan Rather. VP Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm This sitcom features the considerable talents of Emilia Fox and Johnny Vegas, but it offers precious few laughs. In the second episode, Neil (Vegas) tries to look macho next to his suave neighbour Robert (Adam James) on a hike, but his attempts prove disastrous. Episodes BBC Two, 10.00pm In keeping with this comedy’s subversive tone, mirth is mined from the death of Matt’s father (the episode is dedicated to the actor who played him, Alex Rocco, who died in 2015). In true Matt Le Blanc style, he brilliantly handles a foul-mouthed tussle over his father’s ashes between his mother and dad’s girlfriend. VP The Week Of (2018) Netflix, from today This is the fourth and final film in a four-film deal between Adam Sandler and Netflix, and sees a re-teaming of Sandler with his Saturday Night Live buddy Chris Rock. The film stars the pair as fathers who are polar opposites and have to endure a road trip together in a stuffy car in the week leading up to their children getting married. Frequent Sandler collaborator Steve Buscemi co-stars; Robert Smigel (Hotel Transylvania) directs. Knocked Up (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV2, 9.00pm 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, One for the Money – as a rule Katherine Heigl doesn’t make terribly good films. Luckily, this warm-hearted comedy by Judd Apatow is an exception. She stars as a journalist who finds her life plans in jeopardy when she becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with a likeable slacker, played by Seth Rogen (in the role that made him a bona fide star). In 2012, a spin-off sequel, This Is 40, was released. Tropic Thunder (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm; N Ireland, 12.20am This comedy/action romp charts the filming of a guerrilla-style Vietnam War movie that derails thanks to the egotistical actors, including Kirk Lazarus (a blacked-up Robert Downey Jnr). Even with its all-star cast (Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan, Ben Stiller and Jack Black among them), the standout performance is by Tom Cruise as megalomaniac film producer Les Grossman. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: True Horror, The Alienist and Civilisations
Thursday 19 True Horror Channel 4, 10.00pm You can see the attraction of this new, four-part dramatised documentary series from Channel 4. Eyewitness accounts of paranormal activity are brought to life by spooky re-enactments of the events themselves, making for a potentially edge-of-the-seat outcome – the show even comes with a viewer warning. For the most part it works. Tonight’s opening episode takes us to a farm in rural Wales. Liz Sanders, her artist husband Bill and their two children move in, establishing the idyllic family set-up. Things soon go wrong. There are sudden electricity surges, animals die and looming apparitions roam the house. Worse still, the strain of all these macabre shenanigans starts to fracture the family. So far it’s standard horror fare. The programme’s strange power, however, comes via straight-to-camera testimony from some of the story’s major players including Liz herself, daughter Becca and religious-minded locals who came to the family’s aid. Credulity will always be a matter of opinion, but there’s no denying the impact that the affair had on those involved, particularly Bill whose descent into darkness gives new meaning to the term “tortured artist”. TD The Alienist Netflix, from today Director Jakob Verbruggen expertly conjures 19th-century New York in this otherwise pedestrian 10-part adaptation of Caleb Carr’s crime novel. A boy is found mutilated on Williamsburg Bridge, so the police employ the methods of Dr Laszlo Kreisler (Daniel Brühl) to build up a psychological profile of the killer. Aided by a newspaper illustrator (Luke Evans) and a dogged secretary (Dakota Fanning), Kreisler trawls through the atmospherically drawn city. TD Nature’s Biggest Beasts BBC Two, 8.00pm Tonight’s wildlife documentary explores the survival challenges facing creatures that are the largest in their habitat. Feeding, climate and mobility all play a part. The Komodo dragon, for example, captures prey 10 times its size. TD Civilisations BBC Two, 9.00pm David Olusoga looks at how artists questioned the scientific and cultural progress made during the 19th century. Some such as Gauguin turned to non-Western sources of inspiration. Otto Dix’s brutal vision of the First World War, meanwhile, counteracted claims of man’s advancement. TD The Investigator: A British Crime Story ITV, 9.00pm Mark Williams-Thomas wraps up his investigation into serial killer Angus Sinclair by looking into the murder of 37-year-old Frances Barber. Her death bears all of Sinclair’s hallmarks but another man was convicted of the crime. 999: What’s Your Emergency? Channel 4, 9.00pm Mothers and sons are the focus of tonight’s episode as the absorbing fly-on-the-wall series tracking Wiltshire’s emergency services returns. Teenager Kendall is arrested for damaging his mother’s home. “He can be the dream child and the next minute he’s Satan’s child,” she says. TD Urban Myths: Backstage At Live Aid Sky Arts, 9.00pm Tonight’s episode of the likeable comedy takes an imaginary peek behind the scenes at Live Aid. A frazzled Bob Geldof (Jonas Armstrong) is trying to confirm the show’s running order and appease a gaggle of stars. We’re treated to a host of cameos including a withering Sade (Karla Crome), Elton John (Rufus Jones, suitably explosive) and Midge Ure (Martin Compston), who’s sulking over his place in the billing. TD Cinderella Man (2005) ★★★★☆ Sony Movie Channel, 3.15pm Making this Oscar-nominated boxing drama cost star Russell Crowe a dislocated shoulder, several concussions and a few cracked teeth – no wonder his portrayal of real-life heavyweight champion James J Braddock fighting his way out of Depression-era poverty when he returns to the ring after retirement packs a punch. Ron Howard directs; Renée Zellweger co-stars as Braddock’s wife. Criminal (2016) ★★☆☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Kevin Costner stars as a convict implanted with the memories of a dead CIA agent and ordered to finish an assignment. Ariel Vromen’s meat-headed thriller doesn’t dither over science and for all the attempts to spin it as a riff on Frankenstein, it’s a weird and unevenly stitched hybrid. But with Gary Oldman, Gal Gadot, Tommy Lee Jones and Ryan Reynolds among the cast, it’s intriguing nevertheless. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 9.00pm If you know someone who has never seen a James Bond film – pick this one, the 10th in the series and the third to star Roger Moore. It has it all: the underwater car, Barbara Bach as Triple X, Carly Simon’s brilliant song, Nobody Does It Better, the sub-aquatic lair, the metal-toothed Jaws (Richard Kiel) and, with Moore skiing down a mountainside dispatching henchmen, surely the greatest opening Bond scene of all. Friday 20 Living their dream: Johnny Vegas and Niky Wardley Home From Home BBC One, 9.30pm A considerable advance on the tentative pilot that aired back in 2016 alongside the rather more confident and vituperative Motherland, this full series for Coronation Street graduates Simon Crowther and Chris Fewtrell’s sitcom has grown sharper, more polished and, crucially, funnier in the interim. It rejoins Stoke-dwelling grafters Neil and Fiona Hackett (Johnny Vegas and Niky Wardley, the latter replacing Joanna Page) and their teenage sons as they return to their tumbledown Lake District holiday lodge for the summer; just across the way, nouveau riche on-site neighbours Robert and Penny Dillon (Adam James, jovial but emasculated, and resentful would-be bohemian Emilia Fox) are back as well. Throw in an oddball site manager (Pearce Quigley) threatening to erect a Wi-Fi mast outside the Hacketts’ lodge, a conspiracy theorist (Susan Calman) warning darkly about clones of Kevin Costner, and a slow build of paranoia, frustration and inadequacy for Vegas to savour and you have a thoroughly inoffensive half-hour of well-structured, smartly cast farce. It doesn’t reinvent the sitcom but it’s an enjoyable riff on familiar themes. GT Pass Over Amazon Prime, from today Spike Lee films Antoinette Nwandu’s thrilling reimagining of Waiting for Godot as an as-live play complete with audience responses, in which young black men Moses (Jon Michael Hill) and Kitch (Julian Parker) pass the time dreaming of the Promised Land. GT Mercury 13 Netflix, from today Hot on the heels of Hidden Figures, the film which championed the black women whose facility for maths helped power the US space programme, comes this disturbing, fascinating documentary. It follows the fates of the 13 women who passed the stringent tests for space flight by Nasa in 1961 yet were kept off the shuttles because of their gender. GT BBC Young Musician 2018 BBC Four, 7.30pm The contest continues as instrumentalists in the woodwind category compete to reach the final, where composer, Kerry Andrew is on the judging panel. GT Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm A bleak but inspiring new series of the current-affairs warhorse begins with a story of hope amid horror. Reporter Seyi Rhodes and director Sasha Achilli ride along with a volunteer ambulance service in the warn-torn Somali capital, Mogadishu, running the gauntlet of bombs, shootings and militants to aid the sick and the dying. GT The Button BBC One, 8.30pm Five families are set a variety of daft challenges set by a talking button positioned in their homes. There’s big money at stake for the winners in this zany-sounding new game show from the creators of Taskmaster. GT Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain Channel 5, 9.00pm Taking a break from riding the rails, Michael Portillo visits four key locations in the footnotes of British history. He begins at the Royal London Hospital, home both to “The Elephant Man” Joseph Merrick for the last three years of his life, and to a series of significant medical breakthroughs. GT Rivers of Blood: 50 Years On Channel 5, 10.00pm By turns stirring and distressing, this excellent film documents shifting attitudes towards immigration in the five decades since Enoch Powell’s notorious speech, hearing from those whose lives it directly affected. GT Buena Vista Social Club (1999) ★★★★☆ BBC Four, 9.00pm Ry Cooder’s rediscovery of ageing Cuban musicians and the resulting concert at Carnegie Hall, became a global phenomenon on its release. Wim Wenders’ cinematography is gorgeous, especially when he’s filming in Cuba, and the roguish octogenarians are hugely likeable, but the relentless presence of Cooder and his son proves contentious in the long run. Still essential viewing, however. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) Film4, 11.40pm This film is bonkers… in a good way, and no other star can be relied upon to go crazy as prolifically as Nicolas Cage, whose career is a pinball machine. Werner Herzog’s certifiable noir drama is a sort of free-form documentary on Louisiana reptile life, so we have Cage as a drug-snorting, epically corrupt homicide cop functioning as a virtual pimp to his kept girlfriend, played by Eva Mendes. Sliding Doors (1998) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Gwyneth Paltrow stars in this guilty-pleasure romcom about how a fleeting moment can change your path in life – in this instance it’s whether Helen (Paltrow) catches her train on time. At that moment, the film splits into parallel storylines: a) she makes it home to find her boyfriend Gerry (John Lynch) cheating on her with another woman, or b) she doesn’t, and her humdrum life, plagued with suspicion, continues. Saturday 21 April How to swing it: Tom Jones performs at the birthday event Credit: Paul Glover The Queen’s Birthday Party BBC One, 8.00pm “Hasn’t she suffered enough?” mused some wags when the line-up for the Queen’s 92nd birthday concert was announced. Certainly, the prospect of Her Majesty wanting to see Sting and Shaggy performing together seems remote, but the Queen’s celebratory concerts have always had a surreal tinge to them. Who can forget Ricky Martin banging out The Cup of Life at 2002’s Golden Jubilee Party at the Palace, or Cliff Richard duetting with S Club 7 on Move It at the same event? Ten years later, the Diamond Jubilee concert was distinguished by the magnificent Grace Jones gyrating to Slave to the Rhythm shortly before Rolf Harris introduced Stevie Wonder on stage. This year, the gig will come live from the Royal Albert Hall, with a similarly random approach to performers. This time will include the acappella magic of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a newly countrified Kylie Minogue, and Craig David, hopefully treating Elizabeth II to a rundown of how he spends his week. Holding the concept together will be Tom Jones, a veteran of the previous two shindigs and thus, one presumes, a firm favourite of the Windsors. Ma’am didn’t tell him not to come, after all. Gabriel Tate Snooker: The World Championship BBC One, 1.45pm The Crucible in Sheffield is the setting as Kyren Wilson and Ronnie O’Sullivan begin their campaigns against two qualifiers on the opening day of the World Championship, which was won by Mark Selby last year. FA Cup Football: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur BBC One, 4.55pm Paul Pogba, Alexis Sánchez, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are all under threat of being dropped for this FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham after Jose Mourinho promised to wield the axe in the wake of Manchester United’s abject showing against West Bromwich Albion. Having lost 1-0, which handed the title to rivals Manchester City with five games to spare, United will be under pressure to overcome Spurs, whom they lost 2-0 to in January. United ended a 12-year drought to lift this trophy in 2016, when they overcame Crystal Palace 2-1. Spurs have been waiting even longer, having last won the famous competition back in 1991 with victory over Nottingham Forest by the same scoreline. The Forest BBC Two, 8.00pm This second visit to Galloway Forest in south-west Scotland is narrated by Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty; Apple Tree Yard; Shetland). In this episode, the cause of a rat infestation is discovered, an engineering team is called out to repair a giant logging machine, and a campsite owner readies his holidaymakers for a comedy night. Britain’s Got Talent ITV, 8.00pm Further hopefuls to try to impress Simon Cowell and his fellow judges as they continue their search for undiscovered British eccentrics. Britain’s Most Historic Towns: Winchester Channel 4, 8.00pm The ever-game Alice Roberts storms a castle and chows down on an eel pie in her efforts to demonstrate why Winchester is Britain’s most Norman city. This is great, instructive fun. Imagine: Habaneros: You Say You Want a Revolution? Part one BBC Two, 9.00pm Almost 60 years after Fidel Castro began his revolution in Cuba, his younger brother Raúl steps down from the country’s presidency after a decade in power. In this arrestingly assembled, picaresque portrait of Havana, Julien Temple meets its citizens – the Habaneros – who share their experience of life in this extraordinary city. It concludes tomorrow on BBC Four at 9pm. GT Salamander: Blood Diamonds BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.45pm After disturbing intruders at Jacky Lanciers’ apartment, Paul Gerardi (Filip Peeters) starts to follow the money trail as this occasionally baffling Belgian thriller continues – but has he left himself compromised? Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One More Time with Feeling Sky Arts, 9.00pm Nick Cave’s 16th studio album, The Skeleton Tree, was half-finished when Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur fell from a cliff and died. He invited Andrew Dominik, a regular collaborator since Cave soundtracked the director’s movie, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, to film the final production process as a way to avoid having to address his son’s death with the media. The result is a small miracle of insight and restraint. It’s harrowing, certainly, but it’s also deeply respectful in its depiction of raw grief, profound trauma and unfathomable loss. GT Bend of the River (1952) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 1.50pm This is one of five excellent collaborations between director Anthony Mann and actor James Stewart. Here, Stewart stars as Glyn McLyntock, a former outlaw working as a trail guide for farmers. Gold is discovered nearby and a town boss confiscates homesteaders’ supplies, leaving McLyntock risking his life to try to win them back. Glorious scenery and thrilling action make this compelling western still very watchable. Testament of Youth (2014) ★★★★☆ BBC Two, 10.05pm Alicia Vikander gives a thrillingly astute portrait of Vera Brittain, the Oxford undergraduate whose ideals are beaten into shape – bitterly forged, you might say – by the heartbreak and gruelling trauma of the First World War. James Kent gives the film a restrained cinematic polish that feels wholly appropriate to its subject: it’s soberly moving. The Recruit (2003) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm Being headhunted by the CIA in this thriller basically means being shouted at by Al Pacino, who began his unfortunate streak of uninspiring performances at about this point. Nevertheless, it’s still a privilege to watch him at work. Colin Farrell is also below his best as the rookie getting his marching orders – Roger Donaldson’s movie is a standard-issue spy game with all the layered complexity of Ludo. Sunday 22 April Double trouble: Olivia Vinall as twin Laura Fairlie Credit: BBC The Woman in White BBC One, 9.00pm The BBC has previously had three goes at adapting Wilkie Collins’s classic mystery tale: in 1966 (with Alethea Charlton and Nicholas Pennell), 1982 (Diana Quick, Daniel Gerroll) and 1997 (Tara Fitzgerald, Andrew Lincoln). So it’s no surprise to see it rearing its head again in a new five-part version by Fiona Seres, underlining the theme of women’s inequality before the law in Victorian times. Former EastEnders actor Ben Hardy is terrific as artist William Hartright, drawn into a murderous plot to steal an heiress’s fortune when he’s invited by a reclusive art collector (Charles Dance) to teach his nieces to paint. As ever, Jessie Buckley makes an instant impact as the spirited Marian Halcombe, while Olivia Vinall takes on the twin roles of Laura Fairlie and troubled Anne Catherick. This opening episode is set up as an extended tease – from the outset we know something terrible has happened and the action is interrupted regularly to remind us that a detective (Art Malik) will investigate soon. But only at the end do we meet the villain of the piece, Sir Percival Glide (Dougray Scott), and get a hint of the dastardly scheme that’s afoot. Gerard O’Donovan Luis Miguel Netflix, from today He’s the most successful male Latin American recording artist ever, having sold well in excess of 100 million records. But even though superstar singer Luis Miguel has lived a life rich enough to more than fill this three-part dramatised biography (with Diego Boneta in the lead), don’t expect too much in the way of shocking true-life revelations as it is very much the official, authorised version of an already carefully curated life story. Athletics: London Marathon BBC One, 8.30am As the heatwave continues, tens of thousands of runners will be pounding the streets of London for the 38th staging of the annual event. The men’s race will be the first for Mo Farah since the four-time Olympic gold medallist switched his focus from track events to the road. The 35-year-old will face competition from runners such as Eliud Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion, and Daniel Wanjiru, the winner of last year’s London Marathon. Mary Keitany will start as favourite in the women’s race, looking to equal Ingrid Kristiansen as the joint-most successful female athlete in the event’s history. Revolution Sky One, 6.30pm The thrills, skills and spectacular spills continue as Sky’s entertainingly original new show (incredible that neither the BBC nor ITV spotted the potential of this format) rolls on as the fourth heat sees more BMX-ers, bladers and skateboarders battle it out for a place in the final. “Gang warfare on wheels” is how hyperbolic co-host Steve-O describes it, though the family-friendly atmosphere is a lot cheerier than that. GO Little Big Shots ITV, 7.00pm Dawn French returns with the show that allows children to take a first step on the slippery slope to TV talent show fame, testing out their star power on the TV viewing public. Tonight, a four-year-old from Slough whose mini-guardsman routine went viral online, and a seven-year-old drummer from London. Britain’s Biggest Warship BBC Two, 8.00pm In the second episode, the Navy’s cutting edge new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth embarks on sea trials, stress-testing every part of the ship and allowing landings on deck for the first time. And it’s not only kit that’s tested – the crew have challenging times ahead, too. The Durrells ITV, 8.00pm The most charming family on TV’s Corfu sojourn continues as, despite all Louisa’s (Keeley Hawes) preparations, Gerry’s (Milo Parker) 13th birthday party descends into chaos – and Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis) is behaving very oddly. The Good Karma Hospital ITV, 9.00pm Mixed emotions abound in the closing episode of an eventful second series as Ruby (Amrita Acharia) has a heart-to-heart with Gabriel (James Krishna Floyd), and Lydia (Amanda Redman) faces a dilemma when a former mentor (Sue Johnston) seeks help. GO Dances with Wolves (1990) ★★★★☆ Channel 5, 2.15pm After his heroic exploits in the American Civil War, Union army lieutenant John Dunbar (played by Kevin Costner, who also directed and produced) chooses a solitary posting on the Western frontier, where he encounters – and is finally embraced by – the local Sioux tribe. This sort of thing rarely happened in reality, but the epic sweep of the tale and magnificent locations are irresistible. Trainwreck (2015) ★★★★☆ 5STAR, 9.00pm The stand-up comedian – and first-time screenwriter – Amy Schumer nails her performance as a shambolic loser-in-love in Judd Apatow’s overstuffed sex comedy. Like Kristen Wiig (who produces) and Maya Rudolph in Bridesmaids, Schumer and Brie Larson, who plays her settled-down sister, duet their way through some bitter dramatic tributaries. Tilda Swinton co-stars as Amy’s hair-flicking boss. Easy A (2010) ★★★★☆ Channel 4, 11.10pm Emma Stone dominates this high-school romcom, a mildly raunched-up version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1840 novel The Scarlet Letter. It takes the form of a live webcast confessional, in which Olive (Stone) explains how she risked her reputation to help the unpopular kids improve theirs. It’s smart and surprising, and the pencil-sharp character assassinations are irresistible. Monday 23 April Easy-going: the Duchess of Cornwall on her 70th birthday Credit: ITV The Real Camilla: HRH the Duchess of Cornwall ITV, 9.00pm A combination of reverence and access or lack thereof tends to ensure that royal documentaries rarely give viewers the warts-and-all depiction they might require. That’s certainly the case with this pleasant if undemanding ITV take on the life of the Duchess of Cornwall. The usual mixture of friends, family and royal correspondents give their opinion on the “real Camilla” – her nephew Ben Elliott comes closest to lifting the veil when he talks about what to get her for Christmas – and there’s a whistle-stop tour of the whole Charles/ Camilla/ Diana story, albeit one that glosses over the over the crucial decade when the Prince of Wales’s marriage fell apart. Ultimately, what saves it all from sycophancy is Camilla herself, who comes across as hard-working, easy-going and, above all, game. “She was fun, she made people laugh,” says a contributor early on and watching the Duchess chatting to various guests, young and old, you can believe it. The night’s best tribute, however, comes, fittingly, from the man most qualified to judge: “She’s the best listener in the world,” notes Prince Charles, his delivery heartfelt. Sarah Hughes Rip Off Britain: Food BBC One, 9.15am The popular daytime consumer series returns with a focus on food as presenters Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville look at the ins and outs of going out for a meal and consider public complaints. Tennis: The Barcelona Open Sky Sports Main Event, 10.00am It’s the opening day in the clay-court tournament at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, where Rafael Nadal triumphed last year for the 10th time. Holidays Unpacked Channel 4, 8.00pm Lucy Hedges and Morland Sanders are our guides in this new series, which aims to take us to the world’s “up-and-coming destinations”. In practice, this means that Hedges heads to Israel to float in the Dead Sea while Sanders goes zip-lining in Costa Rica. Genius: Picasso National Geographic, 8.00pm Antonio Banderas plays Spain’s most famous painter in this sumptuous take on the life of Pablo Picasso. As with last year’s Einstein, the action in the first episode flashes between two key periods in Picasso’s life: the moment as a boy when he realised he had to become an artist and 1937 when he receives the commission that will ultimately become Guernica. Travel Man: 48 Hours on the Cote d’Azur Channel 4, 8.30pm Comedian Shazia Mirza is Richard Ayoade’s guest on a whistle-stop tour from Nice to Monaco. There’s a nice relaxed vibe between the two of them as they bond over their love of Roger Moore (sorry), although Mirza tests Ayoade’s patience with her misuse of the word “literally”. Secret Agent Selection: WW2 BBC Two, 9.00pm It’s concealment and camouflage week on the reality TV series, as our would-be secret agents are sent to the Scottish Highlands. It’s arguably the toughest training yet as the gang find themselves scrambling over rocks and wading through freezing lakes – will everyone make it through? SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm & 10.20pm Television’s coldest show returns with creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy having dialled back the tricksiness so that most of the time jumps and puzzles feel organic to the plot, although the overall effect is still pretty soulless. Understandably, last season’s revelations have led to chaos as Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) seeks vengeance on her former masters. Thandie Newton’s Maeve and Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard provide the rare moments of genuine emotion. SH Exodus (1960) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.55am Otto Preminger’s big-budget adaptation of Leon Uris’s bestseller about the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948 is an accomplished piece of film-making. A Jewish paramilitary smuggles more than 600 detained Holocaust survivors onto a cargo vessel and makes an illegal crossing to Palestine. Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint star with a script by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. The Sum of All Fears (2002) ★★☆☆☆ Sky One, 9.00pm After Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck is the third actor to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan, hero of Tom Clancy’s bestsellers. He teams up with Morgan Freeman and Liev Schreiber to find a missing nuclear bomb before it can be detonated on American soil in this efficient action thriller, which is lifted out of the humdrum by a sensational climax. Middle Men (2009) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 11.35pm Goodfellas meets Boogie Nights in this account of a straight-arrow Texas businessman who in the Nineties helps set up the first paid internet porn site. George Gallo, who co-wrote and directed, is no Scorsese, and Luke Wilson, narrating, is no De Niro, but it’s an entertaining albeit sleazy ride, and Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht are a hoot as the two losers who stumble across the internet’s first big moneymaking scheme. Tuesday 24 April Legal eagle: Nicola Walker as divorce lawyer Hannah Credit: BBC The Split BBC One, 9.00pm Abi Morgan’s latest television drama is perhaps her most mainstream yet after the psychological trauma of River and period precision of The Hour, but that doesn’t mean that it’s superficial. The set up is the stuff of classic family melodrama: London divorce lawyer Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker) clashes with her mother (Deborah Findlay) when she leaves the family firm for a bigger, flashier rival – and the pair end up on opposite sides in a high-profile case between a sportswear mogul (Stephen Tompkinson) and his wife (Meera Syal). Complicating matters further, Hannah’s estranged father (Anthony Head) returns after 30 years, leaving Hannah and her two sisters (Annabel Scholey and Fiona Button), one a singleton, the other engaged, in turmoil. There’s an unselfconscious gloss not often seen on British TV, and the set-ups are ripe for the sort of narrative twists in which Morgan excels, all peppered with her familiarly pointed dialogue. Walker and Stephen Mangan are particularly convincing as a couple still in love but also in denial about the cracks appearing in their marriage. There’s nothing guilty about this pleasure. Gabriel Tate Champions League Football: Liverpool v Roma BT Sport 2, 7.45pm Having brushed aside Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate, with Roberto Firmino scoring the final goal, Liverpool take on Roma in what should be a pulsating semi-final first leg at Anfield. They’ll be hoping for a similar outcome to the last time these sides met: goals from Jari Litmanen and Emile Heskey gave Liverpool a 2-0 win. The Terror AMC, 9.00pm Turning Dan Simmons’s slightly pulpy source material into the stuff of gripping drama, this new series is part-psychological thriller, part-adventure yarn and part-monster movie, as it follows two Royal Navy ships in the 1840s on a journey to discover the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. Conditions worsen, resources dwindle and strange creatures lurk on the fringes of the expedition as the crews begin to turn on each other. A top-notch cast, led by Ciarán Hinds, Jared Harris and Tobias Menzies, keeps the tension high and the humanity front and centre among some difficult characters. Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers Channel 4, 9.00pm This grotesque film follows presenter Rick Edwards and technician Carla Valentine as they pull apart one of those enormous lumps of congealed fat and assorted unpleasantness, uncovering a grim truths about modern life. Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Gus Casely-Hayford brings Jeremy Paxman to the Cairngorms, inspiration for Edwin Landseer, who sculpted the four lions of Nelson’s Column but never fulfilled his promise after a breakdown set the pattern of mental-health issues that would dog him for life. GT Cunk on Britain BBC Two, 10.00pm; N Ireland, 11.15pm Can Diane Morgan and her dunderheaded alter-ego wring laughs from the first half of the 20th century? Of course she can, when her real targets are the many po-faced documentaries on the same that preceded her. Rent for Sex & Botox Bust: Ellie Undercover BBC One, 10.45pm & 11.15pm; Scotland, 11.45pm & 12.15am Investigative journalist Ellie Flynn goes undercover to explore the alarming phenomena of landlords offering rooms in exchange for rent, and professional misuse of Botox. This was first shown on BBC Three. Flight HS13 Channel 4, 11.00pm An absorbing Dutch thriller in which a woman (Katja Schuurman) goes in search of her husband (Daniel Boissevain) after he fails to board a plane which subsequently crashes. The full series will be available on Walter Presents at 11.55pm. GT Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 5.15pm Terence Fisher teamed up with Hammer Films for this child-friendly spin-off from The Adventures of Robin Hood TV series, with Richard Greene, who reprises his role here. Peter Cushing stars as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham who is out to murder the Archbishop of Canterbury. It’s a cheap and cheerful affair that remains true to the spirit of the original. Sons of the Desert (1934, b/w) ★★★★★ Talking Pictures, 6.40pm This Laurel and Hardy comedy is a joyous romp. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy scheme to outwit their wives and secretly attend a fraternal lodge meeting in Chicago. Based on a story by Frank Craven, an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for originating the role of the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, it holds together well and is full of sparkling jokes. American Gangster (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV4, 11.30pm Denzel Washington is imperious as the Seventies Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas in Ridley Scott’s cocksure crime thriller. Charting Lucas’s domination of the heroin market during the Vietnam War and his investigation by honest New Jersey cop Richie Roberts (a casually excellent Russell Crowe), the film features an enthralling final face-off. Cuba Gooding Jnr provides ample support. Wednesday 25 April Sugaring the pill? Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Credit: BBC Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm The UK has the worst eating habits in Europe, says veteran food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and the fallout is crippling the NHS. In the Fifties, just two per cent of the population was overweight, compared to the 20 per cent of us tipping the obesity scales currently. What we have to do, says Fearnley-Whittingstall, is not just diet and exercise, but fight back against the tide of high-calorie processed food being pushed at us from every direction. He begins this engrossing series by inviting children to do a supermarket shop without their parents. The results are striking, demonstrating the influence of advertising and how poor eating choices take root from an early age. There are many other striking moments in a show bursting with information, revelation and naming and shaming. He shows how the changing face of our high streets has limited food choices, and his campaign to get 10,000 people in Newcastle to shed a communal 100,000 lbs is inspired. But his drive to get WH Smith to stop, as he says, “pushing” chocolate from its tills will perhaps be what resonates most with viewers. Gerard O’Donovan MisFITs Like Us BBC Three, from today Another thoughtful documentary series, focusing on the isolation and loneliness that can come with illness or difference. In each of three episodes, young people suffering from vitiligo, scarring from burns and, in this opener, Tourette’s Syndrome spend time with a group of strangers living with the same condition, to share the bond of understanding and explore how they might help each other overcome a range of fears and anxieties. Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge BBC Two, 8.00pm Another four fledgling craft food producers vie to get their cheeses, charcuterie, preserves and breads voted best in shop at the tiny village store in Malhamdale, as judges Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona dog them every step of the way. Britain’s Brightest Family ITV, 8.00pm ITV’s family friendly quiz show hasn’t always been a thrill a minute but, with victory and the holiday of a lifetime up for grabs tonight, expect the competition to be fierce as the finalists go head-to-head against Anne Hegarty’s tough line in questioning. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story BBC Two, 9.00pm The story comes full circle in the final episode of Tom Rob Smith’s gripping drama series, to July 1997. As Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) watches the news of Versace’s murder break, he’s horrified to learn that the police have identified him as prime suspect. Benidorm ITV, 9.00pm More Costa comedy as Monty (John Challis) is on his uppers after Joyce (Sherrie Hewson) sacks him. And things are even worse for Kenneth (Tony Maudsley), who wakes up in Blow & Go after a big night out, only to realise that the builders have bricked him in. GO The Curse of Civil War Gold History, 9.00pm Oak Island treasure hunters Rick and Marty Lagina embark on a new series prompted by a Civil War story about a troop of Union soldiers who stole a hoard of Confederate gold. The loot was supposedly smuggled north before being lost beneath the waves of Lake Michigan. Rick and Marty aren’t the only ones who think that there’s a chance that it could still be there. GO Mermaids (1990) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 1.45pm This comedy-drama stars Cher as Mrs Flax, a mother who regularly moves town, and is a constant embarrassment to her two daughters (Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci). After yet another romantic disaster for Mrs Flax, they relocate to Massachusetts and find some semblance of family life. Ryder in particular generates real charisma in her role as an alienated outsider. Pork Chop Hill (1959, b/w) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 3.55pm Lewis Milestone, the man responsible for the great anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front, directs this intelligent and largely forgotten true-story drama about a late battle of the Korean War. Gregory Peck stars as a gung-ho American lieutenant who leads a unit on the attack of the Chinese-held Pork Chop Hill, while Rip Torn is cheerfully professional as his brother-in-law. It also features the film debut of Martin Landau. Dark Places (2015) ★★☆☆☆ Film 4, 9.00pm This adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s cold-case chiller, which comes after the making of her mystery novel Gone Girl, with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, pales in comparison. Producer-star Charlize Theron plays a Kansas woman still grappling with the long-ago murders of her family. Christina Hendricks is affecting as her mother, but there’s not much in the way of surprise elements and the plot holes are gaping. Thursday 26 April Cup half full: paramedics Nat and Nat Credit: BBC Ambulance BBC One, 9.00pm The key to the BBC’s emotional, compelling Ambulance, which returns for a third series, lies in the attention to small details, whether it’s the way in which a husband gazes into his injured wife’s eyes or the moment at the end of a shift when two team members of the West Midlands Ambulance Service relax to the radio on the way home. This strong opening episode is also almost impossible to watch at times. It begins with call assessor Shanie, who has just graduated from training, as she deals with the cries of a woman in labour. And then there’s paramedic Nat, who gets a call that’s uncomfortably close to home while her driving partner, also called Nat, desperately tries to keep her calm. They are just two of the five featured stories – only a handful of the 6,041 cases treated by the service in a 48-hour period – and the film-makers do well to balance the light and dark, ensuring that we are able to laugh amid the tears. The night’s star is 101-year-old Mary, who greets paramedic Justin with a smile and the words: “Oh, don’t you look nice” before going on to flirt for Britain. It’s a lovely scene and one which, like the episode, warms the heart. Sarah Hughes Happy! Netflix, from today Adapted by Grant Morrison from his graphic novel, Happy! stars Chris Meloni (who has played tormented characters in everything from Oz to Law & Order SVU) as Nick Sax, a depressed cop turned hitman who appears to be hallucinating a tiny blue unicorn named Happy! The kicker: Happy! (voiced by Patton Oswalt) is real, sort of. He’s the imaginary friend of a little girl in danger and he needs Sax to save the day. The result is crazed, profane and strangely enjoyable. Super Fast Falcon BBC Two, 8.00pm “They seem to live in a different time perception,” says an awed watcher during this fascinating film about peregrine falcons. The film-makers make a great deal out of trying to uncover how fast peregrines really are, but that’s largely incidental to the footage of these elegant birds. Europa League Football: Arsenal v Atletico Madrid BT Sport 2, 8.05pm Domestically, Arsenal have been crumbling, their woeful 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United resulting in Arsène Wenger admitting his team lack balance. Win the Europa League and this season won’t have been a disaster, however. First, they face a tough Atletico Madrid side in the semi-finals. Civilisations BBC Two, 9.00pm Simon Schama, the presenter for this final episode, begins with a heartfelt plea: “What can art do when horror comes calling?” What follows is an emotional hour that starts with the Holocaust and ends with monuments to migrants who drowned at sea. Harold Shipman: Doctor Death ITV, 9.00pm Harold Shipman was revealed as Britain’s most prolific serial killer following his arrest in 1998. Nicknamed “Doctor Death”, Shipman is said to have poisoned in excess of 250 of his patients, and was found guilty of 15 murders. This documentary speaks to key people involved in the case including former Greater Manchester Police detectives. True Horror Channel 4, 10.00pm This inventive “true life” horror series continues with The Ghost in the Wall, a haunted house story that starts out as a study of a relationship under stress before descending into a genuinely scary tale. SH Barry Sky Atlantic, 10.45pm The night’s second hitman-related offering sees Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader as Barry, a killer developing a conscience. That description doesn’t come close to capturing the tone of this dark comedy scripted by Hader and Silicon Valley’s Alex Berg, however. It’s a deeply eccentric but very entertaining mash-up of Community and Grosse Point Blank, held together by Hader’s gloriously laconic central performance. SH Limitless (2011) ★★★☆☆ AMC, 9.00pm Bradley Cooper stars in this thriller about a writer whose former brother-in-law slips him a pill that enables him to access 100 per cent of his brain. His book is finished in four days, so he goes back for more and this time nets himself a fortune on the stock market. Neil Burger directs at breakneck pace, but afterwards you wish that Cooper’s character had used that brainpower for something more interesting than making money. Moonraker (1979) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 9.00pm The 11th film in the Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the dapper MI6 agent, involves the theft of a space shuttle. It’s one of the weaker 007 films and at times seems more of a comedy than a tense action adventure, but it’s enjoyably frivolous. Michael Lonsdale plays resident baddy Hugo Drax who pinches the aforementioned space shuttle to help along his plan to wipe out the world’s population. Enemy of the State (1998) ★★★☆☆ Sony Movie Channel, 9.00pm This slick, hi-tech film is considered a continuation of the Seventies spy-thriller The Conversation, which starred Gene Hackman. Here, Hackman plays a surveillance expert who helps Will Smith’s framed attorney escape the clutches of some corrupt government spooks led by Jon Voight. Directed by Tony Scott, it’s a riveting ride. The interplay between the leads is fun, too. Friday 27 April Face off: David Morrissey and Robert Firth Credit: BBC The City & the City BBC Two, 9.00pm The climax of this atmospheric adaptation of China Miéville’s sci-fi novel sees troubled Inspector Tyador Borlú (David Morrissey) go through hell while seeking answers to the mysteries dogging him: why was archaeologist Mahalia Geary (Andrea Deck) murdered and what happened to Borlú’s missing wife, Katrynia (Lara Pulver)? Borlú endures torture at the hands of Breach, the Stasi-style police, and gets fired in his quest. But, in true TV cop fashion, he forges on in a solo investigation, bruised and nearly broken. Ultimately, it’s a mundane trawl through CCTV footage that provides Borlú with some answers. This reminds us that despite the fantastical premise of two cities coexisting in the same space, this TV drama really just boils down to a routine murder-mystery. Having said that, a couple of nice twists towards the end explain whether Orciny, the fabled third city between Besźel and Ul Qoma, really exists. Along with impressive production design that creates a rich backdrop to the series, what makes The City & The City compelling is Morrissey’s performance; he’s able to convey the soft centre within the cop’s hard-boiled shell and is always worth watching. Vicki Power Bobby Kennedy for President Netflix, from today Marking half a century since Robert F Kennedy’s assassination, Dawn Porter’s four-part docuseries pays tribute to the former US Attorney General. Through previously unseen home footage and contributions from his confidantes, the documentary focuses on the younger Kennedy’s 83-day race for the White House in 1968. And Porter portrays him as a principled family man and dedicated public servant with a progressive political vision. It only highlights the tragedy of his early demise. Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm This episode sees Marcel Theroux brave the deadly smog that hangs over Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar, where the air pollution can reach more than 100 times the accepted limit. As a public health catastrophe unfolds, officials scrabble for a solution. Our Wildest Dreams Channel 4, 8.00pm This new docu-series follows Brits who’ve upped sticks to take a new path in life. The jaw-dropping opener sees Londoner Mari move to her husband’s homeland, the Ecuadorean rainforest, to join a community of just 26 people. With their young daughter, they must build a house and learn to farm. The Nineties Sky Arts, 9.00pm In terms of politics, the Nineties were seismic. The decade saw, among other things, Nelson Mandela freed from prison as apartheid ended in South Africa, the Soviet Union collapse and the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. This episode of the CNN documentary series relives those times, with contributions from Christiane Amanpour and Dan Rather. VP Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm This sitcom features the considerable talents of Emilia Fox and Johnny Vegas, but it offers precious few laughs. In the second episode, Neil (Vegas) tries to look macho next to his suave neighbour Robert (Adam James) on a hike, but his attempts prove disastrous. Episodes BBC Two, 10.00pm In keeping with this comedy’s subversive tone, mirth is mined from the death of Matt’s father (the episode is dedicated to the actor who played him, Alex Rocco, who died in 2015). In true Matt Le Blanc style, he brilliantly handles a foul-mouthed tussle over his father’s ashes between his mother and dad’s girlfriend. VP The Week Of (2018) Netflix, from today This is the fourth and final film in a four-film deal between Adam Sandler and Netflix, and sees a re-teaming of Sandler with his Saturday Night Live buddy Chris Rock. The film stars the pair as fathers who are polar opposites and have to endure a road trip together in a stuffy car in the week leading up to their children getting married. Frequent Sandler collaborator Steve Buscemi co-stars; Robert Smigel (Hotel Transylvania) directs. Knocked Up (2007) ★★★★☆ ITV2, 9.00pm 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, One for the Money – as a rule Katherine Heigl doesn’t make terribly good films. Luckily, this warm-hearted comedy by Judd Apatow is an exception. She stars as a journalist who finds her life plans in jeopardy when she becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with a likeable slacker, played by Seth Rogen (in the role that made him a bona fide star). In 2012, a spin-off sequel, This Is 40, was released. Tropic Thunder (2008) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 11.50pm; N Ireland, 12.20am This comedy/action romp charts the filming of a guerrilla-style Vietnam War movie that derails thanks to the egotistical actors, including Kirk Lazarus (a blacked-up Robert Downey Jnr). Even with its all-star cast (Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan, Ben Stiller and Jack Black among them), the standout performance is by Tom Cruise as megalomaniac film producer Les Grossman. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Former England international John Fashanu has admitted that he paid his late brother Justin £75,000 not to reveal he was gay before his death in 1998. Justin Fashanu, who played for Norwich and Nottingham Forest in the 1980s, came out as gay before he committed suicide in May 1998 at the age of 37. As the 20th anniversary of Fashanu’s death approaches, John admitted that he had acted like “a monster” to his older brother and now wants the Football Association to do more to support gay footballers as well as tackling racial and homophobic abuse. “It was a lack of education,” the former Wimbledon and Aston Villa striker told ITV’s Good Morning Britain show on Wednesday. “I make it very clear, I was a monster to Justin then. I paid him £75,000 not to say that he was gay. John Fashanu admits he acted like “a monster” to his older brother Credit: Getty Images “I was looking at the situation around us and my mother had cancer and was dying, and the rest of the family couldn’t understand the situation. “We didn’t know what to do, the best thing I thought to do was to keep it quiet.” Capped by England at Under-21 level, Justin Fashanu was the first black footballer to command a £1 million transfer fee when he moved from Norwich to Forest in 1981. But his career never hit the heights thereafter, he publicly came out as gay in 1990 and he played for nearly 20 clubs before retiring from football in 1997. There are currently no openly gay players in the Premier League. But John Fashanu says he knows of several “well-known footballers” who are gay, and he wants the FA to do more to support players coming out. John Fashanu says he knows of several “well-known footballers” who are gay Credit: Rex “We have a number of well-known footballers who are gay and they don’t feel comfortable with the environment,” said Fashanu, who became a television star by appearing in shows like Gladiator and I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here after his football career. “They know their empires will be destroyed. “It is supporters, administrators... not so much the players because they know who is gay and who is not gay. They give each other support, but it is quite gentle support.” Fashanu said racial and homophobic abuse still existed in English football, as he had experienced it at a Premier League game in London three weeks ago. “A gentleman came up to me and said: ‘You black so-and-so and your brother’s this and this’. “I was surprised. I hadn’t been to a match for a few years and I thought to myself ‘Even at this stage’. “I quietly smiled at him and tried to make a little laugh and a joke of it, but when we say has racism and homophobia moved? Well, yes, it has. It’s moved backwards, that’s where we’re going. “We need more support from the FA because it’s a lack of education. The FA needs to create an environment where gay footballers are comfortable to come out and say ‘I’m gay’.
