PICKS OF THE WEEK
- Gentlemen Jack Sunday 29th May BBC One *Final Episode*
- Undercurrent: The Disappearance of Kim Wall Sunday 29th May Sky Crime *Final Episode*
- The Sex Lives of College Girls Sunday 29th May ITV2 *Final Episode*
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Monday 30th May Sky Comedy
- Barry Monday 30th May Sky Comedy
- Pistol Tuesday 31st May Disney+
- Abbott Elementary Wednesday 1st June Disney+
- Inside No.9 Wednesday 1st June BBC Two *Final Episode*
- The Fight Attendant Thursday 2nd June Sky Max
- Borgen: Power & Glory Thursday 2nd June Netflix
- The Staircase Thursday 2nd June Sky Atlantic
- Shining Girls Friday 3rd June Apple TV+ *Final Episode*
- Gogglebox Friday 3rd June Channel 4 *Final Episode*
7.35pm TOTP: The Story of 1999 BBC Two – A review of the year through Top of the Pops performances, looking at the influence of Ibiza and the rise of UK garage, and revealing how the programme went on tour before a final move from Elstree back to BBC Television Centre. Contributors include Fran Healy of Travis, Claire Richards and Lee Latchford-Evans of Steps, Gail Porter, Roisin Murphy, Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy, Mark Hill and Pete Devereux of Artful Dodger, Ben Ofoedu of Phats & Small and Tony Wright of Terrovision.
9.00pm Secrets of the Queen’s Coronation Channel 4 – Documentary going behind the scenes at the coronation ceremony in 1953. Featuring memories and anecdotes from people who played key roles in the day, many speaking publicly for the first time, alongside rarely seen colour footage, with interviews from leading historians and former Buckingham Palace staff. Among those contributing are pageboy Andrew Parker Bowles and maid of honour Baroness Willoughby de Eresby.
9.00pm Are You Being Served?: Secrets and Scandals Channel 5 -Behind the scenes of the sitcom, revealing how the show’s creators had to fight the BBC throughout its run to keep it on air, how there was the off-screen jostling for top billing, and the personal tragedies that befell the cast. Featuring contributions from actor and comedian John Thomson, stars Mike Berry and Louise Burton, singer Jess Conrad (who appeared on the show), Mollie Sugden’s son Robin Moore and original crew members Robin Carr and Roy Gould.
7.00pm Midsomer Murders – 25 Years of Mayhem ITV – A celebration of the long-running crime drama, exploring the appeal and popularity of one of Britain’s best-loved and most enduring programmes, featuring interviews with key cast members past and present including Neil Dudgeon, John Nettles, Jane Wymark and Jason Hughes. The film also takes viewers behind the scenes of the filming of series 23, joining a coach tour of the show’s locations in the English countryside and showing how Midsomer Murders has become a phenomenal success story around the world.
7.45pm Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen BBC One – The story of Queen Elizabeth II in her own words, featuring never-before-seen home movie footage from her childhood up to her 1953 Coronation at the age of 27. It features a clip marking the first extended visit of Prince Philip to Balmoral in 1946, while the couple’s engagement was still not public and depicts Princess Elizabeth as a young mother with Prince Charles and Princess Anne spending time with their grandparents, the King and Queen.
8.00pm Midsommer Murders ITV – The annual Scarecrow Festival takes a grisly turn as bodies begin appearing on poles displayed alongside their straw creations. Barnaby and Winter’s investigation reveals rivalries that run deep and shows people will do just about anything to win.
9.00pm Two Daughters BBC Two – A year after the murders of her daughters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, retired archdeacon Mina Smallman invites Stacey Dooley to help tell her story through both the trial of her daughters’ killer, and the trials of two Met police officers who took photographs of their bodies and shared them on WhatsApp.
9.00pm The Instagram Effect BBC Three – The story of the social media giant and how it became the dominant force it is today, told by former staff and insiders as well as through powerful testimony from users who have been negatively impacted. The film unpacks in intricate detail how Instagram’s architecture and algorithms have the power to affect human behaviour, and reveals the important decisions that led Instagram to become the company it is.
10.00pm Five Dates a Week Channel 4 – Second series of the dating show in which one person shares a house with five potential partners for a week, with one being eliminated from the contest at the end of each day. The first tenant is social media content creator Michael, who says he has trouble meeting women who like him for more than just his looks – and who brings his mother to judge the contenders. Continues Tomorrow, Concludes Wednesday.
5.30pm Drawers Off Channel 4 – Jenny Eclair hosts the return of the life-drawing challenge. The first artists include a software developer from Belfast and a self-taught barber from Cheltenham.
8.00pm Springwatch BBC Two – Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan are back at Wild Ken Hill in Norfolk to showcase the very best of the season’s wildlife across the UK. Iolo Williams returns to the Isle of Mull to view eagles, otters and orca, while Megan McCubbin goes on a spring road trip around the north-east of England, visiting Kielder Forest, Hauxley Nature Reserve and Newcastle city centre, revealing the wildlife that call these places home in spring.
8.00pm Britain’s Got Talent: The Semi-Finals Live ITV – Ant and Dec host the first live semi-final of this year’s talent contest, welcoming back the acts who impressed the judges as well as golden buzzer performers Loren Allred, Axel Blake, Born to Perform, Keiichi Iwasaki and Flintz & T4ylor. Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Ashley Banjo are on the judging desk, as the first eight of the acts that impressed them the most perform. Continues all week.
