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What's on TV tonight: The Woman in White and Luis Miguel

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 22/04/2018 By Telegraph Reporters

Sunday 22 April

The Woman in White

BBC One, 9.00pm

The BBC has previously had three goes at adapting Wilkie Collins’s classic mystery tale: in 1966 (with Alethea Charlton and Nicholas Pennell), 1982 (Diana Quick, Daniel Gerroll) and 1997 (Tara Fitzgerald, Andrew Lincoln). So it’s no surprise to see it rearing its head again in a new five-part version by Fiona Seres, underlining the theme of women’s inequality before the law in Victorian times. Former EastEnders actor Ben Hardy is terrific as artist William Hartright, drawn into a murderous plot to steal an heiress’s fortune when he’s invited by a reclusive art collector (Charles Dance) to teach his nieces to paint. As ever, Jessie Buckley makes an instant impact as the spirited Marian Halcombe, while Olivia Vinall takes on the twin roles of Laura Fairlie and troubled Anne Catherick.

This opening episode is set up as an extended tease – from the outset we know something terrible has happened and the action is interrupted regularly to remind us that a detective (Art Malik) will investigate soon. But only at the end do we meet the villain of the piece, Sir Percival Glide (Dougray Scott), and get a hint of the dastardly scheme that’s afoot. Gerard O’Donovan

Luis Miguel

Netflix, from today

He’s the most successful male Latin American recording artist ever, having sold well in excess of 100 million records. But even though superstar singer Luis Miguel has lived a life rich enough to more than fill this three-part dramatised biography (with Diego Boneta in the lead), don’t expect too much in the way of shocking true-life revelations as it is very much the official, authorised version of an already carefully curated life story. 

Athletics: London Marathon

BBC One, 8.30am

As the heatwave continues, tens of thousands of runners will be pounding the streets of London for the 38th staging of the annual event. The men’s race will be the first for Mo Farah since the four-time Olympic gold medallist switched his focus from track events to the road. The 35-year-old will face competition from runners such as Eliud Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion, and Daniel Wanjiru, the winner of last year’s London Marathon. Mary Keitany will start as favourite in the women’s race, looking to equal Ingrid Kristiansen as the joint-most successful female athlete in the event’s history. 


Sky One, 6.30pm

The thrills, skills and spectacular spills continue as Sky’s entertainingly original new show (incredible that neither the BBC nor ITV spotted the potential of this format) rolls on as the fourth heat sees more BMX-ers, bladers and skateboarders battle it out for a place in the final. “Gang warfare on wheels” is how hyperbolic co-host Steve-O describes it, though the family-friendly atmosphere is a lot cheerier than that. GO

Little Big Shots

ITV, 7.00pm

Dawn French returns with the show that allows children to take a first step on the slippery slope to TV talent show fame, testing out their star power on the TV viewing public. Tonight, a four-year-old from Slough whose mini-guardsman routine went viral online, and a seven-year-old drummer from London.

Britain’s Biggest Warship

BBC Two, 8.00pm

In the second episode, the Navy’s cutting edge new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth embarks on sea trials, stress-testing every part of the ship and allowing landings on deck for the first time. And it’s not only kit that’s tested – the crew have challenging times ahead, too.

The Durrells

ITV, 8.00pm

The most charming family on TV’s Corfu sojourn continues as, despite all Louisa’s (Keeley Hawes) preparations, Gerry’s (Milo Parker) 13th birthday party descends into chaos – and Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis) is behaving very oddly.

The Good Karma Hospital

ITV, 9.00pm

Mixed emotions abound in the closing episode of an eventful second series as Ruby (Amrita Acharia) has a heart-to-heart with Gabriel (James Krishna Floyd), and Lydia (Amanda Redman) faces a dilemma when a former mentor (Sue Johnston) seeks help. GO

Dances with Wolves (1990) ★★★★☆

Channel 5, 2.15pm

After his heroic exploits in the American Civil War, Union army lieutenant John Dunbar (played by Kevin Costner, who also directed and produced) chooses a solitary posting on the Western frontier, where he encounters – and is finally embraced by – the local Sioux tribe. This sort of thing rarely happened in reality, but the epic sweep of the tale and magnificent locations are irresistible.

Trainwreck (2015) ★★★★☆

5STAR, 9.00pm

The stand-up comedian – and first-time screenwriter – Amy Schumer nails her performance as a shambolic loser-in-love in Judd Apatow’s overstuffed sex comedy. Like Kristen Wiig (who produces) and Maya Rudolph in Bridesmaids, Schumer and Brie Larson, who plays her settled-down sister, duet their way through some bitter dramatic tributaries. Tilda Swinton co-stars as Amy’s hair-flicking boss.

