TV tonight: the gospel according to Aretha Franklin

A remarkable film documents the singer’s recording of her 1972 album Amazing Grace. Plus: Spiral begins its final season. Here’s what to watch this evening

Amazing Grace

8.30pm, BBC Two

This remarkable film of soul pioneer Aretha Franklin’s 1972 live recording of her Amazing Grace gospel album has had a long journey to the screen. Initially contested by Franklin, it was resigned to the film vaults and rediscovered in 2007, but it was only after her death in 2018 that her family gave consent and allowed the performance footage to be released. What follows is an intimate yet searingly powerful showcase of Franklin’s inimitable vocals, backed by the Southern California Community Choir. Ammar Kalia

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Knight Takeaway

5.15pm, ITV

The chirpy duo’s comedy caper is a highlight of their Takeaway shows, thanks to some very game big names and well-placed innuendoes. In this special, a criminal mastermind is kidnapping members of The Honoured, Ant and Dec’s posse of celebrities. Hannah Verdier

Stevie Nicks: 24 Karat Gold Tour

8pm, Sky Arts

Stevie Nicks.
Stevie Nicks. Photograph: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

The Fleetwood Mac singer (and recently viral Tik Tok star) brings a joyous recording of her sellout 24 Karat Gold Tour, delving into her enormous back catalogue of band and solo hits, as well as detailing the larger than life stories behind some of her most beloved tunes. AK

The Voice UK

8.30pm, ITV

The gimmick-laden sing-off reaches its 10th season, a milestone marked by a couple of tweaks. UK pop star Anne-Marie hops into Meghan Trainor’s revolving chair on the judging panel and a new tactical option – the Block – is available during the Blind Auditions. Emma Willis hosts. Graeme Virtue

Secrets of the Royal Palaces

8.30pm, Channel 5

New series gate-crashing royal palaces from Sandringham to Highgrove, starting with the main gaff, Buckingham House. Like some benign Palace intruder, Kate Williams explores the stories and secrets therein, including when the Queen Mum used its rats as target practice. Ali Catterall


9pm, BBC Four

The cult French crime series returns for a final run. We open with Gilou (Thierry Godard) facing prison and the team reeling from last season’s downfall, leaving Laure (Caroline Proust) at odds with her colleagues. Yet, a new, ugly case rears its head for them to solve: the murder of a Moroccan minor in a run-down part of town. AK

Film choice

The Fits.
The Fits. Photograph: Allstar

The Fits, 12.05am, BBC Two

When little boxer Toni (Royalty Hightower) spies cool hip-hop dance troupe the Lionesses rehearsing, she is enthralled and signs up to join them; but her arrival coincides with an outbreak of hysterical seizures. Anna Rose Holmer’s cunning debut is part rites-of-passage drama, part eerie horror. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Scottish Football: Rangers v Celtic, 11.30am, Sky Sports Main Event. Scottish Premiership match.

Rugby Union: Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 1.15pm, BT Sport 2. Gloucester v Sale Sharks at 4.15pm.

Premier League Football: Brighton and Hove Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers 5.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Top flight clash.


Ammar Kalia, Hannah Verdier, Graeme Virtue, Ali Catterall and Paul Howlett

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