TV tonight: are Sleaford Mods 'the world's greatest rock'n'roll band'?

Iggy Pop reckons so – now a new documentary chronicles the abrasive duo’s rise. Plus The Voice reaches its knockout stage. Here’s all the best TV to tunein for

Bunch of Kunst: A Film About Sleaford Mods

9pm, Sky Arts

Iggy Pop called them “the world’s greatest rock’n’roll band”, but how did Sleaford Mods – abrasive voice of the people Jason Williamson and reticent beatmaker Andrew Fearn – reach such dizzy heights of acclaim? Berlin film-maker Christine Franz provides an appropriately frank chronicle of their rise (despite the BBC’s craven attempts to censor their full-blooded lyrics). One question: why has it taken so long for a film of this quality released in cinemas in 2017 to make it on to television? Mike Bradley


6.50pm, BBC One

If it wasn’t clearly the BBC’s latest (lame) attempt to garner prized weekend ratings you’d think this new gameshow was a lost Vic and Bob sketch. Watch as contestants answer questions while trying to catch coloured balls dropped from above. Host Paddy McGuinness gets more excited than the players. MB

All Together Now

7.20pm, BBC One

“The nation’s favourite singalong contest” and indeed the nation’s only singalong contest rolls on under the watchful eyes of judge Geri “Ah-mazing” Horner and host Rob Beckett. As more contestants sing their shoes off to get 100 people to join them, Christina Aguilera and Stevie Wonder are among the artists covered. Hannah Verdier

The attritional knock-out stage begins ... The Voice UK.
The attritional knock-out stage begins ... The Voice UK. Photograph: Rachel Joseph/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

The Voice UK

8pm, ITV

After surviving the initial blind auditions and head-to-head battle shows, a second buoyant batch of Voice hopefuls must now weather the attritional knockout stage. That means a dozen acts scythed down to just four with the input of pop-tastic guest judges Anne-Marie, Olly Alexander, Nicole Scherzinger and James Arthur. Graeme Virtue

All Round To Mrs Brown’s

9.15pm, BBC One

More baffling audience laughter at nothing in particular as Brendan O’Carroll returns. In fairness, the chatshow version of Mrs Brown is relatively bearable; it’s fun to watch the guests – who this week include Teri Hatcher, Anna Friel and Rob Beckett – deal with the constant stream of maniacal double entendre. Phil Harrison

The Royal Family at War

9.50pm, Channel 5

The latest newcomer to 5’s Saturday night royal slot is a two-part tabloid documentary “charting scandalous love affairs, bitter disputes and royal rifts”. Expect Wallis Simpson v the Queen Mum, Diana v Fergie and current red-top obsession Meghan v Kate. Shameless Palace familiars betray yet more confidences for cash. MB

Film choice

Stirring romance ... David Oleyowo and Rosamund Pike in A United Kingdom.
Stirring romance ... David Oleyowo and Rosamund Pike in A United Kingdom. Photograph: Stanislav Honzik/20th Cent Fox/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

A United Kingdom, 9pm, BBC Two

In 1947 London, student Seretse (David Oyelowo) falls in love with lonely typist Ruth (Rosamund Pike). But Seretse is also a prince of Bechuanaland (now Botswana), and their subsequent marriage is frowned on in his home country, while creating a British imperialist crisis. Amma Asante spins a stirring romance from this true story. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Gymnastics World Cup, 1.15pm, BBC One

Men’s event from Birmingham.

Premiership Rugby Union: Saracens v Harlequins, 2.45pm, Channel 5/BT Sport 1

Newcastle v Sale airs at 5.15pm on BT Sport 1.

International Football: Gibraltar v Republic of Ireland, 4.55pm, Sky Sports Main Event

Euro 2020 qualifier from Gibraltar’s Victoria Stadium.


Mike Bradley, Hannah Verdier, Graeme Virtue, Phil Harrison and Paul Howlett

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