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TV tonight: Tom Jones's journey from south Wales to sex symbol

The Guardian logo The Guardian 05/06/2020 Ammar Kalia, Hannah J Davies, Jack Seale, Ellen E Jones and Paul Howlett
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Tom Jones at 80

Tom Jones wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Living legend ... Tom Jones at the Brit awards in February. © Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Living legend ... Tom Jones at the Brit awards in February.

9pm, BBC Four

In this one-off special, we look back at the career of the Welsh singer, from his early days performing in the working men’s clubs of south Wales to reaching sex symbol status through his 1964 hit It’s Not Unusual. That led him to the US as part of the British invasion, including a Las Vegas residency and an enduring friendship with Elvis Presley. Following a decline in popularity towards the end of the century, we witness Jones’ comeback and establishment as an elder statesman of the full-throated croon. Ammar Kalia

Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back

8pm, Channel 4

Proving that consumer justice shows need not be deadly serious to be effective, Lycett continues to charm in this second series of Got Your Back. As it concludes, the man formerly known as Hugo Boss (a change made for a segment on this show) offers a look back at his many and varied victories this series. Hannah J Davies

Celebrity Gogglebox 

9pm, Channel 4

The sofa-bound review that once gave us Jeremy Corbyn’s coddled eggs is back, with a celebs-at-home vibe that is now commonplace in the lockdown era. This edition features the suddenly ubiquitous Harry Redknapp, as well as Nick Grimshaw and Nicola Adams. Jack Seale

Later … With Jools Holland

10pm, BBC Two

Ellie Goulding is the main guest for this week’s episode, recorded at Jools Holland’s home in south London. Not that Goulding will be there in person, of course; she will be discussing her influences and career via video link, while the singer Biig Piig will make her debut on the show. Ellen E Jones

Amy Schumer Learns to Cook

10pm, Food Network

If you feel insecure about your culinary abilities and MasterChef is a step too far, this could be the cooking show for you. Fronted by the comic and her husband, Chris Fischer, each episode sees the pair learn simple meals. Tonight, it is fried fish tacos. AK

The IT Crowd 

11.05pm, Channel 4

Another chance to catch the first season of Graham Linehan’s nerdy comedy. We open in an office’s IT department occupied by Roy (Chris O’Dowd) and Moss (Richard Ayoade), where their new manager, Jen (Katherine Parkinson), has just arrived. Despite her lack of computing skills, can she bring benefits as the only female in the team? AK

Film choice

Julie & Julia (Nora Ephron, 2009), 4.25pm, Sony MoviesNora Ephron’s elegantly satisfying real-life cookery drama stars Meryl Streep as Julia Child, who brought French cuisine to the US in the 50s and 60s, and Amy Adams as Julie Powell who, 40 years later, kept a daily blog of her project to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s classic work. It is Cordon Bleu entertainment. Paul Howlett


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