What’s on TV tonight: the last episode of Doctor Who, Shania Twain shares her Reel Stories, and more

Ncuti Gatwa and Bonnie Langford in Doctor Who
Ncuti Gatwa and Bonnie Langford in Doctor Who - Sophie Mutevelian/BBC

Saturday 22 June

Doctor Who
BBC One, 6.40pm
Last week’s episode, the first of a two-part finale, ended with the grand return of an old nemesis – Sutekh, the god of death. It is a relatively deep cut for an era so obsessed with the new and the now. Sutekh was introduced in the acclaimed 1975 Tom Baker story Pyramids of Mars as an alien who was worshipped as a god. In tonight’s series finale, Empire of Death, he has been recast as the real thing – the head of a pantheon which includes Neil Patrick Harris’s Toymaker (the god of play) and Jinkx Monsoon’s Maestro (music). Having taken over the Tardis, Sutekh is now intent on giving the world his “gift of death”. Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor can only run.

As is customary for Doctor Who finales, there is little that can be revealed. What is certain though is that Empire of Death will answer one of this series’ most burning questions: who is the birth mother of Millie Gibson’s Ruby Sunday? Once all is revealed, make sure to tune into Doctor Who: Unleashed on BBC Three at 7.35pm, where showrunner Russell T Davies will be offering post-match analysis. It has been a long time since Doctor Who felt this exciting. The series will return for a Christmas special this year. SK

Isle of Wight Festival 2024
Sky Arts, 7pm
Sky Arts’ coverage of the music festival continues. Tonight you can enjoy the highlights of the second day, including sets from Blossoms, Keane and headliners Pet Shop Boys. If you prefer something heavier, Sunday will be brought to a close by veteran American pop-punk rockers Green Day.

Jana: Marked for Life
BBC Four, 9pm & 9.45pm
The Swedish psychological thriller – themed around a sinister human-trafficking network of deadly child assassins – comes to a close tonight with a pulpy two-part finale. It all builds towards a dramatic showdown between Jana (Madeleine Martin) and the elusive “Baba”, who trained her as a child soldier.

Reel Stories: Shania Twain
BBC Two, 9.20pm
Ahead of her legends slot at Glastonbury, country-pop star Shania Twain sits down with Dermot O’Leary to reflect on her career in clips. If that don’t impress you much, however, then the retrospective is also flanked by Shania Twain at the BBC (8.35pm) and an airing of her 2017 concert from Hyde Park (10.05pm).

Kate: A Queen for the Future
Channel 5, 9.20pm
This superficial profile of the Princess of Wales charts her rise from “commoner” to royalty, after she met Prince William at the University of St Andrews. It has a particular emphasis on her future role as Queen, with the talking heads concluding that her devotion to duty, along with her modern approach to monarchy, makes her the ideal candidate for the job.

Stax: Soulsville USA
Sky Documentaries, 10pm
Stax, the record label best known for its part in popularising soul, had a year of soaring highs and crushing lows in 1967.
The second week of this absorbing documentary examines how Sam & Dave’s Soul Man broke through to the white market, while also dwelling on the tragic death of Otis Redding in a plane crash.
 
Later... with Jools Holland
BBC Two, 10.30pm
The headline act tonight are Dublin post-punk band Fontaines DC, performing tracks from their terrific fourth album, Romance. Other acts include British singer-songwriter Lucy Rose, Nigerian star Tems and the one and only Lulu, who joins Jools Holland for a duet of Unchain My Heart. A fitting finale for another series of boogie-woogie good times.

27 Dresses (2008) ★★★
BBC Two, 5.50pm  
Thanks to her charming turn in 2007’s Knocked Up, Katherine Heigl was touted as one of Hollywood’s hottest female leads. In this fluffy romcom by director Anne Fletcher, she plays Jane, a New Yorker who’s been a bridesmaid 27 times. Jane wrestles with the idea of a 28th stint when her sister announces her engagement. Until she meets Kevin (James Marsden) that is, and sparks – and karaoke – fly. Also on Friday (BBC Three, 7pm).

Fisherman’s Friends: One and All (2022) ★★
Channel 4, 8pm  
This sequel to the rickety 2019 comedy Fisherman’s Friends, inspired by the true story of a Cornish all-male choir who were signed by Universal Records in 2010 and whose subsequent album became a surprise hit in the charts, doesn’t strike as many of the right notes; it’s wholly less candid. However, its leads – James Purefoy, Richard Harrington and David Hayman – are as charming as ever.

Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016) ★★★
5STAR, 9pm  
Helen Fielding was hardly the first writer to mine being unmarried, female and in your 30s for laughs, but Bridget Jones’s endless mortification struck a chord in the 1990s. After breaking up with Mark (Colin Firth), Bridget (Renée Zellweger) has a fling with dashing Jack (Patrick Dempsey). She finds herself pregnant, but who is the father? Revisit her chaotic world before the latest instalment, filming now, is released.

Ronin (1998) ★★★★
Channel 4, 11.55pm  
After a wobbly opening, this John Frankenheimer film develops well, introducing its shady mercenaries (Robert De Niro, Jean Reno and Sean Bean, a trio of thesp heavyweights) who steal a briefcase from rival hoodlums but are double-crossed by one of their own. The French locations are gorgeous and the car chases stellar. It’s somewhere in the realm of a European version of 1995 film Heat, also starring De Niro.

Sunday 23 June

Suranne Jones
Suranne Jones - Channel 4

Suranne Jones: Investigating Witch Trials
Channel 4, 9pm
The circumstances surrounding the Pendle witch trials of 1612 feel awfully familiar: religious fundamentalism and bigotry on the rise, the economy faltering; all creating an environment in which society’s most vulnerable people are scapegoated. It is not a comparison lost on Suranne Jones, who presents this thoughtful and affecting two-part investigation. Having faced misogyny in her career, Jones, who grew up in Oldham, just 30 miles from the Lancashire village of Pendle, has a special stake in the project. 

Driven by James I and underpinned by both religious and legal authorities – who were keen to curry favour with the new King and impoverished locals, the latter looking for someone to blame for years of bad weather and dreadful harvests – 10 people (eight of them women) were tried and executed for being “witches” on the flimsiest of premises. Seeking expert insights and visiting many of the locations (including Bamberg in Germany, where similar trials took root), Jones proves an engaging guide. Expect more of the same next week, when she travels to Salem in the US. GT

Songs of Praise
BBC One, 1.15pm
Today’s edition celebrates 200 years of the RSPCA, and you don’t need divine inspiration to know that one of this afternoon’s half-dozen hymns will be All Things Bright and Beautiful, as the Rev Kate Bottley meets the CEO of the animal charity and hears how faith and William Wilberforce were behind its founding.

Gordon Ramsay Uncharted
National Geographic, 6pm
Further globe-trotting from the foul-mouthed foodie, as Gordon Ramsay’s fourth series takes him to Jordan, Cuba, Hawaii, Galicia, Florida and, tonight, the west coast of Ireland. Connemara serves up crabs, oysters and lamb, as well as a clifftop cooking challenge alongside his former protegé Anna Haugh.

Capital’s Summertime Ball 2024
ITV1, 6.30pm
Brit Award-winner Raye, DJ David Guetta and rising US star Sabrina Carpenter (who recently spent five weeks atop the UK charts with Espresso) are among the acts performing in Wembley Stadium for the annual entertainment beanfeast. Jordan North introduces highlights from last weekend’s performance.

UEFA Euro 2024: Scotland v Hungary
BBC One, 7pm
After a grim capitulation to an excellent Germany came a rousing draw with the Swiss. Now Scotland hold their fate in their hands: beat Hungary in Stuttgart and a first-ever qualification for the knockout stages of a major tournament is all but guaranteed (kick-off 8pm). The long-suffering Tartan Army has been here before – is this finally their moment?

Shetland: Scotland’s Wondrous Isles
Channel 5, 9pm
A venerable fishing boat, a farming show, chairmaking and competitive vegetable growing are on the agenda for tonight’s picturesque trip around the Scottish islands.
 
The Story of English Furniture
BBC Four, 10.40pm & 11.05pm
Aside from wonderful dramas, BBC Four is also reviving a number of cherishable docu-series. The lastest is this terrific one from 1978, presented by Hugh Scully and Arthur Negus – 10 parts of self-explanatory craft and social history. They begin in the medieval and Elizabethan period. It’s preceded by five Antiques Roadshows of the past, including Negus and Angela Rippon from 1980 and an astounding Fabergé treasure from a 2018 episode.