John Fashanu paid late brother Justin £75,000 not to reveal he was gay
Former England international John Fashanu has admitted that he paid his late brother Justin £75,000 not to reveal he was gay before his death in 1998. Justin Fashanu, who played for Norwich and Nottingham Forest in the 1980s, came out as gay before he committed suicide in May 1998 at the age of 37. As the 20th anniversary of Fashanu’s death approaches, John admitted that he had acted like “a monster” to his older brother and now wants the Football Association to do more to support gay footballers as well as tackling racial and homophobic abuse. “It was a lack of education,” the former Wimbledon and Aston Villa striker told ITV’s Good Morning Britain show on Wednesday. “I make it very clear, I was a monster to Justin then. I paid him £75,000 not to say that he was gay. John Fashanu admits he acted like “a monster” to his older brother Credit: Getty Images “I was looking at the situation around us and my mother had cancer and was dying, and the rest of the family couldn’t understand the situation. “We didn’t know what to do, the best thing I thought to do was to keep it quiet.” Capped by England at Under-21 level, Justin Fashanu was the first black footballer to command a £1 million transfer fee when he moved from Norwich to Forest in 1981. But his career never hit the heights thereafter, he publicly came out as gay in 1990 and he played for nearly 20 clubs before retiring from football in 1997. There are currently no openly gay players in the Premier League. But John Fashanu says he knows of several “well-known footballers” who are gay, and he wants the FA to do more to support players coming out. John Fashanu says he knows of several “well-known footballers” who are gay Credit: Rex “We have a number of well-known footballers who are gay and they don’t feel comfortable with the environment,” said Fashanu, who became a television star by appearing in shows like Gladiator and I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here after his football career. “They know their empires will be destroyed. “It is supporters, administrators... not so much the players because they know who is gay and who is not gay. They give each other support, but it is quite gentle support.” Fashanu said racial and homophobic abuse still existed in English football, as he had experienced it at a Premier League game in London three weeks ago. “A gentleman came up to me and said: ‘You black so-and-so and your brother’s this and this’. “I was surprised. I hadn’t been to a match for a few years and I thought to myself ‘Even at this stage’. “I quietly smiled at him and tried to make a little laugh and a joke of it, but when we say has racism and homophobia moved? Well, yes, it has. It’s moved backwards, that’s where we’re going. “We need more support from the FA because it’s a lack of education. The FA needs to create an environment where gay footballers are comfortable to come out and say ‘I’m gay’.
Former England international John Fashanu has admitted that he paid his late brother Justin £75,000 not to reveal he was gay before his death in 1998. Justin Fashanu, who played for Norwich and Nottingham Forest in the 1980s, came out as gay before he committed suicide in May 1998 at the age of 37. As the 20th anniversary of Fashanu’s death approaches, John admitted that he had acted like “a monster” to his older brother and now wants the Football Association to do more to support gay footballers as well as tackling racial and homophobic abuse. “It was a lack of education,” the former Wimbledon and Aston Villa striker told ITV’s Good Morning Britain show on Wednesday. “I make it very clear, I was a monster to Justin then. I paid him £75,000 not to say that he was gay. John Fashanu admits he acted like “a monster” to his older brother Credit: Getty Images “I was looking at the situation around us and my mother had cancer and was dying, and the rest of the family couldn’t understand the situation. “We didn’t know what to do, the best thing I thought to do was to keep it quiet.” Capped by England at Under-21 level, Justin Fashanu was the first black footballer to command a £1 million transfer fee when he moved from Norwich to Forest in 1981. But his career never hit the heights thereafter, he publicly came out as gay in 1990 and he played for nearly 20 clubs before retiring from football in 1997. There are currently no openly gay players in the Premier League. But John Fashanu says he knows of several “well-known footballers” who are gay, and he wants the FA to do more to support players coming out. John Fashanu says he knows of several “well-known footballers” who are gay Credit: Rex “We have a number of well-known footballers who are gay and they don’t feel comfortable with the environment,” said Fashanu, who became a television star by appearing in shows like Gladiator and I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here after his football career. “They know their empires will be destroyed. “It is supporters, administrators... not so much the players because they know who is gay and who is not gay. They give each other support, but it is quite gentle support.” Fashanu said racial and homophobic abuse still existed in English football, as he had experienced it at a Premier League game in London three weeks ago. “A gentleman came up to me and said: ‘You black so-and-so and your brother’s this and this’. “I was surprised. I hadn’t been to a match for a few years and I thought to myself ‘Even at this stage’. “I quietly smiled at him and tried to make a little laugh and a joke of it, but when we say has racism and homophobia moved? Well, yes, it has. It’s moved backwards, that’s where we’re going. “We need more support from the FA because it’s a lack of education. The FA needs to create an environment where gay footballers are comfortable to come out and say ‘I’m gay’.
John Fashanu paid late brother Justin £75,000 not to reveal he was gay
Former England international John Fashanu has admitted that he paid his late brother Justin £75,000 not to reveal he was gay before his death in 1998. Justin Fashanu, who played for Norwich and Nottingham Forest in the 1980s, came out as gay before he committed suicide in May 1998 at the age of 37. As the 20th anniversary of Fashanu’s death approaches, John admitted that he had acted like “a monster” to his older brother and now wants the Football Association to do more to support gay footballers as well as tackling racial and homophobic abuse. “It was a lack of education,” the former Wimbledon and Aston Villa striker told ITV’s Good Morning Britain show on Wednesday. “I make it very clear, I was a monster to Justin then. I paid him £75,000 not to say that he was gay. John Fashanu admits he acted like “a monster” to his older brother Credit: Getty Images “I was looking at the situation around us and my mother had cancer and was dying, and the rest of the family couldn’t understand the situation. “We didn’t know what to do, the best thing I thought to do was to keep it quiet.” Capped by England at Under-21 level, Justin Fashanu was the first black footballer to command a £1 million transfer fee when he moved from Norwich to Forest in 1981. But his career never hit the heights thereafter, he publicly came out as gay in 1990 and he played for nearly 20 clubs before retiring from football in 1997. There are currently no openly gay players in the Premier League. But John Fashanu says he knows of several “well-known footballers” who are gay, and he wants the FA to do more to support players coming out. John Fashanu says he knows of several “well-known footballers” who are gay Credit: Rex “We have a number of well-known footballers who are gay and they don’t feel comfortable with the environment,” said Fashanu, who became a television star by appearing in shows like Gladiator and I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here after his football career. “They know their empires will be destroyed. “It is supporters, administrators... not so much the players because they know who is gay and who is not gay. They give each other support, but it is quite gentle support.” Fashanu said racial and homophobic abuse still existed in English football, as he had experienced it at a Premier League game in London three weeks ago. “A gentleman came up to me and said: ‘You black so-and-so and your brother’s this and this’. “I was surprised. I hadn’t been to a match for a few years and I thought to myself ‘Even at this stage’. “I quietly smiled at him and tried to make a little laugh and a joke of it, but when we say has racism and homophobia moved? Well, yes, it has. It’s moved backwards, that’s where we’re going. “We need more support from the FA because it’s a lack of education. The FA needs to create an environment where gay footballers are comfortable to come out and say ‘I’m gay’.
Former England international John Fashanu has admitted that he paid his late brother Justin £75,000 not to reveal he was gay before his death in 1998. Justin Fashanu, who played for Norwich and Nottingham Forest in the 1980s, came out as gay before he committed suicide in May 1998 at the age of 37. As the 20th anniversary of Fashanu’s death approaches, John admitted that he had acted like “a monster” to his older brother and now wants the Football Association to do more to support gay footballers as well as tackling racial and homophobic abuse. “It was a lack of education,” the former Wimbledon and Aston Villa striker told ITV’s Good Morning Britain show on Wednesday. “I make it very clear, I was a monster to Justin then. I paid him £75,000 not to say that he was gay. John Fashanu admits he acted like “a monster” to his older brother Credit: Getty Images “I was looking at the situation around us and my mother had cancer and was dying, and the rest of the family couldn’t understand the situation. “We didn’t know what to do, the best thing I thought to do was to keep it quiet.” Capped by England at Under-21 level, Justin Fashanu was the first black footballer to command a £1 million transfer fee when he moved from Norwich to Forest in 1981. But his career never hit the heights thereafter, he publicly came out as gay in 1990 and he played for nearly 20 clubs before retiring from football in 1997. There are currently no openly gay players in the Premier League. But John Fashanu says he knows of several “well-known footballers” who are gay, and he wants the FA to do more to support players coming out. John Fashanu says he knows of several “well-known footballers” who are gay Credit: Rex “We have a number of well-known footballers who are gay and they don’t feel comfortable with the environment,” said Fashanu, who became a television star by appearing in shows like Gladiator and I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here after his football career. “They know their empires will be destroyed. “It is supporters, administrators... not so much the players because they know who is gay and who is not gay. They give each other support, but it is quite gentle support.” Fashanu said racial and homophobic abuse still existed in English football, as he had experienced it at a Premier League game in London three weeks ago. “A gentleman came up to me and said: ‘You black so-and-so and your brother’s this and this’. “I was surprised. I hadn’t been to a match for a few years and I thought to myself ‘Even at this stage’. “I quietly smiled at him and tried to make a little laugh and a joke of it, but when we say has racism and homophobia moved? Well, yes, it has. It’s moved backwards, that’s where we’re going. “We need more support from the FA because it’s a lack of education. The FA needs to create an environment where gay footballers are comfortable to come out and say ‘I’m gay’.
John Fashanu paid late brother Justin £75,000 not to reveal he was gay
Former England international John Fashanu has admitted that he paid his late brother Justin £75,000 not to reveal he was gay before his death in 1998. Justin Fashanu, who played for Norwich and Nottingham Forest in the 1980s, came out as gay before he committed suicide in May 1998 at the age of 37. As the 20th anniversary of Fashanu’s death approaches, John admitted that he had acted like “a monster” to his older brother and now wants the Football Association to do more to support gay footballers as well as tackling racial and homophobic abuse. “It was a lack of education,” the former Wimbledon and Aston Villa striker told ITV’s Good Morning Britain show on Wednesday. “I make it very clear, I was a monster to Justin then. I paid him £75,000 not to say that he was gay. John Fashanu admits he acted like “a monster” to his older brother Credit: Getty Images “I was looking at the situation around us and my mother had cancer and was dying, and the rest of the family couldn’t understand the situation. “We didn’t know what to do, the best thing I thought to do was to keep it quiet.” Capped by England at Under-21 level, Justin Fashanu was the first black footballer to command a £1 million transfer fee when he moved from Norwich to Forest in 1981. But his career never hit the heights thereafter, he publicly came out as gay in 1990 and he played for nearly 20 clubs before retiring from football in 1997. There are currently no openly gay players in the Premier League. But John Fashanu says he knows of several “well-known footballers” who are gay, and he wants the FA to do more to support players coming out. John Fashanu says he knows of several “well-known footballers” who are gay Credit: Rex “We have a number of well-known footballers who are gay and they don’t feel comfortable with the environment,” said Fashanu, who became a television star by appearing in shows like Gladiator and I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here after his football career. “They know their empires will be destroyed. “It is supporters, administrators... not so much the players because they know who is gay and who is not gay. They give each other support, but it is quite gentle support.” Fashanu said racial and homophobic abuse still existed in English football, as he had experienced it at a Premier League game in London three weeks ago. “A gentleman came up to me and said: ‘You black so-and-so and your brother’s this and this’. “I was surprised. I hadn’t been to a match for a few years and I thought to myself ‘Even at this stage’. “I quietly smiled at him and tried to make a little laugh and a joke of it, but when we say has racism and homophobia moved? Well, yes, it has. It’s moved backwards, that’s where we’re going. “We need more support from the FA because it’s a lack of education. The FA needs to create an environment where gay footballers are comfortable to come out and say ‘I’m gay’.
We're into the final month of the season across England's top four tiers, and there is still plenty to play for. The Premier League title is wrapped up, and the bottom three clubs are looking increasingly to be relegated, but lower down the footballing pyramid there is plenty still at stake. Here, we round-up who can still finish where in the Premier League and Football League. Premier League Every team has either four or five games remaining, but it wouldn't be all that surprising if everyone finished in exactly the position they currently find themselves - or at least in the positions that truly matter. Manchester City are champions, while Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham are looking good to finish in the top four, barring a significant late collapse coupled with a Chelsea recovery. Arsenal and Burnley are battling it out for sixth place (though Arsenal can technically still finish in the top four), with the losers of that race to go into the Europa League at the second qualifying stage - which starts on July 26. Everyone from Leicester in eighth and below can - mathematically - still be relegated, but it would take something dramatic for any of the teams above West Ham to be pulled back in to the dogfight. Southampton, Stoke and West Brom, all at least five points adrift of safety, are in real trouble. Premier League | Who can still get what? Championship Wolves are all but secure of the Championship title, 12 points clear of Cardiff, who have four games left and a vastly inferior goal difference. Cardiff are battling it out with Fulham and Aston Villa for the second remaining automatic play-off spot, though the Welsh side are in the best position to secure promotion. Two of those sides will go into the play-offs, joined by two more of Middlesbrough, Millwall, Derby, Preston, Sheffield United, Brentford and Bristol City, though the final four of those sides face an uphill task to sneak in. At the other end of the table, Sunderland are on the brink of a second successive relegation and last position, rooted to the foot of the Championship. Burton and Barnsley currently make up the bottom three, though Barnsley have a game in hand on Birmingham and Bolton, two points above them, just outside the relegation zone. Every side up to Nottingham Forest can still technically go down, but everyone from Reading and up should survive. Championship | What can still happen? League One Wigan and Blackburn look like they have won the race for the two automatic promotion spots, though Shrewsbury could technically still catch either. Whichever of those teams does not get into the top two will go into the play-offs, and with many sides still having to play five more games, the race for the three remaining play-off places is very, very open. Every team between Rotherham in fourth and Southend in 15th (apart from Fleetwood, due to the combination of other teams' games) can still make it into the play-offs, though realistically, it is unlikely that anyone below ninth will. At the bottom, Bury are down, while everyone up to Bradford in 10th could feasibly get sucked into the relegation battle. Given only eight points separate Rochdale in 21st and Doncaster in 12th, there is an awful lot still to play for. League One | What can still happen? League Two Accrington Stanley have sealed promotion to League One, and Luton will join them with one more win. Wycombe are in pole position to secure the third and final automatic promotion slot, but every side currently in the play-off places is still in contention. The play-off berths will be filled by four teams from those currently between second and 14th (apart from Crawley, who have too few games remaining to make it into seventh). Relegation from the Football League is looking perilously likely for both Chesterfield and Barnet, though everyone up to Crewe in 17th could still be dragged into the drop zone, however unlikely that actually is. League Two | What can still happen?
Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs: who can still finish where?
We're into the final month of the season across England's top four tiers, and there is still plenty to play for. The Premier League title is wrapped up, and the bottom three clubs are looking increasingly to be relegated, but lower down the footballing pyramid there is plenty still at stake. Here, we round-up who can still finish where in the Premier League and Football League. Premier League Every team has either four or five games remaining, but it wouldn't be all that surprising if everyone finished in exactly the position they currently find themselves - or at least in the positions that truly matter. Manchester City are champions, while Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham are looking good to finish in the top four, barring a significant late collapse coupled with a Chelsea recovery. Arsenal and Burnley are battling it out for sixth place (though Arsenal can technically still finish in the top four), with the losers of that race to go into the Europa League at the second qualifying stage - which starts on July 26. Everyone from Leicester in eighth and below can - mathematically - still be relegated, but it would take something dramatic for any of the teams above West Ham to be pulled back in to the dogfight. Southampton, Stoke and West Brom, all at least five points adrift of safety, are in real trouble. Premier League | Who can still get what? Championship Wolves are all but secure of the Championship title, 12 points clear of Cardiff, who have four games left and a vastly inferior goal difference. Cardiff are battling it out with Fulham and Aston Villa for the second remaining automatic play-off spot, though the Welsh side are in the best position to secure promotion. Two of those sides will go into the play-offs, joined by two more of Middlesbrough, Millwall, Derby, Preston, Sheffield United, Brentford and Bristol City, though the final four of those sides face an uphill task to sneak in. At the other end of the table, Sunderland are on the brink of a second successive relegation and last position, rooted to the foot of the Championship. Burton and Barnsley currently make up the bottom three, though Barnsley have a game in hand on Birmingham and Bolton, two points above them, just outside the relegation zone. Every side up to Nottingham Forest can still technically go down, but everyone from Reading and up should survive. Championship | What can still happen? League One Wigan and Blackburn look like they have won the race for the two automatic promotion spots, though Shrewsbury could technically still catch either. Whichever of those teams does not get into the top two will go into the play-offs, and with many sides still having to play five more games, the race for the three remaining play-off places is very, very open. Every team between Rotherham in fourth and Southend in 15th (apart from Fleetwood, due to the combination of other teams' games) can still make it into the play-offs, though realistically, it is unlikely that anyone below ninth will. At the bottom, Bury are down, while everyone up to Bradford in 10th could feasibly get sucked into the relegation battle. Given only eight points separate Rochdale in 21st and Doncaster in 12th, there is an awful lot still to play for. League One | What can still happen? League Two Accrington Stanley have sealed promotion to League One, and Luton will join them with one more win. Wycombe are in pole position to secure the third and final automatic promotion slot, but every side currently in the play-off places is still in contention. The play-off berths will be filled by four teams from those currently between second and 14th (apart from Crawley, who have too few games remaining to make it into seventh). Relegation from the Football League is looking perilously likely for both Chesterfield and Barnet, though everyone up to Crewe in 17th could still be dragged into the drop zone, however unlikely that actually is. League Two | What can still happen?