Easy A (2010) ★★★★☆

Channel 4, 11.10pm

Emma Stone dominates this high-school romcom, a mildly raunched-up version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1840 novel The Scarlet Letter. It takes the form of a live webcast confessional, in which Olive (Stone) explains how she risked her reputation to help the unpopular kids improve theirs. It’s smart and surprising, and the pencil-sharp character assassinations are irresistible.

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Monday 23 April 

The Real Camilla: HRH the Duchess of Cornwall

ITV, 9.00pm

A combination of reverence and access or lack thereof tends to ensure that royal documentaries rarely give viewers the warts-and-all depiction they might require. That’s certainly the case with this pleasant if undemanding ITV take on the life of the Duchess of Cornwall. The usual mixture of friends, family and royal correspondents give their opinion on the “real Camilla” – her nephew Ben Elliott comes closest to lifting the veil when he talks about what to get her for Christmas – and there’s a whistle-stop tour of the whole Charles/ Camilla/ Diana story, albeit one that glosses over the over the crucial decade when the Prince of Wales’s marriage fell apart. 

Ultimately, what saves it all from sycophancy is Camilla herself, who comes across as hard-working, easy-going and, above all, game. “She was fun, she made people laugh,” says a contributor early on and watching the Duchess chatting to various guests, young and old, you can believe it. The night’s best tribute, however, comes, fittingly, from the man most qualified to judge: “She’s the best listener in the world,” notes Prince Charles, his delivery heartfelt. Sarah Hughes

Rip Off Britain: Food

BBC One, 9.15am 

The popular daytime consumer series returns with a focus on food as presenters Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville look at the ins and outs of going out for a meal and consider public complaints. 

Tennis: The Barcelona Open

Sky Sports Main Event, 10.00am

It’s the opening day in the clay-court tournament at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, where Rafael Nadal triumphed last year for the 10th time. 

Holidays Unpacked

Channel 4, 8.00pm

Lucy Hedges and Morland Sanders are our guides in this new series, which aims to take us to the world’s “up-and-coming destinations”. In practice, this means that Hedges heads to Israel to float in the Dead Sea while Sanders goes zip-lining in Costa Rica. 

Genius: Picasso

National Geographic, 8.00pm 

Antonio Banderas plays Spain’s most famous painter in this sumptuous take on the life of Pablo Picasso. As with last year’s Einstein, the action in the first episode flashes between two key periods in Picasso’s life: the moment as a boy when he realised he had to become an artist and 1937 when he receives the commission that will ultimately become Guernica. 

Travel Man: 48 Hours on the Cote d’Azur

Channel 4, 8.30pm

Comedian Shazia Mirza is Richard Ayoade’s guest on a whistle-stop tour from Nice to Monaco. There’s a nice relaxed vibe between the two of them as they bond over their love of Roger Moore (sorry), although Mirza tests Ayoade’s patience with her misuse of the word “literally”. 

Secret Agent Selection: WW2

BBC Two, 9.00pm 

It’s concealment and camouflage week on the reality TV series, as our would-be secret agents are sent to the Scottish Highlands. It’s arguably the toughest training yet as the gang find themselves scrambling over rocks and wading through freezing lakes – will everyone make it through? SH


Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm & 10.20pm

Television’s coldest show returns with creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy having dialled back the tricksiness so that most of the time jumps and puzzles feel organic to the plot, although the overall effect is still pretty soulless. Understandably, last season’s revelations have led to chaos as Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) seeks vengeance on her former masters. Thandie Newton’s Maeve and Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard provide the rare moments of genuine emotion. SH

Exodus (1960) ★★★★☆

5Spike, 11.55am

Otto Preminger’s big-budget adaptation of Leon Uris’s bestseller about the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948 is an accomplished piece of film-making. A Jewish paramilitary smuggles more than 600 detained Holocaust survivors onto a cargo vessel and makes an illegal crossing to Palestine. Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint star with a script by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo.

The Sum of All Fears (2002) ★★☆☆☆

Sky One, 9.00pm

After Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck is the third actor to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan, hero of Tom Clancy’s bestsellers. He teams up with Morgan Freeman and Liev Schreiber to find a missing nuclear bomb before it can be detonated on American soil in this efficient action thriller, which is lifted out of the humdrum by a sensational climax.

