PICKS OF THE WEEK
- Gentlemen Jack Sunday 22nd May BBC One
- Undercurrent: The Disappearance of Kim Wall Sunday 22nd May Sky Crime
- The Sex Lives of College Girls Sunday 22nd May ITV2
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Monday 23rd May Sky Comedy
- Barry Monday 23rd May Sky Comedy
- Inside No.9 Wednesday 25th May BBC Two
- The Fight Attendant Thursday 26th May Sky Max
- The Staircase Thursday 26th May Sky Atlantic
- Shining Girls Friday 27th May Apple TV+
- Stranger Things Friday 27th May Netflix
- Gogglebox Friday 27th May Channel 4
8.00pm Top of The Pops: The Story of 1998 BBC Two – Mel Giedroyc narrates a review of the year through Top of the Pops performances, when pop had a resurgence after Britpop’s peak, and girl groups were still taking centre stage. Featuring appearances by All Saints, B*Witched, Robbie Williams and Air, with contributions from Keith Allen, Trevor Nelson, Guy Chambers and Justin Currie of Del Amitri.
8.00pm Flying Solo: The Mystery of Amelia Earhart More4 – Profile of the pioneering aviator, exploring her relationship with her sister and the unsolved mystery of her disappearance. Featuring contributions from her niece, Amy Kleppner.
8.15pm The Great Garden Revolution Channel 4 – Horticulturist Errol Reuben Fernandes joins returning team members designer Joel Bird and craftsman Bruce Kenneth on the show in which people around the country transform outdoor spaces with the help of a team of experts. A family in Chichester want a space where they can unwind after a stressful day, featuring a tea bed and a bespoke firepit.
9.20pm ABBA: The Missing Years Channel 5 – Documentary uncovering the rollercoaster story of what happened to each of the band members since going their separate ways in 1982, a tale of rifts, adversity and personal tragedy, littered with events that often surpass fiction. Featuring contributions from Julie Walters, Elaine Paige and Zara Larsson, as well as some of the band’s closest friends, the programme unravels the global successes and crushing failures of four individuals who have survived everything the world of fame and success could possibly throw at them.
10.45pm 2-Tone: The Sound of Coventry BBC Two – Documentary recounting the story of Coventry label 2 Tone Records, which was created in 1979 and played a vital part in the movement against racism in Britain and beyond. Founder Jerry Dammers, then the keyboard player of the Specials, reveals how he came up with the ideas behind the 2-Tone revolution, while the film explores how the new musical genre went mainstream overnight as legions of fans adopted the rude boy/girl image and propelled the labels’ bands up the charts. With contributions by Neville Staple of the Specials; Pauline Black and Neol Davies of the Selecter, proud Coventrian and one-time Specials’ manager Pete Waterman and fan and film director Gurinder Chadha.
9.00pm Hunted Channel 4 – Sixth series of the social experiment in which people go on the run. The fugitives arrive on a deserted beach with only a change of clothes and a small amount of cash, then plan their first move. Nathan and James try their luck at a private marina, while Meurig and Elinor attempt to smuggle themselves off the island right under the hunters’ noses. When a gale hits the island, Shoba and Amarinder are forced to use a more conspicuous means of transport. Continues Tomorrow Night at 9.00pm.
9.00pm Big Brits Go Large Channel 5 – Documentary examining what life is like for plus-sized people in modern Britain, including best friends Jo and Nat from Manchester who run their own clothing business and have plans to take on the biggest names in the market. People Just Do Nothing star George Keywood is preparing for his wedding day, and dance teacher Trina is putting it all on the line with her curvy dance class.
9.00pm Undercurrent: The Disappearance of Kim Wall Sky Crime – Two-part documentary looking at the high profile murder of a young journalist when she agrees to join a Danish inventor on his homemade subermarine.
9.00pm George Carlin’s American Dream Sky Documentaires – Two-part documentary looking at the life and work of the legendary stand-up comic whose inspirational career spanned five decades. With insight from Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and more. Concludes Tomorrow at 10.00pm.
