What's on TV: the best TV programmes on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Freeview, Freesat, Sky, Virgin, BT Vision, satellite and cable, as chosen by the Telegraph's critics
Tuesday 25 April
Horizon: ADHD and Me with Rory Bremner
BBC Two, 9.00pm
“It’s like having a brain like a pinball machine,” says impressionist funnyman Roy Bremner of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a condition more often associated with children but from which he has long suspected he suffers. Symptoms include trouble concentrating, impulsiveness and unbridled energy, and statistics suggest that up to three per cent of adults may have ADHD although diagnosis rates are lower.
Here he sets out to explores its nature, causes and medical basis before tackling the “elephant in the room” of his own diagnosis. His journey takes him to Germany, the Netherlands and back to Britain in search of the latest research into why ADHD is such a difficult condition to pin down – a fiendishly complicated mix of genetic and environmental factors that means sufferers can display seemingly infinite combinations of symptoms. What Bremner uncovers is often surprising and occasionally funny and generally informative. Most of all, though, his frantic quest for understanding – and treatment – opens a window on how trying life can be for sufferers and those around them. Gerard O’Donovan
Peter Kay’s Car Share
BBC One, 9.00pm
“Are you on glue!?” John (Peter Kay) exclaims when Kayleigh (Sian Gibson) has the temerity to suggest he bunk off work. But her persistence pays off – the pair end up at a safari park to the strains of Train’s Drops of Jupiter, as this wonderfully nuanced comedy continues.
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Animals: India
Broadening his dependably cute canine series For the Love of Dogs, Paul O’Grady heads to India to rehabilitate some of the country’s vulnerable wild animals. First stop: an elephant sanctuary south of Delhi.
Our Friend Victoria
BBC One, 9.30pm
Up next to celebrate the life of one of Britain’s brightest comic minds is Michael Ball, who looks at Victoria Wood’s candid views on sex and relationships.
Growing in stature under the radar, this rambunctious game show returns for a fourth run. Its premise is simple: with the help of Alex Horne, Greg Davis each week sets Hugh Dennis, Joe Lycett, Lolly Adefope, Mel Giedroyc and Noel Fielding a series of idiotic tasks, including tonight, how best to annihilate a cake.
Sky Arts, 9.00pm
Later this year sees the release of the film Final Portrait, a Paris-set chamber piece written and directed by Stanley Tucci about an amusing episode that took place towards the end of the great painter Alberto Giacometti’s tumultuous life. Here, in this latest edition of Passions, Tucci explores the artist’s work and legacy.
Sky Atlantic, 10.10pm
The scalpel-sharp satire continues its sixth series, with Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) attending the presidential library of Stuart Hughes, the commander-in-chief under whom she served as vice-president. PS
Anthony Joshua: The Road to Klitschko
BBC One, 10.45pm; NI, 11.10pm; Scot, 11.45pm
Next Saturday, British boxer Anthony Joshua faces the toughest opponent of his career: Wladimir Klitschko, who’s chalked up 64 wins and 53 knockouts. Joshua, meanwhile, is unbeaten in 18 fights since turning pro in 2013. This rousing documentary follows the IBF World Heavyweight champion over two years, looking at his inexorable rise and how he unwinds behind-the-scenes. Patrick Smith
Black Narcissus (1947) ★★★★★
In this intense drama (understandably thought controversial at the time, though it won two Academy Awards), Powell and Pressburger capture the repression evident in Rumer Godden’s 1939 novel. The sexual tension among Anglican nuns in an isolated valley community in the Himalayas prompts all manner of carnal emotions in Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr) and Sister Ruth (Kathleen Byron).
Love Me Do (2015) ★★★☆☆
Sky Cinema Premiere, 10.00pm
British director Martin Stitt’s twisted love story follows the relationship between a female banker (Rebecca Calder) and an actor (Jack Gordon, A Royal Night Out) who fall so madly in love that it drives them to commit a terrible crime. It’s a bold two-hander, perhaps better suited to the stage, but serves as an intimate study into the darker side of human nature.
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) ★★★★☆
After years as a straight leading man, Leslie Nielsen hit his comic stride as the bumbling, disaster-prone Lieutenant Frank Drebin, trying to foil an assassination plot in this silly but often inspired LA cop spoof. A notable highlight is a botched drugs bust by OJ Simpson. It’s crass and irreverent but with an endless supply of laughs. Priscilla Presley co-stars.
