What's on TV tonight: The Handmaid’s Tale, Annie: Out of the Ashes and Glastonbury 2017
25 June 2017 • 6:26am
Sunday 25 June
The Handmaid’s Tale
Channel 4, 9.00pm We’ve now reached the halfway point of Bruce Miller’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, a text that has terrified and enthralled in equal measure. It’s as much a lesson in the fragility of freedom and society (so much so that the book has been on the school curriculum for many years) as it is an utterly engrossing TV drama, and one that has rapidly become the must-watch programme of the moment. We return to find handmaid Offred (Elisabeth Moss) hanging in the murky balance of right and wrong. The illicit and manipulative games of Scrabble against her commander (Joseph Fiennes) have become a regular occurrence, simultaneously giving Offred the opportunity to win the respect and admiration of her captor, but leaving her at the risk of severe punishment if discovered by the commander’s wife, Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski). But still Offred has not become pregnant by Commander Waterford, or, as they put it, fulfilled her “biological destiny”. As we learned last week, Waterford is probably sterile, but the blame, of course, will be placed on Offred. Tonight, Serena Joy makes her an very secret, unexpected, proposition.
Annie: Out of the AshesBBC Three, from 10.00am
Here’s yet another high-quality documentary from BBC Three, which continues to bring us real-life stories from perspectives seldom heard. Born to white Irish traveller mother, but the product of an affair, Annie Price was shunned at birth for being mixed race. At the age of four weeks, she was adopted after her mother tried to kill her by leaving her in a burning caravan – an incident that left her with severe facial scarring. Now aged 30, Price sets out to find out about her turbulent past. Film-maker Anna Keel follows her journey.
Formula 1: Azerbaijan Grand PrixSky Sports F1, 1.30pm & Channel 4, 1.35pm Going into this race at the Baku City Circuit – which features a sequence of right-angled corners and a 100m stretch of track that’s narrower than most pit-lanes – it’s tight at the top of the Drivers’ World Championship, with Lewis Hamilton having narrowed the gap between him and Sebastian Vettel to 12 points after his comfortable victory in Montreal. Hamilton, however, will need to improve on his performance here last year if he’s to edge even closer to Vettel – he finished fifth in a race dominated by his now-retired team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Tennis: The Aegon Championships
BBC Two, 2.00pm Coverage of the men’s singles final at Queen’s, on day seven of the grass-court tournament. Andy Murray, who’s still World No 1 despite an indifferent six months, claimed this title for the fifth time in his career when he defeated Milos Raonic 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 in the showpiece match last year, which saw him become the most successful player here in the open era. However, with Murray knocked out in the first round by World No 90 Jordan Thompson, there’ll be a new champion this year.
International T20 Cricket: England v South AfricaSky Sports 2, 2.00pm The SSE Swalec Stadium in Cardiff is the setting for this third T20 international of the three-match series. The first Test between these sides is on Thursday July 6 at Lord’s.
Glastonbury 2017BBC Two, from, 6.00pm The final day of the festival begins on TV with a selection of highlights, including the Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb, followed swiftly by Nile Rodgers and Chic, performing in the afternoon legends slot on the Pyramid Stage. Over on BBC Four, there’s footage of sets from Rag’n’Bone Man and Shaggy from 7pm. Headliner Ed Sheeran is set to begin at 9.45pm on BBC Two.
BBC One, 8.00pm This week’s edition takes place at the splendid location of Holker Hall in the Lake District. And there’s an eclectic selection of treasures on display, from Edwardian weightlifting equipment to a collection of glam-rock stage costumes.
PoldarkBBC One, 9.00pm Once again Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) finds himself under threat of execution as, this week, he is ordered to leave France. But not to be dissuaded from rescuing the imprisoned Dwight (Luke Norris), Ross meets a contact who demands a high price for information.
The LochITV, 9.00pm Matters get ever more complicated in this scenic crime drama. After Jonjo (Keiran Gallacher), son of the local abattoir owner, threw away his bipolar medication and disappeared last week, the detectives find themselves straddling two cases.
GeniusNational Geographic, 9.00pm We’ve reached the final chapter in Ron Howard’s dramatised version of the life of Albert Einstein (played with predictable excellence by Geoffrey Rush). The Second World War is now over, but the German scientist finds himself consumed by guilt over being linked to the creation of the atomic bomb. The series will be back for a second run and will focus on Pablo Picasso.