Middle Men (2009) ★★★☆☆

Film4, 11.35pm

Goodfellas meets Boogie Nights in this account of a straight-arrow Texas businessman who in the Nineties helps set up the first paid internet porn site. George Gallo, who co-wrote and directed, is no Scorsese, and Luke Wilson, narrating, is no De Niro, but it’s an entertaining albeit sleazy ride, and Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht are a hoot as the two losers who stumble across the internet’s first big moneymaking scheme. 

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Tuesday 24 April

The Split

BBC One, 9.00pm

Abi Morgan’s latest television drama is perhaps her most mainstream yet after the psychological trauma of River and period precision of The Hour, but that doesn’t mean that it’s superficial. 

The set up is the stuff of classic family melodrama: London divorce lawyer Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker) clashes with her mother (Deborah Findlay) when she leaves the family firm for a bigger, flashier rival – and the pair end up on opposite sides in a high-profile case between a sportswear mogul (Stephen Tompkinson) and his wife (Meera Syal). Complicating matters further, Hannah’s estranged father (Anthony Head) returns after 30 years, leaving Hannah and her two sisters (Annabel Scholey and Fiona Button), one a singleton, the other engaged, in turmoil.

There’s an unselfconscious gloss not often seen on British TV, and the set-ups are ripe for the sort of narrative twists in which Morgan excels, all peppered with her familiarly pointed dialogue. Walker and Stephen Mangan are particularly convincing as a couple still in love but also in denial about the cracks appearing in their marriage. There’s nothing guilty about this pleasure. Gabriel Tate

Champions League Football: Liverpool v Roma

BT Sport 2, 7.45pm

Having brushed aside Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate, with Roberto Firmino scoring the final goal, Liverpool take on Roma in what should be a pulsating semi-final first leg at Anfield. They’ll be hoping for a similar outcome to the last time these sides met: goals from Jari Litmanen and Emile Heskey gave Liverpool a 2-0 win. 

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The Terror

AMC, 9.00pm

Turning Dan Simmons’s slightly pulpy source material into the stuff of gripping drama, this new series is part-psychological thriller, part-adventure yarn and part-monster movie, as it follows two Royal Navy ships in the 1840s on a journey to discover the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. Conditions worsen, resources dwindle and strange creatures lurk on the fringes of the expedition as the crews begin to turn on each other. A top-notch cast, led by Ciarán Hinds, Jared Harris and Tobias Menzies, keeps the tension high and the humanity front and centre among some difficult characters. 

Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers

Channel 4, 9.00pm

This grotesque film follows presenter Rick Edwards and technician Carla Valentine as they pull apart one of those enormous lumps of congealed fat and assorted unpleasantness, uncovering a grim truths about modern life.

Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks

Sky Arts, 9.00pm

Gus Casely-Hayford brings Jeremy Paxman to the Cairngorms, inspiration for Edwin Landseer, who sculpted the four lions of Nelson’s Column but never fulfilled his promise after a breakdown set the pattern of mental-health issues that would dog him for life. GT

Cunk on Britain

BBC Two, 10.00pm; N Ireland, 11.15pm

Can Diane Morgan and her dunderheaded alter-ego wring laughs from the first half of the 20th century? Of course she can, when her real targets are the many po-faced documentaries on the same that preceded her.

Rent for Sex & Botox Bust: Ellie Undercover

BBC One, 10.45pm & 11.15pm; Scotland, 11.45pm & 12.15am 

Investigative journalist  Ellie Flynn goes undercover to explore the alarming phenomena of landlords offering rooms in exchange for rent, and professional misuse of Botox. This was first shown on BBC Three.

Flight HS13

Channel 4, 11.00pm

An absorbing Dutch thriller in which a woman (Katja Schuurman) goes in search of her husband (Daniel Boissevain) after he fails to board a plane which subsequently crashes. The full series will be available on Walter Presents at 11.55pm. GT

Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) ★★★☆☆

Film4, 5.15pm

Terence Fisher teamed up with Hammer Films for this child-friendly spin-off from The Adventures of Robin Hood TV series, with Richard Greene, who reprises his role here. Peter Cushing stars as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham who is out to murder the Archbishop of Canterbury. It’s a cheap and cheerful affair that remains true to the spirit of the original.

Sons of the Desert (1934, b/w) ★★★★★

Talking Pictures, 6.40pm

This Laurel and Hardy comedy is a joyous romp. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy scheme to outwit their wives and secretly attend a fraternal lodge meeting in Chicago. Based on a story by Frank Craven, an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for originating the role of the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, it holds together well and is full of sparkling jokes.

