Friday’s best TV: The Year in Music 2017; The Graham Norton Show

Interviews with Stormzy and and Nile Rodgers in a look back at the year’s musical highlights, while Jessica Chastain and Rebel Wilson are on the sofa and will no doubt have strong opinions on the film industry’s ingrained misogyny

Classic Album: American Pie – Don McLean
10pm, BBC Four

Mentioned in the same breath as Neil Young’s Harvest and Carole King’s Tapestry, Don McLean’s American Pie actually has more in common with delivery pizza: sugary, and dominated by cheese. More interesting is the decades-long rancour to which McLean clings. Beneath his palatial hairstyle, he still fumes that producer Ed Freeman insufficiently flattered his guitar playing. So no matey recollections over the mixing desk here. Julia Raeside

Judge Rinder’s Crown Court
8pm, ITV

ITV afternoon drama Crown Court ran for 11 series and nearly 900 episodes through the 70s and 80s, and found now-veteran thesps such as Ben Kingsley, Juliet Stevenson and Alison Steadman showing up in the dock. Thirty years since the gavel came down for the last time, it returns with additional Judge Rinder – just what it was missing – who in this first case guides viewers through a fictional murder trial based on a real-life arsenic poisoning. Ben Arnold

Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast
8pm, Channel 4

More jolly boys fun as the duo meet Mark Hamill, who regales them with stories of trying out the local British cuisine in the late 70s with Harrison Ford while they were filming Star Wars. Jamie whips up a delicious-looking caesar salad, while they also pay a visit to a community market, taking in food insanely considered “waste” (rump steaks still in their wrapping) to help struggling locals. Irritating and infectious by turns. David Stubbs

The Year in Music 2017
9pm, BBC Two

Claudia Winkleman and Clara Amfo look back at the musical highlights of 2017. It’s a year that began with Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You undulating out of the frosted earth like an unstoppable mutant earworm; when grime came into its own after sales doubled; and when we clutched Liam Gallagher to our hearts again. There are interviews with Stormzy, Nile Rodgers and Rag‘n’Bone Man, and the winners of the 2017 BBC music awards are revealed. Ali Catterall

The Graham Norton Show
10.35pm, BBC One

Norton’s sofa is even more crowded than usual. Jessica Chastain, who will make plenty of sharp contributions to any debate about the film industry’s ingrained misogyny, will be alongside Pitch Perfect 3 star Rebel Wilson and the lone Brit, Dawn French. Those three would be fine by themselves, but Norton also welcomes Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black as they promote Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Jack Seale

Secrets of Stonehenge 7.50pm,
PBS America

The Wiltshire monument retains the ability to defy any attempts to demystify its enigma. This doc gets back to basics. Why were these slabs of sandstone arranged thus? And furthermore, given the demanding logistics, how? Here, the construction practicalities are explored and a dig at nearby Bluestonehenge is visited, all in a portentous, reverential tone that suggests the film’s producers have never seen This Is Spinal Tap. Phil Harrison

The Brokenwood Mysteries
8pm, Drama

New Zealand’s answer to Midsomer Murders continues with a mysterious case of a man found dead in a field. The finger of suspicion points to his neighbour, who had beef with him about stealing his bees. Maverick DI Mike Shepherd and the deadpan DC Kristin Simms spring into action to piece together his last hours. The plot thickens with tales of crop spraying, an unpaid bar tab and a whole lot of bad-mouthing of the victim. Hannah Verdier

TV films

Prisoners (Denis Villeneuve, 2013) Friday, 9pm, More4

Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s first English-language film at times feels overwrought, but since it’s concerned with child abduction, vengeance and murder it can be forgiven that. Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard are fathers who, when the prime suspect for kidnapping their daughters (Paul Dano) is released, take the law violently into their own hands. Jake Gyllenhaal is the haunted detective trying to unravel a case that has hidden, horrible depths.

They Live By Night (Nicholas Ray, 1948) 6am, Movies4Men

Ray’s feature debut, a typical piece of edgy, youthful Americana, stars Farley Granger and Cathy O’Donnell as forlorn fugitive sweethearts mixed up with his former convict pals – Jay C Flippen and Howard da Silver – and on the run from the law. Young love has it tough in this superb, cynical film noir. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Snooker: UK Championship Coverage of the 10th day at the Barbican Centre in York. 1pm, BBC2

Championship Football: Sheffield United v Bristol City A top-of-the-table clash at Bramall Lane. 7.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event

Scottish Premier League Football: Dundee v Aberdeen Coverage of the Scottish Premiership clash at Dens Park. 7.15pm, BT Sport 1

Contributors

Julia Raeside, Ben Arnold, David Stubbs, Ali Catterall, Jack Seale, Phil Harrison, Hannah Verdier and Paul Howlett

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