King Ralph (1991) ★★★☆☆ITV, 12.10pm
After the entire British royal family (the house of Wyndham here) are killed in an accident at a photo shoot, the hunt is on to find their nearest heir. That turns out to be an American slob called Ralph (John Goodman) in this game, if predictable, fish-out-of-water comedy. Peter O’Toole and John Hurt ham it up, though the Britain represented is farcically stereotyped.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) ★★★☆☆ITV, 6.20pm Andrew Garfield returns as Peter Parker, who has a lot on his plate here, with Jamie Foxx’s Electro and Dane DeHaan’s Green Goblin to contend with, among others. The story is overplotted, and the CGI set-pieces are none too elegantly interwoven. Still, Garfield’s sparkling chemistry with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy keeps you happily engaged.
Her (2013) ★★★☆☆Film4, 11.05pm In this drama, director Spike Jonze poses a teasing question: Could you fall in love with a computer? This is answered by Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely man who bonds with “Samantha” (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), a new, intuitive operating system which appears to understand him better than any woman. Amy Adams and Rooney Mara also star.
Monday 26 June
Growing Up with Cancer
BBC One, 7.30pm There’s an extraordinary sense of positivity in this documentary looking at the work of the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.
The unit has a dedicated day-care facility for young people from all across Scotland who are battling a wide range of cancers and includes entertainment such as a pool table, video screens and games. The idea is to help the young cancer sufferers to maintain a sense of normality and perspective by socialising with and supporting each other, in order to ameliorate the isolation and boredom that come with long, hard treatment regimes. And it clearly has a beneficial effect on the young people we meet, all of whom draw strength from being able to share fears, hopes, tips and experiences with others of their own age. Among those telling us how it works are 15-year-old Natasha, who happily passes on the insights she has acquired over months of treatment, much to the relief of newcomers such as 14-year-old Nairn; and resilient 14- year-old Declan, who shares, via video blogs, the ups and downs of a challenging eight months on the ward while undergoing a stem cell transplant.
PreacherAmazon Prime, from today A welcome second season with Dominic Cooper returning as the Texan outlaw priest Jesse Custer. He once again takes up his search for a higher cosmic power, alongside Ruth Negga’s assassin Tulip O’Hare and Joe Gilgun’s Irish vampire Cassidy – who, somehow, survived last season’s cataclysmic finale.
Dispatches: Brexit – How to Get a British Passport
Channel 4, 8.00pm Following the surge in applications for British passports by EU nationals since last year’s Brexit referendum, Datshiane Navanayagam investigates the pitfalls and costs of becoming a British citizen.
Ripper StreetBBC Two, 9.00pm The Victorian detective drama continues its gleefully gory final series as fugitives DI Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) and surgeon Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg) hatch a plan to lure cannibal serial killer Nathaniel Dove (Jonas Armstrong) out into the open. But Inspector Shine (David Mawle) is on their heels and determined to use it against them.
The Art of Japanese LifeBBC Four, 9.00pm Art historian James Fox closes his acutely observed series with an exploration of the refined aesthetics of the Japanese home. Here he looks at how Japanese architecture, fabrics, furnishings, and rituals have been adopted by other cultures around the world.
FearlessITV, 9.00pm The conspiracy thriller gets murkier as human-rights lawyer Emma Banville (Helen McCrory) comes under intense pressure from the US and British security services. But her efforts to prove “murderer” Kevin Russell’s (Sam Swainsbury) innocence bear some fruit as an old photo offers a link to an American air force base.
Murdered By My Daughter
Channel 5, 9.00pm Chilling crime documentary about Kim Edwards and Lucas Markham who, both aged just 14 years, committed a brutal double murder in Spalding, Lincolnshire last year.
Handmade in Japan: PotteryBBC Four, 10.00pm The last in this beautifully crafted series exploring Japan’s celebrated pottery tradition focuses on the Hamada family who, since the Twenties, have influenced the British art pottery movement.
Mission: Impossible 2 (2000) ★★★☆☆E4, 10.00pm Tom Cruise reprises his role as IMF agent Ethan Hawke in this follow-up to the cult film. In a plot borrowed from Hitchcock’s Notorious, the film follows Hawke as he tries to prevent villain Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott) from stealing a deadly virus by seducing Ambrose’s ex, played by Thandie Newton. Director John Woo oversees plenty of spectacular action sequences.
