TV tonight: for one night only, Ben Elton hosts Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live

9pm, Channel 4

Channel 4 is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and this one-off revival of the 80s standup and entertainment show is just one of the ways it is embracing broadcasting nostalgia. Ben Elton returns to host the evening, introducing a wave of comedy legends and rising funny stars including Harry Enfield, Julian Clary, Rosie Jones, Jo Brand, Mawaan Rizwan, and Ronni Ancona. Mercury Prize-contender Self Esteem provides the music. Hollie Richardson


8.30pm, BBC One

Tonight, “Not much to do” is the online customer comment that sends Alison and Mike into a tiz over how to make the B&B more entertaining. Meanwhile, the Captain befriends another local ghost – will he become part of the ghoulish gang? HR

Professor T

9pm, ITV

Aside from dealing with his mother’s reluctance to do joint therapy with him, to “excavate the root of my hostility towards women”, Professor T has a tricky case to solve tonight: a caretaker has been found standing over his employer’s dead body. It is the perfect case study for his class. HR

Babylon Berlin

9pm, Sky Atlantic

Season four continues, with the German capital in 1931 still an acrid miasma of hatred and corruption, surging Nazis and a smug ruling class. Charlotte (Liv Lisa Fries) competing in a dance marathon might be light relief, were she not so desperate for the prize money. Jack Seale

Am I Being Unreasonable?

9.30pm, BBC One

After last week’s huge revelations, this slower penultimate episode is a chance to digest them all. Nic (Daisy May Cooper) wants her fun friend back so heads over to see Jen (Selin Hizli) and make amends. But then she finds a shocking home video. HR

Mock the Week

10pm, BBC Two

It’s been a platform for new comedians for 17 years, but the topical panel show is topical no more. In this final episode, hosts Dara Ó Briain and Hugh Dennis take one last look back at the week’s news, with help from regulars Angela Barnes, Alasdair Beckett-King, Rhys James, Zoe Lyons and Ahir Shah. Ellen E Jones

Film choice

Deerskin (Quentin Dupieux, 2019), 12.30am, Film4
Jean Dujardin of The Artist fame stars in this surreal yet weirdly believable French black comedy about a man obsessed with a coat. Georges (Dujardin) blows all his money on an expensive deerskin jacket and then takes up residence in a mountain hotel, where he conceives a plan to rid the world of every other jacket. He’s a pathetic character, but it is grisly fun watching his warped mission, as he convinces local bartender and would-be film editor Denise (Adèle Haenel) that he is a movie-maker, implicating her in his increasingly gruesome exploits. Simon Wardell

• This article was amended on 21 October 2022 because. An earlier version said Self Esteem “could well be celebrating a Mercury prize win”, however, earlier this week Little Simz was announced as this year’s winner.