10.00pm Playgrounds of the Rich and Famous Channel 5 – A look at the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy, a favourite hideaway for Paul McCartney, Beyoncé, Pippa Middleton and Roman Abramovich. Newlywed crypto-currency entrepreneurs Mike and Marina show how a luxury honeymoon here includes swimming with turtles and drinking rum for breakfast in a hotel where suites cost thousands per night.
7.30pm Teen Mum Academy E4 – Six teenage mothers embark on a potentially life-changing experience with entrepreneur Jess Lizama and a range of expert mentors guiding them as they aim to to build confidence, relationships and new skills. In the first edition, would-be fashion designer Charlina goes on a professional photoshoot.
8.00pm Dubai Hustle BBC Three – Documentary following the lives of young Brits making it in the world of luxury property in Dubai. In the first edition, Chris competes with a colleague for a property.
9.00pm Silent Witness BBC One – The crime drama set in the world of forensic pathology returns with a four-part story marking the return of Amanda Burton as the show’s original lead, Professor Sam Ryan. The health secretary is assassinated during the launch of Sam’s new company, prompting her to turn to the Lyell team for help. However, Nikki is unsure if her predecessor can be trusted, as she seems to know more than she’s revealing. Guest starring Hugh Quarshie. Continues Tomorrow at 9.00pm.
9.00pm Long Lost Family: Born Without a Trace ITV – Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell return with more stories of people who were abandoned as babies, helping them try to find their birth families and know their identities. For a man left as a baby on church steps more than 50 years ago, there are shocking revelations when a long-held family secret is finally uncovered, while a young woman who was discovered in hospital toilets in the 1980s receives some surprising news that deepens the mystery of her beginnings. Continues Tomorrow, Concludes Wednesday at 9.00pm.
10.00pm Troy Deeney: Black History Matters Too Channel 4 – The footballer discusses his campaign to make the teaching of Black, Asian and minority ethnic histories and experiences mandatory in the school curriculum. Troy meets people on both sides of the debate, and talks about his own troubled school experiences, inspiring support from boxer Anthony Joshua, actor David Harewood, former footballer and pundit Micah Richards, musicians Big Narstie and DJ Cuppy, and MP Layla Moran.
8.00pm The Martin Lewis Money Show: Live ITV
8.00pm Bake Off: The Professionals Channel 4 – Liam Charles and new-co-host Stacey Solomon present the return of the baking challenge with knobs on, as patisserie teams from establishments in Manchester, Cumbria, Wiltshire, Birmingham and London compete to be crowned the best in Britain. To kick things off, no-nonsense judges Benoit Blin and Cherish Finden set the pastry chefs a challenge to create 36 individual strawberry cakes and a chocolate sculpture, with no recipe to work from. For their showpiece, they are tasked to transform an ordinary treacle tart into a fine dining experience.
9.00pm The Witch Hunts: Lucy Worsley Investigates BBC Two – The historian examines four dramatic chapters in British history, exploring how changing attitudes to gender politics, class inequality, mental health and children can challenge perceptions of the past and provide new answers to each myster. She begins with the 16th-century witch hunts, when thousands of ordinary people, mostly women, were hunted down, tortured and killed across Scotland and England.
9.00pm The Chernobyl Disaster: Meltdown Channel 5 – Documentary looking at the events that led up to the nuclear disaster in 1986, hearing from those who were caught up in the tragedy, and those who risked their lives cleaning up afterwards. The series also details events in 2022, when Russian forces took over Chernobyl during its war against Ukraine, and the plant was once again set on a potentially catastrophic course. Narrated by Ben Fogle. Continues Tomorrow, Concludes Thursday at 9.00pm.
9.00pm Liam Gallagher: 48 Hours at Rockfield Sky Max – Documentary following the singer as he spends time at Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire with his sons Lennon and Gene, and performs tracks from new album C’Mon You Know.
10.00pm State of the Union BBC Two – Return of Nick Hornby’s comedy, starring Brendan Gleeson and Patricia Clarkson. Ellen meets Scott for coffee to prepare for their first marital counselling session, and makes a shock announcement.
