Sunday 15 July
Wimbledon 2018: Men’s Final/World Cup Final
BBC One & BBC Two, from 11.00am/ BBC One, 3.00pm & ITV, 2.55pm
This could have been the most one-sided battle in recent times – and that’s just the ratings battle between the tennis and the football. Had England made it through to the World Cup final, then it would have been a near wipe-out for the Wimbledon men’s final. But after Gareth Southgate’s team lost in extra time on Wednesday, it is Croatia who will face Didier Deschamps’s well-drilled and very dangerous French side.
Kick-off is at 4.00pm, with France still the bookies’ favourites to win. Gary Lineker and company on the BBC are the likely choice for most after another excellent month of coverage, although Mark Pougatch and the ITV team have by no means disgraced themselves. Otherwise, the millions of new converts who didn’t know the words to Three Lions a month ago will most likely watch the tennis instead.
This would be no mean consolation prize. Unlike the women’s draw at SW19, the big names among the men have – mostly – stayed the course deep into the tournament. But with Roger Federer out, today’s victor is by no means certain. Sue Barker introduces coverage, with the match beginning at 1.50pm. Gabriel Tate
RAF 100: Into the Blue
BBC Two, 1.25pm
Sophie Raworth explores the experiences of her grandfather, a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War.
Wimbledon Tennis: The men’s final
BBC One 1.50pm & BBC Two, 2.55pm
Coverage of the men’s singles final at the All England Club, as the 13th and final day of competition draws to a close on the famous grass courts. All eyes will be on the hallowed turf of Centre Court, where this time 12 months ago it was Roger Federer who was celebrating. There will be no repeat of that this year as the eight-time champion is out. This means that there will be a new name etched on the cup come the end of the weekend.
Football: World Cup Final: France v Croatia
ITV, 2.55pm & BBC One, 3.00pm
A scintillating World Cup – one in which England’s young players defied all expectations, manager Gareth Southgate became a national style icon, and Harry Maguire was a revelation as a marauding centre-back – comes to a close at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. France are favourites, having beaten Belgium 1-0 in the semi-finals. If Croatia are to pull off a surprise win, they’ll need to shackle Les Bleus’ superstar striker Kylian Mbappé, whose form in front of goal has been deadly. Having succumbed to Croatia in their semi-final, England play Belgium in the third place play-off on Saturday at 2.30pm on ITV.
BBC Proms 2018
BBC Four, 7.30pm
More than 20 recent competitors and winners, including cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and violinist Nicola Benedetti, gather for a special concert. Josie d’Arby and Clemency Burton-Hill introduce pieces by Ravel and Saint-Saëns, as well as premieres by David Bruce Iain Farrington, played by the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Gourlay.
Dunkirk: the Forgotten Heroes
Channel 4, 8.00pm
The Dunkirk evacuation is hailed as a turning point in the Second World War, yet thousands of British troops still remained in France. The remaining survivors of the 51st Highland Division discover, using recently declassified documents, why they were left behind and recount their extraordinary courage in taking the fight to the Wehrmacht.
Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskhar return for a third series of cold-case cracking. Doctor Alex Jennings, salesman Neil Morrissey, artist James Fleet and game-show host Kevin R McNally are childhood friends with plenty to hide with regards to a corpse found by the M1. This is as intelligently plotted and sensitively performed as ever – and it is still refreshing to find a crime series where the violence is emotional rather than physical.