Lover Come Back (1961) ★★★★
BBC Two, 11.55am  
Delbert Mann’s romantic comedy is one of the genre’s best, thanks largely to the dazzling chemistry between Rock Hudson and Doris Day. Jerry (Hudson) is a slick ad-man who uses women and booze to woo his clients. One day, his tactics draw the ire of Carol (the inimitable Day), an executive at a rival agency, who becomes obsessed with bringing him down. It was the pair’s second time working together, after 1959 classic Pillow Talk.

Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) ★★★
E4, 2.30pm  
This sequel to the 2012 animated family hit blends entertaining slapstick with a surprisingly sophisticated message about tolerance. Count Dracula (Adam Sandler on typically silly form) is anxious to see whether his half-human, half-vampire grandson (Asher Blinkoff) will take after his side of the family, setting the stage for a clever allegory about acceptance. Mel Brooks has a hilarious turn as Dracula’s father.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) ★★★★★
Film4, 11.10pm  
This jet-black farce from Martin McDonagh, set in the Deep South, is exercise for the soul: it stretches comic and ethical muscles that you didn’t even know you had. Frances McDormand – who won her second (soon to be third with 2020’s Nomadland) Oscar – stars as Mildred Hayes, a mother waging war on the hapless, racist local police over her daughter’s unsolved murder.

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) ★★★★★
BBC One, midnight  
The real and the imaginary crash into one another in striking and moving fashion for Guillermo del Toro’s most inventive film. Set in Spain at the height of the Civil War, the tale comes via Ofelia (an adorable Ivana Baquero), who goes to live with her stepfather, the Francoist officer Capitán Vidal (Sergi López). Near their new house, she finds a labyrinth full of secrets and monsters. A truly captivating film caught between horror and fantasy.

Monday 24 June

Dispatches explore the crisis in the NHS
Dispatches explore the crisis in the NHS - David Cliff/NurPhoto

Undercover A&E: NHS in Crisis: Dispatches
Channel 4, 9pm
A potentially explosive report in the run up to the General Election, this disturbing Dispatches was filmed secretly over the past couple of months by a reporter working undercover in an NHS Accident and Emergency Department. Expect footage showing the suffering endured by A&E patients every day, with seriously ill people forced to sleep in chairs due to a shortage of beds, and others left to lie neglected on trolleys in corridors as vital checks are missed, medical notes are lost and patients are left, essentially, to care for themselves. Meanwhile, we see ambulances forced to wait outside for hours and the rise of a superbug linked to overcrowding and falling hygiene standards. 

Immediately after, Krishnan Guru-Murthy hosts NHS in Crisis? The Debate, in which politicians, patients, medical staff, health experts and concerned members of the public discuss how to fix the NHS – and which of the party manifestoes offers the best chance to cut the seven million-plus patient backlog, increase essential funding and future-proof free healthcare for the next generation. A vital watch that has the potential to swing the vote. GO

House of the Dragon
Sky Atlantic, 2am & 9pm
However unlikely the conclusion to the series opener might have seemed, its consequences consume tonight’s blood-soaked episode, with devastated King Aegon (Tom Glynn-Carney) determined to wreak revenge for the murder of his son – with paranoid eyes turning to Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) and Daemon’s (Matt Smith) household.

The Leader Interviews – Tonight
ITV1, 7pm
With just 10 days until the General Election, another chance for the smaller parties to hammer home their key policies as ITV profiles – and interviews – Green Party co-leader Carla Denyer, Reform UK’s Nigel Farage, Plaid Cymru’s Rhun ap Iorwerth and SNP leader John Swinney.

The Cancer Detectives
PBS America, 7.35pm
This inspiring documentary reveals how, in the 1940s, a team of medical researchers – made up of a Greek doctor, a Japanese artist and an African-American obstetrician – developed an early-diagnosis test for cervical cancer. It also movingly reveals how the test went on to save countless lives in the war against what was once the biggest killer-disease for women.

Bake Off: The Professionals
Channel 4, 8pm
Pop the kettle on as the second week of the professional spin-off, presented by Liam Charles and Ellie Taylor, begins. The pastry chefs are challenged by pâtissier experts Benoit Blin and Cherish Finden to put their own spin on 24 individual sticky toffee puddings and 24 charlottes à la russe.

Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace: What Happened Next
ITV1, 9pm
Settle in for warming updates on two cases previously investigated. For Caroline, found in a vegetable box in a north London hospital in 1968, there’s news about her birth mother; while Harvey, abandoned on a doorstep in 1960, reflects on his friendship with the woman who discovered him.
 
