What’s on TV tonight: Trooping the Colour, Doctor Who, Kate & Queen Elizabeth: A Special Relationship and more

This year's Trooping the Colour will feature all of the usual pomp and ceremony
This year's Trooping the Colour will feature all of the usual pomp and ceremony - Graham Wiltshire/Hulton Archive/Getty

Saturday 15 June

Trooping the Colour 2024
BBC One, 10.30am
The second Trooping the Colour of Charles III’s reign gets underway at Horse Guards Parade this morning and will include all the appropriate pomp and ceremony, from the Irish Guards themselves through to the climactic RAF flypast, watched as always from the balcony by members of the Royal family. In between, expect music from bands and drummers, majesty in abundance and more than 2,000 members of the British military (human and equine) on manoeuvres of eye-watering precision.

Clare Balding introduces coverage, Petroc Trelawny will be on commentary duties and reporter Radzi Chinyanganya will be talking to those involved in making the whole complicated event run smoothly. All of them will doubtless be hoping the weather holds. Extended highlights, once again anchored by Balding, will be broadcast at 5.50pm on BBC Two, while for those who really can’t get enough of the Windsors, there is The King’s Birthday: Charles at 75 at 7.30pm. Another repurposing of footage from Channel 5, this one explores the evolving relationship between Charles and his mother from the Queen’s coronation through his divorce from Diana, Princess of Wales, and beyond. GT

Doctor Who
BBC One, 6.30pm
Watch out for the return of fan favourites Kate Lethbridge-Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) and Melanie Bush (Bonnie Langford) in the first half of this two-part season finale (concluding next week) – and brace yourself for more familiar faces as Ruby’s (Millie Gibson) past comes under scrutiny and the mysterious Triad Technology shows its hand. The excellent Lenny Rush co-stars.

Kate & Queen Elizabeth: A Special Relationship
Channel 5, 9pm
Channel 5 continues the royal theme tonight (see Charles, above) with an examination of the bond between the late Queen and the Princess of Wales. There’s extra emotional ballast here, given Kate’s ongoing medical problems.

Jana: Marked for Life
BBC Four, 9pm & 9.45pm
Jana Berzelius (Madeleine Martin) continues to break the rules as she draws tighter the threads connecting the murders with her own past, breaking into a house for her child-therapy records before being warned to leave Sweden or else endanger her family. Occasionally absurd, but frequently thrilling.

Later… with Jools Holland
BBC Two, 9.55pm
The penultimate, eclectic edition of the series: Richard Hawley plays a couple of textbook ballads from his latest album and fellow Yorkshire musician Nia Archives showcases her arresting blend of indie rock and jungle, while there is also pristine pop from Remi Wolf, crafted troubadour rock from Stephen Wilson, and Somaliland’s remarkable trailblazer Sahra Halgan.

Rooney 2004: World at His Feet
BBC One, 10.30pm
Few who watched Wayne Rooney’s explosion onto the international stage in Euro 2004 could dispute the accuracy of this solid documentary’s title: an injury against Portugal in the quarter-finals left England fans with yet another “might have been” to chew over – as Michael Owen and others attest here, his impact was indubitable.

Pitch Invasion
BBC One, 11pm; not Wales
After Genius and Guts comes the third and final episode, Glory – the Scots and Irish who wrote their names into the history of English football. Glory of course means Shankly, Dalglish, Ferguson and Graham, but we also hear from “Champagne” Charlie Nicholas, who never consistently translated his talent into trophies. This wonderful slice of nostalgia celebrates them all.

A Man for All Seasons (1966) ★★★★
BBC Two, 1.55pm  
As the success of TV’s The Tudors and Hilary Mantel’s 2012 romp Bring Up the Bodies showed, there’s an evergreen appetite for the tale of Thomas Cromwell’s foe, Sir Thomas More. Fred Zinnemann’s film gives us the finest cinematic portrait, depicting More’s struggle to provide a moral anchor in Henry VIII’s court. The film won six Oscars, including Best Actor for Paul Scofield, who’s magnificent.

Wreck-It Ralph (2012) ★★★
BBC One, 3.55pm  
It’s a glorious and original premise for an animation: a computer game “baddy”, who’s really a nice guy, leaves his own game to search for respect and decency in another. John C Reilly’s red-haired meathead Ralph is certainly lovable (there’s a touch of Desperate Dan about him) and the animation is chock-full of video-game nostalgia, which will strike a chord with anyone pining for the glory days of Eighties arcade games.

