Updated / Friday, 15 May 2020 12:48
Where have those eleven years gone?
On an extremely busy day on the box, Jools Holland is back with a new-look Later, Ibiza drama White Lines arrives, while the much-loved Modern Family heads off to TV Heaven . . .
Pick of the Day
Modern Family, 8.30pm, Sky One
It really, really, really is time to say goodbye to the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan, as this is the second part of the sitcom’s finale.
After eleven seasons and 250 episodes, the extended and blended family meets up for the very last time, and each member struggles to bid farewell.
Preceded by A Modern Farewell at 7.30pm, where members of the cast and crew reflect on what made the show such a success during its decade-and-a-bit run.
The Late Late Show, 9.35pm, RTÉ One
Michael Bublé will be chatting to Ryan about lockdown with his family, and the challenges facing the music industry during the ongoing pandemic, while hoteliers John and Francis Brennan will be in studio to discuss John’s ongoing health battle, and huge changes in the hospitality sector.
Aslan frontman Christy Dignam will be speaking to Ryan about the recent passing of his beloved father due to Covid-19, Imelda May will be reciting some of her poetry, RTÉ 2FM presenter Eoghan McDermott will be shaving his head to raise funds for The Julian Benson Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, while Julian Benson talks to Ryan via skype.
Eurovision at 60, 9.30pm, BBC Four
This documentary looks at the annual song contest since its launch in 1956 up to 2015.
The programme explores how the event has blossomed from initially involving just seven countries to attracting an incredible 195 million viewers across the continent.
Hosts and competitors tell the behind-the-scenes story of Eurovision – widely regarded as the greatest and certainly most eccentric song contest on Earth.
New or Returning Shows
Later – with Jools Holland, 10.00pm, BBC2
Jools Holland’s long-running music show returns with a lockdown twist.
Each week, he chats to a guest via videolink, beginning with Christine & the Queens, who talks about her musical journey as well as her influences, with a selection of her favourite Later performances pulled out of the archive.
New music will also continue to feature throughout the season. First up, Laura Marling plays a song from her seventh album Song for Our Daughter, which she released earlier than originally planned in light of the pandemic.
Big Zuu’s Big Eats, 10.00pm, Dave
London-based grime artist and DJ Big Zuu takes his passion for cooking on the road, preparing made-to-order dishes for comedians on tour.
Zuu and his boys Tubsey and Hyder travel all over the UK visiting the bright lights of London, Portsmouth, Cardiff, Manchester, Bath and the Isle of Man.
In tonight’s opener, Big Zuu heads to Croydon to meet up with Jimmy Carr and cook his ultimate meal ready for when he steps off stage.
The Manson Murders, 9.00pm, Sky Crime & NOW TV
Dateline’s Keith Morrison reports on the mind and myth of criminal and cult leader Charles Manson (below).
The programme includes rarely-seen video of Manson, interviews with his former parole officer, and a Manson Family confidant, as well as key players in the case.
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White Lines, Netflix
Laura Haddock stars in this drama that revolves around a legendary Manchester DJ, whose body is discovered twenty years after his mysterious disappearance on Ibiza.
When his sister returns to the Spanish island to find out what happened, her investigation leads her through a world of dance clubs, lies and cover-ups, forcing her to confront the darker sides of her own character in a place where people live life on the edge.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 5, Netflix
As the princesses prepare to face Horde Prime and his hive mind army in one final battle, Adora must confront her most elusive adversary yet: herself.
Magic for Humans: Season 3, Netflix
He’s back to pull a rabbit out of a piñata? Magician Justin Willman always likes to surprise his audiences with magic skills that amuse and charm, trick and disarm.
Great British Menu: The Finals: Banquet, 8.00pm, BBC Two
The winning chefs prepare their courses at the banquet – a celebration of almost 200 years of British children’s literature.
Guests include Jacqueline Wilson, Cressida Cowell, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James, Francesca Simon and Charlie Higson, along with other leading children’s authors and illustrators.
Repeats of the Day
Black Books, 11.05pm, Channel 4
First episode of the superb sitcom (followed by the rest of season one), created by Dylan Moran and Graham Linehan, and written by Moran, Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley, Linehan and Arthur Mathews.
Moran stars as hard-drinking, foul-tempered bookshop owner Bernard Black.
In the opener he goes to any lengths possible to get out of doing his own tax returns after his crooked accountant goes on the run – even if it means permanently injuring himself.
Not Going Out, 8.30pm, BBC One
Season 10 of Lee Mack’s very funny sitcom opens with one of the show’s greatest episodes.
Toby organises a sponsored parachute jump to raise money for a children’s ward in his hospital. Lee, Lucy, Anna and the grandparents agree to take part – but will everyone pluck up the courage to jump?
Peter Kay’s Care Share, 9.30pm, BBC One
Another marvellous re-run, with this largely two-handed comedy series from Peter Kay.
When a supermarket issues a new car share scheme, assistant manager John Redmond and promotions rep Kayleigh Kitson are forced to commute together each day. But will they get along?
Daytime Film Choices
The Naked Truth, 2.40pm, Film4
If you think tabloid newspapers and celebrity culture are recent phenomena, get a load of this comedy, starring Terry-Thomas and Peter Sellers.
Celebrities threatened with blackmail decide they would rather murder the extortionist than pay him, but things don’t go quite according to plan.
Brief Encounter, 3.00pm, BBC Two
This classic love story may seem incredibly stiff to a modern audience, but the central performances from Trevor Howard and particularly Celia Johnson are a joy.
It’s also one of the greatest films in cinema history.
A chance meeting in a railway station brings together two married people. They fall in love, but their secret happiness is marred by the furtive way they must carry on the affair.
The music of Sergey Rachmaninov plays a vital part throughout the film in building tension and revealing the emotion that the couple try to hide.
Prime Time Movie Picks
I Know Where I’m Going! 7.00pm, Talking Pictures TV
In one of Powell and Pressburger’s greatest films, Wendy Hiller stars as a headstrong woman on her way to marry her wealthy fiance for his money, who stops off at a sleepy Scottish seaside town.
There she meets a charming but penniless naval officer, presenting her with a dilemma when she starts to fall in love with him.
The Martian, 9.00pm, Film4
Ridley Scott’s sci-fi drama, based on the novel by Andy Weir, stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
A manned mission to Mars is abruptly abandoned, with one crew member left for dead. Except he’s not.
In order to survive, the astronaut faces a series of challenges in order to contact Earth and arrange his rescue, and to survive for the years it will take for a spacecraft to reach him, while getting by on resources intended to last a month.
Hot Fuzz, 9.50pm, Sky Cinema Comedy
This hugely enjoyable dramedy stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton and Paddy Considine.
An overly zealous, by-the-book London policeman is reassigned to a sleepy country village where the crime rate is virtually zero, and teamed up with an eager but dimwitted partner.
But just as the officer’s uneventful new environment begins to get too him, a grisly series of so-called accidents gives him reason to suspect a strange conspiracy is afoot.
Late Late Flick Picks
The Masque of the Red Death, 10.00pm, Talking Pictures TV
Roger Corman’s glorious-looking adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s horror story, with Vincent Price, Jane Asher and Patrick Magee, is a classic of the macabre.
A cruel prince, who immerses himself in the black arts and terrorises the peasantry, holds a masked ball at his castle, where his wealthy guests take refuge from the plague ravaging the countryside – but a mysterious red-robed figure lurks in the shadows.
Taxi Driver, 12.00am, Sky Cinema Greats
Martin Scorsese’s superb drama (featuring Bernard Herrmann’s final soundtrack work) about a disturbed loner stars Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd and Harvey Keitel.
Travis Bickle, an isolated, misanthropic New York cab driver becomes increasingly unhinged by the corruption he sees all around him.
His desperate attempts to make connections with a political campaigner and a teenage prostitute, whom he feels compelled to save, seem doomed to failure, and he is gradually driven towards violence.
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