Dua Lipa: My Glastonbury
BBC Two, 10.10pm
Ahead of her Friday headline set, Dua Lipa talks us through her Glastonbury journey – from watching on TV to attending as a teenager and being inspired by past acts including Dolly Parton, Stormzy and Tame Impala. The One Kiss star also reflects on her 2016 Worthy Farm debut and “life-changing” set in 2017.

Sunflowers (2021) ★★★★
Sky Arts, 3pm  
David Bickerstaff directs this documentary about Vincent van Gogh’s sunflower-themed paintings. The Dutch master’s art seemingly keeps growing in popularity, with a panel of curators – mostly from Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum – and art experts, including Oxford professor Stephen Harris, gathered here to discuss his influence. Jamie de Courcey plays him in a series of dramatic reconstructions.

Green for Danger (1946, b/w) ★★★★
Talking Pictures TV, 5.10pm  
Sidney Gilliat directs this delicious wartime whodunit. The great Alastair Sim plays a smug Scotland Yard detective assigned to investigate the death of a postman in an English country hospital during the doodlebug raids of 1944. Trevor Howard and Megs Jenkins co-star. More emotional entanglements than Grey’s Anatomy, red herrings galore and Sim’s sardonic humour add up to a genuine British treat.

The Transporter (2002) ★★★
Film4, 9pm  
This preposterous thriller, co-written by Luc Besson, turned gravel-voiced Jason Statham into the all-conquering action-film hero we know today. He plays criminal courier Frank Martin, asked to deliver a mysterious package. Things go predictably awry – and of course graphic violence is the answer. The action is relentless, and all nuance forgotten; still, it will entertain the adrenalin lovers, and is far better than the three risible sequels.

Film of the week: The Damned United (2009) ★★★★
BBC Two, 11.15pm
As Euros fever continues to grip the nation (and wider continent), take a break from the current stresses of football and tuck into Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) crackling biopic of famed manager Brian Clough, who faced numerous battles during his tenure at Leeds United in 1974. In his fifth collaboration with screenwriter Peter Morgan, Welsh actor Michael Sheen plays Clough with sheeny verisimilitude, and received widespread acclaim for the role. However, Clough’s widow Barbara, already a critic of David Peace’s original bestselling novel, said that she wished the film had never been made; his other family remembers refused to attend the premiere, while some supporting characters sued the film company for their negative portrayals. The most moving moments come from Clough’s interactions with his long-suffering assistant Peter Taylor (Timothy Spall). The Damned United might not be the most accurate depiction of the sport or season itself, but it succeeds in being an engrossing drama about the mud, blood and thuggery of English football in the 1970s. Jim Broadbent, Colm Meaney, Elizabeth Carling and Stephen Graham co-star.

Tuesday 25 June

Bad Press won at Sundance
Bad Press won at Sundance - Joe Peeler/BBC

Bad Press: Storyville
BBC Four, 10pm
This riveting, Sundance-winning documentary from film-maker Joe Peeler and journalist Rebecca Landsberry-Baker charts the story of what happened in Oklahoma at Mvskoke Media – the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s sole media outlet – when the Muscogee National Council repealed the tribe’s Free Press Act in 2018. They were able to do so because the US’s First Amendment right to free speech does not apply to Native American reservations.

Mvskoke director Angel Ellis was rightly appalled, as the move would give direct editorial oversight to the tribal government. She emerges as the star of this involving film set against the background of tribal elections. Not one to, as she says, “polish turds,” Ellis worked on stories exposing everything from embezzlement to sexual harassment – that annoyed some factions. “If people are not liking you, then you’re doing your job,” one man tells her. What follows is a seesaw battle between journalists and officials when, thanks to Ellis and others’ efforts, the repeal was overturned and a free press was written back into tribal law. It’s an important story about civic pride, journalistic endeavour and political accountability.
VL

Kaulitz & Kaulitz
Netflix
Bill and Tom Kaulitz, frontmen of German synth-pop band Tokio Hotel, are given The Kardashians treatment – with mum Charlotte and Tom’s wife, model Heidi Klum, fleshing out the family. This eight-part series follows the twins as they move to Hollywood.

Uefa Euro 2024: England v Slovenia
ITV1, 6.45pm
Gear up for England’s final group-stage match, against Slovenia. Three Lions fans will be hoping for a result that secures England’s progression through the tournament, while Gareth Southgate will be nervously waiting to see if his squad choices were correct. No fewer than nine commentators and talking heads join presenter Mark Pougatch to describe the action from Cologne Stadium.