Joe (2013) ★★★☆☆Film4, 11.15pm David Gordon Green’s sorrowful Southern tragedy is a straightforwardly tough drama in which a grizzled ex-convict, Joe Ransom, tries to repair the life of a teenage drifter, just as the boy’s abusive, alcoholic father keeps tearing it back down. An uncharacteristically subtle Nicolas Cage is almost outshone by non-professional actors.
We Own the Night (2007) ★★★☆☆Sony Movie Channel, 11.20pm Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg play brothers on either end of the criminal spectrum in this dark crime drama. Nightclub owner Bobby (Phoenix) refuses to give up Russian mafia names to his cop brother (Wahlberg) and events spiral out of control. The two leads are electrifying and director James Gray offers up a thrillingly tense car chase.
Tuesday 27 June
The Hotel Inspector
Channel 5, 9.00pm The fierce but fair Alex Polizzi returns with another series of her long-running fly-on-the-wall show. The opening episode is something of a small gem focusing on old friends John Sinclair and Rob Swires, who recently opened a Peaky Blinders-themed bar in Southport. The bar, named after the TV drama, is doing a roaring trade, which would be enough for most of us, but not John. John, it transpires, is a man of big dreams. He’s decided to buy out the space above the bar and turn it into accommodation, named The Regency Rooms “because it sounds quite posh”. Have John, Rob and John’s formidable, no-nonsense wife Mel bitten off far more than they can chew? That certainly seems to be the case when Polizzi arrives but as the episode continues so a more complicated, and quite emotional, picture is unveiled. John might be a dreamer constantly thinking up new projects before the old ones are half-complete, but he has good reasons for rushing through life and Mel emerges as both a warm, supportive partner and someone prepared to say “No” when needed. By the end of it you’ll be rooting with Polizzi for them all to succeed. Sarah Hughes
Don’t Deport Me I’m British
BBC Three, from 10.00am Bashir, 20, has lived in Cardiff for 11 years. He fled Afghanistan as a boy after the murder of his father but now the Home Office says that he must return. This nuanced film follows Bashir and two others as they make their cases to remain.
Tried and Tasted: The Ultimate Shopping ListChannel 4, 8.00pm The joy of this taste test lies in the moments that the panel get it gloriously wrong. There’s plenty of schadenfreude on offer as First Dates’ Fred Sirieix, food critic Giles Coren, baker and deli owner Stacie Stewart and TV presenter Lucy Alexander join chef Michel Roux Jnr to sample smoked salmon, gin and lasagne with very mixed results.
The Dog Rescuers with Alan DaviesChannel 5, 8.00pm The comedian returns with another set of heartbreaking tales. In truth, fury is the more likely response when faced with the case of neglected abandoned collie cross Timmy.
BrokenBBC One, 9.00pm Jimmy McGovern’s bleak, bruising and brilliant drama continues with Sean Bean’s Father Michael struggling with the demands of his job. Bean is magnificent as a man on the brink of breakdown, and tonight sees another masterclass as Michael sinks ever closer to despair.
BBC Two, 9.00pm The return of this documentary series couldn’t be any timelier given the ongoing scrutiny of government policy towards the NHS. This episode, which focuses on two patients both searching for long-shot answers to their problems, reminds us just how much is at stake.
Hokusai: Old Man Crazy to PaintBBC Four, 9.00pm The best documentaries always force you to see a subject afresh. That’s certainly the case with this intelligent take on great Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, best known for The Great Wave. David Hockney contributes, but it’s the work that enthrals.
Twin Peaks: The ReturnSky Atlantic, 9.00pm David Lynch continues to follow his own sweetly perverse path, spinning a tale of murder and merged identifies that could add up to everything, something or nothing. After last week, Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) will soon be free to be himself again, and about time too – the town clearly needs him.
The Rewrite (2014) ★★★☆☆Film4, 6.50pm In his latest collaboration with the writer-director Marc Lawrence (others included Music and Lyrics and Two Weeks’ Notice), Grant plays a waning Hollywood screenwriter whose life is in desperate need of a satisfying third act. Short on money and inspiration, he takes a job teaching at a remote New England college. Blundering but touching.
Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016) ★★★☆☆
Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Kooking up a storm from the hilarious opening credits, Renée Zellweger feels back in charge of the character again. The shambolic Bridget’s relationship with Mark (Colin Firth) has fizzled out and caddish rival Daniel Cleaver is dead. Stepping into that breach is Patrick Dempsey, who has a 50/50 chance of being her baby’s father.