Dirty Dancing (1987) ★★★★★
ITV1, 7.50pm  
Set in the Sixties, but firmly associated with the Eighties, this coming-of-age drama is undoubtedly the most loved film for a generation: it’s endlessly quotable and has an infectious soundtrack, not to mention some mighty, feisty dancing. Patrick Swayze is Johnny Castle, a rebel dance teacher at a swish resort who strikes up a summer romance with the fresh-faced Baby (Jennifer Grey). Just don’t put her in the corner...

American Star (2024) ★★★★
Sky Cinema Premiere, 10pm  
Looking for a new hit-man film after watching Richard Linklater’s titular hyped film on Netflix? Spanish director Gonzalo López-Gallego puts a slick art-house spin on the genre for his tale of an ageing assassin (Ian McShane) who accepts one last assignment, on Fuerteventura, to kill a man he has never met. Once there, however, his history (and the island’s) lead to his unravelling.

Sunday 16 June

England captain Harry Kane
England captain Harry Kane - Boris Streubel/UEFA

UEFA Euro 2024: Serbia v England
BBC One, 7pm
England begin their Euros 2024 campaign tonight with the usual weight of expectation on their shoulders, once again among the firm favourites to win in Germany. Still, despite that devastating penalty shoot-out in the Euro 2020 final, the quarter-final disappointment at the 2022 World Cup and a shock defeat by Iceland in the warm-ups a fortnight ago, Gareth Southgate’s team will be approaching their opening game against Serbia (who came in second in their qualifying group, behind Hungary) with a degree, at least, of confidence.

Gary Lineker anchors the coverage from Gelsenkirchen, with analysis and build-up for a full hour before the 8pm kick-off, while commentary will be from Guy Mowbray and Alan Shearer. Earlier, on ITV1 at 4.10pm, there’s an opportunity to check out the form of fellow Group C rivals Slovenia and Denmark (the latter of whom England face on Thursday) in their opening match in Stuttgart (kick-off 5pm). And, earlier still, two teams that could cause problems for England in the competition’s later stages, Poland and the Netherlands, play their opening Group D match in Hamburg (BBC One, 1.35pm). GO

House of the Dragon
Sky Atlantic, from 12.45pm
Aside from football and politics, the TV event of the week is the arrival of the second series of the blood-spattered Game of Thrones prequel. To jog anticipation (and memory – it’s been 18 months) Sky is airing all 10 episodes of the first series back-to-back through to the early-hours series two launch at 2am tomorrow.

Countryfile
BBC One, 6pm
To Dumfries and Galloway where Sean Fletcher has a go at gold panning and Sammi Kinghorn discovers the area’s celebrated dark skies. Adam Henson, meanwhile, is battling weeds and Tom Heap explores whether scaling up is the future of farming.

Secret France with Dick and Angel
Channel 4, 7pm
In the last of their jaunts the Strawbridges visit Auvergne. From a hidden labyrinth beneath the streets of Clermont-Ferrand to the cutlery capital of Thiers and spa town of Vichy, their route takes them to a snow-covered volcano crater where Angel cooks up a surprise end to the holiday.

Iberia From Above
National Geographic, 7pm
Another feast of eye-popping drone footage, showcasing Spain and Portugal’s most spectacular sights – among them the hilltop fortresses of Castille, a jaw-dropping window-cleaning job in Benidorm, Valencia’s “battle of the flowers” and Lisbon’s colourful trams.

Shetland: Scotland’s Wondrous Isles
Channel 5, 9pm
It’s all about tradition this week, from the rivalries that emerge in boat races to the pride Shetland farmers have in rearing their hardy sheep and cattle. There’s also a focus on the islands’ reputation for world-class knitwear such as Fair Isle sweaters, and the annual showcase that is Shetland Wool Week.

Eileen Atkins Remembers: She Fell Among Thieves
BBC Four, from 10pm
Dame Eileen recalls the fun she had filming the 1978 TV play She Fell Among Thieves in France. An outlandish tongue-in-cheek collaboration between writer Tom Sharpe and film director Clive Donner, it stars Atkins as cruel villainess Vanity Fair, alongside a cast including Malcolm McDowell and Bernard Hill. It’s followed by an airing of the play and, at 11.35pm, Atkins’s acclaimed performance in The Hand of God episode of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, from 1998.