Pink Floyd: Pulse: The Dark Side of the Moon Live
Sky Arts, 9.00pm
What now seems certain to be Pink Floyd’s final tour, undertaken back in 1994 to promote The Division Bell, featured one unforgettable sequence: the epochal 1973 album played from start to finish. This live documentary, filmed at Earl’s Court, captures a spine-tinglingly loyal recreation of the songs from Breathe through to Eclipse. Even without Roger Waters’ presence, it’s still a very special performance. Before, Classic Albums explores the album itself, The Story of Wish You Were Here follows. GT
Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate
BBC Two, 10.00pm
Michael Flynn turns himself in to the Mueller investigation and The New York Times takes stock of its coverage as 2018 begins with yet more revelations. GT
Back to the Future (1985) ★★★★★
Never has time travel been portrayed on film with such charm and hilarity. Michael J Fox had the highlight of his career playing Marty McFly, an Eighties teenager time travels back to the Fifties but inadvertently unmatch-makes his parents and thus puts his own existence in jeopardy. For those who fancy an afternoon and evening of binge-watching, the film is followed by both its sequels.
Risky Business (1983) ★★★☆☆
This slick fantasy for adolescent males brings together a union of sex and money so brazen that it now seems a little distasteful. Tom Cruise scored his first big hit as the ambitious Chicago teen who turns his house into a brothel for wealthy pals while his parents are on holiday. Most memorable is the scene featuring Cruise boogeying around the house in his shirt and Y-fronts to Old Time Rock and Roll by Bob Seger.
Hell or High Water (2016) ★★★★☆
Channel 4, 10.15pm
Action star Chris Pine proves he’s much more than a pretty face in this slow-burning battle of wills between cops and robbers. Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham star as two grizzled Texas lawmen chasing a pair of bank-robbing brothers (Pine and Ben Foster) in this deceptively subtle modern-day western that was nominated for Best Picture at that year’s Oscars, along with a nod for Bridges.
Monday 16 July
Our Guy in Russia
Channel 4, 9.00pm
Idiosyncratic lorry mechanic Guy Martin embarks on a three-episode, 10,000-mile trip from Moscow to Siberia in a similar vein to his travelogues to India and China. Beginning in the Russian capital, Martin swerves some of the usual tourist destinations for quirkier sites and meetings: he hangs out with the Night Wolves, the right-wing biker gang favoured by President Vladimir Putin Putin, and meets “rooftoppers”, young people who risk their necks hanging off Moscow’s skyscrapers to pose for selfies.
Action scenes include a ride in a stunt jet and a journey in a luxury ZiL car, which is favoured by Russian officials. But because Martin is a man of few words, his exchanges with Muscovites are inevitably brief; it’s forced the programme makers to insert a distracting voice-over by actor Shaun Dooley to fill in the blanks. He tells us where Martin is and what he’s doing alongside providing a potted history of 20th-century Russia. The resulting programme is a bit of a mess: while Martin is a likeable English eccentric, Michael Palin he ain’t. He seems uneasy out of his comfort zone and lacks the powers of reflection that make an engaging travel presenter. Keep Martin in his milieu is our advice. Vicki Power
Matron, Medicine and Me
BBC One, 9.15am
Two years ago, Fern Britton nearly died after contracting sepsis following a hysterectomy. Now, she’s celebrating the NHS with a daily docu-series. She is joined by famous faces who recount their health crises and then makes an emotional return to Stoke Mandeville to thank the medics who saved her.
Nadiya’s Family Favourites
BBC Two, 8.00pm
The effervescent Nadiya Hussain continues to build a successful TV career. This new series of half-hour TV morsels sees her whip up family-friendly recipes, many with an Asian flair, in between visits to artisan food producers – this week includes Cornish pasties.
BBC Two, 8.30pm
The quiz show designed to make us feel thick as two short planks returns for its 25th series since the 1995 revival. The series’ opener sees students from Warwick and Exeter universities answer tough questions under Jeremy Paxman’s withering glare.
The NHS: A People’s History
BBC Four, 9.00pm
Among the rash of programmes celebrating the NHS’s 70th birthday, this cheerful history series has been both gripping and emotional. This finale recalls the milestones and scandals of the past 21 years. Host Alex Brooker, who was born with hand and arm deformities and without a bone in his right leg, pays tribute to the surgeons who have given him mobility. It’s a warm but honest look at the challenges facing the service.
Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm
The second episode of this crime drama continues to unravel the dual mysteries of the murders that have brought journalist Camille (Amy Adams) back to her Missouri hometown, and of what caused her such deep emotional scars. Adams is terrific as Camille, who here is looking for clues at the latest victim’s funeral, but Patricia Clarkson, as Camille’s mother Adora, still feels more like an escapee from a Tennessee Williams novel than a real person. VP
Who Is America?
Channel 4, 10.00pm
Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen returns to TV for this first time since 2004 with this new satirical comedy series, which is airing the day after its US broadcast. Few details are available but the show promises to “explore the diverse individuals... across the political and cultural spectrum”. VP
Paper Moon (1973, b/w) ★★★★☆
Paramount Network, 4.55pm
Classic comedy, and one of the best from director Peter Bogdanovich, starring real-life father and daughter Ryan and Tatum O’Neal (who, at the age of 10, became the youngest actor to win an Oscar – an honour she has held for 45 years). During the Great Depression, newly orphaned Addie falls into the care of con man Moses and turns out to be even better at swindling than he is.
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) ★★★☆☆
Despite being the tale of Anne and Mary Boleyn and their relationships with Henry VIII, this film makes no claims of historical accuracy – but then neither does its source material, Philippa Gregory’s novel of the same name. But there is sumptuous costume design and fun, if melodramatic, performances from its stars Eric Bana (Henry), Natalie Portman (Anne) and Scarlett Johansson (Mary).
RoboCop (2014) ★★★☆☆
José Padilha’s remake is slicker – and blander – than the original. We’re in Detroit, where detective Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is targeted, as in the 1987 film, by a gang of criminals, who take him to death’s door. His wife (Abbie Cornish) has his remains kept alive, as part of an experiment. Gary Oldman, as an intrepid scientist, etches his role with a fatherly compassion and is the best thing in this.
Tuesday 17 July
The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer
BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scot, 11.15pm
Like me, your initial reaction before watching the opening episode of this three-part documentary series might well be: “They really made an entire series about sewage?” However, The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer manages to be both informative and engaging television. It partially achieves this through some truly wonderful descriptions of excrement, including one worker who claims to be “pumping poo with panache”, a description of part of the River Lea as a “Cathedral of Sewage” and partially because the story being told is genuinely interesting.
The film’s makers spent three years following the teams trying to construct a swear seven metres wide and 20 miles long which, if successful, will relieve the pressure on the old Victorian system built by Joseph Bazalgette. This will ensure that the River Thames is no longer London’s biggest sewage depository. “There’s a kind of choreography to it, it’s kind of romantic,” explains French site manager Emmanuel as construction begins. That might seem like a statement too far but, on the other hand, watching this will make even the foolhardiest think twice about paddling in any part of the Thames. Sarah Hughes
One-Day International Cricket: England v India
Sky Sports Main Event, noon
Last Sunday, Rohit Sharma made an astonishing 100 not out to help India beat England by seven wickets in the third Twenty20 and secure a 2-1 series victory. Will the One-Day series go the same way? It concludes at Headingley Stadium, where Joe Root, playing on the ground he’s most accustomed to, will be looking to build on his recent good form with the bat. Incidentally, Root made his ODI debut against India – back in January 2013 – and will be hoping for another one here.
Inside the Factory
BBC Two, 8.00pm
Greg Wallace, Ruth Goodman and Cherry Healey return for another series of poking around inside the UK’s factories. This series’ opener is all about coffee, with Healey looking at how it is made, Wallace heading to Derbyshire to visit a coffee factory, while Goodman investigates its origins by heading to the site of the UK’s first coffee house in St Michael’s Alley in London’s Cornhill.
Beach Live: Jurassic Coast Revealed
BBC Four, 8.00pm
Dan Snow and co head to Dorset’s Jurassic Coast for this new series. Snow explores the origin of the region’s colourful beach huts, Lucy Cooke examines how a mollusc can help train racehorses and Niall Strawson oversees the Discovery Centre. The series continues on Wednesday and Thursday.