The Road (2009) ★★★☆☆ITV4, 10.05pm John Hillcoat’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s exalted novel is as harrowing as its source material. Stunning landscape photography sets the melancholy mood as a man (Viggo Mortensen) and his son (the superb Kodi Smit-McPhee) wander the American wasteland after an ecological disaster. Meanwhile, Nick Cave’s wrenching score makes it a wholly chilling experience.
Wednesday 28 June
Natural World: Sudan: The Last of the Rhinos
BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scotland, 11.15pm “He’s a Hollywood star… He’s got followers on Facebook and Instagram. He’s got his own hashtag.” Meet Sudan, the last male northern white rhino. Aged 43, he lives at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya’s Laikipia County, where he’s been since 2009, when he was moved from the Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic, which had been his home since he was snatched in 1973.
This affecting film tells Sudan’s story, taking in the battle to bring his sub-species, which has been decimated by poachers, back from the brink of extinction. We hear from the man who captured him – “I don’t think I ever felt that I was doing wrong” – as well as a menagerie of zoologists, zookeepers, and IVF scientists working assiduously to create a viable rhino embryo. Sudan, who lives with the last two remaining females, Najin and Fatu, made the news recently when his conservancy teamed up with the Tinder dating app in an attempt to raise $9 million for research into breeding methods. “I’m one of a kind,” his profile read, encouraging people to “swipe right” to donate. “The fate of the species literally depends on me.” Jokes aside, the message struck a powerful chord – much like this documentary.
Watchdog LiveBBC One, 8.00pm No longer synonymous with the formidable Anne Robinson, Watchdog returns for a new series of topical investigations, with Matt Allwright, Steph McGovern and Nikki Fox at the helm.
Ackley BridgeChannel 4, 8.00pm The school drama, set at a mixed white British and Asian academy in Yorkshire, hasn’t yet delivered on it promising premise, often resorting to soap opera tactics. Tonight, Nas’s (Amy-Leigh Hickman) relationship with Lila (Anneika Rose) unravels.
The Week the Landlords Moved In
BBC One, 9.00pm Remember Back to the Floor, the Nineties series in which CEOs went undercover in their organisations to take an entry-level job in their company to see the lie of the land? Well, this new series is similar to that – except without the whole incognito aspect. Starting with a stat that there are now 11 million people renting in Britain, it challenges some of the country’s most successful landlords to spend a week living in one of their rental properties, forcing them to face up to some comfortable truths.
Spies of WarsawBBC Four, 9.00pm This two-part adaptation of Alan Furst’s The Spies of Warsaw, previously shown in 2013, spins a thrilling yarn of émigrés, blueprints, romance and betrayal. Set in Poland in 1937, it stars David Tennant as Colonel Jean-François Mercier, a decorated war hero who juggles his diplomatic duties with his role as an espionage agent suspicious of Nazi intentions and manoeuvres on the Polish border. At times it veers on pastiche, with is washed-out photography and countless shots of men in trench costs, smoking languidly. But the performances are top-notch and the love interest between Mercier and Parisian lawyer Anna Skarbek (Janet Montgomery) lends the drama an added frisson.
Inside the Actors Studio: Jeff Daniels
Sky Arts, 9.00pm Jeff Daniels, the star of films such as Dumb and Dumber and Good Night, and Good Luck, talks to James Lipton about his career, before flexing his vocal chords with a song inspired by Clint Eastwood.
FargoChannel 4, 10.00pm In tonight’s bleak, brutal episode, Nikki (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Ray’s (Ewan McGregor) retaliations are having major repercussions for Emmit (McGregor).
Okja (2017) ★★★★☆Netflix, from today A diverting, intermittently clever, sometimes awkward blend of find-the-missing-pet adventure and anti-meat satire, this daffy monster mash comes from the pen of Jon Ronson and the fervid brain of Korean director Bong Joon-ho. A young girl fights to rescue a genetically modified “superpig” from corporate greed and scientific ethics.
16 Blocks (2006) ★★★☆☆ITV4, 9.00pm Bruce Willis plays Jack Mosley, a detective who’s assigned to escort prisoner Eddie Bunker (Mos Def) across New York to a Grand Jury hearing in this frantic buddy-action film. This may sound simple, but Mosley’s colleagues don’t want Bunker to make it – because he’s a witness in a police corruption case that could bring their worlds crashing down.
Logan’s Run (1976) ★★★★☆Syfy, 9.00pm In Michael Anderson’s 23rd-century postapocalyptic world, all humans are terminated at the age of 30 to avoid over-population. Naturally, some try to run away and it’s policeman Logan (played by Michael York) who is sent to catch them – that is, until he is threatened with termination himself. A nice bit of sci-fi silliness, co-starring Jenny Agutter.