Our Great Yorkshire Life
Channel 5, 7pm
The magazine series about England’s biggest county – or “God’s own country” as its proud inhabitants refer to it – returns. Yorkshire vet Peter Wright visits a donkey sanctuary to give the residents a check-up, while we also meet a couple who live off-grid and a chef launching his first restaurant in his home town of Horsforth.

The Great British Sewing Bee
BBC One, 9pm
It’s Kids’ Week, and the seven remaining sewers have to show they can create fabulous designs on a smaller scale. Tough judges Esme Young and Patrick Grant assess their sequined bomber jackets and fancy-dress outfits fashioned from beach towels, while the ever-amusing Kiell Smith-Bynoe hosts.

Super Surgeons: A Chance at Life
Channel 4, 9pm
More from the Royal Marsden, as Professor Vin Paleri performs surgery on former Naval pilot Rich, who has a tumour that stretches from his jawline to his heart. It’s a difficult process – made even tougher by Paleri’s necessary decision whether or not to sacrifice a major artery, which would have a permanent impact on Rich’s life and health.
 
Coldplay: Our Glastonbury
BBC Two, 10pm
Next Saturday, Coldplay will headline the Pyramid Stage for a record fifth time. The group (made up of Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion) first appeared at Worthy Farm in 1999 in the New Bands Tent; here, Martin and co talk about their quarter-century of appearances and what the festival means to them.

I Am: Celine Dion (2024) ★★★★
Amazon Prime Video
There has never been a music documentary like this, a weirdly compelling yet discombobulating cross between Spinal Tap, Sunset Boulevard and a harrowing medical journey. After being diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder, known as stiff-person syndrome, in 2022, Celine Dion has been unable to perform. “Music… I miss it a lot,” she says frankly. That is an understatement. The heaviness of her loss is palpable.

Licorice Pizza (2021) ★★★★★
BBC Two, 11.05pm  
Paul Thomas Anderson’s film immerses you so completely in 1970s LA, you could be forgiven for thinking he had somehow stepped through a chink in space-time. It stars Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim, the former playing a child TV star struggling for work, the latter a spunky but aimless photographer’s assistant. The pair play out a powerful first-flush romance, in a mellow screwball coming-of-age. Bradley Cooper co-stars.

Snatch (2000) ★★★★
Film4, 11.10pm  
Guy Ritchie may now have revisited his London crimeland niche a few too many times, but when this follow-up to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels appeared, it felt like a highly original, high-octane gangster flick. Brad Pitt proves an inspired piece of casting as a hell-raising Irish traveller, while the insane plot and comic machismo are memorable. Jason Statham, Stephen Graham and Vinnie Jones co-star.

Wednesday 26 June

Victoria Bazua, Eva Longoria and Carmen Maura in Land of Women
Victoria Bazua, Eva Longoria and Carmen Maura in Land of Women - Manuel Fernández-Valdés/Apple TV+

Land of Women
Apple TV+
The perfect antidote to the summer of sport, this daft, amiable six-part comedy-drama is as easy on the eyes as it is on the brain. Exec-produced by its star, it casts Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria as Gala Scott, a Manhattan socialite forced to rapidly relocate to her ancestral homestead when her feckless husband Fred (James Purefoy) fails to repay a $15 million
debt to a gangster. Her dreams of opening an upmarket wine emporium are dashed; La Muga in rural Spain calls. Dragged along are Gala’s elderly mother, Julia (erstwhile Pedro Almodóvar muse Carmen Maura), and teenage daughter, Kate (Victoria Bazúa), whose respective fees at a nursing home and private school she is no longer able to meet.

The first person they meet is ruggedly handsome farmer Amat (The Musketeers’ Santiago Cabrera) – who also happens to be the new owner of their family home. Ancient grudges resurface, old passions reignite and new ones erupt in a fish-out-of-water yarn where no coincidence is too farfetched and no cliché too absurd (Gala is spattered with manure and put in jail inside the first hour). Thankfully, the predictability is all part of the show’s charm. GT

Worst Roommate Ever
Netflix
The only surprise bigger than the return of this underwhelming true-crime docu-series is that it is back bearing the same ill-judged title. Among the stories this season are a man who moves into a house with his two dogs and “starts being strange and odd”, making uninvited visits into bedrooms, abusing cats and exhibiting behaviour which only gets more worrying.

