Bank holiday TV guide: What to watch, from Killing Eve to Normal People

Lottie Young
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May's second Bank Holiday weekend is upon us - and there's plenty of brilliant TV to choose from.

As well as the penultimate episodes of Normal People and more darkly comic thrills from Villanelle and Eve, the long weekend also brings us perfect comfort viewing in the form of family favourites like Finding Dory and Paddington 2.

Here's how we'll be filling our viewing schedules...

FRIDAY

The Graham Norton Show (BBC One, 10.45pm)

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Admittedly the chemistry hasn’t been as good without Norton’s guests squished together on the sofa. But the roster of celebs on the isolation version of the show has been as impressive as ever.

Tonight Norton video-chats with Steve Carrel, Dakota Johnson, Katy Perry and Alan Carr, while music is provided by John Legend. Is it too much to hope Chrissy Teigen makes a cameo appearance?

The World’s End (ITV2, 9pm)

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost embark on a pub crawl in The World's End (Invision/AP)

We’re all missing pubs and this is a film about a pub crawl – but bear with us! An alien invasion throws it spectacularly off course.

From the director of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, this is another gleefully silly spoof with some of our finest comic actors – Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine and Martin Freeman – playing old school mates who reunite to complete an epic crawl they started in their heyday.

SATURDAY

Citizen Kane (BBC Two, 3.15pm)

Orson Welles in Citizen Kane (Getty Images)

Time to follow through on your noble plan to watch “The Greatest Films of All Time” in lockdown. Orson Welles’s 1941 masterpiece is about a reporter investigating the life of newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane (Welles) after his death, including trying to discover the meaning of the magnate’s mysterious final word.

Need more motivation? It was Welles’s first feature film and he was only 25 – TWENTY FIVE – when he made it. The least you can do is sit on the sofa and watch it.

The Addams Family/The Addams Family Values (Channel 5, 1.50pm & 3.55pm)

Anjelica Houston and Christina Ricci as Morticia and Wednesday Addams

Anjelica Houston and Christina Ricci as Morticia and Wednesday Addams provide a fabulous foundation to the cast in this double bill, but the real star is Christopher Lloyd, aka Doc in Back to the Future, as Fester, the focus of both films.

Joan Cusack as his psychopathic lover Debbie matches him for laughs in the second instalment.

Finding Dory (BBC One, 6.20pm)

Dory sets out on a mission to find her parents, helped by Marlin and Nemo (Ellen/Disney/Pixar)

It took them 13 years, but this sequel to Finding Nemo proved once more that Pixar does second instalments just as well as Francis Ford Coppola.

This time the cast of characters is even richer and the imagination behind the settings deeper. Don’t forget a box of tissues, though. If Thomas Newman’s soundtrack doesn’t get you, the theme of family reunion sure will.

Take That: Live in Wonderland (Sky One, 5.55pm)

Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Gary Barlow (Dave J Hogan)

Will Relight My Fire ever get old? This concert at the O2 was filmed during the band’s 2017 tour. This time they’re only a trio – Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen – but all the old hits are back (for good, geddit?), including Patience, Pray, The Flood, and a cover of the Bee Gees’ How Deep Is Your Love?

Britain’s Got Talent (ITV1, 8pm)

The auditions, recorded before lockdown, continue on the 14th series of the show. Ant and Dec host, while Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams return to judge, and each of them has the chance to put their favourite contestant straight through to the live semi-finals by awarding them the Golden Buzzer.

SUNDAY

Queen: Live in Milton Keynes (Sky One, 5pm)

Freddie Mercury (Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Rami Malek’s Oscar-winning performance as Freddie Mercury may be clearer in your mind than the real deal rocking a stadium. So make sure to watch the band’s 1982 concert at The Bowl. Mercury impressions are a must.

Jurassic Park (ITV1, 5.45pm)

Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern star

Watch Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill run away from hungry dinosaurs in a dream theme park gone horribly wrong from the safety of your own sofa. Nothing beats a classic Spielberg on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Burma with Simon Reeve (BBC Two, 7.15pm)

Simon Reeve (BBC)

The baby-faced explorer (he’s 47!) heads to Myanmar, formerly Burma, to investigate the crisis facing the country’s Rohingya Muslims, who fled into neighbouring Bangladesh after a brutal military crackdown in 2017.

In the first episode of this two-part series from 2018, Reeve visits the biggest refugee camp in the world to meet people traumatised by the violence.

Snowpiercer (Film4, 9pm)

Bong Joon-Ho with one of his Oscars (AFP via Getty Images)

Another social satire from the director of Parasite, Bong Joon-ho. This one is set in 2031, when a failed experiment to prevent global warming has plunged the planet into an ice age. Earth’s remaining inhabitants have spent 17 years aboard a constantly moving train, where mutiny is in the air, thanks to the class system operating in each carriage.

A heavyweight cast of Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer complement Bong’s directorial talents that would see him achieve Oscars glory seven years after this film’s release.

Killing Eve (BBC One, 9.15pm)

Jodie Comer as Villanelle (BBC)

The critical reception to this third series has been mixed, but Villanelle (Jodie Comer) fans – and followers of her wardrobe – will no doubt be determined to see this through. End of Game is the sixth and final installment, and Villanelle decides on a different path…

MONDAY

Top Hat (BBC Two, 2.50pm)

Heaven, you’ll be in heaven if you let Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers quickstep their way into your heart. A film about mistaken identity with music and dancing and love and romance.

This charming 1936 screwball comedy is perhaps best known for the song Cheek to Cheek, by legendary Hollywood composer Irving Berlin.

Paddington 2 (BBC One, 7pm)

Paddington in his prison uniform

Hugh Grant’s transformation from floppy-haired dish to chameleon character actor is complete in this delightful sequel. Grant plays the dastardly, dandyish villain, who frames Paddington (voiced soothingly by Ben Whishaw) as a thief and gets him banged up in jail.

Thank goodness for the Browns – Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins – who try to clear Paddington’s name.

Inside the Factory: Keeping Britain Going: Toilet Roll Update (BBC 2, 8pm)

Gregg Wallace visits a toilet roll factory (BBC/Voltage TV)

Pudding addict Gregg Wallace directs his eye-popping enthusiasm at the less delicious subject of toilet rolls. In this new series, he hails heroes working around the clock to keep the nation’s cupboards well-stocked during the pandemic.

Wallace returns to the Essity paper mill in Manchester, where they have upped production to make a million rolls of toilet paper every day of the week.

Normal People (BBC One, 9.10 & 9.30pm)

Life for Marianne and Connell takes a dark turn in episodes 9 and 10 of the 12-part adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel. Marianne heads to Sweden for her Erasmus year and gets involved with a sexually depraved photographer, while Connell becomes depressed back in Dublin. Thank goodness for Skype, eh?

I Am Legend (Sky One, 9pm)

Will Smith and Sam the dog in I Am Legend (Publicity Picture)

It’s no Independence Day, but Will Smith gives his all once more playing a brilliant military scientist who finds himself immune to a virus that has turned most of humanity into vampire-like zombies. Compare and contrast scenes of deserted Manhattan to social media snaps from the city today.