10.40pm Gentlemen Jack Changed My Life BBC One – The stories of six British women who rediscovered their sexuality, came out to their families and rekindled long-lost love affairs after watching the TV drama Gentleman Jack. They include Yvonne, who is in her 60s and only realised she was gay after watching the show, and Chichi, 22, who came out to her parents after seeing the BBC One drama and is now preparing to tell her grandparents. The women’s stories are interwoven with behind-the-scenes footage from the drama, and insight from stars Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle, and writer Sally Wainwright.
9.00pm George Clarke’s Flipping Fast Channel 4 – George Clarke and sibling property experts Scarlette and Stuart Douglas host this reality challenge in which six would-be property developers from across the UK are given a life-changing chance to start their own business. The budding developers are be given a whopping £100,000 investment to kickstart their business, competing against each other to see who can make the biggest profit in just 12 months.
9.00pm Britain’s Beautiful Rivers with Richard Hammond More4 –
Richard Hammond explores the historical, ecological and economic importance of four rivers. He begins by journey along Britain’s longest river, the Severn, discovering how it has been a waterway of barriers, division and conflict, but has now become a river of connection. He also sees how its banks were fought over, used as a transport route for hundreds of years, and how it is now being opened back up as a transport route for one of Britain’s rarest migratory fish.
9.00pm Putin’s Obsession: The Fight For Ukraine Sky Documentaries – A profile of the Russian president, exploring his complicated relationship with Ukraine and why this neighbouring nation threatens his power and identity.
10.00pm Grayson’s Art Club Channel 4 – Grayson Perry presents a one-off edition to mark the Platinum Jubilee in June, asking viewers to create artworks that express what they feel about the monarch and celebrate her contribution to national life. Grayson and Philippa are joined in the studio by Prue Leith, who helps them to make art on the theme of the Queen. Harry Hill also contributes his own unique artistic tribute to Her Majesty, and Art Club meets the 93-year-old who spent two years knitting a replica of Sandringham House.
9.00pm Who Do You Think You Are? BBC One – Sue Perkins discovers more about her orphaned grandfather and a great grandfather interned as an `enemy alien” during the First World War. When the comedian and broadcaster delves into the German branch of her family who were living in Eastern Europe through the Second World War, she uncovers a harrowing tale of refugees fleeing back and forth across borders between Nazi and Soviet control.
9.00pm The Prince’s Trust Awards ITV – Ant and Dec host the Prince’s Trust Awards, now in their 17th year, and broadcast for the first time in the presence of founder and president Prince Charles. Held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, the ceremony celebrates the successes of young people supported by the charity, with stars from film, TV, music and sport on hand to share the winners’ emotive stories and showcase their accomplishments.
9.00pm The Flight Attendant Sky Max – Return of the comedy thriller, starring Kaley Cuoco. Almost one year sober, Cassie has started life afresh in Los Angeles with new boyfriend Marco, but her side gig as a CIA asset is about to cause trouble. The series will be available as boxset through NOW and Sky Boxsets today.
10.00pm Big Boys Channel 4 – Comedy about two mismatched young men from opposite ends of the `spectrum of masculinity” who become best friends when they are thrown together at university. Jack is a sheltered, closeted boy 19-year-old from Watford, trying to get over his dad’s death and work out what he wants from life. Arriving at Brent University, he is thrown together with typical lad Danny, a few years older than the other freshers and confronting the demons of mental health. Starring Dylan Llewellyn, Jon Ponting and Katy Wix.
10.00pm PRU BBC Three – Comedy about a group of teens struggling to navigate adolescence in a Pupil Referral Unit, a school for excluded children. It’s Sienna’s first day at the PRU and a chance for a fresh start. She makes a new friend in troubled Belle, reunites with a frosty old schoolmate Jaeden, and crosses swords with hyperactive Hali, who is refusing to take his ADHD medication. Starring Nkechi Simms, Fred Jones and Umit Ulgen.
Stranger Things Netflix – The first part of the long-awaited fourth season of the Netflix megahit.
10.00pm The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan Channel 4 – The comedian returns with lively chat, sketches, studio games and music. This week, his guests include Top Boy actor and musician Ashley Walters, comedian and Loose Woman Judi Love, and dancehall legend Sean Paul.