This new US procedural starring Ioan Gruffudd isn’t likely to break new ground. But, despite that over-familiarity, it is an relatively easily watch. Here, Gruffudd’s Dr Daniel Harrow is a maverick forensic pathologist with Sherlock Holmes-style powers of deduction who solves cases on the side.
Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema
BBC Four, 9.00pm
In this wonderful new series about cinema, Mark Kermode begins by examining the romcom. Here, he looks at everything from Splash to Heartburn, and explains why he loves Love, Actually. SH
Inside Facebook: Secrets of the Social Network
Channel 4, 9.00pm
It’s the world’s biggest social media site but how exactly does Facebook function? In the light of recent stories regarding the use of the site to spread fake news and influence election results, this documentary goes undercover in the secretive world of the network’s content moderators who decides what’s posted and why.
Long Lost Family
The soppy but heart-tugging show returns with Davinia McCall and Nicky Campbell reuniting more long-lost families. This week, they include a man who last spoke to his father when he was six years old.
Channel 4, 12.05am
Zawe Ashton hosts the first episode of the newest series of Channel 4’s strand dedicated to allowing artists to push the boundaries of arts broadcasting. SH
Bruce Almighty (2003) ★★☆☆☆
Comedy Central, 9.00pm
Jim Carrey stars in this comedy as Bruce, who moans to God (Morgan Freeman) that He is treating him unfairly. So God grants Bruce His powers, to teach him how hard it is to run the world. Bruce’s girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston) ends up ignored while he enjoys his newfound power. There are life lessons to be learned but viewers will giggle in the process.
Deliverance (1972) ★★★★☆
Based on James Dickey’s somewhat inferior novel, John Boorman’s film follows the misfortunes of four city dwellers (Ned Beatty, John Voight, Ronny Cox and Burt Reynolds) out on a canoeing weekend on the Appalachian River. Each man is punished in an ineffably brutal manner. It could be described as an efficient dismissal of the hippie ideal – or just call it the most economical and unflinching disaster movie of all time.
Move Over, Darling (1963) ★★★☆☆
BBC Four, 10.00pm
Laughs and japes come as a result of one man’s bigamy in this screwball comedy remake of the 1940 Cary Grant film My Favourite Wife. James Garner stars as the husband who ends up with two wives, played by Doris Day and Polly Bergen, after one is lost at sea and believed dead after a plane crash – until she reappears five years later on the day of his wedding. It’s rather silly but charming all the same.
Wednesday 18 July
BBC Two, 8.00pm
BBC nature programmes are enjoying a bumper year when it comes to royal patronage. Her Majesty the Queen invited David Attenborough into her Buckingham Palace garden and the Countryfile team onto her estates for three royal episodes. Not to be outdone by his mother, the Prince of Wales welcomes award-winning gardener Adam Frost to the grounds of Highgrove to admire the view and discuss the threats to his flora posed by pests and diseases.
Prince Charles talks Frost through his battles with Dutch Elm Disease and Ash Dieback and what he’s doing on the Duchy of Cornwall’s 53,000 hectares to cope with such blights. The prince also appeals to Britain’s gardeners to do their bit by not bringing back non-native plants from their travels abroad because of the damage they can wreak to our greenery. Monty Don and Carol Klein appear in separate segments, the former demonstrating pruning and propagating in all weathers, the latter profiling the Agapanthus. But the chief reason to watch is for a glimpse of keen gardener Prince Charles on his home turf, showing us how he’s transformed Highgrove in innovative ways and discussing his love of the British countryside. Vicki Power
Animals Behaving Badly
BBC One, 8.00pm
This week, the estimable Liz Bonnin looks at the lengths some animals will go to procreate, from female prairie dogs that mate with half a dozen suitors in a day to mantises that eat the partners for extra nutrition.