BBC Prime Ministerial Debate
BBC One, 8.15pm
Whatever criticisms can be levelled at Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer over the course of this campaign, ducking scrutiny is not one of them. Tonight sees the Conservative and Labour leaders submit to their final televised interrogation, this time
at the hands of Mishal Husain and a studio audience in Nottingham. Post-match analysis comes at 9.30pm with After the Debate, hosted by Clive Myrie and Laura Kuenssberg.

The Supervet: Noel Fitzpatrick
Channel 4, 9pm
Noel Fitzpatrick is faced with another menagerie of cute animals facing seemingly intractable difficulties: a Boston terrier has hip dysplasia, a Hungarian vizsla has developmental elbow disease and a tabby cat could lose his legs after being hit by a car.

Fire Country
Sky Witness, 9pm
Following straight on from the first series, this ropey but hugely popular US import finds firefighter Bode Donovan (Bates Motel’s Max Thieriot) back behind bars just as a huge earthquake causes chaos in Edgewater. Could his heroic services be required after all?

Little Simz: My Glastonbury
BBC Two, 10pm
A few days before her plum slot on the Pyramid Stage, just before headliners Coldplay, the brilliant Mercury Prize-winning rapper talks about her own career trajectory, from her 2016 debut on the West Holts Stage to Worthy Farm’s biggest and most famous platform. The Londoner also enthuses about how performances from The Good, the Bad & the Queen, Burna Boy and Kendrick Lamar have inspired her.
 
Trauma Room One
Channel 5, 10pm
Another humbling visit to the operating theatres where medics conduct high-risk brain and spinal surgery. This week’s episode features a woman whose brain is pushing into her spinal canal, and a man with a condition that causes his hands and feet to continue to grow.

Interstellar (2014) ★★★★
Sky Cinema 10s, 8pm  
With Oppenheimer and The Dark Knight trilogy under his belt – as well as a knighthood – Christopher Nolan has secured his position as the pre-eminent auteur of this century; and this space epic is a similar beauty. We follow astronaut (Matthew McConaughey) and scientist (Anne Hathaway) as they steer a spaceship through a wormhole in search of a new beginning for the human race.

No Way Out (1987) ★★★★
Film4, 10.55pm  
Based on Kenneth Fearing’s 1946 novel The Big Clock, this is one of Kevin Costner’s finest performances. He plays Navy Lt Tom Farrell, who gets caught up in a fling with Susan (Sean Young) – who just so happens to also be dating Farrell’s superior (Gene Hackman). When Susan is found dead, both men are in the line of fire. There’s more Costner in Open Range on Thursday (10.45pm) and Let Him Go on Friday (10.35pm).

The Wife (2017) ★★★★
BBC Two, 11.30pm  
Director Björn L Runge’s mesmerising drama about a woman living in the shadow of her husband stars acting masters Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce. The latter plays Joe, an American novelist whose brilliance means that Joan (Close) turns a blind eye to his awful behaviour. This character study shows all his ugly elements in relief against Joan’s genuine depth. Close is as nuanced as ever, while Pryce is convincingly cruel.

Thursday 27 June

Hugh Bonneville and Karen Gillan in Douglas is Cancelled
Hugh Bonneville and Karen Gillan in Douglas is Cancelled - ITV

Douglas is Cancelled
ITV1, 9pm
Steven Moffat’s decision to swap time travel (in Doctor Who or The Time Traveller’s Wife) for cancel culture seems a random one, until you consider the fervency of the former’s fanbase, with the Scottish screenwriter having spoken at length about how he found the criticism difficult to handle. What makes Douglas is Cancelled – a zingy four-part satire about a news anchor whose career unravels after he’s overheard making a dodgy joke at a wedding – even more surprising a feature in a primetime slot is how neatly it mirrors recent events; multiple British public figures have lost their careers in recent years after controversial elements of their private life became public.

Hugh Bonneville is terrific as national treasure Douglas Bellowes, a ruddy, plain-speaking, self-centred sort, with more than a shade of one or two real-life anchormen. However, when a tweet accusing him of making a sexist quip goes viral, backlash is swift – and costly. Moffat recruits former Doctor Who colleagues Karen Gillan (playing Bellowes’s younger co-anchor) and Alex Kingston, as well as Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale, to round off an impressive cast. PP

My Lady Jane
Amazon Prime Video
With the latest season of Bridgerton proving to be another hit, Amazon will be crossing their fingers that this swish adaptation of the YA novels steals Netflix’s period-drama thunder. Told over eight (boxsetted) episodes, this is a decidedly modern alternative history of the Tudor era, imagining that headstrong Lady Jane Grey (Emily Bader) wasn’t, in fact, executed nine days into her reign.