Wolves secured a return to the Premier League without kicking a ball on Saturday after Brentford stole a dramatic 1-1 draw at promotion-chasing Fulham. The Cottagers needed a win in the late kick-off to regain second place from Cardiff in the Sky Bet Championship and to deny Wolves a top-flight spot for the first time since 2012. Aleksandar Mitrovic's 70th-minute goal had looked like putting Wolves' party on hold but Neal Maupay's last-gasp header for Brentford sent Nuno Espirito Santo's side up. Wolves can celebrate at home to Birmingham on Sunday, but third-placed Fulham will have to gather themselves after falling a point and a place behind Cardiff - who have a game in hand. The Bluebirds left it late but kept themselves on course for an automatic promotion place with a 2-0 win at Norwich. Neil Warnock's side know three wins from their remaining four games will be enough to join Wolves in the Premier League but they had to dig deep to earn a vital three points at Carrow Road. Kenneth Zohore squeezed the ball past Angus Gunn in the 86th minute before Junior Hoilett's goal in added time ensured Cardiff's two-game losing streak was brought to an end. Junior Hoilett celebrates his injury time goal in Cardiff City's 2-0 win over Norwich Credit: PA Middlesbrough stormed into the play-off places after coming from behind to beat Bristol City 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium. Milan Djuric volleyed the visitors into a 13th-minute lead before George Friend levelled for Boro five minutes later. Daniel Ayala then headed home the winner in the 68th minute, moving Middlesbrough up to fifth while also denting Bristol City's own top-six hopes. Veteran striker Steve Morison struck his fifth goal of the season for Millwall as they came back to draw 1-1 against fellow play-off hopefuls Sheffield United in the early kick-off. Leon Clarke opened the scoring for the Blades in the 74th minute, but Morison equalised instantly to grab his side a point. The sixth-placed Lions remain unbeaten in the league since New Year's Day and Sheffield United, who are ninth, have not lost at home since late January. Ryan Sessegnon (L) was unable to help Fulham get all three points against Brentford and Romaine Sawyers (R) Derby slipped out of the top six, but Burton moved off the bottom and to within five points of safety after a 3-1 victory over the Rams at the Pirelli Stadium. Liam Boyce tapped home from close range to put the hosts in front after 24 minutes, but their lead did not last long as David Nugent equalised moments later. Luke Murphy curled a beautiful effort past Scott Carson to restore the Brewers' lead just before the break and Lucas Akins added a third in the 68th minute. Oli McBurnie's added-time equaliser secured a vital 2-2 draw for Barnsley at home to fellow strugglers Bolton. Gary Gardner scored from 10 yards midway through the first half for the Tykes before Adam Le Fondre levelled from the spot after 82 minutes. Craig Noone thought he had won it for Bolton three minutes later, but McBurnie had the final say to keep Barnsley within two points of the 21st-placed Trotters. Sunderland slipped to the foot of the table and remain six points below Bolton after drawing 2-2 at Reading. Liam Kelly gave the Royals the lead from the penalty spot after Lee Camp brought down Jon Dadi Bodvarsson in the box after 20 minutes. Paddy McNair fired home a stunning equaliser for the Black Cats just after the break before Lee Cattermole's first goal since August 2014 put the visitors in front in the 66th minute. Yann Kermorgant restored parity for Reading with 11 minutes remaining to leave Chris Coleman's side on the brink with three games left. Ben Brereton's late penalty and Joe Lolley's goal in added time secured an unlikely 2-1 win for Nottingham Forest against Ipswich, who had led through Grant Ward's first-half header. Elsewhere, Callum Robinson's double sealed a 2-1 win for Preston against QPR, who had Matt Smith on the scoresheet, while Jordan
Wolves seal promotion to Premier League as Fulham concede late goal
Wolves secured a return to the Premier League without kicking a ball on Saturday after Brentford stole a dramatic 1-1 draw at promotion-chasing Fulham. The Cottagers needed a win in the late kick-off to regain second place from Cardiff in the Sky Bet Championship and to deny Wolves a top-flight spot for the first time since 2012. Aleksandar Mitrovic's 70th-minute goal had looked like putting Wolves' party on hold but Neal Maupay's last-gasp header for Brentford sent Nuno Espirito Santo's side up. Wolves can celebrate at home to Birmingham on Sunday, but third-placed Fulham will have to gather themselves after falling a point and a place behind Cardiff - who have a game in hand. The Bluebirds left it late but kept themselves on course for an automatic promotion place with a 2-0 win at Norwich. Neil Warnock's side know three wins from their remaining four games will be enough to join Wolves in the Premier League but they had to dig deep to earn a vital three points at Carrow Road. Kenneth Zohore squeezed the ball past Angus Gunn in the 86th minute before Junior Hoilett's goal in added time ensured Cardiff's two-game losing streak was brought to an end. Junior Hoilett celebrates his injury time goal in Cardiff City's 2-0 win over Norwich Credit: PA Middlesbrough stormed into the play-off places after coming from behind to beat Bristol City 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium. Milan Djuric volleyed the visitors into a 13th-minute lead before George Friend levelled for Boro five minutes later. Daniel Ayala then headed home the winner in the 68th minute, moving Middlesbrough up to fifth while also denting Bristol City's own top-six hopes. Veteran striker Steve Morison struck his fifth goal of the season for Millwall as they came back to draw 1-1 against fellow play-off hopefuls Sheffield United in the early kick-off. Leon Clarke opened the scoring for the Blades in the 74th minute, but Morison equalised instantly to grab his side a point. The sixth-placed Lions remain unbeaten in the league since New Year's Day and Sheffield United, who are ninth, have not lost at home since late January. Ryan Sessegnon (L) was unable to help Fulham get all three points against Brentford and Romaine Sawyers (R) Derby slipped out of the top six, but Burton moved off the bottom and to within five points of safety after a 3-1 victory over the Rams at the Pirelli Stadium. Liam Boyce tapped home from close range to put the hosts in front after 24 minutes, but their lead did not last long as David Nugent equalised moments later. Luke Murphy curled a beautiful effort past Scott Carson to restore the Brewers' lead just before the break and Lucas Akins added a third in the 68th minute. Oli McBurnie's added-time equaliser secured a vital 2-2 draw for Barnsley at home to fellow strugglers Bolton. Gary Gardner scored from 10 yards midway through the first half for the Tykes before Adam Le Fondre levelled from the spot after 82 minutes. Craig Noone thought he had won it for Bolton three minutes later, but McBurnie had the final say to keep Barnsley within two points of the 21st-placed Trotters. Sunderland slipped to the foot of the table and remain six points below Bolton after drawing 2-2 at Reading. Liam Kelly gave the Royals the lead from the penalty spot after Lee Camp brought down Jon Dadi Bodvarsson in the box after 20 minutes. Paddy McNair fired home a stunning equaliser for the Black Cats just after the break before Lee Cattermole's first goal since August 2014 put the visitors in front in the 66th minute. Yann Kermorgant restored parity for Reading with 11 minutes remaining to leave Chris Coleman's side on the brink with three games left. Ben Brereton's late penalty and Joe Lolley's goal in added time secured an unlikely 2-1 win for Nottingham Forest against Ipswich, who had led through Grant Ward's first-half header. Elsewhere, Callum Robinson's double sealed a 2-1 win for Preston against QPR, who had Matt Smith on the scoresheet, while Jordan
Wolves secured a return to the Premier League without kicking a ball on Saturday after Brentford stole a dramatic 1-1 draw at promotion-chasing Fulham. The Cottagers needed a win in the late kick-off to regain second place from Cardiff in the Sky Bet Championship and to deny Wolves a top-flight spot for the first time since 2012. Aleksandar Mitrovic's 70th-minute goal had looked like putting Wolves' party on hold but Neal Maupay's last-gasp header for Brentford sent Nuno Espirito Santo's side up. Wolves can celebrate at home to Birmingham on Sunday, but third-placed Fulham will have to gather themselves after falling a point and a place behind Cardiff - who have a game in hand. The Bluebirds left it late but kept themselves on course for an automatic promotion place with a 2-0 win at Norwich. Neil Warnock's side know three wins from their remaining four games will be enough to join Wolves in the Premier League but they had to dig deep to earn a vital three points at Carrow Road. Kenneth Zohore squeezed the ball past Angus Gunn in the 86th minute before Junior Hoilett's goal in added time ensured Cardiff's two-game losing streak was brought to an end. Junior Hoilett celebrates his injury time goal in Cardiff City's 2-0 win over Norwich Credit: PA Middlesbrough stormed into the play-off places after coming from behind to beat Bristol City 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium. Milan Djuric volleyed the visitors into a 13th-minute lead before George Friend levelled for Boro five minutes later. Daniel Ayala then headed home the winner in the 68th minute, moving Middlesbrough up to fifth while also denting Bristol City's own top-six hopes. Veteran striker Steve Morison struck his fifth goal of the season for Millwall as they came back to draw 1-1 against fellow play-off hopefuls Sheffield United in the early kick-off. Leon Clarke opened the scoring for the Blades in the 74th minute, but Morison equalised instantly to grab his side a point. The sixth-placed Lions remain unbeaten in the league since New Year's Day and Sheffield United, who are ninth, have not lost at home since late January. Ryan Sessegnon (L) was unable to help Fulham get all three points against Brentford and Romaine Sawyers (R) Derby slipped out of the top six, but Burton moved off the bottom and to within five points of safety after a 3-1 victory over the Rams at the Pirelli Stadium. Liam Boyce tapped home from close range to put the hosts in front after 24 minutes, but their lead did not last long as David Nugent equalised moments later. Luke Murphy curled a beautiful effort past Scott Carson to restore the Brewers' lead just before the break and Lucas Akins added a third in the 68th minute. Oli McBurnie's added-time equaliser secured a vital 2-2 draw for Barnsley at home to fellow strugglers Bolton. Gary Gardner scored from 10 yards midway through the first half for the Tykes before Adam Le Fondre levelled from the spot after 82 minutes. Craig Noone thought he had won it for Bolton three minutes later, but McBurnie had the final say to keep Barnsley within two points of the 21st-placed Trotters. Sunderland slipped to the foot of the table and remain six points below Bolton after drawing 2-2 at Reading. Liam Kelly gave the Royals the lead from the penalty spot after Lee Camp brought down Jon Dadi Bodvarsson in the box after 20 minutes. Paddy McNair fired home a stunning equaliser for the Black Cats just after the break before Lee Cattermole's first goal since August 2014 put the visitors in front in the 66th minute. Yann Kermorgant restored parity for Reading with 11 minutes remaining to leave Chris Coleman's side on the brink with three games left. Ben Brereton's late penalty and Joe Lolley's goal in added time secured an unlikely 2-1 win for Nottingham Forest against Ipswich, who had led through Grant Ward's first-half header. Elsewhere, Callum Robinson's double sealed a 2-1 win for Preston against QPR, who had Matt Smith on the scoresheet, while Jordan
Wolves seal promotion to Premier League as Fulham concede late goal
Wolves secured a return to the Premier League without kicking a ball on Saturday after Brentford stole a dramatic 1-1 draw at promotion-chasing Fulham. The Cottagers needed a win in the late kick-off to regain second place from Cardiff in the Sky Bet Championship and to deny Wolves a top-flight spot for the first time since 2012. Aleksandar Mitrovic's 70th-minute goal had looked like putting Wolves' party on hold but Neal Maupay's last-gasp header for Brentford sent Nuno Espirito Santo's side up. Wolves can celebrate at home to Birmingham on Sunday, but third-placed Fulham will have to gather themselves after falling a point and a place behind Cardiff - who have a game in hand. The Bluebirds left it late but kept themselves on course for an automatic promotion place with a 2-0 win at Norwich. Neil Warnock's side know three wins from their remaining four games will be enough to join Wolves in the Premier League but they had to dig deep to earn a vital three points at Carrow Road. Kenneth Zohore squeezed the ball past Angus Gunn in the 86th minute before Junior Hoilett's goal in added time ensured Cardiff's two-game losing streak was brought to an end. Junior Hoilett celebrates his injury time goal in Cardiff City's 2-0 win over Norwich Credit: PA Middlesbrough stormed into the play-off places after coming from behind to beat Bristol City 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium. Milan Djuric volleyed the visitors into a 13th-minute lead before George Friend levelled for Boro five minutes later. Daniel Ayala then headed home the winner in the 68th minute, moving Middlesbrough up to fifth while also denting Bristol City's own top-six hopes. Veteran striker Steve Morison struck his fifth goal of the season for Millwall as they came back to draw 1-1 against fellow play-off hopefuls Sheffield United in the early kick-off. Leon Clarke opened the scoring for the Blades in the 74th minute, but Morison equalised instantly to grab his side a point. The sixth-placed Lions remain unbeaten in the league since New Year's Day and Sheffield United, who are ninth, have not lost at home since late January. Ryan Sessegnon (L) was unable to help Fulham get all three points against Brentford and Romaine Sawyers (R) Derby slipped out of the top six, but Burton moved off the bottom and to within five points of safety after a 3-1 victory over the Rams at the Pirelli Stadium. Liam Boyce tapped home from close range to put the hosts in front after 24 minutes, but their lead did not last long as David Nugent equalised moments later. Luke Murphy curled a beautiful effort past Scott Carson to restore the Brewers' lead just before the break and Lucas Akins added a third in the 68th minute. Oli McBurnie's added-time equaliser secured a vital 2-2 draw for Barnsley at home to fellow strugglers Bolton. Gary Gardner scored from 10 yards midway through the first half for the Tykes before Adam Le Fondre levelled from the spot after 82 minutes. Craig Noone thought he had won it for Bolton three minutes later, but McBurnie had the final say to keep Barnsley within two points of the 21st-placed Trotters. Sunderland slipped to the foot of the table and remain six points below Bolton after drawing 2-2 at Reading. Liam Kelly gave the Royals the lead from the penalty spot after Lee Camp brought down Jon Dadi Bodvarsson in the box after 20 minutes. Paddy McNair fired home a stunning equaliser for the Black Cats just after the break before Lee Cattermole's first goal since August 2014 put the visitors in front in the 66th minute. Yann Kermorgant restored parity for Reading with 11 minutes remaining to leave Chris Coleman's side on the brink with three games left. Ben Brereton's late penalty and Joe Lolley's goal in added time secured an unlikely 2-1 win for Nottingham Forest against Ipswich, who had led through Grant Ward's first-half header. Elsewhere, Callum Robinson's double sealed a 2-1 win for Preston against QPR, who had Matt Smith on the scoresheet, while Jordan
Wolves secured a return to the Premier League without kicking a ball on Saturday after Brentford stole a dramatic 1-1 draw at promotion-chasing Fulham. The Cottagers needed a win in the late kick-off to regain second place from Cardiff in the Sky Bet Championship and to deny Wolves a top-flight spot for the first time since 2012. Aleksandar Mitrovic's 70th-minute goal had looked like putting Wolves' party on hold but Neal Maupay's last-gasp header for Brentford sent Nuno Espirito Santo's side up. Wolves can celebrate at home to Birmingham on Sunday, but third-placed Fulham will have to gather themselves after falling a point and a place behind Cardiff - who have a game in hand. The Bluebirds left it late but kept themselves on course for an automatic promotion place with a 2-0 win at Norwich. Neil Warnock's side know three wins from their remaining four games will be enough to join Wolves in the Premier League but they had to dig deep to earn a vital three points at Carrow Road. Kenneth Zohore squeezed the ball past Angus Gunn in the 86th minute before Junior Hoilett's goal in added time ensured Cardiff's two-game losing streak was brought to an end. Junior Hoilett celebrates his injury time goal in Cardiff City's 2-0 win over Norwich Credit: PA Middlesbrough stormed into the play-off places after coming from behind to beat Bristol City 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium. Milan Djuric volleyed the visitors into a 13th-minute lead before George Friend levelled for Boro five minutes later. Daniel Ayala then headed home the winner in the 68th minute, moving Middlesbrough up to fifth while also denting Bristol City's own top-six hopes. Veteran striker Steve Morison struck his fifth goal of the season for Millwall as they came back to draw 1-1 against fellow play-off hopefuls Sheffield United in the early kick-off. Leon Clarke opened the scoring for the Blades in the 74th minute, but Morison equalised instantly to grab his side a point. The sixth-placed Lions remain unbeaten in the league since New Year's Day and Sheffield United, who are ninth, have not lost at home since late January. Ryan Sessegnon (L) was unable to help Fulham get all three points against Brentford and Romaine Sawyers (R) Derby slipped out of the top six, but Burton moved off the bottom and to within five points of safety after a 3-1 victory over the Rams at the Pirelli Stadium. Liam Boyce tapped home from close range to put the hosts in front after 24 minutes, but their lead did not last long as David Nugent equalised moments later. Luke Murphy curled a beautiful effort past Scott Carson to restore the Brewers' lead just before the break and Lucas Akins added a third in the 68th minute. Oli McBurnie's added-time equaliser secured a vital 2-2 draw for Barnsley at home to fellow strugglers Bolton. Gary Gardner scored from 10 yards midway through the first half for the Tykes before Adam Le Fondre levelled from the spot after 82 minutes. Craig Noone thought he had won it for Bolton three minutes later, but McBurnie had the final say to keep Barnsley within two points of the 21st-placed Trotters. Sunderland slipped to the foot of the table and remain six points below Bolton after drawing 2-2 at Reading. Liam Kelly gave the Royals the lead from the penalty spot after Lee Camp brought down Jon Dadi Bodvarsson in the box after 20 minutes. Paddy McNair fired home a stunning equaliser for the Black Cats just after the break before Lee Cattermole's first goal since August 2014 put the visitors in front in the 66th minute. Yann Kermorgant restored parity for Reading with 11 minutes remaining to leave Chris Coleman's side on the brink with three games left. Ben Brereton's late penalty and Joe Lolley's goal in added time secured an unlikely 2-1 win for Nottingham Forest against Ipswich, who had led through Grant Ward's first-half header. Elsewhere, Callum Robinson's double sealed a 2-1 win for Preston against QPR, who had Matt Smith on the scoresheet, while Jordan
Wolves seal promotion to Premier League as Fulham concede late goal