Thursday 29 July
Horizon: Dawn of the Driverless Car
BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scot, 11.15pm Whether we like it or not, the age of completely driverless travel will be with us sooner than we think. With some of the world’s richest and most forward-thinking companies – among them Google, Intel, Uber and Facebook – in a multi-billion-dollar race to be the first to develop a vehicle capable of safely delivering itself and a living cargo to any destination without human intervention, it is widely considered to be a matter of very few years before one succeeds. Only last August the American car manufacturer Ford announced that it will have a fully autonomous “ride-share” vehicle in commercial production by 2021. This entertaining and thought-provoking documentary takes an in-depth look at the extraordinary technical advances currently being made to make autonomous driving a possibility, and the enormous leaps still required to get us there. Not only that, it also takes a much-needed philosophical look at the desirability of a world in which humans are no longer required to do something so many of us actively enjoy, and which also provides a source of employment for millions of people across the globe.
The Sheriffs Are ComingBBC One, 8.00pm
More scrapes with the men from the Sherriff’s Office as enforcement officer Alan heads to a scrap yard to recover money owed to a mechanic, while his colleagues Tommy and Craig debate how to serve a writ on one of Britain’s biggest brands.
Master of PhotographySky Arts, 8.00pm The competition hots up as the photographers are given access to London Fashion Week and set the challenge of capturing, in just three key shots, the spirit, colour and vitality of a global style event.
DIY SOS: The Big BuildBBC One, 9.00pm For five years, 24-year-old Ryan Pollard, who is severely disabled, has been confined to a hospital 50 miles away from his home in Bristol. Nick Knowles and an army of big-hearted volunteers get to work building the care facilities that Ryan needs to save his mother Rachel the five-hour commute she currently undertakes every day to visit him.
OutlanderMore4, 9.00pm This TV adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s fantasy novels has been available on Amazon for two years and has amassed a huge cult following. But now, More4 will show the drama (the third season of which will premiere in September) from the beginning. It’s initially set in the Forties and follows a nurse called Claire (Catriona Balfe), who, when on a trip to Scotland with her husband (Tobias Menzies), is pulled back in time to the Jacobite risings. The first 30 minutes or so are a bit turgid but stick with it, as the drama kicks straight into gear the moment that Claire returns to the mysterious stones at Craigh na Dun. Be warned, though, it can be at least as sexually explicit as Game of Thrones, and often as violent.
Killer Women with Piers Morgan
ITV, 9.15pm Indulging what some might consider an unhealthy fascination, Piers Morgan visits a Florida jail in the second episode of this series to meet the angelic-faced Amber Wright, who, at the age of 15, orchestrated the kidnap and murder of her ex-boyfriend.
Naked AttractionChannel 4, 10.00pm The nude dating show caused a kerfuffle on its debut last year, requiring participants to appear au naturel in the name of romantic “honesty”. Things get even yuckier as the series returns with a 21-year-old stripping off at his mother’s behest to break his dating duck.
Hugo (2011) ★★★☆☆Film4, 6.35pm Martin Scorsese’s charming adventure, adapted from Brian Selznick’s graphic novel, is set in 1931 and stars Asa Butterfield as a 12-year-old orphan who tends to the clocks in Paris’s Gare Montparnasse. Sacha Baron Cohen provides comic relief as a station inspector, while Chloë Grace Moretz is an ally whose godfather (Ben Kingsley) turns out to be a key figure in cinema history.
You, Me and Dupree (2006) ★★★☆☆Comedy Central, 9.00pm Newlyweds Carl and Molly (Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson) make the mistake of inviting their best man Dupree (Owen Wilson) to move in with them after he loses his job and home. But, when Dupree starts to become a permanent fixture, their bliss is destroyed. This film belongs entirely to Wilson, who turns out his usual goofy charm.
A Clockwork Orange (1971) ★★★★★
Syfy, 10.00pm Withdrawn by Stanley Kubrick amid the hoo-ha about copycat violence, this remains the director’s most uncompromising movie. Malcolm McDowell’s charismatic Alex, a gloating rapist who is the subject of a government experiment to correct his behaviour, is really a lab rat for Anthony Burgess’s thesis that to be good without free will is to be no longer human.
