TV Tonight: our highlights for Friday, September 16

·4 min read
 James, Jeremy and Richard are back on the road.
James, Jeremy and Richard are back on the road.

On TV tonight, Clarkson, Hammond and May hit the road again in The Grand Tour Presents: A Scandi Flick on Prime Video and a new series of crime-drama Professor T begins on ITV. Bob and Paul are in Wales for another Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing on BBC Two. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV tonight. 

  • Our hand selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include five TV shows, a film, live sport and the latest trending need-to-binge-on-now box set

  • Keep up to date with the latest soap spoiler storylines on TV tonight with our daily soap synopsis

  • For more information about what’s on TV tonight see our TV Guide

What's on TV tonight

Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight...

Best TV shows on TV tonight

The Grand Tour Presents: A Scandi Flick, Prime Video

The trio head to Norway, Finland and Sweden.
The trio head to Norway, Finland and Sweden.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are back on the road for series five, kicking off with a Scandi caper that sees them touring through Norway, Sweden and Finland in their favourite rally cars. After two specials filmed during lockdown, fans will enjoy watching the boys race across spectacular snowscapes and icy tracks, and there are plenty of hair-raising pranks and stunts in store, too – look out for Richard Hammond hurtling down a ski slope in a homemade house and scenes of skiers being towed across a frozen lake at high speeds. But will the trio be a man down when James May dramatically crashes his Mitsubishi Evo in a tunnel?

★★★★★ RM

Professor T, season 2, 9 pm, ITV

Professor T has a new case to solve.
Professor T has a new case to solve.

Ben Miller returns as the brilliant, idiosyncratic Cambridge University criminologist Jasper Tempest, who consults for former student DS Lisa Donckers (Emma Naomi) and her team – including his erstwhile fiancée, DCI Christina Brand (Juliet Aubrey) – on their complex cases. The second series begins with an investigation into a fire at a student residence that initially appears to be an accident, and the team hope Professor T’s help will not be required – until it turns out the fire was started deliberately. Meanwhile, the Professor, in a bid to tame traumatic childhood memories and behavioural tics, seeks help from psychiatrist Dr Helena (Juliet Stevenson)…

★★★★ SP

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, season 5, 9 pm (Wales 7 pm), BBC Two

Bob and Paul visit North Wales.
Bob and Paul visit North Wales.

Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse head to the River Dee in North Wales in the hope of catching a grayling. In idyllic surroundings, the conversation turns to the fact that they’re getting on a bit and no longer enjoy doing things young people do. As they talk about feeling old, they pretend to be vampires with nuts as fangs and Bob even downs a lemonade in one, just to check he doesn’t want to be a whippersnapper again, so they’re not exactly aging gracefully! Bob also races dog Ted, thinking it will be an easy victory, but there’s plenty of life in this particular old dog.

★★★★ JL

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Cobra Kai, season 5, Netflix

William Zabka, Ralph Macchio and Yuji Okumoto as Johnny, Daniel and Choze
William Zabka, Ralph Macchio and Yuji Okumoto as Johnny, Daniel and Choze

The spin-off from The Karate Kid has been one of Netflix’s most popular shows since it debuted in 2018. In season five, the action picks up after Terry Silver cheated his way to victory in the All Valley Tournament, forcing the Miyagi-Do dojo to close. With Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) now trying to expand his Cobra Kai dojos, can Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and his former enemy Chozen Toguchi (Yuji Okumoto) stop Silver? This season also sees a sidelined Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) on his own mission in Mexico.

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Marry Me, 8 pm, Sky Cinema Premiere/NOW

Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson star.
Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson star.

A romcom about Jennifer Lopez getting married? Excellent timing! Leaning not a little into the superstar singer and actor’s real-life persona, this film follows an ultra-famous, thrice-married pop queen about to wed a hot new Latin star. Instead, though she ends up married to regular guy Charlie (Owen Wilson). The leads’ charisma dances over any cracks in logic.

Live Sport

  • Premier League, Aston Villa vs Southampton, 7 pm (k-o 8 pm), Sky Sports Main Event/NOW

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss The Grand Tour Presents: A Scandi Flick on TV tonight — the trio are off on another madcap adventure…

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Happy viewing!