Live Well For Longer
Channel 4, 8.00pm
Kate Quilton and Tamal Ray present a new health series that’s informative but accessible. Here, they help some heavy-drinking women discover the benefits of a dry month and investigate how students are abusing the prescription-only “smart drug” Modafinil.
Killed By My Debt
BBC One, 9.00pm; Scot, 10.45pm; Wales, 10.40pm
Prepare to be moved and horrified by this one-hour film, previously seen on BBC Three, dramatising the true story of London bike courier Jerome Rogers (Chance Perdomo). When two small traffic fines escalate into a financial crisis, Rogers sees only one way out.
Picnic at Hanging Rock
BBC Two, 9.00pm
The period drama loses steam this week, as the lively pupils who went missing in episode one remain so. Instead, action focuses on the motives of furtive Englishman Michael (Harrison Gilbertson) and on schoolmarm Hester’s (Natalie Dormer) attempts to save face in the face of the scandal. VP
Paramount Network, 9.00pm
Washington Irving’s short story is updated in this cheery supernatural cop series. British soldier Ichabod Crane (played with panache by Tom Mison) is mysteriously transported from the American Revolutionary War to present-day New York state. A meet-cute with cop Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) results in them teaming up to pursue the also-resurrected Headless Horseman, who’s on a deadly rampage.
Game of Thrones Greatest Moments
Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm
For most series, allotting two and a half hours to a “best moments” showreel would look like hubris. For Game of Thrones, however, it’s barely enough time to cover half of the gut-punches of surprise that this fantasy series has delivered over and over, from (spoiler alert!) the red wedding to the sacrifice of Shireen to Ned Stark’s execution. Here, cast members and celebrity Game of Thrones fans name their climactic moments up to now. VP
Dr Strangelove – or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) ★★★★☆
Kubrick’s comic masterpiece finds a madcap Peter Sellers in three roles as an RAF officer, the US president and the mad scientist drafted in to prevent an apocalypse when an overzealous air force commander initiates a nuclear war. There’s ample slapstick but it shouldn’t detract from what ultimately proves to be a rich, sophisticated political satire.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) ★★☆☆☆
Horror Channel, 9.00pm
Kristy Swanson stars as the eponymous vampire killer in this rather messy comedy horror film following a vacuous teenager who is told by Donald Sutherland’s wizened watcher that she is the Chosen One. It may not have been very good, but it did at least provide the basis for the film’s writer, Joss Whedon, to create a hugely successful TV spin-off.
Aaaaaaaah! (2015) ★★★☆☆
This surreal satirical comedy has all the makings of a British cult classic – but without the following. With a starry cast including Julian Barrett, Noel Fielding, Alice Lowe and Toyah Wilcox, it depicts an odd dystopian world where humans still look and dress like humans but behave like apes. All of the dialogue takes the form of grunts, while the action is filmed in the style of a nature documentary. Be warned, it gets rather graphic.
Thursday 19 July
Channel 4, 9.00pm
From the outset of Paddy Wivell’s excellent three-part documentary, we’re left in no doubt about the lengths to which prisoners at HMP Durham will go to smuggle contraband (“I’ve seen someone take a nine-inch blade out of their backside”). The same is particularly true of drugs – the focus of this opener (later episodes address violence and mental health) – and the increasing prevalence of the psychoactive drug Spice, the side-effects of which are made grimly clear as overdose follows overdose. With prison staff outmanoeuvred and the majority of new prisoners convicted of drug-related offences, their frustration is as understandable as their diligence is impressive.
Wivell’s access is extraordinary – he was given his own set of keys – and the rewards come in the confidences granted to him by both staff and inmates. The former, particularly the estimable senior officer John Matthews, are frank about the failings in the prison system. The latter are often charismatic and even funny, until their true colours are revealed, either through appalling violence, bullying or revelations about the circumstances that have led them to be there. Humour, grit, honour and venality – all human life is here. Gabriel Tate
Golf: The Open
Sky Sports Main Event, 6.30am
It’s day one of this distinguished tournament, which takes place at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland, with Jordan Spieth taking to the tee as the reigning champion. The American shot a five-under 65 on the opening day of last year’s tournament at Royal Birkdale, which saw him take a share of the lead with compatriots Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar. He would finish each of the next three days at the top of the leaderboard, and in lifting the Claret Jug became only the second player in history to win three of the four majors before turning 24, following in the illustrious footsteps of Jack Nicklaus.