Friday 30 June
The Secret World of Posh Pets
ITV, 8.00pm; not STV, UTV or Wales Early on in this jaw-dropping documentary, we are informed that the prestige pet industry is apparently worth close to £6 billion. It seems like a ludicrous figure but as the episode progresses you come to understand why. The world is apparently full of people who think nothing of buying bundles of clothes and endless toys for their pets, who commission paintings of them and pay for manicures, and who even, in the case of Kentish entrepreneur Debi and her former poker player husband Bob, organise £4,000 weddings for them. It’s hard to know whether to laugh, cry or shout in fury watching Debi’s pampered Chihuahua Honey get fitted for a miniature veil as her owner talks about wanting a “bling” wedding and discusses whether she can order a two-layer wedding cake with one layer for human consumption and the other made of food suitable for dogs. Yet behind all the madness, Debi does clearly love Honey and is she really harming anyone with her grandiose dreams? Elsewhere, hedgehog breeder Louisa shows off her adorable prickly pets, and we get an insight into the lucrative world of pet portraiture as artist Robert Clark explains the tricks of his trade.
Netflix, from today The first, and arguably most important, thing we learn about Jean Holloway (played by a commanding Naomi Watts), the heroine of Netflix’s newest drama, is that she lies to random baristas about her name. The reasons why are slowly unpicked in this intriguing new 10-part series, cleverly scripted by newcomer Lisa Rubin and stylishly directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. As Jean, a comfortably married therapist consumed by secret desires, Watts gives us a female anti-hero worthy of our binge time.
Count Arthur StrongBBC One, 8.30pm The Graham Linehan/ Steve Delaney sitcom reaches new heights of daffiness as Arthur (Steve Delaney) and Eggy (Dave Plimmer) unveil their “soupover”, essentially a sleepover with added soup that Arthur claims commemorates the First World War. Michael (Rory Kinnear doing perpetually bemused exceptionally well) is unconvinced.
Peter Kay’s Comedy ShuffleBBC One, 9.00pm The comedian serves up a second slice of the funniest moments from his career: this week including recollections of his first appearance on Irish TV and one of the finest plot lines from Phoenix Nights, the creation of “Stars in Your Eyes” – and its subsequent cancellation.
Tom Jones NightBBC Four, from 9.00pm Raise your glasses to the “Voice of the Valleys” as BBC Four gives over two hours to Tom Jones. First up is a repeat of last year’s gently nostalgic documentary 1950s: The Decade That Made Me, in which Jones recalls his childhood and early career in South Wales. That’s followed by Tom Jones at the BBC, a look back over some of his most-celebrated performances, including appearances on Top of the Pops and The Dusty Springfield Show.
ITV, 9.00pm The TV version of the Eighties movie franchise largely succeeds because it understands why its easy-on-the-eye formula works and doesn’t mess with it. Tonight’s penultimate episode sees Riggs (Clayne Crawford) deepening attachment to DEA agent Karen Palmer (Hilarie Burton) become a worry.
The Crystal Maze: Celebrity SpecialChannel 4, 9.00pm After last week’s much anticipated reboot, host Richard Ayoade invites Steve Jones, Scarlett Moffatt, David Coulthard, Joey Essex and Jodie Kidd to try to make it through the maze.
Fast & Furious 5 (2011) ★★★☆☆E4, 9.00pm Taiwan-born director Justin Lin gives the ridiculous street-racing franchise legs with this series-high sweet spot, peaking with a bank vault whipping around at crazy speeds through downtown Rio. Prepare to witness two bollards being clonked together, as Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson square off as Diesel’s crew must pull off “one last job”.
Dr No (1962) ★★★★☆ITV4, 9.00pm Though it’s not a classic, the first instalment of the James Bond franchise has held up surprisingly well over time. Sean Connery’s suave special agent is sent by his superior, M (Bernard Lee), to investigate the murder of a British agent in Jamaica. Cue Ursula Andress in a white bikini, Joseph Wiseman as the titular baddie and Lois Maxwell’s debut as Miss Moneypenny.
Bird on a Wire (1990) ★★★☆☆
ITV, 10.40pm This derivative thriller stars Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn as former lovers who meet again by chance. He has been hiding from a pair of drug dealers for 15 years (courtesy of a state witness protection programme) but the baddies are back on his tail. He pairs up with Hawn’s high-flying lawyer for some mildly amusing badinage, before the film descends into an overlong chase sequence. Catherine Gee, Sarah Hughes, Clive Morgan, Gerard O'Donovan, Patrick Smith, Gabriel Tate and Rachel Ward