The Bear
Disney+
Riding high from wins at the Emmys and Golden Globes, and growing fame for its stars Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri, the third series of the kitchen drama promises to be just as brilliant – and frantic. There were no screeners available, but fans will soon find out whether chefs Carmy (White) and Sydney’s (Edebiri) struggle to open their own fine-dining Chicago restaurant has paid off – or if it will push them over the edge. All 10 episodes are available from today.

Supacell
Netflix
Remember Misfits? This gritty drama has a similar plot, being centred on a group of ordinary South Londoners who develop superpowers. Only one thing connects this group: they’re all black. Tosin Cole takes the lead as Michael, who must unite the group and utilise their strengths to save his fiancée (The Responder’s Adelayo Adedayo).

Can AI Steal Your Votes?: Dispatches
Channel 4, 8pm
We’ve been warned about the potential impact that AI could have on jobs and creativity, but Dispatches offers a depressing new possibility: it could even swing the General Election. Cathy Newman investigates whether a flood of AI images and deepfakes could influence votes. Later, Labour’s Keir Starmer gets grilled on The Leader Interviews on ITV1 at 8.30pm.

The Outlaws
BBC One, 9pm; NI/Wales, 10.40pm
Series three of Stephen Merchant’s comic thriller ends with the gang under pressure to prove their innocence and keep gangster The Dean (Claes Bang) behind bars. No news yet on series four...

Paul Whitehouse’s Sketch Show Years
GOLD, 10pm
Over the next four weeks, Paul Whitehouse will lead a celebration of his all-time favourite sketch shows, kicking off tonight in the golden era of the 1970s, but harking back to the genre’s roots in music hall and revealing Whitehouse’s inspiration for his Arthur Atkinson character.

A Quiet Place (2018) ★★★★
Film4, 9pm  
In John Krasinski’s clammy-palmed horror film, humanity is in hiding, and one sound will send scavenging aliens right to the door. Krasinski plays Lee, a father who’s managed to keep his family alive in a remote house. Deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds) is key to their chances of survival: they all use sign language. But the star, with a scene involving giving birth in silence, is the magnificent Emily Blunt. Part II is on Friday at 9pm.

Live and Let Die (1973) ★★★
ITV1, 10.45pm  
Roger Moore’s first outing as Bond sees the super-spy go full blaxploitation with voodoo sub-plots, a New Orleans setting, bayou speedboat chases and drug running as the main plot driver. Bond is recruited to put a stop to dictator Dr Kananga (played magnificently by Yaphet Kotto), who is using his Caribbean island to peddle heroin. Of course, its greatest legacy is Paul McCartney’s (and Wings’) electrifying title song.

I Saw the Light (2015) ★★
BBC Two, 11.05pm  
Pioneering country star Hank Williams deserved a far better biopic than this staid affair from Marc Abraham. Bafflingly, the most English actor ever to exist – Tom Hiddleston – plays the icon of the American South, who died at just 29 in 1953. Elizabeth Olsen, at least, delivers a convincingly emotional turn as his wife Audrey, who contended with his alcoholism and infidelity. Perhaps stick to listening to I Saw the Light instead.

Friday 28 June

Dua Lipa will headline Friday night at Glastonbury
Dua Lipa will headline Friday night at Glastonbury - Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America

Glastonbury 2024
BBC One, Two and Four, from 7.30pm
Dua Lipa, Coldplay, SZA, Little Simz, Cyndi Lauper, Shania Twain, Janelle Monáe and perhaps even a surprise turn by Pulp or Kasabian….  Yes, it’s that weekend when the BBC becomes the GBC, diverting all available resources to Somerset for the year’s biggest music festival. And if you don’t love mud, camping, massive queues for grimy loos and vast throngs of arm-waving humanity blocking your view, or simply were one of the 2.5 million people who couldn’t nab a ticket, the BBC’s coverage across TV, iPlayer and Sounds is a great way to get the best of it.

