Friday’s best TV: Jamestown, Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, Requiem

The women remain defiant in the New World colony; the cooking-and-farming friends welcome film star Josh Hartnett; and Matilda faces local hostility in a homage to vintage British horror

Jamestown
9pm, Sky 1

The average episode of Jamestown packs a lot in. This series two opener covers a birth, a death and, with the arrival of the first “20 and odd Negroes” in the English colony, the beginnings of Trump’s America. Meanwhile, series one’s female characters are as defiant as ever, with Jocelyn (Naomi Battrick) refusing to accept a governor-mandated demotion. This show’s soapy take on colonial history serves its white women well. The enslaved Africans and dispossessed Powhatan, however? We’ll have to wait and see. Ellen E Jones

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

Jamie and Jimmy welcome Josh Hartnett to their gastronomic gala, with the film star learning how to make his favourite ramen dish. Jamie concocts a curry containing game and aubergine, while Jimmy aims to build the Ray Winstone of culinary components – the butcher’s block. Mark Gibbings-Jones

Requiem
9pm, BBC One

With its homage to vintage British horror, Requiem is a cut above the usual BBC dark drama and its predictable protocols. Tonight, Matilda makes further inquiries regarding Carys and her mother in the face of local hostility. Look out for Bella Ramsey, AKA Game of Thrones’s Lyanna. David Stubbs

Nigel Slater’s Middle East
9pm, BBC Two

There are many reasons to visit the Middle East, but one of the foremost has to be the food on offer. In this episode, Slater’s engaging exploration of the region reaches Turkey, a country large and diverse enough to contain many different culinary cultures. Likely to prompt equal parts twitching taste buds and itchy feet. Andrew Mueller

Will & Grace
10pm, Channel 5

The reboot continues with an episode honouring Karen’s maid, Rosario, dead following a heart attack. Cue an excruciating funeral and a guest turn from Minnie Driver. The humour is often brash, with plenty of outrageous lines. Karen on the menopause: “The moment a woman becomes a man.” Jonathan Wright

Julie Walters: By Her Friends
10.35pm, Channel 5

“She can wrench your heart open – and then have you piddling yourself laughing the next moment,” says playwright Willy Russell, whose Educating Rita helped make Julie Walters an authentic national treasure. In this warm tribute, fellow actors pay homage to Dame Two-Soups. Ali Catterall

Film choice

Looper 11.05pm, BBC Two

Rian Johnson’s head-spinning sci-fi has Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis playing the same Kansas hitman Joe, the younger version contracted to hunt down and kill his older self, until they join forces to terminate a time-travelling crime syndicate. It’s a violent and gripping adventure, with wisecracking, old-school noirish dialogue. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Premiership Rugby: Bath v Northampton Saints 7pm, BT Sport 1. From the Recreation Ground.

Championship Football: Millwall v Cardiff City 7pm, Sky Sports Main Event. A fiery-looking clash at the Den.

Winter Olympics 12.20am, BBC One. The BBC’s coverage in South Korea begins with snowboard slopestyle and curling.

Contributors

Ellen E Jones, Mark Gibbings-Jones, David Stubbs, Andrew Mueller, Jonathan Wright, Ali Catterall, Paul Howlett

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