Pillow Talk (1959) ★★★
BBC Two, 12.10pm  
Five Oscar nominations for this frothy Doris Day vehicle opened the doors for two more with co-star Rock Hudson (Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers). The perennially charming Day plays a prudish designer who hooks up with a Broadway composer over a shared phone line. Cue one of the most unlikely couples in cinema. It’s a little outdated, but it stands as a neat commentary on the politics of the time.

Emma (2020) ★★★
BBC Two, 5.05pm  
One can’t help but feel that Autumn de Wilde’s spin on Jane Austen’s classic tale of a young matchmaker is a matter of style over substance: it’s gorgeously shot, with luscious floral backdrops and pastel-hued costumes, but the characters themselves lack the spark (and heart) of the novel. Anya Taylor-Joy is Emma – complete with excessive mean-girl schtick – and Johnny Flynn plays her suitor Mr Knightley. Maybe stick with Clueless.

Murder on the Orient Express (2017) ★★★
Channel 4, 8pm  
Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s popular Poirot novel has an all-star cast: Branagh, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Olivia Colman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, etc, but still fails to thrill. While this Orient Express does clatter handsomely along, it’s easy to wish it had the nerve to jump the rails and add a touch more playfulness, as it would have gone a long way.

Film of the Week: The Duke (2020) ★★★★★
BBC Two, 9pm
When Roger Michell died in September 2021, the South African-British director left behind a wonderful array of works that showcased his talent for crafting on-screen romances: from Notting Hill to Persuasion. However, it’s The Duke – his final film – that can be remembered as his crowning achievement. It’s not a romcom, but a charming, funny celebration of British wit and eccentricity; and it features two genuinely brilliant turns from Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent. The latter is Kempton Bunton, a 57-year-old Geordie taxi driver who decides to break into the National Gallery in London and steal Francisco Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington. Think it’s money he’s after? Wrong – his end goal is holding it hostage until the Macmillan government ramps up funding for the elderly (including paying for their free TV licences). Mirren is his doting but acid-tongued wife, Dorothy, who watches with growing bafflement as her ordinary husband turns into a (criminal) man on a mission. Val McLane is particularly hilarious in support as Kempton’s exasperated boss, while Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk) and Jack Bandeira play their grown-up sons.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967) ★★★★★
BBC Two, 10.30pm  
Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty are the anti-heroes in this brilliant telling of the real-life 1930s bank-robbing spree by Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Its graphic violence was a turning point for Hollywood, but it’s a gripping story, told at speed, and the climactic scene has a sheer balletic grace, no matter how shocking it may be. Brutal and smart, this film is the masterwork of director Arthur Penn.

Monday 17 June

Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower
Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower - HBO

House of the Dragon
Sky Atlantic, 2am & 9pm
The fantasy drama created by George RR Martin and Ryan Condal, adapted from Martin’s Game of Thrones prequel Fire & Blood, returns for a second bloody, action-packed series as Westeros inches ever closer to civil war. The action begins where the first series left off; in Dragonstone, Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) is mourning the death of her son, leaving the scheming and politicising to Prince Daemon (Matt Smith, looking even more moody) and Princess Rhaenys (Eve Best).

In King’s Landing, meanwhile, the impetuous boy-king Aegon (Tom Glynn-Carney) is proving a handful for his power-hungry mother Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) and her father/adviser Otto (Rhys Ifans). Things move rather slowly in the opener but, as ever, it looks stunning – if sepulchral – as multiple storylines play out, with a shocking ending that is thankfully mostly off camera. The large ensemble cast are joined by new characters, including Simon Russell Beale as Ser Simon Strong, Freddie Fox as Gwayne Hightower and Abubakar Salim as Alyn, a sailor who comes to the aid of Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint). The eight episodes are shown weekly. VL

Ancient Builders of the Amazon
PBS America, 7.20pm
“This would make the mind of any archeologist explode,” declares one contributor to this excellent documentary about the Amazon’s secret cities. The conquistadors found a vast wilderness but, as this reveals, if they had arrived 200 years earlier they would have found dense city settlements connected by canals and roadways.