9.00pm Flight MH370: The Full Story Channel 5 – Documentary looking into the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight in March 2014. drawing on evidence and insight from the official inquiry, alongside accounts from experts and unofficial investigators. The first edition looks at the disappearance of the flight, which was scheduled to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, but shortly after take-off, it vanished from radar with 239 people on board. Continues Tomorrow Night, Concludes Wednesday.
Pistol Disney+ – Based on legendary Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones’ 2018 memoir, Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, the series offers a fascinating new perspective on one of rock’s greatest ever stories – moving from West London’s council estates, to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with the release of “Never Mind the Bollocks”, which is frequently listed as one of the most influential albums of all time. All 6 episodes available at launch today.
7.00pm Big Antique Adventure with Susan Calman Channel 5 – The comedian immerses herself in the world of antiques, with experts Natasha Raskin Sharp, Danny Sebastian and Paul Martin advising and guiding her along the way. She begins by becoming a dealer’s apprentice as she learns how to spot potentially priceless items straight off the shelf.
9.00pm Once Upon a Time in Londongrad Sky Documentaries -Documentary about a series of deaths in the UK connected to Russia, beginning as reporter Heidi Blake discovers a connection between deceased multimillionaire Scot Young and notorious Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky. Available as a full boxset from tonight from Sky.
10.00pm Gobsmacking Ads with Jason Manford Comedy Central –
The comedian takes a look at commercials from around the world, with this selection exploring the themes of parenting, holidays, banking, fast food, celebrities and the police. Featuring nude camping in Sweden, angry llamas in Germany and a stroppy Mariah Carey in Spain, as well as handsome dancers selling cars in Taiwan and a troop of belly dancing apes advertising chocolate in Egypt.
Abbott Elementary Disney+ – The first season of the critically acclaimed US sitcom which takes place inside in an elementary school.
10.00pm Abigail’s Party BBC Four – Comedy, written and directed by Mike Leigh, following the events of a party held in a suburban house. As the night wears on, the guests become increasingly inebriated and indiscreet, paving the way for shocking revelations and home truths. Alison Steadman, Tim Stern, John Salthouse and Janine Duvitski star.
Borgen: Power & Glory Netflix – Fourth season of the acclaimed political drama from Denmark. The series will follow Birgitte Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and her staff and the media tasked with covering her, this time in her role as Minister for Foreign Affairs. Birgitte Nyborg is the newly appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs when a drilling company suddenly discovers oil in Greenland. An event that marks the beginning of an international struggle for power in the Arctic, and one in which Nyborg, the otherwise so experienced politician, must repeatedly accept that despite Denmark’s ‘big brother’ relationship with Greenland, when it comes to the international superpowers, it is Denmark that is the minor player – and a somewhat unruly one at that. Borgen favoiurite Katrine Fønsmark (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen) will also return. After being Birgitte’s head of press for a while, she is back in journalism and has landed a job as head of the news department for a large, nationwide television station.
10.00am The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Trooping the Colour BBC One – Huw Edwards, Kirsty Young and JJ Chalmers present coverage from Buckingham Palace and along The Mall up to Horse Guards Parade as this military spectacle takes place. The morning’s events celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne with an expected appearance of members of the royal family expected to assemble on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for a special jubilee flypast.
8.00pm Platinum Beacons: Lighting up the Jubilee BBC One – Around the country communities come together to light more than 1,500 beacons to celebrate the Queen’s 70-year reign, with a principal beacon lit at Buckingham Palace. Kirsty Young introduces coverage, with Jermaine Jenas at Buckingham Palace, Gethin Jones in Wales, Carol Kirkwood in Scotland, and Holly Hamilton in Northern Ireland helping cover this historic celebration. Plus, a reflection on the celebrations that took place earlier in the day, including an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at EastEnders and the pomp and ceremony of Trooping the Colour with its extended flypast.
9.00pm Making Sense of Cancer with Hannah Fry BBC Two – Hannah Fry, a professor of maths, is used to investigating the world around her through numbers. When she’s diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 36, she starts to interrogate the way we diagnose and treat cancer by digging into the statistics.
9.00pm The Midwich Cuckoos Sky Max – Adaptation of John Wyndham’s classic sci-fi novel, starring Keeley Hawes and Max Beesley. A quiet town is hit by a supernatural event that leaves everyone in a certain part of it unconscious, and all the women of childbearing age are found to be suddenly and inexplicably pregnant. As news spreads and tensions simmer, it is up to psychotherapist Dr Susannah Zellaby to help support those affected, while local detective DCI Paul Haynes is given the tasked of maintaining order. All Eight episodes of the series will be available as a boxset tonight through Sky.
9.00pm Quant Sky Documentaries – Documentary celebrating the incredible life of fashion designer Mary Quant. With contributions from Kate Moss, Vivienne Westwood, Edward Enninful, Dave Davies, Charlotte Tilbury, Jasper Conran and Zandra Rhodes.
7.30pm The Crown Jewels BBC One – Clive Myrie gains unique access to the Crown Jewels, which with 13 crowns and nearly 24,000 precious gemstones, is regarded as a national treasure. For nearly 1,000 years these priceless objects have been an integral part of the coronation of kings and queens, and have symbolised the power and authority of the monarchy. Clive travels across Britain to explore the dramatic stories behind these precious jewels from before the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066 to today.
9.00pm Would I Lie To You?: The Unseen Bits BBC One – Material from the comedy panel show, not originally shown in the series 15 episodes. Hosted by Rob Brydon, with team captains David Mitchell and Lee Mack joined by celebrity guests including Bob Mortimer, Alan Titchmarsh, Sarah Millican, Holly Willoughby, Jim Broadbent and Gyles Brandreth.