Friday’s best TV: Mastermind; Lethal Weapon

Hitchcock and Seinfeld feature in the bumper final of this year’s brainbox showdown. Plus: the classic cop-buddy franchise gets a TV reboot, 30 years on

7.30pm, BBC2

An hour-long final episode of this year’s series, which will see six contestants interrogated by John Humphrys on subjects as varied as the history of Leningrad, the life and works of Billy Wilder, the buildings of Inigo Jones, the films of Alfred Hitchcock, the short films of Laurel & Hardy and Seinfeld. On the latter, at least one question about the sitcom’s inadvertent and wretchedly ironic bankrolling of the regrettable career of Steve Bannon seems likely. Andrew Mueller

The Brokenwood Mysteries
8pm, Drama

This amiable if linear detective series – think a New Zealand Midsomer Murders – continues with Detective Mike Shepherd probing the surprisingly vicious world of semi-professional wine-making. A competition judge has been found face down in a vat of fermenting merlot and a shoal of red herrings have gathered at his feet. A touch workmanlike but a perfectly drinkable vintage as long as you aren’t looking for anything too challenging. Phil Harrison

Not Going Out
9pm, BBC1

Despite their household spend on Fruit Shoots and Skylanders nearing the combined GDP of Scandinavia, Lucy remains open to the idea of a Baby Number Four. Lee isn’t quite as enthusiastic, so sitting down and having a frank, open discussion is the most reasonable option. Instead (and inevitably) psychological warfare breaks out, with Toby and Anna as reluctant referees. After all, is another offspring really worth all those weeks without wine? Mark Gibbings-Jones

The Secrets of Your Food
9pm, BBC2

Episode two of the foodie science magazine hosted by telly doc Michael Mosley and botanist James Wong is all about how our tongues and brains process taste. Exploring how Iberico ham gets its savoury (or ”umami”) flavour, why salt is integral to how we eat, how strawberries defy our understanding of sweetness and more, the pair make chemistry accessible – and get some decent jollies to Peru, Spain and France out of it, too. Hannah J Davies

Lethal Weapon
9pm, ITV

Thirty years after Mel Gibson and Danny Glover set the mismatched cop-buddy franchise rolling, here’s the TV series update starring Clayne Crawford as the whooping, bats-in-the-attic Martin Riggs (chief character accessory: a frequently toyed-with loaded revolver, for potential suicide purposes), and Damon Wayans as his long-suffering family man partner Roger Murtaugh (chief character accessory: a cooking apron). And actually, it’s not half bad. Ali Catterall

The Team
9pm, More4

While it occasionally drifts into generic Euro conspiracy-noir territory, there’s much to admire about this Walter Presents crime drama. It’s stylish, tightly scripted and has star power thanks to the gaunt presence of Lars Mikkelsen. Tonight, the cross-border cops’ investigation, which began with the murders of three women, gets even more complex thanks to an uncooperative journalist, information being “lost” by the Belgian police and pimp Theo Janke going missing. Jonathan Wright

Tracey Ullman’s Show
9.30pm, BBC1

Although as mixed as you’d expect from a sketch show, Tracey Ullman’s return to UK screens for her second series has been better than cynics might have expected. Her character acting makes up for some occasionally off-beam sketches. Tonight, we see her star in the world’s worst show 30 Years In A Morgue, her Camilla Parker-Bowles does a spot of babysitting while her uncanny Judi Dench is bored at an awards ceremony. David Stubbs

Film choice

Florence Foster Jenkins (Stephen Frears, 2016)12noon, 8pm, Sky Cinema Premiere
In 1940s New York, Florence Foster Jenkins won a certain affectionate notoriety as “the worst goddam singer in the world”, a socialite-turned-diva who nevertheless attracted a following. Meryl Streep is marvellous as Jenkins, undaunted by the physical frailty left by syphilis; Hugh Grant matches her as her partner, St Clair Bayfield. Frears is note-perfect in a poignantly funny biopic.

Live sport

ODI Cricket: West Indies v England 1pm, Sky Sports 2 Coverage of the opening contest in the three-match series.

Live Athletics: European Indoor Championships 3pm, BBC2 Day one coverage from Belgrade. GB’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson is in action in the pentathlon.

Premiership Rugby Union: Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs 7pm, BT Sport 1 Welford Road hosts this top-flight clash between the sides.


Andrew Mueller, Phil Harrison, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Hannah J Davies, Ali Catterall, Jonathan Wright, David Stubbs

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