Bake Off: The Professionals
Channel 4, 8pm
It’s the pastry challenge for the four best teams; tonight they must make 18 cross-laminated pain Suisse and 24 savoury brioche doughnuts. The choux showpiece, meanwhile, has a fun circus theme.

Abandoned Engineering
Yesterday, 8pm
This week’s buildings include the wreck of the Great Famine-era Schull workhouse in Ireland, where the horrors its one-time inhabitants suffered still echo; a South Korean hospital at the centre of a bloody military coup; and the Skeleton Coast of Namibia, whose whaling past leaves gruesome clues. Light relief comes from a visit to the now crumbling set in Alabama created for Tim Burton’s Gothic fantasy film Big Fish 21 years ago.

Lost Boys and Fairies
BBC One, 9pm
Daf James’s excellent drama concludes. A grieving Gabriel (Sion Daniel Young) has to decide whether to go through the lengthy process again to adopt Jake (Leo Harris) – this time as a single parent – as social worker Jackie (Elizabeth Berrington) warns him it won’t be straightforward.

Dead Calm: Killing in the Med?
BBC Two, 9pm
Ben Steele’s documentary reports on the tragedy aboard the Adriana, a dangerously overloaded fishing boat carrying migrants which sank in the Mediterranean last June – hundreds drowned, while 104 were rescued. The Greek coast guard is accused of capsizing the vessel, a claim their government vehemently denies. Survivors, rescuers and journalists describe the shocking events.

The Sympathizer
Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm
In the most overtly comedic episode of the Vietnam War drama yet, the Captain (Hoa Xuande) is now a consultant on the Auteur’s (Robert Downey Jr) film, a thinly disguised spoof of Apocalypse Now. David Duchovny is delightfully anarchic as a washed-up, drunken, mad-dog US soldier.

The Expendables (2010) ★★★
ITV4, 10pm  
Director Sylvester Stallone gathers together some of Hollywood’s most shirt-splitting muscle – including himself, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and Jason Statham, as well as cameos from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis – for an all-guns-blazing romp to remove the corrupt leader of a fictitious island. Nothing surprising happens, and it’s awash with blood and gore, but it’s a fun watch that keeps your attention.

Limbo (2020) ★★★★
Film4, 11.05pm  
Ben Sharrock’s beautifully shot picture, the first ever filmed on North and South Uist, is virtually plotless – and that’s the point. It centres on four asylum seekers who are staying on a Scottish island, each burdened by their own memories of home and anxiously awaiting news of their settlement claims so they can begin a new life. This is a profound portrait of the refugee experience, perfectly balancing light and shade.

Stan & Ollie (2018) ★★★★
BBC One, 11.40pm  
A triumph for Steve Coogan and John C Reilly as Laurel and Hardy in their twilight years, touring the UK in 1953, struggling to get a film made and to fill the venues already reluctant to lend them a stage. Keeping time and pace with the precise comedy of the duo is no mean feat, but Coogan and Reilly manage it with aplomb. Their bickering is well observed, and there’s a faithfulness to the original gags. Scottish director Jon S Baird takes the reins.

Tuesday 18 June

Matthew Thomas's brother, Nathan Brew
Matthew Thomas's brother, Nathan Brew - ITV

Code Blue: One Punch Killers
ITV1, 9pm
Pulling apart the medical, ethical, legal and emotional fallouts from three one-punch attacks in south Wales, Joanna Grace’s documentary may be harrowing but also feels important given the apparent proliferation of such cases: they have accounted for one in seven homicides in south Wales in the past three years. The circumstances around each attack differ in some respects but share several common aspects: the offenders were men and either drunk or high (or both); they instigated their altercations outside nightclubs; they launched attacks with all the hallmarks of a “boxer’s punch”, in each case on a complete stranger; and, when arrested, they were either evasive or unrepentant.

The families rail at the seemingly lenient sentences meted out to the men who in one case killed their loved one, and in the other left him with permanent brain damage (the third was given a life sentence for murder). Their tributes to Andrew Nicholas, Matthew Thomas and Chris Harris, blameless victims all, celebrate their lives as much as mourn their appalling loss. A night out with patrols around south Wales suggests preemptive solutions, but it comes too late for these three families. GT

Super Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs
Channel 5, 7pm
This irresistible two-part series follows carefully trained canines as they assist those in need, whether it is sniffing out smuggled drugs or providing support to people suffering PTSD.