RHS: Flower Show Tatton Park
BBC Two, 7.00pm
The team meets three of the five finalists of the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition and visit Tatton Park’s newest exhibit, the enticingly titled Poison Garden.
George Clarke’s Old House, New Home
Channel 4, 8.00pm
In this returning series, architect George Clarke visits more historic homes in need of a few alterations. In the first episode, he meets Liverpool-based teachers Simon and Sofie, whose Thirties semi is in need of a major revamp but they have a budget of just £15,000.
Running Wild with Bear Grylls
Does anything ever fluster Roger Federer? Bear Grylls tries to disturb the preternatural cool of the greatest male tennis player of all time by taking him out into the wilderness to dine on the eyeball of a half-eaten fish.
Why Size Matters
BBC Four, 9.00pm
Mathematician Hannah Fry examines the implications of a bigger planet Earth, what life would be like if humans were 15 m tall and the size of the largest ape ever to exist, in one of BBC Four’s slightly sillier but still fascinating scientific premises.
Our Shirley Valentine Summer
Following in the footsteps of Willy Russell’s beloved 1989 film, eight single female celebrities of a certain age, including Annabel Giles, Nancy Dell-Olio and Sian Lloyd, spend a few weeks on a Greek island looking to start a new chapter in their lives, whether it is learning a new skill, changing career or even finding romance.
Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back
Channel 4, 10.00pm
Gordon Ramsay’s latest series once again finds the angriest chef on television turning ailing restaurants around, but this time he only has 24 hours to reverse each one’s fortunes. His first challenge is a family-run Italian restaurant in New York whose menu is as tired as its interior. GT
John Bishop: in Conversation with Paddy McGuinness
Rapidly, if unexpectedly, developing into a very fine interviewer, John Bishop sits down with Peter Kay’s erstwhile sidekick and now presenter of Take Me Out to discuss his eclectic career, the ups and downs of fame, and his experiences as the father of autistic twins. GT
The Mark of Zorro (1940, b/w) ★★★★☆
Of the many Zorro films, this one is definitely worth watching. Tyrone Power gives an excellent performance as the swashbuckling son of a 19th-century California aristocrat, who becomes a kind of masked Robin Hood. While he is saving the common people from an oppressive governor (J Edward Bromberg) Zorro also finds time to romance the beautiful Lolita (Linda Darnell).
The Living Daylights (1987) ★★★★☆
In the first of Timothy Dalton’s two outings as 007, the main man of British spydom is on a mission to assassinate a KGB general. This stylish film also reunites Bond with his beauteous Aston Martin DBS after a break of eight films. Dalton wasn’t to prove as popular as those other modern Bonds, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, but he is the one you’d introduce to your mother.
The Apartment (1960, b/w) ★★★★★
Sky Arts, 10.00pm
One year after Some Like It Hot, Billy Wilder and star Jack Lemmon teamed up once again in this brilliantly entertaining comedy, which is tinged with Wilder’s usual cynicism. Lemmon plays an office clerk who plans to advance his career by letting his colleagues take their mistresses to his apartment. Then one day his boss arrives with the woman (Shirley MacLaine) he has been admiring from afar.
Friday 20 July
Smashing Hits! The 80’s Pop Map of Britain & Ireland
BBC Four, 10.00pm
It’s a little gimmicky but the idea of having a musical era explored through its geography gives a refreshing twist to this enjoyable look at the Eighties pop scene. For the final leg of their road trip, Ultravox singer Midge Ure and Kim Appleby (of duo Mel & Kim) shuttle between London and Manchester, “two cities”, according to Midge Ure, “that waged a war for pop supremacy”. At first, these musical landscapes seemed markedly different. London’s burgeoning Yuppification was reflected in Sade and The Style Council’s slick, soul-influenced “sophisti-pop”, while Northern bands such as Joy Division and Happy Mondays had a rougher, rockier edge to their output.
