What's on TV: the best TV programmes on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Freeview, Freesat, Sky, Virgin, BT Vision, satellite and cable, as chosen by the Telegraph's critics
Friday 24 February
Piers Morgan's Life Stories
TV, 9.00pm Expect fireworks with Nigel Farage as the latest high-profile guest in Piers Morgan’s run of in-depth celebrity interviews. As Morgan puts it: “There is no more polarising, talked about or fascinating character in British politics.” Certainly there can be few people (with the exception of their mutual best pal Donald Trump) whose political capital has risen quite so spectacularly in the last year. According to Morgan, the former leader of Ukip has “promised to answer any questions I throw at him”. Which, given Morgan’s tendency to unashamedly probe all aspects of his guests’ lives, including the very personal, could prove interesting. The obvious hot topics are likely to be Theresa May, Brexit, the future of Ukip and Farage’s close relationship with the US President. But we can also expect Farage’s past life as a commodities broker, his two marriages and his multiple brushes with death, including a plane crash in 2010, to come under the spotlight. “Love him or hate him, he’s never boring,” Morgan says. “I am expecting a very lively, news-making encounter, with no prisoners taken on either side.” Or, as Farage himself tweeted: “You won’t want to miss this one.”
Amazon Prime, 12.01am Patriot is so different, so offbeat, it immediately sucks you in. A mix of espionage thriller and black comedy, it revolves around John Tavner (Michael Dorman), an intelligence officer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, who is tasked with preventing Iran’s nuclear ambitions. But first, he must go undercover at a piping firm in Milwaukee.
The Brokenwood Mysteries
Drama, 8.00pm This New Zealand detective drama is redeemed by a charismatic performance from Neill Rea as big-shot detective inspector Mike Shepherd in the backwater town of Brokenwood, which has a crime rate akin to Midsomer Murders.
Schofield’s South African Adventure
ITV, 8.00pm; not UTV Phillip Schofield dons wetsuit and flippers and steps inside a shark cage to dive with Great Whites in this first of a new three-part travelogue. And if that wasn’t sufficiently dangerous, Schofield also visits Cape Town, where he abseils down Table Mountain.
The Secrets of Your Food
BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland/Wales, 9.30pm Let your mushrooms sunbathe and they will turbocharge your vitamin D: this is just one of the intriguing facts served up by Michael Mosley and James Wong in this new series. To see how elements in food build our bodies, they also explore breast milk, rice and sourdough bread.
Channel 4, 9.00pm The brilliant reality show is back to brighten Friday nights. Unbelievably, this is the ninth series, but there are no signs of it tiring as the usual cast of characters, including the underrated Jenny and Lee from Hull, continue to deliver fun titbits on the week’s TV.
Stan Lee’s Lucky Man
Sky1, 9.00pm Sky’s most successful British drama – about a cop who can control his own luck, at a cost – returns for a second season, with Harry Clayton (James Nesbitt) still after the man who kidnapped his family.
Tracey Ullman’s Show
BBC One, 9.30pm Another bunch of inventive sketches from the British-born comedian. Her pitch-perfect Adele is far too happy, which is doing nothing to help inspire her new album of misery hits. Meanwhile, her equally astute Nicola Sturgeon is writing a ditty about her plans for world domination.
The Guest (2014) ★★★☆☆
Film4, 9.00pm Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey’s Matthew Crawley) makes a brilliantly blank psychopath in this tricksy thriller. His American soldier arrives on the doorstep of a fallen comrade’s family, where the weepy mother (Sheila Kelley) takes him in, despite scepticism from her husband (Leland Orser) and savvy, rebellious daughter (Maika Monroe).
Hot Fuzz (2007) ★★★★☆
ITV2, 9.00pm Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s follow-up to the cult comedy-horror Shaun of the Dead reunites Pegg with Nick Frost in the story of two policemen who uncover a conspiracy in a Somerset village. Timothy Dalton is a sinister triumph as a millionaire baddy. Sharp, funny and with explosive action scenes, it’s a very British action-comedy that does everything it should.
Red Eye (2005) ★★★☆☆
Film4, 11.05pm Gripping if disposable thriller from Wes Craven. Rachel McAdams finds herself next to a pleasant-looking fellow (Cillian Murphy) who turns out not to be very pleasant at all. In fact, unless she conspires with him in the assassination of a certain politician, she’s toast. There’s nicely warped chemistry between the leads, and Craven handles the suspense in style.
Man on a Ledge (2012) ★★★☆☆
Channel 4, 12.55am This might look like a preposterous heist thriller, but it’s really a topical wish-fulfilment fantasy. Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) is a former policeman jailed for stealing a diamond from a tycoon (Ed Harris). While the media gather to watch the spectacle unfold, his brother (Jamie Bell) and Génesis Rodríguez attempt to find the diamond and thereby clear his name. Toby Dantzic, Catherine Gee, Michael Hogan, Simon Horsford, Clive Morgan, Gerard O'Donovan, Toby Dantzic, Vicki Power, Patrick Smith, Gabriel Tate and Rachel Ward