Wolves secured a return to the Premier League without kicking a ball on Saturday after Brentford stole a dramatic 1-1 draw at promotion-chasing Fulham. The Cottagers needed a win in the late kick-off to regain second place from Cardiff in the Sky Bet Championship and to deny Wolves a top-flight spot for the first time since 2012. Aleksandar Mitrovic's 70th-minute goal had looked like putting Wolves' party on hold but Neal Maupay's last-gasp header for Brentford sent Nuno Espirito Santo's side up. Wolves can celebrate at home to Birmingham on Sunday, but third-placed Fulham will have to gather themselves after falling a point and a place behind Cardiff - who have a game in hand. The Bluebirds left it late but kept themselves on course for an automatic promotion place with a 2-0 win at Norwich. Neil Warnock's side know three wins from their remaining four games will be enough to join Wolves in the Premier League but they had to dig deep to earn a vital three points at Carrow Road. Kenneth Zohore squeezed the ball past Angus Gunn in the 86th minute before Junior Hoilett's goal in added time ensured Cardiff's two-game losing streak was brought to an end. Junior Hoilett celebrates his injury time goal in Cardiff City's 2-0 win over Norwich Credit: PA Middlesbrough stormed into the play-off places after coming from behind to beat Bristol City 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium. Milan Djuric volleyed the visitors into a 13th-minute lead before George Friend levelled for Boro five minutes later. Daniel Ayala then headed home the winner in the 68th minute, moving Middlesbrough up to fifth while also denting Bristol City's own top-six hopes. Veteran striker Steve Morison struck his fifth goal of the season for Millwall as they came back to draw 1-1 against fellow play-off hopefuls Sheffield United in the early kick-off. Leon Clarke opened the scoring for the Blades in the 74th minute, but Morison equalised instantly to grab his side a point. The sixth-placed Lions remain unbeaten in the league since New Year's Day and Sheffield United, who are ninth, have not lost at home since late January. Ryan Sessegnon (L) was unable to help Fulham get all three points against Brentford and Romaine Sawyers (R) Derby slipped out of the top six, but Burton moved off the bottom and to within five points of safety after a 3-1 victory over the Rams at the Pirelli Stadium. Liam Boyce tapped home from close range to put the hosts in front after 24 minutes, but their lead did not last long as David Nugent equalised moments later. Luke Murphy curled a beautiful effort past Scott Carson to restore the Brewers' lead just before the break and Lucas Akins added a third in the 68th minute. Oli McBurnie's added-time equaliser secured a vital 2-2 draw for Barnsley at home to fellow strugglers Bolton. Gary Gardner scored from 10 yards midway through the first half for the Tykes before Adam Le Fondre levelled from the spot after 82 minutes. Craig Noone thought he had won it for Bolton three minutes later, but McBurnie had the final say to keep Barnsley within two points of the 21st-placed Trotters. Sunderland slipped to the foot of the table and remain six points below Bolton after drawing 2-2 at Reading. Liam Kelly gave the Royals the lead from the penalty spot after Lee Camp brought down Jon Dadi Bodvarsson in the box after 20 minutes. Paddy McNair fired home a stunning equaliser for the Black Cats just after the break before Lee Cattermole's first goal since August 2014 put the visitors in front in the 66th minute. Yann Kermorgant restored parity for Reading with 11 minutes remaining to leave Chris Coleman's side on the brink with three games left. Ben Brereton's late penalty and Joe Lolley's goal in added time secured an unlikely 2-1 win for Nottingham Forest against Ipswich, who had led through Grant Ward's first-half header. Elsewhere, Callum Robinson's double sealed a 2-1 win for Preston against QPR, who had Matt Smith on the scoresheet, while Jordan
With Wolves on the verge of sealing their place back in the Premier League as Championship champions, the race for the second automatic promotion spot it hotting up. We are into the season's final stretch now, and three teams still have a chance of claiming second place. Here, we take a closer look at each side's chances. Cardiff City 2nd, P40 Pts 80 Form guide LDWWWW Strength Defence. Cardiff have the best defensive record in the Championship, having conceded just 34 goals all season and kept 16 clean sheets - manager Neil Warnock's target at the beginning of the season, which he felt would be sufficient to reach the play-offs. Since the return of Sean Morrison, they have looked even more comfortable at the back. Warnock admits his squad isn’t as good as that of Aston Villa or Wolves, but what he does have is a strong spine to the side and an approach very much in the mould of their muck 'n nettles manager. “We haven’t got the Rolls Royces of the division, but, by gum, we've got some endeavour and a lot of skill in some areas as well,” Warnock said, recently. Weakness Warnock is often criticised for his tactics being one-dimensional. Kenneth Zohore, who has scored eight goals for Cardiff, is often used as a target man to get the ball forward quicker, producing a style of play which can lead to some grumbling from the supporters. Warnock riles at suggestions he is predictable: “If you’ve got a target man or someone strong in the air, they can play the ball out to players occupying the wide positions,” he pointed out. Key man Callum Paterson, who has enjoyed a successful 2018 in a new advanced position. He has taken his goal tally to nine and is the club's second top scorer. The Scotsman had to come off in the defeat against Wolves, but Warnock will be hoping he is fit to feature against Aston Villa on Tuesday in a game that could go a long way to sealing second place. Remaining games Aston Villa (a), Norwich Ciy (a), Nottingham Forest (h), Derby County (a), Hull City (a), Reading (h) Fulham 3rd - P41 Pts 78 Form guide WWWDWW Strength Scoring - especially on the counter, where their pace can be devastating. Last season, Fulham scored 85 goals and could overhaul that tally this year (they currently have 71). Their calculated, quick approach in possession means they can soak up pressure and hit teams on the break. Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has pace in abundance, especially down the left-hand side with Ryan Sessegnon and Sheyi Ojo. Sessegnon has scored a remarkable 14 goals, with 10 coming in his last 18 games. Ryan Sessegnon is a constant threat on the left Credit: pa Weakness Despite Fulham’s strength on the break, they are often guilty of sloppiness in possession and are caught out having over-committed in attack. Sessegnon and his opposite full-back, Ryan Fredericks, can be exposed in this area and Jokanovic has moved Sessegnon to the left wing to provide more cover for his full-back. This has paid dividends, with Fulham having now kept three clean sheets in three games. Earlier on in the season, they went 13 games before keeping a clean sheet. Key man Aleksander Mitrovic. The on-loan Newcastle striker scored his ninth goal in nine games to extend Fulham’s unbeaten run to 19 matches at the weekend against Sheffield Wednesday. He is already their second top scorer this season and his physicality gives Fulham another dimension to their play: he is the battering ram who can hold the ball up for his quicker, more mobile team-mates to find space around him. Remaining games Reading (h), Brentford (h), Millwall (a), Sunderland (h), Birmingham (a). Aston Villa 4th - P41 Pts 73 Form guide LWDLLW Strength Villa's side is bursting with creativity, led by Robert Snodgrass, who has produced a division-high tally of 14 assists. The Scotland international is gradually scrubbing away the miserable experience of his stint at West Ham, where he accused then-manager Slaven Bilic of playing him out of position, and has also chipped in with seven goals. Add that to Albert Adomas’s tally of 14, and the skills of Jack Grealish - who has four goals and as many assists - and you begin to see why Villa are still considered a threat, despite their recent wobbles. Villa have tonnes of creativity Credit: getty images Weakness Consistency has been a problem for Villa this season. They were the pre-season favourites to be champions; instead, they find themselves fourth and with automatic promotion rapidly slipping over the horizon. Since beating Wolves 4-1, they have lost to Norwich, Bolton, QPR, and drawn 0-0 with Hull, while their most recent loss against Norwich City, saw the fans turn against the players. “The players have let the supporters down, and they have also let themselves down. We have failed to perform when we really needed to,” said manager Steve Bruce. Key man John Terry has been a colossus at the heart of Villa’s defence, earning a place in the Championship Team of the Year, despite missing 10 games through injury. Terry has started in 31 of Villas 41 fixtures so far, helping them keep 12 clean sheets, and will be pivotal if Villa are to regain their place at English football's top table. “John Terry is a natural leader of men on and off the pitch," Bruce has said. "He is a wonderful footballer but what he has brought to the dressing room is important. He knows what it is like to play the top level.” Remaining games Cardiff (h), Leeds (h), Ipswich (a), Derby (h), Millwall (a)
The Championship promotion race: Will Cardiff, Fulham or Aston Villa claim second spot?
With Wolves on the verge of sealing their place back in the Premier League as Championship champions, the race for the second automatic promotion spot it hotting up. We are into the season's final stretch now, and three teams still have a chance of claiming second place. Here, we take a closer look at each side's chances. Cardiff City 2nd, P40 Pts 80 Form guide LDWWWW Strength Defence. Cardiff have the best defensive record in the Championship, having conceded just 34 goals all season and kept 16 clean sheets - manager Neil Warnock's target at the beginning of the season, which he felt would be sufficient to reach the play-offs. Since the return of Sean Morrison, they have looked even more comfortable at the back. Warnock admits his squad isn’t as good as that of Aston Villa or Wolves, but what he does have is a strong spine to the side and an approach very much in the mould of their muck 'n nettles manager. “We haven’t got the Rolls Royces of the division, but, by gum, we've got some endeavour and a lot of skill in some areas as well,” Warnock said, recently. Weakness Warnock is often criticised for his tactics being one-dimensional. Kenneth Zohore, who has scored eight goals for Cardiff, is often used as a target man to get the ball forward quicker, producing a style of play which can lead to some grumbling from the supporters. Warnock riles at suggestions he is predictable: “If you’ve got a target man or someone strong in the air, they can play the ball out to players occupying the wide positions,” he pointed out. Key man Callum Paterson, who has enjoyed a successful 2018 in a new advanced position. He has taken his goal tally to nine and is the club's second top scorer. The Scotsman had to come off in the defeat against Wolves, but Warnock will be hoping he is fit to feature against Aston Villa on Tuesday in a game that could go a long way to sealing second place. Remaining games Aston Villa (a), Norwich Ciy (a), Nottingham Forest (h), Derby County (a), Hull City (a), Reading (h) Fulham 3rd - P41 Pts 78 Form guide WWWDWW Strength Scoring - especially on the counter, where their pace can be devastating. Last season, Fulham scored 85 goals and could overhaul that tally this year (they currently have 71). Their calculated, quick approach in possession means they can soak up pressure and hit teams on the break. Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has pace in abundance, especially down the left-hand side with Ryan Sessegnon and Sheyi Ojo. Sessegnon has scored a remarkable 14 goals, with 10 coming in his last 18 games. Ryan Sessegnon is a constant threat on the left Credit: pa Weakness Despite Fulham’s strength on the break, they are often guilty of sloppiness in possession and are caught out having over-committed in attack. Sessegnon and his opposite full-back, Ryan Fredericks, can be exposed in this area and Jokanovic has moved Sessegnon to the left wing to provide more cover for his full-back. This has paid dividends, with Fulham having now kept three clean sheets in three games. Earlier on in the season, they went 13 games before keeping a clean sheet. Key man Aleksander Mitrovic. The on-loan Newcastle striker scored his ninth goal in nine games to extend Fulham’s unbeaten run to 19 matches at the weekend against Sheffield Wednesday. He is already their second top scorer this season and his physicality gives Fulham another dimension to their play: he is the battering ram who can hold the ball up for his quicker, more mobile team-mates to find space around him. Remaining games Reading (h), Brentford (h), Millwall (a), Sunderland (h), Birmingham (a). Aston Villa 4th - P41 Pts 73 Form guide LWDLLW Strength Villa's side is bursting with creativity, led by Robert Snodgrass, who has produced a division-high tally of 14 assists. The Scotland international is gradually scrubbing away the miserable experience of his stint at West Ham, where he accused then-manager Slaven Bilic of playing him out of position, and has also chipped in with seven goals. Add that to Albert Adomas’s tally of 14, and the skills of Jack Grealish - who has four goals and as many assists - and you begin to see why Villa are still considered a threat, despite their recent wobbles. Villa have tonnes of creativity Credit: getty images Weakness Consistency has been a problem for Villa this season. They were the pre-season favourites to be champions; instead, they find themselves fourth and with automatic promotion rapidly slipping over the horizon. Since beating Wolves 4-1, they have lost to Norwich, Bolton, QPR, and drawn 0-0 with Hull, while their most recent loss against Norwich City, saw the fans turn against the players. “The players have let the supporters down, and they have also let themselves down. We have failed to perform when we really needed to,” said manager Steve Bruce. Key man John Terry has been a colossus at the heart of Villa’s defence, earning a place in the Championship Team of the Year, despite missing 10 games through injury. Terry has started in 31 of Villas 41 fixtures so far, helping them keep 12 clean sheets, and will be pivotal if Villa are to regain their place at English football's top table. “John Terry is a natural leader of men on and off the pitch," Bruce has said. "He is a wonderful footballer but what he has brought to the dressing room is important. He knows what it is like to play the top level.” Remaining games Cardiff (h), Leeds (h), Ipswich (a), Derby (h), Millwall (a)
With Wolves on the verge of sealing their place back in the Premier League as Championship champions, the race for the second automatic promotion spot it hotting up. We are into the season's final stretch now, and three teams still have a chance of claiming second place. Here, we take a closer look at each side's chances. Cardiff City 2nd, P40 Pts 80 Form guide LDWWWW Strength Defence. Cardiff have the best defensive record in the Championship, having conceded just 34 goals all season and kept 16 clean sheets - manager Neil Warnock's target at the beginning of the season, which he felt would be sufficient to reach the play-offs. Since the return of Sean Morrison, they have looked even more comfortable at the back. Warnock admits his squad isn’t as good as that of Aston Villa or Wolves, but what he does have is a strong spine to the side and an approach very much in the mould of their muck 'n nettles manager. “We haven’t got the Rolls Royces of the division, but, by gum, we've got some endeavour and a lot of skill in some areas as well,” Warnock said, recently. Weakness Warnock is often criticised for his tactics being one-dimensional. Kenneth Zohore, who has scored eight goals for Cardiff, is often used as a target man to get the ball forward quicker, producing a style of play which can lead to some grumbling from the supporters. Warnock riles at suggestions he is predictable: “If you’ve got a target man or someone strong in the air, they can play the ball out to players occupying the wide positions,” he pointed out. Key man Callum Paterson, who has enjoyed a successful 2018 in a new advanced position. He has taken his goal tally to nine and is the club's second top scorer. The Scotsman had to come off in the defeat against Wolves, but Warnock will be hoping he is fit to feature against Aston Villa on Tuesday in a game that could go a long way to sealing second place. Remaining games Aston Villa (a), Norwich Ciy (a), Nottingham Forest (h), Derby County (a), Hull City (a), Reading (h) Fulham 3rd - P41 Pts 78 Form guide WWWDWW Strength Scoring - especially on the counter, where their pace can be devastating. Last season, Fulham scored 85 goals and could overhaul that tally this year (they currently have 71). Their calculated, quick approach in possession means they can soak up pressure and hit teams on the break. Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has pace in abundance, especially down the left-hand side with Ryan Sessegnon and Sheyi Ojo. Sessegnon has scored a remarkable 14 goals, with 10 coming in his last 18 games. Ryan Sessegnon is a constant threat on the left Credit: pa Weakness Despite Fulham’s strength on the break, they are often guilty of sloppiness in possession and are caught out having over-committed in attack. Sessegnon and his opposite full-back, Ryan Fredericks, can be exposed in this area and Jokanovic has moved Sessegnon to the left wing to provide more cover for his full-back. This has paid dividends, with Fulham having now kept three clean sheets in three games. Earlier on in the season, they went 13 games before keeping a clean sheet. Key man Aleksander Mitrovic. The on-loan Newcastle striker scored his ninth goal in nine games to extend Fulham’s unbeaten run to 19 matches at the weekend against Sheffield Wednesday. He is already their second top scorer this season and his physicality gives Fulham another dimension to their play: he is the battering ram who can hold the ball up for his quicker, more mobile team-mates to find space around him. Remaining games Reading (h), Brentford (h), Millwall (a), Sunderland (h), Birmingham (a). Aston Villa 4th - P41 Pts 73 Form guide LWDLLW Strength Villa's side is bursting with creativity, led by Robert Snodgrass, who has produced a division-high tally of 14 assists. The Scotland international is gradually scrubbing away the miserable experience of his stint at West Ham, where he accused then-manager Slaven Bilic of playing him out of position, and has also chipped in with seven goals. Add that to Albert Adomas’s tally of 14, and the skills of Jack Grealish - who has four goals and as many assists - and you begin to see why Villa are still considered a threat, despite their recent wobbles. Villa have tonnes of creativity Credit: getty images Weakness Consistency has been a problem for Villa this season. They were the pre-season favourites to be champions; instead, they find themselves fourth and with automatic promotion rapidly slipping over the horizon. Since beating Wolves 4-1, they have lost to Norwich, Bolton, QPR, and drawn 0-0 with Hull, while their most recent loss against Norwich City, saw the fans turn against the players. “The players have let the supporters down, and they have also let themselves down. We have failed to perform when we really needed to,” said manager Steve Bruce. Key man John Terry has been a colossus at the heart of Villa’s defence, earning a place in the Championship Team of the Year, despite missing 10 games through injury. Terry has started in 31 of Villas 41 fixtures so far, helping them keep 12 clean sheets, and will be pivotal if Villa are to regain their place at English football's top table. “John Terry is a natural leader of men on and off the pitch," Bruce has said. "He is a wonderful footballer but what he has brought to the dressing room is important. He knows what it is like to play the top level.” Remaining games Cardiff (h), Leeds (h), Ipswich (a), Derby (h), Millwall (a)
The Championship promotion race: Will Cardiff, Fulham or Aston Villa claim second spot?
With Wolves on the verge of sealing their place back in the Premier League as Championship champions, the race for the second automatic promotion spot it hotting up. We are into the season's final stretch now, and three teams still have a chance of claiming second place. Here, we take a closer look at each side's chances. Cardiff City 2nd, P40 Pts 80 Form guide LDWWWW Strength Defence. Cardiff have the best defensive record in the Championship, having conceded just 34 goals all season and kept 16 clean sheets - manager Neil Warnock's target at the beginning of the season, which he felt would be sufficient to reach the play-offs. Since the return of Sean Morrison, they have looked even more comfortable at the back. Warnock admits his squad isn’t as good as that of Aston Villa or Wolves, but what he does have is a strong spine to the side and an approach very much in the mould of their muck 'n nettles manager. “We haven’t got the Rolls Royces of the division, but, by gum, we've got some endeavour and a lot of skill in some areas as well,” Warnock said, recently. Weakness Warnock is often criticised for his tactics being one-dimensional. Kenneth Zohore, who has scored eight goals for Cardiff, is often used as a target man to get the ball forward quicker, producing a style of play which can lead to some grumbling from the supporters. Warnock riles at suggestions he is predictable: “If you’ve got a target man or someone strong in the air, they can play the ball out to players occupying the wide positions,” he pointed out. Key man Callum Paterson, who has enjoyed a successful 2018 in a new advanced position. He has taken his goal tally to nine and is the club's second top scorer. The Scotsman had to come off in the defeat against Wolves, but Warnock will be hoping he is fit to feature against Aston Villa on Tuesday in a game that could go a long way to sealing second place. Remaining games Aston Villa (a), Norwich Ciy (a), Nottingham Forest (h), Derby County (a), Hull City (a), Reading (h) Fulham 3rd - P41 Pts 78 Form guide WWWDWW Strength Scoring - especially on the counter, where their pace can be devastating. Last season, Fulham scored 85 goals and could overhaul that tally this year (they currently have 71). Their calculated, quick approach in possession means they can soak up pressure and hit teams on the break. Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has pace in abundance, especially down the left-hand side with Ryan Sessegnon and Sheyi Ojo. Sessegnon has scored a remarkable 14 goals, with 10 coming in his last 18 games. Ryan Sessegnon is a constant threat on the left Credit: pa Weakness Despite Fulham’s strength on the break, they are often guilty of sloppiness in possession and are caught out having over-committed in attack. Sessegnon and his opposite full-back, Ryan Fredericks, can be exposed in this area and Jokanovic has moved Sessegnon to the left wing to provide more cover for his full-back. This has paid dividends, with Fulham having now kept three clean sheets in three games. Earlier on in the season, they went 13 games before keeping a clean sheet. Key man Aleksander Mitrovic. The on-loan Newcastle striker scored his ninth goal in nine games to extend Fulham’s unbeaten run to 19 matches at the weekend against Sheffield Wednesday. He is already their second top scorer this season and his physicality gives Fulham another dimension to their play: he is the battering ram who can hold the ball up for his quicker, more mobile team-mates to find space around him. Remaining games Reading (h), Brentford (h), Millwall (a), Sunderland (h), Birmingham (a). Aston Villa 4th - P41 Pts 73 Form guide LWDLLW Strength Villa's side is bursting with creativity, led by Robert Snodgrass, who has produced a division-high tally of 14 assists. The Scotland international is gradually scrubbing away the miserable experience of his stint at West Ham, where he accused then-manager Slaven Bilic of playing him out of position, and has also chipped in with seven goals. Add that to Albert Adomas’s tally of 14, and the skills of Jack Grealish - who has four goals and as many assists - and you begin to see why Villa are still considered a threat, despite their recent wobbles. Villa have tonnes of creativity Credit: getty images Weakness Consistency has been a problem for Villa this season. They were the pre-season favourites to be champions; instead, they find themselves fourth and with automatic promotion rapidly slipping over the horizon. Since beating Wolves 4-1, they have lost to Norwich, Bolton, QPR, and drawn 0-0 with Hull, while their most recent loss against Norwich City, saw the fans turn against the players. “The players have let the supporters down, and they have also let themselves down. We have failed to perform when we really needed to,” said manager Steve Bruce. Key man John Terry has been a colossus at the heart of Villa’s defence, earning a place in the Championship Team of the Year, despite missing 10 games through injury. Terry has started in 31 of Villas 41 fixtures so far, helping them keep 12 clean sheets, and will be pivotal if Villa are to regain their place at English football's top table. “John Terry is a natural leader of men on and off the pitch," Bruce has said. "He is a wonderful footballer but what he has brought to the dressing room is important. He knows what it is like to play the top level.” Remaining games Cardiff (h), Leeds (h), Ipswich (a), Derby (h), Millwall (a)
With Wolves on the verge of sealing their place back in the Premier League as Championship champions, the race for the second automatic promotion spot it hotting up. We are into the season's final stretch now, and three teams still have a chance of claiming second place. Here, we take a closer look at each side's chances. Cardiff City 2nd, P40 Pts 80 Form guide LDWWWW Strength Defence. Cardiff have the best defensive record in the Championship, having conceded just 34 goals all season and kept 16 clean sheets - manager Neil Warnock's target at the beginning of the season, which he felt would be sufficient to reach the play-offs. Since the return of Sean Morrison, they have looked even more comfortable at the back. Warnock admits his squad isn’t as good as that of Aston Villa or Wolves, but what he does have is a strong spine to the side and an approach very much in the mould of their muck 'n nettles manager. “We haven’t got the Rolls Royces of the division, but, by gum, we've got some endeavour and a lot of skill in some areas as well,” Warnock said, recently. Weakness Warnock is often criticised for his tactics being one-dimensional. Kenneth Zohore, who has scored eight goals for Cardiff, is often used as a target man to get the ball forward quicker, producing a style of play which can lead to some grumbling from the supporters. Warnock riles at suggestions he is predictable: “If you’ve got a target man or someone strong in the air, they can play the ball out to players occupying the wide positions,” he pointed out. Key man Callum Paterson, who has enjoyed a successful 2018 in a new advanced position. He has taken his goal tally to nine and is the club's second top scorer. The Scotsman had to come off in the defeat against Wolves, but Warnock will be hoping he is fit to feature against Aston Villa on Tuesday in a game that could go a long way to sealing second place. Remaining games Aston Villa (a), Norwich Ciy (a), Nottingham Forest (h), Derby County (a), Hull City (a), Reading (h) Fulham 3rd - P41 Pts 78 Form guide WWWDWW Strength Scoring - especially on the counter, where their pace can be devastating. Last season, Fulham scored 85 goals and could overhaul that tally this year (they currently have 71). Their calculated, quick approach in possession means they can soak up pressure and hit teams on the break. Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has pace in abundance, especially down the left-hand side with Ryan Sessegnon and Sheyi Ojo. Sessegnon has scored a remarkable 14 goals, with 10 coming in his last 18 games. Ryan Sessegnon is a constant threat on the left Credit: pa Weakness Despite Fulham’s strength on the break, they are often guilty of sloppiness in possession and are caught out having over-committed in attack. Sessegnon and his opposite full-back, Ryan Fredericks, can be exposed in this area and Jokanovic has moved Sessegnon to the left wing to provide more cover for his full-back. This has paid dividends, with Fulham having now kept three clean sheets in three games. Earlier on in the season, they went 13 games before keeping a clean sheet. Key man Aleksander Mitrovic. The on-loan Newcastle striker scored his ninth goal in nine games to extend Fulham’s unbeaten run to 19 matches at the weekend against Sheffield Wednesday. He is already their second top scorer this season and his physicality gives Fulham another dimension to their play: he is the battering ram who can hold the ball up for his quicker, more mobile team-mates to find space around him. Remaining games Reading (h), Brentford (h), Millwall (a), Sunderland (h), Birmingham (a). Aston Villa 4th - P41 Pts 73 Form guide LWDLLW Strength Villa's side is bursting with creativity, led by Robert Snodgrass, who has produced a division-high tally of 14 assists. The Scotland international is gradually scrubbing away the miserable experience of his stint at West Ham, where he accused then-manager Slaven Bilic of playing him out of position, and has also chipped in with seven goals. Add that to Albert Adomas’s tally of 14, and the skills of Jack Grealish - who has four goals and as many assists - and you begin to see why Villa are still considered a threat, despite their recent wobbles. Villa have tonnes of creativity Credit: getty images Weakness Consistency has been a problem for Villa this season. They were the pre-season favourites to be champions; instead, they find themselves fourth and with automatic promotion rapidly slipping over the horizon. Since beating Wolves 4-1, they have lost to Norwich, Bolton, QPR, and drawn 0-0 with Hull, while their most recent loss against Norwich City, saw the fans turn against the players. “The players have let the supporters down, and they have also let themselves down. We have failed to perform when we really needed to,” said manager Steve Bruce. Key man John Terry has been a colossus at the heart of Villa’s defence, earning a place in the Championship Team of the Year, despite missing 10 games through injury. Terry has started in 31 of Villas 41 fixtures so far, helping them keep 12 clean sheets, and will be pivotal if Villa are to regain their place at English football's top table. “John Terry is a natural leader of men on and off the pitch," Bruce has said. "He is a wonderful footballer but what he has brought to the dressing room is important. He knows what it is like to play the top level.” Remaining games Cardiff (h), Leeds (h), Ipswich (a), Derby (h), Millwall (a)
The Championship promotion race: Will Cardiff, Fulham or Aston Villa claim second spot?
With Wolves on the verge of sealing their place back in the Premier League as Championship champions, the race for the second automatic promotion spot it hotting up. We are into the season's final stretch now, and three teams still have a chance of claiming second place. Here, we take a closer look at each side's chances. Cardiff City 2nd, P40 Pts 80 Form guide LDWWWW Strength Defence. Cardiff have the best defensive record in the Championship, having conceded just 34 goals all season and kept 16 clean sheets - manager Neil Warnock's target at the beginning of the season, which he felt would be sufficient to reach the play-offs. Since the return of Sean Morrison, they have looked even more comfortable at the back. Warnock admits his squad isn’t as good as that of Aston Villa or Wolves, but what he does have is a strong spine to the side and an approach very much in the mould of their muck 'n nettles manager. “We haven’t got the Rolls Royces of the division, but, by gum, we've got some endeavour and a lot of skill in some areas as well,” Warnock said, recently. Weakness Warnock is often criticised for his tactics being one-dimensional. Kenneth Zohore, who has scored eight goals for Cardiff, is often used as a target man to get the ball forward quicker, producing a style of play which can lead to some grumbling from the supporters. Warnock riles at suggestions he is predictable: “If you’ve got a target man or someone strong in the air, they can play the ball out to players occupying the wide positions,” he pointed out. Key man Callum Paterson, who has enjoyed a successful 2018 in a new advanced position. He has taken his goal tally to nine and is the club's second top scorer. The Scotsman had to come off in the defeat against Wolves, but Warnock will be hoping he is fit to feature against Aston Villa on Tuesday in a game that could go a long way to sealing second place. Remaining games Aston Villa (a), Norwich Ciy (a), Nottingham Forest (h), Derby County (a), Hull City (a), Reading (h) Fulham 3rd - P41 Pts 78 Form guide WWWDWW Strength Scoring - especially on the counter, where their pace can be devastating. Last season, Fulham scored 85 goals and could overhaul that tally this year (they currently have 71). Their calculated, quick approach in possession means they can soak up pressure and hit teams on the break. Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has pace in abundance, especially down the left-hand side with Ryan Sessegnon and Sheyi Ojo. Sessegnon has scored a remarkable 14 goals, with 10 coming in his last 18 games. Ryan Sessegnon is a constant threat on the left Credit: pa Weakness Despite Fulham’s strength on the break, they are often guilty of sloppiness in possession and are caught out having over-committed in attack. Sessegnon and his opposite full-back, Ryan Fredericks, can be exposed in this area and Jokanovic has moved Sessegnon to the left wing to provide more cover for his full-back. This has paid dividends, with Fulham having now kept three clean sheets in three games. Earlier on in the season, they went 13 games before keeping a clean sheet. Key man Aleksander Mitrovic. The on-loan Newcastle striker scored his ninth goal in nine games to extend Fulham’s unbeaten run to 19 matches at the weekend against Sheffield Wednesday. He is already their second top scorer this season and his physicality gives Fulham another dimension to their play: he is the battering ram who can hold the ball up for his quicker, more mobile team-mates to find space around him. Remaining games Reading (h), Brentford (h), Millwall (a), Sunderland (h), Birmingham (a). Aston Villa 4th - P41 Pts 73 Form guide LWDLLW Strength Villa's side is bursting with creativity, led by Robert Snodgrass, who has produced a division-high tally of 14 assists. The Scotland international is gradually scrubbing away the miserable experience of his stint at West Ham, where he accused then-manager Slaven Bilic of playing him out of position, and has also chipped in with seven goals. Add that to Albert Adomas’s tally of 14, and the skills of Jack Grealish - who has four goals and as many assists - and you begin to see why Villa are still considered a threat, despite their recent wobbles. Villa have tonnes of creativity Credit: getty images Weakness Consistency has been a problem for Villa this season. They were the pre-season favourites to be champions; instead, they find themselves fourth and with automatic promotion rapidly slipping over the horizon. Since beating Wolves 4-1, they have lost to Norwich, Bolton, QPR, and drawn 0-0 with Hull, while their most recent loss against Norwich City, saw the fans turn against the players. “The players have let the supporters down, and they have also let themselves down. We have failed to perform when we really needed to,” said manager Steve Bruce. Key man John Terry has been a colossus at the heart of Villa’s defence, earning a place in the Championship Team of the Year, despite missing 10 games through injury. Terry has started in 31 of Villas 41 fixtures so far, helping them keep 12 clean sheets, and will be pivotal if Villa are to regain their place at English football's top table. “John Terry is a natural leader of men on and off the pitch," Bruce has said. "He is a wonderful footballer but what he has brought to the dressing room is important. He knows what it is like to play the top level.” Remaining games Cardiff (h), Leeds (h), Ipswich (a), Derby (h), Millwall (a)
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Aitor Karanka can still remember the text message he received from Jose Mourinho, on the day he was appointed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest: “He said that I’d made a good choice. He knows about the size and history of this club and wished me good luck.” Mourinho, a key figure in Karanka’s career path after appointing him as his assistant at Real Madrid in 2010, also wrote the foreword to the book of the excellent film I Believe In Miracles, which tells the story of Forest’s successive European Cup triumphs under Brian Clough. And it was only a club with such rich history and expectation that was going to persuade Karanka to consider a return to the Championship. “Coming back to this league may have looked like a step back, but for me this is a step forward because it’s not a normal club,” says Karanka, sitting in his office at Forest’s training ground for his first major newspaper interview since taking charge. Nottingham Forest are two-time winners of the European Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES “When you’re not here, you know about the history but to actually go into the boardroom and see the two European Cups, you realise it’s huge. “The history is a motivation, every time I wear the two stars I am representing Nottingham Forest. It’s a privilege and I cannot understand a big club without pressure.” Karanka is determined to create some history of his own and become the manager who finally delivers Forest back to the Premier League, following his appointment in January. After a difficult start, he has delivered the anticipated impact. One defeat in eight games suggests Forest – currently 17th in the Championship - will be a different proposition next season. The 44 year-old already has one promotion on his CV, from his time at Middlesbrough, and on Saturday he returns to Teesside for the first time since he left by mutual consent last March. Aitor Karanka won promotion to the Premier League with Middlebrough Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I was the first foreign coach in their history and to put them in the Premier League was an honour,” he says. “It had been a really tough two-and-a-half years. The first year was difficult because I was living alone in my first job, with a different language and culture. The atmosphere was depressed and there were only 10,000 in the stadium. “The following season we played 55 games and lost in the play-off final [to Norwich]. The toughest moment was in the summer when I returned to my office and put all the 50 fixtures back on the board. “But to finish second and go up the next year was an incredible feeling. When we got promoted I cried in the dressing room for 45 minutes.” The next season was one of regrets: Middlesbrough’s existence as a Premier League club was brief, fraught with problems and largely forgettable. There were frequent reports of tension over transfers before Karanka’s departure, but he still considers chairman Steve Gibson a friend. “We considered it and the best thing for the club was to separate, for both of us. It couldn’t work at the end but the relationship we still have is amazing. Until now, Middlesbrough had been the only place I’d managed so there were many good moments.” Karanka’s return to the Riverside also promises to be poignant, for more personal reasons. His father, Fernando, died in September after a short battle with cancer and was a regular visitor while Karanka was in charge. “Of course it will be emotional because he was my mentor and greatest supporter. It was one of the best experiences to spend the 10 days with my father before he passed away,” he said. “After leaving Middlesbrough I needed the time out. There were quite a few offers [he was interviewed by Swansea and West Brom] but I was waiting for the right opportunity. “I was out of work for 10 months but when I met the chairman [Nicholas Randall] in Madrid for the first time I knew this was going to be the next step in my career.” Karanka is clearly enthused by the challenge ahead. He can sometimes appear stern in press conferences but away from the spotlight he is animated, passionate and fully in tune with the new era at Forest. Aitor Karanka is optimistic has can transform Nottingham Forest's fortunes Credit: GETTY IMAGES After the takeover by Evangelos Marinakis last summer, and removal of unpopular former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, there is now optimism and a tangible feeling of reintegration with supporters, with Karanka at the forefront. His relationship with Mourinho remains close: they speak most days and barely five minutes after the final whistle of Forest’s 2-0 win at Wolves in January, the Manchester United manager was calling to offer his congratulations. Karanka will need more notable results like that next season, making no secret of the fact that promotion is the aim, though it required a brutal cull in January to kick-start his tenure. After a tepid 3-0 home defeat to Preston, he looked around the dressing room and realised drastic changes were crucial. Eight players came in before deadline day, with seven going out. “My feeling was that a lot of people were really complacent, the pressure and blame was always on the manager. Another one sacked, then another one! I’m not here to be the next one, not for a long time I hope,” he says. Evangelos Marinakis is the new owner of Nottingham Forest Credit: AFP “The Preston game was the best thing that happened because we realised we had to change a lot of things. I don’t know what would have happened if we’d won that game. Now the players know the challenge, the aim, and it’s different. “It wasn’t just a message for the dressing room, it was for everyone. To work here should not be easy, unless you’re working hard.” It will be 20 years next season when Forest last operated in the top flight: the campaign when Ron Atkinson infamously walked to the wrong dug-out. “The young supporters here have never seen the team in the Premier League and yet they will keep hearing about the history – they won’t know how big this club is. “The worst thing is when you feel comfortable being in that situation, as a Championship team. My aim is to get promotion and it will need hard work, but we are all here together to try and do it.”
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Aitor Karanka can still remember the text message he received from Jose Mourinho, on the day he was appointed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest: “He said that I’d made a good choice. He knows about the size and history of this club and wished me good luck.” Mourinho, a key figure in Karanka’s career path after appointing him as his assistant at Real Madrid in 2010, also wrote the foreword to the book of the excellent film I Believe In Miracles, which tells the story of Forest’s successive European Cup triumphs under Brian Clough. And it was only a club with such rich history and expectation that was going to persuade Karanka to consider a return to the Championship. “Coming back to this league may have looked like a step back, but for me this is a step forward because it’s not a normal club,” says Karanka, sitting in his office at Forest’s training ground for his first major newspaper interview since taking charge. Nottingham Forest are two-time winners of the European Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES “When you’re not here, you know about the history but to actually go into the boardroom and see the two European Cups, you realise it’s huge. “The history is a motivation, every time I wear the two stars I am representing Nottingham Forest. It’s a privilege and I cannot understand a big club without pressure.” Karanka is determined to create some history of his own and become the manager who finally delivers Forest back to the Premier League, following his appointment in January. After a difficult start, he has delivered the anticipated impact. One defeat in eight games suggests Forest – currently 17th in the Championship - will be a different proposition next season. The 44 year-old already has one promotion on his CV, from his time at Middlesbrough, and on Saturday he returns to Teesside for the first time since he left by mutual consent last March. Aitor Karanka won promotion to the Premier League with Middlebrough Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I was the first foreign coach in their history and to put them in the Premier League was an honour,” he says. “It had been a really tough two-and-a-half years. The first year was difficult because I was living alone in my first job, with a different language and culture. The atmosphere was depressed and there were only 10,000 in the stadium. “The following season we played 55 games and lost in the play-off final [to Norwich]. The toughest moment was in the summer when I returned to my office and put all the 50 fixtures back on the board. “But to finish second and go up the next year was an incredible feeling. When we got promoted I cried in the dressing room for 45 minutes.” The next season was one of regrets: Middlesbrough’s existence as a Premier League club was brief, fraught with problems and largely forgettable. There were frequent reports of tension over transfers before Karanka’s departure, but he still considers chairman Steve Gibson a friend. “We considered it and the best thing for the club was to separate, for both of us. It couldn’t work at the end but the relationship we still have is amazing. Until now, Middlesbrough had been the only place I’d managed so there were many good moments.” Karanka’s return to the Riverside also promises to be poignant, for more personal reasons. His father, Fernando, died in September after a short battle with cancer and was a regular visitor while Karanka was in charge. “Of course it will be emotional because he was my mentor and greatest supporter. It was one of the best experiences to spend the 10 days with my father before he passed away,” he said. “After leaving Middlesbrough I needed the time out. There were quite a few offers [he was interviewed by Swansea and West Brom] but I was waiting for the right opportunity. “I was out of work for 10 months but when I met the chairman [Nicholas Randall] in Madrid for the first time I knew this was going to be the next step in my career.” Karanka is clearly enthused by the challenge ahead. He can sometimes appear stern in press conferences but away from the spotlight he is animated, passionate and fully in tune with the new era at Forest. Aitor Karanka is optimistic has can transform Nottingham Forest's fortunes Credit: GETTY IMAGES After the takeover by Evangelos Marinakis last summer, and removal of unpopular former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, there is now optimism and a tangible feeling of reintegration with supporters, with Karanka at the forefront. His relationship with Mourinho remains close: they speak most days and barely five minutes after the final whistle of Forest’s 2-0 win at Wolves in January, the Manchester United manager was calling to offer his congratulations. Karanka will need more notable results like that next season, making no secret of the fact that promotion is the aim, though it required a brutal cull in January to kick-start his tenure. After a tepid 3-0 home defeat to Preston, he looked around the dressing room and realised drastic changes were crucial. Eight players came in before deadline day, with seven going out. “My feeling was that a lot of people were really complacent, the pressure and blame was always on the manager. Another one sacked, then another one! I’m not here to be the next one, not for a long time I hope,” he says. Evangelos Marinakis is the new owner of Nottingham Forest Credit: AFP “The Preston game was the best thing that happened because we realised we had to change a lot of things. I don’t know what would have happened if we’d won that game. Now the players know the challenge, the aim, and it’s different. “It wasn’t just a message for the dressing room, it was for everyone. To work here should not be easy, unless you’re working hard.” It will be 20 years next season when Forest last operated in the top flight: the campaign when Ron Atkinson infamously walked to the wrong dug-out. “The young supporters here have never seen the team in the Premier League and yet they will keep hearing about the history – they won’t know how big this club is. “The worst thing is when you feel comfortable being in that situation, as a Championship team. My aim is to get promotion and it will need hard work, but we are all here together to try and do it.”