AI Revolution
PBS America, 7.25pm
Exploring the origins of Artificial Intelligence from the wartime prescience of Alan Turing onwards, this balanced film explores both the enormous positive potential of AI (driving innovative medical and environmental developments) and possible causes for concern (the shortcuts of Chat GPT, the imminence of the singularity).

The Great British Sewing Bee
BBC Two, 9pm
Ten sewers remain as we reach the halfway point with India as the theme: the Pattern Challenge features Nehru jackets, calico and Madras cotton are required for the Transformation, and the sari inspires the Made to Measure test.

Super Surgeons: A Chance at Life
Channel 4, 9pm
Channel 4’s answer to the BBC’s Surgeons: At the Edge of Life continues to impress in its own right with a second four-part visit to the cancer specialists of the Royal Marsden. With one young midwife-in-training facing a possible limb amputation and a man dismayed at the apparent return of his testicular cancer, solutions balancing empathy and innovation are called for.

Peacock
BBC Three, 9pm & 9.30pm
Just like the same team’s People Just Do Nothing, Peacock is a forensically detailed, unnervingly accurate deconstruction of masculinity played for excruciating laughs. Back for a second series (boxsetted tonight), personal trainers Andy (deluded Allan Mustafa) and Jay (smooth Lucien Laviscount) are competing to be top dog at the gym – but can Andy’s new relationship with soulmate Georgia (Mandeep Dhillon) compensate for his rampant insecurities?

Flee: Storyville
BBC Four, 10pm
Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s superb 2021 documentary bears an additional charge since the Taliban’s takeover. It tells the true story of Amin, a gay man forced to leave Afghanistan after the Mujahideen seize power. Through ingenious animation and paced like a thriller, it is a hugely effective evocation of trauma amid persecution, punctuated by moments of joy and release when he finally finds a new home in Denmark.

James Blunt: One Brit Wonder (2024)
Netflix  
Everybody has their own view on the chart-topping, smooth-singing creator of perennial earworms You’re Beautiful and Goodbye My Lover. Chris Atkins’s heartfelt documentary, though, offers a more personal look at Blunt’s life and career: from his time serving as an officer on the front line in the British army to shifting 12 million copies of his debut album, Back to Bedlam, and now, kicking back on his adopted home of Ibiza.

Lonely Are the Brave (1962, b/w) ★★★★
Film4, 4.45pm  
Adapted by David Miller from Edward Abbey’s novel The Brave Cowboy, this noir Western stars Kirk Douglas as a Korean War veteran who eschews modern technology and fights to free his old riding buddy, who has been arrested for helping illegal immigrants. It adds some original modern beats to the genre – the scene of a helicopter pursuing a lone horseman lingers long in the memory.

Patch Adams (1998) ★★★
Sky Cinema 90s, 10.25pm  
Loosely based on the life of Dr Hunter “Patch” Adams, Tom Shadyac’s drama was panned by critics upon release for being too sentimental – but it’s worth a watch solely for Robin Williams in the lead. He plays Adams, who, after institutionalising himself with suicidal depression, discovers his calling as a doctor. Disillusioned by bureaucracy, he forges his own path with the mantra that laughter really is the best medicine.

Wednesday 19 June

Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert - Amy Sussman/Getty Images North America

Adam Lambert: Out, Loud & Proud
ITV1, 9pm
When he walked onto the American Idol stage in 2009, Indiana-raised singer Adam Lambert had little reason to believe he would go on to become one of the music industry’s biggest-selling stars – and the new frontman of Queen. But, as this candid documentary shows, Lambert (who finished as Idol’s runner-up) is a remarkably strong-willed and passionate performer; a figure who has always believed in his future stardom. Most of the documentary focuses on Lambert’s sexual identity – his second album, Trespassing, was the first by an openly gay artist to reach Number 1 in the US and Canada – and how other queer, British artists have paved the way for equality.

Speaking to LGBTQ+ artists such as Erasure’s Andy Bell and Skunk Anansie frontwoman Skin, Lambert uncovers their groundbreaking stories and the society that shaped them. His Queen bandmates (Lambert has sung in Freddie Mercury’s place on multiple tours since 2012) Brian May and Roger Taylor also contribute, reflecting on Mercury’s pioneering status and how he paved the way for equal rights for queer people. PP

We Were the Lucky Ones
Disney+
Based on Georgia Hunter’s bestselling novel, this moving drama follows the Jewish Kurc family as they are ripped apart during the Second World War; some forced to flee from Poland to Ukraine, in an ill-fated attempt to flee the Nazis; others facing life in the army. Joey King (Ramona and Beezus) stars.

