TV tonight: the many faces of Ozzy Osbourne

The Black Sabbath singer has reinvented himself constantly over his career. And, somehow, he’s still going … Plus: Stephen Fry on the inventions that transformed our lives. Here’s what to watch tonight

The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne

10pm, BBC Two

Perhaps better known in recent decades as the curmudgeonly patriarch of MTV’s reality hit The Osbournes, the Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne has had many reinventions throughout his five-decade-long career. This feature-length documentary charts his beginnings in Birmingham and his brushes with the law before co-founding the formative heavy metal band and going on to huge success, all while dealing with addiction. Ammar Kalia

Stephen Fry’s 21st Century Firsts

8.30pm, ITV

The century comes of age this new year, and ITV is marking the occasion with a one-off, 90-minute doc in which Stephen Fry runs down his top 21 “firsts”. Advances such as satnav and food delivery apps are now taken for granted, but Fry reveals how they have transformed our lives. Ellen E Jones

Not Going Out

9pm, BBC One

Lee Mack’s domestic sitcom isn’t afraid of a high-concept episode: this one is a single scene with everyone seated in a circle throughout, as the family’s New Year’s Eve get-together is overwhelmed by put-downs and petty recriminations. It is a brave gambit but, ultimately, it is a bit of a downer. Jack Seale

Tom Allen Goes to Town

9pm, Channel 4

Comic Tom Allen takes to Wakefield in West Yorkshire in this celebration of small-town Britain, filmed in 2019. Allen provides a glimpse back into a world without social distancing. He examines the rhubarb crop, visits a drive-in chippy and hosts a musical celebration at the Theatre Royal with Martin Kemp. AK

Pandemonium

9.45pm, BBC One

Katherine Parkinson and Alison Steadman star in this one-off sitcom about a family determined to have their holiday of a lifetime in California. In December. In Margate. With 2020 having disrupted the Jessop family’s plans, it is a last-ditch attempt at some kind of vacation, despite the pandemic. Ali Catterall

Uncle Vanya

10pm, BBC Four

Conor McPherson’s Olivier-nominated adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play is given a welcome screening following the abrupt termination of its live run earlier this year due to the coronavirus lockdown. Starring Toby Jones, Richard Armitage and Rosalind Eleazar, this tale of a family in isolation is darkly comic. AK

Film choice

Steve Coogan in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.
Steve Coogan in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. Photograph: Allstar/STUDIOCANAL

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Declan Lowney, 2013) 1.20am, BBC One

Steve Coogan returns as Norfolk’s most deluded radio talkshow host, blagging his way on to the big screen via this madcap thriller. When a sacked colleague (Colm Meaney) takes the staff of North Norfolk Digital hostage, Partridge steps up to negotiate: it’s his finest, most hypocritical hour. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Test Cricket: South Africa v Sri Lanka 8am, Sky Sports Main Event. The final day of the first Test from Centurion.

Darts: The World Championship 12 noon, Sky Sports Main Event. Day 13 at Alexandra Palace in north London.

Premier League Football: Newcastle United v Liverpool 8pm, Amazon Prime Video. From St James’ Park.

Contributors

Ammar Kalia, Ellen E Jones, Jack Seale, Ali Catterall and Paul Howlett

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