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Aitor Karanka can still remember the text message he received from Jose Mourinho, on the day he was appointed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest: “He said that I’d made a good choice. He knows about the size and history of this club and wished me good luck.” Mourinho, a key figure in Karanka’s career path after appointing him as his assistant at Real Madrid in 2010, also wrote the foreword to the book of the excellent film I Believe In Miracles, which tells the story of Forest’s successive European Cup triumphs under Brian Clough. And it was only a club with such rich history and expectation that was going to persuade Karanka to consider a return to the Championship. “Coming back to this league may have looked like a step back, but for me this is a step forward because it’s not a normal club,” says Karanka, sitting in his office at Forest’s training ground for his first major newspaper interview since taking charge. Nottingham Forest are two-time winners of the European Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES “When you’re not here, you know about the history but to actually go into the boardroom and see the two European Cups, you realise it’s huge. “The history is a motivation, every time I wear the two stars I am representing Nottingham Forest. It’s a privilege and I cannot understand a big club without pressure.” Karanka is determined to create some history of his own and become the manager who finally delivers Forest back to the Premier League, following his appointment in January. After a difficult start, he has delivered the anticipated impact. One defeat in eight games suggests Forest – currently 17th in the Championship - will be a different proposition next season. The 44 year-old already has one promotion on his CV, from his time at Middlesbrough, and on Saturday he returns to Teesside for the first time since he left by mutual consent last March. Aitor Karanka won promotion to the Premier League with Middlebrough Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I was the first foreign coach in their history and to put them in the Premier League was an honour,” he says. “It had been a really tough two-and-a-half years. The first year was difficult because I was living alone in my first job, with a different language and culture. The atmosphere was depressed and there were only 10,000 in the stadium. “The following season we played 55 games and lost in the play-off final [to Norwich]. The toughest moment was in the summer when I returned to my office and put all the 50 fixtures back on the board. “But to finish second and go up the next year was an incredible feeling. When we got promoted I cried in the dressing room for 45 minutes.” The next season was one of regrets: Middlesbrough’s existence as a Premier League club was brief, fraught with problems and largely forgettable. There were frequent reports of tension over transfers before Karanka’s departure, but he still considers chairman Steve Gibson a friend. “We considered it and the best thing for the club was to separate, for both of us. It couldn’t work at the end but the relationship we still have is amazing. Until now, Middlesbrough had been the only place I’d managed so there were many good moments.” Karanka’s return to the Riverside also promises to be poignant, for more personal reasons. His father, Fernando, died in September after a short battle with cancer and was a regular visitor while Karanka was in charge. “Of course it will be emotional because he was my mentor and greatest supporter. It was one of the best experiences to spend the 10 days with my father before he passed away,” he said. “After leaving Middlesbrough I needed the time out. There were quite a few offers [he was interviewed by Swansea and West Brom] but I was waiting for the right opportunity. “I was out of work for 10 months but when I met the chairman [Nicholas Randall] in Madrid for the first time I knew this was going to be the next step in my career.” Karanka is clearly enthused by the challenge ahead. He can sometimes appear stern in press conferences but away from the spotlight he is animated, passionate and fully in tune with the new era at Forest. Aitor Karanka is optimistic has can transform Nottingham Forest's fortunes Credit: GETTY IMAGES After the takeover by Evangelos Marinakis last summer, and removal of unpopular former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, there is now optimism and a tangible feeling of reintegration with supporters, with Karanka at the forefront. His relationship with Mourinho remains close: they speak most days and barely five minutes after the final whistle of Forest’s 2-0 win at Wolves in January, the Manchester United manager was calling to offer his congratulations. Karanka will need more notable results like that next season, making no secret of the fact that promotion is the aim, though it required a brutal cull in January to kick-start his tenure. After a tepid 3-0 home defeat to Preston, he looked around the dressing room and realised drastic changes were crucial. Eight players came in before deadline day, with seven going out. “My feeling was that a lot of people were really complacent, the pressure and blame was always on the manager. Another one sacked, then another one! I’m not here to be the next one, not for a long time I hope,” he says. Evangelos Marinakis is the new owner of Nottingham Forest Credit: AFP “The Preston game was the best thing that happened because we realised we had to change a lot of things. I don’t know what would have happened if we’d won that game. Now the players know the challenge, the aim, and it’s different. “It wasn’t just a message for the dressing room, it was for everyone. To work here should not be easy, unless you’re working hard.” It will be 20 years next season when Forest last operated in the top flight: the campaign when Ron Atkinson infamously walked to the wrong dug-out. “The young supporters here have never seen the team in the Premier League and yet they will keep hearing about the history – they won’t know how big this club is. “The worst thing is when you feel comfortable being in that situation, as a Championship team. My aim is to get promotion and it will need hard work, but we are all here together to try and do it.”
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Aitor Karanka can still remember the text message he received from Jose Mourinho, on the day he was appointed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest: “He said that I’d made a good choice. He knows about the size and history of this club and wished me good luck.” Mourinho, a key figure in Karanka’s career path after appointing him as his assistant at Real Madrid in 2010, also wrote the foreword to the book of the excellent film I Believe In Miracles, which tells the story of Forest’s successive European Cup triumphs under Brian Clough. And it was only a club with such rich history and expectation that was going to persuade Karanka to consider a return to the Championship. “Coming back to this league may have looked like a step back, but for me this is a step forward because it’s not a normal club,” says Karanka, sitting in his office at Forest’s training ground for his first major newspaper interview since taking charge. Nottingham Forest are two-time winners of the European Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES “When you’re not here, you know about the history but to actually go into the boardroom and see the two European Cups, you realise it’s huge. “The history is a motivation, every time I wear the two stars I am representing Nottingham Forest. It’s a privilege and I cannot understand a big club without pressure.” Karanka is determined to create some history of his own and become the manager who finally delivers Forest back to the Premier League, following his appointment in January. After a difficult start, he has delivered the anticipated impact. One defeat in eight games suggests Forest – currently 17th in the Championship - will be a different proposition next season. The 44 year-old already has one promotion on his CV, from his time at Middlesbrough, and on Saturday he returns to Teesside for the first time since he left by mutual consent last March. Aitor Karanka won promotion to the Premier League with Middlebrough Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I was the first foreign coach in their history and to put them in the Premier League was an honour,” he says. “It had been a really tough two-and-a-half years. The first year was difficult because I was living alone in my first job, with a different language and culture. The atmosphere was depressed and there were only 10,000 in the stadium. “The following season we played 55 games and lost in the play-off final [to Norwich]. The toughest moment was in the summer when I returned to my office and put all the 50 fixtures back on the board. “But to finish second and go up the next year was an incredible feeling. When we got promoted I cried in the dressing room for 45 minutes.” The next season was one of regrets: Middlesbrough’s existence as a Premier League club was brief, fraught with problems and largely forgettable. There were frequent reports of tension over transfers before Karanka’s departure, but he still considers chairman Steve Gibson a friend. “We considered it and the best thing for the club was to separate, for both of us. It couldn’t work at the end but the relationship we still have is amazing. Until now, Middlesbrough had been the only place I’d managed so there were many good moments.” Karanka’s return to the Riverside also promises to be poignant, for more personal reasons. His father, Fernando, died in September after a short battle with cancer and was a regular visitor while Karanka was in charge. “Of course it will be emotional because he was my mentor and greatest supporter. It was one of the best experiences to spend the 10 days with my father before he passed away,” he said. “After leaving Middlesbrough I needed the time out. There were quite a few offers [he was interviewed by Swansea and West Brom] but I was waiting for the right opportunity. “I was out of work for 10 months but when I met the chairman [Nicholas Randall] in Madrid for the first time I knew this was going to be the next step in my career.” Karanka is clearly enthused by the challenge ahead. He can sometimes appear stern in press conferences but away from the spotlight he is animated, passionate and fully in tune with the new era at Forest. Aitor Karanka is optimistic has can transform Nottingham Forest's fortunes Credit: GETTY IMAGES After the takeover by Evangelos Marinakis last summer, and removal of unpopular former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, there is now optimism and a tangible feeling of reintegration with supporters, with Karanka at the forefront. His relationship with Mourinho remains close: they speak most days and barely five minutes after the final whistle of Forest’s 2-0 win at Wolves in January, the Manchester United manager was calling to offer his congratulations. Karanka will need more notable results like that next season, making no secret of the fact that promotion is the aim, though it required a brutal cull in January to kick-start his tenure. After a tepid 3-0 home defeat to Preston, he looked around the dressing room and realised drastic changes were crucial. Eight players came in before deadline day, with seven going out. “My feeling was that a lot of people were really complacent, the pressure and blame was always on the manager. Another one sacked, then another one! I’m not here to be the next one, not for a long time I hope,” he says. Evangelos Marinakis is the new owner of Nottingham Forest Credit: AFP “The Preston game was the best thing that happened because we realised we had to change a lot of things. I don’t know what would have happened if we’d won that game. Now the players know the challenge, the aim, and it’s different. “It wasn’t just a message for the dressing room, it was for everyone. To work here should not be easy, unless you’re working hard.” It will be 20 years next season when Forest last operated in the top flight: the campaign when Ron Atkinson infamously walked to the wrong dug-out. “The young supporters here have never seen the team in the Premier League and yet they will keep hearing about the history – they won’t know how big this club is. “The worst thing is when you feel comfortable being in that situation, as a Championship team. My aim is to get promotion and it will need hard work, but we are all here together to try and do it.”
Aitor Karanka can still remember the text message he received from Jose Mourinho, on the day he was appointed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest: “He said that I’d made a good choice. He knows about the size and history of this club and wished me good luck.” Mourinho, a key figure in Karanka’s career path after appointing him as his assistant at Real Madrid in 2010, also wrote the foreword to the book of the excellent film I Believe In Miracles, which tells the story of Forest’s successive European Cup triumphs under Brian Clough. And it was only a club with such rich history and expectation that was going to persuade Karanka to consider a return to the Championship. “Coming back to this league may have looked like a step back, but for me this is a step forward because it’s not a normal club,” says Karanka, sitting in his office at Forest’s training ground for his first major newspaper interview since taking charge. Nottingham Forest are two-time winners of the European Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES “When you’re not here, you know about the history but to actually go into the boardroom and see the two European Cups, you realise it’s huge. “The history is a motivation, every time I wear the two stars I am representing Nottingham Forest. It’s a privilege and I cannot understand a big club without pressure.” Karanka is determined to create some history of his own and become the manager who finally delivers Forest back to the Premier League, following his appointment in January. After a difficult start, he has delivered the anticipated impact. One defeat in eight games suggests Forest – currently 17th in the Championship - will be a different proposition next season. The 44 year-old already has one promotion on his CV, from his time at Middlesbrough, and on Saturday he returns to Teesside for the first time since he left by mutual consent last March. Aitor Karanka won promotion to the Premier League with Middlebrough Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I was the first foreign coach in their history and to put them in the Premier League was an honour,” he says. “It had been a really tough two-and-a-half years. The first year was difficult because I was living alone in my first job, with a different language and culture. The atmosphere was depressed and there were only 10,000 in the stadium. “The following season we played 55 games and lost in the play-off final [to Norwich]. The toughest moment was in the summer when I returned to my office and put all the 50 fixtures back on the board. “But to finish second and go up the next year was an incredible feeling. When we got promoted I cried in the dressing room for 45 minutes.” The next season was one of regrets: Middlesbrough’s existence as a Premier League club was brief, fraught with problems and largely forgettable. There were frequent reports of tension over transfers before Karanka’s departure, but he still considers chairman Steve Gibson a friend. “We considered it and the best thing for the club was to separate, for both of us. It couldn’t work at the end but the relationship we still have is amazing. Until now, Middlesbrough had been the only place I’d managed so there were many good moments.” Karanka’s return to the Riverside also promises to be poignant, for more personal reasons. His father, Fernando, died in September after a short battle with cancer and was a regular visitor while Karanka was in charge. “Of course it will be emotional because he was my mentor and greatest supporter. It was one of the best experiences to spend the 10 days with my father before he passed away,” he said. “After leaving Middlesbrough I needed the time out. There were quite a few offers [he was interviewed by Swansea and West Brom] but I was waiting for the right opportunity. “I was out of work for 10 months but when I met the chairman [Nicholas Randall] in Madrid for the first time I knew this was going to be the next step in my career.” Karanka is clearly enthused by the challenge ahead. He can sometimes appear stern in press conferences but away from the spotlight he is animated, passionate and fully in tune with the new era at Forest. Aitor Karanka is optimistic has can transform Nottingham Forest's fortunes Credit: GETTY IMAGES After the takeover by Evangelos Marinakis last summer, and removal of unpopular former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, there is now optimism and a tangible feeling of reintegration with supporters, with Karanka at the forefront. His relationship with Mourinho remains close: they speak most days and barely five minutes after the final whistle of Forest’s 2-0 win at Wolves in January, the Manchester United manager was calling to offer his congratulations. Karanka will need more notable results like that next season, making no secret of the fact that promotion is the aim, though it required a brutal cull in January to kick-start his tenure. After a tepid 3-0 home defeat to Preston, he looked around the dressing room and realised drastic changes were crucial. Eight players came in before deadline day, with seven going out. “My feeling was that a lot of people were really complacent, the pressure and blame was always on the manager. Another one sacked, then another one! I’m not here to be the next one, not for a long time I hope,” he says. Evangelos Marinakis is the new owner of Nottingham Forest Credit: AFP “The Preston game was the best thing that happened because we realised we had to change a lot of things. I don’t know what would have happened if we’d won that game. Now the players know the challenge, the aim, and it’s different. “It wasn’t just a message for the dressing room, it was for everyone. To work here should not be easy, unless you’re working hard.” It will be 20 years next season when Forest last operated in the top flight: the campaign when Ron Atkinson infamously walked to the wrong dug-out. “The young supporters here have never seen the team in the Premier League and yet they will keep hearing about the history – they won’t know how big this club is. “The worst thing is when you feel comfortable being in that situation, as a Championship team. My aim is to get promotion and it will need hard work, but we are all here together to try and do it.”
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Aitor Karanka can still remember the text message he received from Jose Mourinho, on the day he was appointed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest: “He said that I’d made a good choice. He knows about the size and history of this club and wished me good luck.” Mourinho, a key figure in Karanka’s career path after appointing him as his assistant at Real Madrid in 2010, also wrote the foreword to the book of the excellent film I Believe In Miracles, which tells the story of Forest’s successive European Cup triumphs under Brian Clough. And it was only a club with such rich history and expectation that was going to persuade Karanka to consider a return to the Championship. “Coming back to this league may have looked like a step back, but for me this is a step forward because it’s not a normal club,” says Karanka, sitting in his office at Forest’s training ground for his first major newspaper interview since taking charge. Nottingham Forest are two-time winners of the European Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES “When you’re not here, you know about the history but to actually go into the boardroom and see the two European Cups, you realise it’s huge. “The history is a motivation, every time I wear the two stars I am representing Nottingham Forest. It’s a privilege and I cannot understand a big club without pressure.” Karanka is determined to create some history of his own and become the manager who finally delivers Forest back to the Premier League, following his appointment in January. After a difficult start, he has delivered the anticipated impact. One defeat in eight games suggests Forest – currently 17th in the Championship - will be a different proposition next season. The 44 year-old already has one promotion on his CV, from his time at Middlesbrough, and on Saturday he returns to Teesside for the first time since he left by mutual consent last March. Aitor Karanka won promotion to the Premier League with Middlebrough Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I was the first foreign coach in their history and to put them in the Premier League was an honour,” he says. “It had been a really tough two-and-a-half years. The first year was difficult because I was living alone in my first job, with a different language and culture. The atmosphere was depressed and there were only 10,000 in the stadium. “The following season we played 55 games and lost in the play-off final [to Norwich]. The toughest moment was in the summer when I returned to my office and put all the 50 fixtures back on the board. “But to finish second and go up the next year was an incredible feeling. When we got promoted I cried in the dressing room for 45 minutes.” The next season was one of regrets: Middlesbrough’s existence as a Premier League club was brief, fraught with problems and largely forgettable. There were frequent reports of tension over transfers before Karanka’s departure, but he still considers chairman Steve Gibson a friend. “We considered it and the best thing for the club was to separate, for both of us. It couldn’t work at the end but the relationship we still have is amazing. Until now, Middlesbrough had been the only place I’d managed so there were many good moments.” Karanka’s return to the Riverside also promises to be poignant, for more personal reasons. His father, Fernando, died in September after a short battle with cancer and was a regular visitor while Karanka was in charge. “Of course it will be emotional because he was my mentor and greatest supporter. It was one of the best experiences to spend the 10 days with my father before he passed away,” he said. “After leaving Middlesbrough I needed the time out. There were quite a few offers [he was interviewed by Swansea and West Brom] but I was waiting for the right opportunity. “I was out of work for 10 months but when I met the chairman [Nicholas Randall] in Madrid for the first time I knew this was going to be the next step in my career.” Karanka is clearly enthused by the challenge ahead. He can sometimes appear stern in press conferences but away from the spotlight he is animated, passionate and fully in tune with the new era at Forest. Aitor Karanka is optimistic has can transform Nottingham Forest's fortunes Credit: GETTY IMAGES After the takeover by Evangelos Marinakis last summer, and removal of unpopular former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, there is now optimism and a tangible feeling of reintegration with supporters, with Karanka at the forefront. His relationship with Mourinho remains close: they speak most days and barely five minutes after the final whistle of Forest’s 2-0 win at Wolves in January, the Manchester United manager was calling to offer his congratulations. Karanka will need more notable results like that next season, making no secret of the fact that promotion is the aim, though it required a brutal cull in January to kick-start his tenure. After a tepid 3-0 home defeat to Preston, he looked around the dressing room and realised drastic changes were crucial. Eight players came in before deadline day, with seven going out. “My feeling was that a lot of people were really complacent, the pressure and blame was always on the manager. Another one sacked, then another one! I’m not here to be the next one, not for a long time I hope,” he says. Evangelos Marinakis is the new owner of Nottingham Forest Credit: AFP “The Preston game was the best thing that happened because we realised we had to change a lot of things. I don’t know what would have happened if we’d won that game. Now the players know the challenge, the aim, and it’s different. “It wasn’t just a message for the dressing room, it was for everyone. To work here should not be easy, unless you’re working hard.” It will be 20 years next season when Forest last operated in the top flight: the campaign when Ron Atkinson infamously walked to the wrong dug-out. “The young supporters here have never seen the team in the Premier League and yet they will keep hearing about the history – they won’t know how big this club is. “The worst thing is when you feel comfortable being in that situation, as a Championship team. My aim is to get promotion and it will need hard work, but we are all here together to try and do it.”
Aitor Karanka can still remember the text message he received from Jose Mourinho, on the day he was appointed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest: “He said that I’d made a good choice. He knows about the size and history of this club and wished me good luck.” Mourinho, a key figure in Karanka’s career path after appointing him as his assistant at Real Madrid in 2010, also wrote the foreword to the book of the excellent film I Believe In Miracles, which tells the story of Forest’s successive European Cup triumphs under Brian Clough. And it was only a club with such rich history and expectation that was going to persuade Karanka to consider a return to the Championship. “Coming back to this league may have looked like a step back, but for me this is a step forward because it’s not a normal club,” says Karanka, sitting in his office at Forest’s training ground for his first major newspaper interview since taking charge. Nottingham Forest are two-time winners of the European Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES “When you’re not here, you know about the history but to actually go into the boardroom and see the two European Cups, you realise it’s huge. “The history is a motivation, every time I wear the two stars I am representing Nottingham Forest. It’s a privilege and I cannot understand a big club without pressure.” Karanka is determined to create some history of his own and become the manager who finally delivers Forest back to the Premier League, following his appointment in January. After a difficult start, he has delivered the anticipated impact. One defeat in eight games suggests Forest – currently 17th in the Championship - will be a different proposition next season. The 44 year-old already has one promotion on his CV, from his time at Middlesbrough, and on Saturday he returns to Teesside for the first time since he left by mutual consent last March. Aitor Karanka won promotion to the Premier League with Middlebrough Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I was the first foreign coach in their history and to put them in the Premier League was an honour,” he says. “It had been a really tough two-and-a-half years. The first year was difficult because I was living alone in my first job, with a different language and culture. The atmosphere was depressed and there were only 10,000 in the stadium. “The following season we played 55 games and lost in the play-off final [to Norwich]. The toughest moment was in the summer when I returned to my office and put all the 50 fixtures back on the board. “But to finish second and go up the next year was an incredible feeling. When we got promoted I cried in the dressing room for 45 minutes.” The next season was one of regrets: Middlesbrough’s existence as a Premier League club was brief, fraught with problems and largely forgettable. There were frequent reports of tension over transfers before Karanka’s departure, but he still considers chairman Steve Gibson a friend. “We considered it and the best thing for the club was to separate, for both of us. It couldn’t work at the end but the relationship we still have is amazing. Until now, Middlesbrough had been the only place I’d managed so there were many good moments.” Karanka’s return to the Riverside also promises to be poignant, for more personal reasons. His father, Fernando, died in September after a short battle with cancer and was a regular visitor while Karanka was in charge. “Of course it will be emotional because he was my mentor and greatest supporter. It was one of the best experiences to spend the 10 days with my father before he passed away,” he said. “After leaving Middlesbrough I needed the time out. There were quite a few offers [he was interviewed by Swansea and West Brom] but I was waiting for the right opportunity. “I was out of work for 10 months but when I met the chairman [Nicholas Randall] in Madrid for the first time I knew this was going to be the next step in my career.” Karanka is clearly enthused by the challenge ahead. He can sometimes appear stern in press conferences but away from the spotlight he is animated, passionate and fully in tune with the new era at Forest. Aitor Karanka is optimistic has can transform Nottingham Forest's fortunes Credit: GETTY IMAGES After the takeover by Evangelos Marinakis last summer, and removal of unpopular former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, there is now optimism and a tangible feeling of reintegration with supporters, with Karanka at the forefront. His relationship with Mourinho remains close: they speak most days and barely five minutes after the final whistle of Forest’s 2-0 win at Wolves in January, the Manchester United manager was calling to offer his congratulations. Karanka will need more notable results like that next season, making no secret of the fact that promotion is the aim, though it required a brutal cull in January to kick-start his tenure. After a tepid 3-0 home defeat to Preston, he looked around the dressing room and realised drastic changes were crucial. Eight players came in before deadline day, with seven going out. “My feeling was that a lot of people were really complacent, the pressure and blame was always on the manager. Another one sacked, then another one! I’m not here to be the next one, not for a long time I hope,” he says. Evangelos Marinakis is the new owner of Nottingham Forest Credit: AFP “The Preston game was the best thing that happened because we realised we had to change a lot of things. I don’t know what would have happened if we’d won that game. Now the players know the challenge, the aim, and it’s different. “It wasn’t just a message for the dressing room, it was for everyone. To work here should not be easy, unless you’re working hard.” It will be 20 years next season when Forest last operated in the top flight: the campaign when Ron Atkinson infamously walked to the wrong dug-out. “The young supporters here have never seen the team in the Premier League and yet they will keep hearing about the history – they won’t know how big this club is. “The worst thing is when you feel comfortable being in that situation, as a Championship team. My aim is to get promotion and it will need hard work, but we are all here together to try and do it.”