Black Barbie
Netflix
Produced by Shondaland (Bridgerton, Grey’s Anatomy), Black Barbie tells the inspirational story of the three black women (Beulah Mae Mitchell, Kitty Black Perkins and Stacey McBride Irby) who persuaded Mattel to make their first ever black toy doll in the 1980s; a welcome win for representation.

UEFA Euro 2024: Scotland v Switzerland
BBC One, 7.30pm
Following their opening match against hosts Germany, Scotland take on Switzerland, whose group-stage record in recent tournaments is impressive. Can captain Andrew Robertson lead his side to victory in this tough Group A match – and towards the knockouts – in Cologne?

Waitrose: Trouble in the Aisles?
Channel 5, 8pm
Plagued by falling sales, the rise of competitor Marks & Spencer and annoyed customers – who are still ticked-off at the loss of popular perks such as free newspapers or coffee – Waitrose could well be on its way to losing its crown as the supermarket of choice for the middle-classes. This formulaic fly-on-the-wall show asks why, what can be done to fix its fortunes and uncovers its most expensive products.

Confessions of a Teenage Fraudster
BBC Three, 9pm
“I was s---ting myself,” Elliot Castro tells the camera in this reflective documentary. Told over three bloated episodes, Castro – the Aberdeen teenage criminal who fraudulently recorded people’s credit card details in the early 2000s, while working in a call centre, to fund a lavish lifestyle – shares how and why he did it, and how it felt when the law finally caught up with him.

Remembering The Cops
BBC Four, from 10pm
Katy Cavanagh-Jupe and John Henshaw look back on The Cops, the late Nineties drama that made their names and spawned a new wave of gritty, “northern” police procedurals, from Line of Duty to Happy Valley. If you’ve never seen it, don’t fear, because the excellent first four episodes follow.

Kid Blue (1973) ★★★
Talking Pictures TV, 3.05pm  
Outlaw Kid Blue (Dennis Hopper) decides to swap robbing trains for a wholesome life on the straight and narrow in the small Texan town of Dime Box, where he makes friends with a preacher (Peter Boyle) and local worker (Warren Oates) who gets him a factory job. But for Blue, work just may be too hard, especially when there are plenty of trains to rob. James Frawley (The Muppet Movie) directs.

Young Winston (1972) ★★★★
Film4, 4pm  
Richard Attenborough’s meticulous biopic traces the early years of one of Britain’s most beloved (and now most controversial) prime ministers. Based on Churchill’s own memoirs, it begins with his stint as a war correspondent in Africa, skips back to his boisterous public schooldays, and leads up to his esteemed entry to Parliament and the start of his path to the premiership. Simon Ward and Anne Bancroft star.

The Bourne Supremacy (2004) ★★★★
Sky Showcase, 9pm  
Continuing the story of Jason Bourne, this sequel sees the former assassin (Matt Damon) living in Goa with his girlfriend Marie (Franka Potente) when a Russian assassin arrives to plunge him back into the deep end of a CIA conspiracy. While this is not quite on a par with the first film, Paul Greengrass’s direction is typically exhilarating, and Julia Stiles and Brian Cox lend terrific support.

Thursday 20 June

Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer will feature
Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer will feature - Jon Super/Anadolu

Question Time Leaders’ Special
BBC One, 8pm
From football to political footballs: hot on the heels of England’s crucial Euros match against Denmark (see below), another potentially pivotal clash – this one to help us determine who leads our country for the next five years. It’s been just over a week since the last leaders’ debate, on Sky News, (and a fortnight since the BBC’s seven-way event, plus Sunak and Starmer’s ill-tempered opening round on ITV1) and audience interest might just have revived enough to sustain this gruelling two-hour session. Especially now that all the party manifestos have been published, pored over and analysed, so there should be specific policy points for all the parties to promote and defend.