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American Gangster (2007) ★★★★☆

ITV4, 11.30pm

Denzel Washington is imperious as the Seventies Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas in Ridley Scott’s cocksure crime thriller. Charting Lucas’s domination of the heroin market during the Vietnam War and his investigation by honest New Jersey cop Richie Roberts (a casually excellent Russell Crowe), the film features an enthralling final face-off. Cuba Gooding Jnr provides ample support.

Wednesday 25 April 

Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

BBC One, 9.00pm; Scotland, 10.45pm

The UK has the worst eating habits in Europe, says veteran food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and the fallout is crippling the NHS. In the Fifties, just two per cent of the population was overweight, compared to the 20 per cent of us tipping the obesity scales currently. What we have to do, says Fearnley-Whittingstall, is not just diet and exercise, but fight back against the tide of high-calorie processed food being pushed at us from every direction. 

He begins this engrossing series by inviting children to do a supermarket shop without their parents. The results are striking, demonstrating the influence of advertising and how poor eating choices take root from an early age. There are many other striking moments in a show bursting with information, revelation and naming and shaming. He shows how the changing face of our high streets has limited food choices, and his campaign to get 10,000 people in Newcastle to shed a communal 100,000 lbs is inspired. But his drive to get WH Smith to stop, as he says, “pushing” chocolate from its tills will perhaps be what resonates most with viewers. Gerard O’Donovan

MisFITs Like Us

BBC Three, from today

Another thoughtful documentary series, focusing on the isolation and loneliness that can come with illness or difference. In each of three episodes, young people suffering from vitiligo, scarring from burns and, in this opener, Tourette’s Syndrome spend time with a group of strangers living with the same condition, to share the bond of understanding and explore how they might help each other overcome a range of fears and anxieties.

Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge

BBC Two, 8.00pm

Another four fledgling craft food producers vie to get their cheeses, charcuterie, preserves and breads voted best in shop at the tiny village store in Malhamdale, as judges Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona dog them every step of the way.

Britain’s Brightest Family

ITV, 8.00pm

ITV’s family friendly quiz show hasn’t always been a thrill a minute but, with victory and the holiday of a lifetime up for grabs tonight, expect the competition to be fierce as the finalists go head-to-head against Anne Hegarty’s tough line in questioning. 

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

BBC Two, 9.00pm

The story comes full circle in the final episode of Tom Rob Smith’s gripping drama series, to July 1997. As Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) watches the news of Versace’s murder break, he’s horrified to learn that the police have identified him as prime suspect.


ITV, 9.00pm

More Costa comedy as Monty (John Challis) is on his uppers after Joyce (Sherrie Hewson) sacks him. And things are even worse for Kenneth (Tony Maudsley), who wakes up in Blow & Go after a big night out, only to realise that the builders have bricked him in. GO

The Curse of Civil War Gold

History, 9.00pm

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Oak Island treasure hunters Rick and Marty Lagina embark on a new series prompted by a Civil War story about a troop of Union soldiers who stole a hoard of Confederate gold. The loot was supposedly smuggled north before being lost beneath the waves of Lake Michigan. Rick and Marty aren’t the only ones who think that there’s a chance that it could still be there. GO

Mermaids (1990) ★★★☆☆

Sony Movie Channel, 1.45pm

This comedy-drama stars Cher as Mrs Flax, a mother who regularly moves town, and is a constant embarrassment to her two daughters (Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci). After yet another romantic disaster for Mrs Flax, they relocate to Massachusetts and find some semblance of family life. Ryder in particular generates real charisma in her role as an alienated outsider.

Pork Chop Hill (1959, b/w) ★★★★☆

5Spike, 3.55pm

Lewis Milestone, the man responsible for the great anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front, directs this intelligent and largely forgotten true-story drama about a late battle of the Korean War. Gregory Peck stars as a gung-ho American lieutenant who leads a unit on the attack of the Chinese-held Pork Chop Hill, while Rip Torn is cheerfully professional as his brother-in-law. It also features the film debut of Martin Landau.

Dark Places (2015) ★★☆☆☆

Film 4, 9.00pm

This adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s cold-case chiller, which comes after the making of her mystery novel Gone Girl, with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, pales in comparison. Producer-star Charlize Theron plays a Kansas woman still grappling with the long-ago murders of her family. Christina Hendricks is affecting as her mother, but there’s not much in the way of surprise elements and the plot holes are gaping.