Tonight’s TV highlight will be on BBC One when homegrown headliner Dua Lipa takes to the Pyramid Stage at 10.30pm, with plenty more to enjoy in the build-up. On BBC Two, from 7.30pm, Lauren Laverne and Clara Amfo introduce highlights of the day’s most talked about performances so far, before handing over to Jo Whiley and Jack Saunders for a look at the best of the opening evening’s acts, from LCD Soundsystem to Olivia Dean. Over on BBC Four, also from 7.30pm, there’s fuller coverage of sets by Paul Heaton, Sugababes, Dexys, PJ Harvey and Idles among others – with lots more to come over a very busy weekend. GO

The Panorama Interviews: Sir Ed Davey
BBC One, 7.30pm
The latest big beast to be interrogated by Nick Robinson is Ed Davey of the Liberal Democrats, whose manifesto pledges to “transform the very nature of British politics”. A grand aim, but can their leader follow up his amiable photocalls with hard policies? Question Time Leaders’ Special follows at 8pm.

Andy Murray: Will to Win
BBC One, 9pm
An enjoyable, archive-rich film charting how determination and a gruelling training regime helped Andy Murray win 46 singles titles (including three Grand Slams: US Open, Wimbledon twice) and two Olympic golds, making him the UK’s most successful male tennis player.

The Terracotta Army with Dan Snow
Channel 5, 9pm
Historian Dan Snow delivers a comprehensive account of the truly sensational finding, in 1974, of an ancient army of terracotta warriors buried in western China. He also brings us up to speed on the many discoveries since, including those made about the life, death and extravagant funeral rites of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, who commissioned the warriors in the 3rd century BC.

The Sommerdahl Murders
More4, 9pm
This Danish crime drama stands out from much brooding Nordic noir for its emotional focus on the toll policing takes on detective Dan (Peter Mygind), his wife Marianne (Laura Drasbæk) and sidekick Flemming (André Babikian). Tonight’s double episode follows the search for a missing baby after a mother is found dead on a beach.
 
The Nevermets
Channel 4, 10pm
The dating series on long-distance relationships between couples who met online concludes with Leah from Glasgow inviting Chad from Fargo, North Dakota – and his 16-year-old daughter – for a make-or-break holiday in Scotland. Meanwhile, Matt from Warrington is devastated when his Filipino girlfriend Maria is refused a tourist visa. Nervewracking stuff.

Stick to Football: Euros 2024
ITV1, 10.45pm
Can’t get enough of the football? Gary Neville, Ian Wright, Jill Scott and Roy Keane pick the bones out of the tournament action so far. Ideal post-pub fodder, easy on the analysis and heavy on the locker room banter.

Fancy Dance (2023) ★★★★★
Apple TV+  
Anyone who watched Martin Scorsese’s epic Killers of the Flower Moon could attest to Lily Gladstone’s talent. In Erica Tremblay’s film, which received rave reviews at Sundance, she plays Jax, a young Native woman living on the Seneca-Cayuga Nation Reservation who is forced to care for her niece after her sister goes missing. The expansive vistas are stunning, and Gladstone’s performance movingly understated and raw.

A Family Affair (2024)
Netflix  
A Family Affair is an age-gap  romcom in the same vain as Amazon’s recent cheesy runaway hit The Idea of You, which stars Anne Hathaway as a mother who falls in love with a boyband star. This one, however, has pedigree in that its stars Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron have been here before: they played lovers in 2012 crime drama The Paperboy. Personal assistant Zara (Joey King) discovers that her celebrity boss (Efron) is secretly dating her divorced mother (Kidman).

A Sacrifice (2024)
Sky Cinema Premiere, 12.15pm & 8pm  
Director Jordan Scott adapts Nicholas Hogg’s 2015 heady psychological thriller Tokyo for the big screen. Eric Bana (Hulk, Troy) plays a psychiatrist who battles to save his rebellious daughter Mazzy (Stranger Things star Sadie Sink) from a cult after she falls in love with a boy whose mother (Sylvia Hoeks) is its dangerously charismatic leader. Ridley Scott (who just so happens to be the director’s father) produces. Jonas Dassler and Sophie Rois co-star.

Spike Island (2012) ★★★
BBC One, 12.15am  
Mat Whitecross’s fun coming-of-age drama, set in the north-west at the height of the “Madchester” scene, centres on five teenagers who are determined to attend The Stone Roses’ seminal concert in Widnes at whatever cost. Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Elliot Tittensor star.


Television previewers

Stephen Kelly (SK), Veronica Lee (VL), Gerard O’Donovan (GO), Poppie Platt (PP) and Gabriel Tate (GT