On the panel are the leaders of the four biggest parliamentary parties – representing the Conservatives (Rishi Sunak), Labour (Keir Starmer), Lib Dems (Ed Davey) and SNP (John Swinney) – and, with just two weeks to go before polling on July 4th, they will all be hoping to score decisive blows – or at least avoid another devastating gaffe. For the smaller parties this is the final TV-debate opportunity; Starmer and Sunak are due to go head-to-head yet again on the BBC next week. Fiona Bruce chairs from York. GO

America’s Sweethearts: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
Netflix
We’ve all seen the high-kicking teams of young women who perform to crowds at American football matches. This eye-opening series explores what it takes to make the grade. With “unfiltered” access to auditions, training camps and a full NFL season, it’s a lot more about talent and ambition than rah-rah-rah.

Federer: Twelve Final Days
Amazon Prime Video
After 24 years, 1500 matches and more than a hundred singles titles (including 20 Grand Slams) tennis icon Roger Federer took the decision to quit the competitive arena in 2022. For his final days he invited a film crew to record his emotional departure – the footage was not intended to be for the public. A little arm-twisting from Amazon – plus docu-biopic king Asif Kapadia (Senna, Amy) – and the result is a sports film of the highest order.

UEFA Euro 2024: Denmark v England
BBC One, 4pm
In their second group-stage match, England take on the Danes (a team they beat in the Euro 2020 semi-finals, so hopes will be high) at the Frankfurt Arena. Gary Lineker hosts, with commentary by Guy Mowbray and Alan Shearer. Kick-off is 5pm.

The Supervet: Noel Fitzpatrick
Channel 4, 8pm
A “puppy special” looking back at some of the youngest animals that Noel Fitzpatrick has treated over the years. Among them, a three-month-old spaniel with leg deformities and a Jack Russell injured in a freak accident.

The Stormtrooper Scandal
BBC Two, 9pm
Non-fungible tokens were the South Sea Bubble of the art market, digital artworks in which hundreds of millions were invested in the early 2020s only to prove almost worthless. This film explores one of the biggest scandals, relating to a series of NFTs released by curator Ben Moore. A story of ambition, betrayal and fingers badly burned.

Outrageous Homes
Channel 4, 10pm
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is the perfect host for a series celebrating homeowners who take their decor to the max. Tonight he meets a 1970s obsessive in Manchester and takes a dip in a supersized fishtank in a 1920s Nottingham semi. At 9pm, the far more modest and sane George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces returns.

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) ★★★★★
Film4, 1.15pm  
David Lean’s largely fictional telling of the Second World War story of the Thailand-Burma Railway, based on the novel by Pierre Boulle, is wonderfully complex. It features Alec Guinness in his finest performance as Colonel Nicholson, who goes mad before our eyes, as he and other Allied PoWs hack the 255-mile railway out of harsh jungle while battling torture, starvation and disease.

Only You (2019) ★★★★
BBC Three, 9pm  
Harry Wootliff’s debut is an engrossing love story, starring The Crown’s Josh O’Connor and Laia Costa. He plays the wide-eyed romantic Jake; she is the cynical Elena, 10 years his senior and less convinced that their affair will last after they bump into each other one New Year’s Eve while fighting over a taxi. Eventually, a relationship forms, but the strains of beginning a family start to take hold. Also on Tuesday, BBC Two, 11.05pm.

Mrs Dalloway (1997) ★★★★★
BBC Four, 10.30pm  
Virginia Woolf’s classic story of a day in the life of a woman giving a party translates surprisingly well to screen. This very good all-Brit adaptation (written by Eileen Atkins) stars the inimitable Vanessa Redgrave as our hostess, and Rupert Graves as a shell-shocked veteran of the Great War, the most interesting of the characters with whom Dalloway’s day intersects. Michael Kitchen and Natascha McElhone are excellent in support.

Friday 21 June

Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner

Yellowstone: One-Fifty
Paramount+
In the hugely successful drama series Yellowstone, Kevin Costner plays John Dutton, the ruthless owner of a Montana ranch which borders the Yellowstone National Park. For this elegiac four-part documentary series, the actor ventures deep into the canyons and forests that make up one of America’s most awe-inspiring landscapes. Originally airing in the US in 2022, the series is a celebration of the park’s 150th anniversary. Thus Costner tells the absorbing story of its birth. He explains how, in 1871, a geologist called Ferdinand Hayden led an expedition to the region on the orders of Congress. His mission was to size up this mysterious new land for potential industry. Instead, the expedition was so overawed by Yellowstone’s beauty that Congress eventually made it the world’s first national park.