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Aitor Karanka can still remember the text message he received from Jose Mourinho, on the day he was appointed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest: “He said that I’d made a good choice. He knows about the size and history of this club and wished me good luck.” Mourinho, a key figure in Karanka’s career path after appointing him as his assistant at Real Madrid in 2010, also wrote the foreword to the book of the excellent film I Believe In Miracles, which tells the story of Forest’s successive European Cup triumphs under Brian Clough. And it was only a club with such rich history and expectation that was going to persuade Karanka to consider a return to the Championship. “Coming back to this league may have looked like a step back, but for me this is a step forward because it’s not a normal club,” says Karanka, sitting in his office at Forest’s training ground for his first major newspaper interview since taking charge. Nottingham Forest are two-time winners of the European Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES “When you’re not here, you know about the history but to actually go into the boardroom and see the two European Cups, you realise it’s huge. “The history is a motivation, every time I wear the two stars I am representing Nottingham Forest. It’s a privilege and I cannot understand a big club without pressure.” Karanka is determined to create some history of his own and become the manager who finally delivers Forest back to the Premier League, following his appointment in January. After a difficult start, he has delivered the anticipated impact. One defeat in eight games suggests Forest – currently 17th in the Championship - will be a different proposition next season. The 44 year-old already has one promotion on his CV, from his time at Middlesbrough, and on Saturday he returns to Teesside for the first time since he left by mutual consent last March. Aitor Karanka won promotion to the Premier League with Middlebrough Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I was the first foreign coach in their history and to put them in the Premier League was an honour,” he says. “It had been a really tough two-and-a-half years. The first year was difficult because I was living alone in my first job, with a different language and culture. The atmosphere was depressed and there were only 10,000 in the stadium. “The following season we played 55 games and lost in the play-off final [to Norwich]. The toughest moment was in the summer when I returned to my office and put all the 50 fixtures back on the board. “But to finish second and go up the next year was an incredible feeling. When we got promoted I cried in the dressing room for 45 minutes.” The next season was one of regrets: Middlesbrough’s existence as a Premier League club was brief, fraught with problems and largely forgettable. There were frequent reports of tension over transfers before Karanka’s departure, but he still considers chairman Steve Gibson a friend. “We considered it and the best thing for the club was to separate, for both of us. It couldn’t work at the end but the relationship we still have is amazing. Until now, Middlesbrough had been the only place I’d managed so there were many good moments.” Karanka’s return to the Riverside also promises to be poignant, for more personal reasons. His father, Fernando, died in September after a short battle with cancer and was a regular visitor while Karanka was in charge. “Of course it will be emotional because he was my mentor and greatest supporter. It was one of the best experiences to spend the 10 days with my father before he passed away,” he said. “After leaving Middlesbrough I needed the time out. There were quite a few offers [he was interviewed by Swansea and West Brom] but I was waiting for the right opportunity. “I was out of work for 10 months but when I met the chairman [Nicholas Randall] in Madrid for the first time I knew this was going to be the next step in my career.” Karanka is clearly enthused by the challenge ahead. He can sometimes appear stern in press conferences but away from the spotlight he is animated, passionate and fully in tune with the new era at Forest. Aitor Karanka is optimistic has can transform Nottingham Forest's fortunes Credit: GETTY IMAGES After the takeover by Evangelos Marinakis last summer, and removal of unpopular former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, there is now optimism and a tangible feeling of reintegration with supporters, with Karanka at the forefront. His relationship with Mourinho remains close: they speak most days and barely five minutes after the final whistle of Forest’s 2-0 win at Wolves in January, the Manchester United manager was calling to offer his congratulations. Karanka will need more notable results like that next season, making no secret of the fact that promotion is the aim, though it required a brutal cull in January to kick-start his tenure. After a tepid 3-0 home defeat to Preston, he looked around the dressing room and realised drastic changes were crucial. Eight players came in before deadline day, with seven going out. “My feeling was that a lot of people were really complacent, the pressure and blame was always on the manager. Another one sacked, then another one! I’m not here to be the next one, not for a long time I hope,” he says. Evangelos Marinakis is the new owner of Nottingham Forest Credit: AFP “The Preston game was the best thing that happened because we realised we had to change a lot of things. I don’t know what would have happened if we’d won that game. Now the players know the challenge, the aim, and it’s different. “It wasn’t just a message for the dressing room, it was for everyone. To work here should not be easy, unless you’re working hard.” It will be 20 years next season when Forest last operated in the top flight: the campaign when Ron Atkinson infamously walked to the wrong dug-out. “The young supporters here have never seen the team in the Premier League and yet they will keep hearing about the history – they won’t know how big this club is. “The worst thing is when you feel comfortable being in that situation, as a Championship team. My aim is to get promotion and it will need hard work, but we are all here together to try and do it.”
Aitor Karanka can still remember the text message he received from Jose Mourinho, on the day he was appointed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest: “He said that I’d made a good choice. He knows about the size and history of this club and wished me good luck.” Mourinho, a key figure in Karanka’s career path after appointing him as his assistant at Real Madrid in 2010, also wrote the foreword to the book of the excellent film I Believe In Miracles, which tells the story of Forest’s successive European Cup triumphs under Brian Clough. And it was only a club with such rich history and expectation that was going to persuade Karanka to consider a return to the Championship. “Coming back to this league may have looked like a step back, but for me this is a step forward because it’s not a normal club,” says Karanka, sitting in his office at Forest’s training ground for his first major newspaper interview since taking charge. Nottingham Forest are two-time winners of the European Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES “When you’re not here, you know about the history but to actually go into the boardroom and see the two European Cups, you realise it’s huge. “The history is a motivation, every time I wear the two stars I am representing Nottingham Forest. It’s a privilege and I cannot understand a big club without pressure.” Karanka is determined to create some history of his own and become the manager who finally delivers Forest back to the Premier League, following his appointment in January. After a difficult start, he has delivered the anticipated impact. One defeat in eight games suggests Forest – currently 17th in the Championship - will be a different proposition next season. The 44 year-old already has one promotion on his CV, from his time at Middlesbrough, and on Saturday he returns to Teesside for the first time since he left by mutual consent last March. Aitor Karanka won promotion to the Premier League with Middlebrough Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I was the first foreign coach in their history and to put them in the Premier League was an honour,” he says. “It had been a really tough two-and-a-half years. The first year was difficult because I was living alone in my first job, with a different language and culture. The atmosphere was depressed and there were only 10,000 in the stadium. “The following season we played 55 games and lost in the play-off final [to Norwich]. The toughest moment was in the summer when I returned to my office and put all the 50 fixtures back on the board. “But to finish second and go up the next year was an incredible feeling. When we got promoted I cried in the dressing room for 45 minutes.” The next season was one of regrets: Middlesbrough’s existence as a Premier League club was brief, fraught with problems and largely forgettable. There were frequent reports of tension over transfers before Karanka’s departure, but he still considers chairman Steve Gibson a friend. “We considered it and the best thing for the club was to separate, for both of us. It couldn’t work at the end but the relationship we still have is amazing. Until now, Middlesbrough had been the only place I’d managed so there were many good moments.” Karanka’s return to the Riverside also promises to be poignant, for more personal reasons. His father, Fernando, died in September after a short battle with cancer and was a regular visitor while Karanka was in charge. “Of course it will be emotional because he was my mentor and greatest supporter. It was one of the best experiences to spend the 10 days with my father before he passed away,” he said. “After leaving Middlesbrough I needed the time out. There were quite a few offers [he was interviewed by Swansea and West Brom] but I was waiting for the right opportunity. “I was out of work for 10 months but when I met the chairman [Nicholas Randall] in Madrid for the first time I knew this was going to be the next step in my career.” Karanka is clearly enthused by the challenge ahead. He can sometimes appear stern in press conferences but away from the spotlight he is animated, passionate and fully in tune with the new era at Forest. Aitor Karanka is optimistic has can transform Nottingham Forest's fortunes Credit: GETTY IMAGES After the takeover by Evangelos Marinakis last summer, and removal of unpopular former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, there is now optimism and a tangible feeling of reintegration with supporters, with Karanka at the forefront. His relationship with Mourinho remains close: they speak most days and barely five minutes after the final whistle of Forest’s 2-0 win at Wolves in January, the Manchester United manager was calling to offer his congratulations. Karanka will need more notable results like that next season, making no secret of the fact that promotion is the aim, though it required a brutal cull in January to kick-start his tenure. After a tepid 3-0 home defeat to Preston, he looked around the dressing room and realised drastic changes were crucial. Eight players came in before deadline day, with seven going out. “My feeling was that a lot of people were really complacent, the pressure and blame was always on the manager. Another one sacked, then another one! I’m not here to be the next one, not for a long time I hope,” he says. Evangelos Marinakis is the new owner of Nottingham Forest Credit: AFP “The Preston game was the best thing that happened because we realised we had to change a lot of things. I don’t know what would have happened if we’d won that game. Now the players know the challenge, the aim, and it’s different. “It wasn’t just a message for the dressing room, it was for everyone. To work here should not be easy, unless you’re working hard.” It will be 20 years next season when Forest last operated in the top flight: the campaign when Ron Atkinson infamously walked to the wrong dug-out. “The young supporters here have never seen the team in the Premier League and yet they will keep hearing about the history – they won’t know how big this club is. “The worst thing is when you feel comfortable being in that situation, as a Championship team. My aim is to get promotion and it will need hard work, but we are all here together to try and do it.”
Exclusive interview: Aitor Karanka seduced by Nottingham Forest's rich history
Aitor Karanka can still remember the text message he received from Jose Mourinho, on the day he was appointed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest: “He said that I’d made a good choice. He knows about the size and history of this club and wished me good luck.” Mourinho, a key figure in Karanka’s career path after appointing him as his assistant at Real Madrid in 2010, also wrote the foreword to the book of the excellent film I Believe In Miracles, which tells the story of Forest’s successive European Cup triumphs under Brian Clough. And it was only a club with such rich history and expectation that was going to persuade Karanka to consider a return to the Championship. “Coming back to this league may have looked like a step back, but for me this is a step forward because it’s not a normal club,” says Karanka, sitting in his office at Forest’s training ground for his first major newspaper interview since taking charge. Nottingham Forest are two-time winners of the European Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES “When you’re not here, you know about the history but to actually go into the boardroom and see the two European Cups, you realise it’s huge. “The history is a motivation, every time I wear the two stars I am representing Nottingham Forest. It’s a privilege and I cannot understand a big club without pressure.” Karanka is determined to create some history of his own and become the manager who finally delivers Forest back to the Premier League, following his appointment in January. After a difficult start, he has delivered the anticipated impact. One defeat in eight games suggests Forest – currently 17th in the Championship - will be a different proposition next season. The 44 year-old already has one promotion on his CV, from his time at Middlesbrough, and on Saturday he returns to Teesside for the first time since he left by mutual consent last March. Aitor Karanka won promotion to the Premier League with Middlebrough Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I was the first foreign coach in their history and to put them in the Premier League was an honour,” he says. “It had been a really tough two-and-a-half years. The first year was difficult because I was living alone in my first job, with a different language and culture. The atmosphere was depressed and there were only 10,000 in the stadium. “The following season we played 55 games and lost in the play-off final [to Norwich]. The toughest moment was in the summer when I returned to my office and put all the 50 fixtures back on the board. “But to finish second and go up the next year was an incredible feeling. When we got promoted I cried in the dressing room for 45 minutes.” The next season was one of regrets: Middlesbrough’s existence as a Premier League club was brief, fraught with problems and largely forgettable. There were frequent reports of tension over transfers before Karanka’s departure, but he still considers chairman Steve Gibson a friend. “We considered it and the best thing for the club was to separate, for both of us. It couldn’t work at the end but the relationship we still have is amazing. Until now, Middlesbrough had been the only place I’d managed so there were many good moments.” Karanka’s return to the Riverside also promises to be poignant, for more personal reasons. His father, Fernando, died in September after a short battle with cancer and was a regular visitor while Karanka was in charge. “Of course it will be emotional because he was my mentor and greatest supporter. It was one of the best experiences to spend the 10 days with my father before he passed away,” he said. “After leaving Middlesbrough I needed the time out. There were quite a few offers [he was interviewed by Swansea and West Brom] but I was waiting for the right opportunity. “I was out of work for 10 months but when I met the chairman [Nicholas Randall] in Madrid for the first time I knew this was going to be the next step in my career.” Karanka is clearly enthused by the challenge ahead. He can sometimes appear stern in press conferences but away from the spotlight he is animated, passionate and fully in tune with the new era at Forest. Aitor Karanka is optimistic has can transform Nottingham Forest's fortunes Credit: GETTY IMAGES After the takeover by Evangelos Marinakis last summer, and removal of unpopular former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, there is now optimism and a tangible feeling of reintegration with supporters, with Karanka at the forefront. His relationship with Mourinho remains close: they speak most days and barely five minutes after the final whistle of Forest’s 2-0 win at Wolves in January, the Manchester United manager was calling to offer his congratulations. Karanka will need more notable results like that next season, making no secret of the fact that promotion is the aim, though it required a brutal cull in January to kick-start his tenure. After a tepid 3-0 home defeat to Preston, he looked around the dressing room and realised drastic changes were crucial. Eight players came in before deadline day, with seven going out. “My feeling was that a lot of people were really complacent, the pressure and blame was always on the manager. Another one sacked, then another one! I’m not here to be the next one, not for a long time I hope,” he says. Evangelos Marinakis is the new owner of Nottingham Forest Credit: AFP “The Preston game was the best thing that happened because we realised we had to change a lot of things. I don’t know what would have happened if we’d won that game. Now the players know the challenge, the aim, and it’s different. “It wasn’t just a message for the dressing room, it was for everyone. To work here should not be easy, unless you’re working hard.” It will be 20 years next season when Forest last operated in the top flight: the campaign when Ron Atkinson infamously walked to the wrong dug-out. “The young supporters here have never seen the team in the Premier League and yet they will keep hearing about the history – they won’t know how big this club is. “The worst thing is when you feel comfortable being in that situation, as a Championship team. My aim is to get promotion and it will need hard work, but we are all here together to try and do it.”
No supporters in England embrace the pageantry and choreography of the Champions League like Liverpool’s. No supporters in Europe have been more dismissive of it than Manchester City’s. As Liverpool spent a few wilderness years craving the Champions League anthem, City were being punished for jeering it – the legacy of the justifiable perception that Financial Fair Play rules are applied with more vigour at The Etihad than elsewhere. Bubbling under the surface ahead of the clubs’ quarter-final meeting on Wednesday is a clash of fan culture – unashamedly proud Europhiles versus Eurosceptics. Social media scorning of a Liverpool ‘strategy’ to reach the final via the power of banner hoisting and chanting has been plentiful. The Manchester Evening News even suggested a planned welcome for the team coaches – now an Anfield tradition on the most celebrated European nights – might be illegal. When reports emerged last week that City had not yet sold out the second leg, the response from Merseyside was incredulity. There are echoes of the build-up to the European meeting between Liverpool and Chelsea in 2005. Then, as now, Liverpool were mocked for overstating the influence of crowd noise and citing former glories as a precedent for modern success. Chelsea, a stronger team who would win the title the weekend before the second leg – a possibility for City at the time of the draw – were accused of failing to grasp how Liverpool’s romantic, historical attachment to the European Cup would prove so inspiring. The visitors understood more at full-time. Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and his team-mates celebrate on another famous European night in L4 Credit: Getty Images “The Liverpool fans that night were amazing,” Chelsea skipper John Terry would write in his autobiography. “I have never heard anything like it before, and I don’t think I ever will again. “I walked out into that cauldron and heard that singing and saw that passion. The hairs on my arms were standing up.” Such admissions feed the mythology of Anfield on European nights. The list of great occasions is plentiful, from the 1977 St Etienne comeback to the most recent against Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund en route to the 2016 Europa League final. Certainly the Liverpool players who benefited offer compelling testimonies. “The Chelsea game in 2005 was the loudest I ever knew Anfield, and the fact we scored so early made sure the noise lasted for 90 minutes,” recalls Vladimir Smicer, one of the heroes of the unlikely victory of Rafael Benitez’s Champions League winning side. “I’m not sure any fan sat down all the game. But City have some experience here in the Premier League when they lost, so they know a little of what it will be like. They may think it will be similar, but if Liverpool get a good start and play with patience, it can be special again.” Liverpool fans have a strong relationship with the European Cup going back to David Fairclough's memorable winner against St Etienne back in 1977, the year the club won the first of its five titles Credit: Liverpool Echo Cynics and City fans will counter that Liverpool memories are selective. There are enough examples of a vociferous atmosphere being nullified. Go back to 1978, and Nottingham Forest emerged victorious in the first all-English European Cup meeting, successfully protecting a 2-0 first leg lead at Anfield. After harrowing experiences in 2005 and 2007, Chelsea’s players had no problem against a better Liverpool team in 2008 and 2009, the latter ending in a 3-1 first leg Anfield win for the Londoners. Benfica and Real Madrid were unperturbed in a boisterous arena in 2006 and 2014, while the last time a club was greeted with Anfield fervour on a Champions League night – Basel in the ‘make-or-break’ group decider in 2014 – they knocked out the hosts. City, like Chelsea in 2005, may deride the nostalgia because they are in the process of creating their own history. The European reference points Liverpool use to stir passions are still to arrive at The Etihad, but surely will under Pep Guardiola – conceivably over the course of this tie. National treasures | Classic all-England European Cup ties Guardiola will be more respectful of Anfield’s vivaciousness having publicly acknowledged its impact during that 4-3 league defeat. He also skippered the Barcelona team beaten in the 2001 Uefa Cup semi-final. The Kop may be the one piece of ammunition at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal the Spaniard will look upon with envy. Guardiola is trying to create the same love for the competition in his new home and knows this tie can galvanise the previously ambivalent. Shortly after taking over at City, he addressed his fans’ lack of enthusiasm for the Champions League, unhappy only 30,270 attended the 2016 fixture with Bayern Munich “The only thing we can do is play good so people at home say, ‘Wow, next time I will be there’. We have to be so proud to play in this competition,” he said. “Our fans have to know we need them in the Champions League. We need them to compete against the best teams in the world. With our supporters, we are stronger.” City may take the opportunity in the next three days to diminish the influence of The Kop but are right to note it is the talent within the Liverpool side that is a greater threat. Should they progress and go on to lift the trophy for the first time, far from ridiculing the power of Anfield, the chronicles of their European history will claim taming it as fundamental to their success.