Pat Stacey’s Weekend TV Pick: Ben Elton Returns Just As Jodie Whittaker Heads To The Exit Door In Doctor Who

The anything-anything spirit of 1980s live TV comedy is revived, if only for 90 minutes, in the unique Friday Night Live Show special (Channel 4, 9PM). ). The series, a combination of variety and independent programming, began as Saturday Live in 1985 and moved to Friday three years later.


There have been several revival attempts over the years, most of which have been largely forgotten, but this one features original host Ben Elton and several performers who had their big break on the show. shows, including Harry Enfield, Jo Brand and Julian Clary, as well as younger comedians.

The Late Late Show (RTÉ One, 9.35pm) continues to have a series of big-name guests with the wonderful Richard E Grant, who is in the studio talking about his memoir A bag of happiness and the recent loss of his beloved wife Joan to cancer.

Others on the bill include Jack Reynor, who co-stars Chloe Grace Moretz in the new sci-fi series Peripherals (see below), Iraq-born Leitrim hurdler Zak Moradi, comedian PJ Gallagher and rapper Malaki.

Said above The Peripheral (Amazon Prime Video), developed by Westworld showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, based on the 2014 novel by William Gibson about a video game waitress who is drawn into a terrifying world of virtual reality and AI.

Unsettling documentary Deepfake Porn: Could You Be Next? (BBC3, 9pm) features three women whose ordinary photos have been appropriated and manipulated into heavy pornography.

There are many top customers on The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, 10.40pm), among them Thelma & Louise icon Geena Davis, who talks about her candid memoir and Stephen Graham, fresh from another hit – ITV’s truth-based drama The Walk-In, about a journalist’s attempt to infiltrate a far-right group.


In case you haven’t noticed, the BBC is celebrating its 100th birthday. The first part of a two-part, three-hour anniversary documentary How did the BBC start? (BBC2, 7pm) reported on the Corporation’s first 50 years of radio and television broadcasting.

Instead of following a dry chronological approach, it entertains playing ping pong around, taking in, among other things, the assassination of JFK, which happens for the first time. Which doctor? episode from the schedule, how a phone call on behalf of the queen mother saved a Apollo 8 broadcasts, the difficulties of organizing Winston Churchill’s only television appearance, and David Attenborough’s recollection of how his father cried when he announced that Britain was at war with Germany.

As you’d expect, the contributors, clips, interviews – both new and from the archives – and anecdotes are all great.

For children and pubescent adults, there is a more carefree version of Horrible History: Big BBC Bonanza (CBBC, 8.40am). One of those humorous, yet always realistic, sketches re-enacts BBC2’s premiere night almost affected by a power cut and an escaped kangaroo.

Seriously come to dance (BBC1, 6.40pm) got in on the action by making celebrities dance to the theme tune of a popular BBC show.

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If you can endure three hours Coldplay night (BBC2, from 8:30 a.m.), there is a BBC’s Best aggregate, plus two concerts from 2021 (10:40 p.m.) and 2016 (11:40 p.m.).

Disrupting the flow for an hour is Then… with Jools Holland (BBC2, 9:55 p.m.), features two breakout bands from Coldplay’s contemporaries: Suede and Hot Chip. So it’s not all classical gold, South African cellist Abel Selaocoe also performs.

The dual end of Nordic noir capture Wriggle (BBC4, 9pm and 9:45pm) witness the eponymous detective and his team racing to confront escaped serial killer Tom Kerr (Odin Waage) and his accomplices his “The Other”.

However, it is not the end; A new four-part story will begin next Saturday.



Jodie Whittaker bids farewell to the long-running Doctor Who

What could be more fitting for a BBC birthday weekend than a change of guard on Which doctor?BBC1, 7.30pm). This 90-minute special is Jodie Whittaker’s final adventure, at the end she passes the baton to Ncuti Gatwa.

We’re not allowed to give away anything important – and I never do, because I hate spoilers – but you can expect Cybermen, Daleks, Sacha Dhawan as The Master, the return the return of two previous Doctors’ companions and the first incarnation in the show’s history that did not take place inside Tardis.

The birthday party continues with a Antique roadshow (BBC1, 5:45pm) from Alexandra Palace, where the original TV studios were located. All of the items brought in are BBC memorabilia, including the Bubbles quiz card clown (remember him?), Humpty and Jemima’s original toys from play school, Del Boy Trotter’s lime green Ford Capri and Tony Hancock script.

This leads us to Hancock’s Half Hour (BBC4, 7pm). This is the classic 1959 episode that spoofs the movie 12 angry men. Hancock causes havoc while on jury duty.

The BBC’s glorious past has finally given way to a more mundane element of its present with the end of the birth Bloodlands (BBC1, 9pm).

Refrigeration is really the right word for arctic circle (Channel 4, 11:15; all episodes on All 4).

A dying Russian sex worker, who is infected with a deadly virus, is found locked in a cage in a remote cabin. A Finnish policeman and a German virologist team up to solve the mystery. Pat Stacey’s Weekend TV Pick: Ben Elton Returns Just As Jodie Whittaker Heads To The Exit Door In Doctor Who

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