Thursday 26 April 


BBC One, 9.00pm

The key to the BBC’s emotional, compelling Ambulance, which returns for a third series, lies in the attention to small details, whether it’s the way in which a husband gazes into his injured wife’s eyes or the moment at the end of a shift when two team members of the West Midlands Ambulance Service relax to the radio on the way home. This strong opening episode is also almost impossible to watch at times. It begins with call assessor Shanie, who has just graduated from training, as she deals with the cries of a woman in labour. And then there’s paramedic Nat, who gets a call that’s uncomfortably close to home while her driving partner, also called Nat, desperately tries to keep her calm. 

They are just two of the five featured stories – only a handful of the 6,041 cases treated by the service in a 48-hour period – and the film-makers do well to balance the light and dark, ensuring that we are able to laugh amid the tears. The night’s star is 101-year-old Mary, who greets paramedic Justin with a smile and the words: “Oh, don’t you look nice” before going on to flirt for Britain. It’s a lovely scene and one which, like the episode, warms the heart. Sarah Hughes


Netflix, from today

Adapted by Grant Morrison from his graphic novel, Happy! stars Chris Meloni (who has played tormented characters in everything from Oz to Law & Order SVU) as Nick Sax, a depressed cop turned hitman who appears to be hallucinating a tiny blue unicorn named Happy! The kicker: Happy! (voiced by Patton Oswalt) is real, sort of. He’s the imaginary friend of a little girl in danger and he needs Sax to save the day. The result is crazed, profane and strangely enjoyable.

Super Fast Falcon

BBC Two, 8.00pm

“They seem to live in a different time perception,” says an awed watcher during this fascinating film about peregrine falcons. The film-makers make a great deal out of trying to uncover how fast peregrines really are, but that’s largely incidental to the footage of these elegant birds.

Europa League Football: Arsenal v Atletico Madrid

BT Sport 2, 8.05pm

Domestically, Arsenal have been crumbling, their woeful 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United resulting in Arsène Wenger admitting his team lack balance. Win the Europa League and this season won’t have been a disaster, however. First, they face a tough Atletico Madrid side in the semi-finals. 


BBC Two, 9.00pm

Simon Schama, the presenter for this final episode, begins with a heartfelt plea: “What can art do when horror comes calling?” What follows is an emotional hour that starts with the Holocaust and ends with monuments to migrants who drowned at sea.

Harold Shipman: Doctor Death

ITV, 9.00pm

Harold Shipman was revealed as Britain’s most prolific serial killer following his arrest in 1998. Nicknamed “Doctor Death”, Shipman is said to have poisoned in excess of 250 of his patients, and was found guilty of 15 murders. This documentary speaks to key people involved in the case including former Greater Manchester Police detectives.

True Horror

Channel 4, 10.00pm

This inventive “true life” horror series continues with The Ghost in the Wall, a haunted house story that starts out as a study of a relationship under stress before descending into a genuinely scary tale. SH


Sky Atlantic, 10.45pm

The night’s second hitman-related offering sees Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader as Barry, a killer developing a conscience. That description doesn’t come close to capturing the tone of this dark comedy scripted by Hader and Silicon Valley’s Alex Berg, however. It’s a deeply eccentric but very entertaining mash-up of Community and Grosse Point Blank, held together by Hader’s gloriously laconic central performance. SH

Limitless (2011) ★★★☆☆

AMC, 9.00pm

Bradley Cooper stars in this thriller about a writer whose former brother-in-law slips him a pill that enables him to access 100 per cent of his brain. His book is finished in four days, so he goes back for more and this time nets himself a fortune on the stock market. Neil Burger directs at breakneck pace, but afterwards you wish that Cooper’s character had used that brainpower for something more interesting than making money.

Moonraker (1979) ★★★☆☆

ITV4, 9.00pm

The 11th film in the Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the dapper MI6 agent, involves the theft of a space shuttle. It’s one of the weaker 007 films and at times seems more of a comedy than a tense action adventure, but it’s enjoyably frivolous. Michael Lonsdale plays resident baddy Hugo Drax who pinches the aforementioned space shuttle to help along his plan to wipe out the world’s population.

Enemy of the State (1998) ★★★☆☆

Sony Movie Channel, 9.00pm

This slick, hi-tech film is considered a continuation of the Seventies spy-thriller The Conversation, which starred Gene Hackman. Here, Hackman plays a surveillance expert who helps Will Smith’s framed attorney escape the clutches of some corrupt government spooks led by Jon Voight. Directed by Tony Scott, it’s a riveting ride. The interplay between the leads is fun, too.