Wednesday 26 April
ITV, 10.40pm; STV, 11.05pm
Meet Andy Grant, the self-styled fastest man on one leg. In 2009, the Royal Marine commando was on patrol in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated. He suffered 27 injuries and his right leg had to be amputated below the knee. The surgeon presumably had a black sense of humour, because the operation meant Grant’s Liverpool FC tattoo of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” lost its last word. It now reads “You’ll Never Walk”.
The determined Grant has since learnt to ski, surf and skydive, and won two gold medals at Prince Harry’s Invictus Games for injured servicemen and women. This documentary follows a year in Grant’s life as he sets himself a new challenge: to become the world’s fastest single leg amputee over 10 km.
As Grant embarks on his journey to break the previous record of 37 minutes and 53 seconds, cameras are given intimate access to his rigorous training regime and family life (with his labrador Oppo stealing several scenes). Along the way, he gets support from ex-Liverpool footballer Jamie Carragher and snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan. Narrated by actor Tom Hardy, this is an inspiring story. Michael Hogan
Me and My Dog: The Ultimate Contest
BBC Two, 8.00pm
We’ve had dog parkour, doggies that can’t paddle and now a dog triathlon. As this contest, in which pets and their owners spend four weeks training with Chris Packham to improve their connection, reaches its grand final, it’s all to play for.
BBC One, 9.00pm; Wales, 1.15pm
Peter’s 82-year-old father Archie, who is living with dementia, has gone missing. Durham Sergeant Barry Evans’ task is to work out why. But when a neighbour comes forward with CCTV footage, the police begin to suspect foul play.
Confessions of a Junior Doctor
Channel 4, 9.00pm
Having only been out of medical school for a year, Morgan is overcome with nerves on her first shift in the A&E department at Northampton General, while junior doctor Dan worries about dealing with grieving relatives in difficult situations.
Africa’s Fishing Leopard
Squabbles at bath time and night-time fishing are just some of the events featured in this story, narrated by David Attenborough, of a mother and her cubs trying to survive in a corner of Africa, where nine lives may not suffice.
24 x 36: A Movie About Movie Posters
Sky Arts, 9.00pm
Think of Hitchcock’s Vertigo and the swirling spirograph design of the film’s poster springs to mind. But as technology has developed, illustrators have become obsolete. Director Kevin Burke’s documentary is essentially a story about the love of film, but neatly details the rise, fall and rebirth of a dwindling art form.
My Online Nightmare
Channel 4, 10.00pm
More troubling accounts of internet abuse. This episode examines tales of cyberstalking, including the story of news anchor Erika von Tiehl, who was left terrified after receiving anonymous text messages. Plus, a couple who received abusive messages from a woman on Facebook, who turned out to be an ex-partner seeking revenge. Rachel Ward
Sky Atlantic, 10.00pm
This arresting crime drama, set in the Arctic Circle, has flipped the idea of Nordic noir on its head – it’s bathed in perpetual sunlight – but the stories remain pretty bleak. Tonight, Kahina (Leïla Bekhti) and Anders (Gustaf Hammarsten) uncover vital evidence. RW
The Quiet Man (1952) ★★★★★
Best known for his sombre westerns, John Ford turns personal for this wonderful romantic comedy which was considered a risky venture but went on to win the director his fourth Oscar. It tells the story of a boxer who falls in love with the sister of a bully. The famous grab-and-kiss scene between the smouldering John Wayne and love interest Maureen O’Hara also appears in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) ★★★☆☆
He won acclaim for his role as enigmatic detective Rust Cohle in the TV series True Detective, but Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey stars here in the sort of courtroom drama for which he made his name. This time he’s Mick Haller, a slick LA defence lawyer who prefers to represent the guilty. However, a wealthy new client (Ryan Phillippe) prompts Haller to address his own past sins.
The Bank Job (2008) ★★★☆☆
Jason Statham and his gang of small-time crooks stumble across incriminating documents implicating MPs and Princess Margaret in this entertaining heist movie (inspired by the 1971 Baker Street robbery in London). Director Roger Donaldson keeps the action ticking over nicely and the Seventies details are spot on, though at times the tone veers from knockabout comedy to vicious thriller.
Thursday 27 April
Channel 4, 10.00pm
Or not, as the case may be: Macarena (Maggie Civantos) has broken out of prison with a few fellow prisoners through a tunnel, “like the f---ing movies”. This is where the wheels fell off for Prison Break some years ago – without the claustrophobic tension provided by incarceration, the narrative became increasingly bizarre. So far, however, Locked Up has retained much of what made the first series one of the canniest imports on Walter Presents last year – primarily, helter-skelter storytelling, an underdog appeal and a simmering sympathy for even its least savoury characters.
An early twist sees the prison break go wrong and the power balance among the escapees shift in a fascinating way, while a close shave for Zulema (Najwa Nimri) dents even her seemingly bulletproof confidence. Back behind bars, meanwhile, governor Miranda (Cristina Plazas) is overruled by the alarmed authorities, whose response to events is brutal, as a new guard arrives with a short fuse, and an ambition that sees him trample over colleagues to expand his powerbase. It’s a fine set-up for the rest of the second series, which will be available on channel4.com immediately after transmission. Gabriel Tate
Christ Bearer: The Rapper Who Chopped his Penis Off
BBC Three, from 10.00am
The title only tells half the story of Bearer (née Andre Johnson), whose actions as described above followed a period of depression, domestic problems and drug abuse. His friends and family discuss the difficulty of addressing such issues in a world where showing vulnerability remains remarkably taboo.
The Wright Stuff
PBS America, 7.50pm
“The boys in the Wright family are all lacking determination and push,” reckoned Wilbur Wright in 1897. This engaging documentary follows Wilbur and his brother Orville’s journey from a cycle repair shop to boundary-breaking experiments in flight.
The World According to Kids
BBC Two, 8.00pm
This touching, funny and occasionally worrying series meets children from a London boxing club and a Berkshire pony club, where issues raised include peer pressure.
Joanna Lumley’s Postcards
Joanna Lumley’s knack of landing televised holidays continues with her latest dispatch coming from Greece. Her visit encompasses the Acropolis, naturally, but also the mountain monasteries of Meteors and a concert from Nana Mouskouri at the ancient venue of Epidaurus.
Mind Over Marathon
BBC One, 9.00pm; BBC Two NI, 11.10pm
At the halfway point, the 10 London Marathon hopefuls are now coping with physical setbacks alongside their struggles with mental health. A visit from the duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry (who are leading the campaign for Heads Together) provides a timely boost, but with the race itself still to come, how many will be at the starting line?
Born to Kill
Channel 4, 9.00pm
Tracey Malone and Kate Ashfield’s oddly compelling psychological thriller continues with Sam (the chilling Jack Rowan) trying to cover his tracks and Jenny (Romola Garai) forced to face a ghost from her past. GT
John Bishop: In Conversation with Ellie Simmonds
John Bishop sits down with Paralympian Ellie Simmonds to discuss her remarkable achievements in sport and realising her dream of swimming with dolphins. GT
Igor (2008) ★★☆☆☆
In a fairytale dystopia, nasty, Frankenstein-style scientists vie to invent monstrous creatures for a gladiatorial contest. The eponymous hero (voiced by John Cusack) is a humble hunchback assistant, whose dreams of assembling his own mutant come to fruition after his master accidentally atomises himself. Steve Buscemi’s unhappy laboratory rabbit is endearing, but the overall tone is uneven and the vital spark of life is missing.
The China Syndrome (1979) ★★★★☆
A riveting if somewhat right-on drama in which two television journalists (Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas) attempt to expose dangerous faults and corporate corruption at a nuclear power plant; Jack Lemmon plays an engineer trying to help them. It’s a sobering and compelling thriller and, spookily, mere weeks after the film’s release came the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island.
The Monuments Men (2014) ★★☆☆☆
George Clooney directs and stars in this historical caper, based on the true story of an Allied group on a mission to find treasured artefacts before they are destroyed by Hitler. Though the source material is fascinating, and the cast is strong (Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and Hugh Bonneville are among the big names), it feels too heavy-handed and self-congratulatory.
Friday 28 April
Channel 4, 7.30pm
To most of us the Samoan Islands are pinpricks on the globe, a smattering of islands in the southern Pacific famed for their beauty, biodiversity and friendliness, synonymous with dreams of South Seas paradise. But why did these islands’ tiny population of 250,000 (incorporating two distinct nations – Samoa and the US territory of American Samoa) top the world’s obesity and diabetes charts in a survey conducted in 2014?
In American Samoa, an astonishing 93 per cent of people were recorded as obese, and one in three as diabetic; independent Samoa’s rates were not far behind. Some researchers put it down to a genetic predisposition among Polynesian peoples, others to a culture that has traditionally equated corpulence with wealth and power. But that doesn’t account for a near doubling of obesity rates over the last five decades, or that during this period these remote Islands have been flooded with unhealthy processed food from abroad and fatty offcuts of meat considered unfit for human consumption elsewhere. Reporter Sophie Morgan and director Patrick Wells set out for a taste of paradise and to discover the truth. Gerard O’Donovan
Dear White People
Netflix, from 12.01am
Based on Justin Simien’s acclaimed 2014 film of the same name, this new satire is set at an Ivy League university, where a group of black students aim to face white privilege on campus. “Having a black vibrator does not count as an interracial relationship,” jokes Samantha White (Logan Browning), a biracial student and host of the college’s subversive radio show titled Dear White People. As a social commentary, it’s clever and effective; as a comedy, it’s tart and funny, bristling with close-to-the-bone one-liners. Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring in Breaking Bad) narrates.
BBC Two, 9.00pm
Hammy and hackneyed it may be, but this period drama depicting the early reign of Louis XIV is also good, salacious fun. As its second run continues, the King’s (George Blagden) ongoing affair with Madame de Montespan (Anna Brewster) causes problems with Father Pascal (James Joint).
Brian Johnson’s A Life on the Road
Sky Arts, 9.00pm
As the frontman of AC/DC, Brian Johnson knows a thing or two about the intense realities of going on tour. In this new series, the 69-year-old hears countless tales of debauchery from veteran artists such as Robert Plant and Nick Mason. First up, though, is The Who’s Roger Daltrey. PS
BBC One, 9.30pm
Sian Gibson, brilliant in Peter Kay’s Car Share (see Tuesday), works overtime in this NHS mock-doc, elevating the patchy source material. She plays Hilary, the pent-up security boss whose affections for the cheery if inept hospital DJ Ivan Brackenbury she makes no attempt to hide.
Sarah Millican: Outsider
Channel 4, 10.00pm
Performing at the Brighton Dome last year, the Geordie stand-up shares her thoughts on her recent move to the countryside, reeling off frank observations that are laden with innuendo. Highlights include picking up sex tips while seeing the doctor about irritable bowel syndrome, and a skit involving her new pet dog.
The Graham Norton Show
BBC One, 10.35pm; N Ireland, 11.05pm
On Norton’s sofa tonight are Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer, who discuss their new action-comedy Snatched, and Star Wars actor John Boyega, who’s appearing in Woyzeck at London’s Old Vic. Patrick Smith
The Tourist (2010) ★★☆☆☆
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck follows his superb The Lives of Others, with a so-so remake of a French thriller. On the train from Paris, Angelina Jolie (who cruises through the film in an absurd ecstasy of preening self-regard) tries to throw pursuers off the trail of her absent lover, a master thief, by taking up with Johnny Depp, a maths teacher, after which they both run around Venice, chased by mobsters.
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005) ★★☆☆☆
It lacks the charm of the original but Sandra Bullock is still incredibly likeable as the FBI agent-turned- beauty queen Gracie Hart. This time she’s forced to team up with a fellow bodyguard (Regina King) who isn’t exactly wild about her, when a beauty queen and master of ceremonies get kidnapped. It’s all too predictable but there are sporadic laughs. William Shatner co-stars.
Beetlejuice (1988) ★★★★☆
Michael Keaton is an actor of rare versatility (as his triumphant role in Birdman proved). In this cult, Oscar-winning film by Tim Burton, Keaton shines as a con artist ghost called Beetlejuice, who aims to help two other ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to scare the obnoxious new residents out of their old house. But he then falls for lovely goth Lydia (Winona Ryder), the family’s daughter.
Catherine Gee, Michael Hogan, Simon Horsford, Clive Morgan, Gerard O'Donovan, Patrick Smith, Gabriel Tate and Rachel Ward