Costner does his best man-of-the-woods impression in retracing Hayden’s footsteps; fishing in the lake, cooking over the fire. Understandably, he saves his most profound reverence for the Grand Prismatic Spring, a hot spring that shines five different colours. “When I was younger I saw pictures and I thought, ‘Could there be a place like this in the world?’.” SK

Isle of Wight Festival 2024
Sky Arts, 7pm
Sky Arts kicks off festival season with a bang, as UK electronica royalty The Prodigy headline the opening night on the Isle of Wight (11.30pm). Before then, you can catch acts such as Crowded House and The Streets. The weekend’s other headliners are Pet Shop Boys and Green Day.

Rubbish Tip Britain: Dispatches
Channel 4, 8pm
An investigation into the putrid world of waste crime. One major landfill site, for instance, is full of banned toxic waste, while new satellite data suggests that hundreds of unregulated waste dumps are being operated in plain sight. Couple that with the low number of prosecutions for fly tipping and it all starts to stink.

Chinook: Zulu Delta 576
BBC Two, 9pm
The concluding part of the documentary, about the 1994 Mull of Kintyre Chinook helicopter crash, contests the RAF’s claim that the fatal accident was due to the “negligence” of pilots Jonathan Tapper and Richard Cook. Instead, evidence points to a potential cover-up of the truth – faulty computer software that made the aircraft unfit for flying.

Paranormal: The Village That Saw Aliens
BBC Three, 9pm/9.30pm
Is the truth out there? Tonight’s concluding two-parter features some titillating claims. Take the multiple people in south Wales who say they have all seen the same cigar-shaped UFO. Yet for all of its contrived mystery and spooky music, there’s not much here that will turn a sceptic into a believer.

Rebus
BBC Scotland, 9pm 
In a TV landscape full of identikit detective dramas, the quality of Rebus blazes bright. Tonight’s superb finale continues the show’s form for navigating horror with humanity and soul. There is a particularly striking scene in which Rebus’s (Richard Rankin) army veteran brother Michael (Brian Ferguson) delivers an impassioned soliloquy about the emptiness of civilian life.

Sister Boniface Mysteries
Drama, 9pm
The writers are having a lot of fun this series. A few weeks ago the cosy detective drama opened with a riff on James Bond. Tonight, we meet Kirk Fabricant (Mark Heap), the kidnapped actor behind cancelled science-fiction show “Professor Y”. His spaceship is a telephone box. He travels in time and space. Hmm, Who could that be a reference to?

Bread & Roses (2023) ★★★★
Apple TV+  
Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) co-produced this powerful documentary from film-maker Sahra Mani. Bread & Roses is set in the aftermath of the Taliban regaining power in Afghanistan in 2021. It features footage from Sharifa, an ex-government employee forced indoors, Zahra, a woman organising activists in her dentistry practice, and Taranom, who seeks refuge in Pakistan.

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974) ★★★
Film4, 4.35pm  
In this Ray Harryhausen stop-motion animated adventure, based on the classic Middle Eastern tale, John Phillip Law plays the intrepid sea-captain who sails to the mythical isle of Lemuria in search of the missing part of an amulet, but it’s Tom Baker’s splendid display of manic grinning as evil Prince Koura which anchors the film. Look out for Robert Shaw’s cameo as an oracle with scary teeth.

Five Nights at Freddy’s (2023) ★★
Sky Cinema Premiere, 8pm  
Five Nights at Freddy’s started out as a survive-the-robots horror video game in 2014, which has since spawned a huge cult franchise and eight sequels. The film, which spent the best part of a decade in development, stars Josh Hutcherson as a troubled security guard who starts a job at an abandoned pizzeria where he discovers that its animatronic mascots are possessed by murdered children.

Booksmart (2019) ★★★★
BBC Three, 10pm  
Olivia Wilde’s brilliant directorial debut takes place primarily over one night: high-school graduation. It stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever (soon to take the lead in HBO’s The Last of Us) as nerdy best friends who, on the final day of school, are faced with the awful realisation that while they chose studying to get into college over partying, their classmates managed both. Cue a John Hughesian night of self-realisation and fun.


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