Friday 27 April

The City & the City

BBC Two, 9.00pm

The climax of this atmospheric adaptation of China Miéville’s sci-fi novel sees troubled Inspector Tyador Borlú (David Morrissey) go through hell while seeking answers to the mysteries dogging him: why was archaeologist Mahalia Geary (Andrea Deck) murdered and what happened to Borlú’s missing wife, Katrynia (Lara Pulver)? 

Borlú endures torture at the hands of Breach, the Stasi-style police, and gets fired in his quest. But, in true TV cop fashion, he forges on in a solo investigation, bruised and nearly broken. Ultimately, it’s a mundane trawl through CCTV footage that provides Borlú with some answers. This reminds us that despite the fantastical premise of two cities coexisting in the same space, this TV drama really just boils down to a routine murder-mystery. 

Having said that, a couple of nice twists towards the end explain whether Orciny, the fabled third city between Besźel and Ul Qoma, really exists. Along with impressive production design that creates a rich backdrop to the series, what makes The City & The City compelling is Morrissey’s performance; he’s able to convey the soft centre within the cop’s hard-boiled shell and is always worth watching. Vicki Power

Bobby Kennedy for President

Netflix, from today

Marking half a century since Robert F Kennedy’s assassination, Dawn Porter’s four-part docuseries pays tribute to the former US Attorney General. Through previously unseen home footage and contributions from his confidantes, the documentary focuses on the younger Kennedy’s 83-day race for the White House in 1968. And Porter portrays him as a principled family man and dedicated public servant with a progressive political vision. It only highlights the tragedy of his early demise. 

Unreported World

Channel 4, 7.30pm

This episode sees Marcel Theroux brave the deadly smog that hangs over Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar, where the air pollution can reach more than 100 times the accepted limit. As a public health catastrophe unfolds, officials scrabble for a solution.

Our Wildest Dreams

Channel 4, 8.00pm

This new docu-series follows Brits who’ve upped sticks to take a new path in life. The jaw-dropping opener sees Londoner Mari move to her husband’s homeland, the Ecuadorean rainforest, to join a community of just 26 people. With their young daughter, they must build a house and learn to farm.

The Nineties 

Sky Arts, 9.00pm

In terms of politics, the Nineties were seismic. The decade saw, among other things, Nelson Mandela freed from prison as apartheid ended in South Africa, the Soviet Union collapse and the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. This episode of the CNN documentary series relives those times, with contributions from Christiane Amanpour and Dan Rather. VP

Home from Home

BBC One, 9.30pm

This sitcom features the considerable talents of Emilia Fox and Johnny Vegas, but it offers precious few laughs. In the second episode, Neil (Vegas) tries to look macho next to his suave neighbour Robert (Adam James) on a hike, but his attempts prove disastrous.


BBC Two, 10.00pm

In keeping with this comedy’s subversive tone, mirth is mined from the death of Matt’s father (the episode is dedicated to the actor who played him, Alex Rocco, who died in 2015). In true Matt Le Blanc style, he brilliantly handles a foul-mouthed tussle over his father’s ashes between his mother and dad’s girlfriend. VP

The Week Of (2018)

Netflix, from today

This is the fourth and final film in a four-film deal between Adam Sandler and Netflix, and sees a re-teaming of Sandler with his Saturday Night Live buddy Chris Rock. The film stars the pair as fathers who are polar opposites and have to endure a road trip together in a stuffy car in the week leading up to their children getting married. Frequent Sandler collaborator Steve Buscemi co-stars; Robert Smigel (Hotel Transylvania) directs.

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Knocked Up (2007) ★★★★☆

ITV2, 9.00pm

27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, One for the Money – as a rule Katherine Heigl doesn’t make terribly good films. Luckily, this warm-hearted comedy by Judd Apatow is an exception. She stars as a journalist who finds her life plans in jeopardy when she becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with a likeable slacker, played by Seth Rogen (in the role that made him a bona fide star). In 2012, a spin-off sequel, This Is 40, was released.

Tropic Thunder (2008) ★★★☆☆

BBC One, 11.50pm; N Ireland, 12.20am

This comedy/action romp charts the filming of a guerrilla-style Vietnam War movie that derails thanks to the egotistical actors, including Kirk Lazarus (a blacked-up Robert Downey Jnr). Even with its all-star cast (Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan, Ben Stiller and Jack Black among them), the standout performance is by Tom Cruise as megalomaniac film producer Les Grossman.

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