The explosion of dance music, however, soon linked the two hubs. Fascinating interviews with DJ Mark Moore, Pete Waterman and Shaun Ryder not only explain why electronic sounds proved so influential, but also evoke the anything-goes excitement of the decade. There’s some choice archive footage too – often from Top of The Pops – a welcome dose of nostalgia recalling that show’s vital role in bringing music to the masses. Toby Dantzic
RHS: Flower Show Tatton Park
BBC Two, 7.00pm
It’s a tense time up in Cheshire as the winner of Best Show Garden is crowned and the RHS Young Designer of the Year contest reaches its climax. Away from the prizes, there are tips on how to grow fruit and vegetables at home.
BBC Proms 2018
BBC Four, 7.30pm
An online sensation, thanks to his multi-instrumental takes on popular classics, 23-year-old singer and composer Jacob Collier now finds himself an off-screen star too. Now, the Grammy Award winner headlines his own concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. He’s joined by an eclectic guest list, including Sam Amidon, Becca Stevens and Hamid El Kasri, for a programme that features picks from his debut album and re-workings of famous favourites.
The Crystal Maze
Channel 4, 8.00pm
An unimaginatively titled Scottish team, The Gamers, attempt to crack the iconic maze this week, as a new series of the puzzle-based show gets underway. As ever Richard Ayoade proves a likeable host, joshing and encouraging his hopefuls in equal measure.
Celebrity 5 Go Caravanning
Channel 5, 8.00pm
Narrow country lanes prove a challenge as our celebrity adventurers take their mobile homes up to the Yorkshire Moors and Dales. Food is on the agenda in Richmond, with broadcaster Tony Blackburn and singer Sonia tempted by the town’s famous curd tarts. They also venture to the village of Askrigg, the setting for TV series All Creatures Great and Small.
Jane McDonald & Friends
Channel 5, 9.00pm
Soul singer Billy Ocean and Britain’s Got Talent favourites Jack Pack join Jane McDonald for another warming slice of musical entertainment. The country’s “unsung heroes” are also honoured. TD
Stan Lee’s Lucky Man
Sky One, 9.00pm
The third run of Sky One’s crime drama about a cop with extraordinary “luck” opens with a bang: a bloodied Harry Clayton (James Nesbitt) tears through a busy Hong Kong market pursued by police. The ensuing plot is stuffed with the series’ usual glossy nonsense, as we learn that the London squad, headed by icy new boss DSI Elsa Gray (Neve McIntosh), suspects Harry’s involvement in the killing of a Hong Kongese courier. TD
Jackie (2016) ★★★★★
Netflix, from today
This astounding biopic of America’s most iconic First Lady is cinema that won’t date. Set in the immediate aftermath of the 1963 assassination of JFK, Pablo Larraín’s film is about America’s muddled and self-deluding relationship with its own history and mythology – as revealed by Natalie Portman in a title-role performance of mesmeric complexity and commitment.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) ★★★★☆
Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm
The third Thor film, and the seventeenth film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is one of Marvel’s finest. New Zealand director Taika Waititi injects copious amounts of dry wit into this instalment that sees our Norse god (Chris Hemsworth) cast out of Asgard by his long-lost sister (Cate Blanchett) and sent to a junk planet run by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).
What Women Want (2000) ★★★★☆
BBC One, 11.15pm; NI & Wales, 11.45pm
Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt star in Nancy Meyers’s romantic comedy, written by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa and Diane Drake. After an accidental, near-fatal electrocution, Nick (Gibson), a chauvinistic creative director, gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking. At first he uses this new skill to manipulate women, but he is soon forced to think about himself in a new way.
Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate