Friday’s best TV: Gogglebox, Shetland, QI and Daft Punk Unchained

The meta-TV show returns; there’s a death and rape on the island; Stephen Fry delivers his last intelligence test. Plus: the French disco duo’s rise charted, with star guests Kanye and Pharrell

9pm, Channel 4

Following on from the Christmas ratings smash Gogglesprogs, it’s time for the youngsters to hand the remote back to the grown-ups as a new series of living room disseminations begins. Expect the collective-opinion cannons to home in on the likes of Dickensian, Call the Midwife and the all-new X-Files. Of course, one day the Goggleboxers will be asked to review the very episode of Gogglebox they’re currently in, and planet Earth will implode. Mark Gibbings-Jones

Best Walks With A View With Julia Bradbury
8pm, ITV

The presenter offers a proposition for family days out: walks with attractive views. True, we might buy into this kind of thing as a component of Coast, but here even the programme-makers seem to suspect that – scenery or not – that’s possibly all a little boring. As such, they keep Julia moving: dropping in for a chat with local people, tentatively having a go at something and then saying “I’ll let you get on with it, then”, and briskly moving on. Tonight: the very nice Anglesey. John Robinson

9pm, BBC1

DI Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall) and his team dig deeper into a conspiracy that might involve the Glasgow police and judiciary, as well as some unpleasant gangsters. As another body turns up and information from the distant past is hard-won by the island cops, the series continues to boast an authority and finesse that places it above most dour-detective shows. Tonight, the aftermath of rape, for the victim and those close to her, is handled with intelligence and care by Gaby Chiappe and Robert Murphy’s script. Jack Seale

10pm, BBC2

After rattling through half an alphabet’s worth of “quite interesting” trivia, and finding endlessly inventive ways of calling Alan Davies an idiot, Stephen Fry finally steps down from his role of QI’s avuncular headmaster tonight. But first there’s a final light-hearted lecture to get through, on the subject of misconceptions. The panel of Chris Addison, Sue Perkins and Sara Cox isn’t quite a classic by QI standards – where’s Bill Bailey?! – but one final opportunity for some Fry-and-Davies back-and-forth should make up for that. Gwilym Mumford

Daft Punk Unchained
10pm, BBC4

Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, the French house duo who achieved superstardom as pioneers of 21st-century electronic dance music, do not participate in this film about their career. That’s appropriate, however, as they long ago made the shrewd decision to absent themselves from the celebrity process, appearing in public only as helmeted robots. There are, though, interviews with collaborators Pharrell, Nile Rodgers and Kanye West in this thorough investigation of their rise and reinvention. David Stubbs

Devonport: Inside The Royal Navy

9pm, Quest

This new documentary series sets its sights on Devonport in Plymouth, the largest naval base in western Europe, and home to both the bulk of Britain’s surface fleet and the navy’s nuclear-powered submarines. With the colossal HMS Ocean docking at Devonport to prepare for a quick turnaround to head off to the Nato mission Trident Juncture, there’s much to be done in terms of filling its cargo hold with everything from heavy artillery to combat helicopters. David Cameron is also arriving for a visit, which has to remain top secret. Ben Arnold

The Seventies
9pm, Sky Arts

Following on from (you guessed it) The Sixties, this CNN-made series traces US-focused events in the era of Watergate, the Iran hostage crisis and the sexual revolution reaching beyond a coterie of hippies and hipsters. First up, the subject is how TV changed in the 1970s. This was the decade when Monty Python’s Flying Circus journeyed across the Atlantic; and when enduring shows such as Saturday Night Live and Monday Night Football were launched on the world. Jonathan Wright

Today’s best live sport

Women’s International T20 Cricket: South Africa v England Second match in the series. The men’s T20 international between the sides airs at 3.30pm. 11.25am, Sky Sports 2

Premiership Rugby Union: Harlequins v Leicester Tigers Top-flight encounter. 7pm, BT Sport 1

Scottish Premiership Football: Partick Thistle v Aberdeen Aberdeen’s unlikely title charge continues. 7.15pm, BT Sport 2

World Club Series Rugby League: St Helens v Sydney Roosters Opening fixture of the six-team event. 7.30pm, Sky Sports 1

Film choice

Magic Mike

(Steven Soderbergh, 2012) 9pm E4

Channing Tatum is Tampa Bay stripper Magic Mike. He’s pushing 30, and although club owner Dallas (Matthew McConaughey) wants him to share in a lucrative move to Miami, the arrival of a new star of the posing pouch, Alex Pettyfer’s Adam, starts him thinking there must be more to life. Aims at risky and edgy, is actually cheesy and earnest, but got us in the mood for the sequel, 2015’s Magic Mike XXL. Paul Howlett

Pride and Prejudice
(Joe Wright, 2005) 6.30pm, Film4

It is bold to challenge the near-mythical 1995 BBC version with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, but director Wright and scriptwriter Deborah Moggach create a lucid, lively and highly enjoyable Austen adaptation. Much of that is down to Keira Knightley. Strictly speaking a little too obviously beautiful for the role of Elizabeth Bennet, she is full of star-quality spirit and wit in her clashes with Matthew Macfadyen’s Darcy. PH


Mark Gibbings-Jones, John Robinson, Jack Seale, Gwilym Mumford, David Stubbs, Ben Arnold, Jonathan Wright, Paul Howlett

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Friday’s best TV: A Discovery of Witches; The Island Strait; Big Brother
Teresa Palmer stars in a new adaptation of Deborah Harkness occult horror trilogy, All Souls

Mike Bradley, Jack Seale, Phil Harrison, Jonathan Wright and Paul Howlett

14, Sep, 2018 @5:00 AM

Article image
Friday’s best TV: Gogglesprogs, The Millionaire’s Holiday Club, Eurotrash
Bewildered young commentators get to grips with Trump and Mamma Mia!; interesting backstories in the lives of the super-rich; and the showcase of Euro eccentricity returns for a one-off special

Rachel Aroesti, David Stubbs, Graeme Virtue, Ali Catterall, Hannah Verdier, Ben Arnold, Paul Howlett

17, Jun, 2016 @5:20 AM

Article image
TV tonight: what is Scarlett Moffatt doing in Namibia?
The Gogglebox family head to southern Africa for a questionable social experiment. Plus: it’s semi-final time in the Bake Off tent. Here’s what to watch this evening

Ammar Kalia, Hannah Verdier, Ali Catterall, Ellen E Jones and Paul Howlett

22, Oct, 2019 @5:19 AM

Article image
Thursday’s best TV: Without Limits – Vietnam; Educating Greater Manchester
The intrepid Brits with disabilities meet their Vietnamese counterparts; plus more challenges for Harrop Fold’s Mr Povey

Ben Arnold, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Phil Harrison, Paul Howlett, Jack Seale, David Stubbs, Hannah Verdier, Jonathan Wright

21, Sep, 2017 @5:00 AM

Article image
Thursday’s best TV – Vitamin Pills: Miracle or Myth?; Sally4Ever
Dr Giles Yeo examines the food supplement industry for Horizon, while Julia Davis’s latest series promises to be her filthiest yet

Graeme Virtue, Ali Catterall, Gwilym Mumford, David Stubbs, Hannah Verdier and Paul Howlett

25, Oct, 2018 @5:20 AM

Article image
Thursday’s best TV: Riviera; Wife Swap Brexit Special
Julia Stiles stars in a super-rich crime yarn, as an old TV format tests whether leavers and remainers can live together. Plus: The Real Full Monty, 20 years on

Ben Arnold, Ali Catterall, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Sophie Harris, Paul Howlett, Ellen E Jones, Andrew Mueller, Jack Seale

15, Jun, 2017 @5:10 AM

Article image
Wednesday’s best TV: No Offence; A Very British Brothel
Paul Abbott’s comedy cop drama returns, while Channel 4 make another visit to Sheffield’s thriving massage parlour City Sauna

Andrew Mueller, David Stubbs, John Robinson, Phil Harrison, Graeme Virtue, Grace Rahman, Luke Holland and Paul Howlett

04, Jan, 2017 @6:00 AM

Article image
Wednesday’s best TV: Vive La Révolution!; Inside the SS
Joan Bakewell reminisces about the French revolution that nearly was in 1968, while a new series interviews members of Hitler’s notorious paramilitary group

David Stubbs, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Phil Harrison, Hannah Verdier, Graeme Virtue, Hannah J Davies and Paul Howlett

09, May, 2018 @5:20 AM

Article image
Thursday’s best TV: Russia With Simon Reeve; The Supervet
An unfailingly polite trek across the former Soviet Union, plus radical surgery for dogs

Ben Arnold, Ali Catterall, Paul Howlett, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, Jack Seale, Hannah Verdier, Graeme Virtue

28, Sep, 2017 @5:05 AM

Article image
Thursday’s best TV: Who Do You Think You Are; The Apprentice; Extraordinary Weddings
Liz Bonnin is disturbed to find that her ancestors were involved in the slave trade; The Apprentice candidates sample gin; plus tales of challenging nuptials

Ali Catterall, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Phil Harrison, Paul Howlett, Jack Seale. David Stubbs, Hannah Verdier, Graeme Virtue

08, Dec, 2016 @6:30 AM